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Dear Readers,


is. So you must have realized that I was dreaming. Let’s talk Purim. These days I’m not surrounded by cheesecakes. I’m inundated with cellophane and lots of ribbon. There are Amazon packages that bombard my house daily with different costumes for the kids to try on. We made hamantashen last week – and now we need to make more since we ate them all. The kids are making lists of all the friends they want to give mishloach manos to. I’m making lists of all their friends we can maybe get to. There’s a lot going on. There’s also a lot that goes on on Purim itself. We rush out in the morning to the early megillah laining so we can start our day, and then the deliveries begin. Everyone’s in a rush – we all have places to go and people to see and we need to get to the teachers and rebbeim within the designated time slots. Sometimes I have to remind myself that the hecticness and busyness of the day is part and parcel of the fun of Purim. Seeing your friends and their costumes, delighting in the hustle and bustle that overtakes the town, listening to the music in the streets – that’s what Purim is about. And of course, amidst the rush, we need to remember to slow down and daven. With such a huge opportunity for prayer, we mustn’t waste it on Presidors and rock candy. Someone recently told me that there is a huge eis ratzon during the Purim seudah at the time when the adults are drinking the wine. Regardless of where or when, take a few moments to ask Hashem for anything. May He bring you simcha and salvation as He did for our nation so many years ago.

ith Shavuos just days away, I am kneedeep in cheesecakes. Well, maybe I’m elbow-deep, but you get my dairy drift. There are so many cheesecakes in my kitchen that I’m starting to think that our new family pet may be a cow. Yes, my kids would love that – fresh milk for breakfast. Anyway, back to my cheesecakes. I’ve been working on this recipe for the past few weeks, in between planning my Shavuos menu (can’t serve anything twice!) and the menu that I’ll be serving to my husband and his chavrusa Shavuos night (I’m making two menus – one milchigs and one fleishigs – you never know). These cheesecakes – I made ten to remind us of the Aseres Hadibros when we eat them – are six layers of pure creaminess. The crust consists of ground Oreos, lotus cookies, sprinkles, nuts, and potato chips. Each cheese layer features another dairy product. My first layer has cream cheese, the second has farmers cheese, the third has muenster, and the next has feta. You get where I’m going? Right. Anyway, the last, crowning layer on top is so decadent, so soft, so creamy, it’s just so…amazing. Think ganache, meringue, chocolate, raspberries, praline, and sesame mixed together. There are chocolate swirls and strawberries and caramel and mousse and s’mores. I mean, you have to have s’mores right? Oh, and there’s one more thing to make this dessert complete: pareve beef fry. Not joking. Downright delicious. Wait, wait, wait. Stop the music. Rewind. It’s not Shavuos? It’s Adar? I was thinking something was wrong with the weather outside. OK, gotta switch gears. And for those of you who know me, you know I’d never attempt to make a fancy cheesecake (not that this was so fancy… really just over-the-top) – or any fancy cake, that

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Dear Editor, I am 9 years old, and there is something I want to tell everyone. Today I was getting off the bus, and the stop sign was out and the lights were flashing. I was about to cross the street and a car came speeding by and I was almost hit!!! It was very scary because the car was a few inches from my body and would have hit me if I didn’t stop. It’s not right to go past a stop signal – especially busses because kids cross. I say this to try to make people realize that it is dangerous and unsafe to go past a stop signal.  From, A scared child 

ple who were sent to the emergency rooms because they developed alcohol poisoning from too much alcohol or those who were involved in car accidents because they were drunk. With children – and even with adults – showing them visually the damage that can be done is so much more impactful than a speech they’ve heard over and over again. Open up a dialogue with your child and teen, show them the danger, discuss ways of combatting the peer pressure – these measures will only make them safer come Purim! Wishing everyone a happy – and healthy – Purim! A Reader

Dear Editor, I hate to be the person giving mussar here, but Purim is coming soon and I think this is a good message that can never be said too much. Every Purim I see bochurim in the streets who are clearly drunk and are clearly below the legal age for drinking in New York. Purim is not a day that these boys spend their day with their families; they generally hang out with their friends collecting for tzedakas or heading to mesibas. Parents, in order to help prevent the dangerous habit of underage drinking, can’t be policing their children all day. What they can do, though, is speak with their children about the dangers of drinking. They can show them photos or videos of peo-

Dear Editor, Never doubt Bibi Netanyahu! They wrote him off numerous times, and yet he’s come back again! Israel without Bibi is like Israel without Bamba – it just can’t be! Yoram Klein Dear Editor, I’m writing this in reference to “Just Venting” and “Just Practical” who are railing against going to vorts in Lakewood or about going to vorts altogether. I find it sad that people are lamenting going to a simcha. Yes, we are all busy, but baruch Hashem our community is blessed with simchos. If you cannot attend, every baal simContinued on page 10

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cha would be happy with your good, sincere wishes and would understand if you cannot make it to their event. Your genuine happiness for them would uplift and add to their simcha. Even better, if you’d like to send something – a platter, a cake, a homemade meal to their home the day of the vort or wedding – that would just be icing on the happy occasion’s cake! May we all share in each other’s continued simchos, Eliana H. Dear Editor, I remember fondly, from not that long ago, the excitement in the air as Purim made its way into the neighborhood. Days before, the stores were already bustling with shoppers, purchasing all their needs for shalach manos, seudas Purim, and treats for the kids. Stores were displaying windows full of colorful costumes, masks, and toys. Bakeries were enticing our appetites with scrumptious-looking pastries, and liqueur stores were wetting our palates with a wide variety of wines, beers and liqueur. By Purim night, after the reading of the megilla, the excitement began and the streets

were going wild. Music was playing everywhere, cars were honking continuously, and people hit to the streets. Throughout, boys and girls were going to Purim parties and family gatherings into the wee hours of the night. It was a truly festive time with a mood of great vibrancy, and everyone loved it. So what happened? Why are things so different now? Take a ride into any of many of our affluent neighborhoods and you’ll find them practically deserted. There are no lights on; the windows are dark. The driveways are empty, available street parking more than plenty, but the people are scarce. The doorbells go unanswered one after another. What has become of all of our dear neighbors? Have they vanished? Were they abducted? Or perhaps they just escaped. Escaped to a place that offers them the serenity and pleasure that they expect from such a beautiful and wonderful yom tov. A time to enjoy family and friends and not be overwhelmed and overburdened with all that’s surrounding us. Maybe they are searching to recover the old spirit of Purim. Perhaps they’ll find it in Florida. I wish them success. Just Venting

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prohibited by Jewish and Muslim law. The new law in Flanders came into effect in January removing the religious exception. In the Wallonia region, a similar law will come into effect at the end of August. Belgium isn’t the first European country to prohibit ritual slaughter without stunning. Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Slovenia have banned exceptions for religious killing, while Switzerland and Lichtenstein make an exception only for poultry. Belgium is home to larger populations of both Muslims and Jews, who fear that the restrictions on ritual slaughter could spread further throughout Europe. There are around 500,000 Muslims in Belgium and 30,000 Jews. Antwerp is home to one of the largest Jewish ultra-Orthodox populations in Europe. The Jewish community has long imported beef and lamb from slaughterhouses in France, Hungary and Poland, but the new law has forced the closure of a poultry producer just outside of Antwerp. At the small Moszkowitz kosher butcher in Antwerp, the change in legislation has meant an approximate increase of 50 percent in the wholesale cost of chicken. The shop has absorbed the financial hit, preferring to keep prices the same until after the court verdict comes in. If the community loses the suit, then the shop will likely increase prices by at least 20 percent. “If it stays this way it will be a big problem, but hopefully it won’t take long for the law to be thrown out,” butcher Chaim Goldberg, 32, said. Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, asserted in a statement, “Time and again, the Jewish community is told by senior E.U. officials that there is no Europe without the Jews. These bans undermine those statements and put Jewish life at risk.” The Jewish community’s legal efforts have been assisted and partially funded by the New York Citybased Lawfare Project, a legal fund and civil rights organization that works around the world. “We don’t think these types of laws belong in modern society, and a state should not be able to restrict the free religious practice of minority communities,” said Brooke Goldstein, the founder and director of the Lawfare Project, whose fund has

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supported other civil rights cases involving both Jews and Muslims in the United States and Europe. Despite the strong objections of both minority communities, the politician who introduced the legislation in Flanders insists that religion shouldn’t exempt anyone from the country’s laws. “Our convictions concerning animal welfare go above religious insights. Why should [religion] give you more rights?” said Ben Weyts, the Flemish Parliament’s animal welfare minister.

157 Die in Airline Crash in Ethiopia

Sunday morning was tragic in Ethiopia, as 157 people onboard an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet died as the plane crashed into the ground just minutes after it

took off from Bole airport in Addis Ababa on the way to Nairobi. All 149 passengers and eight members of the crew onboard perished in the crash. The passengers hailed from 33 countries and included citizens from Kenya, Ethiopia, the U.S., Canada, Britain, France, China, and Egypt. Twenty-one victims were UN staffers, headed to an environmental summit in Kenya. The flight, from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, was taken by UN personnel so often it was known as the “UN shuttle.” Two people who were killed in the crash were Israelis. Avraham Matsliah, a father of two from Ma’ale Adumim, was one of the two Israelis who perished in the crash. The 49-year-old left behind his wife and twin daughters, who are both in the army. Avraham was a high-tech employee who often traveled to Africa for business. Just minutes after the plane took off, the pilot told the control tower of difficulties. He was given clearance to turn back. As of now, it is unclear what caused the crash. This is the second recent crash of the relatively new 737 MAX 8, the latest version of Boeing’s workhorse narrowbody jet that first entered service in 2017. The same model crashed into

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the Java Sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta on October 29, killing all 189 people on board the Lion Air flight. The cause of that crash is still under investigation. Under international rules, responsibility for leading the crash investigation lies with Ethiopian authorities, while the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will automatically take part because the Boeing aircraft was designed and built in the United States. This week, many countries including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Oman, Australia, and the UK temporarily grounded the MAX 8 aircrafts from flying in their country. The FAA has said that the planes are safe and so they are still operating in the U.S.

China’s Exports Plunge February was not a good month for China, as its huge export industry suffered its worst month in three years. The dizzying numbers were the results of a trade war with the U.S. and a slowing global economy.

Chinese exports plunged 21% in February from a year earlier, according to Chinese government data released last Friday. It was the weakest monthly performance since February 2016 and far worse than economists had predicted.

The tariffs imposed last year by the U.S. government on about $250 billion of Chinese products are taking a toll. The value of goods shipped to the United States fell much more sharply than for other major markets, according to the data. “U.S. tariffs have become a more meaningful drag on exports,” Julian Evans-Pritchard, a China economist at research firm Capital Economics, said in a note to clients. But the trade war, which China and the United States are trying to resolve through negotiations, is only part of the problem. The slump in Chinese exports provides “further ev-


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idence that global demand is cooling,” according to Evans-Pritchard. The tough situation is likely to continue in the coming months as demand softens in major markets such as Europe. The International Monetary Fund expects global economic growth to decline this year. The European Central Bank alarmed investors on Thursday by warning of “a sizeable reduction in the pace of economic expansion” that’s prompting it to keep interest rates at record lows for the foreseeable future and to announce new cheap loans for banks to try to prop up growth. Chinese exports are also expected to suffer from companies moving their supply chains out of China to avoid the U.S. tariffs. President Donald Trump has said that the U.S. and China are “very, very close” to a trade deal. But despite the president’s promises, the U.S. ambassador to China on Friday downplayed the likelihood of an imminent deal. “A date hasn’t been finalized” for a meeting between Trump and President Xi, Terry Branstad told The Wall Street Journal. “Both sides agree that there has to be significant progress, meaning a feeling that they’re very close before that happens. We’re not there yet. But we’re closer than we’ve been for a very long time.”

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“Venezuela has truly collapsed already,” Guaido told CNN in an interview on Sunday. “There is no service in the hospitals. These were the best hospitals in the country. If we are in the capital, what is it like kilometers inside Venezuela where there hasn’t been or there has been very little gasoline with periodic cuts in electricity, without basic goods, with inefficient public transportation? You can say with all responsibility that Venezuela has already collapsed.” Guaido said the opposition had recorded 17 “murders” during the blackout. “I can’t call it anything else, due to lack of electricity. Imagine if in your country, you wake to the news that there’s been four days without electricity because they steal from electricity plants and 17 people died. That’s murder,” he said. Maduro has blamed the United States for the blackout, telling supporters at a rally on Saturday that the nation’s electric grid had been sabotaged. The United States has attributed the outage to the Maduro regime’s “incompetence.” According to Guaido, the Maduro government’s accusations of a U.S. cyberattack are absurd. Venezuela’s main power plant is full of aging, analog machinery not connected to any network, he said. “We are in the middle of a catastrophe that is not the result of a hurricane, that is not the result of a tsunami,” Guaido said. “It’s the product of the inefficiency, the incapability, the corruption of a regime that doesn’t care about the lives of Venezuelans.” He said he would call for a national state of emergency in Parliament this week. On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected Maduro’s finger-pointing, blaming him for the situation. “The power outage and the devastation hurting ordinary Venezuelans is not because of the USA. It’s not because of Colombia. It’s not Ecuador or Brazil, Europe or anywhere else. Power shortages and starvation are the result of the Maduro regime’s incompetence,” Pompeo tweeted. Rampant inflation and food scarcity have gripped Venezuela under Maduro, and thousands have fled to neighboring countries as shortages, political turmoil, and crime rates have soared. Power outages have become the norm in the country of more than 30 million people.

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Changes to Travel in 2021

U.S. citizens visiting parts of Europe will need authorization from the European Union come 2021. The EU announced last year it was creating a European Travel Information and Authorization System, or ETIAS, that will require “pre-travel screening for security and migration risks of travelers benefiting from visa-free access to the Schengen area.” The Schengen Area is a zone of 26 European countries that do not have internal borders and allow people to move between them freely, including countries such as Spain, France, Greece, Germany, Italy, and Poland. Currently, U.S. citizens can travel to Europe for up to 90 days

without any sort of travel authorization. ETIAS will change that. Traveling to Europe in two years will require preparation. Visa-free travelers, including U.S. citizens, will need to request ETIAS authorization before visiting the Schengen Area. They can complete an application and pay a service fee of 7 euros (about $8) online. The authorization is valid for three years. “Completing the online application should not take more than 10 minutes with automatic approval being given in over 95% of cases,” the European Commission said in a statement. The United States has a similar system called the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA. “We are aware of the European Union’s plan to implement its own travel information and authorization system, similar to the U.S. ESTA, to contribute to a more efficient management of the EU’s external borders and improve internal security,” a U.S. State Department official said in a statement. “Each country has the right to determine its standards for entry.” The official added that the “ETIAS authorization is not a visa.”

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Cult with Slaves in Brazil

Investigators announced on Friday that at least 79 people have been found in slavery-like conditions on a farm that housed a religious cult in Brazil. The farm is run by Igreja Adventista Remanescente de Laodiceia, a religious community of about 300 people in Brasilia, the country’s cap-

ital. The laborers, found working in dangerous conditions for little to no pay, are members of the cult and have not asked for help. “We observed that there is strong psychological coercion. (The followers) believe they work for their own spiritual salvation,” Rodrigo Ramos, a labor inspector, said. “They think the world is nearing its end, and that they can be saved (by staying) in this community.” Brazilian officials have been cracking down on cults suspected of keeping workers in slavery-like conditions. Last year, authorities found 565 suspected slaves laboring for a single religious organization. The fact that some of these suspected slaves will not accept rescue is a major difficulty public prosecutors face in stopping the abuse. The leaders of the Brasilia cult were enriching themselves off the work done by their followers. People sold bread, crops, books and sheets – all made within the community – but received less than the minimum wage for their labor. What money the workers did make flowed back to the church, as followers had to pay for food, clothing, and their lodgings. Workers slept in makeshift tents

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or in other degrading conditions. A room housing dangerous pesticides was separated from an area where workers slept by a flimsy “wall” made of cardboard.

“IRA” Claims Explosive Devices

Kosher Eatery in Azerbaijan

If you ever find yourself in Azerbaijan, know that you won’t go hungry. In the coming months, a kosher restaurant, named 7/40, will open on Samed Vurgun street in Baku, the capital. It will be under the supervision of Rabbi Shneor Segal. The restaurant is located in the Nasimi district of Baku, which used to be the city’s Jewish neighborhood. It is located around the corner from Rabbi Segal’s Chabad synagogue and 500 yards away from the Georgian synagogue. Boasting 100 seats, the restaurant will combine Azeri cuisine with Middle Eastern Israeli dishes, said the owner, Moshe Moiseev, who was born in Baku, a bustling metropolis on the Caspian Sea, when it was still part of the Soviet Union. He has worked in the food industry in Israel and Ukraine. The restaurant will open at a time of decline for Baku’s Jewish population, which now numbers no more than 8,000 people. It was double that in 2000. “But those who stayed, their attachment to Judaism has grown stronger,” Rabbi Segal said. The new restaurant will “help reinforce that,” uniting families where only some members keep kosher, he added. It also will “upgrade in a major way” the experience of Jewish tourists, whose presence in Baku is growing. “This will be a kosher restaurant, but its success depends on its appeal to the average Azeri restaurant goer, and we’ve done everything possible to make them feel at home at 7/40,” Moiseev said. The eatery will open in May of this year.

A group calling itself the IRA has claimed responsibility for a series of improvised explosive devices that were sent to locations in London and Glasgow last week, the Metropolitan Police and Police Scotland said on Tuesday. The forces said in a statement that they are “aware of the claim of responsibility for the devices that were received at three buildings” in the UK capital and at the University of Glasgow on March 5 and 6. “The claim was allegedly made on behalf of the ‘IRA,’” they added. The claim of responsibility was received by a media outlet in Northern Ireland on Monday and a recognized codeword was used, said the statement. As the devices “bore similarities” to past packages “linked to dissident groups associated with Northern-Ireland related terrorism,” the police said that “officers were already looking at this as a line of enquiry.” The group claims to have sent five devices, of which four have currently been recovered by police. Authorities have already provided “extensive advice” to relevant businesses and organizations to be vigilant for and report suspicious packages.

French Jihadist Sentenced to Life Mehdi Nemmouche, a French jihadist who shot four people dead in a terrorist attack at a Jewish museum in May 2014, was sentenced to life in prison by a Brussels court last week. Prosecutors had called the terrorist a “coward” and a “psychopath.” During the attack, Nemmouche slaughtered his four victims in less than 90 seconds, shooting them with a handgun and a Kalashnikov rifle. Before jurors retired to consider the sentence last Monday, the

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“A Happy and Sad Day”

Mellanox Technologies made headlines this week when U.S. gaming and computer graphics giant Nvidia Corp. announced that it will acquire the Israeli chip maker for $6.9 billion. The deal was Israeli’s second-largest tech deal ever. “I have mixed feelings about

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in the growing market for data center components. Mellanox technology helps transfer information within and between computers faster and more efficiently. Waldman, a kite border and a scuba diver who studied electrical engineering at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, set up Mellanox in 1999. Mellanox could have continued to survive as an independent firm, Waldman said at the press confer-

ence, even as the $470 billion semiconductor industry has seen a large amount consolidation over the past five years. Under the circumstances, though, he said, the sale to Nvidia “was the right thing to do,” for the best interests of the shareholders, the company, its workers, and Nvidia. “As a public company we owed it to the shareholders,” he said. “We are already at it for 20 years. It is not something that can continue eter-


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tissue accumulates in the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe. She has usually been seen in public with a portable oxygen tank.

A donor lung became available after Yair Yehezkel Halabli, 19, from Ramat Gan drowned on Friday while diving in Eilat. The complex operation took several hours and was performed by Prof. Dan Aravot, director of cardiothoracic surgery at Beilinson, assisted by Rivlin’s personal physician, Prof. Mordechai Kremer, himself a lung specialist at the hospital.

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nally.” Mellanox will remain as a semi-autonomous entity within Nvidia, Waldman said, and the plan is not to cut back on workers in Israel but to enlarge the team to speed up development of plans. The company employs some 2,000 workers in Israel and 1,000 abroad. The company also employs workers in Gaza and in the West Bank cities of Rawabi, Nablus, and Hebron.

When asked in a 2017 interview with The Times of Israel whether he would move onto another project after Mellanox, Waldman said: “I would not want to set up another startup. It is just so hard to set up something new and to succeed.” The Mellanox name comes from combining a Xerox-sounding name with Millennium, because the firm was founded in 1999, and Ella, the name of Waldman’s former wife.

New Lungs for Mrs. Rivlin On Monday, Nechama Rivlin, wife of President Reuven Rivlin, underwent a lung transplant when an Israeli youth who died in a diving accident in Eilat was found to be a suitable donor. Rivlin, 73, suffers from pulmonary fibrosis, a condition in which scar

On Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas appointed longtime ally Mohammad Shtayyeh as prime minister, in a move seen as part of efforts to further isolate Hamas. Abbas had asked Shtayyeh, a member of the central committee of the Palestinian president’s Fatah party, to form a new government. Shtayyeh, a British-educated economist, is a top official in Abbas’s Fatah movement. He is a former peace negotiator and a strong proponent of a two-state solution with Israel. He also is a strong critic of the Islamist terror group Hamas, which seized control of the Gaza Strip from Fatah forces in 2007. The Hamas takeover has left the Palestinians torn between rival governments in Gaza and the West Bank,

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Arms sales around the world have risen by almost 8% in the past five years, with the United States holding tight to its position as the leading arms exporter. The Israeli arms industry ranks eighth among exporters, with a market share of more than 3% of the total world exports. According to the annual report of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which tracks arms inspections worldwide, the total number of global arms transactions between 2014 and 2018

was 7.8% higher than the previous five years and 23% higher than the number sold between 2004 to 2008. The five largest exporters in the past five years have been the U.S., Russia, France, Germany and China, which together accounted for 75% of total weapon’s exports. The report showed that the Israeli arms industry has kept its international standing and ranks as eighth among the 67 exporting countries with a market share of 3.1%, a 60% increase between 2009 to 2013. Israel’s leading customers are India with 46% of its deals, Azerbaijan with 17%, and Vietnam with 8.5%. At the same time, Israel ranks 15th out of the world’s 40 leading arms importers with 2% of the total arms trade over the past five years, up 354% from the previous five years. Some 64% of Israel’s arms deals were with the U.S., with 27% of the transactions being with Germany and another 8.9% with Italy. Saudi Arabia is the world’s leading arms importer with a market share of 12%, a sharp rise of 192%. According to the data, the United States recorded a 29% increase in arms deals, mainly due to increased demand from countries in the Middle East. Its market share rose from 30% to 36%, while Russia saw a 17% decrease because of less imports from two major customers – India and Venezuela. Now its market share stands at 21% compared to 27%, five years prior. “The United States has further strengthened its position as the world’s leading arms supplier,” said Dr. Ode Fluernet, director of the arms transfers’ database at the research institute. “The U.S. has exported weapons to at least 98 countries in the last five years. These shipments usually included advanced weapons such as fighter planes, short-range cruise missiles and ballistic missiles, and a large number of guided bombs.”

Temple Mount Shutdown Police quickly sealed off the Temple Mount holy site in Jerusalem on Tuesday after a firebomb was thrown at officers, leading to several arrests and low-level clashes. The incident came amid already high tensions at the site and threatened to set the region alight as Pal-

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One officer was treated for mild smoke inhalation after the firebomb attack on a police post situated on the edge of the sensitive holy site, according to police. The Molotov cocktail set fire to a motorized cart used by police on the Temple Mount. Police quickly deployed across the hilltop compound, scuffling with worshippers in the area as they searched for the assailants. Ten suspects were arrested and an investigation into the incident was ongoing, police said. Following the attack, police closed the entrances to the volatile holy site and removed all those already on the Temple Mount, which has seen several confrontations between Israeli security forces and Muslim worshippers in recent weeks. Police said they found flammable materials, firecrackers, and Molotov cocktails during a search of the Temple Mount after it was closed. The Damascus Gate entrance of the Old City of Jerusalem was also closed, and police were dispatched throughout the Old City and East Jerusalem “to prevent and respond to any attempt to disturb public order in response to the serious incident,” police said in a statement. There were no reports of violence in the wake of the closure, which was condemned by Palestinian leaders and others. Abbas  denounced the “dangerous Israeli escalation” and warned of “serious repercussions.” His office said he was in communication with relevant parties, including Jordan, “to pressure the occupation’s government to halt this dangerous escalation” and called on the international community to urgently intervene. Muslim worshippers have repeatedly threatened to enter an area of the Temple Mount near the Gate of Mercy, which was closed by court order in 2003 over allegations that the group overseeing the site was tied to the Hamas terror group. The longstanding closure of the

area near the Gate of Mercy on the compound  has ignited tensions between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police in recent weeks. Worshippers have forced the area open and entered on several occasions. High-level Israeli and Jordanian officials have been holding talks in the hope of defusing the situation. Last week, Israeli officials traveled to Jordan for meetings, and Jordanian officials have also visited Jerusalem according to Israeli reports. Jordan has offered that the site be closed for long-term renovations. While the Israelis agree, they insist it must first be closed without renovations taking place, as a statement of Israeli authority. This disagreement has reportedly stood in the way of a deal. The area inside the Gate of Mercy was sealed off by Israeli authorities in 2003, and it has been kept closed to stop illegal construction work there by the Islamic Waqf, the organization that administers the Temple Mount. The actual Gate of Mercy, which is a fortified gateway in the retaining wall surrounding the Temple Mount, has been bricked up for nearly 500 years. Israeli officials believe the work carried out by the Waqf, which refused to allow any Israeli observers, led to the destruction of antiquities from periods of Jewish presence in the area. Last month, the Waqf reopened the site, and Palestinian worshippers began to use it as a mosque, despite Israeli attempts to keep the area sealed. The Waqf has repeatedly challenged the closure, convening and staging prayer-protests in the area, which often erupted into clashes with police.

College Bribery Scheme This week, more than 30 people were charged by the Justice Department for being part of a long-running scheme to bribe and cheat to get their children into college and universities. The alleged crimes, according to officials, involved cheating on en-

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Famed LA Racetrack Closed

Last week, officials at Santa Anita Park, a storied Los Angeles-area racetrack, declared an indefinite postponement of all events at the facility after 21 horses died there in the last three months. A four-year-old filly had to be euthanized earlier last week after it injured its right leg during training. The horses that all died were injured while training at the park since December 26, when the park opened for the winter season. “Something is drastically wrong. I’ve been around a long time and have never seen this,” 82-year-old trainer Art Sherman, who oversaw the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes wins by California Chrome, told the Los Angeles Times. “There’s something wrong in the foundation, or something is not right. The only way to find out is shut it down.” Santa Anita announced that it was bringing back its former track superintendent, Dennis Moore, “as a precautionary measure with regard to the condition of the one-mile main track.” Per reports, seven horses have died while racing on the dirt oval, five have died during turf races, and nine more have died while training. Over a similar period in the 201718 season, 10 horses died, and eight died in 2016-17. Many are opining that the rainy weather has contributed to the horses’ deaths. As the death toll has climbed over the past few weeks, Santa Anita has come under heavy criticism from animal rights activists, some of whom have staged protests at the track. After the 20th horse died two weeks ago, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a statement demanding that the track “close right away” and calling for an investigation into “whether injured horses were being forced to run” while given anti-inflammatory drugs. In November, Santa Anita is set to host the Breeders’ Cup, which will mark a record 10th time the event

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told Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS. “Running across, guys were falling in. I decided to stay back; I knew better to wait for rescue.”

Gibelyou said he waited a couple of hours for rescue and floated almost two miles out into the lake. There were no injuries reported. Warmer temperatures in the area caused the ice to break from the shore. The high temperature in Sandusky, just a few miles south of Catawaba Island, was a relatively balmy 41 degrees on Saturday. The high just four days earlier was 19 degrees. The water temperature in Lake Erie was 33 degrees off Toledo, Ohio, on Saturday. Ice fishing is a popular pastime along the northwest coast of Ohio. Walleye, yellow perch and smallmouth bass are all common in the western basin during the winter season.

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is held at the track in Arcadia, Calif. With roots dating from the 1870s, the original Santa Anita Park opened in 1907 but closed after a few years. The facility that is in use today was established in 1934 by a group of investors, including movie mogul Hal Roach. “Without our athletes, without our most precious asset, there is no sport,” lamented trainer Bob Hess. “Something is wrong and needs to be fixed and addressed immediately. It’s past the point of embarrassing.

Santa Anita is the ‘Great Race Place,’ and it’s not great. I’m glad we’re doing this. Without the horses, we’re nothing.”

Rescue on Ice Saturday afternoon’s ice fishing activity on Lake Erie turned nightmarish as fishermen began to float away into the lake when the ice floe

they were fishing on broke off from the shore. After the sheets of ice began to float away, the U.S. Coast Guard raced to rescue 46 fishermen near Catawaba Island in Ohio. Around 100 fisherman managed to scramble onto land when the ice began to break from the shore. They called for help. “As soon as we got our lines down a guy started screaming and that’s when we knew something had happened,” fisherman James Gibelyou

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its approval for a nasal drug that would treat depression. Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s esketamine is the chemical cousin of ketamine. The drug will be called Spravato and is specifically designed for patients who have tried at least two other medications to treat their depression without success. Patients taking the spray should also be taking an oral antidepressant.

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“There has been a longstanding need for additional effective treatments for treatment-resistant depression, a serious and life-threatening condition,” Dr. Tiffany Farchione, acting director of the Division of Psychiatry Products at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a news release announcing the approval. Spravato is a nasal spray administered by an approved health care provider in a doctor’s office or a medical clinic. It may also be self-administered but only under the supervision of a care provider and cannot be taken home. “Because of [safety] concerns, the drug will only be available through a restricted distribution system and it must be administered in a certified medical office where the health care provider can monitor the patient,” Farchione said. Side effects of Spravato include dizziness, nausea, vertigo, anxiety, lethargy, increased blood pressure, vomiting, feeling drunk, decreased sensitivity, sedation and dissociation, a feeling of being temporarily “disconnected” from your body and your mind. Because of the side effects patients would need to be evaluated at

the medical facility for two hours after taking the medication. Depending on the severity of the patient’s depression, it is given either once a week or once every other week. The drug is rapidly acting, so it starts working faster than other antidepressants. It works by restoring brain cells in patients with treatment-resistant depression. Currently, available treatments for major depression are ineffective in 30% to 40% of patients. According to the FDA, there is one other approved medication for treatment-resistant depression, Symbyax, which was approved in 2009. The cost for the spray would be around $590 to $885 per treatment session, which is comparable to other specialty mental health drugs.

Domestic Terrorism Arrests are Up Although the public and the media in the United States see only a few arrests connected to terrorism

on American soil each year, there are thousands of people investigated in connection with terrorism every year. According to internal FBI figures reviewed by The Washington Post, most people arrested as the result of FBI terrorism investigations are charged with non-terrorism offenses, and more domestic terror suspects were arrested last year than those allegedly inspired by international terror groups.

According to the data, more domestic terrorist targets are being charged, and in both categories, law enforcement often leverages simpler crimes, such as violations of gun or drug laws, to prevent violence. “It’s violence that we key in on,” said a senior law enforcement official. “And sometimes, it’s the violence that

motivates someone more than any particular ideology.” The arrest last month of Coast Guard Lt. Christopher P. Hasson, 49, is the latest example of this pattern. Prosecutors have alleged Hasson is a white nationalist inspired in part by mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who in 2011 unleashed two attacks in Norway that killed 77 people. Hasson, who has been detained since his arrest, is accused of amassing weapons as part of a domestic terror plot targeting politicians and journalists. Authorities have highlighted a letter in which he allegedly wrote, “I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth.” But as with most people arrested in FBI counterterrorism investigations, Hasson does not yet face terrorism charges. Rather, he was indicted on charges of illegal possession of firearm silencers, possession of firearms by a drug addict and unlawful user, and possession of a controlled substance. According to FBI figures, in the 2017 budget year, there were about 110 people arrested after being investigated for actions inspired by foreign terror groups such as the Islamic State and al-Qaeda. Of those, about

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30 faced terrorism charges. The rest faced gun, drug, fraud, or immigration charges. Last year, out of about 100 such arrests, only nine defendants faced terrorism charges – a drop-off owed in part to a decline in the number of people attempting to travel overseas to join the Islamic State. In the 2017 budget year, FBI investigations led to the arrest of about 150 domestic terrorism suspects, according to law enforcement officials. The following year, the figure was about 120. But because federal law does not designate domestic groups as terrorist organizations, no corresponding terrorism crimes apply to such suspects. And while the number of such arrests fell last year, overall more domestic terrorism suspects are being arrested. In general, the FBI wants to get these individuals off the streets – whether or not they’re charged with terrorism is immaterial to accomplishing their goal.




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On Thursday, lobbyist and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort learned that he will serve almost four years in prison – far shorter than what had been expected and recommended – for financial fraud convictions obtained by special counsel Robert Mueller as he investigated Manafort’s alleged collusion with the Russian government in 2016. The crimes, though serious among white-collar offenses, did not relate directly to Manafort’s work as Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman. Reacting to Manafort’s sentencing, President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday morning that the judge in the Manafort case and Manafort’s defense lawyer “stated loudly and for the world to hear that there was NO COLLUSION with Russia.” “But the Witch Hunt Hoax continues,” the president added, referring

to the special counsel investigation. “As you now add these statements to House & Senate Intelligence & Senator (Richard) Burr. So bad for our Country!” Manafort, 69, had been facing up to 25 years in prison, a sentence that could have essentially kept him in jail for the rest of his life. Even at just under four years, the sentence is the longest given yet to any defendant in the Mueller probe. Last week’s sentencing nearly concludes a two-year downfall that began when Manafort’s financial ties to Ukraine came under scrutiny while he led Trump’s presidential campaign. Since then, Manafort, previously known for his jet black hair, expensive suits and Republican connections, has turned gray and physically declined. “The sentence was a lot less than the out of control Angry Democrat prosecutors wanted,” the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said in a statement on Friday, attacking the Mueller team. “They should be ashamed of their horrendous treatment of Paul Manafort who they pressured relentlessly because, unlike Michael Cohen, he wouldn’t lie for them.” Manafort was convicted last summer for defrauding banks and the government, and for failing to pay taxes on millions of dollars in income he had earned from Ukrainian political consulting. He had long been a target of federal investigators and Mueller’s team – and was expected to be a star cooperator in Mueller’s probe when he pleaded guilty last September following a conviction at trial. That cooperation fell apart soon afterward. Manafort has been held in solitary confinement in jail for the past nine months. He will receive credit towards his sentence for those months. Manafort will also have to pay restitution of at least $6 million for taxes he never paid. He must also pay a fine of $50,000, and he will serve three years of supervised release following his prison time.

Babe Ruth’s Daughter Dies at 102 Babe Ruth’s last surviving daughter, Julia Ruth Stevens, died this week at the age of 102. “She lived such a full, interesting life,” Tom Stevens, her son said. “She

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was an ambassador for Babe Ruth.” Even well into her 90s, Stevens threw out first pitches at baseball games across the nation, attended Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, New York, and appeared at the annual Babe Ruth Little League World Series.

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She authored three books about her famous father. “As long as there is baseball, Daddy’s name is always going to be mentioned. He was one of a kind,” Stevens once said. “My goal in life is to keep his name alive. He was a wonderful father and I remember him as that and just not as a baseball player.” Stevens was adopted by baseball’s biggest star soon after Ruth married her mother, Claire Hodgson, in 1929 when Julia was 12 years old. Hodgson died in 1976. Julia was the older of two daughters adopted by Ruth. Dorothy Ruth Pirone, who was Ruth’s daughter from a previous relationship, died in 1989 at age 67. Tom Stevens told the Las Vegas Review-Journal in an interview earlier this year that it rankled his mother to be referred to as Ruth’s stepdaughter. He said Ruth was a match to provide Julia a needed blood transfusion when she was hospitalized as a young adult. “She said as far as she was concerned, between being adopted and the transfusion, ‘I’m his daughter, period,’” Tom Stevens said. Babe Ruth retired in 1935, days after playing his last game. He was with the Boston Braves that year after starring for the New York Yankees from 1920-34 and the Boston Red Sox from 1914-19. Ruth died from cancer at age 53 in 1948. “I sometimes wonder if the designated hitter rule would have been in effect when Daddy played, his career would’ve lasted much longer and he would’ve hit a lot more home runs,” Stevens once said. “It was his legs that gave out. He had trouble with

his knees.” Stevens said Ruth taught her how to dance and how to bowl and “I couldn’t have had a better father than him.” She made her final trip to Yankee Stadium at age 91 in 2008 to say goodbye to one of her dad’s favorite places where he hit many of his 714 career home runs. Accompanied by her son and two grandchildren, Stevens got a warm reception from the crowd before New York’s 6-0 loss to Cincinnati. A New York sports writer dubbed the Bronx stadium “The House That Ruth Built,” and the Yankees retired Ruth’s No. 3 during their 25th anniversary celebration of Yankee Stadium on June 13, 1948, the great slugger’s final visit to the ballpark.

2018 Year of the Fire for CA

Unfortunately, 2018 was not a good year for the state of California when it came to wildfires, according to a federal report released this week. According to the National Interagency Coordination Center’s yearend statistical roundup, more than 1.8 million acres of California was burned by wildland fires in 2018, surpassing the previous year’s total of 1.3 million, officials said. “That’s the highest in the recorded history of California,” noted Scott McLean, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. More than 100 people were killed and 17,000 homes and 700 business were destroyed in a state where fires are considered one of the annual seasons. Crews responded to more than 8,000 fires last year. The last time California saw the most acres burned of any state in the nation was 2003, when a series of blazes killed dozens and scorched more than 750,000 acres in a matter of weeks. Last year’s Carr fire in Shasta and Trinity counties killed eight

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people and burned 230,000 acres in late July, while at the same time, the Mendocino Complex fire – a pair of blazes in Lake and Mendocino Counties – blackened 459,000 acres and killed one firefighter. The latter was also the largest fire in state history. In early November, the Woolsey fire broke out in Ventura and Los Angeles counties while thousands of Northern California residents in Paradise were fleeing for their lives from the Camp fire, a fast-moving firestorm that killed 85 people and erupted the same day. Those two fires burned a combined 250,000 acres and destroyed most of the homes that were lost in California last year. California accounted for 21% of all acres burned in the United States in 2018. The fires were stoked by winds and fed on dead brush and trees left over from years of severe drought.

Condemning Hate – But Not Those Who Hate

After Democratic freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar once again made anti-Semitic statements, Democrats rushed to do damage control last week. On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution broadly condemning hate and intolerance, including anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim discrimination. The vote passed 407-23. Twenty-three Republicans voted against the measure, and all Democrats – including Omar – who cast their vote voted in support of the resolution. Passage of the resolution came after an intense internal debate among House Democrats over how to respond to recent comments Omar made related to Israel that sparked criticism, including from fellow Democrats. One of the Republicans who voted against the measure included House Republican Conference Chair

Liz Cheney of Wyoming who called Thursday’s vote a “sham” and said the language in the resolution “did not address the issue that is front and center.” The resolution followed comments by Omar that critics from both parties  labeled anti-Semitic, though the resolution did not reference Omar by name. Cheney noted that the Democratic leadership refused to call out Omar for her hateful speech, instead pussyfooting around the issue and finessing anti-Semitic statements coming from its members. “For Democratic leadership to kowtow to their radical members and refuse to offer legislative language that criticizes Rep. Omar’s statements in the strongest possible manner confirms what we already knew: that their party is controlled by far-left extremists who can’t even muster the courage to stand up to blatant anti-Semitism,” Cheney said. Other Republicans who refused to sign the sham resolution included Rep. Chris Collins, Rep. Pete King, and Rep. Lee Zeldin, all from New York. The extent to which the controversy divided the party was on display even as House Democrats came together in support of the resolution on Thursday. Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee of which Omar is a member, said in remarks on the House floor ahead of the vote that while he would vote for the resolution, he wished the matter had been dealt with differently. “I’m going to vote yes on this measure today,” he said. “Obviously all forms of hatred and bigotry are intolerable and we should go on the record in saying so.” But, Engel added, “I wish we had had a separate resolution about anti-Semitism. I think we deserved it. I think it was wrong not to have it… but I want to say very clearly and very loudly that anti-Semitism will never be tolerated by me.” “While I stand wholeheartedly against discrimination outlined in this resolution, the language before the House today did not address the issue that is front and center,” Cheney said, adding that Omar “deserves to be rebuked, by name, and removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee so that there is no mistake about the values and priorities that the House stands for.”

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Fish Fraud

Think you’re eating sea bass? Think again. According to a study done by Oceana, a conservation group, much of the fish that ends up on our plates is not the fish that we ordered off the menu. DNA tests performed by Oceana found that 21% of the fish that researchers sampled in restaurants or in fish markets were not what was labeled or listed. “Consumers are getting ripped off,” said Beth Lowell, Oceana’s deputy vice president. Lowell said this isn’t an isolated problem. Her organization tested more than 400 samples from 277 locations in 24 states and in the District of Columbia. Oceana did not name the markets, stores and restaurants where it purchased the samples. Among the samples they tested, seafood was more frequently mislabeled in restaurants and at smaller markets than in larger grocery chains. One out of three stores and restaurants visited by the investigative team sold at least one mislabeled item. Favorites like sea bass and snapper had some of the highest rates of mislabeling. Sea bass was mislabeled 55% of the time and snapper 42% of the time, Oceana’s tests showed. Often, instead of sea bass, they’d get giant perch or Nile tilapia, fish that should be less expensive and is considered lower quality. Dover sole they tested was actually walleye. Lavender jobfish had been substituted for Florida snapper. For Americans who are trying to be more mindful about the fish they eat; who are worried about the impact of climate change and endangering fish stock; who want to eat food from lakes or oceans closer to home; or for pregnant women trying to avoid fish with high mercury content, this news has got to be frustrating, Lowell said. “We need to do more to protect consumers,” Lowell said. Oceana is not the only recent

study to find fish fraud. In December, a New York State Attorney General’s Office investigation found that more than one in four samples, or 26.92% of the seafood they bought and tested was mislabeled. In that investigation, the problem was in virtually “every tested seafood category.” “You have to imagine how complex seafood commerce is,” said Dan Distel, director and research professor at the Ocean Genome Legacy lab at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center. The lab performed the DNA work in the New York Investigation. “A lot of mislabeling is probably intentional, sure,” he said. “There is also plenty that must be accidental or just the result of the ignorance of the rules.” With so many species and with 80% of the fish Americans eat coming from international sources, labeling is complicated. “In order to maintain accurate labeling, you have to track it from the fisherman, who is sometimes in remote locations or in the developing world. And then you track it through a variety of middlemen to the distributor, the store, to the high school kids stocking the shelves. There are a lot of places where things could go wrong,” Distel noted. Names of fish can also be confusing for people who sell them. Something sold as snapper, for instance, can actually be a few different species. If it’s sold as the more expensive red snapper, that’s got to be a specific fish, according to FDA rules. Sometimes, rules even allow a fish to be called something else. Chilean sea bass, for instance, is actually Patagonian toothfish or Antarctic toothfish – not sea bass. But the restaurant or market has to use “Chilean” in the name. If it’s just called “sea bass,” it’s mislabeled. In 2014, the federal government tried to do something about mislabeling, creating the U.S. Government Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud. The task force’s recommendations in 2018 created the Seafood Important Monitoring Program, known in the industry as SIMP. SIMP requires traceability and catch reporting for 13 types of imported seafood considered most at risk for mislabeling, including red snapper, Atlantic cod, grouper, swordfish, tunas, king crab, mahi mahi, sharks,



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and sea cucumber. Oceana wants the government to expand the requirements to all seafood.

petroleum products each day. This year, the gap will tighten between the two nations, although the kingdom will hold onto the crown of the biggest exporter of crude oil alone.

U.S. to be Energy Export Leader World’s Oldest Person The United States is soon to be wearing the crown that for years has been worn by Saudi Arabia. The U.S. is about the steal the kingdom’s energy exporting medal later this year. In a few months, the U.S. will surpass Saudi Arabia in exports of oil, natural gas liquids and petroleum products, like gasoline, according to energy research firm Rystad Energy. That milestone, driven by the transformative shale boom, would make the United States the world’s leading exporter of oil and liquids. That has never happened since Saudi Arabia began selling oil overseas in the 1950s, Rystad said in a report last Thursday. “It’s nothing short of remarkable,” said Ryan Fitzmaurice, energy strategist at Rabobank. “Ten years ago, no one thought it would happen.” Led by shale, U.S. oil production has more than doubled over the past decade to all-time highs. The United States now pumps more oil than any other country, including Russia and Saudi Arabia. “The shale boom has driven incredible increases in production,” said Fitzmaurice. “U.S. production is off the charts.” With ample supply at home, in 2015 Congress lifted the 40-year oil export ban. Overseas oil sales have exploded since then. The U.S. Gulf Coast is racing to build facilities that can handle surging foreign demand for U.S. crude. Asia is fast going to be a fertile marketplace for excess fossil fuels from America. Saudi Arabia currently exports about 7 million barrels of crude oil each day, along with 2 million barrels of natural gas liquids and petroleum products. In contrast, the United States exports about 3 million barrels of crude oil per day and another 5 million barrels of natural gas liquids and

The world’s oldest living person studies math and loves playing Othello. She was born the year that Theodore Roosevelt was president in the U.S. and a full decade before World War I. Kane Tanaka is 116 years old. She was crowned the world’s oldest living person by the Guinness Book of World Records on Saturday and was recognized by the organization with a commemorative framed certificate and a box of chocolates. She began to eat the chocolate right away and replied “100” when asked how many she planned to eat that day. Tanaka lives in Fukuoka, Japan, and awakens at 6 a.m. every day. She is the youngest of seven children and was born prematurely on January 2, 1903. She married Hideo Tanaka at 19, before they had ever met, following a Japanese norm at the time. The couple went on to have four children and to adopt a fifth. Hideo Tanaka operated a family business that produced sticky rice and Udon noodles. Kane Tanaka took on a greater role in the family business after Hideo began military service in 1937 during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Their oldest son served in World War II and was held captive by the Soviet Union before returning to Japan. I don’t know if “ad meah v’esrim” is an appropriate bracha for someone very quickly approaching 120 years of age, but we wish her well.

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A Goat for Mayor

The town of Fair Haven in Vermont has a new mayor that is not going to let sleeping dogs lie. Lincoln, a 3-year-old goat, beat out more than a dozen other pets for the title of honorary mayor in the town of 2,500 people. No saying how many pets live in the town, but we’re guessing it’s a lot if they need an animal to represent them too. Lincoln will hold the position for one year. Other animals vying for the post included cat Sassy Towle, a dog named Stella Heibler, and a gerbil named Crystal. As mayor, Lincoln will be expected to attend local and major events, including the Memorial Day parade, for which he’ll wear a custom sash. Fair Haven doesn’t have a two-

legged mayor. Town Manager Joe Gunter told the Rutland Herald he got the “great idea” to elect an animal to office from a small town in Michigan. He said he figured the election would be a good way to raise money to create a local playground.  It only raised about $100 through a $5 entry fee, but it reportedly provided other benefits. “It turned into a good civics lesson,” he told the news outlet. “Get the kids involved in town government. (I) thought this was a great way to break the ice with the kids.” Well, if you can’t “bleat” ‘em, join ‘em.

A Good Read You know that fine print they put at the bottom of an insurance form or a contract? It’s not there to look pretty or to waste paper. Donelan Andrews recently learned about the benefits of fine print – and won $10,000 in the process. The self-proclaimed “nerd” from Georgia recently bought travel insurance from a company, Squaremouth. Andrews and her friends are traveling to London in September and she

wanted to make sure nothing would go wrong. As nerdy as it sounds, the high school teacher makes it a habit to always reads the fine print on contracts, policies, and agreements.

Guess what was hiding in the little letters at the bottom of this agreement? Hidden deep within the text of her insurance policy was a contest to win $10,000. The company buried instructions for claiming the grand prize in the fine print of every Tin Leg Travel Insurance contract. “If you’ve read this far, then you are one of the very few Tin Leg customers to review all of their policy documentation,” the fine print read. It included an email address and said the first person who replied would win the prize. It reminded Andrews of an old

trick she’s used on her high school students. “I used to put a question like that midway through an exam, saying, ‘If you’re reading this, skip the next question.’ That caught my eye and intrigued me to keep reading,” Andrews said. Andrews emailed the company, and, surprise, surprise, won the prize. There had been no other people to enter the contest before Andrews. In other words, no one else had read their contract. According to Squaremouth, “We understand most customers don’t actually read contracts or documentation when buying something, but we know the importance of doing so. We created the top-secret Pays to Read campaign in an effort to highlight the importance of reading policy documentation from start to finish.” Not only did Squaremouth give Andrews the $10,000 she won for being a thorough reader, they also donated another $10,000 to a children’s literacy charity and $5,000 each to two high schools as part of their Pays to Read campaign. Luckily for Andrews, she’s now well-versed in her travel insurance

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and they delivered in a big way: they matched Ms. Brown’s.

policy – and she has enough money to plan a second trip. “I am retiring from teaching on May 31, after 25 years,” Andrews told CBS News. “My husband and I are going on a trip to Scotland to celebrate my retirement and our 35th wedding anniversary. This will cover most of that cost. “And by the way, I will be purchasing trip insurance.” And she’ll probably read that one too.

If she had purchased just one ticket, it would have paid $5,000. But with 30, each was a winner, so she reaped $150,000. “A couple of times during the day, I saw those numbers,” Deborah related. When she saw all the tickets were winners, she said, “I nearly had a heart attack!” Ms. Brown said she bought 20 tickets at first, and then because she had a “feeling” the numbers were lucky, she bought 10 more. In Pick 4, the odds of matching all four numbers in order are 1 in 10,000, John Hagerty, a spokesman for Virginia Lottery, said on Monday. By comparison, the odds of being struck by lightning in an 80-year lifetime are 1 in 14,600, according to the

Winning in Spades Deborah Brown has so much luck it’s exponential. Recently, Deborah said that she kept on seeing certain numbers consistently, so she decided to do something about it. On February 11, Deborah bought thirty Pick 4 lottery tickets – each for a dollar. The Richmond, Virginia, resident told the vendor she wanted every ticket with the same set of numbers in this sequence: 1-0-3-1. The Virginia Lottery Pick 4 winning numbers were drawn that night



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Looking to do nothing and earn money? This job is perfect for you. A Swedish art project is searching for the perfect candidate to do what they want for a salary of around $2,280 a month. The “employee” would have to clock in and clock out every day at the new Korsvägen train station in Gothenburg, Sweden. Other than that, the position  has no set responsibilities or duties. Once they clock in, they can do what they want – no need to hang around – and then just have to clock back in at the end of the day. I know, it’s such a drag that you have to let them know when you return. The idea, titled “Eternal Employment,” is the brainchild of Swedish art duo Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby. The conceptual performance has been designed to offer political commentary and insight into the labor market. “Eternal Employment” was a

winning entry in the Chronotopia competition, which sought public art ideas for two new train stations in Gothenburg. Construction work on Korsvägen station is expected to finish in 2026, which is also the anticipated start date for the “Eternal Employment” job. Applications will open in 2025. The train station will offer a changing room for its new employee and a clock used to check in and out of “work”. The clock will be connected to fluorescent lights above the platform. These “working lights,” which will be designed to resemble typical office lights, will signal whenever the employee is “at work,” according to the artists’ proposal. “Although almost invisible at first, over time ‘Eternal Employment’ has the potential to amass a rich history of rumors, jokes, news stories and other secondary mediation, making its way into the oral history of Gothenburg,” the proposal reads. The project seeks to explore the role of labor at a time when growing numbers of people take on nontraditional jobs in a post-industrial society, the artists said. Goldin and Senneby acknowledge that an employee without specific duties may become bored. But their proposal also suggests that the successful candidate may come up with their own creative projects or “simply embrace a state of perpetual leisure.” Goldin and Senneby said the project is financially feasible because we live in a society where “money pays better than work.” As such, the artists plan to set up a foundation to oversee the long-term investment of 6 million Swedish krona (about $633,000) – the sum of the prize money provided by the Public Art Agency Sweden and the Swedish Transport Administration as part of the competition. Capital gains from the investment will fund the employee’s salary for at least 120 years, according to the artists’ estimates. The pay, pension and holidays offered with the position match those of an average public sector employee, according to the proposal. If the money runs out, the employment would stop and the lights would never turn on again, it said. “That would imply an historical shift in the relation between return on capital and wages,” the artists wrote. “A sustained period in which work pays better than money.” Sounds like these people have too much time – and money – on their hands.


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Community MAY Plus Simply Tsfat: A Recipe for Simcha


ast Thursday, Rosh Chodesh Adar Bais, Mesivta Ateres Yaakov ushered in the new month in its signature fashion. Their monthly Rosh Chodesh breakfast had the added bonus of a visit from Simply Tsfat – three Breslov chassidim from the mystical city of Tsfat who spread joy and inspiration around the world through story, song and dance. This annual event is one that is much anticipated and the talmidim were itching in excitement for the kumzitz/concert. Simply Tsfat did not disappoint. After a mov-

ing kumzitz replete with original niggunim and inspirational anecdotes, talmidim took to the floor for “groundbreaking” leibidik dancing. Rabbeim together with their talmidim shook the walls of the Mesivta in an incredible display of simcha. “It was just an amazing day overall,” commented one student. “From the Rosh Chodesh breakfast to the Simply Tsfat concert, it was just an amazing day!” As for the band’s reaction to the talmidim: “There is no one like the talmidim of Mesivta Ateres Yaakov.”

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Gesher Grandparents Day


osh Chodesh Adar II brought with it a special sense of simcha for the families of the Gesher Early Childhood Center. The Gesher children were joined by their family members for a unique Rosh Chodesh assembly. With an overwhelming response to the invitation, a capacity crowd filled the social hall. The grandparents and parents (and uncles and aunts) spread out to the waiting tables anticipating the arrival of the excited children. As each class arrived, the students quickly found their smiling relatives. Everyone enjoyed the light fare of fresh fruit and cut vegetables, cereals,

and fresh pastries including scrumptious hamantashen. To accommodate the various age groups (3 years old to 83+), the Gesher administration prepared a modified Rosh Chodesh assembly program for all to enjoy. Although the students were very spread out, their obvious connection with their morahs created a strong sense of unity and harmony. Following the morahs’ lead, the children sang their Rosh Chodesh assembly songs beautifully, with the accompanying hand motions that have become so familiar. One of the highlights of the assemblies is the celebration of birthdays

in the coming month. All of the Adar II birthday boys and girls, including some grandparents, stood up as the entire room sang “Happy Birthday Month To You.” A special duet followed, with Shlomo Balsam and David Farhi leading everyone in singing Mishenichnas Adar with Shlomo playing the ukulele. As a fun way of memorializing the experience, the relatives joined the children in decorating their own picture frame with special Adar-themed decorations. The smiles were abundant as the teams worked on their projects. As the event winded down, the

grandparents escorted the children back to their classrooms. Many families stopped to take a picture in front of the Persian-themed mural. A special treat was waiting for the grandparents in the classroom. Each child prepared a hand painted flower; the petals were actually the painted imprint of the young child’s hand. With the heading “Grandparents help Us Grow,” the sweet message of appreciation was complete. Gesher would like to thank its Parent Committee, Mrs. Rebecca Ettedgui and Mrs. Sarah Levine, for all of the hard work to make this a successful event.

four amazing rewards, including a set of Shas and Dirshu Mishna Berurah package, Apple Airpods, Beats Studio Headphones, and a $180 Gift Certificate to Doma.  The Mesivta thanks the anonymous sponsor who dedicates this program simply

“L’Hashem ha’Aretz u’Miloah.” Yasher ko’ach to the winners and good luck to the group of talmidim participating in round 2 which ends on erev Shavuos.

MAY ”Plus 5” Program a Success


ne of Mesivta Ateres Yaakov’s many incentive programs is the “Plus 5” program, which recognizes talmidim who arrive 5 minutes early to Shacharis every morning ready to daven, prepared with their tefillin,

hat and jacket. This semester, 28 boys were flawless in their Plus 5 participation and were recognized at the monthly Erev Shabbos Mevorchim tisch. In addition to the obvious reward of being on-time, talmidim were able to choose from


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Alex Clare Visits Netzach Hatorah


he boys of Netzach Hatorah had the incredible opportunity to learn and sing with Grammy-nominated recording artist and remarkable inspiration Alex Clare last week. Alex wowed the bais medrash with his amazing story and journey to Yiddishkeit and then brought the boys and rabbaim to their feet when he played his newest hit “Sparks.” It was a perfect start to the joyous month of Adar and not one the yeshiva will soon forget! Special thanks to the Frei family and all of our sponsors for bringing the incredible Alex Clare to our yeshiva.

The Shpiel: An Adar Treat By Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner


ebbetzins, in general, have very few forms of kosher entertainment. Last night, along with my co-rebbetzin of the White Shul, Rebbetzin Avigayil Neuberger, I tasted a very special Adar treat, laughter in its most delicious form! The women of The Shpiel created a joyful presentation using their best of Hashem’s given talents to bring simcha to others. Mrs. EIana Jacobs, together with Mrs. Miriam Goldstein of Columbus, Ohio, crafted a script that was thoroughly hilarious, putting a spin on a mirror reflecting the truisms in our frum lives. Those of us in the audience could see ourselves or our friends and neighbors in the characters of The Shpiel. The Shpiel culled some of the most talented actresses of our community to bring the script to life. It was very clear to everyone in the audience that these women had the time of their lives producing this show. The packed audience illustrated that their mission of bringing laughter to the women of the Five-Towns/Far Rockaway community was a very welcome one indeed! Produced by Mrs. Jacobs, along with Mrs. Basha Mindell and in conjunction with N’shei Shor Yoshuv, the Shpiel raised funds for Zichron Ruchama, a much needed commu-

nity resource under the auspices of Rosh Hayeshiva, HaRav Naftali Jaeger, shlit”a. The producers shared with me a few of the many responses they received. One woman said, “The cast was incredible. Each person played their role perfectly. Sound, lighting, video! Packed house!” Another attendee wrote: “Professional is the word to describe the Shpiel, along with, of course, FUNNY. I was very impressed...everyone was. And I’m so appreciative! I really needed a night out after my very long Sunday and b”H I got it!!! We all need a good laugh!” Others commented on how it was appropriate, refined and fun for every age level, young girls, women and grandmothers. Rav Broka was taught by Eliyahu Hanavi (Taanis 22) that giving others happiness is a ticket straight to Olam Haba.   The message that I sent to Mrs. Mindell after the show encaptures my feelings best: “It was fantastic.... You brought smiles to so many faces and laughter to so many hearts!  What a zechus!” I look forward to future productions and am truly grateful to the women of The Shpiel for providing me with the opportunity to laugh. May we as community be zoche to an Adar full of joy and laughter. May we  see the day soon, for all of Klal Yisrael, as was so aptly quoted by Rebbetzin Jaeger at the event, of az yimalei sichok finu, u’lshoneinu

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HALB Team at Prizmah


dministrators of the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach (HALB) attended the

Prizmah Jewish Day School Conference in Atlanta on Sunday, March 10, through Tuesday, March 12. Togeth-

er with over 1,000 other Jewish Day School professionals from around North America and Israel, they spent

three days learning from peers and experts about creative possibilities for Jewish education.

Pictured here, left to right: Mrs. Marjorie Wein, HALB associate principal, General Studies, Middle School; Ms. Elana Flaumenhaft, SKA associate principal; Mrs. Elisheva Kaminetsky, SKA principal, Religious Studies; Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky, Rosh HaYeshiva, DRS Menahel; Rabbi Adam Englander, HALB Head of School; Rabbi Dr. Uriel Lubetski, HALB Middle School principal; Rabbi Aaron Fleksher, Director of Educational Technology and DRS rebbe; Dr. Hillel Broder, DRS principal, General Studies; and Mr. Richard Hagler, HALB executive director.


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Welcoming Adar at Central


fter a long winter, it is finally time to get into gear for Purim! Central welcomed Adar Bet on Thursday with its annual Ivdu Carnival, in which Yachad members from the Ivdu school were invited to join the Central student body for a morning of fun and games. Seniors prepared carnival booths in advance of the program, and student volunteers were paired with Ivdu students to guide them through the morning. As always, the morning was a huge success and a wonderful way to kick off Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet with a spirit of inclusion, festivity, and fun.

CCHF’s Highly Acclaimed Komocha Campaign to Blanket Five Towns By Margie Pensak


he Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation is coming to the Five Towns during sefirah, led by a group of baalei batim. The goal: to create a profound impact on the mitzvos of bein adam l’chaveiro which are so crucial for every aspect of our Yiddishkeit and our relationships. Sefirah is the time to prepare ourselves by working on our middos for Kabbalas HaTorah. What an opportune time to bring the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation’s highly acclaimed Komocha program to the Five Towns! The Komocha program for elementary schools, which has been running in numerous cities, is now going to be twinned with a program in shuls throughout Long Island. It is being sponsored by Moshe and Rivka Majeski. “Baalei batim are just starting to reach out to rabbonim to invite them to join this program,” notes Michael Rothschild of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation. “Although many shuls participated in this program last year, there is a special focus this year on trying to get all the rabbonim united in Long Island

to speak about the importance of bein adam l’chaveiro and shmiras halashon.” How Komocha Works Komocho works by focusing on the famous line in the Gemara said by Hillel, in response to a prospective gentile who wanted to convert to Judaism (Shabbos 31a) but only if a rabbi would teach him the entire Torah while he stood on one foot. Hillel replied: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation of this – go and study it!” This is the idea behind the creation of the Komocha program, where students work together with their teacher to get them to identify and speak about what they hate, which in turn gets them thinking about how they should behave. The school program will commence on Rosh Chodesh Iyar, May 5. The benefits of Komocha have been dramatic; the program really addresses the issue of school bullying as these Arie Crown Hebrew Day School fourth grade student participant testimonials indicate: “People used to yell at me when I missed a catch, but now they don’t.” “A boy got the wrong answer in class, and instead of laughing, I held

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myself back.” “When my friends weren’t letting someone play with them, even though I did not want to play with him, I let him play anyway.” “It had a huge impact on me because I learned that just one thing can make someone happy for the rest of his life.” No wonder some participating schools have claimed Komocha as the most successful program ever run in their school! “We are looking forward to the Komocha program to make children aware that they are not the only ones being left out,” shares Rabbi Shlomo Dovid Pfeiffer, S’gan Menahel of Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island, who says his school takes a very strong anti-bullying stance. “Once children see that this is a problem that exists, they don’t feel as bad. It also makes the children who are excluding them aware of how hurtful it is so they will include more children into their games.”

Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation for community-wide lectures.” Being on board together, families can learn the Komocha newsletter, distributed in school, together at the Shabbos table. “By giving serious thought to ‘How would I feel?’ families can work on elevating their Shabbos table to a higher level where they are really sensitive to others with their speech,” believes Mr. Rothschild. “Seeing the good and looking for the good in people is an amazing chinuch opportunity for parents to give to their children.” “I think it is difficult to overestimate the positive impact that the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation has had on Klal Yisroel,” shares Rabbi Mordechai Stern, rav of Beis Medrash Heichal Dovid of Lawrence. “The awareness and sensitivity that their programs have engendered have changed people’s attitudes. It’s now actually socially acceptable to tell people to change the subject!”

The Shul Komocha Program “The goal of Komocha is to unite the entire community by getting schools and shuls on board at the same time to focus on ‘How would I feel if someone did this to me or said this about me or to me?’” says Mr. Rothschild. “Shabbos Kadoshim (May 10-11), will be a Shabbos of Inspiration when each participating Rav will speak about the importance of bein adam l’chaveiro, and high-level speakers will be brought in by the

Derech Eretz Kadma L’Torah The goal, concludes Mr. Rothschild, is to really maximize our Sefirah and be ready for Kabbalas HaTorah, realizing that derech eretz kadma l’Torah – decency and kind behavior should precede Torah. To sign up your shul, call Rabbi Tzvi Soroka: 845-364-7155; to sign up your school, call Rabbi Shlomo Ornstein: 732-556-8641.

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Spirits Soar During Rosh Chodesh Color War


his past week, the students of Shulamith MD enjoyed Color War! There were three teams: the Yellow Team, Rachamim, led by Penina Feldman, Tamar Abittan, Sarit Berg, and Fay Wolf; the Red Team, Bayshanut, led by Ayelet Mandel, Miriam Landau, Daniella Turner, and Avigayil Chait; and the Blue Team, Gemilut Chasadim, led by Tamar Pilevsky, Leora Spirgel,Talia Brenner, and Talía Rockoff. There were so many different opportunities for each girl on each team to shine,

whether it was creating the beautiful mosaic banners, shooting hoops in basketball, winning points for dance, singing and writing the theme song, or even acting in the skit! All of the teams showed teamwork, effort, and achdut throughout the games. At the end of the hard work and beautiful presentations from every team, the Red Team went home as the winners. At Shulamith School for Girls, Color War is about achdut and friendship!

Shulamith Advances to the Regional Championships

Top, L-R: Miriam Schreier, Talia Bennett, Rosie Ash, Lani Schneider, Melissa Zalisky, Leorah Shetrit, and Gitty Sharf Bottom, L-R: Co-captains Bayla Rothschild, Lauren Zalisky, and Yael Szlafrok.

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azal Tov! It was a tough season, but Shulamith School for Girls prevailed and remained undefeated the entire Torah Bowl season. They had to beat HANC twice in order to move on to the championships. Shulamith

will now participate in the regional championships hosted by Rabbi Wolofsky. We are thankful to all the teams and girls who participated in the Torah Bowl league this year. Also, thank you to HANC for hosting the playoffs. Hatzlacha rabba to everyone advancing to the Regionals!

Shevach Alumnae Enjoy Inspiring Melave Malka


n Motzei Shabbos, March 9, 3 Adar Beis, Shevach alumnae and teachers gathered in Shevach for the annual Shevach Alumnae Melave Malka, organized by alumna Mrs. Malkie Roberts. The alumnae enjoyed the opportunity to reunite with fellow graduates, principals, and teachers alike and re-experience the warm and inviting Shevach atmosphere. After enjoying a beautifully presented dairy buffet, Shevach’s principal, Rebbetzin Hirtz, opened the program with an address entitled “Unmasking Gratitude.” Rebbetzin Hirtz began by stating that Hakaros Hatov is in fact one of the ikaray emunah, a foundation of our belief in Hashem. Sometimes, people may be hesitant to express hakaras hatov,

perhaps because they feel it reflects a deficit in themselves or because they have already repaid the favor. Rebbetzin Hirtz then proceeded to delve into the Torah’s perspective on gratitude, citing numerous examples from Tanach, which shed light on the deeper meaning of hakaras hatov. When Hashem commanded Moshe to bring the makkos, he told Moshe that Aharon should do the makkos that require hitting the water or earth. These objects had saved Moshe, and therefore, he owed them hakaras hatov. R’ Dessler asks the obvious question: Why was Moshe not to hit these objects if they are inanimate and don’t have “feelings”? He answers that hakaras hatov is not about the recipient of the thanks but the giver. The act of hakaras ha-

tov was intended not for the water or earth, but for Moshe himself to internalize. Another incredible example was brought from the story of the Yam Suf, where we see just how far Hakaras HaTov must extend. Rebbetzin Hirtz also shared an incredible story of a man with a dangerous eye infection who was told after consulting with leading doctors that the only option to save his sight would be to surgically remove the eye. He walked into a shul, went up to the aron kodesh, and began crying to Hashem for three hours, thanking him for all he had, especially his eyesight up until that point. He then returned to the doctor, who found that miraculously, the tears had washes away the infection and all traces of

the danger had passed, and his eye would be saved. Rebbitzen Hirtz concluded that having hakaras hatov for the small things will help lead us to appreciate the bigger things and eventually have the proper gratitude to Hashem for all that we receive from Him, which forms a fundamental part of our emunah. The program then continued with a presentation from make up artist Goldie Felsenstein, who shared many helpful tips with the women. The tutorial was enjoyed by all. The alumnae all left inspired and grateful to once again feel the uplifting atmosphere of Shevach High School. Thank you alumna Chani Gewanter for reporting on this event.

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MAY Juniors’ Amazing Israel Experience


abbi Manoach Gelbfish, 11th grade Rebbe at Mesivta Ateres Yaakov, led his shiur on an amazing 10 day trip to Eretz Yisroel over Presidents’ week. The trip was in recognition of months of intense learning with chazarah during which talmidim earned “credits” towards to the trip. The experience was filled with learning, davening vasikin (every day!), visiting gedolei Yisroel, and tremendous growth in ruchniyus. Rabbi Gelbfish planned an incredible itinerary for his talmidim, which included many fun activities to complement the spiritual Eretz Yisroel experience. The highlights of the trip were most definitely the audiences with, and brachos from, venerable rabbanim including, HaRav Avigdor Nebenzahl, shlit”a, HaRav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, shlit”a, the Mir Rosh HaYeshiva, Rav Gershon Edelstein, shlit”a, Rav Chaim Kanievski, shlit”a, and many others. Another highlight was visiting MAY Alumni learning in so many different yeshivos in Eretz Yisroel. This gave the current talmidim a glimpse into what “post-high school” yeshivos were all about. “I was really inspired,” commented one talmid. “These are guys I was in high school with and, to watch them learning day and night like they are now, I’m exciting for my chance at that.” An indescribable tour of the Old City, including a VIP escort to the top of the ramp to the entrance of

Har HaBayis, Kosel tunnel tours, a glass blowing factory, climbing the snake path up Masada in time to daven neitz, swimming at Yam Hamelach, Ir Dovid, Bais Yisroel shteeblach, the Mir Yeshiva, the Ponovezh Yeshiva – It was truly a trip to remember! On the final day of the trip, the group visited the Kosel one last time to daven and learn. As they sat down to learn, Rabbi Gelbfish checked his watch and noticed they only had a few minutes before they had to head to the airport. After about 5 minutes, he instructed his talmidim that they needed to be getting on their way and one of the boys complained, “That’s it?!” Rabbi Gelbfish related, “The entire trip was worth it for that reaction alone.”

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The eleventh grade at Mesivta Chofetz Chaim visited Rav Reuven Feinstein, shlita, this week

A Tale of the Wine Queen By Gabriel Geller Royal Wine/Kedem


t was in the times of Herzog Special Edition Cabernet Sauvignon Chalk Hill 2016. In the year 5779 King Herzog Chalk Hill 2016 reigns over the Kosher Wine Kingdom, from California through Bordeaux and Israel. The King was a powerful, full-bodied, complex wine with 127

aromas and flavors and a structure built to age for over 15 years. In its first year of reigning, the King organized a big party in its cellar, and invited its Queen. The Queen was spoiled, so the King got angry, and poured it down the drain and then threw it into the recycling bin. Once its anger had passed, the King started looking for a new Queen. The King dismissed thousands of candidates. When came the turn of Château Malartic-Lagravière 2016, a great classified growth from Pessac-Léognan, an appellation located

to the south of the Médoc, it pleased King Herzog Chalk Hill 2016 with its velvety texture and multiple layers of flavors, and so it made it Queen. The Queen’s close relative, Château du Tertre Margaux 2016, was an elegant wine which commanded thought while swirled in the glass and sipped. Château du Tertre was always sitting by the cellar to protect the Queen. After these events, King Herzog Chalk Hill elevated the evil Corked Bottle to governor of its kingdom. Corked Bottle was furious that Château du Tertre would not bow to it unlike all other wines. Corked Bottle decided to build a 50 gallon sink to pour Château du Tertre down the drain and throw it into the recycling bin. One night, Château du Tertre

overheard two guards plotting to smash the King, so he warned it and the two guards were poured down the drain and thrown into the recycling bin. A long time went by and then that one night, as King Herzog Chalk

Hill couldn’t finish its glass, it called its servant, the lovely light to medium-bodied Herzog Lineage Pinot Noir 2017, to read a story from the archives. The servant related how Château du Tertre had saved the King. When King Herzog Chalk Hill heard that Château du Tertre was never rewarded for its merits, he called Corked Bottle who then happened to be in the cellar and asked how should a subject dear to the King be honored. Corked Bottle suggested that the dear subject be publicly poured into the decanter of the King. King Herzog Chalk Hill ordered Corked Bottle to quickly run and pour Château du Tertre in the Royal Wine Decanter, so it ran and did as the King had requested. Corked Bottle felt so humiliated that it decided to also get rid of all kosher wines and randomly chose the 13th day of the month of Adar to carry out its evil plan. When Château du Tertre heard of Corked’s intentions it teared its label and told Queen Malartic-Lagravière to fast for three days with their people and then to go ask the King to nullify Corked Bottle’s terrible decree. The Queen had not been invited to the King’s cellar in over 30 days and feared for its fate. However, when Queen Malartic-Lagravière walked into the King’s cellar, King Herzog Chalk Hill picked up its corkscrew, and handed it to the Queen offering it up to half its cellar. The Queen in-

vited the King and Corked Bottle for a tasting in the Queen’s cellar. As they were drinking some deliciously aromatic and fragrant Flam Rosé 2018, the King asked again Queen Château Malartic-Lagravière what its request was, as it would give it up to half its cellar. The Queen told the King that someone was planning to get rid of all kosher wines. King Herzog Chalk Hill stood up in its anger and asked who it was. Château Malartic-Lagravière pointed and said, “The evil Corked Bottle!” Corked Bottle leaned in panic over the Queen’s glass, infuriating the King even more. Then the Queen’s servant, the delicious semi-dry Carmel Appellation Gewürztraminer 2017 with its notes of peach, lychee and rose petals, then told the King that Corked Bottle was also planning to pour its savior Château du Tertre down the drain in a 50 gallon sink it built especially for that purpose. King Herzog Chalk Hill 2016 ordered to pour the evil Cork Bottle down the drain in the 50 gallon sink it had built. On the 13th of the month of Adar, the kosher wines poured out all corked bottles and were saved. The 14th of Adar was declared as Purim, a day of joy and feasting with many great kosher wines enjoyed at the Purim seudah and given as mishloach manos. L’chaim!

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Cheder Chabad Girls of Long Island kicked off the month of Adar with a karate class by Sensei Rebecca from Warren Levi Martial Arts and Fitness. A special thanks to the Polansky and Friedman families for arranging this program for the girls.

Science Surprises at HANC


his past week, the Minyan Room at HANC’s Samuel and Elizabeth Bass Golding’s Elementary School in West Hempstead was transformed into a science museum. The fourth grade students created extraordinary displays that reflected their work for the annual science fair. With guidance by HANC’s inspiring science teacher, Mr. Jonathan Eisenkraft, each child explored a topic of interest to them. The students then developed their own hypothesis, designed an experiment to prove or disprove their theory, and then designed a display on a trifold to explain their findings. The

topics ranged from experiments with eggs and other food items to fingerprints, geckos, vision loss, balloons, magnets, wingspans of rockets and electricity. These are only a few of the wonderful ideas from the creative minds of HANC students. The children in grades three, five and six had the opportunity to visit all of the booths that the fourth grade students created and learned a great deal from the array of experiments. It has been an exciting year of discovery in the fourth grade science lab, and HANC is looking forward to seeing even more amazing work in the future!



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HANC HS Boys’ Retreat


chdut, good food, divrei Torah, and great fun over Shabbat. After a seven-year hiatus, the boys’ retreat at HANC High School was back and better than ever this year. Almost 100 students and ten of their rabbeim, faculty members, and their families joined together for a fantastic and invigorating experience. The trip began with an awesome outing to Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Connecticut. From there, the boys headed to the Heritage Hotel in Southbury, Connecticut. Words cannot describe the energy which permeated the Shabbat, as students enjoyed amazing food, powerful

singing, Torah learning, a late night oneg and tisch, and meaningful bonding among all the participants. The retreat culminated in a pizza melava malka with a live music cha-

giga which could have gone on for hours. Students are already talking about Retreat 2020. Thank you to Rabbi Daniel Mezei, Rabbi Yaakov Grun, Rabbi Aaron

Friedler, and to the entire faculty who worked to make the retreat a huge success. Thank you to the HANC alumni who came as advisors and enhanced the retreat atmosphere.

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PURIM a DeeP, COnstant COnneCtIOn By Rav yaakOv FeItMan


n one level, Purim is the source of our emunah – our ongoing belief that Hashem not only created the world but constantly runs the universe. All the other miracles in the Torah are open ones. Whether the splitting of the sea, the oil which burned beyond human capability, even the mountain up in the air at Matan Torah, we learn from all these only that periodically Hashem does miracles. But Purim teaches us that the growth of a baby or a tree, the rain irrigating a parched earth or the sun caressing our faces with its warmth are miracles as well. The Kuzari reveals that the greatest miracle in our history was the maan which fed us from heaven. Rav Yehudah Halevi explains that the reason for this is that it happened daily for almost forty years. Day in and day out, Sunday through Thursday, we received whatever we needed for our daily sustenance. On Friday, there was enough for two days; Shabbos there was nothing. Millions of people made the bracha Hamotzei lechem min hashomayim, and we looked up to heaven every day for our nourishment and parnassah. Purim does this for us too. How is this the Purim lesson? My rebbe, Rav Yitzchok Hutner, zt”l, offered the following parable, which I update only slightly for the modern ear. Two people are entering a dark tunnel, one with a flashlight in hand, the other

a blind man who has learned, like a bat, to navigate successfully in the dark. When they both reach the end of the tunnel and enter the bright sunlight, the seeing man shuts off his flashlight since he longer needs it or can benefit from it. However, the blind man still requires his special hard-earned skill. For him, nothing has changed and so he must continue to hone his senses. G-d-willing, when Moshiach arrives, the Nevi’im have told us that the miracles in that era will make all the ancient ones pale by comparison. But only Purim and Megillas Esther will still be needed since we will still have to discover Hashem in nature and in ourselves. For this reason, the Rambam famously rules that Purim and Megillas Esther will last forever, while some other texts say that indeed the yomim tovim will lose some of their power. Again, why Purim? We know that Chazal found a hint to the future Esther’s existence from the passuk, “V’anochi haster aster panai.” This incredible bit of revelation teaches us that the essence of Purim and Megillas Esther is its status as a hidden set of miracles. However, there is another aspect to this great revelation. Rav Eliyahu Dessler, in his classic Michtav Eliyahu, points out that the timeline of the Megillah is nine years. From the time we enjoyed Achasveirosh’s party – with its desecration of the holy vessels of the

Bais Hamikdash – to Mordechai and Esther’s triumph over Haman, nine long years came and went to test our recognition of the source of our troubles. As it turned out, only Mordechai remembered that we had sinned at the feast and acted accordingly to save the nation. Most of the people were puzzled and even angered at Mordechai’s apparent provocation of the king for no visible reason. For this reason, they turned away from the gadol hador, thinking that he was being unnecessarily confrontational with a powerful enemy. However, Mordechai knew that we had to do teshuvah quickly and definitively to save the Jewish nation. Thus, he virtually cancelled the Seder that year, uprooted the beloved mitzvah of matzah, and threw the angels into chaos. They knew up in heaven that without Israel they themselves served no purpose and so the Medrash and Targum disclose many hidden miracles brought about by the malachim in that time. What lessons did we finally learn from this incredible scenario? We reaffirmed the Torah, this time not out of fear. What was the source of our new love? Perhaps it was the constancy of our new connection with Hashem, like the Kuzari’s description of the maan. No longer did we require dramatic miracles to remind us of our Creator’s benevolence. Now we could find Hash-

em everywhere, so we could refute Amalek’s belief in coincidence (see Rav Gedalya Schorr, Ohr Gedalyahu, Purim). This explains why Purim is our host for the mitzvah of belief in creation and Hashgacha Pratis – divine providence. Rav Yerucham Olshin, shlita, Rosh Yeshivas Lakewood (Meged Yerachim, Purim, page 134), points out that for this reason the miracle of Purim was brought about clearly through our prayers. In other words, the avodah of tefilah – our closest direct connection with Hashem – revealed forever that we have an ongoing relationship with Hashem. He responds to our heartfelt tefillos and displays His hashgacha over us. Rav Yonasan David, shlita, Rosh Yeshivas Pachad Yitzchak, goes even further. He demonstrates (Kuntres Mesibos Purim No. 41) that Purim brought an entirely new form of davening into the world. This may be because Purim indeed represents a new era and in fact a permanent upgrade in our recognition of Hashem’s role in our lives. May we soon experience the true love and joy of Purim with the coming of Moshiach tzidkeinu bimeheira beyameinu.

Rav Yaakov Feitman is the rav of Kehillas Bais Yehudah Tzvi in Cedarhurst, NY.


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Parshas Zachor Arab Terrorism Amalek Today By Rav Moshe Weinberger Adapted for publication by Binyomin Wolf


ow do we fulfill the mitzvah to destroy Amalek today? The Netziv, zt”l, in Emek Davar (Shmos 17:17) asks: Why did Chazal establish the mitzvah to remember [the destruction of Amalek] for all generations when this wicked kingdom has already been eliminated from the world? And even if there are a few people from the seed of this nation left in the world, why does this make it worthwhile [to establish the mitzvah to remember Amalek for all generations just for the sake of these few people]? And if the purpose is that its name and remembrance should be forgotten, this is impossible because the Torah is eternal and it mentions [Amalek]! Similarly, Rav Shimshon Refael Hirsch, zt”l, says in the sefer Maagalei Shana (2:189): It cannot be that the purpose [of the mitzvah to destroy Amalek] was only for one specific battle in which the Jewish people were commanded [at one time in history]… Rather, there is no doubt that this is an ongoing war of G-d’s justice against Amalek… And this does not only refer to the same Amalek and its descendants. Rather, it refers to those nations and kingdoms… who follow in the spirit and ways of Amalek… In the language of chassidus, this idea is expressed as follows (Sfas Emes Zachor 5648): “The wicked Amalek opposes every rectification which the Jewish people make in the world…. There is a unique war against this

[force as it appears] in every generation.” Based on this understanding, the Netziv explains that we fulfill the mitzvah to destroy Amalek in each generation by working to defeat Amalek’s mission and objective according to its unique manifestation in each generation. We understand from these sources that there are two aspects to the mitzvah to destroy Amalek. There is the mitzvah to destroy (i) the physical nation of Amalek and (ii) the philosophy, ideology, and methodology of Amalek. Anyone or anything that acts as an ideological or methodological heir of Amalek is an aspect of Amalek. That is why the seforim discuss the ideology of Amalek and how to combat it. The pasuk (Devarim 25:18) says regarding Amalek, “He happened upon you.” Some seforim teach that because the word for “happened upon, karkicha,” has the same root as the word for cold, kar, that coldness in one’s Yiddishkeit and faith is rooted in the ideology of Amalek. Others teach that because Amalek attacked us when we were in Refidim (Shmos 7:7-8), and “Refidim” comes from the root word meaning “weak,” that the nature of Amalek is related to a weakness in Torah study. Yet others teach that the essence of Amalek is having doubts about faith because the numerical value of the word Amalek is the same as the word for “doubt.” Indeed, Amalek attacked immediately after the Jewish people said (ibid.), “Is Hashem among us or not?” We must fight against whatever form of Amalek-like thinking is most prevalent in each generation.

Amalek’s Methodological Heir Let us study five strategies used by Amalek in its attempts to physically destroy the Jewish people as they left Egypt and we will see how, if we care about the world, we must combat Arab terrorists today because they are this generation’s manifestation of Amalek. First, the Torah (Devarim 25:17-18) emphasizes that Amalek attacked “on the way, when you went out of Egypt” and “he happened upon you on the way…” Amalek’s modus operandi is to attack when we are traveling and vulnerable. Arab terrorists too lie in wait like snakes by the road, preparing to strike when their prey passes by. They attack people while they are away at malls, on highways, at intersections, on busses, in alleys, and on airplanes. Millions of people wait millions of hours every single year at airports going through security because of these people. Second, the pasuk (ibid. 25:18) says Amalek “happened upon you…” They took us by surprise by ambushing us when we least expected it. The descendants of Yishmael do the same thing today. They attack a man when he is walking on the road by springing upon him suddenly with a knife. They sneak into a family’s home on a peaceful Yishuv and slit the throats of a man, his wife, their children, and baby. They attack young children playing at home and friends enjoying a hike or some hisbodedus, personal prayer, in the hills. They blow up innocent people sitting in cafes and restaurants. They sneak into yeshivos where young men

are studying Torah and ambush hotel guests enjoying a Pesach seder. They latch onto their methodological mentors’ affinity for taking their victims completely by surprise. Third, just like Amalek, about whom the pasuk (Devarim 18:18) says, “Cut off all the stragglers at your rear,” Arab terrorists today prey on the weakest among us – the elderly, women, and children. These people have no role in war, yet Amalek attached them first just like their spiritual heirs today. Fourth, Arab terrorists today induce us to let down our defenses and give them more opportunities to attack us by wearing us down. The pasuk (ibid) says that Amalek attacked “when you were tired and weary.” They continued attacking even the few weary survivors of the Holocaust. After two thousand years of exile, we have grown weary of the pogroms, the wars, the holocausts, the attacks. They attempt to take advantage of our physical war-weariness. But they also prey on our lack of moral resolve as we are worn down by our conflict with them. We are sick and tired of fighting with them and, in our desire to leave war behind, allow them to seduce us into believing they will honor a peaceful resolution of our conflict with them. Not only that, but many Israeli soldiers today no longer believe in the righteousness of our cause. Some Jews have become so estranged from their essence due to war-weariness that they agree with our enemies and see their own people as foreign conquerors in our enemies’ land. They have been worn down by the conflict and lack any

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idealism or vision. Even the political leadership has largely lost its belief in the Jewish people. Whereas even the secular leadership in Eretz Yisroel used to (Devarim 23:24) “rise like a lioness and raise itself like a lion,” it now purrs like a cat eager to please our enemies. Politicians today spend more time fighting like cats over the allocation of a few shekels to their own parochial causes than they do planning how we should finally defeat our enemies. Finally, the pasuk (Devarim 18:18) says, “And he did not fear G-d.” There is a dispute whether this refers to the Jewish people or Amalek, but the simple explanation of the pasuk is that it refers to Amalek. Arab terrorists today invoke the name of G-d in everything they do. They proclaim G-d’s greatness with every drop of blood they spill. Millions of them drop to the floor in prayer whenever the call to prayer is sounded from the minarets of Ramallah, London, or Paris. They destroy the whole world in the name of G-d. Yet the pasuk testifies that, in truth, “he does not fear G-d.” Everything they do is motivated by hatred and not the honor of Heaven.

Zechor! The Torah tells us (ibid. 18:19), “Do not forget!” Do not forget their cruelty and how they terrorize the people of the world into conceding to their depraved will. Do not forget who Arafat really was. Do not forget who Abbas really is. They attempt to make us forget. While Yasser Arafat never wore a tie, Mahmud Abbas wears a suit and tie. He wants us to forget who he is and what he is attempting to do to the Jewish nation. There are Jews still alive today who will never forget what the Amalek of the previous generation did to the Jews of Europe. They will never forget the humiliation and screams caused by that incarnation of Amalek. Yet there are Jews today, delicate souls, who cannot bring themselves to condemn and fight the Arab terrorist Amalek of this generation. They fancy themselves as merciful. But are they truly merciful by having pity and compassion on murderers? The whole world suffers because of the Arab terrorists of this generation. But instead of having compassion on the whole world, they have compassion on the Palestinians and the Iranian regime. They wish to engage in

dialogue with them and judge them favorably. Because they have forgotten, because they are weary, because they want to believe they are negotiating with people who know what it means to behave with humanity, they are willing to slice and dice Eretz Yisroel and Yerushalayim and distribute it to terrorists and murderers. They endanger Jews’ lives because of they did not heed the Torah’s command, “Do not forget!” The exhortation “Do not forget” reminds us that we must continually awaken in our hearts a hatred for those who try to destroy us in this generation. In order to remember that, we must first remember who we are as a people. We must believe in ourselves and walk upright with the confidence in our mission in this world (from Aleinu), “to remove idolatry from the world and to utterly cut off the idols to repair the world with the kingdom of

and degraded the world would be without this “cruelty” of ours just like we cannot fathom how evil and abominable the world would be without the pure illumination of the light of Hashem and its way of life which we have illuminated [by living] our path throughout history. Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, zt”l, also addressed our sacred obligation to utterly defeat those who attempt to destroy us and how we should not be afraid or lose confidence because of the hypocrisy of the nations of the world who question our right to defend ourselves. He wrote (The Voice of My Beloved Knocks): For the first time in the history of our exile, divine providence has surprised our enemies with the sensational discovery that Jewish blood is not free for the taking, it is not hefker! If anti-Semites wish

Agag may have gone to a Western university, read modern literature, obtained a PhD, and worn a suit and tie.

G-d…” Hashem tells us (Yeshaya 43:21), “I created this nation for Myself, they will relate my praises.” We are commanded to be (Shmos 19:6) “a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.” If we believe in ourselves and our mission on earth, we will have the confidence and moral courage to have mercy on the world rather than on terrorists. Rav Kook, zy”a, already taught us (Maamarei Haraya 508) as follows regarding the wars Hashem commanded us to wage in the Torah to conquer Eretz Yisroel: We must not be embarrassed in the least regarding those wars which we waged in establishing ourselves and the enmity we awakened within our hearts against those who rose up against us to obliterate the establishment [of our nation before it was even fully formed]… You, my precious [brother] ask, “Why do we relate to them with cruelty?” We cannot imagine how dark

to describe this phenomenon as “an eye for an eye,” so be it; we will agree with them. If we wish to heroically defend our national-historical existence, we must, at times, interpret the verse “an eye for an eye” (Exodus 21:24) literally. How many eyes did we lose during the course of our bitter exile because we did not return blow for blow. The time has come for us to fulfill the law of “an eye for an eye” in its plain, simple sense. I am certain that everyone who knows me knows that I am a believer in the Oral Law and, consequently, that I do not doubt that the verse refers to monetary compensation, in accordance with the halachic interpretation. However, with regard to Nasser or the Mufti I would demand that we interpret the phrase “an eye for an eye” in a strictly literal sense – as referring to the removal of the concrete, actual eye. Pay no attention to the fine phrases

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of well-known Jewish assimilationists or socialists, who continue to adhere to their outworn ideologies and think that they are living in the Bialystok, Minsk, or Brisk of 1905, and who publicly declaim that it is forbidden for Jews to take revenge at any time, any place, and under all circumstances. Vanity of vanities! Revenge is forbidden when it serves no purpose. However, if by taking revenge we raise ourselves up to the plane of self-defense, then it becomes the elementary right of man qua man to avenge the wrongs inflicted upon him. King Shaul, as great of a tzaddik as he was, did not heed the Torah’s command, “Do not forget!” He forgot the cruelty of Amalek and instead of having mercy on the world, the pasuk (Shmuel I 15:9) says, “And Shaul and the people had mercy on Agag [the king of Amalek]…” Agag was not an outwardly vicious person. The pasuk (ibid. 15:32) says, “And Agag walked to him in a refined manner.” He was a gentleman. Just like some of the advocates for various Arab terrorist regimes and parties, he may have gone to a Western university, read modern literature, obtained a PhD, and worn a suit and tie. But what was the result of Shaul’s “mercy” on Agag? His descendants attempted to annihilate our people again and again. Shmuel, on the other hand, knew that Haman and Hitler were hiding within this “gentleman.” He therefore fulfilled Hashem’s command (ibid. 15:33) by cutting Agag into four pieces, one for each of the four letters of Hashem’s name that the nation of Amalek attempts to conceal. May Hashem help us and our leaders have the moral courage to believe in ourselves and embody the Jewish trait of compassion – but not compassion on those who are cruel. Rather, may we have compassion on the world by obliterating those who attempt to destroy the world. And may we see the fulfillment of our prayers on Rosh Hashana that Hashem “remove the malevolent kingdom from the earth” soon in our days!

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

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FOCUS By Avi Feiner


he Gemara in Kiddushin explains that the early scholars were referred to as “sofrim,” meaning “ones who count,” because they would count the verses, words, and letters of the Torah, and would thereby be able to calculate where the middle verse, word, and letter of the Torah was. What is the meaning of this Gemara? Why is it so significant to figure out what the center verse or word of the Torah is? Why did the early scholars take from their valuable time to count verses, words, and letters, and why is that so important that they were actually given the label sofrim as a result? The Maharal writes that the center point of any object represents the purpose and completion of that particular object. In other words, it is the center point that encompasses the essence of the object. Therefore, it is crucial to find and discover that center point because it will provide us with tremendous insight into the core essence around which the object revolves. When counting the 167 verses of Megillas Esther, we can discover that

the middle verse is Chapter 5, Verse 7, which is discussing the dialogue between Achashveirosh and Esther that took place at Esther’s first feast. Let us take a look at this verse within the context of its surrounding verses in Chapter 5: Pasuk vav: “Va’yomer ha’melech l’Esther b’mishteh ha’yayin, mah she’ailasech v’yinasein lach, u’mah bakashasech ad chatzi ha’malchus v’sai’us. The king said to Esther at the wine feast, ‘What is your plea? It will be granted you; what is your request? [Even if it be] half the kingdom it shall be fulfilled.’” Pasuk zayin: “Va’ta’an Esther va’tomar, she’ailasi u’bakashasi. So Esther replied and said, ‘My plea and my request.’” Pasuk ches: “Im matzasi chen b’einay ha’melech, v’im al ha’melech tov lases es she’ailasi v’lasos es bakashasi yavo ha’melech v’Haman el ha’mishteh asher e’esseh la’hem u’machar e’esseh ka’davar ha’melech. ‘If I have found favor in the King’s eyes, and if it pleases the King to grant my plea and fulfill my request, let the King and Haman come to the

feast that I shall prepare for them, and tomorrow I shall fulfill the King’s bidding.’” In Verse 6, Achashveirosh asks Esther, “What is your request and it shall be granted to you, and what is your petition?” Esther then responds in Verse 7 by saying, “My request and my petition,” but her actual request is not recorded until the following verse when she requests that the king and Haman return for another feast the following day. It is fascinating — and somewhat perplexing — that the entirety of the middle verse in the Megillah simply consists of the words, “So Esther answered and said, ‘My request and my petition,’” without even mentioning the content of Esther’s request until the following verse! There must be something very noteworthy about the mere fact that Esther is making a request that would cause our central focus to be turned to it, rather than to the content of the request itself. Until now, we have focused on the middle verse of the Scroll of Esther. Similarly, if we calculate the middle word of the Megillah, we find that the

center word is the word “she’ailasi,” meaning “my request,” which appears in the content of Esther’s response in Chapter 5, Verse 8. Thus, we see that both the middle verse and the middle word of the Megillah share the exact same idea of Esther making a request from the king. What about the term she’ailasi is so central to the theme of the Megillah that it is both the subject of the middle verse of the Megillah as well as its exact center word? What is the correlation between the word she’ailasi to the holiday of Purim that would relate to the essence of this day? Perhaps we can better understand this connection by looking at what the Rambam tells us was the focal point of the miracle of Purim. The Rambam writes that the very reason we read the Megillah on Purim is to praise Hashem for listening to our prayers and our cries for help, and to convey the closeness with which He relates to us when we call out to Him in prayer. The Rambam is thus informing us that a major theme in the holiday of Purim is this idea of she’ailah u’bakashah, of asking and beseech-

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ing Hashem with all of our requests and praying to Him to save us just as He did at the time of Purim. It is therefore not a coincidence that the central verse and the central word of the Megillah focus on Esther making a request from the king, which can also be construed as Esther simultaneously making a request of and davening to Hashem, the King of all kings. In fact, the gematria of the word she’ailah is 336, which is precisely the same gematria of the word Purim! This would seem to point towards a further link between Purim and the concept of making a request. Along the same lines, we find that when Mordechai HaTzaddik’s lineage is recorded in the Megillah, it takes us back three generations. The Gemara in Megillah explains that the names of the three ancestors listed also hint to different character traits of Mordechai himself. The Gemara then illustrates to us that each of these names are descriptions of the types of prayer that Mordechai exhibited in order to help

save the Jewish People from annihilation.1 This passage in the Talmud, therefore, seems to indicate that Mordechai’s essence was one of prayer and that the salvation of the Jewish People was a direct result of these prayers and supplications. It follows, therefore, that our celebration on Purim should also incorporate this central theme of prayer. In fact, the Chiddushei Harim explains that when the Talmud Yerushalmi states that on Purim we must give tzedakah to any poor person who extends his hand, it also refers to the fact that on Purim, Hashem responds to anyone who extends his hand in prayer, just as He responded to Mordechai and Esther. Therefore, when reading the Megillah, our focus is directed towards the central verse and central word, which both highlight the centrality of tefillah. On Purim, Hashem desires and awaits to answer our tefillos and those of the entire Jewish nation, in the same manner as He awaited the

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and the nature of the day of Purim. It is intended for readers of all levels and backgrounds.

1. Ibid. He is called the son of Yair because he brightened the eyes of the Jews through his prayer; he is called the son of Shimi because his prayers were listened to by Hashem; and he is called the son of Kish because he knocked on the gates of mercy and they were opened for him. The word ben (son of) can connote that which defines the essence of a person, as in ben Torah or ben aliyah. In this verse, Mordechai is thus being described as a ben-tefillah. Avi Feiner learned in Yeshiva Kerem B’Yavneh, Yeshivas Mir, and the Gruss Kollel in Eretz Yisrael, as well as in Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan and Yeshivas Ner Yisroel in America. He currently lives in Lawrence, NY, with his wife, Alyssa, and their five children. He can be reached at

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Song By Nissan Mindel

o know the true meaning of Purim joy, one had to go to Medzhbizh and spend Purim in the company of the saintly Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov. Many were the lucky ones who did. So great was the crowd that there was not much left of the Purim feast in the way of food or drink to go around. But there was much to drink of the endless fountain of Torah which flowed from the lips of the Baal Shem Tov. It was an experience which forever remained engraved on their minds and hearts. One of the happiest of all was young Rabbi Meir Margolis. He was a faithful follower of the Baal Shem Tov, and on this occasion he had brought with him his five-year-old boy, Shaul. Shaul was a bright little boy, with a sharp little mind and a very sweet voice. The Baal Shem Tov placed Shaul next to him and asked him to sing. Shaul knew a very nice song. It was Shoshanat Yaakov, the prayer said after reading the megillah on Purim. It was about “the rose of Jacob (the Jewish people) which rejoiced and was glad, when all saw Mordechai in purple clad, because Gd has been Israel’s salvation and hope in every generation…” His singing was even sweeter than the sweet honey cake that the Baal Shem Tov gave him. And no one had to tell little Shaul what blessing to make over it. When Purim was over and everyone prepared to go home, the Baal Shem Tov said to Rabbi Meir, “I know you have to return to Lemberg to take care of your community, but leave young Shaul with me for a few days. After Shabbat, please Gd, I will personally bring him home.” Rabbi Meir Margolis was very happy that the saintly Baal Shem Tov took such a great liking to his little boy, and he knew that there must be a good reason for his great teacher to want little Shaul to stay with him over Shabbat. If only little Shaul would be willing to stay! When Shaul was asked if he wanted to stay with the Rebbe, he eagerly agreed. “Yes, Father, I will stay, and I promise that I will not cry.” Shaul’s father left, and little Shaul stayed. And the great Baal Shem Tov spent much time with little Shaul and taught him Chumash, as he had long ago taught the little children when he

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and his followers. But the Baal Shem Tov’s students were also greatly puzzled by their rabbi’s strange conduct. Surely there must have been an important reason for this, but what that reason was, they could not imagine.


any years passed. Shaul was now grown to manhood. Shaul Margolis was a respected and honored name, for he was a Talmud scholar and a successful merchant. It was the Fast of Esther, and Shaul was hurrying home from a business trip. He wanted to be on time to hear the megillah at the onset of Purim that evening, and he drove his horses as fast

When Shaul finished they remained as if spellbound for a moment, and then all of them suddenly burst out, “Bravo! Bravo! Wonderful!”



n the morning after Shabbat, the Baal Shem Tov called for his sleigh and set out on the way to Lemberg. He sat little Shaul next to him and took two other young men from among his favorite students to accompany them. There was still snow on the road, and the sleigh glided swiftly along. After covering quite some distance, they passed an inn from which came the sound of drunken voices. The local peasants were apparently having a rousing good time. Suddenly, the Rebbe gave an order to turn around and stop at the inn. His students were surprised. What could they possibly do in the company of drunken peasants? Surely they would be passing other, more suitable inns on the way! But of course, they said nothing. The Rebbe’s wish was to them a command, and so they all got out of the carriage and followed the Rebbe into the inn. Holding little Shaul by the hand, the Baal Shem Tov stood for a few moments among the noisy peasants. Then he clapped his hands to get their attention. “Silence!” he called out in their language, which the Baal Shem Tov knew well. Immediately there was silence, and all turned their eyes to the unexpected visitors whom they had not noticed before. “Do you want to hear real singing?” the Baal Shem Tov called out, and not waiting for their answer, he added: “Listen to this boy, and you will know what real singing is!”

Then he turned to little Shaul and said to him, “Shaul, sing Shoshanat Yaakov.” Little Shaul felt that there was something special about all this, and he sang with much feeling. He sang as he had never sung before. The peasants listened with rapt attention and tears streamed down their faces. When Shaul finished they remained as if spellbound for a moment, and then all of them suddenly burst out, “Bravo! Bravo! Wonderful!” The Baal Shem Tov raised his hand, and all became quiet again. He turned his face to three young peasant children, who were about Shaul’s age, and


had been an assistant schoolteacher, before he became known as the famous Baal Shem Tov. The Baal Shem Tov, at that time, did not want people to know much about him, so he could mix with simple folk and spread his teachings in secret. He loved children, loved to carry them to school, teach them to read in the siddur, and learn Torah with them. For he knew that Gd listened to the holy words coming out the pure lips of the little children, and he gathered them like precious jewels… Spending time with little Shaul was to the Baal Shem Tov like the good old times which he missed so much, for now he had big children to teach, many of them great rabbis themselves.

beckoned them to come forward. “What is your name?” he asked one of them. “Ivan!” replied the boy, a little frightened. “And yours?” he asked the second boy. “Mine is Stepan,” replied the boy. “And yours?” “Anton!” replied the third boy. “Now, boys,” said the Baal Shem Tov, “meet little Shaul, who sang for you. Do you like him?” “Oh, yes!” they replied eagerly. “Well, then,” said the Baal Shem Tov. “Remember, just as you feel friendly to little Shaul now, you should always be friendly to him. Remember that!” “Yes, Rabbi, we will,” the boys promised. The Baal Shem Tov and his party then said goodbye, and departed as suddenly as they had appeared. The peasants in the inn were left speechless at the sudden appearance and disappearance of the holy man

as they would go. He was also anxious to get out of the dark forest through which he was passing. Suddenly he had to halt. Three murderous-looking bandits jumped out of the thick woods, armed with knives and hatchets. While two bandits seized him and tied him to a tree, the third grabbed the bag in which Shaul was carrying a large sum of money. “We are going to kill you,” the bandits said. Shaul pleaded with the bandits to give him a few minutes to say his last prayer to the Al-mighty. “Pray all you want,” they said. “Your Gd cannot help you now.” Shaul said vidui while the bandits were counting the money and dividing it among themselves. Shaul’s eyes were closed and filled with tears. A vision of his wife and children rose before him. They would be waiting for his return, to celebrate Purim with him, yet he would not be there. He always used to read the megillah for them at home, in case they missed a single word of it in

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the synagogue, and then he would sing for them Shoshanat Yaakov, as he had once sung it for the holy Baal Shem Tov. The mere thought of this joyous Purim prayer made Shaul feel better. Yes, if he had to die, he wanted to die with Shoshanat Yaakov on his lips. The rose of Jacob rejoiced and was glad When all saw Mordechai in purple clad You, O Gd, have been Israel’s salvation And their hope in every generation . . . Shaul sang with all his heart and soul, the way he had sung in the inn for the drunken peasants when he was a little boy. When he finished, he expected a death blow at any moment, but all was quiet. He opened his eyes. There were the three bandits standing before him, openmouthed in wonder, as the peasants had stood then in the inn. He looked again, and suddenly it occurred to him that he knew who they were. “Aren’t you Ivan?” Shaul cried out to the first man. “And you, surely you are Stepan! And you, your name is Anton, isn’t it?” As he spoke, he could see that the bandits had also recognized him. Gone was the fierce look on their faces and in its place there was sheer wonder and, yes, friendliness. The next moment the three bandits fell on their knees before Shaul. “Please forgive us,” they begged. Then they hastily set him free and returned his money to him. “Go, in the name of Gd. There will be no more robbery for us from now on. You have made us different men.” Filled with gratitude to the Almighty for saving him from certain death, Shaul sped home. Now he knew why the holy Baal Shem Tov had stopped at that inn and made him sing for the drunken peasants and introduced him to the three peasant boys. You can well imagine what a happy Purim that was for Shaul and his family, and how prayerfully they all sang Shoshanat Yaakov after the megillah.

Excerpted from The Storyteller by Dr. Nissan Mindel, published by Kehot Publication Society. Reprinted with permission from Kehot.

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To Drink or To Be Drunk That is No Question By Hylton I. Lightman, MD, DCH (SA), FAAP


dar is a time of simcha, of joy stemming from our connection with Hashem and with people. We should aspire to add more joy to our lives by deepening our connection with Hashem and with other people. We are doubly blessed this year with two months of Adar. This year has afforded me with additional time to prepare my crusade against teens and drinking. With Adar II now here, I am giving it my best shot. It’s not a shot of booze. It’s a shot of reality and a sincere plea for reframing our attitude about drinking on Purim. Judaism has a not uncomplicated relationship with alcohol. We Jews start drinking young, real young. There is the wine at the bris when the baby is only eight days old. Then there is wine at the pidyon haben. The two sips at the chuppah. The focal point of our week is the Friday night Shabbos meal when typically Abba or another post-bar mitzvah male will sanctify the day with wine. Havdalah. Yom tov kiddush. The famous four cups at the seder. Is there a Jewish simcha that is without the raising a glass of schnapps and proclaiming, “L’chaim”? No shul or yeshiva would want its members or students to become alcoholics. But let’s be honest. Many shuls and others create a social life around alcohol, and to be cool and in (are those words current?), you have to partake. Think Kiddush Club when men, typically at some point during the leining and definitely before the rabbi’s speech, exit the sanctuary and call to order their own private

gathering of booze and food. I have it on good word that a local shul has a Shabbos morning “Torah and Tequila” group. Some people will use Torah to justify anything. Our Torah is filled with references to wine so clearly wine is important and plays a major role in Judaism. Sefer Shoftim describes wine as “bringing joy to G-d and man.” Every sacrifice brought to the Mikdash was accompanied by a wine libation. Likewise, there are times in our Torah when wine has been mishandled – actually, let’s call it accurately – abused. Our Torah does not sanitize those times and their consequences. Noach was disgraced by excessive wine consumption. Ahron’s sons’ faux pas stemmed in part from intoxication. And these are only two examples. Then there’s Purim. This day suffers such a bad name because of the drinking. Let’s not forget Simchas Torah. An African-American nurse on staff in an area emergency room once told me that she and her colleagues call it “The Other Jewish Halloween.” Ouch. So what are wine and alcohol: heroes or villains? Like anything else in life, balance is a good thing. Alcohol, when imbibed appropriately, can enhance our ruchniyus. By the same token, when treated inappropriately, it can make for a chillul Hashem, G-d forbid. Kohanim were not allowed to serve in the Beis HaMikdash while drunk. We are forbidden to daven while drunk. A kohen is not allowed to “duchen” after having even a single glass of wine.

The Tree of Knowledge in Gan Eden, according to one opinion, is both “good and bad.” When utilized properly, its potential for good is infinite. By the same token, if not used for good, the negative consequences are of equal proportion. It is up to each of us to choose how it should be used. Hopefully, we will choose to choose to make a kiddush Hashem. Part of our choosing to choose must include not allowing our teens even a drop of liquor. Teens and drinking should be one big NO. Period. Teens should never have a choice to drink. Drinking is dangerous. It kills. Teen drivers are 17 more times likely to die in a crash when they have a blood alcohol concentration of .08% (the legal limit) than when they have not been drinking. One shot of whiskey or one beer is enough to push up the alcohol level. The percentage of teens in high school who drink and drive has thankfully decreased by more than half since 1991. But so much more needs to be done. In 2011, nearly one million teens drank alcohol and then drove. Drinking increases any person’s chances of being injured both inside and outside the home. According to one set of statistics, alcohol is a factor in 40% of highway crashes, suicides and fatal falls, in 60% of sexual assaults and trauma injuries, and in 60% of fatal fires, drownings and homicides. Further, you have most likely read how drinking contributes to health issues including liver disease or cirrhosis of the liver, brain damage or dementia, high blood pressure, irreg-

ular heartbeat, and cancer. It is quite sad when teens know the names and values of the different single malt vs. blended vs. aged and in what type of barrel the whiskey has been aged. It used to be common to bring a bottle of wine as a gift for a Shabbos meal. But now, a so-called “superior” whiskey is the quintessential “offering,” meaning a house gift. What happened to the homemade (drug-free) goodies people used to make? We have a lot of information here. What are we supposed to do? Parents who must be involved in their children’s lives, must keep their new teen drivers safe. I urge parents to create and sign a parent-teen agreement with their teens that stipulates, among other things, no driving a vehicle with even a drop of alcohol in your body. Research studies have shown that when parents establish and enforce driving rules, new drivers report lower rates of risky driving, driving violations, and crashes. This means parents must be parents. Parents set rules. They are discussed with and explained to the children who, in turn, repeat the rules back to the parents. They are implemented and respected by all parties. Your child may not like the rules and that it is his prerogative. But his obligation is to follow the rules. We have watched schools and shuls implement rules about drinking but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of change. Some rules are honored. Many are not, sad to say. Rebbes and rabbis may drink in their homes which are deemed “private proper-

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ty.” There are baale batim who rent private rooms, and invited guests and crashers and underage minors partake of the liquid festivities there. Unfortunately, we have zero control over this. There needs to be a call to action and I believe that there is a demographic cohort among us who can effect change for the better. Jewish mothers. Our wives, our mothers, our daughters, our sisters. The Jewish women in our lives. They have the power to bring the pendulum back to some point of balance. In Sefer Shmuel, Eli HaKohen is sitting at the entrance to the Ohel Moed. Along comes the barren Chana, desperate for a child, who strides past the “gatekeeper” and commences pouring out her heart to Hashem. Chana, a layperson, got past the Chief Priest who mistakenly thinks she is drunk when, in reality, she flooded the gates of heaven with sincere prayer. She had a true compass when others were waffling or lacking. Later on, she brings her son

Shmuel to Eli because she had vowed that if blessed with a child, she would raise him to be an eved Hashem. The Navi tells as that she brought Shmuel with a “cloak” or jacket. The next

Shmuel is wearing the same cloak that his mother Chana had given him when she brought him to the Mishkan. The late Rabbi Pelcovitz, zt”l, whose first yahrtzeit was last week,

Teen drivers are 17 more times likely to die in a crash when they have a blood alcohol concentration of .08% (the legal limit) than when they have not been drinking.

time this cloak or jacket is mentioned is when Shaul, in chapter 28, is seeking wisdom from Hashem in his battle against the Plishtim. He consults with the Witch of Endor who claims she can see the ghost of Shmuel rising from the dead. It is written that

interpreted the cloak as the mother’s influence. Everything that Shmuel did and accomplish in his lifetime and beyond was because of the enduring influence of his mother. Many Jewish mothers – and fathers – daven hard for their children.


We want our children to be whole functioning adults who contribute to society and perpetuate our mesorah which includes being good husbands and fathers. We men can be doing loads to help, starting with our own behavior and actions and supporting our wives. I urge Jewish mothers to action. Band together and petition your sons’ teachers and roshei yeshiva and others, including shul rabbis, to lay off the booze. Once your husbands see you mean business, they will fall in line with you. And if they don’t, know you are doing the right thing for your son and all our sons and ultimately, all klal Yisrael. As always, daven.

Dr. Hylton I. Lightman is a pediatrician and Medical Director of Total Family Care of the 5 Towns and Rockaway PC. He can be reached at, on Instagram at Dr.Lightman_ or visit him on Facebook.



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MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS BEFORE YOU START Moshe Fink, Owner of Chateau de Vin, Answers Your “Ad D’lo Yadda” Questions By Susan Schwamm I don’t know a thing about wine but would like to try some at my Purim seudah. What wines would you recommend for a novice wine drinker? Purim is a time for extreme simcha, and wine is that vehicle to bring a person to be b’simcha as stated in Tehillim. Therefore, the wine a person should drink should be something that they can enjoy. Even a person who doesn’t normally drink wine should find a wine with a taste that they can appreciate, even if they don’t generally enjoy the alcohol. That said, I think a novice should try a semi-dry wine such as a Chateauneuf white or a Chenin Blanc or a white Zinfandel. I think these wines

are lighter on the stomach and easier to drink in larger amounts without getting sick. I am a whiskey lover but I want to be mekayem the mitzvah of drinking on Purim with wine. Any suggestions how I can have both this Purim? I heard you shouldn’t mix these two. My opinion is that whiskey lovers should keep loving whiskey and should enjoy a lot of it all year-round. Purim, though, is a time for wine drinking as the story of Purim was all about mishtei yayin. Enjoy your Purim with good wine and then go back to whiskey when you put your graggers away.

What is the whole deal about letting your wine breathe? How should I go about it this Purim? Wine is a natural product that has many different taste compounds coming naturally from the grapes. Some of these might be undesirable aromas and tastes that can dissipate by airing out the wine. Also, as wine sits in an airtight bottle for a while, the wine will taste very “tight.” Letting the wine breathe will open the aromas and taste molecules, which will make the wine more enjoyable. Most wines will benefit from some aerating but higher-end, more full-bodied wine will need much longer.

What are your bestsellers around Purim time? Purim is a time when many people drink more wine than normal due to the mitzvah of the day – many of them are not really wine drinkers and don’t really appreciate or even like wine during the year! This said, I have to say that the big sellers of Purim are the lower-priced and easy-drinking wines, such as the Chateauneuf, or Jeunesse, or any wines like that. In terms of wines that serious wine drinkers like, it’s very difficult to list the bestsellers because of the huge variety of wines lately. Can you give me suggestions for two or three wines that a wine

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expert would enjoy? Among the great variety of new wines to come in lately, these three wines stand out as those that a wine expert would enjoy! Matar Cabernet Sauvignon: $60 A straight Cabernet from the Pelter Winery aged in French barrels for 18 months; a complex and aromatic wine with a full body. Jezreel Icon: $90 A wine unique in that it has no cabernet in it; it’s a blend of Syrah and Carignan (I’m tired of our community only drinking cabernet and merlot!). It’s extremely complex and elegant in taste and has aging potential. Dadah Winery Special Reserve Cabernet: $120 A very limited wine produced by the Dadah Winery that’s aged 24 months in French oak barrels; a well-balanced wine with profound tannins and a very long finish. My close business associate is a scotch connoisseur, and I am completely clueless. How can I choose a nice scotch for him? Is it safe to say that the more expensive, the better? Buying something for personal consumption and buying something for a gift are two totally different purchases. Because taste is very personal, it is very difficult to find something that suits someone else’s taste. When buying a gift, you also need to decide if the person you are buying for is someone you need to impress or not. If yes, then you have to get an expensive gift for them, regardless of if he or she will like it or not. You can’t really say that the more expensive something is, the better it is

because of the personal nature of taste. Someone may like an inexpensive bottle more than an expensive one. The reason one wine or scotch is more expensive is because of the higher costs that go into making it or the older it is. But if that’s not someone’s taste, then it doesn’t really matter how much you spent on it. Can you tell me what is the difference between scotch, bourbon and whiskey? Whiskey is a general term for all aged distilled spirits. Scotch is a whiskey that comes from Scotland only. Bourbon is a whiskey that comes from the U.S. and is made from at least 51% corn and is aged in new barrels. American whiskey that’s not at least 51% corn and is not aged in new barrels is just called American whiskey. What are some suggestions for wines that will impress my business associates but won’t break the bank? It all depends what breaking the bank means to you. Teperberg makes a line of wines called Essence in three red varieties in the mid- to upper-30-dollar range that comes in a nice gift box – it’s a great wine and makes for a great gift. The Herzog Special Reserve line in upper-30 and low-40-dollar range is also a nice gift. There are also lots of new Israeli wines from boutique wineries that are great gifts for clients or associates. Which foods go well with white wine and which go well with red? The general rule of thumb is that white wine goes with fish and dairy

dishes and red wine goes with meat dishes, but in reality, you have to drink wine you like with any dish. You can find red wines that complement fish and dairy dishes and vice versa. It’s all about the taste of the wine complementing the food. My brother gave me a really expensive bottle of wine for my birthday last year. How can I tell if it’s ready to drink? That is the million-dollar question. Based on the quality of the wine and the age, you can make a guess if now is the best time to drink it or you can still hold onto it. The only way to know for certain is by tasting the wine – but how can you taste it without opening the bottle? If you had multiple bottles, it would be easy: you can try the wine at a few times and maybe the last bottle would be drunk at the best time. Who knows? They recently came out with a device called a coravin that allows you to remove some wine from a bottle without opening it, but it’s not a cheap product. Are there any recent trends in the industry that you can tell me about? The most recent trend in our community is a move towards tequila. Someone told me that he drinks tequila because it is less fattening because it is made from a plant and not from wheat or barley. I think it’s a myth because the calories in alcohol come from the alcohol itself no matter what the source of the alcohol is. Even so, people in our community are starting to drink more tequila than usual.

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Is Israeli wine really so good? Or do people only drink it for kashrus and solidarity reasons? I don’t know anyone that drinks Israeli wine for kashrus reason. Solidarity, yes, but it happens to be that in the last 10 years or so Israeli wines have become so much better and they consistently win awards all over the world. Many young Israeli winemakers have studied abroad and are now outstanding winemakers. So yes, people are now drinking Israeli wines because they are so good in addition to the solidarity factor that comes with purchasing wines made in Israel. Is there a new country from which kosher wines are being made? Kosher wines are being made in so many countries that if there is any country in which it’s not being made it’s because of the lack of demand and not because it cannot be made there. We actually just got in the first kosher wine from Long Island (it’s not a different country but it’s a new region for kosher wine). What can I do with all my open bottles of wine after Purim? There are a few devices sold to preserve wine, although I really feel that it’s not the same as opening a fresh bottle and they definitely cannot be preserved for long. There are also locks that will help seal the bottle from non-Jews if it’s a non-mevushal wine or I think you can tape them closed for kashrus purposes, although you should speak with your local rabbi about what’s the best way to go about it.


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Town of Hempstead Govt Shutdown


s a battle rages amongst the politicians, the Town of Hempstead government remains shut down, causing severe hardship for Town residents. A helpline has been set up to help Town of Hempstead residents figure out how to get around the extreme inconvenience of the shutdown. Some services, though, have not been affected by the shutdown. Garbage pickup is not affected because that is under the auspices of the separate sanitation districts. Schools are

not affected as that is handled by the state. Police and fire department services are not affected because they are under the auspices of Nassau County. Water and electricity are not affected because they are handled by Long Island Power and Long Island Water Company, which are separate entities. Plumbing is not affected because that is handled by a separate sewer department. All matters relating to obtain licenses and zoning are not affected because that is handled by the Village of Lawrence and the Village of

Cedarhurst and other municipalities. Even so, the prolonged shutdown is wreaking havoc on locals as the vital services provided by the Town of Hempstead are being withheld. Those services primarily consist of tightening screws on the swing set in Zion Park twice a year and plowing Rock Hall Road between Lawrence Avenue and the 878, but only if there’s between two and four inches of snow. (If it’s less than two inches it is the responsibility of the Village of Lawrence and if it’s more than four inches

it’s the responsibility of the sanitation department.) In an unrelated story, Town of Hempstead officials have been demanding raises. Democratic Supervisor Laura Gillen announced this week that despite the shutdown, these officials will be getting the raises they’ve been demanding along with overtime pay and grievance pay for any trauma they experience staying at home watching Netflix while the shutdown rages on.

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he town of Peninsula has unveiled its final plans for its new library. The library will be a twenty-first century wonder, according to those familiar with the plans. Its design will feature sleek metal and fine glass. “Every discussion about the design began with the question of how can we make this library as clean-looking as possible,” said a library board member. Library architects will use modern-day technology to eliminate the need for a maintenance and cleaning crew. The library will also feature more books than any other library, including the Library of Congress. “We will have every book in the universe,” said one librarian in an excited monotone. “Imagine how much money we will make on late fees!” she added. The library planning committee spent significant time figuring out how to fix the problem of limited parking. They are confident that they came up with the perfect solution. The commit-

tee has also announced the elimination of book drop-off boxes. “We have figured out a way to streamline the book pick-up and drop-off process,” said board member Baruch Bookmacher. “We will also have enough room in the facilities to accommodate anybody and everybody.” Once the new library opens, it will never close – it will be operational

“twenty-four, six!” declared a giddy bookworm, who is on the library board. The new library will also do away with the Dewey Decimal Classification library indexing system. This means that when you are looking for a book, you will no longer need to take an unsharpened half-pencil and write on a torn piece of paper

“920794.592.84583T” in order to find your book. Perhaps the best thing about the new library is that instead of it costing $21 million, it will have a total cost of $119.99 and will be called the Peninsula Kindle Public Library. Of course, you can’t read the books in the new library on Shabbos – but that’s what TJH is for.

School Canceled February 21, 2023


ew York City has canceled school for February 21, 2023 because of an impending snowstorm. Mayor Bill de Billsio announced the closure because the Farmers’ Almanac is saying that there will be a dusting to an inch of snow that day. The mayor declared, “For the safety of everyone, we will be canceling school on February 21, 2023.” When asked why he is taking the drastic measure of canceling school so far in advance, Mr. de Billsio became irate. “We can’t wait until the last minute to cancel school!” he huffed. “Parents need to have advance notice so they can plan ahead.” The mayor, who is working tirelessly to bankrupt the City, stated that he will monitor the situation very closely. “I plan on waking up extra early on February 21, 2023 – at about 10a.m. – to make sure that all streets around my donors’ homes are plowed.” While making that announcement last Monday, Mr. de Billsio criticized yeshivas for not spending enough time on secular studies before announcing that he will be adding a few additional

days off in the coming year, aside for the 76 holidays already observed. The additional holidays, which will bring the total amount of off-days for public schools to 106 days a year, will include Kwanza Bonanza Day, Adopt a Puppy Day, Indigenous People Grievance Day,

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approve the petition by the CCAA to add the holiday of Cotton Candy Allergy Awareness Day to the school calendar. It has become a sticky issue for the CCAA and the mayor, who prefers to eat Cracker Jacks at ballgames.


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Mueller Report Leaked to TJH


JH has obtained a copy of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s bombshell report about President Donald Trump. Mr. Mueller and his team of “angry Democrats,” as Mr. Trump refers to them, have been investigating the president for the past two years. The final report is filled with salacious details about Mr. Trump which leaves no doubt that he should be im-plum-ed. One explosive allegation in the report alleges that in late 2017, President Trump once took a cup of seltzer and neglected to put the cap back on the bottle. Rep. Maximum Bubble Waters said, “Per-HAPs/Republicans don’t understand what’s so important about bottle CAPS/Number FORTY-FIVE is so dumb/that he doesn’t understand why we need to keep FIZZ ALIVE/Him for sure there’s no way to TEACH/ that’s why we need to IMPEACH/the man who is orange like a PEACH/ Now he says I have a LOW IQ/I think I might just SUE/but I just don’t have the TIME/because I’m busy thinking of RHYMES.” One of the more serious crimes noted in the report is criminally negligent homicide. That charge arises from an incident last year when President Jumpy Thumbs Trump tweeted “covfefe.” That tweet caused numerous people’s heads to explode at the Trump Derangement Asylum, commonly known as MSNBC. “Oh my gosh! Trump wrote ‘covfefe’… I can’t believe this! This is crazy!” said one patient named Rachel Madcow, before her head exploded in rage. Ac-

cording to Mr. Mueller, Trump should have known that tweeting the word “covfefe” would have resulted in mass casualties. Mr. Mueller also found that Mr.

Trump purposely holds his spontaneous press conferences directly in front of the spinning propellers of Marine One because he uses that as an excuse to avoid undesirable questions from journalists. “What? Collusion? What? I can’t hear you?” is Mr.

at Traditions with a clearly visible bowl of Russian coleslaw on the table. Sen. Chucky Cream Cheese Schmear immediately declared at a press conference that this proves once and for all that the president is an agent of Russia.

nue Deli?” Now that the Mueller investigation into President Trump is complete, Mueller and his team of prosecutors are swooping into Lawrence to investigate whether Mayor Alex Edelman was aided by the Romanian govern-

“That’s why we need to IMPEACH the man who is orange like a PEACH.” Trump’s common refrain during these propeller-propped press powwows. And, of course, Mr. Mueller found there was coleslaw with Russia. In fact, a photo was discovered of Mr. Trump eating a corned beef on rye

“Tell me,” Schmear angrily declared, “why would someone eat Russian coleslaw with a corned beef on rye if they were not a Russian agent? Why wouldn’t they just eat regular coleslaw and pickles like we do at Second Ave-

ment when he won the mayoral election last June. Pictures of Edelman eating Romanian pastrami on rye in Traditions two weeks ago have been circulating throughout the neighborhood.

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WhatsApp Outage Outrage


WhatsApp outage last Monday wreaked havoc for several hours across the nation. Seventeen people contracted listeria and 1,200 people contracted E. coli after eating tainted lettuce because they didn’t get a WhatsApp message, “Forward: Warning: Not safe to eat Romaine Lettuce following E. coli outbreak.” Others had their money stolen because they were not warned about a scam in which people write, “Dear Sir or Madam, I’m stuck in New Guinea and left my wallet at home. Please wire me all of the money in your bank account.” Moe Brainfog was one of the victims. “How was I supposed to know it was a scam?” he said. “I got a text from my brother and he told me that he was stuck overseas and needed money.” He added indignantly, “I found it odd because we had just seen each other a few hours earlier, but I figured maybe he went straight for our meeting to Bangkok in a Concorde and simply forgot to tell me that he was going across the globe. But I didn’t want to take any chances so I sent him the money. Had WhatsApp been working I would have realized that this was a scam.” Some people also missed Min-

cha because they had no idea what time the local Mincha was. “I’ve been going to the Mincha minyan the Agudah at 12:45 every day for the past four years,” said one ferocious davener, “but when WhatsApp went down, I wasn’t able to find out what time Mincha was that day.” This ferocious davener explained that every day at around noon he blasts off a WhatsApp to around 760 people in his various groups asking, “Where is there a Mincha minyan?” He usually gets a few responses from some kindhearted souls who don’t have the heart to tell him that it’s the same time that it has been for the past 117 days. One woman reported that during the outage she saw strange creatures that looked like children encircling

woman. “The craziest thing is they were calling me, ‘Mommy!’ Thankfully I was able to take a video to

“My friend who usually spends his day mining and blasting out inspirational memes couldn’t send me anything.” her. “‘Can we go to the park? Can you help me with homework?’ they said. It was soooo scary!” said the

show my friends on WhatsApp when the app finally was restored.” One effect of the outage was that

some people experienced a complete lack of motivation. “I completely forgot that ‘yesterday is history, tomorrow is the future, today is the present,’ because my friend who usually spends his day mining and blasting out inspirational memes couldn’t send me anything,” said Tonny Robbinsfeld, as he walked barefoot over hot coals. Another effect of the outage was that hundreds of drivers got speeding tickets on Seagirt Boulevard because they were not notified about America’s top cop, who has been camping out at that location for the past five years and has written more tickets than the New York Lotto. One man, though, saw the silver lining in the WhatsApp outage. This individual told TJH that he was stuck in a WhatsApp chat group for the past eight months and had no way out until the outage wiped out all of his chat groups. “I never had the heart to tell my seventh grade classmates that I’ve made other friends since 1987 and have no interest in bantering with them for five hours a day about the time we put a piece of bubble gum on Mr. Goldberg’s chair,” said ~B. “But I had no way out of the group because I was too curious about what they would say about me after I left.” Thankfully, the outage didn’t come on Tuesday of parshas Ha’maan. Otherwise, we would all be in trouble.

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Diggerland Comes to Cedarhurst


n an unexpected move, Diggerland USA has announced that it will be coming to the Five Towns at the end of April. The Diggerland special exhibit, dubbed The Road Show, will be open for chol hamoed Pesach of this year. Diggerland CEO, I. Diggit, said that the digger-dumper-and-excavation amusement company decided to bring its special exhibit to the Five Towns because of the unique characteristics that Central Avenue possesses. “When we were asked to come survey the streets,” Diggit said, “we couldn’t believe our eyes. I mean, there is not one other street in the whole East Coast – and we’ve been

to all the states – where you can find such a potholed and uneven pavement. This is so amazing! We cannot wait to get this show on the road and for the kids to dig up some more gravel and cement – they are really going to dig this exhibit.” Cedarhurst resident Yehonasan Deere was ecstatic that Diggerland chose Cedarhurst as its newest venue. “I’ve got my hard black hat on, and I’m ready to dig,” he exulted. Meter agents in Cedarhurst salivated at the extra tickets that they will be able to give. With their IDchains swinging around their necks, they eagerly noted that these trucks will be perfect fodder for parking tickets. “A digger putting in a quar-

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ter? Fuhgeddaboudit!” said one meter agent. One resident was less-thanpleased about why Diggerland loves Cedarhurst so much. “This street is literally going to pot(holes),” she said after coming out of the manicurist and on her way to her second coffee date of the day. “When I literally drive down Central Avenue, my literally teeth are literally smacking against each other from literally all the holes in the road. One day, literally, while literally driving back from the gym, I literally noticed that my literally sunglasses were literally cracked from literally rattling around from all the literally bumps. I literally feel as if literally this has literally affected my thinking.” Her husband concurs. “Listen, she’s definitely right. The bumps have definitely affected her definitely speech. I mean, definitely, listen to her definitely. We definitely gotta fix this definitely fast.” Dov Fineshmeker, who spoke with TJH exclusively about this, said that his son Avi is so excited about Diggerland’s exhibit. “He’s pumped!” he told our reporter. The family even considered staying home from Spain for Pesach because of it but then

they decided to fly Avi back just for chol hamoed. “It’s totally worth it,” Dov said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we can’t let Avi miss out. I mean, imagine if he sees someone at the exhibit on Instagram when we’re in Ibiza. It would eat his heart out. Coming back for a day or two to Diggerland on Central Avenue is worth it so Avi could be happy. He was digging in his heels about not wanting to fly around the world for Pesach. Now he can have his matzah and eat it too.” Of course, there are detractors, but they are just cherry-picking problems and trying to bulldoze other people’s dream so they can steamroll their idea. The exhibit is sure to be amazing. With diggers, excavators, cement mixers, and dump trucks, kids will be navigating the streets with ease. Calls to Long Island Water and National Grid have confirmed that both companies will also be digging up the streets that day, so children will be having a real-life experience while having fun. Sounds like the rubber will be meeting the road in a few weeks’ time on Central Avenue.


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New Green Deal Hits Five Towns Hard


n the midst of a polar vortex, Alexandria Occasional Cortext (Marxist/Leninist/Stalinist/ Mauist- Queens) proposed her Green New Deal which is best understood with a heavy dose of Novocain. According to the plan, the Five Towns will undergo numerous radical changes when the deal goes into effect. In the Soviet-inspired document, Ms. Cortext railed against one of the Five Towns finest institutions: cholent. “Like, uh, if people don’t stop eating cholent, the world will come to an explosive end within twelve years,” said the radical freshwoman congresswoman as she protested outside of Judd’s Memphis BBQ. One satisfied belt-loosener who exited the famed restaurant while the protests were taking place had a hard time understanding what Ms. Cortext’s beef with chulent is. “I’ve ‘bean’ waiting all week to eat these beans. I

‘barley’ eat barley all week because I ‘meat’ my friends here for a good meat and cholent,” he said. It is believed that Ms. Cortext singled out Judd’s because there have been a couple of late-night Elvis sight-

ings there. Judd, who is the namesake of the famed smokehouse, refused to confirm those sightings when TJH called him for information. “What goes on at Judd’s stays at Judd’s,” said Judd, as “You ain’t nothin’ but a

shnitzel sandwich” blared in the background. Occasional Cortext also protested outside of CVS Pharmacy on Washington Avenue and on Broadway because of the rather lengthy receipts that they give customers. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, and TJH concedes that Ms. Cortext may have a point there. Do you really need an entire toilet-paper-roll-length receipt to tell you that since you purchased a year’s supply of Q-tips today, if you come back to the store within the next 30 days, you can get $3 off Q-tips? Do you have the wax museum in your ears or something? But, not wanting to lose out on a bargain, you put the receipt in the driver’s door compartment of your car, even though you’ll never use it. Even when you clean out your car (once every two years), you leave the receipt there because you don’t have the time to read this whole megillah to

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see what/when/where this receipt is from. Maybe it’s the certified mail receipt that you paid off your mortgage; it would probably be in that same compartment anyway. So, let’s agree with Ms. Cortext. Now, she has been right one time less than a broken clock. The biggest effect on Cortext’s Green New Deal is that since air-

planes will be banned (unless you are a billionaire or a politician who flies on private jets) there will be no more need for JFK Airport. In its place, a new park will open at the former site of Kennedy Airport. The park will be a safe space for snowflakes, which is not much of a departure from the current Kennedy Airport which seems to shut down its runaway whenever there are

any snowflakes on it. The park will not feature any food concession stands because those generate trash, which is bad for the environment. It won’t feature any playgrounds because children are not too great for the environment either. It won’t feature any benches because it’s much healthier to stand than sit. It won’t feature any roadways because

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Amazon Moving HQ2 to NoLa


fter being chased out of Long Island City by a group of Venezuelan-type socialists, Jeff Bezos has decided to move the new Amazon headquarters to North Lawrence, which has been recently rezoned for residential and commercial development. Amazon founder and president Jeff Bezos announced the decision and explained why NoLa is the perfect location for the company’s headquarters. “There is a billion-dollar herring industry in the Five Towns, and Amazon is trying to break into the herring business, so we can definitely scale up here,” Bezos noted. He added that the yellow Amazon delivery boxes outside of 7-Elevens will be used for herring deliveries. This way husbands can secretly get herring deliveries without their wives knowing. In order to lure Amazon’s HQ2, the villages of Lawrence and Cedarhurst had to make some concessions to the business behemoth. As part of the agreement, if Amazon gets $17 million in parking tickets a year, they will only have to pay $14 million for those tickets, which is what the

average resident pays in tickets per year. But some people are opposed to the deal. “Why should we give $3 million to Amazon?” asked an irate local. “Instead we could spend that money on creating a more perfect scooped out bagel!” It is believed that once Amazon

comes to NoLa, other companies will follow. Chrysler is considering opening a Pacifica plant in NoLa. “We pretty much ship every Pacifica from Michigan to the Five Towns, so we might as well build the plant there,” said Chrysler’s CEO Minnie Van. Other companies which

have been hesitant to tap into the Five Towns are considering coming to the area as well. There are rumors that manicurists, pizza shops, sushi shops, and even a wig shop may open. There are even rumors that an Amazing Savings may be built. Stay tuned.

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President Trump Makes Purim Great Again Special Reporting by Rafi Metz


ERSIA – In a shocking turn of events, it has been reported that Haman posted the following tweet on his Twitter feed, “We will annihilate the entire Jewish nation on one day – men, women and children. No exceptions. #MAGA (Make Amalek Great Again).” When President Trump saw Haman’s tweet on his phone, it was reported that he was seething with rage at his audacity to steal his signature campaign slogan and at Haman’s genocidal plans, but it’s unclear at this time if he plans on taking Haman to court. After Haman’s tweet went viral, almost everybody with a human and moral conscience except Democrats and the UN strongly condemned his genocidal intentions. The White House put out the following statement in response: “We condemn the theft of the president’s campaign slogan in the strongest of terms, as well Haman’s plans to annihilate the entire Jewish People. When we’re done suing Haman out of existence over his clear copyright infringements, we will then deal with defeating his genocidal agenda.” Sarah Huckabee Sanders added to the W.H.’s statement, saying, “Should the president’s lawsuit go up all the way to the Supreme Court, we are convinced that with a strong conservative majority, we will ultimately win the case.” She added, “My only advice for Haman would be not to hire Michael Avenatti as a lawyer.” Many Democrats, however, were not as quick to condemn Haman. Former President Obama, who became notorious for telling Iran, “If you like your nuclear weapons, you can keep your nuclear weapons,” appeared on CNN – a former news network – with long-time Trump-hater and alleged Amalek sympathizer Jim Acosta, saying, “Let me lie again to the American people for the 28th time on national television: if you like your genocidal plan, you can keep your genocidal plan, period.”

Many other Democrats chimed in as well. Their statements are listed below: Nancy Pelosi: “We’ll have to pass Haman’s plan so you can see what’s in it.” Bernie Sanders: “I think Haman should wait off with his genocidal plans… Socialism will do that for him.” Alexandria-Trotsky Cortex: “An attack on the Jewish People is an attack on our country and government, which has three chambers: the presidency, the house, and the senate.” Hillary Clinton: “Hopefully Haman will delete his plans from his private email server before anyone gets a chance to see them and before Republicans subpoena them

and then grill him in Congress. If he needs any assistance, let him call my former campaign chairman John Podesta, who oversaw the deletion of almost all of my emails.” Adam Schiff: “Clearly Haman is colluding with the Russians to execute his nefarious and evil plan. We need Robert Mueller to investigate this as soon as possible.” Richard Blumenthal: “Just like with gun control and gun-free zones that obviously only allow criminals to be armed, and where almost every mass shooting in America has occurred, the solution here is obvious: they should designate Persia as a ‘Genocide-Free Zone.’” As the news of Haman’s plans spread throughout the globe, pandemonium struck Jewish communi-

ties worldwide. The fear and uncertainty of the future placed Jewish communities on high alert, and leading Orthodox rabbis and roshei yeshiva including Jared Kushner held urgent meetings to discuss the ramifications of Haman’s evil decree, and what measures could be taken to repeal it, or at least mitigate its effects. One of the leading politically conservative figures in America, Mark Levin, offered a possible solution to annul the decree: every Jew should accept upon themselves something to improve upon in their lives. Levin, for instance, accepted upon himself to only eat kosher on Yom Kippur. Bernie Sanders accepted upon himself to wear a yarmulke, but only if it had an image of a hammer and sickle on it. Michael Savage accepted upon himself to stop talking incessantly on his radio show about things nobody wants to listen to him about, like dieting, vegetarianism and veganism, and promised to talk more about politics and economics. George Soros – formerly György Schwartz – who admitted in an interview with “60 Minutes” that he was more than happy to steal Jewish wealth and hand it over the Nazis, accepted upon himself not to be a self-hating Jew for at least once a week. President Trump, according to Brian Stelter’s unreliable Reliable Sources, tweeted after Levin’s show: “Low-IQ, low-energy, crazy, lyin’ and crooked Haman thinks he can destroy the Jews. Wrong! We’re having a HUGE rally tonight in Shoshan at 9PM in support of our Jewish brothers and sisters. Haman couldn’t even get half the amount of people I do at my rallies! SAD! #MAGA.” As soon as President Trump took to the podium at this very much anticipated rally, there was a deafening silence; one could hear the sound of a pin drop. Here’s a partial transcript of his speech, provided by AmalekTV: “B’rishus the rabbonim, roshei Yeshiva and my fellow MAGA supContinued on page S34


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CERTIFIED porters. We all know why we’re here tonight. I’ve brought with me two very important guests tonight as you may know, Mordechai and Esther. Let me tell you something about Mordechai and Esther. They were my earliest supporters, at the very beginning of my campaign. Mordechai was so dedicated to my campaign, that instead of wearing his traditional black hat to synagogue, he wore his red MAGA hat every single day. And Esther – she’s also an amazing person; very dedicated to making America great again. I want to acknowledge their presence here tonight, so everyone please give them a HUGE round of applause!” And the president went on and on about how great he is, how many times he’s made fun of Achashverosh on Twitter, bragging about forcing Achashveirosh to change his trade policy and engage in FAIR trade, and how Amalek and the Democrats have so much in common like being OK with murdering innocent babies even after they’re born. About an hour later, he finally concluded his speech, and the rally ended. But President Trump was a bit skeptical about Mordechai’s supposed solution to annul the decree. So, he summoned Mordechai to the Oval Office and explained his frustration with what’s going on and about his skepticism of his plans coming to fruition. According to reports by NBC and ABC, he told Mordechai that he was in the process of creating a plan to kidnap Haman from Persia and bring him to the United States, after which they would put him on trial for attempted genocide and then execute him on live TV. At first Mordechai was a bit doubtful about the president’s plans, but after giving it some thought, he finally gave the goahead. Immediately after this meeting, President Trump contacted the Secretary of the Department of Defense and assembled together an elite team of 5 Navy Seals – all Jewish, of course – who were charged with kidnapping Haman and taking him back to the U.S. alive. They were given aliases to keep their identities secret, such as Meres, Marsena and Memuchan. After consulting with

Mordechai about the name of the plan, the president decided to call it “Operation: Michiyas Amalek.” It took a few days and a bit of blood shedding, but the operation turned out to be a complete success, and all 5 Navy Seals made it back alive with Haman – also alive. The president, of course, was elated with the news. So, the following day he called for an urgent press conference, but made sure to ban Jim Acosta because he instated a new policy of not having any cheerleaders for Amalek at his press conferences. He touted the success of the operation, stating to the enemy of the people, “Our elite Navy Seal team – the best in the world – successfully brought Haman alive to the U.S. for trial and execution. I’ve decided that the most appropriate method to execute

paper, which kept to its long-held tradition since the Holocaust of not covering genocidal maniacs like the Nazis who want to annihilate the entire Jewish People. Presiding over Haman’s trial was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts. Initially, Haman requested that his trial take place in New York because the state doesn’t have the death penalty, and he knew the Democrats would come to his defense and spare him execution. So President Trump made sure the trial took place in Texas instead, which made Haman especially fearful of the Republicans, especially Ted Cruz, whose father not only murdered JFK but killed Haman’s father as well. The trial was packed to capacity – there were over 500 people

“We’re gonna build the gallows, and we’re gonna make Amalek pay for it!”

Haman is by hanging and as such, I have prepared a HUGE and BEAUTIFUL gallows for him, about 50 feet high!” One of the reporters at the press conference asked the president, “Mr. President, I have questions regarding the gallows. One, we haven’t executed anyone by hanging since the Nuremberg Trials; and two, how do you plan on paying for the gallows?” The president didn’t even hesitate for a moment and answered him, “Let me tell you something – the gallows just got 10 feet higher, and you know what? We’re gonna build the gallows, and we’re gonna make Amalek pay for it!” Just in case that option didn’t work though, Sen. Ted Cruz introduced legislation that would require the government to use El Chapo’s assets to pay for the gallows instead. There was much public attention being paid to Haman’s long-awaited and much anticipated trial. All the major news networks and newspapers covered the trial except for the New York Times, a former news-

in attendance plus those standing outside the courthouse; there was literally standing room only. Haman was put in a bullet-proof glass booth, on top of which it said, “Timcheh es zecher Amalek” and sitting right next to him were his lawyers Bigson and Seresh. Justice Roberts became a bit annoyed and feisty when he started laying into Haman about his inexcusable plan of genocide against the Jewish People, but Haman still had a smirk on his face and didn’t seem to care all that much about what was going on. His rant lasted for about 10 minutes. As the trial came to a close, Roberts asked Haman if he had any last words that he’d like to share in court. Haman sat there totally silent for about 5 seconds, then said, “I just wanted to say that I endorse my fellow Jew-hater Bernie Sanders for president in 2020 under the banner of ‘Genocide for All.’ Thank you.” After the trial officially concluded, Haman was escorted by heavily armed guards into the execution

room. But there was a slight miscommunication, because the guards thought that Haman was supposed to be executed by lethal injection, and they started leading him into the wrong room. So, a member of the prosecution team by the name of Charvonah spoke up and reminded everybody about the gallows that President Trump had prepared, and Haman was then led into the correct chamber. In front of the entire world, Haman was led up to the gallows, which were an impressive 60 feet high, and which President Trump requested be made in the USA. (According to the Wall Street Journal, the domestic production of the gallows added an astonishing 10 jobs to the economy.) Right before Haman was to be hanged, the guards asked him, in front of the entire world, if he had any last words before his execution. At this point Haman was almost entirely stone-faced, and he looked like he was at a loss for words. Then he suddenly yelled out for everyone to hear, “Long live Amalek!” – after which he was immediately executed. The news of Haman’s ultimate demise brought such jubilance and excitement to Jews all over, that they started to literally dance in the streets. President Trump gave a short address from the Oval Office, in which he said, in part: “I could not be more happy today that a despicable, repulsive and sad excuse for a human being finally met his end today, and my only wish would’ve been that his mother supported abortion as much as the Democrats do. Either way, I’m even more happy for my fellow Jewish brothers and sisters who were miraculously spared total annihilation, and my relationship with them is stronger than ever before. Ultimately, their salvation came through because G-d sided with MAGA over Amalek. “And in celebration of this momentous occasion, I’m officially closing down the government on both the 14th and 15th of Adar, and everyone except the Democrats will get back-pay once it reopens. “Let’s come together and make Purim great again! Thank you and have a freilichin Purim! #MAGA.”


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lthough Purim is only one day long, many dieters or people who are just careful with their intake during the year, have a hard time on this day. We’ve compiled a list of tips and some healthier hamentashen recipes to help you get through it successfully! Have a healthy happy Purim! Remember, the goal over yom tov is just to stay the same. We don’t expect you to lose, just try not to gain.

Mishloach Manos If you receive one that contains chips, sugary snacks and/or commercialized juices, either re-gift it or donate the items to people in need. Do not see it as an excuse to consume any of these items as it will probably not end in “just one”; there will be many more, and once you start eating you will likely crave sugar and have a hard time stopping.

Menu planning If you are hosting a party, there is nothing wrong with providing your guests with healthy choices. Try serving freshly squeezed juices instead of soda, whole wheat dinner rolls instead of regular ones, oven-cooked chicken instead of fried chicken, and dressing on the side for the freshly prepared salads.

Parties not hosted by you If you are going to a party hosted by your neighbor, friend or even at your local shul, try your best to find out what is going to be served and

prepare accordingly. If the choices are not the best, try eating at home so that when you get to the party, you won’t eat as much. You can also try bringing some healthy snacks with you such as almonds, walnuts or raisins. Think of it as your very own fruit and nut mix.

Wine and drinking Purim is the holiday of wine drinking but be mindful of how much alcohol you are consuming. Just 4 oz. of red wine has 100 calories. Imagine if you drink three cups (8 oz each), you will consume 600 calories from wine alone!

Hamantashen I realize that hamantashen are traditional on Purim but that doesn’t mean you have to consume dozens of them. One or two will satisfy the taste buds without contributing too many calories. I suggest consuming them late in the day so you don’t spend the whole day craving them. Alice Harrosh is a nutrition counselor and manager of the Lakewood, Queens and Five Towns locations of Nutrition by Tanya. Alice knows that making healthy decisions is not always easy. She understands that tempting foods can be hard to resist because she has been through the struggle herself. As an optimistic person, Alice’s favorite quote is: “It’s never too late to start eating better. If you have a bad morning, make it a better afternoon.” She can be reached at

HEALTHIER HAMANTASHEN Ingredients for filling ¾ cup pitted prunes 1/3 cup of raisins ½ cup of water 1/3 cup coarsely chopped apple ¼ cup walnut pieces 2 TBS lemon juice 1 tsp freshly grated lemon zest

Ingredients for cookie dough ½ cup Splenda ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups of white whole wheat flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 tablespoons coconut oil, room temperature Pinch of salt

Preparation To make the filling, combine prunes, raisins and water in a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat until the prunes are tender but still firm and liquid has been absorbed (about 10 minutes). Combine the prune mixture, apples, walnuts, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest in a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside. To make the cookies, beat Splenda, applesauce and coconut oil with an electric mixer on medium speed in a medium bowl until smooth. Add eggs and beat until smooth. Add vanilla and beat until blended. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in another medium bowl. Using a wooden spoon, stir the dry ingredients into the sugar mixture until combined. Gather the dough together into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap and flatten slightly. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with baking parchment paper or nonstick cooking spray. Divide the dough into 2 and refrigerate one half. Roll the dough onto a lightly floured surface to about ⅛ inch thickness. Cut into circles using a 2 ½ inch cookie cutter. Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle and bring the three sides together to cover the filling. Pinch the three corners together to seal. Place the cookies 1 ½ inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden, 10-15 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining dough. This counts as a snack for Purim.

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Sweet and Savory Southern-Inspired Hamantashen Recipes by Alex Idov

Lowcountry Benne Wafer Hamantashen This holiday cookie mashup turns one of the South’s most prized cookies, the benne wafer, into the Jewish people’s favorite holiday cookie, the hamantash. The benne wafer is a sophisticated, delectable cookie popular in the coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. The benne seed, more commonly known as sesame seed, has graced authentic southern recipes for generations, ever since being brought over from West Africa on slave-trade ships in the 1700s. Boasting a rich, sweet, and distinctly nutty flavor, it’s about time this quintessential Southern classic is combined with this Purim holiday favorite.  And there’s even great significance to eating seed-based cookies on the holiday. According to tradition, Esther, the heroine of the Purim story, became a vegetarian upon moving into the king’s palace in order to avoid eating non-kosher food. To sustain herself, she subsisted on a diet of legumes, nuts, and seeds, all of which are rich in nutrients. In recognition of her heroism and to highlight the miracle of Purim, we have the custom to eat seed-based foods on the holiday. Ain’t it great that this fits the bill? Makes approximately 2-3 dozen cookies

Ingredients • 1/3 cup light brown sugar • 1/3 cup granulated white sugar • 2 large eggs • 2 tsp vanilla extract • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil • ¼ tsp salt • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour • 1 cup roasted or toasted sesame seeds • 1 ¼ tsp baking powder • ½ cup light olive or vegetable oil • Peach preserves, for filling

preparation Preheat oven to 375°F. In a mixer with the paddle attached, beat together the oil, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, vanilla, toasted sesame oil, and salt until creamy. Gradually add the flour, baking powder, and sesame seeds and continue beating until well combined. (If the dough is a little sticky/moist, add a little flour until the dough is firm enough to work with. You can also refrigerate it, as cold dough is easier to work with.) Divide the dough in half and roll out each half, one at a time until the dough is about 1/8-inch thick. Cut out hamantashen with a 3-inch round cookie cutter. Place the cut cookie dough rounds on a baking tray lined with baking paper and fill with a ½ tablespoon of peach preserves in the center. Fold the dough around the filling to form a triangular shape.  Bake for approximately 15 minutes, turning halfway through baking.

Alex Idov is a modern-day Southern gentleman, quintessential nice Jewish boy, and Jewish and Southern food aficionado. Born and bred in the American South (and a fourth generation Atlanta native), he was raised on a diet of collard greens (stewed with smoked turkey leg in place of ham hocks), black-eyed peas, and Brunswick stew, as well as traditional Jewish dishes such as roasted brisket, matzoh ball soup, tzimmes, etc. Oh, yeah, and lots of baked goods.

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southern breakfast Hamantashen Buttermilk biscuits are one of this Southern gent’s favorite breakfast foods, enjoyed best with faux maple sausage, scrambled eggs, and a side of buttery hominy grits speckled with sautéed onions. There’s just not quite anything else like it. This Jewish-Southern hybrid recipe turns my choice breakfast into one awesome Southern breakfast hamantashen hand-pie. P.S. If you’re not up for making biscuits from scratch (which is much easier than it’s made out to be), you can prepare these hamantashen using kosher-certified frozen Pillsbury® Grands! biscuits. Makes approximately 12-14 hamantashen

Egg and Sausage Filling

Biscuit Dough



• 3-4 large eggs, beaten • 3-4 Morningstar Farms® faux Maple Flavored Sausage Patties • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional) • 3 tablespoons salted butter, divided • Grape or strawberry jam/jelly (optional-See instructions Below)

preparation To prepare the patties, place frozen patties on a microwave safe plate. Microwave on high for 45 seconds to 1 minutes, or until thawed. Roughly chop into bite-sized pieces and set aside. To prepare scrambled eggs, heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pour in eggs. As eggs begin to set, gently pull the eggs across the pan with a spatula, forming large soft curds. Continue cooking-pulling, lifting, and folding the eggs until slightly thickened and no visible liquid egg remains (do not overcook, as they will cook more in the oven). Roughly chop the scrambled eggs with a spatula and combine together with the chopped sausage patties. Add the maple syrup, and stir to combine. Cut the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter into small pieces and gently toss into the egg and sausage mixture. Set aside.

• ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, frozen • 2 1/2 cups White Lily (do not substitute*) Self-Rising Flour • 1 cup chilled buttermilk • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted

preparation Preheat oven to 475°F. Grate frozen butter using large holes of a box grater. Toss together with flour in a medium bowl. Chill 10 minutes. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour buttermilk into the well, and stir 15 times. (The dough will be slightly sticky.) Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Lightly sprinkle flour over the top of the dough. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough into an approximate 3/4-inch thick rectangle (about 9x5 inches). [Note: While I would typically not advise overworking biscuit dough, when it comes to preparing these hamantashen, you’ll need to get the dough to a consistency you’ll be able to easily roll and fold over, so you can overwork them slightly if necessary.] Cut with a 2 1/2inch floured round cutter, reshaping scraps and flouring as needed. Place cut dough rounds on a parchment paper-lined cookie/half-sheet pan. Flatten each round out and fill with the egg and sausage filling. (If including grape or strawberry jam/jelly, add a tablespoon in the center of the dough before adding the filling.) Fold the dough into a triangle around the filling, pinching the corners tightly to ensure the filling is well enclosed. (If you feel there is too much filling in any of the hamantashen, be sure to remove some of it, so as not to force the hamantashen open during the baking process.) Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Brush with melted butter and drizzle with honey or maple syrup, if desired. Serve with a side of freshly made hominy grits. Enjoy, y’all. *White Lily Flour is made from soft red winter wheat, which contains less gluten protein than other basic flours. This helps to make tenderer, lighter-textured, fluffier biscuits.



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Southern cheddar wafer & red pepper jelly Hamantashen One of life’s simple culinary pleasures, cheddar cheese straws and wafers are as Southern as hominy grits, boiled peanuts, and sweet tea. According to culinary legend, the cheese straw/wafer came about as a way for Southerners to preserve cheese, as the famed humidity of the region was not kind to imported cheese prior to the days of refrigeration. Incorporating cheese into baked products such as this one allowed Southerners to enjoy the flavor of cheese even during the most intense heat of the summer.



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These savory cookies are quite addictive and pair well with cocktails, beer, and wine, and make for a great bread or cracker alternative. Like proper cheese straws and wafers, this hamantash version binds the least amount of flour possible into the most possible amount of butter and cheese to create one awesome savory triangular cookie. As cheese straws and wafers are often paired with pepper jelly, it’s a no-brainer that red pepper jelly makes for an awesome filling for these delectable hamantashen. Makes approximately 2 dozen hamantashen

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Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix together cheese, butter, flour, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, egg, and salt in a large bowl until mixture forms a ball that lightly sticks together and pulls in all the flour. Refrigerate the dough for at least one hour. Divide the dough in half and roll out each half, one at a time until the dough is about 1/8-inch thick. Cut out hamantashen with a 3-inch round cookie cutter. Place the cut cookie dough rounds on a baking tray lined with baking paper and fill with a ½ tablespoon of red pepper jelly in the center. Fold the dough around the filling to form a triangular shape and pinch the corners to seal. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, turning halfway through baking. *Grated cheese implies small, fine pieces. Chilled, firm cheese is easiest to grate.


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R’ Avrohom Sebrow’s presentation of the melacha of bishul at the Learn & Live program last week was tasty and a bit messy. Thank you to Yossi Keilson and the L&L staff for all your help.

MTA’s NYPAC Lobbies in Albany By:Jonathan Sherman


n Tuesday, March 5, MTA’s New York Political Action Club (NYPAC) went to the state capitol in Albany to see firsthand how local government works. The students prepared for months to advocate and lobby for more private school security and STEM funding and had close to 50 meetings with members of the Senate and Assembly. Many of the students met with their local elected officials and discussed the political issues that af-

fect their communities. The group was privileged to be introduced on the Assembly floor by Washington Heights Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa, who visited MTA last year and met with NYPAC. They also toured the Senate chamber with Senate Education Chair Senator Shelley Mayer. NYPAC members enjoyed this unique experiential learning opportunity and look forward to returning to Albany next year to continue their important work lobbying for issued that affect the Jewish community.



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YOSS Early Childhood Center Celebrates Siyum


n incredible assembly took place on Rosh Chodesh Adar at the Hollander ECC of Yeshiva of South Shore. The children dressed in costumes representing different parts of Sefer Shmos and enjoyed singing “Chazak chazak v’nischazek” together. They were greeted by the “Greatest SHUL Man (Rebbe Eli) who led festive Purim songs. In addition, the Pre-1A children, who had just completed a unit on brachos, went on a “Brachos Shopping Hunt” at Gourmet Glatt and everyone enjoyed a Brachos and Amen Party together.  Loud Amens were heard throughout the gym. The room was silent as the boys all listened to a great story by the menahel of the Elementary Division, Rabbi Avraham Robinson, about the importance of saying Amen. This Amen Party was held l’zecher nishmas Yaakov Meir ben Zecharia, Moshe Halevi ben Yitzchak, and Toiba bas Tzvi. The Yeshiva of South Shore young talmidim at their siyum with their rebbe, Rabbi Eli Herzberg

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he Boys’ Torah Bowl team at HAFTR traveled on Thursday, March 7 to the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC) for the Eastern Division playoff round. After the Yeshiva of Flatbush and North Shore Hebrew Academy were eliminated from the competition, HAFTR’s Torah Bowl team members were victorious in two out of the three rounds against HANC. HAFTR will now move on to the championship round, which will

be held after Pesach. The members of the winning Boys’ Torah Bowl team are Daniel Singer, Gabe Kurlander, Ezra Wallach, Joseph Gettenberg, Benjamin Gettenberg, Ezra Stern, Sammy Tisser, Elijah Gurvitch and Brandon Arfa. Congratulations to this outstanding group of young Torah scholars and their faculty advisor, Rabbi Hirtz, on this wonderful accomplishment.

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Author/Illustrator Visits HANC


n Thursday, March 7, the HANC Plainview Library welcomed author/illustrator Ross Burach to school. He had specific sessions with the nursery student; kindergarten and first graders; second and third graders; and fourth, fifth and sixth graders. He started each presentation with a PowerPoint of his writing process and had an hands-on illustration demonstration with each group. Everyone had their own paper and crayons and felt like a talented illustrator with his stepby-step instructions. He also autographed books for any student who previously purchased one of his eight published picture books. He shared with students the importance of brainstorming and keeping a journal or sketch pad because anything can become a work of art and answered questions from students ranging from his favorite sports teams to how he deals with writer’s block. The event was organized by school librarian Francie Goldberg and was partially sponsored by the

HANC Plainview PTA. “I truly believe that it is important for students to experience meeting authors and illustrators and put a face to the names on the books they read all the time,” Ms. Goldberg said.

“I cannot think of a more perfect way to foster a love of reading than to bring books to life, and the most ideal way is to bring those people into our school and have our students of all ages hear their personal stories of

how they worked hard to make their dream jobs come true,” she added. It was truly an inspirational day for all who participated.


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Shulamith HS Book Day


o his dying day, Morrie Schwartz talked about the importance of living. And by living, Schwartz, an elderly man who suffered with and eventually passed away from ALS, didn’t mean just living. He meant living in a way that allows one to “experience the world fully.” Living in a way that allows one to live life to the fullest, to live a meaningful and real life; living in a way that allows one to open himself up to experiences, relationships and opportunities and turn the hard and painful parts of life into opportunities for growth. This was Morrie Schwartz’s philosophy. After reading and learning about this philosophy from the inspirational biography Tuesdays with Morrie, Shulamith High School girls and their mothers spent an immersive morning delving into this philosophy at Shulamith High School’s annual and much anticipated Book Day. This year’s book day was in memory of Dr. Hindi Krinsky-Kanarfogel. Hindi was an educator, a mother, a wife, a friend, and a voracious reader. She made learning come alive – in her home, with her five beautiful children and in her classroom as an English teacher and curriculum coordinator at HAFTR high school. Hindi left an incredible legacy of love, laughter and learning that lives on in the hearts and minds of all who were, and are, lucky enough to have been touched by her impact. Each year, Shulamith High School hosts Book Day for mothers and daughters. Focusing on a specific book and its relevant themes, Book Day is designed to bring those themes to life, engender deep thinking, questions and conversations surrounding those themes and introduce participants to people and ideas that embody those themes. This year’s Book Day accomplished all that and more, beginning

with its keynote speaker Charlie Harary. Starting off this powerful day, Mr. Harary captivated his audience while speaking about the transformative power of recognizing the greatness within ourselves. Seamlessly tying together themes of the book with Purim and, of course, some of his own trademark inspiration, Mr. Harary framed the day, making the lessons from Tuesdays with Morrie relevant to the crowd both as individuals and as Jews. As Chevi Charlap, a senior at Shulamith, put it, “Charlie Harary brought a Torah perspective to the day, and even though the book isn’t inherently religious, it still has a lot of religious values that we can learn from.” With these ideas in mind, mothers and daughters made their way to sessions and workshops led by Shulamith’s own faculty. They attended the session of their choice where they explored one of a wide array of topics including dealing with regret, accepting fate, fostering meaningful connections – from both a technological and scientific point of view – and living life with meaningful, if sometimes unpopular, values. Yet, however nice it is to discuss these meaningful topics in theory, Shulamith believes very much in taking what was learned and turning it into reality. The next part of the program, an elaborate Chessed Fair, challenged the girls (and their mothers) to do just that: “Take the ideas of inherent greatness, of meaningful connection, of strong values and do something with them.” It’s a challenge that was easy enough to meet given the array of chessed organizations that were present at the Fair. With representatives from the JCC, Yad v’Chayal, Ohel, Make A Wish Foundation, Friendship circle, Sharsheret, Hatzalah, Chai Lifeline and the ALS

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Association among others, there was at least one cause, if not many, that spoke to each participant. Mothers and daughters alike were encouraged not only to understand what it is that each organization does, but to participate in a hands-on chessed activity such as making cards or packaging mishloach manot to be sent back to recipients through the organization. Every girl was also encouraged to leave their contact information with an organization of their choice so that they would be able to be notified of any giving opportunities in the future. Having taken the lessons of the day and made them very practical and accessible, the Chessed Fair was a tremendous success. Yet, there’s also another reason to have a Chessed Fair on Book Day says Ms. Esty Munk, who spearheaded the Fair. Asked why, Ms. Munk quotes Morrie, saying, “Giving to other people is what makes [us] feel alive.” Giving is a value unto itself. It was a value of Morrie’s and it’s a strong value at Shulamith High School – on Book Day and every other day. Following the Fair, the pace slowed a bit for a beautifully arranged and relaxing Lunch ‘n’ Lit. An opportunity for mothers, daughters and faculty to eat and take a break together, Lunch ‘n’ Lit gave everyone a chance to unpack the morning and discuss the themes of the day before engaging in the final part of the program. After lunch, mothers and daughters again had the opportunity to choose between three sessions, each focusing on a social-emotional aspect of the themes of the day. Shulamith welcomed Mrs. Yael Fis-

chman, LMSW, and Mrs Rachel Tuchman LMHC, as well their own Mrs. Shira Botnick, to lead meaningful sessions on topics such as handling peer pressure, fostering authentic relationships and (for moms only) the importance of modeling realistic parenting. To close a meaningful, thought-provoking day, Shulamith had the privilege of hearing from the inspirational speaker and founder of The Frock NYC, Simi Polonsky. It was clear to everyone in the room that Simi spoke from her heart and had no qualms about being honest and real as she told over her personal story of sudden, tragic loss and her slow climb to recovery. Simi’s message was one that centered on grappling with pain, being real with the pain and finding happiness even in the darkest moments. Simi started her speech with one of her favorite quotes from Tuesdays with Morrie; “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” At the end of her speech, her audience understood why that quote meant so much to her and how she embodies that message. This message of Morrie’s, that Simi took to heart, that everyone who attended Book Day took to heart, is that one of the greatest things one can do with his life is seek to make it deep, meaningful, real and full of happiness. Shulamith could not have had such a wildly successful and inspirational Book Day without the tireless efforts of the faculty and administration, notably Ms. Tamara Klein, Ms. Esty Munk, Ms. Ricky Gaerman, and Rabbi Craig Lubner.

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The Tomche Shabbos Yad Yeshaya Annual Breakfast of Far Rockaway & the Five Towns was held at the home of Rachel & Ephraim Rudman in Lawrence this week. Pictured here, from left to right: Arielle Wolfson, Jeanette Lamm, Rachel Rudman, Ephraim Rudman, Dr. Hylton Lightman, Moshe Lamm and Rabbi Eliyahu Alpert.

Lawrence Mayor Visits HAFTR


AFTR Middle School was privileged to host Lawrence Mayor Alex Edelman and Village Administrator Ronald Goldman who spoke to our eighth grade students about engaging in an essay writing contest titled, “If I were mayor.” This contest allows students to submit an essay that identifies ideas or programs that they would

implement if they were the mayor of our village. So far many of our students have submitted essays that are innovative and creative, and we look forward to hearing the results of the contest!  Additionally, Mayor Edelman and Administrator Goldman distributed reflective sashes for walking on Shabbat so as to ensure visibility and safety. 

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Sen. Kaminsky Addresses Yeshiva/Day School Mission to Albany


n Tuesday, Senator Todd Kaminsky addressed hundreds of yeshiva students and parents at the State Capitol as part of the Orthodox Union’s (“OU”) Teach NYS Mission to Albany. The senator also met later with local parents, teachers and students from the Five Towns and West Hempstead. Kaminsky hosted Rabbi Adam Englander, Head of School at HALB, as he delivered the daily invocation before the State Senate. “Ensuring that all students have access to a world-class education

must a top priority and it is imperative that adequate funding for our community’s yeshivas be included in the state budget,” said Senator Todd Kaminsky. “Yeshivas continue to excel and provide students with a top-notch dual-curriculum education to prepare students for a competitive world. This funding will go a long way toward educating and protecting our children, and I look forward to continuing to work hard to ensure that our yeshivas get the funding they deserve.” Senator Kaminsky has been a

staunch advocate in the fight to ensure that all children receive a topnotch education and secured nearly $300 for yeshivas in last year’s budget, as well as full reimbursement for STEM programming. He also sponsored legislation to require the state to procure cost-price energy to non-public schools, slashing their energy costs in half, according to research by the OU. Additionally, Kaminsky worked hard to advance the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes, bringing back tens of millions of dollars for local schools

and community institutions to fund additional security, training, door-hardening, cameras and other related upgrades to help keep these vital institutions safe. “It was a pleasure to speak with local yeshiva students, teachers and parents from our community about what issues they would like me to advocate for in Albany, and I look forward to continuing to fight for our yeshivas and our community at-large,” Senator Kaminsky concluded.

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Shulamith Students Bring Adar Joy to Seniors


he fourth grade girls of Shulamith School for Girls took time last week to visit senior citizens who reside at the Nautilus. They sang and danced and surprised the residents with homemade flow-

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ers. The seniors had tears in their eyes and gave the girls a bracha that they should always bring joy to everyone they meet. What a wonderful kiddush Hashem!


he Central Varsity Basketball Team attended the 14th Annual RASHGA Girls Basketball Shabbaton in Miami Beach, sponsored by the Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach. Twelve teams from around the country met in Miami to compete. Central finished in fourth place, breaking its own record! A major highlight of the trip was Central’s victory over the Hebrew Academy

of Miami Beach in overtime in front of a huge, spirited crowd. The team also had a blast off the court, meeting young women on other basketball teams from Chicago, LA, Atlanta and other cities and enjoying Miami Beach together. The tournament ended with a beautiful Shabbaton with bonding, divrei Torah, and singing. Senior Estee Ackerman said, “This was an everlasting memory for all, and we miss it already.”


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YOSS Debate Club Joins Teach NYS on their Mission to Albany

Aiden Buchbinder being interviewed about the advocacy mission


n Tuesday, March 12, the Yeshiva of South Shore Mechina Division Debate Club, led by Mr. Daniel Winkler, general studies principal, and Rabbi Gershon Greenberg, rebbe and co-chair of the Debate Club, took a trip to Albany, NY, joining over 40 other yeshivos and day schools. The fifteen talmidim were selected for their overall diligence and dedication to working hard and achieving results. For the past five months, they have participated in a voluntary debate club, spending hours of their own time researching and preparing intellectual material, mostly government-related, to discuss and debate. To celebrate their tremendous accomplishments, Yeshiva of South Shore rewarded these talmidim with an exciting and engaging trip to Albany. They, along with Mr. Winkler and Rabbi Greenberg, represented the

yeshiva together with many other students and yeshivos from across New York State, joining the Teach NYS Coalition’s Mission to Albany to advocate on behalf on private school funding in the capital. The boys woke up in the predawn hours and came to the yeshiva, where they boarded a luxury charter bus, and started off at 6:00 a.m. After traveling for an hour, they all davened vasikin on the bus with a minyan led by Rabbi Greenberg, followed by a shiur. After arriving in Albany at 9:30 a.m., they were treated to a kosher breakfast arranged by Teach NYS. They were then given a tour of the New York State Capital Building and the New York State Museum. They then met privately with Assemblyman Ron Kim of District 40, and State Senator Kevin Thomas, of the 6th District, to discuss various is-

Mordechai Ross discussing STEM and security funding for private schools

sues facing yeshivos in New York and steps taken by the government to accommodate them. In addition, a number of students were interviewed and had a chance to express themselves and have their message broadcasted to a wide-reaching audience. One of the issues the talmidim advocated for was STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) funding. Currently, Yeshiva of South Shore talmidim have made tremendous advancements in the Wolosoff STEM Program curriculum. The government has promised funding for STEM, and the initial funding is supposed to arrive for the first time ever next month. STEM funding was initially allocated at a very low level, and the boys will be joining their peers in asking for this program to be fully funded. Another important issue the boys discussed was security funding. In

YOSS Debate Club members in NYS Senator Gallivan’s office

light of increasing anti-Semitic threats facing our community, the boys requested from government officials that security funding to yeshivos and day schools be increased. The lawmakers heard the students and spoke to them about the progress they are making on tackling and accomplishing victories for yeshivos in this legislative session. After a prepared dinner, arranged by the Teach NYS Coalition, the boys headed back to yeshiva. Over the day, the talmidim learned about each issue and how they can intelligently speak about these to their local elected officials. They came prepared, as they were each taught about the New York State government structure and how legislation works. Based upon their research, they were able to debate the topics prior to the mission and were fully prepared to clearly articulate their position with knowledge and passion. Their presence, along with the entire Mission to Albany, had a big influence on the politicians, as they saw for themselves the products of our yeshivos and the importance of yeshivos in New York State. As the NY State budget should pass by April 1st, these meetings with the students will help decide how much funding they allocate for the above programs in this year’s budget. Overall, the trip was a sweeping kiddush Hashem, and the boys portrayed a sterling image of a yeshiva student, as respectful and knowledgeable, while advocating for proper funding and government assistance for all yeshivos and Jewish schools in New York State.

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More Than 700 Day School Students, Parents & Administrators Rally State Leaders for Increased Stem Funding


undreds of students from Jewish day schools and yeshivas came to the State Capitol this week as part of the Orthodox Union’s Teach NYS delegation to advocate for increased and sustainable funding for nonpublic school STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. Now in its third year, the Teach NYS Albany mission has become the largest annual lobbying event in Albany on behalf of nonpublic schools and yeshivas. The students hailed from more than 50 schools in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Rockland County, Buffalo, Rochester and Albany. Throughout the day-long program, more than 700 students and lay leaders heard from and met with over 90 legislators sharing their desire to increase funding for STEM programing and instruction within their schools. Last year, a similar Teach NYS mission helped to influence the historic tripling of state-funded STEM programs in nonpublic schools from $5 million in 2017 to $15 million in 2018, allowing the State to reimburse

nonpublic schools directly for the cost of qualified STEM instructors. Legislators addressed the crowd, sharing their commitment to increasing nonpublic school funding for STEM education and the importance it will have on the future economy of the state. Following the speeches, the students and lay leaders broke into groups and went to the Statehouse where they met with more than 90 state legislators, including: Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins (D-Yonkers), Deputy Majority Leader Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens), Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx), Chairman for the Committee on Education Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx), Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-Brooklyn), Sen. Shelley Mayer (D-Westchester), and Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach).  The day closed with an inspiring and empowering panel of legislators who graduated yeshiva and nonpublic day schools and are now giving back to their communities by representing them in the New York State Assembly.

That panel included Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Queens), Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Queens), and Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein (D-Brooklyn). The panel was immediately followed by a chance for the students to hear from NYS Attorney General Letitia “Tish” James. OU Executive Vice President Allen Fagin told students, “Today is about how you change the way state government thinks about education and our schools. Today is about hundreds of students, parents and administrators coming to Albany to talk to our elected officials, to explain that the education of our children matters; that education is a civil right; that your right to choose how and where to be educated, without financial penalty or hardships, is a civil right that every parent and student in this state should enjoy.”   “Teach NYS works year-round with schools, community activists and other organizations to advocate for equitable government funding of our yeshivas and day schools. Missions like this, involving parents and

the students, themselves, allow the members of our community to play a central role in reminding our legislators of the breadth and commitment of our community. By seeing and hearing from our students, they can better appreciate the returns that their investment in our children’s education will bring the state long-term,” said OU President Moishe Bane. Teach NYS, a division of the Orthodox Union’s Teach Coalition, was founded in 2013 to advocate for equitable government funding for New York nonpublic schools. It has secured $1.5 billion in funding for day schools, which is used to increase security, enhance education and defray higher tuition costs. Teach NYS created a first-in-the-nation program to begin reimbursing nonpublic schools for the costs of qualified STEM instructors. In 2018, it championed a historic pilot program to begin providing kosher and halal meals to students enrolled in both public and nonpublic schools in New York City. For more information, visit PHOTO CREDIT: GABE SOLOMON PHOTOGRAPHY

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veryone gives matanos la’evyonim. But when you give matanos la’evyonim to Kollel Chatzos talmidei chachamim, it takes the giving – and the entire Purim – to the next level. That’s because, when you give to Kollel Chatzos talmidei chachamim the ability to dedicate their entire night to Torah learning, they give you back… They learn and daven on your behalf throughout Purim night. While the merit of all-night learning every night of the year is tremendous, the merit of Purim night learning is in a category of its own. The Chasam Sofer guarantees individuals who learn between the two megilla readings with a year of life, tranquility, nachas – and a guarantee for Olam Haba. So, when the Kollel Chatzos talmidei chachamim learn all night long from megilla to megilla in Chatzos Kollelim around the world on your behalf, you’re getting the guarantee of the Chsam Sofer that your simchas Purim will continue throughout the year. Additionally, Purim night is the eis ratzon of Purim. The Me’or v’Shemesh points out that Klal Yisroel’s Purim yeshua started during the night hours – “b’layla hahu nadeda shnas hamelech.” Indeed, ev-

ery Yid’s eis ratzon for yeshua is replayed every year during these night hours. So, when the Kollel talmidei chachamim daven for your personal bakashos on Purim night, their tefillos are tapping in to the eis ratzon of Purim. As you fulfill your chiyuv of matanos la’evyonim this Purim, bring your entire Purim to the next level. Get the zechus of Torah, of tefilla…and, of course, of matanos la’evyonim to these exceptional talmidei chachamim who will dedicate the entire Purim night of Torah and tefilla in your zechus. In addition, Kollel Chatzos delegates will daven at the kever of Mordechai and Esther in the city Bar’am Israel. As the emissaries who brought forth the miracle for Klal Yisroel in the past, it is certain that Mordechai and Esther will evoke rachmei Shamayim on behalf of all petitioners today as well. To share in the merit of Purim night Torah learning or to hear more about the tremendous segula of twelve hours of consecutive Torah learning between megilla leinings, call Kollel Chatzos headquarters: 718-887-9114,,

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Centerfold Riddle me this? After having almost been poisoned, King Achashveirosh decided to inoculate himself from any more poison. He knew that in Paras, if you drank poison, the only way to save yourself is to drink a stronger poison, which neutralizes the weaker poison. So King Achashveirosh wanted to make sure that he possessed the strongest poison in the kingdom, in order to ensure his survival, in any situation. He called the kingdom’s pharmacist and the kingdom’s treasurer, and he gave each a week to make the strongest poison. Then, each would drink the other one’s poison, then his own, and the one that will survive would be the one that had the stronger poison. The pharmacist went straight to work, but the treasurer knew he had no chance, for the pharmacist was much more experienced in this field, so instead, he made up a plan to survive and make sure the pharmacist dies. On the last day the pharmacist suddenly realized that the treasurer would know he had no chance, so he must have a plan. After a little thought, the pharmacist realized what the treasurer’s plan must be, and he concocted a counter plan to make sure he survives and the treasurer dies. When the time came, the king summoned both of them. They drank the poisons as planned, and the treasurer died, the pharmacist survived, and the king didn’t get what he wanted.  What exactly happened here? See answer below

Answer to Riddle Me This: The treasurer’s plan was to drink a weak poison prior to the meeting with King Achashveirosh, and then he would drink the pharmacist’s strong poison, which would neutralize the weak poison. As for his own poison he would bring water, which wouldhave no effect on him, but the pharmacist, who would drink the water and then his poison, would surely die. When the pharmacist figured out this plan, and he decided to bring water as well. The treasurer, who drank poison earlier, drank the pharmacist’s water, then his own water, and died of the poison he drank before. The pharmacist drank only water, so nothing happened to him. And because both of them brought King Achashveirosh water, he didn’t get a strong poison like he wanted.

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Megilla Trivia The following is based on various medrashim found in the book titled, “Let My Nation Live,” by Yosef Deutsch

d. Prime minister

c. 75 years old

e. god

d. 80 years old

b. Vessels from the Bais Hamikdash

d. Kaf Shevat

a. Pesach b. Lag B’Omer c. Purim d. Aseres Yimei Teshuva 4. How old, according to

6. How did Bigsan and Seresh attempt to kill Achashveirosh? a. They sprinkled dried mold on his pillow so he would breathe it in when he slept

a. Av

a. 1

b. Tishrei

b. 10

c. Nissan

c. 18

d. Adar

d. 365

9. When the word got out

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b. They ground up glass and put it into his food c. They extracted venom from a snake and put it in his cup d. They poured oil on

You gotta be kidding A man went to see his doctor because he was suffering from a miserable cold. His doctor prescribed some pills, but they didn’t help. On his next visit the doctor gave him a shot, but that didn’t do any good, either. On his third visit the doctor told the man to go home and take a hot bath. As soon as he was finished bathing he was to throw open window. “But doc,” protested the patient, “if I do that, I’ll get pneumonia.” “I know,” said his physician. “I can cure pneumonia.”

seems simpler.

3. At what time of year did the Jews of Shushan join in Achashveirosh’s feast?

8. The original Taanis Esther took place in what month?

10. How many people did Haman consult with about what to do with Mordechai?

7) C

d. Music

d. The people of Shushan

8) C. Think about breaking your fast on matzah and cream cheese and hardboiled eggs…yikes!

c. Flowing wine

b. 1 year d. 21 years

b. Shabbos c. Taanis Esther

c. Bigsan

c. 5 years

a. Yom Kippur

a. Gold beds

a. 3 months

9) D. Hashem made those drawing water from wells in Shushan drown and those drying clothing on roofs fall and die

2. What did Achashveirosh not have at his feast?

5. On what day was Vashti killed?

b. Hagai

4) B, C, and D

g. Uber driver

a. Vayzusa

10) D

f. Army chief

7. After Bigsan and Seresh were killed, how much time did it take Haman to rise to power?

1) G. Nor did he work for Lyft

c. Slave

b. 40 years old

2) D. Reason? He wanted everyone to be present and enjoy. Sometimes music get annoying…Think of the guy singing “Mishe... mishe…mishe…mishe” in your ear for five hours straight.

a. 3 years old

3) D

b. Barber

about Haman’s evil decree, the Jews of Shushan began to cry. Who else was crying at that time as well?

the marble floor of his bedroom so he would slip and be killed

5) A and B

a. Bath attendant

some, was Esther when she married Achashveirosh?

6) C. A book depository

1. What title did Haman NOT have?

 Wisdom Key 8-10 correct: Charvona? 4-7 correct: You are right in the middle...good thing you are not one of Haman's kids. 0-3 correct: You give new meaning to "Ad deloh yadah!"

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Torah Thought

Parshas Vayikra By Rabbi Berel Wein


s all of you are aware that the first word in this week’s Torah reading is written in a different fashion in the scroll of the Torah itself. The word “vayikra” is written with a small “alef” at the end of the word. This has been discussed widely over the ages by the great commentators and thinkers of Israel, who have derived many important lessons from this unusual writing of the word.

I find a connection between this small letter and another idea that the rabbis advance regarding this third book of the Bible. It was somehow traditional amongst many communities in Jewish society that this book of Vayikra should be the first book that children study when they begin their biblical education. The words of the rabbis to describe this educational advice were that “let those that are

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completely pure study the laws of holiness and purity.” In other words, the laws and rituals regarding the service of the priests and of the Temple and of the sacrifices that were to be brought, either as donations or as atonement for sins or omissions, are the core holy sections of the Torah. And since young children are still not tarnished by the experiences of life and the maturity of physical growth, they should begin their Jewish education by studying this part of the Torah. The small miniature letter at the end of the word signifies that this section of the Torah has a special connection to young children beginning their education and their understanding of life.

makes its pursuit in this world so difficult. All the sacrificial laws that appear in this book of Vayikra – laws that are so difficult to understand and far removed from our world and society – are tools to be used in the pursuit of holiness. Children have the gift of imagination and are not yet stifled by the realities that surround us. They can imagine and see things that we sophisticated but jaded adults are no longer able to envision. To children, nothing is strange, and nothing is impossible, and imagination and reality operate in the same sphere of their personality and understanding. To children, legends are real

Children have the gift of imagination and are not yet stifled by the realities that surround us.

Holiness is not subject to human logic and understanding. It is removed from our sphere of rationality. The holy is not ordinarily found in the everyday world and mundane activities of human society. Holiness is an atmosphere created by goodness and devotion to the Al-mighty and to its value system. Holiness is something that human beings must create. It is ephemeral and intangible, difficult to define and yet it can be glimpsed and experienced. The fact that it is so inexplicable

and imaginary characters are their friends. These laws that aim to direct us to holiness, to reach for the stars so to speak, have meaning and reality. Later in life, when childhood curiosity and imagination have been rubbed away by the harshness of reality, these laws will become more difficult to understand and appreciate, and the pursuit of holiness will become far more difficult. A small letter at the end of the word comes to remind us of this truth. Shabbat shalom.

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Parshas Vayikra By Eytan Kobre

Weekly Aggada And He called to Moshe, and G-d spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting saying (Vayikra 4:3) Why does the Torah emphasize that G-d spoke to Moshe? This is comparable to a king who visits one of his provinces, accompanied by officers, senators, and army generals. Initially, the people of the province do not know which member of the king’s entourage is most beloved by the king. But when the king turns to speak with one member of his entou-

rage, the people recognize that person as the most beloved. So it was with Moshe Rabbeinu. Before giving the Torah, G-d told Moshe to ascend Har Sinai together with Aharon, Nadav, Avihu, and the Seventy Elders. And the Jewish people would not have known who was most beloved by G-d. But when G-d invited Moshe into the Tent of Meeting and spoke with him, the Jewish people recognized Moshe as the most beloved. Hence, “and He called to Moshe, and G-d spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting.” And why was Moshe most beloved? This, too, is comparable to a king

who visits one of his provinces. To whom does he show favor? To the minister of commerce, for he is charged with sustaining the king’s subjects in the province. So it was with Moshe Rabbeinu. He was tasked with sustaining the Jewish people, instructing them, in G-d’s name, to eat only certain kinds of animals, certain kinds of fish, and certain kinds of birds. Therefore, “and He called to Moshe, and G-d spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting” (Vayikra Rabba 1:8).

Weekly Mussar And He called to Moshe, and G-d spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting, saying (Vayikra 1:1) “Moshe was called by ten names: Yered, Chever, Yekusiel, Avigdor, AviSocho, AviZanuah [and others]. Yered: because he brought the Torah down from heaven to earth. Avigdor: the father of those who erect fences (safeguards and protections). Chever: because he fused the sons to their Father in Heaven. AviSocho: the father of the prophets, who see with Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, G-d said to Moshe, ‘By your life, from all your names, I will call you only the name given to you by Basya daughter of Pharaoh. Hence, ‘And He called to Moshe’” (Vayikra Rabba 1:3). Although Moshe Rabbeinu had nine other names – alluding to a far loftier status than the mere fact that Basya drew him out of the water (Shemos 2:10) – G-d referred to him only by the name given to him by Basya, which speaks to neither Moshe’s stature or accomplishments. While the choice to refer to him as Moshe might seem peculiar, the name Moshe does stand out in one notable respect: it recalls an act of self-sac-

rifice. Pharaoh had decreed that all Jewish newborn boys be cast into the Nile River but, at great risk, Basya defied her father’s evil decree and saved Moshe. And that act of self-sacrifice, as memorialized in the name itself, endowed Moshe with the power of self-sacrifice. Because it is those acts that are performed with and through self-sacrifice that are most meaningful and eternal (Sichos Mussar Nos. 3 and 60).

Weekly Anecdote Or any thing about which he has sworn falsely, he shall repay it in full, and he shall add a fifth thereto; he shall give it to the one to whom it belongs on the day of his guilt (Vayikra 5:24) From 1787 until 1837, the grandfather of the Ben Ish Chai, R’ Moshe Chaim of Baghdad, served as the most prominent rabbinic authority in Baghdad, heading its largest yeshiva and its bais din. Once, two litigants came to him with a monetary dispute. The claimant alleged that the respondent owed him a large sum of money, while the respondent denied owing anything. After hearing from and probing both sides, R’ Moshe Chaim discerned that the claimant was right and that the respondent was prepared to swear falsely denying the debt. R’ Moshe Chaim could not stomach the idea of the respondent committing the grave sin of swearing falsely. So he devised a plan. “You probably assume,” said R’ Moshe Chaim to the respondent, “that I will have you make your sworn denial upon an ordinary Torah scroll. No, no, no. This case is far too important for an ordinary Torah scroll. Instead, I will have you swear upon the Shnei

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Luchos HaBris (the Tablets given to Moshe Rabbeinu on Sinai).” R’ Moshe Chaim immediately directed the administrator of the bais din to bring him the Shnei Luchos HaBris from the adjoining room. The respondent panicked. I was ready to swear falsely on an ordinary Torah, he thought, but to hold the Shnei Luchos HaBris and swear falsely? I’m not ready to go that far. The respondent admitted his lie and agreed to pay the claimant. After the claimant left, the respondent asked to speak with R’ Moshe Chaim. “I know you think me shameful (for having lied about the debt), but I really would love to see the Shnei Luchos HaBris. May I see them?” “Certainly,” R’ Moshe Chaim replied, motioning to the administrator of the bais din to bring them from the next room. The administrator returned with a book: the “Shnei Luchos HaBris,” authored by the Sheloh HaKadosh and first printed in 1648.

Weekly Halacha And He called to Moshe, and G-d spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting, saying (Vayikra 1:1) The “small” letter Aleph in the first word of Vayikra alludes to the practice

with The Law of the Priests (i.e., Vayikra) and not with Bereishis? G-d said, ‘Since young children are pure and sacrifices are pure. Let the pure come and engage in the study of the pure’” (Vayikra Rabba 7:3; Tanchuma Tzav 14). Indeed, this practice dates to at least the times of the Tannaim, when

It is those acts that are performed with and through self-sacrifice that are most meaningful and eternal.

of teaching the young (“small”) ones starting from the Book of Vayikra (Kli Yakar, Vayikra 1:1; see also Sefer Chassidim 1140). As Rav Assi said: “Why do young children commence

R’ Yehuda permitted the writing of the beginning of Vayikra (and Bereishis) for use by children (cf. Gittin 60a; Sofrim 5:9; Avos d’Rabi Nosson [R’ Akiva began his Torah study at age 40 with

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Vayikra]). A custom of more recent vintage, although more obscure, encourages parents to place the Book of Vayikra in the crib of a baby boy prior to his bris (Sefer Chassidim 1140). While the practice of teaching children starting with the Book of Vayikra has been codified in halacha and still exists today (Kol Bo 74; Shach, Yoreh Dei’ah 245:8; Be’er Heitiv, Yoreh Dei’ah 245:8; Aruch HaShulchan, Yoreh Dei’ah 245:11), many are accustomed to start teaching only the first few verses of the Book of Vayikra before turning to the Book of Bereishis. The Weekly Halacha is not meant for practical purposes and is for discussion purposes only. Please consult your own rav for guidance.

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

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Shabbos A Taste of the World to Come By Shmuel Reichman


magine you are on a train, heading towards your destination. You look to your right and see a fellow passenger. Attempting to be friendly, you kindly ask him where he is heading. He shrugs his shoulders and says, “I don’t know.” You do a doubletake, and ask again. He repeats, “I’m just riding the train. I don’t know where I’m going.” At this point, you begin to wonder if this guy is out of his mind. Who goes on a train without a destination in mind? However, if you go over to your average person on the street and ask them the same question, “Where are going in life? What’s your ultimate destination?” they will probably give you a similar answer. They’ll shrug and say, “I don’t know.” However, if the absence of a defined destination for something as simple as a train ride is so clearly absurd, how can we fail to treat life the same way? Life, the most important journey we will ever take, must surely require a clearly defined and meaningful destination. Since Shabbos takes up one seventh of our entire lives, let us try

to gain a deeper understanding of this unique and beautiful day. It is striking to consider how fundamental Shabbos is in Jewish thought. Shabbos is included amongst the Aseres Hadibros, the Ten Commandments, which are viewed not only as uniquely important, but, as Rashi explains, the root categories that contain all the other mitzvos. (Rav Saadyah Gaon describes at length how every mitzvah falls under one of these ten categories.) Furthermore, the punishment for desecrating Shabbos is not just death, but sekilah, stoning. According to most opinions, this is the most severe of the four death penalties. To compound the point, when we consider whether or not someone is an observant Jew, we usually ask whether he or she is “shomer Shabbos,” Sabbath observant.

Mei’ein Olam Habah In a very enigmatic and cryptic manner, the Gemara in Brachos 57a compares Shabbos to Olam Habah, the

World to Come. The exact terminology is “mei’ein Olam Habah,” Shabbos is a taste of the World to Come. Olam Hazeh, the world we live in, is the place of process. In this world you get to choose whom you will become. Every single day presents you a new opportunity to become even greater than you were the day before. This world is therefore the place of movement and becoming, where we progress down our personal path of change and growth. Olam Habah, in contrast, is the place of being, where you experience everything you have built in this life. No longer can we move or become; no longer can we build. Rather, we experience a static world, lacking both movement and process, where we enjoy everything we created during our lives in this world. The joy of this world is the ability to grow, to learn, to become. The pain is that it is limited; we are only in this world for a short period of time and then we leave. The joy of the World to Come is the ecstatic enjoyment of

everything we’ve built during our lifetime. The pain is that it’s only that, nothing more. All the potential we failed to actualize will remain eternally so – merely potential. This can be compared to a person who is given a pile of clay and one hour to mold it. During that hour, he can create anything he wants, impress any form he desires into the clay. After the hour, the clay is taken and placed into the kiln and whatever form he created during that hour will remain forever. So too, we receive a lifetime in this world to mold ourselves. During our time here we have the free will to create ourselves, to grow. Once we leave this world, we remain forever as the beings that we created. What’s important to realize, though, is that the reward in the World to Come is not merely an external reward, some “goodie” given to you in exchange for the good deeds you performed. Rather, the reward is in fact you, the consciousness and self that you created during your lifetime. As

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the Ramchal and the Nefesh Ha’Chaim explain, when you die, your mind and consciousness are peeled away from your physical body, almost like taking off a coat, and you exist eternally as the essential being that you have created. (In truth, there is movement and process in Olam Habah as well, albeit, a very different type; it is a growth based on expanding everything you began building during your lifetime.)

Building a Tower The weekdays parallel this world, a time to physically create, build, and grow. Shabbos is more than just a day of rest; it’s a taste of Olam Habah – we cease creative physical activity and experience what it means to simply exist. This is the spiritual parallel to our transition from this world to the next. In this world we have the chance to grow and build; in the next we cease our creative activity and experience everything we have built. Shabbos is the ultimate reminder that our lives have an endpoint and that the result is only as great as every bit of effort that we put into building it. On Shabbos we reflect on what we’ve built and become, both in the preceding week and in our entire lives leading up until this point. This is why, despite the fact that we may pause our physical growth on Shabbos, we don’t stop our spiritual growth; in fact, we actually place special emphasis on it. This is because the experience of Olam Habah within Shabbos should be one that compels us to take advantage of this world, to further build, develop, and grow. Shabbos is the reminder that one day we will no longer have the opportunity to take advantage of this world, and our response should be to redouble our conviction to do so. We can then enter into the next week rejuvenated and inspired to become even more. This is also why the Gemara in Brachos specifically says that Shabbos is 1/60th of Olam Habah. In halacha, if something is less than 1/60th it has no taste. Therefore, in cases of bittul, if it is less than 1 in 60 it is considered nullified. Here, the Gemara is explaining that Shabbos is just enough of a taste of Olam Habah that it is not nullified, but not more than that. It’s a glimpse into another dimension. In the second-to-last passage of birchas ha’mazon, we say the word “mag-

dil” during the week but “migdol” on Shabbos and by melava malka. Why is this so? While there are many suggested answers, I would like to suggest my own, based on the aforementioned ideas. Magdil means to enlarge, to grow, to make bigger. During the week we grow, we become. Migdol means a building, a tower. On Shabbos, we take

first step is to enjoy everything you’ve become, everything you’ve created. The second step is to take a reflective step back and look objectively at yourself, as an outsider. We need to have the courage to go into a room, by ourselves, and ask the important questions: Who am I? What drives me? What makes me unique? What are my talents? What are

On Shabbos, we take a step back and observe the building we've built.

a step back and observe the building we’ve built. We enjoy the experience of everything we have created during the week.

Focusing on Our Destination Shabbos is a time to focus on destination, to ask ourselves: “Where am I going in life? What are my goals? What am I trying to accomplish?” Sadly, many people lose focus of the bigger picture, of what’s really important in life. Many people work, eat, sleep, and repeat during their lifetimes. They live for weekends and vacations. There are too many people who fall into the trap of getting by; they get an education, a job, find a spouse, retire, and pass away. However, this is not what we were created for! Each and every single one of us has the potential for greatness, and our job in this world is to find our unique greatness and bring it to life. Every business has regular meetings to discuss the company’s goals. Every athlete has a specific exercise regimen, diet, and sleep schedule to ensure maximum performance. They constantly track their progress and make alterations accordingly to make sure they are progressing towards their target. Yet, when it comes to the important things in life, such as the goal of our lives, our families, our spiritual growth, how often do we create concrete goals? How often do we sit down and measure our progress and then recalibrate accordingly? Every Shabbos needs to be an existential and meditative experience. The

my passions? What can I contribute to the Jewish people and the world as a whole? Most importantly, how am I doing in life? Am I achieving my goals? Is there anything which needs more work, more attention? The last step is to redirect and recalibrate. Just like a GPS recalibrates

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when you veer off the path, Shabbos is where we need to do the same for our life-trajectory. Life comes down to the decisions we make, and Shabbos provides us with the opportunity to make the decision to become more. Every decision you’ve ever made in your entire life has led you to this very moment, which also means that any decision you make from now on can forever alter your life for the better. Shabbos is when we regain perspective on who we are, where we are headed, and what decisions we must make to become our best and truest selves. May we be inspired to fully experience Shabbos, a taste of Olam Habah, and use this taste of destination to unlock our true greatness. Shmuel Reichman is an inspirational speaker who has spoken internationally at shuls, conferences, and in Jewish communities. You can find more inspirational shiurim, videos, and articles from Shmuel on Facebook and For all questions, thoughts, or bookings, please email




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Rabbinical Reflecti ns

Coincidence? I Think Not By Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe


don’t think anyone would call me superstitious and I try to live my life in a fairly rational manner. I roll my eyes when a woman is expecting and someone says they know the gender of the baby, or when someone tells me that they are certain that two young people are meant for each other. It always eludes me how they divine this information, but I have a sneaky suspicion that their abilities to intuit may not be an exact science. That said, we do operate with a guiding principle that Chazal term, “Af al pi she’ain raya l’davar, zecher l’davar,” which loosely means that although there is no incontrovertible proof to something, there is still an indication of it. In other words, we keep our eyes open while avoiding drawing unfounded conclusions. I believe a familiar aphorism highlights this concept. It is said that if one believes every alleged chassidishe mofes (wonder), he is a naar (fool), but if he believes none of them could have happened, he is an apikorus. We have to look for real signs in our lives. My wife and I recently enjoyed the exhilarating experience of dedicating a new Sefer Torah in memory of both of our parents, and I can honestly say that the celebration evoked incomparable feelings of simcha. The following week, we used the new Torah for the first time, and I was called up for Shelishi (which is in of itself a great lesson in learning to wait your turn) and I paid close attention to the aliyah as it addressed the topic of the kiyor, the laver that Aharon and his

sons were required to use prior to performing the avodah. I was struck that the final words of the aliyah were, “V’haysa lahem chok olam lo ul’zaro l’dorosom, And it will be to them an everlasting statute to him and his sons throughout their generations” (Shemos 30:21). I thought that this was a pretty poignant message embedded at the end and interpreted it as an allusion to a legacy and heirloom that I dream that will be passed down to my progeny. However, on Shabbos, when the laining continued, I noticed another “sign” that astonished me. The Gemara (Chullin 139b) asks the source for where a number of personalities are alluded to in the Torah, one of whom was Mordechai. Specifically, the language of the Gemara is, “Mordechai min haTorah, minayin?” Where does the Torah refer to Mordechai? The answer is that when discussing the shemen hamishcha, the main spice is “mar dror” which Onkelus translates as “mayra dachya,” sounding much like the name Mordechai. I was amazed that the source of my name “Mordechai” directly followed the verses that I interpreted so personally. My name is hinted immediately following MY first aliyah in MY Torah. That may not be a guaranteed message to me, but if it’s not a hint, I don’t know what is. One of the crucial attributes that we should foster within ourselves is to absorb information from our surrounding environment, while being open to the views of others. I believe that I try seeing things from

the viewpoints of others, especially teenagers, with whom I interact every day. Teenagers tend to have unique attitudes, which often seem odd to adults. However, showing a teenager that you try to see things from their point of view teaches them that they too must respect the opinions and perspectives of others. They, and we all, must grow beyond the nearsightedness of egocentricism. I’ll admit that sometimes I am equally guilty of finding it difficult to understand and accept another perspective. This past Shabbos, a few individuals approached me and commented that they thought I was going to address our tzibbur regarding “what was going on.” Somewhat bemused, I cautiously asked what they were referring to. The reply? All the anti-Semitism that’s happening. This past week was marked (or marred) by the horrific comments of a member of Congress regarding Israel and, let’s face it, Jews. Matters only got worse as her feeble attempts at apology fell flat and her fellow Democrats scrambled to minimize the damage. In addition, a grotesque float in a parade in Belgium utilized classical anti-Semitic caricatures that were so blatant, that even The New York Times critiqued it as reprehensibly anti-Semitic. It was not that I was unaware of these events or that I wasn’t deeply troubled by them. However, I was not motivated to address them publicly, and I pondered why this was so. Upon consideration, I realized it was because I have never expected anything different.

Jews in Europe during my lifetime have remained an enigma to me. Do people actually believe that after the Holocaust the Europeans felt empathy for Jews? Regret? Have you ever met someone who likes to be reminded of his guilt? How about the guilt he carries because of the actions of three generations before him? It may have gotten quiet for a while, but I don’t believe for a minute that it ever went away. Even in our wonderful Medina shel chessed, we are so few in number relatively that we should go unnoticed entirely. However, literally not a day goes by that both Israel and Jews are not vilified on the national level. In fact, I recently met a young, Jewish man whose exposure to Judaism has been quite limited, and he honestly wanted to know what I thought about the wealthy Jewish bankers’ plot to control world finance. I told him that if this plot really existed, then I was very hurt and offended because nobody had even told me about it! I do not believe that I am insensitive to these happenings, nor denying their import. I have long maintained that we have deluded ourselves into believing that the world sympathizes with us or values our disproportionate contributions to the benefit of society. Never again? One hopes. For me, our being in a state of galus is never far from the center-stage of my thoughts. When you remember that we are in galus and review the characteristics of galus described in the Torah, the entire image shifts into phase. I have to remind myself that

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not everyone looks at these events through the prism of galus. In response to that attitude, I would have addressed the recent events as follows: There is a machlokes in the Gemara (Megillah 6b) between Rabbi Eliezer ben Yosi and Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel whether in a year with two Adars one reads Megillah during the first Adar or the second. Rabbi Eliezer ben Yosi holds that we read in the first Adar, consistent with the principle of ain ma’avirin al hamitzvos, that we do not delay in the performance of a mitzvah when we get the opportunity. Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel holds we are mismach geulah l’geulah, that we maintain the integrity of the juxtaposition of the redemptions of Purim and Pesach next to each other and, therefore, read the Megillah in the second Adar. In practice, we follow the opinion of Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel. This is interesting because the principle cited by Rabbi Eliezer is widely

applied in halacha. While it seems nice to keep the two holidays in two consecutive months, does that really override a more commonly applied halachic principle? I believe we can explain that the entire purpose of Purim is to

around us, the zecher l’davar, and connect it to the nigla. For us, Purim is the vehicle to bring us back to recognizing Hashem in everything around us. The importance of being mismach geulah l’geulah overrides the principle of not delaying a mitz-

He honestly wanted to know what I thought about the wealthy Jewish bankers' plot to control world finance.

recognize redemption through the hidden. In galus, that is our only means to recognizing beyond the natural. Originally, we could relate to open hashgacha, but in the exiled state, we have to recognize the signs

vah. When we experience anti-Semitism, it is a manifestation of 2000 years of galus. We should neither be shocked by it, nor look for sociological explanations of the behavior. It is a symptom of galus as foretold

openly in the Torah. While we must make our hishtadlus, our greatest relief from such scourges will be to recognize the signs and make the connections in the nistar of Adar so we can be elevated to the nigla of Nissan. We must remember “Elah shebchol dor vador omdim aleinu l’chalosainu, v’haKadosh Baruch Hu matzileinu miyadam,” to know the source of our salvation. Anyone who says, “It’s a coincidence” is also saying, “I think…not.”

Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe is the Rosh HaYeshiva of Ateres Yaakov, a local Mesivta (MAY) and Yeshiva Gedolah, with over 220 talmidim, and the rav of Kehillah Ateres Yaakov. Besides his decades as an experienced mechanech, Rabbi Yaffe holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is licensed to practice in the State of New York. Any topics of interest, questions or comments can be sent to editor@fivetownsjewishhome. com.


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Saving Lives in Honor of My Brother By Raphael Poch


eer Sheva resident Guy Yekutiel lost his brother four years ago in a tragic accident. Following the trauma of losing his beloved brother, Yekutiel began to volunteer as an emergency medical technician (EMT) with United Hatzalah in his hometown as well as in the rest of the northern Negev. Yekutiel explained that he is volunteering to honor the memory of his brother Omer, who was just 21 years old when he died. Omer had headed out to a pub to celebrate with his friends after being accepted to Sami Shamoon College of Engineering. “Omer was on a different planet that night. He had ordered drinks for everyone in order to toast his new career path,” said Guy. In spite of the joyous occasion that evening, Omer’s hopes were never fulfilled. “He was just ordering the drinks when all of a sudden, his friends heard a boom and then saw Omer collapsed on the floor. Those nearby called for emergency services to come, and it took the first responders a number of long minutes to reach Omer,” Guy recounted. During the wait, his friends rushed to help him. “No one in the pub knew what to do. Later, Omer

was transported in an ambulance to Soroka hospital with what we found out later was a sudden cardiac arrest. When the ambulance arrived at the hospital it was too late for my brother.” After the family got up from sitting shiva, Guy began to investigate what had happened as he hadn’t been present during the incident. “I found

treatment (according to the findings of the investigation conducted by the Health Ministry) that could have saved Omer’s life.” “When I found this out, I learned that anyone could have saved my brother’s life and prevented this crushing tragedy from affecting my family. If there had been someone who knew what they were doing at

"If there had been someone who knew what they were doing at the scene, my brother might still be with us."

out that two EMTs arrived at the pub that night to help my brother and that they had received the information from Magen David Adom’s dispatch. They disregarded all of the telling signs that should have alerted them to my brother having a heart attack and instead chose to transport him to the hospital without providing any initial

the scene, my brother might still be with us,” Guy said. In order to make sure that this didn’t happen to others, Guy began to investigate how he could get involved in emergency medical services and found United Hatzalah. Sometime later he took a course with the organization and has now joined the

network of lifesaving volunteers who receive the highest level of training and equipment from the organization enabling them to save lives. Guy serves the people in his community in Beer Sheva and assists anyone in his surroundings who is having a medical emergency. Guy works as part of the Ministry of Interior in the Negev and rushes out every day to save lives and provide medical care to those in need, all in an effort to prevent other families from going through the tragedy that he and his family experienced firsthand. “United Hatzalah gives me all the tools I need to save the lives of others and prevent similar things from happening to other families,” he said. “I think that getting trained to be an EMT is something that every person should do, and I invite the entire populace of Israel to undergo basic medical training so that they will know how to properly treat medical emergencies when they come across them. Even a basic course of four hours can help people provide the first response when confronting an emergency. “It isn’t a big undertaking and it can save a life and the life of a family like mine.”

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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

My husband and I have always been extremely close to our grandchildren. In fact, there were times (without going into detail), when we have played very major roles in raising them. Till this day, we talk to each of our grandchildren several times a week, take them out to dinner often, and feel that they often feel more comfortable talking to us and asking for advice from us than they do from their own parents. We are very close.

Two of our grandchildren are starting to date. Again, without going into detail, my husband and I have very different ideas about how to approach this stage of their lives, what they should be looking for in a spouse, what they should avoid, etc. Their parents (we have a married son and a divorced daughter) are filling their heads with ideas that we find shocking and potentially unhelpful and even troubling for their futures. My husband and I would both love to share with our grandchildren some words of wisdom that we feel they need to hear at this point. We know that if we put in our two cents, our children will be furious with us for butting in and trying to take over their parental roles. They messed up a lot during their lives and, without actually saying that to them, we want our grandchildren to do better. Do we have any rights in this regard, and if so, how do we approach our children and discuss our desires, so that they allow us to be involved in this “parsha”?

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. orry to break it to you but grandparents do not have rights. Period. We do not parent; we do not guide grandchildren; we do not go to PTA. We clap at the Chumash parties and sports events. Our role is provider of love and support within a context of quality time. Chagim, school breaks and Sundays provide wonderful opportunities to spend time, connect, share skills and impart values indirectly. We may also give small and large treats that are age-appropriate. But we do not give them things that parents frown upon – be they candy, entertainment, or technology that the parents do not approve of. The parents of your grandchildren are the parents Hashem gave them and we mustn’t overstep our roles. It is the responsibility of parents to raise, guide, and educate their children. We grandparents may be a resource, however, if we are consulted by the younger generations. We have wisdom and experience to impart but they should only be shared when asked for and even then, with great tact and delicacy. If your relationship with your grandchildren is as good as you describe it, they will surely consult you and bring you along the journey in the parsha. Meanwhile, invest in some prayer. That is within your role as a grandparent.


The Mother Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. hy do you need permission? You are a bubby! Every gray hair on your head, every tear staining your Tehillim, every furrow in your worried brow have earned you the right to counsel the next generations(s)! You’ve been there, done that; your seniority in the family coupled


with your love for your progeny qualifies (and entitles) you to advise them on how to proceed in the parsha and avoid certain pitfalls (you called them “messes”) they may encounter. Your dilemma is a clear-cut case of “Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell.” You needn’t ask your children for guidelines on how to properly grandparent; judging from your grandchildren’s eagerness to spend time with you, you’ve done a great job! And you needn’t report (to the parents) the details of your conversations; that would be a violation of their kids’ privacy. Now that your grandkids are dating, they are adults; they have autonomy and they make choices. Their choices are informed by many factors: life experience, peer pressure, and guidance from people they trust and respect – parents, teachers, and yes, their savvy, beloved, world-wise grandparents. So keep the phone lines open, keep those restaurant invitations coming; be generous with your valuable advice, your unlimited time, and your unconditional love. And – shhh – rest assured, your secret is safe with me…Bubby’s honor!

The Shadchan Michelle Mond our question is extremely tricky for a mere panelist with no direct knowledge of your situation to answer. With that being said, based on your letter, this is what I am picking up on. There is clearly a gap in the care and chinuch your grandchildren receive from you compared to what your own children received. It seems like you recognize mistakes you made as parents and are now trying to rectify it by being the perfect grandparents. Rather than mending the relationships with your own children (a much harder task) you are trying to do it over again by trying to give proper chinuch and direction to their children. It is a lot easier to be the good guy as a grandparent than as a parent.


As a parent, your responsibility is the whole package; as grandparents, you get to pick and choose. While I am sure you have very altruistic intentions, your children see through that and are resentful. I am in no way in a position to advise you on the detailed steps to take going forward but I can advise the following: Mend your relationships in a very deep and real way with your son and daughter. This is probably the best thing you can do for the entire family, including the grandchildren. If you do not, they will be thrown into the dating world with the mixed-up messages such as: “My parents told me this but my grandparents told me that – everybody is fighting and it’s all my fault.” Whether it be therapy, or very deep acceptance, apologies, TLC, and dates with your grown children, get to the point where you have a genuine,

It is the responsibility of parents to raise, guide, and educate their children.

strong relationship with them. Only then will your opinions and advice actually help their children in a way that will not cause more friction and drama with their parents. This might not be a quick fix, but I can guarantee that this method of focusing on shalom bayis will help the grandchildren form more stable, quality homes of their own iy”H.

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The Single Tova Wein t sounds to me like you and your husband are very well positioned to be (and probably continue to be) strong influences in the lives of your grandchildren. The fact that you both have always played such a major role in their lives and spent so much time with them, they have been able to see for themselves what you are all about, what you believe in, how you choose to live your lives, and what you believe is important.


Children generally model themselves after role models that they relate to. Not every idea has to be spoon-fed to someone else – especially when you’re dealing with young adults who are starting to date and can figure a lot of things out for themselves. They are observers and watch both your lifestyle and that of your children and will decide on their own what is true for them. I don’t think you have to make any big announcements about your rights as grandparents. Continue to stay connected, loving and honest with your grandchildren. Hopefully, your children will not view you as people trying

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to interfere with their own agenda but rather you just you being you. After that, it’s really up to your grandchildren to decide what resonates with them as a backdrop for the lives they hope to personally pursue.

Reader's Response

It is a lot easier to be the good guy as a grandparent than as a parent.

Carolyn Lieberman want to start off by saying how special it is that you took such an active role in your grandchildren’s lives. Not many grandparents are willing to step up to the plate to fill the void. I’m going to get right to the point. If your grandchildren are old enough to date then they are adults, adults that can make their

own decisions on how to proceed, on which path they choose, on how to date and who to date. That being said, I don’t feel you need to ask permission of your children to give advice to their adult children. You have already cultivated a very deep beautiful relationship with these grandchildren and have certainly earned the right to “discuss your desires” and impart any advice. As adults they can choose to take this advice and go in that direction. Hope this helps shed some light on the situation.

educational, collaborative conversation. Build upon their strengths. Ask them thought-provoking questions about relationships. If they are open to including you in this “parsha,” great! If they aren’t, don’t push. They know that you are there for them, as you have been throughout their lives. I wish you and your husband a lifetime of closeness with these grandchildren. All the best, Jennifer

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hank you for writing in. I think your question will speak to a lot of our readers: grandparents, parents and (grand)children. Family dynamics can be very complicated. Families have all sorts of unwritten rules and ways of interacting. Either both your son and daughter are tyrannical/unreachable/ unapproachable, etc. or there is something about you and your husband that they are responding to…or maybe a combination of both. You’ve raised your grandkids in the past but your children don’t want you speaking with them about dating and marriage. This is a delicate situation. You asked about your rights as grandparents. Your grandchildren are no longer minors, so this isn’t a matter of grandparents’ rights. They get to decide who they speak with, whose advice they heed, etc. You don’t have to tell your kids a thing about speaking with them. You mentioned that you are very close with these grandchildren. Your children know this, as you have stepped in and taken on a very active role at different points in time. I may be wrong, but I sense you are afraid of your kids or of disrupting the status

quo (and maybe for good reason. I don’t know). I sense the long and complicated history you and your children share. As long as you are sharing truly healthy ideas about relationships and marriage, have at it. Please do consider the following advice. When speaking with your delightful grandkids, do not mention their parents. Don’t ask them what their parents have told them. Don’t mention their parents’ marriages. Don’t talk about their parents’ mistakes. A child’s allegiance is always to his parents. Hashem wired us this way. If you speak poorly of the parents (as right as you may be!), you will be hurting your grandchildren. Anyone who speaks poorly of a parent (with the exception of validating a child’s hurt inflicted by the parent) puts a child in a terrible position, evoking all sorts of painful emotions, no matter how dysfunctional or toxic that parent may be. If the grandchildren open up to you about their parents, then you can listen and validate their experiences. Make it a casual, fun, exciting,

Dear Readers, Have you ever read our column and thought, “She forgot to mention...” or “I completely disagree!?” Well, now it’s your turn to respond! Once a month we will have our “Reader’s Respond” section. You can be a panelist! Email to let us know that you would like to participate. We will forward you the entry we receive and you will be printed in the What Would You Do If? column alongside our regular panelists. Anonymous entries are welcome. Content is subject to the discretion of The Navidaters and The Jewish Home. We encourage you to be honest while maintaining sensitivity to the author of the entry. We can’t wait to hear from you! Esther and Jennifer

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Clean out your closets before Pesach!

Please remember the thousands of aniyei Eretz Yisroel this neighborhood has helped with the gently used clothes we have sent. Over the past few years, we have sent gently used clothing to aniyei Eretz Yisrael in a biannual clothing drive. ALL COSTS are paid by anonymous sponsors, and collection and distribution is undertaken by UNPAID volunteers. This is a special opportunity to perform the tremendous mitzvah of tzedakah without incurring any expense. Last October, we shipped over 10,000 garments to distribution centers, both chareidi and chiloni, in Yerushalayim, Kiryat Sefer, Bet Shemesh, and other communities.

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The Keren is responsible when it reaches E”Y, and the Israeli government inspects the container to make sure we comply with the rules and regulations. WE ARE SENDING ONLY GENTLY USED CLOTHING (no shoes, hats, or undergarments). Please select garments that you feel are appropriate and that our needy brethren in E”Y will be proud to wear. Please ensure that all clothing is stain-free and in very good condition. Thank you for the last drive! Our community’s drive continues to be the most successful this organization has in terms of the quality and quantity of clothes we send to Eretz Yisrael. Help us do it again!

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Dr. Deb

The Hidden Reason Why People Don't Change By Deb Hirschhorn, Ph.D.


s I look at all the people I’ve worked with over time and the people that I’m currently helping across rocky terrain, one thing becomes clear to me: our society dismisses emotions. It’s normal to dismiss something you don’t understand. Not too helpful and certainly not very nice, but normal. By “normal,” I don’t mean mentally healthy. I just mean “it happens a lot.” Somewhere along the line, humanity decided that emotions were too difficult to figure out so why bother? My own emotions, your emotions, everyone’s. Let’s just pretend they’re not there, sweep them under the rug, and move on. This works amazingly well. Think of all the successful people who don’t recognize theirs. Or their spouses’. They plow forward, carrying on – successfully in all areas that don’t require emotions – living, breathing, enjoying life at whatever level that is, and they seem pretty content from the outside. And of course, they will – normally – end up in divorce court over it. Jeff Bezos comes to mind. Trump has been there a few times. Because the reality is that we were implanted with emotions for a reason.

Emotions give us information. When we feel a certain way, it tells us things we need to know. If we feel feverish, chances are we need to check for an infection. If we feel hungry, we ought to consider lunch. Or dinner. Many of us have trouble recognizing these feelings, let alone the more intangible ones that deal with the heart. But if we were able to recognize our own emotions and – bonus! – other people’s, we would and could avoid a lot of trouble. What’s the biggest reason that people divorce? The answer according to many polls: “communication problems.” But what does that mean? Imagine driving with a blindfold on. Scary, huh? When people “communicate,” if they are not correctly “reading” the meaning and intention in the other person’s words and actions, then it’s like driving blind. And they’re not reading correctly. This is for sure. They misinterpret all the time; they give unclear signals themselves; they are not even clear in what they want to say in the first place! Why is that? Because they are not reading (A) their own, and (B) their partner’s emotions.

And they don’t even know that they aren’t. They assume whatever they want to infer from what their partner says and does based on their own past experience without checking or even thinking that maybe they should check what they’re interpreting. Jumping to conclusions? Certainly. And everyone does it. What’s more, if Jimmy were to ask Jessie what she meant, she wouldn’t be able to tell him anyway. She’s so far removed from understanding her own feelings, that she can’t even express what they are. So she thinks she’s giving clear messages to Jimmy but none of it makes sense to him. She begs, she pleads, she reasons. She gets hysterical. She goes cold. Nothing, absolutely nothing works. So she concludes: “People don’t change.” Ahem. To take the driving analogy, if everyone drove around blindfolded and no one ever took off their blindfold, then eventually being in a state of willful blindness would be normal. If someone kept shouting, “You’re going to crash! Watch out!” it would not make much sense. The idea of remov-

ing the blindfold would simply not be on anyone’s radar. But emotions actually are the “window” to reality. We really know what’s going on with another person (and ourselves) when we have the language of emotions down pat. That means the blindfolds are off, and we can “see” with amazing clarity what is going on with another person. Just to prove to you that this is accurate, how is it that I can meet a couple that I have never spoken to before and after about a half-hour of chatting about their history together, I’ve totally figured out what the problem was in their marriage that was eluding them for twenty years? It would be funny if it weren’t tragic. But that couple doesn’t need to sit with me week after week after dreadful week, interpreting one to the other. That couple must learn the language of emotions – their own, first, and their spouse’s, second. Is this difficult? Yes, of course. That’s why everyone has colluded in pretending that emotions aren’t important. Easier that way. But it is far from impossible. It is something that can be learned in

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a matter of weeks, actually. Just like any other “language,” you can begin to build a “vocabulary” right away. Now, you might want to argue with me on this. You might say, “No, Dr. Deb, I explained that I was hurt that my husband wasn’t looking for work. I explained that it frightened me. I was very clear. We looked at the numbers and it was clear that we couldn’t go on. How was I not sharing my emotions?” Well, Jessie, you might have been sharing them; that’s true. But does he relate to “hurt” and “frightened”? Does Jimmy understand these concepts from his own experience? Jimmy was told to “man up” and “don’t be a crybaby” as a kid. He was not allowed to be either hurt or frightened. So how is he to relate to your words? What sense can he make of them? …. None at all. It’s not that you didn’t try. It’s that he didn’t receive. Not because he didn’t want to but because he had no basis to understand the depth of your pain. Those are the key words here: “the depth of your pain.” You know there

are two kinds of knowing. There’s what you read in a book or what someone tells you. And then there’s the experience. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that compares to having the same experience as another human

Lost? Abandoned? I don’t think so. They’d have to have experienced it themselves in order to “get” it. And not only that, they’d have to have employed the same coping skills as you to

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that compares to having the same experiences as another human being to really "know" something.

being to really “know” something. Can you truly describe to someone what it’s like to be on a rollercoaster? Or to be where you were for your last vacation? Or what it’s like for you, for that matter, to be belittled? Put down?

really, definitely get it. If your coping skill was to feel your pain and theirs was to avoid their pain and just “plow through” to deal with life’s curveballs, then they still will not get it. That’s why it looks to you like peo-

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ple don’t change. You’re speaking two different languages. There’s no way they will get it without a “translator.” A translator – me – understands how to quickly, efficiently, thoroughly, and deeply teach the language of emotions so the one who didn’t get it, does. There’s no way around that. And, interestingly enough, there is no “guru” teaching this. Unfortunately. So you’ve got me. With me, change is possible and doable, provided you will step up to the plate to do the work. Dr. Deb is a Marriage & Family Therapist. Book a consultation with her to get clarity on the issues in your marriage and learn about her innovative program at: https:// To book a call with Dr. Deb, go to her scheduler, https://drdeb. com/book, but if you want more information about her new program, please first watch the Masterclass on “Getting The Marriage You Want” at myw-masterclass.


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Health & F tness

A Healthy and Happy Purim By Aliza Beer MS, RD


es, it’s true, Purim is just one day. But if you recall feeling incredibly bloated and just “blah” after a long marathon of snacking and parties, one day counts more than you think. There’s a general mentality that a single day of bad eating doesn’t set you back that much, which is true to some extent. It should be relatively impossible to gain even a pound in one day. As the science goes, a pound of a fat contains about 3,500 calories. Therefore, you’d have to consume 3,500 calories in addition to your regular caloric intake. So how is it possible that people gain five pounds over a Shabbos or three pounds after eating in their favorite restaurant? Some of that gain is sodium/fluid retention, but some of it is a true and actual gain. One muffin can be 800 calories, add to it candy, chocolate, challah, meat, kugels, etc. and you can possibly gain a few pounds from one day! In addition, a binge day can and often does reset some of the good habits you’ve set in place over the weeks before. A yoyo diet consists of bouncing back and forth between healthy and unhealthy eating. The up and down nature of a yoyo diet can have ramifications on your physical and mental health. If you want to stay on track and limit the negative effects of the mishloach manos, parties, and endless eat-

ing of Purim, it’s important to set the rules beforehand. To prevent the sabotage of your weight-loss and healthy eating efforts, here are some do’s and don’ts to combat the desire to just kick back and lose control on Purim beginning with Ta’anis Esther and ending with Shushan Purim as well as all the craziness in between: 1. Don’t Eat a TON the Day Before a Fast – Granted, this one may seem counterintuitive but bear with me. Many people think eating as many calories as you can before a fast will help you get through the fast better. However, your body doesn’t store excess energy like that. Instead, eat a few filling meals throughout the day that include good carbohydrates, healthy fats, and lean protein. Good carbs, ones containing fiber and no sugar, do two things: they retain water to keep you hydrated and digest slowly, keeping you full for longer. Avoid salty foods like French fries, crackers, and deli meats. And perhaps the most important tip of all: hydrate! Drink a minimum of 8-10 cups of water the day before the fast. 2. Do Eat High-Fiber Foods After a Fast – So you know what to eat before a fast, but what should you break it on? Before you polish off an entire box of English muffins or a babka, keep in mind that eating a large meal

after fasting puts strain on your digestive system. You want to consume foods that are high energy-yielding with high water content and nourishing properties, like fruit. Watermelon, apples, kiwis, and grapes will replenish some of the energy your body lost and give you initial hydration. After eating those fruits, drink a lot of water and consume a medium-sized high fiber and protein meal like a whole wheat mini bagel with tuna or eggs. Vegetable soup is another good way to get some fluid in after a fast, and the fiber from the vegetables will satiate you. 3. Do “Healthify” Your Mishloach Manos – Your friends will appreciate it. Amidst the sugary scene, it’ll be nice to receive something healthy and fresh. Even if your entire mishloach manos doesn’t scream wholesome and beneficial, you can always include a combination with something redeemable like a squeezy unsweetened applesauce or dehydrated fruit bag or a no sugar-added 100 calorie granola bar. You can even include some non-food items that will get kids excited like a theme appropriate little toy or keychain. It doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Here are a few cute ideas for healthy mishloach manos: • A homemade (or purchased)

whole grain muffin and a green juice • A layered mason jar salad with a dressing cup • An assortment of homemade granolas and dried fruit 4. Do Eat a Healthy Breakfast – Try to make it even healthier than usual. People who start off the day healthy are more likely to make better food choices throughout the day. Have you ever exercised in the morning and then watched yourself just a little more carefully that day as to not offset the workout? The same applies for Purim morning. Make yourself an extra wholesome breakfast like steel cut oatmeal (not the sugar-loaded instant variety) topped with blueberries, strawberries, cinnamon, and a little agave. Other options include a breakfast smoothie made with a handful of spinach, mango, berries, no sugar-added protein powder, and unsweetened almond milk. If you have time, then eggs and whole wheat toast will be your most filling breakfast option. 5. Do Bring Something – If you’re asked to contribute food for a seudah, say yes! That way, if the host is only serving fried chicken and greasy hors d’oeuvres, you know you have a healthy backup. Plus, other health conscious guests will appreciate your contribution. Healthy doesn’t mean

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bland or boring. You can bring skinny zucchini kugels, quinoa, apple and pomegranate seed salad with honey mustard dressing, maple pecan salmon, or baked chicken marsala. If you’re preparing the menu or hosting, always include some health conscious options. Today, it’s almost inevitable that someone will have a dietary restriction at the table or simply be trying to lose weight, so be prepared! 6. Don’t Just Snack Mindlessly – Mindlessness is the enemy of a good diet. When you’re not eating consciously, you end up consuming a lot more. This doesn’t mean calculate and record every morsel you ingest, but it does mean be aware. Don’t eat standing up! When you stand and eat the eating doesn’t register in your brain and you feel as if you didn’t really consume as much as the reality. This is especially important at a seudah or Purim party. Surrounded by food, it’s difficult to not constantly pick at the pecan bars or raspberry hamantaschen. You may want to instead pour yourself a hot drink and sip it while socializing. That way, you have something to occupy idle hands – and mouths. 7. Do Fruit – Keep fresh fruit and veggies accessible throughout Purim day. Keep sliced fruit or a vegetable crudité on your counter or on the table. Adults and children will be coming in and out of your home and offering up a nice fruit/veggie platter is a sweet gesture that I can promise most parents will appreciate. You can take it up a notch and have a yogurt, fruit, and granola bar. People will be out delivering mishloach manos early on in the day, and some will have most likely skipped breakfast. Nourish the

neighborhood! 8. Don’t Deprive Yourself – These tips are not meant to restrict this joyous day to a bowl of quinoa and an apple. If you feel deprived, you won’t enjoy the day. Not enjoying the process of a healthy diet and lifestyle often leads to yoyo dieting or dropping it altogether. Make sure your cravings are met with a few bites of something decadent that catches your eye. A few bites should do the trick of curbing your craving and keep you satisfied. Choose wisely and try not going back for seconds. The second helping will always taste exactly like the first. 9. Do Donate – Once Purim is over, you’ll likely be left with a mountain of candy, sweets, and lone mini bottles of Coke to deal with. Aside from the fact that Pesach will be fast approaching, it’s never a good idea to have that much sugar lying around. Don’t confiscate all of it, obviously, because deprivation is not a great tool for teaching children about healthy eating. Ask your kids to pick their favorite goodies to keep and bring the rest of the stash to a nearby JEP donation bin. JEP will use the candy as prizes to motivate kids learning about Judaism. It’s a sweet exchange and prevents all that sugar and fat from ending up in your stomach. 10. Don’t Get Drunk – Yes, it’s a mitzvah to drink, but it’s downright dangerous to consume too much alcohol and can lead to alcohol poisoning. In terms of weight, alcohol is metabolized as a fat, it will slow down the metabolism, and too much will cause you to make poor food choices. While you should never ever deprive yourself, it’s not healthy to binge or let yourself go either. Extremes, on

either side of aisle, will result in a high-low method of dieting and lifestyle. Create a regimen for yourself before Purim and stick to it. You’ll end up enjoying the yom tov more without needing a recovery day afterward. It’s all about balance and figuring out what’s right for you. Remember, Purim is a time for celebration, joy, and, yes, eating but the focus should be on family and the meaning and lessons to be learned

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from the megillah – not just the food. Wishing all of my clients and readers a freilechen Purim!

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

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In The K


Cocktails for Purim By Naomi Nachman

This week, in honor of Purim, I am sharing three fabulous cocktails from my new book, Perfect Flavors, which are delicious to serve at your Purim seudah.

Rose Sangria Yesterday’s fruit platter is today’s sangria. Pour a glass and relax.

Grapefruit-SageCucumber Gin and Tonic

Pareve • Yields 4 servings Ingredients

Chocolate Martini I learned how to make chocolate martinis when I demoed cocktails at the VIP RAM Pesach program with their in-house mixologist. Dairy or pareve • Yields 1 serving Ingredients 1 ounce vanilla vodka 1½ ounces espresso liqueur 1½ ounces dark chocolate liqueur 1½ ounces whole milk or almond milk Ice Corn syrup or honey, optional garnish Colorful sprinkles, optional garnish

Preparation Place alcohols and milk into a metal cocktail shaker with the strainer attachment. Top with ice, cover, and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and drink cold. Optional garnish: To decorate the rim, dip the rim of the glass lightly into corn syrup, then into sprinkles. Dry upside down before filling the glass.

1 (750 ml) bottle rose wine 1 green apple, diced 6 sliced strawberries ½ orange, cut into wedges 1 cup diced pineapple ¼ cup triple sec

Dovid Statman, a food scientist and blogger hobbyist, helped me develop this refreshing, summery but year-round unusual twist on gin and tonic. Pareve • Yields 1 serving



Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Refrigerate overnight, allowing flavors to combine and develop. Serve chilled.

2 ounces gin 6 sage leaves 4-6 thin slices English cucumber 2 ounces grapefruit juice Ice 5 ounces cold tonic water

Preparation Combine a splash of gin – about a tablespoon – sage leaves, and cucumber in a cocktail shaker. Muddle (crush together) with a blunt tool to release the oils and flavors. I used a wooden spoon for this step. Add remaining gin, grapefruit juice, and ice to shaker. Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds. Strain mixture into a glass of ice. Top with cold tonic water. Recipes shared with permission from ArtScroll. Photos by Miriam Pascal.

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

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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

He’s not appealing to me all of a sudden because he has this money. - Eileen Murray, to the New York Post, after her exhusband won a $273 million jackpot, shortly after she divorced him after 15 years of marriage, during which she worked and he was unemployed

I’m not going after anything. I have morals. I know what I’ve worked for and it’s everything that I have. - Ibid.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is so concerned about his own personal safety that he had a panic shoot installed in one of the conference rooms at Facebook headquarters... making this the first time that Facebook ever cared about someone’s security. - James Corden

We don’t have a society structured around fairness right now. The problem is that there’s a systematic favoring of people who have accumulated an enormous amount of wealth. - Abigail Disney, the wealthy granddaughter of Walt Disney, condemning wage inequality

It’s ridiculous to say that. My measly few hundred million dollars will do nothing to address the roads, infrastructure, schools, hospitals. - Ibid., when asked why she doesn’t write a check to help alleviate the inequality

Mr. President, through thick and thin – you know there’s been a lot of thicks and there’s been a lot of thins – I support you. - Jay Barrett, of Connecticut, who is terminally ill, while on the phone with President Trump (talking to Trump was on his bucket list and his sister was able to arrange the call)

You’re my kind of man, Jay.... I’m very proud of you. I’ll talk to you again, Jay, OK? You keep that fight going. We both fight. – President Trump to Barrett

I didn’t lie. I made a big mistake, and I just simply didn’t understand what I was being asked about. - Former National Security Agency Director and current CNN commentator James Clapper, who is often touted as “the smartest guy in the room,” claiming that when he famously lied to Congress in 2013 and said that the U.S. did not have mass domestic surveillance programs, it was because he didn’t understand the question


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Ilhan Omar is NOW the most important Member of the US Congress! - David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, tweeting his support of Rep Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after her most recent anti-Semitic tweets

Today is historic on many fronts. It’s the first time we have voted on a resolution condemning AntiMuslim bigotry in our nation’s history. Anti-Muslim crimes have increased 99% from 20142016 and are still on the rise. We are tremendously proud to be part of a body that has put forth a condemnation of all forms of bigotry including anti-Semitism, racism, and white supremacy. - Joint statement by Rep Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MN), and Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) after the Democrats passed a watered-down resolution that was originally intended to condemn Rep. Omar’s vicious anti-Semitic comments but failed to do that

There are people who tell me, “Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors,” “My parents did this.” It’s more personal with her. - Rep. James Clyburn (D- SC) defending Rep. Ilhan Omar’s vicious comments by saying that her experience living in Somalia was “more personal” than Jews whose parents survived the Holocaust

Budweiser just released a new line of meat products infused with beer. It sounds good until you get pulled over and say, “I swear officer, I only ate three ribs. OK, maybe four.” -Jimmy Fallon

This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it. – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in an interview with the Washington Post

Anyone who follows the prattle of Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s envoy in the matter of the deal of the century, sees that his condition is very similar to Down syndrome... Anyone who looks at the American envoy [Greenblatt] discovers that he has external and inner characteristics similar to those suffering from Down syndrome: He is short, his eyes are similar to Mongoloid eyes, he prattles unrestrainedly, and is politically retarded. – From a recent op-ed in the official Palestinian Authority daily newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida

Daylight savings time started this Sunday when we moved our clocks forward an hour. So now Bernie Sanders is eating dinner – technically – at 2pm.

Obviously he realized I was not what he wanted to eat so he spat me out again. - Rainer Schimpf, 51, who was snorkeling off the coast of South Africa and was engulfed headfirst by a Byrd’s whale (which can weigh 90,000 pounds and grow to 55 feet long) which then spit him out, talking about his Jonah-like experience

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CVS has announced that they will be changing their hold music after 20 years. They were petitioned to do so by a psychologist who couldn’t stand the music. Now here’s a thought: if you can be driven crazy by hold music, maybe you shouldn’t be a psychologist. - James Corden

The carnival participants had no sinister intentions. - The mayor of Aalst, Belgium, responding to criticism about his city’s annual parade that featured puppets of Jews with grotesque faces and a rat atop money bags

Happy as a clam. - John Hinckley, Jr., who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and was released from a mental institution last year, describing his mental state during a recent mental evaluation

If we could form a network of those young leaders, not just in the United States, but around the world, then we got something – if we can train a million Baracks and Michelles who are running around thinking they can change the world. - Pres. Obama talking about how to change things in America, at a recent conference

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Trump is Undermining Congress’s Power of the Purse By Marc A. Thiessen


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to do so legislatively. This is not simply circumventing Congress. It is a direct assault on Congress’s Article 1 powers – exactly the kind of unprecedented abuse of power that A1P was created to fight against. One would think that constitutional conservatives would be leading the fight in the Senate to reverse the president’s extraordinary emergency declaration and reclaim Congress’s power of the purse. So far, that’s not happening. Instead, we’re seeing plenty of excuses, with

The fact is, the president does not need an emergency declaration to build a border wall.

Today, Congress’s power of the purse is being undermined by a Republican president. For the first time since Congress enacted the National Emergencies Act in 1976, a president has used his emergency authority to appropriate funds for a policy priority after Congress specifically refused

Republicans arguing that what the president is doing is technically legal, even if he should not have that kind of power. Sorry, that’s a cop-out. Even if one thinks the emergency declaration is technically legal – and that is a point of debate among legal schol-

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ars – the law also provides Congress a mechanism to terminate an emergency declaration that it deems inappropriate. Why would any Republican not vote to use the express authority Congress granted itself under the law to do so? Some Republicans are talking about amending the National Emergencies Act to have all emergencies end automatically in 30 days unless Congress votes affirmatively to extend the emergency – shifting power back from the executive to Congress. Fair enough. But up until now, such a law has not been necessary, because no president has abused his powers under the National Emergencies Act. Almost all of the 59 previous emergency declarations have been to impose sanctions or trade restrictions on terrorists or other enemies. In the more than four decades since the act was passed, only twice has an emergency declaration been used to reallocate funds – and both instances were to carry out wartime construction projects, one related to the 1991 Persian Gulf War and one related to military response following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. So, it was not until Trump’s unprecedented abuse of the act that a constitutional crisis emerged. Congress can debate whether the act should be amended in light of that abuse. But that does not absolve individual members of their responsibility to address this specific abuse of power. Some object that a vote on the resolution of disapproval is little more than a “show vote” because the president will veto it and it lets Democrats pretend that they care about separation of powers without doing anything real to address the problem. But it is within the GOP’s power to make sure the resolution passes with a veto-proof majority, which would make it the opposite of a “show vote.” Nor is a vote to reverse the president’s executive overreach a vote against building the wall. The fact is, the president does not need an emergency declaration to build a border wall. He can reprogram an additional $4.6 billion from Treasury Department’s drug forfeiture fund and the Defense Department’s drug interdiction program without

one. Together with the $1.38 billion Congress just appropriated, that gives him nearly $6 billion in immediate wall funding. That is more than he requested from Congress to begin with. Republicans understandably feel

a political imperative to support their president. But they also have constitutional and institutional imperative to reverse this abuse of power by voting “yes” on the resolution of disapproval. Were Barack Obama doing what Trump is doing,

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Political Crossfire

What If We Stopped Pretending for a Minute? By Tucker Carlson

The following is Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on March 11, 2019, a day after a left-wing group unearthed old audio of Carlson making politically incorrect remarks ten years ago while on a comedic interview with shock jock host Bubba the Love Sponge and sought to use those comments to start an ads boycott against him.


s anyone who has ever been caught in its gears can tell you, the great American outrage machine is a remarkable thing. One day you’re having dinner with your family, imagining everything is fine. The next, your phone is exploding with calls from reporters. They read you snippets from a press release written by Democratic Party operatives. They demand to know how you could possibly have said something so awful and offensive, and ask something like, “Do you have a statement on how immoral you are?” It’s a bewildering moment, especially when the quotes in question are more than a decade old. There’s really not that much you can do to respond. It’s pointless to try to explain how the words were spoken

in jest or taken out of context, or in any case, bear no resemblance to what you actually think or would want for the country. None of that matters. Nobody cares. You know the role you’re required to play. You are a sinner that needs the forgiveness of Twitter. So you issue a statement of deep contrition. You apologize profusely for your transgressions. You promise to be a better person going forward with the guidance of your contrition consultants. You send money to whatever organization that claims to represent the people you supposedly offended. Then you sit back, and brace for a wave of stories about your apology, all of which simply provide a pretext for attacking you again. In the end, you get fired; you lose your job. Nobody defends you. Your neighbors avert their gaze as you pull into the driveway. You are ruined. And yet, no matter how bad it gets, no matter how despised and humiliated you may be, there is one thing you can never do – one thing that is absolutely not allowed. You can never acknowledge the comic absurdity of the whole thing. You can never laugh in the face of the mob. You must always pretend that

the people yelling at you are somehow your moral superiors. You have to assume what they say they are mad about is what they are actually mad about. You have to take them at face value. You must pretend this is a debate about virtue and not about power. Your critics are arguing from principle, and not from partisanship. No matter what they take from you in the end, you must continue to pretend that these things are true. You are bad, they are good. The system is on the level. But what if we stopped pretending for a minute? What if we acknowledged what’s actually going on? One side is deadly serious. They believe that politics is war. They are not interested in abstractions or principles, rules or traditions. They seek power, and they intend to win it with whatever it takes. If that includes getting you fired or silencing you, or threatening your family at home, or throwing you in prison, okay. They know what their goal is. If you are in the way, they will crush you. What’s interesting is how reliably the other side pretends that none of this is happening. Republicans in Washington do a fairly credible im-

itation of an opposition party. They still give speeches. They tweet quite a bit. They make certain noises about how liberals are bad. But on the deepest level, it’s all a pose. In their minds, where it matters, Republican leaders are controlled by the left. They know exactly what they are allowed to say and believe. They know what the rules are. They may understand that those rules are written by the very people who seek their destruction, but they ruthlessly enforce them anyway. Republicans in Washington police their own with a never-ending enthusiasm. Like trustees at a prison, they dutifully report back to the ward, hoping for perks. Nobody wants to be called names. Nobody wants to be Trump. How many times have you seen it happen? Some conservative figure will say something stupid, or incomplete, or too far outside the bounds of received wisdom for the moral guardians of cable news? Twitter goes bonkers. The mob demands a response. Very often, the first people calling for the destruction of that person are Republican leaders. You saw it with the Covington Catholic High School kids.

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You see it all the time. Kevin McCarthy spends half his day telling Republican members not to criticize progressive orthodoxy. Paul Ryan did the same before him. A couple of years ago, the entire Democratic Party decided to deny the biological reality of sex differences, an idea that is insane as it is dangerous. Republican leaders decided to not criticize them for it. They might get upset. This is a system built on deceit and enforced silence. Hypocrisy is its hallmark. Yet in Washington, it’s considered rude to ask questions about how exactly it works. Why are the people who considered Bill Clinton a hero lecturing me about sexism? How can the party that demands racial quotas denounce other people as racist? After a while, you begin to think that maybe their criticisms aren’t sincere. Maybe their moral puffery is a costume. Maybe the whole conversation is an absurd joke. Maybe we are falling for it.

You sometimes hear modern progressives described as “New Puritans.” That’s a slur on colonial Americans. Whatever their flaws, the Puritans cared about the fate of the soul and the moral regeneration of their society. Those are not topics

The left’s main goal, in case you haven’t noticed, is controlling what you think. In order to do that, they have to control the information that you receive. Google and Facebook and Twitter are fully on board with that. They are happy to ban unapproved

"You are a sinner that needs the forgiveness of Twitter."

that interest progressives. They’re too busy pushing late-term abortions and cross-dressing on fifth-graders. These are the people who write our movies and our sitcoms. They are not shocked by naughty words. They just pretend to be when it’s useful. It’s been very useful lately.

thoughts, and they don’t apologize for it. Same with the other cable channels and virtually every major news outlet in this country. One of the only places left in the United States where independent thoughts are allowed is right here at Fox News – the opinion hours on this

network. Just a few hours in a sea of television programming. It’s not much, relatively speaking. For the left, it’s unacceptable. It demands total conformity. Since the day we went on the air, they’ve been working hard to kill this show. We haven’t said much about it in public; it seemed too self-referential. The point of this show has never been us. But now, it’s obvious to everybody. There is no pretending that it is not happening. It is happening, and so, going forward, we’ll be covering their efforts to make us be quiet. For now, though, just two points to leave you with. First, Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality in a TV network, and we are grateful for that. Second, we’ve always apologized when we are wrong and we will continue to do that. That’s what decent people do – they apologize. But we will never bow to the mob – ever. No matter what. (c) 2019, Washington Post Writers Group


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Political Crossfire

As Erdogan Turns Away from the West, He Sabotages Turkey's Progress By David Ignatius


or a scary snapshot of what a “post-American” world looks like, consider the rupture that has been developing through three administrations in the U.S.-Turkey relationship. Turkey has come to think it can call the shots, regardless of U.S. interests. The prime mover has been President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Over the past decade, he has altered Turkey’s political geography – undoing the western-facing secular republic created by Kemal Ataturk and creating a neo-Ottoman Turkey that’s more aligned with its eastern neighbors, including Russia. “Ever since the end of the Cold War, this relationship has been in trouble, because the common threat of the Soviet Union has disappeared,” argues Bulent Aliriza, who heads the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. American presidents have tried to coerce and cajole Erdogan, but to little effect. The two countries are now heading toward the most serious confrontation yet. The Pentagon warned last Monday that Turkey would face “grave consequences” if it went ahead with its planned purchase of a Russian S-400 air-defense system rather than the Patriot missiles the U.S. has offered. NATO commander Gen. Curtis Scap-

arrotti on Tuesday implored Ankara to “reconsider.” Erdogan responded, in effect, by flipping the bird. “It’s done,” Erdogan said Wednesday of the S-400 purchase. “There can never be a turning back. This would not be ethical, it would be immoral. Nobody should ask us to lick up what we spat.” Erdogan’s defiant decision comes despite U.S. warnings that Turkey was jeopardizing its role as a partner in building the F-35 fighter – the very weapon the S-400 is designed to shoot down. Having the rival weapons systems in the same country could compromise the security of the F-35, U.S. officials believe. They are now scrambling with Lockheed Martin, the lead contractor, to find alternative sources for fuselage parts and hundreds of other F-35 components that were to be made in Turkey. “We have to take them [the Turkish government] at their word,” says a senior Trump administration official. “We have a responsibility on our side to take the steps that are necessary.” “Turkey is a totally unreliable ally,” argues Eric Edelman, who served as U.S. ambassador to Ankara from 2003 to 2005. Edelman was warning about Erdogan’s “authoritarian loner streak” back then, in a January 2004 cable revealed by WikiLeaks: “Erdogan has

traits which render him seriously vulnerable to miscalculating the political dynamic, especially in foreign affairs.” The Turkish pendulum has been swinging away from the West, despite attempts by the last three U.S. presidents to reassure the Turkish leader. President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama both pushed Europe to admit Turkey into the European Union; Obama treated Erdogan as a model Muslim leader during the Arab Spring, courting the Turkish leader in more than 20 personal phone calls. President Trump embraced Erdogan as a kindred spirit and offered in December to withdraw U.S. troops from northeast Syria and let Turkish forces take over there, a position he has since reversed. America and the NATO alliance are strong enough to survive Erdogan’s mischief. The tragedy is that the Turkish leader has been sabotaging his own country’s progress, which had been one of the world’s great success stories. Erdogan crushed a thriving free press, enfeebled a once-strong military, jailed thousands of dissidents, and undermined the Turkish economy, once the jewel of the emerging markets. Erdogan’s version of populist nationalism features strident attacks on the Kurdish Workers Party, or PKK, that approaches Kurdophobia. A de-

cade ago he was exploring a possible truce with PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan; now he blasts the group and its Syrian Kurdish affiliate, the YPG, as terrorist organizations – even though the YPG has been America’s best ally against the Islamic State. This anti-PKK zealotry moved a step further this week, when Turkey’s interior minister said Turkey and Iran were planning joint operations against the group. There has been a string of anti-American moves by Erdogan in recent years: undermining U.S. sanctions against Iran; jailing pastor Andrew Brunson; blaming America for the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey; allowing his bodyguards to attack demonstrators in Washington in 2017; touting Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro in a January 2019 phone call, saying, “Maduro brother, stand tall, Turkey stands with you,” according to a tweet by Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin. In today’s messy world, America seems to be everyone’s target, and authoritarian leaders take potshots at will. And for now, sadly, Erdogan is a wrecking ball for Turkish efforts to build a modern, Western-style democracy. But eventually, the political pendulum swings back. (c) 2019, Washington Post Writers Group

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Shushan's Snowflake News By Avi Heiligman


i everyone! It’s Oscar Lavista, your trusty reporter and fraudcaster for Snowflake News Outlet (aka SNO) here in the capital city of Shushan. Yes, Shushan has existed all these years and now in 2019 I’m the one and only reporter

left from the city that Kim Jung Un has decided to make his “safe space.” Here in 2019 we have a lot of news coming out of Shushan that bear an uncanny resemblance from news from the West. Our leader is Darius Trump,

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who reminds the people of Achashveroish since both are zaidys. Darius Trump is in no way related to American President Donald Trump but Darius is first cousins with Hillary Clinton. Both Donald and Hillary were celebrities here in 2016. Bernie Sanders wasn’t though because he couldn’t stand the loud music. In fact, the 2016 elections shared an uncanny resemblance to my bubby and zaidy trying to figure out the best way to Boro Park for a wedding. No one got there happy. All the dictators here talk about is Donald Trump. Trump is packing the Supreme Court with loyalists. Trump is pulling out of trade talks. Trump is building a 12-foot wall. Trump is selling 13-foot ladders. Trump, Trump, Trump. I don’t get it. He is not even a socialist and yet half the country loves him. I wonder what would happen if they took a poll of Ocasio-Cortez’s popularity. Speaking about Cortez, I heard that she just hired a new left-wing former biologist as her manager, Frieda Whales. Speaking of royal families, Cortez, who used to go by the name of Memuchan, was formally a bartender who spent time in Shushan getting our former stable boy Achashveroish drunk at every party. Achashveroish’s son, Darius, married an out-of-towner from some European land which made many locals upset. Darius’s daughter, Akavni, married Deraj (read those names backwards) and was kicked out of Mexico for refus-

ing to drink tequila (it wasn’t kosher). They were lucky because the cook, Sal Manella, was arrested the next day for trying to poison the royal couple. The Winter Olympics were held last year and of course Darius meddled with the results with Russian help. This is the reason why the Swedes took all of the medals and Kazakhstan again was left in the cold. Our best chance at a medal was by figure skater, Landon McKeaster, but alas he fell several times in the short program. Sports here in the Middle East are controlled by the Israelis. In fact, the Israelis control everything. I was shocked to hear that they did well in the World Baseball Classic and apparently most Israelis were as well. For the Israelis it was the first-time hearing of another sport other than soccer and basketball. They do have a very good bowling coach, though, Menachem Down. Darius’s rival, King Jong Un, the son of the previous world king, Kim Jung Always Ill, has made a lot of threats to the people not living in his kingdom. The latest threat he has issued has to do with the chemical weapons he has been stockpiling. These release a gas that could spread hundreds of miles that smells like the aftereffects of a cholent binge. We know this to be true from experimenting on a new App that can transmit smells from one place to another. We can only hope that his best friend Dennis Rodman can calm him down

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when he gets into a panic fit. We have breaking news in the case of the two of servants Darius who were arrested for a plot to kill our beloved dictator. The king’s advisor, Mordakay, overheard the two disgruntled employees of the king, Bigson “Ingrown Toenail” Brown and Seresh “Snakey” Snape, talking about how much they hated their short lunch break. They were plotting to infest the palace with rats that were infected with a disease that only the king would die from. Since he was a chemist and took courses in learning really long medical terms, Mordakay understood them and informed a messenger who told the first lady of the plot. The messenger was Daniel who reportedly survived a roomful of lions but this rumor is unconfirmed and should be relegated to Wikipedia pages only. The first lady then told a friend, who told a reporter (yours truly), who wrote about in the next day’s newspaper. Darius was informed of the plot and just sen-

tenced them to death. Then we also had the story of a first-term socialist advisor named HeyMan who was hiding weapons of mass destruction (WMD) presumably for peaceful purposes. UN weapons inspectors never found any WMDs but they found evidence of bi-

batobad, Pakistan, but upon further inquiry Pakistani authorities vehemently denied any association with him. The end of the story was that the Navy SEALs swooped down on his mansion, killed him, and buried him at sea. They then used HeyMan’s Amazon gift cards that they found to

They were lucky because the cook, Sal Manella, was arrested the next day for trying to poison the royal couple.

ological warfare at HeyMan’s house which in reality were his stinky clothes. They also found strong evidence that when he was wanted for war crimes 30 years earlier, he had been hiding out in a compound in Ab-

purchase new Blackhawk helicopters. The SEALs were upset that their first helicopter crashed and are suing the Iraqi salesman that sold it to them, Aziz Nowarranty. The next major project for our

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darling dictator Darius is to create a space mission. This is totally going to trump Donald Trump’s Space Force, and, in fact, we already sent spy material on the Israeli rocket to the moon. Our goal is to reach Mars by the end of year with the first two astronauts being our landscaper Moe D’Lawn and a Chabad rabbi to put tefillin on Moe when they get there. That about wraps it up from Shushan and now I am being told through my very tiny earpiece that the regular columnist for this space in TJH would like his computer back. I am about to go to on a very exclusive European Pesach program with my trusty assistant April Lynn Paris. So see ya later! And have a safe and happy Purim!

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Always in Fashion By Allan Rolnick, CPA


he’s a long-haired European exotic beauty. She lives a life of glamour and luxury that most of us can only dream of. She has 300,000 followers on Instagram. She’s earned $3 million in royalties and endorsements. She’s launched fashion lines and been the subject of two books. Oh, and she has absolutely no idea how much she pays in taxes, and she wouldn’t care if she did. Who is this gorgeous creature? Is she the latest supermodel sensation, walking the runway? Is she Kim Kardashian’s newest best friend? Perhaps she’s about to star in the next James Bond movie? No, no, and no. Her name is Choupette, and until fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld died last week at age 85, she was his…cat. She’s also Lagerfeld’s heiress, which may make her the richest cat in the history of her species. Lagerfeld cut an instantly recognizable figure with his trademark white hair, black sunglasses, fingerless gloves, and starched collars. He’s credited with breathing life back into France’s House of Chanel by revamping their ready-to-wear line after the death of founder Coco Chanel. His efforts earned him a fortune estimated

at $200 million. But he died childless, with no partner and no obvious heir. Enter Choupette…who gets enough money to pay for all the Little Friskies she can eat for the rest of her life! Leaving money to pets is more

her grandchildren got!) Obviously, the money doesn’t go to the animals. (Can you imagine standing in line behind a cat trying to use an ATM or writing a check to pay for groceries?) It goes to a trust, with an

Enter Choupette...who gets enough money to pay for all the Little Friskies she can eat for the rest of her life!

common than you think. It’s not a great tax-planning move because bequests to pets — unlike those to spouses or charities — are subject to estate tax, which starts at 40% on amounts over $11.4 million. But plenty of people love their animals more than their families. Michael Jackson left $2 million for his pet chimp Bubbles. And hotel heiress Leona Helmsley, who served 19 months in prison for tax evasion, left $12 million for her dog Trouble. (That’s more than some of

actual person controlling the money for the benefit of the animal. In 2016, Minnesota became the last state in the country to authorize pet trusts. Many of those statutes even dispense with the usual “rule against perpetuities” limiting them to 21-year terms, making them appropriate for longer-lived animals like horses or parrots. Sadly, there’s one complication standing in the way of Choupette getting her paws on her inheritance. She lives in France, where pets are prop-

erty and can’t legally inherit anything themselves. (Has PETA been notified?) They can’t even benefit from a trust. So Lagerfeld would have to leave Choupette’s money to a nonprofit organization or a trusted friend to take care of her. And that, in turn, brings up one final question: who inherits Choupette’s fortune when she dies? France has the highest inheritance tax in Europe, with rates running up to %60. And while cats may always land on their feet, they can’t hire estate-planning attorneys. (While we’re on that topic, does having nine lives mean Choupette gets to pay the tax nine times?) We realize you haven’t earned millions in royalties from licensing your image. But if you had, you’d probably want to keep as much of them as you can. So make sure you have a plan so you can discover how stylish tax planning can be – with or without your pet.

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

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Lineage Liability By Jon Kranz


egillat Esther ends with the Purim antagonist, Haman, hanging from the gallows. Haman, however, does not die alone, for his tens sons also are slain: “And Parshandatha and Dalphon and Aspatha, and Poratha and Adalia and Aridatha, and Parmashta and Arisai and Aridai and Vaizatha: The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the adversary of the Jews, they slew…” The Megillah itself does not expressly tell us exactly why Haman’s sons effectively deserved the same or equal punishment as their father but some scholars note that the sons were actively involved or passively complicit in Haman’s plot to destroy the Jewish People. Other scholars contend that even if the sons were not co-conspirators in Haman’s initial foiled plot, they nevertheless intended and/or attempted to destroy the Jews as part of the same or a related campaign. Suffice it to say, most scholars agree that for one reason or another, Haman’s sons were guilty and deserving of retribution. Let’s put aside the question of whether and exactly how Haman’s sons were involved in the father’s scheme. Instead, let’s ask a broader question as to whether a child should be held accountable for the sins of a parent. Conversely, should parh ents be held responsible for the dastardly deeds of their descendants? These are important legal, halachic,

ethical and philosophical questions, the answers to which cannot and should not be formulated without careful consideration and nuanced deliberation. Even assuming that parents should be liable for their progeny and vice versa, one might wonder exactly how far such familial liability should extend. When does the relationship between two relatives become so re-

respect for grammar or punctuation, writes an offensively long run-on word string and as a result receives a life “sentence,” should you meet the same fate? 3. If on Purim your aunt dresses up as your uncle and then is arrested for “male” fraud, should you also have to answer for her conduct? 4. If on Chanukah your gift-giving uncles conspire to hand out infe-

If on Purim your aunt dresses up as your uncle and then is arrested for "male" fraud, should you also have to answer for her conduct?

mote that one should not be blamed for the acts of the other? Here are some hypotheticals to consider, all of which involve fake crimes that we hope no person would ever commit: 1. If your niece cares way too much about minor details that are of little significance and thus she is charged with “petty” crime, should you suffer the same consequence? 2. If your nephew, who has no

rior tennis gear and thus are charged with “racqueteering,” should you get lumped in with them? 5. If your carnivorous brother overindulges on fast food and is charged with “burgerlary,” should you be held accountable too? 6. If your poorly-behaved sister with an attitude problem is referred to by police as “Ms. Demeanor,” should you also receive an unflattering label?

7. If your half-sister intentionally stains the upper portion of a bleached dress shirt and thus is charged with “white collar” crime, should you also be taken to task? 8. If your half-brother overly seasons food with excessive amounts of sodium chloride, intentionally serves it to the CEO of Duracell and then is charged with “a salt and battery,” should you face the same penalty? 9. If your third cousin egregiously lacks confidence and thus is charged with “insecurities” violations, should you share the blame? Does it matter that you have never met your third cousin, you do not live on the same continent as your third cousin, and you wouldn’t be able to pick out your third cousin if he or she was the only suspect in a police lineup? 10. If your mechutanim (in-laws) deliberately avoid using metals pins to post things on their bulletin board and thus are sent to jail for “tacks” evasion, should you pay the same price? Would the punishment be far worse if you were forced to share a prison cell with them? Final thought: never detonate a nuclear family.

Jon Kranz is an attorney living in Englewood, New Jersey. Send any comments, questions or insults to jkranz285@gmail. com.

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