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Dear Readers, To say that I can’t believe it’s almost here sounds clichéd, but it’s true. As a mother, Pesach has been on my mind for weeks, trying to remember to clean every little thing around the house. Some of those “little things” are also “last minute things” and my list for what to do in the last few days before Pesach keeps growing longer. But once Pesach comes and we sit around the gleaming table in our finest with our family surrounding us, there is a sense of accomplishment and of peace. No more worrying about someone tracking cracker crumbs through the living room and no more remembering to clean or cook or buy the next thing on our lists. We are finally a free people and are able to enjoy the time spent together with our loved ones. This week, my husband and I met someone who recently was married and he told us that he was going to his in-laws for the first days of yom tov. The first time is the hardest, we said. Coming into a new family with different minhagim is a challenge but it’s also refreshing to see how everyone has their own way of bringing in the chag. For instance, my in-laws use cucumbers for karpas. Cucumbers? I never heard of that. In all my years in school, I learned that karpas stood for carrot, radish, potato, and celery. My family uses a potato and of course I thought that that was the “normal” way to do things. But once you marry and you join someone else’s family you realize that there are many different “normals” in the world and that they’re all right. Even though there are so many halachos surrounding Pesach, Pesach would not be complete without the minhagim that each family has traditionally kept throughout the years. This week’s Pesach issue is packed with so much for you to enjoy over the long yom tov. One particular article that interested me was written by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in his haggadah. He talks about history and memory and about how the seder compels us to make our history into memories for ourselves. By truly experiencing yetzias Mitzrayim, we are not just living in the past; we are making those events part of our present as well. During the eight days of Pesach I hope you get to peruse this issue; we have something for everyone to read and enjoy. For those who want to learn more about Pesach, we have included divrei Torah to enhance your yom tov meals. For those who are still cooking, there are many recipes to try this holiday. Looking to relax? Read about the history of Kedem or about the gluten-free movement. Want to get lost for a while? Read Baila’s Rosenbaum’s short story. Notable quotes, political cartoons, chol hamoed ideas, activities for kids…it’s all here.

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Letters to Dear Editor, We should not celebrate Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature passing a budget on time.  This is what they get paid to do. This budget was negotiated behind closed doors by Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Senate Republican Majority leader Dean Skelos, State Senate Democratic Independent Caucus leader Jeffrey Klein and Democratic State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.  Only they, their key aides and many of the infamous Albany State Street lobbyists were privy to the details.  Democratic State Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Republican State Assembly Minority Leader Brian

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Kolb along with virtually all members of the State Senate and Assembly were left out of the process. Did members of legislature take an Evelyn Wood speed reading class to absorb the thousands of pages contained in this spending bill?  They received these only hours before being asked to vote up or down.  Liberal or Conservative, Democrat or Republican, we would all be better off if our State Assembly and Senate members took the time to actually read, line by line, any proposed legislation before voting.  Their legislative actions impact both our economic and civil liberties.  Future generations may have to pay for and live with the consequences.  There should have been an open budget process agency by agency. The public, media and members of the legislature should have been afforded sufficient time to read the fine print line by line, page by page, and conduct an open debate before adoption. Sincerely, Larry Penner Dear Editor, The article on Jews settling Crimea in the 1920s and 1930s was interesting

the Editor to me and I’m sure to many others as well. What struck me was how these Jews were living in the Holy Land and yet they felt that they would be “moving on up” by leaving and settling Crimea. Obviously, the leader of their group was charismatic and was able to convince them of that. To uproot and then to settle a distant, cold land was only for the most determined and hardy individuals. I must point out that living in Israel at that time was no piece of cake. The Jews living there were used to harsh conditions and were used to being under foreign rule. Twenty years later they were finally rewarded for their perseverance with the establishment of the Jewish State, a country that offers its citizens all the wonderful amenities in the world. Sincerely, Ruth Schneider Hillcrest, NY

Dear Editor, I love reading your paper as I feel that there are always articles that I am able to connect with. A few weeks ago you published an article on children helping to clean for Pesach. I thought that it would be wonderful if my children would help clean, as I used to help my mother clean for Pesach. But unfortunately, my children have never really helped and I always felt that it was just easier to clean on my own. This week, I smiled when my twoyear-old took a wet rag and started helping me clean out the fridge—on his own accord! He saw me cleaning and wanted to help. Of course, his cleaning meant the floor ended up flooded, but I was happy to show him that cleaning is fun and that helping is prized above all. Hopefully, he’ll continue to help even when it’s not so much fun. All the best, Shira W.

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Baby Accused of Attempted Murder in Pakistan

Looking for an awesome chol hamoed trip? How about making it gigantic and heading over to Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, the world’s largest aquarium? The Chinese aquatic theme park took three years to complete but the 125-acres are well worth it. Located on Hengqin Island near Macao, in China’s southeastern Guangdong province, the destination is expected to accommodate millions of visitors a year. And it’s really big: According to Guinness World Records, the attraction snagged five world records, including largest aquarium. But it doesn’t stop there. It can also boast bragging rights for largest underwater viewing dome, largest aquarium tank, largest aquarium window, and largest acrylic panel — included in the whale shark exhibit’s walk-through viewing tunnel. The aquarium holds a whopping 5.99 million gallons of saltwater. All told, the park’s seven themed areas contain an incredible 12.87 million gallons of saltwater and freshwater. There’s no way you’ll be bored there. Chimelong Ocean Kingdom “will be the first great Asian theme park combining animal exhibits, themed entertainment shows, and thrill rides,” PGAV Destinations, the park’s lead strategist, planner, designer, and product developer, noted in a statement. Sounds like Disney? That’s not a coincidence. The developer, Guangdong Chimelong Group, slated it to be “the Orlando of China.” The park’s aquatic attractions will include a whale shark exhibit, penguins, and polar bears, along with the more exotic pan-tropical spotted dolphins and Chinese white dolphins. Other entertainment options include a “4D” movie theater, Asia’s first “winged coaster,” Flying Over the Rainforest, and a roller coaster that also com-

Pakistan may not be the most just society and a story that has come out of that country this week only highlights its broken legal system. Nine-month-old baby Mohammad Musa along with his father and other family members were booked for throwing rocks at gas company officials in the working-class Ahata Thanedaran neighborhood on February 1, the family’s lawyer Chaudhry Irfan Sadiq told AFP on Friday. Amazingly, Inspector Kashif Muhammad, who attended the alleged crime scene and has since been suspended, wrote in his report that it was a case of attempted murder. On Thursday, the accused appeared in a packed courtroom. Musa was seen crying as his grandfather Muhammad Yasin held him on his shoulder. Yasin fed him from his bottle as he answered reporters’ questions. “Everyone in the court was saying, ‘How can such a small child be implicated in any case’? What kind of police do we have?” the 50-year-old laborer said. The charge is in direct contradiction with Pakistan’s minimum age of criminal responsibility, which was raised from seven to 12 years in 2013 except in terrorism cases. Yasin accused the police of fabricating the charges because they were colluding with a rival party who wanted to see the accused evicted from their land and had obtained an order to remove their gas connections. “The police and

gas company officials came without any notice and started removing gas meters from houses. Residents started protesting and blocked the road but ended the protest when senior police officers arrived in the area and assured them that no injustice would be done,” Yasin stated. “But later we found out that cases have been filed against us.” Thankfully, the appearance in court on Friday ended positively. Judge Rafaqat Ali Qamar ordered the inspector to be suspended and granted the child bail, though he will have to appear at the next hearing on April 12. Even so, Sadiq, the family’s lawyer, rightfully insisted that the charges be dropped against the child. “The court should have simply referred the minor’s case to the High Court to drop the charges against the innocent child and acquit him from the case,” Sadiq told AFP. “This case also exposes the incompetence of our police force and the way they are operating.” Feisal Naqvi, a supreme court lawyer, said the naming of family members in police reports is a common tactic employed by complainants in order to exert pressure on parties with whom they

were involved in a dispute. “It’s not common for babies to be accused but it is common for other family members to be accused,” he said. “What happens then is that vendettas are going on so everyone gets picked up and gets chucked in jail,” he added. Shoaib Suddle, a retired police chief, added that the system operates via “first information reports” that date back to British colonial times, which give too much weight to allegations made by accusers. “The moment they are able to file a complaint, accusers expect that without any evidence people should be locked up and the investigation should follow, whereas the world over it is the other way around,” Suddle said.

20 Years Since Rwandan Genocide The wounds are still festering years later, as Rwandans commemorated 20 years since the Rwandan genocides. In 1994, nearly a million lives were lost in the country and the world seemingly

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bines a live polar bear exhibit. While that might sound like an odd choice, it’s actually “one of the best efforts in Asia to create viewing interactions between people and animals,” said PGAV Destinations VP and project lead Al Cross. How’s that for an amazing trip this Pesach?

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This week, UN chief Ban Ki-moon apologized to Rwandans, admitting that the world at large is still wracked with shame for failing to act to save the thousands of lives. The commemoration of 20 years since the murders also exposed festering anger as Rwanda renewed allegations of French complicity in the genocide that led to France’s official absence from the international ceremony at the national stadium. “Many United Nations personnel and others showed remarkable bravery. But we could have done much more. We should have done much more. In Rwanda, troops were withdrawn when they were most needed,” the UN secretary

general admitted. “The shame still clings, a generation after the events,” he added The well-planned and viciously executed genocide began late on April 6, 1994, shortly after Hutu president Juvenal Habyarimana was killed when his plane was shot down over Kigali. Roadblocks were set up, with Tutsi men, women and children of all ages butchered with machetes, guns and grenades. At least 800,000 people, mostly Tutsis and some moderate Hutus, died. Official mourning began three months ago with a flame of remembrance touring towns and villages across the small central African nation, and culminated on Monday when the torch arrived at the national genocide memorial – where the remains of a quarter of a million people are stored in vast concrete tombs. Rwandan President Paul Kagame lit a flame that will burn for 100 days, the length of time it took government soldiers and “Hutu power” militiamen to carry out their plan to wipe out the “Inyenzi” – a term meaning “cockroaches” that was used by Hutu extremists to designate minority Tutsis.

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In News Wreathes were also laid before ceremonies in Kigali’s football stadium where the UN chief, several African heads of state and top diplomats from Europe and the United States were gathered. Most poignant were the stories of survivors of the genocide who recounted their memories of the killings and of survival. Several people were overcome with grief, screaming and crying uncontrollably with medical staff helping to carry them out and to provide counseling. “It is the day when the faces of all those I loved and died come back,” said Marie Muresyankwano, a mother in her thirties, adding she would watch events on television, but would otherwise spend time “with my own thoughts.” “It is so hard for the people, because it opens mental wounds, hearing the testimonies of those who survived, they are reminded of what happened to them,” a Rwandan health ministry official said. In his speech at the stadium, Kagame took a thinly-veiled swipe at France, who was accused of aiding the killers, saying it was impossible to “change the facts” and drawing loud applause. But he tried to inject hope into the ceremony, saying Rwandans should also celebrate the remarkable progress made in the past 20 years. Kagame has led Rwanda since his then-rebel force ousted Hutu extremists. “Today we have a reason to celebrate the normal moments of life that are easy for others to take for granted. If the genocide reveals humanity’s shocking capacity for human cruelty, Rwanda’s choices show its capacity for renewal,” Kagame said. The official “Kwibuka” mourning – meaning “remember” in Kinyarwanda – ends on July 4, Rwanda’s liberation day.

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The kosher world was outraged two years ago when the kosher slaughter of animals was outlawed in Poland. While shechita is still forbidden for commercial purposes, the Polish parliament has ruled that, for religious purposes, the

practice will be deemed legal. “The Sejm did the right thing by clarifying the murky legal situation of kosher slaughter in Poland and by backing shechita for local communities’ consumption,” said World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer. “We hope this statement will help to put to rest the controversy over shechita—which Jews hold to be a crucial religious freedom.” Last July, the Sejm voted against a proposal to exempt kosher and halal slaughter from the requirement to stun animals prior to killing them.    

Turkey Tweeting Again

Turkey’s highest court overruled a recent ban on the social media website Twitter this week. The government blocked the popular site two weeks ago, after some users suggested that the government was corrupted. Turkey’s prime minister vowed to “rip out the roots” of Twitter for allowing the postings. The government also blocked access to YouTube following the leak of an audio recording of a high-level security meeting discussing a possible intervention in Syria. The moves sparked international criticism and the ban was challenged in several Turkish courts. The Constitution Court eventually ruled against the Twitter ban. However, the high court decision was limited to Twitter. Access to YouTube remained blocked. Twitter welcomed the lifting of the ban and European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes tweeted that unblocking YouTube was a “good move for free speech.” Other European countries such as Sweden and Germany have also criticized the ban saying it is a serious violation of freedom of speech.  Sweden’s foreign minister Carl Bildt even went as far as calling the ban “stupid.” Bildt, an avid Twitter user, said the ban “isn’t working and [is] also backfiring heavily.”  Despite the ban, many tech-savvy users, including President Abdullah Gul, had found ways to continue tweeting and posting videos on YouTube. Continued on page 16


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said. “It is quite obvious that the car was the object of this attack.” Even for terrorists, timing is everything…  

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Imprisoned in Iran for 781 Days

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be here,” Josh Fattal said in an interview with Karen Traver. “We later found out that the trail we were on was the border, an unmarked border between Iran and Iraq; so, when the guards called us to them, they were actually calling us into Iran,” Shourd explained.

This mistake turned into an extended stay in Iran’s infamous Evin prison. Ms. Shourd was in solitary confinement for over a year. “Solitary confinement, it reduces you to an almost animal-like state,” she said. “I spent many hours a day just crouched by the food slot in my door listening for sounds

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capital. He adds that the chemical “neutralizes [threats] but does not kill.” A second alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime occurred in the same area within days of the first attack, according to Syrian opposition sources, though the security source said he could not confirm that additional report. According to the New York-based website Syria Deeply, which interviewed doctors on the ground in Syria, in one instance 25 fighters were wounded.

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Israel Billionaires Buy in Israel Israel has certainly come a long way in recent years. According to a survey conducted by UK-based Beauchamp Estates and market intelligence group Dataloft, Tel Aviv is among the most popular spots in Western Europe for billionaires to buy homes.

“Among Western Europe’s capital cities, London is the favorite billionaire property hot spot with 67 billionaires living in the city, ahead of Paris on 25 and Geneva on 18,” the survey said. Tel Aviv came next with 17 billionaires. What makes Tel Aviv so attractive? “Seventy-five percent of all billionaires have a home in a city crucial to their financial, banking and business interests, while most also own a dream holiday/ weekend home where they retreat from the pressures of business activities and

In News city life,” the report said. It was not clear if the Tel Aviv billionaires’ estates tend to be their primary residences or one of their vacation homes. The typical billionaire has four homes around the world. Tel Aviv’s share may seem significant, but it’s really just a fraction; globally there are over 2,170 billionaires. Of those, 60% made their cash themselves, while 20% inherited their wealth and another 20% had wealth from both inheritance and their own doing. While billionaires surely stimulate the economy when they spend or bring business to Israel, foreign investment in the local real estate market is one of the drivers that have pushed prices high, alongside a shortage of supply. According to the Bank of Israel, home prices increased 60% above general inflation since 2008.

IDF Captain: We Treat All Victims Equally The Israeli army is regularly painted by the media as a heartless oppressor of Palestinian Arabs. But the reality on the ground more often than not simply does not support that view.

For instance, this week a Palestinian minibus was involved in a traffic accident in central Judea (the southern part of the “West Bank”). Israeli army forces stationed in the area were notified, and did not hesitate to dispatch a medical team to the scene. The four Israeli army medics provided care to each of the 20 Palestinian bus passengers. Red Crescent ambulances arrived a short time later and transferred the wounded to area hospitals. In severe cases, the army medics will often transfer Palestinian victims to more advanced medical centers in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Cpt. Karin Yamin, the officer in charge of the unit that responded to the accident, was quoted on the IDF blog,

“For the soldiers in my unit, saving lives is a priority. Whether the patients are Israeli, Palestinian, Christian or Druze, we take care of them all in the same way. We also provide equipment to Red Crescent ambulances, especially when we see that they lack medical equipment.” Cpt. Yamin said the Palestinians she and her soldiers treated were very thankful for the care they received at the hands of the Israelis.

Dangerous Driving in Israel According to traffic safety organization Or Yarok, roughly half of young Israeli drivers are partaking in dangerous driving behaviors. The statement is only highlighted by the fact that in 2013, 38 young drivers—those between ages 17 and 24—died in road accidents; in 2012, that number was less than half, with 18 young drivers losing their lives. Approximately one in every two young drivers admitted to occasionally speeding and talking on a cellphone. “The country cannot shirk its responsibility in terms of traffic accidents, and troubling data about the involvement of young drivers in road accidents demands a combination of forces between the Transportation and Education ministries,” Or Yarok CEO Shmuel Aboav pointed out.

To collect the survey data, Or Yarok questioned 3,146 young people in 24 communities around the country. A closer examination of the results indicates that 50 percent of respondents admitted to sometimes driving too fast, 49% admitted to sometimes talking on the phone while driving without a hands-free device and 47% admitted that they sometimes neglect to give the


Only 7% Israelis Believe in Peace Israelis are an outspoken people but they don’t seem too optimistic about US Secretary of State John Kerry being the

ambassador of peace. Only seven percent of Jewish Israelis believe there is a strong chance of Kerry reaching an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians in upcoming months, according to a poll sponsored by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) and Tel Aviv University. Interestingly, this monthly Peace Index poll was taken last week on Sunday and Monday before Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas turned to United Nations institutions and diplomatic talks broke down amid mutual recriminations. Twelve percent of Israelis think chances for a deal are high, including seven percent among Jews and 35% among Israeli Arabs. The percentage of Israelis who believe chances are low was 87% but 92% were Israeli Jews and 62% were Israeli Arabs. Nevertheless, 65% of Israelis favor conducting the talks, including 62% of Israeli Jews and 80% of Israeli Arabs. Only 31% of Israelis oppose the negotiations, with 25% of Israeli Jews and 15% of Israeli Arabs supporting them. Six hundred Israelis representing a representative sample of the adult population were polled.

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Despite calls for boycott, sanction, and divest of Israeli products, some things are just too hard to include in the movement. It seems as if diamonds are Israel’s best friends, as one of the hardest natural materials on earth seems unbreakable when it comes to the BDS movement. “Internationally, from America’s viewpoint, we’ve never had a single question of whether it’s an Israeli-cut or Israeli-traded diamond,” Reuven Kaufman, president of New York’s central diamond exchange, the Diamond Dealer’s Club, said in Ramat Gan on Monday. Kaufman was in town to kick off the week-long US & International Diamond Week at the Israel Diamond Exchange,

which is the world’s largest. During the course of the week, some 400 diamond suppliers will display over $1 billion-worth of the precious stones. Israel Diamond Exchange president Shmuel Schnitzer says part of the reason there is no problem is because all of Israel’s diamond trading, cutting, and polishing activities remain squarely within the Green Line, though many Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions advocates do not differentiate. Additionally, Israel’s diamond trade crosses other unexpected barriers. “We do have relationships with Arab countries, but please allow me not to elaborate,” Schnitzer said. Italian jewelry designer and manufacturer Roberto Coin said he had sold Israeli diamonds in Dubai without any questions. “Business has no religion,” he said, “But we’d trade more and more without the politics.” When Dubai’s Diamond exchange was accepted to the World Federation of Diamond Bourses – of which Schnitzer was also the president at the time – it was on condition that it would not bar trading from any other exchanges. Last year, Kaufman said, he showed up with

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amond trade is so pronounced, said Scnitzer, that around the world, diamond deals are closed with a Hebrew phrase meaning luck and a blessing: mazal u’bracha. The phrase, adds Kaufman, is more sacred than a contract. “If one person goes back on his word, every person in the boursa knows he’s gone back on his word; he’s finished in the industry,” he said.

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In News swer. on TuesAn Israeli startup said day that it was working to develop a bio-organic system that can recharge a smartphone battery in just a mere 30 seconds. Cellphone users rejoice! Tel Avivbased StoreDot’s prototype battery and charger is currently being tested with Samsung’s Galaxy phones, but the startup’s founder and CEO Doron Myersdorf told AFP that a product compatible with all makes of smartphone should be on the market by 2016. He said that at the core of the new technology was the use of pepcompounds containing amino tides,  acids. “We are modifying the surface of the electrodes with bio-organic compounds, peptides, to increase the chemical reaction to produce extra energy,” he explained. Myersdorf added the breakthrough “allows us to avoid the most annoying aspect of our smartphones, of which we are demanding more and more, and to ensure that we have a charged telephone all day.” This can’t come out soon enough.

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Anti-Semitic Crimes Rise in NYC In a haunting statistic, the number of Jews who were assaulted in New York City last year more than tripled. The Anti-Defamation League reported 22 assaults in 2013 as compared with six in 2012.

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Assaults include everything from hateful graffiti and vandalism to harassment and physical abuse. Strangely enough, the overall number of attacks decreased across the country while significantly rising in New York City. There’s not always a specific reason for increases in anti-Jewish assaults, said Evan Bernstein, the ADL’s New York regional director. “What we have seen in the past is that when things happen in Israel, for example, it could stir things up here. But that wasn’t the case last year.” The increase in knockout attacks, which typically involve punches to an unsuspecting victim’s head, may be Continued on page 28


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dents, and Staten Island reported 8 occurrences. The youngest victim of the attacks was a 12-year-old girl who was punched in the back of the head near Kingston Avenue; the oldest victim was a 78-year-old Jewish woman who was punched in the face by a group of teens. “The bottom line is that Jews were targeted because they were Jews,” Bernstein said. “With the advent of social

In News media, the game picked up speed last year.” “We are pleased to see a decrease in the overall number of anti-Semitic incidents,” Bernstein said. “However, the rise of assaults in certain areas of New York City — in particular Brooklyn — is both disturbing and a sobering reminder that anti-Semitism is not just history but remains a current event.”

Senate Report Says CIA Deceived Public on Interrogation Program A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA deceived the government and the public about major features of its cruel interrogation program. Apparently, some key details about the harshness of its methods were covered up. Additionally, the intelligence agency may have overstated the significance of plots and prisoners and claimed credit for critical intelligence that detainees had in fact surrendered before they were subjected to the severe methods. The report does not recommend new administrative punishment or further criminal inquiry into a program that the Justice Department has investigated repeatedly but it may gain media attention and revive the unresolved public debate.

“The CIA described [its program] repeatedly both to the Department of Justice and eventually to Congress as getting unique, otherwise unobtainable intelligence that helped disrupt terrorist plots and save thousands of lives,” said one U.S. official briefed on the report. “Was that actually true? The answer is no.” The 6,300-page report that remains classified is described as condemning revelations against the CIA. A spokesman for the CIA said the agency had not yet seen a final version of the report and was, therefore, unable to comment about one of the most controversial periods in CIA history. The program was dismantled by President Obama in 2009.

Most Miserable Cities in America Feeling down in the dumps? Well, maybe you should stay away from these cities. A new study by Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index lists the most unhappy cities in the nation. The results fac-


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Next on the list was Mobile, AL, followed by Shreveport-Bosseir City, LA. Columbus, GA, came in at number seven. Citizens there have an average median household income of only $42,972 and 27.4% of adults are addicted to their cigarettes. Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX; Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC; and Spartanburg, SC, came in next on the

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tington-Ashland area in West Virginia. The median household income is only $39,160, 19% of adults have a college degree, and 29.2% of adults are smokers. Bah, humbug.

Senate Bans Iran Ambassador from UN

On Tuesday it was announced that the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill barring known terrorists from entering the United States as ambassadors to the United Nations. The move came in response to the decision by Iran to appoint Hamid Aboutalebi as its UN ambassador. Aboutalebi participated in the 1979 hostage-taking of Americans in Tehran.  State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf had called the decision “extremely troubling,” and at least 29 Republican Senators had appealed to the Obama administration to deny Aboutalebi a visa to enter the U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was among those who worked on the bill. He said he would not make do with a simple appeal to the president and promised to introduce legislation to block Iran’s application for a visa  for Aboutalebi, effectively barring him from working at the UN’s New York headquarters. “It is unconscionable that in the name of international diplomatic protocol, the United States would be forced to host a foreign national who showed a brutal disregard of the status of diplomats when they were stationed in his country,” Cruz said. “This person is an acknowledged terrorist.” Late Monday night the bill passed unanimously in the Senate, after weekSenator end talks with Democratic  Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) successfully secured bipartisan support for the law. In return for Democratic support, the proposed bill was amended to allay concerns by the White House that the legislation was too broad. The bill now stipulates that Aboutalebi and others like him can only be blacklisted if they have actively participated in terrorist activities. “There are no circumstances in which


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Your Money The Week In News the United States should grant such a person a visa, and our immediate concern is to prevent Mr. Aboutalebi from ever setting foot onsalvagers Americancan soil,” Poodern-day spend litico quoted Cruz as saying following years to find centuries’ old the bill’s  successfulMel passage on spent Montreasures. Fisher day. years “I am encouraged that the United 16 searchStates can speak unanimously in ing forSenate the Spanish a bipartisanNuestra voice defending the interest galleon of our nation.” Señora de Atocha, “Iran’s which sankleadership in a should not have unnecessarily tensions with hurricane off escalated Key the United States by seeking to appoint West in 1622. But an ambassador to the United Nations sometimes finding who materially buried treasureaided is terrorists who abducted American citizens…It may be a far easier. Just ask case of strange bedfellows, but I’m glad the still-unidentiSenator Cruz and fied California cou-I were able to work out known a bill that ple, onlywould as prevent this terrorist from stepping foot on American “John” and “Mary,” soil,”took Schumer who their said. dog for a walk and spotted the edge of an old can on the side of a trail they had walked almost every day for years. That can was so heavy, they thought it held lead paint. But as they carried it back to the house, struggling with teenagers the Parents weight, of it burst openprobably to revealwon’t the find it surprising that on average, orthoglint of gold. (Sounds like a real “Bevdontists in America earn doesn’t more money erly Hillbillies” moment, it?!)

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than the average CEO. The average U.S. orthodontist earns $196,270, while the average CEO makes $178,400. That rusty can turned out to be just the first of eight containing 1,427 mostly mint-condition gold coins, mostly from the nearby San Francisco Mint, made from 1847 to 1894. Their face value comes to $27,980, which isn’t bad. But their market value may topmay$10 million. Even though this sound like a In fact, one coin surprising statistic, it is important to realone — an 1866 alize that the nation’s 248,760 chief exLiberty $20 piece ecutives include leaders of many small without usual companies, which is probablythe the reason “In G-d between We Trust” for the major discrepancy orinscription — may thodontists and CEOs. be worth a cool million by itself! This information wasallgarnered from At one point, it looked likeDepartJohn figures released by the Labor and might have to give their mentMary last Tuesday that listed theup nation’s find. Back in 1900, a Mint employee best-paying occupations according to a named stole rankingWalter of 821 Dimmick jobs tracked by $30,000 the govworth of gold. Dimmick did hiscalcutime ernment. The Labor Department for the crime, but the gold was never lates wages as a worker’s base pay plus recovered. If it had Dimmick’s tips, commissions andbeen bonuses tied to haul that our lucky couple found, quotas or job completion. The figurethey exwould have had to return it, even af-

cludes stock and year-end bonuses, overtime pay, clothing and tool allowances plus any other perks. ter all this time. Fortunately, the Mint The study also found that the highest says they don’t think that’s the case, paying profession in the country is anand they won’t be investigating. Mint esthesiologists who earn an average of spokesman Adam Stump told the San $235,070 a year. Surgeons have the secFrancisco Chronicle, “We’ve done ond-highest average salary at $233,150. quite a bit of research, and we’ve got Now we know where I’m going to a crack team of lawyers, and trust me, school. if this was U.S. government property we’d be going after it.” Unfortunately, there is one government agency that will be going after it, and you won’t be surprised to hear it’s our friends at the IRS. The tax code says “gross income means all income from whatever source derived,” and that includes “treasure trove” proceeds like the coins. The IRS clarifies that “if you find and keep property that does not belong to you that has been lost or abandoned (treasure-trove), it is taxable to you at its fair market value in the first year it is your undisputed possession.” And that, in turn, means John and Mary will have to report the value of the coins on their taxes. They don’t even get to use the lower capital Last week, Supreme gains rates. Sothe let’s see . . .Court 39.6%voidfor ed limits in federal law on the total camUncle Sam, plus 13.3% for California,

Supreme Court Strikes Down Total Contribution Limits

Allan J. Rolnick, CPA paign contributions that individual donors can donate to candidates, political parties, and political action committees. leaves . . . well, barely half of that $10 The justices said in a 5-4 vote that million! The worst part is, they owe the Americans have a right to give the legal tax now even if they keep the coins inmaximum to candidates for Congress stead of selling them. and president, as well as to parties and What if John and Mary donated the PACs, without worrying that they will coins to charity? Would that let them violate the law. off the hook? Nope! The problem is, For 2013 and 2014, the ceiling was you can only deduct charitable gifts set to $123,200, which includes a sepup to 50% of your income. That means arate $48,600 cap on contributions to our lucky couple could deduct just half candidates. But their decision does not the value of their fortune, and still pay undermine limits on individual contritax on the rest — even if they give it all butions to candidates for president or away. (The limit is even lower for gifts Congress, now $2,600 an election. to private foundations — just 30%.) Chief Justice John Roberts anHere at our firm, we search for hidnounced the decision, which split the den treasures, too. But instead of docourt’s liberal and conservative justices. ing it on the high seas, or in California Roberts said the aggregate limits do not mountains, we do it in the tax code. act to prevent corruption, the rationale Our quest is to unearth the deductions, the court has upheld as justifying contricredits, loopholes, and strategies that bution limits. can save you thousands. And you don’t The overall limits “intrude without even have to take your dog for a walk justification on a citizen’s ability to to do it. exercise ‘the most fundamental First Amendment activities,’” Roberts Allan J Rolnick is a CPA who has said, been quoting from seminal 1976 in practice for the overcourt’s 30 years in Queens, NY. He welcomes your comments and campaign finance ruling in the case can be reached Buckley v. Valeo.at 718-896-8715 or at allanjrcpa@aol.com.

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Virgin America Rules the Skies For the second year running, Virgin America has been listed as the highest-quality major airline in the United States. The privately owned airline – founded by billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson – has only been operating in the U.S. since 2007 and has come out on top both times it has been included in the Airline Quality Ratings’ analysis.

“Virgin has great policies, they’re pretty much on time … they’re a great system,” says Dr. Dean Headley, one of the study’s co-authors. “But I suspect as they grow and their system becomes more complex, they’ll face more challenges.” The study looked at data that the airlines are mandated by law to report to the U.S. Department of Transportation over the last 12 months, focusing on four criteria: On-time arrivals, denied boardings, mishandled bags, and customer complaints. The final overall ranking was calculated as a weighted average of all four scores. Ruling the skies is not easy but Virgin America managed to post strong numbers in most of the AQR’s criteria: The airline had 82.1% of all flights arrive on time in 2013, compared with the industry average of 78.4%; it mishandled 0.97 bags per 1,000 passengers, well below the average of 3.21; and it denied boarding to just 0.04 ticketed passengers per 10,000, significantly below the average of 0.89. Not all was roses in the report. The airline’s number of customer complaints – 1.28 per 100,000 passengers– came in slightly high, just above the industry average of 1.13 per 100,000. But full-price and premium airlines like Virgin tend to

attract more complaints than low-cost economy carriers, so Virgin might have taken a hit on customer complaints because its passengers expect more than those flying other airlines. The more you pay, the more you like to complain. The second-ranked airline in terms of overall quality was low-cost airline JetBlue, which posted better-than-average performance in terms of denied boardings and customer complaints. Hawaiian Airlines came in third place, followed by Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines. The last-place finisher, 15th-ranked American Eagle, came in well below average in all four measured criteria; 72.1% on-time arrivals, 1.14 denied boardings per 10,000 passengers, 5.90 mishandled bags per 1,000 passengers, and 1.7 customer complaints per 100,000 passengers. Best to avoid them on your next flight. Industry-wide, this year was a good year to fly the friendly skies. Domestic airlines improved their performance year over year in two of the four analyzed categories: The number of denied boardings fell from .97 to .89 per 10,000 passengers, and customer complaints dropped from 1.43 to 1.13 per 100,000 passengers. Overall the airlines have improved their quality significantly since the industry posted its worst-ever year in the AQR back in 2007. “Airlines, on the whole, do a pretty good job with an extremely complex system,” says Headley. “But it all boils down to what happened on your flight today.” Fasten your seatbelts folks. Let’s hope for a not-so-bumpy landing.

Harvard Study: Too Much Chaos in Boston Bombing Manhunt

It’s been over a year since authorities carried out an intense cat and mouse chase with Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the two perpetrators of the Boston Marathon Bombing. The massive manhunt ultimately led to the death of one and the capture of the other terrorist but at the same time it exposed some major

In News “fault lines” in federal, state, and local law enforcement. According to a study released on Thursday by Harvard University, emergency responders rushing to a crime scene without waiting for orders might have saved lives by helping the wounded, but during the chaotic chase to catch the suspects a few days later, they also risked being shot by police. The pressure-cooker bombs planted by the marathon killed two and injured 264. Another life was lost when the two Chechen brothers attempted to steal a university police officer’s gun and fatally shot him. The shooting of the university officer prompted hundreds of local police, as well as law enforcement officials who had traveled from other towns to help with the investigation, to race to Watertown, Massachusetts. In Watertown, the suspects traded hundreds of shots with police. When the officers surrounded the suspects it put them at a high risk of shooting one another, the report found. “They were incredibly lucky that there weren’t a lot of friendly fire casualties,” said lead author Herman “Dutch” Leonard, a professor of public management at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Richard Donohue, an officer on the scene, was badly wounded in that infamous gun battle on a residential street in Watertown. Witnesses suspect that he may have been accidentally shot by a fellow officer. No official report on the shooting has been released. Police were again put in a high-risk situation when they rushed to capture the second terrorist, Dzhokhar. When the younger brother was found hiding in a dry-docked boat, dozens of police raced to the scene. An officer on a rooftop fired at the suspect prompting “a substantial volume of contagious fire” by other police at the scene, the report found. The study concludes that despite the faults in the manhunt, law enforcement officials worked together smoothly on the day of the bomb blasts. All of the survivors of the blast received immediate medical attention. The Harvard report proposes that law enforcement officials responding to major security threats take more aggressive steps to establishing a tactical command. One suggestion is to enforce mandatory rest shifts so that there are fewer overtired officers in these situations. The younger perpetrator, Dzhokhar, is currently awaiting trial on charges that carry the threat of execution if he is convicted.

The Man behind the Fort Hood Attack

Last Wednesday, Fort Hood was once again rocked by terror as a U.S. Army soldier killed three colleagues and injured 16 more before taking his own life. What prompted this terrifying act? On Monday, military officials provided more details on the shooting spree on the army base. It seems as if an argument about processing a leave request set off Spc. Ivan A. Lopez. Following the request, Lopez, 34, brandished a handgun and opened fire at the building where he had requested the leave of absence, killing one soldier and injuring ten others. The gunman then jumped into car and fired shots from it at two soldiers behind the building. He then went into a transportation administrative building and killed another soldier. From there, Lopez fired into the front windshield of a moving car and then ran into a medical brigade building, killing the soldier staffing the entrance desk. After driving to a parking lot, military police shot at him without success. He then took his own life. The entire reign of terror spanned two city blocks and lasted a long eight minutes. In total, 35 rounds were shot by Spc. Lopez. Military authorities have said there is no evidence that there is a link to any terrorist organization. What happened that made Lopez snap? It has come out that the soldier was seeking help for his mental health issues. The Iraq war veteran transferred to the Texas Army base just two months ago. He served as the truck driver for his unit and never saw battle. This marks the third attack by a service member on his fellow comrades within five years. Lopez was born in the Puerto Rican village of Guayanilla. He joined the U.S. Army in 2010 after leaving his post with the National Guard. He was married and was a father of a 3-year old little girl. But some are saying that his mental


Big Papi’s Selfie Frowned Upon by White House When the Red Sox visited the White House last week, David Ortiz presented President Obama with a Red Sox jersey, and—in what appeared to be a spontaneous gesture—took a “selfie” with the president. After snapping the picture, Ortiz, who is nicknamed “Big Papi,” said, “Cha-ching!”

It turns out that the “selfie” was anything but spontaneous and was definitely “cha-ching”; Ortiz recently signed an endorsement deal with Samsung to be its “MLB social media insider.” Shortly after Ortiz took the photo and tweeted it, Samsung retweeted it, saying that the company was “thrilled to see the special, historic moment David Ortiz captured with his Galaxy Note 3 during his White House visit.” The White House was not happy about the stunt and indicated that it is now considering banning all “selfies” with the president. White House Spokesman Jay Carney said, “I can tell you that as a rule the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes.  And we certainly

object in this case.” So all of you who have selfies with the president better scrap your plans.

A Non-Partisan Presidential Game

Sports surpasses all boundaries— even political ones. On Monday night, the NCAA men’s basketball championship game got some pretty important visitors. Noted college basketball fan Bill Clinton and famous Texan George W. Bush watched as a crafty veteran UConn team held off a flustered freshman-led Kentucky. The former presidents sat right next to each other – even though politically they stand across the aisle – near Jerry Jones, owner of the Cowboys and creator of the monstrous dome in which the game was played. Clinton and George H.W. Bush have appeared on many occasions together, both social and charitable, but Dubya and Bill haven’t made significant public appearances outside of formal roundup-the-presidents occasions. Clearly, though, they can bond over knowledge of secrets that the rest of us can only imagine—especially the secrets of sports. The crowd got to see the presidential duo in larger-than-life form when they showed up on the big screen. Despite their important titles, presidents 42 and 43 weren’t the only big names at the game. Cowboys Jason Witten and Tony Romo sat right in front of the former presidents and head coach Jason Garrett in the next row back. Thankfully, as far as we know, no selfies were snapped. Whoo.

That’s Odd Frozen Meditation When Indian guru Ashutosh Maharaj died two months ago, his followers

refused to accept the sad news. They are convinced that he will come back to life, which is why rather than bury him, they put him in a freezer. They now say that he is in a state of samadhi – the deepest form of meditation, according to his believers –and is sending them messages.

His followers believe that when he ends his meditation, Maharaj will step out of the freezer. Maharaj’s website, which says the mission was founded in 1983 and has spiritual centers around the world, has thanked its followers for standing by the mission while the guru is “meditating.” Perhaps his followers should keep a microwave nearby…just in case he needs some defrosting when he is done with his meditation.

“I Hate My Job… I Hate My Job” Hate your job? Here’s one way to tell the world. A lot of strange things happen in the courtroom. One of the stranger things to happen in recent courtroom drama is the botched taking of records by an alcoholic stenographer. In a bizarre outrage, Daniel Kochanski, 42, repeatedly typed, “I hate my job, I hate my job, I hate my job” instead of the trial dialogue of some high profile criminal trials he was supposed to be recording.

The peculiar antics wreaked havoc on some 30 Manhattan court cases, sources said, and now officials are scrambling to repair the damage. One high-level source said his “gibberish”

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state was not too stable. Lopez was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but had yet to be diagnosed. He also reported a brain injury, a concussion apparently not related to his military service. “Obviously, we are digging deep into his background, any criminal or psychiatric history, his experiences in combat. All of the things you would expect us to do are being done right now,” Lt. Gen. Mark Milley said on Wednesday. “There are initial reports there may have been an argument in one of the unit areas.” The Pentagon has responded to the shootings with a variety of initiatives, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said after Wednesday’s tragedy that the repeated soldier-on-soldier attacks on military installations suggest that “something’s not working.”

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Every Ivy League Wants Him

The dream of many college applicants is to get accepted to an Ivy League school. A 17-year-old applicant from Long Island has seen that dream come true eight times. What does it take to get into all eight Ivy League colleges? A 2,250 SAT score, straight-A grades

— and an awesome essay. Kwasi Enin wowed admissions officers when he wrote about how his love of music sparked his “intellectual curiosity.” “I directly developed my capacity to think creatively around problems due to the infinite possibilities in music,” wrote Enin, who has played viola for nine years. Enin also explained how his music has helped him play a role in his community and learn leadership values. The smart teenager made sure to note that his education has just begun. “Although I hope that my future career is in medicine, I love that I still have much to learn about and from the world of music.” The senior at William Floyd High School applied to 12 colleges because he feared he wouldn’t get into a single one. He now must choose from the eight Ivies — Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Yale — which boast acceptance rates of just 5.9 percent to 14 percent. Enin was also accepted into four non-Ivy schools: Duke, Stony Brook University, SUNY Geneseo and Binghamton University. I wish I had to make that type of decision.    

Prank Pays Top Prizes

A normal waitress shift at work turned into a very nice day filled with a free vacation, a job offer, cash, and a car for one lucky lady. Chelsea Roff of Venice, California, showed up to work her normal lunch shift at L.A.’s Spring Street Smoke House when she got the surprise of her life. Her first customer, a “very nice man who ordered ribs,” left her a $1,000 tip. Roff’s second customer, a doctor, offered her a job teaching yoga at a treatment center. “I saw the yoga book on her table and started talking to her about it and she said she was a director at a treatment center so I knew something was up at that point because that’s not normal, for someone to announce that,” said Roff, who herself suffered from an eating disorder so severe it led to a stroke and an 18-month hospitalization. Yoga was what helped her get back on track.

In News Roff’s gut feeling that “something was up” was correct. She was unknowingly the “victim” of a YouTube prank, but in this case the pranksters at Break. com had decided to “Prank It FWD” and change the lives of people like Roff. Roff, who has worked at the restaurant for five months, kept doing her job after her first two tips and was rewarded by a third tip from a couple who told her they had no money and so would leave her two tickets to Hawaii instead. “At that point I just started laughing,” Roff said. Roff’s laughs turned into happy tears when her fourth customer handed her a car key inside of her meal payment and told her to go outside. Waiting for Roff in the parking lot was a brand new Nissan along with her friend, Diana Roehl, who had helped her through her eating disorder recovery. “When Diana popped out, that’s how it just hit me that it was real,” Roff said. “I cried. I was so, so happy.” “No one has ever just given me things that I don’t have to work for,” she said. “I was just so shocked. In life you work for things, that’s how you get things.” Her boss, Spring Street Smoke House owner Chris Patterson, nominated Roff for Break.com’s “Prank It FWD” campaign. Roff founded her own non-profit, Eat Breathe Thrive, to help individuals recover from eating disorders through yoga, which is what helped her recover nearly six years ago. With the funding and media attention surrounding her “Prank It FWD” win, Roff wants to grow Eat Breathe Thrive into her full-time career. Want to know when this day of wonderful tips took place? Just two weeks ago—on April 1!

More than Just a Cup of Tea

On Tuesday, a Shanghai collector bought a rare Ming Dynasty cup that’s touted as the “holy grail” of China’s art world at a Hong Kong auction, smashing the previous world record price for Chinese porcelain. The price tag? A whopping $36 million. Liu Yiqian was the winning bidder for the small white cup, which measures

just 8 centimeters (3.1 inches) in diameter and is more than 500 years old. The vessel is known as a “chicken cup” because it’s decorated with a rooster and hen tending to their chicks. The vessel was made during the reign of the Ming Dynasty’s Chenghua Emperor, who ruled from 1465 to 1487. Sotheby’s said there are only 17 such cups in existence, with four in private hands and the rest in museums. “There’s no more legendary object in the history of Chinese porcelain,” said Nicholas Chow, Sotheby’s deputy chairman for Asia. “This is really the holy grail when it comes to Chinese art.” For such a prized item, bidding was limited to a handful of wealthy collectors and when the winning bid was hammered down at HK$250 million ($32.2 million), the standing-room only crowd broke into applause. The auction house’s commission brought the total to HK$281.2 million ($36.1 million). A pre-sale estimate had estimated a maximum sale price of HK$300 million. The previous record for Chinese porcelain was set in 2010 when a gourdshaped Qianlong vase sold for $32.4 million. The cup will likely go on display in Liu’s Long Museum in Shanghai, which he and his wife, Wang Wei, opened in 2012. Unbelievably, Liu is a middle-school dropout who drove a cab before becoming a multimillionaire. Forbes estimates his fortune at $900 million, making him the 200th richest person in China. How’s that for a sweet cup of tea?

Skinny People Can have their Cake and Eat it Too

A new study has confirmed what people who struggle with their weight have long suspected: that two individuals can eat the same things and exercise the same amount, and one will remain thin and one will be, well, not as thin. “What is different about these people?” asked Dr. Colleen Novak, a biological sciences professor at Kent State University whose research focuses on the neuroscience of obesity. Kent State University researchers say that the cur-


Bottom line? When you’re staring at that extra piece of cake this Pesach, just eat it.

Tallest Wheel Starts Turning

The world’s tallest Ferris wheel opened in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week. At 550 feet high, the High Roller is sure to become a stop for tourists from all over the world. It has 1,120 seats, so let’s hope there is enough interest to keep the thing rolling for a while. The wheel was built by Caesars Entertainment and cost just over $550 million. Planners hope to keep it open seven days a week, 365 days a year. This is no ordinary wheel; the first wedding to be performed on the wheel has already been booked for this summer. Each of the 28 cabins can fit up to 40 people. They each weigh 44,000 pounds and have over 300 square feet of glass. At the platform, employees load riders onto the wheel that never stops moving. The wheel rotates at .89 feet per second, which is about half of the average walking speed. The entire ride takes about a half hour. If you’re afraid of heights, it can feel like a whole lot more!

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rent obesity epidemic — about one-third of adults are overweight and one-third is obese — is likely the result of our lifestyles but genes also play a part. To see how genetics could impact obesity, researchers bred rats with specific genes that were linked with either high activity or laziness. They found that those rats known to be more active, based on their genetic breeding history, would burn more calories when exercising than fat rats doing the same amount of exercise. The active rats were also more likely to move around frequently during the day. “It’s not just the fact that they’re more active that matters but also that they are burning more calories during activity,” Novak said, noting that these extra calories are being “wasted” by the thin rats as heat. “What is different in the brains of these rats that make them more active versus less active?” she asked. Researchers found that thin rats produced more receptors that would stimulate the area of the brain that would cause them to choose to be active. Fat rats, on the other hand, produced less of these receptors. Thus, Novak told the university’s news site, the fat rats don’t move around less because they’re overweight but because of their brain function. Researchers are not yet sure why thin rats produce more of these receptors that would lead to activity than fat rats. None of this is to say that rats predisposed to be overweight can’t avoid this tendency. Conversely, rats with genes that would suggest they should be thin won’t necessarily be thin in reality. “In the bigger picture, [the study] would also imply that any advantage these intrinsically lean people have in staying thin may be canceled out if they are not physically active,” Novak said.

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The Matzah Bakery Visits HALB Early Childhood Center dle of the mini flour mill and ground the seeds into flour. Whew! That was hard work! Then two more assistants were called upon, each one standing in separate booths labeled kemach (flour) and mayim (water). When Reb Michoel gave the signal and started the special, one of a kind, 18 minute clock, one assistant handed him a pitcher of water, and then the second handed him a pitcher of flour. He mixed the dough very quickly, as the children lined up alongside tables with their rolling pins, waiting for a piece of dough. They quickly rolled out, flattened and, to keep the dough from rising, made holes with a really cool spikey roller. The children were amazed at how short 18 minutes could be. Hurry! Hurry! They then carried their dough on their roll-

“Ha’laila hazeh kulo matzah.” One of the highlights of the year at the Lev Chana HALB Early Childhood Center is when the model Matzah Bakery comes to visit. All the children enjoyed putting into practice what they learned about making matzah, and read about in The Mouse in the Matzah Factory, by Francine Metoff. We learned how to separate the wheat seeds from the stalk as two helpers blew and blew the pieces of chaff until only the seeds remained. Each child had to flex their muscles and grit their teeth as they turned the han-

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ing pins to the special matzah oven. Twenty-four seconds later, the matzah was ready! Yum! Everyone was excited to eat their matzah for lunch and they even got to take home their very own Shmurah Matzah kosher l’Pesach. Back in their classrooms, the children were asked to predict what takes longer to make, matzah or challah, and filled in Venn diagrams with the differences and similarities between the two. It took almost a whole day to make challah and 18 minutes to make matzah. The final choice the children had to make was which they thought tasted better.

Lucky for them they were able to enjoy the taste of both!

Huge Discounts on Apartments in Ramat Givat Zeev at Sales Event This is not an opportunity you have every day: Chish Nofei Israel, the real estate company building the upscale Ramat Givat Zeev neighborhood, will be holding a marathon sales event that includes huge discounts. The exclusive prices will be offered to buyers who sign on apartments during the three day event at the company’s office. New buyers will receive a discount of NIS 100,000 to NIS 150,000 off the list price of an apartment as well as easy payment terms: 30% upon signing and 70% before receiving the key. Right after the sales event, prices will revert to regular rates. Aside from the discounts, participants at the events will have the opportunity to become familiar with the neighborhood and its unique population, and to receive advice from professionals such as lawyers and mortgage experts. Ramat Givat Zev is Chish Nofei Israel’s flagship project. The company has a solid record of providing housing solutions for the chareidi sector in Israel. The neighborhood is designated for a

chareidi community seeking a high standard of living, and includes extensive investment in development, parks, community institutions and shopping and recreation centers. Ramat Givat Zeev is located just north of Jerusalem, a few minutes away from the city center. The neighborhood offers several housing options: 150 private homes, including individually designed villas; semi-attached cottages and some 250 large apartments. Chish Nofei Israel is preparing for the marathon sales event by augmenting the number of service representatives who will be on hand to guide potential buyers. The sales event will take place in a festive atmosphere, with buffet style refreshments, at the Chish Nofei Israel offices in the Shaarei Ha’ir building, 216 Jaffa Road in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 22 - 24 Nissan, April 22 - 24 between 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. For advance reservations, call 02-5000418.


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Speaking with Yossi Waldman of Rothner Highgates Group A Home Away from Home for Israel’s Regular Visitors By Ilana Conway nothing. These people come every month and they want their own place. They’re sick and tired of staying in hotels.” By 2015, they could be enjoying hotel-style luxury in a place of their very own, in Jerusalem, thanks to the opening of Waldman’s new luxurious housing project – Merom Yerushalayim. “It appeals mostly to the Orthodox community – frum people who want a high standard of living,” he explains. “When they come to Israel, they want to be in Mea Shearim, but with the standard of Rechavia. They don’t want to see cars on Shabbos, especially in a holy place like Yerushalayim. It’s enough that they live in Golders Green and see cars on Shabbos.” Residents of the new development can expect the perks of a car-free Shabbat to continue throughout the whole week: “There’ll be no retail, no noise, and a tunnel from the main road to un-

derneath. From the parking area you’ll go in an elevator straight into your apartment. There won’t be cars anywhere at all in the area. Out of the 5 acres, only 1.5 is buildings, the rest is greenery, and lots of stone and arches – just amazing.” With anticipation for the new development spreading rapidly throughout the global Orthodox community, buyers haven’t been stopping at just one apartment. “The trend is for people to buy two, three apartments, and combine to make an even larger one. I recently met with a purchaser in New York who had been planning to buy 300 meters of space – he’s now buying double that. He lives in a very large apartment on the West Side of Manhattan, and his wife won’t accept anything less.” Built on the site of the historical Schneller army base, and surrounded by nine historical buildings, the location was an instant grab for Waldman – who has purchased his own apartment in the development to use during his frequent stays: “It’s the best location in the whole world for an Orthodox Jew. Every Jew wants to be in Israel, and Yerushalayim is the best of the best. Merom Yerushalayim is right at the heart of the Orthodox neighborhoods. It’s a beautiful site, and it’s higher than the whole surrounding area.” However, the site also had a personal tie for Waldman’s business partner of almost ten years, and “best friend,” Mr.

Rothner: “He actually studied at yeshiva about a block away, around 50 years ago when he came here from Chicago. So for him it symbolizes the closing of a cycle.” It has been a fruitful partnership, the success of which Waldman is keen not to take the full credit for: “Hashem has been very good to us, and whatever we’re doing Baruch Hashem is a success. Even during the most difficult time for the United States real estate market, we still built and made money on our own property – which we bought just weeks before the Lehman Brothers collapsed.” The same goes for the imminent success of this new project: “Our sales company, Sun Chen Realtors, sold over 50% of the project before we broke ground.” The pair’s other current projects in Israel share the same success: “We’re just finishing off 280 apartments in Bnei Brak, on the site of the old Osem factory – and already 90% has been sold.” Raised in Golders Green until the age of eight, before the family moved to America, Waldman grew up into the property profession: “My father was always in real estate development. After I left yeshiva in Israel it was natural for me to go into this business.” Now a father-of-four himself, Waldman says: “Even though for years I’ve been travelling back and forth, I’m always home for Shabbos. Whatever happens.”

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The success of apartment rental sites such as Airbnb point to an enthusiasm for a new type of holidaying – one which doesn’t involve a hotel. In Israel, those delicious buffet breakfasts aside, there’s something to be said for staying somewhere a bit cozier. And although my interview with property developer Yossi Waldman takes place inside the swanky Sheraton hotel in Tel Aviv, he’s quick to attest: “You could put me in the nicest hotel in the world – I don’t care if it’s Four Seasons, the Ritz or Trump Tower – I’d rather be at home.” I catch up with the CEO of The Rothner Highgates Group on one of his regular work-related trips to Israel. The Toronto-based businessman tells me: “There’s a big trend right now, and I know this from my friends and relatives, that people can afford to come to Israel five or six times a year. From London it’s

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L’Shem Matzos Mitzvah! Baking matzos at HANC Early Childhood Center

B’Kavod Gets Approval B’Kavod is now an approved social adult day program. “This is a project that not just identifies a need, but is doing something about it,” stated Rechel Schoenfeld, LMSW, at B’Kavod’s inaugural event. “It is beautiful,” touted Rabbi Aryeh Sokoloff, “designed specifically to provide meaningful activity for our community, our frum elders. Your parents deserve this!” As a social adult program, B’Kavod’s aim is to provide structured activities to frail seniors who have mobility limitations and/or the beginnings of cognitive impairment. Ideal beneficiaries may also be elders who had once been active in shul and communal activities and no longer or rarely participate. Many such programs are in operation throughout the metropolitan area. It is extremely difficult to get approval at this time. B’Kavod is the only one in Queens County that focuses primarily to Orthodox Jewish clientele.

Centrally located in Kew Gardens Hills, B’Kavod promises to improve physical and mental health of these frail seniors, ease the burden to family caregivers, and reduce and/or delay the need for institutional long-term care. “ It is heartwarming,” observes Rabbi Becker, program founder, “ to see a Talmudist participate in group exercises who knowingly in any other environment would refrain from doing so; or a Holocaust survivor who initially resisted attendance and now makes certain that her family has arranged for her transport.” As its name suggests, B’Kavod is dedicated to bringing deserved joy and comfort to Queens community elders. It is a member of the CenterLight Health and FidelisCare Networks. For additional information, call 646.543.9818 or email bkavod@gmail. com.

Frog-a-thon at Yeshiva of South Shore At the Hollander ECC at Yeshiva of South Shore, the children celebrated Rosh Chodesh Nissan with their annual Frog-a-thon led by coach Zvika Bornstein.  Among the ribbiting, activities included “Pin the frog on Paroah’s head,” “Long jump across Paroah’s bed,” “Frogs shoulders, knees and toads,” and of course, “Leap frog”!


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Mesivta Ateres Yaakov Alumni Yarchei Kallah a Huge Success! This past week, Mesivta Ateres Yaakov held their annual Bein Haz’manim Yarchei Kallah on Inyanei Peasch for alumni returning from Eretz Yisrael for bein haz’manim and the greater community. This year’s program drew close to 50 graduated talmidim for shiurim, learning, schmoozing and “catching up.” Each morning following Shacharis, alumni were treated to a lavish breakfast provided by the yeshiva. Seder began

with shiurim on the Haggadah delivered by Mesivta and Yeshiva Gedolah rebbeim, providing insightful divrei Torah for talmidim to share at their own sedarim. Following the Haggadah shiurim, talmidim, together with the 12th grade, were provided ma’areh mekomos with which to prepare for the iyun shiur each day on a different topic related to Pesach. In addition to the morning program, a special Thursday night mishmar shiur

and kumzits was held at the Mesivta. The shiur, delivered by 12th grade rebbe Rabbi Elysha Sandler on the topic of “What’s in a Name,” drew a crowd of over 100 seniors and alumni. Following the shiur, those in attendance were treated to a delicious cholent and refreshments. The evening progressed into a beautiful kumzits, with live music, singing and divrei Torah. Suffice it to say, the evening was enjoyed by all, illustrated by the fact that it didn’t end until after 1:00 in the morning! Rabbi Yossi Bennett, Assistant Menahel, commented, “Each year it is an anticipated event and a highlight of our year when our talmidim return from Eretz Yisroel and from their respective yeshivos or colleges. The enormous response from our talmidim to return to

learn with their rebbeim from the Mesivta is a huge chizuk, both for rebbeim and current talmidim. The fact that they come back to the Mesivta to learn with their rebbeim on their bein haz’manim bears testimony to the strong connections and relationships that were forged while they were here at the Mesivta.” Recordings and source material for the various shiurim are available on the yeshiva’s website at www.ateresyaakov. com or through the yeshiva’s office.


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The Science of Gratitude by Aryeh Zev Narrow After six months reading the new Ohr Avigdor Shaar Avodas Elokim with a publisher’s eye (I run the organization that published it), I had the thought to read it as you would: with a reader’s eyes. So despite having 454 copies of Shaar Avodas Elokim here in the Simchas Hachaim publishing office, I went out and bought one. I took it home and started reading that night, looking for something special. I found it on page 248 in a Growth With Action exercise called Waking Up, where Rabbi Miller likens Hashem’s love for His people to the love of a father for a child. “When you open your eyes in the morning,” he advises the reader, “look up into the eyes of your loving Father, Hashem... Say to Him, ‘I thank You, my Father, for having restored me to You again.’”

What it Means to Say Thank You Shaar Avodas Elokim’s word count is near to 160,000 (without the Hebrew), and every one of them has to do with saying “Thank You” – and how compelling “Thank You” can be. In fact, saying “Thank You” to Hashem is a lifetime career—a career called serving Hashem, and it’s the most rewarding one any Jewish person can have. As you immerse yourself in the pages of Shaar Avodas Elokim, you, too, will find that thank you has implications in Torah, mitzvos, middos... all throughout life. And when you realize that you can’t count the thank yous in your life, you’ll begin to understand, as Rabbi Miller did, what it means to say thank you. Aryeh Zev Narrow is the director of Simchas Hachaim Publishing.

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Friendship Circle’s “Team Friendship” Looking for Runners with Big Hearts Feel the burn, wipe that sweat and push your limits. When it comes to fundraising, most people don’t think of losing calories and getting into top physical and mental shape. But for a growing generation of Friendship Circle volunteers, families and supporters, that’s precisely what it is. Team Friendship will be participating in this year’s San Francisco Marathon on July 27 to raise funds for the Five Towns Friendship Circle chapter and benefit individuals with special needs. Participants who join commit to raise money to benefit The Jean Fischman Chabad Centers Friendship Circle. Team Friendship provides all the resources to make race preparations a success. Each participant is flown to San Francisco for the weekend and Team Friendship arrang-

es all of their accommodations and an amazing experience for an unforgettable all-expenses-paid weekend retreat in San Francisco. With over 25,000 participating runners, the San Francisco Marathon is wellknown for its beautiful, scenic route which includes running over the renowned Golden Gate Bridge. “I thought I came to give to others but in the end left with far more than I came with” says Alon Asefovitz, Team Friendship runner in the 2014 Miami LIFETIME Marathon. “Knowing that I became the face of thousands across the globe who depend on the various Friendship Circles gave me a sense of pride.” With many Team Friendship runners already registered from the country and ranging in age from 14 to 70, this is sure to expand your circle of friends, and help your local chapter expand theirs. This summer, escape the heat and vacate to the beautiful San Francisco bay for an experience of a lifetime and fulfill our motto: challenge your life to change lives. For more information or to register, visit sf.teamfriendship.org.


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Enhanced Erev Pesach Collection Service The Commissioners, Superintendent, and hard-working employees of Sanitary District No. 1 are once again proud to provide enhanced collection service throughout the Five Towns on Erev Pesach (Eve of Passover):

MONDAY, APRIL 14th, 2014 3 convenient ways to benefit from this valuable service

• Drop-Off: Garbage trucks parked at: * Lawrence & Cedarhurst LIRR stations: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. * Young Israel of Woodmere: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. * Temple Hillel in North Woodmere: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. • ‘All Day’ Pickup: Trashbags placed at the curb will be collected throughout the Five Towns from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. * Please Note: Trash must be placed in sturdy, securely-tied bags, NOT pails.

• Phone-in Request: Call (516) 239-5600 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Erev Pesach Only) * Please Note: Sanitary Dist. #1 cannot guarantee an exact time for pickup.

For the latest Sanitary District No. 1 service alerts and event announcements, sign up today to receive our email newsletter at www.sanitarydistrict1.com Enhanced Erev Pesach sanitation collection service in the Five Towns began a decade ago when Village of Cedarhurst Mayor Andy Parise, and former Village of Lawrence Mayor Jack Levenbrown arranged to park Sanitary District #1 trucks at various Five Towns locations on Erev Pesach, allowing residents a way to dispose of garbage before the holiday at a time and place most convenient to their schedule and location.

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What Does it Take to Be a Hero? By Mordechai Kastelbaum It takes a lot to become a Hatzalah member and takes even more to maintain that membership. It’s a whole career of its own. If only people knew! What is most remarkable is that EVERY Hatzalah member is a volunteer. They don’t get paid for their time and heroic efforts and many times, they don’t even get a thank you. They work under some of the most intense conditions, both physically and emotionally, yet they are always level-headed and calm in these harrowing circumstances. It is no surprise that Hatzalah has dedicated the annual Dinner/BBQ in honor of its 125 members. Nor is it an overstatement to proclaim them to be our community heroes. After all, do you know of any other group of people who are so wholly devoted to their neighborhood, and indeed, to Klal Yisroel? Yet, according to insiders, from the 10,000+ local Jewish residents that benefit from Hatzalah’s constant guard, only about 10% participate in the annual dinner, their most important fundraiser of the year. It costs more than $1,000,000 annually for Hatzalah to operate, but the cost is utterly insignificant when compared to the enormous impact that the organization has. Just talk any person whose life has been saved by Hatzalah. Or speak to their father or mother, husband or wife. Ask them what Hatzalah is truly worth to the community. It is simply invaluable. Aside from providing the crucial funds that enable Hatzalah to function on a daily basis, the dinner also gives us, the

lucky beneficiaries of Hatzalah’s work, the opportunity to give chizuk and much due credit to the valiant volunteers. It sends a strong, united message that we notice, we care, and we truly appreciate their devotion. And, just as importantly, it encourages their families – both their wives and their children – who also sacrifice so much to enable Hatzalah to continue and thrive. Whether we have personally called Hatzalah or not, we all owe a great debt of gratitude, both to the organization and to its amazing volunteers that keep our community safe. The Annual Dinner/BBQ will take place on May 4th at the Sands and the suggested annual contribution is $250. It is a small donation that goes a long way in protecting our families, our neighbors and the entire community. On May 4th, take a moment from your schedule to show your support for our Heroes. They deserve it! Log on today to place an ad in the Commemorative Virtual Journal and make your reservations at www. HatzalahRL.org/BBQ.

Creating a Stronger Relationship with our Spouses this Pesach On Pesach we have a mitzvah to tell over the story of Yetzias Mitzrayim, the Jewish nation’s exodus from Egypt. Our sages teach us that when telling over of the story of Yetzias Mitzrayim, it should be done in a question/answer format. Rav Chaim Shmulevitz zt”l explains that we should be telling over the story as if we never heard it before. This is indeed a difficult challenge, as all of us, those of us telling over the story and those of us listening to the story, know it very well. When we tell over the story as a discussion in this way, it becomes different. It becomes a thought-provoking conversation. Especially on this night of Pesach we need to take care not to allow our being familiar with the story of the Exodus to get in the way of our fulfilling

the mitzvah of telling it over. Not just on seder night is familiarity a potential pitfall. In marriage, familiarity can also lead to trouble. A spouse is often the person closest to you in the world. They know, better than anyone else, the hidden fears, doubts and insecurities that you possess. As such they are in a powerful position that should they want to hurt you, they know exactly what to say. Additionally, a husband and wife spend much time together in a very comfortable way, so at times this can result in either partner “taking it out” on the spouse when he or she is feeling down or had a hard day. The reason for this is that the familiarity between husband and wife can result in the spouse being “shown a side of him” that no one else

sees as it’s not appropriate for the office or classroom. This Pesach  pick one time that you are aware of in which you either “take it out” on your spouse or hurt your spouse and make a commitment to change. Each person knows his own specific weak spots. For one person it’s Friday afternoon two hours before Shabbos when the clock is racing, for another its Sunday morning when all they want is to do is relax, and for another it’s coming home after a board meeting.  Whatever our “weak spot” is, we need to make a commitment that beginning this Pesach we will consciously try to refrain from lashing out/hurting our spouse. May we all merit to integrate the

lesson of telling over the Pesach story in question form and to experience a feeling of freshness in our marriage and in our service of Hashem, giving us the ultimate freedom from our own selfish nature to put awareness of Hashem, the needs of others and especially the needs of our family and spouse first. Five Towns Marriage Initiative provides educational programs, workshops and referrals to top marriage therapists. FTMI will help offset counseling costs when necessary and also runs an anonymous shalom bayis hotline for the entire community Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 9:30-11:00 p.m. For the hotline or more information, call 516430-5280 or email dsgarry@msn.com.

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It happens so often that we almost don’t notice it. We’re in shul, at the supermarket, playing with our kids in the park, or just taking a stroll. Then we hear the familiar siren. Our neighborhood Hatzalah volunteer speeds away to respond to an emergency. Yes, it is a scene that we experience so often that we often forget what is actually taking place. It seems so natural to see a team of frum people helping a fellow Jew in need that it’s difficult to imagine a time when someone would dial 911 in an emergency. Let’s take look behind the scenes to see what takes place during a “Hatzalah call.” At Hatzalah’s command center, a group of dispatchers is on call 24/7 to field a vast array of calls for help. It takes about 15 seconds to assess the situation and put out a call for assistance. These dispatchers volunteer to work in shifts at all hours of the day and night. They have families, they have jobs, they have responsibilities… but they also have Hatzalah. When the community needs their help, they step up to the plate to help. Within about 60 seconds, a volunteer

will answer and quickly make his way to the scene of the emergency. This process happens at lightning speed, with an average response time of just a few minutes. Oh, what it takes to be a Hatzalah volunteer. Sometimes it seems almost glamorous to bystanders, yet few really appreciate the dedication that it entails. It means a commitment to respond – at a moment’s notice – to an emergency at any time, 24/7/365. Literally, 24/7/365. It means dropping everything in middle of a workday, sometimes to return after an hour or more, after transporting the patient to the hospital. It means being in a constant state of alert in case a call comes out in the neighborhood. It means running out in middle of dinnertime or on Shabbos afternoon. Or even in middle of Kol Nidrei or the Pesach seder. That’s real commitment! At the scene of the emergency, a pair of members immediately begins to stabilize the patient. These crucial moments require a strong background in medical training, know-how, and plain common sense. All the while, they must take the whole situation into account, calming frightened parents or family members, and relaying important information to the command center. It starts with an initial period of training and orientation, followed by ongoing education in the latest techniques which take place every few months. And of course, there are tests and regular reviews to ensure that every member is performing satisfactorily.

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Why Cedarhurst was Blue Mayor Andrew J. Parise and the Board of Trustees along with Nicole Miller Special Education/ABA, Lori Sachs Speech & Language and the students from room 350 of Lawrence Middle School joined the “Light it up Blue” campaign on April 2—World Autism Day—to raise awareness about the neurological disorder that affects one in 88 U.S. children by placing over 150 blue bows throughout the village. Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined

by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today. Mayor Andrew J. Parise and the Board of Trustees encourage residents to participate in this campaign by shining a light on autism to help promote awareness and show support for those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, which includes autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder and Asperger syndrome.

HaRav Shmuel Shapiro addressing the mispallelim of Heichal Dovid who have adopted his kollel, Ruach Chaim

Experiencing the Jewish Experience of Madison This past week, 10 businessmen from the New York area put aside their work and personal lives to come and give Chizuk to the staff and students at JEM (Jewish Experience of Madison) based at University of Wisconsin. By all accounts, it was a truly memorable trip packed with inspiration, not only for the mekarvim on campus but for the gentlemen who made the trip as well. The University of Wisconsin has a huge student body numbering approximately 45,000 students. What is less

secular shift in the lives of the average Jewish family today as opposed to years ago when there was more of an interest in exploring their Jewish identity. He explained how on college campuses there is still a listening audience and the potential to impact students is great. The group was mesmerized by the timely words of chizuk and direction from the Rebbe and took them to heart as they began the hour-long drive to Madison, Wisconsin, to continue the frenetic 24-hour visit. During a walking tour of the campus,

New York ba’al habatim visit with Harav Michel Twerski before going to campus

known, is that it is also home to approximately 4000 Jewish college students with extremely limited knowledge to Yiddishkeit. Jewish Experience of Madison (JEM), was founded in 2005 by Yerachmiel Anton and Avi Zaitschek to directly address the opportunity to reach these Jewish students. By all accounts, they are literally saving Jewish neshamos. After landing in Milwaukee, the group visited the home of the Milwaukee Rebbe, Rav Michel Twerski shlita which in itself was worth the trip. The world renowned Rebbe spoke about the

the visitors observed random students easily identify Rabbi Chesky Tarlow, JEM’s program director, with a wave and a hug for “Rabbi T”. The visitors were then brought to the new building JEM recently purchased in the heart of the campus (on fraternity row.) They toured the building and were shown the ambitious staff and student housing renovations project soon to get underway. Finally settling in, the visitors then had a chance to meet with many of the students that JEM is reaching. An interactive conversation began between the group and the students, in-

quiring from the students what magic pull does JEM offer that attracts them to learn more about their Jewish identity and heritage. The students unanimously conveyed their feelings of belonging and personal growth as a result of their involvement with JEM. The guests were then able to observe the highly effec- Chaskel Bennett engaging with University of Wisconsin students at JEM tive Maimonides leadership program which is a semester-long lecture to life the amazing feeling of kol Yisroel series attended by the university students. areivim zeh lozeh. Over the years, hundreds of students JEM Director of development Rabbi have pointed to this program as their first Avi Zaitschek remarked, “What started step towards a more meaningful Jewish out as a dream transformed the JEM staff affiliation. Two separate lectures were and students. We look forward to hosting presented by well-known personalities, many more trips and sharing the beauty Mr. Ali Scharf and Mr. Chaskel Ben- of JEM with others.” Visiting guests like nett. Other participants making the trip Ali Scharf, Chaskel Bennett and Adam included Jake Blatter, Avi Englard, Ne- Kay were so inspired by what they saw sanel Gold, Chaim Ishakis, Adam Kay, that they have begun discussing a largYanky Miller, Shlomo Reich, and Shea er Shabbaton in the coming months for Rubinstein. The night was capped off by them and others to experience. a BBQ and stirring kumzits by famous Annually, JEM interacts with 650 Jewish entertainer Eitan Katz assisted by different students on the University of Shlomo Reich. At this event, the visitors Wisconsin Madison campus. This year, got to meet over 50 of JEM’s students. 2014, JEM has an unprecedented number As the music got more lebedik, dancing of 140 students learning Torah weekly. broke out amongst the men and brought

Tomchei Shabbos of Queens will be holding a pre-Pesach Chometz Drive this Sunday, April 13 from 10am-1pm at 85-19 Abingdon Road in Kew Gardens. Unopened, nonperishable, packaged foods with good expiration dates will be accepted.


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Chaim Silber’s Lobos Win the YFL Championship

Pictured below from top left to right: Benny Einhorn, Eli Koenigsburg, Yisroel Munk, Avi Fuchs, Avraham Goodfreund, Elisha Leibhart, Moshe Klein, Yoel Wagschal, Aronie Slansky, Jack “Lobo”, Chaim “Lobo” Silber, Yaakov Gross, and mascot Tzachie Slansky

sacking Sperling on numerous occasions, and disrupting the pocket making him scramble, QB Yaakov Gross was getting attacked on the line as well, resorting to many designed short run plays for the Lobos. With just a couple of minutes to play in the second half,  Yaakov aired  the ball out downfield, and Lobos speedy wideout Yoel Wagschal came down with the rock on the Crimson Tide’s 20 yard line .  After that huge gain, Gross tossed a quick out to Goody to put the Lobos on the board 6-0 with just 23 seconds left on the clock.  The Lobos did not convert on the extra point, and just when the game

was about to be over, Sperling took the snap and sprinted down the field, evading Lobos’ defenders, and miraculously ran it in to the end zone to tie the score at six.  Lobos’ fans were stunned, but breathed a sigh of relief when they stopped the Tide extra point attempt as time expired. In overtime, both teams traded unsuccessful first drives.  On their second drive, the Lobos faced a critical third and short in which Yaakov tossed a td to Goody on a quick slant to put the Lobos up 12-6.  Many spectators were heading for the exits when the Tide faced fourth down against the stifling Lobos D that

was invincible all game. Tide receiver Moshe Azencot leaped in the back of the end zone for the tying touchdown, which sent everyone, players and fans alike, into shock.  But that shock was only momentary as the Lobos came roaring back with another touchdown, this one a 15 yard slant to Goody to punch it in.  Once again, the Lobos failed to convert on the extra point and the Tide answered with another touchdown to tie up the ballgame at 18.  Tide receiver Schwartzbaum caught the ball on the extra point attempt and barreled his way into the end zone, when the unthinkable happened. Just as he was about to cross the plane for the win, Goodfreund snatched his flag, and made the clutchest play of the game for the Lobos.  That gave the Lobos’ fans life, and Tzachie Slansky, helped out by Ariel Samuels, led the chants and pumped up the crowd and the team.   With the crowd roaring their support, the Lobos offense found new life, and quickly scored a touchdown with a Yaakov run, and then converted the extra point on a fade to Elisha Leibhart in the back of the end zone.  The Lobos finally clamped down on the Tide offense and secured the hard fought win.   Meanwhile, Chaim “Lobo” Silber, along with grandson Jack, celebrated yet another championship and was thoroughly impressed with the work this team produced.  As it was said to Mr. Lobo before the season, “We will win, no matter what it takes.”  And that is what happened folks.

Lannett Playground New Location for Chametz Burning in Far Rockaway to Ensure the Safety of Community Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway) and Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Far Rockaway) joined the JCCRP in announcing extra city services for the Rockaway community pre-holiday needs. “It is great to see city agencies working together to carry on the traditions and cultures of our community in Rockaway. I commend NYC Department of Sanitation, NYC Parks Department and the FDNY for their honorable service to our families.” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder “I am very happy to announce in

conjunction with Assemblyman Goldfeder and JCCRP that preparations are underway for Passover. I also would like to thank the Department of Sanitation for really stepping up in order to help everyone celebrate Passover safely. I hope that everyone has a very safe and enjoyable Passover,” said Councilman Donovan Richards. The Department of Sanitation will conduct additional garbage collections in Far Rockaway in anticipation of Pesach.  On Erev Pesach, Monday Aril 14th, from 6AM to 11AM in addition to the extra collections throughout the

neighborhood, there will also be a stationary Sanitation truck at the corner of Beach 6th Street and Hicksville Road in Far Rockaway. To accommodate the anticipated large amount of trash, please place garbage out by midnight on Sunday the 13th and put out any items for pickup that you are able to during the prior week which will speed up the completion of the routes on Monday. To speed up collection on Monday, use plastic bags where possible. The Sanitation Department will make every effort to complete this task by 11:00AM, Goldfeder noted.

Additionally, the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula encourages the area residents to exercise caution during their preparations for the upcoming holiday. Due to the safety concerns for our area residents, the JCCRP has arranged a centralized location for a community-wide chometz burning, under the supervision of the FDNY. Chometz may be brought on April 14, 2014 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM to the paddle ball courts at Lanett Playground on Lanett Ave.

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It took nearly two hours to determine the winner in the championship game on Motzei Shabbos April 5th in the YFL, the Yeshiva Flag Football League. This match clearly lived up to the hype in the weeks preceding it.  It was Chaim Silber’s Lobos who ultimately came out on top 25-18 over the Crimson Tide in a whopping four overtimes which featured three ties along the way.  Led behind a stifling defense and a steady offense, in addition to an over-energetic crowd, the Lobos won in dramatic fashion and added to the Lobos’ legacy and tradition of winning, and put yet another trophy on “Mr. Lobos” shelf. The game started off on a standstill.  Each teams’ defense showcased their skills in many areas.  For the Lobos, it was defensive lineman Moshe Klein who got to the Tide’s QB, Elimelech Sperling, with a combination of strength, speed, and agility.  Moshe’s pass rushing ability was complemented by the stout play of cornerbacks, Aronie Slansky and Eli Koningsburg, and Avrohom “Goody” Goodfreund, who shut down the Tide’s top threats in Schwartzbaum and Recant.  The same could be said for the Tide defensive line that got to QB Yaakov Gross early on in the game.  Thanks to the Lobos’ defense, the Tide still couldn’t punch their ticket into the end zone, and it remained a scoreless ballgame at half. In the second half, things started out more or less the same as neither team had the ability to advance the ball down the field.  While Lobos lineman Moshe Klein, Avi Fuchs, Benny Einhorn and Yisroel Munk had their way at the line,

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YCQ Dinner Honors Mr. Lawrence Cohen and Ilana and Eli Gutenmacher PHOTO CREDITS: MICHAEL FEYGIN PHOTOGRAPHY

Over 500 parents, alumni and friends attended the 73rd Anniversary Scholarship Dinner of Yeshiva of Central Queens at the Sands last Sunday, March 30. Honored with the Leadership In

Education Award was Mr. Lawrence Cohen, Assistant Principal of General Studies in the elementary school, who, after a successful career as a principal in the NYC public schools system, spent the last eleven years at YCQ where he earned the respect, esteem and admiration of parents, teachers and students. In presenting the award, Rabbi Mark Landsman, YCQ principal, lauded Mr. Cohen for “having being an inspiring and dedicated administrator and mentor and for encouraging his students and faculty to Parents of the Year Award presented to Ilana and Eli Gutenmacher (L to R:) Mr. Israel Glaser, Chairman of the Board, Dr. Joel Cohen, President, achieve a high Mrs. Reize Sipzner, Dinner Chairperson, Mr. and Mrs. Gutenmacher

level of excellence in their pursuits.” Receiving the Parents of the Year Award were Ilana and Eli Gutenmacher who have earned the unique distinction of being highly devoted to their family, shul and YCQ. In addition to having held numerous leadLeadership In Education Award presented to Mr. Lawrence Cohen, Assistant ership positions at Principal of YCQ (L to R:) Mr. Israel Glaser, Chairman of the Board, Dr. Joel the Young Israel of Cohen, President, Mr. Lawrence Cohen, Rabbi Mark Landsman, Principal Kew Gardens Hills, booster. In presenting the award to the Mrs. Gutenmacher has been active on numerous YCQ Gutenmachers, Dr. Joel Cohen, YCQ Parents’ Association committees and is president, stated that “the remarkable currently serving as a P.A. representa- devotion of the Gutenmachers to their tive to the YCQ Board of Trustees. Eli family, our yeshiva and the community has served many years as gabbai at the have made them exceptional role modYoung Israel and is a regular participant els for which they merit our warmest in YCQ’s Sunday morning learning pro- esteem and appreciation.” gram as well as being a YCQ hockey

Community Embraces Gesher at Founders Event This past Sunday, the Five Towns and Far Rockaway community was privileged to experience the growth of quality yeshiva education. The Gesher Early Childhood Center, in only its second year, has already made a significant impact. That achievement was showcased at the Gesher Founders Event. Gesher is a yeshiva preschool that uses multi-disciplinary methods to reach and teach every student. Combining the expertise of specially trained teachers and by teaming effectively with parents and with all related service providers, the Gesher model has already been recognized as remarkably successful. One guest at the event had the following observation. “It’s amazing to see that all of our local Yeshivas have such respect for Gesher. It’s clear that they view Gesher as a real force in the community.” The idea for a Founders Event evolved from the requests of the current parent body that Gesher increase its services in the neighborhood. At a follow-up meeting to those requests, the parents expressed their desire to help make the community aware of the

tremendous satisfaction that Gesher makes possible. Menachem and Talia Ostreicher, current Gesher parents, felt such gratitude to the program that they offered to host the event. Mrs. Ostreicher presented a beautiful and welcoming venue, consistent with the impression that Gesher projects. At the event, Mr. Ostreicher described how his daughter had previously gone through a difficult learning experience and how amazed he was that at Gesher she was succeeding immediately and consistently in every aspect of the yeshiva preschool classroom. The Parent Committe that chaired the event was committed to spreading the word that Gesher is a unique and valuable resource. The turnout was beyond their expectations, with well over two hundred attendees, pooled from every local neighborhood and representing

every yeshiva in our community. The highlight of the event was the video presentation. In those short few minutes those in attendance were amazed to hear from parents and educators who gave overwhelming praise to the Gesher staff. They saw how effective the Gesher model is with professionally-run classrooms and extremely happy children. And they witnessed how Gesher is working with the yeshivas to effectively transition its students. After the video presentation, it was clear that Gesher had made its mark. Some of the people who had not heard of Gesher beforehand, or did not grasp its purpose, were astounded. “I cannot believe what I just saw, that is incredible! Gesher really makes a difference.”

The Founders Event was a tremendous success. Gesher acknowledges the encouragement of the founders who have committed to help Gesher continue building educational bridges.

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Yael and Evan Kroll, Professional Leadership Awardees

PTACH held their Annual Scholarship dinner on Sunday, March 23rd at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan. One of the many highlights of the evening was current students sharing their personal achievements throughout their years at PTACH. As Yehada B., a student at the Chaim Berlin elementary program, put it, “At my old school, my teachers and

Accepting the award on behalf of Mrs. Erika Friedman, a’h

principals told me I was just being lazy and needed to focus more; they didn’t realize that I just couldn’t do it. Here, at PTACH, the first time I got my report card I got great marks, and I begged my mother to send a copy of it to my old principal to show him that I really can do it!” A senior at the PTACH program at Yeshiva University High School for

Girls, Ashley A., remarked, “Before I came to PTACH, when I did not do well on exams, I assumed I was not capable of doing any better, and therefore I never tried. At PTACH, with the small classes, the constant review and repetition, and all of the extra support from my teachers every step along the way, I am now ready to go off to college where

Rabbi Willig accepting his award

I will be majoring in marketing.” Needless to say, these speeches were met with warm applause in lauding these students on their very lofty accomplishments. A big thank you to all those who so generously showed their support for this most worthy organization.

RCSP Shomrim Is Prepared for the Warm Weather. Are You? As the spring thaw sets upon us, and people can return to enjoying the outdoors, we can rely on two things that are sure to increase and potentially ruin your day: mosquitos and criminals. Although about $5 can buy repellent for the former, the latter can only be repelled with good police work coupled with the common sense and awareness of the everyday civilian. On our end, the RCSP has been working closely with the NYPD to help prepare for the summer menace. The RCSP is bringing awareness of its activities to the community so the spring and summer months can be mosquitoand criminal-free. Over the past couple of months, the RCSP responded to numerous burglaries, of which a few directly affected Far Rockaway shuls. In most cases, the close working relationship between the NYPD and the RCSP led to arrests. This was only made possible through the alertness of members of the community, who immediately called 911 and the RCSP 24-Hour Emergency Hotline with a clear description of the perpetrators. The members of the RCSP canvass the area in search of the criminals while the RCSP Video Surveillance Team accesses video footage (if available) for additional clues (such as a clean shots, stolen items, direction of flight, etc.). The

valuable information is then relayed to the cellphones of the responding RCSP members who work side-by-side with the NYPD until the perpetrators are identified then arrested. Unfortunately, in too many instances, the perpetrators get away due to the community’s lack of knowledge of what to do. Knowing that the RCSP is here to help is the first step in crime prevention. Even the suspicion of a crime can lead to valuable information in preventing crimes and apprehending the criminals. Whether you are home, in shul, shopping, or walking in the street, if you see something, say something and immediately call 911 followed by a call to the RCSP’s 24-Hour Hotline. In addition, if you fall victim of any crime, it is critical that you file a police report immediately. Numerous arrests are made due to the abundance of evidence from various crime scenes as well as trends and patterns the criminals reveal. In a recent case, the RCSP was able to recover a stolen vehicle and assist the NYPD in finding and arresting a perpetrator who had been breaking into cars for years, smashing windows. Now that this criminal is behind bars and faces a 10year sentence, car break-ins via smashed windows have been reduced dramatically. Call the RCSP as well to assist in filing a police report if you’re unsure about

the process. It is only through a police report that an arrest can be made as a perpetrator cannot be charged with a crime if no official complaint was filed against him/her. Due to the increase in bicycle thefts over the summer, the RCSP and the NYPD will be hosting a free bike etching event at the Annual Yeshivah Darchei Torah Bike-a-Thon, which will be held on June 1st between 2 and 5 PM. Every bike will be etched with a unique serial number that will be filed with the 101st Police Precinct. Last summer alone, the RCSP recovered over 20 stolen and unetched bikes which could not be returned to their rightful owners. We encourage everyone to take full advantage of this free program. As we go into the warmer months, we would like to recognize the dedicated members and families of the RCSP for contributing their time and resources to the community. Additionally we would like to thank Deputy Inspector William Patrick Wynne, commanding officer of the 101st police precinct, for all his help in making Far Rockaway a safer place. Finally, thanks go out to the Nassau County Police Department for their strong presence and professionalism in handling all criminal and civic matters pertaining to our community.

To reach the RCSP 24-Hour Hotline: (917) RCSP-306 [Numerically (917) 727-7306] Anyone interested in receiving the weekly security alerts from the RCSP, please send an email to securityalerts@ rockawaypatrol.org and enter the phrase “Sign me up” in the Subject field.


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MVP Basketball All-Star Day On Sunday, April 6, MVP Basketball hosted its sixth annual boys AllStar Day. The daylong program featured five All Star games comprised of players from 27 yeshivas throughout the NY/NJ Metro Area as selected by their respective coaches. This year, two new grades were added to the funfilled day – 6th grade and 7th grade were added to 8th grade, high school JV and Varsity games. Each of the participants received MVP All Star Day t-shirts. The players represented the following yeshivas: Yeshiva Har Torah, HALB, MDY, HAFTR, HANC, North Shore, YCQ, Flatbush, Derech Hatorah, YNJ, Moriah, Ramaz, Brandeis, RPRY, Yavneh, Westchester Day School, Barkai, DRS, Rambam, Shaare Torah, JEC, MTA, TABC, HESCHEL, Frisch, Kushner, and SAR. The teams were coached by coaches from the yeshiva leagues. The games were extremely competitive and some came down to the last possession. At halftime of each game, there the MVP 3 Point Shootout which featured “specialists” as selected by their respective coaches.  Each 3 point Champion re-

ceived an MVP 3 Point Shootout Trophy. Two MVPs from each All Star Game (one from the winning team and one from the losing team) were awarded MVP trophies as well. The following were the 3 Point Champions: 6th grade: Oren Betesh, YCQ; 7TH grade: Jack Guindi, MDY; 8th grade: Michael Tsor, Brandeis; JV: David Lowinger, Kushner; Varsity: Justin Hod, Frisch. The following were the MVPs of each of the All Star Games: 6th grade: Matthew Jedwab, HAFTR, and Shmuli Coates, YNJ;  7th grade: Moshe Lati, Barkai, and Jack Rosow, Flatbush; 8th grade: Yosef Kaminetsky, HALB, and Nathaniel Rabanipour, North Shore; JV: Abie Perlow, DRS, and Mayer Scharlat, Frisch;  Varsity: Cody Cohen, North Shore, and Mordechai Weiss, Kushner. The games were attended

by many spectators including family, friends, and teammates. This event is the kickoff for MVP Basketball Camp 2014. Now entering its sixth successful year, MVP Basketball is the premier Jewish basketball camp taking place in the magnificent setting in Camp Seneca Lake at the end of August (8/24-8/28). New for 2014: MVP Father/Son – 8/28- 8/31.

For more information and to be part of MVP, please contact Judah Rhine at 516-707-2638 or at gefen18@aol. com, or Irv Bader at 718-261-2267 or at info@senecalake.com, or visit www. senecalake.com and click on the MVP link. MVP Basketball – All Ball, All the Time – Where Every Player Can be an MVP.

SKA: MACSimize Your Beauty The MACs (Modesty Awareness Committee by Students) Committee of the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls has done it again! On Wednesday, April 2, MACs presented “MACSimize Your Beauty: Looking at Beauty Through Another Lens,” focusing on inner beauty. Under the direction of Mrs. Elisheva Kaminetsky, Director of Religious Guidance, and Mrs. Dena Kobre, 12th Grade Level and Israel Advisor, the entire student body participated in a truly inspiring program promoting internal beauty and what it means. Using the history of the Dove advertising campaign as a starting point, the girls watched student-produced videos; they then took part in small intimate ses-

sions discussing articles prepared in the MACS program sourcebook, complete with questions posted on Instagram

responses as the students expressed how important they felt inner, rather than external, beauty is in themselves and their

such as “Does your reflection in the mirror show who you are inside?” The sessions provoked very honest

friends. An inspiring video produced by Jordana Bienenfeld highlighting SKA students and faculty members discuss-

ing their interpretations of inner beauty was also shown. The response was electric as girls nodded in agreement and clapped in appreciation. At the end of the program, both the students and faculty members of SKA received a surprise gift! Individual compacts, labeled with each person’s name, were given out but these were not ordinary mirrors. Each one was specific to the person, with four exclusive personal virtues printed on the opposite side of the reflection. When one looks at oneself in the mirror, rather than only seeing the outward likeness, you can now reflect on what’s inside at the same time! Thank you to all the administrators, teachers and MACs members who contributed so much to such a meaningful program.


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(L-R:) LCFD Chief John McHugh; Ari Brown, Trustee, Village of Cedarhurst; Yonatan Arshadnia, G.O. CoPresident; Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe, Ph.D., Menahel; Cedarhurst Mayor Andrew Parise; Rabbi Yirmiyahu Lasker, MAY Executive Director; Deputy Mayor Benjamin Weinstock of Cedarhurst; Senior Yosef Neman; Naftali Engel, G.O. Co-President; Salvatore Evola, Cedarhurst Administrator; LCFD Deputy Chief Dave Campbell

It was a sight to behold. Two hundred people in a yeshiva foyer surrounding a 14-foot aluminum flat-bottom boat. To understand this seemingly strange sight one would have to go back a few months when Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe, Menahel of Mesivta Ateres Yaakov, became aware that the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department needed a urban rescue boat. During Hurricane Sandy, the brave volunteers utilized an inflatable pontoon boat to rescue people who were trapped in their homes and had to be evacuated through the dangerous flood waters. Should the need arise again, they felt that having a second, more sturdy vessel would greatly add to their capabilities and make their dangerous work that much safer.

Rabbi Yaffe knew that his students are inculcated with a tremendous desire to help their community, and he knew that they would agree that helping the LCFD – practically a next door neighbor – would be a worthy endeavor. The Mesivta had been in the forefront of helping the community deal with Hurricane Sandy, especially when it made its building available for a Town Hall meeting and hosted 400 of our neighbors seeking to address community issues. Our students also had tremendous respect for the LCFD, who had responded with alacrity several times in recent years to emergencies at the yeshiva. Rabbi Yaffe suggested that MAY’s Student Government Co-Presidents, Naftali Engel and Yoni Arshadnia, un-

Woodmere Pre-Pesach Chometz Burning The Woodmere Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting its annual community-wide chometz burning on Monday, April 14 between 6:45am to 11:45am at the fire department, 20 Irving Place, between Broadway and Central Avenues in Woodmere. Please do not wrap chometz in silver foil or in plastic; only paper bags should be used.

Plastic turns toxic when burned. Those who are going away for the holiday can drop the chometz off to be burned by the firefighters. Chometz should be left in the cans by the red garage door in the parking lot on Motzei Shabbos or Sunday. Wishing the community a zissen Pesach.

(L-R:) Jeff Leb, Director of Political Affairs – New York State Orthodox Union; Harvey Weisenberg NYS Assemblyman 20th District; Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe, Ph.D. –Menahel; Howard Kopel - Legislator, 7th District; Dr. Eli Shapiro – social worker; Rabbi Yirmiyahu Lasker, Executive Director

dertake raising the necessary $1,500 from the student body. Together with senior Yosef Neman, the project was quickly embraced and the required funds were raised in less than a week. Volunteer fire- Seniors Yonatan Arshadnia, Yosef Neman and Naftali Engel greeting LCFD Chief Mc Hugh. man Zev Adward the three main students involved ler coordinated all of the arrangements, who formally presented the boat to including the purchase, painting, and Chief John McHugh and Deputy Chief branding of the new boat as a gift from David Campbell. In addition, although the students of Mesivta Ateres Yaakov to New York State Assemblyman Harvey the Lawrence Cedarhurst Fire Depart- Weisenberg and Nassau Legislator Howment. ard Kopel could not attend the ceremoAt the day’s event, the entire body ny, they visited the students the previous of the Mesivta gathered in the foyer in day to congratulate them on their efforts. the presence of local officials, most no- The brief, dignified ceremony concluded tably, Cedarhurst Mayor Andrew Parise with Rabbi Yaffe thanking the LCFD for and representatives of the Lawrence-Ce- this opportunity and giving a blessing darhurst Fire Department. Rabbi Yaffe that the boat never need to be used. then gave a moving address, called for-

Lawrence Pre-Pesach Information District 1 Sanitation and the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department in conjunction with the Lawrence Dept of Public Works are providing special services to Lawrence residents to help facilitate final pre-Pesach cleaning. Sanitation: A special truck will be located in the Lawrence LIRR Station parking lot on Monday, April 14 between the hours of 7am and 1pm for last minute garbage pickup. Residents may bring garbage bags to the trucks for disposal. Biyur Chometz: The fire depart-

ment and the Department of Public Works will be designating an area in the Lawrence LIRR Station parking lot for biyur chometz on Monday, April 14 between 8am and 11:30am. Bread should be wrapped in paper bags to aid in the burning. Items wrapped in plastic or containers should NOT be burnt as the plastic will not burn and will slow down the process. Wishing all our residents a wonderful, safe holiday.


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Pesach at the JCCRP On April 7 and April 9, the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula’s (JCCRP) Kosher Client Choice Food Pantry ran a Pesach food distribution. The JCCRP arranged for special kosher for Pesach items to be delivered to our food pantry to accommodate clients’ needs in celebrating yom tov. Hundreds of clients came to the pantry on Monday and Wednesday and chose from a wide selection of food, including: grape juice, matzah, potatoes, carrots, onions, meat roast, chicken, wine, gefilte fish, oil, ketchup, eggs, apples, and much more. We are proud to announce that the pantry served over 500 families for Pesach this year. Met Council CEO David Frankel came by on Monday to help distribute food, and on Wednesday, Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., City Councilman Donovan Richards, Richard Altabe Chairman of the JCCRP Board of Directors and Pesach Osina on behalf of NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, were all on hand to help out with distribution. All were very impressed with the fine work the JCCRP does for the community. Senator Addabbo noted, “JCCRP provides an irreplaceable service to the Rockaways, one that many would be lost

without. I am proud to support the organization and its Passover Food Pantry, and proud to always continue that support. My Jewish constituents can only benefit from JCCRP and that is something to focus on. To further enhance the quality of life for this population, I have made sure to get behind legislation that does just that. In the Senate, I’m very much involved in promoting aid to yeshivas. Last year, I supported legislation to aid special education students in the yeshiva system and I also sponsored the Education Investment Tax Credit, which would have provided a state tax credit for classroom supplies, projects, scholarships and recreational activities. Additionally, I sponsored a bill to increase protection for Hatzolah members from frivolous lawsuits as Good Samaritans and volunteer first responders.” David Frankel added, “For most of us, Passover is a time for festive family seders. But for too many of New York’s Jewish needy, the Festival of our Freedom is, ironically, just the opposite – yet another painful reminder of the oppression of poverty. In New York City, there are a half a million poor and near-poor Jewish New Yorkers who struggle to feed their families every day. The 2.1 million pounds of food we distribute will

allow our clients to observe Passover with a traditional and nutritious meal that otherwise would have been price prohibitive; on average a kosher meal is 30% more expensive.” “I am proud to partner with the JCC of the Rockaway Peninsula to help alleviate the extra financial burden that the holiday can have on local families,” says NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer. “I wish everyone in the community a happy and joyful Pesach.” Nathan Krasnovsky, executive Director of the JCCR,P commented, “The JCCRP is grateful to have the respect and support of fine community leaders and establishments. Without their support we would not be able to serve the

community with the amount of services we currently offer. I am tremendously pleased that we serviced each and every client that approached us for Passover assistance. I would also like to express my gratitude to the volunteers and dedicated staff that assisted with the distribution.” In addition to the eventful Pesach food distribution, the JCCRP also assisted families with over $30,000 in food vouchers, with the support of Met Council and the Jewish Services Coalition. The vouchers were to be redeemed at local supermarkets, making the task of Pesach shopping less difficult for local families in need.

Bais Yaakov of Queens Student Gets Published Etta Krinsky, a fourth grade student at BYQ, will be published in the Grannie Annie book of 2014. The Grannie Annie contest is a national contest for students to submit stories of their ancestors. The contest was introduced to BYQ students in the fourth grade by one of the fourth grade teachers, Mrs. Evelyn Hefetz.

“My granddaughter in Baltimore told me about it and subsequently I asked Mrs. Bergman and Mrs. Reisbaum if we could submit work to it. They readily agreed to challenge the students to participate,” Mrs. Hefetz said. This year, more than 50 girls in the fourth grade participated. The girls inter-

viewed their relatives, wrote, edited and rewrote the stories. Back in January, Mrs. Hefetz and Mrs. Ziskind, fourth grade teachers, submitted their students’ work. The girls in Mrs. Hefetz’s class deepened the project with a collection of pictures and recipes from their ancestors. The class’s work was bound into a book for each student. Students also contributed to making a story quilt. The quilt, made of felt squares, is just another way for the students to express their creativity in telling their families’ stories. “I loved interviewing my grandmother, who told me about her grandmother,” said one fourth grader. “I shared my family’s favorite cookie recipe so everyone could try it!” said an-

other student. Then, one week ago, Mrs. Hefetz was notified that one of her students was going to be published! Ms. Sarah Blumenfeld, program director of The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration, wrote, “We’re so pleased that you submitted your students’ stories to The Grannie Annie this year! Our heartiest congratulations for having a student selected for publication.  As you may have heard, we’ve sent congratulatory e-mails to the soon-to-be-published authors.   We look forward to receiving stories from Bais Yaakov again next year!” Congratulations to Etta Krinsky for her accepted and published work. Bais Yaakov is truly proud of you!


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Pesach at Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe Morah Lea’s Pre1-A at Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe had an exciting model seder with Rabbi Bookson. Rabbi Bookson came in dressed for yom tov with his shtreimel and bekasha and led the seder for the boys. They went through the entire seder from kiddush to eating lunch (Shulchan Aruch) straight through bentching. They sang all the songs and had

a great time. But the Pesach Tatty had the best time of all! It’s that time of year again! The Matzah Bakery came to Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe and all the boys had a hands-on lesson on how to bake matzah. The boys got to pick the wheat, grind it up make the flour, and add the water in order to make the dough. The real fun started when they

got to roll out the dough and make the holes in the matzah, and they did it in less than 18 minutes. All the boys lined up and baked their matzah which they were able bring home and enjoy. Looking at the finished product, one can’t help but say, “Wow!  A second grade class did this?!” But, believe it or not, yes, Rabbi Estersohn’s class in Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe is responsible for that beautiful haggadah!  The haggadah is the result of weeks of work on their part, listening as their rebbi reads and translates sections of the haggadah.  The boys then have the ability to ask any questions they have about what they heard.  Many times the boys ask the same questions as (and sometimes even give the answers of) Rishonim and Acharonim.  Rabbi Estersohn then types up all the questions and the answers, and presents each of the boys with their own haggadah which contains the entire haggadah text as well as the amazing ques-

tions the boys came up with. So beautiful is the hagaddah that many boys use it at their seder years later!  The boys walk away with much more than a haggadah, though.  They learn that when they apply themselves in their Torah learning, anything is possible!


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Around the Community The Abraham Scharf z”l HAFTR Poland Mission HAFTR High School has inaugurated a unique mission to Poland for members of the senior class, led by Rabbi Gedaliah Oppen, principal of Judaic Studies, and chaperoned by Rabbi Moshe Hubner and Ms. Shira Oppen. Students spent four full days visiting cities and towns that were centers of the flourishing cultural, academic, and religious Jewish life in pre-war Poland, as well as the sites of the destruction of the Jewish community by the Nazis.  The students learned about Poland’s rich Jewish heritage and gained a deeper understanding of the Holocaust. At Auschwitz, Birkenau, Majdanek and Treblinka, siyumim on gemara and mishayot were made in memory of Mr. Abraham Scharf z”l and the six million kedoshim who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. The students also had the unique opportunity to be part of the Daf Yomi Siyum on mesechet Sukkah (completed by our very own Dr. Marvin Werteinteil) in Yeshivat Chachmei Lublin, the yeshiva which

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Chocolatey Goodness Estee Kafra

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Frogs Were Everywhere. But Where Was Shirley? Ann D. Koffsky

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Herzog in History Alisa Roberts

Rabbi Jonathan Gewirtz Rabbi Daniel Staum

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

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Recalculating, A Short Story Baila Rosenbaum

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Going Gluten-Free All Year Round Shira Diamond

Chocolate Lava Cakes Chef Lynn Kutner

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of b’choros was at night. The way the Mitzrim would tell time at night was by gazing at the stars. They would look up at the stars’ alignments and approximate the time. How accurate could this possibly be? The telescope had yet to be invented; sophisticated mathematics was yet to be discovered. So what right would they have to assume that they were right and Moshe was wrong? What makes this even more difficult

to understand is that for close to a year, Moshe and Aaron appeared in Pharaoh’s palace, miraculously foretelling what would happen if Pharaoh didn’t allow the Jews out of Mitzrayim. Time after time, events occurred exactly as Moshe predicted. In the precise manner, in the specific time, and with startling exactness, what Moshe said would happen, did happen. So why would the Mitz-

sion could the Mitzrim reach that would make it worthwhile for Moshe to change the words that Hashem said to him? Here again, we see another human tendency. Moshe was afraid that he’d be defrocked and discredited. Once caught in one lie, the assumption would be that nothing he said had any credibility, despite its being proven true time after time. Rather than carefully going back

WE TEND TO ASSUME THAT OUR OPINIONS ARE CORRECT, REGARDLESS OF THE EVIDENCE AGAINST US. rim assume that they were correct and Moshe was lying? Wasn’t it much more likely that they were the ones who made the error? I am Never Wrong The answer to this question is based on human nature. We tend to assume that our opinions are correct, regardless of the evidence against us, and irrespective of whom we might be arguing with. While we may not have given much thought to how we arrived at our understanding, once something becomes accepted as our opinion, it becomes very difficult to change. Moshe was afraid the Mitzrim would calculate the time, and despite the questionable accuracy of their calculations, they would jump to the conclusion that Moshe was wrong – that he was, in fact, a liar who fabricated the entire situation. To prevent this Moshe said, “around midnight.” The implications of this concept are far-reaching when we take them to their logical conclusion. Let’s assume for a minute that Moshe hadn’t changed the expression. Let’s assume he said that exactly at midnight Hashem would kill the firstborn. Moshe was afraid that when the makkah began, the Mitzrim would miscalculate the time and conclude that it began at exactly 11:45 PM. What would that prove? If Moshe was off by a few minutes, therefore what? Everything else he said till then was true. But even more, every firstborn would miraculously have died, exactly as Moshe said they would. What possible conclu-

to see that the basis of their opinion was highly speculative, the Mitzrim would assume Moshe was wrong, and they would then create an entire philosophy – despite the overwhelming evidence against it. This concept has great relevance to us both on the receiving as well as on the giving end. To be effective, truthful people we must recognize our tendency to be biased. When we find ourselves in a disagreement with others, it is difficult to hear their position, regardless of the logic or evidence in their favor. Whether in regards to politics, sports, the economy, or what color tie best matches this suit, we tend to be heedless in the formation of our opinions. Yet when challenged, we become locked in and almost incapable of hearing the other perspective. “A Man Convinced Against His Will is of the Same Opinion Still”

On the other side of the coin, this idea has great impact when it is our goal to convince others. Whether it is a co-worker we wish to influence in issues of religion, or a child in regards to acting responsibly, the more clearly we understand human nature, the more effective we can be. The operating principle is that arguing will beget the exact opposite reaction that I am seeking. The more directly I confront a belief that you hold, the more you will resist giving it up. The reason for this is that when I directly challenge something that you think to be true, it is no longer the belief that is under assault – it is you. It is as if I am ripping out a bastion that supports you, and your instinct for self-preservation will come to your defense. At this point, the very idea that you may not have fully believed up till now becomes rooted and grounded in your very being, and you become almost incapable of giving it up. Doing so would be admitting defeat, something we find so distasteful. The only method to effectively influence others is to recognize the inner makeup of the human, and to then gingerly bring people around to the correct understanding, allowing their sense of self to remain untouched. Get the Shmuz APP- If you have an iPhone or ipad you can download the new Shmuz app from the app store and access hundreds of audio, video and articles from the Shmuz. Or visit www.theShmuz.com

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“Moshe said: “So said Hashem, ‘At about midnight, I shall go out in the midst of Egypt.’” – Shemos 11:4 After months and months of Hashem showing the Mitzrim that He alone controls every aspect of Creation, Moshe was instructed to warn Pharaoh that if he still wouldn’t let the Jewish people go, then exactly at the stroke of midnight, every firstborn in Mitzrayim would die. Yet when Moshe appeared in front of Pharaoh, he changed the message and said, “If Pharaoh doesn’t free the Jews, then approximately at midnight, every first born will die.” Rashi is troubled by why Moshe would change Hashem’s wording. He explains that Moshe was afraid that if he gave an exact time, the Mitzrim would be watching the clock and might miscalculate. Rather than assuming that they were wrong, they would attribute the error to Moshe and assume that he was a liar. To remove this potential pitfall, Moshe changed what Hashem said and told Pharaoh that at around midnight, the firstborn would begin dying. This Rashi seems quite difficult to understand. In our times, we have precise instruments to measure time; we have clocks, watches, and chronographs. In the ancient world, timepieces were crude. During the day, a sundial might provide some degree of accuracy, give or take a few minutes. But the makkah

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s I drove past a local middle school, I noticed their event board read “Naturalization Ceremony Today.” For those who don’t know what that is, naturalization is the process by which a foreign national can become a U.S. citizen. There were cars lined up and down the block, and I saw people walking toward the school all dressed up. If they had been Jewish I’d have said they were wearing Shabbos clothes, but it clearly indicated that the ceremony held a great deal of importance in their hearts and minds. For many, becoming a U.S. citizen involves much effort, including learning the history and laws of their new home. The ceremony caps off their achievement as they take the oath of allegiance to the United States and accept their responsibilities as citizens. I always imagined these ceremonies took place in some large federal courthouse in a major metropolitan city, but it made sense to me that a suburban school would be appropriate for people who lived in the area. Though not as august and awe-inspiring as a federal courthouse might be, I’m sure it didn’t dampen the spirits of the people who finally achieved their dream of becoming U.S. citizens. As someone born here, I never really gave much thought to the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen. I mean, yes, I pay taxes, I vote, and I registered for Selective Service when I turned 18, but as far as what else is involved, I never reflected on it. I thought it might be interesting to see what those naturalized citizens are agreeing to do. 

Physical presence – They have to actually be in the United States for a certain amount of time. Good moral character – They must be judged by the immigration officials to be moral individuals who haven’t

can people. As it is almost Pesach, I made the connection to our leaving Egypt and becoming the Jewish People. We left Egypt and camped in the desert. We were in an uninhabited land, one that

WE HAVE TO STUDY AND KNOW THE LESSONS OF THE EXODUS, UNDERSTAND THE PRINCIPLES OF G-D’S DOMINION, AND SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF TORAH AND MITZVOS.

committed fraud, lied to get benefits, committed crimes, aren’t habitually intoxicated, and similar items. Attachment to the Constitution – They must agree to serve the United States and renounce allegiance to any other governments or nations. They also must uphold and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States. English and civics exams – They must take tests on the English language and the governmental workings of the United States. All these items are linked to committing themselves to be a part of the Ameri-

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belonged to G-d alone. We were given laws to guide our daily behavior, and swore our allegiance to Hashem and promised to uphold and defend the Torah. If someone becoming a U.S. citizen dresses up to take his oath, it’s no wonder that on Pesach, when we commemorate our becoming citizens of the Am Hashem, the chosen nation of G-d, we dress up and enhance our seder with special precious vessels and the finest foods and table settings. Then I thought about the fact that just as I was born as a citizen, I probably don’t appreciate the distinction of it as much as one who has struggled for years to attain it, so too was I born a Jew. Can I honestly say I appreciate the greatness of it? That I have willingly accepted the responsibilities of being a Jew, to study the Torah and laws, to live by them, be bound by them, and guide my moral character by the Torah’s dictates? I daresay that one who converts to Judaism, or one who was raised non-observant and then takes it upon himself to learn all the laws and recognize the stature of what it means to truly be a Jew, appreciates it more than one who was born that way and just takes it for granted. Perhaps that’s why the seder is so important. On Pesach night, we are

commanded to see ourselves as if we ourselves left Egypt, not just our souls or our ancestors. Rather, we, living in the twenty-first century, are directed to reflect on what it means to go from being an idolater to a Jew; from one who serves humans to one who serves the Al-mighty Creator. It’s a naturalization ceremony. We have to study and know the lessons of the Exodus, understand the principles of G-d’s dominion, and speak the language of Torah and mitzvos. We have to take up permanent residence in this behavior, and carry it on all the time, not just show up to pass a test then go back where we came from. We have to accept upon ourselves the identity and responsibilities of the Jewish People who were redeemed from slavery. When people weigh the benefits versus the costs of becoming an American citizen, almost overwhelmingly they recognize the value far outweighs the effort, and they work hard for it. When we celebrate the seder, we should be making that same comparison, and coming to the conclusion that we stand to gain far more than we stand to lose by being naturalized Jews, who have gone through the process of choosing to be chosen. Though naturalized citizens are now bound by the laws of the United States, they are proud that this status confers on them the rights to freedom and liberty. As Jews, too, our freedom is not hampered by our allegiance to Hashem. On the contrary, that’s what makes it possible. If we take the time to think about this on Pesach, we will find ourselves much more joyous, much more appreciative of our heritage, and we will realize just how fortunate we are to be celebrating the seder, naturally. Jonathan Gewirtz is a prolific inspirational writer whose work has appeared in publications around the world. He also operates JewishSpeechWriter.com, where you can order a custom-made speech for your next special occasion. For more information, or to sign up for or sponsor the Migdal Ohr, his weekly PDF Dvar Torah in English, e-mail info@JewishSpeechWriter.com and put Subscribe or Sponsor in the subject. © 2014 by Jonathan Gewirtz. All rights reserved.


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Taxation with representation ain’t so hot either. - Gerald Barzan

Yankel, who has terrible hearing, just got an amazing hearing aid. He goes to his friend to tell him about it. Yankel tells his friend that unlike everybody else, who just get regular hearing aids, he found a special type of hearing aid that is amazing. “It is hidden in the ear and not visible; it can never break and is totally comfortable. Besides, the power is amazing. I am hearing like a 20-year-old again. I can finally carry on a good full conversation without any problems,” says Yankel. His friend is intrigued about this hearing aid and asks, “What kind is it?” Yankel looks at his watch and says: “Quarter to three.”

The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has. - Will Rogers The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. - Winston Churchill If you are truly serious about preparing your child for the future, don’t teach him to subtract—teach him to deduct. - Fran Lebowitz [On filing for tax returns:] This is too difficult for a mathematician. It takes a philosopher. - Albert Einstein In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes. - Benjamin Franklin

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In honor of the “ten makkos,” each of the following clues refers to a word that begins with “ten.” Can you guess all ten of them? 1. Inclination 2. Delicate or gentle 3. A sinew 4. A racket game 5. Capable of being stretched 6. Between the bass and alto 7. Stretched tight 8. Unsubstantial 9. A dwelling 10. An opinion held to be true

People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women. - Unknown More than ever before, Americans are suffering from back problems: back taxes, back rent, back auto payments. - Robert Orben Isn’t it appropriate that the month of the tax begins with April Fool’s Day and ends with cries of “May Day”? - Rob Knauerhase

Answers: 1. Tendency 2. Tender 3. Tendon 4. Tennis 5. Tensile 6. Tenor 7. Tense 8. Tenuous 9. Tent 10. Tenet

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1. Take 1,000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1,000. Now add 30. And another 1,000. Now add 20. Now add another 1,000. Now add 10. What is the total?

7. The Goldberg family has a mother, father and 7 daughters. Each daughter has 1 brother. How many people are in the family?

2. Are there more up-hills in the world or down-hills?

8. How many times can you subtract the number 5 from 25?

3. A contractor hires an electrician and a plumber to do work on a construction site. One of them was the father of the other’s son. How could this be possible?

9. A doctor gave you 3 tablets and tells you to take one every half hour. How long will it take for you to finish the pills? 10. You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in?

4. Are 1990 dollar bills worth more than 1989 dollar bills?

11. Two U.S. coins are worth a total of 30 cents, and one of them is not a nickel. What are the coins?

5. Some months have 30, and some have 31 days. How many months have 28 days? 6. A farmer has 17 sheep and all but 9 die. How many are left?

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2. There are the same amount of up-hills and down-hills because every hill is either up or down, depending on how you look at it. 3.

They were husband and wife.

4. Yes- One thousand nine hundred and ninety dollar bills are worth one dollar more than one thousand nine hundred and eighty-nine dollar bills. 5.

12. Who is not, not, not a person that has not, not set foot on the moon: Neil Armstrong or your mother? 6. Nine.

The total is 4,100. So, if you thought it was 5,000 you need to brush up on your math.

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Ten (there are seven girls and one boy in the family, plus the parents).

8. Only once, and then you are subtracting it from 20. 9.

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10. If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are second! 11. A quarter and a nickel (one is not a nickel, but one is). 12. Every pair of “nots” cancel each other out. So the question really is, “Who is not a person that has set foot on the moon?”

Riddle!

You are a blindfolded waiter setting up a seder. There is a table with four glasses in the four corners of a square rotating table. Each glass is either facing up or facing down. You need to turn them all in the same direction, either all up or all down. You may do so by grasping any two glasses and turning either or both over. But the table is spun after each time you touch the glasses. How do you get all of the glasses to face the same way?

Wisdom key: 9-12 correct: You are a genius. (Just do me a favor, your comb over really is not fooling anyone…give it up) 5-8 correct: You are of average intelligence. (Sorry, I know your mother always said, “My boy, he’s so smaaat.” She was exaggerating a bit, like you are when you tell her how good her Pesach cake is!) 0-4 correct: Don’t worry, I will give you a secret tip to get brains: Take a small piece of matzah and take all of the leftover marror and eat it together very quickly. Trust me, try it. After you do that, try this quiz again and you will see that you will get more answers correct.

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o matter where you go these days people are taking pictures. We live in a world of “snappers,” those who just can’t seem to stop taking (and emailing) pictures. Today you don’t even need a camera in order to take a picture, because most phones today have picture- (and video-) taking capability. Why are we so addicted to pictures? I believe that one of the main reasons we ‘snap’ is because we want to preserve the moment. When our child does something cute, we witness stunning scenery, we spend time with good friends, or we are enjoying a wonderful vacation or family time, we take pictures to freeze some of those moments so that we can enjoy them and reflect back on them in the future. The only problem is that we are often so busy trying to preserve the present for the future, that we fail to fully appreciate and enjoy the present. I write these words knowing full well that I am being somewhat hypocritical, because I myself am a “snapper.” Please do not misunderstand me. I do not mean to say that pictures are a complete waste of time and energy. Our family has many beautiful albums that we enjoy looking at from time to time, and indeed there are many wonderful memories that we are reminded of when looking at those pictures. But I know that I am often too focused on the pictures. During trips and outings, my wife often nudges me to put away the camera. “We have enough pictures already. Just enjoy the moment.” I struggle to adhere to her wise advice fearing that I may lose out on a great snapshot. You can imagine my chagrin then when during one of our Chol Hamo’ed outings my sister took out our camera and realized that I had forgotten to replace the camera’s battery which was charging overnight. I had no one to be annoyed at other than myself. I wasn’t too keen when everyone laughed and

said that I would just have to enjoy the trip without the camera. (By the way, they did regret not having the camera when I donned roller blades and tried to keep up with my son. Suffice it to say that I inadvertently ended up seated on the pavement.) I should add that, I think it is a hidden blessing that it is prohibited to take pictures on Shabbos and yom tov. Our family pictures in front of the Chanukah menorah are very beautiful, but there is no question that there is something subtle lost in the fact that we take pictures during those sublime moments. (I know we could just not take pictures. Thanks for your advice but let’s be realistic...) This year our children made a mock seder a week before Pesach so that we could compile a “Staum family haggadah” complete with pictures from their seder on every page, which we dedicated and gave to our children’s grandparents. Although it was beautiful and much appreciated, there is undoubtedly something gained by the fact that during the real seder our complete focus is on the moment, since we cannot take pictures on yom tov anyway. I look at it this way: the seder is an elite and holy night when we must work on instilling in our progeny the most important tenets of our faith. During the night when we are creating memories for the future we cannot be distracted by efforts to preserve the present. In closing, let me just say that we indeed have some very beautiful pictures from that Chol Hamo’ed outing – thanks to my mother who is a certified “Bubby-snapper” who joined us! Wishing you a chag kosher v’sameach! Rabbi Dani Staum, LMSW, is the Rabbi of Kehillat New Hempstead, and Guidance Counselor/Rebbe at Yeshiva Bais Hachinuch & Ashar in Monsey, NY. He is the author of Stam Torah and can be reached at stamtorah@gmail.com. His website is www. stamtorah.info.


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Frogs Were Everywhere. But Where Was Shirley? ONE MORNING KING PHARAOH WOKE IN HIS BED / THERE WERE FROGS IN HIS BED AND FROGS ON HIS HEAD / FROGS ON HIS NOSE AND FROGS ON HIS TOES / FROGS HERE, FROGS THERE, FROGS JUST JUMPING EVERYWHERE! If you’ve been to any seder with children in attendance in the past twenty-five years, you’ve heard that song. It’s so common that it’s practically a part of the haggadah. So when I was searching for a topic for my next children’s book, the frogs were calling to me, “Ribbit!” Of course, I knew if I wanted to write a book based on the song, I needed to find the song’s author and obtain permission to use it. No problem. There had to be documentation . . . right? I dug around and found a nursery school song sheet. On top it read, “Song written by: Shirley Cohen.” Guess how many hits you get when you Google “Shirley Cohen”? 6,500,000. Really. And so began my quest for Shirley. I pursued every lead. I discovered the original records she made for a company called Kinor Records. Unfortunately, it was out of business. I found the song in the Florida State University Archive, which led me to the Brooklyn company that had bought Kinor Records. The man from Brooklyn with a thick—was it a Chassidic?—accent assured me that he had the master recording (AHA!), but not the rights to the song. Dead end. One Jewish music authority speculated that Shirley had moved to Florida. Other experts shrugged their shoulders. They all knew the song, but they didn’t know Shirley. After many more false starts and dead ends, Ina Cohen, reference librarian at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, discovered an article on the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s web site about Shirley’s upcoming performance at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre, where Shirley is a member. Unbeknownst to me, Shirley was no longer Shirley Cohen. Somewhere along the way, Shirley had become Shirley Cohen-Steinberg. Today, Shirley lives in Ottawa and is eighty-seven years young. She wrote “The Frog Song” and many other children’s songs in the 1950s for her Hebrew school students.

Back then, there were virtually no Jewish songs targeted toward children. “There was very little that had any whimsy or fun—nothing playful,” Shirley later told me. She wrote three records worth of songs to fill that void, and recorded them for the grand sum of $100 per record. The rest is history. Today, her songs are used in sedarim around the world. “For a long time I wasn’t aware of how far they had spread,” says Shirley. “But about three years ago I went to a seder in Calgary, and

GUESS HOW MANY HITS YOU GET WHEN YOU GOOGLE “SHIRLEY COHEN”? a few guests from Australia were there. When they requested that we all sing ‘The Frog Song’—that’s when I realized.” While her songs have spread across the globe, Shirley rarely receives credit. Song sheets appear, without attribution, and are copied and shared. Musicians record the song and assume it is in the public domain like “Chad Gadya.” However, Shirley wrote the song in 1951, and the rights remain with her. I needed those rights; I had to make that first phone call to Shirley. I was nervous—would she let me use her song? What kind of fee would she demand for the license? The phone call went surprisingly well. Shirley actually thanked me! For finding her. For offering to use her song in a book. No, I don’t have to give her a cent,

she said. Could I please just make sure her name is in the book? Could I make sure her grandkids get copies when it comes out? She was thrilled that children would be able to enjoy her song. I was shocked. That’s all she wants? An attribution and a couple of books for her grandkids? That’s it for the song that has traveled the globe? Shirley could have been bitter and angry at the world for using her song without compensating her. But she isn’t. Instead, she is a creative woman who continues to write, is active in her JCC, and is a loving mother and grandmother. She derives nachas from the fact that people are using her song to make children happy. This was an important mussar lesson for me. As a children’s author, I can get caught up in negotiations and asserting my rights. Sometimes I forget to step back and say, “Oh yeah, I’m in this for the kids.” Have a happy—and hoppy—Passover. (And don’t worry, Shirley is getting royalties for Frogs in the Bed, as she well deserves.) To hear Shirley’s original recording, visit www. ou.org/jewish_action/02/2014/frogs-everywhereshirley/. Ann D. Koffsky is the author/illustrator of more than thirty books for children. See more of her work, including her newest book, Frogs in the Bed (New Jersey, 2014), at www. annkoffsky.com. This article originally appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of Jewish Action, the quarterly magazine of the Orthodox Union | All Rights Reserved | ou.org | oupassover.org.

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The Herzog family started with a winery in the town of Vrobove in Slovakia over a century ago. They produced wines for Frans-Josef, emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was Frans-Josef who granted Phillip Herzog the title of baron, the honor that gave Baron Herzog wines their name. The winery was seized by the Nazis during World War II. Eugene Herzog, Phillip’s grandson, survived the war in hiding with his family, and was later able to reclaim the winery. But though they had survived the Nazis, the new Communist regime was not much better, and the Herzog family left Europe for America. Arriving in New York in 1948, Eugene got a job at a small storefront winery on the Lower East Side called Kedem. It was such a small company that they paid him partly in shares. By 1958 Eugene was the majority stockholder, and he and his sons took over the company and renamed it Royal

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popular – kosher American grape juice. It took another 25 years for the Baron Herzog wine label to come into being. The idea behind the new label was to create incredible wines that happened to be kosher. They started where everyone who wanted to make quality wine in California starts – grapes from Napa Valley. The dream was realized quickly: they enjoyed critical success from their very first vintage. In recent years the winery has built a 77,000 square foot space to house its operations as well as the highest-rated kosher restaurant ever reviewed by the ZAGAT Guide: Tierra Sur. Tierra Sur, under the leadership of Head Chef Gabriel Garcia, serves new American dishes made with seasonal ingredients from local farmers. “For me, cooking is an expression of the relationship that I have with the growers, with my team and with the people who enjoy our food,” says Chef Garcia. “I want to honor all of the hard work that it takes to grow and produce these ingredients; I want to reflect that care and dedication in the effort that my team and I put into each dish. Our guests have chosen to make special memories in our restaurant and in each bite – we want to capture the honor that it brings us. It is a hand-to-hand relationship, from the farmers, to our restaurant, to our guests. It puts an emotion into the food – a passion that our guests can taste.” As excited as they are about the food, they’re even more excited about the wine. “The Herzog family heritage and passion for truly excellent wine making is inspiring to me,” says Joe

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Hurliman, winemaker at Herzog Wine in one growing region with another, Cellars. “From the grapes that we use, to pairing the best complements to create the dedication that our cellar crew pours each blend in the series.” He is also exinto each bottle, every aspect allows the cited about plans for changes at Tierra wine to evolve freely – really letting Sur. “For years, Tierra Sur has broken the wine speak and shape the process.” records. But it is not just important to He’s also a fan of working in California: set the bar high – it is about raising it “The wide variety of climates and soils higher and higher! In that spirit, Tierra produce an abundance of growing opportunities – and that is an incredible palette to work from!” Hurliman, a native of San Francisco, has been making wine for 27 harvests as of 2013. He’s been with Herzog Wine Cellars since 1998. When asked to share stories from his time making wine at Herzog, he recalls the time he brought 14 tons of Grenache grapes (one of his favorite varietals) to the winery. He had intended to make the best Grenache of the vintage, but in the The highest-rated kosher restaurant ever reviewed end, “after many… many tastings,” by the ZAGAT Guide he decided to mix it with Petite Sirah. He created “GPS” (Grenache Petite Sur is currently undergoing a complete Sirah), which went on to achieve a cult makeover that will leave our guests abfollowing. solutely inspired the next time they join The winery is also working on some us for dinner.” new ideas. “Herzog Wine Cellars is The Herzog family has been makworking on a new brand concept aptly ing wine for hundreds of years, and named ‘Variations,’” says David Whit- has been a household name in Jewish temore, Marketing and Public Relations homes for decades. And they intend to Director at Herzog. “This series will carry on that tradition. As Whittemore explore California Cabernet Sauvi- says, “It is a heritage – now in its eighth gnon by blending subtle nuances found generation.”

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History And MeMory By Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Generation by generation, each person must see himself as if he himself had come out of Egypt, as it is said: “This is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.” (Mishna Pesahim 10:5)

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ll Jews who are at all conscious of their identity as Jews,” wrote the late Sir Isaiah Berlin, “are steeped in history.” He con-

tinued: They have longer memories, they are aware of a longer continuity as a community than any other which has survived…. Whatever other factors may have entered into the unique amalgam which, if not always Jews themselves, at any rate the rest of the world instantly recognizes as the Jewish people, historical conscious- ness – sense of continuity with the past – is among the most powerful. (“Benjamin Disraeli, Karl Marx and the Search for Identity”) Once, at a dinner, I found myself sitting next to a famous opera singer. “What I envy you for [he meant Jews],” he said, “is your gift of history. I know nothing about my great-grandparents, but you have a history that goes all the way back.” So strong is this sense that Benjamin Disraeli (born a Jew, but baptized by his father as a child) referred to it in one of his most famous replies in Parliament. In 1835, the Irish Catholic politician Daniel O’Connell made a slighting reference to Disraeli’s Jewish ancestry. Disraeli replied, “Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honorable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon.” Where does it come from, this Jewish consciousness of the past? The prophets of Israel were the first people to see G-d in history. The ancient world – the world of myth – saw the presence of the gods in

nature, in the unchanging rhythm of the seasons and the fearful dislocations of flood, famine, and storm. The revolution of ancient Israel was to see G-d not in nature but above it, utterly transcendent, yet revealing Himself to mankind in the form of a call to build a different kind of society than any that had existed hitherto. Monotheism was not the only great Israelite discovery. More significant still was the realization that G-d is not only the Creator but also the Redeemer. As Judah Halevi pointed out in the Kuzari, the Ten Commandments begin not with the words “I am the L-rd, your G-d who created heaven and earth,” but with “I am the L-rd, your G-d who brought you out of the land of Egypt” (Ex. 20:2). He is to be found not only in what Wordsworth described as that “sense sublime” of “something far more deeply interfused, whose dwelling is the light of setting suns, and the round ocean and the living air,” but in the great events of history, above all the liberation of a small slave people from the grip of the greatest empire of the ancient world, the Egypt of the pharaohs. From earliest times, Israel knew that something unprecedented had happened whose significance would reverberate far beyond its own time. Speaking to the generation that would soon cross the Jordan and enter the Promised Land, Moses reminded them of the unique experience they had undergone: Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day G-d created man on earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has any-

There is another identity, going back not to the patriarchs and matriarchs but to the revelation at Mount Sinai.

thing so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of ?…Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by miraculous signs and wonders and wars, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the L-rd your G-d did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? (Deut. 4:32, 34) Israel knew G-d not by contemplating the sun and the stars but directly through its own past. Where other faiths, ancient and modern, saw religion as the flight from history into a world without time, Judaism saw time itself as the arena where G-d and mankind met. Three-quarters of the Hebrew Bible is made up of historical narratives. Jews were the first to make the momentous claim that history has meaning. It is not merely a sequence of disconnected events, but the long story of humanity’s re-

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History is information. Memory, by contrast, is part of identity. you lift up your hearts and forget the L-rd your G-d who brought you out of the land of Egypt…. And it shall come to pass if you indeed forget the L-rd your G-d…I bear witness against you this day that you shall utterly perish. (Deut. 8:11–19) The word zakhor in one or other of its forms occurs no fewer than 169 times in the Hebrew Bible. As Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi notes, “Only in Israel and nowhere else is the injunction to remember felt as a religious imperative to an entire people” (Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish Memory). This was Moses’ injunction to future generations: “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely lest you forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live; teach them to your children and to their children” (Deut. 4:9). Jews were to become a people of memory. The word zakhar, meaning “male,” comes from the same root as zakhor, “remember,” suggesting that there are two dimensions of Jewish identity – biological, conferred by the mother, and cultural, conferred by the

father in his role as storyteller, guardian of a people’s past, which he is charged with handing on to his children. There is an identity we acquire at birth. We are the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; of Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah. We are part of the covenantal family. That is the maternal gift. But there is another identity, going back not to the patriarchs and matriarchs but to the revelation at Mount Sinai, whose content we only gradually learn and internalize. That is the function traditionally ascribed to fathers, who are charged with giving children the identity that comes through memory. The Hebrew verb zakhor signifies more than a consciousness of the past. My predecessor, Lord Jakobovits, pointed out that the word yizkor, the name given to the traditional Jewish prayer for the dead, is associated in the Torah with the future. “G-d remembered Noah” and brought him out on dry land. “G-d remembered Abraham” and rescued his nephew Lot from the destruction of the cities of the plain. “G-d remembered Rachel” and gave her a child. We remember for the sake of the future, and for life. There is a profound difference between history and memory. History is his story – an event that happened sometime else to someone else. Memory is my story – something that happened to me and is


part of who I am. History is information. Memory, by contrast, is part of identity. I can study the history of other peoples, cultures, and civilizations. They deepen my knowledge and broaden my horizons. But they do not make a claim on me. They are the past as past. Memory is the past as present, as it lives on in me. Without memory there can be no identity. Alzheimer’s disease, the progressive atrophying of memory function, is also the disintegration of personality. As with individuals, so with a nation: it has a continuing identity to the extent that it can remember where it came from and who its ancestors were. Yet there is a paradox in the idea of collective memory. How can I remember what did not happen to me – an event that took place long before I was born? The answer given by the seder service on Pesach is: through reenactment, by living again the events of ancient times as if they were happening now. That is the significance of the statement of the sages that on Pesach, “Generation by generation, each person must see himself as if he himself had come out of Egypt.” At the beginning of the seder, by lifting the matza and declaring, “This is the bread of oppression our fathers ate in the land of Egypt,” we make the leap across time and turn “then” into “now.” “It is because of what the L-rd did for me when I went out of Egypt” (Ex. 13:8). In these words tradition heard the continuous present, the past that lives on, the event that speaks to me in the first person singular.

There is something quite distinctive about the biblical approach to time. The historical books of the Bible are the first of their kind by several centuries, long before the Greek writer Herodotus (fifth century BCE), known as “the father of history.” Yet the biblical narrative is never mere history, a recording of what happened because it happened, whether to entertain or to instruct. Nor is it myth, a prescientific attempt to explain why the world is as it is. It is

nothing less than the sustained attempt to see events through the prism of faith, as the ongoing interaction between heaven and earth, command and response, the divine word and the human success or failure in hearing and acting on the word. It is saturated by the idea of covenant as the partnership initiated by G-d and entered into by mankind, making them partners in the work of redemption. There is nothing preordained in this narrative. By giving humanity free will, G-d has made human beings His coauthors in writing the script of history. Yet it is not open-ended either, “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” History, as understood by the Torah, is the story of how human beings, led only by the sound of a voice, a call, began the long journey, not yet complete, to a Promised Land and a messianic age where people construct a society that honors the image of G-d in others, sanctifying life, building families of love and

there is virtually no historical writing, with the exception of the sixteenth century, when, in response to the Spanish expulsion, several works appeared, trying to make sense of the tragic fate of Jews in the Diaspora. The great renaissance of historical writing occurred in the early nineteenth century, when the Society for the Science of Judaism was formed in Germany and the great works of Zunz, Graetz, and others began to appear. What Yerushalmi notes is that this new scholarly enterprise was born not in a sense of identification with the past, but precisely out of a sense of alienation. In the eyes of its founders, Judaism was a spent force, a relic of the past that had no future in post-Enlightenment Europe. All that remained, in Steinschneider’s words, was “to give it a decent burial.” It is said that Zunz, introduced in his old age to a Hebrew poet visiting from Russia, asked him, “Tell me, when did you

Pesach is where the past does not die but lives. trust, shaping communities by the principles of justice and compassion, and living at peace with their neighbors. No religion has conferred on mankind a greater responsibility. We are not, in this narrative, condemned to fail because of hubris or “original sin.” We are not confined to pure submission to the will of G-d. Instead, G-d has entrusted His great creation to our safekeeping, and though the Hebrew Bible tells us that Israel failed often, it also tells us that G-d has never lost faith in us, though we may sometimes lose our faith in Him. The concept of covenant is intimately related to time. “I have chosen him,” says the G-d of Abraham, “so that he may instruct his children and his household after him to keep to the way of the L-rd, by doing what is right and just” (Gen. 18:19). The achievement of a free and just society is the work not of a moment but of many generations. Israel must experience exile before it can fully understand the concept of home. It must undergo slavery if it is to long with all its being for freedom. It must walk through the valley of the shadow of death to know in its bones the sanctity of life. That is why covenant is essentially linked to education and memory, for the journey is long – longer than many lifetimes – and only when each generation hands on to the next what it has heard and learned and prayed for does the journey continue; and only if the journey continues is history redeemed. History has meaning only for those who believe it has meaning. Without that, it is what Harold MacMillan called “events, dear boy, events.” In his book Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish Memory, Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi makes the fascinating observation that, having seen G-d in history and written an entire library of historical works, the Jewish people suddenly stopped writing history at the time of the destruction of the Second Temple. The last great Jewish historian was Josephus, who wrote his works in the first century of the Common Era. From then on, throughout the rabbinic literature of the mishnaic, talmudic, and medieval periods,

live?” History is the dead past that only memory can revive. It was Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch who delivered the most cogent critique of history as a substitute for memory: Moses and Hesiod, David and Sappho, Deborah and Tyrtaeus, Isaiah and Homer, Delphi and Jerusalem, Pythian tripod and Cherubim – sanctuary, prophets and oracles, psalms and elegy – for us they all lie peacefully in one box, they all rest peacefully in one grave, they all have one and the same human origin, they all have one and the same significance, human, transitory and belonging to the past…. We let the old Jews fast on Tisha B’Av, we let them say Selihot and weep over Kinot. But in return we know far better than they do in which century these “poets” flourished, in what meter these “poets” composed…. Do these departed spirits rejoice in the literary gratitude of our present generation? Whom do they recognize as their true heirs? Those who repeated their prayers, but forgot their names, or those who forgot their prayers but remembered their names? (“Av I”) To be a Jew is to know that over and above history is the task of memory. As Jacob Neusner eloquently wrote: “Civilization hangs suspended, from generation to generation, by the gossamer strand of memory. If only one cohort of mothers and fathers fails to convey to its children what it has learned from its parents, then the great chain of learning and wisdom snaps. If the guardians of human knowledge stumble only one time, in their fall collapses the whole edifice of knowledge and understanding” (Neusner on Judaism: Religion and Theology). More than any other faith, Judaism made this a matter of religious obligation. Pesach is where the past does not die but lives, in the chapter we write in our own lives and in the story we tell our children. Reprinted with permission from The Jonathan Sacks Haggada, published by Maggid Books, a division of Koren Publishers Jerusalem

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cean Medical. Good morning.” Was it really a good morning yet? “Sure, I’ll transfer you… Lynn, phone for

you on 0276.” Yawning, I got up and headed towards the nurses’ room to get my 3AM coffee. In my regular life I’m a nurse downstairs in pre-surgical. I see outpatients, take their blood and pressure, and then push the papers that clear them for surgery. It’s kind of a sedentary life for a hospital nurse but it works great for me. So why was I thumping the halls of the rehab unit at 3AM? Well, why does any nurse pick up an extra shift in the hospital? And at holiday time no

Time had shifted too quickly and not silently enough. less. Expenses have to be met and here I was, blearyeyed, and running to greet them. My daughter had recently gotten married and I was settling my accounts; a nicer way of saying I was paying back my debts. The holiday shifts were taking me closer to the light at the end of the tunnel. Tonight’s pay would finish off the shul loan, one less bill to worry over. After this it was the credit cards. Unfortunately, I’ve had all sorts of practice at money management. My husband passed away six years ago after a short, ugly illness, and it took some doing getting back on my feet financially. Forget about being back on my feet any other way; that’s a story in and of itself. I’m glad to say that these days I’m old news in the neighborhood; outdated by newer simchos and sadly, more recent tragedies. For a long time, I was the lady you were never rude to in the local kosher grocery. Mine were the kids you helped in shul, whose ‘Good Shabbos’ you stumbled over and to whom other women’s husbands’ mumbled offers to help were accompanied by moist eyes. The take-away is that I’ve learned that G-d’s always got your back. Widowhood can do that to you. The rehab unit is quiet at night and I headed to the nurse’s station to check some medications due in about twenty minutes. Lynn was on the computer, swinging her shoulders to an invisible beat and shaking with laughter. “Hmmm, hmmm. I can taste it!” Lynn leaned

back and smiled big. Like the world was in her lap. “I’ve been waiting for a long time. I can practically feel the sun on my back already!” Considering the rainy weather outside this was quite a statement. But I could be a good sport, so I responded. “What’s up, Lynn? Where are you going?” Lynn’s face lit up a few extra watts. “Sunny Aruba is waiting for me! Three weeks of sun, sand, beaches. I’ve been saving up the whole year for this. I’m all packed and here’s my flight confirmation.” She waved her hand across the monitor like a wand. I imagined the screen exploding and shards of light shooting up to the ceiling, leaving some toxic stardust enveloping us. I tend to have an active imagination at night. “That’s great, Lynn. You deserve it.” I hustled off down the corridor with a thumbs up for her and the last bitter sip of coffee for me. I had one new patient transferred in today from the cardiac ward. I’d met her and her daughter briefly when I came on. Mrs. Lund was 94-years-old, with stringy hair and bowed shoulders. She was a German war refugee and had married in the DP camps, her daughter told us proudly. The books near her bed and her keen eyes told me she was clear headed and intelligent. Her daughter, Eileen, a one woman cheerleading team from Westchester, lovingly stood guard over her, rooting for her recovery. She helped her choose her menu for the next day, “Hmmm… chipped beef. That sounds good…” She prepped her for rehab, “Mom, you have to do it. You can’t say you’re too tired. You have to say, ‘I’m ready!’” and she brought in a night nurse to cover for her. Lucky woman. The night nurse was taking a snooze in the chair near the bed, but the daughter was worth ten of her in a clutch. Daughters. And where was mine right now? I checked my watch and calculated what time it was in Israel. If I had no trouble in my last two rooms I could cut out and call her. Shira, my little girl with the long blonde hair and

brown eyes. She had agonized over linen, bought too many shoes and not enough sweaters. Finally, with a swish of her brand new fall, she had sailed through the gates of JFK with her new husband gallantly schlepping duffle bags, gripping their passports in his teeth. Grinning at the memory I finished my rounds and went into a patient sitting room to make the call. “Shira?” “Hi, Mommy!” She was breathless as usual. What was she doing? “Hey, what’s up?” “Everything is good. I’m cleaning out my smaller bedroom.” I didn’t know she had a smaller bedroom. I thought it was a storage closet. “You know, where I threw all the suitcases. My neighbor Tirtza came up with a wonderful idea for a gemach.” There was a whoosh and a sucking noise; I hoped it wasn’t Tirtza helping out with the suitcases. “Oh! Oh! Sorry! That was the box of wrapping paper I bought to sell to the seminary girls down the block.” This was signature Shira. She was in Israel a total of five months, working full-time, setting up a gmach and selling gift wrap. I swallowed a sigh and dredged up some rusty parenting skills. “Hmmm. Wow, that’s great. Sounds innovative.” “Yeah. Well, I hope so. Anyway, how are you set

for Pesach? I’m sure Daddy’s kiddush cup is all polished and ready.” There was a slight lilt in her voice. Like she was trying to make the sentence light and easy when it was, in fact, quite heavy. Six years. Six


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years and we so miss Daddy. “No, not yet,” I drawled. “Ummm, I need to shine it up a bit.” “And you’ll be going to Uncle Michoel?” Shira’s voice had taken a decidedly downward turn. Michoel! Right! His wife had left me some messages! Every year I take the kids to my brother Michoel for the first days. Pesach was always a holiday that I took special care to make happy and memorable. On Purim, the kids had friends, and Chanukah was about lights and presents. But Pesach was a yom tov where everyone was at home with Daddy, so I scrambled to make it work. Now my Shira was married and packed off to Israel and my two sons were out of town in yeshiva. Time had shifted too quickly and not silently enough.

Honestly, I was starting to feel a little bad for myself, too. “Well, remember to give Aunt Naomi a kiss for me. And when you say ‘kol dichvin’ make sure to turn to the door and wave a welcome! And when you buy Aunt Naomi a new Pesach dish put some macaroons in from me!” She was sounding downright morbid. “And don’t forget our special matzah cover – the one I made in third grade!” I was tired. Should I tell her how I longed to break the old pattern? A friend had invited me to join her in her upstate home for Pesach. Why had I brushed the offer off so quickly? “You got it, Shira-girl!” I sunk into a chair under the weight of all her memories. I suppose I should feel grateful that I’ve done my job so well. Instead it feels like she caught me a block from the finish line, with my feet up on a bench. “Anyway, this is an illicit call so I’ve got to go. I’m hearing a ruckus down the hall. I’ll try you again later, honey. Hope your wrapping paper gets sold.” “Wrapping paper? Oh yeah, my wrapping paper.

Well, if not, I’ll hold it for Purim. Bye, Ma.” I heard some noise coming from Mrs. Lund’s room; lucky break for me, I guess. Then I heard Mrs. Lund’s voice, urgent and pleading. “I’m dying,” she gurgled. I sprinted and turned the corner into her room. “I’m dying!” she repeated. Her voice was hoarse and shocked. Struggling to full strength, she heaved and let out a wail. “OH G-D! I’M DYING… I’M DYING!” Rushing to her, I did a quick pulse and checked her vitals. Her breathing was fine. “Mrs. Lund, Mrs. Lund! Are you having any pain? Look at me, honey. Take a deep breath.” There is always disorientation in a hospital ward, especially for the elderly. This looked like a standard nightmare. Mrs. Lund was struggling out of sleep and staring wild eyed around the room. “I’m dying. I’m dying, I tell you. Call my daughter! Please! Please! Call my daughter.” She moaned and falling back against her pillow, looked at us helplessly. “Oh no… oh no… oh no…” “It’s all right. It’s all right,” the night nurse shushed her. “Here, here, do you want me to call Eileen?” “PLEASE…OH… PLEASE!” She started sobbing in short, dry gasps. The night nurse put in the call, and I spoke to Eileen before handing the receiver over to her mother. “Eileen! I’M DYING! Please come! ” She gripped the phone, pressing her face to the mouthpiece. “I’M DYING, EILEEN! It’s no good. It’s no good... What? I can’t hear you. No, no. I’m not well. Not at all. Please, Eileen! Please come!” We listened to the calm drone of Eileen’s voice. I wondered if Eileen was the type of woman who worried about credit card bills and had thrown out her daughter’s third grade matzah cover. “Yes, yes,” Mrs. Lund’s hysteria started lifting. The magical Eileen kept on talking. “Yes, yes. Soon? Please come.” She turned to the night nurse. “Eileen is coming. She says to leave the light on. It’s better for me. She’ll be here soon.” “I’m sure, Ms. Lund. Why don’t you try to rest until she comes? All right?” I rearranged her blankets, trying to be reassuring and left the room for my station. I felt bad for Mrs. Lund but honestly, I was starting to feel a little bad for myself too. I was tired and my bones hurt;

it didn’t seem that I had any Eileens waiting in the wings to help me out. The floor had started waking up, my shift was over, and my mind was already a million miles away. I was swinging onto the highway when I saw the construction signs. I did a quick turn into the service road hoping for an alternate route. My GPS announced it was recalculating. Ha! It should only be that easy! Recalculating. I looked at the GPS and decided it was time for me to recalculate too. I didn’t want to go to Michoel. I didn’t want to buy a new dish or spend Pesach trading inanities with my teenage nieces. Recalculating! That sounded good. I’ve seen the light and it’s not in Aruba or in Ocean Medical with Eileen. I decided right then and there that it was high time for a midlife crisis. I stopped for some purchases and went straight to my brother’s home. It was way early, and they were still getting ready for work. “Everything okay?” Naomi answered the door looking worried. Naomi had done more than her share of worrying over me. “What’s up?” Michoel ambled over to the door. Michoel never looks worried. “Early afikomen present?” “No Pesach prize this year Michoel. Don’t let it break your heart. This is for you Naomi. For being a wonderful person and a good friend.” I handed her the Macy’s gift card I had just picked up in Rite-Aid. “And, of course, for putting up with Michoel. And here Michoel,” I handed him a Barnes and Noble gift card. “Thanks for not inviting me. I’m going home and going to sleep, sleep, and sleep! Then I’m packing up and going upstate. Don’t tell my kids! Let me get a head start.” Naomi looked confused. After all these years she still couldn’t follow our family humor. “You’re joking, Debbie. You know it wouldn’t be Pesach without you.” “It certainly will be! And for this year that’s just fine! Right now I’m going home and vegging out.” I got back into my car feeling quite liberated. As I was about to pull out of the driveway I heard a knock on the back window. Michoel’s tall frame was bent over and, peering into my car, he offered me a lumpy, white napkin. Inside were two macaroons. “Have a good time. A kosher one too.” “Thanks, Michoel, you too! Chag kosher v’sameach!”


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Going Gluten-Free All Year Round The Pros | the Cons | and Reasons People Do So BY SHIRA DIAMOND Trends in food habits change constantly, and often it can be hard to keep up with the latest fad. From liquid-only cleansing diets to nothing but grapefruits, it’s not always clear what is healthy and beneficial and what can be damaging to our systems. But lately, gluten-free diets have been the buzzword with many people from all over the world cutting out this well-known

liac gluten sensitivity. This condition may look like a wheat allergy or celiac disease, but experts have yet to fully understand it, although as many as 18 million Americans may be affected by this condition. Although gluten allergies affect a relatively small percentage of the population, the amount of people being diagnosed has risen by incredibly large

One author even goes so far as to say that gluten is a silent terrorist, silently destroying a person’s brain. Pesach is that time of year when we scour our homes in search of any last crumbs of chametz. Chametz, anything made of the five grains, is a big no-no on Pesach, and for some people living eight days without their beloved pizza and bagels is pure torture. But there is a growing number of Americans who are choosing to avoid these items all year round. They go to great lengths to make sure nothing containing gluten touches their lips, for various reasons. Join us as we explore the world of gluten-free: its benefits, its drawbacks, and some myth-busting for good measure.

staple. But does going gluten-free really have such drastic health benefits? Who must go gluten-free, and why are others choosing to do so on their own accord? .75% of the population, about 1 in 133 people, have celiac disease, an inherited autoimmune disease that causes damage to the small intestine when gluten is consumed. For people with celiac disease, gluten is seriously damaging and should be avoided at all costs. Symptoms of celiac disease include digestion problems, weight loss, fatigue, arthritis, depression, seizures and even infertility. Often these symptoms are attributed to other issues, and celiac disease may be overlooked. .4% of the population suffers from wheat allergy, and they have a full-fledged allergic reaction to wheat, which can cause hives, breathing issues and stomach problems. Then there are those who have non-ce-

amounts. One reason for this is better diagnosis of the condition, but also because it is affecting people more as of late. Today’s genetically engineered wheat contains far more gluten than the wheat of the past, and wheat is used much more often as fillers for products ranging from ice cream to hot dogs. Basically, humans eat an incredibly large amount of gluten on a regular basis. Whatever the reason for its increase, gluten-free products have been storming the supermarket shelves and popping up everywhere. From gluten-free cookies and crackers to cake mixes, those who do without flour have so many choices to choose from. One of the reasons gluten-free products are so popular is that besides for celiac and allergy sufferers, there is a big following of people who have decided to make a Continued on page 88


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lifestyle change because they think gluten-free is a healthier diet. As the name suggests, a gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes a protein called gluten. Many grains contain gluten such as wheat, rye, barley, triticale and oats (which can contain trace amounts of gluten). This cuts out a vast majority of what most Americans enjoy each day. So if someone is diagnosed with celiac, or just wants to follow a gluten-free lifestyle, what are the best ways to do it so that they can get healthier and not heavier? There are several tips one can follow to go in the right direction. First and most importantly is to try and focus on foods that are naturally free of gluten. Fruits, veggies and beans, as well as proteins like chicken and meat, are

just one bite of that cake. People who suffer from a range of medical problems are going gluten-free for many different reasons. Some feel bloated, fatigue and depressed, and hope cutting the gluten out will make them feel better or help them lose weight. There are people that swear their gluten-free diet rids them of migraines, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. In fact, losing weight is one of the most common reasons why people follow the gluten-free diet. Celebrities have jumped on the bandwagon with many of them touting their fitness to their gluten-free lifestyle. Chelsea Clinton even “took the cake” with her gluten-free wedding cake. Numerous studies have been conducted as

Today’s genetically engineered wheat contains far more gluten than the wheat of the past.

good for you and full of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. Whether you’re going gluten-free or not, eating natural products such as these will definitely increase your overall wellbeing. The next step in following this diet is figuring out what foods “hide gluten” and learning how to avoid it. This is no easy task. Besides the four grains listed above, gluten can hide in other foods like spelt, semolina, kamut, durum and many others. Another great tip is to learn to be a label reader. Just because a product boasts of being wheat-free, doesn’t mean it’s gluten-free. Cornflakes may seem like a great option, but because it contains barley, it’s off limits. Even nonfoods like certain makeup products contain gluten, and those with severe allergies need to avoid those as well. According to many gluten-free followers, the first six weeks on the diet are the most difficult. Your neighbor’s pizza and your classmate’s tuna sandwich may seem hard to resist, but for those suffering from celiac the efforts pay off quite quickly. Another tip that is extremely important is find a supportive community for advice, recipes, and moral support. That is the most important step in the process of going gluten-free because without a support system it can get very tempting to take

to whether or not there are real weight loss benefits to going gluten-free, but most of them have been unable to prove the claim that it helps you lose weight. Many experts believe cutting out gluten does not cause weight loss in and of itself. Susanne Simpson, a dietician at Colombia University, says, “People can definitely lose weight if they eat a lot of bagels and pasta and muffins, and they just remove those from their diet. But it’s not because they’re gluten-free; it’s because they’ve removed a lot of calories.” In fact, she says, if people replace those items with gluten-free muffins and bagels, they will not lose weight, and may even gain weight. Gluten-free products don’t necessarily spell health either, as many of them are made with white rice flour, potato or corn starch, or corn flour, all of which are basically devoid of valuable nutrients. Many wheat-based products are enriched with vitamins, and their gluten-free counterparts are not. All the information out there doesn’t stop miracle stories about the wonders of a gluten-free diet from abounding. Take, for example, Kelly Hobkirk, a blogger and cyclist who decided to eliminate gluten from his diet. Here’s what Kelly said on his blog after he made that

change: “Eliminating gluten was the second biggest change that made a huge impact on my overall health. My energy level skyrocketed and my digestion dramatically improved. When your digestion is good, virtually everything else improves. I had asthma before I stopped eating gluten; now it’s virtually gone. I used to get a bloated stomach after eating pasta or drinking beer, but with rice pasta and sorghum beer, I’m happily bloat-free.” Stories like this one prevalent on the internet, with people saying a gluten-free diet has changed their life, but study after study has failed to back up the health benefits of this way of life for reasons other than celiac and gluten allergy/ intolerance. And what about other illnesses like migraines, for example? That connection is harder to determine. There have been numerous studies suggesting that cutting out the gluten can reduce migraines, but it also determines that many migraine suffers have celiac disease and suffer the migraines as a symptom. As for the correlation between lack of gluten and help with irritable bowel syndrome, autism, and other disorders, the jury is still out, with no conclusive studies as of yet. In Bloomberg News, Mathew Boyle wrote an article in November 2013 called, “Gluten takes a beating from fad dieters and grain giants.” He points out that the numbers of those going gluten-free are astounding. “Less than 1 percent of Americans have the disorder that requires a gluten-free diet, yet almost one in three now eschews gluten… The U.S. market for gluten-free foods will climb from 4.2 billion in 2012 to 6.6 billion in 2017.” Food companies are noticing this trend too, and are cashing in on the latest fad. People are also seeing the gluten-free label on many more products, which leads them to believe that they are a healthier option. Take, for example, the General Mills Company which removed gluten from most of its Chex cereals. Sales of this line of cereals have jumped 10% in each of the last fiscal years, while sales of regular cereals have remained stagnant. Bestselling books are flying off the shelves; ones like Grain Brain and Wheat Belly are popular books that tout a gluten-free lifestyle for healthier living. One author even goes so far as to say that gluten is a silent terrorist, silently destroying a

person’s brain. These books are selling out in bookstores and people are buying into the idea, so where does that leave food companies that produce products made with gluten? Most large companies are staying hush about the trend, hoping that what’s in today is out by tomorrow. But one company is coming out loud and clear against the trend. Canada Bread produced a YouTube ad featuring a smoothie shop owner sneaking bread into customers’ smoothies to remind Canada Bread customers of how important the health benefits are. The ad received almost a million hits, and the company is taking this as a sign that they need to go further in “defending gluten.” Some may ask, “So what if people are going gluten-free?” Does it really make a difference if a person’s diet contains gluten or not? The answer is a resounding “yes” according to many, and some believe that going gluten-free can have serious health ramifications for those who don’t have celiac or allergies, since people who don’t eat gluten may be eating more processed foods and less nutrients. While those of us who enjoy our gluten filled foods throughout the year cannot imagine someone choosing to go gluten-free, the movement is taking the country by storm and more products are coming out all the time. But like everything in life, it is important to be educated and knowledgeable, to know the pros and cons in order to make an intelligent decision. To just follow the crowd one way or another is not a smart or healthy option for people. For those suffering from celiac or have a gluten allergy and intolerance, living gluten-free is a light at the end of the tunnel. After years of suffering from digestion pain and many other symptoms, eliminating gluten gives them their life back. For some suffering from other ailments, they claim gluten-free has brought them either total or partial relief. Consulting with a nutritionist may help those who want to go gluten-free eat a balanced, nutritious diet. But as far as I go, eight days a year are enough for me, and as soon as Pesach is over, I plan to have my cake and eat it too.


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of ideas, activities and places to go for you to enjoy this

a little chilly out there but nothing warms you up than

time spent together. Make sure to pack enough food

enjoying quality time together. Take advantage of the

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the road and have fun!

Zoos and Farms

Bronx Zoo 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460 718-220-5103

Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY 11004 718-347-3276 White Post Farms 250 Old County Road, Melville, NY 11747 631-351-9373 New York Aquarium 602 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224 718-265-3474 Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center 431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901 631-208-9200 Prospect Park Zoo 450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225 718-399-7339

Queens Zoo 53-51 111th Street, Flushing, NY 11368 718-271-1500 Central Park Zoo 64th Street & 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10065 212-861-6030 Long Island Game Farm 489 Chapman Boulevard, Manorville, NY 11949 631-878-6644 Cherry Crest Adventure Farm 150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, PA 17572 717-687-6843 Claws ‘N’ Paws 1475 Ledgedale Road, Lake Ariel, PA 18436 570-698-6154


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Scenic Attractions Central Park Boating, biking, the Great Lawn, model-boat sailing, carriage rides, carousel Between 5th & 8th Avenues and 59th & 106th Streets 212-360-3444 Bryant Park 6th Avenue, between W40-42 Street, New York, NY 10018 212-768-4242 Fort Tyron Park Riverside Drive to Broadway, W 192 Street to Dyckman Street, New York, NY

The Amish Village 199 Hartman Bridge Road, Ronks, PA 17572 717-687-8511 Mystic Seaport 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355 888-973-2767

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

New York Circle Line Pier 83 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036 212-563-3200 Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferries from Battery Park, NY 1 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004 212-363-3200 Old Westbury Gardens 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568 516-333-0048 Old Bethpage 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804 516- 572-8400 Brooklyn Botanic Gardens 900 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225 718-623-7200 Brooklyn Heights Promenade Downtown Brooklyn— Remsen Street to Orange Street along the East River South Street Seaport 89 South St., New York, NY 10038 212-732-7678 The New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458 718-817-8700

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Indoor Fun Parks

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

Fun Fuzion at New Roc City 19 Le County Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801 914-637-7575

Luna Park Coney Island 1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224 718-372-0275

Fun Station USA 40 Rocklyn Avenue, Lynbrook, NY 11563 516-599-7757

Adventurers (formerly Nellie Bly Park) 1824 Shore Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11214 718-975-2748

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Chuck E. Cheese 162 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead, NY 11550 516-483-3166 Kids N Shape 162-26 Cross Bay Boulevard, Howard, NY 11414 718-848-2052 Funzone 229 Route 110, Farmingdale, NY 11735 631-847-0100 New York Skyride Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10118 212-279-9777 Discovery Times Square 226 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036 866-987-9692E Chelsea Piers Hudson River—Piers 59-62—New York, NY 212-336-6800

Crayola Factory Children’s Museum of Manhattan Children’s 30 Centre Square, Easton, PA 18042 212 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024Museum of Manhattan 212 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024 1-866-875-5263 212-721-1234 212-721-1234

Woodmere Lanes 948 Broadway, Woodmere, NY 11598 516-374-9870

The Franklin Institute American Museum of Natural History American Museum History20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 222 North Central Park West at 79th Street, New York,of NYNatural Central Park West at 79th 215-448-1200 Street, New York, NY 10024 10024 212-769-5100 212-769-5100

Gil Hodges Lanes 6161 Strickland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234 718-763-3333

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TJH assumes no responsibility for the kashrus, atmosphere, safety or accuracy of any event Liberty Science Center Liberty Science Center LibertyCity State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, JerseyPlease City, NJ 07305 or attraction listed here. call before Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey Boulevard, you go. Have fun! Jersey City, NJ 07305 201-200-1000 201-200-1000 Crayola Factory 30 Centre Square, Easton, PA 18042 1-866-875-5263

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Pier 86, 12th Avenue and 46th Street 212-245-0072

The Franklin Institute 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-448-1200

Sony Wonder Technology 550 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022 212-833-8100

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New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368 718-699-0005 Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128 212-423-3200

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Living Torah Museum 1601 41 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11218 718-851-3215 Long Island Children’s Museum 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530 516-224-5800 Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213 718-735-4400 Jewish Children’s Museum 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11213 718-467-0600

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Health & Fitness Sensational Sensory Kids at the Seder Great Afikomen Gifts for Sensory-Seeking Kids I have never outgrown shopping for toys, which makes being a pediatric occupational therapist a perfect excuse to continue my shopping sprees for the perfect toy(s!). Often, parents ask close to a child’s birthday, Chanukah time and prior to Pesach for suggestions of toys for their child, a toy that will serve as something fun and functional to meet their developmental and sensory needs. Here are some of my favorite toys and some of the skills they work on specifically for kids who are sensory-seekers. Oral sensory seekers: Blow pens, bubbles, harmonica, bubble paint kit Vestibular sensory seekers, “movers and shakers”: Swing sets, trampoline, pogo stick, balls, bike, roller/inline skates, hyperdash Proprioceptive sensory seekers (they like deep pressure): Bean bag chair, trampoline, resistive tunnel (purchased online through vendors such as Abilitations, Fun and Function), Tactile sensory seekers: Modalities like putty, mood sand, blubber etc., fin-

ger paint, pottery/plaster kit, pastels Sensory Over-responsive Children Some children have a low threshold for various stimuli (this may includes some or all senses). The Pesach seder is teeming with sensory experiences, singing, tasting, dipping, etc. While stimulating for many children, it could be an overwhelming and anxiety-inducing experience for the sensory over-responsive child. Here are some strategies to make the seder more pleasant and enjoyable to children with overresponsivity. Anticipate. Discuss the seder many times over before Pesach; prepare your child mentally as to what to expect. Especially for a child with overresponsivity, predictability is comforting and creates a sense of familiarity; for the child the situation becomes less threatening and thus less anxiety producing. Attention. Diverting your child’s attention to something else helps drive the attention from a “negative” sensory stimuli to a different task or stimuli. David’s family has a minhag to eat boiled eggs at the seder. David

is very sensitive to the smell of eggs, and for that matter he is also sensitive to many other smells such as perfumes, banana and fish. David’s mom wants to continue this minhag and does not want to start declaring an egg strike at the extended family seder. During the egg course of the meal, David’s mother provided David with an enticing job to dish out chocolate mousse into dessert cups with the incentive that he can lick the bowl afterwards. This plan worked; while the eggs were served David’s attention was on the dessert and the smell of the chocolate mousse overpowered the egg smell for him. Environment. Modify the environment. Tammy has a good sense of personal space, almost too good. Unexpected touch to her is seen as threatening and she will often react by shouting back or even hitting the unsuspecting person. Although by now her classmates and close family know not to sit too close to her, guests at her house may not or even

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if explained may not understand. With ten guests coming to their seder and anticipating the situation that may very likely arise, Tammy’s mother thought of some creative planning. She placed Tammy’s chair at the end of the table in which there would only be a guest on one side of her. Next, Tammy’s mom bought a pretty and nice-sized placemat for her table setting. This would also provide an additional visual cue for others not to invade her setting’s personal space. Tammy was given a pillow which her mom let her hold onto for the entire seder. This pillow did not only allow Tammy to lean but it also serves as a border for her personal space. Wishing all readers a chag kosher v’sameach! Devorah (Gerber) Schmeltz, MS OTR/L is a 2003 alumnus of Downstate Medical Center’s OT Program. She worked as a senior occupational therapist at United Cerebral Palsy’s Brooklyn Children’s Program for 9 years. Currently, Devorah runs a private practice, Bumble & Tumble Occupational Therapy P.C in Far Rockaway. Your questions and comments are welcome. She can be reached at BumbleTumbleTherapy@gmail.com or 917-971-5327.


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sk any marketer and ask any teacher – they will both tell you that the best way to capture an audience’s attention is through stories and symbols. But why? What is it about stories and symbols that make people take note anyway? Why do we remember the points made in a story better than the points made in a dry list of facts? The answer to that requires a look at how our Creator organized the human mind for greatest efficiency. The brain has huge recall abilities. Components of any one event are stored in multiple places in the brain and when needed, are collected and presented to us. But most of what goes on in the brain is under the radar; it is unconscious. We don’t need to remember how to breathe nor do we need reminding of who our children are (unless we are suffering from dementia). The process of remembering is automatic. I can go to bed at 11PM and tell myself that I really need to get up at around 7 in the morning and wouldn’t you know? My eyes start to struggle open at 7:06. How did my unconscious tick off every minute all night? Whatever the answer to that question is, it is the same answer as how mothers “know” when to go into labor and so many other marvelous human phenomena that go off like clockwork without a conscious mind directing them. Our unconscious minds have so much information that the most efficient way to store it is in networked fashion – just like the internet. Rather than use a hierarchical, linear filing system, pieces of information that are “like” other pieces are connected to each other through the billions of neural networks in the brain. In this way, there can be many, many different routes to access any one piece of information. Further, this kind of filing system is capable of holding so very much more information than the traditional, logical one. This arrangement also maximizes creativity. Not bound by a logical filing-system method of data storage, the results that we get when we do an internal “search” are often unexpected and helpful in ways that we couldn’t have anticipated.

The key to the connection among all these different pieces of information is metaphor. When anything is in any way “like” something else, it gets connected by the unconscious filing system. So, for example, I began this article knowing that I had to do something that was

make plans, and analyze situations. There is a fascinating video experiment at http://www.theinvisiblegorilla. com/videos.html. Watch it and discover just how little the conscious mind is capable of focusing on at one time. Show the video to a few others just so you

STORIES SIDESTEP THE CONSCIOUS BARRICADES AND GO RIGHT TO THE UNCONSCIOUS. THAT IS THEIR POWER.

connected to Pesach. And I really, really wanted to talk about the unconscious. I was thinking, “Pesach…Pesach… unconscious?...Oh! I’ve got it: the haggadah is a story and the seder is all symbol. Both are metaphors.” See, my unconscious mind made the connection. But I didn’t do it because the connection is logical. On the contrary; who would think of it that way? No, the metaphorical connection comes from the unconscious – and that is its power. The very fact that metaphorical connections are so tenuous means that ideas presented metaphorically will generally sound new and fresh. Stories are metaphors because the characters, events, and emotions are “like” something you or I – or some listener out there – has experienced. The conscious mind is efficient, logical, and organized, but it is also restricted. It has to be. We can only be conscious of so much at one time. The conscious mind is predictable which makes life very efficient. Since the unconscious takes care of all the automatic things like brushing our teeth, saying “Good morning,” and driving, it leaves the conscious free to solve problems,

see what happens when someone didn’t read the website’s address. Our conscious is very focused and capable. It gets the job done. It’s great! But lots of things fall off its radar because it is so limited in awareness. And that is precisely why we need our unconscious. By taking care of all that we do automatically, the unconscious frees up the conscious for important decision making. The unconscious does this through the brilliant use of habits. When we’re first learning something – let’s say the name of a new acquaintance – we have to concentrate hard to remember it. But eventually, it becomes automatic: It enters the realm of those automatic activities we call habits. Habits are a great example of our unconscious at work. When the habits are good – like remembering names or how to navigate a familiar road – they are a big help. Problems occur when the habits are bad. Because they’re unconscious, they’re awfully hard to break. The good news is that Hashem always gave us the refuah before the makka. It turns out that it is possible to access the unconscious when the conscious is quieted.

That is, when we stop analyzing, worrying, ruminating, calculating, and planning – activities of our conscious mind – messages are free to easily access our unconscious. And this is the key to new learning. That is how movies work. They are so engrossing that we pay full attention; our conscious mind is quiet and receptive. Unlike the reaction we might have to a lecture, however good it is, we don’t generally walk out of a movie saying, “I have no idea what that was about.” With the lecture, the information is competing with all the other things swirling around in our heads. But movies bypass all that because they are in the form of stories. Stories sidestep the conscious barricades and go right to the unconscious. That is their power. That is why, in His Infinite Wisdom, Hashem gave us the haggadah. Its stories and symbols, reinforced by the edible symbols on the seder plate, speak to our unconscious. We may not know what they mean, but our unconscious picks up the metaphorical intent. Perhaps that is why Pesach is often considered to be the most celebrated holiday by Jewish people, even those who don’t consider themselves religious. In other words, the unconscious can break old habits, form new ones, learn difficult things and receive important messages without our conscious awareness. The stories and symbols of Pesach speak to the unconscious to convey their powerful messages. Now, of course, that doesn’t absolve us of the conscious learning that is necessary to do Hashem’s will. But perhaps it explains why, in spite of all the work that goes into it, Pesach is such a beloved and meaningful chag.

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The Weight Gain Plan … or How to Get Fat in Five Easy Steps!

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know it’s strange to find a “how to” article focusing on adding fat to your body. You might say that we already know how to do that—since 2/3 of Americans are overweight and 1/3 are clinically obese. So obviously we’ve mastered this topic! I want to challenge that assumption. I think that even though we Americans are overweight and obese as a nation, very few people are aware of how they actually got there. In other words ... we’re living with the effects of The Weight Gain Plan every day, yet we’re really not cognizant of the causes. So I’d like to present the topic of weight loss in a different way: Let’s suppose a billionaire appeared at your doorstep and offered you $10 billion if you could add 100 pounds of body fat in less than a year. How could you do that? Step 1. Slow Your Metabolism. The very first thing you’ve got to do is slow your metabolism so you’ll burn fewer calories when you’re at rest. That way, even if you don’t increase the amount of food you eat, you’ll automatically add weight and store body fat. The easiest way to slow your metabolism is to stop all forms of exercise. Avoid walking. Spend a lot of time in front of the TV. Take elevators instead of stairs. Get a desk job. Find parking spaces as close as possible to the stores where you shop so you don’t spend time walking across the parking lot. And, of course, purchase one of those electric chairs or scooters so you can get around without having to walk at all. Step 2. Drink Lots of Soda. In your attempt to gain weight, you should get yourself addicted to caffeinated soda, consuming it at every possible opportunity, including breakfast. This is a great way to pack on the pounds because soda and other soft drinks are made with high-fructose corn syrup. This ingredient spikes the blood sugar in your body, sends an emergency signal to your pancreas, which produces increased levels of insulin in order to keep the blood sugar levels from going too high. The cells in your body then remove blood sugar from your bloodstream, and through a complex biologi-

cal process involving the liver, manage to store that blood sugar as body fat. Step 3. Choose High Caloric Density Foods. Be sure to purchase foods with very high caloric density. Raw, uncooked fruits and veggies will fill you up before you get very many calories into your meal. For example, it’s very difficult to eat 1,000 calories of apples at one sitting because your stomach will simply fill up before you reach 1,000 calories. But, if you choose processed foods with ingredients such as white flour, hydrogenated oils or saturated fats, and sugar, you can pack in a couple thousand calories in one sitting without ever feeling full. It’s very important to eat these kinds of foods at every meal. You want to make sure your diet consists of things like cheese, fried foods and lots of white bread. Pizza is an outstanding choice because it not only has a high caloric density from the cheese, but it also has the high glycemic index that accompanies the white flour crust. Lots of sugary breakfast cereals with high-fat cow’s milk are also an excellent choice. This will give you saturated fat from the milk and the high sugar content of the cereal, so you can fat to your body through two different biological mechanisms: fat and refined carbohydrates. Step 4. Load Up on Junk Foods. This is, of course, another outstanding choice. A bag of potato chips provides an impressive quantity of dietary fats as well as refined carbohydrates. You can also have fried foods. They have a very high caloric density, and the batter in which these foods are fried is normally made with white flour so you also get the high glycemic index effects from the carbohydrates in the batter as well as the high caloric density of the fried fats.

Step 5. Eat in Fast Food Restaurants Frequently. If you had to choose an ideal source for the combination of food ingredients that would rapidly accelerate your quest for obesity, you’d have to put fast food restaurants at the top of the list. The more popular the fast food chain, the faster their food packs on the body fat. (Maybe that’s that the “fast” in “fast food” really means.) Eat in these restaurants at least once a day, and be sure to order the largest quantities of soda, fries and hamburgers because it’s quantity that counts. You can pack in as much as 2,000 calories in a single meal!! You will be able to cash that $10 billion check well ahead of time if you eat three meals a day at a fast food restaurant. Of course, by the time you actually win the $10 billion you’ll have suffered the devastating health effects of consuming these processed foods, junk foods, fast foods and disease-promoting food ingredients. You will be $10 billion richer, but if you don’t reverse everything you’ve done over the last 90 days you will soon learn that you can’t take it with you. Fortunately, reversing your weight achievement is fairly straightforward. Simply do the opposite of everything you’ve do so far. Start exercising and increase your lean body mass by engaging in strength training. Spend time walking, swimming or cycling. Find ways to move your body at work. Avoid all processed foods and foods made with high-fructose corn syrup, white flour, refined white sugar and other refined carbohydrates. Remove soda and other soft drinks from your diet, avoid all fried foods and junk foods. Once you do all that, your liver function will begin to improve rapidly. The hardening of your arteries will begin to reverse. Your cardiovascular health will improve dra-

matically. Your brain function will even improve. Your pulse will slow, and your body fat will slowly begin to melt off. Your level of energy and vitality will gradually rise. You will find it easier to sleep at night and get up in the morning. You won’t get sick as often, and you’ll find that your immune system begins to function the way it’s supposed to in a healthy human being. If this conversation about how to gain weight sounds silly, that’s because it is. What’s even crazier is that half the population in America is on The Weight Gain Plan right now, and they’re doing it for free! How’s that for crazy? Let’s get serious about what all this means. First, realize that all of us have a great deal of power to control our own health outcome. There is a recipe for gaining weight and being diseased, just as there is a recipe for losing weight and being free of disease. You can choose to follow whichever recipe you want, and you will get exactly the results of the recipe you choose. So if you’re standing on a path right now, and it’s not the path you want to be on in terms of your own health, stop walking down that path, take a look around and find a new path. It’s not going to change your health overnight, but if you keep putting one foot in front of the other, day after day, you can end up on a completely different path than where you started. Don’t walk blindly, leaving your health to chance. If you open your eyes so that you actually see where you’re walking, you can see what kind of result you want to achieve, move towards it steadily, with determination, and ultimately experience it each and every day for the rest of your life. Wishing everyone a happy and kosher (and slim!) Pesach. Lori Boxer is the Director of Weight No MoreSM Diet Center. In addition to serving the Brooklyn, Long Island and New Jersey communities for 25 years, they also provide Skinny SkypeSM service to clients nationwide and to Israel, and offer customized Workforce Weight LossSM Programs for businesses. For more information, please call Rosalie Shatzman, Rana Frankel and Linda Franklin in their Cedarhurst office: 516.569.6400.


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Passover Moelleux au Chocolat

Chocolate Lava Cake

CKCA instructor Chef Lynn Kutner’s recipe for this deep, dark molten chocolate cake is perfect for any occasion and especially perfect for Pesach. This recipe makes seven small cakes made in disposable aluminum ramekins (You will need 14 ramekins.) Ingredients 4 TBS grapeseed oil 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (can use chocolate chips) 2 ½ teaspoons espresso coffee powder (instant), crushed 1/3 cup sugar 1 TBS potato starch Big pinch of salt 4 eggs 1 tsp vanilla Preparation Thoroughly oil 7 molds. Place a little cutout round of waxed paper in bottom of each oiled mold. Turn waxed paper over so that both sides are oiled. You may sprinkle some almond meal around the mold (optional). Knock out excess. Place each mold in an empty mold so they are doubled. Place on a baking sheet. Preheat oven to 425°. Melt oil, chocolate, and coffee powder over almost simmering water. When almost melted, blend carefully and turn off heat. Blend sugar, potato starch, and salt in a small bowl. Using a wire whisk, carefully beat in one egg. When smooth, beat in the other 3 eggs, one at a time. Dry off bottom of chocolate pan so that you do not drip water into cake mixture. With the same whisk, mix a small amount of chocolate into eggs to heat them gradually. Then mix the eggs into the chocolate. Divide the batter evenly between the molds. You may either bake them now, or hold for 1-2 hours at room temperature before baking. (Batter can be made many hours in advance, but then it needs refrigeration. Let come to room temperature for 1-2 hours before baking.) Bake 9 to 9 1/2 minutes. The middles will look a little like wet chocolate lakes but feel dry to the touch. If the chocolate sticks to your finger, it needs another 30 seconds or so to bake. Cakes will also start to separate slightly from the sides of the pan when they are done. Do not over-bake, or you will not have runny middles! Let stand about 5-8 minutes. Loosen around edges with a sharp knife. Invert each mold

onto serving dish. Cakes will fall out. Serve hot with a raspberry or other fruit coulis. For leftovers, refrigerate when cool. To serve, bring back to room temperature (will take several hours). Reheat in a 350° oven for 5-6 minutes, lightly covered with foil.

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Naomi Nachman

Perfect for Pesach

Ingredients 1 28oz. bag frozen checked cauliflower, partially defrosted 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, plus extra for topping 1 egg Salt to taste ½ tsp onion powder ½ tsp oregano Marinara sauce Assorted toppings Preparation Grate the cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles small crumbs. Place the cauliflower crumbs in a clean dish towel. I split it in half and place each half in its own dish towel. Tightly wrap the cauliflower in a bundle and squeeze it dry. If it’s still cold from being frozen, let it sit out for another 20 minutes and squeeze it again. Try to make sure the cauliflower is very dry. After the water has been squeezed out, place it in a bowl and add the egg, cheese and spices. You can also choose to add in your own favorite spices. Mix it really well; it will resemble “dough”like quality. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and form the dough into a pizza disc on the parchment paper. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes. It will start to turn slightly brown. Take the pizza out of the oven and put on sauce (I like the Gefen classic marinara), more cheese, and your favorite toppings. Turn the oven onto broil and place the pizza under the broiler for another few minutes until the cheese melts and the toppings look like they have softened. Serve warm. Yields a 9-inch round pie Naomi Nachman, the owner of The Aussie Gourmet, caters weekly and Shabbat/ Yom Tov meals for families and individuals within The Five Towns and neighboring communities, with a specialty in Pesach catering. Naomi is a contributing editor to this paper and also produces and hosts her own weekly radio show on the Nachum Segal Network stream called “A Table for Two with Naomi Nachman.” Naomi gives cooking presentations for organizations and private groups throughout the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area. In addition, Naomi has been a guest host on the QVC TV network and has been featured in cookbooks, magazines as well as other media covering topics related to cuisine preparation and personal chefs. To obtain additional recipes, join The Aussie Gourmet on Facebook or visit Naomi’s blog. Naomi can be reached through her website,www.theaussiegourmet.com or at (516) 295-9669.

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Zucchini Fritters with Fresh Tomato Salsa My Grandma “Ma” always made chremslach, a.k.a. potato pancakes. Latkes are great Passover fare. You can easily substitute potato starch for breadcrumbs or matzah meal to make your favorite recipes non-gebrochts. I was inspired by her Old Country recipe but wanted a New Country twist so I adapted it to feature zucchini, which is “free” on my diet. The fresh tomato salsa is also great on fish or chicken, or served as part of your starter course. Ingredients For Fritters: 1 pound zucchini, shredded ½ pound carrots, shredded 1 small red onion, shredded 2 large eggs, beaten 1 cup matzah meal or potato starch 1 teaspoon kosher salt Oil for frying For Salsa: 10 red grape tomatoes, halved

10 yellow grape tomatoes, halved 10 orange grape tomatoes, halved 2 cloves garlic, chopped ¼ cup fresh torn parsley leaves 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 lemon, juiced Kosher salt Fresh cracked black pepper Preparation In a large bowl, combine zucchini, carrots, onions, eggs, matzah meal or potato starch, and salt, and mix to combine. Heat ¼ inch of oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Drop 2 tablespoonfuls of batter per pancake, and lightly press down to flatten. Fry for about 3 minutes per side or until nicely browned. Remove and drain on paper towels. Continue with remaining batter. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, garlic, parsley, olive oil and lemon. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over top or on the side of fritters.

Spring Lettuce with Pastrami Croutons & Balsamic Reduction This salad recipe is simple and springy, but you have to follow a few rules. Balsamic vinegar will sweeten when reduced and it will also intensify in flavor, so you want good-quality balsamic — not generic or cheap brands — for your balsamic reduction. Avoid using uncoated copper or aluminum pans which can alter the flavor of the vinegar. Remember that vinegar can thicken quickly, but you can always add water to bring it back to desired consistency. Ingredients ¼ cup + 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 pound chunk of pastrami, cubed 1 cup Bartenura balsamic vinegar 6 cups spring lettuce mix or favorite salad greens Kosher salt Fresh cracked black pepper Preparation Heat ¼ cup of oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Using tongs and working in

batches, fry the pastrami in a single layer until crisp and deep dark red, almost blackened, about 7 to 9 minutes. Drain on paper towels, and let cool slightly. Pour balsamic vinegar into a skillet that has preheated for a couple of minutes over medium-high heat. Bring the vinegar to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and allow it to simmer, thicken and reduce. Stir or whisk the vinegar occasionally as it simmers to prevent burning. Remove the pan from the heat when the vinegar has reduced to about 1/3 of a cup and is syrupy. Allow the vinegar to sit a few minutes more; it will continue to thicken. Toss the greens with the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large salad bowl. Crumble the pastrami into bits by hand or chop with a knife. Top the salad with the pastrami-fry. Drizzle with balsamic reduction and salt and pepper to taste. Serve any extra pastrami-fry in a dish on the side so people can add more if desired.


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Top matzah with a quick and flavorful ratatouille featuring eggplant, zucchini and bell peppers and finish off with two cheeses. Have all ingredients chopped and at the ready so you can move quickly. Ingredients ¼ cup olive oil 1 clove garlic, chopped ½ cup diced yellow onion ½ cup diced eggplant ½ cup diced red bell peppers ½ cup diced green bell peppers

½ cup diced zucchini 1 cup Sabra Matbucha or Caponata 5 sheets matzah 1 ¼ cups shredded mozzarella ¾ cup ricotta cheese

Preparation Preheat oven to 400F. Heat oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes until just translucent and beginning to soften, stirring often, careful not to burn. Add eggplant, peppers and zucchini and sauté 5 to 10 minutes more or until just soft, stirring often, careful not to burn. Remove from the heat and stir in Sabra Matbucha or Caponata to combine. Evenly distribute and spread Matbucha Ratatouille over 5 sheets of matzah and sprinkle with mozzarella. Place 4 to 5 small dollops of ricotta on each sheet of matzah. Bake at 400°F for 5 to 10 minutes until cheese is golden and bubbly. Using a pizza slicer or a sharp knife, slice matzah into 4 equal squares and serve warm. Photo by Chanie Apfelbaum from BusyInBrooklyn.com.

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Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing,” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the “Queen of Kosher” (CBS) and the “Jewish Rachael Ray” (The New York Times), she’s the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen – quickly. Check out her new book, Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes.

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Chocolatey Goodness These just might be the best Pesach cookies you have ever tasted! Ingredients ¾ cup margarine, room temperature 1 cup white sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 3-1/4 cups very finely ground blanched almonds ½ cup potato starch 1 cup chopped pecans ¾ cup sweetened coconut flakes 1 cup chocolate chips

Chewy Chocolate Chip Pesach Cookies

Ingredients 8 eggs, separated 1 ½ cups sugar 3 ½ oz. chocolate 1 tsp coffee dissolved in 1 TBS boiling water ½ cup oil 1 TBS lemon juice 1 bag (6 oz.) ground filberts 1 TBS potato starch, sifted Confectioner’s sugar or Chocolate Cream for topping (optional) Preparation Preheat oven to 350°F. In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with a beater attachment, beat egg whites until soft peaks form.

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with a beater, beat sugars and margarine until creamy. Note: ookies Add the eggs, hese c ell. T ground almonds, w freeze and potato starch and mix again until incorporated. Add the chopped pecans, coconut flakes and chocolate chips and mix by hand until incorporated into the dough. Roll into walnut-sized balls and place onto a lined cookie sheet, leaving at least 2 inches on each side to flatten. Bake for 12 – 14 minutes. Cookies will be soft but they harden slightly as they cool.

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In a second bowl, beat egg yolks with sugar until creamy and pale. Meanwhile, in a double boiler, melt the chocolate and add the dissolved coffee and oil. Cool for about 5-7 minutes. In a third bowl, combine the filberts and potato starch. Fold the chocolate mixture and filbert mixture, along with the lemon juice, into the whites, and fold until completely combined. Pour into a 9 inch springform pan. Bake for 50 minutes. Cake is supposed to be moist. Don’t overbake!

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This cake has long been a family favorite, both for its good taste and because it’s no fail! Use a plain tube pan, not a pan with a non-stick coating.

Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

Ingredients Cake: 7 eggs, separated ½ cup sugar 1/3 cup oil 3 tsp cocoa powder 3 tsp coffee, dissolved in 1/3 cup boiling water 12 oz. finely ground filberts (hazelnuts) ½ tsp baking powder Pinch salt Chocolate Cream: ¼ cup water 4 TBS sugar 3 ½ oz. bittersweet chocolate 3 TBS cocoa powder 1 TBS vanilla sugar 4 egg yolks ½ cup margarine

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This dessert is simple yet elegant, especially for someone who stacks crepes in the freezer before Pesach. (In our house we have crepe day.) Ingredients Crepes 8 eggs ½ cup potato starch 4 TBS sugar 1 cup water 4 TBS oil Chocolate Cream 4 TBS sugar ¼ cup water 3 TBS cocoa 3 ½ oz. bar bittersweet chocolate 1 TBS vanilla sugar 4 egg yolks 1 stick margarine Preparation To make the crepes: Grease an 8-inch frying pan and heat.

Preparation Preheat oven to 350°. In the bowl of an elec-

Mix all the ingredients with a hand blender to ensure the batter is smooth and free of any lumps. Spoon less-than one ladle full of batter into the pan and move the pan around until the batter coats the whole bottom of the pan. Turn over as soon as the batter has become one piece, or is light brown on the bottom side. Remove from the pan. To make the cream: In a double boiler, place sugar and water and cook until sugar dissolves. Add the chocolate, cocoa and vanilla sugar and let melt; mix well. Add yolks to mixture, mixing constantly until they are incorporated. Add margarine. When smooth, pour into a container and let it sit uncovered until it has completely cooled. Refrigerate or freeze. To assemble: Spread chocolate onto crepes using an offset spatula. Fold crepe in half, then fold again. Serve with vanilla ice cream and toasted nuts.

tric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg white until soft peaks form. Add the sugar in a thin slow stream and beat until stiff peaks form. In a second bowl, beat the yolks and add the oil and the dissolved coffee. Mix all remaining ingredients together in a third bowl. Alternate adding the wet and dry mixtures into the whites, using the folding motion to incorporate. Pour into a tube pan, or an unlined aluminum pan, and bake for 50- 55 minutes. When done, turn upside down on the legs of the pan or the neck of a glass bottle to cool. Freeze in the pan, and then use a sharp knife to loosen the cake from the pan. If desired, spread chocolate cream while still frozen. To make the chocolate cream: place water and sugar in a double boiler, and cook until sugar dissolves. Add the chocolate, cocoa powder, and vanilla sugar. Let the chocolate melt and mix well. Add egg yolks, mixing constantly until they are incorporated. Finally, add margarine. When the mixture is smooth, pour into a container and let it sit uncovered until it has completely cooled. Refrigerate or freeze until use.

Crepes with Chocolate Cream

After completing photography classes in both Israel and Manhattan, Estee’s interest in beautiful food photography led her to photograph some well-known kosher cookbooks. Estee later joined the team at Binah magazine, where she served as food editor for four years, publishing two best-selling cookbooks during her tenure with them. Both Spice it Right and Cooking With Color were instant bestsellers that continue to serve as great assets to thousands of kosher cooks. When Mishpacha magazine launched Kosher Inspired, Estee headed the team as editor. Kosher Inspired was hailed as a major success among its readers and fans. A year and a half later, Kosher Inspired morphed into an online magazine called KosherScoop.com. Estee serves as the site’s editor and contributes recipes and photographs on a regular basis. Believe it or not, Estee never uses cookbooks. Her love of new things ensures that she is always original and creative in the kitchen. Estee lives in Toronto with her family. She can be contacted at estee@kosherscoop.com. Recipes reprinted with permission.

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“Say What?” We want compensation for the [ten] Plagues that were inflicted upon [us] as a result of the curses that the Jews’ ancient forefathers [cast] upon our ancient forefathers, who did not deserve to pay for the mistake that Egypt’s ruler at the time, Pharaoh as the Torah calls him, committed. For what is written in the Torah proves that it was Pharaoh who oppressed the Children of Israel, rather than the Egyptian people. [But] they inflicted upon us the plague of locusts that didn’t leave anything behind them; the plague that transformed the Nile’s waters into blood, so nobody could drink of them for a long time; the plague of darkness that kept the world dark day and night; the plague of frogs; and the plague of the killing of the firstborn, namely every first offspring born to woman or beast, and so on. - Egyptian columnist Ahmad Al-Gama, calling for a lawsuit against Israel for the ten makkos

Clinton and Bush sat together at the big game. Clinton gave UConn congratulations on its big win while Bush gave Kentucky a “Mission Accomplished” congrats. – Jimmy Fallon

Plus you get a $50,000 parting ring. Enough for a down payment on a house. - A text by Louis Billittier to his ex-fiancée during an angry text exchange after he broke up with her via text message (A NY Supreme Court judge this week ruled that based on that text, the ex-fiancée gets to keep her engagement ring)

Officials in Finland say the Russian army is now conducting drills on its border. Or as Vladimir Putin calls that, “window shopping.” – Jimmy Fallon

As you know … our dear dog Barney, who had a special place in my heart, I introduced him to Putin. Putin kind of dissed him and said, “You really call that a dog?” A year later, your mom and I go to visit and Vladimir … says, “Would you like to meet my dog?” Out bounds this huge hound, obviously much bigger than a Scottish terrier, and Putin looks at me and says, “Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.” I just took it in. I didn’t react. I just said, “Wow, anybody who thinks ‘my dog is bigger than your dog’ is an interesting character.” -Former President George W. Bush in an NBC interview with his daughter talking about the Russian leader

Mrs. Pelosi’s problem is her spine doesn’t reach her brain. - Liz Cheney on Fox News

Money in politics may at times seem repugnant to some, but so does much of what the First Amendment vigorously protects. If the First Amendment protects flag burning, funeral protests and Nazi parades — despite the profound offense such spectacles cause — it surely protects political campaign speech despite popular opposition. - Chief Justice John G. Roberts in the Supreme Court’s recent decision which struck down limits on campaign contributions

The prisoners were not released by Israel on the day they were supposed to be released and then another day passed and another day, and then 700 units were approved in Jerusalem and then poof — that was sort of the moment. - Secretary of State John Kerry testifying in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and blaming Israel for the Mideast peace talks falling apart

Rats are usually people that were with other rats. I was not and am not a rat, because I wasn’t with the rats. I’m a cat. I chase rats… I’ve done a lot of things in life. Some that if I could do again, I would do differently. But in this situation, I did what was right. - Al Sharpton at a press conference addressing a recent report that he acted as an FBI mob informant in the 1980s

But it is better than the national average. - White House Spokesman Jay Carney’s response to a reporter pointing out that although President Obama is focusing on women’s pay equality, female staff members at the White House are paid less than male staff members overall

There’s a kid here in New York who has been accepted to all eight Ivy League colleges. Even his parents were like, “Nerd.” - Jimmy Fallon

Toronto’s city council voted on whether to name a street after Nelson Mandela and whether to congratulate Canada’s Olympic athletes. Both votes passed 40-1. Can you guess who that one vote against was? Rob Ford. He now says he got the buttons confused. Come on, Toronto, how could you not re-elect this guy? He’s the best. And it’s Wednesday. This is the first mistake he’s made all week. – Jimmy Kimmel Ford also voted against naming a street after Nelson Mandela. But he claims that he simply hit the wrong button. Then people who voted for Rob Ford were like, “Been there.” – Jimmy Fallon


They say adapt or die. At my age, I feel that I can’t adapt, because the new age is not an age that I grew up to understand. I see everything as cutting corners. All the old-fashioned ways of doing things have gone. People are becoming more and more remote. We are becoming robots. It is this lack of humanity. - An 89-year-old British woman who was not terminally ill but was approved for assisted suicide, explaining why she was ending her life

If you still haven’t enrolled [in Obamacare], you might have to pay a penalty called the “individual shared responsibility payment,” which is 1 percent of your salary. Then Americans said, “Good thing I don’t have a job.” - Jimmy Fallon

The Discovery Channel just announced plans for a new miniseries. It’s hosting a race to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon. So technically savvy individuals can compete to see who can get their spacecraft to the moon first. It will be televised live. The show aims to prove that people who are bright and determined and work hard can accomplish anything we already accomplished 50 years ago. – Jimmy Kimmel

Hillary Clinton yesterday made some very strong remarks about the media. She said that the media treat powerful women with a double standard. Or as it got reported in most places, “Hillary Clinton shows off sassy new haircut.” - Jimmy Fallon You don’t want to go there, buddy! You don’t want to go there, okay?! - Attorney General Eric Holder to Rep. Louie Gohmert (RTX) during a House hearing, after Gohmert brought up the fact that Holder was held in contempt of Congress in 2012

Tonight UConn played Kentucky in the men’s NCAA championship. The UConn women’s team, the Lady Huskies, also made it to the championship. The team was really excited until they remembered they’re called “Lady Huskies.” - Jimmy Fallon

I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. - What rouge Manhattan court stenographer Daniel Kochanski typed over and over during at least 30 trials, instead of transcribing the actual court proceedings

The White House says it’s surpassed its goal for people enrolled in Obamacare. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you make something mandatory and fine people if they don’t do it, and keep extending the deadline for months. – Jimmy Fallon

The Kremlin announced today that Vladimir Putin and his wife have officially divorced. She’ll get the house and the car and he’ll get Crimea, Ukraine, Belarus… - Seth Myers

The GOP has proposed the same ideas so many times. It’s like that movie ‘Groundhog Day,’ except it’s not funny. If they tried to sell this sandwich at Zingerman’s, they’d have to call it the stinkburger or the meanwich. - President Obama mocking the Republicans’ budget proposals during a speech at University of Michigan House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan just released his budget proposal for 2015. Of course, a lot of people are criticizing it. For example, during a speech yesterday President Obama referred to the budget as a “stinkburger” and a “meanwich.” Ryan called Obama immature, while Chris Christie called to see if he had any more of those stinkburgers or meanwiches. – Jimmy Fallon

I’m going to say this and it will be on tape and so be it. The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally ... and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work, to be able to provide for their family, yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love, it’s an act of commitment to [their] family. - Jeb Bush in an interview with Fox News

Authorities at JFK airport arrested a man with seven pounds of cocaine hidden inside goat meat. He forgot that one key rule of smuggling something weird which is: don’t hide it in something even weirder. - Jimmy Fallon It occurred to me the other day that the zealously proIsrael billionaire Sheldon Adelson and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, actually have one big thing in common. They are both trying to destroy Israel. Adelson is doing it by loving Israel to death and Khamenei by hating Israel to death. –New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman arguing that Sheldon Adelson’s staunch support of Israel is counterproductive (because he doesn’t espouse left-wing views) Dozens of UConn students were arrested after they smashed windows and broke streetlights while celebrating their team’s win. Yep, people in Connecticut haven’t gotten that rowdy since J. Crew had a sale on pocket squares. - Jimmy Fallon A couple in Michigan is being sued for $2 million after they burned down their apartment complex while trying to cook a squirrel with a blowtorch. I’m not an accountant, but it SOUNDS like they might not have $2 million. - Seth Myers U.N. experts are saying that climate change could start threatening the world’s supply of fruits and vegetables. Then Americans said, “OK, let us know when it starts affecting Twinkies and Hot Pockets.” – Jimmy Fallon

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Chris Christie, what a guy. He allegedly closes down the George Washington Bridge. Everybody goes crazy. And he says, “I’ll handle this. I’m going to investigate myself.” So he investigates himself. He finds out that he, in fact, is innocent. He came up with a classic defense, “If the pants don’t fit, you must acquit.” – David Letterman


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Australian troops advancing during the second Battle of El Alamein, September 1942

uring the summer of 1942, World War II was becoming a triumph for the Axis Powers. The Japanese, although defeated in a major aircraft carrier battle at Midway, was advancing at a tremendous rate in the Pacific and Asia. Germany had a strong foothold in Russia, had thrown a Canadian invasion of France back into the English Channel, and was conducting a major campaign against Allied shipping. In addition, one of the best generals of

General Montgomery commanding the British forces

all time was advancing steadily in North Africa and was pushing towards Cairo, Egypt. General Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps was nearing the Suez Canal and could stop the flow of vital war material to the Allies. The Desert Fox, as he was nicknamed, needed to be stopped in a “last stand” effort at a place called El Alamein. This battle was actually a combination of two engagements at El Alamein that had a significant impact on the Jews

Remnants of a tough battle

living in British-controlled Palestine. Many Jews who had escaped Europe before the Nazis began their reign of terror were living in the future State of Israel and if the Germans crossed the Suez Canal it would have been disastrous. Armed groups of Jews were already fighting their unruly Arab neighbors and decided to join the British Army to fight the Germans and Italians instead. The Jewish Brigade wasn’t formed until 1944 but these volunteers were needed

General Rommel in a WWII tank

as the British Eighth Army called for replacements. The commander of the Eighth Army was General Claude Auchinleck. Even with the advantage of numbers, he was barely able to stop Rommel. The Allies had suffered recent defeats at Gazala and Mesa Matruh and were backed up further inside Egypt. The crack New Zealand Division, one of the best in the Eighth Army, was surrounded and somehow survived to fight another day

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lery barrage. German minefields proved to be a problem and by sunup on the 24th, limited gains had been made. Monty (the affectionate nickname for the commander) gave the go-ahead for his crack troops from the New Zealand Division to attack on the northern corridor. From the start, Monty ran into problems and tried to blame them on his tank commander. The Germans had far worse problems. General Stumme had gone forward to see the frontlines and while under enemy fire suffered a heart attack and died. Rommel was quickly recalled back from sick leave. The next two days saw the two armies in a back and forth battle with minor gains on either side. The Germans was down to 300 tanks while the Brits still had 900 in working order, and the air forces fought pitched aerial dogfights. On October 26, Rommel was back in full command, took stock of his depleted forces and ordered a counterattack. However, his Panzer tanks couldn’t find a soft spot and stalled. They were also suffering from a fuel shortage. The British attacked at night but couldn’t exactly find the German positions and suffered many casualties. After several unsuccessful counterattacks by Rommel, he was forced into a defensive-only battle. This meant that the Germans could easily be forced out of their fortified posi-

tions and in the open. It was perfect for a British breakthrough. On November 2, Montgomery gave the order to start Operation Supercharge. At first it met with heavy resistance but Rommel was forced to use all of his reserves. After losing over 100 tanks, Rommel asked Hitler for permission to withdraw and was refused. With less than 50 tanks remaining, he overrode the Fuehrer’s order and gave the signal to retreat. Two days later, Montgomery struck again and four Italian divisions attached to the Afrika Korps were annihilated. 30,000 German troops were captured in the retreat. Rommel had very few vehicles left and fewer tanks in the withdrawal. Finally, the Allies had a victory that turned the tide of the war. Even though, it would be a year and half before they could invade mainland Europe, a stepping stone had been made. Over the next few months the Germans were forced out of North Africa altogether and the Middle East breathed a sigh of relief. Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comments and suggestions.for future columns and can be reached at aviheiligman@gmail.com.

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chy France when Germany captured the country. Vichy France was the puppet government of the Nazis). The Germans now had the advantage of defense and digging in fortified positions. The British would have to face minefields and pre-sighted killing fields in addition to the Afrika Korps and the Luftwaffe (German air force). However, the German supply chain was overextended and it would be very hard to get reinforcements. The Eighth Army received reinforcements and was excited about their new commander Montgomery. They also had the advantage of knowing the German fight plan as intercepted coded signals were decoded by Ultra. The Germans had no idea that their top-secret plans were being read by Montgomery. Another disadvantage was that Rommel wasn’t present when the British attacked. His temporary replacement was General Georg Stumme while he took sick leave in Italy and Germany. The battle was a complex strategy of several phases including three days of a standstill. Before the main battle started, Rommel tried to attack the Brits but was repulsed and was forced to defensive positions. Several German Panzer tanks blew up on mines and Montgomery planned for the main attack. On the night of October 23, the battle began with an Australian diversion and a heavy artil-

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without suffering too many casualties. After a series of engagements, the Germans failed to break through but it was hardly a victory for the British. They suffered 13,000 casualties and it was clear that the Germans would be coming back. The British needed this victory badly as the morale of citizens and soldiers alike was declining rapidly. The top brass decided to do something to raise morale. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited Egypt in the summer of 1942 and realized that General Auchinleck was a problem. He was replaced by General Harold Alexander as the commander-in-chief of the Middle East Command and by General William Gott as the commanding officer of the Eighth Army. However, Gott was killed when his plane was attacked by a Messerschmitt and a bullet pierced his heart. His replacement was the controversial General Bernard Law Montgomery. (The British loved him but the Americans who served under him did not share in the sentiment.) The army also received much-needed rest and supplies and were ready for Rommel in October. The Eighth Army was truly an international force with troops from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, Poland, Greece and the Free French (troops that were fighting outside France and not aligned with Vi-


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Life Coach What’s It Really All About?

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K. We’re down to the wire. Let’s talk Passover. The seder specifically. What are we really doing here? In fact, did you know it is a mitzvah to talk about the Exodus from

Egypt every day? So then, tadda, why is this night different from all other nights? (Wow, that has a familiar ring!) Also, it’s all about the miracles that happened to our forefathers in Egypt,

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in fact 600,000 of our forefathers, so why don’t we say “Al Hanissim” like we say on Chanukah and Purim?  Are we thinking these ten miraculous plagues plus splitting an entire sea for

us was not that big a deal, not all that impressive?! Let’s see any one of you do even one of them! Oh, and furthermore, why don’t we say a bracha before maggid (the telling of the entire experience). It would seem we should!  We say a bracha before the megillat Esther. We say a bracha before lighting the Chanukah candles or sitting in the sukkah.  We’re about to do a required mitzvah, the re-telling of the exodus from Egypt, yet silence on the blessing part! Why?  Aren’t we thankful? Would we still like to be out there breaking our backs or delivering six babies in one  shot—no easy feat (in fact, 12 no easy feet!)! Are we ingrates? Where’s the love?! So let’s try to figure this out! Yes, there is a mitzvah to remember leaving Egypt daily. But there is a separate one for the seder. We are not just supposed to remember it; we are supposed to re-live it!  Notice it says, “Vihigadita l’vincha bayom hahu laimor...”  “Vihigadita” means telling the tough stuff and then “laimor” is the more pleasant details. We start with the reality of all the difficult stuff we went through in Mitzrayim and then segue into the more pleasant gifts of exodus and freedom. Why do we do that? Why do we first discuss and then personally experience the hardships of Egypt? Here’s the answer: appreciation! That is the theme of the seder night! The best way to really appreciate central air conditioning is to spend the day out in the 100 degree weather. When we remember how we were out there in the brutal sun, slaving away, and suffering, then we can truly internalize the gift of our redemption and freedom. Ah hah, if we are reliving the plight, from start to finish, how can we say a blessing at the start of the seder? We are all in a state of distress. We have not gotten to the blessing of freedom yet at the beginning of the night. (The Talmud in Megillah 31b states we don’t make a bracha over a calamity.) And how can we recite, “Al hanissim she-ahsitah la’avotainu bayomim  hahaim bazman hazeh”? For the miracles you did to our forefathers in those days at this time…  That prayer is for remembrance of a miracle that occurred in the past to someone else. We are not merely remembering it—we are living it personally.  We are not up to


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present when we escaped Egypt. We ran from being cholah, sickened by hard work, through the yam/water, away from yissurim/bondage, and through the midbar/desert. And we were blessed with life/chaim! Therefore, we owe Hashem four korban todahs.  That’s certainly nothing   to “whine” about!  But it is something to “wine” about: four-fold in fact! Finally, an ending message about an

The dipping is to take you back to the beginning of what caused all this suffering. The brothers dipping Yosef’s woolen coat into goat’s blood in order to have Yaakov thinking Yosef died. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, he was really sold down to Egypt. So that’s how we start our night, dipping the karpos and reenacting the brothers dipping the wool into the blood, representing the in-fighting among the

WE ARE RELIVING THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE IN REAL TIME.

interesting starting point: why is there always all the arguing over what to use for karpos? “You need to use a stalk of celery, no, a potato; no, it’s got to be parsley.” Well, guess what? Karpos is wool. It’s used to describe the beautiful woolen tapestries in Achashvairosh’s palace “chor karpos v’tichailet” in Megillat Esther.  And it’s used to describe the kitonet passim, Yosef’s woolen coat.

brothers that brought us down to Egypt in the first place. It’s funny that we seem to bicker over whether karpos is celery or parsley or a potato.  And it takes us back to the brothers bickering. What a perfect way to start a re-enactment of how we wound up in Egypt. Ultimately, let’s learn to stop the bickering.  The seder is about appreciating all the suffering we were freed

from. And all the good G-d bestowed on us, thereafter, capped off by the gift of the Torah and Israel. Now let’s use the seder to really do our job—appreciate our freedom–experience it in real time. Use the night to personally feel it like the best and most refreshing central air conditioning anyone was ever lucky enough to have in a world so full of many heated issues! Have a wonderful Pesach! Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-705-2004 or rivki@rosenwalds.com

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the miracles at the start of the Seder. We are going from oppression to freedom through the night. We are reliving the entire experience in real time. It’s not until the end of the seder that we say a prayer of thanks. Because then finally we are freed (asher ga’alanu). So at the seder we have the full experience in order to appreciate fully. Even the four cups of wine through the night relate to the theme of appreciation. Sure no one needs to really ask why we have wine—after all, wine’s always good for a celebration – who needs an explanation?! But one explanation relating to the appreciation theme is each cup represents a reason we would give a korban todah, a thanks offering back when the Temple stood.   Here’s a good way to memorize when we give a Todah offering: Use the word “chaim” to remember the four reasons (they are the four reasons we bench gomel today too):  Chetcholah-when one is made better; Yudyam-when one crosses the sea safely; Yud-yissurim-being freed from suffering or bondage; and Mem-midbar-getting through the desert safely. Interestingly, all four events were

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My Israel Home Gedaliah Borvick

Taxes on Rental Income

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y client recently purchased a delightful apartment in Jerusalem to rent out and generate an income stream. At contract signing, he asked us to explain his income tax obligations. At that moment I realized that I should dedicate an article to this topic, as the issue of Israeli tax obligations on rental income applies to many people. (For guidance regarding overseas tax obligations on Israeli income, please speak with your local tax lawyer or accountant.)

Tax Exemptions Note: Don’t get scared off by the numbers. I tried to keep the examples simple. Read the article slowly and you will get it! Here we go. . . Let’s say Rafi owns an apartment that he rented out to a tenant – we’ll call her Elana – for residential use. If Elana’s total monthly rent is 4,980 NIS (the “exemption ceiling”) or less, Rafi will be exempt from paying Israeli taxes. However, once the rent rises above the 4,980 NIS exemption ceiling, the exemption decreases on a shekel-for-shekel basis. For example, if Elana’s rent increases by 500 NIS to 5,480 NIS, the 500 shekels above the 4,980 shekel exemption ceiling will be subtracted from 4,980, and Rafi will be left with an exemption on the first 4,480 NIS of rent. The remaining 1,000 NIS of rent will be taxed. What’s the tax rate? The tax rate generally starts at 30% and offers the exemption discussed above, plus deductions for related expenses such as legal fees, repairs and depreciation. Alternatively, one can choose an easier – and sometimes less expensive – option and pay a 10% “flat rate” tax on the rental income. “Flat rate” means that the tax is fixed at 10% and one deduct any expenses or receive the above-mentioned tax exemption. Let’s now compare the two options to determine which tax rate is more favorable for our friend Rafi. In the example where Rafi receives rental income of 5,480 NIS, assuming his tax bracket is 30%, Rafi would pay 30% tax on the 1,000 NIS of taxable income above the 4,480 NIS exemption, or

300 NIS per month. However, if Rafi chose the 10% flat tax rate, he would pay 548 NIS in taxes. In this situation, Rafi would be smart to choose the 30% tax rate, which would allow him to take advantage of the significant tax exemption, and pay only 300 shekels in taxes. As rents increase, the tax exemption decreases and the 10% flat tax becomes more appealing. For instance, if Elana’s monthly rent rose to 6,480 NIS, the tax exemption would decrease to 3,480 NIS (4,980 minus 1,500), and the 30% tax bill on the 3,000 shekels of taxable income would be 900 shek-

mine which tax option will save you more money. Contact a Pro! This article was created as a general overview and is far from an exhaustive study. Before taking action, please speak to a good lawyer or accountant who knows all of the nuances of these

IT IS IMPERATIVE TO CRUNCH THE NUMBERS IN ORDER TO DETERMINE WHICH TAX OPTION WILL SAVE YOU MORE MONEY

els. In comparison, the 10% flat rate tax on 6,480 NIS would be a more favorable 648 NIS. As you can see, it is imperative to crunch the numbers in order to deter-

tax laws and will protect your interests. I would like to thank my friend and accountant David Rosenbaum for reviewing this article and clarifying many

important points. David is licensed in Israel and the US – and is quite excellent. If you have any questions, feel free to contact him at davidrosenbaum@gmail.com. Let me take this opportunity to wish all my readers a chag kasher v’samayach! Gedaliah Borvick is the founder of My Israel Home (www.myisraelhome.com), a real estate agency focused on helping people from abroad buy and sell homes in Israel. To sign up for his monthly market updates, contact him at gborvick@gmail.com.


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Imagine a doctor who offers appointments with absolutely no waiting time. How about a doctor who sees patients in the morning, evening, and nighttime hours and is only a phone call away? A doctor who is extremely knowledgeable in both adult and children’s medicine, and has had experience with almost every emergency situation? Sounds impossible?! Not for the Queens community, lucky enough to have Dr. Edward Bennett in its midst. TJH: Hi, Dr. Bennett, it’s so nice to talk with you! Tell us a little bit about what makes your medical practice different and why you’re on speed-dial for so many Queens’ families? Dr. B: My practice is different because my hours are very unusual. Most doctors see patients Monday through Thursday from nine to five, but I see patients when other practices are closed: evenings and weekends—including Motzei Shabbos and legal holidays. I’m open during regular business hours as well. TJH: So you are pretty much always open! That is definitely unusual and certainly something every mother with small children could use. Is it difficult to get an appointment? How does someone who needs you reach you? Dr. B: Actually, it’s quite easy to get an appointment. I try to make myself as accessible as possible so my patients don’t have to stress. When someone needs to see me, they call me on my cellphone and we set up a mutually convenient time. The beauty of this method is that I can see patients with virtually NO waiting time at all. In fact, I’m probably the only doctor in New York that advertises his cellphone number! For this type of a practice it’s really important that people can reach me right away, because many times they are really ill and it’s either me or the emergency room. And if I’m not around, I often have one of my PA’s (Physician Assistant) covering me.

York Hospital Queens. I’ve pretty much heard and seen it all in very high pressure situations. If an adult has pneumonia, he’ll come in and I can treat him. If a child needs stitches or a baby has a high fever, it’s my job to take care of him. When you run the emergency room you need to be prepared for anything and everything. I work the same way in my office, providing exceptional medical care –without the wait. TJH: So, basically kids see their pediatricians during regular hours, and parents bring them to you when the office is closed or if they don’t want to wait for hours in the waiting room…can parents use you as their full time physician for their children? Dr. B: Well, no. I manage almost all aspects of adult medicine, but I only see children for sick visits such as fevers, throat cultures, ear infections, stitches, ear wax removal and other similar situations. For childhood immunizations and overall management, I always refer back to the family pediatrician.

TJH: We know that you are the doctor that is always ready to help, but there must be some time that is not OK for patients to call! When do you shut off your phone and have “off hours?” Or is your phone always on? Dr. B: Well, I do keep strange hours due to my ER schedule. But a rough rule is 8am through 9pm for routine sick visits, but I usually answer the phone until even later for emergencies. And my wife appreciates if I stop at least one hour before Shabbos!

TJH: How long have you been practicing medicine, and how long have you been practicing your “off hours” medicine? Dr. B: Well, I graduated medical school ten years ago but didn’t start this practice in its current form until an incident that occurred three years ago. My wife called me one morning at 9am when my two-year-old son woke up with a fever but I had already started a shift in the ER and wouldn’t be home until much later. Reluctantly, she called our pediatrician’s office. The receptionist was a family friend and told her to come “immediately!”...so she dropped everything and ran to their office. At noon, I got a call from my exhausted wife asking, “Why don’t you do this?!” It seems that she waited over two hours until the doctor came in and spent two minutes examining my son with the conclusion – “ It’s a virus.” That’s when we came up with the slogan, “DON’T WAIT 2 HOURS FOR A THROAT CULTURE”…and the rest is history.

TJH: I’m sure that means you see your fair share of children every week. Do you see adults as well? Dr. B: I see both adults and children actually. I have experience taking care of the whole family. I’ve done two residencies and I’m board-certified in Internal Medicine as well as Emergency Medicine. I also manage both the adult and pediatric ER’s at New

TJH: We can all thank your wife for that great idea! As a side point, what sort of routine medical services to you offer? Do you do routine physical exams, such as NYC Board of Health annual exams? Dr. B: Of course! I have many patients who come to me for their annual PPD’s and forms to be filled out. But my office is a full service practice. We also do blood work and EKG’s.

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TJH: Well that sounds really easy and convenient. If an adult already has a regular doctor will you see them during off hours or is that only for children? Dr. B: I’m always happy to see new patients but if someone has a regular physician and just needs me during “off hours”—I’m available! As the refrigerator magnet that I give to my patients says… “We’re In When Your Regular Doctor Isn’t!!” In fact, this year alone, I’ve had patients drive from Cedarhurst, Belle Harbor and even Washington Heights, just to avoid a two hour wait in a doctor’s office or emergency room. This is something that really speaks to everyone, as waiting a long time in a waiting room is really frustrating for people. TJH: How has this sort of work connected you to the Queens community, specifically Kew Gardens Hills? You are on Hatzolah as well, so you are really always on the helping end toward Queens’ residents. Has it influenced how you feel toward a community that sees you as such an important asset? Dr. B: My father has been a physician in Kew Gardens Hills for over 30 years and I have lived in KGH almost my entire life. Our ties to the community are strong. It’s a great feeling to assist others but even more satisfying knowing that it’s my neighbors that I’m helping. TJH: Well, you are certainly a household name in the Kew Gardens Hills community and beyond, and it’s so comforting to know there is always quality medical care only a phone call away! Thank you so much for talking with us. We wish you continued success in all your amazing work for our community. Dr. Bennett is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He is available in his Kew Gardens Hills office most evenings and weekends and can be reached at 646-623-3350. He accepts most insurance plans.


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Health & Fitness Cheryl Greenberger, Ph.D.

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very person living with cancer looks forward to “life after,” the day when treatment ends, scans come back clean and life goes back to “normal.” Those of us who haven’t been in the situation might find it amazing to hear survivors and their spouses describe the things they looked forward to while they were ill: carpools, cooking, taking the children to dentist appointments, learning, going back to work. This desire for normalcy is so strong that it’s even more unnerving when husbands and wives find themselves with new anxieties. They expected to be happy, even ecstatic. Instead, spouses find themselves worried about whether cancer will return and when someone will feel like “her old self” or “get back to normal.” They wonder why life after cancer isn’t the same as life before. As if these doubts aren’t enough, survivors and spouses find themselves in a topsy-turvy world where everyone around them is beginning to forget the ordeal just as they are beginning to process it. Parents and friends may preach moving forward, but it isn’t over yet. Adjusting to the Adjustment Period “I was cancer-free. I was supposed to be so appreciative and in love with life, but I kept getting annoyed by the little things,” one survivor admitted. “Why wasn’t the garbage taken out? Why couldn’t my kids pick up their socks? People kept saying, ‘Why are you letting the little things get to you?’ and I felt guilty. After all I had been through, wasn’t I supposed to be above all that?” The short answer is “No.” You don’t have to be “above all that.” Getting annoyed, feeling fearful, and finding ways to make sense of things are all normal feelings for people who have been through a devastating illness or who are the partners of those who have. There is a new normal for survivors and spouses, and that set point will change for each person and each couple. Some people think that when hair grows back, it’s time to get right into the swing of things. People who have been through the crises of cancer will attest that nothing could be further from reality. Survivors and spouses need time to adjust to life after cancer. Just as hair doesn’t always grow back in the same way, the way couples approach life has changed as well. Some people find new priorities. Others discover new interests. Some want to talk about everything; others use the adjustment period to get back to their pre-cancer routines. “It was like a puzzle piece,” explained the husband of a survivor. “It looks like the one you’re looking for. It’s the same size; it’s the same shape. But it just doesn’t fit. You need to go back, and back again, until you find the right piece that fits your new life. “It takes time, and it may never be the same, but that doesn’t mean that life can’t be great.”

What to Do When Spouses Cope Differently That two people in the same family would cope differently shouldn’t be surprising. Their experiences were completely different. Being in pain is not the same as caring about someone who is in pain. Ever hit your finger with a hammer? Those around you may have winced, but they didn’t feel the pain. Only you did. It’s important for spouses and survivors to understand that while the experience has been horrible for both of them, they have not gone through the same experience. This goes a long way in explaining why survivors and spouses may develop disparate coping mechanisms once cancer is over. Spouses may find it hard to give up the caregiver role or may be only too willing to pretend that illness never happened. Survivors may feel like they are stuck in patient mode, or may feel the need to talk in order to process the experience. One

person may want to relive it and keep in touch with friends made at the hospital while another can’t wait to put it into the back of the mind. So don’t worry if you and your spouse don’t have the same strategy for making sense of the ordeal. (Actually, that’s something for married people to remember all the time.) You don’t have to cope the same way. You just need to respect each other’s method of processing, and support one another even if you disagree. Listening is probably the most important skill, but if you can’t give your spouse the “ear” he or she needs, make sure there is someone else who can. Friends and family are good substitutes as long as you and your spouse understand and agree on the importance of the discourse. Chaim, who described himself as “usually a quiet kind of guy,” thought he was obsessed with reliving his cancer experiences for months after treatment ended. “It got to the point where I could mentally see my wife’s eyes rolling when I started. She was great, but it was too much. We had both lived through cancer, but somehow I was the one who kept talking about it.” Finally, Chaim turned to a friend he had met during treatment. “He didn’t have this need to relive every detail, but he understood that I was stuck in this can-

cer rut and he let me go on and on.” Eventually, as he returned to more of his hobbies and activities, anxiety about treatment no longer invaded his waking moments. “I am grateful to my wife for everything she did for me while I had cancer and everything she did afterwards,” Chaim says now. “She was really patient when I was on the phone with Alan for hours.” Restoring All of Marital Life Okay, you understand that the two of you experienced cancer quite differently. You’re in sync with the fact that you are coping in disparate ways, and giving each other the space and time you both need. The last issue remaining is the elephant in your bedroom. Remember the last time you had the flu. You were in bed for a week and it took several more until you had the energy and will do anything in bed but sleep. Well, the flu is a speck of dust compared to cancer. Cancer treatment can destroy the body’s immune system. It takes time to restore and rebuild it. It may take a few months until the survivor’s blood count has completely returned to normal and a few months after that before the fatigue is gone. Progress comes in baby steps, not leaps and bounds. No one is suggesting that this is easy. You’ve been through a trauma together, and you need each other just as much now that treatment is over as you did when you heard the diagnosis. Here are a few suggestions on restoring the emotional and physical intimacy of married life: Give yourselves time to heal. You have been through a lot – together and individually. Don’t expect things to return to “the way they were.” Remember that “normal” is going to be different. Set small goals and move forward toward them. You may be pleasantly surprised. Find support in the friends new and old who have been through something similar. While friends and family may want to be there for you, often it is only someone who has been through a similar challenge that can truly understand how you feel. Encourage your spouse to talk to others as well. There are no three words in the English language that make someone feel as good as “I get it,” especially when you know the other person really does. Encourage your spouse to engage in activities he or she enjoyed before illness intruded into your lives. Continue to gently push him or her, even if at this moment interest has waned. It is highly unlikely that he will wake up one morning and say, “I feel great and I am ready to get back into it”; more likely it will be a gradual process. Be patient and recognize that it’s a progression. The same goes for you. Remember that you can’t be happy together if you are not happy within yourself. Cheryl Greenberger, Ph.D., is the Director of Clinical and Family Services at Chai Lifeline.


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Extracurricular Activities When is it Too Much?

Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky

Menahel, DRS Yeshiva High School for Boys, HALB Extracurricular activities are very, very important for the development of a child’s skills and self-esteem.  In some cases, especially for those who don’t find excelling in the classroom easy, extracurricular programs can be even more important.  When a person signs up to be a parent, there is a lot of responsibility involved.  Carpool at strange times is one of them.  We should rejoice in the fact that we have children who are healthy and who want to be involved in productive activity.  The mishnayos are very clear about the dangers of youngsters sitting around the house doing nothing.  In terms of payment, my view, as I stated earlier, is that extracurriculars should be open to all and part of the regular budget.  I don’t think they should affect tuition.      

Rabbi Shmuel Strickman

Elementary School Menahel, Yeshiva Darchei Torah The advent of technology came with a promise of a brighter future with less toil, greater efficiency, a shorter work week, and more leisure time. In reality, we work longer and harder because we are bombarded with an unmanageable amount of information. We are all at risk of falling prey to the depravity that is accessible with one click on our computer or telephone keyboard. In addition, the world political climate and the economic uncertainty all contribute to a society plagued with poor self-esteem, anxiety and depression. As mechanchim, parents are searching, and rightfully so, for shelters to insulate their young children from the malaise of society. We look for stimulating and enjoyable activities that will occupy and develop them. These extracurricular settings provide the academically challenged child with the outlet and success to build his self-esteem. They can provide the opportunity for the active child to release his pent up energy that needs to be harnessed for yeshiva. These are real needs that a responsible parent should be ready to spend money on even if they are receiving tuition reductions in the yeshiva. Obviously, this changes if the activity is a luxury for your child. However, these activities cannot create undue stress for parents or increase the tension of sibling rivalry or negatively affect the household decorum. Engaging in extracurricular activities and “suffering the consequences” will only exasperate the problem. To provide for our children, we may need to think outside of the box. Find a driver or create a carpool or reschedule the time or change the location of the activity. If it is what the child or the family needs, make it work! Find a way! B’derech she’adam rotzeh leilech bo molichin oto. Hashem leads us on the path that we chose to travel.

EXTRACURRICULAR SETTINGS PROVIDE THE ACADEMICALLY CHALLENGED CHILD WITH THE OUTLET AND SUCCESS TO BUILD HIS SELF-ESTEEM. Dr. Dov Finman

Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Faculty Fellow, Adelphi University Extracurricular activities are very important for your child’s social and emotional wellbeing, but your question makes it clear that all of these activities are taking a toll on your own emotional wellbeing. You have to chauffeur the kids to sports practice or instrument lessons on top of everything else that you have to do as a mother. You work, care for the home, your husband, and your children. There’s always a list of things you still need to get done, errands you need to run, work you need to complete, and it goes on and on. The nashim tzidkaniyos are the backbone of the Jewish family and deserve high praise for all their work. With regard to your children, they need to understand that each one gets what they need when they need it. Things aren’t always going to be equal or fair and sometimes something your sibling does is going to bother you or impinge on your space. The scenarios you described don’t seem to be unreasonable, but it’s all about what you can manage without going crazy. If you can’t take the child to soccer during dinner time and can’t arrange other transportation then the child needs to understand that you can only do so much. I’m sure there will be other activities in the future that he can participate in if he misses out on this one. Have any questions you’d like addressed? Feel free to send your parenting questions to the moderator, Dr. Dov Finman, at DrFinman@gmail.com.

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If my son wants to do an extracurricular activity, how much of an imposition on my family is reasonable. For example, having me or my husband doing carpool for soccer during dinner, or an instrument disturbing his siblings due to space considerations and noise. In addition, if a family is getting a tuition break, how do the panelists feel about spending money on extracurricular activities?

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Medicaid Planning with a Life As a senior, I have heard that for Medicaid planning I should transfer my house to my children while retaining a life estate, but is that a good idea? The Attorney Responds: As we discussed in a previous article I published in The Jewish Home, in order to avoid Medicaid liens and estate recovery, elder law clients would be well advised to learn about their rights to protect their homes. This is true whether they need Medicaid homecare and wish to avoid estate recovery, or whether they are planning for nursing homecare and wish to avoid liens and/ or estate recovery. One strategy entails transferring the home into an irrevocable Medicaid trust which allows for the most flexibility. Another technique to protect the home involves transferring the home to loved ones while retaining a life estate in the home. This article will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of a

deed with retained life estate for the elder law client. Life Estate Benefits • A legal life estate allows the life estate holder the absolute and exclusive right to live in the property for the rest of their lives. Therefore, the senior can live in their home without worrying about the remainder owners (usually the children) kicking them out. This can also be accomplished with a Medicaid trust. • The life estate holder has the right to all the rents from the property if it is rented out during his/her life, similar to a Medicaid trust.

• The property avoids probate after the death of the client since it passes by operation of law, similar to a Medicaid trust. • The life tenant retains their real property tax breaks including STAR, Enhanced STAR, SCRIE, SCHE, etc. which can also be accomplished with a Medicaid trust. • Under current (as of March 2014) Medicaid estate recovery laws, the home will not be available to Medicaid under an estate recovery action since the home avoids probate (see above). • The property receives a step-up in tax basis upon the death of the owner which saves the remainder beneficiaries capital gains tax if the property appreciated after it was purchased. This result is the same under a properly drafted Medicaid trust. • The transfer of the property with a retained life estate triggers Medicaid’s five year look-back period for nursing home care which means the earlier you transfer the home, the sooner you would be eligible for Medicaid nursing home care coverage. The same applies to transfer to a trust. • The transfer with a retained life estate will often result in a shorter penalty period than a transfer into a trust since the value of the life estate is subtracted from the amount gifted. • Life estates are cheaper and simpler to create than irrevocable Medicaid trusts. With all these advantages, one may wonder why attorneys still recommend the use of irrevocable Medicaid trusts. The following disadvantages will highlight some of the reasons. A consultation with a Medicaid planning attorney is crucial before undertaking any course of action. Life Estate Disadvantages • When you transfer property with a retained life estate to someone else, you can not sell the property without the remainder owners’ consent. • You also lose the right to change

who the eventual owners will be; once the transfer occurs, you can’t take it back without consent. This contrasts with a trust which allows you to retain a limited power of appointment and change who the eventual beneficiaries will be at any time. • The property will become an asset of the remainder beneficiaries immediately upon the transfer and will also be available to the creditors and may prevent them from obtaining certain governmental benefits such as Medicaid and SSI. • Although both a life estate and a trust transfer require the filing of gift taxes, the transfer of a property with a life estate is a completed gift for gift tax purposes and may therefore require the payment of gift taxes. • The sale of the home while you are in a nursing home will result in the life estate portion of that transfer (calculated using IRS tables) becoming an available resource. • If the home is sold, you would not qualify for the full $250,000 exclusion of capital gain tax ($500,000 if you are married filing jointly). Rather, you would be entitled to a partial qualification relative to the value of the life estate. The decision of whether to use a life estate or an irrevocable Medicaid trust involves many different areas of law as well as individualized personal factors. Therefore, the decision to protect the home while qualifying for Medicaid should be followed up by a conversation with an elder lawyer to make sure that your plan comports with your wishes. No column is a substitute for competent legal advice. Any additional or different facts could change or affect any legal analysis. Please consult with your legal professional of choice regarding any legal question you may have.

Roman Aminov, Esq. is an estate lawyer concentrating in estate planning, elder law, and probate. He is also a Medicaid attorney experienced in the drafting of trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and health care proxies. For a free consultation, contact us at (347)766-2685 or www.AminovLaw.com.


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From My Private Art Collection Rebbetzin Naomi N. Herzberg

Art Expression in the Haggadah

he Pesach haggadah is a treasure which the Jewish people lovingly use at the seder and during the entire yom tov of Pesach. Depicted in the haggadah are many illuminated and illustrated pieces of art which so eloquently help us tell stories and narratives accompanied by visuals of the history of our nation. These historical illustrations are exciting to see, especially for young children. They are known to help make the stories come alive. As literature suggests, the earliest known printed haggadah was from Prague, dated 1526. Many of these ancient haggadot were illustrated with medieval and biblical scenes. The motifs used in the design of a haggadah do change with the times, but the story remains the same. The artistic license allows the particular artist expressive opportunities to create unusual and interesting visuals relating to each portion of the haggadah. Some of the pictures might appear sad and some might appear hopeful. The ultimate experience is one of shared values and tradition for all of Am Yisroel. Many of us have collections from all over the world. FamiA haggadah from 1726 lies enjoy using collected haggadoth handed down from generation to generation. Haggadoth have become a collectors’ item amongst those interested in Judaic art. Some are finished with a beautiful cover in leather or silver. These covers are also embossed with gold or engraved in silver. I, for one, have my own wide variety of haggadoth which I cherish. The haggadoth all have various writings from talmidei chachamim

As we read through our haggadoth on Pesach we will all gain so much from this experience. Judaic art adds such a wonderful dimension to the spirit of yom tov! which are wonderful. We share stories, explanations, and writings with our family and friends. We are all so fortunate to have this special opportunity presented at the yom tov seder and table throughout Pesach. Questions are asked and then answered with wonderful renditions to look at which make it all so beautiful and pleasant. Many haggadoth are written with artistic renditions of the Hebrew alphabet which adds a feeling of royalty and is uplifting. As we read through our haggadoth on Pesach we will all gain so much from this experience. Judaic art adds such a wonderful dimension to the spirit of yom tov! Wishing all the readers of my column a chag kasher v’sameach. Rebbetzin Naomi N. Herzberg is a professional art educator, artist and designer. Among her known artwork is a floral sculpture presented to Tipper Gore, Blair House, Washington, D.C. Presently she is the Director of Operations at Shulamith School for Girls. Please feel free to email nherzberg@optonline.net with questions and suggestions for future columns.


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into space.) Second, it has to be a store of value, meaning users feel safe holding it without worrying that its value will fall. (You can take payment in cash knowing that it will be worth the same amount tomorrow.) And third, it has to serve as a unit of account, meaning it has a standard value and every bitcoin is the same as every other bitcoin. (If you have a wallet full of $20 bills, it doesn’t matter which one you use to pay for your morning latte.) The IRS’s ruling that bitcoin is property means bitcoin fails that last test. Let’s say you have three bitcoins: one that you acquired when it was trading at $280, one that you acquired at $480, and one that you acquired at $880. It makes a real difference which one you spend! It’s no wonder The New York Times headlined one story on the IRS notice: “Taxes Won’t Kill Bitcoin, But Tax Reporting Might.” There’s a “bit” of good news in the ruling. If you hold bitcoins for investment, you benefit from lower rates on long-term capital gains. But that’s going to be scant comfort for most users who

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t seems like every day brings new questions about the digital currency called bitcoin, which first appeared in 2009. Who is the shadowy “Satoshi Nakamoto” who created the currency’s protocol and software? Who stole $450 million worth of bitcoin from the Tokyo-based Mt. Gox exchange? Who was the mystery buyer who used bitcoin to snag a $500,000 house on the Indonesian island of Bali? Last week, the IRS solved a mystery by ruling on how bitcoin would be taxed, at least here in the United States. And their answer to that question may shoot a hole in bitcoin’s hope to become more widely accepted. Notice 2014-21 holds that virtual currencies like bitcoin will be treated as property — not currency — for U.S. tax purposes. That means, among other things, that if you take payment in bitcoin at your business, those payments will be taxable (at the fair market value of the currency at the time you earn it), subject to the same rules as if you had accepted cash. If you earn wages in bitcoin, they’ll also be taxable, must be reported on a Form W-2, and

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