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intense, it was beautiful by the river and we felt a cool breeze as we paddled down. Interestingly, the man who drove us up to the kayaks from the base was not as enthused by the wonderful weather. He mentioned that they were having too many dry days and were praying for rain. The lack of rain was running the river dry, and if rain wouldn’t come soon the river would be too low for rafts and canoes to paddle down comfortably. His explanation opened our eyes to a phenomenon we hadn’t thought about. What looks to be a perfect situation for all is sometimes not as ideal as it is believed. Speaking with John, our driver, made me wistful. He loves living in Narrowsburg, NY, (population 431, according to the 2010 census) in his log house that sits on 15 acres of property. During the summer, when the foliage is thick, he can’t even see his neighbors. Life is simple where he lives. They look out for one another; he enjoys hunting and fishing. John didn’t grow up upstate. He grew up in Brooklyn and then moved to Riverhead, where he spent a good few years before retiring and moving to his dream home. And he’s never looked back. Sometimes, he said, you need to move away from all the noise to truly enjoy the blessings in your life.

here is something so refreshing, so rejuvenating, when you connect to nature. Last week, I had the pleasure of spending three hours on the Delaware River in a kayak. Years ago, I spent many, many hours on the Delaware River – both as a camper and as staff in camp – over numerous summers. But this time, I went with my husband, who was a real trooper. He had never been down the river before, and kayaking was certainly a new sport for him. But we both had a wonderful time. We didn’t bring our phones or our cameras. All we had with us was water and sunscreen – and ourselves. We were able to focus on our surroundings, able to truly memorialize our vacation –in our minds and not on a SIM card. We passed by a young fawn quenching its thirst in the river. We saw tadpoles swimming furiously at the water’s edge. We removed a young toad that wanted to call one of our kayaks his home. And we waved to the other people who were also on the river. Some of them were in kayaks, others were in rafts, and still others were having the time of their lives in tubes. We saw an older couple enjoying their day in floating chairs. They waved as we passed by and we noticed that the woman was holding her cane – for balance in the water?! We were so happy that the day turned out to be perfect for us. Although the heat was

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Dear Editor, The summer has officially begun. Bungalows bursting, children off to camp, vacations for some and same old routine for others. Just a few days ago I was zoche to be one of a few people who addressed a group of more than 40 Jewish organizations throughout the tristate area, including some of the greatest leaders of our time.  During this talk, it was my fervent prayer and hope that unlike previous summers for as long as we can remember, this summer we wouldn’t hear any tragic stories, accidents, overdoses — only simchos.  Sadly, a mere several hours later we heard of the horrific accident involving an amazing person whom I personally knew, Rav Reuvain Chaim Biller who was killed r”l; which was quickly followed by the news of a tragic drowning whose precious young victim still clings to life  (please continue to daven for Mindel Rivka bas Raizel). All of this compelled me to share the following message. We tend to get swept up in all of the sadness and negativity that exists in our times. When a sad or difficult story comes along, it instantly becomes the “hottest and newest” most important thing to forward and

pass on to our friends. Whether via WhatsApp, text or other forms of social media, we are so quick to pass on the most gruesome details and even sickening photos or videos of the next tragedy.  Shockingly, there have been loved ones in our community who have learned of their own family’s deaths through a simple WhatsApp on a group.  Due to this incessant need to be the first to share, there have been relatives led to believe that a loved one of theirs had passed away when thankfully it was not even true.  Just ask R’ Yanky Meyer from Misaskim, R’ Mendy Rosenberg from Chesed Shel Emes or any of the other tireless advocates in our community called for such situations how much more difficult their jobs have become when racing against the relentless clock of social media.  Personally, I have seen grieving families already collapsing with unbearable tragedy suffer untold amounts of anguish caused by erroneous information and horrific details that should never be typed onto a phone or shared at any point in time.   My request after all this is rather simple.  As we head into a summer of rest and rejuvenation, which we all Continued on page 10

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deserve, let us think twice before we hit send, rapidly sharing information which may not need to be shared. Let us try putting ourselves for even a few mere seconds into the shoes of these families (which, of course, is not really possible) and realize the potential  consequences of what we are about to do. The next time we hear of the birth of a new baby or the engagement of a young couple, let’s be the first to forward that kind of news. Let’s make  that  the gossip of the hour.  While each and every one of us fervently hopes and prays that we know of no more tragedies within our midst, let us commit ourselves that if chas v’shalom such a situation ever does arise, we can do ours.  Let us focus on the positive and continually remind ourselves of the awesomeness of our people. Let us focus on the thousands of acts of chessed that take place within our communities on a daily and sometimes hourly basis. May it be in this zechus that our families are protected, our communities are protected and may we soon see a time when the WhatsApp blasts be about the heralding of Mashiach, and none of our community’s organizations, from Chai Life-

line to Ohel, Madraigos, Amudim and so many others, will have any work left to do. Rabbi Boruch Ber Bender President, Achiezer Dear Editor, In the June 28 issue, in the “Political Crossfire” article, Mark Thiessen makes an emphatic conclusive point – “Don’t compare your opponents to Hitler.” I am not as disturbed by nonJews, especially young kids, making this comparison. Most of them are ignorant of the Holocaust, anyway. Some think the name “Hitler” is similar to the manager of a bowling league or a rock star. Ignorance is not really an excuse, but at least I understand why these people would make the comparison not knowing who Hitler really was. I’m appalled when Jews make this comparison. I’ve heard the comparison of Trump to Hitler coming from Jews whose parents and grandparents went through the horrors of the Holocaust. I’ve even heard this comment said by Holocaust survivors. Do these people think that their parents made up these stories? Do they have no concept at all of who Hitler was and what he actually did?

We can argue and debate the wisdom of our immigration policy and many of Trump’s other decisions. I’m all for an intelligent (and, sometimes, even a stupid) debate. But, here are some areas where Trump is not even close to being Hitler: While I don’t agree with children being separated from parents, there have been no known cases of any of these children or their parents being sent to a labor camp or on a cattle car to be immediately gassed to death. Neither Hitler nor the Nazis offered anyone medical treatment when they needed it. Finally, if you want to compare Trump to Hitler, I ask you this: Would Hitler have ever considered moving Germany’s embassy to Jerusalem? Daniel Feldman

Dear Editor, In the June 28 issue of your magazine, the Dating Dialogue column referenced a young woman who was embarrassed by her mother’s clutter and concerned that it would deter suitors. Extremes of any kind is never good. It sounds like this young woman is extremely neat. And it’s great to be organized and clean. But if she is carrying it to an extreme and will yell at her children or husband for leaving their shoes in the living room or putting their toothbrushes in the wrong spot, she may have just as bad a problem as her mother. Sincerely, Sharona Harold

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Once again, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been sworn in as Turkey’s president. This term will hold expanded powers, topping off his years-long drive to transform Turkey’s government. The country’s new presidential system was celebrated with a grand reception attended by foreign dignitaries. Erdogan is modern Turkey’s longest serving ruler – he was prime minster from 20032014 and has been the president since then. At the inauguration, Erdogan confirmed his cabinet selection and scheduled the first cabinet meeting. Erdogan told the crowd, “We’re leaving behind a system that has forced our country to pay a great price due to political, social and economic chaos in the past. In the new era, Turkey will move forward in every field from democracy, basic rights and freedoms to the economy and great investments.” In an unprecedented move last Sunday, Erdogan fired more than 18,600 people from government jobs for allegedly posing a security risk to the state. The sweeping dismissals make it around 130,000 people who have been purged from Turkey’s civil service since the failed 2016 coup. In the June 24th elections, Erdogan won a mandate to govern with new powers on the platform that a powerful presidential office would ensure stability in turbulent times. Those times are now as the Turkish lira has weakened 17 percent against the dollar this year. One of Erdogan’s

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On Monday, sworn enemies Ethiopia and Eritrea signed an agreement to end the war between the countries, according to Eritrea’s Information Minister. Yemane Meskel tweeted jubilantly that the “state of war that existed between the two countries has come to an end.” He added, “A new era of peace and friendship has been ushered. Both countries will work to promote close cooperation in political, economic, social, cultural and security areas.” The declaration was signed during an unprecedented summit between the leaders of the countries in Er-

itrea’s capital, Asmara. During a state dinner to welcome the Ethiopian delegation on Sunday, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia announced that the two countries have agreed to reopen embassies and ports and will allow flight operations to strengthen diplomatic ties between them. The landmark trip follows an announcement in June by Ethiopia’s ruling party that it planned to fully implement the peace deal reached with Eritrea in 2000 known as the Algiers Agreement, including a key ruling on borders from 2003 that Ethiopia originally rejected. The brutal border war was fought from 1998 to 2000 and at least 70,000 people were killed. Abiy – the first Ethiopian leader to set foot in neighboring Eritrea during the current millennium – was welcomed on Sunday at the airport by Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and other senior officials. Abiy took office in April and appealed to the Eritrean government to solve “years of misunderstanding.” Recent weeks have seen increased diplomatic efforts between the two countries.

Embassy Sonic Attacks

A few months ago it was reported that the U.S. State Department is looking into what could be a new “sonic attack” in China, similar to what happened to U.S. diplomats in Cuba a year ago. A U.S. government employee stationed in the city of Guangzhou in southern China reported “subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure,” which may resemble sensations among at least two dozen U.S. diplomats and family members previously stationed in Havana, Cuba. “We are working to figure out what took place both in Havana and now in China, as well,” Secretary of

State Mike Pompeo said at the time, who called medical details in both locations “very similar and entirely consistent” with each other. In both cases, people experienced symptoms resembling types of “traumatic brain injury.” According to those in Havana, they were hearing “intensely loud” sounds coming from a specific direction. The sounds were described as “buzzing,” “grinding metal,” “piercing squeals” and “humming.” And it wasn’t just the sounds that were irritating. They were often associated with a pressure-like sensation, sort of similar to being in a car with the windows partially rolled down. The State Department has not been able to ascertain the exact cause of the sensation. Even so, nonessential personnel and their families were whisked out of Cuba after the incidents came to light. Diplomats from Canada who were stationed in Cuba were also affected by the sounds. According to Dr. Randel Swanson, who worked on a study associated with the incidents, “If you took any one of these patients and put them into a brain injury clinic and you didn’t know their background,

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you would think that they had a traumatic brain injury from being in a car accident or a blast in the military.” Swanson and his colleagues examined the patients and found a variety of symptoms including sharp ear pain, headaches, ringing in one ear, vertigo, disorientation, attention issues and signs consistent with mild traumatic brain injury or concussion. In addition, a majority of the patients reported problems with memory, concentration, balance, eyesight, hearing, sleeping or headaches that lasted more than three months. “It’s like a concussion without a concussion,” Swanson wrote. Many reported feeling “mentally foggy” or “slowed” for months, the authors said. Some reported irritability and nervousness, with two meeting criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder. Poorer job performance was also observed. Three people eventually needed hearing aids for moderate to severe hearing loss, and others had ringing or pressure in their ears. More than half needed to be prescribed medication in order to sleep or to deal with headaches. Many were, at least for a period of time, unable to return to work. The Cuban government has said that they have no knowledge as to what caused these incidents, calling them “science fiction.” Just last month, when President Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a security agent that was part of the advance team reported hearing unusual sounds. He immediately underwent a health screening – as is protocol – but was given a clean bill of health.

The U.S. has issued an alert warning Americans traveling to China to seek medical attention if they experience “auditory or sensory phenomena” similar to what was reported in Havana. Anyone considering traveling to Havana should “reconsider” their plans, says the State Department.

Gas Attack Killers Executed

The 13 people killed in the sarin nerve agent attack in 1995 in Japan have finally received justice. Seven members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, which carried out a deadly chemical attack on the Tokyo underground, have been executed, including cult leader Shoko Asahara, 63. The executions, by hanging, were carried out at a Tokyo detention house on Friday morning. The execution was delayed until all those convicted had the opportunity to finish their appeals. Another six members are still on death row. The sarin attack is regarded as Japan’s worst terror incident in history, as thousands were injured by the toxic fumes and 13 people were killed. The group released the chemical on the subway in the Japanese capital by leaving punctured bags filled with sarin on train lines that

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pass through Tokyo’s political district. The toxin struck victims down in a matter of seconds, leaving them choking and vomiting, some blinded and paralyzed. The group is also accused of many other crimes including the sarin gas attack of 2004 that killed eight and left 600 injured. Aum Shinrikyo believed that the end of the world was fast approaching and that everyone outside the cult would be doomed to purgatory, unless they were killed by cult members. Cult leader Asahara styled the attack as a “holy attempt to elevate the doomed souls of this world to a higher spiritual stage,” the Japan Times said. Aum Shinrikyo is designated a terrorist organization in the U.S. and many other countries, but Aleph and Hikari no Wa – as it now calls itself – are both legal in Japan, although designated as “dangerous religions” subject to surveillance. In Japan, the death penalty is reserved for severe cases or murder. Officials are not required to provide advanced notice of execution – the public is generally only informed afterwards. Often the criminals being executed are only informed several hours before their demise.

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On Friday the Haitian government announced its plans to raise prices on gasoline, diesel and kerosene. If the new prices would go into effect it would nearly double the cost of fuel. The catalyst for the increase was prompted by the International Monetary Fund, which pressured Haitian officials to reduce government subsidies for fuel. Officials also agreed to increase social services spending, improve infrastructure, and do a better job of collecting taxes. Despite the great promise of the proposal, Haitians did not approve of the idea and rioted in the streets. Activists blocked roads by setting up flaming roadblocks, resulting in

people, the government has backed down and rescinded the proposed price hike.

Freedom for Trapped Boys

The 12 young boys in Thailand who were separated from their parents and trapped in a cold, dark, flooded cave have all been rescued. The soccer team and their couch had finished practice on June 23 and decided to go on a little adventure. They descended into the caves to explore when a storm came and flooded the cave, making it impossible for them to exit. The group was stuck in northern Thailand in the Tham Nuang Lang Non cave system, where the best of the

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standstill traffic. Businesses and hotels were targeted and seven people were killed in the chaos. Several airlines, including American Airlines, Delta and Jet Blue, canceled most flights to Port-au-Prince. American State Department employees in Haiti received a dispatch that read, “Embassy personnel are still under a Shelter in Place order. Do not attempt to travel at this time.” On Saturday, about 120 Americans and 100 Haitians were forced to camp out at the Oasis Hotel after rioters tried to set the building on fire. An Associated Press journalist reported a similar situation at a Best Western in the wealthy neighborhood of Pétion-Ville. “Guests were forced to remain inside as rocks were hurled through windows around 10 a.m. Security manned the building, but rioters shattered the main entrance before moving to another hotel.” “The poor people want to be able to eat,” one masked protester  told Reuters. “I want to tell [President] Jovenel [Moïse] that Haiti is not for him and his family. Haiti is for every Haitian. He needs to leave the country and leave the country to us so we can live.” Due to the violent reaction of the


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that those who were weaker would require more assistance and by the time rescuers went through the rescue at least once rescuers would become more familiar with the terrain of the cave. On Monday, another four boys were rescued. On Tuesday, it was jubilation when the last four boys and their coach were brought to safety. The children and their coach were brought to the nearest hospital to ensure that they are healthy. Their parents and families were not able to reunite with them right away as their immune systems were low and the doctors were trying to minimize their contact with germs. They were able to see each other through a glass window. Medical professionals have reported that the boys are healthy, fever-free, mentally stable, and conversing. One of the boys appeared to have lung inflammation, and another was admitted with a slowed heart rate but both are improving. The media has said that the coach was in the weakest condition since he had given the little food and water that he had to the children in the first nine days when they were trapped before emergency workers located them. The group became trapped on June 23 but rescuers only located them on July 2.

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best of divers and rescuers had gathered to bring them to safety. Initially they were trying to figure out ways to pump the cave of the water that had flooded its crevices. However, when that became impossible, they made plans to help the victims exit one by one through the murky, frigid water. The boys, who range in age from 11 to 16, were given a crash course in swimming and how to wear dive masks so they could navigate their way to safety with divers’ assistance.

Rescuers were hoping to complete their mission before heavy rain fell, which would have made it extremely dangerous for those still trapped, and before oxygen in the cave was depleted. Emergency workers had to pump out water from the cave and drilled through rocks to make room for hoses, which helped remove the more than 31 million gallons of water. Doctors and rescue workers also passed food and treatment down 2.5

miles to those trapped in the cave. The rescue mission began on Sunday when the first four boys were brought to safety. The rescue was long and treacherous; the boys, accompanied by divers, were required to be underwater at points with no visibility. There was also a point in their exit path that was just 15 inches wide where the boys needed to separate from rescuers in order to squeeze through. The strongest boys were taken out first – rescuers felt

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also came into contact with the poison. He is in the hospital, but is not expected to make a full recovery. Detectives are desperately trying to locate the source of the contamination – which is believed to be a glass container or syringe – which had lain undetected in Salisbury since the Skripal poisoning in March. Speaking outside Scotland Yard, Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations Neil Basu said, “In the four months since the Skripals and [Detective Sergeant] Nick Bailey were poisoned, no other people besides Dawn and Charlie have presented with symptoms. Their reaction was so severe, it resulted in Dawn’s death and Charlie being critically ill. This means that they must have got a high dose and our hypothesis is that they must have handled a container we are now seeking.” For now, authorities are desperately trying to locate the object that caused the two to become ill. They seized a bus upon which the two who were affected traveled after coming into contact with the poison. It was deemed to be safe. A car that Rowley traveled in was also seized.

Chinese Students Under Surveillance?

Students at a high school in China are facing intense scrutiny at all hours of the school day – by a robot. It began as a convenient system for attendance and other campus technicalities. The facial recognition cameras were installed to allow students in and out of campus, to pick up lunch, borrow books and purchase drinks from a vending machine. Instead of using an ID card students simply had to peer into the cameras. Now school officials have taken it one step further, upsetting students. The cameras have been installed in every classroom with a more sophisticated ability to read facial expressions

and categorize the students’ feelings as anger, fear, disgust, surprise, happiness, sadness or neutral. The data has been used to create a running “score,” or record, on each student and class. If a score reaches a predetermined point, the system triggers an alert, at which point teachers are trained to take action. If a child is ascertained to be “moody” or “disengaged,” a teacher will be prompted to talk to the student to ensure he or she doesn’t fall behind. Students are bothered by the invasive monitoring, which can take place up to 12 hours a day. School administrators have defended the surveillance, saying it could provide valuable feedback on teachers’ lessons and management and help drive change. Since the backlash, the administration has pulled back on the program. But it’s not shelved forever. It just needs further studying and some tweaking, says Zhang Guanchao, the school’s deputy principal, who believes it’s a useful tool for teachers. “Hopefully we will bring the system back to campus in September,” he said as students were wrapping up finals. In recent years, facial identifying technology has been emerging rapidly. It has been used in different contexts

around the world. In some U.S. airports and with law enforcement agencies the system is used to screen travelers and detect wanted people. Britain and Russia are among others trying the software as part of their overall policing and surveillance efforts.

Top Brexit Officials Leave May in a Lurch

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her cabinet to keep close ties with the EU after leaving. Both Davis and Baker are longtime euro-sceptics and decided they could not tolerate maintaining such close ties to the EU. “Brexit should be about opportunity and hope,” Johnson said in a scathing resignation letter  that was echoed in headlines in a number of Britain’s national newspapers. “That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt… What is even more disturbing is that this is our opening bid,” Johnson wrote. “It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them.” Davis described May’s plan as “weak.” The main point of contention between the pro-Brexit officials and May was her desire to keep the UK tied to EU rules for goods and trade and keeping a close customs arrangement with the other 27 members of the bloc. They wish to see England pursue new trade deals and be free from any European influence. The timing could not be worse for May who is struggling to complete the exit agreement in Brussels in 15 weeks and has many obstacles to overcome.

Legendary Spy’s Watch Brought Back Home

The watch that belonged to Eli Cohen, the famous Israeli spy, has somehow been recovered by the Mossad spy agency. Cohen was executed in 1965 in Syria after spending years infiltrating the highest levels of the Syrian government. In the years leading up to the 1967 Six Day War, Cohen provided Israel with key information that helped Israel achieve a stunning victory. Mossad chief Yossi Cohen would not give any details as to how the agency got ahold of the timepiece that was in “enemy

hands.” He presented the watch to Eli Cohen’s family at a ceremony which marked the anniversary of his death. For the next few weeks, the watch will be on display at the Mossad headquarters “in memory of the legendary warrior,” and on Rosh Hashanah it will be returned to the family. Cohen’s body has never been returned to Israel, although many efforts have been made over the years to bring it back for a proper burial. Israel recently asked Russia to intervene, without success. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu complimented the intelligence service for the watch recovery operation. “I commend the fighters of the Mossad for the determined and courageous operation, the sole objective of which was to return to Israel a memento from a great fighter who greatly contributed to the security of the state,” he said. Nadia Cohen, Eli Cohen’s widow, was very grateful to have the watch back. “The watch has been in Israel for several months. It was very emotional to be told of this. It was something that was placed on Eli’s skin,” she said. “G-d willing, perhaps his body will also be returned to Israel.”

Israel Ranked 8th Most Powerful

Israel has been ranked the eighth most powerful country in the world for the second year in a row. The Jewish State narrowly beat out Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. The annual survey is conducted by U.S. News and World Report, based on the answers of more than 21,000 people from around the globe. Eighty countries were ranked in the survey on a wide range of categories, including power, cultural influence, and economy and entrepreneurship. The scores in each category were then added up to a “best countries” ranking. Israel came in 30th on the best countries list, the same spot it held last year. Switzerland and

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Canada landed the top two spots this year. The power-ranking top ten were: the United States, Russia, China, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Iran and Turkey ranked 13th and 14th. “For its relatively small size, the country has played a large role in global affairs,” the magazine said in its description of Israel, which listed Jerusalem as its capital. Israel was also in the top ten on the list of “movers” which ranks upand-coming economies. The UAE, India and Singapore held the top three spots in that category.

Israel Heads for the Moon

February 13, 2019 is going to be a momentous day. That’s when an Israeli-built unmanned spacecraft is expected to land on the moon, having blasted off from Earth two months earlier, project managers announced on Tuesday. If all goes well, the SpaceIL spider-like craft will give Israel entry into the exclusive club of just three nations that have so far achieved a controlled landing on the moon’s surface. The probe will be launched sometime in December from Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, officials said during the media event, held at an Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) space technology site in Yehud. It is scheduled to land on February 13, 2019. The project has been ongoing for seven years as part of a Google technology contest to land a small probe on the moon. “We will put the Israeli flag on the moon,” said Ido Anteby, CEO of SpaceIL. “As soon as the spacecraft reaches the landing point it will be completely autonomous,” he added. “The motor will brake the craft and it will reach the ground at zero speed for a soft landing.” The spacecraft will carry out a

Weizmann Institute of Science experiment to measure the moon’s magnetic field, finishing its mission within two days. SpaceIL’s vehicle is just two meters in diameter and 1.5 meters tall standing on its four legs. It weighs 600 kilograms, making it the smallest craft to touch down on the moon. Israeli billionaire philanthropist and SpaceIL President Morris Kahn, who donated some $27 million to the project, told a gathering of journalists: “We are making history.” He wants to inspire today’s youth just as the young generation was inspired in 1969 with the Apollo mission. “This is a tremendous project,” Khan said. “When the rocket is launched into space, we will all remember where we were when Israel landed on the moon.” Whereas other previous moonshot spacecraft have taken just days to reach their target, SpaceIL will be fired into an elliptical orbit to gradually bring it closer to the moon, a journey that will take two months but will save on carrying the fuel needed for a quicker passage. Even so, the craft will travel at a speed that is 13 times faster than the maximal speed of an F-15 fighter jet, steering itself to the moon, which is some 384,000 kilometers (239,000 miles) from Earth, about 10 times the distance between Earth and communication satellites orbiting it. Through its elliptical journey, the Israeli spacecraft will cover some 9 million kilometers, the project managers said. The spacecraft’s design and development is all Israeli, the organizers noted. This is the first time an enterprise, not a country, has gone to the moon at a reasonable cost, and it is “going to show the way for the rest of the world on how space is much more than just satellites.” SpaceIL began in 2011 when engineers Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub decided to compete in the Google Lunar XPRIZE, an international contest with a $20 million prize for the first privately funded team that puts a small, mobile craft on the moon. Although the Google contest was eventually scrapped in March 2018 after none of the teams managed to launch their probes before the deadline, the SpaceIL group kept going with its project, gaining funding from various donors including Kahn and the Adelson family. In total the project has cost some $95 million. Only three countries have made

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China Pledges Millions to Palestinians

Seeking to cement itself as a powerful player in the region, China will provide Palestinians with more than $15 million in aid, President Xi Jinping told top Arab officials on Tuesday. The 100 million yuan pledge to Palestinians was made as part of a plan to give Arab states more than $23 billion in lines of credit, loans and humanitarian assistance for eco-

nomic development. The money will be earmarked for “projects that will produce good employment opportunities and positive social impact in Arab States that have reconstruction needs,” said Xi, without providing further details. According to the Chinese leader, it is part of a special Chinese program for “economic reconstruction” and “industrial revitalization.” Beijing is also prepared to provide another one billion yuan ($151 million) to countries in the region to “build capacity for stability maintenance,” Xi said, using a term commonly associated with policing and surveillance. Xi said that Syria, Yemen, Jordan and Lebanon would receive $91 million in humanitarian assistance. Since taking office, Xi has overseen a concerted effort to expand Chinese influence in the Middle East and Africa, including the construction of the country’s first military base in Arab League state Djibouti. China has already provided vast sums to Arab countries, with Djibouti alone owing some $1.3 billion, according to estimates from the U.S.-based China Africa Research Initiative. The financial largess has raised

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Continued Controversy over Polish Holocaust Law

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the Yad Vashem statement said. “The joint statement wording effectively supports a narrative that research has long since disproved, namely, that the Polish Government-in-Exile and its underground arms strove indefatigably – in occupied Poland and elsewhere – to thwart the extermination of Polish Jewry,” responding to the segment of the joint statement that read: “The wartime Polish Government-in-Exile attempted to stop this Nazi activity by trying to raise awareness among the Western allies to the systematic murder of the Polish Jews. As such, they created a ‘mechanism of systematic help and support to Jewish people’ and even took vigorous action against Poles who betrayed Jews.” Although the joint statement acknowledges that there were cases in which Poles committed cruelties against Jews, it also says that “numerous Poles” risked their lives to rescue Jews. “The existing documentation and decades of historical research yield a totally different picture: the Polish Government-in-Exile, based in London, as well as the Delegatura (the representative organ of this Government in occupied Poland) did not act resolutely on behalf of Poland’s Jewish citizens at any point during the war,” Yad Vashem asserted in its response. The museum also highlighted the crimes committed by Polish resistance movements against their fellow Jewish citizens. “Much of the Polish resistance in its various movements not only failed to help Jews, but was also not infrequently actively involved in persecuting them.” Bayit Yehudi Leader Naftali Bennett also joined the criticism against the joint statement. “The joint statement by Israel with the Polish government is a disgrace and is full of lies and harms the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust,” Bennett wrote on Twitter. “As education minister, who is entrusted with imparting the legacy of the Holocaust, I reject it completely. It lacks factual and historical validity and will not be taught in the education system,” he vowed.

Jewish State Scores Well in OECD Report Israel is officially the most fertile of all of the OECD countries. The newest

data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed that Israeli women average 3.1 births while the next two countries on the list – Saudi Arabia and South Africa – both only average 2.5 births per woman.

The next two on the list are Indonesia and Peru, which average 2.4 births per woman. The average across the entire list of countries was 1.7 births. The good news did not stop at the impressive birth rates. Israel also had the lowest suicide rate of the OECD with 5.5 suicides per 100,000 residents. Israeli life expectancy also scored well – coming in ninth place. Israeli men are expected to live to 80.1 years old and women to 84.1 years old. The latest OECD report forecasted positive economic growth for the Jewish State, which is tied for the ninth highest economic growth with Latvia, both of which are expected to grow by 3.6% in 2019. The worldwide predicted growth rate is 3.9 but the OECD growth rate is only 2.5% next year.

PA to Continue Funding Terrorist Families

Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, has announced that he will continue to pay terrorists and their families despite Israel’s decision last week to withhold millions in funds from taxes that were collected on the PA’s behalf until the practice is stopped.

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Abbas said in a Fatah party meeting that the Palestinian government will continue to pay “our martyrs and prisoners and wounded people” as it had since 1965. “We will not allow anyone to interfere with the money that Israel is against us paying to the families of martyrs and prisoners,” he said. Around 35,000 families of Palestinians that have been killed, wounded, or jailed for committing acts of terrorism against Israel are paid by the Palestinian Authority. Many of them are family members of suicide bombers that committed horrifically bloody and deadly attacks on innocent Israelis. The stipends add up to more than $330 million, or about 7% of the PA’s entire yearly budget. The PA contends that those who are being paid for perpetrating deadly attacks are very small in number and that Israel should continue to collect taxes for the PA as was agreed to in the last peace agreement. Abbas also took the opportunity during his announcement to bash President Trump and his Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The Palestinian leader said the Palestinians “will not let the ‘Deal of the Century’ work,” referring to Trump’s term for his administration’s peace efforts. “We have assured the world that we are against it, that we will not accept it, and we will not allow it to pass,” he added. Though he did not specify, Abbas also said that other countries have rejected the U.S. plan as well.



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Hamas hackers have been trying to get into the phones of IDF soldiers through a World Cup app and two online dating sites. In response, the Israeli Defense Force has launched a campaign to warn the soldiers of the hacking attempts and to take steps to prevent any further security compromises.

About 100 soldiers were tricked into downloading the spyware, though the IDF insists that no damage has been done to Israel’s security. The Gaza-based terror group used social media to lure soldiers into downloading the fake apps that they created which would allow them to turn on the phone’s camera, record applications, and access the phone’s contents. An IDF intelligence officer said that the spyware failed to achieve its nefarious goals. “No damage was done, as

we stopped it in time,” the officer said, with the military’s response codenamed “Operation Broken Heart.” The attempt shows that Hamas has adopted new tactics since making a similar attempt in January 2017. In the last attack, Hamas was not able to take any content off of the devices they infected. In the recent attack, after initial contact was made with the Israeli soldier through the phone, WhatsApp was used to exchange text message

conversations in everyday Hebrew from Israeli mobile numbers. Attackers used stolen identities to create fake Facebook profiles that were written in fluent Hebrew with current slang and terminology. The soldiers were then enticed to download either the sham “dating” apps or the World Cup app, which offered “HD live streaming of games, summaries and live updates.” Once one of the apps was on the recipient’s phone, the phone could be taken over to covertly take and send


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film would be death itself. Death rather than survival,” Lanzmann wrote in his autobiography. “For 12 years I tried to stare relentlessly into the black sun of the Shoah.” In a statement, outgoing chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky, said that Lanzmann’s dedication to commemorating the Holocaust was “unparalleled.”

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“Claude Lanzmann,” Sharansky said, “was singlehandedly responsible for keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive in the hearts and minds of so many around the world. His magnum opus, ‘Shoah,’ captured the horrors of that period through the personal testimonies of survivors, witnesses, and perpetrators alike and was the first time many were confronted with the reality of the Holocaust as told by those who were there. His personal dedication to commemorating the Shoah was unparalleled, and he traveled around the world, even in his later years, to ensure the memory of the victims was never forgotten. For that, we owe him a great debt of gratitude.” Lanzmann was born in Paris in 1925. During World War II the Lanzmann family disguised their identity. He joined the French resistance at the age of 17 with his brother and father.

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“Shoah” Director Dies at 92 French Director Claude Lanzmann, director of the “Shoah” documentary, died last week at the age of 92. The 9.5 hour film he put out in 1985 is considered by many to be the most telling and chilling film on the Holocaust.

The documentary is a combination of testimonies by Jewish victims, German executioners, and Polish bystanders. It does not have any archival footage and tells of the Holocaust not as a historic event but as something happening in the present. There is no musical score in the film – just the Polish landscape, deportation trains, and recounted events. “I knew that the subject of the

Australia Refuses to Help Pay Terrorist Families The Palestinian Authority will no longer be receiving direct aid from Australia. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said last Monday that funding to the World Bank trust fund was cut due to concerns that the money would be given to families of convicted terrorists. She wrote to the Palestinian Authority in late May seeking assurance that Australian funding was not being misspent. Bishop said

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in a statement that “Australia would never support” the actions taken against Israeli citizens, including providing funds for activities that lead to the death of Israelis.

Abbas is rewarding the perpetrators of terrorism by giving their families a monthly paycheck. “Any assistance provided by the Palestine Liberation Organization to those convicted of politically motivated violence is an affront to Australian values, and undermines the prospect of meaningful peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” Bishop said in a statement. “I wrote to the Palestinian Authority on May 29, to seek clear as-

surance that Australian funding is not being used to assist Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence,” she added. “I am confident that previous Australian funding to the PA through the World Bank has been used as intended. However, I am concerned that in providing funds for this aspect of the PA’s operations there is an opportunity for it to use its own budget for activities that Australia would never support.” Australia had been contributing AUD 10 million ($7.4 million) to the trust fund. Now, the money will be given directly to the United Nations’ Humanitarian Fund for the Palestinian Territories, which provides Palestinians with health care, food, water, improved sanitation, and shelter. Bishop said the UN body “helps 1.9 million people. Approximately 75 percent of its funding will be spent in Gaza where the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate.” In 2017, the PA paid  NIS 687 million ($198 million) to the socalled “martyrs’ families fund” and NIS 550 million ($160 million) to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club. The monies are around 7 percent of the PA’s annual budget.

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New medical research has a scary conclusion for flight attendants. The study, published in the journal Environmental Science, is a follow-up study to a 2007  Harvard Flight Attendant Health Survey  devoted to analyzing how “occupational exposures impact the health of flight attendants.”  In the first study researchers discovered that flight attendants have a higher likelihood of developing sleep disorders, fatigue, and depression due to their erratic schedules. The recent study found a more terrifying link – to cancer. Researchers studied the medical history of 5,000 current and former flight attendants, 80% of whom are female. They were compared to the  National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a nationwide study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Researchers found a glaringly higher prevalence of every cancer studied in flight attendants. The cancers studied were breast, uterine, gastrointestinal, thyroid, cervical, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. The exact reason and cause for this correlation is still to be determined with further research but medical professionals are concerned that flight attendants face excessive exposure to carcinogens, cancer-causing agents, on flights. They suspect that due to the long periods of time spent at high altitudes, flight attendants are more exposed to cosmic ionizing radiation, radiation that originates from outer space and is released by solar flares. According to the CDC, flight attendants and pilots are exposed to it  on every single flight. For years, the World Health Association (WHO) has declared a direct link between long-term exposure of this cosmic ionizing radiation and cancer. Another factor may be irregular sleep patterns. Previous research has

Most parents would agree that they would do anything for their children’s wellbeing, but would you relocate to a different state? The Annie E. Casey Foundation  released its annual look at child welfare across the country last week. The  2018 Kids Count® Data Book  measures child well-being in four areas: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community, based on data collected in 2016. The good news is that fewer children are living in poverty now than five years ago. More children now have health insurance, increasing the likelihood of them receiving proper medical care. The nation’s graduation rate is at 84%, an all-time high. But there are still many problems that the next generation faces. One in five children still live in poverty, and 13% live in a high-poverty neighborhood. Additionally, the number of teens that are not in school and not working has remained the same. The study analyzed child well-being across the 50 states in education, health, family, economy, and community. There were also sub-rates that analyzed death rates, alcohol and drug use, and poverty. Five of the top 10 states that offer children the highest level of well-being are in the Northeast. Children in these ten states have the highest level of well-being: 1. New Hampshire 2. Massachusetts 3. New Jersey 4. Minnesota 5. Iowa 6. Utah 7. Connecticut

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8. Vermont 9. Nebraska 10. Virginia On the other side of the happiness spectrum, here are the worst states for children’s well-being: 1. Arkansas 2. Alabama 3. Texas 4. Oklahoma 5. Arizona 6. Alaska 7. Nevada 8. Mississippi 9. Louisiana 10. New Mexico

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If you love the feeling of sipping an ice-cold Coke from a can with a straw in the summer, do not head to Seattle. In fact, don’t buy yourself a cold drink from Starbucks. The Emerald City banned plastic straws and plastic utensils in the city at “all food service businesses, including restaurants, grocery stores, delis, coffee shops, food trucks, and institutional cafeterias” last week. And the coffee company also took a stand against plastic straws, announcing on Monday that they will be phased out from all stores by 2020. Love your straws so much? You’ll be feeling it in Seattle with a whopping $250 fine. Businesses in Seattle can opt for straws and utensils made from more environmentally friendly materials such as paper, steel and bamboo. Still, the city suggests that businesses provide those only upon request. “It’s taking a stand on plastic pollution,” Kate Melges of environmental organization Greenpeace said about Seattle’s new law. “And really taking a stand on what needs to happen, a ban on all single-use plastic products.” Greenpeace says 40% of plastics in the ocean are from single-use plastics. This is not the only product to go on the Seattle chopping block. In 2009, Styrofoam was banned. In 2010, it became a requirement that


“food service items” – with the exception of straws and utensils – be either recyclable or compostable. That same year, the city also mandated that businesses have compost and recycle bins. Other cities, such as Miami Beach, Florida, Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, and several municipalities in California including Oak-

land and Berkeley, have all banned the use of disposable plastic straws, but not utensils. New York City introduced legislation to ban plastic straws in May. We’re hoping it won’t go through. After announcing its new initiative against straws in its stores this week Starbucks said it will transition from the flat, plastic lids that require

them to ones that feature a raised lip you can drink from. With this, they say, around 1 billion straws will be saved from landfills. Frappuccino drinks will still be served with dome lids, but with straws made from paper or compostable plastic. Coffee drinkers who prefer straws for other beverages can request the new eco-friendly ver-


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sions. Starbucks will begin rolling out the new lids for all drinks this fall, starting with stores in Vancouver, Canada, and Seattle. In a statement, CEO Kevin Johnson called the move away from plastic straws a “significant milestone” in the company’s sustainability efforts. Starbucks had  already  committed $10 million  to help develop recyclable, compostable cups for hot drinks. Starbucks is not the only company severing ties with straws. Hyatt announced this week that single-use plastic straws and drink picks will be available only on request at its hotels beginning September 1. The company plans to phase them out completely. Last month, McDonalds said that it would start switching to paper straws  in the United Kingdom and Ireland in September. The transition will be complete in 2019, the company said. The announcement from Mickey D’s followed an April proposal by the UK government to ban plastic straws in the country. In May,  the European Union also suggested  a ban on some plastic items, including straws. Is the environmental industry grasping at straws to save the earth?

Exercise and Obesity Both on the Rise

Are Americans snacking on chips while running on the treadmill? Recent reports claim that the rate of obesity is rising while the rate of exercise is also increasing. The research is based on the annual national survey that asked 35,000 adults to answer questions regarding their exercise habits and weight. Last year 24% of adults, up from 21% in 2015, said they exercise the recommended amount. Government recommendations suggest at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week or 75 minutes of high-intensity aerobics. They suggest strength exercises on 2 or more

days a week that work all the major muscles in the legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms. In the same survey, a whopping 31% of adults said they were obese last year. The differing numbers seem like an error or contradiction but it is likely reflective of two groups: the exercisers and the obese. Researchers also suspect that respondents tend to overstate their exercise routines, round up their height, and round down their weight. As for an explanation for increased levels of exercise, some researchers suggest adults use exercise to deal with stress and the political and social tension in the U.S. may be a driving factor. I guess that’s one good thing that has come from that. As far as obesity, Americans seem to still be consuming unhealthy foods, including fast food. Hey, even our president loves his hamburgers.

Trump’s SCOTUS Pick This week, President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to join the U.S. Supreme Court, setting the stage for an inevitable battle between Democrats and Republicans over who will fill the seat that Justice Anthony Kennedy will leave vacant when he retires.

Kennedy was considered a swing vote on the bench, who would vote sometimes with his liberal colleagues and other times in sync with his conservative associates. Kavanaugh, 53, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and a Yale Law School graduate who previously served in both Bush administrations. He also worked on independent counsel Ken Starr’s investigation of President Bill Clinton. “What matters is not a judge’s political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require. I am pleased to say I have found with-

out doubt such a person,” President Trump said as he announced Kavanaugh’s nomination at the White House Monday evening. Trump called Kavanaugh “one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time,” saying he is “considered a judge’s judge and a true thought leader among his peers.” “Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law,” Trump added. At the White House, Kavanaugh described his mother as influential in his legal path. After teaching high school history, she went to law school, became a prosecutor and later a state court judge during his youth, and he said he thinks of her as the real “Judge Kavanaugh.” “Her trademark line was, ‘Use your common sense – what rings true, what rings false.’ That’s good advice for a juror and for a son,” he said. He added, “If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case.” The nomination is Trump’s second to the nation’s highest court, a rare presidential privilege that could seal a key part of Trump’s legacy less than two years into his first term. Trump last week spoke with seven candidates, all drawn from a shortlist compiled by the conservative Federalist Society. The nomination also comes just before the president leaves for a critical trip to Britain, a NATO summit in Belgium and a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The White House is hoping the Senate moves quickly to confirm Kavanaugh before the midterm elections in November. Trump’s legislative affairs director Marc Short told reporters this week that the White House expects a confirmation vote before October 1, when the new Supreme Court term begins. Trump’s pick made some liberals apoplectic, although that was to be expected. They are warning that the nominee would jeopardize any progressive strides that has been made in recent years in certain areas of life. Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate, though Arizona Sen. John McCain has been absent as he battles brain cancer. Trump’s nominee can win confirmation with only Republican votes, but attention will quickly shift to two moderate GOP senators, Maine’s Susan Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, who are supportive

of a woman’s right to choose. Trump also hopes to pressure several Democrats into voting to confirm his nominee. Three Democrats up for re-election in states Trump won by double digits in 2016 – Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp – voted “yes” on the confirmation of his first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

That’s It for Pruitt

Scott Pruitt, a Republican lawyer from Oklahoma, served as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency since being appointed by President Trump on February 17, 2017. Well, he had the position until July 6, 2018, when he was asked to leave. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, acting as the president’s messenger, called Pruitt to inform him to resign effective immediately. It is said that the phone call caught the head of the EPA off-guard. Supposedly he was asked to leave after it was leaked that the administrator’s public schedule had been “modified” to hide some meetings from the public. Doctored schedules could be a criminal violation of the Federal Records Act. On Thursday, Trump tweeted about Pruitt’s departure, saying the EPA chief had done an “outstanding job.” Later, Trump said Pruitt decided to leave because he felt he was a distraction. “It was very much up to him,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One. “We’ve been talking about it for a little while.” For the past few months Pruitt has been in the headlines – and not necessarily for good reasons. The media has accused him of unethical conduct, improper spending and abuses of power. Andrew Wheeler, deputy administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency, has taken over as acting administrator of the government agency.

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According to CNBC’s 2018 America’s Top States for Business rankings, Texas is the place to be if you own a business, want to own a business or just like big business. The Lone Star State nabbed the top spot this year. Just in this past year, 350,000 jobs were created in the state – that’s one in seven jobs created in the United States overall. It’s also home to some really big business names, including AT&T, ExxonMobil, Texas Instruments and Dell. The energy sector has added to its robust economy. CNBC ranked states in different categories. Texas came in first in Economy but didn’t do too shabbily in Workforce (number 7), Infrastructure (number 1), Technology and Innovation (number 9), and Access to Capital (number 3). Since the rankings were introduced in 2007 Texas has never finished outside the top five overall, always following the same basic formula. It started under former Gov. Rick Perry, who is now U.S. Secretary of Energy, and has continued under his fellow Republican successor, Gov. Greg Abbott. The state prides itself on business-friendly regulations, smart spending and low taxes. Texas levies no individual income tax and no corporate tax. Washington came in second place this year. It was in the top spot last year. Utah garnered the 3rd slot, Virginia came in at number 4 and Colorado nabbed spot number 5. New York, while not getting into the top ten, jumped eleven spots in just one year, vaulting to the 27th spot on the list. On the other side of the nation, Maine and Rhode Island tied for the 45th spots on the list. Hawaii came next, West Virginia followed, Mississippi slipped into spot number 49, and Alaska came in at the bottom of the heap when it came to business in the U.S.

The average woman makes about 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. But the wage gap doesn’t start once men and women reach the workforce. Researchers have noted that, on average, girls and boys earn a different amount in their allowance – and the boys seem to be making a whole lot more. The average boy earned $13.80 as weekly allowance, according to 2018 data from BusyKid, a chores and allowance app. Girls, on the other hand, earned a mere $6.71, less than half of what parents gave boys. Parents may not intentionally be paying their kids differently based on gender, says BusyKid CEO Gregg Murset. Despite their mindset, it’s a phenomenon that is happening. Murset opines that the allowance gap may be coming from “occupational segregation” – meaning that certain jobs deemed to be men’s work, like mowing the lawn or washing the car, are “higher paying” than chores deemed to be “fit” for girls, like cleaning and babysitting. As children grow, their chores grow too. Some boys end up working in retail or restaurants while some girls continue to help around the home or babysit, perpetuating the wage gap. Even when comparing boy babysitters to girl babysitters, Yasemin Besen-Cassino, sociology professor at Montclair State University and author of “The Cost of Being a Girl,” noticed how boys earned more money because they were seen as “older brother figures.” Parents saw girls, on the other hand, as natural caretakers who weren’t providing as valuable a service. Girls also were more reluctant to ask for more money, as they were concerned that the family would be offended or that they would lose their job. But parents didn’t only pay the boys more, they also respected their time more. Girls were often asked to stay later or do extra chores while

Look Up – Or Not!

Did anyone ever tell you to keep your chin up? Well, if you’re having a bad day, it’s a nice way to tell you to keep smiling. But if you tilt your head back too much and start gazing


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at the city’s skyscrapers you may just end up with a headache – for real. According to scientists, gazing at an urban jungle of concrete, windows and straight lines can hurt the human brain. It’s possible that our brains can’t handle the jumble of repetitive patterns of different lines and patterns – in varying sizes, orientations, and positions. Mathematician Jean-Baptiste Joseph Fourier notes that we can think of scenes as being made up of striped patterns, of different sizes, orientations and positions, all added together. These patterns are called Fourier components. In nature, there are objects with larger stripes and those with smaller stripes. But if you look at urban areas – think Manhattan – there are regular, repetitive patterns as far as the eye can see, something rarely found in nature. Our brain, as such, has a hard time processing them efficiently. And then, you get brain overload – or just a big headache – from trying to process them all. To save yourself the agita, keep your head down. Because you need a headache now like a lach in mein kup.




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taking care of children, Besen-Cassino said. Murset encourages parents to talk to their children about money, wages, and their value in the workplace. Perhaps, one day soon, all wages will be equal for an equivalent amount of work being done in the workplace.



THE ARIZAL’S PROMISE: When a minyan of ehrliche yidden gather at midnight to perform the Ketores Segula, they will have a tremendous impact and all their tefilos will be fulfilled. )'‫(שער הכוונות – דרושי תפלת שחרית ג‬


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Lady Liberty Loss

It’s no secret that the U.S. Postal Service is losing money like it’s going out of style. Now it has to cough up an extra $3.5 million. Turns out that the Mona Lisa-esque depiction of the Statue of Liberty on USPS Forever stamps from 2010 was not based on the real Statue of Liberty. No, that lady stands in the New York Harbor. This one, though, was a close-up of the statue gracing the Las Vegas Strip. She looks the same, is a bit smaller, and was sculpted by Robert Davidson, not Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Whoops! It’s a mistake that’s going to cost them. On Friday, a federal judge ruled that the Postal Service should pay $3.5 million to Davidson. He had filed a suit a few years ago saying that USPS had infringed on his work, which was original and protected. According to Davidson, his replica “brought a new face to the iconic statue – a face which audiences found appeared more ‘fresh-faced,’ … than the original located in New York.” The government noted that Davidson’s work was not original because, well, Bartholdi sort of sculpted the real thing over a hundred years ago. The court disagreed with the U.S. government, ruling that Davidson’s work is original in “making the statue his own creation, particularly the face.” “A comparison of the two faces unmistakably shows that they are different,” Judge Eric Bruggink wrote. I don’t want to knock Davidson off his pedestal but I heard that Bartholdi is going to sue him from the grave for copying his statue.

Long Distance Seeking to track migratory movements of a stork, a Polish environmental group attached a GPS SIMchip transmitter to a bird. Kajtek, an adult stork that summers in Poland, began his trek south when the weath-

er started to become chillier. Scientists were hoping to use the chip to track his movements as he headed to warmer climes.

But something went awry last year. Scientists noticed that his last signal came about on April 26, 2017. Since then, it seems that some industrious human (we hope!) has been using the SIM card to make phone calls. At least 20 hours of calls were placed from Sudan and resulted in an astronomical phone bill of more than $2,500. Ireneusz Kaluga, the association’s head, said last week that Kajtek “probably isn’t alive.” But I bet you a Sudanese prince is and he really wants to gift you ten million dollars if you give him your bank account and credit card info.

Going Straw Crazy

Residents in Kazakhstan are going nuts from a 40-foot squirrel sculpture made out of straw. The straw that broke the camel’s back in this incident? Its ginormous price tag. A whopping $67,000. Lest the public continues to eat their hats over this ridiculous rodent, the sculpture was partially paid for by public funds as part of an art festival that features other artworks. The funds contributed $43K towards the statue. Level-headed locals suggested that public funds would probably be put to better use by helping locals with medical expenses and with other costs. Others called the figure a fire hazard.

The artists behind the squirrel, who created a similar straw fox in Shanghai, said the straw sculpture is designed to change appearance as it faces weather and other forces during its nine months on display outdoors. Let’s just hope it doesn’t decide to search for acorns in the fall.

vid Quiroa Jr., his son. Both filed to run for the same seat last week – and they both live in the same home. Jr. is running as an independent.

Guilt Complex

When the Minersville, Pennsylvania, Police Department received a letter last week they knew something was up. The return address on the envelope read: “Feeling guilty, Wayward Road, Anytown, CA.” Clearly the sender was feeling bad – and he had a sense of humor. When officers opened the letter they found a five dollar bill along with a note inside. On the note was the following missive: “Dear PD, I’ve been carrying this ticket around for 40 plus years. Always intending to pay. Forgive me if I don’t give you my info. With respect, Dave.” Apparently Dave never had to do Pesach cleaning. The parking ticket was written back in 1974 for a whopping $2. The ever-generous Dave added on $3 for interest. So we know a few things about Dave: he is funny, likes to keep odd bits of paper in his pockets for forever, and is generous – to a point. Sounds like my type of guy.

A House Divided They say that it’s best not to discuss politics when you’re at a dinner party. In the Quiroa home in Newport, Rhode Island, it’s best not to discuss politics around the dinner table. You see, David Quiroa Sr. is a huge Trump fan. He is running for a state House seat currently held by a Democrat. His opponent? Da-

“It’ll be interesting for sure. What better way to argue with my father than on the political level?” Quiroa Jr., 22, told The Associated Press. “He definitely is a very good motivator. Even if it’s to motivate to stop him.” Quiroa Sr. said he and his wife are “all the way for Trump,” but the rest of the family are “not happy.” Quiroa Jr., who’s running as an independent because of Trump’s affiliation with the Republican Party, points out the discussions in their family are not all that unusual. “Unfortunately, most of our country is divided right now,” he noted. Jr. saw how important it is for young people to get involved on a political level. When he announced his intention to run, his father – at first – did not take him seriously. “He thought I was kidding initially. He thought it was an empty threat. When he said he was going to go, I said I was going to go,” said Quiroa Jr. Both of them still need the required 50 signatures to get onto the ballot. For now, the most important person in this election has not yet confirmed who she will be voting for. Who’s that? Why, Mrs. Quiroa, of course.

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Community Kulanu, Syndergaard Heat up Brooklyn


t was a perfect day to visit the ballpark. Compliments of The Dime Community Bank, a group of fifty Kulanu members journeyed to MCU Park to enjoy the Brooklyn Cyclones take on the Staten Island Yankees. Fans were

excited to witness the return of New York Mets’ star pitcher Noah Syndergaard to the mound after suffering an injury six weeks ago. Noah fanned seven as he fine-tuned his skills to the delight of the crowd. To aid Noah’s return, Jordan Scharf,

Kulanu Travels Coordinator, enjoyed first pitch honors along with Chris Reide, Branch Manager of the Dime Community Bank, Cedarhurst. Kulanu Travels, our program for adults with special needs, offers

many similar trips and activities throughout the year. For more information about the Kulanu Travels program, contact Amy Eisenberg at 516-569-3083 x138.

Sandy the Sea Gull, Amy Eisenberg, Director of Kulanu’s Social Services, Tzvi L, MC King Henry, Jordan Scharf, Kulanu Travels, Melissa S, Chris Reide, and Pee Wee. Photo by Bob Block

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Full House Attends OHEL’s 14th Annual Golf Day


HEL’s recent 14th Annual Rosemil Healthcare Golf & Tennis Classic Tournament took place on June 18 at Engineers Country Club and included a firsttime round robin tennis competition. Over 125 golfers and tennis players gathered to enjoy a festive day of sports, delicious food, and an inspiring program. The day began with a delicious breakfast spread while the golfers practiced on the putting green and driving range in preparation for the tournament and contests. Thereafter golfers began the golfing day with the traditional OHEL pit stops for a BBQ lunch, with serving stations spread throughout the golf course. Later in the morning, tennis enthusiasts enjoyed a spirited and competitive tennis tournament play, despite the hot sun. The run of play went down to the wire! The winning foursome was Ira

The winning foursome

Balsam, Barry Ness, Scott Sulzberger, and Luke Wilson, and the tennis competition was won by Howard

Jason Eisman driving on Hole 4

Hershkovich with Dovid Schulman finishing in second place. However, thanks to our generous sponsors,

many more participants won amazing prizes from flat screen TVs to Broadway tickets at the raffle giveaway. Dinner, sponsored by Omni Managed Health, was preceded by a cocktail hour, with sushi and appetizers, as everyone prepared for the night’s program and lavish dinner. Our special guest speaker, Dr. Ruchi Kushner, an OHEL foster mother, spoke movingly about the choice to become a foster family. She spoke about the importance and need for foster parents, and how foster parenting not only elevates the lives of foster children, coming from homes of abuse and/or neglect, but in addition positively enriches the biological children of foster families themselves. Special thanks to Stephen and Eve Milstein and Rosemil Healthcare, for being our event sponsor, FM Home Loans, Cross River Bank, and all of our other generous sponsors. OHEL also thanks our Golf and Tennis Classic chairpersons, Ben Englander, Izzy Kaufman, Jonathan Marks, Jeffrey Schwartz, and Michelle Sulzberger without whom this event would not be possible. Said Ben Englander, “The OHEL Golf and Tennis Classic is a wonderful way to spend time with my son in support of OHEL’s children and families. Thanks to their many programs, people are able to overcome and cope with all of life’s challenges.” Individuals interested in the many programs and services that OHEL provides should contact OHEL at 800-603-OHEL (6435), or visit  

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A resounding kol Torah was heard in Beit Medrash of Great Neck during its July 4th community learning program

Senator Todd Kaminsky and his wife, Ellen, are the proud parents of Rory Cameron Tobin Kaminsky. Rory was born on June 28 weighing at 6lbs 9oz and joins big brother Rafe Alexander Tobin Kaminsky, 3. Rory shares a birthday with his great-great uncle Mel Brooks, who turned 92.

Kids of Courage Takes Miami


t’s kickoff time! For Kids of Courage, supporting sick children and their families is their core mission. With amazing trips, community events, electrifying weekends, and the greatest team through it all, K.O.C. does what it takes to bring  kids joy and adventure, no matter the diagnosis. As K.O.C. celebrates their 10th  year, the organization laces up for another action-packed marathon weekend in Miami Beach, Florida. It’s their 8th  year running, walking, and rolling through the marathon, and you can already feel the excitement! On Sunday, January 27,  2019, Kids of Courage will join thousands of individuals and teams at the Fitbit Miami Marathon and Half Marathon, as part of a fun, inspiring, and courageous weekend. The funds raised to compete with Race For Courage will go toward an organization that creates bright smiles and incredible experiences for seriously ill children – and turn their dreams into reality, mile by mile.  

Runners and walkers from across the country will come together with K.O.C. and Team Courage for a 4 day/3 night stay at a 5-star luxury hotel on the beautiful beaches of Miami, stepping off their flight and into custom K.O.C. gear. The fully catered weekend  includes  all meals,  an uplifting Shabbos experience, K.O.C.’s famous pre-race pasta party, victory party, admission to the marathon or half marathon, and of course, the opportunity to meet their courageous campers and dedicated volunteers. “It’s bound to be our biggest year yet,” says Howie Kafka, co-founder of Kids of Courage, “with over 100 people joining the Race For Courage team, we are thrilled to see the sense of community that will take place!” Along with the Miami air, your participation in this wonderful event will warm the hearts of  Couragers  even before the start line.   Get a head start and register today at for the experience of a lifetime.

Devastating Update on the Klatzkin Family


any may recall the news in February of Beit Shemesh father of 9 Eliyahu Klatzkin. Klatzkin was diagnosed in 2016 with an aggressive case of cancer. For many months, the family fought for his survival, including flying to the United States to undergo extensive surgery to remove two cancerous tumors. After the tumors were removed but the illness tragically remained, Klatzkin returned to Israel to begin what was then his only hope: medication which was not covered by the national insurance. Thus began the family’s terrifying monthly race, to acquire the $14,000 per month necessary to procure the life-prolonging medication. In a desperate appeal to the public, Eliyahu’s wife pleaded: “Our kids need their Abba back.” The “race,” however, was not won. We are pained to report that on Monday of last week, July 2, Eliyahu lost his battle with cancer. Nine children sat shiva in their Beit Shemesh home. The youngest is just one years old. A friend of the family recalls the bris of the youngest, which took

place in a time when most knew that Eliyahu’s survival was unlikely: “There wasn’t a dry eye as Reb Eliyahu was sandek of his newborn son,” he writes, “as everyone was thinking about the poor child, doomed to a life without a father, a life without anyone to walk him to shul, a life with no one to learn with him at Avos Ubanim.” An emergency fund has been started on the widow’s behalf. Mrs. Klatzkin is now on her own with a large family, and deeply burdened by immense medical debt, as well as the other expenses which went unpaid during their period of financial strain. During his lifetime, Rabbi Klatzkin took pride in providing for his family. Now, donations are being saved to help his wife pick up the pieces. The campaign’s goal is to allow the young mother to mourn her husband in peace, and to provide a stable future for herself and her children. Please mail your Tax deductible contributions to Vaad Harabonim: 221 Regent Drive, Lakewood NJ 08701 Tax ID 37-1456890 Or call: 877.722.2646 and make your contribution to FUND 4346/ Klatzkin FUND.

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An Evening for OIF BBQ and Fine Israeli Wine Tasting


n Wednesday evening, June 27, under a gloomy, and sometimes misty sky, over 125 guests converged on the home of Alan & Sharon Shulman for a spectacular One Israel Fund BBQ and Fine Israeli Wine Tasting at their home in West Hempstead. This was the Shulmans third time volunteering to host the event and, as always, Alan’s Main Event-Mauzone Catering did an outstanding job. Everyone enjoyed the fabulous BBQ fare! We would also like to thank Main Event-Mauzone for matching all gifts of a thousand dollars or more, which made the event that much more successful. The event was enhanced by the appearance of Vered Ben Sa’adon, winemaker and owner of the Tura Estate Winery in the Shomron. To-

gether with Yehoshua Werth and Tzvi Lauren from Heart of Israel Wines who presented a dazzling display of amazing wines from all over Judea and Samaria, Vered poured some of her award-winning boutique wines and even spoke about her unique journey to Israel. The Shulmans are long-time friends and supporters of One Israel Fund and have always gone out of their way to help in any way possible. They were honored with the Hakarat HaTov Award at the Nineteenth Anniversary Gala Dinner in 2013, have attended numerous day trips in Israel and have encouraged their friends to do so as well. We would like to thank New York Fun Factory for donating all of the rentals for the evening, as well as Mosquito Seekers for mak-

ing it a comfortable night for all. We’d also like to thank all the vendors who made the BBQ possible, including Jake Sojcher Photography, BiG Productions Video, Lighting by ANCO Group, A/V by Real to Reel,

Kaufmann Bros. Printing, music by our Young Leadership Committee Member Avi Bohorodzaner, and a special dessert by Rita’s Ices of Lawrence.

Our Kids Know About Drugs. Do We?


he Five Towns community is taking proactive steps to raise awareness about drug usage in our area and beyond and to present support for those in need. Local shuls addressed the issue broadly on Shabbat Parshat Chukat and a panel presentation in a community-wide awareness event will take place next week, Monday, July 16, 8:00 PM at Congregation Beth Sholom, 390 Broadway in Lawrence, entitled: Our Kids Know About Drugs. Do We? This groundbreaking and unified community-wide program is a

vital event that will be a worthwhile and relevant evening for every responsible and caring parent and older teenager in the community. Whether you have experienced an addiction-related issue in your own home, family or with close friends, or are simply unaware of the risks, signs and dangers of drug abuse as it pertains to our youth, this promises to be a substantive, powerful and eye-opening gathering. We will hear from veteran rabbonim, physicians, first responders, leading law enforcement and mental health professionals and even

parents who have lived through the heartbreak and devastation that substance abuse can cause. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about this scourge, but most importantly, to hear the message of hope and find out about the many critical resources available right in our community to help address this growing problem. Moderator: Rabbi Boruch Ber Bender, Achiezer Panel: Karen Bayer, LCSW, 37 years of experience in the field of addiction; Rivkah Drebin, LMSW, parent; Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt, rab-

bi, chaplain and doctor; Rabbi Kenneth Hain, rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom; Shlomo Katz, senior Hatzalah paramedic; Patrick Ryder, Police Commissioner of Nassau County; Rabbi Dov Silver, Madraigos, Founder and Executive VP This event is supported by shuls, schools and affiliated organizations in the Five Towns area. For more information contact the Gural JCC (516)569-6733 or email Only as a community can we stand strong!

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A Poignant Farewell Highlights Landmark Siyum for Beis Medrash Hachaim VeHashalom, Kollel Ner Shlomo


eis Medrash Hachaim VeHashalom, Kollel Ner Shlomo, under the leadership of Rosh Kollel Harav Shalom Silberberg, recently marked its third year of harbotzas HaTorah with a siyum in hilchos ribbis, which took place on June 27 at the Kollel on Central Avenue in Cedarhurst. The Kollel was founded by Harav Daniel Ovadia, shlita, the Rav of Beis Medrash Hachaim VeHashalom, and the Menahel of Yeshiva Ner Shlomo, Harav Avraham Halpern, shlita.  The monumental siyum not only celebrated the completion of all the intricate halachos of ribbis, but also joined together to bid farewell to two of its very chashuve young members, R’ Yonah and R’ Daniel Pomper, brothers who have been members of the Kollel almost since its inception. United in ahavas Torah and possessing an enviable commitment to limmud HaTorah, both brothers pushed off beginning university and were excited to stay one more year in order to attain the great strides in learning that culminated with this siyum.  R’ Yonah is beginning medical school, and R’ Daniel will be attending dental school. During the festivities, R’ Yonah expressed his gratitude about the Kollel’s unique approach to learning. A graduate of Ner Yisroel in Baltimore and Toras Moshe in Israel, he explained the importance of

the siyum itself as an example of the Kollel’s unique learning approach, saying how it focuses on starting and completing entire subjects. The seriousness and absolute focus in the learning was something neither of them had experienced before, so much so that it was an easy decision to stay, understanding that an additional year in the Kollel was an important investment in the future.  R’ Yonah noted that the learning seder was so important to him that even if he were sick he would not want to miss the seder because in each day he accomplished so much. The Rosh Kollel, Harav Shalom Silberberg, conveyed the sentiments of the Kollel members, as well as his own, expressing that the two Pomper brothers’ warmth and middos tovos were exceptional and that their punctuality and hasmada were a chizuk for everyone. He also pointed out to all members of the Kollel that after all their toil and hard work they will be perceived as talmidei chachomim and leaders of their respective communities. He gave them a bracha that they should use their chochmas haTorah with clarity to direct and inspire others to see the greatness of Torah – and the beauty of Torah. Harav Halpern noted, “The Kollel members each possess selfless dedication to the learning, and both R’ Yonah and R’ Daniel exemplify

Yoni and Doniel Pomper, left, with other members of the kollel

this selflessness. It was so inspiring to see what a great impact the Kollel made on these wonderful young men. The laws of ribbis comprise an important and challenging topic in learning. All the Kollel members deserve a great applause for their achievements.” An integral approach of the Kollel is to ensure its members complete entire mesechtas, and spend the morning iyun seder to delve into the intricacies of the blatt Gemara. Constant review is also a critical part of the learning. During its three years, the Kollel completed Tractate Moed Koton, Tractate Beitzah, and Tractate Nedarim in iyun and bekius.  This year, it studied Perek Eizehu Neshech, with all its details and halachos in the morning seder.

Harav Halpern addressing the crowd

In closing, Harav Ovadia observed the irony that a beis medrash glowing in Torah beneath Citibank on Central Avenue is the one truly holding the treasure.

Harav Shalom Silberberg and Harav Avrohom Halpern at the siyum

Harav Halpern and Harav Silberberg wishing Yoni bracha and hatzlacha


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Chessed Shel Emes and a True Kiddush Hashem By Sue Kleinberg an Aberdeen, NJ, resident


n out-of-state resident’s interment was able to proceed as expected thanks to the efficiency of a local crisis management organization and the generosity of the local community. When a burial service at Beth David Cemetery in Elmont was found to be lacking a minyan, Achiezer, a local twenty-four hour community resource center, was able to gather the necessary seven remaining men. The New Jersey resident’s funeral, conducted in Morganville near his retirement community in Manalapan, was well attended by family and friends, according to Rabbi Yaakov Tesser of Young Israel of Aberdeen, the officiant.  However, because of the distance and the difficulty of travel for many, the family discovered en route that there would not be enough men to perform the kevurah in accordance with the decedent’s wishes, according to his son, who is

a member of Rabbi Tesser’s congregation.   Rabbi Boruch Ber Bender, the president of Achiezer, received a call that men were needed for a service scheduled to take place within less than one half hour.  Because Achiezer is the only crisis service in the area, except for 911 services and Hatzalah, Rabbi Bender said, Achiezer receives calls for all kinds of community emergencies and has a massive text list calculated to respond to every conceivable exigency.  Thus, once he verified the need, Rabbi Bender immediately sent out text messages calling for volunteers; responses began coming in within minutes.   Thanks to the efforts of Rabbi Bender, the needed men stopped what they were doing to help out.  One head of an institution hastily arranged for an assistant to take over; one investor walked out of a meeting at substantial risk of losing an important opportunity.  In all, seven men left their jobs in the middle of the day and stood in the hot summer

sun to pay their respects to someone they did not know and never would meet. Rabbi Tesser opened his eulogy with “special thanks to the entire Five Town community, who showed

the ultimate kindness.”  Rabbi Tesser stated that the family was uplifted by the support of the community, as well as the performance of a “favor for someone who could never return it.”

Woodmere Fire Truck Shined at Avnet


s part of the new “Chesed” program at HALB’s Avnet Country Day School, campers participated in a special car wash this week to benefit Tomchei Shabbos Yad Yeshaya of the Five Towns. The children needed extra soap and water and a lot more elbow grease when a fire truck pulled up from the Woodmere Fire Department. The Chesed program is a new offering at Avnet for children entering third grade and up. Parents and community members also took advantage of the top-notch shining services for their cars. “We added Chesed to our already packed schedule of sports and specialties to encourage our campers to demonstrate good middos,” said Director Daniel Stroock. “Avnet provides a

Torah environment as a carryover from the school year, and we want to give our children continued opportuni-

ties to perform mitzvos while they enjoy their summer.” Upcoming projects include making and deliver-

ing paper flowers and cards for nursing home residents, designing board games for hospital-bound children,

and an initiative for lone soldiers in Israel.

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Mesivta Basketball Assocation Launched


ny reputable mechanech will tell you that, aside from maintaining some manner of formalized learning and davening, the most important thing for adolescents during the summer months is to “keep busy.” Idleness and inactivity breeds boredom which can, unfortunately, lead to more damaging activities and behavior. The healthiest outlet for teenage boys is, of course, sports. With this concern in mind, three popular, local mechanchim have launched the Mesivta Basketball Association – Summer League. What has already become fondly referred to as the MBA, Rabbis Yossi Bennett,

Tsvi Greenfield and Yehoshua Robinson have established an organized summer basketball league for mesivta bochurim entering 10th-12th grade. Games are played two nights a week in the brand new Mesivta Ateres Yaakov gym off of Washington Avenue in Lawrence. The MBA has also hired championship coach, Zev Teitelbaum, to serve as the Commissioner of the League and games are professionally reffed to ensure fair and balanced play. “We are all rebbeim in MAY,” commented Rabbi Bennett, who is the S’gan Menahel at MAY. “We know firsthand that talmidim who keep themselves busy and engage in

healthy, kosher outlets during the summer return for Elul Z’man in a much more motivated and confident state of mind. We are very excited about this new venture!” The fact is that there are hundreds of teenagers who remain in-town for the summer, either working at the local day camps or engaging in another formalized, daily activity. The nights are when boys have too much time on their hands. This is where the MBA steps in. The League’s season opener took place last week. The first game played was a nail-biter throughout and went into overtime with a 32-31 win for

the Reds over the Blues. The second game played was tied going into the final seconds of the game when Isaac Melohn put up a buzzer-beating jump shot to take the win for the Yellows over the Whites, 31-29. It was quite exhilarating! The MBA would like to thank The Jewish Home for sponsoring the League and Mesivta Ateres Yaakov for allowing use of their gym. It’s not too late to sign up! Visit our website at and sign up today! The MBA can also be reached via email at

Young Israel of Long Beach Annual Free Concert by the Sea


he City of Long Beach, New York, in conjunction with the Young Israel of Long Beach will once again present its Annual Summer Concert on the Boardwalk with the music of the Nice Jewish Boys group. The NJBs combine their origins in a cappella  with their passion for pop, blending together traditional Jewish music with top 40, EDM, and a twist of R&B and Soul. NJB will have you jumping out of your seats wanting to dance and sing along. The concert is being presented in conjunction with the Young Israel of Long Beach.  The concert will take place on the Boardwalk and Long

Beach Boulevard on Sunday night, July 29, at 7:00 PM. This event will serves as a welcome to the many families who come to Long Beach to enjoy

their summer vacations. It is the just one of the many activities and special events being planned at the Young Israel this summer.  Prior to the con-

cert there will a barbeque for families affiliated with Chai Lifeline who have been invited to join in the concert. This program is being chaired by Yechezkel & Michele Brucker.  During the summer months there is a large influx of families from the greater Metropolitan area that come to the City by the Sea to enjoy magnificent boardwalk, relaxing atmosphere and amenities.  The Young Israel of Long sees as part of its overall mission – the need to provide for the overall religious, spiritual, social and cultural of the summer guests.  To meet this responsibility, the Young Israel has instituted several special summer programs and initiatives.

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Good News! South Nassau Communities Hospital and Empire BlueCross BlueShield last week reached an agreement to keep South Nassau “in-network.” Some BlueCross members received a letter in May indicating South Nassau might be out of network as of July 1. As a result of the new agreement, BlueCross members will enjoy continued “in-network” access to all South Nassau hospital services and those provided by its participating physicians. We are very grateful for the support and patience we received throughout the last month from our patients and BlueCross members. We also would like to thank our elected officials who came to the aid of South Nassau, especially New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky; Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito; New York State Assemblyman Brian Curran; New York State Assemblywoman Melissa Miller; New York State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages; Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford; Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel; Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman; Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen; Nassau County Executive Laura Curran; Rep. Kathleen Rice; Freeport Mayor Bob Kennedy; Island Park Mayor Mike McGinty; Rockville Centre Mayor Fran Murray and former New York State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg. Thanks also are due to South Nassau staff and our voluntary board members for standing by the hospital. Finally, we want to thank BlueCross leadership for negotiating in good faith and ultimately acting in the best interests of our patients and BlueCross members.

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Young Israel of Long Beach Summer Kollel


his summer the Young Israel of Long Beach has continued with the very successful a new program known as the Long Beach Summer Kollel. Rabbi Chaim Wakslak, the rav of the community, strongly supports this program and has arranged for each participant to receive a stipend.     During the course of six weeks, twelve young men from Yeshiva University and Touro College spend their days at the Young Israel of Long Beach where they learn the halachos of Refuah B’ Shabbos.  The day begins at 8:30 AM with the davening of Shacharis followed by breakfast and first seder until 12:00 noon at which time one of the Roshei HaKollel would deliver the day’s shiur.  Luncheon followed and the second seder commence at 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM. In addition to the personal growth in learning there was an out-reach component whereby the Chevrei HaKollel learn individually with members of the community

with a host of topical shiurim. The initial Kollel program generates further programs which included a Sunday morning breakfast and learning session, a Thursday evening BBQ followed by shiurim and a teen/children program during which the Kollel members have an opportunity to bond with the youth of community. A further outgrowth included a daily

shiur following the morning minyan given R’ Hudi Chinskey for several teens who return from camp. It is anticipated that there will also be several guest speakers who will deliver shiurim. Rabbi Yaakov Weisenberg serves as Rosh Kollel.  Harav Weisenberg is an assistant rabbi at the Young Israel of Long Beach. He teaches at Ram-

bam Mesivta. He has semicha and a Masters in Jewish education from Yeshiva University and was a member of the Yadin Yadin Kollel at YU. Chavrei HaKollel include: David Tribuch, Yisroel Ben-Porat, Moshe Kurtz, Benjy Kurtz, Ephraim Tokar, Jacob Lazaros, Guy Ben-Hanan and Yitzchok Turner.

This Sukkot, Ramada Jerusalem

is the place to be! Enjoy our excellent English program, produced by Lenny Davidman of LD Events, featuring Rabbi Dr. Aaron Adler (Chol Hamoed) and Rabbi Shmuel Hershler (Chag Sukkot), plus thought-provoking lectures and fun activities for the whole family.

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A Beautiful Neshama Inspires an Enduring Legacy Sefer Torah Campaign in Memory of Adeena Paknoush, z”l, Underway


arlier this year, the world lost a precious neshama, Adeena Paknoush, a young lady who gave so much to so many in her brief sixteen years in this world. As a student at Yeshiva of Central Queens, and, after graduation, at North Shore Hebrew Academy in her hometown of Great Neck, she pursued her academic journey with enthusiasm, strength of character and a gift for brightening any room she entered. For her eighth grade yearbook she used a quote that read, “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” This quote epitomized the kind of young woman that Adeena chose to exemplify. Her gentle nature and willingness to be open-minded and always look for the good in everyone is what drew others to her.

After her passing, an urgent need was felt among her wide circle of friends to do something that would go beyond the moment: something that would have a profound impact on the Yeshiva, her family, her friends and the community as a whole. The decision to write a sefer Torah that would be used for years to come, was the perfect answer. Pirkei Avot 1:15, Ethics of Our Fathers, tells us, “Make your Torah regular; say little and do much; and greet every person with a smile.” These words exemplify the importance of limud HaTorah, the establishment of schools to teach Torah

and, the practice of kindness of one person to another. Adeena personified that kindness towards her family, her friends, her community, her teachers and, her fellow classmates. When she made a decision to do something, she would do it despite any obstacles that might have entered her path. And for these very qualities, her love of others and, her love of a Torah life, she was a role model for us all. This sefer Torah project offers the opportunity for each of us to build upon Adeena’s legacy and to

help to keep her memory alive in a tangible way. Participating in the sefer Torah project offers not only intrinsic value but serves as well as a means of providing solace to Adeena’s family and to all who were touched by her presence. The Torah is our direct connection to Hashem. It is our most precious treasure and our guide to life. Indeed, it is the lifeline of Klal Yisroel. Adeena too, was a precious treasure to her family and to all those who knew her. Ensuring the eternal presence of her memory through this sefer Torah will create a living testament to the life she sought to lead and to the indelible impression she made on all she left behind. To participate in the Adeena Paknoush – YCQ sefer Torah project, please visit www.adeenaemunah. com or call (718) 793-8500 Ext. 304.

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A Spiritual Journey


s the school year at Siach Yitzchok is coming to its end, Rabbi Mordechai Stein brought his 5th grade class to visit his Rebbe in Cliffwood, NJ. Harav Shimon Alster, the Rosh Yeshiva, farhered the boys on different parts of the Gemara they learned this past year. Because the boys are constantly doing chazara, they were easily able to answer questions even on what they learned towards the beginning of the year. He then had a conver-

sation with the boys about davening and learning. He related a very inspirational story about mesiras nefesh for Torah. Each boy gave a personal shalom aleichem to the Rosh Yeshiva, and told him their names. Harav Shimon Alster commented on the boys’ quality of learning, and especially their simchas ha’chaim which shone on their faces. He also added that from these boys you certainly cannot tell it’s the middle of the summer. 

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FINISH LINE For 38 years, Siach Yitzchok, under the leadership of its dedicated Menahel, Rav Dovid Sitnick, has been a dynamic chinuch anchor of our community. The Yeshiva’s pioneering chinuch achievements are part of the beautiful spectrum of the Five Towns/Far Rockaway community’s essence and identity.

An opportunity for partnership! This is a historic opportunity to partner with Siach Yitzchak and earn a share in its perpetual impact on the future of Klal Yisroel!

For information on dedication and sponsorship opportunities please contact Rabbi Mordechai Stein at the Yeshiva office at 718.327.6247 ext.16 or



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Responsive Classroom at Yeshiva Har Torah


eshiva Har Torah spent this past school year focusing on adopting Responsive Classroom methodology throughout the school, with help from The Jewish Education Project. Responsive Classroom is a nationally acclaimed, evidence-based approach to elementary school teaching, developed by classroom teachers to foster both social and academic growth. Yeshiva Har Torah had incorporated aspects of Responsive Classroom in the past but a comprehensive four-day workshop this past summer, facilitated by The Jewish Education Project, kick-started the school’s current push to fully adopt Responsive Classroom school-wide. “Responsive Classroom is one of several new models that forward-thinking Jewish day schools are exploring and implementing,” said Sara Seligson, Director of Day Schools and Yeshivot for The Jewish Education Project. “Yeshiva Har Torah’s administrators and educators have been exemplary in their continuous dedication to improving the learning and teaching experience for everyone in their school community; we anticipate that this commitment will ultimately have a lasting, far-reaching impact for many years, serving the many communities that their graduates find themselves in later in life,” added Seligson.

Assistant Principal Pesha Kletenik feels the results have been dramatic. “When I walk in the hall, I see teachers helping students work through issues, rather than sending them to the office. Responsive Classroom is about relationship building and problem solving, along with setting up clear expectations and a predictable environment. These are critical elements to a strong foundation for learning and emotional growth.” Edith Palomba, a consultant from the Center for Responsive Schools, recently spent a day observing and evaluating YHT’s progress in adopting their strategies.   YHT scored highly and also gained valuable feedback. Palomba noted that the implementation of Responsive Classroom practices and philosophy was evident in the school “as they incorporate social and emotional learning with academic skills within a religious setting.” Palomba also was taken with the warmth of the school. “I left the school feeling the excitement and enthusiasm that the teachers have for the students they teach.   The school exemplifies all that is good in education – caring teachers that strive to provide a high quality education for all students. They have an added bonus – leadership that shares the vision for success for all.”

Avnet Campers are Happy to Hydrate


ow do you entice almost 1,000 campers and over 300 staff members to drink water? The creative solution at HALB’s Avnet Country Day School was to distribute personalized water bottles. Introduced at Avnet in the summer of 2017, the first-edition water bottles featured photos of the Woodmere campus to get campers excited for their new home. This year, the updated 2018 design displays the schedule of weekly trips and special events. Campers can stay informed about current happenings while keeping hydrated. “It’s always a priority to get camp-

ers and staff to drink enough water while they are busy with activities,” said Director Daniel Stroock. “We’re fortunate that HALB’s water fountains are equipped with water bottle filling stations. Aside from encouraging healthy habits, we were also inspired by our campers when producing this year’s design. Children always want to know their schedule, and now we’ve given it to them in an easily accessible and useful form.” The response from parents and campers has been enthusiastic. The Avnet team is pleased to see their campers toting their bottles and enjoying their fun-filled schedule.

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Camp Funshine Heads to Sesame Street!


unshine of North Woodmere launched on June 26 and their adorable Sesame Street theme was a big hit! With nursery, kindergarten, and Pre1A bunks for boys and girls, Funshine caters exclusively to preschoolers and the cute theme and the lovable characters adorning the campus were just the beginning! On the second day of camp, the campers enjoyed a comedy magic

show by Syltag, the premier local magician. His comedic routine and mind-blowing illusions were a hit with campers and staff alike! Week two featured the first trip as the campers went to Warren Levi! The camp also features daily professional specialties like Art, Story Time and Creative Movement. They all got off to a wonderful start in weeks one and two with adorable activities and projects.

The camp’s instructional swim launched with the camp’s 2 adult instructors assessing the tiny swimmers and beginning with the basics like blowing bubbles, kicking and more! Funshine is located in Ohr Torah of North Woodmere and is a local favorite for parents with young children. But the camp now also serves campers from across the Five Towns and Far Rockaway who are happy to

drive out for a superb camp that prioritizes preschoolers and even features extended early care and after care for parents who need it! Each camper also receives professionally catered hot lunch every day. Under the experienced guidance of North Woodmere’s own Mrs. Suri Feuchtwanger as Camp Director and with Mrs. Avigail Rosenbaum as Assistant Director, Funshine truly is the camp where every child shines!

President of Israel Honors PUAH with Prestigious President’s Award


eople whose lives are dedicated to helping the public understand that chessed is its own reward. Still, every now and then, it’s nice to be acknowledged for your hard work and devotion. It’s especially nice when that acknowledgment comes from no less than the President of Israel. This past week, PUAH was one of 12 recipients of the prestigious President’s Award for Community Service, at a special ceremony hosted by President Reuven Rivlin and his wife. This annual ceremony honors volunteers who have made significant contributions to society in a variety of areas of social service, including health, security, immigrant assistance, environmental awareness, physical education, and

more. PUAH, the global fertility organization and internationally recognized experts on fertility and halacha, has been helping couples achieve their dream of a family for over 30 years. With offices in both Israel and the U.S., PUAH provides comprehensive guidance and assistance to both couples and individuals and also educates the general public, promoting awareness about fertility issues affecting our community. Rav Menachem Burstein, director of PUAH, reacted with emotion to the award presentation. “For thirty years, we’ve had the zechut to provide assistance and guidance to every person who turns to us for help, at no cost. This award shows our dedicated staff, as well as

the greater public, how much our services are necessary and valued. To know that our hard work and efforts are being recognized on a governmental level – and especially by the president himself – gives all of us so much encouragement. Thank you, Honored President and members of the committee, for recognizing PUAH as an organization that represents the highest level of volunteerism, selfless giving, and contribution to society.” Mrs. Miriam David, chairperson of Women for PUAH and one of PUAH’s most veteran volunteers, accepted the award on behalf of PUAH’s volunteers. Miriam is a prime example of what a volunteer can accomplish: for years, she has not only been dedicating her tal-

ents and energies to helping PUAH, both in Israel and abroad, but also helping to deliver babies at Shaarei Tzeddek! In an inspiring touch, Miriam walked up on stage together with the newest and youngest member of PUAH’s volunteer staff, Rabbi Meir Silman, who has chosen to do his sheirut leumi, government-mandated community service years at PUAH. After Miriam received the award from President Rivlin, the veteran volunteer handed it over to the youngest volunteer in a beautiful example of passing the torch to the new generation of givers and a real tribute to the selfless giving that’s at the heart of everyone involved in PUAH.


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What Kiruv Looks Like By Heshy Blachorsky


f a picture is worth a thousand words, my visit this past Shabbos to Camp Nageela would populate a library. I have seen firsthand the selfless and endless dedication that Rabbi Dovid Shenker and his staff put in to JEP-LI and Camp Nageela at the Long Island office. I have heard many stories, all secondhand, about the camp itself.  This past weekend I had the privilege to witness the tremendous work that the Shenker Family does in Camp Nageela.  When I say family, it is precisely that.  Rav Dovid and his Rebbetzin Basi run the camp as one big family.  From the dozen or so staff members that are actually named Shenker, to the uber-devoted counselors, and, most importantly the campers, the atmosphere is largely a familial one.  Not sure what to expect on our way up, my two little boys were excited about going to camp.  To tell you the truth, my wife and I were a bit more

nervous. But when we first pulled up, Rabbi Shenker was standing in the parking lot, along with his son, waiting, helping us park, escorting us in to the camp, and showing us around.  We felt like VIPs.  However, after just twenty minutes in the camp, we realized that is how everyone at Camp Nageela is treated.    We had the opportunity to meet many of the staff members and a multitude of the campers over Shabbos, witnessing the amazing program that Camp Nageela runs.  At first glance (and second, third...) this looks like any other ordinary girls camp (although, in full disclosure, I’ve never spent time at one).  The activities are like any other camp (just better), the programs, the Shabbos, the meals.  Girls all davening, singing zemiros, enjoying oneg Shabbos, just like any other camp.  With one small difference – most of the girls attend public schools during the school year.  Many of the campers hail from homes that have little to no affiliation. 

Nageela girls lighting Shabbos candles


Rabbi Shenker with Nageela girls

There is no Shabbos back at home.    These girls come up to camp and Rabbi Shenker and the staff are nishmas b’apov ruach chaim.  To see girls that have barely any foundation of Yiddishkeit sitting around Shabbos morning and davening is nothing short of amazing.  There are learning sessions all throughout the day that are intriguing, fun, and, most importantly, educational.  Rabbi Shenker does not miss an opportunity to educate the girls.  Whether it is the respective introductions to kiddush and havdalah, the song compositions he’s complied or just his Shabbos afternoon session of “Stump the Rabbi,” Rav Dovid is teaching around the clock.  After Shabbos we were invited to a Melava Malka.  There were over 100 girls singing along with all the popular Chassidic songs.  The love for Torah and mitzvos instilled over the summer is palpable.     Most impressive though are the number of campers that were back for their second, third and even fifth sum-

mer. Many of the counselors were themselves campers.  That is the real sign of success.  There are families that are frum today only because their daughter/son attended Camp Nageela.   Camp Nageela is situated on a large campus.  The campgrounds are complete with basketball courts, hockey courts, nature trails, tree houses, baseball fields, indoor/ outdoor swimming pools, and most any amenity found in a camp.  There is even a full petting farm (we always knew where to find our boys).    The camp hosts girls for July and then boys for August.  There is a Rosh Hashanah/ Yom Kippur program on the grounds for the families of the campers to participate in – at no charge!  The camp experience is something we all take with us for life.  How often do we find ourselves reminiscing about our summers at camp?  The experience that these young boys and girls are taking with them for life is a connection to Yiddishkeit.  This experience is invaluable, one that will be a part of them forever. 

What Shabbos means to the Nageela girls

Seeing the Shenkers and Camp Nageela in action made a tremendous impression on me and my family. It isn’t possible to fully fathom the work and success of the very humble Rabbi and Rebbetzin Shenker without witnessing them in action.    I would urge others to visit the camp and experience it for themselves.  For more information, to get involved and to support JEP/Nageela, contact Jennifer S. Zwiebel, JEP’s Director of PR & Development at 516374-1528, ext. 240 or  jenz@ Visit us in person or online at and 

A fun-filled melava malka

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Around the Community

Resounding Ruach at Ruach Day Camp


he 2018 summer season is here and Ruach Day Camp  is the place to be! Our eager campers are met with big smiles every morning and they are ready for another spectacular summer! A highlight of last week was our amazing red, white & blue welcome carnival. While the campers enjoyed the awesome inflatable slides, bounce houses and games, they couldn’t get enough of the delicious cotton candy. What a fun way to start off the 4th of July holiday!   A new program at  Ruach  this year for girls entering 4th, 5th, and 6th  grades revolves around empowering girls by exploring issues that impact them today. This week the groups began the program with an ice-breaker activity that, although it proved to be quite difficult, the girls worked together, listened to each other’s ideas and were able to accomplish their goals (or at the very least, have

On Wednesday, June 27, the Inwood community gathered at Rav Pinchus Weinberger’s home for a summer kickoff kumzitz around the campfire along with a barbecue.

fun trying)!  The groups then engaged in a fact-finding mission exploring what issues they feel are impacting girls today. Throughout the discussions, the girls demonstrated hones-

ty, openness and tremendous support towards one another. Throughout the summer, we look forward to getting to know the girls better while enjoying fun, exciting and experiential pro-

grams and games. The conclusion to this fabulous week was a beautiful oneg Shabbat program. Looking forward to much ruach next week!

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This Week TJH Speaks with... 1, 2, 3…8 weeks of amazing summer fun! For two months of the year our children bask in the sun, swimming, singing, and soaking up the fun every day. How are they spending their time away from their desks? In this feature series we speak with camp directors and head counselors to learn more about our community’s amazing, spectacular, incredible, marvelous, unbelievable (you get the point!) camps.

Camp Shira By Susan Schwamm

Although this is the first year that Camp Shira is providing our children with an amazing camp experience, Camp Shira gives them something to sing about. With a beautiful campus, energetic staff, outstanding activities and nonstop fun, a summer in Camp Shira builds memories for a lifetime. We spoke with camp director Mrs. Yaffa Schreier in middle of her busy schedule to learn a bit more. Mrs. Schreier, it’s Camp Shira’s first year! Tel l us a littl e bit about camp. Camp Shira operates out of Shulamith and is a camp for girls from across the Five Towns, Far Rockaway, West Hempstead, and even Brooklyn. Our mission statement is to deliver an outstanding summer experience for each child, one day at a time. It’s our first year, but t his c a mp has been a long time in t he making a n d our directors have a lot of exp er ienc e building huge camps from scratch.

Tel l us about your different divisions and division heads.

We have three dynamic divisions, each with its own directors. Our Extreme Division with Mrs. Shira Biegeleisen is for the oldest two bunks and they enjoy bonus trips, specialties and activities.

The Senior Division, under Mrs. Adina Hoch, is for entering 2nd through 5th. They also enjoy two rocking head counselors, Elisheva Homnick and Nikki Feerst, who infuse ruach and passion into all of the activities. Our Junior Division is overseen by Mrs. Rochel Lapidus and Mrs. Chanie Pearlman, and it is for our youngest cuties!

How many campers enjoy Camp Shira?

We have over 400 girls in camp. Our auditorium helps serve as an anchor point for the camp. We begin our day with ruach and cheers in the auditorium. All of our shows, concerts and main activities are hosted there, which lets the campers be together and enjoy each other and the events.

I love that! Tel l us more about your campus.

The Shulamith School for Girls campus is beautiful. We have spacious classrooms, a 400-seat auditorium, a gym and plenty of outdoor space. For the summer we convert the campus to camp mode and add a gymnasium room for preschool that has bounce houses, ball pits, rollercoasters and more. Outside we have our private, enclosed inflatables

area including water slides and slip ‘n slides.

Your campus sounds amazing! What about activities? How is the day structured?

Every day is action-packed with specialties, water activities, trips or shows. Each division has a unique schedule that caters to them. For example, our Juniors enjoy 30-minute periods while the Seniors have 45-minute periods. Our specialties are unique and geared towards each age. Some of those activities include Creative Movement and a special Music Morah for the Juniors while Wacky Science, Jewelry and Dance are a few of the specialties geared towards our older girls.

Is there any specific activity that are your campers’ favorite? Everything! Our specialties are a huge hit as are the water slide inflatables! We also have a terrific lifeguard team in place to ensure the girls learn vital skills while also enjoying themselves in the pool.

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S h i r a Talking about favorites, give us the top five activities at E x t r e m e Camp Shira. Our Junior campers love music and creative sounds like so much fun! Tell movement the most. Everyone loves baking, and us a bit about it. wacky science is a big hit! Art is definitely another

Our Ex treme Division is geared for our oldest campers. They have their own director – Mrs. Shira Biegeleisen, schedule, calendar and specialties! Whether they are off on an extreme trip like the Tarzan Boat or enjoying Jewmba, they know that each day has something wacky and extreme that is geared solely for them.

Do you do anything different for the Nine Days?

We bring in a speaker before the Nine Days to inspire the girls and make that week of camp more meaningful. They have a chance to participate in a Chai Lifeline Fundraiser and do other chessed activities. In the camp schedule itself we really pack in a lot of great, non-swim activities to keep them excited and enjoying camp!

As you walk around camp, what are three things that you hear the most throughout the day?

Singing, laughter and cheers! We also see happy, smiling girls all day long! Our campers have a blast and our staff has a blast along with them! Bunks don’t walk to activities… They practically sing and skip their way through the hallways.

What are the kids’ favorite sports to pl a y?

The favorite sport activity at Shira is dodgeball/ machanayim. Our Sports morah is awesome! The girls love the activities and games she has for them each week. Our lunch program is excellent. We went back and forth with the caterer to put together a menu that is kid-friendly but would also earn the parents’ stamp of approval! The classics always win out of course: pizza or franks and blanks probably.

Mrs. Schreier, Camp Shira sounds like an unbelievabl e experience! I feel bad you weren’t open when I was going to camp! Thank you for your time - and enjoy the rest of the summer!

favorite. When we ask the girls their favorite activities we get a long list, baruch Hashem!

Your slo gan is “Camp Shira: A Summer to Sing About.” Are you doing anything special in rel ation to that? We have an amazing camp song and dynamic cheers every day. We also bring in the best singers and performers. We already had a rocking glow-inthe-dark concert with Shloime Kaufman and we have the super popular Shimi Adar coming second half as well as an exciting Michoel Pruzansky concert.

That sounds amazing! What about trips? Are there overnights? Or l ate nights?

Juniors enjoy numerous trips and a weekly show or entertainer. We have weekly trips for Seniors plus a show or concert. Extreme will be having an overnight each half in addition to their late night. This year the overnights are to Clementon Water Park and Hershey Park.

You make me want to go back to camp! Is there a camp song or theme?

Our slogan is “Camp Shira – A Summer to Sing About!” and our theme this summer is “Get Your Game On at Camp Shira!” Our professionally recorded camp song combines the theme and our slogan and our campers love dancing to the choreographed motions. We even have a professional a cappella version of it for the Three Weeks! While we are an all-inclusive camp with a variety of specialties, the campers have really embraced our camp song and made it the soundtrack of what is already proving to be a memorable summer!

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Action-packed days of camp


Dynamic divisions

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Lbs. of challah dough made into challah Specialty periods each week

Seat auditorium for shows/ performances! Pizza squares per week

Ices purchased for the summer

Staff members per Junior bunk Air-conditioned buses

Color newsletters printed weekly Summer to Sing About!

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TJH How People Around the World Watch the

World Cup

British: By taking a break from watching replays of the royal wedding for 90 minutes so they can squeeze the game in. French: By waving white flags and a few bottles of wine. Italians: What’s the difference to you how I watch the game, wise guy? Ya think ya smart? Have a slice of pizza! Russians: By drinking Stolichnaya vodka and reminiscing about the golden years when Mother Russia dominated soccer. (What? It never happened? Sure it did, look in any Russian history book.)

Centerfold Soccer Did You Know? Some people credit the Chinese with the invention of soccer. The game of Tsu-Chu, or “kick ball,” originated during the Tsin Dynasty (255-206BC). Soldiers would kick a leather ball into a net strung between two poles. For many years, players used pig bladders wrapped in leather as soccer balls. King Edward III banned soccer in England in 1365 owing to the growing incidents of violence and military indulgence in the sport. In 1424, King James I of Scotland also proclaimed in the Parliament— “Na man play at the Fute-ball” (No man shall play football). Lionel Messi, of Argentina, is the highest paid soccer player in the world earning $111 million per year. Cristiano Ronaldo, of Real Madrid, comes in second place and makes a paltry $108 million per year. Soccer players run more than other athletes during a game. On average, a player can run an average of 7 miles depending on position, with some players running as much as 9.5 miles. The highest scoring official soccer game was 149-0 in Madagascar in 2002; it was a form of protest.

Canadians: By declaring that even though their team stinks, Canadians are great at hockey… “ey?” North Koreans: By chanting for Kim Jung Un to enter the game and score 55 goals because he is the best soccer player who ever lived. Chinese: By playing for their prayers to succeed. Egyptians: By stampeding and killing 100 people if their team loses and 250 people if their team wins. Iranians: By having a half-time anti-America protest show and then celebrating either a victory or loss with some flag burning. South Africans: By popping their eardrums by blowing on vuvuzelas for 6 hours straight.

Israelis: They don’t watch the game – they coach the game from the front seats of their taxi cabs. Mah zeh lecha? Cubans: By sitting in front of the newest 21st century invention – black and white TVs. Americans: By gathering all their friends for a massive party with mad chicken wings, burgers and whole wheat wraps stuffed with grilled chicken, mayo and avocados (for the guy who is “on a diet”). Once they are done eating, they fall into the couch and fall asleep…before the game even starts. Who watches soccer anyway?

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Soccer Trivia a. 5 1. Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo de Assis Moreira was the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005 after scoring how many goals in one game? a. 3 b. 7 c. 12 d. 23 2. What happens when a player is given a “red card” during a game? a. He must go to the penalty box for 5 minutes b. He is not allowed to touch the ball on the inbounds pass c. He is ejected from the game d. He gets free dinner at a local restaurant 3. How many players per team are on the field at one time per team?

b. 8 c. 11 d. 15 4. If a player is fouled in the 18-yard box surrounding the opponent’s goal, what happens? a. He is awarded a penalty kick b. His team gets to inbound the ball within the opponent’s 18 yard box

7. Martinho Eduardo Orige, of Brazil, holds the World Record for which of the following?

point 5. How many minutes is an official professional soccer game?

a. Being the only player to win the World Cup three times

a. 45 b. 60

b. Being the only player to not give up a goal in an entire season

c. 75 d. 90 6. Which country has won the most World Cups to date? a. Mexico

c. Scoring 13 goals in one game d. Juggling a soccer ball for 19.5 hours

b. Brazil c. Venezuela d. Italy

c. There is a 5 minute power play, which means two players from the other team must sit on the bench d. His team is automatically given a

 Answers 3. C

 Wisdom Key 6-7 correct: You are a World Cup champion! 3-5 correct: You are good enough to be the 12th man on the soccer team. 0-2 correct: Your soccer intelligence reminds me of the USA 2018 FIFA World Cup team - nonexistent!

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2. C- A red card means an ejection. When a player is ejected, his team must play a man down. Yellow cards are a caution – when a player fouls too much. If a player gets two yellow cards in a game, he is ejected. A few things lead to a straight red card, including tackles from behind. 1. D- At the age of 13, Moreira scored all 23 goals in a 23-0 victory against another local football team, propelling him to soccer fame.

5. D -There are no timeouts in soccer. The clock runs continuously through two 45-minute halves. (There is a 15-minute halftime.) However, an official keeps track of time when the ball is not played (for an injury, goal, etc.) and extra time can be 4. A- If a player is fouled in the 18-yard box surrounding the opponent’s goal, he is awarded a penalty kick. It’s a player-versus-goalkeeper scenario where the referee places the ball on the penalty spot.

7. D- Martinho Eduardo Orige juggled a regulation soccer ball for 19.5 hours non-stop with his feet, legs and head without the ball ever touching the ground. 6. B- Brazil has won five World Cups, followed by Italy, which won four World Cups. added to the end of each half. Usually, extra time is somewhere between 3 and 5 minutes, though it can be shorter or longer.


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Torah Thought

Parshas MatosMasei By Rabbi Berel Wein


n a certain sense we may view this week’s Torah reading as being the concluding chapters of the written Torah of Moshe itself. Even though the fifth book of the written Torah, the book of Devarim, is also to be treated with the holiness and eternal awe, regarding the four preceding books, there are opinions in the Talmud that they are to be assigned to a different category as far as rabbinic exegesis is concerned.

There is no question that there is a definite tone of finality in the concluding chapter of this week’s Torah reading. The story of the formation of the Jewish people into a nation through its exodus from Egyptian slavery and its forty-year sojourn in the desert of Sinai is now complete. A new generation of Jews, no longer constrained and embittered by slavery in Egypt, now stands at the threshold of entering the Promised Land. The great leaders of Israel who

have guided them to this point in their national existence have all passed on. And, in the case of Moshe, he is about to leave them for his eternal reward. It is interesting to note that as this story of nation building concludes, the Torah chooses to record for us a review of the encampments of the Jewish people in the desert of Sinai. The Torah does not intend this to be a travelogue. Rather, it is meant to create that necessary ingredient of national memory that alone can preserve the Jewish people throughout its long history and many challenges. For without that national memory, Jews generally

mentioning these places and just given us a general overview of the fact that we were freed from Egyptian bondage, witnessed the Divine revelation at Mount Sinai, and wandered in that desert for 40 years before finally arriving at the borders of the land of Israel. But the Torah wishes to emphasize that every step in that long journey was meaningful and taught us lessons of faith and hope and charted a course for us as to how the Jewish national entity was to be created and strengthened. For that to happen, we have to be able to recall our errors and mishaps so that we somehow learn not to repeat

It is meant to create that necessary ingredient of national memory that alone can preserve the Jewish people throughout its long history and many challenges.

and individually are lost in the swirl of current events and changing fortunes. As Rashi points out, each of the waystations and encampments listed in this week’s Torah reading represents an event in the history of the Jewish people. It is not merely a list of places and oases that exist in the Sinai Desert but rather it is meant to focus the memory of the people on the events, triumphs and mishaps that were experienced in the development of the Jewish nation. The Torah could well have omitted

them. We also have to remember our great moments of glory and of accomplishment so that these may be preserved in our memory and repeated throughout the existence of our national life. Past events, no matter how seemingly minor they may appear to be at the moment, are the stuff of nation building and accomplishment. That is why all the facets of memory are so much a part of Jewish life and observance. Shabbat shalom.

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From the Fire

Parshas Masei Jewish Warrior, King of Opposites By Rav Moshe Weinberger Adapted for publication by Binyomin Wolf


he Degel Machaneh Ephraim, zy”a, teaches, in the name of his grandfather the Baal Shem Tov, zy”a, that the forty-two journeys of the Jewish people in the desert correspond to the journeys each individual takes in his life. When a person leaves the womb, this corresponds to when the Jewish people left Egypt. And when the Jewish people entered Eretz Yisroel, this corresponds to a person’s journey into the land of eternal life after 120 years in this world. How do we retain a sense of equanimity and centeredness when we must transition from one journey to another throughout our lives? Reb Leibele Eiger, zy”a, points out that the word “of them, bam” in the pasuk “And you shall speak of them,” has the numerical value of forty-two. And the pasuk continues, “And you shall speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” We must speak of them, words of Torah and emunah, wherever we go and wherever we travel. We can thrive through every test and trial we face if we hold onto truth and faith. If we remain certain in our purpose, then we will succeed despite all of the contradictions and challenges of a world in which many people seem to have taken leave of basic human decency and morality. But the Baal Shem Tov’s teaching about the 42 travels of the Jewish people does not only apply to people on an individual level. It also speaks to the travails of our nation as a whole

as we journey on toward the times of Moshiach.

The Encampments – A Paradox of Opposites We know that the names of our stops during our journey in the desert (Bamidbar 33:5-49) have profound meaning. And as I read through the names of our encampments in the parsha with the upheaval in Eretz Yisroel in mind, I was struck by the contradictions implicit in those names and how they speak to the contradictions of life today, particularly in Eretz Yisroel. On one hand, it says we camped in Miska, from the Hebrew word meaning sweetness. Many aspects of our lives are sweet and we have much to be thankful for. But we also camped in Mara, meaning bitterness. Dozens of our brothers have been killed sanctifying G-d’s name and millions of our brothers, sisters, and friends in Eretz Yisroel have had to run for bomb shelters multiple times every day. Their lives are in a state of upheaval and they experience bitterness day after day. The Jewish people camped in Har Shafer, meaning “beautiful mountain.” Sometimes we are on top of the world. The view is stunning. But, at other times, we camp in Tachas, meaning “low.” When we watch the parents, brothers, sisters, and wives of all of the soldiers killed protecting our people, we feel like we are living at the opening of Gehinom, at the lowest place. We camped at Refidim, which means weakness. Our Torah, mitzvos, and emunah suffer and we often

do not do what Hashem expects of us. But we also camped in Midbar Sinai, where we received the Torah, attaining the highest level of prophecy and connection to G-d’s will. Today too, we have seen how even people with little outward connection to Torah and mitzvos have begun saying Tehillim, lighting Shabbos candles, putting on tefillin, and doing many other mitzvos and acts of kindness in order to merit the salvation of the Jewish people. At one point, the pasuk tells us we camped in Makheilos, meaning “community” or “congregation.” We were united. And we see how, in the past few years, our people have been united more than any other time in the recent past. We are united in prayer and resolve, knowing that our cause is righteous. But at other times, we stop off in a place called Chatzeiros, meaning “courtyards.” Especially when we are not besieged from the outside, every Jewish group separates itself into its own courtyard and unfortunately barely views other Jews as part of the same people. We camped in Sukkos, a place named after temporary, rickety structures. When rockets fall all over Eretz Yisroel and when tunnels are dug under our communities and neighborhoods, we feel vulnerable and frightened. We feel as if our entire existence is dependent on the protection of some flimsy walls and roof which the wind could blow away at any moment, leaving us completely exposed. But at other times, we feel we are camped in Eisam, meaning strong. We feel

grateful for how Hashem has blessed our people with the resolve, ingenuity, resources, and intelligence to build up one of the most powerful militaries in the world in just a short time. We sometimes feel we are encamped by the Red Sea, encircled on all sides by enemies and pushed up against the sea. We feel we have no escape. But at other times, we sense that we are camped in Eilim, where the psukim tell us there were wellsprings, date palms, and where we were able to rest from the weariness of our travels. We enjoy the prosperity and economic success with which Hashem has blessed our people. But at other times, we feel we are camped in Dafka, meaning “stricken” or “beaten.” We feel pressed, hit, and beaten by attacks from all directions, physically, emotionally, and diplomatically. We feel we are under siege wherever we live in the world, whether it is in the U.S., Britain, Paris, Morocco, or anywhere else in the world. We sometimes feel camped in Rimon Paretz, meaning “break through.” We break through every attempt by our enemies to attack us and put us on the run. But, sadly, too often we are camped in Charada, meaning “trembling.” Our brothers and sisters tremble in fear in their bomb shelters and safe rooms. We sometimes feel we are camped in Chashmonah, where we feel as mighty as the Chashmonayim, or in Etzyon Gaver, meaning “effective strategy” and “strength.” At those times, we take pride and comfort in

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how our military neutralizes our enemies while protecting our soldiers and minimizing the battle’s impact on civilians. But at other times, we feel like we are in Kivros Hata’avah, buried in the desires of this world, completely helpless to use all of our might to reign in our own animalistic desires. And at other times, we camp at Kadesh, meaning “holiness.” Our connection to holiness and our desire to do Hashem’s will is often strong and we use those times to increase our connection to Hashem and improve ourselves.

My Hero – Dovid Hamelech, King of Opposites My thoughts continually return to the ultimate hero of the Jewish people: Dovid Hamelech. The tzaddikim teach that our job at the end of days is to reveal the great soul of Dovid Hamelech, as the pasuk (Hoshea 3:5) says, “And they sought Hashem their G-d and Dovid their king.” In all of his journeys, he seemed to be full of contradictions. The Gemara (Moed Katan 16b) says that “when [Dovid Hamelech] would sit and study Torah, he would be as refined as silk, and when he went out to war, he hardened himself like wood.” Chazal are not teaching us that Dovid suffered from multiple personality disorder. Rather, his personality was so great and all-encompassing that it contained everything within it. He was simultaneously composed of the might of war and the highest and most refined level of ethics and morality. These two extremes complement one another. The more perfection one has attained, the more he includes apparent opposites within himself. That is why Reb Leibele Eiger teaches that the 42 journeys of the Jewish people in the desert, which seem to contain so many opposites within them, are hinted at in the mitzvah of “and you shall speak of them when you sit in your home and when you go on your way…” We must be prepared to cling to the Torah and the certainty of our faith in the midst of the full range of disparate experiences during our travels through this world.

The Illumination within War Who else but Rav Kook, zy”a, could have written a section in Oros called

“Oros Hamilchama, The Illumination of War”? Rav Kook writes, as translated by Rabbi Betzalel Noar, as follows: We regard the early generations, recounted in Torah, Prophets, and Writings; those generations that were engaged in war – they are great people we cherish and glorify. We understand that the spark of soul is the determining factor: that state of the world that necessitated war caused these souls (whose inner feeling was whole) to appear. The battle for existence, for existence of the nation, the War of G-d, was with an inner consciousness. Mighty in spirit, they knew in the depth of darkness to choose good and eschew evil. Yeah though I go in the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil. When we meditate on them, we, with all the spirituality that we so desire, long for

Dovid Hamelech and Rav Kook teach us that while there is a time for gentleness and refinement, there is also a time to kiss our Gemaras, place them down, pick up our weapons, and go to battle against the enemies of the Jewish people who seek to destroy us. That is no less a part of Torah and Yiddishkeit than the study of Torah. Indeed, even a simple reading of Tanach reveals that most of it is comprised of how the Jewish people conducted themselves in war. Now is the time in history when we must enclothe ourselves for battle and clean the world of the cockroaches of Hamas and their ilk. The whole world is trembling in fear as radical Islamists populate their countries. They look on helplessly. Right now, our people are the only ones making way for Hashem’s kingship in the world. We are the only ones who have taken it upon ourselves to finally clean house, ridding

Now is the time in history when we must enclothe ourselves for battle and clean the world of the cockroaches of Hamas and their ilk.

their strength, for the solid life force that dwelled in their midst, and out of this longing our spiritual strength is hardened and our physical strength is softened, and those strong souls return to live in us as ever. Rav Kook is teaching us that we cannot view the strength and might of warriors as somehow alien to our religious, Torah-based life. During our two thousand year exile, we have become accustomed to thinking of a Jew purely as the refined, pale student in the beis medrash. We began thinking that we should only be encamped in Maska, a place of sweetness. We forgot that we must sometimes set up camp in Etzyon Gaver and Rimon Paretz, places of strategy, might, and breaking through all obstacles.

the terrorists of their missiles, guns, grenade launchers, and attack tunnels. We are the only ones standing up to the evil of Hamas, which prides itself on its love of death and bloodshed. We are like Dovid Hamelech, “redhaired with beautiful eyes” (Shmuel I 16:12); red like Eisav the warrior with the refinement and elevated spirit reflected in his beautiful eyes. Chazal say (Bereishis Raba 63:8) about Dovid Hamelech, “He killed with the consent of the Sanhedrin.” Even when Dovid Hamelech expressed the warrior aspect of his personality, he did not do so with cruel abandon. He conducted himself in war according to halacha and morality. We also see this in our brave brothers in the IDF. While the enemies of our people stoop to lower and lower depths of cruelty both to

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our people and their own, the Jewish warriors in Eretz Yisroel never stoop to the level of their degraded enemies. They go above and beyond what any nation has done when defending themselves against the imminent threats we face today. When I see how our nation is rising to the challenge against it with greater moral clarity, more davening, more mitzvos, and more resolve to use the truth to fight against the attacks, lies, and propaganda of our enemies, I feel a surge of pride in our nation. Thinking back to a recent conflict, I am filled with love and nachas when I think about the Israeli soldiers, commanders, political leaders, and people. I am proud to be a Jew. One of my children showed me a video a few years ago of a group of “Nanachers” dancing with Israeli soldiers, many of whom were not wearing yarmulkes, singing “One who has emunah is not afraid...” Indeed, when we hold onto our faith and know with certainty that destroying terrorists who attempt to kill every single Jew as they hide behind their own women and children is G-d’s work, we have nothing to fear. The parsha is named after our “journeys,” not our encampments. Why? Because the main thing is that in life, we do not stop. We must keep moving forward, looking for how G-d’s will expresses itself in all of the various permutations of life’s challenges. May each of us and all of our brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisroel merit to reach a level on which we can contain all of the disparate aspects of life in this world within us. May we recognize that we must serve G-d in all of the different ways the Torah demands for the vast array of differing life circumstances we encounter in our journeys. And may Hashem take vengeance upon every terrorist snake who has harmed even a single hair on the head of any Jew. May Hashem soon send Moshiach to remove every evil regime from the earth to make way for the great-grandson of the greatest king, Dovid Hamelech, soon in our days. Rav Moshe Weinberger, shlita, is the founding Morah d’Asrah of Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, NY, and serves as leader of the new mechina Emek HaMelech.

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Between the Lines

Assault and Flattery By Eytan Kobre

The same man cannot be both friend and flatterer. -Benjamin Franklin


king was once warned of a notorious flatterer visiting his palace. “Be on guard, Your Majesty,” his advisors cautioned. “This man will attempt to exploit you through flattery.” “Fear not,” the king replied confidently. “He won’t get far with me.” When the man arrived, he wasted no time. How honored I am to be in the same room as the mightiest of monarchs. I find myself blinded by the radiance of your beauty, the glory of your presence, your divine charm, your grace, your elegance… He carried on in this manner for a full twenty minutes. When he finally paused for breath, the king’s advisors seized the opportunity. “Didn’t we warn you of this flattery, Your Majesty?” “Rest assured,” answered the king, “the moment he starts to flatter me I’ll have him thrown out. But thus far, he has spoken nothing but the truth.” We are cautioned against “polluting the land” by committing murder (Bamidbar 35:33) but because the

word for “pollute” is the same as for “flatter” the verse also serves to caution against the ills of flattery (Sifri 161; Ramban, Bamidbar 35:33) – which many regard as an outright Torah prohibition (Sefer Yereim 55; Chofetz Chaim, Prohibition 16; Rambam, Sefer HaMitzvos, Shoresh 5 and Ramban ad loc.; Orchos Chaim 103). Despite the temptation to downplay flattery as a victimless wrong, flatterers “bring anger to the world,” cause “prayers to go unanswered,” and “fall to Gehinnom” (Sota 41b-42a). So grave an offense is flattery that it requires daily confession (Mishna Berura 239:9), and a flatterer may be exposed publicly (Yoma 86b). There are nine forms of prohibited flattery: (1) telling a wicked person that he has not sinned; (2) publicly praising a wicked person as having positive attributes; (3) privately praising a wicked person; (4) befriending a wicked person; (5) endorsing an unfit leader; (6) failing to protest the bad acts of others; (7) failing to protest the bad acts of others out of fear that it will not have the desired effect; (8) failing to protest improper speech; and (9) honoring the wicked out of a (misguided) sense of peace (Sha’arei Teshuva 3:187-199; Orchos Tzaddikim,

Sha’ar HaChanifus). But even those specific forms of flattery ultimately fall into two broad categories: “bad” and “worse” (Pele Yoetz, Chanufa). A congregation that flatters is “disgusting” and deserves exile (Sota 42a; see Menoras HaMaor 2:3). When King Agrippas (grandson of the non-Jewish King Herod) was distressed that his lineage disqualified him from being a Jewish king, the sages soothed him by saying, “You are our brother, you are our brother,” and this improper flattery doomed the Jewish people to destruction (Sota 41b). The sages’ failure to protest the Kamtza and Bar Kamtza affair represented the very worst in flattery (Maharsha, Gittin 55b) – and look where that got us. So it is no surprise that our leaders have gone to great lengths to avoid flattery, receiving and giving. R’ Akiva Eiger gave his son two instructions for the printing of his books: use quality paper and delete all titles ascribed to him by others. R’ Yisrael Salanter would fold letters he received so as not to see the titles ascribed to him by others (only later did he relax this practice when he realized that everyone used these titles to describe just about anyone). R’ Yosef Dov HaLevi Soloveitchik, the Bais HaLevi, was once invited by a wealthy man not guided by Torah

values to celebrate his son’s bar mitzvah at a lavish feast. When the Bais Halevi inquired as to whether the boy would deliver a Torah address at the feast, the wealthy man explained that his son would do no such thing. “That custom is outdated.” “If so,” replied the Bais HaLevi, “then I’m obliged to decline your invitation, as a bar mitzvah celebration without a Torah address is not a proper bar mitzvah celebration at all.” The wealthy man desperately tried to change the Bais HaLevi’s mind, but to no avail. The Bais HaLevi would not flatter this man with his attendance. Another man – simpler but far more pious and sincere – overheard the conversation. He, too, had a son becoming bar mitzvah. Ordinarily, he would never presume to trouble the Bais HaLevi to come to the celebration in honor of his son, but, hearing the Bais HaLevi’s admonition to the wealthy man, he decided to give it a try. He explained to the Bais HaLevi that his son was becoming bar mitzvah and would celebrate by giving a meticulously-crafted Torah address. “If so,” the Bais HaLevi answered, “I’d be delighted to be your guest.” The wealthy man soon learned that not only did the Bais HaLevi refuse his invitation, he “dared” to

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accept the invitation of a simple, “unenlightened” man. What an insult! the wealthy man fumed. He was so enraged that he persuaded the Bais HaLevi’s landlord to evict him, and all the landlords in the town of Slutzk not to rent a home to the Bais HaLevi. Rather than appease or flatter the wealthy man (or his cronies), the Bais HaLevi left Slutzk for Warsaw, where he lived in poverty. R’ Naftali of Ropshitz would explain, only half in jest, that he was initially reluctant to enter the rabbinate for fear he might be expected to flatter his followers. So he thought about becoming a tailor. Then he discovered that tailors flatter their customers. So he thought about becoming a shoemaker. Then he discovered that shoemakers flatter their customers. If everyone flatters, he concluded, I might as well join the rabbinate. Now, not all flattery is off-limits. A man should flatter his wife for marital harmony, his creditor to stave off demands for repayment, and his rabbi to teach him Torah (Orchos Tzaddikim, Sha’ar HaChanifus). Flattery may sometimes be employed to assuage those receiving rebuke (Alshich, Vayikra 19:17; Orchos Tzaddikim, Sha’ar HaChanifus). And some are of the opinion that flattery is permitted to escape danger (Tosfos, Sota 41b; Torah Temima, Bereishis 33:10; Sefer Yereim 248; but see Sha’arei Teshuva, 3:187-88; Yad Ketana, Dei’os 10:13; Ha’aros of R’ Elyashiv, Nedarim 22a). Flattery also may be permitted to avoid sizeable financial loss (Torah Temima, Bereishis 33:10). R’ Moshe Feinstein was asked whether the honor of opening the Aron Kodesh could be bestowed upon a philanthropic Jewish doctor married to a non-Jew, as the doctor should continue his generous financial support of the congregation (Igros Moshe, Orach Chaim 2:51). R’ Moshe explained that the prohibition against flattery assumes some correlation between the flatterer’s negative character and the honor being bestowed, such that the honor could be construed as approval of the errant character. Since opening the Aron Kodesh was unrelated to the doctor’s intermarriage, R’ Moshe ruled that it

was permissible. But these narrow exceptions ought not to swallow the rule – especially when the flattery could be seen as substituting fear of man for

throne throughout the day, screaming at the waves to stop. But in they came anyway, until the seat of the throne was submerged. Finally, the king turned to his

Sincere compliments can build relationships, but flattery undermines them.

fear of G-d (Tosfos, Sota 41b; Kad HaKemach, Chanufa). Indeed, flatterers “do not receive the face of the Divine Presence” (Sota 42a) not only as a form of punishment but also as a natural consequence of prioritizing man’s esteem over G-d’s (Michtav M’Eliyahu, Vol 5, pg. 102). An apocryphal anecdote is told of King Canute of England, wherein all his subjects flattered him endlessly. You are the greatest, most powerful king of all…there is nothing you cannot do, nothing in this world dares disobey you. The king eventually grew tired of such foolishness and decided to teach his subjects a lesson. “So you say I am the greatest man in the world and all things obey me?” “Oh, yes, sire,” the subjects responded. “In that case, fetch my throne and place it down by the seashore.” The servants scrambled to carry the throne over the sands, placing it at the water’s edge. The king sat down and surveyed the ocean. “The tide draws near. Will it stop if I give the command?” “Give the order, O King, and it will obey.” “Sea,” King Canute called out, “come no further! Do not dare touch my feet!” He waited a moment, and a wave rushed up the sand and covered his feet. “How dare you! Ocean, turn back now!” King Canute remained on his

subjects. “It seems I do not have quite so much power as you would have me believe. Perhaps now you will remember there is only one King, and He is all-powerful. I suggest you reserve your praise for Him.”

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Because flattery stems from an inability to accept reality (Da’as Torah, Shemos 18:21), flatterers seek to distort reality with disingenuous toadyism. Sincere compliments can build relationships, but flattery undermines them; rightful praise develops self-esteem, but flattery patronizes; flattery creates, for giver and receiver alike, an artificial harmony and a false reality. Metaphorically, at least, the prohibition against “flattering the land” (Bamidbar 35:33) is a prohibition against creating an atmosphere of disingenuousness and insincerity. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy flattery as much as anyone. But I won’t be deluded it; like the king who was warned of the notorious flatterer, I’d like to think I could not so easily be seduced. At least not when what others say is the truth. Eytan Kobre is a writer, speaker, and attorney living in Kew Gardens Hills. Questions? Comments? Suggestions? E-mail

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Avi Tenenbaum Helping People, Body and Soul By Raphael Poch


vi Tenenbaum is a volunteer first responder with United Hatzalah of Israel. In addition to being a volunteer EMT who responds to emergency calls on his electric bicycle, Tenenbaum is an advanced Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit volunteer and has been since the unit’s inception in April 2016 and is currently the unit’s assistant director in charge of education and international partnerships. He is also the Project Developer of the unit as well as one of its dispatchers. Tenenbaum hails from Chicago and is originally from West Rogers Park. He made aliyah at the age of 17, in 2001, and currently lives in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem with his family. With his electric bicycle, he is able to maneuver through difficult places and terrain allowing him to arrive at places that are difficult to reach and that no one else can get to.

Tenenbaum has a wealth of hands-on training in the field of psychotherapy and he is also an addiction professional, meaning that he specializes in treating behavioral addictions. In addition to his professional practice and his volunteer work with United Hatzalah, Tenenbaum runs his own non-profit organization of Jewish addiction professionals, which brings together Jewish leaders in the field from all over the world. He also specializes in contextual psychology interventions. Tenenbaum is an Orthodox Jew and, as such, has a strong background in dealing with the Orthodox communities both in Israel and the U.S. with the issues surrounding behavioral addiction and their treatments within the Orthodox community.. “Working with United Hatzalah in general and in specific the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit is such a pleasure and a privilege,” he

shares. “I feel that I have not only found a place where I can put my talents and training to good use but that I have found a second family. I am very proud to go out wearing the vest and logo of the organization because it stands for a single-minded and dedicated group of people who are going out of their way to save lives. The people in this organization are always striving to save lives in the most unique ways possible. From the regular volunteers all the way up to the directors, everyone is focused on creating new methodologies to help people in whatever way we can. That is a terrific organization to be a part of.” As part of his responsibilities to the Psychotrauma Unit, Tenenbaum creates all of the educational material for the continuing education of the responders and the educational material used in both the basic and advanced courses as well as the protocols for the unit.

In addition to his work behind the scenes, Tenenbaum also represents the unit at major events and operations, which includes heading international missions such as Hurricane Harvey, and the recent training of a new team in Johannesburg, South Africa. He also works handin-hand with the volunteers and other divisions in United Hatzalah and covers a variety of responsibilities that include, attending funerals, or major large-scale or complex operation where it is expected that there could be many casualties. Due to the newness of the Psychotrauma Unit and the fact that it is the first active unit of its kind in the world, the unit keeps track of all of the statistics regarding the calls that it responds to, including where the geographic locations of the higher call volumes are, what times of day most calls occur and within what segments of the population. This information is kept in order

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Tenenbaum adds. Tenenbaum says that he has been able to construct a strong international network of Jewish professionals through the non-profit which he runs. “I send out in-depth information to practitioners to help keep their minds open in sending

resident William White helped Tenenbaum get the non-profit off the ground and chose the name. “I began working with United Hatzalah as a psychological first responder from the advanced level and saw the work that the EMTs are doing in the field day-in and day-out.

"It is funny but I feel much safer in Israel and walking around on the streets here than I did in Chicago."

them life-saving information on how to deal with various parts of addictions that go above and beyond the basic approaches.” The non-profit is called Jewish Network of Addiction Recovery Support, or JNARS. Fellow Illinois

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I said to myself that there is no way that I can be involved in this organization and not be an EMT and medical first responder as well,” he adds. “When I tell people back home what I do, they are surprised and ask me if it is safe. It is funny but I

feel much safer in Israel and walking around on the streets here than I did in Chicago,” he quips. “I lock a 20,000 NIS electric bicycle outside my house every night and I never fathom that it will be stolen. I let my eight-year-old daughter walk to the corner store by herself and never even think that anything would happen to her. Having said that, I still miss the Jewish community of Chicago. It has a very special community feeling that I miss and, even though it is a large Jewish community, it is a very close community and I miss that atmosphere.” Every now and then, Tenenbaum gets to connect his two homes. “Yesterday, a Chicagoan called me up on the phone who was having a medical emergency for one of his family members because he knew I was in United Hatzalah and I put him through to 1221, who then dispatched first responders and saved the life of the person’s relative.” All in a day’s work.


to enhance volunteer preparedness and to guide the unit as to where to increase the number of responders that it has in order to answer the needs of the population. During 2017, the unit received on average, 40 calls per month across the country. The unit has expanded to a total of 600 responders across the country and at any given time has between 4-6 courses of new trainees divided up into regions. “I got started in this field when I was in Yeshiva,” Avi says. “I was one of the top learners in yeshiva and several rabbis told me that i had a special talent for working with people and that i needed to stop learning in yeshiva and head out to help people. So I began to study psychology and psychotherapy and eventually opened my own practice and my own non-profit organization and became a sought-after expert in the field of addictions. I was sought out by clinicians who were looking for new ways to get through to their patients,”


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Inching Towards a Trade War

China & the U.S. Engage in a Tariff Tiff By Susan Schwamm


he first shots in what may become a global trade war were fired last Friday when the Trump administration levied a 25 percent tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports to the U.S. Despite understandable trepidation about a trade war, this may be a war of necessity rather than one of choice. And, ironically, it may be a war that China has been waging against the U.S. long before we ever realized there was a conflict. Even so, as in any war, dangers lurk and things can quickly spiral out of control. It’s important to be vigilant, cautious, and to plan the right attacks.


n his last day before being ousted from the White House in August of 2017, then-senior advisor to President Trump Steven Bannon bared his soul in an interview with the American Prospect. Of all the issues facing the U.S. his primary concern was China. “We’re at economic war with China,” he declared. “It’s in all

their literature. They’re not shy about saying what they’re doing.” Bannon warned that “the economic war with China is everything.” He urged the U.S. to be “maniacally focused on that.” He added, “If we continue to lose it, we’re five years away, I think, ten years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we’ll never be able to recover.” Bannon may long be gone from the White House, but his views on China may still be front and center in the Oval Office. In fact, those very views – not often articulated in such a stark and combative tone – seem to be the very views shared by his former boss, President Donald J. Trump. Anyone who paid attention to candidate Trump in the 2016 campaign knows that Mr. Trump has been complaining about China’s economic practices for a long time. Despite the media’s fixation on Trump’s fixation with “CHIY-NA,” most agree with Trump that China is a problem. The vast bastion of communism, with its 1.4 billion people, is the world’s

second largest economy, and its practices have been placing the U.S. economy – which is tepidly holding on to its status as the world’s largest economy – at a disadvantage. While the U.S. is a melting pot of ideologies and a unified national conviction is not necessarily what drives our decisions (in other words, we are preoccupied with the latest video games, celebrity gossip and food blogs), China is hyper-focused on strengthening its ideology and increasing its global strength vis-à-vis the U.S. In fact, according to documents recently obtained by Japan’s Kyodo News Agency, the Chinese government in Beijing has a plan to overhaul its military in order to expand its armed forces to “manage a crisis, contain a conflict, win a war,” and make the country stronger than the U.S. When it comes to gaining a competitive economic edge against the U.S., China has long taken an “all of the above” approach. China has for years been pillaging

the intellectual property of American companies. Whether it is infringing on American patents, stealing proprietary software, counterfeiting American designer clothing, or pirating American movies (until Netlflix came along, at least), China has been brazenly robbing American businesses in broad daylight. According to a 2013 report by the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, Chinese companies illegally steal over $200 billion worth of American business secrets each year. According to a more recent report, the number may be closer to $600 billion annually. This theft of U.S. intellectual property takes place not only through classic cyber theft, but also through laws in China which facilitate the theft. For example, as per China’s “joint venture requirement,” companies that want to produce in China and sell in the Chinese market must enter into joint ventures that result in their technology being turned over to their Chinese partners. Other Chinese laws also facilitate the transfer of intel-

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lectual property secrets to China. According to Peter Navarro, who is director of the White House National Trade Council, “These forms of state-sponsored forced technology transfer are truly a devil’s bargain. When an American company turns over its technology in exchange for access to the Chinese market of today, it has effectively created a Chinese competitor in the global markets of tomorrow.” Aside for the billions of dollars that American companies lose through China’s theft of intellectual property, it is estimated that over 2 million jobs would return to the United States if China had laws to protect business secrets like the U.S. does. During the presidential campaign, Mr. Trump disclosed how he will deal with this problem. “If China does not stop its illegal activities, including its theft of American trade secrets, I will use every lawful presidential power to remedy trade disputes, including the application of tariffs,” he declared.



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nother way that China has over the past several decades attempted to gain an unfair competitive edge is by currency manipulation. Through methods such as buying foreign currency, especially U.S. Treasury notes, China has been able to keep the value of its yuan lower – by purchasing U.S. Treasury notes, the value of the dollar appreciates, causing the yuan to depreciate relative to it. Through cheapening its currency, China makes its exports cheaper, thus gaining a competitive edge over the U.S. Even though as a member of the International Monetary Fund China is prohibited from manipulating its currency, China has gotten around the provision by claiming that it manages its currency to ensure domestic stability, not to cheat trading partners. (As in most global agreements, it is only the U.S. that is strictly forced to adhere to the agreement, other countries usually get the benefits without abiding by the rules.) Although there are indications that over the past year China has not blatantly depreciated its currency relative to the dollar, the competitive edge it gained through its decades-long practice has led to where we are today. And where we are today is a $375


billion trade deficit with China. The last time that the U.S. ran a trade surplus with China was in April 1986. In 2017, U. S. exports to China were $130 billion, while imports from China were $506 billion. According to data released by the Census Bureau last Friday, the U.S. trade deficit with China hit a record for the first five months of 2018. From January through May, the United States ex-

decried the trade imbalance between the U.S. and China. “Trade between our nations…has been very unfair, for a very long time. This situation is no longer sustainable,” he noted. Trump told reporters last Friday that his administration is imposing the tariffs “because we have to, because we’ve been treated very unfairly.” China responded by saying that it would impose 25 percent tariffs

What China is to Trump, Japan was to Reagan in the eighties. ported $52,902,300,000 in goods to China while importing a whopping $205,139,800,000 in goods from China. The top items imported from China to the U.S are cell phones, computers, telecommunications equipment, toys, games and sporting goods. The top items exported by the U.S. to China are civilian aircraft, engines, equipment and parts ($16,264,533,000); soybeans, cars, semiconductors and industrial machines. Apparently there are still some things you just can’t produce efficiently in China.


hen announcing the plan, last month, to place tariffs on China, President Trump

on about $34 billion worth of U.S. products, including meat, seafood, dairy products, beans, nuts and cars. “China doesn’t want a trade war,” China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said on Friday in a statement. “However, confronted by such short-sighted act that hurts both U.S. itself and others, China has no choice but to fight back forcefully, to firmly safeguard the interests of the nation and its people and uphold economic globalization and the multilateral trading system.” But after that announcement, President Trump warned that if China retaliates, he may raise tariffs on more than $500 billion in Chinese products – nearly the total value of U.S. imports from China last year.

lthough countries placing tariffs on imports is nothing new, over the past 70 years globalization has been the rage and tariffs are seen as the stick in the eye of free trade. All the more so, when a country places a tariff on another country in order to weaken that country’s economic position, that is a shot across the bow which can trigger a trade war. This would not be the first time the U.S. has waded into trade war territory. Almost 90 years ago, in order to protect American farmers from cheap agricultural imports, Congress enacted the Tariff Act of 1930 which placed tariffs on more than 800 goods. Other countries responded with their own protectionist measures. Things did not work out as Congress hoped they would. As a result of the Tariff Act, import prices rose 45 percent and farm exports decreased by two-thirds over a threeyear period, exactly the opposite effect of the intended consequence. Global trade plummeted by 65 percent. Many argue that this protectionist era formed the backdrop that led to World War II. Despite the dangers of trade wars, President Trump is not the first modern-era commander-in-chief to toy with tariffs. Presidents use their power to slap tariffs as the ying to the yang of free trade agreements. Although President Ronald Reagan considered himself to be an advocate of free trade, in 1987 he imposed a 100% tariff on Japanese-made computers, televisions and power tools. He implemented the tariffs because Japan was trying to take over the semiconductor industry by selling semiconductors in the U.S. below market prices and refusing to allow American semiconductor producers to sell in Japan. As a result, Japan buckled to Reagan’s measures. Although that specific tariff succeeded, other tariffs that President Reagan placed on Japan to even the trade balance did not succeed. What China is to Trump, Japan was to Reagan in the eighties. Despite Regan’s wielding the tariff stick against them, the trade imbalance with Japan was never rectified. This leads many to conclude that aside for the dangers of a trade war the goal of balancing trade will work no better for the president who wants to “Make America Great Again” than it did in the eighties for the GOP president who advocated for “America First.”


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lthough tariffs are a weapon to be used with caution, business as usual – with China gaining an unfair competitive advantage – is not an option. Even more, free trade deals such as NAFTA have wreaked havoc on the heartland. If the U.S. was made great by the Industrial Revolution, it is currently in the process of becoming a post-industrial nation. Aside for national security concerns of a dwindling industrial sector (in World War II, U.S. industries became the main engine of the military effort), the middle class in the U.S. is dependent on industrial and manufacturing type jobs. To that end, Trump is not only targeting China, but many others as well, including those right on our border – Canada and Mexico – to ameliorate this situation. But it is China that will likely remain the main front in this battle to level the playing field. Despite the bluster on both sides, neither the U.S. nor China would benefit from a full-on trade war. China’s stock market has declined more

than twenty percent over the past six months and the U.S. has finally regained its economic footing over the past several years and can easily slide into an economic malaise. A U.S. and China trade war would likely have a great impact on the global economy as well. The Chinese and the U.S. economy is not only intertwined

in trade but in, perhaps, a more significant way as well. Through its purchase of U.S. Treasury notes, China is essentially the largest lender to the United States. This helps keep U.S. interest rates low. If China were to stop buying Treasuries, interest rates would rise dramatically and likely result in a global recession.


But not everyone is afraid of a trade war. Economist Rick Santelli of CNBC, who is credited with starting the Tea Party in 2009, recently said, “When I hear so many people from so many countries that are bureaucracies say the following, ‘There are no winners in a trade war,’ I would say, ‘Horse hockey.’ My answer would be why do so many people all over the world go on strike? ... Because one or both sides over time, once the new agreement is made, will make up for lost time and they’ll have a better logistical set-up. And that’s why they go on strike.” Regarding a possible trade war with China, he noted, “I’m not sure how it’s going to end but I feel fairly confident that the conventional wisdom description will not be the accurate one.” In other words, hang on to your Chinese-made hat as you sip your American coffee in a Chinese paper cup while reading the American headlines in the morning. Things are going to be just fine.






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WEEK # 2

wer’e nuts about you! Leeba, Suri, Ruchie, and Ellen

Do you want to know what is completely nuts? That we have been in camp for about two and a half weeks already! Each day in camp Orah is an entire world. The days fly because the kids are having so much fun and at the same time each day is so well maximized to the minute, that it goes on and on. We are constantly amazed as we watch the summer unfold. In our wildest dreams we could not have anticipated the utter joy and glee that our campers and staff members experience as they wholeheartedly embrace all that is being offered to them on a daily basis. We wish you could have seen them as they learned cool mouth beats with Ilan, our Americas Got Talent beat boxer, and bounced like nuts at Bounce USA. Our oldest bunks went on an insane boat ride, and explored Manhattan on a double Decker Ferry. They ended the day with supper and late swim. Our younger division went on a fascinating trip to the Jewish children's museum and enjoyed lunch in a park. Our youngest campers enjoyed a refreshing morning at the sprinkler parks during our very hot day. Once upon a tree top...Cup of fun...Spring’s all only a drop in the bucket. Please ask your children about their day, they have a lot to share. Thanks for sharing them with us at Orah day camp! We are enjoying your girls tremendously.!


Avigail and Miri

Nuttin is better than spending time together with Orah campers!! This week has been nuttier than ever. We had donut eating contest because donuts are obviously our favorite nut. We got soaked while campers aimed wet tissues at our faces that were perfectly perched on the hole of donut tubes. We couldn't stop laughing when we dressed up as a mom and a screeching baby. The baby was driving us absolutely nuts and the girls needed to come up with some quick solutions. Nutty races brought out the wacky in us all. Pickles on strings...cookies on foreheads...cheerios up noses...and did you know how talented your kids are? We found out at our talent show that they are ready to perform in Ringling Bros. We can't stop singing their praises and they can't stop singing!! ( we have heard that some of you are losing you mind as the theme song gets sung over and over and the shower and living rides upstate)


The Counselors

We sometimes forget that we are not in sleep away camp. We have bonded with each other and with our campers in a way that you don't usually see in a day camp. We love hanging out with them at morning breakouts and between specialty activities. We notice beautiful Middos and positive interactions and try to acknowledge and make a big deal about what is truly important. We come each morning smiling, ready to embrace the day and we leave smiling even wider. Knowing that your kids are having the summer of a lifetime means the world to us and we are proud to be a part of that!


The Campers

THANK YOU FOR SENDING US TO THE BEST DAY CAMP EVER!! We love how there is such a good mix of jumpy activities and calm, relaxing activities. I get to jump with parachutes, on inflatables and races and then i get to chill at yoga and girl glam spa. My room is about to get a makeover because I'm bringing home relaxation pillows that i made myself. And Ma, feel free to ask me to help out in the kitchen. I know how to make pudding mud pies with worms (appetizing??) and I won the "decorate the donut like a nut" challenge. Also, we played candy hedbandz and for once, i enjoyed candy without eating it! and who would have known that basic clear tape can form all sorts of nutty objects? Even a counselor was "cloned" as a plastic replacement. Can't wait to drink a warm cup of "nut"meg flavored coffee in my beautiful mug-just please remember to toivel it with me! And the trips!!! OMG!! It was exciting enough to wear the cutest t-shirts ever but then we went on such amazing trips too!! And those are the big trips. But we also go to the beach to play in sand, pick up refreshing slurpees, relax at the park and do gymnastic at SPRING! Bottom line is- i'm nuts about ORAH! Thanks for sending me here!! Love ya!

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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

I’ve gone out with Debbie several times already. Things are looking good and we’re both in line with one another in just about all areas. But there is one sticking point that I’m afraid might be major. I’m actually wondering whether I’m being unrealistic, though I find I’m having a hard time changing my attitude, as is Debbie.

I’m studying to be an accountant and hope to work hard and do well. But I’m aware of the fact that these days it takes two working parents to support a family. This is a message that has been driven home to me by my parents as far back as I can remember. My mother has always worked as a teacher, despite the fact that my father has a good job. It makes the difference between worrying whether there is any money for extras and feeling a bit more comfortable and secure. Debbie comes from a home where she never saw her mother work and she has no intentions of ever working. She wants to be a stay-at-home mother and take care of her family. I respect her intentions, but worry that it will eventually cause problems. With all the wonderful chemistry and mutual attitudes that we have, is this problem enough to end things with Debbie? The thought of doing that is kind of heartbreaking to me, and yet, I feel I must be realistic and practical. What do you think?

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conclusions to any particular question, rather offer areas of exploration for the author and reader. Due to the nature of the column receiving only a short snapshot of an issue, without the benefit of an actual discussion, the panel’s role is to offer a range of possibilities. We hope to open up meaningful dialogue and individual exploration.

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The Mother

Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. think that this strong difference is a deal breaker. Most families require two incomes today, especially Jewish families. You are an accountant and will always think in terms of the bottom line. Thinking that you will be able to negotiate about this is unrealistic. Debbie is unrealistic. If she expects a family to be supported by an accountant without another income, she is unaware of commitments and practical life. Remember to be respectful and menschlech when you break up.

Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. ot to downplay your very practical concerns regarding future fiscal responsibility, I believe your worries are a tad premature. I am thinking of my niece, the high-powered COO, who balked at going to college because she “wants to be a full-time Mommy.” Then there’s my neighbor, a devoted Mr. Mom, who opted for laundry and carpool over working on Wall Street. Why are you perseverating over “to work or not to work” when neither you nor Debbie have completed your education? Neither you nor Debbie have started a family. Neither you nor Debbie have confronted a bill or budget. Figuring out whether it’s feasible



or necessary for Debbie to work outside the home will depend on so many variables: the ages of your children, your salary, her salary, the practicality of two working spouses, child care arrangements, etc. The list goes on and on; you’ll cross that bridge eventually. On the bright side, there is so much good stuff you and Debbie share: wonderful chemistry, hashkafa and, hopefully, the ability to communicate each other’s needs with respect and understanding. Why worry yourself or – gasp! – let go of a good thing over a concept that may or may not surface in the future?

The Shadchan Michelle Mond hroughout the ages, families were able to support themselves with a one-parent income. Over the last few decades, with the rise of modern feminism and cost-of living increases (which came first, the chicken or the egg? That’s a topic for a different discussion), it has become more common for women to work outside the home and harder for families to rely on a one-family income. It does seem as though you’re on the way to a nice, stable, upper-middle-class income that can support a family, without a second income if you felt she was “The One” for you. Frankly, this is a multi-faceted topic which is hard to fully cover in a few short paragraphs. Single-income family spouses have an unwritten mutual agreement that he works outside the home and she works as a stay-at-home mom. It allows her to give her family a warm, loving, nurturing environment where she is constantly “on call” rather than the babysitter. I don’t see why this should create any problematic situations if she’s OK with it. What will pose a problem is if you have a negative attitude towards her because of it. You say that you have great chemistry and mutual attitudes which make you compatible, however, you need to also


When a woman feels fulfilled in her role of caregiver, the children and husband benefit tremendously.

respect her perspective on how she sees her future. If you can decide to respect her view on becoming a stay-at-home mom, then continue and see where this goes! Should your income prove to be insufficient, the solution might be for her to work part-time from home, which is extremely common and feasible these days. Talk with her about her attitude towards working if your income proves to be unsustainable for your family. However, if you are fortunate to do well financially, she can spend her days dedicated and devoted to her home and family. Ultimately, this is a topic for you to decide between the two of you. If you are unable to respect her perspective, then you might not be compatible. Hatzlacha!

The Single Tova Wein o one would deny the fact that marriage is not easy. And that is why most proactive young people today try to pre-empt potential problems upfront, rather than wait until after they are married to discover that they have totally different attitudes about some very significant areas. Issues surrounding finances are known to be one of the top reasons for marriages failing. One of those issues pertains to how the young couple envisions their future work-wise. Will she be a stay-at-home mom? Will he be the



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stay-at-home dad? Will both spouses stay at home and be supported by parents? Will both spouses work fulltime in order to provide a comfortable living for the family? Will one spouse work part-time, while the other works full-time? Such discussions should not come up as a surprise after two people are married, but rather be clarified upfront, with total honesty, so that there isn’t major conflict later on because of different expectations and assumptions.

Debbie has not observed a working mother and so this concept is foreign to her. Probably her father is quite successful and therefore it wasn’t an issue in her home. The question is whether Debbie can be at all flexible towards the subject of working. Perhaps she’d be OK with working parttime. Would that do it for you? Perhaps she would agree to work if and when you two start a family and are clearly having problems making ends


meet. Maybe Debbie is expecting her parents to help out…buy you a home… pay for your children’s tuitions and camp, etc. Who knows? The point is that you and Debbie need to talk it through in a thorough and creative way and see whether there is flexibility and understanding on her part regarding the reality of what it takes to run an Orthodox home. If she is totally shut down to any kind of compromise, I would take that as a serious red flag, pointing to potential trouble down the road. See where your talks take you.

While people change and their priorities change, it is important to be on the same page before you walk down the aisle.

the area you would like to raise a family? How many children would you like to have? Can your salary support the family you both envision? Ultimately, after every nook and cranny is explored, it boils down to two factors. 1. Can I ultimately respect her decision to be a stay-at-home mother? Can I be at peace with it? Will I resent her or will I be able to appreciate that my wife wants to do the hard labor of raising a family? (And by the way, the cost of child care is outrageous as well, so her salary would have to be more than what the cost of childcare is to make financial sense.) I’m getting into very nitty gritty details here, but if Debbie is from a comfortable or affluent family, does her vision of being a stay-at-home mom include a live-in housekeeper that will allow her the ease of meeting a friend for lunch or running errands without the kids? 2. Flexibility. If push came to shove, and the family needed the second income, how flexible would Debbie be? If all the girls in your daughter’s class were taking an after-school dance lesson, and your daughter came crying to you that she wants to take it too, would Debbie be flexible about getting a job? Or would you be flexible in sharing Debbie’s position that it is more important for your daughter to have an attentive, present, available mother than it is for this daughter to have the dance lesson?

Considering how strongly you feel about Debbie, I think the two of you have a lot of talking to do. If you walk away from the conversation with a sense that Debbie has zero ability to compromise, or zero understanding of the costly reality of raising an Orthodox family, then that would be a red flag. If, however, Debbie is able to understand and acknowledge your position, or informs you that her family is wealthy and will financially support her choice to stay at home, or comes up with a creative solution (such as a willingness to move to an area where housing is significantly less), then at that point you will have to decide what is more important to you: the stability of a two family income or building a life with Debbie. While people change and their priorities change, it is important to be on the same page before you walk down the aisle. Sincerely, Jennifer

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here is nothing more noble or dignified than a woman who wants to be a stay-at-home mother and raise her children. When a woman feels fulfilled in her role of caregiver, the children and husband benefit tremendously. There is a big however coming: However, the price of housing, yeshiva tuitions, summer camp, kosher supermarket bills, sheitels, clothing, medical bills, insurance, shul dues, bar, bat mitzvah and wedding gifts, birthday parties and presents, ice cream truck at the park, Sunday outings for a large family, etc. often necessitate a two-family income, especially in certain more expensive Jewish areas like New York and Los Angeles. (I’m sorry if I caused the reader any anxiety while drinking their Shabbos morning coffee). The reality is that the costs of raising an Orthodox Jewish family are astronomically high. Most people who are not independently wealthy/very comfortable or are supported by parents choose to have a two-income household which will a) give them the ability to pay their bills, or b) allow them some wiggle room in their budget. I understand that you and Debbie have a real relationship with real feelings and there is a lot at stake. Should

you le ave someone because of differing ideas about finances and income? And what if she changes her mind if she needs to one day? (She may!) This is a complicated and personal decision that I cannot answer for you. I will say that I think you are wise to take pause and think about how this may impact you and your future family long-term. I don’t know you and Debbie and I don’t know how she arrived at her decision. Here is what I am wondering about Debbie’s decision to be a stay-athome mom: Is Debbie’s family able and willing to support her and her future family? If that is the case, how do you feel about taking money from your in-laws? If Debbie’s parents aren’t able or planning to support her, what is her vision for her financial lifestyle? Is she OK with not having extras? Are you OK with not having extras? What do the two of you consider to be “extras”? Have the two of you sat down, pen to paper, and discussed what your income will be as an accountant with a starting salary and what your potential income is? Have you thought about

Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. Visit for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.


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Dr. Deb

Can Hate Become Love? By Deb Hirschhorn, Ph.D.


uch strong words, aren’t they? Hate! Love! The entire range of emotions is covered in those two words. We Jews are supposed to conquer our emotions. Yet, maybe we’re really not. As Rabbi Feiner said more than once, the Tehillim of Dovid Hamelech cover the gamut of emotions; that, in fact, every feeling known to man is in there, somewhere, and that’s where the appeal of the Psalms comes from: They speak to us. So emotions are clearly part of who we are and must be valued by Hashem in order for Him to have gifted Dovid Hamelech with the ability to “speak” to all of ours. On the other hand, not allowing our emotions to control us is a constant refrain in Torah. To act without thought, impulsively expressing what’s in our heart, is a sin. We are taught that the pasuk “lo sonu ish es amiso” from Vayikra 25:17 means we may not be verbally abusive. The viduy blames us for laitzanus, making a “joke” out of

something serious, what we would call sarcasm or scorn. But this is rather challenging. Once you feel a feeling, it seems that in order to handle it in a Torah-dik way, you have to somehow curtail it, subdue it. Then, really, you’re no longer feeling it. Still, it can’t be that the whole point of having feelings is to get rid of them. Maybe something else is involved. Maybe we’re not supposed to get rid of all our feelings when we have them, only certain ones. We are told, also in viduy, that imutz halev, hardness of heart, is a sin. Elsewhere, we learn that we should not hate our neighbor in our heart. These injunctions imply that love is a permitted emotion but hate is not. If we feel hate, it may be natural and normal, but we have to channel that feeling into discussing with the person who caused it what is bothering us. But how? What if you can’t because they not only won’t listen but they will do whatever it was that was so disturbing to us even more?

It looks like we would be stuck: We can’t talk about it but we’re not allowed to have that feeling. It would seem that Hashem must have planned for that and given us some way out of that impossible place. What if a way could be found where hate could transform into love? Emotional alchemy. Wouldn’t that be nice? In order to do this, we would have to understand the basis of the hate, what it’s made of. It seems to me that it comes from a sense of having been severely and unjustly treated. A strong example of this would be people who pursue their divorces in court for many years. Why would they keep returning to court to inflict more penalties on the other person when the divorce was finalized a long time ago? The answer is that, in spite of the fact that the legal relationship is over, the emotional relationship is not. One party does not feel vindicated. That person feels that something is still unfair and he or she is still in the unbalanced position

of being the victim. See, when we marry, we have expectations. Sometimes we even make promises to our new partner so the partner becomes quite certain those expectations will be filled, things such as “I will love you forever,” “I’ll always take care of you,” “There’s no one but you,” “You’re everything to me.” When the relationship goes south, the person who made those statements, of course, no longer feels the same way and doesn’t act on them as promised. But the other person feels the emptiness, the lack of what they expected. I believe that the years of court battles with their countless dollars attached are the result of that emotional deficit. The emotional bank account is empty and must be filled. The person rushing to persecute the former partner doesn’t know this consciously, but is driven by it nevertheless. And it will not end by itself. The years of court battles do not rectify this imbalance in the emotional bank account. Only running out of funds brings the horror show to

an end in the legal system, but the bitterness remains in the person’s heart. Similarly, we could come to hate someone who misjudged us. This is another form of betrayal. We believed that the other person would never turn against us, but the act of misjudging goes to the core of who we are. We also hate those who took away our loved one’s life or our liberty or our happiness. These are powerful forms of abuse and hatred is a normal reaction. In each of these cases, we have been violated; there is an imbalance of the scale, and until that is rectified, the emotion will remain. It seems, then, that the rectification could come from a sincere, deep, thoroughly detailed, and emotionally-connected apology. That is because apologies have surprising power. Their power comes from the fact that they pierce through the rubble to get at the unjust imbalance that

the betrayal or violence caused. The moment someone says, “chatasi,” I sinned, he has removed some intangible thing from his emotional bank account and put it in the other person’s. Any gain or glory that he

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selves out of the muck when we have sinned, but it is also part of therapy. In our modern world, therapist Chloe Madanas detailed a way a person who committed improprieties with a sibling could start that

What if a way could be found where hate could transform into love? Emotional alchemy. Wouldn’t that be nice?

obtained through the ill-considered behavior is cancelled by this confession. Not only is this the essence of teshuva, the way that we get our-

sibling’s healing process through a sincere public apology -0 on his knees. Now, what I have noticed with couples is that when one person is

injured by the other, and the aggressor decides not to act defensive but takes their lumps and admits their mistakes from the heart, the tension dissolves immediately. What could have turned into years of emotional wars instead becomes a moment of relief. A sigh is heard, there’s a dropping of the shoulders; the body relaxes, and the heart starts to open. This is the magic behind restoring broken marriages – and changes of heart for the better. The individual who was stuck having hard feelings and unable to voice them no longer has that burden once the other person apologizes. The trick, of course, is to get the other person to even realize they need to apologize. That, I guess, is what therapists are for.

Dr. Deb Hirschhorn is a Marriage and Family Therapist. She can be reached at 646-54-DRDEB or by writing drdeb@

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Health & F tness

Summer Vacation Don’t Pack It In By Aliza Beer MS, RD


ummer is here! The kids are off at sleepaway camp or settled into day camp. No homework and less responsibilities make this the perfect time for many couples to go on a much needed vacation. Unfortunately, traveling can also be synonymous with ditching your diet willpower and gaining weight. Often people return home not only with a tan, but with some extra pounds as well. However, many experts say that vacation may just be the perfect time to get into better health and physical shape. You are relaxed, sleeping more (if you’re not jetlagged), and most likely moving around a lot more. The trick is balancing your usual health habits with just a bit of extra indulgence. Follow my vacation tips and you will bring back only great souvenirs, pictures, and memories – but not extra baggage. • Pack Healthy Snacks: Avoid unhealthy airport food and hotel vending machines. For a long flight, pack a meal and a few snacks. Bring healthy snacks along for the whole trip, such as nuts, dried fruit (without added

sugar), and protein bars with very little sugar, i.e. less than 3 grams. Apples and clementines will last for the first several days. At your destination buy fresh fruit if possible. Powdered peanut butter, like PB2, or almond butter, packets of oatmeal, high fiber cereal, rice cakes made from brown rice, and matzah are also good items

around the terminal. This power walk will also help keep you from pigging out on airport snacks. • Beware of the Buffet: If you are headed towards the Holy Land, then one of the most beautiful sights you encounter will be the endless buffet breakfast. You will feel the urge to grab anything and everything. Giv-

It may even be more enjoyable to go for a walk throughout a foreign city instead of calling a cab.

to bring if you will not have access to food for breakfast or lunch. • Early at the Airport? Perfect! Utilize the time and space at the airport to work out. Instead of sitting at the gate perusing magazines, take this opportunity to sneak in some exercise. Speed walk back and forth

ing in to these urges will certainly tip the scale upwards. First, have a cup of coffee. This will help take the edge off of your hunger. Next, do a complete walk around before you start piling up your plate. Choose one treat that you absolutely must try and take a small portion of it. Lastly,

fill up your plate with healthy items like fruit, yogurt, whole grain toast/ cereal, and egg whites. Make sure your breakfast includes a lean protein, like the yogurt or eggs, because it will slow down digestion, and you won’t feel hungry an hour later. • Exercise: Don’t leave your workout routine at home. Squeezing in some form of daily exercise will give you that leeway of enjoying that extra appetizer or cocktail. Usually European and Israeli vacations tend to include enormous amounts of walking and exploring in a new city. Sometimes when you need to go somewhere it may even be more enjoyable to go for a walk throughout a foreign city instead of calling a cab. If your vacation is more of a beach vacation, then incorporate snorkeling, swimming, walking on the beach, or utilizing the hotel’s fitness room. If your hotel lacks a gym, then pack a jump rope and use it in your room, alternating with crunches, push-ups, and lunges. • Choose Either the Alcohol or the Dessert: If you are watching your

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figure then choose one – an alcoholic beverage or a dessert – not both. Scan the entire menu first before you order so you can figure out where you want to splurge. Pick one meal a day where you will enjoy a treat. If you indulge at every meal, then you will certainly pay the price after your vacation. • Pick Skinny Drinks: When you do decide to indulge in an alcoholic beverage, choose your drink wisely. Some of those fruity cocktails contain as much as 500 calories per glass, so if you drink one a day for a week you will gain a pound without even trying. Some low-calorie options are white wine spritzer (60 calories per 6 oz.); vodka soda (100 calories per 8 oz.); and unsweetened tea with orange flavored vodka (100 calories per 8 oz.). As a general rule, drinks made on the rocks will have fewer calories than frozen cocktails and daiquiris which are packed with sugary syrups. • Eat Fish: Try to get in a couple of fish dinners. Fish is lighter than

chicken or meat and going to sleep on a stomach that is not so full is healthier and will help you maintain your weight. • Drink Water: Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. Remember to drink a glass of water right before each meal – you will go into that meal

not as hungry and end up eating a little less. Vacation certainly presents us with diet challenges, but ones that can realistically be overcome. One can relax over vacation without losing all sense of discipline. If a person is presently in the weight loss mode,

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the goal for vacation time is to maintain, and not gain. It is unrealistic to expect to lose on vacation, especially if one is eating out almost every meal. It is completely possible to enjoy your vacation, making the most out of it while at the same time not gaining any weight. Make sure to pack healthy snacks, make the best choices at meals, sneak in your treat, and get all the exercise that you can while walking around your destination and participating in the activities it has to offer. The key is to remember these pointers and, although you can indulge in treats, make sure to maintain the healthy mindset, both in terms of your eating habits and exercise. I wish you all safe, wonderful, and light travels. Aliza Beer is a registered dietician with a master’s degree in nutrition. She has a private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. Patients’ success has been featured on the Dr. Oz show. Aliza can be reached at

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Nine Days

No meat? No big deal! There are plenty of meals to cook up that are easy, tasty and filling. Going meatless doesn’t have to mean losing flavor. Below are nine of my favorite ways to cook meatless.


Meatless & Delicious

1 Spiced Salmon with

Cilantro Lime Sauce Spiced salmon is my favorite no fuss way to serve salmon. I know without fail it will turn out great so it’s the perfect dish to cook up on a busy weeknight. INGREDIENTS 2 lb. salmon fillet 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ tsp Montreal steak seasoning ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. garlic ¼ tsp paprika CILANTRO LIME DIPPING SAUCE ½ cup of mayo 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (fresh!) Juice of ½ lime ¼ tsp. chile powder DIRECTIONS Place salmon, skin side down, on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Drizzle olive oil over salmon. Season with spices, making sure to rub it in. Place in oven on 450°F for about 12 minutes, until salmon is cooked through and flakes easily. Prepare cilantro sauce by combining ingredients. Serve over salmon or on the side.

By Nina Safar


Cauliflower Poppers

If you are craving chicken nuggets, get your fix with these crispy bbq cauliflower poppers. INGREDIENTS 1 head of cauliflower ¼ cup bbq sauce ¼ cup mayo 1 cup corn flake crumbs (or bread crumbs) DIRECTIONS Wash and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Combine mayo and bbq sauce. Dip cauliflower pieces into bbq-mayo mixture, then coat in cornflake crumbs. Place on greased baking sheet and bake in oven on 450°F for about 20 to 25 minutes until outside is slightly crispy. (I like a crunchy coating with slightly burnt edges.)

2 Nina Safar is the foodie behind and loves sharing super simple delicious recipes on the blog.

3 Tofu Stir Fry This easy stir fry is ready in minutes and will have you licking your plate clean. You can swap mushrooms for green beans, asparagus, broccoli or your choice of vegetable. INGREDIENTS 8 oz. sliced mushrooms 12 oz. extra firm tofu, cut into cubes ¼ cup honey ¼ cup soy sauce ¼ cup water 1 tablespoon cornstarch DIRECTIONS Heat up a large frying pan with 1 tablespoon oil. Add mushrooms and cook until soft and browned. Add cubed tofu to the pan. Heat it up. Combine soy sauce and honey, and then add the mixture to the pan. Combine cornstarch and water, then move mushrooms and tofu to side of pan creating a well. Pour cornstarch mixture in the well and swirl over a medium flame until sauce thickens. Once thick, combine everything together. Serve with freshly chopped scallions.

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Creamy Pesto Tortellini

Broccoli Cheddar Bites

with A rtichokes

I’m all about the broccoli cheddar combo and I adore all things mini and love nothing more than a great tasting perfectly sized appetizer. The best of so many worlds! INGREDIENTS 2 heads of broccoli 2 eggs 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese ½ cup of cream cheese 1 ¼ cups of bread crumbs ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. black pepper ¼ tsp. garlic powder ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper DIRECTIONS Steam broccoli. Once soft, place in large mixing bowl and mash together. Add eggs, cream cheese, ¼ cup of bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic and cayenne pepper. Mix well until combined. Wet your hands and shape the broccoli mixture into balls, about the size of falafel balls/walnuts, about 1 tablespoon of broccoli mixture. Dip the balls into the remaining bread crumbs, then place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Spray cooking oil on top of balls then bake on 375°F for about 20 to 25 minutes until slightly crispy. Serve several balls on skewers or individually on a platter with a combo of mayo and ketchup on the side. Tips & Tricks: You can also use the broccoli mixture to make a quiche. Simply put the mixture in a prepared pie crust and bake for about 45 minutes. Or make mini pies with it! Top pies with bread crumbs and extra shredded cheddar cheese. For those of you cheese lovers, wrap the broccoli mixture around cheddar cubes for a super cheesy filling!


While many enjoy all things dairy during the Nine Days, some are not able to indulge due to allergies or being lactose intolerant. Here is a fantastic creamy sauce that’s dairy free and delicious.


Tofu Parmesan I have always loved the idea of crispy chicken layered with melted cheesed and sauce, however since mixing meat and cheese is not kosher I had to improvise and came up with this dish: crispy coated tofu topped with cheese and marinara with a dusting of parmesan. I have never tasted the real thing but this dish definitely satisfied this kosher girl’s craving. INGREDIENTS 12 oz. extra firm tofu 2 eggs 1 cup cornflake crumbs 4 slices mozzarella cheese 2 cups marinara sauce ½ cup grated parmesan DIRECTIONS Remove tofu from container and drain water. Wrap tofu in paper towel and leave on counter to drain for 20 minutes. Pat tofu dry with a paper towel. Slice tofu in half, across the middle, to make two thinner pieces. Then cut tofu into 4 rectangles. Coat the tofu patties in egg then dip into crumbs. Place on a lightly greased baking pan and bake in the oven on 400°F for 15 minutes or until slightly crispy. Remove tofu from pan. Coat pan with layer of sauce. Place tofu on top of sauce. Place additional sauce on top of tofu. Layer cheese slice on top of sauce, then parmesan on top of cheese. Cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese has melted.

INGREDIENTS 12 oz. tortellini pasta (I used frozen sun-dried tomato tortellini) 2 TBS Earth Balance buttery spread (nondairy) 2 TBS flour 2 cups soy milk 2 TBS pesto sauce (I use the Dorot frozen cubes. 1 cube = 2 tablespoons) ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. black pepper ½ tsp. garlic powder 12 oz. artichoke hearts DIRECTIONS Cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Once cooked, remove from water and set aside. Heat up the Earth Balance spread in a large pot until melted. Add the flour and whisk together until smooth and combined. Add the milk and whisk together until smooth and combined. Continue to whisk together until thickened. Add the pesto and season with salt, pepper and garlic. Drain the artichokes and add to the sauce and whisk together with sauce. Once nice and thick, turn off the heat and add the pasta into the sauce. Mix together and serve with freshly chopped basil and red pepper flakes (for those that like it spicy!). Tips & Tricks: If you do not like artichokes, you can replace them with wilted spinach, sautéed mushrooms and onions, or simply stick with pasta. You can also swap the tortellini for your favorite pasta! If you want to make this dairy, simple use butter instead of the Earth Balance and use milk or heavy cream instead of soy milk. If serving this dairy, be sure to add some parmesan on top after it’s cooked. There is nothing like yummy, fresh, grated parmesan!


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Falafel Sliders

I love how a few simple ingredients can be blended together to create a dish that is bursting with flavor. These are a personal favorite of mine. You can serve them with Israeli salad, hummus, tahini and crumbled feta as a salad, stuff them inside pita or as sliders on a bun. INGREDIENTS 2 ½ cups garbanzo beans (cooked chickpeas from a can) 1 small bunch parsley (about 1 cup chopped) 1 small bunch cilantro (about 1 cup chopped) ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon chili powder or cayenne pepper 2 teaspoon cumin 2 tablespoon flour

DIRECTIONS Combine ingredients in a food processor until a paste forms. (It’s ok if it’s slightly chunky; that adds to the texture of the falafel.) The flour is meant to bind the ingredients and hold it together. If it falls apart when frying up add more flour to the batter. Using an ice cream scooper, fry up balls of falafel mixture in a small amount of oil until both sides are lightly browned. Flatten down the ball gently when you flip it over to cook the other side. This will create the burger shape. Serve with hummus on slider buns. Optional, add sweet chili sauce!


Spinach Quinoa Patties Two power ingredients in one tasty patty!

INGREDIENTS 8 oz. frozen spinach, defrosted 1 small onion, diced 2 eggs 2 ½ cups cooked quinoa 1 tsp. salt ½ tsp. garlic powder ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper ⅛ tsp. black pepper


Tomato Olive Sauce with Zucchini Noodles

This meal is meat-free, grain-free and dairy-free! Twirl the zucchini noodles around that fork and enjoy it one guilt-free bite at a time! INGREDIENTS 1 onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, diced 15 oz. crushed tomatoes 6 oz. pitted black olives 2 TBS flour 2 TBS Earth Balance 1 cup almond milk 2 large zucchinis, peeled into noodles

DIRECTIONS Sauté onions and garlic until tender. Add crushed tomatoes and black olives and season with salt, pepper, garlic and paprika and combine well. Simmer over a low flame for about 10 minutes. While the sauce simmers, in different pot melt the Earth Balance, then add flour and whisk together until a thick paste forms. Slowly add almond milk and combine together. Whisk until it thickens and then add it to the tomato sauce mixture. Stir together. You can add the zucchini noodles to the sauce or serve the sauce on top of the noodles.

DIRECTIONS Sauté onions and spinach until tender. Combine spinach, onions and cooked quinoa in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt, pepper, garlic and cayenne pepper. Add eggs and mix well. Heat up a frying pan with 2 tablespoons oil and cook patties. Use a tablespoon measuring spoon for small patties or an ice cream scooper for larger sized patties. You can also bake them on 350°F for 15 to 18 minutes. Be sure to grease the baking pan so they don’t stick to it. Optional: Add in grated parmesan cheese or shredded cheddar or mozzarella to turn this into a dairy delight!


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My family loves it when I serve tacos for dinner – they are a fun and easy hand food. For the taco fillings, I have prepared and served fish, chicken or beef. This recipe is so quick and easy – you can experiment with different proteins, vegetables, and even types of shell.

Ingredients Tacos 1 TBS olive oil 1 lb. chicken breasts cut into long thin strips ½ tsp kosher salt 2 tsp chili powder 1 tsp garlic powder ½ tsp onion powder ¼ tsp paprika ¼ tsp cayenne (optional)

Toppings 1 TBS canola oil 8 corn tortillas, warmed ½ red onion, thinly sliced 2 tomatoes, diced ½ package purple shredded cabbage 2 avocados, cut into wedge Cilantro, finely chopped 2 limes, cut into wedges

Preparation Place chicken in bag with olive oil and spices and marinate for an hour. Heat a grill pan and add canola oil. When the grill pan is hot, grill chicken for 3 minutes on each side. Set aside till ready to serve. When ready to serve, layer the ingredients in the tortillas. Place the chicken as the bottom layer, then the red onion, tomato, cabbage, avocado, and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

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The Trump/Michael Cohen

Paradox Attorney-Client Confidentiality: Privilege or Peril?

By Hon. Martin E. Ritholtz & Alon Harnoy, Esq.

Origins The importance of confidentiality can be traced all the way back to the saged advice of King Solomon in Proverbs (chapter 25,verse 9), where he cautioned: “…do not reveal another’s confidence.” The special confidential relationship between attorney and client, popularly known as the “attorney-client privilege,” has been historically linked to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. In the words of John Henry Wigmore, a renowned expert and author on the laws of evidence, “The policy of the privilege has been plainly grounded… In order to promote freedom of consultation

of legal advisors by clients, the apprehension of compelled disclosure by the legal advisors must be removed, and hence the law must prohibit such disclosure except on the client’s consent.” Nevertheless, the modern day law of attorney-client privilege, which is the product of judicial decisions, statutes, and rules of professional conduct, has carved out exceptions that, under certain circumstances, can potentially eliminate any confidentiality protections.

Dilemma Suppose a client seeks the confidential opinion of an attorney as to

whether a certain proposed transaction is legal, and upon adhering to the advice of counsel the client entered into the transaction, however, the transaction is subsequently challenged as being illegal. Can the confidential communications which served as the basis of the transaction, later be subject to a subpoena or warrant, when a legal claim or disciplinary charge alleges complicity of the lawyer in the client’s conduct, or other misconduct of the lawyer involving representation of the client? In effect, the paradox is: the attorney-client privilege encourages full, unfettered disclosure, yet, it would appear that such confidenti-

ality is not guaranteed; and a good faith opinion, in a distinctly gray situation, can possibly be turned into a nightmare experience. In other words, is attorney-client confidentiality a privilege or a peril? Is this dilemma exacerbated in a high-profile case, such as the Trump/Michael Cohen dynamic?

The Trump/Michael Cohen Scenario As reported, on April 9, 2018, the F.B.I. raided and seized the business records, emails and documents of President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen, relating to several topics, including the payment of

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$130,000 in hush money to Stephanie A. Gregory Clifford, popularly known as Stormy Daniels. The seized documents include several high-profile clients such as Sean Hannity of Fox News. The fact that the US attorney’s office in Manhattan obtained a search warrant acting on a referral from Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, and authorized the FBI to conduct such a raid has stirred an immense amount of controversy regarding the doctrine of attorney-client privilege and the duty of confidentiality owed by an attorney to his or her client. Senior Federal District Judge for the Southern District of New York, Kimba M. Wood, appointed Barbara S. Jones, a former federal judge, as a special master to review the materials seized from the office and residence of Mr. Cohen, acquiescing to his request that an independent party review the material before the federal prosecutors can gain access to it. The special master has been tasked with the job of assessing whether the documents include any confidential communications between Michael Cohen and his clients, including President Trump. Trump and the Trump Organization intervened and were also granted access to review the material, alleging attorney-client privilege. On June 4, Jones submitted an initial report, that out of 639 total items consisting of 12,543 pages contained in eight boxes of hard copy materials, the Cohen and Trump attorneys identified seventeen items they believed to be privileged, of which Jones agreed with them on fourteen items, and rejected the claim of attorney-client privilege on the other three. Furthermore, out of 291,770 items contained in two phones and an iPad, Jones found that 148 items are privileged, and that seven items are highly personal. An amended report was filed on June 15, which tweaked the initial report. On June 22, Judge Wood determined that only eight items of communication, out of 292,226 seized by the FBI, were protected by attorney-client privilege. In essence, it appears that, at this stage, only a fraction of the documents seized from Cohen qualified for attorney-client privilege protection.

Cohen, by his most recent attorney, Todd Harrison, filed a letter on June 25 contending that 12,061 out of over 4 million documents, text messages and emails are protected by attorney-client privilege. Although the Trump Organization counsel Alan Futeras requested an extension to July 11 to review 22,000 documents recently received, Judge Wood ordered that the review be completed by July 5. It has been reported that the prosecution may be looking into establishing a case that President Trump sought Michael Cohen’s legal advice regarding the Stormy Dan-

T.S. Ellis III of the Eastern District of Virginia, overseeing the criminal case against Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, expressed skepticism regarding Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging tactics. In the words of Judge Ellis: “What you really care about is what information Mr. Manafort could give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead to his prosecution or impeachment.” In a 31-page decision issued on June 26, Judge Ellis reflected on the dangers of special prosecutions in general. “Although this case will continue, those involved should be sensitive

As a retired New York State Supreme Court Justice, who for many years dealt with delicate issues of attorney-client privilege, I join those who express deep concern regarding a perceived dangerous precedent, and slippery slope, weakening the institution of attorneyclient privilege.

iels affair for an illegal purpose: to evade federal campaign finance laws. President Trump tweeted that indeed no form of campaign contribution had been used to pay off Ms. Daniels. Nevertheless, Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, alleges that Victor Vekselberg, a Russian oligarch close to President Vladimir Putin, is the real source of the hush money, raising flags as to an alleged illegal purpose. There are many in the legal community who are flabbergasted by the perceived attack on the sacrosanct shelter of attorney-client privilege, in the guise of an apparently sanctioned seizure of privileged communications. They question whether such a warrant would have been issued, if this were not such a high-profile case, involving the President. In fact, on May 4, Senior Federal Judge

to the danger unleashed when political disagreements are transformed into partisan prosecutions.” He also noted, “To provide a special counsel with a large budget and to tell him or her to find crimes allows a special counsel to pursue his or her targets without the usual time and budget constraints facing ordinary prosecutors, encouraging substantial elements of the public to conclude that the special counsel is being deployed as a political weapon.” The same could easily be said regarding the Michael Cohen investigation. As a retired New York State Supreme Court Justice, who for many years dealt with delicate issues of attorney-client privilege, I join those who express deep concern regarding a perceived dangerous precedent, and slippery slope, weakening the institution of attorney-client privilege.

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What then is the law of the case?

Attorney-Client Privilege in a Nutshell The attorney-client privilege applicable to the Trump/Cohen investigation can be found in Rule 1.6 of the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Conduct, Rule 1.6 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct, Rules 501 and 502 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, and to a certain extent, Section 4503 of the New York, Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR). The fundamental principle, underlying the privilege, is that, in the absence of the client’s informed consent, the lawyer must not reveal information relating to the representation. This contributes to the trust that is the hallmark of the lawyer-client relationship. The law carves out a few exceptions to the privilege. For example, neither party can use the privilege in order to commit a crime or perpetrate a fraud. Furthermore, non-legal communications, e.g. relating to business matters, do not qualify for the privilege. An extreme example of a lawyer’s duty to maintain client confidence under the most trying circumstances involved two upstate New York attorneys, Frank Armani and Francis Belge. While representing a murder suspect, they learned from their client of two other murders he had committed and where he dumped the bodies. They did not reveal the location of the bodies. After the client later confessed at trial to the other murders, only then did they reveal their previous knowledge and were reviled in the court of public opinion for withholding the information. However, in the legal community, as noted in People v. Belge, 372 NYS 2d 798, they were lauded for their zeal with which they had protected their client’s rights. On the other hand, the prosecution alleging a crime/fraud exception must show that there is “probable cause to believe that a crime or fraud has been committed and that the communications were in furtherance thereof.” The crime/fraud exception applies when the attorney’s advice is used to further a crime. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benja-

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min N. Cardozo, in Clark v. United States, 289 U.S. 1(1933), stated that “a client who consults an attorney for advice that will serve him in the commission of a fraud will have no help from the law. He must let the truth be told.”

The Dilemma Accentuated It was previously noted that there is a dilemma where a lawyer renders a legal opinion regarding a transaction that turns out to be illegal, and the attorney-client privilege is in jeopardy, since an allegation of complicity of the lawyer in the client’s illegal conduct might serve as a basis to raid the privilege. This dilemma is accentuated, as has been noted by legal scholars, in that there is a conflict between the rules of professional responsibility and criminal law, in their respective definitions of lawyers’ complicity in their clients’ crimes. Under the rules of professional responsibility, a lawyer is exonerated for advising

a client in committing a crime if the lawyer acted in good faith. However, the criminal law incriminates the same lawyer of aiding and abetting the client’s crime even if the lawyer believed the conduct in question was legal. As a result of this conflict, professional rules, under these circumstances, would not allow the alleged

Conclusion Attorney-client privilege forms the bulwark of the legal profession, inasmuch as the clients are encouraged to communicate with their respective attorneys with candor, and enables them to obtain legal advice in a confidential manner. The present state of affairs casts a shadow

Attorney-client privilege forms the bulwark of the legal profession.

good faith complicity of the attorney to be the basis for a subpoena or warrant invading the privilege, while the same conduct would be deemed criminal under criminal law and might very well serve as a basis for an exception to the attorney-client privilege.

on the attorney-client privilege and presents a classic dilemma whether such form of confidentiality remains a privilege or, having been become imperiled, has now become a liability. This form of communication presents a two-way street between

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the attorney and his client. The Trump/Michael Cohen drama is bound to impact both the attorney and the client to reassess their actions. It discourages the attorney from freely selecting the kind of clients and cases he or she may be interested in, while on the other hand, it may impede full and fair disclosure of facts and circumstances with which the client should provide the attorney, in order to obtain the best possible legal advice.

An abridged version of this article first appeared as an Op Ed in the Jerusalem Post on July 7.

Hon. Martin E. Ritholtz is a Retired Justice of the New York State Supreme Court and is Special Counsel to Shiboleth LLP. Alon Harnoy is the Managing Partner of Shiboleth LLP. Law Clerk, Divya Suwasini, helped research and write this article.

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I stopped going to the gym because of Trump. Now I can’t open jars. - Brigid Delaney writing about symptoms of her Trump Derangement Syndrome in the Guardian Australia

Anybody who reduces my stress becomes invaluable to me. I never want to get rid of them. - Billionaire Mark Cuban, on CNBC, talking about hiring the right employees

[Employees who] tend to think that they are invaluable are typically the ones who create the most stress, by creating firestorms and creating drama and making things more difficult for me.

The post was removed by mistake and restored as soon as we looked into it. We process millions of reports each week, and sometimes we get things wrong. - Facebook in a statement to CBS News after it categorized portions of the Declaration of Independence as hate speech

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I continue to believe the reason his approval rating has a 4 in front of it … I keep thinking the “401(k) Trumpists.” They don’t pay attention to this as much as we do, which is probably healthy for them. But I think without this prosperity, and a friend of mine noted that it wasn’t until Nixon’s recession that the Watergate stuff drove. So, if a recession hits... the bottom falls out. – Trump-hating presidential historian Jon Meacham on MSNBC, hoping for a recession, in order to get rid of his nemesis

He’s going up in ratings, I don’t see the Democratic Party doing anything but basically running sort of as Hillary did, running against him for the last two months of the campaign. And I’m not sure if I’m not in the major city in America, I’m not sure… this guy is different. And I think people are tired of politicians, and he appeals for a lot of reasons that maybe we don’t all understand. - Liberal journalist Seymour Hersh on CNN

Starbucks just announced that they’re closing 150 stores due to low sales. Meanwhile, the Starbucks inside Barnes & Noble was like, “Shhh, I think they forgot about us.” – Jimmy Fallon

[Plastic bags] pose a serious threat to the well-being of humans and animals alike. - Mohammad Abu Abdullah of Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group Al-Shabab – which beheads men, women and children – announcing a ban against plastic bags in the areas of Somalia that they control

This July 4, let’s not mince words: American independence in 1776 was a monumental mistake. We should be mourning the fact that we left the United Kingdom, not cheering it. - Dylan Matthews writing on left-wing website Vox that the world would be better off if the United States never came into existence

The June #JobsReport shows what is at stake from the brewing storm of rising health costs, spiraling trade uncertainty & an economy being hollowed out to enrich big corporations & the wealthiest 1 percent. Americans deserve better than the GOP’s raw deal. - Tweet by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after the incredible June jobs report was released, showing that the economy added 213,000 jobs and more people have entered the labor force


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Sarah Huckabee has no right to live a life of no fuss, no muss, after lying to the press, after inciting against the press. These people should be made uncomfortable, and I think that’s a life sentence, frankly. - Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin on MSNBC declaring that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders should be sentenced to a life of being uncomfortable

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Political Crossfire

The Left’s Contempt is Going to Reelect Trump By Marc A. Thiessen


emocrats have a new theory for how they can win back Congress and the White House. Just like “soccer moms” helped put Bill Clinton in the Oval Office in 1996, and “NASCAR dads” helped George W. Bush win in 2004, Donald Trump, the theory goes, was elected because of “#NeverHillary” voters who didn’t particularly like him but despised her. Axios reports that Democrats are targeting the “20% of Trump’s voters [who] told exit pollsters they didn’t like him” hoping these reluctant Trump voters will help power a “blue wave” in the 2018 midterms and defeat President Trump in 2020. One problem with that theory: The left’s nonstop, over-the-top attacks on Trump are not peeling those voters away from him; they are pushing them further into the president’s camp. In recent weeks, Trump derangement syndrome on the left has reached critical mass. First, there was Robert De Niro’s “[we hate] Trump” tirade at the Tony awards, followed by Samantha Bee’s calling Ivanka Trump a disparaging epithet on her TV show. Then the owners of the Red Hen restaurant threw out White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders because she works for the president, while chanting protesters heckled Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen at a Mexican restaurant. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., added fuel to the fire by openly calling on mobs of leftwing activists to “absolutely harass”

Trump officials. Then, there were the countless Trump opponents in the media, Congress and on Twitter who compared family separations at the southern border with Nazi Germany, and the Time magazine cover depicting Trump staring down heartlessly at a crying migrant girl and implying she was separated from her mother (until it emerged that she had not in fact been separated from her mother). And now come the threats to block Trump’s

ident. “Gina Anders knows the feeling well by now,” the Times reports. “President Trump says or does something that triggers a spasm of outrage. She doesn’t necessarily agree with how he handled the situation. She gets why people are upset.” But Anders, who the Times says has “not a stitch of ‘Make America Great Again’ gear in her wardrobe, is moved to defend him anyway.” When she hears the “overblown” attacks on

The left’s nonstop, over-the-top attacks on Trump are not peeling those voters away from him; they are pushing them further into the president’s camp.

Supreme Court nominee before he has even nominated one. How do liberals think that 20 percent of reluctant Trump voters respond to these displays of unbridled contempt? They are outraged not at Trump but at his critics. The unhinged hatred for the president makes these voters almost reflexively defend him. Don’t take my word for it. The New York Times recently interviewed dozens of tepid Trump voters who explained how the incessant attacks are causing them to rally around the pres-

Trump, she says, “It makes me angry at them, which causes me to want to defend him to them more.” Another reluctant Trump voter, Tony Schrantz, agrees. “He’s not a perfect guy; he does some stupid stuff,” he tells the Times. “But when they’re hounding him all the time it just gets old.” These are exactly the voters Democrats are hoping to win back. Instead, they are doing the opposite. Polls bear this out. Two weeks ago, Trump’s Gallup approval rating hit 45 percent – the

highest it has been since his inauguration. (It slipped slightly to 41 percent last week). Trump’s approval among Republicans is at a near-record 87 percent, comparable to the levels of support for George W. Bush in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Think about that: The left’s attacks on Trump have had the same rallying effect for GOP voters as the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. So, if appeals to civility, decency and conscience won’t work, then perhaps an appeal to base political pragmatism will. Democrats are deluding themselves if they think they lost because of “#NeverHillary” voters who will come home when she is not on the ballot. They lost because they have become a party of coastal liberal elites who have lost touch with millions of ordinary citizens in Middle America – working-class voters who are struggling with factories closing, jobs leaving and an opioid epidemic that is destroying their families. These voters concluded in 2016 that Democrats no longer care about their problems and that Trump does. Spasms of anti-Trump outrage are not going to win them back. If anything, they are confirming these voters’ conclusions that Democrats still don’t get it – and don’t get them. The left’s miasma of contempt may feel cathartic, but it is the best thing that ever happened to Trump. Indeed, it may very well get him reelected. (c) 2018, Washington Post Writers Group

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Democrats are Powerless to Block Trump’s Supreme Court Nominees By Marc A. Thiessen


s President Trump prepares to announce his replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Democrats are desperate to block the president’s nominee – but are powerless to so. They have no one to blame but themselves. Let’s take a moment to recall the sordid 15-year history of Democratic miscalculations that brought them to this point. The Democrats’ first mistake was to launch unprecedented filibusters against President George W. Bush’s appellate court nominees, starting with his 2001 nomination of Miguel Estrada for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The D.C. Circuit is considered the country’s second-most important court, having produced more Supreme Court justices than any other federal court. Estrada was a supremely qualified nominee who had the support of a clear majority in the Senate. His confirmation should have been easy. But Democrats killed his nomination. Why? According to internal strategy memos obtained by the Wall Street Journal, they blocked Estrada at the request of liberal interest groups who said Estrada was “especially dangerous” because “he is Latino, and the White

House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment.” Democrats did not want Republicans to put the first Hispanic on the Supreme Court. Instead, two years after his nomination, they made Estrada the first appeals court nominee in history to be successfully filibustered. It was an extraordinary breach of precedent. They did not stop with Estrada. Democrats also filibustered nine other Bush circuit-court nominees, all of whom had majority support in the Senate. It was, as columnist Robert Novak wrote at the time, “the first full-scale effort in American history to prevent a president from picking the federal judges he wants.” The Democrats’ second big mistake was using the “nuclear option” to pack the federal circuit courts with liberal judges. After Democrats won control of the Senate and the White House, they set about trying to fill court vacancies – particularly on the D.C. Circuit – with judges so left-wing they knew they could not meet the 60-vote “standard.” When Republicans (following the precedent Democrats had set) filibustered some of President Barack Obama’s nominees, Democrats again broke precedent and eliminated the fil-

ibuster for all but Supreme Court nominees. The short-term gain of going nuclear was immense. Obama flipped most of the circuit courts from conservative to liberal majorities, including the D.C. Circuit. But the long-term costs were around the corner. The Democrats’ third mistake was to filibuster Neil M. Gorsuch. After Republicans had won back the Senate, they refused to confirm Obama’s choice of Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia (citing as precedent the promise made in 2007 by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., that Democrats would not confirm a Supreme Court justice during President George W. Bush’s final year in office). When Donald Trump was elected and appointed Gorsuch to fill Scalia’s seat, apoplectic Democrats made a fatal error: Instead of keeping their powder dry until Kennedy resigned, they filibustered Gorsuch’s nomination. The decision to block such an obviously qualified nominee – praised for his impeccable temperament, character and intellect by legal scholars on both the left and right – freed tradition-bound Republicans to end the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees and confirm him with a simple majority.

Had Democrats not tried to block Gorsuch, they would still have the filibuster. And Republicans, who now have just a single-vote majority, would have a much more difficult time mustering the votes to change Senate rules today. But thanks to Democrats’ miscalculations, the GOP doesn’t have to. Democrats are accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of hypocrisy moving forward with a Supreme Court nominee during an election year. But McConnell never said he would not confirm nominees before midterm elections in the second year of a presidency. Three sitting justices were confirmed in midterm election years: Elena Kagan (August 2010), Samuel A. Alito Jr. (January 2006) and Stephen G. Breyer (August 1994) – as were retired Justice David Souter (October 1990) and Scalia (September 1986). Trump is going to do exactly what Presidents Obama, Bill Clinton and both Bushes did before him: He will nominate a qualified candidate to fill the high court vacancy, and Senate Republicans will confirm his nominee. There is nothing the left can do about it. If Democrats are upset, too bad. They should have confirmed Miguel Estrada. (c) 2018, Washington Post Writers Group

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Forgotten Her es

Ernie Pyle and His Words of Wisdom By Avi Heiligman


few issues back we discussed some military quotes that inspired troops on the battlefield and folks back on the home front. The response from readers was positive, and there were requests for a second installment, so here it is! One of the greatest World War II correspondents was Ernie Pyle. He was a legend among the soldiers that he campaigned with and was famous back home for his columns. Here are some of Pyle’s quotes and a bit about one of the most beloved war correspondents in the 20th century. Ernie Pyle, who was not Jewish, was born in 1900 in Indiana. At the age of seventeen he joined the Navy Reserve and served until the end of World War I in 1918. After the war

Pyle went to Indiana University and then worked at a few newspapers. In 1926 he went on a cross country trip and became so enamored with aviation that he became the country’s first reporter to write a column about the topic. Even the legendary Amelia Earhart said, “Any aviator who didn’t know Pyle was a nobody.” Several years later he wrote a column about the people he met on his excursions in California. Combining his passion for aviation and the military in general and his unique style of writing about people his columns during World War II were among the most popular on the home front. In 1940 he took his talents to England to cover the Battle of Britain and instantly became America’s most popular war columnist. Some 400 daily and 300 weekly newspa-

pers and magazines ran his articles. Pyle’s columns never glorified war but showed how a typical combat soldier lived on the battlefront – not just the overall picture of war. His sensitivity, warmth and humor showed both on the frontlines and in his articles, as he usually wrote the names, ranks and hometowns of ordinary soldiers in his works. He once said of a unit that he was attached to that they were “the guys that wars cannot be won without.” Pyle wrote about everything that the soldiers went through including family back home, the food, the equipment, their enlistment and many other topics. It was these columns that made him a real crowd-pleaser both at home and on the front. Pyle’s works during World War II were compiled into several books.

“Here is Your War” tells of his time with the American soldiers in North Africa. “Brave Men” was published in 1944 and recounts his adventures with GI’s during the Sicily and Normandy invasions and the campaigns that followed. The name came from a British officer whom Pyle wrote about as he was seeing dead men on the battlefield. “And the veteran English soldier remarked time and again, in a sort of hushed eulogy spoken only to himself, ‘Brave Men. Brave Men.’” “The Last Chapter” is his works in the Pacific including the invasion of Okinawa. While in Sicily a sergeant from the 54th Division asked Pyle, “You don’t write news stories do you?” To which Pyle answers, as quoted in his book, “I told him no, that I just tried to write what the war was like, and

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Pyle, with goggles, converses with a tank crew

didn’t even especially look for hero stories, since there are so many guys who were heroes without there being any story to it.” Pyle also wrote about the regular A merican soldier: “They were American boys who by mere chance of fate had wound up with guns in their hands, sneaking up a death-laden street in a strange and shattered city in a faraway country in a driving rain. They were afraid, but it was beyond their power to quit… And even though they weren’t warriors born to the kill, they won their battles.” Ernie Pyle made himself beloved to the regular soldier when he wrote, “I love the infantry because they are the underdogs. They are the mudrain-frost-and-wind boys. They have no comforts, and they even learn to live without the necessities. And in the end they are the guys that wars can’t be won without.” One of the more famous quotes said during World War II has been attributed to Pyle. “There are no atheists in foxholes” was said after seeing men hunker down in their foxholes during an artillery barrage. These barrages could last for a long time and it is said that many men became religious while the German 88mm guns were booming overhead. He later said about American artillery which hadn’t been easy to get to the front, “Our artillery has

really been sensational. For once we have enough of something and at the right time. Officers tell me they actually have more guns than they know what to do with.” He also said, “Our artillery... The Germans feared it almost more than anything we had.” After his time in France Pyle went to the Pacific and was stationed on the light carrier USS Cabot. Pyle wrote about landing airplanes on the carrier, “The first time you see a plane land on a carrier you almost die… It is so fast, timing is so split second, space is so small – well, somebody said that the carrier pilots were the best in the world, and they must have been or there wouldn’t be any of them left.” His accurate depictions of life for the average servicemen were spot on. Sadly, in April 1945, as he was covering the Army’s 77 th Division on a small island off of Okinawa named Ie Shima, a sniper’s bullet struck Pyle in the head. The country’s most beloved wartime correspondent was dead at the age of 45, just six days after President Roosevelt’s death. Right before he was killed near an American command post Pyle wrote the last paragraph that was included in his book “The Last Chapter”: “Instead of a war weariness, there seems to be a new eagerness among our forces to sweep on and on, and wind up the thing in a

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hurry.” Three months later the war was over. Many of Ernie Pyle’s previously unseen columns were finally published in the post-war years.

Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comments and suggestions for future columns and can be reached at

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Yeshiva Ketana of Queens is looking for a second grade teacher. Monday-Thursday 1:30-4:30. Warm enthusiastic environment. Good pay. Please call 917-742-8909 and email resume to text 443-929-4003



YKLI IS LOOKING FOR DYNAMIC JHS SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER FOR PART TIME AFTERNOON POSITION. Teachers should be able to implement an academically challenging and exciting SS curriculum and work effectively with students, parents, teachers and supervisors. Teachers should have at least two years of related teaching experience and a Master’s degree in education is preferred. Those interested in working in an educational environment that supports teacher growth and development, may submit their resume for consideration by email to

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HELP WANTED CATAPULT LEARNING Teachers, Title I Boro Park, Williamsburg and Flatbush Schools *College/Yeshiva Degree *Teaching experience required *Strong desire to help children learn *Small group instruction *Excellent organization skills Competitive salary Send resume to: Fax: (212) 480-3691 ~ Email: SHULAMITH EARLY CHILDHOOD is looking to hire a full time teacher assistant for the current school year. Please email resume to Seeking full time OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST for Special Education school located in Brooklyn. Experienced preferred. Competitive salary. Room for growth. Seeking a dynamic SPEECH THERAPIST for special education school in Brooklyn. Collaborative environment and room for growth. SECRETARY 5 Towns Boys Yeshiva seeking Elem Gen Ed Teachers. Excellent working environment and pay. Only lic/ exp need apply. Email resume to 5 TOWNS BOYS YESHIVA SEEKING Elem Gen Ed Teachers. Excellent working environment and pay. Only lic/exp need apply. Email resume to

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Tax Collectors Target “Netflix and Chill” By Allan Rolnick, CPA


generation ago, “serious” filmmakers flocking to Hollywood set their sights on movies, not television. Visionary directors like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola redefined their craft with a new generation of challenging, personal films. By contrast, television was a vast wasteland dominated by lightweight comedies like Happy Days and sappy, feel-good dramas like The Waltons. In 1999, HBO’s The Sopranos started luring wannabe auteurs to TV. Today, movie theaters are dominated by CGI-generated superheroes and endless sequels, while cable networks and streaming video services churn out too many quality programs for anyone but a professional critic to watch. When fan favorites like Netflix’s Stranger Things or Amazon’s Bosch drop a new season, millions of Americans take a timeout from their ordinary lives to spend whole weekends binge-watching, staring bug-eyed at their screens like so many popcorn-munching zombies. Naturally, the renaissance of “quality television” has attracted the tax collector’s eye, too. So this week’s sto-

ry begins, like any good story, deep in the bowels of the Chicago Department of Finance in the heart of the city’s downtown “Loop.” The revenue-starved Windy City imposes a 9% amusement tax on professional sports, theatrical performances, movie screenings, and even

and Xbox Live. Now, one of the reasons those streaming services are so popular is because they’re so cheap. Netflix’s basic streaming plan, which gives you standard definition video on one screen at a time, sets you back a whopping $6.99/month. The premium plan,

When tax collectors see gold in $1.26, you know you’re living in tough times.

the architecture tours cruising the Chicago River. In 2015, officials declared that it includes “not only charges paid for the privilege to witness, view or participate in amusements in person but also charges paid for the privilege to witness, view or participate in amusements that are delivered electronically.” That ruling extended the tax to streaming video, music, and gaming services like Netflix, Spotify

which immerses you in Ultra-HD video nirvana on up to four screens, is still just $13.99. Even the most-addicted fans won’t get mugged for more than $1.26/month in tax. (And when tax collectors see gold in $1.26, you know you’re living in tough times.) But those penny-ante amounts didn’t stop a group of fans backed by a public-interest law firm from challenging the tax in Cook County Circuit

Court. They argued that extending it to streaming services violates the Internet Freedom Act and federal and state constitutions. In May, the judge brought Season One of the series to a dramatic close with a cliffhanger episode, “Opinion and Order.” Do tax collectors really have the authority to nickel-and-dime our “Netflix and chill”? Or are they just another bunch of bureaucrats with boundary issues? Sadly for fans, he ruled for the city and upheld the tax. But plaintiffs have already announced plans for an appeal, which means a second series should be dropping sometime soon. We’re pretty sure your least-favorite episode of any series is “The One Where You Pay Too Much Tax.” The good news is, we can help you fast-forward through it. Just call us for a plan to pay less. See how much you can save. And get ready to click “thumbs up” on our service! 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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Why? By Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., MFT, CLC


’m not complaining…I’m just saying… Like could you have taken it to the bank that on the summer’s very first gorgeous Sunday we’d have a fast day? And, of course, the best beach day ever?! I know G-d has a reason for everything! But we just weren’t able to “contemplate” what it was to enjoy the day,

sitting outside on the sand or floating in the clear blue sea. Admittedly, I was fortunate enough be in completely tolerable air conditioning where I could contemplate about it. Therefore, you may be wondering: Well, did she come up with the answer to share with all of us? The answer is a resounding no. After all, who can think


on an empty stomach?! Truthfully, it wasn’t that bad for me, not eating. I know some people have a much harder time fasting than others. I, for one, do pretty well, thank G-d. It could be my general makeup. It could be that I’m not really a coffee drinker so I don’t get a headache, or just the way the chips fell. I guess it’s something I could contemplate on too. But who dotes on their good fortunes? No, if we are going to think about “why” Hashem does what He does, it’s definitely going to be the negative things that happens to us. No one has a real problem with being blessed. That,

good things. Why the beautiful day? Why getting home without a scratch on our car? Why that delicious, sweet melon? Why that smiling little face of my child or grandchild? Why such a supportive family member? Why such a good night’s sleep? Why was the plane on time, the GPS right, the music so pretty, the party so much fun? You see, I’m just getting started here. Can you see how I could probably find at least hundred good things to ask

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we kind of take for granted. No one will meet up with G-d and want answers such a why’d I have good health, or wealth, or good looks: “Seriously, Hashem, why did you give that to me?” We are an inquisitive breed. But selectively so. Therefore, maybe we are not really curious about the “why” after all or we’d be asking it about everything. Perhaps, we are really just protesting! So let’s make a deal to take a summer challenge! Let’s ask “why” for the

why about if I stick with it? And that’s the summer challenge I’m going for. The challenge here is— can each of you? Can each of you list at least one hundred wonderful things that Hashem has blessed you with? And “why not” have a great summer while trying to do so?!

Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-705-2004 or rivki@

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The following is a partial listing. To view all times and locations please visit: Cedarhurst

Agudah of Five Towns 508 Penninsula Blvd. 2:00 A 5:00 B Kehillas Bais Yehuda Tzvi 395 Oakland Ave. CC 2:30 B 4:30 A Y. I. of LawrenceCedarhurst 8 Spruce Street 2:15, 5:45 B 4:00 A

Far Rockaway

TAG Elementary School 444 Beach 6th St 2:00 B 4:00 A Y.I. of Bayswater 2716 Healy Ave. 3:00 A 5:00 B

Yeshiva Ateres Shimon Great Neck 1239 Caffery Ave. Ahavat Shalom 12:30 B 3:00 A 130 Cuttermill Rd. 5:00 A 6:45 B Great Neck Syn. Forest Hills 26 Old Mill Rd. Havurat Yisrael 5:00 A 106-20 70th Ave. Jul. 21, 10:15pm A Kollel Ohr Haemet Jul. 22, 10:30am A 112 Steamboat Rd. 1:00 B 4:00 5:40 Machane Chadash Torah Ohr Hebrew 67-29 108 St. Academy 1:30 A 575 Middle Neck Rd. Queens Jewish Center Jul. 21, 10:30pm B Jul. 22, 12:00 A 66-05 108 St. Y.I. of Great Neck 2:30 A 236 Middle Neck Rd. Sephardic Jewish 6:00 A Cong. 101-17 67th Drive 1:00 A 3:00 B


Cong. Anshe Chesed 1170 William St. 2:00 A 4:00 B Y.I of Hewlett 1 Piermont Ave. 2:30 A 4:30 B


Bais Tefillah of Inwood 321 Doughty Blvd. 2:30 A 4:00 B

Jamaica Estates

Cong. Anshe Shalom 80-15 Kent St. TBA Y.I. of Jamaica Estates 83-10 188 St. 12:15 A 4:30 B

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens Syn. Adath Yeshurun 82-17 Lefferts Blvd. 3:00 A 5:00 B


Shaaray Tefila 25 Central Ave. 2:30 A 4:45 B

Cong. Bais Avrohom Zev Boulevard ALP 2 Rockaway Trnpk Assisted Living 3:00 A 4:30 B 71-61 159th Street 2:30 B Cong. Ahavas Yisrael Long Beach 147-02 73rd Ave. Sephardic Cong. 2:10 A 4:10 B of Long Beach 161 Lafayette Blvd Kehilas Sephardim TBA 150-62 78th Rd Jul. 21, 9:30pm B Y.I. of Long Beach Jul. 22, 5:00 A 120 Long Beach Blvd. Lander College Jul. 21, 9:30 pm B 75-31 150th St Jul. 22, 5:00 A 1:45 with continual showings of both videos

Kew Gardens Hills

Oceanside Cong. Darchei Noam 3310 Woodward St. 2:30 B 4:15 A Y.I. of Oceanside 150 Waukena Ave. 5:45 B

Plainview Plainview Syn. Zichron Kedoshim 51 Country Dr. Jul. 21, 10:30 pm Jul. 22, 11:00 am 6:30


Y.I. of Woodmere 859 Penninsula Blvd. TBA Yeshiva Gedola of the Five Towns 218 Mosher Ave. 3:00 A 5:00 B

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