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Contents LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Israel Today

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JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi Wein on the Parsha

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Something More by Rav Moshe Weinberger

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Grabbing Mitzvos by Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetzky

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The Relationship Between Yaakov and Eisav by Shmuel Reichman

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PEOPLE Fulfilling Dreams They Never Dreamed Out-of-the-Box Units in World War II by Avi Heiligman

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FOOD & LEISURE The Aussie Gourmet: Loaded Turkey Caesar Salad

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The Global Establishment Has a Few Tips for Joe Biden by David Ignatius

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The success of the Los Banos raid is a prime example of hashgacha pratis (Divine intervention) and the fact that Hashem is always looking out for His children. Joseph M. Soroka, PhD Dear Editor, I have begun reading The Jewish Home, and I am very impressed with everything I have read. Being that I do not have WhatsApp, I really appreciate the fact that I am now updated on world events and the like. While I am writing about this subject, I may as well discuss something that has been bothering me ever since I read this past week’s issue. I was horrified to read the advertisement. It said the following: “TJH Live... Send ‘join’ via WhatsApp.” I am no rabbi, or anything of the like, and I understand that for some people WhatsApp is a necessary to their job, such as Hatzalah, etc. To most readers, however, WhatsApp is not essential to their work. They can still have a happy, healthy (perhaps healthier) life without it. So please, do not encourage people to introduce this Yetzer Hara into their homes. I look forward to seeing what next week brings. Scott Stein Continued on page 10

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Dear Editor, In the November 5, 2020 issue of TJH, Avi Heiligman described the role of U.S. paratroopers in the Pacific during World War II, including the liberation of the Los Banos concentration camp.  American paratroopers liberated over 2,147 inmates, mostly civilians, in an operation that is described by military historians as the most successful raid in the annals of the U.S. military.  Over one hundred miles behind the Japanese lines, the paratroopers saved the lives of all the inmates when American intelligence learned of Japanese orders to exterminate all the inmates; only one casualty (military or civilian) was hurt by a ricocheting bullet.  But what is most interesting is that among the inmates were three Mirrer Yeshiva bochurim, my father (and grandfather of The Jewish Home editor), Rav Shmuel Chaim Soroka, z”l, and two of his chaverim, the Rabinowitz brothers, who left Shanghai just a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and had just arrived in Manila to be interred by the Japanese.  A fourth frum internee, American businessman R’ Juravel, joined them in the camps.  They were interred from 1942 to 1945.  Their story is described by my brother in his book “A Mirrer in Manila.” 

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Dear Editor, Last week, with my two-year-old toddler in the back seat, I accepted my curbside food order that I called into a restaurant. After putting the food on the seat next to me, my son said, “French fries.” For the next twenty minutes, I gave him fry by fry, grabbing a few for myself, until they were almost all finished. The experience yielded some thoughts. It occurred to me that Avraham met Shem and, according to the Midrash, asked him on what merit his family was saved. And Shem explained that it was because they were involved in doing chessed to the animals with no rest. In kind, Avraham added onto this chessed by attending to the physical and spiritual needs of his generation. Also, I thought of this week’s pasha, regarding Rivka’s extreme language when she realizes she has two conflicting embryos in her womb. She said life is not worth it anymore, and according to the Ramban, she no longer wanted to live. And later she again said my life isn’t worth it if Yaakov takes a local wife.

Both these episodes, with Avraham and Rivka, involve the continuation of civilization. And in order to achieve it, chessed as well as an extreme concern that one’s child follows a good path is required. Indeed, it was a deep French fries moment. Steven Genack Dear Editor,  The front page of the November 12, 2020 edition of the Jewish Home is a colossal chillul Hashem. Your decision to use the appellation zt”l in connection with the death of Rav Dovid Feinstein and use the appellation of only z”l in connection with the death of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks demeans the Torah and shows a lack of respect for  true talmidei chachamim. I note that following the death of Rav Adin Steinsaltz, zt”l, other publications and rabbinic commentators also refused to append zt”l to his name. The fact that these great Torah luminaries are not revered by the chareidi world or that ArtScroll has not made them the subject of cookie cutter biographies should not be the determining factor as to whether they deserve the hon-

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The parents tried to speak out about their concerns but were silenced and disgraced all over the papers, Jewish and secular news outlets, shuls and elsewhere. The community was silent as this small group galvanized to defend religious exemption in New York – something that was a safeguard to our religious freedom and all other freedoms. The Dear Editor,   I thank Gary Wadler for com- right to our own bodies based on our menting on my letter regarding our religious beliefs. The right not to be civil rights in the time of Covid.  I subjected to the dictates of those will assume many in the community who may not have our best interests believe similarly – that government in mind or just may not know what’s restrictions are hindering our free- best for us, certainly not individualdoms.  It was stated that curbing ly. Maybe not even Cuomo does, or business, schools, camps, restau- the CDC, not even the WHO. Since then, the world has been rants, visiting friends and traveling are akin to dictatorship, not democ- turned upside down. A virus. An ongoing lockdown. Riots. racy.   Blatant anti-Semitism and corIf people are passing this evil disease from one to another with lit- ruption. Looking at this latest election, tle regard to well-publicized health protocols, it is necessary for Amer- some people are extremely suricans to make sacrifices for the good prised and shocked as the wall of lies of all.  Many are upset that Donald comes tumbling down and some are Trump lost.  That I cannot change.  not that shocked.  Some people tried Yet his cavalier attitude to Covid has to call out the facade a long time ago. These events are supernatural in caused many millions of Americans to flaunt science, causing the grave their synchronicity. I believe Hashem has brought spike in cases, nationwide.  Ask yourselves, why do you agree with the world to a grand crescendo for something great and good to be returning a blind eye?  During WWII, all Americans had vealed and teshuva is in order.  It is to sacrifice, ration and work together time to apologize to the thousands of in that severe crisis of total war.  We families who were mocked and shut out and whose lives were so affectare again in a war.  Could we have prevailed if some ed by this repeat of Kamtza and Bar shoe manufacturers had said, “No, Kamtza. Many of the families were forced I’m not going to make military boots. I want to continue making la- to homeschool. Many had to move. Families were put under huge stress, dies’ shoes!” Could we have won if Ford, and shalom bayis was strained, for Chrysler, GM and Studebaker had some possibly irreparably. Most said, “No, no way we’re gonna stop of these families continue to suffer making passenger cars just because humiliation and hardship. It’s time for Klal Yisrael to come clean of this you want tanks and airplanes!” Vaccines are on their way, yet, sin. To admit that it was wrong to go till then, we are in this together.  along with the media narrative and And, to paraphrase from my earlier throw Jewish children out of the letter: demanding your civil rights, community. And to try to right this without understanding your respon- wrong.  Maybe these families were sibilities to others around you and not lying and did not deserve the your need to sacrifice for the long public shaming they received. Mayterm good of all, isn’t freedom. It’s be the media was lying. Our gedolim, including R’ Chaim selfishness.  Kanievsky,  R’ Shmuel Kaminetsky Jay Brick and R’ Malkiel Kotler, advised Long Beach, NY against it but somehow their words were drowned out.  Dear Editor, I believe this will, iy”H, open the Two years ago, thousands of Jewish children were thrown out of door to the redemption. yeshiva for not receiving the MMR Signed, I Want Moshiach  vaccine. or of having zt”l after their names. They are certainly unanimous choices for the Rabbinic Hall of Fame and deserve recognition by all Torah Jews. Respectfully, Sol Liss West Hempstead, NY


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Ankara’s President Recep Erdogan was faced with a wave of protests during his visit to Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus on Sunday. Erdogan had arrived to celebrate the breakaway enclave’s 37th anniversary of achieving independence. Turkey remains the world’s only country to recognize the territory which is viewed by the international community as an integral part of the Republic of Cyprus.  Upon arriving in North Nicosia, Erdogan was greeted by thousands of B”H Cypriots demonstrating against IN OUR ST SEASON! Turkey meddling in the island’s independence. Protesters waved anti-Erdogan signs and chanted, “Go home, dictator.” “It’s now or never. We have to raise our voice in open defiance,” said Sener Elcil, a Cypriot activist known for his opposition to Ankara’s influence.  “Turkish Cypriots will become extinct if our country isn’t reunited… Erdogan is a loose cannon – he can do anything.” During the visit, Erdogan joined Northern Cyprus President Ersin Tatar for a picnic at the abandoned city of Varosha. Once a thriving beach resort, Varosha has fallen into disrepair ever since it came under Turkish control in 1974.   A section of the beach was reopened for Erdogan’s visit, leading to a chorus of international condemnation for violating the fragile status quo. Erdogan was accompanied throughout his visit by jeering Cypriots who once lived in Varosha, who chanted that “this is not your homeland” and “you are there with power but not with law.” Erdogan used the occasion to call for a “two state solution” for Cyprus that would divide the small island

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between ethnic Turks and Greeks. “There are two separate peoples, two separate democratic systems and two separate states in Cyprus today,” Erdogan asserted. The Turkish strongman’s remarks earned swift rebuke from the European Union, which does not recognize the legitimacy of Northern Cyprus. EU foreign-policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement that “we deplore today’s actions” to reopen parts of Varosha and predicted that the move “will cause greater distrust and tension in the region.”

Shakeup at 10 Downing Street

Dominic Cummings, one of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top advisors, announced last week that he will leave 10 Downing Street amid a falling-out with the UK’s top elected official. Photos published by the BBC showed Cummings leaving Johnson’s residence for the last time on Friday carrying a cardboard box containing his personal effects. Cummings’ resignation comes amid a power struggle within the British government, with ally Lee Cain asked to step down as well.  A key pro-Brexit voice in Johnson’s government, Cummings and Cain played a significant role in 2016’s successful “Vote Leave” campaign and pushed the prime minister to take hawkish positions vis-a-vis the EU. But Johnson’s inability to reach a trade deal with the EU before the post-Brexit transition period expires on December 31 divided Johnson’s senior advisers into rival camps, with his fiancée Carrie Symonds leading the opposition to Cummings and Cain. The two were said to be responsible for “a macho culture” at 10 Downing Street that sparked several media disasters. In one well-known incident, Cummings was spotted breaking the UK’s coronavirus restrictions during the first lockdown to take


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a day trip to Durham and Barnard Castle. In an interview with the Guardian, former Brexit Secretary David Davis blamed Cummings’ “very confrontational-style” that resulted in chaos at 10 Downing Street. Davis added that the UK’s soaring coronavirus infections and inability to reach a trade deal with the EU resulted in the relationship between Johnson and his formally top advisor “falling off a cliff.” Johnson’s spokesperson said in a statement said the premier was not letting infighting influence his job performance, calling him “focused… on taking every possible step to get this country through the coronavirus pandemic.”

UN: Iran Stockpiling Uranium The United Nations reports that Iran continues to violate the 2015 nuclear deal, with the Islamic Republic stockpiling 12 times the legal amount of enriched uranium.

The findings were part of a secret report compiled by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The document, which was given to member countries earlier this month, found that the Islamic Republic possesses 2,442.9 kilograms of uranium, up from the 2,105.4 kilograms it had in late August.

Tehran also continues to enrich uranium to 4.5 percent purity despite the nuclear deal capping it at 3.67 percent. Upon being confronted by IAEA inspectors over the violations, Tehran provided explanations the agency deemed as “not credible.” After repeatedly trying to obtain answers from Iranian officials regarding its nuclear activities, the IAEA wrote that “the agency informed Iran that it continues to consider Iran’s response to be not tech-

nically credible.” “A full and prompt explanation from Iran regarding the presence of uranium particles of anthropogenic origin…at a location in Iran not declared to the Agency, is needed,” read the report. The report is the latest sign that the 2015 Iran Deal is disintegrating. Officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement mandated that Tehran cease enriching uranium in exchange for the lifting of the sanctions that had devastated Iran’s economy.  As per the terms, Tehran ceased enriching uranium for ten years in exchange for world powers dropping the sanctions that destroyed Iran’s economy. However, President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal in 2018 and slapped Iran with a relentless wave of sanctions. President Hassan Rouhani then threatened that Iran would resume enriching uranium should Europe refuse to skirt the U.S. sanctions. In April, Iran notified the British, French, German, Chinese and Russian ambassadors of its decision to stop implementing some of its obligations under the nuclear agreement.

Treasure Arrests

Three suspects have been arrested and two more are wanted in connection to an audacious heist from a castle vault last year that saw around 100 of Europe’s most priceless treasures stolen. German police detained three men in their twenties this week and are looking for two more after an elaborate theft at the Green Vault in Dresden last year stunned the art world. Around 100 pieces of priceless treasure were stolen in November 2019 when thieves gained access to the museum, which houses one of the largest collections of masterpieces on the continent. The three German nationals – two aged 23 and another 26 – were arrested in Berlin on Tuesday morning. Police are also searching for two


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more suspects, Abdul Majed Remmo and Mohamed Remmo, twins, age 21. The Green Vault features an astounding collection of historical jewelry and precious ornaments – from shimmering bowls carved out of crystal and agate to jeweled gold figurines and goblets fashioned from gilded ostrich eggs. The collection, located inside the historic Royal Palace in Dresden, is seen as a site of national significance by many Germans. It is one of the oldest museums in the world and has attracted an array of high-profile visitors in the past. The heist prompted a manhunt last year, with two suspects spotted on surveillance footage inside the vault.

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Peru’s 3rd Pres in a Week Francisco Sagasti became Peru’s third president in under a week in an attempt to defuse the South American country’s political instability Sagasti won the position after Peru’s Congress voted to install him as Speaker by a margin of 97 to 26.

Peru currently has no president or vice president, making Sagasti the country’s leader until the upcoming elections in April.

A former engineer, professor, and World Bank executive, Sagasti now becomes Peru’s fourth president in five years and the third in this month alone. The vote came as Peru remains roiled by political strife since Congress impeached former President Martin Vizcarra over corruption charges on November 9. The decision, which was opposed by wide swaths of the electorate, sparked riots throughout Peru that


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resulted in two deaths and 100 injured. Vizcarra’s replacement, Manuel Merino, lasted only five days as Peru’s Congress refused to recognize him, resulting in the country spending 24 hours without a head of state. Sagasti alluded to the political upheaval during his somber swearing-in ceremony. “Today is not a day for celebration because we have seen the death of two young people,” Sagasti told lawmakers. “We cannot go back, bring them back to life, but we can take action from Congress, from the executive, so that this does not happen again.”

100 Ancient Coffins Discovered More than 100 perfectly preserved coffins were recently discovered in Egypt, many of which are over 2,500 years old.  The finds were discovered by archaeologists during a dig at a Pharaonic necropolis 40 kilometers south of Cairo. Forty of the statues con-

tained mummies and were covered with ancient designs in pristine condition.

Next to the coffins were a host of rare items, such as golden masks, amulets, and swords. Two figures made out of wood are said to belong to an ancient judge of the sixth dynasty. X-rays showed that the biggest mummy is a male between 5 feet 4 and 5 feet 7 inches tall who died while in his 40s. Preliminary examinations carried out by researchers dated the coffins to Ptolemaic dynasty, a Macedonian Greek royal family that ruled Egypt for 275 years during the Hellenistic Period. The coffins were opened to the public this past Saturday for the first time at the Saqqara necropolis. Antiquities experts say that the findings remain in such good condition because they belonged to wealthy

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Millions of Vaccine Doses

Israel and Pfizer have inked a deal for millions of doses of the pharmaceutical giant’s new breakthrough coronavirus vaccine. As part of the deal, Israel will receive 8 million doses of the new vaccine, enough to immunize 4 million Israelis. The amount purchased is not enough to inoculate all of Israel’s 9 million citizens, with Health Minister Yuli Edelstein acknowledging that they “will be dispensed according to a predetermined order of priorities.”  Israel will, in return, pay Pfizer a NIS 120 million advance this month and another NIS 680 million upon delivery. Pfizer will then send half a million doses of the vaccine on a monthly basis throughout 2021.  The agreement was announced by Edelstein on Friday who hailed the fact that “significant quantities” of the vaccine would reach Israel by January. However, he warned against relaxing the coronavirus restrictions in wake of the news that a vaccine is on its way.  “This is very important but as I’ve said, we must not become compla-

cent. There is no vaccine for complacency,” Edelstein said. “The Ministry of Health is making every effort to purchase different vaccines so that every citizen can get vaccinated. “But until that happens, we must follow the guidelines. We must not be complacent. “ The agreement came following intensive negotiations that included several phone conversations between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and senior Pfizer executives, including CEO Albert Bourla. While the Health Ministry had been negotiating for over two months with Pfizer, talks had broken down over a myriad of legal issues.  Reportedly, Israel had bet that the vaccine would be developed by rival Moderna, leading officials loath to commit to paying hundreds of millions to Pfizer. But after Pfizer announced the development of its new vaccine last week, officials told Israel that it would halt all negotiations unless the Jewish State made a final decision by Friday.  The company only relented after Netanyahu called Pfizer executives several times and convinced them to put Israel at the top of the list  “The conversations between us led to the removal of the final obstacles and the closing of the deal,” Netanyahu said. “This is a great day for Israel and a great day for our victory over the coronavirus.” The vaccine in question is being tested by Pfizer and Germany’s BioNtech in Germany and is based on molecular instructions that cause human cells to produce the coronavirus’ spike protein. Pfizer had announced earlier this month that the new vaccine had recorded a 90% success rate in clinical trials, well above the FDA’s minimum efficacy rate of 50%. 

Obama Slams Bibi Former President Barack Obama highlighted his ugly personal relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his upcoming memoir. In his book “A Promised Land” that was published on Tuesday, Obama took aim at what he said was the Israeli premier’s propensity to martial domestic U.S. public opinion to get his way. Describing Netanyahu as “smart, canny, tough and a gifted communicator,” Obama writes that


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Noting Netanyahu’s brilliant oratorical gifts and personal charisma, the 44th president wrote that the long-serving prime minister excelled at making other public figures feel special. For example, Netanyahu “lavished praise on him” upon meeting him at a Chicago airport in 2015 for passing “an inconsequential pro-Israel bill” in the Senate. However, Netanyahu’s belief that he was the only one capable of tackling Israel’s multitude of threats led him to justify crossing red lines, according to Obama. In the memoir, the former president said that Netanyahu’s “vision of himself as the chief defender of the Jewish people against calamity allowed him to justify almost anything that would keep him in power.” This, according to the president, included marshalling American Jewish entities to accuse Obama of anti-Semitism due to his pro-Palestinian stance. Netanyahu’s ability to paint all criticism of Israel, said Obama, successfully thwarted his push to establish a Palestinian State. For example, Obama said that Netanyahu’s reaction was “sharply negative” after being asked to approve an unprecedented settlement freeze in 2009. Despite believing that the request “was reasonable” as Israel “was the stronger party,” Obama recalled that “the White House phones started ringing off the hook” from Jewish leaders “wondering why we were picking on Israel.” “You don’t get progress on peace when the American president and the Israeli prime minister come from different political backgrounds,” Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told the president upon first taking office, advice Obama admitted to quickly agreeing with. Obama wrote that, starting in the 2008 presidential race, he suffered from a “whisper campaign” accusing him of being “insufficiently supportive – or even hostile toward – Israel.” The president also took special aim at the pro-Israel community’s

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contention that any differences between Washington and Jerusalem constituted anti-Semitism. Bashing AIPAC for reflexively taking the Jewish State’s side “even when Israel took actions that were contrary to U.S. policy,” Obama alleged that lawmakers who “criticized Israel policy too loudly risked being tagged as ‘anti-Israel’ (and possibly anti-Semitic) and [were] confronted with a well-funded opponent in the next election.”

Thank Heaven for 7-Eleven The international convenience store chain 7-Eleven may be on theirway to Israel, with company executives arriving in Israel this week to scout for potential partners. The supermarket chain, which operates about 71,000 branches in

17 different countries, is reportedly negotiating with Fox and Electra corporations regarding its expansion to the Holy Land. While 7-Eleven has attempted multiple times in the past to operate in Israel, its bid to enter the local sector is expected to materialize this time. The aforementioned companies signed a memorandum of understanding with 7-Eleven to open as many as 250 branches in the coming


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years. Unlike in the U.S., the stores will be located primarily in malls as opposed to in gas stations and roadside truck stops.

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Electra and Fox are slated to inform the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange of its partnership with the international convenience giant by the end of the month. They are also preparing a joint public relations campaign that will air starting in January. Multiple issues would need to be ironed out prior to 7-Eleven’s opening, including how to retain kosher certification. Israel’s Rabbinate forbids certified stores from operating on Shabbat; 7-Eleven mandates that all franchisees remain open 24/7. The chain, which was first founded in 1927, is active in 17 countries worldwide including the United Arab Emirates, Sweden, China, Australia, and South Korea. Many of the products the 7-Eleven line produces are kosher and a fully kosher 7-Eleven operates in Monsey. 

The New York Times reports that Israel eliminated al-Qaeda’s second in command in a high-risk operation in the heart of Tehran at the behest of the United States. Last month, U.S. officials announced that Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, known within al-Qaeda as Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was killed in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province. Follow-up reports said that his death came during a shoot-out with Afghani special forces who were raiding the terror hideout.  But The New York Times now reports that Al-Masri was killed not by Afghani troops but by Israeli agents who gunned him down on the streets of Tehran. According to the expose, which quotes four senior U.S. intel-

ligence sources, Israeli agents were dispatched to eliminate the terror leader at the request of the Trump administration. Masri’s death was reportedly the result of a joint U.S.-Israeli operation that lasted more than a year. The assassination itself went smoothly despite the enormous danger involved in operating in the heart of the Islamic Republic.  The report said that Al-Masri been closely monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies for many years ever since he killed more than 200 Americans in a series of truck bombings at the U.S. embassy in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998. Also killed in the operation was Al-Masri’s daughter, who was previously married to Hamza Bin Laden, the son of the terror organization’s infamous founder.  According to Israel’s Channel 13, Israel and the U.S. had a shared interest in eliminating Al-Masri. The arch terrorist had been on Israel’s radar ever since orchestrating a suicide bombing in Kenya in 2002 that killed three Israelis. In addition, security sources said that Al-Masri had been in the midst of planning a slew of attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets around the world prior to his elimination.  Senior U.S. intelligence officials have used Israel’s Mossad in the past to infiltrate hostile countries such as Iran and Syria. Israel is said to have an easier time penetrating unforgiving environments and has had enormous operational success in Iran.  In 2008, Mossad special forces assassinated Hezbollah’s number two Imad Mughniya in a Damascus car bombing. The killing was the result of a U.S.-Israel partnership, in which the U.S. used its considerable resources to pinpoint Mughniya’s location while Israeli agents performed the tactical work.

Fatal Factory Blast Two workers were killed and two others were injured in a suspected gas explosion at a metalwork factory in the coastal city of Ashdod. According to Hebrew-language media reports, the two workers killed were men in their 30s or 40s. Ynet reported that one was a Palestinian from the West Bank and the second man was a Turkish citizen.

Initial investigations determined that the blast occurred while workers were welding a gas tank. Pictures from the scene showed a building that appeared to be almost completely flattened as rescue workers searched for possible further casualties. Hezi Schwartzman, head of the occupational safety directorate at the Labor Ministry, told the outlet that the factory had been operating unlawfully for three years after safety deficiencies were found. “This is a fatal incident. Inspectors are at the scene with the police and emergency services. The reasons for the explosion will be fully investigated,” Schwartzman said.

Pompeo to Visit Settlement

Mike Pompeo is slated to become the first-ever U.S. Secretary of State to visit a West Bank settlement with his upcoming visit to Psagot. Located 20 minutes north of Jerusalem, the hamlet will host Pompeo during his trip to Israel next week where he will visit the Psagot winery. The Secret Service has already begun preparations in tandem with the Shin Bet internal security service to protect the U.S. official during his sojourn.  The winery had previously named a bottle after Pompeo in 2019 after he “recogniz[ed] the Jewish right to self-determination in our historical homeland”  by refusing to define Israeli settlements as illegal.  Pompeo will also tour the Golan Heights and will be taken to sensitive military bases by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a coterie of IDF generals. He will then meet Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, and Mossad head Yossi Cohen. The Palestinian Authority (PA) condemned the news that the secretary of state would pay a visit to Psagot, contending that it endangered the two-state solution. “This is a dangerous precedent that prepares


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the settlements and is a blow to international law and UN decisions,” said PA Prime Minister Mohammed Ashtayah. “Listen very carefully @ SecPompeo. There is no second term for Trump, the American people. There is no second coming for you in Palestine, the Palestinian people. There is no second chance for war criminals, @IntlCrimCourt,” tweeted PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi. The Hamas terror group also voiced opposition, saying in a statement that “the U.S. Secretary of State’s commitment to visit settlements in the West Bank and the Golan Heights represents American aggression on the rights of our Palestinian people and our Arab nation.” Pompeo’s visit is groundbreaking as past secretaries of state have consistently refused to tread on land Israel captured in 1967, viewing it illegally occupied Palestinian territory. Ambassador David Friedman broke the taboo that saw U.S. envoys refrain from visiting settlements, attending events at Ariel University and consoling terror victims in the town of Adam.  Pompeo’s scheduled trips to the

Golan Heights and the West Bank come as part of an overall policy shift under the Trump administration visa-vis Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria. While past presidents have designated Jewish construction in the aforementioned territory as illegitimate, Pompeo announced in 2019 that Israeli settlements do not violate international law. In March 2019, Pompeo played a key role in getting President Donald Trump to recognize Israel’s control of the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria during the Six Day War in 1967.  Pompeo’s Israel visit is part of a 10-day diplomatic blitz that will see him land in several European capitals, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. 

Minefields on Israel-Syrian Border The IDF recently uncovered a chain of mines that terrorist organizations surreptitiously laid on its border

with Syria. The minefield in question was found on the southern Golan Heights last Tuesday after routine patrols noticed suspicious signs of digging. The explosives were dismantled by the Engineering Corps Yahalom special operations unit. 

The IDF said that it believes that the Hezbollah terror group is responsible for placing the mines as part of its effort to establish a new front against Israel from Syrian territory. Hezbollah currently has thousands of fighters in a string of bases along the Syrian Golan Heights and is locked in a cat-and-mouse game with IDF intelligence. The minefield was close to the location in which Hezbollah militants attempted to lay IEDs in August.  During that incident, four terrorists were killed by IDF artillery fire after they were spotted crossing into Israeli territory.  A day later, work tools, explosives, and a rifle were found stashed in a clump of bushes next to the border fence. 

Music in Your Head

Headphones are ubiquitous. First developed for the Sony Walkman in 1979, they have evolved over the years to the point that a new pair can now cost hundreds of dollars. However, these headphones may soon become a thing of the past. An Israeli company wants to revolutionize the way we experience music, enabling us to listen to our favorite songs and podcasts without the need to stick devices in our ears.  Welcome to SoundBeamer 1.0, a

new device developed by Israeli tech company Noveto. The space-age technology creates a full musical experience by creating soundwaves around the user’s ears. The bubble can move with the user or stay in one place, piping in music that only he can hear without disturbing others. The technology is also able to adapt itself to surrounding noise and lower the volume as needed, enabling people to talk on the phone without turning off the music.  Noveto expects that their technology will completely change the office experience, allowing workers to participate in Zoom meetings or take phone calls while letting their colleagues play music at their leisure. The device is scheduled to hit the market by late December, and Noveto officials predict that it will change music as we know it.  “You don’t believe it because it sounds like a speaker, but no one else can hear it… It’s supporting you and you’re in the middle of everything. It’s happening around you,” SoundBeam project manager Ayana Wallwater explained.

Bibi: No Curfew

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrapped plans to implement a nationwide nightly curfew to fight the coronavirus in wake of rising opposition. Netanyahu had been advancing a plan that would have seen Israelis forbidden from leaving their homes between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. All stores would have been forced to close at 7 p.m. save for supermarkets and pharmacies, and only essential workers would have been allowed outside.  The move was intended to limit gatherings such as weddings and other social events that have been blamed for the rising infection rate since the second lockdown ended. Netanyahu backtracked on the plan, however, after the curfew was met with widespread opposition from politicians, the citizenry, and health officials.  Professor Nachman Ash, Israel’s


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new coronavirus czar, hotly opposed the move, telling Sunday’s cabinet meeting that it would have little to no effect. “There is no real effectiveness to a night curfew, and at this stage it should not be applied as a means to allow further opening,” Ash said. The Israel Police also voiced opposition, telling lawmakers that it did not have the ability to prevent all of the country’s 9 million citizens from leaving their homes every evening. Telling the assembled ministers that enforcement of the curfew would be extremely labor-intensive, Interim Israel Police Commissioner Motti Cohen noted that “without the cooperation of citizens it will be difficult to reduce morbidity.” Opposition leader Yair Lapid lampooned the proposed curfew, tweeting, “What does the virus do at 7 p.m. that it does not do at 6:30 p.m.?” Realizing that his plan had no chance of gaining cabinet approval, Netanyahu instead submitted a new proposal that would see a more relaxed curfew on cities characterized by high coronavirus infection rates. “Red” cities would be locked down entirely, while those classified as “Orange” would only have an evening curfew. 

The debate on further measures came in the midst of a worrying rise in the number of daily coronavirus infections over the past month. The Health Ministry reported on Sunday that the contagion rate has jumped to 6%, up from a low of 0.5% that was recorded after the second lockdown ended after the Sukkot holiday. The skyrocketing infection rate has renewed talk of yet another lockdown, with some ministers proposing shuttering the country over Chanukah. 

lished in East Jerusalem since Har Homa was inaugurated in 1999.   Jerusalem city officials have been pushing the government to build in Givat Hamatos for the past decade in order to alleviate the capital’s chronic housing shortage. With young families fleeing to cheaper locales, Mayors Nir Barkat and now Moshe Leon have warned that Jerusalem needs an influx of inexpensive apartments to maintain the city’s future.  However, Prime Minister

A Jewish E. Jerusalem Neighborhood Israel recently published a tender to construct thousands of housing units in the contentious East Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat Hamatos. The tender details plans for an initial 1,257 apartments to be built in the initial phase followed by an additional 2,600 units. The construction wave would make Givat Hamatos the first new Jewish neighborhood estab-

Benjamin Netanyahu has held off construction in order to placate the international community due to Givat Hamatos’ location. Located southeast of Jerusalem’s Old City, the neighborhood would cut off the Palestinian city of Bethlehem from Jerusalem, making a two-state solution all but impossible.

Right wing lawmakers hailed the tender’s publication on Sunday as a move that would both alleviate Jerusalem’s housing shortage and block a potential establishment of a Palestinian state. “This is a neighborhood in a strategic place between Beit Safafa and Hebron Road. The construction here is essential to preserve Jewish contiguity between [the neighborhoods of] Talpiyot and Gilo,” said coalition whip and Likud MK Miki Zohar. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called building in Givat Hamatos an attempt “to kill the internationally supported two-state solution.” He added that the “occupation government’s continued bidding for new settlement housing units will not change the fact that all settlements are doomed to end.” The European Union also criticized the move, with Foreign Minister Josep Borrell saying that he was “deeply worried.” In a statement, Borell contended that “any settlement construction will cause serious damage to the prospects for a viable and contiguous Palestinian State and, more broadly, to the possibility of a negotiated two-state solution.”


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Michigan Gov to Shut Oil Pipeline

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer launched an offensive against Canadian oil company Enbridge, beginning legal action to shut its pipeline under the Great Lakes. Accusing the firm of “a violation of public trust,” Whitmer’s office told Endbridge that Michigan was ending an agreement signed in 1953 that allows four miles of pipeline to pass under the Great Lakes. The oil giant has 180 days to halt operations on the pipeline before the oil flow must stop, she said. In the letter, Whitmer accused Enbridge of lackluster maintenance on the pipeline which she said made an oil spill all but inevitable. Alleging that the Canadian energy company’s environmental policies constituted “a violation of the public trust doctrine,” the governor said that only revoking the license would end the “longstanding, persistent pattern of noncompliance with easement conditions and the standard of due care.” “Enbridge has routinely refused to take action to protect our Great Lakes and the millions of Americans who depend on them for clean drinking water and good jobs,” Whitmer said. “They have repeatedly violated the terms of the 1953 easement by ignoring structural problems that put our Great Lakes and our families at risk. “Most importantly, Enbridge has imposed on the people of Michigan an unacceptable risk of a catastrophic oil spill in the Great Lakes that could devastate our economy and way of life. That’s why we’re taking action now, and why I will continue to hold accountable anyone who threatens our Great Lakes and fresh water.” Enbridge denied the allegations, maintaining that the pipeline is in

excellent condition and has never suffered an oil spill. However, the condition of the Line 5 section of pipeline has been a point of contention for years, with environmental groups alleging that it is vulnerable for a massive oil spill. Line 5 transports oil from Canada to refineries in the U.S., moving an estimated 23 million gallons a day under Lakes Huron and Erie. A leak

would potentially be catastrophic to the local environment due to the pipeline’s depth and central location. In 2018, then-Governor Rick Snyder negotiated an agreement with Enbridge in which the latter agreed to build a new pipe that is less susceptible to spills. The project remains mired in bureaucracy and has still not gotten the necessary federal permits to begin construction. 

Will Pelosi Survive as Speaker? The Democrats’ poor showing on Election Day is making it complicated for Nancy Pelosi’s bid to remain House Speaker. 


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The liberal firebrand hadn’t expected this. The polls had shown the Democrats taking the Senate and racking up gains in the House in the weeks leading up to November 3. Pelosi was seen as a shoo-in to remain the top Democratic Party lawmaker.

But rather than the predicted landslide, Democratic candidates were beaten across the United States. Instead of winning the expected 15 seats, their once-robust House majority now stands at only seven seats with many still waiting to be called. The tightening partisan map complicates things for Pelosi, who now finds herself at the center of a civil war brewing between the Dem-

ocratic Party’s centrist and progressive wings. The tension was not long in coming; a conference call between Democratic representatives deteriorated into a shouting match between candidates from the rival camps who accused each other of almost costing them the election. In a nod to the internecine strife, Pelosi fired off a missive to fellow House Democrats on Monday that appeared to endorse the view that her party had veered too far to the left. While acknowledging the need to reflect the progressive values, the veteran lawmaker stressed the need to remain “respectful of the thinking and values of all members.” “We advocate because we believe we can convince others of our point of view,” Pelosi said. “If we advocate to unify, we can prevail.” Pelosi will face her first test later this week when she stands for reelection as House Speaker. The legislator had already run into trouble after winning back the House in 2018 from a resurgent progressive caucus who launched an unsuccessful bid to prevent her from returning to the powerful position.  Since then, the aforementioned

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Your Phone Can Smell

The first recorded sound in history occurred in 1860 when French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville captured a snippet of the popular ditty “Au Clair de la Lune.” Twenty-eight years later, the first video recording was made. In today’s technologically advanced world, sending photos, recordings, and videos are routine. But despite tremendous advancements over the past century, no one has ever managed to find a way to transmit odors wirelessly.  Until now. A Weizmann Institute researcher has perfected a “smell map” that could potentially record and recreate odors on other electronic devices.   Scientists can now predict how any odor will smell by mapping out its molecular structure, creating the ability to digitize and reproduce smells on command. The potential ramifications could change the way we communicate. Florists could allow customers to sample different arrangements on their website; restaurants could find potential diners by marketing the smell of its best dishes “The challenge of plotting smells in an organized and logical manner was first proposed by Alexander Graham Bell over 100 years ago,” says Prof. Noam Sobel, a neurobiologist behind the breakthrough. “We have very many different kinds of smells, all the way from the odor of violets and roses up to asafoetida. But until you can measure their likenesses and differences, you can have no science of odor.”  “Now, I believe we’re just a few years away from tel-e-smell – tele-

phones that accurately record and recreate smells.” In a series of experiments, the team presented volunteer participants with pairs of smells and asked them to rate these smells on how similar the two seemed to one another, ranking the pairs on a similarity scale ranging from “identical” to “extremely different.” In the initial experiment, the team created 14 aromatic blends, each made of about 10 molecular components, and presented them two at a time to nearly 200 volunteers, so that by the end of the experiment each volunteer had evaluated 95 pairs. The team then concocted new scents and invited a fresh group of volunteers to smell them, again using their method to predict how this set of participants would rate the pairs – at first 14 new blends and then, in the next experiment, 100 blends. The model performed exceptionally well. In fact, the results were in the same ballpark as those for color perception – sensory information that is grounded in well-defined parameters. This was especially surprising considering each individual likely has a unique complement of smell receptor subtypes, which can vary by as much as 30% across individuals. “We have identified the physical, chemical features of smells that are meaningful for human perception. Once we have a device that will measure the properties we have identified, we can digitize the information using codes and algorithms we have already established,” said Sobel. “Having done this, we can reproduce and transmit it, like we transmit vision and sound on a range of devices today. It will be a bit like the way red, green and blue are mixed to create any color — we have 200 different molecules that we can mix to generate practically any perceptible odor.” The molecules that are needed already exist and are widely available, he added. “From this point, what we need is one machine that will be like the microphone and one that will be like the speaker,” Sobel explained. “We have very rudimentary versions of each, and the step just completed means we have the code that we’ll use to connect them. This is the culmination of 20 years’ work and it’s very exciting.”


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Despite surging coronavirus infections across the United States, almost 40% of America plans on violating social distancing restrictions during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. In a survey conducted by Ohio State University’s (OSU) Wexner Medical Center, 40% of respondents said that they will eat the traditional Thanksgiving dinner in groups with more than 10 people. Another 33% said that they will not request that other participants wear masks, while 25% replied that they would not adhere to any social distancing. Eighty percent of those surveyed said that they would not admit people into their homes who showed COVID-19 symptoms. Another 79% said that they would prefer to gather only with their immediate household.  The survey, which questioned over 2,000 people, raised concern amongst authorities who fear that wide swaths of the public will not practice social distancing despite the U.S. suffering from a increasing COVID-19 wave. According to medical experts, the Thanksgiving dinner can easily become an infection hub, with dozens of people congregating into small and crowded indoor quarters.  “We’re going to look back at what happened during this holiday season and ask ourselves, ‘Were we part of the solution or were we part of the problem?’” said Wexner Medical Center head Iahn Gonsenhauser. “When you’re gathered together around the table, engaged in conversation, sitting less than six feet apart with your masks down, even in a small group, that’s when the spread of this virus can really happen.” Cities all across the country have ramped up coronavirus restrictions in recent weeks ahead of the approaching holiday season. In New York City, those caught with more than 10 people in their household

Vaccines combatting the coronavirus are looking promising. On Monday, Moderna announced that its coronavirus vaccine is 94.5% effective against the virus, making it the second vaccine in the United States to have a stunningly high success rate. Last week, Pfizer announced that early data show its vaccine is more than 90% effective against the disease. While the two vaccines appear to have very similar safety and efficacy profiles, Moderna’s vaccine has a significant practical advantage over Pfizer’s. Pfizer’s vaccine has to be kept at minus 75 degrees Celsius – or about minus 103 degrees Fahrenheit. No other vaccine in the U.S. needs to be kept that cold; doctors’ offices and pharmacies do not have freezers that go that low. Moderna’s vaccine can be kept at minus 20 degrees Celsius, which is about minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit. Other vaccines, such as the one against chickenpox, need to be kept at that temperature. According to Dr. Tal Zacks, Moderna’s chief medical officer, that means Moderna’s vaccine can be kept in “a readily available freezer that is available in most doctors’ offices and pharmacies.” He noted, “We leverage infrastructure that already exists for other marketed vaccines.” Moderna’s vaccine can be kept refrigerated for 30 days. Pfizer’s can last only five days in the fridge. Pfizer has said it is pursuing a powder version of the vaccine, which would reduce the need for ultra-cold refrigeration while shipping and storing the vaccine.


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The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft that launched from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center with four astronauts on board on Sunday night safely docked with the International Space Station on Monday night. The spacecraft glided toward the station, closing the gap before latching onto a port on the ISS’s center module. The spacecraft and the ISS were traveling at roughly the same speed – more than 17,000 miles per hour, the speed necessary to keep objects orbiting the Earth. The astronauts – Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker with NASA, and Soichi Noguchi, an astronaut with Japan’s space agency – emerged beaming from the capsule about two hours later after a series of checks were performed to ensure that the spacecraft and the ISS had an air-tight seal. They had been on the capsule for roughly more than 30 hours. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russia’s Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov were already onboard the ISS. They arrived last month on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The safe docking marks the end of the first leg of a landmark mission for NASA and SpaceX, which have been working together for a decade to return human spaceflight capabilities to the United States and ensure the multibillion-dollar ISS stays fully staffed. As many as 13 astronauts were on board at one time in 2009. But that number has occasionally dropped to as low as three, which leaves fewer people to help run experiments and help keep the space station well maintained, according to NASA. This also marks the first fully operational crewed mission for SpaceX, following up a test mission in May that carried NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken, both test pilots, to the space station for a brief stay.

This week, Joe Biden announced the appointment of nine White House aides, including counselors and senior advisers. Jen O’Malley Dillon, Biden’s campaign manager, will become deputy chief of staff. She is the second woman (after Kellyanne Conway) to have led a successful presidential campaign. Steve Ricchetti, a longtime Biden adviser and lobbyist, will become counselor to the president. He was Biden’s chief of staff during his second term as vice president and was deputy chief of staff for operations for former President Bill Clinton. Ricchetti’s lobbying firm  represented groups including the American Hospital Association, Health Insurance Association of America, drugmakers such as Eli Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer and Sanofi-Aventis, General Motors and communications firms such as AT&T and Nextel. Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, who was national co-chairman of Biden’s campaign, will become senior adviser to the president and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. He had served on the Ways and Means Committee, which deals with taxes, trade deals, Social Security and Medicare. He previously served as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Mike Donilon, chief strategist for the campaign, will become a senior adviser to the president. During the campaign, he oversaw television advertising, speechwriting and polling. He had also served as counselor to Biden when he was vice president. Dana Remus, the campaign’s general counsel, will become counsel to the president. Biden had already named Ron


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Klain as chief of staff last week. Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon will become chief of staff to first lady Jill Biden. Pantaleon, who is a partner at the law firm of Winston & Strawn, had served as U.S. ambassador to Uruguay and as deputy assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere in the U.S. Department of State. Anthony Bernal will become senior adviser to Jill Biden. He had served as her deputy campaign manager and chief of staff during the campaign, after working for the family for more than a decade.

Bird Bonanza History was made on Sunday when a Belgium racing pigeon was sold at an auction for an eye-popping $1.9 million. The sale set a new world record for the highest price ever fetched for a racing bird, shattering the previ-

ous high of 1.25 million euros for a bird named Armando that was sold for in 2020. Two-year-old New Kim had begun the sale at only 200 euro but quickly spiraled into an all-out bidding war. By 90 minutes into the auction, the price surpassed 1.31 million euro and nearly topped 2 million before a pair of wealthy Chinese businessmen won the bird for the record price. They must be proud as a peacock for winning the bid.

“These record prices are unbelievable because this is a female. Armando was a male. Usually a male is worth more than a female because it can produce more offspring,” said Pipa auction house head Nikolaas Gyselbrecht, who oversaw the bid. “I believe it’s a world record. There has never been an officially documented sale at such a price,”

Gyselbrecht added. “I didn’t think we could reach that amount.” New Kim had won dozens of international racing competitions before retiring in 2018 and took home the title of “Ace Pigeon Grand National Middle Distance.” Racing pigeons are seen as especially valuable after retiring due to their ability to breed until the age of 10. Belgium is seen as the world’s pigeon racing capital, with the country home to over 20,000 breeders for racing birds. The sport’s popularity has boomed in recent years due to increasing interest from Asian and Middle East countries, especially China and Saudi Arabia. 

world-class arts institutions, and a per-capita income that’s 14% higher than the national average. According to Nelson Peacock, president and CEO of the Northwest Arkansas Council, there are more than 10,000 job openings and a shortage of people to fill the STEAM positions. And $10,000 goes a lot farther in Arkansas than it does in New York.

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Looking for a place to go that’s a bit slower-paced and cheaper than New York City? You may want to consider Northwest Arkansas. A new initiative is luring new residents to the region by offering them $10,000 to move there. Money not enough to entice you to head to the south-central state? They’re also throwing in a street bike or mountain bike to sweeten the deal. Turns out that there are 162 miles of paved trails and 322 miles of mountain biking trails in the area. Oh, and if you’re not a biker, you can opt for an annual membership to one of the local cultural institutions instead, like the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Northwest Arkansas is already rated as one of the best places to live in the U.S. thanks to its low cost of living, outdoor activities,

Love hot sauce? Have too much on your hands this season? Cholula Hot Sauce is looking to make your meals more sanitary. The food company has developed what it claims to be “the world’s first handsfree hot sauce dispenser.” The item, which was developed in partnership with SimpleHuman, was originally envisioned for use at restaurants as a “safe and sanitary” alternative to bottles that dine-in customers would find at a saucing station, or on tables, to share between themselves. Wave your hand over the nozzle to activate the dispensing mechanism and enjoy the “best saucing experience,” according to Cholula. Need a hands-free way to get your favorite condiment onto your dinner plate? Cholula is offering the devices to the public for a short time. Priced at $130, each purchase comes with a half-gallon of Cholula Original, although we don’t take responsibility for the kashrus of the product. In the meantime, germ-wary Cholula fans itching to get their hands on a “safe and sanitary” dispenser will simply have to take extra precautions when sharing any com-

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Love masks so much that you want to have one in your hand all the time? Israeli shoe designer Kobi Levi has the answer. Known for his outlandish, quirky creations – from banana peel shoes and chewing gum booties to flamingo stilettos and optical illusion boots – Levi created the Face It Handbag, which looks like an oversized blue disposable mask. The bag retails for $265. “Everyone has masks on now when you’re out on the street,” said Levi. “Some people hold the masks on their arms [while not wearing then] and when they hold it like that, I said, ‘Wait a minute… it looks like a tiny little bag.’” Continuing on the coronavirus theme, Levi has also debuted a $800 purse called the Lock Down Handbag. The leather satchel looks like an oversized combination lock. “We were in lockdown all the time, everything was closed, it was horrible,” said Levi recalling the lockdown period. “But for me, the lockdown was like a door opening to inspiration.” Levi said he himself is still in denial about masks being considered a new accessory, and continues using the disposable ones because he’s hoping they won’t be needed for much longer. “I hope the bags will just be for the memories,” said Levi. “We have to take this whole thing in proportion. It’s annoying and affects us but we have to laugh at it and deal with it.” Like making expensive, outlandish handbags.

The kakapo, the world’s heaviest parrot, is now New Zealand’s Bird of the Year. The fat, flightless, nocturnal fowl stunned the country as its victory took flight. It is the first bird to win the contest for the second time, snatching victory thanks to the competition’s unique and convoluted voting system, having lost the outright popular vote to the Antipodean albatross. “In a stunning upset the kākāpō swoops in from behind to claw the title of #BirdOfTheYear 2020 away from competition front-runner,” Forest & Bird, the environmental group that organizes the annual contest, announced. This competition is not for the bird-brained. It generally turns heated, as politicians, celebrities and online groups endorse their preferred creatures. But this year’s event had people calling foul after organizers detected that more than 1,500 fraudulent votes, cast using fake email addresses traced back to the same IP address, briefly pushed the little spotted kiwi to the top of the leaderboard. Ultimately, the kakapo flew out on top. The bird had won the award in 2008. More than 55,000 people voted in the competition, which is ostensibly used to highlight the plight of New Zealand’s endangered bird species but frequently leads to partially tongue-in-cheek tussles between campaigns and attempts at vote-rigging. The winning kakapo has an interesting scent. “It’s like its feathers have been dipped in a musky array of essential oils that could come straight from a Middle Eastern perfumier,” the competition’s website wrote. Sounds scent-sational.


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Community Saluting Our Veterans

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eterans Day has a special place in Shulamith students’ hearts. It is easy to take for granted our blessings and freedoms – and our First Amendment rights, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press. In the United States, we are very blessed, and we, at Shulamith, took the opportunity last week to recognize the local individuals who have helped protect America and keep us free.

Prep for the special day began with lessons about the history of Veterans Day. In Mrs. Levines third grade class, the students learned all about the five military branches and asked many questions as they wrote letters to veterans in our community. One special letter that stands out said, “Dear American Veteran, I am a third grader at Shulamith School for Girls. We learned that veterans protected our country. Thank you for protecting our liberty. Veterans are our heroes. Thank you for your service.” Mrs. Weiss’s third grade class

wrote beautiful letters as well, and the girls had the opportunity to present them to American Legion Mr. Syd Mandelbaum on Thursday, November 12. Mr. Mandlebaum is the founder of Rock and Wrap, a fabulous organization that combats poverty and other issues he recognizes within the community and among his fellow veterans. He

spoke to students in grades 3 and 4 about giving to others and paying forward the kindness. Many of the students shared their thoughts and stories with Mr. Mandlebaum reflecting on his vital message of seeing Yad Hashem in our lives and emulating Hashem’s chessed through our actions. Wearing masks printed with the

American flag, the students in the Shulamith’s Lower Division put together a beautiful video of American songs and wishes of gratitude to send to veterans across Long Island. Hakarat hatov, giving thanks and recognizing gratitude, is a key lesson we instill in Shulamith from Early Childhood through twelfth grade.   


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Hevron Came to You on Shabbat Chayei Sarah

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very year, Jews from all over the world arrive in Hevron to celebrate Shabbat Chayei Sarah together. On this Shabbat, we read Parshat Chayei Sarah, in which the purchase of Mearat HaMachpelah by Avraham Avinu is told. The acquisition of Mearat HaMachpelah is the most famous real estate purchase in the history of mankind. It is of far-reaching significance as it represents the first purchase of land by Jews in Eretz Yisrael. As a token of gratitude and appreciation, the management of Yeshiva Shavei Hevron invites its loyal friends and supporters to spend Shabbat Chayei Sarah with the students in Hevron every year. The guests, arriving from all over the world, enjoy excellent hospitality and the unique atmosphere of Shabbat Chayei Sarah in Hevron, in general, and at the yeshiva, in particular. The entire hospitality project is executed by the students of the yeshiva:  they leave their dorm rooms

to make them available for the many guests, handle the logistics, kitchen procedures, dining room services, sanitation and more. Yeshiva Shavei Hevron is located at the heart of the Jewish quarter; its home is the Romano Estate, the most prominent property of the Jewish community of Hevron in the past 150 years. Founded in 1982 with only 10 students, the Yeshiva has become one of the leading Dati-Leumi Yeshivot in Israel today. Presently, it has a student body of 350. Three-thousand graduates have passed through its doors over the years. Its educational approach is to inspire in-depth Torah Learning, love of Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael, loyalty to the State of Israel, and meaningful service in the IDF. Additionally, students are taught to view themselves as emissaries for the sake of Am Yisrael and encouraged to exhibit Mesirut Nefesh. This year, there would be no preparations for guests at Yeshiva for Shabbat Chayei

Sarah. COVID-19 dictated that no one would be able to come to Hevron. It made everybody quite sad: the management of the Yeshiva, the students and – more than anyone – the friends and supporters who would not be able to visit Hevron this year. The management of the Yeshiva and a small group of devoted supporters from the United States decided to bring Hevron and Mearat HaMachpelah into Jewish homes around the world through a live broadcast last week. The live broadcast was the highlight of a 36-

hour fundraising campaign that was guided by the slogan: Hevron Is Coming To You! The aim was to bring a taste of the special atmosphere of Shabbat Chayei Sarah in Hevron to all those longing to experience it. The campaign was needed in order to cover the decline in income from donations that the Yeshiva suffered due to the coronavirus. The campaign went smoothly and ended successfully thanks to the dedication of loyal friends and supporters, who joined in the effort and volunteered to become team leaders. They reached out to friends and family and encouraged them to make donations. The live broadcast was hosted by Nachum Segal, a dear friend of Hevron. His professionalism and enthusiasm, combined with interesting stories and interviews, inspired the viewers. Special permission was attained for entrance to Ulam Yitzchak in Mearat HaMachpela in order to hold special prayers in the middle of the night. The Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Hananel Etrog, offered three tefillot: for safety and peace in Israel, for the safety of the soldiers of the IDF, and for good health and peace throughout the world. The broadcast then moved from Mea-

rat HaMachpela to Yeshiva Shavei Hevron, where the students danced cheerfully to the music of Shlomo Katz. Thousands around the world watched the live broadcast and reacted emotionally and joined the dancing of the students of Yeshiva Shavei Hevron in their living rooms.  Hundreds of warm-hearted Torah-loving Jews opened their hearts and donated generously. No one visited Hevron this year for Shabbat Chayei Sarah.  However, through the broadcast, we were all together. Hevron came to you! The campaign and the live broadcast taught us that thousands of Jews throughout the world are strongly connected to Hevron, Mearat HaMachpelah and Yeshiva Shavei Hevron. The campaign created an even stronger bond between those who are here as emissaries in Hevron and those who are living abroad. The experience reinforced the recognition of the students of the importance of being messengers for Am Yisrael in Hevron. They carry on the legacy of our Avot through their Torah Learning and learn on behalf of Am Yisrael throughout the world. Those who live abroad experienced a deepening of their bond to Hevron and an increased recognition of their responsibility to provide the tools, support and means to allow for the continued spread of Torah from the City of Our Forefathers, Hevron. Next year, in Hevron! For further information about Yeshiva Shavei Hevron, contact: Sherry at sherry@shaveihevron.org; 972528993267 To donate, go to: https:// shaveihevron.org/en/donation/


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Question and answers with SBA Loan Group founder Yankie Markowitz Who has to sign for an SBA loan? Any 20% owner of the business entity applying for the loan or of any entity that will use the loan funds must sign a personal guarantee. How long does the process take to get an SBA loan? On average, the process takes about 8 weeks from submitting the whole loan package to us, however, many of our loans close more quickly.   What is the main documentation needed? • Latest 3 years business tax returns; • Latest 3 years personal tax returns;  • Interim Þnancials (Year-to-date P&L and Balance sheet); • Debt Schedule matching the YTD Balance Sheet;  • Personal Financial Statement.    So why do SBA loans have a reputation as taking a very long time and requiring crazy amounts of paperwork? Because the SBA has an afÞliation rule. If any 20% owner of the subject business also owns 20% or more of another business, the other business is referred to as an ÒAfÞliateÓ. When this is the case, we must submit the same documents for the AfÞliate as for the business requesting the loan. This makes the packaging more complicated. Additionally, the debt shown on the balance sheet must match the debt schedule and the UCC database. Many times, these do not line-up and it requires time and effort to correct items and provide accurate information. If these actions are not addressed upfront, this mismatch will cause applications to go sideways while in process and this lengthens the process because of the delays caused. Reviewing it upfront to address these issues saves time in getting to closing because the bank does not feel surprised and is evaluating one comprehensive and accurate loan application as opposed to piecing things together from an incomplete SBA application.   How do you determine how much I could borrow? The bank will decide based on global cash ßow, collateral and credit history. Global cash ßow takes into account the cash ßow generated by the business along with personal wage income and the cash ßow associated with afÞliates and real estate investments. It also accounts for all business debts, personal debts, taxes, afÞliate debt and real estate investment debt. The bank then reviews all of this while also accounting for personal living expenses and determines what global debt service is today and what it would be once a new loan is included. Repayment ability based on global cash ßow is referred to as the primary repayment assessment. Many times, the small business will show the ability to repay the loan, but, once the monthly debt payments for the owners real estate, afÞliates, or other investments are included, the global cash ßow does not show an ability to repay the new loan. In other cases, the collateral is not sufÞcient for the bank or there are items on the personal or business credit reports that are negative and the bank is not comfortable, or, is only comfortable with a lower loan amount.   Could you explain that a little more? Yes. If we assume that someone shows that they made $500,000 on the last tax return, then after paying the IRS 35% and taking $200,000 to live on (assuming he is just taking distributions) and taking in to account the principal debt payments on the business, then from the original $500K, from a global cash ßow perspective, this applicant does not have a lot of excess cash ßow available to repay a new loan. In other words, the global cash ßow analysis is very speciÞc to the individual business and the ownerÕs personal needs, so please call us to determine your cash ßow. 

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A Successful Start

The HALB Zoom Challah Bake hosted by Mozelle Goldstein was a success

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xciting things have been happening at the 1-2 grade CAHAL class at Yeshiva of South Shore. Mrs. Riva Ratner always starts things off with the boys singing their calendar routine as they transition from Hebrew to the English half of the day. The boys are easily able to identify the days of the week and the months of the year. Afterwards, each boy takes a turn graphing the weather as well as counting the days of school in various ways. They are eagerly awaiting the 100 days of school celebration. The class behavior plan has been working nicely. The boys earn points/ pennies as they behave appropriately and focus on their work. They practice their math skills by adding their points and pennies to buy prizes from the class store every Friday. In reading groups, each group is working at its own pace while building its sight word vocabulary. Some groups are mastering their phonemic awareness skills blending short vowel words

A Spin on the Shabbos Project using different songs and handson methods, while other groups are working in their readers. In math, the first graders are practicing their addition and subtractions skills using different hands-on manipulatives and modalities. The second graders are becoming masters in place value. They can write numbers in expanded, standard, word and block form. They can also identify numbers into the hundreds place. The boys are great detectives and have become experts at breaking apart word problems and identifying the key words. In ELA, they have been working on proper sentence structure, punctuation and writing one paragraph. The boys enjoyed writing about their favorite fall activities and going on a fall walk. In social studies, they learned all about election day and the election process. The class is having a very successful start to the school year.

Central Commemorates

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he Jewish world lost two Torah giants last weekend, Rav Dovid Feinstein, zt”l, and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, zt”l. On Monday, Central commemorated their legacies with a program led by Mrs. Hadassah Frankel. Rabbi Zvi Lew spoke about Rav Feinstein’s humility and shared photos submitted by Rav Feinstein’s niece, Mrs. Russi Fried, and senior Rebecca Mermelstein spoke about her personal connection with him and his Rebbetzin as a member of the Lower East Side community. Ms. Bracha Rutner then spoke about Rabbi Lord Sacks, and the

program concluded with Tehillim in memory of both rabbanim. Later on in the day, three students from Rabbi Joshua Strulowitz’s senior History of the Holocaust class, Shana Furman, Eliana Sicklick, and Rebecca Silvera, led the school in a mini-Zoom assembly to commemorate Kristallnacht, which happened on November 9-10, 1938. The students recounted the events and consequences of this terrible event, showing pictures and video along the way to help the rest of the Central community understand and internalize the impact of Kristallnacht on the Jewish people.

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an Chamesh, Chabad’s Early Childhood Center, was inspired by the worldwide Shabbos Project to engage students in an exciting and creative challah cover making workshop. The workshop and the Shabbos Project coincided with the students learning about Sara Imeinu and the magical challahs she baked each week, in Parshas Chayei Sara. The children

learned that Shabbos is our most special day and is a gift from Hashem. They made colorful cloth masterpieces to enhance their Shabbos tables and to highlight the challahs. The workshop provided an opportunity for the children to beautify the mitzvah of keeping Shabbos. They were extremely proud of their creations. Thank you, Hashem, for Shabbos!


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Sen. Kaminsky Honors Veteran and Woodmere Resident

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ast week, Senator Todd Kaminsky inducted World War II veteran and Woodmere resident Max Marcus, Petty Officer, Third Class into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame, recognizing him for his honorable and selfless service to the nation and his

fellow veterans. Senator Kaminsky honored Mr. Marcus in a socially-distant private ceremony at the Marcus home in the presence of immediate family. “On this Veterans Day, I’m especially thankful to have the opportunity to honor Petty Officer Max

Marcus for his brave service during the Second World War,” said Senator Todd Kaminsky. “We all owe Max our gratitude for his service to our country, along with his commitment to freedom and family, which is why I’m proud to have nominated him as our district’s inductee to the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame. I hope this recognition brings him and his family pride for generations to come.” The New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. It is a chance for the Senate to honor the heroic New Yorkers, to whom we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude. Max Marcus grew up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He had always felt a sense of duty and appreciation for his country, and hoped that one day he would be able to leave his mark on the world.  After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he knew that this was the moment that would define his life. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943, at 19 years old, and left the only city he had ever known to complete basic training in Sampson, New York. Mr. Marcus assumed that he would be sent to the European front, where many of his enlisted friends were going, but instead he headed to North Africa.  When he arrived at the North African front, he was assigned to the amphibious division and would

transport soldiers from ships to the shore where they would engage with the enemy. This specialized unit played a crucial role in the African campaign, with so many engagements occurring on the shores of Morocco and Tunisia. Max would help navigate LCMs (Landing Craft Mechanized) boats, and would transport 50 soldiers at a time from larger ships to the shores and engage in combat. With the North African campaign slowing down, the focus shifted to the European front. After numerous missions, Max shipped out to the European front and fought in the invasion of Italy. He was an instrumental part of the historic campaign, Operation Avalanche, where the Allies landed near the port of Salerno under the guidance of fourstar general Mark W. Clarke. A main objective of the campaign was to seize the port of Naples to ensure resupply and to cut across to the east coast, trapping the Axis troops further south.  He was part of the second wave and did the same job of transporting troops from ships to the shore where they engaged the enemy. It was for his actions here that he received the Combat Action Ribbon, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Honorable discharge button and the Honorable Service Medal.   In total, Max spent over two years overseas and was discharged in 1946.


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SHS Open House

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hulamith High School’s Open House was a smashing success! Planning an open house in the middle of a pandemic was not easy and required the input and creativity by the whole SHS team – students, faculty, and administration pooled ideas to create a safe way to show the incredible education, opportunities, and positive energy that SHS offers. Eighth grade families reserved a spot for the SHS Open House Pre-Party the afternoon of the virtual Open House. Students and faculty, decked in SHS Proud sweatshirts, welcomed eighth graders and parents with a swag bag, a personalized letter from the incredible G.O., and snacks for the evening virtual event. The gym vibe mimicked SHS – joyous and welcoming. Director of Student Activities Esty Munk MCed the event, pointing out exciting booths, announcing different opportunities, and keeping the energy level high. Decorated booths displayed all the different co-curricular options, including athletics, arts, advocacy, STEAM, and much more. Student representatives

stood by each booth to speak with families and answer questions. The back wall displayed a black idea board with the question, “Hopes for High School,” where people wrote their hopes using neon markers. “Becoming captain of the softball team,” “making new friends,” “having good relationships with teachers,” and “earning 90s in math” were included in the dozens of responses. With all the smiling, dancing, music, and extracurricular activity information, applicants got a glimpse into the world of SHS. Afterwards, faculty members were treated to a Superbowl themed watch party, coming together to watch the evening the SHS team had prepared for. Principal Mrs. Sara Munk opened the night, highlighting the many aspects of what makes Shulamith unique. Talking about student-centered learning, Mrs. Munk spoke of how teachers act as facilitators as students take ownership of their learning. Encouraging independence and leadership, Shulamith both supports and pushes students to reach their true potential.

Afterwards, senior Talia Ben-Simhon came up to the podium to speak on her experience, how Shulamith gave her confidence to explore subjects and activities she never thought she could or would. Never realizing she liked art, Talia Ben-Simhon has excelled in the art program and was the recipient of a national award in 2019. The Open House video showcased clips from this school year, including Freshman Retreat, Senior Getaway, classes, and a glimpse into life at SHS. A live student panel, moderated by Esty Munk, was held, with questions from eighth graders at home. Students answered questions regarding classes, tests, and sports teams. Afterward, a live parent panel allowed parents at home to have their questions an-

swered, with both SHS parents and students answering. Finally, families had a chance to peruse short videos featuring various teachers discussing their subjects, more specifically, the “why” and “how” their subject is taught. Though executing an Open House in such chaotic times was challenging, Mrs. Evie Hoffman, Director of Admissions, and the admissions team, as well as students, faculty, and administration, succeeded in giving applicants the opportunity to see a little of what makes SHS so incredibly special. Please log on to www.shsopenhouse.com to watch our virtual open house and explore our mini teacher videos!


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Professional Development Day at HALB allowed staff the opportunity to grow, learn, and collaborate with one another

A Conversation with Rabbi Dov Keilson Author of Open Your Eyes: Seeing Hashem Everywhere

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irst things first, can you tell us a little about Shaar HeBechinah? What exactly is “bechinah”? RDK: Bechinah means to observe, reflect, and look into. It shares a root with the “bechinah” that students take in yeshivah, designed to help observe how well they are doing in their studies. The “bechinah” that this sefer is speaking about is our obligation to look into and observe Hashem’s Hand in all of creation. The perek in Chovos HaLevavos called Shaar HaBechinah is an in-depth analysis of this world through the eyes of the Chovos HaLevavos himself. The sefer is based on teachings of Rav Avigdor Miller, zt’l.

What was his connection with Shaar HaBechinah? RDK: Rav Avigdor Miller spoke about this perek all his life. He said that its teachings were the greatest inspiration for his own personal avodas Hashem. Not only did he speak about it in almost every one of his 2,500 recorded lectures, he also wrote about it at length in many of his sefarim. What happens to us when we learn to “open our eyes” to Hashem’s presence? RDK: When a person begins to follow the path of bechinah, it is life-changing in many, many ways. Among them, it brings a true sense of happiness and gratitude as one

begins to truly focus on the endless good Hashem is bestowing upon him. It also brings a person to have a real and personal relationship with his Creator. The second part of the book looks at so many different aspects of our world – from the amazing human body to animals to the food chain – finding Hashem’s greatness and presence throughout. How did you go about researching this fascinating section? RDK: The material in the second section of the sefer is collected from many different sources, but mostly from the Chovos HaLevavos himself, and from the seforim that Rav

Miller wrote on the subject. It also includes many of the things he spoke about often in his lectures, as well as many observations of my own.

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ever an agency to sit back and rest on its proverbial laurels, Shalom Task Force has spent the past months creating new programs. Using COVID restrictions to their advantage, STF has been running online workshops and webinars on a wide variety of topics for audiences from across the globe. The common themes in all these workshops is creating support for and awareness of domestic violence and providing education about healthy relationships. This past month saw two events from the Education Department, both focusing on the creation of healthy marriages. On October 26, at 8:00 p.m., Shalom Task Force presented its re-

nowned Shalom Workshop for kallah teachers. Together with Core, an organization that provides a network of support and trained Torah-based guidance for today’s women, so that they, their homes and their communities can truly flourish, we reached an international audience of over 150 kallah teachers from Australia, England, France, South America, Israel, Canada, Mexico, and numerous states across the U.S. The focus of the session was to impart understanding of relationship dynamics, as well as ideas of how to help couples navigate communication, conflict, and relationship challenges with conceptual frameworks and concrete exercises. The workshop was presented by

Yeshaya Kraus, LCSW, STF’s Community Engagement and Education Manager and director of the Shalom Workshop program. The following week, Mr. Kraus joined with Avital Levin, LMSW, STF’s Director of Education, and hosted “More Dating Goals,” the demanded follow up session to their popular “Dating Goals” webinars from June. Over 300 participants tuned in to hear their answers to 10 frequently asked dating questions, including: How do I bring up something I am embarrassed of? How important is attraction? Can I ask someone to change something about themselves? What if my family or friends don’t like the person?

There’s more to come! The world may be running very differently than it did eight months ago, but for Shalom Task Force, it’s still business as usual. We remain committed to providing support, education, and guidance to make our relationships safer, healthier, and more fulfilling to be part of. Shalom Task Force has been offering support and education to the Jewish community for the last 27 years. Our education department reached over 7,000 community members during the 2019-2020 school year. If you would like to request a workshop, please visit shalomtaskforce.org/education.


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In Morah Caryn and Morah Sharona’s Nursery Bet class at HANC ECC West Hempstead, we celebrated Yechiel’s birthday party. We were very fortunate to have as our “guests” not only Yechiel’s parents, but his grandparents as well, who were able to Zoom from Israel to join the fun.

Mrs. Eckstein’s first grade students at Yeshiva Darchei Torah celebrated the culmination of their Eric Carle author study

Rise Up Red Zone Launched to Support Struggling Local Businesses By Sandy Eller

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he financial impact of the pandemic has left its devastating mark on small businesses everywhere, with countless people seeing their life’s work decimated by lingering lockdowns. That impact has been profoundly greater in New York’s red zones, where small businesses deemed non-essential by Governor Andrew Cuomo were gasping for breath after being closed for months last spring, only to find themselves at the center of a second shutdown this fall that lasted an additional four and a half weeks. Enter the Rise Up Red Zone initiative launched by Flatbush Community Coalition Co-Founder Chaskel Bennett under the banner of the #WhoWeAre Network as a grassroots movement to support local businesses in areas that had been designated as red zones. Bennett said that he has spent numerous hours listening to small business owners who have tearfully recounted their struggles to make ends meet. “I know their stories because they have called me for help,” said Ben-

nett. “They are men and women of all ages, from all backgrounds, with different life circumstances, but despite their diversity their stories are the same – they are honest, hardworking people, who have invested blood, sweat and tears to build businesses that would provide for their families. But to be perfectly honest, many aren’t sure that they are going to be able to make it and I can tell you one thing, they can’t do it alone.” Since its creation just days ago, communal organizations including the FJCC, BPJCC, Queens Jewish Alliance and JCCRP, representing the Flatbush, Kew Gardens Hills, Boro Park, Monsey and Far Rockaway/Five Towns communities, have joined together in a united effort to urge the larger Jewish community to shop local. Far Rockaway activist Pesach Osina said, “We are asking shoppers to remember their local businesses as the Chanukah buying season gets underway. It is essential to their survival.” Kidichic owner Galit Winer, who has several stores that were subjected to the protracted lockdowns, noted that stores that had to close because

of the lockdowns faced a painful ripple effect, one that potentially affected their landlords, employees, and other community members. Having experienced the financial realities of the lockdown as a small business owner, Winer emphasized the importance of shopping locally in order to help stores stay afloat. “We are all in survival mode,” said Winer. “We want to pay our bills and we are asking people to please support local businesses. Go buy that measuring cup in a local store or pick up that pair of socks or kippah your son needs – even small purchases make a difference and especially now with Chanukah coming up and people buying clothing, gifts and other items, we really need our people and then some to support us.” Brooklyn Councilman Chaim Deutsch has used social media to highlight the plight of small business owners in the local area over the past several weeks. He applauded Rise Up Red Zone for its efforts to promote and strengthen local commerce and called on the public to spend their dollars not on Amazon but in local stores, calling them the lifeblood of our community. “Please go out and

support our small businesses,” said Deutsch. “They have been suffering for way too long and now it’s time for them to recoup those losses.” Shopping locally also brings with it the opportunity to help friends, neighbors and relatives through what has been an unusually difficult time, noted Boro Park Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein. “We are all in this together and at the end of the day, when our local small businesses thrive, our community thrives,” said Eichenstein. “We need to look out for each other and be there for each other.” Queens Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal concurred on the importance of the Rise Up Red Zone concept. “Months of changing guidelines and closures have created an uncertain future for many of our small businesses. Our local stores have gone above and beyond to create a safe shopping experience for the community. Now it’s up to us to show our support by shopping local. I’m grateful to Sorolle Idels of the Queens Jewish Alliance and all the community groups for advancing this vital initiative.”


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TA’s Open House went virtual this year, and participants could feel the yeshiva’s signature warmth, energy, and excitement through their screens, and even their front doors, as they were welcomed into MTA’s home from the comfort of their own homes. Prior to the event, attendees were surprised with visits from MTA rebbeim, faculty members, administrators, and parents, who personally delivered a special Open House gift bag to each registered family and took the opportunity to get to know them. Throughout the Open House, eighth graders discovered how they can choose their own journeys at MTA, which offers talmidim a small, warm, family feel as well as endless opportunities to pursue their passions and expand their high school experience. They also explored the yeshiva’s strong Torah, academic, and extra-curricular programs and learned more about what makes MTA so special, including the rebbe-talmid relationship, leadership opportunities, location on the Yeshi-

va University campus, experiential learning, unique programs, and lifelong friendships. The interactive and engaging sessions allowed eighth grade families to hear directly from a variety of rebbeim, faculty members, administrators, parents, and talmidim. Participants reflected the many geographic locations that make up the MTA community and hailed from Monsey, Riverdale, Queens, Manhattan, West Hempstead, and Brooklyn to Highland Park, Passaic, Teaneck, Bergenfield, and Elizabeth, as well as several other states and countries. The achdus, ruach, and the warmth of the MTA community were truly palpable and MTA’s rebbeim, faculty, and talmidim look forward to spending more time getting to know eighth grade families over the next few months. Prospective families are encouraged to visit yuhsb.org/apply to submit an application from now through December 15. Questions? Contact Rabbi Yoni Stone, Director of Admissions, at ystone@yuhsb.org or 646-592-6101.

The Town of Hempstead distributed PPE materials to the Village of Lawrence. Seen here are Hempstead Councilman Bruce Blakeman and Village of Lawrence Mayor Alex H. Edelman with materials, containing masks, shields, sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, thermometers and gloves. 

A talmid is seen here utilizing the SmartBoard recently installed at Yeshiva Darchei Torah’s S.T.E.M. Lab. The SmartBoard was sponsored by the Yeshiva’s Women’s League. The newlycompleted, state-of-theart S.T.E.M. center was built with the help of the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE).


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MTA Athletics are Back

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TA is excited to announce the official start of its 20202021 athletics program. Varsity and JV basketball and hockey tryouts were held on the week of November 9, and talmidim were thrilled to return to the courts. “During this difficult time, we are doing everything we can to provide outlets for our boys which are meaningful, fun, and of course, safe. All tryouts and practices will be run under the guidance and with the approval of our Medical Director,” shared MTA Athletic Director Rabbi Evan Genachowski. “We feel strongly that being on a team has incredible value. The opportunity to come together, to grow both individually and as a group, as athletes and people with proper middos, is something that we feel is important for our talmidim, no matter what the season ends up looking like.” Once tryouts are complete and teams are confirmed, MTA plans to hold a regular regimen of practices and drills for all teams to help athletes keep their skills sharp.

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he children at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County took pride in joining with thousands of other Jews across the world in the Shabbos Project last week. We started out the week discussing why Shabbos is so special to all of us.  The children shared beautiful answers!  The teachers reviewed the importance of giving to those people who may not be as fortunate and need supplies to provide food for their family for Shabbos. The children decided that it would be a great

mitzvah to bring in their favorite Shabbos treat which we then donated to the West Hempstead food pantry.  We were so proud of all of the children for their great participation in this mitzvah.  On Friday, the smell of freshly baked challah rolls decorated with colored sprinkles permeated the building.  The children really enjoyed their own baked challah roll at their weekly Shabbos party covered by the magnificent challah covers that they crafted and later brought home to use at their family’s Shabbos table.   

DRS Open House Goes Virtual

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ow does a school create the experience of an open house for prospective students, without being able to bring parents and students to the school building? Simple: Bring the building to them! Despite this complicated nature of the pandemic, the DRS Yeshiva High School for Boys provided a full meaningful and informative open house experience to the homes of over 170 prospective students with their Virtual Campus Tour, which took place this past Motzei Shabbat. At 8:00 p.m., families were able to log on to dropenhouse.com (still available for all to see) and journey through a 3-D rendering of the DRS building. The fully immersive virtual experience, used hundreds of 360-degree panoramic

images allowing viewers to visit the school’s stunning Beit Medrash, gymnasium, classrooms, library, outdoor basketball court, science lab, and more. Throughout the tour, viewers clicked on buttons which, when pressed, launched videos, photos, and text to further educate and optimize the experience for prospective parents. Upon entering the building, attendees were greeted by videos of DRS Menahel, Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky, and General Studies Principal Dr. Hillel Broder, welcoming visitors, as well as an exciting opening video highlighting the DRS experience. Over 40 videos throughout the virtual tour had students, faculty members, and DRS parents speaking about various aspects of DRS, from the Judaic Studies curriculum, rigorous general stud-

ies curriculum, plethora of extra-curricular offerings, extra learning opportunities, athletic and academic teams, and much more! Following the virtual tour, parents and students were split into four Zoom

rooms, where they heard from a rotating panel of presentations, including a parent panel and student panel. On the Thursday before, DRS parent representatives hand-delivered a 36-page, full color DRS brochure,

trivia game, and cookies to all 170+ pre-registered families. We look forward to meeting the next class of DRS, and iy”H greeting them in person next year!


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The talmidos of the Ganger Early Childhood at TAG enjoyed a special virtual puppet show in honor of Rosh Chodesh Kislev. This year’s theme at TAG is gam zu l’tova, and the puppet show portrayed the amazing story of Rabbi Akiva and the lesson of gam zu l’tova.

Rabbi Krigsman, menahel Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island, addressing talmidim via Zoom in accordance with social distancing standards

Professional Development at Shulamith

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Gesher students had a blast decorating doughnuts on Rosh Chodesh Kislev

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hulamith ECC teachers are fully committed to educating their young charges using cutting-edge techniques and best practices. Veterans Day was the perfect day to hone their skills and learn new ideas at professional development workshops. The devoted ECC teachers spent the day learning about integrating literacy and math into the thematic curriculum. They spent time discussing the various foundational skills children need to develop into expert readers and mathematicians. Although it would be so easy to simply assign various workbooks and worksheets related to these skills, research shows that there are significantly better ways to teach young children. Children learn best when they are actively involved in meaningful hands-on activities that allow for discovery and problem solving. Therefore, the teachers created games relat-

ed to the upcoming chag of Chanukah targeting these important curricular big ideas. As a group, they analyzed and identified the literacy and math concepts inherent in each game to ensure maximum learning and maximum fun. The Pre1-A teachers met with their math coach to work on the next part of their math curriculum, Quick Images. They discussed how to help children learn to subitize numbers and see numbers in sets. They used a math rack called a rekenrek to learn how to challenge the children to compose and decompose numbers in many different ways. Paired together with Shulamith ECC’s famous math games, each child can be challenged at her own level. It is hard to believe, but the best can get even better. The wonderful teachers at Shulamith ECC keep growing professionally in order to provide the best education possible.


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AFTR High School welcomed eighth graders and their parents from neighborhoods around Long Island, Brooklyn, and Queens to participate in its first-ever Virtual Open House on Sunday. The engaging and interactive program included live questions, raffles, and more! HAFTR High School is certainly proud that their graduates attend the finest seminaries and yeshivot in Israel, as well as the most selective universities in our nation, but just as important as the wonderful schools they attend after graduating are the middot tovot that the fine young men and women who graduate HAFTR exhibit. HAFTR graduates embrace Modern Orthodoxy and are leaders on college campuses and in the Jewish community. The live Virtual Open House program began with engaging student and administrator presenters. HAFTR senior Ellinore Hazan passionately spoke about her strong connection to the school and how the warm environment, teachers, and college guidance counselors helped pave the way for her to activate her potential and her future successes. “Our teachers aren’t here solely to teach, but to create strong relationships with the students,” she shared. As an AP Art student and co-president of the Art honor society, Ellinore has taken part in so much of what HAFTR High School has to offer during her tenure including the school play, dance team, math team, and

globalization club. Principal Ms. Naomi Lippman, Associate Principal Dr. Joshua Wyner, Dean of Limudei Kodesh Rabbi Yitzchok Riselsheimer, and Mashgiach Ruchani Rabbi Yisachar Blinder discussed the warm and inclusive school culture, close kesher (connection) of staff and students, and excellent academics of HAFTR High School. “Yes, our academics and Torah learning are extraordinary, and our guidance and mentoring programs are breathtaking in scope and substance, but there is one more ingredient that makes us such a wonderful and successful yeshiva high school: our unique school culture,” Ms. Lippman stated. “Dr. Wyner, Rabbi Riselsheimer, and I know every child in our yeshiva, and every student knows that we appreciate him or her as a unique individual,” said Ms. Lippman. “Our engaging, gifted teachers are devoted to the learning of every student whom they teach. Our

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students are warm, mature, respectful young men and women. They are inclusive of each other, and they celebrate their classmates’ special talents and accomplishments. “We understand that our students come to HAFTR with a range of skills and abilities, and we have developed different level courses to facilitate the success of every child,” related Ms. Lippman. “We create an individualized schedule for every HAFTR student, allowing each child to excel in his or her areas of strength. With the assistance of our renowned College and Academic Guidance Department, our students are admitted to outstanding universities, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Penn, Cornell, YU and Stern Honors, Macaulay Honors, and a range of wonderful private universities and city and state colleges that are the best match for the individual student. “HAFTR High School is constantly innovating to enhance our students’ educational experience,” she continued. “In the last two years, we have opened a magnificent new state-ofthe-art STEM and Innovation Center, equipped with

sophisticated science and technology tools to allow students to engage in advanced research and development, as well as a completely renovated science lab. “I am so proud of the students who addressed you this morning. They are truly representative of what we effectuate at HAFTR,” said Ms. Lippman, now in her 23rd year at HAFTR. “We have created a culture of warmth, kindness, caring, support, and achdut (unity). Our students’ parents tell us that their children love to come to school every day, and that is because every student has a sense of belonging and value in our school community. Our students are imbued with a love of Hashem, a love of learning, a love of Israel, and a desire to achieve their own unique potential as dedicated, religious Orthodox Jews.” During his journey through the building, Dr. Wyner emphasized that HAFTR High School prides itself on being patient, empathetic and genuinely kind to students. Dr. Wyner highlighted the warmth, connectedness and positive relationships that drive HAFTR High School to in-

fuse students with the opportunity for growth and personal actualization. Rabbi Riselsheimer noted that “the kesher our students have with our rebbeim and morot is created in and out of the classroom; during highly engaging shiurim, on school trips, Shabbatonim, mishmars at the rebbeim’s and morahs’ homes, Friday nights at a morah’s house, our Friday ‘Kumzitz and Kugels,’ at athletic games, or just shmoozing in the halls.” He added, “We have designed our Limudei Kodesh curriculum to empower our talmidim and talmidot to be challenged, involved, and excited to learn in a meaningful way.” “It is always nice to see that the success of HAFTR is being recognized and has piqued the interest of so many,” commented Mr. Ari Solomon, Executive Director, on the large turnout for this new format of the always successful HAFTR High School Open House. “With our incredible administration and talented faculty, and the success we have had implementing COVID safety precautions, it’s no wonder so many students are interested in attending our school.” It was clear to every prospective family that HAFTR students have many opportunities to expand their interests and talents. HAFTR is known for its academic excellence, school spirit, competitive sports teams, and most of all ruach and achdut amongst the entire HAFTR family. Applications are being accepted until December 3 at www.haftr.org/hsadmissions/. For more information about HAFTR High School or to arrange a meeting, please contact hsadmissions@haftr.org.


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Rosh Chodesh Kislev at Siach Yitzchok means the big draidel goes up. Yes! The dreidel is around 30 years old and came along with us from the old building. The boys are counting down the days to the famous Draidel Drop.

To the Dear Family and Relatives of Rabbi Sacks By Shoshana Fischman

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s soon as I heard about the petirah of Rabbi Sacks, my heart cracked and I can’t

tell you how emotional I became. I have never personally met Rabbi Sacks, but through his writings, his speeches, his published works, I feel as if I was privileged to have a men-

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tor that is unsurpassed in wisdom and brilliance. Let me explain. I am a Judaic Studies middle school teacher in Cedarhurst, New York. As a teacher of such a delicate age group, I acknowledge that there is a great responsibility and challenge simultaneously to inspire these teenage girls and convince them that growth in Torah and spirituality is good, meaningful and rewarding. Rabbi Sacks has been our guiding light. Whether sharing his ideas on the parsha or teaching the girls his understanding of big ideas, my students have become familiar with both the name Rabbi Sacks, as well as the teachings. For instance, and this is just two examples of more numerous than I can count, but when I teach the girls the idea of teshuva, tefilla and tzedakah around the Yomim Noraim, we study in groups an article written by Rabbi Sacks in which he describes these three fundamental mitzvot in our faith in an enlightening and inspiring way. The girls specifically were affected by his translation of tzedaka not as charity, but as righteousness and justice; that it is not a choice whether or not we give of our resources but an act of justice, an obligation. He explained in the same piece that tefillah is not prayer which hints towards request but actually attaching ourselves to G-d. The eighth grade girls spend days discussing his ideas and how

they can better themselves using the new understandings that they read. Another powerful idea that resonated with my classes was Rabbi Sacks’ line about how Judaism is different than other religions and learning the past of our nation because it is not HIStory but rather, MYstory – that each of us have a responsibility to perpetuate Torah and tell over the stories because it is our story. It is about who WE are, where WE come from, and how WE hope to learn and grow from the past. All in all, I truly wanted to impress upon you the feeling of loss shared by educators such as myself around the globe. I dedicated the Monday after Rabbi Sacks’ petira to discussing his legacy and how it is our job to live his ideas and use the spark of inspiration he has ignited within us to infuse our entire Jewish experience now and in years to come. I already miss the words of Torah that I will not be hearing from him in the future. May you find comfort in the fact that Rabbi Sacks’ legacy will live on in multiple generations across the globe and that it is a legacy that, G-d willing, will continue to inspire for years to come. May his memory be a blessing. Shoshana Fischman is a sixth through eighth grade Judaic Studies teacher at Shulamith School for Girls in Cedarhurst, NY.


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Showing Children How to Be Grateful — for Everything!

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aised in St. Louis in the 1920s, Yaakov Moshe Kulefsky seemed an unlikely candidate for Torah greatness. And yet that is exactly what he achieved. Rabbi Yechiel Spero brings to life this brilliant, devoted and humble gaon, who learned and taught Torah in Yeshivas Ner Yisroel for nearly half a century. Rav Kulefsky served as a bridge between the prior generation and a new breed of talmidei chachamim — American boys, growing up on baseball and hot dogs. He infused them with a desire to become authentic bnei Torah through his ahavas Torah and an endless love for his cherished talmidim.

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Gabe Boxer of the JCCRP & Kosher Response brought out volunteers last week to deliver food to hundreds of Holocaust survivors in Far Rockaway

Gobble Gobble Books

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indi’s Libraries joined forces with Peninsula Public Library on Sunday, November 15 to host their 2nd Annual Gobble Gobble Book Fest. To kick off the holiday season, the nonprofit helped cultivate the power of kindness and giving by offering free children’s books to all of the event’s attendees. Guests received bags to fill with great reads and also had the ability

to create a Thanksgiving Care Package to be donated to Birthday Wishes Long Island. More than 2,500 books were distributed to members of our community. Hindi’s Libraries also received a tremendous book donation from a recent book drive held at Bnos Esther Malka in Brooklyn. All remaining books from the event will be donated to Hindi’s Libraries recipients across the country.

Did you know? The largest pumpkin pie weighed 3,699 pounds.

Parshat Chayei Sarah at SKA

SKA students get Zoom tour of Chevron by Rabbi Simcha Hochbaum

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very year, thousands of Jews descend on the city of Chevron to commemorate Parshat Chayei Sarah at the Me’arat Hamachpelah. Since we cannot go to Israel at this time, the students of the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls were honored to hear from Rabbi Simcha Hochbaum, a longtime resident and tour guide of Chevron who brought his inspiring experiences to share with us on Zoom on Thursday, November 12. Rabbi Hochbaum’s insider’s perspective on the deep history of Chevron from ancient times until today was deeply appreciated by the

SKA students and faculty members. Explaining Parshat Chayei Sarah through words and images, Rabbi Hochbaum brought the parsha to life by showing photographs of the actual sites where the events of the parsha took place. In a moving tribute to the city of Chevron later that day, SKA’s Israel Action Committee members organized a letter-writing campaign to the Israeli soldiers stationed in Chevron. SKA students were happy to have the opportunity to show their support and gratitude to the soldiers who protect our holy sites and the people who live there.


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Veterans Day: Rambam Gives Back

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ast week, Rambam Mesivta held its annual Veterans Day Hakaras Hatov Assembly. Since the school’s inception in 1992, Rosh Mesivta of Rambam, Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman, has made it a point to have a Veterans Day assembly every year and impress upon the students that America is indeed the land of the free, thanks to the brave.  Principal of Rambam Mesivta, Rabbi Yotav Eliach, expressed his thanks as well. He spoke about the unprecedented religious freedom and opportunities available in America and expressed his gratitude toward the brave men and women who pro- mailed out over 300 pounds of “goodies” for Lt. Miller’s platoon based on tect the people at home. Rabbi Eliach also played inspi- a list he provided through Anysolrational videos featuring the troops, dier.com.  The goods also came with here and abroad, who defend freedom a framed prayer for the well-being of everywhere.  One of the highlights of the troops in Hebrew and English.  Lt. Miller is from Iowa and, at the the assembly was a surprise guest: Lieutenant Jacob Miller addressed time, had never been to New York. Thanks to donations from Rambam the boys via Zoom.  Almost ten years ago, under the students, parents, and faculty, Lt. aegis of Rabbi Eliach, Rambam stu- Miller and his wife Stacy were flown dents adopted Lt. Miller’s combat unit out to New York; stayed at Rabbi which was stationed in a remote part Eliach’s house; and toured the Big of Afghanistan.  Students, faculty, and Apple.  When Lt. Miller came to parents from Rambam collected and Rambam to offer his thanks for the

Lt. Miller, then and now

goods; the students put the thanks back onto him and gave him a standing ovation for his service. He was also presented with a plaque from the school, thanking him for his sacrifice and service. Lt. Miller, Zooming in from his home in Iowa, now with three kids, once again thanked Rambam for sending the goods and explained just how much it meant to him and his unit to know there were people back home who were thinking of them.  The assembly concluded with Rabbi Eliach once again renewing

Rambam’s pledge to support our troops by adopting another unit overseas. With the help of the Rambam Chessed Committee, under the leadership of senior Joseph Waide and Junior Zachary Sicklick, Rambam is adopting an Air Force Unit stationed in Iraq.  The troops are in need of trail mix, candy, granola bars, condiments, board games, and more.  The students of Rambam are committed to helping these troops, thanking them, and making a kiddush Hashem.

Tnuva Cheese Slices — Not Just for Sandwiches By Hadassah Bay

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his fall, enjoy Tnuva cheese slices in a variety of ways, to top roasted vegetables, in lasagna, pizza, and casseroles. And as the days get cooler, this super-fancy soup is a great way to warm up and enjoy family time together. Tnuva USA president and CEO Yoram Behiri said: “We are delighted with the contribution that Tnuva products make to good times spent with family and friends.” Check out this and hundreds of other delectable, tried-and-true recipes on the Tnuva website, tnuvausa.com. Smoky Potato-Cheese Soup Baked in Puff Pastry Yield: 6 servings Prep time: 40 minutes Level: Medium Ingredients Soup 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 leeks, white part only, sliced 1 small carrot, diced 8 medium potatoes, diced

2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 8-ounce container heavy cream 4 slices Tnuva Hickory-Smoked Edam Cheese, cut into strips 3.5 ounces smoked salmon, cut into very thin strips (optional) 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg Salt and pepper to taste Puff pastry topping 1/3 package Maadanot frozen rolled puff pastry dough, thawed according to package directions 2 slices Tnuva Edam Cheese, cut into tiny pieces 1 egg Preparation 1. Heat oil in a medium pot and sauté the leeks until golden. Add carrot, potato, and garlic and sauté for another two minutes. Add the cream and just enough water to cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil, then simmer over medium heat for another 30 minutes until the vegetables are soft. 2. Add nutmeg and Tnuva Hickory-Smoked Edam Cheese and bring to a boil until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and using an immersion blender, blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Add smoked salmon if using.

3. Preheat oven to 390⁰F. 4. Prepare six ovenproof soup bowls. Slice the Maadanot Puff Pastry dough into a large square. Cut out six circles that are slightly wider than the diameter of your bowl. Divide the soup into six bowls, and sprinkle Tnuva Edam cheese on top. Cover each bowl with a circle of dough. 4. Press the edges of the dough to the sides of the bowls and brush with beaten egg. Bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve immediately.


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Senior Gedolei Yisrael Release Letter of Bracha to Mark Daf HaYomi Completion of

Masechta Eruvin and Chelek Hei of Mishnah Berurah By Chaim Gold

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t is a very rare occurrence when senior Gedolei Yisrael from both America and Eretz Yisrael comprising the entire cross-section of Torah Jewry release an unprecedented letter of bracha and acknowledgment to Klal Yisrael…and yet, that is what happened! Earlier this week, a letter was released in celebration of the twin milestones of the completion of Masechta Eruvin in Daf HaYomi Bavli and in completion of Chelek Hei of Mishnah Berurah in Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Daily Mishnah Berurah Learning Program. Another rare milestone is the fact that on the very same day, Sunday, 6 Kislev/November 22, there will be two prominent celebrations, each worthy of its own special siyum. The first is the completion of Masechta Eruvin, one of the three most difficult masechtos in Shas, with Daf HaYomi Bavli. There is a well-known Zohar that says, “Moshiach is referred to as ‘Ani rochev al hachamor, a poor man riding on a donkey.’ The roshei teivos of the word ani: ayin, nun and yud,” explains the Zohar, “refer to the three most difficult masechtos in Shas the masechtos of Eruvin, Niddah and Yevamos.” Thus, completing a masechta such as Masechta Eruvin is a true milestone that can be a harbinger of Moshiach. How much more so, is this true for those who have completed Masechta Eruvin in the Dirshu Kinyan Torah Program where they have been taking monthly tests on the masechta! The second celebration is the completion of Chelek Hei of Mishnah Berurah that Dirshu Daf HaYomi B’Halacha learners have been learning daily for more than a year! Similar to Masechta Eruvin, Chelek Hei is a volume that is not easy to learn by virtue of the fact that a large portion of it contains many difficult, obscure halachos relevant to Pesach, that many do not encounter in their daily lives. The end of the chelek is dedicated to the often challenging halachos of yom tov. Now, add to the mix, the unprecedented times in which we are living, a time when a global pandemic is raging; a time when lives have been turned over; a time when all routine has been suspended. In many cases, Yidden were cooped up at home, undergoing tremendous mental, physical and financial stress.

Dirshu Learners are Unstoppable! What happened? Yisrael kedoshim! Yidden are heilig! Despite everything, Yidden have somehow maintained their daily Torah learning. Nothing was able to keep Yidden away from their daily daf of Gemara and halacha – not Covid 19, not the difficulty inherent in Masechta Eruvin, nor the obscurity of hilchos Pesach! It is for this reason that senior gedolim from

both Eretz Yisrael and America led by the Sar HaTorah, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, released a special message of bracha to Klal Yisrael in recognition of these milestones during this difficult period. The letter was signed by HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of the Ponovezh Yeshiva, HaGaon HaRav Shalom Cohen, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Porat Yosef, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe, shlita, the Sanzer Rebbe, shlita, and HaGaon HaRav Shimon Baadani, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva and Kollel Torah V’Chaim. In addition, senior American Gedolei Yisrael added their names to this unprecedented letter. They are, HaGaon HaRav Elya Ber Wachtfogel, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Zichron Moshe of South Fallsburg, and HaGaon HaRav Yeruchem Olshin, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha of Lakewood. The Rachmastrivka Rebbe, shlita, gave his bracha saying, “All of the mesaymim should be able to continue with harchavas hadaas and bracha and hatzlacha.” In the letter, the gedolim express their delight at the accomplishments of Klal Yisrael saying, “As those who are learning Daf HaYomi Bavli merit to complete Masechta Eruvin and those who learn Daf HaYomi B’Halacha merit to finish Chelek Hei of Mishnah Berurah as learned daily in Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Program, we bless them with the following bracha: “May they merit siyata d’Shmaya to continue learning for the purpose of fulfilling the ‘word of Hashem’ that our sages tell us, refers to ‘halacha.’” In the continuation of their bracha, perhaps the gedolim are alluding to the challenging times that Jewish homes are facing due to the pandemic, “May the light of bracha rest in your homes and may all of you and your families merit nachas, happiness, good health and long life.” They conclude the letter of chizuk by echoing what is possibly the greatest bracha delineated in Chazal, “Anyone who learns halacha daily is a assured a place in the World to Come.” Transformative in This World, Too Yes, the greatest bracha is having a share in the world to come, but many Daf HaYomi B’Halacha learners maintain that, in addition to the ironclad assurance of Chazal that they will have a place in the World to Come, they have experienced tremendous bracha and an increase in satisfaction in this world as well, through learning Daf HaYomi B’Halcha. One long-time Daf HaYomi B’Halacha learner remarked, “I have been part of Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Program since its inception. I can’t stress enough how it has changed my life. Every second of the day, every action that I take during the week and on Shabbos, by day and by night, brings to mind a halacha that I learned. Daf HaY-

Siyum on Chelek Gimmel of Mishnah Berurah at the home of HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, 2018

omi B’Halacha has transformed my day from mundane into holy!” Indeed, a Jew cannot properly fulfill his obligations without learning and knowing halacha. Thus, learning halacha is not just “an extra learning seder” or a “nice thing to do,” rather, it must be an integral component in each and every day. Nearly seven years ago, four leading gedolim issued a proclamation addressed to “Acheinu Bnei Yisrael” wherein they both explained why it is so important and urged everyone to incorporate the daily learning of halacha into their day. The proclamation, signed by HaGaon HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, zt”l, HaGaon HaRav Nissim Karelitz, zt”l, and yblc”h, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, and HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein, shlita, urged: “It is therefore appropriate that every single person set aside time every day to learn halacha and especially halachos of practical relevance, every day and every Shabbos. This daily learning of practical halacha should not be less than a half hour….” Appreciation for Torah Accomplishment “The completion this week of Masechta Eruvin and Chelek Hei of Mishnah Berurah,” commented Rabbi Avigdor Berenstein, a senior member of Dirshu’s hanhalah, “is a tremendous milestone. Usually we would celebrate such an accomplishment with a beautiful siyum to express our simcha and appreciation for such a Torah accomplishment. Sadly, due to the pandemic, we cannot celebrate in large gatherings. Nevertheless, Dirshu wants to somehow express admiration for the accomplishments of the lomdei Torah and that is why we are planning to give to each test taker at the upcoming Kinyan Torah and Daf HaYomi B’Halacha a small memento as a way of showing how important their accomplishments are. It is our fervent hope that the bracha of the Gedolei Yisroel – “May the light of bracha rest in your homes and may all of you and your families merit nachas, happiness, good health and long life” – ensure that the Torah they learn should protect them and all of Klal Yisrael.”


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A Seat at the WZO Table By Alexandra Fleksher

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s a delegate to the World Zionist Congress who participated along with over 500 other elected delegates from around the world, I eagerly, and longingly, watched a livestream out of Israel from the comfort of my home in Cleveland, Ohio, just a few weeks ago. Here we were – all alone – yet functioning as a group as the only democratically elected international body that decides the direction of world Jewry. And we were meant to be together in the Holy Land! Theodore Herzl would never had envisioned it this way in 1897. Yet the history of this election is perhaps less about the marvelous technological advances of 2020, and more about the new faces who now had a seat, albeit virtually, at the Congress. There’s nothing like looking back at history to truly appreciate the present, and the livestream video I watched featuring pictures of decades of World Zionist Congresses made me appreciate my position as a delegate in the historic slate of Eretz HaKodesh so much more profoundly. 1898, Basel. 1929, Zurich. 1951, Jerusalem. Images of men and women who cared so deeply about the land and statehood of Israel who came together, sharing a mutual desire to strengthen the Jewish people. Pictures of men and women, many of whom were Holocaust survivors, who understood the urgency of having a homeland. People who were the ones responsible for settling the land, setting up the State, and bringing in others to make Aliyah and settle the land themselves. There were pictures of David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir and Menachem Begin over the years, speaking from the podium and speaking with delegates. My mind flashed to a photograph I know very well taken in the 1950s of Menachem Begin before he became prime minister speaking with my maternal grandparents in their home. The story is he begged them to

Menachem Begin with the author’s grandparents in South Africa

leave South Africa and move to Israel. My grandparents are counted among the people who were invested in the growth of our Jewish homeland, even if they did not physically live there. Now I’m one of those people – and I’m a new kind of delegate in a new slate: Eretz HaKodesh. I am an

el which creates the infrastructure necessary for our people to achieve nationhood in our land. I understand that the traditional Orthodox hareidi parties have never participated in the Congress before, and I am proud to have a seat at the table now. Because we need to be represented. The Jew-

The Jewish People is diverse, and we all need to have a stake in our outcome.

observant Jew, unlike my grandparents. I believe that while we Jews may differ passionately in our beliefs (and unfortunately the chasms are deep at times), we must be respectful of one another and practice the fine art of loving while disagreeing. We are family. We must choose to focus on what unites us: our shared values of the importance of a secure Jewish state, Jewish education, Aliyah, supporting Israel through tourism, fighting anti-Semitism, and the greatness of the Jewish people. I believe that Israel is our physical and spiritual homeland. I love Israel and am grateful for the State of Isra-

ish People is diverse, and we all need to have a stake in our outcome. Turns out, I am not alone in my sentiments. The result of the American Zionist Movement elections in early 2020 won Eretz HaKodesh over 20,000 votes, making Eretz HaKodesh the third largest party, claiming over 15% of the votes. We earned 25 seats at the World Zionist Congress. It’s our time to join the leadership of the WZO. The election shifted the entire Congress toward religious and more right-leaning secular slates. The World Mizrachi slate, the Orthodox Israel Coalition (OIC), came in sec-

ond place. The shift is significant, as five years ago liberal groups won a supermajority of delegates. Together with OIC and ZOA, the Zionist Organization of America, we make up the majority – and we are all Orthodox. Our coalition believes that we are representing the needs and wants of a large rising segment of religious diaspora Jews. This segment wants us to advocate for them as we work to benefit the global Jewish community while preserving traditional Jewish values and practices. And that is what we have come to do. We as Jews will never agree on everything. Conversations around a table (or in a Zoom breakout room) including Jews of all denominations about important issues that will have a direct impact on fellow Jews are bound to be lively at best and fraught at worse. Our religious, cultural and political perspectives are so varied. However, all of those voices need the space to be heard, and that is the beauty of the World Zionist Congress. It is also the beauty of democracy, because at the end of the back-andforth, there is a vote and a final decision. And not only do votes count; they represent. This past World Zionist Congress proved it is time for Eretz HaKodesh to come to the table and represent a significant voice in the future of the Jewish people both in the Diaspora and in Israel.

Alexandra Fleksher is an educator, writer on Jewish contemporary issues, and an active member of her Jewish community in Cleveland, Ohio. She is an op-ed columnist for Mishpacha Magazine, and her essays have been published in various blogs and publications. Mrs. Fleksher holds an M.S. in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and a B.A. in English/Communications from Stern College for Women. You can find her writings  at www.alexandra fleksher.com.


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Corporate Placement A corporation has a few job candidates. In order to figure out in which department to place the candidates, they put about 100 bricks in a closed room and send the candidates into the room and close the door. After a few hours, they come back and know exactly where to place them… 1. If they are counting the bricks, they put them in Accounting department.

8. If they are sitting idle, they put them in Human Resources.

2. If they are recounting the bricks, they put them in Auditing.

9. If they say they have tried different combinations yet not a single brick has been moved, they put them in Sales.

3. If they messed up the whole room with the bricks, they put them in Engineering. 4. If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order, they put them in Planning. 5. If they are throwing the bricks at each other, they put them in Operations. 6. If they are sleeping, they put them in Security. 7. If they broke the bricks into pieces, they put them in Information Technology.

10. If they have already left for the day, they put them in Marketing. 11. If they are staring out of the window, they put them in Strategic Planning. 12. If they are talking to each other and not a single brick has been touched, they congratulate them and put them in Top Management.

You Gotta Be Kidding! A freshly-minted college graduate gets a job in a Fortune 500 company. On his very first day of work, he dials the cafeteria and shouts into the phone, “Get me a coffee, quickly!” The voice from the other side responds, “You fool! You’ve dialed the wrong extension! Do you know who you’re talking to?”

“No,” replies the young trainee. “It’s the CEO of the company, you fool!” The trainee shouts back, “And do YOU know who YOU are talking to, you fool?!” “No,” replies the CEO indignantly. “Good!” replies the trainee, as he quickly slams down the phone.


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Corporate Name Trivia 1. “IKEA” is an acronym for four words that mean what? a. Swedish words that translate as “flat boxes but really heavy” b. Independent Karyotypical Environmental Altruistic c. The acronym of the names of the founder’s four children d. The name of the founder and the town where he grew up 2. What does Häagen-Dazs mean in Danish? a. Today celebrate b. Craftmanship and Tradition c. Extra large d. It has no meaning 3. Why did Tote’m convenience stores change their name to 7-Eleven in 1946? a. To celebrate 100 years since their founding on July 11, 1846 b. They were open 7 days a week for 11 hours per day. c. They started being open from 7

Answers 1. D- IKEA was named for founder Ingvar Kamprad (b. 1926), the farm where he grew up, Elmtaryd, and his home parish of Agunnaryd. Kamprad founded the company in 1943 when he was only 17 years old. 2. D- Häagen-Dazs was founded in 1961 by two nice Jewish-Polish immigrants, in the Bronx. They wanted the name of their company to sound Danish in order to “convey old-world tradition and craftmanship.” But the truth is that the words have no meaning at all… other than sounding like they convey old-world tradition and craftmanship, I guess.

a.m. to 11 p.m. d. They moved to new corporate headquarters at 711 Broadway 4. How did Lego – which produces approximately 20 billion plastic Lego bricks every year – a. get its name? b. It is a combination of Danish words that translate as “play well” c. The first pieces were made from the chemical components of Legtrolicitis and Oxymyenzimes d. It means “ouch, what did I step on?” in Dutch e. The company founder wanted it to be called “Let Go and Play” but the marketing department shortened it to Lego because they found that it had “a better ring to it” 5. What does GEICO stand for? a. General Expenditures Insurance

3. C 4. A- Lego is a blend of the Danish words “leg godt,” or “play well.” 5. C- Leo Goodwin founded GEICO in 1936, on the assumption that insuring government employees would involve less risk than insuring the general population. 6. D-From 1886 until 1903, Coca-Cola did include contain levels of cocaine. In 1904, Coca-Cola began using “spent” coca leaves that have all but very trace amounts of cocaine removed. 7. A- After 39 failures at the lab, the popular water displacement spray was developed…and promptly named for the 40th try. “You see kids, you have

Company b. Geckos Entertain and Inform Customers Online c. Government Employees Insurance Company d. Goodwin Enterprises Insurance Company 6. The namesake beverage of the Coca-Cola Company is CocaCola, named after two of the ingredients: kola nuts and what other ingredient? a. Cocoa b. Chloride c. Carbon dioxide (CO2) d. Cocaine 7. What does WD-40 stand for? a. Water Displacement, 40th formula b. It is named for the chemical which is the primary ingredient c. Weathered for 40 days d. It is named for the inventor’s favorite quarterback, Winnie Denton, who wore the number 40 to keep trying! You can never give up!” (Look out for my next inspirational class coming to a WhatsApp group near you) Wisdom Key 6-7 correct: You are very Haaagewwazin Dazinfloggen! (It doesn’t mean “supremely brilliant” in Danish, but it sounds like it means that, so we will roll with it.) 3-5 correct: You are like an IKEA meatball…not bad, not great. (To taste them yourself, go to the IKEA in Netanya, Israel, which has an IKEA cafeteria with a legit hechsher.) 0-2 correct: You need to spray your brain with some WD-40.

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Parshas Toldos By Rabbi Berel Wein

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he question raised by all of the commentators who have dealt with this week’s Torah reading is a simple one: How could it be that Eisav, a child who is raised in the house of great and holy parents, Yitzchak and Rivka, could somehow turn out to be a terribly evil person – a murderer, rapist, thief and criminal? It is difficult in the extreme to truly comprehend this issue. However, all the great commentators have attempted to deal with the matter in various forms and ideas. Some have attributed it to genetics – Eisav is a

product of recessive genes inherited from Betuel and Laban and their ancestors, all of whom were pagan and evil. A recessive gene survives even when there are strong dominant genes present for many generations. And even the strong dominant genes of Abraham and Sarah and Yitzchak and Rivka cannot prevent the latent recessive genes from appearing and becoming dominant in one of their offspring. There are others who ascribe the aberrant behavior of Eisav to the fact that he did not receive an education that truly fitted his personality. He

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was a man of the field, a hunter and physically athletic. He was not cut out, as was his twin brother Yaakov, to sit for hours on end and study. Because of this mismatch of education and personality, the tragic figure of Eisav emerged. Another theme that is represented in the commentaries is that the opposing views of Yitzchak and Rivka regarding their children created an atmosphere in the home that exacerbated the differences between the children and drove Eisav to the extremes of behavior recorded for us in the Torah. There are many other ideas and thoughts about the matter that appear in our holy Torah, and we know that everything in the Torah contains

are raised, retain the power of freedom of choice, especially regarding moral issues. One is righteous and pious not necessarily because that person’s parents or ancestors were righteous and pious but rather because the person himself or herself chooses a path in life and behavior that would lead to righteousness and piety. We are all ultimately responsible for our behavior and our actions and basically all rationalizations and excuses regarding how we were raised, educated and trained are insufficient to remove from us the responsibility of our own personal choice of behavior and beliefs. The rabbis epitomized this in their statement that a human being is always responsible for his/

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70 different layers of understanding and perspective. So, everything that can be said regarding the issue has merit and should be carefully considered when studying the matter. A simple and perhaps more profound understanding of the matter is simply to reiterate and reinforce the basic idea that human beings, no matter what their ancestry may be and in whatever environment they

her actions whether they be caused inadvertently or with malicious intent. Eisav turned out to be Eisav because that is what he had chosen to be his goal in life. Like all human beings, he could have chosen to rationalize and excuse his behavior, but ultimately, he alone was responsible for his life choices. Shabbat shalom.


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From the Fire Parshas Toldos

Something More By Rav Moshe Weinberger Adapted for publication by Binyomin Wolf

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have been replaying a conversation from earlier in the week over and over again in my mind. As I review it, I think of things I wish I could have said at the time. I know many people can relate to this. I spoke with a young mother at the beginning of the week who comes from a non-observant home. She is having some difficulties with her two sons. It appears that one of them may have to leave his yeshiva, and she does not believe this is fair. She told me that although she regrets feeling this way, she is sometimes jealous of her non-observant brothers and sisters. Their lives seem simpler and, often, happier than hers. With this conversation in mind, I thought about a seemingly incomprehensible pasuk in the parsha. Yitzchak, the tzaddik who barely had a foothold in this world after he was bound and ready to give his life as a sacrifice to Hashem, says to his older son Eisav (Bereishis 27:3-4), “Now, lift up your tools, your sword, and your bow and go out to the field and trap game for me and make me delicacies like I love and bring them to me and I will eat so that I may bless you before I die.” How could Yitzchak, who was barely connected to the physical world, say that Eisav should bring him “delicacies like I love”? That is what Yitzchak loves? The rivalry between Yaakov and Eisav ran very deep. Rashi says on the pasuk (ibid. 25:22), “And the children struggled within her,” that “they were struggling with one another and fighting over the inheritance of two worlds.” Chazal teach (Tana D’vei Eliyahu Zuta 19) that Yaakov and Eisav reached a negotiated compromise: “At

that time, Eisav took this world and Yaakov took the World to Come.” Chazal do not treat this agreement as some sort of hyperbolic device. They take it so seriously that the Midrash relates the following regarding an event many years later, “When Yaakov came from Lavan’s house and Eisav saw Yaakov’s children, slaves, and maidservants, Eisav said to Yaakov, ‘My brother, did you not say to me that you would take the World to cCme? Where did you get all of this money? You are using this world like me!’” Eisav expected to find that Yaakov was impoverished. So he had a good question. Aren’t we supposed to have no portion in this physical world? There is a fundamental teaching by Rav Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg, the Sridei Aish, zt”l, that is very helpful in understanding this question. The Sridei Aish borrows the terminology from the word “tune – taam,” which refers to the tune we use when reading the Torah. There is the lower tune (taam tachton) and higher tune (taam elyon). The lower tune is used for most of the year and the higher tune is used when reading the Aseres HaDibros – the Ten Commandments. Noting the fact that the word for “tune, taam” also means “taste,” “reason” and “meaning,” the Sridei Aish says that the lower tune refers to the taste and enjoyment one feels from things in this world. And the higher tune is the deeper reason, meaning, or depth behind things of this world. Eisav, and his progeny, are satisfied with the lower tune, the physical, emotional, or intellectual enjoyment found in worldly things. This might be a sizzling steak and cold beer in front of a football game. Or it could be

a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, the symphony, or a great work of literature or philosophy. The geshamak – enjoyment – he finds in those things is enough for him. He can fully connect with these things. A Jew can also try to throw himself into these things. He may believe, even until a few moments before he leaves the world, that the lower tune was all he needed to feel fulfilled. But at that last moment of his life, somewhere deep inside, he realizes that there was a higher tune, a deeper reason for his life that he never connected with, that remained hidden during his lifetime. A person who has only connected with the lower tune cannot understand how a Jew can find meaning for his life, not to mention a delicious taste, in the study of Gemara, Rashi, and Tosafos. And while a Jew who lives for a higher plane of existence may work, have a home, and even enjoy a football game, he cannot understand how anyone could find their entire meaning and reason for existing in those things. He knows that (Devarim 8:3), “Man does not live on bread alone. Rather, man lives on everything that comes from the mouth of G-d.” He knows from personal experience what Dovid HaMelech meant when he said (Tehillim 34:9), “Taste and see that Hashem is good.” Eisav was upset and jealous when he saw that Yaakov was not living in poverty. He had no idea that living for the higher tune, living for a deeper meaning, does not mean deprivation in this world. He did not know that it simply means not living for this world even as one lives in this world. The division Yaakov and Eisav made in their youth meant that one

would live to eat while the other would merely eat to live. But eating to live does not mean that one must starve. It only means that one lives for something much deeper and more sublime than eating. Eisav could not tolerate that Yaakov was able to taste something otherworldly in a piece of Shabbos fish right here in this world. It once happened on a hot summer day in July 1866 that the fourth Rebbe of Lubavitch, Rav Shmuel, known as the Rebbe Maharash, zy”a, was sitting and learning in a shaded trellis in the garden adjacent to his home. His two sons, five-year-old Sholom Dov Ber, who would become the fifth Rebbe of Lubavitch, the Rebbe Rashab, zy”a, and six-year-old Zalman Aharon, who would become the tzaddik known as the Raza, zy”a, were playing nearby. The two of them, little Sholom Dov Ber and Zalman Aharon, were having a debate regarding the difference between a Jews and non-Jews. The older brother, Zalman Aharon, maintained that Jews were different from non-Jews because they are a “wise and understanding people” (Devarim 4:6) who could study much Torah, both revealed and hidden, and daven with great attachment – dveikus. Little Dov Ber challenged this assertion: “But this is only true of those Jews who learn and daven. What about Jews who are unable to study and who do not pray with dveikus? How are they different from a non-Jew?” Zalman Aharon had no answer to this challenge. Their sister told the Rebbe Maharash about the debate, and the Rebbe called the boys over. He then asked little Dov Ber to call Bentzion to join them in the trellis. Bentzion was a servant in the Rebbe’s home who


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could barely read Hebrew and mispronounced almost every word. He barely read anything in the siddur, but he said the entire book of Tehillim every day, davened three times per day in shul, and was careful to be in shul whenever Ein Yaakov, a compilation of the stories and ethical teachings from the Gemara, was being taught. The Rebbe asked Bentzion, “Did you eat today?” “Yes,” Bentzion replied. “Did you eat well?” Bentzion answered, “What does ‘well’ mean? Baruch Hashem, I am full.” The Rebbe then asked him, “And why do you eat?” “So that I may live.” “But,” the Rebbe asked, “why do you want to live?” Bentzion paused for a moment, a tear fell from his eye, he sighed, and then answered, “To be a Jew and do what G-d wants.” The Rebbe thanked Bentzion for coming and asked him to summon Ivan the coachman, who was not Jewish, on his way out. Ivan, who had grown up among Jewish people, spoke Yiddish per-

fectly. When he arrived, the Rebbe Rashab asked him, “Did you eat today?” “Yes.” “Did you eat well?” “Yes.” “And why,” the Rebbe asked, “do you

live?” Both of them may have a portion in this world. The difference lies in the meaning behind one’s involvement in this world. Is this world an

Living for the higher tune, living for a deeper meaning, does not mean deprivation in this world.

eat?” “So that I may live.” “And why do you want to live?” “To take a swig of vodka and have a bite to eat,” replied Ivan. “Thank you,” the Rebbe said, “you may go.” Unlike what Eisav thought when he expected to find Yaakov Avinu wallowing in poverty, the difference between a Jew and a non-Jew is not entirely apparent until the very last question, “And why do you want to

end unto itself? Or is it a means to something much richer and deeper? I have no doubt that the brothers and sisters of the woman who called me earlier this week are lovely, nice people. But the likelihood is that the smiles on their faces are animated by the lower tune, the physical, emotional, and intellectual enjoyments of this world. But there is a deeper, abiding satisfaction that comes from

living with the higher tune, a deeper meaning, irrespective of whether those worldly blessings are present. A Jew must constantly come back to the why and not live for the what. May each of us merit to work on refocusing our lives on the higher tune, the more sublime meaning in the physical and emotional blessings, objects, and activities of this world. I pray that with the joy on our faces as we live for something deeper than earthly life, we will merit to see “when Hashem returns His people to Tzion, we will be like dreamers. Then our mouths will be filled with laughter and our tongues with joyous song” (Tehillim 126:2) with the coming of Moshiach, may he arrive very soon!

Rav Moshe Weinberger, shlita, is the founding Morah d’Asrah of Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, NY, and serves as leader of the new mechina Emek HaMelech.


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Grabbing Mitzvos By Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetzky

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arshas Toldos tells the story of the birth of Yaakov and Eisav. The Torah’s description of their birth is unique. The pasuk tells us that when Yaakov was born, “V’yado ochezes ba’akeiv Eisav, and his hand was grasping onto the heel of Eisav.” The Torah describes this phenomenon of Yaakov grasping Eisav’s heel as they are first arriving on this world. What is its significance? 

In the early 1800s, two yeshiva students traveled together across Europe to Pressburg, Hungary, to the yeshiva of Rav Moshe Sofer (known as the “Chasam Sofer”), a world renowned Torah institution. One boy was known for his brilliant mind and quick grasp of his studies, and his reputation preceded him wherever he went. The other was also studious and a budding scholar, but not of the same stature as the first. It was only a few days after Sukkos, and they arrived in time to take the entrance exam for the long winter zman (semester). Both boys spent time individually with the rosh yeshiva, Rav Moshe Sofer, as he thoroughly tested the boys on their knowledge of Gemara and its many commentaries. Later, the faculty and students of the yeshiva were shocked to hear that the Chasam Sofer accepted the second boy into his prestigious yeshiva, but not the first! One rebbi in the yeshiva approached him and asked him why. “As these two boys walked to-

wards the yeshiva,” the Chasam Sofer explained, “I watched them through a window in my study. There was some loose schach left from Sukkos lying on the side of the road. The first boy carelessly stepped on the schach and trampled it, as he walked a straight path. The second boy however, out

bright he is, will not fit here in this yeshiva!” * 

My grandfather Rav Binyamin Kamenetzky, zt”l, quoted the Abarbanel to shed light on this incident.

As he emerged from Rivka’s womb, he was already grabbing those opportunities which Eisav left behind.

of sensitivity for the mitzvah, took a slight detour, and walked around the schach. “A talmid who is missing the sensitivity for a mitzvah, no matter how

Eisav held some ideals close to his heart and pursued them greatly. Physical strength and mastery at hunting were his passions, and he pursued them, along with the three

cardinal sins – idolatry, adultery and murder. Yet service of Hashem and spiritual pursuit were “crushed under his heel.” (The pasuk in Parshas Eikev uses this expression to describe one who does not have the proper regard for mitzvos.) This is precisely where Yaakov entered. When Yaakov saw a mitzvah, or an opportunity to grow, he grabbed it. As he emerged from Rivka’s womb, he was already grabbing those opportunities which Eisav left behind. He grabbed the heel to show that every small opportunity for growth, even the ones crushed under the heel of the scoffers, is important. This is the secret to spiritual growth. Where other may take a shortcut and trample on the mitzvah, don’t follow. Take another moment to fully understand the gift of a mitzvah. Grab it and grow. *This story should not be used as a criterion to accept or reject talmidim into Torah institutions today.

Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetzky is the Director of Advancement at Yeshiva of South Shore – Yeshiva Toras Chaim Beis Binyamin. He is currently compiling the Torah thoughts from his grandfather, Rav Binyamin Kamenetzky, zt”l, into print, in Hebrew and English. If you have any stories or divrei Torah to share from his grandfather, or to subscribe to receive a weekly dvar Torah from Rav Binyamin Kamenetzky’s teachings, you can email him at skamenetzky@yoss.org.


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Think, Feel, Grow

The Relationship Between Yaakov and Eisav that Could Have Been By Shmuel Reichman

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here was an elderly carpenter who was ready to retire. He told his boss of his plans to leave the house-building industry in order to enjoy a more leisurely lifestyle with his wife. He would miss the weekly paycheck, but he was ready to retire and they could get by on his savings. The contractor was sorry to see his best worker go and asked if the carpenter could build just one more house as a personal favor to him. The carpenter was reluctant, as he really was ready to retire, but the contractor pushed him until he relented. However, it soon became clear that his heart was just not in it. He resorted to shoddy, hasty workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career. When the carpenter finished his work, his boss came to inspect the house. He then handed the keys to the carpenter and said, “This is your house, as my parting gift to you.” The carpenter was shocked! If

only he had known he was building his own house, he would have invested so much more effort. The same is true of our lives as well. Through every day and every action, we are building our own home, our eternal existence. The mind we’re building, the views we attach ourselves to, the thoughts we generate – this is the reality that we live in. If we were aware of this, we would be so much more careful with how we laid down each brick. Let us take a deeper look and see how this idea connects to Yaakov Avinu’s role in this world.

Yaakov vs. Eisav The cosmic battle between Yaakov and Eisav is the battle between ikar and tafel. The ikar (primary) is the inner essence and main entity, while the tafel (secondary) is that which enables the ikar to flourish. The ideal is for the tafel (that which is secondary and lower) to perfectly and loyally re-

flect the ikar (the inner spiritual essence) – for the body to faithfully reflect the truth and depth of the soul, for all of physicality to fully reflect its spiritual root. Both Yaakov and Eisav wanted the spiritual and the physical, and this was the root of their battle. Yaakov wanted to use the physical as a vehicle for the spiritual, as a tool to fully utilize and actualize spiritual potential. Eisav, on the other hand, sought to use the animation of the soul to indulge in the physical. Essentially, Eisav flipped the ikar and tafel; he viewed the physical as ikar (main) and the spiritual as tafel (secondary), a necessary instrument for experiencing the physical world. This was the battle between Yaakov and Eisav: a battle of ikar versus tafel, a battle of perception.

The Relationship That Could Have Been Originally, Yaakov and Eisav were

meant to work together, in a synthesized, harmonious partnership. Yaakov would perfect the spiritual, the ikar, while Eisav would perfect the physical, the tafel, creating a perfect vessel for Yaakov. The spiritual (Yaakov) was meant to imbue and fully manifest within the physical (Eisav). Together, they would have converged to become a single, cohesive unit, working as one. Yitzchak saw this potential within Eisav, which is why he originally sought to give Eisav the brachos. However, a careful reading of the Torah makes it clear that Yitzchak intended to bless both Yaakov and Eisav – Eisav for the physical domain and Yaakov for the spiritual domain. This is why Yitzchak ultimately gave Yaakov two sets of brachos – the one intended for Eisav (Bereishis 27:28-29) and the one he always planned to give Yaakov (Bereishis 28:1-4). This was a recognition of Yaakov’s and Eisav’s


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unique roles – Eisav as the physical vessel and Yaakov as the spiritual essence. However, Eisav corrupted his mission, and instead of perfecting the physical as a loyal vessel for the spiritual, he isolated the physical as an end in itself, completely disconnecting it from the spiritual. When Yaakov saw this, he realized that Eisav would not fulfill his part of their partnership. He therefore decided to intervene and buy the bechora, taking on Eisav’s role in addition to his own. Yaakov now became responsible for both aspects of their intended partnership: perfecting the spiritual and perfecting the physical. Based on this, the statement Yaakov made to Yitzchak when he received the brachos – “I am Eisav, your firstborn” – was actually true (Bereishis 27:19). Yaakov did not lie to Yitzchak, rather he revealed a deep truth. Yaakov had undergone an existential metamorphosis. He took on Eisav’s role, and in a deep way, became Eisav. In respect to his spiritual role, Yaakov was now both Yaakov and Eisav. Yaakov, the pillar of truth, didn’t lie to Yitzchak; he revealed the inner truth of this new spiritual identity, his new spiritual role.

Yaakov, Rachel, and Leah This idea completely transforms our perception of Yaakov’s relationship with Rachel and Leah. As Rashi explains, Rachel was destined to marry Yaakov, and Leah was originally destined to marry Eisav, which is why she constantly cried (Rashi, Bereishis 29:17). However, once Yaakov took over Eisav’s role, he marries both Rachel and Leah, a reflection his of new dual role. Marriage is an existential bond where two opposites combine into a harmonious oneness. Eisav’s orientation and mission were completely physical, and he was therefore meant to marry Leah, a woman who was completely spiritual. She was destined to help Eisav manifest control over the physical world, in order to perfect it and prepare it for Yaakov’s spiritual mission. The same dynamic applied to Yaakov and Rachel. Yaakov, who was completely spiritual (“Ish tam yoshev ohalim”), was destined to

marry Rachel, whose strength lay in her ability to properly use the physical. Rachel embodied the perfection of physicality and was the ideal partner to help Yaakov connect his spiritual potency to the physical world. This is why Rachel is described as physically beautiful (Bereishis 29:17), and why Yosef, their son, is the only male in the Torah who is described as physically beautiful. Rachel’s physical beauty reflected her role: her physical body loyally reflected her spiritual soul,

tents” (Devarim 33:18). Rashi explains, based on the midrash (Bereishis Rabbah 99:9), that Yissachar and Zevulun worked as partners: the tribe of Zevulun lived on the seashore and departed on ships to trade and make profit, while the tribe of Yissachar remained in their tents and learned Torah. Zevulun provided for both tribes, and they shared in the merits of Yissachar’s Torah learning. This could have been the relationship between Yaakov and Eisav;

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having difficulty conceiving more children, Rachel sold her right to be with Yaakov to Leah in exchange for the duda’im, hoping it would help her become pregnant. What happened right after this sale? The very next pasuk tells us that Leah gave birth to Yissachar! In other words, in return for the duda’im, Rachel sold her rights to have Yissachar. Leah now became the mother of both Yissachar and Zevulun. Soon afterwards, Rachel was zocheh to have Yosef.

Our Role

He took on Eisav’s role, and in a deep way, became Eisav.

and her mission was to help Yaakov fully manifest the spiritual within the physical world. However, as Eisav continued down the wrong path, Yitzchok and Rivka saw that he wouldn’t play the role he was meant to. As such, the plan had to change. Once Yaakov bought the bechora from Eisav, he took over both roles; he became both Yaakov and Eisav. Accordingly, he now had to marry both Rachel and Leah! The Yaakov in him had to marry Rachel, and the Eisav in him had to marry Leah. Consequently, when Lavan tricked Yaakov, it wasn’t regarding his marriage to Leah, but only the order in which he would marry her. Instead of marrying Rachel first, he was tricked into marrying Leah first. But he was going to marry Leah all along!

Yissachar and Zevulun Although the ideal relationship between Yaakov and Eisav became corrupted, a similar partnership would ultimately be achieved later in history, by a different set of brothers. At the end of Sefer Devarim, Moshe Rabbeinu gives brachos to all of the Shevatim. He blesses Yissachar and Zevulun together, saying, “Rejoice, Zevulun, in your departure, and Yissachar in your

Yaakov would have fulfilled the role of Yissachar, perfecting the spiritual, while Eisav would have fulfilled the role of Zevulun, devoting his life to bringing the spiritual down into the physical, actualizing spiritual potential. But once Eisav strayed, Yaakov took over both roles. Originally, Yissachar would have come from Yaakov, and Zevulun would have come from Eisav. However, once Yaakov took over Eisav’s role, he now held the potential for both Yissachar and Zevulun, which is why both of them were born to Yaakov. It is strange, though, that both Yisachar and Zevulun came from Leah. Shouldn’t one of them have come from Rachel? I would like to suggest an answer which I think beautifully reflects everything we’ve discussed so far. Originally, Yaakov was meant to have Yissachar with Rachel, representing the role of perfecting the spiritual, while Eisav was meant to have Zevulun with Leah, representing the role of perfecting the physical. However, once Yaakov took over Eisav’s role, he was meant to have both Yissachar and Zevulun: Yissachar with Rachel and Zevulun with Leah. Yet, we find a fascinating and enigmatic scene that takes place between Rachel and Leah. After

We are entrusted with the power of choice; we can choose how to use the potential we are given, how to see the physical world, and how to live our lives. We must ask ourselves: “What kind of house am I building?” Are we building a broken, sloppy house? Or are we building something beautiful and majestic, something we have invested in and committed ourselves towards? Let’s follow in Yaakov’s footsteps and find our unique role within the Yissachar-Zevulun partnership; let’s focus on harmony, synthesis, and oneness, as opposed to machlokes, breakdown, and turmoil. Our journey in life is like building a skyscraper; every day is another brick, another opportunity to add to our eternal self, our eternal existence. The end result is the product of every bit of effort that we invested. May we be inspired to devote our lives to building the extraordinary, so that one day we can look back and see the beautiful skyscraper we have built.

Shmuel Reichman is an inspirational speaker, writer, and coach who has lectured internationally at shuls, conferences, and Jewish communities on topics of Jewish thought and Jewish medical ethics. He is the founder and CEO of Self-Mastery Academy (ShmuelReichman.com), the transformative online course that is revolutionizing how we engage in self-development. You can find more inspirational lectures, videos, and articles from Shmuel on his website, ShmuelReichman.com.


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ver wonder what the hospital room of 2030 will look like? The Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel, has unveiled some exciting health technologies that appear to belong more to the realm of science fiction than to modern health care. While some are still in the pilot stage, many have already been implemented in some preliminary form, due to the advent of COVID-19. “Like it or not, the pandemic has served as an accelerator for technologies that were already in the pipeline, but whose development had to be expedited due to the desperate circumstances,” explains Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, Chief Medical Officer at Sheba and director of Sheba’s ARC (Accelerate, Redesign, Collaborate) center. “In the past weeks, we’ve invented and designed additional technologies in direct response to the unique challenges of the coronavirus crisis.” Zimlichman explained that instead of passively responding to events, Sheba has been working directly with medical startups to solicit solutions according to need. “We’ll continue to be proactive and expand digital health with the goal of optimizing patient care and outcomes,” he said. In response to queries when the new “medtech” would migrate to the

U.S. market, Zimlichman stressed that the emerging technologies were the fruit of global collaboration, involving, for the most part, North America. “ARC is a global ecosystem. We work with more than 15 hospitals around the world, mostly in the U.S. and Canada. That means that what you see here is taking place in collaboration with medical centers across the globe.” The following are a few of the technologies we can expect to see in the hospital room of the future:

Diagnosis by Voice Diagnosis is one of the most crucial challenges of COVID 19. The revolutionary Vocalis Health technology analyzes voice imprints to detect changes in voice and breathing as markers for the presence of the disease as well as its progression. Vocalis Health is being developed as an app that can be uploaded to any smartphone. In what is hoped will be a game-changer, research is underway to expand diagnostic ability to the asymptomatic phase of the coronavirus.

Telemedicine Telemedicine burst onto the scene on a large scale with the opening of the first COVID-19 ward. With the help of a kit that contains devices

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for self-examination and a robot that serves as a remote examining tool, doctors are now able to provide 80% of treatment from a distance, thereby keeping patients in isolation and reducing risk to medical staff to the greatest degree possible. No less important, the robot is also being used as a communication console, allowing patients to maintain communication with family members. Similarly, the Uniper system turns the regular home TV into a communication station. This was originally developed to be used by the elderly who are home alone, enabling them to establish contact with friends and family – clearly, an innovation whose time has come. Without doubt, telemedicine is here to stay. Both software and hardware are constantly being expanded and improved, well on the way to becoming an integral part of mainstream digital health, not only in the field of infectious diseases.

placed under the patient’s mattress from where it monitors vital signs, including respiration rate and heart rate. Employing artificial intelligence (AI), the sensor can now predict patient deterioration and alert medical staff to an impending emergency. For COVID-19 patients, who may suffer a sudden, unexpected downturn, such an early warning system can spell the difference between recovery and death.

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Sensors that provide constant monitoring have been on the market for several years, such as the constant glucose monitor that has been life-changing for those with type 1 diabetes. Unlike those skin-embedded sensors, EarlySense is contact-free,

Clew, dubbed the “AI control tower,” is a system of predictive analytics meant to streamline care and increase efficiency in the emergency room and the ICU. Clew helps with tasks from locating available beds, to determining the severity of a patient versus the

Smart Tracking System Using facial recognition technology, the Anyvision system keeps patients and staff safe by verifying that individual staff members were not in proximity to anyone who tested positive for coronavirus. Anyvision employs already existing surveillance cameras, and can be programmed according to various parameters, including the exact distance between the subject and an infected person, for how long, and more.


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tient markers that need to be checked regularly, typically by physically approaching the bedside. The Serenno monitoring device transmits that data digitally, precluding the need to go near the bedside, thereby reducing risk of staff infection in the COVID ward. Technology is currently being developed to enable the measured urine to be tested, with results automatically entered into the patient chart.

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rest of the patients on the floor, as well as providing early warning of patient deterioration. Urine output is one of the ICU pa-

Augmented and mixed reality applications are as vast as the imagination. Sheba is already using virtual reality (VR) technology extensively, for example, to help train rookie doctors, affording them opportunities to perform “rehearsals” before complicated procedures and surgeries. Additionally, staff are encouraged to take a break from the high-pressure atmosphere and refresh themselves with VR entertainment. On a more somber note, the shortage of ventilator technicians

during the COVID-19 crisis has led Sheba’s staff to establish contact with experts at a distant location using the Microsoft HoloLens 2 mixed reality smart glasses, the most advanced in the world. The technology allows them to receive visual “teleguidance” and instruction in real time, as if they were standing right there next to them. VR and AR are also being used to provide rest and recreation for staff members during break, thereby reducing strain and preventing the burnout that clinical staff working long shifts in the COVID wards have been experiencing.

Cooperation with the Defense Industry Professor Amitai Ziv, deputy director of Sheba Medical Center, remarked how gratifying and exciting it is to see the productive collaboration between Israel’s defense and health industries in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Amid fears that the number of patients needing respiratory assistance

may exceed the number of respirators available, IDF’s Military Intelligence worked around the clock to develop technology that converts non-invasive CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure machines, used to help people with light respiratory distress) into ventilators for severely ill respiratory patients. This technology has been hailed around the world as a groundbreaking invention that could tip the scales of coronavirus victims globally.

The Future is Now Both Ziv and Zimlichman stressed that while most of the technologies presented here are already employed at Sheba, widespread use will still take a few years – and that’s not taking into account the fact that the technologies are still being fine-tuned and developed. “What we’ve outlined here is the hospital room 1.0,” said Zimlichman. “We have much more in store, and by the end of this year, we foresee many more technologies.”


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Fulfilling Dreams They Never Dreamed The Story of Kalman and Malki Samuels’ Journey BY SUSAN SCHWAMM

This is a story about a man and his journey through life. It’s a story about his wife and her determination to give to others. It’s a story about a sweet boy facing and overcoming immense challenges. It’s a story about hundreds of children with disabilities whose lives are brightened each day. It’s a story of hope. A story of pain and perseverance. A story of challenges and courage. A story about dreams dreamed and dreams fulfilled. The beautiful Shalva building

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“We came into this as a family. We are leaving as a family.”

alman and Malki Samuels, living in Israel, were the proud parents of two children in October 1977. Malki was expecting their third child when she took their youngest, Yossi, for a vaccination at the baby clinic. Yossi was just shy of his first birthday when he received the DPT shot. What should have been a routine doctor’s visit abruptly changed the family’s course forever. It was mere hours after Yossi received the shot that Malki noticed that something was wrong with her infant. His eyes appeared glassy; he didn’t look well. Malki’s concern prompted her to call the doctor, who waved away her worries and then suggested they give Yossi medication to clear his nasal passages.

A mother’s intuition is not to be ignored. Kalman and Malki knew that their infant was experiencing something abnormal. Aside from his glassy eyes and stuffed nose, Yossi’s movements became jerky. It wasn’t until a few days later that an astute physician made the connection between Yossi’s behavior and the shot he received. “Did this child recently receive a DPT vaccination?” she asked. It took many more doctors’ visits and persistent advocating by Kalman and Malki for them to finally get a diagnosis. The vaccination that Yossi had received was faulty. After six months of administering that vaccine in Israel, the government halted the serum. But the damage was done.


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A few children who had received the vaccination were irreparably damaged and put into a vegetative state. Others had died. Yossi, unfortunately, became blind. His optic nerve became bleached. He would never fully see again. Eventually, Kalman and Malki noticed other abnormalities with their son. Yossi became deaf. He developed encephalitis of the brain and suffered from convulsions. His gait was uncertain, and he was constantly moving and breaking things. Despite his challenges, though, Yossi instinctively knew how to connect with others. He made many friends and developed a sense of humor. And he was also the impetus for his parents to reach out and create a magnificent program for those who face similar challenges.

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alman’s story begins way before Yossi’s birth. Kenny Alfred Samuels was born in Vancouver to a traditional family. He loved sports and attended Hebrew school in the afternoons after public school. His family would attend synagogue services on Saturday but would park the car a few blocks away out of respect. A trip to Israel during university sidetracked Kenny’s trajectory. During the weeks he spent there – and he went to the Holy Land only because of his mother’s urging – Kenny visited the Kotel. He had never heard of the Temple or the Western Wall, despite years of Hebrew school. Spending Shabbos in Bnei Brak made him cancel his next leg of his journey to France. Spending time in Kfar Chabad tickled something inside of him, and he took the next year off from university to explore that feeling of thirst. “The burden of trying to figure this out intellectually and spiritually was extremely

heavy,” Kalman recalls of his searching at that time. “But I felt that I had to do it for the pinpoint of light I see in the future, that maybe my future generations will be able to enjoy this.” Kalman’s journey led him to luminaries like the Gerrer Rebbe, Reb Noach Weinberg, Rabbi Chaim Brovender, and Rabbi Yitzchok Shlomo Ungar. After intense learning and months of introspection, a world-traveling college kid had become a chassidic-looking, Yiddish-speaking baal teshuva. When Kalman and Malki married, they began their new life together in Israel. Yossi’s diagnosis threw the young family into a tailspin. Desperate for answers, information, and the right services for Yossi, the family eventually moved to New York. During this time, the Samuelses endeavored to force the Israeli government to admit that the vaccination that was administered was faulty. This was, of course, before email and the internet, and the government was extremely reluctant – even obstructive – to admit any wrongdoing. (It took nine years of legal wrangling for the government to finally admit to what went wrong.) After a few years of living in New York, the family moved back to Israel, settling in Har Nof. Finding a school for Yossi was a challenge. He was both blind and deaf and extremely bright. Eventually, a special class was created for Yossi in a school for deaf children. At that point, Yossi was not able to communicate but a special education teacher – who was deaf herself – poured herself into the task of teaching Yossi sign language by signing letters into the palm of his hand and tapping vowels into his wrist. The teacher spent hours tapping into Yossi’s palm until Yossi finally understood what she was doing. The joy

she and the family and Yossi himself experienced at that breakthrough moment was unparalleled. “I remember when she ran out to tell us that he finally understood. It was an unbelievable experience. I remember when he had 10 words and 40 words,” Kalman recalls, “when he had 100 words. It was huge milestones.” Once Yossi mastered signing, he was ready for the next challenge. Another teacher taught Yossi how to speak Hebrew. Initially, she needed to put her fingers into his mouth to teach him how to move his mouth and tongue. He would use his hands to feel her face and neck to feel the vibrations of the sound. It took two painstaking years, but eventually Yossi emerged victorious – he could speak! “He speaks a thousand languages,” Malki would say. And indeed, he did. This young boy instinctively knew how to communicate with all the people met, connecting with them and joking with them. Yossi became famous, meeting Chaim Herzog, the president of Israel. In the media, they referred to Yossi as the “Helen Keller of Israel.” Although Yossi was making strides, Malki wasn’t content with basking in her nachas. Years before, in New York, Malki had made a “deal” with G-d: If You help my Yossi, I will dedicate my life to helping other mothers of children with disabilities. Now, she said, it was “payback time.” Malki’s vision was borne of compassion and concern for fellow mothers. She would “break down and cry” when she saw the disabled children in her neighborhood or their mothers struggling with them. She also understood – from experience – that a family with a child with challenges has specific needs

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that weren’t being addressed at the time. First and foremost, caring for a special needs child is a full-time job. But many families have other children at home, and they need to divide their attention amongst all the children whom they love. As such, Malki envisioned a center that would provide after-school programs and therapy for challenged individuals. This way, parents can focus on their typical children during that time, and the special needs child would be enjoying his or her time at a program designed specifically for him or her. Additionally, this center would give the family time to lead a more “normal” life. Taking care of a challenged child is all-encompassing. During the time that the challenged child would be at the center, his or her family would be able to spend time doing things that other families do – going to the movies together, eating out at a restaurant, even taking leisurely walks at night. When Kalman heard of Malki’s dream, he understood that there was a need to get a program like this off the ground. But, he told her, it would be impossible for him to raise the funds while working full-time and caring for his family. Malki, though, was adamant. This project was something that needed to happen.

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n Sunday, June 10, 1990, Shalva opened its doors for the first time. It was housed in an apartment in Har Nof and provided an after-school program for six children. It was a labor of love. Malki would pick up the children from their homes, care for them, and feed them dinner before dropping them back off at their homes. Life, of course, was hectic for the Samuels family. But

Malki told Kalman to keep his eye on the ball. She gave him a photo of a herd of horses galloping – pointing out that he’s the lead horse and the other horses, the Shalva children, are the ones racing behind him. “You must understand that whenever you speak to someone about Shalva, you are not alone,” she said. “The Shalva children are always there with you.” Kalman kept that image in mind when he fundraised for the organization. The Samuels children would spend their afternoons at Shalva helping with the children. Nechama, their oldest daughter, would read to a paralyzed girl while embracing her. Their son, Avi, would sing and play his guitar for the children. Neighborhood children would drop in to volunteer. Shalva was a happy place – a fun place for children and volunteers alike. But Malki wasn’t content with what she was offering. When summer came, Malki envisioned a sleepaway camp for the children, and so they set off to a kibbutz for a week, to enjoy the outdoors and to give their families an added respite. As word spread about the magic of Shalva, school buses would drop the children off after school. And the programs kept expanding. Malki started an overnight program for the children in which different groups of children would stay overnight one night a week. This way, the children would gain social skills and their families would have respite for two days and one night. Word of Shalva and the work they were doing spread. Eventually, Shalva needed to move into a larger space. In Shalva-Beit Nachshon – named after Nachshon Wachsman, Hy”d, whose brother, Raphael, went to Shalva – Malki worked to

ensure that the center remained a “home” and not an institution for the children. Bright colors and warmth enveloped the children each day. There was laughter and games, therapy and fun. But something was bothering Malki. The center wasn’t being used in the mornings, and she suggested that they invite mothers who recently gave birth to children with cognitive disabilities to meet other mothers and receive five different therapies for their babies in the mornings. Loneliness for those who give birth to children with challenges is the most devastating feeling, Malki maintained. She envisioned a program for mothers to see that they’re not alone and to connect with others in their same situation. They’re also taught via therapy how to best help their children. One mother with a son with challenges wrote that the Me and My Mommy program helped her to love her new baby. “I was completely shattered when my son was born. He was my first child, and it was so unexpected. I couldn’t hold him. I couldn’t even look at him…. “I remember the moment when everything changed. I was with him in the hydrotherapy pool for the first time, and I suddenly had a rush of feeling toward the baby I was coddling in the water. I understood: you are my son and I love you.”

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ince 2017, Shalva has been located in its newest location with a full-size gymnasium, two pools, and a three-story atrium. A thousand children are taken care of each day at the 220,000-square-foot center. Light fills the hallways, and murals and mosaics dot the walls of its 12 floors. Café Shalva is open to the public; young people with disabil-


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ities help to run the restaurant. Shalva children and young adults prepare Shalva Teas, a gift box of special teas sold throughout the country. At the grand opening of the new center, the Shalva Band entertained the entourage. There are programs at Shalva around the clock, starting with the Me and My Mommy in the mornings. Shalva, says Kalman, “is all about the family.” It’s a family comprised of people from all walks of life – from the ultra-Orthodox to the secular. One woman flew in from Eilat each week for her Me and My Mommy session last year. When asked why she spent the past few months flying back and forth, she told Kalman, “You don’t understand. This is not a burden to me. This is my oxygen.” Children ages one to three attend a six-day a week early childhood program. Once they graduate from there, they’re ready for Shalva’s four-to-six-year-old preschool. The preschool program has parallel classes for children who do not have disabilities, a model of inclusion for the children that is “working wonders.” Kalman quips that Shalva is one of the biggest supporters of Torah because many of Shalva’s students come from religious families. “Many of them are people sitting and learning, whether it be in this yeshiva or

that yeshiva or in the Kollel,” Kalman says. “They’re rabbanim, dayanim. And many of them have said, ‘We’re only able to do what we do because of the fact that our child is cared for until 6:30 at night. Otherwise, I would never be able to sit and learn.’” It’s not just the parents that are tended to by Shalva. The center has programs for children whose siblings are disabled. For many families, when a child is born with disabilities, the mother is no longer able to give her full attention to the other children. One teenager in a session told the therapist, “We used to be family of six. When Mommy gave birth to a baby with disabilities, we become a family of one. All of a sudden, no one else counted.” The pain and the loneliness, the questions and the shame – all these thoughts swirling around youngsters’ heads are addressed. The programs at Shalva no longer end at age 21. Now, Shalva offers group apartments for those with disabilities who are older. There is vocational training, too, for those who want to learn a trade.

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erhaps the most famous of Shalva’s programs is the Shalva Band. Comprised of Shalva members and two singers who are blind, the Shalva Band made headlines during the Eurovision, when they refused to play on Shabbos despite their popularity. Asked about how they had the strength to walk away from the fame and fortune that could have come from winning at Eurovision, Anael, one of the singers, said, “Look, we saw bright lights. It could have been confusing,” asserting, “We did not allow ourselves to get confused.”

Another band member noted, “We came into this as a family. We are leaving as a family.” Before coronavirus, the band played professionally a few times a week. When they performed on Rising Star, Israel’s version of America’s Got Talent, they received a resounding 91 on the show’s thermometer. Yair, one of the band members, spontaneously walked off the stage to give a hug to the judges. The crowd and the judges broke down emotionally at the beauty and purity of their music. The night before their performance, Kalman sat down with the Shalva members at the Shalva Café. “Whatever happens tomorrow,” he told them, “you’ve already won. You’re on a national stage – people with disabilities on a national stage. Whether you actually win tomorrow night or you don’t, it’s irrelevant. You’ve already won.”

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arlier this year, Kalman’s book, Dreams Never Dreamed, was published. In it, he pens his journey and thoughts and brings the reader along with him on his voyage through life. Living in Vancouver, eating cheeseburgers and playing sports, little Kenny would never have dreamed that he would be bringing up a vibrant, religious family in the Holy Land. He and Malki would never have dreamed that their young son would be forced to endure and persevere in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. And little could they have known that Malki’s vision of providing succor and solace to those with disabilities would evolve into a small, vibrant city in the center of Jerusalem where thousands of children grow, laugh, and play each day.

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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

I am writing this with tears in my eyes and confusion in my heart. My husband and I struggled with unexplained infertility in our early years of marriage, and after a decade were blessed with a beautiful healthy daughter followed by a wonderful son, B”H. Our daughter got back from seminary and, since we live in an out-of-town community, moved to New Jersey for college and to make it easier for dating purposes, meeting shadchanim, etc. Our daughter met with a shadchan, and we were excited to hear that she had quickly come up with a boy for her. Then we got this question: “It is odd and unusual that a frum family has only two children. Did they have fertility issues, and if so, is it genetic?” The mother of this boy asked the shadchan who then asked us. We responded in kind that, although we did have fertility issues, it was completely unexplained by all tests according to the doctor we used. Although the question stung, we understood why it was asked. We were then asked by the shadchan who was conveying the message from the boy’s parents that they would like to speak to our doctor from decades ago, directly. We were willing but unfortunately our doctor from way back then has since passed away. They probed further and asked the shadchan to ask us to see the medical documentation and files on our case to prove it. Is this normal? Is this what we should be expecting to happen? Should we disclose our medical files? We are hiding absolutely nothing – and want to do our utmost hishtadlus and don’t want people “asking questions” or feel like we are holding back. On the other hand, giving medical files to a complete stranger seems absurd and feels wrong to even have been asked. Thanks in Advance, Confused Mother

Disclaimer: This column is not intended to diagnose or otherwise conclude resolutions to any questions. Our intention is not to offer any definitive conclusions to any particular question, rather offer areas of exploration for the author and reader. Due to the nature of the column receiving only a short snapshot of an issue, without the benefit of an actual discussion, the panel’s role is to offer a range of possibilities. We hope to open up meaningful dialogue and individual exploration.


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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. he demands, comments and questions you underwent are beyond the pale of decency and sensitivity. This is not within the range of community norms. I would not give any medical records nor pursue this suggestion. People who can be so insensitive, intrusive, and have no filter probably have a home without the kind of values you are looking for. Stay away. As far as the shadchan is concerned, you need to be careful even though she exercised no discretion. She should have told the other side that they were out of line. She herself has no filter. The whole issue of fertility a generation back is probably irrelevant to begin with. Shadchanim, however, talk between themselves. You need to carefully explain to her that you don’t think this is a fit. You don’t have to go into the whys. Just nicely repeat yourself that you don’t think it’s a fit and thank her for her efforts. Be a broken record if you have to be but don’t lose your cool. Make sure to be cordial and don’t accuse her of anything. If she pushes, tell her you consulted and were given guidance on this shidduch. I would not continue to work with a shadchan like this.

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drum. Make no mistake: what you have been asked to provide, personal medical documentation from decades ago to prove you are telling the truth, is actual boundary-crossing manipulation, as well as socially unacceptable. This sheds more light on the person who asked for it than any reference call you could have ever made. So firstly, thank Hashem that you were given such a clear sign that this is not a family you want your precious daughter to marry into. Secondly, the sheer lack of social competence as well as complete disregard for emunah displayed by asking for proof of such documents speaks volumes. I can understand the initial question, “Is it genetic?” although I personally would not feel comfortable asking that directly to a parent. Anything beyond that initial question is certainly not normal. May the pain you have had to go through this ordeal be a kapara for you and your family, and may your daughter’s bashert come with clarity, smoothly, and speedily. For our readers: Please recognize when inquiring about shidduchim that your requests through a shadchan are going to families with lives and real challenges, just like your own. Just because your questions are being asked through a shadchan, does not mean they shouldn’t be heavily weighed as to whether they are sensitive and appropriate to ask. Think before you ask.

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hocked. Aghast. Appalled. Dismayed. Those are just a few of the many emotions I felt after reading your letter. I sat there and read it, and then read it again. Openmouthed, and completely dumbfounded by the thought of our shidduch system getting to the point where someone could actually have such a conun-

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ay I respectfully suggest that you ask the shadchan to provide the boy’s family with the following response from you: “We are very, very grateful to you for requesting our personal, detailed medical documentation from decades ago. “Because my husband and I have

always believed that it is neither useful nor polite to say anything negative to anyone else, we will not explicitly state what your questions reveal to us about you. “Suffice it to say, that we are extraordinarily grateful to Hashem for making it very clear to us that we want absolutely nothing to do with you and your family.”

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This sheds more light on the person who asked for it than any reference call you could have ever made.

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with unexplained infertility issues and now having to relive those times knowing that it might be “affecting” Rivka’s shidduchim. That sounds in-


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credibly emotionally exhausting. My gut reaction to your question is that this is not normal and not what you should expect to happen. Asking a person for their medical records is intrusive and inappropriate in almost all settings. In any other context, you most likely wouldn’t think twice about not sharing that information and you shouldn’t feel peer pressured to share private information like that in the name of shidduchim. That is above and beyond hishtadlus in my book. The more this mother delves into the deep crevices of your infertility struggles, the more I question and contemplate her middos, character, manners, and emunah. The sensitivity with which the family handles this says more about them than any reference can. Some food for thought: I wonder what a life would look like for

your daughter marrying into a family like this. While my gut reaction was to admonish this family, I will admit that, upon further thought, I can understand where they are coming from. They have an achrayus to do right by their son in shidduchim. They want to do the utmost research prior to agreeing to the shidduch to prevent heartbreak down the road. I can appreciate that, however, I still have an internal conflict with it. In the spirit of getting this in by the deadline, I will admit that it’s something I need to sit with and think more about. Writing from the single’s perspective, I want to take a moment to acknowledge Rivka in this equation. I cannot imagine the fears and thoughts swimming around her head throughout this ordeal. To start dat-

ing and find your parents’ long-lost unexplained infertility issues getting in the way, wondering if this is what every shidduch encounter will be like, and if the already impossible task of getting married will be that much more impossible is a heavy load. Rivka, any thoughts and concerns you have are valid and real. I’m thinking about you here, and I’m sorry that you have to experience this. Just know that the right guy will be able to look at the facts in front of him appropriately and appreciate you for who you are and where you come from. Let’s be entirely real. Hashem runs the world. End of story. The most fertile couple in the world can find themselves without children and someone with a family history of infertility could find themselves with many sets of nat u r a l ly

These parents have not only “opened the mail,” they tried to hijack the postal system!

conceived multiples. Yes, we have to do our hishtadlus, but even more so, we need to recognize Who runs the world and how little we know or have control. Please consult with your rav or mentors on how to proceed. A question like this requires an answer from an expert. A s a lways, a l l feedback , thoughts, and ideas are welcome: renafriedman2@gmail.com.

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ear Concerned Mother, This is absolutely appalling and disgusting behavior on the part of these parents. My jaw dropped and my stomach turned learning about the way these people have treated you. The lack of sensitivity and outright chutzpah to request medical documents surrounding such a delicate and sensitive matter tells me there is something deeply, deeply awry within this family. Under no circumstances should this request be honored. This behavior is so outlandish that it leaves

me wondering what else this family might be capable of and how it might potentially impact Rivka down the road. Should Rivka continue dating their son, you will need to spend a lot of time with them as a couple to see whether or not the son has their “middos” or if he rejects his parents’ values and ways. Unfortunately, sometimes children of manipulative and boundaryless parents have trouble seeing the parents’ manipulation and disrespect toward others,

and sometimes they do but have trouble mov ing away and breaking free from the ma nipu lat ion a s adults. This is typically very challenging for the spouse of the adult child. I remember sitting in my favorite professor’s class in graduate school. Dr. Belson was teaching us what to “look for” in families with a lack of boundaries. “Ask the parents if they regularly open their children’s mail,” he said. I will never forget that. He said, “Those parents have no respect for their children’s privacy. And those kids are either afraid and anxious, or angry as...” Agree or disagree if you will,

it gave me some hearty food for thought. These parents have not only “opened the mail,” they tried to hijack the postal system! In my own way, I have been in shidduchim for many years now. I’ve heard a lot (and I mean a lot). But I have never heard of anything like this. Yes, parents in shidduchim want to do their research and hishtadlus, but this is plain old tacky, classless, and downright cruel. I am so sorry for the pain this has caused you. If you send the response Dr. Galler scripted for you, you will go down in the Parents-In-Shidduchim Hall of Fame! Sincerely, Jennifer

Jennifer Mann, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and dating and relationship coach working with individuals, couples, and families in private practice at 123 Maple Avenue in Cedarhurst, NY. She also teaches a psychology course at Touro College. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 516-224-7779, ext. 2. Visit www.thenavidaters.com for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email thenavidaters@gmail.com. You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.


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Multiplicity is Real and Your Brain Proves It By Deb Hirschhorn, Ph.D.

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hould I pick up a pizza or do I really want Chinese?” “Well, pizza is great because then I am milchig and I can have that new ice cream flavor for dessert. But there’s a part of me that wants something more substantial, like fleishigs!” We all have parts of us that see things one way and other parts that are just the opposite. Some of us have a part that criticizes ourselves and another that’s a peacemaker. Or a part that’s scared of confrontation and another that berates us for being weak. (For an after-Shabbos experience, watch the trailer to the animated movie, Inside Out). Richard Schwartz, the originator of Internal Family Systems, says that the average person has between 10 and 30 parts. Did you notice, I said “the average person”? Multiplicity is normal. And, furthermore, most of what is in our heads operates beneath consciousness.

If you think of how the brain works, the fact that all this is out of awareness is not only possible but makes total sense. That is so that we can be efficient. We don’t have to try to figure out where we live or who our family is; we just know. So let’s look at our normal multiplicity. We are not the same to our families as to our co-workers or our friends, for example. So how does this happen, anyway? Back in 1999, when Daniel J. Siegel wrote The Developing Mind, he referred to “states of mind” which he defined as: “the cluster of brain activity at a given moment in time. This ‘moment’ can be brief or extended, and states of mind can have various degrees of sharpness or blurriness to their boundaries across time. The repeated activation of states of mind as time goes by – over weeks, months, and years – into a specialized, goal-directed set of cohesive functional units is what we are going to call a ‘specialized self’ or ‘self-state.’” (p. 230)

So, from Siegel’s perspective, a “self” is the result of the same type of brain activity occurring at different times. He also notes that we have different “selves” under different conditions: “Each person has many such interdependent and yet distinct processes, which exist over time with a sense of continuity that creates the experience of mind.” (p. 231) This statement simply says that there is different brain activity going on for being a parent as opposed to being a spouse, for instance. He goes on to note that it is not the fact that there are many such “selves” that is the problem, but rather that they can be in conflict with one another. Schwartz would agree. We tend to form polar opposite parts when the Self does not seem to be in charge. A “self-led” person is going to be wise and make good decisions. But when trauma or trials have occurred that a person seems unable to handle, well, we do the best we can.

And that “best” is how we handled a similar situation as a younger person. That means that a part of us jumps into action to help us muddle through. A teen might get angry and have a temper tantrum or do as one early client of mine did – climb out the window in the middle of the night to hang out with other teens who may have felt something in common. These become, in Siegel’s terms, different “selves” or “states of mind,” or as Schwartz would call them, “parts.” When my young client got caught, another “cluster of brain activity” (in Siegel’s terms) would take over, so that in being confronted by parents she couldn’t climb out the window but instead got teary and apologetic. The thing is that these different “clusters of brain activity” stay with us. They are part of us, however unaware we are of them. And sure enough, they will come to our rescue when they are needed. So if my young teen client grew up and


married someone who made her feel misunderstood, she could, conceivably, throw her energies into escapist activities such as too much video watching, addictions, or partying with friends. When confronted by her husband, she might cry and apologize just as she did to her parents when she was a teen. Because these parts sprang up under entirely different circumstances, they might not “know” each other. In neuroscience terms, this simply means that those neurons may never have fired together. There’s no reason the laughing teen jumping out the window at 2 a.m. would “know” the crying teen standing in front of her angry mother. We think we are taken over by emotions, but what Schwartz is saying is that we, our Self, is actually taken over by parts that act automatically. We don’t need to think; they’re just there for us. And they have whole personalities, not just emotions. Not only don’t they know each

other, but their end goals are diametrically opposed (having fun by escaping in my teen versus taking responsibility when feet are held to the fire). Now, what happens when a response is called for that is not so clear-cut? What happens when both

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wants to take responsibility sees that her own teen needs help and is pushing her to be there for him. Who does she listen to? She is truly torn. And that is why the consensus in the field is that the problem with parts is not because we

Most of what is in our heads operates beneath consciousness.

parts want you to behave the way each one wants? This could happen. So, let’s say this teen’s name is Addie. She has grown up, gotten married, and now has a teenage son of her own. The part of her that wants to escape the pain of her marriage might be encouraging her to watch videos and tune out. But the part of her that

have so many of them but problems arise when parts are in conflict with each other and when we also don’t have a sufficient sense of Self to pave the way forward in life, making good decisions based on neither part but rather based on our own wisdom. In neural terms, this simply means that the cluster of neurons that needs to be activated to get

through the messes of life is not activated. Instead, other, conflicting clusters try to take over for us. When we think of our brains as capable of housing so many different “clusters of brain activity,” it is truly awesome. They’re all there, ready to jump into action when needed, and they’re all part of us. The fact that they may not be helpful is only true because, as adults, another part of us knows better. That is the emerging Self which may or may not have enough energy to take control of such situations. I will talk next week about how we can help that Self to take leadership of his or her brain, body, context, and family.

Dr. Deb Hirschhorn is a Marriage and Family Therapist. If you want help with your marriage, begin by signing up to watch her Masterclass at https://drdeb. com/myw-masterclass.

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Health & F tness

A Souper Healthy Diet By Aliza Beer MS, RD, CDN

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s we head into the long cold months of winter, there is nothing as nourishing and comforting as a bowl of soup. Homemade soup can be very wholesome and healthy, as long as you go easy on the salt and avoid the saturated fats like cream. Homemade soup is a better choice than canned soup, because canned soup often contains the chemical BPA and is usually very high in sodium. Let’s explore some reasons why you should start incorporating soups into your diet this winter and all year long.

• It increases vegetable consumption: Many people in the U.S. don’t get the recommended amount of vegetables. Increasing your vegetable consumption will automatically increase your intake of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Researchers at Iowa State University looked at the diets of 10,500 Americans, and found that people who ate soup had higher diet-quality scores than people who didn’t. Soup-eaters also had higher intakes of fiber, vitamin A, magnesium, iron, and potassium than those that were not soup-eaters.

• Soups aid in weight loss: One study out of Penn State reported that eating soup before lunch helped people naturally cut 134 calories out of their entire meal. Another study found that people who don’t eat soup regularly are about 40 percent more likely to be overweight when compared to those that eat soup on a regular basis. Soups are a low calorie (if they are sans cream) and filling food. People who eat soup before a main course tend to eat less overall at that meal. Other research shows that diets rich in low calorie-filling foods are associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. If you want to make a meal out of a soup, make sure it includes a protein, such as chicken or meat. Otherwise, you will be hungry later. • They keep you hydrated: It’s very common for people to drink less during the cold winter months. While you may not be hot and sweaty, you still lose fluids through daily activities. Since soups are mostly liquid, they are a great way to stay hydrated and full. • The potassium will offset the sodium: Soup is notoriously high in sodium, and research shows that people who eat soup do get more sodium than those who skip it. But they are also likely to get more potassium. This is important for heart health because potassium encourages your body to excrete sodium. So, while too much sodium can increase blood pressure, potassium can help bring it back down. Try making your own soups. This way, you are in control and can cut back on the sodium. • Boosts your immunity: Vegetables, herbs, chicken, and meat cooked into a soup retain more nutrients than if the same foods are baked or stir-fried. Chicken soup in particular is very helpful in combating colds

and the flu. Chicken soup contains an amino acid that closely resembles a pharmacological agent called acetylcysteine, often prescribed for bronchitis. Chicken soup has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. One study found that chicken soup diminishes the presence of white blood cells associated with inflammation in upper respiratory conditions caused by colds and flu. It appears that the chicken soup encourages a more effective immune response and helps symptoms clear up quicker. Traditional ingredients in soup like garlic and pepper are natural decongestants, meaning they thin out mucous and make breathing easier. Other advantages to incorporating soups into your diet are that they are easy to prepare and freeze well. They are a great way of sneaking veggies into the life of a very picky eater. There is also no exact science to cooking soups! Feel free to experiment with any herbs and spices. Be sure to include healthy ingredients like garlic, ginger, onions, mushrooms, and miso. Garlic and onions both contribute to immune system health as natural antibiotics. Garlic in particular is antifungal and can lower cholesterol levels. Ginger is a well-known digestive and anti-nausea aid, but it also has been shown to have antiviral and antimicrobial properties. Mushrooms have numerous health benefits, most importantly that they improve immune function. Mushrooms promote the growth of white blood cells and the macrophages that destroy harmful microorganisms in the body. Miso is fermented soybean paste, and is linked to a variety of health benefits including better digestion and a stronger immune system. Miso is a probiotic, which helps to maintain a good equilibrium of bacteria in your


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Detox Wild Mushroom Miso Soup From The Soup Addict

gut, and since 70% of your immunity lies in the gut, probiotics are enormously beneficial. It’s time to go shopping for produce, or simply open up your fridge and use any veggies that are due to expire soon, and let’s get cooking!

Ingredients: ½ oz dried mushrooms (recommend shitake and porcini mix) 1 TBS neutral oil (such as sunflower) 8 oz. fresh cremini mushrooms 4 oz. fresh shitake mushrooms (stems discarded, sliced) 2 oz. fresh enoki or beech mushrooms (optional) 1 leek 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth 1 TBS fresh minced ginger 1 clove garlic, minced 1 TBS soy sauce or tamari 1 TBS rice vinegar 3 TBS sweet white miso (can be

found in the supermarket or health food store) 1 baby bok choy, sliced 1 scallion (sliced, optional for garnish) Kosher salt Instructions: In a small pot, bring a cup of water to a boil, remove from heat, and add the dried mushrooms. Let soak for 30 minutes. In a 4-5-quart Dutch oven or stock pot with lid, heat the oil over medium until shimmering. Add fresh mushrooms and leek, give a quick stir, and cover, cooking until the mushrooms have softened and are mostly browned (about 10 minutes). Push the mushroom mixture to one side, and add a splash of veg-

etable broth to the cleared space. Add the ginger and garlic and stir until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add the remaining broth plus the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and ½ tsp salt. Increase heat and bring the soup to a gentle boil, then reduce to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. By now, the dried mushrooms should be reconstituted. Chop any large pieces and add all to the soup, including the mushroom liquid. Spoon the miso into a small mixing bowl and add about one cup of the soup broth. Whisk until smooth, then mix into the soup. Add the baby bok choy. Taste the soup and add salt to taste. Serve garnished with scallions, sprouts or extra enoki mushrooms.

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


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Parenting Pearls

A Few Math Basics By Sara Rayvych, MSEd

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will be honest that math is the subject that parents express to me the most fear about teaching. There’s something about math that strikes terror into parental hearts. Even children in school will often need a parent’s help at home with math homework. Doing math at home with kids can be very frustrating. As a parent, you may understand the math concept but each time you explain it you receive a blank look in return. Alternatively, you yourself may be a little unfamiliar with what’s being taught or what’s required for that assignment. This is frustrating for everyone and, sadly, can occur nightly. I’m hoping that something in this article can take away some of that frustration and give a bit of confidence to parents that may need it. I will not be addressing Common Core or how it affects math, despite how important the discussion is. In our homeschool, I do employ many of the traditional manipulatives that I used professionally and you’ll find in your child’s classroom. I have also added some out-of-the-box ways to bring hard math concepts down to a level my children will understand. I tried to include a few of those tricks that I use and that will ll hopefully make math a little easier and less stressful for you.

Making it concrete When teaching math, it’s important to remember that math is usually abstract concepts and children are concrete thinkers; the younger they are, the more concretely they think. Make every lesson as hands-on as possible. Saying to your child, “You have two cookies and I give you two more. How many do you have?” is still abstract. To us, it sounds easy but to a child it doesn’t make any sense since they can’t process that information. I think this is where parents often find themselves frustrated, explaining re-

peatedly to a child that still doesn’t understand. Even using their beloved snack won’t get them past the abstract nature of the situation. If they can’t see it and touch it, then it doesn’t exist. Try to make everything as concrete and real as possible. As they get older, you can slowly bring in slightly more abstract concepts. It’s always best to err on the side of concrete rather than abstract. Also, when introducing a new concept, it’s best to start with the concrete version as new concepts are something new to learn, even if you think they already know some of those concepts abstractly. There are many examples of transitioning from concrete to abstract. I’ll include some here using basic addition as an example. Put two cookies/spoons/buttons/anything into one of the child’s hands and two into the other (or in piles on the table in front of them) and ask them how many they have altogether. Allow them to count, touch and move the pieces. This is very concrete because they can see it, touch it and manipulate it. Showing them drawings of the items are less concrete but still not so abstract. They can see and count the items but they

can’t really touch them or move them. Anything involving written numbers will be more vague and abstract. When it’s time to move to written digits, you’ll often see pictures underneath for good reason. Those pictures are to concretely illustrate the abstract number symbols being taught. All this needs to happen before your child can ever be asked orally how many cookies they have in each hand. As a side point, they love to have cookies in each hand, but I digress.

Use what’s familiar Whenever possible, try to connect a new concept to one they already understand. I routinely introduce the concept of basic decimals as dollars and cents. They understand money and that 100 cents make a dollar. Before COVID-19, I would take my children shopping so they could understand money and use math practically in a store. Math concepts, such as decimals, are inherently abstract and hard to understand. By connecting the new concept to an old one, you’re basically taking something that is new and confusing to your child and saying, “You already know this,

let me show you where you’ve seen it before,” We often spend a lot of time teaching something from the beginning when we can compare it to what they already know. Fractions is a vague concept but children already know how to divide a cookie or chocolate bar into halves to share with a sibling, whether they want to share or not. Division is similar. They understand how to divide the pie of pizza up within their group or make sure each person gets the same number of cookies from the package. Many mathematical concepts are something they are already familiar with in their daily life. If you can make that connection, then you can build upon that. Not only does it make the math more real and useful to them but it’s taking a vague and abstract concept and bringing a concrete connection in. Once I’ve taught a concept using a particular method, I will then use that as a prompt to help them if they get stuck later on. For example, when using pizza pies to teach improper and mixed fractions, I will prompt them by asking, “Are you ordering by the slice (improper fraction) or by the pie (mixed fraction).” If a child confuses bigger and smaller denominators, I may ask if they’d prefer their chocolate bar divided into halves or thirds. These quick prompts remind them of the previous lessons.

Bring it into real life It’s always a bonus when kids get to see how they really do use math in the real world. I’ve had kids insist nobody ever uses addition in real life. As mentioned above, I teach basic decimals as dollars and cents. I recently had an older child tell me he/she couldn’t understand decimals because we don’t have thousandths of cents. I was able to give a real-life example that hopefully clarified everything. I explained that when we buy dozens of donuts for a Chanukah


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event, if you calculate each donut’s actual cost, they come out to something like .8333333 cents each. I further explained that while those thousandths of cents may seem miniscule, he/she quickly understood that they really exist and add up when you’re talking about dozens of donuts. And now I’ve gotten you prepared for Kislev and Chanukah. As another example, dividing fractions is confusing and ugly for a child. We don’t need to dress this up; on paper it’s an unpleasant topic. But when kids are baking and they need to half or quarter a recipe, those easily avoided fractions become practical, useful, and dare I say necessary. It’s abstract to say to a child “half a half.”. It’s more concrete to show a ½ cup measuring cup and explain you only need to use half of it or you’ll ruin the recipe. For best results, you should have a full cup measuring cup on hand so they can understand why the half cup measurement is actually a half cup.

Tedious but important It’s crucial that children keep numbers in the correct columns but many children have trouble keeping their columns straight, particularly when doing the basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication

so important for kids to show each step. I know that as a child I never saw the purpose of writing everything out but as a teacher I know it’s a treasure trove of useful information. If they won’t show their work, then watch them work out the math

Try to make everything as concrete and real as possible.

and division). Graph paper is a simple way to keep columns and lines neat. Look for bigger squared graph paper, especially for children that still write their numbers in large print. I was able to find ½-inch squared graph paper online; I felt like I struck gold. Many children, like myself when I was younger, hate showing their work. It may feel like torture but it’s

problems. Showing work gives you an insight into how they’re thinking through the problem. It’s also a simple way to catch basic mistakes and correct the core issue.

You’re not alone If you’re having trouble assisting your child, then you can always contact your child’s teacher. Their teacher

wants to know where they’re having challenges at home. Some issues may come out at home before coming out in the classroom, and it can be helpful for the teacher to have your feedback. Additionally, math shouldn’t be torture for the child or parent. Bringing the teacher into the equation can help you more effectively and pleasantly help your child with their work. Math is such a basic and important subject for children to learn, yet it’s often a source of anxiety and stress for child and parent alike. Take a deep breath, hug your child, and let them know you love them as you daven for their success. With your support, your child will feel loved despite the challenges and continue to understand more advanced concepts as they grow. Sara Rayvych, MSEd, has her master’s in general and special education. She has been homeschooling for over 10 years in Far Rockaway. She can be contacted at RayvychHomeschool@gmail.com.


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In The K

tchen

Loaded Turkey Caesar Salad By Naomi Nachman

Who doesn’t love a good Caesar salad? You will find them on menus at restaurants, at smorgasbords at every type of simcha, and

cookbooks that have theirs with twists by

the author. Here is one of my favorite versions of a Caesar salad loaded up with my favorite vegetables and some leftover turkey. This is perfect for using up Thanksgiving or Shabbat leftovers.

Ingredients

Preparation Dressing/Salad

Dressing b½ cup mayonnaise b2 cloves garlic, minced b1 teaspoon fish-free Worcestershire sauce b¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice b¼ teaspoon kosher salt b¼ teaspoon black pepper bSriracha to taste (optional)

Salad b6 cups shredded romaine lettuce, or your favorite greens b1-2 cups halved cherry tomatoes

b1 avocado, cubed b1 cup leftover Empire Kosher(R) turkey, cubed b1 cup croutons, store-bought or homemade (see below)

Homemade croutons b4 cups bread, cut into small cubes (you can use rye bread, leftover challah or sourdough bread) b¼ teaspoon garlic powder b¼ teaspoon parsley b¼ teaspoon salt b₁⁄₃ cup extra virgin olive oil

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Add all dressing ingredients to a small bowl. Whisk to combine, then set aside.

2. Place lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado into a large salad bowl. 3. Scatter turkey and croutons over vegetables. 4.

Drizzle with dressing.

Homemade croutons 1.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, toss together bread, garlic powder, parsley, and salt. 3. Drizzle olive oil over bread while tossing. 4.

Spread cubes into an even layer on prepared baking sheet.

5. Bake 10-15 minutes. Cook’s note: As an alternative you can put the salad in a wrap. Photo by Melinda Strauss

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


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Mind Y

ur Business

Debra Jasper: The Power of a Story By Yitzchok Saftlas

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very Sunday evening since July 2015, Yitzchok Saftlas, CEO of Bottom Line Marketing Group, hosts 77WABC’s “Mind Your Business” show on America’s leading talk radio station. The show features Fortune 500 CEOs, CMOs, and top business leaders where they share their business knowledge and strategic insights on how to get ahead in today’s corporate world. Since Q2 2017, the 77WABC “Mind Your Business” show has remained in the coveted Nielsen “Top 10” in New York’s highly competitive AM Talk Radio market. Guests have included John Sculley, former CEO of Apple and Pepsi; Dick Schulze, founder and Chairman Emeritus of Best Buy; Beth Comstock, former vice chair of GE; and Captain Sully Sullenberger, among nearly 200 senior-level executives and business celebrities.TJH will be featuring leading questions and takeaways from Yitzchok’s popular radio show on a bi-monthly basis. TJH will be featuring leading questions and takeaways from Yitzchok’s popular radio show on a bi-monthly basis.

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n a recent 77WABC “Mind Your Business” broadcast, Yitzchok Saftlas (YS) spoke with guest Debra Jasper (DJ), founder and CEO of Mindset Digital. Debra works with Fortune 100 leaders around the world to connect in a fast forward world while communicating with clarity and impact in today’s virtual age. Debra is one of the top “Winning Women” entrepreneurs in North America. YS: There are only twelve females who have been selected as winning women entrepreneurs across North America by Ernst & Young. That’s quite a category. Share your story. DJ: That was in 2018. They select winning women entrepreneurs every year. They are looking for women who are running companies that are really scalable and likely to have large success, so it was a tremendous honor to get that award. And actually, I got to go to Monaco and meet the top five hundred entrepreneurs in the world. We need more women in the entrepreneurial space. I’m

always trying to help other women start their own companies and do cool things out there, because there’s a lot of space for more females in the business world.

amazing journey because who isn’t trying to figure out how to break through the noise and get attention these days and get their clients to tune in?

YS: Let’s move on to Mindset Digital. Tell us the backstory. How did you get into this work? DJ: I was teaching at Ohio State. I wrote my dissertation on the art of powerful micro storytelling. We launched the first social media fellowship for journalists in the world. We were working with CNN, 60 Minutes, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. And a lot of businesses started coming to us and saying, We love how you’re teaching them to communicate and how everything has to be short, organized, and skimmable. Can you do that for us? My business partner and I looked at each other and said, Why, yes, we can. We left our teaching jobs and we launched Mindset Digital a decade ago. We’ve now trained people around the world. I’ve worked with the Ukrainian Council of Ministers. I’ve worked in Dubai. It’s been an

YS: Perhaps you could explain the power of story. Why is storytelling so critical for any executive in a company to master? DJ: Here’s what we’re up against right now that is so intense. Our clients have always been distracted with really short attention spans. We know that. Here’s the added layer: the big challenge now is that they’re not just distracted, they are also distant. We’re communicating on small screens, and we’re distressed. How do you get people to tune in when we have so much coming at us every day between Covid and the election and the Supreme Court battles? Just so much coming at us every day. And we’re all trying to stay in business and get our clients to listen to us and act on what we’re telling them. We need to communicate with tremendous clarity and impact, if we have

any hope that we’re going to drive action and faster responses. YS: Why is it so important to have an online presence, especially on LinkedIn? DJ: Because people are looking you up every day and making a decision about whether you are old school or savvy. We are judging each other online these days because we’re not meeting in person nearly as much. And too often people make the mistake of thinking, Oh, you just put up a resume. That’s not going to build relationships. Your online presence has to tell the powerful story of you. You’re either driving business with your online presence or you’re driving business away. You may not even know, I may look you up and say, You know what? I don’t want to talk to you, and never take that call. Or I may look you up and say, Wow. I should bring three more people into this call. So, it’s an important part of doing business today. YS: What should your mindset be when creating or posting on


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your LinkedIn profile? DJ: It’s not what you love. It’s not what you do. It’s what you love about what you do for your clients. So that really gets you focused on the reader and not you. YS: What are the most important parts of a LinkedIn profile that a person should ensure is done properly? DJ: Number one is visual because, of course, most of the information we take in, we take in visually. So, you have to have a professional photo, but you don’t want a stuffy one. You don’t want kind of that old school corporate photo, especially these days. We say casual does not mean careless, but it does mean a little friendlier and a little less stuffy. In fact, I just changed my photo, because I think in this new world, we’re moving into a whole lot less of that kind of old school photo. You want to have a great visual background. You need your summary section to truly be a mini magazine bio. You need to think about your search engine optimization words, because especially if you have a common name and people look you up, maybe six of those are going to come up and you want to come up first, and then you want to think through how you make all of it more skimmable so it’s easy for people to read and easy for people to take in, which sounds a little overwhelming, but those are the critical things. YS: What are the biggest mistakes to avoid on LinkedIn? DJ: You say LinkedIn and some people think, well, it’s just one social channel, but they have a lot of search engine optimization. So, it will be one of the first things that comes up online. I think of it as more than just your online presence. In a world of social distancing, everyone is doing more to look you up online long before they meet with you or even after they talk with you. One of the big mistakes is not staying engaged. So, let’s say that I’ve looked you up online, when I link into you, I should not use the default. If I can’t take five minutes to say I so enjoyed being on your radio show, then why should you connect

with me? We should take 15 seconds to write a personal note about how do I know you, or did I hear you on the radio, or did I love your webinar, or your training session…some personal connection. Not doing the default is a big important point. Secondly, don’t listen to everyone. And here’s why. If you link into me and you’re just going to spam me and I accept that, then that person may link into someone else that I know. And they’ll say, Oh, Debra linked into them. So, I’m loaning them my credibility. You want to link into people you know or people that you

ed their profile and they’re all set. What should be done along the way to ensure that they are keeping their score high? What are some of the content creation that is critical for a person to maintain on their LinkedIn page? DJ: Part of it is the thought leadership, it’s engaging with insights. It’s spending a little bit more time, not just liking something, but actually, commenting. And when you comment, tell me why you liked something. I commented the other day. Someone had said something

“How do you get people to tune in when we have so much coming at us every day?”

definitely know you want to know, but not everyone. It’s fine if you do link into me and then you spam me; I can unfollow you or disconnect from you and you don’t get notified. YS: What is LinkedIn’s social selling index? What is that goal? People should really know the before and after. What happens before they engage with Mindset Digital and where they’ll be afterwards. DJ: LinkedIn has something called the social selling index. I actually don’t like the name because I think it should be called the Social Influencer Index, because it’s more about measuring your influence. It’s measuring if you have a robust network, how often are you engaging with insights? They don’t completely tell you the secret to the algorithm. Google “the social selling index and LinkedIn,” put your name in, and it will give you a score. And on average, we see people in finance, their score is like 18. The scores can be pretty low. You want to have a score of at least in the 50s – ideally, it’ll be higher than that. YS: Once someone has built up their network, they perfect-

about how they get so tired of seeing those 40-under-40 lists. And I commented, yes, I’d love to see a 50-over-50 list and a 60-over-60 list, you know, because there’s a lot of us, over 50, including me, that are still doing cool work. I have more than 43 comments on that and tons of people have engaged and so many people have reached out to me and said, “Debra, I love this post. Let’s link in. We should talk.” I posted about this work we’re doing with physicians. We do a lot of physician LinkedIn makeovers. I want to say this isn’t just for business leaders. Doctors are thinking about their profiles. Executives in hospitals are thinking about their profiles. I was commenting on this and I had a CMO (chief marketing officer) at a major health care organization link into me and say, I didn’t know you were doing this, and we should meet. What’s wonderful about that is it’s much better when people reach out to you and say, I’d love to meet with you, than you desperately trying to get the meeting. This goes into when you post really thoughtful content. People think you’re thoughtful and they want to do business with savvy business

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leaders. This is your opportunity to showcase a lot of what you do. Having said that, though, I was coaching another guy the other day who was running kind of academic white papers. This is not the space for that. These blog posts, the good news for all of us is they can be short, organized, and skimmable, and a lot more friendly. You should write like you talk – not like you text – but like you talk. And that can make them a lot more powerful. YS: Can you discuss how important it is or is it important at all for one to try to get video content on their LinkedIn page? DJ: We definitely work with you on visual assets. I have a five-minute keynote speaker reel. When people come to decide whether to hire me as a keynote speaker, they can watch that. People don’t even recognize that you can do this. Business leaders out there, if you have a recruiting video, or you have a video describing your business, or you gave a recent talk and you have that video, you can post all of that. Our brains are wired for visual content and we’re more likely to watch that. So, it’s absolutely important to think about that visual. Overall, 70 percent of the information we take in, we take in through our eyes. You want to make sure your photo, your videos, your visual background, all of that really hangs together and is impressive.


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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

In Israel, the most radical left, that represents maybe 5 or 10% of the country, is very socialist, very anti-national, very anti-religion, anti-Judaism. Took control of almost 100% of the mainstream media and academia. They are brainwashing, indoctrinating. – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son, Yair Netanyahu

I was called by the left so many times a Nazi, but all of my grandfather’s family from Poland was murdered by the Nazis. This is what they call everyone who is conservative and disagrees with them. - Ibid.

I hope everybody moves to Georgia, you know, in the next month or two, registers to vote, and votes for these two Democratic senators. - New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on CNN, urging Democrats to commit voting fraud by moving to Georgia temporarily so that they can vote in the two runoff U.S. Senate races in January

Well, it’s a nice sentiment. First, you go out and the Democrats steal five or six states, and that’s what Republicans believe we’re watching. We think we have evidence of a lot of it. Then you turn around and you say let’s forget four years of Nancy Pelosi, let’s forget four years ago of impeachment, harassment, opposition, hostility, hatred, and now that I’ve won, why don’t we make nice together? – Newt Gingrich, responding to Joe Biden’s call for unity, on Fox News

Something extremely bogus is going on. Was tested for covid four times today. Two tests came back negative; two came back positive. Same machine, same test, same nurse. Rapid antigen test from BD. -Tweet by Elon Musk last Thursday

After more than 30,000 people died in his realm, the highest number throughout the land, and with a virulent virus still raging, King Covidius Cuomo decided now was the right time to bring to you his immense wisdom gleaned from years of successful “leadership…” -From Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s spoof book, titled, Lessons In Leadership: King Covidius Cuomo, which brings out the absurdity of the governor responsible for the most Covid deaths writing a book about how wonderfully he handled the pandemic

We have so much evidence, I feel like it’s coming in through a firehose. - Trump’s attorney Sidney Powell on Fox News positing that Trump won the election by millions of votes and stating that she has the evidence to prove it

President Trump won this election in a landslide. It’s going to be irrefutable. – Ibid.


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For millions of Americans spooked by a Black man in the White House, [Trump] promised an elixir for their racial anxiety. - Barack Obama, in his new book, “explaining” Trump’s rise to power

Barack Obama became the president of the United States because White Americans supported him. And rather than show some unity, rather than show some respect for this country that gave him literally everything he has, he turns his back…and says, “Look at this despicable country. It’s broken.” He is the first president that has ever sat in the White House and come out hating America. - Candace Owens, responding to Obama’s outrageous claim

We have 11 million people in our country who have already had COVID. We should tell them to celebrate. We should tell them to throw away their masks, go to restaurants, live again because these people are now immune. – Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who is a medical doctor, on Fox News last Thursday

To all the scientific illiterates denying immunity after COVID infection, realize you are denying the science of natural immunity which is the foundation of vaccine science. (P. S. even Fauci admits to immunity after COVID)

The most corrupt institutions and individuals in America have declared that the election was free of fraud, and that’s good enough for me. What’s wrong with the rest of you? - Tweet by Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip

I was talking with my UK colleagues who are saying the UK is similar to where we are now, because each of our countries have that independent spirit. I can understand that, but now is the time to do what you’re told. - Dr. Fauci making quite the Orwellian statement at a Washington, D.C., event this week

- Ibid., on Twitter after being criticized by the angry mob

I would say it’s a historical moment. Something like this has never happened before. First of all, the world was faced with such a terrible situation, the pandemic, and being able in such a short time to go through what usually takes many years. Hearing that at the interim analysis we are over 90% effective — it was almost stunning to hear. — Kathrin Jansen, head of vaccine research and development at Pfizer, which has developed an effective COVID-19 vaccine in record time

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This week 82 years ago, Kristallnacht happened. It was the Nazis’ warning shot across the bow of our human civilization that led to genocide against a whole identity and, in that tower of burning books, it led to an attack on fact, knowledge, history and truth. After four years of a modern-day assault on those same values by Donald Trump, the Biden-Harris team pledges a return to normal. - CNN International anchor Christiane Amanpour comparing President Donald Trump’s four years in office to the Nazis’ Kristallnacht.

We find hereby the false equivalence made between the actions of a sitting U.S. president and the atrocities of the Kristallnacht pogroms which were carried out by the Nazis eighty-two years ago belittling of the immense tragedy of the Holocaust. Distortion and minimization of the Holocaust are deplorable lies that only encourage the evil voices of anti-Semitism. Employing the memory of the Holocaust for cheap shock value and to further a political agenda is a deeply troubling and offensive spin of historic and moral truths with dangerous implications. - From a letter by Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevich to CNN president Jeffrey Zucker demanding an immediate apology from Amanpour

Democrats were supposed to flip the Senate and didn’t; supposed to flip state legislatures, not a one. And they lost seats in the House. Liberals can either write off half the country as irredeemable or they can ask: What is it about a “D” next to a candidate’s name that makes it so toxic? - HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher

Democrats kept saying in the campaign, “You can’t possibly think Trump is preferable to what we’re selling,” and many voters keep saying, “Yes. We. Can. In fact our primary purpose for voting for him is to create a bulwark against you. Because your side thinks silence is violence and looting is not.” - Ibid.

So, you know, of course the loss of the House majority is just extraordinarily upsetting to all of us. It’s upsetting to all of us who are invested in having a Democratic majority so that we can expand healthcare, so that we can raise wages, so that we can protect working people. - Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (Dem/Socialist-NY) in a virtual townhall last Thursday, not realizing that the Democrats did not lose the House majority, although they lost a whole bunch of seats

Never bet against me. - President Donald Trump, who said he expects to ultimately win the election

I do a lot of things to advance the interests of the District of Columbia. And some of them are formal, and some of them are informal, but all of them are necessary. - Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser defending her decision to go with her staff to Delaware to celebrate with presumed President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday, even though she banned travel for anyone from Washington, D.C., to go to any other state other than Virginia or Maryland

Without the resounding support of Black people, we would be saddled with a very different electoral outcome. In short, Black people won this election. Alongside Black-led organizations around the nation, Black Lives Matter invested heavily in this election. “Vote and Organize” became our motto, and our electoral justice efforts reached more than 60 million voters. We want something for our vote. - BLM co-founder and executive director Patrisse Cullors in a letter to Joe Biden


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Political Crossfire

An Eight-Point Plan for Trump By Marc A. Thiessen

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resident Donald Trump has every right to pursue recounts and legal challenges to the 2020 election. But he needs to realize these challenges won’t change the final result. This is not 2000, when just 537 votes in a single state determined the result. The president would need to overcome a deficit of tens of thousands of votes in three states to win. That will not happen. So, Trump needs a way forward. How he exits the White House could leave an indelible impression on voters’ minds. No one likes a sore loser. Here is an eight-point plan for how Trump can leave the presidency with the best chance to reclaim it in four years. 1. Cooperate with the Biden transition while pursuing your legal challenges. Trump should authorize Joe Biden to receive the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) and instruct his officials to cooperate with Biden’s transition team. The 9/11 Commission blamed the failure to anticipate the 9/11 attacks in part on the delay in the Bill Clinton-to-George W. Bush transition. Trump should not expose himself to criticism if we are attacked on Biden’s watch. Moreover, one of his greatest legacies will be Operation Warp Speed, which is producing the fastest delivery of a vaccine for a novel virus in history and requires a smooth handover to succeed. If he ends up flipping the election results, such cooperation will not have done any harm. But if he doesn’t, his failure to do so could set him up for blame down the road for Americans’ deaths. 2. When the electoral college meets on December 14 and declares Biden the winner, concede and say you are stepping aside for the sake of the country.

Trump can continue to hold that the election was stolen and run to reclaim his stolen presidency in four years’ time. But to win again, Trump needs to understand why he lost. There are millions of voters who approved of his policies but did not vote for him because they were tired

4. Lead the GOP to keep control of the Senate. Trump can fire the first salvo of 2024 with victories in the Georgia Senate runoffs in January. He should do so not by focusing on the last election, but by telling his supporters their vote is about the future. If

Trump should use his speech to declare, in the words of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, “I shall return.”

of chaos. They gave Biden the margin of victory. If Trump mishandles the transition, his behavior will only validate those voters’ choices – and make it less likely they will change their minds in 2024. 3. Announce you are running in 2024. Trump should shift the focus from the last election to the next one – pointing his followers toward the future and rallying them.

Democrats take control of the Senate, he can say, they will enact socialist policies that he won’t be able to reverse in four years’ time. Just look at how hard it has been to undo Obamacare, and imagine what Democrats will do with unfettered power to pass anything they want on energy, climate, health care, immigration and taxes. Step one in taking back the White House is keeping control of the Senate.

5. Deliver an unprecedented farewell address. Most departing presidents deliver a nationally televised farewell address from the White House. But it has been more than a century since a president left the White House and then successfully stood for reelection four years later. Trump should use his speech to declare, in the words of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, “I shall return.” 6. Preside over a gracious transfer of power. Invite Biden to the White House, ride with him to the Capitol, and attend the inauguration. Leave the White House with dignity. 7. Guide the party to retake the House in 2022. With Trump at the top of the ticket in 2020, Republicans nearly took the House – winning a net eight seats so far, with a possibility of 13 when the final votes are tallied. There are at least 26 seats so far that Democrats won with 52% of the vote or less, which means control of the House is in play in 2022. Trump should lead the party to finish the job, defeat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and take back the House majority. 8. Take back the presidency. If he helps Republicans hold the Senate in 2021 and take back the House in 2022, Trump will have a head of steam going into 2024 – and a good shot at returning as the 47th president. The left is hoping the Biden administration will be the beginning of a new progressive era. In fact, the Biden years could be little more than a brief interregnum – but only if Trump handles the next six weeks correctly. (c) 2020, Washington Post Writers Group


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Political Crossfire

He Needs a Republican Senate to Do It By Marc A. Thiessen

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n his victory speech, President-elect Joe Biden promised to reach across the aisle, work with Republicans, and unite the country. That would be a welcome change, but to do so, he needs a Republican Senate. “The refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with one another – it’s not some mysterious force beyond our control. It’s a decision, a choice we make,” Biden declared. “If we can decide not to cooperate, then we can decide to cooperate. And I believe that this is part of the mandate given to us from the American people. They want us to cooperate in their interests, and that’s the choice I’ll make. And I’ll call on Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, to make that choice with me.” In calling out “Democrats and Republicans alike,” Biden tacitly admitted that his own party bears much of the responsibility for that choice not to cooperate. Indeed, on the two biggest issues of 2020 – pandemic relief and police reform – it was Democrats who blocked bipartisan action. Despite offers of unlimited amendments, Senate Democrats filibustered proceeding to South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott’s police reform legislation to capitalize on the racial unrest roiling the country and block President Donald Trump from being part of a bipartisan solution. And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,

D-Calif., refused White House offers of $1.8 trillion in covid-19 relief because, she said, “the president only wants his name on a check to go out before Election Day.” Apparently, Pelosi cared more about stopping Trump from putting his name on a check before Election Day than helping struggling Americans. Even members of her own caucus, such as Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., called her out,

would respond if the Republican minority tried to do what Democrats repeatedly did to Trump, by filibustering a top priority. They will eliminate the filibuster. Anyone who believes that Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., will make a lone stand with Senate Republicans against his president and his party to protect it is sadly mistaken. And once the filibuster is eliminated, the pressure on Biden from his

GOP control would free Biden to do what he does best: compromise.

tweeting, “People in need can’t wait until February. 1.8 trillion is significant & more than twice Obama stimulus.” If Biden wants to restore unity, he will have to persuade his fellow Democrats to abandon this kind of raw partisanship, moderate their demands, agree to some Republican priorities – and sometimes accept “no” for an answer. None of that will happen if Democrats win control of the Senate in January, when the people of Georgia settle the last two outstanding Senate races of the 2020 election. Imagine for a moment how the Democratic majority in the Senate

party’s progressive wing to pass their radical agenda will be unrelenting. A Republican Senate would insulate Biden from that pressure, because it would take the most extreme elements of the left’s agenda off the table. GOP control would free Biden to do what he does best: compromise. I saw this up close in the 1990s, when I was the spokesman for Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms, R-N.C. Biden was the committee’s ranking member. Helms was the most conservative member of the Senate. Yet they teamed up to pass many pieces of legislation, including the Helms-Biden

Act, which restored U.S. payments to the United Nations and reorganized the State Department. When Helms retired, Biden gave a moving tribute to him on the Senate floor. “Jesse, I love you,” he said. If Biden could work with Helms, he can work with Mitch McConnell to get things done. But that will require pushing back on the Sanders-Warren-Ocasio-Cortez wing of his party and focusing on areas where Republicans and Democrats can agree. Indeed, it used to be that when new presidents took office, one of their first acts was to find opportunities for bipartisan cooperation. When Bill Clinton took office, he invited his Republican and Democratic predecessors to the White House to push for passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement. When George W. Bush took office, he reached out to liberal Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., to pass the No Child Left Behind Act. Unfortunately, both Barack Obama and Trump broke with this tradition. Biden should restore it. The main obstacle will not be Republicans but fellow Democrats, who see Biden not as their leader but as a vessel by which to take power and enact their agenda. During the campaign, Biden promised not to pursue socialism but to push back on it. (“I beat the socialist,” he said.) He needs a Republican Senate to fulfill that promise. (c) 2020, Washington Post Writers Group


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Political Crossfire

The Global Establishment Has a Few Tips for Joe Biden By David Ignatius

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wo weeks after the defeat of a president who campaigned against globalization, former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg will gather the Davos crowd for a virtual conference. The event next week is called the “New Economy Forum,” but a subtitle might be “Back to the Future.” The gathering is a “who’s who” of the order that Donald Trump rebelled against. The prime minister of India, the vice president of China, the heads of the United Nations and all the major international organizations, the CEOs of the world’s biggest banks and tech companies – the masters of the universe who seemed, momentarily, to be in retreat but remain as potent as ever. The idea that their global power would vanish was a Trumpian illusion. Bloomberg spoke with me this week about the gathering, joined by two of the most prominent Americans who will speak at the event: Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state, and Henry Paulson, the former treasury secretary. These three embody what in pre-Trump days was known as the Establishment. They fought its battles and have the scars to show. They are the residue of U.S. power that persists as Trump’s presidency begins to swirl down the drain. What advice does this group offer for President-elect Joe Biden? Pretty much what you’d expect: Govern from the center; expand dialogue with traditional allies and new rivals; mobilize great corporations and international organizations to solve big problems. Don’t be afraid of power; use it for the common good. “Vengeance may be sweet, but

it doesn’t accomplish anything,” Bloomberg told me. Asked about the political center, which Bloomberg tried to capture during his spectacularly expensive presidential bid, he made an intriguing comment: “The ‘center’ is like quantum mechanics – you’re never quite sure where it is, and when you try to measure it, it goes away.” Politics isn’t binary. “The world is not yes or no.” Kissinger did as much as anyone alive to create the modern global order and, love him or hate him (I’m in the former category), he remains an intense intellectual presence. I asked him whether there are lessons we can draw from his brilliant 1957 book, “A World Restored,” a study of the diplomacy of the 1815 Congress of Vienna, which brought balance between the established and rising powers of the day. Does that era have any applicability to the imbalance between the United States, China and today’s oth-

er rising powers? Kissinger, 97, took a long pause (the thought bubble over his head might have said: “Really?”) and then produced a compelling response. Reestablishing a successful global order today would require the same tools as in 1815: An architecture that assures mutual security for all the major powers; a common purpose on big issues, even as other rivalries continue; and an intellectual framework that anchors rapidly changing technology to clear philosophical principles. Paulson’s focus was China, a country in which he probably has better high-level contacts today than any other American. He illustrates how the elite consensus toward China has shifted from optimistic encouragement of its rise to a far more wary stance. He cautioned that the U.S.-China relationship would remain “fraught for the foreseeable future” and said the Trump administration

has been “largely right” in taking a tougher line on trade, technology theft and other issues. He was supportive, too, of Trump’s effort to prevent China from dominating 5G telecommunications and other sectors. “Clearly, we’ll need to sequester some technologies to protect them,” he said. But he urged constructing “a high fence around a smaller yard, rather than trying to build a moat around everything.” Paulson also offered an emphatic warning about keeping U.S.-China competition within bounds and avoiding what he called an “economic iron curtain” that would be self-destructive. “What I really worry about is that in the effort to isolate China, the U.S. will end up hurting itself,” he said. “Our core strength is innovation and openness.” These three are creatures of the center, like Biden himself. Bloomberg is a one-time Republican, if a quixotic Manhattan version of the breed, who spent $500 million to support Democrats and defeat Trump. Kissinger has advised every U.S. president since John F. Kennedy. Paulson worked closely with Democrats to prevent a meltdown of the global financial system after the Wall Street collapse of 2008. The grandees who attend next week’s “New Economy” gathering may be listening to an old record, but I don’t think it’s broken. Biden’s task is to reinvent the center so that it doesn’t seem so soggy and, well…old. But, folks, this is Joe’s terrain, and there’s a world out there waiting for him to resume the conversation. (c) 2020, Washington Post Writers Group


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Out-of-the-Box Units in World War II By Avi Heiligman

A Jewish Brigade soldier with a “present” for Hitler

Members of the Night Witches. Polina Gelman is third from left Gurkha legend Lachhiman Gurung

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orld War II was a global conflict that not only had regular units fighting on the battlefield but saw many other types of units involved in the war effort. In addition to paratroopers, commandos and spies whose existence are well-known to the public, many units were created for a specific demographic. A lot of these units served with distinction, and their stories are quite interesting. The British Army had soldiers from a variety of backgrounds in their ranks. Haganah leaders had been pressing the British to form a Jewish unit equipped with planes and tanks to attack the Nazis. The Jews living in Eretz Yisrael, then called Palestine, had heard of the atrocities that the Nazis were committing on their fellow European brethren and were eager to get into the fight. Finally, the British acquiesced. They had plans to create Arab units as well but that plan failed to gain momentum. Fifteen Jewish battalions were created in 1940, and in 1944 were formed into the Jewish Brigade. After

the training ended in October 1944, they were sent to join the famed British 8th Army, the same army that had defeated Rommel in North Africa that was now fighting the Germans in Italy. Taking part in the offensive in the spring of 1945, they saw some heavy fighting against German paratroopers. After the German surrender in May, they were instrumental in finding and helping Holocaust survivors, first in Italy, then in Yugoslavia and Austria, and eventually in Belgium and the Netherlands. Many of the survivors were sent with the Jewish Brigade’s assistance to Eretz Yisrael. Gurkhas are soldiers from Nepal that are recruited for a few fighting forces including the British, Brunei, Singapore, India and the U.N. British Army Gurkhas date back to the Anglo-Nepalese War in 1814. During World War II, there were 43 Gurkha battalions by the time the war ended. They fought in most theaters of war from Italy and North Africa to Burma and Singapore. Their bravery and courage were noted by the Brits as over 2,700 were decorated with med-

als, including several that received the Victoria Cross. Lachhiman Gurung was one of those who received the Victoria Cross for heroism. During a fierce battle on Burma, he faced 200 Japanese soldiers alone as his buddies were severely wounded. He picked up a couple of grenades that were thrown at him and tossed them back at the enemy. A third grenade blew up in his hand and, despite his grave wounds, he picked up his Kukri knife and rifle. For the next several hours, he fought and killed anyone who came close to his position. Gurung survived the night and killed 31 Japanese soldiers while successfully defending his position. Soldiers in the American military came from all backgrounds. Jewish servicemembers served in regular units while others, like second-generation Japanese-Americans, served in separate units. Called Nisei, men of Japanese descent who were born in America, were allowed to enter the American Army a year after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. These

soldiers were formed into the 442nd Infantry Regiment. By war’s end, 14,000 Nisei had served with the unit. They were sent to fight the Nazis in Europe, and an incredible 21 members of the 442nd Regiment earned the nation’s highest honor for bravery on the battlefield – the Medal of Honor. Codes are very important in military communications and the use of code talkers was employed during World War II. The idea was to use speakers of a language that wasn’t known to the enemy. Some Native American languages are only oral and aren’t written down, while others were not well-known outside of the particular tribe (the author’s great-grandfather was one of the few, if not the only, Choctaw-Yiddish speakers in history as he lived in Oklahoma while trading with the Native American tribe). Several hundred Native Americans were sent to all theaters of the war, with the Navajo code talkers receiving the most press. During the Battle of Iwo Jima in February 1945, six Navajo code talkers sent over 800 messages in the


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first two days of battle without error. The Tuskegee Airmen were a famous group of African-American flyers in the U.S. Army Air Corps. They trained in Alabama and flew thousands of missions with impressive results. They flew in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Western Europe and shot down a number of Nazi planes in the process. Another flying group of note was the all female 588th Night Bomber Regiment of the Soviet Air Forces. Nicknamed the “Night Witches,” they had a Jewish woman who was their star navigator and communications chief. Polina Gelman was born to a Jewish family in Berditchev and joined the 588th in 1941. The 588th saw a lot of action on the Eastern Front near the Caucuses Mountains and the Crimean Peninsula. They were highly effective in this region because their two-seater biplanes easily navigated around the narrow mountain passes. As such, they were given missions other than that of close air support

bombing. Humanitarian and support missions became part of their daily flying schedule as they flew supplies to the front. Gelman, in particular, was a favorite to go on these missions because of her superb naviga-

Gelman was awarded the esteemed title of Hero of the Soviet Union. The 586th Fighter Regiment was another all-female flying unit in the Soviet Air Forces. Lydia Litvyak was a Jewish pilot from Moscow who be-

A third grenade blew up in his hand and, despite his grave wounds, he picked up his Kukri knife and rifle.

tion skills which became handy in the mountains. Altogether, she flew an astounding 860 missions. By contrast, most American airmen and airwomen (the female service was called the WACs – Women Air Corp) were sent off the front lines after 2535 missions. For her amazing record and her ability to avoid the enemy,

gan flying when she was just 14 years old. When the war began, she had to try twice to enter military aviation before being accepted and joined the all female 586th Fighter Regiment. Flying the reliable and versatile Yak1, Lydia became the first female to attain the tile of ace. Altogether, she shot down twelve Nazi planes. This

number still stands as the record holder for all female pilots in history. Known as the White Rose of Stalingrad, Lydia saw combat for one year with a Junkers Ju-88 multipurpose aircraft as her first kill. Her next kill was a Messerschmitt Bf-109 flown by ace pilot Erwin Maier who had eleven kills to his name. After parachuting into Russian lines, Maier was shocked to find out that he had been outflown by a woman. On August 1, 1943, Litvyak did not return from a mission over the Ukraine. In the years following World War II, many militaries worldwide began to integrate units of different demographics. The units mentioned in this article, in addition to many others, served with distinction despite adversity given their backgrounds. Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comments and suggestions for future columns and can be reached at aviheiligman@gmail.com.

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BEAUTIFUL CATHEDRAL GARDENS CO-OP FOR SALE Large 1,100 sq. ft., one-bedroom apartment in gorgeous, pre-war, elevator building w/9’ ceilings. Wood-burning fireplace in living room. The corner solarium can be used as a dining room, office, turn it into a 2nd bedroom, or an open-floorplan kitchen. Crown molding, big closets. Gym, bicycle room, large pristine laundry room in 32-unit building Impeccably maintained, recently renovated building with Old World charm Walking distance to Garden City’s Seventh Street; convenient to all; safe, tree-lined street For more information, call Jayson (516) 361-8156

SF MEDICAL OFFICE SPACE Available, Reception Area, Waiting Room, Kitchenette, 2 Consult, 4 Exam Rooms, 2 Bathrooms, 30 Car On-Site Parking, For Lease …Call Ian 516-295-3000 www.pugatch.com INWOOD OFFICE SPACE LOWEST PRICES IN TOWN! 500-7000 Square feet gorgeous office space with WATERVIEW in Inwood! Lots of options. Tons of parking. Will divide and customize space for your needs! Call 516-567-0100 EAST ROCKAWAY: Retail Stores on Busy Corner, 1000SF& Up Available, Great High Visibility Location, For Lease… Call for More Details Broker (516) 792-6698

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APT FOR RENT WOODMERE: BEST BUY Spacious 2BR Apartment, Washer/Dryer In Bldg, Elevator Bldg, Open Floor Plan, 1st Floor, Close To All...$199K Call Carol Braunstein (516) 295-3000 Heart of Far Rockaway 3 bedroom apt. Two sinks and dishwasher. Washer/dryer hookup. Please txt 917-860-5762

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CAHAL is seeking a Permanent Substitute, afternoons, MondayThursday. If interested, please send resume to shira@cahal.org SHEVACH HIGH SCHOOL is seeking a Global Studies teacher, Algebra teacher. Please email resume to Office@shevachhs.org SHULAMITH EARLY CHILDHOOD is looking to hire a full time teacher assistant for the current school year. Please email resume to earlychildhood@shulamith.org

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HELP WANTED ASSISTANTS NEEDED FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AFTERNOON SESSION. Email: fivetownseducators@gmail.com CAHAL is seeking MORNING ASSISTANT TEACHERS for our special ed classes in local Yeshivas. Openings are in our class in West Hempstead and in a boys’ yeshiva in 5-Towns. If interested, please send your resume and contact Naomi Nadata at nnadata@gmail.com or call 516-295-3666 for more information Seeking full time OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST for Special Education school located in Brooklyn. Experienced preferred. Competitive salary. Room for growth. resumes@yadyisroelschool.org

HELP WANTED “NEW FIVE TOWNS RESTAURANT IS LOOKING TO HIRE THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS: Experienced grill man Laffa maker, Dishwasher, Delivery guy Please email Ronazohar@hotmail.com BAIS YAAKOV IN FAR ROCKAWAY seeking permanent substitute for Preschool and Elementary school. Please call 718-868-3232 ext 211 CATAPULT LEARNING Teachers, Title I Boro Park, Williamsburg and Flatbush Schools *College/Yeshiva Degree *Teaching experience required *Strong desire to help children learn *Small group instruction *Excellent organization skills Competitive salary. Send resume to: Fax: (212) 480-3691 ~ Email: nyteachers@catapultlearning.com

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To Boldly Tax What No Man Has Taxed Before By Allan Rolnick, CPA

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ast week, we wrote about the sad fate faced by astronauts preparing for a brave new world of space commerce. Specifically, they’re fated to wind up paying the same tax bills on their interplanetary income as they do on the earthbound work they do today. But that’s not the only thorny tax issue facing the budding space industry. Someday we’re going to bring valuable stuff back from space, and not just to study it or display it. What then? NASA’s Hubble telescope orbits the earth from 340 miles up, blissfully unaffected by the Boschian nightmare we laughingly refer to as “2020.” (And boy, are we envious.) One of the countless objects it’s observing is an asteroid named 16 Psyche. While most asteroids are made of rock, 16 Psyche appears to be the exposed nickel-iron core of an early planet. Those metals make it the most valuable object in the solar system, worth a possible $10,000 quadrillion. (That’s more than the earth’s entire annual economy.) It’s a fascinating example of what Mother Nature can do after a few too many Red Bulls. NASA is already planning to launch an expedition to the asteroid, leaving in 2022 and arriving in 2026. But while NASA currently

doesn’t have the technology to mine Psyche, it’s just a matter of time before somebody does. (Are you listening, Elon Musk?) When they do, the same U.S. government that spent $28 billion to land men on the moon will want a piece of that action. The current system we have for taxing natural resources here on

fact that the well will eventually run dry. The biggest question probably involves establishing “basis.” When Exxon buys a few thousand acres of Texas scrubland, hoping to find oil somewhere deep below, they don’t get to deduct that cost. That’s because they can hold the land, use

What happens when Spacely Sprockets invests a few billion dollars to pull an asteroid like Psyche 16 into near-earth orbit to shorten the trip from surface-to-surface?

Earth seems like a good starting point for taxes in space. Fossil fuel companies and miners can deduct the cost of drilling equipment under whatever depreciation rules exist at the time. They can deduct “intangible drilling costs” like wages, fuel, supplies, repairs, survey work, and ground clearing. And small producers can take a “depletion allowance” of 15% of their income to reflect that

the surface for other purposes, and eventually sell it. What happens when Spacely Sprockets invests a few billion dollars to pull an asteroid like Psyche 16 into near-earth orbit to shorten the trip from surface-to-surface? Will those costs be deductible, or will they have to be capitalized? Of course, asteroid mining poses some special dangers that ter-

restrial miners don’t face. What if careless quality control inspectors accidentally download the Andromeda Strain along with a payload of precious metal? What if the scientists in charge of the operation make poor decisions, or yield to unethical temptations? (You’ve seen Jurassic Park, right? Don’t ask which one – they’re all the same.) Fortunately, the tax code stands ready with all sorts deductions for disaster losses, environmental cleanup, and even tax-free reimbursements for employee medical costs resulting from space mishaps. There’s no rule that they have to occur here on Earth. And innocent victims will surely appreciate extra time to file if they live in a federally-declared disaster area — say, directly underneath a falling space rock. None of this means anything to anyone yet. But don’t be surprised to wake up in a decade and find Congress debating planetary exploration incentives as part of the Tax Reform Act of 2030!

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


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The Same and Different Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., LMFT, CLC, SDS

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eople ask me how I come up with topics to write about. They’re right. It gets difficult at times. Right now, some things seem better left alone. Politics: getting too controversial. Corona: getting too depressing, and too controversial. Dating: getting too confusing, and too depressing, and too controversial. If schools will stay open: getting too speculative, and too confusing, and too depressing, and too controversial. Weather? Even more speculative, confusing, depressing and controversial. And with all the climatologists and forecasters out there, there is still always 50% chance of rain, 50% chance of sun, and 100% chance that your guess is as good as theirs! What’s a person to write about? Well, I’ve decided. I’m going to write about you! No, I don’t know you. Yet, everyone seems to be an expert on everything, whether they really know about it or not. So, at least, I’m starting with an admission. You probably start your day with some mixed emotions. I’m not even talking about the big ones. More like,

get up or hit snooze? Decaf or regular? This shirt or that one? Brush teeth? Nah, that’s probably a given! But I’m guessing there are some early morning dilemmas. And the busier the household, the more you probably have to navigate. Then you probably have some time-consuming activity to do for a big block of your day, like work, par-

in our heads. Such as the history, the ego, the self-deprecation, the reaction to the other guys self-aggrandizement, and so much more. You may look like you’re living similar lives but your head is living a whole different scenario. You may even acknowledge you are living dissimilar lives and guess what? It’s even more dissimilar because your head

It is you going through your stuff, 24/7. Not anyone else!

ent, volunteer, or figure it all out. And simultaneously you are experiencing all the emotions that come with it. Like stressing, worrying, laughing, juggling, or concentrating. Am I somewhat on the right track? Does it seem perhaps all our lives are not actually so different?! But each of our lives are different. Every one of us is living such a different life. Because each one of us is living in our own heads! We’ve got to deal with the noise

still has another whole even more separate scenario. Your life is your job, and you’ve got to live it. Both the pleasant and the trying! No one else can take over and experience your joy or your challenges, though, they can try and share in it a bit. So, that’s how everyone is always different. It is you going through your stuff, 24/7. Not anyone else! And yet, as much as your life seems like someone else’s or miles

apart from theirs, the truth comes back to an overriding similarity that we are all in the same boat. We’ve all got to figure out how to deal with our own lives. And how we want to show up in the world as we do. What past voices to ignore and what healthy outlooks to embrace. That is, which way do we get pulled? Understanding/limited; generous/angry; happy/burdened; positive/negative; jealous/appreciative; frustrated/heroic; fearful/hopeful. I cannot tell you what the upcoming weather will be. Nor, with certainty, what the fallout from the election will be. I cannot pinpoint the end of this virus or when the next guaranteed date or even school day will happen. What I can tell you, though, with certainty, is one thing! That you, yes, only you, can decide how to experience the somewhat murky or sometimes seemingly more clear events that are the day-to-day occurrences of your life.

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


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