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Dear Readers,


n the one hand, it is the peak of summer, when we try to unwind and relax; on the other hand, it is the Nine Days and Tisha B’Av, when we try to feel the pain of not just the galus that we live in, but of all the suffering that our nation has endured over the past two thousand years. I think that this apparent contrast shows just how unique we are as a nation. Someone recently told me that many years ago he had the privilege of sitting by the table of one of the gedolim of yesteryear. He watched as people went over to the gadol and spoke to him quietly in his ear. He observed that during some conversations the gadol would be crying –obviously feeling the pain of the person talking to him – and then when he spoke to the very next person he’d be smiling, sharing in the good tidings of that person. This wasn’t a false façade of caring. The gadol was so thoroughly in control of his emotions that he was able to compartmentalize his different feelings and truly connect with the person speaking with him. This is obviously a very high level. But perhaps in a certain way we all do that as well. We daven every day for Moshiach and we feel the pain of the galus, yet we live our lives and try to be upbeat and joyful. I see that especially in my role as a mother. Sometimes we are in pain or just heard some tragic news, but when dealing with our children we manage to put on a happy face and carry on as if nothing has changed. That, I feel, is the dichotomy of a Jew living in galus.

And that, perhaps, is what makes us so special – that we can balance two opposing emotions and sing, “Im eshkacheich Yerushalayim” at the same time that a chosson and kallah have joyously connected in an eternal bond. We can feel pain and be uplifted; we can be hurt and smile through our tears. We are not meant to sit on the floor without shoes and cry every day for our loss. Throughout our day we remind ourselves of what we’re missing, but we are meant to be a happy people. Six million people were slaughtered a mere few decades ago. Out of those ashes emerged a tiny remnant of the Jewish nation. But those who survived, despite the horrors that saturated their nightmares with starvation, burning flesh, and the scent of death, began to rebuild. And, as one survivor related in this week’s issue, although we may have been weak individually, as a nation we were strong. We were strong because as galus Jews that is what we have to be. We have to be able to see the tragedies, mourn for our profound losses, and cry for our brothers and sisters who are no more. But we also have to rebuild and keep going, encouraged by our belief that there is a Plan and there is a Master Who will ultimately rescue us from this galus of thousands of years. May we soon be zoche to see Tisha B’Av as a day of celebration and simcha. Wishing you an easy and meaningful fast, Shoshana

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Dear Editor, The title of Michael Gerson’s article is “A Choice Between the Uninspiring And the Unfit.” I think it should be “The Unconvicted Felon, who belongs in prison, and a Person who Belongs in a Straight Jacket.” That is why I am voting for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate. Alan Ernst Cedarhurst, NY Dear Editor, On Sunday, Shiva Aser B’Taamuz, everyone was fasting in the amazing heat while the Elvira-Virginia corner of Far Rockaway experienced a fantastic miracle. All was well until 10 AM. When just as a flick of a switch the lights can be turned on, with a boom and a snap, the lights and electricity could be turned off. The transformer of the electricity line had exploded, dropping to the ground and splashing oil all around. There were no lights, air conditioning, or any electricity, as a matter the fact. If you were to walk outside you heard the motors of the generators hard at work. Within an hour or two, thanks to our AMAZING electrical company, PSEG Long Island, we were rescued. Our fantastic emergency service man came and immediately tried to fix our situation, taking his time to ensure that everything was done to

perfection. Taking his cherry picker and climbing up to get a better view, to fixing the other transformers that blew because of the live wires in the area, he tried to think of any possible way to allow us the ability to at least have lights. We were all astonished that someone like this can work so hard on such a hot day to help people in need. He reassured us that there was nothing to worry about, that the crew would be here to reinstall a new transformer with 8 hours. WOW, what a relief! To our surprise, by 7PM, PSEG had sent down not only a cleaning service company to clean up all the spilled oil but also a team to install the new transformer and to trim the trees around that area. Many thanks to PSEG Long Island that within 45 minutes they had all the families back and running as normal. Thank you PSEG Long Island for your amazing service. We are all so pleased to be your customers. Keep up the fantastic work! The Elvira-Virginia Families Dear Editor, The framers of the Constitution understood that times may call for a strong president. When the country is under the attack, would you want a weak spaghetti standing in the Oval Office or someone with a backbone Continued on page 12

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who is unconcerned about others’ opinions or views? In the U.S. we should not be concerned about too strong a presidency. We have Congress, the justice department, and, of course, public opinion. It’s all a matter of what you want: a strong, respected leader or someone who is considered pathetic by other nations’ leaders. Sincerely, Tom H. Dear Editor, I find it very sad that there is so much dislike for Donald Trump among many Orthodox Jews. Trump is a highly successful businessman. Yes, he inherited a business from his father, but instead of spending his father’s money, he greatly expanded the business. Trump has built so much of Manhattan – that was not his father, that was him. He has passed this work ethic to his children and the respect and admiration they have for him is very clear. Every successful business person has had failures; it comes with the territory so when I hear the nonsense about his failures in Atlantic City, I have to laugh. These people conveniently forget to mention all his successes, which far outweigh the failures. Donald Trump is not an anti-Semite, nor is he a racist. These are labels that he has been branded with by the left wing media which is so clearly part of the Clinton machine. This country can no longer afford “business as usual.” We are on the road to becoming a third world country, with a military that has been reduced to frightening numbers. Obama has let in thousands of “refugees” and will let in thousands more before he leaves office. Hillary Clinton has stated that she will open the borders to thousands more as well. ISIS has publicly announced that they have infiltrated the refugee groups. It has already happened all over Europe and we will not be exempt; we have already seen it here and it will only get worse. When Donald Trump wants to close the borders, he is branded a racist. He is trying to protect this country and this is not racism. Why can’t people see this? I can go on and on but in the interest of space, I will summarize my thoughts. Donald Trump is brash, he can be rude and he is unpolished. He speaks from the heart and

he loves this country. Hillary always says the right things at the right time because she is being programmed by her advisers. She has broken the law so many times, has lied about it over and over again, and has always managed to get away with it. She is so slick; is this what we want in the White House? I would much rather have brash, unpolished Donald Trump than a liar and a crook like Clinton as my president any day. Rochelle Rosenfeld Oceanside, New York Dear Editor, I wanted to share an experience that occurred last month. My 21-year-old daughter was flying alone from Israel to NY with a stopover in Paris. Unfortunately, she missed her connection. She had no way of contacting us, as she had no cell phone service. She found someone who allowed her a few minutes on their phone to call me. I was able to obtain a new ticket for her and at some point she called me back and I then provided her with the new ticket information. That was the last time I spoke to her. Meanwhile, my travel agent contacted me to let me know that she had been watching carefully to make sure that my daughter got on the new flight, but unfortunately her boarding pass was never scanned (which meant she did not make it in time to the gate) and therefore the ticket needed to be cancelled or I’d be charged for it. Chabad in Paris, the airline and the transit police in Paris were contacted but no one was able to locate her. We were told that a missing person’s report needed to be filed. As my wife contacted the NYPD, I reached out to RNSP for assistance. The NYPD told us we needed to wait 72 hours because our daughter is 21 and since I had spoken with her that day, she was not considered missing. At this point it had been about 5 hours since I had last spoken to our daughter. RNSP, with hard work and determination using their rather large network of names, were able – within just a few hours – to confirm by phone, with the pilot of the plane, that my daughter was in fact listed on the manifest of the flight. B”H my daughter arrived home safely. Thank you RNSP! May Hashem bestow on you and your families bracha, hatzlacha and the koach to continue in your endeavors and the work you do for this community! Pace and Shani Devor

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Jews in Brazil Welcome Olympic Guests

Rio opened its doors to the world last Friday for the Summer Olympics 2016. As hundreds of thousands of spectators attend the Games, there will surely be many Jews in attendance. Brazil’s Jewish community is composed of about 120,000 Jews, the second largest Jewish population in Latin America (Argentina is the largest) and the ninth-largest Jewish community worldwide. In fact, one of the three top officials of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, is Jewish. According to the World Jewish Congress, the majority of the Jewish community lives in Sau Paulo, the nation’s largest city. Rio is home to another 40,000. Brazil has a population of about 204 million people and is about 87% Christian. There are also a large number of Arabs living in Brazil. With about 10 million Arabs, Brazil is the largest Arab population outside the Middle East. However, of that 10 million, most are Christian with only about 35,000 designating Muslim as their faith. While most of Brazil’s Jews identify as secular and Zionists, there are Orthodox communities in both Sau Paulo and Rio. There is a strong Chabad presence as well. The Jewish community is largely Ashkenazi of Polish and German descent, but there is a sizable community of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews of Syrian, Lebanese, Egyptian and Moroccan ancestry. With anti-Semitic vitriol spread-

ing like wildfire throughout Europe, Brazil ranks amongst the least anti-Semitic countries in the world, according to a global survey by the Anti-Defamation League. It’s the third-lowest on the “Anti-Semitic Index” in the Americas, only behind the U.S. and Canada. Brazil has strict defamation laws; it is illegal to write, edit, publish, or sell literature that promotes anti-Semitism or racism. These laws also prohibit manufacturing, trading, and distributing items with swastikas. “We’ll be always alert to anti-Semitic expressions and take the appropriate actions in order to avoid the proliferation of this type of discrimination,” Sao Paulo Jewish federation’s executive president Ricardo Berkiensztat said. In honor of the Games, Chabad of Rio de Janeiro has converted its three centers into “welcome centers” for the some 40,000 athletes, coaches, and other Jewish spectators. The centers provide kosher food, daily minyanim, and Shabbos accommodations and meals. They are staffed with those fluent in English, Hebrew, Spanish, French, and Russian. “We are preparing for about 500 additional people to join our synagogue each Shabbat” during the games, chief director Yehoshua Goldman told Goldman and another member of his team were appointed by the Brazilian Olympic Committee as two of the three Jewish chaplains at the Olympic village. “We’ve been working overtime to make sure that every Jew who comes here will have their religious needs fulfilled,” says Rabbi Goldman. “I’ve been in close contact with my colleagues in Sochi, Russia [host of the 2014 Winter Olympics], and London [2012 Summer Olympics], who did a great job catering to Jewish guests in previous years. They have been very helpful to us in planning our activities.” Boa Shabbas! Which, in case you don’t speak Portuguese, means “Good Shabbos.”

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once-steady stream of C.I.A.-provided antitank missiles is drying up. Russia was isolated by western powers after it annexed Crimea and invaded Ukraine. Now, Russia holds more weight in global affairs as it has gained a strong foothold in the Middle East. The Obama administration is even in talks with Russia to share intel and possibly to coordinate attacks against ISIS and other militant groups in Syria.

Even so, Obama is making clear that he does not trust Putin. “I’m not confident that we can trust the Russians or Vladimir Putin,” Obama said at a news conference. “Whenever you are trying to broker any kind of deal with an individual like that or a country like that, you have got to go in there with some skepticism.”

Turkey Rallies Behind Democracy

to Bashar al-Assad’s military. Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency have been backing rebel forces in Syria who, until Putin’s forces began to push, looked to be unbeatable. The rebel offensive relies heavily on anti-tank missiles provided by the U.S. and the Saudis. Rebel groups

are reportedly boasting about the powerful TOW anti-tank missiles that are the “key to the campaign’s success.” However, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has stepped up the amount of resources he is supplying Assad’s army with. Russia has backed Assad for a long time, and Putin was surprised that the reb-

els could muster such a formidable force. Russia now has over 4,000 troops in Syria. Especially devastating are the airstrikes that have destroyed rebel supplies and infrastructure. At one point, over 90 airstrikes were taking place every day. Rebel commanders are reporting that their

In a dramatic end to three weeks of demonstrations, over 1 million Turks rallied in Istanbul in support President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The streets of Istanbul have seen protests every night since the attempted ousting of Erdogan. The attempt to overthrow the Justice and Development Party (AKP) on July 15 ended with 273 people dead, including 34 of the coup plotters. This week’s rally was meant to be a “supra-party” event, according to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. The theme of the gathering was uni-

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ty and no partisan slogans or signs were permitted. “The spirit of one nation, one flag, one homeland and one state will prevail throughout the rally,” Yildirim said, warning against any provocation. In a surprising and refreshing move, Erdogan invited opposition leaders to address the throngs. The only party that did not receive an invitation was the pro-Kurdish HDP party. The leader of the opposition National Movement Party accepted the invitation and said he will “stand on the side of Turkey against traitors and centers of hostility.” Erdogan thanked the opposition leaders publicly saying that “those who believe in democracy cannot be discouraged by tanks or cannons.” Turkey is blaming U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen of being behind the overthrow attempt. In response to the coup attempt, 60,000 people have been fired from civil service, education, military and judiciary positions. Some are skeptical about the state of Turkey, saying it will take much time to get the government and country back to status quo.

What Really Happened to Raoul Wallenberg?

Raoul Wallenberg was a kind-hearted man who was responsible for saving tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. His death has been a mystery for decades – it has never been confirmed exactly how, when, or where he died. The heroic Swedish diplomat has been gone for 70 years and a recently discovered diary may shed light as to what may have led to his death. Recently, Ivan Serov’s diaries were published. Serov was a Soviet gener-

al and the first KGB head. He died of a heart attack in 1990 at the age of 84. The journals were discovered by Vera Serova, his only grandchild. Four years ago, the retired ballet dancer began renovating her grandfather’s Moscow home which she inherited. The contractors discovered an old suitcase buried in the garage wall and inside were the diaries. The book, Notes From a Suitcase: Secret Diaries of the First KGB Chairman, Found Over 25 Years After His Death, was published in Russia in June. “I have no doubts that Wallenberg was liquidated in 1947,” the ex-head of the former Russian secret police and intelligence agency writes in his diaries. Wallenberg was killed in a Soviet prison and Serov quotes his predecessor, Viktor Abakumov, as saying the order to kill Wallenberg came from the top: Joseph Stalin and then-foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov. Until now it was being reported that Wallenberg died in a Soviet prison in 1947 most likely due to heart complications. This is the first mention by a senior official with access to the relevant information claiming that he did not die a natural death, a suspicion many have had for the last seven decades. Serov wrote of examining the Wallenberg file – the Soviets have always denied that such a file existed – and found evidence that Wallenberg’s body was cremated after his death in the form of a document signed by two officials of the Lubyanka Prison in 1947 testifying to the cremation. Wallenberg was sent by the Swedish Foreign Ministry as its special envoy to Budapest in the summer of 1944. The intent of the mission was to save the remaining Jews, estimated to be 230,000, from the hands of the evil Nazis. By that the time, the Nazis had already deported over 400,000 Jews, almost all of them to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Wallenberg and fellow Swedish diplomat Per Anger issued thousands of “protective passports” identifying the owners as Swedish subjects and providing a certain amount of protection from deportation. They rented 32 buildings in the city and hid nearly 10,000 people. Of course, this was a very risky undertaking. After the Russians had liberated Hungary from the Germans in May 1945, Wallenberg was arrested by the Soviet forces. It seems that he was wrongly suspected of being a spy, either for the Germans or the

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United States. In 1963, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem declared him a “Righteous Among the Nations.” The cause and place of his death has yet to be officially confirmed and for now this discovery is being viewed as merely another possibility that needs to be explored.

Japanese Emperor Begs to Retire

For Americans, an emperor may be a thing of storybooks and fairy tales, but in Japan it is a very real and important part of their culture. Emperor Akihito has been the ruling emperor of the Chrysanthe-

mum Throne for 28 years. This is a celebrated fact; 2016 was officially named “Heisei 28” in celebration of Akihito’s time on the throne. For the last 3,000 years, Japan has had a male line of emperors, and Akihito is 125th emperor to hold the throne. Traditionally, an emperor is appointed for life but the 82-yearold is hoping to retire, if the law allows it. Akihito has slowly been laying the groundwork to relinquish his role and pass it on to his oldest son, Naruhito. However, there is no legal provision for him to abdicate and some say that his intentions alone are unconstitutional. “Under the current law, he can’t abdicate, even if he wants to. There is no option but to carry on,” said Yasushi Kumo, an expert journalist. When Akihito celebrated his birthday in December, he said that he felt his age, perhaps setting the stage for his impending announcement. He is not in good health; he suffers from prostate cancer and heart problems. He succeeded his father, Hirohito, at the age of 55 and his oldest son, Naruhito, is now 56. “Even if he tries really hard, he can’t deny that his body is deteriorating,” Kumo said. Currently the


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role of emperor is a ceremonial figurehead that serves as a “symbol of the state and of the unity of the people.” As such, he does “not have powers related to government,” meaning that he cannot say anything even slightly political. Akihito is the only emperor to have begun his reign under the postwar constitution. Because there is no provision in the Imperial House Law for him to abdicate, even raising the idea would be considered political because it would require a parliamentary amendment. “So he will be ambiguous, unclear,” said Takeshi Hara, a professor of politics who has written several books on the imperial system. “I think he will just express his feelings.” This week, the emperor addressed his people in a rare televised address. “I am already 80 years old, and fortunately I am now in good health,” said the monarch, who turns 83 in December. “However, when I consider that my fitness level is gradually declining, I am worried that it may become difficult for me to carry out my duties as the symbol of the State with my whole being as I have done until now,” he said. Akihito is beloved by his people

and has the support of the public. According to polls, between 77 and 90 percent of respondents feel that the government should create a system that would allow the emperor to abdicate if he wants. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he will “think very seriously about what we can do” in order to ease the emperor’s burden. Some other countries that still have monarchs at their helm include Belgium, Cambodia, Denmark, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. In most cases, the royalty is typically symbolic and have very little political control.

Second Anniversary of Fight against ISIS While America continues to make headway in its war against ISIS, President Obama warns that the danger is still imminent. Obama said on Thursday that it seems that the Islamic State is focusing more on terrorist activities in tourist cities around the world than its home-

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Last week, the U.S. Army carried out a series of airstrikes against the Islamic State militants in Libya. The Libya strikes signal an expansion of the fight against the Islamic State. The Pentagon revealed that throughout the week Americans warplanes destroyed tanks, military vehicles and earth-moving equipment. On Thursday, a bomb attack destroyed a pickup truck carrying a recoil-less rifle, a gun that fires artillery rounds. The expansion of the air war to Libya has been dubbed Operation Odyssey Lightning. “None of ISIL’s leaders are safe,” Obama warned, “and we’re going to keep going after them.” But ISIS is throwing it back at us and continuing to threaten national security. Obama reassured the public that intelligence and law enforcement officials are working tirelessly to ensure public safety. “I think it is serious,” Obama said in reference to national security. “We take it seriously. The possibility of a lone actor or a small cell that kills people is real,” Obama admitted. As the second year anniversary of the war against ISIS approaches, the president met with the National Security Council to discuss its progress in the fight. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attended the meeting in the Pentagon. The U.S. began its mission in the summer of 2014. As of January 31, 2016, after 542 days of airstrikes, the cost of the war was $6.2 billion, that’s about $480,000 every hour. The Pentagon requested another $7.5 billion for the year of 2017 specifically for the battle against the Islamic State. Officially there are 3,650 American troops and contractors currently involved in the campaign against ISIS, however speculators suggest that there are in fact closer to 6,000.

When she licked a spot of honey from her hand on Tuesday, Irom Sharmila declared, “I will never forget this moment.” The smudge of honey is the first food that Sharmila has consumed in 16 years. The Indian political activist has been on a hunger strike since November 2000, when she began her fast to protest a draconian security law that gives immense power to security forces in the northeastern state of Manipur. Since her fasting was looked at as an effort to commit suicide, a crime in India, she has been force-fed through a feeding tube through her nose. On Tuesday, a judge granted her bail when she agreed to start eating. Her feeding tube was removed and she tasted the drop of honey. She plans to run in the next Manipur state elections, in early 2017, to fight to have the security act struck down. “I need power to remove this act,” said Sharmila, 44. “I am the real embodiment of revolution.” She began her fast days after 10 civilians were killed by paramilitary soldiers in Manipur, which has long been plagued by uprisings by ethnic separatist militants and violent government crackdowns. The Armed Forces Special Powers Act is in effect in Indian-ruled Kashmir and in a number of northeastern areas facing separatist insurgencies. The law gives security forces the right to shoot to kill suspected rebels without fear of possible prosecution and to arrest suspected militants without warrants. It also gives police wide-ranging powers of search and seizure. The act prohibits soldiers from being prosecuted for alleged rights violations except with express permission from the federal government. Such prosecutions are rare.

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American Killed in London Attack

Darlene Horton, 64, was supposed to depart from London to return to her friends and family in Florida when she was murdered by a mentally ill teenager. Another five people were also injured by the knife-wielding teen last Wednesday night in central London. 19-year-old Zakaria Bulhan, a Norwegian national of Somali origin, is believed to have chosen his victims randomly. He has been living in the UK since 2002. Horton was in town with her husband, Robert Wagner, who teaches summer classes at a university. Wagner is a psychology scholar at Florida State University during the year. According to reports, police arrived at the scene six minutes after the first 999 call was received and ambulances arrived one minute later. In the aftermath, additional police were deployed to the area which is popular with students and tourists. The British Museum, the University of London and University College London are all nearby. Mayor Sadiq Khan of London called for the public to remain calm and vigilant. The police were doing an incredibly difficult job, the mayor said, adding that the safety of Londoners was his “number one priority.”

Burkini Party Cancelled amid Outcry France is still grappling with the horrors of November’s brutal ISIS attack, making the country and its people highly alert and suspicious, perhaps to an extreme, of any Islamic radical behavior.

Michel Amiel, the mayor of a French city Les Pennes-Mirabeau, said he was “shocked and angry” when he got wind of a party being planned called a “Burkini party.” The private party is being hosted at Speed Water Park at Pennes-Mirabeau, near Marseille, on September 10. It is strictly for women and children; males over 10-years-old are prohibited from attending. Women are forbidden to attend in traditional bathing suits and are required to wear burkinis, a swimming garment that covers the entire body. Normally even burkinis are not allowed in public settings but an “exceptional” authorization was given (it’s unclear who is the authoritarian). The event is being planned by Smile 13, a “social, cultural, sport and professional” association for women and children. Although it is an indoor private swimming pool, the staff is “mixed” and therefore the organization is requesting attendees to adhere to the dress code. “We’re counting on you to respect the Awra [Islamic term requiring parts of the human body to be covered],” the poster reads.

“This is communitarianism, pure and simple,” Amiel told Le Parisien, adding that he was looking at banning the event as a “threat to public order.” It is unlikely that the mayor will be authorized to actually impose the ban since Speed Water Park is a private company and is entitled to rent out their facilities to whoever they want. Local MP Valérie Boyer of Les Republicans, the center-right opposition party, feared the event would be divisive. “It is not an anodyne issue. The battle of the ‘veil’ is a visible sign of fundamentalists wanting to mark their territory and subjugate women,” Boyer said in a statement. “Burka, chador, abaya, niqab, hijab … it doesn’t matter what you call them, they are a gender prison, a negation of the individual, an obstacle to equality, an obstacle to fraternity.” Ultimately, it wasn’t the lawmakers who cancelled the burkini pool

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party. After receiving threats, including revolver bullets sent by courier, and hearing the public outcry, the waterpark itself decided to cancel the event in order to preserve public order which was being endangered by “extreme ideological positions.” France is home to about five million Muslims, the largest Muslim minority in Western Europe. France was the first European country to ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places, but it is legal to wear Islamic dress. Islamic headscarves were also banned in French schools in 2004.

Brazil over Budget in Olympics Amid Recession The torch has been lit and it’s game time! The summer Olympics kicked off last week with America already bringing home some gold. This year, Brazil is hosting the Games which is considered an honor but also an enormous undertaking. The host

country is responsible to prepare for the event which requires lots of careful planning and a generous budget. It is common for the project to exceed predicted costs.

It is estimated that after all is said and done, the Games will have cost Brazil $4.6 billion just in sports-related costs, which is 51% over budget. The cost of all Olympic-related projects is projected to total $12 billion, for which the state of Rio is responsible for 25%. Non-sports related costs include subway construction, temporary power at venues, and additional seating. Supposedly, around 70% of the cost of the Games have come from the private sector. However, according to Reuters, the local organizing committee is still running a deficit between $121 million to $151 million. A recent study by the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford revealed that since 1960 no Olympics has ever come in under

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budget. The most recent summer and winter games were recorded as the most expensive ever. London’s summer Games cost $15 billion, and Sochi’s winter Games came with an outrageous price tag of $21.9 billion. “At 156 percent in real terms, the Olympics have the highest average cost overrun of any type of mega-project,” the study found. “For a city and nation to decide to stage the Olympic Games is to decide to take on one of the most costly and financially most risky type of mega-project that exists, something that many cities and nations have learned to their peril.” Generally, host countries are willing to shell out the extra dollars but Brazil is currently in a recession. Back in 2009 when it was announced that Brazil would host the 2016 Games, the first ever in South America, the country’s economy was thriving. However, it is currently experiencing the worst recession in the last 80 years, making the route to the Games quite rough. There were infrastructure delays, problems at the Olympic village, and health worries due to the Zika virus. In June, Rio’s governor declared a state of financial emergency asking for federal support to keep basic services running.

The Olympics generally draws major patriotism from the host country but according to a July opinion poll, 63% of Brazilians think that hosting the Olympics will cause more harm than good for their nation.

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"Simchat Oren"


A synagogue in memory of Oren Simcha Noach, who fell in action during Operation Protective Edge in Summer 2014

A new synagogue is being built in the community of Hoshaya, within view of the excavated synagogue on the site of the ancient city of Zippori. During the Talmudic period, Zippori was a vibrant center of Jewish learning and contributed much to shaping the world of Halakhah. It was home to Tanna’im and Amora’im—Rabbinic sages of Eretz Yisrael—the most famous of which was Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi, redactor of the Mishnah.

On 10 Nissan 5752, Oren Simcha was born to Chava and Yigal Noach on Kibbutz Ma’ale Gilboa. He was a beautiful child, with startling blue-gray eyes, a smile from ear to ear, and a small dimple in his right cheek. As a young boy, he enjoyed bike riding, swimming, and caring for animals. As he grew up, Oren’s love of nature took him on many hikes and excursions around the whole of Israel. He especially loved the cool, freshwater springs in the Israeli countryside. On graduating from the Tiberias Yeshiva High School, Oren enrolled in the Otzem Pre-Military Torah Academy. The combination of Jewish learning with emotional and physical preparation for service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) provided Oren with a meaningful and character-building experience as a young adult, and was instrumental in his decision to enlist in the Special Forces unit Sayeret Golani. In March 2012, Oren joined the IDF and underwent the demanding combat training for this unit. In July 2014, the IDF launched Operation Protective Edge and sent forces into the Gaza Strip to defend Israeli civilians from ongoing missile attacks by Arab terrorists. Oren participated in the Operation as a Squad Commander in the Golani Brigade. In the early hours of the morning of Sunday July 20th, Oren was killed in action, together with six of his soldiers, by an anti-tank missile that hit their armored vehicle. Oren is buried in the cemetery of Hoshaya, the community where he grew up and which he loved.

We, his family, have chosen to perpetuate the memory of our dear son by naming the new synagogue

"Simchat Oren" The synagogue is located very close to the house in which Oren grew up and will serve as a center for prayer and Torah study, as well as for community activities for children and adults of all ages. The total cost is estimated at USD 450,000. Oren’s family has pledged USD 150,000. The rest of USD 300,000 are funded by Hoshaya through Yetzira foundation. The family has raised USD 50,000 to date, leaving a further USD 100,000 to complete the memorialization project. We request your goodwill and support in building the synagogue. Please give generously and wholeheartedly. Tax-deductible donations in Israel can be made payable to "Amutat Yetzirah." Please state that the monies are for the Oren Synagogue. Bank details for direct transfer: Bank Leumi, Branch 972, Account no. 207000/72

Tax-deductible donations in the United States and Canada can be made payable to: LIFE Organization (Long Island Foundation for Education). Please note that the monies are for the Oren Synagogue. Tax exemption number for L.I.F.E. is 237442145. Send to: Rabbi Lefkowitz c/o Joel Mandel 260 Central Ave. Apt. 211 Lawrence, New York 11559



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Auschwitz. Himmler was Adolf Hitler’s right hand man and earned the official title “Reichsfuehrer SS.” He singlehandedly ordered the deaths of Jews, Poles, Soviet prisoners-of-war, and others categorized as “racially inferior.” He died in May 1945 after poisoning himself.


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lished next year. In the meantime, German tabloid Bild has released excerpts. Previously historians had obtained and analyzed Himmler’s diaries from the years 1941, 1942 and 1945 but they were unaware of the missing ones until recently which cover the years 1938, 1943, and 1944. Himmler’s diary reveals how he

continued to indulge during the war. He wrote about a day when he got a massage just before ordering the execution of 10 Poles. In another entry he mentions that he “enjoyed” a snack at Buchenwald concentration camp. In another excerpt he relates how he instructed the SS to train dogs that could “rip people apart” at

It was a close call in the Ben Yehuda section of Jerusalem last week. A suicide bombing on the Jerusalem light rail system was thwarted at the last minute thanks to a highly alert security guard. Shin Bet revealed that the bomb was constructed to cause the maximum damage; it contained nails dipped in rat poison. Ali Abu Hassan, a 21-year-old Palestinian civil engineering student at Hebron University, admitted that he planned to bomb a busy Jaffa Road restaurant at first, but then changed his mind. When he saw the throngs of Israelis boarding the light rail he altered his evil plans. A well-trained security guard noticed the suspicious looking man and approached him to search his bags. When the man refused, the guard quickly alerted officials and the terrorist was apprehended. Hassan confessed to researching online how to build a bomb that would “cause the most, and most effective, damage” and “even carried

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Mahmoud Abbas’s political party is using some unique bragging points to put them over the edge in the upcoming elections. According to their Facebook page, Fatah is listing having “killed 11,000 Israelis” as one of their major achievements. Palestinian Media Watch, a group that monitors anti-Israel and anti-Semitic statements in Arab media, translated the Facebook page. Fatah also claims to have “offered 170,000 martyrs.” The fact that it was written in Arabic is significant, as the Palestinian media has an extensive history of saying one thing in Arabic, and quite another in English. Mahmoud Abbas has long claimed in English media outlets that he supports peace, but in Arabic he has historically supported, and called for, violence against Israel. The upcoming elections in the Palestinian areas are expected to be held on October 8. They are the first elections in ten years in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In 2006, the Islamist militant group Hamas defeated the long-standing Fatah in an embarrassing defeat. In 2007, Hamas seized control of the entire Gaza Strip, limiting Abbas’s influence – and Fatah’s – to the West Bank. Although Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by Israel, the European Union and the United States, they are said to have good chances in the elections as Hamas is

widely seen as the more efficient and less corrupt of the two poisons. This week, the campaigning took another turn when Hamas released a video of its “accomplishments.” The film, entitled “Thank you, Hamas,” depicts the Gaza Strip with lush lawns and gleaming high-rises. There are beaches, mosques, a functioning law enforcement, and many people smiling and waving, so happy they’re living there. The scenes seem idyllic and, of course, there’s no hint at the closed borders or terrible conditions Strip residents endure. Included in the video is an image of a metallic fist statue perched atop what appears to be an IDF armored vehicle. The fist clutches a replica of fallen soldier Oron Shaul’s dog tags. The tags bear Shaul’s army number — 6092065. Shaul was killed in action during the 2014 Gaza war, and Hamas initially claimed it had captured him alive. He was subsequently pronounced dead by the IDF and Hamas has refused to return his body. In response to Hamas’ propaganda, rival Fatah showed a video depicting the hardships Gazans have under Hamas rule. Hamas spokesman Salah Bardaweel said on Tuesday that the group “is not telling people that we live in paradise,” – although it sure looks like that’s what they’re trying to do – but argues that it has governed well under tough circumstances.

Modi’in to Become Smart City

The world’s most ancient country will soon host the world’s most technologically advanced city. Israeli internet provider Bezeq has put into place the necessary infrastructure and fiber optic cable network to make Modi’in the world’s first smart city. The basic idea is that municipal services – everything from parking to garbage collection


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Nazi Flag Makes its Way to Yad Vashem

tor on the day of the concentration camp’s liberation has been donated to Yad Vashem. After being liberated, Dr. Robert Jacques Lederer joined up with American forces to give medical attention to other survivors. When he entered Buchenwald on April 11, 1945, Lederer snatched the swastika flag as a token. He kept it hidden for 71 years. Lederer’s son recently found the flag, 15 years after his father’s death, and after much consideration decided that the only appropriate place for it to hang would be in Israel as a remembrance of what happened in the Holocaust. He contacted the Administrator General in the Ministry of Justice, who received the flag and transferred it to Yad Vashem. He also sent in other documents from his father’s “liberation days.” Miri Keidar, who is responsible for estates left to the state in the Administrator General, said the donor “explained that it was important to him to donate the flag to the State of Israel, and he didn’t ask for any financial consideration or set any conditions. He just asked that if the flag would be used, that his father’s name would be remembered.” Deputy Administrator General Sigal Ya’akovi stated, “The donation of the flag demonstrates the unbreakable link between world Jewry and the State of Israel. Many dozens of donations are received every year by the Administrator General from around the world, and the Administrator General is acting to fulfill the wishes of the testators to donate to Israeli society to preserve their memory.”






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to traffic lights – will now have complete digital management. Imagine Bluetooth sensors in every garbage can (no cheating on your recycling now), traffic light, park bench, and sewer that would constantly be updated to a central computer (at the speed of light, obviously). This would allow for an automated computing system to plan the next trash pickup or series of red lights. Issues will be dealt with in real-time as the network is able to immediately determine which trash cans are the fullest or how many cars are on the road. Street parking in Modi’in will be easy – drivers will be able to check an app to find out which spaces are available and how many other cars are on the road between a driver and the spot. Municipal information and weather reports will determine traffic lighting systems. Bezeq is investing tens of millions of shekels into the project, but the most important – and expensive – part is the fiber optic cable network that already exists. Bezeq CEO Stella Handler said that the company sees “this as a long term investment and feel that this is a step in the right direction. We’ve worked with underground fiber optic cables for years, and now, finally, we’ll be working above ground.” If only they can do something about the mosquitoes.

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giving tens of millions of dollars to Hamas. Mohamed el-Halabi has been fingered as the mastermind behind the non-for-profit group which had been creating fake receipts for humanitarian projects that have never happened. “Any diversion of the generous support of the Australian and international community for military or terrorist purposes by Hamas is to be deplored,” the Australian government said in a statement. Almost $4 million has been donated to the organization by the Australian government in the past three years. World Vision works in almost 100 countries and has an annual budget of $2.6 billion. The organization released a statement on its website saying that they are “shocked by the allegations,” and will “carefully review any evidence presented to us.” Australia had been warned by the Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center in 2012 and 2015 that Hamas was receiving the donated funds, but their warnings were brushed off. Yoav Mordechai, the Israeli Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories, explained that they told Australian officials that “Hamas stole

this money and passed it to its military wing to build bases, provide salary bonuses and dig the tunnels of death that have brought destruction upon...the Gaza Strip.” Halabi, who is in his late 30s and from Jabaliya in the Gaza Strip, has admitted to cooking the books and diverting at least 60 percent of the donated funds to the Hamas terror network. He would create false construction projects and then list known Hamas operatives as workers on the projects. Building materials were purchased by the organization and then sent to build military bases and underground tunnel networks. Food and medications that were meant for civilians were diverted to the families of Hamas fighters. Halabi also indicated that other charity funds were being used as Hamas’s own piggybank instead of reaching their intended recipients. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said on Israeli radio that “Israel will not permit this, and we will take action against these organizations and their activists,” he vowed. “We expect donor countries and international organizations to carefully check the destination of the money.”

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A very suspicious forfeiture was submitted by a Saudi Arabian competitor in Rio this week. Joud Fahmy abruptly withdrew from her first round judo match at the Summer Olympic Games. Immediately after, she tweeted that she had hurt her arm and leg during training. But the curious incident left many wondering if the move was politically motivated. Israeli media reported that Fahmy forfeited so she would not have to face Israeli judo fighter Gili Cohen in the following round. Two weeks ago, an former Saudi general met with Israeli officials in Jerusalem to discuss possible peace in the Middle East. Although the recent

delegations have warmed relations slightly between Israel and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom still does not recognize Israel as a country. This wasn’t the first incident of an Arab country clashing with Israel at the 2016 Games. The Israeli and Lebanese Olympians were supposed to share a bus to the opening ceremony but then a spat ensued, according to media reports. As a result the Lebanese delegation refused to share a bus with the Israelis and organizers were forced to reshuffle the transportation. The head of the Lebanese delegation was reprimanded by organizers and was told that their behavior was not to be repeated.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put out a statement this week firmly rejecting U.S. President Barack Obama’s false claim that Israel’s officials support the Iran nuclear deal that was struck last summer. The Israeli leader said very clearly that his stance has not changed. The Defense Ministry went a step further and compared the deal to the Munich Agreement signed by the Nazis and European powers in 1938. Last week, Obama said that “the



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This summer, there have been numerous reported deaths after children were left in cars and overheated. Something needs to be done to prevent these tragedies and Waze thinks it has the answer. The GPS application has added a safety mechanism designed to prevent drivers from forgetting their children in the car by reminding them toward the end of a journey of the presence of a child. The driver will be given an option to activate the function which will provide a reminder by way of a large notification appearing on the screen which cannot

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A huge bite was taken out of New York’s organized crime families this week when authorities arrested 46 suspects and charged them with smuggling, extortion, gun trafficking, loansharking, arson, and other crimes. In a scene out of a classic gangster story, the multiyear investigation involved a mobster-turned-witness who wore a wire and an undercover federal agent. Arrests were carried out in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Florida. The suspects ranged in age from 24 to 80. Most of them were tied directly to four of NYC’s five Mafia families: Genovese, Gambino, Lucchese and Bonanno.

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be ignored. “We hope that the new feature will be used as a reminder for you to take your children who are unable to speak and remind you themselves, when it is time to alight your vehicle,” a statement from Waze said. Another Israeli application, the parking-assistance app, Pango, has also announced that it has integrated a banner into the home screen to stop the occurrence of this increasingly common phenomenon of children accidentally being abandoned in cars. The message on the application’s home screen appears next to a graphic of a baby: “Parents, turn around and make sure that you have not forgotten me in the car,” reads the reminder. The reminder appears once again after the user presses the button which activates the app’s parking meter. Hopefully these reminders will prevent more tragedies from occurring.


country that was most opposed to the deal” now recognizes how positive the accord really is. He said the “Israeli military and security community … acknowledges this has been a game changer.” The president also said that those that were opposed to the deal should admit they were wrong. Netanyahu underlined that Israel has “no greater ally than the United States,” but made it very clear Israel’s position remains unchanged. Bibi continued and said that what matters most is “three goals: keep Iran’s feet to the fire to ensure that it doesn’t violate the deal; confront Iran’s regional aggression; and dismantle Iran’s global terror network.” The PM added that he “looks forward to translating those goals into a common policy, and to further strengthening the alliance between Israel and the United States, with President Obama, and with the next U.S. administration.” The Defense Ministry put out a statement in regards to this matter. “The Israeli defense establishment believes that agreements have value only if they are based on the existing reality, but they have no value if the facts on the ground are the complete opposite of those the deal is based upon.”


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mobster movie set. John Gotti, who is named after his infamous mob boss grandfather, John Gotti, was picked up by police along with some of his conspirators. The Gotti grandson was arrested for peddling Oxycodone pills and was found with thousands of pills and dollars in his home. Gotti is living in his late grandfather’s house and this is the first time the Gotti home was ever raided by law enforcement. John Gotti the senior was meticulous about not bringing any “business” home in an effort to protect his family from his dealings. In fact, the only non-family member allowed in the home was Gotti’s “adopted” son.

Clinton Sued by Benghazi Victims’ Families

Two indictments that were unsealed last week show that violence was used to intimidate hundreds of people by mobsters with names like “Tony the Cripple,” “Nicky the Wig,” and “Mustache Pat.” Three other suspects are said to have avoided arrest and are still at large.

“Today’s charges against 46 men, including powerful leaders, members and associates of five different La Cosa Nostra families, demonstrate that the mob remains a scourge on this city and around the country,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

Not surprisingly, all of the defendants pleaded not guilty. While most were released on $300,000 bail, some were retained without bail, including the alleged ringleader Pasquale “Patsy” Parrello. Another bust on Thursday was unrelated, but comes from the same

Out of all Americans, Hillary Clinton is probably the one who most wishes that the Benghazi attack in which four Americans were killed never happened. This week, relatives of two American security agents who were killed in the 2012 rampage at a U.S. consulate in Libya have filed a lawsuit blaming their deaths on Clinton’s “reckless” handling of classified information on her private email server. They allege that terrorists were able to determine the men’s whereabouts because of Clinton’s actions. Recently, the FBI concluded that Clinton had been “extremely careless” with classified information on her server, but declined to recommend criminal charges for her. The assault on the U.S. consulate, which occurred while Clinton was secretary of state, killed four Americans in all, including Washington’s ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. “It is highly probable, given defendant Clinton’s history of reckless handling of classified information, that defendant Clinton, as secretary of state, sent and received informa-


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Company’s Campaign to Buy its Own Products

tion about ambassador Christopher Stevens and thus the US Department of State activities and covert operations that the deceased were a part of in Benghazi, Libya,” said the text of the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC. “As a direct result of defendant

Clinton’s reckless handling of this classified, sensitive information, Islamic terrorists were able to obtain the whereabouts of ambassador Christopher Stevens and thus the U.S. State Department and covert and other government operations in Benghazi, Libya and subsequent-

ly orchestrate, plan, and execute the now infamous September 11, 2012 attack.” Ambassador Stevens’ family is not involved with the lawsuit. They have said that Clinton was not to blame for his death.

Starting a new business requires ambition, passion, hard work, and perseverance, but sometimes even all that isn’t enough to succeed. At that point, some entrepreneurs surrender and move on to their next project, while others resort to questionable tactics to help jumpstart their business. Josh Tetrick had great ideas and a solid product but he needed investors desperately. In 2014, the entrepreneur convinced Silicon Valley venture capital firms to invest $90 million into his vegan food startup, Hampton Creek Inc. His selling point was that in just three short years he had managed to get his eggless Just Mayo product into major U.S. supermarkets including Walmart, Costco, Target, and Whole Foods. However, his route to these big retailers was rather unconventional, perhaps fraudulent, and of course kept secret from investors. Tetrick, Hampton Creek’s chief executive officer, conducted a major operation to buy its own products in stores, making it seem more popular than it actually was. Allegedly several months before investors pledged the millions to the company, Hampton Creek executives slyly launched a campaign to purchase mass quantities of Just Mayo from stores. This exposure was revealed by five former employees of the company who provided 250 receipts, expense reports, cash advances and e-mails reviewed by Bloomberg. Employees were also asked to contact store managers posing as customers and inquire about the product. Their hope was that the appearance of the product being highly in demand would prompt retailers to order more and stock it in other locations. “We need you in Safeway buying Just Mayo and our new flavored

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mayos,” Caroline Love, Hampton Creek’s then-director of corporate partnership, wrote in an April 2014 e-mail to contract workers known as Creekers. “And we’re going to pay you for this exciting new project! Below is the list of stores that have been assigned to you.” Love’s memo also referenced a key competitor: “The most important next step with Safeway is huge sales out of the gate. This will ensure we stay on the shelf to put an end to Hellmann’s factory-farmed egg mayo and spread the word to customers that Just Mayo is their new preferred brand. :)” In response to these accusations, Tetrick has claimed that the reason for the flurry of purchases by employees was to check the quality of his product. “Because of this, we now understand the impact of trucking and shipping our product and enabled the system we have today that mitigates the risk of extreme temperatures,” Tetrick wrote in an e-mail. “Assessing the product from the customer perspective, more than anything, gets us out of the bubble of typical manufacturing. This was and always will be the primary purpose of it, which is why we’ll continue do-

ing it.” The CEO claimed that the program had a budget of about $77,000, representing just a tiny 0.12 percent of the company’s sales. In order to prove it Tetrick submitted 15 emails to Bloomberg in which he mentions quality-control assignments. Creekers were asked to complete a survey after purchasing the mayo and checking for uneven labels, damages, or problems involving ingredient separation. Tetrick says separation occurred when early versions of the jars were exposed to extreme temperatures in transit. But former employees say that the quality checks were separate from when they were instructed to purchase the product and then do with them as they please. “It is highly questionable for a company to purchase its own goods,” says David Larcker, a professor of accounting at Stanford Graduate School of Business. “Revenue is an important number for evaluating growing companies, but the companies need to be transparent about the source of that revenue. They also need to be transparent about their growth. If the sales are not generat-

ed from legitimate customers, that needs to be disclosed and is important information for investors to evaluate.” Currently, Hampton Creek can proudly say its backers include several billionaires, such as Hong Kong’s Li Ka-shing and Yahoo’s Jerry Yang. This information may(o) just make these investors go running.

Terrorist’s Father at Clinton Rally

It was Monday in Orlando and Hillary Clinton was encouraging the crowd, pumping them up for their

support of her for the presidency. It was a mixed crowd that night which included men and women, whites and blacks, those of Mexican origin, and the father of an ISIS-inspired terrorist. Yes, Seddique Mateen, the father of Omar Mateen, the terrorist who blasted his way into an Orlando nightclub and murdered 49 people, joined the crowd at Clinton’s rally, holding up a large, yellow pro-Clinton banner calling her ironically “good for national security” and “gun control laws.” A Clinton organizer recognized that Mateen may not be the perfect person to have on Clinton’s list of admirers. “The rally was a 3,000-person, open-door event for the public,” a campaign official told Fox News. “This individual wasn’t invited as a guest and the campaign was unaware of his attendance until after the event.” His presence, though, made news because of his up-front-and-center seat, right behind Ms. Clinton. During her speech that night, the presidential hopeful thanked local leaders and officers who responded to Mateen’s terror; it was the worst attack on American soil since 9/11.

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“I know how many people, family members, loved ones, friends are still grieving,” Clinton said on Monday. “We will be with you as you rebuild your lives … because we can’t ever let that kind of hatred and violence break the spirit, break the soul of any place in America.” After the rally, when interviewed by a local TV station, Seddique Mateen said that he may have been invited to the rally by mass email. “It’s a Democratic Party so everybody can join,” he shrugged. He called Clinton “good for [the] United States versus Donald Trump.” As for his son’s actions, he said he wishes his son had joined the Army and fought ISIS. “That would be much better,” he mused.

several relatives who sneaked onto the flight early and hid before the proposal was performed. Nathaly’s father was also on the flight and he gave her a bouquet of flowers. Suddenly, it wasn’t just a plane carrying some vacationers abroad; the jet became a wedding hall and Nathaly was given away by her dad. “The perfect moment every girl waits for their whole life,” Eiche later wrote on Instagram. “He popped the question! And we got married on the same flight! Amazing day! Can’t find the right words for all the feelings right now … just crazy.” Proposal to married in just a few minutes. Hope it won’t be a rough landing.

Lost and Found in the Wrong Place Getting Married on the Fly

Airplanes have great aisles to run down when flying with children for ten hours to Israel. But aisles are also meant for something else, which is what people on one flight to Athens realized. Nathaly Eiche was flying with Jurgen Bogner to Athens for vacation when she heard the strains of a song, “Marry You,” on the plane. That’s so cute, she thought, a proposal on a plane. But then Nathaly noticed Jurgen standing next to her. “That’s when I started crying,” Nathaly said. Jurgen got down on one knee and proposed, a most unusual proposal. But perhaps the proposal was the most conventional part of the day. Just minutes later, a wedding dress appeared, along with two rings, a violinist, a master of ceremonies and

A Chinese tourist in Germany lost his wallet and ended up finding himself in the wrong place due to some funny paperwork. The trouble all began in early July, when the Chinese man lost his wallet. Instead of reporting the incident to police, the man ended up in an office that presented him with an asylum application. He filled out the paperwork and was sent to a refugee home in Duelmen. Officials there noticed that “he was different from the others – very, very helpless.” Finally, after 12 days of being in a refugee home, with help from a translation app and a translator who worked at a Chinese restaurant, it became clear that the 31-year-old simply lost his wallet and wanted to travel on to France and Italy, not to seek asylum. Whoops. Lesson learned: do not go anywhere without Google Translate.

The Pizza ATM Kids at Xavier University will no longer have to pick up the phone to order a pepperoni and cheese. The Ohio university recently unveiled the most popular thing on campus: a Pizza ATM that cooks and dispenses pizza on demand. Of course, the fare isn’t free but students can use credit cards to purchase the snack. Sure

beats getting dressed and heading to the local pizzeria. Hey, don’t college kids just wear PJs all day?

This is the first Pizza ATM in the country. The machine can hold up to 70 pies at a time. At $9 a pop, that’s a great way to fuel students’ cravings while they’re cramming in their studying. “I’ll tell you what,” a university spokesman said. “The pizza vending machine is hot.” Hasn’t anyone heard of a microwave?

Home Sweet Home

Linda P. Thompson just can’t wait to get back home. In fact, after pleading guilty last week to robbing a bank, the 59-year-old waived her right to a grand jury and asked to head back to the slammer. “Prison is home to me so I’m just going back home,” she said. She added later, “I’d like as much time as possible.” Thompson has already spent about 18 years of her life in prison for various crimes. She was released on

June 21 after asking for more time, which she was denied. Her best hope to get back in was to commit another crime, so just a few weeks ago, when committing this act of robbery, she tossed the stolen money outside and even offered some to passersby. She then sat and waited for police to arrest her. It seems like for some, crime does pay – at least for room and board.

Ice Cream Policing

What’s the best way to tackle crime in Boston’s blistering heat? Well, how about handing out thousands of ice cream cones? Sure beats handing out handcuffs. The Boston Police Department has unveiled an $89,000 ice cream truck as the newest addition to its patrol fleet. The truck, adorned with balloons and police decals, will be part of Operation Hoodsie Cup, a community policing initiative that has distributed roughly 120,000 free ice cream cups since 2010. Commissioner William Evans says he would’ve called you crazy if you told him 30 years ago that the police department would have an ice cream truck as part of its fleet, but the goodwill it generates is “undeniable.” And that’s thanks to all the Good Humor.

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Goldfeder, Kopel Fight to Save Beloved Family Business from Rising State Fees


n an effort to save a beloved family fun center from rising rents and crippling state bureaucracy, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D - Far Rockaway) and Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel (R - Lawrence) called on the New York State Depart-

ment of Transportation (DOT) to renegotiate steep Use & Occupancy fees applied to the Five Towns Mini-Golf and Batting Range on Rockaway Turnpike in Lawrence. The request came during a morning press conference with owner Marty Rosen that was held outside the popular local business. “For nearly forty years, Five Towns Mini-Golf and Batting Range has provided wholesome fun and entertainment to thousands of families in our community, including my own,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. “Local businesses like these are the backbone of our economy and we must ensure that they continue to grow and thrive. I urge the state DOT to step up to the plate and ensure the Rosen family remains a part of our community for years to come.” “This is a family-owned business that provides a unique service to the area. We should be attracting local businesses, not forcing them out. I am pleased to once again join Assemblyman Goldfeder in bipartisan advocacy for our community,” said Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel. During the press conference this week outside Five Towns Mini-Golf

and Batting Range, Assemblyman Goldfeder and Legislator Kopel called on the DOT to renegotiate a 150% increase in Use & Occupancy permit fees applied to the small business beginning in April. The legislators warned state officials that the high fees could force the longstanding business to fail, leading to blight along the commercial district on Rockaway Turnpike. To back their claims, both Goldfeder and Kopel pointed to an adjacent former car dealership also in state DOT hands which, for the better part of the last decade, has stood abandoned and covered in tall weeds. Goldfeder and Kopel were joined by batting range owner Marty Rosen, who opened the popular family fun center back in 1978 under a month-to-month lease, revocable at any time, from the state, which owns the land as highway right-of-way. Rosen spoke about the challenges he and his children faced over the years as they worked to build and grow a thriving small business. “We have overcome many obstacles,” said Five Towns Mini-Golf and Batting Range Owner Marty Rosen, “road repair projects, constant traffic issues due to poorly-timed traffic lights and the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Today we are asking the DOT to reconsider its demand and through a compromise allow us to continue to provide unique fun-filled experiences for years to come.” The elected officials’ request comes after a year-long effort by Goldfeder to seek consideration for the local Rockaway and Nassau County institution. In August 2015, Goldfeder and Rosen met with DOT officials to request a compromise on an impending Use & Occupancy fees increase from $4,700 per month, to $12,435 per month beginning in April 2016. The meeting also focused on an earlier request by Rosen to seek a long-term Use & Occupancy permit to provide the business additional stability in its recovery from Superstorm Sandy. In June, Rosen appealed the permit increase, arguing that extensive roadwork, poor traffic light controls, economic downturns and Hurricane Sandy negatively impacted the business. In response, the DOT regional office wrote to Rosen on July 27, 2016

explaining that it was “constrained to consider only market value” when setting permit fees, and that the appeal was denied. First opened in 1978, the Five Towns Mini-Golf and Batting Range has served thousands of families in New York City and Long Island. Over the years, the facility has hosted countless summer camps and birthday parties, as well as visits by baseball greats like Daryl Strawberry and Mookie Wilson. In recent years, the Rosen fami-

ly and other business owners in the community have seen their businesses affected by the devastation of Superstorm Sandy and deteriorated roadway conditions along Route 878 and the Rockaway Turnpike. In 2014, Goldfeder and Kopel joined U.S. Senator Charles Schumer in calling on state DOT to expedite long-awaited repairs to the major thoroughfare and evacuation route. The project, formally called the NY 878 Nassau Expressway Operational Improvement, isn’t expected to be completed until 2021.

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As part of our color theme, Camp Areivim Freshies celebrated our “men in blue.” Our Pre-1A boys wrote letters of appreciation to the policemen and women who protect us 24/7. The notes were delivered to the grateful cops at the 101 Precinct where they are proudly being displayed. The officers were so impressed by the gesture and the Areivim Freshies boys certainly made a tremendous kiddush Hashem!

Rep. Rice Announces Nearly $575,000 in Federal Funding for Security Enhancements at Local Jewish Nonprofit Organizations


.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced this week that eight Jewish organizations, synagogues and schools in New York’s fourth congressional district have been awarded a total of nearly $575,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s FY2016 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), which provides funding for security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at a high risk of terrorist attacks. Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway, the Merrick Jewish Centre, Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, and Young Israel of Oceanside have each been awarded $75,000. Yeshiva of South Shore in Hewlett has been awarded $73,673, and the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County has been awarded

$50,000. “Preventing and preparing for acts of terrorism and other emergency situations is always a collaborative effort, and one of the most effective things we can do at the federal level is help vulnerable or high-risk institutions harden their facilities and enhance their emergency response capabilities,” said Representative Kathleen Rice, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. “I’m very pleased we obtained this funding to help these organizations meet their unique security challenges, and I’ll keep working to make sure all of our district’s communities have the resources they need to keep people safe.” “We are incredibly grateful to Congresswoman Rice for helping us secure this critical grant from DHS,” said Rabbi Moshe Weinberger of Congregation Aish Kodesh. “The

reality is that we live in dangerous times and the grant will go a long way towards making our synagogue safer.” “Our congregation is extraordinarily grateful to receive this grant,” said Rabbi Charles A. Klein of the Merrick Jewish Centre. “At a time when synagogues and other houses of worship have become targets for terrorists, the opportunity this grant affords us to enhance the security of our building will make a big difference for the members of our community who gather here regularly.” “We’re very grateful to Congresswoman Rice for helping to secure this funding and for supporting our efforts to give our students and faculty the safe and secure learning environment they deserve,” said Richard Hagler, Executive Director of the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach. “At a time when we’ve seen schools and

places of worship too often become targets of hatred, violence and terrorism, this federal grant is a critical investment in our community’s security and in the future of all the children we serve.” “We applaud Congresswoman Rice for all her efforts on behalf of all the nonprofits in the Nassau County area in securing these much needed security funds for our institutions,” said Rabbi Dovid Kramer, Executive Director of Yeshiva of South Shore. “We deeply appreciate Congresswoman Rice’s help in our having obtained the security grant for the sake of our synagogue,” said Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum of Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst. “The protective glass and bollards are a means of gaining added protection along with greater peace of mind for our membership.”

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Five Towns Students Intern with Senator Kaminsky


his summer, nine students from the Five Towns gained firsthand experience in government and community outreach during their internship with Senator Todd Kaminsky (9th District). During the internship, students interacted daily with constituents and assisted the Senator and his staff at events and forums. “These students’ interest in public service and their aspirations to work in government have given me tremendous hope the future of Long Island. All summer long, they have dedicated themselves to serving the needs of constituents across New York’s 9th Senate district. I certainly hope that this experience solidifies their commitment and inspires them to pursue a life of public service,” Senator Kaminsky said. Deena Abittan, of Woodmere, attends Manhattan School for Girls. Deena is a published writer, artist, serves on an advisory committee for the Hewlett Woodmere Library, and in 2015, started a free day camp for children with disabilities whose fami-

lies cannot afford the tuition. Moshe Carroll, of Woodmere, attends Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School. Moshe is a staff reporter for the school newspaper and bi-weekly newsletter, a Youth Board Member of the Five Towns Community Chest and mentors students with special needs. Yitzchak Carroll, of Woodmere, recently graduated from Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School. Yitzchak is a founding member of DRS’ school newspaper, and is actively involved in the Five Towns Community Chest and Woodmere Fire Department. He also served as team captain of DRS’ Science Olympiad, Math and College Bowl teams. Ayelet Klahr, of Lawrence, attends Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls. Ayelet is the founder and head of her school’s Israel Advocacy Committee, is active with SKA’s math and debate teams, and volunteers with special needs individuals and senior citizens. Alana Pearl, of Woodmere, North Shore Hebrew Academy High School.

Alana is an active members of her school’s Model Congress, Mock Trial team, and the school newspaper. Daniel Rosenthal, of Woodmere, attends Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School. Daniel is an editor for his school’s paper, The DSR Star, has worked on design and construction for various engineering projects in the 2016 High School Regional’s, and is a delegate for Model Congress. Akiva Thalheim, of Woodmere, attends Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School. Akiva is the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, a Yeshiva University Model UN Del-

egate, and a Science Olympiad team member. Mitchell Unger, of Woodmere, attends Yeshiva University where he is majoring in History, with a minor in Political Science. Mitchell has worked with special needs children for several years as a counselor, and enjoys playing soccer and cooking. Sarah Weissman, of Lawrence, attends Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls. Sarah plays varsity softball at SKA, is a member of the Yachad Youth Leadership Council and works with special needs individuals to promote inclusion.

who was largely behind the move to incorporate a night of Jewish music into Cedarhurst’s annual summer concert schedule, advises people to show up early for the event. “We have a large turnout every year, but given the incredible popularity of the Gat brothers and the growing excitement about their appearance right here in our own community, we are expecting record crowds.” The concert, which is free of charge, kicks off at 8 PM. The con-

cert pre-show, which will feature the Beatbox Duo, begins at 7:15. Ilan Swartz-Brownstein and Josh Leviton mastered beatboxing – a musical technique using the mouth and voice to imitate the sounds and rhythms of percussion instruments or drum machines – while still in high school. The talented twosome perform at venues around the world and have reached millions online. They also appeared on America’s Got Talent this past season.

Gat Brothers to Headline at Gourmet Glatt’s Summer Concert Under the Stars


n a special appearance that already has residents of the Five Towns and surrounding neighborhoods buzzing with anticipation, the Gat Brothers – Israel’s newest musical sensation – will headline at Gourmet Glatt’s upcoming Concert Under the Stars. An annual feature of the Village of Cedarhurst’s popular Summer Concert Series, this year’s Jewish music event will take place at Andrew J. Parise Park (corner of Summit Ave and Cedarhurst Ave) on Tuesday evening, August 16. Raised in the largely secular city of Eilat, Aryeh and Gil Gat first hit the Israeli music scene back in 2013, when they appeared on the popular Israeli TV show, Rising Star/Kochav Haba, modeled on this country’s American Idol. Their Chassidic garb – Aryeh became observant 19 years ago, Gil and a third brother soon after – and their beautiful rendition of

Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sounds of Silence” captivated religious and secular viewers alike, and the duo soon became regulars on the show. Since their remarkable debut three years ago, the Gat brothers have gone on to become one of the most popular musical acts in Jewish entertainment history. They have delighted audiences in countries around the globe, including South Africa, Belgium, Canada, England, France, the Netherlands and the United States. The Cedarhurst event, which is being produced by Jewish music impresario Sheya Mendlowitz, will mark their first appearance in the tristate area. The brothers are expected to include in their performance a few of the classic songs that helped catapult them to fame in their native country and beyond. Gourmet Glatt’s Yoeli Steinberg,

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CCHF Worldwide Tisha B’Av Event


he son was so angry at his parents that he couldn’t forgive them. He was already an adult, living in a city far from his parents. He never spoke to them. The parents were so angry at their son. They were not going to be the ones to apologize. The grudge lived on, each day adding a little more bitterness to each of their lives. Tisha B’Av arrived. The parents decided to attend the Worldwide Event. In a city far away, the son


also decided to attend the Event. The same words, spoken by Rabbi Ephraim Eliyohu Shapiro, entered their hearts: “The one who is mevater wins. Let bygones be bygones.” Over and over, Rabbi Shapiro hammered home his message. Not knowing that his son had heard the very same message, the father decided that the time had come. The estrangement was too costly, turning what should be a joyful bond into a dark abyss. He ar-

portrait of the rare image of the Chofetz Chaim, which first emerged two years ago in historic newsreel footage, is being given out to thousands of Jews around the world who attend this year’s Choftez Chaim Heritage Foundation Worldwide Tisha B’Av Event. The awe-inspiring image of the humble, revered Torah figure stirred Klal Yisrael’s collective heart when it emerged in footage that showed the Chofetz Chaim walking among other gedolim of the era. This beautiful image has been turned into an inspiring portrait, suitable for framing. “We hope that people will hang this portrait in a place where it will provide continuous encouragement in shmiras haloshon and ahavas Yisrael,” said a CCHF spokesman. “We want everyone who attends the Tisha B’Av Event to have this powerful inspiration to take home.”

rived home, picked up the phone and called his son. The son could barely believe his ears when he picked up the phone and heard the long-lost but familiar voice of his father. His heart began racing and tears sprung to his eyes. “Let bygones be bygones,” he heard echoing in his mind. This was what he had silently prayed for as he heard Rabbi Shapiro’s words. “There’s been so much pain between us,” his father said softly. “We can’t undo what’s done, but I can tell you that Mommy and I never wanted to cause you pain. And any pain we caused, we’re truly sorry for. We always love you and we just want to be a family again.” The son forgave with all his heart and asked forgiveness for his own mistakes and misdeeds. In two households, the burden of years of strife lifted like a boulder off the top of a well. Now, the refreshing life-giving spring of love could flow. As the father and son re-entered each other’s lives during that conversation, they both discovered the inspiration for their mutual move toward shalom. They had both heard Rabbi Shapiro’s words: Let bygones be bygones. Both had been where they needed to be, among thousands of fellow Jews at the Tisha B’Av Event, where inspiration and healing could finally hit home. The Tisha B’Av Event has become a powerful force in healing rifts and stopping feuds in communities throughout the world. It is not only the inspiration for people torn by estrangement and machlokes to make shalom, but the actual venue for many of these reconciliations as well. Gathering together with fellow Jews in 700 sites, in 16 countries around the world, gives special power to the speakers’ inspiring yet sensible words. People who have been harboring a little grudge have sought each other out after the event. Sometimes they say “I’m sorry.” Sometimes they just give that extra-friendly smile that lets the other person know the air is clear between them. “Nowadays on Tisha B’Av, you can sit all day on the computer and watch speeches,” says one attendee. “But nothing brings home a real feeling of ahavas Yisrael like being together with other Jews, and know-

ing that all over the world, Jews are hearing the same words. There’s a real sense of purpose people have when they leave the Event.” This year, that sense of purpose is summarized by the Event’s title: “Opening the Door: The Power of Ahavas Yisrael to Unlock the Geulah.” The message will be brought home in two different programs, each featuring world-renowned speakers. Both programs will bring attendees the heartfelt words of HaRav Shmuel Kamenetsky, the Philadelphia Rosh Yeshiva and Rabbinic Advisor of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation, as well as the legendary Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, founder and dean of Migdal Ohr, an epicenter ofaAhavas Yisrael located in Northern Israel. Program A presents Rabbi Pesach Krohn, whose Maggid series sets the standard for storytelling that highlights the beauty of Klal Yisrael and the depth of the Jewish soul. His popular lectures, focusing on ethics and spiritual growth, attract large audiences world-wide; and Rabbi Yissocher Frand, long-time maggid shiur at Yeshivas Ner Israel in Baltimore. His powerful speaking style goes straight to the heart, awakening the audience to new levels of self-awareness and commitment to change. Program B presents Rabbi Y.Y. Jacobson, one of America’s greatest communicators of Torah and Jewish mysticism to audiences of all backgrounds. He delivers his passionate, fascinating lectures across the globe and serves as a teacher and mentor to thousands; and Rabbi Warren Goldstein, The Chief Rabbi of the Union of Orthodox Synagogues in South Africa and the Chief Rabbi of South Africa. His groundbreaking kiruv work has brought a love of Torah and a positive Jewish identity to thousands of Jews in South Africa and beyond. Through words, warmth and shining example, the programs are certain to open hearts and increase the flow of ahavas Yisrael all around the world. But perhaps the most powerful inspiration is the feeling of being there, part of a gathering of Jews whose very presence expresses the longing to come together and finally reclaim the ties that bind us together as one family.


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Camp Areivim’s Senior Division is packing a punch this summer with its trademark amazing activities, sports, swimming and learning! Whether on an overnight trip or on campus, the action doesn’t stop. This past week included batting cages, driving ranges, miniature golfing, gokarting, laser tagging, unlimited bowling, ice cream creating, ice cream devouring, and so much more!

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Avnet’s Nine Days Program Teaches Campers About The Beis Hamikdash


t’s hard to relate to what we are missing, especially for young boys. Not having the Beis Hamikdash for over 2,000 years can make it difficult for young boys to understand and conceptualize what it was like to have the Beis Hamkidash. As part of our Chinuch program this summer, we wanted our campers to have a better understanding of what it was like to have the Beis Hamikdash as well as many of its functions. Rabbi Shimon Frankel of the Mikdash Educational Center came to Avnet and designed for our campers an interactive program of life in the Beis Hamikdash and a hands-on building of a model Beis Hamikdash

right here on campus. After constructing the model, he explained the purposes and functions of all the rooms; the room where the oil was kept and preserved, the room for the nazir to cut his hair after completing his time of neziros, the room that stored all the logs that were to be used for the mizbeach ,to name a few. He also explained how the Beis Hamikdash was something that people from all over the world would come to see and marvel at. Using an interactive PowerPoint presentation, he showed what the Beis Hamikdash in all its glory would look like. Our campers also learned about thekK’tores and got to use a mortar and pestle to grind

up 4 of the spices used on the mizbeach. Each camper kept the spices in a packet to be used for havdalah. We hope that this program has prepared our campers for the rebuilding of the Beis Hamikdash, speedily in our days. L’shanah haba b’Yerushalyim.



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All-Day Tisha B’Av Program


orah Connections has for more than 30 years organized all-day long Tisha B’Av programs in Brooklyn where men and women (separate seating) can in-between davening listen to powerfully inspiring lectures and divrei chizuk on how to best utilize this day of mourning for the major national tragedies of the Jewish people and transform this day in a joyous yom tov that will celebrate the long-awaited geulah. The program to be held at the Yeshiva of Brooklyn (Boys Division, 1200 Ocean Parkway, corner of Avenue L) will begin this Motzei Shabbos, August 13 with Maariv at 9:30. Participants are asked to bring their own siddur and sefer Eicha, after having recited “Baruch hamavdil

bain kodesh l’chol.” After the Maariv service and reading of Eicha and Kinos, Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser, Rav of K’hal Bnai Yitzchok, will at 10:30 P.M. speak on the “Hidden Journals of Courage and Hope.” There will be no admission fee for the Motzei Shabbos program. On Sunday morning, the Torah Connections Tisha B’Av Program will begin at 8 A.M. with Shachris and participants are again requested to bring their own siddur and Kinos. At 9 A.M. Kinos will be recited with an introduction and explanation by Rabbi Ephraim Levine. On Sunday afternoon, lectures and divrei chizuk will be offered by Rabbi Tzvi Mordechai Feldheim, Menahel of Yeshiva Toras Chaim in Denver, at 1 P.M.; Rabbi Daniel Glat-

stein, Rav of Kehillas Ahavas Yisroel in Cedarhurst, at 2:45 P.M.; Rabbi Yosef Viener, Rav of Kehillas Shaar Hashamayin in Monsey, at 3:30 P.M.; Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff, Rav of Agudath Israel Bais Binyomin, at 4:20 P.M.; Rabbi Shmuel Yaakov Klein, Director of Publications at Torah Umesorah, at 5:10 P.M.; Rabbi Eliyahu Meir Klugman, Rav of Bais Medrash L’Torah U’Tefilla in Yerushalayim, at 6 P.M.; Rabbi Shmuel Dishon, Menahel of Mosdos Yad Yisroel, Karlin-Stolin, at 6:50 P.M.; and Rabbi Fischel Schachter, Maggid Shiur at Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, at 7:50 P.M. Times and speakers are subject to change. There will be two minyanim upstairs for Mincha at 2 P.M. and 6:50 P.M. Maariv is scheduled for 8:40

P.M. to be followed by havdalah, kiddush levanah (weather permitting) and refreshments to break the fast. Admission on Sunday regardless of how many lectures you come for is $12 per person or $35 per family.

campers with a multitude of games, face painting and prizes. At the end of the week, the camp was filled with royalty – beautiful princesses in elegant tiaras attending a very special Princess Tea Party. As they sipped their tea and

biscuits, they listened to an exciting rendition of the Cinderella story. We have to admit – we can’t do it alone. Hakarat hatov to our amazing staff. They are with our campers every day to ensure that each child has an

amazing summer experience. To express our appreciation, the entire staff enjoyed a delicious dinner catered by Carlos & Gabby’s, followed by a night of trivia. A great time was shared by all!

If you are watching this online, please send tax deductible contributions to help pay for this program by mailing to Jewish Mobilization, 1421 East 10th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11230, or pay online with either Paypal or a credit card. The online programming is sponsored in part by Hindy & Kevin Chorney and Mr.& Mrs. Simcha Ezra Valberg. For more information or to learn about dedication opportunities, please call (718) 998-5822.

Another Amazing Week at Ruach Day Camp


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Alumni Fun-Day at Camp Chaverim


n July 31 in White Lake in the Catskill Mountains, friends and former alumni of Camp Chaverim braved the rainy weather to get together for the first “alumni-funday” event and reunion since the camp’s inception more than 25 years ago. The event was graciously sponsored by PEYD and there were more than 150 staff members at the beautiful event with their families in tow, many of whom traveled from near and far to be part of the ceremonies. Camp Chaverim, a division of Yachad, operating on the grounds of Camp Mogen Avraham, is one of the most renowned summer camps for the special needs community. Under the direction and leadership of Rabbis Yosi Wadler and Reuven Kamin, Chaverim provides families of children with special needs much needed respite while they provide their children with a wonderful summer. Throughout the summer, these children are given opportunities to enhance their life skills as they enjoy and relax in the beautiful mountains. The event was organized by the Friends of Chaverim Committee, the newly formed alumni organization of Camp Chaverim. This organization was created after the successful launch of the organization and fundraising campaign last March whereby alumni of Camp Chaverim got together and raised money for parents who wished to send their children to the camp but did not have the means

to do so. “Friends of Chaverim” was launched so that former Chaverim staff could have an opportunity to reconnect, reminisce and join together to support the individuals who have so greatly impacted their lives. “We are incredibly grateful to all the families who braved the weather to attend the event and for the generous

support of those in attendance to launch the Shlomo Rindenow Scholarship fund, l’zecher nishmas Shlomo, a former Chaverim counselor and Israeli soldier who was niftar tragically very recently while serving in the IDF,” said Eli Schreiber, Executive Director of the Friends of Chaverim Committee. “Shlomo considered the time he spent in Camp Chaverim as an instrumental life experience that he had, so much so, that he included his time spent at Camp Chaverim on his application to the Israeli Army. Shlomo’s thoughts and words mirror many of the same feelings our alumni had, of their time here in camp doing just as much for them as it does for the Children with Special needs that we are privileged to spend time with here in Camp,” said Reuven Kamin, Co-Director of Camp Chaverim. The focus of the Friends of Chaverim committee and its communal efforts will be to generate funds for scholarships, projects, enhancements and advancements

and support the efforts of Yachad in the vital infrastructure and technical support they play in helping the camp stay in operation and continue its vital missions and support services for the special needs community. “We are incredibly grateful and thankful to Yachad for all the support they provide our camp and for everything they do for our campers. Our camp and program has seen many different variations overs the year and Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman and his staff have been incredibly supportive of our campers and program since we partnered several years ago. We look forward to continued growth of Chaverim-B’Yachad for years to come,” said Rabbi Yosi Wadler, Co-Director and founder of Camp Chaverim. For more information about Camp Chaverim and the Friends of Chaverim Committee, please email FreindsofChaverim@gmail. com.

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Around the Community In preparation for Tisha B’Av, children gathered at the home of Dr. David and Melanie Linker in Huntington at the Long Island Torah Network Tisha B’Av event to create an art project that teaches about the Beis Hamikdash. The children produced beautiful and creative projects while learning – among other things – what was above the door of the Beis Hamikdash; the story of Nikanor’s Gates; how many steps led up to the Ezras Yisroel, and why. Even the parents learned something! May we be zoche to see it rebuilt, bimheirah biyameinu.

Rav Asher Weiss, Rosh Kollel, posek, Av Beis Din and prolific writer from Jerusalem, spoke on Sunday night at Young Israel of Woodmere before more than 700 people. His topic was the Nine Days and Tisha B’Av. A CD of the presentation is available from Ivan Norman at ivnorman@ or at 212461-0087. PHOTO CREDIT: IVAN H NORMAN

Team Daniella Created to Run Marathon in Memory of 21-Year-Old Daniella Moffson


n January 2016, tragedy struck our community when Daniella Moffson, a 21-year-old student at Barnard, was killed in a bus crash in Honduras along with two other students. The group was there on a volunteer mission when their bus fell down a ravine. They were on their way to the airport to go home after a week of providing medical care to poor communities. The suddenness and gravity of the tragedy left everyone in complete shock. Since then, Daniella’s friends have been searching for ways to honor her memory. Akiva Blumenthal, of Teaneck, NJ, and Rebecca Cherson, of Woodmere, NY, are two such individuals. They both know about and share Daniella’s love for Chai Lifeline, an organization that helps children and families deal with the emotional, physical and financial stress of childhood illness. Daniella was a counselor at Camp Simcha, Chai Lifeline’s summer camp, and volunteering for

the organization was a true passion of hers. Last January, Akiva and Rebecca both participated in the Miami Marathon with Team Lifeline, raising awareness and funds for Chai Lifeline. This year, Akiva and Rebecca have created Team Daniella that will participate with Team Lifeline in the Miami Marathon on January 29, 2017. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join the team, and their goal is to raise $100,000 for the children of Chai Lifeline. As Akiva said, “Daniella lived for Camp Simcha and Chai Lifeline. We decided to create this team to promote the incredible acts of chessed and kindness Chai Lifeline provides, all in Daniella’s name.” To join Team Daniella or to learn more about Team Lifeline, please visit Team Lifeline participates in the NYC Marathon, Rock n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon, Miami Marathon, and America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride in Lake Tahoe.

Kinus at Kehilas Ahavas Yisroel


ehilas Ahavas Yisroel, under the leadership of Rav Daniel Glatstein, invites the entire community to a special program for Kinus, Sunday morning, August 14. At approximately 9:45 a.m., following the 9 a.m. Shachris, Rav Glatstein will begin with a comprehensive introduction to Kinus. Rav Glatstein will discuss what seems to be a glaring omission to the Kinus: the saga

of Spanish Jewry and the Spanish Inquisition. The recitation of Kinus will focus on specific highlights, and Rav Glatstein will be providing elucidation and historical background. Rav Daniel will speak again after Mincha at approximately 7:45 pm until Maariv. The entire day’s program will be streaming live on May we be zoche to see b’nechomas tzion v’Yerushalayim.

“Tu B’Av Together,” The Global Day Of Tefillah For Shidduchim Initiative By Yad L’achim By Sholom Markman


n just a few days, in a powerful and historic event, Jews from around the globe will unite in tefillah for all the singles in Klal Yisrael. Tu B’Av has become synonymous with tefillah for shidduchim. The Gemara writes in Maseches Taanis: “There have never been such good days for Klal Yisrael like Tu B’Av and Yom Kippur.” This year, with the blessings and encouragement of gedolei Yisrael, Yad L’Achim is launching “Tu B’Av Together,” a global day of tefillah. A minyan of talmidei chachamim, messengers of Yad L’Achim, will be davening in Amuka, the resting place of the holy Tanna Reb Yonasan Ben Uziel on Tu B’Av for all who submit their names to Yad L’Achim. There is no minimum donation required to submit names for tefillah to the talmidei chachamim. While the talmidei chachamim will be davening for several hours, at exactly 10:00 a.m. EST (5 p.m. in Eretz Yisrael) they will lead the global tefillah for shidduchim by reciting kapitlach 32, 38, 70, 82, 121, and 124. For those few minutes, the cries and heartfelt tefillah of the Jewish People will beseech our Heavenly Father on behalf of all those who seek their bashert. Thousands of Yidden from around the world will unite in tefillah at the

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Dr. David Pelcovitz Addresses Kadima Single Parents at the Marion and Aaron Gural JCC


he Kadima program at the Marion and Aaron Gural JCC creates a safe haven for single parents as well as an all-purpose service center to respond to their wide-ranging and often overwhelming needs. The moment a potential client calls, emails or walks through our doors she or he is embraced by a warm, caring and professional staff. From the initial intake and needs assessment to the one-on-one shortterm counseling, support groups, holiday programs, children’s events and daily telephone reassurance, the Kadima client knows that they are not alone as they travel through the difficult and unexpected journey of separation and divorce, negotiating intimidating and uncharted waters. One of the highlights of the Kadima program is its monthly workshop featuring well-established and regarded professionals chosen and

invited to address our single parents on a variety of topics relevant to their constantly changing struggles and interests. This week we were honored to welcome noted psychologist Dr. David Pelcovitz to speak to our single parents on the challenges of raising children in a single-parent household. Single parents arrived at the workshop from the Five Towns and neighboring Long Island communities as well as Far Rockaway and Brooklyn to hear this professor of Education and Psychology at Yeshiva University and well-respected lecturer answer their questions on a variety of topics related to their painful experiences as single parents. We arranged for clients to send in their inquires in advance and Dr. Pelcovitz arrived at the workshop with responses in hand which he systematically addressed while encouraging audience interaction and

participation. Queries covered subjects from how to sensitively let your children know when your marriage is going to end to avoiding having your children be caught in the crossfire of negotiations and arguments; from recognizing when your children need to see a therapist to carefully revealing to them when you are entering the dating chapter. The uncertain role of the grandparent was also explored. In a well-attended and relaxed atmosphere Kadima clients enthusiastically responded to Dr. Pelcovitz’s advice and anecdotes and shared positive experiences with each other, cultivating a special camaraderie. According to a study Dr. Pelcovitz cited, children of divorce need their feelings validated. They want their parents to be honest with them while sparing them unnecessary and unpleasant details. They need to know that their parents love them and will always love them and that it is okay for them to love both parents. Parents need to set limits and be as “predictable” as possible given the often unpredictable scenarios that play out, but also to be flexible. They need to give their children a voice and at least some control in an environment that is often chaotic. They also need to recognize that in the end they can only work on who and what is in their own control. Grandparents should try hard not to get pulled into the struggles of the divorcing unit

but rather should maintain their special status of a “safe harbor” for their grandchildren. Many Kadima clients approached Dr. Pelcovitz at the program’s conclusion. As he patiently continued to give of his time and expertise, others milled about our social hall, making contacts, forging new relationships or taking a moment to check in with the members of the Kadima team. The Kadima initiative at the Marion and Aaron Gural JCC was made possible by a generous grant from UJA-Federation of New York and The Jewish Communal Fund. If you or anyone you know would like to hear more about Kadima, how to become a member or further details about our services, please contact Rachayle Deutsch at (516)569-6733 ext. 222 or email rachayle.deutsch@

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Special Tefillah Session for Shidduchim Held at Amukah on 15th of Av By Dov Levy


n Thursday night, August 18, a group of elite of talmidei chachamim will gather in Amukah to daven for Jewish singles around the world to find success in shidduchim soon. Amukah, home to the kever of the Tanna Yonasan ben Uziel, is famed as a place where tefillos for shidduchim are readily accepted. While the origins of this tradition remain shrouded in mystery, thousands of eligible young men and women make the pilgrimage there each year to ask Hashem to send them their basherte speedily. Thursday night tefillos are sponsored by Kollel Chatzos, the network of kollelim that supports the study of Torah through the night. This ensures that there is at least one place in major Jewish cities where Torah learning goes on around the clock. It also guarantees that the Heavenly protection conferred in the merit of Torah learning will be shared all across our communities. Kollel Chatzos maintains

three branches throughout the Greater New York area, as well as an exclusive fourth Torah Center in Meron at the kever of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. In his Zohar, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai repeatedly extols the practice of rising at midnight to learn Torah – in virtually every sedra of the sefer, in fact – and even records that it was his own habit as well. He further guarantees that anyone who gets up to learn Torah during the second half of the night will have his tefillos accepted graciously on high. But what does all this have to do with Thursday night? The answer is: a lot. The Talmud (Taanis 26b) teaches that the 15th of Av was celebrated as a tremendous yom tov, a date that was set aside for matching up Jewish couples. The eligible girls of Yerushalayim would gather in the fields on this day to be chosen by suitable young men. Building on this theme, later seforim describe the 15th of Av as a day that bears a special segulah for finding one’s zivug.

But the Talmud (Taanis 31a) has more to say about the 15th of Av. “D’moisif yosaif, u’dela mosif yeasaif.” By this date the summer solstice has passed and the short summer nights begin to grow longer. Since the nighttime is meant to be dedicated for Torah, as of the 15th of Av we are all obligated to extend our nighttime Torah study sessions. No one better appreciates the significance of learning Torah through the night than the elite group of men who occupy the network of batei medrashim of Kollel Chatzos at its four branches worldwide. If anyone’s prayer de-

serves special attention on the 15th of Av, it is that of the devoted scholars of Kollel Chatzos. And that is why they were chosen to represent Klal Yisroel in Amukah on Chamishah Asar B’Av. The significance of the occasion was not lost on the public. Young people from all over the world hoping to see themselves settled quickly, as well as parents of children in shidduchim, called the offices of Kollel Chatzos for weeks in advance to reserve their share in this special event. The representatives who showed up at Amukah came armed with long lists of names of those who are hoping to find their basherte speedily and easily. When they arrive they immediately open their hearts to Hashem, pouring out their souls in devotion on behalf of Jews around the world. It’s an intense session as they strive to unlock the Gates of Heaven and lighten the burden of so many singles. The shidduch problem has been

called the bane of our generation and it calls for the utmost efforts to solve it. In addition to this special event, Kollel Chatzos sends representatives to daven at Amukah all year round. The administrator reports that its tefillos at Amukah have proven highly successful in the past. One delighted father recently called in to share that he was frustrated in his efforts to locate a shidduch for his son. After asking Kollel Chatzos to begin davening for his son regularly at Amukah, a perfect shidduch turned up and his son became engaged in just weeks! Adding together the merit of the location in Amukah, the date on the 15th of Av and the nature of the representatives who offered the tefillos, the representatives of Kollel Chatzos; the sum is an unbelievably charged event whose efforts to storm the Heavens were undoubtedly successful. May we all hear besoros tovos b’karov!

It’s summer! Have you eaten a hotdog at a baseball game?

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Around the Community

Thank you to Yisroel Chafetz and the Five Towns Rockaway Hatzalah for such an amazing and informative demonstration inside the ambulance! It was awesome! Camp Funshine got to see all the equipment and learned how important it is to follow safety rules no matter what you are doing.

Ending of Energy Efficiency Funding, a Game Changer? By Yaakov Milstein


believe that this program is an issue that both sides of the political aisle can agree upon from both an economical and environmental point of view. This is a perfect example of interest groups taking advantage of the little citizen while breaking a system that works for all. INNOVATIVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS THAT ADDRESS REAL ISSUES

On every energy bill there is a small charge called System Benefits Charge (SBC), also known as the Energy Efficiency and Renewability charge. This very small .003 levy goes to support consumer education and subsidize energy efficiency programs. The story behind these programs is innovative. It reflects out-of-the-box thinking that is helping to grow our local economy (by creating jobs on Long Island), while also helping save energy and money for New York homeowners that otherwise would not be able to afford important energy efficiency upgrades to their homes. Many homeowners don’t even realize how easy it is to lower their energy bills. They don’t even know what residential energy efficiency means. But it can be summed up like this: if you add up all the small cracks and penetrations in most homes, it probably amounts to a hole the size of a basketball. And yet, people don’t know. Overseeing the SBC across the state is NYSERDA (the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority). They leverage high energy payments to engage homeowners in the comprehensive energy audit. The energy audit involves diagnos-

tic testing to analyze how your home uses energy, understanding that each house represents a number of systems (heating/cooling/lighting, etc.) that all work together to provide a healthy and comfortable environment. The energy audit provides a comprehensive look at where energy is being wasted, and the energy auditor knows that most homes can finance energy efficiency improvements that provide more monthly savings than the monthly payments required to finance these improvements. This typically includes new advanced equipment as well as basic improvements like air sealing (all those cracks), and adding insulation. It was a game changer when NYSERDA developed training and a certification for a group of contractors performing energy efficiency work in homes. These certified contractors are required to do diagnostic testing before and after doing this work. This testing helps to pinpoint the work that needs to be done, and afterwards the same testing is able to identify the amount of energy savings, while also making sure the house is safe and healthy. NYSERDA uses the national Building Performance Institute ( standards to ensure quality assurance mechanisms are built into the program, and that projects are being completed with high quality. NYSERDA also sponsors a Home Energy Audit at no cost to the homeowner. This includes a comprehensive home assessment report that identifies energy efficiency improvements that also consider health and safety issues. I can’t tell you how many homes we go into that have carbon monoxide or gas leak issues. Other issues are also addressed, like lead paint, exposed asbestos, moisture issues and fresh air intake. Many homeowners are surprised

that these issues exist in their homes. Each homeowner can get between $3,000 -$12,000 in grants and subsidies, as well as a subsidized low interest loans up to $25,000. These loans are unsecured (no lien on the home) and built into the energy bill so as not to affect future loans. NYSERDA only approves the project if the estimated savings are projected to be more than the monthly payments – so the energy savings essentially pay for the work. Many homeowners also have small repairs that need to be taken care of in their homes (water leaks, etc.). This program allows them to be dealt with while the contractor is in the home. So it is a real win-win for everyone. THESE PROGRAMS ARE AT RISK OF BEING DISCONTINUED

Long Island, NY, has some of the highest energy costs in the nation. While Syracuse, NY, electric customers pay a total of 6 cents per KhW (supply and delivery), Long Island customers pay an average of 22 cents per Khw. Without these energy efficiency programs, Long Island homeowners have no real parity. Meanwhile, energy efficiency contractors that have been growing businesses and hiring employees will not be able to continue. Over 500 Long Island breadwinners will lose their jobs, which will cost the state a lot more than the administration cost to keep the programs going. When a home is modified with air sealing, insulation, and high-efficiency heating / cooling systems, the insulation keeps the home comfortable yearround. This can also save the average homeowner about 35% of their energy costs. But there is still a bigger problem when homes are neglected. Often it is not only smaller problems in the

home that can be easily fixed if detected early on (like leaks and moisture build up) – it is also about the quality of air in the home. A lot of homes were built before the turn of the century and don’t have the right amount of air flow, which can mean they have what we call “strong stack effect.” When heat and moisture in the home rises, it creates a pressure underneath the attic which forces conditioned air out through the cracks in the attic floor, creating a suction in the lower part of the house that pulls in more unconditioned air. Too much suction can also pull fumes into the home that should be vented out. Many older homes also have carbon monoxide coming from their heating systems or the kitchen ovens. If these systems are not working properly, then very likely there is what we call “backdraft spillage.” This is when the fumes are not going up the chimney properly, but instead are coming back in to the home. These issues can affect the quality of the air in the home, that often result in ongoing health issues. The end result is a variety of inventive programs that are overseen by NYSERDA across the state, and LIPA here on Long Island. With no capital investment – and just a small charge on your electric bill – we have fantastic energy efficiency programs that continue to help thousands of homeowners on Long Island. These programs are especially critical to low income communities and the elderly, and we certainly hope that public support of these programs will ensure that they continue. Yaakov Milstein is the executive VP of J Synergy Energy Solutions. J Synergy is on the frontlines of the energy efficiency and tech marketplace and is helping drive the legislation, working with many local politicians.


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Riddle me this? What sport has four letters, is played all around the world, and begins with a T? See answer below

Olympic Facts During the 1904 games in St. Louis, American runner Fred Lorz quit the marathon and hitched a ride in a car to the finish line. But the car broke down four miles from the finish line. So, Lorz ran to the finish line and was promptly awarded the gold medal. His shenanigans were quickly discovered and the gold medal was rescinded. Oscar Swahn (1847-1927), a Swedish shooter, won his last medal at the 1920 Olympics at the age of 72, making him the oldest person to win an Olympic medal. The gold medals awarded for the top prize are actually silver, with gold plating. Usain Bolt, who is a six-time Olympic gold medalist and holds the world record for the 100-meter dash, never in his life attempted to run a full mile. The five Olympic rings represent the five major regions of the world – Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceana, and every national flag in the world includes one of the five colors, which are (from left to right) blue, yellow, black, green, and red. Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympic swimmer of all time with total of 23 medals.

Cassius Clay (later, Muhammad Ali) won the light heavyweight boxing gold medal at the Rome Olympics of 1960. He later threw it into the Ohio River in disgust after being refused service in a whites-only restaurant on his return to the USA. USA swimmer Mark Spitz had a mustache in the 1972 Olympics and jokingly told the Russian swimmers that it kept the water away from his mouth. During the next summer Olympics, all of the Russian swimmers sported moustaches. The Beijing Olympics in 2008 began at exactly 8:08:08 PM on 8/8/08 because the number 8 is considered lucky in China. The record for the longest name for an Olympic champion is by female Thai weightlifter Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon. During the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, the procession of athletes is always led by the Greek team, followed by all the other teams in alphabetical order (in the language of the hosting country), except for the last team which is always the team of the hosting country.

Answer to riddle: Golf

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A-Rod Trivia 1. What team was Alex Rodriguez drafted by with the first overall pick in 1993? a. Seattle Mariners b. Texas Rangers c. Baltimore Orioles d. Florida Marlins 2. What was A-Rod’s number before coming to the Yankees? a. 15 b. 3 c. 2 d. 23 3. A-Rod is baseball’s all-time grand slams leader. How many does he have? a. 25 b. 32 c. 41 d. 56 4. They say that “cheaters never prosper.” Approximately how much money did Alex Rodriguez

make to date just on his baseball contracts? a. $160,000,000 b. $240,000,000 c. $290,000,000 d. $380,000,00 5. How many home runs did Alex Rodriguez hit in the 2002 season? a. 42 b. 57 c. 61 d. 72 6. A-Rod is 4th all-time on the home run list. How many did he hit? a. 696 b. 714 c. 743 d. 814 7. A-Rod was banned for the entire 2014 season for using steroids. By his – eventual – own admission, when did he use steroids? a. One time in 2013, while

You gotta be

recovering from a knee injury. b. For three months in 2009, while battling mono. c. The entire 2008 season. d. From 2001 through 2003 and from October 2010 to October 2012. Answers 1. A 2. B 3. A 4. D 5. B 6. A 7. D Scorecard 6-7 correct: “Ohhh…an A-Bomb from A-Rod!” (If you don’t get that reference, never mind) 3-5 correct: Not bad. Some mental steroids may put you over the top. 0-2 correct: A-Rod? Is that something you buy in Radio Shack?


An Olympic gymnast walked into a bar… He gets a two-point deduction and ruins his chances of a medal.

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Torah Thought

Parshat Devarim By Rabbi Berel Wein


o matter how accurately facts are presented, the picture that they impart is incomplete if the element of perspective and background is not also present. The Torah reading of last week concluded the narrative of the creation of the Jewish people and of their special role in human history and civilization. This week we begin to study the final book of the Torah of Moshe. This is the book of perspective, of the long view of

events. It serves to help us place the facts of our story in proper order for a clearer understanding. In his long oration before his death – which is what constitutes the bulk of this book of the Torah – Moshe analyzes the past story of G-d’s relationship to his human creatures as well as indicating the future role of the Jewish people in history. Just as a great portrait painting requires backdrop to truly capture the personality of the subject of the painting, so too, the story of

a people requires a deeper understanding of its nature and history than can be provided by a mere presentation of dry facts alone. That is why this book of the Torah is so vital and necessary for any true appreciation of Judaism and of the Jewish people. One can say that this book is not only a “repetition” of the Torah – it is the Torah itself. In this book of Devarim, the Jewish people are revealed in all of their glory, as well as with their weak-

nesses and vulnerability. All of our foibles, of rebellion, backsliding, carping and complaining, are starkly revealed. Yet, the essential, unique traits of the Jewish people – their intellect and loyalty, tenaciousness and their desire for spiritual greatness – are also revealed and emphasized. The complexity of the Jewish character – both personal and national – is clearly outlined by Moshe in his final address to his beloved congregation. He spares them no little criticism as he recounts the events that they brought upon themselves in their history, especially in their sojourn in the desert of Sinai. Nevertheless, his message is full of optimism regarding the eventual redemption and glory of Israel, the land and its people. He does not see

the glass as being half-empty or half-full. He sees it merely as the container that holds the story of the Jewish people through the history of human civilization. His optimism for the future is made more real and more likely by the cold realism of his description of the shortcomings of the past that so characterized the Jewish people that he led. The rabbis of the Talmud have taught us that Moshe was the “father” of prophets. He set the template for Jewish prophecy, which never spared the rod of criticism, while portraying the golden future that would surely come upon us. We should all be able to recognize ourselves and our times in the book of Devarim that we are commencing to read and study this week. Shabbat shalom.

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The Observant Jew

Until We Meat Again By Rabbi Jonathan Gewirtz


ating cheese blintzes and ice cream for dinner usually means one of two things: It’s either Shavuos or it’s the Nine Days. That’s an interesting contrast – the day we got the Torah and the days we lost Hashem’s home on earth. As Torah is compared to milk, perhaps Hashem ensured that even when we don’t have the Temple to turn to, we can delve into the words of Torah and find Him. Well, I’m not going to write about Shavuos as it’s not that time of year. However, during the Nine Days, from Rosh Chodesh Av until Tisha B’Av, we don’t eat meat or drink wine as a sign of mourning for the loss of the Bais HaMikdash. So what’s the idea? How could the same food items work for the most significant day in history, the day of giving the Torah, and the greatest tragedy in history, the day of the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash? A wealthy man once told a chassidishe Rebbe with pride, “I have accustomed myself to following the Mishna’s direction in Pirkei Avos that the way of Torah is to eat bread in salt, and drink water in limited amounts.” The Rebbe said, “This is not the right approach for you. A person like you should eat steak and drink wine so that when a poor person asks for your help, you at least give him enough money to buy bread and salt. If you’re eating bread and salt, you will feel that he can eat

rocks!” The message of the story is that we must be empathetic of others. If the rich man consistently did things that made him feel the pain of the poor man less, that was incorrect. However, were he to set aside a few days during which he would deprive himself of the fine foods to which he was accustomed, that would likely make his appreciation of the less fortunate man’s plight more acute. So it is with us and the Nine Days. The Bais HaMikdash is gone and we’re not just mourning our loss, but the loss Hashem suffers as well. A parent whose children have gone away is saddened by the hurt to the relationship and we recognize that Hashem is our parent. One way we “empathize” with Hashem is by relating to what He’s lost due to our sins. When the Bais HaMikdash stood, the offerings put the meat of the animals and the wine of the libations on Hashem’s table, so to speak. When we stop and take the time to appreciate that daily loss for one week a year, it serves to heighten our awareness and put us in the frame of mind to appreciate what Hashem is lacking. When we would really enjoy a nice piece of chicken or meat but instead have fish or pasta, though we may be eating well, we know that something’s missing. Our joy in the meal isn’t complete because we know we’d prefer to have the

other items. In this way, we put a concrete experience of our own into play. When we feel the lack that we have, we can start to extrapolate about the pain Hashem has from being without the Bais HaMikdash. It’s a jumping-off point for the conver-

ment for what we should really be enjoying. Its taste is dull in our mouths and we can’t fully enjoy it. And that’s exactly the point. The dairy foods we eat at this time of year remind us that we are separated from our Father in Heaven. They make us long for the

The baked ziti isn’t such a treat anymore, but a sad replacement for what we should really be enjoying.

sation because it can obviously not compare to the real thing. Like music that sets a mood, or dark coloring in a work of art, the feeling of missing something is intended to set our minds to work, to focus them in a certain direction that we follow to a specific conclusion. It should evoke emotions that make us want to ease Hashem’s suffering even more than our own. We begin to think about the fact that there is truly something missing in our lives. That someone Who cares about us is suffering from something that we don’t even appreciate. Suddenly, the ice cream isn’t as sweet. The baked ziti isn’t such a treat anymore, but a sad replace-

renewal of that relationship. They are intended to provide basic sustenance and tide us over until we can rekindle that relationship … until we meat – again.

Jonathan Gewirtz is an inspirational writer and speaker whose work has appeared in publications around the world. You can find him at www., and follow him on Instagram @RabbiGewirtz or Twitter @RabbiJGewirtz. He also operates, where you can order a custom-made speech for your next special occasion. Sign up for the Migdal Ohr, his weekly PDF Dvar Torah in English. E-mail and put Subscribe in the subject.


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Between the Lines

One Final Cry By Eytan Kobre


n his second season coaching the Notre Dame Fighting Irish college football team, legendary Lou Holtz’s team suffered a humiliating loss to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl Classic. Holtz walked into the locker room after the game to find his players joking casually, apparently not too broken up over the loss. Except one player. Second-stringer Chris Zorich was sitting at his locker, weeping gut-heaving sobs. Holtz decided at that moment that the next year’s team would be comprised only of players who cared enough to cry. The next season, Zorich went from bench-warmer to captain, and he helped the Fighting Irish win the NCAA National Championship – all because he had cared enough to cry. Tisha B’Av puts that question to us: do we care enough to cry? Always read just prior to Tisha B’Av, Devarim describes the Jewish people’s “gratuitous crying” over the spies’ account of the Land of Israel on the Ninth of Av, which resulted in G-d decreeing a “cry for generations” over the Bais HaMikdash, twice destroyed on the Ninth of Av (Devarim 1:45; Ta’anis 29a; Sota 35a; Sanhedrin 104b; Yerushalmi, Ta’anis 4:5). Had we cried before being exiled, we would never have been exiled in the first place (Yalkut, Tehillim 883; Midrash Shocher Tov 137). Tears alone, however, never tell the whole story because everyone

cries about something. But there are tears and there are tears. An anonymous British pamphlet circulated in 1755, entitled Man: A Paper for Ennobling the Species, differentiated between two categories of tears. We may properly distinguish weeping into two general kinds, genuine and counterfeit… [p]hysical crying, while there are no real corresponding ideas in the mind, nor any genuine sentimental feeling of the heart to produce it, depends upon the mechanism of the body…but moral weeping proceeds from, and is always attended with, such real sentiments of the mind, and feeling of the heart, as do honour to human nature… So while some tears honor the human spirit, others do not. Tisha B’Av is a “mo’ed” (Eicha 1:15) – a festival of sorts – which is the reason we do not recite Tachnun prior to or on Tisha B’Av (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 552:12 and 559:5). But it is no typical festival. It is the festival of tears, and crying is the order of the day (Pele Yoetz, Bechia). G-d Himself cried when he destroyed the Bais HaMikdash (Eicha Rabba, Introduction), and, on Tisha B’Av, all G-d asks is that we cry along with Him. Tisha B’Av thus challenges us to probe what ought to bring us to tears and what does in fact bring us to tears (Michtav M’Eliyahu, Vol. 2, pg. 48). Society has cheapened the value of a tear. My children tease my wife

that her heart is made of silly-putty, because she can (and does) cry at anything remotely emotional. My wife, in turn, jokes that my heart is made of stone (if even that malleable) because I cry less than she does. But it’s not that my heart is made of stone; it’s just that some things aren’t worth a tear. With the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash, all gateways to heaven were locked except for the Gate of Tears (Berachos 32b). And although the Gate of Tears is never locked, the commentators explain, a gate still is necessary to keep out false or unwarranted tears. Indeed, the numerical value of “bechi” (crying) is equal to that of “lev” (heart), because tears are meaningful only if they are sincere expressions of the heart (II Ya’aros Devash 11). That’s why we are to “pour out your hearts like water” (Eicha 2:19). Because genuine tears don’t fall from the eyes – they fall from the heart. And it is those tears that G-d “puts in His bottle” and treasures (Tehillim 56:9). There was once a great drought, and the local rabbi called all the people of his village to the shul. They prayed day and night, but to no avail: not a drop of rain fell. Instead, a heavenly voice declared, G-d will send rain if the village cobbler prays for it. Rushed into the shul, the bewildered cobbler approached the rabbi. “What do you want from me?”

“Ascend the lectern and pray for rain,” the rabbi directed. “But I do not know how to pray. I’m just a simpleton.” “It matters not,” replied the rabbi. “It is you who must beseech G-d on our behalf.” All the townspeople looked on, uneasy with their fate resting in the hands of the unlearned cobbler. Just as he was about to begin, the cobbler ran out of the shul – throwing the villagers into a state of total panic – only to return moments later with a double-spouted clay jar. “Now,” the cobbler said, turning to the crowd. “Pray as you’ve never prayed before.” As the people poured out their hearts to G-d, the cobbler raised the jar, placing one spout to his eye and then the other to his ear. Almost immediately, thunder rumbled and the sky opened with a drenching downpour. After the villagers’ celebrations had settled down, the rabbi walked over to the cobbler. “What’s with the jar?” “Rabbi, I’m a poor man,” began the cobbler. “What I earn barely feeds my children. They cry for bread but I have nothing to give them. Their cries break my heart, and then I cry. I collect my tears in this jar. When you asked me to pray, I looked into the jar and said, ‘Master of the Universe, if you don’t send rain, I will shatter this jar to pieces.’ Then I listened in the other spout and heard a voice say, ‘Do not

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break it.’ And that’s when the heavens opened.” That is how much G-d values the sincere, heartfelt tears of even a simple and unlearned Jew. It is said that all calamities that befall us – collectively and individually – stem from the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash (see Rashi, II Divrei HaYamim 35:25). As the mo’ed for tears, Tisha B’Av is the one day a year when we can ask why. Why do the bad things happen to us? Why are we slaughtered? Why does no one care? Why the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash? Why

ditional melody for kiddush. “Blessed be the One…Who has chosen us from all the nations…” And together – with those tears – they made kiddush, in every sense of the word. * * * Society has become increasingly numb to and wasteful of tears (Pele Yoetz, Bechia). We fritter away the majority of our tears on things society tells us are tearjerkers instead of reserving them for those precious things and moments in life that truly warrant tears. And, consequently, we find it increasingly difficult to produce even one genuine tear, even

Genuine tears don’t fall from the eyes – they fall from the heart.

the expulsion from England? Why the Spanish Inquisition? Why the Chmielnicki Massacres? Why the Holocaust? Why Islamic jihad? Why do loved ones get sick or hurt or worse? Why can’t we find our soulmate? Why do our children leave the fold? Why do we struggle so mightily to support ourselves? Why? These are the questions we ask through our tears –but only when we understand how valuable those tears are. On Rosh Hashana of 1944, a gutsy group of Jews in the Theresienstadt concentration camp gathered in secret for prayer, at obvious peril to their lives. After pouring out their hearts to G-d, a man in the back of the room called out, “What about kiddush?” The others were dumbfounded. Kiddush? In Theresienstadt? How? On what? “Even in the shadow of death,” the man declared, “we will sanctify G-d’s name by making kiddush on a commodity more precious than wine: our tears.” A cup was set down, and, within minutes, was filled with the tears of those poor wretched souls. The man raised his voice and began the tra-

on Tisha B’Av. The Kotzker Rebbe observed sagely that when man needs to cry and wants to cry but cannot cry, that is the most heart-rending cry of all. Likewise, asked what one should do if unable to cry on Tisha B’Av, the S’fas Emes answered that one should cry that they are unable to cry. Because on Tisha B’Av – the mo’ed for crying, on which G-d Himself cries – the greatest tragedy may be not knowing what to cry for. Now more than ever, we need to cry. One true cry would have prevented the exile, and one true cry can end it. False tears brought on the exile, and sincere ones will finish it. For “whoever mourns Jerusalem will merit to see its joy” (Ta’anis 30b; Bava Basra 60b). So may G-d “wipe away the tears from every face” (Yeshayahu 25:8). But not before we cry one final cry – and then none more.

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



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‎My Israel Home

Buying on Paper A Success Story


By Gedaliah Borvick


our years ago, we were approached by Africa-Israel, one of the largest developers in Israel, to do pre-sales in Savyoney Arnona, a new 200-unit project located in the Arnona section of Jerusalem. We liked the project as it was situated in an “up and coming” neighborhood, the handsome buildings had upscale touches, the floor plans were well-designed, and pricing was reasonable. Most importantly, we felt comfortable associating with the developer due to its sterling reputation in the industry.


The developer was awaiting receipt of the building permits to begin construction, and desired a successful sales kick-off event to generate market momentum. We grasped the opportunity and were excited for our clients to “get in on the

ground floor” and cut great deals while the developer was particularly hungry to sell. The existence of a bank guarantee – an insurance policy assuring completion of the project should the developer go bankrupt – gave us confidence that our clients were protected from downside risk while enjoying the opportunity to profit from the project’s upside potential. In addition, the developer was contractually obligated to pay rent should the occupancy date be postponed, which is exactly what happened: the project was delayed by a number of months, and the developer, honoring its commitment, has been sending monthly rent checks to the purchasers. We traveled to the US and pre-sold eleven units at great prices. To give you an idea of savings, sales prices for the last remaining apartments are currently over 25% high-

er than the first batch of sold units.


After the pre-sale event was over, we continued to sell apartments in Savyoney Arnona. Interestingly, some clients preferred waiting until the delivery date was within a year of contract signing. A number of other clients wanted to better understand the demographics prior to purchasing, to ensure that they would be comfortable living in the complex. On the topic of demographics, a client who purchased an apartment in Savyoney Arnona gave me one of the best compliments when he asked me, “Do you know the greatest value that you give your clients?” After rejecting my first two guesses “honesty and trustworthiness” and “fighting for best price,” he explained that,

while both of those qualities were true, my greatest value was that I was creating special communities. Through my relationships, I was bringing in wonderful families to buy together and be the nucleus of the next amazing community. The first building in Savyoney Arnona is finally complete and the buyers are now receiving the keys to their apartments. Sales in the second building, which will be ready for occupancy within the next six months, continue to be brisk due to the project’s good name, owing to the excellent roster of families who have purchased in the project.


Soon after we did presales in Savyoney Arnona, we were fortunate to do the pre-sales in another Jerusalem project called Bustan Baka, which will be delivering keys to the first apart-

ments within the next few months. Based on these two successful experiences, we have built a reputation in the industry as the pre-sales specialists, and we are constantly on the lookout for the next great development project. We are currently working on a number of exciting projects, which we hope will become available for sale over the next half year. If you have the temperament to buy “on paper” and the patience to wait a few years to receive the keys, stay tuned, as we have some interesting opportunities in the works. Gedaliah Borvick is the founder of My Israel Home (, a real estate agency focused on helping people from abroad buy and sell homes in Israel. To sign up for his monthly market updates, contact him at gborvick@

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Machaneh Hakayitz How are the Five Towns’ youngest residents spending their summer? Over the next few weeks, we’ll be speaking to different day camps to learn how their campers are spending their 12 weeks of summer vacation.


Rabbi Ament, we hear that Machaneh Hakayitz has a new senior division program and the boys are having a blast! Can you tell us about it? Sure! But first let me begin by saying that we love seeing our photos in the TJH each week! Thank you for putting us in! Yes, the senior division program is amazing and it’s all the creativity, organizing, arranging, pump, hype and work of one person: Rabbi Shalom Rosen, the senior division head. I will “give him the stage” and he’ll tell you all about it!

Rabbi Rosen, how did the senior division of Machaneh Hakayitz start? The 4th and 5th graders have been here for quite a few years. But it was only since two years ago that we have turned this division into something special and exclusive for these boys. What special things do the senior division campers get to do? So much! They are treated daily with an extra sports league created and geared just for them by our very own sports director, Rabbi Eli Post. Every week we

have a “Blackout!” – a Kayitz term for late nights – where the boys stay later and are treated to either a barbeque or pizza supper, with all the amenities. This Kayitz “Blackout!” sounds amazing! What activities do the seniors do on the “Blackout!”? After our seniors are treated to a full course dinner, they gear up for special innovative activities that are packed with surprises and excitement. We also arrange an array of water sports, such as water newcome, or

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What are “Major Blackouts!”? These are the seniors’ highlights of the summer where we go off camp grounds and embark on the most exciting full day trips. We have gone ice skating, to the batting cages, to Hapina Restaurant, Dave and Busters, go-karting, Hatzalah vs. NYPD baseball game, miniature golfing, Wheels for Fun bike rentals, Mendlesohn’s Pizza – the list goes on and on.

The senior division sounds like a blast. But what about Machaneh Hakayitz overall? What sets you apart from all the others? Two words: “ruach” and “creativity.” Boys love things that are new and different! That’s why we make creative games and sports our specialty. Whether it’s “human foosball,” “sit down baseball,” “Can- Can” (also a Kayitz favorite), or zany and wacky scavenger hunts, the “ruach-meter” spikes to a 110 percent!

This sounds like a dream come true for a camper! How many boys having been enjoying their summer fun in the senior division? We have 60 kids in our division.

What’s a “regular” day like in camp? The Torah atmosphere is set with learning groups from 9 -12 (with recess and canteen in between). Then we raise the ruach in the dining

room by lunchtime with cheers and game shows. After lunch, the boys enjoy a most competitive and hyped up sports league. Midafternoon is reserved for bunk games, where the boys use their achdus to face off against other bunks. Our boys also enjoy daily swims in three state of the art pools under the leadership of our dear head lifeguard Rabbi Yitzchok Borenstein, all geared for different level swimmers. Every boy also gets daily swimming instructions from our Red Cross WSI water instructor, Rabbi Bernstein.


watermelon polo – a Kayitz favorite – to name a few. This is aside from our “Major Blackouts!”





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By the Numbers... 10 league games each day

38 days of alef-bais review in the preschool division

75 game shows 160 learning prize raffles 240 gigabytes of pictures and video

2,000 Laffy Taffys given out

6,250 dip dots painted by preschool campers

9,000 learning tickets won

25,000 freeze pops enjoyed by campers

14,545 slides down the waterslide

650 slices of pizza 1,200 hot dogs

541,526 SMILES

But the end of the day is what sets the seniors apart from the rest of the camp because all the lower divisions leave at 4:00, and that’s when the senior division really starts to go into high gear! They are treated to exhilarating tournaments and extra mind-blowing “senior fun.” At 5:00, our boys go home. How do you get the ruach going in the dining room? Either Rabbi Ament has a magic wand, or he just uses his G-d-given talents to get the whole place electrified with excitement. On his cue, the boys jump onto their benches and shout out the camp cheer. He also has daily gameshows that all the boys look forward to and want to be a part of. This is a true “camp moment.” It sounds like the fun never stops! I am sure your staff is a big part of the excitement in camp. Our counselors are second to none. They are hardworking, responsible, and most of all, they love what they do! It’s our counselors’ thrill to get their boys to shout out and cheer for their bunk by lunch or to pump their team up all the way

to the World Series. Kayitz is non-stop ruach, but it’s our counselors that juice it up with the energy. What are the kids’ favorite activities? The answer to your question is: what’s your favorite ice cream?! I have three! It’s hard to tell what the campers love to do: from the cheers and gameshows in the lunchroom, to the crazy and zany games, to the solid, original, and authentic sports league… It’s a tough call, but I would say the sports leagues. There is nothing like that competitive hype, and the team comradery that our campers have when it comes to sports! Sounds like there’s a lot of fun on campus. What trips do the kids enjoy off-grounds? We bring our boys on the most

thrilling and electrifying trips that are the headlines of their “Kayitz memories” for years to come! We have gone to Bounce U, Luna Park, the Shark Jet Boat Ride, Bounce, laser tag, the New Jersey State Fair, Spring Gymnastics, RVC Bowling, ice skating at The Aviator, just to name a few. The list goes on, but really our goal is that they come home safe and happy. It looks like you’re having fun too. What makes you smile the most during the day? You have yet to find us without a smile. But we put on our biggest smile when we see the counselors having as much fun as the campers. They bring the camp hype to a whole new level – the excitement just spreads like wildfire! They want to make every day “the best day the boys have had the whole summer”; it’s a true nachas.

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Hillel Day Camp How are the Five Towns’ youngest residents spending their summer? Over the next few weeks, we’ll be speaking to different day camps to learn how their campers are spending their 12 weeks of summer vacation.


Ari, tell us how Hillel Day Camp started. I know you’ve been around for many years. Hillel Day Camp started over 50 years ago as a small, local, family-oriented day camp that had a tradition of instilling a love for sports and Judaism into every child. As we grew over the years, we continued to see both the staff and the campers as an extended family. Campers and counselors alike still to this day reminisce about the good old days at Camp Hillel. Fifty years is a long time. How have things changed in camp since you first started? In everything we do – from swim and multiple sports leagues to tennis, golf, archery, tech, robotics, clowning, chocolate making, dancing, and numerous other activities – our family-oriented philosophy remains

the same. The children’s safety and happiness is always at the forefront of our minds. Every summer we are always adding the newest activities to keep the campers excited to return to camp and play every day. We have campers traveling from Queens, Great Neck, Belle Harbor, Long Island, Manhattan, and Riverdale because they know we are always planning unique and unbelievable activities and field trips throughout the summer. You have different programs for different divisions. Tell us a little about them. Our youngest

campers come – some of them never having been apart from their parents before – but our experienced morot know just how to soothe and love these campers, as if they were their own children. These youngsters swim, play drums, sing Jewish songs, learn

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Excitin Camp Fe g ature! BACK F O THIRD R A YEAR! about nature, and do arts and crafts projects. This itinerary is very impressive for children who have just turned two-years-old. Their energy is astounding and is matched by our nursery division, who have even more activities and energy. Our 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade divisions are engrossed in athletics, from the traditional basketball, baseball, golf, tennis and softball to the unique archery, gaga, Frisbee, golf, and spike ball as well as many other sport activities. They also participate in robotics, where they build robot-like structures throughout the summer. These children also partake in woodworking, string art, ceramics, and jewelry making. If I listed every activity offered, we would be here for hours!

What about your CITs? I heard your program is really popular. Our CIT division is amazing. They learn about responsibility by being counselors for a few days of the week with campers of all ages. The remaining days they are enrolled as campers, participating in all sports, activities and field trips. This year we even had a “Chopped” event, like the television show, which was wildly successful. It sounds like there’s a lot going on at Hillel Day Camp. For sure. Although summer 2016 at Hillel Day Camp is soon coming to an end, our team is already preparing the schedule for next summer.

Continuing to be at the forefront of the most innovative ideas for a Jewish day camp, we are working on a program that has never been offered in such an environment before. It will be geared towards children whose interests are more nature- and rob ot ic s - or iente d rather than sports. And, as always, our goal has and always will be to make EVERY camper happy!


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A Soul’s Scream By Rabbi Yerachmiel Michael Tilles

Eliezer HaKohein Isaac told this amazing account of his World War II experience to his son-in-law, Yitzchak Hershkovitz, of Petach Tikveh.


was in a concentration camp in Hungary, near the Romanian border, under the rule of the accursed Nazis. When their defeat was all but official, and the once-mighty German war machine was retreating in the face of the advancing Russian troops, rumors increased of the imminent arrival of the Russians. I and two others decided to attempt to escape from the sinister clasp of the Nazis, and hopefully reach the nearby and presumably friendlier arms of the Russians before the Germans could catch us. Our plan was to sneak over at twilight, one by one, to the corral at the edge of the camp where the horses were kept. Then, as soon as it became dark, we would run as fast as we could into the nearby forest. The plot was fraught with danger, and we well understood that if apprehended we would immediately be hanged, but the temptation of possible success outweighed our fear. We prepared ourselves in eager anticipation and waited, day

after day, for the right moment to execute our plan. One evening, the guards seemed lax in their attention. We decided that this was our chance! Carefully, we slipped over to the corral at intervals. Each of us carried a brush for grooming the horses. If anyone stopped us, we would say we had come to care for the animals. As soon as it became dark, we sprinted toward the forest. Much to our relief, no alarm was raised. No one had even noticed! Nevertheless, we knew we didn’t have much time until our disappearance would become known and the pursuit would begin. So when we reached the forest, we decided to keep running for as long as our strength held out in the direction we desperately estimated that the Russians were coming. For several hours we trotted through the thick forest. Suddenly we heard frightening sounds from behind us, in the distance. Quickly, we climbed three tall trees nearby, as high as we could, and waited nervously for what fate

would bring. The sounds became louder as their source drew closer. It was the barking of dogs! After a while, we saw German soldiers pounding down the route we had taken, with ferocious dogs on leashes. Thank heaven, neither soldiers nor animals noticed us as they whipped past our trees and continued deeper into the forest. The leaves on the branches of our lofty perches were fluttering in the chilly night wind, and we too were shaking, but with fear. Nevertheless, we dared to hope that the Nazi beasts would not expend much more time hunting for us. The chances of finding us in the pitch darkness of the forest were too slim, and they would have to worry about running into the advancing Soviet troops. And so it was. After an hour or two, we saw them heading back in the direction of the camp.

Even after they were gone, we remained in our trees for a while, until we were absolutely convinced that none of our pursuers had remained in the area. Only then did we carefully descend to the ground, and resume trekking into the heart of the forest. Although we were already weak and exhausted, we pushed ourselves to keep moving until daylight penetrated the dense green overhead. Then, after some looking about, we found a well-hidden pit where, on the verge of imminent collapse, we felt confident enough to curl up and sleep. At dusk, we emerged from our place of concealment and began to walk again. For three days we traveled by night and slept during the day, sustaining ourselves with berries that grew wild in the forest. Towards morning of the

fourth day, we spotted in the distance a clearing in the forest, with a house rooted firmly in the middle of it. We approached it as silently and inconspicuously as we could, and spied it from all sides. We didn’t detect any signs of life whatsoever. Convincing each other that it was safe, we gathered our nerve and entered. After exploring every room, we concluded that the house was indeed abandoned. We went up to the roof and spread out thin mattresses of straw. After three days in the forest, we were overjoyed to be able to pamper our weary bones and rest properly. Exhausted and physically broken, within a few minutes all three of us were sound asleep in a deep slumber. I don’t know how many hours we slept, but our wakening was instantaneous and frightening. The door

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crashed loudly open with a kick! If it was Germans, we were doomed. Even if they were Russian soldiers, it might not help us much. They tended to shoot first and ask questions later. As we bolted upright, I heard a scream of “Sh’ma Yisrael,” followed immediately by a quick order barked in Russian. Three Russian officers appeared in our line of vision, led by an officer. The muzzles of their rifles were aimed directly at our foreheads. We froze. It took me a few seconds to sort out my perceptions, whereupon I realized that the piercing shout of “Sh’ma Yisrael” had come from Bernhard, while the order in Russian had burst forth from the officer. It turned out that they were a patrol whose job was

to hunt for German soldiers trying to escape or in hiding. The commanding officer was actually a Jewish doctor, who was serving in the Russian army. As soon as he heard

and our other companion, was a totally non- religious assimilated Jew! In fact, only his mother was Jewish, which had made him just half-Jewish in the eyes of our

shoot us as soon as they spotted us on the roof? And how could it be that Bernhard, an assimilated Jew in his own eyes as well as in everyone else’s, was the one who cried

The leaves on the branches of our lofty perches were fluttering in the chilly night wind, and we too were shaking, but with fear.

“Sh’ma Yisrael,” he had instinctively roared the command, “Hold your fire.” Amazing! Bernhard’s cry from the depths of his soul had saved our three lives. The most surprising thing was that he, unlike myself

cruel captors, and as such wore a white ribbon on his arm instead of a yellow one. To this day, two questions from this harrowing turning point in my life gnaw at my mind. Why didn’t the quick-triggered Russians

out Sh’ma so quickly and instinctively? I guess I’ll never know, but one thing I certainly learned from that incredible episode: Hidden in the heart of every Jew, no matter how assimilated, is an extraordi-

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nary Jewish soul, waiting to assert itself at the moment of truth. This story was translated-adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles from the Hebrew weekly Sichat Hashavua, #604. (First published in Kfar Chabad Magazine #838.) This version has been excerpted from Saturday Night, Full Moon by Rabbi Yerachmiel Michael Tilles, published by Menorah Books Limited. Copyright 2014. Saturday Night, Full Moon, a collection of 33 of Rabbi Tilles’ best Chasidic stories, can be purchased at and on Amazon. Festivals of the Full Moon, Volume Two of the “In the Light of the Full Moon” series, will be released in September 2016.

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A Life after Destruction PHOTO CREDIT- YAD VASHEM

By Tammy Mark


as the Jewish calendar transitions from the mourning of the destruction and exile of Tisha b’Av to the comfort and joy of Shabbat Nachamu and Tu b’Av, the Jewish people throughout history have found salvation after suffering. Two such examples are Holocaust survivors Trudy and Sol Englander, who came out of the ashes of World War II to recreate a beautiful rich Jewish life as the one they once knew. Sol, who survived the Hungarian labor camps, told his story in 2013 in a book titled, My Children Asked and I Answered. Tru-

dy endured Auschwitz and labor detail at the young age of 11. Sol says he survived due to luck and determination. After the war he resolved to rebuild his life, and together with Trudy, created a life that is dedicated to family, Yiddishkeit and the Jewish community.


Mayer lived on the border town of Bratislava in Czechoslovakia. She was an only child with a large extended family, grandparents and great-grandparents and a wonderful group of friends. Her father was a businessman and her mother was a homemaker. It was a happy childhood with no outward anti-Semitism; her father walked to synagogue every Shabbat without incident. Trudy’s earliest memory of anything less than idyllic occurred when she was a little girl around the age of 4 playing at the park. A strange woman approached her and said, “Wait until Uncle Dolphy comes and kills you all.” Young Trudy had no idea what it meant – she didn’t have any uncles by that name and had not heard of Adolph Hitler or his sinister plans. Things were still relatively normal for Jews in her town for the next few years but evil was lurking.

Eventually there were signs displayed declaring, “No Jews Allowed.” Curfews were established and privileges like music and pets were forbidden to Jews. One day, without warning, somebody came to visit Trudy’s home and two weeks later the family was kicked out. Next, her father’s business was taken over. Trudy’s father was kept on as an employee, however, and considered himself very lucky. There were many other indignities to come; once the Jews were required to wear the yellow stars they became obvious targets. In 1942, the deportations started. In 1944, there was an unsuccessful uprising, and Germany took over. The day after Yom Kippur, Germans came to Trudy’s house. Her family was sent to a truck with the other families to be taken to the train station and then packed into cattle cars. Trudy vividly remembers the distinct scraping sound of metal against metal as the door was bolted. Children cried as they were packed tightly in the car with just two tiny windows on either side. Trudy’s father blessed her before the train doors opened in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Trudy was 11-years-old at the time, but tall for her age. As she disembarked from the train, the Jewish

prisoner that directed them told her she should say she was 18. As the men were sent to the right, it would be the last time Trudy saw her father. That was the first selection, and Trudy made it through with the stronger women. The women were told to undress, their heads were shaved, and they were shoved into the shower room. Rags and wooden clogs were distributed as they left and they were forced into the cold October weather and sent into the barracks. They then stood outside for the twice daily counting for 2 to 3 hours each time. The women were afraid for themselves but also for the men – the fear was the worst part. “You could smell the misery,” recalls Trudy. A few days later they were taken to the next train. The Nazis took the names and ages of the women, with Trudy listed as 18. They traveled to a factory in Saxony where she was assigned with her mother to file metal pieces. The women worked from 6 AM until 8 PM and cleaned after that, with maybe five hours to sleep. After four weeks Trudy started showing signs of fatigue and her youth. One day a guard took notice and separated her from the rest of the women. As her mother and the other women were ordered out of

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the room, Trudy’s mother kissed her, fearing for what would happen. Miraculously, the guard took pity on Trudy and allowed her to work just nine hours – and sent her back to join the group. The women remained there until mid-April. They were marched out and this time placed in coal cars which were open on top to be taken to Mauthausen. There was barely any food and it rained on the women day and night for eight days; Trudy’s mother was weakened by this trip. Thankfully, it was one week lateer when they were liberated. ”God bless the United States Army,” declares Trudy. “They liberated us on May 5, 1945.” Many people died, unfortunately, even after the liberation from illness, but Trudy and her mother went home. They had lost their money and they did not feel welcome in their hometown, yet they were able to begin to rebuild their lives. Trudy’s mother remarried and gave Trudy a sister. The family eventually moved to Israel. “We all shook off the ashes,” says Trudy. She shares the mindset they maintained at each turn, “We can live with this as long as it doesn’t get worse. We bent like the proverbial stalk of wheat.”


Englander came from a large tight-knit family from the Orthodox Jewish community in the town of Nagyvarad, considered Hungary at the time but today part of Romania. Nagyvarad had the largest Jewish population outside of Budapest; amongst them were professionals in all fields. His father was a successful small business owner. Before World War II, the Englanders lived as a comfortable upper middle-class family. They lived in close proximity of aunts, uncles and cousins, and vacationed in the mountains during the summer where Sol and his brother fished, hiked and swam. One of four children, Sol and his brother went to cheder as children and went on to study in yeshi-

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va. They enjoyed typical activities like attending soccer games. Sol’s father built a thriving button and buckle manufacturing business with the whole family pitching in to help. In 1939, the brothers joined their father’s business full-time, and Sol was trained in design and production of tools and dyes. While Hungarians had endured the anti-Jewish laws in 1941 and 1942, they welcomed a brief period of relative quiet until everything changed in March 1944 when Germany occupied Budapest. Listening

ghetto with many crowded into a small area, and strangers suddenly sleeping with them in their home. Homes and businesses were eventually taken from all. Each step was to dehumanize the Jews and break them down – in a few short months, they went from living as citizens to having fewer rights than animals. As the situation worsened, the Jews of Hungary pondered the best course of action. While previously they had tried to avoid being sent to the labor camps, they now wondered if that would be the safest option. Sol

“I was always focused on the day of freedom that I hoped would come. I held on, fiercely, to that hope.”

to the radio broadcasts out of Budapest, they began to hear the extreme anti-Semitic propaganda. Sol recalls listening to a BBC broadcast out of London and hearing President Roosevelt tell the world of the looming danger facing the Jews of Hungary, imploring the world to help overcome the Nazis’ savagery and criminal actions. Immediately, laws were tightened and new ones added. Yellow stars to identify them as Jews were required to be worn at all times, with failure to do so punishable by death. The section of Nagyvarad where the Englanders lived became the Jewish

had been given the task of accompanying his epileptic cousin to the recruiting center for labor details. The officer at the station was known to be saving lives by accepting Jews that applied for labor service and was later named one of the “Righteous Gentiles” at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel. This event determined Sol’s path, for labor service was where he ended up spending the remainder of the war. It was also the last time he saw his family members when he left Nagyvarad.


was on his own for the first time. He did not know

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what was happening to his family back at home. He did know that the war was soon coming to an end and kept hoping and praying for the best. He only later found out that the Jews from his town were being rounded up and transported to the concentration camps. After a few weeks in the barracks, Sol was selected to be part of a work detachment with the orders to move northward into the Carpathian Mountains, making the first leg of the journey by train and continuing by foot for several days to the spot where they were to work. Assigned to the task of building a fortification on top of the mountain to hold off the Russian army, the young men chopped down heavy trees and carried them up the mountain. This was physically demanding work with very little food and barely any sleep. They were infested with lice; many could not retain the morale to make it through. “I was an optimistic person – I think that was one of the main reasons I survived,” explains Sol. “I was always focused on the day of freedom that I hoped would come. I held on, fiercely, to that hope.” Soon the supervising Hungarian Army sent 100 men over to help the German unit nearby. Conditions there were actually better than they had been at the Hungarian worksite. When the work was complete, Sol was sent back to the Hungarian side with even less food available. After four weeks, both groups deemed the effort as futile. They packed up and were walking back down the mountain when Sol and his two companions saw the opportunity to escape. They hid under a bridge until they thought it was safe and slept on the side of the road. They continued walking the next day. They heard big cheers as soldiers in passing trucks screamed the war was over. But the men were not yet safe – they were noticed and redirected into a military building for reassignment to a new unit. The new unit continued marching to get away from the advancing Russian Army.

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One night, after being awakened by the sounds of cannons, they realized the Hungarian crew had vanished. Sol and his friends took cover in a nearby pigsty waiting for the fighting to stop. They stayed there until dark when they found a neighboring empty house and snuck into the attic for the night. The men were eventually forced to rejoin the previous Hungarian unit, travelling from village to village trying to stay ahead of the Russian tanks through the winter. Throughout his trials he held onto the simple mantra of “I will make it.”Over the next few months the unit moved from place to place, with Sol hoping all along for it to come to an end. Walking up to 30 kilometers daily – often in 10 inch deep snow – they were tired, cold and hungry. He was constantly thinking of his family. When the Hungarian Army heard the Russians were closing in, they fled the camp, and the three men did too. Sol and his friends began to walk. In a few days, they reached Budapest. One year after German troops marched into Hungary, Sol Englander was finally free.


Budapest, Sol traveled back to his hometown. His family was gone. His family’s business was intact, but taken over by Jews that had worked for them before the occupation. Sol took back the business from them and miraculously secured a loan as well. “I always had hope and optimism even after the devastation brought upon us by Nazi Germany. I knew I had no choice but to live my life as fully and as capably as I could,” he recalls. In 1946, Sol left for Palestine with approximately 1,800 other immigrants cramped into the ship’s lower decks, sleeping in wooden bunks stacked three high. After a brief detainment period, he finally reached relatives in Tel Aviv. He found employment based on his technical and managerial skills from his father’s company.

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Sol fulfilled his burning desire to join Israel’s Jewish self-defense organization, the Hagana. His skills and expertise led him to manage the metal manufacturing company that made the precision aiming unit for antitank guns, making each part separately by hand and machine, and working 14 to 16 hours a day. He was later sent into the Navy to the port at Haifa with the rank of sergeant to repair the delicate instruments of warships. Sol remained there until the beginning of the summer of 1949, finally witnessing Israel’s independence. He was now ready to start establishing himself. He started his manufacturing business, first taking a space with another company and began building it up from there. From spring-loaded snap locks for furniture doors to stationery supplies, Sol proudly designed, created and produced whatever there was a need for. It was Sol’s cousin who suggested his friend Trudy Mayer as a good match for him. Trudy worked in a medical research lab. They dated a few weeks before getting engaged, and three months more before wedding that April. Trudy was fortunate to have her mother and stepfather with her, while Sol’s only surviving sister Klari and his extended family helped fill the void. Their wedding was a huge celebration for both families. The young couple landed in Brooklyn, New York, in July of 1959. Sol started at Swingline Stapler

company after his experience with stationery supplies in Israel. Trudy worked as a lab technician at Maimonides Hospital. Sol was set on establishing himself in manufacturing and mass production and took steps towards that goal, changing jobs frequently to find his path to success. Sol soon met with the owner of Rosco, an automotive accessories company, and was hired to manage and make improvements to the existing operation. Through his determination and expertise, Sol weathered the highs and lows of the business, and was on his way towards achieving his dream. In 1961, after working as a machinist and designer for several years, Sol purchased the company and over the next two decades transformed it into a prosperous business. Rosco went on to supply mirrors for customers such as the NYC Transit Authority as well as major automotive companies throughout the United States. Trudy and Sol settled in Sunnyside, Queens, where many young Jewish couples resided at the time and joined the Young Israel of Sunnyside. Trudy gave birth to their first child Daniel in June of 1960, on the yahrzheit of Sol’s father. Their baby boy was named after both of their beloved fathers. When their son Benjamin came along in July of 1965, the Englander family relocated to a home in Kew Gardens Hills and joined the Young Israel there. They were deeply committed to the Jewish community and

to Israel. Both boys attended yeshiva. Trudy and Sol became active members in the Young Israel and in the National Council of Young Israel as well. In 1973 the Englanders led the drive to raise funds for Israel through Israel Bonds during the Yom Kippur War. The Englanders established the Holocaust commemoration program in their synagogue, and Danny kept it going there even after Trudy and Sol relocated to the Five Towns. Ben helped establish the memorial program in the Temple Beth Sholom in Lawrence, where Trudy delivered her moving story of survival to a packed auditorium. Trudy also participated in Steven Spielberg’s 1996 documentary special, which recounts the atrocities that occurred during the Holocaust through the use of historical footage and interviews. Trudy is frequently invited to speak to students at the local schools.


particular story she feels strongly about sharing, especially to students, is a memory of a family she met when she was 9-years-old after being relocated from her childhood home. They had met a nice, high-society type gentleman with a dog. She had known that he had been Jewish and wondered why this man didn’t need to wear the yellow star and was allowed to own a pet. Trudy had learned that his family sadly had converted away from Judaism back in the 1920s and that his mother was an active participant in the local church. Trudy vividly remembers sitting near the window on the quiet summer night in early 1942 when she heard screaming. Trudy recognized the gentleman’s voice as he protested, “My mother is a Christian – why don’t you go ask the church?” and recalls hearing the jarring words that followed in German, “But she is still a Jewess!” The church-going woman was among the first group of people to be deported out of town. Another lesson that has stayed

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with Trudy is from the time she had been leaving home with the mandated yellow stars on both her dress and coat. She had stopped in the hallway and tried to arrange the fabric in a way that hid the stars when a neighbor took notice of what she was doing. He told her to change her perspective – to display the stars and be proud to be a Jew. Sol too has lessons he learned in business and life. Sol believes you need a strong will and strong drive in both. He quotes Chazal, saying, “Kol hatchalot kashot” – all beginnings are hard. “The sky’s the limit,” he believes, and he cautions not to second-guess yourself too much. He advises to always keep a positive attitude, and he feels it’s what helped keep him alive. Today Trudy and Sol now live in Lawrence, New York. Sons Ben-

ny and Danny joined Rosco in the 1980s and serve as Vice President of Engineering and Vice President of Finance, respectively. Just as Sol and his brother helped their father in Hungary, his sons work alongside

loss of Trudy’s father and Sol’s parents made an immeasurable impact. While raising her children Trudy realized how truly fortunate her husband was to have survived – and succeeded – without parents

“As individuals we may feel weak, but as a group we are very strong.” him. Just as Trudy and Sol enjoyed their extended families, they are now grateful to be living in the same community as their children and grandchildren. What the Nazis took from Trudy and Sol, and all survivors of the Holocaust, cannot be replaced. The

to guide him. Together Trudy and Sol created a family that is making a positive impact on the world. They watch as their sons, their daughters-in-law, Bina and Yael, and their grandchildren embrace community service. They tell their stories for perpetuity, reminding the world to

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remember and never forget. Ben Englander says of his parents, “Throughout our lives, our parents have taught us by example. Growing up, our home was a place of love, kindness and warmth. The lessons of history were part of our upbringing, but always with an eye on a future of positive potential for us and the Jewish community at large.” Despite the losses and the devastation endured in their youth, despite living with the horrifying memories from the Holocaust, Trudy and Sol Englander have built a proudly observant Jewish home, a successful business and a tight-knit family. What their families had established before the war remains even stronger today. Trudy says of the Jewish people, “As individuals we may feel weak, but as a group we are very strong.”

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What Will Become of All the Memories? Irving Roth’s Adopt A Survivor Program Ensures Holocaust Survivors’ Stories will Live On BY MALKY LOWINGER


rving Roth is a Holocaust survivor who likes to plan ahead. “Do you realize,” he asks, “that in the year 2045 there will be no Holocaust survivors alive to tell their story?” It’s a sobering thought, for sure. But Mr. Roth isn’t just making a rhetorical statement. He is doing something about it. If the survivors themselves won’t be around to tell their tale, he is trying to ensure that others will. That’s why every student who participates in his Adopt A Survivor program has to make a commitment. “We tell them,” Mr. Roth explains, “that they have

an obligation to tell the stories that they have heard from their ‘adopted’ survivor to groups of people. Whether it’s in schools, in shuls, or at any public forums, we want them to carry the torch so that the truth of what happened to our people will be known to the next generation and beyond.” Mr. Roth is himself a Holocaust survivor. He was born in 1929 in the small city of Humenne in Czechoslovakia, a quiet town with a sizeable population of mostly observant Jews. Like most children in his village, he went to school in the morning and then to afternoon cheder. But by 1942 his world was turned upside down as most of the Jews in his community were seized and taken to Auschwitz or Majdanek. The Rot h family was not taken with the others on that fateful day. Instead, they managed to escape to Hungary. But

the reprieve didn’t last very long. In 1944, they were eventually brought to Auschwitz together with much of Hungarian Jewry. Teenage Irving endured several brutal months at Auschwitz, and then the devastating Death March in 1945. When he was finally liberated, Irving Roth was fifteen-years-old. Returning to his childhood home wasn’t an option, as the local population “wasn’t very welcoming.” Instead, he ended up in Brooklyn, NY, and even served in the U.S. Army for two years. Determined to be successful, he went to school and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Engineering. He then spent 40 years working as an engineer, climbing the ladder of success in his chosen field. That may seem impressive to many of us, but Irving Roth is not one to rest on his laurels. For the past twenty years, he has involved himself totally in Holocaust education, running a Holocaust Center in Manhasset, Long Island. He is also the brains and the inspiration behind the Adopt A Survivor program. “The idea,” he explains, “was actually born in Aus-

chwitz in 1998. I had traveled there with the March of the Living and met a group of young people. I started telling them stories about my grandfather, my role model who I adored. I realized then that when these seventeen- and eighteenyear-olds go home, they will think of my grandfather as a real person, as somebody. So I told them, ‘When you go home, find survivors in your community and talk to them. Get to know them. Adopt them. Listen to their stories.’ That’s how the whole idea started.” The program took off beyond anyone’s imagination. It’s being successfully adapted in a wide variety of schools and yeshivos, from

the non-Jewish Farmingdale High School in Long Island to mainstream yeshivos such as Yeshiva Darchei Torah in Far Rockaway and Sha’arei Torah, a Sephardic yeshiva in Brooklyn. “I once had a group of Muslim students do this,” he adds. “Now that was an interesting experience for me and for them.” How does the actual program work? It’s simple, yet profound. “They sit across the table,” says Roth, “and they talk.” The students are given a guidebook with various questions to ask the survivors. They then write a synopsis of the interview, and sometimes a video is produced as part of the project.

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But the most important aspect of the program, says Mr. Roth, is the commitment that all students must agree to. “In 2045, when these students will be adults, we want them to spread our stories and share the message of the Holocaust with the rest of the world.”

on the Oprah show, “after which calls and emails came pouring in from around the world.” One of those callers was a non-Jewish girl living in a village in Ireland. “She wanted to adopt a survivor. We connected her with someone in Port Washing-

“The young person who adopts a survivor, on the other hand, becomes emotionally involved. The ‘neshama’ is there.”

The program is thriving. At one point, Adopt A Survivor was mentioned

ton, NY. Years went by, and they continued to communicate regularly. Finally this

girl planned a trip to New York, and the two finally met at the airport when she arrived. They had developed a real friendship.” Mr. Roth strongly feels that this is the only genuine way to learn about that dark era of our nation’s history. “The problem,” he says, “is that the Holocaust is being taught primarily by academics and there’s no emotional connection. The young person who adopts a survivor, on the other hand, becomes emotionally involved. The ‘neshama’ is there.” According to Mr. Roth, the program is an eye-opening experience for students in more ways than one. “We start by giving a historical perspective of how the Shoah began,” he explains. “When you consider the process of how it all happened,

you begin to see how some of this is being repeated today. The BDS Movement, the anti-Semitism on college campuses, all this mimics what happened back in the 1930s.” And then he pauses and says, “Nobody should think it’s a new world.” But Irving Roth is also

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hopeful for a brighter future. “The one thing we hope and pray for,” he repeats, “is that in 2045 all these people will speak to groups and make presentations to others. The presentations will not be just another history lesson. They will be real. And the memories will continue.”

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Enduring Memories Tova Rosenberg’s “Names, Not Numbers” Program Connects the Younger Generation with Witnesses to the Holocaust By Malky Lowinger


most horrific era in recent Jewish history occurred just over 70 years ago, and as the years continue to pass, the need to capture the stories of Holocaust survivors becomes more urgent than ever. There are books written, testimonies taken, and films made to help perpetuate the memories of those who were lost. But since 2003 Tova Rosenberg has gone one step further with her “Names, Not Numbers” program. The program links survivors with students who create documentaries of the survivors’ testaments to the horrors they had to endure. By doing so, Mrs. Rosenberg ensures that when those survivors pass on, their memories will remain with the later generation, a candle still flickering in remembrance and tribute to the horrors that they endured. Mrs. Rosenberg, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. Many schools in the neighborhood have been part of your “Names, Not Numbers” program. Can you tell us a bit about when it all began? I’m an educator. I’ve served

as a college lecturer and as a day school principal and am currently a member of the staff at Yeshiva University High Schools. I created the “Names, Not Numbers” program back in 2003. In my own family, I have several aunts and uncles who are survivors. Tell us about how “Names, Not Numbers” works. The program transforms Holocaust studies by making it interactive. Students learn about the war directly from those who experienced it, not from books or lectures. First they are prepared by professionals and taught about how to make an oral history film documentary. They are required to interview survivors and create a film documentary of their testimony. Most important of all, the students become greatly inspired through this experience and will be instrumental in preserving the survivors’ stories for future generations The program sounds really inspiring. So far, how many students and survivors have participated in recording their testimony? To date, 4,000 students have

successfully interviewed 1,200 survivors and WWII veterans throughout the U.S., Canada, and Israel.

documentaries are archived at the National Library of Israel, Yad Vashem, and the Gottesman Library at Yeshiva University.

That is unbelievable! Do the survivors get copies of the documentary films? The survivors receive the complete unedited filmed interview. The students use this raw footage to edit and create their own documentary. In addition, the “Names, Not Numbers: Movie in the Making” is produced by the filmmaker that includes parts from each survivor’s stories, and the process of the students learning to do this project. Copies are distributed to the school community. The “Names, Not Numbers”

Through your program, survivors’ voices can be heard by so many others. How do you prepare the students, who are mostly in high school, for this experience? Journalists and newspaper editors and others from the media come to the schools to teach the students basic interviewing techniques and skills. In addition, documentary filmmakers and Holocaust scholars prepare the students for every aspect of their work.

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But what about the emotional intensity? Does it ever get too overwhelming for them? Not really. It’s actually the survivors who have broken down occasionally while being interviewed. But they generally collect themselves after a few moments, as they are determined to tell their story to the next generation. You have been privy to thousands of testimonies. Have you found any common denominator between many of the survivors, aside from tremendous hashgacha pratis, that helped them survive? Several factors. Many of them seem to have had a sixth sense for survival. Others were exceptionally courageous and still others endured the hardships of the War together with a family member or a friend, each encouraging the other to survive. There were also a number of Righteous Gentiles who were instrumental in saving some Jewish lives. How do the students benefit from the program, besides the obvious learning experience? Unfortunately, kids today have very little interaction with the older generation. This project helps to create a deep emotional connection to the elderly and

adds a real human dimension. Coming face to face with a Holocaust survivor is a lesson that young people won’t easily forget when they step out of the classroom. This goes way beyond formal textbook learning. Do the students and survivors develop a relationship? It’s amazing to witness the intergenerational connections that

It’s been a life-changing experience. To witness the participants make that intergenerational connection during the interviews makes all of my effort and hard work worthwhile. I’m especially proud of our students who invariably do exceptional work in all components of the project. Do you feel that today’s youth are mature enough to

carry the torch for the survivors? Absolutely. Our young people can make a big difference in preventing future atrocities in the world, wherever they may occur. I firmly believe that the future of the world rests in their hands.

Finally, what kind of feedback have you been getting from the survivors themselves? One of our survivors, his name is Chaim, made this powerful statement: “We, the Holocaust survivors, are an endangered species. Before too long, the last of the witnesses to the slaughter of our loved ones will, regrettably, cease to exist. It is therefore of utmost importance – indeed of urgency – that we double our efforts to bring living testimonials to the future generations. “Thank you for remembering us and for ‘not forgetting.’”

That’s a tremendous responsibility for these kids. How can they be better prepared? I’m a strong advocate for increased Holocaust education. In the United States today, there are only five states that require

That is truly a powerful statement. I hope that we can all carry their stories with us and help the world remember what evil perpetrated against millions just a few years ago.

I’ll never forget what one student said after he finished editing his film: “I have every word of my survivor embedded in my mind.” are formed during the interview. These connections often last well after the interview process has ended. What kind of feedback have you been getting from the participants? I’ll never forget what one student said after he finished editing his film: “I have every word of my survivor embedded in my mind.” When does that ever happen in a typical classroom setting? How has this experience affected you personally?

mandatory Holocaust education in their school systems. We need to change that. The most meaningful way is through one-on-one conversations with survivors, as in our “Names, Not Numbers” program. When students sit across the table from survivors and hear their firsthand testimonies, the results are profound and they quickly realize the importance of taking action against evil and injustice.

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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

I am currently in my twenties and am in the dating stage. I have never found the right woman until now. The problem is, she is my sister’s sister-in-law. Basically, when my sister got engaged to a boy, we met his family, and I instantly fell in love with his sister. We have spoken and she loves me too.

We want to get married and start a family together. The problem is our families. How would we tell them? How would they allow such a marriage? Apparently it is too weird! We really love each other but don’t know how to proceed. Please help us!

The feedback from our readers has been remarkable. In order to facilitate further discussion, you can now continue the conversation anonymously on our website. Every Sunday, we will upload the weekend’s most recent edition of What Would You Do If to the dating forum at Join The Navidaters and your fellow TJH readers in a comprehensive dialogue with regard to dating, relationships and marriage. The forum will be moderated daily for everyone’s comfort and safety. See you there! Disclaimer: This column is not intended to diagnose or otherwise offer resolutions to any questions. Our intention is not to offer any definitive conclusions to any particular question, but to 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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ow wonderful for you that you feel confident that you have found your bashert! While I understand that your situation is not exactly typical, it is also not unheard of. I personally know of a few such marriages and all is well. That being said, the road is not always such a smooth one and each situation is unique and may present its own challenges. Since I do not know the two families involved, it is hard to give concrete advice. I will just try to point out some things to take into consideration. First of all, there is no halachic prohibition stating that a brother and sister of one family cannot marry a brother and sister of another family. There is a tzavaah of Rebbe Yehuda Hachasid advising against two brothers marrying two sisters, but

the Nodah B’Yehuda pointed out that there were numerous such marriages described by Chazal in the Gemara. The Nodah B’Yehuda explains that the tzavaah in question was intended by Rebbe Yehuda Hachasid to apply only to his descendants. I think you need to think about the position in which you might be placing your sister and brother-in-law. If for some reason one or both set of parents has a real problem with this, it could become very stressful for them and have a negative impact on their marriage. That being said, if you are both sure that this is right and good, then you owe it to yourselves to move forward. You should each speak to your parents and help them feel comfortable. Show understanding to your parents, for it is, after all, a bit unusual. That may help them, with time, become as comfortable with the idea as you are. May it be with mazel!

Like fireworks, it can come across as beautiful, big and strong at first, but if there’s no underlying compatibility there or different goals, it will fade away.

be and would like to “start a family together.” Now what could be more natural? Siblings marrying siblings – brilliant! (Not to mention the savings in shadchanus fees and disputes about yom tov visitations.) Your discomfort may stem from hearing too many breakfast table conversations regarding the typical mechutanim differences over FLOP, finances and support. Try and tune out the static. Concentrate on your blossoming relationship and go for it!

The Mother Sarah Schwartz Schreiber


ry as I might, I do not see a problem. Your parents checked out the family and gave their blessings to your sister. You met the “sister” under calm, happy circumstances. You both believe this shidduch is destined to

The Shadchan Michele Mond


o, you’ve found the woman of your dreams and she is your sister’s husband’s sister. My first response is, go for it! Lucky you! You’ve managed to find your bashert, whom your par-

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ents already have a connection with and have made a wedding with before. From your question, it sounds like the two of you have already gone out quite a bit (since you mentioned that you’ve gotten to the point where you love her and she “loves you too”). Personally, I don’t see why this would ever be an issue with your families. Just because you don’t see it every day does not mean there’s something wrong with it. Furthermore, I have witnessed parents show interest in daughter-inlaw’s brother or sister as a shidduch prospect for another child. Although it doesn’t always work out, I have seen it happen before. I know of two such cases where it did work out and everyone thought it was a cute story.

As I am sure both you and this young lady’s parents are aware, navigating the shidduch world is not easy and to find someone who you connect with on a deep level is hard to find. I am sure they will use the proper judgment to recognize this and hopefully give you their blessings. One more point which you did not mention in your question, however, I feel the need to address. You mentioned at the beginning of your question that when you met this young lady, you fell in love with her “instantly.” I would just advise you to make sure this love is based on true life compatibility as well as the instant chemistry you alluded to in your “fell in love instantly” comment. Like fireworks, it can come

Pulling It All Together The Navidaters Dating and Relationship Coaches and Therapists


he panel unanimously agrees that it is time to talk to your parents and go for it! And I echo the sentiment. You write, “The problem is our families. How would we tell them? How would they allow such a marriage? Apparently it is too weird!” Your e-mail is rather vague, which is fine, but I have to imagine that chunks, or at least tidbits of this story are missing. I am wondering if your parents have already alluded that your marrying this young woman is “too weird.” Without the benefit of some dialogue between us in which you can fill in the blanks, giving you a straightforward response is going to be challenging. But, nonetheless, I will try. If your parents have already flat out told you or hinted to you that such a marriage would be forbidden or at the least frowned upon, then I ask you if you are willing to risk their disapproval to marry this woman. If their only gripe is that she is the sister of their son-in-law, then I would advise your parents to put aside whatever ails them about this union and cheer

you on. You need to understand that you are not committing a crime, you are not committing a sin, a n d that you are entitled to fall in love with whomever you please. We do not choose who we are attracted to, who we have chemistry with, who we have scintillating conversation with, and who we share similar life philosophies. It just happens. And if Hashem revealed your soulmate to you through your sister and her marriage into this family, then who is anyone to interfere? You are a grown man and you have found love. So, it is time to stand up for what you believe in and bring this relationship into the light of day. Neither you nor this woman deserve to be kept a secret lurking in the shadows. That tells me you believe on some level that what you are doing is wrong, or you are so consumed with what your family or others will think of you that your fears have become your priority. We all come to a crossroads at some point or another in our lives, and I

across as beautiful, big and strong at first, but if there’s no underlying compatibility there or different goals, it will fade away. If all that is in line and you’re truly compatible, I don’t see why your parents will have any issue with it.

The Single Irit Moshe


kay, you can see it as “too weird,” which will split you both up into separate lives or you can see it as “I can’t see a future without this person in my life.” At the end of the day, which phrase does your heart and mind agree on? If the phrase “it is too weird” wins, then your love is not strong enough to endure the scrutiny of family and friends and certainly

believe you have reached one. Will you take the path of the “good son” who does not make waves, or will you take the path perhaps less traveled and stand in your truth as a respectful, adult son who is ready to share his truth, and face the consequences … whatever they may be? Once married, the Torah teaches us, “Therefore, a man will leave his father and mother and cling unto his wife…” Our first responsibility is to our spouse, second to our children, and third to our parents. If you are seriously marriage-minded, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to set the stage for your priorities for the rest of your life. As a married man, you will remain respectful of your parents and their wishes. However, you will have to juggle the wants and needs of their wishes with what is best for you and your family. Right now, what is best for you is pursuing this relationship in an honest manner. Sit your parents down and be honest. “I have developed feelings for Sara.” See what they have to say. Of course Sara needs to speak with her parents as well. With all that being said, I want to address another very important point. It seems as though you and Sara have been getting to know one another in

We all come to a crossroads at some point or another in our lives, and I believe you have reached one.

not the hardships of marriage. Now, if “I can’t see a future without this person in my life” is what your heart and mind agree on, then game on! You have picked your teammate with whom to face your families with your decision and a life partner in which to battle the ups and downs of life. Additionally, most new couples fear the blending of the two families and the extra costs of simchas. In your case, you have preapproved mechutanim and saved money as well. It sounds like a win/win!

secret. Perhaps I am wrong, but based on your email I am imagining that you do not date, spend time publicly nor have you seen each other in different settings, such as a restaurant, a party, with family (obviously), etc. As we date and a relationship progresses, it is very important to observe how the other person behaves in varied situations. I am not trying to rain on your parade, but sometimes forbidden fruit can taste much sweeter. My recommendation is that you spend ample time together and have a nice courtship without the onus (or intoxication) of a clandestine relationship before you move forward with an engagement. This is your time! What will you decide? All the best! Sincerely, Jennifer Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed, clinical psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up an appointment, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. 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.

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Dr. Deb

An Open Letter By Deb Hirschhorn, Ph.D.


ear Avi, I am really sorry you were not able to be at the appointment yesterday with Shoshi. From what I understand, you told her that she was “the problem” and that you did not need to be there. She ex-

plained that you called her “neurotic” because you were doing so much to help her post-surgery and she was not considering your needs at all. She then went into some details of events that have recently occurred between you. As she explained those

events, I was not able to detect the neuroticism you were referring to. That is why it is always advisable for both people to come into a couples counseling session. How else would I get to hear both “sides”? But on another note, I believe you will remember from our discussions in the past that name-calling is hurtful and must be avoided at all costs. This, of course, includes labeling of a person’s character, and it would also include labeling a person with a psychological diagnosis such as “neurotic.” As soon as one person places a label on another person, the labeler has elevated himself or herself to a superior position than the one labeled. And as you know, in a marriage, no one should feel or act superior to the other. The goal is equality: equal treatment, equal participation, and feelings of equality. When one person feels superior, he or she loses a friend, a confidant, a supporter, and a connection. So the labeler loses, and of course the one labeled loses. The one who is labeled feels minimized, invalidated, de-legitimized. Labeling is a lose-lose for everyone. So, Avi, as we have discussed previously, when you are upset and feel that you have been mistreated, the thing to do is to get at the real feelings that were motivating your desire to attack. (Labeling is a veiled way to attack, as you know.) Were you feeling minimized, invalidated, or de-legitimized? If so, why? What did

Shoshi do that caused that? Or what didn’t she do or say that she ought to have? Remember, the formula is “When you did X, I felt Y.” It’s pretty simple but it does take a lot of courage. For you to be able to say that, you have to trust your wife to listen to it and hear it without getting defensive. Remember, however, that your tone of voice when saying this as well as the expression on your face and your body language in general will go a long way to preventing her from feeling put on the defensive. If your approach sounds and looks like you’re attacking, then we are back to square one. So the approach to saying this has to be non-blaming, non-judgmental, non-critical. Those stances come through loud and clear through tone of voice, expression, and body language and will put surely your wife on the defensive. The key to the success of this formula is to allow yourself to be vulnerable and just say how you felt. Because I know you were having a significantly improved relationship lately, and you for sure know that underneath the recent conflict are two souls that care deeply for one another, you should have no trouble allowing yourself to be vulnerable and say what was bothering you. I am guessing that in calling Shoshi neurotic you were feeling overwhelmed with her medical neediness post-op. Perhaps you thought she was milking it. Perhaps you were

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feeling that her illness has been put front and center for too long. This is certainly a difficult position for you to be in. It could feel like you are the only giver in the relationship. Since you didn’t come in, I can only guess what the problem was.

don’t always get it right. There are times they think the baby is tired and she is really hungry, or they think she is hungry but she is thirsty. We all sit there saying, “When are you going to learn to talk, kiddo?” We laugh but it can be frustrating.

“A marriage is not 50/50; it’s 100%/100%.”

But from the description she gave me, it sounded like you expected her to “know” what you wanted. This is a very nice place to be in when it works: A spouse intuits what the other partner wants and then does it for them, much the way a mother has to intuit what her non-verbal infant wants. But as a savta watching several mothers (and fathers) try to accomplish this, I can tell you that they

So in a marriage, hoping the other person will read your mind is definitely discouraged. As my Assertive Sheet says, “Don’t expect the other person to read your mind.” This gets us right back to the point above, that you simply have to say what is upsetting you and what you want. Of course, this presents its own problem. You might think that after w should know 20 years, your spouse already what it is you want and you

shouldn’t have to explain. If you have to explain that means that you don’t feel known; you feel disconnected. Then it becomes tedious to explain and you’d just rather say, “Forget it.” I think this is where people will often say that to keep a marriage in a good place takes work. My father a”h used to say, “A marriage is not 50/50; it’s 100%/100%.” We have to be dan le chaf zchus (give the benefit of the doubt) that this is a somewhat different situation from the past and our spouse really can’t be expected to fathom what we want unless we spell it out. Also, there is the point that you both have grown and changed during the time I’ve known you so Shoshi might really not be clear on whether you have the same wants and needs now as you used to. Change is good and it is also fun. Think of it this way: A marriage would get stale and boring if we each remained 100% predictable. It is the fact of change that not only requires that we don’t


take “who she or he is” for granted but makes it interesting. You both grow (hopefully) and you both have to learn the new person your Significant Other has become. Keeps you on your toes. Sorry if this letter was a bit on the long side. I think I will just put it in the paper for the people out there trying to figure out how to make The Nine Days and Tisha B’Av relevant to their lives. Wasn’t this tragedy of our people all because we had expectations of one another that we didn’t verbalize in a non-blaming way? Didn’t it boil down to a lack of being dan le chaf zchus? Well, I hope to see you in person next time we have an appointment, and in the meantime, have a meaningful fast.

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Health & F tness

How to Have an Easy Fast By Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN


ere it is! The day we’ve all been dreading since the start of summer, a day of mourning, sadness, and fasting: Tisha B’Av. Everyone’s number one concern is what to eat before the fast that will magically fill them up for the next 24 hours. The answer is: nothing will! The body is not meant to be starved and automatically adapts itself to survive during starvation mode. When the body feels hungry, a hormone called leptin is released. Leptin alerts the body of hunger and triggers an increase in one’s appetite. In addition, the body’s metabolism will hold onto calories by utilizing fewer. Despite the dreaded uncomfortable fast, here are a few tips to help your body fast as well as possible. • Hydrate yourself. To your surprise, your body is able to last for weeks or even months without any food. However, what causes the most discomfort during a fast is the lack of fluid. Our body is made up of 60% fluid and every cell in our body needs proper hydration in order to function properly. Therefore, before a fast it’s very important to super-hydrate yourself. Pack in the water a few days before the fast. Don’t leave all the water for the

last minute or you’ll be so full from water you won’t have any room for food. In addition, avoid dehydrating foods such as salty foods and fast food. • Limit caffeine intake. Caffeine causes mood changes and is considered an outright addiction. Stopping caffeine cold turkey can

require more fluids to digest, so this won’t help the dehydration factor. • Eat carbohydrate rich foods before a fast. The word carbohydrate literally means hydrated carbons which hold onto water and helps your body stay hydrated for a longer amount of time. Complex carbohydrates like those found in breads,

Complex carbohydrates like those found in breads, pastas, fruits, and vegetables are the best for maintaining energy levels during a fast.

cause withdrawal symptoms and these symptoms are worsened when fasting. Therefore, try to cut out the caffeine a few days before a fast since the symptoms are not as noticeable while eating a normal diet. • Don’t overeat; eat normal-sized meals. Overeating and stuffing your face before a fast will not cause you to be less hungry the next day. Additionally, large meals

pastas, fruits, and vegetables are the best for maintaining energy levels during a fast. Even more so, whole grain carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables which are rich in fiber help keep the body satiated for longer by slowing the progression of digestion. Therefore, the best foods to eat before a fast are wholegrain breads, pastas, cereals; starchy vegetables such as potatoes and sweet potatoes; vege-

tables such as lettuce, broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots; and fruits such as grapes, watermelon, bananas, apples, strawberries, and oranges. • After a fast, it is best to eat easily digestible foods that do not cost the body too much energy. Raw fruits and vegetables are the number one choice after a fast due to the high water content to rehydrate the body and their easy digestion course. Hopefully with these helpful tips, you’ll have a smooth and easy fast! L’shana haba b’Yerushalayim.

Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN, is a Master’s level Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. She graduated CUNY Brooklyn College receiving a Bachelor’s in Science and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences. Her Dietetic Internship was completed under Brooklyn College primarily in Ditmas Park Care Center and Boro Park Center where she developed clinical and education skills to treat patients with comprehensive nutrition care. She is currently a dietitian at Boro Park Center and a private nutrition consultant. She can be reached at Cindy


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A Dairy Delight I am so proud of this recipe. I had so much fun developing it, eating it and serving it to my family (and they enjoyed eating it as well!). This crispy and oozy mozzarella slice is so delicious. It’s so perfect to serve during the Nine Days, Sunday brunch — or anytime. It’s crucial that you don’t forget the freezer step; it really helped stop the cheese from seeping out during the frying process as you fry the cheese while partially frozen. The best thing about this is that Natural and Kosher Cheeses makes a presliced package of Mozzarella cheese — making it so convenient.


By Naomi Nachman

Crispy and Oozy Fried Mozzarella Ingredients ½ cup all-purpose flour 3 eggs, beaten 1 log pre-sliced Natural and Kosher mozzarella 1 cup panko breadcrumbs ½ cup parmesan cheese grated by Natural and Kosher 1 tablespoon dried dill ½ cup canola oil

Directions Place the flour, eggs, and panko breadcrumbs mixed with parmesan and dill in 3 separate shallow bowls. Dip a slice of the cheese, first in the flour, then in the eggs

(letting any excess drip off), then the panko-cheese mixture, pressing gently to help it adhere. Set aside each slice of crumbed cheese on a tray lined with parchment paper and continue to batter up the rest of the cheese. Place in the freezer for up to 2 hours. Don’t skip this step. It stops the cheese from oozing out when you fry them. Remove from freezer, then repeat again the dipping process of the already crumbed slices, but just the egg and panko/cheese coating. This gives them a super crunchy coating. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook the slices until golden, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate.

Naomi Nachman, the owner of The Aussie Gourmet, caters weekly and Shabbat/ Yom Tov meals for families and individuals within The Five Towns and neighboring communities, with a specialty in Pesach catering. Naomi is a contributing editor to this paper and also produces and hosts her own weekly radio show on the Nachum Segal Network stream called “A Table for Two with Naomi Nachman.” Naomi gives cooking presentations for organizations and private groups throughout the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area. In addition, Naomi has been a guest host on the QVC TV network and has been featured in cookbooks, magazines as well as other media covering topics related to cuisine preparation and personal chefs. To obtain additional recipes, join The Aussie Gourmet on Facebook or visit Naomi’s blog. Naomi can be reached through her website, or at (516) 295-9669.

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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

It’s the assessment of the Israeli military and intelligence community, the country that was most opposed to this deal that acknowledges this has been a game-changer that Iran has abided by the deal that they no longer have the sort of short term breakout capacity that would allow them to develop nuclear weapons. – President Obama, at the Pentagon, talking about the Iran deal

I want to wish a happy birthday to President Obama, who turned 55 today. Big celebration at the White House. The White House staff sang to him. Then the president blew out the candles on his vegan, wholegrain, carrot prune loaf.

The Israeli defense establishment believes that agreements have value only if they are based on the existing reality, but they have no value if the facts on the ground are the complete opposite of those the deal is based upon. - Statement by Israel’s Defense Ministry in response to President Obama’s contention

– Jimmy Kimmel

Donald Trump also offered birthday wishes on Twitter this week. He wrote, “President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States.” It’s sweet, though, because he said “perhaps,” and he wouldn’t do that on any other day. – Ibid.

Doctors are telling the Rio athletes competing in water sports not to put their heads underwater to avoid getting sick… Athletes asked how they were supposed to swim with their heads in the air, and doctors were like, “Oh, no, don’t — you don’t breathe in the air. That’s even worse.” – Jimmy Fallon

Top Republican fundraiser and Hewlett-Packard executive Meg Whitman released a statement saying that she will break with her party and support Hillary Clinton. She wanted to release the statement three days ago, but her printer kept jamming. – Seth Myers

There are so many lies now, that she lies about her lying. - Charles Krauthammer talking about Hillary Clinton, on Fox News

Apparently these people are here to protest Trump because Trump and his kids have killed a lot of animals. - Hillary Clinton’s response when she was heckled by animal rights activists


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She is aware no one believes she’s honest and trustworthy. If there’s one thing Mrs. Clinton knows it’s how to read a poll. She has accepted that people understand her. Her debate approach will be this: In spite of what will no doubt be some uncomfortable moments, she will, in comparison with him, seem sturdy and grounded – normal. That, this week, could be her bumper sticker: “Hillary: Way Less Abnormal.” – Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal

Hillary Clinton is good for United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions. – Hillary Clinton supporter Seddique Mateen, whose son killed 49 people in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June, after he was spotted a few rows behind Clinton at a rally

Hillary Clinton said this weekend that she’s going to be at all the presidential debates, despite Trump protesting the schedule. Hillary said that even if Trump doesn’t show, she’s changed her positions enough that she can just debate herself.

Go back and watch in your grandma’s basement. You’re better there. Tweet about it. – Bubba Watson’s caddy, Ted Scott, to a heckler at the PGA Championship last weekend

President Obama piled on this morning, saying in a press conference he feels Trump is unfit to be president. America’s first black president is begging you not to elect America’s first orange one. – James Corden

– Jimmy Fallon

I’m telling you, right now — we’re going to write fairer rules for the middle class and we are going to raise taxes on the middle class! – Hillary Clinton with a slip of the tongue at a rally, or was it?

I listened to [Trump] and I have to tell you that he made three proposals to stop terrorism. And as a European, I myself could not have drawn up better what Europe needs. - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

The Danish government donated a giant Lego model of Rio for the games and – this is very interesting – the Lego buildings are slightly safer than the actual buildings at the Olympics. – Jimmy Fallon

The Australian Olympic team is refusing to check into the Olympic Village saying it is “uninhabitable.” Then after checking into a Day’s Inn, the team said, “Never mind.” - Conan O’Brien

Some sad news today in the world of technology, because it was announced that the last company to commercially produce VCRs, Funai Electric of Japan, will discontinue selling VHS cassette tape players this month. For those of you who don’t know what a VCR is, it’s that large clock underneath your great-aunt’s TV. – James Corden


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I may have short-circuited and for that I will try to clarify. - Hillary Clinton seeking to explain why she lied to Chris Wallace on Fox News by saying that FBI Director James Comey never said that she lied to the public about her emails, even though he actually said that she did lie to the public about her emails

Anybody whose mind “SHORT CIRCUITS” is not fit to be our president! Look up the word “BRAINWASHED.” – Tweet by Trump

Daniel Ortega, the incumbent running for president in Nicaragua, just made his wife his vice presidential running mate. This sounds like a guy who forgot it was their anniversary. Really have to scramble for a gift. – James Corden

For the argumentative … the ignorant … And for those who do not know history – The Fatah movement killed 11,000 Israelis. – Posting on the official Fatah Facebook page, in an effort to appeal to Palestinians ahead of hotly contested elections



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I’m very sorry, everyone. The last station was Elephant & Castle and I completely forgot to stop. - The very honest announcement that a London train operator made after, well, missing a stop

Welcome to the State Department. I think we have some interns in the back. Welcome. Good to see you in this exercise in transparency and democracy. - State Department spokesman Mark Toner at the beginning of his daily press conference last week

Sorry, I didn’t mean to break out laughing there. - Ibid., excusing himself for laughing uncontrollably immediately after making the above comment

Today Donald Trump came up with a new nickname for Hillary Clinton, “The Devil.” Calling your opponent the devil, that’s going to be tough to reel back in if he loses and has to make a concession speech. “Today I called the devil and congratulated her on her victory. I’m disappointed but we now unite behind our president the devil.” – Jimmy Kimmel

We can still compete clean and do well in the Olympic games and that’s how it should be. .- USA swimmer Lilly King after winning a gold medal, calling out Russian rival Yulia Efimova, who was allowed to compete even though she was recently busted for doping

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Political Crossfire

The GOP is Chugging toward Derailment By Michael Gerson


onald Trump began August 2016 ,2, no doubt, determined to follow the advice of family and advisers to avoid fueling his own controversies and focus on Hillary Clinton’s manifold failures. By the end of that day, the Republican nominee had continued his fifth day of conflict with a Gold Star family. He had refused to support the reelection of the Republican speaker of the House and two senators in races essential to maintaining GOP control of the Senate. He had (strangely) urged Americans to dump equities in their 401(k) plans. He had joked that he “always wanted to get the Purple Heart” – the chances of which would have been increased if he had not taken five deferments during the Vietnam War. He had made a statement – “if there is not a better alternative, then you stay” – that seemed to dismiss the gravity of workplace sexual harassment. Any of these would be judged a gaffe. Taken together, in a single day, they raise the prospect that Trump is being driven by compulsions that have nothing to do with politics. It should now be evident that Trump’s behavior as

a candidate will not be changed (at least for long) by appeals to his rational self-interest, because he is not in full control of his impulses. This may be Trump being Trump, but it is utterly terrifying in a prospective president. The fondest hope of regular, everyday Republicans has been to

moderates of the Meg Whitman variety. Before backtracking, Trump’s vice presidential finalistNewt Gingrich admitted that neither Hillary Clinton nor Trump were “acceptable” at the moment. Even the sycophantic Chris Christie distanced himself from Trump’s attacks on the Khan family: “It’s just inap-

lier) informed Nixon it was over. And though his wife and daughters urged him to fight on, Nixon bowed to political reality. In Trump’s case, we are not dealing with criminality but with temperament, which is not less important. To quote myself from a January column: We are witnessing what happens

We are witnessing what happens when a narcissist who thinks he is at the center of the universe is actually placed at the center of the universe.

keep their heads down, work to maintain control of the House and Senate, and hope the next three months pass quickly so that the rebuilding of the party can commence. Now it is dawning that three months of Trump – a rapid-fire loose cannon – may make keeping congressional control impossible. It may, in fact, leave the national GOP in ruins, with the electoral earth salted among minorities, women and the young. The unraveling of Trump’s support has begun, and not just among

propriate for us in this context to be criticizing them, and I’m not going to participate in that.” But is such discontent a preview of dramatic defections? If they come, they are likely to arrive in a rush, as they did in August 1974. When President Richard Nixon’s “smoking gun” tape was revealed, the wall of Republican resistance to impeachment quickly collapsed. A congressional delegation led by Sen. Barry Goldwater (who blamed himself that he had not acted ear-

when a narcissist who thinks he is at the center of the universe is actually placed at the center of the universe. Trump’s political judgments seem mostly based on how others view him, making Vladimir Putin a friend and Paul Ryan an enemy. On policy, Trump claims to know more than the experts while displaying stunning ignorance. He lies with disturbing ease. He seems to lack the gene for empathy. If Republican leaders believe these things to be true, they should not

continue to support Trump for president. I suspect, however, that a principled stand will become more attractive if Trump declines further and consistently in the polls. Integrity is more reliable with the support of interest. It is hard to imagine that a meeting with party elders in which they urge Trump to renounce his nomination would end well. Any friend bringing such a message to Trump would immediately be categorized an enemy. And Trump’s adoring, overflow crowds must provide him with intoxicating encouragement. Trump, however, is not the only one being tested. We have seen that Trump is a sadist; now we determine if Republicans are masochists. On the current course, Reince Priebus will be judged the worst GOP party chairman in history. On the current course, Ryan will be discredited as a political and moral leader. On the current course, our children will look back in confusion and contempt, asking: How did you allow such a man to get so close to such an office? (c) 2016, Washington Post Writers Group


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Political Crossfire

Donald Trump and the Fitness Threshold By Charles Krauthammer


onald Trump, the man who defied every political rule and prevailed to win his party’s nomination, last week took on perhaps the most sacred political rule of all: Never attack a Gold Star family. Not just because it alienates a vital constituency but because it reveals a shocking absence of elementary decency and of natural empathy for the most profound of human sorrows – parental grief. Why did Trump do it? It wasn’t a mistake. It was a revelation. It’s that he can’t help himself. His governing rule in life is to strike back when attacked, disrespected or even slighted. To understand Trump, you have to grasp the General Theory: He judges every action, every pronouncement, every person by a single criterion – whether or not it/he is “nice” to Trump. Vladimir Putin called him brilliant (in fact, he didn’t, but that’s another matter) and a bromance is born. A “Mexican” judge rules against Trump, which makes him a bad person governed by prejudiced racial instincts. House Speaker Paul Ryan criticizes Trump’s attack on the Gold Star mother – so Trump mocks Ryan and praises his primary opponent. On what grounds? That the opponent is an experienced legislator? Is a tested leader? Not at all. He’s “a big fan of what I’m saying, big fan,” attests Trump. You’re a fan of his, he’s a fan of yours. And vice versa. Treat him “unfairly” and you will pay. House

speaker, Gold Star mother, it matters not. Of course we all try to protect our own dignity and command respect. But Trump’s hypersensitivity and unedited, untempered Pavlovian responses are, shall we say, unusual in both ferocity and predictability. This is beyond narcissism. I used to think Trump was an -11year-old, an undeveloped schoolyard bully. I was off by about 10 years. His needs are more primitive, an infantile hunger for approval and praise, a craving that can never be satisfied. He lives in a cocoon of solipsism where the world outside himself has value – indeed exists – only insofar as it sustains and inflates him. Most politicians seek approval. But Trump lives for the adoration. He doesn’t even try to hide it, boasting incessantly about his crowds, his standing ovations, his TV ratings, his poll numbers, his primary victories. The latter are most prized because they offer empirical evidence of how loved and admired he is. Prized also because, in our politics, success is self-validating. A candidacy that started out as a joke, as a self-aggrandizing exercise in xenophobia, struck a chord in a certain constituency and took off. The joke was on those who believed that he was not a serious man and therefore would not be taken seriously. They – myself emphatically included – were wrong. Winning – in ratings, polls and primaries – validated him. Which

brought further validation in the form of endorsements from respected and popular Republicans. Chris Christie was first to cross the Rubicon. Ben Carson then offered his blessings, such as they are. Newt Gingrich came aboard to provide intellectual ballast. Although tepid, the endorsements by Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

gan (Robert Kagan) simultaneously question Trump’s psychological stability, indeed sanity, there’s something going on (as Trump would say). The dynamic of this election is obvious. As in 1980, the status quo candidate for a failed administration is running against an outsider. The stay-the-course candidate plays his/ her only available card – charging

I used to think Trump was an 11-year-old, an undeveloped schoolyard bully. I was off by about 10 years.

were further milestones in the normalization of Trump. But this may all now be jeopardized by the Gold Star gaffe. (Remember: A gaffe in Washington is when a politician inadvertently reveals the truth, especially about himself.) It has put a severe strain on the patched-over relationship between the candidate and both Republican leadership and Republican regulars. Trump’s greatest success – normalizing the abnormal – is beginning to dissipate. When a Pulitzer Prize-winning liberal columnist (Eugene Robinson) and a major conservative foreign policy thinker and former speechwriter for George Shultz under Ronald Rea-

that the outsider is dangerously out of the mainstream and temperamentally unfit to command the nation. In 1980, Reagan had to do just one thing: pass the threshold test for acceptability. He won that election because he did, especially in the debate with Jimmy Carter in which Reagan showed himself to be genial, self-assured and, above all, nonthreatening. You may not like all his policies, but you could safely entrust the nation to him. Trump badly needs to pass that threshold. If character is destiny, he won’t. (c) 2016, The Washington Post Writers Group

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Forgotten Her es

Operation Volcano By Avi Heiligman

Ariel Sharon addressing the troops


kind. Becoming popular after WWI (1914-1918), many DMZ and buffer zones keep two warring peoples from attacking each other. Others, like in Antarctica, are meant to be

emilitarized zones (DMZ) are areas that are set by treaties or agreements between nations and militaries and cannot be home to military activity of any

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neutral even though there is no military threat in the area. Israel has had several DMZ with her neighbors but there was one particular DMZ that resulted in military action by the IDF. Three countries that border Israel have had demilitarized zones. Har HaTzofim (Mount Scopus) and the Latrun salient were both DMZ from 1948 until the Six Day War in 1967. The Mount Scopus demilitarization agreement between Israel and Jordan had two versions of the borders which caused several incidents. As part of the 1949 Armistice Agreement between Israel and her Arab enemies, Syria agreed to a DMZ. This became an area of constant fighting. By 1956 all Arabs had moved to Syria and the area became part of Israel. Currently there are two DMZ on Israeli borders and both have been the subject of heavy fighting. The Golan Heights became the subject of a ceasefire and then a DMZ following the Yom Kippur War (1973). Up until the current Syrian Civil War, the area had been mostly quiet with a few minor incidents. Since 2013, fighting between the international peacekeeping force and Syrian rebels resulted in firefights and kidnappings of peacekeepers. The other DMZ is the Sinai Peninsula. Fighting between Egypt and Israel continued without much of break following the War of Indepen-

dence. In a DMZ called the El Auja Zone, Israel established bases to counter Egyptian threats. Between the 1956 Suez Crisis and the Six Day War it was monitored by the U.N. Since 1967 it has been a part of Israel and the location of a large IDF base. Auja al-Hafir is a road junction with a village that borders both the Sinai and Negev deserts. Several ancient kingdoms including the Chashmonanim during the Second Bais Hamikdash had an influence over the area. More recently, the Ottoman Turks built a police station and a WWI military base there. The British placed it under the jurisdiction of Beer Sheva and held both Jewish and Arab leaders there as prisoners. The U.N. Partition Plan placed it under Arab rule but it was won by the Israelis in a battle that opened up Egypt for an invasion. The 1949 Armistice made it a demilitarized zone but Israel felt it was rightfully theirs after winning it in battle. In 1953, the IDF established an outpost in the area which caused the Egyptian to scream foul play because no military presence was allowed. It was established by the State to stop Bedouin smuggling and terrorist activity. Both governments initially agreed upon these settlements to be the border but the IDF felt that two Egyptian positions crossed the line into Israeli territory. Egypt soon reneged on the agreement, and after repeated attempts to have them

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Paratroopers resting from fighting

peacefully removed, fighting soon began in earnest. On October 26, 1955, the Egyptians raided the outpost and killed an Israeli soldier. Two days later a retaliation raid was planned, called Operation Egged. Paratroopers under the leadership of Ariel Sharon raided an Egyptian base south of the DMZ killing a dozen Egyptian soldiers. Two more IDF soldiers were killed but the Egyptian base was destroyed. This mission was to be a diversion for a bigger operation five days later. On November 2, the IDF attacked the two Egyptian facilities within the DMZ. Paratroopers again led by


Egyptian soldiers captured in battle

Sharon attacked the enemy at Sabcha while the Golani Brigade under Colonel Chaim Ben-David attacked at Ras-Siram. Out on front were fast mechanized units in armored personnel carriers (APCs) that held a position before launching a surprise attack with the foot soldiers. Both were very successful as the Egyptian bases were destroyed, 81 enemy soldiers were killed, dozens captured and tons of military supplies fell into the hands of the IDF. Sadly, five more IDF soldiers were killed. It was a quick victory that ended with Israel proclaiming sovereignty over the region. Ariel Sharon was credited with the brilliant victory as he planned

the surprise attack from the rear of the Egyptian base along with a feint (a military maneuver where troops look like they’ll attack in one area but in reality come in from another in force). The success of the mission, dubbed Operation Volcano, was a major success for the Israelis and an embarrassment for the Egyptians. Egyptian President Nasser tried unsuccessfully to convince the press that they had won. The Israelis moved out of the Auja region after the 1956 Suez Crisis and the area became a DMZ again under the U.N. This lasted until the Six Day War in 1967 in which the Israelis perma-

nently moved back into the region establishing a major base of operations, calling the area Nitzana. Currently the situation between Israel and Egypt is very stable and they are cooperating to rid the Sinai Desert and the DMZ of terrorists. In the next article we will discuss other DMZ around the world during the course of the past hundred or so 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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From My Private Art Collection

Pablo Picasso and Modern Art (1881-1973) By Rebbetzin Naomi N. Herzberg

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Pablo Picasso


ablo Picasso was born in 1881. His parents were cognizant of his abilities from a very young age. His father was an artist and art teacher, so he believed in training Pablo from early-on to develop his abilities. Pablo’s mother recognized his desire to draw when he asked for a pencil as a baby. This was realized when Pablo tried numerous times to pronounce the word pencil but, of course, only a few syllables were recognized.

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By the age of thirteen his talents were strongly acknowledged. The family had moved to Barcelona where his father got a position teaching in the School of Fine Arts. His father was able to get young Pablo an interview and acceptance at this adult school. By the time he was sixteen Pablo was ready to go to The Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. However, that was too restrictive an atmosphere for him. Even though he was born and raised in Spain, he developed himself as an artist in France. As an adult, by the age of 50, he made his mark on the art scene as an innovator and highly creative artist. It is said that he created over 20,000 pieces of art, each better than the next. During his lifetime Picasso was held in high esteem for his ability to create various types of art. He served as an inspiration for all artists living then and now. Pablo Picasso was the co-found-

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er of Cubism, accomplished by taking objects which are the subjects of the paintings and breaking them up into parts and then rearranging them to form a picture. This was an extremely innovative process that ignited sparks of creativity in artists throughout the world. He also applied new ways of creating sculptures and collage artworks in three-dimensional form. His works of art included much symbolism. Pablo Picasso credited Edvad Munch, El Greco, Cezzane, and Gauquin for inspiring his interesting use of techniques. Picasso went through many periods during his lifetime of expressing deep feelings in his work. Each period is referred to differently, such as the “Blue Period” – the somber times of his life from 1901-1904 – and the “Rose Period” – the happier times of his life from 1904-1906. Pablo Picasso’s attitude towards producing his artworks is quite emotional and can

be understood through his popular quotes. He is famous for expressing: “Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth”; “Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction”; “Others have seen what is and asked why, I have seen what could be and asked why not”; and “I do not seek. I find.” Picasso’s ability to project feelings of confidence in his artworks is a dynamic force that has influenced many aspiring artists of yesteryear and modern artists of today from all age groups.

Rebbetzin Naomi N. Herzberg is a professional art educator, artist and designer. Among her known artwork is a floral sculpture presented to Tipper Gore, Blair House, Washington, D.C. Please feel free to email nherzberg@hotmail. com with questions and suggestions for future columns.

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MORAH ADINA’S STROOCK’S 3 YEAR OLD PLAYGROUP. NEW LOCATION!! Spots available for 2016-’17. Now centrally locataced in the heart of Far Rockaway on Caffery Ave. Warm, loving, veteran morah. Hours until 3 (Friday until 12). Call 516-510-8332 or 718-471-5283

HOUSES FOR SALE ISRAEL, GERMAN COLONY JERUSALEM Beautiful arched, authentic, 4 BR, 2.5 BTH,3 balconies, semi-detached, beautiful views WEST HEMPSTEAD .5 mi from synagogue 3/3 Kit LR DR Den FPLC F-BMT OFC Pool $609,000 516-650-8070 CEDARHURST: Stunning, Custom, 8 year old, 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom Brick home, with finished basement. Near all Shuls. Low Taxes. $1.1m 477 Cedarhurst Ave, Cedarhurst Call: 917-636-9993 CEDARHURST: Well Maintained Home in Cedar Glen Park 5 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Lg Den W/Fplc, Granite Countertops in Kitchen, Double Oven, IGS, Alarm, HW Floors…$649K Call Carol Braunstein (516) 295-3000 HEWLETT: PRICE REDUCED Lovely 3BR Cape In SD#14, Lr W/Fplc, 2 Car Garage, Full Basement, Close To All…$389K Call Carol Braunstein (516) 295-3000 WOODMERE: Beautiful 3BR, 3 Full BA Split, Vaulted Ceilings, LR, EIK, Den, Library, Master Suite, Full Privacy Front & Back Yard, Attic,& Much More!!! Close To All… $715K Call Carol Braunstein (516) 295-3000

WOODMERE: Move Right In!!! Bright & Sunny 4BR CH Colonial, Eik W/Granite Countertops, HW Floors, Alarm, Long Driveway, 1 Car Detached Garage, Close To All…$769K Call Carol Braunstein (516) 295-3000

HOUSES FOR SALE Don’t Get Stuck With a Two Story House Ya Know, It’s One Story Before You Buy It But a Second Story After You Own It! Call Dov Herman For An Accurate Unbiased Home Inspection Infrared - Termite Inspection Full Report All Included NYC 718-INSPECT Long Island 516-INSPECT

FAR ROCKAWAY 833 Central ,1st floor, balcony, doorman Completely renovated, near LIRR 2BR/2 full bath, 2 DW/sinks, wood cabinets, granite counters $389 917-572-9644

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INWOOD THE BAYVIEW BUILDING Many options available including 5000 Square foot high ceiling 1st floor showroom/ office / mixed use space. 2nd Floor office spaces with Waterview and views of NYC skyline. 1200 sq ft, 2000 sq ft and 6000 sq ft spaces available. Parking, Mincha minyan and great neighbors. Owner will customize and design space to your needs. Call or text 516-567-0100

CEDARHURST THE STUDIO BUILDING Newly Renovated Office Suites and spaces Available starting at $795 a month. Included in the rent: High Speed Internet, Wifi, Conference rooms, Kitchenette, Heat & AC, Utilities Included, Water cooler, Real Estate Taxes, Waiting Area, Cleaning. Furnished and unfurnished available call or text 516-567-0100

LAWRENCE: PROFESSIONAL SUITE In The Plaza Bldg, Central Ave, 24hr Doorman, 3 Treatment Rms, Reception & Waiting Area. For Sale… Call For More Details Broker (516) 792-6698

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CEDARHURST: 2,000 +/- Sf Restaurant Plus Basement & Back Drop Off Area, Outside Seating Area, Long Term Lease, Tremendous Location In The Heart Of Cedarhurst, Near LIRR Station, Convenient To All, For Lease... Call For More Details Broker (516) 792-6698 FREEPORT: 1,450 +/- SF Office Storefront, Totally Renovated, Office, Bullpen Area, Empire Zone Benefits, Convenient to Major Public Transportation, For Sale… Call For More Details Broker (516) 792-6698 LAWRENCE: 2,800 +/- SF Space, Office/R&D Space, 2 Bathrooms, Kitchenette in Office Area, 12 Ceilings For Lease…Call for More Details Broker (516) 792-6698

OCEANSIDE: 1,500 up to 2,800 +/- SF Store Front/ Office Space In Great Location With Parking On Long Beach Rd, For Lease or For Sale…Call Randy For More Details (516) 295-3000 ROCKVILLE CENTRE: Professional/Medical Co-Op. 3000 +/SF Space With Reception Area, 7 Exam Rooms, 2 Consult Offices, 2 Bathrooms, For Sale… Call Randy for More Details (516) 295-3000 WOODMERE: Follow The Leader To Woodmere, Now Is The Time To Act!!! No Metered Parking, Various Retail/Office Spaces Available, For Sale/Lease...Call For More Details (516) 295-3000

LAWRENCE: 2,800 +/- SF Space, Office/R&D Space, 2 Bathrooms, Kitchenette In Office Area, 12 Ceilings For Lease…Call for More Details Broker (516) 792-6698

CONDO FOR SALE WOODMERE Renovated Spacious & Sunny 3+BR Townhouse, Wood & Granite EIK, Fin Bsmt, Master Suite W/Steam Shower & Jacuzzi Tub, Community Pool & Tennis Court...$525K Call Carol Braunstein (516) 295-3000

CO-OP FOR SALE HEWLETT: Sunny & Spacious 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Co-Op W/1 Parking Spot Included & Storage, Close To All...$115K Call Carol Braunstein (516) 295-3000


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Classifieds / text 443-929-4003 CO-OP FOR SALE WOODMERE Large, Lovely 2BR, 1BA, Co-op. Huge living room, 2 huge bedrooms, dining room, kitchen, foyer, 13 big windows, 5 large closets (with a beautiful cedar closet), huge rooms. Sunny and Spacious. Lovely chandeliers, beautiful ceiling fans with lights. Gorgeous radiator covers. Lovely flooring. Gorgeous hardwood floors underneath carpets. Very recently painted. Gorgeous unit. Amenities include laundry room with washers and dryers in updated and fabulous condition. Fantastic storage room for storage. Lovely lobby. Immaculate and beautiful pre-war building. Great neighborhood. Fantastic school district. Near all shopping and returants. Located convenient to many temples and houses of worship. Fabulous restaurant on premises. Pets allowed. Steps from LIRR. Extremely reasonably priced at … $179K. Please call my real estate agent Mark of Pugatch 516-298-8457, for showing.

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PROFESSIONAL CO-OP FOR SALE IN CEDARHURST 545 Central Ave. (White House) Can be used for living quarters or professional use 2 bdrms/ 2 baths Entrance on Central Ave. Can be wheelchair accessible Call: Susan 917-554-5721


SHOMER SHABBOS WOODMERE OFFICE looking for a mature FULL TIME SECRETARY Computer knowledge (Word Perfect, Excel, QuickBooks, etc...) and communication skills a must. Please email resume to

LAWRENCE: NEW LISTING!!! Great Apartment On 2nd Flr, 1BR, Large LR W/Dining Rm, Eik, Near All...$129,995 Call Carol Braunstein (516) 295-3000

APT FOR RENT LARGE ONE BEDROOM APT. IN LAWRENCE Close to train, underground parking, spacious living room/dining area. Motivated seller $118,000. Call 917-299-8082 CEDARHURST 500-3,500 +/- SF Beautiful, newly renovated space for rent. Ideal for Retail or Executive offices. Prime location. Convenient Parking. Call Sam @ 516-612-2433 or 718-747-8080

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seeking an opportunity to Earn & Learn more!!! Call Today (516) 295-3000 x 128. All calls kept confidential We are looking to hire a MARKETING/SALES SPECIALIST Job requirements: Your own car and internet savvy. Hob has unlimited income potential. Don’t delay, give us a call at 917-612-2300

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HELP WANTED REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENT FIRM based out of Queens seeks motivated individuals to join our Acquisitions team. High Commissions paid, No splits. 718-285-0931 QUEENS MESIVTA IN SEARCH OF SECULAR STUDIES TEACHER for afternoon hours. Subjects still available include ELA and science. Prior teaching experience of 3 years required. Please send your resume to Growing company in the 5 Towns is seeking motivated, confident, out-going employee for full time bookkeeping/accounting. Must have professional bookkeeping experience, and strong teamwork skills Please submit qualified resume to PART TIME AND FULL TIME BOOKKEEPING POSITION Fast growing accounting and consulting firm seeks a qualified individual to assist our accounting staff in providing bookkeeping services for our clients. Qualified individuals will have the opportunity to join our employee friendly culture At least 2 years working experience Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, QuickBooks a MUST Email – YESHIVA KETANA OF LONG ISLAND SEEKS FULL TIME SECRETARY for busy school office. Organized, friendly and able to multi task. Experienced only. Please email resume to YESHIVA SECRETARY Yeshiva near Brooklyn/5 Towns Seeking help during Dinner Campaign. Detail oriented and ability to multi task Yeshiva experience a plus Morning Hours, Immediately after Pesach Send Resume to SENIOR DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS needed in residences for men with developmental disabilities. Responsibilities: supervision of direct care staff, documentation, attending case conferences. Experience with the developmentally disabled population. Positions in Brooklyn and Long Island. Driver’s license a must OHEL BAIS EZRA 718-686-3102,

HELP WANTED REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT FIRM SEEKS HIGHLY MOTIVATED INDIVIDUALS TO JOIN ACQUISITIONS TEAM. Fast paced environment with limitless opportunities. Commission Based - High Payouts!! 347.575.5375 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: Email: Fax: (212) 480-3691 CAHAL, a program with small classes for students with learning challenges, located in the local yeshivas and day schools in the Five Towns and Far Rockaway, is seeking the following teachers and assistants for the 2016-17 academic year: Part Time, PM General Studies Assistant Teacher for a 2nd-3rd grade class. Part Time, PM Limudai Kodesh female Assistant Teacher for a 7th grade girls class. Part Time, AM Limudai Kodesh male Assistant Teacher for 1st and 7th grade classes. Part Time, PM General Studies Special Education Teacher for a 4th grade girls’ class located in Far Rockaway. For more information, call (516) 295-3666 or email your resume to 5TOWNS BOYS YESHIVA SEEKING ELEM TEACHERS. Exc working env’t, supportive admin, exc pay Lic’d & experienced preferred. Email resume to PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS (PTA’S) & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS ASSISTANTS (COTA’S) For 200+ bed Nursing Home in Queens. Must have Hospital or Nursing Home experience. Please email resume to Local F.T. Accounting Office Seeks P/T JR. ACCOUNTANT proficient in Q.B. knowledge of payroll tax, sales tax, business tax and individual taxes Qualified applicants should please e-mail resume to:

HELP WANTED GREAT OPPORTUNITY Looking for class B CDL DRIVER with clutch for a heimishe lumber co. Great pay, Call: 718-369-3141 Ext. 348 DRS HS FOR BOYS, WOODMERE NY SEEKS CHEMISTRY TEACHER (FT) FOR 2016-17. Resumes: WE ARE LOOKING TO HIRE A MARKETING/SALES SPECIALIST. Job will require your own car and being computer/internet savy. If you consider yourself a marketing professional, this is the position for you. Opportunity to make unlimited income potential, Don’t delay. Give us a call at 917-612-2300 CATAPULT LEARNING Teachers for Title I in Boro Park andWilliamsburg Chassidic boys schools *College/Yeshiva Degree Required *Strong desire to help children learn *Excellent organizational skills *Small group instruction *Competitive salary Email resume: Fax (718) 381-3493 HALB LOWER SCHOOL SEEKS STAFF MEMBERS FOR 2016-17: Limudei Kodesh Morah with Ivrit skills, Assistant Teachers Limudei Kodesh and Secular Studies (FT/PT), Assistant Rebbe (FT). Resumes:

MISC Discounted tickets to SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE THEME PARK AND SAFARI Valid for any operating day for only $40 Call or text Yehoshua 917- 923-0011 SPACE AVAILABLE FOR 3 YEAR OLD PLAYGROUP IN FAR ROCKAWAY. EXCELLENT MORAHS. PLEASE CALL (516) 406-2980

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Like This! By Allan Rolnick, CPA


f you’re like most Facebook users, you get plenty of friend requests from people who aren’t really friends. Co-workers you never respected from your last job; classmates you never really liked 30 years ago; annoying blowhards you meet at your in-laws’ anniversary party. If you’re lucky, you can just ignore those requests and hope they go away. But sometimes a request is harder to ignore. That includes the friend request the IRS just sent to Facebook itself, in the form of a Statutory Notice of Deficiency, for $3-5 billion dollars. (Plus interest and penalties, of course.) Here’s the scoop. Facebook has 1.23 billion friends across the world. (Probably not too many more than you do, but who’s counting?) That was enough for Facebook to make $3.69 billion selling advertisements last year. But who likes paying tax on all that income at the top corporate rate of 35%? So Facebook set out to edit its profile, at least where the IRS is concerned. In 2010, Facebook transferred rights to some of its “online platform” and “marketing intangibles” to

an Irish subsidiary. The Emerald Isle is a lovely place to do business — who wouldn’t want to “make their green” in a place where the wearing of green is a thing? But Ireland’s top corporate tax rate is just 12.5% — barely a third

a value to the assets it transferred. That’s important because the lower Facebook values those assets, the less taxable income they have to bring back from the foreign subsidiary. At the same time, it’s a difficult

Who wouldn’t want to “make their green” in a place where the wearing of green is a thing?

of our own. That difference lets Facebook license the intellectual property from its Irish subsidiary, deduct those license payments to save 35% here in the US, and pay just 12.5% on the resulting income in Ireland. Slick, right? Lots of companies have moved their intellectual property to Ireland, and by one study, this sort of profit shifting will cost the Treasury $135 billion in tax revenue this year. If you’re counting, that’s over 4% of our total tax receipts. Facebook friended the accounting firm of Ernst & Young to assign

job because there’s no real market for them. Who else besides Facebook could possibly use Facebook’s marketing intangibles? There’s enough at stake that in 2013, the IRS opened an audit. They saw that Ernst & Young valued each of the transferred assets independently, rather than as part of an integrated whole. And they said this undervalued the assets by billions of dollars. But the IRS needed more information to calculate exactly how much. So they sent Facebook a series of “friend requests,” in the form of

summonses to produce documents and appear at the IRS’s office in San Jose. The company ignored those requests just like you’d ignore a friend request from that drunk loudmouth you met at your spouse’s company golf outing. Last week, with the statute of limitations for the audit closing in, the IRS gave up on requesting information and just sent Facebook the bill. Naturally, Facebook will fight back in court. If they lose, it could cost them enough that investors stop liking their stock! Stay tuned for the rest of the story. Here’s today’s lesson. Proper planning is key to keeping your tax bill down. But it’s not enough just to plan. You have to implement, too. That takes work, and it means dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s. Stop wasting money on taxes you don’t need to pay. And post a picture for your “friends” to see what you do with the savings! Allan J Rolnick is a CPA who has been in practice for over 30 yea rs in Queens, NY. He welcomes your comments and can be reached at 718-896-8715 or at


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Life C ach

The Unwanted Finish Line! By Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., CLC, SDS


o you admire people who run a marathon? Well, here’s the good news: be proud of

yourself, you are running one too. It’s called summer. Well, maybe we’ll call it a reverse marathon. Be-

cause you just don’t want to get to the finish line. All year we prepare for it, look forward to it, and get in shape – or, rather out of shape – waiting for it. And then it’s suddenly here. You get the gear. You plan the spots you’ll hang out. The exercise you’ll do. You plan who you’ll do stuff with. You fill up on water bottles. And you take to the great outdoors. But it goes away way too fast. You actually want to be the last one in this marathon. The experience is rich. Yes, the weather may fluctuate, but you want to be out there. You want each moment to be an adventure. And you want to hold on to the endorphin high for as loooong as you can. You don’t want to see yourself round to the endpoint where you start to get the sinking feeling because you feel it will be a long time before summer comes again. Sure, when it’s over they wrap you in a cloak like they do at the NY Marathon. But it’s not the silver one that insulates you for a little while: it’s your winter coat! Why do we love the summer marathon? Wait, did I just even pose that as if it’s a question? The beaches are open. The schools are closed. The energy in the air is infectious. The whole mood shouts, “Get out and do…” Bike, hike, garden, swim,

run, or just … walk around. Enjoy sidewalk cafes. Stroll with friends. Take trips to summer vacation spots. Even the idea of going picnicking crosses your mind, though backyard barbecuing is usually as far as anyone ever gets! But the lithe feeling is irreplaceable. As the days count down to the end of August, we start to feel the seeping away of those glorious days. So I say, halt! August is still here. Summer is still upon us! Don’t give up the ship! Wake up with a smile on your face and a song in your heart! And get out and suck in the beautiful days of summer! Call friends, visit family, enjoy each and every day and you’ve even got the long summer evenings to double the daylight time! Be present in the present! Make it about today; eke out the most from each day. Marathons come and go just like summer. But they can leave us with a lot of good feelings to bolster us through the days ahead. So stay in the “summer marathon head” and just keep enjoying!

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

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The following is a partial listing of time’s and locations. For a complete location list, 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

Far Rockaway

TAG HIGH SCHOOL 636 Lanett Ave 2:00 B 4:00 A Y.I. of Bayswater 2716 Healy Ave. 3:00 A 5:30 B Yeshiva Ateres Shimon 1239 Caffery Ave. 12:30 A 3:00 B

Forest Hills

Havurat Yisrael 68-60 Austin St. Aug. 13, 10:15pm B Aug. 14, 10:30am A & B 12:15 A Machane Chadash 67-29 108 St. 1:30 A & B Queens Jewish Center 66-05 108 St. TBA Y.I. of Forest Hills 7100 Yellowstone Blvd. TBA Sephardic Jewish Cong. 101-17 67th Drive 1:00 A 3:00 B

Great Neck

Ahavat Shalom 130 Cuttermill Rd. 5:00 A 6:40 B Great Neck Syn. 26 Old Mill Rd. 2:00 A Ohr Haemet 112 Steamboat Rd. 2:00 A 5:40 B Torah Ohr Heb. Academy 575 Middle Neck Rd. TBA Y.I. of Great Neck 236 Middle Neck Rd. 5:45 A


Congregation Anshe Chesed 1170 William St. 2:30 A 4:30 B Younf Israel of Hewlett 1 Piermont Ave. 2:30 A 6:00 B


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

Jamaica Estates Congregation Anshe Shalom 80-15 Cant St. TBA

Kew Gardens

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

Kew Gardens Hills


Shaaray Tefila 25 Central Ave. 2:30 A 4:30 B Cong. Bais Avrohom Zev 2 Rockaway Trnpk 3:00 A

Boulevard ALP Assisted Long Beach Living Bach Jewish Center 71-61 159th Street 210 Edward Blvd. 2:30 B Starting form 9:45 Cong. Ahavas Yisrael showings throughout 147-02 73rd Ave. the day. 2:10 A 4:10 B Y.I. of Long Beach Kehilas Sephardim 120 Long Beach Blvd. 150-62 78th Rd Aug. 13, 9:30 pm A 5:00 B Aug. 14, 3:00 B


Cong. Darchei Noam 3310 Woodward St. 2:30 A 4:10 B Y.I. of Oceanside 150 Waukena Ave. 5:15


Plainview Syn. Zichron Kedoshim 255 Monetto Hill Rd. 1:30 A 5:30 B Y.I. of Plainview 132 Southern Pkwy. 6:00 A 7:40 B


Y.I. of Woodmere 859 Penninsula Blvd. TBA

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