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Forty years ago a seed oF Faith was planted in our midst. The young sapling took root, maturing and developing into a mighty tree. iTs spiriTed branches soared, powerfully uplifting all who basked in its shade. iTs leaves swayed in the breeze, with an invigorating energy that swept across the expanses, fiercely providing security and shelter. Today, forty years later, the Tree of life stands proud and tall, enriching our lives with its abundance of savory fruit.

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know. Splurge on a Sausage McMuffin and Buffett’s bank account won’t even shudder. But for Buffett, if the stock market is down, he’s feeling poor. And so Sausage McMuffin it is.

oney can’t buy happiness. This adage is highlighted all too clearly in a documentary on Warren Buffett, entitled “Becoming Warren Buffett.” Those watching the film probably won’t get any tips on how to amass the billions that Buffett acquired. But there are glimpses into the life of the second-richest person in the world. Interestingly, aside from the mounds of newspapers Buffett consumes daily, he seems almost ordinary. Except when things aren’t so ordinary. Take, for example, one of Buffett’s morning routines. In the documentary he extols the benefits of the five-minute drive from his home to his office. “One of the good things about this five-minute drive is that on the way there’s a McDonald’s,” he says. Buffett eats McDonald’s sandwiches every day at his desk. But he doesn’t eat the same thing every morning. In fact, the stock market determines his breakfast fare. Every morning, Buffett tells his wife, Astrid, how much money to place in the center cup holder of his car: $2.61, $2.95, or $3.17. “When I’m not feeling quite so prosperous, I might go with the $2.61,” he explains. “That’s two sausage patties and then I put them together and then pour myself a Coke. $3.17 is a bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit. But the market’s down this morning, so I think I’ll pass up the $3.17 and go with the $2.95.” $2.95 means he’s eating a Sausage McMuffin with egg and cheese. Buffett is worth 78.7 billion dollars. The difference between a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit and a Sausage McMuffin is 22 cents. Twenty-two cents for Warren Buffett is like a grain of sand nestled among the billions of specks of sand on Atlantic Beach. Toss one into the water and no one will


ukkos is known as Zman Simchaseinu. And in celebrating the yom tov of Happiness, Hashem instructs us to leave our comfortable homes and spend seven days in shaky structures adorned with curling posters and tinsel hanging from the ceiling. And we do just that. For one week, we spend time with the most important people in the world; we sing, we laugh, we connect. And we’re happy. In Judaism, it’s not the amount of cash we have in the bank that makes us happy; it’s the connections we have with our family and our Creator that bring us the most joy. Sukkos comes just days after we spent hours in shul, culminating with the unified calls of “Hashem Hu Ha’Elokim.” We come out of Yom Kippur on a high, and hours later we reach for a hammer to start building our sukkahs. As we bang in each nail, we are creating a cocoon in which we will spend the next seven days with our Creator. The walls offer us a bit more respite from delving into the real world. And that makes us happy. My children can’t wait for Sukkos to begin. They know that they’ll be spending time with cousins and staying up late. They know that they’ll be pointing to the projects that they made that adorn the walls; they’ll be reminiscing about Sukkos of years’ past. The sukkah will be crowded, it’ll be noisy, and we’ll be happy. Wishing you a wonderful Zman Simchaseinu, Shoshana

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Dear Editor, I read your paper on Motzei Yom Kippur after we finished breaking the fast. Your dating column is always interesting to me – both for the question and for the panelists’ answers. This week’s column was just as interesting as others, but I felt the need to write in. You see, when someone writes into the “Dating Dialogue” they know they have a problem. And I feel that many times, if you look at how they pose the question, they already know the answer. In this person’s question, she writes that she “sort of sensed it” when they were dating but now it’s much worse. She writes that she was drawn

Dear Editor, Perhaps this is not my place, but I want to remind everyone that on Sukkos we are instructed to go out of our homes and build temporary “huts” in which to dwell for seven days. We were not instructed to build major edifices in which to “dwell” or to bring in every amenity for those seven days. Sometimes, believe it or not, less is more, especially when it comes to Zman Simchaseinu. True happiness does not come from your possessions. It comes from connections and relationships and doing the right thing. Wishing everyone a wonderful, happy yom tov, A Reader



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Dear Editor, Rabbi Dr. Naphtali Hoff’s article in this week’s edition titled, “Let it Go,” highlighted an amazing premise that holds true not just for Yom Kippur. If only we would realize that our happiness is so much more important than our egos our lives would be so much happier and more enjoyable. No longer would we analyze each person’s remark or begrudge someone for a small act; we would “let it go” and brush it off and be able to enjoy our lives so much more. Yair M.


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model. Whether people admit it or not, there is someone in their life that exemplifies certain attributes that they themselves wish to polish within their own persona. There was a woman of such stature in my life. She was a caring, kind and considerate individual. She was one of those remarkable individuals who make you feel like you mean the world to them. So much so, that when you walk into a room their face lights up with excitement and joy, thereby creating this great joy within yourself and for no particular reason. You may have just seen this person the day before, it wouldn’t have made a difference the excitement would be just the same, if not more. This was you… Rochel, you were one of the most amazing and incredible individuals I have met. You met adversity with strength and love. You met friends with an appealing and contagious smile. You met family with a deep, profound love. You met strangers with a nonjudgmental perspective causing them to not stay strangers for long. Most importantly, you met life with a delicate balance of worldly enjoyment and spiritual awareness. I know that your yahrtzeit being

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Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia?

This coming summer will see a major reform in Saudi Arabia. For the first time ever women will legally be allowed to drive cars in the kingdom. The progressive new law is credited to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has made it his mission to lift extremist bans despite the potential backlash. As part of Prince Mohammed’s “Vision 2030” reform plan, last week women were admitted into sports stadiums for the first time. In celebration, men and women took to the streets dancing and singing. To many, this reaction was a symbol of change, since previously it was unheard of to see men and women mingling in the streets. “The lifting of a ban … will likely serve as a litmus test for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ability to introduce economic and social reforms despite conservative opposition,” noted James Dorsey, a fellow at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. “If last week’s national day celebrations in which women were allowed to enter stadiums is anything to go by, the opposition is likely to be limited to protests on social media.” Prince Mohammed will inherit the throne from his father King Salman, 81. He will be the first millennial to hold the throne in a country where half the population is under 25. “I think Prince Mohammed is ideologically committed to taking the Saudi state in a new direction: less austere, more nationalist,” said Kristin Diwan, from the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. Of course, the change will be met with resistance from the ultra-right. Following the dancing in the streets

one social media user compare the scene to “Las Vegas.” The current law states that a male family member, generally the father, husband or brother, must grant permission for a woman’s study, travel and other activities. Women will be able to apply for their own driving licenses without permission of their male guardians. “If by June next year women in Saudi Arabia are driving the streets without fear of arrest, then this will be a cause for celebration,” said Philip Luther, from Amnesty International. “But it is just one step. We also need to see a whole range of discriminatory laws and practices swept away.” Saudi Arabia, which adheres to some of the strictest interpretations of Sunni Islam in the world, ranks 141 out of 144 countries on the 2016 Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum. The only countries with less gender equality in the world are Syria, Pakistan and Yemen. Women are still not allowed to do the following things in the Saudi Arabia: marry, divorce, travel, get a job or have elective surgery without permission of their male guardians; appear in public without the full-length black abaya; conduct business on their own without a male sponsor; retain custody of children in a divorce; apply for a national identification card or passport; eat at restaurants without a specific separate “family” section; get a fair hearing in court – women’s testimony is equal to a minor; or receive an equal inheritance.






Barrier Collapses at Soccer Match

On Saturday, soccer fans were watching a match in Amiens, France, when cheers turned to screams after a barrier collapsed. At least 25 were injured in the melee, although not seriously. Four Lille supporters were taken to the hospital.





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“We are thinking strongly and primarily of our supporters,” Lille CEO Marc Ingla wrote in a series of tweets. “Lille has the right to examine the security conditions offered to our supporters by Amiens and its stadium. Lille hopes that those responsible for this accident are swiftly identified, for the club’s supporters and the victims. And so that this never happens again.” The disaster struck after a player ran over to a section of Lille fans after he hit the opening score of the French league match in the 15th minute. As fans surged forward, the fence collapsed under their weight. Fans tumbled onto the pitch, and the match was immediately halted. Most were able to get back into the stand, but several remained on the ground and were treated for injuries. Amiens’ Stade de la Licorne is being refurbished but management insisted it did not have to do with the barrier’s collapse. “Football should be a celebration and the police had warned us that 200 very worked-up ultras were in the stand reserved for Lille fans,” Amiens president Bernard Joanni said. “And they threw themselves in a disorderly fashion — more than 500 people — onto this barrier which was in a per-

fect state ... Imagine 500 people trying to get on the pitch. The league officials need to strongly think about traveling fans.”

Terror in Marseille

On Sunday, two women were stabbed to death in the southern French port city of Marseille in what police sources described as a “likely terrorist act.” The attacker shouted, “Allahu akbar,” as he carried out his knife attack at the main railway station. He appeared to be around 30-years-old and was of North African appearance. The terrorist was killed by officers. He was not carrying any identification papers. “If the military had not been there, we would have had a lot more deaths,”

Samia Ghali, lawmaker for the Marseille region, told France Bleu Province radio. Some 200 police officers had cordoned off the area and all roads were closed to traffic, with security forces saying the operation was still ongoing. The Paris prosecutor opened a counter-terrorism probe. France has been in a state of emergency following a spate of attacks by Islamist militants over the last two years, including attacks in Paris in November 2015 which killed 130 people. Other countries, including Britain, Germany, Israel and Belgium, have also suffered attacks using knives, guns, explosives and vehicles. French lawmakers are due to vote on a much-criticized anti-terrorism law on Tuesday, which would enshrine some state-of-emergency powers into law and could reduce the number of military personnel on the ground. “The presence of Sentinelle soldiers, their speed and efficiency ensured that the death count was not bigger,” police union official Stephane Battaglia said. “Sentinelle is an essential addition to the security forces during the state of emergency and the fight against terrorism,” he said.

Neo-Nazis March in Sweden

At least 30 people were arrested on Saturday as both neo-Nazis and anti-fascists clashed with police during a march by the extreme rightwing Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. Hundreds of people gathered in support of NMR, while thousands of counter-protestors flooded the streets. An estimated 600 people marched in formation in all-black outfits. Some wore helmets and held shields, while others hoisted the NMR’s green-andwhite flags. Reinforcements had been called in from other police districts, as police anticipated violence from the march.

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Membership in Nazi organizations is not illegal in Sweden and the NMR had a permit from the police to march. At least two people were injured – one was a police officer – and 35 were arrested, according to police. “Given the intent that many had here today, the scenario could have been much worse,” commanding officer Emilie Kullmyr noted. NMR, which promotes an openly anti-Semitic doctrine, originally sought to pass near a downtown synagogue during the march, which coincided with Yom Kippur. But Swedish courts intervened and shortened the route to less than one kilometer (0.6 mile.) The rally’s ending time also was shortened to avoid clashing with a nearby soccer game. Police put up a ring around the NMR demonstrators to keep them apart from anti-fascists. The neo-Nazis clashed with police several times, and during speeches they singled out politicians and the media as responsible for high levels of immigration in Sweden. Sweden has taken in more immigrants per capita than any other EU-country in recent years, much to the dismay of right-wing groups. The extreme-right groups have become more active in Sweden, according to police. Three former members of the NMR were convicted earlier this year for a series of bombings targeting immigrants and political opponents. “We have anti-Semitism here again like in the 1930s. We thought Europe had learned its lesson, but that’s apparently not the case,” Allan Stutzinsky, chairman of the Gothenburg Jewish community, said.

U.S. Brings Home Cuban Embassy Workers

On Friday, the United States issued a warning to Americans against traveling to Cuba. The U.S. also ordered more than half of its diplomatic

corps to return home after months of mysterious health ailments, acknowledging neither the Cubans nor America’s FBI can figure out who or what is responsible for the illnesses. The Trump administration suspects foul play and called the episodes “attacks” rather than “incidents” against U.S. embassy workers in Cuba. President Donald Trump said that in Cuba “they did some very bad things” that injured U.S. diplomats, but he didn’t specify who “they” are exactly. The harsh accusations are sure to impact the already fragile relationship between Cuba and the U.S. Many diplomats reported symptoms including hearing loss, dizziness, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues and difficulty sleeping. In addition, some workers experienced concussions, nausea, headaches and ear-ringing. The Associated Press has reported that some now suffer from problems with concentration and common word recall. The FBI hasn’t been able to gather enough information to formulate a definite theory on the attacks. Initially they suspected some futuristic “sonic attack” but after searching homes and hotels where incidents reportedly occurred, they found no devices. While some diplomats reported hearing loud noises or feeling vibrations when the incidents occurred, others heard and felt nothing yet reported symptoms later. In some cases, the effects were narrowly confined, with victims able to walk “in” and “out” of blaring noises audible in only certain rooms or parts of rooms. The incidents had stopped for a time, but recently began to recur. About 60% of the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba will abandon their posts. American staff will also stop processing visas for prospective Cuban travelers to the United States indefinitely, officials said. There have been about 50 Americans working at the embassy; about 21 diplomats and their family members have been affected by this decision. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who reviewed options for a response with Trump, said, “Until the government of Cuba can ensure the safety of our diplomats in Cuba, our embassy will be reduced to emergency personnel in order to minimize the number of diplomats at risk of exposure to harm.” There haven’t been any reports of American tourists falling ill but the State Department said travelers should be wary because they could

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possibly be exposed if they travel to the island. This announcement threatens Cuba’s tourism economy which has expanded since U.S. and Cuba repaired relations during the Obama administration and the travel ban was lifted. While the administration did not blame Cuba directly, many are speculating. There are also suspicions that the attack was committed by an outside power such as Russia or Venezuela in order to drive a wedge between the U.S. and Cuba. Cuba was rather displeased with the recent decision and called it “hasty.” Josefina Vidal, Cuba’s top diplomat for U.S. affairs, said her government was willing to continue cooperation with Washington “to fully clarify these incidents.” She proved her willingness to cooperate when she invited the FBI to the island to investigate earlier in the year.

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Sunday was the day marked for the vote for Catalonia independence. But Spain cracked down hard on the elections, dispatching soldiers to prevent people from voting. The Spanish government officially banned the vote. Civil Guard officers and those from the national police seized ballot papers and boxes at polling stations. Almost 900 people were hurt in the violence that ensued. More than 2.2 million people were reported to have voted – out of 5.3 registered voters. Over 750,000 votes were not able to be counted because polling stations were closed and boxes were confiscated. After the vote, in which the Catalan population almost unanimously voted – 90 percent – for independence, Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said the Spanish region won

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the right to statehood. He said the door was open to a unilateral declaration of independence. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Catalans had been fooled into taking part in an illegal vote. Puigdemont turned to the international community for help in obtaining independence from Spain, saying Europe cannot continue to ignore the issue after hundreds were hurt in the police crackdown. “The European commission must encourage international mediation,” Puigdemont said on Monday. “It cannot look the other

way any longer.” At least 844 people and 33 officers were reported to have been hurt on Sunday after riot police stormed polling stations, dragging out voters and firing rubber bullets into crowds. The European commission has so far declined to intervene in what it has described as an internal Spanish matter and has urged both sides to “move very swiftly from confrontation to dialogue.” In a statement released earlier on Monday, it said: “Violence can never be an instrument in politics. We

trust the leadership of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to manage this difficult process in full respect of the Spanish constitution and of the fundamental rights of citizens enshrined therein.” Much of Catalonia was brought to a standstill for ten minutes at midday on Monday in protest of the police violence. Squares were occupied and roads blocked as crowds chanted “Independence!” The Barcelona metro stopped briefly and the Plaça Sant Jaume, the seat of both the Barcelona city council and the Catalan govern-


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ment, was packed with protesters. Puigdemont urged the Spanish government to recall the national police and Guardia Civil officers who had been tasked with preventing the referendum. He also announced that his government would create a commission to examine the human rights violations committed on Friday. However, he did not, as many had expected, say that he would declare Catalan independence imminently, as previously promised. On Sunday night, Puigdemont had said the ref-

erendum results would be put before the regional parliament “where the sovereignty of our people lies, so that it can act in accordance with the law of the referendum.” Prime Minister Rajoy thanked the police for acting with “firmness and serenity” as they attempted to halt the poll. “Today there has not been a self-determination referendum in Catalonia,” he said on Sunday night. “The rule of law remains in force with all its strength. We are the government of Spain and I am the head of

the government of Spain and I accepted my responsibility.” Sunday’s violence came less than 24 hours after the Spanish government had appeared confident  that enough had been done to thwart the vote. On Saturday, Enric Millo, the most senior Spanish government official in the region, said police had sealed off 1,300 of the region’s 2,315 polling stations. Guardia Civil officers, acting on a judge’s orders, searched the headquarters of the Catalan technology and communications

Two attacks in Edmonton, Canada, seem to be acts of terror, police say. The incidents took place on Saturday night. A man struck a police officer with a car driving at high speed and then stabbed him several times before fleeing on foot. There was an ISIS flag in his car, which has been seized as evidence, the police chief said. After that incident, police broadcast the name of the Chevrolet’s registered owner to patrol officers in the city. Later in the evening a police officer stopped a U-Haul truck at a checkpoint and recognized the driver’s name as similar to that of the Chevrolet’s registered owner. The U-Haul truck then sped off towards downtown Edmonton with police chasing it. The driver deliberately hit pedestrians, many of them football fans, as he raced through the streets. Four people were injured in the attack. The U-Haul eventually flipped over. “The Government of Canada and Canadians stand with the people of Edmonton after the terrorist attack on Saturday that sent an Edmonton Police Service officer to (the) hospital and injured a number of innocent people who were out to cheer on their football team and to enjoy an evening in their city,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement on Sunday. “We cannot – and will not – let violent extremism take root in our communities,” he added. “We know that Canada’s strength comes from our diversity, and we will not be cowed by those who seek to divide us or promote fear.”

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During rush hour on Friday in India, a stampede unexpectedly broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in Mumbai. The pandemonium left 22 people dead and 32 others injured, Indian officials said. The rush caused some commuters to jump the railing, others fell and were trampled. The details of what caused the stampede are being investigated by police but Mumbai police official Gansham Patel said at this point they believe that a piece of falling concrete had hit part of the bridge railing, alarming people who began to surge forward out of panic that the bridge was collapsing. On Friday the bridge was particularly crowded since the heavy rains caused many to seek shelter under the canopy covering the bridge. “There were too many people on the bridge, and the people were in hurry and wanted to move out,” said Brijesh Upadhyay, one of the many caught in the crowd. “There was nobody helping, it was very suffocating, and we just wanted to get out of there — and fell on each other.” Sadly, fatal stampedes are not unusual in densely populated India, where many cities are unequipped to deal with large crowds gathering in small areas, with few safety or crowd control measures. In October 2013, a stampede in Madhya Pradesh state in central India killed more than 110 people, mostly women and children. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to the families of those killed. “Prayers with those who are injured,” Modi tweeted.

Einsatzgruppen Living in Germany The Simon Wiesenthal Center has identified two living suspected members of Adolf Hitler’s mobile “Einsatzgruppen” death squads. The Einsatzgruppen were special units made up of SS and police personnel that followed behind the regular German army troops during the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 with the task of killing perceived “racial or political enemies” of the Nazi regime. The two suspects were located by broadcaster Germany’s ARD’s Politikmagazin Kontraste program. Both deny participating in wartime massacres. However, both elderly men were on a list of 80 former Einsatzgruppen members provided in late 2014 by the Wiesenthal Center to German authorities with the expectation that they could still be alive. One suspect, Kurt Gosdek, 94, told Kontraste in an interview earlier this month at his home in northwestern Germany that, although he was part of the unit in Ukraine in 1941, he had worked behind the lines repairing vehicles. He denied any knowledge of massacres. “When I was assigned to the workshop service it was relatively quiet, one had only one’s work,” he claimed. “Not the shooting.” Gosdek claimed to have been “surprised” when he heard about the Holocaust and the millions killed after the war ended. “It’s simply unbelievable that something like that happened,” he said. The other suspect, Herbert Wahler, 95, confirmed that his name was on the Einsatzgruppen roster but refused other comment, according to transcripts of the interviews provided to The Associated Press. “If you want to question me, then you’re out of luck,” he said at his home in central Germany. “I also have nothing to hide and from me you won’t hear anything.” Jens Rommel, head of the special German prosecutors’ office in Ludwigsburg that investigates Nazi crimes, confirmed that the Justice Ministry had forwarded them the Wiesenthal Center list. He said it had been narrowed down to eight people thought to be still alive, including the two featured in Kontraste’s report, but prosecutors had not yet gath-

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ered enough evidence to recommend charges. Rommel assured that his office was moving “as quickly as possible” on the Einsatzgruppen. “We need to at least confirm which time period someone was in a unit and which crimes committed by the unit they were part of,” he said. Wiesenthal Center’s head Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, questioned how much more evidence was necessary. He explained that recent German law states that suspects who assisted the Nazi machinery of genocide function in any way, for example death camp guards, can be prosecuted as accessories to murder. They can be convicted even if it cannot be proven that they personally killed anybody. “Everyone who assisted in any way shape or form was responsible,” he said. “Even if this guy was busy fixing cars, those cars took people to the sites to mass murder Jews … Bring these people to justice and put them on trial.” Time is running out.

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Former army officer Henry Bolton has been elected as the new leader for Britain’s UK Independence Party. Bolton is the third elected since Nigel Farage resigned from the party after last year’s Brexit referendum. “Brexit is our core task. However, it is not the end of the line,” Bolton said after being elected at the party’s annual conference in Torquay in southwest England on Friday. Bolton put up a hard fight to win the position. He warned that UKIP could become the “UK Nazi Party” if it elected his opponent, Anne Marie Waters, who ran on an anti-Islam platform. After his victory at a press conference, reporters asked if the chance of a Nazi party has been averted by his victory. Bolton replied, “Absolutely, yes. I think the party has today voted

for a leader who has been very open about what he feels is the way forward, and that’s myself, of course.” He added, “Without being united, we cannot lead.” Waters did receive the second-tomost votes. She leads a group called Sharia Watch UK that characterizes the spread of Islam as a threat to Britain. The rise of UKIP was one of the main factors behind then-Prime Minister David Cameron calling an EU membership referendum and was then a powerful driving force behind the successful “Leave” campaign.

Canada’s First National Holocaust Memorial Canada is attempting to make amends for a monumental mistake they made many decades ago. The country coldheartedly turned away 900 European Jews from its shores during World War II. Canada finally unveiled the National Holocaust Monument last week, the first of its kind in the nation. The structure, located across from the Canadian War Museum, was in the workings for the past decade and reportedly cost $7.2 million to build, sponsored by private and public donors. Until now, Canada was the only Allied nation without a national Holocaust memorial. “May this monument remind us to always open our arms and our hearts to those in need,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday at the opening. The project was initiated by an Ottawa university student in 2007 who noticed the lack of a national Holocaust memorial and worked toward legislation that made the monument possible. According to some media outlets, some survivors were disappointed that the government didn’t formally apologize and instead just hinted to their tragic mistake. Back in an interview in June, Trudeau told The New York Times that his government would consider a formal apology. But clearly that didn’t work out. “[W]e express deep appreciation to all who played a role in making this monument a reality,” the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and Canadian Jewish Holocaust Survivors and De-

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scendants said in a joint statement. “May it always serve as a caution of the dangers of unchecked evil and the unspeakable cost of silence in the face of anti-Semitism and hatred.”

Sandy Koufax 2.0?

Dudi Sela, Israeli tennis star, made a kiddush Hashem on Friday when he retired from his quarterfinal match because of the approach of

Yom Kippur. Sela was one set away from reaching his first ATP Tour semifinal in almost nine months on Friday, but with Yom Kippur about to commence he retired from his quarterfinal match against Alexandr Dolgopolov in Shenzhen, China. The 32-year-old Israeli, ranked No. 77 in the world, was playing in his first ATP Tour quarterfinal since reaching the semifinals of the Chennai Open in India in the first week of January. He asked for his match in Shenzhen to start as early as possible to reduce the chance of having to stop due to Yom Kippur. But his showdown with Dolgopolov (53) was scheduled as the second match on center court and he was going to have trouble completing it after the first contest of the day lasted two hours and 16 minutes. After losing the first set 6-3, Sela tied the match with a 6-4 win in the second set, but while trailing 1-0 in the decider, and with Yom Kippur about to begin in Shenzhen, he approached the chair umpire and told him that he needed to retire. Reaching the semifinals would have earned Sela an additional

$12,000 to the almost $30,000 he had already guaranteed himself by advancing to the last-eight. It also cost him at least 45 ranking points, and, of course, the chance to go even further in the tournament. While Sela didn’t comment on his withdrawal from the singles in Shenzhen, his older brother Ofer provided a little insight into Dudi’s decision. “Dudi isn’t a religious man and he doesn’t usually fast on Yom Kippur and for the first time in his career he was forced to make this excruciating decision which effects his ATP ranking and cost him tens of thousands of dollars,” wrote Ofer Sela. “No one forced him to retire. He didn’t do it because he was afraid of anyone, or because he was asked to. He did it only because he respects Yom Kippur and the country which he represents.” Sela wasn’t the only Israeli athlete whose plans were affected by the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Israel’s only NBA player Omri Casspi was set to make his preseason debut with the Golden State Warriors against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday but he sat out the game due to Yom Kippur.

Four Months Taken off Soldier’s Sentence

Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier who was convicted of killing a Palestinian attacker, has had his sentence reduced by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot. A military court found Azaria guilty of manslaughter earlier this year. He will now serve 14 months instead of his original 18-month sentence. According to the army chief, the decision was made based on “considerations of charity and mercy.” Azaria wrote a letter requesting a reduced sentence, which was released to the public by the IDF. In his published response, Eisenkot said he was granting

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the request despite the fact that Azaria shows no sign of remorse. In response to his ruling of leniency, Azaria thanked the IDF chief of staff but reiterated that his shooting of the disarmed Palestinian terrorist was justified. “I will say again that I acted from a feeling of danger at the site of an attack, against a terrorist who had come to kill,” Azaria said. He then quoted the Gemara which says that “if someone comes to kill you, rise early to kill him first.” Azaria was put on trial for killing Abdel Fattah al-Sharif 11 minutes after the Palestinian stabber had been disarmed. Al-Sharif had been shot while attacking IDF soldiers in the West Bank in March 2016. In a Facebook video, Azaria wrote: “I promise you that I acted out of a sense of immediate danger at the scene of the attack. But the court gave its ruling, and we live in a nation of laws. So I’m going to serve the prison sentence handed down, in the hope that it will be reduced,” he said.

“Palestine” Accepted Into Interpol

The “State of Palestine” has been accepted into the world’s largest international police organization as a full member. In a huge defeat for Israel, Interpol’s General Assembly voted to accept Palestine with 74 countries voting yes, 24 voting no, and 34 abstaining. Both Israel and the United States objected to Ramallah’s membership, arguing that the area supports terrorism and would be a hindrance to Interpol’s efforts. Israel also argued that Palestine’s membership could lead to sensitive information being leaked to terrorist groups, and Palestinians will have further control over travel allowances for Israeli army officers for alleged war crimes. Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki welcomed the decision, hailing it as a “victory” for his people. “The State of Palestine considers this membership and the responsibilities that it entails as an inte-


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Abbas said he will be putting in another bid to have Palestine become a full member of the United Nations. The resolution for full membership that was put forward in 2011 failed to pass. Interpol is the second largest international organization, after the United Nations. It enables member states to exchange intelligence and work together to thwart international crime, terrorism, and drug and human trafficking.

MKs Shun YK War Memorial The government was lambasted as “embarrassing” on Sunday after failing to send a single minister to the annual memorial for the soldiers who fell in the Yom Kippur War. Deputy Knesset speaker Hilik Bar (Zionist Union) was the sole lawmaker to attend the ceremony at


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Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. President Reuven Rivlin was also in attendance and addressed those gathered, which included representatives from the bereaved families of the Yom Kippur War.

Opposition leader Avi Gabbay called the incident “embarrassing.” “Each of the fallen soldiers has parents, brothers, sister and comrades, some of whom were there today, that are still carrying tremendous pain from that terrible war,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “And no minister thought it was important enough to come look them in the eye.” Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak called the absence of cabinet ministers at the event a “moral failure.” “Shameful and enraging,” he

posted on Twitter. “Disrespectful to the fallen soldiers,” said Barak who was also a former IDF chief of staff. The government declared that ceremony a state ceremony, meaning all branches of government were obliged to attend, which led to a controversy and an outcry from many ministers, when Supreme Court Chief Justice Miriam Naor refused to send a representative, saying the court could not be involved in controversial issues. Defending the absence of government ministers, the Defense Ministry, which organized the ceremony, said that the ceremony only required the presence of one state representative. The ministry added that once every decade, a larger memorial is held with the attendance of the prime minister, president and Knesset speaker. Speaking at the ceremony Rivlin  praised the fallen for their heroism. “The Yom Kippur War was the time of the warriors,” he said. “It was the bitter and beautiful time of the people’s army.” It’s not the first time Netanyahu’s government has come under fire for not attending memorial events and funerals.

After Netanyahu’s government was slammed for failing to send a representative to any of the four funerals for victims of a January car-ramming terror attack in Jerusalem, the prime minister instructed cabinet secretary Tzachi Braverman to formulate a procedure requiring the participation of ministers in the funerals of IDF soldiers who were killed in terrorist activities. The order did not, however, relate to war memorial ceremonies.

Hamas/Israel Prisoner Exchange to Come? Egypt has proposed a prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel, according to Yahya Sinwar, the terror groups’ military leader in the Gaza Strip. A report has surfaced saying that Cairo has suggested Israel handing over the bodies of 39 Palestinians that were killed in the 2014 Gaza War in exchange for Israel knowing the

fate of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul. The IDF says that the two soldiers were killed in the Gaza Strip during the 2014 conflict and Hamas has hinted that they may be alive. Hamas has already accepted the deal.

The second stage of the Egyptian plan sees Israel releasing the 58 “Shalit captives,” who were originally released in the 2011 swap for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit and were then recaptured in the summer of 2014. Once that is done, Hamas would then enter into exchange talks with Israel. Hamas is believed to be holding Avraham Abera Mengistu, Hisham alSayed and Juma Ibrahim Abu Ghanima, all of whom are Israeli civilians. Israel has not yet officially commented on the deal. In August, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that Israel must draw up “clear

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boundaries” for prisoner swap negotiations in order to “make clear to [Israel’s enemies] that we have no intention of compromising on the security of the people of Israel.” He also said that Israel must avoid repeating the “mistake” of the 2011 Shalit prisoner exchange, when Israel freed over 1,000 Palestinian security prisoners. Israel is in a tough place. On the one hand, the Jewish State values life and works tirelessly to release any of its soldiers in captivity. By agreeing to prisoner exchanges, though, Israel is forced to release murderers who have Jewish blood on their hands and who, undoubtedly, thirst for more carnage.

Nasrallah Threatens from His Bunker Over the weekend Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened war against Israel. According to the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar, Nasrallah addressed Israeli citizens, telling them that “the Netanyahu government is leading your nation to destruction. Don’t al-

low a foolish government to sweep you along with it.”

According to Nasrallah, “Netanyahu and his government don’t know if they have started a war and how they will finish it. They have no true picture of reality; if they did, they wouldn’t proceed to this folly of war.” Nasrallah also called on “Non-Zionist Jews” “to separate themselves from the Zionists, who are leading themselves to unpreventable destruction. I call on all those who came to occupied Palestine to leave and return to the countries from which they came, so as not to serve as fuel for the war that their foolish government will wage.” Housing Minister Yoav Galant (Kulanu) said in response, “Nasrallah is a dead man. We will take off the kid gloves in the next confrontation. Nasrallah speaks from his bunker with good reason. If he makes a mistake

and starts a war, we will throw Lebanon back into the Stone Age.”

Mandalay Bay Massacre

More than 22,000 country music fans were scrambling for their lives on Sunday night when a shooter with at least ten rifles opened fire on the crowd. At least 58 people were killed and 515 were injured in the carnage at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. It is the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. The killer, Stephen Paddock, 64,

was found dead in his hotel room. He had checked into the hotel on Thursday. Police say he worked as an accountant or auditor and was a licensed hunter and private pilot. He had used a device like a hammer to smash the hotel windows to commit the massacre. As of Monday morning, police had yet to ascertain the motive behind the attack. Paddock’s father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, was also known as “Big Daddy” or “Old Baldy.” He was on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list from 1969 to 1977. The elder Paddock robbed banks in Arizona and was sent to jail. He subsequently broke out of federal prison. The FBI said he was “diagnosed as psychopathic.” He managed to stay ahead of authorities – even working as a manager at a bingo parlor – and was arrested in 1978. He was paroled a year later, had other run-ins with the law and died in 1998. Bystanders fled as the sound of gunshots filled the air. At first people thought the sounds were fireworks. But even during the chaos, people sprang into action, rushing to help others. Concertgoers made makeshift stretchers out of police barricades. Clothing was used to staunch bleeding. At least one man said that

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a stranger died in his arms. People fled into other rooms as they scrambled for safety. Witness Brian Claypool ran into a small room after the gunfire began. He told “Good Morning America, “The hardest for me was, I saw six young women. They were maybe 20, 22. They were all crying on the ground. I was trying to be calm,” Claypool said, appearing emotional. “But I thought at the moment of the Orlando shooting, because we were in this room. We didn’t know where the shooter was. We thought he was going to jump the fence and come in this room and shoot us all. ... I’m thinking, ‘Am I going to die in this room?’” As of Monday, authorities said they were in touch with the shooter’s companion, Marilou Danley. They said she was out of the country at the time of the massacre. President Donald Trump addressed the public on Monday, calling the shooting “an act of pure evil.” He added, “In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one.”

Otto Warmbier’s Torture

Otto Warmbier was a United States citizen who was arrested in North Korea in 2016 for having allegedly stolen a North Korean propaganda sign from the hotel he was staying in. He was released this past June on medical grounds and died a few days after coming back home to his parents, Fred and Cindy. Recently, the Warmbiers opened up about their son’s treatment in North Korea. Otto was “systematically tortured” by the North Korean regime, according to his parents. The North Korean government has vehemently denied poor treatment of Warmbier, saying he contracted botulism while in prison. U.S. doctors, though, have

found no signs of this being the cause of death. The Warmbiers say that they feel it is time to “tell the truth about the condition that Otto was in” when he came home. His doctors in the U.S. described him as being in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness,” but the Warmbiers said calling this a coma was “unfair.” According to a recent interview, when Otto came home from North Korea doctors first came onto the plane before the family was able to do so. A few minutes later, when the family was able to board, Cindy Warmbier described an otherworldly howling coming from the plane. Her husband said that Otto was mostly “moving around, and jerking violently, making these howling and inhuman sounds.” He was deaf, blind and his limbs looked “totally deformed.” Somebody had rearranged his bottom teeth. Otto’s sister ran off the plane in distress upon seeing her brother in that state. Her mother followed behind to comfort her. Eventually, Cindy rode with Otto in the ambulance, saying he had been alone long enough. The family, which is Jewish, refused to have an autopsy performed as they felt he had “suffered enough.”

Mrs. Warmbier said in the interview that the Kim regime sent him home because “they didn’t want him to die on their soil.” She also pleaded with all Americans not to go to North Korea for any reason. The Warmbiers thanked the Trump administration for helping to secure Otto’s release. They noted that the Obama administration told them to remain quiet during Otto’s time in North Korea. It is important to the Warmbiers for the people of the United States to know that North Korea is a terrorist regime. President Trump tweeted that he has seen the “powerful” interview and sent his best wishes to the family. When he announced Otto’s return home a few months ago he was visibly emotional.

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California are all facing charges. James Gatto, director of global sports marketing for Adidas, was also arrested. He is accused of paying families to send high school standouts to universities that had signed Adidas deals. They would then have the player sign with the apparel giant after they made it to the NBA. The NCAA said the charges were “deeply disturbing.” “We have no tolerance whatsoever for this alleged behavior. Coaches hold a unique position of trust with student-athletes and their families, and these bribery allegations, if true, suggest an extraordinary and despicable breach of that trust,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement.

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Top coaches were paid huge sums of cash to steer their star athletes to certain managers and facilitated payoffs to players’ families to ensure they signed with particular schools. The probe has turned up some of the biggest names in college sports – from Adidas to the University of Louisville. U.S. Attorney Joon Kim set out to expose the “dark underbelly of college basketball” and found corruption at many levels. “The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one – coaches at some of the nation’s top programs taking cash bribes, managers and advisers circling

blue-chip prospects like coyotes, and employees of a global sportswear company funneling cash to families of high school recruits,” he said.

At the center of the investigation is ASM Sports, a management company that represents 30 current NBA stars. The flow of cash and corruption

is detailed in the report. The corrupt web that is outlined in the U.S. attorney’s report shows that money was paid to many parties in order to lock in where the athletes would play, who would represent them, and what clothing they would wear. Four assistant coaches are accused of taking bribes between $13,000 and $100,000 to convince players to hire ASM sports recruiter Christian Dawkins. Chuck Person of Auburn University, Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State University, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, and Anthony Bland of the University of Southern

Tom Price, the Health and Human Services secretary, resigned his position on Friday over his use of private planes for travel on government trips. President Trump was chagrined with the scandal, as it undercut his promise to bring accountability to Washington’s politicians. Price was being investigated by the department’s inspector general for using private planes to fly distances as short as from Washington to Philadelphia. Since May, he took 24 private jets. The trips cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. President Trump was particularly upset because he made campaign promises to “drain the swamp” in Washington. Speaking an hour before the resignation was announced, President Trump voiced his disapproval of the entire episode.  “I was disappointed because I didn’t like it, cosmetically or otherwise. I was disappointed,” Trump said. While he was with the department of Health and Human Services, Price tried multiple times to create alternative legislation that would replace Obamacare – all of which failed to become law. Price was a Georgia repre-

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sentative for over ten years prior to becoming the secretary of HHS. He was an orthopedic surgeon for 20 years prior to that. When Price stepped down, the job of running the department fell to Don Wright, whom President Trump has named acting secretary. Wright is a family medicine physician who embarked on a career in the federal government 14 years ago under then-President George W. Bush and has held a number of senior executive roles. He has worked at HHS for ten years and has been the department’s acting assistant secretary since February. Since Trump has taken office, his national security adviser, press secretary, communications director, chief strategist, acting attorney general and FBI director have all either been fired or quit.

Fatal Rock Fall in Yosemite Two rock-falls in two days occurred at El Capitan, a famous rock climbing destination at Yosemite National Park. The first rock-fall tragically killed a British tourist named Andrew Foster.

His wife was also seriously injured. The second rock-fall did not take any lives but did injure a man named Jim Evans.

The couple that was involved in the first rock-fall was visiting from Wales to rock climb, though they were not climbing at the time of the fall. They were in their car driving when “something came from through our sunroof, but we didn’t know it was closed, we didn’t know... what had happened but it shattered, and dust just poured in,” explained Mrs. Foster. “So we were trying to outrun it, it was like, ‘Go, let’s go’ and at the same time my husband reached up and he was like, ‘Oh my head, my head’ because it was bleeding profusely and hurting.” The Fosters were newly married. They ran a blog called “Cam and Bear” documenting their outdoor adventures. Photos on the blog show the couple participating in outdoor sports such as kayaking, climbing, biking and skiing.

The volume of the rocks that fell from the mountain weighed about 1,300 toms. The irregular sheet of rock is estimated to have been 130 feet tall, 65 feet wide, and 3 to 10 feet thick. The park remained open after the fall. “Rock-falls are a common occurrence in Yosemite Valley and the park records about 80 rock-falls per year, though many more rock-falls go unreported,” the park’s statement read. “The rock-fall from El Capitan was similar in size and extent compared with other rock-falls throughout the park, though it is not typical that there were victims.” Foster’s death is the first fatality from a rock-fall in the park in four years, according to the parks service. There were 58 rock-falls in Yosemite in 2016, which was slightly lower than in previous years. El Capitan is considered the “Mount Everest of rock climbing,”  with thousands  ascending it each year.

NSA Leaker Hated U.S. 3 Times a Day

A contractor for the National Security Agency has been accused of leaking a classified report on Russian hacking during the 2016 presidential election. Reality Winner, the 25-yearold employee, said she smuggled the report out of her office because she thought the public deserved to know the information. That decision may lead to almost a decade of jail time for her. A transcript of her interrogation was filed in court last week. The transcript details the discussion the FBI had with Winner while they searched her house for the leaked report, which they knew she had access to. “I saw the article and was like, ‘I don’t understand why this isn’t a thing,’” she said. “It made me very mad ... I guess I just didn’t care about myself at that point.” She said she believed the contents of the report should be public debate. After coming across the report, Winner printed it, stuffed it into her pantyhose, and later sent it to a news outlet. FBI Investigator Justin Garrick

asked Winner if she knew that “if that got out, that those sources and methods could be compromised.” Winner replied that she thought the details in her report would be a “drop in the bucket.” She added: “Seeing that [information] that had been contested back and forth in the public domain for so long, trying to figure out, like, with everything else that keeps getting released and keeps getting leaked – why isn’t this getting – why isn’t this out there? Why can’t this be public?” Winner told the FBI that she “wasn’t trying to be a Snowden or anything,” referring to NSA leaker Edward Snowden and his massive disclosures of details on U.S. government surveillance. However, the FBI did discover a Facebook conversation in which Winner told her sister that she was on the “side” of both Snowden and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Winner also told her sister back in February, “Look, I only say I hate America like 3 times a day,” Winner wrote. “I’m no radical. It’s mostly just about Americans obsession with air conditioning.” Her sister asked: “But you don’t actually hate America, right?” Winner replied: “I mean yeah I do it’s literally the worst thing to happen on the planet. We invented capitalism the downfall of the environment.” If Winner goes to trial and is convicted, federal sentencing guidelines call for her to receive at least a nineyear sentence.

Trump’s New Tax Proposal

Last week, President Donald Trump revealed framework for a proposed tax reform. The proposal calls for sweeping tax cuts and a simplification of the tax code. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and I guess it’s probably something I could say that I’m very good at,” Trump said during remarks in Indiana. “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. We’re going to cut taxes for the middle class, make the tax code simpler and more fair for every-

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of dollars in U.S. companies’ profits that are now going to other countries where their manufacturing is being done now. “Our framework will stop punishing companies for keeping their headquarters in the United States. We’re punishing companies under our codes for being in the United States,” Trump said. “When our companies move to other countries it’s our loyal American workers who get hurt.” Trump said his business-friendly policies would lead to increased wages and economic gains in the U.S. The GOP framework would also cap the tax rate for small businesses at 25%, Trump said. Many opposers have questioned whether the average taxpayer will actually benefit from the proposal; there will surely be resistance in Congress. The White House’s goal is to push tax reform through Congress by the end of the year.

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day Americans. And we are going to bring back the jobs and wealth that have left our country.” He offered details for what would be the biggest changes to the tax code in decades. The reform would reduce the number of brackets for personal income tax from seven to three (12%, 25% and 35%), doubling the standard deduction for married and single filers, to $24,000 and $12,000 respectively, reducing the corporate tax rate to 20%, and eliminating the estate tax. He packaged the proposal to support the middle class, the largest class in America, and promised it would

benefit American workers and American manufacturing. The president assured that his tax cut proposal wouldn’t benefit the country’s wealthiest taxpayers, like himself. “It’s not good for me, believe me,” Trump said. Trump said that while wealthy, “well-connected” people could “call me all they want, it’s not going to help,” saying he was “doing the right thing.” “What is good for me, not only as president and legacy, what is good for me is if everything [in the economy] takes off like a rocket ship,” Trump

said. “Like it should have for 20 years. That’s good for me. That’s good for everyone. And that’s what I think is going to happen. And a lot of very wealthy people feel the same way, believe me.” As part of the reform, the president promised that big businesses would benefit as well. First off, the corporate tax rate will be “no higher than 20%.” In addition the proposal also offers write-offs for companies that move their manufacturing plants to the U.S. The idea is that by bringing business back home, it would also bring home “trillions”

According to a leader of the violent MS-13 gang, cops are using innovative technology to identify gang members. It’s called sneakers. In a racketeering indictment unsealed last Thursday, Edwin Manica Flores, known as “Shugar,” allegedly told other gang leaders to avoid wearing clothes and colors associated with MS-13 as to not attract police attention. He specifically told them to steer clear of blue and white Nike Cortez shoes. “Dressed like that, the enemy can see you, the police can arrest you, and boom, to El Salvador,” the 35-yearold reportedly told gang leaders in tapped phone calls from a prison in the Central American country. “To a great life there, one must be humble, you know, to avoid being detected.” Flores, who investigators say led the gang’s East Coast operation from prison in El Salvador, was indicted as part of a six-month operation that led to more than 3,800 arrests across the U.S. and Central America. More than

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70 people have been arrested during roundups in Los Angeles, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Long Island and Columbus, Ohio. MS-13, which originated in Los Angeles in the 1980s before spreading like wildfire to the East Coast, is believed to have some 10,000 members across the U.S. They are a mix of Central American immigrants and U.S.-born members. In general, their faces are covered with tattoos, so members are usually easy to spot. The gang has been tied to a recent wave of violence on Long Island and in other states. It continues to tighten its grip across the country by tapping into young, vulnerable unaccompanied immigrant children and giving them a sense of family, experts say. “MS-13 has a powerful marketing strategy in which they offer a family for these children,” said Angel Melendez, special agent-in-charge of the ICE Homeland Security Investigations unit in New York. Unaccompanied minors made up about 30 percent of recent arrests against the gang. The group specifically targets minors because it knows that if caught they will be released with just a slap on the wrist. MS-13 has become a prime target

of the Trump administration, which discusses its violence in suburban, immigrant communities in an effort to build support for a broader crackdown on immigration. President Trump directed federal enforcement to focus resources on combating the transnational gangs.

OJ is OK

It’s official: the Juice is loose. OJ Simpson spent the last nine years in prison for a 2008 armed robbery and kidnapping. He was released on parole on Sunday, October 1. Simpson left the Lovelock Correctional Center north of Reno at 12:08 a.m. in the company of an unidentified driver, said Brooke Keast, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of

Corrections. “He is out,” Keast said. Officials wanted to release OJ quietly, so there would be as little public and media attention on the former football star and star of the white Ford Bronco chase. Keast added, “I do not know where he’s going. I didn’t want to know, to be honest,” she said. Simpson was granted parole in July for serving a portion of his 33year sentence and for his good behavior and for taking classes in prison. It was not known when he was going to be released. Simpson was arrested in 1994 and charged with the double-murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. His trial was called “The Trial of the Century” and garnered worldwide attention following his arrest that began with a slow-speed pursuit by police while his friend drove him in a white Ford Bronco. Simpson was acquitted of the murders in 1995 after a circus-type trial and seething racial tensions in the city. In 2007 he released a book called If I Did It. The proceeds from that book, however, were required to go to the victims’ families, who had won a multi-million-dollar civil suit against Simpson. Ron Goldman’ sister, Kim,



wrote a book, Can’t Forgive, in 2015 that laid out the anger and pain she felt over the murder of her brother and OJ’s acquittal. At the parole hearing earlier this year, Simpson said he would like to go to Florida. “I can easily stay in Nevada, but I don’t think you guys want me here,” Simpson told the board, which elicited some laughter. As of Friday, officials with the Florida Department of Corrections said they had not received any paperwork regarding Simpson being transferred to them, and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said she didn’t want him in the state. Bondi wrote a letter on Friday urging the state Department of Corrections to reject Simpson’s request to live in Florida. “Floridians are well aware of Mr. Simpson’s background, his wanton disregard for the lives of others, and of his scofflaw attitude with respect to the heinous acts for which he has been found civilly liable,” she wrote. “The specter of his residing in comfort in Florida should not be an option. Numerous law enforcement officials in Florida agree with this position. Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal.”


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It was a pleasant evening at the Cardinals-Cubs game last week. Suddenly, Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, intent on catching the ball, flew over the fence and plunged headfirst into the crowd. Well, he didn’t just fall onto the crowd. He tsunamied into a Cardinals fan decked in a team shirt and noshing on nachos. The nachos went flying and the ball was nowhere to be found. “I didn’t see the fence, and collided with it, and got all nachoed up,” Russell said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. Russell must have gotten a craving

for nachos because just a few minutes later he appeared at the fence again – this time with a fresh plate of nachos for the Cardinals fan who minutes before was lamenting his nachos loss. Who was the mysterious fan, now elated with being reunited with his cheesy, crunchy snack? The internet instantly dubbed him “Nachoman.” “Thanks for the loaded nachos. Thanks for the plain nachos. Thank you cubs and cards. Unforgettable,” the fan said on his Twitter account later that night. Despite the loss of the Cardinals that evening, Nachoman scored with a selfie with Russell, a second serving of nachos, and a great nickname that will probably buy him a round of beer with his buddies for the next week.

Marriage for One Laura Mesi turned 40 this year and she just got married. She’s been with the person she’s married to for all her life. You see, Laura vowed that if she wasn’t married by a certain age she would marry herself. And so she did. At least 70 guests graced the lonely

nuptials, and Laura wore a white wedding dress and cut a three-tier wedding cake.

ICU Grandpa

“You can have a fairytale even without the prince,” Laura said. Laura is the first Italian to marry herself. The ceremony has no legal impact. Other people around the world have “married” themselves. Critics, though, say that it is a “narcissistic” practice and very sad. Laura, though, says that “nothing and no one can turn off my smile.” She acknowledges that solo weddings are not for everyone. To marry yourself, she says, you need a certain amount of money, the support of those around you, and – above all – “a pinch of madness.” Hey Laura, which one of youzz is gonna take out the garbage?

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mothers. “I went to help escort a child to the school room, and the mom said she’s going into surgery,” Deutchman explains. “She followed me into the hallway and proceeded to tell me every detail of the child’s condition and what’s going on.” He then met another woman whose son had been flown to the hospital the previous night; his condition was dire. “She comes into my arms and starts crying,” Deutchman recalls. “After that day, I went to the volunteer office and told them, ‘I now know what I want to do at the hospital.’” Since then Deutchman is at the hospital twice a week, spending the day in the pediatric and neonatal ICUs, holding babies and helping their parents. “Sometimes I get puked on, I get peed on. It’s great,” he says in a video posted by Children’s. Holding and touching newborns has been shown to improve their health. “It definitely helps just feeling that comfort, that warmth,” Elizabeth Mittiga, a NICU nurse at Children’s, says. “It definitely helps them to, I think, grow faster and put more weight on, and feeding-wise, can help them digest their feeds better and things like that.” Deutchman says he fondly remembers some babies who grow up healthy after spending time in the ICU. “The good times have been spending six months with a family, and the kid had ups and downs, and the kid came out great,” he says. “Now the kid is 4 or 5 years old and is terrific. Those are the stories I love.”

A Fasting Cake

This was definitely done in bad taste. Last week, a shopper at a Whole Foods in Rockville, Maryland, spotted a cake in the bakery section decorated with apples, pomegranates, apples and honey, bees, menorahs, fish and Stars of David. Scrawled across the sheet cake in icing were the words

“Yom Kippur.” Apparently the bakers at Whole Foods knew that some sort of Jewish holiday was coming up so they decided to go all out and bake a cake in honor of the day. No one thought to tell them that Yom Kippur is about fasting and not about food. A spokesperson for Whole Foods explained that the “cake was intended as dessert for the breaking of the fast dinner and a customer purchased it yesterday afternoon for that purpose.” What was up with the menorah and pomegranates we don’t know. Was it kosher? That’s another question we have yet to answer.

eighth grader from Iowa used money he earned from cutting lawns, raised money online and gathered reclaimed materials. He bartered for labor to create the 89-square-foot structure. For instance, an electrician neighbor helped him wire it – if Luke cleaned out his garage. A Scout leader he knew helped him lay carpet in the loft bedroom – if Luke cut the man’s lawn. Luke used leftover siding from his grandma’s house and a front door he got from his uncle’s friend.

save money and expand.” In a couple of years, he hopes to build a larger tiny home on a trailer so he can perhaps haul it to college for cheaper living. You go Luke. You know what they say: if you build it, he will come.

I Do’s at Costco

Too Much to Say Last week, Twitter announced that some of its users talk too much. Well, they didn’t say that exactly but the company did say that for the first time in history (Twitter was founded in March of 2006) it will be doubling its character count for tweets – from 140 characters to 280 characters – for some of its users. Twitter initially offered 140 characters because text messages are capped at 160 characters before they’re split into two texts. Twitter’s founders wanted tweets to be able to fit into texts: 140 characters for the tweet and 20 characters for the user name. In certain languages it’s much harder to fit all you have to say in one tweet. In Japanese, Chinese and Korean, people can convey twice as much information in a tweet than in, say, English or Spanish. As such, tweets sent in Japanese use 140 characters just 0.4% of the time, while English-language tweets hit 140 characters 9% of the time. For now, only a few users will be able to try out the new, increased character limit. All users, though, will be able to see the longer tweets. They say that brevity is the soul of wit. Perhaps we’re becoming less witty.

A Starter Home Luke Thill just built his starter home. Yes, it’s an accomplishment. In fact, it’s a really big accomplishment when you consider that Luke is only 13-years-old and built it for $1,500. The intrepid, entrepreneurial

For now, Luke’s home is housed in his parents’ backyard. “I liked the minimalism,” the mature teen said. “And I wanted to have a house without a huge mortgage.” When Luke approached his dad, Greg, eighteen months ago to begin the project, Greg laid out a few rules: Luke had to raise the money, build the structure, and then it would be his. Greg wasn’t completely out of the picture. He worked alongside his son to guide him, but Luke learned much on his own – framing a structure and wiring, dealing with adults, making tough financial decisions and staying on budget. “It was a chance for a kid to do something more than play video games or sports,” he said. “It teaches life lessons.” Luke says his home, which is 5½ feet wide and 10 feet long and includes a loft, is made of 75 percent reclaimed materials, including several windows. He built a small deck outside. Inside, a small kitchen area with a counter and shelving leads to a back sitting area with a large ottoman for a couch, a flip-down table and a wall-mounted TV. A ladder leads to an upstairs loft with a mattress. It’s wired for electric but has no plumbing, so Greg says city codes consider it “a glorified shed.” What does Luke do in his “shed”? He sleeps in it a couple of nights a week, does homework there after school and entertains friends. “The main purpose is to be my starter home,” he said. “I’m going to

Hey, we all love Costco. We can buy toilet paper in bulk, pick up our photos, get our eyes checked, fill our meds, buy flowers for Shabbos, feast on kosher samples, and sit on comfy couches all at one time. And don’t even talk to me about the free refills on soda. Sue Berkley and Eli Bob, though, really love Costco. In fact, they love the store so much that they decided to get married in the Costco near them in New South Wales in Australia. The bride walked down the aisle past the tires to meet her groom – who was waiting at the altar, I mean, food court. “I get to go to Costco on my wedding day, it’s just awesome,” Berkeley enthused. The wedding gathered 90 guests at the store, which charged only $10 per guest to provide 18-inch pizzas, meat pies, soft drinks, and a massive Costco cake for the celebration. “Where else can I get married to the one I love, in the place that I love, surrounded by the people I love?” Berkeley said. And with those prices, you can’t beat it with a stick. The celebration  came as a surprise  to other shoppers, who  posted photos of the unusual set-up on social media. Store manager Linda Hamill said the wedding was a first for the store. “I’ve grown up with Costco, I’ve been with the company 30 years, I’ve seen a lot,” Hamill said. “But I’ve never participated in a wedding at Costco.” The ceremony is believed to be the first Costco wedding in Australia, but there have been other couples who married at Costco in the United States. How about a huge pack of paper towels for the new couple?


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‫ִחיפּוּי‬ ‫יא)ָפה‬-‫א‬ ‫(דברים כו ַה ָּׂש‬ ‫יוֹנה‬ ָ ‫ָה ֶע ְל‬ ‫רוֹאה ֶא ָחד ִמ ִּשׁ ְבַעת ַה ִמּינִ ים‬ ֶ ְ‫יוֹרד ְל ָשׂ ֵדהוּ ו‬ ֵ ‫ְכּ ֶשׁ ָאָדם‬ ‫"ָארוֹן‬.‫כּוּרים‬ ִ ‫"ה ֵרי ֵאלּוּ ִב‬ ֲ ‫אוֹמר‬ ֵ ְ‫ ו‬,‫קוֹשׁרוֹ ְבגֶ ִמי‬ ְ ,‫ֶשׁ ִבּ ֵכּר‬ ‫ֶשׁל ָזָהב‬ ‫ ָה ֲע ִשׁ ִירים ְבּ ֶשׁל ֶכּ ֶסף‬,‫כּוּרים ְבַּסל‬ ִ ‫יאים ֶאת ַה ִבּ‬ ִ ‫ְמ ִב‬ ‫ָארוֹן‬ .‫ וְ ָה ֲענִ יִּ ים ְבּ ֶשׁל ֲעָרָבה‬,‫וְ ֶשׁל ָזָהב‬ ‫ֶשׁל ֵעץ‬ ‫יאים ִמ ְתַכּּנְ ִסים ְלַאַחת‬ ִ ‫ ַה ְמ ִב‬,‫כּוּרים‬ ִ ‫ְכּ ֶשַׁמ ֲע ִלין ֶאת ַה ִבּ‬ ‫חוֹבהּ‬ ָ ‫ וְ ָלנִ ים ָשׁם ִבּ ְר‬,"‫"עיָ ירוֹת ֶשׁל ַמ ֲע ָמד‬ ֲ ‫ִמ־כ"ד‬ ‫ "קוּמוּ וְַנ ֲע ֶלה‬,‫אוֹמר‬ ֵ ‫בּוֹקר ָהָיה ַה ְמ ֻמּנֶ ה‬ ֶ ‫ ַבּ‬.‫ֶשׁל ִעיר‬ ‫יהם הוֹ‬ ֶ ֵ‫ ִל ְפנ‬.‫עוֹלים ְבּרוֹב ָעם‬ ִ ְ‫ ו‬,"‫ִציּוֹן ֶאל ה' ֱאל ֵֹהינוּ‬ ‫נוֹתיו ְמצוּפּוֹת ָזָהב ִעם ָארוֹן‬ ָ ‫ֵל ְך ְמנַ ּגֵ ן ֶבָּח ִליל וְ שׁוֹר ֶשׁ ַּק ְר‬ ‫ֶשׁל ָזָהב‬ .‫ֲע ָטָרה ֶשׁל זַ יִ ת ְבּרֹאשׁוֹ‬

‫פּוֹרת‬ ֶ ‫ַכּ‬ ‫זֵ ר‬

ַ ‫בּ ִּדים‬

‫תתתתתתתת‬ ‫תתתתתתתתתת‬ ‫ההההה‬



.‫ילּים‬ ִ ‫מוֹרי ְתּ ִה‬ ֵ ְ‫וּמז‬ ִ ‫סוּקים‬ ִ ‫אוֹמ ִרים ְפּ‬ ְ ‫ירוּשׁ ַליִ ם‬ ָ ‫ְבּ ַד ְרָכּם ִל‬


‫שׁוּבי ָה ִעירָי ְצאוּ‬ ֵ ‫ירוּשׁ ַליִ ם ֲח‬ ָ ‫ְכּ ֶשׁ ִהּגִ יעוּ ָקרוֹב ִל‬ ‫אוּמּנִ יּוֹת‬ ָ ‫וּב ַד ְרָכּם ְל ַהר ַה ַבּיִ ת ָהיוּ ָכּל ַבּ ֲע ֵלי‬ ְ ,‫אתם‬ ָ ‫ִל ְקָר‬ .‫לוֹמם‬ ָ ‫שׁוֹא ִלין ִבּ ְשׁ‬ ֲ ְ‫יהם ו‬ ֶ ֵ‫עוֹמ ִדים ִל ְפנ‬ ְ

)‫כט‬-‫כד‬:‫(שמות כה‬

‫ַּדף‬ ‫ּשׁוּלָחן‬ ְ ‫ַה‬

‫זֵ ר‬ ‫נוֹטל ַסלּוֹ ַעל ְכּ ֵתפוֹ‬ ֵ ‫ ָכּל ֶא ָחד‬,‫ְכּ ֶשׁ ִהּגִ יעוּ ְל ַהר ַה ַבּיִ ת‬ ‫ִמ ְסּגֶ ֶרת‬ .‫יע ָל ֲעזָָרה‬ ַ ִ‫ ַעד ֶשׁ ַמּּג‬,‫וְ נִ ְכָנס‬ ‫ַּדף‬ ‫ּשׁוּליְָָיחן‬ ְ ‫ה ְמָך‬ ִַ ‫"א‬ ‫רוֹמ‬ ֲ ‫ ַה ְלוִ יִּ ם ָשׁ ִרים‬,‫יכּוּרים‬ ִ ‫ִבּ ְשַׁעת ֲהָבַאת ַה ִבּ‬

]‫[שַׁה ִמּ ְסּגֶ ֶרת‬ ֶ

,‫לְַמ ְעלָ ה ָהי ְָתה‬ …‫ָסבִ יבַל ֻּׁשלְ חָ ן‬

‫ׂשֹותיו‬ ָ ‫ּוק‬... ְ …‫ּומַנ ִּקּיָֹתיו‬ ְ

‫… וְ יֵׁש א ְֹומ ִרים‬ ,‫לְַמ ָּטה ָהי ְָתה‬ ‫קּועה ֵמ ֶרגֶ ל לְ ֶרגֶ ל‬ ָ ‫ְּת‬

‫ְק ָשׂווֹת‬

‫ְמנַ ִּקיּוֹת‬

…‫…וְ ַכּפָֹתיו‬

‫ּצוּלים‬ ִ ‫ִפּ‬

‫זֵ ר‬


."‫ֹיְבי ִלי‬ ַ ‫יתנִ י וְ ל ֹא ִשַׂמּ ְחָתּ א‬ ָ ‫ִכּי ִד ִלּ‬


‫"הּגַ ְד ִתּי ַהיּוֹ‬ ִ ‫אוֹמר‬ ֵ ְ‫עוֹמד לִ ְפנֵ י ַהכּ ֵֹהן ו‬ ֵ ‫ַה ֵמּ ִביא‬ ָ ‫ם ַלה' ֱאל ֶֹה‬ '‫אתי ֶאל ָה ָא ֶרץ ֲא ֶשׁר נִ ְשַׁבּע ה‬ ִ ‫יך ִכּי ָב‬ ‫ִמ ְסּגֶ ֶרת‬

‫אוֹחזוֹ ְב ִשׂ ְפתוֹ‬ ֲ ְ‫מוֹריד ַהַסּל ֵמַעל ְכּ ֵתפוֹ ו‬ ִ ‫ַה ֵמּ ִביא‬ ‫יפים‬ ִ ִ‫יהם ְמנ‬ ֶ ֵ‫וּשׁנ‬ ְ ‫יח יָ דוֹ ַתַּחת ַהַסּל‬ ַ ִ‫ ַהכּ ֵֹהן ַמּנ‬.‫ָתיו‬ ‫יחים‬ ִ ִ‫וּמנ‬ ְ - ‫וּל ַא ְרַבּע רוּחוֹת‬ ְ ‫ ְלַמָּטה‬,‫ ְלַמ ְעָלה‬- ‫אוֹתוֹ‬ ,‫רוֹמית ַמ ֲעָר ִבית ֶשׁל ַה ִמּזְ ֵבּ ַח‬ ִ ‫אוֹתוֹ ְליַ ד ֶק ֶרן ְּד‬


‫הָפּנִ ים‬ ֶ ֲ ‫קוֹרא ֶל‬ ‫"אחַרם ִמַּי‬ ֵ ‫אוֹחזוֹ ְביָ דוֹ ְכּ ֶשׁהוּא‬ ֲ ְ‫נוֹטל ַהַסּל ו‬ ֵ ‫ַה ֵמּ ִביא‬ ְ ‫מוּנח ְבּ‬ "‫"ק ָעָרה‬ ְ ‫תוֹך‬ ָ ‫אשׁית ְפּ ִרי‬ ִ ‫אתי ֶאת ֵר‬ ִ ‫א ֵֹבד ָא ִבי…וְ ַעָתּה ִהּנֵ ה ֵה ֵב‬

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Community Talmidim of Rabbi Nachum Nachumson at Yeshiva Darchei Torah’s second grade learned about the Arba Minim last Thursday PHOTOS BY MHB

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Erev Yom Kippur Mishmar at MAY


rev Yom Kippur at MAY was an incredibly uplifting experience, when nearly 100 talmidim volunteered to learn on Thursday night together with their rabbeim in preparation for Yom Kippur. The evening began with poignant, introductory words delivered by the Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe. Talmidim then divided up into chaburos. After a 30 minute interactive schmooze, talmidim relocated to the lunchroom for cholent and kugel as they related to one another the highlights of their shiurim. The atmosphere was one of growth, inspiration and camaraderie. The boys then moved to the front lobby atrium where chairs were set up in concentric circles surrounding candles flickering brightly on the floor. With the lights out and only the light of the candles and the glow of the talmidim’s faces illuminating the large, imposing room, a heart-melting kumzits began interspersed with divrei chizuk from rabbeim. The atmosphere was exhilarating. Staring up 40 feet at the room’s skylights into the night sky, it almost felt as if the music and the passion was piercing the heavens. Words cannot adequately describe the feelings of emotion, of connection, of inspiration that were so tangi-

ble that night. “When we first ran this program a number of years ago, we never thought it would be so successful that years later it would still be inspiring and preparing our talmidim for Yom Kippur,” commented Rabbi Yossi Bennett, Assistant Menahel, “but, boruch Hashem, talmidim and Rabbeim alike use this evening to prepare for Yom Kippur.” Talmidim left that evening prepared and enthusiastic to approach Yom Kippur with the serious, yet optimistic, perspective appropriate for the awesome day.

Rambam Entrepreneurial Academy Attends NYC Business Expo By: Jakey Srulovich, 12th Grade


his year, Rambam implemented a new program called the “Entrepreneurial Academy.” To kick start this amazing new program, we went on a trip to a small business expo in Midtown Manhattan. There, we listened to some keynote speakers from companies like Google, Touro College, and more. Charlie Harary discussed “The Traits of the Top Performers” and Dave Rosen, a former Director

of Operations at Starbucks, shared how he took Starbucks to a 17% increase in revenues in large part due to his innovations such as selling bananas and writing customers’ names on their cups. These speakers told us what it’s like to be in business and how they gained success. Interestingly, the speakers were Orthodox Jews, which gave us a sense of what it’s like to be Modern Orthodox in the world of big business.  They also gave us some motivation and tips on what it means to be a young busi-

nessman. After the presentations, we went downstairs where we saw some small start-up companies who were trying to acquire investors and spread their popularity. As a group, we went to each booth and asked about their business. One business I found interesting was called “Mr. Cory’s Cookies.” Mr. Cory’s Cookies is currently run by 12-year-old boy who made the recipe for his famous cookies all by himself. He started baking at the age of five, and has had a passion

for baking ever since. He has been on shows like Ellen DeGeneres and MasterChef. As a young aspiring entrepreneur, Cory is an inspiration to us all by showing that age is but a number. Overall the trip was a great experience and I’m looking forward to the other trips planned for the Entrepreneurial Academy. A big thank you to the administration for taking us on this amazing trip.

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MAY Students Go Way Beyond Basics


ew York State’s Common Core Standards and Regents requirements present a high school student with quite a substantial workload. However, at Mesivta Ateres Yaakov, the overall sentiment has always been to challenge and engage students beyond the required standards for a well-rounded, preparatory high school experience. This is primarily accomplished through the Mesivta’s extensive Elective Course program, providing intriguing advanced courses beyond the State-mandated benchmarks and standards. “High school general studies education is primarily a preparation for college and a career,” commented General Studies Principal, Rabbi Sam Rudansky. “But, if I could paraphrase educational reformer John Dewey, we can never lose sight of the reality that education is not only

preparation for life, but, as well, a part of life itself.” Amongst the elective opportunities offered to MAY students is the very popular Pre-Engineering Program sponsored by the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE). This program is offered to 9th

and 10th graders who have an aptitude for math and science and have met certain benchmarks and criteria. The program culminates with an interschool Engineering Fair at which students present their innovative projects to hundreds of participants and educators. “Our goal for our talmidim is quite clear from the start,” commented Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe, Rosh

explained Rabbi Yossi Bennett, Assistant Menahel/Assistant Principal, “including a two-year computer science track, a two-year business and finance track, many advanced limudei kodesh classes and numerous Advanced Placements courses.” Upperclassmen can avail themselves of offerings such as Jewish History, Introduction to Law, Introduction to Psychology, Economics

HaYeshiva. “We communicate the same messages to our talmidim in the morning during limudei kodesh and in the afternoon during general studies. Beginning with Shacharis in the morning and ending with the last general studies class of the day, our consistent goal is to develop well-rounded b’nei Torah.” “As students progress and complete their state-mandated benchmarks many additional elective opportunities become available,”

and Public Speaking, through which college credits can be earned in the 12th grade. These courses complement between five and seven other Advanced Placement courses being offered, MAY’s Touro Freshman Center Program and Landers College evening courses offered at MAY in which seniors can enroll as well. Students can walk out of high school with close to 30 college credits. It’s really incredible!

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Yom Tov Preparations at Gesher


esher students are eagerly anticipating the upcoming yom tov of Sukkos. Following an amazing month of hands-on learning, the children can’t wait to share what they have been taught

with their families. The months of Elul and Tishrei provide the foundation for a rich chinuch experience, and the Gesher students are looking forward to a tremendously successful year

Hiking at Central


he senior class took advantage of some of the final warm days of the year to go hiking up Bear Mountain last Monday. “We like to take the seniors on this hike during Aseret Yimei Teshuva to give them a chance to see the world from a different angle, think, breathe in fresh air, and bond through the struggle up the mountain,” said senior GLC Leah Moskovich. “Learning that life has its ups and downs, but that these bumps often yield a great sense of accomplishment is an important lesson for our seniors to learn during this time of year.” Monday fortunately featured a

bright blue sky and beaming sun, and the seniors found the hike enjoyable and meaningful. “I had a great time on the hike because even though it was hard, the people I was with made it much better! It was a lot of fun to get to spend time with my friends in a different setting,” said Leora Greenberg, ‘18. “The hike was a great opportunity to bond as a grade,” echoed Eliana Appel. “Every time our grade experiences a bonding activity I’m able to see how special our grade is. We’re all friends and every individual adds something. It was a great start to what will hopefully be a great year!”

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Madraigos 10th Annual Rosh Hashana Retreat Madraigos Family Unites in Spiritually Meaningful Experiences


he 10th Madraigos Annual Rosh Hashanah Retreat, held at the Hudson Valley Resort, was a unique experience – a catalyst for introspection and spiritual growth for more than 630 attendees. The Retreat is known for its openness and acceptance and this year was no exception.  As one attendee remarked, “I was moved to see how people with jeans and tee shirts prayed next to chassidim wearing shtreimels and all were unified and non-judgmen-

tal.” In addition to incredibly moving and spiritual Rosh Hashana prayer services, Madraigos provided unique programming for the “Madraigos Family” which included young adults and families of all backgrounds and hashkafos.  In a spirit of acceptance and unity, the service and programming uplifted every participant while the delicious food and amenities enhanced their holiday experience.  Attendees Azriel and Sara Ganz remarked, “Rosh Hashanah was remarkable,

unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. They describe it as the ‘non-judgmental Judgment Day’ but it was so much more. So much courage, so much yearning, so much acceptance, friendship and love. You cannot have attended and not been affected forever.” The theme for the Retreat this year was “Explore Your Strengths - Experience Success,” focusing on educating and empowering participants to utilize their strengths to take their lives to the next level.  Through a series of interactive workshops, participants learned how to nurture their key strengths while developing other less dominant strengths for greater personal success and fulfillment.  The program, which attracted over 120 participants, was developed by Mr. Dov Perkal and Mr. Ben Rapaport, Gallup-certified strengths coach and mental health professional.  Building on the overwhelming response to the strengths development workshops, Madraigos is generously sponsoring 50 people to par-

ticipate in a more intensive strengths-coaching workshop in the coming year. Additional strengths-based programs are planned for the greater community. Rena Kutner, MFT, also led a workshop titled “Finding Our Strengths In Parenting.” One parent commented, “I walked into the workshop wanting to learn how to get my teenager to do what I tell him. I gained practical tools to learn how to communicate and build a relationship instead of just trying to control him.”

Rabbi Shaul Chill Addresses Shevach High School


n September 18, the last day of school before the start of our new year, Shevach High School had the great zechus of hearing divrei chizuk from our exceptional teacher of halacha, Rabbi Shaul Chill, Rav of the Young Israel of Far Rockaway. As the students and faculty gathered in the newly-renovated multi-purpose room, the mood in the air was serious, yet positive. Rabbi Chill explored the issues of emunah and hishtadlus, as well as how to deal with the challenges and crises which mark our journeys in this world. Rabbi Chill explained how Sarah Imeinu persevered in her tefillos for

a child long after the physical possibility seemed to be gone, as well as how Avraham Avinu could have – but did not – regret the Akeidah, despite Sarah Imeinu’s resultant death (according to the Midrash). We should believe that Hashem can always do anything, that we do not comprehend His reasons, and that we should not regret anything except, as Rav Chaim Kanievsky said, the aveiros we have done or the mitzvos we could have done, but did not do. While we may not like the results of what were proper decisions and actions, we should harbor no regrets for those correct choices. For example, if someone writes a big check for tzedaka on Tuesday, and by Thurs-

day her car breaks down necessitating expensive repairs, she should not regret having written the check. The choices are ours; Hashem takes care of the rest. Life is filled with surprise quizzes and major exams in emunah; the key is to acknowledge the priority of having emunah and knowing that everyone has it in different degrees. We should also demonstrate extra respect for those who have emerged from a great challenge with strong emunah, such as many survivors of the Holocaust. As he recounted dramatic stories from the wars in Israel, places around the world, and even from his own life, Rabbi Chill reinforced our ability to grow in our own emunah.

In a clear tie-in to Rosh Hashana, Rabbi Chill quoted Rav Nebenzahl, who explained that the very order of tekias shofar connects to emunah. While the first tekiah in a set should remind us of the triumph and glory of Yetzias Mitzrayim, the broken, crying sound of shevarim and teruah recall the pain and suffering of the Jewish nation and individual Yidden throughout history and in our own days. However, we must believe that there will, b’ezras Hashem soon in our days, come another, even louder and longer blast of triumph and glory – that of the final Geulah, about which we continuously say, “Ani Ma’amin.”

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It’s Happening! Installation of Steel Structure for Siach Yitzchok’s New Building Begins Monday after Yom Kippur


n the first workday after Yom Kippur 5778, tractor-trailers delivered the steel for the new home of Talmud Torah Siach Yitzchok. A towering crane immediately began lowering the massive beams into place and installation crews secured them in place. Within only a few hours a struc-

ture began to form as this amazing project is beginning to become an imminent reality at a fast pace. Following the installation of the steel structure, which will only take a few short weeks, the rest of the building is expected to be built in a little over one year. Through the tremendous tefillos

and support of the parents and baalei baatim the dream of a new home where the almost 400 Siach Yitzchok talmidim can continue to grow and shteig under one roof is finally a tangible reality. We look forward to dancing with the rebbeim and talmidim into this incredible Mikdash Me’at

very soon. Most importantly, we want to express our endless hoda’ah to Hashem and our deep appreciation to all those involved in supporting this effort and bringing us to this point. Many more dedications are available and your help in bringing this project to completion is vital.







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Rav Yaakov Bender, Rosh HaYeshiva, and Mr. Ronald Lowinger, president, wishing the talmidim of Yeshiva Darchei Torah a gmar chasima tova before Yom Kippur

The Yeshiva of Far Rockaway held its 20th Annual Kinus Teshuva at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Michael Spiegel in Far Rockaway last week. The presenter was Rav Yechiel Perr, shlita, Rosh Hayeshiva of Yeshiva of Far Rockaway. Rav Perr is pictured here with Michael Spiegel, the host.

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ast week the children at the Hollander Early Childhood Center at Yeshiva of South Shore discovered that there was so much to learn at Grant Park.

On Tuesday, September 26, Senator Todd Kaminsky’s office and NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office hosted a Senior Scam Prevention event at The Marion & Aaron Gural JCC of the Five Towns. Pictured from L to R: TJ Hatter of the NYS Attorney General’s office and Senator Todd Kaminsky speaking at the presentation.

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Rebbe Eli Herzberg led the boys to the water, to “throw their aveiros away.” They davened at the park and heard an inspiring story about teshuva.

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I’m Not Losing Weight Because... By: Malky Zimmerman-Kugel


ere are some of the excuses I’ve heard from people about why they are “not losing

weight”: 1. My metabolism is slow Some people’s metabolism is slower than others’ but it is NOT a reason not to lose weight. One way to speed up your metabolism is to build muscle.  This can be accomplished by

performing resistance exercises using weights, bands, or just your own body weight. The more muscle you have in your body, the more fat you will burn throughout the day, and even at rest.  Another way to speed up your metabolism is to eat small frequent meals.  By doing that, your body will constantly have fuel and have what to burn, putting it at constant work. 2. My genetics are against me/ everyone in my family is heavy

While genetics plays a role in your weight tendencies, your lifestyle can outweigh (literally speaking) all that. What you eat and how much you exercise will be a stronger determining factor than what your parents’ weight is like. 3. I’m building muscle Many people mistakenly believe that since they are lifting weights, their newly acquired muscle will now add on significant weight.  While mus-

cle can add on a little weight, it is not significant enough to stop you from seeing the results of your dieting efforts. 4. I’m eating the wrong foods There are no “wrong foods,” only wrong portions. Yes, you can gain weight eating too much grilled chicken, and you can lose weight even while having a small piece of cake here and there.  It’s all about balanced meals and proper portion sizes.  So what can affect those numbers on the scale? - Your bone mass. Take the thumb and pointer of one hand and put it around the wrist of your other hand.  If they do not meet, you are big boned.  If they just meet, you are medium boned.  If they meet with some space between them and the wrist, you are small boned.  All this does is it tells you what spectrum of the weight range you can be on.  For example, if the average recommended weight for a 5’2 woman is 110, a small boned person can go as low as 100 while a big boned person can go as high as 120-125. - Hormones. Before and during the menstrual cycle, a woman can weigh anywhere between1-4 pounds higher.  Other examples of hormonal changes include puberty, menopause, and hormonal changes due to medications. - Underactive thyroid. People with this condition have a very hard time losing weight, unless it is being treated with proper medication. Good luck on your weight loss journey and remember to differentiate between those excuses and valid reasons. Malky Zimmerman-Kugel is a nutrition counselor at Nutrition by Tanya and is the manager of the Five Towns location. Nutrition by Tanya offers personalized and practical weight management and nutrition counseling for children, men and woman. Nutrition by Tanya has locations in Boro Park, Flatbush, Williamsburg, Monsey, Lakewood, 5Towns, Crown Heights, Staten Island and Monroe. The office can be reached at 844-Tanya-Diet or info@ You can also visit for more info, inspiring success stories, and photos.

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Teach NYS Urges Parents to Make the Mayor Keep His Word


e applaud Mayor De Blasio’s commitment to providing proper nutrition for all students. Like the Mayor, we believe that all students deserve access to nutritious and well-balanced meals in order to succeed academically. We are disappointed that despite our advocacy in City Hall, the new “Free Lunch for All” program is hardly “for all” when it excludes students who attend nonpublic school. The Free Lunch for All program is based on the concept that a healthy lunch should be provided to all students – regardless of the school they attend. While “Free Lunch for All” is a catchy name, the reality should match the promise; in its current form, it does not – and in the process excludes every Jewish and Muslim school in New York City. “Nonpublic schools, be they Jewish, Catholic, Muslim or independent, educate hundreds of thousands of students across the city. These students deserve the same access to nutritious meals as their counterparts in public schools,” said Maury Litwack, the Executive Director of Teach NYS. “For years



ou won’t want to miss this year’s CIMBY Run, slated to take place on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the Far Rockaway Boardwalk! Based on last year’s CIMBY 5K Run, Achiezer will be expanding this fantastic program to include two new, exciting components. The 10K Run will allow participants to take this event up a notch. The CIMBY Juniors Run is a 1.5 mile run geared for boys in grades 4-7, adding a whole new element of interest and sure to attract hundreds of families to participate. The day will culminate in a gala BBQ with music entertainment. Last year’s participants included volunteers and community members from the Five Towns, Far Rockaway and Bayswater, who united to participate in this community-wide endeavor to raise funds for specific Achiezer programs.

we have advocated for truly universal pre-kindergarten, truly universal security and safety programs and now universal access to school lunches – all of New York’s students are entitled to excellent education, safety and health programs.” Allen Fagin, Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union, added, “We hope the Mayor understands the important role that nonpublic

schools play in educating this city’s children, and in relieving the city of the huge cost of educating over two hundred thousand children citywide. It is grossly unfair to penalize the choices these parents have made for educating their children by excluding them from programs and services that purport to be – but are not available to all. This is discrimination in its starkest form. We

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Aseret Y’mei Teshuva at Shulamith High School


t Shulamith High School, the week of Aseret Y’mei Teshuva was about more than remembering to add Zochreinu and the other additions to Shemoneh Esreh and adding Avinu Malkeinu

and L’David to the morning Shacharit. During the days leading up to Yom Kippur, there was a full roster of programs held throughout the week, with the goal of teaching the students that the Yamim Noraim

are about more than just showing up to shul. The theme of the week was “Teshuva, Tefillah, Tzedaka: Power Up for a Good Year.” Central to the Yom Kippur liturgy is the appeal to teshuva, tefillah, and tzedaka, the fundamental merits that avert the evil decree. With this in mind, each activity was designed to help students make a personal connection to Yom Kippur. Students began the week with hands-on activities focused on tzedaka. In addition to launching a coat drive, the students packed hadlakat neirot packages for Tomchei Shabbos and added in their own personalized notes to the recipient families. Tuesday focused on teshuva, as students attended a workshop where they heard real stories of ba’alei teshuva. “This was really amazing,” said 11th grader Fraydy Meltzer. “Hearing real stories from people who chose this life is inspiring. When you are born into it, this life can sometimes feel like a chore. When you hear from people who chose this, it makes you think more about what we have.” Wednesday focused on tefilla. Students rose at 6 a.m. to greet the sunrise on Atlantic Beach and then joined together in a melodious Shacharit. “I felt that the davening brought us all together,” said 11th grader Shana Deil. “Mrs. Wolf brought her guitar, and it was a really special reflection on what these days are all about.”   Later in the day, the entire school tackled the problematics of finding meaning in tefilla, learning new perspectives

on this age-old question from guest speakers Rabbi Moshe Greene and Rebbetzin Devorah Lubner. “Tefilla is challenging in 2017,” commented Chumash and Halacha teacher Rabbi Aaron Feigenbaum, “and discussing it in a contemporary setting is certainly a proper avodah for Yom Kippur.” The culmination of the week was a series of mini-classes that brought it all together, showing how every aspect of the week is relevant, applicable, and spiritually transformative in preparation for Yom Kippur.   In the tefilla session, students explored how to personalize tefilla while reciting the words of the Machzor. “The beauty of tefilla is that it means something different to each one of us,” said principal Rina Zerykier. The teshuva session encouraged students to grapple with the question: “What if I’m not sorry?” It was a week of reflection and spiritual uplift that energized and inspired the whole student body.

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4G NCSY Program Comes to New York


rah Wilens, from Chicago, spent a summer on one of NCSY’s all-girls summer programs. She wanted to keep up the fun and inspiring experience she had. Orah, together with her friend Raisel Altman, knew that some girls are not comfortable in a coed environment, so a year-round all-girls NCSY program would not only be beneficial but also necessary for the growth of girls in their area. With the help of Rabbi Donny Schwartz, Midwest Regional Director, Orah and Raisel planted the seeds for what is now known as NCSY 4G (NCSY For Girls). “Our summer programs have offered girls only options for years,” explained Rabbi Schwartz. “We must now adapt our year-long programming as well.” NCSY 4G offers girls who are craving inspiration and empowerment, a platform to safely speak their minds in a non-judgmental environment, learn from inspiring female role models, and become enlightened through informal learning to truly appreciate the beauty of being a part of the Jewish people. Through the work of the 4G Chicago Director, Avigayil Strulowitz, and Assistant Director Shuli Tsadok, 4G has now grown to not only reach hundreds of girls but the program has also spread to Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, and is now coming to the NY area. “NY NCSY is excited to bring in Dani Sudwerts,” says Rina Emerson, CEO of NY NCSY, who is the new 4G Director and an active member of the Far Rockaway/5 Towns community. Dani first came into NCSY as an unaffiliated public school student. After switching to yeshiva she quickly moved up the NCSY ranks, serving on Regional Board and becoming the Regional President. She also is a member of NCSY’s prestigious Ben Zakkai honor society. Dani has had 15 years of experience teaching girls in the Jewish educational system. She

has seen firsthand the need for a program dedicated to fostering growth through warmth and inspiration. “Jewish girls are the future of the next generation,” explains Dani. “Investing in the spiritual needs of the guarantors of our nation is crucial to our continuity, and NCSY is the perfect fit to achieve that goal,”. The NY NCSY 4G Program will include chapters in the 5 Towns, West Hempstead and Great Neck with plans to expand to Manhattan and Queens. Leora Lesher, Rockland County Director, will be heading up a branch in her area as well. A group of passionate and motivated leaders serve as the 4G board, which is comprised of representatives of various girls High Schools around the NYC area. With a focus on informal learning, teens inspiring teens, social action chessed activities and crazy fun trips, activities and Shabbatons, NY NCSY 4G is sure to unite and ignite the fire of the Jewish young woman. Our NY NCSY 4G Kickoff Event will take place on Oct. 29. Not only will this be a reunion of every all-girls NCSY summer program (Michlelet, GIVE, GIVE WEST, Bnos Kanfei and MAORHS age), but it is also an invitation to bring friends who may not have attended a program to see what NCSY is all about. This will be an opportunity for girls to sign up and for any advisors that would like to be part of this special program as well. Looking forward to seeing you there! For further 4G NY information, please contact Dani Sudwerts at and for more information about the all-girls summer programs that NCSY offers go to summer.ncsy. org. Some content of this article was taken from the Ignite Magazine.



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Rav Moshe Mandel and his first grade talmidim of Yeshiva Darchei Torah at Tashlich by the beach

YCQ Heads to Flushing Meadows Park for Tashlich PHOTO CREDIT: MAXINE LIPSHITZ


his past week, the grade five students at the Yeshiva of Central Queens joined Rabbi Ribalt, Judaic studies assistant principal, their rabbeim, morot and principal, Rabbi Landsman, for a trip to the lake at Flushing Meadows Park to participate in the mitzvah of tashlich. The students learned how the performance of tashlich is symbolic of the idea that Rosh Hashanah offers a chance for a fresh start for the New Year. Each student was asked to spend time re-

flecting on the past year, then given a piece of soluble paper to write down a middah that they would like to work on. They then threw the paper into the lake creating an image that should continue to inspire them throughout the year, to work towards their true potential. Heidi Birnbaum said, “As I watched my paper disintegrate, I thought about the things I didn’t like from last year that I want to work on changing this year.” Sagiv Shoshani said, “I wrote down

what I wanted to change, and threw it in the water. Now I work on it every night and already some things are changing.” By physically participating in this activity, students were offered a chance to make a real connection to Hashem and to be grateful for the opportunities they have and for the opportunity for growth in Torah learning and personal middot. Shira Nektalov wrote on her paper that “I want to work on being nicer to people. Especially the ones

that are sometimes hard to be nice to.” The program was designed to instill an understanding that Hashem gives us a chance to do better and that we need to take that opportunity, however, we can’t just say it. To really make a change we must continue to work on our middot every day. It is an ongoing process; a real commitment. “I like that I have a chance to erase all the bad things and really commit to making changes,” said Nataniel Aranbaiev.

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Hurricane-Ravaged Communities Benefit from OHEL’s Trauma Support Team


HEL’s Trauma Team, which has years of experience in natural tragedies, continues to provide critical help to individuals, families, and schools affected by Hurricane Harvey. As many have personally experienced from Hurricane Irma, Sandy and other such natural disasters, the devastating effects of a hurricane can last for weeks, months and longer. OHEL was in contact with community leaders, as was OHEL Board Member Ben Englander who has relatives in Houston, and dispatched a Trauma Team to Houston to help the local community leaders. Our dedicated team which provided counseling, teacher training  and home visits as needed was led by Dr Norman Blumenthal, Zachter Family Chair in Trauma and Crisis Counseling at OHEL, and Tzivy Reiter, OHEL Director, with Tzvi Wesson, Clinical Coordinator of OHEL’s Mobile Outreach Team, and Cheryl Chernofsky, Trauma Team Specialist.  The OHEL Trauma Team coordinated and worked especially closely with United Orthodox Synagogues of Houston and The Robert Beren Academy.   The trauma in the community was compounded by the fact that many of the same people now affected also experienced the floods of Memorial Day 2015 and/or Tax Day 2016, in addition to Hurricane Harvey.​ As Tzivy Reiter reflects, “The damage to many was  devastating. Many people lost all their possessions their home, family heirlooms, and family photos.”   The inconsistency of devastation – one part with rampant destruction and others largely spared –  can create feelings of isolation in those areas affected, and even guilt for necessitating assistance, all be it less acute than the needs of others. There are a range of responses to trauma that many people experience – emotional, behavioral, cognitive and physical.   These reactions can vary, are individual and depend upon the person’s past experiences, and coping styles. They are generally

regarded to be “normal responses to an abnormal situation,” and for most people will subside over time. As Dr. Blumenthal enforces, “Necessitating professional trauma intervention is not a sign of weakness. On the contrary, it is most often borne out of a person’s strengths – feelings of empathy, compassion, depth of thought and sensitivity.”  Given OHEL’s history in supporting individuals and communities in the face of natural tragedies, we have produced many practical support materials to help strengthen those affected by trauma. OHEL sent hundreds of copies of practical and insightful workbooks and brochures to affected communities including a General Trauma Guide, “How to Cope With Sudden Crisis: Rupture, Resilience & Repair,” a brochure specifically aimed at parents entitled, “Building Strength in Children After Trauma and Stress,” and a popular children workbook, “My Resilience Workbook for Children.”   The people of Houston displayed tremendous  unity  despite all their challenges.    Laypeople and community leaders, many of whom themselves suffered, continue now even weeks later to mobilize and work 24/7 to be a resource for others in the community.     The OHEL Trauma Team felt privileged to be of service to this amazing and special community and continues to be a critical and welcome resource for the difficult months ahead as they work toward recovery.    In mid-October OHEL’s Trauma Team will return to Houston to support the community.  These include a community-wide lecture to address coping strategies for children during this difficult time and  training a group of social work interns and psychiatry residents on how to help the community post disaster at The Baylor College School of Medicine. OHEL will also provide a number of school-based trainings including Teacher Training for  UOS Goldberg Montessori School in Bellaire Texas and at The Beren Academy and  a workshop to parents enti-

L-R: Dr. Norman Blumenthal, Holly Davies from Robert Beren Academy in Houston, OHEL’s Cheryl Chernofsky, and Tzivy Reiter

tled “Calm After the Storm” at Bauer College of Business, University of Houston. OHEL’s ability to reach far and wide is indicative of 48 years’ experience in serving the community, and the New OHEL Jaffa Family Campus, which will be home to OHEL’s Trauma Services, as well as all our other services now under one roof, will

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Siach Yitzchok: Off to a Great Start


ast week, some classes took a trip to the water to say tashlich by the ocean. While there, they also sang and danced. Other classes had sukkahs built in their classrooms with many posters and decorations. In Rabbi Schechter’s class each boy received an individual sukkah posters with many gedolim on it, and among them were pictures of boys in the class who will, iy”H, be gedolim. Rabbeim have commented, “The boys got right back into learning, as if there was no summer break.”

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Torah Thought

Sukkot By Rabbi Berel Wein


he festival of Sukkot marks the culmination, so to speak, of the holy month of Tishrei. Though all of the festivals of the Jewish year retain a solemnity regarding their observance, the festival of Sukkot is marked as being a time of joy and celebration. The natural beauty of the holiday, as it is accompanied by the climate and agricultural bounty of the Land of Israel, enhances the celebration of the festival itself. The fact that the special commandments that distinguish this holiday from all others are of a natural and agricultural type reinforces within us the understanding of the viewpoint of the Torah towards the wonders of the natural world in which we live. Even in the snow and cold of autumn in Eastern Europe (or in my childhood in Chicago) the holiday spoke to the Jewish people of the natural beauty of the Land of Israel and of the glories of G-d’s world. While the pagan world worshiped nature itself, Judaism taught its adherents to worship the Creator of nature and its enabler. Plus, it was the view of nature and its awesome powers and enormous beauty that marked the dividing line between Judaism and the pagan world. The other differences in behavior and outlook, values and our observances stem from this original divergence as how we view the natural world that we inhabit. The festival of Sukkot serves to remind us as to this basic fault line in human

thought and civilization. Aside from the natural beauty of the world that the holiday emphasizes there is also a strong message of freedom that Sukkot represents. Sukkot symbolizes simple pleasures in life, without unnecessary luxuries

in this world and sometimes the demands of travel give us simple and temporary accommodations. The Torah wishes for our home to also be comfortable but one should never view it as being permanent. In spite of this serious thought, we are bid-

I remember as a child growing up in Chicago during World War II that there were only three etrogim in the synagogue on Sukkot to service the more than seven-hundred-fifty worshipers present. and burdensome appurtenances. We are able to live, enjoy and experience life even under a flimsy roof and seemingly temporary quarters. The Torah does not demand from us discomfort. If, for various reasons, it is uncomfortable and even painful to sit in the sukkah then we are freed from that obligation. However the Torah does demand from us a proper perspective as to the necessities of life. The sukkah is a temporary dwelling but the truth of the matter is that even our mansion-like home is also only a temporary dwelling for mortal human beings. We are all travelers so to speak

den to be happy and to rejoice in the present and in the blessings of life, family, the Land of Israel and our relationship to the Creator of all natural beauty and human satisfaction. The only happiness that is lasting and meaningful is an inner happiness not caused by outside stimuli or fleeting factors. The festival of Sukkot comes to help us experience this inner happiness and to negate within us any extraneous reliance on outside factors to create the happiness that we so long for and desire. Sukkot also comes to teach us that somehow we could take a minimalistic view of life. Not everything

is perfect and not everything is beautiful, and there are many circumstances in life when we are forced to settle for less than we had hoped for. So, a sukkah is kosher even if it has barely more than two walls. We try to purchase and own the most beautiful blemish-free etrog possible. But any etrog, as long as it meets the minimum standards of halacha, is also acceptable. I remember as a child growing up in Chicago during World War II that there were only three etrogim in the synagogue on Sukkot to service the more than seven-hundred-fifty worshipers present. It took well over an hour and a half for everyone to mount the bimah and recite the blessing over the etrog. Needless to say, towards the end of the line the etrog was somewhat blemished after being handled by so many people over such a length of time. Nevertheless, the last person in line recited the blessing with fervor and commitment equal to those who had long before preceded him. It is desirable to have a perfect etrog on which to make the blessing. But it is not always possible and the reality of the matter is that we should always make do with what we have and not be prevented from serving G-d and man properly by the lack of perfection within others or ourselves. Shabbat shalom, chag sameach.

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Sukkos Our Permanent Temporary Dwelling By Rav Moshe Weinberger Adapted for publication by Binyomin Wolf


he sukkah contains deep and meaningful lessons to teach us about life. One of the major disputes throughout Maseches Sukkah is

whether a sukkah should be built as a permanent dwelling or a temporary dwelling. According to the opinion that the sukkah must be a permanent dwelling, the sukkah should

be built in a sturdy, strong fashion. According to this view, among other requirements, the sukkah: (i) may be more than twenty amos (about thirty feet) tall, (ii) must cover an

area of at least 4x4 amos (about six feet by six feet), (iii) must consist of at least three full walls which provide as much shade as the roof of the sukkah, and (iv) must be built on sol-

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id ground, and cannot be built on a wagon or boat. In contrast, according to the view that the sukkah must be a temporary dwelling, it may be built much less sturdily. According to this opinion, the sukkah, among other things: (i) may be as small as 7x7 tefachim (about two feet by two feet), (ii) may have just two walls with the third being at least a tefach (about four inches), (iii) must provide its primary shade from the roof of the sukkah, rather than the walls, (iv) may be placed on a ship or a wagon, and (iv) is not kosher if it is more than twenty amos (about thirty feet) high. This dispute is not merely about the technical requirements of a sukkah. It touches upon the essential nature and purpose of the sukkah. According to the opinion that a sukkah must be a permanent dwelling, the sukkah is meant to project a feeling of stability and security to imbue us with the feeling that we are dwelling in the “the shade of our faith,” in the Holy One Who is strong and in Whom we can trust. According to the opinion that the sukkah must be a temporary dwelling, the sukkah is still meant to teach us to trust in Hashem but we accomplish this by dwelling in a shaky, fragile dwelling. This reminds us that our life in this world is fragile, so we must look instead to Hashem to take care of us. According to this view, our feeling of safety and security is not drawn from strong walls and a roof which were made by man. Rather, it comes from looking through the roof of the sukkah and seeing the stars above, a reminder of the One above us. Both opinions agree that the purpose of the sukkah is (Tehillim 27:5) “He concealed me in his sukkah on the day of evil, He sheltered me in the shelter of His tent...” The two views merely disagree about the proper way to come to this feeling of trust in Hashem using the sukkah. Halacha, however, follows the opinion that the sukkah must be

a temporary dwelling. It is therefore remarkable that halacha also requires us to treat this temporary dwelling as we would our permanent home. According to the Gemara (Sukkah 28b), one must bring his good dishes and nice pillows into the sukkah. The Mishna there explains, “During the entire seven days [of Sukkos], one should make his sukkah his permanent dwelling and his house a temporary dwelling...” The Rambam, in his commentary on this Mishnah, explains that even though the structure of the sukkah must be for a temporary dwelling, we must relate to the sukkah as a permanent dwelling. Indeed, it is amazing how much time and money Jews invest in the sukkah and the Four Species which will have absolutely no purpose once the yom tov

have at any given time as permanent even if we know it may be temporary. This is the story of our entire history. One does not need to go back to the shtetlach of Europe to see this. Think of the trees planted and houses, towns, shuls, and stores built by the Jews in Gush Katif before the expulsion. They built that place as a permanent dwelling. They did it all for the sake of the mitzvah of settling Eretz Yisroel. They invested untold time, money, work, and prayer in the fruit of their hands hoping that it would last forever. Providence decreed, however, that they had to leave their “sukkah,” like the proverbial (Sukkah 2:9) “servant who comes to pour a cup of wine for his master, and the master splashes the cup back in his face.” It turns out that their investment was in a temporary

Our people go on planting and investing in our sukkahs and trust in whatever Hashem has in mind for the end, although we do not know what that end will be.

is over. It is understandable that people spend significant sums building shuls, yeshivos, and mikva’os, which are permanent. But when Jews want to say that something is worthless, they say that it is “like an esrog after Sukkos.” Even though we know that the sukkah is a temporary dwelling, that does not stop us from treating it like a permanent dwelling, with all of the investment that entails. Jews have the attitude that “right here, right now, this is my world, this is my permanent dwelling, so I will treat it as such.” This is “the shade of faith” in which we take shelter. The duel nature of the sukkah caused me to think about this unique ability of our people to treat what we

dwelling. The greatness of the Jew is that he (Tosafos, Shabbos 31a) “believes in the [One who is the source of the] life of all worlds and plants.” He does not plant because he believes with certainty that he will eventually reap what he has sown. One of the Hoshanos recounts twenty-two things that could go wrong in the farming process from which we ask to be saved. Such Jews (Tehillim 126:5) “plant with tears” because they do not know whether there will be a time to “reap with joy.” Nevertheless, (ibid. 126: 6) “they continue crying but carry on planting.” Just like the rest of the Jewish people who build their sukkahs even

though they know that they may not be permanent, they believe in the Source of the Life of all worlds and invest in what Hashem has given them today although they do not know what will happen tomorrow. If it turns out that they one day have to leave the “sukkahs” that they have built, they leave humbly and do not kick the sukkah (see Avodah Zara 3a). Our people go on planting and investing in our sukkahs and trust in whatever Hashem has in mind for the end, although we do not know what that end will be. From time to time, I read a sefer of poetry from those who were expelled from Gush Katif called Searching to Understand G-d’s Will. It contains the following poem reflecting on the expulsion by a woman named Ruchama Shapira from Shirat Hayam, Gush Katif: Do you want us to leave on our own? It is clear to me that You do not. To fight, with force? No. I am ready to be arrested if that is Your will To leave everything behind Or to pack up myself Powerless, expelled, a refugee in Your land Like a woman ostracized by Heaven, to bind up my destiny With You. This is the way of the Jewish people. In the merit of our building for Hashem’s sake even when we do not know the ultimate outcome, may Hashem soon permanently rebuild the fallen Sukkah of Dovid Hamelech with the coming of Moshiach, may it be soon in our days. Rav Moshe Weinberger, shlita, is the founding Morah d’Asrah of Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, NY, and has served as Mashpia in Yeshiva University since 2013.

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Between the Lines

Meat, Wine, and the Pursuit of Happiness By Eytan Kobre

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. -Benjamin Franklin


Cherokee elder was once telling his grandson of the battle that rages inside people. “The battle, young one, is between two wolves: unhappiness and happiness.”

After contemplating this for a minute, the young boy asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?” “Ah,” replied the elder. “The one you feed.” Sukkos is the “Time of Our Happiness,” a holiday of “extra happiness” (Rambam, Sukka 8:12) – a point emphasized by the Torah three times (Vayikra 23:39-40; Devarim 16:13-15). Indeed, the Vilna Gaon famously opined that the obligation to be happy on Sukkos – being completely and utterly happy for eight consecutive days – is the most daunting of all commandments. And it’s easy to understand why. Life presents so many reasons not to be truly happy – illness, livelihood, strife, instability, the list is endless. Even hardships aside, ordinary and everyday concerns alone simply do not per-

mit us to be absolutely happy. So how can the Torah demand that we be happy? How can it decree emotion? What if we’re just not in the mood? There once was an old water-carrier who passed the study hall of the Ba’al Shem Tov every day with his pails. Whenever the Ba’al Shem Tov saw the water-carrier, he interrupted his students to ask, “Berel, my good man, how are you today?” Berel usually offered a polite response and continued on his way. But one day, he responded quite differently. “How do I feel? Not good! Not good at all! Day in and day out I shlep these heavy pails. My back hurts. I’m getting older. My boots are in tatters. My family is large. The burden is too much. Those new houses at the end of the town want more and more water, and they are built up on the slope of the hill.” With a deep sigh, Berel picked up his pails and trudged on. The Ba’al Shem Tov said nothing. A few days later, Berel again passed the Ba’al Shem Tov and his students. “Berel, how are you today?” This time, the water-carrier rambled on about his good fortune. “Thank G-d, I’m doing well. I have work, and I earn

enough money to feed my family. I am blessed because I have a large family. My boots are worn, but they do the job. And those new houses they recently built at the hill need a lot of water, which means extra income.” The water-carrier lifted his heavy buckets almost effortlessly and continued joyfully on his way. The Ba’al Shem Tov explained to his puzzled disciples the water-carrier’s apparent change of heart. When Berel is unhappy and feels things are missing from his life, it is because he chooses to see the world that way. But when Berel chooses to be happy and content with what is in his life, he sees the world that way and joyfully goes about his work. As with Berel, each day presents us with a stark choice: experience the world through happiness and joy or experience it through melancholy. And choice is the rub. Happiness does not depend on anything we have or don’t have, nor does it hinge on where we are, who we’re with, or what we’re doing. Happiness is a choice. It can be cultivated, crafted, and created. It isn’t something we are given; it is something we make (Pele Yoetz, Simcha; Chochma

U’Mussar, Vol. 2, pgs. 331-332). As Abraham Lincoln put it, “Most people are about as happy as they decide to be.” We would never be commanded to feel happy if we couldn’t choose to do so. Sukkos is the perfect setting for cultivating happiness and reminding us that it is our choice whether to pursue it. The occasion itself is cause for happiness. Sukkos follows on the heels of a 45-day period of intensive spiritual cleansing, and it thus celebrates our new lease on our spiritual lives (Sifsei Chaim, Vol. I, pg. 208; Alei Shur, Vol. II, pg. 451). It also comes at a time of material gladness – the harvesting of produce – so that our material joy and our spiritual joy may coalesce (Sefer HaChinuch 324; Tosfos, Devarim 16:14). One Sukkos eve, a young man enduring a particularly difficult period in his life asked Rav Shach how to fulfill the obligation of being happy on Sukkos. “You’ll understand at Kiddush,” he answered. That night, upon reaching the words, “for You have chosen us and sanctified us from all the nations,” Rav Shach’s face beamed with pride. And the young man understood that this

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alone was sufficient cause for happiness. Then there are the typical festivities of any holiday, i.e., treats for the children, clothes and jewelry for the women, and meat and wine for the men (Rambam, Yom Tov 6:17-18). Sukkos, in particular, gives us the Four Species as tangible tools of joy (Yerushalmi, Sukka 16b; Abarbanel, Vayikra 23:40), and the Simchas Bais HaSho’eva festivities were an unparalleled display of happiness (Sukka 5:1-4; Sukka 51b). So if despite all this, we aren’t happy on Sukkos, we have nothing to blame but our own choices. Minister/author Norman Vincent Peale told of a dinner conversation he had with a couple in a railway dining car during a trip. Despite being dressed in furs, diamonds, and an expensive dress, the woman seemed to be having a terrible time of things. She complained loudly that the car was

dingy and drafty, the service bad, the food inedible. Her husband, in contrast, was quite affable. Peale asked the man what business he was in, to which the

unhappiness.” Shemini Atzeres, co-joined with Simchas Torah, is the perfect capstone to this exercise in choosing happiness. Inasmuch as

As with Berel, each day presents us with a stark choice: experience the world through happiness and joy or experience it through melancholy.

man responded that he was a lawyer – adding, “And my wife is in manufacturing.” This surprised Peale because she did not appear to be the industrial or executive type. “Oh? What does she manufacture?” “Unhappiness,” replied the man. “She manufactures her own

it lacks material instruments engendering happiness, happiness itself is the order of the day (Kol Eliyahu, Devarim 16:15; Rashi, Vayikra 23:36; Sukka 55b; Shir HaShirim Rabba 1:32). Shemini Atzeres weans us off the tangible expressions of joy employed during the first seven days of

Sukkos, permitting us to cultivate happiness alone as a choice. As the point of departure for the year ahead, the purpose of Shemini Atzeres is to “be joyful from your sukkah into your home” (Targum Yonasan, Bamidbar 29:35) – to learn to choose happiness even when it is not a “time of happiness” per se. And if we choose happiness on Sukkos – recognizing that it is a choice, not a fate or a gift – we are assured of being happy throughout the year (Ibn Ezra and Abrabanel, Devarim 16:15; Pele Yo’etz, Sukka). Because when we take to heart that happiness is a choice, the question is not how we can be happy for eight consecutive days – the question is how can we not be?. Eytan Kobre is a writer, speaker, mediator, and attorney living in Kew Gardens Hills. Questions? Comments? Suggestions? E-mail

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The Observant Jew

Be All That You Can Bee By Rabbi Jonathan Gewirtz


s I walked out of my office on an unseasonably warm late September day, I noticed that there was some movement in the flowers at the end of the driveway. Upon closer inspection, I was able to see a number of bees flitting from flower to flower, collecting nectar, no doubt, to make honey. Though normally they would have moved on due to the chilly weather (they cluster together in their hives when it gets below 50 degrees Fahrenheit – sort of “hivernation,” I guess), this time they were working at full steam as it seemed to them to be another summer day. As it was shortly after Rosh Hashana, I still had bees on my mind. Not literally, thank G-d, but they were something I’d been thinking about. With all the honey sold for Rosh Hashana, it became the focus of many gift items and tablescapes. As part of the decorations, designers included bees. My wife made a cake in the shape of a honeycomb (it was delicious!) and the pan had the shape of beehives and honeybees molded into it so they stood in bas-relief upon the top of the cake. I wondered about that. I get that honey is sweet and we want a sweet new year and all, but what’s with all the bugs? The more I thought, the more I realize that bees are special. For starters, they are non-kosher animals which produce something kosher. But it goes further. I’m not sure, but though there

are numerous names given to people that are the names of birds or animals, such as Aryeh (lion), Dov (bear), and Yonah (dove), Devorah (bee) is the only insect I can think of. You don’t often hear the gabbai saying, “V’yekarei shma B’Yisrael – Nemala,” (though there are women called Aunt). Honeybees spread pollen from

careful. But what about that stinging and dying myth? It’s actually not a myth. One type of bee has a larger barb on the end of its stinger which gets caught in the victim’s flesh. When the bee flies away, the stinger and part of its abdomen are torn off and the bee dies from the rupture. OK, enough of the gory stuff. Can you guess which bee

Even though the calendar said it was autumn, the temperature said “summer” so they were out there working.

many different plants and contribute to their spread and production. If not for the honeybee, it’s likely that human food sources would be negatively impacted. So, even though they’re protecting their queen, they’re doing so much for us. Want to know another interesting fact? You know how you’ve heard that once a bee stings it dies? That isn’t true for all bees. Bumblebees and wasps can sting and fly away. There is good news though. Since the “stinger” is an ovipositor, meaning a tube through which the insects deposit their eggs, male bees don’t have stingers. Of course, there are plenty of female bees, so you should still be

is the only type of bee that dies when it stings? Yup, you guessed it. The honeybee. When I saw that I was astounded and marveled at the lesson. Chazal say that if we hadn’t gotten the Torah we could have learned modesty from a cat. Not that it has long skirts and seams on its paws, but it goes into a private place to relieve itself. We would learn industriousness from the ant, which works its entire life and prepares much more than it can eat in those few months, which is also a great lesson for Olam Haba. So now, let’s learn from the honeybee. First of all, as long as it has the

opportunity, it’s doing its job. Even though the calendar said it was autumn, the temperature said “summer” so they were out there working. Second of all, the honeybee works hard to add sweetness to the world, and the food is not just limited to the bees because people can eat it. In fact, honey has many medicinal benefits as a drug and a topical ointment and even has antibiotic properties (without a prescription!). Finally, if the bee hurts someone, it feels the pain even more acutely. To sum it up, if we could try to “bee” careful to always look for chances to benefit others, to provide sweetness instead of bitterness, and be pained if we end up hurting someone else, the world would be a much better place. And if the weather is warm enough that your sukkah is visited by bees? Have this discussion at your table and share with your family and friends how to make sure we all have a sweet new year.

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

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There’s Light, and Life, at the End of the Tunnel By the time she was a teenager, Bracha H. had already endured several rounds of chemotherapy in an effort to rid her body of the cancer that had taken hold. Her last hope was a stem cell transfer, a painful procedure where the marrow in her bones would be killed and new cells introduced. They would grow, cancer free, and she would be cured. There was only one problem. The procedure would destroy any chance she had to have children in the future. “The doctor told me there was a 70% chance I would make it through the procedure, but a 90% chance that I wouldn’t be able to have kids,” she recalled. “He had to leave the room because I was crying so hard. I kept thinking, ‘What’s the point?’ if I couldn’t have children.” Bracha and her family consulted with rabbonim and took steps to preserve her chances of becoming a mother. The stem cell procedure was a success, but Bracha’s recovery was not merely physical. Along with cancer-free cells, Bracha needed to find her cancer-free self.

Chai Lifeline Was the Constant in Bracha’s Life. Throughout her illness, Bracha’s family found themselves embraced by Chai Lifeline. “We live in a great community with lots of support. When I got sick, everyone was around. But cancer takes years, and after a while everyone goes back to their own lives. Everyone but Chai Lifeline,” she said. Bracha’s parents, who spent long days and nights at the hospital, were buoyed by fresh dinners every night. Bracha found herself waiting for the volunteers who came daily. “Cancer drained me emotionally as well as physically. The volunteers who came became close friends. They reinforced within me that I would grow spiritually and come out stronger,” she said. Perhaps most dispiriting for Bracha was that she was too ill to join her friends in Israel after high school. She had been looking forward to seminary, but it seemed out of reach forever. Her Chai Lifeline case manager arranged for Bracha to meet with HaRav Matisyahu Solomon, shlita, at a Chai Lifeline Winter Family Retreat. She was grateful for the opportunity and the time he spent with her. “He told me that I would learn in Israel in the future, and that my experience would be richer and more meaningful. It helped me go on.” ■

Making It Past The Challenges Bracha’s long hospitalization gave her a career focus. She decided to become a nurse to pay forward the care and compassion she received. At the same time, she began dating. Always a stressful period in a young adult’s life, dating after surviving a serious illness is especially fraught. “Chai Lifeline volunteers and my Camp Simcha counselors had given me confidence and made me Even after I realized I feel good about myself. It was so was going to live, it took different than the a while for me to see way that others that I was going to be saw me as a wife (for themselves okay. That’s what Chai or their sons),” Lifeline did for me. she explained.

Thankfully, she met her bashert and was married in her 20s. For Bracha, the final hurdle was parenthood. Bracha and her husband researched the options, and thankfully, she became a mother a few years ago. “Every day is a blessing,” she said, nuzzling the baby in her arms. “Everything changed for me when I was diagnosed. Chai Lifeline helped me realize that I could go on.” ■

Project Chai: We’re Here For The Long Run It has been the worst hurricane season in over a decade; for children, the impact may last as long as it takes to rebuild communities and routines to be re-established.

Familiar routines are particularly important for children, which is one of the reasons that the administrators of Yeshivat Torat Emet in Houston opened within a few days of Hurricane Harvey. The school reached out to Project CHAI; Zahava Farbman, LMSW, Project CHAI’s associate director and an experienced traumatologist, anchored a teleconference that evening to help parents explain and respond to the hurricane and flooding. ■



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Zahava Block, Assistant Head Counselor Avital Abraham, Kaila Michal Levi, Assistant Program Director Division Heads: Michie Alper • Tzippy Avitan • Goldie Dicker • Chani Hershkowitz • Shterny Levitin • Shaindel Lieberman • Rikki Liff • Aidel Malka Mintz Suzy Abadi • Rivky Aberman • Julia Abramov • Perel Abramson • Alyssa Adler • Sarah Ahdut • Emma Alpert • Odelia Amiel • Ayala Amitai • Itty Andrusier • Adva Antebi • Rebecca Assoulin • Yael Attias • Rivky Ausfresser • Shani Axelrod • Shoshana Baida • Hannah Balasiano • Leba Bald • Noa Bar Lev • Sarah Barr • Julia Baruch • Tamar Bauer • Leah Baumgarten • Hannah Baumgarten • Mrs. Tova Begun • Adina Begun • Esther Ben David • Batsheva Berger • Esther Berger • Michal Berger • Ilana Berger • Abby Bergman • Yaeli Berkowitz • Chavi Berkowitz • Leah Berman • Shiffy Bistritzky • Sara Bitton • Devora Blatter • Naomi Block • Hannah Blumberg • Ita Bodner • Malky Botnick • Malky Brazil • Rifka Basya Brecher • Brocha Brecher • Baila Brecher • Sarah Brecher • Racheli Breiner • Chevi Brown • Rachel Brown • Malya Bruckstein • Ayelet Chana Buchen • Mrs. Geli Cagan • Rivky Carroll • Sophia Chabot • Blimie Chait • Rivky Chait • Frieda Chattah • Rachel Chehebar • Raizy Chein • Chani Chein • Sheina Chincholker • Ariella Ciment • Dina Cohen • Michal Cohen • Bassie Cohen • Mashi Cohen • Chana Cohen • Jordie Cohn • Emilia Cojab • Leora Crandall • Sorra Crandall • Adina Davis • Eva Decter • Gabrielle Decter • Nechama Dembitzer • Suri Deutsch • Shoshana Devor • Natalie Dicker • Avigayil Dietz • Naomie Dimenschstein • Aliza Domsky • Shayna Doretsky • Moriel Draiman • Tovi Drazin • Riva Drazin • Naomi Drutman • Rachel Dube • Elyse Dweck • Esther Shira Edelman • Malka Edery • Tova Ehrenpreis • Esther Rena Ehrenpreis • Gitty Eisenbach • Batya Eisenbach • Toby Eisenreich • Elana Eisenreich • Pnina Elbaz • Miriam Elberg • Chava Elbogen • Gila Elefant • Esti Elgrably • Riki Emanuel • Myriam Encaoua • Yummy Entin • Esty Ettlinger • Shira Etzman • Tziporah Leah Falkovsky • Suzy Fallas • Ruchama Farbman • Mrs. Shani Farkas • Chana Faygen • Adina Feder • Tiferet Feder • Chavy Feder • Tonia Feigenson • Mrs. Mimi Feiler • Rebetzin Aviva Feiner • Lele Feiner • Mrs. Adina Feinstein • Chaviva Feinstein • Ashira Feld • Itty Fellig • Batsheva Fenig • Chaya Sara Fettman • Miriam Fink • Batsheva Fink • Atara Fink • Sara Fink • Chaya Shira Fink • Fayge Finkelstein • Simi Fischman • Pnina Fishman • Chaya Florans • Yehudis Florans • Shaina Forman • Malka Fox • Chaya Gitty Fried • Brocha Fried • Pessy Friedman • Devorah Friedman • Esther Friedman • Tzippy Friedman • Avigail Friedman • Leah Friedmann • Shoshana Frishman • Esti Fuchs • Eden Gabay • Racheli Gancz • Chaya Rivky Ganz • Shoshana Garfield • Sara Garfinkel • Faigy Gelbendorf • Yaeli Gerbitz • Leah Ginsburg • Razie Ginsburg • Temi Glanzman • Baila Glick • Mrs. Yaffa Gluck • Aliza Gold • Aliza Goldberg • Rachelli Goldberg • Shira Golding • Esther Goldstein • Tamar Goldstein • Mrs. Aviva Goodman • Ariella Gordon • Chaya Rochel Gordon • Chayala Gordon • Daniella Gottesfeld • Rikel Greenbaum • Ashira Greenberg • Rachela Greenman • Tova Greenman • Sara Grosberg • Toby Gross • Rivky Gross • Chana Gross • Paulina Grossman • Chana Gurarie • Shterna Gurevitch • Jennifer Gutmann • Noa Hacker • Chani Haller • Batsheva Halon • Ahuva Halpert • Shifra Hamada • Racheli Harris • Adina Hartman • Rivki Hartman • Sara Hartman • Carrie Hawk • Gabrielle Hawk • Batsheva Hecht • Leah Herschmann • Chanie Hershkowitz • Nechama Herskovits • Sari Herskowitz • Sigi Hertz • Aidy Herzl • Shaindel Heyman • Chana Baila Heyman • Adina Heyman • Devorah Hirsch • Shoshana Hirsch • Deena Hirschel • Kayla Hoch • Atara Hochman • Sara Honig • Noa Horovitz • Tzivia Horowitz • Ariella Huberfeld • Aliza Isaacs • Devorah Itzkowitz • Suri Jacobowitz • Gitti Jaffa • Amanda Jedwab • Jamie Jemal • Sari Kahan • Tamara Kahan • Nina Kahn • Rivky Kail • Dobie Kalmanson • Kayla Kamornick • Nechama Kanarek • Sarah Kaplan • Ruthi Kaplinsky • Malka Kassai • Dina Katz • Meshi Katzburg • Shira Keilson • Sarah Kerner • Liat King • Faigy Klein • Ruchy Kleinbart • Shaindy Kleinkaufman • Devoiry Kleinman • Chaya Leah Klinger • Chaya Fradel Klitnick • Michal Klopmann • Leah Knopfler • Avital

Kontente • Shira Kornblit • Amanda Kornblum • Naomi Kramer • Laila Kraus • Miriam Krauss • Rivkah Krawiecz • Elisheva Kroll • Perel Kruger • Tziporah Kupferstein • Shira Kurland • Sarah Kurtz • Mali Kurz • Ayelet Landau • Kayla Landau • Avigayil Landau • Orah Malka Landsman • Nechama Landwirt • Sara Lang • Tirtza Lapides • Rosie Lapides • Sara Lax • Aviva Leibowitz • Sori Leiman • Adina Leitman • Adena Lenefsky • Henny Lerner • Leah Levene • Rivka Levenson • Shira Leventhal • Mushky Levertov • Batsheva Levi • Talia Levi • Taibele Levin • Traci Levine • Sigal Levine • Stephanie Levit • Shterny Levitin • Leora Levitin • Racheli Levitt • Batya Levy • Aliza Levy • Aliza Lew • Devorah Lewenstein • Sori Lewinson • Shoshana Libman • Sarale Lichtenstein • Bassie Lieder • Liora Linn • Faigy Lipschitz • Mala Lipson • Odelia Loewenthal • Tamar Loewenthal • Shoshy Lopin • Shula Lowenstein • Shoshana Lowenthal • Aviva Lowenthal • Danielle Lowinger • Milka Lowinger • Jordana Mael • Michelle Majer • Sari Malachovsky • Elisheva Mandel • Penina Mandelbaum • Sari Mansour • Chavi Marder • Tziporah Markovits • Toby Markowitz • Chaya Medetsky • Nechama Meister • Nina Melohn • Goldi Mendelowitz • Abby Meyer • Sheva Miller • Sheva Minsky • Dassi Mochin • Chana Mokhtar • Rachel Monczyk • Michal Moradi (Ghadamian) • Tamara Morduchowitz • Chevi Moskovitz • Michal Nachum • Mushka Leah Nathanson • Sarah Natkin • Michal Neiman • Rachel Neiman • Malkah Neuberger • Racheli Newhouse • Yehudis Nowosiolski • Tiki Nussbaum • Aliza Ochs • Michal Ofek • Talya Ohayon • Yaeli Orbach • Kayla Ostrov • Lauren Packer • Nechama Paluch • Devorah Peck • Estee Perl • Devorah Pinczower • Bracha Pinter • Chaya Surie Podrigal • Michal Pransky • Malky Rabinowitz • Danielle Rabinowitz • Rina Rambod • Hadassah Raskas • Dini Raskin • Chani Reich • Kayla Reich • Shaina Reissman • Penina Reznick • Alexandra Rindenow • Mushky Rivkin • Yosefa Roberts • Anya Roberts • Shoshana Roberts • Mimi Rosen • Naomi Raizel Rosen • Ashira Rosen • Hannah Rosen • Mrs. Nava Rosenberg • Chana Rosenberg • Ita Rosenblat • Nava Rosenblatt • Oriana Rosenstein • Talya Rosenwasser • Mrs. Lizi Rotberg • Chanie Rothman • Tziporah Rothschild • Sheva Rottenberg • Daniella Rowe • Adina Rubin • Meryl Rubin • Bella Rubin • LeeLee Rubin • Liba Rubinstein • Batya Russek • Rebecca Russo • Ariella Sabo • Bracha Salfer • Aleah Salzhauer • Miri Salzman • Mrs. Meira Samet • Mrs. Rina Schachter • Eliana Schachter • Jordana Schiff • Chani Schlussel • Yehudis Schmulowitz • Mindy Schonbrun • Ilana Schonfeld • Rachelli Schreiber • Adina Schupak • Shaindy Schwartz • Bella Seliger • Avi Septimus • Esther Seror • Ashira Shabat • Racheli Shapiro • Rebecca Sharbat • Aliza Shaulson • Hindy Shippel • Mrs. Tzippy Shteirman • Tami Shvartz • Rachel Siegel • Molly Sigel • Judy Silber • Shira Silberberg • Chedva Silberberg • Jamie Simon • Avia Sinai • Dalia Singal • Blima Singal • Toby Skaist • Avigail Small • Aliza Smilow • Blumie Snyder • Esti Sobel • Avital Sobel • Meira Sobol • Shira Somerstein • Etty Somerstein • Rivky Sontag • Faigy Sontag • Atara Spar • Aliza Spatz • Tziporah Spector • Yedida Spinner • Chavi Steinberg • Chaya Steinfeld • Ahuva Steinhardt • Tamari Stern • Adina Stern • Penina Strassberg • Tova Strohli • Shiffy Szanzer • Francine Szerer • Naomi Tashman • Dina Tatarka • Chedvah Taub • Avigail Teichman • Leana Thurm • Adena Tkatch • Devora Traube • Rachaeli Treitel • Mindy Tyberg • Faigy Tyrnauer • Nicole Van Amerongen • Batsheva Vann • Esti Verschleiser • Adina Waitman • Esti Waldbaum • Gitty Waldman • Emily Wanderer • Blimy Weber • Laya Wechsler • Shaindy Wechsler • Aliza Weill • Zehava Weinberg • Goldi Weinberger • Michelle Weingarten • Marnie Weingarten • Yael Weinroth • Rachel Weintraub • Malka Weintraub • Rivky Weis • Racheli Weiss • Bina Weiss • Rivky Weiss • Gabi Weiss • Tzippy Weiss • Frumie Weisz • Shira Weitzner • Esti Werblowsky • Roizy Wercberger • Avigayil Westbrook • Mattie Wieder • Tamar Wielgus • Baila Wigder • Tehila Witty • Ariana Wolf • Kayla Wolnerman • Chani

Wolovitz • Leah Wolovitz • Naomi Yarmish • Gabriella Yusupov • Batsheva Zaltzman • Shifra Zeiler • Arielle Zrihen • Talya Zuller •

Medical Staff PHYSICIANS Jay Begun, MD Caroline Fein Levy, MD Miriam Krinsky-Diener, MD Yosef Levenbrown, MD Rina Meyer, MD Scott Moerdler, MD Michael Ortiz, MD Michael Rosen, MD Jeremy Rosenblum, MD Reuven Schore, MD Chani Traub, MD

Leonard Wexler, MD


Shulamit Amar Shira Ambush Jennifer Bieler Leah Bloxenheim Rachel Bondi Mrs. Shifra Broder Hillel Devor

Ms. Bayla Gerchak Esti Goldblatt Shira Malka Gordon Chaim Greenspan Mrs. Tzippora Halpert Mrs. Rivky Hass Dovid Heyman Malkie Kaplan Sara Katz Shira Klein Naomi Kramer Yossi Krasner Judah Labovitz

Aliza Lew Yardena Mazaud Racheli Meister Dina Mounitz Yaeli Orbach Rachel Rosenberg Reuven Rowner Faigie Schwartz Yocheved Liba Seidel Leora Sperber Betsy Sonnenblick Miriam Stern Daniel Stok

Marni Strauss Riki Szalfrok Vicki Szenes Chevi Weinreb Debra Willner Rachel Wolf Dovid Zidile


Shea Farkas Eli Felt Joshua Hans Shlomo Katz Uri Katz Mutti Leiser Shalom Lerner Normie Lowenthal Simcha Shain Yossi Sochaczewski Moshe Somerstein Michael Vatch Raanan Zidile

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The children of Camp Simcha/Camp Simcha Special thank the following people for brightening our summer with their talent, time and love. 8th day • Avromi Basch • Tova Begun • Yehuda Berko • Dr. Nancy Block • Judge Danny Butler • Chai Riders Motorcycle Club • The Challah Fairy • Ben Cohen • Larry Cohen • Lynn Dashiff • Matt Dubb • Gad Elbaz • Avi Feder • Shea Farkas • Shani Farkas • Mimi Feiler • Nelson Figueroa • Avi Fink • Chaya Rivka and Meyer Fischl • “Helicopter Flight Crew” • Avrohom Fried • Benny Friedman • • Lenny Friedman • Avi Frier • GEM Transportation • Gal Gershovski • Meir Gold • Nesanel Gold • Yaakov Jack Gold • Sruly Goldstein • Rivka and Kivi Gordon • Grey Line Double Decker Bus Tours • Cheryl Gross • Mayer Heinemann • Meir Kalmanson • Marlene Kalongy • Ely Katz • Chavie and Dovid Kestenbaum • Nochi Krohn • Ephraim, Rena and Rayzee Kutner • Yaakov Langer • Shmuly Levitan • Mel Lifshitz • Pinny Mandel • Bentzi Marcus • Shmuli Marcus • Steve Max • Choni Moskowitz • Ohad Moskowitz • Yankel Moskowitz • GJ Neiman • Peninsula Hempstead Rifle and Pistol Club • Meyer Rosenbaum • Lizi Rotberg • Quality Bus • Meira Samet • Masha Schore • Lipa Schmeltzer • Mordechai Shapiro • Tzippy Shteierman • Psaychya Septimus • Yitzy Spinner • Rivky Tepler • Tristate Rod and Gun Club • Volunteers of Goldman Sachs • Ari Weiss • Will Werner • Rav Asher Weiss Shlita • Avram Zamist • Shmuel Zeigler • Yaakov Ziennes • Azi Zakheim • Faygie Zakheim • Zusha

Thank you! You gave up part of your summer to make ours even more special. The children and families of Chai Lifeline thank


and devotion this summer and year round.

Rabbi Eytan Feiner Manhig Ruchni

Rivky Schwartz Girls Head Counselor

Mariel Goldstein Head Nurse, Camp Simcha

Rabbi Shay Schachter Rosh Bais Medrash

Shaindy Lowenthal Program Director

Nachman Maimon Director

Dr. Peter Steinherz Medical Director, Camp Simcha

Chaya Hecht Nurse Manager, Camp Simcha Special

Bency Brown Director of Operation

Dr. Laurel Steinherz Medical Director, Camp Simcha

Rivkah Reichmann Associate Director, Camp Simcha Special

Rabbi Ari Dembitzer Boys Head Counselor

Dr. Robert Van Amerongen Medical Director, Camp Simcha Special

Esti Kleinkaufman Administrator


Rabbi Duvy Feiler, Associate Head Counselor • Tzvi Haber, Assistant Head Counselor • Duvi Becker, Special Programs • Gavi Sragow, Simcha Sauer, Assistant Program Directors • Division Heads: Gabi Bender • Shlomo Z Kaplan • Moshe Lavi • Yosef Spillman

Zach Adler • Daniel Aharon • Shragi Akerman • Netanel Alyeshmerni • Elchanan Amar • Mendy Antelis • Spencer Arnold • Uri Arnson • David Atri Schuller • Yonatan Attias • Meir Avracen • Ephraim Avraham • Yaakov Babani • Shloime Balsam • Aron Balsam • Duvi Becker • Binyomin Bergstein • Zundel Berman • Gavriel Aaron Berman • Elchonon Berman • Eli Best • Bentzy Bider • Avi Birnbaum • Yosef Tzvi Blass • Rabbi Dovi Block • Avraham Blum • Yehuda Leibish Blumenfrucht • Ezra Bogopulsky • Nisson Bokow • Chezki Botwinick • Eli Braun • Yaakov Brecher • Moshe Brody • Yonason Brody • Yitzy Cagan • Avromi Caller • Yitzchak Chesir • Moshe Chocron Attias • Shlomo Cohen • Yonah Cohen • Yonatan Cohen • Yosef Cohen • Tzvi Cohen • Chananel Cohen • Shua Cohen • Mordy Dachs • Dovid Dachs • Eli David • Chesky Davidowitz • Mordechai Dayan • Moshe Dembitzer • Menachem Dicker • Raphi Druion • Yomi Dubin • Yehuda Dukhan • Elisha Dytch • Yossi Eisenreich • Shloimi Elevitzsky • Ami Eller • Sol Faineh • Mordy Falik • Benzi Farhi • David Farhi • Eli Farkas • Shmuli Feiler • Ozzie Fischer • Shimon Fischl • Yakov Fishman • Baruch Florence • Yitzy Fox • Naftali Frankel • Itzik Freilich • Eliezer Freimark • Gedalia Fried • Efraim Fried • Moishe Fried • Shmuel Friedman • Jacob Friedman • Eli Chaim Friedman • Efraim Shalom Frishman • Yehuda Furman • Ari Ganz • Coby Garfinkel • Yehuda Gelfand • Akiva Gellis • Yaakov Mordechai Gerstner • Asher Gherman • Shlomo Gittleman • Ari Glaser • Justin Glass • Yitzy Gluck • Eli Gobioff • Yeshaya Gold • Yoni Goldberg • Fischel Goldberger • Ari Goldenberg • Chaim Yida Goldenberg • Avrumy Goldstein • Dovid Goldstein • Eli Meir Goodman • Yosef Goodman • Ariel Gordon • Zach Gottlieb • Yoni Greenberg • Boruch Greenberg • Josh Greenblatt • Eli Greenes • Raphael Greenfield Aron Gutman • • Matti Gross • Sender Gross • Aviel Gross • Naftali Gross • David Grossbard • Shmuel Grossberger • Eli Grossman • Jacob Grossman • Yoeli Grosz • Moshe Grunhut • Ami Grunwald • • Yechiel Gutman • Rafi Haffner • Ari Hagler • Yaakov Haller • Doni Hans • Shmuly Hanson • Reuben Hartman • Hershy Hershkowitz • Yakov Hershowitz • Dovid Heyman • Moshe Hirsch Shimon Hoffman • Matis Horowitz • Binyamin Iflah • Jon Janashvili • Michoel Kahana • Aryeh Kahn • Avi Kanner • David Kanner • Zak Kanter • Eliyahu Katz • Shimon Katz • Yoni Katz • Chaim Tzvi Katz • Chaim Katz • Binyomin Katz • Aryeh Kaufman • Yehuda Kelaty • Eliya Kelaty • Shimshon Kirschner • Benny Kleiman • Yonah Klein • Chesky Kleinkaufman • Yidel Kleinman • Eliyahu Kleinman • Eli Klinkowitz • Shmuel Korlansky • Aaron Koschitzki • David Koss • Hershy Krausz • Shlomo Kugler • Reuven Kupferstein • Momo Kutner • Dovie Landau • Avrumy Langer • Moshe Lavi • Yerachmiel Lavi • Zalmy Lavi • Yaakov Lax • Shmulie Lazar • Ari Lazarus • Yosef Lehrer • Chaiby Leiman • Moshe Lerner • Naftuli Leser • Eli Levertov • Orel Levi • Chali Levin • Eliezer Levin • Ahron Levinson • Yisrael Levy • Yosef Lewis • Dovid Lewis • Ushy Lieber • Naftuli Lipshutz • David Livshin • Ohad Lobel • Shlomo Loewenstein • Michael Low • Yossi Lowy • Zev Mann • Amrom Marmorstein • Moshe Matitia • Meir Volvy Mayer • Leiby Mayer • Zev Mehlman • Yehuda Mehlman • Yonatan Meissner • Zack Meltzer • Daniel Menahemov • Yehuda Mendlowitz • Levi Mensch • Yisrael Meir Mermelstein • Shmaya Miller • Ruvain Millet • Daniel Mishail • Michael Mokhtar • Zaki Moskovitz • Yoel Moskowitz • Leibel Muchnik • Aryeh Munk • Sruly Myhill • Moshe Naamat • Simcha Nierenberg • Mordechai Nierman • Julian Ohayon • Shlomo Oppen • Dovid Oppenheimer • Aron Orenstein • Ephraim Orshitzer • Moshe Paluch • Yitzi Patchen • Chaim Peppard • Moshe Yehuda Perlstein • Moshe Pfeiffer • Lee Pillemer • Eli Pinsky • Michaeli Plancey • Yoel Mayer Pollak • Yossi Pomerantz • Yisroel Pomerantz • Avi Press • Nachy Pruzansky • Avi Rabinovits • Yosef Reich • Gavriel Reichmann • Yehuda Leib Rosen • Yisroel Rosenbaum • Mr. Yoni Rosenberg • Shuey Rosenberg • Naftali Hertz Rosenberg • Yisroel Rosenberg • Yitzchok Rosenberg • Binyomin Rosenberg • Heshy Rosenberg • Shaya Rosenberg • Alex Rosenfield • Mr. Chaim Meir Rotberg • Joseph Roth • Abraham Rottenberg • Reuven Rowner • Zevi Rubin • Duvy Rubin • Dovi Russak • Avi Sabo • Hershie Safirstein • Moshe Salamon • Stanley Salem • Shimmy Sales • Mr. Shaya Samet • Jack Sardar • Simcha Sauer • Yisrael Shlomo Schachter • Mendy Schiffenbauer • Yehuda Schochet • Shimmy Schuster • Dovid Schwab • Shimmy Schwab • Baruch Schwartz • Yitzchak Duvid Schwartz • Isaac Schwartz • Andrew Schwartz • Ben Schwartz • Fishel Schwartz • Moshe Schwartz • Dovid Schwartz • Shmuly Schwartzberg • Nelly Sebag • Dovid Seidel • Daniel Dov Shaw • Michoel Shields • Aviel Shiff • Myer Silber • Chaim Silberberg • Toivy Silver • Sammy Silverman • Yoel Simon • Simcha Skaist • Chaim Sklarz • Tzaly Solomon • Yechiel Solomon • Tzvi Solomons • Yoni Somogyi • Ovadia Sorscher • Eli Spiegel • Tzvi Spiegel • Zevy Spilman • Yitzy Spinner • Yitzchok Stark • Tzvi Steele • Aki Stein • Yedidya Steinberg • David Steinberg • Zach Steinlauf • Ilan Steinmetz • Tzvi Steinmetz • Avrami Stern • Elie Stern • Chesky Stern • Raphael Strauss • Drew Stromer • David Stulberger • Menachem Szlafrok • Simmy Taubenfeld • Reuven Tepper • Zalmy Tessler • Yisroel Thaler • Yitzy Tobias • Elkana Tovey • Zev Moshe Traub • Daniel Turk • Avi Vegh • Tzvi Wachsman • Avi Walfish • Jaron Wallack • Akiva Wasser • Pasey Wealcatch • Yossi Weinberg • Shimmy Weinberger • Yechiel Weingarten • Dovy Weinraub • Reuven Weinreb • Shimmy Weiss • Yehoshua Weiss • Motti Weisz • Chezkie Werzberger • Aryeh Wolf • Bentzy Wolman • Zvi (Hershey) Wurzberger • Nissim Yair • Abraham Yusupov • Shaya Zakon • Nechemya Zelmanowitz • Gabriel Zerovabeli • Chaim Zinn • Reuven Zinn • Aaron Zlotowitz • Yoni Zweig •


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By the numbers

3:1 494




toys collected and distributed during holiday toy drives.



families helped


respite calls for parents of hospitalized children.

28,302 rides to medical appointments.




crisis intervention workshops in schools, camps, & communities following tragedies.

patients and families found renewed strength at retreats and respite vacations


participant hours of i-Shine, our national after-school program.

12 1,069

visits to sick children by trained, compassionate volunteers.

opportunities for fun & support.


staff to camper ratio



offices around the world assure that we reach everyone who needs us.

hours of counseling.




weeks in Camp Simcha & Simcha Special.


family days, holiday parties, recreation events & retreats.

meals delivered to hospitals and homes.

We did all this with your help.


151 West 30th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001 212-465-1300 •

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ELI GERSTNER debuting a song from the upcoming YBC album


TICKETS: $20, $35, $50 Separate Seating Available YBCLIVE.COM or

INFO & GROUPS: 718-853-9403 • 347-996-9992 Ticket Outlets— Flatbush: Eichlers • Monsey: Tuvias (new location)






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Places to Go, Things to Do This year, Sukkos falls out in beginning of the fall season. Take advantage of the cool, brisk temperatures and spend time with the family during chol hamoed. TJH has compiled a list of ideas, activities and places to go for you to enjoy this time spent together. Make sure to pack enough food and music for the road and have fun!

Zoos and Farms Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY 11004 718-347-3276 Family Animal Fun At the Aviator Sports Center 3159 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234 718-577-2086 White Post Farms 250 Old County Road, Melville, NY 11747 631-351-9373 New York Aquarium Surf Avenue & West 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224 718-265-FISH Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center 431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901 631-208-9200 Prospect Park Zoo 450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225 718-399-7339 Queens Zoo 53-51 111th Street, Flushing, NY 11368 718-271-1500 Central Park Zoo 64th Street & 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10065 212-861-6030 Green Meadows Farm Floral Park, NY 11002 718-470-0224

Bronx Zoo 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460 718-220-5103 Long Island Game Farm 489 Chapman Boulevard, Manorville, NY 11949 631-878-6644 Cherry Crest Adventure Farm 150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, PA 17572 717-687-6843 Claws ‘N’ Paws 1475 Ledgedale Road, Lake Ariel, PA 18436 570-698-6154

Scenic Attractions Central Park Boating, biking, the Great Lawn, modelboat sailing, carriage rides, carousel Between 5th & 8th Avenues and 59th & 106th Streets, New York, NY 212-360-3444 Bryant Park 6th Avenue, between W 40-42 Street, New York, NY 10018 212-768-4242 New York Highline Gansevoort St. to West 30 St. between Washington St. and 11 Ave., New York, NY 212-500-6035


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New York City

Save $54.60 the jean fischman chabad center chabad of the 5 towns presents

1 day Hop on Hop off bus Empire State Building Ripley's Believe it or Not!

Our 23rd Annual



Sightseeing FLEX Pass

simchas bais hashoeva

$59 $34 $33




Save $31.25

At the Andrew J. Parise Park

(formerly Cedarhurst Park - corner Cedarhurst Ave. & Summit Ave.) 1 day Hop on Hop off bus $32 Eastern State Penitentiary $16 Philadelphia Museum of Art $20

sunday, OctOber 8


rain date october 9

Sightseeing FLEX Pass

6:00 - 8:30 PM



Washington DC

Save $43.45

music by aZamra dj & dancing Light refreshments sukkah mobile on site

1 day Hop on Hop off bus $39 Newseum $24.95 National Ferry $38.50

Children that dance will get OH nuts cards so they can Dance into oh nuts for free candy!



Sightseeing FLEX Pass


Choose from dozens of the best attractions in cities nationwide and save money.

For 15% off All FLEX Passes use code JH15


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Brooklyn Bridge Park 1 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 718-222-9939

Old Bethpage 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804 516- 572-8400

Fort Tyron Park Riverside Drive to Broadway, W 192 Street to Dyckman Street, New York, NY

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens 900 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225 718-623-7200

New York Circle Line Pier 83 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036 212-563-3200

Brooklyn Heights Promenade Downtown Brooklyn—Remsen Street to Orange Street along the East River

Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferries from Battery Park, NY 1 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004 212-363-3200

The New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458 718-817-8700 Historic Richmond Town 441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306 718-351-1611

Jamaica Bay Riding Academy 7000 Shore Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11234 718-531-8949

The Amish Village 199 Hartman Bridge Road, Ronks, PA 17572 717-687-8511

Old Westbury Gardens 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568 516-333-0048


Chal Hamoed Trip 2017








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Mystic Seaport 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355 888-973-2767

Amusement Parks Hersheypark 100 West Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA 17033 1-866-946-9977,

Sahara Sam’s Oasis and Water Park & Diggerland 535 N Route 73, West Berlin, NJ 08091 856-809-4168 Dorney Park 4000 Dorney Park Road, Allentown, PA 18104 610-395-3724

Six Flags Great Adventure 1 Six Flags Boulevard, Jackson, NJ 08527 732-928-2000

Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure Climb and Zipline Bronx River Parkway at Boston Road, Bronx, NY 10460 347-308-9021

Adventureland 2245 Broad Hollow Road (RT 110), Farmingdale, NY 11735 631-694-6868

Indoor Fun Parks

Luna Park Coney Island 1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224 718-372-0275 Adventurers (formerly Nellie Bly Park) 1824 Shore Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11214 718-975-2748


Legoland Discovery Center Westchester 39 Fitzgerald Street, Yonkers, NY 10701 866-243-0779 Fun Fuzion at New Roc City 19 Le County Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801 914-637-7575 Fun Station USA 40 Rocklyn Avenue, Lynbrook, NY 11563 516-599-7757 @ Play 229 Route 110, Farmingdale, NY 11735 631-815-5355 Laser Bounce 2710 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, NY 11756 516-881-9620 Pole Position Raceway Go-Karting 40 Daniel St, Farmingdale, NY 11735 631-752-7223 New York Skyride Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10118 212-279-9777 One World Observatory One World Trade Center, 285 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10007 844-OWO-1776 Chelsea Piers Hudson River—Piers 59-62— New York, NY 212-336-6800


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HERSHEYPARK SUKKOT Sunday, October 8, 2017 11:00 am– 7:00 pm Amusement Park Closed to Public

Free Parking

Glatt Kosher

Zoo America

Food available for purchase. No outside food allowed in park.

Sukkahs on Site


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Sukkot Day Trips Eve Harow With Guide

Bar Kochba’s Yehuda and Modern Gush Etzion Monday, October 9, 2017 Tishrei 19, 5778

• We start in Hevron at Ma’arat Hamachpela, and the rarely open Ulam Yitzchak

• Then we’re off on a jeeping tour of Gush Etzion! • In Kfar Etzion we will have a dairy mehadrin lunch at the Hamama’s Sukkah followed by the powerful film about the 1948 War in Kfar Etzion • Visit the pioneering Kashuella Ranch and Bat Ayin Cost: $95 per person (345 Shekels per person) Cost includes r/t armored transportation, guide, water, jeeping, entry fees and lunch

Under Living Schach in The Jordan Valley • At the Einot Kedem Ranch meet the inspirational Atidyas, their at-risk kids, sheep, dates, mangos and olive trees.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Tishrei 20, 5778

• Then we will visit Yinon’s Spice Farm in Na’ama and the see the effect of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement • Enjoy a dairy mehadrin lunch in the Sukkah of Cafe Cafe Bika'a • Travel up into the Shomron to tour the growing community of Kochav HaShachar • Head south on the Allon Road to Mitzpe Dani, its Midrasha and Tanach inspired view Cost: $75 per person (275 Shekels per person) Cost includes r/t armored transportation, guide, water, entry fees and lunch Trips departs promptly at 8:15 AM from the Liberty Bell Parking Lot (behind the Sonol Gas Station) and returns approximately 6:30 PM

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Plum Tart This tart is made with easy-to-use puff pastry crust, a custardy filling, and fresh plums. It looks like a French country tart.

Yield: 8-12 Ingredients 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17.3 ounce box) 6 ripe plums 4 tablespoons parve margarine, plus extra for greasing 1 large egg plus 1 yolk 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/3 cup all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon parve whipping cream


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Preheat the oven to 400°F. Move an oven rack to the lowest shelf. Place a 9 or 10-inch tart ring or tart pan with a removable bottom on top of a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Take some soft margarine and, with your finger, rub the margarine around the inside of the ring or sides of the tart pan or ring. Take the sheet of puff pastry out of the freezer. Thaw the puff pastry at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes. Unroll the pastry on top of a piece of parchment sprinkled with a little flour. Roll the pastry about 1 inch larger than your tart ring or pan. You will need to sprinkle some flour on your rolling pin so the pastry does not stick to it. Place your hand under the parchment and flip the pastry over into the tart ring or pan, using your fingers to gently press the pastry into the corners. Peel the parchment off the pastry. Again, use your fingers to make sure the pastry is in the corners and then drape any extra dough over the top of the ring or pan. Roll your rolling pin along the top of the ring or pan to cut off the excess dough. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes while you prepare the plums and filling. Take each plum, cut in half around the pit and then slice each half into 1/4inch slices. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the margarine in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften, but not completely melt it. In a bowl, place the whole egg and yolk, 1/3 cup of sugar, and vanilla and whisk. Add the flour and baking powder and whisk well. Add the softened margarine and whipping cream and mix well. Remove the pan from the freezer and spread this mixture evenly inside the tart ring or pan. Take the plum slices and, starting on the outside of the pastry, place the slices on their sides, in concentric circles. Pack the plums in tightly. Bake on the bottom oven rack for 25 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of sugar on top. Place back in the oven on the middle rack and bake another 10 minutes. Remove to rack to cool. To serve, if you used a tart ring without a bottom, slide the tart onto a serving plate and then pull off the ring. For a tart pan with a removable bottom, place your hand under the bottom and lift the tart up and out of the ring. Store covered with plastic at room temperature for five days.


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Pecan Bars Makes 35 square bars Store covered with plastic or in an airtight container at room temperature for five days or freeze for up to three months.

Ingredients Crust 2 cups all-purpose flour ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup (1 stick) parve margarine, frozen for 15 minutes, plus extra for greasing pan and parchment ½ cup solid vegetable shortening, frozen for 15 minutes Filling 3 cups pecan halves ½ cup pure maple syrup 1 cup light brown sugar ½ cup sugar ¼ cup soy milk

Preparation Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan with some margarine. Place a piece of parchment in the pan that is large enough to go up the sides and hang over a few inches. Grease the top and sides of the parchment. To make the crust: In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, place the flour, confectioners’ sugar, and salt. Pulse for 10 seconds to combine. Cut the margarine and shortening into 1-inch pieces and add to the bowl. Process just until the mixture comes together. (You can also make the dough by hand by cutting the margarine and shortening into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter or two knives and then mixing it with a wooden spoon or by hand until the dough comes together.) Take pieces of the dough, flatten them between your palms and then press into the prepared pan. Try to evenly cover the bottom of the pan. Place the pan in the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove from the freezer and bake for 22 minutes or until the edges look golden. Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Place the pecan halves in a freezer bag, close tightly and then hit them with a rolling pin or bottom of a saucepan to break them into small pieces. Do not completely crush them. Place the maple syrup and both sugars in a heavy saucepan and place over medium heat. After the sugars melt, add the pecans pieces and soy milk. Bring to a boil, reduce to low heat, and cook for 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the filling in the saucepan until the dough is baked. When the crust is baked, remove it from the oven and reduce the temperature to 325°F. Pour the filling over the dough and spread evenly. Return to the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Use the overhanging parchment to lift the pecan bar out of the pan and place on a cutting board. Trim off about ¼ inch of the sides and then cut into squares. © Paula Shoyer, Reprinted with permission from The Kosher Baker (Brandeis 2010)

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Preparation Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. You will need to bake the cakes in batches. To make the cakes Put the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Add the flour, baking soda, and baking powder, and mix thoroughly. Cover the bowl with a towel to keep the flour from showering your kitchen floor. Add half the soy milk and mix. Add the cocoa and mix until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the remaining soymilk and mix on low speed until smooth. Drop a tablespoon of batter onto the cookie sheet, and swirl it around with your finger or the back of a spoon to make it round. Leave about 2 inches between each cake. Bake the cakes for 12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cake comes out clean. Use a spatula to immediately lift each cake off the cookie sheet and place it flat side down on a wire rack. Repeat for the second batch. As the cakes are cooling, move them around on the rack so they do not stick. To make the peanut butter filling In a medium bowl, place the peanut butter, cream cheese, and confectioners’ sugar and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. In a separate bowl, beat the whipping cream until thick. Gently fold the whipping cream into the peanut butter mixture. Cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes. To assemble the whoopie pies Place half the cakes on a plate with the flat side facing up. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the peanut butter filling into the center of the flat side of each cake. Top with another cake, flat side down, and press the centers of the two cakes together gently to evenly spread the peanut butter filling. You should be able to see the filling from the sides, but it should not ooze out. You can also spread ¼ teaspoon of jam on the second cake before sandwiching the two together to create a peanut butter and jelly whoopie pie. Repeat for the other cakes. Store covered in the fridge for up to three days or freeze for up to three months. ©Paula Shoyer, Reprinted with permission from The Holiday Kosher Baker (Sterling 2013)

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ome things just keep getting bigger, like television sets, stadiums and egos. Other things keep getting smaller, like computers, smartphones and the ozone layer. Without a doubt, however, the one thing that has been growing exponentially over the last thirty years is the size of the average sukkah. The Talmud (Beit Shammai) states that, at a minimum, a sukkah must be large enough to contain a person’s head, most of his body and a table (see Talmud, Sukkah 2:7). Similarly, there are other settings in life that also have to be big enough to fit one’s head, body and a table, including a ping pong competition, poker tournament and an MRI. Technically, there are halachic height limitations for a sukkah. The s’chach must not be higher than twenty amot (approximately 32 feet), which means you can easily host an NBA team for Sukkot but you cannot fit an NFL field goalpost inside your sukkah. Halachically, there are no limits to a sukkah’s width or depth. That said, your sukkah probably is too big if: • it has its own listing on; • you need a compass and a team of Sherpas to help you get to your seat; • your sukkah is located in two different time zones or you need a passport to get from one side to the other; • you need binoculars and a bullhorn to communicate with those

across the room; • your sukkah is JetBlue’s newest hub; • your sukkah makes the Grand Canyon look like a hole on a golf course; • like the Great Wall of China, your sukkah can be seen from outer space; • in the next election, your sukkah gets one electoral vote; • your sukkah has its own currency and dialect; • Amazon leases your sukkah as a distribution center;

profusely apologized and, as a result, a delicious dessert cake was named in his honor: Harvey Wallbanger. While a sukkah may not be over 20 amot high, it must be at least three feet tall, which seems like a “low threshold.” That reminds me of the aspiring sukkah builder who unfortunately had very limited potential. When he built his first sukkah, his head went right through the roof, prompting his doubters to declare that he had already “hit his ceiling.” There are a number of other rules and guidelines governing a sukkah.

Your sukkah probably is too big if it has its own listing on

• your sukkah is a candidate to host the 2026 Winter Olympics; or • the government has labeled your sukkah “too big to fail.” Halachically, a sukkah is required to have only three walls, which sounds a bit “off the wall.” That reminds me of a Jew named Harvey who, while building his sukkah, passed out from exhaustion and knocked down half of it. It was said that he “hit the wall.” His guests were uneasy about dining in his sukkah, which they derided as a “real hole in the wall.” They even covered his sukkah in negative graffiti, which did not surprise Harvey because, in his view, “the writing was on the wall.” He

For example, a sukkah should be built on a safe foundation. It therefore should not be built on quicksand or a trampoline. A sukkah must be situated so that its roof is without obstruction and is open to the sky above. Thus, a sukkah should not be built in a basement or on a submarine. A sukkah also should not be built under the branches of a tree or under the branches of a bank. Believe it or not, a sukkah may be built on a car, train or boat. It, however, should not be built on a log flume, a jet ski or Disney World’s Space Mountain. The walls of a sukkah can be con-

structed from any material as long as it can withstand normal wind. Thus, your sukkah is constructed of the wrong material if it can be knocked down by a strong sneeze, a dog whistle or the blowing out of candles on a cake. The mitzvah of building a sukkah can be fulfilled with one that is borrowed but not with one that is stolen. The same is true of other mitzvot, e.g., you should not steal wine to make kiddush, you should not steal candles to light a menorah, and you should not steal your neighbor to make a minyan. It is a mitzvah to decorate and beautify the sukkah but you have gone too far if you hired an interior decorator, took out a home equity loan, or charged an entry fee for your sukkah decorations. Finally, if a sukkah cannot be built on private property then, with permission from local officials, it can be built on a public street. If you do so, however, be sure to either check the parade schedule or purchase sukkah insurance that does not have a marching band or large float exclusion. Question: What did the quarterback say when he was about to raise the walls of his sukkah? “Hut . . . hut . . . hike!” Jon Kranz is an attorney living in Englewood, New Jersey. Send any comments, questions or insults to jkranz285@

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SKA’s Mission to Houston


hen Hurricane Harvey left Houston devastated, the students of Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls reacted immediately with fundraising initiatives including a bake sale and a letter writing campaign to teenagers in Jewish high schools offering words of comfort. Following the reports of the damages, Mrs. Helen Spirn, SKA’s Head of School, and Rabbi Yosef Zakutinsky, Director of Student Programs, felt more had to be done; on Sunday, September 24, twelve students and two faculty members left for Texas on a mission for hands-on relief. The group’s four days in Houston found them helping people in their flooded homes get rid of sheetrock with mold and/or actually lifting heavy furniture and belongings, which were still soaking wet after the deluge even after much time had passed. The woman in the photo, Margo, a traditional Jew very active in her commu-

nity, had lost half of her furniture; after twenty years in her home, this was the first flood she had ever encountered and was overwhelmed with the kindness she was shown. Senior Joyce Mishan expressed the girls’ sentiments: “We really feel like we’re contributing and doing genuine chessed. Instead of just giving money to a cause, we’re on the ground and seeing and doing the work and the

benefits of our chessed.” The SKA girls were also privileged to meet Rebbetzin Rachel Yaghobian of Sephardic Gan/Torat Emes in Houston, who spoke to them about being on the receiving end of chessed when one is accustomed to doing the chessed. The girls noted that they had come full circle; five years ago, they were on the receiving end during Superstorm Sandy. They were happy to

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PEYD360° Adds Financial Services to its Suite of Offerings Helping Businesses Do Business Better


n today’s marketplace, the ability to change and grow is a key component of success. Whether it’s being on top of the latest social trends or zeroing in on your clients’ needs before they know it, evolving is essential. Yet, transformation needs to be built on top of a good reputation and a strong foundation of trust – and one company’s progression is a prime example of how it’s done. Founded as a rewards redemption service, Get PEYD initially focused solely on assisting consumers in maximizing airline miles and credit card points. Within a few short years, the company developed into a full scale travel agency, addressing travel needs of both private individuals and small businesses. Get PEYD’s latest venture, PEYD360°, takes it to an entirely different sphere, as it is now attending to the business marketplace, and in many more avenues than ever before. The specialists at PEYD360° work with businesses to determine the most beneficial program for each particular situation. Business owners who use corporate cards to pay for inventory and operational expenses or conduct the majority of their business online can potentially earn hundreds of thousands of points per month by choosing the best program to fit their corporate profile. After careful review and analysis of a company’s spending profile, PEYD360° experts will then decipher the benefits of each program and advise which cards and programs to use in order to accrue the maximum rewards. Through their particular expertise on the redemption side, the mileage experts are able to then assist in utilizing those miles and points in the most efficient way. Moshe Fried, account manager at Get PEYD, added that through their relationships with companies such as American Express and Visa, PEYD360° can also help companies

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Making Waves at Yam HaTorah


he extensive planning during the summer months has already been paying big dividends at Mesivta Yam HaTorah. It has been all about leadership, responsibility, and success! Just weeks into school, the boys are shteiging and the positive energy is palpable. What’s it all about? Firstly, a fresh young staff has joined the Mesivta, as it expands shiurim and classes; secondly, positions have been created to help boys maximize their success, and new exciting programming has been implemented to give boys ownership of their own growth. The Mesivta welcomes into its Judaic department Rabbi Meir Parry

and Rabbi Eliezer Weiss from Kollel Ner Yehoshua of Far Rockaway and Rabbi Moshe Sternberg from Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim in Queens. As Yam HaTorah strives to ensure its students success, they have reorganized to add numerous positions to the school. Rabbi Avram Pollak, the Rosh Mesivta, has added a major component in ensuring well-rounded success of the talmidim as Mashgiach Ruchani. Rabbi Pollak is a certified life coach and counselor and, in addition to his other responsibilities, meets with boys between the hours of 11:00 and 3:00 each day. Rabbi Moshe Sternberg, in addition to teaching bekius, has taken on the role

as the Iyun Seder Mashgiach, and Rabbi Dovid Abramchik has become the Bekius Seder Mashgiach. Dr. Ben Celadnicki, who heads the science department, is now the curriculum coordinator for the entire general studies department. Dr. “C,” as he in affectionately known, brings with him a PhD in Curriculum Development and years of experience in the public school system. Besides for the existing extracurricular programming already in place, the Maccabi Club, Mishnayos Yomi, Shniam Mikra Program, leagues, and electives, the Menahel, Rabbi Eli Zoldan, has set the Mesivta talmidim on a path to leadership! Rabbi Zoldan

has spearheaded the implementation of the Responsibility Leadership Program. Each student has been given a job of responsibility in the running of the school. The vision of the program is for every student to feel valued and that he is contributing to the running of the Mesivta, becoming leaders in their own right. The students are super enthusiastic about the program and proud to be a part of the team. This program is a “game changer” and the positivity it has engendered has infected the school. For more information about Mesivta Yam HaTorah, please call the office at 718-471-7471 or email

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during the midnight hours from esteemed Rabbanim: Rav Meilich Biderman, shlita; Admor of Kosor, shlita; Rav Tzvi Meir Silberberg, shlita; Admor of Mevakshei Emuna, shlita; Rav Nachman Biderman, shlita; and Rav Yitzchak Elimelehc Rakow, shlita. Seeing is Receiving Yidden partner with Kollel Chatzos after seeing the Kollel live and realizing its tremendous powers Local community Yidden are invited to partake in the Kollel learning. Limited exclusive opportunities for local community members to learn short-term with a Kollel Chat-

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The Shofar Goes Toot, Toot, Toot at HALB


ome children held their ears, some looked up in wide-eyed wonder, and some clapped their hands as Rabbi Akiva Oppen, sofer, baal tokaya, and owner of Oppen Scrolls, blew many different shofarot from many different kosher animals at the HALB Lev Chana Early Childhood Center. Shofarot from kosher animals such as antelopes, deer, kudus, ibex, avcan, gazelles, mountain goats, goats and rams crammed the table as Rabbi Oppen demonstrated how a kosher shofar slips off the bone that grows from the head of the animal. He assured the children that it does not hurt the animal at all. Our children were able to share with Rabbi Oppen that we blow the shofar to help us wake up and do teshuva and mitzvot. Rabbi Oppen had the children close their eyes and pretend to be sleeping. He blew a long and loud tekiyah which had all our children jump and wake up very quickly. Rabbi Oppen told the children that when a king comes to a town, the soldiers line up and blow

long trumpets, announcing his arrival. That is the tekiyah sound, announcing that Hashem the king is here. The shevarim and teruah are broken sounds that sound like crying, remind us to do

teshuvah, to break up our haughtiness and pride, as we stand before Hashem, our King. The children excitedly and carefully felt the smooth and rough shofarot, exclaiming how some were

so big and heavy and some so long and thin. A big thank you to Rabbi Oppen for an amazingly fun and educational program.


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Sukkos Wines and Spirits to Cool Off the Body or to Warm Up the Soul By Gabriel Geller


ukkos this year looks more of a dilemma than ever when it comes to menu planning and wine picking. These past few weeks, we have

indeed been exposed to constant ups and downs with the weather and outside temperature. It won’t be easy to decide between the chicken salad and the French roast –especially when we do not even know if we will be eating outdoors in the succah or, chas v’shalom, indoors in the dining room. Thankfully, “Wine rejoices the heart of man” (Tehillim, 104:15). So no matter if it will be hot or cold, and whether we will be eating in the sukkah or not, we will have good wine with which to rejoice and celebrate Sukkos and Simchas Torah. Whites and rosés are not exclusively summer beverages. Take for instance the Herzog Special Reserve Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley, a beautiful and unique area in Sonoma County, CA. Its

perfectly balanced acidity and mineral undertones make it both refreshing and a wonderful accompaniment with a stuffed veal roulade. The Vitkin Pink Israeli Journey is a great rosé with which to cool off when the suns strikes hard on the sukkah. It will be also delicious as a pairing to bagels, lox and cream cheese for shalosh seudos on Shabbos chol hamoed. Many of us are looking forward to indulge with BBQ short ribs on yom tov. Château Fontenil would complement the sweet and meaty flavors well as it is a big, bold, powerful wine. This Château comes from the Fronsac region, which sits alongside the Dordogne River in the Bordeaux wine country. It is the estate of Michel Rolland. Rolland is arguably the most famous winemaker and oenologist in the world, consulting for dozens of wineries across the entire globe. Involved in the elaboration of many wines in Bordeaux such as Château Le Crock, Malartic-Lagravière or Léoville Poyferré, Michel Rolland is wellknown for making wines that are rich and velvety. Fontenil is his very own

baby; he owns it and makes the wine there to fully reflect his philosophy. It is ripe and full-bodied and while reminiscent of some new world wines in its youth, it will likely develop earthy aromas and flavors with proper cellaring. Les Roches de Yon-Figeac is a classic Right Bank Bordeaux from Saint-Emilion, also in the Right Bank. The second wine of Château Yon-Figeac, it features layers of elegance as well as notes of red fruit, earth, graphite and minerals. Whether you choose to serve some cold chicken salad or a French roast, this wine will enhance the meal tremendously. With so many meals and so much food, a nice way to relax while learning or before taking a nap is to drink a digestif. A digestif is a type of spirit that is customary in Europe to help digest a meal. The worldclass Slivovitz from Jelinek is well-worthy of consideration with its hints of fresh almonds and juicy plums. Served ice-cold, it is a classy refreshment but if it is chilly outside, it will also warm you up served at room temperature. Last but not least, nothing is more distinguished on yom tov than some cognac. Either sipped on its own or with light snacks such as caramelized pecans or salted peanuts, a glass of Louis Royer Cognac always brings a smile of satisfaction. Chag sameyach, l’chaim!

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A New Synagogue and Social Hall Comes to Inwood An Interview with Rabbi Dovid Greenblatt The Jewish Home recently spoke with Rabbi Dovid Greenblatt about plans for the upcoming Long Island Synagogue and Social Hall What is the purpose of Long Island Synagogue and Social Hall? Our community is growing rapidly b”H. More and more young families are moving into our neighborhood who will eventually need to make simchos. We need an attractive local option for our community. In addition, our community is traveling to halls in Brooklyn, Monsey, and Lakewood. This means more time away from our families who need us, it means more time on the road, sometimes at the end of the day when we are exhausted. It often means coming home late and not being able to start the next day as we should. It also means that sometimes we just can’t attend a simcha we would like to go to because of the distance. Where exactly is the new Long Island Synagogue and Social Hall going to be? This new building will be in Inwood. We wanted a local location that would be walkable on Shabbos from many of the homes in our neighborhood. What pushed you to do this project? The Davis Memorial Fund has always worked to help families make simchos. The Mishna that we say every morning explains that helping a

kallah to marry has rewards in both worlds. My Rebbe, R’ Shlomo Freifeld, zt”l, once asked why the Mishnah at the end of Taanis states that the two most joyous occasions for the Jewish people are Yom Kippur and the 15th of Av (when the Jewish people traditionally made shidduchim). My Rebbe explained that a new couple is all about future opportunity. There are endless possibilities from this new relationship. (He explained that Yom Kippur also is an opportunity for us to change and to bring boundless opportunity to ourselves.) For families that have more limited ability, we intend to offer specific dates with fixed-price simchos that include all the services (band, flowers, photography, etc.), as is done in some other halls. Even a fixed-price affair will be exciting! The Davis Memorial Fund, through its dedicated marriage fund Be’er Miriam, has helped hundreds of families with wedding expenses. We feel it is a privilege to be involved in these joyous occasions. Please tell us a little bit more about the Be’er Miriam Marriage Fund. Be’er Miriam was named after Miriam Tziporah Adams, a young student who was nifteres in her teenage years and unfortunately did not have the opportunity to build her own family. Many years ago, at the request of Miriam’s family, together with Mrs. Breindel Judowitz and our local TAG high school, we started a fund that would help oth-

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er families pay for their wedding expenses. A good portion of the funds that are distributed by Be’er Miriam come from the auction that is run every two years by the TAG High School students under Mrs. Judowitz’s guidance. What a beautiful undertaking. Are there any dedications opportunities available? Yes, there are dedication opportunities available. We feel it is a great zechus to be part of such a wonderful project. This is a project of the Davis Memorial Fund. Whatever is “earned” in the running of this hall will be given to the families in our neighborhood that struggle. Anyone interested in this mitzvah can contact me, Dovid Greenblatt, at the Davis Memorial Fund at (516) 295-0296 or at We have all been to different halls, what will be different about this hall? We have studied existing shuls and social halls. We have consulted with numerous “world-class” designers and architects to create a dramatic and exciting facility. We intend to make simchos flow easily, with many amenities for those making the simcha. We will have a host of technology that should make affairs more practical and affordable, as well as pleasant. For example, today a band will bring large speakers that are generally placed in one location. The sound volume therefore differs, depending on where you are located. If you are near the speakers, it may even be intolerable. We plan to build a sound system throughout the hall that can be used by the entertainers to provide balanced and hopefully tolerable music volume. We are also looking at exciting new “video wall” technology, different types of built-in LED lighting with built-in cameras around the structure to reduce the amount of photography that is necessary. This and more are a small taste of the features and amenities we intend to include. What is going to be the layout

of the building? There will be two floors to the building. The ground floor will be a beautiful shul. Upstairs will be a large ballroom that is able to be subdivided for smaller functions. The ballroom will be larger than many of the popular halls we attend today. One of our goals is to be able to service the different stages (chuppah and smorgasbord, etc.) of a wedding without rearranging the chairs and tables. Where will the guests park? There will be a designated drop-off area around the building, as well as a small amount of parking on premises for those who need. There are well over 225 parking spaces in public lots neighboring the property. There are a host of other lots that are accessible to us through attendant parking as well. We are working on creative ways to simplify parking and to offer easy access to the property. What about the surrounding areas – will they be bothered by the noise or the parking? The building is in a commercial location. Still, we are very sensitive to the local environment. We have worked with wonderful traffic engineers to ensure that the offsite parking will solve much of the parking and traffic challenges. We are working with expert acoustical and sound engineers to ensure any noise will be contained within the structure. When are you formally announcing this project? We are doing an informal announcement over Sukkos. On Sunday night of Chol Ha’Moed Sukkos, October 8th at 8:45 PM the entire community is invited to a Simchas Bais Ha’Shoeva at Yeshiva Sh’or Yoshuv that we are excited to co-sponsor with the Yeshiva. Entertainment will include live music with Eitan Katz and catering in the sukkah by Catering by Michael Schick. The generous Corporate Sponsors for the evening include Gourmet Glatt, Seasons, Emporio, Birch Event Design, and Luxe Events.

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Heartfelt Tefillos by Gedolim at Kosel Hamaaravi Climax of International Yom Limud and Tefillah By Chaim Gold The Gaon and Tzaddik, Rav Shimon Galei, shlita, stood in front of the Kosel leading thousands in the public recitation of Tehillim. In a voice full of supplication, begging Hashem for rachamim, he burst into tears. Who wasn’t gripped by emotion and tears as they joined with Rav Galei in tefillah on the Chofetz Chaim’s yahrzeit, this past Friday, 24 Elul/September 15? Who could remain unmoved as they heard Rav Shmuel Eliezer Stern, shlita, Rav of Western Bnei Brak and Av Beis Din of the Beis Din of HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Wosner, zt”l, reciting the Thirteen Middos of Hashem’s mercy with such deep feeling followed by thousands responding in unison in a collective voice that seemed to penetrate the very Heavens? How can one encapsulate the feelings of hisorerus upon witnessing HaGaon HaRav Eliyahu Abba Shaul, shlita, Rosh Yeshivat Ohr L’Tzion, leading so many thousands in a thunderous Kabbolas Ol Malchus Shomayim with his passionate recitation of Shema Yisrael? These Gedolim accompanied by many thousands of Yidden gathered at the Kosel to daven on the International Yom Limud and Tefillah held on the yahrzeit of the Chofetz Chaim. The Chofetz Chaim’s Yahrzeit an Auspicious Time This year was the Third Annual International Yom Limud and Tefillah instituted by Dirshu, which has been instrumental in promoting the learning of the halacha and mussar seforim of the Chofetz Chaim in its Daf HaYomi B’Halacha program. The Yom Limud and Tefillah was established for the purpose of uniting all of Klal Yisrael specifically on the auspicious occasion of the Chofetz Chaim’s yahrzeit right before Rosh Hashanah in a unified tefillah and to encourage the learning of the Chofetz Chaim’s seforim that have such powerful potency to invoke rachamei Shomayim. Acheinu, Dirshu’s kiruv arm, also spread the word of uniting in achdus

2017 Yom Limud and Tefillah in Meron, Israel

to combat strife and gossip with a separate effort to include Jews at all levels of observance under the rubric of “Day of Jewish Unity.” In past years, Dirshu had organized historic trips to the town of Radin where a delegation of Gedolei Yisrael came to daven at the kever of the Chofetz Chaim. This year the Chofetz Chaim’s yahrzeit fell on Friday. It was not practical to undertake the journey to Radin. Instead Dirshu arranged a massive tefillah gathering at the Kosel with similar gatherings in 26 other places across the globe. According to Rabbi Shlomo Rozenstein, Dirshu’s Director of Public Relations, “Participation was unprecedented. Many hundreds of thousands worldwide participated in the Yom Limud and Tefillah, reciting Tehillim on behalf of Klal Yisrael. Those who were able also learned the daily limud of the Daf HaYomi B’Halacha for 24 Elul.” Children across the Globe Mobilize with Special Programming Another exciting element of the day was the fact that thousands of children and teens were touched by the Yom Limud and Tefillah. Special programing was held for both boys and girls, in chadorim and schools across the world. In the United States and Canada, Dirshu arranged special, age-appropriate material for schools that

brought the message and legacy of the Chofetz Chaim to life. Dirshu prepared three different booklets to be distributed to participating boys’ and girls’ schools across the United States and Canada. The booklets contain age-appropriate halachos from both the sefer Chofetz Chaim and Mishnah Berurah, as well as inspirational and educational stories about the Chofetz Chaim. “It was a Phenomenal Maamad!” Rabbi Yehuda Brecher, Menahel of the Yeshiva Ketana of Waterbury, whose school participated in the Yom Limud and Tefillah exclaimed, “It was a phenomenal maamad! In honor of the Chofetz Chaim’s yahrzeit our school held a special assembly to mark the occasion where we said Tehillim together and I spoke to the boys about who the Chofetz Chaim was and how, through his seforim, he immeasurably enriched each and every one of us.” A wide range of schools that truly represent the entire panoply of Orthodox Jewry participated in the Yom Limud and Tefillah school programs. They included schools from Monsey, NY; Lakewood, NJ; Brooklyn, NY; Manhattan, NY; Toronto, Canada; Houston, TX; Baltimore, MD; Cleveland, OH, Waterbury, CN, Albany, NY, Phoenix, AZ, Passaic, NJ, Atlanta, GA, Staten Island, NY, Deal, NJ, Livingston, NJ, Denver,

CO, Boston, MA, and Los Angeles, CA. Standing Together as One Man with One Heart The highlight of the Yom Limud and Tefillah was the special maamad of tefillah held with the Gedolim at the Kosel. It began in the pre-sunrise hours of Friday morning when busses upon busses began to arrive at the Kosel with thousands making their way to the Kosel to daven Vasikin. As davening continued, the palpable feeling of inspiration seemed to permeate the entire assemblage. Rav Dovid Hofstedter, Nasi of Dirshu, came especially to participate in the event and gave voice to the profound feelings of chizuk and achdus. In his short remarks, Rav Dovid cited the first words in the parsha that would be read the next day, “Atem nitzavim hayom kulchem lifnei Hashem elokeichem - You are all standing today in front of Hashem, your G-d.” Rav Dovid poignantly said, “We too are all standing here today, together with multitudes all around the world. ‘Kulchem – all of you, as one man with one heart,’ we are engaged in the essence of achdus, lifnei Hashem, in front of Hashem at the Kosel Hamaaravi… ‘Hayom,’ today on erev Shabbos, the Shabbos before selichos on the yahrzeit of the Chofetz Chaim.” With great emotion, Rav Hofstedter pointed out that “we should all go in the path of the Chofetz Chaim

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Insights & Essays on The Torah Schoolchildren from Cape Town, South Africa, Torah High participating in the Dirshu Yom Limud and Tefillah

Positive Secular Reports on “The Day of Jewish Unity” The effort to go well beyond the Torah observant community and to encourage Jewish Unity among the

masses spearheaded by Acheinu was remarkably well received. The idea of the importance of Jewish Unity was even picked up by the secular press. Articles about the importance of the Day of Jewish Unity that coincides with the yahrzeit of the Chofetz Chaim appeared in numerous general publications such as Fox News, The Washington Times, the Huffington Post, the American Thinker and the Jerusalem Post. Another important component to the Yom Limud and Tefillah was the fact that there were many frumowned businesses who took a few minutes on a busy workday to participate in the davening and learning to mark the Yom Limud and Tefillah. Rabbi Rozenstein concluded, “The fact that so many Jews, from so many walks of life, at all levels of observance came together to promote achdus, to promote unity and to accept upon themselves to learn the Chofetz Chaim’s seforim and to follow in the pathway of caring for Klal Yisrael and ahavas Yisrael is a tremendous zechus for Klal Yisrael during the Yomim Noraim and beyond.”

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You gotta be kidding A Frenchman, an Irishman and a Jew are walking through the hot desert. As they are shlepping along, the Frenchman says, “I am so tired. I am so thirsty and tired. I must, must have some French wine.”

A few minutes later, the Irishman says, “I am hot, and I am tired. I must have some good Irish beer.” They walk a little further and the Jew says, “Oy vey, am I tired. Oy, I am so tired and thirsty. I must have ... diabetes.”

WHAT YOUR CAR SAYS ABOUT YOU Honda Civic - I have just graduated and have no credit

Buick Park Avenue - I am older than 34 of the 50 states Cadillac Eldorado - I am a very good Mary Kay salesperson Chevrolet Camaro - I enjoy beating people up Chevrolet Corvette - I’m in a mid-life crisis Chevrolet El Camino - I am leading a militia to overthrow the government Chrysler Pacifica - I’m not even going to make believe that anything other than shepherding my kids from point A to B, C, D, E, F... means anything to me Ford Crown Victoria - I enjoy having people slow to 55mph and change lanes when I pull up behind them Ford Mustang - I slow down to 85 in school zones Geo Tracker - I will start the 12th grade in the fall Honda Accord - I get an A for practicality and an F for originality

Riddle me


A man is trapped in a room. The room has only two possible exits: two doors. Through the first door there is

Honda Pilot - I’d love to have a big manly SUV...but I am worried about rising gas prices. I’ll go with the Pilot. least I won’t look like the rest of the Five Towns driving around in Odysseys. Hyundai - Just because I am not a millionaire doesn’t mean I can’t make believe I am driving a Rolls Royce Infiniti Q45 - My goal in life is to afford a Lexus Jaguar XJ6 - I am so rich I will pay $60K for a car that is in the shop 280 days a year Lincoln Town Car - I live for bingo and covered dish suppers Mitsubishi Diamante - I don’t know what it means either Neon - I delivered pizza for four years to get this car Pickup Truck - I wish I lived in Texas Prius - I don’t just talk about global warming, I actually squeeze myself into this matchbox car to prevent it Subaru - I have six cats at home and I like going camping…and, of course, “Love Trumps Hate!”

a room constructed from magnifying glass. The blazing hot sun instantly fries anything or anyone that enters. Through the second door there is a firebreathing dragon. How does the man escape?

Answers: He waits until nighttime and then goes out the first door.



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Famous Opening Remarks Trivia You may not remember every line in a book, but do you remember which classic book each of these opening lines are from?

15. “Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York.” 16. “When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.”

1. “Call me Ishmael.” 2. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

A. Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling B. Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

3. “You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain’t no matter.”

C. The Road Less Traveled, Robert Frost

4. “When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only.”


5. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...”


Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss


Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

D. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

6. “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like….” 7. “It was a pleasure to burn.”

10. “The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day.”

13. “He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.”

G. To Kill a Mockingbird, Nelle Harper Lee H. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

K. Moby Dick, Herman Melville

M. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

9. “Where’s Papa going with that axe?”

12. “Life is difficult.”

Matilda, Roald Dahl

L. Walden, Henry David Thoreau

8. “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”

11. “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal.”

E. Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White

N. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand O. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens P. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

14. “Who is John Galt?”

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mbarking on his 35th year in broadcasting, Nachum Segal has been the voice of the Jewish community through thick and thin. On the radio at WMFU since 1983, as the host of the iconic JM in the AM (Jewish Moments in the Morning) program, Segal also launched his popular online Nachum Segal Network five years ago. This past year, he made the monumental move of leaving his beloved terrestrial station to move his iconic morning show over to the all-digital NSN platform. I caught up with Nachum and NSN General Manager Miriam Wallach between songs on their weekly Thursday “Live Lunch” program at the New York City studio as he recalls some of the most moving and memorable moments along the way. Nachum begins by talking about the new digital platform. “After 34 years of being part of a radio station, I felt there was one mission left in my career, and that was to become an independent 24 houra-day network,” he says. “I wanted the freedom and independence to do my own show the way I want to, and I wanted to use that show, JM in the AM, to be the flagship of the 24 hour entity that would become even more popular than it was because JM in the AM is its exclusive flagship program. In addition to that, it was no secret to any keen observer that our Nachum Segal Network brand had gotten very large and continued to expand into areas we never even

dreamt of years ago, like international projects and concerts and broadcasts from so many different areas, and frankly our mission started to

plenty of time to inform the audience what we were doing, we maintain a very good relationship but now we are a completely independent entity.”

“I know it takes time to jump – almost an hour – but as little sleep as I may have had, or as much traveling as we may have done, I just cannot wait to get back on the air.”

contradict a bit with the mission of the radio station. So we decided, along with the radio station, on an amicable ‘divorce.’ They gave us

The move is a big one and, according to Nachum, has been “received wonderfully from people who want to hear the radio show clearly.” Ac-

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cording to the celebrated host with the famous voice, “While they were still using the crutch of the radio to listen to us, in most communities it was difficult to hear so once they were forced to made the transition they’re hearing it more clearly.” Nachum adds that the move has made the NSN into a more recognized “global entity.” “Even though I had the 24 hour network while I was still on the radio, it never had the impression out there that we were a global entity.” He continues, “We’re in the 35th year but we’re in year one of this current mission – and so far so good!” Worldwide, the Nachum Segal Network has a large audience. Now, Nachum explains, the network is more focused on international listeners. “We’re speaking to them more than we used to; they are not just eavesdropping on a New York radio show but getting a real global perspective,” he says. “I would say the reaction [from the new platform] from around the U.S. has been massive. We keep meeting people from all over who are constantly telling us that they are listening all day long, and that’s the goal. Our goal is to keep growing, and our numbers reflect that we’re growing. Just over the last year there’s been a 13% increase in listenership. There’s a tremendous craving for live programming, if not live, then original programming. People want immediacy and nobody else is doing what we’re doing every single day.”


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Miriam points out that “there was a void in the global Jewish community and Nachum recognized that very early on.” I ask about a particular instance when they realized the profound impact the show had on people. Nachum shares, “I was stunned when Rabbi Tzvi Klebanow, director of Nahal Haredi, the religious unit of the Israeli army, told me that as he travels through Israel by car he’s always listening to us. That stunned me – he’s a busy guy, but he’s tuned into JM in the AM and NSN.” Nachum adds, “It could be somebody without a synagogue near them and it can be somebody who’s in Israel” who are inspired and affected by NSN. In fact, Nachum feels that a major impact has been made in the 34 years of broadcasting in attitudes towards Aliyah and Israel from Jews living in the States. “I think my show and this network has been exemplary in spreading that message and getting people involved,” he says. “American attitudes toward issues in Israel have been assisted because of the education that we give on the air. We encourage people to have a plan for Aliyah. To keep it on their radar, one of our slogans is ‘the future of the Jewish people is in the State of Israel,’ which is a pretty bold thing to say from New York City, as I’m living here and sitting here, but we make that point constantly.” Nachum and Miriam have joined five flights to Israel with Nefesh B’Nefesh. This is the sixth time they will be making “Aliyah” with the group. Nachum describes the incredible feeling of embarking on the journey along with hundreds of other families. “It gives us an opportunity to focus on these incredible stories of families and singles especially those who are lone

soldiers going to the army, to highlight them and really inspire people around the world,” he says about the flights. We talk about the show and the 34 years of programming. I ask Nachum if he feels he’s on a “mission.” “There is such a void, such an untapped area,” he notes. “We are doing something that nobody else is doing, in the comprehensive fashion that we’re doing it. Our mission statement talks about quality Jewish programming, Jewish values and focus on Israel – and those are the three most important things to us. All of them – through all the humor and the cooking shows and the political shows the music shows, all the interviews – it may not be direct every single time but all of these shows contribute to this very same mission.” Over three decades of programming yields a lot of guests on the program. Nachum shares that his best guests have been the “best guests for me.” “It’s the ... guest who I believe could not have been interviewed as well by someone else or come out looking as good with any other interviewer. Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz – I guarantee that nobody joked around with him on the air like I did, and I guarantee he has never been as effervescent about the topic as he was with me because of the mood that was set and because of my style. Also, Rabbi Natan Slifkin, the ‘Zoo Rabbi,’ who always sits down for interviews and is either being challenged or it’s academic. He is an academic – but I was able to develop questions for him in a way that made him very approachable by the listener.” Miriam jumps in to add that Nachum has a gift for interviewing people. “This is not a moment of haughtiness

by any stretch of the imagination,” she says. “He actually says this with complete humility. There is something constantly to be said that there’s a way that Nachum interviews and handles guests that is completely different than what you’ll see anywhere else – and I mean both in the Jewish and in the secular worlds. There are people who come on the air and all of a sudden they’re superstars, and it’s a testament to his skill and being able to phrase questions in a way that really caters to that particular guest and he can read a situation very carefully.” She adds, “Also, it’s the intense level of preparation he does before every show.” Aside from the guests that Nachum has spoken with onair, the situation in which they’ve broadcast has also made an impression. For example, Nachum talks about certain challenging times in which the “show had to go on.” “There have certainly been a lot of tragic events that have derailed our programming – the aftermath of 9/11 – especially knowing that in that situation very few people were listening. Hurricane Sandy and the blackout of August 2003 are better examples because people turned to us as the calming voice, telling people who to call if they were desperate for food or clothing – we became a very important resource. When I went to visit some of the places that were hit by Sandy, people were happy that we were engaged in what so many of the people in the Jewish community were going through. “Also, when we were broadcasting from Sderot in the middle of the war...” Miriam adds, “And there are sirens going – and everyone else hits the deck except Nachum because he’s on the air. There are sirens, we are on


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the ground, and he’s on the air. This is both the crazy and the dedication in one.” Nachum quips, “Because the show must go on!” That level of commitment must be hard for a person who has a family. But Nachum says his family has been extremely supportive. “I always joke with my wife Staci that JM in the AM is my first love, and unfortunately after 30 years she knows that. She and everybody have been unbelievable. They did not like, especially at certain ages, going to public events with me and they did not like going to anything Jewish, like they knew if we were going to Hershey Park on chol hamoed it would not be a fun day. So they’ve been very tolerant and now that they’re older they appreciate things a lot more – they appreciate the free Yaakov Shwekey tickets and stuff like that.” We talk about the other shows on

the network. “The most popular ones, and by that I mean those that continuously grow – Charlie Harary, Naomi Nachman, Meir Weingarten, Allison Josephs of Jew in the City among

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Going digital helped programming even more. Miriam notes, “Once we went all digital we had a boost in all – people aren’t turning off the radio.” She adds that the NSN is just what the listeners want to

“Everyone else hits the deck except Nachum because he’s on the air. There are sirens, we are on the ground, and he’s on the air.”

others – continue to grow,” Nachum says. “Mark Zomick’s Friday ‘Live Lunch’ has been amazing, Miriam’s ‘That’s Life’ always has something fresh and new. We have Avromy’s show and Yoni’s sports show.”

hear. “Everything we’re providing is kosher and clear with fresh and original content.” All that content comes with a dedicated team that work together to provide complete coverage at NSN.

Nachum says that his staff is wholly committed to the cause. “My current NSN staff have also bought into the 24/6 idea of this commitment,” he adds. “If anyone is off for the day they know that at any point, day or night, they may be needed for something or a piece of advice or to handle an emergency.” Miriam jokes, “People ask what hours I work. We say, from havdalah to candle lighting.” How do they still have that same enthusiasm for the network after three-plus decades? Nachum answers with passion. “Every day I walk in here and it’s a fresh new day and it’s as if I’m discovering this thing for the first time. I am nervous – people think I’m exaggerating when I say that. I’m nervous the first moment the microphone opens every single morning – I’m doing this 34 years – a combination of excitement and anxiety every single time.

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“The alarm goes off at 3:59 in the morning and at some point within that hour, between 4 and 5, I jump out of bed. I know it takes time to jump – almost an hour – but as little sleep as I may have had, or as much traveling as we may have done, I just cannot wait to get back on the air. Radio is amazing. It’s just amazing, and the way it reaches people and people love it the way they do – it’s just incredible so it keeps me going.” The high energy and the commitment the team exudes is admirable. But change is never easy. I ask Nachum what advice he would give to others who are well into their careers and need to change with the times. He answers, “Seek good advice from young people. One of the smartest things we did was to surround ourselves with a couple of knowledgeable young people – not just knowledgeable in the technology but knowledgeable as to what is out there, as to what ‘kids’ are doing. I’m concerned about people in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s discovering us and looking at me as a Dick Clark type, as somebody who can relate to every generation, because that’s going to be important down the road. That’s the

key to the future,” he advises. For those of us who join in the Celebrate Israel Parade, Nachum and his team have been there for years. Miriam tells me first about their sponsor. “The American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center has been our sponsor for the last 2 years,” she says. “They’re phenomenal partners in this. They get it – they get us, they get the production, they get the whole nine yards. We have worked seamlessly with them over the last number of years. We actually started with them with the halftime show with a commercial; we’ve built a relationship with them. “What we do with the parade keeps getting bigger and we’ve received feedback that people would rather listen to us than watch what is on commercial television. It helps to know the people walking – there’s a connection with the community that we provide during that program that gives you that kind of broadcast.” Speaking of halftime shows, I ask Nachum about upcoming events. The new season of NSN began on September 5. “There are a couple of projects in the works,” he says, “and we’re

already working on something for summer 2018. The kosher halftime show, which will be in the beginning of February, will be in its fifth year so it’s going to be a big one. We have a very cool plan for it. One very important project in April is the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, so we are definitely going to be spending an inordinate amount of time between Simchas Torah and April 19 building up to Israel’s 70th birthday celebration. Just like we did for Jerusalem 50 – but this I’d like to make even bigger.”


hortly after I met with Nachum and Miriam, Nachum and the NSN team flew to Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, in partnership with the Orthodox Union. As part of his never-ending commitment to the Jewish community, Nachum broadcasted from Houston in efforts to keep the global community updated on the needs and rebuilding efforts of the Jewish community there. Seventy-one percent of Houston’s Jewish population lives in areas that experienced high flooding, with three of the city’s five major synagogues experiencing sig-

nificant flooding and damage. The NSN team was also joined by singer Mordechai Shapiro, doing his part to keep the community spirits lifted during the days that followed the devastation. “Our brothers and sisters in Houston have gone through a terrible ordeal with so much of the community they built sitting in ruins,” Nachum said. “Our hope is that by being there and dedicating our shows to their stories, that listeners from all across the world will get involved with the recovery efforts. We’ve partnered with the Orthodox Union so that listeners who are inspired through our show can donate to help the Jewish community of Houston.” For readers looking to hear Jewish radio all the time, JM in the AM and all of the NSN shows can be found on the NSN app for iPhone and Android and on the computer at Don’t have a computer or even a smartphone? No problem. Join in by dialing the listener line at 605-562-4400. All archives are available at

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ost people would expect to find a top-ten Billboard recording artist spending weekends in local clubs or traveling to exotic locales but singer-songwriter Alex Clare is far from a typical popstar. As an observant Jew living in Jerusalem, Clare spends his weekends in synagogue. Whenever he gets the chance, his go-to destination is Long Island’s Five Towns, and his favorite place to be is Congregation Aish Kodesh. Clare catapulted to fame in March 2012 after his song “Too Close” was featured in a series of commercials for Internet Explorer. The song hit number seven on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 list to become his first topten hit, reaching number one on the German charts and number four on the UK Singles Chart by May 2012. He released his most recent album, Tail of Lions, in November 2016. A baal teshuva, Clare lost out on professional opportunities due to his increasing observance, yet today gratefully continues his career successfully on his own terms. Originally from London, he moved to Jerusalem with his young family in 2015. On his latest New York visit Clare stopped into Cedarhurst’s Central Perk Café to talk about his music, his Jewish journey, and lessons he’s learned along the way. Tell me about what brings you to the Five Towns? I love the Five Towns! I’m here because I had a concert in the Hamptons, but I have family here and very

good friends here – and I’m a very big chassid of Rav Weinberger. If I’m in New York I try to stay here. How did you first become familiar with Rav Weinberger and the community here? A friend of mine – a very Litvishe friend of mine and a very serious person – was listening to a Rav Kook shiur and I looked at his phone and I was like “I don’t understand – why are you listening to a Rav Kook shiur? You’re like super yeshivish.” He explained that it’s not the shiur subject, it’s the person delivering the shiur – that piqued my interest and I researched who it was. It was Rav Moshe Weinberger, and I start-

was by the Kosel once and this Gerrer chassid, an older Gerrer chassid, walks up to me and says, “Du is the singer?” I was like “Whaaa?!” – it was very unusual! You speak to students learning at yeshivas and seminaries in Israel. What do you talk to them about? Different things – it depends on the crowd and what I feel like talking about, and more importantly what people like to hear. It’s hard being a teenager – being a teenage boy, being a teenage girl – is exceptionally challenging. It was one of the hardest periods in my life – what I was going through emotionally and physically.

“Don’t ever try to be a role model – just be a role model, be a mensch.”

ed listening to him religiously every day, 3-4 times. I first came to the Five Towns because I was on tour in America and my wife was like, “You have to meet him!” I was traveling and she arranged a Shabbos for me to stay here by some people in the community. This is a very special place; it’s easygoing, still very frum, very nice. Where in the world can you be the most incognito? I don’t know…it depends where I am. You get these surprises – like I

It’s a disaster waiting to happen. I just like to reassure people and give people chizuk. Kids are like really yirat Shamayaim-focused, and so focused on spirituality sometimes they can get a little bogged down in it and a little distracted. You’ve got so many conflicts between your spiritual world and your social life, between your emotions – it can be very, very confusing and very, very hard. I’m a big advocate for taking it easy on yourself – pushing yourself, but if someone’s very driven and very focused, which I hope most teenagers


should be, it can be very tough with a lot of challenges, so I talk about that. I don’t think it really gets easy, you just understand it better as you get older. Also, especially in the more Modern Orthodox communities, you’re bombarded from one side with growing your religiosity and on the other side with clothes, fashion, music, social pressures. It doesn’t have to be. The trick is to sow a seed in somebody where they see the beauty in the Yiddishkeit and understand it’s not a burden. It’s not something that supposed to be crushing you, it’s supposed to be guiding you and helping you tremendously as a person. There are certain things that would be inconsistent and you can’t do both. Is it hard for you when you’re working in the secular world? I have to be who I am and I can’t segregate it because that’s not what Yiddishkeit is about. You can’t have a mechitzah between different aspects of your life because that’s not how it works. Yiddishkeit is all-encompassing and it’s supposed to guide you and direct you in every aspect of your life. So there’s no separation. My band thinks I’m crazy! Most of them aren’t Jewish, and they’re not religious, but they’ve got to sort of tolerate and understand that my lifestyle is very different from theirs and there are certain things that I just won’t be able to do and I don’t want to do … well most of me doesn’t want to do it! That’s the problem, you see, that’s why the Torah is there in the first place: you’re going to want to


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do this – because it’s really fun and you’re going to feel great for like a minute – and then the next day or whatever your life’s going to feel terrible. So you have to have a lot of gedarim, a lot of barriers and self-control.

I’m coming up to 32 now and that’s when I started keeping Shabbos. I kind of was very into Hebrew and I loved Nach, Tanach. I loved it my whole life – it was fascinating and really cool –

Tell me about your journey towards Torah observance – when did you first become Orthodox? 10 years ago. I was totally secular. I can’t believe that – it’s crazy. 22 and

Really cool, did you say? It’s so cool! Like, come on -- it’s like the ultimate melodrama! It’s fantastic. Very, very deep and you see the social dynamics developing for the different people in Nach and





to understand that the biggest tzaddikim – the simplest explanation, the simple pashut pshat you see the humanity, you see the tzaddikim, the heroes, and the mefarshim explain that maybe there’s more going on behind the scenes than you actually realize. They’re on a very high level, but on a face-to-face level, you see their humanity. Dovid Hamelech, you him as a person with his foibles and his flaws and how he refines himself. Amazing. I did go to shul when I was a kid – there was a Reform shul near me and I would go the Reform shul because I didn’t know what the difference was at the time. Then, later, as I got older I saw certain inconsistencies that didn’t quite sit that comfortably with me and didn’t feel particularly good. I kind of went away in my teenage years, and my very early 20’s were sort of like a whirlwind of chaos, and after that I came back – I just needed Shabbos in my life. One Thursday night I was sitting with a friend of mine, he was a musician and for all intents and purposes a very successful and very happy person, and he just burst out crying one night and I asked him what’s up and he sort of explained that his lifestyle was making him desperately unhappy – parties every night, clubs, pursuit of all the wrong things in life and he didn’t really understand what his purpose was. And I was like, Oh my goodness, this is a big wake up call for me. I need to keep Shabbos. I had friends who were frum and friends who were more traditional and had been around the Shabbos experience so it wasn’t alien to me. I went to Stamford Hill (which is like the Mea Shearim or the Williamsburg of London), I walked into shul and a chassidishe fellow who was very, very sweet took me in. I spent a lot of time with his family, and slowly but surely I started keeping Shabbos. That was before “Too Close” came out? Three years before “Too Close.” When “Too Close” came out I was


fully shomer Shabbos, shomer mitzvos and shomer kashrus. When I signed my record deal I was shomer Shabbos. On one of your last trips to New York City you came to perform at the concert for the Celebrate Israel Parade – what was your impression of seeing New York City celebrating Israel like that? Amazing! It’s amazing, the people have a real connection to Israel. Every Jewish person, no matter if they’re very Zionistic or completely the opposite, they still have a deep connection to Israel. We daven for kibbutz galiut, the incoming of the exiles, everyone davens for it three times a day and all our tefillos are focused on Tzion, on Jerusalem and Israel, and you can see that connection that people have . You come to the Israel Day Parade and it is an amazing thing that people really feel that it’s something worth advocating for and it’s something so important to us as a People. Tell me a little about your music – are you writing music all the time? Not so much now – I do write still, although I write for other people more than for myself. I’ll get a phone call from my publisher and they’ll be like can you fix this for this person or that person, so I still do that. But I spend most of the time at the moment learning Torah more. I’m going on tour in the fall. You’re playing in Williamsburg? Yeah, the other Williamsburg – the non-chassidishe part! This is the Tail of Lions album tour – tell me about some of the music on the album. Tail of Lions is all about my experiences over the last few years. The title is actually from Pirkei Avos – it’s better to be a tail to a lion than the head to a fox. With what’s been going


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on over the last few years, politically and sociologically and celebrity culture, you see that there are a lot of people that have risen to the top who don’t necessarily have the ability or wherewithal. The culture of celebrities has gone completely bananas. I was just very shocked with the whole culture of celebrity. What really got me was that there was a man called Frederick Sanger. Fred Sanger was an incredible human being. Fred Sanger was a geneticist and discovered the genome that creates insulin in diabetics, so he was able to recreate synthetically the insulin – he created that process. He saved millions of people’s lives. He’s also the person who basically discovered the technology that enables crime fighters and pathologists to sample DNA and recognize DNA enough that you could use it as evidence in court. Fred Sanger was an amazing person. He passed away about three years ago and it really shook me up that in all the newspapers there was like a really tiny comment in the back, “Fred Sanger died today.” I had no idea who Fred Sanger was and I looked into him and I was blown away by this man who saved millions of lives – millions of people’s lives. If you’re an insulin dependent diabetic they have hakaras hatov, gratitude to him because he’s the one. So I was like, what’s going on? Here’s a guy who literally saved millions of people, prevented thousands of crimes because of his research in genetic identification and he got a one-inch write-up in the newspapers. You’ll have some celebrity who’s famous for like falling out of taxi at three in the morning drunk and not much else – and they’ll have a front page spread about their affairs and all these terrible negative things and that’s worth telling people about. Fred Sanger – who should be like lauded as a hero for saving millions of people’s lives – inches in the back. And I thought that it says so much about people’s mentality and society and that it’s all about how you look

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Do they know it was about them? I think so…maybe?

“Understand where your gift comes from – it doesn’t come from you, it came from Hakadosh Baruch Hu and if He gives you a matana He also gives you the terms of usage – you can’t be in violation of that.”

and how you appear in public and how controversial you could be, as opposed to what good you could actually contribute to society. I learned the Mishna in Pirkei Avo,s that says it’s better to be a tail to a lion than the head to a fox – it’s better to be a Fred Sanger than some other people who are so self-obsessed and so self-absorbed but still they’re at the top and everyone cares what they’re doing – for the wrong reasons. The direction of the album was about trying to recognize those issues in society and do my best to try to fix them if I can. How do feel when you hear iconic song “Too Close” played around the world? I love it! It’s a big chizuk for me. The song changed my life. I lost everything – I lost my record deal, I lost a lot. I was in yeshiva learning, I was very happy, and then while I was in yeshiva learning, “Too Close” became an international hit, so it changed my life. It really changed my life and it enabled me to do what I love – which is make music. I’m not

really good at anything else; I don’t know what else I would do. As a livelihood it’s something I love doing and it means I get to travel all over the place and see amazing places and meet amazing people. In London, kids would come up to me and be like, “Hey Alex, I’m ‘too close’ to you!” It’s so nice – it gives me such a chizuk that I did something in my life that a lot of people, millions of people, know and recognize. You sing it still with a lot of passion – was it based on a relationship you had? Yes…sort of…kind of. I was growing in one way and there was a friend of mine, who was a friend for a very long time, who I decided to maybe one day date and then I realized that we were just two different people. I had to reclaim some boundaries – so that’s kind of what “Too Close” is about. Are you in touch with that person at all? No, no, not at all!

What inspires your lyrics? When I write a song, generally it has to be personal, it has to be related to something that’s happened in my life. I’m not David Bowie – David Bowie could write like lyrics about anything and reel off nice rhymes and nice stories but I can’t; it has to be cathartic for me. Is your wife musical as well? Is she also a baal teshuva? Very musical. She comes from a whole family of very musical people who play instruments or sing. She’s frum from birth with Chabad family on one side. Do you plan on putting out Jewish music albums? That’s a good question. My ego got a bit bashed. I made a Jewish album and I played it for an Israeli promoter and the Israeli promoter was like, “Ata charedi?” I was like, “Kein,” and he was like, “Yea, ze lo tov.” The truth is, I just shouldn’t have played it to him or I just should have put it out – maybe one day. I love Jewish music and I sing Jewish music and play a lot of kumsitzim in Yerushalayim and the world over, and one day ... maybe. I’m thinking about the idea more and more. Music in all fields tends to follow trends – that’s a mode that becomes relevant, the style of song that’s trending at any one time – and at the moment in Jewish music I think a lot of its very pop-focused, all very like upbeat and happy but I don’t think it reflects like what’s really going on. Chassidishe niggunim and peyotim always had a melancholy to them like a longing, and things are very optimistic right now which is great. Musicians generally tend to be more melancholy and I don’t know how deep all these very happy- go-lucky Jewish songs can go; it’s a bit superficial. It would be nice to hear some Jewish music that’s penimi – very

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It’s not from you, it’s from Him. To understand, to be successful, to have the brochos in the right areas, it has to be by His rules. Do you ever have fans react too enthusiastically when they see you? I try and always talk to people before and after concerts – I don’t like to be locked in the dressing room. I like to talk to people to see how it’s going, and people usually know: don’t hug him and don’t jump on him. Sometimes people don’t, and there are a lot of very funny anecdotes about these awkward situations where I’ll be like, “Oh no…” but usually people are pretty respectful and my management team is very good at explaining to people, “Don’t jump on Alex, it’s not good!” On this tour you’re traveling the U.S. and Canada – do you stay in hotels or in the Jewish communities when you’re on tour? Yes, East and West Coasts, and of

Canada as well, Vancouver and Toronto respectively. It’s only for a couple of weeks so I think I’ll be sleeping on a bus mostly – for Shabbos I usually stay in a Jewish community. My wife comes from the Chabad community so that’s always amazing, that’s always very useful. When you’re in the middle of nowhere – like one phone call and who’s the shaliach in this town? OK, you have a place for

Shabbos! Is your wife coming with you on tour? She’ll be coming at the end of the tour – it’s hard with the kids. Do your kids know what you do? They know I’m a musician and I travel away for work a lot. It’s very

hard for them and it’s very hard for me because I miss them. My two little alarm clocks get me up every day – so I miss that – it’s really nice. Anything else you want to tell your fans? I hope people enjoy the album and listen to it – and play it for a friend! I’ll look forward to seeing them at the show.


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t’s a pleasant evening in early spring and the streets of Crown Heights are teeming with people. Local stores are open well after dark on Kingston Avenue, the hub of the neighborhood, and bearded men, bochurim, couples with strollers, and groups of young girls are out and

about. On the corner of Kingston and Carroll Street is Shapiro’s Stam Center where you can purchase tefillin and mezuzos as well as shmurah matzah and esrogim. Down the block, Prime Sandwich and Prime Wok are doing brisk business. Just a few houses past this bus-

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tling scene, on a quiet side street lined with brownstones, is the serene and tranquil gallery of celebrated artist Michoel Muchnik. I visit Michoel and his lovely wife, Sarah, at the gallery and it feels like I’ve entered another planet. In this cozy setting, I am introduced to a world of vibrant colors, soothing landscapes, and works of art that are replete with symbolic meaning. Michoel is a gracious host. And though his art may be expressive, he himself is reserved, thoughtful and understated. He tells me his story without the fanfare and drama that one would expect from an artist of his caliber. It’s as if the works of art that surround us in his gallery speak for themselves. Michoel grew up in Broomall, Pennsylvania, a town near Philadelphia. “I wasn’t brought up observant,” he relates, “and I was caught up in the ‘60s counter-culture.” His artistic flair became evident while he was still a teenager and by the time he turned 18 Michoel was accepted as a student to the Rhode Island School of Design, “the Harvard of art schools.” It would signal a turning point in his development – not just as an artist but also as a Jew. While studying at the art school, Michoel discovered the legendary Rabbi Meir (Michel) Abehsera, an acclaimed expert in macrobiotics who has also influenced thousands to become more observant. “I became macrobiotic in art school,” Michoel explains, “and I visited him often. Eventually, I illustrated a book for


him and I became shomer Shabbos.” At 20-years-old, Michoel decided to pursue his religious education at the Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Morristown, New Jersey. Michoel’s earliest claim to fame was the series of whimsical children’s books that he authored and illustrated, including Hershel’s Houseboat and Tuvia’s Train That Has No End. The books are delightful, and not just because of their charming illustrations. Michoel says that the books were important because they were a means in which to express himself as he was learning about Yiddishkeit “like a small child.” These classics are still sold today, enhancing Jewish children’s bedtime around the world. Michoel’s art reflects his own personal development in many ways. While at the art school, he says, “I spent a lot of time drawing black and white detailed drawings.” But as he became religious, Michoel also discovered color. And depth and meaning. “After studying the esoteric part of the Torah and chassidus,” he explains, “I came away with so many things that I wanted to express in my art.” Soon enough, Michoel began traveling around the world setting up exhibitions of his art. “I would set up a slideshow to explain the meaning behind my work,” he says. “We are the people of the book. Art is enhanced by explanation and chassidic art also needs commentary.” It is said that Michoel Muchnik revolutionized chassidic art. His


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works are nothing like the ubiquitous paintings of dancing chassidim that can be seen all over. Michoel’s art is deep, nuanced, and finely crafted. I ask Michoel to explain the meaning behind some of the works in his studio. He points to one painting that seems to be among his favorites. It’s called “The Ring and the Rose.” I am struck by its vibrant colors that are lively and yet serene. The painting depicts the Jewish wedding ring, topped with a home and surrounded by a garden and roses. Says Michoel, “The idea is that the Jewish marriage represents binyan adei ad,” Michoel explains. “The union should be eter-

nal.” But there’s a deeper meaning to the painting as well. “The rose represents the Jewish people,” Michoel adds. “We are a rose among the thorns. So the ring and the roses symbolize the marriage between Hashem and His nation.” I am drawn towards another work, which seems more “craft” than “art,” and I am intrigued. It’s an aleph-beis chart with each os fashioned out of unusual odds and ends, some of them full of symbolism. “The gimmel,” says Michoel, “represents chesed.” Michoel points to the gimmel. “He is ‘running’ to

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do chesed for the daled, who is dal – poor. That’s why the gimmel on this chart is crafted out of a horn of plenty, which represents food.” Michoel’s art is full of surprises. Some of his work includes bas relief images of ancient stone walls. Others have tiny stones and jewels embedded in them. “I collect things,” Michoel says, “like antique jewelry and I cut them up and reinvent them. It’s a mosaic style.” Michoel’s studio is located several blocks away from his gallery. I ask him how long it takes for him to produce a work of art, but he shrugs off the question. “I don’t really mea-


sure. I could be working on twenty pieces at the same time. And I used to work in middle of the night but now it’s more like 10 AM to 7:30 PM.” As a Lubavitcher chassid, Michoel seeks to utilize his artistic flair to bring others closer to Yiddishkeit. “My vision,” he says, “is to share Torah insights in a novel way, to excite people through a whole different medium.” He will often hear from people who tell him they became inspired and even observant after attending one of his exhibitions or viewing his work. “A family told me they started keeping kosher after reading my

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children’s books,” he says. “I was blown away!” One young woman came to a Michoel Muchnik exhibition in Chicago. “A year later, she tracked me down to tell me that she was taken not just by my art but by the message it carries. She became a Lubavitcher.” Michoel regularly opens his gallery to groups. “I’ve hosted teens, special needs children, all types of people.” He often lectures to his guests about the deeper meaning behind his works. He urges young people to pursue their passions and to use their talents for the greater good. “This is more important today than ever. Adults don’t understand young people and it’s important to bridge that gap. Art can do that because art is its own language.” Today, Michoel Muchnik’s art adorns the walls of private homes, as well as Jewish centers, mikvahs, shuls and schools. More recently he has begun channeling his talents to create customized pieces for plaques, memorial boards, and dedications. If there is a central theme that runs throughout Michoel’s work, it

would be his meticulous attention to detail. “That’s my obsession,” he admits. It’s also the reason why Michoel’s art is so irresistible. Each time you look at a painting, you see

of detail.” If he was wondering who would purchase this unusual piece, he did not have to wonder for long. “A person came to the show who had just started putting on tefillin. He

“Imagine,” says Michoel, “for two years it was sitting around and waiting for this family to whom it would be most meaningful.”

something new. Not surprisingly, the Lubavitcher Rebbe himself encouraged Michoel to pursue his passion. “He was particularly excited that it was being used to be mekarev people and would often comment about the content of my art.” Over time, Michoel has seen tremendous hashgacha pratis. “We recently did an exhibition in California,” he says. “And I had just made a very unusual aron kodesh, with lots

did not live near a shul, but instead he set up a corner of his house as his own little shul. That aron kodesh was perfect for him.” He remembers a painting of an esrog, which “had been sitting around for years.” Eventually, Michoel added a depiction of a sukkah to the painting and then he brought it to his next exhibition. A woman and her son were at that event, and when they saw the painting their eyes filled with tears.

The woman explained that her husband had recently passed away. As it turned out, he was in the business of selling sukkahs. The painting was a bittersweet reminder of him and she decided to purchase it for her home. “Imagine,” says Michoel, “for two years it was sitting around and waiting for this family to whom it would be most meaningful.” The Muchniks invite me upstairs to their home, where the kitchen is adorned with knickknacks and painted in deep shades of terracotta. Michoel’s art hangs here as well, but he prefers to direct me towards a wall near the staircase which is lined with photos of his children and grandchildren. Clearly, this is the nachas wall of which he is most proud. He points out which of his children live locally and which are on shlichus in various locations. Suddenly, Michoel Muchnik is no longer the talented artist, but the proud Zaidy who is looking forward to spending yom tov with his family. He is, above all, a family man – one who is happy to pursue his passion and utilize the skills for which he has uniquely been chosen.


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Israel Today

Sweet Aim By Rafi Sackville


was once invited to a bar mitzvah in Melbourne, Australia. Seated behind the bima, and unaware of the customs of that particular shul, I was taken unawares when candy began raining down on the men’s section. The shul had a particular manner of doing things, mostly by taking into consideration the cleanliness and maintenance of the premises. What I didn’t experience was the

typical handful of individual candies gently lobbed in a mostly uncoordinated and haphazard manner by women whose actions were akin to ball boys mannerly returning tennis balls at a tournament. When this happens one is prepared and at the ready. If you are young and have a sweet tooth, the extension of either hand amidst the falling, wrapped toffees will bag

you a few pieces. If one has a small or non-aggressive child, the same action will help one avoid the inevitable tears of that aforementioned son or daughter, who has stood on the fringe as their rampaging and ravenous peers tear across the floor around and between feet like scavengers during a food riot. Your child is on the precipice of returning to you in tears when, voila, you hand over

your catch. I am most absorbed and astonished at the bigger celebrations when the mother of a bar mitzvah boy or groom walk into shul carrying small wicker baskets, which they fill and hand out to their family and friends. On such occasions the barrage can be extensive both in the number of candies brought into play, as well as the time it takes to throw them.


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Notwithstanding these two facts, I’m amazed at how quickly the candies disappear among the throng of children. In that shul in Melbourne, the women threw small packages of candy wrapped in light cheese cloth and daintily closed with a blue ribbon. By my estimates there would have been up to ten pieces in each package. And they threw dozens of them! The gentlemen sitting either side of me looked up as soon as the bar mitzvah boy finished his aliyah. I wasn’t as quick. By the time I comprehended what was happening I had twice been pinged on the head by one of these bomblets. Maintaining cleanliness is certainly a worthy practice, but cleanliness did not take into account the sheer terror I felt when a third missile caught the corner of my spectacles and knocked them off my face. Today my seat in shul in Ma’alot is directly behind the bima. So close is it that I can lean forward and read from the Torah during leining. Throwing candies in our shul is a mostly boring affair. For one, the choice of sweet is a toffee so soft that it loses its form as soon as it’s placed in the palm of one’s hand. No matter how many candies are thrown I can generally avoid being hit, and even if I am, the candies pose little concern or harm, unless the candy-men (yes, they exist here as well) throw fastballs aimed at the ba’al simcha, or the gabbaim, of which I am one. Under such circumstances one is at their mercy, especially from my friend Shlomo, who is both accurate and fast. He can consistently hit me squarely on the forehead from 20 paces. After thousands of celebrations and scores of shuls I thought I’d seen it all. I’d been the target (or not) of soft and hard candy, snakes and coated almonds. I’d been present when one family threw what might have constituted an entire assembly run at the Elite candy factory. I’d been on the receiving end of large bars of chocolate. I thought I’d seen it all. Yet, in hindsight, I’d seen nothing.


e recently spent time in the south of the country. I awoke early on Shabbat morning to catch the 7 o’clock minyan. There were fifteen men in attendance. The service was to the point and quick. I was told that the ba’al koreh’s son was celebrating his bar

one claimed them. There were no scampering feet or excited squeals. They just remained at the foot of the bima like small pieces of fruit that had fallen off a plate. And nobody, nobody, paid any attention to them. They lay there abandoned, awaiting ownership. The two men closest to the bima

By the time I comprehended what was happening I had twice been pinged on the head by one of these bomblets.

mitzvah in a later minyan on the other side of town. Suffice to say, one had to concentrate hard to follow his reading. It was during the opening of the ark that the gentleman next to me commented to the gabbai that it would be appropriate to throw candy at the father after his aliyah. Fifteen men! The father of the bar mitzvah boy would have been in his early forties. I was easily the next “youngest” person among us. My very presence there enthused me with youth. I felt an extra spring in my step. At the beginning of leining, the gentleman with the “candy idea” walked out to the shul kitchen and returned with a Tupperware container a third-full with soft candies. I was honored with the fifth aliyah. “Honored” in the sense that I had to pay for it. I was at the bima when the gabbai called the ba’al simcha for the sixth aliyah. He zipped through it like a man at a subway entrance just as his train is pulling up to the station. Upon making his second bracha, the contents of the Tupperware container were slowly heaved in our direction. It took precisely three fistfuls to empty, and despite his close proximity to the bima, the gentleman in question didn’t manage to hit any of us. The candy lay sprinkled a foot or two away around the bima. Then the strangest thing didn’t happen. The candies lay there. No

both sported walkers. They weren’t going to get on their haunches. The ba’al koreh was pacing himself to get out before Mussaf. I looked around at the inaction and decided to take the initiative to rescue the candy from

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inertia. I picked up exactly 36 pieces. Placing them in the corner of my tallit I looked around for a taker. Alas, no one showed any interest, including the thrower himself, who seemed to have forgotten he had thrown them in the first place. I walked over to the Tupperware container into which I emptied the contents of my tallit. Without missing a beat the gentleman thanked me and returned to the kitchen carrying his prize. When I went to the shul the following afternoon and the gabbai asked me how much I wanted to donate for my aliyah, I counted out 36 shekels exactly. One for each piece of that marvelous “non-event candy” I’d witnessed the day before. . Rafi Sackville, formerly of Cedarhurst, teaches in Ort Maalot in Western Galil.

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Dating Dialogue

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

I’m married now for eight months. I live walking distance to my parents and my husband’s parents live out of town, a plane ride away. It seems my mother-in-law is a very demanding woman and all four of her children, I’m seeing, are petrified of her. When she demands something, everyone jumps. I’m so not used to that sort of parent. My parents are kind and understanding and never make absolute demands. Anyway, what’s happening is that every time there is a yom tov and my mother-inlaw tells (not asks) us to come, it becomes law. No discussion, no compromise, no asking whether there is a fair distribution of holidays. The fact is that we go to my in-laws much more often than we do to my parents, which bothers me a lot. I enjoy spending time with my family much more and I also don’t think it’s fair to my parents. My mother-in-law’s excuse for demanding that we come more often is that since we live near my parents they get to see us whenever they want and my in-laws can’t. The truth of the matter is that my mother works, I work, and yes, we do see each other more often, but it’s not like I see them constantly. And yom tov is still yom tov! My husband is a pretty reasonable guy, but I’m seeing more and more that he is absolutely terrified of his mother and is too afraid to challenge her, ever, about anything! I’ve been raised to believe that one’s spouse should always come first, followed by one’s children and then one’s parents. My husband (and his siblings), never got this memo! Anything I can do to change up this situation, which doesn’t only apply to yom tovim? There have been other instances when my mother-in-law reigns supreme! Or is this a lost cause?

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

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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. ou are right. This is not just about where to spend yomim tovim. It’s about how to respond to your mother-in-law, her control, her communication style, and the logic she uses. It’s also about your growing resentment about not spending yom tov with your own family as well as your relationship with your husband. You are losing respect for him for not standing up to her.


You and your husband have to hear each other and talk honestly about your feelings and needs. You need to feel safe while doing so. The healthy thing to do is to negotiate ways that both of your needs will be met. It’s not about compromising; it’s about negotiating and that each of you gets heard and gets satisfied

to some extent. You both have to get something out of what is negotiated and should come to the table, so to speak, with a win-win attitude. You are at the beginning of your marriage and this is one of many emotionally laden issues that will come up. Negotiating is an art; it takes skill and practice. And it needs to be learned first. Get some help with negotiating skills and you will find that this skill set will become a valuable tool in your marriage toolbox. It’s about a lot more than where to spend yom tov, which is always a tricky thing with two families involved. The two of you need to honestly examine your own needs, wants, preferences and perceptions. If you can share those and hear them from each other in a nonjudgmental fashion, accessing help to learn to negotiate will help resolve this particular issue and strengthen your healthy

marriage skills for the long term. Invest in your marriage and get help to learn to negotiate after honestly sharing your feelings, needs and perceptions. It’s about a lot more than where to spend yom tov during shana rishona.

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our mother-in-law may “reign supreme” but your husband is acting like a terrified child. The issue is not your overbearing, demanding, score-keeping motherin-law. Mothers-in-law, for better or worse, are a natural side effect of marriage. The more glaring problem is that your husband is emotionally dominated by her. Until he acknowledges and deals with the dysfunction, he (and you) will continue to serve at her unrealistic beck and call, ultimately and inevitably upsetting your shalom bayis. The good news is that (1) she’s not your mother and you are not petrified of her (yet), (2) there is a great geographical distance between you and her, and (3) your marriage is still fresh and your husband is eager to please his bride. While the dis-entanglement may take a while, start slowly by declining the next yom tov invitation. Blame it on your fatigue, your workload, or the price of airfare. Celebrate various yom tov meals alone or with friends (to offset your husband’s guilt over spending more time with your family). Over time, as you solidify your coupledom, your husband will develop the emotional fortitude to “Take leave of his parents and cleave to his wife” (Bereishis).

The Shadchan Michelle Mond


t sounds like your mother-in-law needs a lesson on how to back off.

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Knowing that you are number 2 will always be in the back of your mind, or at the forefront.

You don’t need us to tell you these behaviors are unhealthy; you are clearly aware of the issues at hand. In your letter you mention that she makes demands, when she makes demands her children jump, and that everybody is petrified of her. While this might be appropriate content for a Purim spiel outlining humorously what mothers-in-law should absolutely not do, this is not appropriate for real life content. Firstly, realize that you can never change another person, so do not expect to wave a magic wand and have her behaviors disappear. Her behaviors are likely habitual and have been used since her children were very small – and you know how the saying goes: “Old habits die hard.” What you can do is fortify a strong relationship between you and your husband including setting boundaries with parents in which they start to view you as your own cohesive entity. You both need to work together to learn to stand your ground and do what’s best for you as a married couple. You mother-in-law must see this bond to finally come to the realization that she can’t have any control over you and that you (as a couple) call the shots This bond will be achieved by communicating with your husband the blatant issue at hand, discussing the boundaries you will make, and, finally, how he will address his mother. He should NOT say things like, “I’d love to come but *Sara doesn’t want to come this Sukkos.” This kind of message will relay weakness in your relationship. Instead, he should say something that address the two of you as a unit and should state your collective decision, “Ma, this Sukkos doesn’t work for us.” When you both are on the same page about this, it

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will be a lot easier to manage. If you are having trouble on our own, seek help from a therapist to give you techniques on setting healthy boundaries and fortifying a healthy communitive relationship with one another.

The Single Tova Wein


adly, I’ve seen this scenario play out more times than I’d like to admit. The strong, scary, all-con-

trolling, mother/mother-in-law who calls all the shots and where everyone in the family, usually including her husband, are afraid to challenge or disappoint her in any way is not unheard of. This is not going to be easy for you because once a culture is thoroughly embraced by all family members it’s virtually impossible for anyone to break out of the system. The good news is that you’re noticing this dysfunction early on in your marriage, before you too have joined into the family culture. Right now, you need to be very strong and firm with your husband and explain

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irst, validation. And lots of it. A husband’s first priority is his wife. Children are second, then parents and in-laws. You do not have children yet, which makes his parents his second priority. The issue is that when he acquiesces to his mother’s demands, he naturally makes you his second priority. This is a bad feeling. You can have a wonderful day together, enjoy his company, admire him for so many of his other wonderful attributes. But knowing that you are number 2 will always be in the back of your mind, or at the forefront. If this feeling and issue are not dealt with appropriately now, I can almost guarantee you it will permeate into every area of your marriage. Generally speaking, what happens is the “unprioritized spouse (US)” grows to resent the other spouse. He/ she learns that this person cannot meet her needs. He/she will eventually stop trying to connect with the partner, and the marital bond is damaged. The US either completely disconnects or turns elsewhere for connection.

The issue here is not your mother-in-law, believe it or not. The issue here is your relationship/at tachment/ connection with your husband. You could tell me that your mother-inlaw has fangs and blood dripping down her chin, and I would remain unconvinced. Yes, she does seem like she is quite the piece of work, but she doesn’t interest me. What interests me is that your husband has not made you his Number One…yet. I have to wonder if you saw the signs before you got married. It is unlikely that she was Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice and then turned into Cruella de Vil. (Might be the case, I’m not discounting it completely.) I would bet that there were signs. I am taking this opportunity to make a Public Service Announcement: If you have any concerns during your dating and engagement period concerning the relationship, unhealthy relationships with family members, money, priorities, person-

to him that the way his mother behaves and the way he reacts to her are not acceptable. This will very possibly be news to him because he’s probably so indoctrinated into his mother’s ways. But don’t back down. Keep at it and help your well-intentioned husband see how his mother’s demands over you two is unhealthy and will only get worse with time. If you husband fails to be able to accept your message, drag him to a couple therapist so that your beliefs will no doubt be confirmed by the therapist. Perhaps your husband will need to continue on individually to learn how to manage his mother better. It

alities, the past, drug use, smoking cigarettes, etc. please spend time in PR E-M A R I TA L C OU N S E L I NG . In pre-marital counseling, couples make sure they are on the same page and talk about the areas where they are not on the same page. And then they decide if they can accept their differences. Do not get engaged before you feel 1,000% sure that you are making the right decision. What I want you to walk away with from this response (and the panel’s response) is that you do not have to accept the behavior of your husband. It is unacceptable. Have a conversation. Tell him how you feel. Being that he has grown up this way, and you see how all his siblings tremble in fear around their mother, my intuition tells me that he isn’t going to change overnight. I want you to be prepared for that. My intuition also tells me that he is a good guy, and he simply hasn’t developed the awareness that what he is doing is wrong. I think the two of you should be in couples therapy now and work on this until it is resolved. What would resolution look like? Your husband acknowledges the problem. Your husband validates your feelings. Your husband makes changes. He tells his mother “Sorry

Do not get engaged before you feel 1,000% sure that you are making the right decision. will probably be a scary process for him, but if you want your marriage to feel balanced and normal, get busy!

Mom, but we are going to my inlaw’s for yom tov.” Or, “Sorry Mom, I can’t help you put in that lightbulb at 9:47 PM.” He is willing to put you first, no matter what his mother’s reaction may be. You feel like your husband’s Number One priority. And you have to do your part, too. Tell your husband how you feel about him never backing down to his mother. Speak up for yourself. Own it. Never doubt it. Tell your husband what you want, in a loving but firm way. “We just went to your parents last yom tov. I’d like to go to my parents this chag.” My hope is that with some couples’ therapy, you and your husband can work this issue out. Give it some time in therapy, and my advice is not to make any major decisions or major changes right now until you have some resolution and you feel confident in your new role as wife. All the best, Jennifer Mann, LCSW Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed, clinical psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up an appointment, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. To learn more about their services, please visit If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email thenavidaters@ You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.


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Simcha By Deb Hirschhorn, Ph.D.


hen my husband died, I knew death was real. I mean, I missed my parents terribly when they died, even my mother-in-law. But that didn’t mean I would ever die. It happened to them. My life was still going strong

because I was young, in my twenties in my father’s case, thirties in my mother’s. Not so young anymore when my mother-in-law died, but it still didn’t quite hit me. When my husband died, I woke up to life.

I realized for sure that life gets taken away from us. And that’s when it became precious. Everything is beautiful. Sunny days are beautiful but so are the days we used to call dreary. The rain is a connection with shamayim; the plants are being nurtured. But there’s more. I realized that the things we call bad in our lives are really mostly good. Take Masha and Ben. (This story is made up.) Masha was unhappy for reasons external to the marriage. Stuff with her parents bothered her; her job bothered her, too. So she escaped in the malls. She maxed out her credit cards. Ben was unhappy with this and told her so – many times. He felt like he was talking to a wall.

of her woes. Now you could say that Ben’s neglect was bad but I say it was good. It sent Masha a clear message that he was avoiding her, so it would be up to her to put two and two together to come up with the reason. Certainly, she knew what it was, although being a person who mentally escapes her problems, she wasn’t thinking about her own contribution to it. She was very fortunate to have this clear message – so she could correct her direction. Yet, it takes fortitude to face oneself and courage to embark on a better, more wholesome path. Masha took the path of least resistance – she continued to shop and bury her pain. That is, until one time in the mall, two boys about 16 suddenly attacked and grabbed

“I’ve waited three years to make this bracha,” the man said, “and have people respond, ‘Amen.’” So he started spending more and more time in the office. Work was comforting; it was something he knew and did well. It was predictable and organized. There were no surprises. Besides, he could barely keep up with the bills due to Masha’s spending. Ben’s neglect just made Masha more unhappy; it added to the list

her purse. The whole thing took split seconds but it changed her life. Masha was shaken to the core. The first thing she realized was that she was alive and well. Not even a scratch. But it could have been different. And that awareness kept her up at night. She reviewed her life, her actions, her choices – much as we should be


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doing on Yom Kippur. And that is when she came to the conclusion that she herself had been the one to chase Ben away. Masha made changes; she dealt with the things that bothered her; and life started, finally, to look good. It is a shame she needed this sort of wake up call to create a happy life for herself, and it was a shame that a loved one had to die for me to realize all this, too. Why do we need such pain to experience joy? That’s where Sukkot comes in. It was meant to teach us simcha. Now for as long as I could remember, I could not understand why the water-drawing ceremony was the source of so much simcha. But that changed when I heard a fascinating talk by Debbie Greenblatt. She explained that Torah is called water. This makes sense: water is about 60% of the human body. We can go without food for a little while, but not water. Water is life itself to us. So is Torah. Debbie then told the story of someone she knew back where she once lived who was going

At a Simchas Beis Hashoeva in Crown Heights, Sukkos, 1991

through a geirus that took several years of learning, real toil in Torah. Finally, his learning was over and he was ready to become a Jew. He had a bris, he went to the mikvah, and finally, there was a party arranged for him. It was a small party because that was a small community. People made speeches which all were very nice, but finally this new Jew wanted his turn. Everyone assumed he would give a little talk.

Instead, he picked up an apple, and looking at it as if he’d never quite experienced an apple before, he said slowly, word by word, with deep connection, the simple bracha over an apple. When he was finished and the small crowd said, “Amen,” there was not a dry eye in the room. He took his bite and then spoke: “I’ve waited three years to make this bracha,” the man said, “and have people respond, ‘Amen.’”

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That’s simcha. I recall a friend where I used to live who had had cancer and therefore told people to never take the bracha of asher yatzar for granted. So what do all these stories have in common, the true ones and my fictional case? Life forced a change in perspective on us all. That’s what the sukkah does. It forces a change in perspective. Sukkot in Florida was always so hot that when my son was getting married, his Chicago in-laws who came for the yom tov could not sit in the sukkah; they were overcome with the heat. On the other hand, that week they received a call from home that their own sukkah had fallen due to the heavy snow! Hope ours is not too muggy and not at all rainy this year, but whatever it is, let the holiday create a change in perspective the easy way. Good yom tov! Dr. ` Hirschhorn is a Marriage and Family Therapist. She can be reached at 646-54-DRDEB or by writing drdeb@


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Yes, You Can Enjoy Stuffed Cabbage By Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN


ukkos is a wonderful holiday. After the Yamim Noraim, with the fear and solemn mindset, we could all use another vacation. This time, we get a fun, joyous holiday. When you hear Rosh Hashana, the food that immediately comes to mind is apples, or maybe pomegranates, or even honey cake. When you think of Yom Kippur, you think of fasting. When you think of Sukkos, does any immediate food come to mind? There is no signature food for Sukkos, however, over the years many have adopted the tradition of eating stuffed cabbage, also known as halupki, on the last day of the yom tov, Simchas Torah. I’m sure when you see the pans of stuffed cabbage at your shul’s kiddush, you can see the red oil bubbling and feel the grease through your plate. However, stuffed cabbage doesn’t have to be doused in oil or loads of sauce. Cabbage can be prepared in many different ways for eating. It can be pickled, fermented for dishes such as sauerkraut, steamed, stewed, sautéed, braised, or eaten raw in a salad, like cole slaw. In fact, when prepared mindfully, cabbage is very good for you. Fresh cabbage is very low in fat and calories. Cabbage is packed with phyto-

chemicals that are thought to help protect against certain cancers and lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels. Cabbage is also a great source of vitamin C (more than oranges) which helps protect the body against harmful infectious agents.

Cabbage also contains minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is required for the red blood cell formation.

Cabbage is extremely versatile and can be prepared in so many different ways.

Vitamin C is also an antioxidant which helps fight off free radicals. Lack of vitamin C leads to a condition called scurvy. Scurvy is a disease characterized by spongy and bleeding gums, cracked lip corners, a weakened immune system, frequent infections and cold, premature aging, and depression. Because of its healing properties, vitamin C is very helpful in treating pressure ulcers, certain cancers, depression, boosting the immune system, and defending against cough and cold. Eating cabbage will help achieve all of these goals.

Cabbage is also a great source of vitamin K. Vitamin K is involved in bone building and therefore adequate amounts of vitamin K in the diet contribute immensely to your bone health. Also, vitamin K has been found to have a role in the cure of Alzheimer’s disease in patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain by boosting mental function and concentration. Cabbage can also be your stomach’s best friend. It is a great source of fiber. Fiber bulks up stool and helps regulate bowel movements, thus aiding digestion. Therefore,

cabbage is a good remedy for constipation and other digestion-related problems. Cabbage has also been shown to cure stomach ulcers. Cabbage is also a rich source of beta-carotene which promotes good eye health. As you can see, cabbage is advantageous for a number of reasons. Like mentioned above, cabbage is extremely versatile and can be prepared in so many different ways. If you prefer the crunch, enjoy fresh cabbage in a salad. If you like a sour taste, try sauerkraut. If you crave a something tangy, try tomato cabbage soup. When making stuffed cabbage, try to cut down on the sugar in the sauce. Additionally, use brown rice instead of white rice for the stuffing, and try ground turkey or chicken instead of beef. This yom tov, enjoy the many varieties of cabbage dishes and the many benefits! Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN, is a Master’s level Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. She graduated CUNY Brooklyn College receiving a Bachelor’s in Science and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences. She is currently a dietitian at Boro Park Center and a private nutrition consultant. She can be reached at


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Preparation Preheat oven to 200°F. Place ribs into a large roasting pan; set aside.

In a small bowl, combine oil, salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic, and sugar. Mix well to form a paste. Rub paste all over the top and bottom of the meat. If you have time, let the meat stand at room temperature for one hour to absorb some of the flavors. In a second bowl, mix maple syrup, wine, vinegar, tomato paste, and salt. Pour over the meat. Cover the meat really well. Place in the oven for 16 hours or overnight. Brush pan juices over the meat just before serving. Year Round: Use bourbon instead of the white wine in the sauce. Recipe from Perfect For Pesach by Naomi Nachman with permission from Artscroll

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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

I’ve really enjoyed all the times we’ve been out riding. We have more of a friendship than a fatherson relationship, and it’s always been so much fun. - Jock Stares, of London, age 101, talking about moped rides that he takes with his 76-year old son, Roger

I’m the secretary of defense. We defend the country. - Secretary of State James Mattis, when asked by a reporter if he has anything to say about the NFL protests

If I could make one small edit, I’d make that a single key. - Bill Gates at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City last week, talking about the Ctrl-Alt-Delete function

I saw that while discussing Puerto Rico, Trump said the Atlantic is “a very big ocean.” Trump always sounds like he forgot about a class presentation and is just up there winging it: “The Atlantic is a very big ocean. A lot of people didn’t know how big it was. It’s one of the top five big oceans out there. It’s very wet.” - Jimmy Fallon

Microsoft founder Bill Gates gave a speech yesterday. And in that speech, he apologized for making the Ctrl-Alt-Delete function on computers so complicated. But then he added, I mean, I’m as sorry as I can be about something that made me $85 billion, #sorrynotsorry.

The so-called control problem that Elon is worried about isn’t something that people should feel is imminent. This is a case where Elon and I disagree. We shouldn’t panic about it.

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- James Corden

- Alibaba founder Jack Ma. Shame, since he’s worth around $40 billion

- Microsoft founder Bill Gates in a Wall Street Journal interview, disputing Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s contention that artificial intelligence (AI) will eventually become very dangerous

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If Israel did not exist, you would have no one to blame. Take responsibility for the outcome of your own actions. You fan the flames of conflict to maintain your abusive power. Finally, you use this platform to mislead the international community, to mislead the Palestinian society, to believe that Israel is responsible for the problem you create. - Mosab Hassan Yousef, who is the son of Hamas’ founder and who is a crusader against Palestinian terrorism, addressing the Palestinians at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last Monday

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Saudi Arabia just announced they will let women drive. Women say that they’re excited, and can’t wait to drive straight out of Saudi Arabia. - Jimmy Fallon

Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice. - Michelle Obama, at a conference last Wednesday, chastising tens of millions of female “deplorables” who had the nerve to vote for their preferred candidate, Donald Trump

It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus. - NASCAR team owner Richard Childress warning what will happen if any of his drivers protest the national anthem

This afternoon, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lashed out at President Trump, calling him “mentally deranged” and “a frightened dog.” As a result, Kim Jong Un is now the Democrats’ top pick for president in 2020.

I’m a great fan of the music of Pink Floyd, but I don’t agree with Roger Waters and his campaign. I think it is part of a wider alliance which is dangerous and worries me... which is the leftist-Islamist alliance. It’s a growing problem… There is nothing progressive about a totalitarian ideology. - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair responding to BDS advocate Roger Waters’ sickening recent comments in which he compared Israel to “1930s Germany”

- Conan O’Brien

We believe in immigration in New York. We are a state of immigrants. I am an immigrant. I’m wholly against this antiimmigrant fever that has been stoked during the political campaign. - NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo on MSNBC last Monday, evidently forgetting that he was born in Queens, NY

Dudi isn’t a religious man and he doesn’t usually fast on Yom Kippur and for the first time in his career he was forced to make this excruciating decision which effects his ATP ranking and cost him tens of thousands of dollars. No one forced him to retire. He didn’t do it because he was afraid of anyone, or because he was asked to. He did it only because he respects Yom Kippur and the country which he represents. - Ofer Sela, explaining why his brother Dudi, who is ranked No. 77 in the world and was playing in his first ATP Tour quarterfinal, forfeited a recent match in Shanghai as Yom Kippur was about to begin



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A new study says that a lack of sleep can actually make you happier. When they heard that, new moms were like, “You wanna say that to my face??” - Jimmy Fallon

Everybody vs Trump – T-shirt that Oakland Raider’s running back Marshawn Lynch wore when arriving at the stadium for last Sunday’s game

The other day in Australia, a wedding took place inside a Costco. Because it was Costco, the groom came home with 12 brides. - Conan O’Brien

These actors and actresses – they’re all dumb as ticks. And they’re lazy. They’re like pieces of furniture… That’s why movie attendance is down, people are tired of it. It’s why they’re not watching the National Football League, cutting the cord on ESPN. They’ve politicized everything. – Steven Bannon in a Breitbart interview, talking about the leftists in Hollywood and the media

It’s okay to be a pig but not to be a chazer - Prime Minister Netanyahu in a meeting with settler leaders, summing up what he believes the Trump administration’s position on construction of new settlements to be

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, from now on, “All White House personnel have been instructed to use official email to conduct all government-related work.” Unfortunately, she made that statement in an email sent from huckabizzle@ – James Corden

I’ve been in Nowhere USA for the last nine years doing nothing. Nothing has changed in my life. What do you expect? - OJ Simpson when asked by a reporter, hours after his release, what it feels like to be out of prison

There are rumors that NFL legend Peyton Manning may run for Senate. Experts say there’s no way that mixing the NFL and politics could possibly go wrong. – Conan O’Brien

I mean, my femur was shattered. The hip and pelvis had serious damage where the bullet went through... Then they did a phenomenal job of rebuilding Humpty Dumpty. - Republican House Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot three months ago by an angry liberal, in an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes”

When I was laying out on that ballfield ... it gave me an unbelievable sense of calm, knowing it was in G-d’s hands. - Ibid., recalling the moments after he was shot

Wish u had that sense of urgency while u were watching the ISR feed during our 5th firefight in B-ghazi. or did u not consider us Americans? - Benghazi survivor Kris Paronto responding to Hillary Clinton’s “urgent” tweet about coming to the aid of the people of Puerto Rico who “are Americans”

In China, for the first time ever, a robot performed dental surgery without human assistance. Everyone was excited until they remembered that the robot was just supposed to vacuum the living room. – Conan O’Brien


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Political Crossfire

Are Entrepreneurs a Dying Breed? By Robert J. Samuelson


aybe we’re not “Shark Tank” nation” after all. The incredibly popular cable business program, which features budding entrepreneurs pleading for backing from wealthy investors (the “sharks”), seems to define us. We’re a nation of hungry go-getters, eager to start our own business on the way to becoming multimillionaires. Everyone wants to strike it big. There’s a huge gap between perception and reality. Just recently, the Census Bureau released its latest figures for business startups, and they paint a picture strikingly at odds with the conventional wisdom. Instead of a boom in business startups, there’s been a long-term decline. In 2015, startups totaled 414,000, “well below the pre-Great Recession average of 524,000 startup firms,” as Census puts it. To be sure, the slump reflects the lingering adverse effects of the recession. Venture capital firms, which provide funds for new businesses, “are more risk averse,” says economist Robert Litan. But that’s not the whole story. A 2014 study by Litan and Ian Hathaway found that the startup decline dates back to at least the late 1970s, affects all major industries and has been present in 365 out of 366 metropolitan areas. What’s going on? The answer is important not only because it alters our national

self-image but also because it affects the economy’s job-creation capacity. Business startups are constantly priming the employment pump with new jobs. If startups continue to decline, overall job creation may suffer. Take 2015 – the subject of the Census report – as a case in point. Net job creation totaled 3.1 million, Census says. But that figure emerged

gle or Facebook – most new firms are more mundane: plumbers, electricians, restaurants and the like. The breadth of the startup slowdown suggests that the underlying causes do not apply to just one industry or company age. Still, there is no agreement as to causes. Slower population growth is one pressure, says Litan. Cities and re-

“Entrepreneurs need three things: great new ideas; the talent and money to pursue them; and few distractions.” from a more confusing process: the addition of 16.8 million jobs minus the loss of 13.7 million jobs. Moreover, of the 3.1 million new jobs, roughly four-fifths (2.5 million) were created by startups, Census reports. As these numbers indicate, many companies were hiring and firing. But the two often canceled each out. Consider companies aged 1 to 5 years old. In 2015, they created 2.11 million new jobs and lost 2.32 million jobs, for a net loss of 212,000. Without the impetus provided by startup jobs, total employment growth might have been much slower. Although we tend to think of startups as high-tech – the next Goo-

gions are expanding less rapidly than in the past and don’t need as many new hairdressers, construction companies, health clubs and doctors’ offices. Regions dominated by a few big employers may also have fewer startups. People lack a “startup culture,” says Litan. They depend too much on the mega-employer. Growing market power of existing firms is a newer theory. “You’ve got rising market power,” Marshall Steinbaum, an economist from the left-leaning Roosevelt Institute, told The New York Times. “In general, that makes it hard for new businesses to compete with incumbents.” This has long been true, but in the

past, it hasn’t prevented startups from displacing powerful industry leaders. (See, for example, Microsoft and IBM.) Still others argue that entrepreneurship is being strangled by hostile government policies. “Entrepreneurs need three things: great new ideas; the talent and money to pursue them; and few distractions,” says John Dearie, head of the Center for American Entrepreneurship, a newly formed advocacy group. Government, he argues, frustrates all three. Federal research and development, as a share of the economy, is less than half its postWorld War peak, stifling new ideas. Immigration policy keeps out talented workers; and complex regulations and taxes distract entrepreneurs from their businesses. “Shark Tank” rests on the premise that the dream of starting your own business and getting rich through hard work and satisfying some market demand is still thriving. Many candidates on the program fit that mold. They’re passionate about their products. But the evidence from the outside world suggests a more somber question: Are they a dying breed?

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The Desert Rats By Avi Heiligman

Denis Avey, left, during his time in the Desert Rats


ighting during World War II took place in all types of terrain and climate conditions. From the frozen landscapes of Alaska, Finland and Russia to the jungles on remote Pacific islands soldiers had to adapt to their surroundings. Mountains proved to be particularly tough to fight in but it was the desert fighting in which the European and American armies had to completely change their tactics. One unit stands out for their tenacity and adaptability during the North African Campaign of the War. The British 7 th Armored of the 8th Army was a major part of the Allied effort that stopped the Germans from invading Egypt and Palestine. At the beginning, it was the Italians against the British 8th Army before the German Afrika Corps changed the course of the campaign. The Italians, and later the Nazis and Vichy French, staged several bombing raids on major cities including Tel Aviv and Haifa which caused significant damage in the Holy Land. 137 civilians, most of them Jews, were killed on September 9, 1940 in an Italian bombing raid on Tel Aviv that hit a residential center. An Italian general claimed they were aiming for oil refineries and other installations at the port.

Known as the Desert Rats, this division in the British army was formed in 1938, gathering troops from various units in the region. Many troops were stationed in Africa to monitor the Italian campaign in Abyssinia (Ethiopia) that started two years earlier. Other units arrived in the Middle East when tensions in Europe began to lead to war. It was supposed to be a mobile force with hundreds of tanks but by the start of hostilities they had just 65. Along the way the division became known for its many exploits that became embellished in the TV series “Desert Rats.” The name Desert Rats name came from a mouse living in the desert known as a jerboa and this became the sleeve insignia for the division as well as its mascot. Other units in the region had similar names including the Rats of Tobruk, who were mainly Australian soldiers that held out in the Libyan port city against the Afrika Corps. The first battlefield commander of the division was General Michael Moore Creagh who was followed by Generals William Gott and John Campbell, who both met unfortunate ends in the campaign. Another general was dismissed after being ineffective, and finally Field Marshal John Harding took command of the

division during the pivotal Battle of El Alamein in late 1942. The British in Palestine began burning sensitive materials and planned for a retreat into Iraq. Nazi planes bombed Palestine, and German General Erwin “the Desert Fox” Rommel had made it as far as El Alamein. It was this battle that saved Middle Eastern Jewry from the hands of the German Afrika Corps. From there, the Desert Rats continued with the 8th Army into Tunisia, Italy, the Normandy landings, and finally Germany in 1945. Denis Avey was a regular soldier in the 7 th Armored Division when he found himself surrounded near Tobruk. Born in Essex he had joined the Desert Rats in 1939 and saw a lot of action as part of a Bren gun carrier crew. A grenade was tossed into his vehicle and killed a buddy. Denis survived the blast but later was taken captive at Sidi Rezegh. While on a merchant vessel taking POWs to Italy that was torpedoes by a British submarine, he climbed out of the wreckage and reached the Greek coast. Germans in Greece recaptured him, and he was sent to a POW camp next to Auschwitz. In this particular camp there was a Jewish man by the name of Ernst Lobenthal whom he befriended. Ernst’s

sister had escaped to Britain on the Kindertransport and established a system with Denis to pass tobacco products to Ernst. Ernst then used those as barter and later exclaimed that it was through this manner that he was able to survive the Holocaust. Later, Denis claimed to have snuck into Auschwitz twice. A Dutch Jew named Hans switched clothes with him because “I had watched people being murdered literally every day and I knew someone would have to answer for it. I wanted to get in and identify the people responsible.” The claims of breaking into the death camp have been disputed by some historians but Denis stuck to his story. On the day that Rommel made it the closest to Palestine Rabbi Yosef Kahaneman laid the cornerstone for the Ponevezh Yeshiva. He did so with the intention of spreading Torah for even a few extra days. As it turned out, the yeshiva lasted much longer than the Afrika Corps and is still producing talmedei chachamim today.

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Too Tasty for the IRS By Allan Rolnick


ost of us like to eat, even if we choose to deny ourselves this pleasure from time to time. And those of us with an entrepreneurial bent often dream of opening a restaurant. Sometimes it’s a bustling cafe fronting a busy urban sidewalk. Sometimes it’s comfort food served on a rural byway. And when the dream works, it really is a dream. Just ask celebrity restaurateurs like Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, proprietor of Greenwich Village’s Waverly Inn, or Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood, whose Mission Ranch eatery draws diners and fans to Carmel, California. Unfortunately, opening a restaurant is one of those adventures that all too often ends in disaster. Sure, FEMA may monitor Waffle House closings as a measure of hurricane intensity. But restaurants are notoriously difficult businesses to run. CNBC reports that about %60 of new restaurants fail in the first year, and nearly %80 close before their fifth year, mostly due to being in the wrong location. So if you’re hoping to launch the next food empire, or just cash in on the next food craze (cupcake ATMs, anyone?), it behooves you to spend as carefully as you can – including serving the IRS as little

in tax as possible. Jon Field, his twin brother Joel Field, Eric Schilder, and Paul Butler ran a group of restaurants called Cadillac Ranch, an American-themed eatery paying homage to the classic Route 66 which once wound its way through 2,448 miles of countryside “from Chicago to LA.” The group naturally deducted the usual expenses you would expect from a restau-

on any trade or business.” That’s a pretty broad standard, right? You know what they say, one man’s “tax avoidance scheme” is another man’s “ordinary and necessary.” (Who decides in the end? Lawyers, of course.) So, our plucky restaurateurs decided to stretch the definition of “ordinary and necessary” to include things like personal cars, car insurance, country club dues, and person-

One of them used company money to pay his lawn service, home maintenance and repairs, TV and audio systems, and even new granite countertops!

rant business, like food, labor, and rent on their store locations. But that didn’t seem to be quite enough for their taste, so they started looking for more. Internal Revenue Code Section 162 states, “There shall be allowed as a deduction all the ordinary and necessary expenses paid or incurred during the taxable year in carrying

al credit card charges. One of them used company money to pay his lawn service, home maintenance and repairs, TV and audio systems, and even new granite countertops! (Maybe he thought he could test new recipes in his home kitchen?) They even got their CPA to buy in to the scheme — over a five-year period, he helped his clients burgle $191,000 from the

U.S. Treasury. Sadly, even the tastiest restaurant fads must someday come to an end. When was the last time you saw an actual cupcake ATM? (Mexican food was never just a fad — we’re pretty sure the right to tacos is enshrined somewhere in the Constitution.) Although the IRS Criminal Investigation unit opens only about 4,000 cases per year, the Cadillac Ranch made that cut. The Field brothers and the CPA all wound up sentenced to spend time as guests of the federal government, in facilities where the staff proudly dish out mystery meat three meals a day and frown when you ask to substitute a side salad for those high-carb French fries. Fortunately, there’s a better way, at least for you. The tax code offers all sorts of creative recipes for arranging your affairs to pay the least tax possible. Let’s see if we can sit down and cook up a plan for you. And don’t forget to leave room for dessert!

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


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A House is Only Four Walls, So What Makes it a Home? By Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., CLC, SDS


ou are literally being evicted. Kicked out. Told to live on the streets. Of course, if it’s a little too uncomfortable for you, you can go back home. If it’s a little too wet, same terms. When do you ever get that kind of a deal from a landlord? The idea of Sukkos is, this landlord says, “Move out, and then you’ll see that I’m the one protecting you, not the walls of your house.” And right away, in the rules of the eviction, is the proof He’s there for you ‘cause if you’re not comfy outside, you can go back in! This holiday is the post-Yom Kippur contract signing. Here’s the deal: Our terms, we look to start fresh. And we say, “We trust you G-d to have heard our commitment.” And G-d reciprocates, right back at ya! “I’m with you wherever you are ... front porch, driveway, backyard, wherever you found to stuff in a little shack; I’ll be there,” G-d promises. Even hid-

den under all those logs, and grass, and plastic fruits, and tinsel. Truthfully nowadays I can’t really say people are doing shacks. Sukkahs are much more homey. They’ve

But either way, if we are keeping our side of the bargain and moving out of our permanent homes to take up residence in much flimsier surroundings, then G-d says, we are

What happened to the collection of old doors our grandfathers used to piece together for a sukkah?

got curtains and chandeliers, wall treatments and artwork. Soon we’ll be hiring architects and decorators. What happened to the collection of old doors our grandfathers used to piece together for a sukkah?

heeding the plan. He doesn’t even ask us to sell our homes to a stranger the way we do for Pesach. We get to keep them right nearby. And furthermore, there’s no broker’s fee for the change in venue

and no added property tax. G-d just wants a little show of faith so that you realize that security comes from Above, not from the sturdy trimmings. So, as you take your seat in your home away from home this Sukkos, take the time to realize no home is impenetrable if G-d wants it otherwise. And no shakey hut is vulnerable if G-d wants it standing. It’s not our body that needs the eviction, it’s our minds. We need to rid ourselves of the inclination to put our faith in tangible things. ‘Cause if our house was to be the one left standing after a storm, remember it’s not the way we built it that saved it, but the way G-d watched over it!

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