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ometimes I wonder: who is the real me? Am I the person who sits in shul on Yom Kippur, tears soaking the machzor, swaying in prayer, connecting to the One Above? Or am I the person who is busy with cutting vegetables for a salad, braiding challah dough, folding laundry, setting the table, making phone calls, sending emails, doing homework with my little ones, and putting them to bed? Which one is the true me? Can those two people be one and the same? Can I be so connected and then so disconnected and so “busy” at other times? There are two parts to a person and, although they come from different worlds, within us they manage to blend and merge. Our soul is otherworldly. Its desire is to reach for the Heavens, to connect to its Source. Even when it is housed in our bodies for the 120 years that we’re on this earth, it still goes back to its Source at night, yearning to keep its presence in the upper spheres. But we weren’t just given a soul when we were born. We were given a body, a physical, tangible vessel that comes from dust and ultimately will reside in the dust. That body needs to eat; it needs to be clothed and washed and fed. It has so many “things” that it needs and it keeps us busy. But what about on Yom Kippur? When

our bodies’ desires are put to the side, and we forgo food and other earthly needs. Can that also be the true me? Or are we just putting on a show, pretending to be someone else, masking our bodies’ limitations and demands? I recently read in the ArtScroll machzor that the Zichronos on Rosh Hashana refer to Hashem judging us on our past actions while looking at our present state and seeing our future potential in the years to come. But perhaps we can see it in a different way. Perhaps Hashem is looking at our past actions – He’s seeing the good and the bad that we’ve done in the past year – but He’s also looking at who we are now, how we’re in shul davening and connecting. He’s seeing our truest desires, our souls shining through, and we’re hoping that He sees us in that state and knows that that’s ultimately who we want to be. Perhaps every day, when He sees us in our busy lives and we don’t feel that connected, He remembers that pure state on Yom Kippur and knows that ultimately, when everything is stripped away, that is truly who we are. Who is the “real” me? I think it’s one and the same – one person with a shining soul who has been tasked to do good on this earth. And I hope that Hashem sees us in the same way. Wishing you a gmar chasima tova, Shoshana

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Contents LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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ISRAEL Israel News

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PEOPLE The Heroes of Outpost 107 by Shlomo Horwitz

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The Israeli Air Force During the Yom Kippur War by Avi Heiligman

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Neila: There is Still Time by Rav Moshe Weinberger

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JEWISH THOUGHT Another Year on This Journey Called Grief by Lisa Rosenblatt

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HEALTH & FITNESS No, You’re Not Awful by Dr. Deb Hirschhorn 82 How to Have an Easy Fast by Cindy Weinberger, MS, RD, CDN 84

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Dear Editor, I couldn’t agree more with Cynthia Korel, who wrote in about the loss of our country’s moral compass. Time and time again we see how our laws have become synonymous with a “backwards” society. Why? Why are social conventions and bible-based law considered a thing of the past? Why are Americans so bent on destroying the past and all that it stood for? This has got to stop. If we don’t work on stopping the dangerous roller coaster we are currently on, we may, G-d forbid, tumble into the abyss. We need to vote for politicians who represent our way of life and value and respect what we stand for. If not, our children will be living in an even more immoral society. Sincerely, Rhoda Handel

Dear Editor, I was very impressed with the article on Rabbi Bombach this week. He should be visiting every school and teaching them his concepts on chinuch. This generation is completely different than the children who were in schools even ten years ago. We need to be completely tuned in to who they are. So many children are not fit to sit in desks all day and learn for hours at a time. Why should they feel less of themselves because they weren’t

given the brains or the “zitz fleish” for studying and learning? We need to build them up! We need to show them that they are worthy individuals, capable of accomplishing so much. There are many different people who make up Klal Yisroel. Think of the shtetl from years ago. There were the rabbis, the learners, the farmers, the bakers, the wagon drivers, the water carriers, the storeowners, the businessmen…every person was important and integral to the town and to the community. And so it is today. We need rabbanim, rebbes, teachers, doctors, drivers, businessmen, storeowners, bakers, gardeners, plumbers, electricians… every person is needed and important to ensure that our community can function well. Let’s show our children that they can succeed and will succeed at whatever they are meant to be. Bring out their kochos, show them that they can shine! And while we’re doing that, let’s show them the beauty of Yiddishkeit and show them how a frum Jew acts in every position they find themselves in years from now. Yiddishkeit is meant for all – not just a select few. Every child should feel confident and happy in the path they choose. Gmar chasima tova, A Reader Continued on page 10

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Dear Editor, There is no reason why a new building for a library should generate such controversy. There’s been articles in papers back and forth, and I don’t understand why. It’s a library. They need a new building. Officially, it’s the people of the town who should have a say in how and if it happens. So let’s have a meeting. Let’s have a group discussion where those who are interested in

getting involved hear each other out. It should not be about politics. This is a library, for goodness sakes! The people should decide. Avrumi Holdner Dear Editor, Great article on Rabbi Bombach this week. I saw the video of him in the summer and appreciated the extra background that the article gave me. He’s doing great work. Sincerely, R. Stern

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The Week In News

Brazilian Prez Candidate Stabbed

The frontrunner in the race for the next president of Brazil was stabbed during a campaign rally last week. Jair Bolsonaro, a former military officer, was stabbed by 40-year-old Adelio Bispo de Oliveira while being led through a crowd on the shoulders of his supporters in Juiz de Fora city. Referred to by many as “Brazil’s Trump,” the conservative Christian candidate, 63, is now recovering in Albert Einstein hospital in São Paulo. One of his many campaign promises is to follow President Trump’s lead and move Brazil’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In 2017, the candidate told a crowd of 400 that “my heart is green, yellow, blue and white,” in a reference to the Israeli and Brazilian flags. The attacker, who was easily captured by police at the rally, said that he was on a “mission from G-d.” His Facebook page was full of anti-Bolsonaro rhetoric and generalized hatred. It has been revealed that he is affiliated with PSOL, Brazil’s far-left political party with an openly anti-Israel platform. The presidential hopeful had himself transferred from the Syrian-Lebanese Hospital to Albert Einstein, a move which was viewed as controversial by some of his critics. Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil’s most influential newspaper, wrote: “This time the Syrian-Lebanese – known as ‘the hospital of the powerful’ – lost the battle to its rival, the Albert Einstein.” Jewish community leaders in the country were quick to quell any un-

justified conspiracies in connection to the hospitals. “Some news just is not true. We vigorously repudiate those who, in a frivolous way, want to import international conflicts into Brazilian society,” said Ary Bergher, Rio’s Jewish federation’s newly-elected president. “Brazilian Arabs and Jews use both Albert Einstein and Syrian-Lebanese hospitals with total confidence and cordiality. Brazil is proud of cutting-edge medicine” at both hospitals, he said. “Born in Rio, the candidate chose to be treated in Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital. There is no kind of antagonism or animosity between the Brazilian Jewish community and our cousins of the Brazilian Arab community.” The candidate will spend at least a week in the hospital and may need many weeks to recover from his life-threatening injuries. The election’s first round is scheduled for October 7. Since the stabbing Bolsonaro has seen a slight increase in the polls. He is now viewed as the most favorable candidate in the upcoming elections. The next candidate in terms of ratings is Marina Silva of the leftwing environmentalist Sustainability Network party.

Does Wealthy = Bad Health?

According to the World Health Organization, nearly one in three women and nearly one in four men do not exercise enough to avoid common diseases. The WHO recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity each week. Those who do not meet the recommendations are at a much higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers. A new study published by the Lancet Global Health journal revealed that more than 1.4 billion people around the globe were not active enough in 2016. Since 2001, no improvement has been seen in high-income countries amongst

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those still sitting on their couches. In fact, in many countries, a 5 percent increase in inactivity levels was noted. Having more money in the bank does not mean that you’ll be more active. “Levels of inactivity are more than twice as high in high income countries as compared to low income countries, with an increasing trend in high income countries,” notes Regina Guthold, the lead author of the study. “Latin America and the Caribbean, and high-income Western countries are the two regions with the highest levels of inactivity, and with increasing trends in inactivity.” Uganda and Mozambique had the best records of exercising adults: just 6% of adults in each of those countries did not get enough physical activity in 2016. Wealthier countries have inhabitants with more sedentary lifestyles and occupations. More recreation and motorized transport may also be responsible for the numbers. The trends suggest that as more of the world becomes modernized, the obesity levels will go up and so will the number of people with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, a sobering statistic.

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In 1938 the first anti-Jewish laws in Italy were implemented. As part of the new laws, all Jewish students were expelled from Italian schools and universities. Just from universities, 96 full and associate professors, 133 assistants, hundreds of lecturers, and 1,500 students were dismissed. At the time, Jews were 7% of Italian academia. Italy was home to 45,000 Jews out of a coun-

try of 43 million citizens. Now, eighty years later, the Italian academic world is attempting to make amends and will issue a formal apology for that expulsion. On September 20, the University of Pisa will host a formal Cerimonia delle Scuse e del Ricordo, or Ceremony of Apology and Commemoration. The ceremony is part of a vast program commemorating the 80th anniversary of the racial laws. “We came up with the idea over a year ago. Since the first decree implementing Italian Racial Laws was signed in Pisa, and 20 professors as well as over 250 Jewish students were expelled from our university, we felt compelled to remember that infamous action,” explained the director of the University of Pisa Paolo Maria Mancarella. Mancarella said the plan was immediately embraced by Pisa’s schools of advanced studies, the regional authorities, other Tuscan universities, and eventually the umbrella organization, the Conference of Rectors of Italian Universities (CRUI). “Together we decided to give substance to our intentions and to the commemoration with a tangible gesture, creating an official moment, hence the idea of the ceremony that is going to be joined by the highest representatives of Italian universities, offering a moral acknowledgement to all members of the Jewish communities who will be attending,” Mancarella added. Many, including the organizers of the conference themselves, acknowledge that the apology is too little, too late. “I believe that any public act of contrition by a public institution, though tardy, is positive because it represents a step forward in the acknowledgement of what happened, and it is also good that the current representatives of the universities take responsibility for what their institutions did back then,” said Gadi Luzzatto Voghera, director of the Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea (Center for Jewish Contemporary Documentation) in Milan. “However, I am skeptical of the use of the term ‘apology,’ because an apology, in the Catholic culture that is still dominant in Italy, also entails a request for forgiveness, which in this case cannot be granted considering that those who were expelled have all died,” said Voghera.


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“Moreover, maybe even more than to current Italian Jews, the apologies should be addressed to the whole Italian scientific community and society, considering the irreparable damage that the loss of Jewish academics caused.” Voghera said that a concrete way to make amends could be the creation of structured departments of Jewish Studies in Italian universities. “Italy is the only country in the Western world where [Jewish Stud-

ies departments] do not exist. Not to mention the fact that the Hebrew language is taught under the branch of Oriental languages, ignoring that for at least 1,000 years Italian Jews on Italian soil have produced masterpieces in Hebrew,” said Voghera. “The fact that they are not considered part of Italian tradition is a blow to the country’s culture, as well as the proof that the Jew continues to be considered ‘the other.’”

Trump Means Business in Syria President Trump has a new strategy in Syria which involves keeping American troops on the ground until Iranian forces are driven out of the war-torn country. The president reportedly agreed to new objectives in Syria which are in clear contrast with his comments in April in which

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Monday ordered Iran to pay $104.7 million to victims of a June 1996 truck bombing in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, that killed 19 U.S. military personnel. Despite the verdict, it is unclear when and how the plaintiffs might collect. Chief Judge Beryl Howell entered a default judgment against Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which did not defend itselves


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against claims over their alleged roles in the attack, which sheared off the front of the Khobar Towers complex. Howell said 15 service members who were at the complex when it was bombed could recover for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The judge also said 24 relatives could recover for emotional distress from seeing how the bombing affected their loved ones. Howell rejected punitive damages, saying U.S. law did not allow them for attacks occurring before 2008. The lawsuit sought damages under the so-called terrorism exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. “The plaintiffs are very pleased with the decision, and look forward to pursuing collections,” Paul Gaston, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said. “Having the court ruling gives them some measure of justice.” Thirteen members of Hezbollah were indicted in June 2001 in the federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, over their alleged roles in the attack. In December 2006, another federal judge in Washington ordered Iran to pay $254.4 million to family mem-

bers and the estates of 17 Americans who died in the attack, also in a default judgment. The U.S. government in 2015 established the US Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund to compensate victims.

Jack Ma to Retire?

Jack Ma, the founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is retiring from the company he co-founded almost twenty years ago. He is expected to reveal his succession plans on his 54th birthday this week. Ma stepped down as CEO in 2013, retaining the role of executive chairman.

The $450 billion company started as a webpage run out of Ma’s apartment and is now one of the top global tech enterprises. Alibaba’s empire spans everything from cloud computing and digital banking to online messaging and movie production. Ma, an outspoken advocate for globalization, will begin transitioning out of his role at a politically tense time between the United States and China. The trade war seems to be escalating, while China’s economy is showing signs of slowing. Duncan Clark, author of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built, told CNN that he doubts Ma’s retirement announcement is political in any way. “He has long talked about his desire to go back to his roots as a teacher,” Clark said. So his retirement should come as “no big surprise.” Ma has the classic rags to riches story. He was born to a poor family in Hangzhou, in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, in 1964. He struggled in school, and he has said during interviews that he was rejected from Harvard 10 times and repeatedly passed over for jobs. Ma failed his entrance exam twice before studying at the Hangzhou Teachers College. He graduated in 1988 and

continued to teach English there for several years. Later on, he stumbled upon the internet by chance and created a golden opportunity. “The day we got connected to the web, I invited friends and TV people over to my house,” he said. “We waited three and a half hours and got half a page. We drank, watched TV and played cards, waiting. But I was so proud. I proved the internet existed.” At that time, he quit his job teaching and dedicated himself to launching a website. After several failed ventures, he borrowed $60,000 from friends and investors and co-founded Alibaba.com as a business-to-business marketplace in 1999. It attracted backing from major players like Goldman Sachs and SoftBank. In 2005, Yahoo purchased a large stake in Alibaba valued at $4 billion that also gave Alibaba control over Yahoo’s operations in China. In the last ten years, Alibaba has accumulated millions of customers and has helped change Chinese society by giving working class people access to online commerce and creating a slew of new jobs.  In 2014 Ma formed the Jack Ma Foundation, a charity dedicated to improving education, the environment and public health.


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Alejandro was a lieutenant on the San Juan. President Mauricio Macri’s government has declared that there are no survivors from the San Juan, though no one knows exactly what happened to the vessel. Investigators suspect a technical fault is responsible. The Seabed Constructor is equipped with cameras that can be submerged to a depth of 6,000 meters. The reward for finding the sub is $7.5 million.

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Ship Sets Sail to Find Missing Sub A U.S. ship set out last week to find an Argentinian submarine that has been missing for the past year. The San Juan disappeared on November 15, 2017 with 44 crew members on board after losing contact about 450 kilometers off the coast of Argentina as it was heading back to its base in the southern port of

Mar del Plata. After searching for 15 days for survivors, the government downgraded the search to finding the wreckage. The Seabed Constructor, owned by the company Ocean Infinity, left from the port of Comodoro Rivadavia, 1,800 kilometers south of Buenos Aires, with Argentinian sailors and family members of the San Juan crew on board. “We feel this is the last opportunity to find them. And we want to find out what happened,” said Luis Tagliapietra, whose son

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An Internet-Free Oasis There’s a small peninsula in Iceland that is trying to preserve life before emails, Facebook, and Amazon.

In the northernmost corner of the Nordic country is a rugged glacial horn that reaches for the Arctic Circle. In order to make a phone call one has to walk up a mountain for barely-there cell phone service. The Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is one of the last digital-free frontiers in the world, and hikers, park rangers, and summer residents want it to stay that way. There are rumors swirling that the region may soon receive internet service much to the locals’ dismay. Until now they were able to resist cell towers but commercial initiatives may change that.

“We see a growing appreciation for the lack of online connection,” said Environment Agency of Iceland ranger Vesteinn Runarsson, who patrols the peninsula’s southern end on his own. “Looking to the future, we want to keep Hornstrandir special in

that way.” Companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX are planning to deliver Wi-Fi to every corner of the world by putting thousands of small satellites into low Earth orbit. This would benefit regions that are off the grid because of poverty or war or where internet access is reserved for the wealthy. However, places like Hornstrandir are not excited. Outdoor enthusiasts want Hornstrandir’s 220 square miles, which accounts for 0.6 percent of Iceland’s, to be declared a “digital-free zone.” Ironically, Iceland ranks first on a U.N. index comparing nations by information technology use, with roughly 98 percent of the population using the internet. Among adults, 93 percent report having Facebook accounts and two-thirds are Snapchat users, according to pollster MMR. Northwest Iceland’s representative in parliament is less sentimental about the value of isolation. Since her election last year, Halla Signy Kristjansdottir has pressed the Ministry of Transport to fund cell towers for the safety of sailors and travelers whose mobile devices currently are useless in and near Hornstrandir. “I don’t see anything romantic about lying on the ground with a bro-

ken thigh bone and no cellphone signal,” Kristjansdottir has said. In a written response to the lawmaker, Minister of Transport Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson pointed out that huts along the hiking trails are equipped with radiophones for emergencies. He defended the absence of digital connectivity in Hornstrandir as a factor in “advancing visitors’ experience.”

America and India Strike a Deal

The United States and India are new best friends. The two countries signed an agreement on Thursday that will allow New Delhi to buy advanced American weaponry and share sensitive military technology. This strengthening of a partnership is very much an anti-China effort.


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“Today’s fruitful discussion illustrated the value of continued cooperation between the world’s two largest democracies,” said Jim Mattis, the United States defense secretary, at a news conference on Thursday after the agreement was signed. “We will work together for a free and prosperous Indo-Pacific.” The two countries also discussed holding joint land, sea and air military exercises in India next year. In the past, joint exercises were held outside the country. Some say that behind the handshakes and flattering remarks between Mattis and Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, there is skepticism. The U.S. is concerned about how willing and able India will be to openly counter China as the Chinese expand their influence in the waters between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The White House is also skeptical about India’s hesitancy to cut trade relations with Iran. On the flip side, some are concerned by the United States’ recent barriers to trade, which threaten to impose tariffs on Indian goods and force New Delhi to import more American products. Increasing military sales to New Delhi have been a goal for Washington. A decade ago sales were nearly

zero; for next year they are estimated to be $18 billion. On Friday, at a rally in South Dakota, President Trump said that his policies have taught countries to respect the U.S. “India called us the other day,” he said. “They said they want to do a trade deal. They wouldn’t talk about that with previous administrations. They were very happy at the way it was. And my trade representative who was very tough and very smart... he said, why are you calling? They said, because of President Trump. I was going to wait a little while. But they want it soon.” India and the U.S. are negotiating several trade issues, and the talks are in a stalemate as U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has demanded a commitment from India to make additional purchases worth $10 billion annually for the next three years.

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Paraguay Not Moving Embassy Mario Abdo Benitez, the president of Paraguay, is trying to convince Israel to reconsider the closure of its embassy in Asuncion, which was done in response to the South American country’s decision to move its embassy back to Tel Aviv. In May, outgoing President Hora-

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his week, the United States announced that it would close the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) mission in Washington. The move to shutter the PLO’s de-facto embassy came just months after Palestinians cut off contact with the U.S. government after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December. It also comes before the Trump administration is set to release its Middle East peace plan, although it has not yet been revealed what the plan entails. PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat called the decision to close the PLO mission a “dangerous escalation.” “This is yet another affirmation of the Trump administration’s policy to collectively punish the Palestinian people, including by cutting financial support for humanitarian services including health and education,” he said in a statement. “How can anyone of sane mind believe that these people can be honest brokers?” Erekat added. “They are no longer partners on the peace process.” The State Department blamed the Palestinians for being unwilling to negotiate. “PLO leadership has condemned a U.S. peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the U.S. government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. “As such, and reflecting congressional concerns, the administration has decided that the PLO office in Washington will close at this point.” The Trump administration has been ratcheting  up pressure on the Palestinians  by cutting over  $200 million in bilateral aid. The U.S. has also  pulled its support for the UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for 5 million Palestinian refugees. The UNRWA grants refugee status to all descendants of Palestinians who left or fled Israel with the establishment of the state in 1948, swelling the number to an estimated five million at present, when the number of actual refugees from that conflict is estimated to be in the low tens of thousands. In peace talks, the Palestinian leadership has always demanded a “right of return” to Israel for these millions

– an influx that, if accepted by Israel, would spell the end of Israel as a majority Jewish state. The Palestinians also seek an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. Months of ongoing violent protests fueled by Hamas at the Gaza border with Israel were initiated under the banner of a “March of the Return,” and were encouraged by Hamas leaders with the declared ultimate goal of erasing the border and destroying Israel. Israel argues that an independent Palestinian state, if agreed upon in negotiations, should absorb Palestinian refugees and their descendants, just as Israel absorbed Jewish refugees from Europe, Middle Eastern, and North African countries over the decades. Palestinians maintain that Israel is not genuinely interested in a twostate solution as it continues with Jewish settlement building in the occupied West Bank. Erekat said that Monday’s decision to close the PLO’s office in Washington shows the lengths that the Trump administration is willing to go to “in order to protect Israeli crimes” against Palestinians. The Palestinians were given a month to “pack up.” According to Israel’s Channel 10 news, the Palestinian Authority is considering officially cutting all ties with the U.S. Officials close to PA President Mahmoud Abbas were quoted by Channel 10 saying that recent American measures could lead to an upsurge of violence in the region. “Ties between the PA and Trump have deteriorated to so unprecedented a nadir” that Ramallah is considering severing all remaining contacts,

the TV report said, quoting the PA officials. “Trump has become an enemy of the Palestinian people and an enemy of peace,” the officials were quoted by Channel 10 as saying. “The American president is encouraging terror and extremism with his policies that could lead to violence in the region, which will explode in the faces of Israel and the U.S.,” they threatened. The Trump administration has cut all aid to the Palestinians this year with the exception of some $42 million it gave them for ongoing security cooperation efforts. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the Trump administration for its decision to shut the PLO mission. “The U.S. took the correct decision,” Netanyahu said. “Israel supports these actions that are meant to make it clear to the Palestinians that refusing to negotiate and attacking Israel in international forums will not bring about peace.” The Palestinians have been boycotting the Trump administration in anger after the U.S. shifted course and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December and later moved their embassy there from Tel Aviv. The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. Palestinian officials also said that Abbas plans to launch a diplomatic broadside against Trump and is planning a harsh speech against him at the UN General Assembly later in the month, Channel 10 said. “He plans to call him some very undiplomatic things,” the TV report quoted PA officials saying.

move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem last week. Since then, Puerto Barrios, a city in Guatemala, has announced that it will name all the streets in the city after names of Israeli cities and communities. Licenciado Hugo Sarceño, mayor of Puerto Barrios, made the announcement while in Israel with a high-level delegation from the large Guatemalan city. Sarceño explained that his port city’s support for Israel is Bible-based. “We believe that everyone who helps the State of Israel will be blessed by G-d,” he said. “We are great supporters of the State of Israel, we love the citizens of Israel and are interested in deep cooperation between our countries. The connection isn’t just between governments, but between the peoples of our countries.” The purpose of Sarceño’s trip was to strengthen relations with Israel and attract Israeli investment in infrastructure development, transportation systems, civil aviation, seaports, agriculture and science in Guatemala. Sarceño met with Haim Bibas, mayor of Modi’in Macabim Reut and head of Israel’s Center for Local Government, and presented Bibas with a key to Puerto Barrios. The two agreed to hold a joint conference of Israeli and Guatemalan mayors in 2019. Guatemala was the second government after the U.S.  to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

A Rosh Hashana Message

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don’t know what kind of a deal you’re talking about. If you look at Israel and the Palestinians, it’s always top of everybody’s list in terms of levels of difficulty.” On Iran, Trump said that when he came into office the question was whether Iran would take over the Middle East, including Israel. Now, since withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal, the president said that Israelis were feeling more safe. “From the day I did it [quit the 2015 deal], they’ve [Iran] lost their mojo… The day before I took over as president, Iran – it was not a question of how big and how strong they were, it was a question of when will they take over the entire Middle East. And that probably includes Israel, in the mind of a lot of people,” he said. “And if you look at them today, they’re not looking at the Mediterranean any longer,” Trump continued. “They’re not looking at places that they were going to routinely take over. And I think Israel feels a lot safer than they’ve felt in many, many years.”

Report: Israel Supplying Rebel Forces in Syria

United States would not be giving any more aid to the Palestinians until an agreement was reached with Israel. The president also said that Iran had “lost their mojo” since the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal and is currently fighting for their survival. He lauded his quitting of the Iranian deal as “a great thing for Israel.” “What I will tell you is I stopped massive amounts of money that we

were paying to the Palestinians and the Palestinian leaders,” Trump said. “The United States was paying them tremendous amounts of money. And I say, ‘You’ll get money, but we’re not paying until you make a deal. If you don’t make a deal, we’re not paying.’” “I don’t think it’s disrespectful at all” for U.S. aid to be utilized as a bargaining chip, the president added. Rather, “I think it’s disrespectful

when people don’t come to the table.” Professor Alan Dershowitz asked President Trump on the call if the “Jewish community should be optimistic that you can help bring about a peaceful resolution of the conflict that we all pray for all the time?” The president replied: “The answer to that is a very strong yes – you should be. It is, as I said before, really considered to be one of the toughest deals to make of any kind. I

At least 12 Syrian rebel groups have been given arms covertly by Israel in order to keep Iran-supported forces and Islamic State jihadists from establishing strongholds near the Israeli border, according to a recent report. Foreign Policy magazine has reported that several rebel figures are saying they have been paid by Israel a salary of up to $75 a month and have been given weapons and other materials. According to the magazine, Israel’s support for the rebel groups began in 2013, with Israeli money financing groups in places such as Quneitra and Daraa. The report says that Israel sent weapons including assault rifles, machine guns, mortar launchers, and vehicles. Original-


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ly, Israel sent U.S.-made M16 rifles to hide the source of the guns, but eventually began sending guns and ammo seized from an Iranian shipment to Lebanon’s Hezbollah group that Israel captured in 2009. The total that Israel provided was a lot less than other interested parties including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United States have supplied the rebels. Still, the amount of support increased significantly last year, moving from backing groups of hundreds of fighters to aiding those with thousands. The increase came as part of a more aggressive policy to keep Iran and Iranian-backed forces out of the region. A fighter from the Forsan alJolan (the Golan Knights) group told the magazine, “Israel is the only one with interests in the region and a little bit of humanity and [provides] assistance to civilians.” Israel has not yet commented on the report. In the past, Israeli leaders have adamantly insisted that they are not involved in Syria’s internal fighting.

Iran’s Online Propaganda

A cybersecurity firm out of Tel Aviv has announced that it has uncovered three fake Hebrew and Arabic news sites and dozens of fake social media profiles that target Israelis and that are run by Iran. ClearSky said that one of the sites is the Hebrew-language Tel Aviv Times, which it says engages in “distorting news,” and the two others are Arabic language sites that promote Iran’s interests. Fourteen fake Facebook accounts and 11 fake Twitter profiles were also uncovered by ClearSky. According to the cybersecurity company, the sites and accounts are part of an Iranian “worldwide disinformation infrastructure that was set up over the years by the Iranians and includes over 100 active news and media sites in 24 countries and

29 languages.” The Tel Aviv Times has been open since 2013 and has about 66,000 monthly hits, most of them from inside of Israel. The firm said that Iran has expanded its online propaganda campaign from only targeting Middle Eastern countries to any country in which it has an interest. “In our assessment the purpose of setting up this infrastructure is to influence public opinion in target countries and likely to send targeted messages to activists and supporters of Iran,” ClearSky said in a Hebrew-language statement. Facebook, Twitter, and Google’s YouTube all shut down hundreds of accounts last month that were tied to Iran’s misinformation program.

Man Killed Attempting to Breach Border A Palestinian who had tried multiple times to sabotage the border fence separating the Gaza Strip was shot and killed by IDF soldiers last week. The man was identified as Atef Mohammed Saleh, 32, from Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip. The army released a statement saying that the “troops recognized a suspect who approached the security fence and attempted to sabotage it.” He was given medical treatment by Israeli doctors but “later on, the suspect succumbed to his injuries.” Saleh was trying to breach the fence during border protests that have been sporadically taking place over the past weeks. Last Friday was the first protest since the U.S. announced the cut in UNRWA funding. The Israeli military said demonstrators threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at soldiers, who responded with tear gas and other less-lethal means. Earlier in the day, IDF soldiers identified and arrested three Gazans that were attempting to cross the fence. When they were apprehended, they were found to be carrying a pair of knives. The IDF did not say whether the three suspects were the same ones that Palestinian media outlets had reported as being shot and wounded when they approached the northern Gaza border fence.


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Alex Jones Banned From Twitter

Alex Jones, a right-wing conspiracy theorist who hosts a show called Infowars, has been banned from Twitter. The social media giant said that it felt the need to take down both Jones’s personal and business accounts after he posted a video of him berating CNN journalist Oliver Darcy for 10 minutes in between two congressional hearings on social media. Jones had a combined fol-

lowing of over 1.3 million followers. At the hearings in question, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified before Congress on many aspects of social media, including the alleged bias his company has against conservative political views. Twitter said it would continue to monitor reports about accounts that are associated with Jones and will “take action” if it discovers any attempts to circumvent the ban. New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone praised Twitter’s action in a tweet. “Glad Twitter is taking steps to put an end to the abusive behavior from Alex Jones & Infowars,” the tweet stated. “Tweets designed to threaten, belittle, demean and silence individuals have no place on this platform.” Jones had previously been banned for a week from the social media platform. Other tech companies, such as Facebook, had also previously banned Jones. Apple, YouTube, and Spotify have all permanently removed content that Jones has posted. Dorsey had previously said that he would not be banning Jones, saying, “We’re going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good

in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories.” A week later, he changed his mind. Jones has been the center of many controversies and conspiracy theories, including those connected to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, the Oklahoma City bombing, the September 11th attacks, and the landing on the moon.

Terrorist: Trial Unfair Because of Trump Tweets

Until recently, President Trump’s outrageous tweets have not had real-life repercussions, but now a terrorist’s lawyer is using the president’s social media comments in

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court as his defense. Lawyers for Sayfullo Saipov, the terrorist who rammed a rental truck into a bike path in New York City last year and killed eight people in the city’s deadliest attack since 9/11, are requesting that the judge bar prosecutors from seeking the death penalty. They reason that Trump’s statements on Twitter have made a fair legal process impossible. In tweets regarding the matter, Trump called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who will be the one to decide whether or not to pursue the death penalty, to make decisions based on “nakedly political considerations.” Trump made it clear that he wants Saipoy executed. Saipov’s lawyers feel that Trump’s tweets make it impossible for Sessions to “exercise independent discretion” on the matter. They are requesting that the judge decline the death penalty completely and that an independent prosecutor be appointed to make the decision in place of Sessions. Saipov, 30, a native of Uzbekistan, was charged in an indictment with eight counts of murder and other crimes including attempted murder and providing material support


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to Islamic State. He has pleaded not guilty. The terrorist told investigators upon his arrest that the attack was inspired by ISIS videos and that he had been planning it for a year.

Too Much Stress in College

A new study has revealed that college isn’t all fun and games for most young adults. According to research, there is an extremely high rate of stress and mental health conditions amongst college students. The report, published by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, reveals that 25% of college students had a diag-

nosis of some mental health condition, and a fifth have had suicidal thoughts. Researchers analyzed the results from 67,308 students across 108 American colleges and universities during the spring of 2015. The questions were related to the frequency of stressful events, depression or anxiety in their daily lives, suicidal thoughts, and whether or not they’d been diagnosed with a mental health condition in the past year. A stressful event was classified as any event, academic or social, that a student viewed as traumatic or tough to handle. These included financial struggles, family problems, trouble sleeping, self-esteem issues, or health matters. The study concluded that an alarming number of student suffer across the board, although minorities were especially prone. “Colleges and family members who are sending students off to college need to remember that this is a phase of life where young people are confronted with expectations from new relationships and living situations and other encounters that are stressful,” says lead author Dr. Cindy Liu, of the Departments of Pediatric Newborn Medicine and Psychi-

atry at BWH, in a statement. The study found that 75% of students encountered at least one stressful event in the past year, while one in five reported at least six stressful events in the same period. These events are directly correlated with risk of mental health diagnoses, self-harm, and suicide. “Some stressful events cannot be prevented and, in some cases, are completely normal. But for others, a plan should be in place for family, friends, and colleges to provide support,” says Liu. “Our study highlights an urgent need to help students reduce their experience of overwhelming levels of stress during college.”

Police Declared Heroes in Cincinnati Shooting Omar Enrique Santa Perez was dressed in business clothes, a white button down shirt and dress pants, like many others when he entered

Cincinnati’s landmark Fountain Square building shortly after 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 6. The lobby was filled with the ordinary hustle and bustle of workers rushing to work until chaos broke out. Perez, 29, whipped a handgun out of the satchel that was slung across his shoulder and began shooting randomly at whomever was in range. Police Chief Eliot Isaac related, “(He was) firing shots at anyone he sees.” Within five minutes Perez was neutralized and killed by police officers, who shot at him from outside through the glass panes. Unfortunately, in those four and a half minutes, Perez fired 35 rounds and killed three men and injured two other people. Investigators learned later that Perez had about 250 rounds in his bag. Surveillance cameras and dashcam footage from officers who responded to the scene showed the incident play out. At one point an unarmed security officer is seen helping a victim up and running with them for cover. First responders arrived about 55 seconds after the first call. They shot through the glass doors six times before Perez

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was hit. Mayor John Cranley praised the police saying, “The police saved lives, and we owe them all a huge debt of gratitude.” The victims were identified as Luis Felipe Calderon, 48; Pruthvi Raj Kandepi, 25; and Richard Newcomer, 64, according to the Hamilton County Coroner’s office.

Pac-Man to Clean the Pacific Ocean

The Apple of Our Eyes

What type of apple did you enjoy with a dab of honey on Rosh Hashana night? If you answered Red Delicious, I’d say that you got a sweet taste of juiciness for the New Year. That apple used to be America’s favorite apple. But move over Red Delicious, there’s a new, more popular apple in town and it’s the Gala apple. The Red Delicious apple held the crown as America’s most popular apple for over 50 years. But, according to the U.S. Apple Association, Americans are falling hard for the Gala’s “taste, texture and sweetness,” which has made it an increasing favorite among shoppers, with growth expected to leap up 5.9 percent to 52.4 million apples of the variety this year. On the other side of the tree, production for the Red Delicious apple is expected to fall 10.7 percent to around 51.7 million, as demand decreases for the fruit. “The rise in production of newer varieties of apples aimed at the fresh consumption domestic market has caused demand for Red Delicious to decline,” Mark Seetin, the Apple Association’s director of regulatory and industry affairs, said in a statement. The organization represents 7,500 apple growers and 400 businesses in the apple industry across the nation, as per USA Today. Granny Smith, Fuji and Honeycrisp apples are anticipated to weigh in as third, fourth and fifth most grown varieties, respectively.

The largest Pac-Man you will ever see is now swimming in the San Francisco Bay. A Dutch nonprofit, The Ocean Cleanup, recently launched the machinery which will swallow plastic debris floating in the Pacific Ocean. This is a test run. If it is successful the organization could deploy the craft to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive stretch of debris  floating between Hawaii and California.  The device is powered by water currents that draw the  two sides of the 1,968-foot craft into a U-shape. Garbage then congregates at its center “like a giant Pac-Man.” Once it is full it is returned to shore for sorting and recycling. Many are curious to see whether or not the boom is strong enough to withstand high wings, corrosive salt water, and wild storms in middle of the ocean. The group believes the device could collect as much as  150,000 pounds of plastic during its first year in operation. While that’s just a fraction of the estimated 87,000 tons of garbage in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the nonprofit hopes that it could remove half the patch within five years. Of course, nothing is without opposition. Sea experts have raised concerns that the craft could trap marine wildlife during the process. “There’s worry that you can’t remove the plastic without removing marine life at the same time,” said George Leonard, chief scientist at the Ocean Conservancy, in an interview with the New York Times. “We know from the fishing industry if you put any sort of structure in the open ocean, it acts as a fish-aggregating device.”

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Youth Vaping an Epidemic

According to the Food and Drug Administration, youth vaping is now an “epidemic.” Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Wednesday that the agency will halt sales of flavored electronic cigarettes if the major manufacturers can’t prove they are doing enough to  keep them out of the hands of children and teens.  The FDA says  it’s  giving manufacturers of Juul, Vuse, MarkTen XL, Blu and Logic 60 days to submit “robust” plans to prevent  youth vaping.  If the agency doesn’t think their  plans go far enough, it could order their flavored products off the

market. Those five brands make up more than 97 percent of the U.S. market for e-cigarettes, the FDA says. “Teenagers are becoming regular users, and the proportion of regular users is increasing,” says Gottlieb, a physician. “We’re going to have to take action. No one can look at the data and say there’s no problem,” he says. More than 2 million middle school, high school and college students use the battery-powered devices to heat liquid-based nicotine into an inhalable vapor. E-cigarettes are by far the most popular tobacco product among teens: Nearly 12 percent of high school students and 3 percent of middle school students used the device in the past 30 days, according to the 2017 National Youth Tobacco Survey, released in June. The FDA said Wednesday for the first time that some e-cigarettes might be on the market illegally. Officials  said they’re investigating some manufacturers for violating rules that require regulators’ approval to introduce new products after August 2016.  They would not say which companies they are investigating.

Paddling Policy in Schools? Students in Georgia better be on their best behavior. Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics, which houses kindergarten through 9th grade, introduced a new paddling policy this school year in which children could be spanked with a wooden paddle if they misbehave. Parents need to agree to this form of discipline from the school staff. If parents do not agree, the child who is facing the paddling could instead be subject to five days suspension. Superintendent Jody Boulineau said that the paddling policy is in effect but would not comment on if any students have faced the punishment.  According to a parental consent form detailing the new policy, a school administrator will take students “behind closed doors,” requiring them to place hands on their knees or furniture and “will be struck on the buttocks with a paddle” measuring a maximum of 24 inches long. An adult witness will be present. A three strike system (pun intended?) is used before

corporal punishment is given. Paddling is still legal in schools in at least 19 states  (Georgia included)  that specifically allow corporal punishment or have no laws against it. 

Thumbs Down for FB

If you’re putting your phone down more and more because you’re sick of being handcuffed to social media, then you’re not alone. According to new data from Pew Research Center, 42 percent of Facebook users in the U.S. above 18 took breaks from the social network for “several weeks or more” in the last year. A quarter of those surveyed said they have deleted the mobile app from their smartphones.


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Facebook has been garnering a bad rap from headlines in connection to election meddling, moderation practices, privacy rules and misinformation campaigns. The movement away from Facebook seems to be generational: 44 percent of users between 18 and 29 told Pew they deleted Facebook’s app versus the 20 percent of people aged 50–64 who did so. For users over 65, that number dropped to 12 percent. At a minimum, over half of the respondents said they’ve adjusted their privacy settings in the past 12 months, which Facebook has taken steps to make easier. Getting tired of Facebook crosses party lines. Pew found that “Republicans are no more likely than Democrats to have taken a break from Facebook or deleted the app from their phone in the past year.” Think Zuckerberg is worried?

109 and Mighty Fine

The Montana Club’s birthday discount is legendary in Missoula. It’s a popular steak and seafood restaurant, and, most evenings, a customer or two can be seen collecting the famed discount: 1 percent off a meal for each year of a person’s life. Helen started going to the Montana Club for her birthday when she was 99. The following year, she got a 100 percent discount. At the time, Alonzo laughed with her and told her: “Next year, I’m going to have to start paying you.” What did the 109-year-old order for her special day this year? The breaded shrimp platter came with salad, a loaded baked potato and coleslaw. It cost $14.99 before the discount. Helen is blessed with seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren, with another expected this month. She walks without the aid of a cane and doesn’t take medications. “Take life as it comes and don’t get too excited about anything,” she told the Washington Post, when asked about the secret to her longevity. Her daughter added: “She always said, ‘This, too, shall pass. If you’re upset, just get down and scrub the floor.’” Looks like her sense of humor hasn’t gotten old.

An Ankle Knee

When I’m 100, I also want to be riding motorcycles. Helen Self turned 109 a few weeks ago. For the past few years she’s been celebrating her birthday in style. For her 100th birthday, Helen took a ride on a Harley-Davidson. For 108, she was named one of Montana’s two oldest people. This year, she got a special birthday discount: a restaurant gave her a 109 percent discount on her meal. Yes, if you do the math right, that means that they paid her to enjoy the birthday meal at their eatery. Restaurant owner Nick Alonzo was there to hand Helen the dollar and change, and in return she gave him a kiss on the cheek. “I’ll come back next year,” Self said, according to her daughter Shirley Gunter, 86.

Delaney Unger is grateful to her doctors, who have been able to attach her ankle to her knee, and have helped her continue to dance after a horrific bout with cancer. The 12-year-old was diagnosed with bone cancer two years ago and lost half her leg to the disease. After undergoing chemotherapy, Delaney is now cancer-free. This week, doctors performed a Van Ness rotationplasty on the young girl. The 13hour procedure involves rotating the ankle 180 degrees to create a working knee joint for maximum mobility.


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Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Stroll the glorious streets and converse with the friendly locals. But please don’t eat in the streets. As of September 4, the city has banned street-snacking. The city ordinance prohibits people from pausing in the historic center to eat food on sidewalks, roadways, and the doorsteps of shops and houses. You can, though, still eat al fresco. Sigh! Those flouting the ban will be subject to a fine of over $500. Around 10.2 million tourists  visit Florence each year, to see such worldfamous attractions as Michelangelo’s “David” and the medieval Ponte Vecchio – and that number has risen by 2.4 million in just five years. The four streets affected by the ban – Via de’ Neri, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Piazza del Grano and Via della Ninna – are among the busiest in the city and the restrictions are in place during peak eating times: noon to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dario Nardella, the mayor of Florence, said in a  Facebook post  announcing the move: “Sometimes we are faced with tourists who lack education towards our city… And that’s not good at all.” He adds, “Tourists, if they behave like they do at home, are and will always be our welcome guests, especially if they want to enjoy our gastronomic specialties… Only those who love Florence deserve Florence.” It’s not the first time Nardella has taken a hard line against street-guzzling. Last summer he ordered that the steps of the city’s churches be hosed down to deter tourists from picnicking upon them. Florence isn’t the only one of Italy’s blockbuster cities to have introduced such controversial measures. In 2017, Rome also  banned tourists from eating  at some of its most famous landmarks including the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish steps. I’m not feeling so welcome.


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individuals are immersed in the fun and have a chance to truly relax.” Many of these activities, in addition to being extremely fun, are also designed to help people learn valuable skills to continue to foster key goals of independent living and socialization. For example, cooking activities include lessons and tips on nutrition and healthy diet, while yoga classes helped people learn valuable mindfulness skills and coping mechanisms for new situations. A highlight this year was the popular art therapy, led by OHEL’s Adina

Druxman. One individual said, “Without OHEL, I don’t know where I would be. This trip is the highlight of my year and I look forward to it every year!” OHEL’s End of Summer program is a week long summer program for over 120 children with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and significant medical or communication challenges. Accompanied by over 200 dedicated staff, the children who are in two separate camp locations, Camp

Kaylie for girls and Camp Nageela for boys, enjoy the very best of what camp has to offer in a safe, nurturing, and fun environment, while their families are given much welcome respite. Said Hillary Zimmern, Area Coordinator, “This is a labor of love, where devoted staff give 100% of their attention 100% of the time, allowing a vital respite for families and providing the summer experience often denied to children who need it most.” Special thanks to Mrs. Rose Pollak and Mr. and Mrs. Bert Gross. Their constant devotion to the continuation of this trip ensures everyone is able to have an amazing summer for their children. Mr. Gross remarked, “OHEL is a bracha, and we know from personal experience how important this trip is to our children.” Mrs. Pollak added, “We are proud to do our part and help raise the funds required to make this trip a success. These giants, along with hundreds of other donors big and small, helps enrich the lives of OHEL’s individuals and lead them to live their best lives.


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community, including this one which automates the process for you,” he added. “In order to make a difference in these elections, we need the community to come out and vote. Our partnership with Turbo Vote makes the process much easier because it sends you everything you need to know in a secure and safe way.” The service is set up in advance of the New York primaries on Thursday, September 13th. To sign up in New Jersey: https:// teachnjs.turbovote.org/ To sign up in New York: https:// teachnys.turbovote.org/ To sign up in Maryland: https:// teachmd.turbovote.org/ To sign up in Pennsylvania: https://teachpa.turbovote.org/ Teach Advocacy Network was founded in 2013 advocate to for equitable government funding in nonpublic schools. With a vast network of community leaders, parents and lawmakers across the country, Teach Advocacy is working to keep the costs down of sending children to nonpublic schools. The network has secured $500 million in government aid for nonpublic schools since 2011. Currently, 450 day-schools and yeshivas receive government funding through Teach Advocacy efforts. For more information, visit www. teachadvocacy.org.

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s the frum world geared up for Selichos on Motzei Shabbos, the Lido Beach Shul was fortunate to have Rav Yaakov Bender provide an inspiring introduction to the first night of Selichos. Rav Bender is the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Darchei Torah, which serves over 2,000 students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade.   Over his 40+ years in education, he counts many illustrious talmidei chachomim and many ehrliche baale batim among his students and took time from his busy schedule to inspire the broader Jewish

community as well. During his Selichos introduction, Rav Bender urged the congregation and many visitors from outside the community to embrace “fingertip mitzvos,� small measures that are within easy grasp, particularly when they can enhance the lives of those around us.  He told numerous stories of helping lonely people to ensure they did not fall through the cracks.  Through Rav Bender’s humanizing and very personal introduction, the audience found themselves pondering things they could do in their lives to enhance the feelings of others.  Rav Bender’s inspiring message

served as a remarkable leadin to the beautiful davening delivered later that evening by Chazzan Meir Goldberg who leads the yomim noraim services at Lido Beach. Rabbi Eli Biegeleisen, the rabbi of the Shul, noted in his introduction, “This is my first Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur in Lido Beach. I couldn’t think of a better per-

son to kick off our High Holidays than Rav Yaakov Bender. Besides his impact on the national chinuch scene, he is a personal mentor who has been an invaluable guide to the entire Five Towns community, Lido Beach included.  I urge all in attendance to take Rav Bender’s words to heart and elevate their middos during the Days of

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Hungarian President Dedicates Restored 13th Century Synagogue PHOTO CREDIT: MÁRTON MERÉSZ

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n an official ceremony that took place last Thursday in Budapest, an ancient synagogue in Hungary reopened its doors after nearly 400 years of disuse. Voices of prayer in the sacred site, popularly known as the Buda Castle Synagogue, were last heard in the 17th century during the period of the Ottoman conquest of Budavar, presently a district in the old city of Budapest. A festive ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in honor of the grand reopening of the synagogue, which was organized by the Chabad movement in Hungary and scheduled for the upcoming holiday of Rosh Hashanah. Attending the event were Hungarian President János Áder; Chief Rabbi of Holland and Representative of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs; Head of the EMIH - Hungarian Jewish Federation Rabbi Shlomo Kovesh; Av Beit Din of Orthodox Communities in Budapest Rabbi Boruch Oberlander; and Rabbi Asher Faith, the rabbi of the newly-restored synagogue, along with close to 1,000 local residents of the Jewish community. The inauguration of a new spiritual center in the capital of Hungary raises hopes in the Jewish community that it will infuse a breath of fresh air in

the Jewish life in the country and assist it with internal issues including the widespread desire to emigrate from Hungary, rife assimilation, and a shrinking emotional connection to Israel which is most manifest among the younger generation. A comprehensive study that was published several months ago, conducted in cooperation with the Szombat, the local Jewish newspaper, and Action and Protection Foundation - TEV, revealed that 75% of adults surveyed replied that they feel “a strong emotional connection to Israel,” whereas, among the younger generation, the numbers dropped significantly to an average of only 66%. In addition, the rate of mixed marriages rose and has reached a record of 62% (among those surveyed

between the ages of 18-34). Interestingly from age 35-44, the figure dropped to nearly half. Some 100,000 Jews live today in present-day Hungary, which makes it now the third largest Jewish community in Europe. 95% of Hungarian Jews live in Budapest, comprising approximately 5% of the city population and transforming it into one of the “Jewish capitals” in Europe. In his speech at the event, Rabbi Shlomo Kovesh expressed, “Today, when we have this opportunity to reopen a synagogue that has stood abandoned for nearly 350 years, we extend our heartfelt blessings to its new rabbi. Seeing this place 70 years after the Holocaust, seeing hundreds of people celebrating this special event

in the Buda Castle with their heads held high, in the presence of the honorable President, I can hear the footsteps of Israel’s final redemption.” The Buda Castle Synagogue was built in the mid13th century along with the newly-constructed city and served the local Jewish community almost steadily until the beginning of the 15th century. The prayer house is located in close proximity to one of the main city gates, which was built in the Middle Ages and known as the Jewish Gate until this very day. In 1360, Jews were first expelled from Buda, mostly due to hostility by King Louis I of Hungary, but even more, because he sought use of the Jewish homes in the region. Four years later, Jews were permitted to return in Buda,

yet only to pray in their synagogue. Ultimately, the Jewish Quarter was destroyed by the order of King Sigismund around 1420 as a preliminary process to building the royal palace. On Thursday, almost 600 years later, Hungarian Jews flocked en masse to the ancient synagogue for the first time since the expulsion. EMIH - Hungarian Jewish Federation, which is affiliated with Chabad, works tirelessly to promote Jewish life in the country, investing heavily into Jewish education and cultural activities. As an integral aspect of this goal, it operates educational institutions and is active in many charity drives, while operating dozens of social, cultural and educational programs throughout the country.


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Cross River Annual Golf and Tennis Outing to Benefit Madraigos

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n Monday, August 20, Cross River Bank held its Ninth Annual Golf and Tennis Outing to Benefit Madraigos at Trump National Golf Club, Westchester.  Known for its challenging course, spectacular grounds, and waterfall on the 13th green, it proved to be the perfect backdrop for a day of golf, tennis and networking.    Madraigos was thrilled to be selected once again by Cross River and its Board of Directors to be the sole beneficiary of this most successful outing.  Madraigos owes a sincere debt of gratitude to Cross River Bank for their extreme generosity and genuine vote of confidence.  “It was a pleasure to participate in helping such a wonderful and worthy cause that benefits so many individuals.  Events like this reinforce how important it is to give to others,” said Shimon Eisikowicz, Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, Cross River. Madraigos also has profound gratitude to all of its event sponsors and participants. Major event sponsors included Harborview Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, Greensky, Davis Polk, PWC, Affirm, SRx, Exigent Capital Management, Grand Healthcare, Best Egg, Freedom Financial, Gourmet Glatt, Sunlight Financial,  Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Wachtel Missry, Republic Valuations,

Liberty One, Martin and Melodie Scharf, and Singer Environmental, to name a few.   Cross River presented each registered golfer and tennis player with a Premium Gift, an Ears Blast Portable Speaker with Alexa, sponsored by Grand Healthcare as well as a golf umbrella, sponsored by Davis Polk.  Participants were given a Deloitte gym bag filled with valuable items and a premium custom-sized golf glove, sponsored by The Battery Group.  Vpar live golf scoring devices, sponsored by Exigent Capital Management, were distributed to golfers as well.    Following a lavish breakfast sponsored by Wachtel Missry, the 36 foursomes prepared for a competitive day of golf.   Many of the participants expressed their enthusiasm for the event, “We are grateful to our client Cross River Bank for hosting another superb outing to benefit Madraigos, and we admire and applaud Cross River for its continued focus on giving back to the community.  The event was

spectacular, and we were once again proud to participate and to support this most worthwhile cause,” said Silver Level Event Sponsor, Michael Steinberg, Davis Polk, and Wardwell, LLP.   The BBQ lunch, sponsored by Goldman Sachs and GreenSky, featured  gourmet fare relished by all.  Thanks to event sponsor,  Hunton Andrews Kurth, LLP. Special outdoor entertainment and amenities enriched the experience.   Over 150 additional people joined for the Cocktail reception and “Network for a Cause” where guests met with business leaders and entrepreneurs.    The grand finale was the dinner reception,  sponsored  by  Harborview Capital Partners.   Phil Goldfeder, Director of Government Relations, Cross River, former NYS Assemblyman, and long-time

friend of Madraigos, emceed the short dinner program, awards presentation, and raffle drawing. Top-notch prizes included resort vacations, electronics, and game tickets while the Grand Raffle Drawing featured premier tickets to the U.S. Open and Harry Potter on Broadway.    The biggest highlight of this year’s Outing was the upscale  catering provided by Heavenly Events.  Mark Glicksman, Events and Projects Coordinator, Cross River worked closely with the caterer to bring the event to the next level.  Rabbi Dov Silver, Founder and Executive Vice President, Madraigos, said, “We are grateful beyond words to Cross River and its Board of Directors for the tremendous constant flow of generosity and commitment, enabling Madraigos to serve the com-

munity that needs our resources and services.” “We appreciate our generous sponsors and everyone who came here today to network for a cause while supporting Madraigos.  We could not provide our life-saving work were it not for each and every person here today,” said  Rivka Lock, Director of Development, Madraigos.  Sharon Gross, Madraigos, said,  “It was a privilege to work with Cross River staff on this most important event to benefit Madraigos. Their professionalism and attention to the needs of our sponsors contributed to its success on every level.”   Funds raised at the event will assist Madraigos in providing valuable prevention and intervention services to the Five Towns/Queens community and beyond, including a Support Line, Community Education, Crisis Intervention, Case Management, Assessments and Referrals, School-Based Services, The Lounge, Ignight, Parenting Matters, Shabbatonim, Job Placement Program, Support Groups, and Yom Tov Retreats, including this year’s inspirational Rosh Hashana program which will take place at Hudson Valley Resort in the Catskills.     For more information about the 9th Annual Cross River Golf and Tennis Outing to benefit Madraigos, visit www. forethem.org.  For information about Madraigos, please visit www.madraigos.org. 


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Bais Tefila of Inwood was zoche to host Harav Elimelech Bluth, shlita, for a shiur before Rosh Hashana. The Inwood community has benefited tremendously from Rav Bluth over recent years via his guidance to Bais Tefila’s Rav, Rav Pinchus Weinberger, shlita. Rabbi Weinberger introduced Rav Yisroel Meir Blumenkrantz who gave divrei p’sicha followed by inspiring divrei aggada and divrei halacha from Harav Bluth. Many took advantage of the opportunity to bring their sons for a bracha from Harav Bluth. The shiur was hosted at the home of R’ Nesonel Goldman.

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tudents and faculty at the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls had an incredible opportunity on Thursday, September 6, to enhance their Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur davening when they joined Rabbi Isaac Rice, Head of the TSPB Department, in the library for a voluntary session of “Listening and Learning.”  

This special program was sponsored by SPARKS, an SKA Torah lishma student initiative, in order to familiarize us with the meaningful words in the yom tov machzor. The event launches SKA’s building of a library of inspiring screencasts on tefilla which students can access at any time. It is hoped that there will be many more entries available in the coming

months and years. SKA’s “Listening and Learning” program is an exciting blend of modern technology and Torah inspiration. Everyone brought their headphones and devices for an interactive screencast tour with Rabbi Rice who discussed concepts in the yom tov machzor, explaining in depth meaningful passages that we say on yom

tov. While Rabbi Rice focused today on the words “Hayom haras hayom,” additional screencasts on various segments of the machzor were explored during the program and are available for viewing at one’s convenience.  The screencasts were also sent to SKA alumnae and parents to share in the Elul inspiration.

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his past week the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula’s (JCCRP) Kosher Client Choice Food Pantry ran its annual Rosh Hashana food distribution. The JCCRP arranged for extra items to be included in addition to the regular food pantry items for the Jewish community’s needs for yom tov. The week began with local volunteers from various local yeshivas, including a great team from NCSY summer programs. These volunteers were eager to do chessed for their neighbors in need. They bagged produce, unpacked shipments, and organized the packages for pick up. “Giving back is a great feeling, and it’s amazing to work hand in hand with the JCC staff,” commented one volunteer. Hundreds of clients came to the pantry on Wednesday and chose from a selection of food, many crucial to their Rosh Hashana menus. The beauty of the JCCRP’s Client Choice Kosher Food Pantry is that it allows clients the dignity and respect they deserve by allowing them to select their own groceries, similar to a typical supermarket. With individualized attention, the clients are able to walk through the pantry, one or two at a time, and select various items on their own. Assemblymember Stacey Pheffer-Amato (D-Rockaway), State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-10th Senate District), State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (D-15th Senate District) and staff from Councilmember Donovan Richards team came out to lend a helping hand and assist with the food pantry distribution. The JCCRP and the Kosher Food Pantry are able to do this kind of distribution very much

because of their ongoing support. Additionally, volunteers came from the Met Council administration, including their CEO, David Greenfield, and Met Council staff rolled up their sleeves and got right to work, bagging produce, stocking shelves, assisting guests and boxing orders all with a friendly “Shana Tova” to the pantry guests. This year’s Rosh Hashana package included a very special and unexpected gift. A very generous community member sponsored manicure gift cards to all pantry guests, and they were gratefully received. This gift was donated in loving memory of Tamar Bracha (Swerdlik) Maxwell a”h, a young beloved woman in the community who Klal Yisroel lost at a young age. The enhanced simchas yom tov was certainly an aliyah for Tamar’s neshama. Upon receiving the gift card, a recipient expressed her gratitude with tears in her eyes, “You don’t understand what this gift card means to me. I haven’t gotten a professional manicure since my wedding many years ago!” Moshe Brandsdorfer, executive director of the JCCRP, expressed his admiration of this amazing gift. “There is a lesson in how to do chessed here – not merely providing one’s needs but to think about the person’s dignity. We are so appreciative toward our sympathetic and caring donor.”

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piate abuse is unquestionably a major health concern in the world today reaching epidemic proportions, with annual treatment costs in the billions of dollars. The social impact in relation to crime, family life, and lost productivity is immeasurable. While usually classified as a psychiatric illness, opiate dependency has a strong medical component that is largely ignored in treatment. Thankfully, Dr. Andre Waismann is changing that with his revolutionary medically based method to fight opiate dependency at its core, in the human brain. His treatment, Accelerated Neuro-Regulation (ANR), employs an advanced medical procedure to accelerate and eliminate the withdrawal syndrome, regulate the neuro-endorphin balance, and eradicate the cravings of opiate dependency. Thus far, Dr. Waismann has had over 24,000 successful treatments performed in his clinics, based in Switzerland and Israel. Currently, Dr. Waismann is working with American partners to bring this incredible breakthrough to

the millions of opioid dependent patients here in the U.S. So how does ANR work? We’ll break it down for you. Endorphins are naturally occurring chemicals secreted within the brain, acting as our “naturally occurring opiates,” triggering positive feelings and reducing the perception of pain. When foreign opiates are introduced into the body, they flood the brain’s endorphin receptors signaling the body to stop production of our natural endorphins, as well as to create more receptors to handle the increased load of foreign chemicals. As opiate use continues, the self-perpetuating vicious cycle continues, with the brain creating more and more receptors, leading to what is commonly known as tolerance. This leads the body to require greater and greater amounts of opioids to feed the neuro-biochemical demand and satisfy the ever-increasing amount of endorphin receptors. The body is now dependent upon the foreign opiates and craves to satisfy the need. The goal of the ANR method is to return the neuro-endorphin system to a bal-

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Another Year on This Journey Called Grief

Remembering

Raizy/ Rebecca Rosenblatt Felsman o n h e r Ya h r t z e i t

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ow does a mother mourn the loss of her precious child? Messy, that’s for sure! It’s a rollercoaster of emotions, shock, denial, bargaining, anger, and pain. Elizabeth Kubler Ross identified the 5 stages of grief, as noted above, however, the final stage, the fifth stage, is acceptance. Although every grieving parent learns to accept the fact that their child is not coming home, I’m not sure we can ac-

cept their demise. This year will be the 3rd yahrtzeit of my precious daughter, Raizel Malka bas Yona, Raizy/Rebecca, may her neshama have an aliya. I have spent the past three years in a jumble of emotions, but what stands out the most is gratitude. Not gratitude for what I have been through, but gratitude for Hashem’s grace. Throughout this painful journey, it has been so clear to me that

Hashem has been carrying my family. Although my heart is shattered, I am filled with much hope, appreciation, and joy. The secret to simachas hachaim (inner peace) is emunah, trusting that everything that happens in this world is from Hashem. That doesn’t just include the new job, house, or the sought-after shidduch. Emunah means I can get through the most gut-wrench-

ing moments in life with a sense of peace knowing that Hashem perfectly orchestrated it just for me. Emunah is not something that comes naturally, however, it is easy to attain, simply by looking for the blessings in your life rather than what’s missing. We each come into this world with a purpose and that is to connect to our Creator. Since no two people are alike, no two neshamos have the same job.


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We each have a full toolbox when we enter the world to handle every situation that comes our way – that is, if we try. We daven every day not to be tested, but believe me, we are each tested in myriads of ways, from the moment we open our eyes until we close them at night. We’re not expected to pass each test – the goal is progress, not perfection – however we would fare better if we focused on each obstacle as an opportunity for growth rather than a stumbling block. I have spent a lot of time these past few weeks reflecting on my life and found that the moments that “felt” the most painful and challenging, the moments that seemed impossible to endure, brought me the most spiritual growth.

were talking. One said to the other, “Isn’t it wonderful our father had arichus yamim?” to which the other responded, “What are you talking about? Our father died young. He didn’t have arichus yamim.” The first brother explained, “Our father didn’t have arichus shanim (longevity in years),

As I look back over Raizy’s short 26 years I’m reminded of a vort I once heard from Rabbi Paysach Krohn. It has been said that when Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, the Sfas Emes, was niftar at the age of 57, two of his sons

however, he did have arichus yamim (longevity in days). He made every day count.” Although Raizy didn’t have longevity in years, she too had arichus yamim, having made every day count. She went

through many challenges and setbacks in life which consequently made her stronger, more determined, and more sensitive to others. The Chachamim tell us we should choose a mitzvah and make it ours. Raizy’s mitzvah was gemilus chessed, going out of her way for anyone in need, be it family,

Although Raizy didn’t have longevity in years, she too had arichus yamim, having made every day count.

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to give bikkurim. Rashi explains the reason we give bikkurim is to show hakaras hatov, gratitude. This, Rav Wolbe says, in turn leads to love of Hashem and others. Raizy had a sense of hakaras hatov; she didn’t take things for granted. She appreciated everything others have done for her and paid it forward to others. She spent her life looking for ways to bring joy and comfort to others, Raizy came into this world with a mission and was blessed to have completed it in a short 26 years. However, she now depends on us, Klal Yisroel, to add to her olam haba by learning from her and helping others in need, smiling at the person in line at the grocery store, instead of getting annoyed at them, and looking for the good in life rather than focusing on what’s missing. B’ezras Hashem our acts of kindness towards each other and increased emunah will make us worthy for the ultimate redemption. May this new year bring Moshiach, b’mhara v’yameinu.


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TJH Riddle me this? John tells Bob that he had just gone through the toughest time of his life. ”First, I got angina pectoris and then arteriosclerosis. Just as I was recovering from these, I got tuberculosis, double pneumonia and phthisis. They gave me hypodermics. Appendicitis was followed by tonsillectomy. These gave way to aphasia and hypertrophic cirrhosis. I completely lost my memory for a while. I know I had diabetes and acute ingestion, besides gastritis, rheumatism, lumbago and neuritis.” Bob sympathizes and says, “Wow, I can’t imagine how many doctors you must have visited and how much pain y o u must have been in? Poor you.” John responds, “What do you mean? I never visited any doctors or even stepped foot in a hospital and never had any pain. In fact, I was never sick a day in my life.” John isn’t lying about anything. What’s going on here— how could John have had all these diseases and not received treatment for them? See answer on the opposite page

Centerfold Cmabrigde Uinervtisy Stduy Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig rhgit?

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kidding Little Johnny’s teacher asks him to make a sentence using the following words: defeat, deduct, defense and detail. Little Johnny says, “De feet of de duck went over de fence before de tail.”


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Pyramid Scheme Each hint represents a word. Each new word contains the same letters as the previous word, plus a new letter. Can you figure it out?

1) First letter of the English alphabet 2) Present; attending 3) Loves picnics 4) A small biter 5) Pro ballplayers have one 6) An attracting object 7) An article of clothing 8) A heated debate

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Torah Thought

Parshas Vayelech By Rabbi Berel Wein

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oshe, our great teacher and leader, the greatest of all prophets and the lawgiver of the Torah to Israel and the world, remains in his role as the greatest teacher even on his last day at on earth. And the words of Moshe, as recorded for us in this week’s Torah reading, are probably some of the

strongest words of prophecy that exist in the Holy Scriptures. Moshe, like all great teachers, is vividly aware of the shortcomings that exist in his classroom. He knows that his students are lazy, backsliders, uninterested in the subject being taught, and generally a sullen and rebellious lot. Yet, like all great teach-

ers, he is full of hope and optimism regarding their eventual future and that his efforts to educate and guide them would not be a waste. There will come a day when the students will remember what the teacher said long ago and take it to heart and apply it to life and to circumstances, both personal and national. It is this innate knowledge that every teacher has that keeps the teacher striving even in the face of difficulties. Eventually, the lessons of life and history will sink in and the student

ternalize what we are being taught. Knowledge and facts can be taught but spirit and life wisdom are much more difficult for students to absorb. So the teacher is relegated to planting seeds within the student that in the fullness of time and the richness of experience will eventually blossom and become meaningful. This is exactly how Moshe phrases his prophecy in this week’s Torah reading. He speaks of a far distant future, of the end of days, a time when all the human plans and certainties have been exhausted and

Knowledge and facts can be taught but spirit and life wisdom are much more difficult for students to absorb.

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will become aware of what the teacher was attempting to convey. Even though the student may have chosen to ignore or even forget what was taught to him for a good portion of one’s lifetime, there will always be a day of recognition and remembrance. The Talmud teaches us that the words in the message of the teacher are not truly absorbed by the student until at least 40 years later. We have teachers when we are young and then, by our very nature, we are unable to truly appreciate and in-

proven to be of little value, and it is at that time that the Jewish people will seek to return to their status as a holy nation and a kingdom of priests. They will remember the lessons that Moshe taught them in their youth and that they have so sorely neglected over centuries of exile and even of rebirth. And these lessons will now rise up before them and drive them towards eternal goals and eventual vindication and triumph. Shabbat shalom.


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When you make ‫ברכת שהחינו‬ on your new clothes this Yom Tov,

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

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From the Fire

Neila, Yom Kippur There is Still Time By Rav Moshe Weinberger Adapted for publication by Binyomin Wolf

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e find ourselves at the culmination of forty days of closeness with Hashem. According to the Shela Hakadosh, the purpose of the year is to reach the ten days of teshuva between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. And the purpose of those ten days is to reach Yom Kippur. And the ultimate purpose of Yom Kippur is to reach the time of Neila, this last hour of the day. One year on Yom Kippur, the Sar Shalom of Belz quoted the Mishna in Shabbos (34a), “A person must say three things erev Shabbos as it gets dark, ‘Have you tithed?’ ‘Have you prepared the eruvim?’ and ‘Light the candle!’” He explained that because Yom Kippur is called the ultimate Shabbos (Vayikra 16:31), this Mishna also alludes to our feelings as we enter into Yom Kippur. “Asartem” means “Have you tithed,” but because the root word is eser, meaning ten, it alludes to the ten days of teshuva, as if to ask, “Have you used the ten days of teshuva properly?” Indeed, the ten days of teshuva have passed and what did we accomplish?! “Eiravtem” means “have you prepared the eruvim?” like the eruv techumim and the eruv chatzeiros. But “erev,” also means “eve,” as if to ask, “Have you used the eve of Yom Kippur properly to prepare?” Erev Yom Kippur has passed and how did we use it?! And the last question relates to kindling the Yom Kippur candles.

The Sar Shalom continued, “The candles are already lit and look what a state we are in!” He was quiet for a moment and then he concluded, “But ‘hidliku es ha’ner’ does not mean ‘the candle is already lit.’ It means ‘light the candles!’ Therefore it is not too late! Each and every one of us still has time to light the candle, which refers to (Mishlei 20:27) ‘Ner Hashem nishmas adam, the soul of man is G-d’s candle.’” I heard a story from a friend about Rav Yitzchak Hutner, zt”l, that can help us learn how to reignite the candle inside for these last few minutes of Yom Kippur. Rav Hutner spent the last few years of his life in Yerushalyim. During that time, his Rebbetzin passed away. Two of the great mussar masters of that time, Rav Shlomo Volbe, zt”l, and Rav Meir Chodosh, zt”l, paid him a shiva call. Rav Hutner told them the following story during that visit: He told them that as a yeshiva boy in Slabodka, he was a talmid of the famous “Alter” of Slabodka. He said that in those days, he (Rav Hutner) was known as having a very sharp mind for studying Torah, but also for his sharp tongue, which he unfortunately sometimes used to make other yeshiva boys feel bad. He said that he was known as a lamdan, a talented Torah scholar, but not as a tzaddik because of his sense of self-importance. A few days before Yom Kippur one year, the Alter sent another boy

over to him to ask him something. He replied sharply to the other boy, “I don’t need anyone to send a message to the Alter. I can speak to him myself.” The boy was taken aback. The young Yitzchak Hutner walked over to the east wall of the Beis Medrash to speak to the Alter but as he approached, the Alter yelled to him, “Don’t come within my daled amos, (near me)!” The Alter was known for his sweetness, so this was a particularly hard slap in the face. Young Yitzchak walked away and did not speak with the Alter about it. He said that he thought about it throughout Yom Kippur, but only from the perspective of his own ego. By the end of Yom Kippur he decided that if the Mashgiach spoke to him that way, he should find somewhere else to learn. Motzei Yom Kippur, he went to the Alter’s home to say goodbye and ask for a blessing before he departed. He knocked on the door and the Rebbetzin answered. He asked for the Alter and she asked who he was. He answered, “Hutner,” and she responded, “So you’re Hutner!” Expecting to get an earful, he waited to hear what she would say. She told him, “For the last six months, my husband has been crying, davening, and fasting for you.” He realized that the Alter saw great potential in him and was very worried about him and was davening very hard for him to improve. He said that because of that encounter, he continued learning in the yeshiva. How could he leave a

rebbe who cared so much about him that he spent six months davening, crying, and fasting for him? Perhaps many of you feel as I do after a year in which we have not been as good as we hoped to be last year on Yom Kippur. We may feel, “How could Hashem want me near him after how I’ve wasted this past year, or worse?” Perhaps we also feel we have experienced a slap from the One Above this past year. We may feel that the great “Alter” in heaven must be saying, “Don’t come near me!” But then, we knock on the door of our loving mother, the Shechina, the Divine Presence, and She asks our name. We answer with our names and then she says, “Oh you? The Holy One has been crying and hoping for you to return to him for years! You mean so much to Him!” It is never too late. Even in this last hour of Yom Kippur, we can make the decision to be better and seek forgiveness. It is well-known that the Amshinover Rebbe of Yerushalyim lives in his own time zone apart from the rest of the world. But with respect to Shabbos and Yom Tov, he certainly observes those at the regular times. There is a story that one year, erev Yom Kippur, he was eating with the chassidim and it was getting closer and closer to Kol Nidrei. The chassidim began getting very nervous but the rebbe was teaching Torah and eating as if he was in no rush at all. The chassidim asked one of the older men among


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them to say something to the rebbe. So the chassid held up a watch and called out, “Rebbe, the watch!” The rebbe responded, “Ah, yes, the watch. I’m aware of the time. But I have two watches. One watch says, ‘It’s getting late!’ and the other watch says ‘There’s still time.’” It is not too late for us either. We have no idea of the tikkunin, rectifications, we can accomplish just by saying the words of Neila and trying to move our bodies and raise our voices just a little bit in the songs. It is very difficult in our generation to awaken our emotions and to have kavana, concentration, in davening. But we can say the words and try to sing them with a little force. This accomplishes great things. If we do two things during Neila, we can certainly have a great year filled with forgiveness and atonement. First, we must make an absolute decision to improve at least one thing in our service of Hashem this year.

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It does not have to be “big,” but it must be a true commitment. This is the major ticket to success on Yom Kippur. With Hashem’s help, we can build on that one thing and we will be very big one day.

pur and realize that any grudge that we have been holding against our friends, spouses, children, family, or any other Jew is silly and ultimately meaningless. It does not matter whether the people who we feel have

We answer with our names and then she says, “Oh, you? The Holy One has been crying and hoping for you to return to Him for years! You mean so much to Him!”

The second thing is that we must take the loftier perspective with which we are blessed on Yom Kip-

wronged us are here or not. We must make up in our minds right now to forgive all of the people who we

feel have wronged us. In this merit, Hashem will also forgive each of us for our sins against Him. The Ben Ish Chai notes a beautiful, ancient custom from Baghdad, possibly going back to the times of the second Beis Hamikdash. Before Kol Nidrei, someone would call out, “Gentlemen, forgive one another!” And then the entire congregation would call out, “We forgive!” In the merit of the improvements we take upon ourselves for the coming year and our forgiveness of one another right now, may Hashem forgive us right now and bless us with everything good for the coming year and the ultimate good with the coming of Moshiach and our return to Yerushalyim, may it come soon in our days. Rav Moshe Weinberger, shlita, is the founding Morah d’Asrah of Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, NY, and serves as leader of the new mechina Emek HaMelech.

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Between the Lines

Knowing the Judge By Eytan Kobre

A good lawyer knows the law; a clever one takes the judge to lunch. -Mark Twain

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ne erev Yom Kippur, the Baal Shem Tov traveled to a remote town in Podolia, Ukraine, where he inquired of the locals as to whom was slated to lead the prayers on Yom Kippur. All the townsfolk told him of one particular pious man, whose prayers were exceptional. “And what makes his prayers so exceptional?” asked the Baal Shem Tov. The answer was the same no matter who was asked. “He recites the confessions with a palpable joy.” The Baal Shem Tov approved. “If he leads the prayers in a joyous manner, he is indeed worthy.” Similarly, R’ Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev noted famously, “On Tisha B’Av, I cannot eat because I am so sad; on Yom Kippur I have no need to eat, because I am so happy.” Happiness and joy are not the emotions most readily associated with Yom Kippur. Such feelings might even seem incongruous with a Day of Atonement – a day on which we are to

“afflict” ourselves (Vayikra 23:27-29), a day on which our very fate hangs in the balance. The fasting makes us weak, and the day’s other prohibitions evoke a feeling more akin to mourning than joy. Yet, along with Tu B’Av, Yom Kippur was considered the happiest day of the Jewish calendar (Taanis 4:7). Indeed, Yom Kippur “is a great joy before G-d, Who gave [the day] to the Jewish people with great love and joy” (Tana d’Bei Eliyahu, Chapter 1). We begin Yom Kippur by reminding ourselves that “light is sown for the righteous, and happiness for those of an upright heart” (Tehillim 97:11). And we end Yom Kippur by sanctifying the New Moon specifically at a time of joy (Rama, Orach Chaim 602:1). Unlike holidays such as Sukkos, Chanukah, Pesach, and Shavuos, we do not recite Hallel on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur “because they are days of repentance and awe and fear, not days of extra happiness” (Rambam, Chanuka 3:6). The obvious implication is that while Yom Kippur is not a day of extra joy, there is nonetheless joy. To be sure, there is joy on Yom Kippur because of the forgiveness and atonement we hope to attain. The atonement of the Jewish people for the sin of the Golden Calf and the receiving of the second pair of Tablets – both of which occurred on Yom Kip-

pur – became recurring themes of the day (Taanis 30b; Tanchuma, Ki Sisa 31). The feast of erev Yom Kippur (Rosh Hashana 9a) is meant to celebrate this happiness of absolution, of being given another chance, of being empowered by the knowledge that we can (and have the opportunity to) do better (Shaarei Teshuva 4:8-9). But perhaps there is another source of joy on Yom Kippur. One year, on erev Yom Kippur, the Baal Shem Tov was seen bouncing joyfully down the street. A man stopped him and asked why he was so happy, with the most solemn day of the year nigh upon them. “After all,” the man challenged, “it would be conceited to assume your verdict will be favorable. And if your verdict is unfavorable, you have no cause for joy.” “The verdict is entirely irrelevant to me,” replied the Baal Shem Tov. “I am rejoicing because of the Judge who is doing the judging.” Just knowing that G-d is judging us – that our fate rests in His hands – is reason enough for joy. “The heavens will be glad and the earth will rejoice, the sea and its fullness will roar. The field and all that is in it will exult, then all the trees of the forest will sing joyfully before G-d for He will have arrived; He will have arrived to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness, and peoples with His faith” (Tehillim 96:11-13). Why will the world

and all the creations exult before G-d on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur? Because it is He – He and no other – Who has come to judge the world (Vayikra Rabba 30:4). The mere knowledge that our fate is in the hands of G-d – Who promises to treat us as his very own children, or at least his very own subjects – is enough to thrust us into a state of bliss. The parable is told of a career soldier in the army, who always obeyed army rules and protocol. During his formative years in the army, he developed a relationship with his commanding officer, which then blossomed into a close friendship. The years rolled on. The commanding officer was elevated to some high-up administrative role, and he and the career soldier lost touch with one another. The soldier’s adherence to the strictures of army life began to wane. The soldier never intended to buck army convention or defy orders, of course, but he was growing lax. He missed curfew occasionally. His uniform was stained at times. He even neglected intermittently to salute his superiors. But these relatively minor offenses paled in comparison to one night, when he abandoned his post. That was a grave offense, which not only drew the harsh reprimands of his commanding officer, it even warrant-


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ed a full-on court martial. Afraid of being found guilty – and the brutal punishment that might bring – the soldier hired a defense attorney specializing in military law. From their first meeting to prepare for the court martial, it was readily apparent just how petrified the soldier was. And as the day of the court martial drew closer, the soldier became even more terrified, to the point that he was unable to sleep or eat or concentrate on anything. Sitting in the courtroom on the day of the court martial, the soldier was beside himself. Today is the day of final judgment, and I might be sentenced to years of hard labor...or worse. Even his attorney could not calm him. A loud bang heralded the entrance into the courtroom of the judge who would hear the case. Now there was a complete aboutface in the soldier’s demeanor. Where there had been fear, there was now relief. Where there had been panic,

there was now calm. A slight smile even began to show. The lawyer couldn’t understand what changed. As soon as a there was a break in the proceedings, the lawyer leaned over to his client. “What happened? You were petrified, and now you seem calm and relieved?”

because I know that he will do whatever he can to spare me a terrible fate.” And so it is with us. As G-d sits in final judgment of our deeds and our future, we have ample reason to be fearful. We know the law, and we know that “repen-

“I am rejoicing because of the Judge who is doing the judging.”

The soldier smiled. “Do you see that judge up there? He was my commanding officer many years ago. We developed a close bond. I don’t know if, as a technical matter, I will be found guilty or innocent. But I am happy to have my fate in his hands,

tance, prayer, and charity reverse the evil of the decree.” But we also know that we may have become lax in observing His commandments. So why the joy? Because, whatever our shortcomings over the past year, we know the

Judge. We can take comfort in the close relationship that we – as individuals and as a congregation – have developed with Him over the years. A variation on the quote from Mark Twain, the old lawyer quip goes that “a good lawyer knows the law, while a great lawyer knows the judge.” Well, we know the Judge. As the Baal Shem Tov understood, we have the incredible privilege of not only being judged but also of knowing the One doing the judging. “Fortunate are you, Israel. Before whom do you become purified, and who purifies you? Your Father in Heaven” (Yoma 8:7). Just the opportunity to purify ourselves before Him – the mere knowledge that we are being judged by Him – is reason enough for joy.

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

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y name is Yosef Bruchim and I live in Bnei Brak, a town that has primarily ultra-Orthodox population. The city sees a very high volume of medical emergencies due to the large amount of elderly people as well as the high number of births and very active children playing anywhere and everywhere they can in the city. I am a United Hatzalah volunteer, and I respond both to medical emergencies as well as emergencies that require the expertise of the Psychotrauma and Crisis response Unit, as I am a member of that unit as well. On a recent Thursday evening, I was at home eating dinner with my wife when we heard shouts coming from the sidewalk outside. My wife and I rushed to the window to see what was happening and we saw a large group of people standing in the street. They were shouting up to a woman who was threatening to jump out of her 5th floor apartment window. The woman had broken the window to climb out and was sitting precariously on the ledge. Without losing a moment I grabbed my radio and vest and ran downstairs. On the way, I alerted the Dispatch and Command Center to the emergency and then ran across the street and up the stairs to the woman’s apartment. When I arrived I noticed that a few police officers were already inside the apartment. I introduced myself to the law enforcement officers and told them that

I am part of United Hatzalah’s Psychotrauma Unit. I offered to help talk to the woman and calm her down so that they could eventually get her back in off of the ledge. They thought it would be a good idea based upon my background in the field. I approached the woman carefully and introduced myself to her. I reassured her that I wasn’t there to force her to do anything, but simply to be there with her and help her with whatever she needed at the moment. It took a few minutes of talking to her to gain her trust, but I eventually succeeded and she let me approach. I sat down near the window inside the apartment and began speaking with her. I didn’t issue any commands or tell her what to do. I told her that I was there to listen and support her in whatever she needed. We spoke for a long time while the crowd watched below and the police watched from behind me. Eventually, I managed to convey to her that instead of jumping, the best idea would be for her to allow the police to help her back inside. After our talk, she agreed. The police made certain that she was safe and that there was no longer a threat and they thanked me for my assistance. The ambulance crew, who by then had arrived at the scene and had been waiting patiently behind the police, transported the woman and her husband to the psychiatric ward of the local hospital so she could receive further care.

It was then that I took a moment to look around, and what I saw caused me to worry. The couple had 5 children, and while the three youngest were being looked after by their aunt, she wasn’t able to take the older two. The 12-year-old boy and his 10-yearold sister remained in the apartment, traumatized by what they had seen and terrified at the prospect of being alone. To make matters worse, there was no food in the house and the apartment was in terrible disarray. There was still more that needed to be done. Recognizing that the first need of the children was that they were hungry and traumatized by what they had seen, I knew I needed to both get them fed and get them outside of the apartment so that they could process what just happened. I decided to take the hungry children for pizza and ice cream. As we sat together enjoying the food, I began speaking with them gently to help them cope with the trauma of what they had witnessed. The siblings told me that they desperately wanted to see their father and find out what was happening with their mother. One of our protocols in the Psychotrauma unit is to provide the patient with what they need in the moment to cope, stay by their side until they feel that they have a handle on the situation, and create for them a network of support. The network for these children was their father, and the need was

to know that their mother would be okay. After alerting the aunt, I drove the siblings to the hospital and sat in the waiting room of the psychiatric ward while they visited with their father. I then telephoned a neighbor of the family and arranged for the children to stay by that neighbor until the father could return home. By this time it was 2:00 a.m. As I drove the children back to the neighbor’s home, I realized that there was still more that needed to be done as the broken window still presented a danger. After dropping the children off, I grabbed some materials from my own storeroom and headed over to the other apartment. I then boarded up the window and did a basic straightening of the apartment. After suffering a trauma like that, the family that comes home, whether it’s the father or children, shouldn’t have to deal with the sight that almost cost them the life of a beloved family member. It was well into the wee hours of the morning when I finally returned home. But I knew that the efforts I had expended on behalf of this family would go a long way to repairing a very traumatic moment of crisis. Helping people through their toughest hours is, after all, what being a member of United Hatzalah or any other EMS organization is all about.


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Outpost 107 by Shlomo Horwitz

Amos, center, at Outpost 107

Amos* and eighteen of his fellow IDF soldiers were spending Yom Kippur just meters away from the Syrian border when the Yom Kippur War broke out in 1973. T h e y fo ught for 100 hours straight against an overpower ing enemy an d unr e lent ing firepower, and survived. They are the heroes of Outpost 107. This is their story.

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utpost 107, code-named “Portugal,” was the closest IDF outpost to Syria in 1973. It was next to Quneitra in the Golan Heights. Amos and his fellow soldiers were from Battalion 13 of the Golani Brigade. Amos was a mortar man, and he reported to Avraham Elimelech, the platoon commander. The outpost consisted of a series of bunkers with observation points and gun positions. The platoon’s main job was to observe Syrian activities on the Syrian side of the Golan. There was a small tank company nearby to aid the men in repelling any ground attack from Syria. The war started that day with a barrage of artillery on the IDF outpost. Most of the outpost’s positions were destroyed, including the large supply of drinking water. Four tanks led by Shmuel Yachin from Battalion 74 of the 188th Brigade opened fire and destroyed eight Syrian tanks that were attempting to cross the border to attack. Trucks laden with Syrian

infantry raced towards the outpost. The Golani platoon destroyed them all using their heavy machine guns and mortars. That night, the men spotted a convoy of Syrian military vehicles carrying anti-aircraft and anti-tank guns. Their commander, Elimelech, radioed a warning to the IDF tank as Nissim Avidan manned the heavy machine gun and Amos fired an illumination round from his mortar to light up the theater. Nissim opened fire and the lead truck in the convoy exploded. The IDF tanks joined the fray and the Syrian convoy was destroyed. Later that night two of the IDF tanks drove to recover two Israeli fighters and one Syrian POW, bringing the three men back to the outpost. They had been fired upon, and one of the tank’s treads was aflame. The men of the outpost stood guard over the tanks all night, protecting them from Syrian commandos armed with Sagger anti-tank missiles. The next morning, October 7, the

platoon successfully repelled another Syrian infantry attack. But the tanks were now very low on ammo. The outpost was cut off and surrounded; no fresh ammo or supplies could be delivered. Some of the IDF tanks recovered unused shells from stricken Israeli tanks. More artillery barrages rained on the outpost. Syrian soldiers got as far as the outpost gates when the Golani men succeeded in wiping them out. The Golani platoon destroyed additional Syrian tank-hunters. On October 8, the outpost was attacked at dawn by six Syrian tanks. Five of the tanks were destroyed and the sixth tank sneaked up so close to the eastern side of the outpost that the IDF tanks could no longer safely fire on it. Yossi Zadok, a Golani corporal who had arrived on Yom Kippur right before the war started, had received some training in using a bazooka a couple of years prior but hadn’t been known as a good shot. There was no


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time to think or plan. Yossi had to act fast. He quickly jumped up with his bazooka and fired at the tank. It was a direct hit; the tank was destroyed. At 11:00 am, 15 Syrian T-62 tanks rushed at the outpost. It was part of a brigade commanded by Rifat Assad, the brother of the Syrian dictator, Hafez al Assad. Shmuel Yachin and his tank platoon jumped into the fray, destroying 13 of them. Two managed to hide undercover and tried to escape when darkness fell. One of them was destroyed by the IDF forces; the other managed to get away. The men were running low on ammo but there was no way to resupply them under this onslaught. That evening, the outpost was stormed by a Syrian armored personnel carrier. As it entered the perimeter, it set off a mine, killing its occupants, except for one Syrian soldier who was taken prisoner. Then came bad news: Shmuel’s tank platoon was needed to reinforce Israeli forces in a ferocious tank battle taking place elsewhere in the Golan. The remaining Golani soldiers were left unprotected by tanks. Their ammo and food rations were dangerously low and there was no help in sight. The following day, through their binoculars Amos and his fellow soldiers watched one Syrian tank rise on the hill that overlooked their position. Another Syrian tank soon lined up next to the first one. Then another one. Three hours went by and there were 110 tanks – nearly a full armored division – on the hill threatening their position. The Golani platoon didn’t stand a chance. The tanks roared and the ground literally shook. “Zeh avood, all is lost!” some of the men yelled in great despair. “Don’t give up!” Amos said. “Stay below ground! Who knows what the cruel Syrians will have in store for us if they take us alive.” Elimelech radioed the Northern Command. “I need air support!” “Negative,” came the reply. “No planes are available.” “Then I need armor support!” The desperation in his voice was obvious to the entire network. “Negative. All tanks are fighting southwest of your positions.” “Then give me artillery support!”

Tanks during the Yom Kippur War

he shouted. “None is available.” One soldier took a shell casing and etched the 19 names of the soldiers into the bunker wall. “What are you doing?” Amos asked. “I’m making sure that someone will remember us when the Syrians kill us all!” the soldier replied.

could not pierce armor. No one knew what Nissim was thinking. The lead Syrian tank swiveled its main gun at Nissim’s position and fired, scoring a direct hit on his gun emplacement. It exploded in a swirl of flame and smoke. Nobody could have survived a blast like that. The others could only imagine what was left of

Three hours went by and there were 110 tanks – nearly a full armored division – on the hill threatening their position. The men noticed jeeps carrying Syrian officers following the massive tank convoy. They stopped and opened tables to study terrain maps and plan further attacks against Israel. Elimelech ordered Amos to fire his last two mortar rounds at the officers. They scattered and realized the Israeli outpost had not yet been destroyed. The tanks moved forward to wipe the men out. That’s when Nissim, the heavy machine gunner, did something insane. He fired his .50 caliber machine gun at the lead tank. The bullets bounced off the tank harmlessly. They

their friend. Amos ran over to the position, shouting “Nissim! Nissim!” To Amos’ great shock, Nissim responded, “I’m okay! I’m okay!” He appeared slightly dazed, but lived through the onslaught without a scratch.

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to almost no ammunition. All seemed lost. Yossi still had his bazooka, with only a few rounds that could do any damage. A bazooka is a powerful weapon. It fires single rockets that can disable a tank, but it has a serious limitation. The weapon is fired while held on the operator’s shoulder and it has a fiery backblast of several feet when the projectile leaves the barrel. It must therefore be fired in an open area, otherwise the backblast would engulf and incinerate the operator. Yossi and Amos were below the surface of the ground in a maze of bunkers. There was no way to fire the bazooka without exposing Yossi as a target to the vast number of forces now threatening the outpost. How could they get off a proper shot, wellaimed, in defense of their position? Yossi and Amos came up with an idea. Amos would put a helmet on top of a rifle, and gradually raise the helmet over the surface of the ground. If it drew fire from the tanks, he’d quickly lower it, knowing that this spot is too hot from which to fire. He’d then move to another spot and try it again. If Amos received no fire, he’d jump up with his binoculars, determine the range of the target tank, and quickly tell Yossi. Yossi would then jump up, completely exposing himself to the enemy, and take his best shot. It was reckless. Suicidal. Against orders. They did it anyway. Amos held up the helmet. It immediately drew fire. He and Yossi moved 20 feet away and Amos tried it again. No one fired, so he quickly grabbed the binoculars and inched upwards to identify a target. Amos saw a tank and barked the range and position to Yossi, who jumped up and took a shot. Amos heard the whoosh right by him and felt the tremendous heat of the backblast passing overhead. Yossi jumped back down. Impact. A direct hit! The shell penetrated the tank and some of the enemy were killed or wounded. One tank down. “Amos!” Yossi cried. “Move! Let’s go further down and try it again!” Amos moved. They did it again. And again.


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With Amos’ courageous range finding, Yossi destroyed four tanks in one day. The other tanks rained murderous fire at their position, furious that the meager Israeli outpost was killing their vaunted Russian-made battle tanks. The next day, the barrage continued. Over the din of incoming shells, Yossi yelled, “Amos, let’s take out more tanks!” “We’re out of armor-piercing rounds! Nothing we have will take out a tank!” “What other rounds do we have?” “White phosphorus.” Yossi made a face. He and Amos knew that white phosphorus (WP) was powerless against the Syrian tanks. It was normally used to illuminate a target area, create thick smoke, or burn fuel and ammunition, but it would not inflict any damage. Why bother with it? “Amos, let’s try firing them anyway. Maybe it’ll scare them!” “Okay,” Amos said. He rammed the WP shell into the tube of the weapon.

Abandoned Syrian tanks in the Golan Heights after the war

Yossi was ready. “Find me a target!” Amos raised the helmet on a rifle. Nobody shot at it. He quickly inched up with his binoculars and yelled out the range and position to Yossi over the sound of the constant firing.

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Yossi fearlessly jumped out and fired the bazooka. Another direct hit, but they both knew it was a joke. A huge white spray blanketed the tank with thick smoke. No penetration. No danger to the Syrian tank crew. But something amazing happened.

was evacuated to a hospital. All other 18 men were unscathed, despite being under nonstop attack for 100 hours. Yossi took months to recover from his wounds. For his heroism in this battle, Yossi was decorated with the Itur Hamofet, Israel’s third-highest award for bravery. He and Amos have remained as close as brothers for the last 45 years. After the war, Amos felt that he could not deny the miracles he had seen. Nissim’s survival. Yossi’s oneman onslaught, with his help. Destroying the far more powerful enemies of Israel despite their minimal weaponry and scant ammunition. This made him rethink his life and his priorities, and Amos eventually decided to deepen his Jewish commitment and go to a yeshiva. Even today, Amos has tears in his eyes recalling when he saw G-d’s Hand. As one of the heroes of Outpost 107. * This article is based on an interview with Amos who, due to his humility,

“I’m making sure that someone will remember us when the Syrians kill us all!” Amos and Yossi watched in shock as the enemy crewmen abandoned their unscathed tank! Evidently they were terrified by the blast and smoke and the knowledge that the Israelis had destroyed four tanks the day before. They poured out of the tank and fled on foot towards Syria. Another tank down. The other tanks proceeded to leave the area, leaving the outpost alone. They were engaged by what was left of the IDF 188th and 7th Armored Divisions in some very difficult fighting.

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ossi was the only soldier injured in Outpost 107. He was seriously wounded in the chest by shrapnel shortly afterwards and

only agreed to speak on condition his last name and current photo not be included. Shlomo Horwitz is the founding director of Jewish Crossroads, an educational theatre project which has provided creative Torah programming across the U.S., Canada, England and Israel. He studied at Yeshivat Sha’alvim and Yeshivat Ner Yisrael in Baltimore, at which he received ordination from Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg. Shlomo is a CPA and is a director of a consulting firm near Washington, D.C. He can be reached on his site at www. jewishcrossroads.com. The original article can be found at http://www.aish. com/jw/id/The-Heroes-of-Outpost-107. html?s=authorart.


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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

I tell people that I’m 5 feet tall, but in fact, I’m a bit under 5 feet. I started dating this year and find that I’m only being set up with very short men, usually anywhere from 5’2” to 5’5”. It seems like anytime a short guy is available, I’m the go-to person for a shidduch.

Though I’m short, I still think I put myself together very well and am told I’m very attractive. My problem is that I’m very turned off by short men. Somehow, even if they are still taller than me, the attraction isn’t there. I know that there are many more important qualities to consider, which I do consider, but somehow this issue always comes back to bother me. I recently spoke to a shadchan and explained to her that I don’t want to be set up with anyone under at least 5’7”. The shorter guys are just not working for me. She flat out told me that I wasn’t being thoughtful toward the taller women who are out there and that it would basically be selfish of me to “take away” a taller guy from a taller woman, who doesn’t have the same choices as I do. Am I being unfair in this regard? Do I have to resign myself to eventually marrying a short man, even if I am totally not attracted to him, so that I don’t “use up” the taller guys?

Disclaimer: This column is not intended to diagnose or otherwise conclude resolutions to any questions.

Our intention is not to offer any definitive

conclusions to any particular question, rather offer areas of exploration for the author and reader. Due to the nature of the column receiving only a short snapshot of an issue, without the benefit of an actual discussion, the panel’s role is to offer a range of possibilities. We hope to open up meaningful dialogue and individual exploration.


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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. don’t agree with the logic of the shadchan you are quoting at all. It’s not about taking away guys who are tall from tall women. At your age and stage a whole big world of possibilities should be open. You should be offered a range of suitable men. Perhaps he or she was trying to tell you something that may have been difficult for you to face and hear. Short people are going to be suggested for other short people. That’s the way it is in the dating world. Many people feel uncomfortable with other people who may tower over them or are far away from them in terms of height. Perhaps height shouldn’t

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matter but realistically it does matter, especially when people are not yet confident about their own selves. Growing past being the shortest one in the groups takes time, accomplishment in one’s chosen field, and a record of personal growth. Being comfortable in your own skin and body takes self-development. You aren’t dating long and therefore I am assuming that you are young. Grow yourself and develop confidence in who you are. Yes, do tell shadchanim that you prefer to date men who are significantly taller than you. It’s good to be assertive and clear. At the same time, ask yourself why a tall fellow seems more attractive. What does height mean to you in a husband? Is this about attraction or maybe something else? Grow in self-knowledge as you date.

You may find yourself open to a wider range of men than now.

The Mother Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. our shadchan’s logic is akin to the Bubby who urges her child “Ess, ess, my kindt, eat, eat, my child. People are starving in Africa.” How does overeating in New York help alleviate famine in Africa? If a guy’s altitude is that important to you, who is anyone to criticize? Rest assured, your predilection toward tall men does not upset the universal shidduch scale. The Ribbono Shel Olam has prepared an ample supply of qualified men, in

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all heights and hair colors, to meet the tastes and qualifications of all women seeking their bashert. If it’s meant to be, you’ll marry a six-footer and your lanky roommate will marry his taller cousin. And while we’re on the subject: stay tuned to next week’s column, when David, a five-foot-sixer from New Jersey, complains that his tall buddies are snatching up all the pe-


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tite girls, five feet and shorter. To you and him I say: Trust and believe and daven… it always helps!

Another Shadchan Tzipporah Feldman ot all shadchanim think the same way. As a shadchan, I take the words of the men and women I meet very seriously and don’t throw out information that they hold dear. It’s not for me to determine whether they have a “right” to have preferences. We all have that right. For instance, if a woman comes to me and tells me that she is not really all that concerned about looks, but for some reason, she’s always had a problem with red-

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way it is. Because, just like you prefer a taller man, many men might have their own issues with someone of your height and that’s OK. It’s not quantity of dates that you should be focused on but the right quality that will, G-d willing, work for you. Stay true to yourself!

The Single Tova Wein ver the years I’ve had similar experiences where I’ve met with certain shadchanim and felt that I was in a one-down position of power next to them and that they were basically doing me a favor and calling all the shots. Yes, I agree they have lots of experience in this area and we can all probably learn a great deal from them. However, when they dismiss our personal feelings about things that we feel strongly about, I get very disturbed. I think you

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have a right to feel disturbed over what your shadchan said to you. And I don’t believe that all shadchanim will respond the same way. By limiting the pool of options in this way, of course you will limit how many men you will be set up with. People often look at shidduchim in a very basic way. “Oh, he’s 5’2” and she’s 5’ – must be a match made in heaven.” You will find many people have such knee jerk reactions and I’m not surprised that you’re being set up with every single short guy who is available. But don’t give up. There are many taller men out there who would have no issues with your height and, in fact, probably some who would prefer it. I don’t think you should give up or give in to your feelings. What you should be doing is finding another shadchan!

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llow me to try to capture what I believe may be the polarized responses amongst the readers. In one corner, we have those of us who believe that we cannot help what we find attractive. We should not have to settle, especially not at such a young age like yours. In the other corner, we have those of us who understand that attraction is vital but feel that from a practical standpoint, because you are shy of 5 feet, you should be open to the idea of dating shorter guys. With all due respect to your shadchan, I disagree with her idea that your dating tall men is unfair to tall women. Life is often unfair, and you don’t have to exclusively date shorter men to be fair to a tall stranger. If you want to exclusively date taller men, then it may be

time to work w ith a new shadchan who understands and respects chemistr y and attraction. Before you sign off “shorter” guys from the dating pool, and find yourself in shallow waters, make sure you are making a well informed decision. Is this strictly a physical/ chemical attraction type of thing? Do you find shorter men completely unattractive? Or is there something else? Could it run deeper? I want to be very clear. I think that physical attraction is very important to those who find it very important. People are sometimes told by well-meaning family and friends to look past the lack of physical attraction when they are dating someone. They are

made to feel shallow or not serious about dating and marriage. The advice is well-intentioned but often does more harm than good. Attraction doesn’t always grow, and sometimes this can lead to marital strife. (In my experience, more often than not, the cat is let out of the bag at some point after the marriage. It leads to all sorts of devastated feelings. Others keep it in and live with the secret, and either work around it or have a deep emptiness inside. And yet for some, attraction does indeed grow.) There is nothing wrong, and everything right about attraction and chemistry. Attraction only becomes problematic when it turns sour and morphs into pickiness, aka, I refuse to date men with brown eyes. I only date women who are size two or less and wear high heels 6 days out of the week. When people travel down this road, they begin to

self-sabotage, ruining their chances of finding true happiness with that special someone. Only you know, in your heart of hearts, whether or not your lack of attraction is based on “pickiness” or on something much more substantive. Follow your heart. All the best, Jennifer Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. Visit www.thenavidaters.com for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email thenavidaters@gmail.com. You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.


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No, You’re Not Awful By Deb Hirschhorn, Ph.D.

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think Yom Kippur is exactly the opposite of what we think it is. I mean, I can speak for myself. I wouldn’t exactly call my par-

ents “fire and brimstone” types, but they were strict. And not funny. My mom laughed at her sister’s funny side; my aunt Olga always made

her laugh. That was a good thing, but otherwise, she was not happy. She loved my father and I’m sure she loved me, but she was just not happy. And she must have passed that seriousness down to me. As a child, I took life very seriously, too seriously. And when Yom Kippur came around, I decided I must be an awful person and G-d was just counting up all my sins so that I could be punished for them. I remember thinking that way when I was about 10 and I don’t recall that changing for quite some time. I know people who grew up that way and it never changed. Maybe that describes you. If so, perhaps what I’m going to say will help. There is no earthly reason why a person should feel G-d is down on them or angry at them. But so many, many people do. And I’ve come to a conclusion as to where that comes from. It does not come from having a difficult life because there are many people with challenges who meet them very well. It comes from having difficult messages fed to us over and over again until we believe them. Those messages get down into our bones; it feels like they’re down at a DNA level, so much so that they feel real. And that is the problem.

There is a concept in brain science that the more often a thought is thought or words are heard (or read) the more “etched” in our minds it is. This is based on the efficiency of the brain. If something happens often, it is more efficient for the brain to simply produce the same thought quickly without evaluation, without a pause, possibly before the thought has even been fully formulated. That is why so many of our thoughts strike us as feelings. We feel them before the words for them can be articulated. And they feel so very real. When I left New York for quite a few decades, I had to get used to “other” ways of pronouncing words. And those all felt wrong! No one pronounced things right! It was a huge effort for me to try to pronounce words the way the locals did and it never felt natural. Of course you know and I know, though we wouldn’t admit it to out-of-towners, that our way of speaking is not, shall we say, authentic English. So where did this feeling I had that everyone spoke incorrectly come from? The answer is that what we hear first and most is what feels right and natural and the rest doesn’t. The same is true of the messages we get from our parents and our earliest contacts with adults. If they treated us badly, that was the “real” stuff. That was “right.” So we must


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be wrong. There must be something wrong with us to have “deserved” that. This whole thing makes sense – except it, itself, is wrong! It is as wrong as believing that New York-ese is the right way to talk! This “sense” that we have, whether it is about pronunciation or the essence of who we are, comes from the fact that the neural pathways for it were laid down earliest and were reinforced by repetition for the longest period of time. It’s all about the length of time those pathways were there. That is why a client a long, long time ago said to me that she totally understood why her friends called her a good person. “I am a good person,” she commented. “I know it, but I just don’t believe it.” That is the difference between knowing something at a gut level versus knowing it only intellectually.

Now, when you see how the process works, it becomes clear how to use time to work in our favor and reverse the process: you simply must hear the correct message more times than you heard the toxic, false

I suggest designating a notebook for this: every time someone else tells you the accurate and corrected message, write down the incident in the notebook with the date. Then read the entry over and over, as much as

It becomes clear how to use time to work in our favor and reverse the process.

one that you believe, nevertheless to be true. This, of course, is difficult. If you don’t believe the corrected message, it is awfully hard to allow its meaning to penetrate into your heart and fix the problem. But even that problem can be gotten around.

ten times a day. Keep adding entries and reading them. There will come a time when they will start to sound real; they will start to make sense; you will start to think, “Yeah, I can see that.” There will come a time. Cognitive psychology was on the

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right track when it suggested people logically question their irrational beliefs, but neuroscience does one better: it suggests replacing those messages and not allowing the negative messages to get any time or space in your head. When Yom Kippur comes, don’t even begin to assume G-d is angry with you. Use that time to fight the “mispronunciations” that sound so right and replace them with the truth about the good person you are. So if I’m so wonderful, you might be thinking, what sins am I standing here beating my chest about? Perhaps your sin is simply not appreciating yourself, G-d’s beautiful creation. You’ve got a whole day to get the process started.

Dr. Deb Hirschhorn is a Marriage and Family Therapist. She can be reached at 646-54-DRDEB or by writing drdeb@ drdeb.com.


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How to Have an Easy Fast By Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN

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t’s that time of year again. Yom Kippur is around the corner. Aside from the fear and awesomeness of the day of Yom Kippur itself, most people have an additional fear: fasting for 25 hours! Naturally, people have a fear of fasting. The body needs food and fluids to properly function. Without adequate nutrition and hydration, the body cannot function at its usual rate. Short term starvation often causes fatigue, headaches, weakness, and sometimes nausea. So fasting is a substantial fear! Below are a few tips to help make this fast as smooth and fearless as possible so that all the focus can be directed to davening on this holy day. • Hydrate yourself. Your body is able to last for weeks or even months without any food. However, what causes the most discomfort during a fast is the lack of fluid. Our body is made up of 60% fluid and every cell in our body needs proper hydration in order to function properly. Therefore, before a fast it’s very important to super-hydrate yourself. Pack in the water a few days before the fast. Don’t leave all the water for the

last minute or you’ll be so full from water you won’t have any room for food. In addition, avoid dehydrating foods such as salty foods and fast food. • Limit caffeine intake. Caffeine causes mood changes and is

next day. Additionally, large meals require more fluids to digest the meal, so this won’t help the dehydration factor. • Eat carbohyd rate-r ich foods before a fast. The word carbohydrate literally means hydrated

Your body is able to last for weeks or even months without any food.

considered an outright addiction. Stopping caffeine cold turkey can cause withdrawal symptoms, and these symptoms are worsened when fasting. Therefore, try to cut out the caffeine a few days before a fast since the symptoms are not as noticeable while eating a normal diet. • Don’t overeat; eat normal-sized meals. Overeating and stuffing your face before a fast will not cause you to be less hungry the

carbons which hold onto water and help your body stay hydrated for a longer amount of time. Complex carbohydrates like those found in breads, pastas, fruits, and vegetables are the best for maintaining energy levels during a fast. Even more so, whole grain carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables which are rich in fiber help keep the body satiated for longer by slowing the progression of digestion. Therefore, the

best foods to eat before a fast are wholegrain breads, pastas, cereals; starchy vegetables such as potatoes and sweet potatoes; vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots; and fruits such as grapes, watermelon, bananas, apples, strawberries, and oranges. • After a fast, it is best to eat easily digestible foods that do not cost the body too much energy. Raw fruits and vegetables are the number one option after a fast due to their high water content to rehydrate the body and its easy digestion course. Hopefully, with these helpful tips, you’ll have a smooth and easy fast! A gut g’bentsched yuhr and a gmar chasima tova to all! Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN, is a Master’s level Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. She graduated CUNY Brooklyn College receiving a Bachelor’s in Science and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences. She is currently a dietitian at Boro Park Center and a private nutrition consultant. She can be reached at CindyWeinberger1@gmail.com.


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Biscoff Cookie Butter Bars By Naomi Nachman

I developed this recipe for one of my kosher.com videos. It is one of my most popular recipes and it’s perfect to break your fast on. This recipe is pareve and yields 12 bars.

Ingredients 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1 cup neutral oil (such as vegetable oil or coconut oil) 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 (13.4 oz.) jar Lotus Biscoff Crunchy Cookie Butter 10 Lotus biscuits, crushed

Preparation Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 1 (9 x 13-inch) pan with nonstick cooking spray. Combine flour, sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl. The dough should be a little crumbly. Spread and pat down about ¾ of the dough into prepared pan, saving the remaining dough for the topping. The dough layer should be ¼-inch thick and the dough should be firm. Transfer cookie butter to a microwave-safe bowl; microwave for 30 seconds to soften the butter. Spread softened cookie butter over the dough. Sprinkle the remaining crumbled dough and crushed Lotus biscuit all over the cookie butter. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool slightly; cut into squares or bars. Cook’s Tip: If you prefer the texture, you can use the Biscoff smooth Cookie Butter instead.

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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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

I come from a long line, as all of us do as Americans, [and] understand what that kind of civil disobedience is and I understand the consequences. So I am right now before your … process is finished, I am going to release the email about racial profiling. And I understand the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate. - Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ), upon pulling a fake stunt and claiming to disclose classified documents at the Brett Kavanagh Supreme Court nomination hearing (the documents did not show any racial bias and had already been declassified)

This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an “I am Spartacus” moment. - Ibid., referencing a movie character that leads a revolt against slavery

I’m knowingly violating the rules. No matter how many outraged opinion pieces or news articles (but I repeat myself) the New York Times produces, no matter how many smarter-than-thou analysts with non-prescription eyeglasses mope about sadly on CNN, no matter how many Obama fan boys and girls left in the White House press corps shriek at the president whenever in earshot, it just doesn’t matter anymore. The economy hums. Trump keeps us out of foreign entanglements. Wages increase. America’s traditional meritocracy replaces the Democrats’ grievance-based society. Life happens. And while the New York Times op-ed was a nice try by the media, they must on some level, deep down, grasp the new reality: no one hears their screams. - Christian Whiton, in a National Interest article titled, “Why Trump’s Record Trumps the Media’s Spin”

- Ibid., a reference to the 1960 Oscar-winning movie starring Kirk Douglas as leader of a slave revolt

I’m saying right now that I’m releasing committee confidential documents. - Ibid.

OK, how many times do you want to tell us that? - Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), to Sen. Booker

Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate or of confidentiality of the documents that we are privy to. - Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to Sen. Booker, implying that Booker’s stunt was to gain support for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination

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We do not pressure the attorney general or the FBI to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents or to explicitly call on the attorney general to protect members of our own party from persecution – prosecution— because an election happens to be coming up. I’m not making that up. That’s not hypothetical. – Barack Obama, in a recent speech against President Trump – accusing him of weaponizing the Justice Department

Well, President Obama, it’s not what you’re making up. It’s what you’re leaving out. You’re leaving out the fact that your attorney general, Loretta Lynch, told the FBI director, don’t call the Clinton e-mail investigation an “investigation,” call it a “matter.” You’re forgetting to tell the public that the number four at the Department of Justice, Bruce Ohr’s wife, worked for Fusion GPS, which was on the payroll by the Democratic Party to hire a foreign agent to go to get dirt on candidate Trump and Russia. You’re leaving out the fact that Mr. McCabe, the number two guy at the FBI, is under grand jury investigation for lying. You’re leaving out the fact that the director of the FBI under your watch, Mr. Comey, actually leaked internal memos for the express purpose of getting a special counsel appointed. You’re not talking much about the Page-Strzok memos, where they openly hated Trump, in the tank for Clinton. Other than those few details, President Obama, you got it right. – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) responding to Obama’s comments, on Fox News

I watched it but I fell asleep. I found he’s very good – very good for sleeping. – President Trump at a rally, telling the audience what he thought of Mr. Obama’s big speech against him

I’m gonna get him. I’m gonna get him. I’m in this fight and I’m not gonna move. And, as you know, there’s a difference in how some of our leadership talk about how we should handle all of this. They say, “Maxine, please don’t say impeachment anymore.” And when they say that, I say, “Impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment.” - Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), at a Democrat rally

I had a conversation here today with someone who asked, “Well, what about Pence? If you are able to impeach, Pence will be worse.” Well, I said, “Look, one at a time.” You knock one down, one at a time. You knock one down, and we’ll be ready for Pence. We’ll get him, too. - Ibid.

They estimate that more than 16 million Americans traveled by air over [Labor Day] weekend. And here’s a fun statistic. They did a study. The germiest place at the airport, the place with the highest levels of virus bacteria, are those plastic security tubs at the TSA. Which is kind of surprising. I mean, who would have ever guessed that the tubs where a million sweaty travelers throw their shoes every day would be full of germs? – Jimmy Kimmel

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Some of the wealthiest members of the media are not reporters from mainstream outlets. Figures such as Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, and the trio of Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham have attained wealth and power by exploiting the fears of older white people. They are thriving financially by exploiting the very same free-press umbrella they seem determined to undermine. - NBC’s Chuck Todd, in an Atlantic op-ed titled, “It’s Time for the Press to Stop Complaining—And to Start Fighting Back”

We are seeing tens of millions of dollars flooding into the state of Texas from liberals all over the country who desperately want to turn the state of Texas blue. They want us to be just like California, right down to tofu…and dyed hair. - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at a rally

Our insurance doesn’t cover this. Why would they? This is unprecedented. - John Cambridge, owner of the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, talking about a recent heist of 7,000 creatures from his museum, worth approximately $40,000

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Osama bin Laden was killed by SEAL Team 6 before he accomplished that goal. Other tyrants who tried to do the same were consigned to the ash heap of history. The question for voters this fall is whether their country will move beyond this troubled chapter in history or whether they will continue supporting a politician who has done more damage to the dream of America than any foreign adversary ever could. - Trump hater Joe Scarborough, in a Washington Post op-ed on September 11, titled, “Trump is Harming the Dream of America More Than Any Foreign Adversary Ever Could,” arguing that the election of President Trump was a worse catastrophe than 9/11

I read that Joe Biden will decide whether he’s running for president in 2020 by this January. He’s gonna take a coin and say, “Heads, I run. Tails, I flip again until I get heads.” – Jimmy Fallon

Later this season…the NFL will hold a game in Mexico. It’s all part of the League’s plan to combine as many things that Trump hates as possible. It’s really clever. Rosie O’Donnell is doing the halftime show. Jeff Sessions is a referee. – Jimmy Fallon

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Political Crossfire

To the New York Times Op-Ed Writer: If You Can’t Serve Honorably, Don’t Serve At All By Marc A. Thiessen

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he “deep state” exists after all. But it turns out that deep state is not made up of the permanent bureaucracy, shadowy intelligence officials, or even Obama administration holdovers; rather it is made up of President Trump’s own senior appointees. In a New York Times op-ed, an unnamed “senior official in the Trump administration” admits that he and others “in and around the White House” are “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda” and thwart “Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.” The author declares that he and his co-conspirators are being “unsung heroes” fighting on the inside to “preserve our democratic institutions.” In fact, they are doing precisely the opposite. President Trump asked on Twitter whether the writer had committed “TREASON?” No, he (or she) has not. But the writer and the other members of this “quiet resistance within the administration” have betrayed the solemn oath they took when they raised their right hands and pledged to “bear true faith and allegiance” to the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution vests executive power in the president, not “senior officials.” Any authority these appointees have comes from the president, at whose pleasure they serve. For an unelected appointee to hide documents or refuse to carry out the lawful orders of the elected president is not

noble. It is not patriotic. It is an assault on democracy. If you are a presidential appointee who strongly disagrees with something the president is about to do, you have a moral obligation to try to convince the president that he is wrong. If you can’t do so, and the matter is sufficiently serious, then you have an obligation to resign – and explain to the American people why you did so. But there is no constitutional option of staying on the job and pretending to be a loyal advisor,

to avoid formally withdrawing from a U.S-South Korea trade agreement – and later bragged to a colleague that the president never even realized it was missing. Woodward further reports that Cohn did the same with a document to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, telling then-staff secretary Rob Porter, “I can stop this. I’ll just take the paper off his desk.” It would be a horrible decision to withdraw from those trade agreements.

It is not patriotic. It is an assault on democracy.

while secretly undermining the president by failing to carry out his decisions – no matter how bad you think those decisions are. Yet, according to the author, that is precisely what he (or she) and many senior officials are doing. And the conduct the author describes matches named senior administration officials’ actions described in Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear.” According to Woodward, then-economic adviser Gary Cohn “stole a letter off Trump’s desk”

And it would be perfectly legitimate to campaign internally to dissuade the president from doing so. But for the head of the National Economic Council to conspire with the White House staff secretary to hide documents from the president is rank insubordination. No one elected the economic adviser or the staff secretary. They elected Donald Trump. It is important that good people serve in the administration and try their best to persuade the president to

make good decisions and dissuade him from bad ones. But when you go from advising to subverting the president, you cross a moral and constitutional line. You are no longer defending democracy; you are subverting it. And to boast about your duplicitous behavior in the media is shameful. In our system of checks and balances, there are a number of options at the disposal of officials concerned about the president’s fitness for office. If the president is as unstable as the writer suggests, and if many within the administration share that view, then a mass resignation would be appropriate. That could certainly make an impact on the midterm elections and flip control of the House and Senate to the Democrats, providing a check on the president’s power. If Trump is truly incompetent, then members of the Cabinet can agree to notify Congress that they do not believe the president can carry out his duties under the 25th Amendment. If he has committed high crimes and misdemeanors, Congress can impeach him. But seeking to thwart the president from within by extra-constitutional means is un-American. There is no shame in not serving a president you don’t respect. Many conservatives have made that decision. But if you feel you can’t serve the president honorably, then there is only one honorable thing to do: don’t serve at all. (c) 2018, Washington Post Writers Group


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Working with Moscow on CyberRegulations is like Paying a Bully for Protection By David Ignatius

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magine a bully who’s pounding your head against a wall. When you complain that it hurts and threaten to punch back, he offers to sign an international agreement against bullying. Meanwhile, he keeps pounding your head. That’s a shorthand summary of the peculiar situation that has developed in U.N. discussions about regulating cyberspace. The Russians are aggressively hacking U.S. and European political parties and infrastructure, according to U.S. intelligence reports. At the same time, they are pushing for international regulation of cyberspace – on their own terms. Russian plans to offer new U.N. cyber-regulation pacts were floated last month by Anatoly Smirnov, a top computer scientist at Moscow State Institute of International Relations, in an interview with Nezavisimaya Gazeta. He said Russia would soon introduce a cyber “code of conduct,” and a pathway to a new cybercrime convention to replace one signed in Budapest in 2001. It’s noteworthy that another faculty member of Smirnov’s university is Andrey Krutskikh, the top Kremlin adviser on cyber issues. At a private conference in Moscow in February 2016, Krutskikh said menacingly, “I’m warning you: We are at the verge of having ‘something’ in the information arena, which will allow us to talk

to the Americans as equals.” Russia’s tone on cyber matters, at once defiant and defensive, reflects Moscow’s claim that America shot first in the internet wars and that Russia is struggling to respond. For example, before quoting Smirnov, Nezavisimaya Gazeta cited a Wall Street Journal report that the Trump administration had decided to “loosen rules of engagement for U.S. cyberattacks.” Russia is conducting a quiet lobbying campaign for its U.N. package. On August 3, though the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Russia invited an alliance of developing nations known as the Group of 77 (it’s actually 134 countries now) to Vienna on September 11-12 to discuss “preventing and combating cybercrime.” A European official said Russia has offered to pay airfares. The first Russian U.N. resolution appears to be drawn largely from a Chinese-drafted “code of conduct” approved in 2015 by Russia, China and the other four members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. It features high-minded language about “the need to protect the internet ... from threats and vulnerabilities.” But it allows countries to muzzle information at home and restrict dissent. The U.S. has negotiated intermittently with Russia and the U.N. on cyber issues, trying to build norms

of behavior and confidence-building measures without compromising internet freedom. The main forum since 2004 has been the U.N.’s socalled Group of Governmental Experts. Over the years, it has applied the rules of war to cyber conflict, extended international law to cyberspace, and pledged that nations will protect “critical infrastructure” from cyberattack. Yet after endorsing the 2015 GGE report that supposedly protected infrastructure, Russia this year allegedly conducted cyberattacks against American and European nuclear power plants and water and electric systems, according to the Department of Homeland Security. American suspicion that Russia and China were playing a double game on cyber led the State Department in June 2017 to criticize nations that “seem to want to walk back progress made in previous GGE reports.” The “Experts” dialogue has withered over the past year, and the Russians are now seeking U.N. General Assembly backing for their code of conduct. Russia’s cybercrime initiative is a second leg of the effort to steer cyber-regulation Moscow’s way. Russia was the only major European country that didn’t sign the 2001 Budapest Convention, partly because it allowed foreign law-enforcement officials to directly query internet

service providers. Since then, Russia has campaigned to replace Budapest with a Moscow-friendly alternative. Russia has tailored its new cybercrime convention to fit its authoritarian needs. As I wrote last October, it includes 72 articles that experts say would allow countries to censor internal debate, without adding significant new measures to curb malicious cybercriminals. Rather than pitching this new convention directly, Russia may offer a blander U.N. proposal to study an update to Budapest, as a first wedge. “We think we should have a continuing conversation at the U.N. about responsible state behavior in cyberspace,” including a resumption of the GGE expert talks, says a senior administration official. It’s been clear for years that the U.S. doesn’t want an arms-control approach that would mandate unverifiable and potentially counterproductive rules. President Vladimir Putin touted his plan for a “working group” with America on cybersecurity at the Helsinki summit in July. President Trump has signaled enthusiasm in the past, but this time wiser heads apparently prevailed. Even this administration understands that, for now, allying with Moscow to combat cybercrime would be like hiring a burglar to protect the family jewels. (c) 2018, Washington Post Writers Group


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The Israeli Air Force during the Yom Kippur War By Avi Heiligman

Giora Epstein is the top-scoring jet ace of all time. Eight of those kills were accomplished in two days during the Yom Kippur War

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ince the creation of the Sheirut Avir of the Haganah in 1937, the Israeli Air Force has been an asset to Israel in almost every conflict in the region. Despite many blunders during the Yom Kippur War, the IAF managed to keep the Syrians and Egyptians on their toes. Over 100 Israeli aircraft were shot down and dozens were killed during the war. Here are some of the air battles and stories from the IAF from October 6 to October 25 in 1973. Before the war began with the Arab surprise attack, Israel had close to 400 fighter aircraft. A quarter of them were the F-4 Phantom jets, 165 A-4 Skyhawks with Dassault Mirage III and Neshers making up the rest of the IAF’s front line fighters. Altogether Egypt and the rest of the Arabs had similar amounts of fighter aircraft and had very effective SAMs (Surface to Air Missiles) which wreaked havoc on Israeli fighters. Benny Peled was the overall commander of the IAF and had been shot down during the Sinai Campaign. As the Arabs were preparing to attack, the Israelis thought about making a preemptive strike as some intelligence suggested an imminent attack.

However, the Israeli attack never materialized, and the Arab strike caught the fighters off guard. Amir Nachumi and his backseater, Yossi Yavin, were sitting in their jets on Yom Kippur after being alerted that war was imminent. At 1:50 PM radar detected Egyptian aircraft approaching. They weren’t given the go-ahead but realized that that if they didn’t take off soon the Egyptians would be attacking their base. Nachumi realized that there was no choice and left with another F-4, piloted by Daniel Shaki. The two Phantoms were barely airborne when the enemy bombed the runway. There were at least 28 MiG- 17 and MiG-21 Russian-built fighters that attacked the base at Ofir. Nachumi and Shaki went after them. Nachumi destroyed two aircraft with Sidewinder missiles and damaged two with his cannon, before having engine trouble. After quickly resolving that issue, he went after the remaining MiGs and killed two more with Sidewinder missiles. Nachumi and Shaki, who shot down three enemy aircraft, both landed safely on the damaged runway at Ofir. All four airmen – David Regev was Shaki’s navigator – received Isra-

el’s third highest decoration, the Medal of Distinguished Service, for their actions that day. Nachumi downed three other aircraft during the war in one adrenaline-pumping battle on October 14; he caused a MiG 21 to crash in the Mediterranean. His seven kills were the highest total for an Israeli Phantom pilot. Giora Epstein was another ace from the Yom Kippur War. In fact, he already had five kills to his record before the war started and added another twelve over the next three weeks. By the time Epstein entered the fight on October 18, the threat from SAMs had diminished, and his first kill was a helicopter. The next day he was flying the IAI Nesher (a takeoff of the Mirage V) and shot down two Sukoi-7s. Epstein returned to base and readied his Nesher for further action if needed in the afternoon. He was called upon again and shot down two more jets for a total of four for the day. On October 24, Epstein shot down another three MiG-21s, for a total of 17 kills in his career. No other pilot in history has downed more aircraft in a jet. An air operation on the Syrian front took place on the second day of war. Unfortunately, intelligence failed the

pilots who had no idea where to find the SAM batteries. Six IAF F-4 Phantoms were shot down. On October 14 an Israeli air counteroffensive in the Nile Delta failed to destroy their objectives, the Egyptian Air Base at Mansoura under the command of future President Hosni Mubarak. However, an Egyptian offensive on an Israeli air base was repulsed as well. Despite these failures, the IAF pushed back. Repeated attacks on Syrian airfields and infrastructure allowed ground units to come within artillery distance of Damascus. Success by ground forces in the south punched holes in the Egyptian air defense system and allowed the IAF to cripple the enemy air forces. With the Arabs receiving help from the USSR and North Korea, the Israelis were assisted by the Americans. While no American plane took part in aerial combat, they were vital in the resupply mission and flew key intelligence reconnaissance missions. These missions were flown by the famous SR-71 Blackbirds and were assisted by KC-135 air refueling tankers. Three missions over Egyptian territory provided a wealth of information that was passed onto the


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Amir Nachumi shot down a total of 14 enemy aircraft during his career, seven in the Yom Kippur War

Israelis. Thirty-seven F-4s, 52 A-4s and 11 Mirages (estimates fluctuate depending on who was keeping tally) were lost. About two-thirds of the losses happened in the first three days of combat. Both sides were getting new planes and material. The U.S. initiated Operation Nickel Grass (sometimes referred to as

Nickel Glass) on October 14 to transfer war supplies to Israel. Five days earlier 36 F-4E were transferred from the U.S Air Force and went right into combat. Some of the planes were still painted in American camouflage and only the tail had IAF identification. The U.S. Navy also provided Skyhawks, and new technology was supplied by the USAF. Sev-

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eral types of missiles and smart bombs were able to knock out SAM sites, and air-to-air AIM-9 Sindwinder missiles proved effective against MiG-21s. For future conflicts IAF pilots gained a new respect for Russian-made SAM batteries. Painful lessons were learned during the Yom Kippur War. Israel survived yet another powerful

Arab attack in which yad Hashem proved to be the deciding factor.

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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other Nature knew exactly what she was doing when she made babies cute. In fact, evolutionary biologists at Oxford University recently concluded they evolved that way to survive by encouraging the rest of us to look after them. “This is the first evidence of its kind to show that cuteness helps infants to survive by eliciting care-giving, which cannot be reduced to simple, instinctual behaviours,” says Professor Morten Kringelbach. (And couldn’t Oxford have found something less obvious to study?) Half the fun of meeting a new baby is looking to see what features they inherit from their parents. Daddy’s bright blue eyes? Mommy’s adorable button nose? (Hopefully not their great-uncle’s goofy jug ears!) But did you know that some babies inherit more than their parents’ physical features? In California, some babies inherit their parents’ tax breaks! Back in 1978, a group of Californians led by a cranky retired reporter named Howard Jarvis passed a ballot measure called Proposition 13. That law capped property taxes at 1% of a property’s assessed value and limited increases to 2% per year — regardless

of how much its value actually goes up — until the owner sells. The goal was to keep inflation from raising taxes so high that they pushed owners, especially retirees living on fixed incomes, out of their homes. Eight years later, Proposition 58 juiced that break by letting parents pass along their valuations, along with their houses, to their kids. The

resources are treated differently solely because of their different heritage.” Last month, the Los Angeles Times reported how this can pay off for heirs who don’t even live in their houses. In 2009, actors Jeff and Beau Bridges, along with their sister, inherited a Malibu house that their father Lloyd bought in the 1950s. And you can rent it today for the bargain price

In California, some babies inherit their parents’ tax breaks.

goal was to make it possible for them to keep living in the family home. But since then, we’ve discovered some unintended consequences. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun even said it’s created “sort of a class of nobility in California.” His colleague, Justice Stevens, said it “establishes a privilege of a medieval character: Two families with equal needs and equal

of $15,995/month! Yet the annual tax on the property, which Zillow estimates is worth $6.8 million, was just $5,700. The carryover valuation has saved the Bridges heirs more than $300,000 since they inherited it. In total, the Times reports, it cost Los Angeles County $280 million last year. California is the only state that

dangles that particular property tax goodie. But Uncle Sam offers a similar break when Mom and Dad move to that great nursing home in the sky. It’s called “stepped-up basis.” Let’s say Mom and Dad paid $12,000 for a house in San Jose, back when you could do that. Now they’re smack in the middle of Silicon Valley, and developers are salivating to pay $2 million for the place. If Mom and Dad sell today, they’ll owe beaucoup tax on that gain. But if they hold it until death, you’ll avoid tax on any of the run-up in value before you inherit. There’s good news here for everyone, even if you didn’t inherit a house on Malibu Beach. The federal and state tax laws are full of similar deductions, credits, loopholes, and strategies to pay less. You just have to go out and find them. So make sure to plan today for tax savings and start planning for your next beach vacation!

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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any feel convinced that the chazzan has a sandwich he keeps biting at when he goes down for Modim. Because otherwise where is he getting the strength for that powerful voice? Most people are probably thinking, Slip me something, anything, just a tidbit; I’m starving! Today you are not a body; you are a soul. And you’re getting all the food your soul needs, 24/1, on Yom Kippur. Connection, connection, connection is your food. So keep eating that up all day. And hopefully the desire for a hotdog, or a tiny slice of kugel, or even just a health bar will dissipate. You are cloaked in pure white. You are separated from worldly pursuits. You are detaching yourself from the material world to realize that hidden inside of all of us is a capacity for a higher self. A self that can be its best, involved in kindness

and caring; a self that realizes it’s here to grow, not just calorically, but as a mensch. We go back to our material world

So the day after Yom Kippur you have every right to go for that hotdog, however, just as it’s about to enter your mouth, stop. Think: this

Connection, connection, connection is your food.

after this difficult day of separating from our bodies. And we are hopefully more balanced. In other words, more aware we are in the material world to enjoy it and raise it simultaneously.

hotdog can connect me to my Maker. He is giving it to me, and I’m not going to eat it without expressing my gratitude. And not in a rote, learned manner, but with real appreciation to Him for giving me my food.

Then jump into your whole material world with the same gusto. Embrace the thought that my family, my friends, my parents, my mate, my belongings, everything is here for me to revel in. But not without recognizing it’s a gift. Not a bad ratio: one day of thinking about it the entire day and 364 days of enjoying it. The world is here for us to soak up. To explore its features as our interests direct us. To gain from it – and I don’t just mean weight! Use Yom Kippur to remember its sole/soul purpose is not just for us to experience the world. But for the world to experience each of us. So...make an impact on it. Elevate it! Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-7052004 or rivki@rosenwalds.com.


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