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The Week In News

AUGUST 25, 2016 | The Jewish Home

The Week In News

AUGUST 25, 2016 | The Jewish Home



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


Light Up the Summer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 The Meeting that was Meant to Be. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12


A Woman Who Said Hineni. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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


Travel Guide: Zurich. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Ask Dr. T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

NEWS Israel News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 That's Odd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23




Dear Readers, Freedom of choice: Is it a blessing? A curse? Both? We live in the time of plenty. Never was there as much material abundance or ease as there is today. We can book plane tickets from our phone. With the click of a few buttons we can have most items delivered right to our doorstep. And medical discoveries have surpassed our wildest imagination. It’s as if G-d is telling us, “I’m giving you everything. Everything you need to pretty much do anything you want. All you need to do is step to the plate and make the right choice.” The opportunities we are given are just that – opportunities. What happens with them depends on us. Indeed, we live in a world where many people make surprising choices using their affluence and success for temporary enjoyment, many times at the expense of others. A waste of freedom indeed. Real freedom is the ability to be independent. Independent of what seems to be public opinion. Independent of what we believe others will think of us. Independent of our own feelings pushing us to be self-serving. Freedom is the ability to be who we are on the inside. Will we make the right choice? Will we waste the power of freedom on passing pleasures? Will we use this G-dly power for its proper purpose? That is up to us. We read in the beginning of this week’s parshah: “And it will be, because you will heed these ordinances and keep them and perform, that the L-rd your G-d, will keep for you the covenant and the kindness that He swore to your forefathers.” The more we choose the correct path the more opportunities we will have to make such choices. Wishing you a blessed and plentiful Shabbos,


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Israel Advocacy on the UCI Campus A Conversation with Rabbi Zevi Tenenbaum, Chabad Shliach at UC Irvine Yehudis Litvak Three months ago, an anti-Semitic incident took place on the campus of the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Every year, Jewish organizations at UCI hold a pro-Israel week, with different events related to the State of Israel. One of the events this year was a screening of the documentary film Beneath the Helmet, about the Israeli Defense Forces. Two veteran IDF soldiers were invited to participate in the screening. That day, over 40 UCI students gathered to protest the event. “They were loud and aggressive,” says Rabbi Zevi Tenenbaum, Co-Director of The Rohr Chabad at UCI. “It was very intimidating. [Jewish students] felt that they were personally being attacked. They felt threatened.” After the protesters prevented a student from attending the movie screening, she called the police. Rabbi Tenenbaum relates, “She was very much traumatized, and turned to us for comfort and support.” When the police arrived, they escorted that student and other participants safely away from the event. The incident was investigated by the UCI administration. Recently, they concluded the investigation, issuing a written warning to UCI’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a campus organization largely responsible for the violent protest. The warning – for disruption of the university activities – requires SJP to hold an educational program by this November. Out of about 30,000 students enrolled

CORRECTION In the previous edition of the Jewish Home this picture was published with the caption "Hungarian Jews being rounded up into cattle cars." Holocaust survivor Mr. Josef Kreitenberg corrected it as "Hungarian Jews arriving in Auschwitz." Mr. Kreitenberg, his parents, two brothers and twin sister were on that train. (His sister Sura is on the top left of the picture, to her right is their mother Chaya Hy'd.)

at UCI, less than a thousand are Jewish. For most of the school year, they don’t experience any overt anti-Semitism. Ariel Barnoy, a recent graduate, felt comfortable as a Jew at UCI. “UCI has a great Jewish community,” he says. “There is

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no danger, no risk to being a Jew.” Active in Jewish organizations on campus, Ariel proudly wore his kippah at UCI without incidents. Another graduate, Josh, also did not experience anti-Semitism personally. However, he witnessed anti-Semitism for the first time during his first year at UCI. He saw the anti-Israel protesters put up a replica of the Israel Security Wall on campus, with an Israeli flag splattered with blood. “I was not exposed to it before,” says Josh, who found it a shocking experience. In his second year on campus, Josh got more involved with Jewish organizations, including Chabad.​ Still, while he witnessed the anti-Israel activities, he says, “I

never experienced anyone coming to me personally.” “For the most part,” says Rabbi Tenenbaum, “students don’t feel threatened or unsafe. There are a lot of Jewish activities going on, educational classes, Shabbat dinners.” The Shabbat program attracts on average 40 to 50 students every week, although there are several weeks a year with close to 100 students attending. The Muslim Student Union, however, together with other anti-Israel organizations, maintains a strong presence at UCI, due in part to its geographic proximity to a large Muslim community. “They do a very good job collaborating with other groups,” says Rabbi Tenenbaum. “They project Israel as the oppressor and Palestinians as the oppressed, and they get together with other minorities. [Students representing] Black Lives Matter and Hispanic students join them at protests.” These groups hold an annual anti-Zionist week every year. In addition, says Rabbi Tenenbaum, while most Muslim students are religious with strong anti-Israel sentiments, many Jewish students are not necessarily religious or pro-Israel and do not form such a strong presence on campus. Rabbi Tenenbaum sees it as part of his job on campus to combat anti-Israel propaganda. He teaches a six-week course about the Land of Israel for the Jewish students. Most of them, he explains, do not know the basic facts about Israel’s history and why it is integral to the Jewish People.

On completion of the course, each participant is required to give a presentation at a Friday night dinner about what they learned. Rabbi Tenenbaum explains, “I acknowledge that not every student wants to stand in the picket line or grab a bullhorn and advocate for Israel, but I do believe that every student has the responsibility to have basic knowledge on the issue, and to be capable of giving a satisfactory answer regarding the Land of Israel.“ The vast majority of UCI students are neither pro- Israel nor anti-Israel, and are open to learning more about the issues. Josh explains that even during the pro-Israel week most non-Jewish students “didn’t feel the tension.” Wearing his Israel t-shirt, Josh would explain to his classmates what the conflict was about. Rabbi Tenenbaum feels that it is very important to focus on pro-Israel advocacy on campus. He says, “Our mission is to engage with Jewish students and provide opportunities for them to learn and experience Judaism, so that they leave more empowered and connected than when they came.” The students turn to Chabad for all Jewish issues, and the Israel issue is very much on their minds. Rabbi Tenenbaum believes that in this day and age Israel advocacy is a matter of pikuach nefesh, life and death, and thus it becomes part of Torah and part of Judaism.

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Los Angeles Volunteers Help Feed Israel’s Hungry Yehudis Litvak

Leket Israel, the largest food bank in Israel, utilizes the help of volunteers from abroad to rescue food that would otherwise go to waste and to distribute it among Israel’s poor. The food is collected from farms, hotels, military bases, and catering halls, while still fresh and nutritious. In partnership with 195 non-profit organizations throughout Israel, every week Leket

distributes food to over 175,000 Israelis who live below poverty line. Volunteers that come to Leket are diverse in their ages, backgrounds, and countries of origin, but each one of them feels that they are able to contribute in a meaningful way. There are two ways to volunteer – collecting food in the fields or packing food at Leket’s warehouses.

A number of Los Angeles residents have volunteered at Leket in the past, and more are expected to volunteer in the future. Dr. Gabrielle Mahler, a local dentist, and her family went to Israel in honor of her oldest daughter’s bas mitzvah. It was their first family trip to Israel, and the family wanted to do something meaningful while there. They heard about Leket and

decided to volunteer. “One thing that was really appealing for us at Leket,” says Dr. Mahler, “is that each family member was able to participate in their own way.” The Mahler children range in age from 12 to 4, and every child felt that they made a difference. Before they began working, a Leket representative spoke to them and told them the story of their organization. Then they went out to a “huge potato field,” says Dr. Mahler. A tractor had previously gone over the rows of potatoes, overturning the ground and digging the ripe potatoes out. The volunteers then had to collect the potatoes from the ground and put them in bins. The Leket representative told them to collect “as many as you can for as long as you’re able,” recalls Dr. Mahler. The whole family enjoyed the activity. “The children really understood what they were doing,” says Dr. Mahler, adding that another family that volunteered together with them had children even younger than hers. When they were done, the Leket volunteer was able to look at their bins and give them an estimate of how many families these potatoes were going to feed. The experience felt meaningful to even the youngest child. According to Leket’s annual report, about 55,000 volunteers participated in all aspects of food rescue in 2015. Some came with their families, others with youth groups, and yet others with private companies. About 26,460,000 lbs of produce was collected from approximately 1000 farmers and distributed to the poor. About 1,750,000 hot meals were collected and distributed as well. Leket Israel is planning to expand its operations, and more volunteers are expected to join their forces. For more information, or to volunteer, visit https://www.



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New Development in Givat Zeev Nearing Completion “Mayors of other cities should come here to learn how to build an upscale neighborhood,” remarked Jackie Levy, Deputy Minister of Construction in the Israeli cabinet during a recent visit to the new luxury neighborhood currently under construction in Givat Zeev. Likud party member Deputy Minister Levy was accompanied by senior members of the ministry on a tour of the area. Levy, who took leave of the Knesset for a few hours during one of its turbulent final summer sessions, was amazed at the rapid rate of progress and the high standard of development of the neighborhood, designed specifically for the observant community and the likes of which has not yet been seen in other building projects in Israel. During the tour, the deputy minister heard that the neighborhood will provide a substantial solution for the religious sector’s acute housing shortage. At the conclusion of the tour, Levy said that the Ministry of Construction headed by Yoav Galant, Construction Minister, is doing everything possible to increase the ratio of supply to demand in order to make it possible for every couple getting married in Israel to buy their own apartment.

The Deputy Minister made it clear that he would encourage both the Construction Minister and various mayors to visit the Givat Zeev project for the purpose of learning how to build a new, upscale neighborhood while putting an emphasis on details such as educational institutions and parks – which provide impetus for Jews living outside of Israel to make aliyah. Real estate journalists have described the neighborhood under construction north of Jerusalem as “Jerusalem’s Savyon.” It is definitely considered one of the most upscale neighborhoods that has

ever been built in Israel. 400 quality housing units are planned for this neighborhood and not many are left for sale. All the apartments are being built according to the highest specification standards. The neighborhood is being built over a 140 square dunam area. A Country Club is under construction on the premises which will include a gym, swimming pool, outdoor sports fields and well equipped parks – all built on the highest international standards Ramat Givat Zeev, a project of Nofei Givat Zeev, has received

country-wide interest from affluent, religious Israeli families who want to upgrade their living standards while residing in a Jerusalem neighborhood that meets the needs of their lifestyle. These apartments are of particular interest to people living abroad who are planning to move to Israel and want to live close to the central Jerusalem area. It is important to them to maintain the high standard of living to which they are accustomed. Many of these are long-standing upper class members of their Orthodox communities in the New York area.

Bikur Cholim President Helps Flood Victims Rabbi Hershy Ten, President of Bikur Cholim (Los Angeles), in Louisiana donating vital medical supplies to help flood victims during this devastating crisis. Rabbi Ten stated, “The magnitude of devastation and need among the flood victims in Southern Louisiana is unimaginable until you’re here. Blessed to have been able to donate vital medical supplies in-person with these amazing volunteers.“

Rabbi Ten with an ARC volunteer

Medical & vital supplies

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Press Release

Kohelet Foundation Launches Kohelet Prize, Annual $36,000 Award to Six Educators for Excellence in Progressive Jewish Education Kohelet Foundation Launches Kohelet Prize, Annual $36,000 Award to Six Educators for Excellence in Progressive Jewish Education NARBERTH, PA – The Kohelet Foundation announced today the inaugural year of its Kohelet Prize. The unrestricted $36,000 prize will be awarded to educators, or teams of educators, who current-

will select the winning entries. To promote an open source culture within the field, the Kohelet Foundation plans to create a searchable database of all entries. The database will be accessible, after the close of submissions, via the Kohelet Prize website. The Kohelet Prizes will be awarded in

early 2017. For more information, visit: About the Kohelet Foundation: Established in Philadelphia in 2008, the Kohelet Foundation’s work focuses primarily on Jewish day schools and the institutions that support and promote them. By creat-

ing and implementing programs that are replicable and accessible and awarding a variety of unique and targeted grants, the Kohelet Foundation is transforming what is possible for Jewish day schools and their communities nationwide.














ly work in Jewish day schools and whose work skillfully demonstrates a progressive approach to education in the following six categories: ■ Interdisciplinary Integration ■ Real-World Learning ■ Learning Environment ■ Differentiated Instruction ■ Development of Critical and/or Creative Thinking ■ Risk-Taking and Failure “We know there are incredible, creative, and highly effective teachers doing this work in the field right now. We want to inspire them to share what they know about developing the minds and hearts of their students,” said Holly Cohen, Kohelet Foundation’s executive director. “The first five categories are critical to excellent education. By honing in on these, we hope to surface work that demonstrates the elements that matter most in the classroom,” said Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl, the Kohelet Foundation chief academic officer. In explaining the sixth category, Perl noted, “In schools, failures are too often seen as an endpoint, not as a crucial step toward success. To foster a growth mindset in students, we have to begin by fostering it in our teachers.” Cohen added “We’re shifting the paradigm from ‘failure is bad’ to responsible risk-taking and failure breed success. That’s a game-changer for the field of Jewish education.” To submit an entry, educators will share their work by uploading it directly to the Kohelet Prize website at, any time starting September 29, 2016, until 11:59PM on November 29, 2016. A panel of judges in the fields of education, psychology, and neuroscience


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Over 2,500 Bachurim in Thirteen Camps Celebrate Dirshu Daf HaYomi L’Bochurim Accomplishments halachos that we learned that day,” Rabbi Tashman said! Last week, three participating camps, Camp Degel HaTorah in Lakewood, PA; Camp Toras Chaim Tashbar in Liberty, NY; and Toras Chessed in Swan Lake, NY, merited a visit from the Nasi of Dirshu, Rav Dovid Hofstedter. Rabbi Schmelczer mentioned, “The bachurim were very excited to hear that Rabbi Hofstedter was

that illustrates how the Dirshu bachurim program accustoms bachurim to incorporate limud halachah as part of their day. “Last year we encouraged bachurim to make limud halachah part of their lives. One of our bachurim, a bachur in 9th grade at Yeshiva Tiferes Elimelech, internalized this ideal and made a kabbalah, accepting upon himself to learn halachah daily. During the course of the year he per-

of achdus and the concept that bein adam l’chaveiro is not just a nice middah but is an integral component of success in Torah learning itself. He explained that Chazal tell us that the achdus at maamad Har Sinai, ‘as one man with one heart,’ was a vital prerequisite to Torah. Rav Hofstedter asked, “With regard to the first Beis Hamikdash the Gemara asks, ‘Why was the land lost?’ The reason given by Chazal is that ‘they forsook the Torah.’ The Gemara asks, they forsook the Torah? They learned Torah! The Gemara answers that they indeed they learned Torah but they did not have the proper respect for Torah and therefore their Torah learning did not bind them to Hashem and protect them. Why, however does the Gemara not ask the same question regarding the destruction of the second Beis Hamikdash, which we know was destroyed as a result of sinas

coming to camp. They have read so much about Dirshu’s numerous programs, the siyumim celebrating the accomplishments of Dirshu learners and the gedolim who are associated with Dirshu that they flocked to the beis medrash to welcome Rav Hofstedter and hear his divrei Torah.” Rav Hofstedter praised the bachurim for the achdus through limud haTorah that characterized their participation in the program and showed through the prism of Chazal how unified dedication to limud haTorah brings the geulah closer. Learning Halachah Even During Free Time “Rav Avrohom Yosef Deutsch, director of Camp Degel HaTorah told me,” Rabbi Aharon Tashman related, “that at times when he circulates the camp at night making spot checks to ensure that all is in order he notices bachurim in the bunkhouses, heads bent over the distinctive Dirshu Mishnah Berurah pamphlets, chazering or checking something out. It is amazing to see how involved they have become in the program, to the extent that even in their free time in the bunkhouse they are learning!” Indeed, Rabbi Schmelczer depicted one of the truly nachas-filled moments

severed. This year, he returned to camp having completed the entire chelek aleph of Mishnah Berurah!” The Constancy of Daily Halachah On Trips, On Erev Shabbos, On Shabbos…It Never Stops! Rabbi Tashman from Degel HaTorah emphasizes another aspect of the chizuk spreading through the entire camp as a result of the program. “The Dirshu seder plays an integral role in the learning and ruchniyus of the entire camp. Firstly, it teaches every boy the value of temidus, of regular daily learning no matter what happens. If there is a trip, Dirshu comes along; on Friday afternoon, a time that is often neglected, we are plugging away with the Dirshu seder after Mincha; on Shabbos morning, after kiddush, before the seudah the Dirshu seder continues.” In fact, Rav Avrohom Yosef Deutsch in his address welcoming Rav Hofstedter to the camp added that the fact that the bachurim set a goal which they then achieve gives them a tremendous sense of accomplishment and sippuk. Bein Adam L’Chaveiro, a Prerequisite to Torah In his address at Camp Toras Chessed, Rav Hofstedter continued on the theme

chinam?” He answered that, “Everyone knew that sinas chinam – lack of achdus – was a barrier that would prevent their Torah learning from adequately protecting them. The question did not have to be asked. Without achdus neither Beis Hamikdash nor success in Torah can exist.” There is No Simchah Like the Simchah of Torah! Rabbi Schmelzer concluded by highlighting the vitally important chazarah component of the program. “Dirshu has done everything to encourage and incentivize chazarah – quantifiable knowledge and retention of the halachos learned. They have published and distributed to each participant a ‘sikum’ booklet with the final halachic outcomes of material learned. In addition they also give chazarah questions whereby the bachurim can test themselves, thereby preparing for the test.” Rabbi Aharon Gobioff, Dirshu’s American Director concludes, “Just watching the bachurim who participate in Dirshu Daf HaYomi L’Bochurim enthusiastically dancing, with simchah shining from their faces, shows that there is no simchah like the simchah of true Torah accomplishment.”

Chaim Gold This is the way that Rabbi Menachem Schmelczer, Dirshu Daf HaYomi L’Bochurim maggid shiur at Camp Toras Chaim Tashbar describes the impact that the program is having on his talmidim and the entire camp this summer: “There are so many benefits that a bachur gains from Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi L’Bochurim summer camp program. First and foremost is the limud haTorah itself. The summer is a time when bachurim require a bit more motivation than during the year and the Dirshu program has proven an exemplary motivator. The fact that bachurim are learning halachah and accustoming themselves to learn Mishnah Berurah every single day is a remarkable routine that starts when they are young but can often continue through life. “Another important benefit is the fact that bachurim spend a half hour each day actually reading the Mishnah Berurah. It is well known that many difficulties that bachurim face are a result of imperfect reading skills. This summertime opportunity to engage in reading the Mishnah Berurah empowers them to perfect their reading, it is an opportunity that should not be missed. Last but not least, the bachurim develop a tremendous chashivus for the Chofetz Chaim and that can last a lifetime!” Baruch Hashem some thirteen camps are participating in the Daf HaYomi L’Bochurim camp program this summer. The fact that over 2500 bachurim who came to enjoy their summer in camp are at the same time learning daily Mishnah Berurah on Hilchos Beis Haknesses and Hilchos Kriyas Sefer Torah, is a tremendous kiddush Hashem. 100% Participation at Camp Degel HaTorah! Rabbi Aharon Tashman, one of the Dirshu maggidei shiur in Camp Degel HaTorah explained that the program has had a transformative impact on the learning, “The Dirshu seder takes place during afternoon seder in our camp. In the past, that seder was not one of the strongest sedarim, but since we instituted the Dirshu program it not only strengthened the seder but was also mechazek the entire tzurah of the day. This year,” Rabbi Tashman continued, “we have had one hundred percent participation in the program. “Just to provide a glimpse into the tremendous ruach it has brought into the camp is the very fact that it is not uncommon for bachurim, after the shiur ends at 2:45, to gather around and ask shailos, spending a half hour ‘tumuling’ about the

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The Husyatiner Rebbe was like an angel. A grandson of the Ruzhiner Rebbe, he was one of the first rebbes to settle in secular Tel Aviv, seeking to draw Jews back to their heritage and strengthen those who were wobbly after the Holocaust. His saintly countenance mesmerized those he sought, while his gentle smile softened them and allowed his words to pierce and enter their hardened hearts. His final request before passing away was to be taken outside. The medical personnel attending to him thought that he was too weak and infirm to leave his house. The rebbe insisted and was finally led outside to the street. Visibly relaxed and calm, he raised his eyes toward the heavens and appeared newly energized. Contemplating the vast blue sky, he whispered, “Malchuscha malchus kol olamim umemshaltecha bechol dor vador.” His face radiant, he repeated the posuk several times. Then, after casting one final look at the sky, he returned to the house, where his holy neshomah left him. He had parted from this beautiful world. The canopy of heavens spreads above us, a sea of glory and brilliance. The summer’s pace affords us the chance to breathe deeply and appreciate our blessings and proclaim, “Malchuscha malchus kol olamim.” This season is one of the happiest times in the year. Last Shabbos, we heard the comforting call of “Nachamu nachamu ami,” as we soaked in the consolation with the onset of the seven weeks of comfort. The Maharsha states that the double language of the posuk, “Nachamu, nachamu,” is utilized for the same reason Chazal quote the tannaim who witnessed the churban together with Rabi Akiva. After becoming upset at what they saw, Rabi Akiva comforted them. They said to him, “Akiva, nichamtanu, Akiva, nichamtanu. Akiva, you have comforted us, Akiva, you have comforted us.” The double consolation is a reflection of Rabi Akiva empowering them to be able to see what is behind the surface. They

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Light Up the Summer had all seen foxes emerge from the site of the Bais Hamikdash. They saw the present; Rabi Akiva saw the past and future. Remembering the prophecy, he saw in the sad presence a source of consolation for the future. Rabi Akiva was drawn to Torah because he wasn’t encumbered by the present. He had the ability to see beyond what his eyes were witnessing. He saw a stone and dripping water, and he observed how drops of water were able to penetrate such a hard substance. He watched, contemplated, and then understood. If water can break through rock, he mused, then Torah can impact a person as well, despite age and background. He saw the Torah of creation, the splendor of the world, and all its lessons, and he applied it to himself and to others. Comforted after re-experiencing the churban, we follow the example of Rabi Akiva, viewing nature and applying lessons of strength and consolation to ourselves. Like the rebbe who had experienced the destruction of the Holocaust and the return of multitudes of Jews to their land; we go out to see the world and perceive, “Malchuscha malchus kol olamim.” In Parshas Eikev, Moshe Rabbeinu continues admonishing the Jewish people for their waywardness. He warns them not to fool themselves as to why Hashem has been kind to them and why they have experienced success. He reminds them that all Hashem desires in return is that they have yiras shamayim. Without obvious Divine intervention, we would have been wiped out a long time ago. Yet, we grow fat and comfortable, strong and haughty, and convince ourselves that our superior intellect and strength enable us to achieve success. It takes a downturn for us to be forced to admit our fallibilities. When we read the pesukim of Parshas Eikev, we see Moshe pleading with the Jewish people. He reminds them of all they have been through, and of all the miracles Hashem performed in order to bring them to where they are. He begs them to

remember who has fed, clothed and cared for them, even as they remained ungrateful. He reminds them how stubborn and spiteful they were, and how he repeatedly interceded on their behalf. Read the pesukim of this week’s parshah (8:11 and on): “Be careful lest you shall forget Hashem… Lest you eat and become full and build nice, good, fancy homes and become settled… Lest you have much gold and silver and become haughty and forget Hashem, your G-d, who took you out of Mitzrayim and led you through the midbar, where he quenched your thirst and fed you. Yet you say in your heart, ‘I did this all myself with my own strength.’ Remember, it is Hashem who gives you strength to wage war… If you will forget Hashem and go after strange gods and you will serve them and bow to them, I warn you that you will be destroyed…” These pesukim are not just written to the people who have obviously gone astray. They are written to us as well, and should serve as a reminder that we should never let our gaavah get the better of us and fool us into thinking that we are self-sufficient, that we are smart and strong enough to take care of ourselves. We must always remember where we come from and where we are headed. We must be constantly aware that it is Hashem who provides us with the know-how and stamina we require to earn our livings and get ahead in this world, and to survive life’s many challenges and pitfalls. Let us not fall prey to self-aggrandizement. Let us ensure that we don’t become blinded by our ego and evil inclination, and that we remain loyal to the One who sustains us. For as the parshah ends (11:22), “If you will observe the mitzvos, love Hashem and follow in His path…then Hashem will let you inherit nations that are larger and stronger than yours… Wherever you will set your foot down will be blessed… No one will be able to stand in your way.” The yetzer hara causes us to concentrate on the wrong things in order to dull our thinking and lead us down the wrong

path. Without cogent perspective, one can easily get sidetracked, with trivial concerns skewing his entire mission. When the trivial becomes important, the important becomes trivial. We live in an age when, all too often, perception trumps reality and people who are adept at creating perceptions win, while those who don’t get it, lose. Proper focus and clarity of vision are essential for every aspect of existence. Nations topple when their leaders lack vision, and political leaders can fall to the most inexperienced challengers when their vision becomes skewed. Good Jews are able to maintain the proper perspective; no matter what storm is swirling about them. They remain calm and resourceful, for their faith remains unshaken. Meah Shearimniks say, “In Yerushalayim, we open the doors for Shefoch Chamoscha, and they remain open until the shamash slams them to wake the people for Selichos.” More than a witticism, it’s a remark that conveys that there is no break in the period from Pesach through Rosh Hashanah. Each season brings its task, culminating in Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, when we reach our apex. Summer is not a downtime. It is a season with a different format and pace to get us to the same place. In the soft rustle of leaves, the lapping of waves, and the gentle summer rain, we hear the message that our tasks are never-ending. This parshah is called Eikev, which Rashi explains as a reference to the mitzvos that are easily trampled “with the heel.” There is significance to the heel for another reason as well. Chazal teach us that Adam Harishon’s heel shone with a powerful light, illuminating all of creation. The heel, says Rav Chaim Volozhiner, is the most physical, tough, unrefined part of the body. It can withstand pain and irritation. It isn’t sensitive. Adam Harishon was so holy that even his heel shone brilliantly and enlightened the world; the kedushah touched him there as well. The goal of man in this world is to bring kedushah back to the “heels,” the eikev. Like a heel in the body, there are places and times that seem devoid of holiness, and it’s our mission and mandate to invest them with meaning. The avodah of these weeks, with their relaxed pace and change of venue, is to “fill the heel with light.” In this week’s parshah, we are told, “Hishomer lecha, pen tishkach es Hashem Elokecha” (8:11), exhorted not to forget about Hashem for even a moment. Summer, with its new perspectives,

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settings and vistas, presents new ways to remember who created the world we know and what our role is in protecting it. On Shabbos Nachamu, we concluded the haftarah with a call to find Hashem. Tzaddikim have taught us that the first letters of the first words of the posuk of “Seu marom eineichem ure’u mi bara eileh - Raise your eyes to heaven and see who created all of these” (Yeshayah 40:26) are the letters of the word shema. There is a kabbolas ol Malchus Shomayim of closing your eyes and there is a kabbolas ol Malchus Shomayim of opening your eyes. This “Shema” is the avodah of vacation time. See the sky…and who made it. Behold rushing waterfalls and hear the song of “adir bamarom Hashem.” On Rosh Chodesh Elul, we will begin reciting the words, “Shivti bevais Hashem kol yemei chayai lachazos beno’am Hashem ulevaker beheichalo” (Tehillim 27). Dovid Hamelech’s request, to sit in the House of Hashem for his entire life and behold the splendor of His palace, is recited twice daily during Elul. Why does Dovid ask “levaker,” to visit, Hashem’s palace. Would Dovid have been content just to visit? Home, wherever it is that you live, seems mundane and kind of boring. The place where you spend your vacations has charm and a special place in your heart. You go somewhere and you think it’s the greatest place. You wish you could move there and live there full-time. Your vacation site seems so idyllic, stress-free, and blissful. Throughout the year, that place comes alive in your memory, and just thinking of it and flipping through the pictures you took put you in a good mood. You were relaxed and in a positive frame of mind there; you really appreciated the experience. You weren’t working or stressed, so

you had time to visit the sites and attractions and really enjoy. Rav Elya Lopian says that this is what Dovid Hamelech asked for: “Let me experience that feeling in the house of Hashem. Give it the chein of vacation, the magic and charm of a retreat from ordinary life, even as I sit there every day.” Let us see the world through pure eyes, taking in the beauty and splendor of what we witness, viewing each facet and feature, and adapting those lessons to improve our lives as ovdei Hashem. The grandiosity and majesty of creation center around man. We are the epicenter of everything, for all was created for us. When we behold beauty, we appreciate what we are, what we represent, and the potential that lies in our actions. As we travel to see different scenes and fresh horizons, we possess an ayin tovah.

As we vacation, we are charmed by the sights and sounds around us, by the customs and habits in the place we happen to be visiting, because we are finally relaxed, in a positive frame of mind, and thus invigorated. We ask that when we are in the presence of holiness, when we seek out Hashem and Torah in the bais medrash, we should be there in a state of “levaker beheichalo,” with the eagerness of a visitor, wide-eyed, positive and easily impressionable. We drive five hours to some forsaken small town that once beheld a large Jewish population. Now, all that is left are signs with Jewish names: Goldstein’s Paint Shop, Levin’s Furniture Store, and Katz’s Deli. The Jews are found in the cemetery, their intermarried offspring in McDonald’s. We find the local shul, despite being in disrepair, to be so charming, and should

there be an old rabbi left there, we think he is so majestic. The streets are peaceful, the people endearing. Yet, if we cared to adjust our attitude, we could see the same chein in our own homes, shuls and shops, and everything else in our everyday lives. There is one final lesson to the name of the parshah. We live in ikvesa deMeshicha, the heel of the generations. It is an unfeeling generation, devoid of emotion and passion. Some people find it difficult to taste the flavor of Torah or sense the awesomeness of a Shabbos meal and the blessings of our way of life. On vacation, we have the peace of mind and headspace to focus, contemplate, and see the truth. We can fill the heel with light. Let’s do it.

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The Meeting that was Meant to Be Sarah Pachter

It was one of those days: I was outnumbered by my kids by three to one. Not that the ratio ever changes; it is just that some days it is more noticeable than others. While everything that could have gone wrong did, I began wishing that I could clone myself. With the help of friends, playdates, and my husband, I managed to get through the morning, albeit by the skin of my teeth. Still, I felt burnt out. Later that day, I had a doctor’s appointment. An acquaintance of mine happened

to be in the waiting room. We began a casual conversation, and she shared that she is the youngest of eight. “Wow!” Then, as I contemplated how I’d fared with just my three that morning, I asked, “How did your mom do it?” She answered, “I ask her that same question all the time.” The questions started to race through my mind and fly right out of my mouth. “Did she have a lot of help? A full-time housekeeper?” “Nope, never,” she responded.

I wondered if their house was always disorderly and chaotic. Yet before I could ask, she said, “And the house was always immaculate.” Slowly, I started to feel incompetent, as she continued with her mother’s list of accomplishments and capabilities: a full time job; delicious, healthy dinners every night... “Oh, and I never once saw her complain. Ever. She is my role model.” “Mine too…” I sighed in awe. “Wait, I just do not understand: how did she do it all?” “I am not sure,” my friend said. Then she leaned forward and added, “but, do you want to hear something even crazier about her? Like, fall-off-your-chair shocking?” I braced myself. “My mother is deaf.” As I digested this, my friend added, “My father is deaf as well.” She proceeded to tell me that none of the eight children are deaf or even hearing impaired. Her parents became deaf circumstantially – at the ages of 8 and 15. In their cases, it was not a genetic disorder, at all. I sat in total awe of this family. This conversation was a gift and meant for my ears that day. I had spent the morning grieving my “challenges,” and Hashem showed me how lucky I truly am. Before she headed into her appointment, my acquaintance mentioned that whenever she feels overwhelmed, she just thinks about her mom. “Whenever I have a bad day or feel I cannot continue because things are too tough, I just conjure up this image of my mother in my mind, and that serves as a built in confidence booster; if she could do it, then certainly I can.” I wondered if her mother had a different perspective. I am sure she lost her cool from time to time. After all, doesn’t everyone? But then I reconsidered: did it really matter? Her daughter’s vision of her is one of strength, capability, and resilience. Is that not exactly what we want to pass to our children? There is no such thing as perfect parenting. It is just about putting one foot in front of the other while maintaining

composure to the best of our ability. My friend’s conjuring of her mother’s image reminded me of the story in the Torah regarding Yosef. Yosef lived in Egypt and was working as a servant to Potiphar. Yosef was extremely eye-catching, and it seemed to all the people around him that everything he touched turned to gold. Potiphar’s wife was attracted to Yosef and again and again tried to seduce him. At one point, she caught Yosef offguard, and he found himself wavering. At that point, he conjured up the image of his father: an image of a man who was in control, who remain composed, and who always did what was right. A true tzaddik. This image gave him the strength to pass his test. In one form or another we all have “Yosef moments,” when we are tested. In these times, we may vacillate between doing right and wrong. We have times when we feel overwhelmed or challenged. Having an image in our minds of a role model can help us overcome this battle. Truthfully, we have in front of us a twofold task. We must first find a role model that we can emulate and visualize them in our mind. However, the second step is to pass this legacy onward. We must strive in turn to become that role model to someone else: a student, a child, a grandchild. In this way they will have strength to draw upon in dark times. This is our legacy. Yosef managed to accomplish the second part of this task, as well. He is the only figure in the Torah for whom we add the word “tzaddik” (righteous) to his name. He is called “Yosef Hatzaddik” as a result of his passing his test. Through this, he created an image for us to emulate as well as an image to pass on. This was his legacy, and one we can try to mimic. May we all have strength in dark days to draw upon this strategy of visualizing the righteous people in our lives; and may we pass that on to the next generation.

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A Woman Who Said Hineni Remembering Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis a”h By Nachum Soroka


is rare when one of our leaders is just as well-known within our community as he or she is known to the outside world. Orthodox “celebrities” (for lack of a better term) generally gain icon status for reasons that are uniquely Jewish: motivating speeches, an insightful grasp of Torah matters, a power to inspire the masses. But there are certain uniquely talented individuals, such as Rabbi Noach Weinberg, zt”l, the founder of yeshiva Aish Hatorah, who are able to connect with people both inside and outside their spheres. Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, a”h, who passed away this Tuesday, was another one of those singular religious figures whose influence stretched across the devout to the completely unaffiliated. The Rebbetzin is perhaps best known for her work in founding the international kiruv organization Hineni and her numerous books which were written towards less affiliated audiences, but she was first and foremost a “rebbetzin,” whose father was a rav before the war in Europe and then afterwards in East Flatbush, and whose husband led the nascent kehilla in the Five Towns. Indeed, at the time the Rebbetzin received the offer from the White House to make the benediction at the 2004 Republican National Convention, she was davening at the kever of her saintly great grandfather, the Menuchas Asher.

The Jungreis family boasted no less than 87 rabbis bearing its name in Hungary before the Holocaust. Esther Jungreis was born in 1936 in the town of Szeged, perhaps the most assimilated town in all the country. It contained a magnificent Reform temple which occupied a full city block, and Hungarian nationalism was the ideology du jour amongst the Jewish cognoscenti there. Traditional Judaism was

non-Jewish neighbors, particularly after the First World War and the rise of Hitler. Rabbi Yaakov Jungreis, the Rebbetzin’s brother, recalled the insults hurled at him on his daily walk home from cheder, a trek which took a grand total of three blocks. Young Hungarians would revel as they caught and undressed Jewish boys, then hung the boys upside down from trees and doused them with water so that

“A Jew should never be embarrassed to declare his Jewishness, to proclaim his Torah status among non-Jews.”

scorned and left for the dustbin of history. It was no accident, though, that Esther’s father, Rav Avraham, zt”l, chose to raise his family there. His desire to stem the building wave of assimilation affecting Eastern European Jewry formed his calling. He was one man seeking to push back against the force of millions, but he succeeded in creating a shul and mikvah when all connection to tradition seemed to be unraveling. Assimilation might have been the most pressing issue in pre-war Szeged, but the city’s Jewish population always suffered from its

they would freeze to death over the subzero European winter night. The Jungreis family was able to escape Europe before the Nazis overtook their town by securing passage on the famed transport arranged by Rudolf Kastner, a Zionist Jew whose relationship with the Gestapo has always been a topic of controversy. Rebbetzin Jungreis’s aunt, who headed an orphanage, had her offices next to Kastner’s and was able to arrange for the Jungreis family to be on the transport. In all, Kastner’s efforts saved 1,700 Jews from Hungary, including the Sat-

mar Rav, zt”l. The rest of the Jungreis family was not as fortunate; 80 of the Jungreis family rabbis were murdered in the Holocaust. After the war, the Jungreis family settled in East Flatbush, and the senior Rabbi Jungreis, who quickly learned that America was just as difficult a place to remain committed to Torah Judaism as was Hungary, continued his life’s mission of being mekarev his less dedicated brethren. Indeed the Rebbetzin considered her father way ahead of the times; his focus on kiruv happened years before the beginning of the baal teshuva movement. The Rebbetzin moved to North Woodmere after marrying her third cousin, Rav Meshulem HaLevi Jungreis, zt”l. Together they founded Congregation Oh Torah.


was her 1973 gathering of 18,000 Jews in Madison Square Garden that launched her kiruv organization Hineni and put her on the map of influential Orthodox Jews. Holding an event at the Garden was a brazen move. No one – especially the Rebbetzin – felt that she would be able to pull it off and fill all the arena’s seats, let alone inspire such a large audience. But she was motivated by the desire to demonstrate to the world that observant Judaism has its place in everyone’s lives. “Young Jews complain that we are too pragmatic and don’t speak about G-d the

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way their Christian friends do,” she complained. “Any movement that comes along – Sun Myung Moon, Hare Krishna, you name it –Jews are always the first to join.” And there was no better way to spread her message than by going all-in at the World’s Most Famous Arena. As she recalled later on, “I had often despaired about the way Madison Square Garden was being used by Israel Bonds for lavish galas featuring Hollywood entertainment… What did these galas achieve? Nothing spiritual. Nothing meaningful.” So she begrudgingly put up with the comparison people (including People, the magazine) made of her to Billy Graham, and created an organization devoted to putting Orthodoxy on the map. By all accounts, the event, which took place on November 18, was a success. The Rebbetzin spoke to a standing room-only crowd and her speech was broadcast on every major television and radio station in New York City. “People must turn away from neon gods,” she exclaimed. “The pursuit of happiness is not around the corner in Miami or Las Vegas.” From there, Hineni launched into an international organization that airs programs on national television regularly and operates a museum out of its headquarters in Manhattan. The Rebbetzin was also an accomplished writer, having published The Jewish Soul on Fire in

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1982, and most recently Life is a Test in 2006. She wrote to a wide audience, delivering Torah based principles in an unintimidating manner. In 1998 she published The Committed Life, which focuses on such universal values like morality and responsibility, all through

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with the authority of a psychologist and marriage counselor, the wisdom of a biblical scholar, and the compassion of a wife and mother.”


reputation allowed her to become a de facto representative of klal Yisroel,

“People must turn away from neon gods,” she exclaimed. “The pursuit of happiness is not around the corner in Miami or Las Vegas.” a Jewish lens and seasoned with Jewish anecdotes. In it she discusses her upbringing in a pre-war religious home and her husband’s struggle with illness. She inspires with recent stories from Yeshiva Darchei Torah and stresses the importance of allowing the Torah to shape children’s priorities and moral compasses. The book received high praise from secular authorities like Drs. John Gray and Laura Schlesinger and Mark Victor-Hansen, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul. The Committed Life was followed up by The Committed Marriage, about which Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “Jungreis speaks

and sometimes, even all religions. When the White House invited her to speak at the Republican National Convention in 2004, she was firm in not diluting her message, regardless of the audience’s beliefs. Recently, she discussed her experience from then with this magazine noting, “Whenever I speak among non-Jews I make a point of not compromising the teachings of the Torah. ‘Ki hi chochmasem le’aynai ha’amim,’ for Torah wisdom will generate respect in the eyes of the nations. I knew I had a responsibility to be mekadesh shem Shamayim. Rather than delivering a generic message, I spoke about Torah. I spoke about the land of Israel. I

Speaking at the Republican National Convention

spoke about the Jewish people and the great contributions we’ve made to mankind and to all of civilization. A Jew should never be embarrassed to declare his Jewishness, to proclaim his Torah status among non-Jews. If he does so, he earns their respect and admiration.” Her dealings with the White House earned her the respect of the president, and when it was her turn to greet Mr. Bush, he respectfully did not extend his hand for a handshake out of deference to the Rebbetzin’s beliefs. She was later invited to join him on his trip to Israel to celebrate the country’s 60th birthday. Until the very end, the Rebbetzin worried about her community. She recently lamented, “We live in a very difficult generation. ‘Ain bayis she’ain sham meis,’ every home has distress. We have to learn to insulate ourselves and to preserve the sanctity of our homes; to transcend and survive. These are tragic times that test the very fiber of our nation.” Her posts on the Hineni website often discuss solutions for people who are having a hard time getting married. The Rebbetzin was eighty-yearsold, but her concern for all of her fellow Jews and fierce desire for the dissemination of Torah did not allow her to slow down. Her passion and vision for what the world should be has left a legacy which will influence generations to come.



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Travel Guide: Zurich Aaron Feigenbaum

One of Europe’s most culturally vibrant and naturally beautiful locales, Zurich is a prime example of the Swiss ethos of efficiency, green living and innovation. Zurich is located on a picturesque lake, the Zurichsee, which, along with the city’s alpine backdrop and historic buildings, give it an undeniable charm. While the Zurich of today may be Switzerland’s business center, its cultural legacy is visible almost everywhere you go. From the famous Kunsthaus art museum to the birthplace of the WWI-era Dadaist art movement to the charmingly eccentric summer Street Parade, Zurich is a city that revels in freedom and creativity. But as you’ll see in the Zurich’s cobblestone-laden Old Town, it’s also a city that looks to its past for inspiration. Outside the city limits, take in the pure air and pristine Swiss landscape as you go hiking on mountain trails, explore picturesque lakeside towns such as Rapperswil, or hit the winter slopes. In all, Zurich exudes pure elegance and sophistication. It’s a cultural and natural marvel that should not be missed. History Zurich’s history dates back at least to the fifth century B.C.E., when the area was inhabited by Celtic tribes. A few centuries later, the Romans conquered the area and built a fortress at Lindenhof, which later became a castle near the end of the Roman Empire. The post-Roman era saw the arrival of the confederated Alemanni tribes (also known as the Barbarian tribes). Control over Zurich passed from the Frankish Merovingians to Ludwig the German, who was the grandson of legendary king Charlemagne. Around the ninth century, Zurich became heavily Christianized as new churches and convents were built. However, Zurich’s economy also expanded as it was officially declared a free city in 1218. This was followed in that same century by the building of the famous city walls and the formation of the Christian mendicant (beggar) orders. At this time, the head of the city cathedral and the nobility jointly governed Zurich, but this changed over time as the city gained property rights from these two forces. The 1330s marks the beginning of the “Guild Revolution,” when Rudolf Brun overthrew the city council and brought Zurich under the autocratic rule with heavy support of the local merchant guilds. Through trade and moneylending, Zurich’s territory grew in the 14th and 15th centuries. Zurich gradually became a city of artisans, dependent on the nearby countryside for basic commodities. Ulrich Zwingli’s Reformation movement marked a crucial turning point in Zurich’s history. Preaching from the Zurich’s Grossmunster church, Zwingli challenged the Catholic Church’s hold on politics and ended up inspiring Martin Luther. Thanks to Zwingli’s efforts and those of his successor Heinrich Bullinger, Zurich became the heart of Protestant Switzerland, as well as an official city. As textiles came to dominate the local economy and Swiss cultural giants like Johann Jakob Bodmer make the city their home, Zurich stripped itself of its rural roots and modernized. After the French invasion of Switzerland and the imposition of the Helvetic Republic, Zurich lost its economic privileges and control of its land. In the mid-1800s, the city briefly became the Swiss capital. The 1800s were a time of great change

for Zurich as the Industrial Revolution made inroads into Switzerland and as the post-Albert Escher era saw the introduction of direct democracy. Zurich became a federal state and experienced rapid population growth. Zurich today is mostly associated with banking and finance. However, it has also excelled in the areas of culture, science/technology, and overall standard of living. In fact, the city was voted one of the world’s most livable (and costliest) cities in 2016, second only to Vienna. Attractions Lake Zurich: A favorite with both locals and tourists, the idyllic Lake Zurich is the perfect place for some well-deserved R&R. Take a ride on a historic paddle-steamer or rent your own boat and set sail on the lake’s pristine waters. Along the lake’s northern shore, you’ll see the magnificent homes and villas of the rich and famous. To the east you’ll find the charming medieval town of Rapperswil with its iconic castle, huge public gardens, and a children’s zoo. Kunsthaus: As Switzerland’s premier art museum, the Kunsthaus contains works by some of the most famous artists in history including Monet, Picasso, and Van Gogh. The museum covers virtually every major style and media used in Western art from medieval times to the present. The museum’s current special exhibition (lasting until September 25th) takes a look at the life and works of controversial Dada artist Francis Picabia. While his art style may not be for everyone, Picabia’s radical upheaval of WWI-era art norms gives a unique perspective on the question of what constitutes ‘art.’ For something more traditional, the museum’s other special exhibit (ending on October 23rd) is about the underrated Swiss artist Hans Jakob Oeri, whose works are considered some of the country’s finest by art critics and collectors. Swiss National Museum: Switzerland’s most visited museum of cultural history, the National Museum showcases the best of the Swiss national heritage. Set in an eye-catching, almost fairytale-like building, the museum takes visitors through Swiss history starting from ancient times up to the present. It has an extensive collection of medieval armor, gothic art, and exquisite porcelain. A notable artifact in the collection is the 150-year-old Dufour map, the first topographical map covering all of Switzerland and today considered a masterpiece of cartography. The museum also highlights the best of Swiss craftsmanship including goldsmithing, glassmaking, and, of course, watchmaking. The museum’s special exhibit (ending November 27th) focuses on the history of the Renaissance and how it shaped communication, writing, art, and science in Europe. Bahnhofstrasse: Along with Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse is one of the most expensive and famous shopping streets in the world. As you approach Lake Zurich, the shops get pricier. You’ll see internationally recognized clothing and jewelry brands like Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Tiffany, and more. At the heart of the street is the Paradeplatz, possibly the single most expensive piece of real estate in the whole country. Swiss banks Credit Suisse and UBS both have their headquarters in this scenic little square. Zoo Zurich: With over 300 animal species housed in recreated natural environments, Zu-



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rich’s zoo is treat for the whole family to experience. Visitors to this zoo can see the rare and exotic Himalayan snow leopard in a rocky landscape, watch Andean bears climbing in their mountain forest environment, and pet some of the tamer animals. Other highlights include the Masoala Rainforest, a recreation of Madagascar complete with flying foxes and butterflies, and the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park. Uetliberg: The highest point in the Zurich area, Uetliberg is a beautiful place to go hiking, biking, and even paragliding. At 2850 feet above sea level, the mountain’s peak provides a panoramic view of the city, mountains, and lake. A railway station is located near the summit for easy access. Beyer Clock and Watch Museum: Switzerland is world-famous for its watchmaking and this museum pays tribute to that tradition by hosting one of the world’s largest private collections of clocks and watches. From sundials to tower clocks to pendulums to lavishly decorated pocket watches, visitors here will leave well-informed about the history of clocks and watches as well as their operation. Day trips: The Swiss countryside outside Zurich is chock full of incredible alpine scenery that’s just begging to be explored by train. For an unforgettable experience, travel over 11,000 feet above sea level to Jungfraujoch, also known as the “Top of Europe.” Jungfraujoch is one of Switzerland’s most famous attractions because of its jaw-dropping views, having the highest railway station in Europe as well as one of the world’s highest astronomical observatories and the incredible Ice Palace hotel, which is carved into the side of a glacier. While the trip is quite long (over 11 hours), it’s well worth the time spent to see the countryside and stand atop one of Europe’s highest peaks. For a much shorter day trip (around one hour from Zurich), the picturesque town of Lucerne is an excellent option. Sitting near snowcapped mountains at the north end of Lake Lucerne, this enchanting town is an excellent getaway from the hustle and bustle of Zurich. The town center is decked with cobblestone roads and filled with shops, houses, and hotels decorated in the medieval style. Lucerne is home to the Swiss Transport Museum, the most popular museum in the country. The museum has over 3000 objects relating to the history of transportation and communication including vintage airplanes and even the EURECA satellite (one of the few unmanned space vehicles returned to Earth unharmed). Next door to the museum are an IMAX theater and Switzerland’s largest planetarium. Once you’re done at the museum, take time to enjoy the Lucerne region’s spectacular natural beauty by taking the cable car to the top of Mt. Pilatus and (in the summer) doing some hiking. The summit of Mt. Pilatus allows you to see as many as 73 other alpine peaks and all of central Switzerland’s lakes. There is also the gigantic Mt. Rigi (nicknamed “Queen of the Mountains”), also located nearby, which is perfect for winter sports, hiking, camping, and more. Rheinfall, Europe’s biggest waterfall, is a 50-minute train ride from Zurich. You’ll begin your tour at Laufen Castle overlooking the falls and learn about the history of the Rheinfall. Afterwards, you’ll take a boat to a rock in the middle of the waterfall. There are also lookout platforms on both sides of the river, as well as an amusement park on the Rheinfall’s northern side. Visit the city of Winterthur, located just outside Zurich, to see the Technorama Museum, one of the country’s best science museums. The Technorama allows visitors to try over 500 experiments covering a wide range of phenomena including hurricanes, magnetism, electricity, and even tricks of the mind. In other words,

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both kids and adults are virtually guaranteed to have a blast. Displays and live shows are presented in multiple languages including English. Take a short train ride to the tiny neighboring country of Liechtenstein and visit the capital of Vaduz. The country itself is a tax haven popular with international investors, but it’s also ideal for tourists. See Vaduz’s royal castle and visit the government building (the official seat of government power). The Liechtenstein National Museum contains artifacts relating to

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Vaduz Castle

the country’s cultural and natural history. The country’s Treasure Chamber contains exhibits belonging to the Princes of Liechtenstein and other European rulers. These priceless items include Russian Faberge eggs, paintings, crowns, and lunar rocks collected from the Apollo missions. Last but not least, there’s Mt. Titlis. Located just one hour away from Zurich by car, Mt. Titlis is one of Switzerland’s highest peaks. It

is very popular for skiing and simply admiring the stunning views. Visitors start in Engelberg, a postcard-worthy resort town at the base of the mountain that’s filled with fresh air and the scent of flowers in spring and summer. From there they ascend over 10,000 feet via the world’s first revolving cable car. At the top is the Titlis Cliff Walk, the highest suspension bridge in Europe. (Those with a fear of heights, beware!) And no visit to Titlis would be complete without a trip to the blue-lit glacier cave. Daven and Eat The beautiful Synagoge Zurich Lowenstrasse is the oldest and largest shul in Zurich and is built on top of a much older shul dating back to medieval times. Since it was constructed in 1884, this historic shul has been open for daily minyanim and holidays. Additionally, there is the Chabad Esra of Switzerland. For more info, visit There is also a good selection of kosher restaurants such as Fine & Schein (dairy) and Hamasbia (pizza and bagel). For much more info about kosher food, davening, mikvaos, and more, visit or Getting There and Around Current airfare from LAX to Zurich starts at around $780 per person round trip. If you’re coming in from Geneva, the best way to go is by train where you’ll enjoy an incredibly scenic three-hour ride. Once you’re in the city, you’ll find that Zurich’s public transportation is extremely efficient, clean, and safe. Holders of the ZurichCard ($25 for 24 hours or $50 for 72 hours) can enjoy free public transportation throughout the city as well as discounts or free admission at local museums, boat trips on the River Limmat, a round trip tour of Lake Zurich, and much more. For travel to neighboring cantons, a Z-Pass is recommended. Driving in Zurich isn’t really the best option as parking is limited and expensive. In general, though, most Zurich attractions can be easily reached on foot.



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Hamas Co-Founder Trashes Hamas on Facebook A shocking apology has been issued by the co-founder of Hamas’s military wing. Before you get too excited about the possibility of peace, know that it was not directed toward Israel or the Jewish people. Muhammad Nazami Nasser, one of the founding members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, is regretting ever having been associated with Hamas. The terrorist posted an apology on Facebook in which he referred to Hamas as the “devil” that has brought destruction on the Palestinian people. Nasser himself is responsible for years of terrorism against Israel. His terrorist career began in 1989 when he was a member of the Hamas team that kidnapped and murdered Avi Sasportas and Ilan Saadon – two Israeli soldiers. He was also a close friend of Mahmoud Abdel Rauf al-Mabhouh, the senior Hamas commander who was assassinated in Dubai in 2010.

In his Facebook rant, Nasser apologized to many factions of the Palestinian people including “Palestinians within and

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outside [of Palestine], the immortal Palestinian president Yasser Arafat,” Fatah, the PFLP, the DFLP and many others. He continued and said that he was sorry for the “horror of hatred that lived within me toward you [i.e., the political factions],” and for his “relentless work so that you would not have a geographical or political place on the national map.” Nasser then mentioned religion, asking “G-d to forgive me for this [deception] from the Devil [i.e., Hamas], that this hatred would bring me to the highest height of Paradise. O G-d, O G-d, O G-d I have been deprived of the blessing of diversity… My homeland has been destroyed because I couldn’t comprehend the acceptance of others. And what is worse, I thought I was working with religion.” Recently, Nasser has rejoined the Palestinian reconciliation group called “Wataniyyin.” The group is made up of former Fatah and PFLP members whose goal is to reconcile the many Palestinian factions into one united force. It appears that even within evil there are differing approaches.

Israeli Students Bring Home Olympiad Medals

Though these competitions were not held in Rio, the competitors in the international science Olympiad have brought home impressive medals while representing Israel. Russia hosted the Olympiad this year and two of the four participating Israelis – Tomer Arad and Liran Markin – won silver and bronze medals, respectively. Their wins bring the total Israeli Olympiad med-

al count to 14. The competition attracts representatives from 81 countries. To date, Israel has won six medals for math, four for physics, two in the field of chemistry, and two for computer science. The silver and bronze picked up this year were for computer science. Competitors had to fix three computer algorithms in five hours. The solutions were fed into a computer which evaluated the high level mathematical solutions and gave instant results. Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Education Minister, lavished high praises on the winners. “Time and again Israeli students make international achievements which bring respect and pride for the State of Israel for science competitions,” Bennett said. “To succeed and win in a field which is also a hobby for the students is the formula for success. In the next year we will continue in the national program to strengthen the teaching of mathematics so that more schoolchildren throughout Israel will be exposed to the wonders of science.” Overall, Israel came in 22nd place. China took first place, Russia took second, and the United States came in third. Seems like we have a long way to go.

Professor: We Need a Final Solution for Zionists

In today’s world, many take to social media to express their feelings and political views. Rafelo Vilni, a high-ranking official at the Islamic University in Lucca, Italy, recently did just that – very foolishly. Vilni posted on his Facebook page: “There needs to be a final solution for Zionists.”

The post continued on to say that “the real Jews are the victims are Zionism.” The anti-Semitic comment was discovered by the Israeli Embassy during routine monitoring. In classic social media damage control fashion, the post was deleted a few hours later but not before the Israeli Embassy grabbed a screenshot of the offensive post. There was another post on Vilni’s site that trashed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renz, which the embassy documented as well. The pictures were sent to the Italian Senate’s vice chairperson of the Israeli-Italian inter-parliamentary cooperation foundation. Upon receiving the concerning material, the senator initiated an inquiry on the matter, in which the Italian interior and education ministers were asked to state their intentions regarding the anti-Semitic post. When the university was founded, even some Muslims were uncomfortable with its creation. The university’s founder, Giampiero Paladini, said in an interview with Newsweek last year, “Instead of studying the Bible, we will study the Koran… Instead of a church, we will have a mosque, and we will study subjects that are influenced by Sharia (Islamic law).” He added that the school will bridge the philosophical divide between the Western and Islamic worlds.

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ers at Tel Aviv University and German Cancer Research have made a key discovery in the mechanism of the disease that may potentially help doctors develop an effective drug. The breakthrough, just published as the lead article in the journal Nature Cell Biology, is giving doctors and patients hope that this disease can become “non-threatening and easily curable.” The research, led by TAU’s Dr. Carmit Levy of the human molecular genetics and biochemistry department at TAU’s Sackler School of Medicine, unraveled the metastatic mechanism of melanoma. They found that before the cancer spreads to other organs in the body, the tumor releases tiny vesicles containing molecules of microRNA that induce structural changes in the dermis in preparation for receiving and transporting the cancer cells. Basically it sends bubbles filled with proteins to lay roadwork for the cancer to travel into the bloodstream and make a new home in the liver, prostate, or spine. Levy and his team have even discovered two chemicals that were able to stop the advancement of these protein bubbles. The substances they found – SB202190 and U0126 – work in different steps of the metastasis pathway, but each disrupt the end product. The breakthrough is a huge step forward in the fight against the cancer that kills one person every 52 minutes. Levy’s research should help in finding a cure and in early diagnosis of melanoma. “Our study is an important step on the road to a full remedy for the deadliest skin cancer,” concluded Levy. “We hope that our findings will help turn melanoma into a nonthreatening, easily curable disease.”

Retaliation for Gaza Rocket Attack

the middle of the summer vacation, their intentions are clear – to inflict pain, cause fear and to terrorize,” said IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner. The launched rocket, the 14th one since the beginning of 2016, thankfully did not hit any people or cause any significant property damage. It landed between two homes near Sapir College. Locals are calling it “a miracle” that no one was hurt by the attack. Responsibility for the rocket attack was taken by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigade, which is the military arm of the PFLP, released a statement in which they asserted that “our people have the right to practice all forms of resistance in response to the crimes and hubris of the occupation.” But it seems that multiple people want credit for the rocket as a Salafist group with ties to ISIS also wanted recognition for blindly firing a deadly rocket at innocent people, as if this is something to brag about. Although Hamas claims that they have no intention of initiating a new wave of violence against Israel, this past week, a large Hamas rally was held in the Gaza town of Rafah at which rockets were paraded through the streets. Hamas is actively threatening violence unless the blockade is lifted from the Strip. The joint Israel-Egypt blockade is seen as a very necessary way of preventing Hamas from rearming itself.

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never seen anything like it,” Dr. Jatinder Malhotra, who led the surgery, told CNN. “He had a wild urge to consume metal. Even for us, the experienced surgeons, it was frightening.” The man, identified as a police head constable, admitted he doesn’t know why he couldn’t stop. “I don’t know why I used to swallow knives,” he related. “I just enjoyed its taste and I was addicted.” Umm, perhaps a few pennies would have been a bit healthier? Doctors spent about two days carefully planning the operation, so as not to harm the patient. Once they were finished, they displayed a tabletop full of blades. Some were open, and others were closed. Some were even rusted and broken, Malhotra said. After the surgery, the man vowed not to continue his interesting habit. Doctors have also said he should seek psychiatric care. His choice of extracurricular activities doesn’t seem to cut it for me.

for two hours. Hey, it’s not so bad. There’s enough Rosemarie chocolate and coconut macaroons for everyone. But not everyone is able to see things in such a matzah brei-tinted light.

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“We’re going to the Franklin Institute again?” Yes, we feel your pain. Another chol hamoed spent going to the same place, sitting in a car listening to Shwekey

When she came into this world, she came in way above everyone else. No one can match the heights that she has achieved. Haven was born in heaven.

Recently, a Canadian teenager called 911. The crime taking place? Her “parents forced her to go on vacation with them,” according to the police. Officers investigated and visited the rental cottage on the river in which they were staying and determined that there was “no real emergency.” “This appeared to be a case of a teenager being a teenager,” Const. Stephen Bates related. “Although she perceived this as a real issue, it was not an appropriate use of 911.” Yeah, spending time with the family doesn’t constitute an emergency. Your blow-dryer dying right before yom tov? Now that’s a real disaster.

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In response to a rocket that was fired at the southern city of Sderot, Israel led airstrikes against several Hamas positions in Gaza this week. An IDF statement made its intention very clear. “The attack on the terror infrastructures is a response to the high trajectory fire out at the city of Sderot earlier today that is a threat to the security of Israeli citizens and harms Israeli sovereignty,” the statement said. Although responsibility for the rocket was taken by two smaller terror groups, retaliation was taken against Hamas, as they are seen as the driving force of terror in the Gaza Strip. “When terrorists in Hamas’ Gaza Strip, driven by a radical agenda based on hatred, attack people in

Mount Sinai is committed to respecting the Halachic needs of our community; and I look forward to working with you. When you’re young, most people’s parents urge them not to play with knives. “They’re dangerous – you can cut yourself.” But this man’s mother never said that, or maybe she did and he just wasn’t listening. Last week, a 42-year-old man in India went to the hospital, complaining of piercing stomach pain. It was piercing, all right. After a delicate, five-hour surgery, doctors removed nearly 40 folding knives from the man’s belly. “In my 20 years of practice, I have

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The Week In News The little girl was born on a Cebu Pacific flight earlier this month four hours into a flight from Dubai to Manila. Thankfully, there were two nurses onboard to help with the delivery. (Can you imagine a stewardess helping with labor? Would you like a pack of peanuts instead of an epidural? We have lovely beverages onboard in case you get thirsty. And don’t forget our in-flight entertainment, which is featuring the newest Disney film.) This was the first time a baby was born on one of the carrier’s flights. The airline is so excited with its tiniest passenger that Haven received the perfect present: one million points on the airline’s rewards program. The points have no expiration date and can be shared with family. She’s the best little sister anyone can have. Haven is not the only person to be born midflight. In 1990, Debbie Owen gave birth to her daughter, Shona Kirsty Yves – initials: SKY – on a plane. On Shona’s passport, it’s written that she was “born on an aeroplane 10 miles south of Mayfield, Sussex.” Haven’s mother returned to her seat after giving birth to her newest addition. And I’m sure she fastened her seatbelt and put her tray table up.

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A Diploma at 100 It took 80 years, but she has finally graduated from high school. 100-year-old Clare Picciuto was about to enter high school during the Great Depression, but times were tough. Her parents asked her to leave school to get a job while some of her brothers were allowed to continue their education. “I didn’t like it, because women should have education, too,” Picciuto said. Instead of studying history and biology, Picciuto was employed in a factory sewing curtains for $6 a week. She would read the dictionary and encyclopedia to help her become more educated. “We’d pick up another big word and we’d find the meaning of it. And I tried to speak well if I could,” she said. As Picciuto’s 100th birthday approached, her daughter Deborah Picciuto, 59, said she wanted to give her mother the graduation she always wanted. “She’s been to so many graduations – my high school, college and grad school ones – and a bunch more for all of my daughters, but she’s never had her own,” Deborah said. “So I wanted to give her that.” Picciuto’s daughter surprised her with a cap and gown, a gold honors tassel and an

honorary high school diploma presented by North Reading Public Schools Superintendent Jon Bernard during bingo. “I told her that in my opinion, her life experiences alone had earned her the honor tassel and diploma,” Bernard said. “Clare was so articulate, sharp and positive. She is truly representative of all the things we should aspire to be.”

Festival in the town of Berezniki, 9-yearold Irina Ilyukhina won the “tastiest girl” category with 43 bites to show for going berry-picking in the forest with her mother. She was awarded a ceramic cup in recognition of the welts all over her legs. Unfortunately for the revelers, the hot and dry weather in the town has greatly depleted the mosquito population there. The traditional mosquito hunt, where participants try to collect as many of the insects as possible in jars, had to be cancelled. Participants also dance along with people dressed as mosquitoes at the fair.

You know, Clare, good things come to those who wait.

Bring on the Mosquitoes! While we fear the Zika virus and try to stay away from Florida for the next few weeks, the residents of one Russian town can’t wait to count their mosquito bites at night. At last weekend’s Russian Mosquito

Russia has detected only a few Zika cases, all in people who are believed to have been infected in areas overseas where the virus has spread. The festival has been going strong for four years. And in case they run out of mosquitoes for next year, they’re welcome to forage for the pests in my backyard.


Who Said Red Wines Are Not Fit For The Summer?! Gabriel Geller The sun is shining, the birds are tweeting, and the nights are warm. Isn’t it beautiful out there? While we are still in the summer, enjoying some refreshing rosé and white wines, many of us crave some nice red wines to go along with their grilled steaks, BBQ ribs, and burgers. However, I often hear complaints that red wine is too heavy to be enjoyable in the heat. I do somewhat agree that full-bodied, tannic red wines tend indeed to be difficult to drink when it’s hot and humid outside, especially when they warm up so quickly in the glass. However, I have some good news! There are some delicious red wines that can and should be served slightly chilled and that are also light and flavorful. The summer is a great time of the year to enjoy them, whether on Shabbos and yom tov or with a barbecue. Red wines are made from dozens of different varieties, and it is up to the winemaker to decide which style he wants to achieve, starting from the time of the

harvest and until the wine is being bottled. There are several ways to make a lighter or heavier wine. The type of grape plays an important role as well, some varieties developing more tannins than others, and that has a significant impact on the resulting wine.

For instance, Pinot Noir is a grape that has very thin skins, and therefore fewer tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. The wines made from this variety are usually light in body, elegant and delicate. Served a bit cool, at about 65 degrees Fahrenheit, Pinot Noir wines are a perfect pairing with roasted chicken wings, veal chops, or grilled salmon. The Baron Herzog Pinot Noir features flavors of currants, tart raspberries, and dark chocolate. It is not only a very enjoyable wine, but also a fantastic value! Another highly commendable wine is the Pacifica Pinot Noir. While made in Washington State, the grapes for this wine are sourced mainly from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, which is thought of as one of the world’s most sought-after terroirs for growing Pinot Noir. Light to medium-bodied, this wine has gorgeous aromas of violets, strawberries, as well as a hint of vanilla. Much like the aforementioned Baron Herzog, it represents tremendous value

for money. Tempranillo is another variety that can show great versatility. It can be produced in a bold and heavy style but also in a more restrained and refined manner, while featuring interesting and sometimes unusual, yet delicious, flavors. Elvi Wines, the world-class and only fully kosher winery in Spain, produces several and excellent Tempranillo wines from the Rioja appellation. The Elvi Herenza Rioja sports a medium body with flavors of cherries, roasted meats, minerals, and espresso. Netofa in Israel makes a very nice blend from Tempranillo and Touriga Nacional, inspired by the wines of the Douro Valley in Portugal. It is light towards medium in body, with notes of cranberries, licorice, and smoke. It has also a moderate alcohol content and high, yet well-balanced, acidity, which is ideal for the warm weather and makes it quite food-friendly. Both these wines complement Mediterranean dishes such as grilled chicken breast with pesto, or a juicy burger. These tasty wines will turn your summer meals into real parties! L’chaim!


Quotes The Week In News

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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

Now that the flood waters ravaging Louisiana are receding, it’s time for President Barack Obama to visit the most anguished state in the union. Last week, as torrential rains brought death, destruction and misery to Louisiana, the president continued his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, a playground for the posh and well-connected. We’ve seen this story before in Louisiana, and we don’t deserve a sequel. In 2005, a fly-over by a vacationing President George W. Bush became a symbol of official neglect for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The current president was among those making political hay out of Bush’s aloofness. – Editorial in the Baton Rouge Advocate last Wednesday, six days before President Obama finally arrived for a visit

Congratulations to Team USA for winning over 100 medals! The most of any country, and my condolences to everyone who is behind them at airport security. – Jimmy Fallon

Her people are trying to pin it on me. - Former Sec. of State Colin Powell denying Hillary Clinton’s claim that he was the one who told her to use a private email server

William Ziegler escaped this mortal realm on Friday, July 29, 2016 at the age of 69. We think he did it on purpose to avoid having to make a decision in the pending presidential election… Following his wishes, there will not be a service, but well-wishers are encouraged to write a note of farewell on a Schaefer Light beer can and drink it in his honor. He was never one for sentiment…but he wanted you to know that if he owes you a beer, and if you can find him in Heaven, he will gladly allow you to buy him another. He can likely be found forwarding tasteless internet jokes (check your spam folder, but don’t open these at work)… Unlike previous times, this is not a ploy to avoid creditors... He assures us that he is gone. He will be greatly missed.

That’s why Obama won’t break off his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard — or stop playing golf on said vacation — to travel to Louisiana. Because he believes he can monitor the situation as well — or better — from where he is. And that the sole reason to go to Louisiana is for the theatrical piece of politics, a piece that he not only rejects but detests. - From an article in the Washington Post defending President Obama’s failure to take a break from his vacation last week to visit the Louisiana flooding

Police in Australia are searching for a group of men seen releasing live crocodiles into a school building. Though, if you ask me, they should probably be searching for the crocodiles. – Seth Myers

– From an obituary published in The Times-Picayune on Aug. 12, 2016, by William Ziegler’s wife and three children who said that William had a great sense of humor and would have loved this obit




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Proactive Parenting: School Success Sara Teichman, Psy.D.

Dear Dr. T School’s starting and I am more determined than ever to help my children – Grades 2 through 10 – do the very best they can. But, is that really possible? How can I help my children when they are out of my home? I remember that my parents felt it was all between the teachers and me, but I am thinking that I want to take a more active role. Shulamis Dear Shulamis, Yes, there is much that we parents can – and should – do in order to have a positive effect on our children’s school experience. The parenting factor crucial to a child’s success in school, particularly in the ear-

ly years. Our input, actions, attitudes, and expectations can affect our children’s performance a great deal. Your decision to be part of the picture – a proactive parent – is a wise one. So, let’s start with the basics:

Children (and adults) who feel well, perform well. A well-regulated child – who has enough rest, food, drink, and exercise – is in the best position to fulfill his potential. Conversely, a child who is tired or hungry finds it hard to concentrate, sit in his seat, learn, and/or behave. It is we, the parents, not the teachers, who bear responsibility for these basic physiological functions. This seems simplistic and self-evident, but let’s look at how these regulatory functions play out in the home. Though it is probably safe to say that most children in our yeshiva system have enough food, it is equally true that some eat the wrong type of food. To grow – physically and mentally – children need to eat from all the food groups. We all know this, yet sometimes providing proper nutrition is problematic. There are many reasons why this is so. Sometimes a dieting parent may decide to forego any carbohydrates or fats, yet a growing child needs some of each in order to develop properly. Many a family relies on an assortment of fast-food meals (check out Pico Boulevard!) that do not have the balance required. And some children beg and pester their parents for lots of junk food – which they then rely on to get them though the day. But, as responsible, knowledgeable adults we know that to maximize our children’s doing well, they need to eat a hearty breakfast, bring a protein-filled lunch, and consume a complete dinner, replete with all the food groups. Providing proper nutrition 24/7 for 365 days a year is not an easy task, but one well worth the effort involved. A second regulatory function in the parents’ domain is sleep. Unfortunately, this is oft-cited as the most challenging task of our day – getting the kids to bed – and many a parent just throws up his hands in despair. The sequel to the delayed bedtime is the inevitable failure of the children to wake up in a timely fashion, and a vicious cycle sets in. How much sleep our children need varies from child to child, but here is a convenient rule of thumb: A child needs to go to sleep at a time that allows him to wake up comfortably – by himself – in the morning, well-rested and able to work. If you have to haul your child out of bed more often than you’d like, consider that he just needs more sleep. Though bedtime can often be a real struggle, as in most parenting issues, consistency is the key. Barring an occasional family simchah or community event, our children do best with a well-established,

pre-determined bedtime that is known to them. Establishing bedtime routines that include hygiene regimens, downtime activities, and individual parent time is an excellent way to help our children navigate the passage from wakefulness to sleep. Adequate exercise is a third requirement for a healthy body and mind. Regrettably, our dual-curriculum schools leave precious little time for this, and our oft-overcrowded facilities compound the problem. However, because exercise is a legitimate health need, not simply a recreational want, we need to make exercise a priority. Encourage group walking as opposed to carpooling, enroll your child in after-school physical activities (dance, not art), and seek ways to partner with your child’s school to increase the amount of exercise in the school day. As parents we can do even more. We can also teach our children to be proactive and organized for a day of success. After our children have had time to decompress from school with some down-time, it’s time to begin thinking about the next day. What homework assignments are due? What special requests are there – money for a trip, nosh for the lucky shabbos ima or abba? What supplies need replenishing? We want to encourage our children to develop the habit of planning. What clothing does he need/want for the next day? What would he like to prepare for his lunch? Not only does this kind of preparation insure a well-organized experience, but it also prevents that nightmarish early morning rush. By attending to our children’s basic needs, we send them off to school ready and able to do the very best that they can do. In a later column, I will write about our attitudes and expectations, and how they impact on our children’s performance, as well. The Book Nook: How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough is a must-read for both parents and teachers. In this book, the author argues that developing character – skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control – is far more important than intelligence for school success.. 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

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