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t’s hard for me to think cheesecake when I still have a few pieces of shemurah matzah sitting in my cabinets. Just yesterday – at least it feels like yesterday – we counted the first night of sefira with four cups of wine sitting in front of us. And now, we are coming to the culmination of seven – very short – weeks of counting. The wheel just doesn’t stop turning and if we don’t slow down a bit it may all pass by in a blur. I know that some people are “dreading” a three day yom tov. Three days of celebrations means (more than) six meals of at least four courses each. And slices of cheesecake and gooey Danishes for breakfast don’t usually translate well for people’s waistlines. But I’m looking forward to three days of yom tov. At a time in our lives when we’re so busy with the routine busyness of a household (think suppers, homework, baseball, laundry, gymnastics, deadlines, and the occasional visit to the gym), Shavuos comes to remind us that life is not about the mundane. It comes to remind us that our routine should be elevated – and turned into something so much more than average. It comes to remind us to slow down. We are on the cusp of a yom tov when we celebrate the essence of who we are: the

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Contents LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Readers’ Poll

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Community Happenings


OpEd: Showing Appreciation for Blessings from Trump


NEWS Global




Odd-but-True Stories


ISRAEL Israel News



Scenes from the Opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem 24 Herein Lies Our Future by Rafi Sackville


PEOPLE Ten Times Chai by Susan Schwamm


Nissim Black.. Music, Meditation & Miracles


Radar as a Weapon in World War II by Avi Heiligman


PARSHA Rabbi Wein


Our Stormy, Committed Relationship with Hashem by Rav Moshe Weinberger


JEWISH THOUGHT An Eternal Torah…A Rapidly Changing World... by Naomi Wein

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Prep School by Eytan Kobre HEALTH & FITNESS Should the Child be Happy or Good? by Dr. Deb Hirschhorn


Mosquitoes and Bugs and Yucky Things by Dr. Hylton I Lightman


How to Enjoy a Shavuos Meal Without All the Dairy by Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN


FOOD & LEISURE The Aussie Gourmet: Focaccia Bread with Garlic Confit


LIFESTYLES Dating Dialogue, Moderated by Jennifer Mann, LCSW 92 Bernie Sanders and the Broken Window by Rafi Metz 116 Your Money


Dear Community Members, Please think of those who may be by themselves (e.g., singles, couples without children, widows, divorcees, etc.) and invite them for a Shabbos or yom tov meal. Shavous is a three day yom tov this year and it is depressing

for those who are not invited out at all for the entire three days. It may seem that certain people may not want to socialize, but ask. The person(s) can always turn the invitation down, but would be happy to be thought of. A good friend of mine says, “The frum community is always running to help others in different neighborhoods and countries (which is great), but they should look in their own backyards and help the people who are so close to them.” One may say that the people who want to be invited should invite others over to their homes to make Shabbos and yom tov special. However, some often may not be able to due to space, finances, medical reasons, etc.  A Community Member Dear Editor, I was awed by the article on Sivan Rahav Meir in this week’s paper. She is a woman who is determined and dedicated – to her family, her job, and her faith. We need more of these role models for our young women today, people they see who are involved in the “outside world” and yet can still maintain their ideals and values. All the best, Yael Korn Dear Editor, I cannot adequately express my consternation regarding Pastor Robert Jeffress’s invocation at the dedication this week of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem. To an audience of mostly Jews, including a Chabad rabbi who stood alongside him onstage, Jeffress invoked “the name and the Continued on page 12


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Dear Editor, There is even more to “Senator Joe Lieberman on His Newest Book on Shavuos” (Rena Gray -- May 10). Former Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman  worked across the aisle  with  Republican Senate colleagues including Arizona Republican Senator John McCain and others on a regular bipartisan basis, which harkens back to an age of collegiality no longer seen today.   Lieberman, like New York’s late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, is an intellectual giant standing head and shoulders above today’s generation of senators.  It was an era that included more moderate independent Democratic Senators including Scoop Jackson of Washington and Sam Nunn of Georgia along with Lieberman and Moynihan who joined ranks with Republicans in forming an overwhelming bipartisan majority in supporting Israel.    In our era of highly partisan politics, how disappointing that Congress members from different parties and ideological commitments seldom can come together on behalf of all Americans.   Lieberman was a role model others should be emulating.  He continues to be missed by many upon his retirement from the Senate.  Sincerely,  Larry Penner Great Neck

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spirit of the prince of peace, J---.” Also in the audience were Israel’s two chief rabbis. Where, I ask, was the outrage? Why didn’t the rabbis have the courage to walk off the stage or to respond to Jeffress’s importune remarks? Judaism unequivocally considers belief in Yashka to be idolatry. Countless Jews have, over the centuries, proudly submitted to martyrdom rather than convert to Christianity. The halacha is clear: belief in Christianity by a Jew is avodah zarah, idol worship, and one must give their life rather than

engage in idol worship. (Important to note: the consensus is that Christianity is not idol worship for a non-Jew.) I was further stunned by the audience’s subsequent reaction to John Hagee, the Baptist preacher who presented the final prayer. Hagee asked everyone to stand, and, like lemmings, the attendees acceded to his request, despite the lesson they should have learned just minutes earlier from the Jeffress debacle. And while I credit Hagee for delivering an ecumenical prayer, without specific mention of Christian doctrine, the audience could not have known in advance what he would say. Even had they known, what

justification is there for Israel’s chief rabbis to stand for a pastor’s prayer? If the cost of having a gala embassy dedication was the glorifying of avodah zarah, then we would have been served better by not having the celebration at all. Avi Goldstein Far Rockaway, NY Dear Editor, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to President Trump for his boldness in finally moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. No American president has been friendlier to the Jewish People than President Trump. As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history.” Thank you. Sincerely, Rafi Metz Dear Editor, How lucky are we to be able to live in such amazing times. News is now disseminated instantaneously. Inasmuch as it is stressful to hear every single thing about what’s going on in the world and in the White House, we are also blessed to be privy to certain events happening rapidly. Look at how the U.S. Embassy was able to be inau-

gurated just a few months after President Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. With just a few snaps of the finger, the embassy was ready! And look at the Iran nuclear deal. President Trump just last week formally withdrew from the agreement and already he is implementing sanctions to squeeze the Iranians and force them to agree to another, more permanent, more lasting and more productive deal. Things are happening really fast – it’s time for us to take note of which politicians deserve our praise and our thanks – and which ones are really not our friends. There is no longer a need for “wait and see” approach. With much gratitude to the President of the United States, Chaim Shafren

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The Week In News


Cuban Tourism in Trouble

UN’s Top Nuclear Inspector Steps Down

The head inspector of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations nuclear watchdog, resigned from his post last week. No reason has been provided for Tero Varjoranta’s quick exit from his position, which was announced a few days after President Donald Trump backed out of the Iranian nuclear deal. The IAEA is in charge of, among other things, inspecting Iran’s nuclear facilities and verifying the country’s compliance with the deal that was signed in 2015. Varjoranta had held his position since late 2013 and will temporarily be replaced by Massimo Aparo, the acting director of the Agency’s Office for Verification in Iran. “The Agency’s safeguards activities will continue to be carried out in a highly professional manner,” its spokesperson said. A permanent replacement is to be appointed as soon as possible. The United States has said that although it has withdrawn from the deal, it still expects the IAEA’s inspections in Iran to continue. “The United States will continue to support the robust implementation of IAEA inspections in Iran to the full extent of the IAEA’s authority,” an official at the U.S. mission said after news of Varjoranta’s retirement was announced.. Though the other parties to the deal, including China, Russia, and many European powers, are keen on keeping it in place, many analysts feel that the deal will soon collapse under the economic sanctions the United States has reinstituted.

The recently booming American tourist industry in Cuba has slowed down significantly in the past six months. During the first three months of this year, 95,520 Americans visited the island country – a 40 percent drop-off since the year before. The sharp decline is being blamed on the now frosty relationship that America and Cuba now share. Last August, over two dozen United States diplomats and their family members came down with a mysterious and severe brain injury that the Cuban government has not been able to explain. The Trump administration blamed Havana for, at the very least, failing to protect or warn the Americans stationed there. Any nonessential U.S. government personnel were told to leave the country in the wake of the outbreak. In response to the mysterious illness that befell the Americans stationed there, the United States government issued several warnings about traveling to Cuba and deterred many thousands from visiting. The Cuban tourism market has taken a huge hit because of the warnings. In 1962, the U.S. government slapped an economic embargo on the Communist nation that prohibited Americans from vacationing there. Importing goods was illegal, and the country suffered a big economic decline. In 2014, President Obama began to loosen the restrictions on Cuba, and in 2016, direct flights to Cuba resumed. 2017 was a record year for tourism despite the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Still, once the travel recommendations were updated by the U.S. State Department, the numbers steadily dropped, and, unless something changes, they will continue to fall.

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In an attempt to create a navy worthy of rivaling the world’s leading maritime powers, China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier began sea trials on Sunday. The new aircraft carrier, temporarily named Type 001A, set sail at around 7 a.m., according to reports in Chinese state media. The massive 50,000-tonne ship will become the country’s second aircraft carrier. The ship is roughly 1,033 feet in length and 246 feet wide. This is the first aircraft carrier to be entirely built and designed in China. It will join the fleet before 2020. Following the carrier’s sea trial Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a few words. He announced plans to build a ”world-class”

navy under the banner of the Chinese Communist Party. China’s first carrier, the Liaoning, was revealed in 2012. The vessel was purchased from the Ukraine and was said to have fulfilled a “70-year dream”  of the Chinese nation. The new aircraft will boost China’s military power in the Asia region. However, according to U.S. officials, its technology is not as sophisticated as other nations’ vessels. “This is, in and of itself, not designed to be some frontal challenge to U.S. power in the Asia Pacific, because it simply isn’t in the class of America’s aircraft carriers,” Sam Roggeveen, senior fellow at Sydney’s Lowy Institute, noted. The plans for the second aircraft carrier are more “modernized” compared to its first. Experts said the design will be larger and heavier to allow it to carry more aircrafts. As of this year, the United States Navy fields 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, more than any other nation in the world. U.S. ships feature “catapult” technology, in which gear attached to a steam-powered piston or an electromagnetic rail gets aircraft up to flight speed as they leave the deck. Aircraft launched by cata-

pults can get airborne faster, loaded with greater quantities of fuel and ammunition, giving them an advantage. Other planes rely on their own power when lifting off from the Liaoning’s ski-jump. “The U.S. Navy and the capability for the U.S. Navy will still be superior to the Chinese Navy in 10 years, but the size of the Chinese fleet will be larger and they’ll have closed the gap in technology and training,” Boston College professor of political science Robert Ross observed.

Double Amputee Conquers Everest

A Chinese double-amputee who lost his feet to frostbite in a previous effort to scale Mount Everest is among


the first group of climbers to summit the world’s tallest mountain this year. Xia Boyu, 69, conquered Everest early Monday on his fifth attempt, ending a 43-year battle with the 29,029-foot giant. Xia was almost not even allowed to take on the mountain again. The Nepali  government recently introduced a ban on double amputee and blind climbers from summiting its mountains. The move was overturned by Nepal’s Supreme Court in March on the basis that it discriminated against disabled people, leaving Xia free to once again pursue his dream. The Chinese climber is  only the second double amputee to reach the highest point on Earth, following New Zealander Mark Inglis, who conquered it in 2006. Xia is the first double-amputee to summit from the Nepalese side of the mountain. Xia’s first attempt was in 1975 as part of a Chinese government-supported expedition. However, bad weather stranded him close to the top of the mountain  where oxygen levels are low and unexpected storms can be deadly. Though he made it down alive, he suffered severe  frostbite  and lost both feet. He was later diagnosed with blood cancer, requiring both legs to be


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amputated below the knee. Xia returned to Everest in 2014 and 2015, but was unable to attempt a climb after the season was canceled due to natural disasters. In 2016, he made it within 700 feet of the summit before being forced to abandon the climb. Before this year’s expedition, Xia said, “Climbing Mount Everest is my dream. I have to realize it. It also represents a personal challenge, a challenge of fate.” Last year, 634 people summited Everest and seven people died while attempting to climb the mountain.  More than 300 people are known to have died attempting to conquer Everest. The Nepalese government has been battling to reduce the number of climbers on the mountain, citing safety and environmental issues that such large numbers bring. With such a small climbing window, the top of Everest can become extremely congested. Expeditions have been forced to wait in line for hours near the top of the mountain, putting climbers at risk of exposure injuries and sudden weather changes.

Knife Attack in Paris Witnesses reported hearing a man shouting “Allahu akbar” at around 9 p.m. in a busy area of Paris on Saturday. The terrorist has been identified as Khamzat Azimov, a 20-year-old French citizen born in the Russian republic of Chechnya. Azimov went on a stabbing rampage,

killing one and wounding four others before being fatally shot by police. “I was working in the restaurant and suddenly I heard a woman screaming ... He came and attacked her,” Jonathan, an eyewitness working nearby recalled. “That’s when the panic started. Everyone started screaming and trying to reach our restaurant. ... The attacker just kept walking around with his knife in his bloodied hands.

“Police were quickly on the scene, in less than five minutes. They encircled him and he tried to attack them with a knife but they shot him down,” he said. French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted, in French, after the attack, “France has once again paid in blood, but will not give an inch to the enemies of freedom.” The murderer’s parents and a friend have been detained by authorities. Investigators are trying to determine if Azimov had assistance or co-conspirators. The Islamic State group claimed the attacker was one of its “soldiers” three hours after the attack, but provided no evidence to back the claim or details about his identity. Prior to the attack, the terrorist was on a police watch list for radicalism.

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On Sunday, Chechnya’s president insisted that France accept the responsibility of the terrorist attack, pointing out that Azimov only held a Russian passport until he was 14 years old. “I consider it necessary to state that all responsibility for the fact that Khazmat Azimov went on the road of crime lies completely with the authorities of France,” Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said. “He was only born in Chechnya, and his growing up, the formation of his personality, his views and persuasions occurred in French society.” France is home to some 30,000 people of Chechen origin, although this is the first attack in France to have been perpetrated by a terrorist of Chechen origin. The two brothers responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 were also Chechen. French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb held a special security meeting on Sunday to address the Paris attack. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would lend a hand in the investigation. France has been on high alert following a series of attacks. More than 230 people have been killed by ISIS-inspired jihadists in the past three years.

Poles Killed Thousands of Jews during Holocaust

With so many witnesses of the Holocaust no longer here to give testimony, there are those who attempt to deny what happened to six million Jews a few decades ago. In truth, so much of the horror was not documented, and so the history of that time is left with gaps and holes of the past. Historians painstakingly attempt to uncover the details of that period. Now, according to new research, it is revealed that two-thirds of the local Jews in Poland who hid

in the country from the Nazis lost their lives due directly to the actions of their non-Jewish neighbors. The 1,600-page compilation from historians at the Warsaw-based Center for Research on Holocaust of Jews was compiled over the past five years. It covers nine out of Poland’s 13 regions. The details come just as Poland sets a new law into motion criminalizing those who blame Poland for Nazi crimes. Barbara Engelking and Jan Grabowski, two of the nine researchers who conducted the study, explained that Jews hiding in small Polish towns were particularly at risk. They called them “death traps.” In one region, Miechów, more than 10 percent of the Jews in hiding were murdered directly by partisans who were members of the Polish underground. Previously, the Poles had been held partially responsible for the Jews’ deaths but not to this scale. According to previous claims by Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich, no more than 2,500 Jews died at the hands of Poles during the Holocaust. Schudrich’s estimate has been disputed by Efraim Zuroff, Eastern Europe director for the Simon Wi-


esenthal. He believes the correct figure is “many thousands” of people who were murdered, including in at least 15 towns and cities in eastern Poland, where non-Jews butchered their Jewish neighbors. The study, though, puts the number of murdered Jews at Polish hands at well over half a million. In Poland, the Nazis killed 4 million Jews and an additional 3 million non-Jews. Interestingly enough, the Polish government is currently leading a campaign that celebrates the actions of Poles who risked their lives to save Jews. The Yad Vashem Holocaust museum has recognized more than 6,000 Poles for such actions – the highest number of any nation.

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happen here.” Western Australia police commissioner  Chris Dawson  said at a news conference  that officers responded to the scene about 5:15 a.m. and discovered the gruesome scene. Two firearms were discovered as well. “This devastating tragedy will no doubt have a lasting impact on the families concerned, the whole community and, in particular, the local communities in our Southwest,”

Dawson noted. The deceased were not publicly identified. Neighbors and friends have identified them as Peter and Cynda Miles, their daughter, Katrina, and  Katrina’s four children. Police believe that Peter was the perpetrator of the carnage. He had been perpetually upset about his son’s death years before and another son’s recent diagnosis with severe kidney problems.

Jailed politician Anwar Ibrahim of Malaysia just got some really great news – the once-in-a-lifetime kind. He will be pardoned by new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. During his campaign, Mahathir promised to free Anwar, the former prime minister of the country, if elected. In 2015 Anwar was arrested and charged, a move that many claim was politically motivated. At the time of his trial, human-rights groups were highly critical of the ruling, calling it politically motivated, a claim the government denied. Anwar has already served the bulk of his sentence. He was supposed to be released from prison in June. At a news conference on Friday, Mahathir said King Muhammad V had given his consent to a pardon. “It is going to be a full pardon, which of course means that he should not only be pardoned, he should be released immediately when he is pardoned,” Mahathir told reporters, a day after being sworn in as prime minister. “After that he will be free to participate fully in politics.” Under current laws, Anwar’s criminal record would bar him from political office for five years, but a royal pardon could pave the way for him to succeed Mahathir, who is 92. On Thursday night, Mahathir was sworn in by the king, Malaysia’s constitutional ruler. He beat out former leader, Najib Razak, whose reputation is laden with scandal. Mahathir’s victory toppled six decades of control by the Barisan Nasional coalition, which he himself formerly headed as Malaysia’s prime minister from 1981 until 2003. When Mahathir was asked if he would pursue a corruption investigation into Najib, he said that the former leader would be subject to the rule of the law just like anyone else.

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Deadly Dust Storms Hit India

At least 23 people died in a powerful dust storm that struck parts of

India last week. More than 40 other people were injured in the heavy storm, which saw winds over 70 kilometers per hour. Unseasonable storms have claimed the lives of at least 157 people in India during the month of May. The deadly disaster was also responsible for destroying dozens of homes and uprooting trees and power lines across the northern Uttar Pradesh state. Lightning is being blamed for the deaths of 12 people

in the Howrah, Western Midnapore, and North Parganas districts of West Bengal state. Similar dust storms in the past two weeks have left over 200 people wounded in five Indian states. The storms are estimated to have affected the lives of more than 100 million residents, many of whom have lost their cattle and crops for this year. In several districts, schools were shut down due to the storms.

Congo has released two British tourists who were kidnapped and held for two days in the country. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson did not give many details surrounding their release, but he did say that Congo authorities and the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation were to be thanked “for their tireless help during this terrible case.” Johnson continued to say that his “thoughts are now with the family of Virunga Park ranger Rachel Marissa Baraka, who was killed during the kidnapping, and with the injured driver.” Cosma Wilungula, director general of the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation, welcomed the tourists’ release. “We would like to thank our brave team for ensuring the swift resolution of this incident and the safe return of the two British nationals,” he said. Virunga Park director, Emmanuel de Merode, said, “We are deeply saddened by the death of Virunga National Park Ranger Baraka, whose life was tragically cut short while protecting the passengers and driver. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to her family and our sincerest gratitude for her bravery and service to Congo. We would like to thank the U.K. government for their support with this issue.” Apparently, the tourists’ vehicle was ambushed while en route to the park, which is about 6 miles north of the city of Goma. Many armed groups and militias live in Eastern Congo. Park officials are blaming the Mai Mai militia for the kidnapping, though no public arrests have been made. Allied Democratic Forces rebels have also been accused of attacks and kidnappings near the park. Baraka’s death marks the 175th ranger killed on the job in the park since it was established in 1925.

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Iraqis Head to the Polls

As of Tuesday, a populist coalition organized by influential Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr came ahead as the front-runner in Iraq’s national elections. The election, which was held on Saturday, is the first since the small nation declared victory over the Islamic State military terrorist group. Al-Sadr has been trying to recast himself as a populist that is railing against corruption in order to strike a political alliance with Iraq’s secularist and Communist parties. He is best known for leading an insurgency against U.S. forces and inciting violence and bloodshed against Iraq’s Sunni population. Because he headed a large militia during the early days of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, al-Sa-

dr has millions of devoted followers throughout the country. As of Tuesday, al-Sadr’s bloc will be able to lead the political horse-trading negotiations that will follow the elections in order to find a compromise and lead the government with a majority coalition. As al-Sadr did not technically run for a seat, he is unable to be named as prime minister, though his deputies in parliament are expected to follow his orders. The election comes as Iraq is facing huge unemployment numbers and is struggling to reintegrate the Sunni minority which has been marginalized in the past twenty years. More than 2 million people, mostly the Sunnis, have been displaced by war. In second place is an alliance of Hashd-linked candidates, headed by militia commander Hadi al-Amiri. Al-Amiri has close ties with Iran but also regularly meets with U.S. officials in Baghdad. Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi came in first in Iraq’s second largest province, Nineveh, but he performed poorly in the rest of the country, coming in third and fourth place in most provinces and fifth in Baghdad. A political party or alliance in Iraq needs a majority of 329 seats in parliament to be able to choose a prime min-

ister and form a government. Dozens of alliances ran for office but months of negotiations are expected before an alliance can put together the required seats.  

50 Terrorists Killed at Border

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Turkey Recalls Ambassadors from U.S. & Israel

On Monday, Turkey announced that it was recalling its ambassadors from the United States and Israel “for consultations,” and has followed the Palestinian Authority’s lead in announcing three days of mourning following the deaths of dozens of Palestinian protesters in Gaza on Monday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a speech in London that same day, calling Israel a “terror state” and adding that “the assault on the Gaza protesters exposed Israel’s ugly visage, as one who carries out genocide in Gaza.”  In a later interview with Bloomberg on Tuesday, Erdoğan charged that there were “two people responsible: U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.” “The U.S. has chosen to be a part of the problem, not the solution, and has lost its role as mediator in the Middle East peace process. We can’t help but feelings as if we’re back in the dark times preceding World War II,” Erdoğan opined. Following the day’s incidents, Turkey also called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which Turkey currently chairs.   “I will speak to other leaders and call on them to raise their own voices against this injustice,” Erdoğan added. “As leaders of the Islamic world, we will not allow to lose Jerusalem on this day. We shall continue standing with our Palestinian brothers.”  Thousands protested in Istanbul on Monday evening against the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Protesters burned Israeli and American

flags. “Al Quds belongs to the Muslims,” one of the signs hoisted at the rally said, as the assembled crowd chanted, “Jerusalem is ours, and will be ours.” One of the speakers addressing the crowd during the rally – organized by the same group behind the 2010 Gaza flotilla – called the Americans “dogs.”  South Africa also announced on Monday that it was recalling Ambassador Sisa Ngombane from Israel to consultations in Pretoria after severely denouncing “violent and destructive incursions into Palestinian territories.”  The South African government issued a condemnation of “Israeli armed forces’ violent aggression on the Gaza border. Victims took part in a peaceful protest against the provocative inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem” before calling on Israel to “withdraw from Gaza.”    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “appalled by the escalation in the Palestinian territories and the number of people killed and wounded in the Gaza Strip protests.”  Speaking about the Palestinian side of the issue, the secretary-general said Hamas and the protest’s leaders “have a responsibility to prevent further acts of violence.”  Israel’s envoy to the UN Danny Danon called on the Council’s members to denounce Hamas “for the war crimes it has perpetrated. It not only sends tens of thousands of people it has incited to break through the border and harm Israeli civilians, but also intentionally endangers Palestinian civilians.  “The massacre of Israeli civilians or the deaths of Gazans – either would be welcomed by Hamas. Any civilian hurt on the border is a victim of Hamas’s war crimes, every mortality is the result of the group’s terroristic activities and under its exclusive responsibility,” Danon concluded. Demonstrations against Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem also took place inside the U.S., with a prominent one taking place in Washington. Some one hundred protesters from the Jewish IfNotNow group protested outside the capital’s Trump International Hotel.  Chanting “Stop the violence,” protesters blocked Pennsylvania Avenue, which links the White House and the white-domed Capitol, for about two hours.

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$4M in Damages at Kerem Shalom Crossing

The Kerem Shalom border crossing into the Gaza Strip is being closed for repairs after Palestinian rioters trashed the only entry point of outside goods into the Strip. The closing of the border crossing, which ordinarily sees hundreds of cargo-bearing trucks pass into Gaza each day, was approved by Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The IDF estimates that the extensive damage will cost over $4 million to repair. Israeli officials who toured the Kerem Shalom area said they were “astonished by the devastation and destruction Palestinians left in their wake.” The damage was caused by Palestinian demonstrators breaking into their side of the crossing and damaging oil pipelines and electrical wiring

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IDF Takes Out Major Tunnel

A Hamas tunnel was bombed by the Israeli military this week. The attack tunnel, which was taken out

by airstrikes, is the ninth such tunnel that has been destroyed by Israel since October. Five of those tunnels had actually crossed into Israel. This most recent tunnel was only a few meters away from entering Israel. “The detection of the tunnel and its demolition is part of the ongoing effort to thwart the underground terror by Gaza-based terror groups headed by the Palestinian terror group Hamas,” the military said. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said that the tunnel was hit from the air because the operation was safer and deemed to have more “convenience” than from the ground. Conricus announced that the tunnel was about one kilometer long and had been under construction for several months. The IDF spent several weeks monitoring the tunnel before destroying it. “Hamas continues to pour vast resources into building tunnels and thwarts humanitarian efforts that allow Israel and other countries to help Gaza residents, instead of investing in developing the Strip,” the IDF said in a statement. The tunnel was detected using the army’s “new technological capability,” which has been used to find five cross-border tunnels in the past six months.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday that Israel would be victorious in its “ongoing campaign” against Iran. “I have established a basic principle: Whoever strikes us, we are going to strike them,” Netanyahu said.

Niger Ambush: What Went Wrong

IDF Destroys Iranian Resources in Syria Officials in Israel’s security cabinet believe that Iran “has gotten the Israeli message, and won’t mess with us in the near future” after intense strikes against Iranian outposts in

Syria. News outlets in Israel reported that the dozens of Israeli airstrikes carried out on Iranian military sites in Syria have made it clear to Tehran that they do not have the resources in Syria to successfully fight Israel. Top army officials have reportedly informed top ministers that the current round of hostilities are over and that Israel should focus on its northern border to monitor Iran’s advances and intentions.  Defense Minister Avigdor Li-

eberman sent a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad, telling him to “throw” Iranian forces out of his country. Over 50 Iranian targets were destroyed by Israel agents in the past weeks. Lieberman urged Syria to expel the Revolutionary Guard’s al-Quds Force, which Israel blamed for the missile attacks early Thursday morning. “I want to use this opportunity to give Assad a message,” he said. “Throw out the Iranians, throw out

The tragic ambush and killing of four U.S. soldiers in Niger last year may have been prevented had it not been for “command mistakes and insufficient training,” according to the Pentagon. A report that summarizes the investigation into the deadly incident was released this week and Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander of U.S. Africa Command, has taken responsibility for the loss of American lives. “I take ownership of all the events connected to the ambush of 4 October,” Waldhauser said. “The responsibility is mine.” He added that his

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the courage with which our forces fought,” said Army Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier, chief of staff for U.S. Africa Command and lead investigating officer. The investigative team interviewed 143 people, including survivors of the attack. U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees, said that the tragedy is “deeply troubling.” “Our troops were

in Niger to ‘train and equip’ the Nigerian military. They embarked on a mission described as consistent with that limited purpose, but it was actually a ‘kill or capture’ combat mission designed to target a high-value person believed to be present in the region,” Kaine said. The troops were hunting for a high-ranking Islamic State militant, but their leaders submitted a less dangerous mission for command

approval, the report says. The report cites “a general lack of situational awareness and command oversight at every echelon.” According to a summary of the report, the 12-member team and their partner Nigerien troops were ambushed “by a large enemy force” immediately after their convoy stopped near the village of Tongo Tongo to resupply. One of the Nigerien vehicles appeared to depart the area immediately, and the team radioed their headquarters saying they were under attack, but they did not request support. The team leader assessed that his combined force could defeat the threat but soon realized that the enemy force was much larger than anticipated, and he ordered his troops to withdraw to the south. The convoy eventually departed, but it was at this critical moment that one of the vehicles carrying three of the U.S. soldiers killed in the ambush became separated from the group. Realizing that they were missing members of their team and after repeated attempts to reach them via radio, two soldiers from the rest of the U.S. force attempted to return to the ambush site on foot to find their teammates. They soon encountered the enemy and entered into a gun battle. It was during this firefight that Sgt. Johnson returned fire from one of the U.S. vehicles, expending all the ammunition in his M240 machine gun. He switched to a M2010 sniper rifle and continued fighting, according to the summary. After receiving increasing enemy fire from ISIS fighters equipped with trucks mounted with machine guns, the team leader ordered his remaining force of Americans and Nigeriens to withdraw. At that point Johnson became separated from the rest of the group. He and the Nigerien soldiers escaped on foot. He was then killed by enemy fire. His body was not found for 48 hours after they realized he was missing because he was killed “outside the immediate search area of responding forces.” Pentagon chief spokeswoman Dana White called the report a “sober reminder” of the need to develop and maintain elite combat skills. “As painful as the loss of our soldiers is, it is our duty to honor their sacrifice and learn from this operation in our constant effort to improve our training, tactics, techniques, procedures, and operations,” she said.

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U.S. Oil Production: An Expanding Global Force

Citigroup has announced that the United States is poised to surpass Saudi Arabia next year as the largest exporter of crude and oil products in the world. Thanks to shale oil production, the U.S. exported a record 8.3 million barrels per day (BPD) of crude oil and petroleum products last month. Saudi Arabia, the current top oil producer, exported 9.3 million BPD in January, and Russia exported 7.4 million BPD as well. Citi’s projection numbers are for both crude and refined petroleum

products, so their predictions may be off, however, since the January OPEC/ non-OPEC production cut agreement, Saudi Arabia’s figures have fallen steadily. The Kingdom’s oil minister announced in April that May’s crude oil production would be below 7 million BPD for the 12th consecutive month. Meanwhile, U.S. Energy Information Administration said last week that the U.S. crude exports increased by 582,000 bpd to 2.331 bpd, an all-time high. U.S. crude production has increased for a few reasons. One of the main contributors to the uptick is the competition for market share in China against their traditional exporters, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Iran. China is moving away from Saudi Arabia a bit as the kingdom continues to increase its official selling price (OSP) for Arab Light crude. Unipec, China’s state-run trading arm, announced last week that they plan to continue to cut their Saudi Arabian crude oil purchases for June and July loadings, after slashing May shipments by 40 percent. In 2017, Russia overtook Saudi Arabia as China’s top crude supplier.  U.S. crude is also finding more buyers in Europe. Market sources

have estimated U.S. exports to Europe would average 800,000 BPD between mid-May and mid-June, including 25 million barrels in May overall.

Workers Flee Puerto Rico amid Financial Crisis

Puerto Rico is still reeling from extensive damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria. As it struggles to rebuild, many workers are fleeing the island in order to find jobs that will feed their families. The territory was already suffering from high unemployment before the massive hurricane hit. Now many Puerto Ricans are be-


ing promised attractive jobs with “competitive compensation” off the island. For example, one job opening offers health insurance, life insurance, tuition assistance, a 401(k), free meals and a $1,000 bonus, in two installments, if you stick with it a year. These jobs are in states like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio in various industries. “This is perfect for a person who has to start from zero,” says Amos Torres, 34, as he attended a job fair by HMSHost, the world’s largest provider of food and beverage services for travelers. While Torres said he loves his hometown, San Juan, he said that “the environment is not good, so I’m looking for new opportunities.” Before the hurricane he worked at a shop in historic Old San Juan which was completely destroyed by Hurricane Maria last year. His current job as a line cook at Dave & Buster’s offers $8.75 an hour and 20-30 work hours a week. Many employers, including HMSHost, are seeking workers from Puerto Rico since they recognize their need for good jobs. School districts, police departments, medical facilities, landscaping companies and hos-


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Memory Transfer?

A new study strongly suggests that at least some memories are stored in genetic code and that genetic code can act like memory “soup.” Perhaps, according to this new study, one can suck the memo-

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havior based on a simple memory. And in the new paper, published this week in the journal eNeuro, the UCLA scientists showed that they can suck that memory out of one snail in the form of RNA and stick it in another. “All [that the recipients] were exposed to was RNA from a trained animal [a snail with the zap memory] or an untrained animal, or in some cases, just the chemical we used to deliver the RNA,” said David Glanzman, said lead study author David Glanzman, a neuroscientist and integrative biologist at UCLA. When the RNA came from a snail that hadn’t been zapped, the memory recipients acted “naive,” retracting their parapodia only briefly after a zap, as if no more zaps were coming. But when snails were exposed to the RNA from a snail that had been zapped, they retracted their parapodia for longer periods after zaps. “This is important, because it says it’s not just [any implanted RNA] that is producing widespread excitability in neurons,” Glanzman explained. Instead, snails with RNA from other snails that had been shocked — and from only those snails — acted just like they had received those initial “teaching” tail shocks themselves. There’s been a long-simmering debate in neuroscience about whether the essential units of memory are stored primarily in the “transcriptome” (the long molecules inside cells also used to record genes) or the “connectome” (the network of links between nerve cells). The transcriptome was more popular in the 20th century, when scientists tried and failed to hunt down “memory RNA” in cruder experiments that broadly resembled Glanzman’s. Eventually, however, that idea fell into disfavor, and more and more research and funding turned toward the connectome. Today, there are several active attempts to map the connectome in humans, and certain researchers even suggest that the connectome could be  used to preserve human memories  after death – though this has yet to be proven. But connectome studies – including the  mapping of the entire connectome  of the worm Caenorhabditis elegans – have failed to produce conclusive, predictive evidence of the stuff of memory, and so some scientists have looked less favorably on that work as well.

U.S.: Head of Iran’s Central Bank a Terrorist

The United States has designated the head of Iran’s central bank as a terrorist and has barred anyone around the world from doing business with him, escalating financial pressure on Iran in the wake of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal. Valiollah Seif, the governor of the Iranian central bank, was named a “specially designated global terrorist” along with another senior official, Ali Tarzali, who works in the central bank’s international division. The U.S. Treasury Department accused the men of secretly funneling millions of dollars through an Iraqi bank to help Hezbollah, the Iran-backed militant network that the U.S. designates a terrorist group. The moves come as Trump’s administration, after deeming the 2015 nuclear deal insufficiently tough on Iran, seeks to construct a global coalition to place enough pressure on Tehran that it comes back to the negotiating table to strike a “better deal.” The sanctions targeting Iran’s central bank executives are some of the first actions by Trump’s administration since pulling out of the deal to start ramping up that economic pressure. “The United States will not permit Iran’s increasingly brazen abuse of the international financial system,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. “The global community must remain vigilant against Iran’s deceptive efforts to provide financial support to its terrorist proxies.” The exact ramifications of the sanctions for Iran’s economy were not immediately clear. The U.S. said that the sanctions did not extend to Iran’s central bank itself. Still, the U.S. said it was imposing so-called secondary sanctions on the Iranian bank officials, which could significantly increase Iran’s isolation from the global financial system. Typically, when the U.S. punishes

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said is a Hezbollah official who has been a “critical conduit” for transferring funds to Hezbollah from the Revolutionary Guards. Lebanon’s Hezbollah, the powerful Shiite guerrilla force that is also a prominent political player in Lebanon, has long helped carry out Iran’s foreign policy objectives in the Arabic-speaking world. Most recently, the U.S. has been concerned about the role that Hezbollah fighters are playing in Syria to help prop up President Bashar Assad. Hezbollah fought a war with Israel in 2006, and Israeli officials have been deeply concerned about the prospect of another confrontation.’

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individuals with sanctions, it prohibits Americans or U.S. companies from doing business with them. Secondary sanctions also apply to non-Americans and non-U.S. companies. That means that anyone, in any country, who does business with Seif or Tarzali could themselves be punished with sanctions, cutting them off from the U.S. financial system. Seif, as the central bank’s governor, has helped guide Iran’s economy

through the web of sanctions in place on that country. In the aftermath of the 2015 deal, in which nuclear sanctions on Iran were lifted, Seif was a prominent voice complaining that Iran was still being kept out of the global financial system and not receiving the economic benefits it was promised in exchange for curtailing its nuclear program. The Treasury said that Seif undermined the central bank’s credibility

by routing millions of dollars from the Quds Force, the expeditionary unit of Iran’s hardline Revolutionary Guards, to al-Bilad Islamic Bank, which is based in Iraq. Those funds were then used to “enrich and support the violent and radical agenda of Hezbollah,” Treasury said. Al-Bilad Islamic Bank and its CEO and chairman, Aras Habib, were also hit with U.S. sanctions, as was Muhammad Qasir, who the Treasury

If you’re reading this article on your couch, open your door and head outside. According to a new survey, a quarter of Americans spend almost an entire 24 hours without going outside and downplay the negative health effects of only breathing indoor air. We are, it opines, “an indoor generation.” “We are increasingly turning into a generation of indoor people where the only time we get daylight and fresh air mid-week is on the commute to work or school,” Peter Foldbjerg, the head of daylight energy and indoor climate at VELUX, a window manufacturing company, said. VELUX commissioned the “Indoor Generation Report,” published on Tuesday, that found 77 percent of Americans don’t believe that breathing air inside is any worse than pollution outside. It’s unclear how dangerous indoor air is in the modern era – reports by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency evaluating indoor air quality are from 1987 and 1989, which found that it is two to five times more polluted than outside. Humidity, mold growth, inadequate temperature and being in close quarters with other people are all cited

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risks associated with poor air quality indoors. A 2013 report by the World Health Organization found that people spend about 90 percent of their time inside. The “Indoor Generation Report” surveyed 16,000 people from 14 countries in Europe and North America about their knowledge and perceptions of indoor vs. outdoor air quality and the amount of time spent inside. Of the results for Americans, a quarter said they spend between 21 and 24 hours inside; 20 percent said they spend 19 to 20 hours a day inside; and 21 percent said they spend between 15 and 18 hours inside. Only thirty-four percent said they spend between zero and 14 hours inside. Great Britain and Canada had similar results to the U.S., with 23 and 26 percent of its respondents saying they spend between 21 and 24 hours inside. The countries with the highest percentage of people who spend the lowest amount of time inside were Italy (57 percent), the Czech Republic (57 percent) and the Netherlands (51 percent). This group said they only spend between zero and 14 hours indoors. The authors recommend that people be conscious of how much time they are inside and make an effort to get out more. Other tips for making an indoor space healthier is to clean regularly; refrain from burning candles; dry clothes outside; turn on the fan when cooking; and open windows at least three to four times a day to let in fresh air.

NRA Sues Cuomo and NYDFS New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state’s financial regulator are being sued by the National Rifle Association (NRA). The NRA is accusing the city of generating a “blacklisting campaign” in an attempt to convince banks and insurers to stop doing business with the group. The gun advocacy group said, according to a complaint, that Cuomo himself and the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) tried to deny the NRA its constitutional right of allowing them the right to “speak freely about gun-related issues and defend the Second Amendment.”

On May 2, the NYDFS fined insurance broker Lockton Cos LLC, which administered an NRA-branded insurance program known as “Carry Guard,” $7 million. Just a few days later, on May 7, NYDFS fined insurer Chubb Ltd and its Illinois Union Insurance Company unit $1.3 million for having “unlawfully provided liability insurance to gun owners for acts of intentional wrongdoing,” the regulator said. The fines were part of settlements between the companies and the regulator, outcomes that are the “culmination of years of political activism by Cuomo against the NRA and gun rights organizations,” an NRA lawyer said in a statement. According to the suit documents, Cuomo, NYDFS and its chief, Maria Vullo, whom the NRA also named as a defendant, engaged in a “campaign of selective prosecution, backroom exhortations, and public threats” to coerce banks and insurance companies to withhold services from the NRA.” In a letter issued by NYDFS in April addressed to multiple heads of banks and insurance companies doing business in New York, it encouraged them to manage “reputational risk” posed by dealings with “gun promotion organizations.” Vullo, in a press release issued by Cuomo the same day, urged “all insurance companies and banks doing business in New York to join the companies that have already discontinued their arrangements with the NRA.” The NRA is claiming that as a result they suffered tens of millions of dollars in damages.

Melania Undergoes Kidney Surgery

On Monday, first lady Melania Trump underwent kidney surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, D.C. She had been experiencing trouble with her kidney for a problem her office described as benign but required medical attention.

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“This morning, first lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. The procedure was successful, and there were no complications,” the first lady’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement. “Mrs. Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will likely remain there for the duration of the week. The first lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere,” Grisham wrote. Melania, 48, is the first U.S. first lady to undergo such a serious medical procedure while in the White House since Nancy Reagan had a mastectomy in October 1987. Rosalynn Carter underwent surgery to remove a benign lump from her breast in April 1977. Weeks after Betty Ford became first lady, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy in September 1974. Melania spent the first six months of the Trump presidency in New York. Just recently, she was responsible for the first formal dinner at the White House in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, from the hand-selected ivory tablecloths to the menu, which the first lady designed to meld American food with French influence. On May 7, Trump was once again front and center, this time to unveil her formal platform, Be Best. She kicked off the initiative with a Rose Garden speech lasting 11 minutes, the longest public speaking engagement during her 16-month tenure as first lady. A new CNN poll released on May 7 had the first lady’s favorable rating up 10 points since January to 57%.

Trump Tackles High Drug Prices There may be a little more cash in your pocket after President Trump gives pharmaceutical companies a run for their money. On Friday Trump vowed to “derail the gravy train for special interests” as he outlined a proposal that seeks to lower the cost of prescription drugs by promoting competition and pressing foreign countries to raise their drug prices to alleviate pressure on American consumers. Trump has suggested that the current system allows for corruptions,

greedy businesses, and middlemen who have made “an absolute fortune” through “dishonest double-dealing” at the expense of consumers who need medications to prolong or improve their lives.

“Everyone involved in the broken system – the drug makers, insurance companies, distributors, pharmacy benefit managers and many others – contribute to the problem,” he noted in a speech in the Rose Garden. “Government has also been part of the problem because previous leaders turned a blind eye to this incredible abuse. But under this administration we are putting American patients first.” Trump’s goal is to cut out the middlemen by providing resources to private benefits managers in Medicare’s prescription drug program to negotiate lower prices, stop limiting pharmacists from helping patients save money, and speed up approval of over-the-counter medicines so that fewer will require prescriptions. Additionally, the “blueprint to lower drug prices” would provide new incentives for drug manufacturers to reduce list prices thereby cutting consumers’ out-of-pocket costs. He also promised to make it a priority to stop foreign countries from forcing American drug makers to provide medicines at drastically lower prices than in the United States. “It’s time to end the global freeloading once and for all,” Trump said. Many expected the pharmaceutical industry to take a big hit from Trump’s proposal, however, Ronny Gal, a securities analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Company, said the president’s speech was “very, very positive to pharma.” He added, “We have not seen anything about that speech which should concern investors” in the pharmaceutical industry. Shortly after the president’s address drug makers’ stocks increased, as did the stocks of pharmacy benefit managers. The NASDAQ Biotechnology Index climbed 2.68 percent

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on Friday, and companies that make expensive specialty drugs saw their stocks rise, including Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Biogen. Pharmacy benefit managers Express Scripts closed up by 2.59 percent, and CVS Health finished up at 3.17 percent.


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and 2017, the number of customers transporting service or support animals aboard their planes rose by more than 40%. The airline specifically listed (discriminated against?!) certain animals which are now banned from flights: insects, goats, hedgehogs, ferrets, spiders, chicken and hawks. Animals with a bad odor should stay at home. Miniature horses, though, are still allowed to fly with their owners, provided they’re properly

trained as service animals. Which is great, since I always wanted to fly next to a horse on my way to Florida.

Free Windfall Chuck Anderson won big this week – and he didn’t have to pay a thing. Anderson showed up at Iowa Lottery headquarters on Thursday

to claim his $4.38 million prize for matching all six numbers in Saturday’s Lotto America. He was truly surprised that he won – especially since he received the free ticket for the lottery along with the Powerball ticket he purchased during the first week of the month. The Iowa Lottery said it is giving away “Lotto Surprise” free plays this month to random players who buy tickets in games selected by the


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lottery. The qualifying game chosen for the first week was Powerball, and Anderson was selected when he bought his ticket.

Seeing the lucky numbers made Anderson look twice. “I had to look a couple times,” he admitted. Even so, he’s still amazed that he landed so much cash. “I’m waiting until the money is deposited,” he said. “I won’t believe it until it’s there.”

The zoo posted a video of the cool outing in January, although it was taken down after controversy. The video showed the Kodiak bear, Berkley, being hand-fed ice cream by a Dairy Queen drive-through employee while riding in the passenger seat of a pickup truck. The zoo had defended the video as a message about safety. “The message was: Don’t feed the bears. Don’t stop on the side of the road,” zoo co-owner Doug Bos said in January. “If everybody would listen to the video, that’s what the message was – don’t do this.”

A Bear at the Drive Thru So, a bear went to a local Dairy Queen drive-through for some ice cream. No, this is not a bad joke. The Discovery Wildlife Park in Alberta, Canada, has officially been charged after it was ascertained that officials took a bear for ice cream at the Dairy Queen drive-through.

To add to the really bad decisions, it has also been discovered that the bear was taken to an employee’s home every night for bottle feeding in 2017. Bos and co-owner Debbie Rowland said they plan to plead guilty to the charges. “We made a mistake. I’m embar-

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rassed about it,” Bos admitted. “Every time we take an animal off the property, we’re supposed to notify Fish and Wildlife, send them an email, and we forgot to do that in both instances.” Bos, you can forget to brush your teeth or do your homework. You cannot forget to leave your bear at the zoo when you go for ice cream.

Chocolate Jam

Drivers were stuck in sticky sweetness last week when tons of liquid chocolate spilled onto a roadway in Poland after a truck overturned. The crash occurred in the early morning hours and sent liquid chocolate spilling onto a section of the A2 motorway between Warsaw and Pozan. “In unknown circumstances the driver of a heavy goods vehicle transporting a liquid in the form of chocolate hit a barrier, as a result of which the substance spilled out onto two lanes,” a police spokeswoman said. Portions of the roadway had to be closed while officials determined the best way to clean up the chocolatey mess. Eventually the chocolate began to harden on the road. The only thing that helped to clean up the chocolatey chaos was hot water. “The cooling chocolate is worse than snow,” Slupca fire brigade senior brigadier Bogdan Kowalski said. But it tastes so much sweeter.

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This family could bear-ly believe it. For two years, Su Yun’s family in China had a family pet, a dog, which they had bought for the holidays. Suddenly, though, the family realized that their pet dog was eating way too much for a canine. When the animal started eating a box of fruits and two buckets

of noodles every day, the Yun family admitted that their family pet was not really a dog – it was a bear. The bear had grown to 250 pounds and was able to walk on its hind legs when the Yun family turned it over to the Yunnan Wildlife Rescue Center. Turns out, their suspicions were confirmed. It was an Asiatic Black Bear that they had been hosting for years in their family home. In fact, the workers at the rescue center were so frightened of the huge animal that they had to sedate the bear before transporting it to the center. You know what they say, if it walks like a bear and eats like not a it’s, well, not a dog.

Buried Treasure

This week, when Matthew and Maria Emanuel planted trees in their backyard, they came across something wholly unexpected: buried treasure. The Staten Island couple was stunned when they found the box – which was really a safe – that was filled with $52,000 worth of valuables inside, including cash and jewels in bags. “I thought, ‘We found buried treasure!’” Matthew told the Staten Island Advance. “We were freaked out. It’s something you can’t make up.” Inside the safe was an address in Brooklyn that the couple was able to link to one of their neighbors. The couple then asked the neighbor if they had ever been robbed. Turns out, they were – seven years ago. “She was like shaking and hugging me,” Matthew said of their neighbor. Maria added, “A couple of people asked us, ‘Why did you return it?’ It wasn’t even a question. It wasn’t ours.” The safe’s owners blamed the robbery on Robert Costanzo, the notorious “Ninja Burglar” who was convicted of 160 robberies on Staten Island. The DA’s office has not confirmed their suspicions. The Emanuels are keeping an elephant on the spot where they found the treasure. Its trunk marked the spot where the trunk was found underground.

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For the last 6 years, Sar Hatorah and

made a heartfelt l’chaim and then signed


Rash’k’baha”g, Maran Hagaon Harav Chaim

a note expressing his appreciation of Shas


Kanievsky, shlit”a, has given the avreichim

Yiden. All present then burst into song.


hageonim of Shas Yiden an annual farher of the entire Shas. On each occasion, they all excelled. Rav Chaim, who is a passionate promoter of studying and mastering the entire Shas, expressed his joy and satisfaction at their prowess and encyclopedic knowledge.

RAV CHAIM’S REQUEST AND BROCHA Rav Chaim has taken an avid interest in the progress and development of Shas Yiden. It was at the annual farher in November 2016, that he made a personal request of the Shas Yiden Founder, Hagaon Harav Avro-

Two weeks ago, in a gathering at his home

hom Eisen, the Pozna Rov, shlit”a, to open

with the hanhallah of Shas Yiden, his sons

a second kollel branch in Bnei Brak that

hageonim shlit”a,

the avreichim hageonim

would follow the same Shas Yiden regi-

and supporters of Shas Yiden from Amer-

men of pansophic Talmudic excellence.

ica, Rav Chaim accepted to serve as the




very few who be able to keep

w o u l d up with the de-

manding pace and the 8 daf-a-day regimen of the Shas Yiden program. In just 7 months, 10 avreichim geonim were identified and accepted. Thus, on Rosh Chodesh Iyar last year, Shas Yiden-Bnei Brak was inaugurated in the home of Rav Chaim. At the last farher at Channukah time, after receiving requests to open Shas Yiden kollelim in Yerushalayim and other centers, Rav Eisen asked Rav Chaim for a brocha regarding the Yerushalayim kollel. Rav Chaim’s response was he should establish “Another TEN!” 32+10= 569,310? THE BROCHA COMES TRUE This latest gathering of the avreichim geonim at Rav Chaim was the third in the space of a year. The occasion was Rav Chaim presiding over the inauguration of Shas Yiden-Yerushalayim as per his enthusiastic brocha just seven months ago. As has been his custom, Rav Chaim gave them a farher on Shas! Rav Eisen called out the

Nasi of the Reshet Hakollelim - Shas Yiden

Rav Eisen, together with the Rosh Hakollelim,

name of a maseches, Rav Chaim respond-

(the Shas Yiden Network in Eretz Yisroel).

Hagaon Harav Moshe Isaac Samet, shlit”a,

ed with a question, and the avreichim re-

set about identifying, interviewing and test-

sponded with the answers. It was amazing.

The fact that the Shas Yiden avreichim study some 160 days more per year than other kol-

ing applicants. While there were many hope-

lelim has not been lost on Rav Chaim. The only change in the daily Shas Yiden regimen is that on Shabbos and Yom Tov and the days before each, the study load is reduced from 8 daf to 4, but still with the four chazoras (reviews). No compliment could have been greater than his words at the last Siyum Hashas. He had asked a ‘trick’ question that demanded a knowledge of every word by heart, and when he received the answer he sought, Rav Chaim exclaimed, “Zei kennen Shas (They know Shas)!” When Rav Chaim finished giving them the Shas farher, he gave a brocha for the opening






Let these lines serve as a testament that the Rabbonim Hageonim, the avreichim of Reshet Hakollelim - Shas Yiden under the leadership of Harav Hagaon Rav Avrohom Halevi Eisen, shlit”a, the Pozna Rov--They were with me and I tested them with questions on the entire Shas. I was amazed at their vast knowledge, and their dedicated ongoing efforts to complete Shas every year --Happy is their portion, and that of all who support and help them have acquired their own portion. All who come forward to support [Shas Yiden] will merit to see blessing in all that they do, many times over --And I bless them that they should merit to increase the greatness of Torah, and to glorify it, through nachas and expansion of knowledge, with brocha and hatzlocha in all that they do --- Amen, and may it be His will. Chaim Kanievsky



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This time the complement of

Rav Chaim’s two-word answer

the avreichim geonim – 21 in Bet

stunned everyone present – “l’ye-

Shemesh and 11 in Bnei Brak –

mos Hamashiach (the Days of

increased by 10 – the new avre-

Mashiach)!” Amid the consterna-

ichim geonim from Yerushalayim.

tion, Rav Man asked, “But before

The minimum requirement for

the days of Mashiach come the

each avreich is to complete the

chevlei (travails of)Mashiach. Will

2711 daf of Shas five times, which

the supporters of Shas Yiden be

equals 13,555 daf per year! Multi-

saved from them?” Rav Chaim re-

plied by 42 avreichim, this equals

sponded: “Both spiritually and ma-

569,310 daf in the course of this year!

terially – behakol (in everything).” Rav Chaim then added that the


wives of the Shas Yiden supporters

Since Chanukah, Rav Samet has

will receive half of these rewards!

kept an eye open for outstanding

Hagaon Harav Chaim Feinstein,

talmidei chachomim in Yerusha-

Rosh Yeshiva Ateret Shlomo, was

layim to echo the tremendous

asked to address the gathering

achievements of the avreichim

and was overflowing in his praise

geonim in Bnei Brak and Beit

of Shas Yiden. When he concluded

Shemesh. There were many ap-

his words, Rav Chaim exclaimed

plicants, and after interviewing

“It is time to drink a l’chaim”. Im-

and testing them all, a minyan

mediately after these brochos,

of metzuyonim were accept-

the Sar Hatorah took leave of the

ed. But then, a suitable location

avreichim, Rav Eisen and the sup-

was needed. Well, there is now

porters. The members of the Rav’s

a new landmark. Next door to

household all declared that there

the famous Manny’s bookstore,

had never been a similar gath-

emblazoned for all to see is the

ering in the home of Rav Chaim.

large blue sign – Reshet Hakollelim - Shas Yiden, Yerushalayim.


In less than two weeks of its

In the afternoon preceding the



Shas Yiden-Yerushalayim gath-





ering, all the avreichim geonim


gathered in the Shas Yiden-Bnei

greatness of the Torah is be-

Brak bais medrash for a full-blown

ing restored in the Holy City.

farher on the entire Shas. The visi-

talking city

point the


tors from the United States would


have the opportunity to see ‘total

Maran Sar Hatorah asked his

Torah in action’. For over an hour

chavrusa, Harav Hagaon Eliyohu

they witnessed total focus and

Mann, to deliver messages on

the ebb and flow of Torah knowl-

his behalf, to both the avreichim

edge from every corner of Shas.

and to the dozen supporters of

The farher was conducted by

Shas Yiden who had flown in to

Hagaon Hagadol Rav Yitzchak

Eretz Yisroel for the special oc-


casion. To the avreichim the message emphasized the vital and supreme importance of learning Torah.

The message was inter-

rupted a few times by Rav Chaim, plying the avreichim with questions from Shas. Rav Mann then expressed Rav Chaim’s appreciation of the Pozna Rov for what had already been achieved by the Shas



To the supporters,


The ‘Farher Intensive’





Chaim. By his own admission, he Mann mentioned that they would

ed is the one who supports (yakim)

had thoroughly prepared some 50

be blessed measure for measure

this Torah – both materially and spiritually.

questions from all over Shas. His

- just as they assisted for kol Hatorah (all of the Torah) to be learned, that you will be blessed with all the Bless-


TALK OF MASHIACH Rav Mann turned to Rav Chaim and asked, “What will those who support Shas Yiden merit?”

comments after the dynamic farher: “This was unbelievable. These are 42 avreichim who are incredible geonim. As much as I tried to ‘catch them out’ I simply could not. They are all fully proficient in the entire Shas. I have never witnessed such a collective display of To-

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After the breathtaking farher, one of the visitors exclaimed, “THIS WAS

A WOW!” Another


“Where in the world can one see true lomdei v’yodei Torah together in one room and immersed totally in Torah? It was as if missiles of Torah were shooting all over the room and all the avreichim were at the controls at the same time.”

expanse of Torah. “Not only will

visitors to continue their support,

you be enveloped in holiness, but

and spoke about the brochos with

contented and happy you will be

which they would be blessed.

in this world, and it shall be good

which he recited the entire Rash-

Hagaon Harav Gershon Edelstein,

ba on Gittin – something that

Rosh Hayeshiva of Ponevez. At

he had never learned in his life!

even the physical hardships that may face one on his quest to plumb the depths and master the

ed with the 48 kinyanei Hatorah.”

highlighted his words with a sto-

layim, was the address by Maran

fillment of Torah that can eclipse

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In Yerushalayim, the group met with Hagaonim Roshei Hayeshiva: Harav David Cohen of Chevron, Harav Yaakov Hillel of Ahavat Shalom, Harav Yitzchok Sheiner of Kaminetz, Harav Shalom Cohen of Porat Yosef, Harav Chaim Hacohen


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Recordings and videos of the gathering at Rav Chaim and the farher will soon be uploaded to the Shas Yiden website: shortly after Shavuos. For further information on Shas Yiden or to donate, call 718-702-1528 or go to the website and click on the Donate tab.

Elimelech Biederman was an up-

HE GAVE UP BEING A ROSH KOLLEL TO JOIN… For many a yungerman who wishes to continue learning after his marriage, an ideal arrangement is for the shver (father in law) to set him up as a Rosh Kollel. Thus, he will have the opportunity to grow and shteig in his learning. So it was in Yerushalayim with Reb ‘Avrohom Cohen’ (name changed to protect privacy). For some five years, he has led a successful kollel in Yerushalayim. Over those years he has closely followed the unfolding story and success of the Shas Yiden project. He dreamed of being part of the Shas Yiden group if it would ever open in Yerushalayim. Asked why he could not embark on studying and mastering Shas himself, he responded: “One cannot go against the stream, and as much as one would love to learn and know Shas, one needs to have a strong chabura and a structured system for it to happen.” “When I heard that Shas Yiden was opening in Yerushalayim. I applied immediately to become one of the avreichim.”The bottom line is that he resigned as the Rosh Hakollel and has become a full-time avreich in Shas Yiden-Yerushalayim! As he says again and again, “My goal is to become a true Shas Yid and this is the one place that can make it happen.”

oped ‘cold feet’ at the last moment. He was beset with doubts: Could he keep up the pace? The incredible daily demands would have an effect on his wife and children as well. Every day would impact on his being a father – the learning would have to take first place. He decided to consult with his Rosh Yeshiva from years past, the revered, Hagaon Harav Yaakov Friedman, shlit”a, Rosh Yeshivas Tushia in Tifrach - one of the senior roshei yeshiva in Eretz Yisroel. His reaction: “Not only should you go, but Shas Yiden is where you will become a real talmid chochom and truly know and master Shas. If I could, I would give up being the Rosh Yeshiva and sign up to be a kollel ‘yungerman’ in Shas Yiden! That is the opportunity you have before you.”

…AND A LEADING ROSH YESHIVA WISHES HE COULD One of the avreichim who signed up for Shas Yiden-Yerushalayim, devel-

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Bringing it Up a Notch on Central Avenue By Malky Lowinger


hile Central Avenue has always been the preferred go-to shopping district of the Five Towns community, last week’s grand opening of Abode on the corner of Central and Washington Avenues is certainly bringing the shopping experience up a notch. The elegant new store, with its sleek design and posh decor, will showcase a variety of exclusive home furnishings that are unique and trendy – and upscale and glamorous. The opening of Abode is truly a reason to celebrate, which is why many community members were on hand at last week’s Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Dedicated Village trustees

were honored with the official ribbon cutting, while guests cheered and enjoyed a sneak preview of the chic and stylish furnishings that this showroom will offer.

Accentuations By Design in Boro Park over thirty years ago. In an exclusive interview with TJH, we ask Joel what made him decide to open another store here in Cedarhurst at

At Abode, the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Joel Brach is the proud owner of Abode. He’s a member of the celebrated Brach family who’ve been the trendsetters of the home furnishings industry ever since opening

this time. “Many of our customers,” he explains, “were begging us to open a showroom here. They loved our collection of fine furnishings but they

didn’t enjoy driving into Brooklyn and especially looking for parking.” Always attuned to his customers’ needs, Joel decided to accommodate their requests. He brings the same high-quality, high-end concept found at Accentuations by Design to Abode but with a distinctive refreshing and modern flair. It’s Accentuations for the smart and discriminating 2018 customer. Joel points out that the furnishings in his showroom are not merely trendy. “They’re ahead of the trend. What you see here today will become the fashion statement a few years down the line,” he notes. A quick tour through the showroom and you get what he means. The pieces are not only unique, they are also whimsical and delightful. A giant wall of chairs – Joel calls it

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the Chair Gallery – greets the customer at the entrance to the store. It makes a grand statement. Nearby is the birdcage, a freestanding black and gold hammock chair that swings. It’s sharp, bold, daring, but also deliciously cozy. Abode’s collection spans three floors, and it’s hard to decide what to look at first. Tables and cabinets are finished in a lacquered sheen that’s sleek but also allows us to see the beauty of the wood grain. And sofa and chair fabrics come in a variety of colors that include pastels as well as the ubiquitous black. At Abode, the ordinary becomes extraordinary. A sleek dining table sits on legs made of colorful crystal balls. An elegant vase is inscribed with a sparkling three dimensional rose motif. A mirror is surrounded by striking metallic jagged edges, making a dramatic focal point for any room. Joel points to his personal favorite piece. It’s a sleek sofa that incorporates several shades of blue, giving off an ombre impression. The kidney-shaped sofa is a real show stopper and was much admired at the Grand Opening event. Joel is looking forward to servicing this community and is confident that residents of the Five Towns will appreciate his modern and innovative vision. “I’m especially looking forward to working with interior designers in this neighborhood,” he shares. “I invite them to come in and work with us. Special appointments are available,” he adds. If last week’s Grand Opening is any indication, Abode will certainly

be an asset to the community and a Five Towns landmark. “A lot of people have been coming in and thanking me,” Joel reflects. “They’re excited about the store. I’ve been getting some really good vibes.” Joel adds that he’s offering an Instagram giveaway in honor of the Grand Opening of Abode. Followers are welcome to enter the contest to win $4,500 worth of furniture at the store. It’s Joel’s way of showing appreciation to a community that is already being so supportive and encouraging to him as he launches his new venture, Abode.


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HAFTR Celebrates Dedication of Yom Yerushalayim at HANC U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem


he students and faculty of HAFTR High School gathered in the school’s auditorium on Monday, May 14, to witness and celebrate the historic dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.   Rabbi Gedaliah Oppen, principal of Judaic Studies, described the significance of this momentous event in the context

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of the history of the Jewish people. The opening of the embassy in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Israel, was especially meaningful to the HAFTR High School community. The U.S. Ambassador to the State of Israel, the Honorable David M. Friedman, is a long-time HAFTR parent, grandparent and leader of our yeshiva.


ANC’s Samuel and Elizabeth Bass Golding Elementary School commemorated Yom Yerushalayim with a day full of special activities. The kindergarten through second grade students watched a live play depicting the stories of the two brothers who were concerned about each other and tried to take care of each other by secretly sharing their food during the night. One day, when they met in the middle, legend has it that on that spot the Beit HaMikdash was built. Back in their classroom, the students created their own Kotel out of graham crackers, chocolate frosting and green sour sticks. The creative results were especially delicious. The students in grades three through six participated in an activity that helped them to understand what it was like when the Jews of Israel could not get near the Kotel because they were prevented to do so before 1967. They then watched a video that illustrated the events of the Six Day War and how Israel captured Jerusalem and Har HaBayit. The video included creative segments where students acting as residents of Yerushalayim described how they felt during the fighting and then expressed their jubilation once Yerushalayim was reunified. At the conclusion of the video, the children watched the president’s speech declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his affirmation of the United States’ unity with Israel. The opening of the American Embassy in Yerushalayim was an historic moment that took place in their life time and the

children were able to view it on the day the new U.S. Embassy was dedicated. At the conclusion of the day, the entire school walked across the street to the Young Israel of West Hempstead for a spectacular concert performed by the talented HANC Fourth Grade Choir. The children sang inspiring songs which they learned from HANC’s superstar music teacher, Rabbi Mordechai Shapiro. Accompanied by his magnificent music, the children sang wholeheartedly and were met with thunderous applause from their fellow students, teachers, and the parents and grandparents who joined the school for this special concert. It was a tremendous conclusion to a memorable and historic day.

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Camp Dora Golding Remembers Mr. Mendy Bauman, a”h


he Camp Dora Golding family was deeply saddened to hear about the sudden passing of their beloved Board President, Mr. Mendy Bauman, a”h. The Bauman family’s deep connection to camp spans three decades. Aside from being camp’s president, Mendy’s wife Sharon was once the secretary, their son Dov was a camper, and several grandchildren attended the camp. Mendy owned Glatt Mart in Brooklyn and was a popular personality in Belle Harbor, where he lived close to 30 years. He was an entrepreneur who understood that having a good product was only as good as its marketing; you have to know how to make it attractive to your consumer. His insight and acumen were vital in helping Camp Dora Golding become the popular camp it is today. Almost thirty years ago, he befriended camp’s (then) director Rabbi David Himber and joined its Board of Directors. Ironically, during a meeting that he was unable to attend, he was voted to become the board president. Mendy was very involved in camp’s day-today operations. He visited camp each summer and would speak with campers and staff members to discuss how they were enjoying camp and what could be done to make camp even better. “Mendy would often ask me, ‘What else can we do for the kids?’ The conversation was always about the camp, never about him,” recalls Rabbi A.C. Posner, head counselor.  Rabbi Dani Staum, a division head, remembers Mendy’s smile, “You could tell from the look on his face just how much he loved camp. He would drive around and watch the various activities. It was clear that he felt personal satisfaction in seeing how happy the campers were.” In 1990, when Camp Dora Golding decided to open a sister camp, Camp Dina, Mendy was very involved in the major undertaking of getting the new camp off the ground. He was part of the driving force that ensured the purchase of the new camp grounds and its restoration. At the beginning of every board meeting, Mendy would always share a good story or light comment to set the tone. Mr. Alex Gold, the Camp Director, noted that Mendy was always a true professional. “It wasn’t just his uncompromising devotion and care for every aspect of camp, it was also the way he handled everything – with patience and his trademark smile and humor. It was always an honor working together with Mendy. Personally, it wasn’t always about work. He was a genuine friend who always wanted the best for myself and family. We truly valued his friendship and will sorely miss him.”

During his presidency, camper attendance at Camp Dora Golding doubled. In addition, every summer many new facilities were added, and each had his approval and guidance. Binyamin Daiches, assistant director, noted that Mendy was a stickler for the details that most people don’t notice. “Whenever we discussed a new project, Mendy wanted to know about all the details. For Mendy, it wasn’t just about the function, it was about the aesthetics, the beautify and the entire presentation.” He was particular about cleanliness and the constant maintenance and upkeep of camp’s state-ofthe-art facilities. Using his expertise and knowl-

edge from Glatt Mart, Mendy helped design the modern kitchens at both campuses. Camp Dora Golding is legendary for its beautiful campus, and Mendy was a big part of that. Camp Dora Golding also prides itself for its incredible learning program and focus on ruchniyus. None of that could have been accomplished without Mendy’s encouragement and backing. He was involved in the construction of the camp’s magnificent Bais Medrash a few years ago and was very proud of all the learning that took place in camp throughout the summer. His petirah is a tragic loss for the entire camp family, and his visits, and everything else he did for camp, will be deeply missed. This summer, the camp will be dedicating the learning program in his memory. May his neshama have an aliyah, may his family be comforted and may we only hear of simchas.

(‫בלב מלא צער ״ עיני עיני ירדה מים“ )איכה‬ ‫נלקח מעימנו בפתע פתאום ידידינו האהוב ראשון למקראי קודש‬

It is with tremendous shock, pain and great sadness, that our entire CDG/Camp Dina family-campers, staff and administration- mourns the untimely loss of our dear and valued friend, and the President of our Board of Directors

Mendy Bauman ‫ז״ל‬ He was a true ‫איש צדקה וחסד‬, who cared deeply about many Jewish causes and Torah Institutions, especially our camps. His unbridled enthusiasm, visionary leadership, and attention to detail, to providing thousands of Jewish children “the summer of a lifetime” will never be forgotten. Our heartfelt condolences to his beloved wife, Sharon, and his worthy children, Rabbi Dov Bauman, Meryl Bratt and Rena Safra. Your pain is our pain! May Mendy, ‫ז״ל‬, be a Melitz Yosher for his family, his extended CDG Family and all the Chesed Organizations and Mosdos Hatorah that he supported and was involved in. ‫המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבילי ציון וירושלים – יהי זכרו ברוך‬ Board of Directors Reuben Berner Yehuda Kunstler Yehuda Feldman Rafi Merl Berel Gelbstein Richard Scharf David Golding Elie Schwartz David Jacobowitz Moishe Wargon

Alex Gold, Executive Director Binyamin Daiches, Assistant Director Honoree Board Members Rabbi David Himber Jon Herbitter Shloime Mostofsky



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Kollel Tiferes Avos Eighth Annual Breakfast

Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island Welcomes New Director of Development


L-R: Rabbi Dov Bressler, Rosh Kollel; Rabbi Betzalel Korn; and Mr. Moshe (Marty) Osofsky, Eitz Chaim awardee

L-R: Rabbi Dov Bressler; Rabbi Shaya Cohen, Rosh Yeshiva Zichron Arye; Rabbi Betzalel Korn; and Rabbi Yitzchok Kaplinsky

oruch Hashem, following years of unprecedented growth, the Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island (YKLI) has announced the appointment of Rabbi Moshe Katz as its Director of Development. With a clear vision for significantly expanding YKLI’s resources, Rabbi Katz’s efforts will allow YKLI to fund current operations while continuously investing in initiatives that will enhance the chinuch experience of its current talmidim. Together with our Menahel, Rabbi Krigsman, our Executive Director, Rabbi Ginian, and the YKLI administration and staff, Rabbi Katz will actively develop relationships with and seek input from all community members. Rabbi Katz has a proven record of success. He founded the Yeshiva Day School of Las Vegas with nine students and within a decade grew enrollment to over 200. This amazing accomplishment reflects Rabbi Katz’s commitment to outstanding chinuch, professionalism, fundraising acumen, and innovation. From identi-

fying funding sources, grant-writing and effective negotiating to developing programs, sponsorships and gifting opportunities to cultivating relationships with government officials and business leaders, Rabbi Katz has developed myriad strategies that produce results. Not only did he use his talents to establish a thriving day school, but he also made significant contributions to the greater Las Vegas community. YKLI eagerly anticipates Rabbi Katz’s relocation to New York and welcomes the Katz family to the community.

Help Support our Future Generations 4Hashem

T L-R: Mr. Avi Cohen, Mr. Michael Cohen, Rabbi Dov Bressler, and Mr. Zev Cohen accepting the Zecher Olam award

In a world where promises are thrown out with no intention of ever being kept, seeing promises implemented nowadays is a breath of fresh air. -Martin Oliner, page 84

his chag we celebrate the Torah, the precious gift our ancestors received thousands of years ago. Many of us are fortunate to practice Torah-infused lifestyles and may even have opportunities to enjoy studying the Book that “never gets old” on a regular basis. But what about Jewish children in our neighborhoods and beyond who aren’t in yeshiva or didn’t grow up with the luxury of having their roots instilled in them? What happens to them? Isn’t it our responsibility as Am Yisrael to make sure they learn their heritage and enjoy the same present we received together at Har Sinai?   From Tuesday, June 5  at 2PM through Wednesday, June 6 at 8PM, JEP/Nageela is scheduled to launch 4Hashem, our annual fundraising campaign which is critical to funding many educational programs that introduce and make Torah-learning fun

for children of all backgrounds. These funds made it possible for us to host over 300 children in the last year at at least one Shabbaton. These funds helped more than 250 children participate in an after-school program where they met other Jewish kids and enjoyed an activity tied to a Jewish holiday. These funds help pair mentors with over 100 students for oneon-one learning to explore Jewish topics together.   These funds make Camp Nageela possible, where we have touched the lives of over 3,600 campers in 30+ years. We are counting on another $240,000 campaign ($60,000 matched X4) and thank you for your support to help us reach that goal.   To donate online, visit  jepli. org/4hashem  or call Rabbi David Shenker, JEP/Nageela’s Director, at 516-374-1528, ext. 203.

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Gurwin Adult Day Care Program Clinches “Best of Long Island” Title Second Year in a Row


urwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is proud to announce that its Adult Day Care Program has retained its title as “Long Island’s Best in Adult Day Care,” marking the second year

in a row, third year overall, that the program has been recognized for excellence in caring for frail, elderly and cognitively challenged residents on Long Island. “We are so pleased to be honored

once again with the Best of Long Island title,” said Jeraldine Fedoriw, LMSW, Director of the Gurwin Adult Day Care Program. “Our talented and dedicated staff works diligently to create a sense of community and

facilitate bonds with and among our registrants. A broad range of activities are planned throughout the day-such as crafts, exercise, dancing and music-which help program registrants build relationships, enhances their self-esteem, and validates their abilities.” Since 1989, Gurwin’s Adult Day Care program has been supporting the physical, social and emotional needs of individuals with varying health and cognitive challenges. Program registrants are entitled to a variety of medical care services such as dental care, ophthalmology, audiology, rehabilitation therapy, assistance with activities of daily living, and socialization programs. Registrants receive safe door-through-door transportation to and from Gurwin’s facility. Following morning pickup from their home, registrants are provided a well-balanced breakfast and are guided through a structured day of engaging activities, helping them to flourish in a safe, secure and enriching environment. While the program offers a full day of care for registrants, it has the added benefit of providing caregivers respite from their demanding and often overwhelming caregiving duties, and peace of mind knowing their loved one is in the hands of a compassionate and nurturing staff.

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Around the Community Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky Visits Yeshiva Darchei Torah

With Rav Yisroel Meir Stern, maggid shiur in Mesivta Chaim Shlomo

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Darchei Torah Students Shine at Digital Citizenship at HALB Science Competition

L-R: Rabbi Menachem Gold, principal at Mesivta Chaim Shlomo; Dan Yaakov Honig (holding the winning invention); Yisroel Rosenberg; and Dr. Don Engelberg, physics instructor at Mesivta Chaim Shlomo.


ongratulations to the team of Mesivta Chaim Shlomo of Yeshiva Darchei Torah (Far Rockaway) on its performance at the recent prestigious science competition held by the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE). The Mesivta’s ninth and tenth graders took second prize in the Consumer Products category. The competition, which included 39 schools and over 1,200 students, took place at the New York Hilton. Only 12 schools took home awards – including Mesivta Chaim Shlomo. The winning duo of Dan Yaakov

Honig and Yisroel Rosenberg were recognized for their invention of a tablet designed primarily for students in underdeveloped countries. It has an especially user-friendly interface and its casing is made of a material – manufactured by Dan Yaakov on a 3D printer – which is extremely protective of the product, yet cheap enough to produce and remain affordable for the target population. Special thanks to Dr. Don Engelberg, program coordinator and physics instructor at Mesivta Chaim Shlomo, for his leadership and guidance.


he fourth and fifth grade students at HALB hosted their second annual Digital Citizenship Fair featuring the creative work of our fourth and fifth graders who spent much of the year focusing on the principles of good Digital Citizenship.  The fourth graders produced slideshows on the issue using Google Slides, while the fifth graders created computer games about Digital Citizenship using the coding program Scratch. In addition to the fair, parents and children had the privilege of listening to an interactive workshop from international author, Janell Burley Hofman.  Ms. Hofman spoke

about the importance of creating Tech Healthy Families that set appropriate boundaries for technology use. Parents and children had the opportunity to speak with one another about ways they could enhance their interactions a home by creating technology policies that work best for their families. Parents were impressed that the children remembered the principles discussed at Janell’s student workshops this past January. Credit goes to Mrs. Shuly Rubel, our Lower Division Technology Coordinator, for her efforts in teaching our children how to navigate our technological world in safe and appropriate ways.

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Fordham Real Estate Program Gives Frum Residents of the Five Towns an Opportunity to Expand their Skills and Horizons


his summer, students and professionals in the Five Towns will get a behind-thescenes look at the many facets of the New York City real estate industry and learn what it takes to succeed in this fast-paced, high-income field. The Fordham University Real Estate Institute is offering a customized 10day program at the JCC of Far Rockaway this July to help introduce local residents to the exciting field of real estate finance, investment and development. Through a mix of in-class lectures, hands-on exercises, and case studies taught by real estate industry professionals, participants will get an insider’s look at what it takes to value and develop a property and acquire skills that can be applied to many different career opportunities in real estate. “This is great opportunity to explore a field to which some may have had limited or no exposure to in their lives thus far,” said Anthony Davidson, Dean of Fordham’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies. “And since we are offering it right in the community during the summer break with no class on Friday through Sunday, it allows people to stay local, not miss yeshiva and also get away for Shabbos.” The dean joined a group potential

Anthony Davidson, PhD, Dean of Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies

students last month at an informal breakfast in Lawrence. “When people think of real estate, they often think of residential brokers, but that is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Davidson. “This program helps demystify the industry

and allows participants to understand the full breadth of the industry.” Under the auspices of Fordham University’s Real Estate Institute, the seminar provides an overview of real estate finance, investment, law, valuation, development, construction, property management, and brokerage. A certificate is awarded to students who complete the summer program, and students who wish to apply for Fordham’s Master of Science in Real Estate will be able to waive the RMAT requirement and be eligible to request advanced standing. The next information session will take place on May 30th. For more information, please contact Esti Broyde at The Fordham Real Estate Institute currently offers a Master of Science in Real Estate, a graduate

certificate, and a comprehensive array of professional real estate certificates at its campuses in Manhattan and West Harrison, New York. Serving professionals and owners/investors of all stripes, the MSRE curriculum presents the essential elements of real estate finance, investment, development and management. Both programs developed and taught by leading industry practitioners are centered on  imparting  real-world  professional skill sets.  Flexibility and convenience are program hallmarks: classes can be taken in-person, online, and at various paces. The Real Estate Institute is a part of Fordham’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies. For more information, visit http://www.fordham. edu/realestate.

Shavuos Learning at Kehillas Ahavas Yisroel


he kol Torah resonates in Kehillas Ahavas Yisroel throughout the year and will be”H reach its pinnacle leil Shavuos, the yom tov of kabbalas haTorah. Led by Rav Daniel Glatstein, Kehillas Ahavas Yisroel will be offering a wide range of shiurim to the community throughout yom tov. Rav Glatstein will deliver a drasha the first night of yom tov on the topic of “What to Learn Shavuos Night.” The possibilities are endless as the Torah is “longer than the earth and wider than the sea” (Sefer Iyov). Should one learn Torah Sheba’al Peh or perhaps Tanach is preferred? Many have a custom to recite Tikkun Leil Shavuos. Is this custom reserved

only for the accomplished scholar or perhaps a last resort for one who is not equipped for in-depth learning? Drawing on a vast array of sources, a new perspective will emerge on the significance of the subject matter for leil Shavuos. The highlight of yom tov will surely be the Shavuos night learning program. From 12:15-2am Rabbi Glatstein will give shiur on a sensational topic, “The Last Will and Testament of Rav Yehuda Hachasid.” Who was Rav Yehuda Hachasid? The Rav will discuss the origins of this all-time great mystic. Is this tzava’ah binding on all of Klal Yisroel? Can new admonitions be added after Shas has been sealed? The shiur

will discuss many questions including: Can one marry a spouse with the same name as one’s parent? Can two brothers marry two sisters? Can one marry their niece? Is it really a problem to close up a window? The Rav will present the opinions of the Noda B’Yehuda, Divrei Chaim, Rav Moshe Feinstein, and Rav Reuvain Margolius as well as offer practical solutions to navigate issues that the tzava’ah may present. The Rav will also discuss the manuscript discovered in our times that was attributed to Rav Yehuda Hachasid whose publication was discouraged by Rav Moshe. This is a subject that will vastly expand your horizons of Torah knowledge.

There will also be captivating shiurim throughout the night given by members of the shul. The grand finale of yom tov will be the neilas ha’chag with beautiful zemiros and divrei Torah. The Rav will iy”H discuss the poignant saga of the Ger Tzedek Avraham ben Avraham who was murdered al kiddush Hashem on Shavuos. It will certainly be a yom tov of true kabbalas haTorah at Kehillas Ahavas Yisroel. The Kehilla and Rav warmly invite the entire community to participate in any of our shiurim, tefillos and programming over Shavuos or throughout the year. The Shul is located at 568 Peninsula Blvd – entrance in the back.

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The students of Midreshet Shalhevet participated in the ceremony of the U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem this week with a special video program put together by Director of Student Activities, Ilona Diamond, and Faculty Advisor to the student Committee for Israel Activism Simcha Bader. Menahelet Esther Eisenman is seen here explaining the enormity of today’s proceedings as the students watch intently. 

CBS 2 News Reports from Rambam on American Embassy Move


ews around the world celebrated at Monday’s official implementation of the long-awaited move of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Students at Rambam Mesivta, thousands of miles away from Israel, participated in the joy with important educational perspectives which explored the significance of this historic event. Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman, Rambam’s Rosh Mesivta, opened the school-wide assembly by debunking the myth that Jerusalem is occupied

territory and that it is not the legitimate capital of the Jewish people. He explained that “any Jew fortunate enough to survive the Holocaust, if he returned to his home in Germany or Poland to the house where he lived prior to World War II and lived in that home, no one would consider that home to be occupied. Rather we would say that they were exceedingly fortunate that they were able to return to their homes. The city of Jerusalem is no different. It was the capital of our people way before Christianity or Islam  appeared on the scene.  Unfortunately, it fell out of our hands but, in 1967, we  returned to it.  Our everyday tefillos  speak about the return to Tzion.” Rabbi Yotav Eliach, principal of Rambam,  followed with a brief summary of the history of Jerusalem  and pointed out that throughout the ages, for thousands of years, and many non-Jewish occupiers of the city of Jerusalem, not one ever declared Jerusalem to be its capital. The only nation which has declared the Holy City of Jerusalem to be its capital is the Jewish nation. “In 1949 immediately after the  reestablishment of a sovereign Jewish nation in Israel, Jerusalem was called the capital of our country.” Rabbi Shlomo Kovitz, a rebbe at Rambam, spoke movingly about his recollections of the Six Day War and the recapture of Jerusalem.  He recounted that at that time graves were being dug throughout the country and people were preparing for the worst. Coffins were manufactured in anticipation of thousands of casualties. “We were surrounded on all sides by an enemy that far outnumbered us. However, with Hashem’s  help we defeated our enemies, reminiscent of the way our people defeated Sancheriv when they were surrounded by an overwhelming force years ago.”  He concluded by

sharing that the coffins that were once intended for the fallen Israelis were ultimately turned into wood that was used to build sukkahs. The entire school watched via livestream  the ceremony inaugurating the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.  Reporters from CBS News, familiar with Rambam’s long-standing history of Pro-Israel advocacy and activism, asked if they could join  Rambam’s assembly and speak to students afterwards, Sophomore student Avi Koenig, junior Josh Koegel and senior Yitzy Lisker were interviewed by CBS.  When asked  whether they thought that  the Embassy moving to Jerusalem is related to the recent spate of Palestinian violence, they responded that Palestinian violence is due to poor choices made by Palestinians.  If the Palestinians could have directed  the resources they get from the world community to schools, roads, hospitals and infrastructure instead of terror tunnels, the population at large would have a different perspective. Those that spoke reiterated the theme that peace can only come if the  opposing side, including the Palestinian Authority,  would deal with the reality of Israel’s existence and its historic capital  being the city of Jerusalem.

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HAFTR HS Students Earn First Place at CIJE Conference


hree HAFTR High School students were awarded first prize at the CIJE Innovation Day, held recently at the Hilton Midtown. The first place award in innovation was given to HAFTR High School sophomores David Lederer, Jordan Appel and Aidan Schechter, who worked on creating an early warning leak detection system. The fully working prototype was viewed as a sterling example of next-generation thinking.   “David, Jordan and Aidan created a system that would send a text message to a homeowner if there was a leak or a flood detected in their home. They used concepts that were taught in their engineering class to create this device,” said Mrs. Rita Sinensky, chairwoman of HAFTR’s science department.   The students developed their project in the Scientific Technology course taught by Mr. Tom Liguori, under the guidance of HAFTR’s Director of STEM Innovation, Mr. Benjamin Gross.  “We are very proud of all our

L-R: Mr. Jason Curry, President of CIJE; Mrs. Judy Lebovits, CIJE Vice President; Mrs. Rita Sinensky, Chairwoman of HAFTR High School Science Department; first prize winner David Lederer, a sophomore at HAFTR High School; Mr. Tom Liguori, Scientific Technology teacher

students’ accomplishments in the STEM program, and we extend warmest congratulations to David, Jordan and Aidan on their innovative, award-winning project,” said Ms. Naomi Lippman, principal of HAFTR High School. “It is an honor and a joy to partner with CIJE in

offering this unique learning experience to our students. We look forward with great anticipation to our students’ expanded opportunities for STEM innovation in our new stateof-the-art STEM lab next fall.” The conference, created by Mr. Jason Curry, President of CIJE, wel-

comed over 3,000 students, parents and judges from more than 100 day schools to the Hilton on Sunday, May 6. HAFTR High School was represented by 70 students, who presented a total of 25 creative, exciting projects.  CIJE has been leading the charge in STEM education in the Jewish day school community, with hundreds of schools now participating in their program across the country.   “I was so impressed by the students’ problem-solving, innovation and entrepreneurial skills,” remarked Mrs. Judy Lebovits, CIJE Vice President. “I commend and congratulate  David Lederer, Jordan Appel and Aidan Schechter for being awarded for this extremely innovative project.”   She continued, “The Leak Detection Project epitomizes what we as an organization are trying to accomplish – creating a new generation of students who will dynamically think in problem solving methodologies in order to help better our world.” 

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Parenting with Courage at MASK-Torah Psychology Event


unday, April 29 at Congregation Beth Torah in Brooklyn, M.A.S.K. (Mothers and Fathers Aligned Saving Kids) and Torah Psychology hosted the 3rd Annual Viktor Frankl Conference, “Awaking Greatness in Children: Transforming the Intense Child.” Each speaker acknowledged the difficulties parents must deal with in the face of problems that often seem hopeless with an aura of great compassion. The event featured an all-day training by Howard Glasser, world renowned psychologist and founder of the Nurtured Heart Approach©.   Mr. Glasser has a great deal of success in helping parents implement change in their children who suffer from various challenges such as ADHD, ODD, depression and anxiety without the use of medication. The approach is geared to help difficult children develop stores of what he calls “inner wealth” which allows them to become more resilient, emotionally intelligent and “reframe their experience” of who they really are. Glasser presented his approach to the 150+ parents in the

M.A.S.K. track, giving them new language, concepts, concrete suggestions and new hope.  The professional track was a full day workshop consisting of over 100 therapists, educators and others who are involved with struggling children.   CEO of the Children’s Success Foundation, Glasser has written 14 books, including Transforming the Difficult Child, which was handed out at the event. Rabbi Y.Y. Jacobson addressed the parents with humor and insight.   The rabbi stated his strong belief that everyone is doing their best and urged parents to face challenges with honesty and confront their fears.   Injustice happens, he continued, when good people remain silent.   “Reach out and use the resources that are avail-

able; don’t run away from a problem. Ask yourself, ‘What would G-d want me to do in this moment?’”    For the last 11 years, pro-bono Yeshiva Liaison Mr. Shuli Halpert has helped hundreds of boys and girls find the right schools. He advised the parents to look out for early signs in their children and not to wait until they are in 6th, 7th or 8th  grade.   Mr. Halpert recommended evaluating the child by the 6th  grade. If a student is weak, he advised looking for a school with its own high school.   “Don’t wait until the 8th  grade,” he pushed.   “I can’t tell you the pain some kids go through and they never get over it.” In his experience, Mr. Halpert has seen troubled children come for help accompanied

by their mothers most often and appealed to fathers to become more involved.  “The world today is different than even five years ago and it is influencing our children.  Every generation must deal with a different yetzer hara, which can be nearly impossible to understand.” He told a story of a grandfather who was unable to fathom why his grandson was wearing ripped jeans.   “Zeidy,” the boy told him, “you’ll never understand.” Among the many practical suggestions, Mr. Halpert strongly suggested Tehillim. Various elected officials and community leaders appeared in support of MASK.   Mr. and Mrs. Avrohom Klein, founders of Yad Malky Legacy, were acknowledged and thanked for

their sponsorship. The Kleins have shown great courage in sharing their personal tragedy to the community for helping others. Treatment centers from around the country had representatives in a Market Place and Interborough and LSA, the main sponsors of the event provided Nalaxone training. Ruchama Clapman, MASK’s founder, thanked all the sponsors, MASK staff and volunteers, elected officials and everyone who spoke and attended the conference, making it a truly outstanding event. Sponsors included: Interborough Developmental & Consultation Center; Yad Malky Legacy; LSA Recovery; Ignite Treatment Centers; Treatment Placement Specialists – an initiative of Acadia Healthcare; Behavioral Crossroads; Meadows Behavioral Healthcare;   Dynamic Youth Community; Pasadena Villa; Next Chapter Addiction Treatment; The SAFE Foundation; Seasons in Malibu: Journeys; Teen Drug Test; ThriveNYC and The Jewish Press.

Purpose and Pleasure, All Year Long It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. It’s the moment you are living for. The night is inky, the world is asleep, and you’re infused with such purpose, such pleasure, such pride that your heart feels tight with joy. It’s Shavuos night, and you are learning, and feeling so connected – to Hashem, to His ratzon, to yourself – and experiencing a simcha shel Torah to soar you for a lifetime. For some select individuals, this sublime experience is a nightly occurrence. And its depth and dimension increases with time, expands with experience. These are the distinguished

talmidei chachamim of Kollel Chatzos, who imbibe the aliyah of Torah all night, every night. Just like you know – at that silent moment before the alos, with the heady exhilaration of a night of Torah behind you – that you feel so close to Hashem and you can daven

and be heard – these talmidei chachamim exult in this experience every night of the year. And so, it is no secret that when Yidden seek a yeshua, they approach these talmidei chachamim to represent them before the Kisei HaKavod. Because Yidden who have a glimpse

While supporting talmidei chachamim is a tremendous zechus every night of the year, erev Shavuos is a particularly special time. Rabi Chaim Palagi encouraged people waiting for a yeshua – especially individuals longing for children – to set aside 104 special coins for talmidei chachamim erev Shavuos to merit miracles. After witnessing the incredible power of this segula, Kollel Chatzos invites Yidden to partner with Kollel Chatzos. For just $104 Kollel Chatzos will perform this segula on behalf of you or your loved ones.

of the madraigos of Torah on Shavuos know firsthand the koach of nightlong Torah learning. These Yidden understand the power of the Kollel Chatzos talmidei chachamim. Many partner with Kollel Chatzos specifically for Shavuos. It’s the day of Kabbalas HaTorah, when the talmidei chachamim receive the strength and cheshek to continue learning all year long… and Yidden worldwide feel privileged to be counted amongst those who give the talmidei chachamim the ability to continue learning… And, in return, Yidden receive the birchos HaTorah… For the Torah always rewards her supporters handsomely.


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Torah Thought

Shavuos By Rabbi Berel Wein


havuot is a very difficult holiday to capture emotionally. It is very short in duration – in Israel it's only one day while in the Diaspora it's two days – and in many respects is over before we can make any valid assessment of its importance and impact. In the Torah itself it appears as an agricultural holiday occurring fifty days after the holiday of national freedom, Pesach. By calculations on the calendar we are able to deduce that the holiday is the anniversary of the day of the granting of the Torah to the Jewish people at Sinai. In light of this association many special customs have arisen to mark the holiday; eating dairy foods and engaging in all-night study sessions are some of those customs. But we all know that mere commemoration of past days or events oftentimes are not inspirational or meaningful to later generations. For instance, the rabbis ordained that the Seder night would be a re-creation of the experience of the Exodus from Egypt itself. The same thing is true of the holiday of Sukkot, which we commemorate by actually sitting in booths outside of our homes, as did our ancestors long ago when they left Egypt. However, we find it very difficult to re-create the Shavuot experience. Most of us are not farmers and the agricultural aspect of the holiday does not really

speak to us. And the moment of revelation was a one0time event whose awe and grandeur cannot, by definition, be recaptured again. So, how is one to view and commemorate this great biblical holiday? I have often thought of Shavuot as being our nation-building day. The Torah itself describes the day of the granting of the Torah to Israel in the statement: “Today you will have be-

ideas. History has shown us clearly that Jews who abandoned this idea of nationhood and merely saw Judaism as a set of values or as a culture or purely as a religion eventually assimilated and disappeared from the Jewish scene. It is this feeling of belonging to one nation that binds together Jews scattered throughout the world and geographically distant one from an-

It is this feeling of belonging to one nation that binds together Jews scattered thoughout the world and geographically distant one from another.

come a nation!” Judaism is not only a religion but it is the national entity as well. Like all nations, it has its rules for citizenship, residence and behavior. The key to understanding and appreciating Jewish history and Jewish life throughout the ages lies in the realization that we are telling the story of a nation, a people, and not merely philosophical and theological

other. But by remembering our nationhood, we automatically came to remember Sinai and the Torah as the source of our being a nation. The famous statement of Saadyah Gaon that we are a nation only by virtue of our Torah emphasizes this truism to us. And therefore the holiday of Shavuot takes upon itself the mantle of being a holiday of nationhood. It is ironic in the extreme that this

great holiday should therefore be almost a forgotten holiday for much of the Jewish world. This is especially true for Jews living in the Diaspora. Only in the observant Jewish world does this holiday get its due. And this, itself, is a symptom of the loosening of the concept of nationhood in our current Jewish world. The day that can strengthen and revitalize Jewish nationhood is ignored by those who need it the most. I think that it must be clear to most that, without having a healthy and traditional narrative and understanding of Jewish nationhood and the unique history of the Jewish people, it is almost impossible to be able to understand the true nature of the events that surround the Jewish world today. Every nation has as its basic and unifying ethos, a narrative story of how and why it became a nation. It is the reason countries have flags and anthems, pomp and circumstance. These are the necessary building blocks in creating the nationhood of a people and a group. The main building block that supports and validates Jewish nationhood is a connection of Jews to Torah and to the revelation at Sinai. The holiday of Shavuot is the special day that emphasizes this building block and points the way to the creation, survival and strengthening of Jewish nationhood. It is a day well worth observing and treasuring.

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From the Fire

Shavuos Our Stormy, Committed Relationship with Hashem By Rav Moshe Weinberger Adapted for publication by Binyomin Wolf


fter reading the book of Rus on Shavuos, we are struck by the stark difference between how it begins versus how it ends. The book of Rus begins with the death of Ne’omi’s, Orpah’s and Rus’s husbands and famine in Eretz Yisroel but it ends with the birth of Dovid Hamelech and Moshiach. In contrast, the book of Shir Hashirim begins with love and hope (Shir Hashirim 1:2), “Kiss me with the kisses of your mouth,” but it ends with loss (Shir Hashirim 8:14), “Flee, my beloved.” The relationship between the young people in Shir Hashirim is fleeting and unstable, as it says (Id. at 3:2), “I sought out the beloved of my soul, I sought him out but I did not find him.” And when her beloved finally comes for her (Id. at 5:2), “The voice of my beloved knocks [and he says] ‘open up for me my sister, my beloved, my dove, my perfect one.’” But the heroine of the story is apathetic, saying (Id. at 5:3), “I already took off my cloak, how can I get dressed? I already washed my feet, how can I now soil them?” And when she finally summons up the will to go open up the door for

her beloved, it is already too late (Id. at 5:6), “I opened the door for my beloved but my beloved had already left.” The whole Shir Hashirim is filled with longing, searching, finding, and losing. The heroes of the story even manage to meet but it does not last (Id. at 3:4), “I held him and I will not weaken my grasp,” but then suddenly (Id. 3:2), “I sought out the love of my soul.” Shir Hashirim is full of beautiful images of spring but nothing ever ripens. The pasuk says (Id. at 4:16), “[n the future,] my beloved will enter his garden and eat of its fruits.” Now, however (Id. 4:12), it is a “a locked garden.” Also, the heroine’s beloved went down to see (Id. at 6:11) “whether the vine had blossomed and whether the pomegranates were in bloom.” All the images of the spring refer to a hope for the future, but nothing in the present. It is all in the way of (Id. at 7:14) “my beloved I have longed for you.” Shir Hashirim is filled with ups and downs and stormy love, as it says (Id. at 8:7), “The mighty waters cannot extinguish the love.” But at the end of the story, we do not even know if they lovers are ever able to

unite? Do they live happily ever after? Rus, on the other hand, is quite a different story. That story is populated by adults rather than the youthful figures in Shir Hashirim, and the story is filled with famine, exile, sickness, and death. Rus and Orpah’s husbands were named Machlon (sickness) and Kilyon (obliteration), both names which denote suffering and death. It is not a story of young lovers, but rather a story of three widows and their travails. As Ne’omi says (Rus 1:20), “Do not call me ‘Ne’omi’ (pleasantness), rather call me ‘bitterness.’” The book of Rus is not a love story but a story of commitment and loyalty. It is the story of Rus’s loyalty to Ne’omi and her nation and Boaz’s commitment to uphold his deceased brother’s name by marrying his son’s widow, Rus. This story lacks any beautiful women roaming around in blossoming vineyards, but it has young men working hard in the fields. In addition, the relationship between Rus and Boaz lacks any kind of stormy romance. It is based en-

tirely on both sides’ sense of responsibility and commitment. Despite, or perhaps because of, that, the story evolves from one of desolation, to one of tikkun, repair and rectification. Shir Hashirim was filled with gardens, orchards, and springtime, with hope and longing for a time where the relationship between the hero and heroine of the story would come to fruition. Rus, on the other hand, takes place in the harvest season, when the fruits of everyone’s labor finally ripen and blossom. Shir Hashirim is romantic, stormy, filled with fickle unpredictability, while Rus is a story of marriage and family that is lacking a sense of romantic love. If one had to compare these two books to two mesechtos, tractates of the Talmud, one would say that Shir Hashirim corresponds to mesechtas Kiddushin, relating to the laws of marriage, and Rus corresponds with mesechtas Kesuvos, relating to the laws of the kesuba, the financial commitments of a husband toward his wife. Both Shir Hashirim and Rus personify different aspects of the relationship between Hashem and the Jewish people. Shir Hashirim is

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connected to the exodus from Egypt, as Hashem says Shir Hashirim-style to the Jewish people (Yirmiyahu 2:2), “I remember the kindness of your youth, the love of your nuptials, how you followed Me into the desert, into a land not sewn.” That aspect of Hashem’s relationship with the Jewish people involves revealed miracles and passionate love, which is also fleeting and fickle, ebbing and flowing. It is a story of great miracles, but it is also a story of great failures like the spies, Korach, the frequent complaints, and ultimately the departure of Hashem’s presence from among the people and exile. It is a story of (Shir Hashirim 8:14) “flee, my beloved.” While it is a story of springtime and love, that love is temporary and fleeting. Rus, on the other hand, concludes with the rectification of Hashem’s relationship with the Jewish people, with (Rus 4:22) “Yishai holid es Dovid,” the birth of Dovid Hamelech and Moshiach. Rus, which, takes place at harvest

time, the time of actualizing that which previously existed only in potential, is the story of first fruits, of (Devarim 26:9) “And He has brought us to this place and given

follows a period of suffering. Similarly, Shavuos follows the period of the sefira, during which we observe the customs of mourners. We also find the two paradigms

The common denominator between the stories of Rus and Shir Hashirim that applies equally to our lives is that the heroes in the stories never gave up.

us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.” That fulfillment at the end of the story of Rus, however,

of Rus and Shir Hashirim with each individual person’s life. Each person’s neshama is the lover, the Shulamis, the perfect one, and Hashem is her Dod, her beloved. Just like in Shir Hashirim, each person’s relationship with Hashem is also one of mountains and valleys, longing, and ups and downs. This is illustrated beautifully in Rav Yoshe Ber Soliveichik’s classic work “U’Bikashvam Mi’Sham,” “And You Shall Seek from There.” If one just considers the following chapter headings, one takes away an impression of the turbulent relationship between a Jew and Hashem: The Yearning Heart, the Disappointed Heart, the Fearful Heart, the Divided Heart, the Heart that Runs and Flees, and the Comforted Heart. That essay corresponds to the aspect of our relationship with Hashem personified by Shir Hashirim. Rav Soliveichik has another famous work, “Ish Ha’Halacha,” “Halachic Man.” In this work, man’s stormy relationship with G-d is completely concealed. This work is like the world of Rus, Ne’omi, and Boaz, it exhibits the Brisker side of the Rav. His essay, “And You Shall Seek from There,” however, expresses the Chabad background in the Rav’s education.


In our lives too, we have two types of stories. We have stories of breaking and fixing, ups and downs, failures and successes, love and unrequited longing, and stories of family and commitment. Nothing is completely certain, as it says in Pirkei Avos (2:4), “Do not believe in yourself until the day of your death.” The common denominator between the stories of Rus and Shir Hashrim that applies equally to our lives is that the heroes in the stories never gave up. The only losers in the story of Rus were Machlon and Kilyon (who gave up on the Jewish people by intermarrying), Elimelech (who abandoned the Jewish people at a time of famine), Orpah (who abandoned Ne’omi upon her return to Eretz Yisroel), and “Ploni Almoni,” the anonymous man who passed up the opportunity to fulfill the mitzvah of yibum with Rus in order to reestablish her husband’s name in the Jewish people. Similarly, in Shir Hashrim, the only losers are the friends of the Shulamis, the young woman who said (Shir Hashirim 5:9), “What makes your beloved better than anyone else?” But no matter how many ups and downs there were in the relationship between the young woman and her beloved, neither of them ever gave up on finding the other. The period of the counting of the Omer links these two aspects of Shir Hashirim and Rus. Our job during that period is to develop ourselves and our relationship with Hashem in order to create a sense of consistency and commitment to our beloved and to believe and never give up on our relationship with Hashem, no matter how much that relationship is sometimes concealed. With that, we should see the happy ending of both stories with (Id. at 2:8), “Kol dodi hinei zeh bah, the voice of my beloved comes” and (Rus 4:22) “Yishai holid es Dovid,” the birth of Dovid Hamelech and eventually Moshiach, may we merit to greet him soon in our days! Rav Moshe Weinberger, shlita, is the founding Morah d’Asrah of Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, NY, and has served as Mashpia in Yeshiva University since 2013.

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ichael J. Weinstein has been to every shul in New York City. Well, almost. He’s been to at least 180 shuls throughout the five boroughs. His journey through the myriad mekomos tefillah started back in Tzefat – and at that point, a few years ago, Weinstein was not a regular shul-goer. Michael’s parents and grandparents were born in the United States. His great-grandparents hailed from Pinsk, which was part of Russia at the time. They fled to America around 1896 to escape the suffocating persecution they felt in Russia. Michael’s great-grandparents were frum – he remembers his great-grandfather had a beard – but his family slowly lost their connection to Yiddishkeit in the goldeneh medinah. Michael did not

attend yeshiva when he was young, growing up in Jericho, Long Island, but he married a Jewish woman and they kept a kosher home. In 2010, Michael, his wife and their daughter took a trip to the Holy Land. While visiting Tzefat, Michael found himself at the kever of the holy Arizal. He used a transliterated siddur to pray at the grave of the Ari Hakadosh. At the end of his visit to the cemetery someone gave Michael a small card. Coming home, he looked at the card. Someone told him it was from Breslov. Michael started to ask himself: What is Breslov? Who is Rabbi Nachman? What did he teach? And so began his journey back to his roots. Slowly, he started to learn about Yiddishkeit. He read books, he

watched videos. And then, after Yom Kippur in 2014, Michael realized that he didn’t just want to learn about his heritage; he wanted to give back to others. He wanted to help his fellow brothers. But how to find a proper venue to give back? “I was looking to ‘give back’ somehow, to make a difference,” Michael says, “not knowing what to do but to pray to Hashem, in my own words, ‘Ribbono Shel Olam, Master of the World, help me help others.’” Searching for answers, Michael turned to the internet, googling two words: “mitzvah” and “Brooklyn.” He discovered a website,, founded by Michael Cohen, who organizes text groups to help others. The website helps con-

nect those who need rides to hospitals, those who would like to visit Holocaust survivors, those who need help putting on tefillin, and those who can cook meals for others. “I had been reading Pirkei Avot, Ethics of Our Fathers, the transliterated version with English, so by then I knew ‘Study is not the primary thing but action’ and ‘Great is study for it leads to action,’” Michael recalls. Michael was connected to a Holocaust survivor, Ludwig Katzenstein, with whom he met and connected. This was the first time Michael had ever met with a survivor of the Holocaust. “I learned about perseverance, about emunah, faith in Hashem,” Michael says, “and about good people, many religious, some not, striving to rebuild after the horrors of the Ho-

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locaust.” He continued to reach out to other survivors and has forged a relationship with 23 survivors, 15 of whom are still alive today. This was Michael’s way of giving back to his fellow Jews. His weekly visits took Michael out of Long Island and into the five boroughs of New York City, where he would sometimes visit synagogues, taking pictures of their beauty and heritage. The first shul he visited was Young Israel of Beth El in Boro Park. Slowly the idea for a book about our nation’s beautiful shuls began to germinate in his mind. He thought to include 100 shuls in his future book; hearing an old man in the back of shul one day pledge “ten times chai” for an aliyah made him expand his book to 180 shuls.

“Ten Times Chai,” Michael’s photo-book, contains 613 photos. The number, of course, is reminiscent of our 613 commandments, but Michael

parallel the 613 mitzvos we have. That was when a lightbulb – figuratively – went off in Michael’s head. He knew he wanted to print more than one photo

“I went to Queens, where I was born in 1963, to Manhattan, where I lived on the Upper West Side after graduating from Cornell University in 1985, and the Bronx, where my grandfather once lived, after being born in a tenement on the Lower East Side in 1901,” he says. “I finally made it to Staten Island, where those same great-grandparents, Israel and Rebecca Weinstein, rest in peace, in paupers’ graves at the United Hebrew Cemetery.” Visiting shuls in all the corners of New York City is a journey through the Jewish nation. “What I confirmed is that we are all one people, with faith in one G-d, whether Ashkenazi or Sephardic,” Michael shares. “Whether your family came from Austria-Hungary, Galicia, Germany, Poland, or

Hearing an old man in the back of shul one day pledge “ten times chai” for an aliyah made him expand his b ook to 180 shuls. got the idea for printing 613 photos from Lincoln Square Synagogue. When he visited the shul, he commented on the numerous lights hanging from the ceiling. He was told that there are exactly 613 lights in the shul to

per shul he visited but was unsure of how many to include. Now he knew that his book needed 613 photos. Michael reflects that his journey throughout the five boroughs truly connected him to his roots.


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all the boroughs but concentrated in Midwood, Brooklyn, and in towns like Great Neck.” Each shul has its own essence. Some shuls are ornate, with gold etching and polished mahogany. Others are more Spartan. Some shuls are worn with age; others are shiny and

Author Michael Weinstein in front of Congregation Ohab Zedek on the Upper West Side

more modern. A shul, though, is more than wood and glass. A shul is about its congregants. And each person in shul is different than the other. Some are more serious, others are more outgoing. Some are young, inexperienced, itching to take on the world. Others

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issim Baruch Black grew up in Seattle, Washington, close to the Jewish community of Seward Park. Originally going by his given name of Damian, he grew up surrounded by music, with his parents and grandparents involved in genres such as rap and jazz. At a young age Nissim himself was on a path towards a successful career in rap music, but was unfortunately also immersed in some of the unsavory aspects of the rap culture. Having been exposed to drugs and violence for most of his life, Nissim began to search for meaning and authenticity. His family considered themselves Muslim, but sent Nissim to a Christian summer camp; he subsequently converted to Christianity at age 14. His continual search led him to explore other religions, including a Messianic sect. Nissim finally found the authenticity he was longing for in the traditional Jewish community next door, and, around the time of his second rap album, he began a transformation to Judaism that took him all the way to Breslov Chassidut. Today Nissim is writing and performing inspirational Jewish music for fans worldwide, while raising a growing family with his wife, Adina, in the chassidic heartland of Jerusalem. Nissim’s rise to popularity in the Jewish music scene was punctuated by collaborations with Jewish music superstars Gad Elbaz and Lipa Schmeltzer. Today Nissim is on a world tour for his fourth and current album, Lemala, which features duets with Elbaz, Yisroel Laub and several other talented Jewish artists. Lemala includes original music and lyrics by Nissim, as well as uplifting reworkings of traditional lyrics such as “Od Yeshama.” After performing for a huge crowd in New York City’s Times Square, Nissim made a stop at the Chabad of the Beaches in Long Beach and took a break to share a glimpse of his remarkable story – and his unshakable faith in G-d.

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everything Breslov. I pray nusach sephard, which is something I did change – before I davened aidai mizrach now I daven nusach sephard. Most Breslovers and Rav Shalom Arush that I’m close to – Rav Shalom Arush wrote The Garden of Emunah – he davens nusach sephard, which most chassidim daven.

You just performed in Times Square! How was that? Times Square was out of this world! So much energy – those kids had a lot of energy, baruch Hashem. Pretty electrifying to see. Primarily the (Chabad) C-teens were there but how many people were Instagramming afterwards, how many non-Jewish people were Instagramming – it spread pretty virally on Instagram and Twitter, at least from what I hear. I had a really good time. My hat got rained on, but I had to be moser nefesh a little bit to be able to give over some fire! I brought Gad on to do Hashem Melech 2.0 at the end – I surprised the crowd to bring him up with me. What’s your touring schedule like? I have the concert with Chabad of the Beaches tonight; later this week we’re in Miami. After Miami I fly back because I’m making a bris on Friday – my child was born while I was here – which is Shushan Purim – so in Yerushalayim it will be Purim. And then after that we fly off to L.A. That’s a lot of traveling. What do you do on those plane rides? I learn Gemara, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, Breslov Rebbe Nachman. I’m working on a book right now so sometimes I’m writing my book, I’m writing new lyrics for new songs – just try to be as productive as I can – and I get some sleep. The ikkur is being ready for my wife and my kids when I get back home – no excuses for being tired when you get back in the house and your wife has been there with the children for how many days! I let her be able to have some rest so I try to go in and take over immediately when I get back home. My children are 9, 5, 4 and 2 – now it’s three boys and two girls. They must miss you. They miss me a lot – they call me and every once in a while they let me know. Most of the flights are late at night, baruch Hashem. As soon as I’m on the plane I start missing my kids. You come from a very musical family – did you always feel


musical yourself? Pretty much so. They say when I was young I would do Michael Jackson with a full diaper. At least until I was eight nobody could tell me I wasn’t Michael Jackson! I was really into music – any opportunity to be in front of the camera or record anything. I recorded my first professional record when I was 13. The first press

by the time I got to that next record it was very much just wanting to reflect a little bit of the changes going on on the inside, as a result of my learning.

You live in Israel, in Me’a She’arim – how is it living there? I love it! I love it over there – I have a lot of friends, baruch Hashem. The world’s changing and Yiddishkeit is changing – some for the good and some not for the good, unfortunately. That’s just the way the world works. But I think ultimately the same thing that to some degree pains me gives me a lot of chizzuk. You used to see that with a lot of the younger chassidish boys, when they were not as strong in their Yiddishkeit, it would unfortunately over the years lead to a lacking in derech eretz and a lack of acceptance of other people and culture - not that the two are synonymous, but this is just what you see in the world. As opposed to now, where they don’t have the same exact connection or kesher or strength of their Yiddishkeit, but they’re more accepting and more open. That makes a person like myself be able to be much more acceptable to them – which all I’m doing, the only thing I feel that I’m doing, is trying to encourage them to be shomer their Yiddishkeit! So it’s sort of like an interesting circle of life. On one level I’m sad to see the decline of the fire that people have for Torah and mitzvos; on the other hand it opens them up to being more open to other concepts and other things that can also improve their Yiddishkeit.

You were learning with a Sephardic rabbi during your conversion, Rabbi Simon Benzaquen. Do you have Sephardic minhagim? Shortly after I started learning, I started learning with Rabbi Benzaquen in 2010. I keep Sephardic halacha, my practices are chassidish, but halachically Sephardic. I go by the Yalkut Yosef from Chochom Rav Ovadia Yosef. I’m a chassid so I do

Speaking of being open and inclusive to others, you also worked on the WeR1 music video with Gad Elbaz for the Kesher Yehudi Jewish unity organization, how was that? It’s a beautiful thing to be able to see these things. The unity aspect has been happening with different people doing things and different styles of music. I really like Zusha and Mordechai Shapiro and other guys like

What did the name reflect at that time? Ascent. I just wanted to talk about the ascent of being bigger than what I was – it was in contrast to the last record I released before which was called, The Cause and Effect, which was more street, more gangster. In the three years between those albums there had been a major transformation going on inside of my world. So,

“I’m not trying to live in two worlds – I’m just trying to uplift one world while standing in another.” I got was an international big hip hop magazine, which is not around anymore; I got my first press I was 15-years-old. When I was 19, I released my first album – much more of street sound – and then by 2009, my second, which I thought would be my last album after I got into Yiddishkeit and I started learning. When I began the album I was still in the Messianic congregation that I had been in, but by the time I started the promotion I was already starting my geirus. So it was a very interesting time. The name of the record is actually Ali’yah – named when I was not Jewish.


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that, so as much as I can I’m trying to connect with other artists and different people if they will. Most people have a perception that there’s been a major backlash because I’m doing Jewish rap, but the rabbis whom I’ve talked to who have been known to be hard on music, I’ve had different conversations with them, and I’ve gotten nothing but support from a lot of rabbeim and tzaddikim, even in Yerushalayim. I’m very sure in the sense that what I’m doing is a major difference in purity – that my heart is to really be able to bring people closer to Hashem that’s both for the Yidden, and l’havdil for the non-Jews also, that people have to be able to recognize that there’s a Hashem in the world. Dovid Hamelech said, “I’m going to praise Your name before kings.” Before kings – no matter who it was – he was going to scream about Hashem and be a light for Hashem. I think that people that have a hergish, a lot of Torah people that have a sense of knowing, a siyata dishmaya, to see if it’s emes or if it’s not emes, and I think that my message is very emes and it’s coming across no matter what it’s wrapped up in. People tell me all the time that “what you’re doing right now couldn’t have happened 10 years ago or 25 years ago” and that the rabbanim wouldn’t have accepted it and I’d have to fight different battles – but Hashem has good timing. I wasn’t trying to do anything, I just was trying to do what I felt Hashem wanted me to do, and I’m one thousand percent positive that I’m doing what Hashem wants me to do – I have no doubt, no safek, about that. I’m osek in tefillah enough, I’m osek in Torah enough to have the proper hadracha in everything that I need to have. I’m very set and settled in terms of where I am in a ruchniyos way. I’m not trying to live in two worlds – I’m just trying to uplift one world while standing in another. So I’m not really looking to hang out with all these other [secular] guys to lift up my sparks – I could stand in my place and be able to call to the other side to some degree. Do you have contact with your family in Seattle or friends

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from your childhood? My mother died of an overdose when I was 19; she was 37. So she didn’t get to see the transformation. My stepfather is very proud of me. My biological father also – very, very proud of me right now from the conversations I’ve had with him. I’d be lying if I said I’m in touch on a daily basis…maybe every 6 months or so. The rest of my family, I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve talked

spirituality, to have some time alone without other influences. The same for your wife as well? Yes, but her sister is like her best friend, her sister also lives in Yerushalayim – we all were megayer together. My sister-in-law is married to my best friend. Baruch Hashem we have each other. They are in Sha’arei Chesed, also a religious community, but with many more American and

“When I put my hand behind the bench to grab a siddur, it said Nissim on it - it was min hashamayim.” to them. One of the things that we realized, especially as you’re beginning to grow, in your earlier years, is to really establish yourself and your family life very strongly when you have all the other influences that seem to be contradictory to the path that you’re going on. For us, we had to remove ourselves a little bit from certain relationships, almost all of them – not to run to other people, but to run to Hashem a little bit, to run towards G-d and to figure out who we were. I think that it’s very important for any person who wants to establish their identity, especially in ruchniyos, in

English speakers in that community. They have four kids, baruch Hashem. How did you pick your Hebrew names? My wife, who I owe everything to, picked her name because her name is “Adina,” meaning “gentle.” She understood that the name is the essence and that was the essence of what she wanted to be able to be – a gentle person, more aidel – so she chose that name. Mine was more mystical. I was davening to Hashem for a name, and I talked to a few different people who suggested a few names for me. One


of the names was Nissim that I had narrowed it down to and I went into the shul early and I was just talking to Hashem – just asking in my own words – just talking to G-d before Mincha about what name I should choose. I had Nissim and I think the other one was Yehoshua because my name was Josh originally when I was born for about 10 minutes and then they changed it to Damian. So I had these two names and I’m talking to Hashem about it. I had seen that the clock was going to turn 7p.m., which was Mincha-Maariv at the Sephardic shul I was at in Seattle. When I put my hand behind the bench to grab a siddur, it said Nissim on it – it was min hashamayim. Hashem named me – He made it very clear. What other “nissim,” miracles, have you seen along your journey? I say if a person runs from Hashem they end up in the belly of a whale like Yonah. I felt like I was running for a long time. When I did leave music in the beginning I felt very strongly that I was doing the right thing, and I still feel it was important for me to take that cool-out period, and when it was time for me to go back to music it was like it was being called to me. I felt like I was running from Hashem to some degree. When my son was four months old he was hospitalized for meningitis. I was doing a lot of soul searching after that. I went to go talk to Hashem for six hours – Rav Arush is very big on this, that for yeshuot a person should cry out to Hashem for this long – and in the midst of my meditation I started thinking about what was going on. A lot of people were saying to me that I needed to return back to music, so I asked Hashem if this is what I’m supposed to be doing, but I told Him I needed a clear sign. I had a microphone that was broken and I told Hashem, “If this is what you want me to do, if the microphone works, then I’m going to take it as a sign.” I hooked the microphone up that I had – it was broken, everyone around me knew I wasn’t using it, it was very clear. I wasn’t recording, but every once in a while I would do an old-school Motown remix – or


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other people would want to record and I would lend it to them – and the microphone had stopped working. So after I prayed the prayer, I hooked it up and it worked immediately! I recorded a whole album on that microphone. As soon as it worked I was very shocked – I was in one of those moments where I just felt that Hashem had just answered my prayers; I had just seen an open miracle. There had been so many times when my back was against the wall, like when we were homeless. We went from geirus to galus I always say. Right after our geirus we spent nights sleeping in my car in Seattle. The whole way everything was set up was hashgacha after hashgacha. The seal of Hashem was the fact that we were homeless from June 1st and we signed a new lease on June 1 st one year later – exactly to the day we went to a new place. Throughout that year we went bouncing around to different people’s houses. We were going through so many different things; my kids practically lived at Children’s Hospital – one had a broken arm, this one was sick, this one had an asthma attack – crazy stuff. We spent so many nights sitting outside of Children’s Hospital. Hashem put us to the test immediately after the geirus – everything that you could possibly think of – and every day I was faithful, talking to Hashem, talking to Hashem. I didn’t have any doubts – no safek at all that Hashem was going to turn this situation around. At the end I started working with a company that wasn’t paying so well, but I needed a job at the time. One of the reasons that we ended up homeless is because I signed a deal with an independent record label that ended up going down almost as soon as I signed the contract. I was already out of my other job. So I started working for this company but it wasn’t enough for me to get a place or anything. I remember I had booked a Shabbaton concert somewhere but it was like a year before. I got call from a friend of mine right after Pesach and he said to me, “There’s a place open. Do you think you be able to swing it and all of the move-in costs and the other stuff?” I told him, “Yes!” although I

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Two of Nissim's sons in Yerushalayim

didn’t have a dime. After that, I got the email reminding me that I had the concert – there was the move-in money! Then, the next day, I got a call from the only job I had applied for and I ended up going in and baruch

with Gad for “Hashem Melech 2.0.” After a while I had started working for a kollel. I wanted to grow more in my ruchniyos so I started working there, I thought it’d be best for me. Our backs were against the

“This fire begins within each and every single person; they have to have a proper relationship with Hashem.” Hashem I ended up getting that job. It was right before Shavuos and I had to go in for a meeting at the first job and they were telling me that I had to go in on Shavuos, and if I didn’t, they were cutting me. The day that I was supposed to have the meeting I ended up getting the call for the second job – so I went in for the meeting to turn in my two weeks’ notice and then I was gone anyway. Hashem fought all my battles for me! You did a remix of Gad Elbaz’s hit song “Hashem Melech.” Tell me about your collaboration

wall almost every month to make ends meet and to be able to afford our place and everything we were going through at the time. I remember by that time we fell a month behind in rent, after I had completed my parts for “Hashem Melech.” I got a call from Gad and we were talking about the video and about the song; we were talking about more details. At this point I was already two months behind in rent. Now I got this new fire – I gotta shoot this video – so I ended up flying to New York and I didn’t have a dime in my pocket. My personal yeshua and oth-


er people’s yeshua was taking place. We’re doing this video, we danced around New York. By the time it got to the third verse I was standing in the middle of the street – I’ve shot videos before, but there was a fire burning inside of me – it’s my favorite part of the video. I still relate to what I was feeling at the time. I remember coming back home so on fire but we were still in our hard situation. I was telling my wife, this is what I need to be doing, to go out and give people chizuk and do music, so we were going back and forth on what’s the right thing because she’s been there for everything. I quit the kollel and I went out every day to talk to Hashem for six hours. Rav Arush tells that he went out every day to talk to Hashem like it was his job. So I went to the field six hours every day and by day 17, I got a call from Gad Elbaz and he said, “Achi, we made a hit!” What was the feedback like on that? Afterwards the thing starts taking off and it was on YouTube and the next day I got calls from all over the world to come and do different concerts and everything, so baruch Hashem that took care of my situation. Everything for us flipped around financially, baruch Hashem. In addition to that, I got so many emails from young boys and mothers and families saying, “You don’t know what this song just did for me and Judaism.” People said they were on the brink of leaving Judaism – one lady said she’d be keeping Pesach this year because of it – the emails we got from all over the world, from us dancing all over Manhattan, we were able to bring out a major yeshua for a lot of people. We did a whole website for just the video, so on the video website a lot of people were emailing in from all over the world, baruch Hashem. I’d had fan mail before about inspiration but this was like…wow. To go all over the world and see boys that would have been listening to other rappers sitting there rapping talking about “Hashem, You’re the King,” this is a huge thing! Just for the words to be able to come out of somebody else’s mouth is a zechus – it’s a really big zechus.


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You encountered some difficult situations while you were growing up. How do you feel when you see Jewish people dealing with addiction now? As a person coming into geirus, your first introduction to Judaism, the first impression, the business card of a Jew, is that we are the People of the Book – and when you look at the People of the Book you expect a certain sense of holiness. As things continue it doesn’t surprise, but at the beginning you’re shocked at every new thing you hear. It was very surprising to hear about addictions in the Jewish community, but it doesn’t give me any safek that this is emes. People have problems, so Klal Yisroel also has problems. We also have a different access to kedusha and the ability to be able to fix the problems and we also have the best tools. What messages do you want to share with others based on

your journey? Today everybody’s sitting inside the bais midrash – it’s geshmak to see how many people are learning – but what’s been missing is the inyun of tefillah, of crying out to Hashem. When you look at Tanach – when I started looking into Judaism, my first introduction to real Judaism was Tanach – I’m reading the prophets and I’m seeing what they were doing and they were all crying out to Hashem. To me that’s the ikkur of Judaism; it’s not only sitting inside the bais medrash but it’s to be able to make a kinyan on Hashem by davening and talking to Him so He will live and dwell inside of your lives. After that, I find that the Torah opens up way much more for me than when I’m trying to figure everything out inside of my head, because then you lose the ability to have true faith in Hashem that He’s actually in the world. You don’t believe it as much because everything in the person is intellectually sitting there, because

it’s all on paper, but it’s not inside the person’s heart. That was my path and what attracted me in the end to Breslov because that was the inyun, but that was later on – for me, this was already the ikkur of life. I think the biggest thing right now, as were getting closer and everybody’s wanting Moshiach to come and that there should be some type of peace, I think that a person needs to build a proper relationship with Hashem. Hashem’s desire, just like a person’s desire, is to know their own child and Hashem has the same exact desire for every single one of us. There’s a major problem with all these kids going through different things, and because I have had the background I’ve been able to go all over the world and they all feel comfortable expressing to me what they’re going through and the different things they’re going through in life. I think the main thing is that we have to be able to give over the Yiddishkeit that we have – and if we don’t


have it, then it’s very hard to give it over to the next generation. My main message is for people to begin to know Hashem again. Before you know that daf, know Whose daf it is. It’s a big thing that the soul, the neshama of Yiddishkeit, almost feels like it’s lost today and we need to bring back the neshama. We need to bring back that fire that was the aish tamid in the bais hamikdash. This fire begins within each and every single person; they have to have a proper relationship with Hashem – they have to have a relationship with Hashem. That’s the grounds for the Torah. I know that we have the inyun that you come to it l’shma, but the dorot are changing and our people are not coming towards it – Japanese people are learning the Torah! The number one aleph bais is that you’re a ma’amin, that you believe in Hashem, that you have a kesher to Hashem – that’s the whole purpose of the world – and then, on top of that, we can add everything else.

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here can one find happiness when tragedy strikes? Where can one find comfort when they experience loss? Where can one feel loved amidst lonesomeness, feel valued despite their flaws, derive the will to be productive, awaken each day with the thrill of a fresh start? Where indeed? In our precious Torah, the guiding force behind our nation’s continuous and constant success and productivity. For thousands of years the Torah has served as a beacon of light unto the world and has been the life-giving source for every member of the Jewish nation, nourishing their souls and alleviating them from the emotional shackles of long, burdensome years in exile. However, while we all have had ancestors who, when put to the test, have made that total and committed decision to

give up their lives for their Faith, how many of us truly tap into our relationship with G-d and find the pleasure and happiness we seek in life in His holy Torah? The key to happiness lies in our appreciation of the Torah as a deeply emotionally rich way of life. This soul-nourishing concept has been made more accessible to many through the tireless efforts of three women, heralding from various sects of the frum community, who have devoted themselves to the proliferation of the enriching experiences and understanding that they had come to, through various learning forums, and most recently through the Amatz Initiative. The program was founded by Mrs. Weiss of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mrs. Reifer and Mrs. Schwebel of Brooklyn, NY, to enable principals and teachers in the Bais Yaakov system to access the teaching approach and material offered in

kiruv institutions and implement them in their respective school curricula. Teachers are given the tools to excite, enthrall, and engage with their students, unlocking the sweetness of their heritage and showing them the treasures of their inheritance.

Does the Torah Speak to Me?

As the holiday of Shavuos approaches, and Jewish women busy themselves arranging daffodils and peonies and preparing scrumptious cheesecakes, many women find themselves at a loss when it comes to articulating and relating to the essence and meaningfulness of this special day. Indeed, the Orthodox world at large, while it’s teeming with Torah Jews scrupulously following its laws and dictates, suffers from count-

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less faithful followers who have not been able to connect to their Torah way of life on a deep level. “As we grow, we get more sophisticated,” explains Mrs. Leba Schwebel, a spiritual guide and co-founder of the Amatz Initiative. “In dress, in taste, in fashion. While little girls pine for Hello Kitty backpacks, teenagers, possessing more sophisticated taste, would prefer Kipling. Naturally, as we grow, our tastes and affinities grow as well. However, in spiritual matters, the advancements don’t come naturally; we need to work on honing them.” Many adults and teens follow a Jewish way of live, walking the walk, talking the talk, but without advancing their understanding and appreciation for what the Torah represents. Sadly, each year we are losing dozens of our youth, as they turn their backs on our beautiful heritage out of lack of connection and understanding to the basics of a Torah life. Mrs. Schwebel notes that we learn the foundations of emunah in school and we take it for granted that we all know the principles of our faith. But as we mature and face the challenges of life, many find themselves grappling with very basic doubts. Does G-d love me? If so, why is He doing this to me? Life is full of nisyonos, and we need a mature understanding of emunah and a deep connection to our faith in order to realize that all that befalls us is from Hashem and is administered with tender, loving care – tailored for us. Only with this appreciation can we utilize the events of our lives as the spiritual stepping stones they are intended to be. And without an understanding of emunah that infiltrates every aspect of our daily lives, we risk a negative reaction to life’s most difficult challenges. Mrs. Schwebel also finds that many graduates of our Orthodox high schools may relate to spirituality more as a subject in school than as a lifestyle that speaks to individuals. If students aren’t good at that subject, then they just don’t feel like taking it beyond the walls of school. “A lot of the beauty of Torah is couched in our own psychological insecurities,” Mrs. Schwebel laments. “We feel that if we can’t be a rebbetzin, then we just aren’t cut out for spiritual type of growth.” And growth is meant for everyone – for every Jew.

If It Speaks to Them, It Can Speak to Us

The need to deepen our spiritual relationships is especially recognized by kiruv professionals or by those who have come in contact with struggling teens. When a youngster has questions regarding fundamental precepts in our faith, do we ourselves have the answers? Are we fluid enough in the core principles of emunah, such as Free Will and Man’s purpose in This World, that we can give our youth the answers that they need?

As Mrs. Tzippy Reifer, co-founder of the Amatz Initiative, working with Mrs. Schwebel, puts it, “We may be living our beautiful Jewish lives but if we can’t defend the Truth of our Torah, then we are missing a dimension.” Taking a closer glimpse at the kiruv world, what Mrs. Reifer, Mrs. Schwebel, and their third,

"We may be living our beautiful Jewish lives but if we can't defend the Truth of our Torah, then we are missing a dimension." partner, Mrs. Michele Weiss, noticed was that a remarkable phenomenon is taking place. While many teens from fully Observant backgrounds may be growing disenchanted with their lifestyle, there is a curriculum in understanding the core beliefs in Judaism, which, upon being taught in kiruv institutions, such as Aish HaTorah, is strong enough to compel teens and adults alike to embrace Torah and take on mitzvos with such a passion that they would never give them up for anything. These baalei teshuva become so intoxicated with the brilliance and beauty of the Torah that they are ready to face the toughest of challenges to be able observe their newfound Treasure. If these teachings can inspire people to take emunah on, why can’t it inspire already obser-


vant Jews not to take it off ? Even more so, imbibing these lessons can propel Jews to embrace the Torah with true appreciation and passion for the beautiful and enriching lifestyle it teaches and provides. “It’s not that our school systems are not doing their job. It’s not that there’s something wrong with the system,” Mrs. Reifer emphatically declares. “The system is awesome! But today, this is the ‘Me Generation.’ Children, teens, need to feel, ‘What’s in it for me to live a Torah life?’ We need to appeal to that need and show them that a Torah way of life is the most beautiful life that there is. They need to feel that this is the lifestyle that is best for them, and we need to teach them that.” As Mrs. Reifer puts it, in our Bais Yaakov education, we learn a lot of what the mitzvahs are and how they are to be done. What the kiruv-oriented classes offer is the why – why we should want to do the mitzvos. “Our mechanchos want what’s best for their students,” Mrs. Schwebel is quick to assess. “And they have so much to offer. Our girls should be running to school. They should feel that school is teaching them something rich, something beautiful, something that speaks to them. If our girls would feel that the Torah speaks to them in a real way,” Mrs. Schwebel assures, “they would put in all their effort and work hard to perform in all of their classes. There is nothing more beautiful than Jewish girls. We need to help them see how lucky they truly are to be Jewish.”

The Six Constant Mitzvos

The Amatz Initiative began with the highly enriching and life-altering Chizuk Mission now offered semiannually by Aish HaTorah for women of any background. Founded by the Aish HaTorah rebbetzin of Cleveland, Ohio, Rebbetzin Barrie Feld, the week-long Chizuk Mission program consists of powerful and compelling classes given by world-renown kiruv professionals and highly influential and dynamic speakers in the Aish HaTorah building in Jerusalem – right across from the Kosel Plaza. The union of women from all backgrounds – from chassiddish to barely shomer Shabbos – combined with these truly enthralling lectures that plumb the depths of Judaism’s most fundamental precepts makes the Chizuk Mission a remarkably soul-enriching experience. Mrs. Schwebel had already been trained by Aish HaTorah to teach Rabbi Noach Weinberg’s material on the Fundamentals of Judaism to students in frum schools when she met Mrs. Reifer and Mr. Weiss at the Chizuk Mission. It was at the conclusion of the event that Mrs. Reifer, a Bobover Chassidista heralding from a heavily chassidish community in Boro Park, asked if


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there were any women who would join her in creating an organization that would bring the learning they had just experienced to the frum school systems. She felt it was crucial that our graduating youth learn to recognize Judaism as a beautiful and rich way of life, not merely a subject studied and tested on in school. Mrs. Michele Weiss, an individual who is heavily involved in the financial and chinuch issues of the Cleveland community, and Mrs. Leba Schwebel, wife of the legendary singer, Mr. Rivie Schwebel, both responded to Mrs. Reifer’s call, and together the trio founded the Amatz Initiative. In addition to Amatz, each of these women also leads chaburas, or groups of women that convene regularly in a homey setting – around a dining room table – to learn what they call, “intentional Yiddishkeit.” They discuss various fundamental aspects of Yiddishkeit and how they apply to our everyday lives such as recognizing that nothing is random and that every incident that befalls any person is preordained by Hashem and tailor-made to his needs in order to achieve perfection. These chaburah leaders teach about Rabbi Noach Weinberg’s Five Levels of Pleasure, engaging both the minds and hearts of the participants in the understanding that just as we derive tremendous satisfaction from caring for our family even when it calls for the sacrifice of certain physical pleasures, so do we experience pleasure when we forfeit worldly gains for a spiritual purpose. Other fundamentals elucidated include Free Will, the concept of Happiness, and understanding prayer. In the chaburah talks, the women also explore the spiritual opportunities that arise at each part of the Jewish year and how to tap into them. “It’s hard in the year 2018 to live our lives in the year 5778,” Mrs. Schwebel points out. “And then Elul comes around and people wonder, ‘What? Time to work on myself? I’m in the middle of my summer vacation!’” Each of these Amatz initiators gives credit to Rabbi Yitzchak Coopersmith for the spiritual knowledge that they impart to their participants. Rabbi Coopersmith brought the highly influential Discovery program of Aish HaTorah to America. He is extremely well-versed in the fundamentals of Judaism as brought to the kiruv world through Rav Noach Weinberg. The women have had the opportunity of studying the Six Constant Mitzvos under this powerful and lucidspeaker and author of “Constant Connection,” a volume replete with clear and compelling explanations of the Six Constant Mitzvos. These mitzvos are the core focal point in both the chaburahs and in the Amatz Initiative material, as they elucidate the constant opportunity and obligation to inject every aspect of our existence with spirituality and G-dly connection. Mrs. Schwebel also feels she has gleaned a lot

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of her content on character development and internalizing Yiddishkeit from Rabbi Aryeh Nivin from Ashdod through the weekly teleconference chaburahs he gives.

28 Principals, 1 Unified Front

Enthused by the brilliance and clarity experienced over the course of the Chizuk Mission, Mrs. Reifer and her partners felt an irresistible urge to share the illuminations they were privy to with teachers and mentors the world-over.

"We need to help them see how lucky they truly are to be Jewish." They set forth to create the Amatz Initiative as a means by which to reach the entire Bais Yaakov school body from the top down, beginning with the principals. The first year of the program, in the winter of 2016, they sent three principals of girls’ high schools to attend the Chizuk Mission to experience the flaming “high” they themselves had so appreciated. The project was met with resounding enthusiasm. “Nothing ever changed my life like this!” exclaimed a principal of a chassidish school in Boro Park with over 1,000 students. The principals came back energized by the lectures they had heard and the elation of learning with women from such diverse backgrounds – all learning the same Torah concepts together. The Amatz trio then worked feverishly to put together a learning venture of their own:


The Amatz Initiative Principals Mission, where a group of principals from all over the United States would fly to Eretz Yisroel to study the fundamentals of emunah from the top lecturers in the kiruv world. And so, in January 2018, twenty-eight principals of twenty-eight different schools gathered in the five-star Plaza Hotel in Jerusalem for a week of intense learning, bonding, and growing. Mrs. Reifer explains that the impact of the program is due, in part, to the fact that the principals traveled out of their time zones and away from their, b”H, hectic lives at home. “We women live very busy lives, and even when you gather for an evening of inspiration, one woman comes late because she had to attend a chuppah, and another leaves early to attend some other simcha. But when you can’t even be reached on your cell phone until 3 o’clock in the afternoon because your family and associates in America are sleeping, you have a chance to be there with your whole self,” she notes. Of course, alongside the spiritually rich program of speakers and excursions, the principals were treated royally, served three sumptuous meals daily, and even pampered at the end of the trip at a spa at the Dead Sea. “No one ever takes care of principals like that,” Mrs. Reifer intones. “But that was part of the event, because when the body is fed, the soul can flourish.” The trip was an exhilarating experience for every principal who participated. Being away from the public eye that is always upon them in their esteemed positions, these women were able to openly discuss the spiritual challenges that affect their precious students and confide in each other for solutions and support. Ironically, despite the diversity of the backgrounds, school cultures and clientele in the different schools, the principals found that their students were all want for the same spiritual clarity. The common answers to the questions and doubts their students felt were found in the electrifying lectures offered daily throughout the course of the program. While the classes were mostly held in the Aish HaTorah building, many of the speakers were not affiliated with Aish and were brought in specifically to discuss the principles of emunah with these respected school leaders. Among the lineup of presenters were Rabbi Uri Zohar, Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Feuer, Rabbi Yonason Aber, Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller, and Rebbetzin Shira Smiles. The classes filled the participants’ minds with thought-provoking concepts, concrete answers, and logical understanding of various aspects of Torah life. Brimming with knowledge, understanding, and the support and friendship of fellow principals, the women returned to their schools, sad to part from their new friends, but eager to implement the material they had learned


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to re-inspire their precious students and fill them with appreciation for our special heritage.

Reaching into the Future

There is an overwhelming need for the fundamentals of emunah to be taught as a subject in school, certainly in the eleventh and twelfth grades. Mrs. Reifer herself teaches such a course in three high schools and a seminary. But it’s not only the direct instruction in these topics that is important. The Amatz initiators assert that when an educator is filled with knowledge, that wisdom will come across and imbue all her lessons, no matter what subject she teaches, even in the secular studies department. Teachers of any subject need to have a comprehensive grasp of the answers in spiritual matters, so that they won’t fear the questions their students may ask. “We live in a very open world,” Mrs. Schwebel points out. “When our kids ask questions, we shouldn’t say, ‘We don’t ask questions like that.’ They will just Google their question and get all kinds of other answers. We need to give them our true answers.” The Amatz Initiative is working to ensure that all teachers have the answers, not just for the students who ask, but to enrich the lives of the compliant, unquestioning students who may be doing the right thing, but not necessarily feeling the right thing. Twenty-eight principals were reached just a few months ago. But this is only the beginning. A group of principals is already signing up for the next year’s Principals

Mission. In addition, Amatz has partnered with Emes V’emunah, a project of Torah Umesorah,

"It's hard in the year 2018 to live our lives in the year 5778." to train teachers in each of the schools whose principals attended the program in Israel the

core foundations of emunah. Emes V’emunah is an organization offering training to rabbeim and mechanchim in the Truths of Judaism to instill in their students. Amatz is now responding to a similar need for female teachers in the Bais Yaakov system. A two-day retreat is going to be held in the Hilton in Monsey, NY, this coming July to kick-off the training program. The principals will be invited, as well as up to three teachers per school, to participate in the retreat. The purpose of the event will be twofold. Firstly, it will serve as an opportunity for the principals who attended the trip in the winter to reunite, which they are undoubtedly looking forward to. Secondly, since the teacher-training program will consist of twenty-six prerecorded lectures viewed via computer screens through USB software, this will give the teachers a chance to be introduced live to the curriculum that they will be learning and teaching. As many of us can attest, there is strong need for high school teachers to be educated in the core principles of our heritage and to be equipped with passion and clarity in these areas. They are in the position to change the perspectives of our teenagers and open their eyes to the beauty and brilliance of our Torah lifestyle. Our high school girls are, in truth, the future builders of our nation. By inspiring our youth, Amatz seeks to reach the future homes of our nation and infuse them with light and a sense of overwhelming appreciation of what it means to be a Jew.

What are the Six Constant Mitzvos? 1. Leidah sheyesh Hashem Eloka – Know There Is A G-d Derived from the verse, “Anochi Hashem Elokecha,” included in this mitzvah is the obligation to intellectually know and emotionally internalize that Hashem exists and is the Creator, Sustainer, and Supervisor of all. 2. Lo yihiyeh lecha elohim acheirim – Have No Other G-ds Included in this mitzvah is the directive that we may not place any power or trust in other forces, such as forces of nature. Also, if one blames outcomes or circumstances on other people, it is an indication that, to some extent, he attributes power to that person to orchestrate life events.


3. Liyachado – Know Hashem is One Derived from the verse, “Shema Yisroel Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad,” this mitzvah entreats us to realize that there are no separate forces of good and evil – everything comes from just One G-d.

5. Li’ahavo – Love Hashem Derived from the verse, “V’ahavta es Hashem elokecha,” the feeling of love towards our Creator comes from deepening and expanding our recognition of Hashem’s all-encompassing Goodness.

4. Liyirah Mimenu – Fear Hashem Derived from the verse, “Es Hashem Elokecha tiyrah,” this mitzvah commands us to love Hashem. Indeed, as one grows and matures, he learns that there is nothing in the world to fear but to be afraid that we don’t have enough of a connection with our Creator.

6. V’lo sasuru acharei l’vavchem v’acharei eineichem – Do Not Stray After Your Hearts and After Your Eyes This is the obligation to harness all our passions and desires and to work on developing the strength to overcome them. This mitzvah calls for man to work on his character development in a very real and meaningful way.

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Focaccia Bread with Garlic Confit By Naomi Nachman

We have a 3 day chag coming up so why not serve different kinds of bread for some of the meals to add some variety? The focaccia bread is perfect to serve at a dairy meal and can also be used as a pizza or flatbread base. The remainder of the garlic oil mixture is also great for marinating chicken or for using as a dip for challah.

Ingredients Garlic Confit 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 heads garlic, peeled and separated 2 tablespoons za’atar ¼ cup minced garlic

Focaccia 1 cup warm water 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast ½ teaspoon honey 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Preparation In a 9-inch sauté pan, combine olive oil and whole garlic cloves. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Add za’atar and crushed garlic and simmer for another 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine the warm water, yeast, and honey and let it proof for 5 minutes, until bubbling. Add 1 cup of the flour and a ¼ cup of the prepared garlic-olive oil mixture, leaving whole garlic pieces behind. Knead until the flour has mixed well. Let sit for another 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 ½ cups of flour and the salt. Once the dough comes together, transfer to a floured board and knead the dough until smooth. Place the dough into a bowl, and let rise for 1 hour. After 1 hour, heat oven to 450°F. Use two ta,blespoons of the remaining garlic-olive oil mixture to oil a 9-inch by 13-inch baking sheet. Transfer the dough to the baking sheet, then press it down into the pan. Use your fingers to make indentations in the dough and then drizzle the top with the remaining olive oil mixture and scatter a few pieces of garlic across the bread. Bake 15 to 20 minutes till it gets it golden brown. Cool baked focaccia bread on a wire rack.

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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Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education Innovation Day


he CIJE-Tech High School Program is currently in its seventh year. As a significant part of the CIJE-Tech program, students are encouraged to experience creative-inventive thinking. At the beginning of each school year, students embark upon a “journey” during which they acquire various skills in the STEM areas. This “journey” culminates in the creation, by the students, of a scientific-technological product that addresses a specific need or problem in society. These capstone projects are meant to encourage originality and unfettered thinking and the application of knowledge acquired by the students. On May 6, at The New York Hilton, 1,242 CIJE-Tech students, representing 37 students hailing from Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, showcased their innovative capstone products in the areas of assistive technology, healthcare, safety, and consumer products. The CIJE Seventh Annual Innovation Day was a tremendous success, with more than two thousand people attending! “This event brought together students from many different types of high schools to present their unique and innovative capstone projects as part of their preparation for 21st century careers,” remarked Jason Cury, CIJE President. Dr. Joseph Jacobson, Associate Professor and head of the MIT Media

Lab’s Molecular Machine research group, delivered an inspiring Keynote Address. This year included the inaugural presentation of the Rambam Innovation Award, a joint initiative of CIJE and the American Friends of Rambam Medical Center, a leading Israeli center for emergency response and trauma. The competition challenged students to create a project that would correlate with the Rambam Center’s work in preparation and response to disasters and mass casualty situations. Students representing the Frisch School placed first and second. Third place was awarded to students from Yeshiva Darche Eres. Finalists were announced for the First “CIJE Tank” competition. These students will go on to present their ideas and newly acquired entrepreneurial skills to CIJE “Sharks,” who may select products for future investment. Awards were presented to students in various categories for their achievement in their CIJE capstone projects. In addition, school awards were presented to: First Place: Frisch, Bruriah; Second Place: Maayanot, Solomon Schechter LI; Third Place: YUHSG, SKA. First and Second Place Individual team awards in the areas of Innovations in Assistive Technology, Safety, Healthcare, and Consumer Products were presented to HAFTR, Hillel Yeshiva, Tichon Meir Moshe, Reenas Bais Yaakov, Kushner, Golda Och, Solomon Schechter LI, and Ye-

shiva Darchei Torah. One of the event judges, Yonah Wolf, Team Lead-Risk Software Development, Graham Capital Management, commented, “I am honored to have judged some of the CIJE-Tech projects. I was impressed not just by the very high level of the breadth and scope of the students’ knowledge and innovation, but also by the breadth and scope of their affiliation. Where else could you get over a thousand kids from schools as diverse as Bais Yaakov and Schechter showing off their projects in one very large room? Amazing!” In addition, Tikva Wiener, head of the I.D.E.A. School, hosted the Maker Exposition throughout the day, with many activities for middle school students and families as well as virtual reality activities for kids to try.

Being successful at CIJE  Innovation Day requires a strong work ethic, curiosity, dedication, and a passion for  STEM. Guidance throughout the school year comes from teachers  and CIJE mentors, whose knowledge and commitment to the program encourage their students to perform their best and actively engage in this exciting experience at  CIJE  Innovation Day. Following the presentation of awards, Judy Lebovits, CIJE Vice President, expressed her pride in what each of the students had accomplished and achieved as a result of their CIJE-Tech courses; “These students have become problem solvers, creative thinkers, innovators, and self-reliant. They are the future!” For more information about CIJE, please contact 

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NYC Kids Project Visits BYQ

Aroni and Chani Parnes Guests of Honor at Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael Annual Dinner



he BYQ Early Childhood Center was privileged to receive a special visit from NYC Kids Project. This experience was designed to help young children understand that although people with disabilities may walk differently, talk differently and communicate differently, we are all fundamentally the same inside. Through picture books, song, and demonstration the children became more comfortable with the idea that people with disabilities have feelings and interests just like them. A child in a wheelchair may love to dance and a child who is blind may love to build with blocks, just like them. A deaf child can even enjoy music by listening to the vibrations of the music. The children were fascinated by the con-

cepts of sign language and braille as well as the use of a cane and a guide dog. The presenter even showed the children a ball that beeps to allow a blind child to play catch.  Some of the children were surprised when a handicapped doll in a wheelchair had difficulty speaking. They tried hard to understand that it would hurt the “girl’s” feelings to laugh at her speech, even though it sounds so “funny.” This experience can serve as a wonderful springboard for you to have a conversation with your child if you encounter someone with disabilities. Ultimately, Hashem made all of us with our own strengths and weaknesses, and we have to treat everyone with kindness, even those who seem very different from us.

n Tuesday, May 29, Yeshiva Gedola and Mesivta Ohr Yisrael will honor noted Lawrence community leaders Aroni and Chani Parnes as the Guests of Honor at its 19th annual dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Parnes are highly respected members of the community and have always been involved in many chessed organizations. “Those of us who know Aroni and Chani know that the word ‘no’ does not exist in their vocabulary,” said Mr. Benjamin Ringel, prominent Five Towns resident, who will serve as the dinner’s Journal Chairman. “They help everyone they possibly can.” The Yeshiva will honor Mr. and Mrs. Yitzy Berger with the Shochein Tov award. Mr. Yitzy Tepper will be honored as Alumnus of the Year. Mr. and Mrs. Duvie Silbiger will be honored as Parents of the Year. The dinner will take place on Tuesday, May

29 at Kingsway Jewish Center, 2902 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY. Reception will be at 6:30 PM, with the program scheduled to begin at 7:30. For additional information, and to place an ad in the Journal, please call (718) 382-8702 or visit www. or email the Yeshiva at

A Permanent Home for Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam


omentum builds as an exciting new campaign is well underway. Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam has the opportunity to purchase the building that they are in, ensuring a permanent home for the school and securing their future. Established just six years ago in response to the dynamic growth of the Western Long Island community, Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam has now blossomed into a school for close to 300 students with a unique mission to provide academic excellence delivered in a warm and loving environment. Boruch Hashem, they have seen much success and continue to grow by leaps and bounds each year. Procurring the building will enable the school to meet the needs of its flourishing student body and of the thriving community. To achieve this goal, they are embarking on a $5 million campaign. By July 15th, $2 million is needed to close on the building. The rest of the money will be used for renovations, making the building a state-of-the-art facility and ensuring the continued quality education and care that the children

deserve. Under the direction of Rabbi Nosson Neuman, Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam combines academic excellence coupled with genuine warmth and concern for each child. No stranger to the world of chinuch, Rabbi Neuman follows in the footsteps of his revered father, Rabbi Moshe Neuman, who was the Menahel of Bais Yaakov of Queens for 50 years. Partnering with Rabbi Neuman is Mrs. Leah Zytman. Her role as principal ensures that the staff is deeply attuned to the needs of each individual student, supporting their strengths and challenging their weaknesses. A seasoned mechaneches, educational consultant and children’s author, Mrs. Zytman ensures that our curriculum completes all requirements and allows each individual talmidah to flourish. At its core, Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam emphasizes a real connection with Yiddishkeit and to Hashem, an excitement for learning, and a love for kedushas Eretz Yisroel. It serves as a unique makom Torah for the prospering Far Rockaway and Five Towns community.

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What is Priority-1?


riority-1 is an organization that was created thirty years ago by askanim and educators to tackle the growing challenges in the field of Jewish education. Since its inception, Priority-1 has been a leading organization in the field of chinuch, expertly addressing the latest issues facing the Orthodox community. With a diverse range of programs, Priority-1 has significantly helped thousands of parents, educators, and students across a wide range of issues. Some of these initiatives include: Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh, a cornerstone in the Priority-1 edifice, was created with one goal in mind, to create tomorrow’s leaders. Built with this lofty goal, Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh has earned its reputation as a happy, intellectually stimulating, middos based environment which allows its members to thrive. At Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh we are proud to carry the torch of Slabodka, working to give our talmidim a powerful sense of self-respect by creating a vibrant, challenging atmosphere that encourages them to discover their unique talents and personalities and to grow into true talmidei chachamim. An additional objective of Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh is to create exemplary mechanchim. Our goal was ambitious, to design a program that produced talmidei chachamim who are bursting with passion and fully trained in reaching today’s youth. To achieve this goal, Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh created a six-year chinuch program for yungeleit, Kollel Ner Yehoshua, giving them firsthand, intensive training, in addition to advanced learning, and providing them the tools to enter the world of chinuch with confidence. The yeshiva has also expanded beyond Far Rockaway, creating the Beis Midrash and Kollel Ohr Hatzafon in Israel and growing to a network of nearly one hundred and fifty students. Over the years, Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh has produced a generation of educators and community leaders who credit their success to the educational system pioneered under Priority-1. Teach To Reach Initiative Our world is rapidly changing. Today’s environment is radically

different than the one we grew up in, and an educational system that worked thirty years ago is doomed to fail in today’s world without certain adjustments. In a lengthy meeting between the Priority-1 leadership and Maran HaRav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, zt”l, the Posek Hador stressed that creating a training program for mechanchim to give them the capability to effectively respond to today’s bochurim is a matter of pikuach nefesh. Working with top experts in the field of chinuch and using proven methodologies, Priority-1 created a comprehensive teachers training course to enable mechanchim to thrive in the classroom. A resoundingly successful program, the Teach to Reach Initiative has been warmly received and has already trained over 450 teachers across the globe, positively affecting over 6,000 students. In addition to hosting training workshops, the Teach to Reach Initiative is currently developing an extensive online resource center containing a vast repository of audio, video, and written educational material for mechanchim. This will allow unprecedented access to Priority-1 training materials and give educators a powerful new chinuch resource. The Eliezer Institute There are few things more devastating to a person’s spiritual growth more than a lack of emunah and bitachon. Unfortunately, in recent years, a growing crisis of emunah has surfaced amongst the frum community. To address this issue, Priority-1, along with Westwood Realty, created the Eliezer Institute with the goal of implementing a broad range of approaches to help our communities tap into the tremendous power of emunah and bitachon. These initiatives include weekly lectures, follow-up groups, yearly conventions, and weekly bursts of inspiration sent to all members. Another component of community strengthening is the Resource Centers located in Far Rockaway, NY, and Lakewood, NJ. Each Resource Center contains a vast trove of high-quality educational material, as well as books, designed to strengthen emunah and bita-

chon, all available – for free – to parents, community members, and  rabbeim. Additionally, there is an extensive collection of information available in the comfort of your home, with a large variety of free books and thousands of lectures and publications available to download online at The Eliezer Institute also provides crisis intervention for at-risk teens and adults. When someone is at-risk, the entire family is thrown into turmoil and they often have nowhere to turn. For teenagers, Priority-1 works with therapists, the school, the child, and the family to help them navigate through their difficult situation. Priority-1 has also become a leader in addressing the alarming reality of disaffected yeshiva educated adults leaving the fold. With extensive experience in the field, Priority-1 has been instrumental in averting numerous tragedies. Legacy Seminar Series One of the tragedies of our generation is the shocking degree of assimilation and intermarriage amongst the secular American Jewish population. Quelling this tide and drawing our brothers and sisters towards Yiddishkeit is the singular goal of kiruv in America. After much research, Priority-1 has concluded that one of the most

empirically successful kiruv methods available is those employed by Arachim, an Israel-based kiruv organization. Using an approach that shows its participants the truth and the beauty of Judaism, Arachim has successfully transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Jews, creating an unprecedented baal teshuva phenomenon. Based on the Arachim model, Priority-1 launched the Legacy Seminar Series in America. Using proven and time-tested methods, Priority-1 hosts seminars to connect unaffiliated Jews with their roots. People are thirsty for a taste of authentic Judaism, and the upcoming Legacy Seminar Three-day Memorial Day Weekend event is already inundated with calls from people looking to reserve a spot at the seminar. Please join us on June 12th at 7:00 PM on our Yeshiva Campus as we honor Mr. & Mrs. Avraham Burger, Guests of Honor; Mr. & Mrs. Bud Shawel, Young Leadership Award; and Mr. Meir Nitekman, Alumnus of the Year, highlighting the legacy being built in the world of Priority-1 and Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit or call 516295-5700 x 108.

A MESSAGE FROM RABBI SHAYA COHEN, FOUNDER OF PRIORITY-1 What does it take to succeed at chinuch in 2018? More than anything, today’s youth need validation. Listen to your talmidim and show them that you respect and love them. Do not force your talmidim into a single mold, challenge them and encourage them to discover their unique individuality. This can be accomplished through interactive learning, where students are encouraged to think for themselves and feel at ease to ask questions that bother them. Limit the pressure. The finest of our youth take religious pressure very much to heart. Pressure, when combined with unbending rules, has the ability to break people. Always strive to create a friendly and welcoming environment. Talmidim naturally want their rabbeim to be proud of them, and a happy, warm environment will do wonders to help talmidim grow. Constantly work to develop your passion towards Yiddishkeit and your own relationship with Hashem. Passion is one of the few things that are contagious, and talmidim will gain tremendously from a passionate Rebbe who demonstrates a real relationship with Hashem.

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Woodmere Welcomes Singles


ineNMeet, partnering with YUConnects and the Young Israel of Woodmere, is planning its sixth annual Springtime Shabbos geared for singles. Offering a fun, comfortable environment to meet and mingle, Shabbos, June 8-9 promises to be another weekend of neighborhood hospitality with multiple meeting opportunities. In the past, there were dozens of dates after each event and a number of engagements.  With hopeful enthusiasm, the organizers are gearing for a repeat performance! What makes the concept unique is both its simplicity and attention to detail.  Friday night and Shabbos afternoon meals are hosted by gracious families who open their house to eight guests apiece, evenly divided by men and women.  Conversation flows and by the time the meal ends, many leave the table as newfound friends.  This year, with approximately 64 expected participants, everyone will meet together again for a joint shalosh seudos and interactive program. Every attendee is assured to be introduced to each other by the time Shabbos ends. Excellent matchmakers facilitate  discussions and follow up throughout the Shabbos.  Local rabbonim often offer words of welcome

Some members of 2017 organizing committee

and inspiration at various segments. With a musical havdala, the event ends on a truly harmonious note.   And, in the weeks following the Shabbos, matchmaking is organized, targeted suggestions are made and a high percentage of the participants end up going out.    This year, the event is being underwritten by   the Mitgang, Silvera, Silver and Kaminetzky families in memory of their dear wife/mother, Mrs. Linda Mitgang, a”h.  Linda was a beloved community member, wife, mother and grandmother.  She was the ultimate Eishes Chayil who loved her family and wanted to see others happily married and living a Jewish life. Linda believed in being proactive when it came to finding shidduchim

for her own children, networking, making phone calls and attending shidduch meetings. She then used these connections to help others find their match and became genuinely happy when she learned of a new engagement. For this reason, her family thought that sponsoring this annual weekend together with DineNMeet, YUConnects and YIW would be a loving tribute to her memory. DineNMeet plans exclusive, elegant events for targeted groups of Jewish singles based on age,  hashkafah, and other factors.  Each event focuses on a different niche, ensuring maximum compatibility as its popularity keeps growing.  YUConnects is a non-profit organization, open to the entire Jewish community, offering

unique social activities, educational forums and targeted matchmaking through a friendly and helpful office. Each year, different ages and religious orientations are targeted. This year, the Shabbos is open to men and women ages 21 to 27, “machmir” hashkafa.  Applications are now open and will close by Monday, June 4th at 1 pm.  To learn more go to www.yuconnects. com/upcoming-events/ or email, or yiwmeet@  Any questions about this program, call 848-202-9573 or call 516603-8141 regarding YUConnects activities.

A Grand Finale Event for Bnos Far Rockaway


ell, it’s been quite an exciting inaugural year in Bnos Far Rockaway under the auspices of the Agudath Israel of Long Island. Don’t let the name fool you, because Bnos is indeed for the entire Far Rockaway and Five Towns community. Throughout our first year, we have had weekly Shabbos groups liberally spiced with assorted events throughout the week so that everyone, even those not within walking distance, can see for themselves what we are all about. Our Shabbos groups feature weekly games and fun executed by our dedicated leaders. In addition, each week featured a different story teller who mesmerized the girls. On Sunday, May 13 we celebrated our end-of-the-year finale with another thrilling experience. Girls from all over the area joined us for

a project and an entertaining Mad Science show. More than the music blasting, balls flying as a result of the liquid nitrogen “explosion,” the abundance of doughnuts, and general good time, it was the upbeat

energy and the smiling faces permeating the room that made the event special. Feedback has been positive and plentiful. One mother explained how her daughter, due to a learning disabil-

ity, previously did not receive many opportunities to socialize with her peers in mainstream settings. Bnos has completely changed her year and provided her with much more of a rich social life, one which she had lacked. Even our young “Bnosers” (though young, are quite articulate) have expressed that they now feel like there are special programs just for “them” that provide girls with the opportunity to join together and have a general good time in a happy, positive, wholesome environment. We are honored that we have been given the opportunity to provide this unique experience to the girls of Far Rockaway and the Five Towns and we look forward to coming back next year! For sponsorship opportunities please email

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Sefer Torah Lessons at YOSS ECC


he talmidim at Yeshiva of South Shore’s Early Childhood Center were treated to a special presentation about the making of a Sefer Torah in advance of Shavuos. Rabbi Betzalel Katkovsky, a sofer from Philadelphia, gave the boys an in-depth lesson on all the materials that are involved in the process. He showed them how real cow hide is used in the making of the klaf. He also taught them that the kosher ink

used to write the Torah is made from a special nut. Rabbi Katkovsky even demonstrated how mezuzahs and tefillin are made. The boys were especially excited to see their own names in the Torah and they joined him in writing the last letter. Upon returning to their classrooms, the talmidim were eager to practice writing Alef Bais letters, with ink and a feather, the way the sofer taught them.

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Settlers in Shtreimels By Shlomo Ben-David and Rachel Greenberg


icture a settler… knitted kippah, open sandals, an orange “Remember Gush Katif” t-shirt. Okay, now how about a velvet yarmulke, lace-ups, and a shtreimel instead? The Yesha Council of Judea and Samaria once conducted a survey, asking the Israeli public what percentage of settlers are Haredi. The responses ranged from 2-20%. The reality is very far from these numbers since a full 40% of the residents of Judea and Samaria are Haredi! Most of these Haredi settlers live in the large cities like Kirya Sefer and Beitar Illit. They too are part of the tapestry of men, women and children in the region, who love Eretz Yisrael and who embody true 21st century Zionism. Emanuel, the first Haredi settlement, was established in the year 1982 and was intended to be a major Haredi center, but a series of crises struck and postponed those ambitious plans. It began with the painful bankruptcy

of the Kochav Hashomron construction company (among others) and continued with the Intifada and terror attacks perpetrated at the city gates. This destroyed the very fabric of life in the city. There is a well-known story of a widow who owned an apartment in Emanuel at that time and couldn’t find a renter. She, in great sadness, gave up hope and offered to give away her apartment to a local family for free. The family, however, refused to receive the gift because they couldn’t afford to pay the legal fees required to transfer ownership. In the end this problem was resolved – the widow gave them the money for the legal fees too! Over the past decade Emanuel has undergone a revolution. Finally, after decades, cranes and concrete mixers can be seen in the city. New buildings are going up, new neighborhoods are developing. The streets of Emanuel are filled with many young families of all stripes: Chassidic, Litvish, Sephardic, and Yemenite. They have come to put down roots, and have brought an

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upbeat, optimistic, and creative spirit along with them. The seeds of this revolution actually date back to those dark days of terror and abandonment. In the early 2000’s a group of young Emanuel residents established the Emanuel Development Fund which succeeded in organizing a core group of young Chassidic families to come settle in the city. It established beis medrashes and educational institutions, arranged appropriate work opportunities, organized events and a communal framework, set up reliable public transportation to the center of the country, and took care of many other needs of daily living. The result was a city with all the infrastructure needed for a normal life. The crown jewel of the Fund’s activities was the redemption of the abandoned concrete shells that had stood empty since the contractors’ bankruptcy, and their transformation into gorgeous homes that are full of life. Bluma Nussboim and her husband Pinchas are among the 44 fortunate families who ultimately moved into those buildings. “We were able to buy a well-built three bedroom apartment for a very low price,” she enthuses. “I had traveled to many cities looking to buy a home and I didn’t see anything as pretty.” Beyond the aesthetics and value, the Nussboims are even more pleased with the warm community. “When we moved here five and half years ago, everyone welcomed us as if we were family.” As a mother of five and as a teacher at the local Beis Yaakov, Mrs. Nussboim adds that the town she calls home is “so good for kids. The schools are excellent and it’s so tranquil and unpressured here. Emanuel has the feeling of a village with most of the conveniences of a city. The air is fresh and the views are beautiful. I especially enjoy the promenade; I walk there every day.” One of Mrs. Nussboim’s neigh-

bors is Rachel Guttman, who came to Emanuel with her husband, David, for a half-year trial. “Then we said another half year, and then another, and finally we bought here,” she chuckles. “The running joke is that the entire city only came for half a year.” Mrs. Guttman is a fifth grade teacher and her husband works with local youth in projects sponsored by the municipality. The Guttmans have watched the city grow to its current population of 1,000 families. “New families are coming all the time” she relates, “and more families means more bus service, more stores opening, and more community events. We’re very happy here and we highly recommend it.” Baruch Hashem, the future is bright for Emanuel. The construction potential is among the greatest in all Judea and Samaria. Its municipality covers a vast 14,000 dunams of land – double the size of the city of Bnei Brak! Present zoning in Emanuel allows for nearly 5,000 more apartments and of these, 1,800 new units are now being built. Reflecting on Emanuel’s significance to the region as a whole, Mr. Hananel Dorani, Head of the Yesha Council and Mayor of Kedumim, noted: “The development of Emanuel, will bring tens of thousands of new residents to the entire area, more advanced and effective public transportation, new roadways, employment centers, shopping centers, and everything that large families need.” Community activist Moshe Zinger’s plans for the city align with Mayor Dorani’s predictions: “Emanuel will become a vibrant Torah metropolis and a beacon of light for the nearby settlements of Ariel, Karnei Shomron, Kedumim, Yakir, Nofim, and Revava.” Emanuel means G-d is with us, and with His help, this promising city of Haredi settlers will continue to grow.

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Five Towns Responds Generously to Seasons Annual Scholarship Breakfast to Benefit Project Extreme PHOTO CREDIT: POLLY VAN RAALTE


he Five Towns community responded with tremendous enthusiasm to the Seasons annual Scholarship Breakfast to benefit Project Extreme on May 7. The event, which was held in the home of Michael and Michelle Edery, was well attended – a testament to the community’s commitment to supporting the programs of Project Extreme.  The Scholarship Breakfast was successful and will allow many more troubled youngsters to attend Project Extreme programs and receive a second chance in life.  Project Extreme provides innovative and personalized services for teens at risk and their families.  Through a variety of long and short term programs, they help teens overcome their challenges by providing life skills training, social support networks, and professional counseling – all in a safe and healthy environment. Programs include Miryam’s House, a transitional living shelter for young women, Crisis Text Line©, Camp Extreme Boys, Camp Extreme Girls, Yom Tov Programs, Shabbatons, and more.    Rabbi A.Y. Weinberg, Director of Project Extreme, welcomed the guests to the Breakfast and introduced the speakers and their involvement with Project Extreme. Don Ghermezian explained how he has seen firsthand how Project Extreme saves lives by helping teens transition from being self-destructive to leading healthy and productive lives. He and

his family are committed to Project Extreme because they recognize that each teen saved is as one generation to be saved. As Mr. Ghermazian often says to A.Y. “Just one life makes it all worth it.” The Hakoras Hatov Award was presented to Yudi and Faigie Hochheiser, longtime friends of Project Extreme.  Faigie has been involved with Project Extreme since she was a Camp Extreme Girls counselor in the summers of 2001 and 2002. Faigie was an incredibly devoted counselor and stayed in touch with participants for many years. Yudi was later introduced to Project Extreme from “Adam,” a participant of our Camp Extreme Boys program. Adam was taken in by Yudi’s parents because his birth home was abusive and unsafe to live in. Yudi and his family saw firsthand the progress that “Adam” made after each summer spent with Project Extreme. Yudi and Faigie have worked hard to bring the mission of Project Extreme to the forefront of the community.  Rabbi Eytan Feiner spoke about how we as a community are responsible for one another and it is our responsibility to ensure that each one of our kids succeed. Rabbi Feiner sang the praises of the Five Towns/Far Rockaway community in that they are at the forefront of the growth of Jewish mosdos throughout the Jewish world at large. He emphasized, however, that our work is not yet done. Klal Yisroel cannot rest until all of G-d’s children

are taken care of. Every child deserves a chance to succeed at life. He exhorted the crowd to push themselves to support Projects Extreme’s work in caring for those kids in need.   The final speaker was the host of the breakfast Michael Edery. Michael spoke briefly, but his message was potent. He related the famous story of how the Nodah Beyehuda once helped a young gentile boy. Years later that boy returned the favor and saved the entire community of Prague from an evil plot from the local non-Jewish community. The message was clear: you never know how profound your act of helping someone is and what rewards it will reap in the future. Aside from hosting the breakfast Michael is involved with Project Extreme’s front lines. He takes a week off of work every summer to spend time at our boys’ program. Additionally, he hosts scores of our kids for Shabbosim and yomim tovim throughout the year. Michael’s message came straight from someone who has seen results firsthand.  

The Annual Scholarship Breakfast is made possible through the generous and heartfelt assistance of Mayer Gold and Alex Wercberger of Seasons as well as the hardworking dedication of the Breakfast Committee and the support of the corporate sponsors: Seasons; Paradigm Commercial Real Estate LLC; Steven Krauss, DDS, MPH, Pediatric Dentistry; Long Island Counseling and Anxiety Center; Weissman Realty Group LLC; Plumb Pro, Plumbing and Heating Corp;  PM Pediatrics; Yael Wigs; Alpha 1 Studios; Interiors by Dafna Adler; LI Party Rides; Artie’s Collision; ESTI’S; Gourmet Glatt; Incredible Feets; Ezra Pharmacy; and Judaica Plus.  Applications are currently being accepted for Camp Extreme Girls and Camp Extreme Boys, both of which will be located in the Canadian Rockies.  For more information about Project Extreme and its programs, visit or call 516-6123922. 

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Reignite. Reunite. A Week of Festivities at Sh’or Yoshuv

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here was electricity in the air this past Shabbos in Far Rockaway as friends and alumni gathered for a first-of-itskind Sh’or Yoshuv Reunion. The event, and the dinner that followed on Tuesday, was built as a time to Reunite and Reignite, and by all accounts it surpassed everyone’s expectations. Shabbos began with a special welcome by Rabbi Kurland and an incredible Kabbolas Shabbos with the inimitable Rav Shmuel Brazil who traveled from Yerushalayim just for the Reunion. The packed Bais Medrash was filled with energy from a soaring Lech Dodi and Maariv. The inspiration continued in the morning with an awe-inspiring davening, followed by a Kiddush and Seuda attended by 500+ friends of the Yeshiva. The afternoon brought shiurim for men and women by the Rosh Yeshiva, Rebbetzin and rebbeim, and another packed Shalosh Seudos with a special drasha by Rav

Eytan Feiner. The uplifting Shabbos was topped off by a late-night Melava Malka with music by Rav Shmuel Brazil and Eitan Katz. The sweet taste of Shabbos lasted through the week until Tuesday when the Yeshiva marked its 51st anniversary at its annual dinner. This year’s dinner honored the Yeshiva’s devoted staff of rebbeim who are truly the lifeblood of the Yeshiva. In a moving video tribute, talmid after talmid recounted their genuine appreciation to their rebbeim who have guided and nurtured their growth in ruchniyus. Then, in one of the highlights of the evening, each rebbi was called on one-by-one to receive their awards to a rousing applause. There was a palpable sense of kavod haTorah in the air and it was followed by an inspiring speech by the Rosh HaYeshiva to cap off the night and set the stage for an uplifting yom tov of kabbolas haTorah. To watch the special video tributes, go to



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Five Towns Premier: Dedicated to Serving the Community By Malky Lowinger


t’s not easy caring for a loved one who is ill or aging. Just ask Eleanor, a vibrant, youthful woman whose husband is suffering from dementia. Eleanor is a dedicated wife who spends many hours at her husband’s bedside at the Premier Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Central Avenue in Woodmere. “It’s hard,” says Eleanor, “watching your loved one like this and it’s even more painful when you know you can’t help him. “ While Eleanor is in a difficult situation, the staff at the Premier is helping to ease her burden. Just last week Eleanor attended the first Caregiver Support Group at the facility. “It’s a wonderful idea,” Eleanor says. “And it’s very helpful. The group leaders are kind and giving and they try to be extremely supportive.” Rikki Gewirtz, Special Events Coordinator at Premier, leads the Caregiver Support Group together with Jaclyn Dagnall. The Premier, says Rikki, understands that caring for an ill or elderly loved one can be both physically and emotionally draining. “This group,” she says, “will serve as an outlet during this difficult journey. It’s a place to meet others who are going through similar situations and who can strengthen and encourage each other.” The group will be meeting every other Wednesday. The Caregiver Support Group at Premier is innovative, but it’s hardly surprising. It’s just one of many ini-

tiatives at the facility that focus on serving the community. Ever since it opened in January, the Premier Rehab and Nursing Center has won community-wide acclaim for setting the highest standards in care for short term rehab and long term nursing. With its sleek and modern décor and state-

that our residents will feel good being here.” The central lobby opens up to wide hallways and generously-sized lounge areas which the community is welcome to take advantage of. Rikki notes that a gourmet coffee shop will soon be located adjacent to the lobby,

“I’m very hands on,” Elie admits. “I walk the floors here all day making sure our patients are well cared for. “

of-the-art equipment, it has gained a reputation for excellent care and outstanding staff. And its central location in the heart of Woodmere is an added bonus for community members who want to visit their loved ones often and on Shabbos. TJH recently visited the Premier, and we were offered a private tour of the premises by Rikki and Elie Pollak, the administrator. The 280-bed, 183,000 square foot facility is sleek and modern, classic and contemporary. We enter the spacious lobby and immediately we are comforted by the soothing palate of dove grey and understated burgundy. “The aesthetics,” Rikki explains, “are designed so

a chic addition that will service patients, guests, and the community at large. But the Premier isn’t all about glitz and glamour, coffee and couches. Their patient care is state-of-the-art. There are four patient floors at the Premier, one of which is dedicated to respiratory and pulmonary patients. Elie points out a unique feature in pulmonary care at the Premier. “Oxygen is being piped into our vent-dependent patient rooms,” Elie explains, “which is connected to stations at the patient’s bedside. So oxygen-dependent patients can move around without being attached to a bulky oxygen tank. A select few facilities can accommodate this service. It’s really very unique.”

Students from SKA came to Premier to give out roses to patients on Mother’s Day

The dialysis unit, says Elie, includes fourteen stations which operate from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM, six days a week. “That means we can dialyze 40 patients a day in this spacious upscale area,” he notes. There are currently 80 dialysis patients residing at the Premier and the unit is also available for outpatient use. The third floor at Premier is dedicated to short term rehab for those who’ve had procedures such as hip or knee replacements, “where our goal is to get you home as soon as possible.” That floor is abuzz with activity as patients and their guests make good use of the beautiful common area with its mock fireplace, plush sofas, and spacious dining room. “We also offer private dining areas,” Rikki shares, “for anyone celebrating a birthday, a simcha, or just a private Shabbos meal with the family.” The fourth floor is dedicated to traditional long term nursing care. We are told that local school children and bikur cholim groups often visit the residents and sometimes sing and perform for them. “That’s the advantage of being local,” Rikki points out. “We are accessible to the community and we would love for our neighbors to come and visit.” It took two and a half years to build the Premier, and no stone was left unturned in creating a facility that is not just patient-friendly but also welcoming to visitors and community members. The shul on premises “where there’s always a minyan and

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Enjoying the outdoor patio

always a kiddush” is open to the public and neighbors are encouraged to join. The shul also doubles as a simcha room, which leads to a lovely patio area. Residents of the Five Towns and beyond are welcome to make their simchos here, Rikki says. A vort and a bat mitzvah party have already been scheduled. Elie and Rikki say that their goal is to have the Premier serve as a community center. Aside for the Caregivers Meetings, they are also planning to host an Avos U’banim program and Rosh Chodesh lectures. They look

forward to a steady stream of visitors from local schools and chessed organizations. “We love to see our patients integrating with the community,” Elie adds. As we walk the hallways, Elie and Rikki are greeted by staff members who will occasionally stop us to discuss a patient’s care. “I’m very hands on,” Elie admits. “I walk the floors here all day making sure our patients are well cared for.” When asked whether working with patients is emotionally exhausting, he answers, “Not at all. It doesn’t break you, it inspires you.”

A special performance for residents

That inspiration comes from people like Eleanor, family members who spend many hours caring for their loved ones even under difficult circumstances. “My husband and I,” she says, “have been married 66 years and we’ve had a very good life until now. Now I’m paying back for all those years that I’ve been blessed.” Eleanor credits her supportive family for helping her cope. She also benefits greatly from the Caregivers Group, where she can voice her thoughts and feelings. “Anybody who’s a caregiver,” she says, “would be

foolish not to take advantage of these groups. It helps to meet other people in similar situations and hear what others are going through. “ It’s not easy being a Caregiver. But for Eleanor, it’s a labor of love. And here at the Five Towns Premier she can be confident that her husband will be receiving the best possible care. For more information about the Five Towns Premier or about the Caregivers Group, call 516-588-3200 and ask to speak to Rikki Gewirtz.

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Showing Appreciation for Blessings from Trump By Martin Oliner


ast weekend’s Torah portion deals with the blessings and curses of the Jewish people.

Reading through the blessings and curses, it is remarkable to see how each and every one of the curses have un-

fortunately come true and, thankfully, nearly all the blessings have as well. A notable exception is that we are still waiting for G-d’s promise of peace in the Land of Israel. We will never give up our hope that G-d will keep His promise and that peace will be achieved. As Jews, we are commanded to emulate G-d. That means that just as G-d keeps His promises, so must we. In fact, we must be so careful that when we make promises, we traditionally add

Throughout the American presidential election campaign, President Donald Trump issued promise after promise to Jewish leaders. He said he would end the international delegitimization of Israel, abandon the terrible Iran deal, and move our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He kept the first promise by sending Nikki Haley to the United Nations to fight against the institution being used for disproportionate Israel-bashing while ignoring the obvious abuses

In a world where promises are thrown out with no intention of ever being kept, seeing promises implemented nowadays is a breath of fresh air.

the words “G-d willing” in English or the Hebrew words “bli neder,” which literally means “without taking a vow.” In a world where promises are thrown out with no intention of ever being kept, seeing promises implemented nowadays is a breath of fresh air. Witnessing them maintained by a politician is even a cause for celebration.

of some of the neighbors of the Jewish state. His administration stopped accusing Israel of occupying its own land. The second promise was kept last Tuesday, when Trump officially nixed the Iran deal. In doing so, he cited the evidence provided by Israeli intelligence agencies, which was elucidated to the world by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In his speech, President

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Trump said he wanted to send Iran a critical message that the United States no longer makes empty promises, and when he makes promises, he keeps them. President Trump kept his third promise on Monday, when our embassy moved from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. In doing so, he set himself apart from the many American presidents who made the same exact promise to Israel and American Jews and failed to keep it. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the embassy is near the path that Abraham took to Jerusalem when he was on his way to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham demonstrated the kind of commitment and faith that President Trump has been showing since he took office. Rewarding Abraham for that commitment, G-d blessed him that his seed would be multiplied like the stars and the sand and that his descendants would inherit the cities of their enemies – similar blessings to what the Jews would later be promised in last week’s

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fying force for the people of Israel and Diaspora Jewry. Regardless of one’s feelings about the president’s past behavior and domestic policies, one can hope that even the most liberal American Jews could show him the appreciation for demonstrating his commitment to Israel and the Jewish people so decisively. That appreciation is called in Hebrew hakarat hatov, meaning “recognizing the good.” We must recognize the good we received by President Trump keeping his promises. If we show enough of that appreciation, perhaps Israel will be even more worthy of the blessings predicted in the Torah portion that have already come true and also the ultimate true peace. Torah portion. President Trump also deserves to be blessed for his commitment. That commitment was reinforced by American ambassador to Israel David Friedman, a proud religious Zionist and vocal Israel supporter, whose positive influence on the president must not be taken for

granted. He must be commended for his successful efforts. Deputy Minister Michael Oren said following the Iran speech that the president’s announcement represented a chance for renewed Jewish unity after past rifts on the issue. The Jerusalem embassy move is an even greater uni-

Martin Oliner is the Co-President of the Religious Zionists of America and Chairman of the Center for Righteousness and Integrity and the former mayor of the Village of Lawrence.

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TJH Baseball Injury Hall of Fame Cardinals speedster Vince Coleman missed the 1985 World Series after he was run over by the automatic tarp machine. In 1994, Brewers pitcher Steve Sparks dislocated his shoulder trying to tear a telephone book in half as part of a motivational speech. In 1990, Braves pitcher John Smoltz supposedly burned his chest trying to steam-iron a shirt he was wearing at the time. Smoltz denies that this happened and once told a reporter, “Any time somebody does something stupid, I have to be worried about whether or not my name’s going to come up.” On September 6, 1992, during pregame warmups, Cubs pitcher Mike Harkey attempted a cartwheel in the Wrigley Field outfield, severely damaging his knee. In 2004, Yankees pitcher Kevin Brown punched a wall and broke his hand after a particularly bad outing. In 2006, Detroit Tigers pitcher Joel Zumaya strained his arm playing “Guitar Hero” and had to sit out three games. Moises Alou injured his knee by falling off a treadmill in 1999. After recovering and planning to play in 2000, Alou then re-injured his knee after tripping over his son. In 2010, Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan tore the meniscus in his knee as he attempted to shove a shaving cream pie in a teammate’s face. In 2010, Padres pitcher Mat Latos held back a sneeze, causing a pain in his side that led to him being added to the 15-day disabled list. In 1988, Mariners pitcher Steve Trout was injured when he fell off an exercise bike. In 1994, Cubs outfielder Bret Barberie missed a game because he mistakenly rubbed chili juice in his eyes. In 2005, Nationals reliever Joey Eischen broke his arm jumping into the air to field a ground ball.

Centerfold You gotta be kidding A man wakes up and finds himself isolated in a hospital room. He has no recollection of how he got there. Suddenly the phone rings and the doctor on the other end identifies himself. He tells the man, “I have really bad news. You’re very sick. After your collapse yesterday, we ordered several tests, and got the results back this morning. I’m afraid you have Avian flu, Ebola, swine flu and mumps.” Stunned, the man asks, “Well, what’s next!? What are you going to do?” The doctor replies, “Well, for starters, we’re putting you on a strict diet of only pizza.” The patient asks, “Will that really help me, doctor?” “No,” the doctor responds. “But it’s all we can fit under the door.”

In 1987, Rangers pitcher Greg Harris suffered a strained elbow flipping sunflower seeds while sitting in the bullpen. In 1980, Mariners pitcher Byron McLaughlin cut his right hand when he was practicing his windup in his hotel room and hit his hand on the mirror. In 2002, Orioles outfielder Marty Cordova missed a game after he burned his face when he fell asleep under a tanning lamp. In 1990, Blue Jays outfielder Glenallen Hill received cuts over much of his body after he fell out of bed onto a glass table. He was having a nightmare about being covered in spiders.

Hmm… Maybe these baseball players should have attended the Achiezer/TJH Safety Fair on Memorial Day!

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Cheesy Trivia

c. 2 pounds d. 5 pounds 2. Which state in the U.S. produces the most cheese? a. California b. Wisconsin c. New York d. Ohio 3. Why are cheeses such as Asiago, Brie, Camembert, Gouda, Gruyere and Parmesan capitalized and other cheeses, such as cheddar, feta, fontina, mozzarella and provolone, are not capitalized?

c. Swiss d. Parmesan 7. The largest cheesecake ever was made last year at the ninth annual Cream Cheese Festival in Lowville, N.Y. How much did the cheesecake weigh?

c. Only cheeses that are named after cities are capitalized

a. Upstate NY c. Philadelphia, MI

a. 350 pounds

d. Any cheese that is primarily produced outside of the U.S. is capitalized

d. Philadelphia, PA

b. 700 pounds

4. Bitto Storico cheese, which is made in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, is aged for how long?

b. Philadelphia, IA

c. 1,400 pounds 6. What is the biggest-selling cheese variety in the U.S.?

d. 6,900 pounds

a. Cheddar b. Mozzarella

a. 18 years b. 27 years c. 41 years d. 149 years

Riddle me this?

 Answers 5. A

b. 1 pound

b. Only cheeses that foment for 90 days or more are capitalized

5. Philadelphia Cream Cheese took the U.S. by storm in 1880 and quickly began outselling its competitors 10 to 1. Where was Philadelphia Cream Cheese manufactured?

6. B

a. 8 ounces

a. Only cheeses that were created before the 19th century are capitalized

7. D

1. How much milk does it take to make one pound of cheese?

1. What kind of cheese is made backwards?

4. A

2. What do you call cheese that isn’t yours?

3. C 2. B 1. D

3. Why didn’t the cheese get a medal at the Olympics?

 Wisdom Key 6-7 correct: You are a certified cheese head! 3-5 correct: Not bad, you’re whey better than some other people! 0-2 correct: Lactose is intolerant of you!

See answers below

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Answers to Riddle Me This: 1. Edam cheese 2. Nacho Cheese 3. Because it fell at the final curdle

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Prep School By Eytan Kobre

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my axe. -Abraham Lincoln


enturies ago, a Japanese emperor commissioned an artist to paint a magnificent portrait of a bird. But months passed, and still no painting was brought to the palace. The emperor grew exasperated and went to the artist’s home to demand an explanation. The artist immediately placed a blank canvas on

an easel and completed a brilliant masterpiece in less than an hour. “Why did you not do this earlier?” the emperor asked. The artist simply pointed to the hundreds of drawings of feathers, wings, heads, and feet which were strewn all about. His masterpiece was possible only because he had spent months preparing. Preparation is the essence of Shavuos, which derives its name from the seven weeks that served – and still do – as preparation for receiving the Torah (Daas Torah, Bamidbar, pgs. 24-25; Daas Torah, Vayikra pg. 132). And, inasmuch as Shavuos has no date certain, identified only as seven weeks after Pesach (Vayikra 23:15-21), the lead-up to Shavuos is

an integral part of the holiday itself. The timeless lesson of preparation dates back to when we first received the Torah. Although it already had recorded that the Jewish people were encamped at Refidim (Shemos 17:18), the Torah describes the final approach to Sinai by reiterating that the Jewish people “traveled from Refidim and came to the Sinai Desert” so as “to compare their departure from Refidim to their arrival at Sinai” (Rashi, Shemos 19:2). They departed Refidim prepared to receive the Torah and they arrived at Sinai prepared to receive the Torah (Haamek Davar, Shemos 19:2 and 28:3; Haamek Davar, Devarim 17:18; see also Or HaChaim, Shemos 19:1-2). It is for this reason that, “had G-d brought us to Sinai and

not given us the Torah, it would have been enough” (Haggada Shel Pesach) – the preparation to receive the Torah was itself a monumental feat (Daas Torah, Vayikra pg. 133).1 A British voyage of Arctic exploration set sail in 1845 to chart the Northwest Passage around the Canadian Arctic to the Pacific Ocean. But its captain, Sir John Franklin, failed to prepare adequately for the arduous and grueling journey: for a two-year expedition, he packed only Navy-issue uniforms and a 12-day supply of coal for the auxiliary steam engines. Not long into the voyage, the ships sailed into frigid waters and became trapped in ice. Ice coated the decks and then froze around the rudders and the ships became locked in the

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frozen sea. Sailors set out to search for help, but soon succumbed to the severe Arctic weather. None of the 138 men aboard survived. The tragedy embodied Benjamin Franklin’s old saying, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” The same need for preparation applies to spiritual pursuits. Indeed, some are accustomed to recite before fulfilling almost any commandment, “Behold, I am prepared and ready…” (Pele Yoetz, Hachana). Prayer requires preparation, as the “pious ones of old” would spend an hour doing before prayer (Berachos 30b). The Tzaddik of Sanz was once on his way to shul, when he stopped abruptly and returned home, only to immediately set out for shul again. To his bewildered followers, he explained, “I realized that when I left, I had not prepared properly to go pray. So I returned home and departed once again, having made the proper preparations.” Torah learning also requires preparation (Avos 2:12; Nefesh HaChaim 4:7). And perhaps that is why the Jewish people were exiled “for not making the introductory blessing for Torah [study]” (Nedarim 81a; Bava Metzia 85b) – it was not the neglect of a blessing but a failure to grasp the need for preparation. At a time when Torah learning was on the brink of disappearance, R’ Chiya went to extraordinary lengths to safeguard its faithful transmission: he planted and cultivated flax; he harvested the flax and used its fibers to thread nets; with those nets, he trapped deer; he slaughtered the deer and used their hides to make parchment on which he wrote the Torah; he then traveled far and wide to teach Torah to children (Bava Metzia 85b). Sure, he probably could have purchased parchment and gone about teaching Jewish children, but he understood that matters of significance demand the investment of preparation (Sichos Mussar No. 49). As Alexander Graham Bell observed, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” We tend to think of preparation as an ancillary task – reserved for those rare (if ever) occasions when we have the luxury of extra time and resourc-

es. But preparation really is an integral part of whatever task is at hand (Pele Yoetz, Hachana). R’ Leibele Eiger, grandson of the great R’ Akiva Eiger, became a follower of the Kotzker Rebbe. R’ Leibele once asked the Kotzker Rebbe how he could explain to his illustrious grandfather how he and the Kotzker Rebbe could begin prayers after the

to the city to confront the shopkeeper who had sold him the defective bell. “You’ve made a laughingstock of me! You sold me a faulty bell!” When Yankel told the shopkeeper what had happened, the shopkeeper laughed. “Don’t you understand? The wealthy man had prepared all the food and delicacies before ringing the bell. He rang the bell only to signal

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

required time (as some chassidim are wont to do). “Tell him,” the Kotzker Rebbe answered, “that the Rambam rules that one who hires another to chop wood must also pay for the time spent sharpening the axe. The job is to chop wood, but preparing for the task is part of the task itself. So, too, preparing oneself for prayer is part of the prayer itself.” A village pauper named Yankel once traveled to the big city in search of business opportunities. As luck would have it, Yankel arrived just as one of the city’s wealthiest Jews was to marry off his son. Like the rest of the city’s Jewish population, Yankel was invited to attend. Yankel arrived at the reception to find the host sitting on a raised dais. When the host rang a small silver bell, dozens of waiters rushed in with trays laden with delicacies. When the host rang the bell again, more delicacies appeared. Incredible, Yankel thought. I must get my hands on such a bell. The next day, Yankel bought a bell just like he had seen at the wedding, returned home to his village, and gathered his wife and children. “Set the table for a feast, for today we dine like royalty!” Yankel took his place at the head of the table and, with an air of self-importance, rang the bell ceremoniously. Nothing. Yankel rang again. Still nothing! Yankel rang a third time. Silence. Yankel slumped into his chair, forlorn. “I’ve been duped.” The next morning, he headed back

when it was time to bring in all that he had already prepared.” We often act like Yankel. We demand success, but we won’t invest the time and effort necessary to prepare adequately to achieve it. We ring a bell and expect results to follow immediately.

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Preparation for life’s more mundane tasks is a metaphor for the most important preparation of all: for the true and everlasting life. “Prepare yourself in the hallway so that you may enter the palace” (Avos 4:16). “Those who do not prepare before Shabbos, what will they eat on Shabbos?” (Avoda Zara 3a). “If one does not prepare on dry land, what will he eat at sea? If man does not prepare in populated locales, what will he eat in the desert?” (Rus Rabba 3:3). And those are just the sorts of preparations that Shavuos should encourage us to consider. 1. Moshe Rabbeinu himself (only later with G-d’s acquiescence) established an additional day of preparation before the Jewish people would receive the Torah (Shemos 19:10; Shabbos 87a).

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

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Israel Today

Herein Lies Our Future By Rafi Sackville


he undulating and verdant hills outside the window are thick and mysterious. Since moving to Ma’alot I have seen them as metaphoric for all things Israeli; one could peel them like an onion in search of deeper meanings. From their depths, wild boar and jackals emerge at night to rummage through garbage outside sleeping homes. When dawn breaks they retreat again not to be seen till after dusk. A lone donkey has brayed every day since we moved here five years ago. He lurks not far away, but my best efforts to locate him have come to naught. The undergrow th is dense enough to block the sunlight from the valley floor. And it is so green it remains a wonder why more people aren’t drawn to live here in the Galil. To the naked eye, looking down from

the meandering roads above these valleys are as enigmatic and inviting as a locked door in a public space. Unless they are uprooted by a developer’s back hoe, they will remain as untouched as they have for thousands of years. The Druze villages of Horfeish and Peki’in lie within sight to the east. The former sits regally atop a mountain as though keeping watch over us. The latter appears embedded in the sides of steep hills. The roads wind around such improbable inclines and declines that cars in the distance look like balls in a marble machine. From here it’s only 15 kilometers to the border with Lebanon. The last time these hills were threatened by man was during the last Lebanon war, when Katyusha rockets were the weapons of choice.

Like dandelion seeds the evidence of the Katyusha’s destructive power lies scattered chaotically throughout Ma’alot. The road around our neighborhood is pock-marked by fragments that have created small holes in the asphalt. They are not menacing enough to drivers for them to warrant repair. The damaged fence along the road that divides the junior and senior schools remains; shrapnel tore pieces out of the iron railing as easily as breaking a toothpick. Almost 13 years later passerby remain clueless unless, like me, they are told of their origin. A rocket that fell close to the high school entrance has been replaced by a manmade gray baby elephant. No one has said as much, but maybe it is a sign we shouldn’t forget or take for granted the peace we’ve enjoyed over the last decade; a reminder of

the randomness of brutality that renders meaningless the quietude we seek in life. In mid-April Israel took military action in Syria against Iranian interests there. The Iranians threatened revenge. The attack, admitted to by Israel, was a warning to Iran that we would not hesitate in targeting any posed threat to our borders. The tension has risen since. The morning after the announcement the hills and valleys around us were covered in a thick layer of fog. I stood outside shul and looked into the impenetrable mist covering the impenetrable valley floor. The news reported Israeli airstrikes on Iranian targets south of Damascus, public bomb shelters had been opened in the Golan, 30 organized trips had been cancelled, and the public were advised to continue life as usual.

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It is against this backdrop of uncertainty that my friend Shraga recently shared a letter his son, Nitzan, had written after he began his milu-im (reserve duty). He wrote: I’m going to milu-im and I feel a little too special about myself. It’s nice to feel special, but it’s also a little sad; it’s as if it’s not pleasant to sometimes say to others, “I have reserve duty.” Quite a few people asked me, “What, you didn’t try getting out of reserve duty?” The truth is that it comes at a really crazy time at Siftech’ where I work. And knock on wood, I have an amazing wife, a magnificent two and a half year old daughter, and a sweet four month old baby who I already miss. But the answer to the question why I didn’t get out of reserve duty is because...I did not try. And I feel special saying this... but then I get to the base and see that thank G-d I’m not that special.

There are other new parents, young careerists, medical students who have to take critical tests, leftists, rightists, volunteers, religious and

Those who avoid duty actually increase the workload for those who come. If it is for “conscientious” reasons, is it not preferable a con-

He still turns up for duty. Now, in the shadow of the current Iranian situation, the importance of milu-im has only become more tangible. Not that I think there will be a war and I certainly do not wish for it, but milu-im is not meant to be some luxury or adventure. We do not live in Canada or Australia. So as long as we are called, they probably need us. I read Nitzan’s letter twice. It arrived in my WhatsApp while I was on a 7 mile walk. I had stopped to read it on a bench that overlooks the thick undergrowth I had seen as mysterious as our homeland. Putting the phone in my pocket I looked across at the valley floor. What I could not see under the green, lush blanket silhouetted in mystery made a little more sense to me. It’s not how you see it, rather how you perceive it.

“But the answer to the question why I didn’t get out of reserve duty is because...I did not try.”

secular people. For everyone, or the absolute majority, this stint in the army does not come at a good time; there’s pressure at work; there are families to consider. Yet everyone there makes an effort to lend a hand. To help us protect others.

scientious person be on hand to take care of managing complex military situations instead of sitting at home and letting others serve instead? And if one is not suited to be a combat soldier, let me say we have a person here who used to be in artillery and has moved to a non-combatant position.

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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

I’m dating a woman who seems interesting enough to keep dating. Many things about her appeal to me. We seem to be well matched in many ways and I’m attracted to her. Here’s the problem. She talks a lot about money and it’s such a turn-off to me.

I come from a family that is very private about money. They don’t talk about what they have, what they spend, what other people have, what things cost, etc. It’s obvious to me, and I guess to others, that we’re comfortable, but I’ve been raised to regard any conversation about money as poor manners. This woman I’m dating, whom I’ll call Rachel, brings money up often and in lots of different contexts. For instance, she’s asked me whether my parents help out my two married siblings financially, whether they’ve helped them buy homes, and private questions of that nature. She’ll sometimes mention a family we both know and say something like, “Well, obviously, they’re very wealthy.” From the looks of Rachel’s home, her family is probably not terribly well off. I would normally never notice this or care, but I’m getting the feeling that because she’s had to struggle, she’s somewhat obsessed with money. It’s crazy, because there are so many things about her that are great. She is a truly kind, smart, compassionate person, so many good qualities going for her. But this business with money is really off-putting. And I know that if my parents overheard some of her comments, they would be horrified! Is that reason enough to stop dating someone? Is there a way to address it and give her an opportunity to change?

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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. t’s good that you are paying attention to differences about approaching money and communication about finances. You find Rachel’s approach off-putting and the two of you are obviously coming from differing circumstances and have differing senses of tact and appropriateness. It’s time to address this with Rachel directly. Why would you stop dating someone without addressing an issue like this face-to-face? Prepare to bring this up with sensitivity. I’ve noticed that we may have different approaches to openness about finances could be a conversation opener. Another approach could be, Financial security is very


important but some people have a problem talking about it – I do. In my family we… You need to really think this through so that you handle this with tact and are able to listen. This is not about giving her an opportunity to change. It’s about addressing a big difference between the two of you. You are smart to pick up that financial security is a big issue for her because her parents have limited resources. But you are not smart in the sense that you want to “give her an opportunity to change.” That’s not how relationships work. If you care about someone, you listen to them and talk to them with understanding. At the minimum, you put the subject on the table and open up respectfully. It could be that this young lady is unaware of the way she comes

across. It could be that she seems tacky and needy. But you need to learn about how to deal with differences. If you can’t bring up something like this on your own and you are considering changing her at this point I wonder if you are ready to date seriously. Differing attitudes towards money is hard for all couples, dating or married. Most people are influenced by or react in an opposite way of their parents. Dealing successfully with these differences is a skill that has to be learned over time. But if you cannot even negotiate (even if she is somewhat tactless) and need to have her change, get yourself some help ASAP.

If you confess that your parents would be horrified by her comments, that's probably your gut feeling expressing your own horrified feelings.

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Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. ingo! You’re on the money! You’re accurate in your assessment that Rachel’s family is probably not as “well off” as yours, hence her obsession with all thing monetary. And I duly understand why her incessant talk about prices, spending and other people’s finances are unsavory and a turn-off to you. Is fiscal compatibility that important a factor in building a relationship with Rachel? Absolutely! According to therapists, financial dissonance (e.g., cheapskate marries spendthrift) is a major cause of marital disharmony. Time for an audit: of your relationship, that is. Tell Rachel how you admire her myriad qualities, while at the same time her fixation over money is distracting, disturbing and, frankly, unbecoming. Bear in mind, it’s impossible to transform Rachel’s miserly mindset overnight. Only after several candid conversations (Does she acknowledge a skewed attitude? Does she sincerely want to change?) can you determine whether a future with Rachel is a sound investment.

Michelle Mond he emphasis on finances, compounded by the comments on others’ financial situations and remarkably nosy questions regarding your parents’ financial relationships with your siblings, is concerning. Frankly, if you confess that your parents would be horrified by her comments, that’s probably your gut feeling expressing your own horrified feelings! As you pointed out, she might have a residual jealousy from her childhood, watching her friends display their lavish lifestyle which her parents couldn’t afford. However, a mature young woman should see beyond that at this stage in life. While your future wife should ideally possess a mature approach to finances, her approach clearly makes you uncomfortable given your upbringing in which these discussions regarding others’ finances were (rightfully) taboo. The best way to sort this out is by communicating. A thorough conversation on this matter will help dig deeper and will solidify whether this is a significant issue warranting a break-up or not. During your conversation, explore where her attitude comes from. Try to get an idea of the following: should you




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marry, will she expect you to work hard and long hours in order for her to afford the life of affluence which she longs for? Does she view her parents as failures since they were unable to provide her with an extravagant lifestyle? Can you expect her attitude towards money to mature over time? How much do material possessions mean to her, compared to raising a family with the fundamentals of a Yiddishe home including Torah, good middos, chessed, etc.? If it is indeed apparent that above-average material possessions mean a lot to her, then it is important for her to marry a man who reciprocates that mindset. Is that person you? If you think as highly of her as it seems in your description, you clearly trust her enough to be able to have an open discussion about it. Once you have more information,

only you can make a personal cheshbon weighing the positives and negatives of the relationship and decide whether this is something you want to pursue. Hatzlacha!

The Single Tova Wein ne of the big issues that comes up between two individuals getting married is the result of the fact that you have two people who often grew up very differently, in homes that dealt with many issues differently, and their personal style of dealing with everyday life is often totally unique from one another.


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Some of these differences are not that important and one or the other can easily learn to change in order to accommodate the other or a compromise can be found that suits everyone. But when we are talking about issues that relate to character, and maybe even class, that’s not something that you can teach another person so easily. It sounds to me that your family is dignified and classy and views any discussion around money as being in poor taste. You’ve clearly incorporated that attitude into your own personal style. Rachel, on the other hand, as you’ve suggested, is obsessed with money, no doubt because she always craved what others had that she did not have and it has left a strong impression on her. This is a problem. If you two got engaged and ultimately married, you would probably be constantly cringing over comments Rachel would make in front of you, your family and even friends. That’s a hard way to live. Certainly, it’s worth having a conversation with Ra-


When we are talking about issues that relate to character, or maybe even class, that's not something that you can teach another person so easily.

chel, respectfully explaining to her the reality of your upbringing and sensibilities. Can she and would she change as a result of your explanation? It’s hard to say, but if I had to guess, I would say that certain things are deeply rooted in people. But have the talk and see where it goes. This is an important issue that could have far-reaching effects on a marriage.

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efore you call it quits, my suggestion is that you speak with Rachel about your concern. Rachel has a lot of positive qualities that you find attractive and interesting. In my opinion, that is a good reason to pursue a conversation. Let’s not jump to any conclusions or make any assumptions about where Rachel’s questions and remarks are coming from. Instead, have a heart-to-heart conversation and share your concerns with her. Go into that conversation with an open mind. Give her a chance to explain herself. Some children are raised to never speak of money. In some families, it is seen as utterly classless to discuss financial matters. Money is a private matter. And yet, in other families, it’s just not that big of a deal. These families would tell you they aren’t lacking class, but they are simply more open and expressive. Could it be that her family speaks openly about money and yours doesn’t? Yes. (And of course,

s ome families all along the fi nancial spectrum are obsessed with mone y – theirs and everyone else’s – and talk about their belongings – and everyone else’s – day and night). Could it be that Rachel is insecure about money because of her upbringing? Yes. Growing up financially unsound can create insecurity for a person. Around wealthier individuals, that insecurity can become highlighted. When two individuals come from vastly different economic backgrounds, there are bound to be some differences – from the way they spend money, to the way they talk about money, and to their relationships with money. There are many comfortable/ wealthy individuals who, unlike you, wouldn’t date someone who was less well off. Kudos to you for being open-minded and seeing beyond her

family’s financial status. Since you are an open-minded guy, you need to be aware that some of your differences may be par for the course. I’m also wondering if you have said anything to Rachel, intentionally or unintentionally, that has made her uncomfortable, with regard to your differences. And if so, might she be reacting to you? I don’t know. Just throwing that out there. When you have your talk, be prepared for what she may have to say about that. The only reaction she could have that would be of concern to me is if she is unable to appreciate or understand your concern. If she can’t appreciate it, or see where you are coming from, then you may run into hardships down the road not only involving money, but with regard to vastly different values and difficulty communicating and showing understanding for one another. And if you find out that Rachel’s comments are indeed coming from a tacky, nosy, uncouth place (i.e., “Well, I was only asking because the Goldbergs down the block gave their married kids mon-

ey for a down payment for a gorgeous mansion in Woodsburgh. And I was wondering if your parents can do the same for us”) then, of course, you will have run into a big red flag. This may be something that can be cleared up rather quickly and be put to bed forever, or it may turn out that you and Rachel weren’t meant to be. The only way to know this is to get talking. Good luck! Sincerely, Jennifer Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. Visit for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.

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Dr. Deb

Should the Child be Happy or Good? By Deb Hirschhorn, Ph.D.


ut she screams at me,” the mother, we’ll call her Mrs. Snofsky (all stories are made up), complained. I was silent. I had been telling Mrs. Snofsky that in order to not have run-ins with her child that go nowhere her daughter must know

that she, Mother, is one of the two Authorities in the house. Being an Authority does not mean that Mrs. Snofsky must suddenly become mean, a tyrant, or unpleasant. On the contrary, a parent with authority makes the child feel safe and cared for. This is because the child comes

to learn that no matter how much he pushes, there is a safe boundary there and the parent is actually protecting him from himself. I have compared this to pushing on an old cane chair where the wicker is cracking and likely to break. If a person kind of kerplunked himself into it, he might just go right through to the ground. The chair wouldn’t hold up and he could be badly injured. So if that did happen, it might be that the next time he sits down, especially in a cane chair, he might push on the seat kind of hard just to make sure it will hold before sitting down. Kids do this all the time. They test us to make sure that we, who are bigger physically and wiser mentally and more experienced, undoubtedly, will not let them fall through when they test the limits. They totally want to test because testing is exciting! Life is full of promise and surprise. They want to engage and find out what’s there. But they also want to know, deep inside them, that they can only push so far, and that their wise parent will know when it is right to stop pushing. The process of making sure the child feels safe and cared for – that is, that you are an Authority who has his best in mind – comes from a combination of three ingredients: 1. You are consistent, maybe even using the same words to invoke the Rules. When the child hears the same words and the same rules are invoked, it is reassuring. Children

are comforted by their routines and that includes rules and household norms as well. 2. Your manner and style of doing it is not as if you and he were on the same level – chums – in which you are convincing him of the truth of your position. The reason such an approach cannot work is that the very fact that you reason with him and try to persuade him gives him the power to object. Obviously, that is a very insecure cane chair through which his kerplunk will send him right to the ground. Rather, there can be no doubt in his mind that you mean it. You can do this with great eye contact, a steady gaze, and a minimum of words. Too many words sounds like you’re making a case that he is free to debate. 3. You carry this out lovingly. Getting back to Mrs. Snofsky, she claims that she did all this but her daughter nevertheless screamed at her. So why didn’t it work? I don’t believe she carried out Step 2 properly. I have no doubt she’s been trying to be consistent and the love, for sure, is not a problem for her. But for number 2, I’m not so sure. There may have been hesitation in her voice. She may have tried to speak in a tone of cajoling rather than meaning it. I have often suggested that parents practice their tone and their eye contact before talking to their challenging child. For example, when you’re alone in the car you have a great opportunity to practice tone.

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Odd as it is, sometimes I tell the parent that the whole thing rests on her attitude. Is she ready to be that Authority after all? A week later, I got a call from Mrs. Snofsky telling me that the most recent instance of what could have been a war with her child ended surprisingly well. “I was firm and she backed down,” she said proudly. Now, the question parents of very young children have is: exactly when can you start doing this? When is it too early? After all, a two-year-old may not have enough self-control to be on the receiving end of “Rules.” Or that two-yearold may not really understand new situations and thereby make punishable mistakes in all innocence. When my four-year-old pulled a curtain down and I walked in and expressed surprise, he burst out crying. He didn’t realize that playing with it would bring it down. “But I was trying to put it up!” he said between sobs as a way of letting me

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The simple answer is don’t do what I did – walk in and say, “What? You pulled it down?” In other words, there is no cost and no harm to expressing the rules in a positive way. No need to say, “Stop pulling the curtain or you’ll bring it down and you’ll be in trouble” when it would be just as easy to tell him, “I know you’re a big boy who listens so well. You can touch everything else in this room but the curtain. Would you like to play with these cars?” The more you say things without that fearful “No,” the better. Read the age-old book, “How to Speak so Children Can Hear and Listen So Children Can Speak.” Well worth the read. When you put it positively, children will be happy. And good, too.

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Mosquitoes and Bugs and Yucky Things Keeping them at bay By Hylton I. Lightman, MD, DCH (SA), FAAP


t’s confirmed. The number of people infected with diseases which have been transmitted by mosquito, tick and flea bites has tripled in the United States over the last decade, from 27,000 people infected in 2004 to 643,000 cases in 2016 (source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Lyme disease, West Nile Virus, and other established infections are growing. There are also new tickborne diseases like Heartland virus which have debuted in the continental United States. There is an unexpected resurgence of Chkiungunya (which I saw often in Africa). Zika seems quiescent at the present time. The efficacy of mosquito control through sprayings is dubious. They are costly and almost never stop outbreaks. Global warming is believed to be a significant factor in increasing the number of mosquito-borne illnesses. But that’s not what this article is about. We are focusing on prevention and, if needed, treatment. With the weather warming up, a time when mosquitoes and ticks breed and transmit disease faster, let’s discuss prevention. For most of these diseases, there are no magic pills, vaccines or treatment. However, education is important so please continue reading. • Cover up. Even when it’s hot out. Some call it tzinius.

Thank G-d, our Torah and mesorah is onto something fundamental and important that we should dress modestly. Here, it means building a protective shield around yourself. When you take the family hiking in tick country or send your children off to camps there, make sure they have long pants and/or leggings, long sleeves, and shoes and socks. Tuck pants into the socks or pull up socks

secticide and is sold under the name “Nix.” As a medication, it treats lice and scabies by being applied to the skin as a ream or lotion. As an insecticide, it can be sprayed on clothing or mosquito nets; when insects touch them, they die. Spraying Permethrin in shoes has been shown to be effective. Think about it: Ticks are low on the ground because they live on grass. Also,

When you take the family hiking in tick country or send your children off to camps there, make sure they have long pants and/or leggings, long sleeves, and shoes and socks.

over the end of the leggings so no skin is exposed. Wear a hat on your head (you should anyways for protection from the sun) and a bandanna around your neck to cover up even more skin. Consider pulling back long hair into a ponytail or braids. • Spray clothes and shoes with Permethrin Permethrin is a medicine and in-

they don’t fly or jump. Their “entry point” then is often climbing onto shoes. When hiking then, stay in the center of the trail in woods and avoid bushy areas and grasslands. Don’t sit on downed logs as they are nestling places for ticks. Side effects of Permethrin may include rash or irritated skin around the areas of use. Pregnant women should consult their obstetricians

before use. • Use insect repellent on exposed skin When purchasing insect repellents, read the packages carefully. Only DEET, picardin and IR3535 are effective against ticks. Higher concentrations are required when used against mosquitoes. Apply. Reapply as needed. Do not apply insect repellent to babies under 2 month old. OLE and PMD should not be used on children under the age of 3. For all children, avoid putting repellent on their hands or near their eyes and mouths. Always use sunscreen. Apply the sunscreen first and then mosquito repellent. Download a YouTube video to learn how to properly apply repellent. • The post-hike check list After the hike, shower. Check yourself for ticks in front of a full body mirror. Feel your scalp under your hair. Check the folds of skin, your belly button and private parts, behind your ears and knees. Have another person check your back. Parents should check their children, including their backs. What’s the protocol if you find a tick embedded in the skin? Use pointy tweezers to pull it out. Grasp it and then pull it straight out, slowly but firmly. Consult YouTube for a video on how-to. Call your pediatrician or physi-

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cian to inform him and ask for the next step, if there is one. Are you a dog owner? If yes, please check your dog when he comes in from the outside. Dogs, especially those with long hair, can be hiding ticks. • Reducing exposure in your home and yard “Bug proof” your homes. Windows should have screens without any tears. Cover gaps in the walls. Use weather stripping under doors. Check bathroom exhausts. Make sure windows and chimneys are properly screened and repair any holes. Remove piles of wet leaves from yards and roof eaves. Mosquitoes love fresh water and don’t need much of it in order to reproduce. Make sure your flower pots and beds and other areas where water tends to accumulate are water-free. Perhaps the community should speak to the local health department to eliminate standing water in the neighborhood. Notify them about

they may cause mild, temporary eye infection.” When sitting outside, keep a lowcost electric fan going. The breeze disperses the human scents that attract female mosquitoes. Also, it’s difficult for mosquitoes to fly into the wind. Speaking of scents, avoid scented soaps, perfumes and hair spray as they attract biting insects. Citronella is touted as a scent that wards off mosquitoes. Citronella plants are available. When camping outdoors, use mosquito nets around your sleeping area. Think about placing nets over strollers and playpen areas. As always, daven. standing water in empty lots, parking lots and near uninhabited houses. Keep the grass short, real short. Be “leaf-free” and keep those trees and bushes pruned. If you’re thinking about spraying, consult the website of your local health department. Trying to rid


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Health & F tness

How to Enjoy a Shavuos Meal Without All the Dairy By Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN


ach yom tov is unique in its own way. What is special about Shavuos is, of course, receiving the Torah as a nation, yet what stands out in most people’s mind, especially those cooking, is the minhag of eating dairy on Shavuos. Dairy foods on yom tov is exciting for those looking for a change from all that meat. The problem is that dairy foods tend to be very fattening and the meals are very heavy. Milchig foods tend to have a lot more calories and the meals are heavier than fleishig ones. Sure, if you overeat meat, you’re eating plenty of saturated fat, but dairy by nature has a lot of calories. All the farmer cheese, cream cheese, and pasta cannot be beneficial to anyone’s diet. Especially when Shavuos falls out on a threeday yom tov, like it does this year, the nonstop back-to-back 3 days of eating must be controlled. Rather than making each dish a milchig dish at a milchig meal, try to make pareve ones as well. Pareve dishes tend to be less calorically-dense and not as heavy. If you are really adamant about cooking milchig, at least try to reduce the calories by reducing the heavy fat items such as heavy cream, cream cheese, and whole fat milk. If you’re looking to replace cow’s milk altogether, try to use one of the following: • Soymilk- Soymilk is produced by soaking, crushing, and cooking soybeans, and then extracting the liquid. Since it’s made from soybeans, soymilk is packed with protein. Soymilk is also a good source of potassium, which is

necessary for muscle function and regulating blood pressure. Soymilk also contains isoflavones, which have been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. Soymilk was the first nondairy milk to become mainstream, and it’s still probably still the most popular. It has also become an increasingly popular ingredient for replacing milk in dairy recipes. Soymilk can be found as sweetened, unsweetened, chocolate-,

• Rice milk- This milk alternative is made by blending together cooked rice with water and then adding enzymes to convert starches to sugars. Since rice is considered hypoallergenic, like almond milk, rice milk is a safe bet for those with food sensitivities to dairy, nuts, or soy. Just like the other nondairy alternatives, rice milk is now often fortified with calcium and vitamin D to help maintain strong bones.

I'm simply suggesting not to put cheese and milk into every dish you make.

and vanilla-flavored. • Almond milk- This dairy-free liquid is made from finely ground almonds mixed with water. What makes almond milk so appealing? It’s one of the cheaper milk options available, and its mild nutty taste can enhance shakes, a bowl of cereal, pureed soups, or even a batch of protein cookies. Nutritionally, it’s low in calories and free of saturated fat. Since it’s made from almonds, almond milk is also high in vitamin E, an important antioxidant that boosts brain function. However, almond milk is lower in protein than soy milk. For those with milk and soy allergies, almond milk is a perfect choice.

Rice milk’s sweet taste and smooth texture make it a popular nondairy option for coffee, smoothies, and desserts. • Cashew milk- Cashew milk is fortified with calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, and zinc. However, evidence remains inconclusive as to how well the body absorbs vitamins and minerals added to dairy-free milks. • Coconut milk- Coconut milk is actually made from coconut liquid squeezed from grated coconut flesh. The unique medium-chain-fatty acids (MCFAs) found in coconut milk are thought to increase metabolism. Coconut milk is also high in potassium. Coconut milk is very popular in the

tropical islands and adds a taste of the tropics to oatmeal, soups, smoothies, and pancakes. Ideally, try to focus more on serving salads and vegetables during yom tov and stay away from the quiches and kugels. If you do make a quiche, try to make it in individual servings so people don’t end up consuming large pieces or serve it pre-cut and make the pieces as small as possible. And don’t go for doubles! When making pasta, substitute the white pasta for whole wheat. This decreases the amount of calories in the dish as well as provides fiber. Don’t give me the excuse that you can taste the difference with whole wheat pasta and that nobody will eat it. I promise you that with all the sauces and cheeses the taste of the actual pasta is all covered. With that said, whatever the amount of sauce the recipe calls for use half. Pasta does not need to be doused in sauce. Pasta sauces are the unhealthiest dishes. They have little protein or calcium and are mostly fat. For those really adventurous, instead of pasta, make zoodles – noodles made out of zucchini. You can buy it readymade in the produce section of your supermarket or make it yourself using a food processor or a spiralizer. Next, try to substitute cheeses for cottage cheese whenever possible. Cottage cheese is one of your best bets in terms of cheeses due to its high protein content. Cottage cheese can also be found as “low fat” which is made from 1% milkfat. This cottage cheese

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only contains 130 calories in 6 ounces and has 20g of protein. Cottage cheese is also high in calcium with 15% daily value in 6 ounces. When cooking with milk, always use skim milk. The food does not need the fat from whole fat milk. There will be plenty of other fat in the other ingredients in the dish. Now that I’ve bashed the idea of dairy foods on Shavuos, what should you be eating? Firstly, I didn’t say not to eat dairy at all. I’m simply suggesting

not to put cheese and milk into every dish you make. Make one or two dairy dishes and keep the rest pareve, aka healthier. For example, for one meal you can serve a pasta or personal pizzas but also make fish – which is low in fat and high in protein; salads – which fill you up and provide essentials vitamins and minerals (yes, you can throw feta cheese into the salad for the fun of it. But, like I said, not every single dish needs cheese); stuffed cabbage – made

with mushrooms and brown rice; shakshuka – eggs with cooked tomatoes and onions; and pretty much any pareve dish that also offers nutrition. I know it’s fun and exciting to finally try all the dairy dishes you’ve been salivating over in the cookbooks, but don’t overdo it. You have the chance to spread them out over the many meals. Serve about one or two per meal and let the rest of the meal be lighter. Your guests will appreciate all your yummy

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foods – and so will your waistline! Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN, is a Master’s level Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. She graduated CUNY Brooklyn College receiving a Bachelor’s in Science and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences. She is currently a dietitian at Boro Park Center and a private nutrition consultant. She can be reached at

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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

It’s always struck me as strange whenever someone continually denies something; it makes me interested. So his continual denial of something that’s being investigated by some of the best people in the country is strange. - Former FBI Director James Comey, at a Washington Post Live event last week, stating that President Trump’s denial of collusion is evidence that he may have colluded, employing the same logic that says that one who denies being an ax murderer is more likely to be one

Best Buy has redesigned their logo in order to make it more modern. Best Buy’s CEO said, “With this new logo, we’re going to sell a lot of VCRs.” - Conan O’Brien

If you have a problem with Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, take it up with G-d. - Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), in an interview with Fox News, from Israel

A growing number of people are going to e-sport arenas to watch other people play video games. It combines the thrill of going to a live sporting event with the thrill of having an unemployed roommate. – Jimmy Fallon

A group of MIT graduates just opened a restaurant in Boston where the chefs are all robots. Which makes it extra creepy when you find a hair in your food. – Jimmy Fallon

A New Hampshire man who went hiking and was reported missing by his wife now owes the government thousands of dollars for the search effort because when they found him he had been staying in a luxury hotel. He has to pay thousands of dollars — and that’s just for eating the macadamia nuts from the mini-bar. – James Corden

At a Key Moment, Trump’s Top Diplomat Is Again Thousands of Miles Away. – New York Times headline about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not being in Washington when President Trump announced that he was withdrawing from the Iran deal (Pompeo was in North Korea to secure the release of three U.S. citizens who were prisoners in North Korea)

A California man who police say was drunk and hungry broke into a Taco Bell this weekend in the middle of the night and ate taco ingredients. It’s one of those rare offenses where the punishment is the crime. – Seth Myers

I think everybody who owns a top-four professional sports team just basically saw the value of their team double at least. - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, on CNBC, after the Supreme Court lifted a federal ban on sports betting


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In recent days, multiple news organizations have documented the Hamas incitement in Gaza. They have reported on their encouragement to [Gazans to] carry weapons. Loudspeakers urging the crowds to, quote, “get closer, get closer” to the security fence. That Hamas has attacked the Kerem Shalom crossing – this is how determined they are to make the lives of the people there miserable. They light kites to cause as much destruction as possible. Make no mistake, Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday. - UN Ambassador Nikki Haley addressing the UN Security Council regarding unrest in the Gaza Strip

Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? … No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has. – Ibid.

Starbucks just announced that now anyone can use its restrooms, even if they haven’t bought anything. Then everyone was like, “Cool, so we’ll just continue doing what we’re doing.” – Jimmy Fallon

Those who suggest the Gaza violence has anything to do with the location of the American embassy are sorely mistaken. Rather the violence comes from those who reject the existence of the State of Israel in any location. - Ibid.

We believe that Hamas as an organization is engaged in cynical action that is leading to these deaths. The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas. - White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah

Any loss of life like this is tragic in circumstances like this, but Hamas’ conduct is confrontational. They’re seeking to provoke the Israeli defense forces. If they’re pushing people to the border in that context, in that conflict zone, you’re basically pushing people into circumstances where they are very likely to be shot at as Israel seeks to defend itself. - Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in an Australian radio interview

I always feel nobody is better than me and I’m not better than anybody else. You have to give and you have to be responsible for who you are. - Frances Abbracciamento, who celebrated her 105th birthday at her home in Breezy Point, Queens, last Wednesday, disclosing her secret to a happy life

That’s not what Sen. McCain has told me all these years. – Sarah Palin responding to the assertion in Senator McCain’s deathbed tome that he regrets picking her as his running mate in 2008



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I’m bullish on the future of the United States, but I’m bullish on the future of China, and to a significant extent the rest of the world. People are going to be living better 10, 20, 50 years from now, and I don’t think that’s something that can be stopped, absent weapons of mass destruction. - Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting last week, discussing the world’s future

I would love being a baby being born in the U.S. today. - Ibid.

When you buy something because you’re hoping tomorrow morning you’re going to wake up and the price will be higher, you need more people coming into it than are leaving. And you can get that and it will feed on itself for a while, and sometimes for a long while, and sometimes to extraordinary numbers, but they come to bad endings, and cryptocurrencies will come to bad endings. And along with the fact that there’s nothing being produced in the way of value from the asset, you also have the problem that it draws in a lot of charlatans and that sort of thing, who are trying to create various sorts of exchanges or whatever it may be. It’s something where people who are of less-than-stellar character see an opportunity to clip people who were trying to get rich because their neighbor’s getting rich buying this stuff neither one of them understands. It will come to a bad ending… It’s probably rat poison squared.

The Democrats want to raise taxes, they want to limit freedom ... It’s actually our generation that’s going to be hurt the most by Democrat policies and politicians. A young person voting for a Democrat is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders. - Charlie Kirk, founder of the Conservative millennials organization Turning Point USA, on Fox News

- Ibid., on cryptocurrencies

What we do is not a complicated business. It’s got to be a disciplined business, but it does not require a super high IQ or anything of the sort. And there are a few fundamentals that are incredibly important. And you do have to understand accounting, and it helps to get out and talk to consumers and start thinking like a consumer in many ways and all of that, but it just doesn’t require advanced learning. - Ibid., on becoming a great investor

Both of them whine pretty regularly. They both like to ask the same questions and sometimes their tone needs to be adjusted a little bit. So I think that having kids has prepared me for the job that I have right now. - White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responding to the question: “What’s more difficult: Dealing with your children on an onerous day or dealing with [CNN reporter] Jim Acosta?”

Amazon has just unveiled a new version of its home assistant, the Echo Dot, which is designed specifically for kids. I don’t know about this. I feel like some parents are just going to go, “Alexa, set a timer, raise my kid for the next 18 years. I’ll be back.” - James Corden

Uber says it hopes to have flying cars in operation by 2020. It’s all part of their plan to help drunk people throw up faster. – Jimmy Fallon


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I’m not one of those people who calls it torture, an awful lot of people do but it wasn’t. It was set up in a way that what we did was in fact consistent with our fundamental statutes and agreements that were in place. And it worked. Waterboarding was applied to only three individuals. One of those was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11. - Former Vice Pres. Dick Cheney, on Fox News Sunday, defending waterboarding that took place in the early days after 9/11

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling apologized for killing the character Dobby the House Elf in Book 7. Then she issued a separate apology to people who’ve just finished reading Book 6. – Conan O’Brien

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If you know Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is the mastermind behind all of this, if you know he is No. 2 to bin Laden in terms of the attack, if you know he’s probably the guy who knows more than anybody else except bin Laden what’s next, what’s the next target, how many people are they gonna kill and how are they gonna do it, and then you tell me that the only method we have is, “Please, please, pretty please, tell us what you know,” well, I don’t buy that. – Ibid.

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Political Crossfire

To Understand Why Trump Won, Look at Democratic Hysteria By Marc A. Thiessen


f you want to understand why Donald Trump is president today (and why he could very well win a second term), look to the Democrats’ hysterical response to two of Trump’s major foreign policy achievements over the past week. Last Thursday, the president traveled to Joint Base Andrews to greet three American hostages whose release he had secured from North Korea. Unlike his predecessor, Trump did it without sending the offending regime an unmarked plane loaded with hundreds of millions in hard currency. The return of these American captives should have been a moment of celebration and bipartisan unity. So how did Democrats respond? By blasting Trump for the way he welcomed the U.S. hostages home. The pretext for their outrage was Trump’s comment thanking Kim Jong Un, who he said “really was excellent to these three incredible people” – by which Trump obviously meant releasing them. No matter. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., took the Senate floor to attack Trump for his “troubling” remarks. “Kim Jong Un is a dictator” who “capriciously de-

tained American citizens,” Schumer declared, channeling Captain Obvious, and warned that, by praising Kim, Trump “weakens American foreign policy and puts American citizens at risk around the world.” Seriously? How do Democrats take a positive event such as the release of American hostages and turn it into an excuse to attack Trump? Apparently, Trump Derangement Syndrome is so debilitating that Democrats can’t bring themselves to say “Good job, Mr. President,” even when he brings our hostages home. Before, Democrats complained that Trump was too belligerent toward Kim; now, they’re upset that he is too effusive. This is absurd. Trump is laying the groundwork for a high-stakes nuclear summit with Kim; of course the president is not going to publicly criticize him. People in Middle America listen to the Democrats’ reactions and think: Can Trump do nothing right in these people’s eyes? Then, a few days later, Trump racked up another major achievement when he fulfilled his promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Four American presidents pledged to do it, but only Trump actually did. How did

Democrats respond? Not a single congressional Democrat traveled to Israel to attend the historic opening of the embassy. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-S.C., said that he personally invited Democrats to join the congressional delegation, but no one took him up on the offer. “I am disappointed that not one Democrat came,” Graham said. “What does that say?” It says not a single Democrat could bring themselves to join in a celebration of what Trump had done. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., blasted Trump’s decision when he announced it in December, declaring that “moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem now may needlessly spark mass protests, fuel tensions, and make it more difficult to reach a durable peace.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., did the same, declaring, “The future of Jerusalem is an issue that should be decided by Israel and the Palestinians, not unilaterally by the United States.” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., called Trump’s embassy move a setback while former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., declared that Trump’s action would “severely,

perhaps irreparably damage” peace efforts. Keep in mind, the past four Democratic Party platforms had called for the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And last June, the Senate voted 90-0 (with the support of Feinstein, Murphy and Sanders) for a resolution that “reaffirms the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995,” which mandated the embassy move (a bill that passed two decades ago with Pelosi’s vote). Americans see Trump being criticized for doing exactly what Congress demanded, and his Democratic and Republican predecessors promised, and they rightly see hypocrisy. No matter what Trump does, the Democratic reaction is the same: outrage. When Democrats can’t even praise Trump unreservedly for bringing American hostages home or show up when he fulfills a plank of the Democratic Party platform by moving our embassy to Jerusalem, it further convinces millions of Americans who abandoned the Democratic Party in 2016 that they made the right decision. (c) 2018, Washington Post Writers Group

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Political Crossfire

Collusion is Usually a Dirty Word So where's the outrage over Kerry's secret meetings on the Iran deal? By Marc A. Thiessen


emocrats routinely express outrage over claims of collusion with a foreign power to undermine our democracy. So where is the outrage over revelations that former secretary of state John Kerry held not one but two secret meetings with Iran’s foreign minister to strategize over how to undermine President Trump’s plans to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal? An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed the meetings after the Boston Globe broke the news, declaring, “We don’t see the U.S. just as Mr. Trump; the United States is not just the current ruling administration.” Think about what this means. Iran is a terrorist state responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in Iraq, whose leaders hold rallies where thousands chant “Death to America!” Kerry was working with a sworn enemy of the United States to try to undermine the foreign policy of the elected president of the United States. I thought we didn’t like Americans who colluded with our enemies. Kerry’s meetings with Iran’s leaders were not isolated incidents, but part of a formal lobbying campaign that included phone calls with Eu-

ropean Union leaders and meetings with the presidents of Germany and France in which, the Globe reports, he discussed “the details of sanctions and regional nuclear threats in both French and English.” On Twitter, Trump suggested that Kerry might have violated the Logan Act, which says: “Any citizen of the United States ... who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government ... with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government ... in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.” In fact, no one has been prosecuted under the Logan Act in more than 160 years, and most conservative legal scholars consider it unconstitutional. Although what Kerry did was probably not illegal, it was deeply hypocritical. Recall that in 2015, when Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and 46 other Republicans wrote to Iran’s leaders informing them of the Senate’s constitutional role in approving

international agreements, Kerry was incensed. “My reaction to the letter was utter disbelief,” he said at the time. “To write leaders in the middle of a negotiation ... is quite stunning ... [and] ignores more than two centuries of precedent in the conduct of American foreign policy,” Kerry said, adding that he would never have interfered in that way “no matter what the issue and no matter who was president.” What a difference three years make. Cotton is a sitting United States senator. The Senate has a constitutional role in foreign policy. Kerry is a private citizen. He has a constitutional role in nothing. Kerry’s defenders compare him to Henry Kissinger and other former secretaries of state who regularly meet with world leaders. “Secretary Kerry stays in touch with his former counterparts around the world, just like every previous Secretary of State,” a Kerry spokesman said. But Kissinger does not conduct rogue diplomacy. When he meets with foreign leaders, he usually coordinates with the White House, often carrying messages for the president, and then briefs administration officials afterward. Kerry did none of

this. This is not the first time Kerry has interfered in U.S. diplomacy as a private citizen. In 1970, he flew to Paris and met with the North Vietnamese while they were in the midst of negotiating the Paris Peace accords with Kissinger. Kerry admitted then that his actions were “on the borderline of private individuals negotiating.” What he did last month was not on the borderline. Kerry would not have had to resort to rogue diplomacy if he had negotiated a better deal. The agreement he struck could not even muster the support of a simple majority in the Senate, much less the two-thirds majority needed to ratify a treaty. As Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., correctly points out, the Obama administration “made a bad deal with Iran without support from Congress. ... American foreign policy makes lasting progress when it is led by the President, approved by Congress, and presented honestly to the American people.” Kerry has no one to blame but himself for Trump’s decision to withdraw. And he certainly has no business colluding with America’s enemies against America’s president. (c) 2018, Washington Post Writers Group

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Forgotten Her es

Radar as a Weapon in World War II By Avi Heiligman

Scottish-born Robert Watson-Watt is credited with creating radar


nowing where the enemy is as important to an air force or navy as much as the force sent to counter the enemy force that is on the attack. Technological advancements in the 1930s brought a

new type of detection to the battlefield that changed the way militaries conducted their campaigns. Great Britain was the first to implement radar, and for many historians is a major factor in the victory over the

Luftwaffe (German Air Force) during the Battle of Britain. Many countries developed their own versions of radar and it is an integral part of all aspects of militaries today. The earliest work on radar (RAdio Detection And Ranging) began the mid-1880s. A German scientist noticed that when radio waves, which are invisible, were transmitted across a room some materials reflected the waves while others transmitted the signal. Within twenty years radio waves were being used at sea to prevent ships from colliding. Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi successfully experimented with the first use in wireless radio communication across the Atlantic. In the years leading up to World War II eight countries – the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, the Soviet Union, Italy, the Netherlands, and Japan – had their own developments on radar but it was in 1935 that its first practical use came to fruition. Scottish-born Rober t Watson-Watt had been working in the United Kingdom’s Meteorological Office for twenty years learning about weather patterns, among other duties. He discovered that lightning produces a radio signal that can be detected and mapped. A reward had gone out calling for any scientist to produce a “death ray” and many had tried work with radio waves to achieve this fruitless goal. Watson-Watt, on the other hand, decided to focus on using radio

waves for detection of aircraft and in February 1935 had demonstrated this to the Air Ministry. He was awarded a patent for his device that could detect aircraft up to 80 miles away. The British Air Ministry realized the importance of Watson-Watt’s discovery and set out to create a system to warn of incoming aircraft. It should be noted that more than one station was needed to get an accurate picture of the altitude, speed, location and number of aircraft that had been detected. Called the Chain Home System, any aircraft coming from the European mainland was detected by the network, and accurate information was then sent to a central command center. This gave RAF fighters enough time to scramble and meet the oncoming enemy planes. German commanders were getting spy reports about strange towers being set up across England and wondered if it was a radar network. In 1938 the Germans sent a Graf Zeppelin airship to probe the English coastline to test for evidence of radar. The British knew about the airship and tracked it on its journey along the coast. German high command gained no new information from the trip and even concluded that the British had no radar system in place. Since most of the men were in uniform, the task of operating many of the British towers was given to women. Several women were decorated for their bravery after their stations

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were attacked during the Battle of Britain. Luftwaffe planes greatly outnumbered RAF fighters and the Germans finally realized that the information that was giving the RAF enough time to get planes into the air was coming from radar towers. Only a few attempts were made to knock out radar towers and they were all unsuccessful. American radar systems were greatly enhanced in 1940, with the British sharing their information on radar. The U.S. Navy instituted a pulse radar system to detect enemy warships out at sea and, together with the British information, the radar was the best in world. Called CXAM radar, it was the first radar used to detect ships. One of the biggest successes by a submarine during the war was made possible by radar. The USS Sealion (SS-315) was the only submarine during World War II to sink a battleship. The IJN Kongo was built before

Chain Home Radar in Great Britain during World War II

World War I by the British for the Japanese as a battle cruiser and was upgraded to a fast battleship in 1935. She had wrecked havoc on American supplies on Guadalcanal that were crucial for the marines fighting the battle on the island. Until the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944 she didn’t see much surface action during

the war. Shells from the Kongo sank four American ships that were franticly protecting the landing zone in the Philippines. The Kongo received minor damage from bombs from planes and was sent to Formosa Strait in the East China Sea for repairs. The Sealion made radar contact with her in the predawn hours of November 21.

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Several large “pips” had shown up on the radar screen which turned out to be two cruisers and two battleships. Six destroyers were not far away. Four of the six torpedoes scored hits and sunk the Kongo. The destroyer IJN Urakaze sank with all hands during the same attack by the Sealion as the submarine slipped away unharmed. Work on improving radar continued throughout the war and over a million radar devices had been built. Radar was used not only for ground defense but for ships, submarines and aircraft as well. Radar-jamming devices and counter-radar tactics were developed and put to good use during the war. Allied superiority in radar has sometimes been given credit for the victory in World War II.

Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comments and suggestions for future columns and can be reached at aviheiligman@

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Bernie Sanders and the Broken Window By Rafi Metz


n what surely must be a harbinger of another presidential run in 2020, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) has offered one of the most audacious proposals from any politician yet in recent U.S. history. His plan is for the federal government to offer a $15-an-hour job (with benefits) to anyone who wants one. Of course, neither Bernie Sanders nor any of his closest colleagues can account for how this colossal program will be paid, or even its exact costs; estimates range from $1-2 trillion a year. This proposal would compound the fact that the federal debt has exceeded $20 trillion, and the $200+ trillion in unfunded liabilities from Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Now assume for a moment – for the sake of argument – that our country wasn’t encumbered by excessive debt and trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities and that hypothetically, we can financially afford Sanders’ proposal. If we approach it strictly from an economic point of view – as

opposed to a financial point of view – it becomes clearly manifest that his proposal is economic folly; a mere resurrection of an old, recycled, and debunked version of Keynesian economics. This shall be demonstrated by way of a parable. The story is told of a boy who inadvertently breaks the glass window of a grocery store. People from the town gathered around the store to survey the situation, and concluded that despite the broken glass, the boy had done an economic service for the community: the grocery owner now must pay the glazier $50 to replace his window. The glazier will then spend that $50 elsewhere; and that will be, no doubt, a boom to the economy. “For after all,” the townspeople argue, “what would happen to glaziers if windows were never broken?” Of course, this little scenario which I have presented is not my own; it was first presented by the French economist Frederic Bastiat in 1850 in his famous essay, “That Which is Seen and That Which is Not Seen: The

Unintended Consequences of Government Spending.”1 The purpose of the essay was to drive home the point that economic policies must not only be considered in their short-term effects, but in their long-term effects too. A particular policy may have a good appearance at first sight – that is what is seen – but in the long-run, what is not seen, can be very detrimental to the economy. A classic example of this, though not mentioned in Bastiat’s essay, is the case of inflation.2 When the government embarks on an inflationary policy, the short-term consequences are positive – everyone has more money – that is what’s seen. However, the long-term consequences are negative: when the quantity of money exceeds the rate of production, the cost of everything doubles –and that is what’s not seen. Of course everyone sees that prices have doubled; but most people, unknowledgeable in economics, never make the long-run connection between inflation and increased prices. These long-term con-

sequences are negative, and much harder to see. The recovery process from inflation is just the opposite: the initial consequences are negative and the long-term consequences are positive; that is why it has always been politically unpopular to fight inflation, because it is immediately followed by a short recession, and then only in the long-term, economic prosperity. But the point here is clear: we must not only account for the short-term effects of a policy, but its long-term effects as well. Now let us return to the story of the broken window. As mentioned earlier, from our artificial evaluation, it seems as a benefit to the glazier, for he is $50 richer. He will undoubtedly spend the $50 on all types of goods spurring consumer spending, and in short, everyone benefits in some way from that money. Many jobs will be created as a result: from jobs in the glass industry to jobs in the installation process of the store’s new glass window. All of this is what’s seen.

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What we overlook is the unseen shoemaker, from whom the store owner could have, in the absence of a broken window, purchased new shoes, thereby augmenting the total wealth of society. Paying the glazier for a new window hasn’t created wealth in any economic sense of the word; wealth was destroyed and must be re-created, resulting in a misallocation of labor and capital. While there are new jobs in the short-run, since they must be diverted to re-create wealth that once existed and not additional wealth, society is economically poorer in the long run.3 Another example that Bastiat presents is the scenario of public works programs. 4 Suppose that the government hires 1,500 workers to build a bridge, at a cost of $1 million. What is seen are workers with jobs, and their wages and salaries. However, what is not seen here is that in order for the government to procure the money for the bridge and pay the workers their wages and salaries, it must first tax $1 million out of the private sector; obviously money isn’t created from nothing. It must also reallocate 1,500 workers from the private to public sector. In other words, the gains in the public sector correspond with a direct loss of jobs in the private sector. There is the unseen fact that the money could have been used in the private sector to create more jobs, or raise wages and salaries, or invest, or to simply create more wealth. Instead, human and financial resources have been diverted to some spurious public works project to “create” jobs, except that nothing has been created. This is bona-fide wealth redistribution. Money that is used in the public sector comes from the private sector by default since the government has no money of its own other than what it raises through taxation and borrowing. The same is true of labor: government has no workers of its own other than what it diverts from the private economy. The aggregate result of increased tax rates on the private sector is a reduction in jobs, working hours or wages, a decline in production, and worst of all, higher prices on consumer goods and services which financially incapacitate the poor in the severest form. In other words, they inhibit the creation of real wealth and in actual-

ity redistribute it. As the saying goes, “You can’t multiply wealth by dividing it.” So even though the short-term effects of public works programs seem positive, in the long run, the artificial gains in the public sector are heavily outweighed by the losses in the private sector. Now let’s circle back to Sander’s proposal. The reason why his proposal is sheer economic folly is the same reason why it’s preposterous to think that breaking things is a net gain to the economy, or that public works programs “create” jobs. Both scenarios demonstrate the economic principle that an artificial gain in purchasing power in one sector of the economy –either via government spending or breaking things – corresponds exactly to a reduction in purchasing power in another sector of the

Times that the economy will get a boost because of the jobs “created” to rebuild the Towers. In relevant part, he wrote: It seems almost in bad taste to talk about dollars and cents after an act of mass murder. Nonetheless, we must ask about the economic aftershocks from Tuesday’s horror…These aftershocks need not be major. Ghastly as it may seem to say this, the terror attack – like the original day of infamy, which brought an end to the Great Depression – could even do some economic good. But there are already ominous indications that some will see this tragedy not as an occasion for true national unity, but as an opportunity for political profiteering.5 If you believe, as Krugman does, that destroying things is a net gain

As the saying goes, “You can’t multiply wealth by dividing it.”

economy. Just as the gain in purchasing power for the glazier corresponds exactly to a reduction in purchasing power for the shopkeeper, the gain in purchasing power for the public sector corresponds exactly to a reduction in purchasing power for the private sector. In both of these scenarios, not only has nothing been “created” there is a net loss to the economy in its entirety. Now, it’s entirely understandable why the general public supports public-works programs, because it really does give the façade that jobs have been created. But no sane person – at least today, given how much economics has developed over the past 200 years – could actually believe that destroying things is a net positive for the economy, right? Wrong! Paul Krugman, one of the most famous economists in the U.S. who is still a Keynesian, despite Keynesianism having long been debunked hundreds of times, still believes in the broken window fallacy. Only days after 9/11, Krugman argued in the New York

for the economy because of all the jobs that will be created, we ought to take this to its logical conclusion. That is, we ought to break every window, destroy every house, demolish every building, and completely dismantle our infrastructure: roads, sidewalks, train tracks, electrical lines, bridges, tunnels and so on, and we would have the entire country employed! In fact, while we’re at it, we might as well abolish the railroad, automobiles, trucks, airplanes, washers and dryers, electrical stoves and ovens, computers and cell phones and revert back to the ancient methods of doing things and, like Bastiat’s proposal, we would have the entire country employed! The truth is that economics isn’t about creating jobs; it is about creating goods and services, i.e. wealth. Wealth creation is the ultimate goal. Jobs are simply a means to that end. We forward economic progress when creating the greatest amount of wealth with the least amount of resources, whether they are human, capital, or land resources. If building

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an average bridge fifty years ago required 1,000 workers and now thanks to new technological advancements it only requires 500 workers, that is a net gain to the economy. That means that the other 500 workers can be used elsewhere in the economy, producing additional goods and services, augmenting the aggregate wealth of society. If, though, jobs are an end and not a means to an end, there is surely a more simple way to realize “full employment,” and we need not concern ourselves with job losses ever again: either destroy our entire infrastructure system, or have half the nation dig holes and the other half fill them up! Every man and woman from the civilian working population would have jobs, and we not to be concerned about those pesky unemployment numbers again: 100 percent employment, 0 percent unemployment! I will conclude with the following. President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried on a grand scale massive public works programs more than 75 years ago with his New Deal program. His Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr. later admitted, “We’re spending more than ever, and it doesn’t work…I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started – and an enormous debt to boot!” 1. Bastiat, F. (2006). That Which is Seen and That Which is Not Seen: The Unintended Consequences of Government Spending. “The Broken Window.” Waking Lion Press. Originally published in 1850. 2. See Friedman, M., & Friedman, R. D. (1990). Free to Choose: A Personal Statement. “The Cure for Inflation.” San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 3. For more information on this topic, see Hazlitt, H. (1979). Economics In One Lesson. New York: Three Rivers Press. 4. Bastiat, F. ibid. “Public Works”. See also Mises, L. V. (2012). Human Action: A Treatise on Economics. Martino Publishing. Originally published in 1949. 5. Krugman, P. (2001, September 14). Reckonings; After The Horror. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.


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Free Agent Scores Spicy Signing Bonus By Allan Rolnick, CPA


aseball is back in swing, and several teams have already made it clear that they won’t be contending for playoff berths. The Cincinnati Reds are leading that sorry pack, the first team to lose 20 games in the season. But the Orioles, White Sox, and Rangers are all nipping at their heels. If any of them are serious about winning this year, it might be time to take a look at signing some free agents. Find an unhappy veteran, steal him away with a big salary and signing bonus, and maybe you’ll be at .500 by the All-Star break! Big corporations with thousands of employees generally prefer playing “Hometown Hero,” so long as it suits their business goals. But corporations can play “Free Agent” too. They can even pocket fat signing bonuses when they do it, in the form of rich tax breaks in their new hometowns. AllianceBernstein is an investment manager supervising $550 billion in assets for institutions, individuals, and mutual fund shareholders. (We’re not sure why they spell it as just one word; maybe they just couldn’t afford the space.) You’d expect to find that kind of firm in Manhattan. And you’d be right — their current headquarters is a blandly intimidating black-glass slab in midtown. (Fun facts: it’s the building

Gwen Stacy falls from in the crane scene in Spider Man 3, and it’s the office for the fictional law firm in Michael Clayton.) But life in the big city, including taxes, is pricey. So AllianceBernstein declared free agency to find a new home. Last week, they announced they had picked their new team. They’ll be moving 1,050 jobs, includ-

ask) for publicly-traded financial asset managers whose physical presence in the state is larger than their customer base. That new law could add as much as 2% to AllianceBernstein’s gross margins. Tennessee also dangles a $5,000/employee “Super Jobs Tax Credit” to companies who create 100 or more new jobs in the state.

No matter how good the corned beef is back at the Carnegie Deli, it can't hold a candle to the tax-savings "W" AllianceBernstein picks up by going free agent.

ing the CEO, legal, marketing, and IT staff, to fast-growing Nashville. (Traders and portfolio managers stay on Wall Street.) Of course they cited lower taxes as a prime reason for their choice. So how is Tennessee stepping up to the plate? They just passed a new law implementing a “single factor sales apportionment” formula (don’t

Staffers moving from the Big Apple to Music City can certainly expect some culture shock. They’ll miss the bright lights, Broadway shows, and Michelin-starred restaurants of Manhattan. (They’ll miss the Yankees and Mets, too.) But they’ll get to sample Nashville’s “Music Row” entertainment scene. And who knows, maybe they’ll fall in love with Nashville-style

hot fried chicken, a local specialty breaded with spicy cayenne pepper paste and served on slices of white bread with pickle chips. (Then again, maybe they won’t.) But we can be sure that Nashville’s newest residents will love their tax savings, too. Tennessee has no state income tax and is phasing out its investment tax. Property taxes are lower than in New York. And housing dollars stretch a lot farther in Nashville, even for those who glam it up in nearby Franklin (the “Greenwich” of Nashville) with the country music superstars. No matter how good the corned beef is back at the Carnegie Deli, it can’t hold a candle to the tax-savings “W” AllianceBernstein picks up by going free agent. What about you? Have you ever tried Nashville-style hot chicken? Are you a fan or not? Either way, we’re pretty sure you’d appreciate a recipe for tasty tax breaks. If your mouth is watering for savings you’d better start now!

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

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The Dairy Challenge! By Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., MFT, CLC


y brain is really struggling! How do you make a low calorie dairy meal? Especially if you don’t have a fish eater, that is?! Take salad. Today find me a salad that doesn’t have a crouton, soup

noodle, terra chips, nacho, or a fruit medley infiltrating it. These are not salads. These are snacks laced with vegetables that are wilting them! Now let’s consider lasagna, baked ziti, eggplant parmesan, blintzes, cheeses, and quiches. Are

you hearing anything light in there? This dairy thing is throwing me! What’s the dairy equivalent to a chulent? At least that would get one meal taken care of! I am completely overwhelmed by a three-day Shavuot. I love the concept of a holiday celebrating the gift of the best how-to-live-life Book. But I think it would help if we threw

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Maybe that’s because, despite the seven weeks that have elapsed, I still have the matzah farfalle sitting on my kishkas.

a fast day or something in the middle. The thought of buying, making, serving, and eating all these meals is just not working for me this year. Maybe that’s because, despite the seven weeks that have lapsed, I still have the matzah farfalle sitting on my kishkas. So, let me leave the food out of this discussion and focus on what can be exciting about the upcoming three days of holiday instead of two days. Well, of course, the extra time to sleep is great, for those who stay up

time to realize that if a Moabite woman who converted to Judaism can be the ultimate ancestor of Moshiach and the mother of royalty, helps us think of all we could accomplish. Which suddenly makes me realize I should be able to figure this low-fat dairy thing out. So gotta go shop now. Have a wonderful Shavuos. Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-7052004 or

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