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Dear Readers, I have finally put away all the candy and the nosh that was littering my kitchen counters. This year, Purim was a whirlwind of fun with delicious mishloach manos, crazy costumes and lots of visiting. I love seeing how people are dressed up and the wonderful, creative ways they think of how to celebrate this holiday. It comes around just once a year, but the memories from that one day last us at least through Pesach. What better way to memorialize a fun time than with a picture? When I was younger I was “snap happy.” I would love taking pictures and putting them into albums and looking through those memories from time to time. Nowadays, I still love taking pictures, but I have to admit I am a little lazier about printing them and organizing them. This year, as usual, we have printed and organized your Purim photos for you. No need to head to Snapfish or Shutterfly. No need to buy albums and start organizing the pictures by date. Perusing our “TJH Purim Photo Album” will be a walk down Purim memory lane. The pictures truly capture the simcha of the day, and we hope you enjoy seeing yourselves and your neighbors on our pages. Warning: not everyone is who they seem. Some people wore such authentic costumes that I doubt even their mothers would be able to recognize them! As always, we love hearing from our readers. Please reach out to me at editor@fivetownsjewishhome.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Letters to Dear Editor, Rumors of Walmart opening their first store in NYC at the Five Towns Retail Center on Rockaway Blvd. could be the start of something big for 8 million consumers residing in the five boroughs.  NYC could easily support a dozen stores. This would provide work for construction contractors, their employees and thousands of the 7 percent of New Yorkers currently out of work. The city would benefit by millions in sales, payroll and real-estate tax revenue. Walmart consumers get a better bang for their bucks, and many New Yorkers can’t afford to pay extra. They need the great prices, quality merchandise and affordable food and drug options that Walmart offers. Consum-

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ers have voted with their feet, making Walmart the top retail merchant today. It is time to allow Walmart the opportunity to compete in NYC’s marketplace. For those opposed, don’t shop there but do give everyone else a choice. Sincerely, Larry Penner

in the world of computers.  I see that there are items regarding recipes, jewelry, real estate, etc., please look into providing us with information relevant to computers.  Thank you for your newspaper and connecting us with the Jewish world. Chana E.

Dear Editor, I appreciated the great article on computers (Windows XP) in last Friday’s edition of TJH.  I would like to see a weekly article relating to different computer issues.  There are so many of us who use computers and we need to hear from the “experts” and be advised of what is either new, old or defective

Dear Editor, I think about this every year but this is the first time I ever wrote a letter in about this to a newspaper. Purim is a wonderful yom tov. It one filled with fun and with giving. We give mishloach manos, we give tzedaka, we host others at our seudah. But Purim is also a hard day. It is hard to remember that although we are so busy doing for others, we have to have other people in mind as well. Several times I have witnessed how hard Purim is for wives and mothers. This is a day that they are busy with making costumes, preparing mishloach manos and cooking for the seudah. Their husbands, on the other hand, are spending the day enjoying themselves. Part of their enjoyment is their “day off” from

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parenting and from husbanding. They are spending their day partying and drinking. Towards the end of the day, they are drunk and sleeping, leaving their wives to deal with sticky, cranky children and a house full of candy and wrappers. Purim should not be about resentment, but at times, women feel resentment about all the work they have to do. I am not saying that men shouldn’t drink and enjoy the wonderful day. I am only suggesting that they keep their wives and children in mind. Drink in moderation, hire someone to help clean your home, and make sure that Purim is a happy day for everyone in your family. May we all enjoy wonderful yomim tovim together, Sara W.

Dear Editor, This must have been a printing error—did you notice that one page of your paper is completely in Chinese? Just kidding—we loved your Purim issue! The Steiner Family of Cedarhurst

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“A number of other names appear that do not necessarily fit into any category and it is therefore unclear as to why they would have been banned,” the paper wrote, pointing to the name Binyamin which means Benjamin in Arabic, the youngest son of the biblical Jacob (Yaqoub) who is considered to be a prophet in Islam. “[B]ut it also happens to be the name of the Israeli prime minister,” Gulf News noted. Most of the names fit into at least three categories: “those that offend perceived religious sensibilities, those that are affiliated to royalty and those that are of non-Arabic or non-Islamic origin.” Amir (meaning prince), Malek (meaning king) and Malika (meaning queen) were among those banned. Also included were the names Malaak (meaning angel), Nabi (a prophet) and Mamlaka (kingdom). Western names including Linda, Alice, Sandy and Lauren were outlawed. Abdul Naser, another of the banned names, is reminiscent of the late famous Egyptian leader Gamal Abdul-Nasser whose pan-Arab aspirations were perceived as a threat by the Saudi royal family.

Saudi Arabia isn’t the only country that has tried to have a say in naming babies. In August, a Tennessee judge ordered the parents of a 7-month-old boy to change his name to Martin from Messiah. The name “Hitler” is banned in Germany, and when a Turkish couple living in Germany tried to name their child Osama Bin Laden, local officials refused.

together the three formed a panhandling ring and managed to accumulate their considerable wealth. “They used to get a lot of sympathy and assistance from philanthropists throughout the year, especially during Eid,” Ahmed al-Saeedi, a childhood friend of the deceased who cared for her in her later years, said. “Eisha continued to beg after the deaths of her mother and sister. She was just an old, blind woman who did not have any relatives in this world.” Saeedi was one of the only people to know of Eisha’s hidden riches, and often encouraged her to quit. “I asked her to give up this profession as she possessed a huge amount of wealth but she always refused and said she was preparing for hard times,” he said. Eisha’s apartment buildings were — and continue to be — occupied by her friends, mostly poor residents of the city. Following her death, the district chief refused to evict the tenants, on grounds that a final ruling on Eisha’s assets has not yet been reached. The local authorities have yet to determine how and to whom Eisha’s estate will be divided.

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Being that the government in Saudi Arabia is fond of control, it’s no surprise that the kingdom has released a list of 50 banned names for babies born in the country. A variety of reasons for the ban was released including that some of these names were considered to be “blasphemous.” The interior ministry of the conservative Islamic kingdom “justified the ban by saying that the names either contradicted the culture or religion of the kingdom, or were foreign, or ‘inappropriate,’” Gulf News wrote.

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contrasting accounts of the conversation. The Kremlin said both men agreed to seek a way to stabilize Ukraine, and that Mr. Putin had stressed that the Kiev government had failed to curb “rampant violence by ultra-nationalists.” The White House, on the other hand, said Obama had insisted that the referendum was illegal and would never be accepted and called for Moscow to support an international monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine. The EU said in a statement that the vote was “illegal and illegitimate and its outcome will not be recognized.” EU foreign ministers are due to meet soon and are expected to consider imposing sanctions on Russian officials. Sergei Aksyonov, Crimea’s leader who was installed last month after the Russian takeover, celebrated the referendum on stage in Simferopol. Backed by the Russian national anthem, Russian flags, and the personnel of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, he told supporters that Crimea was “going home.” Mr. Aksyonov said Crimea’s parliament, which was disbanded by the government in Kiev last week, would send a formal request to Moscow to join Russia this week. Some 58% of people in Crimea are

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ethnic Russian, with the rest made up of Ukrainians and Tatars. The Tatars were deported to Central Asia by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. They were only able to return with the fall of the Soviet Union and many want to remain in Ukraine. Most of the Tatars interviewed said they had boycotted the vote, and felt that life under the Kremlin would be worse. Refat Chubarov, leader of the Tatars’ unofficial parliament, said the referendum was illegal, and held in a hasty manner under the control of Russian troops. “The fate of our motherland cannot be decided in such a referendum under the shadows of the guns of soldiers,” he said.  

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York and Hong Kong, London needs to act more like a Singaporean city state or have the backing of a European Union domestic economy.” The index, which is updated every six months and is in its 15th edition, is compiled from replies to an online survey. It also uses external gauges including rankings for specific areas such as telecommunications. The index, which was first published in 2007, takes into account five broad areas including the business environment, finance, infrastructure, human capital and reputation. In the Middle East, Qatar is the leading center, followed by Dubai. Europe is ‘‘in turmoil,’’ with 23 out of 27 centers declining in rank and Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Dublin, Madrid and Rome suffering ‘‘significant falls,’’ according to the report. Athens is in last place, 82 points behind Reykjavik, which is second to last.  

Bomber Blows Himself Up—Too Early!

New York has replaced London as the world’s leading financial center for the first time.  After London was rocked by a series of scandals and questions over the U.K.’s place in the European Union, the top city took a backseat to the Big Apple. New York holds the top spot in the latest Global Financial Centers Index with a “shaky, statistically insignificant” two-point lead, according to Michael Mainelli, chairman of Z/Yen Group Ltd., which compiles the index. Competition is heating up, with Hong Kong and Singapore, the two leading Asian centers, narrowing the gap between themselves and the top two to fewer than 30 points on a scale of 1,000, the index shows. Scandals including banks abusing their clients by selling unnecessary insurance and the manipulation of financial benchmarks and trading losses have combined to damage London’s standing. While New York has challenged London for the podium since the inception of the index, a seven-point rise in its rating gained it the top spot after the U.K. capital suffered a 10-point decline, the largest of any center in the top 50. “London needs a reputation that everyone who comes will be treated fairly and can compete fairly,” Mainelli noted. “Without the large domestic economies behind New

Another suicide attack in Somalia was avoided when a suicide bomber accidentally detonated his car prematurely. Aside from the bomber, no one else was hurt in the attack near a popular hotel in the Somali capital. Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a Somali police officer, said the bomber appeared to have prematurely detonated his explosive-laden car as he tried to park near a hotel. The al Qaeda – linked group alShabab frequently carries out attacks against the Somali government and U.N. and African Union peacekeepers. Late last month, a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives-laden car at a teashop near Somalia’s intelligence agency headquarters, killing at least 12 people.    

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Subscribers to the latest issue of al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine will find it contains an article about using car bombs in U.S. cities as well as abroad during election seasons, both presidential and congressional. The cities and areas listed in the piece include Washington, D.C., New York, Northern Virginia, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Here are a few examples Continued on page 16


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portant figures in the government live there. As for New York, it is known for its status as a financial, cultural, transportation, and manufacturing center; it is the leading center of banking, finance and communication in the United States.” The article goes on to highlight positives about blowing up targets in Northern Virginia, Chicago, Los Angeles and Arlington.

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Regarding Washington, D.C., and New York, the article encourages: “Washington is the capital, and New York is the former capital. Both have symbolic importance to the American people and government. Moreover, [the] White House is in Washington, and D..C has about 347,000 federal government employees and many im-

There hasn’t been any concrete evidence about the whereabouts of the missing jet that mysteriously disap-

In News peared from the radar two weeks ago. According to authorities, the last recorded words spoken by the pilot of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were a casual, “All right, good night.” That was in response to an air traffic controller who told the pilot, “We have to hand you over to Ho Chi Minh City.” This refers to air traffic control in Vietnam. These words give no hint at anything being amiss aboard the jetliner at all. Flight MH370 never made contact with air traffic control in Ho Chi Minh City and what happened to the plane and its 239 passengers shortly after that last contact remains a incomprehensible mystery. Officials announced they’re expanding the search to cover 27,000 nautical miles over two separate areas: 14,440 square nautical miles in the South China Sea along the plane’s designated route as well as 12,425 square nautical miles in the Strait of Malacca, which is hundreds of miles to the west of the plane’s flight path. Malaysia’s Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in a press conference that the search now includes 42 ships and 39 aircraft. “We

will never give up hope,” he announced. The search turned into a criminal investigation on Saturday after Malaysia declared that the plane had been deliberately diverted and then flown for as long as seven hours toward an unknown point far from its scheduled route of Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia said on Saturday afternoon that he would seek the help of governments across a large expanse of Asia in the search for the Boeing 777. The plane changed course after it took off. “These movements are consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane,” the prime minister pointed out. He said one communications system had been disabled as the plane flew over the northeast coast of Malaysia. A second system, a transponder aboard the craft, abruptly stopped broadcasting its location, altitude, speed and other information at 1:21 a.m., while the plane was a third of the way across the Gulf of Thailand from Malaysia to Vietnam. As part of the investigation, police officers were seen going to the home of the flight’s pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, in a gated compound.

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Paris this week resorted to drastic measures to curb soaring pollution levels by forcing all cars with number plates ending in even numbers off the road for the first time in two decades. Around 700 police officers were deployed to man 60 checkpoints around the French capital to ensure that only cars with number plates ending in odd numbers were out on the streets. Public transport has been free since the weekend to persuade Parisians to leave their cars at home, and the state railway company SNCF warned on its website of packed suburban trains at peak hours due to the extreme measure. “It is sure we will have more clients today,” a delighted taxi driver said. “There are people who take their car because they don’t want to be pressed up against others in the metro. Today they will take a taxi.” The restrictions came into force across Paris and 22 surrounding areas starting at 5:30 am. The restrictions will be reviewed on a daily basis, with odd numbers potentially banned on every other day if an extension is deemed necessary. Parking will be free for vehicles with even number plates, the Paris city hall said, calling on residents to consult carpooling or car-sharing sites to work out their travel plans. Those who choose to brave the ban risk a fine of 22 euros ($30) if paid immediately, or 35 euros if paid within three days.  Electric and hybrid cars will be exempted from the ban as well as any vehicle carrying three people or more.  It is the first time since 1997 that the French authorities have resorted to such a drastic measure. The government made the announcement after pollution particulates in the air exceeded safe levels for five straight days in Paris and its environs.

Shoe Bomber Takes the Stand in NY A New York court heard the case of a British terrorist who flew from Pakistan to London wearing a shoe-bomb last

In News Tuesday. The convict was supposed to detonate the bomb on a U.S. passenger jet. The suspect, Saajid Badat, is testifying at the trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Suleiman Abu Ghaith. In December 2001, Badat was supposed to fly from Britain to America and then board a domestic flight in which he was supposed to detonate the bomb.

On his way to complete his mission, the terrorist reunited with his parents in Britain after being in Afghanistan for three years and had a change of heart. “It was then I decided to back out of the mission,” said Badat. He emailed his handler in Karachi to withdraw, but kept the bomb. “I hadn’t relinquished my views so there may come a time when I would need it again,” added Badat. Badat provided shocking accounts of plots and al Qaeda training activities in Afghanistan. He said he met bin Laden one-on-one to discuss the plot and admitted that he “envied” the 9/11 hijackers. “America is like a chain,” he said bin Laden told him. “He drew out a chain and said if you break one link you’ll break down the [American] economy,” he added. The terrorist leader told him that if he ever felt scared about the suicide mission he should recite from the Koran. He revealed to the court that al Qaeda operatives tested poisons on animals named Clinton, Bush and Sharon before watching them die. He also admitted he met at least two of the 9/11 hijackers, went to Belgium in connection with a thwarted plot, researched Jewish targets to attack in South Africa, and handed a shoe bomb to Malaysian plotters in December 2001. Badat is fluent in four languages and translated bin Laden’s speeches and sermons from Arabic so they could reach the English-speaking world. Badat says while in Afghanistan he met four to five al Qaeda recruits of Western origin, “mostly British” but also one from Australia and one from France. Two fellow students were on an urban warfare course, a son of bin Laden and a man who “ended up as one of the 9/11 hijackers” were awarded prizes,


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Saudi Arabia Threatens to Shut Down Al Jazeera Network As the conflict with Qatar continues to escalate, Saudi Arabia announced it plans to close down the offices of Al Jazeera in the next few days. In an exceptional move within the Gulf Cooperation Council of Allied Hereditary Monarchies, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Qatar on March 5, accusing Doha of failing to sustain an agreement not to interfere in each other’s internal affairs. A Saudi official told Al-Hayat that in addition to the resolution to close the Qatar-based network, Saudi authorities will prohibit Saudi journalists from cooperating with the network or other Qatari media. Even so, a Saudi Information Ministry source denied reports that it may shut Al Jazeera’s offices. “We don’t have any plan to close the channel’s offices,” the Arab News website reported. Al Jazeera is accused of provoking the turbulence that was behind the Arab uprisings in recent years. It is also blamed for favoring the Muslim Brotherhood and revolutionary Islamic forces.

Economic conditions and access to medicine are also a huge factor. Monaco is a very wealthy country. Additionally, many poor and developing countries have low rates. Chad, an African nation, has the lowest life expectancy in the world—49 years. Regardless of geography, women tend to live 5-10 years longer than men in industrialized countries. Some scientists believe that the reason for females’ longevity is because women naturally tend to have lower levels of iron in their blood; excessive iron levels can lead to cell damage as we age.

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Want a Long Life? Move to Monaco Monaco has the longest life expectancy from any other country in the world. The average life expectancy in the country is 90 years. Not interested in residing in Monaco? Try San Marino, where residents can expect to live at least 83 years. Wondering where we stand? The U.S. ranks 51st worldwide, according to figures from the CIA, with an average life expectancy of 79 years. According to a 2012 study by the

This week, Senior Palestinian Authority official Abbas Zaki announced on Palestinian Authority TV that he agrees with both Jews and Christians that it is Divine intervention that has Jews gathering in the Holy Land. But according to Zaki, G-d is making this happen to make it easier for them to be killed by the Palestinians.

“I believe that Allah will gather [the Jews] so we can kill them,” Zaki said. He went on to accuse Israelis of having “no religion and no principles; they are an advanced instrument of evil.” In 2009, Zaki admitted on Lebanese TV that the ultimate goal of the two-state solution was the downfall of Israel. He is a member of the ruling Fatah faction’s Central Committee and currently serves as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ commissioner for dialogue with the Arab world and China.

adequate Palestinian and Muslim love of the holy city with the heartfelt attachment of the Jews, and — speaking in Hebrew and Arabic — quoted the famous Israeli ballad “Jerusalem of Gold,” penned by Zionist songstress Naomi Shemer.

Terrorist Leader: Jews Love Jerusalem More than Muslims

“What is the meaning of Jerusalem for us?” Shalah, who leads one of the most extreme terror groups in the world and is on the FBI’s most-wanted terrorists list, asked the assembled clergy. “Learn from the Jews, from that accursed entity [Israel]. They love Jerusalem not just as a military matter, but as a cultural one,” he declared. “They have a song in the Israeli entity that their army sings on June 7, when they conquered the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Haram al-Sharif [the Temple Mount, in the 1967 Six Day War],” he added, and went on to quote part of

The Jewish love for Jerusalem is unparalleled and has even caught the attention of the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organization. Ramadan Shalah told religious leaders in Tehran last week that Palestinians and other Muslims don’t show sufficient love for Al-Quds, the Arabic name for Jerusalem. The Muslim leader contrasted the in-

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he testified. During the course, they did a night drill, firing at three targets identified as Bush, Blair and Sharon after the then-leaders of the United States, Britain and Israel. Returning to Afghanistan after the success of the 9/11 attacks, al Qaeda leaders ordered Badat to blast a U.S. airliner out of the sky with bombs hidden in his shoes. Thankfully, his mission proved to be unsuccessful.

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The Week the chorus of “Jerusalem of Gold.” “Jerusalem of gold. Jerusalem of bronze. Jerusalem of light,” he chanted, saying each phrase in both Hebrew and Arabic. “Every Israeli child and every accursed Israeli soldier says this song in their heart,” Shalah declared. “Jerusalem of Gold” was composed for a music festival in Jerusalem as part of the May 1967 Independence Day celebrations and is one of the most popular Israeli songs. It begins by describing a desolate Jerusalem, with a “wall” in her heart, a reference to the border wall dividing the Israeli and Jordanian parts of the city. Within weeks of the song’s publication to widespread acclaim, the Six Day War broke out and Israeli forces were able to capture Jerusalem’s ancient Old City, leading composer Shemer to write a fourth, triumphant stanza that begins, “We returned to the water cisterns, the marketplace and the square / A ram’s horn blows at the Temple Mount in the ancient city.” Islamic Jihad, which Salah heads, slammed southern Israel last week with a barrage of over 60 rockets, drawing Israeli airstrikes and leading to the larg-

est flare up of violence between Gaza and Israel in over a year. The group is considered to be one of Hamas’s largest rivals for control of the Strip and enjoys close ties with Iran.

Hamas in the Red

Hamas rulers in the Gaza Strip are facing the worst economic crisis since they seized the territory seven years ago. A suddenly hostile Egypt has now also tightened its blockade of the region, adding to the already tight sanctions Israel has put on the region in response to recent terrorist attacks. Hamas government employees have complained publicly about getting only partial salaries for the past four months.

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In News Bus drivers have staged a strike over soaring fuel prices. Laborers have lost jobs as construction has dried up. Hamas’ own surveys show its popularity plummeting. Israel sealed its only cargo crossing with Gaza after the Islamic Jihad group fired dozens of rockets from the territory at Israel. Hamas seems to tolerate occasional Islamic Jihad attacks on Israel as a release valve for the public’s discontent, but they are paying a heavy price. The big change came for Hamas when the Egyptian military ousted President Mohammed Morsi last July. The military-backed government in Cairo has since banned Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood — the region-wide movement that also spawned Hamas — and has shut down most of the smuggling tunnels along the Gaza border, which were an economic lifeline for the Strip. Just a year ago, Hamas’ prospects seemed much brighter: The Brotherhood had risen to power through elections in Egypt, and Hamas enjoyed improved ties with regional powers Qatar and Turkey. The coup in Egypt last summer dramatically reversed Hamas’ fortune. The Hamas government lost nearly two-thirds of its revenue as a result, said Omar Shaban, a Gaza economist. With the tunnels, Hamas earned about $500 million a year — of an annual budget of just under $900 million — in taxes on the Egyptian imports, said Shaban. Cheap fuel, cement and other supplies from Egypt also powered Gaza’s economy, particularly the local construction industry that employed several tens of thousands. Now the government is no longer able to pay full wages to 51,000 civil servants and members of the security forces. In recent months, government employees have received only partial payments. Hamas, with a force of more than 15,000 armed men, has tended to move swiftly to snuff out unrest. Last month, when taxi and bus drivers staged a oneday strike over rising fuel costs, they were detained for several hours by Hamas security and only released after signing pledges not to strike again, said driver Wissam Abu Lehiyeh, 41. “The first day we called for the strike, some people called us collaborators” with Egypt and Israel, said Abu Lehiyeh. For the first time in years, there is even a ripple of speculation that Hamas might be driven from power by the growing difficulties of running a government. A semi-regular internal poll carried out by Hamas in December showed that support for the group had

dropped to 29 percent, down from 55 percent from late 2012. But many believe the Islamic militant movement will keep its grip because there’s no one on the ground to take its place.  

 Jordan’s Parliament Demands Release of Murderer of Israeli Girls

The lower house of Jordan’s parliament has demanded that their government free a soldier who murdered seven Israeli schoolgirls in the 1997 Island of Peace massacre. They are insisting on the release in response to the killing of a Jordanian judge by Israeli soldiers. The IDF said in a statement that Judge Raed Zeiter, 38, had charged at the soldiers with a metal pole while shouting “Allahu Akbar,” prompting them to fire at his legs. “The suspect then began to strangle a soldier and the force resorted to using live fire once again,” killing the man, the army said. In a non-binding resolution, all 150 members of the lower house said, “We demand that the government release Jordanian soldier Ahmad Dakamseh from jail.” Dakamseh had opened fire on a group of Israeli schoolgirls as they visited Baqura, a scenic peninsula on the Jordan River near the Israeli border. He killed seven of the girls and wounded five more, as well as a teacher, and was sentenced to life in prison. “We also demand that the government expel the Israeli ambassador in Amman and recall the Jordanian ambassador in Israel in response to the killing of Jordanian judge Raed Zeiter,” the resolution said. It gave the government until Tuesday to meet its demands, failing which it threatened a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur. The lower house said, “What happened proved that Israel is a racist country that does not want peace.” The shooting has set off a diplomatic row between Israel and Amman, with Nsur saying Israel is “completely


“Illegal” Israeli Fruit Seized

Saudi Arabian authorities seized 140 kilos of persimmons from Israel at a local market near the border with Jordan this week. The popular fruit had Israeli stickers on it and was found in the city of Qurayyat, in northern Saudi Arabia. The fruit was not spoiled; the cause of the confiscation was its country of origin.

The head of the municipality’s environmental health department, Abdulaziz al-Masaed, said that authorities acted on information that Israeli fruit was being sold in the market. “The municipality team conducted a surprise inspection after the closing hours of the fruit market and confiscated the fruit boxes that originated from Israel,” he said, according to a report in a Saudi newspaper. The Central Boycott Office in Damascus maintains the Arab League boycott of Israel, in place since 1948. However, its enforcement varies across the Arab world. In an article last year in Middle East Economy, Yitzhak Gal, from Tel Aviv University’s Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, wrote, “Israel’s exports to Middle Eastern markets in 2011 are estimated at over $6 billion, about 13 percent of overall Israeli exports.”  

“Gas Leak” Palestinian Terrorist Arrested Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security service and Jerusalem police have

arrested a Palestinian man for trying to blow up and kill residents in three separate residential buildings. The suspect admitted to sabotaging cooking gas lines in Israeli apartment buildings in order to cause massive explosions while the families were home. 48-yearold Aziz Musa Uwisat of East Jerusalem confessed that he was inspired by news reports about a building that exploded in Jerusalem in January due to a gas leak, killing four residents. He decided to try to engineer a similar event “in order to kill as many people as he could.” A statement released by the Shin Bet said Uwisat “reached the decision to carry out an attack along similar lines, with the intent of toppling a building, resulting in the deaths of its Jewish inhabitants.” Israeli security forces knew the suspect, a father of six, was a Hamas operative. Israeli media reports said the suspect told investigators that he was seeking revenge for Israeli military actions in Gaza and the visits by Jews to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Based on his confession, Uwisat acted alone when he cut residential gas pipes on three occasions at the end of February and earlier this

month. On March 5, he left a lit candle and other flammable materials at the scene of the cut gas lines, but when neighbors in three buildings reported strong smells of leaking gas, two severed lines were discovered before any explosion occurred.

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responsible” and demanding an apology for the “hideous” shooting. Israel has expressed regret for the killing, but stopped short of apologizing to Jordan, which is the only Arab country besides Egypt to have made peace with the Jewish State.     

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First responders evacuated residents, turned off the gas lines and ventilated the buildings following the last incident. “The pipes were intentionally cut which caused extreme danger, so police evacuated three buildings in the area and shut off the gas supply,” a police officer told reporters following that incident. “Thankfully, we managed to prevent an explosion.” Israeli police said the suspect also

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Former Ambassador Dies

Samuel W. Lewis, a former American ambassador to Israel and an enduring friend who returned to the Holy Land more than 50 times after completing an eight-year tour of duty in 1985, died at the age of 83 in his home in Virginia on March 10. Lewis had been suffering from lung cancer and relied on an oxygen tank for some time. Lewis took up his ambassadorial post at a time of heavy political change,

following Menachem Begin’s crossing the floor from leader of the opposition to prime minister. He also came just as a new chapter in Middle East history was about to evolve with the signing of a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, something in which he was also involved. He was still in Israel during the first Lebanon war, which in his time was referred to as Operation Peace for the Galilee. Lewis, who was not Jewish, was so deeply involved in the day-to-day back-and-forth between Israel and the U.S. and was so curious about Israeli and Jewish culture, that Ezer Weizman, a Camp David negotiator who later became defense minister, nicknamed him “Shmuel Levi.” The ambassador played a key role in calming recurring tensions between Begin and U.S. President Ronald Reagan, first in 1981, when Israeli planes destroyed a nuclear reactor in Iraq, and again in 1982, when Israel invaded Lebanon. “He performed miracles in terms of interpreting America to Israel and Israel to America, often absorbing the brunt

In News of criticism for his efforts,” said a statement from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think tank he advised since its founding in the late 1980s. His involvement in the peace process led to a long career in retirement studying and analyzing peace issues, first by leading the congressionally mandated U.S. Institute for Peace from 19871992, and then as a founding member of the Israel Policy Forum, a group set up in the early 1990s to back Clinton-era peace efforts. “Due to the power of his intellect, his charm and his gravitas, Sam was a pro-peace powerhouse in Washington, influencing policy-makers and policy-shapers to never give up on peace for Israel and her neighbors,” Debra DeLee, president of Americans for Peace Now, said in a statement. With the exception of one of his predecessors, Walworth Barbour, Lewis served in Israel longer than any other American ambassador. The campaign to free Jonathan Pollard expressed condolences to the family of Lewis, who recently came out in favor of the Israeli agent’s release on humanitarian grounds.

Iranian General Threatens to Destroy Israel

Brigadier General Hossein Salami, air force commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, was quoted by an Iranian news agency as saying that Iran’s military has its finger on the trigger to destroy Israel as soon as it receives the order to do so. According to the article, the general had declared that Iranian military commanders are prepared to attack and destroy the “Zionist regime” of Israel as soon as they receive such an order. “Today, we can destroy every spot which Continued on page 28


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think shame on me if I didn’t use the money I was lucky enough to make to make the world a better place.” Hearing these sentiments should make New Yawkers proud. Despite leaving office, Bloomberg’s just as outspoken as ever.

DREAM Act Cut Short in NY

On Monday, the New York state Senate killed the DREAM Act with a “razor-thin” margin. 32 votes were needed to pass the measure; only 30 came in in support and 29 voted against the act. Had it passed, New York would have become the fifth state to enact the DREAM Act, which would have allowed state financial aid programs to

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enabler in the Senate.” Earlier in the day, Governor Andrew Cuomo — who has taken heat for not being more aggressive on the issue — called the DREAM Act “a priority.” Supporters of the DREAM Act argue that children shouldn’t suffer because their parents brought them into the country illegally. But opponents say the state should be first trying to make college more affordable for those in the country legally.

8 Killed in NYC Gas Explosion Last Wednesday, East Harlem New York was rocked by a massive explosion followed by a fire and the collapse of two buildings. Two apartment buildings collapsed, killing 8 and injuring more than 60, officials say. The FDNY claims they received a call shortly after 9:30 a.m. reporting a large explosion in the five-story apartment building on Park Avenue near 116th Street. The tremendous blast

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Pharmacy Paid Patients NOT to take Meds

A Bronx pharmacy is being accused of paying AIDS patients who were desperate for cash to skip their medications prescribed by their doctors. Three suspects were arrested in the case. Pharmacist Mohamed Hasan Ahmed buried his face in officers’ clothes as he was led away by police. Pharmacy owner Ahmed Hamed remained calm. The third suspect, Tarek Elsayed, was arrested in his home in Elmhurst. The owners of the 184th Street Pharmacy in the Bronx’s University Heights allegedly paid poor AIDS patients not to take medicine while still billing their Medicaid health insurance. In a single year, the trio allegedly stole $9.8 million through Medicaid in taxpayer money. Anti-fraud officers from the New York Attorney General’s Office arrested the three owners. Agents confiscated

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POTUS Shops at the Gap

Who could resist a good bargain? Not even President Obama. While visiting Manhattan for some fundraising, President Barack Obama ran into the Gap’s Midtown store to purchase some tops for his two daughters and athletic wear for his wife, Michelle. Of course, this wasn’t without an agenda (he could have shopped online and received free shipping); the unannounced visit that earned a lot of media attention was a bid for higher minimum

wage laws. “I think the ladies will be impressed by my style sense,” he said as he took his purchases to the counter. He paid by credit card. “I don’t always carry my wallet,” he admitted. The president pretended to be unfamiliar with the automated transaction. “Oh, so you can sign the machine?” he asked, alluding to a similar shopping moment by former-President George H.W. Bush. “I’m just teasing, everybody,” he quickly added. “They had these around the last time I shopped.” Obama made a point to acknowledge the Gap’s policy of paying entry level employees a higher minimum wage. The president is pushing for federal contractors to increase the minimum wage. He has asked Congress to approve an increase from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour for all employers. Of course, the Gap didn’t lose out on the opportunity to advertise the products the president purchased. To view the items Obama purchased for his family, visit the Gap.com.

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Residents in the neighborhood told reporters they initially thought it was a terrorist attack. The FBI was on the scene, but authorities said there is no indication of terror or crime. There are “no indications of foul play,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed. “This is a tragedy of the worst kind,” he added. “There was no indication in time to save people.” “The only indication of danger came about 15 minutes earlier when a gas leak was reported to Con Edison. Con Ed dispatched a team to respond. The explosion occurred before that team could arrive,” the mayor explained. Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee said that the company received a call from a resident of an adjacent building who reported smelling gas inside “but indicated the odor may have been coming from outside the building.” Two Con Ed crews were dispatched at 9:15 a.m. but arrived just after the explosion. While some residents claim that they had been smelling gas as early as Tuesday, Con Ed said it did not receive complaints from the building before Wednesday morning. Police, including some wearing gas masks, handed out medical masks to residents and onlookers because of the thick white smoke that shrouded the area. The fire department responded with 44 units and more than 250 firefighters to the five-alarm incident. According to public records, 1646 Park Avenue, the address that firefighters initially responded to, was built in 1910. An employee of the landlord of the building said that they did not know what may have caused the blast. The five-story building had four floors of apartments and a retail store, Absolute Piano, on the street level. The neighboring building, 1644 Park

Avenue, was also a residential building with the Spanish Christian Church at street level. “I’ve never had anything this horrific that’s happened in my community since I’ve been in Washington,” Rep. Charles Rangel, who represents Harlem, told NBC’s New York affiliate. “This is a very serious thing. It’s our community’s 9/11, even though we don’t know how it started.” “I saw a lady running with no shoes on,” one witness said. “It was crazy. It was like a war zone…I thought it was an earthquake. I got calls from my family who felt it too and that was all the way uptown.” On Monday, March 17, the medical examiner identified the last of the eight victims as Mayumi Nakamura. The medical examiner reported that all the victims died of blunt trauma, smoke inhalation, or burns. It took workers days to tediously sort through all the rubble and extract what they hoped would be survivors. Unfortunately, those who they were able to extricate were no longer alive.

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The Week Eric Holder Victim of Tax Fraud Each year, an average of 11.5 million American identities are stolen. In the year 2013, there was a total of $21 billion financial loss attributed to identity theft. People of all economic statuses are targeted by fraudsters and even the most recognized names in law enforcement are not immune. The nation’s top attorney, Eric Holder, is a target just like everyone else. His name, birthday, and social security number were stolen by two men from Georgia. According to federal prosecutors in Atlanta, the fraudsters attempted to file false tax returns using Holder’s identity, hoping to receive his tax refund. The Attorney General was one of several people targeted by Yafait Tadesse and Eyaso Abebe, both of whom pleaded guilty to charges related to the scheme. The refund claimed by the two men was not paid out, a spokesman for the Atlanta U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Ironically, Holder’s Justice Department has been working to tackle the growing epidemic of fraudulent income tax returns. “Identity theft affects people from all walks of life, from hardworking taxpayers trying to make ends meet, to senior government officials,” said Sally Quillian Yates, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. Better watch your wallets.

Thousands of Americans Renounce Citizenship

As millions of immigrants struggle to attain U.S. citizenship, there are Americans living outside the country who voluntarily choose to renounce

In News their citizenship. In the year 2013, 3,000 Americans surrendered their passports in order to avoid a complicated and costly tax code. In addition, many banks abroad are rejecting clients with American passports in order to avoid having to comply with tax laws that will be enforced on them when new laws take effect next year. Many expats hire accountants to handle their U.S. taxes because there is just simply too many factors and details to know regarding tax laws and regulations for dual citizens, costing them up to several thousand dollars each year aside from the taxes that they are required to pay. One woman, Christina Ammann, 56, who married a Swiss and became a citizen of Switzerland upon marriage, is required to report her husband’s financial accounts simply because she has signatory rights. She calls the IRS’s extensive research “invasive” and feels that being forced to report her non-American husband’s assets is “an invasion of privacy.” Ammann is also bothered that her 18-year-old daughter who was born in Switzerland but has American citizenship through her mother is required to file taxes on her modest wages from her part-time job while in college. If Ammann renounces her citizenship, she will be avoiding all the hassle and extra taxes that she is now stuck with. As with Ammann, the new disclosure laws cause an enormous amount of aggravation for an overwhelming majority of expats. As such, many are willing to give up their rights of having a U.S. passport in order to sawwve themselves a lot of money and aggravation.

ment, according to the Los Angeles Times. Former officials said employees had been in “open rebellion” over the officer’s management style and that the division, which oversees spying on Iran and its nuclear program, was in a state of disarray. Although the CIA declined to comment directly on the matter, spokesman Dean Boyd said in a statement, “As a general matter, the CIA expects managers at all levels to demonstrate leadership skills and foster an environment that helps their employees perform at the highest levels to achieve Agency objectives.” “Whenever that doesn’t happen, we examine the situation carefully and take appropriate action with a goal towards improving both the working environment and the leadership skills of the manager,” he added. Bank was withdrawn as CIA station chief in Islamabad in 2010 after newspapers in Pakistan and elsewhere published his name, blowing his undercover status. U.S. officials privately said Pakistan’s intelligence service was behind the leak as part of a dispute with Washington over CIA drone strikes in the country’s northwest tribal area. Bank, 46, previously served at CIA stations in the Balkans, Russia and Iraq.

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Head of CIA’s Iran Operations Suspended

After complaints about his “abusive” management style, it was reported on Monday that the head of the CIA’s Iran operations was suspended. Jonathan Bank, a career officer with the spy agency, had been placed on administrative leave after an internal probe found he had created a hostile work environ-

Despite having earned these Medals of Honor years ago, a group of soldiers is finally receiving what they truly deserve. Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris was just 27 when his actions during the Vietnam War earned him the Medal of Honor, but it wasn’t until now, at age 72, that Morris will be properly acknowledged. President Obama recognized the serviceman on Tuesday, along with 23 other overdue Medal of Honor recipients who served during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam, to which Morris said “better late than never.” The extraordinary presentation of 24


team sergeant had been killed. Morris and his team advanced to the position of his wounded team captain, who had already been evacuated by medical personnel by the time they arrived. Then, Morris got another call that another senior leader had been killed and he was suddenly in command. Morris and his fellow troops were coming under fire from the enemy, but he was determined not to leave the body of the fallen team sergeant behind. “I just made the decision I’ll go in anyhow,” he recounted. “And I got to my team sergeant’s body because, as a rule, we leave no soldier behind.” By the time Morris got to his team sergeant’s body, the two men who had braved enemy fire with him had themselves been badly wounded. Morris took them back to safety before he once again set off with two additional squadmates braving intense fire to recover the body of his team sergeant. After successfully retrieving the body, Morris sustained three bullet wounds after he braved enemy fire yet again to bring back a map that contained sensitive U.S. military information. Morris said he never once considered not acting in the courageous fashion that he did.

“We don’t join the military to back out when it gets tough; we got to do what we’ve got to do,” Morris said. Morris, who said he never thought that his actions in Vietnam would earn him the Medal of Honor, was so surprised when he first got a call that “a high government official” wanted to speak with him that he initially thought “I’m in some kind of trouble or something.” “And I got on the phone, he says, ‘This is President Obama. I’d like to apologize to you for not receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor 44 years ago,’ and I kind of went down a little bit,” Morris recalled. “He said, ‘Be cool, be cool be cool,’ and it was like he could see what I was doing.”

Americans Aren’t Slimming Down Sorry, Michelle, you gotta keep moving. Despite the First Lady’s anti-obesity programs, America is not slimming down. In February, a study released find-

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Other studies also raise questions about the 40 percent claim. An earlier CDC study, reported in JAMA in December 2012, found that the prevalence of obesity among 2-to-4-year olds in low-income families fell to 14.9 percent in 2010 from 15.2 percent in 2003. That represents an improvement of less than 2 percentage points, based on data for 27.5 million children collected at public health clinics. Researchers point out that proper diet and exercise are vital to maintaining a healthy weight in children and in incorporating healthy habits early on.

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In News 8. Apparently, Viatafa got into an argument, pulled out a gun and fired several rounds into the ground. By Friday, Viatafa’s status on the website was listed as a “captured fugitive.” I think I’m going to stop Googling myself—never know what’ll turn up! Last week, General Motors announced that it’s recalling nearly 1.2 million SUVs for defective side air bags. Smaller recalls of commercial vans and Cadillac sedans were announced on Monday amounting to about 364,000 vehicles for separate problems. SUVs, including the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, were recalled because their side air bags might not deploy. The most recent recall comes as GM is facing multiple investigations over its handling of a recall of more than 1.6 million small cars for defective ignition switches. The company says it will spend about $300 million to repair the vehicles in the recalls.

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Ever Google yourself? Being that we live in the 21st century and the internet is practically part and parcel of our lives, most of us have Googled ourselves. Most of the time, we are “egosurfing” and find embarrassing photos of ourselves or random people with the same name as us posing in awkward ways. This week, when Christopher Viatafa Googled himself, he found a different side of himself that he had never known. He noticed a photo of himself and his name on North California’s Most Wanted website and the surprised culprit immediately turned himself into police. He was wanted in connection with a shooting during a private party in San Leandro Senior Center on August

Lovin’ Life for 34,000 Miles

Steve Fugate loves life and his walkin’ proves it. The lover of empty roads is on his eighth cross-country walk across America. He has walked 34,000 miles by foot since 1999. In the year before the millennium, Steve’s two children died and since then he has been on his Trail Therapy, dragging a heavy cart and sleeping in a tent. His constant companion? A sign with the words “Love Life” emblazoned in huge letters. Steve’s traversing has been inspirational to many who have seen what one can do after such extreme sadness. Just last week, Steve was approached by a 21-year-old man who a month earlier had tried ending his life with a butcher knife to the chest. “He stepped right in front of me and pulled his shirt up,” Fugate said. “The first thing I said was, ‘Why in G-d’s name would you do such a stupid, self-centered thing?’ Then I grabbed him and told him I loved him and held him. He just kept hugging me, the young man.” This time around, Steve will be walking through all lower 48 states. As of last week, he was 22 states into his trek which began on March 23, 2013. Oregon and Washington are his next destinations. “Every single one of them, Continued on page 40


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In News “I’m still in shock right now about it all,” Zumekia, whose last name was not released, said of the attention her daughter’s pictures have received. Apparently, Za’Dariyah was “bumping into some cars” while driving the convertible for the first time, her uncle said. “She was just actually doing her little driving thing and they [said], ‘She deserves a ticket. She deserves a ticket,’” Mishaw said of the officers. “We had fun with it and my family had a good time with it,” Mishaw said. “I want to say, ‘Hey’ to the officer. He made a real good something out of nothing.” License and registration, please.

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It was a normal afternoon for little Za’Dariyah of Jacksonville, Florida. She was cruising around the parking lot of her building in her white convertible toy car without a care in the world when she received a ticket from police. Police “accused” the 2-year-old of a driving infraction and proceeded to “ticket” her. Of course, the officers only intended to get a couple of laughs. The officers of Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office were responding to a call from the apartment complex where Za’Dariyah lives and were glad to have the opportunity to defuse the situation when they saw the 2-year-old. “Everybody got a bad perception of the police … and the police was real nice when they came along,” said Za’Dariyah’s uncle, Keyth Mishaw, who took photos of his niece’s first “ticket” and sent them to the media. The photos went viral - gathering 3 million views, 150,000 likes and 17,000 shares. Mishaw, Za’Dariyah and her mother, Zumekia, were interviewed live. Of course they brought the vehicle with them.

It’s that nausea-infused moment when you find an egg shell in your omelet or worse, a hair in your sandwich… Robin Sandusky, 31, ordered a $6 kale salad from a restaurant for lunch last week. The salad was tasty and a bit too crunchy. As Robin began to nosh on her leafy lunch, she suddenly noticed a lizard’s head in the salad. “It was the craziest thing,” Robin recalled. “After a few bites, I looked down at my fork, and thought, ‘Oh, is that a piece of asparagus?’ And then I saw that it had eyes, and an arm.” “I order from them all the time,” she said. “The same kind of salad at least every day for the last two weeks, and it’s been fine.” Ms. Sandusky put the head back in the container, repackaged it and sent it back to the deli. The store immediately gave her a refund. The manager said, “Honestly, I’ve never heard of something like this. I’ve never even seen a lizard in New York!” Uh…we’re going to need a bit more of an explanation than that.

Head Walnut Smasher Disclaimer: Do not try this at home. Mohammad Rashid stole the record for smashing walnuts with his head after he managed to crack a whopping 155 walnuts open in one minute.


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The smashing achievement was caught on video, showing the fierce competitor slamming his head down, crushing walnuts in twos as he proceeds down a long table surrounded by spectators. Despite the amazing prowess he showed, Rashid emerged with only a tiny cut on his forehead. I’m sure you’re thinking the same thing as I am: this guy is totally nuts.

“Selfiest” Cities in the World According to www.oxforddictionaries.com, the definition of a “selfie” is: a

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photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. Yes, this word has officially been added to some dictionaries although it still gets underlined in red by my spellchecker.

Time magazine published a list of the “top 100 selfiest cities in the world.” A common theme of the 100 selfiest cities was that many are home to tourist destinations. The magazine based its ranking on data from 400,000 photos from Instagram with the hashtag “selfie” (#selfie) and a geographic location over a 10 day period from late January to early Febru-

ary. “For every city in the world of at least 250,000 residents, we then counted the number of selfies taken within 5 miles and divided by the population of that city,” Time said of its methodology. This is true science. Of course, these rankings cannot be 100% accurate since not every single selfie is posted to Instagram and even if it is, not everyone includes the hashtag or location. Even so, if you’re looking to take photos of yourself, you won’t be alone in the following cities:

1. Makati City and Pasig, Philippines (258 selfie-takers per 100,000 people) 2. Manhattan, N.Y. (202) 3. Miami, Fla. (155) 4. Anaheim and Santa Ana, Calif. (147) 5. Petaling Jaya, Malaysia (141) 6. Tel Aviv, Israel (139) 7. Manchester, England (114) 8. Milan, Italy (108) 9. Cebu City, Philippines (99) 10. George Town, Malaysia (95) Perhaps we should list these cities as the most self-absorbed cities in the world—what do you think?

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OHEL’s Expanded Kadimah Program Enables Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities to Achieve Their Life Goals OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services is proud to announce that Kadimah, its psychosocial club, will be converting to PROS (Personalized Recovery Oriented Services) on July 1, 2014. The Kadimah PROS team will include professional staff and clinicians that will work with clients to help them move towards recovery, by working with them on achieving their life goals. Just like others, adults managing their mental illness aspire to reach their potential, become productive members of society, and be integrated into the community. At OHEL’s Kadimah, members work on building self-confidence, employment, and social skills, which help members move forward in life. Pro-

gram participation is individualized, and geared towards the members’ needs. Just a partial list of the programs offered at Kadimah are employment assistance, life skills training, planned recreational and cultural activities, computer training, health and wellness programs, and education advancement. For many individuals with a mental illness, their skills and accomplishments are unfortunately often overlooked. However, at OHEL’s Kadimah program, individuals with mental illness, as well as prospective employers, are encouraged to see the skills and talents of this often overlooked part of the labor force. OHEL has helped countless individuals find work best suited to their specific

skillset, regardless of their mental health. Participants of OHEL’s Kadimah program have paying jobs around the metropolitan New York area, and are contributing members of their community. Participants have jobs in retail, social service agencies, food establishments, clerical offices, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, and warehouses. Chaim, who loves to cook, is now working in a Brooklyn supermarket preparing the salads and side dishes. He says about his job, “I like working here, because now I know I can do anything.” Moshe, another participant in OHEL’s Kadimah program, works at a local pizza store, folding boxes and making sure that the refrigerators are always fully stocked. When asked if he likes his

job, he said, “It’s great to have this job. I can be just like everybody else.” Being employed instills a sense of responsibility and purpose in the employee, which transcends a weekly paycheck. Workplaces offer a sense of camaraderie that helps individuals in all different situations excel, in and out of the workplace. These jobs have enriched their lives and have helped them in the recovery process. For more information about OHEL’s Kadimah, please contact Kadimah at 718-686-3400, kadimah@ ohelfamily.org or visit www.ohelfamily. org/kadimah.

Hebrew Academy of Long Beach Will Host Public Forum about the Number 6 School Purchase & Upcoming Referendum The Hebrew Academy of Long Beach (HALB) will host a public forum at 8 p.m. next Tuesday (March 25th) to discuss the Number 6 School purchase and to encourage community support for an upcoming referendum vote. The public forum will be at SKA High School for Girls, 291 Meadowview Avenue, Hewlett Bay Park. “HALB wants to be a good neighbor and a reliable community partner,” said HALB board President Lance Hirt. “This public forum is part of our ongoing endeavor to be open and transparent.”

Lawrence School District 15 agreed to sell the Number 6 School to HALB for $8.5 million in cash. HALB will also post a $2.7 million note with the District to ensure that it realizes a significant annual savings on transportation, public health and welfare, and special education costs for HALB students. “HALB’s purchase will provide significant public benefits,” Hirt said. “It will help stabilize property taxes; safeguard the character of the residential neighborhood near the Number 6 School; and generate millions of dollars

in savings for the public school district for years to come.” Voters must approve the sale at a referendum on Monday, March 31. Voting is to take place from 7a.m. to 10p.m. at Lawrence High School, 2 Reilly Road, Cedarhurst (for voters in Cedarhurst, Woodmere and North Woodmere); at Lawrence Middle School, 195 Broadway, Lawrence (for voters from Lawrence); at the Number 2 School, 1 Donahue Ave., Inwood and Atlantic Beach Village Hall, 65 The Plaza, Atlantic Beach, for voters in those communities.

HALB plans to relocate its elementary school students from Long Beach to Woodmere after it receives Town of Hempstead approvals to renovate the Number 6 School and work is complete. HALB intends to make better use of classroom space and public areas; improve energy efficiency with a new roof, new windows, and state-of-the-art heating and air conditioning systems; and enhance safety with new electrical and plumbing systems that comply with the current building codes.


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Melave Malka and Amazon Smiles in Support of Five Towns and Far Rockaway Chaverim This Motzei Shabbos For over ten years, the people in our community have had a number to call when they found themselves stuck by a flat tire, an engine that wouldn’t start, or keys that were locked in the car. Since August 2003, Chaverim of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway has been staffed by dedicated volunteers who are on call 24/6 to help out members of our community. We respond to an average of over 250 calls per month. It’s important to remember that people who benefit from Chaverim’s services are not charged. The money needed to cover operating expenses and

equipment comes from donations. While many charitable causes spend a great deal on administrative costs, Chaverim incurs no overhead costs. Funds raised are for the purchase equipment and supplies needed to cover our calls.  The cost to outfit a member completely to help out for car and lock problems is over $500.   Now you can show your hakaras hatov to Chaverim in two ways: by attending a fundraising event and through Amazon purchases. Chava and Yoni Schwartz will be hosting a special Melave Malka at 9 PM on Motzei Shabbos, March 22, at their home - 248 Oakwood Avenue,

Machon Basya Rochel Seminary Monthly Tiferes Presentation to be Held on Monday, March 24 Machon Basya Rochel Seminary has been a proud host of the Tiferes program for the past year. Tiferes, a division of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation, promotes women’s inspiration and produces monthly DVD presentations with inspiring speakers such as Rabbi YY Rubinstein, Rabbi Jonathan Reitti, Mrs. Yael Kaisman, and Rebbitzen Esther Reisman. Month after month, women of all ages have enjoyed the opportunity to strengthen themselves in all areas of their avodas Hashem. The next Tiferes program will be held on Monday evening, March 24th at 8:30 p.m. The DVD presentation is titled “Behind the Mask” and will feature well-known speakers Rabbi Yis-

roel Reisman and Mrs. Tzippy Caton. This presentation emphasizes getting to know the real you. The program is free of charge. The Tiferes monthly presentations have been generously donated by Henya Storch in honor of her mother, Mrs. Florence Penkin of Woodmere. For more information about this program and the weekly shiurim in the Adult Education Division of Machon Basya Rochel Seminary, please contact 516-362-5000 or info@mbrseminary. org. Machon Basya Rochel Seminary is located at 137 Lawrence Ave, across from the Lawrence Train Station. Machon Basya Rochel Seminary is in memory of Mrs. Rose Edelman.

Shulamith Middle School Production 2014 – Just One Day: A Tribute to Mothers After months of preparation, beginning with auditions in September, and spanning months of practice, practice, and more practice, students of Shulamith School for Girls Middle Division took to the stage on February 25 with confidence, talent, and panache! From the opening dance number in which students sported striking black and red costumes, to the finale which brought the entire ensemble onstage to sing the production theme song, the Shulamith Middle Schoolers wowed their audience! The dance numbers, including “The Plumbers Dance,” gave the girls the chance to show off their flexibili-

ty, poise, and precision. The musical interludes, which included songs ranging from “Mama Rachel” to “Eishet Chayil” allowed members of the choir an opportunity to lift their voices in joyous and harmonious song. Finally, the talented actresses capably tied the entire production together in some side-splitting vignettes that expressed the theme of the production – our gratitude to our parents. Kudos to Director Shira Dahan and Assistant Director Chaya Sara Levin for guiding and encouraging each dancer, singer, and actress to reach for the stars and shine!

Cedarhurst, NY 11516. Please RSVP by emailing Events@Chaverim5T.org or calling 516.331.1460. You can also help Chaverim on a regular basis by selecting the organization as your cause of choice for the Amazon Smiles program. Just go to Chaverim5t. org and click on the link to designate it as the organization to benefit from your Amazon purchases. That way, Chaverim receives a percentage for everyone one of your Amazon orders at no additional cost to you. It’s completely painless and effortless. You can bookmark the site to come on through Amazon Smiles and

then not have to click over after making your selections. What a great way to support the organization that’s there for you and your community! Chaverim continues to be there for people so that they are not stranded on the road or locked out of their homes. Community support is what makes it all possible. To learn more about what Chaverim does and to sign up for emails or donate online, please visit www.Chaverim5t.org. To reach their 24-hour helpline, dial 718337-1800.

Bnos Malka Purim Carnival What do marshmallow fluff, ping pong balls and pickles have a common? They all had prominent places in the annual Bnos Malka Purim carnival. The Bnos Malka gym was turned—v’nahafochu—into a fabulous carnival. The seventh and eighth graders set up over 20 different booths for the entertainment of the kindergarten through sixth graders. From the youngest girls through the middle school, everyone enjoyed the games of skill and dexterity like the bean straw race and the basketball and bowling booths. The girls

loved the pickle on a string booth, the licorice race, and the ever popular Coke vs. Pepsi challenge.  It was a real carnival atmosphere with a huge inflatable bouncy house, freshly made popcorn and cotton candy. At each booth, prize tickets were handed out to the lucky winners which the girls could redeem at a fully stacked prize table. With every girl and teacher dressed in costumes, there was no mistaking that this was not just any carnival, but a fantastic pre-Purim simcha-filled carnival extravaganza.


Using Your Talents to Enhance Your Marriage enjoys when she wears a bandana that she sewed. So every Friday night Rivky makes a point of wearing one of the pretied bandanas that she designed and created. Chaim recently got engaged, and he trained as a sofer, with the intention to use the skill to bring in money for his future family. When he wanted to give his new kallah a gift, he had the perfect idea, a handwritten eishes chayil in the script used by sofrim, to grace the wall of their future home. These three individuals took their talents and used them to bring joy to their spouse. Now, stop and think what talent you might have. This week try to do one thing with a talent of yours that will make your spouse happy, and he will feel so lucky to be married to a creative and talented individual. 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, 10:00-11:00 p.m. For the hotline or more information, call 516-430-5280 or email dsgarry@msn.com.

Celebrating Purim in Africa with Chabad of Hewlett Over 400 people celebrated the “Purim in Africa” with Chabad of Hewlett. The event took place at the SKA Girls School in Hewlett Bay Park and included an African drum circle, African art, jungle-themed face painting, authentic African buffet and a professional jungle photo booth and megillah reading. Unique however, was the warmth and camaraderie at the event, where Jew-

ish people from all backgrounds, religious to the unaffiliated, as one shared the Purim experience in an enjoyable setting. Together there were at the event. “I never celebrated Purim,” said H. Levy, Hewlett resident, “yet Chabad gave me the opportunity to experience this great holiday.”   Special thanks to SKA High School, and to the Assis, Heyman, Grauer, Agin (Eyes on Broadway) Lerman, Rosen, Lane, Schamroth  and Nakhnanovich families for co-sponsoring this successful Purim events and to the volunteers from Hewlett High School. For more information about the Chabad of Hewlett including dedications opportunities, please contact Rabbi Tenenboim at 516-537-8770 or email to Rabbi@JewishHewlett.com.  Chabad of Hewlett is an affiliate of Chabad of Five towns and its website is www.jewishhewlett.com.  

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Everyone is born with unique temperaments and characteristics. Some people are loud while others are shy, some people are predisposed towards happiness, while others have a gloomy disposition. Every person is also born with a tendency towards specific talents. For one person that might mean a good voice, and for another that might be a steady hand or an eye for colors and how they can blend together harmoniously. One person might have an ear for music, while the next might have the kind of voice and creativity for acting and drama. These talents can be used to bring joy for others, and we especially should try to use these talents to bring joy to our spouse. Josh has a great voice, and he especially enjoys being the chazzan. He knows that when his wife is in shul, it makes her really proud to hear him leading the davening, so he specifically tries to daven when she’s there. Rivky is a seamstress and she sews pre-tied bandanas. She tends to get bored of them after looking at bandana’s all day. Her husband thinks about it differently. He loves to see her handiwork and

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On Purim, we read Megillas Esther which states we are obligated to “remember and celebrate” the miracles of Purim. However, there are members of our community who cannot afford basic necessities; how can they manage to afford a lavish, festive meal? Part of our obligation is to make sure that each and every one of our neighbors can feast and rejoice on this festive day. Thankfully, this Purim, Far Rockaway homes were able to celebrate Purim in royal fashion due to a partnership between Met Council and the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (JCCRP). In total, 500 Purim meals were delivered to local families from Thursday night, March 13th until Sunday, March 16th. The savory meals, catered by Michael Schick, included chicken, vegetables, soup, stuffed cabbage, challah and

Hamentashen; delicious seudah food fit for a king! One happy recipient of the Purim meals gave us wonderful feedback, saying, “My husband and I really loved the stuffed cabbage and everything else that was in the Purim package. It was really great!” “Purim is a time for celebration — and thanks to a generous Met Council supporter, 1,000 food insecure New

Yorkers will be able to join the Jewish community in marking the occasion with joy and dignity,” said Met Council CEO and Executive Director David M. Frankel. The JCCRP gave out 400 meals through dedicated volunteers of the local Tomchei Shabbos and the remaining meals were delivered by JCCRP staff and volunteers. On top of all the meals that were delivered, the JCCRP also gave out $10,000 in Purim vouchers to over 100 local families who needed the funds. The vouchers were for Brach’s Supermarket to help clients buy food needed for Purim. In addition to the vouchers, the JCCRP also had a successful Purim campaign that raised funds for members of the community that were given out as Matanos L’Evyonim on Purim Day. JCCRP Executive Director, Nathan Krasnovsky, said, “The JCCRP knows which families could really use the help. On a daily basis, we see clients from the community who are going through a hard time, who truly need assistance. We are dedicated to giving them all the help we can.” The JCCRP is a proud affiliate of Met Council and a beneficiary agency of UJA Federation of NY. The JCCRP provides a range of services for any clients who need assistance in social services or resource directing within the community. Please contact the JCCRP for further information; they are located at 1525 Central Avenue (entrance on Foam Place), Far Rockaway, NY, 11691— Call the JCCRP at (718) 327-7755—or visit them on the web at www.jccrp.org.


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HANC High School Celebrates Adar By Rachel Canter, Freshman HANC High School is known as a yeshiva which emphasizes achdut and community. Chodesh Adar has been full of celebration. The high school held several events that highlighted the spirited month. Students prepared a Purim carnival for our friends from YACHAD, held the annual Purim auction and matanot l’evyonim drive to raise over $5,000 for Od Yosef Chai, and had its first ever Chulent Cook-Off. Students were hosted at the homes of their rabbeim and morot for the Purim seudah and celebrated in school with a fantastic chagigat Shushan Purim. HANC partnership with Yachad is stronger than ever. After raising over $24,000 for Yachad in their annual Miami marathon, students continued their friendships by hosting Yachad at their campus for a Purim carnival extravaganza. Friends enjoyed cupcake decorating, face painting, Purim card making, lively dancing and a pizza lunch. The school’s first-ever Great Chulent Cook-Off featured a spirited battle

between the principal of the high school, Rabbi Shlomo Adelman, and a group of students led by junior Ezra Kushner who claimed he can make a superior chulent. The entire school had the opportunity to taste each chulent and cast a vote for their favorite. Team Kushner was declared the victor at the school’s chagiga. The event was document in a video by HANC’s film crew. The video included shopping, toveling, cooking, and taste-testing which was transformed to a hilarious Purim video which was shown at the chagiga. However, it didn’t matter who won the challenge, since the event united the entire school. The school’s Purim chagiga which took place on Shushan Purim topped off an Adar to remember. Students enjoyed a gala breakfast, a musical performance by the high school band, a Purim video and ruach-filled dancing which was led by HANC’s own DJ, junior Daniel Dilamani. A fun time was had by all.

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The Margaret Tietz team prepares mishloach manos for over 300 seniors in the area. (L-R) Esther Koenig, Linda Spiegel, Sheva Turk, Yoel Lichstein, Chef Yossi Mizrahi, Rabbi Zavel Pearlman

HANC Purim Carnivals HANC students as the Samuel & Elizabeth Bass Golding Early Childhood Center and the Samuel & Elizabeth Bass Golding Elementary School celebrated Shushan Purim with Purim carnivals! The students at both campuses had a wonderful time dressing in costumes, playing carnival games, eating delicious treats and winning prizes. We hope you all had a wonderful Purim!


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Around the Community Pesach in Lake George is a Pleasure “Pesach in Lake George” is not just a break from cooking and cleaning, it is also a spectacular family vacation. For those looking for fun and adventure, “Pesach in Lake George” offers a wide variety of activities such as horseback riding, mountain hiking, balloon rides, Great Escape Indoor Water Park, Snow Tubing, Fun Spot—an indoor/ outdoor family fun center, shopping outlets, and more. There is also a NY State Capitol tour scheduled to Albany, NY. “Every aspect of the program is designed to bring you the ultimate pleasure, physically, intellectually and spiritually,” says Retreat Director, Nechama Laber. “And we hope to greet you at ‘Pesach in Lake George,’ where Pesach is a pleasure!” Located at the Fort William Henry Hotel, Lake George, NY, families will enjoy an unforgettable time together while being treated to the finest kosher cuisine. Chaim Richter of Richter’s Caterers heads a team of expert Pesach chefs to prepare culinary delights to please every palate under the supervision of Head Mashgiach, Rabbi Yitzchok Dubov.  A variety of top notch speakers such as Rabbi Shais Taub, Rabbi Asher, and Sara Esther Crispe will enhance the program with fresh, inspiring, Torah insights for spiritual nourishment. A full schedule of Torah classes and interest topics for men and women are arranged for the guests. Choni Goldman will provide live music and a grand concert with

other professional musicians from NY City. One of the guests and presenters will be Dmitriy Salita, the first “ranked boxer” in the world who keeps kosher, attends synagogue, refuses to fight on the Sabbath, and puts on tefillin daily. Dmitriy Salita’s family moved from Odessa, Ukraine (USSR) to New York City in 1991. “We came to America because Jews were discriminated against,” says Salita. “My parents wanted my brother and me to grow up with the opportunity to be the best we could be.” Today, Dmitriy “Star of David Salita” fights to be the best that he can be in and outside the boxing ring. Dmitri will share the story of his journey, and will teach methods to help everyone break through their own perceived physical and spiritual limitations to reach a state of freedom, which is one of the central themes of Pesach. “Fighting hard to reach goals is certainly something we can all use inspiration for, so I think everyone will appreciate Dmitri,” said Rabbi Avraham Laber, Director of “Pesach in Lake George.” Sarah Kupfer, director of the day camp for children, is planning a large array of activities, including pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival games, magic show and crafts. Children attending the camp will be busy all day.  See you in Lake George, where Pesach is a pleasure! www.pesachinlakegeorge.com 530-426-MATZO (2896)

Lawrence District 15 Busing: Deadline April 1 Lawrence District 15 Transportation and Textbook registration for Non-Public schools for 20142015 must be completed by April 1, 2014.  Renewals can be made online at Lawrence.org or in person at our office. New registrants must file in person and are advised to call our office at 516-295-7065 for filing information. Please make sure to bring the proper documentation (which may include original birth certificate, ID, recent utility bill, proof of residence). Please be

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Dr. Rona Novick Speaks at Yeshiva of South Shore’s Parent Enrichment Program This past Tuesday evening, March 11th, the Yeshiva of South Shore officially launched its bold, new Parent Enrichment Program. The Yeshiva developed the program to help bridge the gap between the school and home environments by providing the parent body with the resources and guidance to enrich their Torah lives and implement a hashkafa that balances the ideals of the chinuch the children are receiving from their rabbeim in Yeshiva and the

home. The program, directed by Rabbi Avraham Robinson, LMSW began with a meeting of the hanhala and a group of parents to focus on ways that the Yeshiva could enrich and uplift the level of commitment and focus of Torah families in today’s hectic times. The multi-tiered program will include workshops, round-tables, lectures, and improved web resources, from videoed parenting classes and shiurim to enhance the strength of the sup-

port system surrounding the children of the Yeshiva. The opening public workshop was graced by Dr. Rona Novick, PhD, a well-known expert in the field of child development and child relationships and Dean of Azrielli School of Education and Administration, to present a workshop titled, “Making a Friend / Being a Friend – Guiding Your Children Towards Healthy Friendships.” Parents of the school were given the opportunity to submit questions to Dr. Novick preceding the event. Dr. Novick addressed many issues related children’s friendships and the important role this plays in the child’s life. She spoke of the common struggles parents run into when attempting to steer their children towards positive relationships. Pertinent questions such as:  “What should I do if my son has a friend who seems to be a negative influence on him? Should I discourage the friend-

ship?” “My child is very sensitive. A friend will say something kind of typical that boys say to each other – ‘that’s stupid’ or ‘you’re dumb’ and he cries as an automatic reaction. Are there tools we can provide to him that will put things in perspective and help him cope with typical friend’s behaviors at this age (11-12 year old boys).” These and other questions were raised and addressed with meaningful insight and practical implications.  Dr. Novick’s clear and concise approach afforded the parent body in attendance with a handson approach to these complex issues. True to its nearly 60-year-old tradition of warmth and caring for parents and their families, Yeshiva of South Shore will continue to provide their parents with valuable tools, enabling them to foster a powerful environment both in school and at home focused on the chinuch of the next generation.


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Yeshiva Gedolah of the Five Towns to Celebrate Chanukah Habayis cal businesses joined together in a loud proclamation that limud haTorah must be the cornerstone of a viable orthodox community. It is against this backdrop that the Yeshiva wants to invite the entire Woodmere and greater Five Towns community to share in the celebration of this watershed moment, marking a key milestone in its growth and evolution into a makom Torah. The program promises to be a day of simcha and festivity for the entire family with a carefully choreographed schedule that will include dancing from the current storefront location to the new edifice and divrei hisorerus from gedolei Yisrael. To accommodate families, there will also be entertainment to amuse the children. ​The Yeshiva and Kollel are an ins titution that has been producing bnei Torah of the highest caliber. The Kollel, run by Rav Yitzchok Knobel, shlita, has a broad reach and impact across the c ommunity and is comprised of yung erleit consistently growing in Torah a nd yiras Shamayim. Daily chavrusas, v arious shiurim and unique programming all help promote the importance of Torah learning, both within the walls of the Yeshiva and beyond. The bochurim themselves benefit from the knowledge, m entorship and example of the kollel a nd the Rosh Kollel. Bochurim come to the Yeshiva from local communities, a ll over the country and beyond. Led b y Rav Moshe Zev Katzenstein, shli-

t a, these young men are fostered with a sense of love for Torah and Yiddishkeit and guided to aspire for the greatest heights in ruchniyus no matter what p ath their future may take. They combine to create an environment of intense learning and love for Torah that benefits the bnei hayeshiva and those who join from the outside. ​The hanhala also takes time from their busy schedules to serve the community. Rav Knobel and Rav Katzenstein give various shiurim including a daily Amud Yomi shiur, a popular Pars ha Shiur, a weekly Iyun Shiur in gemara, a weekly Mussar Vaad to young m arried men, a Sunday morning Iyun C habura, a text based Mussar Shiur in A lei Shur and others. Both Rav Knobel and Rav Katzenstein share the mes orah which they received from Torah l uminaries such as Rav Ahoron Kotler, zt”l, Rav Nosson Wachtfogel, zt”l, Rav Yaakov Kaminetzky, zt”l, and Rav Shlomo Volbe, zt”l. Rav Yaakov Tzvi G oodman, Rav Moshe Miller and Rav Gavriel Kaminsky all provide the Yeshiva and the baal habatim with the highest

standards of Torah learning. All the programs and activities that the Yeshiva offers further underscore the i mportance of achieving this crowning m oment, finally providing the Yeshiva a physical home to match its spiritual s plendor. The Yeshiva expresses great g ratitude to Hakadosh Baruch Hu and his shluchim who enabled this moment to come to fruition. P lease come and share in this momentous Chanukas Habayis on Sunday, March 30th at 10am.The event will begin at the site of the Yeshiva’s current home, 846 West Broadway in Woodmere, with a musical procession, dancing the sif rei Torah to the new location at 218 Mosher Ave. The procession will be followed by a formal program beginning at 10:30am, including divrei bracha from R av Shmuel Kamenetsky, shlita, Rav Matisyahu Solomon, shlita, and the Novominsker Rebbe, shlita. F or questions, building dedication and sponsorship opportunities, contact the Yeshiva office at 516-295-8900 x5 or email baruch@ygft.org.

YU Students Send Mishloach Manot to their Fellow Brothers and Sisters in Ukraine

Celebrating Purim 5774 at SKA

With the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls annual Purim chagiga, a Sophomore Shabbaton, Purim parties for each grade on motzei Shabbat and open house on Purim day at the home of Mrs. Helen Spirn, SKA’s Head of School, the students really enjoyed sim-

chat yom tov! Thanks go to the Blumenthal, Gettenberg, Kirschner, Laufer, Rubin and Stahler families and to faculty members, Mrs. Antman, Mrs. Braun and Mrs. Ralbag for opening their homes for student merrymaking.

After spending their winter break volunteering in Ukraine’s Jewish community, a group of Yeshiva University students decided to send their support and some Purim cheer to their friends in the troubled region. On Tuesday, March 11, students packed dozens of mishloach manot packages to ship to the Jewish community in Kharkov, Ukraine, in time for the upcoming holiday. “We wanted to do something special for our Ukrainian brothers and sisters,”

said Lauren Elefant, program coordinator at the Center for the Jewish Future, who led the January mission. “When we were in the Ukraine, they made us a part of their lives for a week, so we felt the need to show our love and support for them during this stressful period. By sending these mishloach manot packages we hope to enhance their Purim celebrations and continue the long lasting friendships that we made.”

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After an unprecedented effort that spanned more than a decade in time, the Yeshiva Gedolah of the Five Towns will be celebrating its long-awaited Chanukas Habayis. The event, scheduled for Sunday March 30th, will mark the culmination of an eight year grassroots campaign to erect the first standalone post-high school beis medrash and kollel in the Five Towns community. Despite the limited capacity offered by its prior storefront location, Yeshiva Gedolah has experienced rapid growth in its eleven years of existence, with dozens of bochurim and kollel yungerleit cramming into its walls daily and nearly a hundred mispallelim entering its doors each Shabbos. The Kol Torah has been greatly amplified by the constant presence of local baal habatim, utilizing their precious personal time in the mornings, evenings and weekends as an opportunity to immerse in limud haTorah. The uniqueness of the Yeshiva is evidenced by the manner in which it attained its initial fundraising goal. Over 95% of the donor base who assisted towards this remarkable mikdash me’at reside in the community and participated with meaningful contributions; even as many were in modest denominations. The mesiras nefesh of these benefactors highlights the passion and thirst of the Five Towns for a beis hamedrash they can call their own. Notable communal askanim, young baal habatim and lo-

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Gan Chamesh Has a “Sense”ational Purim Carnival Gan Chamesh, Chabad’s Early Childhood Center, welcomed Purim with a “Five Senses” Carnival, where children used all of their senses to internalize the lessons of Purim in a fun and educational way. The many interactive activities were designed for children to have a multi-sen-

sory experience and an age-appropriate learning opportunity. The children donned costumes and visited Queen’s Esther’s beauty parlor to have their faces painted. They wrote their own megillahs, using parchment, quills and ink. The children worked together to build an edible, architectural masterpiece –

a Shushan palace made out of ice cream cones, graham crackers and other sweet treats. The children particularly enjoyed hearing the sounds of many different graggers. They loved using the graggers as they heard the megillah in a special “sound” booth. The children found the hamentashen decorating station to be a highlight of the carnival as well. The day ended with a performance by the fantastic Morah Music, and the children loved

singing and dancing along to the festive music. The children all used their five senses to experience and enjoy the carnival. It was a perfect way to bring to life all the important Purim lessons.

Purim at Chabad of Far Rockaway Pu rim with Chabad of Far Rockawa y was non-stop activity of spreading the joy and meaning of Purim with me n, women and children throughout th e community. On Motzei Shabbos, Ch abad of Far Rockaway hosted its an nual family-friendly (mothers with sm all children welcome!) Megillah laining, followed by a captivating Mad Science show, which kept the little ones (a nd the older ones as well...) riveted

to their seats, albeit the late ho ur. This year, a new feature was added to the Megilla h reading, which ensured the children’s cooperation in staying quiet throughout the time the Megillah was read: a movie showing the story of th e Megillah being formed in sand was projected on a screen. Th roughout the day, simchas Purim and the mitzvos of the day, including Megillah readings, were brought to various nursing homes an d to many other Jews in the neighborhood. The culmination of Purim was a joyous Farbrengen with Rabbi Pe sach Schmerling probing the depths of the Megillah and revealing its eternal lessons for our lives throughout the rest of the year.

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There’s no better way to remember a fun time than with Ira’s snapshots! At the Big HAFTR Purim Circus at the Lower School

Historic Siyum at 70mph On Monday, March 31, 2014 (29 Adar II 5774) history will be made, as a unique daf yomi shuir celebrates a rare milestone: the completion of Talmud Bavli for the third time. This upcoming siyum will not be held in a massive sports stadium attended by tens of thousands, but rather the event will take place in the same uncommon location that the shuir is delivered each day. That morning will be the same as any other, as shiur members filter onto the LIRR  train at Far Rockaway, Inwood, Lawrence and Cedarhurst stations as they have done for the last twenty-two years. But as the train begins to pulls out of Woodmere and Sholom Fried begins the final page in a 7-1/2 year cycle, they will be on the cusp of a remarkable accomplishment. This group has been riding the same Long Island Railroad train, with the same united purpose—to utilize the 45 minute ride into Penn Station NYC with a daily dose of learning. With miles and miles of track under their locomotive classroom, they are now on the horizon of completing the daf yomi cycle of Talmud Bavli for the third time. Back in 1991, Rabbi Pesach Lerner was approached by Aryeh Markovich while riding the LIRR one morning wanting to know if he would be willing to teach the Talmud on the 7:51 a.m. train from Far Rockaway to Manhattan. “I used to see a lot of people playing cards on the train,” says Markovich, “I figured why don’t we do something for people to utilize their time productively and learn something,

too?” Rabbi Lerner agreed, and the rest is history. The first day Markovich went up and down the train platform handing out flyers to publicize their class-on-wheels. The next morning, nearly 30 people showed up for their mobile tutorial in the train’s last car. It has been going strong ever since. Today, there are two morning Manhattan-bound trains that offer a daf yomi class.   Students range from accountants, bankers, salesmen and even staff of the MTA itself. Railroad personnel are well aware of the class. Proud of the positive publicity it has generated, they do everything possible to help. There certainly are challenges conducting a class in this environment. Eliezer Cohen, who has been learning with the group for more than 10 years and now serves as one of its senior magidei shiur, says “The daf discusses all aspects of life. Therefore there are issues that come up, from the mundane to the very powerful. The political issues of the day. . . sometimes there are issues that are hard to discuss on the train, but it gives vibrancy to the commute.”  Yossi Klein adds, “While most commuters grunt at the occasional delay on the rails, we relish in spending the extra few more minutes delving a little deeper in the daf.” This certainly will be a siyum to remember, unlike ones in the past. Before the current cycle began, few had the technology at their fingertips that exist today. In the last few years, the accessibility of data to assist one’s learning-on-the-go has exploded with

an Artscoll app or a virtual shiur on an iPad. But there still is this class. Those who prefer to go thru Shas in the same manner as it has been learnt for many years past – as a cohesive group. The daily participants have binded together and share in life’s high and lows – brissim, bar mitzvahs as well as levayas and shiva calls.  To celebrate the occasion, on March 31, 2014, the siyum will be sponsored by original member of the shiur Elliot Krischer, Benjy Krischer and their families in memory of their dear parents who were niftar this past year.  LIRR will reserve the full last car in anticipation of the celebration and a full program is planned with the collation proudly sponsored by Gourmet Glatt. Former magidei shiur Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Rabbi Shmuel Bloom and representatives of of Agudath Israel will join as this moment of achievement comes to fruition: the greatest from the spirit of Lubliner Rov. Rabbi Meir Sha-

piro’s vision of the daf yomi’s potential and the power of a continual procession of learning lives on strong as ever, even in the East River tunnels of NYC on a packed commuter train. Just think that you can also turn your morning commute into a productive period of learning that will shape the fabric of your daily entry into the business world.   Anytime you join, seven years later you have completed Shas.  Rosh Chodesh Nissan is a great time to take the step toward a new beginning as we start Mesechtas Beitzah.   Join Sholom Fried, Yossie Klein, Eliezer Cohen and Rabbi Menachem Adler as they conduct their mobile class each morning.   We invite all former participants and their families to come join in the celebration on March 31.  If you have any inquiries, contact Eliezer Cohen at ecohen@thmny.com. 

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Advocating for Israel: SKA Attends AIPAC Conference The annual AIPAC Policy Conference held on March 2-4 was attended by 14,000 delegates, including five students from the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls and Principal, Grades 9-10, Ms. Raizi Chechik. It was an exciting three days of meetings and learning and it provided the SKA students with an incredible opportunity to understand the alliance between America and Israel. The girls heard from Prime Minister Netanyahu, Secretary of State John Kerry and many others; it was three days of learning how to have a voice for the sake of Israel’s survival. SKA Junior Dalya Hirt, who is involved with SKA’s Israel Action Committee, had always wanted to go to the AIPAC Conference after hearing Jonathan Kessler, Leadership Development Director of AIPAC, speak. She attended

the AIPAC High School Summit in November; after noticing that many non-orthodox students were at the Summit, Dalya strongly felt that SKA, as a Zionist Orthodox school, should have representatives at the Conference and diligently worked to make this happen. Dalya, Naomi Dure, Juliana Gershbaum, Rachel Kaufman, Rebecca Kellner and Ms. Chechik all expressed how inspirational the conference was and how it strengthened their connection and commitment to the State of Israel. They gained a better insight into America’s role in Israel’s safety and Israel’s role as America’s partner as the only democracy in the Middle East and innovator in business and technology. Ms. Chechik spoke for the SKA Israel Action Committee: “I am deeply impressed with the initiatives of the

SKA students regarding Israel. Dalya connected us with AIPAC, and facilitated a relationship that includes participation in their educational programming for high school students throughout the year. Seniors Rebecca Kellner and Tehilla Ebrani and Sophomore Malkie Zeidman were instrumental in arranging an inaugural SKA Parent/Daughter bus to the important NORPAC Mission to Washington, D.C. in April, which will include a special session at SKA to train in lobbying our elected officials. “The Israel Action Committee at SKA, with over 100 members and 40 student leaders, has innovated program-

ming including ‘Israel Moment’ videos after Tefilla, weekly fundraisers in support of Israeli causes, a webpage with links to current events and Israel advocacy, and a general infusion of Israel awareness throughout the school community. This presence at AIPAC’s Policy Conference is just one aspect of the love and support for Israel that are so crucial to our school culture.”

Clothing Drive in Five Towns Keren Minchas Shlomo – Helping the Poor of Eretz Yisrael “I know the economy is picking up because I read about it in the newspaper,” says Yosef from Yerushalayim. “Unfortunately, it’s been over a year and I’m still looking for a job.” Yosef isn’t alone. He’s not alone because he’s not the only one experiencing financial difficulty – and he doesn’t feel alone because we’re here to help. Keren Minchas Shlomo has been helping the poor of Eretz Yisrael for the last ten years. “One of our main drives is that we distribute clothing and food for poor people,” says Rabbi Maier Solomon, founder and CEO of the organiza-

You Can Help! The clothing drive will take place on March 30, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m at Achiezer’s Community Resource Center, 146 Beach 9th Street, Far Rockaway, NY (between Jarvis & Seagirt). To volunteer to help sort and pack, please contact Mrs. Fradie Osina at 516-860-8109 or pesach1@ msn.com. Please send clothing that is clean and in very good condition. Please note: All clothing must be without holes or stains, zippers should be in working order, and all buttons present and accounted for. Due to updated laws in Israel, we cannot send linens, hats or shoes of any type.

tion. “We distribute these goods mostly in Yerushalayim but also throughout the country.” A community-wide clothing drive in now underway in the Five Towns, in conjunction with Congregation Kneseth Israel (the White Shul), Agudath Israel of Long Island and Achiezer. All types of clothing are needed – for men, women and children – and in all styles – modern, yeshivish and chassidish. “Poverty respects no borders,” Rabbi Solomon explains. “People in all sectors are hurting – and you can help.” The clothing drive will take place on March 30, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m at Achiezer’s Far Rockaway branch, 146 Beach 9th St. To help defray the costs of shipping to Israel, Keren Minchas Shlomo asks for a $10 donation per bag of clothing. Volunteers will sort the clothing and pack it into boxes to be sent to Israel. About three quarters of this shipment will be distributed in Yerushalayim, and the other 25% to poor people throughout Yehudah and Shomron. This shipment is scheduled to arrive in Israel at the end of April/beginning of May, be”H. And Yosef? “Thank you,” he says, simply. “I never thought I’d be one of the ‘takers.’ I hope soon to find a new job. Then I can be one of those giving, once again. Thank you for helping my family make it through this difficult time.”

You Don’t Have to Daven! I walked out of shul that first night of Rosh Hashanah exhausted but on a high. We had spent the past few hectic days distributing clothing for Keren Minchas Shlomo, and I was looking forward to spending some time with my family. Suddenly, I heard a large man behind me yelling. “You!” he called. “You!” “Oh, no,” I thought. “Tonight is not the time to get into a fight with somebody. Not that there’s ever a good time to get into a fight…” I quickened my pace, but so did he. “You don’t have to daven this Rosh Hashanah!” I heard him yelling as he drew closer. “You don’t have to daven on Yom Kippur, either!”

I cringed inwardly, but he was already upon me. The big man laid a hand on my shoulder and turned me around to face him. “I am Baruch Hashem OK, and didn’t get any clothing from you,” he said, clearly emotional but not angry at all. “But a few of my neighbors did. I saw what you did for those people and their children.” He paused, collecting his thoughts. “I envy anyone who works for your organization. What you accomplished by helping out people and giving out clothes – well, you have enough zechuyos for the next year. You don’t have to daven at all.” Heard from M.A., a volunteer for Keren Minchas Shlomo

I Almost Cried Dear Keren Minchas Shlomo, I’m writing to express my appreciation to your organization and to your donors. You probably know that you’re doing a big mitzvah – but you don’t know how great that mitzvah is. I can’t tell you how humiliating it is to be poor. It touches every aspect of our lives and eats away at our souls. You treated us with such respect that I almost cried on the spot. You clothed my family from top to bottom, from the youngest to the oldest. We looked through the clothing you had available, and you had something for every one of us. You warmed us physically, with the beautiful clothing and more. (We still use the blue fleece blankets that were donated by someone in the Five Towns area.) Knowing that people care does even more – it warms our hearts and gives us hope. Sincerely, A.G.


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Then it’s west to the Lachish Region area bordering the Southern Chevron Hills. The communities of Amatzia, Neta and Bnai Dekalim are in different stages of development and occupancy. We will meet former residents of Gush Katif, hear their successes, challenges, goals and hopes nearly 8 years after the Gerush from Gaza. South to Shomeriya, residence of Bayit Yehudi MK Zevulun Kalfa and a community that stayed together and hence, remained strong, during the many years of homelessness.

We begin our day at Nitzan and the NEW, incredible Gush Katif Visitors Center and film. Next to Kfar Maimon and a tour of Ora’s Orchard the 120 unique trees planted by Reuven and Ora who helped establish Gush Katif over 45 years ago. Kosher for Passover jam and fruit liquor available. Picnic under mulberry and white chocolate trees. Continuing south along the Eshkol region, we will daven mincha near the 1500 year old synagogue mosaic at ancient Maon.

Our last stop will be Tel Lachish, the second most important city in Judea, destroyed by Sencharriv during the First Temple Era.

The Steel Tower at Kerem HaShalom was moved here in 1982 and provides a 360° view, including into Sinai (its original home) and Gaza. Now in Holot Halutza we will visit more ex-Gush Katifers in Nave and Bnai Netzarim, hear their unique security issues and see how they are again growing tomatoes, pomegranates, olives and more in the sand. A unique trip to amazing people and places.

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Learning About Emunas Chachamim at Bnos Bais Yaakov The overarching theme for BBY’s elementary school this year is emunah. Every month, a sub-topic of emunah is discussed, presented in dramatic ways, and incorporated into the curriculum. The most recent mini-theme being addressed is emunas chachamim. But, of course, there’s nothing “mini” about the topic at all. As always, Morah Suri Wiengot prepared the material and stories which Morah Shulamis Feldberger, Extra Curriculum Coordinator, utilized in her presentations. To initiate the topic, Rabbi Shmuel Hiller spoke movingly and lovingly about his Rebbe, R’ Shlomo Freifeld, zt”l. He related how his Rebbe was always available for his talmidim and that it was R’ Freifeld who encouraged him to go into chinuch. In subsequent weeks, Morah Feldberger spoke about R’ Aharon Kotler, zt”l, R’ Yaakov Kaminetzky, zt”l, and R’ Yoel Teitelbaum, zt”l. On Thursday, March 6, Rabbi Eliezer Feuer, rav of Young Israel of Bayswater, addressed grades 1-8. Rabbi Feuer related stories of his Zaidy, R’ Mordechai Gifter, zt”l. Rabbi Feuer is widely known as a passionate speaker, and his enthusiasm was even more apparent as he spoke about his heilige grandfather. One of the very important points that Rabbi Feuer made was that emunas chachamim

keeps our mesorah strong. By seeking the advice of an adam gadol – or in the case of a BBY girl, her morah, menaheles, or shul rebbetzin – to clarify issues, we benefit from their 20/20 vision. Under the guidance of menahalos Mrs. Esther Kuessous and Mrs. Penina Neuberg, and limudei kodesh Curriculum Coordinator, Rebbetzin Baila Altusky, the theme takes shape in meaningful ways. The lessons are relevant and practical. Our girls have shown over and over again that they can and do experience real emunah in their lives. You can feel their sincerity as they sing the following words: “When I simply don’t know What to do, where to go I turn to you to tell me what’s right. And you make my path clear To your words I adhere Emunas chachamim, our guiding light.”

8th Annual NCSY Community Basketball Tournament to be Held May 4 The 8th Annual New York NCSY Community Basketball Tournament will take place Sunday, May 4, 2014. Round Robin play for 5x5 and 3x3 teams begins at 9am at gyms throughout the Five Towns. After concluding the morning rounds, the teams gather at Lawrence High School for a pizza lunch hosted by Shula’s Pizza and the Sweet Sixteen 5x5 Championship Bracket. The mission of NCSY’s Annual Tournament is to provide a day of enjoyable basketball and family fun for the Five Towns community, as well as to build awareness and support for NCSY’s programming and activities throughout the New York area. Each year, New York NCSY engages thousands of Jewish teens in social, educational, and leadership opportunities, and provides scholarships for those with little or no Jewish background who are looking to enhance

their Jewish identity through NCSY Summer Programs or post-high school study in Israel. As in the past, this year’s tournament looks to be highly competitive, attracting top basketball players from across New York and New Jersey. During the afternoon games, children of all ages will be treated to entertainment, and food and snacks will be available for purchase. Throughout the day, tickets can be purchased for our Spring Scholarship Raffle – with a Grand Prize of 2 round trip tickets to Israel. The drawing will be held prior to the final championship game. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Judah Rhine, Basketball Tournament Director, at nybasketball@ncsy.org or at 516569-6279.


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OHEL’s FREE Camp Safety Program and Camp Chessed Initiative Draws Large Interest at Camp Expo at 718-972-9338 for a fun program to be arranged at your camp this summer! The second program was OHEL’s Camp Safety Education and Training Program for staff and counselors. OHEL’s certified social workers train camp’s staff in camper safety, abuse, and bullying prevention. There is no charge for these pre-camp training sessions. Hundreds of individuals, from Jewish camps of all backgrounds, visited OHEL’s booth and expressed great interest in both programs and were especially thankful that OHEL could provide such an invaluable safety program at no cost and in a culturally sensitive manner. For more information about either of these programs, or any other OHEL services which you can benefit from, please contact OHEL today at 1800603-OHEL, access@ohelfamily.org or visit www.ohelfamily.org.

JEP-LI/Nageela Dinner to be Held on March 29 This week, mazel tovs were flying across the text lines. An employee of Jewish Education Program (JEP) of Long Island announced her engagement. This was certainly a simcha for the organization, not just because she is an employee, but because many years ago, she transformed her life with her involvement in JEP and its summer Camp Nageela. Beginning with a switch from public school to yeshiva, she now hopes to build a home based on Torah in our community, Her work with JEP/Nageela is a way for her to help other children get the benefits that she had. JEP/Nageela is a home-grown organization that is known nationally as an expert in presenting Judaism to children and teens from secular backgrounds. It is a volunteer-based organization, with hundreds of local young adults and teens involved in the outreach effort. The formula of creating encounters between yeshiva-educated mentors and

children who can use the introduction to Torah, benefits all. The yeshiva students are challenged to understand their way of life, and the children are introduced to an unfamiliar heritage. JEP-LI/Nageela’s major fundraising dinner will be held on Motzei Shabbos, March 29th at the Lawrence Country Club. They will be honoring several community activists. Avodas Hakoshesh Awardees will be Hersh Leib and Sima Gefen, Yossi and Miriam Lichtman, Leon and Shalvi Lantsman and Bracha Gefen. Young Leadership awardees will be Rafi, Effie, Shmuly and Zvi Allman. There will be a tribute presented in memory of Mr. Charles (Haim) Egosi, and 23 young ladies who were staff in Camp Nageela and coordinators of JEP in their high schools will be honored. To attend the dinner or support the efforts, go to jepli.com or call 516-3741528.

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Last week, OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services participated in the Association of Jewish Camp Operator’s annual Camp Expo. There were roughly 100 camp vendors advertising and promoting their various camp related activities and services, and over 1,000 visitors, comprised of camp directors, head counselors, and senior staff. OHEL retained its own booth, and promoted two important summer camp initiatives. The first was Team OHEL’s OHEL-thon Chesed Programs, a grassroots fundraising program at local day camps that promotes children raising funds for camp scholarships for foster children, children with disabilities, and children in domestic violence shelters. Laurie Szenicer explains that the OHEL-thons are fun and at the same time teach children about chesed. There are prizes and exciting programs that can be arranged in any camp in the tri-State area and Laurie will visit and enthusiastically promote the program with staff and campers.  Give her call

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Spring is Here Now that spring is officially here and winter will—hopefully—be in our rearview mirror, here are the things that I will miss the most about the winter: • Busting my tires on potholes which are the size of the Grand Canyon. • Stepping out of the house in the morning and feeling like my fingers are going to fall off. • The sound of my windshield wipers scraping against the stubborn ice which is causing me to drive blind (but I drive anyways because, hey, if pilots can drive without seeing out of the cockpit, why can’t I drive without seeing?). • Throwing on my coat whenever I have a meatball stain on my shirt (which only happens like twice a week). • Getting really exciting robocalls about removing my car from the street (“If you know what’s good for you”) so that the plow trucks can come through…and create the Great Wall of China in front of my driveway which I just plowed. • Having a trail of snow salt tracking me everywhere I walk in my house (just in case I go missing in my own home).  • Leaving sodas in my natural fridge/freezer (my trunk) and being able to crack a cold one (no, I am not referring to beer) whenever I want. (Yes, I will really miss that). (Note to self: quit using so many parentheses.)  • Chapped lips...because it’s a lot of fun eating potato chips with chapped lips. 

• My snow-encrusted car...because let’s face it, we all love going to the car wash, right? • Walking outside at 2:45 PM and watching the beautiful sunset. • Polar bear swimming in Long Beach every Sunday morning. (What? You don’t think I really do that? Come over and I’ll show you my sweatshirt). • My $600,000 monthly heating bill.  • The Florida mansion…which dominates my fantasyland on any day below 45 degrees. • Getting my hopes up that tomorrow will be an off day because the weather man promises 18 inches of snow… relaxing until the wee hours of the morning—because I can sleep in—and then waking up a little late…tiptoeing to the window shade…lifting it up and seeing a half of an inch of snow on the ground...frantically getting dressed and dashing to work… “Oh, how lovely this day is turning out to be.” The rest of the day is just glorious. (Weathermen are evil.)  • Getting my tongue stuck whenever I lick light poles around town. • Robbing banks inconspicuously (because when I walk in to rob them in the summer they wonder why I am wearing gloves and a ski mask…yes, that does make my job a lot harder).

Answer to riddle: Only one weighing operation is necessary. Take one coin from bag one, two coins from bag two and three coins from bag three. Weigh all six coins together. If they weigh 305lb, then the first bag contains the counterfeit coins. If they weigh 310lb, then the second bag contains the counterfeit coins. If they weigh 315lb, then bag three contains the counterfeit coins.


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3. Despite being considered one of the greatest coaches ever, Phil Jackson was only named Coach of the Year once. What year was that in? a. 1995 b. 1996 c. 2001

4. As a player, Phil Jackson won two NBA Champions with which team? a. Knicks b. Bulls c. Celtics d. Seventy Sixers 5. Where did Phil Jackson play in college? a. North Dakota b. Syracuse c. Villanova d. Penn State 6. How many NBA titles did Phil Jackson win as a coach? a. 6 b. 8 c. 11 d. 12

7. During Phil Jackson’s coaching career he employed a very specific offense. What was it called? a. The Pass the Ball to Michael Jordan Plan b. Drive & Penetrate Offense c. The Triangle Offense d. The Zone Breakdown Offense Answers: 1. B 2. D 3. B 4. A 5. D 6. C 7. C Wisdom Key: 6-7 Correct: You have some pretty good zen yourself.

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3-5 Correct: You are lucky you are not on Phil’s team; he has no tolerance for mediocrity. (That’s why he took the Knicks job, because they are not mediocre at all—they outright stink!) 0-2 Correct: You should try the Triangle Brain offense. (No, I have no clue what that is either, but it will definitely be better for your brain than whatever you are doing now!)

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1. Born as Erik Weisz in 19874, he went on to be a true escape artist and magician 2. Killer of JFK’s assassin

4. Official flower of March; they grow perennially in bulbs and are usually yellow

3. Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement

5. Shot in 1981, he declared, “Honey, I forgot to duck.”

6. First president to be impeached by the House of Representatives

10. His theory of relativity led to new ways of thinking about time, space, matter and energy.

7. College basketball tournament 8. First national park in the U.S. 9. The novel that helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War 12. Prison on an island called “The Rock”

11. Dutch painter who sold only one painting during his lifetime and whose first painting was The Potato Eaters 13. It’s finally here, after a long winter 14. Established as a civilian force by JFK 15. “You too?!” 16. General of the Union army

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2. How many titles did Phil Jackson win coaching the Chicago Bulls? a. 2 b. 3 c. 5 d. 6

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LIVING IN INWOOD

An “Out of Town” Feeling in an “In Town” Community

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he Five Towns are comprised of Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Hewlett, and Inwood. For years, the first four towns boasted some of the highest percentages of Orthodox Jewish residents in the nation. Inwood was never included among them – until now. Bais Tefila of Inwood – the Inwood community’s one and only shul – held its fifth annual dinner on March 2nd. There were 250 guests in attendance, including prominent community leaders and rabbanim, and an impressive exhibit of the shul’s recent Sefer Torah dedication. The event was a testimony to the shul’s success: Inwood community has not only made a name for itself as a burgeoning community rooted in Torah ideals, but it has done so with impressive speed and an unrivaled sense of achdus. It began about five years ago when, like many young people in Far Rockaway, a few friendly couples began searching for a tight-knit, spirituallystrong local community with affordable housing. Wondering why few had seriously tried to build up the area before, they together agreed to give Inwood a

five-year gamble in 2008 by joining the few scattered Jewish families already residing there. At first, the struggle was intense. The men trudged to Far Rockaway, rain, snow, or shine, to find a minyan every Shabbos. Those first months were hard, Pinny Ackerman, shul president, recalls. There were no play date options for the kids. The wives were nervous. Months passed, and they weren’t one man closer to a Shabbos minyan. And yet, the desire for more affordable housing in or near Far Rockaway was certainly no secret. One by one, intrigued new couples came trickling in with their young children. Slowly, it became possible to daven in Inwood if at least one family made sure to invite enough bochurim for the meals. The first few Inwood residents can recall their weekly tradition of coordinating every single Shabbos and Yom Tov with one another to ensure they would not be left minyan-less. By 2010, enough families had moved in to create their beloved Inwood minyan. Most were from Far Rockaway, and a few came from other tri-state neighborhoods. Now, four

We are living and growing – not coasting.” Rav Weinberger grew up locally in Lawrence, gives multiple shiurim on weekday nights, and, together with Rav Yissachar Blinder, runs Yeshiva Nishmas HaTorah, a beis medrash in Lawrence. Rav Weinberger moved to Inwood with his family with no pretense of becoming the rav. It was an obvious outcome, however, once residents began turning to him to answer their shailas and to hear his divrei Torah at the shul’s Shabbos minyan, then located in someone’s basement. Residents as well as outsiders largely credit the success of Inwood to Rav Weinberger because of his leadership, dedication, and involvement with every family. Mr. Ackerman describes the Rav’s distinctiveness, “He is so good at pinpointing someone’s needs. He is in tune with everyone. Our community would be lost without him.” Rebbetzin Tzippora Weinberger is just as much a role model for many of the women in Inwood. Rebbetzin Weinberger teaches ninth grade Chumash, heads extracurricular activities at TMM, and often gives relevant shiurim for the women of the shul. But perhaps more importantly, she is unanimously viewed as a down-to-earth and supportive listener, mentor, and friend to them all. Impressively, while Inwood residents view their rav and rebbetzin as vital to the direction of their shul, the rav and rebbetzin feel similarly about their shul members. According to Rav Weinberger, people move to Inwood

years later, Inwood boasts over 50 devoted families. And the fact that Inwood was not the joint decision of ten likeminded people, but rather the slow, organic process of diverse young families in search of something meaningful is an asset to Inwood’s unique makeup of inspired, self-driven individuals. But even selfmotivated thirtysomethings need direction. And residents believe they would certainly be missing that if it wasn’t for the Rav of their shul, Rav Pinchus Weinberger. Mr. Ackerman, the president of Bais Tefila, Rabbi Shlomo Cohen, Rosh Kollel of Inwood, giving a drasha to the community. believes that Rav Weinberger is a leader way beyond his years, “Without not because the houses are the cheaphim, we are just a bunch of guys. Be- est or the biggest, but because they cause he is here, we are pushed to grow, want to be part of something bigger to learn, to focus on the direction of our than themselves. Inwood is made up of lives. So now we are a group with goals. young, with-it, go-getter couples who


mosphere while remaining steadfast to Torahdike lifestyle. Besides for Bais Tefila’s weekly Shabbos minyan, the barely five-yearold community hosts a daily Shacharis minyan and a night kollel. The kollel

they hopped from one warm home to another. During the hectic workweeks, shul members are frequently in touch with each other to coordinate a myriad of gives and takes, such as borrowing, sell-

Inwood residents define their beloved community as an out-of-town shul with all the conveniences and amenities of living “in town.” meets nightly Monday through Thursday and is comprised of approximately 40 men on any given night. Some come to learn on their own, others learn halacha under the Rosh Kollel Rav Shlomo Cohen or gemara under Rosh Chabura R’ Binyomin Ganz, and a few are paid to come learn, strengthen, and solidify the nightly group. The kollel, where Rav Weinberger also gives his nightly shiurim, provides chizuk for the hardworking men of Inwood. Strong emphasis and pride is placed on the kollel as a focal point for the shul’s limud haTorah, and it is extraordinary to see baalei batim and yungerleit from Far Rockaway and the Five Towns at large joining Inwood in this remarkable effort. Servicing the women of Inwood, the shul N’shei is currently co-chaired by Rochele Levine and Yocheved Michaeli. Thus far, the N’shei has managed to organize two weeks worth of meals for post-partum women and their families. This says a lot, given that the community is a young one and births are, Baruch Hashem, not uncommon. From exciting outings to creative getto-know-you events, the N’shei aims to hold a social or fundraising event every six weeks just for the women of the community. Mrs. Levine says that among the women “everybody gets along. It’s really like a family. Everyone looks out for each other.” On Shabbos, kids play at each other’s houses, and everyone is welcome to come and join. Inwood children barely noticed this winter’s long, freezing months while

of achdus and closeness. That’s a really unique product in New York. We’re having our cake and eating it too.” Last month, Dovid and Chani Winzelberg, the Inwood community’s 51st family, moved into their new home from Far Rockaway. They didn’t consider any other area in the vicinity, given Inwood’s reputation. It only took hours for their expectations to prove true. Hindi Solomon, chair of the N’shei’s Welcoming Committee, called them regularly to check in, set up playmates for the kids while the parents unpacked, arranged multiple Shabbos invitations, and had dinner (with paper goods included) delivered on move-in day. Does it get better? When asked what else he finds special about the community, Board Member Yehuda Zachter refreshingly answered, “Its simplicity.” While many residents come from Far Rockaway, Mr. Zachter and his family came from a brief stint in the Upper West Side. One of his top priorities was finding a residence in which affluence would not speak louder than words. In-

ing, and offering items, making relevant announcements, and asking for specific advice and recommendations. A few weeks ago, a community member asked whether anyone had a wet-vac he could borrow right away. It was past midnight on a weekday. Assuming that his basement must be in trouble, his neighbors brought the wet-vac as well as themselves – sleeves rolled up and ready to work. Through Hurricane Sandy, the community’s bond was tested and emerged strengthened. Many residents were decimated by the storm and were scattered throughout the tri-state area for weeks. Residents kept track of one Rav Weinberger holding the sefer Torah during the community’s hachnasas Sefer Torah last year another and set up a monitoring system to keep watch over the vacant homes deed, Inwood is its own little bubble, in neighborhood. Taking turns driv- and in this respect, Mr. Zachter is happy ing around the block night after night, that his “children are not growing up in they took it upon themselves to look out a community focused on things,” but for one another, which for Inwood was rather in one that imparts far more imbusiness as usual. In the immediate af- portant priorities. And indeed, Inwood’s termath of the storm, members were in annual dinner reflected a modest, eleach other’s basements, helping to de- egant, and refined group of people. Clearly, the residents of Inwood molish damaged walls, remove debris, are passionate about growing closer to and provide a shoulder to lean on. Not surprisingly, Inwood residents Hashem, nurturing their beautiful, idedefine their beloved community as an alistic kehilla, and developing the fifth out-of-town shul with all the of the Five Towns as a Jewish desticonveniences and amenities of nation. To say that Inwood’s pioneers living “in town.” If you have got a return on their initial investment something to offer, you will would be an enormous understatement. make a difference. If you are And with plans for an Inwood mikvah in away, everyone notices. Sim- the works, there is certainly no turning ply put, you can’t get lost in In- back now. wood. According to board member Adam Mayer, “You get to For more information about Bais have this genuine sense of community that you usually only get Tefilla of Inwood, please visit www.inoutside of the New York Metro woodshul.com or email info@inwoodArea. We have a beautiful sense shul.com.

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are sincere about growing in ruchnius and influencing others positively. Not surprisingly, he notes, Inwood residents can be found on the boards of countless Five Towns organizations and schools. For such a small community, the percentage of Inwood residents making a larger difference is nothing short of astonishing. In fact, resident and board member Adam Mayer calls Inwood a “community of unsung heroes,” and Rav Weinberger thinks very highly of them, “They are unbelievable. They are energetic and upstanding. They look to fill voids wherever they are needed without searching for kavod, whether it’s doing chessed or bringing more and better opportunities for learning. We have a sincere group of individuals who are constantly looking to get closer to HaKadosh Baruch Hu.” Rav Weinberger typifies their sincerity with a story. Last year, a nonreligious Jewish woman resident of Inwood found herself terminally ill and looking for a rabbi to conduct her funeral. She heard about Rav Weinberger and asked him to meet with her and her nonobservant grown children to discuss the details. Braced for a formal discussion, they were instead embraced by a warm kehilla. From bedside visits and warm meals to a sensitive levaya and minyanim, both the men and women residents of Inwood gave their time and energy to a woman of very little means in a way that impressed her family members beyond words. With such internally motivated baalei batim and rabbanim, the Inwood community places a deliberate emphasis on parenting. Altogether, there are over 150 children growing up in Inwood – nearly all under the age of 10. The chinuch priority has not gone unseen to new, prospective residents, either. In fact, the Inwood shul has even made a positive name for itself in Eretz Yisroel, where rabbanim carefully advise their talmidim to return to communities that will hone and foster the spiritual gains they’ve acquired there. Understandably, Rav Weinberger calls moving to Inwood a wholesome choice and a very noble commitment. Inwood has emerged as a community to fill that gap of providing a warm welcoming at-


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the best of health. We are sure you are inundated with requests for tzedokoh at this time of year. The financial matzav of Acheinu Bnei Yisr oel has become perilous. There are many hundreds of families who find them selves in dire financial straits, which is creating major issues for these fam ilies. These issues include sholom bayis problems, health related issues, unempl oyment, cost of education, cost of simchos, marrying off children, almonos, yeso mim, and just plain poverty. Our organization, through your help, has been able to ameliorate many of these situations. We have brought a ray of light and hope to these families. Sometimes to the point of taking broken families and putting them back on their feet. Your help is desperately needed to ensure we can continue to do our little bit to help many hundreds of people. Your tax-deductible check may be made payable to Yeshiva Darchei Torah – Rab bi’s Special Fund. Wishing you and yours a chag kasher v’som each. Sincerely,

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Parshas Shemini

A Leopard Can’t Change its Spots, but Man Can…

The Sefer Ha’Chinuch explains that Hashem separated the Jewish people from all the nations. We were given a distinct role in this world. Our lives and everything that we do must be different than any other people. To remind us of this, Hashem gave us a sign, a permanent reminder of our uniqueness – the mitzvah of milah. The change in our bodies shows that just as the body of the Jew is different than that of a gentile, so too is our soul. By all rights, the Jewish baby boy should have been born already circumcised, as this would have more clearly shown that the Jew is unique amongst the peoples. However, there is a second lesson that Hashem wanted to impart to us. Just like a person can take his body and permanently change it, so too, a person can change his very essence – his neshama. Therefore, rather than creating the Jew circumcised at birth, Hashem gave us this mitzvah to perform. This explanation of the Sefer Ha’Chinuch is difficult to understand. Since Hashem wanted us to know that we are a nation apart from any other nation, then surely as he said, the Jew should have been born circumcised. Wouldn’t that difference have been more clearly shown had the very genetic material of the Jewish person been different? The Chinese are clearly distinct from the Occidental. The skin colors of various peoples show them as distinct races. Had the Jew been born without a foreskin, the entire world would have known that this people is set apart. Throughout the millennium, every person would have clearly seen that the Jews are unique. From birth they were different, so their very essence is different. Yet that difference has now been lost. Any human can circumcise himself; in fact, many nonJews do. Wouldn’t it have been a far more powerful lesson for us as a nation to know that we are different because we were born that way?

A Leopard Can’t Change its Spots The answer to this question is based on one of the greatest shortcomings of

ing people with greater respect, every part of what the Torah demands of me is about change.

“IF NOT FOR CHANGING ONE’S CHARACTER TRAITS, WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE?”

man – self-limiting beliefs. Often, a person will find himself thinking, “I am what I am. This is my nature, and there is nothing that I can do about it. Granted, I may not be happy with the way that I act, granted I may wish that I were different, but what can I do? This is who I am.” Such thoughts become self-fulfilling. If I sincerely believe I can’t change, then, in fact, I will not be able to. I won’t seek out the methods of change, I won’t find the necessary motivation, and the reality will be that I cannot change. This single concept can be the most damaging idea that ever crosses a person’s mind. We were Created to Change The Gra writes, “If not for changing one’s character traits, what is the purpose of life?” Change isn’t part of the Torah – it is the focal point of all of our avodas Hashem. The reason we were put on this planet is to grow. All of the mitzvahs focus on growth. But growth means taking who I am now and changing it, taking myself from where I am, and willfully, purposefully changing me. Whether it is in character traits, beliefs, trust, or honesty, whether it is in seeing Hashem more clearly or in treat-

If a person were locked into the idea that he cannot change, then in fact he won’t be able to. To such a person, the Torah has no relevance. The answer to the question on the Sefer Ha’Chinuch seems to be that this concept of man’s ability to change is so central to being Jewish that it warranted giving up another essential lesson. It is true that had Jews been born circumcised, it would have taught us that just as our body is different, so too is our soul. That concept would have aided us in recognizing our mission in Creation. How-

ever, the concept that “I can change the essence of who I am” is far more central to being a practicing Jew, and therefore, it came at the expense of the weakening the first lesson. The Purpose of Life is to Change This idea has great relevance to everything that we do. We often find ourselves mired in thoughts that limit our ability to grow. “That’s just the way I am. What can I do? I didn’t choose to be born stubborn, hot-tempered, selfish, and arrogant. Ask my Creator why He made me this way.” While it is true that each individual was created with a different nature and temperament and it may well be that one person has a greater tendency towards anger, jealousy, or arrogance than another, the entire focus of our lives is supposed to be towards changing our natures. However, to do that, we must clearly see change as possible, as something within our capacity. For that reason, Hashem gave us the mitzvah of milah so that we can have a permanent reminder of our ability to change.

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write these words as the joyous tunes and atmosphere of Purim are still swirling around me. The much anticipated and beloved holiday has come and gone in its usual haste, leaving us to wonder how it passes so fast. On Purim morning a few years ago, as I was driving with my family to deliver shalach manos, I drove through some of the Spring Valley side streets, a bit out of the Jewish community. The immediate contrast was striking. Suddenly there were no costumes to be seen, no jovial

Keeping Purim with Us All Year welcoming atmosphere of baskets and goodies being exchanged, and none of the gregarious laughter endemic to Purim. Suddenly it was a regular day with people caring for their needs in their usual self-absorbed manner. But when we reentered the Jewish neighborhoods a few moments later, we were once again embraced by the beautiful sights of Purim. It is fascinating to think that in one area costumes and gaiety was wholly appropriate while, just a few blocks over, it

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was grossly inappropriate. In fact, even if a person walked those same blocks where it was appropriate to be dressed in costume on Purim one day earlier or later, his appearance would be incongruous. In other words, everything is a matter of time and place. If that concept is true in general it is all the more true in regards to Purim. If we would act as we do on Purim any other day of the year people would surely see us as eccentric and strange. But during the twenty-four hours of Purim

Rabbi Dani Staum

certain boundaries of normalcy and expectations are altered so that we can spend the day together in exalted friendship and conviviality. But now Purim is over! The matanos laevyonim we gave has been well spent, the seudas Purim has been cleaned up – with tables and chairs folded and food put away, the unparalleled drinking has completely ceased, and the shalach manos baskets and goodies are being sorted as mothers begin to think about which chametz foods they want to get rid of as they commence their Pesach cleaning. It definitely seems as if Purim has come and gone. Has the day been reduced to a mere fleeting memory? The truth is that while all of the physical remnants of Purim have been put away, the true essence of Purim must remain with us permanently. The feelings of friendship and warmth that underlie the entire holiday must stay with us long after the costumes have been put away and the wine bottles have been emptied from the recycling bin. In this sense, only the physical components of Purim are limited to time and space, while the true essence of Purim transcends all limits. After we concluded our beautiful and emotionally-charged seudah on Purim afternoon, I had the opportunity to go with a few members of the shul to the tish in Skver. It is an experience that cannot be captured in words. The energy that permeated the room while thousands of people jumped up and down on the bleachers singing, “Rabbi Akiva said: Praiseworthy are you O Israel,” while the Rebbe enthusiastically encouraged on, was simply euphoric and indescribable. For a half hour I stood holding hands with a chassid who I never met before, and standing alongside him I don’t even remember what he looked like. But before I left I instinctively turned and hugged him. On Purim we both had reason to celebrate as Torah Jews and what could be greater! We may not have known each other, but on a spiritual level we were very close! Purim has indeed come and passed, but I sure hope it has not gone. 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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Fear and Small Spaces

I remember a family trip we took one summer. My father-in-law planned it to include a tour of caves and mines which were supposed to be amazing. I was all gung-ho until I went down the steps to start the tour and remembered something: I have claustrophobia, fear of tight spaces. As I looked at the doorway I’d have to go through to start the tour, noting its small size, barely big enough for a person to walk through, I started to get anxious. I thought about the rest of the family who would be doing the tour, about all the other thousands of people who had done the tour and survived, and decided I would face my fears. I told myself that Hashem was in control and I was going to enjoy the experience. I told myself I would push forward and not think about the fact that I was under a mountain, or that the walls seemed really close to me. Guess what? It worked! By pushing my fears aside, I was able to move forward and I didn’t miss the outing. R’ Nachman of Breslov said, “The

whole world is a narrow bridge, and the main thing is not to fear at all.” Aside from being a catchy song, the message behind it is very powerful. I don’t claim to be an expert on Breslov chassidus, so I’m just going to relate my insights on this phrase. The world is like that parking spot,

tified. True, he did have to be careful, but if he thought about the fact that the parking spaces were intended for larger cars and made to accommodate opening doors and so on, he may have been calmer about his parking. We imagine ourselves on a bridge over a deep abyss. Who says? May-

OFTEN IN LIFE WE THINK WE’RE IN A TIGHT SQUEEZE BUT REALLY WE AREN’T AS PRESSURED AS WE THINK WE ARE.

when you’re inching forward and backward trying to keep from scraping the sides, or, as in R’ Nachman’s parable, falling off the bridge. The secret to the end of the phrase, though, the part about not being afraid, is much harder for us to grasp. How can we not be afraid when we are traversing a narrow bridge over a deep chasm and any misstep could mean our end? Well, as I said earlier, when I looked at the fellow who thought he was very close to the other cars, I knew that the space was not nearly as narrow as he imagined. His fears, therefore, were not fully jus-

be we can’t see it but the narrow bridge is sitting on the ground and if we fall off, we just climb back on, like a child “walking the balance beam” on the curb. Being afraid doesn’t help us do our jobs, it only limits us. It can paralyze us and prevent us from taking the trip. Just as I would have missed out on great beauty and an amazing adventure had I let my irrational fears win out and keep me from going through the cave tunnels, in life, our fears and imagined stresses can keep us from enjoying the voyage. R’ Nachman’s advice not to be afraid is not intended to be a challenge, but an explanation of how to get over

the bridge. If you are afraid, you will stop, you will give up, and maybe even turn back. But life is a trail that we must constantly proceed along, and we don’t have the luxury of opting out of the tour. It can be nerve-wracking and scary, but the main thing to realize is that there is no reason to be afraid. Yes, you have to try to stay on the trail but if you fall off you can pick yourself up and get back on track. The bridge was built by an Expert Engineer with all of us in mind. It is intended to meet our needs, just as the parking spaces were made for cars. By remembering that and the fact that we may not have an accurate, objective view of life and our place in it, we can banish our fears and keep on moving safely down the road. 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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s I parked in a shul parking lot one day, I noticed a small BMW slowly inching backwards to park between two other cars. It seemed ridiculous to me. It wasn’t because there was a Jewish man driving a BMW, something I would never do. (Not because it’s a German car, but because they’re so expensive!) What was funny to me was that I could clearly see that he had plenty of room on either side. From the driver’s vantage point it probably looked like he was barely getting in, but for me, from a different perspective, I could see he was safe and the amount of care he was exercising seemed almost comical. It made me realize that often in life we think we’re in a tight squeeze but really we aren’t as pressured or precarious as we think we are.

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Forgotten Heroes

Avi Heiligman

Shayetet 13

One of the Best Naval Elite Units Worldwide

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he idea of having specially trained soldiers take on extremely tough assignments has been around for centuries. The modern day Special Forces soldier is traced back to the British Army in the early 19th century. Com-

Training to defeat the enemy

mandos trained for specific missions appeared during World War II (19391945). Sea Commandos, or frogmen as they became universally dubbed, also came into existence during the war. The Italian frogmen were considered the best in the world and the American unit eventually became the Navy SEALs. Three years after the defeat of Nazi Germany and Imperialist Japan, Israel created its seaborne commando unit to combat her attacking Arab neighbors. Shayetet 13 still is in existence today, performing missions that the regular fighting man would not want to perform. Before the creation of the State, there were independent units fighting neighboring Arab countries and the British which controlled the land. The Palmach was the military branch of the Haganah, and in 1945, they started a naval force. The Palyam was in charge of maritime missions that included demolitions and escorting ships filled with refugees from Europe past the British blockade. In March 1948, the unit was transferred to the Israeli Naval Service and many Palyam veterans joined. A year later, veteran Yohai Ben-Nun created Shayetet 13 (Flotilla 13) from members that specialized in maritime sabotage. He had led the team that blew up the Egyptian flagship, Emir Farouk. The group immediately began planning major operations to sink enemy warships. An operator would take an

explosive-laden boat and aim towards the target and about 100 feet away would jump into the water. The now-pilotless boat would ram into the enemy and the boat operator would swim to a rescue boat. This is how the Emir Farouk was sunk, and Shayetet 13 used this method in future missions as well. The existence of the unit was not made public until 1960 and many of their operations are still secret. From the information available to the public, their early operations were for the most part disappointing. Even routine reconnaissance missions during the 1956 Suez conflict were unsuccessful and two years later were caught in the open while on an infiltration mission in Beirut. In 1966, the unit was sent into the Sea of Galilee to recover a Syrian MiG fighter jet that crashed but the Syrians opened fire on the Israelis and the mission was aborted. Probably the reason that only their failures are known and is because of the repercussions caused. During the Six Day War, six Shayetet 13 operatives were captured on a mission to blow up Egyptian ships in Alexandria, Egypt, and were held hostage for six months. Even so, some missions were successful including the damage of enemy rail lines. In the years between the Six Day War (1967) and the Yom Kippur War (1973), Shayetet 13 was kept busy with several missions during the War of Attrition. In July 1969, they lost three

commandos during the Bulmus 6 operation on Egyptian-held Green Island. Fighting alongside Sayeret Matkal against Elite As- Saiqa commandos, they killed 80 enemy soldiers and took

down an important early radar station in the Gulf of Suez. They participated in several other operations before the Yom Kippur War in October 1973 and had some success. During the operation against the notorious Black September group responsible for the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Olympics, a unit from Shayetet 13 entered Beirut and killed nefarious terrorists. After the war broke out, the commandos destroyed five Egyptian ships and damaged another. Lebanonese terrorists have always

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been a thorn for the IDF and Shayetet 13 was sent to eliminate these threats in the decade following the Yom Kippur War. Up until and including the Lebanon War of 1982, the commandos performed brilliantly, killing and capturing many leaders and eliminating many terrorists. However, in 1988, they failed to capture PFLP leader Ahmed Jibril and a few Israelis were killed in the raid. During the 1990s and 2000s, the waterborne commandos executed several missions integral to the IDF’s overall plan of destroying terrorist bases and killing of terrorists. In 1997, tragedy struck when Hezbollah learned of a raid into Lebanon and planted booby traps in a field that killed 12 Israelis along with their commander. Eventually, the survivors were evacuated in a “Black Hawk Down”-like rescue. The most publicized event involving Shayetet 13 was the takedown of the Mavi Marmara—a Turkish flagged ship that was trying to break through the Gaza blockade. On May 31, 2010, the commandos attempted to take the ship with non-lethal weapons. These

efforts were met with lethal weapons including knives and reportedly firearms. Three commandos were temporally captured and taken to the lower decks. They were then given permission to use lethal force and nine “activists” were killed. The incident created an international condemnation and very strained ties with the Turkish government. The training for such an elite unit is extremely intense and comprehensive and is 20 months long. Recruits learn to invade from the sea, hostage rescue, how to board and take down hostile ships, intelligence gathering and counter-terrorism among other skills to make them the best maritime commando unit in the Middle East. After initial training, they still continue to hone their skills and cross-train with their American counterparts, the Navy SEALs. The author once met a SEAL captain who said that he had many friends in Shayetet 13 and that they are among the best naval elite units in the world. Shayetet 13, while under the cover of the shadowy Special Forces community, is a major part in the defense of Israel and her surrounding territorial waters. The people of Israel thank these men for doing the real dirty

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work of fighting terrorists so that they could sleep easier at night. While we may never know the full scope of their training and missions, these water warriors protect Israel in some of the toughest conditions possible. 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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THE PERFECT ROAST FOR YOUR PESACH SEDER There is a minhag not to eat roast on seder night. For me, it’s a challenge trying to come up with new recipes to cook on the stovetop. I have tried so many recipes over the years, but I have never fallen in love with them. There is always a traditional corn beef, but after years of making that, I knew it was time to really experiment. I had read a bunch of recipes on the internet about cooking meats on the stovetop. I had to choose a cut of meat that needed a lot of cooking time to braise. I chose a California roast, and it was amazing. I used some of the ingredients that go into a regular roast but rather than putting it in the oven, I cooked it on the stovetop. NOTE: Braising, from the French “braiser,” is a combination cooking method using both moist and dry heat; typically the food is first seared at a high temperature and then finished in a covered pot with a variable amount of liquid, resulting in a particular flavor. Braising relies on heat, time, and moisture to break down the tough connective tissue collagen in meat, making it an ideal way to cook tougher cuts. Many classic braised dishes such as coq au vin are highly evolved methods of cooking tough and otherwise unpalatable foods. Pressure cooking and slow cooking (e.g., crockpots) are forms of braising.

California Pot Roast Ingredients 4 lb. California roast 2 TBS flour 1 tsp salt 1 TBS canola oil 1 large onion, quartered 2 large carrots 1 TBS Worcestershire sauce 2 cloves garlic 2 TBS sugar 1 cup red wine ½ cup ketchup ¼ cup barbeque sauce Preparation Dredge the roast in flour and sprinkle with salt. Heat a pan with the canola oil, big enough to hold the roast with a snug fit, and sear the roast on all sides. Add the remaining ingredients, cover and simmer on low for three hours. The meat will be very tender. Cool and slice. Serve warm with sauce and a side of vegetables.

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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Ingredients 1 TBS brown sugar 2TBS honey ¼ cup soy sauce 2 tsp fresh ginger, chopped 2 tsp chopped garlic 2 TBS hot sauce Salt & pepper to taste 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ½ inch strips 1 TBS vegetable oil Sesame seeds

Ingredients 1 lb. cavatappi pasta 12 oz. chicken cutlets ¼ tsp each salt and papper 6 oz. cilantro or basil pesto 1 cup jarred roasted peppers, drained, cut into strips 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved Preparation Prepare pasta according to box directions. Heat grill pan on stovetop and spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and grill chicken 4 to 5 minutes, turning once, until cooked through. Cut chicken into strips. Add to drained pasta along with pesto, peppers, tomatoes along with ½ cup reserved pasta cooking water. Toss to coat and serve.

Preparation Mix together brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and hot sauce in a small bowl. Lightly salt and pepper the chicken strips. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken strips and brown on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Simmer uncovered until the sauce thickens, 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with white rice.

Ingredients ½ cup Dijon mustard ½ cup honey ¼ cup olive oil 1 TBS kosher salt 1 tsp garlic powder or 2 minced garlic cloves 1 tsp dried parsley 2 broiler chickens, cut into 1/8ths Preparation Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the mustard, honey, oil, salt, garlic, and parsley in a medium bowl and whisk until evenly mixed. Pour over the chicken and turn the pieces to evenly coat. Place the chicken skin-side down in 9x13 pan. Bake, turning occasionally, until cooked through, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.


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Preparation In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, honey, beer, red pepper flakes, mustard, soy sauce and pepper. Add the chicken cubes, refrigerate for 1 hour and up to overnight. Remove the chicken from marinade (reserving the marinade) and thread the chicken through wooden skewers. The skewers should be soaked in water for at least ½ hour before. In a pot over medium high heat, add the olive oil and shallots. Sauté until shallots have softened, about 5 minutes. Add marinade and boil, stirring frequently, until reduced and thickened, about 8 minutes. If grilling: preheat grill to medium high. Brush the grill lightly with oil. Brush the chicken with the glaze, place on the grill. Brush with glaze and turn every 2-4 minutes until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro prior to serving. If using the oven: preheat the oven to 400°. Place chicken on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. Brush liberally with glaze. Roast for 30-40 minutes, brushing with glaze every 8-10 minutes until cooked through. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro prior to serving.

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Ingredients 2 cloves garlic, grated or minced 1/3 cup honey ½ cup porter or stout beer 1 tsp red pepper flakes ½ tsp Dijon mustard ¼ cup soy sauce ¼ tsp pepper 1 TBS olive oil 1 medium shallot, chopped 6 boneless skinless chicken cutlets, cut into cubes Chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

Ingredients 2 TBS Worcestershire sauce 2 TBS sherry 2 TBS soy sauce 1 TBS cornstarch ¼ tsp kosher salt 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/4 –inch think pieces 1 medium red pepper, cut into thin slices 8 oz. snow peas 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 scallions, sliced thinly 1 TBS plus 2 tsp vegetable oil Preparation Place the Worcestershire sauce, sherry, soy sauce, cornstarch, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Add the chicken, toss to thoroughly coat with the marinade, and let sit, uncovered and at room temperature, for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the remaining ingredients. In a separate bowl, add garlic and scallions to the bowl and set aside. When the chicken is ready, heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok or large frying pan (do not use nonstick) until hot. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of the oil around the perimeter of the wok or pan and add the sliced bell pepper. Stir-fry until crisptender and charred in spots, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the garlic and scallions. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of the oil around the perimeter of the wok or pan and add the snow peas. Stir-fry until crisp-tender, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the peppers, garlic, and scallions. Drizzle the remaining tablespoon of oil around the perimeter of the wok or pan. Add the chicken along with the marinade, and arrange the chicken in an even layer. Let it sear undisturbed until golden brown on the bottom, about 1 to 2 minutes, then stir-fry until golden brown all over and cooked through, about 2 minutes more. Add the garlic, scallions, peppers, and snow peas to the pan. Stir-fry until the marinade has thickened, is glossy, and coats the chicken and vegetables, about 1 to 2 minutes more. Serve immediately over steamed rice.

8 pitas or wraps 8 lettuce leaves ½ cup thinly sliced red onions 8 slices pastrami 1 avocado, cut into slices

Ingredients 1-1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved ¼ cup + 1 TBS steak sauce, divided ½ cup mayonnaise

Preparation Grill chicken over medium heat 6 to 7 minutes per side or until cooked through, brushing with ¼ cup of the steak sauce during last 1 minute of grilling. Cut chicken into thin strips once cooled. Mix mayonnaise and remaining 1 tablespoon steak sauce in small bowl. Spread on pitas or wraps. Top with lettuce, onion, avocado, sliced chicken, and pastrami.


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t’s six in the morning and time for coffee. As I roll in to Dunkin’ Donuts, there are many different options I have for sweeteners. I can choose regular table sugar, but the tastier zero-calorie artificial sweeteners sit there calling my name. I am not alone. Millions of Americans live off these “sugar-free” and “calorie-free” palatable substitutes. Artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are not just limited to the typical hot beverage; they appear in a plethora of chewing gums, jellies, baked goods, candy, fruit juice, and ice cream. Demand for these substitutes has skyrocketed as the food industry along with consumers seek alternatives to sugar without losing the sweetness all people ubiquitously crave. Many view these sweeteners simply as a natural substitute for unhealthy table sugar. However, researchers raise the possibility that such sweeteners can cause various types of cancer and also produce undesirable side effects. What exactly are “artificial sweeteners and substitutes” and what is their role in the human diet? Sugar substitutes are defined as any sweetener used in place of regular sucrose (table sugar). An artificial

sweetener is one common type of sugar substitute. Artificial sweeteners are synthetic substitutes, which means that even though they might come from natural sources, scientists altered various compounds in order to achieve this desired product. Three of the most popular sweeteners approved by the FDA are: Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet): Aspartame was discovered in 1965 and approved by the FDA in 1996 to be used as a “general purpose sweetener.” It is now found in many of the common foods we eat every day such as diet soda, yogurt, cereal, Equal, and powdered drinks. Although it is a little caloric, since aspartame is 160-220 times sweeter then table sugar only a small amount is needed and therefore the caloric intake is insignificant. However, it is one of the most controversial sweeteners. The testing and studies on the health risks of aspartame may have been biased. Also, Dr H.J. Roberts coined the term “aspartame disease” which allegedly included symptoms such as headaches, depression, increased hunger, and also cancer (proven in lab animals but not yet in humans). Saccharin (Sweet’N Low, SugarTwin, SweetTwin): Saccharin has been around the longest and researched

the most out of all the various sweeteners. It does not contain any calories but has a bitter aftertaste. Saccharin is used in tabletop sweeteners, baked goods, jams, chewing gum, canned fruit, candy, dessert toppings, and salad dressings. It also is used in cosmetic products, vitamins, and pharmaceuticals. In 1977, research showed bladder tumors in male rats with the ingestion of saccharin. It was banned for a period of time but later the experiments were found to be erroneous because the rats had ingested amounts 100x the amount a human would normally consume. Since then, more than 30 human studies have been completed and determined that the results found in rats did not translate to humans, making saccharin safe for human consumption. Out of all the FDA-approved artificial sweeteners, saccharin is considered to be the safest. Sucralose (Splenda): Sucralose is one of the newest sweeteners available to consumers. It can also be used for cooking so it has rapidly become one of the most popular artificial sweeteners. The FDA says that sucralose is not a carcinogenic, reproductive, or neurological risk to human beings. However, sucralose does contain chlorine which is

a carcinogen found in poisonous gas and disinfectants. The only way to be sure of the safety of sucralose is to have longterm studies done on humans. Natural sweeteners are sugar substitutes that have calories, and are promoted as healthier options to sugar. But even these so-called natural sweeteners often undergo processing and refining. The two most popular sweeteners are stevia and agave nectar. Stevia is a plant that is native to South America, and has been used as a sweetener there for hundreds of years. The leaves of the plant are also used for medicine. It was granted Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status by the FDA in 2008. Some people taking stevia can experience bloating or nausea. Others have reported feelings of dizziness, muscle pain, and numbness. There is also some evidence that the chemicals in stevia can lower blood pressure, which is a concern for people with low blood pressure. Agave is native to Mexico and until recently was most well known for its use in tequila. Agave is processed just like other sugars and is no healthier or less caloric than sugar or honey or maple syrup. However, agave does rank lower on the glycemic index, a scale that measures how much various foods raise blood sugar levels, than many other sweeteners. But the research has been inconsistent and should not be viewed as a green light for diabetics. One of the simplest ways to improve the healthfulness of your diet is to decrease consumption of all simple sugars, including agave, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, corn syrup, sucrose, etc. When it comes to sweeteners, the choice is yours, but the less the better. It’s better to satisfy your sweet tooth with whole fruit than with any kind of concentrated form of sugar. Not only is it unprocessed and fiber- and nutrient-rich, it has an even lower glycemic index than agave. Aliza Beer is a registered dietician with a Master’s degree in nutrition. She has a private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. Patients’ success has been featured on the Dr. Oz Show. Aliza’s new line of prepared, healthy meals-to-go are available at Gourmet Glatt. Aliza can be reached at alizabeer@gmail.com.


Deb Hirschhorn, Ph.D.

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Why Should You Ask Questions? Notice what is happening, here. With every question and every answer, the customer gets closer to describing her ideal car. Imagine how easy that sale will be when the entire package,

the male and female roles in bringing ideas to fruition. A flash of insight is a powerful thing. That is chochma and is attributed to the male in a relationship. Binah is the woman’s role. It is the me-

TO TRULY WORK, THE QUESTION HAS TO COME FROM A PLACE OF GENUINE CURIOSITY. including price, is on the table. It will take very little convincing on the salesperson’s part to close the deal. That is in stark contrast to that same salesman, Bert, when he goes home to his wife and forgets to use the wonderful tools that are so successful at work: He walks in ravishingly hungry and dinner is not ready. “What in the world takes up your day?” Bert asks with that special tone that tells you he already believes he has the answer and doesn’t need one from you. “Haven’t I told you many, many times that some days I don’t get a chance to eat all day and I am starved out of my mind? I work hard! And what do you do…?” Can you see that Bert is not going to make a “sale” this way? Bert’s wife, Marcy, might be on the verge of a divorce. She certainly has not been drawn closer to her husband in this manner. He makes a good living, but Marcy wonders how he does it with an approach like this. If she only knew. Now, I will tell you the best bonus of all in asking good questions: intimacy. I will prove it to you. After Adam and Chava were created, it says, “V’ha-adam yada es Chava.” (And the man knew Chava.) In Rabbi Lamm’s book, The Jewish Way in Love and Marriage, he states that the word, “yada,” knew, “implies a profound knowledge of one’s beloved that includes both feeling and understanding. . . It is a knowledge from the inside.” In fact, his entire book is built around the specialness of the marital relationship in Judaism beginning with the understanding that “knowing” one’s mate is not superficial. Without knowing the other person’s heart and soul, there is no intimacy. Esther Wein spoke recently about

ticulous systemizing and quantifying of the solution that chochmah has conceived. Binah is the faculty of deducing one thing from another and also the ability to explain the concept to another person, thus “reproducing” it. However, good ideas don’t go anywhere without building something out of them. That is where da’as comes in. But da’as is an amazing thing, indeed. It is the ability to integrate and harmonize diametrically opposed views or states of being. Da’as is consciousness of Self as an existing being. It is the power which binds together the powers of chochma and binah. It bridges the opposing domains of intellect and the emotional attributes of the soul. Da’as is not merely another stage of intellect; it enables one to convert understanding into the vitality and inspiration of the emotions and from it, to produce actions. And you get that from asking questions. Oh, and of course, listening to the answers. When you ask and truly listen, you integrate your own thinking process

with the other person’s. From a position of, “How could she not have prepared me dinner?” Bert can get to a place of, “I can see why, with our three-year old having a high fever and all the time spent with that, making dinner was just not on Marcy’s mind.” This is something he would not have known until he asked the right question with the right attitude of curiosity. That integration, according to the above definition, is da’as. And apparently, that is what we are supposed to do with our spouses. That is the message behind “V’ha-adam yada es Chava.” We are supposed to truly understand them to the degree that we can “see” their point. Now, remember that in the above explanation the intellectual domain also integrates with the emotional domain. That means that we not only “understand,” but we feel it, and that brings us closer – emotionally – to our spouses. That’s true intimacy. What a bonus: You get to win an argument and you create an intimate relationship with the person you’re married to, all from asking good questions. Dr. Deb Hirschhorn, a Marriage & Family Therapist and best-selling author of The Healing Is Mutual--Marriage Empowerment Tools to Rebuild Trust and Respect--Together, is proud to announce that readers of The Jewish Home will receive a $50 discount on every visit to her Woodmere office. For more information, call 646-54-DRDEB or check out her website at drdeb.com.

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bout ten years ago, I did what I was in the habit of doing: I gave a client a piece of paper with about three points that would help her when “arguing” with her husband. The goal, of course, was to win! But moreover, to win with charm and grace, no hard feelings, and her husband as happy as she with the outcome. The next week, she came back with a big smile and said, “Here, Dr. Deb, I’ve created a chart for you of those suggestions you gave me for homework.” So began an ever-growing chart of suggestions that I benignly call my “Assertiveness Sheet.” Amongst the “do’s” and “don’ts” on this sheet is one which stands out: The power of asking good questions. My sense that asking good questions was confirmed when life coach Heidy Krantz spoke last Wednesday at the Food For Thought series and said the exact same thing. There is, however, a caveat to asking good questions: It is your tone of voice which will always betray your motives. If your motive is genuine curiosity, it will come out in your tone, but it will also show in your tone if you are grilling someone, sarcastic, or just asking the question because someone said you ought to. To truly work, the question has to come from a place of genuine curiosity. So the obvious question on that is: Why, in the middle of an argument, would anyone be curious anyway? Ah, good question. Well, let’s look at the reverse: Suppose someone is not curious. Suppose their only interest is in making a point and the only thing they care about is that the listener gets their point. Which method would accomplish this goal better: to hammer away at the other person who is about to shrivel up into a ball of shaking anxiety, or to ask how the other person feels about the situation? Although it may seem counterintuitive, the answer is the latter. Go to any car dealer and find out what I mean: “Nice car, isn’t it?” “Well….” “Perhaps this is not what you were looking for. What did you have in mind?”

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“Say What?” Yesterday, Edward Snowden urged technology companies to improve their encryption techniques in order to prevent hacking. Then he said, “But not right away. I’m still using Obama’s Netflix password to watch ‘House of Cards.’” - Jimmy Fallon

Fifteen years ago, I was honored as the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee to lead the fight for Poland’s admission into NATO. - Vice President Joe Biden, while in Poland this week. (Poland joined NATO in 1999, two years before Biden became chairman of Foreign Relations Committee) 

Thirty Democratic senators held an all-night “talkathon” on the floor of the Senate last night to highlight the impacts of climate change. Yeah, 14 hours of climate change talk — or as Al Gore calls that, “a first date.” - Jimmy Fallon I hope it’s not working, because if you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany. You don’t survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy. - Ken Langone, the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot, discussing populist political appeals such as raising the minimal wage and universal Pre-K in New York City

London’s famous Globe Theatre announced plans to perform Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” in North Korea. Of course, “Hamlet” is about a man on a murderous revenge mission inspired by his late father. Then Kim Jong Un said, “Where do they come up with this stuff?” - Jimmy Fallon A clothing company is going to release a $99 wedding dress. The $99 wedding dress is the perfect way to tell your man, “I do, I guess.” - Conan O’Brien

I’ve been unfairly maligned about my jeans. The truth is, generally, I look very sharp in jeans. - President Obama during a radio interview, responding to comments Sarah Palin made about his “mom jeans”

Nobody Parties Quite Like The Na Nach. - From an NPR profile of Na Nachs

President Obama’s wife, Michelle, has highlighted her hair. She has blond highlights in her hair. And those will probably be the only highlights of his second term.  - David Letterman Oh wow. So, you can sign the machine? - President Obama when he was told by a Gap clerk to swipe his credit card They had these around the last time I shopped. - Ibid., explaining that he was joking

President Obama today appeared on the Zach Galifianakis online comedy show “Between 2 Ferns.” The president was there to talk about HIS online comedy show — Obamacare. – Seth Myers Russia is the only country in the world that is realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash. - A Russian TV reporter on the official Russian TV channel

President Obama went shopping at The Gap here in New York City. He ended up buying a sweater for each of his daughters and a workout jacket for the first lady. You know, because whenever someone visits New York the one souvenir people really want is something from The Gap. - Jimmy Fallon

I think the decree of the President of the United States was written by some joker. - Tweet by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin after Mr. Obama announced sanctions against Russia

It’s been very tense between Russia and us recently. In fact, lawmakers in Russia have started a petition to get the U.S. kicked out of this year’s World Cup. Or they could just take the easier route and wait until we lose in the first round to literally any other country. - Jimmy Fallon

The Web has changed our lives. In the old days you actually had to go to the mall and watch …people fall down escalators in person. - Craig Ferguson


The World Wide Web turned 25 years old today. And everyone who still calls it the World Wide Web turned 50. - Seth Myers All right, good night. - Last words said from the copilot of the missing Malaysian plane to air-traffic controllers as they left Malaysian airspace (the transponder was already shut off at that point)

Yesterday, Washington had a big power outage…It was so dark…that when the power went out the only thing that was glowing was John Boehner’s face. – David Letterman

Since I’ve been here, I’ve been advised by my superiors that I had “to make my bosses look good.” I’ve been admonished: “Dave, you are a visionary leader but what we need here are team players.” I was advised that if I wanted to be happy in government service, I had to “lower my expectations.” The one thing no one in OASH [Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health] leadership has said to me in two years is “how can we help OR better serve the research community?” Not once. - From a resignation letter by an employee of the Department of Health and Human Services

It looks like Obamacare will miss its enrollment goal of 7 million people by March 31, as only 4 million have signed up so far. Republicans haven’t been this excited since the invention of khakis. – Seth Myers

The crisis in Ukraine still has people worried. Today John McCain led a group of senators there to get a firsthand look. When they landed, McCain said, “This is a disaster, these people are living like animals!” And then someone said, “We have a layover — this is LaGuardia Airport.” – Jimmy Fallon A man in Pakistan broke a world record after he smashed 155 walnuts with his head in under a minute. This talent earned him the nickname “The idiot.” - Seth Myers

Best Buy will start selling solar panels in an effort to promote energy conservation. Best Buy says you can find the panels right next to the 300 flat-screen TVs they leave on all day. - Jimmy Fallon We nag you because we love you. Go to  healthcare.gov and enroll today. - Michelle Obama in a commercial promoting Obamacare

New reports show that the Crimean vote to join Russia on Sunday did not include an option for “no.” There were only two boxes on the ballot, one for “yes,” and one for “murder my family.” - Seth Myers Yesterday, in a highly debated election, 95 percent of Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. Yeah, 95 percent voted to join Russia. Even Kim Jong Un said, “Yeah, right.” - Jimmy Fallon Things are moving quickly over there. Crimea is now holding a vote on whether to join Russia, but the ballot doesn’t have an option for voting against the plan — it lets people vote for joining Russia now, or down the road. When asked where he got the idea, Vladimir Putin said, “iTunes user agreement.” - Jimmy Fallon

I don’t want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs. - White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses who resigned after Michelle Obama fundamentally changed his job duties to focus on healthier food

I think shame on me if I didn’t use the money I was lucky enough to make to make the world a better place. - Michael Bloomberg in a recent interview with Katie Couric The Obama administration announced it is going to require colleges and vocational schools to demonstrate that they are properly preparing students for jobs after college. So don’t be surprised if your chemistry class tomorrow is all about how to make a cappuccino. - Seth Myers

Listen, listen. … Either sit down and keep quiet or get out, one or the other. We are done with you. - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to a heckler at a town hall meeting

A new poll found that twothirds of Americans are following the situation in Ukraine, which is impressive. Usually, you can’t find twothirds of Americans who are following the situation in America. - Jimmy Fallon There was a small earthquake here this morning. Scariest thing about an earthquake is that when it starts you have no idea how intense it’s going to get or how long it’s going to last. It’s like when your mother tells you a story. - Jimmy Kimmel

Maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman and others, for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years operating under a Constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not. - Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) on the House Floor (She was only off by 183 years) 

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David Elazar Simai, MD

Dealing with Diarrhea and Vomiting Dear Readers, Dealing with diarrhea seems to be perennial issue. When I am asked by concerned parents, “Is there a stomach virus going around this week?” I usually reply, “Yes, there is stomach virus going around almost every week of the year.” In order to make everyone familiar with the basic causes and my treatment approach for children with diarrhea, I decided to share with you a recent handout that I created for my patients. My office staff is in the process of uploading most of our handouts to our website: www.doctorsimai.com. • Most cases of diarrhea are viral in nature and can present along with fevers and vomiting. • Infectious diarrhea could easily last two weeks.

• Dangerous diarrhea stains such as salmonella or shigella usually present with high fevers and bloody diarrhea. • One of the most common complications of diarrhea is dehydration. • Children and adults with diarrhea cannot digest milk normally and therefore could have more pain and loose stools when they eat dairy products. • Patients with diarrhea lose large amounts of salt and water (electrolytes) in their stools, so do not try to re-hydrate them with plain water! What Should you Feed your Child with Diarrhea? 1. The “BRAT” diet: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast 2. Hydrate well with Pedialyte (if not available, you can try with Gatorade, Powerade or Vitamin Water) to

replenish the lost electrolytes. 3. Chicken soup broth, crackers and saltines can be helpful. 4. Avoid milk – at all costs! 5. Yogurt may help, the probiotics found in yogurts help stop the diarrhea faster. 6. Probiotics can be purchased over the counter at your pharmacy if your child cannot tolerate yogurt. 7. Avoid greasy or fried foods. 8. Avoid acidic foods like fruits, tomato sauce, pizza, they will often lead to bleeding diaper rashes. 9. Change your child’s diapers often to prevent diaper rashes. 10. Use Vaseline, A & D Ointment, Buttpaste, Desitin or Balmex after air drying the diaper area. 11. Avoid wiping the diaper area with wipes to keep the skin intact; use lukewarm water instead to clean the area. If your Child Starts to Vomit: • If they vomit once, stop giving solid foods and start giving sips of Pedialyte or Gatorade. • If the vomiting repeats a few times, sit next to your child for an hour or two and give one teaspoon of Pedialyte every five minutes – not faster! This way, your child will absorb all the fluids before they have a chance to vomit. This step is the most important one! • After successful slow hydration for a few hours, if your child would like, try to give her crackers or saltines and if she can tolerate this, you could advance the diet further. • If your child continues to vomit despite having five minute breaks between sips, call your doctor. Your child may be severely dehydrated and may need intravenous fluids. With the slow hydration technique (and of course G-d’s constant help) I manage to prevent the vast majority of patients from severe dehydration. It’s amazing to see how in about an hour, a lethargic child who came to my of-

fice vomiting half a dozen times could drink a cup of Gatorade we gave him (slowly), perk up and leave the office smiling! If the virus has hit your household, use good hand washing practices before mealtime in order to limit the spread in

your household. Having said all that, I hope that this spring your children won’t bring home any of these circulating stomach viruses, because you know what they say? The spring brings a wave of especially bad stomach viruses… Sincerely, David Elazar Simai M.D. To view this or previous articles online, please visit my website: www.doctor simai.com. Dr. David Simai is a Board Certified Pediatrician from the Five Towns. He is a full time attending in his own private practice since 2007 in Cedarhurst, New York. In addition, he is an Attending Physician at LIJ-Cohen Children’s Hospital, North-Shore Manhasset University Hospital and South Nassau Communities Hospital. He can be contacted for consultation at 516 374-2228 or via email at davidsimai@yahoo.com. NOTE: name, gender, geographical area and other identifying information were deliberately altered in this article in order to protect the patient’s privacy. This article is not intended to help diagnose or treat any specific disease. Always consult your personal physician before diagnosing or treating yourself or your child for any of the above mentioned illnesses.


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At the White Shul’s Purim Chagiga

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Roslyn D. Goldmacher, Esq.

Growing My Business without Breaking the Bank

The Attorney Responds: This sounds like the perfect situation to use a federal program called the SBA 504 loan program. SBA stands for U.S. Small Business Administration, a federal agency charged with promoting small business in the United States. The program is intended to help small businesses like yours invest in capital assets so that they can grow, thrive and hire people in the community. It does not seek to replace conventional financing but merely to supplement it so that you can conserve your working capital for appropriate needs. Here’s how it works: take the entire project cost (acquisition of the building; renovations, soft costs such as title insurance, appraisal, environmental, legal costs, permits, etc.; capital equipment such as printing presses; and a small amount of furniture and fixtures). Of that, your bank

lends 50% and gets a first mortgage. You put in 10% equity. And the SBA 504 program lends 40% in a second mortgage position. For start up businesses or single purpose buildings, the equity requirement is higher. The SBA 504 loan is for 10 or 20 years at a fixed rate determined when the bond which funds it is sold. This occurs after project completion. The bank that is providing the first mortgage loan will provide a bridge loan against the SBA 504 takeout so you can close on the building, do the renovations and complete the project. Then the SBA 504 loan closes, its bond is sold and the funds are sent to your bank to pay down the bridge loan. The costs of the bridge loan can be included in the project cost. The program permits you to lease out 49% of the building until you need it for your company. There will be a requirement to show that you are growing and creating or retaining jobs. Using the SBA 504 loan program permits you to save your working capital for your company’s expansion and any uncovered project costs. Having a fixed rate allows you to plan for the future. Having a long term loan means less money going out each month. In this way, you can provide for your company’s stability and growth over time, and build equity for your family. Talk to your banker about supplementing its loan with the SBA 504 program. For the 504 loan, contact Empire Certified Development at 516-845-2700 or reach out to jgoldrick@nybdc.com. Roslyn D. Goldmacher is an attorney who is also President/CEO of the Long Island Development Corporation family of economic development organizations providing favorable financing under government and private sector loan programs to LI small businesses. Contact her at: biz-loans@lidc. org or at 866-433-5432. See www.lidc.org for more information about resources for small businesses on Long Island.

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I own a small commercial printing company on Long Island. While it has been a challenge to survive in recent years, I am finally in an upward trend thanks to careful monitoring of expenses, increased marketing to preferred industry customers, and investments in state-of-the-art equipment to enable us to handle diverse client needs. My company is profitable and growing. Our lease is about to come up for renewal and I think it is time I stopped paying rent and started building equity for my company and my family. I have found a small commercial building with room to grow (there’s a tenant in 30% of the space which will give me some cash flow help now and later on I can take over that space as my company grows). My bank is willing to lend me 65% of the appraised value. I really don’t want to use my working capital to sink 35% into the building cost plus have to pay for renovations, moving, and other associated needs. Are there any options to help me realize this next step in my company’s success and growth?

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Not All Square Meters are Created Equal

few years ago, my client wanted to purchase a 3-bedroom apartment in a new development project. We first viewed a 150 square meter (“sqm”) 3-bedroom unit [1 sqm equals 10.76 square feet] in a brand new complex. We then visited a different project and looked at a 110 sqm 3-bedroom unit, which surprisingly felt just as spacious as the 150 sqm apartment. When we measured both apartments, we confirmed that the two units were almost exactly the same size! What gives? Standardized Measures In the past, calculating an apartment size was a tricky proposition, as not all developers used the same methods of calculation. Some developers would incorporate the common area space into the apartment size; for example, if the apartment was 5% of the project, the developer would add 5% of the common area space to the unit’s square meterage to cover the cost of constructing the lobby, hallways and stairways. Other developers were more honest and didn’t use these “rubber rulers.” As a result, it was difficult to compare apartment sizes in

different developments. To create market uniformity, the government implemented laws dictating how to calculate apartment sizes. These new laws allow developers to include walls but not the common space outside the apartment. A good rule of thumb to determine usable space in a new development is to deduct 10% off the official square meterage. Therefore, if an apartment is officially 100 square meters, you will have approximately 90 square meters of usable space. Unfortunately, there are no set rules when measuring existing apartments being sold second-hand and sometimes sellers use different methods to calculate size. In order to create consistency, we always ask to see the arnona (property tax) bill, which only measures usable space. Efficient Layouts In addition to square meterage, another important issue to consider when determining the spaciousness of an apartment is the layout: some apartments have very efficient layouts while other units’ layouts have more wasted

space. Just last year, my client wanted to purchase a 3-bedroom apartment with at least 125 sqm, as she stressed the importance of having a “roomy and welcoming” apartment. The first unit that we viewed was 135 sqm but, due to an inefficient layout, low ceilings and dark walls, the apartment felt somewhat cramped. Then we looked at a 115 sqm 3-bedroom unit with an efficient layout, higher ceilings, large windows and light walls, which created a much more spacious environment. Despite my client’s initial request for minimally 125 sqm, she bought the 115 square meter apartment, and she could not be happier with her purchase. Outdoor Space One last issue to consider when determining the roominess of an apartment is the size and location of its exterior space – which, by the way, is not included in the apartment’s square meterage. Sometimes a garden or balcony feels like an extension of the apartment. A spacious balcony situated just off the living room – sporting attractive outdoor furniture and offering lovely views – of-

ten becomes a focal point in the apartment and frequently becomes a favorite gathering place. Contrast this situation with a balcony situated off a bedroom and you will see its usage plummet, as users are not drawn to the space. Just like any other room in a home, a balcony’s usage will directly correlate with its accessibility and appeal. Great outdoor space can be a boon to apartment dwellers as it expands the unit’s footprint and literally offers its residents a change of scenery. 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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How Do I De-Side? Unlike a roof, where the time for replacement is obvious, a good rule of thumb for siding is as follows: 1) You notice drafts or water leaks coming through the walls of your house 2) The siding is gradually falling of the house 3) The house is in need of painting 3) You can no longer stand the sight of your house How should I begin this process? Since many communities contain “cookie cutter” houses, the first step is to take note of your neighbors. You will see various designs, color combinations and levels or workmanship; some you will love and some will just make you wonder.  If you come across something that catches your eye then take a picture, it will be helpful when we meet. I have had three estimates that have left me with nothing more than a price and a color swatch.  How am I supposed to make a decision? A professional contractor will not simply throw you a number, ask for a color choice and request a deposit; they

will help you make an educated decision and not try to sell you.  I feel that every aspect of the project and its proposed materials must be demonstrated, including the quality of the siding panel, level of insulation being installed, how the windows will be capped on the exterior to reduce drafts and leaks, and other factors.  Leaving no stone unturned ensures that every aspect of the project remains in your control and it is unwise to consider anyone who will not give you the courtesy of a detailed presentation. What specific factors should be addressed during the meeting? An important point that must be ad-

dressed is how the garbage (including the removed siding) will be disposed.  A dumpster may see seem a good solution until you see the condition of your

in drafts and look terrible when they start to open.  We offer seam-less vinyl siding; in many cases there will be NO seams anywhere.

LEAVING NO STONE UNTURNED ENSURES THAT EVERY ASPECT OF THE PROJECT REMAINS IN YOUR CONTROL.

driveway or lawn once the behemoth is removed.  Removal by truck will leave the property in the best condition post-renovation. Insulation is rated by an R-factor, with the higher numbers giving the best return on investment.  While the inexpensive insulation frequently included has an R-factor of a 0.5-1.5, the house will undoubtedly be more comfortable and efficient with an R-factor of a 3.0 or above. What would happen if you tie a plastic bag around your hand and duct tape it closed? Moisture begins to build up because our bodies naturally emit water vapor, and if it is sealed with a material that doesn’t “breathe,” this moisture will collect.  Houses are similar in this way; by cooking, showering, and even breathing, the structure collects moisture that must be released; this is why sheetrock is porous.  As we install roofing, siding and windows that are very tight for insulation purposes, few contractors take this into account.  An insulation with a permeability rating of a 5.0 or greater will ensure that moisture does not get trapped and create “sick home syndrome” where mold builds up due to excess moisture in the home.  If this weren’t an issue then there wouldn’t be advertisements filled with mold remediation specialists. Aesthetics are also important and the biggest complaint I receive about siding is the seams, since the average and most widely used panel comes in 12’ sections.  On an average house there can be hundreds seams that allow

With so many brands, qualities, designs and colors to choose from, how do I make a decision? As stated above, it is very difficult to make such an important decision from a color swatch under indoor, artificial lighting.  Major Homes has invested in computer software that will

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show you how your house will look like before the work begins.  After hours of prep work, we are able to actually design and alter your home based on your specifications.  It is amazing how much of a difference small details can make, and with this software our clients need never have to “choose and hope.” Whether you are looking to jazz your house up or bring energy bills down, a quality siding and insulation package installed by a professional will fulfill your needs. Jason Kersch is one of the owners of Major Homes. He welcomes your comments and questions and can be reached at JKersch@ majorhomes.com or at 718-229-5741.

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There are currently thousands of Jewish teens that are attending public school across the New York area and have very little affiliation to yiddishkite. Through a lot of hard work and mesiras nefesh many of these teens have grown tremendously in Torah and Mitzvos. They are bringing their new commitment and passion to Yiddishkite into their lives and homes. I have been approached by many of these teens for the opportunity to attend Yeshiva High Schools and attend Yeshivas/seminaries in Eretz Yisroel the funds to cover the expense stops them from going.

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aze is a real time GPS system that lets you know just what’s happening up to the minute out on the road.  It was invented, where else, of course—in Israel!  It gives details and announcements such as, “Warning, traffic ahead, car stuck on side of road,” or “Watch out, snow coming your way,” or “Slow down, you’re approaching a pothole in 70, 50, 20 feet!” Well, here’s what  Waze sounded like this past  Purim Sunday, “Warning, traffic ahead and behind and all over— yeshiva limos stuck on all sides of the road” or “Watch out,  Batman and Barney coming your way ” or “Slow down, collectors approaching you in groups of 20, 50, or 70 at once!” The roads were clogged with Purim cheer. And our homes filled up with the latest new products and candies. Exotic chocolates and cakes arrived. Chips, candy bars, and lollipops showed up in assorted sizes and flavors.  All day we were busy with “give” and “take”:  trying to “give” tzedaka but “taking” arguments for the amounts! As we received the treats we were all trying not to think, “How will I rid myself of all this junk food before Passover rolls around, without me rolling around?” I singlehandedly attempted to empty my house of all of it. Though, I should have used the trashcan, not my mouth, as the receptacle.   I am now, once more, appreciating why we have the hard work of Passover to start burning the calories we’ve consumed uncontrollably. 

People often complain, “Why do Purim and Passover have to come so close together; it gives us no time to finish all the snacks! That’s the point—we are not supposed to! We need to save room for the matzah and matzah and oh yeah, the matzah! I literally hear the crunch of it in my ears as Purim is drawing to a close.   On Purim   -   We are drinking in excess On Passover -    It is down to only four cups On Purim -  We are eating in excess On Passover -    It’s down to a limited kazayis (measured amount) On Purim -   We are providing everyone with dough in excess On Passover -   The dough is kept down to an uninflated minimum  The rules of Passover are so much more delineated. I guess that’s because Passover was a time we were just getting to know G-d, while Purim was just a reconnection. Passover is kind of like a first date—detailed and thought-out— versus Purim, which is like speed dating – no details, just a lot of action or connection.  So what is some of the action, connections and pitfalls we have on Purim?  -Tons of young students visit their rebbis’ homes. The rebbis spew forth some of their most brilliant Torah thoughts yet the students have no clue what they are hearing; they are too out of it to appreciate it.  Except for three

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or four very impressive, wide-eyed students standing listening attentively. And then it turns out they are not the best students, they are simply the designated drivers! -Purim is the one day you want to avoid all popular people. That is, if you are delivering mishaloch manos by car. If you turn down their block, be sure to bring enough food with you in case you are still stuck there by seudah time!  -A statistically significant fact is that more people are out walking their babies on Purim than any other day. However, when you bend over their strollers to “kutchy ku” their little one, they look a lot like 20 packages wrapped in cellophane.  It turns out the real baby is home, costumed, as a babysitter or as a watchdog, minding the house! Did you ever wonder what the guy reading the megillah is on?!   Definitely something or he had to have graduated at the top of his speed reading class! By the time I open my megillah, he’s done with the first chapter! If you space out for one second, you spend the rest of the night trying to find out where he’s up to. Thank goodness for those points in the megillah we stop and all recite a sentence together. They are clearly inserted to give everyone a fighting chance to get back on the same page. Did you notice the shuls now have a traffic light system to stop you from prolonging the gragger noise? I got like 20 tickets for running the red light this year (overspinning my gragger after the light turned red). And here I thought I was finally safe from those meter maids ticketing me by being in shul.   Silly

me, I thought that traffic cop outfit was a costume!  Well, anyway, now we’ve got the green light to move forward toward Passover!  So, as Purim becomes a memory and Passover becomes a reality— through the hours of cleaning the house and emptying the pantry—I have one

sweet thought getting me through that I’ll share with you. It is C.L.C! And that’s not using my skills as a “Certified Life Coach” to get me through it all!   It’s bigger than that. It’s the knowledge that soon we will be reunited with CLC: “Chocolate Lolly Cones,” that true, sweet symbol that the Passover celebration has arrived once more. Hopefully, that, and your Adar cheer will get you  there, b’simcha!

   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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odern-day salvagers can spend years to find centuries’ old treasures. Mel Fisher spent 16 years searching for the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha, which sank in a hurricane off Key West in 1622. But sometimes finding buried treasure is far easier. Just ask the still-unidentified California couple, known only as “John” and “Mary,” who took their 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 the weight, it burst open to reveal the glint of gold. (Sounds like a real “Beverly Hillbillies” moment, doesn’t it?!)

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 top $10 million. In fact, one coin alone — an 1866 Liberty $20 piece without the usual “In G-d We Trust” inscription — may be worth a cool million all by itself!   At one point, it looked like John and Mary might have to give up their find. Back in 1900, a Mint employee named Walter Dimmick stole $30,000 worth of gold. Dimmick did his time for the crime, but the gold was never recovered. If it had been Dimmick’s haul that our lucky couple found, they would have had to return it, even af-

ter all this time. Fortunately, the Mint says they don’t think that’s the case, and they won’t be investigating. Mint spokesman Adam Stump told the San Francisco Chronicle, “We’ve done quite a bit of research, and we’ve got a crack team of lawyers, and trust me, 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 gains rates. So let’s see . . . 39.6% for Uncle Sam, plus 13.3% for California,

leaves . . . well, barely half of that $10 million! The worst part is, they owe the tax now even if they keep the coins instead of selling them.   What if John and Mary donated the coins to charity? Would that let them off the hook? Nope! The problem is, you can only deduct charitable gifts up to 50% of your income. That means our lucky couple could deduct just half the value of their fortune, and still pay tax on the rest — even if they give it all away. (The limit is even lower for gifts to private foundations — just 30%.) Here at our firm, we search for hidden treasures, too. But instead of doing it on the high seas, or in California mountains, we do it in the tax code. Our quest is to unearth the deductions, credits, loopholes, and strategies that can save you thousands. And you don’t even have to take your dog for a walk to do it. Allan J Rolnick is a CPA who has been in practice for over 30 years in Queens, NY. He welcomes your comments and can be reached at 718-896-8715 or at allanjrcpa@aol.com.

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Find a location at school or at home where you can place a bulletin board and post interesting exhibits on the board for others to look at. This will increase interest and stimulation. You know the old saying, “Out of sight out of mind.” This is true. Even libraries sometimes have beautiful exhibits, easily accessible and full of information, which is worthwhile seeing and reading about. Speaking of reading: Read about women artists throughout history. Their stories are amazing and encouraging. You too will find valuable encouragement in the artist’s stories. Try to introduce themes that relate to what you are teaching or studying about holidays and history. Create a still-life of a scene which speaks about the upcoming holiday or history lesson. Portraits of children from different eras in history are extremely interesting and appealing to young children. Have them try and draw themselves during different times in history. The clothing is not like today and they will adore being introduced to the costume of the day. Be creative in your choice of costumes. Find out about local artists and invite them to your school or organizational event to familiarize them with your community. Make sure to give a preliminary introduction about the artist and their individual techniques so that they are familiar with the artist and their

specific style. This makes for a more constructive event and makes everyone feel comfortable. These artistic people by nature are usually interesting, warm, and on the most part wishing to share their talents. Students should be told to bring pieces of art to school as show and tell to share with their class. Women could do the same at meetings as the entertainment. Just like at book clubs the people discuss the book, here they will discuss a painting. Research should be done before attending the meeting. One person should MC the evening by giving everyone a chance to share their feelings and knowledge of a particular artist. The public libraries are full of art books for people of all ages. Making sure that children’s books are appropriate for their age levels is a daunting job

if to be done correctly but is necessary. Start a collection of some sort. Use your imagination and personal interests as the guide to what you would like to collect. Collections add flavor to anything. Enrichment takes place as we continue to look for new avenues of artistic expression in the arts.

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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This year camp will be at a new larger facility Ohr Torah in North Woodmere!

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