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ow that the sukkah is put away, the esrogim are set in a bowl on a bookshelf, and we are no longer eating mounds of challah every day of the week, I am struck with the reality that the yomim tovim are no longer here. It’s interesting, isn’t it? A month ago, we were overwhelmed by all the days of yom tov that were coming up; now, we’re disappointed that we have to wait another year to sit in our sukkahs. But life is like that sometimes. There are times when we feel inundated by all that needs to be done. We are pulled in too many directions. We are juggling too many responsibilities with too many simultaneous tasks and deadlines. And although we feel as if we can barely keep our heads above water, we put one foot ahead of the other and forge ahead, and slowly, slowly, we make it through. And then, when we reach the other side, we turn around and look at all we accomplished and are able to marvel at all the work we successfully managed to navigate. Now, we are back to “normal.” We are back to the routine of school and work and carpools and homework and school lunches. The first day my children went to school after yom tov they were all up early. They seemed excited to get on the bus and greet their friends and teachers after such a long hiatus. And when they came home, they had lots to share about their day. But I know that in a few weeks’ time, as the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, their enthusiasm for bounding onto the school

bus may just wane. What, then, do we do to create an excitement for going back to the classroom? And what can we do for ourselves, when Monday comes all too soon after Havdalah and work deadlines become the norm? I, for one, love to have something to look forward to to keep me going. And there’s always something going on – we just have to highlight those moments on the calendar. For my kids, I know that if they know that there’s a special treat in their knapsack or a prize waiting for them after they complete a big assignment, that lightens their load and adds a spring to their step. I hope that there are many wonderful things for you and your family to look forward to over the next few months! Shoshana P.S. A reader sent in a letter this week reminding the community about the upcoming elections. Here’s an interesting tidbit: for those of you who are new to the community (or maybe not so new), if you haven’t changed your voter registration address, you will not be able to vote in the local elections – and they are the elections that affect our lives day-in, day-out. The community needs every vote it can get! Changing your address is very easy – do a quick search online to find your board of elections for help on how to fill out the form. Keep in mind that a change of address needs to be received at least 20 days before an election – so make sure to work on it right away.


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Dear Editor, Your interview with R’ Tzvi Rubinstein, the “Tape Man,” was a glimpse into a ubiquitous figure in Jewish homes over the past few decades. I, for one, remember him (although I never knew his name) when I was young. He would come to our house with his suitcases on freezing cold nights. My father would usher him in, and a few minutes later, we would be called into the front hall to choose tapes for my father to purchase. Fast forward a few decades, and now the Tape Man is knocking on my door and I am the one who is offering him a fruit and a drink for his journey. The Tape Man has never changed with the times – he is steadfast in his adherence to his mode of transportation (or lack of it) and his enthusiasm for his tzedakah. His even-keeled, affable personality has made him a memorable figure for thousands of Jewish homes in New York. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into the life of R’ Tzvi. Yechiel Silber Dear Editor, Since day one of his presidency, Biden’s goal was to reverse or cancel everything what his predecessor – his arch enemy – had instituted so positively. This is a personal vendetta! He doesn’t care whether the average American citizen will benefit

or suffer from it. He has started to drag us through the mire and will continue to do so. The foundation of our American Republic is under attack; not by an outside enemy, but by one from the inside of our country. Name one of the changes he made where any hardworking American citizen will benefit. Certainly, you cannot come up with one! I don’t recognize anymore the country I once immigrated to and which I cherished and loved! What are we waiting for? A civil war and/or total devastation? The call for standing up and raising your voice is more than urgent. H. Mayer Garden City, NY Dear Editor, I’m happy that you put in an interview with Bruce Blakeman into your Sukkos issue. True, it’s September and elections seem so far away. But they’re not. Now is the time to start thinking about who you will be voting for come Election Day. There’s a lot riding on these elections, especially in New York and in Nassau County. We, as a community, need to remember that voting is a privilege. And it’s also a message to politicians: remember our community when you’re in office. Make sure you listen to our concerns. Sincerely, Yochanan Markowitz Continued on page 10

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Dear Editor, This is in response to the woman who wrote into the Dating column asking if it’s possible not to put in a reference from high school or listing her high school because she had such a bad experience there. In my opinion, references don’t really open up to total strangers. But to make sure that no one tells an inquiring party something detrimental, the best thing would do to call the reference directly and tell them about who you are today. Mention all the accomplishments that you have been successful at conquering. You can mention that high school

for a lot of people! And include at least 3 people on your resume who love you and sing your praises. They should be able to tell anyone asking how amazing you are. You should also tell one or two of them about your bad high school experience; this way, if they’re asked, they can answer that they know that high school was a struggle but that you are way past that as a person. In life, we go through many stages. High school does not – and should not! – define a person’s life. Neither should the shul they go to, the seminary they got into, and even the career path that they chose. What should define them are the

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was hard – believe me, it was hard

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thy, understanding, and desire for growth that they bring to a relationship. Wishing you much hatzlacha! Tzirel Leitner Dear Editor, As a student midwife, I would like to bring to the attention of the Five Towns community that this week, October 3-9, 2021 is National Midwifery Week. Midwifery is a time-honored Jewish women’s practice that dates back to Yocheved and Miriam in Egypt.  Midwifery is a health science and health profession that deals with pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period (including care of the newborn) in addition to the reproductive health of women throughout their lives. In the midwifery model of care, childbirth is not considered a

ered healthy and normal until proven otherwise and only then must be referred to a competent OB/ GYN. Women are treated with dignity, respect, and a continuity of care that allows for an expert, caring, and supportive relationship. A professional in midwifery is known as a midwife, literally meaning “with woman.” Contrary to popular belief, one doesn’t have to become a nurse first to become a licensed certified midwife, and this field should be considered by young Jewish women who have a proclivity towards sciences and have a kind and nurturing personality. Learn more about Midwifery by going online,, and support legislation that benefit midwives and those they serve.  Mimi Samuels  Student Midwife

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The Week In News

Passport Power

Although most of us haven’t been traveling over the past year or two, countries’ passports around the world provide access to different cultures and civilizations. But not all passports are created equal. London-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners has been churning out an annual Henley Passport Index, regularly monitoring the world’s most travel-friendly passports since 2006. According to the Index, holders of Japan’s and Singapore’s passport

are able to access (barring coronavirus restrictions) 192 destinations visa-free. That’s 166 more destinations than Afghan nationals, who sit at the bottom of the index of 199 passports and can access just 26 countries without requiring a visa in advance. Further down the top 10, the rankings remain virtually unchanged as we enter the final quarter of 2021. South Korea is tied with Germany in second place (with a score of 190) and Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Spain are all together in third place (with a score of 189). EU countries dominate the top of the list as usual, with Austria and Denmark in fourth place and France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden in fifth place. New Zealand, which announced this week that it was moving away from its Covid-19 elimination strategy in favor of a vaccine certificate system, is in sixth place alongside Belgium and Switzerland. The United States and the United Kingdom, which held the top spot together back in 2014, are now more modestly placed in the rankings. They are at No. 7, alongside the Czech Republic, Greece, Malta and Norway,

with visa-free or visa-on-demand access to 185 destinations. Australia and Canada are in eighth place, Hungary is ninth, and Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia have together broken into the No.10 spot, with a score of 182. The best passports to hold in 2021 are: 1. Japan, Singapore (192 destinations) 2. Germany, South Korea (190) 3. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain (189) 4. Austria, Denmark (188) 5. France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden (187) 6. Belgium, New Zealand, Switzerland (186) 7. Czech Republic, Greece, Malta, Norway, United Kingdom, United States (185) 8. Australia, Canada (184) 9. Hungary (183) 10. Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia (182) You’re going nowhere fast with these passports: 109. North Korea (39 destinations) 110. Nepal and Palestinian territories (37) 111. Somalia (34) 112. Yemen (33) 113. Pakistan (31)

114. Syria (29) 115. Iraq (28) 116. Afghanistan (26)

Canada’s New National Holiday

Canada on Thursday observed its first national holiday honoring victims and survivors of the country’s residential school system. The statutory holiday came a day after a Canadian federal court upheld a 2016 ruling that the government must compensate indigenous children placed into foster care. Between the 19th century and the 1990s, at least 150,000 children, mostly indigenous, were separated from their families and forced to attend residential schools, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau noted on Thursday.

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According to a 2015 report by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, estimates indicate that over 4,000 children died in these residential schools over a period of several decades. The report also detailed decades of various types of abuse suffered by children in churchrun and government institutions. Last week’s ruling followed a 2007 human rights complaint filed by the Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations claiming that Canada was discriminating against First Nations children and families who lived on reserves by underfunding the delivery of child and family services. The complaint also argued that the practice resulted in many of the children entering foster care. In 2019, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the federal government to pay children, parents, or grandparents 40,000 Canadian dollars (about $31,000) each. The ruling would apply to children who entered foster care before January 1, 2006, and who remained in care until at least that date. Though the Canadian government challenged the decision, the Federal Court last Wednesday upheld the ruling, with Justice Paul Favel noting, “It is not in dispute that First Nations occupy a unique position within Canada’s constitutional legal structure. Further, no one can seriously doubt that First Nations people are amongst the most disadvantaged and marginalized members of Canadian society.” The Assembly of First Nations responded to the ruling. “This is justice in action for First Nations children and families, however, nothing can replace the childhoods and connections to languages, lands and loved ones stolen by Canada’s discrimination,” it stated. “We have repeatedly made a reasonable and fair request that Canada stop fighting our kids in court not only for the sake of truth and reconciliation but also for the healing path forward.” In a statement, Trudeau said that the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation recognizes the “harms, injustices, and intergenerational trauma that indigenous peoples have faced – and continue to face – because of the residential school system, systemic racism, and the discrimination that persists in our society. “We must all learn about the history and legacy of residential schools. It’s only by facing these hard truths,

and righting these wrongs, that we can move forward together toward a more positive, fair, and better future,” he added. Governor General of Canada Mary May Simon, who is indigenous, said the country’s “real history has been laid bare.” “These are uncomfortable truths, and often hard to accept. But the truth also unites us as a nation, brings us together to dispel anger and despair, and embrace justice, harmony and trust instead,” she said. There are three main groups of indigenous people in Canada: First Nations, Inuit, and Metis. In the past, these groups have been referred to as “Indian” or “Eskimo,” although these terms have fallen into disuse in recent years and are seen as pejorative.

Calls for Bolsonaro’s Impeachment

Protesters across Brazil on Saturday called for the impeachment of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro. The protests come amid rising unemployment and worsening economic conditions in the South American country. In Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the country’s most populous cities, thousands gathered changing, “Bolsonaro must leave – impeachment now!” and “Out Bolsonaro, out Bolsonaro!” Organizers said that protests took place in over 200 cities across the country. In addition to the other reasons for the protests, demonstrators protested Bolsonaro’s mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic: nearly 600,000 Brazilians have died of COVID-19 – a death toll second only to that of the U.S. According to a recent poll from the Datafolha Institute, 53% of Brazilians now consider Bolsonaro’s presidency to be “bad” or “awful,” marking the president’s lowest rating since taking office in 2019.

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ing children and travelers for ransom. According to the report, the attacks occurred just 48 hours after approximately 40 people were killed in northern Nigeria. Last Tuesday, in the country’s state of Niger, assailants attacked in the Muya local government area, killing 14 people and abducting seven women, Garba Mohammed, the chairman of Munya LGA, said. There were also two additional attacks, one which saw 18 people killed, and the other which saw 17 people abducted. According to Amina al-Mustapha, the state lawmaker from one of the affected areas in Sokoto, “We are under bandits now. We are suffering now.” He added that “at least 60 percent” of Sabon Birni’s residents have fled the area, taking refuge in Niger.

Pandora Papers

If the world thought that 2016’s Panama Papers opened a Pandora’s box, then there were many who were shocked this week when the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on Sunday released the “Pandora Papers,” an exposé of the financial secrets and offshore dealings of dozens of heads of state, public officials and politicians from 91 countries and territories. More than 600 journalists from 150 outlets spent two years investigating nearly 12 million confidential files. The explosive documents reveal how unusual offshore finances and secretive wealth have infiltrated global politics. Some of the people named in the papers are major political leaders in developing or impoverished countries, such as Jordan and Kenya. “Many of the power players who could help bring an end to the offshore system instead benefit from it – stashing assets in covert companies and trusts while their governments do little to slow a global stream of illicit money that enriches criminals and impoverishes nations,” the ICIJ noted in its introduction to the series, which is being published by the

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Washington Post in the United States and the BBC and The Guardian in the United Kingdom. The names mentioned in the articles are a who’s who of heads of state, billionaires, and public officials from all corners of the world. One of those mentioned heavily in the papers is Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan. His predecessor, Nawaz Sharif, was burned by the Panama Papers, which brought his term to an end. Although Khan is not mentioned explicitly in the Pandora Papers, many of his inner circle are featured, including one of his top ministers to a top donor who has funded his party. On Sunday, Khan addressed the bombshell report. “My [government] will investigate all our citizens mentioned in the Pandora Papers [and] if any wrongdoing is established we will take appropriate action. I call on the international community to treat this grave injustice as similar to the climate change crisis,” Khan tweeted. Jordan’s King Abdullah II was also fingered in the documents. The royal purchased 14 homes worth more than $106 million in the United Kingdom and United States through front companies registered in tax havens. The

properties include apartments in central London and Washington, D.C.

Although owning offshore accounts is not illegal, Jordan is one of the poorest Arab countries and relies heavily on international aid. Most of the deals took place after the Arab Spring in 2011. Jordan’s Royal Hashemite Court said in a statement that the report “included inaccuracies and distorted and exaggerated the facts.” “It is no secret that His Majesty owns a number of apartments and residences in the United States and the United Kingdom. This is not unusual nor improper,” the court said in its statement. The properties are used by the King and his family members to stay in during private visits and hence are not publicized for security reasons, not in a bid to conceal assets, it added. The cost of maintaining these properties are “personally funded by

His Majesty” the statement said, adding that “none of these expenses have been funded by the state budget or treasury.” According to ICIJ, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s family has been accumulating a fortune in offshore tax havens for decades. The Pandora Papers show the family owned at least seven entities based in the British Virgin Islands and Panama, two well-known tax havens, with assets worth more than $30 million. Ironically, Kenyatta has vowed to fight corruption in his country; he is the son of Kenya’s first president after its independence. Most of the family’s companies were created before Kenyatta was elected president. Documents show that some remained active after he took office. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is worth about $3.4 billion and had railed against the elite since he became prime minister in 2017. But the ICIJ says that he had secretly moved $22 million through offshore companies to purchase an estate on the French Riviera in 2009, before he entered politics. The report came out just days before parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic.

Babis responded to the report on Sunday on Twitter. “So, it is here. I was waiting what will they what pull out right before elections, to harm me and to influence Czech elections. There is no case that they can pull against me during the time I am in politics,” he said. “I have never done anything unlawful or bad, but it does not stop them to try to slander me again and to try to influence Czech parliamentary elections,” added Babis. In the United Kingdom, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie Blair, avoided paying £312,000 ($423,000) in stamp duty – a tax on property purchases — when they bought a townhouse in London. The building now houses Cherie Blair’s law firm. The Blairs purchased the townhouse in 2017 by buying the offshore firm that owned the property. When the property was put up for sale, its ultimate owners were a family with political connections in Bahrain, according to the BBC. The Blairs set up a UK company to purchase the offshore firm. Doing so was legal, but it allowed them to avoid paying stamp duty, because the tax is not charged when a company owning a property is acquired.

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his work by continuing to advocate for Rohingya and lift up the voices of members of the community in decisions about their future.” The United Nations High Commission for Refugees expressed “deep shock and sadness” and called for the government to do its best to protect the refugees. “We extend our deepest condolences to Mohibullah’s family, and to the wider Rohingya refugee community who are mourning his loss,” the agency said in a statement. Human Rights Watch said that Mohibullah “always defended the rights of the Rohingya to safe and dignified returns and to have a say in the decisions concerning their lives and future. His killing is a stark demonstration of the risks faced by those in the camps who speak up for freedom and against violence.” Amnesty International’s South Asia Campaigner Saad Hammadi noted, “Violence in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar has been a growing problem. Armed groups operating drug cartels have killed people and held hostages. The authorities must take immediate action to prevent further bloodshed.”

Nazi, 96, Flees Before Trial

A 96-year-old Nazi woman was caught on Thursday after failing to show up for her trial on charges of aiding and abetting mass murder during World War II. Irmgard Furchner, who is German, is accused of having contributed as an 18-year-old to the murder of 11,412 people when she was a typist at the Stutthof concentration camp between 1943 and 1945. Her trial, which took place in the far northern town of Itzehoe, could not begin in her absence. Court spokesperson Frederike Milhoffer noted, “The defendant left her home in the early hours of this morning and took a taxi to an unknown location.” Milhoffer added that an arrest warrant had been issued and that Furchner was eventually detained.

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A doctor was assessing whether her health allowed her to be imprisoned for the remainder of the trial. Furchner’s next hearing is scheduled for October 19.

Sarkozy Sentenced

Sarkozy’s lawyer has promised to appeal the sentence. The current case is Sarkozy’s second; in March, he received a threeyear prison sentence – two of which were suspended – for corruption and influence peddling. He has appealed the conviction.

Searching for Ron Arad Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was sentenced last week to one year in prison for illegal campaign financing. The illegal financing occurred during his failed re-election bid in 2012. All 13 of Sarkozy’s co-defendants have been found guilty. Meanwhile, the judge has said that Sarkozy may wear an electronic bracelet and serve his sentence in his home. “Nicolas Sarkozy knew the spending limit. He knew he shouldn’t exceed it,” the judge said.

Israeli pilot Ron Arad has been missing in action since 1986, last thought to be custody of Lebanese terror groups. In an effort to find his

body, the Mossad intelligence agency had examined a corpse in a northern Lebanese village last month, extracting DNA to test if it was Arad’s remains. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Monday that the Mossad had recently embarked on wide-ranging efforts in search of information about Arad. Saudi news outlet Al-Arabiya reported that the Mossad had also abducted an Iranian general from Syria to interrogate him about Arad’s fate. That was first reported earlier on Tuesday by the London-based Rai alYoum paper. Mossad agents took the Iranian general from Syria to an unnamed African country, interrogated him there, and eventually released him, the paper said. Speaking at the opening of the winter Knesset session on Monday, Bennett revealed that Mossad agents recently went on a mission to uncover the whereabouts of Arad. He was last heard from in 1988, two years after he was captured. Initial accounts in several Hebrew media outlets late Monday portrayed the operation as entirely unsuccessful, and accused Bennett of revealing its existence for political reasons. Channel 12 news cited

Mossad chief David Barnea as calling the operation courageous, daring, and complex but nonetheless a “failure,” in an internal meeting. But on Tuesday, the same TV channel reported that Barnea actually asked for Bennett to reveal the operation and that “the praise and recognition for the Mossad sacrificing to return Arad and other captives and MIAs was important for members of the organization along with the praise for soldiers.” The network also said that Barnea sent a letter to the organization’s staff portraying the operation as a major success. Yediot Ahronoth quoted an unnamed “senior intelligence source” claiming that “the Mossad achieved its mission,” and Israel Hayom quoted a senior intelligence source calling it “one of the most important and successful operations to bring quality information about Arad.” Arad bailed out of his plane during an operation in southern Lebanon in 1986. Israel believes he was captured by the Shiite Amal movement before being handed over to Iran and moved from Lebanon to Iran and then back again. Several signs of life were received in the first two years of his incarceration, including photos and letters, the last of which was sent on

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May 5, 1988. Arad has long been assumed to have died many years ago, although intelligence reports have differed as to the circumstances, timing, and location of his death. In 2016, a report indicated that Arad was killed and buried in 1988 near Beirut. But a 2004 IDF commission determined Arad had died in the 1990s after being denied medical treatment.

Iran’s Failed Assassination Attempt?

Over the past few days, reports have emerged of an attempted attack on Israeli targets in Cyprus. Details, though, are murky. Some have put Israeli billionaire Teddy Sagi as the target of the attempted attack. On Monday, the

Israeli government blamed “Iranian terror” for the planned murder, although some say that Sagi was not the target. Even so, it has come to light that the hired killer was originally from Azerbaijan and had landed in Cyprus on a flight from Russia using a Russian passport. He then made his way to the Turkish-controlled city of Paralimni in the north where he rented a room and two vehicles. He then scouted out an office complex in the Angumi business district, where most of the island’s Israelis work. He had reportedly crossed the Turkish-Cypriot border back and forth a number of times on a bike. Subsequently, he was arrested by Cypriot police from the Anti-Terrorism Unit with a gun and silencer on him that he had reportedly obtained while in Cyprus. According to the Kan public broadcaster, the recent attack attempt was a response to Israel’s assassination last year of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the head of Tehran’s nuclear program. Fakhrizadeh was reportedly taken out in a sophisticated hit led by a Mossad team that deployed a computerized machine gun, required no on-site operatives, took less than a minute,

and did not injure anyone else. Channel 13 news said that it could have been intended as a reaction to a recent Mossad operation to gather information on the fate of Ron Arad, who has been missing in action for more than 30 years. Speaking at the Knesset on Monday, Defense Minister Benny Gantz reiterated the government claim that the alleged attack on Sagi was linked to Iranian terror. “As was publicized recently, an Iranian attack against Israeli targets in Cyprus was foiled,” said Gantz, during a Blue and White faction meeting. “Iran continues to be a global and regional threat, as well as a challenge to Israel, and we will continue to operate in order to protect our citizens and the State of Israel anywhere from any threat.” According to initial reporting, Sagi, a well-known Israeli-Cypriot businessman who founded the gambling software company Playtech and owns Camden Market in London, was saved at the last minute from the assassination plot after being warned of it by authorities. But Sagi told Channel 12 news on Monday evening that he was never tipped off or warned and decided to leave Cyprus for unrelated reasons. “The headlines sounded very scary, but it had nothing to do with me,” he said. “I didn’t receive any notification to leave.”

Lapid Inaugurates Israeli Embassy in Bahrain

ny, “It is an unmistakable signal to all that we are determined. We are not done.” Bahrain will open an embassy in Israel before the end of the year. Bahrain has already sent an ambassador to Israel, and Israel has tapped diplomat Eitan Na’eh to serve as ambassador to Bahrain, though he has not yet been confirmed. Earlier in his visit, Lapid met with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, marking the King’s first public meeting with an Israeli official. The Foreign Minister also met Prime Minister and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Arrests in Stone-Throwing Israel Police announced last Thursday that two people suspected of hurling stones at an Arab village were arrested. According to the police, the two suspects are an adult and a minor; their arrest follows the Wednesday arrest of three other Israelis who allegedly participated in the incident. In the incident, which occurred last Tuesday, dozens of masked assailants threw rocks at Palestinian Authority Arabs in the southern Hebron Hills, causing damage to cars and injuring over a dozen people, including a three-year-old. Some of the Arabs threw rocks at the assailants, with clashes breaking out between the sides. Hebrew media reported that three Israelis were injured in the clashes. Meanwhile the Arab child, threeyear-old Mohammad Bakr Hussein, was evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, Israel, in moderate condition.

Tragic Bus Crash Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) on Thursday inaugurated the Israeli Embassy in Manama, Bahrain, one year after the two countries signed a normalization agreement. Speaking at the event, Lapid said, “May our people live in peace and prosperity forever.” He added, “Israel made a major, historic step today in the Gulf.” Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif al Zayani said at the ceremo-

Four members of a single family were killed in a collision between the taxi they were traveling in and a tour bus carrying Bnei Akiva youth returning from a field trip last Tuesday. The bus driver, 76-year-old Asher Bason, was also killed in the crash,

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which left Moran Ben Eli, 35, dead along with her children Dekel, 15; Liam, 11; and Anael, 5. Moran’s husband, Reuven Ben Eli, 36, suffered severe injuries in the crash, and initially was unconscious and on a respirator. However, the day following the collision, he regained consciousness and was informed of the deaths of his family. Initially, he denied the events, repeatedly demanding to call his wife on her cell phone. At the recommendation of the medical staff at Rambam Health Care Campus, Ben Eli was brought on a stretcher to his family’s funeral, which took place in the family’s hometown of Maalot-Tarshiha. After the funeral, he was taken back to the hospital. Speaking at the funeral, Moran’s father emphasized the “unimaginable loss” and said, “I do not know how to bury four flowers next to each other. They were such a happy family. I don’t know how we will manage without them.” Bason, a resident of Kiryat Yam, is survived by his wife, four children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Police are investigating the cause of the crash, but initial analysis

shows that the bus veered out of its lane in a no-pass zone, ramming into the guardrail before colliding with a truck and the taxi carrying the Ben Eli family. After these collisions, the bus overturned three times.

Threats for Iraqis at Pro-Israel Summit

Over 300 Iraqis who participated last Friday in a conference calling for normalization with Israel have recanted or disavowed their statements after receiving death threats and arrest warrants. Some of the participants claimed they had been tricked into attending the conference. At the conference, which was held in the Kurdish capital of Erbil,

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speakers called for peace and reconciliation with Israel. The two countries have been at war since Israel’s founding in 1948. Iraq’s President and Prime Minister condemned the event, saying it was illegal and promising to prosecute those who attended. He also emphasized that the conference does not represent the positions of most Iraqis. While it is not yet clear if anyone was arrested, three arrest warrants were issued, for a tribal minister and for two Iraqi politicians who attended the event. However, the Iranian-backed Guardians of the Blood Brigades warned, “Those who adopted the idea of normalization in this gathering are all legitimate targets of the Islamic Resistance. “We shall not abate from pursuing those traitors wherever they are.” Pro-Iran cleric and politician and commander of the Peace Brigade groups Muqtada al-Sadr warned on Thursday, “I repeat that if they are not arrested, we will take strict national measures against the normalizations and the recreant.” Meanwhile, Kurdish President Masoud Barazani said in a statement, “We were neither aware of the meeting nor of its contents. What was expressed there is not the opinion, policy or position of [Kurdistan].” Two tribal leaders who attended the conference were quoted as saying, “We’re against normalization. We’re asking the Prime Minister to get involved personally, because we’ve become targets for murder by every segment of the Iraqi people, and we’re innocent [of calling for normalization].” Tribal leader Wisam al-Hardan, one of those for whom an arrest warrant was issued, was a main speaker at the conference. Al-Hardan also signed an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, calling for normalization with Israel. But following the condemnations, he claimed that Joseph Braude, one of the conference’s organizers, wrote the column instead. Speaking to the Kurdish Rudaw media outlet, al-Hardan said, “I thought this conference would be a call for peace and affection between the members of the Iraqi people after the victories achieved against Islamic State terrorism. “I read the statement that was written for me, without knowledge of its contents. I was surprised to find that it aspired to normalization with the Zionist entity.”

Snail Mail Gets Even Slower

Mail delivery for many Americans began slowing on Friday as part of a blueprint for overhauling the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The move is part of a plan by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s to slash costs, but critics say it could undermine the public’s faith in the U.S. Postal Service while generating other problems at the government branch. Paul Steidler, a senior fellow at the Lexington Institute and an expert on the postal service, called the plan “disastrous” and said that nearly 40% of first-class mail will see slower delivery, taking up to five days instead of the current three. He added, “It’s the least fortunate who will be hurt hardest by this. Everything in American society is getting faster, it seems, except for the mail delivery — which is now going to get slower.” At the same time, a USPS spokeswoman said that the company will continue to offer two-day delivery for single-piece first-class mail within a local area. She added, “The postal service has shown steady improvements for all first-class mail, marketing and periodical mail categories over the last seven months. We have worked tirelessly to overcome challenges from recent storms and continue to recruit thousands of employees for the upcoming holiday peak season.” In a statement, USPS declared, “We’ll make better use of our trucks and existing surface network to move the mail, relying less on costly air transportation. By improving service reliability and increasing efficiency, we can keep costs at reasonable levels and help keep postage rates affordable for our customers.”

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Undocumented Illegals Can Stay

The United States will no longer deport illegal migrants simply because they are undocumented. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on Thursday that people should not be detained and deported solely for lack of documentation. In a memo to immigration and border agency officials, Mayorkas outlined the new guidelines, instructing Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to focus on arresting and deporting only those immigrants who pose a threat to public safety, national security, and border security.

The guidelines also require a case-by-case assessment to determine if an individual meets the criteria, a Homeland Security press release noted. They will go into effect on November 29. In the memo, which said that approximately 11 million undocumented individuals live in the U.S., Mayorkas explained, “We are guided by the knowledge that there are individuals in our country who have been here for generations and contributed to our country’s well-being. “As we strive to provide them with a path to status, we will not work in conflict by spending resources seeking to remove those who do not pose a threat and, in fact, make our nation stronger.”

Rabbi Moshe Tendler Dies, zt”l Rabbi Moshe Tendler, a Jewish medical ethics expert and a biology professor at Yeshiva University, died on Tuesday at 95. An expert in Jewish law, Rabbi Tendler served as a dean of the rabbinical school and a professor of Jewish medical ethics and biology at

Yeshiva University and was known for his fierceness in advocating for the Jewish legal position that brain death constituted death.

Rabbi Tendler was born and raised on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, just a few blocks away from Reb Moshe Feinstein, zt”l. Rabbi Tendler studied under the tutelage of his father, head of the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva, and his mother, a law school graduate. He married Reb Moshe’s daughter Shifra, after she approached him at a public library with a question about chemistry. He studied at New York University and received his rabbinical ordination at Yeshiva University in 1949 and his doctorate in microbiology from Columbia University in 1957. He served as rabbi of the Community Synagogue in Monsey from 1967 until his death.

Rabbi Tendler, who wrote articles in top medical journals as well as for Jewish scholars, became an important influence on Reb Moshe’s halachic positions with regards to questions of medicine and Jewish law, serving as a bridge between scientific experts and the experts in Jewish law and ethics. Rabbi Tendler is survived by eight children.

Counterfeit Meds Confiscated

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In the April 27, 2019 incident, John T. Earnest, then 19, opened fire at the San Diego-area Chabad of Poway synagogue, slaughtering Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, and wounding three others, including Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who lost a finger; 8-year-old Noya Dahan, who was hit with shrapnel in her face and leg; and 34-year-old Almog Peretz, who was shot in the leg.

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Poway Shooter Sentenced to Life Without Parole The man who carried out a synagogue shooting on the last day of Passover two years ago has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

CA Returns Beach to Black Owners California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law last week a bill returning a beachfront property known as “Bruce’s Beach” to the descendants of a Black family who owned it. The bill includes a provision allowing Los Angeles County to begin an immediate land transfer back to the family. The Black owners were run out by white residents and city officials nearly a century ago. According to the Los Angles

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Times, Newsom signed the bill at the location in the City of Manhattan Beach, alongside family members of Willa and Charles Bruce, who had originally owned a popular beachside hotel. The land is still being evaluated by officials, but it is estimated to be worth between $35-$75 million.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Willa and Charles Bruce purchased two lots of beachside land in 1912 for $1,225. Willa used the land to run a resort, while Charles worked as a train dining car chef. The resort included a café and dance hall and was popular among the Black community and Black beachgoers. However, White residents threatened Willa and her guests, and the Ku Klux Klan allegedly destroyed property, as well as homes of nearby Black families. By 1924, city officials

intervened, seizing the land and saying it was needed for a public park. The land then sat empty, and in 1948 it was transferred to the state. At the ceremony on Thursday, Newsom said, “As Governor of California, let me do what apparently Manhattan Beach is unwilling to do: I want to apologize to the Bruce family. What we’re doing here today can be done and replicated anywhere else. There’s an old adage: Once a mind is stretched, it never goes back to its original form.” Anthony Bruce, a descendant of the Bruces, said, “We do thank G-d, because this is something that we’ve been praying for, for decades. Hopefully this is the start of a new beginning for us.”

Oil Spill Permeates the Pacific An oil pipeline breach approximately five miles off the coast of Huntington Beach in California has caused 3,000 barrels’ worth of oil to rush into the Pacific Ocean, according to Orange County Supervisor

Katrina Foley. Foley noted, “We’ve started to find dead birds and fish washing up on the shore.”

“The leak has not been completely stopped,” the city of Huntington Beach said in a Sunday press release. “Currently, the oil slick plume measures an estimated 5.8 nautical miles long, and runs from the Huntington Beach Pier down into Newport Beach.”

SCOTUS: No Rep. for D.C. She added, “The oil has infiltrated the entirety of the (Talbert) Wetlands. There’s significant impacts to wildlife there. These are wetlands that we’ve been working with the Army Corps of Engineers, with the Land Trust, with all the community wildlife partners to make sure to create this beautiful, natural habitat for decades. And now in just a day, it’s completely destroyed.” At the same time, Foley emphasized, “Please don’t go down and try to help. We’re not taking volunteers yet. If you do see oiled wildlife call 1-877-823-6926. That’s the best way to help.” Approximately 1,218 gallons of oily water mixture have been recovered from the site of the spill, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) said in a statement. According to Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr, approximately 126,000 gallons of post-production crude oil was spilled in what is a “potential ecological disaster.” “This response is currently a 24/7 operation and response efforts are scheduled to continue until federal and state officials determine that the response to the crude oil spill is complete,” the USCG statement added. The pipeline is owned by Amplify Energy. President and CEO Martyn Willsher said at a Sunday afternoon news conference that the company is “fully committed to being out here until this incident is fully concluded” and is working with various local, state, and federal agencies on recovery efforts. He emphasized, “Our employees live and work in these communities, and we’re all deeply impacted and concerned about the impact on not just the environment, but the fish and wildlife as well. We will do everything in our power to ensure that this is recovered as quickly as possible, and we won’t be done until this is concluded.”

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against an effort to grant Washington, D.C., residents a voting member in the House of Representatives. The ruling affirms a lower court’s ruling against the suit. In a brief earlier this year, 11 Washingtonians said that “residents of the District of Columbia are the only adult American citizens subject to federal income taxes who lack voting representation in Congress, except for felons in some states.” The argument had been rejected last year, based on a similar case from 2000 in which a federal court said that the Constitution requires House members to be chosen “by the people of the several states.” Washington, D.C., is not a state, the judges said. The Court also threw out a claim comparing D.C. residents to military voters stationed overseas, on the grounds that it was not relevant to the suit.

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the “60 Minutes” Sunday night program. Haugen is a former Facebook product manager who worked on civic integrity issues at the company. The documents show that Facebook is aware that its platforms are used to spread violence, hate, and misinformation, and that Facebook has tried to cover up that evidence, Haugen said. In her interview with “60 Minutes,” Haugen disclosed, “The thing I saw at Facebook over and over again was there were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook, and Facebook over and over again chose to optimize for its own interests, like making more money.” She added, “I’ve seen a bunch of social networks, and it was substantially worse at Facebook than anything I’ve seen before. At some point in 2021, I realized I’m going to have to do this in a systemic way, that I’m going to have to get out enough [documents] that no one can question that this is real.” Approximately one month ago, Haugen filed complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission, claiming that Facebook is hiding research about its shortcomings. She also shared the documents with the Wall Street Journal. Facebook spokesperson Lena Pietsch responded to Haugen’s interview. “Every day our teams have to balance protecting the ability of billions of people to express themselves openly with the need to keep our platform a safe and positive place,” Pietsch said. “We continue to make significant improvements to tackle the spread of misinformation and harmful content. To suggest we encourage bad content and do nothing is just not true.” Hours later, she released a statement alleging that the “60 Minutes” interview “used select company materials to tell a misleading story about the research we do to improve our products.”

No Late Fees at NYC Libraries In an effort to maintain equality between all New Yorkers, the City’s public libraries will no longer charge late fees for overdue books and other materials. Late fees had already been suspended since March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. They will

now be permanently eliminated. “This announcement is another major step towards making our public libraries, the heart of so many communities, accessible to all,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “Eliminating fines will let us serve even more New Yorkers, allowing them to enjoy all of the resources and programs that public libraries offer to grow and succeed.”

In 2019, the city’s libraries collected about $3.2 million in late fees. No late fees were collected in 2020 because of the pandemic and libraries made up the lost revenue in other fines. New Yorkers will still need to pay replacement fees if they lose books or other materials. A book is considered lost after it is overdue for a month, although if it is returned, there would be no fee. The new policy covers the New York Public Library, with branches in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, as well as the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Public Library. The three library systems join libraries in cities such as San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia that no longer charge overdue fines. More than half of the 400,000 New Yorkers whose library cards had been blocked because they owed at least $15 in fines live in high-needs communities, the officials said. Those patrons will now be able to check books out. “Public libraries strive to be the most democratic institutions in our society, providing all people access to the resources they need to enrich their minds and improve their lives,” Brooklyn Public Library CEO Linda E. Johnson said. “Eliminating late fines means providing truly equitable access to everything the library has to offer.”

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this week to connect with people when Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram went down on Monday for hours. Facebook’s site wouldn’t load at all; Instagram and WhatsApp were accessible but could not load new content or send messages.

Facebook tweeted just after 6:30 pm ET that its apps and services were beginning to work again. “To the huge community of people and businesses around the world who depend on us: we’re sorry,” it said. “We’ve been working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are happy to report they are coming back online now. Thank you for bearing with us.” Later Monday, Santosh Janardhan, Facebook’s VP of infrastructure, released a statement saying the company was “sorry for the inconvenience caused by today’s outage across our platforms.” “Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt,” Janardhan said. Janardhan said the company has “no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime.” Earlier, multiple security experts quickly pointed to a Domain Name System (DNS) problem as a possible culprit. Around 1 pm ET, Cisco’s internet analysis division ThousandEyes said on Twitter that its tests indicated the outage was due to an ongoing DNS failure. The DNS translates website names into IP addresses that can be read by a computer. It’s often called the “phonebook of the internet.” As services began to come back online, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted to his Facebook page. “Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger are coming back online now,” he wrote. “Sorry for the disruption today – I know how much you rely on our services to stay connected with the people you care about.”

Fat Bear Week

We may all be feeling a bit like we’re ready to start hibernating after all that challah we consumed over the past few weeks. In Alaska, and around the world, bears are preparing for a long winter – and that means that they’re gorging on salmon, berries, and veggies. Of course, who can’t resist an adorable bear delicately nibbling on leaves on a tree? And so, the folks in Alaska in charge of Katmai National Park and Preserve have created a contest to determine which bear is the cutest and roundest in the park. Fans can vote on their favorite bear online during Fat Bear Week, which ended on October 5. On the website, voters were able to view photos of their bears along with their winter weight. Last year, the Fat Bear Week web page had 1.6 million visits, with about 650,000 people actually participating in the voting. The event began in 2014, when it was just a one-day event. “Fat Bear Week gives us a chance to have a little fun,” Candice Rusch, spokesperson for, noted. “It lets us celebrate the fact that the salmon run was healthy enough to get the bears (to) their peak fat state. And who doesn’t love how adorable the bears are as they round out in the fall?” Images of Winnie the Pooh and Paddington are popular characters for kids and adults. “When you look at how much weight bears need to gain to survive six months of famine, you can’t help but cheer them on. People love bears and they love a good competition,” said Amber Kraft, interpretation and education program manager at the Katmai National Park and Preserve. “For us, we are happy to share because fat bears exemplify the richness of Katmai National Park and Bristol Bay, Alaska.” The park, in the southwest corner of Alaska, is home to approximately 2,200 bears, according to a survey done in 2004. In 2020, there were more than 90 individual bears, not including cubs, along the Brooks Riv-

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er, the 1.5-mile waterway where the salmon run. When preparing for hibernation, a dominant adult male might catch and eat more than 30 fish a day, and by the end of the fall, they can weigh over 1,000 pounds. Pass me the honey pot, Piglet.

He’s Lost & Found

Scores of people set out to find a Turkish man last week. Thankfully, after a few hours of searching, Beyhan Mutlu was found – by himself. Mutlu, 50, had alarmed relatives when he did not come home on Tuesday night. His wife hadn’t been able to reach him on his cellphone; friends thought he may have gone missing and was lost in a nearby forest after a night of drinking. A search party was formed. Mutlu, who was drunk, joined in searching for the missing person.

For several hours, the group combed the woods. But then, one searcher called out Mutlu’s name. “Who are we looking for?” Mutlu asked, surprised. “I am here.” It seems that he had found himself. Authorities gave Mutlu a ride home after confirming that he had, indeed, been found safe and sound.

Take the Money and Run

Is it art or is it robbery? We’ll let you decide. In 2007 and in 2010, artist Jens Haaning created two works of art – banknotes framed to represent the average annual salaries of an Austrian and a Dane in euros and in Danish krone. This year, the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Denmark asked Haaning to recreate his art pieces for an

exhibition that opened on Friday. But when gallery staff took delivery of the recreated artworks ahead of the show, they were in for a surprise: the frames were empty. No, thieves did not pilfer the $84,000 in transit; it was Haaning himself who pocketed the cash. “I have chosen to make a new work for the exhibition, instead of showing the two 14- and 11-year-old works respectively,” Haaning told the museum in an email, the text of which is now displayed next to the empty frames. “The work is based on/responds to both your exhibition concept and the works that we had originally planned to show.” The “new” conceptual piece, which Haaning has titled “Take the Money and Run,” is now at the center of a dispute between museum and artist over labor, contractual obligations, and the value of work. “I saw, from my artistic point of view, that I could create a much better piece for them than what they could imagine,” Haaning told CNN. “I don’t see that I have stolen money... I have created an art piece, which is maybe 10 or 100 times better than what we had planned. “What is the problem?” The museum, though, has a problem. It had lent Haaning 534,000 Danish krone ($84,000) for the cashfilled artworks and had agreed to pay a further 10,000 krone ($1,571) for his work, as well as covering costs like framing and delivery. It’s out all that money. For now, the museum is displaying “Take the Money and Run” as it is, putting it on a platform to be considered and critiqued. It is giving Haaning until January to pay up or face legal action. Sounds like he’s giving them a run for their money.

I Do – 75 Years Later

Seventy-five years is a long time – and it’s a wonderfully long time if you’re married for that long to the same person. Recently, a couple from West Virginia celebrated their 75th wedding

anniversary in high style. Ulysses and Lorraine Dawson recreated their wedding ceremony for the more-thanseven-decades that they have been together. Some things remained the same this time around. The groom, 94, was dressed in the same World War II uniform he wore the first time around. “That’s the way we met each other. He was in uniform,” Lorraine said. Lorraine, though, was dressed in white. When the couple married in 1946, she had been wearing a red twopiece suit. Still, after so many years, Lorraine is head over heels for her husband. “I thank G-d for him. I could never find a better one,” Lorraine, 92, said. Asked about their connection 75 years later, Ulysses says their bond is stronger than ever. “The knot was tied awful tight. And it’s still holding.”

Winner, Winner

Susan Fitton is proof that there’s a lot of luck going around. The 64-year-old from Boca Raton, Florida, is now a multi-millionaire after she claimed two winning lottery tickets on the same day. Fitton purchased two $2 million Mega Millions with Megaplier tickets and claimed them on September 14. According to the Florida lottery, Fitton’s tickets “matched all five of the white ball numbers but did not match the Mega Ball.” However, the tickets’ Megaplier features did help to increase Fitton’s winnings, Florida Lottery communications manager Meredyth Hope Norman told The Miami Herald. The feature can result in a ticket’s earnings being multiplied as much as five times. “The Megaplier number for the September 14 drawing was 2, which doubled Fitton’s prize from $1 million to $2 million,” Norman explained. “But she bought two tickets with the same numbers, so that became $4 million.” Fitton spent a total of $18 to purchase the two winning tickets. You win some and then you keep on winning.

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Community Chai Lifeline Families Celebrate Sukkos With a Day at Hershey Park


ore than 1,100 Chai Lifeline children and families were treated to an exciting day at Hershey Park on Thursday, September 23, Chol Hamoed Sukkos. Participants from Chai Lifeline’s New York, New Jersey/ Pennsylvania, and Mid-Atlantic regions enjoyed rides,

entertainment, and delicious snacks courtesy of Chai lifeline.   “Sukkos is a time of joy and Chai Lifeline is excited to be able to provide families with a chance to reconnect with one another in such a happy and fun environment,” said Faigie Yudkovsky, Director of Chai

Lifeline Volunteer Services and coordinator of the event. “Spending the day with my family at Hershey Park was incredible,” said a Chai Lifeline mother of three. “It gave me a chance to just relax with my kids and have a good time in a way that’s normally so difficult during the year.”

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Sukkos at Aish Kodesh

The Hoshana Raba Dor l’dor Learning program led by Rav Weinberger and Rabbi Levin


ver Sukkos, Aish Kodesh in Woodmere held many exciting events for both its members and the community at large. From the annual Sukkah Hop, Sisterhood Tea, Dor l’Dor Learning, special shiurim and of course, spirited tefilos throughout Sukkos, Aish was a center of excitement and Yom Tov energy. A highlight of Sukkos was the beautiful community-wide Simchas Bais HaShoeva hosted by Aish, partnering with Thank You HaShem and

Kehillas Mevakshei Hashem. Rav Moshe Weinberger and Rav Yussi Zakutinsky shared inspiring divrei Torah, and Joey Newcomb led the large crowd in song and dance late into the night with thousands around the world watching the livestream online. Rav Weinberger expressed to the crowd that although the rain did not allow for the Simchas Bais to be in a physical sukkah, being together b’achdus and sharing divrei Torah created a sukkah over the heads of all those gathered.

A spirited Simchas Bais HaShoeva

Learning is Alive at IVDU LI


cademics are in full swing at IVDU LI, with our first full week of learning well underway. It’s amazing to see the students’ excitement as they walk into the building and join their friends in the classrooms. Every class in IVDU has a low teacher-to-student ratio run by qualified special education teachers to ensure each student reaches their potential through differenti-

ated teaching. The uniquely designed curriculum, focus-

ing on the whole child, teaches them skills in reading,

writing and math while also tackling kriah, Parsha and

Chumash. In order to address every aspect of the child’s development, IVDU Long Island has an extensive social skills and life skills curriculum, including outings into the community to reinforce newly acquired skills. Under the guidance of the veteran curriculum coordinator, Dr. Rebekah Gutkind, students gain all the academic and functional skills necessary to succeed in today’s world.

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BYAM girls received an exciting “Welcome Back” on the first day of school after the yomim tovim

Rabbi Yaakov Bender giving a Shmuess at the beginning of new Zman at Yeshiva Kol Torah

Touro Launches Ed Tech Coaching Certificate Program


echnology has revolutionized education over the last few years, and the COVID 19 pandemic has heightened the need for all teachers to become skilled and schooled in using technology to reach students. Many Jewish day schools recognize this need but lack the resources to hire a full-time employee to manage educational technology, and instead, end up leaning on a teacher with some skills to unofficially train the staff. In an effort to professionalize this role and formally train those who are responsible for supporting teachers using educational technology, Touro College launched a certificate program in educational technology coaching for Jewish Day Schools last fall. The program, which is graduating its first class of 10, is run by Professor Jeffrey Licht-

man and Rabbi Baruch Noy, MSEd CETL, Director of STEM and EdTech at Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway and a member of the Consortium of Jewish Day Schools. “This program is the first of its kind and is filling a void in our Jewish Day Schools. Our graduates will become leaders who will coach teachers within their schools on integrating educational technology into their classrooms,” said Noy. The year-long certificate program is comprised of four courses – two that focus on computer hardware/networking and software and online platforms; and two that focus on educational technology pedagogy.  The online program is open to full- and part-time teachers and administrators and is available to educators across the country. The first class consisted of students

from Pennsylvania, New York, and Florida. “Since some of our students have pedagogic training but no IT background and some have IT training but no teaching experience, we offer a breadth of knowledge in both areas,” said Dr. Lichtman. “Students learn which tech tools are appropriate to meet specific educational goals and help teachers reach their goals in the classroom using technology. We also train them on how to coach teachers effectively.” Beyond the coursework, this program helped create a professional network of like-minded people who can share ideas and insight and gain feedback from each other as they work to improve and enhance the educational experience for Jewish day school students. “I have gained so much from the program. By sharing the informa-

tion I learned through our professional development, our teachers will have the knowledge of what is available in educational technology, as well as how to best use it to maximize student learning. I have also been working with our administrators to use what I learned to best coach our teachers in setting goals and coming up with a realistic plan to reach them. When teachers feel that they are growing, learning and supported, it gives them the energy and motivation to keep on generating more great ideas, which is what we all want for our students,” said Rabbi Yisroel Smith, Assistant Principal, Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh. To learn more about the program and available scholarships or to apply for the fall cohort, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman at jeff.

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The talmidos of the Ganger Early Childhood division of TAG were so excited to have an opportunity to meet many of the animals that went into the Teivah this week 

National Blue Ribbon Award for Educational Excellence Awarded to Rambam Mesivta for the Second Time


here are approximately 27,000 high schools in the United States, and, of these, only a handful of schools were recognized for their consistent, exemplary education offered to their students. Rambam Mesivta was the only yeshiva in the country awarded this prestigious national honor. Rambam remains the ONLY independent all boys yeshiva high in the entire USA to ever have won the Blue Ribbon Award (even once), yet alone twice. This is Rambam’s second Blue Ribbon Award, as only five years ago, Rambam stood out amongst thousands of other high schools and was the only yeshiva to be named a Blue Ribbon school by the United States Department of Education. Below is an interview with Rambam Administration that sheds some light on this educational milestone. Was this award a surprise? Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman, Rosh Mesivta of Rambam: When we won five years ago the rules stated that we have to wait five years to reapply. Our

scores have been consistently good, but we were told that since they were limited to how many schools they select, they probably would want to give another school a chance as opposed to giving us a second Blue Ribbon.  Ironically, winning once makes it even harder to win a second time, and it speaks to the dedication of the faculty and the students that the Blue Ribbon Committee recognized us a second time. Aside from the prestige of winning such a coveted award, is there a practical benefit to the students? Rabbi Yotav Eliach, Principal of Rambam: There are  definitely concrete benefits.  Colleges and universities understand that graduating from a Blue Ribbon School is a big plus. It opens the doors even wider for admissions, honors programs, and merit-based academic scholarships.  We have been fortunate to have a disproportionate amount of our graduates accepted to honors programs and receive merit-based scholarships. It is clear that Rambam offers

a rigorous and challenging curriculum. Is there time for extracurricular activities or do the academics not allow for that? Mr. Hillel Goldman, Associate Principal, Rambam:  The goal of the school is to foster an environment that rewards and highlights all types of meaningful accomplishments; academics, of course, both on the Jewish Studies side as well as the academic, but also in the areas of STEM, Robotics, creative writing, debate, mock trial, all the sports and more.  At last count, Rambam had over 40 teams and clubs (for a student body of around 180), and we ran over 100 “events/happenings” during the course of the year.  The extracurriculars at Rambam reinforce the academic success of the students by allowing them to build success and hone their talents through after-school activities. Rambam is the only yeshiva in the country to ever have qualified for this award. What is the “secret sauce”? Rabbi Avi Herschman, Assistant Rosh Mesivta of Rambam: We have

outstanding teachers who are also mentors to the students. Our students are bright and motivated, our parent body is supportive of a well-rounded rigorous and challenging education. They all get credit for this award. Rabbi Friedman: I would add that educational excellence is further cultivated by our morning learning program which, as a byproduct, teaches very important analytical skills and promotes the diligence of study and a desire to excel and master the material. Are there any special plans to celebrate this remarkable achievement? Rabbi Friedman: We haven’t had much time to absorb this news. The email was sent to us on Yom Tov so there was a two-day delay until we found out about it. We have already received a bunch of congratulatory calls from members of the community and local political representatives. Obviously, this is wonderful news, and we have to coordinate a time when parents and students can be joined with local community leaders to mark this accomplishment.

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On Chol Hamoed Sukkos, hundreds of local children enjoyed pony rides, a petting zoo and police car rides on Reads Lane in Far Rockaway. This free community event was arranged by NYCDOT, JCCRP, RNSP, community partner Pesach Osina, StreetLab, and the 101 Police Precinct.

New Beginnings at Hadar Bet Yaakov By Shoshanna Friedman


adar Bet Yaakov girls enjoyed a multi-faceted approach to teshuva this year that began at Student Orientation with a “New Beginnings” presentation on the overlap of the onset of school with Rosh Hashana and continued through Erev Yom Kippur via academic curricula as well as extra-curricular programming. Student Orientation began with Mrs. Friedman’s “New Beginnings” program presenting Rosh Hashana as Hashem’s “new beginnings” gift to us that is also reflected in the myriad of possibilities inherent in our new school year. Incoming ninth graders teamed up with tenth graders in a round-robin “get-to-know-you” interview game followed by a comedic

quiz at the end. Girls experienced their own new beginnings of friendships and meaningful connections. Rabbi Bensoussan, Hadar Bet Yaakov halacha teacher, delineated the halachot of teshuva, and Rabbi Robenov, HBY Menahel, spoke to the girls erev Yom Kippur and explored realistic approaches to teshuva and what it means to take a kaballa upon oneself. Rabbi Robenov’s presentation culminated in a beautiful, contemplative writing activity where girls were given pen and paper to write their own letter to Hashem. “You can write whatever you want in this letter,” Rabbi Robenov explained, “but you all have to begin this way: Dear Hashem, I know that you love me and that you think I’m awesome…” Girls separated into private corners of the room onto sever-

al tables as they brainstormed their own introspections and musings. Mrs. Simes orchestrated a fascinating Yom Iyun themed with “raising the mundane” that joined conceptual exploration with art. Students first explored the relationship between the concrete and spiritual followed by their own reflective art projects. Girls created their own mosaics showing their understandings of raising every-day objects of their own choosing from the mundane to a level of kedusha. The day peaked in a surprise “Big Sister – Little Sister Mystery Trip” where girls were told that they would have to join together b’achdut, as one, and realize that relationships can be far more than mundane connections and can really help “raise” us to a level of kedusha. Girls were

instructed that they would have to raise the mundane and create meaningful connections with one another if they were to make their way out of where their surprise trip took them. Students ended up in a corn maze where they had to join cohesively b’achdut to make their way out. Hadar Bet Yaakov utilizes an array of academic, arts-based, extra-curricular and creative programming activities to immerse students in experiential learning throughout the school year. Girls investigated the many dimensions of “new beginnings” from the onset of school until erev Yom Kippur’s corn maze. They’re primed for a year of exploration, academic rigor, and personal growth.

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The children at HANC ECC in West Hempstead spent time learning about Parshas Noach this week

Rabbi Dovid Yankelewitz, a first grade rebbi at Yeshiva Darchei Torah, welcomed his talmidim to his sukkah on chol hamoed

HANC’s Special Guest


s the students in HANC’s Samuel and Elizabeth Bass Golding Elementary School in West Hempstead prepared for the upcoming holiday of Sukkot, they were delighted by the arrival of a special visitor from Israel. While the children and staff waited in their classrooms for the mystery guest, a familiar face suddenly appeared on their smart boards. Rabbi Michael Merrill, HANC’s former Assistant Principal of Judaic Studies, who made aliyah with his family this past summer, greeted everyone from his home in Ramat Shilo. After saying hello to his many friends at HANC, he explained that he was going to give the school an “insider’s view” of how Israelis prepare for the Tishrei Chagim. With the assistance of photographs and live video, the children were able to see how preparations in Israel compare with our own arrangements here in New York. In the first photograph, Rabbi Merrill showed the children what the Mercaz (center of town) looked like on Erev Yom Kippur afternoon. While this area is usually bustling with people, that afternoon the Mercaz was empty because everyone was at home getting ready for Yom Kip-

pur. The same was true for the many parks in the neighborhood, for even the children were at home at that time. He then showed the children pictures of the “Arbah Minim Shuk” where 39 booths were set up in the park after Yom Kippur so the residents could buy a lulav, etrog, sukkah decorations and other items that they would need to enhance their celebration of the holiday. He also shared photos of hardware stores that have stocked their shelves with everything one would need to build their sukkah, including decorations, tables and chairs, tablecloths, and wall hangings. Rabbi Merrill then took the children on a tour of the neighborhood showing the various places where people can build their sukkah. Apartment buildings arrange their mirpasot (terraces) in such a way so no mirpeset is blocking someone else’s mirpeset, so that each family would be able to create a kosher sukkah. In some buildings, large areas on the ground are designated as a place to build a big communal sukkah for several families to share. In Rabbi Merrill’s new home, he is able to build his own sukkah on his backyard mirpeset. He even gave the stu-

dents a live look of the view from inside his house, looking through the glass doors into his sukkah. He also explained that because it is so warm in Israel, many people even sleep in their sukkah at night! Another special occurrence is that when neighbors have special fruit trees in their yards, like pomegranates or pomelos, they allow anyone to come and pick fruit from their trees so that they can also enjoy eating special fruits on Sukkot. In addition, the township also provides natural materials that were cut down from trees for residents to take and

use for their walls and schach. Rabbi Merrill also told the students that he was going to share this coming Shabbat with some HANC graduates who are spending their gap year in Israel. What a wonderful opportunity that will be for the students to share a Shabbat with their former teacher and assistant principal in his brand new home in Israel. At the conclusion of the Zoom visit, as Rabbi Merrill prepared to say goodbye, he gave the children some excellent advice: “Pay attention in Hebrew class and listen – it will make your life a lot easier!”


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Sukkot Fun at HALB Elementary and Lev Chana

Chagim at Margaret Tietz


argaret Tietz held meaningful and full services throughout the Chagim thanks to the boys from Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim who led the minyanim with enthusiasm. The residents reported that the company was special and that the boys were very helpful, very nice, and very respectful.  The kiddushim were festive, and the food was great. There was quite a nice group of residents who attended all the services in the very large and beautiful, new synagogue as well as for Sukkos in their very spa-

cious and beautifully decorated sukkah. The residents enjoyed Simchat Torah as they went around with the Torahs in their wheelchairs aided by the boys – a sight to be seen!  Tzvi Rosen, Mashgiach over the Yomim Tovim, reported that the davening was beautiful, and everyone enjoyed it.  “It is so special to be with these seniors and provide a regular yom tov for them.  The residents appreciated that we were able to provide the yom tov spirit, and they surely enjoyed the kiddush after the yom tov davening.  All of us were

very glad to be back at Margaret Tietz and are hopeful that the daily Minyan will resume again soon.”  

Margaret Tietz Center was glad that once again after such a long time these special and important ser-

vices could be held for their residents and wish each and every one a happy, healthy and very special new year.  

Hindi’s Libraries Launching “Laces 4 Literacy” Shoe Drive


his fall, Hindi’s Libraries needs your help shipping children’s and young adult books to families in need. Hindi’s Libraries is partnering with international non-profit Funds2Orgs to collect new and gently worn shoes as part of their Laces 4 Literacy campaign. The organization aims to collect 2,500 pairs which will be donated to families and individuals

in developing nations such as Haiti and Honduras. Upon the completion of the shoe drive, Funds2Orgs will donate a minimum of $1,000 toward funding Hindi’s Libraries book shipments. From Friday, October 1 through November 15, donors can deliver their shoes to Hindi’s Libraries locations in Hewlett or Cedarhurst, New York. The locations for drop-

offs are as follows: • 286 Willard Drive in Hewlett, NY • 38 Adele Road in Cedarhurst, NY Please contact co-founder Leslie Gang at for information. Funds2Orgs asks that all donations be: • Complete pairs of shoes • Wearable condition (would you be comfortable giving them to a friend

or relative?) • All sizes and styles are appreciated (adults/kids, sneakers, sandals, boots, heels, etc.) Hindi’s Libraries is thrilled to be doubling their impact through both shoe and book donations this holiday season. For more information as well as updates on Laces 4 Literacy, visit Hindi’s Libraries on Facebook.

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Gural JCC and Community Chest Host a Sukkos Fair Extravaganza That Exceeds All Expectations


ever before has the Cedarhurst Park seen so much action and been filled with so many smiling faces. It was hard to decide where to look first, where to run to fastest. The rides, the free face painting and petting zoo, the music, the scavenger hunt or arcade… The Succos Fair last week at Cedarhurst Park hosted by the Marion and Aaron Gural JCC and co-sponsored by Community Chest South Shore was a two-day whirlwind of fun, games, good food and good times. It was also a wonderful example of our community coming together to celebrate the fall festival of Sukkos, the beautiful weather and the missed camaraderie among neighbors, friends, local merchants and agency supporters. In this second annual two-day Sukkos Fair, open to the entire community and beyond, we were thrilled to welcome over 5,000 visitors who enjoyed rides, carnival games, arts and crafts, free concerts by Uri Davidi and Nachas, food from The Wandering Que BBQ truck, David’s Famous Pizza, Rita’s Ice Water, a cholov Yisroel ice cream truck, popcorn, cotton candy and more – and a huge open sukkah to relax and eat in. JCC free beach balls flew overhead, and children ran around searching for our scavenger hunt clues to claim their prizes. Others

picked their seats set out on the plush grass and took in the live concerts – two each day. Kids had a blast at our petting zoo and tossing balls into our roving man on stilts’ basketball hoop. On both days they were also treated to a show and free karate demonstration by our friends at Warren Levi Martial Arts. It was a sunny, peaceful, beautiful two days, and we want to recognize the Mayor and Village of Cedarhurst, the Town of Hempstead, and the Nassau County Police and Auxiliary Police Departments for their help in making this spectacular event so successful as well as the thirty sponsors who supported this effort. We couldn’t have done it without you all. The Marion and Aaron Gural JCC has been serving the Five Towns, Far Rockaway and neighboring communities for over four decades. Over 10,000 individuals are directly impacted by our JCC via our social services and Early Childhood Center. Our S.H.O.P. serves over 900 families with monthly food, clothing and social work support and over 370 single parents have reached out and received assistance through our Kadima program. We serve the elderly Russian population and over 100 beloved Holocaust survivors and proudly engage hundreds of volunteers to help us serve the community.

To participate, volunteer or donate to our agency call the Gural JCC at (516)569-6733 or visit our website

The Marion and Aaron Gural JCC is a proud non-profit partne of UJA Federation New York.

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Parshas Noach Comes to Life


t was not feasible to bring a representative of every species housed in Noach’s Teivah, but the precocious students of Yeshiva Darchei Torah’s Harriet Keil-

son Early Childhood Center got to spend time with quite a few of them this week – and the weekly parasha came to life. A delegation of farm animals vis-

ited the Yeshiva on Monday, including cows, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, and a turkey. Each preschool class got a turn to pet, feed and be wowed by these friendly animals.

It was just the latest example of experiential, hands-on learning at Yeshiva Darchei Torah.

Kadima Families Move Forward This Fall to a Better Future


he start of the new school year, the rush of the yom tov season. For any parent, the annual post-summer period is filled with intensity and stress. Both children and parents experience a surge of anxiety as the new school year begins – unfamiliar teachers and classmates, larger workloads, additional fees and supplies, adjustments to revised schedules and new caregivers.  Couple this with the tension of shopping, cooking, meal planning and organizing schedules for the seemingly endless run of holidays, and what should be an exciting and uplifting time in a household can become trying and exhausting. We have all experienced the strain of this time and have felt the often insurmountable pressure of keeping our children, our homes and our lives organized. Now, imagine going through this challenge as a single parent and every one of these responsibilities is magnified. The Kadima program for single Jewish parents was launched almost seven years ago at the Marion and Aaron Gural JCC with the aim of recognizing a population that is so often overlooked and identifying their many, unexpected needs.  What started as a small program tapping into our own clients and circle of con-

tacts has grown into an unmatched endeavor serving over 350 clients in the Five Towns, Far Rockaway, and neighboring communities. Although we cannot tackle every difficult issue single parents face, the Kadima program was designed to guide and serve these clients as they move forward from the demanding circumstances they have come from on to a path of self-sufficiency and self-esteem. While throughout the course of the year the Kadima program is in full swing, addressing the myriad needs of our clients, during this post-summer stressful season we have made sure to step up our services, our sensitivities and our support. One of our goals is also to find additional resources for our clients and partner, when appropriate, with others to offer as much assistance as possible. At the beginning of the school year every child in our program who requested it received a grade appropriate backpack with school supplies – part of UJA’s Supplies for Success initiative. In addition, coats and accessories were distributed with the assistance of our friends at Island Harvest.  Kadima support groups resumed after a summer hiatus to bring single parents together in camaraderie and to explore shared hopes and

expectations. New clients from our area and beyond joined our program virtually and were able to access group and individual counseling, always at no cost.  As the school year kicked in, we resumed our tutoring help for those Kadima kids lagging behind in their studies.   Emergency cash funds were also distributed to clients facing unexpected and daunting expenses. As the holidays approached the SHOP – our local food pantry – was in full motion and many clients received Rosh Hashana packages in addition to their monthly groceries. Rabbi Ya’akov Trump, of The Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, graciously visited our JCC in an intimate in-person meeting hosting a dialogue with single parents to hear about their experiences. Some shared their disappointments and dreams for the first time in decades.  Together we spoke about a plan to do better and respond more openly and generously to those in similar situations. As Succos neared, Rabbi Simcha and Rebbetzin Shani Lefkowitz and the Mark Ramer Chesed Center treated 14 excited Kadima families to a lulav and esrog set while are friends at JCCRP sponsored seven families to a Adventureland  chol hamoed trip.  Last Sunday/Monday, 30 Kad-

ima kids were invited to the Succos Fair in Cedarhurst park to enjoy a day of  fun, music and rides – just like their friends and classmates – thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor and the JCC.  Next week Kadima moms will be able to shop at a special pop-up boutique sponsored by Kanfei Nesharim, while our fall kids’ support groups – separately for boys and girls – will begin to help ease the back to school transition anxiety.  In addition, a very special music for youth venture will be put into motion for the first time at our JCC for Kadima kids. As the holidays end and life resumes to some degree of normalcy, the Marion and Aaron Gural JCC will continue to welcome single parent families to our program while carefully tending to the hundreds of families already in our family.  We will be alert to new and increased needs and will continue to guide our single parents and their families Kadima – forward to a better future. If you or anyone you know can use our Kadima services, contact the Gural JCC at (516)569-6733 or email Rachayle Deutsch at rachayle.deutsch@ The Marion and Aaron Gural JCC is a proud non-profit partner of UJA Federation New York.

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Kew Garden Hills Couple Commemorated by United Hatzalah of Israel By Dr. Fred Naider


he already strong bonds between the Kew Gardens Hills Jewish Community and Israel were strengthened on the evening of Sunday September 19, 2021 at a special ceremony commemorating the lives of Sydell (Shaindy) and Israel (Zippy) Sipzner. The Sipzners, residents of Kew Gardens Hills for nearly 40 years and members of the Young Israel led by Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld, passed away within months of each other in 2019. The evening took place in the United Hatzalah of Israel Center on Yermiyahu Street, Yerushalayim. It featured the dedication of a fully equipped ambucycle in the Sipzners’ names by their children Howie and Reize Sipzner, both of whom grew up in Queens and now divide their time between Israel, Florida, and Lido Beach. The attendees, who included family members and friends of the Sipzners, were introduced to the workings of United Hatzalah. The

mission of this organization is to provide a rapid response to medical emergencies thereby saving lives that would otherwise be lost. Yael Perlman, our United Hatzalah representative, explained how this organization cuts down the response time to 3 minutes or less with an ultimate goal of 90 seconds. This goal is achieved by using state-of-the art GPS technology to communicate with victims, locate them, identify nearby EMTs who have been extensively trained by United Hatzalah, and who respond immediately on foot, by bicycle or by ambucycle. The ambucycle concept, invented by United Hatzalah Founder Eli Beer, is iconic of the organization, and is especially suited for aiding victims in crowded traffic clogged cities like Yerushalayim. The factual presentation was followed by a memorial dedication by Howie Sipzner. He described his parents as caring, concerned and committed Modern Orthodox Jews who spared no effort or resource to give

to their family and their community. Aunt Shaindy and Uncle Zippy were especially beloved because they were always there to help others celebrate a simcha or to provide support and consolation in times of need. They were generous and charitable and cheered their family and friends with stories and jokes. He described them as the perfect role models for their sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and with some emotion articulated the void that was felt by the entire family on their passing. He and Reize, who offered her own moving description of her in-laws later in the evening, felt that the dedication of the Israel and Sydell Ambucycle was especially appropriate and would provide a legacy of helping save lives for years to come.

A surprise appearance by Eli Beer, the founder of Hatzalah, capped the evening. Eli, who rushed back from Tel Aviv to participate in the dedication, held the audience spellbound with his description of his battle with COVID-19 and his brush with the Malach HaMavet when he had to be put on a ventilator with a 5% chance of survival. He expressed the depression he experienced when he finally awoke from an induced coma five weeks later to realize he had missed Pesach with his family. Wracked by guilt, weak and disoriented, he felt he couldn’t return to Israel. After Mr. Beer’s words, the friends and family of Howie and Reize Sipzner were treated to a ribbon-cutting along with their son Benny who is now serving in the IDF. A Kinyan of the ambucycle was made passing its ownership to its permanent driver Nisan, a Kollel student who lives in the Jewish Quarter (Ha Rova HaYehudi) of the Old City. Thanks to the life lessons taught by Zippy and Shaindy Sipzner to their children, the Rova will now be a safer place for its residents, and I am sure my aunt and uncle’s neshamas are having an Aliyah. Dr. Fred Naider is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the City University of New York who recently made Aliyah with his wife Anita. Israel and Sydell Sipzner were the author’s uncle and aunt.

National Faith in Blue


lease join us for National Faith in Blue on Sunday, October 10th from 10 a.m. -12 noon at Congregation Beth Sholom located 390 Broadway, Lawrence, NY 11559 sponsored by Nassau County Police Department.  This event is a great opportunity to bridge the gap between the

police department and the community.  Nassau Commissioner of Police Patrick J. Ryder as well as County Executive Laura Curran will be in attendance, and there will be free entertainment for those who attend. Come meet your Nassau County police officers

and have fun learning about what they do for the community. Date: Sunday, October 10 Time: 10 a.m. – 12noon Place: Beth Sholom, 390 Broadway in Lawrence, NY


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DRS Freshman Shabbaton


he excitement was palpable as freshmen at DRS Yeshiva High School eagerly boarded the buses on Friday morning, September 10, ready to head to the annual Freshman Shabbaton, held at Camp Kaylie. “The goal of the Shabbaton is for everyone meet each other and create a sense of achdut within the grade in an enjoyable and fun way,” said DRS Menahel Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky to the freshman class. After davening and breakfast in school, the students headed to camp, and upon arrival, students unpacked and chose to partake in either the annual Freshmen Flag Football Tournament or a hike and bonfire with some of the rabbeim. Throughout the afternoon, students enjoyed a tennis tournament, softball games, and the camp’s spacious facilities, and went go-carting, swimming and played sports before preparing for an amazing Shabbos to come. All 100 members of this year’s freshmen class – the largest in the school’s history – headed into Shabbos unified as one with tremendous energy and unity. After davening and a festive seuda with zemirot and divrei Torah, the freshmen enjoyed a DRS-style tisch with Rabbi Ka-

minetsky and their rebbeim, as they sung, enjoyed cholent, kugel and candy and experienced the joy and ruach of Shabbos together as one class. The spirit continued the next morning, as a lively Shacharis, kiddush and intriguing shiurim highlighted the day. After a scrumptious Shabbos lunch with zemirot and singing, students continued forming unbreakable

friendships with one another and learned together in the Beis Medrash. Following Mincha and Shalosh Seudos, students gathered for an inspirational and memorable kumzitz, joining together to usher the Shabbos out with song, achdut and ruach. Following a beautiful Maariv and Havdalah, students boarded the busses and left the Shabbaton with a dose of ruach

and achdut for the year to come. On Motzei Shabbos, students faced off in shiur-vs.-shiur wacky Olympics competition, competing in a variety of events, in which every student had a unique role. The night was far from over, as students enjoyed a late-night barbecue and basketball in the gym with their new friends. 

OU’s Yachad Launches Resource And Referral Service For Individuals With Disabilites


achad, the Orthodox Union’s division for individuals with disabilities in the Jewish community, has announced the launch of REACH, a new Jewish communal resource and referral service for individuals with disabilities and their families. The program will initially serve the New York region, although the group plans to scale operations to accommodate families throughout the United States over time. REACH aims to provide an organized and centralized referral service for individuals with learning, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in the Jewish community for services specific to their needs. These include various government

funded programs, special education, therapies, social and recreational programs and legal services, among others. The referrals will be data driven and based on criteria and preferences provided by the party seeking the referral. “Our community has long been in need of an extensive referral network for individuals with disabilities and their families. The efforts of the Yachad team will represent a significant and invaluable contribution in addressing that need,” said Orthodox Union President Moishe Bane. “Yachad provides so many important services and programs to families in our community. This is yet another example of the cutting-edge leader-

ship they are bringing to these families,” said Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Rabbi Moshe Hauer. “In the past, families of those with disabilities had to rely on reaching out to second- and third-degree connections only to learn that the referral wasn’t related to their immediate need. Our hope in creating one centralized system is to be able to give the most accurate referral based on the caller’s specific disabilities, needs, and circumstances – no matter whether that is a Yachad program or another one,” said Yachad International Director Avrohom Adler. REACH operates as a centralized database for services and referrals that is accessed by phone. The phone

lines are manned by a trained team of professionals at Yachad’s headquarters. A staffer will take the time to understand the caller’s needs, while inputting relevant data into the database which will then develop the most appropriate referrals. After the inquiry, the caller will receive an email with the suggestions including names, contact information and websites for further information. Those looking for assistance in finding the right types of services can access the service by calling 1-877-Reach-52 (732-2452). The database service is free to utilize. Those providers interested in being added to the database can reach out to

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Chabad of the Five Towns offered many events to the community over Sukkos


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Shaar Lev Opening Day at HALB


haar Lev at HALB has officially begun! On opening day, students made sukkah decorations for Sukkot and enjoyed singing in the HALB sukkah led by Rabbi Benji Renov. They were also joined by HALB’s Bnei Akiva shlichot, Shira and Ahuva. Shaar Lev, in its fourth year, serves local children with unique learning needs who attend public school. Four days a week these students come to HALB after school to learn halacha, parsha, kriah and Chumash for the older grades. Rabbi Libman has created a new Middle School program where boys will learn Mishna, Gemara and hilchot tefillin.  This year Shaar Lev had record registration with thirty-four children from grades K through Eight. HALB has expanded their staff for

the program. Welcome Rabbi Marciano, Rabbi Steinberg and Chaya Hyman who have joined Rabbi Libman, Rabbi Herzberg, Ms. Tamar

Mosak and Ms. Batsheva Milworn. HALB and Shaar Lev would like to thank Superintendent Dr. Anne Pederson for all of her support, District

15 for providing busing, and to all those who have provided the financial support to make this program possible.

Can My Children Force Me Into a Nursing Home? By Monet Binder, Esq.


iving up independence and being forced into a nursing home is one of the biggest fears elderly people have. You may be somewhat relieved to know that as long as you have the ability to make your own medical decisions, no one can force you to go anywhere you don’t want to go. Your doctor or your nurse can’t force you. Even a person who you appointed as your agent in your power of attorney (POA) can’t force you. If your family is insisting that you go to a nursing home or skilled nursing facility, and you don’t want to, if you have the capacity to make the decision not to, no matter how poor that decision is, you have the right to remain home against everyone’s wishes.

However, if your mental capacity is diminished and you are unable to make your own medical decisions, you may be placed in a nursing home for your safety and wellbeing. If you haven’t done any planning, or proper planning in advance, a Guardian or Conservator could be appointed by the court to act on your behalf to make medical decisions for you and you may be placed there. This appointed person usually is a lawyer who knows nothing about you. Establishing a guardian is extremely unpleasant for everyone, and it’s also an expensive court process. It is not free. In circumstances where there are no family members, and no POA, and the hospital has to establish a guardian for you, and that guardian recommends a nursing home (which

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they will if the hospital recommends it), then a hospital can force you to go to a nursing home or skilled nursing facility. Also, if you are unable to make your own medical decisions because you lack the capacity to do so, and you have appointed an agent in a power of attorney (POA), your agent can force you to go anywhere they want you to go, whether you agree to it or not. When considering who to appoint in your legal planning documents, it is so important to make sure you choose someone you trust who knows and will honor your wishes. Who decides whether you have capacity or not to make your own decisions? You may be surprised to learn that any licensed physician can make that decision even though most physicians have never been formally trained in the process. Your family doctor could make that decision. Your surgeon could document your lack of capacity and render you incapable of making your own medical decisions. Even your dermatologist can get involved in your medical decision-making process.

If you are concerned about where you will end up if you are unable to make these important decisions for yourself, you need to have the proper legal documentation in place, prepared in advance. Downloading doit-yourself forms from the internet usually will not be enough to give you the protection you need. An experience counseling-based estate planning and elder law attorney can guide you in this way and provide you with the necessary documents to carry out your wishes. Let us educate you and help you protect yourself and what you have for the people you love the most. Contact us at 718.514.7575 to learn more about how we can help you and your family. Monet Binder, Esq., has a practice in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, dedicated to protecting families and their legacies and values. All halachic documents are approved by the Bais Havaad Halacha Center in Lakewood, under the direction of Rabbi Dovid Grossman and the guidance of Harav Shmuel Kaminetsky, shlita, as well as other leading halachic authorities.

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Shulamith Early Childhood students enjoyed a petting zoo in honor of Parshat Noach

Ezra Academy Out and About


ith the start of the school year, Ezra Academy has added many new aspects to what they are offering and providing to their students. One of these is an amazing new program called Operation Ezra. This is a chesed division, where the students look to help their communities by doing chesed where needed. This is not simply a one-time activity but rather an ongoing and continuously evolving division of their extracurricular department. Operation Ezra is comprised of students who understand the importance of helping other and are looking to make a difference. They are led by Mrs. Rena Solomon. The first project of the year was building sukkahs within the community for those who were unable to do so for themselves. While many people in that situation hire people to build theirs, some, unfortunately, aren’t in the position to do that either. Operation Ezra reached out to community leaders who provided them with a list of people in need of their assistance. Mrs. Solomon led a team of faculty and students in building multiple sukkahs around Queens. Below is a letter received by Ezra Academy by one of the beneficiaries of the sukkah building: “The mitzvah of Sukkah building for my aging parents has traditionally been my responsibility. Year after

year, from the garage and around to the backyard and then up the 11 steps and onto the deck. And then the assembly began of nearly 20 panels followed by the rolling out of the schach and then the lighting and wiring.  One can only imagine. It was this year that I noticed that I too am aging and simply could not get it done and hiring a crew to have it built was not an option unfortunately, or perhaps, actually fortunately? “I didn’t know how to break the news to my parents as Sukkot has always been their favorite of all Jewish holidays.  Outdoor dining and singing along with guests.  “Mamash me’ayn olam haba” for them as far as I can remember when I was a child growing up in their home and until today. As I discussed the heartbreaking situation with my wife, she assured me that there must be a solution.  And very soon after she notified me that she located a group of young men

who will come and get the job done! I was so relieved but also shocked!  Who did she find?  Who does such a thing? “On the afternoon of September 14, my mother calls me and excitedly asks me to stop by in order to direct these young men regarding the building details. I arrived to their home to a scene that I never imagined. Eight young men MERRILY carrying and connecting panels under the guidance of their JOYOUS rabbi.  I understood immediately that this was a rare experience of observing a group of living physical malachim (angels) who were selflessly carrying out a task for the mere mitzvah aspect of it! The radiance and glow on their smiling faces was such that I have never witnessed before in my 47 years on Earth due to its genuineness and purity. I came to learn shortly that these malachim were Rabbi Fink and his

talmidim from Ezra Academy. I realized swiftly what this institution nurtures in their students and exemplifies through their rabbanim. I would like to sincerely thank and simultaneously commend Ezra Academy for the attributes witnessed that day which gave our family hope and simcha. Simcha which they incorporated into their building of my parents’ sukkah and simcha which will be felt throughout Sukkot and that will endure for my parents and for them throughout the year B’Ezrat Hashem.  “Thanks to Ezra Academy, this year Sukkot will be a true ‘Zman Simchateinu’ for us all.” Operation Ezra is more than happy to help in any and all chesed opportunities that might present themselves. Feel free to reach out to Ezra Academy if you would like to work with Operation Ezra or need their assistance. 


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SKA Celebrates Simchat Yom Tov


n impressive turnout of students, administrators, and faculty members of the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls enjoyed a warm and leibedik Simchat Beit Hashoevah on Sunday evening, September 29, in the backyard of SKA Principal, Religious Studies, Mrs. Elisheva Kaminetsky. After hearing words of yom tov inspiration from Mrs. Kaminetsky under the stars, girls from every grade sang together in a kumsitz to the musical accompaniment of Mrs. Sorah Shaffren and her guitar. The stirring atmosphere and camara-

derie contributed to making Leil Hoshana Rabba and the last two days of the chag so meaningful. The delicious food that was served was an added bonus! SKA seniors had an additional opportunity to continue the simcha when they joined their Grade Level Advisors, Mrs. Paghit Ralbag and Mrs. Kayla Bach, in Mrs. Ralbag’s sukkah for dessert after the kumsitz.  Exceptional divrei Torah were shared by several 12th graders, ending the evening on a high spiritual note. 

Simchas Sukkos at MTA


TA celebrated Sukkos with exciting Simchas Beis Hashoeiva events in Bergen County, Brooklyn, Highland Park, Monsey, Queens, and West Hempstead. The signature MTA ruach filled each sukkah, as talmidim and rebbeim enjoyed singing, dancing, divrei Torah, and delicious food. Thanks to the Apfel, Friedman, Hochman, Laub, Rothberg, and

Shmuel families for graciously opening their homes to host these incredible events. The celebration continued on Simchas Torah with hakafos and a seudas yom tov at Congregation Zichron Mordechai in Teaneck, sponsored by Kenny and Meredith Yager. It was a truly inspiring and meaningful evening, rejoicing in the joy of Torah together as a yeshiva.

BYAM preschool girls learned all about animals from The Nature Show that came to school in honor of Parshas Noach this week

The kindergarten talmidos and moros of the Ganger Early Childhood Division of TAG joined together to celebrate the Alef-Bais. With all the right letters in place we can be assured these girls will be reading fluently by the end of the year.

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Around the Community More than 70 locals attended the BACH Jewish Center’s Simchas Beis Hashoeva in Long Beach on September 23. The event took place in the synagogue’s sukkah and its outdoor tent

Rabbi Benny Berlin with Noah Solomon

A partial view of the crowd

The Last Lion


eventy-seven years ago, while millions of Eastern European Jews were being mercilessly and barbarically butchered, their Jewish relatives were ensconced in the safe haven of America. While millions of Jews in Eastern Europe were being gassed in crematoria, millions of Jews in America were nonchalantly conducting business, eating ice cream and playing baseball. Most had no idea that their cousins in Europe were being obliterated. There were those that were aware who downplayed or ignored the terrifying truth; others valiantly did whatever they could to stop the seemingly invincible Nazis. One great Gadol, Rav Avrohom Kalmanowitz, Mirrer Rosh Yeshiva, did everything in his power to save fellow Jews. He spearheaded much of the Vaad Hatzalah movement to rescue people from the Holocaust. On several occasions, Rav Kalmanowitz had to openly be mechalel Shabbos in order to raise funds, travel in vehicles, and fill out documents to save lives. It is well known that the great Rosh Yeshiva would break down in tears and even fainted from emotion in the presence of government officials when pleading his cause.

He successfully transferred the entire Mir Yeshiva from Lithuania to Shanghai and worked feverishly and tirelessly, without respite, to secure visas for the Yeshiva stranded in Shanghai to come to America.      When asked why he was so relentless and passionate to get the visas for the Yeshiva students, he explained: “The Midrash Tanchuma says that the lion in Noach’s Ark injured Noach. I never understood why the lion would be so brazen and impetuous. Didn’t the lion appreciate Noach’s efforts? Couldn’t the lion wait patiently? It dawned upon me, said Rav Kalmanowitz, that the lion thought, ‘I am the last lion! If I don’t survive, there will never be another lion again. I am responsible for all future lions. There is no other lion in the entire civilization. All the lions, other than me, are extinct. I must be fed. I am the last lion.’” Continued Rav Kalmanowitz, “The students who escaped the Nazis are the last lions. They must be saved. They must be cared for and protected. They are the last of their kind. There will never be others like them again. They are the last lions! They will be responsible for all future generations of Torah. We must do everything in

our power to take care of them.” Today, in America, baruch Hashem, Jews are no longer being sent to the ovens and sadistically killed but we are still being destroyed. We are self-destructing. Too many unaffiliated Jews are assimilating and disappearing, never to be seen or heard from again. How could this not affect us? How could we go on living our lives as our brothers and sisters are literally imploding? How dare we think that this isn’t our concern or responsibility! Even in the, frum, religious world, we have had too many sacrifices, lost lives, due to trauma, addiction and because people feel lonely and isolated. All last lions, never to be replaced. Every Jew you encounter is a Last Lion. Make sure to respect your fellow Jew, no matter their background, and reach out to them with dignity and love.   77 years ago not enough Jews made a difference. They could have saved countless lives. Now, it is within our power to act and save our fellow Jews. Who will you invite to celebrate Shabbos? Which Last Lion will you reach out to and invite to attend a Torah class? At BJX, every Jew is a Last Lion. Our mission is to never give up hope

and to believe in the limitless potential of every Jew. This past Simchas Torah, a young man came to dance with the Torah. Our hearts swelled with joy and pride. Little did anyone know that four years ago this young man was once at his wits end, about to entirely give up his connection with Judaism. We will never forget having to arrange a ride for him home at 3a.m. due to the struggles and anguish this young man faced. Today, he is a dignified ben Torah, the pride of his yeshiva. Another young man who came on Simchas Torah is dating a non-Jewish girl. You should have seen the fervor he had as he sang with us the song, “Moshe emes v’Toroso emes.” His Neshama was aflame. We daven to Hashem that this experience will help him return to Hashem.  Please contact the BJX office to learn how you could be an ambassador of Torah and mitzvos to help bring your fellow Jew back to their heritage. During these difficult and uncertain times, BJX urgently needs your help and partnership to bring back our fellow Jews. Please donate generously online at May Hashem bless you with protection from all harm due to your supporting the holy work of BJX.

Cedarhurst Car Show: All Your Favorite Classic Cars Come Together at One Place Date: Sunday, October 10 from 9am – 3pm, Admission: Free


o you love trucks, hot rods, classic, muscle cars, exotics and vintage cars? Then come on down to Andrew J. Parise Park in Cedarhurst to see some of the finest vehicles in all these classes for our 7th Annual Car Show on Sunday, October 10th starting at 9 am. The show will feature more than 100 classic and collectible cars, street

rods, and trucks; some lovingly original, or carefully restored to mint condition or modified for performance. These magnificent cars displayed against the lush greenery of Andrew J. Parise Park are a great background for some spectacular photos. There is no better way to spend your Sunday than with us. And best of all, admission is absolutely FREE.

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Chabad of Oceanside visited the Valley Town House community on Sukkos to provide opportunities for residents to perform the mitzvah of lulav and esrog

Kaminsky Secures $150K License Plate Reader Grant for NCPD


enator Todd Kaminsky, alongside County Executive Laura Curran and Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, announced recently that he secured a $150,000 license plate readers (LPR) grant for the Nassau County Police Department’s Fourth Precinct. “Police need every tool at their disposal to solve crimes,” said Senator Todd Kaminsky. “I secured a $150,000 grant for the Nassau County Police Department’s Fourth Precinct for license plate readers that will help cops protect our community. I am committed to doing everything I can to support law enforcement and help keep Nassau the safest

county in America.” This money will go toward purchasing fixed LPR cameras and portable LPR trailers for usage in Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Lawrence, and Hewlett. Portable LPR systems function 24/7 and are mounted on a traffic trailer, meaning law enforcement won’t have to stay in one place waiting for hits or sit beside a road for hours waiting for alerts.  Police can utilize the information gathered from license plate readers to find out where a plate has been in the past, assess whether a car was at the scene of a crime, identify travel trends, and even uncover vehicles that may be related to each other.


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On your first day back in the office, you spend 45 minutes on Instacart checking if they deliver Aravos. You still dip your tuna sandwiches in honey.

You see a Lubavitch teenager putting tefillin on someone in Manhattan and you say to yourself, “Hmm…I guess Chabad puts tefillin on Chol Hamoed.” Your kids ask why you’re not going to American Dream Mall on Motzei Shabbos at 3AM for the girls-only swim session.


You check if it’s raining outside every time you are about to sit down for a meal.

You wake up on Tuesday morning and instead of making a coffee, you instinctively make gefilte fish. When your boss calls and asks why you haven’t responded to his emails for a month, you tell him, “Oh, I don’t work on Chol Hamoed!” You check in on your neighbors because you don’t hear them singing at 1:30AM.

After eating chicken, pasta, and potatoes for dinner, you exclaim: “Hmm, I can’t wait for the main course!”


You want to start your diet, but it makes no sense to start a diet on the 19th day of Sukkos.

You Gotta Be Kidding Me! Yankel and Shmerel are walking when suddenly it begins to rain. “Quick,” says Yankel, “open your umbrella.” “It won’t help,” says Shmerel. “My umbrella is full of holes.” “Then why did you bring it?” asks Yankel. Shmerel replies, “I didn’t think it would rain!”

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Christopher Columbus Trivia 1. Anthropologist Carol Lowery Delaney, who served as the assistant director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard, wrote a book about Columbus in which she posits which of the following? a. He wanted to start a retirement community about 100 miles off the southeast tip of the U.S. b. He wanted to take a voyage to Israel to rescue Jerusalem from the Muslims c. He wanted to open a pasta bar d. He wanted to walk across the entire landmass of the New World 2. How many men sailed with Columbus on the voyage in which he discovered the New World? a. 12 b. 40 c. 90 d. 240

c. France d. Amsterdam 4. How many times did Columbus travel to the New World? a. 1 b. 4 c. 5 d. 7 5. How many cities in the U.S. are named Columbus? a. 3 b. 7 c. 14 d. 27 6. How old was Christopher Columbus when he died? a. 38 b. 55 c. 72 d. 87

3. Where was Christopher Columbus born? a. Italy b. Spain

7. When Columbus found land, after 35 days at sea, what did he think the landmass was? a. Asia b. Russia c. Australia d. Israel

8. Near the end of his life, Columbus wrote a book called Book of Privileges. What was the book about? a. Documenting all the promises the Spanish monarch made to him over the years and the ways they did not honor these promises b. The joys of his travels c. How to live with gratitude d. Stories about the times cannibals tried eating him and he escaped Answers: 1-B 2-C 3-A 4-B 5-C 6-B 7-A 8-A Wisdom Key: 6-8 correct: Congratulazioni! Treat yourself to an Italian ices! 3-5 correct: Not bad – you know enough about Columbus to take off on Monday. 0-2 correct: Let’s try this: When did Columbus first set sail to the New World? I’ll spot you the century: 14..?

Riddle Me This What jumps higher than a building?

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Answer to Riddle: Everything – buildings don’t jump.


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Torah Thought

Parshas Noach By Rabbi Berel Wein


he ten generations described in the Torah, from Adam until Noach, produced only chaos and eventual destruction. There were a few individuals, such as Chanoch, who were moral and positive people. However, they had little, if any, influence on the general society in which they lived, and not even one person who would follow them and their moral behavior. Our world, and all our societies are, to a great extent, copycat structures of those days. The general excuse for all immoral behavior from

childhood is the expression “everyone is doing it.” Somehow, this excuse – that everyone is doing it – removes responsibility from any individual who engages in any immoral activity. Thus, there develops a chain of almost never-ending failure, excuses, and willingness to accept bad behavior as a societal norm. The ten generations that led up to the coming of the Great Flood sank into this morass of evil without realizing it. They were merely repeating the actions of the generations before them and what they saw was every-

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one else behaving in a similar fashion. Evil and immoral behavior are very easily accepted in general and mass society. This notion explains Nazism in Germany and Stalinism in the Soviet Union. It also helps describe much of what is transpiring in Western society today. The slow erosion of morality, good behavior and godly faith is a constant challenge to all societies, and if no one stands up against it, those societies are eventually doomed to their own self-destruction.

of the belief that “everyone does it” is a sufficient excuse for bad behavior and human immorality. It is because of this that Midrash and Jewish tradition generally view Noach and his righteousness with a fair degree of skepticism. His planting of the vineyard as his first project after emerging from the Ark is an example of the acceptance of the idea that if everyone does it, then, somehow, it can be justified and even lauded. It is almost painful to read in the Torah how Noach fails to remake

He fails in building a new world because of the belief that “everyone does it” is a sufficient excuse for bad behavior and human immorality.

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In the eyes of Jewish scholarship and tradition, Noach is found wanting, not so much for his own personal failings after the Flood, but, rather, for his inability to stand against the evil in his society. He builds an ark and warns against the impending disaster that is about to befall the human race. However, he is unable to identify evil for what it is and to declare a viable alternative for human beings to adopt and follow. There is a feeling of hopelessness that seems to envelop him and his actions, and he fails in building a new world because

the world after the Flood in a better image and a more positive vein. The Torah illustrates for us that great people can have great failings and that lost opportunities will always come back to haunt us and frustrate human progress. We are all the descendants of Noach, and his character traits exist within our personal DNA even millennia later. We will have to wait for the arrival of Abraham and Sarah to put us on a better and more upward trajectory of belief and behavior. Shabbat shalom.

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From the Fire Parshas Noach

Getting the Ship Back on Course By Rav Moshe Weinberger Adapted for publication by Binyomin Wolf


ccording to Chazal, the pasuk in Ha’azinu (Devarim 32:7), “Remember the days of old, contemplate the years of other generations” refers to the generations of the Flood and the Dispersion. In the words of the Yalkut Shimoni, “‘Contemplate the years of other generations,’ every generation has those like the generation of the Flood and every generation has those who are like the generation of the Dispersion.” We must understand the nature of the generations of the Flood and the Dispersion in order to learn from them and improve ourselves accordingly because there is an aspect of these generations within each of us. Civilization only emerges at the very end of Parshas Bereishis and in Parshas Noach. Until the end of the Parshas Bereishis, that parsha primarily involves individuals but not entire societies. It is remarkable that just like the Torah introduced the first man almost contemporaneous-

ly with his first sin, so, too, the Torah introduced the advent of civilization and its sins concurrently as well. In the case of civilization, we encounter the mysterious Bnei Elohim, important men, who took the Bnos Ha’adam, the daughters of man. Second is the story of man’s sin and the destruction of the world through the Flood. And third, the Torah explains man’s sin of the building of the great city and tower and the generation’s punishment. The tzaddikim teach us that the sins of the generations of the Flood and the Dispersion are archetypes for all human faults throughout the generations. According to Rashi, the primary sins of generation of the Flood related to theft and immorality. It is important to understand, however, that Hashem created man with an innate need and inclination to get married and have children. He told man (Bereishis 1:28), “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth.” He also created man with an innate desire to

acquire possessions, as we see from the same pasuk, which continues, “And you shall conquer [the world] and rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and over all living things which walk on the earth.” The generation of the Flood, however, took these natural, healthy inclinations and turned them into the most destructive things in the world in the form of theft and immorality. It is the same way with all sin, which does not arise from an inherently evil desire. Rather, sin comes from a perversion and misdirection of the entirely proper human inclinations to get married, have children, and acquire possessions. Hashem does not want man to completely repress his natural human desires. Rather, he must express those tendencies within their proper boundaries. The punishment of the generation of the Flood was rain. Rain in and of itself is a great blessing. Nothing can grow without it. Rain is only a

curse when it descends without limit. A flood means receiving blessing without limits. Even good things in unstoppable, unlimited, uncontrolled quantities cause destruction. That is why the Flood fit the generation’s sins measure for measure. Because they exercised their otherwise natural, healthy inclinations without proper limits or boundaries, Hashem sent them rain, which is normally a blessing, in excess and without limit as the appropriate consequence. The root of the sin of the generation of the Dispersion, however, was ga’avah, conceit. They said (Bereishis 11:4), “Let us make a name for ourselves.” They desired to use science and technology to achieve great things. Just like it was with the generation of the Flood, this desire in and of itself is positive. The desire to make a name for oneself, to accomplish great things and have a positive self-image and healthy sense of self-esteem is a good thing. Its

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goodness, however, depends on the existence of boundaries. One’s positive sense of self must be balanced with humility, with the recognition of (Avos 2:1), “Da mah l’maaleh mimecha,” knowing what is above. Shlomo Hamelech said (Koheles 5:1), “Hashem is in heaven, and you are on the earth. Therefore, your matters should be small.” Man can achieve great things, but he must also recognize his place. His potential to accomplish is finite, and he is finite. The punishment for the unbounded ambition of the generation of the Dispersion was therefore appropriate. The pasuk says (Bereishis 11:7), “Let us confuse their language.” Because of their conceit, each person failed to truly recognize and understand the nature of the others around him. Hashem therefore took away their ability to understand one another even on the simplest level. This separation between people resulted in (Id. at 9) “from there Hashem dispersed them over the entire face of the earth.” All hatred, divisiveness, war, and the like result from man’s tendency to see only himself and his inability to recognize the reality of others. Consequently, Hashem caused everyone to completely separate from one another where one person could not understand a single word that another person says. Just like mankind, at the dawn of civilization, sought to blaze its own path to achieve great things without regard for propriety and limitations, so too each of us has the potential and the desire to attain greatness, to make a name for ourselves. It is very difficult to express our natural, healthy inclinations within the proper boundaries. Sin means missing the mark. We do not know the correct measure of our natural tendencies. It is difficult to know the difference between a healthy appetite and an unhealthy desire. Similarly, it is difficult to know the difference between an appropriate sense of selfworth and the inappropriate lure of ga’avah v’kavod, arrogance and honor-seeking. Just like it has been for mankind as a whole, we must understand the process of learning to recognize and utilize our natural, human, healthy impulses within the proper boundar-

ies. There will be failures along the way, but we must not be discouraged. We must use those mistakes to help us hone our efforts in our constant struggle to find the right balance in our lives.

you do not take hold of the reins of leadership to rule over yourself and become the captain of your own ship, your life will break apart and you will sink because of the storm-winds of the physical world and the base de-

Even good things in unstoppable, unlimited, uncontrolled quantities cause destruction.

The 4th of Cheshvan is the yahrtzeit of the Aish Kodesh, Reb Kalonymous Kalmish Shapira, the rebbe of Piacezna, Hy”d, after whom our beis medrash is named. It is worthwhile to review a fundamental teaching from the tenth chapter of his sefer for children and young people, Chovas Hatalmidim: Indeed, the character traits within us are celestial sefiros which are drawn down into us. We must grieve over how these holy powers have been corrupted and these illuminating lights within us which are being destroyed. We take the Divine love which Hashem has drawn into us from His holy abode above, which is meant to be used to love and serve Him just like the angels, and we use that same power to love meaningless trivialities. We take the Divine trait of strength and control with which Hashem imbued us and we fear the wrong things and exhibit anger and baseless hatred. Even in the Rebbe’s times after World War I, there was already a disconnect between parents and children. The children no longer listened to their parents and began feeling resentment toward them and a desire to break free of their parents’ control. The Rebbe, who understood this, sought to harness this new reality by teaching children and young people to take the responsibility for their own growth in avodas Hashem. He therefore continues: Precious child, as we have repeatedly taught, you yourself are the one who must take primarily responsibility for your own education. If

sires which are so prevalent among people. Nothing that your teachers or rebbeim can do can truly help you. We must help you understand this matter according to your level of comprehension and age. Even those traits of yours which seem inherently bad are actually beacons of light. At their root, they are Divine sefiros

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which have descended down into you. This makes it much easier for you to rectify them and return them to their original state of holiness. This understanding of the nature of your “bad” character traits is the beginning of the healing process. This understanding of the nature of our deficiencies as misdirected manifestations of our natural, good, and healthy Divine inclinations is the key to rectifying them by bringing them back to their Divine source within the proper boundaries and limits. May Hashem grant us the strength to continue to seek the right balance between expressing our natural, healthy desires and channeling them appropriately.

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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Delving into the Daf

Out of Order By Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow


t’s time to dust off Mesechta Rosh Hashana. The Daf will be finishing with Mesechta Beitza shortly. Someone studying the Daf with an Artscroll Shas will find nothing amiss. However, those who study the Daf with a standard Hebrew Shas will be somewhat perplexed. After all, Mesechta Taanis follows Beitza, not Rosh Hashana. Upon further inspection, he will notice that in his standard Shas, the order is Shekalim, Rosh HaShana, Yoma, Sukka. Being that Yoma discusses Yom Kippur, the order of Rosh Hashana, Yoma, and Sukkah seems to be rather intuitive. Indeed, there have been reports of Maggidei Shiur actually teaching Rosh Hashana for a few days after completing Shekalim before realizing their error. Daf Yomi learners study Yoma after Shekalim and not Rosh Hashana. Why is there a discrepancy between the standard Shas and Daf Yomi? The answer has its roots in an alleged murder mystery, a curse of the saintly Rebbe Akiva Eiger, and modern copyright law journals. To properly put things into perspective, it should be made clear that the order that Daf Yomi follows is not that foreign after all. Indeed, it is the order one follows if one studies the Mishna. Rav Sherira Gaon offered an explanation for the order. Shabbos is first because of its importance. Eiruvin is second because it deals with the laws of transporting on Shabbos. Pesachim is next because it is the first in the order of Festivals. The collection of Shekalim culminates on Rosh Chodesh Nissan so it follows Pesachim. One is not allowed to carry on Yom Kippur, so it is the most similar “festival” to Shabbos. Therefore, after discussing Pesachim, Yoma should follow because it is similar to Shabbos that we started with. Mesechta Sukkah follows Yoma because Sukkos follows Yom Kippur. Mesechta Beitza deals with the laws of Yom Tov so it follows Sukkah. Rosh Hashana, which is also a yom tov, follows Sukkah. Taanis, which discusses fasting due to lack of rain, follows Rosh Hashana because after Rosh Hashana the rainy season starts. However, Rav Sherira Gaon specifically notes that one can study Mesechtos in any order. Rav Reuvain Margoliyos, while not explaining the juxtaposition of every Mesechta, does point out a possible general rule. Mesechtos with more

chapters take precedence over mesechtos with fewer chapters. The order of mesechtos in Moed clearly fit into this paradigm: Shabbos – 24 chapters, Eiruvin – 10, Pesachim – 10, Shekalim – 8, Yoma – 8, Sukkah – 5, Beitza – 5, Rosh Hashana – 4, Taanis – 4, Megillah – 4, Moed Katan – 3, Chagigah – 3. This explains the order of mesechtos as followed in the study of Mishna. Still, this just begs the question of why the printed Shas is differently. Rabbi Moshe Shapira established a printing press in Slavuta in 1791. In the 1800s, the Shapira family expended considerable time, effort, and money to publish a beautiful newly typeset edition of Shas. Needing to recoup their investment, the Shapira family sought and received letters from various rabbanim forbidding anyone to publish another printed Shas for a fixed period of time. However, in 1834, the Romm brothers began to publish a competing edition of Shas. They argued that the exclusivity period for the Slavuta Shas had expired. Moreover, the Romm brothers offered to buy any remaining volumes of the Slavuta Shas that were left unsold. The Shapira Family found rabbanim who wrote letters forbidding the purchase and publication of the new Romm Shas, colloquially known as the Vilna Shas. Rebbe Akiva Eiger was one of the signatories of the original edict forbidding any competition to the Slavuta Shas. (See the University of St. Thomas Law Journal Vol 10, article 3.) However, he ruled that the exclusivity of the Slavuta Shas had expired. The Vilna Shas was therefore able to be published and purchased. Apparently, some suggested that Rebbe Akiva Eiger was too old and feeble to issue a ruling, and the ruling in favor of the Vilna Shas was not his own. Rebbe Akiva Eiger penned a forceful letter in reply. “My heart was very pained by the brazenness and audacity of the Slavita printers. Their words are slanderous not only of my son, the Gaon, may Hashem protect him, whom they claim swayed my view, but also of me, about whom they claim it is easy to coerce to rule against Torah law. The truth of the matter is that regarding all of the approbations the Slavita printers have sent me, I have not found any valid basis for their claim; not

even one in a thousand! Regarding the fact that they wish to stand up firmly [against my ruling], I do not forgive them at all, for one cannot forgive

Copies of the Vilna Shas printed by Romm Printing Press, 1859-1866

Shelves of the author’s seforim shrank highlighting the differences in the Shas

the degradation of the Torah. Signed, Akiva ben Moshe Ginz, z”l.” (Translation courtesy of HalachaYomit) Some say that Rebbe Akiva Eiger actually opened an Aron Kodesh and pleaded with Hashem to defend Kavod HaTorah. There are many different versions of what happened next. However, all versions agree that there was, r”l, a Jewish bookbinder found dead. The bookbinder was an employee of the Slavuta Printing Press. The Shapira brothers were accused of murder by the Russian authorities. All versions agree that there was no merit to this concocted charge. Unfortunately, the Shapira brothers were beaten mercilessly, and the Jewish printing shops were ordered closed by the Russian authorities. Years later, the Shapira family reopened their printing press and in 1864 completed a new edition of Shas. The Romm family likewise undertook to print a new edition of the Shas and completed theirs in 1866. The Romm Shas, or the Vilna Shas, was favored by Litvaks. The Slavuta Shas was favored by chasssidim. One major difference between these two editions was the order of the mesechtos. The Slavuta Shas followed the order of the Mishna. The Vilna Shas did not.

When Rebbe Meir Shapiro needed to formulate a calendar for Daf Yomi, he naturally chose the Shas that he was familiar with: the Slavuta Shas. Indeed, the Shapira printers were his rela-

The answer has its roots in an alleged murder mystery, a curse of the saintly Rebbe Akiva Eiger, and modern copyright law journals.

tives. In the Slavuta Shas, Yoma follows Shekalim. However, the Vilna Shas has become the standard Hebrew edition everywhere. In the Vilna edition, Rosh Hashana follows Shekalim. The Daf Yomi cycle follows the Slavuta Shas and therefore is

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about to start Rosh HaShana, though they finished Shekalim about six months ago. There used to be another nod to the Slavuta Shas in the Daf Yomi cycle. The Vilna Shas and the Slavuta Shas have a different number of pages for Shekalim. The number of pages for Shekalim was not standardized since it is “borrowed” from the Talmud Yerushalmi. The Daf Yomi calendar used to allocate fewer days to Shekalim due to the fewer number of pages in the Slavuta Shas. Thankfully, this was changed, and the days allotted to Shekalim were doubled to follow the number of pages allotted to Shekalim in the Vilna Shas. This was welcomed by many who find learning a mesechta from the Yerushalmi more difficult than one from the Bavli. Please note that Slavuta is located in Ukraine and currently has a population of 35,000. In Yiddish, the city is pronounced Slavita.

Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow is a rebbe at Yeshiva Ateres Shimon in Far Rockaway. In addition, Rabbi Sebrow leads a daf yomi chaburah at Eitz Chayim of Dogwood Park in West Hempstead, NY. He can be contacted at




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Encounters With The Rebbe Rabbi Yisroel Spira – Bluzhever Rebbe, zt”l By Hershel Lieber


hirty-two years ago, on the second day of Cheshvan, 5750, the great tzaddik and beloved Rebbe, Harav Yisroel Spira, Hadmor M’Bluzhev, zt”l, was niftar. The Rebbe needs very little introduction to the public, as his name and his fame is known worldwide. He was the oldest Rebbe in the world at the time of his petira and had a thriving chassidus from 1931 and onward. He received semicha from the Maharsham at the age of 13, was a descendent of the Bnei Yisasschar, and was the favorite grandson of the Tzvi LaTzadik. After losing his family in the Holocaust, he suffered immeasurably in various concentration camps. Yet in this valley of tears was where his unique personality and benevolent nature stood out, while providing encouragement and solace to his fellow Jews. There are many war stories about the Rebbe, many of which were included in the book Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust. After arriving to the United States, the Rebbe rebuilt Bluzhever chassidus. He was an active participant of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Agudas Yisroel. He was respected in every circle and beloved by his followers. Yehi zichro baruch, v’zechuso yogein aleinu. The following article was written by me to transcribe my memories of the relationship that I had with the Bluzhever Rebbe, zt”l. I documented these recollections so that I can leave a legacy for my children and their descendants as well as a written source for myself.


hen we lived in Williamsburg, until I was six years old, we davened in the Bais Medrash of the Bluzhever Rebbe. When we subsequently moved to Boro Park, we davened by the Rebbe’s brother-in-law, the Stuchiner Rebbe. I was about fifteen years old when the Bluzhever Rebbe moved to Boro Park, and we started davening there again. My father, Reb Mechel Lieber, a”h, felt quite comfortable in that shul and quickly made friends with his landsleit, the Galicianer mispallelim. My father had a great sense of humor and was fantastic storyteller, so he became really well-liked by the oilem. He was an excellent baal tefilla and would daven by the amud from time to time. In particular, he davened on Shemini Atzeres when he observed his father’s yahrzeit. During Shalosh Seudos, he sang “Baruch Keil Elyon,”

and at the Friday night tisch he sang “Ma Yedidus.” The Rebbe really liked him and showed him special favor. My father’s popularity in Bluzhev trickled down to my brother Yossi and myself, and we felt very much at home in that shul. The same held true in the ezras noshim. The Rebbetzin and my mother developed a very close relationship and were very candid with each other. The shul was not large – the smaller amount of mispallelim permitted everyone to feel as part of one big family. Starting after Simchas Torah and continuing throughout the winter months, the Rebbe conducted his Friday night tisch. Even as a young bochur, I enjoyed being at the tisch, especially listening to the Rebbe’s weekly “Torah” which was supplemented with unusual gematria formulas in the derech of his ancestor,

the Bnai Yisasschar. The highlight of his tisch was when the Rebbe sang “Kah Ribon Olam” in his inimitable style, bridging his longing for the past with the hope for the future. When he reached the words “peroik yas unach” he would grasp both sides of the shtreimel on his head while his hands trembled with vigor. His eyes streamed with tears as he forcefully sang with emotion, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the whole room. The Rebbe in his earlier years davened Mussaf on the first day of Rosh Hashana and Kol Nidrei and Neilah on Yom Kippur for the kehilla. His nusach, which came from his zeida, the first Bluzhever Rebbe, Rav Tzvi Elimelech, was unique and inspired the entire oilem. His nanuim during Hallel on Sukkos and his unusual crying during Hakofos on Simchas Torah mesmerized all the observers, many

who came just to see this spectacle. His voice was haunting, and his body vibrated with passion as he beseeched the Ribbono Shel Olam during his tefillos. “Ashrei ayin roaso kol eileh.” I cannot write about Bluzhev without mentioning the Rebbetzin’s famous “shmatteh kigel.” I know that it was somewhat wrapped in shmattehs while cooking but do not know the exact ingredients. When it was brought down from upstairs to be given out by the Rebbe, the line that formed went from one end of the table to the door of the Rebbe’s private room. The aroma wafted throughout the shul and beckoned everyone to taste the delicacy. The wait was definitely worth it. I remember, though not that well, when our family stayed in Hunter, N.Y. where the Rebbe and Rebbetzin spent their summers. My father

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My father, Reb Mechel, a”h, with the Bluzhever Rebbe in Hunter, NY, in the ‘60s

and the Rebbe would sit many hours on lounge chairs talking. They were joined at times with Rabbi Duvid Singer, z”l, the Rav of the Sefardishe Shul in Boro Park who was a staunch chassid of the Rebbe. The Rebbe once asked me to take the Rebbetzin to see some scenic site. I went with her and Rabbi Duvid Singer to Howe Caverns, which she really appreciated. My father went back to the city during the week, while my mother and I remained in the mountains while my siblings were away at camp. There was one incident that became ingrained in my memory forever. It happened on Tisha B’Av morning when I accompanied the Rebbe to the Hunter town shul. After davening, the mispallelim sat down on the floor between the benches and started to say kinnos. After about ten or fifteen minutes, I saw the Rebbe, who was sitting in front row of the shul, walking down the aisle. As he passed me, he muttered, “Shoen genig geklukt (we already did enough mourning)” and continued to leave the shul. I took the cue and walked him back to his bungalow. We walked in silence, but I knew exactly what the Rebbe meant. After the horrors that he suffered and the tragedy that befell Klal Yisroel during the Holocaust, the overflow of grief and pain surely abrogated the need for any further mourning. The Rebbe was always there for us, both during our simchos and during our misfortunes. When my father was niftar, he insisted that we spend both sedorim with him and his family. My aufruf was in his shul, and he participated at my wedding in a quasi-fatherly capacity. Pesi reminded me that when we came to personally invite him to our wedding,

he said, “Az Mechel Lieber vet dorten zahn, zoll ich nisht dorten zahn!” My oldest daughter Itty was given her name in his shul and when my son Mechel had his upsherin, it was

My father, a”h standing third left, with the (left to right) Bobover, Stuchiner and Bluzhever Rebbes zt”l

when things get better. He would get quite upset when we only informed him of our problems and did not let him know when our situation improved. Unfortunately, we were guilty

The highlight of his tisch was when the Rebbe sang “Kah Ribon Olam” in his inimitable style, bridging his longing for the past with the hope for the future

the Rebbe who cut his first hairs and taught him the Alef-Beis! I remember the Rebbe being upset that I was taking so many photos, but I persisted and have a few gems. Whenever we needed advice or his brachos, he was there for us. The only thing that he expected from us in return was that we keep him informed

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of that from time to time. A few weeks after Pesi and I got married, we traveled to some New England states on a quasi-honeymoon trip. Our final stop was Hunter, NY, where we arrived at on Erev Shabbos. It was odd that instead of spending our Shabbos with each other, we ended up having our Shabbos seudos in

The kevarim of the Bluzhever Rebbes in Reisha in the ohel that I helped to erect

the company of the Rebbe and Rebbetzin. On Sunday, I was sitting with the Rebbe on his porch when suddenly he scolded me and said, “Why are you sitting with me? Go and spend the ‘honeymoonye’ with your wife.” The Rebbe told us that there was an isolated creek nearby and that we could go swimming. I was shocked that he suggested a swimming spot for us, but when the Rebbe said, “Go swimming,” swimming we went. Although I continued to daven in Bluzhev for a few years after my marriage, this eventually changed. The Rebbe originally told me to sit at my father’s table after my father’s petira, but I was quite uncomfortable there. Almost everyone there was my father’s age or older, and I felt out of place. I did not have anyone close to my age in Bluzhev but had some good friends in Bobov. Eventually, I gravitated to Bobov on most Shabbosim and only went to Bluzhev on Shabbos Mevorchim HaChodesh. During the time that I went to give the Rebbe a kvittel, he almost always chided me

The bullet-ridden matzeivos of the Bluzhever dynasty before an ohel was erected around them

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With my son, Mechel, at his upsherin at the Bluzhever Rebbe

humorous vort which I always repeat. The Rebbe said, “We all say in Birchas Hamazon, ‘V’al tivieinu lidei matnas bosor v’dom, please, do not allow us to become dependent on others,’ but literally the words mean ‘do not bring us to receive gifts from flesh and blood.’” The Rebbe asked how this prayer could apply to a Rebbe, who is always dependent on others to support him! He answered that when a Rebbe says these words during Birchas Hamazon, his thoughts about those very words are slightly different. A Reb-














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for not davening by him. He would look to me in askance as he raised his hands in wonder and proclaim, “Makom shehispalelu avosov, the place where your father davened – you abandoned!” I wouldn’t have an answer for him, so I would give a sheepish smile and slowly take leave of the Rebbe’s room. I felt very close to the Rebbe but could not tell him that I was more comfortable davening with my friends in Bobov. I remember one occasion when I went to him with a kvittel and a pidyon. He told me a wonderful and

The Bluzhever Rebbe at my wedding








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be pleads that he will not be subject to receive only flesh and blood from his chassidim. The Rebbe hopes that when a chassid shakes his hand, the Rebbe will detect more than just flesh and blood, rather he will note that a monetary pidyon is passing from hand to hand. When I started going to the Soviet Union on various missions, I always went to the Rebbe with a kvittel to get his bracha. When I returned from my trips, I would apprise him of the current situation of Russian Jews. In 1986, the leader of the many young Russian baalei teshuva, Rabbi Eliyahu Esses, was finally given an exit visa from the Soviet Union and left for Israel. Soon after, he came on his first visit to the United States. I remember taking him at that time to see the Bluzhever Rebbe and introduced him as the “Rebbe of all Russian Baalei Teshuva.” The Rebbe immediately told him, “Oib azoi, if that is so, you can also be my Rebbe, since I too want to be a baal teshuva.” When I started going to Poland, I went to the Rebbe for a bracha, and he gave me chizuk for my activities. I would report to him when I returned, and he showed keen interest in the condition of the batei chaim there. When I showed him the photos of the bullet-holed matzeivos of his father and zeida the Tzvi LaTzadik in Rzeszow (Reisha), he was emotionally overcome. After a short silence, he reminisced about his holy ancestors, their lives, and their times. Then he abruptly stopped talking and sat in silence, keeping his thoughts to himself. On more than one occasion I brought up the sorry state of the batei chaim in Poland, especially where cemeteries were not fenced in. In particular, I pointed out that Reisha (Rz-

A painting of the Bluzhever Rebbe by my mother, Lola Lieber, a”h

eszow,) where the Bluzhever dynasty was buried, the bais ha’chaim had no fence and was continuously vandalized and desecrated. I mentioned that I had been by other batei chaim where chassidim constructed ohelim for their Rebbes which preserved the Rebbe’s dignity and provided the chassidim a place where they could daven at and put their kvitlech. I offered to get involved in building an ohel for his ancestors. The Rebbe refused to listen and changed the subject. This happened to me at least a two other times; the Rebbe seemingly did not want an ohel to be erected. When I returned from a winter trip to Poland in 1986, I again went to visit and report to the Rebbe. I mentioned that with the assistance of Rabbi Chaskel Besser, z”l, and others, brick or metal enclosures were erected surrounding the perimeters of some batei chaim. Reisha was now one of the cities where the Jewish cemetery was safe and protected. The Rebbe was very pleased and, without any prompting, asked me to build an ohel on the gravesite of his family. It was then that the Rebbe explained his previous reluctance to put up an ohel. He said emphatically, “How could I justify constructing a protective and honorable edifice for my family, when all the other departed souls were not given the minimum respect and protection that a fence would provide?” It was only then that I witnessed how the Rebbe’s sensitivity and superior sense of judgement guided him to make personal sacrifices on behalf of others. During the ensuing months I partnered with my dear friend, Itchie Friedman, also a Bluzhever chassid to raise funds for this ohel. I assigned the building project to Mr. Czeslaw Jukubowicz, the Rosh Hakahal of Krakow, who kept me apprised of

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You Are NoT ALoNe At the levaya of the Bluzhever Rebbe, the 2nd of Cheshvan, 5750

the status of the construction. In the summer of 1988, Itchie joined me in Reisha to see and take pride of our accomplishment. Today this ohel is visited by thousands of people every year, and it has become a destination for those seeking yeshuos from their tefillos and bakashos.

Polish language. I would bring her back magazines and books from Poland whenever I traveled there. She was always so thankful for my small gesture. The alte Bluzhever Rebbe, zt”l, remains to this very day close to my heart, though I regret that, during

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It was only then that I witnessed how the Rebbe’s sensitivity and superior sense of judgement guided him to make personal sacrifices on behalf of others.

After the Rebbe’s petira, I continued going with a kvittel and to tisch a number of times a year to his successor, Rav Tzvi Spira, zt”l. I would take my mother with me at times. Pesi and I also continued to visit the “alte Bluzhever Rebbetzin,” sometimes with our children. The Rebbetzin was a very intelligent woman and loved reading in the

his later years, I did not daven by him as often as he wanted me to. I have fond memories of the years that I davened in Bluzhev; quite a few more anecdotes are etched into my mind of that era. Baruch Hashem, my family and I were blessed with the zechus of knowing and sharing time with this great tzaddik. Yehi zichro baruch.

Hershel Lieber has been involved in kiruv activities for over 30 years. As a founding member of the Vaad L’Hatzolas Nidchei Yisroel he has traveled with his wife, Pesi, to the Soviet Union during the harsh years of the Communist regimes to advance Yiddishkeit. He has spearheaded a yeshiva in the city of Kishinev that had 12 successful years with many students making Torah their way of life. In Poland, he lectured in the summers at the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation camp for nearly 30 years. He still travels to Warsaw every year – since 1979 – to be the chazzan for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur for the Jews there. Together with Pesi, he organized and led trips to Europe on behalf of Gateways and Aish Hatorah for college students finding their paths to Jewish identity. His passion for travel has taken them to many interesting places and afforded them unique experiences. Their open home gave them opportunities to meet and develop relationships with a variety of people. Hershel’s column will appear in The Jewish Home on a bi-weekly basis.

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“Synthetic” Biology of the Torah Variety Remembering Rabbi Dr. Moshe D. Tendler, zt”l By Dr. Edward Reichman


ver the recent Sukkot holiday, I read an article titled “Halakhic Issues Related to Synthetic Biology” by Rabbi Dr. Moshe D. Tendler, zt”l (co-authored with John Loike and Ira Bedzow and published in the most recent issue of Hakirah). Synthetic biology is a new interdisciplinary area involving the application of engineering principles to biology to create new biological structures. This could include the creation of artificial reproductive seed as well as artificially created DNA. I was not surprised to see Rabbi Tendler write about a cutting-edge medical topic with which few readers are familiar. The fact that he did so at the age of 95 is perhaps notable, but again, not surprising given the author. Since my student days in Yeshiva University, some decades ago, I have been accustomed to hearing or reading the indefatigable Rabbi Tendler address the most current medical topics from an halakhic perspective, often before the Torah world had even known of their existence. These included matters such as brain death, surrogate motherhood, stem cells, cloning, CRISPR, and gene editing. I was never disappointed. Yet it is perhaps his final essay topic which best encapsulates his life. One of the definitions of synthetic biology is that it aims at the design and synthesis of biological components and systems that are not found in the natural world. While the raw materials exist, the final product is unique. Rabbi Tendler’s building blocks were not nucleotide bases (though he was inti-

mately familiar with these), but rather Torah and Madda (worldly knowledge and wisdom). To be sure, both Torah and Madda, and their encounter with each other, have been elemental parts of Jewish life for centuries, but Rabbi Tendler’s unique “synthesis” of the two into a compound structure had simply not previously existed in the natural world. His complete mastery of both science (serving as professor of biology and clinical cancer researcher) and Torah (serving as a Rosh Yeshiva and distinguished community rabbi) at the highest levels, bound in a cohesive double helix through exceptional skills of oratory, wisdom, wit, and humor, represented a patentable entity. He wasn’t a representative of Torah u-Madda; he was its very embodiment in the fullest sense of the word. Every molecule and fiber of his being reflected an unbreakable bond between the two. It has been famously observed of Maimonides, “Mi’Moshe ad Moshe lo kam k’Moshe,” from Moshe (Rabbeinu) to Moshe (ben Maimon) no comparable Moshe had arisen. Comparisons between Moshe ben Maimon and Moshe Tendler are inevitable, for obvious reasons. Yet, there is a fundamental difference between the illustrious Moshes. As is well-known, Maimonides was among the premier Torah sages of history as well as a giant in the field of medicine and science. Yet, there is scant connection between the two fields in his writings. His many medical works, written in Arabic, contain virtually no mention of Torah; and

his halakhic works, with the exception of one chapter in the aptly named Sefer Madda, barely contain any medical references. It is the latter Moshe who added the vav ha-hibbur, connecting the worlds of Torah u-Madda, achieving a more complete, unparalleled synthesis, and indissoluble bond between the two, such that they became biologically inseparable. As a student at Yeshiva University in the 1980s, Rabbi Tendler was my introduction to the world of Torah u-Madda. I am most assuredly not alone. He chartered and defined the field of Jewish bioethics, and through him his students gained access to a previously unknown world of pioneering, state-of-the-art science through the prism of Torah. He designed and taught the first college course in Jewish bioethics, one of the most popular courses of the day. As students in that class, we felt as if we had been gifted a front-row seat at the day’s international medical briefing. Oscar Wilde quipped that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” Rabbi Tendler was one of the most imitated personalities at YU. Indeed, many a student could be seen mimicking his distinct voice, hand gestures, and delightful witticisms. Yet it is another form of imitation that truly reflects the extent of the flattery bestowed upon him. His methodology of halakhic analysis of medical topics is emulated by all who followed him, myself included. He forever changed the way the Jewish world analyzes and in-

tegrates the field of medicine through the lens of Torah. He was not simply a towering intellectual pontificating over arcane medical halakhic issues of little relevance to the average Jew; he provided practical halakhic guidance in real-life situations, and in real-time, to all those in need on issues relating to abortion, contraception, end of life issues, organ transplantation, the definition of death, and more. No medical topic was outside his bailiwick. In the second half of the twentieth century, medical school quotas had abated, and doors finally opened for many young Jews, previously denied admission, to attend American medical schools. How could one navigate the seemingly insurmountable halakhic challenges involved in such an endeavor? Rabbi Tendler shepherded generations of future physicians through the halakhic intricacies of medical training. Rabbi Tendler and his dear friend and longtime collaborator, Dr. Fred Rosner, authored a volume entitled Practical Medical Halachah expressly for this purpose. It is no exaggeration to say that Rabbi Tendler’s name was in the Rolodex (or, today, smartphone) of every religious Jewish physician. Rabbi Tendler’s name appeared on the halakhic advisory board of numerous major Jewish organizations in his day. His presence as a keynote speaker at major Jewish conferences was ubiquitous for decades, especially at the annual conferences of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists, for which

he served as the medical posek. His talks were invariably the highlight of the event, with attendees brimming with anticipation of his address. He did not disappoint. His talks were a mix of the latest medicine, the most sophisticated halakha, spiced with his trademark wit, coupled with a healthy dose of unpredictability. Utilizing his transparencies and an overhead projector in the pre-PowerPoint age, he invariably began with a Midrash, often from the week’s Torah reading, which he masterfully and creatively weaved into the topic at hand. As an added bonus, he saved us all the cost of a New England Journal of Medicine subscription by excerpting and synopsizing the articles relevant to halakha and the Jewish community. Watching him spar with his colleagues on the topic of brain death, bout after bout, was a scintillating experience, an intellectual spectator sport with no equal. Rabbi Tendler was a fierce competitor when he believed truth was at stake in the arena.

One could suggest he was striving to achieve “intellectual decapitation,” and first-round knockouts were not uncommon, though some went the full 15 rounds, ending in a split decision. His expertise on the public stage was not limited to the Jewish world.

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most prominent Torah figure of the twentieth century, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, zt”l. As Rav Moshe’s interpreter, translator, and transmitter of medical knowledge, Rabbi Tendler played an indispensable and integral role in the medical halakhic decisions ren-

He forever changed the way the Jewish world analyzes and integrates the field of medicine through the lens of Torah.

He served as a medical ethics advisor for innumerable national medical associations and frequently testified before Congress on the ethical implications of medical technologies. His own contribution to the world of medical halakha was magnified by the advisory and collaborative role he served with his father-in-law, the

dered by Rav Moshe. In addition to all his other countless contributions, we owe Rabbi Tendler a debt of gratitude for facilitating the halakhic decisions that serve as our unerring guide to this very day. These rulings on topics such as abortion, artificial insemination, end-of-life issues, and the definition of death, laid the foundation upon which

today’s medical halakhic landscape stands. Alas, the article I read just days ago would be the last published by the great Rabbi Tendler in his lifetime. Yet, I am comforted by the fact that his “spiritual stem cells and clones” continue to propagate and will perpetuate his legacy. How nature or nurture will affect the output and productivity of the next generation remains to be seen, but Rabbi Tendler will surely be monitoring the situation from above with great interest. On a personal note, Rabbi Tendler is in no small way responsible for my life’s pursuits. I will remain eternally indebted to him for immeasurably enhancing my life. Reprinted with permission of TRADITION: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought (

Rabbi Edward Reichman, M.D., is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.


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My Israel Home

Light in the Darkness By Gedaliah Borvick


riving along Henrietta Szold Street up to Hadassah Medical Center, I wondered what the connection between this woman and Hadassah was. While waiting for my medical appointment, I first searched her name in Google Maps and learned that 25 cities across the country have streets named in her memory. That was the first clue that Henrietta Szold was truly extraordinary. I then continued my research, which confirmed my hunch. While most people feel fortunate to have had a meaningful career, the multi-talented and indefatigable Henrietta Szold was a dynamo who strung together a handful of enormously successful and impactful careers. She led dozens of initiatives, but for the sake of brevity, we will focus on her “main” careers. Born in 1860, Szold’s first career was as a master teacher, where she spent nearly fifteen years teaching students a broad range of subjects, including languages, mathematics, history, and botany. During this period, she also taught Judaic courses to children and adults in the local synagogue. Overlapping this time period, she developed a night school program to educate the many Jews who had emigrated to the United States from Russia in the 1880s following the state-supported anti-Jewish riots. The educational program grew dramatically, and by 1898, more than 5,000 immigrants had attended the program. In 1893, Szold became the executive secretary of the Jewish Publication Society of America, in which she served as the editor-in-chief for over two decades. She translated numerous important works, wrote articles, edited books, served as the editor of the American Jewish Year

Henrietta Szold going over plans with kibbutz leaders circa 1940

Book, and also collaborated in compiling the Jewish Encyclopedia. In 1909, Henrietta Szold traveled to Palestine, which became a major turning point in her life. Shocked

became the largest Zionist group in the United States and successfully created the medical, educational, and social service infrastructure that helped turn the dream of a Jew-

Henrietta Szold, who had lamented having never given birth to her own children, poignantly became known as the “mother of the yishuv.”

by rampant disease and poor health conditions, she was inspired to mobilize a small women’s organization called the Hadassah Study Circle. Szold was elected president of a new division called Daughters of Zion – Hadassah Chapter. Under her stewardship, the organization

ish state into a reality. Szold served Hadassah – first from the United States and then, starting in 1920, from within Palestine – until her resignation in 1926, and continued to play a significant role for many more years as the organization’s honorary president.

Henrietta Szold’s final, and – in her estimation – most important career was as the director of Youth Aliyah, which brought young men and women from the throes of Nazi Europe to Palestine. With the Nazi rise to power in Germany in 1933, Youth Aliyah was hatched, and Szold became director of this institution. She traveled to Nazi Berlin to encourage parents to send their children to Palestine, supervised the transfer of the children’s groups from Europe to Palestine, and ensured they arrived safely, greeting each child personally upon arrival. In addition, she oversaw the accommodations and visited each colony on a regular basis to monitor the children’s progress. Despite immense obstacles dealing with the British Mandate government, the program had cared for over 30,000 children. Henrietta Szold, who had lamented having never given birth to her own children, poignantly became known as the “mother of the yishuv.” How appropriate that, among the thousands of people who joined the procession at her funeral on a cold snowy January day in 1945, she was buried by a large cadre of her “children” whom she helped rescue, and one of her “sons” recited the Mourner’s Kaddish.

Gedaliah Borvick is the founder of My Israel Home (www.myisraelhome. com), a real estate agency focused on helping people from abroad buy and sell homes in Israel. To sign up for his monthly market updates, contact him at

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From Kabul to Jenin to Jerusalem Why Israel is Wary about the Taliban’s Takeover of Afghanistan BY SHAMMAI SISKIND


bdullah Yusuf Azzam was born in the village of Silat Al-Khartiya near Jenin in 1941. As a child, he witnessed the hostilities leading up to Israel’s War of Independence in what was at that time Mandate Palestine. A child prodigy, he spent his teenage and young adult years studying in religious and academic institutions in Syria and the Jordan-controlled West Bank. Following the Six Day War, Azzam followed thousands of his fellow Palestinians in a mass exodus out of the territories captured by Israel. He

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settled in Jordan and joined the local branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. By this time, Azzam had already been identified as a skilled orator and religious preacher, someone who could really rally the troops for the Islamist cause. But Azzam did not just talk the talk. He was himself a devoted jihadist warrior. Shortly after arriving in Jordan, Azzam was participating in terror operations against Israel in the Jordan Valley and elsewhere in collaboration with various Palestinian groups. In the early 1970s, Azzam returned to his studies after being accepted to the prestigious Al Azhar University in Egypt, one of the most respected religious institutions in the Muslim world. With a PhD in Islamic Jurisprudence under his belt, Azzam was offered a professorship at the King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he would remain until 1979. It was there that Azzam met his future protege, a young and aspiring student by the name of Osama Bin Laden. Following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Azzam decided to abandon his academic career and devoted himself full time to marshlaing – the Muslim world for jihad. He moved to Pakistan and settled in the western province of Peshawar, mere kilometers from the Afghan border. The Maktab al-Khadamat (command center) he established there was instrumental in recruiting and organizing the tens of thousands of volunteers from the Middle East, central Asia, and Europe who came to fight the Soviets. Meanwhile, Bin Laden had completed his stud-

ies in Jeddah and was eager to rejoin his mentor. Scion to a prestigious and wealthy Saudi family, Bin Laden was a tremendous asset in Azzam’s efforts to recruit and deploy troops, as well as raise funds for the war. In 1984, Azzam and Bin Laden founded Bait ul-Ansar (House of Helpers) in Peshawar to expand their ability to support “Afghan Arab” jihad volunteers. It was from the Bait ul-Ansar that Bin Laden formed his private militia, a force that became legendary in the Afghan-Soviet War and eventually formed the base of his transnational terror group Al-Qaeda. After ending his hands-on involvement in Afghanistan, Azzam traveled the world inspiring Muslim communities to participate in and otherwise support jihadist wars. His stops included dozens of Western cities in both Europe and the United States. By the late 1980s, Azzam was an international superstar in the world of Islamist militantism, and his influence was only growing. But decades in the world of armed conflict garnered Azzam more than a few enemies. In 1989, Azzam was assassinated in Peshawar when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle while he was driving to Friday prayers. The identity of the culprits remains unknown.


t is difficult to overstate the influence Azzam’s activities and writings had on the trends of global jihad over the past twoand-a-half decades. He inspired militant movements from central Asia to the West Bank. He

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Adding up all the regional targets hit by Israel in recent years, from Iranian Revolutionary Guard bases in Syria, to Hezbollah weapons caravans, to the contraband routes of Hamas and others, a conservative Osama bin Laden with anti-Soviet fighters in Afghanistan in 1989

estimate would put the number of Israeli strikes at well over a thousand.

personally radicalized many prominent jihadists such as El Sayyid Nosair, the man responsible for the assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane. And, of course, his star pupil from Jeddah would go on to orchestrate the most infamous terror attack in U.S. history. Azzam’s story in and of itself is quite remarkable. Through his exceptional organizational skills and unique charismatic power, a man who was a war refugee in early adulthood became instrumental in fomenting an international movement, one that remains active long after his death. Beyond his historical significance and lingering influence, Azzam’s story highlights the important connections within the vast world of Islamist militantism. Specifically, it sheds light on what the current Afghan situation could mean for Israel’s security. Upon the Taliban’s quick takeover of Afghanistan, which came in the immediate wake of America’s retreat, esteemed Arabist Mordechay Keidar of Bar Ilan University had this to say: “August 15, 2021 will forever be remembered in the Islamic world as the victory of Islam over the West.” A statement like this could easily be dismissed as mere posturing and outright hyperbole. Anyone with a smidgen of knowledge on the Muslim world knows that it is anything but homogenous and that the same holds true for the wide array of militant groups that have emerged from that world. The Shiite Hezbollah group spent years battling ISIS and other Sunni militias bent on bringing down the Assad regime in Syria. Iran, the biggest ex-

porter of extremist violence, was one of the only regional powers to have actively opposed the Taliban even before 9/11 and still works to suppress Sunni groups in Iraq and other countries. To this day, Al-Qaeda and its offshoots such as Al Shabaab continue to fight Islamic State loyalists for control in Yemen and East Africa. Indeed, the inter-conflicts between these groups, just in the past 20 years, has produced far more death and destruction than all the Islamist terror attacks perpetrated against the West. What is seen as a “victory” for one group is not necessarily a victory, or even a positive development, for another. And yet, despite the clear distinctions and inter-group tensions, there is in many important ways an overlap of interests when it comes to jihadism. Common goals are not a prerequisite for unity. Very often, all you need is a mutually beneficial development. Discussing how the Taliban’s reemergence benefits the cause of global jihad can be taken up from many angles. But the one occupying strategists at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv is most certainly how it will strengthen Israel’s enemies.

The Road from Jenin to Kabul is Still Open During his time in Afghanistan, Abdullah Azzam never abandoned his youthful aspiration for the liberation of “occupied Palestine.” Indeed, he wrote an entire book, Memories from Palestine, to urge escalating the struggle against Israel. In a speech shortly before his death to an adoring

audience in Oklahoma, Azzam urged his fellow Palestinians to come train with him in Afghanistan to prepare for a war with the Jews. “Sons of Palestine, you have an opportunity to train on every type of weapon [in Afghanistan]. This is a golden opportunity – do not miss it,” he implored. While Azzam’s vision of raising a Palestinian army in Afghanistan to liberate Al-Aqsa never materialized, the man’s ideology was an instrumental force in creating the terror groups that continue to plague Israel, especially the Muslim Brotherhood-based Hamas. Like Azzam, the founders of the Palestinian terror group rejected the approach of PLO leaders such as Yasser Arafat of “playing the Western game,” accepting compromise and acquiescing to gestures of peace. Hamas from its outset was very explicit about its intentions of dislodging the Jews from the entire area between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. Like the Taliban, it was willing to fight the long fight. And so it has. Considering this background, it should hardly come as a surprise that Hamas was one of the first organizations in the world to recognize the new Taliban government and applaud them on their victory. “We congratulate the Muslim Afghan people for the defeat of the American occupation on all Afghan lands, and we congratulate the Taliban movement and its brave leadership on this victory, which culminated its long struggle over the past 20 years,” read the August 16th statement. What is crucial to understand is that the Taliban’s return is not merely an ideological win for

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Israel has conducted hundreds of airstrikes against terror groups over the past few years

jihadist groups fighting Israel. The new Taliban regime presents real and concrete opportunities for Israel’s enemies to advance their operations. Currently, there are credible reports of Hamas agents already in Afghanistan. The alleged purpose of their mission is not just to foment diplomatic ties with Afghanistan’s new overlords but to establish facilities in the country by which they can train fighters and possibly facilitate their network of terror funding business ventures. (Keep in mind that Afghanistan is a major hub for terror finance. Consider the fact that the vast majority of the world’s heroin originates in the country, the proceeds of which almost exclusively end up in the hands of the Taliban.) Similar reports are emerging regarding the Lebanese Hezbollah. While the group is the flagship of Shiite radicalism and should naturally be opposed to the ultra-Sunni Taliban, it is likely that the Taliban has accepted Hezbollah cooperation due to influence from yet another regional player, namely Iran. The mullahs of Tehran share a border with Afghanistan and have always sought to exert influence in the country. In the current geopolitical set-up, Iran’s concerns are to ally with the Taliban against Al-Qaeda (a group that opposed the Taliban’s complete control over Afghanistan) and ensure anti-Iranian militias aren’t able to establish themselves in the country. Regardless of its motivations, Iran and its proxies gaining a foothold in the country is not a good thing as far as Israel is concerned. The vast territories of Afghanistan can provide a highly

valuable setting for those with nefarious intentions from which financial and military assets can be developed and expanded.

The New Playing Field The problem facing not just Israel but the entire world is the near total lack of intelligence with regard to Afghani issues at this time. The human spy networks developed by the Americans, British, and others over their years of occupying the country have largely been abandoned. The small nuggets of information that do emerge often consist of secondhand information, generally obtained by government officials with freshly formed ties to the new Taliban regime. With little to knowledge about the goings-on inside Afghanistan, Israel will have to ensure that at least its defense is up to par. This will likely mean a ramping-up of the countermeasures that have become part and parcel of Israel’s regional strategy for nearly a decade. Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, dozens of militias and jihadist groups have taken advantage of the regional chaos and looked for opportunities to build operational spaces and establish routes for movement and smuggling. Israel has executed countless operations, mostly by air but also by sea, to offset activities by these groups, nearly all of whom self-identified as Israel’s enemies. Adding up all the regional targets hit by Israel in recent years, from Iranian Revolutionary Guard bases in Syria, to Hezbollah weapons caravans, to the contraband

routes of Hamas and others, a conservative estimate would put the number of Israeli strikes at well over a thousand. Keep in mind the Israeli Air Force publicly admitted to two hundred strikes between 2017 and 2018 alone. Afghanistan becoming a militant haven could have a drastic impact on Israel’s efforts to clamp down on enemy activity in its backyard. True, Afghanistan is not in the same proximity to the Jewish States as Syria or the Sinai. But hostile groups having the flexibility and resources that come with a foothold in Afghanistan would contribute greatly to their capacity to operate closer to Israel’s borders. The increase in Israel’s interest in Afghanistan has apparently prodded security officials to seek cooperation with its regional partners and other stakeholders to gather intelligence on the country. The day following the Taliban takeover officials from the Israeli Defense Ministry reported they had indications the Islamic State of Khorasan, the ISIS branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan, was already at work planning transnational attacks as far afield as Europe and North America. While Israel’s immediate worry is obviously its own domestic security (ISIS has in the past managed to infiltrate operatives into the country’s south), this type of information is also extremely valuable to ally countries, including those close to home such as Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. Ironically, the humiliation suffered by the United States and the absolute mess it left in Afghanistan may serve to increase Israel’s standing as a vital ally in the Middle East and the broader region.

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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

I’m dating a guy I feel lucky to have in my life – he is sweet, kind, gentle, and I know he will be an amazing husband based on how he treats all the people in his life.

I’ve just noticed when things go wrong in his life, he just can’t get himself together. When he gets in these moods (around once every two weeks), he’ll stay in bed until noon, cancel our date, and go “off the grid” for a few hours. He always apologizes and makes it up to me – but I wonder how he will handle stress in his life when he’s married. Should this be a factor I take into account when I make my decision to marry him? He tells me how much I’ve helped him and brought him so much happiness, so I guess I complement him well. But should I be looking for someone who’s more on his game all the time? Or is this normal? Thank you! -Leah*

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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eah, this is not normal, and you know it. The frequency of his episodes is very troubling, and the red flags are there. He uses language that indicates that he has a problem. He seems to have some kind of depression or mental health problem that he is not addressing successfully. It is his problem, and you cannot put yourself into the role of fixer in a marriage. He should own up to his emotional issues and you should count yourself lucky that you noticed the pattern. Don’t stop here. Go into therapy to address why you would even doubt yourself. Why would you would settle to be the reassurer and fixer of someone with serious mental health issues? B’hatzlacha.

The Shadchan Michelle Mond


here was one teacher in my seminary (shout-out to Sharfmans! #BestSemEver) who made such a vivid comparison when describing unhealthy relationships that I will never forget it. She described healthy human relationships to two individuals on a boat sailing in a vast sea. There is a lot of teamwork and trust that must be present on that boat to ride the waves of the ocean. There must be lots of coordination between the two people rowing together to get to their destination. This is why, she explained, it is crucial for the two on the boat to be healthy, full, present,

and good team players. Then she went on to compare our relationships with unhealthy people in the following way. Imagine you are at the dock, and this person is sailing away on a boat with a hole on the bottom. You jump in because you care and feel bad leaving this person you care about to sail away alone. As the boat sails away, you spend countless hours of time, energy, and effort trying to fill the boat’s hole, let out the incoming water, etc. but throughout, it is not just a bumpy ride – it’s a dysfunctional one. The boat inevitably sinks. Now for the main question: did you do a service to the other person by jumping in to ride the waves together? Yes, you helped this person. Yes, you showed you cared. Yes, you did not leave this person all alone. But you got yourself sucked into a dysfunctional reality. It is not good for either of you to be on that boat. When you are in a relationship like the one you describe, you are the caretaker. You feel cherished, appreciated, and essential, but you are setting up for a situation where you will likely lose yourself completely. You vividly described the guy you are dating as one who is unable to cope with stress. He can’t get out of bed, can’t go to work, and cancels plans. So he apologizes and wants to make it up to you, nice. But what he should really do is work on his mental health so he is in the position where he is able to tackle the ups and downs of life. I would suggest that you bring up this subject with him. Tell him why his behavioral patterns worry you and explain why you do not feel fully safe in the relationship. I would suggest you take a significant break from this shidduch while he works on himself. Date other people and experience what it is like to be with someone who can “show up” in the face of difficulties. You might find

that you actually are very relieved when you’re no longer together. Or he will truly work on himself, and you will build a healthy relationship – only time will tell. Much hatzlacha!

You are setting yourself up for a situation where you will likely lose yourself completely.

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ne day when I was in high school, my classmates and I didn’t want to learn so we began asking our teacher various random questions. Although I don’t remember the exact question that was asked, the response we received was, “No, we do not marry a person whom we believe to be a chessed case.” If there was one thing I truly learned from my high school career, it was to make sure the person you marry is someone whom you respect incredibly and are proud to introduce to others. Leah, it is not your job to help him. We do not consciously get married to heal wounds, especially in situations like yours. While he may be a sweet guy who will make an amazing husband, keep in mind that as life goes on, you will inevitably face various challenges together and if this is how he reacts to stress does that make you feel safe? Do you respect him for who he is, and even more so, when he gets into these “moods”? When dating, it’s important to remember that what you see in front of you – positive and negative qualities alike – is what will follow into your marriage. Do not assume that you will be able to “fix” or “change” anything about the other person, so you need to be able to recognize his flaws and accept him for who he is, or date someone else. Leah, if you were my sister or

friend, I would advise you to run, fast. This guy clearly has issues that he needs to work through before he is healthy and stable enough to be in a relationship. You sound like an incredible girl who looks for positivity in all aspects of life, and you deserve to be with someone who provides for you accordingly. Turn to Hashem for the clarity you need and remember there is a plan for you that is better than any you could have imagined yourself. I’m rooting for you!

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ow – if this is how he handles stress now, what will happen when the baby has fever and is screaming, his wife has a splitting headache, the washing machine is leaking, and he’s late for work? It would be all too simple for an outside observer (like me) to advise ending this relationship because it doesn’t sound like he’s good marriage material. However, it could be a mistake to prematurely give up on what might actually be a very promising and fulfilling relationship. So, let’s first accept that not everyone is perfect (except my wife). This young man does have a serious


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problem. But, it sounds like you have spent considerable time with him, understand him well, and would be comfortable discussing this very sensitive problem with him. Psychologists report that folks who have been diagnosed with clinical depression often act in the exact manner that you have described. However, this is not an incurable or unmanageable disease. For exam-

ple, he can be taught coping skills. Psychologists who are welltrained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy have success in treating these cases. From the little that I do understand about this field of therapy, psychologists utilize a protocol called “Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.” If you Google that term, you will discover that:

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“Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive beb havioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy tries to identify and change negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioral changes… It teaches patients skills to cope with, and change, unhealthy behaviors.” Meanwhile, while you do not necessarily need to immediately end your relationship with him, please proceed with extreme, extreme caution. Take your time. Make sure that he sees


As much as we can love another, we must take care of ourselves first.

a competent therapist and make sure that he is sufficiently “cured” before deciding if he is a suitable life-partner.

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ear Leah, Thank you for writing into our panel. I cannot encourage you to stay in this relationship or to leave this relationship. It seems to me that if it has not already happened, you and your date have the potential to fall in love. I am sensing a lot of loving feelings and vibes from your e-mail. When love and feelings are involved, there is a serious attachment and investment and it can be very challenging to walk away from someone because he has a “problem.” He is not mean or abusive and his “moods” are not directed at you, rather he may be struggling with depression or possibly something else. Before you consider walking away, I would suggest going for couples therapy to share your concerns both for him and yourself. It doesn’t sound like your boyfriend

has a diagnosis just yet, which leads me to believe he is not seeking treatment. In couples therapy, you will begin to discuss the issue at hand, as well figure out if this is a terrain you can/want to navigate. Stay ing together must be contingent on your boy friend seeking his own personal treatment as well and sticking with a treatment plan. You need to see him making an effort to take care of his mental health. A fairly good indicator of couples “making it” when one has mental health issues is his/her commitment and motivation to treatment. Partners who seek and stick to treatment to keep the other spouse quiet typically do not have much success. Those with mental

health struggles who have a high level of self awareness and acknowledge how their struggles impact their significant others have more successful treatment and relationships. As much as we can love another, we must take care of ourselves first. That is not selfish. It is actually called self-care. Self-care is differrent for every individual. For some, self-care looks like keeping a journal, taking a walk in a garden, or going to lunch with a friend when a spouse is having an episode; for others, it looks like ending a relationship with someone with mental health struggles. None of us should ever judge each other for our choices. Should you stay in this relationship, you must understand that you cannot have a wedding in a month or two. You need time to see your boyfriend’s commitment to treat-

ment and to see if he is less moody. With some time, I believe you will have your answer. Best of luck! Sincerely, Jennifer PSA: To all those struggling with mental health, please know that you are very, very deeply worthy of love. I know that in the world of shidduchim, you are taught the opposite. You must hide your mental health issues, perhaps not receive treatment because of what “The Goldbergs” may think. When someone has a physical health condition, there is not a parent under the sun who would keep a child away from medical care. The kindest thing that you can do for yourself and your future spouse is to start speaking with a mental health professional.

Jennifer Mann, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and certified trauma healing life coach, as well as a 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 718-908-0512. Visit for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.

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Dr. Deb

Where Did Normal Go? By Deb Hirschhorn, Ph.D.


K, the yom tovim are over, and we can get back to normal. Whew… Except that normal seems to have disappeared. Is it gone forever? In March of 2020 we knew there was a Martian invasion. OK, it wasn’t Martian; I’m trying to be apolitical, here. And we were shut in for an entire year, experiencing our aloneness, our fears, and the sorrow of death. Then things looked better. We thought they were better. They weren’t. Families became divided: To Vax or Not To Vax. Without the advantage of time to see what would really happen, we could only guess. And believe. That is, believe one way or the other. I would have liked to go to Israel again. My grandson, whose bar mitzvah I went to a year ago, just turned the big 14, and his younger brother is going to be bar mitzvah next August. Will I be able to go

without that annoying bidud in a one-window basement apartment with no mirpeset? Who knows? One extremely good thing is that I made no lunch commitments for Simchas Torah and doggedly stayed until the very end of davening. I got tremendous joy reading Yehoshua, 1-18, which I never had before. There were always small children that needed to be fed earlier than that. Wow! We were going into the Promised Land. But I heard from the Promised Land this morning, and now my three-year old granddaughter is in bidud because a classmate’s parent has COVID. C’mon, how frequently do babies spread this? My eight-year-old granddaughter was just getting over her frustration of six – yes, six – weeks in bidud because her 12-year-old brother’s classmate’s father had gotten the dreaded illness. Of course, not a single child in the class had any symptoms. But the disease – or

at least the positive tests for it – swept through my son’s family, one person at a time. My son, who’d been vaxxed, got sick, and I was more concerned about him than I’d been about myself because his respiratory pipes are sensitive to such things. But, as the sukkahs disappeared from the front lawns last week, I thought, at least I could get back to normal anyway. So motzei Shabbos, I came home with the full intention of catching up on articles for TJH and posts for my blog (I seldom “repurpose” - something inside drives me to write fresh content every time). I opened my computer the next day and faced the shock of two deaths of people I knew well. What’s going on here? And I couldn’t make a normal shiva call either; one was in Eretz Yisroel and the other wanted phone calls only. I asked my son to make the call in-person for me to the one in his neighborhood, and that’s when I learned he was babysitting his quarantined three-year-old

while my daughter-in-law works. My daughter-in-law, who, eight or ten months ago was championing the vax, admitted today, “I don’t know what’s going on,” when I asked her why they don’t judge who should be shut out of circulation on the basis of antibodies. She told me the government doesn’t do that at all and if you want an antibody test, it’s 250 shekel. Hmm. Since I just had Covid, some medical people are telling me that I’m immune for life and others are saying quite the opposite. So I give up on trying to figure any of it out. We just have to wait it out to see. Plunging into my work is always fun, and I wanted to communicate with some people in my Facebook group with whom I’m sharing the non-pathologizing view of emotional challenges. Only to discover that Facebook went offline. Whoa. Goliath topples. At least for a while. So, I was pleased that the class

I’d signed up for that will take about six months to complete was just going to start. It’s on Internal Family Systems. Yes, I’ve been using it all year, but that was from books. Now, I want to experience it. At least that would feel normal. It did not. The class is composed of 48 therapists and coaches who, like me, have been practicing IFS for a long time but wanted the feedback and the supervision of more experienced people. Well, I was in for a surprise. The class was experiential as well as didactic. I’d known that already. What I did not know was what it felt like to be on the “other side” of the therapy room. We broke up into groups of three students and a trainer to each experience that very thing. I now have a far greater appreciation of the nervous state clients can be in just to have their guts exposed. But the thing that really struck

me took place in the demos done in front of the entire group. There, trainers shared the worries of their protector parts and rescued their exiles with the help of the master trainer. Some shed a few tears. All were genuine. And it became clear to me that every one of us has parts that some-

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founder. Yet, she, too, acknowledged parts that may have carried roles of anxiety or anger. She, too, shared how she has dealt with situations in which the parts take over. You know, this is very comforting, actually. True, we’d love to be “there” already – complete, always wise, go-

We’re all on the same journey.

times hijack us away from the calm and wise state of Self that we strive for. I knew this before, but now I know it in my bones. It’s a different knowing. The master trainer has been doing IFS for 30 years and initially trained with Dr. Schwartz, the

ing with the flow, making good decisions, in charge of our emotions. But none of us actually is, or can be. All we can do is keep striving for it and be pleased at our progress. So how is it comforting, then? Simple. If no one is “there” – which means “normal” – then no

one is “sick,” either. We’re all on the same journey. That’s why not a single one of us is exempt from Yom Kippur or daily efforts at teshuva, for that matter. Tishrei may be over, but we didn’t get “there” yet. So the answer to my initial question is that we never had normal to begin with. There have been times when there are lulls and then there are times when the changes happen too fast for us to adjust. But we remain the same (as Koheles reminds us) – not normal, but that’s OK. It gives us something to work on. It gives us a dose of humility. And it helps us accept the total lack of normal in the world around us.

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

The Marvelous Merits of Meal Prep By Aliza Beer MS, RD, CDN


ith busy schedules and a host of obligations, maintaining a well-balanced diet can be difficult. Meal preparation is a great way to be in control of the foods you are eating, and it will help make feeding you and your family much easier. The best part about it is that there is no one-way approach. Instead, meal prep allows you the flexibility to prepare meals in a way that works for you and your schedule. Meal prep can range from making your lunch the night before, cooking certain foods in batches, or pre-cooking all your food and portioning out for the week. Some people either prepare the different components of their meals, others prepare the entire meal and even prepare the week’s meals in advance. There are so many benefits of meal prep; incorporating it into your life will have a significant impact on the quality of meals you are consuming.

The Benefits of Meal Prep 1. You will save time: If you’re cooking once or twice a week, you’ll save a lot of time than if you cooked dinner every night. If you set aside an hour or two to prepare and cook foods at the beginning of the week, you’ll only have to spend minutes (as opposed to hours) either reheating the food or using it to make a quick dish. When you don’t have to spend a half-hour or hour making dinner each night, you will have more time to enjoy doing the things you love. 2. You will save money: Today, Americans are spending much more money at restaurants than they are at groceries. When you meal prep, you can buy foods in bulk, freeze extra food for later, and spend less money

eating out. It also becomes easier to price out your food in advance when you cook once or twice a week because you aren’t buying foods here and there. Oftentimes, the grocery store can get overwhelming, and you walk out with food you may not end up using. When preparing meals in advance, approach the supermarket shop with a list, buy only what you need for the week and what fits in your weekly or monthly plan. This will save a lot of money because you won’t be throwing out spoiled foods or buying foods you won’t use. You’ll also avoid making impulse food buying throughout the week, which can be very expensive. 3. You’ll eat healthier: When preparing meals ahead of time, you learn to eat when it is time to eat instead of making poor, hunger-based decisions. Eating home-cooked meals is usually much healthier than eating foods from a restaurant where meals are filled with added sugar, oil, and calories. You know exactly what is

in your food, and you’ll avoid added chemicals and processed foods. 4. Self-control: It can be very difficult to have self-control when there is a fast-food meal that can be picked up in five minutes or there’s a bag of chips you can grab. It is difficult to start cooking a well-balanced meal when there are quicker, easier, and usually unhealthier alternatives around. However, when you prepare food and meals in advance, it will become much easier to make the healthier choice. If all you have to do is reheat the meal sitting in your fridge, you will save many internal battles with yourself whether or not to just order in or eat a snack. You’ll be more in control of your food choices and notice how much easier it will be to make the healthier choice. 5. Less stress: How many times do we come home from a long day of work and feel the stress associated with making dinner? With meal prep, you’ll come home knowing you have food that either just needs to be

reheated or needs to be turned into a dish in under 5 minutes. You won’t have to try to figure out what to make for dinner each night. You’ll also have a lot fewer pots and pans to clean than if you were cooking every night. During the week, you’ll only have to wash the storage containers and some eating utensils. 6. Eat more variety: If you spend some time planning out your meal prep, you’ll notice how much variety you can have. Instead of putting chicken and vegetables in the oven every night after a long day of work, you can make multiple dishes out of the foods you prepared at the beginning of the week. It will become simple to choose from different food categories and you will be able to incorporate different spices, grains, vegetables, and forms of protein. For example, if you make a big batch of assorted roasted vegetables at the beginning of the week, make a power bowl for dinner one night and use it to make a stir fry the next night. 7. Portion control: If you have trouble managing portion sizes, then food prep your meals in pre-portioned containers – you will be less likely to overeat. Portion control helps people maintain a healthy weight or lose a few pounds. Meal prep doesn’t have to be boring. You can always add different flavors each night to the foods you prepared. There are many different ways to use meal prep to ensure you are eating a well-balanced diet. Batch cooking can be one way to prepare foods all at once, pre-portion them, and eat them throughout the week or month. You can prepare vegetable soups by cooking them one day when you

have some time to do the preparation. Once the soup cools, spoon the soup into either individual containers for one-serving meals or larger containers if serving a family. Make a brothbased soup with lots of different vegetables so that it is easier to eat more vegetables and fiber throughout the week. Vegetable soups are very filling and can be a great compact meal with a side of protein. Similarly, you can make several tins of seasoned chicken over vegetables (like a sheet pan dinner) and freeze them before cooking. This is a smart way to ensure a healthy meal because you can thaw the chicken throughout the day and put it in the oven an hour before you are ready to eat. Another good idea is to chop up your favorite vegetables such as peppers, cucumbers, cauliflower, carrots, and mushrooms and store them in individual air-tight containers in your fridge. Throughout the week, you can use the pre-chopped vegetables

for salads or stir-fries or roast them in the oven to ensure a trouble-free meal. If you prepare at the beginning of the week, you can save a lot of time each day. Even making dressings or pre-washing lettuce early in the week can be very time-efficient. Label the containers you place in your fridge or freezer so everything stays organized. You can keep a running list of foods you put in your freezer so you always know exactly what you have. Cook proteins at the beginning of the week or whenever you have time, and make sure you are including lean proteins in your diet. Grill chicken cutlets, bake salmon fillets and make hardboiled eggs so you can repurpose them throughout the week and ensure variety. If you prefer your protein cooked fresh, you can prepare marinated chicken in individual plastic bags and freeze them until you are ready to serve them. This can also be done with fish as you can spice fillets and place them in the freezer. Raw

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fish can be in the freezer for up to 3 months and poultry can be kept in the freezer for 6-9 months. Rice and quinoa store well and can be easily reheated in the oven or microwave. Cook your favorite grains and either eat them plain or use them in your cooking later in the week. Rice can take 45 minutes to make so if you prepare it and store it in the refrigerator, it will save you time during the week. Discuss with your family what types of foods and meals they like and begin a weekly or monthly calendar to plan out your meals and preparation. It is important to start small when you begin to meal prep. Aim to prepare and cook enough food for 2-3 days and see how it is going. You can always make modifications that fit with your lifestyle. Start preparing the foods that take the longest to cook like grains, proteins, and roasted vegetables so you are using your time efficiently. While food is on the stove or oven, chop your fruits and vegetables

and prepare any dressings or sauces. Your diet, just like your meal prep, is personal. And what works for one doesn’t always work for everyone. Meal prep is flexible and can be tweaked to fit your needs. Having clean prepared foods or meals can ensure you are eating a wholesome diet and aren’t relying on takeout throughout the week. It saves time, saves money, ensures you are less stressed, and helps you make healthier food choices. With some thought-out planning and organization, you and your family can be eating delicious and nutritious meals all week long.

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

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Parenting Pearls

“I Don’t Know the Answer” By Sara Rayvych, MSEd


’ve always found it strange when I hear that Jewish youngsters are told, “We don’t ask that kind of question” about Judaism. When I was a teenager, more than a few years ago, I was always taught by my Judaic studies teachers that we should feel comfortable to ask any question we wanted. Even if any given teacher or rabbininc figure didn’t know the answer, the answer existed. As Torah being both the eternal truth and divine in origin, the answers to everything were there; we weren’t meant to shortchange our curiosity. I’ve felt this attitude was a gift I was given at such an impressionable age. I remember the excitement when my morah reached a certain Rashi. She was about to teach us one of her favorite Rashis, and her emotion was contagious. Rashi, as is common, had a question. Rashi’s response was “I don’t know.” This is one of a few such Rashis in the Torah. To her, this was the height of both humility and the desire for emes. Rashi could have skipped the question, but the truth required Rashi to acknowledge that a question existed on that pasuk. Rashi was willing to put down for generations that he had a question, yet didn’t know the answer. Many years have passed since I was in high school. While some of my teachers are still there teaching; many are not. Despite the passage of time and turnover of staff, this is one of the lessons I’ve retained from my years spent between those walls. In this article, I’d like to focus on how to respond when a child asks a question, and you don’t know the answer. Spoiler alert: I’m not going to suggest lying or mocking the child’s question. I do think this might generate a

insistence that they’re right – even when they’re not. They’re not fooling anyone and you’re not fooling your child. It won’t make you look good or receive kavod – in fact, you’ll probably receive the opposite. Your child has questions, and your child came to you to ask them. That’s really big, and you should appreciate that. Your child is thinking and wants to know more. Don’t crush that enthusiasm!

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bit of controversy, which I generally avoid, but I don’t think anything I’m saying is too far out there. Also, I’ve been disturbed by the idea that children can have real questions and not be taken seriously. Hopefully, this article will give some ideas and a little food for thought in case you’re still hungry after the yomim tovim.

The Temptation of Kavod It’s tempting to tell a child that their question is wrong, shouldn’t be asked, or give a made-up or half-hearted answer. As adults, particularly in the role of an authority figure, we want to feel like we are in charge and maintain our kavod. We feel inept not knowing something. Please notice that in all these situations it’s about “us,” the adults. It’s about our kavod and our feelings of ineptitude. When being involved in the education of a child, it needs to be about them and their needs. I think this ignoring a child’s question is ultimately a fallacy. First, it creates a feeling that the

answer doesn’t exist. The entire Pesach seder is based on questions and answers. Different parts of teaching our mesorah are based on the question-and-answer model. What are we inculcating in our children when we put down their questions or, worse, insist frum Jews don’t ask those questions? I was taught many times that we don’t need to believe based on nothing more than “faith”; we have truth behind us. Would you trust a doctor or other professional who couldn’t answer questions or quote research studies but simply insisted you have blind faith? What makes your child any different? I want to address the possibility that you don’t need to answer their questions or can give a cop-out response so you don’t look bad. It won’t work. Your kids aren’t fools. They know when you’re making it up. How often have we seen politicians or public figures get taken down because they couldn’t acknowledge an error or not knowing something? Too often their downfall has been their continued

Praise the question and appreciate your child’s curiosity. Enjoy that you’re someone this child trusts and came to seek knowledge from. Recognize that nobody knows everything, and you shouldn’t be expected to either. After affirming your child’s question, help them find the answer. That assistance may take the form of a book or other resource or simply asking someone more knowledgeable than you in this area. Not only are you answering their question and encouraging further inquisitiveness, but you’re also teaching them that there are many ways to get an answer and many resources at their fingertips. My three-year-old expects me to know everything and for his basic questions I probably nearly do, but I certainly can’t answer all that my teenagers ask and they really shouldn’t become dependent on me being their sole source for information. By allowing your child to see how they can reach out to the wider world around them, you are giving them a greater gift of wisdom. Homeschoolers are known as more out-of-the-box in their teaching methods. Living in an age where so much information is readily available, I know of homeschoolers that have changed their methods from

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teaching memorized information to teaching information gathering. I’m sure many schools have started making this shift, too. As an example, learning how to find the capitals of the states may start replacing the memorization of their names. Handwriting has become less important in the place of typing; cursive writing is an ancient script. Calculators have become more prominent since nearly every device has one. Children, sadly, have mostly lost the ability to read analog clocks. While there are both positives and negatives to this educational transformation, as parents and our child’s main educators, we need to keep up. Even those shying away from modern technology can demonstrate to their child how to pick the right sefer and locate their answer, which is a similar approach – only without the batteries.

Further Concerns Many might be concerned that

they’re encouraging a lack of faith or chutzpah in their children as they help them find answers. I’m not sure how saying, “We don’t have the truth” creates a greater lack of faith than saying, “I don’t have the answer but it’s there.” Your child

exact time and date for Mashiach’s arrival, most questions have an easier response. For example, I’ve seen phenomenal responses to the controversy surrounding the dating of the universe and Ma’aseh Bereishis. There are such amazing respons-

By allowing your child to see how they can reach out to the wider world around them, you are giving them a greater gift of wisdom.

is asking the question because he or she has the question. You’re not implanting in their head something non-existent. When you don’t answer their query, you’re allowing the doubt to fester and grow. While there’s always the kid who wants an

es on all hashkafa questions; why would you want to deny your child that information? There is always the possibility that a question can be asked with chutzpah. But there is a very strong possibility that even in this situation

the child is asking because they have a lingering doubt. While this is a potential situation that can be beyond the scope of this article, a quick yet respectful response may just be the gentle put-down to both their chutzpah and niggling doubts. It’s not unusual that we get asked the hard questions, questions way beyond our tired, sleep-deprived minds can process. No matter our own limitations, we can still teach our children that the world of chochmah and truth is out there for them. We can give them the tools to reach for emes and to know we respect them and their questions as they develop together.

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@

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By Naomi Nachman

This might be the quickest and easiest

dinner recipe. The concept comes from the

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cooked on baking tray. Prep and clean up are so fast, and dinner is super delicious. Ingredients

◦ 6 (6-ounce) flounder fillets ◦ Olive oil ◦ Kosher salt

Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. 2.

Pat fish dry. Divide fillets between prepared pans; season with salt to taste.


In a small bowl, combine teriyaki, honey, and garlic. Toss with vegetables; arrange vegetables around

◦ 3 carrots, shredded


Bake for 15 minutes, until fish is cooked through and vegetables are crisp-tender.

◦ 4 scallions, chopped

Recipe from Perfect Flavors by Naomi Nachman published by Artscroll/Mesorah.

◦ ½ cup teriyaki sauce ◦ 2 tablespoons honey ◦ 6 cloves garlic, minced


◦ 3 small zucchini, sliced into rings

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

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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

With no social media, I ended up spending most of the day talking to my son. He’s really nice! — James Corden

Well, guys, this afternoon President Biden received his Covid booster shot on camera, in front of reporters. When they offered Biden the booster, he said, “I’ll take one in my arm and another for my approval rating.” — Jimmy Fallon

This is what happens when you have a president and a treasury secretary who are on a mission from G-d to please pink-haired wokers who carry around Ziploc bags of kale - Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) discussing Pres. Biden’s $3 trillion proposed spending bill on Fox News

Well, I don’t think the vice president needs a crisis communications manager, and I don’t think the taxpayers should have to pay for one. I think it’s obvious what she needs – with respect – she needs to stop saying stupid stuff that she can’t defend. And she and the president need to stop breaking plates. I mean, in the history of ever, I’ve not seen a presidential administration break more plates in the first nine months than this one. I mean, think about it, Brian. Afghanistan, inflation, defund the police, critical race theory, the border, gas prices, massive debt. And I’m not saying Republicans are perfect. But these people are crazy. And if they would stop acting crazy, they wouldn’t have a crisis, and then they wouldn’t need crisis managers. - Ibid.

YouTube just announced that it is blocking all anti-vaccine content. Blocked it. But don’t worry, if you want anti-vaccine content, just check out the comment section of literally any video. — Ibid.

People who couldn’t use Instagram [on Monday] spent the day posting their weekend pumpkin-patch selfies on LinkedIn. — Ibid.

Yes, Facebook’s entire site crashed. They were like, “Oh, my G-d, this is the best press we’ve had in months!” — Ibid.

Facebook was only down for a day and in that short time, everyone got the vaccine. – Ibid.

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I think it can be done by 2:27 a.m. on December – come on. I think it will be done. – Pres. Biden when asked if his spending bill will pass by Thanksgiving

There’s a number of them that I would love to have a crack at, but I don’t really believe, philosophically, in changing or even thinking about the past. - Jerry Seinfeld, when asked in a recent interview whether he would change any of the episodes of his iconic show

Your voice, your perspective, your experience, your truth cannot be suppressed, and it must be heard. - Vice President Harris at a townhall with students at George Mason University responding to a self- described “part-Yemeni, part-Iranian” and “not an American” who asked her why are “funds allocated to continue backing Israel, which hurts my heart because it’s ethnic genocide and displacement of people, the same that happened in America”

The guy who ran against the progressives, ran against Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, ran to be a uniter in this country, ran saying he was going to force compromise. And he went up to Capitol Hill, and he capitulated to the progressives, the liberals in his party. And why should we be surprised? He couldn’t stand up to the Taliban; how could we expect him to stand up to AOC? - Chris Christie on ABC News

Well, I’m definitely going to get a new supercharged Mustang with dual exhausts, and about five kilos of cocaine, and I’ll be good to go. - A Florida man’s response to a reporter on live TV, when asked what he would do if he won the big Powerball last week

I don’t think they’re appropriate tactics, but it happens to everybody. The only people it doesn’t happen to are people who have Secret Service standing around them. It’s a part of the process. - Pres. Biden, when asked for his response to protesters who antagonized and harassed Senators Manchin (DWV) and Sinema (D-AZ) over their opposition to the reconciliation bill


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The argument that we deliberately push content that makes people angry for profit is deeply illogical. We make money from ads, and advertisers consistently tell us they don’t want their ads next to harmful or angry content. And I don’t know any tech company that sets out to build products that make people angry or depressed. The moral, business and product incentives all point in the opposite direction. - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after a former employee testified at a Congressional hearing that Facebook purposely pushes content that stokes division

Protecting our freedom starts at home. In particular, it starts with an uncomfortable reality. I recently came upon an observation by the eminent historian Bernard Lewis. He said, “The Roman Empire and the medieval Islamic Empire were not conquered by more civilized peoples. They were conquered by less civilized but more vigorous peoples.” In both cases what made the conquest possible was that things were going badly wrong within the society so that it was no longer able to offer effective resistance. Is he talking about Rome or America? Have things gotten so badly wrong in our society that we are unable to resist the forces of evil? For many Americans, the answer would be yes. A large portion of our people are plagued by self-doubt or even by hatred of America. It’s a pandemic much more damaging than any virus. - Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley during a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

It’s not a question of what we can afford. The federal government can afford anything that it feels it needs to do. - House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) on CNN

It is unfortunate that Bahrain’s rulers ignore the Zionist regime’s daily crimes against the oppressed but resilient people of Palestine. This stain will not be erased from the reputation of Bahrain’s rulers. The people of the region will continue to oppose the process of normalization of ties with the Zionist regime. - Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh after Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid visited Bahrain

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A RAMBAM MAN Never leaves a supermarket wagon in the parking lot. ♦ Recognizes the “Don’t” in “Don’t cut the line.” ♦ He is the one who offers the “first sip” through which he gives more than a soda. ♦ The first 10 in minyan. ♦ A Rambam Man is the one campaigning, not complaining. ♦ He doesn’t ask, “Is that everything?” he is the one asking, “What else can I help you with?” ♦ He is an idea which leads the chabura, davens for the amud, and gives shiur. ♦ He is the “r” that protects the word “Friend.” ♦ Recognizes the “Don’t” in ”Don’t forget the milk.” ♦ He is the one who wears a scarf to make his mother happy. ♦ Knows that you never take the last cookie. ♦ A Rambam Man celebrates a victory by shaking the other player’s hand first. ♦ He doesn’t ask, “Where’s the exit?” he knows where the fire extinguisher is. ♦ He is the husband who is present when he is there. ♦ Recognizes that you don’t just love Israel, you represent it. ♦ He is the space between “nowhere” and “now here.” ♦ Helps clean up after the simcha is over. ♦ A Rambam Man is first to be asked and the last to demand. ♦ He cheers for the other team too. ♦ The one calling at 12:00AM to wish you a happy birthday. ♦ Recognizes that you look for the pass before the shot. ♦ He helped pump out the basement regardless of whether the house had a mezuzah. ♦ A Rambam Man doesn’t ask, “Can I do it later?” he asks, “How about right now?” ♦ The one who reads the word “untied” as “united.” ♦ He calls his friend when he sees he isn’t in school... and photocopies his notes for him. ♦ The one who is always standing on the subway because he always gives up his seat. ♦ He is the idea that you put your siddur and chumash back after davening. ♦ He is the husband who turns around to check on you. ♦ The one doing the “don’t” favor. ♦ The one who carried the bags but refused the tip. ♦ A Rambam Man never leaves shiur without thanking the Rebbe. ♦ A Rambam Man never leaves class without thanking the teacher. ♦ He is an idea which makes partner, starts a company, heads a practice, and chairs a committee.

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Israel Today

What is the “Two-State Solution” About? By Caroline Glick


ast week, after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the supplemental spending bill for the Iron Dome program, everyone from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the Biden White House, to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid quickly proclaimed bipartisan support in Washington for the U.S.-Israel alliance is as strong as it ever was. Unfortunately, even before the bill passed, it was clear that the opposite was the case. Eight House members from the leftist edge of the political spectrum voted against the Iron Dome funding and two of their comrades voted “present.” The only reason the measure was brought to a vote last week was because, days earlier, the same House members blocked supplemental funding for the Iron Dome program from being included on an omnibus continuous spending resolution. By first scuttling and then opposing the funding of a joint Israeli-U.S. system that is entirely defensive and works

only to prevent the wanton murder of Israeli civilians by indiscriminate missile attacks, the lawmakers were saying that they supported the Palestinians in their terror war against Israel. Reps. Marie Newman, Andre Carson, Hank Johnson, Cori Bush, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Jesus Garcia, Raul Grijalva, Ayanna Presley and their Republican comrade Thomas Massey opposed the Iron Dome funding package because they support the terror war that Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and their brethren in Hezbollah wage against the people of Israel. They don’t want to fund Iron Dome because they want Israel to lose to the terrorists. But for all the drama that the Squad members produced around the Iron Dome bill, their stunt was a sideshow. The main anti-Israel/ pro-Palestinian terrorism action was taking place elsewhere. A few hours before the House voted on the supplemental Iron Dome funding, Rep. Andy Levin, a progres-

sive Jewish lawmaker from Michigan who voted in favor of the supplemental Iron Dome funding, submitted his own bill that related to the Palestinians and Israel. And Levin’s bill is far more dangerous to Israel and to U.S.-Israel relations than his fellow progressive lawmakers’ nay vote on the Iron Dome. The main purpose of Levin’s bill, which is co-sponsored by 24 other members (seven of whom are also Jewish), is to support the Palestinian terror against Israel, while adopting a laundry list of anti-Israel policies along the way. Levin’s bill includes an amendment to the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1987 that defines the PLO as a terrorist organization and bars the U.S. from permitting the PLO to open offices in the U.S. or from receiving assistance from the U.S. so long as the PLO and its member organizations remain engaged in terrorism. Levin’s bill would amend the law to provide the administration with the authority to permit the opening of a PLO office in Washington and to transfer funds

to the PLO/Palestinian Authority even while the PLO and its member groups remain engaged in terrorism. Levin’s bill enables the administration to sidestep the law simply by proclaiming that opening a PLO office in Washington and funding the PLO/PA is necessary to advance “diplomacy.” Whereas the 2018 Taylor Force Act bars the U.S. from funding the PA so long as it pays salaries to terrorists and their families, Levin’s bill would enable the administration to transfer funds directly to the PA even if it continues to pay salaries to terrorists and their families. Levin’s bill empowers the secretary of state to authorize such funding simply by proclaiming that the PA is “reforming” its payment apparatus. As Palestinian Media Watch reported this week, the PA already believes that U.S. funding will be restored despite the fact that nearly 10% of the PA budget goes towards paying salaries to terrorists and their families. A senior PA official said that reinstating U.S. funding “is merely a problem of semantics.” Levin’s bill provides the

semantic trick to restore funding. Alongside its direct support for Palestinian terrorism, Levin’s bill also includes multiple provisions whose purpose is to undermine and weaken Israel while subverting the U.S.-Israel alliance. The Levin bill bars Israel from using weapons it receives from the U.S. to defend itself in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and unified Jerusalem. It also discriminates against Israel in a manner that legitimizes the anti-Semitic Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) campaign against the Jewish state. The Levin bill bars Israel from marking goods from Judea, Samaria and Gaza “Made in Israel,” instead, Israel is required to mark all such goods as made in the “West Bank/Gaza.” Israel’s scientific, agricultural, and other cooperative agreements with the U.S. will only apply to areas that Israel controlled in 1949. Israeli institutions and citizens beyond those areas will be boycotted. Levin’s bill requires the administration to cancel former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s 2019 determination that Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria are not illegal and delineate all Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria as illegal. Israeli neighborhoods built in Jerusalem since 1967 are also deemed illegal, as are Israeli actions to enforce building laws on illegal Palestinian construction in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem. Arguably, the most significant aspect of Levin’s pro-Palestinian terror bill is the name he gave it. Levin named his would-be federal law “The Two-State Solution Act.” Levin’s decision to use that expression to market his Palestinian terror-supporting, Israel-subverting bill tells us two important things. First, it shows us what progressives are really talking about when they declare their support for a “two-state solution.” Levin’s bill doesn’t mention the “peace process,” terms Israel must abide by to receive future American support. The Levin bill only mentions Israeli-Palestinian peace twice in passing references to “peaceful relations” between Israel and the Palestinian state that Levin insists must be established. The bill doesn’t determine that the Palestinians and Israel must resolve

their conflict through negotiations. Whether peace talks are reinstated or not is completely irrelevant to Levin and his co-sponsors. Instead, Levin’s bill sets out the means the U.S. must use to coerce Israel into surrendering to the Palestinian terror war. Since the whole purpose of the bill is to enable the U.S. to empower the PLO and the PA while they support, fund, carry out and glorify terror attacks against Israel, it goes without

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believe that in a final peace settlement, Israel would provide symbolic concessions in Jerusalem, like the transfer of sovereignty over Abu Dis, a Palestinian village within the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem but outside the security perimeter of the city. But beyond that, Israel’s capital for the past 3,000 years would remain its capital. This theoretical concept of a twostate solution is founded on the no-

It is to give Levin and his colleagues a fig leaf to hide behind as they advance the Palestinian version of the two-state solution.

saying that Levin and his co-sponsors are fine, indeed they seek to reward the Palestinians for their terrorist war against Israel. So when progressive Democrat lawmakers like Levin and his 24 co-sponsors express support for “the two-state solution,” they aren’t saying they want a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian conflict with Israel. For them, “the two-state solution” is a code for supporting the Palestinian terror war against Israel. This brings us to Levin’s “TwoState Solution Act’s” second lesson. When Israelis and Israel supporters proclaim their support for “the twostate solution,” they have a certain theoretical picture in their mind. As they see things, a “two state solution” is a way to peacefully resolve the Palestinian conflict with Israel. Under the “two-state solution,” Israel will withdraw from large swathes of Judea and Samaria – but usually not from the entire area since significant portions of Judea and Samaria are either vital for the physical survival of Israel or contain large Israeli population centers that most two-state solution supporters consider integral parts of the State of Israel. As for Jerusalem, supporters of the theoretical two-state solution

tion that when the Palestinian state is established in the areas Israel withdraws from, that state will be at peace with Israel. It will have signed a formal peace treaty with the Jewish state in which it formally recognizes the Jewish state’s right to exist. The problem with this theoretical concept is that the Palestinians oppose it. For the past hundred years, the Palestinians have rejected any concept of a two-state solution that isn’t simply a means to advance their unchanging goal of eliminating the Jewish state. And they still oppose it. Last week, the veteran Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki released a new survey of Palestinian public opinion which showed that 62% of Palestinians oppose “the two-state solution,” even though, by failing to define the term, Shikaki let his respondents define a “two-state solution” any way they wanted. On the other hand, 54% support “armed resistance” – that is, terrorism – against Israel. Since the 1920s, the Palestinians have stated and demonstrated through their actions that for them, the point of establishing a Palestinian state in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria (along with Gaza) is both to ethnically cleanse these areas of all Jewish presence, and as they have

done in Gaza for the past 16 years, use them as forward bases for continued war against the rest of Israel. The operational collaboration between Arab Israeli rioters and pogromists and the PA and Hamas in the last round of fighting in May was no coincidence. From the perspective of Hamas and the PLO/PA, Israeli Arabs are full partners in the war that will only end when Israel ceases to exist. For the Palestinians, in short, “the two-state solution” is not a means to achieve either peace or Palestinian statehood. It is a means to advance to the next phase of the war to annihilate Israel. Shikaki’s poll showed that today the Palestinians’ view of the situation is no different than it was in 1920 or 1947 or 1967 or 1993. The time has come to recognize and act on the significance of these facts. The vast majority of Democrats who voted to fund Iron Dome didn’t prove that bipartisan support for Israel is as strong as ever. They proved that most Democrats are unwilling to publicly support Palestinian terrorism against Israel. And that is where Levin’s bill comes in. Its purpose isn’t to advance the Israeli vision of a twostate solution. It is to give Levin and his colleagues a fig leaf to hide behind as they advance the Palestinian version of the two-state solution. That is why the bill legalizes U.S. support for Palestinian terrorists and undermines Israel’s security and its ties to the United States. It is Israel’s responsibility, and the responsibility of its supporters in the U.S., to expose the truth. For the Palestinians and a growing number of their progressive supporters, “the two-state solution” is not a means to achieve peace. Rather, it is simply a euphemism for supporting the Palestinian terror war. Israelis and pro-Israel Americans need to understand that in today’s political climate, when Palestinians and their progressive supporters embrace the “twostate solution,” they are not seeking to advance prospects for peaceful coexistence between Israel and the Palestinians. They are supporting Palestinian terrorism and advocating Israel’s demise. This article was originally published in Israel Hayom.


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Political Crossfire

When You Vote to Let Terrorists Kill Jews, That is Anti-Semitism By Marc A. Thiessen


ouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has long tolerated growing antisemitism in her party’s ranks, and this week that problem has reared its ugly head when some progressives forced her to remove $1 billion in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system from an emergency spending bill to keep the federal government open. After the Iron Dome funding was removed, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., tweeted, “Here’s an idea: don’t sell arms to anyone who violates human rights.” But as Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, pointed out in a Twitter thread that the “Iron Dome is a purely *defensive* system” that “protects civilians when hundreds of rockets are shot at population centers.” It was co-developed by the United States and Israel, she continued, and is “used to protect our bases abroad, in addition to Israeli civilians in their homes.” For progressives to use “a system that just saved hundreds, if not thousands, of lives as a political chit is problematic.” That is the understatement of the year. Omar and her fellow progressives didn’t use Iron Dome funding as a “chit” to get something else they wanted. Their only demand was that the funding be removed from the bill – full stop – and they were willing to shut down the government to make it happen. The fact that they succeeded is an absolute disgrace. In May, militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired 4,369 rockets at Israel from the Gaza strip, intending to indiscriminately kill Jews. Almost two-thirds missed their targets, but more than 1,500 rockets were still headed to residential neighborhoods where innocent men, women and

children lived. Fortunately, the Iron Dome stopped more than 90 percent of the 1,500 missiles, saving countless innocent lives. Imagine the carnage that would have ensued if those rockets had

and sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks the economic destruction of Israel. Together with Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., she introduced a resolution in Congress comparing the

Not only does Pelosi turn a blind eye to anti-Semitism, but she also even praises Omar as a “valued member” of her caucus.

not been shot down. If you oppose funding for the Iron Dome, it means you want to deny Israel the ability to stop those rocket attacks. It means you want Hamas to retain the capability to kill Israeli civilians in their homes. And it exposes the lie that these progressive representatives are not anti-Semites. When you vote to let terrorists kill Jews, that is anti-Semitism. We’ve long known that Omar is a bigot. Along with other members of the left-wing “Squad,” she supports the anti-Semitic boycott, divestment

boycott of Israel to boycotting Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. She has said that when she hears people call Israel a democracy, “I almost chuckle” that “Israel has hypnotized the world” and that she prays that Allah will “awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” She has compared Israel to the Taliban and shared a cartoon on social media that was drawn by the second-place winner of Iran’s Holocaust denial cartoon contest. She said that U.S. support for Israel is “all about the Benjamins,” insinuating that Jews

buy U.S. influence. And she said that politicians who support Israel “push for allegiance to a foreign country” – which her fellow Democrat, then-Rep. Eliot L. Engel (N.Y.) called “a vile anti-Semitic slur.” Now the anti-Semitism that Pelosi has allowed to fester in her caucus has moved from vile slurs to real-world consequences. The decision to strip funding from the Iron Dome sparked an urgent phone call from Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., who tweeted that he gave Lapid his “commitment to ensuring Israel receives this needed aid.” He promised to pass the funding in a separate bill. But even if Democratic leaders solve the immediate legislative crisis, that does not solve the deeper problem of Jew-hatred in their ranks. Pelosi made a show of stripping Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., of her committee assignments earlier this year. Yet, not only has Pelosi allowed Omar to retain her committee assignments, she actually promoted Omar to serve as vice chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s human rights subcommittee. Why does Pelosi coddle Omar and her allies? Because with a razor-thin majority, she needs their votes. So, not only does Pelosi turn a blind eye to anti-Semitism, but she also even praises Omar as a “valued member” of her caucus. Pelosi’s tolerance has only emboldened the Squad, which has gone from spewing hatred to blocking Congress from fulfilling President Biden’s pledge to replenish Israel’s stockpile of defensive interceptors. If they can get away with that, it will only get worse. (c) 2021, Washington Post Writers Group

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Political Crossfire

Our Military Leaders Confirm: Biden Misled America By Marc A. Thiessen


fter two days of testimony by our military commanders on the Biden administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, here is what we have learned: Joe Biden is (as the president once termed a skeptical town hall attendee) “a lying, dog-faced pony soldier.” In an interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos last month, Biden said none of his military advisers had recommended leaving a residual force of 2,500 troops in Afghanistan. But Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., head of U.S. Central Command, both testified that they had advised Biden – as well as President Donald Trump – to keep 2,500 or more troops in the country. McKenzie told the Senate Armed Services Committee, “I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan…. The withdrawal of those forces would lead inevitably to the collapse of the Afghan military forces and eventually the Afghan government.” He told the House Armed Services Committee his assessment had been proved correct: “My concern was that if we withdrew below 2,500 and went to zero, that the Afghan military and government would collapse. And of course, that’s not a potential counterfactual; that is, in fact, what happened.” Milley said that what while he would not discuss the specific advice he gave the president, his consistent assessment under both Trump and Biden was that “we should keep a steady state of 2,500, and it could bounce up to 3,500.” He said failure

to do so risked losing “substantial gains” made over two decades of fighting in Afghanistan and could “damage U.S. worldwide credibility” and result “in a complete Taliban takeover.” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin testified that “their input was received by the president and considered by the president.” This directly contradicts what Biden said in his interview. Stephanopoulos told Biden, “But your top military advisers warned against withdrawing on this timeline. They wanted you to keep about 2,500 troops.” Biden responded: “No, they didn’t. It was split. Tha – that wasn’t true. That wasn’t true.” Stephanopoulos interjected, “They didn’t tell you that they wanted troops to stay?” Biden answered empathetically: “No. Not at – not in terms of whether we were going to get out in a time frame all troops. They didn’t argue against that.” Stephanopoulos pressed again “So no one told – your military advisers did not tell you, ‘No, we should just keep 2,500 troops. It’s

been a stable situation for the last several years. We can do that. We can continue to do that’?” “No. No one said that to me that I can recall,” Biden replied. Not a word of what Biden said was true. Both Milley and McKenzie advocated he leave a residual force, and the recommendations of military leaders were not “split.” Asked which general had advocated for full withdrawal, White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not name one. No doubt Secretary of State Antony Blinken advocated full withdrawal. He has been pushing for withdrawal for more than a decade, since he was deputy national security adviser in the Obama-Biden administration. But Blinken is not a general. Biden was asked about the advice he got from his “military advisers” – and they were united in telling the president that he should leave a residual force, and that if he failed to do so, the Taliban would probably take over the country. They were right. The military commanders also

confirmed other Biden lies. For example, Biden claimed in a news conference that al-Qaeda was “gone” from Afghanistan, but Milley testified that “al-Qaeda is still in Afghanistan. They were there in mid-August,” when Biden made that false claim. Biden claimed no allies were questioning the United States’ credibility, but Milley told the Senate committee, “I think that our credibility with allies and partners around the world, and with adversaries, is being intensely reviewed by them to see which way this is going to go. And I think that ‘damage’ is one word that could be used, yes.” And Biden said he had no choice but to withdraw because of the Doha agreement he had inherited from Trump. But Milley testified that Taliban violated almost every commitment they made in that agreement. “While the Taliban did not attack U.S. forces, which was one of the conditions, it failed to fully honor any, any other condition under the Doha agreement,” including its promise to renounce al-Qaeda. The awful agreement Trump negotiated was effectively voided by the Taliban’s failure to adhere to its terms. Biden’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan was a choice – one that he made against the unified advice of his military commanders. As commander-in-chief, he was perfectly free to reject that advice. But as a president accountable to the American people for his decisions, he is not free to lie about it.

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Political Crossfire

Inside the CIA’s Desperate Effort to Rescue Its Afghan Allies By David Ignatius


ften the spy business is about betrayal. But for the CIA in Afghanistan, even amid the catastrophic U.S. withdrawal in August, the story in recent months has largely been about keeping faith with its local partners. Nearly every one of the agency’s secret allies got out safely, knowledgeable sources said. The Afghanistan war was a painful failure for the United States, as our military commanders told Congress this week. The CIA’s role bookended that drama, at the dawn and sunset: The agency was first into Afghanistan after 9/11, working with tribal allies to topple the Taliban. And its officers and Afghan agents were among the last out, working undercover to evacuate as many Americans and Afghans as possible. The CIA made its own terrible mistakes in the war on terror. The worst was torturing al-Qaeda prisoners, but two decades of drone attacks and other counterterrorism operations were corrosive and shocked consciences, at home and abroad. Among former officers, the rescue of so many Afghan allies has generated a quiet buzz of satisfaction. Two former officers who served in Afghanistan told me the agency had rescued more than 20,000 Afghan partners and their families. The agency refused to comment on numbers. The CIA’s allies remained a cohesive force even as the Afghan military collapsed, the sources said. They provided security at Kabul airport during the evacuation. And they conducted covert missions “outside the wire,” sometimes posing as taxi drivers, to rescue Americans who were stranded or

too frightened to make their way to the airport. The knowledgeable source said that through such operations, the CIA team managed to rescue 2,000 U.S. citizens, 4,000 local staff from the U.S Embassy, and 1,500 NGO workers and foreign journalists. George Tenet, who was CIA director when the war began, described the covert Afghan-American bond in an interview Thursday: “Agency officers who served in Afghanistan knew they had an immense debt to the Afghans who helped us stop al-Qaeda. The United States has not been attacked in 20 years. That’s no accident. When our Afghan partners needed us most, we had a sacred obligation to them and their families. The message is that the agency honors its commitments.” The CIA’s Afghan partner force was recruited during the earliest days of the war. Initially, the operatives were known as the “Counterterrorism Pursuit Teams,” or CTPT. Hundreds of these recruits would operate from bases in southern and

eastern Afghanistan under the command of a handful of CIA officers. They were sometimes known as the “tiger stripes,” because of their uniforms. Eventually, many of the Afghans became part of Afghanistan’s intelligence service, known as the National Directorate of Security (NDS). Critics have charged that the NDS engaged in extra-judicial killings and other abuses. Extricating the CIA’s allies after 20 years of war was a tricky business. Because they had worked so closely with the United States, they were especially vulnerable to retaliation. Some received threatening phone calls and email messages. When President Biden decided in April that he would withdraw from Afghanistan, CIA Director William J. Burns made a secret trip to Kabul where he began laying the foundations to evacuate the covert partners. Afghan operatives in remote locations gradually moved toward the capital. By June, volunteers at CIA headquarters in Langley were preparing the paperwork for Special Immigrant Visas and plans for

relocation. As the Taliban advanced this summer, the danger increased. A team in Kandahar was rescued by plane just as the Taliban breached the airport perimeter. Other groups came by road, sneaking with their families toward Kabul. A gathering point was the CIA’s secret “Eagle Base,” about three miles from the Kabul airport. This had been the agency’s hub during the war; now it was a transit point in the evacuation. Afghans and their families reached the base and then were transported, often by helicopter, to the airport. But their work wasn’t done. With the fall of Kabul and the Afghan military’s collapse on Aug. 15, the U.S. military needed help securing the airport and conducting rescue operations. They turned in part to the CIA force. After the chaotic disaster on Aug. 16, when desperate Afghans clung to a departing C-17 and fell to their deaths, the CIA partner force helped U.S. troops clear panicked Afghans from the runways and restore order. They also helped secure several secret gates at the airport for covert entry. Spy stories don’t usually have happy endings, and this one doesn’t really, either. The heroism of the evacuation is a source of pride. But Kabul is controlled today by the Taliban, and many decent Afghans feel like prisoners in their homes. For former CIA officers who served in Afghanistan alongside brave partners, though, this is about closing a circle – one that began and ended with trust.

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Forgotten Her es

Military Uniforms By Avi Heiligman


arfare has been constantly evolving over time, and military uniforms are no different. Uniforms serve several purposes both on and off the battlefield. They can transform an army into one cohesive unit in which everyone is working towards the same goal Wearing uniforms also provides a way to distinguish friend from foe as well as a civilian from a combatant. In the past, many soldiers had to provide their own uniforms, but today uniforms are generally provided for by the military. In the United States, servicemen and women have more than one uniform. Some of the history and facts behind their use are quite fascinating. Ancient military dress and uniforms saw armor for protection as well as colorful clothing to complete the outfit. The Romans had a style that was standardized within their legions and progressed over time. During the Middle Ages, armor and battle dress became very extravagant, and coats of arms were often seen on shields. However, the metal armor was very cumbersome, and if a knight fell off his horse in battle it was very hard to get up without assistance. The invention of guns and cannons made armor obsolete as bullets are able to easily penetrate metal.

Uniforms within European militaries became commonplace as it allowed the soldier freedom of movement. As the age of the musket and gunpowder commenced, militaries starting forming units and wanted all of their soldiers to recognize each other during battle. Soon elaborate styles were seen both on and off the battlefield, and this progressed well into the 19th and even 20th centuries. Today, fancy uniforms are almost exclusively used for ceremonial purposes only. Non-ceremonial uniforms have many features that allow for durability, comfort, and camouflage as well as for other aspects to allow the servicemember to achieve success on the frontlines. World powers eventually started using a particular color of uniforms, and this was on full display during many of the American wars. At first, General Washington’s men wore long brown coats, but in 1779 this was changed to blue coats with white waistcoats. Each region had different colors of facings and button arrangement, but they were easily able to tell at a distance a British soldier from an American soldier. The British always wore red coats – hence the nickname “Redcoats.” In 1782, all American soldiers wore blue coats with red facing except for staff officers and generals. During the American Civil War, Union sol-

diers were easily distinguishable in their blue uniforms, while the Confederate military wore gray. Camouflage patterns had been in development by the U.S. Corps of Engineers for two years before being implemented in 1942. General Douglas MacArthur sent an urgent request for jungle camouflage uniforms as American forces were preparing for the invasion of the Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. American marines are most widely known for using camouflage with different patterns being used throughout the war. Camouflage was mainly used in the Pacific Theater of Operations in World War II, although it did see some limited use in Europe. After World War II, it took several years for camouflage to be adopted by the army. Starting in Vietnam, some army units wore camouflage, and in 1981, Woodland Camouflage was introduced to the army. Desert camouflage was worn during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, and digital camouflage was the new pattern starting in 2004. Digital design started with the marines – at first, they didn’t want to share it with the rest of the military. Now, both the navy and the air force have their own versions of digital camouflage with the air force using digital tiger stripes and the navy’s blue digital pattern.

Ghillie suits are used worldwide and are designed so that the wearer should blend into their surroundings. Snipers create their own Ghillie suits and use nets, cloth, and burlap with leaves and twigs to conceal themselves from the enemy. It should be noted that camouflage was used as early as World War I when troops used it to hide equipment such as vehicles and artillery pieces. There are many aspects to the American military uniform that have changed over time and differ from branch or unit. There have been some interesting aspects to note about the uniforms. An American flag patch is worn on the right shoulder on uniforms, and if you are looking directly at the patch it seems to backwards. However, this tradition goes back to when there were flag bearers in battle in the Civil War. When moving forward, the bearer’s momentum, whether he was on foot or horseback, would cause the flag to fly behind the pole creating the “backwards” flag. Today, when a soldier moves forward, the patch is backwards to give the effect that it is flying in the breeze. Combat boots are another part of the uniform that has an interesting history. At first, they were calf-high boots, and then in the 1800s, the army switched to boots that could

U.S. marines on patrol in South Vietnam, 1969

be worn on either foot. This boots were obviously uncomfortable and were soon phased out. By World War II, leather boots became standard issue and different versions were used during both World Wars. However, they weren’t very good at keeping moisture out, and many soldiers suffered from trench foot. Later designs of boots helped keep

water out and were used starting in the Vietnam War. There are also some interesting design features on military uniforms that worth noting. Navy pant legs are flared so that the wider bottoms could be rolled up if the sailor is wading in shallow water. Water canteens were often worn on the side by the hip, and on several in-

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Soldiers in Operation Desert Storm

stances soldiers have reported that their canteen took a bullet while they thankfully remained unharmed. The buttons on uniforms have changed several times and currently differ for each branch of the military. A properly dressed soldier makes them better prepared for what may lay ahead when entering the battlefield. As technology improves so

will the uniforms, although the battle dress of the past is history that deserves to be remembered.

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


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The Changing Face of Fortune By Allan Rolnick, CPA


aptains of industry like John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and JP Morgan created enormous fortunes before dying and passing their wealth to their heirs. A century later, most of that money is so old it’s gone, vanished into the spray of mansions, parties, and philanthropy that defined Gilded Age and Gatsby-era wealth. Forbes estimates today’s Rockefeller clan of 70+ descendants is worth just $8.4 billion. Brother, can you spare a dime? Now, a new generation of inheritors has risen to take their place atop Bloomberg’s just-released list of the world’s richest families. The Walton family, heirs of Walmart founder Sam Walton, bring home the gold with $238.2 billion. The Mars family, descendants of secretive Forrest Mars, bring home the silver with $141.9 billion. (Folks sure do eat a lot of M&Ms.) Finally, the Koch family brings home the bronze with $124.4 billion. (Kind of fascinating how the money gets made in cities like Bentonville and Wichita before getting squandered in places like New York City, right?) How do our tax laws help these families consolidate their wealth?

Part of it comes down to a little razzle-dazzle called “stepped-up basis.” Let’s say Grandfather bought a 17-bedroom “cottage” in Newport for $100,000 back in the day. (If he owns a house in Newport, he’s “Grandfather,” not “Grampy” or “Pop-Pop.”) Now it’s worth $20 million. If he sells today, he’ll owe tax on the $19.9 million gain. But if he dies tomorrow

taxpayers and $2 million for couples. Anything above those amounts would be treated as if it were sold — and taxed immediately — on the owner’s death. It could also force executors to chase through years of dusty paperwork to establish the highest possible basis to minimize tax. Eliminating stepped-up basis would quickly change the face of

As Mark Twain once quipped, “When Congress is in session, no American is safe.”

and you sell it the next day, you’ll owe nothing because your basis is “stepped-up” to the $20 million fair market value at Grandfather’s death. Look out, though! Congress is in session — and as Mark Twain once quipped, “When Congress is in session, no American is safe.” Taxes are on the table. The Biden administration’s American Families Plan would eliminate stepped-up basis on amounts over $1 million for single

wealth in America. Some of us condemn billion-dollar fortunes as obscenities in a land where families experience food insecurity. Others look at the 1.5 million jobs created by Walmart, along with family’s billions in philanthropy, and applaud how capitalism creates wealth, albeit unequally. (Who’s right? Well, can it be both?) But does our tax code really give Americans such an unfair advan-

tage? Consider the Hermés family, sixth-generation heirs to the French bridle maker Thierry Hermés, worth $111.6 billion. (Most French would rather eat the rich than read about them in magazines.) Or consider India’s Ambani family, Reliance Incdustry heirs, with a $93.7 billion fortune. (Current patriarch Mukesh Ambani lives in a 27-story high-rise mansion with three helipads, a 168car garage, and its own air-traffic control.) Finally, consider Germany’s Quandts, BMW heirs worth $42.4 billion. None of those families benefitted from our all-American steppedup basis. Even Sweden, a country that many Americans mistake for socialist, has more billionaires per capita than the United States. There’s nothing uniquely American about planning to pay less. That’s where we come in, to help you make the most of your legacy!

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

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A New Exercise Holiday By Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., LMFT, CLC, SDS


ere we go! That illusive Monday! Why blame it on the holidays? Why not blame it on our self-discipline? Or, more accurately, our lack thereof! Or our love of food?! Or meals that keep coming and coming at you?! I truly believe that if I walked from New York to Miami – back! – I’d make an unimpressive dent on the damage I’ve done with all this eating. Realistically, who’s really making that trek by foot anyway? Now would I go by plane with lunch and a few snacks thrown in!? Of course! But that would just cause more problems. The restaurants are popping up like crazy there. And who doesn’t have to try every one of them – at least twice, just to be sure their initial impression was accurate. And that would delay once again “that Monday.” You know the one we always promise to start our diet on. But then again, how many of us actually do start on that Monday? And then it’s another whole week of eating till Monday comes around again.

I love the holidays. Family time, time to refocus, and a time to feel the opportunity to start anew. But, as I feel my sins slipping off of me, unfortunately, I feel my clothing tightening around me. We have a candle lighting holi-

cause we’re great at both.) I mean, look at our holidays and our lack of exertion – half of us don’t even have a tradition of standing up for kiddush. So no exertion there! About the most consistent exercise we get is walking to the washing

About the most consistent exercise we get is walking to the washing sink.

day coming up soon and a costume one after that. What we need is a jogging holiday or an exercising holiday slipped in there, too! Wouldn’t that be interesting? Something new. After all, we’ve certainly already perfected sitting, shmoozing, singing, and benching. (As to benching, we can define it as reciting grace after the meal or alternatively as sitting passively on a bench – either definition works be-

sink. And even when it comes to that, people have installed washing sinks in their dining areas, and so very little is accomplished with that stroll. Especially since there’s a bite of bread required right after that, so the calories burned by this walk are already a wash, as they say! So what would that “exercise holiday,” hypothetically, look like? First, wake up and do a healthy stretch, then sit up, push up, and jog

to the closet, lunge into your clothing, run to shul, daven and then do yoga for a few minutes after praying. After that, a quick bite to keep your energy up, thank G-d, and plead for continued energy! Which would be followed by a long walk, then napping in a full-out plank position, while holding it as long as you can. And then off to a shiur, sheer luck if you can keep yourself going. And finally, Mincha and Maariv both with an extended standing Amidah. In America, of course, it would be a 2 day holiday. So next day, here you’d go again! Boy wouldn’t that be a change? Calories down, kavana up! If we could stick in a few more of those holidays, especially extending through the weekend, maybe, just maybe, it would get us into the right frame of mind to start “that Monday” cycle of healthy eating. So, can anyone recommend some sneakers that would look good with a suit and tie?

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

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