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COMMUNITY

Community Happenings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

JEWISH THOUGHT

Facebook Reality. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Diary of a BT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Get Fired Up. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

FEATURE

Elie Wiesel: A Man of Memory and Mission. . . . . . . . 16

ENTERTAINMENT Quotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

LIFESTYLES

Op-Ed: What I Wish You Knew About Divorce. . . . 11 Ask Dr. T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Travel Guide: Monaco. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

NEWS Israel News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 National News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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Summer vacation – nice weather, people more relaxed, extra time on our hands. Perfect time to internalize the accomplishments of the past year. The first eight months are mainly spent toiling at work. Meetings, checklists, focusing on accomplishing as many goals as we can. We don’t really have the time to appreciate all that we have, be it a home, family, a spouse, children, etc. There are simply too many tasks at hand to breathe in and marvel at how much we already have. There’s a saying “You don’t appreciate what you have until you don’t have it.” Perhaps we can change it to a bit less somber message that “You don’t appreciate what you have until you are not occupied with it;” only when we take a step back do we fully notice the beautiful people and many possessions in our lives. If we spend a few minutes on the next family trip or BBQ focusing on our surroundings, we might be surprised at how wonderful our lives already are. “Hevei mispallel bishlomo shel malchus sheilmalei mora’oi ish es re’ehu chaim blao,” one should pray for the success of the Government, were it not for people fearing them man would swallow the other alive. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the dedication and hard work by the LAPD and police forces throughout the country ensuring that we can live in a peaceful and lawful society. Focusing on the occasional rotten apple as if it was the rule or widespread is both untrue and wrong. It shows a lack of appreciation for their dedication to protect and serve the society we are blessed to live in. May we experience the time when there will be no more jealousy or rivalry…and the pursuit of all nations will be to know G-d. It’s happening; let’s be ready. Have a wonderful Shabbos,

Shalom

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A Community Beis Medrash in the Valley Rabbi Arye D. Gordon

For the third year in a row, the Beis Medresh of Missouri Torah Institute, located in Chesterfield, Missouri, has relocated to the San Fernando Valley for July. This year, 25 students – 18 to 21 years old – along with their roshei hayeshiva, Rabbi Avrohom Goldman and Rabbi Shmuel Wasser, have come to imbue the Valley with Torah. After a full year of learning in Missouri, this summer zman in California is an invigorating way for the bochrim to conclude their year.  The day starts off with an early morning kollel at Valley Torah. Rabbi Maza gives a Gemarah shiur at 6:45 a.m., open to the community. The schedule continues in Valley Torah with the Yeshiva’s full morning seder of Gemarah b’iyun and afternoon seder of Gemara b’kiyus. Then the day is topped off with a communal night seder at Sharei Tzedek. The beis medresh is packed at 8:00 p.m., where anyone interested can pair up to learn one-on-one with bochrim from the Yeshiva. All are welcome to come and do their own learning

or learn with a Yeshiva bochur. The sound of Torah fills the walls and excitement is in the air. The day of learning concludes with Rabbi Rauch’s dvar halachah and maariv. Following all of that, the Emek gym is open at 10:00 p.m. for the Yeshiva and community to play basketball. The community has opened their arms to the Yeshiva, allowing this tremendous program to take thrive. The 24 bochrim are being hosted by different members of the community who graciously share their homes, pools, food, and more. The community also hosts the Yeshiva for Shabbos meals and onegs. The incredible warmth and friendliness of the Valley has made its impression on the Yeshiva. This program is made possible by a partnership with of Valley institutions, including Valley Torah High School, Emek, and Shaarey Zedek. To be a part of this tremendous program, please feel free to join us for early mornings at Valley Torah or Sharei Tzedek at 8:00 p.m.

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Facebook Reality Sarah Pachter

One evening, an attendee of a lecture of mine approached me and said, “Sarah, I am dating a guy, and he is amazing! He is everything I have been praying for. It is as if G-d took my ‘wish list’ and handed my dream man, wrapped in a bow, to me.” Her “wish list” was well thought out, more so than most other lists. Often women extol qualities that modern society values. I typically hear the following: “It is a good thing that he is tall, because I hate short guys! His biceps are so sculpted; I melt every time I see him. He also plays tennis on Sunday mornings at the beach

club. Did I mention he drives a BMW?” Everyone can appreciate good looks, sports, and material pleasures but this particular wish list was more meaningful. She felt that he was a true gentleman: caring, considerate, supremely honest, a family guy, and spiritual. “He is Mr. Perfect but there is one problem. It is the problem I find with every perfect guy…The problem is that I just don’t like him. Don’t get me wrong, I’m attracted to him; but I just cannot figure out why I do not like him.” After thinking about this situation for a moment, I suggested the following: “If

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this guy truly matches everything you have been praying for, and there seems to be no real reason to break up, then maybe you are afraid to let your guard down and get too close. Perhaps you are afraid that if he really got to know the true you, he may reject you. So, rather than be rejected, you reject him first – a defense mechanism.” As she listened to this concept, it seemed that I struck a chord in her psyche. “Yes! You are right on target,” she enthusiastically exclaimed. I remember the first time I ever visited the Facebook website. My sister was living in a different state, and it had felt like an eternity since I had seen pictures of her family. I suggested that she send me pictures via email but she had a different idea: she had me sign onto her Facebook account. As I scrolled through her pictures, I was struck her seemingly “picture perfect” life. There she was in every picture with a plentitude of friends going out to interesting places. The pictures portrayed her looking like a model. (Of course they did! Everyone only posts the most flattering and exciting pictures!) After I stared at her pictures for a moment, I felt dejected about my own life, which was boring in comparison to my sister’s Facebook “reality.” But then I realized that this was just her Facebook life; not her real life. At the time, she was a mother of three kids under 5 years old. She was essentially homebound, and her real life was also somewhat mundane. But on Facebook? On Facebook, her life was fabulous! In the era of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter, we are all celebrities. Instead of the play-by-play of Lady Gaga’s life, you can watch the play-byplay of the lives of people you actually know. It is not uncommon to find the following posting on Facebook/Instagram: “Jenna Smith from Boca Raton, Florida, is now taking her third sip of her mocha latte. 9:33 a.m.” Truthfully, who cares?! But in our generation, this type of “news” is exciting because Facebook has transformed our regular, mundane lives into lives of Facebook celebrities. With a simple click of a mouse, we can all portray ourselves

as living picture-perfect lives. On one level, this is tremendously gratifying! Who doesn’t want to look gorgeous and seem perfect? But in truth, this has a detrimental impact on our psyche in general and specifically on our ability to develop profound relationships. Deep down, we all have that yearning to be placed on a pedestal as that girl (insert: guy), that beautiful, exciting, and perfect girl (guy) – that is what is great about our Instagram and Facebook lives. However, true interpersonal connections are what cause us to thrive in real life. The ultimate relationship is marriage, and to intimately connect with a spouse you need to let your shield of fake perfection down and show your true colors. Marriage is where the real you is revealed – and, honestly, that frightens a lot of us, because this opens up the real possibility of rejection. As a defense mechanism we may settle for counterfeit pleasure, creating a perfect version of ourselves in cyberspace. We need to take the time to introspect and make a choice: Do we want to share a deep, meaningful existence with our significant others, or do we want someone to “connect” with our pretty face over the internet? We may fear rejection, but we need to face the fact that we do not get married to Facebook, to pictures, or to a computer screen. We get married to people. We all have insecurities and dark secrets that we fear, if revealed, will ruin our images. This fear is what prevents us from opening up. However, the possibility of not having a real connection in life is even more frightening.   And so, I attest to the world that one of my biggest fears is writing and posting articles on the web, where I open myself up to the potential of an infinite amount of criticism. Truth be told, every time I get up to speak in front of a crowd, I freeze. At such moments, I ask myself if it would be better to remain solitary and keep Hashem’s Torah to myself or to connect with G-d’s children, my siblings. I choose the latter and take the plunge.


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Diary of a BT Beryl Tritel, LMSW

I became religious when I was in college. I decided to go to the school that I did because it had a large Jewish population and a Jewish feel to the place. I was entranced with the idea of going to a place where I wouldn’t be “the other.” Growing up in my neighborhood, there weren’t very many Jews around; I think there were two others in my high school class of 250. I was used to sitting at home on Christmas Day, watching movies and feeling lonely because everyone I knew was out and celebrating with their family. I was used to Easter Day, hearing my friends talk about their new dresses and the Easter Egg hunts. Now, I knew then that Chanukah and Passover fall out around those times; however, our self-definition of being Jewish just meant that we weren’t Christian. There’s a difference. Growing up, we were raised to be “just like everyone else.” Our families had the same goals like everyone else: do well in school, get into a good college, get a job, get married and have kids. Now, I think those are pretty reasonable goals, even for the religious among us. After all, in my opinion, these are the main ingredients for a satisfying and fulfilling life. However, we weren’t really like everyone else. Our lack of plans on Christmas and Easter made it pretty clear. When I think of my life at that time, I imagine trying to fit into an outfit that, well, just didn’t quite fit. The style is nice, even attractive. But, either it had an annoying tag, or the waist band was just a (wee) bit too tight (ahem). I could squeeze into the outfit, but I could never really get comfortable. We didn’t have a tree, nor, did we hunt for eggs. But we didn’t do much of the “Jewish stuff” either. We went to temple on Rosh Hashanah until I had my bat mitzvah. At that point, my parents stopped our synagogue membership – it just wasn’t relevant anymore. We lit a menorah on Chanukah – which also petered out during my teenage years. We did have a seder – at a friend of my mother’s – until springtime meant sports practice and afterschool clubs that made going to a several hourslong meal no longer feasible. So, our Judaism wasn’t defined by the beauty of being Jewish, but, rather, on what we weren’t supposed to do. That left me with a deep feeling of dissatisfaction. I tried the idea of just “believing in

G-d,” and that was my spirituality, for a time. Then, I met people in college who really had a relationship with G-d, felt His presence in their existence. Suddenly, Shabbat, kashrut and halachah were no longer ancient relics from the days of my great-grandparents, but rather the basis of a real, living, and breathing existence that I could have – if I wanted. After soul-searching, questioning, and observing, I realized that not only was G-d real, He was a force in my life. He cared about me, and my becoming religious was not just about serving Him, but, improving myself. So, I still do not hunt for eggs or buy a tree for my house. But, rather, I prepare for Shabbos, make challah, keep kashrut, and light my Shabbos candles on time. I try to learn halachah, try to listen to shiurim. When I open my windows come Nissan, I hear the sounds of vacuums whirring, water splashing, and music blasting to help keep us motivated with our Pesach cleaning, and I know that this is what I was meant to do. While it isn’t always easy, I try to keep Hashem in the forefront of my mind. When the good and the bad happen, I remember that there is One who is in control. Yes, I still struggle sometimes. Yes, there are times that I think that things would “certainly be easier if…” but then I think of all of the billions of people in the world, and all the different paths travelled by them. And, that is when I feel truly blessed to have been picked to be a Jew. So, yes, I still strive to be just like everyone else around me. But, now, the annoying tags are gone, and, my waist band has gone elastic (cough), but, at least I know that I am wearing the outfit I was meant to wear. Beryl Tritel, LMSW is an individual and marriage therapist, specializing in the full range of Women’s Life Issues. She has offices in Ramat Bet Shemesh and at The Place in Jerusalem. She also sees clients all over the world over via Skype. She can be reached at 011-972-58-9454 or at beryltritel@gmail.com.

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This week’s parshah opens with the high ideal we are to live with: “Zos chukas haTorah, adam ki yomus ba’ohel.” The people whose souls are fused to Torah throw off physical mantles. They concentrate their lives on Torah and seek to shun activities that do not contribute to spiritual growth. The first Rashi of the parshah quotes the Medrash Tanchuma, which states that the Soton and nations of the world mock us and ask for the rationale of this mitzvah. Therefore, says Rashi, the Torah spells out that Parah Adumah is a chok, a gezeirah min haShomayim, and we are not permitted to question it. The nations of the world, and those who ridicule us and attempt to steer us from the path of our forefathers, question us and our practices. They say that the mitzvos are backward and without reason. We don’t answer them. We don’t try to explain it to them. We reinforce to ourselves that we are following the word of Hashem, which is a chok. This way, we are able to succeed and flourish in a world of sheker. A lion once encountered a chicken and began to choke it. “Why are you trying to kill me?” the chicken called out to the lion. “I never hurt you. You don’t know me. Why are you doing this to me?” The lion looked at the poor little chicken it held in its grasp and responded, “Do you know why I am doing this? Because I can!” Thankfully, today the attitudes of many of our neighbors have changed, and the Jewish people are afforded freedom around the world. But for centuries on end, the nations of the world treated us the way that lion treated the chicken. They tortured and tormented us. They doubted our loyalty and intelligence. They asked us many questions. The Torah tells us not to bother answering, and not to engage in debates. Their intent is only to mock us; we gain nothing by engaging them. Additionally, Torah, as the ultimate wisdom, doesn’t operate with the conventional rules. The logic of the Torah defies explanation. We accept chukim as well as mishpotim, recognizing that we are bound to the chok, the bond of Torah living which goes beyond reason and logic. Torah greatness and fidelity aren’t born

of brilliance, but of toil, purity, and diligence. Rav Elazar Menachem Man Shach, zt”l, would often quote from the sefer Sheim Hagedolim, which says that before Rashi set out to write his landmark peirush, he traveled extensively to ascertain whether a better peirush than he envisioned existed. It was only after he was unable to find any extant exposition explaining the Torah that he set out to write the classic peirush that has endured until this day. As Rashi wrote his work, he fasted hundreds of taaneisim to ensure that his words would help propel people to the truth. Rav Shach would weep as he would recount this, because to him, this anecdote represented all that is right and true about our mesorah. It underscores the fact that chochmas haTorah isn’t about reason alone, but also about humility coupled with commitment to the truth and mesorah. Rav Aharon Kotler, in Mishnas Rav Aharon Ahl HaTorah (Parshas Korach), discusses the important role of shevet Levi in Klal Yisroel, separated for greatness from the rest of the klal, performing the avodah of the Mishkon and ruling on halachic matters, as the posuk says, “Yoru mishpotecha leYaakov veSorascha l’Yisroel.” (Devarim 32:10) In order to perform their duties and maintain their lofty spiritual levels, they were not given land portions in Eretz Yisroel along with everyone else. This way, they were not encumbered with taking care of their property. For their livelihood, Hashem had the rest of the people give maaser rishon to Leviim and 24 matnos kehunah to Kohanim. Rav Aharon asks that since this is the case, why were the Bnei Yisroel easily able to circumvent their terumah and maaser obligations? In effect, shevet Levi was at the constant mercy of their brethren. This could not have led to a calm situation, especially considering the fact that the reason for the terumos and maaseros – and that they didn’t own property – was so that they would not be worried about earning a livelihood. Rav Aharon answers that since their role was to provide leadership in many areas, there was a danger that they would become haughty and view themselves as being on a different plane than everyone else. If they would be financially secure and not depen-

dent on others, they would look down at others, which would cause them to be baalei ga’avah, detached from the people. Since humility is a prerequisite for Torah growth, were they to become haughty they wouldn’t be able to achieve greatness. Additionally, in order to pasken properly, siyata diShmaya is required. Since Hashem detests those who are conceited, as the posuk states, “Toavas Hashem kol gevah lev,” they would lose their ability to properly understand Torah and rule on matters of halachah. Therefore, they are provided for by the masses, but in such a way that forces them to maintain their humility. A person requires 48 levels of ethical perfection in order to succeed in Torah. Greatness in Torah is a gift from Hashem, conferred upon men of faith and humility. Torah is attained differently than any other knowledge. Not only is greatness in Torah thought achieved differently than in other subjects, but communal leadership decisions are arrived at in a different way than they are in the outside world. In the days of the czar, a dictate closing all chadorim and forcing all Jewish children to be educated in government schools was handed down. Many meetings were held to find solutions. At one such meeting, it was proposed for a delegation to travel to a minister who was born Jewish but had totally strayed from the path. He was involved in the passing of the edict, and it was suspected that he was actually the author of the new law. One of the attendees at the meeting identified him as Minister Schapiro and noted that he hailed from a respected rabbinic family. “In fact,” said the man, “Rav Yaakov sitting here with us today is related to him. Perhaps he should travel to the capital and meet with the minister. He can remind the minister of his yichus and appeal to him to rescind the law.” All eyes turned to Rav Yaakov, who wasn’t sure that it was the right course of action. “If I introduce myself to him as a relative, he might be receptive,” Rav Yaakov said, “but bringing up my grandparents might be a source of embarrassment to them, tying them with their offspring, this rashah.” Everyone was silent until the Kuzmirer

Rebbe responded, citing a posuk, “Moshe Rabbeinu sought to travel across the land of Edom on the way to the Promised Land. He reached out the Edomite king, a grandson of Eisov. He said to him, ‘Ko omar achicha Yisroel, so speaks your brother Yisroel.’ Rashi explains that Moshe told the king of Edom, ‘Achim anachnu, bnei Avrohom. We, as children of Avrohom, are your brothers.’ So we see that to prevent a crisis, it is permissible to cite a common relationship to a tzaddik.” Rav Yaakov was convinced. He undertook the mission to his assimilated relative and succeeded. The Ozherover Rebbe, zt”l, would cite this story as an example of the principle of daas Torah, always looking back and finding sources for a course of action, never relying upon one’s own logic. A group of askonim had an idea to solve a crisis that their community was facing. They met with a communal leader, who told them that the idea sounded fine to him, but that he would consult with Rav Shach before providing a final answer. When presented with the plan, Rav Shach immediately shot it down. He said, “I saw from the Chofetz Chaim that their solution is improper.” The group was convinced that they had thoroughly analyzed the issue and arrived at a perfect solution. They were sure that it wasn’t explained properly to Rav Shach, so they arranged to meet with the rosh yeshiva and discuss their solution to the pressing communal crisis. Rav Shach told them, “I will not debate your arguments, and for all I know, your thoughts might be correct. But Klal Yisroel is not led by conclusions and thoughts of smart people. Klal Yisroel is led by mesorah, tradition. If the mesorah from the Chofetz Chaim is that we don’t engage in something like that, then we don’t do it, no matter how smart it seems, for following our mesorah is the smartest course of action.” Too often, we see people who think they are smarter than the Torah. We see people who are consumed by a problem and believe that they have the perfect solution. They fail to properly consider it, as they are convinced of their intelligence and leadership abilities, but they are wrong. They are conceited and therefore lack the siyata diShmaya required to arrive at proper decisions. They ignore the mesorah and how gedolim who came before them acted. They think that the times have changed and the methods of realizing goals are different. They disregard the way that the greats of the previous generations conducted themselves and how they dealt with similar situations in their respective eras. None of us is qualified to think that he has the solutions to problems that face us. No one, as smart as he thinks he is and as pressing as the problem he faces is, has a right to present plans that differ with our mesorah. Doing so causes mayhem and fails to solve problems. The logic may be compelling, but it is still wrong. People in our day are led astray by those who claim to understand the reasoning for different halachos and temper them to mesh with the times. Such thinking is what gave birth to the Conservative and Reform movements, which caused many to deviate from halachah and mesorah, leading millions of Jews astray. It sounds funny to us


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that they maintain institutions that they refer to as “yeshivos” and have halachic decisors who write so-called teshuvos in halachah, as if they are following the Torah. Once you begin to rationalize the commandments and inject human understanding of them and their concepts, you begin compromising them and sullying the holy with a simple thought process. There are those who assume that they have mastered Torah, and are therefore qualified to rule as they understand, ignoring precedent, and the impact of their ruling. Such people have failed in their leadership roles. Critical thinking and analysis lacking yiras Shomayim, a sense of mesorah and humility result in individuals who destroy instead of build, obscure instead of reveal, and cause others to repel the Torah instead of drawing closer to it. Our fellow Jews in the Open Orthodoxy movement, who follow in the path of the founders of the Conservative Movement, have fallen into this trap. Insistent as they are on being termed Orthodox, we must never stop denying their claim, because, in fact, they are not Orthodox in thought, practice, attitude or approach. They inflict damage in the shuls and schools that naively hire their members, thinking that they are loyal to Torah and mesorah. We must persist in calling them out as the impostors they are. Their teshuvos and drashos mock tradition and halachah, and are fanciful attempts to have the Torah conform with current progressive thought, bearing little relation to the reality of Torah thought and interpretation. Rav Elchonon Wasserman explained the posuk of “Tzidkoscha tzedek le’olam,” (Tehillim 119:142) to mean that man cannot fathom the depths of Hashem’s justice, for society and its concepts are ever changing. What is considered just in one generation is viewed as unjust in the next. But “veSorascha emes,” the truth of Torah is everlasting. It neither changes for the times nor conforms to them. Zos chukas haTorah. Torah is a chok. Torah is neither about impressive dissertations nor social welfare and contracting with a good PR firm. It is about following the will of the Creator as expressed in Torah Skebiksav and Torah Shebaal Peh. That’s just the way it is. Chazal say (Taanis 30, et al), “Kol hamisabel al Yerushalayim zocheh veroeh besimchosah.” In order to merit enjoying the rebuilding of Yerushalayim, one must mourn its destruction. Eis tzorah hee leYaakov. It is a dangerous time for our people. We witness the repeated wanton murder of our brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisroel and watch as the world blames us. We see women’s groups ply their fiction at the Kosel, wearing tefillin and reading from sifrei Torah. These people, who publicly defile the Shabbos, enjoy non-kosher food, and ignore all the Torah’s commandments, promote a new agenda and threaten the spiritual holiness of Israel. Last week brought new displays of the failings of the justice system in the

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Living with the Times United States, beacon of freedom to the entire world. The heads of the FBI and the Justice Department, the highest enforcers of the rule of law in the land, contorted to exonerate a former secretary of state who is the leading contender for the presidency, from serious charges concerning her handling of the nation’s security. With twisted logic that recognized her reckless carelessness, lies, and potentially criminal actions, they failed to indict her. People concluded that apparently justice is not blind and not everyone receives equal treatment in this land. Breakdown of law-and-order reached a new low, as police killed two black men and five policemen were murdered in retaliation in Dallas, Texas. The nation searches for leadership, as the current White House occupant and the two who aspire to succeed him are not trusted and loathed by large numbers of Americans. When justice is man-made, there is always going to be inequality, mistakes, and feelings of division, for the system is inherently only as good as the mortals who formulate the laws, and enforce and adjudicate them. Rav Binyomin Zev Yaakovson of Copenhagen wrote that when his travels took him to Lithuania, he found himself at an asifah headed by the Chofetz Chaim and Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzensky. The Chofetz Chaim addressed the gathering and said the following. In this world, Jews are divided into groups. There are Litvaks and there are Chassidim, and within each group, there are sub-groups. There is this rebbe and that rebbe, this yeshiva and that yeshiva, this derech and that derech. These divisions are outgrowths of the olam hasheker, he said, but in shomayim, they aren’t interested in these divisions. In shomayim, he explained, there are five types of Jews: There are kochadike Yidden, boiling hot Jews; vareme Yidden, warm Jews; lebleche Yidden, room-temperature Jews; kalte Yidden, cold Jews; and derfroirene Yidden, frozen Jews. No community or grouping has a monopoly on anything. In each one, you can find these five types of Jews. The task of every Jew is to be a kochadike Yid, a Jew who boils with enthusiasm for Torah and mitzvos, and not one of the cold ones. Zos chukas haTorah. Get fired up for Hashem. Be excited about Torah and filled with joy when you perform a mitzvah. Live life happily, seeking perfection and acting properly. Be warm towards others and towards yourself. Be warm with appreciation for the gifts Hashem has blessed you with. Accept the Torah and its laws with enthusiasm and joy. Don’t look to compromise on anything. Don’t seek explanations and understandings for those things that defy comprehension. Know that they are products of the infinite wisdom and kindness of the Creator. It is up to us to implement them and make the world a better, warmer and more hospitable place for ourselves, our brethren, and humanity at large, enabling us to welcome Moshiach, may he come in our day.

What I Wish You Knew About Divorce Alanna Fine, MSW “Shalom*, why are your parents divorced?” I overheard my son’s friend ask him during a playdate. And the questions continued: “What does divorce mean?” “Where is your father?” At that point, I felt the need to intervene. A large part of me was left wondering why his parents didn’t explain what divorce was and why we had to be his introduction to the topic. It can be challenging to navigate the path of being a child of divorce in the religious community. What I wish every observant person knew about divorce: 1. Our families and our children need compassion, acceptance, understanding, and warmth – not pity. This is another life challenge. Children should not be led to believe that there’s something wrong with their home or with them. 2. Please extend an invitation to us for yomim tovim and Shabbos. Many times we don’t have meals and don’t feel comfortable inviting ourselves out. Please reach out to us and ensure that we have a place. 3. Ideally, every shul should have a program in place that assists families with someone designated to sit with our children in shul, without single parents having to scramble around to find someone. It’s devastating for our children to sit alone in shul because of the mechitza. They feel out of place, unwelcome, and awkward. 4. Please recognize that children need both parents in their lives and avoid alienating a child from their parent, particularly if that parent is no longer religiously observant. Parental alienation has infiltrated the frum community – from within the community and from the other parent. Provided that the parent in question has been deemed functional by professionals and the court, every effort should be made to include both parents in a child’s life. 5. It is best when the community includes both parties in invitations to simchas, rather than taking sides and excluding one party. It’s painful to no longer be invited to brisim, bar mitzvahs, etc. Also, when one ex-spouse complains about the other, it would be better for friends and acquaintances to remain neutral and

empathetic, and not get involved with disagreements, or disclose what the other party has said. 6. Please educate your children about divorce. We shouldn’t have to. 7. It is crucial to develop an understanding of domestic violence and offer support to victims and their families. I personally know divorced women who left violent marriages and were told by the community to go back to their husbands, who were supported by the community. 8. Establish progressive methods for obtaining a get and have true consequences put in place for someone who refuses to give one. 9. Divorce does not mean there is something wrong with a person; it means the marriage didn’t work out. 10. Please recognize that men are fully capable of being caretakers of children. To suggest or assume that a divorced father is incapable of being a primary care-giver does everyone a disservice. 11. Dating post-divorce can be challenging. There are no dedicated matchmakers or dating websites/ resources to assist divorced singles, although there really should be. 12. We need more resources and organizations that are dedicated to helping us navigate through a divorce-before, during, and after. Specifically, free or low-cost legal aid, loans for education, daycare services for parents returning to work, employment assistance, funding and resources to leave an abusive situation, programs dedicated to children of divorce, community support, support groups, and mentoring programs. * Indicates name has been changed in order protect privacy. This article incorporated suggestions from members of the Divorced Frum Singles Facebook group. About the Author: Alanna is a clinical social worker who lives in Los Angeles with her son. She is involved in advocacy, awareness, and empowerment to initiate system wide change for the divorced community. She can be reached at alannafine@gmail.com.

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Elie Wiesel A Man of Memory and Mission By Susan Schwamm

“To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.” He was a witness; he was a writer. He was a survivor, a beacon advocating for morality. Last week, Elie Wiesel, professor, poet, writer, recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal of Achievement and Nobel Laureate, died in his home at 87. For six decades, Wiesel’s drive was to highlight the atrocities he witnessed during the Holocaust. He became the voice of the survivors, urging the remembrance of the dead. The events that took place before his eyes, the horror that he witnessed, compelled him to tell the world about the evil that took form in the abyss of the concentration camps. “If I survived, it must be for some reason,” he told Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times in an interview in 1981. “I must do something with my life. It is too serious to play games with anymore, because in my place, someone else could have been saved. And so I speak for that person. On the other hand, I know I cannot.”

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eptember 30, 1928: Eliezer Wiesel is born to Shlomo and Sarah in the small city of Sighet in Romania. His father spoke Yiddish and encouraged his son to learn modern Hebrew and introduced him to

the works of Freud. His mother and grandmother regaled him with tales of Hassidic masters. He grew up with his three sisters, Hilda, Batya and Tzipora, in a town submerged in shtetl life. “You went out on the street on

Saturday and felt Shabbat in the air,” he wrote of his community of 15,000 Jews. But innocence was shattered in the spring of 1944 when the Nazis goose stepped into Hungary with their swasti-

kas, vitriol and bloodlust. Those in Sighet hoped the Allies would reach them in time. But they were quickly rounded up into two ghettos and then assembled for deportation. “One by one, they passed in front of

me,” he wrote in Night, “teachers, friends, others, all those I had been afraid of, all those I could have laughed at, all those I had lived with over the years. They went by, fallen, dragging their packs, dragging their lives, de-

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serting their homes, the years of their childhood, cringing like beaten dogs.” In Night, his most famous of books, his memoir, he recounted his journey in the cattle cars which ended at the depths of hell: Auschwitz. The family had never heard of Auschwitz but they saw the smokestacks that filled the air with the stench of burning flesh, how babies were burned in a pit, and how a sadistic Dr. Josef Mengele decided, with a wave of a baton, who would live and who would die. Elie’s mother and sister Tzipora were sent to the right, his mother gently smoothing her daughter’s hair. “I did not know that in that place, at that moment, I was parting from my mother and Tzipora forever,” he wrote. “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed,” Elie wrote. “Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my G-d and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as G-d himself. Never.”

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Survival in Auschwitz turned humans into creatures subhuman. Their primary thought was survival, their next piece of bread, their next bowl of soup, ducking the constant beatings. He recalled in his memoir how he was turned into an unfeeling being – watching his father being beaten with an iron bar and not running to help. Eventually, Elie was forced to run through the snow from Buna to

Elie Wiesel at the Sighet ‘soap monument,’ where Nazi soap was buried according to halacha

On April 11, 1945, after eating nothing for six days, Wiesel was among those liberated by the United States Third Army. He was 16.

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lie eventually was taken to France, branded with A7713 on his arm, where he learned French and became a journalist. But the person who is now known for his written work was surprisingly si-

were smothered by evil? In 1955, at the age of 27, Elie finally put his memories to paper. Night was published in Yiddish and was later rewritten for a world audience. The book itself took a journey. Initially written as an 800 page story, it was trimmed to 300 pages for an edition released in Argentina, cut again to 200 pages in French and then published in the 1960s in the United States, at just over 100 pages. At first,

“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed”

Buchenwald, where he watched his father die from illness and starvation. He guiltily recalled that he had wished to have been relieved of the burden of sustaining him. “I had no more tears,” he said after his father’s body was taken away. He could no longer cry.

lent during the ten years after the Holocaust. He was afraid that he wouldn’t be able to find the right words to describe the evil that was rampant, an evil so pervasive and so profound, during those few years. For how can ink drying on paper be witness to the six million souls that

the book barely sold; only 1,046 copies were bought in the first 18 months. “The Holocaust was not something people wanted to know about in those days,” Wiesel told Time magazine in 1985. But with the trial of Adolf Eichmann the world was once again witness to Hitler’s evil min-

ions and Night became a bestseller. In 2008, The New York Times estimated that 10 million copies of Night had been sold. Once Night was published, it seemed as if a fountain of memories, suffering and poetry was released. A few years later, Dawn was published, a novel about a young survivor living in Jerusalem who joined the Irgun and is faced with the task of executing a British soldier at daybreak. He struggles and faces his inner turmoil as the sun begins to rise. Day completed the trilogy of Wiesel’s thoughts and experiences during and after the Holocaust. Over the years, Elie penned over 60 works in his poetic, crisp prose. His books centered on the theme of survival. He asked questions, begging the reader to ponder the queries, but often did not give answers. He highlighted the struggle of a Soviet Jew faced with oppression, of one facing open-heart surgery, those facing horror. Each work brought a character to life, a character facing a daunting, harrowing struggle. He showed the reader that we too can be survivors. Jerusalem was in his heart and mind. He was an ardent defender of the State of Israel, but the holy city captured his soul. Menachem Z. Rosensaft, whose parents were friends with Wiesel, wrote that Elie loved “both the actual city and the ethereal, incorporeal concept of the place to which Jews yearned to return for almost two thousand years; the orig-

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With President Obama, Chancellor Merkel, and survivor Bertrand Herz at Buchenwald in 2009

inal city on a hill that provided a psychological, spiritual refuge that even the Nazis could not take away from the child he had been in a Birkenau barrack surrounded by death and desolation.” “I see myself back in my town,” Wiesel wrote in A Beggar in Jerusalem, “back in my childhood. Yom Kippur. Day of fasting, of atonement. That evening one cry bursts with the same force from every heart: ‘Next year in Jerusalem.’ On my right, among the men draped in their prayer shawls, there was one who did not pray. The next morning I saw him again at the entrance of the Beit Hamidrash, among the beggars and simple-minded. I offered him some change; he refused. ‘I do not need it, my child,’ he said. I asked him how he subsisted. ‘On dreams,’ he answered.”

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lie wasn’t just a writer; he was a speaker, outspoken, advocating for the downtrodden. He took up causes around the world, urging leaders and nations to thwart evil, prevent atrocities, and

At a ceremony with President Carter commemorating the victims of the Holocaust

assist the victims. He condemned the burnings of black churches in the United States, and spoke out against apartheid in South Africa and on behalf of the tortured political prisoners of Latin America. He condemned the slaughters in Cambodia, Rwanda, and the Darfur region of Sudan. He denounced the mas-

Israel and the plight of Jews were foremost on Wiesel’s mind. In 2013, when the United States was in talks with Iran about limiting that country’s nuclear weapons capability, Wiesel took out a full page advertisement in The Times urging President Obama to insist on a “total dismantling of Iran’s nucle-

Wiesel with his wife, Marion; their son, Shlomo Elisha; and Egil Aarvik, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986

helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” The Prize was awarded to Wiesel for being a “messenger to mankind.” In his speech, he said that what he had done with his life was to try “to keep memory alive” and “to fight those who would forget … Because if we

“I swore never to be silent whenever, wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.” sacres in Bosnia in the mid-1990s, and implored Bill Clinton to intervene. “And, Mr. President, I cannot not tell you something. I have been in the former Yugoslavia last fall. I cannot sleep since for what I have seen. As a Jew I am saying that we must do something to stop the bloodshed in that country! People fight each other and children die. Why? Something, anything must be done,” he urged the president at the opening of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., on April 22, 1993.

ar infrastructure” and its “repudiation of genocidal intent against Israel.” This was done at a time when many Jews in the limelight were shunning the Jewish State. But Wiesel was never known to support only the popular causes – his compass was good versus evil; his drive was insatiable. In 1986, while accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, Wiesel asserted, “I swore never to be silent whenever, wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides,” he charged. “Neutrality

forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices,” he said. “Do I have the right to represent the multitudes who have perished? Do I have the right to accept this great honor on their behalf? I do not. No one may speak for the dead, no one may interpret their mutilated dreams and visions,” he said at the ceremony. 50 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, in January 1995, Wiesel spoke at the death camp, bringing those around him back to his years of hell. “In this place of dark-

ness and malediction we can but stand in awe and remember its stateless, faceless, and nameless victims. Close your eyes and look: Endless nocturnal processions are converging here, and here it is always night. Here heaven and earth are on fire. “Close your eyes and listen. Listen to the silent screams of terrified mothers, the prayers of anguished old men and women. Listen to the tears of children, Jewish children, a beautiful little girl among them, with golden hair, whose vulnerable tenderness has never left me. Look and listen as they quietly walk towards dark flames so gigantic that the planet itself seemed in danger.”

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lie Wiesel will be remembered for his memories, for his voice, and for his morality. He empowered a generation reeling from horror, bereft of hope, with his words and revealed to the world the strength of a nation forced to endure pain and suffering, surviving, strong in our growth towards our future.

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Proactive Parenting: Summer Woes Sara Teichman, Psy.D.

Dear Dr. T, “Maaaa, I’m bored! What should I do?” This is the part of summer I like least. Not that I don’t deserve it. I remember complaining to my parents all the time. But seriously, after all my planning, running around, and shlepping, it is disheartening to be hit with these moans and groans. How do I help my children learn to occupy themselves? Dina Dear Dina, Those long, lazy days of summer – filled with possibility and promise – are at odds with our fast-paced, hectic, over-scheduled lives. Most of us city dwellers have life scheduled down to a “T;” every hour is packed with activity. It’s rush to car pool, work, and errands; orthodontia, dinner, homework, bath time, and more. Many of us cannot deal with free space in the schedule, and we fill it up with trips to parks, over-nights, or travelling. The concept of the family staying at home, each family member left to his own devices, has become anathema to us. Little wonder then that our children complain when the inevitable empty space appears on, say, a chol hamoed or summer break. We have become too accustomed to our time being taken up by the demands of our schedules, our commitments to others (neighbors, shul, school), or the stimulation of the outside environment (amusement parks, restaurants). Though parents are not responsible for solving the boredom of their children, we do want to help. We want to teach our children not to rely on external sources of amusement, but rather to develop internal sources of satisfaction. While the younger the child, the greater the need for parental support in this enterprise, even a toddler can learn some rudimentary skills to occupy himself. As the child matures, he should be able to keep himself busy for longer and longer periods. We want to encourage our children to be active players, not passive recipients in their lives. We want them to initiate activity, not be passive and wait for instructions or to be entertained. A good place to start is by identifying

your child’s interests and helping supply the means and opportunity for him to pursue what he enjoys. Besides supporting the child’s natural inclination for sports, gardening, music, or Zumba, you also want to try to introduce other interests – not particularly common – that may catch on. Then, look for a group or get the material your child needs to begin. Some parents have found that collections – miniatures, coins, stamps, cars – can be engrossing even to a young child. Busy people are not bored, nor, incidentally, do they get into trouble. A practical idea for the younger child or the one who cannot seem to find his niche is to address this issue head-on, before it spirals out of control. In a calm moment, talk to your child about the fact that people feel good when they learn to occupy themselves without outside help. Ask your child to write down a list of activities he can consider when “there’s nothing to do.” Then, when the specter of boredom rears its ugly head, it becomes the child’s, not the adult’s, responsibility to figure out which item on the list works. In this way, you hand off the job to the child – where it rightfully belongs – and give him the tools up front with which to do it. (Of course, this is a goal. It may take lots of support to get there.) At this point, I want to put in a plug in for an activity that is both absorbing and healthy: reading. In our solid-state society where entertainment is both instantaneous and immediately gratifying, many a child has no patience for the leisurely pace of a book. But, as the poet Emily Dickenson has said, “There is no frigate like a book;” books have the power to transport

us to another time and place outside of ourselves. Books are both educational and entertaining. Helping your child discover this pleasure is a gift for the present and the future. Reading also stimulates thought and self-reflection: two processes that in the long run will prevent your child from becoming a boring person and chronically bored. On a deeper level, this is a good time to step back and reflect, to take a proactive – rather than a reactive – view of the situation. Time is our most precious commodity. Whether we are given a little or a lot, we want to use it, not fill or spend it. Teaching our children the value of time and modeling the ability to use it constructively is a gift of a lifetime because it is a gift that will give meaning to all of their lives. As our children grow older, we want to guide them with strategies

that help them make the most of the time they do have. Your attitudes towards time will affect your child’s perception of time and its value and worth. Hopefully, your attitude will instill in them the goal to use, not waste, their time – for life’s demands, good deeds, and even relaxation. People with purpose are not bored. The Book Nook: Raising Self-Reliant Children by Drs. Stephen Glenn and Jane Nelson is well researched, yet very easy to read. The authors present a seven-point program for helping our children learn to figure things out on their own. Sara Teichman, Psy D. is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles and Clinical Director of ETTA, L.A.’s largest Jewish agency for adults with special needs. To submit a question or comment, email DrT@jewishhomela.com.

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Travel Guide: Monaco Aaron Feigenbaum A glittering pearl on the Mediterranean coast, the tiny country of Monaco is one of the most glamorous and exclusive places in the world. Celebrities far and wide flock to Monaco for its high standard of living, picturesque location, luxury housing and lack of income tax. Lamborghinis and Maseratis are a common sight. Monaco is also known for its Formula 1 Grand Prix race and the Monte Carlo casino (perhaps the most famous casino outside of Las Vegas). Visitors to this charming principality can bask in the sun on the gorgeous Larvotto Beach, tour the many

tertainers flocked to this tiny strip of land to experience the glitz and glamour. Monaco during WWII was officially neutral, although Prince Louis II was decidedly pro-French. When Monaco came under Italian fascist occupation, Louis II fortunately ordered his police to warn his Jewish subjects of impending arrest orders. Thus, most Monegasque Jews were able to escape being handed over to the Gestapo by the Italians. Today, Monaco is ruled by Prince Albert II, one of the world’s wealthiest royals and a noted champion of environmental issues.

luxury sports cars parked outside and see the high-rolling patrons betting enormous sums of money. Once you’re done with your tour, check out the Hotel de Paris, located right next door. One of Europe’s most elegant places to stay, the Hotel de Paris has housed many famous guests such as Michael Jackson and Nelson Mandela, as well as being featured in the same Bond films previously mentioned. Be ready to shell out some big bucks if you want to stay there! Prince’s Palace: Located on the Rock of Monaco (the former site of the 13th century Genoese fortress), the Prince’s Palace is a symbol of the Grimaldi family’s centuries-long reign over Monaco. Thousands come every day to witness the ceremonial changing of the guard and to take a guided tour of the palace. Highlights of the tour

of the old town. You can also learn about the now rarely spoken Monegasque language, an offshoot of Italian. Prince Rainier III’s Car Collection: Prince Rainier III was an avid car enthusiast and began amassing a collection in the 1950s. Many of the cars are quite rare and cover a period stretching over 100 years. One of the most notable pieces in the collection is the Bugatti Type 35 racer driven by William Grover-Williams to win the very first Monaco Grand Prix in 1929. Exotic Garden: This beautiful garden, in existence since 1933, is renowned worldwide for its array of thousands of succulent plants (those that have adapted to dry conditions). There are cacti and agave plants from throughout the Americas and other succulent plants from Arabia and Africa. At the base of

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ornate and elegant hotels, museums, palaces, and gardens, as well as charter a yacht to go snorkeling or merely get a glimpse of the many celebrity-owned villas on the coast. As if that wasn’t enough, Monaco is conveniently located near some of the most famous towns on the French Riviera such as Saint-Tropez, Nice, Eze, and Cannes. Monaco might not be the most affordable place, but its incredible scenery, historic buildings, and unforgettable coastal drives have made it worth the cost for hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. History Monaco has long been a strategic location and thus a source of conflict. The first to settle there were the ancient Ligurians, but the name of place (originally Monikos) was given by the Phocaeans who migrated from Greece during the 500’s C.E. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Monaco fared poorly as it was constantly under attack from barbarian tribes. It wasn’t until 975 that the area was repopulated by the Ligurians. At the behest of Genoese Ghibellines (supporters of the emperor against the Catholic Church), construction of a fortress on top of the Rock of Monaco and a military settlement began in 1215. A rupture between the Ghibellines and the Guelphs (supporters of the pope) erupted in Monaco. The conflict reached its climax in 1297 when Francesco Grimaldi and his Guelph followers disguised themselves as monks and captured the fort, thus beginning the Grimaldi dynasty which, except for a brief occupation of Monaco by Napoleon, persists to this day. In the 1850s, ruler Charles III was desperate to continue funding his principality without raising taxes. His idea was to open the Monte Carlo casino and tax patrons’ winnings. After the building of a railroad system in 1868 to bring in visitors, the casino proved wildly successful. In fact, the government earned enough revenue from it to abolish all direct taxes for Monegasque citizens. The casino effectively put Monaco on the map as European royals, nobility, and famous en-

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Monaco is now known not only for its casino but also its Grand Prix race, posh hotels, yachting, luxury shopping, and the celebrities who call it home. Attractions Oceanographic Museum of Monaco: Housed in a palatial Baroque building overlooking the ocean, this museum is one of the world’s premier marine research facilities. It was built in 1910 at the behest of Prince Albert I. He not only created Monaco’s first constitution but also had a lifelong love of the oceans and devised several techniques for oceanographic exploration. The museum, directed in the past by legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau for over 30 years, now houses thousands of species of fish (some of them quite rare), marine invertebrates, and kelp from a variety of ecosystems. A highlight is shark lagoon where visitors can touch live sharks. Another highlight is a turtle sanctuary located on the museum’s terrace where visitors can interact with these beloved creatures. Casino de Monte Carlo: Even if you’re not a gambler, this legendary casino is still worth taking a tour of for its incredibly ornate, Belle Epoque decoration. The casino has long been associated with James Bond: it inspired author Ian Fleming in his novel “Casino Royale” and was featured in the Bond movies “Goldeneye” and “Never Say Never Again.” You’ll certainly feel like you’re in a James Bond movie as you walk by the

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include the Mirror Gallery (inspired by the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles) and the Throne Room with intricately detailed ceiling frescoes and, of course, the throne itself. The tour also takes visitors through the sumptuous royal apartments, whose style was intended to match that of Versailles. Tours are available only from April through October. Also be sure to catch a performance of the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, taking place in the palace’s courtyard. Vieux Monaco: Old town Monaco is filled with stunning architecture as well as quiet streets and quaint shops. The museum is dedicated to Monaco’s national heritage. It shows a wide variety of costumes, paintings, furniture, and ceramics, as well as an exploration of what life was like in the early days

the garden’s cliff is a cave system filled with impressive stalactites, stalagmites and other unique cave features. Evidence of prehistoric human habitation in the caves has been found and can be seen in the nearby Prehistoric Anthropology Museum. Day trips: While Monaco itself is a very worthwhile destination, many visitors opt to also explore the wider French Riviera region. Like Monaco, the tiny, medieval village of Eze is a hotspot for the rich and famous. Perched on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean and lined with cobblestone streets, it’s not hard to see why this is such a coveted destination. Also like Monaco, Eze has an exotic garden, fantastic views, pristine beaches, and lots of interesting shops. Check out the two local perfume factories – Galimard and Fragonard. Both offer free tours. Sitting right next to Nice is the picturesque Villefranche-Sur-Mer, one of France’s most famous seaside towns. The town is a popular port-of-call for cruise ships, especially in the summer when hordes of tourists spread out onto the narrow streets. Pastel-colored houses and fishing boats are probably the most recognizable things about Villefranche, but there’s really no part of


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the town that doesn’t deserve to be photographed. Just to the southeast of Villefranche is peninsula of Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat, often considered to have some of the world’s most expensive real estate. It was here that King Leopold II of Belgium built his mansion, the Villa Leopolda. Although that particular building isn’t open to the public, visitors can tour the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The villa was built in the early 1900’s by Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild and named after her husband Maurice Ephrussi, a Jewish-French banker originally from the Ukraine. Located on Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat, this absolutely magnificent villa overlooks the ocean and dazzles visitors with its incredibly well-manicured gardens and extravagant interior. The Baroness filled her home with priceless antique furniture, sculptures, rare porcelain, and art from the European masters. The villa is surrounded by nine different gardens. The gardens are so beloved by artists that the villa hosts a special day each year where artists come and paint away. Otherwise in SaintJean Cap-Ferrat, you can walk the beautiful coastal paths and soak in the unforgettable views of the ocean, yachts, and the lighthouse at the end of the cape. The city of Nice is undoubtedly the largest and most popular site on the French Riviera. A popular activity here is taking a stroll down the Promenade des Anglais, considered the center of life in Nice. The architecture along this route is a throwback to the time when English aristocrats flocked to Nice in the late 1800s. Famous sites here include the 5-star hotel Palais de la Mediterranée, the Théâtre de la Verdure (a popular summer concert space), and the iconic Hôtel Negresco. Head to the Parc du Chateau, a former medieval fortress that now offers visitors sweeping views of the Riviera and whose illumination at night makes for a striking sight. Nice also has two artist-specific museums. One of these is the Chagall Museum. Located in the nearby hills of Cimiez, the museum was designed by Chagall himself and contains the largest public collection of his works. The museum focuses on Chagall’s religious works, which depict scenes from

the Torah in a variety of formats such as drawings, pastels, and stained glass. Also located in Cimiez is the Matisse Museum, dedicated to French painter Henri Matisse. Housed in an impressively designed, 17th century Genoese villa, the Matisse museum contains some of the artist’s most famous works, including Tempête a Nice, which memorializes his stay in Nice. For even more art, visit the Musée des BeauxArts to see wonderful pieces by Picasso, Monet, Rodin, and more. Also check out the beautiful Côte d’Azur Observatory, built in part by Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame). Although the observatory’s telescope is no longer in use due to light pollution, it’s still an impressive sight to behold, and the views are of the Riviera are breathtaking. Cannes is known worldwide for its film festival, but it’s also a great place to take a stroll, swim or just get some R&R as you take in the view. La Croisette is a perfect starting-out point for touring Cannes. This sunsoaked promenade overlooks the bay and is lined with exquisite art deco hotels. The Rue d’Antibes is the central shopping location. It has shops selling all kinds of wares from high-end fashion to interior design to gourmet tea. To see where the film festival is held, check out the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, a modernist-styled event venue located right off the beach. For a look at traditional Cannes, head to the Le Suquet district where you can see winding, cobblestone streets, and the Castre Museum, housing a collection of Mediterranean antiquities inside a medieval castle. For a nice side trip, take a cruise to the nearby Ile Sainte-Marguerite, This tiny island is famous for its prison, which housed the infamous Man in the Iron Mask, as well as its hiking trails and a museum featuring artifacts from Roman and Saracen shipwrecks. Daven and Eat Both Monaco and Nice have a Chabad house. For info about services and kosher food, visit their sites at http://www.habadnice.com/Default_cdo/lang/en and http:// www.chabadmonaco.com/. Monaco has a kosher food store operated by the local Jewish community. Nice has several kosher restaurants including Le Leviathan (pizza) and Cach’ Croute (Israeli).

Getting There Most tourists to Monaco fly to Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport. Airfare from LAX to Nice currently starts at around $960 per person round trip. Driving around Nice and Monaco yourself isn’t recommended as roads are often narrow, and parking is often both in short supply and expensive. Fortunately, there are plenty of other options, including a robust train and bus system. If

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because of the extra security risks Israel faces abroad. Earlier, a Kuwaiti newspaper claimed Netanyahu’s caravan was forced to change course after departing a Nairobi airport because an explosive device was found along the planned route. Netanyahu was on a four-leg trip through Africa to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the daring raid at Entebbe and to help solidify relations with African governments, whose support in the UN Israel is seeking.

Pro-Palestinians: IDF Behind Black “Genocide”

lous assertion on Facebook that, aside from being behind the “genocide” of Palestinians (who have grown tenfold in the State of Israel), the IDF is behind the current “genocide” of black people at the hands of U.S. police forces. Huh? Well, some police officers from the U.S. spend a few days training in Israel, as they do in many other countries as well. So according to their logic, the IDF is responsible for the actions of American police officers. That makes total sense. After all, these are NYU students we are talking about. Last year, pro-Palestinian groups hijacked the protests in Ferguson, MO, with banners saying, “From Palestine to Ferguson,” and the CUNY chapter of SJP recently blamed “Zionists” for high tuition. Seems like some people are just too self-centered.

Victims Seeking $1B from FB While Arab news reports gleefully announced that Prime Minister Netanyahu was forced to change his travel plans while traveling through Kenya last week in response to an assassination threat, the Prime Minister categorically denied such an assertion and said that any extra security involving his entourage was standard

As if the pro-Palestinian movement in the U.S. has not proven its absurdity enough, the NYU chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) posted the ridicu-

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The families of five Americans murdered or injured in recent Palestinian terror attacks in Israel have filed a lawsuit against Facebook for failing to ban the Gaza-based terror group Hamas from using its social media platform. The suit was brought to the New York State District Court under the Anti-Terrorism Act, which allows American citizens who are victims of terror attacks overseas to sue in U.S. federal court. The plaintiffs, family members of victims in five separate terrorist attacks between June 2014 and March 2016, are seeking $1 billion in punitive damages from the social media giant, which has recently come under attack from Israeli officials for hosting what they say is Palestinian incitement toward violence. “Facebook has knowingly provided material support and resources to Hamas in the form of Facebook’s online social media network platform and communication services,” a press release issued by the plaintiffs said. “Hamas has used and relied on Facebook’s online social network platform and communications services as among its most important tools to facilitate and carry out its terrorist activity.” The lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Stuart and Robbi Force, the parents of 29-year-old U.S. Army veteran and Vanderbilt University graduate student Taylor Force, who was fatally stabbed by a Hamas terrorist while visiting Israel on a school-sponsored trip in March. Joining the Forces as plaintiffs are the parents of 16-year-old Naftali Fraenkel, who was kidnapped and murdered in the West Bank in June 2014; the parents of 3-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun who was killed in an October 2014 car-ramming attack in Jerusalem; the son of 76-year-old Richard Lakin who was killed in an October 2015 shooting and stabbing attack; and Menachem Mendel Rivkin, who was seriously wounded in a January 2016 stabbing attack in Jerusalem. All of the victims were U.S. citizens.

The plaintiffs sought an injunction against Facebook requiring the social network to remove any content that promotes violence against Israelis, and to actively to monitor its website for inciting content. The suit alleged that Facebook has a “legal and moral obligation” to block much of this content but that it chooses not to. Facebook has consistently been a forum for incitement and violence for terrorists. In the recent wave of attacks starting October 2015, in which some 40 victims have been killed, many of the Palestinian terrorists were found to have posted praise for previous attackers on their social media accounts. The “lone wolf” assailants, unaffiliated with established terror groups, mourned relatives killed while attacking Israelis, and peppered their feeds with posts hailing or yearning for “martyrdom.” The Times of Israel reported last year that some 3.7 million Palestinians follow the Quds News Network, believed to be affiliated with Islamic Jihad, on Facebook, and 4.2 million follow the Shehab News Network, which is believed to be affiliated with Hamas. The pages at times feature gruesome images of dead Palestinians and caricatures encouraging more attacks, often accompanied by a hashtag ordering “Stab!” or warning “Al-Aqsa is in danger!” Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan recently claimed Facebook was a “monster” that enables terrorism, and charged that its founder Mark Zuckerberg had the blood of 13-year-old Hallel Ariel, killed in a stabbing attack in late June, on his hands. Erdan and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked are currently advancing a bill allowing the government to seek a court order to force the social media group to remove certain content based on police recommendations. The proposal was announced immediately after Shaked and Erdan met with Facebook officials in the Knesset in June, and will be formally submitted in the coming weeks. Separately, Zionist Union MK Revital Swid has submitted a bill that would levy an NIS 300,000 ($77,000) fine against Facebook for every post that includes incitement which the social media giant does not immediately scrub. Swid’s bill — signed by both coalition and opposition lawmakers — places the onus on Facebook to actively track posts and delete them, something the company says it does not do, relying instead on users who “flag” problematic posts.

State Department Funds Used to Try to Unseat Netanyahu According to a bipartisan Senate investigative report released on Tuesday, a portion of a State Department grant was used to try to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2015. The $349,000 grant


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to an organization called OneVoice was intended to be used to advocate for peace in the Middle East. Instead, some of the money was used to create a voters’ database and to try to get people to vote against Netanyahu. “The State Department ignored warning signs and funded a politically active group in a politically sensitive environment with inadequate safeguards,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who signed off on the report. “It is completely unacceptable that U.S. taxpayer dollars were used to build a political campaign infrastructure that was deployed...against the leader of our closest ally in the Middle East. The report found that OneVoice did, in fact, build an infrastructure to advocate for peace in the Middle East, but once the grant ended that infrastructure was then used to try and defeat Netanyahu. The report found that the State Department did not adequately guard to prevent that resources built with grant funds would not eventually be used for political purposes.

Three Life Sentences for Murderer

October 13, 2015. It was a morning like all others – children heading to school, parents heading to work. But then terror reigned as Bilal Abu Ghanem and Bahaa Alyan boarded Egged bus 78 in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood. The terrorists began shooting and stabbing passengers. Two people, Haviv Haim, 78, and Alon Govberg, 51, were killed. Over a dozen were injured. One of the injured, Richard Lakin, 76, died two weeks later. The murderers said they were motivated to carry out the attack in retaliation for Israeli “intrusions in Al-Aqsa” on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, and the “settlers who murder small children.” Police who arrived at the scene shot and killed Alyan. Abu Ghanem was shot and injured, and police took him into custody. This week, on Monday, Abu Ghanem was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences and an additional 60 years in prison for the attack. He was convicted last month of three counts of murder, seven counts of attempted murder, and aiding the enemy in wartime. As part of his sentence, the court demanded that Abu Ghanem, a Jabel Mukaber resident and Hamas supporter, compensate the people he wounded and the families of the deceased. According to the judge’s decision, the families of the three fatalities will each receive NIS 250,000

($64,000), while the wounded will receive NIS 150,000 ($38,000) apiece and the bus driver will get NIS 100,000 ($26,000). The conviction came after the court in March rejected a plea bargain struck between the prosecution and the defense. As part of the nixed plea bargain, which would have seen seven counts of attempted murder dropped from his charge sheet, Abu Ghanem was to state his confession to the court. Then the judge was expected to convict him on three counts of murder. But the terrorist refused to make his confession to the court and the plea bargain was rescinded. In January, Alyan’s and Abu Ghanem’s family homes in Jabel Mukaber were de-

molished by Israeli security forces.

A Week of Murder, Mayhem, Chaos and Carnage Dallas Police Chief David Brown stood at the podium on Friday morning after

five of his police officers were senselessly gunned down while protecting protesters at a Black Lives Matter protest and tried to be resilient. But the pain was evident, “We’re hurting ... We are heartbroken,” he said. Chief Brown may be uniquely qualified to shepherd his department and the city of Dallas through the extreme grief that they are feeling. In his own life, Brown has experienced unimaginable grief and has shown steel resilience. In 1987, his best friend and former police partner was killed in the line of duty, leaving Brown shattered; in 1991, his younger brother was killed by drug dealers; and, on Father’s Day of 2010, just several weeks after Brown was sworn in as police chief, his only son – who suf-

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who were killed – Brent Thompson, 43, who was married two weeks ago; Lorne Ahrens, 48, a father of two, who at 6’ 5” and 300 pounds was known as a gentle giant; Patrick Zamarripa, 32, who was a Navy veteran and recently had a baby; Michael J. Smith, 55, a father of two and a military veteran; and Michael Krol, 40, who was known to have a passion for helping people. The mayhem and murder that unfolded on Thursday night was carried out by Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, of Mesquite, Texas, a military veteran who’d served

in Afghanistan. Johnson had been sent to Afghanistan in November 2013 but was sent back to the United States six months after his deployment because another officer was allegedly harassed by him. After shooting at the police from mostly elevated positions inside a parking garage, Johnson taunted officers while they negotiated with him. They eventually eliminated him by using a bomb-carrying robot which they detonated in his presence. “The suspect said he was upset at white people,” said Chief Brown, based on what the killer told negotiators. “He

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said he wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers.” The shooting in Dallas comes as police around the country are facing excessive scrutiny and are being placed in harm’s way due to the public’s inflammation over two lethal shootings of black men last week. The first shooting took place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when police were attempting to arrest Alton Sterling, 37, for selling CDs outside of a convenience store. The two white officers are seen in several videos of the incident tackling Sterling and then shooting him once he was on the ground and seemingly under their control. Sterling was carrying a gun, and the police allege that he was reaching for the firearm. However, videos of the incident show his hands to be empty and not in his pocket when he was shot. The very next day, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, thirty-two-year-old Philando Castile was shot by Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is a Latino, after he and his partner pulled Castile over. Although there is no video of what led to the shooting, Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who along with her 4-year-old daughter was in the car, livestreamed on Facebook the immediate aftermath of the shooting. Diamond Reynolds looks into the camera and explains that a Minnesota police officer just shot her fiancé four times after they pulled him over for having a broken taillight. She explains in the video that he informed the police that he had a license to carry a gun and was carrying a gun. The police asked for his driver’s license and when he reached for it, Officer Yanez shot and killed him. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton captured the rage when he asked at a press conference after the shooting, “Would this have happened if the driver and passenger were white?” He answered his own question saying, “I don’t think it would have.” However, according to Police Officer Yanez’s attorney, Castile was not pulled over for having a broken taillight, rather he matched the description for an armed robbery that had recently taken place. Although Castile does not have a criminal record, the police have not yet commented on whether he in fact had any connection to that robbery. According to Yanez’s version of events, he was not made aware that Castile had a gun and upon seeing the weapon, reacted by shooting Castile. According to Castile’s attorney, the shooting had nothing to do with race. At this point it is unknown to the public whose version of events is true as Ms. Reynolds only began filming with her phone after her boyfriend had been shot. Regardless of what led to the shooting, it is understandable how passions could be enflamed by the gruesome video. The events of the past week have left the country grieving and searching for answers. Hopefully the investigations into the killings will be peaceful and bear positive fruit, rather than leading to more carnage.


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Construction has just started on a two-mile underground “beer pipeline” in Europe. Which explains why today, Britain changed its mind on Brexit. - Conan O’Brien

Last week was very rough. Two black men were needlessly gunned down by police; 5 Dallas police officers were slain by a demented man; and on Friday I had to appear in federal court. Being indicted is very scary. Yet my conscience is clear because I’m innocent. I’m not the first black elected official to be persecuted and, sad to say, I won’t be the last. The presidential debates have been announced and, guess what, the final one is gonna take place in Las Vegas. Trump and Hillary will have a 90-minute debate and then be married by Elvis. – Conan O’Brien

People are now saying that Hillary Clinton has narrowed her list of potential vice presidents down to five people. I’m sorry, she’s “deleted” the list down to five people. – Jimmy Fallon

It’s been found that one of Saturn’s moons has an atmosphere somewhat like Earth’s, except you can’t breathe the air, drink the water, or survive the surface temperature. Yet, it’s still a better venue for the Summer Olympics than Rio. - Conan O’Brien

- Democratic Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown after being indicted on 24 counts of fraud and corruption

Bernie Sanders is expected to actually endorse Hillary Clinton at an event in New Hampshire tomorrow. In fact, Bernie Sanders is set to give his most enthusiastic endorsement of all time: “Eh, could be worse!” – Jimmy Fallon

Although Hillary Clinton was cleared of charges in the investigation of her deleted emails, her actions were described by the FBI as “extremely reckless.” However, in her defense, the report pointed out that she was Hillary reckless, not Bill reckless. – Conan O’Brien

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A new app has come out that describes itself as “Uber for Sushi.” The app tells you exactly how many minutes away your E. coli is. – Conan O’Brien

A federal court just ruled that sharing your Netflix password is now a federal crime. So if you’ve been looking for a way to send your parents to prison, here’s your chance. – Jimmy Fallon

According to the police, robbers have been ambushing people playing Pokémon Go by luring them to remote locations. The item most commonly reported stolen is any chance at a real adulthood.

Earlier today, a bunch of grapes sold in Japan for over $10,000. In other words, they’ve opened a Whole Foods in Japan. – Conan O’Brien

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A South Carolina elementary school’s lunch program has added a food truck that serves the kids buffalo wings, tacos, and mac and cheese. It’s all in keeping with the school’s motto: “It’s Never Too Early To Give Up.” – Conan O’Brien

Black Lives Matter doesn’t condone shooting law enforcement. But I have to be honest: I understand why it was done. I don’t encourage it, I don’t condone it, I don’t justify it. But I understand it. - Actor and Black Lives Matter activist Sir Maejr

I’m your best hope. - President Obama during a gathering of law enforcement officials at the White House to discuss the perilous state of affairs

Donald Trump is now saying the media took his praise of Saddam Hussein “out of context.” Trump also said the media misinterpreted his 5 star Amazon review of Mein Kampf. – Conan O’Brien

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