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A full year later we find ourselves in shul again, listening to the sounds of the shofar and crowning Hashem our King. We can look back at the year and let out a little sigh of relief. We can thank Hashem for a wonderful year, for bringing us to this place once again, and for all the good that He had given us as we turn to Him and ask Him to inscribe us in the Sefer HaChaim. It’s hard to believe that Rosh Hashana is only days away when it was just yesterday that we were enjoying the carefree days of summer. I hope that this Rosh Hashana we will all be able to stand in shul together and thank Hashem for all the good that He has given us this year. Wishing you a kesiva v’chasima tova, Shoshana

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The same holds true for Rosh Hashana. We spend the yomim noraim davening for a good year. We ask Hashem to inscribe us in the Book of Life and give us a year full of goodness. But a year is a long time and our vision is very limited. Only Hashem, with His infinite wisdom, knows what’s going to happen in the next 365 days. He knows every nuance, every detail, every small thing that’s going to take place. And we beg of Him, our All-knowing Father, to bestow upon us a sweet year. And then, yom tov ends and we face the new year. There are ups and downs and things we perceive are good for us and things we see as more challenging. We lead our busy lives and every day we daven for Hashem to continue to show us only good.

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Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, While I was reading The Week in News, I thought I had dozed off, dreaming, imagining ridiculous news articles. Or perhaps this was a Purim spoof issue, or possibly an April Fools montage. “Muslim Made New Prez of J Street”? “Super Spy Dolphin Caught By Hamas”? “Iran to Inspect its Own Nuclear Facilities”? (That’s a really good one). But really: is this the world we live in? Can Moshiach not be on the way?  Philip White Hillcrest, NY Dear Editor, Recently, a hotly contested debate about raising the minimum wage has erupted, both in the political and economic arenas. The prospect of a mandatory wage hike is one the most ubiquitous and insidious fallacies in the sphere of economics. The objective of the minimum wage law was to enable low-skilled and unskilled workers to gain on-the-job experience in the workplace. A central tenant of economics is that increased productivity of workers equals increased wages, so if their productivity exceeds their wages, then they are valuable workers—if not, they will be discharged. A mandatory wage hike, in contrast with one facilitated by the free market, financially incapacitates the very people it was ostensibly supposed to benefit. President Obama has proposed a $10.10 an hour wage hike, which means that any worker worth less than that amount will automatically be unem-

ployed. So what protects the worker? In other words, excluding a mandatory wage hike, how else are wages increased? Wages increase through the free market, where there is more than 1 possible employer. Competition in the free market among employers provides workers with higher wages because employers compete for their services and productivity. However, where competition is suppressed and monopolies dominate the economic landscape, employers lack an incentive to provide high wages simply because workers have no other means of employment and are thus coerced into accepting whatever wage their employer offers. Consequently, if the government raises the minimum wage, it is tantamount to demanding that employers hire workers whose wages outrank their production—and for business purposes, nobody will ever hire such a worker. Thus, the most protected workers of the market—high-skilled workers and those of labor unions—benefit at the expense of everyone else. Succinctly put, it is the Law of Demand: when the price of a good or service increases [such as workers], the quantity of demand decreases. And many minority groups, who are business illiterate as a result of an incompetent, government-controlled education system, feel the brunt of the minimum wage law. As the Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman states in his monumental work Free to Choose: A Personal Statement, “We regard the minimum wage rate as one of the most, if not the most, anti-black laws on the statute

Readers Poll On average, a family with school-aged kids will be spending around $630 this year on school supplies. How much do you think you’ll be spending on school supplies this year per child? 13% Less than $20 41% Between $20-$50 29% Between $50-$100 17% More than $100

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books.” It is also noteworthy that a recent Census Bureau report has confirmed that if the president’s wage hike is realized, approximately 500,000 to 1 million jobs will be destroyed. If we earnestly want to help our workforce, we must create a society conducive to economic growth—a society based on free market principles, and just abolish the minimum wage law altogether. Best, Rafi Metz To the Editor, Like many in our community, I am dismayed by the Obama Administration’s nuclear deal with Iran. Given Iran’s stated goals of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” the money Iran would receive from relaxed sanctions – at least $50 billion – would undoubtedly be used to fund terrorism in the region. Iran is quite clear in its desire to develop nuclear weapons and this deal is a step towards achieving that objective. Despite repeated assurances, the Obama Administration was unable to secure “anywhere, anytime” inspections. With a 24-day inspection delay, how can we be sure Iran will not cheat? We can’t. Iran would reap extreme financial benefits from the deal – and will share the spoils with its terrorist proxies – while continuing to develop its nuclear program. And when the deal expires in ten years? Iran will be nuclear armed, richer than ever, and a more potent threat to America, Israel and the entire world. I want to thank everyone who has voiced their opposition to this deal. Many local organizations and individuals are working tirelessly to hold our elected officials accountable to us, their constituents. I had the privilege to participate in the Orthodox Union Advocacy Group’s meeting with Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, where we urged her to make an informed decision against party lines. Thankfully, Congresswoman Rice is receptive to the concerns of her constituents and considers this a top priority. I am disappointed that some county elected officials remain silent while so many local individuals and organizations work hard to voice our opposition to the deal. Because of the influence intrinsic in elected office, our local officials are uniquely positioned to voice our concerns and opinions. We need county officials who will embrace the responsibilities and duties of elected office and relentlessly advocate for their constituents. Sincerely, Tova Plaut Resident of Cedarhurst and Candidate for Nassau County Legislator, District Seven

Dear Editor, The late President Richard Nixon must be rolling over in his grave laughing upon hearing about recent e-mail problems of prominent public officials.   First we have former Senator and Secretary of State now Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with her ongoing e-mail Watergate-style scandal.  Now we have Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy with her own potential e-mail scandal.  It is true that liberal birds of a feather flock together.  Both Ms. Clinton and Ms. Kennedy are members of the 1% who believe that they are entitled and above the rules for the other 99%.  Millions of career federal civil servants could never get away with what both were doing: keeping private e-mail servers, sending and receiving potentially sensitive e-mails in unsecured systems along with deciding which e-mails to delete on their own.  So much for open transparency promised by President Obama’s administration.  This was supposed to include all of his leadership team and appointees. Ms. Kennedy did not obtain her job as Ambassador to Japan by responding to a help wanted ad in the New York Times or taking a Civil Servant Employment Exam. There were hundreds of better qualified career State Department employees, business people, educators or ordinary citizens who speak fluent Japanese, live or frequently travel to Japan, do business there and are familiar with the native culture, domestic and foreign affairs.    Under President Obama, it is “do as I say not as I do.”  He has awarded  more  career politicians and campaign contributors ambassadorships than any past president.  His promise of “Change you can believe in” is true.  The 99% continue to get whatever crumbs fall off the White House table while the 1% benefit from special favors.  These Obama treats include regulatory relief, tax code deductions, exemptions from Obama Care, contracts and political patronage jobs including plum assignments as ambassadors.  The appointment of Carolyn Kennedy as Ambassador to Japan was a quid pro quo for political support of the Kennedy family.  During the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primary at a critical moment, the late Senator Ted Kennedy and other family members’ endorsement moved momentum away from former Senator Hillary Clinton to Obama.  President Obama’s nose is longer than Pinocchio’s!  Sincerely,  Larry Penner


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Global Thousands Join in “You Stink” Protest in Beirut Thousands of protesters waving Lebanese flags and chanting “revolution” took to the streets of Beirut on Saturday for an unusual protest against

sectarian politicians they say are incompetent and corrupt. But they were just talking trash. Indeed, the protest came after the government failed to agree on trash disposal, leaving piles of garbage in the hot sun. The “You Stink” protest campaign, kindled by a waste crisis, has expanded to reflect anger at widely-perceived graft in the political class and the state’s failure to provide basic services. It is being regarded as the biggest protest

movement in Lebanon’s history organized independently of the sectarian parties that dominate politics. “We need a revolution to free ourselves from these politicians,” said Hani Abu Hamdan, a 23-year-old unemployed civil engineer. “We want power, we want water, we don’t want rubbish in the streets. We want these politicians to get lost.” Protesters of all ages marched, played music, and sang as they protest-

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“People want the downfall of the regime,” chanted groups of marching protesters, employing the slogan of mass movements that shook the Arab world in 2011. Campaigners are demanding that the environment minister resign, for immediate parliamentary elections, and a concrete resolution to the garbage crisis. They are also upset since the parliament has extended its own term until 2017. Lebanon has been without a president for more than a year and the last parliamentary polls took place in 2009. Salah Noureddine, a Lebanese national who traveled from Britain to take part in the protest, said it was time to remove “the corrupted system we inherited after the civil war.” “If we stay at home, they will rule for another 25 years or more,” he said.

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transferred to Riyadh, the Saudi capital, according to the Saudi newspaper Asharq Alawsat. In 2001, the FBI described the suspect as the leader of the armed wing of the once-active but shadowy Saudi Hezbollah group. The FBI had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest. Al-Mughassil, also known as Abu Omran, is one of 14 people named in a 2001 indictment in Alexandria, Virginia, in connection with the bombing. Charges include murder of federal employees and bombing resulting in death. The June 25, 1996 truck bombing at the Khobar Towers, an eight-story dormitory in eastern Saudi Arabia for U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to the Gulf, killed 19 Americans and wounded 372 more. It was the deadliest such attack targeting U.S. forces since the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marines’ barracks in Beirut that killed 241 American servicemen. U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby declined to comment on the capture but said: “The United States continues to stand with the victims and families harmed by this attack, and we’re going to continue working with Saudi Arabia and the international community to bring to justice all the perpetrators of it.” Three other Saudis are still on the FBI’s most-wanted list for the attack and are still at large: Ali al-Hoorie, Abdelkarim al-Nasser and Ibrahim alYacoub.

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Iran Working with Syria to Expel Sunnis Three Al-Jazeera English journalists have been sentenced to three years in prison for broadcasting “false news.” The sentences have sparked an international outcry over how authorities are trampling over free speech just over a

According to a new report, Iran is working with the Syrian regime to clear hundreds of thousands of Sunni Muslim residents from Damascus. The clearing comes in an effort to alter the demographic makeup of the city. According to the report, the overwhelmingly Shiite Iran is helping the regime to raze homes in the relatively plush Mezzeh neighborhood of Damascus, pushing out the Sunni residents in an effort to cement local Shiite support for the regime. Hundreds of families living in the area were given just a few hours to evacuate their homes. Another report this week shows that Iran had also been seeking to implement a population transfer in a recent ceasefire in the Syrian town of Zabadani, close to the Lebanese border. The deal would have seen the transfer of Zabadani’s Sunni population to rebel-held areas in exchange for Shiites from the towns of Foua and Kafraya, who would have been brought to regime-controlled areas around Damascus. Both Foua and Kafraya are pro-government Shiite enclaves in the predominantly pro-rebel Idlib province. Local sources have said that a ceasefire in the area had broken down and both sides had resumed shelling. The report added that Iran and the Assad regime are seeking population

year into general-turned-politician Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s presidency. The three are now seeking a pardon from el-Sissi, who has personally expressed regret over the long-running trial and the damage it has done to Egypt’s international reputation. El-Sissi has said that it would have been better to simply deport the journalists. Al Jazeera said it will also appeal the verdict once the court releases its full ruling in the next 30 days. Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste, and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed’s case had embroiled their work into the wider political conflict between Egypt and Qatar, where Al-Jazeera is based, following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The verdict comes just weeks after el-Sissi issued a new anti-terrorism law, which sets a sweeping definition for who could face a harsh set of punishments, including journalists who don’t toe the government line. The new law has drawn criticism from diplomats, press freedom advocates and human rights organizations. Greste, who was deported from Egypt in February, said he believed an

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A “supergiant” natural gas field off of Egypt has been discovered by Italian energy company Eni SpA. The field, which was discovered in the Mediterranean Sea, is being described as the “largest ever found.” Eni said the discovery — made in its Zohr prospect “in the deep waters of Egypt” — could hold a potential 30 trillion cubic feet of gas over an area of 40 square miles. The well is 120 miles from the Egyptian coast and is at a depth of 4,757 feet in the Shorouk Block, the company said. “Zohr is the largest gas discovery ever made in Egypt and in the Mediter-

transfers in order to strengthen the government’s control over key areas linking the Syrian capital with the Mediterranean coast, the heartland of the Alawite community, the Shiite sect to which President Bashar Assad belongs. Assad has been battling rebels seeking to oust him for more than four years in a bloody civil conflict that has created more than 3.5 million refugees and left at least 220,000 dead, according to the UN.

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ranean Sea and could become one of the world’s largest natural gas finds,” Eni said in a statement. “The discovery, after its full development, will be able to ensure satisfying Egypt’s natural gas demand for decades.” “Eni will immediately appraise the field with the aim of accelerating a fasttrack development of the discovery,” the energy company said. Eni has been in Egypt since 1954 through its subsidiary IEOC. It is the main hydrocarbon producer in Egypt, with a daily equity production of 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent, the company said. Egypt’s petroleum ministry said that the find was equal to about a third of Egypt’s current gas reserves.

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cases. He did not provide the names of those sentenced. The lawyer for Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who was tried for espionage in a Revolutionary Court, said the case “has nothing to do with the case of my client.” The court has yet to issue its verdict on Rezaian. Rezaian was arrested in July 2014 and reportedly faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. His case has been widely criticized by rights groups. Last week, an Iranian diplomat denied rumors that the Islamic Republic had any plans to swap the Post reporter for Iranian prisoners held in the United States. During the recent nuclear negotiations, U.S. diplomats say they raised the detention of Rezaian and of two other Americans, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati of Flint, Michigan, and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini of Boise, Idaho. They say they also asked for the Iranian government’s assistance in finding former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in 2007 while working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence mission. Dozens of people attended a Michigan rally last week to mark the four-year anniversary of Iran’s refusal to free Hekmati from prison. The former Marine has been in an Iranian prison since 2011, even though the U.S. government denies he’s a spy and has repeatedly called for his release.

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The Week In News Egyptian appeals court would overturn the verdict and called on el-Sissi to pardon him and his colleagues. Fahmy and Mohammed, both in the courtroom for the hearing, were immediately taken away by police after the hearing. “In the absence of any evidence of wrongdoing, the only conclusion that we can come to is that this verdict was politically motivated,” Greste told reporters in Sydney, Australia. “President Sissi now has an opportunity to undo that injustice. The eyes of the world are on Egypt.” Egypt regularly pardons convicts, especially around national and religious holidays. During this summer’s holy month of Ramadan, for example, authorities pardoned 165 people arrested for breaking a much-decried law banning unauthorized protests.

Israel Famous Refusenik Dies at 88 Aliyah activist Mark Dimshitz has passed away at the age of 88. Immigra-

tion Minister Zev Elkin eulogized him at the funeral. “Mark Dimshitz was a hero of Israel for our generation who, together with his brave friends, challenged the cruel Soviet regime in an attempt to raise to international attention the issue of Soviet Jewish freedom to make aliyah,” Elkin said.

Dimshitz was a Jewish pilot in the USSR and one of the organizers of “Operation Wedding” – a remarkable attempt to draw international attention to the plight of Soviet Jewry by hijacking a plane and flying to the West. The hijack attempt ultimately failed: On June 15, 1970, 16 Refuseniks arrived at an airport near Leningrad. The group noticed that they were being followed, but chose to continue anyway and were arrested by KGB agents before getting on the plane. Soviet authorities decided to charge

the group for treason, a charge that carried the death penalty. A showcase trail was held, and was later referred to as the “Leningrad Trial,” which stirred unrest in Israel and brought international attention to the plight of the Refuseniks. As a result of the operation, Dimshitz was sentenced to death, and only after great international pressure was the sentence commuted to 15 years of imprisonment. Dimshitz did not serve the entirety of his sentence and was released in a Soviet-American prisoner swap. On April 29, 1979, Dimshitz arrived in New York after being traded for two Russian spies captured by the Americans.  He later made aliyah to Israel. Minister Elkin said at the funeral: “While risking his life, Dimshitz along with Yosef Mendelovich, Eduard Koznachov, and others, managed to shake the Iron Curtain and pushed forward the global battle for Soviet Jewry’s right to make aliyah to Israel. It is symbolic that this hero of Israel left us this year, a year in which Israel marks 25 years since the major aliyah of Soviet Jewry, which changed the face of the nation. We all owe him a huge debt, and his personal story deserves a place in the national ethos.”

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The military wing of Hamas released a video this week apparently showing renewed cross-border tunnel infrastructure in the Gaza Strip as well as a range of military equipment and techniques for targeting IDF forces. Published by the group’s Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades military wing exactly a year after a ceasefire brought to an end a 50-day war between Hamas and Israel, the short clip begins with a large excavator digging into the sandy ground common to many areas in the Gaza Strip. With rousing Arabic music playing in the background, the footage moves on to various scenes showing armed men in camouflage fatigues praying before battle, moving through concrete-lined tunnels, and emerging from beneath the ground. It shows terrorists using rifles,

sniper rifles and rocket-propelled grenades to engage targets including buildings and what appears to be an IDF tank. Hamas fighters are also seen practicing tending to wounded comrades in the tunnels, storming mockups of IDF army posts, ambushing IDF patrols, and pretending to shoot soldiers. Earlier this month the IDF had confirmed that “not a small number” of cross-border tunnels have recently been dug by Hamas under the border into Israel, including one in the area of the Kerem Shalom border crossing. According to the report, Israel has “information” on the tunnels and has troops “working around the clock” to grapple with the threat. However, Israel prefers to wait rather than send troops into the Hamasheld Gaza Strip to tackle the tunnel network there, because it knows that if it does so, it will trigger another war. The new Hamas war efforts have been buoyed by Iranian assistance, including cash, military training for Hamas fighters, weapons and electronics equipment, some of which can be used to counter drones. During July and August 2014, the IDF battled in Gaza against Hamas-led Palestinian terror groups. One of the main goals of the operation was to destroy a network of tunnels dug by Hamas under the border with Israel that were used to launch a series of deadly ambushes within Israeli territory. At the end of July of this year, Hamas claimed to have dug a new fortified attack tunnel stretching into Israeli territory. The attack tunnel was said to be 3.5 kilometers long and would be used in the “next round” of violence with Israel, masked Hamas operatives told Al-Alam, Iran’s Arabic-language channel.

Abbas Builds Palace PA Can’t Afford Despite the Palestinian Authority’s financial crisis, President Mahmoud Abbas is leading the construction of a luxurious presidential palace near Ramallah at a cost of $13 million. “The goal of this project is to establish the Presidential Guest Palace in Surda, Ramallah, within an area of 4,700 square meters, along with a building for the Presidential Administration and guards with an area of 4,000 square meters. The construction process includes also preparing the surrounding area and two helipads. The project will be constructed over a land area of 27,000 square meters,” says a statement on the website of PECDAR,


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InterNations has released a list of the best countries for raising a family. The complete list is included here and is especially noteworthy as Israel came in fourth in the world. The 2015 Family Life Index poll asked expat parents to rate the country they moved to in terms of the quality, cost and availability of childcare and education. Austria topped the list, followed by Finland at second place, and Sweden at third. The U.S. and Britain both failed to make the world’s top 20. Here are the top 20 countries in the world for expats to raise a family: 1. Austria 2. Finland 3. Sweden 4. Israel 5. New Zealand 6. Singapore

A document has been uncovered that gives insight into the pre-state Israeli intelligence agency’s view of Adolf Eichmann. The 1947 document shows that officials feared that Eichmann would escape to Israel and try to pass himself off as a Jew, as he had “vast experience” with Jews while working in the Nazis’ Jewish department. Eichmann, who had headed the Nazi’s Scientific Museum of Jewish Affairs, was the Gestapo’s self-proclaimed “Jewish expert.” The document cites his knowledge of Hebrew and Yiddish and his organizational skills as a high-level Nazi officer. The eight-page “Alertness Pamphlet” is an internal Haganah watch list of criminals. Each page is filled with portraits of suspects, their written physical descriptions, why they are on the list, and what should be done with them when found. Eichmann’s profile is listed on Page 8, where he is described as around 40 years old, approximately 176 centimeters in height, with twisted legs and a slim build. He is listed as having dark blond hair, a high forehead, thin lips, gray-bluish eyes, and a large, narrow and slightly twisted nose with large nostrils. A portrait of a much younger Eichmann in plainclothes is included. In 1947, when the booklet was issued, Eichmann, born Otto Adolf Eich-

Hamas Spins “Black Friday” Tale A new report out of Gaza has been detailing the events of “Black Friday” in Rafah, including an interview with members of Hamas’s military wing. The report featured a never before seen image showing Gilad Shalit in captivity. On August 1, 2014, during Operation Protective Edge, three IDF soldiers were killed and the body of one of them, Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, was taken by Hamas. Maj. Benaya Sarel

and Staff Sergeant Liel Gidoni were the other two soldiers who died in the attack.

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mann, had already escaped an American army detention camp under the name Otto Ackmann. According to Yad Vashem, after his escape in January 1946, “he hid out on a farm for a few months before going on to live in the British occupation zone under the borrowed identity of Otto Henninger.” By 1950 Eichmann would be granted a “certificate of indulgence” by the Catholic Church with which he would make passage from Italy to Argentina under the name “Ricardo Klement.” He used that alias until his capture by the Israeli secret service, the Mossad, on May 20, 1960. In 1937, Eichmann did make a trip to Palestine which led to his organization of a Central Office for Jewish Emigration in Vienna in 1938. According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, “the Central Office ‘facilitated’ the emigration of 110,000 Austrian Jews between August 1938 and June 1939.” The recently uncovered 1947 document will be auctioned off through the Jerusalem-based Kedem auction house at a starting price of $500. The auction house had previously sold a large container of Eichmann trial-related documents for $12,000.

Over the past year, the PA’s financial woes have worsened. In March, the Palestinian government in the West Bank voted on an emergency budget after countries that pledged to donate to the Palestinians reneged on their promises. The construction of the palace also comes amid widespread speculation that Abbas could step down soon. The section on the PECDAR website devoted to “Ongoing and Future Projects” also contains a page about the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, in which neighborhoods were destroyed during last summer’s war.

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The most incendiary claim in the recent report was that a Hamas fighter dressed in an IDF uniform was killed during the firefight, and that two IDF soldiers were killed, not three, as the IDF declared. According to Hamas, the IDF evacuated one of the Hamas dead, thinking he was a dead Israeli soldier. Additionally, one of the Hamas fighters present at the scene, Abu Walid, stated the firefight between the sides started at 7:30 AM and lasted five minutes, which would mean it began before the humanitarian ceasefire on that day at 8:00 AM. This contradicts Israeli accounts and evidence that the incident occurred at around 9:00 AM. Hamas alleged that this discrepancy is because the IDF only attacked after two hours when they realized they had not brought back an Israeli soldier and that Goldin was missing. After Goldin’s capture, the IDF issued the Hannibal Directive, which allows commanders to take whatever action is necessary to prevent a situation where Israel is forced to negotiate with captors. IDF troops fired close to 2,000 missiles, bombs and shells that morning in Rafah in order to stop the kidnapping attempt.


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Professor Uri Shanas, a faculty member of the Department of Biology and Environment at the University of Haifa, has started a crowdfunding project that aims to preserve the biological diversity in danger of extinction on earth. In just a few weeks, the professor has managed to pass his initial target sum of $20,000, and donations are still coming in. Professor Shanas started an open, democratic, international “purchasing group” whose entire purpose is saving the planet. “We don’t have to – and we can’t – defend the earth at all times,” said Shanas. “But if we can preserve the part

that has an extraordinary diversity of plants and animals that are at risk of extinction, we can stop the disappearance of species that is happening today.” Shanas asked for help from the public in raising $25,000 to create an organization dedicated to conservation of the world’s species. He said there are already many species of plant and animal in danger of going extinct, with the list only growing with global warming and the continued destruction of open pastures. “We don’t always know what the extraction of one species from the system will do, but there are examples of systemic collapse that went so far as to affect mankind that were the result of one species’ extinction. For instance, the extinction of the sea otter in the Pacific Ocean caused a rise in local sea urchin populations, which ate the algae in the area, causing fish populations to starve, causing many fishermen to lose both their livelihood and food supply,” explains Prof. Shanas. According to him, the path to conservation of the biological diversity is simple. 1.4 percent of the world’s surface is comprised of areas that are considered “hot zones” of biological diversity – areas where many plant and animal species

are on the brink of extinction. Purchasing these areas and turning them into nature resorts could save these species – and life on earth. Professor Shanas aims to create an organization called This Is My Earth (TIME), which every person on earth will be invited to join at a (starting) cost of $1 per year. All members will vote each year on where to invest the organization’s money, choosing from a list of “hot zones” that will be put together by an international team of scientists. All members will have an equal vote, no matter how much they paid in membership fees. “The main difference between TIME and other groups and individuals who are purchasing land for conservation today is the democratic, international, and public nature of the project,” said the professor, “as well as the fact that responsibility for taking care of each zone purchased will be given to TIME members in that zone’s country. The goal isn’t to maintain some sort of ‘green colonialism,’ but to let local residents handle their own natural resources. We’re interested in building an organization that can educate people to be involved, conserve the environment, and be democratic from an early age. And yes, also to save the earth.”

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boy. At one point, a girl bites his arm. “We are very proud of what we saw, proud of the restraint that he demonstrated, because without a doubt if [the] women had been injured, it would have ended very differently,” Arnon, the soldier’s father, told Army Radio. The father criticized those who questioned his son’s actions. “Anyone can sit in their living room and judge the soldiers,” he

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more than they were in 2007, the pre-recession peak. Four out of five cities have now surpassed their 2007 congestion. Last year, the national average time that commuters wasted stuck in traffic was 42 hours, about the same as in 2007. The cost of congestion to the average auto commuter was $960 in lost time and fuel in 2014. Trends seem to indicate that cities with fast-growing economies and healthy job growth tend to be plagued by more traffic. Of course it’s not just the economy’s “fault.” Urban populations are increasing and lower fuel prices are making driving less expensive, so more people are taking to city roads. “Our growing traffic problem is too massive for any one entity to handle — state and local agencies can’t do it alone,” said Tim Lomax, a co-author of the report. The report recommends a mix of solutions, including making existing road and transit systems more efficient, encouraging more flexible work schedules, adding capacity to highgrowth travel corridors, and creating more high-density neighborhoods where homes, offices, stores and other development can be reached through walking, biking or public transit.

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tor at the time of Williams’ employment who hired him at WBDJ in 2012 and then fired him the following year, mostly for performance issues. “[He] had a level of a long series of complaints against co-workers nearly from the beginning of employment at the TV station,” Dennison related. “That really had nothing to do with his termination, and after a lot of investigation both internally and externally, all of these allegations were deemed to be unfounded.” He claimed that he was the victim of racial attacks. Both Parker and Ward were energetic employers who could “brighten up the room.” Coworkers would say that Ward was a big “teddy bear.” He was engaged to be married to a coworker. Andy Parker, Alison’s father, said that he was “numb, devastated” when he heard the tragic news. “Alison was our bright, shining light and it was cruelly extinguished by yet another crazy person with a gun,” he lamented. “She excelled at everything she did and was loved by everyone she touched. She loved us dearly, and we talked to her every single day. Not hearing her voice again crushes my soul. Our family can only take solace in the fact that although her life was brief, she was so happy with it. She lived it to the fullest and her spirit will always be with us.”

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Experts estimate the price of treating dementia could reach as high as $1 trillion within the next three years. Advocates are demanding that the government adopt legislation to ensure better treatment for people with the disease. People with dementia are not the only ones affected by the condition. Very often, caregivers, particularly their children, experience stress or trauma and require their own support system. According to the Mayo Clinic, individuals who suffer from dementia have at least one of two brain functioning problems: problems with memory, judgment, or language, or problems with doing daily activities (like getting lost while driving or paying bills). While memory loss can be a symptom of dementia, it does not automatically diagnose a person; there can be other reasons for memory loss. There is no known cure for dementia.

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“He definitely wrote to the very end,” said Kate Edgar, his personal assistant, noting that in his final days Sacks never stopped penning a legacy that will be published posthumously and may include “several books.” NYU School of Medicine, where Sacks taught, said in a statement mourning his death that his “breakthrough work” in the fields of neurology and neuro psychiatry led to important understandings in these fields. “Equally important, his prolific, award-winning writing touched the lives of millions around

the world,” NYU said. Sacks was called “a kind of poet laureate of medicine” and “one of the great clinical writers of the 20th century” by the New York Times. Using an old school typewriter or writing by hand, Sacks wrote more than a dozen books, filling them with detailed, years-long case histories of patients who often became his friends. He explained to lay readers how the brain handles everything from autism to savantism, colorblindness to Tourette’s syndrome, and how his patients could adapt to their unconventional minds. “The brain is the most intricate mechanism in the universe,” he said in a People magazine interview. “I couldn’t imagine spending my life with kidneys.” Sacks had a long history of medical and mental conditions. He had suffered from drug abuse and acute shyness and he suffered from prosopagnosia, a disorder that leaves victims unable to recognize faces. His autobiography, On the Move: A Life, was released in May. The British-born author announced in February that he had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Sacks was Jewish, born in London to physician parents.

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If you’re visiting the nation’s tallest mountain, you may want to recheck your guidebooks before you go. On Sunday, President Obama announced that he will be changing Alaska’s Mount McKinley to Denali, a name that nearby natives have long used. The president is taking the Alaska natives’ side in a dispute over the 20,000 foot peak that has stretched on for more than a century. “Generally believed to be central to the Athabascan creation story, Denali is a site of significant cultural importance to many Alaska Natives,” the White House said in a Sunday fact sheet. “The name ‘Denali’ has been used for many years and is widely used across the state today.” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the change recognizes that Denali is sacred to many Alaskans. “The name Denali has been official for use by the State of Alaska since 1975, but even more importantly, the mountain has been known as Denali for generations,” said Jewell, who is responsible for the Board on Geographic Names, the federal body in charge of place names. “With our own sense of reverence for this place, we are officially renaming the mountain Denali in recognition of the traditions of Alaska Natives and the strong support of the people of Alaska,” she said. Alaska first formally requested the change when it recognized Denali itself in 1975. Denali means “the great one” in the local Athabaskan language. Changing the name has often been a bipartisan legislative priority among Alaska’s congressional delegation to rename the mountain. Lisa Murkowski (R), the state’s senior senator and chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which is responsible for the matter, has sponsored legislation in every session of Congress to do so since taking her seat. “For centuries, Alaskans have known this majestic mountain as the ‘Great One.’ Today we are honored to be able to officially recognize the mountain as

Denali,” she said in a statement. “I’d like to thank the President for working with us to achieve this significant change to show honor, respect, and gratitude to the Athabascan people of Alaska,” she continued. But not everyone welcomed the change. Many in Ohio have strongly opposed the renaming, attempting to preserve the honor of William McKinley, an Ohio native. The 25th president was a presidential candidate when a gold prospector first named the peak after him. Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) introduced a bill in January to reaffirm the McKinley name, calling the mountain “a testament to his countless years of service to our country.”

Washington State Honors Fallen Firemen Three brave U.S. Forest Service firefighters perished on August 19 in the raging wildfires of Washington State. On Sunday, thousands gathered in Wenatchee to pay tribute to the heroes: 20-year-old Tom Zbyszewski, 26-yearold Andrew Zajac, and 31-year-old Richard Wheeler.

“They dedicated their lives to protecting our national forests and the people in the communities surrounding them,” Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said in a eulogy. “And for that we should be grateful.” Over 80 vehicles participated in the procession leading to the memorial service where more than 100 firefighters stood to honor the deceased. Dozens of civilians also took part, many holding U.S. flags and others with signs that said, “You are heroes!” The three firefighters had set out to battle the Twisp Fire when they got into a crash due to heavy winds. Sadly, shortly after, flames overtook the vehicle. “The fire was racing and the winds were blowing in every direction, and then they would shift,” Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said at the time, standing not far from the flames. The fire that killed the three men has now been contained but forest fires have


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Manno, 53, at the nearby Village Shalom retirement center. During his closing, Miller said he had been “floating on a cloud” since the killings. Earlier, he objected when District Attorney Steve Howe said he wanted to kill as many people as possible. Miller interjected: “I wanted to kill Jews, not people.” The proceedings were marked with frequent outbursts from Miller, who

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On August 30, 1963, a DC-to-Moscow hotline was installed in the White House for the purpose of opening a line of communication between the United States and the USSR to avoid a misunderstanding that might lead to war. For many, the picture they have in their minds of the line is a bright red rotary phone. Interestingly, though, the hotline phone wasn’t red—and it wasn’t even a phone. It looked more like an abbreviated typewriter. And it came in a case that looked like an old record cabinet. Oh, and one more thing: it wasn’t even in the White House. It linked the Pentagon and the Kremlin. The device sent messages through teletype from Washington to Moscow and then vice versa. It was sent in the sender’s language and then translated once received. So why do so many picture a red phone when they think about those times? It could be movies played a part— producers thought a red phone would be more interesting to viewers than a black one. And at one point a photo surfaced of President Jimmy Carter attempting to negotiate with Iran over the release of hostages using a red phone. In 2007, the Moscow-Washington hotline switched to a computer network, but the mode of communication is relegated to chat and email, with no red phone in sight.

“You probably won’t sleep tonight.” Despite his admission to committing the murders, Miller pleaded not guilty, saying it was his duty to stop genocide against the white race. None of the victims, though, was Jewish. The Passover eve shootings killed William Corporon, 69, and Corporon’s 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, and Terri La-

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murder, three counts of attempted murder, and assault and weapons charges. The white supremacist admitted to killing three people at two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites on Passover eve last year and told jurors he hoped to “die a martyr” for the shootings. After the verdict was announced, Miller, 74, of Aurora, Missouri, said: “The fat lady just sang.” As jurors were filing out of the courtroom, he told them:

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The objections became so heated that Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan temporarily ejected Miller from the courtroom when Miller said he didn’t respect the process and used an anti-Semitic comment to criticize the court system. Ryan told Miller that if there were further outbursts, he would permanently eject him or declare a mistrial. The jury will deliberate the sentence for Miller, who could get the death penalty.

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Marcy Borders’s face was recognized across the world in the days following the September 11th attacks in New York City. She was the woman in one of the most circulated photos of that fateful day. At the time of the attacks, Borders was 28 and had just gotten hired at Bank of America in one of the Twin Towers. She managed to escape the building before the Towers collapsed and took refuge in a nearby office building where AFP photographer Stan Honda captured a haunting photo of her. She is pictured in her business suit covered in a thick layer of ash from head to toe. This photo earned her the

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By now we all know that exercise is good for your body but now scientists are making a bold statement. Scientists claim that taking a brisk 25-minute walk every day can increase a person’s life by seven years. The new research suggests that consistent exercise can reduce the risk of dying from a heart attack by half. Don’t be discouraged if you feel you are already “over the hill”; the researchers believe that even people in their 70s can benefit from regular movement. Elders who begin exercising at a later age are less likely to go on to develop atrialfibrillation, a heart rhythm condition that affects about 10 percent of people over 80. Sanjay Sharma, professor of cardiac diseases at St George’s University Hos-

In just four days, more than 240 people were taken into federal custody across Southern California after a fourday sweep for immigrants in the country illegally with criminal records. The enforcement action ended last Thursday with 244 foreign nationals in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement — most of them with at least one felony conviction on their record. According to ICE, it was the most successful four-day sweep of its kind in the region. 191 of those rounded up were from Mexico; the rest were from 21 other countries, including France, Ghana, Peru and Thailand. It used to be easier for ICE agents to round up and deport immigrants who had been convicted of crimes. The agency would contact local jails and ask Continued on page 36


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NYC Professor Talks Trash

“What does trash tell you about us?” asks New York University professor Robin Nagle who frequently goes out on trucks with garbage-collection crews in search of an answer. She has studied the trash along the curbs of the big Apple as a mirror into the lives of its 8.5 million residents. “We’re a throwaway culture that’s going too fast,” Nagle asserts about the 3.5 million ton annual trash pile that the Department of Sanitation collects each year. Modern Gotham, she says, tends to

treat just about everything — from furniture to electronics to clothing — like so many paper coffee cups. “We assume that we don’t need to waste time taking care of mundane, useful objects when we can, with no responsibility, get rid of them,” the garbage guru says. Factor in a city of mostly small apartments, where residents are constantly tossing out stuff to make more space, and you get what Nagle considers a gold mine for garbage pickers. Many residents furnish their homes with other people’s refuse. Some forage for edible food that’s never been cooked, such as bagels, rice and pasta. And a private wardrobe could be filled with rejected clothing, shoes and jewelry, along with sofas, beds, domestic appliances, even paintings. “The quantities of trash that New Yorkers throw out are dazzling,” Nagle says. “And the quality of goods they put on the street because they’re done with it and discardable is also very impressive.” On a smaller scale, sanitation workers can learn about residents’ lives through their refuse. During a divorce, photos may be thrown out; a new baby will herald dirty diapers; a person suffering from a drinking problem will be throwing out bags of empty bottles. Nagle, 54, lobbied sanitation officials for two years before being named to the unpaid position of anthropologist-in-residence in 2006. Her research has led to several books, a TED Talk, a New York University course she teaches titled “Garbage in Gotham,” and a personal campaign to get manufacturers to use more recyclable materials. “She’s part of the family,” says sanitation Assistant Chief Keith Mellis. Indeed, Nagle has literally gotten her hands dirty learning about the city’s mounds of trash. She worked for almost a year as a salaried sanitation worker. “I love sanitation,” Nagle says.


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Whatever. We knew this way before you, anyway. According to the Wall Street Journal, sarcasm in the workplace can actually make you a more creative thinker. Researchers in a new study manipulated sarcasm in a lab by having participants simulate conversations. In one study, the subjects had to say something sarcastic or sincere, hear a comment that was sarcastic or sincere, or have a neutral conversation. In a second study, participants had to remember a time when they said or heard something sarcastic, sincere, or neutral, and in a third study, they had to imagine a sarcastic, sincere, or neutral punchline to a joke. When they all completed creative tasks after the exercise, the people in the sarcastic conditions performed better. Well, yeah?!

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Gravy Wrestling Gets Greasy

The winner is hitting the sauce. The 6th Annual World Gravy Wrestling Championships got good and greasy Monday afternoon in Rossendale, UK, thanks to 22 participants who wrestled in 396 gallons of beef gravy outside of the Rose n Bowl pub. How does the saucy struggle work? The rules are simple: wrestlers roll around the gravy for two minutes, with points going to the wrestlers who inspire the meatiest audience response. Some participants felt they needed extra ingredients to get the crowd going. Fred Flintstone, a nun, and even a chicken made an appearance in the meaty liquid. In the end, Gandalf was crowned the gravy king: Joel Hicks, dressed as the Tolkien character, took home the gold. For some (actually, for most people), rolling around in greasy liquid is none too appetizing. But for others, after watching the match, they headed home for some stew. “It made me really hungry and it was really tempting to jump in there myself,” George Mason, one of the spectators, said. “The first thing we did afterwards was go and buy some chips and gravy. It’s one of our favorite foods around here.”  Sounds like they’re really sauced.


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You know what they say: all you need is $20 and a dream. When Hubert Tang found $20 at the San Francisco International Airport last week, it was his lucky day—and he didn’t know it would get even luckier for him. The San Francisco Bay Area man had not bought a lottery ticket in ten years. But with his newfound cash, he bought two scratch-off tickets—and that led him to the top prize: $1 million. The seven figures came as a shock to him. “I scratched the ticket outside of the store. I told my friend who I was with that I didn’t know if it was real but, ‘I think I just won a million dollars,’” Tang said. He works as a bartender and hopes to save the money for now. He quipped that he may begin leaving $20 bills on the street in random places to spread his good fortune. Hubert, just let me know where you plan on dropping them. I’ll be happy to pick them up.

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Breakfast Makes Teacher Late 111 Times

Want a better excuse than your dog eating your homework? How about you’re late because you were eating breakfast? That excuse seemed to work (well, until it didn’t) for an elementary school teacher who was late for work 111 times in two years. He was allowed to keep his job despite his tardiness and then blamed his breakfast for the delay. “I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning and I lost track of time,” 15-year veteran teacher Arnold Anderson related. Roosevelt Elementary School in New Jersey was unable to fire the tardy teacher from his $90,000-a-year job. The arbitrator in the case said Anderson was entitled to progressive discipline and not a pink slip. Even so, the arbitrator criticized Anderson’s claim that the quality of his teaching outweighed his lateness. “I have to cut out eating breakfast at home,” Anderson finally admitted. He was finally suspended without pay until January 1. After the decision, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie weighed in, “Think I’m too tough on the teachers union? This is what we’re dealing with in NJ,” he tweeted. When he returns to school in Janu-

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It was found in a landfill, but don’t call it garbage. A stash of old video games was found in Alamogordo, New Mexico, after the town wished to put an urban legend to rest. Back in 1983, after the video game crash, it was said that Atari 2600 cartridges were buried in the landfill. Was it really there? Was it all talk? Well, the town decided to do its own sleuthing and they dug up the landfill, finding the hoard of old games. Turns out all that digging was worth something. 881 cartridges were auctioned off on eBay by the town for a whopping $107,930. Yes, that’s around $122.50 per cartridge. Buyers came from all over the world—including Australia, France, Brazil and Singapore. In fact, shipping alone came out to over $26,000. The town is celebrating. The city of Alamogordo will receive $65,037 of the funds, with an additional $16,259 going to the Tularosa Basin Historical Society. Though most famous for housing tons of unsold copies of the terrible E.T. game, a wealth of other Atari titles were found in the landfill. Titles like Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Pele’s Soccer, Yar’s Revenge, Baseball, Centipede, and Warlords comprised the bulk of the Alamogordo sale. There was at least one copy of E.T. in the mix, selling for a whopping $1,535 to become the single biggest earner. Joe Lewandowski, the garbage contractor who remembered burying the games and was responsible for helping the crew locate them last year, says he’s still holding onto 297 E.T. cartridges, partially in hopes that Hollywood, which has seemingly never met a film it’s not willing to make again, attempts to remake the classic. “There’s 297 we’re still holding in an archive that we’ll sell at a later date when we decide what to do with them,” he said. “I might sell those if a second movie comes out but for now we’re just holding them.”

ary, “I will be early,” Anderson said. Hope he finds time to buy some alarm clocks. He’ll be needing them.

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by the city’s farmers markets. According to the Netherlands-based designers, the city’s outdoor farmers markets throw away more than 7,700 pounds of fruit and vegetable waste from rotten, damaged, or imperfect produce in just one day.     The designers took the damaged produce and turned it into fruit leather. But instead of packaging it for consumption, they turned them into packages—bags you can use to tote your undamaged fruit from the farmers market.    Think you’ll get hungry schlepping all that produce home? Well, I guess you can nibble on your new fruit leather bag, but then what would you use to carry all your purchases?

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They certainly do things differently in China. Albert, the first monkey astronaut, shot up into space 67 years ago. But now, a whole bunch of apes are to join the Chinese air force—and there’s no monkeying around. Thankfully, the primates won’t be in charge of the controls. But they will be tasked with climbing up trees and breaking up bird nests in order to address a serious issue for the force of just having way too many birds around as planes take off and land. “The use of monkeys is an innovative idea, which has been effective. They do their job better than  people,” Colonel Han Bin said, according to Sputnik News, a Russian government news outlet. The high population of birds in the trees around Chinese air bases poses a serious risk for the pilots and crews aboard the planes. China has already taken out 180 bird nests at an air base near Beijing. Since so many birds are in the skies, they often get sucked into aircraft turbines and engines, resulting in a truly dangerous situation. Engines can fail and pilots would be required to perform emergency landings or crash. Birds wreaking havoc on airplanes are not only a Chinese problem. The United States has had similar issues, with birds causing an estimated $600 million in damages in the country each year. Apes on a plane. That’s as funny as a barrel of monkeys. 


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Around The Community Iyun Night Kollel Growing Fast After much success in its first zman, the Iyun Night Kollel for working balaei batim continues into Elul. It is an extension of the Mir Alumni Kollel in Lakewood, which was established two years ago to fill a void that existed for many alumni of the Mir, and yeshiva guys in general, who went out to work and miss the yeshiva-style learning. B”H there are already many shiruim and learning programs in Gemara, halacha, and the like in the community. Yet,

with all that, post-yeshiva bochurim find themselves missing that geshmake seder in iyun and lamdus. The Kollel offers working bnei Torah an exciting program that enables them to maintain a meaningful kesher with the Yeshiva through learning sugyos b’iyun with a close-knit chevra and suitable chavrusos. Weekly marei mekomos are provided, as well as a coordinator who assists with chavrusos arrangements and a shoel u’meshiv to discuss the sugyos. Each Thursday

night there is a live interactive shiur from HaRav Yosef Elefant shlita, plus periodic shmuessen via two-way video conferencing. The Five Towns branch is growing fast, and is always looking to add to the ruach of Torah, so it is never too late to join the Kollel. They learn through various sugyos, and the marei mekomos are always new and fresh each week. Although it was originally created for alumni of the Mirrer Yeshiva, all are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Kollel is located at Mesivta Ateres Yaakov, 131 Washington Avenue (directly across from Carlos & Gabby’s, parking at bank next door which

is allowed after 6 PM). The Kollel is learning the sugya of Shmitaas Kesafim this zman. The learning will start with Maariv at 8:45 followed by seder. Thursday night is the shiur with cholent, kugel and refreshments. So join now, and get back to your yeshiva days! For more details, and for assistance finding a chavrusa, please contact R’ Zvi Soroka at 845-364-7155.

Kids of Courage’s Summer Adventure The magic never felt so real in Orlando. The highly visited city gets an average of 57 million visitors every year, but this summer there was a group of over 400 people who truly stood out from the rest. The swarm of brightly colored t-shirts and caps that is trademark to Kids of Courage brought life, once again, to the various theme parks and attractions in Orlando for their annual nine day Summer Adventure Camp in mid-Au-

gust. The trip had liftoff with hugs galore as veteran Couragers reunited and new Couragers were welcomed at Newark

Airport for the United-turned-Courage Airlines flight down south. The camp had over 130 chronically ill children and young adults from more than a dozen U.S. states, Canada, Israel and South America. The crew that never stops smiling explored Universal Studios, braved the intensely feared drop that only the SheiKra roller coaster in Busch Gardens Tampa can provide, and took selfies with Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum, among other thrilling escapades, which included Legoland, SeaWorld and ATVing. One evening, the DoubleTree Hotel was introduced to a new generation of up-and-coming pop stars as an explosive lip sync battle was waged; wheelchairs and oxygen tanks became bling, medications and hospital visits are what all the cool kids do.  Kids of Courage is a reality where the word handicap is not a limitation but an incentive to go the distance. To these magnificent campers, illness is not a barrier or a wall. It is not something that holds them back from pursuing goals and following their dreams. K.O.C. is made up of the most resilient children and young adults who, instead of saying, “I can’t go jet skiing because of my ventilator,” say, “Who’s got the plastic wrap!?”

and jump on. All year long these brave souls hear from doctors and other health care providers that they cannot do this or they should really stay away from that. With the guidance of an amazing medical staff, the assistance of hard working logistics staff, the encouragement of wonderful counselors, and the talented media staff to get it all on camera, these Couragers muster up the courage to do the seemingly impossible when with Kids of Courage. It is truly a sight to see.


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with various community leaders, senior Rabbonim and local elected officials. Mr. Heastie enjoyed meeting a true cross section of our community and particularly appreciated the honest and open dialogue which he shared with many of the attendees. The Speaker made a strong, on-the-record commitment to return to the community and

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nity including Kulanu and his visit culminated with a community-wide meet and greet at the offices of the Achiezer Community Resource Center. In addition to receiving a private tour of the Achiezer offices, Speaker Heastie met

Carl Heastie, Speaker of the New York State Assembly, came to the Far Rockaway/Five Towns area during a local tour this past week. The Speaker made several visits around the commu-

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NYS Assembly Speaker Visits Far Rockaway/Five Towns Community

L to R, standing: Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford; Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky; Baruch Bender; Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder; Fran Hermes; Michael Fragin; Jeff Leb; Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky; Speaker Carl Heastie; Rabbi Bruce Ginsberg; Asher Mansdorf; Baruch Rothman; Jason Bokor; Eli Weiss From L to R, sitting: Myrna Zisman, Cedarhurst Trustee; Ben Weinstock, Mayor of Cedarhurst; Rabbi Hershel Billet; Avi Lauer; Israel Wasser

personally help support the community and its specific needs. It was Assembly-

Legislator Jason Bokor (HAFTR), Denise Ford, Michael Fragin (Village of Lawrence Trustee), Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg (Congregation Sons of IsAssemblyman Phil Goldfedrael),   er, Larry Gordon (Five Towns Jewish Times), Rabbi Kenneth Hain (Congregation Beth Shalom),  Fran Hirmes (Chairman of the Board of Emunah), Rabbi Mordechai Kaminetzky (Yeshiva of South Shore), Avi Lauer (Ye-

shiva University), Jeff Leb (UJA Vice President of Government Relations and Peninsula Library Board President), Dr. Asher Mansdorf (Lawrence School Board Member), Rabbi Baruch Rothman (Yeshiva Darchei Torah), Izzy Wasser (Village of Cedarhurst Trustee), Mayor Benjamin Weinstock (Village of Cedarhurst), Trustee Myrna Zisman, (Village of Cedarhurst and Kulanu Board Member).

man Todd Kaminsky who spearheaded and coordinated this visit and along with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder we thank them for their continued commitment to Achiezer and our community at large. Attendees included: Rabbi Boruch B. Bender (Achiezer), Rabbi Hershel Billet (Young Israel of Woodmere),

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Around The Community Assemblymembers Todd Kaminsky and Phil Goldfeder joined with NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Tuesday and visited the 20th Assembly District. Among other stops, he toured Kulanu, a school for children with special needs in Cedarhurst. L to R: Mark Konigsfeld; Ben Weinstock, Mayor of Cedarhurst; Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder; Speaker Carl Heastie; Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky; Legislator Denise Ford; Kulanu staff members; Beth Raskin, Executive Director of Kulanu

Jewish Emergency Medical Stories For its newest announced release, one of the world’s largest printing presses of Jewish sefarim is excited to welcome submissions of stories from the community. Within the home, and certainly within our community, family life is constantly given the safety and security of emergency medical services being immediately available with just a phone call away. Recognizing that Hashem is what truly protects and provides us with our safety and medical care, a new compilation collecting stories from the

general community about their EMS experiences invites you contribute your story now too. Focused on medical emergencies and the response from the community with the help from Hashem, to contribute a story, please email: HaShemSaves@ gmail.com. Updates on this book’s upcoming release are available by text by sending “@ThankGD ” to 81010. To receive the text update anonymously, when an automatic reply prompts for your name, please just enter any two words. A Message from the United States

Well-known Letter to the Editor writer Larry Penner and his wife, Wendy, celebrated National Banana Split Day at Hildebrandts Ice Cream Parlor.

A Message To All Americans Traveling To Uman For Rosh Hashanah Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine:

Welcome to Ukraine! In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season in Uman, we ask that you take the following precautions: Defer all travel to the Crimean Peninsula and the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, and exercise extreme caution if planning to travel to the regions of Odessa and Kharkhiv. Russia-backed separatists continue to control areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, establishing illegal checkpoints and threatening, detaining, and kidnapping individuals, including U.S. citizens, for hours or days. Violent clashes between the Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces have resulted in thousands of injuries and deaths, with civilian deaths being reported on a regular basis. Exercise situational awareness and maintain a low profile to help prevent becoming a victim of crime. According to the Ukrainian Government, criminal activity throughout Ukraine is increasing.  Non-violent crimes, such as pick-pocketing, cell phone theft, and purse snatching remain prevalent and constitute a majority of the reported non-violent crimes.  U.S. citizens are targeted for criminal activity when such opportunities present themselves and criminals have not hesitated to use vio-

lence if victims resist. The embassy routinely receives reports of ATM and credit card fraud throughout Ukraine.  The embassy recommends against using any ATMs, but if necessary use ATMs situated inside banks. ATMs on the streets and in bars/clubs often have malicious code installed to steal your information.  With regards to credit cards, the embassy recommends that exercising extreme caution when using credit cards. Try to use cash wherever possible to avoid credit card and ATM card compromise. Know where your passport is at all times. If your passport is lost or stolen, you will need to come to the embassy in Kyiv to apply for a replacement, which will cost $135. As soon as you become aware of the fact your passport has been lost or stolen, please contact the U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit at +38(044)521-5566 to report the incident and discuss next steps for obtaining a new passport. Enroll in the Department of State’s STEP program. U.S. citizens living or traveling in Ukraine are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.step.state.gov to receive the latest travel updates and to obtain updated information on security within Ukraine.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.


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Around The Community Five Towns Marriage Initiative Developing a Sense of Closeness The Dubna Maggid tells a story of a man who owns a store. For a few days business had been slow and customers weren’t coming in. The storeowner then saw that there were floods of people going into a different store in the neighbor-

hood and emerging with various packages. One fellow had always shopped by him in the past, so it came as a surprise that he had gone elsewhere. The storeowner made the decision to judge the fellow favorably rather than get up-

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elsewhere, but he didn’t so he felt it was very reasonable to assume shopping elsewhere for some was to be expected. The lesson is that Torah has everything in it, like a store with anything that we could possibly want to buy. By choosing to look elsewhere for satisfaction, fulfillment and worldly pleasure we are affronting the Owner of the store, the Master of the world Who gave us his Torah from where we are supposed to seek out all of our fulfillment and into which we are supposed to put all our energies. We also can see from this an important lesson about husband and wife. A spouse was destined for a person from the time that the soul was created. There are times in a marriage when a person might seemingly go to “shop in another store.” Maybe there was an argument so one spouse gives the other the cold shoulder and escapes to work in an effort to ignore the other spouse. The spouse sends a message: I get more fulfillment from my job than from you. Or maybe a spouse does not enjoy conversing with their intended so instead they pick up the phone in middle of supper, or while out walking with their spouse they dial a friend to schmooze or even just spend the whole time texting their friends while in their spouse’s company. It behooves us to give our spouse the message that he or she is “the only store in town.” The message we need to convey is that we won’t look elsewhere to gain a sense of closeness, satisfaction, joy, or whatever else we may be seeking in a marriage, because we have it all right here in our marriage itself. In a healthy marriage, when both spouses are mentally and physically healthy, by turning inwards to each other for closeness, rather than looking outward to other places or people, we will see that there is so much that can be built up together in our very own homes. Five Towns Marriage Initiative provides educational programs, workshops and referrals to top marriage therapists. FTMI will help offset counseling costs when necessary and also runs an anonymous shalom bayis hotline for the entire community Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 9:30-11p.m. For the hotline or more information, call 516430-5280 or email dsgarry@msn.com.


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Harav Berl Povarsky, rosh yeshiva of Ponovezh, and the Rebbe of Chernobyl davening at the Kosel this week on behalf of contributors to Kupat Hair.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder met with Gerard M. Walsh, the newly-appointed C.E.O. of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, Bishop Lawrence C. Provenzano and other hospital staff together with local Rabbanim, askanim and community leaders to discuss changes at the hospital and ways to improve the service and care.

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Young Israel of Woodmere Presents a Shabbat With Yeshiva University Yeshiva University announced last week that Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University and the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University, will be the scholar-in-residence at a special Shabbaton being hosted by the Young Israel of Woodmere on Shabbat Parshat Nitzavim, September 11-12, 2015. Over the course of the weekend, Rabbi Sacks will speak three separate times, including Shabbat greetings at a Friday night dinner at the Young Israel of Woodmere (by reservation only); a post-dinner lecture, titled “Liberating Ourselves from our Past: Teshuva Now and for the Future;” and a Shabbat morning drasha on “The Three Greatest Challenges Facing the Jewish Community Today and their Solutions.” “We are honored to be hosting Rabbi Sacks who is world renowned as an

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eloquent spokesman for those who believe in both absolute commitment to Halacha and the importance of engaging with the world at large as proud Jews,” said Rabbi Hershel Billet, rabbi of the Young Israel of Woodmere. “Yeshiva University, which espouses those values and produces graduates who strive for those ideals, plays a major role in the Five Towns community and we are thrilled to be partnering with them for this very special Shabbat program.” Young Israel of Woodmere will also host a town hall meeting with YU President Richard M. Joel on Shabbat afternoon at 5:00 PM. “The Yeshiva University community is not bounded by walls, it is bounded by shared commitment,” said President Joel. “It’s an exciting time to share Professor Lord Jonathan Sacks with this wonderful community.” For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Julie Schreier at julie.schreier@yu.edu.


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Around The Community BJX Kings Highway Center Expands Staff Thousands of unaffiliated Israeli, Russian, American, and Persian Jews live in the vicinity of Kings Highway in Flatbush. BJX’s stunning kiruv center that opened in the beginning of this year has already made a major impact, hosting well-attended courses and classes for college students and young professionals. Two cohorts of Jewish leadership students have already graduated from the center. Many unaffiliated Jews have learned elementary Hebrew and have participated in their first Shabbos experience. “The BJX Kings Highway outreach center is ideally situated at the train station and bus depot and is in a heavily trafficked milieu,” said Rabbi Moshe Fingerer, executive director of the BJX organization. “With the addition of new staff and programming, the BJX Kings Highway center will become a bastion of outreach in the area, bringing less-affiliated Jews closer to Torah and Judaism. Plans are to have innovative programs catering to working professionals who are traveling home from work, as well as open a Hebrew school for young families that offers Jewish enrichment for parents

and children. “We’re delighted to announce the addition of a stellar and highly accomplished and creative kiruv team for the Kings Highway location who share our mission of ahavas Yisrael and truly wish to make a positive difference in the lives of their fellow Jews. Each new member of the team has solid hashkafos and Yiras Shomayim and a track record for developing exceptional kiruv programs and showing love and respect to their fellow Jews, no matter what their origin or background,” Rabbi Fingerer enthused. Rabbi Moshe Winograd, who formerly served as a successful campus rabbi at Aish HaTorah and then as department director for volunteer engagement for Aish, will serve as the rabbi and program director of the BJX Kings Highway center. Rabbi Winograd, a PhD candidate in Professional Psychology and Family Therapy, also served with distinction as an adviser at Yachad and later on the crisis intervention team at Chai Lifeline. Malka (Regina) Akhenblit will be the assistant program director at the BJX Kings Highway center. Malka was pres-

ident of the Hillel at Brooklyn College, as well as the president of the Russian Student Association. Malka graduated Brooklyn College and spent several years studying at Neve. She is elated to join the staff of BJX as she truly comes full circle, having been a student at BJX when she was just beginning her path to observance. She is currently an MSW candidate at Columbia University. Under the hadracha, halachic guidance, and passionate inspiration of BJX’s Rav and Rosh Kollel, Rav Yitzchok Fingerer, the lay leadership of the executive committee, led by chairman Mr. Moshe Caller and the administrative and programming direction of executive director Rabbi Moshe Fingerer, BJX looks forward to a year of unprecedented achievement. The Avenue K center will continue to host the Level Two programming for advanced students and also programs for members of the frum community. Their outstanding faculty is comprised of Rabbi David Berk, Rabbi Yosef Benchaviv, Rabbi Aharon Rapps, Rabbi Yaakov Dvorkes, and others.

The renowned Flatbush shul and Beis Medrash housed in the BJX Avenue K center famous for its incredible ruach, inspiring no-talking davening with Chazzan Yossi Kessner and fascinating chaburos and shiurim from the morah d’asra, Rav Yitzchok Fingerer, looks forward to a year of aliyah and spiritual growth. BJX looks forward to the local Brooklyn community being supportive of their exciting endeavors and hopes everyone will help them finance operations at the center. Every contribution helps BJX build another neshama and eventually another Jewish family. The Brooklyn Jewish Xperience shul and organization is truly changing Klal Yisrael one Jew at a time.

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Ari and Goldie Platschek celebrated the bar mitzvah of their son, Yitzchak Yehuda, with a Hachnosas Sefer Torah. The kesivas osios was held in their home and a gala musical procession brought the new Torah to Agudas Achim of Lawrence.

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OHEL’s Retreat to Bushkill Inn Provides Inspiration, and Renewal to those with Psychiatric Disabilities This past week, OHEL’s Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) went on a three day retreat to Bushkill Inn in the Poconos. Over 100 individuals participated in the trip, all of whom live in an OHEL residence or in OHEL’s supported housing and apartment programs. While trip participants have significant psychiatric disabilities, through the help of OHEL’s dedicated and devoted team of staff and therapists, many are effectively managing their illness, leading fulfilled, happy and very independent lives integrated within the community. This annual trip not only gives participants of OHEL’s AMHS an opportunity to feel special, but like any vacation, it provides them a temporary relief from the anxieties of life. It gives them an opportunity to go beyond their normal limits, and the freedom to push themselves out of their comfort zones. Various life situations and settings that may seem passive for some people, can carry much anxiety and tension for others. The individuals had the opportunity to experience countless activities and situations that others may take for

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granted. Some individuals felt inspired to talk to new people, while others were encouraged to sit and mingle with large groups. Some members tried new foods, while others overcame fears – whether the fear of talking to others or swimming in water. This year, for the first time, the event also featured an interactive live game show, and a kumsitz by Yisroel Erps, “Socialization By Sara” and “Art of Conversation” by Sarah Kahan and Laurie Szenicer. There was also a whole slew of activities that were aimed at breaking down social barriers and encouraging socialization among OHEL’s individuals like speed dating, spoon beading, painting, Zumba, water aquatics, mini golf, boating sports, and, of course, hiking to Bushkill Falls.  The event was a tremendous success both in terms of the excitement of the participants and with the personal growth some of OHEL’s clients were able to achieve. To overcome his fear of the dark, one of the members decided to join the group for an early evening hike. Another member who was afraid of boating was encouraged to go out in a paddle

boat with another group of individuals. The exhilaration and self-confidence she gained on steering the paddle boat around the lake was celebrated by all! Persons who interacted with the OHEL group had nothing but compliments. Laurie Szenicer, Development Oficer at OHEL, said, “Our clients wait all year for this trip. Often, individuals with psychiatric disabilities face high levels of anxiety and stress on a daily basis, but over these three days I saw our individuals completely relaxing – as if some of their anxiety and tension took a vacation day just as they did.” Yossie and Goldie were among the many OHEL married couples who enjoyed this trip. As Yossie conveyed, “We are loving every minute of this vacation in this magnificent hotel. The mountain air, the waterfalls, the food, the ping pong we played, the camaraderie of our friends – it all makes for a wonderful vacation and we are grateful to OHEL,” said Yossie. OHEL would like to thank the donors, sponsors, and family members, without whom this trip would not have

been possible. Mr. & Mrs. Bert Gross, Rose Pollack. Special thanks to Howard & Susan Bruch, longtime friends and donors for this trip. We’re honored that Howard and his son Max joined for a day of the retreat to meet OHEL’s individuals and see firsthand how they are enjoying the trip.  Kudos to Elaine Schickman, OHEL’s board member, and her husband Bernie who also participated in the retreat and spent countless hours playing ping pong and board games with OHEL’s individuals and ensuring that they had a great time. OHEL’s devoted staff worked tirelessly to make sure that this trip was a success, and that every individual had an unforgettable few days away from the city. What a way to end the year and begin the New Year with so many individuals feeling refreshed, invigorated and accomplished. For more information about OHEL and their many services which you can benefit from, please contact OHEL today at 1800-603-OHEL, access@ohelfamily. org or visit www.ohelfamily.org.


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Around The Community Unprecedented Delegation of Gedolei Torah to Daven at Kever of Chofetz Chaim By Chaim Gold “Some 30 gedolei Yisrael representing the cross-section of Torah Jewry are slated to journey to Radin and daven at the kever of the Chofetz Chaim on his yahrtzeit this coming 24 Elul/September 8. The news about this special tefillah journey has been enthusiastically received by Jews across the globe! All of Klal Yisrael is in dire need of the zechus of the Chofetz Chaim and the zechus of the tefillos that will be said at his kever,” said Rabbi Ahron Gobioff, Dirshu’s American Director. Tefillos Were Said on the Chofetz Chaim’s Behalf at The Vilna Gaon’s Kever and He Recovered Dirshu’s unique position as the movement that is organizing this special Klal Yisrael event is illustrated by a fascinating story about the Chofetz Chaim himself. Rav Moshe Yosher, in his classic biography of the Chofetz Chaim (Volume III, p.887), writes: “The Chofetz Chaim was once struck by serious illness. He called his son-

in-law, Rav Menachem Mendel Zaks, thousands learning in its Daf HaYomi spreading the learning of the sefarim and his nephew, Rav Mordechai Dov B’Halacha program comprising the of the Chofetz Chaim. More imporRoitblatt, and asked them to journey Chofetz Chaim’s Sefer Mishnah Ber- tantly, Dirshu has been ensuring that multitudes of Yidden from to Vilna on his behalf and all over the world are endaven at the kever of the hancing their spiritual lives Vilna Gaon. He explained, by increased awareness ‘I still have somewhat of a of halacha, mussar and zechus [that tefillos should avodas Hashem that are a be said on my behalf at the byproduct of being part of kever of the Vilna Gaon]. the Daf HaYomi B’Halacha I wrote a sefer explainprogram. ing the Gaon’s glosses on the Toras Kohanim.’” Rav “We Learn Your Torah!” Yosher continues that inThe Gemarah (Bava deed the tefillos were efMetziah 85) teaches that fective and the Chofetz when one of the Amoraim Chaim recovered and lived for several years thereafter. was ill he prostrated himself on the kever of his RebThe Chofetz Chaim would bi pleading, “I learn your say that he believed it was Torah!” He was healed. those tefillos that helped Harav Binyomin Finkel at the Chofetz Chaim’s Kever during this past winter, 2015 Similarly, the Dirshu him merit living to such a ripe old age. urah and the mussar component where- delegation led by numerous gedolim In recent years, Dirshu has been in the Sefer Chofetz Chaim on lashon will go to the Chofetz Chaim’s kever instrumental in spreading the learning hara as well as other mussar sefarim and say, “Rebbi, we have come to tell of the Chofetz Chaim’s sefarim to un- of the Chofetz Chaim are learned dai- you that tens of thousands of Yidden all precedented levels. With many tens of ly, Dirshu has been at the forefront of over the world are learning your Mish-

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Davening by Hundreds of Thousands of Yidden from Distinguished Rabbanim to Tinokos Shel Beis Rabban The Rabbonim in the delegation include HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Yaakov Borenstein, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Kiryas Melech in Bnei Brak; HaGaon HaRav Shimon Baadani, shlita, Rosh Kollel Torat Chaim and a member of the Moetzet Chachmei HaTorah; HaGaon HaRav Yechiel Mechel Steinmetz, shlita, Skverer Dayan of Boro Park; HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Eliezer Stern, shlita, Rav of Western Bnei Brak and talmid muvhak of HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Wosner, zt”l; HaGaon HaRav Simcha Hakohen Kook, shlita, Chief Rabbi of Rechovot; HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Kanievsky, shlita, son of HaGaon HaRav Chaim, Kanievsky, shlita and Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Tiferes Tzion and Kiryas Melech; HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Bransdorfer, shlita, Dayan of the Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok community of Beit Shemesh and a son of the senior posek, HaGaon HaRav Meir Bransdorder, zt”l; HaGaon HaRav Menachem Ernster, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of the Vizhnitzer Yeshi-

va and brother-in-law to the Admorim of Vizhnitz; HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Shmuel Shechter, Sanz-Klausenberger Dayan of Netanya; HaGaon HaRav Rapahel Alkarif, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Derech Chaim; HaGaon HaRav Chizkiyahu Mishkovsky, shlita, Mashgiach of Yeshiva Orchos Torah and talmid muvhak of Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman, shlita; HaGaon HaRav Chaim Pesach Horowitz, shlita, Belzer Dayan of Ashdod and a Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Maggid Shiur; HaGaon HaRav Sariel Rosenberg, shlita, Av Beis Din at the Beis Din Tzedek of Bnei Brak and a Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Maggid Shiur; HaGaon HaRav Dovid Shlomo Zoldan, shlita, Dayan and Rosh Hakollelim of Seret-Vizhnitz, Haifa; HaGaon HaRav Shimon Galaei, shlita, Rav of Osem and Dayan in Bnei Brak; HaGaon HaRav Aryeh Dinkel, shlita, Rav of the Bayit U’Menucha neighborhood of Beit Shemesh; HaGaon HaRav Zishe Horowitz, shlita, Rav of Kehillas Hachassidm of Elad; HaGaon HaRav Boruch Yehuda Heimlech, shlita, Dayan in the Eidah Hachareidis and Toldos Aharon community; and HaGaon HaRav Binyomin Eckstein, shlita, Belzer Dayan in London. In addition, mosdos hachinuch all over the world from yeshivos, chadarim and Bais Yaakovs have undertaken to recite special tefillos with heartfelt recitation of Tehillim joining the hundreds of thousands of Jews who will be coming together in tefillah on the yahrtzeit. Whether located in Eretz Yisrael, North America, Europe, and even Australia and South Africa, numerous yeshivos and chadarim will all join Klal Yisrael on the Chofetz Chaim’s yahrtzeit in storming the heavens with tefillos with an unprecedented koach harabbim in the zechus of the Chofetz Chaim

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Partial view of a previous Dirshu delegation to Radin

In His Grandfather’s Footsteps HaGaon HaRav Chizkiyahu Mishkovsky, shlita, Mashgiach of Yeshiva Orchos Torah and a talmid muvhak of the senior Rosh Yeshiva, HaGaon HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, shlita, is one of the rabbanim joining the delegation. Rav Mishkovsky brings with him a rich history in this regard. He is a grandson of his namesake, Rav Chizkiyanu Yosef Mishkovsky, zt”l, the Rav of Krinik, who, exactly 82 years ago, at the levaya of the Chofetz Chaim gave a hesped on the Chofetz Chaim in the

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very same place in Radin where the delegation will meet. Rav Mishkovsky related, “The Chofetz Chaim bequeathed many great treasures to Klal Yisrael, among them were two sparkling diamonds: the Sefer Mishnah Berurah and the Sefer Chofetz Chaim. Until now there were those who made the Mishnah Berurah their primary interest and others who gravitated to the Sefer Chofetz Chaim. Dirshu is the only organization that has brought both of them together and published special editions of each sefer thereby immeasurably enhancing the learning of both. They are the ones who can truly come to the kever of the Chofetz Chaim and say, ‘We learn your Mishnah Berurah, we learn your Chofetz Chaim, please grant a shana tova u’mesukah for all lomdei Dirshu and all of Klal Yisrael.’”

Now is The Time to Join Dirshu is distributing hundreds of thousands of copies of the Daf HaYomi B’Halacha learning text for 24 Elul, the day of the yahrtzeit and Klal Yisrael – even those who have not yet joined Daf HaYomi B’Halacha are enthusiastically undertaking to learn that day’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha learning – the beginning of Chapter 37 in hilchos tefillin and the daily learning of the Sefer Chofetz Chaim and to recite two chapters of Tehillim. To receive a copy of that day’s learning together with Tehillim, please e-mail Dirshu at Dirshudaf@gmail.com.


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Around The Community Thousands Protest in Front of Gillibrand’s Office: Say No to Iran Deal By Liz Berney, Esq. On Tuesday evening, September 1, thousands of New Yorkers protested against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s plan to vote for the dangerous Iran deal in front of the Senator’s office at 780 Third Avenue (49th Street) in Manhattan.  The bi-partisan rally and press conference delivered the message: “Gillibrand: Don’t Surrender America; Join Senator Chuck Schumer To Oppose This Bad Deal!”   The New York City police informed rally co-organizer Richard Allen that the 7,000-person-strong crowd was the largest rally ever held in front of a senator’s office.  Bipartisan U.S. Senators, veterans, and victims of Iranian terrorism, and other speakers addressed the rally.   Featured speakers included: U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Lindsey Graham (R-SC); ret. U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.); former CIA Director James Woolsey; radio hosts Kevin McCullough, David Webb and Mike Gallagher; historian Michael Ledeen; Iranian-American Rebecca Yousefzadeh Sassouni, Esq.; former Navy Seal Ken Strethem (whose brother was kidnapped from TWA flight 847 and tortured and shot by Iranian terror proxy Hezbollah); US Army Staff Sergeant and purple heart recipient Robert Bartlett (who was injured by an Irani-

an bomb); Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino; Fred Fleitz (who served in various U.S. intelligence agencies for 25 years); child Holocaust survivor Sami Steigman; iconic veteran activist Rabbi Avi Weiss, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn); Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney; and Daniel Miller (the victim of an Iranian-financed terror attack by HAMAS in Jerusalem, who then sued the Islamic Republican of Iran and HAMAS in U.S. courts). Co-organizer Jeff Wiesenfeld served as emcee.   The crowd repeatedly chanted “change your vote” and “kill the deal,” held up signs such as “What Part of Death to America and Death to Israel Don’t You Understand?” and signs demanding that Senator Gillibrand should join Senator

Chuck Schumer in opposing the deal. The speakers and the crowd were clearly dismayed and outraged by Senator Gillibrand’s plan to vote for the Iran deal despite the fact that the Iran deal paves the way for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, delays and severely limits inspections, gives $150 billion to an Iranian terrorist regime that will use the funds for its terror activities throughout the world, and endangers New York – the top terrorist target in the country.  Speakers reminded the crowd that just 14 years ago, New York suffered the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history.    The speakers and crowd also frequently expressed outrage at New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler for Nadler’s plan to vote for the Iran deal.   

The reliable Quinnipiac poll shows that two-thirds of Americans, as well as two-thirds of American Jews, oppose the catastrophic deal with Iran. Another huge rally against the dangerous Iran deal will take place at the Capitol Building lawn in Washington, D.C., next Wednesday, September 9, and will feature presidential candidates Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz and commentator Glenn Beck.  Additionally, on that day, 1,000 rabbis, headed by the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations (OU), will march to the steps of the Capitol Building, to demand that Congress votes against the suicidal Iran deal, mirroring the rabbinical march that took place in 1943.  

Local Students’ Research Featured at SUNY Stony Brook Symposium At 10:00 AM on August 11, the ballroom in the Student Activity Center at SUNY Stony Brook was buzzing with excitement. Students and mentors were getting ready to present their research findings to the general public for the first time. Professors, parents, friends, and corporate representatives were anxiously waiting to see and hear the results of the students’ projects. Each year talented high school students from around the world are carefully selected to participate in research at the Garcia Center for Polymers and Engineered Interfaces at Stony Brook University. This elite group of students spend their summer in the Garcia lab at Stony Brook University conducting research under the supervision of graduate and undergraduate researchers from top universities. Local students from Lawrence High School, RAMBAM Mesivta, HAFTR and HALB were among the exclusive group of students this year and alumni students from Lawrence High School and RAMBAM Mesivta were among the undergraduates men-

toring and guiding high school students in their research. In attendance to cheer on our local students were Lawrence School Board Trustee Tova Plaut and Lawrence High Left to Right: Tzipporah Chwat, YUHSG student; Sneha Chittabathini, Alumnus Lawrence High School, mentor; Steven Crim, Alumnus Lawrence High School, School science mentor; Andrew Chen, Alumnus Lawrence High School; David Fleschner, HAFTR student; Justin Glickman, HAFTR student; Samuel Plaut, RAMBAM Mesivta teacher Rebecca student; David Herman, DRS student; Arthur Chen, Lawrence High School student; Lee Blackburn, Lawrence High School student; Hon. Tova Plaut, Trustee, Lawrence School Board; and Jacob Plaut, alumnus RAMBAM Mesivta, mentor Isseroff. When asked what imdrogen Fuel Cells, Organic Photovol- all the students in our community the presses her the most about the students taics, Thrombosis and Angiogenesis, best of luck in their pursuit of science.” Mrs. Isseroff responded, “Working in Nanocomposites, and Hydrogels. Tova Many of the students, including Lee the Garcia summer scholars program Plaut expressed her pleasure in the qual- Blackburn, Arthur Chen, Samuel Plaut with high school students for the past ity of the presentations and commented, and Justin Glickman, plan to continue 15 years, I am always amazed how un- “This is my seventh year attending this their research during the school year failingly, these students are transformed symposium and each year I am over- and compete in local, state, national and into state-of-the-art, cutting edge scien- whelmed by the quality of the research international science competitions with tists over the summer. And they manage and the professionalism of the young the guidance of their mentors many of to have a good time with each other as students presenting. Lawrence is proud whom successfully completed and won well.” to have so many students participating at Intel, LISEF, NYSEF, Siemens and Students presented research on Hy- in this prestigious program and I wish other prominent competitions.


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THE BEN-DAVID FAMILY Li”n Alte Matil Chaya bas Reb Moshe Pinchas Hacohen, a”h, 26 Elul THE GOODMAN FAMILY Li”n Etya bas Yisroel BIZCHUS REFUA SHELAIMA for

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Perhaps you didn’t know that every day a group of chashuve Yidden gather daily at the Kosel on your behalf and daven for your health, your success, your parnassa, and your children. In the late 1960’s, the previous Sulitzer Rebbe zt”l felt that our local community was in trouble – people were moving out and the neighborhood was not prospering. He wasn’t sure how to rebuild it, what to do, or where to go. In 1968, the Rebbe visited Eretz Yisroel, and after davening at the Kosel, he stood there, reciting heartfelt words of Tehillim, beseeching Hashem for the success of the small, dying community that was then on the border of Far Rockaway and Lawrence. The Rebbe was reminded of the pasuk we recite daily, “N’shalmah parim sfaseinu,” [The prayers of our lips take the place of korbanos]. Just as we once had shluchim from every town travel to Yerushalayim to offer korbanos on our behalf at the Beis Hamikdash, the Rebbe zt”l believed, it seemed fitting for our community to partner with a group of shluchim in Yerushalayim to offer tefillos on our community’s behalf at the Kosel. The Rebbe turned to his rebbetzin and committed to reciting Tehillim for the community each day until their departure and to ensuring that the recitation continues daily even after they leave Eretz Yisroel. Thanks to their determination, the Sulitza Tehillim Kollel, Kehilas Yakov, was born. Since its creation and perhaps due to the Kollel’s sincere tefillos, the small, faltering, threatened town of Far Rockaway has exploded into neighboring communities, burgeoning schools, countless shuls, and as far as we can tell, the growth of the Five Towns is nowhere near its end. While we live our daily lives here in the Five Towns, learning Torah and driving carpool, the members of the Tehillim Kollel join together daily in an excavated underground shul where the stones of the Kosel are unblemished and where a small sign by the Aron Kodesh reads, “Mul Kodesh HaKadoshim.” In the holiest accessible spot on Earth, they sit and recite the entire Sefer Tehillim every day, literally davening for you and me and our next door neighbors. We have shluchim in Yerushalayim offering korbanos for us! And we certainly cannot know which brachos and yeshuos we receive moment to moment because of this incredible zechus. It is appropriate that our mispallelim in Yerushalayim recite Sefer Tehillim in particular because what connects all of us to the Borei Olam and to one another is our Jewish neshama, which finds no greater expression in Olam Hazeh than in the poignant words of Dovid HaMelech,

Klal Yisroel’s very first king, who was able to articulate every hope, dream, fear, and emotion inherent in the Jewish soul. All of our deepest sentiments – from grief to joy to uncertainty to delight – can find expression through the psalms that have remained pillars on which we have leaned for generations. During trying times, we have seen our great grandparents, our grandparents, and our parents turn heavenward with their tattered tear-stained Tehillims, begging for rachamei shamayim in the countless forms He bestows it. It is therefore no surprise that the previous Sulitzer Rebbe zt”l turned to his Tehillim and that the Kollel engages the one language that unites us in order to daven so genuinely for us. We know that the power of one “amen” or one tefillah can move mountains. Do we dare desert the spiritual strength of a Tehillim Kollel, organized just for us, for our very own wellbeing, at a time when tefillah can change our communal and personal din for the better? All community members, the beneficiaries of the tefillos being recited by our shluchim at the Kosel – perhaps even the very moment you are reading this – are encouraged to support the continuation of the Sulitza Tehillim Kollel, under the leadership of the Sulitzer Rebbe, Reb Yankel Rubin, shlit”a. Supporters of the Tehillim Kollel readily send to the mispallelim the names of their family members and friends who are anxiously awaiting their particular yeshuos – from health to parnassa and everything in between. What better time is there for you to send them the names of your loved ones and to join those who make this unique kollel possible day after day? Men are invited to a parlor meeting for the Kollel at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Motti Klein, 2 Boxwood Lane in Lawrence, on Wednesday, September 9th, at 8:30 pm. We look forward to greeting you in support of this matchless mainstay of our community. In the zechus of your support and the tefillos of the Kollel, may each and every one of us merit a gmar chasima tova this year and every year.

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The Levine family of Cedarhurst set up a lemonade stand this week to raise funds for their friend, Meredith Farrell, who needs a lung transplant. Please daven for Rochel Miriam bas Shifra Yenta, who should have a refuah sheleimah soon.

Dor Yeshorim Announces CommunityWide Event in Five Towns On Sunday, September 6, Dr. Jay & Cheryl Bienenfeld will open their home to the Five Towns community. The Bienenfelds will be hosting “Rise n’ Shine,” a community breakfast in support of Dor Yeshorim. The event promises to be memorable as well as impactful. A Rabbinical Committee has been formed in support of the event; its members include Rabbi Yaakov Feitman, Rabbi Berish Friedman, Rabbi Aryeh Ginsberg, Rabbi Dovid Spiegel, Rabbi Moshe Weinberger and Rabbi Naftali Zvi Weitz. Additionally, the Reception Committee includes over a dozen respected community members: Moshe Beer, Binyamin Casper, Yossi Farber, Dr. Richard Friedman, Moshe Hammer, Dr. Steven Kadish, Meir Krengel, Robert Levinson, Stanley Liker, Steven Liker, Shimshie Rosenberg, Shmuel Schechter, Rabbi Daniel Schwechter, Mendy Wechter and Hillel Zand. Rabbi Paysach Krohn will be delivering the keynote address. Dor Yeshorim is an organization most widely known for its extensive and trailblazing work in providing genetic screenings to singles within the Jewish community, preventing the occurrence of tragic, and often fatal genetic diseases. What seems like a simple blood test for young adults is actually a fraction of the exhaustive work Dor Yeshorim does for the Jewish community worldwide. Bloodwork sampled by Dor Yeshorim is run through a state-of-the-art laboratory so each individual’s DNA results can be entered into a database where genetic compatibility for a potential couple can be assessed. The entire process is done with utmost confidentiality and at mini-

mal cost to the participant. Lesser known, though of paramount importance to the health of the Jewish community, is the fact that Dor Yeshorim has initiated and continues to spearhead new, never-attempted research to better understand Jewish genetic diseases. Dor Yeshorim takes the leading role, working with specialists to study and identify genetic mutations for under-researched Jewish genetic diseases. This groundbreaking research is used to prevent recurrences in affected families as well as create the ability to screen for these diseases in routine premarital screenings. Dor Yeshorim also provides counseling and support for hundreds of families with children affected by rare genetic diseases and is the go-to source for families seeking help with research, treatment and prevention of familial diseases. The purpose of this event is to support Dor Yeshorim through bringing awareness to attendees of the tireless and invaluable work Dor Yeshorim does for the Jewish community. “I am honored to be able to partake in this monumental event,” says Rabbi Chaim Brown, Director of Development at Dor Yeshorim, “and to be given the opportunity to impress upon the community the essential nature of Dor Yeshorim as an unparalleled, vital contributor to the health of our future generations.” Dor Yeshorim looks forward to uniting the Five Towns community in the battle against Jewish genetic disease. For more information, contact Dor Yeshorim at 718-384-6060 or at info@ DorYeshorim.org.


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Dozens of lucky youngsters from the Five Towns and Far Rockaway participated in the fourth annual kosher baseball camp at MCU park in Coney Island, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, last week. The kids had the time of their lives, learning from and bonding with many of the Cyclones players.

Rabbi Shafier to Speak in the Five Towns Rabbi Shafier of the Shmuz, careers, education and the Five Towns. On Sunday morning, September 6, a fascinating event will be exploring the intersection of these aforementioned ideas. A very special talk will be held at the Bnos Bais Yaakov campus right here in Far Rockaway on Beach 9th street. The entire neighborhood is invited to an intriguing discussion on what is fundamental to us all: Shalom Bayis. It is the deeper understanding of the real differences between male and female. In particular, the wiring that makes Jewish men different from Jewish women—that will be explored. Indeed, the topic: “Men are from Bnei Brak and Women from Yerushalayim,” begs an investigation of what makes us unalike. Rabbi Ben Zion Shafier of Bais Medrash Ohr Hachayim Monsey has trailblazed a fascinating presentation of Torah to thousands. He presents a 45 minute conversation called the Shmuz. He explores Torah values in a common sense manner. Born and bred in Kew Gardens Hills, Rabbi Benzion Shafier joined the Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva after high school. First learning in Forest Hills for two years, he then studied under Rabbi Davidowitz and Rabbi Harris when they were co-Rosh Yeshiva in Rochester. Rabbi Shafier moved on to the Rosh Yeshiva’s Blatt Shiur in Chofetz Chaim Queens where he learned for three years. Shortly thereafter he got married and he and his new family moved to Rochester, where he was learning in Kollel and giving the 11th grade Shiur. He remained in Rochester for 12 years. He then moved to Monsey, NY, where he was a Rebbe in the new Chofetz Chaim branch for three

years. Upon the Rosh Yeshiva’s request, he stopped teaching to devote his time to running Tiferes Bnei Torah. Rabbi Shafier, a happily married father of 6 children, currently resides in Monsey, NY. He routinely discusses dating and marriage in the Jewish world with the lens on hashkafa and halacha. Rabbi Shafier has written a book called, Finding and Keeping Your Soulmate. The Five Towns is an amazing neighborhood for our families to grow up in. It is at the same time a secluded Torah environment and one that values education and career. Many of the young people growing up in the area, though, are faced with a quandary of sorts. Some young men continue in learning after the high school years and their time in Eretz Yisroel;others begin college and careers. However, there are many young men and women who clearly do not have a plan. There are vast numbers of our own children that seem to be lost in the pursuit of a future. They hope to bump into money, to continue perhaps in the cocoon of their own making. Little is invested in the future other than how and whom to marry. It is a most perplexing problem for those of us of the past generation to grasp. We understood that marriage is entertained when the plan has been conceived. Frustration envelopes both young men and women and the parents who are unnaturally obliged to finance the future of their children so completely. Enter Career Resources of the Five Towns, a recently formed institution to address the issue. Its mission statement is clear: education, testing and placement. Its hope is to provide education locally for young men and women that seek a

plan. It embarks this September and provides three plans of career to start. In a short time, an individual can focus intently on a career path and attain the education needed to begin a career. Career Resources help the students get tested and certified in the field of their choice and aids in placing them in real jobs. Classes are presented in a local heimish atmosphere, with evening and Sunday hours and separate classes for men and women. Ten weeks of classes of 12 hours each week are being offered. To start, curriculum in Dental Assisting, Real Estate fundamentals and Paralegal studies will be offered right here at the beautiful campus of BBY on Beach 9th street. Classrooms are large and well equipped with labs, a full dental operatory and X-ray. Emphasis will be to train for the licensing exams. The company recognizes success will be measured in job placement, not talk. Dental Assisting can be rewarding, especially to those that get the CDA certification from New York State. Starting salaries range from $20 and up, and work is abundant and easy to find. Hours and locations of potential jobs vary tremendously and can be catered to a Jewish woman and her religious lifestyle and family. The profession of Certified Paralegal is indeed critically important to the law profession today, well sought after and well paid. Career Resources of the Five Towns is positioned to provide the education necessary to be able to pass the exam to become certified. Students do have to have a BA, BS, or BTL to be able to attend this course. Real Estate is of course something

our neighborhood is well aware of and all feel they can become Donald Trump! The course offers students the critical infrastructure in education needed to begin a solid career in real estate. Whether a student has a relative in real estate waiting or whether the student is very unaware of the real estate field but is intrigued, a 10 week comprehensive class will be enlightening. Classes in all fields of study are taught by professionals and fees for the courses can be financed privately if needed. Rabbi Shafier is being sponsored and brought to the neighborhood by Career Resources of the Five Towns. Its CEO is Dr.Shaul Schwalb, a longtime resident of the Five Towns. A rabbinic advisory board is turned to for halachic questions on the company’s education, testing and placement issues pertaining to the neighborhood. “It is with the love of the neighborhood, and the best interests of its young adult inhabitants in mind that the company is happy to invite Rabbi Shafier to speak to it. A holistic approach to our community’s adult population and its needs is crucial to the success of the entire neighborhood; the hatzlacha of our community’s Torah values and the future flourishing of its entirety depends on creating an environment that lessens financial stress and gives us all a sense of independence , accomplishment and selfworth,” says Dr. Schwalb. All are invited, young and old, to Career Services of the Five Towns open house and special featured lecture this September 6th, beginning at 11am.


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A Texan was visiting Harvard University, and was lost. He stopped a student and asked, “Do you know where the library is at?” “I sure do,” replied the student, “but, you know, you’re not supposed to end sentences with prepositions. You ended your sentence with an ‘at,’ which isn’t correct.” “Oh, OK,” answered the Texan. “Do you know where the library is at, you arrogant intellectual?”

METS TRIVIA (Now that the Mets are relevant again, we turn to Mets fan Eli H., age 11, to get us started with some Mets trivia) 1. 1. In what year were the Mets founded? a. 1903 b. 1962 c. 1954 d. 1976 2. In what stadium did the Mets play in before Citi Field? a. Polo grounds b. Queens Sports Arena c. Shea Stadium d. Corona Park 3. Who is the only player to ever throw a no hitter on the Mets? a. Tom Seaver b. Johan Santana c. Matt Harvey d. Carlos Torres 4. Which of the following Mets players

are in the Hall Of Fame? a. Doc Gooden b. Tom Seaver c. Keith Hernandez d. David Wright 5. Who holds the Mets career records for hits? a. Mike Piazza b. Keith Hernandez c. Gary Carter d. David Wright 6. Who hit the walk-off hit in game 6 of the 1986 World Series? a. Keith Hernandez b. Gary Carter c. Mookie Wilson d. Carlos Beltran 7. Who will win the upcoming series between the Mets and Yankees?

a. Yankees b. Mets c. It will be a tie d. Blue Jays Answers: 1. B 2. C 3. B 4. B 5. D 6. C 7. METS! METS! METS! Scorecard: 1-2 correct: You’re good enough to be a backup bat boy 3-4 correct: You’re batting .240 5-6 correct: You’ve been around a long time 7 correct: You’re just as big a Mets fan as I am!

ANSWER TO RIDDLE: C came in first place. Here is why: Since B and D contradict each other, one of them must be telling the truth. Since A and H agree with each other while E and F are against them, exactly two of these four must be true. Therefore, neither C nor G guessed correctly. Since G guessed that C is not first, C must be first.

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Harav Yaakov Reisman, Mara D’asra Agudas Yisroel of Long Island, giving an Elul shmuess at the hascholas ha’zman at Mesivta Shaarei Chaim of Far Rockaway

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The Five Towns Initiative for Bayit Cham

On July 1, Mr. and Mrs. Elliot and Shana Gluck and friends hosted an evening to benefit Bayit Cham—Israel’s leader in preventing and treating sexual abuse and mental illness in the frum community. A group of twenty five young couples from Cedarhurst and Woodmere gathered at an upscale restaurant to hear firsthand of the inroads that Bayit Cham is making in the area of helping victims of sexual abuse. Mrs. Edna Ludmir, MSW and Director of Benafshenu, Bayit Cham’s division to treat women victims of sexual abuse, flew to the U.S. especially for this event. An American expatriate, Mrs. Ludmir eloquently conveyed the urgency of the program’s continued growth. She shared with the audience a letter written especially for this evening, authored by a victim of abuse “brought back to life” by Bayit Cham. All those present were moved by the writer’s passionate plea for help, as she described in vivid detail the effect of the

heinous crime to which she fell victim. Rabbi Arie Munk, the CEO of Bayit Cham, introduced the guests to the wide scope of the entire Bayit Cham operation in 46 cities throughout Israel serving tens of thousands of clients each year. In fact, Bayit Cham, due to their extensive experience in working with the frum community, has been asked to provide training here in the U.S. Inspired to action, many of the participants agreed to gather together in the near future to form a committee in order to seek additional ways to help Bayit Cham continue its vital work. A special thanks to all the hosts and hostess who ensured the evening’s success. For more information about Bayit Cham, please see our English language website, http://www.bayit-cham.org.il/ en, or call or email our U.S. office at 845-422-0449 or bayitchamusa@gmail. com.


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It is no secret that advances in the availability and affordability of technology devices has had a profound impact on our daily experience. From the ability to connect with family and friends anytime and anywhere to the convenience of managing our personal finances from a device the size of a deck of playing cards, technology brings us tremendous opportunity. With that opportunity comes challenges, as we all know that we can become over-connected with our technology at the expense of real world connections, impulsive texts or emails

TJH: Dr. Shapiro, thank you for taking the time to meet with us to discuss the important issue of kids and technology. What is the biggest challenge we are facing with technology today? ES: It really isn’t a singular challenge. We are living in an unprecedented time where the speed at which technology advances is far faster than our ability to understand its impact and create the norms and rules to effectively regulate it. Our children are the first generation growing up in this perpetually “connected” society, making them digital natives, and we are the first generation of parents trying to guide them as digital immigrants. That generational disconnect and a lack of prior experiences in how to parent the digital generation makes the challenge unique. I was recently working with a parent whose child was struggling academically and having trouble maintaining focus in class. Through our conversation I discovered that this sixth grader was frequently up until 3 in the morning on his iPad. When I suggested to the mother that her child should be responsible to bring her the iPad every night at 10pm, she responded by saying, “But it’s his.” Such are the parental challenges for managing our children’s technology in a generation of entitlement. When we are constantly hearing from our children that “everyone has one” or “everyone is allowed to” it becomes difficult to set the policies that maximize the likeli-

can have unanticipated consequences, and managing our children’s devices and technology experiences is a task few of us have been prepared for. As we prepare for the back to school season, we sat down with Dr. Eli Shapiro, licensed Clinical Social Worker and Doctor of Education, to discuss how technology is impacting our children and to explore practical strategies to managing it effectively. Dr. Shapiro is the creator and director of The Digital Citizenship Project, which teaches healthy and responsible use of technology in the digital age, and has been writing and lecturing on the topic extensively. This past year alone Dr. Shapiro has spoken at conferences for The Jewish Education Project (BJE), The North American Jewish Day School Conference, Torah Umesorah, and The Consortium of Jewish Day Schools.

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TJH: What are some examples from the curriculum? ES: In addition to the general educational knowledge provided, the curriculum includes modules on

TJH: You bring up an interesting point: there are vast differences to a school community’s engagement in technology with some schools providing students with handheld devices even in school while other schools have policies that students cannot have handheld devices even at home. How does The Digital Citizenship Project address such a broad spectrum of needs? ES: Our program is research-based and data driven. Before beginning work with any school community, we conduct a formative assessment to understand the unique digital profile of that community. We designed a comprehensive survey that paints a very clear picture of technology ownership, attitudes and behaviors, and that data is what informs the content of the parents’ presentations, student workshops, and staff development programs. Not only does the technology profile differ from schools to school, but we see differences from grade to grade. While there are common issues amongst all schools, our statistical analysis allows us to address communal issues with significantly greater precision than an “off the rack” program might.

When I suggested to the mother that her child should be responsible to bring her the iPad every night at 10pm, she responded by saying, “But it’s his.”

TJH: You mentioned a psychological effect. How does technology impact that? ES: Numerous studies find correlations between avid cellphone and Internet use and increased anxiety and depression. There are also studies that find that connection with excessive gaming. Writing something down often cements our perceptions of experiences and ultimately our overall outlooks. A study by Peterson and Seligman, founders of the Positive Psychology movement, found that people who wrote down five things at the end of the day that they were grateful for tended to be happier. The opposite is true as well; if we tweet, text, blog, and comment negative experiences, we tend to see things negatively and ultimately are more prone to dissatisfaction and lower levels of subjective wellbeing. A study of twitter hashtags found that for every positive hashtag (#ilove, #bestever, etc.) there are two negative (#ihate, #worstever, etc.). In a sense, poor digital citizenship contributes to our negative wellbeing. For teens and pre-teens, in addition to comments and posts, we see this negativity manifesting itself in cyberbullying and other aggressive online behavior. TJH: Tell us about The Digital Citizenship Project and how it addresses these difficult challenges. ES: The Digital Citizenship Project is a schooland community-based program designed to provide

topics like “responsible photo sharing,” “being a good consumer of online information,” and “the public and permanent nature of your digital footprint,” to name a few. It comes as a shock to many students and parents as well that their digital footprint will have more of an impact on their college and career opportunities than their actual grades. For parents, we provide practical strategies for managing their children’s device usage including family policy setting and promoting more effective dialogues to discuss technology issues with their children. TJH: You mentioned parents and children. As schools shift to technology-based learning models what kind of impact can we expect there and what should schools being doing about it? ES: Great question. Blended learning, which combines traditional classroom teaching methods with technology-based activities, is a great opportunity for customizing learning plans for students and for tracking individual student progress and achievement. However, the same screen time challenges apply. The position of The Digital Citizenship Project has always been if we are promoting technology use for its benefits, it must be paired with digital responsibility education. We have and continue to work with many schools that are taking a blended learning approach and, whether they are utilizing the full Digital Citizenship Project program, scheduling parent lectures, staff development programs or consulting with us on their policies on technology use and social media, they are clearly engaged in a thoughtful and deliberative pro-

TJH: What are some of the most significant findings in your research? ES: In our study of Jewish middle schools, nearly 70% of respondents reported owning a smartphone and 59% owning a computer tablet device, but only 15% reported having any filters or parental control settings activated on those devices. 50% of respondents reported having accidentally ended up on a website that their parents would disapprove of, and over 14% in total and 27% of eighth graders reporting intentionally looking up a website. When asked, “Have you ever seen an image or video clip that disturbed you?”, more than 50% in total and nearly 69% of eighth graders replied, “Yes.” Other areas of concern are that 60% of respondents report sleeping with their cellphone within reach and going to bed late as a result of their online activity, and 44% of students reported “often” playing games or staying online longer than they intended. What we are definitely seeing is that kids today need empowered and informed adults to help them manage their technology in a healthy way, and that is what The Digital Citzenship Project is here to do.

TJH: Thank you for your time today. It is my understanding that you will be working numerous schools across the country this year. How can a school or community sign up for The Digital Citizenship Project? ES: Yes, we will be working with a number of schools in the New York metro area, greater Los Angeles area, and communities in between. Schools will also have the opportunity to participate in a full day training for both elementary and high schools educators on October 12, which leads to our “Tech Smart” certification in Digital Citizenship education. Training participants will receive our Digital Citizenship curriculum as well as the knowledge and skills to implement effective Digital Citizenship programming in their school communities. For more information we can be reached via email at info@thedigitalcitizen ship.com or through our website, www.thedigital citizenship.com. 

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TJH: How do you define Digital Citizenship and what specifically is technology’s impact on social, psychological and behavioral functioning? ES: Digital Citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate and responsible behavior with regards to technology use. What that means is how we utilize technology in a socially, psychologically and behaviorally responsible way for both others and ourselves. Socially we have the opportunity to connect with more people, but we also run the risk of being distracted by our devices. Many recent studies find that basic social skills such as eye contact, which is critical for establishing a meaningful connection between people, has diminished as a result of technology. In fact, a recent study by UCLA found that after only 5 days of being separated from technology in overnight camp, middle schools students markedly improved their ability to read social cues and engage in healthier social interactions. They key is balance and maximizing what technology has to offer while minimizing its negative impacts.

cess with regards to student technology use.

TJH: We have been hearing for years about the need for filters, doesn’t that address most of the problems of the Internet safety? ES: One of our big goals at The Digital Citizenship Project is to shift the communal paradigm from “Internet Safety” to “Digital Citizenship.” Internet safety has traditionally focused on protecting people from graphic imagery available on the Internet. Filters and parental monitoring software are critical tools in managing that aspect of technology but it fails to teach Digital Citizenship and address the broader issue of technology’s impact on social, psychological and behavioral functioning.

parents, children and school personnel with the tools to manage children’s technology use. We educate them on technology’s impact and give them a common language and strategies to be better digital citizens. Since children today do not know what it means to live without the constant connectivity they have no way of self-assessing when their behavior has become problematic. That is where the common language becomes critical. Parents and students can identify disinhibition, impulsivity, or digital distraction and address it before it becomes a problem. We educate the school community through a comprehensive curriculum, specifically designed for different age groups, that empowers everyone to effectively manage their technology ownership and behaviors.

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Looking Forward Taking our best step forward into the new school year BY RACHEL ROSENHOLTZ, LCSW

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hat is that deep feeling of relief that is beginning to wash over you? Oh yes, school is almost here and for some it has already arrived. The wonderful weeks between school and camp with your children have been just that. Wonderful. At this point, though, you are quite ready to wave goodbye as your children cruise down the road in the big yellow school bus. You are looking forward, but maybe your child is not. As the first day of school approaches maybe you notice subtle differences in your child. An appetite or sleeping pattern change, perhaps nervousness or restlessness. As much as you may be looking forward to school, your child may not be feeling quite the same way. How can you help your child? Set the Tone Now Start with getting your child on a structured schedule. During the summer, bedtimes and daily routines can often be described as non-existent. Take advantage now during the short time we have left before school to ease your child back into a healthy routine. Wake up time should be earlier. Your child may be tired and cranky at first without his usual amount of sleep but he will be ready and able to go to sleep earlier at night. Make sure that you stick to a set bedtime as much as possible. A well-rested child is a child who can cope better with stress and will be less prone to anxiety. Good nutrition is also an important factor that can make a big difference in how a child deals with stress. Incorporate school little by little into your daily conversations. This will slowly help your child adjust to the concept of going back to school – something he has not thought about since the beginning of the summer. Involve your child in the preparations for the new school year. Allow him to help pick out his school supplies and clothing. If you send lunches from home, talk with him about what he would like to eat. Kids can’t choose whether or not to go to school but this kind of participation can help make school more exciting and something to look forward to. Spend quality time with your child and encourage her to share her feelings about going back to school. If she expresses anxiety, normalize her fears. Let her know that feeling nervous about going back to school is perfectly normal, but do not rush into providing reassurance that everything will be fine. That just shuts down the conversation. To really help your child you need to know exactly what is bothering her. It is important for a child to feel like her parents are really lis-

tening to how she feels and that her feelings are valid. If she is having a difficult time expressing herself, ask open-ended questions such as, “What do think this year will be like?” or “What are you the most concerned about?” Listen carefully to what she says and be supportive. Then explore with your child how she can deal with whatever she is nervous about. If the fear is based on a “What if,” help your child reframe her thoughts to see the situation in a more positive light. People tend to assume the worst, and kids are no exception to this. For example, if your child is nervous about who her new teacher will be, encourage her to be positive. Help her focus on the potential that her new teacher will be good instead of harping on the possibility that she will be bad. This will also increase the chances your child will see her teacher in a positive light instead of a nega-

tive one. Such attitudes go a long way in shaping the path of your child’s journey into the new year. The Known is Less Scary Than the Unknown Anxiety is rooted in the unknown. When things are vague, our imagination can run wild and fears can abound. Talk with your child about what to expect in the upcoming year in a calm, positive way. The more a child knows what to expect, the less anxious she will be. This is especially important for children who are transitioning from preschool to elementary school, elementary to middle school, or middle school to high school. There is a bigger transition at these stages and more unknowns for your child. Talk about other times in your child’s life when she was nervous about starting something new, yet adjusted just fine. If your child struggled with school in the past, explore with him what he thinks would make a difference this year. If there are academic or social concerns, dis-

cuss them with your child. Your child is aware that something is wrong and this way he will have a better understanding of what it is. Left on his own, despite being wholly unequipped for the task, he will be forced to identify and assess the troubles himself. In such a scenario he will very likely feel fearful and helpless to deal with the issues and give up on solving them. This can easily lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy. Talking directly with your child will prevent him from making the problems he has worse than they are. He also has the reassurance that his parents know about the problem and can help him fix it. For example, if your child struggled with math, reflect on the fact that you know this has been a struggle for him in the past. Share with him your plan of action to help him overcome the challenge. Let him know that you are there to support him in any way possible. When a child has the strength and reassurance of his parents behind him, he will feel more secure and confident—two important components for success in school. Your Attitude Plays a Powerful Role as Well Sometimes parents are more anxious about the new school year than their kids are. Be aware of how you talk about school. Are you talking in a way that exudes positivity or concern? Kids often take cues from their parents about how they should feel. Visualize your child doing well in school, even if she struggled in the past. An optimistic start to the school year gives your child a greater chance of being successful. A new year means new opportunities and a fresh start. Help your child focus on the exciting aspects of school such as getting new supplies, new teachers, and seeing old friends. Challenge your child to identify three things she enjoyed about school in the past and write it down. Younger children can draw pictures instead. Keeping your child focused on the positive aspects of school will make your child feel less anxious. School is a part of life and is something kids will always have to contend with. How you set the tone in the house about school can make all the difference in how a child approaches the new school year and how they will do in school overall. Alleviating fears, providing unconditional support, and maintaining a positive attitude about school will go a long way in setting the foundation for a successful school year. Wishing everyone a kesiva v’chasima tova and hatzlacha and bracha in the upcoming year!

Rachel Rosenholtz, LCSW, is a Clinical Social Worker with a private practice located in the Five Towns. She can be reached at (347) 673-1953 and Rachel@InvestInTherapy. com. To find out more, visit her website, www.InvestIn Therapy.com.

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The Sunshine Patriots the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that “Berlin is our Jerusalem!” They blithely believe that they are safe and that their fate and future is somehow not tied up with the State of

All of those who are Jewish second, who are sunshine patriots and not willing to stand up for the Jewish people in unpopular circumstances, are always judged harshly in Jewish history. headed by a Moslem woman only contributes to the comedic façade of it somehow attempting to defend Jewish interests and the State of Israel. Now it naturally defends the Iranian deal at all costs. A substantial number of Reform rabbis have written the American Congress to express their support for the Iranian uranium and nuclear deal. These people have always proven themselves to be socially liberal first and, at best, Jewish second. Reform was a bitter opponent of Zionism until the Six Day War and their DNA still contains vestiges of their great slogan of

Israel and its welfare and security. Their own long road of encouraging assimilation, intermarriage and a religion of radical liberalism have brought them to this state of self-deception. Whatever they do stand for, they do not stand for the Jewish people! The Orthodox world has its own anti-Jewish detractors. The ferociously anti-Zionist factions within Orthodoxy, while not necessarily espousing support for the Iran deal, proclaim that Jews have no right to publicly oppose the policy of President Obama and the United States government. The problem with these groups is that the main tenet of their faith is to

deny and decry the existence of the State of Israel. They allowed this issue – and this issue solely – to define their society and their behavior. No recital of realistic facts, no empiric observation of the realities of the Jewish world today will change their minds, policies or behavior. They are the ultimate true believers. And their belief in Judaism is somehow obsessively founded on their dismay and disappointment that the Jewish state has arisen and is successful...and will always remain controversial. So they are anti-Israel first and Jewish second. All of those who are Jewish second, who are sunshine patriots and not willing to stand up for the Jewish people in unpopular circumstances, are always judged harshly in Jewish history. In 1933, the Orthodox Jewish rabbinate in Germany sent a letter of congratulations to Adolf Hitler when he assumed the post of the Chancellor of Germany. Reading that letter today, in perfect historic hindsight, makes one weep. But as Lincoln said, “We should not judge lest we be judged.” But there is no question in my mind that Jews throughout the world will be judged by history as to their reaction to this Iranian nuclear deal. Shabbat shalom.

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where Jews are citizens but are only a rather small minority? There is no question that Iran is not only an enemy of the State of Israel but that it openly and repeatedly declares that its intention is to wipe the Jewish state off the face of the world map. Experience, bitter experience, has taught the Jewish people that we should take these threats at face value. Enabling Iran, with the blessings of the West, to possess nuclear weapons is an existential threat to the survival of the State of Israel. Even Thomas Friedman, never noted for his favorable reviews regarding Israel generally and Netanyahu personally, has written that if he were living in Israel he would have just cause for concern over this deal with Iran. So now the moment of test and truth has arisen for American Jewry. Its loyalty to the policies of the United States and especially its blind faith in President Obama and the Democratic Party is well-known and proven over the past electoral cycles. In the face of the Hobbesian choice now presented before it, American Jewry has split badly. And this split reflects not only policy regarding Iran but reveals the deeper divide that exists with-

in American Jews and the conflicts that this rift engenders. J Street has been exposed as being the anti-Israel lobby that it always was from its inception. The fact that it is now

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he Jewish communities and individual Jews living in the Diaspora, in the United States and the Western world particularly are currently faced with having to make a difficult and almost fateful decision regarding the signing of an admittedly bad deal with Iran. As this would pave the way for that nation to become a nuclear power in the very foreseeable future, does continued Jewish opposition to the deal contribute to Jewish interests worldwide? To put the matter more boldly and painfully, is it right and necessary to advocate a Jewish interest over the national policy of governments of nations

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Parshas Ki Savo Using Visualizations “Moshe Rabbeinu told the Jewish people, “Today Hashem has commanded you to fulfill all of the statues and laws. . .” — Devarim 26:16

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ashi is troubled by Moshe’s use of the word “today,” implying that Hashem first commanded the Jews to do the mitzvos that day when in reality, Hashem gave the Jewish people the mitzvos almost 40 years earlier. Rashi answers this question by explaining that Moshe was telling them, “Every day, in your eyes, it should be as if you were commanded in them today.” In other words, there should be an excitement with which we do the mitzvos, a freshness and new energy, as if this was the first time that we are hearing about them. This Rashi is difficult to understand because we know that for every experience, there is a first time. When something is new, it is original, exciting, and fresh, but that newness quickly fades; the excitement wanes. The value of the experience isn’t any less, but that certain crisp newness is gone. That is a reality of life. So how can the Torah expect the Jewish people to look at old mitzvos as if they were given that day, when it just isn’t so? And how can the Torah expect me today, thousands of years after the mitzvos were given, to view each mitzvah as if this is the very first time that I am fulfilling it?

The answer to this question lies in understanding certain tools that Hashem gave to man. The Power of Imagination If you remember reading a well-written novel as a child, you may have found yourself somewhere you had never been before. You might have been brought to the 17th century as a pirate sailing the seven seas. There you were,

real. It can bring me to a different time, to a land I never saw, to an experience that I never had, and yet it is me right there. I feel it. I experience it. And in my mind’s eye, those events are actually happening to me. I may even have physiological reactions to the event; my heart rate will quicken, my blood pressure will increase, and my palms will begin sweating as I live that experience. If you have ever cried when you read a

This can bring freshness and a new energy to the manner in which I perform these mitzvos. out on the ocean with the buck and the sway of the waves, fighting off your enemy as he tried to board your ship. The sun glinting in your eyes, you pulled your sword from its scabbard, prepared for the battle. The enemy boarded your vessel; you dug your feet into the deck, tightening your fist on your sword, ready to pounce. And suddenly, your mother called you to dinner. Gone was the pirate ship, gone was the scabbard and sword, and rudely you were pulled back to reality. That is an example of imagination at work. Imagination is a powerful tool that Hashem put into a person for a number of reasons. One of its functions is to make a scene, a time, or an event

book even though you knew the events in it never happened, it is a classic example of this phenomenon. Imagination is also a tool that can help a person achieve success. Olympic athletes are trained to use visualizations. A diver will see himself standing high on the platform, the water glistening below. He is there in the stadium with the crowd cheering as he flawlessly performs his dive. He is living that experience in his mind, and it affects his performance later. He has already been there and done that. The results of using visualizations are powerful. Studies show that not only do athletes who use them improve, so do many other people whose activities require peak performance. From a salesman going on a new call to a surgeon performing a difficult operation, performance can be greatly increased by seeing the event happen successfully. This seems to be the answer for this Rashi. The Torah is telling us that a person can and should view the mitzvos as if they are brand new, as if I heard about them for the very first time today. In my mind, I can feel that newness if I use this technique to visualize that I have first heard about them today. And this can bring freshness and a new energy to the manner in which I perform these mitzvos.

This concept is something that is very useful in our avodas Hashem. More Precious than Fine Gold Dovid Ha’Melech describes, “The Torah is more precious to me than fine gold.” Chazal tell us that “a mere whiff of the World to Come is more pleasurable than all of the enjoyments of this world.” Could you imagine the impact it would have on your life if you actually felt that way? Could you imagine the effect it would have on your enthusiasm for the mitzvos if for one minute you sensed that? The change in your life would be enormous. The problem is that I don’t feel that way. It’s not that I don’t want to; I just don’t. Granted, mitzvos are important, and I recognize their place, but to actually feel that they are more precious than gold and silver just isn’t real. But it can become real if I close my eyes and imagine a king’s treasure room, filled with chests and chests of gold coins, diamonds, sapphires, and pearls. . . and then I imagine that every time that I open a sefer to learn or daven appropriately, I am depositing another precious stone in my storehouse of fine gems. The Torah is teaching us that visu-

alizations work, and we can use them. Our imagination is vivid and powerful. The key is to use it without letting it control us.

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Whatever growth we’ve done is the growth we’ve attained and the middos development we’ve achieved defines who we are in the afterlife. It’s when the points are tallied and we reveal the finished product.

lion at this point) use it to connect with others and share their feelings. What happened next was astounding. Facebook “memorialized” his page. That means it’s locked. It can’t be modified by anyone but stands as it

This was what was important to him, and the snapshot of his life clearly shows the direction he had been heading. I found an analogous circumstance in modern-day life. Many of you know that last Rosh Hashana it was decreed that a close friend of mine, R’ Dovid Winiarz z”l, known to thousands by his moniker, “The Facebuker Rebbe,”

would not live out the year. Perhaps because he’d fulfilled all he was intended to fulfill in life, or perhaps because he had no years left, but for whatever reason, Hashem called him back to headquarters. During the week of shiva, I scrambled feverishly, trying to find a way to capture all the Torah, humor, warmth, and goodness he had shared with his flock on Facebook before his account was inactivated and it was deleted. He had dedicated years of his life to kiruv and Jewish outreach on Facebook, under the guidance of his Rebbi and with his Rosh Yeshiva’s annual bracha for protection. In case you’re not familiar with Facebook, it’s like a giant series of bulletin boards where people can share photos, thoughts, and ideas to be seen by others. When you connect with others, you make new “friends.” People from around the world (over 350 mil-

did when he passed away. His last post showed exactly the direction he was heading. He died in a car crash on his way to a kiruv convention. His last post says, “Before I leave on my road trip I came to learn Torah with my son and his

friend...” The very last thing he shared was a dvar Torah from his son. (Viewed by over 21,000 people!) This was what was important to him, and the snapshot

of his life clearly shows the direction he had been heading. Before he got in that car, he could have deleted, altered, and changed any of those previous comments and messages. Afterwards, it was out of his hands. He was who he was and everyone can go through and see it. That, to me, is what Rosh Hashana is like. We have a whole year of activity which we’ve posted on our “page.” When Hashem reviews it on Rosh Hashana, He will determine which book that page belongs in. Now is the time to make the changes we want and correct any negative posts. It’s the time to review the year for ourselves in advance of it being one for the books. And on the outside chance that we’re going to be in the third book and given a little extra time, let’s make sure we’re using the opportunity to rewrite our life’s story and cast ourselves in the role of the hero, the tzaddik, and the person we’d be happy to be for all time. Jonathan Gewirtz is an inspirational writer and speaker whose work has appeared in publications around the world. You can find him at www.facebook.com/RabbiGewirtz and follow him on Twitter @RabbiJGewirtz. He also operates JewishSpeechWriter.com, where you can order a custom-made speech for your next special occasion. Sign up for the Migdal Ohr, his weekly PDF Dvar Torah in English. E-mail info@JewishSpeechWriter.com and put Subscribe in the subject.

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n Rosh Hashana, we are told, Hashem has three books opened in front of Him. The books are simply lists of names. Each of us falls into one of the books’ categories. The first book is for people who are righteous. They are immediately sealed for life and a good year. The next book is those who are wicked. They are immediately condemned to death. The final book, which is likely the thickest book of all, is those who are in-between, neither righteous nor evil. For them, the judgment is suspended for the duration of the Aseres Yemei Teshuva to see how they will behave. Now, certainly, there are people who are righteous who pass away during the following year and evildoers who seem to live forever. However, this judgment is based, Chazal tell us, on Olam Haba. Though the judgment for a person’s life will come when they die, their lives are judged yearly based on the direction they’re taking. Are they heading for Gan Eden, or are they on course for a different destination? Based on that, they may be judged in the coming year in a way that corresponds to that. A tzaddik may suffer more now to eradicate minor sins, while a wicked person may prosper so that he is owed no good in the World to Come. If peace and tranquility will help a person grow closer to Hashem, then that’s what they’ll be given. This also helps explain how there can be so many people who are left hanging in the balance. While the number of good deeds versus sins may be at 49% or 51%, it’s not a clear indicator of where a person is headed. Therefore, we have more time to show which way we’re moving. What struck me about this judgment is that it’s a snapshot of where the person is on Rosh Hashana. We don’t make it into those books necessarily by scrutiny of each of our actions the entire year, but rather by what those actions have transformed us into. We are at that moment a semi-static individual, being looked at as the cumulative effect of what we’ve done. It brings to mind a quote from the Rambam that when we die, we remain for eternity whoever we became in life.


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Rafi Sackville

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he question came from nowhere: if we were contacted by a news organization, would we be willing to speak to them about the bureaucratic nightmare we’d been through with Bituach Le’umi, the National Insurance Agency? Sure, I answered, not thinking anything would come of it. If someone did call, I figured a journalist would call us. That’s not quite what happened. I have previously written about our three sons, who are now living in Kfar Tikva, a farm-like community

huda and Yonatan, they would have (might have) received them, too. Who knows… So we had one son down with two to go. By the time we received a call from Livnat Poran’s public relations office, only Yehuda was left without rights. Early one Wednesday evening I found myself talking to Yaniv, who works in public relations for Livnat Poran, and Zahavit, a producer for Yediot Acharonot’s popular internet news portal, Ynet. They wanted Keren and me to be at their studio the following morning at 8:30. I got the address and asked where in the building we should go. “Makeup,” was the answer. “You want to interview us in front of cameras?” I asked bewildered. “There will be an interview of you and Keren. You know Atilla, don’t you? He’ll ask the questions. After you’ve been finished, Omri will contact you. He’s writing the article,” explained Yaniv. We drove south to Kiryat Motzkin train station from where we took the train to Tel Aviv. Cutting to the quick I don’t look too good with makeup, but Keren looked stunning. There were no prompts. There were really no introductions. One minute we were sitting around in makeup, the next we were in the studio being interviewed by Atilla. Yes, that is his name. It went well. We told our story, particularly some of the juicier bits that were bound to raise eyebrows. I walked straight out of makeup where I took it off. Keren kept hers on. And then things got strange. Omri, the journalist, called us with questions that were not remotely connected to our situation. I called Mor, Livnat Poran’s PR person, who expressed delight that I had mentioned their organization. She, too, didn’t understand why I’d been asked those questions by Omri. That was Thursday. Sunday evening, just after Tisha B’Av was over, I was informed that the interview and article were online. I noticed they’d cut and pasted in a few spots. Some of the things I said were taken out of context, but overall it reflected what we’d said despite their editing. Then I read the article. It was so removed from the truth of our situation that I had to laugh. I told Keren that maybe, maybe Omri had mistaken us for someone else. The comments that followed the article ranged from shock at how Bituach Leumi treats people, to

Then I read the article. It was so removed from the truth of our situation that I had to laugh. for challenged individuals. When we arrived in Israel in July 2013 we placed a request disability through the National Insurance Agency (the same type of disability payments they received from Social Security). After a few months we were invited to their offices in Nahariya. We took along with us every medical document we had collected since their births. We were turned down very quickly. Our paperwork wasn’t in order: the boys could function by themselves; come back in six months. We persevered. We asked for a to-do list, which we were given. We didn’t receive much help or encouragement. We encountered a distinct air of indifference. We enlisted the help of a firm called Livnat Poran. They specialize in taking on any case against Bituach Leumi that looks like a winner and build water-tight cases. The look on the face of our caseworker as we walked into to meet her for the first time was priceless. She looked as if she’d won the lottery. She arranged for the boys to see specialists in all kinds of fields. Within two months each boy had a file as thick as a brick. Armed with our new weaponry we returned six months later. Three separate appointments, one for each boy. We were met by a panel of doctors, all over 70 years of age—a psychiatrist, neurologist and an internist. Sitting between them was a secretary. They asked a few obligatory questions of Yehuda, then Yonatan. They looked disinterested or bored. Or both. By the time Dovi was called in, the neurologist had pored through a couple of medical books. He did this in front of me. He left the book on the desk. While he was questioning him, I looked at it. One of the tests asks a patient to make a tight fist to check for myotonic dystrophy. He then asked him to release it, but Dovi’s disorder prevented him from doing so. Ah, no more than the theater of the absurd: if the boys suffer similarly, then they should, by rights, all receive the same compensation. Only Dovi received benefits that day. Had they tried the same test on Ye-

one that basically told us to leave the country if we wanted help. Word of our media appearance quickly made the rounds. My What’s App page rang annoyingly throughout the following day. We heard from Livnat Poran, who thought we performed admirably. They were all smiles even when I told them I wanted reimbursement for a fares. Moshik from Kfar Tikvah, where the boys live, expressed his displeasure that there was hardly a mention of the Kfar at all. Others expressed more displeasure with the facts which were all wrong. In response to the article, Bituach Leumi pointed out the errors, and for the most part, justified themselves. They are so used to being attacked in public that we seemed no more than an annoying fly that needed swatting. And then, just a little longer than 24 hours after the article and interview appeared, I got a phone call from Bituach Leumi. They wanted to settle all outstanding matters once and for all. In other words, they were willing to give us everything we wanted. I was speechless. All that publicity, some of it

Keren and Rafi in the Ynet studio in Tel Aviv

good, but lots of it bad and incorrect, had just made the front page of the internet edition and they wanted to settle! We made the necessary arrangements, filled out the paperwork and are currently awaiting the hefty bill from Livnat Poran. A little media had caused Bituach Leumi to blink. But that would be a cynical way of looking at things. My friend Shraga put it succinctly after I told him the news: “this country does work. It’s a credit to Israel.” I’m pretty sure those are his words, but don’t quote me on it. Rafi Sackville, formerly of Cedarhurst, teaches in Ort Maalot in Western Galil.


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TJH: It’s so nice to meet with you. Do you get to bring your dog to the office every day? KR: Pearl Elizabeth is showered with love. When I’m in Washington, she stays with my sister. Her dog, Abby, is best friends with Pearl so they have a good time together, but I still miss her when I go away. Recently you came out in opposition of the Iran nuclear deal. How did you come to that conclusion? I decided to take my time on this because it’s so important and it’s a decision you have to make with your constituents, experts and people you trust. I actually did read it – I read the deal. I think most people did. Some people, though, came out even before the deal was done to say they were for it or against it. But that can’t be right. Your decision on the deal has to be done in a non-political, thoughtful way. The administration – John Kerry, Ernest Moniz, and Jack Lew – they made themselves available and we were able to look through the documents. In groups and as individuals, they were available at all times. But there were three issues I couldn’t get over. For one, this agreement

Was it hard to go against your party line? I appreciate the president’s position and I do believe that he believes that this is the way to keep Iran nuclear-free. I don’t question his motives at all. However, I see it differently. I think we need more of that in Washington. People who don’t just toe the party line. When I was campaigning, I said we need to send people like me to Washington, not always standing their ground, but able and willing to hear both sides of the argument. There will come a time when your conscience pulls you to the other side from your party, and that’s going to happen and that’s good. You know, there have been times I have been with the administration and sometimes I have not. In terms of the Iran nuclear deal, I didn’t feel any pressure at all. They were passionate about their stance but I came to a different conclusion. In a truly hypothetical situation, if Congress can come together to oppose the deal and has enough votes to override the president’s veto, what will happen? That’s a good question; I haven’t gotten a good answer yet but can president still go forward? This is not a treaty. Can some form of the deal still go

“This is what I don’t think enough Americans have appreciation for: the actual physical space that Israel occupies but the even larger space that their mostly enemies occupy right around them.” wouldn’t prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear nation. It was merely pushing the pause button. And I don’t think anyone disagrees with that. No one disagrees that in around 10, 15 years Iran will be able to obtain a nuclear weapon. And not even that, because of the terms

forward? There’s no question that the UN sanctions will be lifted. But the Congressional sanctions can still exist and they are significant. One of the problems with the whole “snap back” provision is if you can convince the P5+1 that there’s been a ma-

jor breach, that would kick in the snap back provision. But even the president has admitted that it took years to bring Iran to the table. So this snap back implies that the desperation that Iran felt that brought them to the table will immediately snap into place, but that’s not true. You’re still going to have Russia and China who are happy that they can continue to do business with Iran and won’t necessarily agree that the breach is a major breach.

they do such an extraordinary job at immersing us for the short time we are there. For some colleagues, this was their first time there. Every time I go, I gain a newfound appreciation for the very volatile situation that exists in the geographic area and how important it

You just came back from Israel. How was your trip? Not long enough. I was just there for 6 days. I was actually there Meeting with Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu last summer, during the war in July, and I was there in May for a Foreign is for America to reiterate and express Fighters Congressional delegation, as often as we can our support for our where we met Bibi Netanyahu. I feel greatest ally in the Middle East. like I’m becoming a regular – and I love it. Did you feel that your trip to Israel I had never been up to Tiberius, so influenced your decision on the Iran that was great. I’ve been to Bethlehem nuclear deal? and to the Dead Sea. This trip we also During my previous trips, when the went to the border of Lebanon and Syr- war was going on, and hearing the siia, which was amazing. rens and speaking with the people, that This is what I don’t think enough profoundly affected me and somewhat Americans have appreciation for: the influenced my decision. And that’s why actual physical space that Israel occu- I think it’s important to travel and not be pies but the even larger space that their myopic in our view of America’s place mostly enemies occupy right around in this world and how important it is to them. You are looking over and seeing support our allies like Israel. all these houses that you know are filled The more educated I become, the with rockets that are pointed at Israel more educated my constituents become. that Hezbollah has set up. We have to make decisions based on We went to Gaza and saw how close facts. And foreign travel can make you some kibbutzs are to the border and a more effective legislator. I have to how the Iron Dome doesn’t even work educate Americans who don’t have the because they are so close. Every 10, 20 benefit of traveling. feet is a bomb shelter. Not unless you go there, you don’t have an appreciation When you speak with constituents, for that. what are on their minds? I give enormous credit to Bobby Obviously, Israel is on their minds. Cohen and AIPAC and AIEF because Many are concerned about trade as well.


What do you do when you want to relax? I love to read. I’m reading Startup Nation now. It’s a fascinating book. I can’t believe I haven’t read it until now.

Rep. Rice, thank you so much for your time. I speak for my community when I say that we truly appreciate your decision to oppose the Iran nuclear deal. 

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How close are we to having a female president? Close.

The one thing I will say about a nonpolitician running for office is that they have a tendency – like Mike Bloomberg – to tap into frustrations people have with government and elected officials they feel just talk party lines and never answer questions and never say At a meeting with local AIPAC leaders in June it like it is. People say that’s what they want. But in the past, when people said it I spend a lot of time with my family and like it is, they got rejected. Here’s Trump friends. I got lots of nieces and nephews. saying it like it is: but is that what people And I spend time with my puppy, Pearl want? Give me a policy. Show me how Elizabeth. you’re going to do what you say you’re I also love to run. I just turned 50. It was a big birthday. So I feel I have to going to do. I didn’t grow up saying I’m going to work out twice as hard. I try to carve out be a politician. We need more people like time at least four times a week. I think me who are going to serve – not forever that being physically active helps main– for some period of time and then to step tain a level of mental and emotional baldown and let someone else come in and ance to be most effective in all areas of life. take a shot at it.

Only around 20% of Congress is female. How did it feel to come in as a female to a male-dominated field? It gave me great pride because any time someone like me is elected to a position where not many females fill those roles, that shows a little girl or a little

boy that they can do it as well. We aren’t going to have true gender equality until women are 50% of doctors, lawyers, senators … that is when gender will become a secondary issue. And that’s what it should be. My gender shouldn’t define my success. It shouldn’t make people more or less willing to listen to me or hear my opinion. But right now I think in too many professions being a voice of a woman does have that result. The fact that we are in year 2015 and talking about pay equality is absurd. Especially since women are increasingly becoming head of households. It dumbfounds me. When I came into the DA’s office, there was a 30% pay differential between men and women with the same level of education and the same numbers of year of legal experience, and I couldn’t understand why. And then I realized there was no upward mobility for women. There was never a woman DA, never a woman executive, and the way you make more money is to be promoted. It took me a little while but there is no pay differential now, and in fact, there are slightly more female lawyers than men now in the office.

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Small businesses need to compete. Education is also on their minds. Every child should have a quality education. We have very uneven levels of education in this district. People are angry with the Common Core but I believe that government has to have a role to ensure that every child educated in this country is getting an education to be able to compete in a global economy. We need to compete with other countries that are getting amazing results with less money involved. Education is the only thing you can’t take away from a person. Knowledge, what’s in their minds, is so valuable and the best tool we can give our kids to compete. There has to be some sort of testing to gauge if children are learning what they should be learning in our schools. The STEM areas – science, technology, engineering, and math – we need to kick it up massively especially with young kids to let them know they can go into fields that they thought were closed out to them.


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Notable Quotes

Compiled by Nate Davis

“Say What?” A lot of people are upset because Jeb Bush used the term “anchor babies” to describe children born of illegal immigrants. Calling a child an anchor baby is almost as derogatory as calling a child Jeb. - Jimmy Kimmel

A new poll shows that Jeb Bush is now even more unpopular than Donald Trump. Or as Jeb put it, “Well, at least there’s one poll where I’m ahead of Trump.” – Jimmy Fallon

I wouldn’t change it. I think it was the right thing. - Seattle Seahawks Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell recently discussing what has gone down as the worst call in Super Bowl history, when his team had the ball at second-andgoal from the Patriots 1-yard line late in the fourth quarter and threw it instead of having the best running back in the NFL run it in

I can’t feel anything in my fingertips. – Peyton Manning disclosing the effects of his multiple neck surgeries

In modern America, cults of personality built around undeserving politicians seem to be a Republican thing. - Paul Krugman, the New York Times


First I got my kids then I thought about my ribs. I didn’t want my ribs burning and stuff. - Robert Wright of San Francisco explaining why he went back into his burning home after he rescued his children (he successfully rescued a rack of ribs which he was marinating for a BBQ)

[T]here’s not a smidgen of evidence for it. - President Obama when asked about allegations that he is an anti-Semite, in an interview with The Forward

What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed where there’s organized efforts – and frankly it’s more related to Asian people coming into our country – having children in that organized effort, taking advantage of a noble concept with birthright citizenship. – Jeb Bush, when asked if his recent comments in opposition to “anchor babies” would hurt his standing with Hispanics Look, my record is pretty clear. I’m married to a Mexican-American United States citizen. I’m immersed in the culture. I’m bilingual. I feel like I’m bicultural. – Ibid.

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What’s your favorite bagel flavor? - The important question to President Obama by Jane Eisner, editor of leftwing Jewish news outlet, The Forward, after gaining his reassurances that even though Iran will get a nuclear weapon, the deal is a good thing for Israel

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Donald Trump unveiled his immigration policy and now he’s getting a lot of flak. His policy would have prevented his own grandfather from coming to America. That explains his new campaign slogan: “Vote Trump to prevent another Trump.” – Conan O’Brien

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Donald Trump had an interview with CNN in the lobby of the Trump Tower Hotel this week, and apparently someone yelled, “You’ll never win the Latino vote.” And then immediately, Trump had the guy deported over to La Quinta Hotel. – Jimmy Fallon


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– Jimmy Kimmel It breaks my heart every time you read about or hear about these kinds of incidents. What we know is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism. - President Obama on ABC News, after two reporters were shot on live TV in Virginia

At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It’s on the truck. It’s at the station. It’s on the airplane. Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them. We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in, and then when your time is up ... however long your visa is, then we go get you. We tap you on the shoulder and say, “Excuse me. Thanks for coming. Time to go.” – Gov. Chris Christie at a campaign event in New Hampshire

Donald Trump gave a speech yesterday where he accused Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton of being under the control of lobbyists, special interests, and deep-pocketed donors. Trump says we should vote for him because he’s not under control at all. – Seth Myers

Even though Trump is on top, 54 percent of voters don’t believe he’s trustworthy or honest. If Donald Trump is dishonest, what’s he going to say when he starts being honest? – Jimmy Kimmel

A chink in the armor Xi Jinping looks vulnerable for the first time. - Tweet by the Wall Street Journal, accompanying a photo of China’s president, which was quickly deleted and replaced with a tweet stating that there was no offensive intent in the original tweet

Only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go? - Retweet from former major league pitcher and ESPN commentator Curt Schilling, resulting in his suspension

CNN’s newest polls show that Donald Trump is leading Hillary Clinton in Florida. It’s scary, because if that could happen in Florida, it could also happen in the United States. – Seth Myers

It is rumored that the new iPhones are going to use facial recognition technology to unlock your phone. Of course, if you live in Los Angeles, the iPhone will store up to six of your previous faces. – Conan O’Brien

My dad’s going to turn over in his grave. - Skip Fletcher, whose father started a now-famous corn dog stand at the Texas State Fair, on the decision to begin selling a vegetarian version of the crowd favorite at this year’s State Fair of Texas

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The CEO of Starbucks sent the message to Starbucks employees yesterday, instructing them to be sensitive to customers who might be feeling stressed out about the market. I like that the place that charges $5 for a cup of coffee is concerned about our finances.

Right now members of the Republican National Committee are essentially the scientists in a movie realizing their creation has escaped from the lab. – Jimmy Kimmel

They did a nationwide survey that found that when voters think of Donald Trump, the most common word that comes to mind is “arrogant.” When the same voters think of Hillary Clinton, the most common word they use is “liar.” When they think of Jeb Bush, the first word that comes to mind is “Bush.” Voters don’t even care enough about Jeb Bush to come up with a word to describe him. - Jimmy Kimmel

We’re going to do it in a very humane fashion, believe me. I have a bigger heart than you do. - Donald Trump to MexicanAmerican TV commentator Jorge Ramos, on Trump’s plan to deport millions of immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally

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Trump just gave a big interview to the Hollywood Reporter. And when he was asked what actor he’d want to play him in a movie, he said, “Somebody really, really handsome.” Then he said, “OK, I’ll do it! I talked me into it!” – Jimmy Fallon

Trump was also recently quoted saying he can’t remember the last time he apologized. His barber said, “Well, I definitely remember the last time I apologized.” – Jimmy Fallon


Political Crossfire

Charles Krauthammer

What Six Years of “Reset” Have Wrought

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n September 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years. The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did anything. The European Union (reports The Wall Street Journal) said it was too early to discuss any possible action. The timing of this brazen violation of NATO territory – two days after President Obama visited Estonia to symbolize America’s commitment to its security – is testimony to Vladimir Putin’s contempt for the American president. He knows Obama will do nothing. Why should he think otherwise? – Putin breaks the arms embargo to Iran by lifting the hold on selling it S-300 missiles. Obama responds by excusing him, saying it wasn’t technically illegal and adding, with a tip of the hat to Putin’s patience: “I’m frankly surprised that it held this long.” – Russia mousetraps Obama at the eleventh hour of the Iran negotiations, joining Iran in demanding that the conventional-weapons and ballistic-missile embargos be dropped. Obama caves. – Putin invades Ukraine, annexes Crimea, breaks two Minsk ceasefire agreements and erases the Russia-Ukraine border. Obama’s response? Pinprick sanctions, empty threats and a continuing refusal to supply Ukraine with defensive weaponry, lest he pro-

voke Putin. The East Europeans have noticed. In February, Lithuania decided to rein-

NATO has refused. Instead, Obama offered more military exercises in the Baltic States and Poland. And threw in

Since the end of World War II, Russia has known that what stands in the way of westward expansion was not Europe, living happily in decadent repose, but the United States as guarantor of Western security.

state conscription, a move strategically insignificant – the Lithuanians couldn’t hold off the Russian army for a day – but highly symbolic. Eastern Europe has been begging NATO to station perma-

an additional 250 tanks and armored vehicles, spread among seven allies. It is true that Putin’s resentment over Russia’s lost empire long predates Obama. But for resentment to turn into

nent bases on its territory as a tripwire guaranteeing a powerful NATO/U.S. response to any Russian aggression.

revanchism – an active policy of reconquest – requires opportunity. Which is exactly what Obama’s “reset” policy has offered over the past six and a half years. Since the end of World War II, Russia has known that what stands in the way of westward expansion was not Europe, living happily in decadent repose, but the United States as guarantor of Western security. Obama’s naiveté and ambivalence have put those guarantees in question. It began with the reset button, ostentatiously offered less than two months after Obama’s swearing-in. Followed six months later by the unilateral American cancellation of the missile shield the Poles and the Czechs had agreed to install on their territory. Again, lest Putin be upset. By 2012, a still clueless Obama

mocked Mitt Romney for saying that Russia is “without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe,” quipping oh so cleverly: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.” After all, he explained, “the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.” Turned out it was 2015 calling. Obama’s own top officials have been retroactively vindicating Romney. Last month, Obama’s choice for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff declared that “Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security.” Two weeks ago, the retiring Army chief of staff, Raymond Odierno, called Russia our “most dangerous” military threat. Obama’s own secretary of defense has gone one better: “Russia poses an existential threat to the United States.” Turns out the Cold War is not over either. Putin is intent on reviving it. Helped immensely by Obama’s epic misjudgment of Russian intentions, the balance of power has shifted – and America’s allies feel it. And not just the East Europeans. The president of Egypt, a country estranged from Russia for 40 years and our mainstay Arab ally in the Middle East, has twice visited Moscow within the last four months. The Saudis, congenitally wary of Russia but shell-shocked by Obama’s grand nuclear capitulation to Iran that will make it the regional hegemon, are searching for alternatives, too. At a recent economic conference in St. Petersburg, the Saudis invited Putin to Riyadh and the Russians reciprocated by inviting the new King Salman to visit Czar Vladimir in Moscow. Even Pakistan, a traditional Chinese ally and Russian adversary, is buying Mi-35 helicopters from Russia, which is building a natural gas pipeline between Karachi and Lahore. As John Kerry awaits his upcoming Nobel and Obama plans his presidential library (my suggestion: Havana), Putin is deciding how to best exploit the final 17 months of his Obama bonanza. The world sees it. Obama  doesn’t.  (c) 2015, The Washington Post Writers Group


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And what is that work? The answer, of course, is that it encompasses everything we do and everything we stand for. There is to be no facet of our lives meant to be hidden away from G-d, done only for ourselves. As much as we are indeed supposed to take care of ourselves, all our actions nevertheless are also supposed to serve G-d. This puts a slightly different slant on this case of things not going well, being

remembering something, proteins composing that memory are in a labile state. That is, they can re-combine in new ways. This process of protein synthesis takes six hours. What researchers found is that painful, even traumatic memories can actually change by arranging a different emotional context for them to be recalled. Other research has shown that mindfulness meditation can accomplish

Don’t let a week go by without doing something for someone that gives you a deep down good feeling. down, or even depressed. It may be the difference that makes a difference. If we are stuck in a bad place in our lives it is normal to be sad about it. But “normal” doesn’t make it right. According to what we were just saying, all our actions are supposed to be in service of Hashem. As soon as your thoughts are focused on what you wanted that you didn’t get, you’re not serving Hashem! It’s all about you! The Klausenberger Rebbe knew this. His immediate thought was: “How can I live this moment in a way that G-d wants?” From there, it was easy to take the appropriate action. And then the Klausenberger Rebbe got a bonus. Not only did he do something for the Borei Olam, but he distracted his mind from his pain onto things that were constructive and deeply satisfying. Perhaps that really felt sweet; perhaps that was simchadik. Well, wouldn’t you know? This, by a funny coincidence, is the exact formula therapists give to people who are depressed and do not want to take medications: Take positive actions in your life! More than that, research on memory reconsolidation in the brain shows that when we are emotionally aroused in

the same thing. Thus, trauma survivors having seen combat can be healed through mindfulness meditation. How does it work? A person breathes deeply and allows the negative thoughts to come up without reacting. The peaceful, deep breathing that he has been practicing changes the emotional tone of the traumatic memory. In addition, mindfulness has shown to increase brain pathways between the cerebral cortex (the thinking part of our brain) and the amygdala (the center for emotional reactions). In my work with people, I ask them to switch their focus from the negative thoughts to positive ones. Essentially, that is what the Klausenberger Rebbe did. Is it hard sometimes? Yes. Is it doable anyway? Yes! It takes practice. But it is a mitzvah! We have to do it. So what is the formula for bequeathing upon ourselves a sweet year? Do your deep breathing while clearing your mind. If thoughts plague you, let them go and just return to focus on your breath. Practice this daily, multiple times a day so you’re prepared when you need it. Have pleasant thoughts to occupy your mind and practice switching off of

the negative ones to the positive ones. The more you practice this, the more automatic it gets. Engage in tasks that are rewarding on a deep level. Get involved in your shul, school, or other charitable organization. Don’t let a week go by without doing something for someone that gives you a deep down good feeling. When stress enters your life, it is pointless to complain (even to yourself) about it. Force your focus out of complaint mode to what-can-I-do-about-this mode. If there is absolutely nothing you can do, then shift to what-can-I-learnfrom-this mode. Both are growth-producing, but even better, they literally change a bad situation into something to be proud of. On this, let me share a current-day Klausenberger Rebbe story. The founder of a yeshiva in Yerushalayim (Sharei Chessed neighborhood), Medrash Shmuel, is Rabbi Binyamin Moskowitz. Two of my sons went there. What many people don’t know is that he lost four of his children in a fire back in England. Perhaps that is what prompted him to found a yeshiva; I don’t know. You can pick up a selection of YouTube videos of him as ba’al tefilah at the yeshiva. Watching him, you would not know his past. But this I do know because my sons made it clear: He is 100% devoted to the boys at the yeshiva as well as his own remaining children. I used to draw a sketch of a glass half full of water and give it to my clients. I added a little arrow pointing to the bottom (full) half of the glass with the words “focus on this half.” May you and your family indeed have a good and sweet year – because you make it so. Dr. Deb Hirschhorn, is a Marriage & Family Therapist and best-selling author of The Healing Is Mutual: Marriage Empowerment Tools to Rebuild Trust and Respect—Together. Attend the Food For Thought lectures at Traditions Restaurant in Lawrence on Tuesdays at 12:30 PM. (There is a lovely optional lunch menu for $12 cash.) Any questions, call 646-54-DRDEB or check out her website at http://drdeb.com. All stories in Dr. Deb’s articles are fabricated. See Dr. Deb on TorahAnytime.com.

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hana tova u’mituka! We’re all saying that. Yet sweetness can be so elusive. How do you get that? And what’s more, the Torah, which has all answers to all questions, never says how to do it. And to complicate matters, it says ivdu es Hashem b’simcha. That is, we are required to be happy; it’s a mitzvah. Well, maybe the greeting makes sense in that case. We aren’t actually wishing our friends a sweet year; we are reminding them of their obligations! They have to be happy. This also fits with the Mishna in Pirkei Avos: Aizeh hu ashir? Hasameach b’chelko. (Who is rich? The person who is happy with his lot in life.) See, we always have free choice; we could conceivably be unhappy and then we might not feel very wealthy. I know, I know, you’re going to tell me that you do not choose to be unhappy; it’s just that sometimes you are. I get that. To one degree or another, that’s true for all of us. But on a logical basis, this is really impossible: G-d could not have commanded us to be happy if we could not be. We are required to do what He knows we can do. So although we think it is out of our control, we must be wrong about that. The good part of this is that it must be that He also created a way out of the dilemma. If He is expecting us to be happy, then there must be a pathway towards that happiness. And obviously, since the Torah was given at least a few years ago, it preceded the advent of medication for depression. There must be a way out. In a recent class, Esther Wein told us about the Klausenberger Rebbe’s post-Holocaust experiences. He had just lost his entire family – his wife and 13 children. Within 24 hours of liberation, he created a kosher kitchen right there in the camps. Next, he pulled together all the children and started a school. He lost no time. Was he truly happy? I can’t answer that, but I will bet that he felt the sweetness of his actions. Remember this: The requirement is ivdu es Hashem b’simcha. It is the work, the avoda, that is to be sweet. The work of serving G-d is to be done with joy.


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o dream or not to dream. That is the question … and the answer might have a major impact on the kind of job you look for, and sometimes, on whether you really look for a job at all. There are a lot of folks out there who might read that sentence and slowly, sadly, shake their heads. They are practical, experienced people, and they know that work is not a playground. You work because you have to work, and you keep at it because that’s what real adults do, and be happy you have a job at all! So what’s all this dream nonsense? Just get a job, keep your head down and work hard. No one said this was supposed to be fun. There may be another group of people reading this (I’m allowed to

If you aren’t ready to supply the persistence, it isn’t a dream. It’s just a time-wasting fantasy. fantasize that someone is reading this…) that really wish that they could find a job that matches their dreams. These folks sometimes close their eyes and imagine themselves on a stage, or in a restaurant kitchen, or somewhere exotic, doing something totally fascinating—like those guys who work for the Bronx Zoo catching butterflies in Tanganyika so they can learn about species preservation and save the world. Or maybe ... something in a place that isn’t two hours in traffic away, where the work is perfectly normal, except that it’s work that fits your real skills and there’s a boss that cares how well you do it and that you’re a person under all that expertise … can that be a dream job, too? If you have had thoughts like any of these, I urge you to watch Larry Smith’s talk at TED. com, “Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career.” I used two synonyms in that last paragraph: dream and fantasize. Well, good writers use rich and varied vocabulary, so all for the better … except I really had something else in mind. To me, “fantasize” is when you envision something totally detached from reality. “Dream” is when you envision something totally detached from reality, but then you do the hard work needed to make that vision into something real. We live in a world saturated with a “dreams come true” attitude. Someone gets a big break—like winning a talent show or going on Shark Tank—and poof, life of luxury, worries gone. Nobody tells the story behind the success, the really hard work, the development of rare talent, the 99% perspiration that makes the 1% inspiration into a product, a service, a business, a job. So it would be more accurate to say that, in my vocabulary, dreams really can come true. Fantasies, on the other hand, so rarely come true that it would more accurate and honest to say, “never.” I have met with job seekers who seem to feel a warm, caring hand on their shoulder as a soothing voice says, “Follow your passion.” Sometimes that voice is imagined; sometimes it comes from a trusted mentor. For some, it seems to mean, “Stay in yeshiva and learn as long as you remain passionate about it.” For others, it tells them not to commit to a

career, not even to a demanding job, unless they feel some “pull,” some passion, some spark. They come to me asking for help in finding their dream, their passion. In both types of cases, what I find is that they are not dreaming at all, they were actually firmly enveloped in fantasy. Because every time our discussion reaches the part about hard work, about commitment, about the future, they clam up. Suddenly, they don’t want to talk about their dreams anymore. One of my favorite writers on career choice and the world of work is Daniel Pink. So here’s my shout-out for him, that yes, all his books are worth reading. As soon as you can. He lists six rules for choosing a career, which also can be seen as a guide for the job hunt that follows. For now, I want to focus on one of them that I like best. Rule #4 is: “Persistence is more important than talent.” Now, when you read Pink’s books (you will…) you’ll see that he is a great believer in being true to your dreams. So isn’t your talent a crucial part of that? Doesn’t “persistence” mean droning on and on, without passion or life-giving fulfillment? Let me share an example that I’ve observed close-up. One of the most talented musicians in America today is Andy Statman, a virtuoso of the clarinet and mandolin, recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as well as by the Modzhitzer Rebbe, where he davens. Andy performs free concerts regularly, essentially open jam sessions. Yes, you should go hear him. I’ve noticed something there that I wish everyone would know. It teaches a lot about working. This musician is completely immersed in his dream, in creativity, in art. Yet what you see and hear is his painstaking commitment to every piece, to practice limitlessly, to perfection … and then to improvise. That’s true art, that’s following your dream. If you aren’t ready to supply the persistence, it isn’t a dream. It’s just a time-wasting fantasy. There’s a well-known story about one of the great Torah leaders of previous generations, the Ponevezher Rov. In the aftermath of the Destruction, he worked tirelessly to build the Ponovezh Yeshiva in Eretz Yisrael, as well as myriad institutions that were needed in the postwar times. Once a detractor told him, “Rebbe, you are dreaming.” To which he replied, “Yes, but I’m not sleeping.” We make a mistake if we relegate such heroism to the bookshelf, where it waits to inform our response to heroic times. A response in the most challenging times is a revelation of what we can bring forward at all times. Those times are now. We all need to be dreaming, but not sleeping. Rabbi Mordechai Kruger is the Director of Pathways to Parnassa, an organization dedicated to educating our community in all aspects of career choice and job search. Individual coaching is available. He can be reached at myparnassa@gmail.com.


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In the Kitchen

Naomi Nachman

Cooking with the Kids I find it’s hard to keep our kids entertained between camp and

We also use tomato sauce and a choice of different spices. This

school. This is a great way to keep them busy and well-fed: let

recipe makes one 12-inch pie, which usually comes out to four

them make their own pizza for lunch! This recipe is really easy

servings. If I don’t have any sauce, I use marinara sauce. (My

and kids really love to make and eat their own creations.

favorite is Gefen classic marinara sauce.)

Each child can make their own dough by hand then use a

I have also included in this column a few of my kids’ favorite

wide variety of toppings such as peppers, tomatoes, onions, ol-

cooking projects they like to do at home. Yom tov is around the

ives, mushrooms, and even pineapple (a favorite in Australia).

corner; have them help you bake and freeze these easy desserts.

QUICK AND EASY PIZZA DOUGH Ingredients 2 tsp. dry yeast 1 tsp. sugar ¾ cup very warm water (120-130 degrees) 2 cups flour 1 tsp. salt Preparation Preheat oven to 400°F. Soak yeast in water and sugar for 5 minutes. Add flour, then add salt and continue to knead for 2-3 minutes until flour is well blended and a dough ball forms. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes. Roll dough to fit a 12-inch disposable pizza pan. Top pizza with tomato sauce and toppings of your choice. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is browned and bubbly.

Easy Vanilla Cupcakes Ingredients 3 large eggs 1 cup sugar ½ cup vegetable or canola oil ½ cup orange juice 1 TBS vanilla 2 tsp. baking powder 2 cups all-purpose flour Preparation Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 10 standard muffin cups. Whisk eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Add oil, orange juice, vanilla, baking powder, and all-purpose flour. Mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared cups. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Australian Chocolate Crackles Ingredients 4 cups Rice Krispies 3 TBS cocoa powder 1 ½ cups butter, melted 2 cups powdered sugar 1 cup shredded coconut Preparation Add melted butter, cocoa powder, powdered sugar and coconut to the Rice Krispies. Mix thoroughly. Spoon into small cupcake papers and let set in refrigerator.

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


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A Taste of Yummy from Home Tasty lunchbox ideas to fill your child’s belly during school time

Choose a bread: Pita Whole wheat bread Bagel Wraps French bread Rice cakes/corn thins Whole wheat crackers

Choose a filling:

Egg salad Tuna Avocado/tomato/red onion Cheese/tomato Schnitzel with ketchup Turkey with mayo Cream cheese Chicken salad Grilled chicken

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BOURBON BARBECUE GLAZED SALMON By Chef Mark Green, Glatt A La Carte

INGREDIENTS ¼ cup orange juice 2 tsp fresh lemon juice 2 - 8 oz. boneless/skinless salmon filets 3 TBS Chef Mark’s BBQ rub (add more or less to your taste) 1 tsp vegetable oil ½ tsp kosher salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ½ cup Chef Mark’s bourbon BBQ sauce

PREPARATION Mix together orange and lemon juice. Place salmon in Ziploc bag and pour marinade into the bag. Shake bag gently until mixture covers salmon. Marinate 20-30 minutes in refrigerator. Take out salmon and pat dry with paper towels and discard marinade. Rub salmon with oil, salt, pepper and Chef Mark’s BBQ rub. Place in 375° oven for 6 minutes, then take salmon out of oven and slathver with Chef Mark’s Bourbon BBQ sauce. Place back in oven for 3 minutes. Take salmon out of oven and serve with Chef Mark’s Bourbon BBQ sauce on the side.

Glen Cove, Long unity Cold North Country Comm Island, NY. He attende graphy , and majored in art/photo lege in Saranac Lake, NY , he got his second year of college and played ice hockey. In ended. He of playing professional injured and his dreams llege in at Nassau Community Co continued his education York Resd then attended the New Culinary Arts program an ttan. taurant School in Manha for 7 with Club Mediterranean His first career job was a. After Divi Beach Hotel in Arub years and then at the Divi h Hotel, rida to work for the Reac relocating to Key West Flo Executive Long Island to become he finally moved back to eting Associates. Chef for Restaurant Mark ck, sher caterer in Great Ne ko a for ing nc ela fre e Whil an Execuopportunity to become NY, Mark was given an taurants in first upscale Kosher res tive Chef for one of the Carte. Brooklyn, NY Glatt A La ugh, NY, with wife, Raziel, da Mark resides in Oceanside nstructed yden, in the house he co ter, Malaya, and son, Ha family and friends. where he loves to cook for rubs t, Chef Mark’s line of spice And now in the restauran ces are available for sale. and special barbeque sau

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The Japanese Surrender

the flagship of the Third Fleet under Admiral “Bull” Halsey and was the last battleship to ever be completed by the U.S. She was flying the flag that had flown over an American ship in 1853 that had ventured into Japanese territory. From that expedition, led by Commodore Mathew Perry, the Japanese had opened their doors to American trade and begun to become a military power. On board was the American Supreme Commander of the Southwest Pacific General Douglas MacArthur. He had already given orders to occupy Japan and had issued orders for American troops to treat the Japanese public with respect. Prisoners of war had been set free and several were key Allied generals were on board to watch the ceremony. British General Arthur

The Japanese surrender delegation arriving on the Missouri’s deck

Percival, who had been in Singapore when the Japanese conquered it, and American General Jonathan Wainwright, who had been on the island fortress Corregidor in the Philippines, had been in Japanese captivity for over three years. At the ceremony they were given pens that had been used to sign the surrender as souvenirs. Several Jewish servicemen and reporters were on hand to witness the historical event. T.H. White had been a Hebrew teacher before becoming a journalist. He worked for Time and was onboard the Missouri to write a report for the magazine. Sailors from other ships were present and Milt Saylan was from the battleship South Dakota. The Omaha native from a Jewish family had seen some fierce fighting during the Okinawa campaign. The South Dakota had pulled up near the Missouri to watch the proceedings and all present were told not to say anything to dishonor the Japanese. Since there were major disagreements in the Japanese government, two representatives signed the surrender document—one for the government and one Continued on page 102

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he German surrender in May 1945 did not ed as the Japanese public was gearing up to fight the end all fighting in WWII. Japan still remained Allies. to be conquered and they still posed a threat. The Japanese people were tired of war but were Huge buildups of willing to keep on fighting if EmperAllied material and or Hirohito, whom they considered a men were ready to deity, said to keep on fighting Amerstrike at the Japaica. Finally, the military brass connese mainland. Rusvinced the emperor that there was no sia had finally broway to win the war and in a rare raken its treaty with dio broadcast—the common folk had Japan and began never heard his voice before—he told sending troops into the Japanese public his plans: “After Japanese-held terpondering deeply the general trends ritory on the Asian of the world and the actual conditions mainland. The U.S. obtaining in Our Empire today, we was afraid that if have decided to effect a settlement of they continued they the present situation by resorting to would want a lot of an extraordinary measure. We have land when the Japordered Our Government to communianese surrendered, cate to the Governments of the United and American leadStates, Great Britain, China and the ers realized that the Soviet Union that Our Empire accepts war needed to end the provisions of their Joint Declaraquickly. The acquition…Moreover, the enemy has begun sition of the atomic to employ a new and most cruel bomb, bomb made it possithe power of which to do damage is, ble to convince the indeed, incalculable, taking the toll of emperor to give up many innocent lives. Should We concontrol, and on Autinue to fight, not only would it result gust 15, 1945, the in an ultimate collapse and obliteraThe page of the surrender document war was over. Howtion of the Japanese nation, but also where all the representatives signed ever, documents it would lead to the total extinction still needed to be of human civilization…The hardships signed and that historic event took place on an Amer- and sufferings to which Our nation is to be subjected ican battleship on September 2. hereafter will be certainly great…” Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed on AuThe joint declaration that he was referring to was gust 6 and August 9, respectively, and this essential- the Allied conditions for surrender at the Potsdam ly forced the Japanese government to Conference on July surrender. The Japanese had no way 26. The Japanese of knowing that the U.S. had used the were to give up all only two atomic bombs in their arsetheir conquests since nal (a third bomb was produced and 1894 and were to was used earlier in a test at Alamogordemilitarize. World do, New Mexico). But many in the powers were tired Japanese Ministry of War and the of fighting with the Imperial Guard were against the plan Japanese and this to surrender. The night before the surwould make them render, they tried to execute a military unable to wage war coup d’état and spark a rebellion. In in the future. the end, they were unsuccessful and On September the leaders of the rebellion committed 2, Japanese leaders suicide. boarded the battleThe surrender went on as planned. ship USS MissouAmerican war planners breathed a ri in Tokyo Bay to sigh of relief because they wouldn’t sign the document. have to carry out the plan to invade The Missouri was Japan with a sea invasion. Over a mila 53,000 ton batGeneral MacArthur giving a speech at the surrender ceremony lion American casualties were expecttlewagon that was

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for the army. Admiral Chester Nimitz signed for the American forces as MacArthur signed for the entire Allied forces in the Pacific. Representatives from China, United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, Canada, France, the Netherlands and New Zealand also signed the document. The entire ceremony ended with a speech by General MacArthur that took only twenty minutes. Swarms of American planes flew over the battleship as the ceremony concluded. On September 7, the documents were brought to Washington, D.C., and were presented to President Truman in another formal ceremony. Later they went on display at the National Archives where they are currently housed. The American public held major celebrations and a ticker tape parade was held at Times Square. Even after the formal surrender agree-

Signing the document

ment was signed several other Japanese strongholds nesia. While many historians focus on the European didn’t hear of the news and surrendered to Allied area of WWII, the Pacific theater lasted longer. It was forces on their own. After the surrenthe Japanese atder, the last of the Allied prisoners of tack on Pearl Harwar were released and the occupation bor on American of Japan began. battleships that MacArthur’s speech, which took propelled the U.S. place before the signing of the surrento declare their der agreement, said in part, “We are entry into the war. gathered here, representatives of the Over three and major warring powers, to conclude a half years later the solemn agreement whereby peace may tide had turned be restored. The issues, involving difull circle as the vergent ideals and ideologies, have Japanese found been determined on the battlefields of themselves in the world and hence are not for our their home harbor discussion or debate. Nor is it for us on an American here to meet, representing as we do a battleship signing majority of the people of the earth, in a the surrender docspirit of distrust, malice or hatred. But ument. 70 years rather it is for us, both victors and vanlater this ceremoquished, to rise to that higher dignity ny is remembered which alone befits the sacred purposfor the peace that es we are about to serve, committing it brought to the all our people unreservedly to faithful region. compliance with the understanding they are here formally to assume.” Avi Heiligman is a weekly contribuV-J Day (Victory over Japan) is tor to The Jewish celebrated in the U.S. on September 2. Home. He welcomes Despite the ending of hostilities, some The first page of the surrender document your comments and Japanese soldiers on remote islands suggestions for fuheld out until they were killed or capture columns and can be reached at aviheiligman@gmail. tured. They never believed that the emperor would surrender and the last one gave up in 1974 in Indo- com.

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Shemittah and Severance Pay in Halacha and New York

a few weeks the Shemittah year will end and Israelis can again tend to their gardens. During the times of the Bais HaMikdash, the end of the Shemittah year also meant that Jewish slaves were set free. In those days, there were Jewish slaves, known as an eved Ivri. The rule back then was that a Jew who stole from another Jew and could not repay the victim could be sold into slavery to pay off this debt. Slaves would be released from their servitude regardless of when their slavery began at the end of a Shemittah or Yovel (Jubilee) year. When the end of the Shemittah or Yovel year came, each slave was set free and would go home after Yom Kippur. This is one reason we blow shofar at the end of Yom Kippur (though see Book of Our Heritage for a lot of other reasons). Now these slaves did not just pack up and go home; their masters had to financially assist their reintroduction into society. In Devarim 15:13-14 there is a clear obligation of the master to provide his servant with a parting gift as a form of thanks for his work. This would be done around Rosh Hashanah if he was not set free before then. This ob-

ployees think they are being paid like slaves.) This is the view of the Mishna Le’Meleck on Rambam at Avadim 3:12 who holds payment of severance to an employee fired without good cause is mandatory. The Sefer HaChinuch (authored sometime in 13th Century) at mitzvah 450 wrote: “The obligation to give a parting gift to a servant is biblical in origin and was practiced only when the Jubilee year being observed. . . . However, now a wise person understands … whoever hires an individual who works for him for a long or even short time should pay the worker severance pay.” The Maharam of Rotenberg held if Jewish law required payment of severance to an eved Ivri (a slave), whose involuntary servitude was sinful, certainly it is proper to pay severance to one’s workers, whose employment was without sin, Teshuvot Maharam mi-Rotenberg 4:85. There is an exception to this rule of providing ha’anaka, namely if the slave ran away or was let go for cause, then no ha’anaka is due. Most of Western Europe and Israel in 1963 have adopted some form of mandatory severance pay. The U.S. stands as a major exception to this rule. Despite these interesting historical foundations, most contemporary poskim do not agree with the chunich that there is any biblical or even biblically analogous obligation to pay an employee severance pay. When a Bais Din today does impose an obligation to pay a worker severance today, it is based on minhag socrim, or in legal parlance the customary rules of employment. In Israel, a Bais Din would impose such a payment more as dinei malchusa than a minhag socrim. Minhag socrim is binding on employers because Jewish law recognizes any condition that is agreed upon with respect to monetary matters as binding and customs established among merchants acquire validity in Jewish law, provided that the practices are

I believe a Yeshiva would not fare well trying to explain or justify paying rebbes’ chodesh l’Shana and denying the same to a cook or secretary who worked there for 25 years. ligation called ha’anaka was mandatory; see Rambam Hilchos Avadim Perek 3, halacha 6. Also, the Rambam states the gifts had to be livestock which reproduce and not merely money. With the end of Jewish control in Eretz Yisrael came the end of slavery. Nevertheless this concept of paying something at the end of a job, this ha’anaka, is perhaps an early manifestation of the concept of severance pay when an employee is let go through no fault of his own.

While

we do not have slaves, some Rishonim surmise that payment of severance pay to a long-time worker is based on this concept of ha’anaka. (A lot of em-

not otherwise prohibited by Jewish law. See for instance in Bava Metsia 83a that an employer cannot make his workers come early and leave late if that is not the minhag socrim, or the local custom. The halacha makes it clear that common commercial practices are binding, Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat 331:1. Rav Moshe Feinstein dealt with severance pay in a few places and he said: “It is clear that these rules depend on custom and need not be customs established by rabbis or even by Jews. It is as if the parties conditioned their agreement in accordance with the custom of the city.” Iggeros Moshe, Choshen Mishpat 1:72. So if severance pay is adopted as a custom, a Bais Din could require an employer to pay severance to a fired worker. One now needs to turn to New York law to determine whether severance pay has become a minhag socrim. In short, the answer is absolutely not. New York, like every other state, is an “employment at will” state, and the employer and employee can quit whenever. Even if an employer enticed an employee away from a job with the oral promise to hire her for ten years at $200,000 annually, this oral promise is not binding. In fact, such an oral agreement violates the Statute of Frauds and would be inadmissible. A written contract for a term of years, on the other hand, cannot be broken without a showing of good cause even if the contract says otherwise. So unless one works for an employer with a known severance policy, most New Yorkers who get fired are just out of luck. There is, however, one area of employment where Bais Din does even today recognize a minhag socrim to pay severance and that is a Rebbe in a Yeshiva. There the custom of severance pay is long recognized and continues to the present. (A shul rabbi or cantor has even stronger rights. In Lakewood, for instance, once a Rav is hired, he cannot be fired except on very good grounds.) Batein Dinim pretty much universally hold that Yeshivas and shuls continue to accept the tradition of paying severance at the rate of one month for each year of full-time work known as “chodesh l’shana.” If the Rebbe is dismissed for cause like insubordination, then there is no need to pay anything. This minhag socrim has Continued on page 104

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New York

courts ever sympathetic to employees have permitted, under unique circumstances,

employees to claim a company had an informal severance policy when some employees got severance pay despite having no written policy. The courts reason that an employer can create its own – I guess – its own company minhag. Once a company pays

some employees severance it would be either discriminatory or just unfair to pay some employees and not other ones. These are not slam dunk cases. The courts expect a good showing of the company policy. For instance, courts have said, “To prevail an employee must produce evidence demonstrating that the employer . . . had a regular practice of making severance payments to terminated employees, and that she relied on such practice in continuing her employment.” Mahon v. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 2009 WL 3150780 (NY Sup 2009).

As an additional hurdle, courts hold the “absence of actual proof of reliance of a regular practice of severance payments consti-tutes sufficient grounds of the dismissal for a claim for severance pay.” Hirschfeld v Institutional Investor, Inc., 260 AD2d 171 (1st Dept 1999). In court, a Yeshiva staff employee could perhaps use the Torah Umesorah pamphlet to bolster the staffer’s argument of a regular practice. This may not be enough because the staffer would have to show he relied on that policy at the time of hiring. As a defense, an employer could show that each nonrebbe employee knew that only the rebbes would be paid severance. I believe a Yeshiva would not fare well trying to explain or justify paying rebbes’ chodesh l’Shana and denying the same to a cook or secretary who worked there for 25 years, though courts have articulated that different employees can be offered different compensation and severance packages. General Elec. Technical Servs. Co. Inc. v Clinton, 173 AD2d 86, 88 (3d Dept 1991). A Bais Din, on the other hand, could and would likely see the distinction and deny the staff worker any severance pay. Despite the Sefer HaChinuch’s position that severance pay is universal, Batei Dinnin in the United States have not adopted that position. For a good read of Beth Din decisions, go to www.bethdin.org/arbitration-mediation.asp.

Alexander Novak, Esq. is an attorney practicing in Cedarhurst, NY.


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trans fats, and salt content go up. • The “McMansion” Tax: The average American family has dropped from 3.01 people in 1973 to just 2.54 today. Yet the average American house has added 1,000 square feet in that same time. Do we really need all those extra bathrooms? And nobody really parks a third car in that oversized garage, do they? Property-tax authorities can easily build out their assessments to penalize bloated square footage, fake turrets, more than seven gables, and random stone accent walls. • The “Dom Perignon” Tax: A generation ago, Orson Welles promised wine drinkers that Paul Masson would “sell no wine before its time.” (Paul Masson himself stomped on the grapes at 9AM, and it was in the freezer at your local 7-11 at 3PM, but who’s counting?) Now, it’s all “vintage” this and “artisanal” that, and you’re not a real wine aficionado if you haven’t sampled the latest Chilean Malbec. Governments already load up wine with hefty excise and sales taxes, but why not fortify them with an extra 40% for anything over, say, $40 a bottle? Fortunately, none of those taxes are real . . . yet. That’s just as well, since we’ve got our hands full helping you pay less of the taxes Washington already imposes. The key, of course, is a plan. And with Labor Day just around the corner, it’s not too soon to start thinking about year-end planning. But don’t pass along any of these ideas to anyone who could actually make them happen! Allan J Rolnick is a CPA who has been in practice for over 30 yea rs in Queens, NY. He welcomes your comments and can be reached at 718-896-8715 or at allanjrcpa@aol.com.


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SITUATION WANTED Seeking position in Five Towns vicinity Extremely reliable Excellent office skills/ customer service skills/ inside sales skills Call Barbara at 516-569-5054

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Your neighbor may be pulling out her hair—and that’s a toned down image—while you’re prancing through your house just enjoying the buzz of homework being executed with no drama or trauma. School does have its upside. It keeps kids busy. Having no agrarian society anymore, we need a place for kids to reap what they sow or better yet, plant their ideas—or else they might be out doing who knows what. Most of the time, the worst thing they could be doing in school is bartering their lunches or getting their homework out of the way. I know that may give you mixed feelings. Because even though homework time can be trying, it does structure their night! School also affords them an environment to hang out with a friend or two, without you worrying who they are with and what they are up to. And, as expensive as school is, at least it keeps them away from the mall! Though, school supply shopping can really give the mall a run for your money! And then there’s the kids who have lockers! Now, all that paraphernalia can break you altogether. I don’t think it costs that much to redecorate a kid’s room! Shelves and mirrors and stickers and hooks and posters and portraits and gadgets and, and, and...! Oh, but it’s so worth it. After all, it’s their home away from home. There’s the orientations, and the meet the teachers nights, and the learn to

the last day of summer. So school is starting.... And we and our kids are back to work: reading, writing, shopping, and dare I say that other stressful word—carpooling! And everyone’s biding their time till winter vacation rolls around!

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The Kollel provides a way to extend your stay in Yeshiva through learning sugyos Biyun, just as they were learned in Yeshiva.

Night Kollel Marei Mekomos available for the week’s limud Coordinator to help arrange chavrusos Shoeil Umaishiv to discuss the sugyos with Shiur given by a Mir Maggid shiur every Thursday night Shmuzzen periodically via a sophisticated 2-way video conference

T H E KO L L E L I S O P E N TO A L L If you or someone you know can use a chavrusa please contact Zvi Soroka at 845.364.7155

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