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Around the Community YU Gives Semicha to 230 Musmachim—Its Largest Class of Rabbis— at Chag HaSemichah PAGE 48




Why Making Your Children Work Matters

How Cleaning for Pesach Can Develop Your Child’s Self-Esteem Page 94

Mesivta Football League Season 2 Championship PAGE 73

Ambassador Danny Ayalon Meets with HAFTR High School Students PAGE 64


Community Comes Out for Mesivta Shaarei Chaim of Far Rockaway’s First Annual Breakfast

A Walk Down Memory Lane with Rabbi Kaminsky as He Sets to Close Kitov Bookstore Page 84


Is Quail Kosher? Page 106

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Growing up, Pesach cleaning was a group sport. Once we reached a certain age, we knew that we’d be pitching in to help clean. Our rooms were our domain. We excitedly cleaned out our drawers, refolded all our clothes, dusted and organized our toys. There was a certain pleasure to being in charge of our possessions and ensuring that they were ready for Pesach. As we got older, we became more involved in the Pesach cleaning. Some of us would help my mother clean out the basement while others helped my father clean out the garage. As Pesach loomed closer, we would be vacuuming and polishing the dining room chairs and cleaning the kitchen chairs with a toothbrush and bleach. In fact, last week my mother reminded me that one year, when my mother was involved in school (she went back to graduate school when we got older), my sister and I insisted on cleaning the crystal chandelier piece by piece to ensure that Pesach would be welcomed into a sparkling home. We never resented the time we spent cleaning. My parents truly appreciated our efforts and made sure we spent time with friends, went out to pizza and went shopping before yom tov. And we never got a present for stealing the afikomen on Pesach. In our home, my parents didn’t want to reward us for “stealing”; we were rewarded with gifts in appreciation for all the hard work we extended to bring in the holiday. In this week’s issue, Dinah Bucholz, New York Times bestselling author and parenting coach, talks about the value of children helping to clean for Pesach. It’s not enough to shower our children with praise and tell them how great they are; if we want our children to value themselves and feel proud of their accomplishments, we need to give them opportunities to work hard and accomplish. And once they look back and see how much they were able to do—on their own, without assistance—they will feel a pride in themselves that rivals no other. Dr. Deb brings up a similar point in her article this week. When talking about the value in family therapy, she relates a story of a mother who is struggling with the myriad tasks she is responsible for in running a household while her husband is ill. In helping the family, Dr. Deb asks each child if there is something they can do to help their mother shoulder the burden. After hearing how each child would gladly help with some of the responsibilities in running their home, the mother bursts into tears. She could never have imagined that her children would be so willing to help and so responsible. And the children in the story are proud that they are able to pitch in and are gratified that they can relieve some of the burden for their hardworking mother. As both Ms. Bucholz and Dr. Deb point out, our children are all so capable. In cleaning for Pesach, we can help them see just how capable they truly are. Wishing you a wonderful week, Shoshana

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Letters to Dear Editor, Your “Purim photo album” was very cute, and I truly appreciate that you tried to include the different communities in the photos. My children saw many of their friends and classmates in the feature and were delighted to see them in costume. I hope to send your pictures of my cuties next year. Sincerely, Chaya W. Dear Editor, Last week you featured an article on the Inwood community. I have lived in the Five Towns my whole life and heard that Orthodox residents were moving there. But even though I have been living close by, I didn’t know much about the community. Your article changed all that. I was truly impressed to learn about the closeknit, warm group that settled in Inwood. Living there sounds like a wonderful opportunity for all members who are able to share such a close bond with one another. Sincerely, Helen Stern

Dear Editor, Here is one way to end gridlock in Washington. Why not return to the time when Congress held budget hearings for each department during the summer? A real balanced budget was adopted during an open process. The public, watchdog groups and media were afforded sufficient time to understand the full contents prior to adoption. Full federal budgets were adopted on time prior to the start of any new federal fiscal year on October 1.  We need new incentives for the president and Congress to do their jobs on time. Let us propose we dock them a day’s pay for each day a complete balanced budget for federal fiscal year 2015 is not adopted on time by September 30th. I bet the results will be different this time when any delay comes out of their pockets instead of taxpayers. Sincerely, Larry Penner

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the Editor al every week for my family to enjoy. However, I feel the need to respond to a letter which appeared last week and may mislead some of your readers. Last week a letter written by Larry Penner was printed, which tried to make the argument that it would be wonderful if a Walmart were to open up in NYC. The writer claimed that Walmart would add many jobs in NYC for “construction contractors, their employees, and thousands of the 7 percent of New Yorkers currently out of work.” However, history has proven otherwise. While Walmart may create some new jobs and provide some inexpensive shopping, its effects on the city will be disastrous. For starters, many small businesses, unable to compete with the low prices of Walmart, will go bankrupt. This will force many more New Yorkers out of a job than Walmart can ever hire. Just look at any local commercial neighborhood near a Walmart and compare the amount of small businesses there are now to the number of which were there before the Walmart opened up. Thousands of small business owners lost their jobs in cities which have Walmart stores. Secondly, NYC has a rich heritage

of protecting its working class with fair labor laws and unions. Walmart is not a unionized department store. This will mean that those workers who would take a job in a Walmart would have absolutely no job protection, healthcare, and fair wages. If these workers would even think of forming a union to acquire these basic protections, Walmart will fire ALL their workers and shut down, like what happened in Quebec when Walmart there tried to form a union. Even if these workers may agree to work without any job protection, other employers may see that they can get away without providing for their employees’ basic needs, and may try to follow suit. Finally, if people would begin shopping at Walmart they will bring home cheap, dangerous junk which was made in China. If a baby would chas visholom put this toxic junk into their mouth, the effects could be very dangerous. These are some of the reasons I feel it is wrong to allow a Walmart to open up in NYC. If this does happen, I hope our community will be there to protest this horrible entity. Sincerely, P.L. Hoffman

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Assad’s Relative Killed in Clashes with Rebels

On Friday, Cuban officials announced the increase in salary for hundreds of thousands of medical workers in the country. Some of the increases will exceed 100 percent, although their salaries won’t make any professionals elsewhere jealous. According to the Communist Party daily newspaper Granma, the pay hikes, which are set to take place on June 1, will give doctors with two specialties an increase in salary from $26 to $67 a month. Entry level nurses can expect to make $25, up from $13/month. The raise will affect more than 440,000 medical sector employees and was made possible by the elimination of 109,000 redundant jobs in the last four years. Doctors in Cuba comparatively do well. Salaries at government jobs average about $20 a month; these workers, though, also receive a range of free services and subsidies from their employer. The announcement about the pay hikes are delighting workers in the country. “This is very good news that makes me tremendously happy…With my first paycheck I’m going to buy a toy for my youngest grandson, who’s 3,” said Soraida Pina, a 62-year-old nurse. “This will open new doors for me.” Others were less wowed. “They had talked to us about this, and it’s very important for the family economy, but it continues to be a salary that means very little because everything is very expensive,” said Laura Vazquez, a 38-year-old pathologist. Cuba also is raising the salaries of medical workers on international missions, which already pay higher salaries and in hard currency. Doctors and nurses working in Cuban ally Venezuela, for example, will see their salaries double. The changes “will contribute to the stability and quality of the medical services for the people, as well as fulfill international commitments,” Granma said.

On Sunday, Lebanon’s Daily Star reported that a cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad was killed during clashes with rebels near the town of Kasab on the Turkish border. Hilal Assad had been the head of the National Defense paramilitary force in the province of Latakia, according to Syrian state media, which confirmed his death. The area has been embroiled in fighting over the past few days. Islamist fighters have been battling Syrian army forces for control of the border crossing with Turkey. Heavy clashes continued around Kasab crossing and a nearby village of the same name – both about 5 miles (8 km) from the Mediterranean coast – a day after rebels launched their assault. Assad’s forces have already lost control of most border crossings with Turkey during the three year civil war but had held on to Kasab, gateway to the coastal province of Latakia which has remained an Assad stronghold. Syrian authorities accused Turkey of helping the fighters launch their attack on Kasab from Turkish territory, saying Ankara’s army “provided cover for this terrorist attack” on the wooded and hilly border region.

Malaysian PM: Plane Crashed with No Survivors For two weeks, relatives of the 239 people who were on Malaysian flight MH370 never gave up hope, praying and hoping that their loved ones would be found alive. But on Monday, their

“It is with deep sadness and regret, that according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” Razak said at a press conference. The Malaysian government’s conclusion was based on information that indicated that Malaysian Air flight 370 had somehow crashed into the Indian Ocean. There is no hope for finding any of the passengers, Razak noted. Earlier, reports said that family members of several of those on the plane had been summoned to Australia for an “urgent consultation.” Images and video of families of the missing in China and elsewhere were seen breaking down

and in tears. Once the announcement was made, some refused to lose hope that survivors would be found, but it’s unlikely that large scale searches will be conducted now that this conclusion has been made. One woman fainted when she heard the devastating news and had to be taken out on a stretcher. The live news conference had to be cut off as women screamed and men cursed. 50 police officers were called in to maintain order. A woman emerged to tell the media, “Tell the world it is not true, it’s wrong,” she pleaded. Other slapped at the cameras and microphones of the press. “My children didn’t die, they must have been hidden somewhere,” a woman wailed. “How can I trust this government?” According to sources, Malaysia concluded that the plane had been lost at sea based on multiple pieces of information, including identifying debris sighted by Chinese planes, and information it received from satellite company Inmarsat. Several days ago, it was reported that satellite photos had shown several large “suspicious objects” that were thought to be large enough to be debris from a Boeing 777, the model plane that

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Health Minister Roberto Morales recently said that more than 50,000 Cuban health care professionals are working in some 66 nations. That includes an estimated 30,000 in Venezuela, which sends Cuba some 92,000 barrels of oil a day, with a total value of about $3.2 billion a year.

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“Sharia Compliant Wills” Valid in UK

This week, The Sunday Telegraph reported that Sharia law will be enshrined in the British legal system for the first time ever, as attorneys will be given guidelines to enable them to draw up “Sharia compliant wills.” The Law

Society has produced guidelines by which lawyers can draft Islamic wills that exclude non-believers and refuse an equal share of inheritance for women, according to the report. The guidelines also allow for excluding illegitimate or adopted children from an inheritance, as stated in Sharia law. Law Society President Nicholas Fluck told the Telegraph that the guidelines, which would be accepted by British courts, would promote “good practice” in applying Islamic principles in the British legal system. The document was published this month in England and Wales to “assist solicitors who have been instructed to prepare a valid will, which follows Sharia succession rules” while remaining valid under British law. Sharia is the body of Islamic religious law based on the Koran, the words and actions of the Prophet Mohammad and his companions, and rulings of Islamic scholars. It covers issues including worship, commercial dealings, marriage and penal laws. It is implemented in varying degrees in Muslim countries. The issue of integrating Muslim law has been widely debated in the United Kingdom, where Islam is the second

In News largest religion. As of the 2011 census, there were 2.7 million Muslims living in the United Kingdom, 4.8% of the total population.

529 Muslim Brotherhood Members Sentenced to Death

On Monday, 529 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to death by an Egyptian court for murder and other offenses. Although this measure was meant to be a crackdown against the illegal movement, it is likely to fuel instability in the country.

Outside the courthouse, family members screamed after hearing the verdict, the biggest mass death sentence handed down in Egypt’s modern history. The country has been a bubbling pot of turmoil since the army overthrew Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, in July. Since then, security forces have killed hundreds of Brotherhood members in the streets and arrested thousands. Most of the defendants at Monday’s hearing were detained and charged with carrying out attacks during clashes which erupted in the southern province of Minya after the forced dispersal of two Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo on August 14. The charges against the group included violence, inciting murder, storming a police station, attacking persons and damaging public and private property. Islamist militants have also stepped up assaults on the police and army since Mursi’s ouster, killing hundreds and carrying out high profile operations against senior interior ministry officials. “The court has decided to sentence Continued on page 16

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ing for the “downfall of military rule” on its official website. “This is the quickest case and the number sentenced to death is the largest in the history of the judiciary,” said lawyer Nabil Abdel Salam, who defends some Brotherhood leaders including Mursi. “A second year student in the faculty of law would never issue this verdict. There are a lot of flaws in this verdict. I

think maybe an appeal could be successful but nothing is predictable,” said Mohamed Zaree, program manager, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies. HA Hellyer, an Egypt expert and fellow at American think-tank the Brookings Institution, said he doubted the sentences would be carried out. “Nevertheless, the very issuing of the sentence itself is quite significant,” he added. On Tuesday, the Muslim Brother-

hood’s Supreme Guide, Mohamed Badie, and 682 others will face trial on charges of incitement to kill. Egyptian authorities make no distinction between the Brotherhood and hardcore militant groups based in the Sinai peninsula who pose a major security challenge to the state despite army offensives against their fighters.

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Syria’s uprising and has sheltered and supported rebels battling to overthrow him. Authorities in Damascus say this week’s Islamist rebel offensive around the Kasab border crossing marked a new escalation, accusing Turkey of firing tank and artillery shells into Syria to provide cover for the fighters. A source at Syria’s foreign ministry called Turkey’s actions “unprecedented and unjustified.” More than 140,000 people have

In News been killed in Syria’s conflict, while 2.5 million refugees have fled to neighboring countries and millions more need humanitarian aid. Kasab is important to Assad’s initiative. His forces have lost control of most of the border crossings with Turkey, but have managed to hold onto Kasab, gateway to the coastal province of Latakia that has remained an Assad stronghold.

Taliban Kills 4 in Luxury Hotel Despite having its reputation as one of the safest spots in the Afghan capital, four Taliban gunmen brazenly burst through the Serena Hotel on Thursday evening and murdered nine people, including an AFP journalist, his wife and two children. This just the latest in a series of attacks conducted by the Taliban in a campaign of violence aimed at disrupting the April 5 national elections. Claiming responsibility for the attack, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said it shows that “our people, if they decide to attack any place, they can do it.” The attack was particularly bold because the Serena Hotel was seen as one of the best-protected sites for civilians in the capital. Sheltered behind a nondescript wall, entrants must pass through a security room at the gate, where they go through a metal detector and bags are put through an X-ray machine. It is popular among foreigners — both visitors and residents – who would often come for brunch or dinner.

The attackers hid their small pistols and ammunition in their shoes and socks, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said — although it is not clear how the weapons went undetected. At the time of the attack, the hotel restaurant was packed with Afghans celebrating the eve of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, as well as foreigners who frequent the hotel. Among the victims was Sardar Ahmad, a widely respected 40-year-old Afghan journalist with the French news agency Agence France-Presse. The agency said his wife and two children were also killed and their youngest son was undergoing emergency treatment after being badly wounded in the attack. Ahmad also ran the Kabul Pressistan media company and joined AFP in 2003 to become the agency’s senior reporter in Kabul. He covered all aspects of life,

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92-Year-Old Communist Official on Trial in Hungary

Last Tuesday, a former senior Communist Party official went on trial in Hungary, charged with war crimes over the suppression of the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising, in a landmark case that may help the country face up to its Communist past. More than two decades after the fall of Communism, Hungarian prosecutors have charged 92-year-old Bela Biszku over his role on a committee of the Communist Party they say was involved in ordering the shootings of civilians during protests in Budapest and in the town of Salgotarjan in December 1956. The trial has drawn strong domestic media attention ahead of a national election on April 6. It became possible under a law passed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party that says war crimes and crimes against humanity do not lapse. Biszku, who was one of Hungary’s most powerful leaders in Communist times and is the first to stand trial, walked

into the courtroom with a cane. Wearing a grey suit and dark blue-rimmed glasses, he responded to the judge in a firm voice: “I do not wish to testify.” He has denied all accusations against him. The 1956 uprising against the Soviet-backed government in Budapest represented the first major threat to Moscow’s control of eastern Europe since the end of World War Two. Hundreds of people were executed and tens of thousands were imprisoned after the revolution was crushed by Soviet tanks. Biszku then served as interior minister from 1957 to 1961. Prosecutors say Biszku was a member of a committee of the Communist Party in 1956 that created armed militia to maintain order and carry out retaliations after the revolution was crushed. They say this party committee directly governed the leading body of the militia, the so called Military Council. Prosecutor Tamas Vegh said Biszku had abetted the shooting of several people in Budapest on December 6 and in Salgotarjan on December 8, 1956, in a war crime that carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. But Biszku’s lawyer Gabor Magyar said the accusations were unfounded. In the sleepy mining town of Salgotarjan in the north of Hungary, people still vividly remember how at least 46 civilians were shot dead by armed militants during the December 8 protest. Janos Fancsik worked as a doctor in a local hospital that morning when he heard gunfire and soon after people started to bring in the wounded and the dead. “The dead were all lined up in the backyard of the hospital. As far as I can remember, there were around 3040 bodies,” Fancsik said. “They were all civilians; there was not one of them in uniform or with weapons.” Fancsik, who still lives near the square where the killings happened, said most people in Salgotarjan probably welcomed the Biszku trial, adding: “Old age does not exonerate somebody from crimes that do not lapse.” His friend, Eva Tomes, who narrowly escaped the shootings when she walked her two small children home that day, said she thought the Biszku trial had come too late. “Opinions are deeply split. Everybody says this should have happened much earlier, not now,” Tomes said. In a 2010 interview with public Duna television, Biszku said he had “served the people” as interior minister and had done nothing he could “be held responsible for.”

First Lady Visits China

On her first trip to China, First Lady Michelle Obama met with excited students who were building robots and tried her hand at Chinese calligraphy on Friday during a tour of a Beijing high school. Mrs. Obama was joined by Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, on the first day of a visit to China that aides say she hopes to use to promote education and people-to-people exchanges. Accompanied by her two daughters and her mother, Mrs. Obama toured the Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University in central

Beijing. The elite school has 33 American exchange students, and some of its Chinese students aspire to study in the United States. In a calligraphy class set up for Mrs. Obama’s visit, the first lady practiced writing the Chinese character for “eternal” under the guidance of 16-year-old student Lu Yuhong. “I’m nervous,” Mrs. Obama said. “Don’t be nervous,” he reassured her in English. In another class, students showed the first lady small robots they had built, moving the devices with remote controls. One knee-high robot climbed over a pile of yellow plastic bricks. “All the students that she met with, the Chinese students, spoke English and were able to explain to her in very fluent English what they were doing,” said Tina Tchen, Mrs. Obama’s chief of staff. “And I think she found that very impressive, because we know it’s something that we struggle with in the United States, about having our kids be able to be fluent in a second language by the time they get to high school.” The visit was the first meeting between Mrs. Obama and Peng, whose husbands have sought to build a rela-

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war and politics in his native Afghanistan, according to a statement tweeted by the news agency. Two Canadians were also killed in the attack. It came on the heels of an uptick in bombings and shootings against foreigners in the Afghan capital, something that had been relatively rare. Earlier this month, a Swedish journalist was shot on the street, and a Lebanese restaurant popular with foreigners was attacked by a suicide bomber and gunmen in January. The attackers at the hotel on Thursday appeared to be about 18-years-old. After a standoff with police, they were all killed. In other violence, an explosion struck a Nowruz ceremony on Friday, killing two policemen in the southern province of Kandahar, police said. Militants threw an explosives-packed bottle that blew up when it landed on the ground.

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The Week tionship based on trust and mutual respect. In an effort to promote good relations between the superpowers, aides say Mrs. Obama planned to avoid political issues such as trade and cybersecurity during the seven-day, three-city visit. Later in the morning, Peng went with Mrs. Obama and her mother, Marian Robinson, and two daughters, 15-yearold Malia and 12-year-old Sasha, to the former Imperial Palace in central Beijing followed by a private dinner and a performance. While many Chinese question U.S. diplomatic intentions, American products and culture are hugely popular here and there is a strong undercurrent of respect for the U.S. first family. White House aides have said they hope Mrs. Obama traveling with her daughters and mother can resonate with Chinese families who value multi-generational activities. Peng, a popular singer, has broken the mold of reticent Chinese first ladies. She was better known than her husband before Xi was named Communist Party leader and president, and has used her celebrity to promote AIDS awareness and other causes. “China views Mrs. Obama’s trip most positively,” said Shen Dingli, professor of international relations at Fudan University in Shanghai. “If she is humble and respectful, she will win the support from the Chinese public for building good relationships with the United States under the leadership of her husband.”

Israel J Post Reporter Denied Visa to Saudi Arabia

President Barack Obama will be traveling to Saudi Arabia this week, but a reporter from Israel’s The Jerusalem Post won’t be covering the visit from the ground. The kingdom has denied the member of the press a visa, even though he is a U.S. citizen. The fact that he is

In News working for an Israeli newspaper seemed reason enough to deny him entry. Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel, but has said it is willing to change that if Israel agrees to a peace plan it proposed that involved creating a Palestinian state and allowing Palestinian refugees to return to their former homes. The White House on Tuesday said it was “deeply disappointed” with the denial of the visa. “We are deeply disappointed that this credible journalist was denied a visa,” White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. “We will continue to register our serious concerns about this unfortunate decision.” The Jerusalem Post said on its website that Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice and her deputy, Tony Blinken, had expressed displeasure to Saudi Arabia over the delay in processing reporter Michael Wilner’s application and its potential refusal. The journalist is an American Jew who does not hold Israeli citizenship and has never lived in Israel.

PA Pledges $74M More to “Martyrs’” Families

Besides for the fact that the Palestinian Authority encourages terrorists and their evil ways, they are still financially supporting their families. On Sunday, PA official Rami Hamdallah pledged another $74 million from the PA budget to the families of “martyrs” for the Palestinian Arab nationalist cause. He further announced that his government will continue to work to protect the rights of family members of the “martyrs” who were killed in the course of carrying out attacks on Israelis and their supporters abroad, and ensure that they “live dignified lives.” During the third National Conference for the National Association of Families of Slain Palestinians, Hamdallah stated that the government – in a collaborative effort with the Association – has pledged full financial support for the spouses and children of the terror “martyrs.” The money will be pledged for the families


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The Week to complete schooling and university studies; these monies are in addition to a monthly salary and free medical care that they receive. Interestingly, the PA has been crying poverty; they have a staggering debt of over $4.8 billion. Where the pledged money will be coming from is anyone’s guess, but the PA is likely to make this a priority to encourage other killers.

Largest Shabbat Dinner?

Ever thought you once hosted a large gathering on Shabbat? Your large amount of guests will be rivaled this June when a non-profit will try to host the largest Shabbat dinner in Tel Aviv

in attempt to inspire Jews worldwide to connect with Shabbat. White City Shabbat, a non-profit organization dedicated to building Jewish life in Tel Aviv, announced on Monday that it will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Shabbat Dinner. The huge feast is slated for June 13 of this year and will be held at the Tel Aviv Port. The organization hopes to feed 1,000 people at the dinner—including Israelis, new immigrants and public figures. Reportedly, Mayor Ron Huldai, former Chief Rabbi of Israel Rav Yisrael Meir Lau, and Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan are set to attend. The dinner will be free of charge. Hopefully the record-breaking seudah will inspire others to keep Shabbat. “While White City Shabbat is going to be the first organization to attempt this record, our hope is that in years to come communities around the world will come together to try and surpass the standard we set this year,” said Jay Shultz, the organization’s founder. “What a beautifully holy race it would be to have Jewish organizations trying to outdo each other. It will be a real win/win for Am Yisrael.” 

In News Many view Tel Aviv as being the economic and cultural epicenter of Israel, but the event organizers are hoping the World’s Largest Shabbat Dinner will showcase another side to Tel Aviv – its spiritual side. “With more and more young Jews from around the world choosing to make Tel Aviv their home, celebrating the first ever World’s Largest Shabbat Dinner with the Guinness Book will further establish Tel Aviv as one of the most important cities for the Jewish People today,” said Eytan White, co-director of White City Shabbat. Deborah Dahan of White City Shabbat agrees. “Shabbat is the cornerstone of the Jewish faith and as such has the power to bring people together,” she pointed out. “Tel Aviv is a unique global city in that it has one of highest percentages of young professionals. Couple that with its mix of immigrants and natives who are both religious and secular and its overarching atmosphere of openness and inclusivity makes Tel Aviv the perfect city to host an event of this historic magnitude.”

Mossad Solves Decades’ Old Mystery Over two decades ago, eleven Iranian Jews mysteriously disappeared. In 1994, a group of eight went missing and another group of three disappeared in 1997 while trying to escape Iran to Israel. Last Thursday, the Mossad confirmed what family and friends had already accepted: the men had been tragically murdered. The families of eight out of 11 Iranian Jews who went missing received notifications from the Glilot-based Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center independent research group that their relatives had been killed while trying to immigrate to Israel. The investigation into the destiny of the other three Iranian Jews, who disappeared several years later, remains ongoing. The three men who are still missing are Nouralla Rabizade and brothers Syrous and Ibrahim Ghahremani. In recent years, relatives of the missing group pressured the government to Continued on page 28

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[Iran].” The statement did not elaborate on who might have carried out the killings. “This is an issue that occupied the intelligence agencies for over 20 years, and we can say that today the mystery comes to an end,” David Meidan, an agent who deals with missing soldiers and prisoners of war, said.

In News “First and foremost this was a great intelligence achievement that managed to obtain a reliable source in a difficult part of the world that provided reliable information and submitted pictures relating to the fate of eight of 11 missing persons. Today we informed the families that their ordeal is over,” he said.

Falk Points Finger at Israel—Again Once again, Israel is being accused of “ethnic cleansing” by UN human rights investigator Richard Falk. Falk focused on Israel’s settlement expansion in the West Bank and east Jerusalem saying it is proof that the Israeli government will not accept a Palestinian state. Falk said at a news conference that Israeli policies bears “unacceptable characteristics of colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing.” “Every increment of enlarging the settlements or every incident of house demolition is a way of worsening the situation confronting the Palestinian people and reducing what prospects they might have as the outcome of supposed peace negotiations,” he stated. According to Falk, more than 11,000 Palestinians had lost their right to live in Jerusalem since 1996 due to Israel imposing residency laws favoring Jews and revoking Palestinian residence permits. However, Israel is saying that the major setback is the Palestinian’s refusal to recognize it as a Jewish State. Earlier this week, Obama urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to encourage his people to break that notion.

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A number of Knesset members who spoke on the condition of anonymity said army officials were asked if the large expenditure was justified in light of negotiations taking place between Iran and the West to resolve the nuclear issue. The IDF representatives simply answered that these were their orders. While the head of the UN nuclear agency said earlier this month that Iran had done about half of what it promised in an interim nuclear deal with the West, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress that Tehran still has some difficult decisions ahead of it in order to convince the world that it has abandoned the quest for atomic weapons. Renewed talks in Vienna have cast doubt on whether or not Kerry’s conditions would be met. During the gathering, Iranian officials firmly rejected demands that they scrap or radically alter the Arak heavy water reactor, which Western officials argue could be used to produce weapons-grade plutonium. Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a report lamenting that new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has not turned out to be the great reformer that Western leaders hoped and proclaimed he was. Ban noted that human rights abuses remain as rampant in Iran today as during the tenure of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Hamas/Fatah Tension Continues in Gaza

The discord in Gaza has shown itself again this week. Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction went on the offensive claiming that

In News Hamas in Gaza is corrupt and “doesn’t represent the Palestinian people.” Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf said that Hamas’s attempts to influence Egypt’s inner workings are “unacceptable,” noting the ties between Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, both of which have been outlawed in the Nile state for their part in terror attacks.

According to Assaf, Egypt has done more for the Palestinian Arabs than Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood, who merely spew empty slogans and sell religion. Hamas criticized Egypt for closing the Gaza border with Sinai, calling it a “crime against humanity.” Many power outages have come about thanks to the siege. The Fatah spokesman claimed that while Gaza is one of the poorest places in the world, there are 1,700 millionaires among Hamas members, hinting that the terror group imposes steep taxes on its citizens for goods entering from Egypt and Israel, and that this money finds its way into Hamas officials’ pockets. Assaf finished by praising Abbas, the “Palestinian President,” for standing behind his principles and treating any concessions in peace talks as red lines. The spokesman stated Hamas had returned the situation to the way it was before 1967, a somewhat confusing remark, given that it was in 1967 that the Jordanian occupation of Judea and Samaria came to an end, in the Six Day War. The Fatah criticism comes after Middle East expert Professor Rafi Yisraeli assessed that Abbas’s life is in imminent danger from Hamas, which may try to supplant him. In doing so, the group would be aided by the fact that Abbas’s term of office ended in January 2009, giving Hamas claims of legitimacy. Tensions between Hamas and Fatah have been expressed in Hamas’s energy crisis. Hamas refuses to pay the exorbitant fuel taxes imposed by PA on fuel bought for the Gaza government from Israel, a key factor in repeating fuel shortages. Last week, Gaza was left without power for another day following an outage starting the day before, after the PA


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life in jail and the remaining eight will serve 15 months for obtaining Israeli citizenship and entering Israel. Meanwhile, local media reported intense Israeli activity in the skies over southern Lebanon this week. Israeli fighter jets performed mock raids at medium altitude, Lebanon’s National News Agency reported. A drone also took part, the Lebanese Army Command Guidance Directorate said in a statement. In addition, a gigantic Israeli air balloon carrying surveillance cameras was also launched over Lebanon. This came a day after Israel attacked Syrian military targets in response to a bomb that wounded four soldiers along the border in the Golan Heights.

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The Week Madoff 5 Found Guilty On Monday, five former employees of the infamous Bernie Madoff were found guilty of charges that they aided and profited from the decades’ long Ponzi scheme the financier used to steal an estimated $20 billion from unwitting investors.

Rejecting defense arguments that the five didn’t know about the scam and were duped by their boss, a Manhattan federal court jury returned the verdict after roughly 18 hours of deliberation over four days in the first criminal trial stemming from Madoff’s investment firm. Fifty-nine times the jury foreman called out “guilty” as the court clerk read the 31-count indictment and asked for the panel’s finding on each charge against each defendant. The former co-workers included Daniel Bonventre, 67, Madoff’s ex-director of operations; Annette Bongiorno, 65, a former executive assistant who managed the firm’s longest-standing clients; JoAnn Crupi, 52, who oversaw the company’s bank account; and former Madoff computer programmers Jerome O’Hara, 50, and George Perez, 48. They showed little emotion when they heard the guilty verdict. The five-month trial featured a drumbeat of evidence that the ex-employees conspired with Madoff to fool investors for decades by fabricating and backdating records of financial trades that purportedly generated implausibly steady investment returns. “These defendants each played an important role in carrying out the charade, propping it up and concealing it from regulators, auditors, taxing authorities, lenders and investors. The scheme these defendants helped perpetrate cost innumerable investors their life savings. Now it likely will cost the defendants their freedom,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in a statement. In response to the verdict, Andrew Frisch, Bonventre’s lawyer, said, “The list of Bernard Madoff’s victims now includes these five former employees.” Eric Breslin, Crupi’s lawyer, added, “The name Madoff was a tall mountain to climb. I’m not criticizing anyone or

anything; that’s just a fact.” “How could Bernie be the only one to pull this off if he’s [vacationing] in the south of France?” asked Sheila Amato, a juror and an art teacher from Rockland County. “They were loyal, and he rewarded them nicely.” The proceeding provided the first public glimpse into the workings of the mid-Manhattan offices where Madoff often berated and bullied staffers, yet was viewed by many employees and unwitting investors as a virtual god. He correctly calculated that federal securities regulators wouldn’t double-check trading records if the financial institutions purportedly involved were based overseas. He ensured that falsified financial records had the same typeface, data layout and paper as authentic ones. And he constantly lied to regulators, auditors, employees and others. A parade of nearly 40 witnesses for the prosecution at the trial repudiated Madoff’s claim that he acted alone in running the scheme from the 1970s until Dec. 11, 2008, the day he confessed to relatives that he’d long used funds from some investors to pay others. The schemer’s subsequent arrest exploded in newspaper, TV and electronic media headlines. The former Nasdaq chairman pleaded guilty in 2009 without standing trial, and is now serving a 150year prison term. Trial testimony and documents showed high Madoff salaries and bogus investment gains enabled Bongiorno to buy a Florida vacation home, while Crupi and Bonventre bought ocean getaways on the New Jersey shore. Bonventre and Crupi also used company-paid credit cards to pay for vacation trips and cover many other personal expenses, evidence showed.

Jimmy Carter: U.S. Spying on Him Former President Jimmy Carter thinks that America is peering over his shoulder. In an interview with Andrea Mitchell of NBC broadcast on Sunday, the 39th president said he believes the U.S. intelligence agencies are spying on him. “You know, I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored,” Carter said. “And when I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write a letter myself, put it in the post office and mail it. I believe if I send an email, it will be monitored,” Carter added.

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The 89-year-old said the National Security Agency and others have abused the argument that gathering intelligence is critical to homeland security. “That has been extremely liberalized and, I think, abused by our own intelligence agencies,” Carter said. Despite his paranoia, the 39th president stopped short of criticizing the current occupant of the Oval Office over the handling of the NSA scandal, the crisis in Ukraine or anything else. “I don’t have any criticism of him,” Carter said of President Barack Obama, a fellow Democrat. When asked if Obama ever asks him for advice, Carter answered, “Unfortunately, the answer is no. President Obama doesn’t. But previous presidents have called on me and the Carter Center to take action.” Why not Obama? “That’s a hard question for me to answer, you know, with complete candor,” he said. “I think the problem was that in dealing with the issue of peace between Israel and Egypt, the Carter Center [took] a very strong and public position of equal treatment between the Palestinians and the Israelis. And I think this was a sensitive area in which the president didn’t want to be involved.” The former president is the author of the book, Palestine, Peace not Apartheid.

Billion Dollar Dream No Longer a Dream

If you thought you’d be able to make a billion dollars with the perfect NCAA tournament bracket, your dreams are

now shattered. After just two days of upsets, any chance of someone having a perfect NCAA tournament bracket in Warren Buffet’s $1 billion challenge was smashed. It was a favorite that provided the first blemish on the final three people’s brackets in the Quicken Loans contest on the Yahoo Sports website. All three had ninth-seeded George Washington beating Memphis. The Tigers won 71-66. It only took 25 games for everyone to be eliminated. Then again most of brackets were knocked out on the tournament’s first full day. The number of unblemished brackets kept dwindling after third-seed Duke, sixth-seed UMass and seventh-seed New Mexico lost Friday. Only 16 people remained perfect after 10th-seeded Stanford topped New Mexico. Then Tennessee routed UMass, leaving only six people with a chance of beating the 9.2 quintillion-to-1 odds. Gonzaga’s victory over Oklahoma State cut that down to the final three. Even though no one won the $1 billion, there is still a way to win big. The top 20 scores will still each get $100,000. Quicken Loans, which is sponsoring and insuring the Buffet contest, said on its Twitter feed that it wouldn’t reveal the number of entrants to the challenge. The pool was supposed to be capped at 15 million entries. It probably wouldn’t have mattered if they had let more people join. A year ago, not a single person of the 11 million who entered on ESPN’s website was perfect after a first day filled with upsets. Just four got 15 out of 16 right. This year people lasted a little longer. After the first 25 games, three perfect brackets remained out of the 11 million entered. There’s always next year.

Washington Mudslide Destroys Town, Kills 14

On Saturday, a one-square-mile mudslide wiped out the town of Oso, Washington, about 55 miles north of Seattle.

neighbors, his uncle’s life was spared, though he was nearly buried alive. “They heard him pounding on that roof. He had a little air pocket and a stick. He said he was poking up on it, banging on it,” Kuntz said. “My neighbors and my friends came and started digging him out and just couldn’t get to my aunt in time.”

ple and charities than I’ve lost.” Madoff also said that he attempted to recover money for his victims, and it has largely gone unacknowledged.

Rare Madoff Interview Recently, the infamous Bernard Madoff gave an interview from his prison cell in which he said he does not feel that he “betrayed the Jews.” The head of the largest Ponzi scheme ever, 75-yearold Madoff is serving a 150-year sentence at a medium-security federal prison in Butner, North Carolina. His scheme affected a disproportionate number of Jewish individuals and organizations. “Religion had nothing to do with it,” Madoff said in the interview published last week. “I don’t feel that I betrayed the Jews; I betrayed people. I betrayed people that put trust in me — certainly the Jewish community.” The schemer seemed unrepentant. “I’ve made more money for Jewish peo-

was wrong.” He also said, “I don’t believe I’m a bad person.” Madoff said the loss of his family, who has had nearly nothing to do with him since the scheme became public, is “more punishment than being incarcerated.” He said he suffers from kidney disease and not cancer, as has been reported, and takes about 14 medications, which he did not do before entering prison. Madoff had a heart attack over the winter; a stent was inserted to open a blocked artery.

NYS Worst for Taxes He said the information he shared with Irving Picard, the trustee charged with overseeing the recovery and distribution of money lost in the Ponzi scheme, has been critical to Picard’s ability to collect the money. “Everybody thinks the worst of me,” Madoff said. “The only thing I’m happy about is I was able to help people recover.” Madoff, who sees a prison psychiatrist once a week, said he has “nothing to repent for. I already knew what I did

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The “big wall of mud and debris” was about 60 feet deep in some areas with the consistency of quicksand. Authorities say that the mudslide may have occurred due to heavy rainfall in the area. 30 homes were destroyed in Oso and neighboring Darrington, and as of Tuesday, 14 people were found dead. There are still 176 missing and the hope for survivors is dwindling as time goes on. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee described the scene as “a square mile of total devastation” after flying over the site. Surviving residents have despair etched on their faces as they await news of their missing loved ones. But the search for survivors remains difficult as rescuers have to battle quicksand and thick mud. “This is catastrophic for our community and all of us who are waiting for word on our family members,” Nicole Webb Rivera told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “It’s grief for our whole town.” Nicole is still hoping to hear of the survival of her parents, daughter and her daughter’s fiance. Cory Kuntz lost his aunt and home in the landslide. “When you look at it, you just get in shock. You kind of go numb.” Thanks to the efforts of friends and

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The Week So where should you head to escape the hungry arm of the taxman? You may want to consider moving out of the Big Apple. The tax burden the average American pays varies tremendously, and depends a lot on where you live, according to a study by financial social media company WalletHub. The study ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia. An American making the median national income, driving an average car and living in the median-priced home could end up paying either 60 percent less or almost 40 percent more than the national average, based only on the state one calls home. The study’s analysts created a profile of the “average American” based on median income ($65,596), median home price ($174,600) and other data, and then calculated how much the person would spend on taxes living in every state. So where should taxpayers be fleeing? It turns out that Wyoming has the lowest taxes for residents. That state’s citizens shell out 66 percent less than the national median. Alaska came in closely behind, and Nevada rounded out the top three.


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On the other hand, New York ranked dead last—its residents pay 39 percent above the national average. California is right behind at 37 percent above the average, followed by Nebraska’s 36 percent. Start packing your bags…or emptying your wallets.

Teen Outsmarts WTC Security

Questions about security at the new World Trade Center are being raised after a New Jersey teen managed to breach the spire of 1 World Trade Center in middle of the night and take photos of his climb. The teen was identified in court pa-

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pers as Justin Casquejo. He told police, “I was walking around the construction site and figured out how to access the Freedom Tower rooftop.” Casquejo, 16, was arrested for trespassing at 6 a.m. after a construction supervisor spotted him coming down from the 1,776-foot building, according to Port Authority police. A law enforcement source said that, upon review, security cameras showed “faint” glimpses of the teen who entered the perimeter near Church and Vesey streets in lower Manhattan. The official said it appeared Casquejo was “trying to be stealthy and avoid detection,” although a red blinking light from his GoPro camera was visible. To reach the antenna of the building, which is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, the teen squeezed through what officials say was a “12 by 12-inch hole.” Law enforcement officials said the teen “admitted” what he did and explained he took the stairs to 20th floor, an elevator to the 99th floor and then went to the spire. Sounds like a modern-day Spiderman.

Heroism Displayed in Tragic Fire Four people tragically died in a fire at a Jersey shore motel that was housing some victims of Superstorm Sandy. DNA testing and other methods are being employed to identify the remains. Eight other people were injured in the blaze at the Mariner’s Cove Motor Inn. The fire was determined to have started in an outdoor smoking lounge when a lit cigarette was tossed onto a chair. Quickly, the fire spread and engulfed the motel in flames and thick smoke.

I told her through the window to back up, so I could break the window. I pulled the pane out, and asked her to come on out to the ladder with me,” said First Lt. Mike Ryan of the Point Pleasant Beach Fire Department, “I maneuvered her through the window, and assisted her out the window, and Firefighter Leech came up the ladder and cradled her, and brought her down,” he recalled. It was a rescue First Lieutenant Ryan and firefighters with the Point Pleasant Beach Fire Department will never forget. They were the first ones on the scene. There were 40 people sleeping inside at the time of the blaze. All but four got out alive. With the fire raging, First Lieutenant Ryan says firefighters maneuvered through thick black smoke and flames for as long as they could, but eventually they had to pull back. “There’s a certain point in time where we just can’t go in. It’s unsafe, the roof starts to collapse, and when a room flashes, even our protective equipment isn’t going to protect us very long,” Ryan says. “You’re talking a matter of seconds.” “It was a team effort, It wasn’t any one guy – without everyone there, without everyone assisting, she [was] not out of that room,” says Ryan. The fire chief told reporters that the balconies on the second floor burned away, which made rescues that much harder. Officials say it took about two hours for the fire to be fully contained.

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A great rescue was executed resulting in the heroic saving of a woman on the second floor. Once the call came in, firefighters knew to go into “search and rescue mode,” recalled one fireman. They barreled through the heat and flames, and they heard someone on the second floor banging on the wall for help. “I climbed up through the ladder, and

We are all a little hesitant to go to work with how the weather has been this winter, but we would think the mail workers’ code would be an exception. Snow, rain, heat and the gloom of night shouldn’t deter our intrepid mailmen, but one postal worker stood accused this week of being too lazy to deliver the mail in any weather. Postal Service employee Patrick Paskett, 24, was arrested last week. The Long Islander allegedly tossed thousands of pieces of mail into dumpsters this winter. An investigation began when dozens of customers complained to both the Seaford and Massapequa Park post offices that their letters and packContinued on page 42


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The Week ages were not arriving. “Very, very bad – I mean, people are waiting for their checks; people are waiting for their bills, and it’s very bad,” said Christine Augello of Massapequa Park. “He should never have done that.” According to a federal complaint, Paskett said he knew it was wrong to throw away the mail and admitted he had thrown the mail into dumpsters 15 times between December and March. Most of the mail Paskett allegedly threw away is believed to have been hauled off to landfills. But a total of 1,018 pieces of mail were recovered from four dumpsters in Massapequa Park, the complaint said. When a special agent tailing the letter carrier allegedly observed him tossing a stack of mail into a trash bin, Paskett then revealed several more of his favored dumpsters to investigators who rescued what remained – including 144 first-class items. The motive, according to federal agents, was that Paskett could not be bothered. He thought it was a nuisance in the cold and snowy weather to complete the deliveries. Paskett has been charged with mail destruction – a felony that carries up to five years in jail.  Paskett is still

employed by the Postal Service pending the outcome of the criminal charges, but according to a U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman, he is no longer delivering mail. Sounds like he’s a real-life Newman, don’t ya think?

Eating Evidence Couldn’t Save Insider Trading Ring

A three-man insider-trading ring with information from one of New York’s premier mergers-and-acquisitions law firms was brought down this week. Prosecutors say that the three

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In News men took great care to chat in code and flash stock tips on napkins or sticky notes before eating them. Steven Metro, 40, a managing clerk at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, allegedly accessed the law firm’s computer system to obtain information on deals and other sensitive corporate developments involving clients. Metro shared tips with a friend during a series of meetings at bars and coffee shops that were arranged via text message. The friend then passed the tips—which included inside information on Tyco International Ltd.’s plans to buy Brink’s Home Security Holdings Inc. and the 2013 merger of OfficeMax Inc. and Office Depot Inc.—onto his stockbroker. The broker, Vladimir Eydelman, 42, who most recently was employed at Morgan Stanley, would then trade based on the information. Prosecutors said the alleged scheme ultimately netted about $5.6 million. Simpson Thacher called the charges “deeply disturbing and unprecedented in our long history.” The firm, which was founded in 1884 and is known for its work in private equity and mergers and acquisitions, said it had no knowledge

of Mr. Metro’s actions or the charges until Mr. Metro was arrested. Morgan Stanley spokesman James Wiggins said that the bank had been informed of the arrest and would “cooperate fully” with authorities, adding that Mr. Eydelman had been placed on leave pending further review. Oppenheimer said it was cooperating with authorities and condemns “any form of insider trading.” It wasn’t immediately clear how the alleged scheme came to prosecutors’ attention, although trading exchanges and self-regulatory bodies often flag potentially suspicious activity to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prosecutors say the scheme began in February of 2009. The defendants face a number of criminal charges, including securities fraud that could result in up to 20 years each in prison.  

EPA Lawmaker a Fraud John Beale, a former official with the Environmental Protection Agency, had fooled his bosses for over twenty years into thinking he worked for the CIA.


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The Week Beale, who retired in 2011, was deeply involved in writing and enforcing many of the environmental standards that are in place today. He was a top official in the Office of Air and Radiation, and he received over $500,000 in bonuses that he did not deserve. A 67-page report from Republicans on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works details the fraudulent claims Beale made. It details Beale’s role in crafting an aggressive

regulatory approach, which the report dubs the “EPA Playbook.” “Ultimately, the guiding [principle] behind the Playbook is the Machiavellian [principle] that the ends will justify the means,” the report says.  Sen. David Vitter, R-La., top Republican on the committee, said in a statement that the study “connects the dots between John Beale and the numerous air regulations that he’s responsible for.”  The EPA already has come under

In News scrutiny for failing to act earlier on warning signs about Beale’s behavior and fraudulent activity. The report also calls into question the regulatory work Beale had done over an EPA career that began in the late ‘80s – and its lingering impact on businesses today. “The product of his labors have remained intact and have been shielded from any meaningful scrutiny, much the same way Beale was protected by an inner circle of career staff who unwittingly aided in

his fraud,” the report says. “Accordingly, it appears that the Agency is content to let the American people pay the price for Beale and EPA’s scientific insularity, a price EPA is still trying to hide almost twenty years later.” Beale was arrested in December and is awaiting his trial.

That’s Odd Follow Your Nose

Can you smell that? Turns out you can. According to a new study, the human nose can detect over one trillion different odors. “Our analysis shows that the human capacity for discriminating smells is much larger than anyone anticipated,” said study co-author Leslie Vosshall, head of Rockefeller University’s Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior. The 400 hundred olfactory receptors in the nose were previously thought to only sense 10,000 scents, putting our nose way below our eyes and ears on the totem pole. The previous estimate for the nose’s capabilities dated to the 1920s and was not backed by data. Researchers have estimated that the human eye and its mere three receptors can distinguish several million colors and that the ear can discriminate 340,000 sounds. “For smell, nobody ever took the time to test,” Vosshall said. To conduct their research, scientists subjected 26 participants to mixtures made with 128 different odorant molecules that individually might evoke grass, citrus or various chemicals, but were combined in groupings of up to 30. “We didn’t want them to be explicitly recognizable, so most of our mixtures were pretty nasty and weird,” Vosshall said. “We wanted people to pay attention to ‘here’s this really complex thing – can I pick another complex thing as

Finding a Golden Ticket – In Your Pocket

office to become a millionaire. “It feels like there’s nine million things going through my mind,” Manning said as he held his check. “What are you going to do with it? What are you going to buy? What are you going to save?” Start Pesach cleaning now…you never know what you’ll find!

out the piece of art is worth a whopping $33.3 million. The egg was once owned by Russia’s Tsar Alexander III and was seized during the Russian Revolution. It is one of only a few original Faberge eggs still known to exist. It was last seen in public in March 1902.

‘Mastermind’ Threatens 1400 Penn Ave Most children in this country know the address of the White House. Luckily for the president, one inmate in Pittsburg does not. Joseph Savage, 34, sent a threatening letter to 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., not 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the address of the White House, prosecutors said. The block he sent the letter to is the site of Commerce Department offices, a park and some historic buildings.

We should all clean out our wallets every once in a while. One man from Virginia is very glad he did. Robert Manning decided his wallet was getting too fat and spent a few minutes going through it. It turns out it was worth the trouble.

“I was getting rid of some old receipts, and I had about 10 or 12 lottery tickets in there,” he said at a Virginia Lottery news conference. “I had the laptop in front of me and I started checking the numbers and the next thing I saw was, wait a minute, I just read all five numbers.” The Springfield, Va., resident was just one number shy of winning the $40 million jackpot, but all he was focused on was getting to the nearest Virginia Lottery office to claim his prize. “I immediately realized I won something,” Manning recalled. “I said, ‘I don’t want to sit on it another day,’ so we drove down here in the storm. I wanted to cash it in quick,” he said. The storm Manning drove in was the same St. Patrick’s Day snowstorm that shut down the federal government in nearby Washington, D.C. Still, Manning made the nearly 90-mile drive from Springfield to the Lottery’s Richmond

exact timeline. The chain first offered beer and wine after 4 p.m. at one of its Seattle cafes in 2010. “Starbucks Evenings” is now available in 26 cafes, with plans to reach 40 by the end of the year. The regular coffee menu is also available during that time.

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being different?’” Volunteers would sample three vials of scents at a time – two that were the same and one that was different – to see if they could detect which was the outlier, completing 264 such comparisons. Although volunteers’ abilities varied greatly, they could on average discern the difference between vials with up to 51 percent of the same components, with fewer volunteers detecting a difference once the mixtures shared more components. Researchers then extrapolated how many odors the average person could detect if all possible combinations of the 128 odorants were sampled, coming to their estimate of at least one trillion. Seems like the nose really knows.

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Savage was already serving 12-25 years in prison. He was arraigned on two counts of threatening the president or the president’s family. The smart criminal sent the threat in October from the Fayette County Prison. Now, he faces up to another 10 years behind bars for the threat charges. Maybe he can brush up on his American history while he’s there.

Cup O’ Joe…and Jack (Daniels) Starbucks is a morning destination for hundreds of thousands of people each day. But the chain has also been slowly adding “evening drinks” in many of its locations in recent years. Starbucks now plans to turn more of its cafes into a destination for beer and wine at the end of a long workday. The coffee company says it is looking to expand alcohol sales to “thousands of select stores” over the next several years, although it didn’t provide details on an

The expansion of “Starbucks Evenings” is part of the company’s push to boost sales after the morning rush hour when people are getting their caffeine fix. It’s a common concept in the restaurant industry — figuring out ways to maximize sales throughout the day since stores have to pay for rent and labor anyway. Taco Bell, for instance, recently started highlighting snacks in its ads to drive sales during the slower late afternoon hours. And the fruit shakes and other drinks at McDonald’s are seen as a way to attract people throughout the day. As for Starbucks Corp., the chain recently introduced new sandwiches and salads to boost sales in the afternoon. It’s also branching out into other areas too as it faces more competition in the coffee market. The company recently purchased a chain of teashops called Teavana. CEO Howard Schultz has said he wants to make tea as popular in the U.S. as he’s helped make coffee. Looks like Starbucks just loves its brew—whether it’s coffee or a cold one.

Millions Over Easy I should really be shopping at more garage sales… A scrap metal dealer in the Midwest stumbled upon an incredibly rare Faberge egg at a sale recently. The unidentified man, sensing the golden egg was worth considerably more than the $13,000 being asked, plunked down the cash. I would never recommend paying $13,000 for an egg, but in this case, the man’s risk was well rewarded. Turns


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Kieran McCarthy, the Faberge expert who verified the man’s discovery, compared the find to “Indiana Jones finding the Lost Ark.” After the man bought the treasure, he did some online research and found a 2011 article seeking the whereabouts of the exact egg in his possession. He sought out an expert opinion and was told that he was soon to be a multi-millionaire. And that’s no “yolk.”

Homeowner for a Dollar—If You Can Afford It

A dollar doesn’t get you much these days, but that’s all you need to buy a Victorian home in Riverside, California. This cheap piece of real estate is about 60 miles from Los Angeles. The city is trying to pass a 4,800-square-foot home off to someone who will turn it back into a beauty. So what’s the catch? The new homeowner has to move the five-bedroom house or buy the land, according to Emilio Ramirez of Riverside’s community development department. They’d also have to preserve the structure and restore it to its original condition. “It has a lot of character. It has a lot of history,” Ramirez said. (“Character” in real estate terms generally means the property was once beautiful but has fallen on hard times.) City leaders bought a


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The Week few blighted properties a few years ago in hopes of developing the land and improving the neighborhood. Attorney Boyd Jensen bought a historic home, also located in downtown Riverside, for approximately $200,000 a few years ago. He says it’s taken a lot of effort to restore the 2,500-square-foot home. “It would cost over $100,000 to bring it up to where it is now,” Jensen said of the house currently on the market. Jensen says refurbishing one of these properties requires plenty of cash and lots of love. “A home like this, a person’s got to care more than just about flipping the home,” the Riverside resident said. Some estimate the cost to relocate and rehab the Victorian home could run up to $1 million. City officials say they do have one very interested buyer. I hope he has a dollar and a dream.

From Bags to Riches

The iconic plastic disposable smiley face shopping bag wishing customers “Have a Nice Day” is getting a makeover. British designer Anya Hindmarch has transformed the ordinary sack into a high-end handbag. The designer duplicated the famous image to create a $4,158 tote. Hindmarch’s Happy Shopper bag is made of python skin, lined with suede, and features hand-painted edges. It made its debut appearance at London Fashion Week back in September and was just released as part of the designer’s spring collection. “Inspired by our passion for finding the beauty in the banal,” the brand’s official website says, “our Happy Shopper tote is our luxurious take on the classic shopping bag.” The original design is attributed to commercial artist Harvey Ball and was a defining image of the 1970s. The designer’s next collection will use icons from cereal boxes. Anyone want a Cheerios Tote for $4K?

Man’s Best Friend Doesn’t Come Cheap

How much will a man spend on a best friend? Apparently close to $2 mill. A Tibetan mastiff puppy has been sold in China for almost $2 million. This could be the most expensive dog sale ever. A property developer paid 12 million yuan ($1.9 million) for the oneyear-old golden-haired mastiff at a “luxury pet” fair in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the Qianjiang. “They have lion’s blood and are topof-the-range mastiff studs,” the dog’s breeder Zhang Gengyun was quoted as saying. The dogs strongly resemble lions with their messy golden-haired manes and ferocious personalities. Tibetan mastiffs have become a prized status symbol among China’s wealthy causing prices for the pet to soar. The expensive pooch was 80 centimeters (31 inches) tall and weighed 90 kilograms (nearly 200 pounds). “Pure Tibetan mastiffs are very rare, just like our nationally treasured pandas, so the prices are so high,” Zhang said. The buyer is rumored to be a 56-year-old property developer from Qingdao who hopes to breed dogs himself. Sounds like a pretty penny for a prized pooch.

Couple Saves Child from Falling out of Window

In News A young couple moving into an apartment in California saved a little boy’s life when they placed a mattress down as he fell out of a window, authorities said. Konrad and Jennifer Lightner are responsible for saving the little boy’s life. Last Sunday, at about 5:30pm, the young couple was moving into their new apartment in Burbank, California. As they toted their mattress into their new home, they saw a three-year-old child falling from a second story window. The young boy got caught in some phone lines, and the couple quickly positioned the mattress to cushion the boy’s fall. A few moments later, the 3-year-old fell from the lines and tumbled right into Konrad’s open arms. Luckily, the boy wasn’t injured, but was taken to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as a precaution. Earlier in the day the couple noticed the toddler chucking his toys out of the window. Apparently, the boy fell from the window after crawling out to retrieve his toys. According to the police report, the parents were in another part of the apartment when the incident occurred. Thankfully, they have some new, good neighbors.

Taxi Driver Takes $777 Tip for Himself

Becky Siegel was taken for a ride in more than one way as she hopped in a cab to meet friends for dinner in downtown Chicago. Back in December, the 20-year-old college student from Winnetka, Illinois, hailed a cab to drive her two miles to a restaurant where she was meeting friends. The fare for the short ride should’ve been under $10 but when her mother got her credit card statements, the transactions posted as close to $800. “He was apparently very friendly and chatty and was talking about pedestrians crossing where they shouldn’t,”

said Susan Siegel, Becky’s mother, about the taxi driver. Upon arriving at her destination Siegel asked if she could pay by credit card to which the driver responded that his swiper wasn’t working but that he could swipe her credit card using his Square app in his phone. The Square device and app allow merchants to charge customers through a mobile device. The young girl naively handed her credit card to the cab driver telling him to add $2 for his tip. She signed the receipt and rushed out of the car to meet her friends Becky told the Chicago Tribune, “I guess I didn’t pay attention or I didn’t look…I just signed my name with my finger and I left.” Her mother’s credit card was charged a whopping $787.33. Upon contacting Visa customer service to dispute the charge, she was denied a refund since her signature was on the transaction. The Chicago Police department told Siegel that there was nothing they could do about it either. Livid about what transpired, Siegel contacted the driver, Ali Ghazanfari, for a resolution. Oddly enough, the cab driver stood behind the nearly $800 charge. However, Ghazanfari’s position quickly changed once Siegel got in touch with the Chicago Tribune’s, “What’s Your Problem?” problem solvers. They reached out to the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. “I remember exactly what happened,” the driver told the Tribune. “I made a mistake on the fare.” Ms. Siegel said, “He called me two or three times, and he was in a panic. What I do know is that he is really sorry that he got caught.” Ghazanfari claims he made efforts to contact Square and his bank to refund the Siegels’ money but because the company had only the last four digits of their credit card, his attempts were unsuccessful. Mika Stambaugh, a spokesperson for the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, said that they contacted Square and the company promised to send Siegel a check for $787.33. He added, “Our department has suspended his public chauffeur license pending this investigation… He cooperated with us but he’s not in the country so we still have a few unresolved issues pertaining to this case.” Lesson learned: always check what you’re signing if you don’t want to be taken for a ride.


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Yeshiva University Ordains Largest Class of Rabbis at Chag HaSemikhah Convocation Dancing down Amsterdam Avenue along with their esteemed Roshei Yeshiva, mentors, family and friends, more than 230 new musmakhim celebrated their ordination from Yeshiva University-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) at its March 23rd Chag HaSemikhah. Representing the largest cohort in RIETS history, the graduates of the 2011-2014 classes joined more than 3,000 rabbinic alumni who have gone on to become distinguished Orthodox rabbis, scholars, educators and leaders around the world. “At a very crucial time in Jewish history, you are uniquely trained and qualified to reach out to Jews of all backgrounds with an authentic Torah

Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon, speaking on behalf of his fellow musmakhim at the Chag HaSemikhah. “Our study of Torah, in addition to its independent significance, heightens our responsibility and capacity to spiritually influence the community. And so we musmakhim will wear the badge of RIETS with pride.” The record class of musmakhim, hailing from five continents and more than 50 North American cities, represent an internationally diverse group. Left to right: Rabbi Ronald Schwartzberg, director of Jewish career guidance and placement at YU’s Center for the Jewish Future; The class also includes philanthropist Jay Schottenstein; and YU President Richard M. Joel the largest number of rabbinic alumni to remessage,” said Rabbi Menachem Penceive yadin yadin, a higher levner, the Max and Marion Grill Dean of el of ordination bestowed years RIETS and Undergraduate Torah Studies at YU, in his address to the musmakhim. after semicha is first attained “In you, we see the bright future of our which qualifies recipients to serve as judges on Jewish courts, community.” The Chag HaSemikhah ceremony and the largest group of Sephartook place in the Nathan Lamport Audi- dic students in RIETS history, as torium at Zysman Hall, with video hook- well. “It’s amazing to see so many ups in the Harry Fischel Beit Midrash old friends here today and to and YU’s Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss be a part of something so much Institute in Jerusalem and an online weblarger than yourself,” said Rabbi cast. More than 3,000 people attended Eitan Ben-David, Teaneck, who the event on campus and an additional teaches at SAR Academy and is 5,000 viewed it online. The musmakhim a pulpit rabbi at the West Side currently living in Israel will hold a cerSephardic Synagogue. “This is such an emony at the Gruss Institute on May 14. amazingly talented group of musmakh“From the lumdus [scholarship] to im.” the pastoral training to the internships As they go on to build careers in reand leadership workshops, we receive ligious fields ranging from the pulpit to a top-of-the-line education at RIETS,” Jewish education and outreach work, said Rabbi Yosef Bronstein, an instructhe new musmakhim will benefit from tor of Jewish philosophy at YU’s Isaac the unique education they received at Breuer College of Hebraic Studies, a RIETS. In addition to intense religious doctoral candidate in Talmudic Studies study with renowned Torah scholars, the at YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School seminary offers an enhanced Rabbinic of Jewish Studies and a fellow in RIETS’ Professional Education Program de-

signed to meet the communal and spiritual needs of today’s Jewish communities. Students receive extensive training in topics critical for public leadership positions, such as pastoral psychology, public speaking and community building, all taught by renowned experts and rabbis. They’re also exposed to contemporary halachic issues in bioethics, technology and business to prepare them for real-world dilemmas they may face. “It’s so important to me that RIETS is progressive in educating rabbis on these kinds of issues,” said Rabbi Dr. Yonah Bardos, a resident OB/GYN at The Mount Sinai Hospital and one of many musmakhim who will use their semicha in professional careers such as medicine or law. “That’s something you can’t find at another semicha program, and there

zt”l Aluf Torah Award. The Chag also celebrated alumni who received semicha 50 years ago—alumni of the RIETS classes of 1960-63—which included noted scholars and rabbinic leaders such as Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, founding rabbi of Manhattan’s Lincoln Square Synagogue and founding chief rabbi of Efrat; Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet, professor of rabbinic literature at YU’s Gruss Institute; and Rabbi Yosef Blau, senior mashgiach ruchani at RIETS. “As I look out now onto this group assembled here, my heart brims with hope,” said YU President Richard M. Joel. “Hope that you will take on nuance, and not run from it; hope that you will respect and revere the halachic system into which you enter, while responding to the needs of your congregants with warmth and understanding; hope that you will inspire us all to build lives of meaning and of purpose, engaging with the wide world around us while informed by our sacred Torah; and finally, hope that you will bring about a true state of shleimut for us all and for all of klal Yisrael.” Following the orRIETS Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Yona Reiss, left, and Max and Marion Grill dination ceremony, Dean Rabbi Menachem Penner dance on Amsterdam Avenue RIETS held a Gala are so many things that come up as a Evening of Celebration honoring Rabbi physician that were critical for me to Schwartz and Schottenstein at The Manlearn about. Ultimately, I hope this will darin Oriental Hotel. The event featured help me be a resource to my medical and a lecture by Rabbi Schwartz, remarks by rabbinic colleagues.” Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the Kressel At the convocation, RIETS honored and Ephrat Family University Profesphilanthropist Jay Schottenstein with the sor of Jewish Thought at YU, and an Eitz Chaim Award and Rabbi Gedalia armchair conversation between SchotDov Schwartz ‘46YC, ‘49R, Av Beit Din tenstein and President Joel. The dinner of the Beth Din of America and of the raised $1.1 million for RIETS. Chicago Rabbinical Council Beit Din, with the Harav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik


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Around the Community While Project Hope at OHEL Ends, Lessons of Resilience Continue For the past year and a half, OHEL has been an active participant in Project Hope, a FEMA-funded state-wide initiate created to provide support to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Countless individuals, families, and neighborhoods have received assistance from OHEL, and while Project Hope is officially ending, there are still many services OHEL will be continuing to provide for those in need. While simultaneously working on wrapping up with current clients and sites, OHEL has continually been receiving many new referrals, and has implemented services in various public Schools, the NY Aquarium, the Coney Island branch of the Brooklyn Public Library as well as other various community based sites. One of the main goals of OHEL’s Project Hope is to promote resilience, and to help fortify survivors, so they feel that they have the tools to cope successfully in the aftermath of Sandy and in the event of another major disaster. They have therefore partnered with NY Ready and the Red Cross to do two pronged presentations: The Red Cross presents a physical preparedness presentation, and OHEL’s Project Hope presents the emotional preparedness aspect. They have presented this program in many different venues over the last month to ensure that participants are prepared and resilient to face future challenges. Through in-person contact, group sessions, and family counseling,

OHEL’s Project Hope has interacted with and provided support for over a staggering 91,000 participants. In addition to specific Hurricane Sandy related support, OHEL’s Project Hope has been working to ensure that their lessons of security and confidence remain intact well into the future. With the help of the hardworking staff and crisis counselors of OHEL’s Project hope, these individuals, families, and neighborhoods who have suffered unimaginable devastation have endured, become more resilient and given the legacy of skills that will help them successfully cope with future challenges. In the words of Tzivy Reiter, Director of Project Hope at OHEL, “OHEL reached out to everyone who may have been affected by the storm over the last year. We left no stone unturned, going door to door in every community and in every kind of weather condition. Our staff sat in freezing cold disaster relief trailers, together with survivors, many of whom still had no heat in their own homes. We braved the 90 degree heat going door to door, seeking out survivors. We walked along the boardwalks and set up shop on the beaches, reaching out to families who still could not face the water with serenity since Sandy. We did not wait for survivors to reach out to us, we reached out to them– demonstrating that while we could not erase their devastating losses, we could stand alongside them and help them find the inner strength to manage them.”


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Lander College for Men Welcomes Graduates for Annual Alumni Shabbaton More than 100 former students braved the snow and returned to their alma mater for the fifth annual Lander College for Men (LCM) Alumni Shabbaton: Scattered Across the Nation. As the name implies, alumni came from all over, including Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Memphis, Miami and Toronto, in addition to those living in the tri-state area. One graduate, Dovid Yudkowitz, a former dormitory supervisor, came all the way from Ramat Beit Shemesh in Israel. Including faculty, spouses and children, close to 300 people were in attendance. Several families stayed in the dorms while others were put up with friends living in the Kew Gardens Hills community. Following Kabbalas Shabbos, Dr. Moshe Sokol, dean of the LCM, gave a dvar Torah (sponsored by David Hirsch, class of 2012) and welcomed the many returning students and their families. “It is a real thrill to see so many alumni with their wives and children, flourishing in their careers, building

homes and taking leadership positions in their communities,” he said. Besides the opportunity to catch up with old friends, alumni were treated to beautiful davening, an abundance of food and a variety of shiurim and divrei Torah over the course of Shabbos. A Tea Room, fully stocked with snacks, fruit, drinks, hot apple cider and even chulent, was open throughout Shabbos, and Meir Milgraum, ’08, sponsored a Viennese dessert table. Babysitting and camp services were provided free of charge throughout the weekend. Just in case anyone was still hungry, N’Shei Lander, the wives of LCM Kollel and college students, baked and arranged a gala homemade kiddush for Shabbos morning. There were numerous learning opportunities throughout Shabbos: Mashgiach Rabbi Moshe Bamberger gave a Daf Yomi shiur, sponsored by Avrumi Vais, ’06. Menahel Rabbi Yehuda Shmulewitz delivered the Shabbos morning drasha

on Asei Lecha Rav, sponsored by Rivki and Azi Steiner, ’08. Rabbi Eliyahu Soloveichik held a question and answer session, sponsored by Jaclyn and Dani Sova, ’08. Rebbetzin Chana Tanenbaum spoke on the anatomy of a marriage at a shiur for women, sponsored anonymously. Rabbi Shmulewitz gave a Sichos Mussar shiur on the topic of Ma’aseh Egel, adapted from the sefer of the same name written by his uncle, Rav Chaim Shmulewitz zt”l, Rosh Yeshiva of the Mirrer Yeshiva in Yerushalayim. It was sponsored by Dr. Chani and Rabbi Shraga Moshe Milstein, ’09. Before Mincha Rabbi Yitzchak Genack discussed, “Is Cheating on Your Taxes Ever Okay?” from a halachic perspective, sponsored by Kayli and Rabbi Aryeh Young, ’08, semicha ’10. Rabbi Bamberger’s shalosh seudos shiur was called, “Made in the Shade,” sponsored by Evan Honigsfeld, ’06. After Shabbos the National Comedy Theatre, an acclaimed family-oriented

improv group, performed at a catered melave malka, while Uncle Moishy character Nachum the Clown entertained the children in a separate room. The Lander College for Men is an undergraduate division of Touro College, in service to the Jewish community. Established in the fall of 2000 and located in Queens, N.Y., the Lander College for Men is grounded in a dual curriculum of intensive Torah study and a wide range of academic programs, and students major in professionally oriented disciplines. Lander College for Men provides students with an environment that produces ethical, mature, and well-rounded professionals committed to scholarship and career growth. Dedicated to Touro’s mission of perpetuating the Jewish heritage, Lander College for Men prepares students to uphold the ideals of Torah and pursue positions of professional and communal leadership.


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15 DRS Alumni and Faculty Members Ordained at YU’s Chag HaSemicha DRS is very proud of the 15 DRS alumni and faculty members who were honored this past Sunday with receiving semicha from Yeshiva University. The DRS family hopes and prays that these young rabbis will take their place alongside the leadership of the Jewish community to become the leaders that our children will look up to and grow from.

HAFTR High School Varsity Hockey Team Declared Champions By Joey Hoenig, HAFTR Athletic Director Incredible! That’s the only word I can use to describe HAFTR’s Championship victory over the DRS Wildcats on Sunday afternoon at Lawrence Middle School. Before a jam-packed house of the 2 local rivals, the fans couldn’t have asked for a more thrilling championship game than what they witnessed. DRS drew first blood in the second period to take a 1-0 lead going in to the 3rd and seemingly last period. But HAFTR’s Ari Baratz answered with a goal at the 6:40 mark in the 3rd period to tie things up and force overtime. The Hawks came out strong in overtime by forcing the play in the DRS zone. At the 8:38 mark in o.t., lightning struck twice in the name of Ari Baratz to propel HAFTR to an exhilarating 1-2 sudden death overtime victory over the DRS Wildcats. The HAFTR Hawks did the unimaginable in the playoffs by traveling to Teaneck, NJ, and beating the #1 team in the league, the TABC Storm, in sudden

death overtime 3-2 and then going on to beat the DRS Wildcats, the #2 team in the league, to take home the championship trophy. Congratulations to Ari Baratz who was the game’s MVP and to all the members of the Hawks. Captain Jordan Gellman, after a 1st period injury, showed what heart and determination was all about by playing through the pain for the remainder of the game. Special shout out to the HAFTR coaches Marc Bruh and Noah Weinreich and to goalie Joseph Kestenbaum who was spectacular in the net. But this game would not have been this close without

the tremendous goal-tending by DRS goalie Ari Gutenmacher who held off a HAFTR barrage of shots saving all but 2. Congratulations to the DRS Wildcats for a great season and to the 20132014 Varsity Hockey champions HAFTR Hawks!

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A Trip Down Memory Lane at Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe invited the graduating classes from the years ‘08-‘13 to take a trip down memory lane. A huge turnout of yeshiva alumni enjoyed the first-ever Tiferes Moshe Alumni Reunion in Shaarei Tova this past Motzei Shabbos. A delicious Carlos and Gabby’s buffet was enthusiastically enjoyed down to the last lick. Alumni and Rabbeim were awed by the brilliant antics of guest performer David Blatt. Yet perhaps the most enjoyable part for our esteemed guests was the opportunity this wonderful event provided for friends to reunite with one another and to reconnect with their Rabbeim. It gave us much nachas to see how wonderfully “our” boys are growing and achieving, and we hope to be able to share only simchos with one another in the future. This past Sunday morning was full of Adar fun: Tiferes Moshe style! Yeshiva Rabbeim joined with our talmidim’s families to celebrate with achdus and unity! It was truly inspiring to see the talmidim sitting with their fathers and grandfathers, friends and rabbeim, all bedecked in colorful and tasteful costumes, enjoying the wonderful fun of Purim. Guests, young and old, enjoyed the delicious breakfast spread and the marvelous entertainment. Thank you to the Parents Association for all their hard work making this year’s Father-Son Breakfast a wonderful and memorable event.

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SKA Travels to Berlin For the fourth year in a row, the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls, in partnership with NCSY and under the inspiring leadership of SKA Chesed coordinator, Ms. Leah Pariser, sent 12 sophomores and juniors to Germany on Tuesday, March 11. The girls worked with the Midrasha in Berlin and celebrated Purim with the sixty Orthodox families in this growing community. As Mrs. Helen Spirn, Head of School, noted, “The SKA students were deeply inspired by the power of kiruv and chesed and expressed how they had personally gained so much appreciation about yahudut, their education and their communities...all from their Purim in Berlin. Special thanks to Ms. Jorge Bienenfeld supporting Ms. Pariser in this special SKA experience and for her wonderful photographs.” The following is a recap of the impressions of SKA 10th Grader Sara Raizel Jedwab: This past week I traveled halfway across the world to be with the Jews there for a week. We had arrived on Wednes-

day of last week and hit the ground running. The bike tour, the Purim Carnival (that the SKA girls ran for the elementary school children), the tour of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, and spending Shabbos with different families in the community were only a small part of what we did; we definitely made the most of our short time there. I must say it was one of the most impactful weeks of my life. My experience there opened my eyes to see the beauty and appreciation for being born and raised a Jew. The fact that I live in a community in which I am free and even influenced to keep rising in my levels of

Yiddishkeit is such a blessing. This revelation dawned upon me when I compared it to girls we met who live throughout Germany who couldn’t even tell their friends that they were Jewish. These girls come together in a program called JEWL in which the Midrasha in Berlin has programs for them to learn about Judaism. They have not one kosher store in their small hometowns or anyone to show them the beauty and pride in being a Jew; they don’t even have the rudimentary knowledge of the aleph-bet. This helped me shift my view to see my challenges in my connection to Judaism as an opportunity given by Hashem to specific people at certain times. I believe He chooses to give the access to learning His ways more easily to some in order for them to then go and share it with those without a connection to Him in order to bring us together as a nation. We are bound by our Torah to Hashem, to our morals, and to each other.

We also celebrated our Purim there this year. I also thoroughly enjoyed going back to the basics on Purim. Though I always enjoy a really shticky theme and a ten- paged poem, there is something to be said about a Purim solely focused on the fulfilment of the four mitzvot of mishloach manot, matanot le’evyonim, megillah, and mishteh, nothing more and nothing less. In that sense and in many other ways throughout my trip, I felt like was strengthening my roots and getting back to the basics of Judaism. This experience has taught me that if we want to, we can daven, we can eat kosher, we can fulfil all of G-d’s commandments and the only thing standing in our way is our own doubt. Because when Hashem put us into this world He chose to give us a Jewish education from when we were little and a Jewish home to grow up in. Instead of seeing limitations, see how you can build off of your blessing of a foundation. Embrace it then share it with those who deserve to know it just as much as we do. Your help is needed to be a continuation of the Jewish people. I hope you enjoy this Shabbat with meaning!

Met Council to Distribute 2.1 Million Pounds of Kosher for Passover Food to 50,000 NYC Families Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty will distribute 2.1 million pounds of kosher for Passover food ahead of the holiday to an estimated 50,000 families in need. These holiday food packages will allow families in every neighborhood in the five boroughs to partake in holiday festivities despite the often prohibitive costs of kosher food.  Staff and volunteers will distribute kosher for 

Passover food to families in need at the local Jewish Community Councils from March 25 to April 10.   Ahead of Jewish holidays, Met Council distributes an increased amount of food packages and food cards because we understand the unique challenges of affording kosher food and the importance of food for rituals. Throughout the world, food is often the centerpiece of religious



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and cultural events. Sharing a meal with friends and family in times of celebration or observance carries symbolic meaning essential to the holidays they represent.   “For most of us, Passover is a time for festive family seders. But for too many of New York’s Jewish needy, the Festival of Our Freedom is, ironically, just the opposite – yet another painful reminder of the oppression of poverty,” said David M. Frankel, CEO and Executive Director of Met Council.    “In New York City, there are a half a million poor and near poor Jewish New Yorkers who struggle to feed their family every day. The 2.1 million pounds of food we distribute will allow our clients to observe Passover with a traditional and nutritious meal that otherwise would have been price prohibitive; on average a kosher meal is 30% more expensive.” These Passover food packages are part of Met Council’s year-round Kosher Food Network, which provides a holistic care program of food packages, emergency food vouchers and prepared

meals to supplement food to low-income households throughout New York City. These meals enable Met Council clients to eat more healthfully — and ensure that they can use their limited income to meet other daily needs, such as rent, clothing and medications.  This Passover, Met Council will feed 50,000 families in time for Passover by: Distributing 2.1 million pounds of kosher-for-Passover food at 90 different locations Providing $400,000 in Food Cards to allow families to purchases Passover resources The food packages will include traditional staples, such as matzah, tuna fish, gefilte fish, carrots, potatoes, applesauce, etc. To attend the packaging or for more information, please contact Rena Resnick at If you or someone you know needs food assistance this Passover, please call: 718763-5318.



Bais Yaakov Student Wins Second Place in 50th Annual Daily News New York City Spelling Bee Rabbi Gewirtz, dean of BYQ, and Mrs. Bergman and Mrs. Reisbaum, general studies principal and assistant principal, expressed their excitement over Devorah’s placement in the spelling bee. “Devorah’s willingness to participate and efforts to succeed were impressive to all of us. Her winning second place is ‘icing on the cake’ for all of her hard work. We are thrilled for her and her family. Everyone was rooting for her, and when

CAHAL and Yeshiva of South Shore: A Place for Students to Grow The following is an illustration of the beautiful relationship participating yeshivos that house CAHAL classes share. This letter was written from a parent of a CAHAL student to Monika Weinberg, the administrative assistant at Yeshiva of South Shore. Dear Monika, I need to share a story with you.  Prior to the Yeshiva of South Shore dinner, my son, Nachum, was going back and forth about singing with the 4th graders in the choir.  As you know, he is repeating 4th grade this year and is mainstreamed for part of the day. He told me that he was embarrassed to sing with the 4th graders as he was in 4th grade last year and he thought people would laugh at him for singing again this year.  On the Wednesday night before the dinner, Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky, hearing about his apprehensiveness, got on the phone with Nachum and told him that he wanted him to participate and that he would be looking for him and be there to watch him sing.  Nachum decided that since it was so important to Rabbi Kamenetzky that he participate, he decided to sing.  Unfortunately, Nachum got a bad case of strep throat and

was unable to attend the dinner Sunday night. I had forgotten all about the phone call from Rabbi Kamenetzky Wednesday night and had informed his Rebbe and teacher that he was not able to participate.  On Sunday night, at approximately the time when the 4th grade boys were getting ready to sing,  Rabbi Kamenetzky called me from the dinner on my cellphone saying, “I am looking for Nachum. I promised to be here to watch him sing, where is he?”  This story is so unbelievable!  It speaks volumes for the type of school Yeshiva of South Shore is.  When Nachum got off the phone with Rabbi Kamenetzky, I promise you, he said to me, “Imma, that’s why I love Yeshiva of South Shore. Every single boy is important and everyone matters.”  What further makes this story so amazing is that Nachum is a CAHAL student and South Shore not only makes all of its students feel important and welcomed, it makes sure the CAHAL students are a part of everything the Yeshiva has to offer.  Thank you to Rabbi Kamenetzky and Yeshiva of South Shore for making each and every student feel important and for caring so much for them. I am so grateful. 

she announced it to the class on Friday, the cheering was thunderous.” The Daily News printed the following: Only Anil, Russell Leung and Devorah Simon remained for the last seven rounds, with Anil coming through with “metachrosis” in Round 17 after the other two students had misspelled their respective words. After a brief spell-off, Devorah Simon, 13, was awarded second-place after nailing “paranymph.” “I came here to get past Round 2, which is where I got last year,” said Devorah, an eighth-grader at Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens.   As CBS 2′s Diane Macedo report-

ed, the day started with 68 competitors. The pack was eventually whittled down to one, but the two runners up didn’t make it easy for the winner. Several late rounds were so challenging, in some cases all three got the word wrong. “We haven’t has one of those in like the past six years but you know it’s expected.” With such comments about the level of competition this year, Devorah Simon’s placement is even more impressive. Congratulations to Devorah, and much nachas to her family and school! We look forward to her continued success.

Mehadrin Unveils New Greek Yogurt Cheese Snack Once again, Mehadrin has taken dairy to a new level of delicious and satisfying. Combining the awesome flavor of their long-famous cheese snack with the nourishing qualities of Greek yogurt, Mehadrin’s latest innovation debuts to a round of applause. High in protein content and naturally low in sugar and carbs, Mehadrin Greek Cheese Snack is an affordable treat for everyone. The Greek cheese snack uses an original recipe in order to incorporate the nutritional qualities of Greek yogurt without compromising on the taste or texture of the cheese snack. With only 120 calories per serving, the 80% nonfat Greek yogurt base gives the cheese snack distinct flavor and quality. “The continued popularity of Mehadrin’s Greek yogurt, unveiled earlier this year, has exceeded our wildest expectations,” says a spokesperson for Mehadrin Dairy. “The positive feedback and comments from our loyal

customers has made every investment of time and money worthwhile. The Greek yogurt was obviously something the kosher consumer had been waiting for.” Following quickly on the heels of this success, Mehadrin is sure the new Greek cheese snacks will enjoy the same rave reviews in no time. Mehadrin was founded in 1950, providing chalav yisroel dairy products to a fast-growing heimishe market. It is now the number one supplier of premier kosher dairy products in the USA. But this ever-growing popularity never diminished the original goal of creating and maintaining a perfect product line. From frozen foods to yogurts and cheeses, every single Mehadrin product uses only the freshest ingredients, ensuring perfect taste and quality every single time. With over three hundred different products, Mehadrin has become a household name in every Jewish community. And with good reason.

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On Thursday, March 20, the 50th annual Daily News New York City Spelling Bee took place. The 132 participants met at the Murray Bergtraum High School in Manhattan. Sixty-eight fifth through eighth grade elementary students from New York competed that day. Devorah Simon, who represented her school  last year, is an eighth grade student at Bais Yaakov of Queens. This time, she was awarded second place!


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Shushan Purim in Bnot Yaakov of Great Neck Shushan Purim arrived with clowns, a funny hat parade, and even a Shushan Purim Seuda! Bnot Yaakov of Great Neck began Monday with a visit from the “Kosher Clown” who made a colorful grand entrance with antics, games, magic and lots of laughter! His jolly arrival was soon followed by another arrival of Tichon Meir Moshe girls who came to do a hesed activity with the girls. “How can we make our ‘simhat Purim’ really last?” asked Mrs. Friedman to the girls. Although the girls made various

suggestions, one girl finally got it right when she offered, “We have to do hesed.” The TMM high school students

explained their high school hesed program to the girls and demonstrated the Purim project they were doing that day for distribution among the elderly. They made Purim Character containers to hold Purim pastries! Each girl decorated her own container and glued and pasted on feet and hands to make her little “character” container. It was a meaningful way of extending their simhat Purim throughout the rest of the year, Mrs. Friedman explained, by doing hesed for others and bringing “simha” to them. “Your own simhat Purim can last the whole year round if you can turn it into hesed and bring others simha with the hesed you do,” she told the girls. The day continued after lunch with a funny hat parade as the Bnot Yaakov students marched and sang Purim songs. The Shushan Purim festivities broke for afternoon learning and then each class enjoyed their own Shushan Purim seuda! Each teacher chose a different “seuda” with the emphasis on healthy foods and a turn away from candy and some of the more sugary parts of our Purim day!

Morah Ilana and Morah Maral from Pre1-A demonstrated “juicing” for their students and fascinated the girls with freshly squeezed apple juice and other fruit and vegetable concoctions; Mrs. Akhavan’s second grade poured different colored food coloring onto popcorn kernels to see what would happen when they cooked up. It was part popcorn seuda and part science experiment! “The girls only got the blue color in their mouths –their tongues are all blue!” Mrs. Akhavan exclaimed. Mrs. Kashi’s fourth

grade had a “Vegetable and Dips” seuda and Miss Wolfson’s class made their own chocolate mousse step by step as they measured and mixed the ingredients and beat in all up in the mixer until it finally transformed into a yummy Purim dessert. It was a simha-filled day of Shushan Purim fun coupled with Bnot Yaakov’s emphasis on weaving hesed into everything we do. Throughout the day, girls were bringing bags of shalach manot into the office…but it wasn’t for eating! The girls are bringing in their family’s unopened shalach manot leftovers for distribution to charity organizations. It’s another way to do hesed with Purim that perpetuates simha throughout the year.

Packing for Pesach By Noach Haller The calendar has officially declared spring…Pesach is quickly approaching. Pesach plans for travel and relatives are made weeks in advance. Do we think twice about the financial means to buy our food for the sedarim or the remaining eight days? Many take it for granted that we will be able to feed ourselves, families, and our guests. I want to share one of the most humbling experiences my wife and I have had. Last March, we were invited to join the Tomchei Shabbos family in preparing packages before Pesach. On Sunday morning we arrived at an open lot reserved by the Katz family, and we were stunned. Volunteers from the neighborhood came to do Pesach shopping, not for themselves, but for over 300 needy families in our community. Men, women, and children were given shopping lists, with only a number to identify the order—no names or addresses.  After a conversation with Jeanette Lamm, coordinator for Tomchei Shabbos/Yad Yeshaya of the Five Towns/ Far  Rockaway, I learned how each family is able to receive these packages. The

packages include most of their basic Pesach needs which include matzahs (hand and machine), grape juice, wine, chicken, meat, sugar, eggs, potatoes, onions, cheese, orange juice and more basic necessities. On a weekly basis, 285 families receive Tomchei Shabbos packages. Mrs. Lamm added that an additional 100+ families receive Pesach assistance. Each family is sent a form that allows them to place their order for the amount of each item they need.  The Pesach budget alone is nearly $150,000. All are invited to join the packing on April 6th from 10:30am at 433 Doughty Blvd, Inwood.  Drivers are needed from  11:30 AM and on. Please come join in the mitzvah alongside friends.  

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Kittah Hey at Bnos Malka Academy has completed Parshas Shemos and celebrated in grand style. Both fifth grades joined together to celebrate when they were taken by surprise by the appearance of the fearsome and cruel Paraoh! He forced the girls to don slave uniforms and to search the school for straw with which to make bricks. The girls worked in groups to decipher codes in the Chumash to lead them to various locations. Ultimately,

they were directed to various classrooms where they were asked a question on the parsha. If they answered correctly, then they were provided with straw. The girls then joined together to build real bricks with clay, water, straw and brick molds. This hands-on experience enabled the girls to genuinely feel the pain of Bnei Yisroel in Mitzrayim. What a way to begin learning about the upcoming chag of Pesach! The girls then returned to the classroom where a grand siyum was enjoyed by all. Before distributing the goodies, each girl presented her food and how it relates to Parshas Shemos. With all the creative aspects to this siyum, there is little wonder the girls enjoy “slaving” over their work.

Hachnasas Horim—A Huge Success On Motzei Shabbos, March 8, Yeshiva Ketana of Queens held its first Hachnasas Horim. This was a special event for the parents of our current Pre1A class. The evening was created to welcome our new parents into the yeshiva family. Current parents of eighth grader Yehuda Koenig, Ushie and Yali Koenig, graciously opened their home to host the beautiful event. Mrs. Ahuva Bondi, president of the Parent Association, welcomed all of the women and invited them to participate in all the wonderful events and programs the PA runs. One of the Presidents of the Board, Shlomo Levy, then welcomed the entire gathering and introduced our menahel, Rabbi Kessler. Rabbi Kessler spoke about the importance of having derech eretz along with being a talmid chacham. He connected this idea to the parsha as Moshe Rabbeinu stood on the side of the Ohel Mo’ed and waited for Hashem to call him inside. The next speaker of the evening was a graduate from


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last year, Yitzy Zern. Yitzy, a student of Yeshiva Shaar Torah, spoke about his experiences in our yeshiva and how he already sees how it prepared him for high school. Our final speech was given by our sgan menahel, Rabbi Braun. He spoke about how important it is for there to be a partnership between the parents and the Yeshiva. He expressed that the parents and the yeshiva both play vital roles in raising each child and he reiterated how the yeshiva looks forward to working together with every family to raise each child to his fullest potential. As they left, parents were presented with beautiful picture frames containing adorable portraits of their sons.   May this be the first on many special gatherings for our new extended family.     The yeshiva would like to thank all of the parents who helped make the evening as successful as it was: Mrs. Alpert, Mrs. Gruza, Mrs. Levy, Mrs. Marciano, Mrs. Rosenbaum, Mrs. Rosenkranz, Mrs. Tratner, and Rabbi Eleff.


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The Flatbush Basketball League Championships Recap In the Jewish Home Division: In the game of the season between the #1 ranked Quality Carpet and #2 ranked China Glatt, it was a heated game right from the tipoff. With Binyomin Parnes and Yehudah Zyskind returning to their original teams, tempers flared at China Glatt thought it was over before it started. However, contrary to what others believed, China Galtt played their best game of the season by far… and it paid off. Led by Shimon Greenwald (and his father’s coaching from the sidelines) and Elyakim Gelbard, the game was a close one until the final moments. China Glatt was up by 1 with seconds to go in regulation while Quality Carpet was sent to the free throw line to shoot two shots. The first shot rimmed out, and it was all up to the second shot to tie the game up and send it into overtime for the Quality squad. Unfortunately, the second shot hit the rim and China Glatt squad was victorious…21-20— one of the most heart-wrenching games ever watched as it was a back and forth struggle throughout all 40 plus minutes. Congratulations to China Glatt on a well-deserved championship win. Of course, everyone enjoyed free pizza at the end of the game…. In the second game of the night, between #1 seed Shirt Stop and #2 seed Perfect Collision, this game was close until half-time. Perfect Collision, however, took control as they were unstoppable, winning 37-28. Dovid Reiser led again with 17 points, while Yitzchok

Kapetas had 12. It was a good battle by Shirt Stop as they did not go down without a fight. Yehuda Oppenheim had 10 but it was a little too little and a little too late for Shirt Stop to come back from such a deficit. In this upset it was the #2 seed that took the trophies home. Perfect Collision played an amazing season as they came back from an early season 0-3 record and won the championship… Shirt Stop was the #1 seed throughout the entire season, however, having the best records isn’t everything… In the Jewish Connection Division: In the high school division championship game, it was a fight between yet again the top two seeds, #1 seed Nosh Express and #2 seed Repairs on Wheels. This game was also close until halftime where Repairs looked as if they may go all the way. However, as Nosh Express soon proved with Shmuel Krzywanowski’s 20 points and Sendy Hammond’s 14, they were a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, Naftali Bornstein and Co. were not strong enough to compete against the very strong and competitive Nosh squad. So as the final buzzer sounded, Nosh Express doubled up a depleted Repairs on Wheels by a score of 68-34. FBL would like to thank all of its winners and sponsors for another great 2013-2014 session. Looking forward to yet another amazing season just around the corner.

DRS Students Win Jerusalem Science Contest Awards For another year, DRS Students have placed in the National Jerusalem Science Exam. This year, senior Moshe Lonner and junior Matthew Haller placed 3rd and 4th respectively amongst over 120 participants from across the country and Canada. Participants are administered several exams throughout the course of the school year that focus on various areas of science of halacha of which they studied on their own through online lectures and textbook material. Of the 120 students who took the exams, the top 40 scorers traveled

to Chicago to present their research and work at the Jerusalem Science Contest Awards Ceremony. Moshe and Matthew presented research in the field of Forensics and Halacha, specifically focusing on the halacha’s perspective on autopsies. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Moshe and Matthew were two of just six awardees. The other awardees came from Montreal, Chicago, and Manhattan High School. All six awardees were given a free trip to Eretz Yisroel to celebrate their achievements!

Talmidim of Rabbi Bernstein’s class in Yeshiva of South Shore learning the parsha up close, courtesy of Ossie’s Fish

Ambassador Ayalon Meets with HAFTR High School Students by Tuvia Book The HAFTR High School junior and senior grades were honored last week to hear a presentation by Ambassador Danny Ayalon. Ambassador Ayalon is the former Israeli Ambassador in Washington, D.C.   He was also the Deputy Foreign Minister for the State of Israel.  Currently, he is a scholar-in-residence at Yeshiva University.  Ambassador Ayalon is one of the leading Israeli diplomats in the field of Hasbarah.  Hasbarah is the term used for making the case for Israel.  He has produced, together with the government of Israel and “Stand with Us,” a series of You Tube clips called “The Truth About...”  These clips have garnered hundreds of thousands of hits.  He gave an extremely articulate presentation to the HAFTR High School students and faculty members about the importance of being able to advocate for Israel.   Many of the points he made are being discussed in Mr. Tuvia Book’s mandatory “History of Zionism” course.  The advocacy and history of Zionism course emphasizes the three points which make an effective advocate for Israel.  Ambas-

sador Ayalon possesses all three. He has a tremendous passion for and knowledge about Israel.  His delivery was clear, factual, and concise.  He is a role model for students on how to talk about Israel on college campuses without screaming, apologizing, or yelling.   He highlighted how HAFTR students are the future leaders of American Jewry, and it is vital for them to be informed about Israel and know how to advocate for our homeland.  He warned of the dangers of the BDS Movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction), and stated how important it is to not ignore threats, no matter how small they seem.  He also reminded the students that Israel’s enemies are very successful in presenting their narrative and have an automatic majority in the United Nations.  It is incumbent on each and every friend of Israel to make that case for Israel proactively.  In closing, he emphasized how Yeshiva College and Stern College are institutions that every Modern Orthodox student should seriously consider as they have the same values of “Torah and science” on which we are raised.  



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

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

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

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

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By: Leah Scher, Junior On Sunday, March 23rd and Monday, March 24th, HANC Theater Company riveted a packed auditorium of parents, faculty, students, and friends with their performance of Laughter on the 23rd Floor. The comedic play by Neil Simon is set in 1950’s in New York City in the writer’s room of a television variety show called The Max Prince Show. Under the direction of Danny Hoffman from Black Box Studios Production Company, the actors put on a spectacular performance the audience is guaranteed to remember. A special thanks to

the administration, students, and teachers who helped make the play possible, and to the devoted and talented cast— Jonah Maryles, Eitan Ezor, Leah Reinstein, Bassy Kimelfeld, Shira Korman, Inbar Boker, Noah Stochel, Ben Rappaport, and Dov Stochel—for making it a reality.

Students of Rabbi Avigdor Miller are looking forward to Sunday, April 6, when hundreds will dial into the Rabbi Avigdor Miller Legacy Library’s pre-Pesach teleconference, featuring guest speaker HaRav Dovid Goldwasser shlita. The new Rabbi Avigdor Miller Legacy Library disseminates the teachings of Rabbi Avigdor Miller through its Simchas Hachaim Publishing division and other innovative programs that spread Rabbi Miller’s uplifting approach to Torah, life, and serving Hashem to an ever-widening audience. The library was formed in 2011 by Yeshiva Gedolah Bais Yisroel, which was co-founded in 1983 by Rabbi Avigdor Miller zatzal and ybcl his son, Rabbi Shmuel Miller shlita, the Rosh Yeshiva shlita. The library’s teleconference se-

ries will present popular speakers on topics inspired by Rabbi Miller books and lectures. As Jewish families count down to Pesach, HaRav Goldwasser will share inspiring words of chizuk and emunah. The teleconference, free to the public, will be on Sunday, April 6 at 8:30 (Eastern time). Access to the teleconference is available through dial-in number 712-432-3011 and conference code 549057. Starting in Nissan, the library’s monthly teleconferences will occur the Sunday after Rosh Chodesh at 8:30 PM. For more information (or to be notified about future teleconferences), visit or contact the library at or 718-258-7400 x 103.

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played week in, week out by all teams. In the end, although unanimously all teams had an enjoyable season, the League would like to congratulate Coach Yitz Mendlowitz and his DRS Wildcats on their second MFL championship win. The playoffs were intense. The top 4 teams made it to the playoffs. In the one semifinal round of playoffs, DRS (1) played Rambam (4) and MAY (2) played

Shaare Torah (4). It was a day for the favorites, as both DRS and MAY dominated their opponents by 20 point margins. The stage was set for a rematch of last season’s championship game – DRS versus MAY. The game was expected to be a nail-biter, as the two top teams in the league had split during the regular season, both by the same margin of points! MAY attacked first, as quarterback Ari Shaulson connected with wide receiver Yehuda Auerbach for an amazing touchdown catch. Going into the second half, MAY held the lead 6-0. But DRS was relentless on both defense and offense. On the first drive of the second half, DRS star cornerback Ben Kahn intercepted a pass which he returned for a touchdown putting DRS on the board. With a successful extra point, DRS was now leading 7-6. MAY tried to retaliate, but DRS cornerback Chaim Samet would hear nothing of it. Samet picked off another pass and ran it back putting DRS in scoring position at 1st and goal. DRS quarterback Moshe Keller connected with Johnny Silber for DRS’s second score of the game. To ensure the victory, Keller

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This past Sunday, the Mesivta Football League brought its second season to a close. From beginning to end, it was an exhilarating experience for all participating yeshivos. Every Sunday afternoon throughout the long, cold winter, teams arrived for their games at Lawrence High School or the Aviator Sports and Events Center pumped and excited to represent their schools in competitive flag football. Games were intense, but menschlech, with tremendous sportsmanship dis-

MAY 11th grader Dani Feit receiving the season MVP trophy from Commissioner Eliezer “Zezy” Fuld (R) and Administrator Richard Altabe (L)

DRS 12th grader Ben Kahn receiving the championship game MVP trophy form Commissioner Eliezer “Zezy” Fuld (R) and Administrator Richard Altabe (L)

again connected with wide receiver Daniel Kimmel for an incredible third touchdown, securing the win for DRS. The League would like to thank all participating yeshivos – their players, coaches, administrators and fans – for an amazing season. A special congratulations to MAY 11th grader Dani Feit who

received the season MVP award, and DRS 12th grader Ben Kahn who received the championship game MVP award. For more information about the Mesivta Football League and footage of the championship game, please visit their website at or email

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The Giller Family Celebrates Abby and Hannah’s Bat Mitzvah by Sharing the Simchah Erica and Bryan Giller and family partnered with the non-profit organization Sharing Seats to celebrate the bat mitzvah of their twin daughters, Abby and Hannah, by welcoming in i-Shine children from both Teaneck and the Five Towns to the New York Rangers Game VS the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday, March 24th. i-Shine is a Chai Lifeline after school program for children living with illness and loss in their family and the Gillers, who are huge Rangers fans, wanted to share their simcha in a very unique way. The children were welcomed into a private suite where they were provided with Rangers memorabilia gift bags, enjoyed a delicious glatt

kosher dinner, and met former players from the New York Rangers who signed autographs and mingled with the crowd. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the children were treated like roy-


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Preparing for Pesach at Yeshiva Darchei Torah Preschool At the meeting of Heichal Dovid gabbaim as the shul joins Adopt-a-Kollel

Rav Moshe Feinstein’s Unpublished Chiddushim on Maseches Beitzah Now Available Almost three decades after his petirah, the treasury of Rav Moshe Feinstein’s zt”l unpublished chiddushim are being brought to Klal Yisrael. As daf yomi begins its study of Beitzah,  ArtScroll announces the publication of Dibros Moshe with Likutei Igros Moshe on Maseches Beitzah. This new volume of Dibros Moshe includes all of Rav Moshe’s unpublished chiddushim on Beitzah plus everything he wrote on the masechta in the published volumes of Dibros Moshe, Igros Moshe and Darash Moshe. Rav Moshe left behind some 80 handwritten 250-page notebooks – over 20,000 pages of chiddushim – on Shas and other areas of Torah. An illustrious team of talmidei chachamim have spent several years on the daunting but rewarding task of arranging those chiddushim and bringing them to the public. First, the team organized the unpublished writings on Shas that appeared in all these “kuntrasim” (notebooks) and then selected everything connected to Masechta Beitzah for inclusion in this volume. They then pored through the vast body of Rav Moshe’s published works, culling and integrating material related to the mesechta. All the while, they worked closely with Rav Moshe’s family, and Rav Moshe’s son, the Rosh Hayeshiva HaGaon HaRav David Feinstein shlita, reviewed every page of the monumental work. “We worked hard to publish this volume in a contemporary style, to make the work easier to learn,” says Rav Moshe Kaufman, General Editor of the project and a member of the Chicago Community Kollel. “We arranged the chiddushim according to the daf, and

divided them into short pieces with subtitles that introduce the content. “The sefer has a detailed mafteiach (index) that lists both subjects and places throughout the Torah that are discussed in the volume. At the end of the sefer we added the complete text of the teshuvos in Igros Moshe that relate to Masechta Beitzah. We hope b’ezras Hashem to publish many additional volumes on other masechtos in this style.” Rav Moshe zt”l was a prolific writer; indeed, he was always writing. Even as a young rav in Luban he wrote his chiddushim, but unfortunately most of those writings were lost, many maliciously destroyed by the Communists. His first published work, Dibros Moshe to Masechta Bava Kamma, was published in 1947.  In the preface, he wrote: “The benefit of publishing that which Hashem Yisborach has helped me to understand… is obvious... It seems to me that one who has the ability to publish his chiddushim and does not has not fulfilled the mitzvah of teaching Torah to others in its fullest sense…” According to the classic bestselling biography, Reb Moshe: The Life and Ideals of HaGaon Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, “While he was best known for his [eight volumes of] Igros Moshe on Halachah, in his own mind, Reb Moshe placed greater emphasis on his Dibros Moshe to Gemara… Rebbetzin Feinstein… remembered her husband’s boundless joy when he would receive a letter pertaining to something he had written in Dibros Moshe.” That boundless joy is no doubt shared by the Torah world today, as more of Reb Moshe’s genius becomes accessible to us.

Rambam Mesivta: Taking Pride in Our Future

Rambam Mesivta was proudly represented at Yeshiva University’s Chag HaSemicha in which approximately 200 candidates received ordination. Of that group, nine were Rambam alumni, representing a disproportionate percentage. According to Rosh HaMesivta, Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman, “It is so heartening to see 200 young men who have dedicated themselves to limud HaTorah

and are trained to be the future leaders in communities across America and in Eretz Yisrael. On a personal level I derive tremendous nachas seeing our talmidim being part of such a wonderful chevra.” The nine musmachim were Rabbis Zev Aeder, Daniel Bauer, Avram Block, Yitzy Klein, Moshe Laster, Ari Schwab,  Ari Sendic ,Moshe Winograd and Jonathan Ziring.

DRS Students Receive High Honors at Science Olympiad This past Sunday, DRS students competed in the Science Olympiad regionals at Landers’ College against 13 other schools. After months of preparation, DRS students tested their skills in several scientific disciplines including chemistry, environmental science, engineering, physics, and biology. These events included building bridge models, working with chemistry labs, and testing knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Competitors from DRS studied through online resources, textbooks, and guidance from the faculty of the DRS science department. The Olympiad captains, juniors David Haskell, Yoni and Eli Goldberg, and sophomore Yitzhack Caroll, organized and guided fellow students during weeknight practices and helped teammates get ready for their events. At the competition, students engaged each other by sharing ideas, learning from oth-

ers’ inventions, and expressing their scientific knowledge. The students competed in 13 events throughout the day. After the events, awards were announced and many DRS students gained honorable mention. Jacob Naiman, Yoni Friedman, and Yoni Goldberg won fourth place medals. Yoni Goldberg and Yehudah Inslicht placed second, and David Haskell and Adam Mann won first place in their events. Overall, DRS placed sixth in the tournament. Afterwards, an Einstein medical professor and long term researcher gave closing remarks about continuing education and research to better the world. His talk was informative and revealed many of the benefits of pursuing a scientific profession. Hopefully, DRS will successfully continue to compete in the Science Olympiad in coming years, with the help of our amazing staff and students.



HaGaon HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, shlita to Address Complex Kiruv Kerovim and Rechokim Questions at Acheinu’s Upcoming Kiruv Conference By Chaim Gold

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Mesikus haTorah! How does one Yeshiva or Mashgiach whose area of extaste the sweetness of Torah learning? pertise is the topic being discussed at that How can parents and educators inculcate the roundtable. One of the 26 sessions will be tarchildren and teens with true enjoyment geted to issues facing the from learning Torah? hanhala of yeshivos for How can we transmit baalei teshuvah. That sesthe ideal that preforming sion will be led by Rav mitzvos is pleasurable, Nechemia Nordheim, a fills one’s life with meanclose talmid of Rav Shloing and joy? mo Wolbe and mashgiach That is the planned of the Kfar Ganim Yeshitheme of Acheinu’s anva for Baalei Teshuva. nual Kiruv Conference There will also be scheduled for Tuesday, roundtables devoted to Rosh Chodesh Nissan/ solving issues in the chasApril 1 at the Ramada HoHagaon Harav Moshe Hillel sidic community. One tel in Yerushalayim. The Hirsch, Slabodka Rosh Yeshiva, to deliver the Keynote Address will be designed for magmassive conference will gidei shiur in Chassidishe mark the 20th Anniversary since the establishment of Acheinu by yeshiva ketanos and will be headed by Rav Dovid Hofstedter, Nasi of Dirshu, the well-known Belzer Rosh Yeshiva and the worldwide Torah movement that has dayan, Rav Yeshaya Fink. transformed Klal Yisrael. The conference will be graced with Informative and Practical the presence of numerous gedolei Yisroel. Keynote Session During the keynote session, the veneratThe main session will be held in the ed Rosh Yeshiva of Slabodka, HaGaon Ramada’s largest ballroom following the HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, shlita, will Roundtables. Mashgichim, roshei Yeshiaddress and field questions on the most va, maggidei shiur, and kiruv activists knotty, complex topics. Major addresses from yeshivos that cater to the entire will also be delivered by the well-know cross-section of the chareidi, baal teshumashpia, HaGaon HaRav Tzvi Meir Zilvah and Masorati-traditional communiberberg, shlita and Rav Dovid Hofstedties will be in attendance. They will have ter, Nasi of Dirshu. the unique opportunity to hear words of chizuk from HaGaon HaRav Moshe From Kiruv Rechokim to Kiruv Hillel Hirsch, shlita. Then, in what will Kerovim and So Much More be one of highlights of the event, a liveAccording to Rav Nati Weingarten, ly she’eilos and teshuvos, question and one of Acheinu’s prominent activists, answer session will ensue wherein ki“This year’s kiruv conference will be dif- ruv professionals and mechanchim will ferent than in past years because it will be able to pose questions to Rav Hirsch feature three distinctive components all and hear his answers. Rav Moshe Hillel devoted to the general theme of cultivat- Hirsch, an American-born talmid of Rav ing mesikus haTorah, while simultane- Aharon Kotler, has lived in Eretz Yisously discussing and proposing solutions rael for nearly fifty years. He is known to numerous issues affecting all those en- throughout Eretz Yisrael and beyond for gaged in kiruv, both kiruv rechokim and his Torah knowledge, wisdom and ability kiruv kerovim.” to give guidance and counsel on myriad issues. In fact, the venerated senior gadol, Experts Addressing Targeted HaGaon HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, Roundtable Discussions shlita, often sends people with the most on All Areas of Kiruv difficult questions to discuss them with The first component of the kiruv con- Rav Hirsch whom Rav Shteinman trusts ference will be the Roundtable Session implicitly. with 26 concurrent roundtables designed Rav Hirsch will focus on the best to attempt to find solutions to numerous ways to inculcate mesikus haTorah, the areas of kiruv with kiruv kerovim play- sweetness of Torah into our youth. “All ing a prominent role. Each roundtable people involved in chinuch today agree will be headed by a prominent Rav, Rosh that if a child loves learning, takes plea-


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Hagaon Harav Yitzchok Scheiner, addressing a prior Kiruv Conference. Seated next to him is Hagaon Harav Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg zt’l

sure in learning Torah then 95% of all other difficulties fall away. That is why it is imperative that we better understand how to inculcate this idea in our charges, said Rabbi Nati Weingarten. The main session will also be addressed by Acheinu’s founder, Rav Dovid Hofstedter, who will give words of guidance along with a personal message in honor of Acheinu’s 20th Anniversary. That session will also feature a fascinating video of the addresses and guidance given by gedolei Yisrael at previous Acheinu and Dirshu gatherings. Celebrating 20 Years since the Establishment of Acheinu The third component of the Kiruv Conference will be the celebration of twenty years of nonstop activity by Acheinu in their quest to bring thousands of estranged neshamos close to Hashem and to ensure that those that are close stay connected to Hashem. Hundreds of Acheinu alumni, today bnei Torah who have been mainstreamed and have built exemplary Torah families, will be in attendance. As a token of hakaras hatov to Acheinu, these alumni in conjunction with Acheinu activists will make a siyum haShas in honor of the milestone anniversary. Rav Dovid Hofstedter often remarks that the greatest nachas is to see Acheinu alumni continue learning in mainstream yeshivos and kollelim and eventually become so attached to Torah that they begin to complete entire masechtos and take Dirshu tests! The siyum on the entire Shas at the conference will show the realization of that dream and the fact that this vision wasn’t a pipedream, it is something that has been actualized numerous times over the past years! The keynote speaker at the siyum will be the well-known mashpia, HaGa-

on HaRav Tzvi Meir Zilberberg, shlita, Rosh Chaburas Nachalas Yaakov. Rav Silberberg often speaks about the exaltedness of every Jewish neshamah, stressing how “no matter how low a Jew has fallen he possesses within himself the Divine spark to extricate himself from the greatest tumah and rise to the greatest kedusha!” He has followed Acheinu’s progress over the years and will address those involved in the wide-ranging activities of Acheinu, infusing them with chizuk and guidance for the future. Benefiting from Hundreds of Years of Experience Under One Roof “The underlying idea behind this year’s Acheinu Kiruv Conference,” says Rabbi Nati Weingarten, “is to bring many of the most distinguished mechanchim, mashgichim and kiruv professionals together, under one roof and, with the aggregate of their combined hundreds of years of expertise, give guidance on how to inculcate mesikus haTorah to young people of all types, those not yet frum, those from traditional homes and those from charedi homes who seem to be losing the spark. In addition, there are so many tips that will be relevant for bachurim from typical charedi families that are learning well. After all, with an additional spark of mesikus haTorah the bachur can be transformed from a good bachur into a great bachur who is alight with ahavas Hashem and ahavas Torah!” Perhaps Rabbi Avigdor Berenstein said it best when he said, “Acheinu is a kiruv organization but its purpose is to serve klal Yisroel in any way possible. The Kiruv Conference and the way that roshei yeshiva of all kinds of yeshivos have embraced the idea of the Kiruv Conference, expressing their wish to attend and derive guidance from the experts, is a tribute to Acheinu’s mission as the organization that worries about every one of our brothers – Acheinu!”


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I Have Seen the Jewish Future, and it is JUMPing! By Rabbi Yehoshua Kohl, Regional Director NY NCSY

Much ink has been used, over the past several years, on the topic of Jewish teens and young adults and their place in the future of Jewish community in America. Their lack of engagement in Jewish organizations and increasing distance from Jewish identity has raised the clarion call about who will lead the Jewish community of the next generation. Can these teens, endlessly hooked on Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, and other assorted and sundry addictions, really become tomorrow’s leaders? Do the have the creative, innovative, and organizational skills to fill the shoes of those who created Birthright and other such legendary initiatives? But after spending much of March 19th, 2014, in a Manhattan office boardroom with 35 Jewish teens from around the United States, I have no such concern. I have seen the Jewish future – in the eyes, hearts, and minds, of these young people – and I’m excited. These 35 budding young Jewish leaders represented the five finalist teams in New York NCSY’s JUMP Leadership Competition. JUMP (Jewish Unity Mentoring Program) is a national program, run by New York NCSY’s Chief Operating Officer Carol Rhine, which offers teens skills-training, along with the opportunity to demonstrate on-the-ground leadership by creating projects and programs in their schools and communities. The program began in the fall, when 20 teams from around the country came together for a jam-packed two-day conference that focused on practical skills needed for leadership and project management, as well as introducing the

JUMP Challenges – five topic areas they would address in the projects they created. This year’s challenges were Fundraising, Israel Activism, Holocaust Remembrance, Anti-Bullying, and Charity. After a final session that provided them an opportunity to collect ideas and share them throughout the JUMP community, the teams, gathered from cities around the country, returned home inspired, focused (if not a little tired), and super-charged to begin their projects. Over the course of the next five months, the teams worked tirelessly in creating, planning and executing their challenges through a wide variety of unique and innovative programs. By the beginning of March, executive summaries of each team’s accomplishments had been submitted, and the challenging task of selecting finalist teams began. It was a difficult, yet rewarding task choosing what was truly “The Best of the Best.” Finally, the points were tallied and the selections were made. The finalist teams, Columbus Torah Academy, Ohio; Kohelet Yeshiva HS, Philadelphia; RASG of Miami Beach, Florida; SKA, Lawrence, NY; and Seattle NCSY, WA, were

notified, and they made their travel plans to descend on the Big Apple for the JUMP finale. On March 19, they gathered in one of the boardrooms at Weil, Gotshal, and Manges, graciously provided by Phillip Rosen, a corporate partner as well as head judge and one of the original supporters of the JUMP program. Before announcing the RASG Miami team as this year’s champions, in addition to special mention to Seattle NCSY as well, Mr. Rosen stated, “It’s a real pleasure and thrill watching Jewish leaders emerge and grow. These young people really care about the Jewish people – what a beautiful thing! Each year the teams and projects get better and better.” Everyone present was awestruck at not only the creativity displayed by each team in the projects they created, but also at the organizational skills, fundraising ability, project management, and attention to detail that were necessary in bringing their ideas to fruition. In reflecting back on JUMP 2014, Carol Rhine observed, “I believe the true goal of JUMP was realized. The students are walking away from this experience not only with confidence in themselves and their abilities, but with the knowledge that being a leader and serving the Jewish people is a job that can be filled with joy and reward.” Mr. Fagin, who also spoke at the JUMP conference in the fall, echoed Mr. Rosen’s sentiments, “What an extraordinary day! It never ceases to amaze me that so much talent, energy, enthusiasm and creativity can be assembled in one room. The future of the Jewish people is in very good hands, and it is being molded an nurtured by the best of the best… NCSY has, once again, made us all very proud.” From my perspective, the real winners are the Jews of the next generation. They will be the beneficiaries of leaders that these young people are well on the

way to becoming. They are the future and there’s a lot to JUMP about! For more information about NCSY JUMP, please call 516-569-6279 or email

Samples of 2014 JUMP Challenge programs Take the BET (Bullying Ends Today) - an educational campaign event addressing the halachic and societal obligation to end bullying in schools and communities Interviewing and educating people at the 30th Street Station in PA about the Holocaust INSECURI-T’s - T shirt campaign to encourage and empower people to embrace their unique qualities The creation of a Holocaust memorial quilt reflecting the story of a Holocaust survivor that is now hanging in the Glen Cove Holocaust Museum in Glen Cove, NY Kippa’t UP - selling JUMP kippot to raise over $6500 used to buy six pairs of tefillin for boys to use Creating a “New Mother’s Drive” for new mothers who cannot afford basic needs such as diapers, toys and clothing Creating an Israel Advocacy education program by teaching the authentic history of Israel, and debunking the myths created by the media. Participants were empowered with the ability to become successful Israel advocates. “Remembering All Survivors Gone, Here and Always,” preserving the Holocaust on film through stories from community members, survivors, students and faculty

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Bobby decided to take up ice fishing. He got some books, like Ice Fishing for Dummies, and studied them. He also bought all the necessary equipment. After a few weeks he felt that he knew enough, so he embarked on his first ice fishing venture. He carefully gathered up and packed all the tools and equipment needed for the excursion. Each piece of equipment had its own special place in his kit. When he got to the ice, Bobby found a quiet, little area, placed his padded stool and carefully laid out his tools.  Just as he was about to make his first cut into the ice, a booming voice from the sky bellowed, “There are no fish under the ice!”  Startled, Bobby grabbed up all his belongings, moved further along the ice, poured some hot chocolate from his thermos, and started to cut a new hole.  Again the voice from above bellowed, “There are no fish under the ice!”  Amazed, Bobby was not quite sure what to do as this certainly was not covered in any of his books. He packed up his gear and moved to the far side of the ice. Once there, he stopped for a few moments to regain his composure. Then he was extremely careful to set everything up perfectly—tools in the right place, chair positioned just so. But, once again, just as he was about to cut this new hole, the voice from above bellowed: “There are no fish under the ice!!”  Petrified, Bobby looked skyward and asked, “Is that You, L-rd?”  The voice boomed back, “NO! THIS IS THE MANAGER OF THE SKATING RINK!” 

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Warren Buffett was interesting before he offered to giveaway $1 billion to anyone who would pick a perfect NCAA tournament bracket. (By the third day of the tournament every one of the millions of contestants were eliminated.) Here are some other interesting facts about the “Oracle from Omaha”:

Buffett is worth $63.75 billion and is the 4th wealthiest person in the world.


He bought his first share of stock at age 11 and now regrets that he started too late!

Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He writes only one letter each year to the CEOs of these companies, giving them goals for the year. He never holds meetings or calls them on a regular basis.



He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers.


Buffett still lives in the same small 3 bedroom house in mid-town Omaha, Nebraska, that he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs in that house. His house does not have an outer wall or a fence.


The billionaire drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him.


He never travels by private jet, although he owns the world’s largest private jet company.

The 83-year-old has given his CEOs only two rules. Rule number 1: Do not lose any of your shareholder’s money. Rule number 2: Do not forget rule number 1.


He does not socialize with the high society crowd. His pastime after he gets home is to make himself some popcorn and watch television.


Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, met Warren Buffett for the first time in 1991. Bill Gates did not think he had anything in common with Warren Buffet. So he had scheduled his meeting for only a half hour. But when Gates met him, the meeting lasted for ten hours and Bill Gates became a devotee of Warren Buffet.

Buffettisms (some of Warren Buffett’s many sayings)

» “Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars.”

» “I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me.”

» “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

» “It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.”

» “Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.” » “I hope my tombstone simply says: ‘Gosh, he was an old man.’”

» “If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.”

» “We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.” (Discussing his investment philosophy) » “I try to buy stock in businesses that are so wonderful that an idiot can run them. Because sooner or later, one will.”

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MARCH MADNESS TRIVIA 1. Which college coach has the most NCAA basketball championships? a. Bob Knight b. Mike Krzyzewski c. Jim Calhoun d. John Wooden 2. In 1985, Villanova beat Georgetown 6664 in the NCAA championship game. Who was the starting center for Georgetown? a. David Robinson b. Patrick Ewing c. Hakeem Olajuwon d. Shaq 3. Which school’s 1991 team was knows as the “Fab Five”? (Take a time-out if you need it…That’s the only hint I could think of, Webber or not you get it.) a. Michigan State b. Michigan College c. College of Michigan d. University of Michigan 4. With the Tar Heels trailing by one in the 1982 national championship game, this player knocked down a jumper from the left wing with 17 seconds left to give his team the victory: a. Michael Jordan

b. Isaiah Thomas c. Reggie Miller d. Mark Jackson 5. How many teams are in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament? a. 50 b. 58 c. 64 d. 68 6. Which team won the 2012 NCAA championship? (Oh, yes, I am referring to men’s basketball. If you didn’t get that by this point, you are in over your head.) a. Kentucky b. Louisville c. Kansas State d. Michigan 7. Which school has the most NCAA championships? a. North Carolina b. UCLA c. University of Kentucky d. Connecticut Answers: 1. C (Wooden won 10 championships) 2. B 3. D 4. A 5. D

6. B 7. B Scorecard 6-7 correct: You are the guy who sleeps with his brackets under his pillow. 3-5 correct: You are like a 16th seed…but at least you made it! 1-2 correct: You are the guy who wonders how someone doesn’t get a neck-ache if he sleeps on his bracket all night.


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special referendum will be held next Monday (March 31st) that asks area voters to approve an $8.5 million cash-deal to sell of the long-vacant Number Six School to the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach (HALB). The Lawrence School District 15 Board of Education awarded a contract to HALB last month to sell the 6.67acre school property on Church Avenue. State law requires voters to approve the sale in the upcoming voter-referendum. HALB has agreed to pay $8.5 million in cash for the school and to issue a $2.7 million note to the School District to ensure that it realizes annual savings on transportation, public health and welfare, and special education costs for HALB students. “Our purchase represents a significant long-term investment in the Wood-

mere-Five Towns area,” said HALB Board President Lance Hirt. “Our purchase will be mutually-beneficial for the nearby residential neighborhood, for the community at-large, and for our children.”

• Preserve the character of the nearby, family-oriented neighborhood. • Provide Woodmere with a reliable community partner that understands local interests and concerns. • Be a multimillion dollar commu-

“OUR CHILDREN DESERVE THIS WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY.” Hirt emphasized that HALB’s purchase would: • Help stabilize school property taxes and reduce the district’s costs for transportation, special education and health & welfare services for years to come.

nity investment that will boost the local economy. HALB intends to relocate its elementary school students from its Long Beach campus to Woodmere after it receives approvals from the Town of Hempstead to renovate the Number Six School and all work there is complete. Hirt said the renovations are necessary to make better use of classroom space and public areas; improve energy efficiency with a new roof, new windows, and stateof-the-art heating and air conditioning systems; and to enhance safety with new electrical and plumbing systems that comply with the current building codes. Work at the Number Six School could cost another $8 million. Hirt said the sale of HALB’s current school on West Broadway in Long Beach and a capital fundraising campaign would pay for the purchase and renovations. “Fortunately, we have already received considerable interest from potential bidders who hope to buy our current campus,” Hirt said. For the City of Long Beach, HALB’s departure means the school property goes back on the tax rolls and will generate new municipal revenue. HALB decided to buy the Number Six School “because over 90-percent of its students are from the Woodmere-Five Towns area,” said school Principal Rabbi Dovid Plotkin. He said the Woodmere school is one-third larger than the Long Beach building and the 6.7-acre property

on Church Avenue is three times bigger. Plotkin further explained that HALB’s Long Beach campus is outdated and short on classroom space. “The Woodmere school has nicer amenities. It will enable us to offer our children a wider educational curriculum and to enhance their extracurricular activities. Our children deserve this wonderful opportunity,” Plotkin said. HALB already operates the Davis Renov Stahler (DRS) High School for Boys just a few blocks from the Number Six School. It also runs the Stella K. Abraham (SKA) High School for Girls and the Lev Chana early childhood center, both in Hewlett Bay Park. “HALB has a very strong presence in Woodmere. We are sensitive to local interests and concerns,” said Steven Zuller, a Woodmere resident and HALB’s board vice president. “Our board and executive staff will ensure that HALB is a good neighbor.” “We hope to balance the community’s wishes with our students’ needs and with the Town of Hempstead’s zoning requirements to preserve outdoor recreation areas at the Number Six School,” Zuller said. “We are dedicated to working closely with parents, neighbors and local organizations to create a mutually-acceptable plan so the community can continue to use the fields and playgrounds at the Number Six School when those facilities are not in school use,” he added. Next Monday’s referendum will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Lawrence High School, 2 Reilly Road, Cedarhurst (for voters in Cedarhurst, Woodmere and North Woodmere); at Lawrence Middle School, 195 Broadway, Lawrence (for voters from Lawrence); at the Number 2 School, 1 Donahue Ave., Inwood and Atlantic Beach Village Hall, 65 The Plaza in Atlantic Beach, for voters in those communities. To learn more HALB and upcoming referendum visit:


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A Walk Down Memory Lane with Rabbi Kaminsky as He Sets to Close Kitov Hebrew Bookstore BY YISROEL MELTZ

These days, when Rabbi Kaminsky walks down the street, he is often greeted with a hearty mazal tov. It’s not due to the birth or engagement of a grandchild; it’s because after 35 years he is closing Kitov Bookstore. Yes, customers will surely miss the iconic seforim store, but they are happy to see Rabbi Kaminsky gracefully close the door—figuratively and literally—on his successful venture. As Rabbi Kaminsky says, “The Ribono Shel Olam has given me the ability to have a career that I enjoyed and to be able to retire in comfort. What more could I ask for?”

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tainly after Shabbos. As Rabbi Kaminsky reminisces about the past 35 years, he often stops— as he does numerous times during our conversation— and expresses hakaras hatov. He is thankful to Hashem for giving him a wonderful career and the ability to retire happily. He is also makir tov to those who helped him get started. Before starting Kitov, Rabbi Kaminsky was the administrator of a local yeshiva. After several years, he got the “itch” to move on and be able to better support his growing family. But he did not know what career to go into. He recalls talking to his friend and neighbor Reb Yisroel Bloom z”l about going into real estate, but that didn’t pan out. For nine months he searched for the right opportunity. And for nine months the yeshiva he had previously worked at left him on the payroll. The yeshiva was grateful for his years of service and therefore paid him until he found another source of parnassa. After several months of searching, Rabbi Kaminsky decided to purchase Minzer’s Judaica Store on Mott Avenue. But where would he come up with the money for the store? As


“Service, service, service. Nobody gets a plaque for being the cheapest, but everybody recognizes good service.” if imparting a lesson on what Jews do for each other, Rabbi Kaminsky tells me that a friend gave him an interest-free loan so that he could purchase the store. He renamed the store and changed its focus from Judaica items to seforim and books. As someone who learned in Telshe of Cleveland and Lakewood, Rabbi Kaminsky had a love for learning and seforim. As such, he knew that focusing on seforim was more in line with his interests. (His wife jokes—and he half admits—that the only reason he goes to Eretz Yisroel so often these days is to visit the different seforim stores.) Although he always focused on seforim, Rabbi Kaminsky sold the occasional Judaica items as well. He recalls that every year in Elul, Rebbetzin Rubin would come into the store for a new challah knife for her husband, the Sulitzer Rebbe zt”l, as is the custom of Chassidishe rebbes to replace their challah knives in Elul. Kitov, which occupied the same storefront on Mott Avenue for over three decades, took off right away. From the start, Reb Shlomo Freifeld zt”l would come in every week to browse through the newest seforim. (In fact, when Rabbi Freifeld was too ill to personally come into the store, Rabbi Kaminsky would bring seforim to his home.)

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Although the world is continuously progressing, everyone loves vintage. Talk to a car enthusiast and they might tell you that there is nothing like a ‘57 Caddy. Talk to a guitar player and they will tell you that the 1962 Stratocaster is the best guitar ever made. And talk to someone who loves seforim stores and they may tell you, “They don’t make bookstores like Kitov anymore.” They will likely reminisce about standing in middle of the store surrounded by thousands of seforim, as Rabbi Kaminsky stands nearby doing three things at once, all while telling you about the new edition that he may have in the store tomorrow…but cer-


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Thirty-five years ago, there were no other seforim stores in town. Customers would come from all over Far Rockaway, the Five Towns and Long Island for seforim. Rabbi Kaminsky jokes, “If I would have gone into real estate I would have had to deal with multiple real estate crashes. Yet, in 35 years, I never had to deal with a single seforim crash.” Rabbi Kaminsky says that he knew that his strength was seforim, not Judaica. When other stores opened and specialized in Judaica items, he did not change his business model. In fact, although technically the local seforim/Judaica stores are in competition with each other, he points out that many of them have a good working relationship with each other and even call each other when one of them needs an item for a customer which the other store may have. Rabbi Kaminsky acknowledges that modern technology has negatively impacted his “walk-in” business, but he also notes that people are learning now more than they ever have. He attributes that to the explosion of daf yomi. “All types of people are learning daf yomi nowadays,” he says. “It’s so geshmak— it’s an hour a day; what else would people be doing with that hour, huh?” he asks rhetorically. Although I ask Rabbi Kaminsky to divulge his secrets to success, the truth is it’s no secret. Anyone who knows him knows that he is a natural salesman. It’s not that he will get you to buy something you don’t want or need, it’s that he knows what you want and need and he knows how to get it for you. Walk into Kitov at any time and in a flash Rabbi Kaminsky will be holding four or five seforim or books that are exactly in line with your interests. In fact, when I ask Rabbi Kaminsky what he would have done differently during his tenure at Kitov, he says that he would have probably created a computer system to catalog the store. As anyone who has been in Kitov knows, when a customer asks for a specific sefer, you can almost see Rabbi Kaminsky going through the data in his head to pinpoint the precise lo-

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minsky gladly shares one of the fundamental beliefs on which he built his business: “Service, service, service,” he says. “Nobody gets a plaque for being the cheapest, but everybody recognizes good service,” he adds. He explains that service means not only being pleasant and trusting of your customers (he says that he has received less than a handful of bounced checks in 35 years) but also doing things for them that others won’t do. For example, years ago, Kitov started a delivery service. If a customer called that they needed a sefer that just came out or wanted to give a bar mitzvah gift, Kitov would immediately deliver the item, regardless of how much the customer spent. Walk into Kitov at any time and Rabbi Kaminsky is likely fielding several phone calls. Those calls usually are “service-related.” When you provide good service, he says, you end up getting customers from all over that you never even met, because you develop a name as someone who can “get it done.” In fact, just last week, someone from out of town called and placed a rather large order for an upcoming event. Rabbi Kaminsky asked him why he was calling Kitov rather than any other store. The man replied that a friend had been a customer for years and told him that Rabbi Kaminsky would be the one who would be able to come through. Rabbi Kaminsky knew who the friend was, but had never met him in person either—he too was from out of town and would call in his orders by phone. One title that Rabbi Kaminsky is especially proud of was bestowed upon him by Reb Moshe Sherer zt”l, who used to call him “The Agudah’s Book Man.” It started off when Rabbi Kaminsky used to set up shop at the Agudah Convention and at the Torah Umesorah Convention. In those days, he was oftentimes the only vendor at these events. (The trend has since caught on and now there are many vendors.) Although setting up shop at the conventions was hard work, he wistfully

“If I would have gone into real estate I would have had to deal with multiple real estate crashes. Yet, in 35 years, I never had to deal with a single seforim crash.” cation of that sefer. He admits it would have been a lot easier to have a computer system. I point out to Rabbi Kaminsky that as a frequent customer of Kitov I noticed that in those few minutes that it takes him to locate a sefer for a customer, he usually comes up with three or four other seforim that the customer may be interested in as well. I ask, “If you would have had a computer system and been able to pinpoint the precise location of a specific sefer right away, you wouldn’t have been able to ‘sell’ the customer the three seforim you showed him while looking for the specific sefer he came in for.” Rabbi Kaminsky gives a chuckle which even Johnnie Cochran would have a hard time claiming is anything other than an admission. Now that he is divulging his secrets, Rabbi Ka-

remembers how he used to sell many seforim at those events. Even more importantly, he established a working relationship with the Agudah, which lasts to this day, as he continues to be the “Agudah’s book man.” Rabbi Kaminsky also believes that to succeed in business you must focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses, and not on your competitors’ strengths. He reminds me of a famous story with the Kotzker Rebbe who was known for his sharp wit and keen insight. One time, a chassid went to the Kotzker Rebbe and complained that his store only had ten customers that day while the store next door had twenty customers. The following day, the man had a similar complaint. After several days, the Rebbe wisely said to the storekeeper, “The reason his store is more successful than your store is because he only worries about one store—his own. You, on the other hand, are busy worrying about two stores—yours and his.” Now that he is closing his store, I ask Rabbi Kaminsky what it feels like to retire. He says that what amazes him the most about the experience is looking back and seeing how fast time flies. “The Mesilas Yeshorim talks about how time flies and we must use our time wisely, but it’s hard to see that when you are young and starting out,” he says. “But when you retire and close up shop, you see how fast it all went.” I ask what he would have done differently and he replies that aside for computerizing earlier and maybe moving to a more optimal location, he says that there is nothing he would have changed. “I opened at 10am and closed at 5:30pm every night, and I made a parnassa. It was a tremendous bracha. Why would I change that?” He is thankful that he was able to not only have a satisfying career, but was able to learn, watch his children grow, and be involved in helping the klal, such as making shidduchim (he made over a dozen to date). As for what he will do now, once he closes his store for good (shortly after Pesach), Rabbi Kaminsky will return to the beis medrash to learn full-time. “But,” he adds, “in between sedorim, I also want to focus more on making shidduchim.” Judging by his past success, motivation and with continued siyata dishmaya, I have a feeling that people will continue wishing Rabbi Kaminsky mazel tov for many years to come.


Five Towns Clothing Drive A community-wide clothing drive for ‫ עניי ארץ ישראל‬will BE”H take place:

WHEN: Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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To help defray the costs of shipping to Israel, Keren Minchas Shlomo asks for a $10 donation per bag of clothing.

All clothing must be clean and in good condition, without holes or stains, zippers should be in working order, and all buttons present and accounted for. Due to updated laws in Israel, we cannot send linens, hats or shoes of any type.

To volunteer to help sort and pack, please contact Mrs. Fradie Ossina at 516-860-8109 or email:

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Dynamic Lecturer, Mentor, Tanach Teacher Sunday, March 30, 2014 the 28th of Adar Beis at 10 A.M. at Young Israel of Woodmere – 859 Pen. Blvd

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Focus on People TJH Staff

TJH Speaks with Mrs. Chava Bodner, Director of the Gesher Early Childhood Center

The Gesher Early Childhood Center is now in its second year. The school has made a significant impact in our community and seems poised to accomplish even more. Mrs. Chava Bodner has earned a reputation for her professionalism, expertise, and dedication. The Gesher Founders event is scheduled for April 6th, and we would like to share with you what we have learned about the Gesher Early Childhood Center. TJH: Mrs. Bodner, we last spoke in May of last year, when Gesher was finishing its first year. We were very impressed with your success at that time. It must not have been simple to take a new idea in education and make it into a reality. How has your progress been in year two? Mrs. Bodner: Thank you. No, it was not simple at all. But with Hashem’s help and a lot of hard work, things have really come together. Year two has been absolutely amazing. We were very focused on building on our success and ensuring that we were able to provide high quality education consistently and on a larger scale. TJH: How was your second year different than your first year? Mrs. Bodner: The biggest difference was in the volume of children in the program. We doubled in size in our second year. With the additional students, we had to make sure that we were able to give them the personalized attention that Gesher is known for. Don’t forget that Gesher is a typical yeshiva preschool that provides additional support for children who face extra struggles. TJH: Can you describe again for our readers how

Gesher is different than other yeshiva preschools? Mrs. Bodner: Actually, Gesher is in most ways no different than any other yeshiva preschools in the neighborhood. We use the same high level curriculum for both limudei kodesh and for general studies that is found in all the local yeshivas. Our classrooms have the same feel, with happy, playful children enjoying their learning experience. The difference is really in the planning and implementing of lessons and activities that target specific goals. TJH: That sounds interesting. Can you elaborate; what kind of goals are you referring to? Mrs. Bodner: Keep in mind that the teachers at Gesher are Special Education certified. That means that they are trained to identify any area that a child may struggle with. It may be an educational, social or emotional challenge that affects the child’s ability to be successful. By teaming with the parents and, when relevant, with the related service providers, the teacher is able to formulate a plan that addresses that child’s needs. TJH: Can you give us an example? Mrs. Bodner: Let’s take the sensory-seeking child—the one who encroaches on other children’s space, is constantly touching or taking things, and has trouble sitting still. He is easily distracted and distracts others as well. In Gesher, the teacher will plan his seating area to include sensory objects or toys in order

to ground him during the lesson, building up his concentration for the material. Often the teacher will make contact with him to ease his need for sensory input. And the lesson may involve full body movement, such as acting out maror growing from the ground, eliminating his need for inappropriate motion. TJH: I know a lot of children who struggle with that issue. Mrs. Bodner: It is not unusual at all, most of the challenges that we are targeting are pretty common. But it may be more pronounced, or it may be clear to the parent or to the person who referred that child to Gesher that the issue is not resolving itself in the typical fashion. At Gesher, we create a plan for remediation before the child falls behind his peers. TJH: Can you describe how you formulate a plan to help a child? Mrs. Bodner: It is actually pretty simple, but takes a lot of hard work and the expertise of the teachers in the program. The most important thing is to establish a strong system of collaboration. The parents know that we are always available to them. We are in constant communication with them, well after the school day is over. We also work hand-in-hand with the therapists from the district who service the children. We encourage them to make recommendations so that we can incorporate their expertise into our curriculum. And we give them feedback about how a child is developing. TJH: What do you do with all of that information? Mrs. Bodner: Once the teacher understands the objectives, the next step is to choose activities and lessons that focus on that goal. At the same time, the teacher needs to fulfill the curriculum requirements of the class. The teachers are absolutely incredible. One

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Mrs. Bodner: We maintain an open line of communication with the parents and with the new school. Because we take in students from the yeshivas as well as transition students into the yeshivas, we are therefore in effect teaming with every school in the neighborhood. All of our students transitioned successfully, b”H. When an issue arose with one student, we were contacted, and we worked together with that school to resolve the issue. They thanked us for explaining to them how to help that child.

local preschool director who came to observe a prospective student commented that she was amazed by what she saw. At the same time that the teacher was teaching the whole class, she was also focusing on each child’s individual goals. TJH: That sounds remarkable. Can you train other teachers to do this in their classrooms? Mrs. Bodner: It is funny that you asked. One of our goals in year two was to try to encourage other teachers to use our methods. It is more challenging to implement in the typical yeshiva classroom that is more heavily populated than the Gesher Classroom. We limit our class size and have a lower student to staff ratio than most yeshiva classrooms. But the basic method can and should be used, and we are encouraging it. TJH: How are you able to influence other teachers and programs? Mrs. Bodner: In two ways. In November, I presented my method in a workshop at the Jewish Education Project Professional Development day. I was really excited by the amount of people who attended the workshop who wanted to add this dimension to their planning. I received a lot of positive feedback from them, and I look forward to more of those opportunities. The second way, which is more crucial to Gesher, is in our transitioning program. It is our goal to transition our students to the yeshiva elementary school of their choice and that requires us to communicate our

methods to them. TJH: That was actually going to be my next question. How do you make sure that your students are ready to leave your program? Mrs. Bodner: We are constantly assessing our students’ development and making the necessary adjustments to ensure their success. We are in communication with the other yeshivas from the outset, letting them know about the progress and what to expect when the student enters their program. They are encouraged to come to observe the student and see how we are able to help them. TJH: What happens once a child transitions out of Gesher?

TJH: What is the demographic of your student body? Which yeshivas do you generally work with? Mrs. Bodner: I can proudly say that we are truly a community school. Our parent body is associated with HALB, HAFTR, South Shore, Shulamith, TAG, Yeshiva Ketana, Darchei Torah, and Siach Yitzchok. And all of the yeshivas have been incredibly receptive and encouraging. TJH: You seem to be doing wonderful things. We wish you continued success. Mrs. Bodner: Amen. Thank you so much. The Gesher Founders Event will take place on April 6th at 7:30 pm at the home of Menachem and Talia Ostreicher, 198 Harborview South. To learn more about the Gesher Early Childhood Center, visit www. For questions, call 516-730-7377 or email to

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R’ Ben Tzion Shafier

Parshas Tazriah/Metzorah Learning Torah: That was Easy!


he Daas Zakainim (Shemos 21:1) explains that bris milah perfects the person. And only when he has a bris can a person phantom the depths of Torah. He brings an example of this concept. On the inside of almost every Chumash is the Targum written by Onkolus. While Onkolus became a profound talmid chacham, that wasn’t his beginning. He was a gentile, the nephew of the Caesar Adrianna. He became aware of the truth and desired to convert to Judaism, but he was afraid of his uncle’s reaction. He approached his uncle and said, “I wish to engage in commerce.” His uncle responded, “If you need money, my treasure house is open to you. Take whatever you need.” Onkolus responded, “It isn’t money that I seek; it is knowledge. I wish to go out to discover the ways of the world. Please, my uncle, give me advice. Which type of merchandise do you recommend that I invest in?” Adrianna responded, “Find a commodity that is depressed in value. The ways of the world are cyclic. What is low now will rise later, and you will ride the crest upwards and find your fortune.” With that, Onkolus left to Israel and approached the chachamim, seeking to learn Torah. They told him, “The Torah cannot be absorbed by one who isn’t Jewish.” He converted, went to yeshiva to learn, and became a Torah scholar. After he returned home, his uncle noticed that his appearance had changed. “Why do you look different?” he asked. Onkolus responded, “Because I converted and have learned Torah.” “Upon whose advice did you do this?” “Yours, my uncle. Didn’t you tell me to invest in merchandise which is currently depressed because surely it will rise? I searched and found no nation as downtrodden as the Jews. Yet in the World to Come, there is no people that will be as exalted.” His uncle was so impressed with this line of reasoning that he promptly smacked him across the face. “You could have learned Torah without con-

verting!” he exclaimed. Onkolus responded, “Torah cannot be learned by one who doesn’t have a bris milah.” Understanding the Implications While this is a beautiful story, when we take into account two points, a powerful question emerges. 1. We are dealing with a man who is clearly brilliant. Once he converted, he became such a master of the Torah that he was able to distill all of its wisdom into a concise Targum that has become universally accepted throughout the generations. Obviously, he was of extraordinary intelligence. 2. We are dealing with an extremely motivated individual. He was living in the lap of luxury, enjoying great power and prestige, and had the entire world open to him. He was a favored nephew of the most powerful emperor of his time. When he approached his uncle for help, his immediate response was, “My treasure house is open to you.” In simple terms, he had everything that a young man could dream of. Yet he was willing to give it all up, at risk of his position and maybe even his life, to go to a foreign land to learn Torah. Clearly he was a driven individual. With all this, why couldn’t he learn Torah without converting? The

chachamim didn’t say to him, “You aren’t allowed to learn.” They didn’t tell him that the halacha prohibits a gentile from studying Torah. They said it won’t work. The question is, why not? Here we have a man who was so brilliant and dedicated that he was willing to give up everything to learn. Why would he be incapable of learning Torah if he wasn’t Jewish? The Nature of Torah The answer to this lies in understanding the nature of Torah. The Torah is pure wisdom from Hashem. A Rashi on Chumash can be understood by an eight-year-old child. Yet that same Rashi contains worlds of depth and opens up to understandings that are infinite. The ability to delve into the depth of Torah is specifically what a gentile can’t do. A gentile can study geometry, physics, or business law. Those studies are accessible to the mind of man. The Torah is different. It is the “word of Hashem” and cannot be perceived by man. However, Hashem created the Jew with a neshama uniquely suited to learn Torah. Different than all of the nations of the world, the Jew alone has the ability to access the Torah, to be able to plumb it depths, and to reach the Divine wisdom contained in it. But more than sim-

ply the ability to learn Torah, we were given a tremendous receptivity to it. This seems to be the answer to the question. As wise and as motivated as Onkolus was, had he remained a gentile, he could never have mastered the Torah. Torah is the exclusive heritage of the Jew. Only we have the right to it, but even more, only we have the inborn capacity to understand it and master it. This concept is very relevant to us because the Torah contains all the wisdom of the world. There may be times when we feel overwhelmed by the challenge. But the understanding that the Torah is our exclusive heritage and that we are uniquely suited to learn it should be a motivating force to help us set goals of mastering our portion in Torah. We have a natural affinity for learning Torah; while we may have to strain our minds and exert ourselves, we are naturally suited to it, so it settles into our soul easily. We are like a musically gifted child sitting down to play the violin – it is in our blood. The Shmuz-Marriage Seminar, a 12-part, comprehensive guide to a successful marriage is available FREE of charge at It is also on the Shmuz App available at the App store, or on Google play, or you may listen on Kol Halashon by calling 718-906-6400, then options 1,4, 3.

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Rabbi Jonathan Gewirtz

Life is A-Peel-ing


ananas are funny. Sometimes I wonder why they’ve got such top billing in the human psyche. You don’t think they’re funny? First of all, the very word is funny. Second, they even look like bright yellow smiles! But if the word itself doesn’t make you grin, think of all the banana jokes in the lexicon of the English language. Q: What was Beethoven’s favorite fruit? A: Ba-na-na-naaaah. – Another one: A man goes to the doctor who tells him, “You’ve got a banana in your ear.” The man says, “I’m sorry, I can’t hear you. I’ve got a banana in my ear.” – Not convinced? Knock Knock. Who’s there? Banana. Banana who? Knock Knock. Who’s there? Banana. Banana who? Knock Knock. Who’s there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad I didn’t say banana? Slapstick comedy is built on people slipping on banana peels. I have personally never seen someone slip on a banana peel and wonder if it’s even possible, though a friend did tell me he has a personal episode with one. Let’s face it: bananas are funny. Even when they’re not being used as a joke, we mention them often, like calling a

successful person a “top banana.” So, to repeat myself, why do bananas play such a big role in our psyche? One of the best speeches I ever heard was from R’ Asher Zelig Rubenstein z”l of Yeshivas Toras Simcha. He spoke about how the banana has a builtin detection system to let you know when you can eat it. If it’s green, it’s not ready. When it’s yellow, it is. It’s also easier to peel. Now, who’s going to stop you if you want to be stubborn and eat a green banana? Nobody. But if you do, you will get sick. He likened it to the Torah. The Torah is the instruction manual for olam hazeh, for living on this Earth. The Torah tells you what you should and shouldn’t do, like the banana. You don’t have to listen, but you will suffer the consequences of not following the guide if you decide to ignore the signs. What made it one of the best speeches I ever heard is that the idea was so simple I could carry it around with me for the rest of my life – and so powerful that I do. R’ Avigdor Miller z”l spoke about bananas much as he did oranges. (Though I’m not sure that’s where the knock-knock joke came from.) He discussed the fact that it has a sturdy

wrapper to prevent damage to the fruit, and that it has a bitter taste in the peel so you don’t eat that. It is chock-full of vitamins and has a pleasant taste. He, too, mentioned the ripe-ometer that tells you when it’s time to eat it. There’s a lot of wisdom in bananas, and as I was reflecting on this most august of fruit, I thought about the fact that people are often like bananas as well. When we’re young, we’re not only immature, but extremely firm. We think we know it all and are unwilling to bend. All that stubborn inflexibility comes with a lot of bitterness. As we age, hopefully we lighten up, and become more flexible. We become beneficial to others and contain useful nutrients and things to offer others. We’re also sweeter and more attractive to others.


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When bananas get over-ripe, they begin to get spots, but people say that’s the sugar. As people age, they too can become sweeter, even as they get a little weak and mushy, if we’re following this banana parable to its conclusion. Yes, there’s a lot we can learn from the banana, and maybe that’s why it remains such a popular item. But why jokes? An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apples are healthy for you. I never saw a rabbit wearing glasses. Carrots are good for your eyes. Bananas, though, seem to be the butt of so many jokes and they get made fun of consistently. Why should the humble banana be treated this way? Perhaps that’s exactly the point. The banana is humble. It doesn’t mind getting made fun of as long as people are smiling, thinking well of it for being a good sport, and gaining something in the process. Being humble is good for people too. We’re better off, and even more popular, when we don’t take ourselves too seriously. So, that’s my story. Life can be “a-peeling” when we take our cues from the banana and follow its lead. We can learn a lot from a banana, and that’s no joke.

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Why Making Your Children Work Matters How Cleaning for Pesach Can Develop Your Child’s Self-Esteem by Dinah Bucholz

I Children need to feel needed and that they are contributing— just like adults.

don’t believe in self-esteem. That is, I don’t believe in the way the self-esteem movement promotes the idea that parents and educators need to constantly shower praise on their children to make them feel good about themselves. In fact, falsely inflating your child’s selfesteem may hurt more than it helps. In a 1996 issue of Psychological Review, Dr. Roy Baumeister, professor of psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, published the results of a study on self-esteem that showed that violent criminals all share the trait of high selfesteem.1 In 2010, National Review Online reported2 that among students from eight countries, Americans came in last in mathematical ability. But when asked how they rated their mathematical ability, they rated themselves first. Their mathematical skills were abysmal, but they sure had high self-esteem. Instead of telling kids they should feel good about themselves, it’s best to give them opportunities to feel useful, worthwhile and competent. By providing such opportunities, you are giving children the means to accomplish things they can legitimately be proud of. It’s a huge relief for parents to learn that they don’t

have to worry about making their children feel good about themselves by applauding their every move. Just realize that you can only point your child in the right direction and that ultimately, your child must develop self-esteem through feelings of usefulness and competence that can only be obtained through hard work and struggle; there are no shortcuts. Allowing your child to struggle toward self-discipline or mastery of a skill will do more for his feelings of selfworth than hollow, baseless praise. Once he gets there, through hard work and persistence, what he has attained is its own reward. The praise is certainly a nice acknowledgment, but it is mostly icing on the cake. The real reward is the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that one feels when he reaches a goal. My friend’s daughter was determined to teach herself how to knit. Armed with a ball of yarn, two knitting needles and a couple of how-to books and YouTube videos, she persisted. She often grew frustrated, and in such moments would throw down the yarn and needles and stomp around the dining room table yelling in frustration. My friend quietly observed.

dren is preparing them for the real world. One day your child will grow up and leave home. He will have to do chores in his own home, and no one will pay him for them. He must learn that doing a service is essential to being a productive family member—and ultimately a contributing member of society. Do not underestimate your children. One evening, my husband and I left the house at 6:30 to attend a school function. The dinner leftovers were still on the table, along with everyone’s homework. I told the kids I would be home by 9:00, and that I expected the house to be spic-and-span and the youngest child in bed.

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When I came home, the house was gleaming, the dishes were washed and drying on the counter and my youngest was fast asleep. It had been my ten-year-old daughter’s job to clean up, so I made sure to let her know that I appreciated her job well done. The next morning I saw my six-year-old with a lollipop. “Where did you get that?” I asked her. “Sarah gave it to me for doing the dishes for her,” she said. Indeed, Toby had washed all the dishes and,

I now noticed, had used the whole bottle of dishwashing liquid. Those dishes sure were clean—and I learned that I had been underestimating her by not giving her this chore. Pesach cleaning provides a wonderful opportunity for your children to reap all the benefits that come with helping out—and more. You can create happy memories for your children when they sit around the table peeling fruits and vegetables while listening to music and enjoying a spirit of camaraderie. It will also give them a sense of excitement for the impending yom tov. Because I experienced this as a child, Pesach is still my favorite holiday. You will also help to instill in your children a deeper connection to Pesach. Nothing beats the satisfaction a child feels when Pesach arrives and the house is sparkling clean while delicious yom tov aromas fill the air—and she knows that she helped make it happen. So this Pesach, enlist your children’s help. A nineyear-old is perfectly capable of cleaning out his own drawers. A six-year-old can polish silver. A twelveyear-old can do a whole lot more. And they can help with the cooking by peeling fruits and vegetables and so on. Who says you have to do all the work yourself? Once your kids reach a certain age, they should be doing most of the preparation—while you sit on the couch sipping a tea and reading a magazine. After all, it’s zeman cheiruteinu! Notes 1. “Relation of Threatened Egotism to Violence and Aggression: The Dark Side of High SelfEsteem,”Psychological Review 103 (1996): 1. 2. Dennis Prager, “Self-Esteem and Character,” November 2010. Dinah Bucholz is a New York Times best-selling author and certified parenting coach. Send questions and comments to From the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action Magazine © 2014 All Rights Reserved | Reprinted with permission |


One evening, her daughter said through gritted teeth, “I will get this if it kills me!” And by the end of the evening, she was purling, a stitch that is hard for beginning knitters to master. She didn’t need her mother’s praise (“You see how persistence pays off? Good for you!”) because she was glowing with the inner satisfaction of mastering a skill by herself. You can help your kids feel truly competent in many other ways: don’t do their homework for them or have them rely on your help; don’t rush to solve their problems—let them feel frustrated and work through them. “I can’t” really means “it’s hard and I’m frustrated.” My son once told me he couldn’t do his homework; it was too hard. I said, “Really? You’re not ready for fifthgrade work? Should I call the principal and ask her to move you back to fourth grade?” Well, he went back to his room and figured out what to do pretty quickly. Most important, children need to feel needed and that they are contributing—just like adults. The best way to accomplish this is by assigning chores. Through chores, kids not only achieve competence at life tasks such as sorting and folding laundry, setting the table, washing dishes or loading the dishwasher, preparing simple meals and baking cookies (chores can include the fun stuff too!), but they also get the satisfaction of a job well done as well as the feeling of being needed and of contributing something of value to the family. They will also learn to be givers, so by enforcing chores you are helping them avoid the spoiled-brat syndrome that affects so many of today’s children. Assigning chores also helps teach children responsibility. Will your kids grumble? Sure they will. Feeling delighted about doing chores is not essential to achieving the sense of accomplishment and self-worth that accompanies their completion, so don’t worry if they complain. Do not pay your child to do chores. Part of raising chil-

By enforcing chores you are helping them avoid the spoiledbrat syndrome that affects so many of today’s children.

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A Taste of Pesach Eggplant Stack

Pareve. Yields 8 servings I roasted cherry tomatoes to serve with this appetizer and loved the combination. Beads of two sauces (I used dill dip and thick tomato sauce) pressed from a squeeze bottle complete the look. Another idea is to serve the stack in a pool of warm (store-bought) marinara sauce. A little quicker and easier, but just as tasty! Ingredients 2 eggs ¼ cup seltzer ½ cup potato starch 1 teaspoon salt 1 large or 2 small eggplants, not peeled Oil for frying Sauces, optional, for serving Preparation Prepare the batter: Beat first four ingredients in a bowl, using a fork or hand mixer. Scrub eggplant and slice into rounds. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet. Dip each eggplant slice into batter and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden, crispy on outside and soft inside. Add more oil as needed. Stack 3 or 4 slices and serve with sauce, if desired.

Strawberry Apple Crisp

Pareve. Yields 12 servings. I called my friend Nechama in Israel, a great cook who has made Pesach for the past 15 years, and asked for her favorite recipe. She told me that her best Pesach recipe is an apple crisp from her good friend Ahuva in Cincinatti. I called Ahuva who gave me the number of Elisheva in Edison who shared this recipe. Ingredients 7 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced ½ bag (8 ounces) frozen strawberries, thawed and sliced ½ cup sugar 2 teaspoons lemon juice ½ teaspoon cinnamon Crumb Topping 2½ cups potato starch 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 cup oil 4 ounces ground walnuts Preparation In a 10-inch round Pyrex baking dish, layer diced apples and sliced strawberries. Sprinkle with sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Toss gently. In a bowl, use a fork or your hand to combine topping ingredients, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle onto apple/strawberry mixture to coat. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour.

Pareve. Yields 12-16 servings. Ingredients 6 egg whites ¾ cup sugar 8 ounces ground almonds, roasted and cooled 2 (3.5-ounce) bars good quality pareve chocolate (not baking chocolate) Chocolate Cream 8 ounces baking chocolate 2 sticks margarine 1 tablespoon boiling water 1 tablespoon coffee ½ cup confectioners’ sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar 2 eggs Whipped Cream Layer 1 (8-ounce) container nondairy dessert topping, not whipped Preparation Preheat oven to 275°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper; use a pencil to mark two 7-inch circles on the back of each sheet of parchment paper or grease four 9” round pans. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat egg whites with sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold nuts into egg white mixture. Use a spatula to spread batter over the marked circles, filling them completely or spread batter in prepared round pans. Bake for 1 hour. Cool completely. Remove from pans; set one meringue aside. Melt good quality pareve chocolate in a double boiler. Pour evenly over the three remaining meringue layers. Prepare the chocolate cream: In a saucepan over low heat, combine baking chocolate, margarine, water, coffee, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla sugar. Cool somewhat so that eggs won’t curdle. Add 2 eggs while stirring constantly. Allow to stand and thicken. Spread chocolate cream evenly over melted chocolate on the 3 meringue layers. Prepare the whipped cream: Using an electric mixer, beat defrosted cold topping on high speed. Spread on top of chocolate cream on the 3 layers. Stack layers to assemble cake, ending with reserved meringue. For a more decorative look, reserve some topping and press over top layer through a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. To serve, cut with a very sharp knife. Recipes reproduced from A Taste of Pesach with permission from the copyright holders ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications, LTD.


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Germany’s Submarines

Swimming Stealthily Beneath the Sea

The word U-boat comes from the anglicized version of the German word U-boot, a shortening of Unterseeboot, meaning ‘undersea boat’

A German U-boat sunk the Lusitania, killing 1,200 passengers.

Despite 128 Americans losing their lives in the sinking of the Lusitania, the president refused to enter the war

A German sub, U-36

that Germany stop torpedoing American ships with American passengers onboard, the killings did not stop. The German Kaiser issued an order for his submarines to stop torpedoing large liners but three months

later, a liner was sunk with two American citizens aboard. The new German naval commander then ordered that U-boats must send a warning shot first before sinking the ship. This practice would have been fatal for the subs and therefore enemy activity near the British Isles decreased dramatically. The British did have subs of their own but the Germans did most of their transportation overland and were mainly unaffected by enemy subs. The blockade of raw materials reaching German soil eventually brought them to their knees and even caused massive starvation. However, the Kaiser still had the U-boats and was using them to fight back. Unrestricted submarine warfare was allowed once more, and once again the British began to feel the effects. The U-boat campaign really began to hurt the British as they were losing an average of two ships per day. One out of every four ships entering British waters was sunk. The success of the submarines spread to the Mediterranean where the British were fighting the Turks in a drawn-out battle and needed supplies desperately. In 1917, the toll of the U-boat campaign almost caused the capitulation of Britain but was saved when the U. S. entered the war in April. The Germans resumed an all-out war with their subs and this caused American tempers to flare. Convoys were arranged with many merchant ships being escorted by warships equipped with anti-submarine weapons. The principle tactic was the use of the depth-charge. It employed explosives set to detonate at a certain depth where the sub was believed to be lurking. Depth charges along with the British blockade sank scores of U-boat. Convoys were also protected by the recently invented airplane and not a single air-escorted convoy lost a ship. On the contrary, U-boats were being sunk at a fast rate and morale on the subs sank to low levels. By the end of the war, 178 U-boats failed to return to base and the remaining 179 boats were handed over to the Allies. The U-boat campaign was devastating to the Allied shipping effort. Proper countermeasures contained merchant losses to a reasonable level and contributed to the end of the war. During the Second World War, the Germans and the Japanese would again to make the Allies surrender due to losses from submarines. They almost succeeded for a second time but with entry of America into the war, the WWI scenario was replayed. Since WWI, submarines have played a major role in naval activities. With the exception of WWII, the submarine hasn’t threatened to change the course of a war or history (not including novels by Tom Clancy, of course!), and there have been only a few times where a ship has actually been sunk by the underwater fighting machine. Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comments and suggestions.for future columns and can be reached at

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erchant shipping has been a very hazardous business for a very long time. For centuries, enemy warships have looked for unguarded ships to sink, and since the Middle Ages ended (about the year 1500) pirates have roamed the high seas looking for treasure. Exactly a century ago, a new threat popped up during WWI—the submarine. While all major belligerents had subs and many were primitive examples and subject to mechanical failures, the U-boat almost won the war for Germany. To be historically accurate, the first submarine to sink an enemy ship was during the American Civil War in 1864. A Confederate sub, the H.L. Hunley, sank the warship USS Housatonic but the Hunley was lost as well. There were also some unsuccessful attempts in deploying submarines during the Russo-Japanese War in 1905. By 1914, the Americans had built several subs called Holland Boats but they were seen as merely scouting or coastal defense mechanisms. Other countries were curious: if they were given the proper weapons, could submarines possibly be an effective warship? The Germans were the first to find out. The U-boats (the U stands for undersea) was the German answer to the powerful British Navy that could overpower any ship afloat. German admirals needed to break the British the blockade and the U-boat was the only ship that could slip past undetected. The admiralty sent ten boats under the British noses, and to their surprise and delight, they sank nine Allied ships including one U-boat sinking three cruisers in two months. All belligerent countries realized that this war wasn’t going to be a short conflict and countermeasures were needed against submarines. Since it was the British shipping that was threatened, they were the first to come up with the idea of the Q-ship. A Q-ship looked like a merchant vessel but when a submarine was detected, hidden guns would appear and sink the enemy. The second countermeasure that was employed against the U-boats was the authority for merchant ships to ram the boat when it surfaced to attack. The Germans had a tough decision to make and they chose to break the rule of sending a warning shot to the attacked ship. This changed the way the game was played. Now it was unrestricted warfare, and neutral countries at the time hated the idea because any ship could become fair game. It soon came back to hurt the Germans when neutral ships were “mistaken” for enemy ships and sunk. The British also tried to deceive the Germans by flying flags of neutral nations on their own ships but the Germans soon picked up the tactic. Not only were the Germans firing at neutral ships—they sank a Belgian ship filled with food for starving civilians—they also were shooting at passenger ships. In particular, on May 7, 1915, the U-20 sank the British liner Lusitania. 1,200 people drowned including 128 Americans. America was furious but President Woodrow Wilson refused to overreact, and it wasn’t until 1917 that the U.S. entered the war. Even though Wilson demanded


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“Say What?” Green burial options are increasingly popular with pre-planning baby boomers and other socially- and environmentally-conscious individuals. – The president of a Washington, D.C. cemetery explaining why they now offer environmentallyfriendly burials

President Obama released his March Madness bracket this morning, picking Michigan State to win the tournament. In response, Vladimir Putin started moving troops into Gonzaga. – Seth Myers

This week, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said the GOP still isn’t where it needs to be to win the White House in 2016. Yeah, it’s not where it should be — kind of like the letters in “Reince Priebus.” - Jimmy Fallon

While in China, first lady Michelle Obama commented on Chinese censorship. Or as the Chinese news reported it, Michelle Obama greatly admires Chinese censorship. - Conan O’Brien

Researchers in China have developed these things called “smart tags” that stick to containers and change color when food has gone bad. That’s in addition to that other thing that changes color when food goes bad — food. - Jimmy Fallon

I just sat right in that chair and I did the calculations. Took me about 10 or 15 minutes. I hope I did it right. - Warren Buffett during an ESPN interview in his office, talking about how he determined the odds of someone winning his $1 billion NCAA bracket challenge I wish I could give you a better reason why I didn’t enter other than I was rushed and heading to work. Obviously, I didn’t think I’d be where I am now. - Brad Binder, who after 33 games was the last man standing with a perfect NCAA tournament bracket, on Yahoo! Sports, explaining why he didn’t enter Warren Buffett’s bracket challenge. (His bracket has since been busted, but he would have still won $100K.)

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said today that the 2014 midterms will be a victory for Republicans thanks to Obamacare. Coincidentally, “Reince Priebus” sounds like something that might be covered under Obamacare. – Seth Myers

With respect to Mr. Romney’s assertion that Russia is our number one geopolitical foe, the truth of the matter is that America has a whole lot of challenges. Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors, not out of strength, but out weakness…So my response then continues to be what I believe today, which is: Russia’s actions are a problem. They don’t pose the number one national security threat to the United States. I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan. – President Obama, responding to ABC News’ Jon Karl’s asking him whether he now concedes that Mitt Romney was correct in 2012 when he said that Russia was a “top geopolitical foe” of the U.S.

I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off. - Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) after hearing that he is one of the U.S. officials that Putin banned from Russia in response to U.S. sanctions I don’t believe I’m a bad person. I did a lot of good for people. I made huge sums of money for some people. It wasn’t just for money. I already had huge amounts of money. It wasn’t going to buy yachts or homes. I had that from the beginning from legitimate money I made. - Bernie Madoff in a recent jailhouse interview I certainly wouldn’t invest in the stock market. I never believed in it. Most people lose money because of the emotional difficulty involved. - Ibid.

Transportation officials released a study that shows that over the last 10 years the percentage of Californians who drive has dropped 12 percent, while the percentage who walk, bike, or take public transit has doubled to 22 percent. So get ready for a bunch of Schwinn-by shootings, I guess. - Jimmy Kimmel

This week, scientists revealed that a massive solar blast narrowly missed the Earth back in 2012. Or as the Mayans put it, “Almost told you so.” - Jimmy Fallon

There’s three ingredients to selling cookies: There’s lots of time, lots of commitment, and I have to ask everybody that I see. - 11-year-old Oklahoma City Girl Scout Katie Francis, explaining how she sold a record 18,107 boxes of Girl Scout cookies

Two New York men have been charged with insider trading after authorities caught them exchanging secret messages on cocktail napkins and eating them to hide the evidence. The men came up with the plan after they both got sick from eating their Blackberries. - Seth Myers In March Madness, there have been several major upsets. Yesterday No. 12 seed Harvard beat No. 5 seed Cincinnati. Harvard students haven’t been this excited since the last time they told someone they go to Harvard. - Jimmy Fallon

This morning, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford tackled a journalist on his way into City Hall. The craziest part of that story is that Rob Ford is still going to City Hall. - Seth Myers Over the weekend, Vladimir Putin ordered fireworks to go off in Moscow to celebrate Crimea joining Russia…That’s right, Putin ordered fireworks to go off in Moscow. Either that or one of Putin’s rivals tried to start his car. – Jimmy Fallon

Apparently pizza sales are way up during the NCAA tournament. I didn’t think pizza sales could go up. I thought we were eating at our pizza peak right now. - Jimmy Kimmel

You’re being too pessimistic. - Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law in court last week testifying about bin Laden’s reply to him when he told bin Laden on 9/11 that if the U.S determined that bin Laden was behind the attack they would hunt him down and kill him Stop moving that, that, that … you know — what’s this thing called? You know, a teleprompter. - Joe Biden during a speech last week, when his teleprompter malfunctioned Barack always kids and he says, “I’m learning to speak without a teleprompter, Joe is learning to speak with one.” - Ibid

The standoff in Ukraine keeps getting worse. But a new poll shows Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has actually gone up 10 percent since he sent troops into Crimea. When he heard that, Obama just shrugged and sent troops to invade Canada. – Jimmy Fallon

The pseudo-friends of Ukraine need to finally understand the cause of the crisis there lies not with Russia, but in the irresponsible actions of individual Ukrainian political forces and their foreign mentors. However, Western capitals, it would seem, continue to feel no shame at this. Backing people who are not ready to listen or heed the views of the whole of the Ukrainian people, and who are fully dominated by ultra-radical and nationalist organizations of the Right Sector and the racist, antiSemitic, and xenophobe…Freedom Party. - Russian ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin

Last week, the basketball coach at the University of Delaware mistakenly ignored a phone call from Joe Biden wishing him good luck because he didn’t recognize Biden’s number. Then Obama said, “Well there goes MY excuse.” – Jimmy Fallon Google announced last night that it will launch a new security feature to make it harder for situations like the NSA spying program to happen in the future. Then they went back to driving around and taking pictures of the street you live on. – Seth Myers

I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored. And when I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write the letter myself, put it in the Post Office and mail it, because I believe if I send an email, it will be monitored. – Former President Jimmy Carter on “Meet the Press.” In an interview with “Meet the Press,” former President Jimmy Carter said he won’t send emails because he believes the NSA is reading them. And also because he can’t find the “send” button on his typewriter. - Seth Myers

Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, we must now accept that all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean. - Text message sent out by Malaysia Airlines last Monday to family members of the missing plane’s passengers

The White House revealed that more than 5 million people have now signed up for Obamacare, thanks to the administration’s recent push. They said, “And if 5 million signed up, that means at least 50 million tried to sign up.” - Jimmy Fallon Lawmakers here in New York are considering a plan to bring slot machines to LaGuardia Airport. Of course there’s always that other way to gamble at LaGuardia — checking a bag. – Jimmy Fallon

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It seems like everybody’s weighing in on the situation. In fact, Senator John McCain has released a list of 11 steps he thinks the White House should take to punish Russia. Usually, when McCain takes 11 steps, he uses a stair lift. - Jimmy Fallon

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The Attorney Responds: There is a difference between an attorney drafted pre-nuptial agreement and the type that you are describing, which I believe from your question is what’s known as a Rabbinical Pre-Nup. Attorney drafted agreements are not to be taken lightly; I will not even agree to draft one unless the couple is at least two to three months away from the wedding date, in other words, before the invitations have gone out. Civil pre-nuptial agreements generally at a minimum deal with financial issues such as maintenance (formerly known as alimony), child support, as well as division of property in case of a divorce. An agreement signed shortly before the wedding day will very likely not hold up in court. The court may well find that one of the parties signed the agreement under duress. The Rabbinical prenuptial agreements that I have seen usually have several sections. The first section has to do with agreeing to give the wife a “get” (Jewish divorce) should the couple get divorced. According to New York law, in a settled divorce the parties must sign a “removal of barriers to remarriage” document for the divorce to go through and in a divorce that goes to trial, the Plaintiff must give a get. The problem with this is that if the woman is the plaintiff, since she is not the one giving the get, she is at risk of becoming an agunah. The Rabbinical pre-nup has a monetary fine for each day the couple is separated and a get is not given which is supposed to incentivize the husband to give the get. There are also optional sections, which have to do with financial obligations and custody and visitation issues respectively. In New York State, the Beit Din (or any arbitration panel) is not empowered to render decisions on child custody and welfare of children. The New York State courts have ruled that it is against public policy. Even in financial decisions regarding children there have been cases where a Beit Din’s ruling has been overturned by New York Courts as the court felt that the Beit Din had failed

to consider monetary issues such as the father’s assets or income and the Child Support Standards Act when making its decision. In fact, in one case, the court threw out the entire award made by the Beit Din because even though there were portions of the award which would normally have been upheld, the issues were so intertwined that the court felt the award could not stand. I don’t see a reason for a person considering marriage to refuse to sign the part of the prenuptial agreement regarding the get as long as they have taken advantage of the opportunity to have it reviewed and feel comfortable with the advice of their attorney prior to signing. I would not recommend signing the additional sections of the Rabbinical pre-nuptial agreement at all. Should your son be interested in an agreement dealing with the other issues I would recommend a pre-nuptial drafted by an attorney familiar with New York matrimonial law. Although certainly not romantic, a frank discussion between the engaged couple about money, budgeting, ideas regarding how the children will be raised, etc. will be quite helpful in ensuring that each of the parties expectations are in line. Many of the divorces dealt with in my office occur because the couple doesn’t agree on financial issues or how the children should be raised. I have often heard clients say that if they had known this or that about their spouse they would have thought twice about marrying them. While of course hindsight is twenty-twenty, I think that such a discussion would have been beneficial for those couples. I would be happy to meet with your son and discuss all of these issues. No column is a substitute for competent legal advice. Please consult with the attorney of your choice concerning specific legal questions you may have. Deborah Kaminetzky is the founding member of Kaminetzky & Associates, P.C. located in Cedarhurst, NY. Prior to starting the firm, Ms. Kaminetzky was an associate at Weisman Law Group, P.C. where she primarily practiced matrimonial and family law. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Kaminetzky served on the Architectural Control Committee of a Home Owners Association in Boca Raton while living in Florida, and was the president of a commercial property management corporation in the New York Metro area. Ms. Kaminetzky has spoken to various groups on topics including matrimonial law, technology and social media use, and disaster preparedness for business.

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never expected that my class in organic agriculture would bring me to learn about the kashrus of quail and of other birds. Of course, I learned these things indirectly as a result of the class, and not in the class itself. While in the process of doing research on the differences between eggs of pastured and non-pastured (conventionally raised) chickens, I became interested in eggs of different birds and how they differ from chicken eggs. For instance, I was told that duck eggs, “a baker’s secret,” are commonly used by many bakers as their yolks are desired for rich cakes and cookies and I then went in search of finding some to see for myself how they differ. This search brought me to find the eggs of a bird that had never even crossed my mind: quail.      While looking for duck eggs in a local farmer’s market I noticed a carton of locally raised quail eggs being sold at a discounted price. I quickly took interest and decided that it would be interesting to experiment with them and see how they differ from chicken eggs and bought them to make for Shabbos—hey, it’s a cool and exotic kosher food, right?  As it turns out, it’s not that simple. While the Torah provides physical signs and characteristics in mammals (i.e. that they have both split hooves and

chew their cud) and fish (i.e. that they have both fins and scales) that identify them as a kosher species, it does not do the same for birds. Rather, the Torah lists 24 families of non-kosher birds and leaves it to be assumed that accordingly the remaining species of birds are all kosher. But it’s still not that simple! According to tradition, after the Torah was given, Moses identified and detailed to the Jewish people which birds were

permitted to be eaten, and which were forbidden. This oral tradition, known as a mesorah, has been passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years. Of course, many things get lost over time—and this is no exception. Thus the status of the acceptability of many birds as kosher is not as widely recognized or accepted as the birds for which we have a stronger based tradition and they are thus forbidden to be eaten according to the Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law). For instance, it is universally accepted that chicken is a kosher bird while even today some people will still not accept turkey as a kosher bird. According to the O-U’s website, many families of birds have been accepted as kosher in different localities at one time in history including goose, pigeons, doves, and of course—quail. As any student of the Bible could tell you, quail are mentioned in the book of Exodus when the Jewish people, who were wandering in the Sinai desert, complained of a lack of meat. In response to this complaint, G-d sent slav, which is commonly translated as quail, for the Jewish people to eat. The only issue with simply translating slav as quail is that there are currently almost 50 breeds of birds identified as “quail.” The common Coturnix quail, also known as Pharaoh, Bible, and Nile quail, is the breed of quail that is accepted as kosher according to the Orthodox Union (OU). This recognition comes as the result of much research by the Orthodox Union team, in particular Rabbi Chaim Loike (the OU bird expert). As I am sure you can tell from some of the names this bird is referred by, this quail is said to be of the same kind that the Jewish people ate in the desert after leaving Egypt (i.e. Bible quail/Pharaoh quail) and the same quail that was commonly eaten by the Jews of Europe prior to WWII. In order to identify the kosher quail, Rabbi Loike, along with some of his fellow peers, met with Rabbi Zweigenhoft, a Holocaust survivor who prior to the war was well recognized in Europe

Alex Idov

This is a great recipe to use with quail eggs, as it is easy and adds a cool/fancy touch to a meal as a garnish or accompaniment. Of course, you can make this recipe with regular ol’ chicken eggs, as well. Ingredients

½ cup cider vinegar ½ cup water ½ cup peeled and grated beet (from about ½ medium beet) or juice from 15 oz. can with beets included 4 teaspoons granulated sugar 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for serving 2 teaspoons pickling spice 24 quail eggs Preparation Place the eggs in a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Immediately remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let sit 3-4 minutes. Prepare an ice water bath by filling a large bowl halfway with ice and water. When the eggs are ready, transfer them with a slotted spoon to the ice water bath. Let sit until the eggs are cold, about 5 minutes. Carefully crack and peel each egg and rinse under cold water to remove any residual shell pieces and set aside. In a pint or Mason jar, combine vinegar, water, beets and beet juice, sugar, salt, and pickling spices. Cover and shake jar to make sure all ingredients are well-combined. Carefully add eggs to the jar and refrigerate overnight. These can stay in the fridge for up to one week. Serve halved with coarse salt sprinkled on top.

for his knowledge of the identification of various kosher species. Rabbi Zweigenhoft detailed how to identify the kosher quail from the non-kosher quail and this information was then compared to historical/biological information on the quail of Europe. Also playing a key role in the identification of the Coturnix quail as the kosher quail was archeological evidence in Egyptian pyramids which contained depictions of these quail being harvested by the Egyptians. This indicated that these were the birds which were present in the desert and thus consumed by the wandering Jews. With all this information indicating the Coturnix as the kosher quail, the OU officially recognized the bird as a kosher species.

If you should have the desire to try cooking with quail eggs (as I did), I recommend that you do your research in verifying that the eggs you find are those of a Coturnix quail and to check with your local kashrus organization as to comply with their acceptance of quail/eggs and their kashrus standards.

Alex Idov is a kosher food blogger who runs the award-winning site ‘Kosherology’ and a regular contributing food columnist to The Jewish Home magazine. He is currently studying for his bachelor’s degree in Culinary Sustainability & Hospitality. Visit ‘Kosherology’ at www.exploretheworldofkosher. com and like ‘Kosherology’ on Facebook.

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DELICIOUS FISH FOR YOM TOV Middle Eastern White Fish

This recipe bursts with Israeli flavors. If you like it spicy, add more cayenne pepper. It’s delicious hot or cold. You can also use tilapia or salmon instead of the white fish. Ingredients 8 slices white fish 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, diced 1 teaspoon of cumin ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper 3 gloves garlic, minced or 4 cubes from frozen package 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro or parsley or 6 cubes from frozen package 1 plum tomato, diced 14oz can tomato sauce Kosher salt to taste Water Preparation Heat a large sauté pan for a minute and the add oil. Add onion and sauté until soft. Place fish fillets on top of mixture. Cook for a few minutes and turn to coat other side and cook for another 3 minutes.

Nut Crusted Salmon with Creamy Chrain Sauce

In a small bowl, mix cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic, cilantro or parsley, plum tomato, tomato sauce, and salt. Pour over fish in sauté pan. Add enough water to cover fish (not more than 8oz). Cook for another 15 minutes until fish is cooked through.

I am constantly challenged to come up with new ideas for Pesach. I try to create original sensational recipes with fresh new ideas for my clients as well as for my family. This recipe was a really big hit with my tasters (i.e., my family, who are my biggest critics!). My husband loves almost anything with pistachios. The marriage of flavors and textures between the creamy chrain kick and the crunchy, salty and sweet nut mixture makes this dish a real winner. Ingredients 1/8 cup red horseradish 1/8 cup mayonnaise 1 cup shelled, salted pistachios ½ cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 pounds salmon fillet (one whole side of a salmon) Preparation Mix the horseradish and mayonnaise together in a small bowl. Place the salmon on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread the mixture over the fish and set aside. In a food processor, crush the nuts until they are coarsely ground but not too fine. Add in the brown sugar and lemon juice and mix until it looks like wet sand. Pat nut mixture on top of salmon and bake for 25 minutes at 350°.

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

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Sweet and Sour Tilapia (or Salmon) This salmon recipe is very family-friendly, doubles easily and freezes well.

This salmon recipe is very family-friendly, doubles easily and freezes well.

Ingredients 1-2 lbs tilapia or salmon, cut in half lengthwise ½ cup matza meal (optional) Salt and pepper Oil for pan searing 2 onions, cut into rings 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 cup ketchup ¾ cup brown sugar Pinch cinnamon 1 can pineapple chunks with syrup 4 carrots, sliced into rings 1 tablespoon potato starch 2 cups water, divided

Ingredients 1-2 lbs tilapia or salmon, cut in half lengthwise ½ cup matza meal (optional) Salt and pepper Oil for pan searing 2 onions, cut into rings 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 cup ketchup ¾ cup brown sugar Pinch cinnamon 1 can pineapple chunks with syrup 4 carrots, sliced into rings 1 tablespoon potato starch 2 cups water, divided

Preparation Rinse then pat the fish dry. Mix the matza meal together with salt and pepper. Dip fish in mix and shake off excess. If you are not using matza meal, just salt and pepper the fish. Heat oil in a fry pan and pan sear the fish until golden and crisp about 2 minutes on each side. Drain on absorbent paper. Slice the onions thinly and sauté with garlic until soft. Add ketchup, pinch

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Last week, I published a recipe for a delicious pot roast for the seder but I inadvertently included not-kosher-for-Pesach ingredients. I truly apologize for the mistake and am including the updated recipe below. I used some of the ingredients that go into a regular roast but instead of putting it in the oven, I cooked it on the stovetop.

The Perfect Roast for Your Pesach Seder

The Perfect Roast for Your Pesach Seder

Ingredients 4 lb. California roast 2 tablespoon cornstarch 1 tsp salt 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 large onion, quartered 2 large loose carrots 1 tablespoon Passover Worcestershire sauce 2 cloves garlic 2 tablespoon sugar 1 cup red wine ½ cup ketchup ¼ BBQ sauce

Ingredients 4 lb. California roast 2 tablespoon cornstarch 1 tsp salt 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 large onion, quartered 2 large loose carrots 1 tablespoon Passover Worcestershire sauce 2 cloves garlic 2 tablespoon sugar 1 cup red wine ½ cup ketchup ¼ BBQ sauce

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Preparation Dredge the roast in cornstarch and sprinkle with salt. Heat a pan big enough to hold the roast with a snug fit and add oil. Sear the roast on all sides. Add the remaining ingredients, cover and simmer on low for 3 hours. Cool before slicing. The meat will be very tender.

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My Child has Dysgraphia I have a seven-year-old son who has a diagnosis of dysgraphia. He is already receiving occupational therapy in school but so far his handwriting has not improved this year. Should the focus now be typing instead of writing? Thank you in advance. The Therapist Responds: Thank you for your question! Many of our readers may be unfamiliar with dysgraphia. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities: Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing, which requires a complex set of motor and information processing skills. Dysgraphia makes the act of writing difficult. It can lead to problems with spelling, poor handwriting and putting thoughts on paper. People with dysgraphia can have trouble organizing letters, numbers and words on a line or page. This can result partly from: visual-spatial difficulties: trouble processing what the eye sees; Language processing difficulty: trouble processing and making sense of what the ear hears I am curious to know the approaches and techniques being used with your son for writing. A child with dysgraphia benefits from a very different approach to writing than other children. In fact it is not just that they benefit from a different approach; they need a different approach. Although introduction to early typing may be tempting, writing is a life skill. At minimum, handwriting (print, not cursive) should be legible enough for others to read. Some approaches I have had success include: approaches: 1. Multi-sensory “Sky writing,” using one’s hands to write letters in the air, “drawing” letters on one’s hand and guessing letters drawn on one’s back, writing letters in shaving cream, pudding etc. These strategies provide tactile and kinesthetic feedback, very powerful sensory input channels! 2. Language: Programs such as Handwriting Without Tears provides a very specific language in instructing how to form letters, but not every child with dysgraphia can process this language to pencil and paper; they simply don’t get it. I like to ask the child

to give me their language that makes sense to them (e.g. I ask them what we should call a vertical line—a line I drew and I am pointing to but not naming). Not only does it speak their language, it is client-centered practice. 3. Visual aids: There is a plethora of visual aids that may help a child with dysgraphia and sometimes it can take some trial and error to find the best one to meet his/her needs. Visual aids may include a letter line pasted on one’s desk, magnetic letters/words, highlighted lines and raised line paper. On a side note, your child’s teacher should be well informed if he/she is not already about dysgraphia and how it affects your child so necessary accommodations can be made. Depending on the situation this may include: a. Reduction in copying of material b. Alternative test methods such as verbal test taking via dictating or voice recording c. Allowing extra time to complete writing assignments d. Providing opportunities to draw answers instead of writing answers There are many approaches to help a child with dysgraphia including creative accommodations to make school a success. I consider a 7-year-old still an early writer. In my opinion, age 8 may be a better time to introduce typing, but I would be far more comfortable knowing he is able to write all letters of the alphabet legibly. Typing can and should be become a helpful aid but it should not become a crutch. There are many typing tutor program available online for free. I encourage you to share your concerns and thoughts with your child’s current occupational therapist. Wishing you and your son much hatzlacha! Devorah (Gerber) Schmeltz, MS OTR/L is a 2003 alumnus of Downstate Medical Center’s OT Program. She worked as a senior occupational therapist at United Cerebral Palsy’s Brooklyn Children’s Program for 9 years. Currently, Devorah runs a private practice, Bumble & Tumble Occupational Therapy P.C in Far Rockaway. Your questions and comments are welcome. She can be reached at BumbleTumbleTherapy@gmail. com or 917-9715327.

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What is Family Therapy? some things about the world, but basically is happy to be taken care of, whether by her mom or her sister. Tzvi and Ahron are the youngest and they are twins. Now that mom has been so distracted, they’ve been experimenting with being more rambunctious than they were before all this happened, if that is possible. Sneaking out the front door and disappearing for an hour offers the excitement needed to take their minds off of their weird situation of a father who is all of a sudden not there. If Malka went into individual therapy, she probably wouldn’t be up to discussing the challenge of getting this family in any semblance of order. She’d probably want to talk about her own grief and shock and frustration in dealing with the medical developments in her household. But family therapy may offer Malka some pleasant surprises. As the therapist sits with the family on their first visit, she (or he) gathers the information from everyone to get some of the above pieces clear in her mind. Then she might say, “How can all of you contribute to helping?” The children might be surprised. Isn’t it a mother’s job to help and do? On the other hand, if children have the capability to pitch in and they would enjoy it, why not? Something clicked in Avi’s mind. “You know,” he started bashfully, “I kind of picked up a little from mom about cooking. I would like to cook a bit for the family.” “As long as you don’t burn the house down!” put in Ruchy. “Well, then, Ruchy,” Avi said, “you can help me.” “Are you sure, Avi?” Malka wanted to know. “You can cook and supervise Ruchy in the kitchen?” “Yes, mom, you don’t have to worry. I’ve learned more than you realize from helping you,” he responded. This was quite a tribute to Malka’s parenting style. She always believed that boys should learn their way around a kitchen: It’s a survival skill. And sure enough, it is being called upon. You could see Miriam allow a deep sigh to escape her. She looked at Avi with eyes of gratitude. Although she didn’t mind cooking, she had also been supervising homework and baths. It was too much! “You know, I can hop home at bath time and do the baths for Tzvi and Ahron,” Boruch contributed. “Then maybe I could do five minutes of learning with them,” he said brightly. “And say the Shema.”

“Why that would be wonderful, Boruch,” Malka said, her eyes starting to get misty. “Yes, and if I learn late, if I go back to Yeshiva after that, then I can stay home in the morning a half hour and make sure everyone is on their bus,” Boruch added. At this point, Miriam started to cry. The tension had been too much for her and now that Avi and Boruch had come to her rescue, she just fell apart. Everyone looked at her expectantly but she suddenly was overcome with shyness and said nothing. “Mom,” the therapist said gently, “is there something you would like to say to Miriam?” Malka was unsure what to say. “Well,” the therapist put in, “maybe Miriam is a bit overwhelmed, just like you are. What do you think?” Malka looked at Miriam, as if for the first time. They exchanged a long look, and Malka, still short of words, opened up her arms. Miriam shyly came over to her mom and they hugged. “What about me, mommy?” Ruchy asked. “Of course, dear,” Malka said, smiling and making room for Ruchy, too. “You know,” the therapist added, “when there are stressful times, everyone needs a hug. Who here does not need a hug?” Oddly enough, no one, not even the boys, volunteered to be deprived. There was a sad and happy bonding at that moment, with Malka giving warm hugs to all her kids. “So, Miriam,” the therapist questioned, “if you could choose anything you wanted to do to help the family, what would it be?” Now, Miriam was taken by surprise. She thought she had to do what she was told. Here she was being told that she can choose. She sat quietly for a moment. “I really like to read,” she responded. “I could read to the kids. I could check their homework. As long as I don’t have to cook and do laundry, too!” “She’s really been doing a lot,” the therapist remarked to Malka. Malka, again, was silent. “So how will the laundry get done?” the therapist wanted to know. “Why can’t each child do their own?” Miriam offered, looking around. “This way, no one has to go around to each person reminding them to put their stuff in the hamper. Ugh. I don’t like that job.” Miriam’s demeanor was bright now. She finally got something off her chest. She hadn’t liked calling people to dinner either, but

now that would be Avi’s job. She would be forever grateful to him for that. “Okay,” Boruch answered, “and I will throw in the twins’ when I do mine. It’s no problem.” Look what has happened here: Because the children were given choices, they didn’t feel that strange and difficult things were thrust on them. The chores were not a bit easier than they were earlier, but they felt that way. It may be a greater mitzvah to do what you’re told than to volunteer, but you end up with much happier children, not to mention more connected to one another, when you let them pick their chores. In the case that Malka faces, this is clearly the way to go. Avi found a tentative solution to his problem. He wasn’t the student who could sit and learn, but perhaps he had a talent in the kitchen. He already won Miriam’s gratitude; it would be fun working with Ruchy and teach her, too. In one fell swoop, he not only was helping his mom, but unexpectedly connecting with two siblings. Boruch, who was quite isolated as a learner, realized that he could not only help, but spread that love of learning to his youngest siblings. The thought of that made him smile. He would be well prepared for fatherhood with such practice. Malka learned a lesson, too, about Miriam: not to take maturing girls for granted. And not only did she learn, but they connected warmly. What a bonus! There would be more to do. Eventually, the children would be tired of the extra burden. They also needed to speak about their father’s illness and how it affected them. But they were discovering the blessing of a sibling bond that gave them the strength to get started with this new challenge. Incidentally, I will be speaking about “Part II: Getting Your Kids to Listen—and Eat What You Serve and Do Laundry!” at the next Food For Thought on May 7 so we can continue the conversation about Pinky, Malka, and their children. Dr. Deb Hirschhorn, a Marriage & Family Therapist and best-selling author of The Healing Is Mutual--Marriage Empowerment Tools to Rebuild Trust and Respect--Together, is proud to announce that readers of The Jewish Home will receive a $50 discount on every visit to her Woodmere office. For more information, call 646-54-DRDEB or check out her website at

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ometimes giving parenting advice doesn’t help. When a home is chaotic because of extra stressors on the parents or because the parents are not “speaking with the same voice” – for whatever reason – family therapy is a great way to solve problems rapidly. Pinky was the breadwinner but he was in the hospital. The family was turned upside down. [All stories in my articles are made up.] Suddenly Malka had to work, had no time to go over homework and see that it was even done. Finding time to make dinners was another source of stress. And how was she to get the kids out the door in the morning when they all had to start school at different times – and she had to be at work? And that didn’t include the fact that Malka herself needed help. The days ran into each other in crazy fury and she hardly knew which day was which. When the world no longer makes sense and you feel totally afraid of toppling over, how do you reach out to help your kids? The answer is: Sometimes, from your kids. They can be a source of frustration – or pleasure. They can create impossible problems – or they can be the solution. Sometimes, carving out the time for family therapy can take an upside down world and set it right. Although it may be counterintuitive, family therapy can be more healing for Malka than seeing a therapist alone to sort things out. To understand why this might be so and how it would work, let’s eavesdrop in on a family session of hers. The oldest, Boruch, learns in Yeshiva. He’s an excellent student and hits the seforim from early morning ‘til late at night. The entire family is proud of him and now they all feel that his learning will help their father’s recovery. Avi is 14 and has been known to play practical jokes on the family. He has no zitsfleish. It makes him feel badly because he really looks up to Boruch and wishes that he had his big brother’s capacity to just sit and learn. He hides his sad feelings under his humor which does endear him to his many friends. Miriam, just behind, Avi struggles with being the oldest girl. On the one hand, she’s only just past bas mitzvah, a kid, really, and on the other, she’s expected to do so much. It feels overwhelming sometimes. Ruchy is a bright and lively little tenyear-old girl who is starting to understand

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Health & Fitness Lori Boxer

Plant the Seeds of Motivation


uick, look outside! Do you see tulips in bloom? Are the impatiens in your yard popping up? How did the bulbs that are now blooming into glorious flowers get in the ground in the first place? Did you buy them? Dig a hole for them? Did you sprinkle them with nutrients before covering them? It may not have seemed like much work last fall, just a few small steps and a bit of effort. You are soon going to enjoy the rewards of your labor as your yard is filled with color. The chore will pay off, and the work will be worth it. Quick, look in your refrigerator! Do you see fresh vegetables, fruits, lean meats, whole grains and water? Do you see healthy foods that you selected at the grocery store? Do you see foods that will further your progress

on your journey toward self improvement? Are there foods in your pantry that will fill you with the nutrients necessary to allow you to blossom? Are

velop a plan of what you want to accomplish and what you want your garden to look like. Then, it takes getting the supplies and tools that you need


you performing the actions and putting forth the effort necessary to allow your body to show its glory? Gardening doesn’t take a lot of work. What it does take is to first de-

and actually performing the actions necessary to get the job done. Changing one’s diet is much the same. You need a vision or plan of where you want to go and how you want your body to look. Then, you need to complete all of the steps and put forth the effort on a daily basis to make it happen. Even gardening requires more than one day of simply planting bulbs and flowers. You have to water, weed and trim. With weight loss, you need to water, feed and trim. You essentially do the same things only in a different way. Have you ever driven by a yard that was once lovely and filled with fabulous flowers, only to see this very same yard overrun with weeds and in a state of disarray? Maybe the owners got tired of taking care of their garden and no longer cared, or maybe someone new bought the house and was unaware of what was required for the upkeep of the yard. In either case, without continued proper care, it will not look as good as it could and will eventually wither and die. Lifestyle change really is like gardening in that aspect. If you don’t do the work to build a healthy body and then continue performing the same healthy actions, you too may literally die on the vine. The solution to weight loss for those with weight issues has, all too often, simply been to “go on a diet.” Some realized “success” with

this “dieting” approach—they lost the weight and then reverted back to “normal.” For many, that “normal” lifestyle is what got them obese in the first place, and you can guess what happened next. That’s right. The weight came right back on. It cannot be said enough, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always gotten!” It is time to make a smart plan, adhere to it and complete the actions necessary to ensure its success. I promise, you will enjoy the fruits of this labor! Think about the above quote as you go about your week. What have you always done, and what results has it gotten you? Quick, look in your refrigerator and cabinets. Are they filled with things that are going to hinder

your progress, over-feed your body and cause you to die on the vine before ever blooming?! If so, it is time to do some spring cleaning! Out with the old and in with the new. What do you have to lose? Lori Boxer is the Director of Weight No MoreSM Diet Center. In addition to serving the Brooklyn, Long Island and New Jersey communities for 25 years, they also provide Skinny SkypeSM service to clients nationwide and to Israel, and offer customized Workforce Weight LossSM Programs for businesses. For more information, please call Rosalie Shatzman, Rana Frankel and Linda Franklin in their Cedarhurst office: 516.569.6400.

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The Doctor is In

Keeping Your Daughters Comfortable restore the normal bacterial flora (composition) in the area and decrease the growth of fungus. Having a yogurt with probiotics daily may help prevent these uncomfortable rashes. Witch Hazel – Dab a cotton ball with witch hazel and apply to her itchy area when she complains of painful urination or burning. You can purchase Witch Hazel over-the-counter; no prescription is necessary. Antifungal creams – These can also be helpful in preventing the itch associated with painful urination.  These creams can be purchased over-thecounter or prescribed by your physician. Educate - Teach your girls to wipe from “front to back.” This is a simple but very important habit that will prevent discomfort and possible urinary tract infections. Start with the right habits early Right when you have a baby, minimize the use of wipes in the sensitive areas.  Baby girls often have normal discharge and should not be over-wiped zealously by her parents.  I like to en-

courage the use of warm water from the faucet rather than commercial wipes right from the first newborn visit. Lastly, if you tried these tips and your daughter still complains of pain or if she has fever, please call in to make an appointment with your doctor. Some girls may suffer from urinary tract infections that could produce painful urination, lower abdominal pains and fevers. Wishing you the best of health, David Elazar Simai M.D. To view this and other articles online, please visit my website, www.

Dr. David Simai is a Board Certified Pediatrician from the Five Towns. He is a full time attending in his own private practice since 2007 in Cedarhurst, New York. In addition, he is an Attending Physician at LIJ-Cohen Children’s Hospital, North-Shore Manhasset University

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Dear Readers, As some of you may have noticed, pharmaceutical giants spend large sums of money to market their products. Many of us automatically associate “health” and “cleanliness” with certain brands such as Johnson & Johnson.  And as you walk down the aisle to purchase diapers, more often than not, you will see an array of baby wipes with many catchy labels, such as “natural” or “sensitive.” It turns out however, that many of the common household products could actually harm our skin.  That distinct scent of the Johnson and Johnson shampoo doesn’t just smell “delicious,” it also dries and irritates the skin of millions of babies every winter.  And the so called “sensitive” wipes, often cause irritation and bleeding diaper rashes. Today, I would like to discuss measures you could take to prevent young girls from developing dysuria, burning on urination. In pediatrics, the most common cause of dysuria is not urinary tract infection but simply over-dried and irritated skin. Pre-adolescent girls lack the proper hormones that normally lubricate.  As responsible parents, we should be careful to avoid over drying their private areas. Please use these tips to make your girls’ urinations less painful:   Soaping - Never use soap in the “private” area while bathing. To keep the area clean, you could dab it with bathwater. Even the gentlest soaps dry out the skin, especially in the sensitive areas. Bathing - When taking baths, shampoo your child’s head and soap the body at the end of the bath so the soap doesn’t irritate their skin. “Sitz baths” (letting your daughter sit for 10 minutes in warm water) are helpful in decreasing the pain, but minimize the soap in the bath. Hydration - Make sure that your child is well-hydrated. If she doesn’t drink enough fluids, her urine is going to be super-concentrated and can cause more burning and irritation.  Antibiotics  - The use of oral antibiotics may cause irritation. This is because antibiotics kill all the good bacteria in the area, and allow for more fungus to grow. Probiotics - may help


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Hospital and South Nassau Communities Hospital. He can be contacted for consultation at 516 374-2228 or via email at NOTE: name, gender, geographical area and other identifying information were deliberately altered in this article in order to protect the patient’s privacy. This article is not intended to help diagnose or treat any specific disease. Always consult your personal physician before diagnosing or treating yourself or your child for any of the above mentioned illnesses.



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Contractor’s Corner Jason Kersch

The Contractor’s Seder


hile the words “Jewish” and “contractor” may seem like a contradiction, I can assure you that we do indeed exist; after all, the story of Pesach is about how we built the pyramids! With Pesach approaching, I’d like to offer you a glimpse into our seder. Much like the traditional haggadah, a contractor’s version describes the typical four sons: Chacham – The wise contractor spends as much time as necessary learning exactly what you are looking to do and offers suggestions accordingly. He will buy the most kosher l’mehadrin materials for the job and use true craftsmen that would have made Noah jealous. Rashah – The evil contractor will hear what you are saying but will not be listening, as his thoughts will be concerning himself with giving you the

highest possible price using the lowest quality materials. In short, he puts the “con” in contractor. Tam – Also known as “Tom the handyman,” this simple man is pleas-

a tool belt makes him an expert. Can be identified by asking practically any question; head scratching and stuttering will follow. The “four questions” we ask our-


ant to speak with, eager to please and great if you need to hang a picture or fix a faucet for a low price. If the tool requires batteries or electricity then it is not bashert. Sheayno Yodea Lishol – Translation = Laid off from unrelated profession with no knowledge in this field, thinks

selves when meeting a customer for the first time (if you can help us answer them, all the better): 1) What are they looking to do? 2) Am I able to produce it? 3) Will it be within their budget? 4) Can it be done within the desired time frame?

Magid – We recount the tragic story of the family that was promised to have their bathroom completed within both their budget and timeframe. Sadly, due to an ambiguous contract, weeks had passed and they had laid out much more money than agreed upon, and worst of all, the faulty bathroom “would not let them go.” The story that unfolds is bittersweet; the job is completed properly by an expert, though it now cost the family more than if they had simply hired the right

person for the job originally. The family, demanding recourse, inflicted upon this evil man four plagues: 1) Revocation of contractor’s license (through the help of the Department of Consumer Affairs) 2) Forced to pay restitution in full. 3) Truck and tools impounded. 4) Complaints at all local agencies AND social media (social media is much worse, so it is multiplied by ten). The parting of the sea is a wonderful story but all that water had to go somewhere and sages never mentioned all the damage it caused to the homes that didn’t have the proper gutter system. While a typical 5” gutter will do the job for your basic rain, a .032 gauge aluminum 6” gutter and 3x4 leader will do a better job at keeping the water away from the house. Simply nailing the gutter to the dwelling will not be enough, so a heavy-duty bracket with a screw is a better option. Should ice or snow linger, it is less likely for the gutter to collapse under the weight. Of course no gutter system would be complete without a gutter cover, though I don’t refer to those sold by “Depot Shel Bayit” which will rust and fall off easily, trapping the debris; our heavy-gauge microscreen is rust-resistant and bolted down. This system will not only keep your home water tight, it will save money on gutter cleaning. The other option, of course, is to attach your leftover matzah. When it comes to choosing the right materials and the person to install them, choose wisely and the waters will part for you; choose poorly and you will feel like you’re drowning. Jason Kersch is one of the owners of Major Homes. He welcomes your comments and questions and can be reached at JKersch@ or at 718-229-5741.



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From My Private Art Collection

Rebbetzin Naomi N. Herzberg


How Visual Art and the Creative Mind can be Combined for the Purpose of Solving Problems

articipation in visual arts opportunities challenges our emotional and intellectual growth. These growth opportunities also help us acquire the necessary creative ingredients for effective behavior patterns to develop naturally. The visual arts supplies tools from which we are offered areas of interest best serving our needs for cre-

ative expression and problem- solving. This can be accomplished through the use of art materials, various techniques and the development of continuous artistic thought processes. Art criticism becomes a powerful tool for us to incorporate into our individual study of a particular artist. These exercises help us with creative mind development and


problem-solving. Some common known techniques which train our minds for creative problem solving include: *Thinking about puzzle pieces and how we put them all together to solve a puzzle *Thinking about light bulbs and what happens when they are all lit up

or all go out and how the mood changes suddenly * Thinking about creative problem solving with six thinking hats which consist of: 1) Feelings 2) New ideas 3) Deep thinking 4) Good points 5) Bad points 6) Information *Critical thinking and creative thinking steps which involve: 1) Analyzing the problem 2) Brainstorming solutions 3) Evaluating solutions and choosing one 4) Innovating the solution 5) Critiquing the solution 6) Making improvements 7) Implementing the solution *Thinking about four levels of problem solving which include: 1) Finding opportunities 2) Creative problem solving 3) Improving 4) Fixing * Identify the problem, develop the approach, find alternatives, select the best alternative, implement the solutions, and question whether the solutions worked. *Do not fall prey to the famous saying: “But we have always done it this way.” *Do learn “how to connect the dots” *Absorb fully the famous sayings: “Innovation may happen when other people are not so focused” and “Sometimes it’s good to be distracted.” Rebbetzin Naomi N. Herzberg is a professional art educator, artist and designer. Among her known artwork is a floral sculpture presented to Tipper Gore, Blair House, Washington, D.C. Presently she is the Director of Operations at Shulamith School for Girls. Please feel free to email nherzberg@ with questions and suggestions for future columns.

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Life Coach Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., CLC, SDS

Putting a Home Up or Putting Up With a Home!


icture yourself in the mattress store. Have you ever been there? You’re trying to figure out what mattress is right for you. In a clothing store, they have dressing rooms.  But here, there is no private place to try it on for size.  What are you going to do? Drag an 80-inch, king-size bed behind some curtain to try it out?  Even assuming   you are comfortable enough to lie down in a public thoroughfare, can you really feel relaxed enough to get into the position you sleep in and check out the comfort?   Especially with your coat on, your packages in tow, and the sales staff all watching you?  This should not be a group activity!  It should be just you and your blanky! What about shopping for the right dining room table? Now there’s another challenge. You want it small enough for an intimate family meal and yet need it to be able to expand enough for all the company you will ever have!  Now, if it comes with a bunch of leaves, hey, that’s great, except where do you store them all? And who is schlepping them in and out of the closet and onto the table every week? No wonder half the population has back trouble. They must be the weekly leaf schleppers!  Decorating and outfitting a truly, workable kosher home is not easy. You need a meat sink, a dairy sink, a pareve sink, and a washing sink.  Otherwise, you sink – into despair. That also goes

right along with a dairy oven, a meat oven, a pareve oven, and an overflow oven, not to mention a microwave and a warming drawer. And trust me, even with all those ovens, every Jewish household is still just managing to get everything cooked in time for candle lighting.  My grandmother ac-

too much space especially since we all huddle to be part of the conversation and simultaneously close to any food on the coffee table. The dining room has so little space, that after ingesting the meal, you can barely pull your chair out to breathe! This switch works really well ex-

ONE KID’S BEEN MISSING UNDER THERE SINCE TUESDAY! WHO HAS THE TIME OR ENERGY TO DIG HIM OUT? complished all the same stuff with just one oven.  I can only explain this phenomenon by referring to the scientific concept that matter expands to fill the space allotted. Though I do believe my grandmother cheated a little with the aid of a very special pot called a pressure cooker!  But we do rival it with our massive crockpots! How about the size of the dining room and living room?  We move into these houses- and the living room is gigantic while the dining room is an inefficient little square.  Initially, it fits our family just fine but then we realize we don’t have enough space for our extended family and guests. Suddenly, we have an epiphany: switch the living room and the dining room with one another.  The living room has way

cept for a few glitches that you need to get comfortable with!   The problem with using the living room is that massive baby grand piano – which you had to have!   Because, like everyone else,

you thought you gave birth to the next Mozart. And, of course, you thought you had plenty of room for it.  And now it needs to stay in there; after all, where else will it fit?!  With the switch in rooms, it needs to double as a buffet table, which does work, till the first spill when all the keys start playing uniformly as one!  How’s your Mozart sounding now?!  The other technicality you must come to terms with is the informality of traipsing across the front hall with platters of dripping meats and chicken, bowls of chulent, and embarrassingly dirty dishes on their way back to the kitchen; all this, while guests are still

arriving and kids are flying down the staircase making you as anxious as a bowling pin that might get knocked over at any second. Other than that, the switch is a godsend and certainly works—that is until the day you realize it’s time to renovate completely! The front hall closets don’t fit a thing. The hallway is too crowded. The strollers, along with the jackets, the backpacks, and the deliveries, are all piling up there. In fact, one kid’s been missing under there since Tuesday!  Who has the time or energy to dig him out? Hopefully he’ll resurface during the renovation. There are also way too few bedrooms. And the bathroom line is forcing every kid to head for the master bath just before you have a chance to head them off at the pass.  And, of course, the kitchen can definitely be better. After all, you need those three sinks, three ovens, and all the extras installed, and most importantly, a coveted island. Preferably one to run away to! Sure, the living room’s working as a dining room –but nothing else is! Setting up a workable home and keeping it running is no easy feat. Once you have the furniture you want and the rooms you need, you suddenly also have the mess you don’t want or need! And then, guess what? In the midst of it all, Passover shows up and the cleaning begins of…those three sinks, three ovens, that dining room, living room, extendable table and comfy mattress! Have fun unearthing your home… Count down to three more weeks!   Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-705-2004 or

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ost of the Internal Revenue years of freedom from the good docService’s 90,000 employ- tor’s future. Without anesthesia. Ouch. ees are financial bureaucrats, • Michael Chen owned the Fune working to collect the taxes that finance Ya Japanese Restaurant in Richmond, our government. But the Criminal In- California, just north of Berkeley. (Apvestigations unit, or IRS-CI, is an elite parently the fried banana dessert was a division of 3,700 financial crime fight- hit.) Chen kept detailed records of his ers dedicated to protecting those taxes. daily sales in 26 boxes marked “SeaLast month, they released their Fiscal soned Octopus.” But he never reported 2013 annual report. And business sure his cash sales to the IRS. Oops. He also is booming! In 2013, IRS special agents paid his employees $548,919 in cash initiated 5,314 investigations (up 3.7% without sending the IRS any payroll tax from 5,125 in 2012) and recommend- on their income. Another mistake. Now ed 4,364 prosecutions (up 17.9% from the long tentacle of the law has got him 3,710 in 2012). There were 3,865 indict- for 33 months, enjoying his meals in a ments and 3,311 convictions (the IRS place where they don’t serve octopus at doesn’t take someone to criminal court all. unless they’re pretty • You might sure they can win). And think that if you’re 2,812 miscreants won already stuck in jail, themselves the proveryou can’t commit tax bial “three hots and a fraud. Well, you would cot” for terms averagbe wrong. Michael Joing 25 months. seph III was feeling Most of IRS-CI’s “underemployed” at targets are plain old the Apalachee Corcrooks. But some of rectional Institution in them are just so awkthe Florida panhandle wardly entertaining, when he hit upon one Evan Knoll, we had to share their of those brilliant ideas the ‘King of Drag Racing’ stories: we all wish we had • Every time you thought of. Why not pump a gallon of gas, you pay 18.3 while away those idle hours filing false cents in tax to build and repair federal tax returns using other inmates’ names roads. But there’s a little-known ex- and social security numbers? Yeah! And emption that lets off-road users like while we’re at it, why not have the IRS drag racers apply for a refund. Evan mail the refunds to momma’s house? Knoll, the “King of Drag Racing” and Unfortunately for our enterprising owner of Torco Racing Fuels in Grand would-be accountant, prison officials Rapids, Michigan, saw that exemption discovered the scheme during a routine and smelled opportunity. (Maybe it was mail search. Joseph pled guilty to 41 something in the fumes?) Knoll claimed various offenses and drew another 63 $83 million in refunds over nine years months behind bars. At least now he’s from 1999-2008 before pleading guilty doing time in a classy federal joint into nine counts of fraud and drawing a stead of some loser state can. 14-year sentence. Now that’s some We all know taxes have gone up this high-octane cheating! past year, and we all know nobody en• Edward Picardi was a surgeon in joys paying. That’s the bad news. The South Dakota, who spent way too much good news is you don’t have to risk a time performing liposuction on his tax visit from the tax cops to pay less. You bill. First, he ran his income through a just need a plan. There’s no shortage of series of entities organized in Ireland, court-tested, IRS-approved strategies Hungary, Cyprus, the Isle of Man, Jer- for paying less. So if you’re still worsey, and Guernsey. (Really? Hungary? ried about April 15, and you haven’t Were the Cayman Islands just too obvi- asked us about our planning service, ous?) Then he deposited it into various what are you waiting for? foreign accounts he controlled through a New Zealand trust, in the name of Allan J Rolnick is a CPA who has been in one last corporation established on the practice for over 30 years in Queens, NY. delightfully sunny island of Nevis. Af- He welcomes your comments and can be ter several weeks in trial, the judge in reached at 718-896-8715 or at allanjrcpa@ Picardi’s trial surgically removed five

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