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n Sunday, we “sprung forward.” And despite schools starting an hour later on Sunday morning, I was still groggy that day. Monday? Forget about it! I could barely open my eyes in the morning. And the kids? Well, we just let them sleep a little late. No need to run for the bus when your body still thinks it’s in dreamland. During the mornings in the week after we move the clocks in the spring I have to force myself to lift my head off the pillow. There’s no tricking my body with earlier bedtimes; it doesn’t want to go to sleep any earlier than it usually does (which is never early, by the way). It takes me about a week of mornings to slowly acclimate to the new times. In the afternoons, though, I’m not complaining. There’s a certain freshness to driving kids home from school in the daylight. It makes you want to still enjoy the day, even though the temperatures outside are freezing and the time is late. The kids come home in the sunshine and itch to run outside, ride their bikes, or visit friends. The day is not over, they say, they still want to play. I know that they are looking forward to the spring’s (hopefully) balmy temperatures. I am too. It’s a time of freedom for kids, a release from the at-home activities

that they’ve played all winter. Spring – with purple flowers pushing through the clotted soil, rustling grass and birds’ tweets, and the sweet scent of magnolias and lilac – is an awakening of the senses. For now, although we’re buying spring clothes for yom tov, we know that unless we’re traveling hundreds of miles away for Pesach (there are 1,295 miles between Lawrence and Miami – I checked) those new clothes are going to be staying in the closet. As I clean for Pesach and the smell of Lysol, Mr. Clean and bleach fill my home, I know that spring is near. When I grew up, during the weeks before Pesach, we all pitched in to help clean the house. There are certain things that I do in my home just as my family did then (and probably now too) when it comes to cleaning. No, I do not take every crystal off the chandelier and rinse them in a vinegar solution. If I had a chandelier, though, I probably would be doing that, as old habits die hard. But, chometz or not, the windows still get washed, the ceiling fans dusted, and the silver shined. Yes, I know it’s not necessary, but if I’m cleaning everything else, I might as well do that too. Wishing you a wonderful spring (cleaning!), Shoshana

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Dear Editor, Rabbi Yaffe’s article this week, “Fore!” was a hole in one. I loved how he took two events in his life – one recent and one that began decades ago – and weaved it into a lesson for today. Seeing the hidden miracles in our everyday lives is not easy. We become complacent, busy, not tuned into the awesomeness that surrounds us. But our Jewish calendar gives us gentle reminders

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Dear Editor, Thank you to both The Five Towns Jewish Home editor and the Disheartened Mother from your last issue for shining a spotlight on a critical and escalating issue facing our community and impacting our children – a serious shortage in the availability of high school capacity to accommodate our growing community and the resulting marginalization of children from middle Continued on page 12

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class homes. I too am a mother of an 8th grade boy who currently does not have a yeshiva to attend this fall. He is among 15 boys in his 8th grade class who do not yet know where they will be attending high school. I’m aware of at least 8 boys from other community schools in a similar situation. These boys are largely well-behaved, well-adjusted children. Many of them are honor roll students. All of them deserve to be able to attend mesivta in the community they were raised. Yet many of these boys have been passed over by local yeshivas for children with documented behavioral issues and lesser academic and Talmudic achievement (from wealthier homes). In addition, being intensely frustrated about the inequity of the situation, I worry about the message this sends our children about their faith, the importance of hard work, and its relationship to accomplishment.  I also worry about the impact that this seemingly unfair rejection ultimately has on their self-esteem. When I married and moved to the Five Towns/Far Rockaway community fifteen years ago, I was attracted by the warmth of the community and the abundance of resources available

to Torah-committed Jews. In a state of shock and with a broken heart I now find myself researching advantageous public high school districts for my son who loves learning Gemara and has attended yeshiva from the age of 3. I am not alone in this task. Other families, who grew up in the yeshiva system and never imagined leaving it, are engaged in the same nightmarish situation. My question for the community and specifically the leadership of local mesivtas is straightforward: are you OK with this potential outcome? Would it hurt your yeshiva more to accept three or four more additional children than it would the neshamas of these boys to attend public school? When you operate within a community, partake in the Jewish life of a community, and utilize the community’s resources, is there not an obligation to meet the needs of the community when you are uniquely positioned to do so? I join the Disheartened Mother in pleading for the assistance of anyone in a position to help for the sake of the future of these children and for the future of our community. Sincerely, Another Very Sad and Disheartened Mother

Dear Editor, This Shabbat we read the letter of “A very sad and disheartened mother” (March 8, 2018) who is upset that there is no room in any of the 5 Towns yeshiva high schools for her eighth grade son. We can commiserate with her: our son was waitlisted and rejected from all of the schools to which he applied. He is a good boy with a good neshama, who has done well in school and is well-liked, an asset to any school he attends, in need of a good Jewish education, but “sorry no room” is what we have been told. We are not well connected, we are not well off and therefore we can’t write a large check to buy a new wing in the school. And no one has answers – no one is offering help. Not the rejecting

schools – “We wish you hatzlacha in your child’s education” they email us. (Gee, thanks.) Not the current principal of his school; shouldn’t he help assure that all boys get into a high school? (Silence.)  Community rabbis – do you have any advice?  Didn’t anybody  see this problem coming? They knew the eighth grade classes were bigger and the high schools should have been prepared and accommodated. How can we instill Jewish values and self-esteem in our son if he can’t get into a Jewish high school? We do not want to send our son to the public high school, but what choice are you leaving us? Jewish educators, please wake up! Two Frustrated 5 Towns Parents

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evidence of being involved in a specific killing. Demjanjuk, who always denied serving at the Sobibor camp, died before his appeal could be heard. In 2016, former SS sergeant Reinhold Hanning was convicted on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an Auschwitz guard. He, too, died before he could begin serving his 5-year-sentence. Hanning had apologized for his wartime service, telling Holocaust survivors that “it disturbs me deeply” to have been a part of the Nazis’ genocidal machinery.

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646-844-8528 Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the order to shoot down a passenger jet with 110 people on board hours before the 2014 Sochi Olympics, it has recently been revealed. At the time of the order, Putin was told that the plane had been hijacked and was on its way to Sochi to be used in a terror attack at the opening ceremony. In a new documentary, Putin told interviewer Andrei Kondrashov about the incident that took place on February 6, 2014. Security services told Putin that the procedure in such situations was to take down the plane. Luckily, the Russian president was informed just before the ceremony that it was a false alarm and that the plane was not hijacked so it did not need to be shot down. Kondrashov asked Putin how he felt during the time between the two calls, between giving the order and then revoking it, and Putin said: “I’d rather not talk about that.” The documentary presents Putin in a very positive light. It was released online one week before the presidential elections in Russia which Putin is expected to win by a landslide. “Everything’s fine,” an unshakeable Putin told International Olympic Committee head Thomas Bach after the incident, according to the film. The documentary was also pro-







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Considered by many to be the world’s greatest living scientist, Stephen Hawking overcame a debilitating disease to publish myriad books probing the mysteries of the universe. This week, the brilliant British theoretical physicist died. He was 76. Hawking was also a cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician and author of numerous books including the landmark “A Brief History of Time,” which has sold more than 10 million copies. With fellow physicist Roger Penrose, Hawking merged Einstein’s theory of relativity with quantum theory. He also discovered that black holes were not completely black but emit radiation and would likely eventually evaporate and disappear. Hawking suffered from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which is usually fatal within a few years. He was diagnosed in 1963, when he was 21, and doctors initially gave him only a few years to live. Amazingly, Hawking living for decades with the disease, although he was paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. He was able to move only a few fingers on one hand and was completely dependent on others or on technology for virtually everything – bathing, dressing, eating, even speech. He used a speech synthesizer that allowed him to speak in a computerized voice with an American accent.

“I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and not think about my condition, or regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many,” he wrote on his website. “I have been lucky that my condition has progressed more slowly than is often the case. But it shows that one need not lose hope.” At Cambridge, Hawking held the position of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics – the prestigious post previously held by Sir Isaac Newton, widely considered one of the greatest scientists in modern history – for 30 years until 2009. He had at least 12 honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982. A CBE, or Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, is considered a major honor for a British citizen and is one rank below knighthood. Despite being a British citizen he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S.’s highest civilian honor, in 2009 by President Barack Obama. Hawking leaves behind three children and three grandchildren. “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said in a statement. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world. “He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”

Iran: Headscarf or Prison

Last week, a Tehran prosecutor said that a woman who had removed her obligatory Islamic headscarf in public a few months ago has been sentenced to 24 months in prison. Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said the unidentified woman took off her headscarf in Tehran’s Enghelab Street to “encourage corruption through the removal of the hijab in public” in December. She

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subsequently became known as the “Girl of Enghelab Street,” becoming an icon for many women in the oppressive regime. In February, Iranian police detained 29 women who removed their headscarves as part of an anti-hijab campaign known as “White Wednesdays.” The police say the campaign, advocated by Persian-language satellite TV networks based abroad, purportedly encourages women participants to take their white headscarves off on Wednesdays. The recent sentencing is far more strict than those in the past. Women showing their hair in public in Iran are usually sentenced to far shorter terms of two months or less and fined $25. Iranian law in place since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 stipulates that all women, Iranian or foreign, Muslim or non-Muslim, must be fully veiled in public at all times. Nowadays, though, a growing number of Iranian women in Tehran and other large cities often wear loose veils that reveal their hair. In some areas of the capital, women are regularly seen driving cars with veils draped over their shoulders. Dolatabadi said he would no longer accept such behavior and

has ordered the impounding of vehicles driven by socially rebellious women. The prosecutor said some “tolerance” was possible when it came to women who wear the veil loosely, “but we must act with force against people who deliberately question the rules on the Islamic veil,” according to Mizan Online. Earlier this month, Iran’s vice president for women’s affairs, Massoumeh Ebtekar, insisted the government oppose using “force” to ensure women wear the hijab, after the spate of protests stirred debate over the mandatory headscarf.

Saudi Women Can Get Custody Saudi women in Saudi Arabia seeking a divorce can now retain custody of their children without filing lawsuits, according to a Saudi Information Ministry statement released on Monday. The announcement breaks rank with other countries in the Middle East that heavily favor male guardianship. The update is part of Crown

Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030, a series of sweeping social and economic reforms initiated over the past two years in the kingdom.

Previously, a Saudi woman was required to petition courts, sometimes for years, to win custody of children after a divorce. The Saudi Justice Ministry released a circular to the courts that specifies that, barring a dispute between the parents, a mother is required only to apply for custodianship. This represents a significant improvement in women’s rights in the country. Keep in mind, though, that in Saudi Arabia custodianship of the children still goes by default to the father. Countries like the United Arab Emirates and Egypt still consider the father the child’s natural guardian and grant him complete physical custody after a child has reached a

certain age. This week’s initiative also allows divorced mothers to conduct their children’s legal affairs and keep their passports, a significant step for a country where women still require a male guardian’s consent to travel, divorce, get a job or have elective surgery. The circular stops short of allowing a woman to leave the country with her children without a judge’s permission. Saudi Arabia, which adheres to some of the strictest interpretations of Sunni Islam in the world, has long been accused of formal legal discrimination against women. The 2017 Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum ranked the kingdom 138th out of 144 countries on gender parity, ahead of only Iran, Yemen and Syria in the Middle East.

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Russians who sought to influence the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential elections could have been Jews. The AJC said that his remarks were “eerily reminiscent of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and called on Putin to “clarify his comments at the earliest opportunity.” The comments in question came during an NBC interview when Putin was asked about Russians that were indicted for meddling in the

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United States elections. “I do not care at all because they do not represent the government,” Putin said. “Maybe they are not even Russians, but Ukrainians, Tatars, or Jews, but with Russian citizenship, which should also be checked; maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card; maybe the U.S. paid them for this. How can you know that? I do not know either,” he said. “Why have you decided the Russian authorities, my-

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self included, gave anybody permission to do this?” Putin asked. Many other groups, as well as opposition lawmakers in Israel, called on Jerusalem to protest the Russian government. “We [are] quite familiar with the oldies ‘Maybe Jews run the world, maybe Jews use blood for their rituals, maybe Jews had slaughtered Jews in Poland.’ Now comes the latest hit ‘maybe Jews meddled in U.S. elections,’” tweeted Zionist

A wide-ranging and seemingly never-ending investigation is being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to determine if the Trump campaign “colluded” with Moscow in the election. Thirteen Russians were indicted last month by Mueller along with three Russian companies for allegedly backing Trump’s campaign, maligning his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and engaging in other election interference. “So what if they’re Russians?” Putin said of the allegations. “There are 146 million Russians. So what? … I don’t care. I couldn’t care less… They do not represent the interests of the Russian state,” he pointed out. Although no evidence has been produced to show that Trump had any knowledge of Russia’s interference, America’s leading intelligence agencies concluded last year that Putin himself had directed a broad intelligence effort to influence the U.S. election to undermine Clinton’s campaign and boost Trump’s chances of winning.

A Warm Bed for Migrants at Night At Maximilian Park in Brussels, a group of migrants gathers every evening to find a place to eat and sleep for the night. The gathering of mostly men from sub-Saharan Africa, who

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speak in a mixture of Arabic, Swahili, English, French and Italian, drink Moroccan mint tea that is passed out by volunteers. The migrants are then divided into lines and paired off with people offering rides, food, or a bed to sleep in.

Belgian citizens help more than 500 migrants each day, a vastly different stance than their government has taken regarding the migrant problem the country is facing. Police forces have led raids on the park in order to round up the illegals and duly process them. And now, because it is known that Belgian citizens have been offering migrants beds and homes for the night,  Belgium’s state secretary for asylum policy and migration, Theo Francken, has proposed a law that would allow police to  raid private homes to deport people whose asylum requests have been denied. “It is a matter of public order and security,” Prime Minister Charles Michel told lawmakers recently. “In a lot of cases, persons harbored by citizens do not wish to apply for asylum. In other cases, it is people whose asylum request was rejected.” The volunteer coordinators have partnered with local and international organizations to provide legal advice and psychological and medical care to migrants. Most of the migrants say they hope to make it to Great Britain where they can find jobs that pay more and a community that is more welcoming. 

Wild Boars Invade Japan The islanders of Kakara, off the coast of southwest Japan, are losing their home to wild boars that outnumber local residents by three to one. The small island is home to 100 residents that rely mainly on the

local fishing trade for their income. Like many other parts of Japan, a rapidly aging and shrinking population has led to unusual findings. Many towns and villages are empty as the older generation dies and young people move to the cities to find work. Wild boars are getting used to being uncontested in Kakara and have become increasingly aggressive and territorial.

The first boars on the island are believed to have swum to Kakara, which is only about a square mile in size. The island has been a haven for hogs ever since they arrived because there are no natural predators and plenty of crops, such as pumpkin and sweet potatoes. The island’s small tourism trade has declined as the infamously aggressive boars chase the tourists away. They have also eaten the camellia plants (the main ingredient in makeup) which had contributed slightly to the island’s income. Local children are not playing outdoors in Kakara for fear of coming into contact with the animals, and adults have stopped walking even short distances. The countless traps that are set only catch about 50 boars each year – and that number is far outstripped by the ever-growing boar population. A female can birth up to six piglets every year and nothing substantial is being done to keep them in check. There have been many instances of wild boars invading human spaces in Japan in recent years. In October, a large boar entered a shopping mall on the island of Shikoku, where it bit five employees before it was captured. In December, two boars entered a high school in Kyoto; the students had to be evacuated.

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in northern Iraq by agents of Iran, according to members of the dissident group. Twenty bullets ravaged his body. “Iran’s agents persecuted and executed him between Balisan and Chwarqurne in a part of Kurdistan,” Arez Ramazani, representative of the KDP-I board in Sweden, said. The killing of Qaderi is part of a larger campaign being waged by Tehran against Kurdish groups in Iran and their supporters who live in exile

in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. “Between the 1980s and 1990s about 500 Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran members were killed in [the] Iraqi part of Kurdistan by Iranian agents,” the group’s press release reads. Dr. Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, a leader of the group, was killed in Vienna allegedly by Iranian agents in 1989. In the 2000s Iran ceased its assassination campaign, and Kurdish groups such as the KDP-I also toned

down their resistance activity inside Iran. However, in 2016, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps agents were accused of bombing the KDP-I headquarters in Koya. There was another car bombing on March 1 near Erbil against a KDP-I member. “We have no other enemies besides the Islamic regime in Iraq,” the KDP–I said, adding that this is definitely the handiwork of the regime. “KDP-I has never used terror [and] will never use terror

either. But we will eventually make the Islamic regime fall.” There are several Iranian dissident groups that have members in northern Iraq. The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KDP–I) was founded in 1945 and has been resisting the Ayatollahs since the 1980s. The KDP-I was formed when the group split in two in 2006, one of them being the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) which is closely allied to the left wing Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey. The Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) and Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan also oppose the regime.

In recent years during the war against Islamic State some of the Iranian Kurdish groups whose members live in exile put forth plans to increase resistance across the border, some of them even sending activists. With Iran’s increasing influence in Iraq and in light of the protests that swept Iran in late December, the regime may have sought to send a message not to continue activity. The killing of Qaderi came a day after the commemoration of the March 5, 1991 uprising against Saddam Hussein; Qaderi was symbolically killed on the road from Rania where the uprising began. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps does not want Kurds in Iran to get any idea that they might throw off the yoke of the regime the way Kurds in Iraq rose up against Saddam.

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epidemics. Disease X refers to an unknown pathogen that can potentially cause a serious international epidemic. “As experience has taught us more often than not the thing that is gonna hit us is something that we did not anticipate,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Just the way we didn’t anticipate Zika, we didn’t think there would be an Ebola that would hit cities.” If disease X should arise, the WHO needs to be prepared. As such, scientists develop customizable recipes for creating vaccines. Then, when an outbreak happens, they can sequence the unique genetics of the virus causing the disease and plug the correct sequence into the already-developed platform to create a new vaccine. Scientists study whole classes of viruses to understand potential outbreaks. Along with disease X, the WHO named seven other potential global disease threats, each lacking an effective drug or vaccine. They are: Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever  (CCHF);  Ebola virus disease and Marburg virus disease; Lassa fever;  Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus  (MERS-CoV) and  Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome  (SARS);  Nipah and henipaviral diseases Rift Valley fever (RVF); and Zika. The R&D Blueprint was born as a result of the Ebola emergency in West Africa which began in March 2014, explained Marie-Paule Kieny, former assistant director-general of Health Systems and Innovation at WHO. The  2014-2016 outbreak, the largest since the virus was first discovered in 1976, included a total of 28,616 confirmed, probable and suspected cases and 11,310 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to WHO. WHO’s work alongside governments, scientists and private entities “resulted in the first ever fully effective vaccine against Ebola, developed and tested in 12 months as opposed to the 5-10 years such a process would normally take,” said Kieny, who welcomed the opportunity to use her Ebola experience to prepare for future health emergencies.

Coalition Compromise

After a long day of intense talks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government said that it had reached a compromise deal on Tuesday evening, solving a coalition crisis that had almost caused early elections to be called. The Ministerial Committee for Legislation voted unanimously to allow coalition party leaders freedom in instructing their faction how to vote on an ultra-Orthodox-backed bill exempting Haredi students from joining the IDF. The vote means the compromise deal struck between Netanyahu and two rival coalition partners has apparently been finalized and is now being implemented. According to the deal, the conscription bill will pass its first of three votes later this week, before the Knesset goes to its spring recess on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Yisrael Beytenu party’s five lawmakers, who are fiercely opposed to the law, will be permitted to vote against it. The bill will then be amended according to recommendations to be drafted by the Defense Ministry, and will face its final two votes in the summer. The 2019 state budget will also be approved. Infighting over the bill during the past week has pushed the government to the brink of elections, with parties issuing competing ultimatums over remaining in the coalition. While the crisis is ostensibly over the military exemption bill, leaders of coalition parties have insinuated that Netanyahu may be engineering the crisis in order to call early elections as a referendum of sorts on his rule, ahead of a possible indictment. The prime minister is under in-

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vestigation in multiple corruption investigations and facing police recommendations to indict him in at least two cases. He is further embattled by deals signed recently by two of his former confidants that will see them testify against him in a third case. Netanyahu has repeatedly said that he is not interested in early elections.

Hamas Takes Heat for Gaza Strip Woes The White House is planning to meet to find ways to improve life in the Gaza Strip. “In response to the burgeoning humanitarian situation in Gaza, key countries and stakeholders are preparing to act,” wrote Jason Greenblatt in an opinion piece in The Washington Post titled “Does Hamas have the courage to admit failure?” Greenblatt is an assistant to President Trump and special representative for international negotiations, specifically when it comes to the Middle East peace plan. Last week, there was a meeting in Cairo on this topic; this

week it is expected that there will be a “brainstorming session” at the White House “to find real solutions to the problems that Hamas has caused,” Greenblatt said. It is not known which countries, who the stakeholders are or who participated in the Cairo meeting. Hamas officials were recently in the capital of Egypt to reportedly discuss reconciling with the Palestinian Authority. The PA officially retreated from discussing any peace plan with the Trump administration ever since President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Many in the international community are crying for improvements in the lives of Gaza residents. Hamas, which controls the Strip, is designated by the United States and many other countries as a terrorist group. The United Nations’ top official for Israel and the Palestinian territories says Gaza is facing a “full collapse.” Even the head of the Israeli army has warned that a conflict in Gaza could break out if the humanitarian conditions continue to decline. “Hamas, not the United States or Israel, has hijacked vast fortunes and spent it on weapons to terrorize Israelis, instead of spending it on hos-

pitals, water, schools and the many other things so desperately needed in Gaza,” Greenblatt wrote. “Hamas, not Israel, has inflicted ever-greater restrictions on Gaza by repeatedly hiding materials to make weapons in shipments of humanitarian aid and other goods being moved into Gaza. “The Palestinians of Gaza have the opportunity to reject the failed policies of Hamas and turn toward a legitimate governing body that invests in them wisely and encourages their prosperity. Of course, it will take time to get there — a great deal of time — but we should start this journey today. It is a journey so critical to all of the children of Israelis, Palestinians (those in Gaza and the West Bank), Egyptians and beyond,” he said. Israel and Egypt have maintained a blockade of Gaza since 2007, which it says is necessary to isolate Hamas, with which it has fought three wars since 2008. Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007, two years after Israel withdrew completely from the region. Hamas is openly sworn to Israel’s destruction. The United States recently cut over $100 million in funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency, which aids Palestinian refugees in the Strip.

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Hamas is being blasted by many for its mishandling of the people and the economy of Gaza. “Hamas must not be permitted to participate in any future government until it adheres to the conditions of the Middle East Quartet — the United States, Russia, European Union and United Nations — including by explicitly committing to nonviolence, recognizing the state of Israel, and accepting previous agreements and obligations between the parties,” Greenblatt wrote. “It must disarm and commit to peaceful negotiations. Hamas must also address another humanitarian issue and return missing Israel Defense Forces soldiers who were taken by Hamas, as well as Israeli civilians,” he continued. “There is a way out for Gaza if only Hamas has the courage to admit failure and chart a new course.”

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Many countries have been notified that the United States is moving the embassy to Jerusalem as “part of an American effort to persuade Israel, especially the hardliners, to agree to possible concessions to the Palestinians.” Trump has said many times that Israel will “pay the price” for Jerusalem’s recognition, though no details have been released on what concessions are expected. After meeting with President Trump last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters that the issue had not come up.

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ald Trump’s Middle East peace plan. The meetings were reportedly held between Saudi Arabia and Israel in a further sign of warming ties between the two nations. A Palestinian Authority official recently told reporters that Egyptian diplomats were mediating talks between the two nations. “The warm relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia are damaging the Palestinian Authority,” he whined. “It seems

that Israel is no longer the greatest enemy in the region anymore.” The talks, which were held at a luxury hotel, also dealt with the economic interests of Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, particularly in the Red Sea region. The Trump administration is expected to announce its peace plan in the next few weeks, although no official timeline has been given. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud

Abbas has denounced any American plan saying that it is the “slap of the century” – referencing Trump calling his peace initiative the “deal of the century.” After the White House recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Hamas officially cut all ties with negotiators Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt and has pushed for a multilateral peace effort that does not include Washington.

On Tuesday, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah survived an apparent assassination attempt when a bomb went off next to his convoy as he visited the Gaza Strip, wounding several people. The PA said Hamdallah and PA General Intelligence Chief Majed Faraj, who was accompanying him, were unhurt. Three of the vehicles in Hamdallah’s convoy were damaged, their windows blown out. One had signs of blood on the door. Video from the scene showed a huge plume of black smoke rising into the air near the convoy. PA civil affairs minister Hussein Al Sheikh said the Hamas group, which rules Gaza, would be held fully responsible for this “murderous” assassination attempt and warned that this was an unprecedented dangerous development that would have grave consequences for Hamas. There was no immediate claim of responsibility after the attack, and Hamas has condemned the attack and said it was

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carried out by groups aiming at undermining its reconciliation bid with the Palestinian Authority. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh later phoned Hamdallah, condemned the attack and promised an investigation into the matter. Hamdallah and his delegation had arrived in Gaza to participate in the inauguration of a wastewater treatment plant. They continued with the tour after the attack and Hamdallah appeared on television shortly after the explosion as he opened a plant, saying that the attack will “not deter from seeking to end the bitter split. We will still come to Gaza.” He later headed back to Ramallah. It was Hamdallah’s second visit to the Gaza Strip since the signing of an Egyptian-brokered “reconciliation” agreement between the West Bank’s governing Fatah faction and Gaza’s Hamas rulers late last year. Hamas has ruled Gaza since it ousted the Fatah-led PA in 2007. The visit comes amid mounting tensions between the PA and the Hamas terror group over the floundering agreement. The PA government has accused Hamas of refusing to allow it to assume its full responsibilities in the Gaza Strip, in accordance with the agreement. Hamas, for its part, has accused the PA government of failing to lift the sanctions it imposed on the Gaza Strip last year.

Israel Not At Fault for Mavi Marmara

The 2010 bloody confrontation on the Mavi Marmara flotilla has been heavily blamed on Israel. But this week it seems that fault does not lay with the Jewish State, as it has been asserting for some time. Ten Turkish activists died after IDF commandos boarded the ship – the largest in the six-vessel convoy – as it sailed towards the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave in defiance of an Israeli security blockade designed to prevent the terror group importing weapons.

This week it was revealed that Greta Berlin, co-founder and spokesperson of the Free Gaza Movement group, posted on a secret British Facebook group that Israeli troops did not open fire until Ken O’Keefe, a former U.S. marine aboard the Mavi Marmara, had seized a gun from one of them. During a heated online debate, in the safety of a Facebook group of pro-Palestinian activists who had all been approved or invited to join, Berlin repeatedly challenged comments from other members praising O’Keefe. “He was responsible for some of the deaths on board the Mavi Marmara. Had he not disarmed an Israeli terrorist soldier, they would not have started to fire. That’s enough. Most of you have no idea what you’re talking about,” she wrote in a post in 2014 on the Palestine Live group. Last week, a report by researcher and blogger David Collier uncovered a raft of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel material on the site, whose members once  included  the leader of Britain’s Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn. But Collier’s examination of the Facebook group also seems to throw new light on the events which unfolded in international waters off of the Gazan coast nearly eight years ago, which provoked a fierce diplomatic spat between Turkey and Israel and the severing of ties by Ankara. Israeli commandos boarded the Mavi Marmara by descending on ropes from helicopters. The IDF later said that its forces were attacked with clubs, knives and metal rods as they began to land from the first helicopter, with three soldiers taken captive. It  stated  that soldiers opened fire after a protester grabbed a weapon from one of the commandos. “Unfortunately this group was dead-set on confrontation,” the then Israeli government spokesman, Mark Regev  told  the BBC shortly after the clash. “Live fire was used against our forces. They initiated the violence, that’s 100 percent clear,” he said. The activists, however, claimed that Israeli forces began firing as soon as they hit the deck. One of their first accounts came from Berlin, who was not sailing on the Mavi Marmara. Speaking from Cyprus just hours after the raid, she told the New York Times that the commandos “opened fire on sleeping civilians at four in the morning.” It was a line which she  repeated  to other international media outlets throughout the day, thus helping to shape a widespread

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narrative of Israeli aggression. Intense international condemnation of the violence followed, with several countries summoning the Israeli ambassadors serving there. Despite her assertions that Israel opened fire on innocent, sleeping activists, Berlin’s comments online point to the facts – that the activists weren’t peaceful and that they certainly weren’t sleeping. The Israeli report submitted to a 2011 UN panel established to investigate the incident was “accurate,” according to Collier. “It is difficult to logically read Berlin’s comment any other way,” he notes. “[She] clearly knows that what really happened isn’t the way they told it.” While the UN panel criticized the loss of life on the Mavi Marmara as “unacceptable,” it also concluded that the commandos faced “significant, organized and violent resistance” which required them to “use force for their own protection.” Faced with differing accounts from Turkey — which accused Israeli forces of “excessive, brutal and premeditated” conduct — and Israel, the UN panel failed to come to a conclusion about the point at which the commandos opened fire.

IDF and U.S. Army Joint Drill

Approximately 2,500 soldiers from the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and the Israel Defense Forces began a month-long drill called the Juniper Cobra exercise last week. The drill prepares the armies for the real possibility that they will have to fight “shoulder to shoulder” against a massive ballistic attack on the State of Israel, according to officials from both countries. Precision-guided ballistic missiles are considered by Israel to be one of the most significant threats that Israel faces. The Hezbollah terrorist organization has a very large arsenal

of short and medium range rockets and is working with Iran to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles. Juniper Cobra will bring the countries’ top air defenses – the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Patriot and Arrow for Israel and the Aegis, the Patriot, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and TPY-2 radar system for the United States – to be tested in computer simulations. Military officers from America and Israel do not specifically say the words “Iran,” “Hezbollah” and “Hamas” while discussing their air defense systems, though the types of attacks being simulated would most likely be carried out by Hezbollah and Hamas, with the backing of Iran. Officials say only that they are training against threats from both “state and non-state actors.” In Lebanon, it is believed that Hezbollah has 100,000 to 150,000 rockets and missiles in its stock rooms, with the capability of launching over 1,000 per day in the case of war. Lt. Gen. Richard Clark, the head of the U.S. Third Air Force command and the head of the American delegation to Juniper Cobra, said the armies “will be ready for whatever threat, whenever it may happen.” He added

that he and his family have developed a personal friendship with his Israeli counterparts. “As I walk around our camp, I see Israeli and American forces sitting side by side in our operations center, operating equipment, eating together in the dining facility. It’s a great opportunity for us to build that glue that will make interoperability work,” he noted.

Charedi Named Fastest Israeli Woman The fastest Israeli woman in the 2018 Jerusalem Marathon won while wearing a skirt and covering her hair.  Beati Deutsch ran the marathon in 3:09:50 on Friday – making her the fastest Israeli woman, the fifth-fastest woman and the 25th quickest runner overall to finish the race. Deutsch, who made Aliyah from the United States, wrote about her win on Facebook. “There are no words to describe my experience today running the Jerusalem Marathon for the first time,” she wrote on Friday, adding that her finishing time

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was one she “never thought possible.” “The atmosphere in Yerushalayim is incredible, so many Jews all coming together to raise money for beautiful causes, the unity, the pride it is truly special,” Deutsch continued. “But what stands out most for me personally is the feeling I had of Hashem accompanying me every step of the way.”

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Deutsch is the mother of five young children with a full-time job at a non-profit. She ran the Tel Aviv half marathon last month with a very impressive 1:10:21 finish time. Last year, she ran the Tel Aviv Marathon while seven months pregnant and with a stress fracture, finishing 4:08, well below the average time for women marathon runners.  Deutsch ran the Jerusalem Marathon for the One Family Fund, which supports victims of terror and their families, and for Beit Daniella, which helps young women battling anorexia.   “Our dream is to build a rehab center called Beit Daniella for teens who are struggling with emotional challenges,” Deutsch wrote on Facebook. “This rehab program will incorporate therapeutic dogs and provide the teens with individual learning, personal therapy and the chance to become dog trainers. The goal of this short-term program is for them to return to their regular routine and daily life, as well as conventional schooling.” Kol hakavod!

One thing is certain, fake news or not, President Trump knows how to dominate headlines. In what seems to be one of the most unbelievable announcement yet, Trump has agreed to sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The talks are being scheduled for the end of May and come as nuclear tensions are heightened and after the two strong-minded leaders exchanged a volley of military threats and personal insults. In the meantime, before the talks are held, Kim has vowed to stop nuclear and missile testing, even during joint military drills in South Korea scheduled for next month. This meeting is a relief to many after a rocky year of North Korea attempting to prove that it is capable of extreme violence. The country fired an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching all of the United States and tested what is widely thought to have been a hydrogen bomb. While many have their hopes high for some sort of resolution, there is also significant risk for Trump in agreeing to a meeting without the kind of firm preconditions sought by previous U.S. administrations. Until now, there has never been direct contact between sitting leaders of the two nations because American presidents have been wary of offering the Kim regime the valida-

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tion of a leaders-level summit on the global stage. Additionally, North Korea has made promises previously that it did not honor, causing many to be apprehensive of any kind of deal. A senior White House official said that the North Korean leader’s message to Trump included a “commitment to denuclearization.” He emphasized that the United States would demand verification that the North is meeting its obligations before any prospective deal. Trump also told his cabinet that he will uphold the severe economic sanctions against North Korea until another deal is arranged. South Korea’s national security advisor Chung Eui-yong, who was involved in the dialogue between North and South Korea leading up to and during the Olympics and was key to orchestrating this planned meeting, said that Kim has “expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible.”

Rexit: Tillerson Ousted The headline is getting old, although the names continue to feel

like fresh meat. This week, on Tuesday, it was announced that President Trump ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as the nation’s top diplomat, intending to replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. The ouster took place on Friday. Tillerson came home early from a trip to Africa on Monday after he was told by the White House of the dismissal. Tensions between Trump and Tillerson have simmered for many months, but the president and his top diplomat reached a breaking point over the past week, officials said. It’s possible that different viewpoints on Iran became the impetus for Tillerson’s removal.

At the White House on Tuesday, Trump said the move had been considered for “a long time.” “We disagreed on things ... the

Iran deal,” Trump told reporters. “So we were not thinking the same. With Mike Pompeo, we have a similar thought process.” Trump selected Gina Haspel – the deputy director at the CIA – to succeed Pompeo at the CIA. She would become the first woman to run the spy agency. Both would need to be confirmed by the Senate at a time when the closely divided chamber has stalled on confirming dozens of Trump nominees. Looming talks with North Korea can also be the reason behind the hasty decision to remove Tillerson. Tillerson had been frustrated when Trump last Thursday unilaterally agreed to the meeting with Kim while Tillerson was traveling abroad in Africa, according to officials familiar with his thinking. Tillerson had expressed interest in a diplomatic solution to the nuclear standoff with North Korea and was upset to have been left totally out of the loop when Trump decided to move forward, according to a White House official. Pompeo long has been mentioned as Tillerson’s most likely replacement. As CIA director, the former Republican lawmaker from Kansas developed a warm relationship with Trump, often delivering the President’s Daily Brief to Trump in person and racing over to the West Wing at a moment’s notice to field the president’s queries on a range of topics. Last November, the White House readied a plan to replace Tillerson with Pompeo, and Trump seriously considered making the move but was persuaded to keep the current team in place. Pompeo is often found in a host of meetings that do not necessarily deeply involve his agency, simply because Trump likes him, said one White House official. Tillerson’s exit had been so widely expected that the rumors were given a nickname: Rexit.

Tubman Replaces Confederate Statues After much controversy, the city of Baltimore rededicated the space that once housed two statues of Confederate generals, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, to famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman. More than 200 local residents and

elected leaders gathered at Wyman Park Dell on the 105th anniversary of Tubman’s death. The space at Wyman Park Dell was renamed Harriet Tubman Grove.

“We stand on the shoulders of this great woman,” said Ernestine Jones-Williams, 71, a Baltimore County resident and a descendant of Tubman who spoke on behalf of the family. “We are overwhelmed. Overwhelmed. Thank you, and G-d bless you.” The Confederate statues had stood tall in the 16-acre park since 1948 but were removed in August amid a national reckoning of Confederate symbolism and monuments. The movement began in 2015 after white supremacist Dylann Roof shot and killed nine African-Americans in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. At the time, Mayor Catherine Pugh’s administration removed four Baltimore monuments with ties to the Confederacy — the Lee-Jackson monument, a monument to Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and the Confederate Women’s Monument. The city cited “safety and security” concerns as the reason for the removal. “Since the removal of the Lee-Jackson statue, this park has become a gathering place for city residents of all backgrounds to meet, talk and enjoy the location as a space that symbolizes hope and positive change,” said Ciara Harris, a Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks official. “Harriet Tubman Grove will provide the city an opportunity to correct historic injustice to a Maryland native. Our city is properly recognizing an African-American hero.” Tubman is known for her unwavering support of black slaves. She was born a slave on Maryland’s Eastern Shore but fought through and ended up leading many other oppressed slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses  that allowed  slaves  to escape into  free states and Canada.

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Helicopter Plunges into East River She has guts, gallons of money, and no glory – which is exactly what she wants. This week, a judge ruled that a New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth nearly $560 million can keep her identity private, but not her hometown. The lucky noname winner is from Merrimack and hit the jackpot in the January 6 drawing. Judge Charles Temple noted that the case’s resolution rested the state’s Right-to-Know law, which governs access to public records for the woman. She was identified as “Jane Doe” in a lawsuit against the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. “She was jumping up and down,” said her lawyer, William Shaheen. “She will be able to live her life normally.” Temple wrote he had “no doubts whatsoever that should Ms. Doe’s identity be revealed, she will be subject to an alarming amount of harassment, solicitation, and other unwanted communications.” He said she met her burden of showing that her privacy interest outweighs the public’s interest in disclosing her name in the nation’s eighth-largest jackpot. The woman signed her ticket after the drawing, but later learned from lawyers that she could have shielded her identity by writing the name of a trust. They said she was upset after learning she was giving up her anonymity by signing the ticket — something the lottery commission acknowledged isn’t spelled out on the ticket but is detailed on its website. The woman ended up establishing the Good Karma Family Trust of 2018. Last week, the commission handed over $264 million — the amount left after taxes were deducted — to the woman’s lawyers. They said she would give $150,000 to Girls Inc. and $33,000 apiece to three chapters of End 68 Hours of Hunger in the state. It is the first of what her lawyers said would be donations over the years of

Tragedy struck New York City on Sunday night as a tourist helicopter plunged into the East River. Footage from surveillance videos and bystanders shows the red aircraft plunging into the frigid waters at around 7:00 pm near the northern end of Roosevelt Island, east of Manhattan. There were five passengers aboard plus one pilot; the pilot managed to escape the frigid waters. Sadly all the passengers, who were still strapped into the aircraft, passed away. Seconds before the incident, the pilot sent a Mayday call over his radio, saying the engine had failed, according to recordings posted online. The chopper, owned by Liberty Helicopters of New Jersey, was privately chartered by a group of tourists, who all took the flight to photograph the skyline, some for personal use, others for work related projects. The victims were identified as Carla Vallejos Blanco, 29; Daniel Thompson, 34; Tristian Hill, 29; Trevor Cadigan, 26; and Brian McDaniel, 26. When rescuers reached the helicopter it was upside down in frigid waters with a 4-mile an hour current. All the passengers needed to be released from their safety harnesses. Liberty Helicopters’ website boasts that it has the largest fleet in the Northeast and had an “unparalleled” safety record. In August 2009, one of their choppers collided midair with a small plane over the Hudson River leaving nine people dead. In July 2007 one of its helicopters

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3 Package Bombs in Texas

This week, investigators in Austin, Texas, said that three package bombs that exploded in the city over ten days appear to have been connected. The explosions killed a teenager and a 39-year-old man. An elderly woman was critically injured in one of the blasts. The packages were found on the victims’ porches, although none of them were delivered by the postal service or other delivery services like UPS or FedEx. The first blast took place on March 2. A 39-year-old African-American, Anthony Stephan House, was killed in that blast when he brought the package inside and

attempted to open it. On Monday, two explosions occurred within hours of each other. A 17-year-old African-American male was killed in the early Monday morning blast. A 75-year-old Hispanic woman was injured in the midday Monday blast. A woman hurt in the Monday morning explosion had non-life threatening injuries, police said. Austin police urged residents to be cautious about packages and have not yet determined a motive. It is also not yet known if the victims knew each other or if they were specifically targeted. “If you’ve received a package that has been left on your doorstep or left in your yard or left on your driveway that you were not expecting or that was not from someone you know, then give us a call,” Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said. Austin Mayor Steve Adler, speaking Monday at a news conference, assured residents, “This is still a safe city. We don’t know yet why this is happening or what the motivation is. Just as soon as we know things we can report to the community, I’m going to make sure the community hears it right away.”

Trump’s Veterans Parade Plans Underway Plans are in progress for President Trump’s military parade on November 11, Veteran’s Day. Inspired by the Paris Bastille Day parades, which roll out heavy military vehicles to celebrate soldiers, this event will not feature those pieces heavy machinery in order to avoid damaging the streets of Washington.

In a Pentagon memo shown to CNN regarding the plans, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ex-

plained that the parade will integrate with the annual D.C. Veterans Day parade and will focus on the contributions of U.S. veterans from the Revolutionary War to today “with an emphasis on the price of freedom.” The parade will “include wheeled vehicles only, no tanks,” the memo said, adding that “consideration must be given to minimize damage to local infrastructure.” To help with the celebrations, “a heavy air component” with military aircraft flying overhead at the end of parade will be included in the march. The parade will also feature period uniforms from the Old Guard Fife and Drum, a unit that marches in period uniform. The memo signed by U.S. Navy Capt. Hallock Mohler Jr., executive secretary for the office of the secretary of defense, explained that the event is a team effort; the Joint Staff is assigned with planning the parade and Northern Command, which oversees U.S. troops in North America, will execute. The parade will kick off from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House, and end at the Capitol where veterans and Medal of Honor recipients will flank Trump in the reviewing area of the Capitol.











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Last month Trump told Fox News, “We’ll see if we can do it at a reasonable cost, and if we can’t, we won’t do it. But the generals would love to do it, I can tell you, and so would I. I think it’s great for our country in terms of being a cheerleader and the spirit.”

No More Learning after 13?

The young age of 13 is when scientists believe the human brain stops producing new nerve cells. A recent study claims that the human brain region that hosts memory and learning, the hippocampus, appears to stop producing nerve cells around the young age of 13 in both males and females. Until now, it was widely believed that the hippocampus continued to generate neurons, which transmit information through chemical and electrical signals, well into adulthood in humans, as in other mammals. Previously, research had suggested that hundreds of neurons are created in the human hippocampus every day, prompting doctors and scientists to create new ways to boost such “neurogenesis” as a way to combat age-related brain degeneration. This new study, however, analyzed brain samples from 59 adults and children and “found no evidence of young neurons or the dividing progenitors of new neurons” in the hippocampi of people older than 18, study co-author Arturo Alvarez-Buylla of the University of California in San Francisco said. They did find some in children between birth and one year, “and a few at seven and 13 years of age,” he said. Published in the scientific journal Nature, the study “shows that the human hippocampus is largely generated during fetal brain development,” the team said. The researchers found newly-cre-

ated neurons in different regions of the brain. They are still exploring those other regions to determine whether neurogenesis happens there or not. This revelation contradicts a lot of other research and is sure to stir up controversy and prompt follow-up studies, so don’t be too worried. You are probably still getting smarter.

Medic in Concentration Camp Dies at 93 Anthony Acevedo has died at the age of 93. Acevedo was one of 350 United States soldiers who were captured by the Nazis during the Battle of the Bulge and sent to a slave la-

bor camp. During his time as a POW, Acevedo kept a diary of the atrocities that he witnessed and was subjected to at the hands of the Nazi regime. When he first came to Stalag IX-B POW camp, Acevedo was slapped and had needles put under his fingernails while he was interrogated. The Nazis then demanded that all Jewish prisoners step forward and selected other soldiers that “looked Jewish.”


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The U.S. soldiers worked 12-hour days in the final weeks of the war, digging tunnels for a sophisticated V-2 rocket factory. Soldiers were starved and brutalized with rubber hoses and bayonets. Some were fatally shot in the head with wooden bullets. The Nazis forced Acevedo to fill the holes in the heads of his fellow soldiers with wax to cover up the killings. Many of his friends died while digging tunnels for the Nazi war effort. He documented how malnutrition and dysentery claimed many lives as well. Anyone who attempted to escape or faltered in their work was shot in the head. Acevedo was a medic and did his best to tend to his fellow prisoners’ needs and wounds, but was without supplies or medication. He documented the atrocities in a secret diary called “A Wartime Log” which he wrote it with a fountain pen whose life he extended with snow and urine. Acevedo made his diary and account of his suffering public only a decade ago. Before going public, he still suffered from constant night terrors. Just a few years ago, in 2010, Acevedo donated his diary to the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum. He became the first non-Jewish Mexican American to be recognized as a Holocaust survivor. “Tony’s was the first diary the museum received that was written by an American in a concentration camp,” Holocaust Museum curator Kyra Schuster said. “When Tony donated his collection, other Berga families came forward. Every time I tell their story, the reaction I get is, ‘I never heard this before.’ If Tony hadn’t spoken up, we would never have had their story.”

Although the overall U.S. population is increasing – from 2016 to 2017 the population increased by 2.4 million – the trend is not consistent across all states. Alaska is suffering a population decline. Alaska’s Fairbanks North Star Borough’s population decreased by 1,216 in 2017. This is the first decline for the borough since the 1980s, according to statistics from Alaska’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The FNSB had a natural increase (birth rate) of 1,118 last year. But a decrease of 2,334 in net migration (in-migration minus out-migration) means the borough’s population decreased by 1,216. Some of the migration occurred within state borders – 699 people left Fairbanks for Anchorage, while 475 moved in the opposite direction.  But the state is not doing well. Alaska’s  population decreased by 8,900 last year, the fifth year in a row of net migration losses. Demographers are hoping to see a reverse in the trend with the arrival of F-35s at Eielson Air Force Base. The reason for the decrease in population in The Last Frontier is that Alaska is rapidly losing more people and the birthrate in the state is not increasing enough to compensate. Last year, birth rates fell and death rates increased, tipping the scale toward a population decrease of 0.4%. The trend has been seen over the past five years. The prolonged net migration loss is “a sure indicator of tough economic times,” according to the report.

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According to their analysis, some areas are home to many early risers. The metro areas with the highest average percentage of commuters who leave for work earlier than 5 a.m. include: 1. Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana: 13.3% 2. Pascagoula, Mississippi: 11.9% 3. El Centro, California and Stockton-Lodi, California: 11% 4. Hammond, Louisiana: 10.9 % 5. Merced, California: 10.1% The cities with the most sleepyheads, or the latest risers who leave for work later than 9 a.m., were: 1. Atlantic City-Hammonton, New

Jersey: 35.8% 2. Ithaca, New York: 33.9% 3. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada: 33.4% 4. Muncie, Indiana: 33% 5. Lawrence, Kansas: 32.9% Before you envy the residents of the cities with the latest wake-up times, consider that many highly successful people believe that getting up early is one of the keys to being successful. Apple CEO Tim Cook begins his days at 3:45 a.m. Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi have also publicly shared that they have the habit of being up before the crack of dawn. Virgin Group founder Richard Branson says on the average day he is up by 5 a.m. He explained in a blog post, “The reason I like to wake up early is so that I can work through my emails before most of the world logs on.”  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults get seven or more hours of sleep a night. Sufficient sleep is crucial for brain functioning and important activities our brain is required to do on a daily basis. Adequate sleep can help retain information, improve memory function, and boosts creative thinking. Lack of sleep can cause excessive day-

time sleepiness, fatigue, clumsiness, and weight gain or weight loss. There has been some medical research suggesting that lack of sleep is linked with developing diabetes. This is another habit highly successful people live by. Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said that he tries to get in seven hours of sleep daily. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is sure to get eight hours. “Eight hours of sleep makes a big difference for me, and I try hard to make that a priority,” he told Thrive Global. “For me, that’s the needed amount to feel energized and excited.” Warren Buffett, who  gets up at 6:45 a.m., values his sleep too. “I have no desire to get to work at four in the morning,” Warren Buffett told NewsHour. “I get quite a bit of sleep. I like to sleep. So I will usually sleep eight hours a night.” Experts suggest that if you are trying to make a change and wake up earlier, ease your way in and slowly push back your wake-up time in small increments. Of course, getting to bed earlier is a must in order to get in those seven hours. Research has proven that turning off your electronics at least 15 minutes  before bed can help you fall asleep more easily. Good luck with the resolutions. I’ll

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Astronomers Discover New Planets

It’s a whole new world, literally. Astronomers are claiming to have discovered 15 new planets near our very own solar system. The new exoplanets were found orbiting small, cool stars, also called red dwarf stars. Three of the discovered exoplanets were dubbed super-Earths, slightly bigger in size than Earth. “In our simulations, the atmosphere and the composition of the planet were assumed to be Earth-like, and there’s no guarantee that this is the case,” Teruyuki Hirano, the lead researcher of the new study, from the Tokyo Institute of Technology,  said.

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“Large planets are only discovered around metal-rich stars and what we found was consistent with our predictions. The few planets with a radius about three times that of Earth were found orbiting the most metal-rich red dwarfs.” Scientists believe that the new planets could have exceptionally similar characteristics to planets already orbiting solar system stars. One of the newly discovered planets was discovered orbiting one of the brightest red dwarf stars, called K2-155, located just about 200 light years away from Earth. Scientists also believe K2-155d could have liquid water in its surface. The planet’s location, as well as the possibility of the presence of liquid water, could make it an ideal candidate to host life. Further research is required to conclude whether the planet is actually habitable or not. The discoveries were made based on data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft’s K2 mission followed by observations from ground-based telescopes including the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii and the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) in Spain. Hirano hopes that NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), slated to be launched in April 2018, will help alien planet-hunters discover more new planets.

The Selfie Effect

Think you have a big nose? It’s probably your camera. According to a new study published last week by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery entitled “Nasal Distortion in Short-Distance Photographs: The Selfie Effect,” a person’s nose can look up to 30 percent bigger in a selfie. Self-absorbed people have been running to plastic surgeons for nose jobs after seeing their bigger schnozs in photos they’ve taken of themselves. Turns out, their noses are just perfect. It’s their phone’s cameras at arm’s length that’s making them look big.

“Young adults are constantly taking selfies to post to social media and think those images are representative of how they really look, which can have an impact on their emotional state,” Boris Paskhover, a head and neck surgeon and Rutgers professor and one of the study’s co-authors, said in a statement. “I want them to realize that when they take a selfie they are in essence looking into a portable funhouse mirror.” In 2017, 55 percent of facial plastic surgeons reported seeing patients who want to look better in selfies,  according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. That marked an increase of 13 percent from the prior year.   Word to the wise: get a better camera and get some tips on taking better selfies. Your nose is just fine.

someone with a Yiddishe kup over there. Another company, this time in Tatarstan, a federal subject of Russia, is manufacturing an ice cream also called “Poor Jew.” The ice cream, as Linda Richman would have said, is neither poor – as it’s rich in taste with chocolate and peanuts – nor a Jew – as it’s most certainly not kosher. Discuss.

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We’re speechless that we are writing about this in the 21st century, but it seems that stereotypes and anti-Semitism is alive and well in certain places around the world. Take, for example, two food companies in Russia and Ukraine. Both companies – separately, if you can believe the coincidence – have decided to name a new cake and ice cream “Poor Jew.” One company, located in the Ukrainian district of Donetsk, recently introduced the “Poor Jew” cake into its range, selling it in supermarkets for 300 Ukrainian hryvnia, around ten dollars. The company says the name refers to Jews’ abilities to make good cakes even at cheap costs. The cake is moist, with layers of cream and poppy seeds. Hamanstashen, anyone? When told of the obvious anti-Semitic slant a name like “Poor Jew” may intone, the company asserted that it was not anti-Semitic. After all, it said, another cake called “Not Poor Jew” will soon be sold. We are definitely not dealing with

One thing we know about this camera: it was not sold at B&H. This week, the world’s most expensive camera was sold for a whopping $2.9 million. The camera was a 1923 Leica prototype and had a starting bid of just $492,000. Apparently this camera was oneof-a-kind because when Vienna’s Westlicht camera auction house ended the auction, a private collector in Asia snatched it up for almost $3 million. “The remarkable price certainly also reflects the camera’s fantastic original condition,” a press release from Westlicht reads. The sale beat the former $2.6 million record price paid for a camera that was sold in 2012, also involving a Leica 0 Series at the same auction house. Hasn’t anyone heard of digital cameras?

iPhone Locked for 47 Years

Here’s one thing not to do to entertain your toddler: hand him your phone. Aside for the fact that there are more educational things he can

be doing with his time (books! Legos! blocks!), keep in mind that one mother in China had her phone locked for 47 years because of her toddler’s curiosity. Lu gave her two-year-old son her iPhone so he could watch videos. But the son accidentally activated the iPhone’s security system which extends the amount of time the device is locked every time a wrong passcode is entered. Lu came home to discover that her phone was disabled and unusable for over 25 million minutes, or a total of 47 years. Major time out needed. Thinking she can get it repaired, Lu took the phone to the Apple store in Shanghai only to be told by a technician that she could either wait 47 years to unlock her phone or reboot the iPhone which would erase all of the phone’s data. “I couldn’t really wait for 47 years and tell my grandchild it was your father’s mistake,” she said, after asking for a reboot. Well, when your son asks where all his baby photos are I guess you can tell him that it’s all his fault.

Delivering Goodness

Drivers stuck in the snow on a UK highway were treated to delicious pastries during their ordeal. Driver Jon Gowing of the Greggs British bakery chain was delivering a truck full of cake, doughnuts and other pastries last week when he got stuck in an hours-long traffic jam. Drivers were stranded – without any relief in sight. Jon realized that his cakes and cookies weren’t going to be helpful to the stores coming so late anyway. Why not feed his fellow motorists? In the swirling snow, Jon began to unload the treats and took them around to the people in the parked cars all around him. News of the hero delivery driver went viral, making Greggs issue a formal statement applauding Jon for his act of kindness on that cold day. Too bad no one was making coffee.

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ast but not least! The Learn & Live program went through all the lamed tes melochos over the last three years. For makah b’patish there is no better way to

present it “hands on” than to have a real blacksmith come and present “The final Hammer Blow.” Christopher Van Wickler, a real blacksmith, made a nail and a large fork from

start to finish for the boys. Now all the boys know what it means to be makah b’patish.

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Bais Yaakov of Queens 100th Day of School Olympics


or elementary school children, one of the days in the past week marked the 100th day of school. To celebrate, Mrs. Jasmine Rahmani, BYQ’s math coach, and Mrs. Aidel Sarah Lindell, the sixth grade math teacher, planned a full day Math Olympics at Bais Yaakov of Queens. “The goal was to allow students to ‘feel’ the number and meaning of 100 through various activities and challenges,” said Mrs. Lindell.

The huge gym was a bevy of activity as each center was another opportunity to explore 100 – from 100 seconds, to 100 centimeters, to 100 jumps. Each student left with a good understanding of 100.  Aviva, one of the 4th grade students, said, “100 seconds is a long time when you are on a jump rope!”    Some of the activities included students manipulating 100 cups to come up with a strategy to build a pyramid with all 100 cups. Students tried vari-

ous ways until they finally had a pyramid. The giggles were abundant as the girls had 100 percent fun! “Yasher koach to Mrs. Rahmani, Mrs. Lindell, and the sixth grade girls who coordinated the day 100 percent.  The sixth grade girls set up and ran the activities. The  girls loved being  teachers for a day while students in grades 1-4 bonded with their older peers. It was such a rewarding experience for everyone who participated,

and thanks to Mrs. Rahmani, Mrs. Lindell, and the sixth graders, the idea of 100 brought new meaning to the girls in the younger grades,” said Mrs. Sarah Bergman, general studies principal. “With the help of all of our teachers,” Mrs. Karen Reisbaum, general studies assistant principal added, “the day created a sense of 100 percent achdus as everyone cheered for each other to complete the challenges.”

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Inaugural Team OHEL and Camp Kaylie Runners are Winners at Jerusalem Marathon


large, passionate and committed team of over 50 runners, from Israel and the U.S., ran in this year’s Jerusalem Marathon for the first time, raising money for Camp Kaylie summer scholarships, in what was a weekend of comradery, accomplishment and exhaustive fun! While OHEL does not have a permanent presence in Israel, OHEL’s Trauma Team has made frequent trips to Israel in times of tragedy, working with local organizations and providing specialized trauma support in many communities. Many Camp Kaylie alumni study in Israel or have made aliyah over the years. At the pre-race carb-loaded pasta evening held at Polly’s Restaurant, Mor Sapir, a renowned mountain climber and inspirational speaker, told his moving story of how he lost all his fingers yet continues to coach basketball, pursue athletics and to literally climb mountains. Team OHEL and Camp Kaylie runners received their race swag and bibs and rallied together to pump each other up for the next day’s race, bonding around a common cause of helping children with special needs enjoy a summer of a lifetime at Camp Kaylie. The Jerusalem Marathon, set in the most historic city in the world, is known as a challenging race and included a 5k, 10k, a half marathon and a full marathon, beginning and ending in Gan Sacher. With crowds cheering them on, the Team OHEL and Camp Kaylie running squad all successfully completed their races, many with personal bests! OHEL’s Chief Development Officer, Alan Secter, led the team in the 10k. Said Yossi Gross, Residence Manager at OHEL, “Running through the streets of Jerusalem inspired me to achieve my personal best (2:12 in the Half). Stepping on the same stones as our forefathers helped push me to the finish line.”

Event Co-Chair Bruce Prince with Mor Sapir

Lavee, Adee, Daniel, Shira, and Gali Yacoby

Michael Krimsky, Cara Tolmas, Sheina Tolmas, Emily Oratz, and Dovid Oratz

With Shabbat coming, our American runners gathered at the Prima Kings Hotel for an amazing Shabbat in Jerusalem with delicious food, amazing davening at the Great Synagogue, and a walking tour of the Old City, before catching a flight home Sunday. Alan Secter, OHEL’s Chief Development Officer, who also ran the race, commented, “We are very proud of the commitment and dedication shown by the Team OHEL and Camp Kaylie runners in Israel! It provides a solid foundation to build upon the support for OHEL and Camp Kaylie in Israel – two pioneering organizations which benefit the lives of so many, far and wide.” OHEL thanks co-chairs Alicia Yacoby and Bruce Prince for their hard work in making our inaugural year a great success! Shira Yacoby, Alicia’s daughter who ran the 10K with Team OHEL Camp Kaylie, spoke at the Pasta Party about her experience as a staff member at Camp Kaylie. Bruce Prince, a Team OHEL veteran, was our top fundraiser for the Jerusalem Marathon.

All proceeds raised from the Jerusalem Marathon help children with special needs attend Camp Kaylie summer camps and recreational programs offered by OHEL. Missed the Jerusalem Marathon? Team OHEL participates in other local sporting events such as the NYC Half Marathon (March 18), Five Boro Bike Tour (May 6) and the OHEL Xtreme Challenge Classic (May 27). Secure your spot now in Team OHEL events to support OHEL Camp Kaylie’s children and adults. OHEL is the most trusted haven

Team OHEL Camp Kaylie runner Eli Miller

of safety and support, providing services that help build lives, strengthen families, homes and communities to face social, developmental and emotional challenges. OHEL serves thousands in need every day in communities in New York, New Jersey, California and worldwide. Individuals interested in the many programs that OHEL offers should contact OHEL at (800)-603-OHEL (6435). Like us on Facebook at OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services, follow us on Instagram @ohelfamily or visit us at


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AHAL held its eighth annual fundraising concert on Sunday, March 11, at the newly renovated Lawrence High School. The concert featured some of the outstanding Jewish performers in the world today: 8th Day, Lipa Schmeltzer and young sensation Uri Davidi. The always popular Shloime Dachs produced the concert, and the Shloime Dachs Orchestra accompanied the performers. The concert, CAHAL’s largest fundraising event of the year, was a sell-out, with over 750 people in attendance. A Meet the Performers Event was held for sponsors and their children before the concert. All the performers took time to chat and take pictures with the attendees. Seasons sponsored the sushi and a display of delicious desserts, and Mrs. Bracha Silverstein,

a local party planner, decorated the room beautifully. Uri Davidi opened the show. His beautiful voice and array of new and melodic songs set the tone for what was going to be a series of outstanding performances. Shimmie Ehren-

reich, CAHAL’s Executive Director, thanked everyone for attending, especially the 70 sponsors, the most ever at a CAHAL event. He also thanked the directors of the program, Mrs. Naomi Nadata and Mrs. Alice Feltheimer, for their years of

dedication to the children and Shira Cohen and Pesach and Fraidy Osina for coordinating the event. He then expressed appreciation to the 12 local yeshivas that participate in CAHAL to cheers from the crowd. Rabbi Dov Langer, a Rebbe in

CAHAL for 14 years, spoke about the program and presented some heartfelt stories of children who succeeded in CAHAL. CAHAL has helped hundreds of Jewish children in our community receive a yeshiva education and has mainstreamed a large per-

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centage of them back into the yeshiva where their siblings and friends attend.

The sold-out crowd came alive when Lipa Schmeltzer began performing. His

amazing range and vibrant personality electrified the audience. 8th Day followed

with their magnificent voices and a very enthusiastic performance. They both

drew tremendous ovations throughout the show. Spontaneous dancing broke out multiple times. Shloime Dachs, Lipa and Uri Davidi joined 8th Day on stage for the big finale. The final song was a beautiful finish to a magical evening of entertainment. Dozens of children and adults, including members of the CAHAL Board of Directors, danced during the finale. The event proved to be a huge success and raised much-needed money for CAHAL’s Scholarship Fund.


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Siach Yitzchok Shushan Purim Event


hat do you  do with your kids on Shushan Purim? For many parents, it’s a challenge to entertain their children for an entire day and keep the post-Purim nosh at bay. Siach Yitzchok is setting a new trend by providing enjoyable entertainment for local

children (and their parents!) on this annual non-school day. This year’s Shushan Purim event, located in the Yeshiva of Far Rockaway gym, featured two wonderful displays. First, representatives of Spring Gymnastics tumbled and jumped over obstacles. It was clear that

the boys, including Siach Yitzchok alumnus Levi Fordsham and current talmid Yitzchok Fordsham, had invested lots of practice time to ensure a top-quality performance. The acrobats and aerialists of Cirque-Tacular amazed the crowd with their amazing feats, twisting,

turning, and climbing in fascinating ways. Several members of the audience were chosen to participate in some of the acrobatics, which further enhanced the excitement. What’s in store for next year’s Shushan Purim event? Watch for advertisements next year to find out!

Understaffing and How to Thrive Introducing “An E.P.I.C. Solution to Understaffing: 4 Action Items That Will Help Your Team Overdeliver” By Naphtali Hoff, PsyD


painfully familiar reality for today’s nonprofit and business leaders is understaffing. My clients complain about it all the time. • “I don’t have enough people on staff to get our work done.” • “If I had better people who could be more efficient with their time, I wouldn’t always feel so feel pressured and stressed.” • “The quality of our work would improve dramatically if we weren’t so short-staffed and short-skilled.” This is, in fact, the reality that so many leaders are forced to endure.

They come to work each day in dreadful anticipation, worried that the second they walk through the door they will be inundated with desperate calls for help. They get these strained, “are you kidding me?” looks every time they ask something new from their people. They’re bombarded with complaints – from supervisors, shareholders, and/or customers – about shoddy performance and reduced product quality. And they wish that they could simply throw money at the problem, by hiring more people, or better yet, bringing in more talent to their team. But for most of the leaders that I work with, that’s just a pipe dream.

“In an autocracy, the traits of character are magnified; everything personal is political.” – Simon Sebag Montefiore Page 128

Does this describe you? You’ve probably suspected that this problem is not just something that you struggle with. And you’re 100% correct. In fact, throughout the world and in every industry, today’s leaders feel mounting pressure to achieve more with less. No longer can they simply bring on staff as needed to get the job done. Higher-ups have told them that there is no room in the budget and they’ll have to find another way. So, leaders do what they can. They work longer hours and ask the same of their people, even when they know how much it’s resented. They neglect their health and wellbeing and try to get by through any means possible. They give their people tasks that they’re not properly trained to do because there’s no one else to do it. And they know that what they’re doing is unsustainable, but they can’t see a way out. The results are predictable. Product and service quality diminishes. Clients move their business else-

where. Fewer new leads are generated. Stress levels increase. Morale plummets. Workers start calling in sick. Some quit or threaten to do so. Leaders burn out if they aren’t phased out, all the while thinking that their manpower shortage has doomed them to their inglorious fate. And the downward cycle continues, with no apparent end in sight. Fortunately, all is not lost. It IS possible for leaders to drastically increase team productivity while alleviating anxiety and stress. How? By following a few high-impact strategies, you can not only meet expectations but exceed them. You can go from “understaffed and underperforming” to “understaffed yet over-delivered.” You can exceed all reasonable expectations: your boss’, your team’s, and even your own. To learn more about our “E.P.I.C.” solution and to download this FREE eBook, please visit

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ARE YOU POLYP-FREE? Understanding Colorectal Cancer and Prevention PRESENTER

Robert C. Amajoyi, MD Colon and Rectal Surgery Division of Surgical Oncology Thursday, March 29 TIME: 7-8 p.m. PLACE: South Nassau Conference Center, Room C, One Healthy Way, Oceanside REGISTER: cancerseminar DATE:

Polyps can be the precursors to colon cancer. Do you have them? March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and South Nassau Communities Hospital wants you to know that the third leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the U.S. is preventable, treatable and curable. To help inform our community about colorectal cancer risks and symptoms as well as the benefits of screening, South Nassau will be hosting a free educational presentation on March 29. To reserve a seat, visit

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HAFTR Hosts Tri-State Area Yeshiva League Model Congress Tournament


AFTR High School once again hosted a successful annual Yeshiva League Model Congress on Tuesday, March 6. Students from fourteen schools from throughout the tristate area convened at the Young Israel of Woodmere, including Central, DRS, Ezra Academy, Flatbush, Frisch, HAFTR, JEC, Ma’ayanot, MTA, SAR, Shalhevet, SKA, Solomon Schechter and TABC.  The competition included over 180 students, and each school provided one or two judges who ranked students based on their overall performance. Students arrived beginning at 9:00 am and picked up their name tags, committee assignments, schedules and portfolios. Senators were

then ushered to the main sanctuary, where they were welcomed by HAFTR Principal Ms. Naomi Lippman and Model Congress President Chloe Gottlieb. The students were then inspired by the keynote speaker, the Honorable Ronald Goldman, who explained the importance of the Constitution and compared it to the game of basketball.  Judge Goldman reminded the students that both politics and basketball are treated as games, but one only has entertainment value, while the other has deep effects on every person’s life. After the keynote, co-President Miriam Kopyto provided a summary of the rules and dismissed the Model Congress senators to their respective committees.  Prior to the tournament,

students prepared bills relevant to their assigned committee. In total, students competed in 18 committees ranging from Agriculture to Ways & Means. One special committee dealt with numerous crises in which students had to figure out on the spot how to deal with issues ranging from domestic terrorism, to natural disasters, to an oil spill off the Alaskan coast that created an international crisis with Russia. In addition to the over 180 competitors, 36 students served as both presiding officers and judges in their committee sessions.  The majority of these students were active HAFTR Model Congress participants who made sure the committees ran efficiently but were not eligible for

awards. Of course, the day was not complete until after the awards ceremony, presented by co-President Benjy Gottesman. There were three overall first place winners: Avigail Winokur and Dodie Weinberg from Central and Shmuel Berman from Frisch, and three overall second place winners, Leeba Sullivan and Meira Saffra from Central and Yonatan Schiller from DRS, as well numerous first and second place winners in each committee. Congratulations to HAFTR High School sophomore David Lederer for his first place win on the Ethics Committee. Special thanks to faculty advisor Mr. Alex Libkind for arranging and meticulously planning the event.

year,” said Assistant Commissioner David Zurndorfer. “With the help of our parent coaches we evaluate each player’s pitching, fielding, and hitting abilities.  We try to put together competitive teams and at the same time make sure that everyone has at least a friend or two on their team.” The WSHLL season also includes a picture day and pizza day for the players and their families as well as an end of the year celebration party for the entire league.  “We want people to think of the WSHLL as a friendly neighborhood league, where families can come and schmooze or eat pizza while their kids play baseball,” said Ari Herskovits.  “There is also a playground right next to the baseball fields so the little ones can be occupied while their older siblings play baseball.” In addition, there is also an element of intense competitiveness while still maintaining an important high standard of middos that is instilled in

the players throughout the season. The league this year has hired professional umpires and has playoffs and championships which are rewarded with trophies at the season ending celebration. The league also has an active website that regularly updates the standings and other happenings for the league. “Even though my family lives in Queens we don’t mind making the trip over to West Hempstead every weekend,” says Todd Hausman. “Playing in the WSHLL has been great for my son – both socially and competitively.”  The official beginning of the season does not start until the end of March, so there is still time to register!  We gladly encourage players from anywhere on Long Island and Queens to participate no matter the skill set of the child. Check out the league website, westhempsteadshulslittleleague. com, for more details or email Ariel at

Game On at WHSLL


n most years, if you wanted to catch a glimpse of baseball in February or early March you would have to make the trip to Florida or Arizona and visit one of the many spring training sites. However, this year, to get an early start on America’s favorite pastime you would only have to make the trip to West Hempstead.  The West Hempstead Shuls Little League (WHSLL) started practice this year on February 25 in the West Hempstead Middle School Gym. “We were able to secure permits for the last Sunday in February and first Sunday in March,” said WHSLL Commissioner Ariel Cohen.  “It was a no-brainer for us.  Most of the kids are dying to get out of the house during the cold winter and it was also a chance for us to get a headstart on many of the local leagues.”  Ariel has been the league commissioner for three years, and over that time the league has grown significantly.  The WSHLL is limit-

ed to West Hempstead in name only. The league actually boasts members of many local communities – including Queens, Merrick, Oceanside, and other parts of Nassau County. This year the WSHLL had over 150 kids registered by the end of February.  With the help of three long-time WHSLL parents (Todd Hausman, Ari Herskovits, and David Zurndorfer) the league has grown not only in numbers but in quality as well.  For the first time this year the WSHLL will have a professional coach for the t-ball group and will also have a separate division for 1st-3rd grade girls. On most Sundays from the end of March to the end of June the league plays on the Cornwell School fields on Hempstead Avenue.  There are five divisions in the league – T-ball, 1st2nd grade boys, 3rd-4th grade boys, 5th7th grade boys, and 1st-3rd grade girls.  “There is a significant amount of work that goes into making the teams each

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CIJE Journey to the Startup Nation By Judy Lebovits


ver the past decade, the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE) has been committed to improving and enriching the quality of general studies education, with an emphasis on STEM education, in Jewish schools throughout the United States. Currently, CIJE programs are being implemented in 210 schools, in 18 states, addressing the needs of 40,000 students. CIJE-Tech middle and high school programs help prepare our students for the challenges of the work world in the coming decades. On February 15, a delegation comprised of twenty students and five chaperones, representing Jewish schools from New York, New Jersey, and Florida, arrived in Israel to embark on the third annual CIJE Journey to the Startup Nation. The “journey” organized and led by Judy Lebovits, CIJE Vice President and Director, aimed to introduce CIJE-Tech students to engineers, executives, and entrepreneurs and to gain skills in brainstorming, developing and pitching ideas. “CIJE’s Journey to the Startup Nation gave students a unique opportunity to see Israel through a new lens. Israel stands as a world leader in technology and innovation. A chance to participate in activities at university research labs, to visit world renown company headquarters, testing facilities and hospitals using cutting edge technology, all narrated by the people making it happen makes a lasting impression. Access to the entrepreneurs makes anything seem possible. Their passion was infectious,” remarked Rifkie Silverman, Frisch School, CIJE-Tech instructor and advisor. At Mobileye, in Jerusalem, students were introduced to the technology that will ultimately lead to autonomous

vehicles on our highways. The students met with the CEO of Mazor Robotics, in Caesarea, and “participated” in robotic spine surgery (on a mannequin, of course!). Adam Jerozolim, CIJE engineering specialist and mentor, guided the students through a water activity that helped the students better understand the flow of water along the aqueducts in Caesarea. Students were introduced to the many varied uses of drone engineering at Airobotics in Petach Tikva. “A central theme that was pervasive throughout the week was the importance of self-confidence and motivation,” commented Dr. Bracha Erblich, CIJE-Tech Instructor, advisor at Bruriah High School. The many applications of artificial intelligence were studied at Intelligo, Givat Shmuel. At Rambam Hospital, Haifa, students learned at the most upto-date discoveries in biomedical engineering and cures for diseases. They visited the emergency underground hospital at Rambam. A full day of robotics and programming classes at the Technion in Haifa was an amazing experience. Our final speaker, Hillel Fuld, CMO-Tech blogger and startup advisor, who discussed the importance of motivation and believing in yourself, was extremely impressed with our students and praised their knowledge, diligence and enthusiasm. “The experience of meeting with CEOs of publicly traded tech firms and VPs of venture capital firms are both experiences that will drive and

inspire these students for a lifetime,” remarked Adam Jerozolim. Our students left Israel with a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment, ready to tackle the completion of their capstone projects and their presentations on CIJE Innovation Day: May 6, 2:005:00, at the New York Hilton Save the date! Below is a letter written by one of the students immediately following the CIJE “Journey”: Dear Judy, Thank you so much for taking us on what truly was the trip of a lifetime. I could never have accomplished a fraction of what I have in high school without CIJE. It has provided me with a clear direction for life that I never could have had without CIJE. Each day on this trip I felt like I was being given a glimpse into my own future; I really see myself owning a startup in Israel one day and that’s only possible because of my strong engineering background from CIJE. It was fascinating to see what made each one of the companies successful and find commonalities despite how different their end products were. Also, the business advice they gave

At Technion

us will be invaluable to me – there is no other opportunity that gives this comprehensive a view of the industry before entering the workforce. Also, since I’m in 12th grade and want an internship in Israel next year already, all the business cards in my wallet and connections we made will be incredibly useful. The trip to Technion got me so excited for the future – I want nothing more than to be admitted there so thank you so much for talking to them for me! I made amazing friends

The CIJE group at Mobileye

on this trip, who I know I’ll be friends with and maybe even work with in the future. This trip gave us a leg up that most high school kids will never even come close to. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone and judging at the CIJE competition! Thank you so much for everything, Brocha Silverman (Bruriah High School for Girls) For additional information, please visit www.thecije. org or email

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Overflowing Chessed


ver 10,000 garments – more than enough to fill a 40-foot sea container – were collected by the Give the Shirt off Your Back Keren Minchas Shlomo clothing drive on Sunday at Precision Auto Body shop for distribution to gemachs throughout Eretz Yisrael. Volunteers from SKA, TAG, Shulamith, Shalhevet and other local schools helped to sort and pack the hundreds of pounds of clothes through the day, a true display of achdus. This clothing drive takes place in the Five Towns twice a year. Keren Minchas Shlomo says that our community ships more gently used clothing to Eretz Yisrael than the entire New York metro area combined.

Ramat Givat Zeev’s Huge Sales Event Coming to Lawrence


his is the big one! Due to the huge interest from metro New York area buyers in the upscale Ramat Givat Zeev residential project, Chish Nofei Israel, the company that is building the real estate venture, located on the outskirts of Jerusalem, is coming to Lawrence with a mega sales event on Sunday, March 18 at the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst A large number of young couples and families from the Five Towns area have already purchased a variety of magnificent homes and apartments at Ramat Givat Zeev. The project’s positive buzz is based on Ramat Givat Zeev’s “facts on the ground.” The project is being built with high-end standards,

mimicking the lifestyle that its buyers have been used to in the USA. It will highlight the discerning religious and cultural quality-of-life

standards found in places such as the Five Towns, Brooklyn and Queens. Ramat Givat Zeev will feature synagogues, mikvaot and qual-

ity schools, as well as a country club with a pool and gym, tennis and basketball courts, green parks and a shopping center. A special $30,000 event special discount price will be offered to buyers at the sales event. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live in the lap of luxury amidst the pastoral beauty of the Jerusalem hills. It’s not by accident that many buyers from the Five Town area have made their aliyah dreams come true,” said a Chish Nofei Israel sales representative. The sales event at the Young Israel of Lawrence=Cedarhurst, which is located at 8 Spruce St. in Cedarhurst, will take place from 11AM-8PM.


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Rabbi Yosef Lieberman (second from right) representing the Chabad of West Hempstead’s local chapter of The Friendship Circle, which assists children with special needs in the community, attended the recent grand opening at Investors Bank’s new branch in Franklin Square, which is located at 675 Hempstead Turnpike. The event drew local businessowners, government officials, professionals from not-for-profit groups, and people from many nearby congregations including Young Israel of West Hempstead, Anshei Shalom, Eitz Chayim of Dogwood Park and Bais Torah U’Tefillah. Shown in the photo from left to right are David Maryles, Shragi Feldman, Investors Bank Franklin Square Manager Daniel Clayton, Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Lending Marc Katz, Rabbi Yosef Lieberman and Avi Blazer.

Far Rockaway Resident Receives Touro College Healthcare Award


ehuda Wolf, a graduate of Touro College School of Health Sciences Physician Assistant (PA) program in New York City, received the school’s prestigious Maimonides Award for demonstrating the highest professional ideals of a healthcare practitioner.   Wolf attended yeshivos in Chicago and Israel. At age 25, he was already married with a baby on the way when his wife encouraged him to enroll at Touro. “At that time, I had not a single college credit or any work experience. College was not on my radar,” he said. At Touro, he attended classes at night while working during the day. Advisors from Touro’s Career Services worked with Wolf, helping him identify, he said, “what I’m good at, what I enjoy doing and which career really makes me tick.” That career turned out to be physician assistant. “I ultimately chose PA because I wanted to help people in a hands-on profession. I am inspired by advances in medicine and by problem-solving

until the correct diagnosis is made. And as a PA, I can enjoy the financial benefits as well as time with my family,” Yehuda said. During his clinical rounds, Wolf gained experience at prominent hospitals like North Shore LIJ as well as Montefiore, Jacobi and NYU/Langone Medical Centers. “Each environment taught me something new,” he said, “but what stuck with me the most is how often patients don’t understand or haven’t received a thorough explanation as to what’s going on in their healthcare. Taking the extra few minutes to talk and listen to patients can go a long way.” Wolf says there is a misconception about the PA profession. “Many people think a PA is ‘half’ an MD, because they didn’t finish medical school and stopped halfway. I get the question: ‘when will you finish and be a doctor?’ all the time!” Prof. Sondra Middleton, Associate Program Director of the Manhattan PA

program at Touro, was an instructor of Wolf’s and well aware of his abilities. “It is rare to find the type of mature, focused and serious student like Mr. Wolf,” said Prof. Middleton. “He quickly became an academic leader, helping his classmates get through difficult courses and supporting them in every way. He did this while earning excellent grades and maintaining a personal life as a husband and a father. He was truly a remarkable student, and I am proud to now call him my PA colleague.” Wolf is currently working in a “busy and intense” practice, Total Family Care in Far Rockaway, and at a practice on weekends in Williamsburg. “Yehuda is an asset to our staff,” says Hylton Lightman, MD, president and medical director of Total Family Care in Far Rockaway, New York. “Patients like his caring manner and professional demeanor. Additionally, Yehuda has brought with him excellent training with a headset for excelling at health care,” continued Lightman.  

Dr. Hylton Lightman with Yehuda Wolf

Moving forward, Wolf would like to remain in family medicine. “I find it important to be able to manage patients at all stages in life. I would also like to be involved in the education of future students, should the opportunity arise.”

MSH Triumphs at Model Congress By Hadassah Fertig, MSH ‘18


n Tuesday March 6, five Midreshet Shalhevet delegates, seniors Hadassah Fertig and Nechama Schneider, juniors Shifra Chait, Chaya Roffe, and Tamar Waronker, along with faculty advisor Mr. Ira Schildkraut, participated in the annual Yeshiva League Model Congress Competition at The Young Israel of Woodmere. Upon arrival, the girls were delighted to see the room filled with close to 200 other yeshiva students anxiously awaiting the start of the competition.

The Model Congress competition really gives students a chance to engage in a role-playing simulation of the United States Congress. Everyone was split between 18 different committees and got ready to present the bills each one had prepared in advance. In these committees, students became senators, and one by one presented their bills and were asked questions on it. Other students took turns making speeches for and against each bill. After all thoughts and opinions were brought to the table, the senators voted on whether or not to pass each bill.

By the end of the day, three of the five proposed Midreshet Shalhevet bills had passed, and senior Hadassah Fertig was named best overall delegate in her committee and was awarded a gavel. As the girls entered

the school building after a long day of back and forth debate and impromptu speeches, they were greeted with smiles and excitement from both faculty and students.

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In connection to Mishna class, the fifth grade boys of HALB participated in a virtual reality lesson. The boys were able to watch and “participate” in the Avodah of the Kohanim and Leviim. Connecting to the reality of the Beit Hamikdash strengthens the talmidim’s connection to Hashem and the importance of tefillah. The next lesson should take place in Yerushalayim!

HAFTR High School at AIPAC L to R: Katie Friedman, Tamar Rosenwald, Annabelle Muller, Abigail Appel, Ambassador David Friedman, Rabbi Yonoson Hirtz, Daniel Friedman, Elijah Gurvitch, and Elijah Greenberg

Pheffer Amato Volunteers with TAG


ssemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato joined with Machon Sarah Torah Academy for Girls (TAG) High School Students on International Women’s Day packing boxes for Tomchei Shabbos. Every week the TAG students pack boxes for those less fortunate. “I know TAG’s programs emphasize selfless service and excellent character; these enthusiastic young women ensure that the future of our community bright!” said Pheffer Amato. “It was my honor to join them in helping those who need it most.”


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Senator Todd Kaminsky addressed the nearly 600 yeshiva students who joined in the OU’s Teach NYS Mission to Albany at the State Capitol this week. He is seen here with Rabbi Yaakov Trump of Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst as he delivered the daily invocation before the State Senate.

Making Waves at Shulamith



he eighth graders at Shulamith took charge of the annual SWO-sponsored Purim Carnival. Led by Chavi Feldman, Aliza Jaffa, and Shira Mintz, the carnival afforded each student the opportunity to get into the spirit of Purim with unbridled simcha.  The theme of this year’s carnival was “Under the Sea,”

so there were lifeguards and sea creatures running the moon bounce, obstacle course, and booths that included the ever-popular Fluff ‘n’ Chips, Coke ‘n’ Pepsi, and Pickle Race. As they noshed on cotton candy and snow cones, it was evident that everyone from grades one through eight enjoyed their “day at the beach!”

ix students from the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls had the opportunity on Friday, March 8, to present their work on solving the opioid addiction crisis at the Northwell Health Medical Marvels Research Competition, part of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Center for Workforce Readiness. The purpose of the program is to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematical career pathways for Long Island high school students in the 9th and 10th grades and to raise awareness of the

multi-disciplinary nature of STEM careers for students at all levels. Under the direction of SKA mentor Dr. David Friedman, Bracha Bayla Erlbaum, Emily Haller, Nicole Haller, Elisheva Glatt, Atara Shtern and Meira Steiner submitted their completed proposal and presented their poster board display to the judges, researchers and fellow peers. Although they did not win the competition, the SKA students enjoyed the chance to participate and the workshops they attended on the opioid epidemic and antidotes available.

A Purim Nosh Mitzvah


ot sure what to do with all that leftover Purim candy? JEP-LI to the rescue! For another week, until March 18, you can turn your extra candy into kiruv. JEPLI makes Torah learning fun for children. The organization can use your excess candy at its many programs. The following schools and shuls have designated containers for candy drop-offs: Tag Elementary, Tag High School, HAFTR Elementary, HALB Elementary, Shulamith Cedarhurst Campus, Shulamith Woodmere Campus, Atares Yaakov, Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam, Bnos Bais Yaakov, Stella K.

Abraham, D.R.S. High School, Yeshivas Toras Chaim, Darchei Torah Elementary & Preschool , Siach Yitzchok, Yeshiva Ketana; White Shul, Shaaray Tefila, Young Israel of Lawrence/Cedarhurst, Young Israel of Woodmere, Kehillas Bais Yehudah Tzvi (Red Shul), Bais Medrash of Cedarhurst, and the Young Israel of North Woodmere. Please deposit candy in original wrappers and no homemade goods please. For more information contact JEP-LI at 516-374-1528. Thank you for giving children a sweeter Torah experience!

On Sunday, March 11, JEP’s Nageela Sisters hosted a pre-Pesach “Make Your Own Matzah Cover” event for girls at Congregation Ohr Torah. The girls had a wonderful time. Summer is just around the corner! Contact 516-374-1528, info@campnageela. org or visit for more information and to sign up for camp.

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Inaugural Dinner for Yeshiva Toras Chaim PHOTOS BY IRA THOMAS CREATIONS


ver 400 people from across the United States and Israel gathered together on Sunday night  at the Lawrence Country Club to celebrate the Inaugural Dinner for Yeshiva Toras Chaim. Guests included the Hanhalas Hayeshiva, proud parents, local rabbanim  and many Five Towns community members who came to show their support as the Yeshiva  honored the legacy of  the  esteemed Rav of Antwerp, Belgium, Maran HaGaon R’ Chaim Kreiswirth, zt”l, after whom the Yeshiva is named. Yeshiva Toras Chaim exemplifies the outlook and approach of Rav Chaim Kreiswirth, zt”l, combining high

levels of learning with exceptionally dedicated and dynamic  rebbeim  in an atmosphere that exudes warmth and tremendous  simchas hachaim. Special emphasis is placed on improving one’s  middos, becoming  bnei aliyah,  and developing into  advanced bnei Torah.  The  Toras Chaim family joined together to  honor this legacy, celebrate their  achievements and recognize two outstanding individuals that truly epitomize what the Yeshiva stands for. HaRav Chanina Geisler, shlita,  was presented with the Chaim  Shel Torah award in recognition of over two decades of  harbotzas To-

rah with his tremendous mesiras nefesh  and dedication to  his  talmidim, investing in their spiritual growth and appreciating their successes. A very special memorial tribute was made for Rabbi Shlomo Twersky, zt”l,  beloved father of the  Menahael Ruchni  and supporter of the Yeshiva who provided much encouragement and inspiration for the founding of the Yeshiva. As a prominent  member of the Lawrence community, Rabbi Twersky was loved by many and respected by all.  A Yad Shlomo Tomchei Torah Fund was unveiled and established in his memory to help ensure the wellbeing of the  talmidim  and rebbeim in tribute

to Rabbi Twersky’s kind and caring ways. “The evening was truly magical and enjoyed by all as evidenced by all of the warmth and smiles in the room,” Ephraim Kutner, the dinner

chairman, said. “The Yeshiva and the Toras Chaim family are truly grateful to all who participated in this year’s dinner and contributed to its success.”

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YOSS Far Rockaway Shabbaton


abbi Yisroel Munk, an 8th grade rebbe at Yeshiva of South Shore, hosted the second annual Shabbaton for his talmidim at his home in Far Rockaway. The boys had a meaningful and fun-filled Shabbos and enjoyed all meals at the Munk home. They davened with their Menahel, Rabbi Chanina Herzberg, on Friday night. Rabbi Herzberg opened the Shabbaton by stressing the great opportunity the boys had to make a kiddush Hashem over the Shabbos. The boys also davened in the Yeshiva of Far Rockaway, where they met with the Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Yechiel Perr, shlita (to whom their Rebbe is a close talmid). The Rosh Yeshiva was impressed by the depth of the many

great questions that the boys asked on various Torah topics. The Shabbaton wrapped up motzei Shabbos with a basketball game at the Yeshiva of Far Rockaway gym,

followed by a melave malka at Rabbi Munk’s house. Many people in the Far Rockaway community shared how impressed they were with the boys, and the talmidim appreciated the hospital-

ity from their hosts. The boys would like to especially thank Rebbetzin Munk for her tireless efforts in preparing the food and organizing other aspects of the Shabbaton.

New Genazym Catalogue Collection of Rare Sefarim and Manuscripts Packed with Fascinating Discoveries and Historical Insights


ust a few months after Genazym Auction House surprised us with their magnificent catalogue of antiques, they have come out again with their new catalogue – beautifully organized and laid out with over 120 carefully selected items that are now being offered for sale to collectors of antique manuscripts and rare sefarim. Included in the catalogue you will find sefarim and manuscripts owned and written by rabbinical giants such as Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margolis, Rabbi Shlomo Kluger, Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfreid, author of Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, the Chiddushei Harim, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, Rabbi Yehuda Assad, Rabbi Eliyahu Guttmacher, the Maharsham, the Sdei Chemed, Rabbi Yaakov Abuchatzeira, the Chelkas Yoav, the Maharam Shapira of Lublin, the Chafetz Chaim, Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky, Rabbi Baruch Ber Leibowitz, Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman, the Chazon Ish, and many others. This is in addition to rare letters from the Admorim of the Teitelbaum, Halberstam, Gur, Kotzk Apta, Radomsk and Vizhnitz dynasties. The very first item listed for sale is an extraordinary and rare historic Kol Koreh signed in the very hand of the

Chofetz Chaim and Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky. Written in the year 1922, it called on all Jewish communities around the world to fast in response to the terrible physical and spiritual dangers that faced the Jews of Russia and Ukraine. Later in the catalogue you can find the original telegram sent from the Shanghai refugees to the rabbinical leaders of Jerusalem asking when to fast Yom Kippur – a telegram that offset a huge controversy between the

Chazon Ish and the rabbinical leaders of Jerusalem. Other museum-style items include a handwritten Seder Brachos, masterfully written and illustrated by the famed scribe, Simcha Zimmel of Poland, a beautifully handwritten and decorated Seder Hoshanos and Piyutim written in accordance with old French (Apam) customs and many more. In addition to manuscripts, the catalogue also features rare and valu-

able sefarim, such as chassidic and kabbalistic sefarim, antique Tanachs, segula sefarim such as a first edition Noam Elimelech – the most valuable and sought after sefer by chassidim – first edition of Sefer Hashlah, The Ohr Hachaim’s Chefetz Hashem and may others., The items being showcased are rare and first editions, all for sale at the upcoming auction by the Genazym Auction House. To view the entire catalogue visit Or pick up a hard copy at one of the following locations: Seforim World: 4403 16th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11204 Judaica Plaza: 1700 Madison Ave, Unit 11, Lakewood, NJ Bais-Hasefer: 75 Lee Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY Tuvia’s Seforim Judaica: 304 Route 59, Suffern, NY The auction will take place in Jerusalem on May 21st at 7:30 pm Israeli time, at Beit Tovei Ha’ir, located on Malchei Yisrael 36 (Corner of Moshe Zev Feldman) on the first floor, Dvir Hall. For more information call 845501-9990 or email office@genazym. com.

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Remembering Miriam Holman, a”h, at MBR


abbi Chanina taught, “I have learned much from my teachers. I have learned more from my colleagues than my teachers. But I have learned more from my students than from all of them.” (Talmud Bavli, Taanis 7a) On Monday, March 5, Machon Basya Rochel Seminary’s Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner referenced R’ Chanina’s teaching as she spoke to the crowded room of women, sharing her thoughts in memory of Miriam Holman, a”h. Hosted by the seminary which Miriam attended, the community-wide azkara was a meaningful tribute to the special young woman who returned to her Creator on the 14th of Shevat. Although her words were in closing, Rebbetzin Feiner’s speech highlighted the message of Miriam’s memory. We must, she emphasized, not only mourn Miriam, but remember who she was and what she taught us about life, courage, and making the most of each day. Along with our grief, we must “thank Hashem for the zechus to know Miriam, to teach her, and to love her.” In truth, Rebbetzin Feiner and fellow teacher Mrs. Yocheved Shonek had ample reason to express that gratitude. After all, Miriam’s very presence as a student in Machon Basya Rochel was no small feat. Upon returning from Israel mid-year to begin treatment, Miriam decided to not to squander this seminary year, instead enrolling in the local seminary and balancing her classwork along with her medical regimen. She quickly grew close to her teachers and students, demonstrating the kindness, consideration, and strength that was her trademark. Mrs. Yocheved Shonek, Miriam’s teacher at Machon Basya Rochel Seminary and a close family friend of the Holman Family, pointed out Rashi’s explanation of the posuk “u’be’chartu b’chaim” as the foundation upon which Miriam’s life was built. “That you should choose life,” Rashi explains, means “if you do good, you choose life.” Motivated by the positive attitude that she learned from her parents, Miriam was intent on making her days count with good,

filling her days with life and steps towards growth. Mrs. Shonek also recalled the exemplary character and vision that made Miriam a source of inspiration to those who knew and loved her. Juggling seminary classes, college courses, and local jobs, Miriam was committed to living a goal-oriented life and maintaining the relationships with her friends and family that she valued. Included in this, as Mrs. Shonek reminded the crowd, was her passion for attending and participating in her friends’ simchas, weddings, and vorts. Despite difficult days and treatment that sapped her energy, Miriam not only could be counted on to show up at simchas across the tristate area, but to bring her enthusiasm and high spirits to dancing and sharing in the kallah’s joy. And her trademark positivity continued long after she began her hospital stay. “Countless people who thought they were coming to be mechazek her,” said Mrs. Shonek, “walked away being strengthened and inspired by her...her ne’emus, her strength, and her ability to go beyond the self...were aspects of her persona that were so much part of her the hardest of times, they came through with flying colors.” As a neighbor of the Holman family, Mrs. Ronit Pasternak addressed a poignant statement to the Holman family, thanking them on behalf of the community for the example and inspiration they provided throughout Miriam’s illness. “You opened the door for us to daven harder, learn more...women baked challahs, kids said brachos with more kavana...we bettered ourselves from your story.” Mrs. Pasternak focused on recounting incredible areas in which Miriam shone, among them her tefillah, her tznius, her thoughtful approach to relationships, and the outstanding kindness that permeated her friendships and family life. Mrs. Pasternak’s closing remarks emphasized Miriam’s care for others, sharing examples of how Miriam raised the spirits and standards of her peers and mentors alike. Even as she

struggled with her own illness, Miriam was often the listening ear and source of comfort for her friends as they dealt with the travails of college and dating. In her closing words, Rebbetzin Feiner began by asking timeless questions that resonated with each woman in the room and that are asked by any Jewish soul during a time of loss. Why did we have to lose such a special person? How are we expected to react or learn from our pain? As Rav Eliyahu Dessler of Michtav M’Eliyahu explains, we need to remind ourselves that the people we live with or alongside are not coincidental and neither is our experience of their loss. Instead of just mourning our loss, Rebbetzin Feiner continued, we need to know that knowing Miriam – loving Miriam – means that we were needed partners in her life, her story, and her

kiddush Hashem. As we continue on, reminded Rebbetzin Feiner, shaping our lives around the space that Miriam has left, we must take hold of some of the aspirations and inspiration that she gave to us to grow into the better friends, kinder people, and stronger Jews that she knew we could be. And as we look into ourselves and try to take new steps in our commitment to Judaism and interpersonal relationships, as small as our steps may be, we can be confident knowing that Miriam has left the legacy she dreamed of. Miriam Holman a’h was a student of Machon Basya Rochel Seminary, class of 2015. Machon Basya Rochel Seminary has started a Hakaras Hatov campaign with their students in her memory.

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The House on Oak Street, Part II By Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky


y father’s excitement was shortlived. Things did not go smoothly. Lester and Bernie, Hy’s two sons, had strayed far from the traditions of their parents. Bernie had become a member of the American Council for Judaism, a radically Reform national organization. The Council opposed the concept that Judaism was a nationalistic religion and felt that no individual or group can speak for all Jews. They also shunned any affiliation or support of the fledgling State of Israel, on the basis that dual loyalties would harm the Jewish position in the United States. Lester did not fare better. Having been taught at the Jewish Center in Manhattan by Rabbi Leo Jung and by Joe Kaminetsky (sic), he knew how to read Hebrew. But after his second son Scott (who had no Hebrew name) was born, Lester changed Feuerstein to Forest and opted out of Yiddishkeit. He later became the Village Judge for the Town of Lynbrook, a town only three miles from Woodmere, whose park at the time had a sign barring “Jews, Coloreds and Dogs.” My father found all this out after he made the call to Lester (Forest) Feuerstein. “Hello, my name is Rabbi Benjamin Kamenetzky.” Lester did not give him a chance to speak. “You must be the rabbi who has the shul in the store on West Broadway!” “Yes.” Despite his removal from anything Jewish, Lester asked, out of the blue, “Do you need,

by any chance, a sefer Torah for your shul?” My father, who never let an opportunity pass, answered that he was currently borrowing one and would truly appreciate a Torah of his own. Though Lester insisted it would not be a gift but a long-term loan, he invited my father to come to his home in Lynbrook to see it. When my father arrived at Lester’s home he was greeted by a scene that encapsulated the tragic status of much of American Jewry. Mrs. Feuerstein pulled away a barking dog and led my father inside. Lester, a man in his 30s, was sitting in the living room in his boxer shorts and an undershirt. He greeted the rabbi and immediately asked, “How are you related to my teacher, Joe?’ After some brief chit chat and the ubiquitous game of Jewish geography, Lester said, “Come, I will show you the Torah.” He shamelessly brought my father into a bedroom and opened the armoire. There was a sefer Torah inside. My father expected to take it, but instead Lester placed the Torah on his bed and irreverently unfurled it. Then to my father’s amazement, standing in his gatkes, Lester began to read from the Torah – with trop! My father stood frozen, unsure whether to laugh or cry. He wanted to grab the Torah and dash out of the house, bringing the holy scroll to a real home where it would receive proper reverence. But Lester, a lawyer, had prepared

An early YOSS kindergarten class at Oak Street

documents to affirm that it was just a loan, to be returned upon demand. They walked out of the room, and the dog began barking again. My father, clutching the Torah, wanted to leave as soon as he could, but then he remembered that he had forgotten to ask the original question. “Lester, what’s with the building?” “Ah! The building. There are so many people asking for it, frankly I am not sure what to do,” sighed Lester. “I’ll tell you what. Write us a letter specifying exactly what you intend to do with the building. Then we will decide whether or not we perceive that your use conforms to what we perceive our parents’ will was.” My father needed the building for the yeshiva, but he was well aware that the Feuerstein brothers had little interest in the religion of their father. The fate of a building was dependent upon the skill of a Lithuanian immigrant in composing a letter to two non-religious (at best) sophisticated young men who seemed to be very reluctant to part with their inheritance. But again the hand of Hashem was apparent. My father had a friend from Yeshivas Ner Yisrael, Rabbi Avraham Krohn, a well-known mohel. His wife Hindi (nee Ackerman) was an excellent writer (a talent she obviously passed to her son Rabbi Paysach Krohn, a well-known speaker, author and mohel). Mrs. Krohn offered to pen a letter to Lester Forest. She stressed the importance of education, of teaching youngsters about their heritage and roots. Knowing that their

involvement in the ardently Reform Council for Judaism would have them frown on any reference to the State of Israel, Mrs. Krohn had to dance carefully between the will of the deceased Hy and Rebecca Feuerstein and the eccentric, anti-religious, anti-Israel children. She decided to play upon the emotions of children who had an obligation to fulfill the wishes of their parents. The letter went out. A few weeks passed. No word. Where others may have given up, my father was relentless. He investigated every avenue. He even approached Jacob Jacobson, the attorney for the Feuerstein estate who had an office on Long Beach Road in Oceanside. My father implored the lawyer to use his influence on the children to come to a favorable decision. Within two days a meeting was arranged for August 7, 1956. My father arrived at the scheduled time and saw no one but the receptionist who ushered him into a conference room. He waited for a half hour, unaware that the two boys, along with their two sisters, were in an adjacent room where the lawyer was prepping them. An hour later the attorney brought my father into the room and wished him luck. My father began talking about his own background and his connection to Dr. Joseph Kaminetsky who had introduced him to Lester. He discussed the proposed use of the building, but the family’s hesitation was apparent. My father then launched into an appeal which would clearly be the first of hundreds, if not thousands, that

would be repeated to all types of people and philanthropists over the years. He spoke about the need for a yeshiva and how vital education is for the continuity of Judaism. They peppered him with questions. “How are you going to maintain the building? What will happen if you neglect the building? Who is backing your operation? How can you sustain such a school in this type of neighborhood?” My father assured them that he had the backing of prominent businessmen and distinguished philanthropists. Their apprehension did not fade. Suddenly my father stood up and pointed to a big wall calendar adorning the wall. In a firm voice he declared, “On September 7 we will open a school in this community. It is now five years since your parents died, and they can find no rest in their graves because their wish has not been fulfilled. It is up to you, the children, to fulfill their last wishes and allow their home to be used for the advancement of Jewish education. It is up to you to leave the keys here and allow us to use the building in accordance with their last will and testament!” My father turned around and walked out. He sat himself down in the outer office and waited. Finally, Mr. Jacobson came out and said, “Here are the keys. They will let you use the building. Mazel tov!” Adapted from an earlier story that ran in Ami magazine. Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky is the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Toras Chaim at South Shore.

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North Korea Trivia 1. Which of the following is claimed in North Korea about their second leader Kim Jong Il? a. He authored 1,500 books in less than three years. (Probably stopped writing books when he ran out of people to dedicate the books to) b. He could make it rain depending upon his mood. (Well, I can change my mood depending

on if it rains) c. He only played golf once and got an astonishing 11 holesin-one. (Crazy—I only got one holein-one the first time I played) d. He invented The Hamburger. (I don’t know if that’s true, but his son certainly ate quite a few) e. All of the above… if you know what’s good for you! 2. Which of the following is true about North Korea’s “free and fair” elections? a. They take place every 5 years b. Voting is conducted by secret ballot c. Voting is mandatory with 100% of the population voting

 Wisdom Key 4-6 correct: You are a real baller. Hey, are you Dennis Rodman?

 Answers

2-3 correct: Don't you have any North Korean friends who can tell you more about their beloved country and leader? 0-1 correct: You should read the 793rd book written by Kim Jong Il. It has great tips about improving your knowledge.

d. Only one name appears on the ballot

which is preserved in a glass tomb

e. All of the above 3. The average yearly income in North Korea is $1,500. How much did Kim Jong Il spend per year on cognac? a. $12,000 b. $155,000 c. $340,000 d. $763,000 4. What is the most popular attraction in North Korea? a. The Pyongyang amusement park b. The Great North Korean Science Museum

5. The U.S. has over 550,000,000 computers that are connected to the internet. How many computers in North Korea are connected to the internet? a. 24 million b. 9 million c. 2.2 million d. 7 6. Approximately how many statues are there of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung in North Korea, which is approximately the size of Pennsylvania? a. 750

c. The Kim Jung Il Hamburger Laboratory

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You gotta be kidding After Kim Jong Un makes peace with the U.S. he finally visits Manhattan as a tourist. He checks in at the hotel and lets the porter take his bags and follows the porter in. As the door closes, he gets angry. “Young man,” says Kim Jong Un, “this may be my first time here, but I’m no fool. I paid a lot of money for this room, but it’s nothing like I expected. It’s too small and there’s no air conditioning. There’s not even a bed here!” The porter replies, “This isn’t your room; it’s the elevator.”

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In deference to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (aka North Korea), responses to all answers are D, except for questions 1 and 2, where the answers are E, all of the above. E, you know, stands for evil.


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Torah Thought

Parshas Vayikra By Rabbi Berel Wein


he opening words of the third book of the Torah highlights for us an important idea. It is that G-d so to speak calls upon the people for service, position and action. Moshe is called on by G-d to order the services in the Temple. He used to see this task as being his personal responsibility. This idea that G-d calls upon people regularly to accomplish the will of Heaven is expressed in many examples in the Bible and in traditional rabbinic literature. It even resonates in the non-Jewish world where, for a long time, entering the clergy as a profession was described as being a calling. All of this is based on the idea that G-d communicates with his creatures on a regular and multifaceted basis. The rabbis have taught us that the L-rd has many messengers and many means of delivering these messages. One should not think that this is random or haphazard.

Therefore, the word vayikra is employed rather than the word vayikar, which would imply a much more chancy and random situation, in this parsha. It appears that G-d calls unto people regularly and with a divine purpose. The question is whether people are tuned to hear the call and act upon it.

doing the right thing at the right time. G-d calls out to us in a still, small voice as the prophet Elijah was told when he expected to hear the voice in the mighty wind or the frightening earthquake or the monstrous thunderstorm. Rather, the voice does not register in our ears but in our inner mind and heart. In describing the call

One of the greatest challenges of life is to do the right thing at the right time.

One of the great challenges of life is to do the right thing at the right time. This is true in personal life and in commercial enterprises, as well as in national and religious affairs. Being able to hear the voice of heaven challenging us and calling us is key to

of G-d to the mighty hero of Israel, Shimshon, the voices are being described as beginning to pound within him with the force of a tongue inside a bell. When the prophet Isaiah is called to service he hears a voice that pro-

claims: “Who shall I send and will go for us?� These questions are eternal and repetitive in every generation and under all circumstances. It is the still, small voice that is heard that rings in our mind and pricks our conscience. It is how we feel that the L-rd is calling us and allowing us to become His chosen partner in the process of creation and the evolution of civilization. There are times in life when one has to strain mightily to hear that voice. There are other times in both our personal and national lives when that call is self-evident and clearly heard. But the response to the call is always up to human beings, individually and communally. Certainly in our time, with the rebirth of the Jewish people in so many miraculous and unexpected ways, this call is heard pounding within us and guiding us towards the fulfillment of our mission as a people. Shabbat shalom.

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From the Fire

Parshas Vayikra Shabbos Hachodesh Searching for the Inner Afikomen By Rav Moshe Weinberger Adapted for publication by Binyomin Wolf


ecause Rosh Chodesh Nissan occurs on parshas Vayikra, it seems Hashem is bringing us into the world of Pesach through the lens of the korbanos brought on the altar in the Beis Hamikdash. In order to understand how, let us study a remarkable Midrash (Vayikra Raba 2:11) together: When Avraham Avinu bound Yitzchak his son, Hashem instituted two rams [for the Eternal Offering], one for the morning and one for the afternoon. And why did he do all of this? So that when the Jewish people would bring the Eternal Offering on the altar and read this pasuk, “toward the north [side of the altar] before Hashem” (Vayikra 1:11), Hashem will remember the binding of Yitzchak: “I call the Heavens and the earth as witnesses

that whether gentile or Jew, whether man or woman, whether slave or maidservant, [if one] reads this pasuk, ‘toward the north before Hashem,’ the Holy One Blessed is He will remember the binding of Yitzchak…” It is amazing. Our whole existence is dependent on the merit of Avraham’s act of sacrificing his son. But what is the connection between the binding of Yitzchak and the reading of this one particular pasuk, “toward the north before Hashem”? Let us learn another Midrash relevant to an early part of Avraham and Yitzchak’s lives. The pasuk says that Avraham made a great celebration to celebrate Yitzchak’s birth and health (Bereishis 21:8): “And Avraham made a great cel-

ebration on the day of Yitzchak’s weaning.” The Midrash (Bereishis Raba 25:4) says that the angels complained, “Avraham rejoiced and caused everyone to rejoice, but he did not separate a single bull or ram for Hashem!” Not allowing their complaint to stand, Hashem Himself responded: You just wait. You will see what kind of sacrifice Avraham will bring. “I will tell him to sacrifice his son, and he will not withhold [him].” How can we understand the nature of the angels’ complaint? Rav Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, zt”l, in Derech Hashem (2:6:2), explains the process of judgment in the upper worlds. He teaches that the various types of angels each examine the hidden details of every aspect of man. Some dissect and examine the

negative aspects of man’s actions and others examine the positive aspects. They see parts of us that we do not see; aspects of ourselves which are not outwardly visible. Based on this, we can understand the angels’ complaint against Avraham Avinu at his celebration for Yitzchak’s birth. While Avraham’s celebration for the miracle of Yitzchak’s birth created a great sanctification of G-d’s name, the true measure of a person is what he is willing to give up, what he is ready to sacrifice. The angels saw that something was missing from Avraham’s feast because he did not give anything up for Hashem; he did not bring a sacrifice. That is why Hashem gave him the test of the binding of Yitzchak. He did not even wait for the defend-

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ing angel to respond to the prosecuting angel’s complaint. He wanted to show the angels that Avraham had something hidden deep inside of him that even they could not comprehend. He had the capacity to give Hashem “your son, your only son that you love, Yitzchak” (Bereishis 22:2). He was ready to give up everything he held precious in the world. That is what he had hidden within him. That is the secret of “toward the north before Hashem.” The Hebrew word for “toward the north, tzafona” has the same root as the word for hidden, tzafun. That is why the Midrash says that the pasuk “toward the north before Hashem” reminds Hashem of the binding of Yitzchak Avinu. It reminds Hashem of Avraham’s hidden capacity for self-sacrifice. The pasuk “toward the north before Hashem” was taught in the context of the Elevation Offering, which is completely consumed by fire. The person who brings the korban and the kohanim take no portion in it. It is emblematic of a Jew’s hidden capacity to give up everything for G-d, to sacrifice his needs, wants, property, and even his life, if necessary, for the sake of his service of G-d. But how does this connect to the month of Nissan and Pesach? The thirteenth of the fifteen parts of the Seder is Tzafun, which literally means “hidden.” At this point in the Seder, we find and eat the afikomen. And what is the afikomen? It is the larger portion of the matzah which was hidden earlier in the Seder. This refers to our obligation to search inside of ourselves for the hidden goodness within, our own hidden capacity for holiness. Why do we have to search this out? Because that larger part of ourselves often becomes covered by our sins or the confusion of daily life. We must therefore search for it, our own personal afikomen. There are actually two hidden aspects of ourselves. One is the hidden goodness within ourselves. The other is hinted at in the pasuk in Yoel (2:2), “And I will distance the northern one, ha’tzafoni, from you.” The simple meaning of the pasuk

is that Hashem will distance the northern kingdom of Bavel, located where modern-day Iran and Iraq are, from us. But on a deeper level, the Gemara (Sukkah 52a) teaches that this “northern one, ha’tzafoni,” is “the evil inclination, which is

We reach the point when someone asks, “Who knows one?” and the first thing that comes to mind is “One is Hashem in the Heavens and the Earth.” If someone says, “Who knows Five?,” the first thing that comes to mind is “the five books of

Our challenge is to look for our own inner afikomen, the greater piece of ourselves which we can give over to Hashem.

hidden, tzafun, in a person’s heart. There is an aspect of our heart which attempts to prevent us from sacrificing or giving anything up for Hashem’s sake. It demands that we withhold parts of our heart and our lives from G-d. This aspect of us tries to keep the greater, holy part of ourselves, the “piece of G-d above” that resides within us, from being found. It may permit us to do some mitzvos and hold feasts for Hashem, as long as we don’t give up anything for G-d. The greatness of Avraham was how he was willing to give over everything, whether hidden or revealed. Our challenge is to look for our own inner afikomen, the greater piece of ourselves which we can give over to Hashem. Are we willing to give up little things for Hashem? Can we sacrifice that few extra minutes of sleep to come to shul on time? Can we give up speaking about our insights into international politics for an hour a day to avoid talking during davening? Can we sacrifice a few minutes of rest to be in the beis medrash in our seat when our scheduled time for learning begins? The goal of the Seder is to find our own inner afikomen to the point where giving our inner life over to Hashem becomes second nature. That is why we conclude the Seder with a “game” of free association.

the Torah.” The Chazon Ish, zt”l, wrote a letter to one of his students who spent all of his time studying Torah, “The main thing is to remem-


ber before Whom you are toiling.” A person can do mitzvos and study Torah without being aware of the “Who knows one.” He can live a “religious” life without ever searching for or finding the afikomen, the inner part of himself which is ready to sacrifice for G-d and live not for himself, but for Hashem. May we all merit to actualize that inner part of ourselves, our afikomen, our greater self by demonstrating a willingness to give things up for Hashem, a willingness to sacrifice for G-d. And in that merit, may Hashem grant us the ability to once again offer the korban Pesach and Elevation offerings in the Beis Hamikdash, may it be rebuilt soon in our days with the coming of Moshiach.

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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Between the Lines

Time is Time By Eytan Kobre

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. -William Penn


nown as the “Heidi Bowl,” the November 17, 1968 football game between the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders was shaping up to be a classic: It featured two of the league’s best teams and ten future Hall of Famers. By the game’s

last minute, the lead had changed eight times. With a little more than a minute to play, the Jets kicked a 26-yard field goal that gave them a 32-29 lead. But, in a wild turn of events, the Raiders scored two touchdowns in the next nine seconds. Oakland won 43-32. An incredible comeback win. And no one outside of Oakland Coliseum saw it. NBC had planned to air Heidi – a children’s movie about a little girl who lives with her grumpy grandfa-

ther in the Swiss Alps – immediately after the game, but the game’s intensity translated into an unusual number of penalties and timeouts, which caused it to run long. So, with 50 seconds remaining in the game, NBC did what it had planned to do for weeks: broadcast Heidi at exactly 7:00pm. Millions of football fans were livid when the broadcast shifted from the thrilling game to the children’s film. What a difference nine seconds can make. The Torah’s first commandment

– which we read on the Shabbos prior to Rosh Chodesh Nissan (Megilla 3:5; Rambam, Tefilla 13:20; Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 685:4) – is to value time. With this commandment, we were given the responsibility to control the Jewish calendar through testimony of the new moon and the determination of when the month begins and when our holidays fall. This marked not just the sanctification of specific times but the ability to sanctify time itself – to use time as we please and dedicate it to matters of

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substance and purpose. “Henceforth, the months are yours to do with them as you wish” (Seforno, Shemos 12:2). Indeed, while this commandment would have been a suitable opening to the Torah (Rashi, Bereishis 1:1), it was given to the Jewish people at a most auspicious time. For 210 years, as slaves in Egypt, the Jewish people had no control over their time; their oppressors determined how every moment was spent. Finally at the cusp of attaining freedom – and, with it, the power to use their time as they choose – the Jewish people were given the commandment of time. Time is so valuable that “one moment of repentance and good deeds in This World is more valuable than a lifetime in the World to Come” (Avos 4:17). So we must always bear in mind “the one before Whom [we] will render judgment and accounting” (Avos 3:1). The Vilna Gaon explains that there will be “judgment” for our actions, and also an “accounting” for what we could have accomplished with our time had we made better use of it. After leading a life of total immorality, R’ Elazar ben Durdaya was filled with remorse and sought to repent. So he cried and cried and cried until his soul departed, whereupon a Heavenly voice proclaimed that he is ready for the World to Come. When R’ Yehuda HaNasi (Rebbi) heard this, he was distraught that “some acquire their [share in] the World to Come in one moment” (Avoda Zara 10b and 17a). Rebbi was not distraught for R’ Elazar but because the whole episode showed the value of even one moment – and how we fail to spend our time accordingly (Sichos Mussar No. 31). Halacha also recognizes the monetary value of time. So if two boats simultaneously approach a bottleneck in a river such that they can pass only one at a time, those on the first boat to pass must compensate those on the second boat for the time lost waiting (Sanhedrin 32b; Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat 272:14). And “one who closes the eyes of a dying person [thereby hastening death by moments] is considered a murderer” (Shabbos 151b), for while the victim’s death already was imminent, every moment of life is precious and irreplaceable. Consider a bank account that credits you $86,400 each morning,

but any balance is debited that night – spend it or lose it. We’d all make sure to spend it all before the end of each day. Well, we all have such an account. We are credited each day with 86,400 seconds to spend wisely or lose. There’s no raise. There’s no bonus. There’s no balance carried forward. There’s no overdraft. It is a privilege to use that account as we please. But with that privilege comes the responsibility to ensure that the time is spent well. The Chofetz Chaim was once waiting for a train together with a student when he asked the student to hand him a sefer so he could learn before the train arrived. The student checked the time and saw that the train was to arrive in five minutes, making the trouble of retrieving a sefer from their tightly-packed bags

tween chometz and matzah – between fulfilling a commandment and committing a sin – can be a matter of seconds. We bless “He who sanctifies the Jewish people and the times” because we regard time as sacrosanct; we recognize that just as we sanctify time by setting the date for Rosh Chodesh and all other holidays, we can sanctify all our time by spending it wisely and well. Time is not to be wasted or passed or “killed.” Benjamin Franklin cautioned against squandering time “for it is the stuff life is made of,” and Henry David Thoreau warned that one “cannot kill time without injuring eternity.” Because life is just a whole bunch of moments strung together, “killing time” is killing oneself. The parable is told of two wealthy and generous Jewish men, Eliyahu

We are credited each day with 86,400 seconds to spend wisely or lose.

hardly worth it. Sensing the student’s hesitation, the Chofetz Chaim remarked, “It is true that the train is coming in five minutes, but it is also true that there are five minutes until the train comes.” The Chofetz Chaim surely knew the value of time. Once, when the Rosh Yeshiva of Radin, R’ Naftali Trop, fell gravely ill, his students decided to “donate” time to him. Some gave hours. Some gave days. Some gave weeks. After several minutes of contemplation, the Chofetz Chaim declared, “I will contribute one minute!” The students understood immediately that they had donated more time than the Chofetz Chaim not because they were more generous but because they didn’t value time as the Chofetz Chaim did. To the Chofetz Chaim, every minute was priceless. Pesach reinforces the value of time inasmuch as the difference be-

and Menashe, who lived in the same community in Iraq. But despite their immense wealth and equal generosity, they were not content. Each wanted to be known as the community’s greatest philanthropist. And so a competition raged between the two, with each trying to outshine – and out-give – the other. Recognizing that the competition had carried on for too long, Eliyahu proposed to settle the matter once and for all. They would invite the entire community to the nearest lake for a day of festivities (sponsored, naturally, by Eliyahu and Menashe). Eliyahu and Menashe would each take a sack full of their golden coins, sail into the middle of the lake, and toss their golden coins, one at a time, into the depths of the lake. They would take turns: first Eliyahu, then Menashe, then Eliyahu, then Menashe, until one of them either ran out of money or stopped because he

could no longer bear the thought of throwing money (literally) away. Menashe agreed. On the appointed day, Eliyahu and Menashe sailed into the lake and turned to their audience. Eliyahu opened his sack confidently, plucked a gold coin, lifted it high above his head to show the crowd, and dropped it into the lake ceremoniously. Not to be outdone, Menashe too made a production of juggling a few coins in the air before tossing one overboard. The crowd was spellbound. Eliyahu threw a second gold coin into the water, followed by Menashe’s second one. The sounds of coins plunking into the water grew faster, to a frenetic pace. For a few minutes, gold coins were streaming out of their hands rapidly. But then Eliyahu’s pace slowed, and it seemed that he was having second thoughts. Menashe’s pace continued as frantic as ever. And, in the next round, rather than hitting the water, Eliyahu’s gold coin remained clutched in his outstretched, trembling hand. He then placed it back into his bag. Menashe cried out in joy and sailed back to shore triumphantly, awaiting his honor and recognition. Only later did Menashe confide his secret formula for victory: he had used counterfeit coins. To him, the “gold” meant nothing, so it was easy to throw it away. The Ben Ish Chai likened those who squander their time to the character of Menashe. It’s so easy for such people to waste their time – letting life itself slip through their fingers – because they simply don’t understand the value of time. Benjamin Franklin famously observed that “time is money.” He was right – sort of. Time certainly can be used to make money. But time is not just money. Money’s value is finite, and it can be acquired, saved, stored, invested, converted, bequeathed, or transferred. Time is different. Time is priceless. Time is opportunity. Time is life. Time is…well, time.

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

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Utilizing All of His Gifts to Help Others By Raphael Poch


vi Steinherz is the National Clinical Director of the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit at United Hatzalah and is also in charge of all internal emotional and psychological wellbeing of the unit’s responders. In addition to that, he is responsible for all of the educational material, instruction, and syllabuses for the unit. It is also his task to debrief all psychotrauma unit responders following an incident. If that wasn’t enough, Steinherz is also a volunteer advanced EMT and ambucycle driver with United Hatzalah. He has his own therapy practice, a family, and still manages to spend free time playing football and practicing martial arts. So how does one man come to fit all this into his busy schedule? Easy, he’s from the Five Towns. Steinherz originally grew up in Hewlett/ Woodmere and is the son of two physicians, both of whom valued giving back to the community as a priority. “My father and mother are both

physicians who changed the world,” said Steinherz. “My father is a Holocaust survivor and escaped the Germans with his mother three times. He came to the United States and became a doctor who specializes in child oncology. At some point, he decided that he was going to change the world, and through his work, he ended up raising the survival rate of children who suffer from leukemia by almost 50% via medical protocols that he developed.” Steinherz spoke equally highly of his mother. “My mother was born and raised in the United States and met my father in school. She became a pediatric cardiologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and was equally devoted to medicine and caring for others. So that is the world in which I grew up – a world that revolved around the philosophy that G-d puts each of us in this world and gives us certain strengths and it is our responsibility to use those strengths.” Steinherz added,

“My parents always told me that you need to ask the question, if you have strengths, then how will you use them to help others. My parents took their strengths, and in addition to being doctors, they began Camp Simcha, a day camp for kids with cancer in addition to the Chai Lifeline.” For those who are unfamiliar Chai Lifeline, it is a year-round project that supports Camp Simcha and provides year-round support for the kids who attend the camp. “As a young child, I was always expected to be a doctor and be a surgeon,” Steinherz said. “When I was little I thought I would be a cardiologist and work with my mom. But at the age of ten I was really into contact sports, so my interest changed to becoming an orthopedic surgeon. To begin that journey, I became a volunteer EMT with the Bergen Ambulance Department. I started emergency medical training at age 12 and became an EMT at 17. In between, I worked as a lifeguard. Before I grad-

uated high school I was already volunteering on an ambulance in the Catskills with the local Hatzolah there.” Steinherz continued, “I went to early admissions pre-med furthering my plans to be an orthopedic surgeon. During my studies, I took a year off to come learn in yeshiva in Israel. While I was in yeshiva everything began to change. I learned that there was so much more to taking care of a person than taking care of the physical and my strengths may lie in helping people in other ways. I learned that the word ‘ability’ is the root of responsibility and that the more abilities you have the more responsibilities you take on. “I stayed in yeshiva and eventually became a rabbi. I had realized that I didn’t want to spend ten years being totally focused on becoming a surgeon. I switched my degree to educational psychology and received smicha three times. I also received a master’s in clinical social work

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specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy and schema therapy. Simultaneously, I became an EMDR practitioner who specializes trauma therapy. To top it all off, I did become a surgeon of sorts when I became a mohel,” he quipped. Waxing philosophical, Steinherz said: “I believe that all human beings are complex and that each person has at least three or four deep and broad worlds. That is why when we chose the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response logo for United Hatzalah we chose a number of puzzle pieces interconnecting. If a person doesn’t integrate all of those worlds together, then they are only having a fragmented experience. The more a person integrates these worlds the fuller an experience that individual will have. Each person has an intellectual world, an emotional world, a spiritual world, and a physical world. Fully actualized mental health is about how we take these elements and put them together so that we can all have a full experience. That is really the theme of what we are talking about. If a person has gifts and abilities then they need to tie them all into together into their lives in order to live a fully experienced life. When that stops, or something blocks it, such as a trauma, people need help to get back to living a fully experienced life,” Steinherz asserted. Steinherz himself tries to live this way and actualizes all the abilities that he has and uses them to help others. That is one of the reasons that he is so dedicated to his work as one of the leaders of the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit. “I’ve always had this passion and felt that there is so much more that we could be doing. When I was working as an EMT I saw that we were only touching people on the physical aspect and dealing with their physical suffering. This was utilizing only one aspect of our abilities to treat one aspect of their being. We can help people with our complete abilities and provide a fuller treatment. Through the Psychotrauma Unit, we take volunteers and get them to help people in a much fuller and more integrated way, helping their physical ailments as well as their psychological and emotional needs. This, for

me, was a way to combine all of my talents and help people in a complete way, by answering all of their needs by utilizing all of the talents available to us as responders.” Steinherz explained, “I always believed that we need to have an in-house psychological care for our EMS responders who are exposed to endless traumatic scenes and don’t have a natural culture or framework

investing into our own mental health and longevity was necessary for us to be able to continue doing what we are doing at the highest level.” Steinherz pointed to a biblical passage (Deuteronomy 4:16) stating that the Bible tells us that we must take care of ourselves before we set out to take care of other people. “If we are not taking care of ourselves we cannot take care of anyone else.

"If we are not taking care of ourselves we cannot take care of anyone else."

within the EMS world in Israel to be able to deal with these experiences. Most often responders are so busy that they never stop to process their own experiences and really understand what they are going through. These things build up, and as much as a person tries to run away from their own experiences and their own suffering, we know that if a person keeps suppressing these emotions then one day they will wake up and try to look at themselves in the mirror and they won’t recognize themselves. The reason we began the unit was that I, together with Miriam Ballin and others, felt that it was incredibly important to create a cultural shift within the EMS framework to create a preexisting accepted concept that

They understand this on airplanes as every video states that you need to put your mask on before helping others for the very simple fact that if we cannot create our own ability to function we cannot be there to help anyone else. So not to develop in an EMS system the concept of self-care, their own personal emotional immune system allowing them to process and share their emotional difficulties with others that will allow them to receive the support that they need to be able to function properly in the field, then we are doomed as an EMS organization.” Steinherz quoted statistics that showed that in the United States and around the world the profession with the highest level of PTSD is EMS,


and paramedics specifically. “More than the military, police and even firefighters, paramedics have the highest rate which is above 20 percent. So statistics show that we were doomed without a self-care system being put in place.” Steinherz ended off the interview with a message of hope. “G-d took the time to create you because you have strengths that no one else has and you received those gifts because you have a contribution to give to the world that no one else can give. But if you never take the time to ask the questions of ‘what are the special strengths that I was given? What do I need to give back to the world?’ Then you will never find the answers and you will never fully come to appreciate a true sense of fulfillment. Because that comes from a personal relationship between man and G-d and if you aren’t working to enrich that with your entire being, then you’ve missed the entire point. “Once I realized this, I changed my own rhetoric and realized that our abilities don’t give us more responsibilities, but rather, they open the door for us to have more possibilities.” On a personal note, he added: “I have been given, together with all of my fellow first responders, the ability to touch and affect other people for the better at the worst moments of their lives. That is what I have decided to dedicate my life to, as do all of my fellow responders around me. This level of giving to others is now being incorporated directly into a first response system and it is a game changer. Our model provides a medical, emotional and spiritual support system in active traumatic situations, or what I term, whole-person support. This is exactly what a person suffering a trauma needs. We see the qualitative difference that we are making among the people who are suffering. And the results speak for themselves.” Steinherz said that he believes that in another handful of years, every EMS system across the globe will have a similar unit helping people deal with the emotional and psychological distress of their traumatic situation.


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White House Shakeup Part Whatever By Tzvi Dear


resident Trump made history yet again last Tuesday during a charade of White House Cabinet musical chairs when, in one fell swoop, he ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to become the new secretary of state, and nominated Gina Haspel to become CIA director. Actually, he made history twice. Once by being the first president to fire his secretary of state by tweet and once by being the first president to nominate a female to lead the CIA. The former drew much attention; the latter not so much. The news of Tillerson’s removal as secretary of state came in the form of a tweet by President Trump on Tuesday morning at 8:44AM, “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!”

Shortly after the president’s tweet, Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein, who was Tillerson’s top aide, indicated that Tillerson was blindsided by the announcement. “The Secretary had every intention of remaining because of the tangible progress made on critical national security issues,” noted Goldstein in a written statement. “The Secretary did not speak to the President this morning and is unaware of the reason, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve, and still believes strongly that public service is a noble calling and not to be regretted.” That statement quickly became the prevailing narrative and a crucial part of the story – President Trump fired his secretary of state in a tweet and did not have the respect to notify him beforehand. However, the White House sharply disputed that account and took the drastic action of summarily firing Goldstein for his claim. According to the White House, Tillerson was noti-

fied last Friday that he would likely be replaced in the coming days. A White House official told the Washington Post that on Saturday morning, while Tillerson was in Africa, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly called him and informed him that President Trump had fired him. In fact, Tillerson cut his trip to Africa short and came back to the U.S. on Monday, without much of an explanation other than that he to deal with “urgent work” in Washington. Several hours after he was ousted, Mr. Tillerson spoke at the State Department and thanked the American people, his staff, and the U.S. diplomats around the globe. Although he acknowledged that President Trump called him “a little after noontime from Air Force One,” he conspicuously neglected to thank the president. Speaking to reporters before embarking to California to inspect prototypes of the border wall, Trump asserted that he got along well with Tillerson on a personal level, but that they did

not see eye-to-eye on several key foreign policy issues. “It was a different mindset, a different thinking,” he explained. One example he gave was the Iran deal. “When you look at the Iran deal, I think it’s terrible. I guess he thought it was OK. I wanted to either break it or do something, and he felt a little bit differently.” Trump disclosed that he and Tillerson had been talking about Tillerson leaving for a while and he noted, “I think Rex will be much happier now.”

A Bumpy Road Mr. Trump’s choice of the former Exxon CEO as his secretary of state turned heads in late 2016 because he had no governmental experience. That, however, was precisely the reason Trump seemed to have picked him – he was not part of the Washington establishment. Despite the promise of the two outsiders working in tandem, Trump’s relationship with Tillerson was tepid. From the get-go Tillerson


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appeared to be on a tight leash – the White House blocked Tillerson from hiring several of his own people including his first choice for deputy secretary of state, and the task of Middle East Peace, a matter historically handled by the State Department, was removed from the State Department and given to Jared Kushner. The relationship between the president and Tillerson hit its biggest bump last summer when reports surfaced that Tillerson openly called the president a “moron” after a Pentagon meeting with Cabinet officials and was considering resigning. At the time, Tillerson released a statement that he was not thinking about resigning, although he did not deny calling Trump a moron. The president responded to those comments in an interview with Forbes and quipped, “I think it’s fake news, but if he did [say] that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.” Despite this incident which resulted in tens of hours of “palace intrigue” coverage, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders downplayed Trump’s comment as “a joke, nothing more than that,” adding that the president expressed “total confidence” in Secretary of State Tillerson. Perhaps things were, in fact, fine on a personal level between the two men, but on matters of foreign policy – the secretary of state’s main role – it was no secret that Tillerson and the president were on different pages on a host of issues. When Trump announced last fall that he would pull out of the 2015 agreement if Iran didn’t commit to fully ending its nuclear program, Tillerson told CNN that the United States planned to “stay in” the agreement. Several months after President

Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accord last summer, Tillerson stated that the United States could remain in the Paris agreement under the right conditions, signaling a shift in tone from the Trump administration, which angered many in the White House. Mr. Trump also seemed unhappy with Tillerson’s moves when it came to North Korea. In October, Trump tweeted, “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.” He added, “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!” Tillerson was not consulted before President Trump’s recent decision

Mike Pompeo has the president’s ear

Gina Haspel will be the first female to lead the CIA

nouncing a summit with Kim Jong Un – the sort of engagement that will require a diplomatic full-court press – the president has let the world know that he’s throwing an already hollowed-out State Department into further disarray with a transition at the top,” said Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “However much I may have disagreed with Secretary Tillerson, to push him out at this moment sends a terrible message to friends and adversaries all over the world.” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the foreign relations panel, tweeted, “Why would President Trump fire his

of state,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR). Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, “I cannot think of a better choice for our new secretary of state than Mike Pompeo.” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who serves on the Foreign Relations Committee, praised the pick of Pompeo and said, “His experience as CIA Director, an Army officer, and a congressman, and his proven leadership on national security matters give him unique qualifications to lead the State Department at this critical juncture.” Pompeo was elected to Congress in Kansas as part of the tea party wave in 2010. He graduated first in his class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and went on to Harvard Law School after a career in the Army. Pompeo has grown increasingly close to the president and delivers the president’s daily intelligence briefings several times a week. President Trump explained to the press that he chose Pompeo to take over the State Department because “we have a very similar thought process.” Mr. Trump said, “I’ve worked with Mike Pompeo now for quite some time. Tremendous energy, tremendous intellect. We’re always on the same wavelength. The relationship has always been very good and that’s what I need as secretary of state.” Pompeo, who was confirmed to lead the CIA in a 66-32 vote, is expected to be easily confirmed as secretary of state when his confirmation hearing takes place sometime in April. Mr. Trump simultaneously selected Gina Haspel, 61, to take over as CIA Director. The 30-year CIA veteran is current its deputy director. If confirmed, she would be the first female to lead that agency. “She’s an outstanding person who also I have gotten to know very well,” Trump said of Haspel.

"Save your energy, Rex, we'll do what has to be done!"

to meet with Kim Jong Un in person in the coming months.

Democrats Gasp Democrats pounced on the president’s decision to fire Tillerson. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) warned in a statement that “whenever Tillerson’s successor goes into meetings with foreign leaders, his credibility will be diminished as someone who could be here today and gone tomorrow.” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said that Mr. Trump has “demonstrated yet again that he is the Commander-in-Chaos.” “The timing of this move…couldn’t be worse. Less than a week after an-


Secretary of State at such a grave moment? He’s about to meet with North Korea, the Russian threat continues to pervade the globe, and key ambassadorships go empty. Chaos at the top may make for good reality TV but it’s dangerous foreign policy.” Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) chimed in, “It is another sign that the Trump administration does not tolerate independent voices.”

A Solid Future Rather than focusing on the firing of Tillerson, Republicans in Congress rallied around the choice of Pompeo to replace him. “Mike Pompeo is an outstanding selection as our next secretary


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Haspel’s confirmation, although likely, will certainly face more bumps in the road than Pompeo’s. She ran a CIA “black site” prison in Thailand in 2002 and played a role in the CIA’s destruction of tapes of the interrogation sessions of terrorism detainees when the George W. Bush-era CIA interrogation program was scrutinized. But the only way Haspel’s nomination would be in jeopardy is if she loses the support of Republicans, who hold a slim 51-49 seat majority in the Senate. She needs a simple majority to be confirmed, and it is unlikely for Democrats to vote in lock-step against the confirmation of the first-ever female nominee to lead the CIA. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), who is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, signaled his support for Haspel. “I know Gina personally, and she has the right skill set, experience and judgment to lead one of our nation’s most critical agencies,” he said. “I’m proud of her work and know that my committee will continue its positive

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relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency under her leadership. I look forward to supporting her nomination, ensuring its consideration without delay.” Sen. John McCain, on the other hand, said in a statement, “Ms. Haspel

he latest White House shakeup will certainly amp up the criticism of President Trump, if that is possible. And, perhaps, it’s deserved. In the span of just one week, his chief economic advisor, Gary Cohen, quit over his objections to President Trump’s newly imposed steel tariffs and the president fired his secretary of state. On the other hand, perhaps this is the sign of a Washington outsider who is hitting his stride and very quickly figuring out who on his team would be best to move his agenda forward. As Mr. Trump said after firing Tillerson, “I’m really at a point where we’re getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want.” Maybe what is perceived by many as chaos is really someone moving with the speed not often seen in Washington. After all, one thing is certain about President Trump: he absolutely lives by the motto of race car driver Mario Andretti, “If you have everything under control, you are not moving fast enough.”

needs to explain the nature and extent of her involvement in the CIA’s interrogation program during the confirmation process.” Due to his progressive illness, Mr. McCain is out of commission and is not expected back in Washington for the confirmation hearing.

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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

When I was a teenager, I was extremely rebellious. I was raised in a very, very strict home and there was no room for my own individuality. Nothing different than my parent’s beliefs was tolerated. Down to the most ridiculous things, like always having to wear my hair pulled back in a ponytail or never being able to listen to any music, other than Jewish music. It was all just too restrictive for me, and I finally completely rebelled. I’m very ashamed of my behaviors from around age 14 to age 18. I did things I wish I could take back and was totally out of control.

Around three years ago, I had the honor one summer of connecting with a woman who was so entirely loving and accepting, and through her guidance and gentle influence found my way back to a “normal” place. I look back on those teenage years with horror but know that I had to go through what I went through to get to the place that I am now at, which I have to say, I’m proud of. So here is the thing. Aside from the realization that most decent men wouldn’t want to have anything to do with me because of my history and I know that I will probably have to look to be set up with someone with a similar background, even I went too far for a rebellious teenager. At one point, when I was so totally miserable and believed in nothing, I got a small tattoo. No one, and I mean no one, knows about this tattoo! And I truly regret this terrible mistake now. When I think about dating and eventually getting married, even though my head and heart are in a different place, my body is a reminder of how “bad” I once was, and I can’t bring myself to start trying to meet someone because I feel like I’m scarred forever and no one would ever be able to get past it. How do I deal with this permanent proof of the horrible things I once did?

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

Our intention is not to offer any definitive

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

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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. wo things seem to be bothering you. One is the tattoo itself. The other is your residual negativity about your past even though you say you are rightly proud of your progress. Regarding your tattoo, why haven’t you taken some action and checked out what the halacha says? Why have you remained with your misconceptions? A quick Google search of responsible sites told me that people who do teshuva are not obligated to remove them. Removing them is considered a middah of chassidus, going the extra mile. One can be buried in a regular plot and


conduct one’s life as a regular Jew, even while sporting a private tattoo that was inked in a moment of transgression. So first, talk to a rav who is a halachic authority for people who have done teshuvah. It will be more comfortable for you to ask this question if you know he has dealt with the range of issues that derive from changing one’s lifestyle to a Torah lifestyle. You will also get some other assurances that will help you. Stay in touch with the rabbi. It is always good to have a rabbinic reference for the future. Second, you may want to consider taking some short-term action to lighten your tattoo since it is a physical reminder that you don’t want to see. Eventually, you may want to remove it completely but don’t do it now. You need to be in a healthy

place to make that kind of decision. So, step forward and seek a good therapist to help you develop a stronger sense of your own value. This is work but it will be healthy and good for preparing for the next stage of your life: dating. Right now, your negative sense of self-worth may push you to go for someone inappropriate because of your low self-esteem. You might fall for a narcissist or a manipulator or worse because you don’t think you are worthwhile. From where I am sitting, this is a bigger issue than the tattoo. Just because you have a history doesn’t mean that that defines you and your prospects. You are a resilient, smart person who has turned her life around. Keep growing and doing the work, and everyone will see you shine from the in-

A happy person with a sense of self-worth is a radiant, balanced individual.

side out. A happy person with a sense of self-worth is a radiant, balanced individual. Give yourself time, too. You will be respected and valued for who you are if you do the work.

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The Shadchan

Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. he story of your comeback is impressive. You are living proof that Hashem believes in you; He has not forsaken you during your darkest hours and will smooth the path towards your brighter future. As you are probably aware, you are in good company. These days there is a growing number of disenchanted kids who have strayed, done regrettable behaviors, and baruch Hashem have returned to the fold. As for that “little reminder” of your wilder days, what your memory can’t erase, laser therapy can. Consult a quality dermatologist with a state-of-the-art laser machine. Several sessions under the beam and your sweet butterfly will take wing with nary a trace.

Michelle Mond applaud you for the hard work you have done to get to where you are! Firstly, I would recommend you get your tattoo removed. Although I do not know how it works, I have heard about people getting tattoos removed so it should hopefully be a viable option for you. In terms of moving forward with shidduchim, realize that many people go through their own journeys to come closer to Yiddishkeit. You are definitely not alone! You have changed and you have done teshuvah for the things you have done that you regret – do your hishtadlus and leave the rest for Hashem to take care of. Finding someone who appreciates where you have come from and the growth you have made will be essential. It is because of this that I



think you should reach out to shadchanim who set up baalei teshuvas. A baal teshuva who has gone on his own journey and is very solid now will not think twice about your personal journey. Obviously, make sure you are in an emotionally stable place before you start dating, but don’t let your past alone stop you from starting to look for a husband! Remind yourself that Hashem is the ultimate shadchan and as long as you are emotionally ready to date, make sure to do proper histadlus and put Him in control of the outcome. You don’t have to burden yourself with worrying about it. While you may be able to erase a tattoo, you cannot erase your past. You must learn to embrace the fact that you have gone through a journey and have become an amazing person in the process. Your bashert will ultimately see this in you and appreciate you for it, not in spite of it. Hatzlacha!

You must learn to embrace the fact that you have gone through a journey and have become an amazing person in the process.

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behaved in ways that are almost unrecognizable – even to themselves. Whether they, like you, grew up in homes that felt so oppressive that the only option they saw for themselves was rebellion of some sort, or they were dealing with some

other issues that propelled them in this direction, you are just one of many who took a different path from their parents. However, what makes you so special is that you were able to find your way back to a healthy life-

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style that you can feel proud of. And there are others like yourself who have also managed to find their way back, and those are most likely going to be men who would be good matches for you. You would be able to relate to them in the same way they can relate to you and your mutual understanding of each other can be part of the basis for a wonderful connection. What makes you feel different from most people

is your physical reminder of an act not taken all that often – getting a tattoo. Though the actual halacha is not something I’m able to deal with, I think that you need to eliminate it from your life both physically, which I understand is doable, and probably even more important, emotionally, which is probably way more difficult. You may need a rabbi or a therapist to help you forgive yourself and move forward. Because until you fully forgive this action, you probably will not be in the healthiest place possible to choose a husband wisely. And you deserve to meet and choose someone wonderful!

ing ourselves from truly being seen. For many women, this looks like perfectionism. But you deserve to be seen! You deserve to be loved exactly as you are, and for exactly as you have been in the past! You have to know this before you start dating. I would like you to read the book, The Gift of Imperfection by Brené Brown. I myself have read this book at least ten times. I would loan you my copy but it’s covered in highlighter and Post-its. One last thing: I am wondering what your relationship with your parents is like today and what it was like when you were going through your “rebellion.” While some frum parents do the emotional work of radically accepting a child through their “rebellion,” others have a harder time. More often than not, in the case of the latter, the relationship between parents and child suffers, which is always devastating for everyone involved. If you recognize yourself in the latter, I’d like you to notice if any of your self-deprecating feelings and thoughts are similar to the messages your parents have told you about you during your rebellion, and perhaps even before. One common example I find amongst people in similar situations to yours is that their parents kept them a secret. They may internalize this message

and feel ashamed of themselves or like no one will love them if they tell their truth...just some food for thought. Put dating on hold for a bit, get into therapy, read anything by Brené Brown. When you can truly say that you love yourself, and when you truly accept your past, you will be ready to date someone who fully accepts you. You have to be able to love and fully, fully, fully accept that “horrible person.” She went through so much; feeling different, feeling outside the box, desperately acting out, looking for something she needed to not feel what she was feeling. She needs love. The time is now to embrace her and tell her it’s OK. She must feel loved. I think when she feels acceptance and love, she may allow you to release your feelings about this tattoo. Sincerely, Jennifer

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ello there, Thank you for writing in. If I understand correctly, you are in a better place emotionally and mentally, you have come to terms and made peace with your past, but the tattoo serves as a reminder of the “horrible” person you once were and you fear that no one will be able to look past it. In other words, this tattoo is holding you back from moving forward with your life. I have to get two ideas out of the way, which you may already be aware of. The first is that there are a decent number of currently religious men and women who have tattoos from “past lives.” You are not alone. Some of them went through challenging periods of their lives and got tattoos. Regardless of how or why they came to it, they too are living with this “proof” of a past. The second idea I want to share is that although painful, expensive and a process, tattoos can be removed. If this is something you are curious about, speak to your doctor and/or dermatologist to learn more. You simply don’t have to look at this butterfly every day. It may give you peace knowing that this physical reminder of your past does not have to be a part of your future. You may have already guessed

what I am about to say. I am wondering how much of your concern is about a man not being able to get past you having gotten a tattoo and how much of your concern is about you not being able to get past your having gotten a tattoo…and your past. When we look back at our past with “horror,” that can sometimes signal regret, guilt, and/or shame. Regret is about the “shoulda, woulda, coulda.” Guilt is the way we punish ourselves when we believe we did something wrong. And shame drives us to keep secrets because we know in our heart of hearts that what we did or who we were (or are) makes us unworthy of love. I don’t know if any of this is resonating with you or applicable, but if you’re reading this and something is tugging at your heart strings, you may want to see a therapist for a while to explore and process (and hopefully put to rest once and for all) these nagging feelings and thoughts. If you have any guilt, regret or shame, as so many of us do, you may unknowingly put up a wall. We can become defensive or offensive, pushing our loved ones away because we are protect-

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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Home Away from Home By Deb Hirschhorn, Ph.D.


o not wear a pom-pom hat with metallic doodads on it to travel. That was my first lesson as I emerged from my decades-long cocoon to do some international traveling. My brand new hat set off the metal detectors which the security lady pleasantly showed me on the image that my body had just created. And she wanted it off! What’s more, after waiting and waiting on an hour-and-a half line at baggage check-in, they were telling us to run to the plane and the PA system was announcing last call. I guess that was my second lesson: When flying El Al, being two hours early for departure may not be enough. Of course, when we were all comfortably seated on the plane, JFK kept us waiting almost an hour extra for takeoff. The pilots made good time, though, because we arrived punctually. I guess they build that in. When I got to the seat, late, there was no room in the overhead bin, so I started moving the small pieces of

luggage and jackets there to make room for my carry-on. That’s when the woman who would be my seatmate for the next ten hours started scolding me in rapid Hebrew. I was thrilled – I no longer look like an

She was concerned that I was “touching” her jacket, so I said with a very straight face that I was terribly sorry but I continued to make room for my bag. I was still heaving and shvitzing from running to the

After I was all settled in my own apartment, and I opened the window to the night, the perfume in the air was like nothing I’ve experienced anywhere else.

American! The pom-pom hat must be Israeli enough after all! (I had realized last year that if I don’t want to stand out like I’m wearing flashing lights or something, I need to forget the denim skirts and the brimmed hats that I commonly wear at home.)

gate. I sat down and glanced toward the lady. She was looking at me, quietly, and I smiled. She smiled back. I felt so at home, already. The flight was uneventful, which is what you want. I was met (after more waiting and waiting, first for luggage, then for security/

passport clearance) by my personal cheering section, the main reason I came to Eretz Yisroel. But the truth is that after I was all settled in my own apartment, and I opened the window to the night, the perfume in the air was like nothing I’ve experienced anywhere else. Was I imagining it? Needless to say, I overslept this morning or, let’s say, I slept! I went to the grocery and my breath was taken away by the vista below. (Somehow every direction you walk in, you seem to be going uphill. But at least it gives you a great view.) Why am I really here? To see my family –or to be in the Holy Land? I thought it was one, but maybe the other is the real reason? Keep you posted.

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

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Why Have I Stopped Losing Weight? By Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN


ou started a diet. You’re doing great! You’re eating all of the right foods, controlling your portions, and even fitting exercise into your schedule. The number on the scale keeps dropping and dropping. You’re down two dress sizes. You’re so proud of your success. But then, all of a sudden, the number on the scale seems to stagnate. You shake the scale, check the batteries, but it’s no use. Week after week, that number stays the same. You continue dieting, eating all of the same healthy foods, and continue with your exercise regimen, yet the number doesn’t budge. You have reached what is called a weight loss plateau. I hear this saga all too often. As frustrating as it is, it’s inevitable, and here’s why. According to 2014 research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, everyone should expect to hit a weight-loss plateau about six months into their weightloss journeys. Dr. Alexandra Sowa, a New York City-based internal medicine physician and diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, explains, “It’s so important to expect to hit a plateau at some point. If you don’t, it can be easy to get frustrated, give up on healthy lifestyle changes and regain all of the lost weight.” So don’t worry, and don’t feel let down. It’s bound to happen. What happens as you lose weight is your body learns to adapt to the weight loss. Once you lose weight, your metabolism drops too. In order to keep losing, once you plateau, you’ll have

to eat less and less calories. Dr. Sowa says, “For every 10 percent of your body weight you lose, you need to consume roughly 20 percent fewer calories to continue losing weight.” However, I do not advise going under 1,200 calories/day without medical supervision. The average woman needs 1,400 calories to maintain weight loss, and men need 1,600-1,800 calories/day. Similarly, your body has what is called the set point theory. This means that your body is used to a certain weight. If you start to gain weight,

get you back to your original weight or causes the plateau. A weight loss plateau may be your body reacting to a new set point. Again, in order to overcome this plateau, try to slowly cut calories to continue weight loss, but do not go under 1,200. Another explanation for a weight loss plateau is that you are getting fitter. Your body is simply getting used to your exercise regimen. When you first started working out the exercise seemed impossible and you really worked up a sweat doing the basics.

A weight loss plateau may be your body reacting to a new set point.

your body will utilize more calories and send out more of the hormone leptin to make you eat less and burn calories in hopes of getting you back to your original weight. That part works to our benefit. Unfortunately, it works the other way around too. If you lose weight, your body wants to get you back to where you were. It starts to conserve energy and sends out the hunger hormone, ghrelin, to convince you to take in more calories. This reaction causes you to gain weight to

As you progressed to higher levels of vigorous exercise and for longer periods of time, your body started adapting. You no longer require the same energy to do the basic exercise that you started out doing. As your body becomes more efficient, you burn fewer calories during each workout, which explains the stagnant number on the scale. In order to overcome this, change your course of exercise so that you are constantly challenged. Personal trainer Mike Donavanik, a

Southern California certified strength and conditioning specialist, says, “A simple solution is the FITT principle. Every three to four weeks, change up your exercise frequency, intensity, time, or type of exercise.” When you hit the plateau, don’t despair. You haven’t done anything wrong. It’s bound to happen even when you are doing everything right. However, as mentioned above, there are some ways to get around it. Don’t beat yourself up. As long as you are eating healthy and exercising regularly, your body must be in great shape. Being healthy is key. Whatever weight loss you achieved thus far is a great success. Don’t push yourself to exercise too hard if your body cannot handle it, and again do not eat less than 1,200 calories per day without medical supervision. This will do your body more harm than good. As long as you are maintaining your weight, and not gaining, you’re doing the right thing! Even if you are no longer losing, you are still a winner!

Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN, is a Master’s level Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. She graduated CUNY Brooklyn College receiving a Bachelor’s in Science and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences. She is currently a dietitian at Boro Park Center and a private nutrition consultant. She can be reached at CindyWeinberger1@

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Intuitive Eating: A Gentler Approach to Eating than Dieting By Bonnie R. Giller, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE


t’s the same story with every diet you start: “This time it’s going to work! This time I’m going to be stronger! This time I’m going to stay committed!” The unfortunate truth of dieting is that it will never help you achieve your long-term weight loss goals. In fact, statistics show that 95-97% of all dieters regain their lost weight within 1 to 5 years, and 1/3 – 2/3 gain back more than they initially lost. The 3-5% who maintain their weight lost often do so with disordered eating behaviors and extreme exercise1. An unbelievable 75-80% of American women have unhealthy thoughts, feelings, or behaviors related to food or their bodies. Thirty-five percent of “occasional dieters” progress into pathological dieting, also known as disordered eating. This can manifest itself as an unhealthy food or calorie restriction, such as a refusal to eat certain foods, severely limiting caloric intake, or eliminating entire foods groups or macronutrient categories (such as carbs). Of those with disordered eating, as many as 25% advance to full-blown eating

disorders. This isn’t happening just among adult women. About 50% of teenage girls are actively dieting and a staggering 80% of 10-yearolds are afraid of being “fat”2. Do you remember being one of those kids trying to lose weight? Is this what you want for your daughter? Men and boys aren’t immune to body dissatisfaction, chronic dieting, and eating disorders either. Their preoccupation is often related to increased muscle mass. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, approximately 1 in 3 people struggling with an eating disorder is male. Consider the following questions: Do you worry about what you eat day in and day out? Do you worry how your food choices will affect your body, the way you look, and the way your clothes fit? Do you wake up each morning praying that today will be a “good” day and you will eat what you are “supposed” to eat? Excessive food worry leads to body worry, and excessive body worry leads to body bashing and lack of respect for your body. All this causes you to perpetuate a war between food and your body when

food is the very thing that is supposed to nourish you. How did you get started in this negative cycle? If you are like most of my clients, it was born out of a desire to lose weight. You decided to go on a diet, which required restricting certain foods, most likely many of the foods you truly enjoyed, but ultimately decided it was worth feeling deprived of if you could lose weight. But one day, you caved. The desperation to eat the beloved food you restricted for so long overwhelmed you. You made a decision to eat that restricted food and ended up overeating. Then came the guilty feelings, shame, embarrassment, and the “I did it again” thinking. You recommit to the diet, vowing to restrict those beloved foods again. This takes a lot of energy. It strips away the pleasure of eating, being social, and living your life because you are always so pre-occupied with what you should eat and how to count it in your diet plan. Dieting and food restriction in the pursuit of weight loss and the “thin ideal” sets people up for a lifetime of disordered eating, eat-

ing disorders, body dysmorphia, lowered self-esteem, and depression. We live in a society steeped in diet culture which makes it difficult for those struggling to trust themselves around food. Our culture is obsessed with thinness, pushing women and men into chasing diet after diet to achieve what is perceived as the ideal weight, shape, and size. This is often done “in the name of health” but, in reality, is all about the weight and the belief that equates thinness with higher status and worthiness. Here’s the truth: No form of dieting is going to work for losing weight and keeping it off. The key to getting the healthy body you love without dieting is to change your relationship with food through the process of intuitive eating.

WHAT IS INTUITIVE EATING? The philosophy of Intuitive Eating encourages you to focus on habits and behaviors in a kind and compassionate way, not the number on a scale, while learning to attune to your inner hunger and fullness signals as your guide to eating. In

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this way, you develop a peaceful and satisfying relationship with food, mind, and body. You were born an intuitive eater. Simply stated, intuitive eating is eating based on your physiological need to eat, not based on situations you’re in or emotions you’re feeling. Every individual is born with the instinct to know when they’re hungry and need to eat and when they’re satisfied enough to stop eating. Think of when your children were born. As well-meaning parents, you might say, “She didn’t eat enough; there’s 3 more ounces of formula left in the bottle,” and try to feed her more, even though she’s pushing away. Your child was doing what was innate to her: eating when hungry and stopping when satisfied.  As a child, you might remember being told to clean your plate if you wanted dessert or being rewarded with a treat if you got hurt. These tactics suppress your body’s natural cues, and after years of ignoring those signals, you’ve forgotten that internal connection.  There are ten principles of Intuitive Eating that help you attune to your inner signals of hunger and satiety and rebuild the trust in your body. In essence, you are relearning the instincts you were born with. Intuitive Eating has been scientifically proven to be associated with higher self-esteem, well-being, body appreciation, and body acceptance. Intuitive eating is also associated with less disordered eating, food preoccupation, food-related anxiety, binge eating, and depression. Research has also shown people who practice intuitive eating typically have lower cholesterol levels, lower body mass index, less insulin resistance, and reduced risk of overall heart disease. Intuitive eaters truly experience pleasure from eating and are more likely to eat a wider variety of foods.3 Diets are about restriction while intuitive eating is about permission. I realize there is a lot of fear wrapped up in the thought of no longer dieting, even though you are stuck on the yo-yo diet rollercoaster and its accompanying weight cycling.

HERE ARE 4 TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED: 1. Commit to a diet-free lifestyle. Recognize that there will always be another diet lurking around the corner for you to try and that these are marketing ploys. The current trend of clean eating and “lifestyle programs” are really diets in disguise.

your mindset around food and your body is a process. It’s important to surround yourself with like-minded people and a registered dietitian who is trained and certified in Intuitive Eating, who can provide guidance and positive feedback along the way. If you are tired of living a restrictive lifestyle due to chronic dieting


Endnotes: 1. Mann, T., Tomiyama, J., Westling, E., Lew, AM. Samuels, B., Chatman, J. (2007). Medicare’s search for effective obesity treatments. American Psychologist, 62(3), pp. 220 – 233. 2. Statistics on Weight Discrimination: A Waste of Talent, The Council on Size and Weight Discrimination, Retrieved February 22, 2018 from http://cswd.


http://www.intuitiveeating. org/resources/studies/


Our culture is obsessed with thinness, pushing women and men into chasing diet after diet to achieve what is perceived as the ideal weight, shape, and size.

Decide that you will no longer “follow” a diet or let someone else tell you what and when to eat. Instead, you will listen to your own body and ask yourself before you eat if you are hungry. If your answer is “no,” then dig a little deeper and find out why you are reaching for food. 2. Throw out the scale. Do you weigh yourself every morning or even several times per day? Does the number on the scale influence your mood for the day? Most likely it does, even if you don’t consciously realize it. Your weight fluctuates day-to-day and is a measure of more than just fatty tissue. It includes your bones, organs, muscle and substances such as water, food, and waste that pass through your system. Begin to measure your progress by other factors such as improved blood work, blood pressure, mood, energy level, and overall satisfaction with your movement toward becoming an intuitive eater. 3. Forget about failure. Instead, recognize that your path towards Intuitive Eating is a learning experience. There is no place for feelings of failure in Intuitive Eating. There might be bumps in the road, but those are obstacles which become opportunities for you to learn. Stay positive and you will succeed. 4. Seek out caring support to help you on your journey. Don’t think you have to “go it” alone. Changing

and want to finally live your life to the fullest, these steps will help you get started on your way towards rebuilding the trust in yourself and your body.

Bonnie R. Giller, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, helps chronic dieters and emotional eaters break free of dieting to become intuitive eaters and recapture the pleasures of eating. She has a private practice in West Hempstead and also sees clients virtually. To set up a consultation, call 516-486-4569. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram. Learn more and get a free copy of her e-book, “5 Steps to a Body You Love Without Dieting,” at

DO YOU have food rules or lists of “good” and “bad” foods that guide your eating? HAVE YOU lost trust in your body and your ability to make your own food choices? DO YOU rely on diets to tell you what to eat? If you answered YES to any of the above questions, consider

INTUITIVE EATING! Intuitive Eating helps you break the yo-yo diet cycle and reconnect with your inner body wisdom as your guide to eating. Change your relationship with food and your body through intuitive eating, and reclaim the pleasure in eating. BRG Dietetics & Nutrition, P.C.


Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Certified Diabetes Educator Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor

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Sore Throat, Strep Throat and Tonsillitis By Hylton I. Lightman, MD, DCH (SA), FAAP


t’s no revelation that nasty sore throats are a part of kids and life. It can happen a lot, especially once your child begins attending play group or school. After all, sharing germs is part of growing up. And sharing germs has its good points but that’s for another time. Sore throats happen even to doctors’ kids; one of our own is suffering from one at this moment (and the strep tests were negative). But not all sore throats mean a strep throat. It’s hard to sort through when medical intervention is needed and when it’s not needed. It’s exacerbated because the terms tonsillitis, strep throat, and sore throat are used interchangeably. How’s a parent to sort through all this? Tonsillitis refers to tonsils that are inflamed. Signs of tonsillitis include a sore throat, red or swollen tonsils, a yellow or white coating over the tonsils, uncomfortable or painful swallowing, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, or a fever. They can become enlarged out of nowhere and shrink without treatment. Often, the lymph nodes can remain enlarged for a longer period. When it comes to sore throats, the most frequent cause is a viral infection. When a virus is responsible, no specific medicine is required

(not good news for moms and dads who beg for prescriptions). Antibiotics work for bacterial infections, not viral ones. Allow about 7-10 days for your child to get better. It’s not uncommon for a viral sore throat to be accompanied by a cold and, possibly, a mild fever. Generally, they aren’t too sick but they can eat your heart out. Be sure they hydrate well and get extra rest. Coxsackie is a virus seen most

infected with the mononucleosis virus have few or no symptoms. Strep throat is caused by GAS – Group A streptococcus. In some measure, the symptoms of strep throat depend on the child’s age. • Infants and toddler may have a low fever and a thickened or bloody nasal discharge. These children are generally cranky, lack appetite and have swollen neck glands. Some toddlers complain of tummy aches

Left untreated, the infection may worsen or spread to other parts of the body.

often during the summer and fall months. It may cause a slightly higher fever in a child, as well as more difficulty swallowing and a sicker overall feeling. Coxsackie infection can also be accompanied by blisters in the throat and on the hands and feet (which is why it’s also known as Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease). Mono, or infectious mononucleosis, can cause a sore throat together with tonsillitis. Most young children who are

rather than sore throats. • Children ages 3+ years are often more ill and have extremely painful throats, fevers over 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.9 Celsius), swollen neck glands, and pus on the tonsils. It’s important to differentiate between sore throats and strep throats because the latter are treated with antibiotics. How is strep throat diagnosed? If your child has a sore throat

that persists (meaning one that does not go away after his first drink in the morning), you should call your pediatrician. This means you should call even if there’s no accompanying fever, headache, stomachache, or extreme fatigue. It’s a more urgent call to the pediatrician of your child seems quite ill as demonstrated by drooling or difficulty breathing. It is not a dire emergency to go to an urgent care for a throat culture in the middle of the night except if, as mentioned, drooling and difficulty swallowing are issues. A peritonsillar abscess has to be excluded in those situations. Your pediatrician will examine your child and may perform a throat culture to determine the source of infection. Most pediatric offices perform rapid strep tests that provide results within minutes. If it’s negative, it is presumed to be viral and antibiotics are not needed. Some pediatric offices will do a dual strep culture, meaning cotton-tipped applicators touch the throat and tonsils simultaneously so if the rapid test is negative, the tip of the other applicator is smeared onto a special throat culture dish that allows strep bacteria to grow if they are present. The culture dish is usually examined 24 hours later

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to see if bacteria has grown. Strep throat is treated with antibiotics which are taken by mouth. It’s most important that you make sure your child complies with the full course of treatment even if the symptoms get better or appear to disappear. You are compromising your child’s welfare by not making sure they comply with the full treatment protocol. Left untreated, the infection may worsen or spread to other parts of the body which can lead to more serious problems. Untreated strep infections can lead to rheumatic fever, a disease which can cause permanent damage to the heart. Rheumatic fever is rare in the United States but a strep throat left untreated or treated improperly can result in this sickness that doesn’t have to be. It is rare for children under 2 years of age to get rheumatic fever. Please know that most throat infections are contagious. They are passed primarily through the

again, I’m only the messenger and I’m here to advocate that all children are healthy. A tonsillectomy is recommended when there have been seven documented strep throats within a 12 month period. Remember: many sore throats can be viral. However, there are other causes and a chronic sore throat may be because of silent laryngoesophogeal reflux or even a malignancy, G-d forbid (usually associated with other symptoms and signs). Stay in touch with your doctor. As always, daven.

air on droplets of moisture or on the hands of infected children or adults. Therefore, it makes sense to keep your child away from people who have symptoms of this condition. However, and please, don’t shoot me – I’m only the messenger, most people are contagious before their first symptoms appear. Often,

then, there’s really no practical way to prevent your child from contracting the infection. Since GAS throats are so highly contagious, it’s recommended that children stay at home for a minimum of 24 hours. I know this can cause havoc with working schedules outside the home, etc., but

Dr. Hylton I. Lightman is a pediatrician and Medical Director of Total Family Care of the 5 Towns and Rockaway PC. He can be reached at drlightman@, on Instagram at Dr.Lightman_ or visit him on Facebook.




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BRINGING BACK YIDDISH, ONE SPEAKER AT A TIME An Interview with Yiddish Linguist and Author Chaim Werdyger

R’ Chaim, as a Yiddish linguist you know a lot about the language. Let me tell you off the bat that I speak a wicked “Yinglish.” Well, that’s not the way I speak or teach it. I teach pure Yiddish. What is pure Yiddish? The way it was spoken pre-World War II, without English substitutions for Yiddish words. I know that the history of Yiddish is somewhat sketchy, but how did it originate? For nearly a thousand years, Yiddish was the primary, and sometimes only, language that Ashkenazi Jews spoke. Unlike most languages, which are spoken by the residents of a particular area or by a particular nationality, Yiddish, at the height of its usage, was spo-

ken by millions all over the world. The language is comprised basically of German, Slavic languages, and, of course, Hebrew and Aramaic. It was created in the 10th or 11th century for the Jews that were migrating from Spain northward into Holland, Scandinavia, and eastern European countries. The concept of Jews sticking to their own, unique language is not new. After all, the Midrash relates that the Jews were redeemed from Egypt in the merit of three things, one of which was that they didn’t change their unique spoken language. Over the generations the Yiddish language kept growing. Before World War II there were over 11 million Yiddish speakers in Eastern Europe. They weren’t necessarily frum people; everybody spoke Yiddish. Unfortunately, when 85% of those people were killed, Yiddish lost the bulk of its

speakers. Now, over 70 years after the war, there’s been a big Yiddish revival. There are places in the world where you would never imagine Yiddish is being taught. There is actually a Yiddish language course at the University of Japan. Why the revival? Once considered the language of the older generation, Yiddish is now being embraced by the frum and secular twenty- and thirty-something Jews. There is a significant growing number of this young population of Jews who are reconsidering, and considering for the first time, the meaning of their Ashkenazic Jewish heritage as an important part of their Jewish cultural identity and are studying and speaking the Yiddish language. How did you become interested

in it? I was born into it, as the child of a Holocaust survivor. We only spoke Yiddish at home. My father, Chazan Dovid Werdyger, a”h, composed and recorded many songs in Yiddish. Actually, my brothers and I talk only in Yiddish to each other as I do with many of my friends. What about Yiddish in the secular Jewish world? As I mentioned earlier, there is a young population learning and speaking Yiddish as a way to connect to their past, present and future, both religiously and culturally. I’ve met many of these young frum and secular young adults, and I’ve truly been inspired by them. There is also a group known as “Yiddishistin.” They are secular Jews who want to revive the Yiddish lan-

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guage through Yiddish literature, music and theatre. They are also part of the Yiddish language revival. Are you into the literature? Oh yes, I read lots of Yiddish literature. I’ve been reading anything and everything Yiddish since I’m a kid and am still immersed in all Yiddish literature, old and new. What’s the history of Yiddish literature? It is generally described as having three historical phases: Old Yiddish literature; Haskalah and Hasidic literature; and modern Yiddish literature. While firm dates for these periods are hard to pin down, Old Yiddish can be said to have existed roughly from 1300 to 1780; Haskalah and Hasidic literature from 1780 to about 1890; and modern Yiddish literature from 1864 to the present. Yiddish literature began with translations of and commentary on religious texts from Tanach and Talmud. For example, the Tzena Re’ena for women is sometimes called the “women’s bible.” It was a Yiddish prose work written in the 1590s whose structure parallels the weekly Torah portions. Additionally, there are lots of stories, expressions and idioms that we use in everyday English that were created by authors Shalom Aleichem, Mendele Mocher Seforim, and others during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Their writings were directly inspired by the Yidden in the shtetl! How do you teach Yiddish in a community where it’s not really spoken much, at least around here? I wrote a book called “Yiddish in 10 lessons,” which is divided into 10 chapters and has accompanying CDs. It’s a self-study program which teaches the Yiddish language in the correct way. You will learn grammar and the mechanics of Yiddish, so you will be able to understand and speak the language correctly. It’s not like the “Yinglish” spoken by many in America where every other word is an English word, for example: “Gey across de strit tsu de grosery un koyfe mir vegetables.” Understand what I mean?

How long does it generally take to complete the Yiddish course? Well, since it’s a self-study, it’s at your own pace but you have to be consistent when doing it. It’s also very important to listen to the CDs so you can hear each lesson as well. I understand that it’s a self-study but can one person do it without the interaction of speaking Yiddish to another person? It’s obviously going to be a lot faster if you have somebody to speak to. Many husbands and wives and families do the course together. There are also groups of friends in various communities doing the course together as well. But, certainly, even one person

say “to go” is gain. In Litvishe Yiddish it is pronounced “gain”; in Galitziana Yiddish, it’s pronounced “guyn.” Another example is the word “you.” In Litvishe Yiddish the word is pronounced “do”; in Galitziana Yiddish the word is pronounced “de.” So, the words are the same, but they are just pronounced differently. It’s similar, I guess, to some English words which are pronounced differently by people in the U.S. and people in England. Tomato, tomato, as they say.

course is in-person, interactive, and fun!

What is more popular these days, Litvishe or Galitziana Yiddish? Well, there are probably more people who speak with the chassidishe,

Who is writing good Yiddish songs these days? Lipa Schmeltzer, Pinky Weber, and others, who are extremely talented at writing Yiddish lyrics. If you want to put Yiddish lyrics to a melody, it has to fit like a glove. It has to fit perfectly – how it sounds, how it rhymes and how it fits to the music – and they do it very well.


can study it alone, and the CDs are very helpful for that. Realistically, how long would you say it takes to complete the course and be able to talk Yiddish? The course can be completed in 15 weeks. At the end of 15 weeks, most people will understand and be able to speak Yiddish. That’s fast! Less than four months to learn a new language. What about the different dialects of Yiddish; does that make it harder to teach? For teaching purposes, it’s not an issue because the words are the same. There’s the Galitziana Yiddish – which is also commonly called “chassidishe Yiddish” – and the Litvishe Yiddish. The words are the same, it’s just a matter of how the words are pronounced. For example, in Yiddish the way you

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Galitziana dialect. But, in the Litvishe world, a lot of the shiurim in yeshivos are in Yiddish. The top shiurim in Mir and Lakewood are mostly in Yiddish. A lot of yeshiva boys took my course before going to these yeshivos because they didn’t want to be limited in their shiur options. Do you have secular students as well? Of course. My book is sold internationally to Jews and non-Jews alike. In fact, I have a weekly Yiddish blog on Facebook and have about five thousand followers. Eighty percent of them are secular. Usually they have some connection through their parents or grandparents, and there are gentiles that are part of the group as well. Do you have a course for children? Yes. I teach children ages 9 to 13 how to read and speak Yiddish. The

Do children learn quicker than adults? Certainly. They are like sponges, learning the language easily and quickly. What about Yiddish music, does that still exist? Yes, it’s very popular in the chassidishe world.

Are there any movies with Yiddish subtitles? Not really. But there are Yiddish movies with English subtitles. The Jewish Heritage Museum in New York City together with the Folksbeine Yiddish Theatre have been successfully reviving the original Yiddish musicals which are performed at the museum. What additional work do you do with the Yiddish language? I translate medical, business and personal diaries, documents and books into three languages: Yiddish, English and Hebrew. Many Holocaust survivor children find all sorts of Yiddish manuscripts, letters and documents which I also translate for them into Hebrew or English. Additionally, I do real-time translations in person and over the phone. R’ Chaim, it was a pleasure speaking with you. I even think I’ve started to speak Yiddish a bit. How does my “zei gezunt” sound? Perfect! You’re well on your way to learning Yiddish, a vibrant, vital language. To connect with Chaim Werdyger or to learn more about speaking Yiddish, reach out to him at or 516-262-2144.

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Where’s the Beef? America vs. Uruguay By Naphtali Sobel


lthough the title to this article sounds more like a soccer article, it actually has to do with something I’m way more familiar with – beef. My grandfather used to have a slogan, “There’s no such thing as bad cake; there’s only good cake and better cake.” Although this article has nothing to do with cake, I would, however, like to apply the same concept to beef. Most kosher beef in the U.S. comes either from the U.S., Mexico or South American countries such as Uruguay. There are some meat purists who will only purchase American beef since it is usually more marbleized and has a sweeter, milder flavor. This is a result of feeding the cattle mostly grain such as corn. Additionally, American cattle are usually bigger in size and are commonly shipped unfrozen. Most supermarkets selling American beef

carry USDA choice, and some higher end markets will carry a small selection of prime as well. Imported beef has a slightly more natural flavor and is usually significantly less marbleized. This stems from several factors. Unlike the American grain diet, most cattle from South America and Mexico graze predominantly on grass, resulting in leaner cattle and a more natural or grassy flavor. South American cattle are usually smaller breeds than American breeds. Although you should verify this with your own posek, unlike American beef, most imported beef is usually under the hashgacha of bet Yosef. This can be a result of factors such as climate, feed and genetics. It could also be that the bodkim checking the cows in South American countries spend more time verifying that the animals are bet Yosef. It could also be that

the American plants do not have the time to verify for bet Yosef. Over the past few years, some South American meat productions started producing grain-finished beef. This means that although the cow grazed exclusively on grass for most of its life, they will feed it grain in its last few weeks to sweeten and fatten the animal. Additionally, due to shipping regulations, South American beef is always shipped off the bone. Lastly, imported beef is commonly shipped frozen. Prices of imported beef costs significantly less due to cheaper labor costs. Although American beef is usually more coveted, imported beef is affordable to most households, unlike American beef which is much higher in price. Either way, a good cook will be able to coax good results from any meat, regardless of the meat’s origin. It is also important to judge each

piece of meat individually since you will sometimes have an imported piece of meat that is quite marbleized and an American piece of meat that can be quite lean. When cooking meat, it is important to utilize a meat thermometer for delicious results. It is also important to understand what cut you are purchasing to know what cooking technique and temperature to apply. For example, there is nothing wrong with liking well-done meat. However, it’s pointless to buy a prime rib if you are going to cook the daylights out of it; you are better off buying a cut like short ribs or brisket that stand up to high temperatures and will be tender and delicious, especially when well-done. Alternatively, meats such as London broil and minute roast are better medium rare and are quite tough when braised in liquid or cooked to high temperatures. Minute

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roast happens to be one of the most unrecognized cuts and is almost as tender as filet mignon, however most people tend to braise and overcook this cut. Hopefully this article will shed a bit of light of beef, especially before Pesach when most families will be spending a fortune on groceries and meat. There is no need to break the bank on your meat alone –one can stay within budget and still serve delicious meats during yom tov. In my recipes I specifically used an imported minute roast and American short ribs to display the different results. See for yourself how delicious they both look. In conclusion I will note, “There’s no such thing as bad beef; there’s only good beef and better beef.” Enjoy!


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1 3-4 lb. minute roast 1 TBS kosher salt 1 TBS garlic powder 6-8 garlic cloves, chopped or 1 TBS black pepper ½ tsp dried rosemary ½ tsp dried thy me 1 ½ TBS oil

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Fish ’n Chips pareve – yields 6-8 servings Being an Australian, I couldn’t resist including a fish ’n chips recipe. I came up with this playful twist, coating the fish in these iconic potato stick “chips.” I love that this recipe is baked, not fried.

INGREDIENTS 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 Tablespoons white vinegar 1 cup potato starch 2 (6-ounce) bags potato sticks

2 pounds fresh baby flounder, cut into strips • oil, for frying • lemon wedges, for serving • tartar sauce, for serving (see recipe, below)



Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.


Place eggs and vinegar into a bowl; whisk to combine. Place potato starch into a second bowl and potato sticks (not crushed) into a third.


Dip each piece of fish into potato starch, then into egg, and then into potato sticks, making sure the entire strip is fully coated. Place on prepared baking sheet.

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Bake for 25 minutes. Serve with a wedge of lemon and tartar sauce.

Tartar Sauce INGREDIENTS 4 large canned Israeli pickles 1 cup mayonnaise



In a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, chop the pickles.


Add mayonnaise and pickle juice; pulse to combine.

1 Tablespoon pickle juice 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

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Maybe they are not even Russians but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews, but with Russian citizenship, which should also be checked; maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card; maybe the U.S. paid them for this. How can you know that? I do not know either. - President Vladimir Putin when asked by NBC’s Megyn Kelly last Friday whether he condoned the attempted electoral interference by 13 Russians named in an indictment by Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Nyet. - Ibid. when asked if he reads President Trump’s tweets

It’s easy to look at what’s happening in Washington, D.C., and despair. That’s why I carry a little plastic Obama doll in my purse. I pull him out every now and then to remind myself that the United States had a progressive, African-American president until very recently. Some people find this strange, but you have to take comfort where you can find it in Donald Trump’s America. - Harvard-educated Jill Abramson, 63, the former executive editor for The New York Times, writing in The Guardian last week

His duties included ensuring Trump always had a marker on hand to sign autographs, transmitting messages to him at the White House residence and making sure the clocks there were moved forward for daylight-saving time over the weekend. - The Wall Street Journal’s description of the job duties of White House personal aide to the president John McEntee, who was fired last week

I have other ways of expressing my point of view or implementing a decision. Donald is a more modern individual. -Ibid., when asked whether he tweets

Snapchat is laying off 100 employees. A spokesperson for the company said, “It’s weird – it’s like they were here a second ago and they just disappeared.” – Conan O’Brien

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I mean this sincerely, to all the generations before us, we sincerely accept your apology. We appreciate you’re willing to let us rebuild the world that you [messed] up. - Cameron Kasky, who went to Parkland High School and became an activist after the shooting, on last Friday’s episode of “Real Time With Bill Maher”

This sums up everything that’s wrong with these kids’ astroturfed ride to fame. They get flown around the country, they get invited on TV, they get puffball interviewers like Bill Maher, all because they are willing to repeat in a cloyingly self-righteous manner the message favored by their adult handlers. But not because they actually know what they’re talking about. Start with the issues most directly at hand here. School shootings are actually down over the last 20 years. – Robert Tracinski, writing about Kasky’s comments in the Federalist

An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the probable effect of the new tax law on a hypothetical couple’s 2018 tax bill. The TurboTax “What-If Worksheet” that generated the projection for their 2018 taxes failed to indicate that the couple would probably be entitled to claim a sizable deduction for income earned from consulting. As a result of that deduction, the amount they would likely owe on taxes would decline by $43, not rise by $3,896. - Correction by The New York Times about an article which sought to detail how Trump’s tax plan would hurt middle-class families (Not only did the correction undermine the whole article, but the article also used a hypothetical couple with tailor-made finances in order to reach its original conclusion)

Congratulations to Kristian Saucier, a man who has served proudly in the Navy, on your newly found Freedom. Now you can go out and have the life you deserve! - Tweet by President Trump last Thursday, after pardoning U.S. Navy sailor Kristian Saucier, who was charged and jailed in October 2016 for taking photos onboard a nuclear submarine

Thank you, sir, for your bravery and for standing up in the face of so many people who said you would never do the right thing. You proved them wrong time and time again and thank you for having the moral fortitude to follow through on your promises. - U.S. Navy sailor Kristian Saucier thanking President Trump for pardoning him

The new Florida weapons bill would allow librarians to arm themselves. Now, in a related story, talking in Florida libraries is down 99 percent. – Conan O’Brien

I don’t do this to be a world champion. I do it to prove that if you follow a healthy lifestyle, you can still do a number of things … even at a really old age. - 106-year-old Robert Marchand, of France, who recently set a world record for his age group by riding 14 miles in one hour, in a recent interview

I have no pain and do my exercises every day. And have my beer. Eat my potato chips. That’s about all. - 100-year-old Matilda Curcia, of San Francisco, in a recent interview with NBC Los Angeles


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n his chilling account of the Romanov dynasty, the British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore quoted Peter Stolypin, who was interior minister for Nicholas II, the last of the tsars: “In Russia, nothing


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He cited the aphorism of the French writer Madame de Stael: “In Russia, the government is autocracy tempered by strangulation.” President Vladimir Putin embodies this Russian paranoid ethic, never more than in his belligerent March 1 speech boasting of a new generation of “invincible” nuclear-powered missiles and super-fast torpedoes. Putin’s address included video mockups of new cruise missiles that were so hokey they would embarrass a Hollywood studio. What should Americans make

its face, it was meant to frighten and intimidate, but at that level, it surely failed. The U.S. has vast military power to deter Russia, including new weapons systems that are at least a match for what Putin described. At a deeper level, Putin’s speech was a plea for attention, by a leader who sees himself avenging his nation’s humiliation after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Despite Putin’s wounded, chip-on-the-shoulder posture, this struck me as the core of his address, and worth a





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well-considered response. The crux of Putin’s argument is that Russia was ignored during its years of weakness and is taken seriously now only because it looks threatening. Putin recounted that before he took power “the military equipment of the Russian army was becoming obsolete, and the armed forces were in a sorry state.” With the collapse of the Soviet Union, he

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planned discussions about strategic stability. The two countries’ militaries continue to have daily “deconfliction” consultations in the congested battlespace of the Middle East, but the dialogue should be broader. This barren Russian-American landscape is a perverse consequence of Putin’s attempts to meddle in U.S. politics and foster the candidate who kept proclaiming what a great guy the Russian leader was and how much he wanted a rapprochement. Paradoxically, Donald Trump’s election has made dia-

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said, the nation had lost 23.8 percent of its territory, 48.5 percent of its population, 41 percent of its GDP and 44.6 percent of its military. “Nobody really wanted to talk to us about the core of the problem [of the nuclear-weapons balance], and nobody wanted to listen to us. So listen now,” he demanded. Putin is a bully, but a predictable one. He has been advertising his desire to restore Russia’s lost glory since he became president in 2000. Last month’s indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller of 13 Russians for meddling in the 2016 election describes an organization, the Internet Research Agency, that, according to other accounts, field-tested his internet manipulation techniques in 2014 in Ukraine before deploying them in America. To manage these covert actions, he turned to a billionaire oligarch pal, Yevgeniy Prigozhin, who also helped organize Russian mercenaries in Syria. Ukraine has been Putin’s laboratory. Oleksandr Danylyuk, chairman of the Center for Defense Reforms in Ukraine, warned in a 2016 paper for the Naval Postgraduate School that Russia has “been carrying out not only information operations but also other clandestine and special operations against Ukraine for more than a decade.” His conclusion: “Russia is not preparing for war with the West; the war is already being actively conducted - on

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logue with Russia politically toxic, and arms control has all but disappeared from the U.S. agenda. “In an autocracy, the traits of character are magnified; everything personal is political,” wrote Montefiore about the Romanovs. Putin is inescapable. The U.S. military will counter Putin’s death-star weapons, but in the meantime, American diplomacy needs to open better channels. Ignoring Russia may be good politics, but it’s bad policy. (c) 2018, Washington Post Writers Group


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How Powerful is the Fed? By Robert J. Samuelson


t is March 2009. The American economy is rapidly collapsing. The previous month, payroll jobs had dropped by a staggering 650,000. The grim outlook stokes gallows humor. Federal Reserve

chairman Ben Bernanke receives a call from a top Fed official. “Do you want some good news?” the official asks. “Please,” Bernanke responds. “Call somebody else.”

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This controversial view - if accepted, which is hardly a sure thing - would have two significant implications.

ment rate from a peak of 10 percent to nearly 4 percent by 2017. The success of the bond-buying program – confusingly called “quantitative easing,” or QE – has now become a standard part of the Great Recession narrative. But wait. A new paper by four respected economists challenges the conventional wisdom. It argues that previous studies have exaggerated how much the Fed reduced interest rates. If that conclusion stands, it would

dropped about one percentage point on 10-year U.S. Treasury securities. That’s huge. Although the new study didn’t explicitly examine the effect on stocks, the same logic is widely believed to apply. Investors who sold bonds to the Fed wanted to reinvest their cash. Some of it was used to buy stocks, supporting the market rally. Be skeptical, warns the new study.

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“The impact of the Fed’s [policy] appears to us to be substantially less certain than the current consensus,” writes economist James Hamilton of the University of California at San Diego, one of the four authors, on his blog, Econbrowser. “The effect could be substantially smaller than is often believed.” However, the study doesn’t provide a precise estimate of the impact on interest rates. (The other authors are David Greenlaw of Morgan Stanley, Ethan Harris of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Kenneth West of the University of Wisconsin.) This controversial view – if accepted, which is hardly a sure thing – would have two significant implications. First, it would suggest that the course of interest rates over recent years has been heavily driven by “market forces” – not Fed policy – such as low inflation, weak demand for investment funds or high consumer savings. The same would be true of the stock market boom. It would be driven less by the Fed’s easy money policy than by market forces. Second, it would imply that resuming a bond-buying program as an antidote to the next recession would provide only limited “stimulus” to the economy. Former Fed chairs Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen have both said that the Fed could initiate a new bond-buying program if the economy falters. In-


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deed, referring to the Great Recession, Bernanke indicated that bond buying was “the most powerful step we could take.” The disagreement over the bond-buying program involves socalled “event studies.” When the Fed makes a policy announcement that might affect interest rates, economists examine financial markets to see what happened that day. Did rates go up or down, as predicted? Many early event studies

seemed to find a close correlation between policy pronouncements and rates, leading to the conclusion that “quantitative easing” was a success. The weakness of this approach is that financial markets – the collective opinion of investors – can change the next day. The new study covered a longer period than earlier studies and found that the connection between policy announcements and interest rates weakened.

There’s a danger, Hamilton warns, of scholars picking events that confirm their biases. Granted, this dispute is highly technical. But the underlying question it poses is profoundly important: How powerful is the Fed? (c) 2018, Washington Post Writers Group


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Forgotten Her es

Two Good Men By Avi Heiligman

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eservists make up a large part of the U.S. Armed Forces. Each state has their own force called the National Guard, and these troops are under a mix of federal and state control. The term militia was previously used for these citizen soldiers; in 1903 the term National Guard was adopted by all states (many states had been using the term as early as in the 1820s). Most guardsmen and women have full-time jobs and are among the first to be called upon to fight for their country during a time of war. During World War I two high-ranking Jewish officers in the Illinois National Guard distinguished themselves on the battlefields of Europe. Born in December 1874 in Konigsberg, Prussia, Abel Davis’s family moved to Chicago in 1891. The seventeen-year-old first worked as an errand boy for a department store before joining the military. He fought in the Spanish American War in 1898 as a private in E Company of the First Illinois Volunteer Infantry. After the war he received a bachelor’s in law degree from Northwestern University and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1902. Later that year he started a career in politics by serving in

the Illinois General Assembly as a Republican. Two years later Davis was elected as the Cook County Recorder and was commended for the outstanding work he did in that position. He soon retired from politics and held a high position in a private

reached the rank of colonel. The First Infantry was sent to the Mexican border where they had minor skirmishes with Mexican Revolutionary Poncho Villa’s forces. Colonel Davis was sent to France in 1918 as the commander of the 132nd Illinois Infantry and

"When the time came to serve their country under arms, no class of people served with more patriotism or with higher motives than the young Jews who volunteered or were drafted."

firm. He still had a private law firm as well. Throughout the time that he was in politics and up to World War I, Davis continued to serve in the Illinois National Guard. While on base in 1912 he and a group of soldiers were struck by lightning, and Davis was the most seriously injured. He made a full recovery and by 1916 had

served alongside Australian soldiers under Jewish General John Monash. They fought in several battles starting with the Battle of Hamel on July 4, 1918. On October 9, the regiment was to send two battalions to capture Consenvoye in northeastern France following a French assault. The French did not clear the area of Ger-

mans and so when the Illinois soldiers came in to press the attack they were met with heavy fire. Eventually they made it through to be met by another desperate attack by the enemy at Bois de Chaume. For his actions during the battle Davis received the Distinguished Service Cross. The citation reads in part: “Upon reaching its objective, after a difficult advance, involving two changes of directions, Colonel Davis’s regiment was subjected to a determined enemy counterattack. Disregarding the heavy shell and machine-gun fire, Colonel Davis personally assumed command and by his fearless leadership and courage the enemy was driven back.” After the war Davis was promoted to brigadier general and was given command of the 66th Infantry Brigade in the Illinois National Guard. He participated in the founding of the American Legion in Paris with another World War I Jewish war hero from Illinois, General Foreman. Milton J. Foreman was born in the height of the American Civil War in 1863. The native Chicagoan’s family lost all of their belongings in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 (infamous by the tale that it was started by Mrs.

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General John J. Pershing and Colonel Milton Foreman at Camp Grant

O’Leary’s cow). Foreman started off by selling hats but was studying law at night. He passed the Illinois bar and became involved with local politics. Like Davis, Foreman began his military career in the Illinois National Guard. Being a natural horseman he joined Troop C of the First Illinois Cavalry in 1895. He rose to the rank of captain from private while serving during the Spanish American War. As with Davis’s unit Foreman led his unit, the First Cavalry Regiment, to the Mexican border to fight off the Mexican revolutionaries. The regiment mobilized so quickly that they reached Brownsville, Texas, without their horses and became known as the horseless cavalry. Since Foreman’s unit was under state jurisdiction, he appealed to the governor to convert the regiment from a cavalry unit to field artillery. The governor consented, and it was designated as the 122nd Field Artillery Regiment. They served in France for the remainder of World War I, and the regiment won a total of six unit citations. In November 1918, the 122nd was near Ferme de Maucourt when it came under heavy artillery and machine gun fire from German positions. Foreman took telephone wire and crawled through enemy territory to place the wire so that his forward positions could call back for artillery

support. The information that came back over the wire that he laid was used to destroy the German positions. For his actions Forman was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by General Pershing as well as two Silver Star citations. While accompanying General Pershing to bury an unknown French soldier by the Arch De Triumph, Foreman was personally decorated by French Marshall Foch. In his honor a World War II merchant Liberty ship was named the S.S. Foreman. Both Davis and Foreman returned home after the war and were promoted to generals. Both of these men have similar stories: two nice young Jewish lawyers from Chicago who were involved in politics. On their own (there was no draft when they enlisted) they joined the Illinois National Guard, became war heroes and retired as generals, Foreman as a lieutenant general (three stars). Today, these forgotten heroes deserve to be remembered for their bravery in leading their men on the battlefield against a menacing enemy. General John J. Pershing gave a tribute to the Jewish soldiers, “When the time came to serve their country under arms, no class of people served with more patriotism or with higher motives than the young Jews who volunteered or were drafted and went overseas with our other young


Colonel Milton J. Foreman, Franklin D'Olier, and Colonel Abel Davis outside a building in Chicago

Americans to fight the enemy.” Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to The Jewish Home. He welcomes your

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A Fulfilled L fe

When Work is Play By Rabbi Dr. Naphtali Hoff


ecently, I delivered leadership trainings based on the True Colors Personality Assessment. In this system, people are identified as being one of four colors: blue, green, gold or orange. The personalities differ from each other in many ways, including their approach to relationships and situations. Of the different colors, I personally identify most with green. “Greens” are, among other things, less interested in connecting with others emotionally and engaging in small talk. Instead, they like to jump right in to solve problems and fix things. (Not surprisingly, this attitude can get Greens in trouble, particularly when dealing with more emotional, relationships-driven Blues. But that’s for another time.) Greens are also independent thinkers, natural nonconformists that live life by their own set of standards. They are deeply analytical and tend to think about and do things differently than most of their peers. They love independence and eschew outside control. When applied to work, Greens are likelier than most to see their work as play, as in less drudgery and more fun, since they invest a level of themselves into their projects. Whether you are a Green or not (most aren’t; only about 10% of society – primarily men – identify with Green as their primary color), the idea of viewing work as play can have many positive workplace bene-

fits. These include being more: 1. Punctual 2. Energized and engaged 3. Focused on tasks 4. Creative in completing them 5. Willing to persevere to get the job done right In addition, those who see work as play tend to suffer less from workplace stress. In contrast, those who see work as a necessary burden will invari-

your job description and responsibilities have changed over time, and not to your liking), you still have the capacity to choose your attitude towards the work. The more that we feel that we made our own choices in what we do, the likelier we are to feel empowered and in control of our situation, as well as invested in the work that we do each day. 2. Make work self-directive – Become really good at your work to

The more that you feel that your work is making a bigger impact, for you and others, the more that you will come to feel a sense of mission, purpose and joy in achieving it.

ably be less punctual, energized, etc. in each of the above areas and may ultimately come to be less valued by their employers. How can those who are not naturally enthused by their work become more so and gain the benefits that “workplace play” has to offer? 1. Exert a feeling of choice – Remember, despite how “trapped” you may feel about your work, you were the one who chose to be here and do this. Even if the latter is not true (i.e.

the point where you are given latitude to do it your way, without much direction and oversight. This will make tasks feel more as if they are “yours,” which adds to your enjoyment. 3. And creative – In most cases, there is no single way of doing things. Find opportunities to be creative with your work. (Even with something as uninspiring as penning a memo can, with a little creativity and humor, be made to be

fun for both the writer and reader.) So long as the work gets done satisfactorily, your boss won’t care and may even come to appreciate the creativity and color that you have infused into the workplace. 4. Develop intrinsic motivation – Ask yourself, “What I am learning and becoming, in terms of skills and confidence, by doing this?” Also consider, “What will others gain from my efforts and example?” The more that you feel that your work is making a bigger impact, for you and others, the more that you will come to feel a sense of mission, purpose and joy in achieving it. 5. Seek alignment – If you can, look for ways to make your work align better with your skills and interests. This may require volunteering at first on projects that speak to you and you seek to become more capable at. In most cases, there are opportunities lying right under our noses and if we proactively seek them, we can often position ourselves to do the work that most speaks to us.

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A Glass or Two of Bubbly By Allan Rolnick, CPA


he three-martini lunch has a long and mostly honorable history as a deductible business expense. President Jimmy Carter, tried (and failed) to cut the deduction from 100% to 50%. The Tax Reform Act of 1986 succeeded in that goal, and today’s business dinner has probably switched from martinis to white wine. But old habits die hard — check any happening lunch spot and you’ll find happy diners eating partly on Uncle Sam’s dime. A certain rapper – and we’re not naming names – may have 99 problems, but reaching for the check isn’t one. Last month, he treated the president of his talent agency to an epic birthday night in Manhattan. The posse started with dinner at Zuma in midtown, where he dropped $13,000. After dinner, he took them uptown to Made in Mexico for $9,000 worth of drinks. And a group of six stragglers finished off the night at a club. Apparently, said rapper and his friends were very thirsty, very generous, or both. The group’s bar tab — ticket #48 — included 20 bottles of Ace of Spades brand “gold” champagne at $1,200. Each.

Plus 20 bottles of “rose” champagne at $2,500. Each. Plus $6,035 in sales tax (of course). Plus an $11,100 tip. Grand total, $91,135.00. Hear it for New York! So ... he takes his employee out to dinner. Surely they talked business while they were painting the town. Should he just stuff his re-

tainment” expenses, like golf or a ball game taking place before or after  that business discussion. However, some tax professionals read the new law as eliminating the deduction for meals, too. But even assuming the deduction survives the new law, there’s another hurdle to overcome. Code

Grand total, $91,135.00. Hear it for New York!

ceipt in a shoebox to save for this year’s tax return? For starters, there’s a debate brewing over whether business meals are now deductible at all. For 31 years, there was no debate that you could deduct 50% of meals where there was a substantial, bona fide business discussion. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act clearly eliminates deductions for “associated enter-

Section 274(k) prohibits deductions “for the expense of any food or beverages unless such expense is not lavish or extravagant under the circumstances.” Now, you can argue that if you’re said rapper, you’re expected  to make it rain with $74,000 worth of champagne. And if you’re talking a glass or two to celebrate signing a big deal, you might even be right. But we can

probably assume that even his fans at the IRS would draw the line somewhere well before the 40th bottle. As for that $11,100 tip, sure it sounds like a crazy move. But it’s actually just 15% of the pre-tax tab, and pretty stingy for New York! Plenty of celebrities are known for being better tippers. Shaquille O’Neill asks servers to tell him how much they want. And George Clooney routinely leaves servers a 150% surprise.  When was the last time you went out for a really special meal? Was it a birthday, an anniversary, or some other celebration? It probably wasn’t deductible. But careful tax planning might keep enough in your pocket to cover your own epic night out. Make sure you have a plan when you’re ready to save, and let’s see if you can raise a glass of bubbly to the results!

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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Why the Prep? By Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., MFT, CLC


re you able to read this under there? Did you find a long-lost flashlight? Have you come up for air since Purim? Are you cleaning nooks and crannies you didn’t even know you had? How about this? Are you planning menus, cleaning fridges, rearranging cabinets, washing kitchen drawers, food shopping, maybe even food shipping? Is that that your pre-Passover nightmare? Or are you one of the lucky ones who is out shopping for clothing? Actually, I’d say that’s another pre-Passover nightmare. The going away might sound easier but getting the outfits can finish you off! One thing you can say for sure: Passover never just sneaks up on us, like some other holidays. It certainly lets you know it’s on its way. It keeps you busy and focused with the prep! And I think that’s the point. Like we read Passover night in the Haggadah: the more you tell about the Exodus, the more you are praised. Why? Because that helps you realize how much G-d did and does for us. And it helps us register gratitude for our freedom even more. Preparing gets us ready for G-d to save us. Think about it. People going away, it’s like you are experiencing the Exodus all over again. Leaving what you know, dependent on a caterer for your manna, sleeping in a

strange, new place. Many are even going to desert locations. Yes, the accommodations should be better, but you’re on your own without a shepherd to take care of you. If the program you’re on is a flop, you are stuck! No one but you is providing the “two tablets” to take away the heartburn or headache! If you’re staying home, you’re probably having your own Exodus-like experience too. You’re getting pretty familiar with backbreaking work, day in and day out. You’re certainly in need of some relief, ready for G-d to swoop down and save you. The whole thing is all about being ready for a relationship with G-d. We can always use His help, and it’s especially obvious when we’re flying somewhere or dependent on someone else or when we’re shouldering heaving burdens. And very little seems harder than the scrubbing, cooking, and schlepping we do for Passover. Whether you’re packing or panicking, embrace the preparation for Passover and even the challenges of a vacation. It’s part of what helps us appreciate our own lives, homes, and beds all the rest of the year.

Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-7052004 or



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