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MARCH 22, 2018 | The Jewish Home

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CONTENTS COMMUNITY Community Happenings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

JEWISH THOUGHT Living with the Times . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Torah Musings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

FEATURE The Democrats' Louis Farrakhan Problem. . . . . . . 18

LIFESTYLES Humor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Entertainment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

NEWS Global. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Israel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

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MARCH 22, 2018 | The Jewish Home

Dear Readers, A couple of days ago I bumped into some old friends from South Africa who told me that yet again a popular kosher caterer in the community who had been doing business for many years was found selling non-kosher chicken… The obvious reaction we all have is: What?! How can a regular community member do such a thing? In the late 1940s, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote my grandfather a letter wishing him success in his meat business in Paris which included a strongly-worded caution. He reminded my grandfather that we have a tradition that even the most stringent individual and yerei shamayim still needs a mashgiach temidi in the store so that he can withstand the huge temptation to use the always available and cheaper non-kosher products. The test is inevitable. Think about it. My grandfather had

a beard, davened three times a day and kept kosher very stringently. Yet was told that he must have a constant supervisor in his new store. The truth is, having been brought up in a family heavily involved in the meat business, we were never allowed to eat in a restaurant if my father didn’t trust the owner personally. It could possess the best hashgachah, but if he didn’t think the owner cared enough about kashrus and would be ready to incur serious losses at times, we couldn’t eat there. (He pointed out plenty of times that certain restaurants claiming to have a specific cut from this or that company couldn’t possibly be telling the truth…) Bottom line? Each of us has to think seriously about the decisions we make and not just go along with what everyone is doing. Binafsheinu hu. Wishing you an inspiring Shabbos Hagadol,

Shalom

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Emek Honors the Teichman Family at their Trustee Dinner In February, Emek Hebrew Academy Teichman Family Torah Center held its 58th Annual Trustee Dinner at the Bella Blanca Banquet Hall in the San Fernando Valley. This year’s theme was “A Family Affair.” The Master of Ceremonies was Dr. Roy Mansano, First Vice President of Emek. The school – along with the Teichman children, Dubby, Ahuva and Alan – announced the commissioning of a sefer Torah dedicated to Emek’s patriarch, Mr. Sol Teichman, in honor of his 90th birthday. The the Emek Girls Choir – comprised of 3rd and 4th grade girls and directed by Mrs. Rachel Seidel – sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Hatikvah.” Next, Rabbi Mordechai Shifman, Emek’s Head of School, addressed the crowd, explaining that the Teichman family’s mission is to replace that which was stolen from the Jewish people by the Nazis. They want every Jewish child to have the opportunity to receive a Jewish education and experience a genuine childhood. Rabbi Shifman then asked Mr. Teichman to deliver a few words. Mr. Teichman presented a moving and heartfelt introduction to Rabbi Marvin Hier, the event’s keynote speaker. Rabbi Hier is the Dean and Founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Museum of Tolerance, and of Moriah, the Center’s film division. Rabbi Hier cited a midrash that states that when a person’s life is filled with hardship, he should turn to the song of Parshas Ha’azinu. Historical events, he explained, are like various points of a song; a song is never predictable; it’s filled with unexpected twists and turns. Often, we cannot see how all the points connect until the conclusion is reached. The Purim story is an excellent example of this concept: When it seems that the future of the Jewish People is in jeopardy, earlier events which had appeared completely unrelated ended up putting forces into motion that led to our salvation.

Sol and Ruth Teichman and Council General of Israel, Sam Grundwerg

Congressman Brad Sherman, Dubby Teichman, Dorit and Alan Teichman

Dubby Teichman, Dorothy Greenstein, Rabbi Mordechai Shifman, Dorit and Alan Teichman

Rabbi Marvin Hier

Similarly, with the history of the Teichman family, Hashem put forces into motion that brought Sol and Ruth to Los Angeles and resulted in the creation of Torah and chessed institutions that have provided education and assistance to tens of thousands of people. Later, Congressman Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks addressed the audience. Congressman Sherman shares a long history with Emek and has advocated for Emek and her interests within the San Fernando Valley. He thanked the Teichmans for building and maintaining wonderful institutions such as Emek. Additional-

ly, the event was graced by the presence of Sam Grundwerg, Consul General of Israel. Consul General Grundwerg presented Sol and Ruth with a titanium kiddush cup and coaster in gratitude for their continuous love and support of Emek. Finally, Mrs. Dorothy Greenstein – a beloved, longtime teacher at Emek – presented a hand-painted portrait of the Teichman family to Dubby and Alan Teichman, her former students. Mr. Brad Schachter of Nefesh Music entertained the guests in a hall bedazzled with gold and silver decorations. Highlight Photography was on hand to photograph

Pesach and Ma’os Chitim at Gan Chabad Preschool The children at Gan Chabad Preschool have been busily preparing for Pesach and can’t wait to have four cups of grape juice, eat matzah, and use the beautiful items they have made for their families’ sedarim! In addition to the facts about Pesach, the teachers explained many of Pesach’s beautiful customs, which draw Jewish hearts close to this holiday and create memories to treasure in the years to come. One of these age-old customs is not performed at the Seder, but before! This is the custom

of giving ma’os chitim – literally, “wheat money.” Gan Chabad Preschool held a special school-wide mitzvah campaign to raise funds for ma’os chitim to be donated to for Tomchei Shabbos. This mitzvah of ma’os chitim is close to home, as the donations will go directly to those in need in our community. Children naturally want to help others and are proud of the mitzvos they perform. At Gan Chabad Preschool, the teachers are instilling in the children the importance of giving to those who are less fortunate.

When the school community performs this mitzvah together, everyone can feel the power and holiness of the mitzvah itself. It was impressed upon the children that the Jewish nation is a singular nation; just as we want to experience freedom, we must help ensure all of our brothers and sisters are able to experience the same freedom on Pesach. The children gave generously to help ensure everyone has the necessary provisions to celebrate Pesach.

the guests, and each invitee went home with a framed remembrance of the evening. The evening concluded with a dinner prepared by Mr. Nir Weinblut and a performance by Mr. Yanky Lunger. Mr. Ben R’bibo, Emek Board President, thanked all attendees for their unwavering support of Emek and presented the “A Day at Emek” video created by Mr. Adam Moses. The guests had the opportunity to daven maariv and partake in a delectable dessert reception. Hand-rolled cigars were available, and every guest left with a beautiful challah board.

Photos: Moshe Steinberg

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MARCH 22, 2018 | The Jewish Home

Spend a Week in Montana Enjoying Rustic Views and Elegant Fare Beth Jacob Communicated Executive Chef Seth Warshaw of New Jersey’s #1 rated statewide steakhouse, ETC Steakhouse, introduces Rustic Elegance, a week-long adventure and culinary experience in scenic Montana. The jaw-dropping landscape and views of Glacier National Park will create lifelong memories and deliver incredible adventures. Coupling these daily excursions with kosher culinary cuisine will create a blissful experience like no other. Your family will be sharing stories about this trip for years to come. “It’s time that our community gets to have their cake and eat it too when vacationing in extraordinary locations. I am proud to be a part of Rustic Elegance and create an incredible, week-long experience this summer” commented Chef Seth. “In addition to the fun-packed itinerary and excursions, we will be offering opportunities to have cooking classes and photography lessons throughout the week. This will be an experience like no other kosher outdoor adventure.” Glacier National Park is home to over one million acres of land, two mountain ranges, 130 named lakes, and over 1000 species of plants and wildlife. Glacier boasts some of the best mountain views in America. Tracing the Sun Road, the main park thoroughfare, has been rated one of the top scenic drives in the world. With only 26 glaciers remaining in the park out of its original 150, come see these majestic wonders before they are gone forever. The program will run from Sunday lunch through Thursday and enables families time to travel home for Shabbos. Itineraries will be catered to each couple or family, based on desired excursions and intensity levels. The staff at Rustic Elegance will work with each attendee to create a build-to-suit itinerary to maximize the experience. Along with scheduled minyanim, a full breakfast buffet will be served daily, gourmet boxed lunches will be prepared to take on each day’s outing, and a complete, Five-Star multi-course dining experience will be offered each evening. The experience includes rustic cabin lodging and various upgrade options. In an interview with Rustic Elegance founder, Yitzi Kessock, we asked: Who is the ideal participant on a Rustic Elegance vacation? Anyone who is seeking the opportunity to experience one of the great national parks and its beauty, while enjoying top-notch culinary treats from one of the foremost kosher chefs in the world. What are some of the itinerary options from which to choose? The array of activities available truly range from those which will appeal to travelers who are regular outdoor campers and hikers to those heading out for the first time. Options include hiking, mountain biking, rafting, scenic bus tours, horseback riding, helicopter tours, scenic photography lessons,

and cooking lessons from Chef Seth, who will be with us for the entire week. These will be memories that will last a lifetime. What prompted the creation of Rustic Elegance? Chef Seth and I have been friends since our early childhood. Our families used to go on regular outdoor adventure trips together and we share some amazing lifelong memo-

ries. While enjoying the most amazing ribs at ETC Steakhouse and reminiscing with Seth about some of those trips, the idea was born, and Rustic Elegance was created. We are excited to enable families to create such experiences and memories for themselves. Having the opportunity to disconnect for a week, being outdoors surrounded by some of the most majestic scenery in America, while enjoying

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By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz Publisher of the Yated Ne’eman

Vayakhel and Pekudei conclude the five parshiyos that discuss the construction of the Mishkon. The Mishkon was constructed over a six-month period, beginning after Yom Kippur and concluding on Rosh Chodesh Nissan. The project required hundreds of workers and large amounts of material. To facilitate the construction, there was a large fundraising campaign, in which everyone participated. When the Mishkon was completed, a seven-day festivity ensued. Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky points out that for all that effort, the Mishkon was originally intended to stand for a short period of time. The Bnei Yisroel left Mitzrayim on Pesach and were to travel through the Sinai desert and then enter Eretz Yisroel, a short trek. It was the chet hameraglim that caused the Jews to wander in the desert for an extra thirty-nine years. Why, then, was so much effort and expense invested in constructing such a temporary edifice? After experiencing the joy of Purim and being reminded of our obligation to eradicate Amaleik, we can understand the necessity of the expenditure of time and effort for a building that would last but a few months. Throughout the generations, Amaleik has mocked us, as he seeks to throw doubt about Hashem’s Presence in our lives. Purim celebrates our victory over Haman, the embodiment of Amaleik in his time, and demonstrates for us that we can overcome evil if we unite and raise our level of commitment to Torah and mitzvos. On Purim, we are b’simcha and seek to be mesameiach others. We meet new people, make new friends, and reconnect

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How Much is a Matzoh Worth? with old ones. We are introduced to worthy causes and recruit others to causes we believe in. We gain an appreciation for what can be accomplished in one day. And then, even after the sun goes down, music plays and people continue to celebrate the mira-

porary, its effect would be eternal. While it was meant to last for several months, it represented the ideal that every day could be spent in the presence of Hashem. No day, or even part of it, should be taken for granted or wasted. Every minute is precious and can generate greatness.

Purim recharges us and reminds us that we are children of Hashem who know that every move here is carried out by Him up there. cles and messages of Purim. We learned last week in Parshas Ki Sisa how the Jews sinned with the Eigel Hazohov. Misled by the Soton, they feared that Moshe Rabbeinu would not return and fashioned a golden image to replace him. The people desired leadership and a Divine relationship, but they were misguided. Following their teshuvah, they were granted their wish, along with the directions of how to construct a place among them where Hashem could be found. Although the Mishkon would be tem-

Klal Yisroel, newly-cleansed from the chet ha’Eigel and desirous of a proper relationship with Hashem, appreciated the opportunity to construct a dirah batachtonim. They understood that building the Mishkon, and contributing to its construction, was teshuvah for their sin and immediately responded to the appeals. They engaged in a labor of love, determined to begin again. It did not matter that the Mishkon was to be temporary, for they would take advantage of the opportunity to become closer to Hashem and in that zechus

enter Eretz Yisroel and build the permanent Bais Hamikdosh. Alas, that was not meant to be. They sinned again, this time with the meraglim, and didn’t merit entering Eretz Yisroel. Later. He leads and lectures on vital matters that affect the entire world, yet he is going through the grinder at home. Though he has no obvious replacement, many wonder how much longer he will be able to remain in office. Why go through a mess like this now? Nobody knows. We see the evil emanating from Iran and North Korea as the world remains silent. We see people starving in Venezuela, turmoil in Germany, and Muslim extremists sweeping across Europe. Nobody does anything about any of this, and nobody seems to even care. Why? Nobody knows. In our communities and lives, there are ups and downs, occurrences we understand and appreciate and many others that seem to defy logic. Purim recharges us and reminds us that we are children of Hashem who know that every move here is carried out by Him up there. There is no depression and despondency when we recognize and testify that the Borei is manhig. Thus, we bring joy to ourselves and salvation to the world. For just as the Mishkon was a reward for the Jews repenting for thinking the Eigel would lead them (Rashi 38:21), the realization of the truth in our day and placing our complete faith in Hashem will enable the Bais Hamikdosh to be built and bring about our redemption. What is stopping us? Chazak chazak venischazeik.


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Three Words to Boost Your Success Sarah Pachter

There are three four-letter “f” words that could literally change your life. Don’t worry! It’s not what you’re thinking – no offensive language here! Here’s the first one: fine. How many times a day do we have the following casual conversation: Someone asks us, “How are you?” We respond with the typical, “Oh, I’m fine.” Your response may or may not reflect reality. If we were “fine” all of the time, we would not be human. Aren’t we here on earth to grow and change? The first step in achieving success is recognizing that, sometimes, we are not fine. We want more and better. We can achieve change if we strive for it, but this requires a conscious choice. Motivational speaker, Charlie Harary, shared an anecdote about a high school experience of his. He played for the varsity basketball team, and fondly remembered the very first day of practice as a freshman. The boys sat in their last class of the day, anxiously waiting for the bell to ring so they could head out to the gymnasium to begin practice. As soon as the coach came on the court, he clapped his hands loudly and said, “Okay, boys! We are leaving the gym. Follow me.” Where are we headed? The boys wondered. Reading the expressions on their faces, the coach announced, “We are going to the classroom.” The team was disappointed, to say the least, for they were looking forward to showing off their skills and scrimmaging. The coach began with a Powerpoint slideshow featuring pictures of famous basketball players such as Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal. Next, he showed the group various top basketball colleges. The boys recognized nearly every single photo, except one final image. “Does anyone know who this guy is?” the coach asked. After a few moments of silence, one student in the back answered, “Stanley Roberts?” “That’s right, Stanley Roberts. Does anyone know where Shaq went to college?”

“LSU!” one kid proudly blurted out. “Yes. Louisiana State University.” The coach replied, pleased. “Now, why on Earth would Shaq attend LSU when he could have had a full scholarship to any college of his choice? Duke, UNC, UCLA, Maryland, or any top basketball college would have been thrilled to have him join their school. “He attended LSU for one reason only: because Stanley Roberts played for LSU. At that time, Stanley Roberts was the number one college center; therefore, Shaq rearranged his entire plans just to play next to him.” The coach added while pointing to Stanley’s photograph, “All of that, just to learn from this guy right here.” The coach went on, “So, the obvious question remains: Whatever happened to Stanley Roberts? And how did Shaq become a household name?” The coach explained that Stanley Roberts was an incredible, natural-born basketball player. G-d had given him the gift of real talent that brought him enormous success. Shaq could have easily thought to himself, Stanley’s got it. He’s more talented than I am. I’ll just play next to him, like a sidekick earning assists. Yet, Shaq did not allow himself to be mediocre. After each college game, when all of the parties and celebrations were over, Shaq got his hands on a set of keys to the gym. There, he practiced his shot until four o’clock in the morning. Every. Single. Night. Stanley Roberts, on the other hand, solely relied on his talent, and he partied it all away. He was satisfied with what he had, and he never achieved more. We all have a list of complaints about what we are lacking. If only I had more smarts, more strength. If only I was taller, or if my family had more money… The list of potential shortcomings is endless. Forget excuses. For every smart individual out there, there are ten less smart individuals who are more successful. It’s not about what you have. It’s about making the choice to commit to what it is you want and then taking action. The choice to become Shaq or to become Stanley? This leads me to the next four-letter word: feel.

We know what decision we should make, and we may even have resolved to do it. But we often resist that action because we don’t feel like doing it. Well, I’ve got news for you: We may never feel like it. When I was pregnant with my fourth child, I suffered from the typical pregnancy woes. Backache, morning sickness, strange veins... I’ll spare you the details. During my bouts of nausea, the very last thing I wanted to do was give an evening lecture. Normally, I loved teaching, but while pregnant, I felt like crawling into a nauseous ball in my bed. I felt like falling asleep. Instead, I pushed myself, because I was determined to reach my goals. Today, whenever I find myself in a position where I don›t “feel” like it, I tell myself, You are NEVER going to feel like it. You have to just move. Our emotions sabotage us time and time again. We often mistake feelings for facts, but it is often better to lead with our intellect and not our emotions. Imagine for a moment that you bring your car into the shop for not starting properly. Without even opening the hood of the car, the mechanic informs you, “It’s the engine. That will cost you a few thousand dollars to repair.” You are skeptical and reply, “How can you be sure?” I mean, at least open the hood and pretend to check! you muse. “I don’t know, I just feel it. I can feel it in my bones. It’s the engine,” says the mechanic In this instance, it would certainly be wise to get a second opinion and go elsewhere. No one is going to trust a mechanic who just “feels” that the car is broken. We cannot “feel” our way through life. We need information, explanation, and evidence-based data. We must lead with our head, not our heart. Doing so can help us achieve the success we desire. How exactly do we push ourselves to act when we don’t feel like it, and are not fine? This leads me to my third “f” word: five. It stands for “five seconds.” All you need are five seconds. Seriously. Five seconds can help us achieve anything we want. Sounds like a gimmick? It’s

not. Just ask Mel Robbins. Mel Robbins is a motivational speaker and author who has begun a transformative system so successful, millions of people have jumped onto her bandwagon. To jumpstart any activity, you just have to move yourself into action before five seconds has passed. For example, you want to wake up in the morning, but your body is begging you to hit the snooze button, and your arm is slowly making its way over to press it... Just count backwards: 5-4-3-2-1, go! Then remove the covers and get up. It works! (Really – I’ve tried it!) There are two types of people in the world: those who feel controlled by life, and those who try to control life. In other words, we view our “locus of control” as either inward or outward. For people with an inner locus of control usually feel empowered to make changes in their life. Those with an external locus of control often feel a lack of power and ability to surmount challenge. Counting down from five moves that locus inward, empowering us to make the change we so desperately need. The method counts backwards rather than upwards, because the numbers run out, and then you have to move. This simple tool establishes a routine start-up, almost tricking ourselves into action. It forces you to act before you can make up an excuse, such as, I don’t feel like it, or, I’m fine how I am. In essence, you move your body before your emotions have time to stop you. We often have powerful impulses that can create big changes within us – the desire to create, to make that important call, to get out of bed, to start that new business. Yet, all too often, we talk ourselves out of it before taking the first step. Counting backwards and immediately taking action moves us to where we really want to go in life. So remember: You’re not FINE, and that’s okay. You won’t always FEEL like it – but who does? Just don’t let it stop you. All you need is FIVE seconds to make real change. Take it from Shaq and Stanley: Who would you rather be?


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MARCH 22, 2018 | The Jewish Home

Humor: Extremely Minor Celebrity Rebecca Klempner

Kid 2: “She’s only three-quarters famous.” Kid 1: “What does that even mean?” Kid 2, after thinking a moment and with a confused look on her face: “Maybe her body is famous, but not her neshamah?” At first, I thought she had confused me with Marilyn Monroe (who might have had a lovely personality, but that’s not what she’s famous for). Then I realized that she was struggling to articulate the following: While I’m a celebrity, I’m a celebrity to a very, very small share of the general population. These people include elementary school teachers in Jewish day schools, day school librarians, and parents of children aged three to fourteen. And actual kids. The kid part is the best part, really. It’s surprisingly thrilling to receive fan mail from schoolchildren, particularly in this electronic age. I do get fan mail from adults, but my books have thus far all been for children, and readers are far more likely to write fan mail after reading books than after a 600-word humor article or a 2500-word short story. I’m not sure my family members feel the same way about my fans, though. My 12-year-old once received a phone call from a classmate. The classmate, though, didn’t want to talk to my son; rather, he wanted to ask on his sister’s behalf, “Did your mother write Glixman in a Fix?” My son slammed down the phone. On other occasion, my husband was teaching when a student from another class stuck his head into my husband’s classroom to ask, “Did your wife write Glixman in a Fix?” My husband – who has suffered through this rigmarole on several other occasions and knew where this was headed – said, “Yes.”

“It’s very good! Can you tell her I said so?” That evening, when I asked my husband the name of the boy who had given me this endorsement, my husband admitted he didn’t know. The kid had never told my husband his name! (I guess he thinks he’s famous, too.) Lest you think that children are the

only awkward fans, I will assure you they are not. Adults have phoned my home to tell me how much they love my books, sent me emails about articles I have written, and accosted me at afternoon pickup at my kids’ schools, the U-Pick farm, and even in shul. (I don’t mind it so much on weekdays, but on Shabbos, I’d rather not think about work.) Even more awkward

are the people who write me about their great book idea – which I should write because I’m a real author – and the people who ask me to write for them for free. The adoration is kinda flattering. But I’d rather take a positive Amazon review any day.

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t a recent event in the back forests of Baton Rouge, the former head of the Louisiana Ku Klux Clan, David Duke, gathered with his fellow tiki torch carriers and gave a passionate address about saving the world. He declared, “Black folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And David Duke, by G-d’s grace, has pulled a cover off of that Satanic Jew, and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.” President Trump and Republicans, with whom Duke associates, were silent. Silence can be the greatest indicator of the feelings harbored in

the heart. Trump silent. Leading members of Congress silent. Rush Limbaugh and other conservative pundits silent.

pen is that Nation of Islam founder Louis Farrakhan recently got up in one of America’s largest “progressive” cities, Chicago, and declared

Did the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust have a right to self-determination?

Case closed – they are racists and anti-Semites. Well, actually, that clan gathering never happened. What did hap-

exactly that. Well, not exactly that, but close – several nouns noted above are not entirely accurate. With blood in his eyes and venom

practically foaming from his mouth, Farrakhan thundered, “White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by G-d’s grace, has pulled a cover off of that Satanic Jew, and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.” In an over-three-hour speech, which could have been given in Berlin in 1933, Farrakhan railed against “the Jews” who are “responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out” and who are “the mother and father of apartheid.” More than ten thousand people, who paid from $20 to $100 per ticket, packed Chicago’s Wintrust Arena


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Tamika Mallory with Farrakhan. She posted this picture on Instagram with the mes-

With former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro Farrakhan with former South African President Nelson Mandela

sage, “Thank G-d this man is still alive and doing well. He is definitely the GOAT.”

for the Nation of Islam’s “Saviour’s Day” event which took place on February 25. Who are these people? Do they wish death to all Jews? Do they also support Hitler, as Farrakhan does? Would they shoot and kill Jews if they could get away with it?

Most of the cheering throngs of those Sunday haters went unprofiled and likely returned to their regular lives on Monday with their usual prickly political correctness radar beaming on any target it could catch. But not everyone is anonymous.

In the audience that day was Tamika Mallory. She is the co-founder of the Women’s March. Although that movement was created as a Trump resistance movement, it couches itself as a legitimate progressive movement, which, according to its mission statement, seeks

to dismantle oppression and build “self-determination, dignity and respect.” Did the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust have a right to self-determination? What was dignifying about Auschwitz? Were mothers shown respect when

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A screenshot of a town hall meeting in 1993 on "Race in America." Rep. Maxine Waters is sitting next to Farrakhan

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their toddlers were ripped out of their hands and brutally killed by a man and his minions who Farrakhan reveres? If, G-d forbid, someone tried doing that again, would Tamika Mallory put on a pink knitted hat and chant slogans in protest or would she join in the vicious hate, murder

and mayhem? Mallory responded to criticism of her attendance at Farrakhan’s hate-fest by tweeting that if one does not have the same enemies as Christianity’s originator, “they may not be THE leader!” She added, “Study the Bible and u [sic] will find the similarities. Ostracizing,

ridicule and rejection is a painful part of the process...but faith is the substance of things!” So, she doubled down and confirmed that she is a vile Jew hater herself. But this is not just about Tamika Mallory; it’s bigger than her. Where is the Democratic Party leadership? Why are they silent in the face of

this hatred? When the Daily Caller, a conservative publication, recently asked Rep. Danny Davis (D-Chicago) about his close relationship with Farrakhan in light of the latter’s vile hatred of Jews, Davis –who is an African-American and should be empathetic to targets of racism


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– replied, “The world is so much bigger than Farrakhan and the Jewish question and his position on that and so forth. For those heavy into it, that’s their thing, but it ain’t my thing.” What if a leading Republican befriended Richard Spencer, who is a white supremacist, and when asked about that relationship said, “The world is so much bigger than Spencer and the Jewish and black question and his position on that and so forth,” would people be silent? Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who has raised her profile within the Democratic Party by beating the drum that “Donald Trump is a racist,” has had a longstanding relationship with Farrakhan. In 2002, Waters attended a Nation of Islam convention where Farrakhan defended Palestinian suicide bombers. She was a sitting congresswoman at the time. While Farrakhan spoke did Rep. Waters envision the scene of innocent men, women and children being blown to pieces in a pizza shop on a street corner in Jerusa-

lem? Did she think of the bloody limbs being ripped from bodies, heads severed by shrapnel? Would that scene have brought her joy? Rep. Maxine Waters is not alone. Many Democrats have met with Farrakhan over the years. Last month a photograph from 2005 surfaced of Farrakhan and then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama smiling side by side.

Hill. How could the Congressional Black Caucus, which should be sensitive to racism and bigotry, host such an evil person? Did they listen to him spewing venom about Jews in the very place which is meant to symbolize our country’s freedoms? Did Obama smile when Farrakhan spoke of the Jews’ “gutter religion” like he smiled in the picture with

Did they listen to him spewing venom about Jews in the very place which is meant to symbolize our country’s freedoms? Perhaps even more disturbing than the photograph – which the photographer, Askia Muhammad, did not release for many years due to pressure – is the fact that the photograph was taken at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting on Capitol

him? Rep. Keith Ellison, who is the vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and one of two Muslim members of Congress, has had a relationship with Farrakhan for many years and used to be a mem-

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ber of Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam. As a law student he defended Farrakhan against charges of anti-Semitism. In 2006, when he ran for Congress, Ellison disavowed Farrakhan. Just in case your sincerity meter is not calibrated— in 2013 he attended a small dinner with Farrakhan and several other distinguished guests, including Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Did Farrakhan smirk when Rouhani may have regaled him with details of how Iran plans on developing a nuclear bomb which could do in several minutes what it took Hitler several years to do? Does the “D” that appears after these politicians' names inoculate them from criticism? Is it ironic that some of those leading the charge against President Trump are, in fact, those most closely associated with the United States’ most powerful, virulent racist and anti-Semite? Will these people learn the lessons of the Holocaust and slavery or will they put politics first? Unfortunately, I think I know the answer to the last question.

In His Own Words • “White people are potential humans – they haven’t evolved yet.” • “The Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man.” • “It is now becoming apparent that there were many Israelis and Zionist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks. We know that an Israeli film crew dressed as Arabs were filming the Twin Towers before the first plane went in. In other words — Israelis had full knowledge of the attacks. We’re dealing with thieves, and liars — and murderers.” • “They call them terrorists, I call them freedom fighters.” • “I believe that for the small numbers of Jewish people in the United States, they exercise a tremendous amount of influence on the affairs of government.” • “The powerful Jews are my enemy.” • “Now that nation called Israel never has had any peace in 40 years and she will never have any peace because there can be no peace structured on injustice, thievery, lying and deceit and using the name of G-d to shield your gutter religion under His holy and righteous name.” • “You [America] are the most rotten nation on the Earth. That is why G-d has come, and you are number one on His list to be destroyed.” • “Holy Land don’t belong to a white Arab or a white Jew. You are settlers on our land. We are the original owners of that part of the earth and you all kicked us out and assumed our position. But now G-d has come and we are coming to reclaim what belongs to us.” • “The FBI has been the worst enemy of black advancement. The Jews have control over those agencies of government.” • “If the federal government will not intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us, stalk them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling.”

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six years as Russia’s president, garnering a whopping 76 percent of the vote. Putin told cheering supporters in a brief speech that lasted a mere two minutes that “we are bound for success.” This was Putin’s fourth electoral contest, but no one thought he would lose. He faced seven minor candidates and had his most prominent possible contender, Alexei Navalny, blocked from the ballot. Widespread ballot-box stuffing and forced voting – citizens being told they need to vote at a certain time and show proof of their vote – were reported, but claims to that effect will undoubtedly be swept under the rug. We are, after all, dealing with the longest-serving leader in the

nation since Josef Stalin. And we know what happened to those who opposed him. Since he took the helm in Russia on New Year’s Eve 1999 after Boris Yeltsin’s surprise resignation, Putin’s electoral power has centered on stability, a quality cherished by Russians after the chaotic breakup of the Soviet Union and the “wild capitalism” of the Yeltsin years. Stability, though, comes at a price. Any dissent or opposition is crushed. Putin ran in the 2000, 2004 and 2012 elections. He did not run in 2008 because of term limits but was appointed prime minister instead – a different title, although he essentially maintained the same role.

The election came amid escalating tensions with the West, with reports that Moscow was behind the nerve-agent poisoning this month of a former Russian double agent in Britain and that its internet trolls had waged an extensive campaign to undermine the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Britain and Russia last week announced expulsions of diplomats over the spy case and the U.S. issued new sanctions. The election also took place on the fourth anniversary of the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, one of the most dramatic manifestations of Putin’s drive to reassert Russia’s power. The next six years will likely see Putin flexing more of his muscles – literally and figuratively. Just a few weeks ago, he announced that Russia had developed advanced nuclear weapons capable of evading missile defenses. The Russian military campaign that bolsters the Syrian government is clearly aimed at strengthening Moscow’s foothold in the Middle East, and Russia eagerly eyes any reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula as an economic opportunity.

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Hwasong-15 is the first missile built by North Korea that, according to the regime, can hit anywhere in the United States. Now it seems that North Korea is not content to celebrate the fact that it can pulverize a nation. The Hermit Kingdom is building a shrine around the missile launch site to further deify the weapon. Analysts were able to pinpoint the location of the site and then noticed a flurry of activity around the missile. For one month North Koreans worked nonstop, building a parking area, a reconstructed launching pad and a large memorial. North Korea’s other celebrations for the Hwasong-15 have included an event honoring the missile scientists in the nation’s capital, the issuing of a commemorative stamp and the holding of a giant indoor concert featuring a polished film of the liftoff punctuated with fireworks and a light show. The official Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim Jong-un, the nation’s leader, as declaring shortly after the successful launching, “We have finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force.”


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Corruption in Slovakia Begins to Unravel

Prime Minister Robert Fico of Slovakia resigned last week following the recent murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak. On February 25, Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kusnirova, both 27, were found shot dead at their home near Bratislava in what police described as “most likely” related to his investigative work. Kuciak reported on fraud among the country’s elite, including people connected to the governing party. The murder sparked outrage in Slovakia, with thousands protesting in the streets for change. Fico’s resignation was encouraged by Slovak President Andrej Kiska. Speaking at the presidential palace after a meeting with the president on Thursday, Fico announced that his deputy prime minister, Peter Pellegrini, will succeed him and establish a new government. Fico said he was sure that forming a new government is the “right step as early parliamentary elections would not have had any stability”. Fico will still be in the party and part of political happenings, just in a less formal way. The double-murder generated a nationwide outcry, with tens of thousands of Slovaks calling for an end to corruption in some the country’s biggest demonstrations since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989. No arrests have been made in connection to the murders as of yet. “Civil society is not only asking for the resignation of Mr. Fico himself, the demand here is for the change of politics of which Mr. Fico is a symbol and the frontrunner,” said Martin Poliacik, a member of parliament with the new Progressive Slovakia. Regional elections are scheduled for November and presidential elections will take place in 2019 unless a reform is made before then.

Luxury Vehicles Crushed in Philippines In the Philippines, in efforts to crack down on the illegal import of vehicles, the Philippine government strictly enforces those laws – with crushing results.

Last week, a photo circulated of Philippine officials crushing an entire parking lot full of imported vehicles in Port Irena, Cagatan. The demolition, which was car-

ried out by an excavator and a bulldozer, was overseen by President Rodrigo Dute-

rte. The luxury cars, sports cars, and classic cars are said to have been in storage for years. The fleet included eight Mercedes-Benz models, a Porsche 911 GT3 and a rare Renault 5 Turbo from the 1980s. Now, these cars that were worth thousands are only good to be sold for scrap metal. Last week’s demolitions are just the beginning; there are another 800 vehicles that are set to be destroyed. “The destruction of these contraband luxury vehicles signifies our strong resolve to restore good governance, preserve our nation’s dignity, and safeguard our people’s welfare,” Duterte said at the event, which was broadcast on Facebook. The vehicles involved in this project

were intentionally abandoned at the port without paying customs so that an importer could purchase them later from a government auction at a lower price. In 2013, a court ruling made this type of scheme illegal.

Trump Hits Moscow with New Sanctions New U.S. sanctions against Russia were announced by the Trump administration last week, and Russia has responded

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia will use “the principle of parity” as it responds and that “additional measures are not ruled out.” Ryabkov appeared slightly to soften the blow by adding that Russia did not want to close the window of dialogue with the U.S. or the possibility of stabilizing bilateral relations. “It is also worth thinking about

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that, destroying Russian-American relations,” said Ryabkov. “These politicians play with fire, because they simultaneously undermine global stability.” The Trump administration is acting based on a congressional mandate to punish Russia for the cyber intrusion they committed leading up to the elections. Trump has delayed taking action for a while, leading to some questioning his administration’s willingness to punish Moscow. So far, the Trump administration has applied sanctions to five entities and 19 individuals, including the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm that purposely posted divisive political posts on Facebook and other social media outlets during the election. The 13 individuals that were indicted by Mueller for their participation in election meddling are also on the blacklist. Additionally, two Russian intelligence agencies, the Federal Security Service and the Main Intelligence Directorate were also sanctioned. The sanctioned individuals are barred from traveling to the United States, and any assets they have here have been frozen.

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American Faces 35 Years in Turkish Jail Andrew Brunson, an American pastor, is being accused by Turkey of working with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen’s network and outlaws Kurdish rebels to stir chaos in Turkey and to divide the country. He is now facing up to 35 years in prison in Turkey on charges of links to terror groups and espionage. Brunson is originally from North Carolina but has been living in Turkey for more than 20 years. He was arrested soon after the July 2016 coup attempt and has been held since then. It is not clear when his trial will begin. The U.S. has demanded that Brunson, who denies the accusations, be freed. Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, has denied involvement in the coup. Turkey is seeking his extradition.

Did Gaddafi Fund Sarkozy’s Campaign? What type of money was sitting in Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign accounts? Could it be that the funds came from infamous Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi? This week, former French President Sarkozy was held in custody and questioned by magistrates investigating whether Gaddafi helped finance his 2007 election campaign. It is the second major judicial investigation to fall on the 63-year-old, who served as president of France from 2007 to 2012. He already faces trial on separate charges of illicit spending overruns during his failed re-election campaign in 2012. Sarkozy has dismissed the Libya allegations as “grotesque” and a “crude manipulation.” France opened an inquiry into the Libya case in 2013, after reports by French website Mediapart based on claims by a Franco-Lebanese businessman, Ziad Takieddine, who said he had transferred 5 million euros – $6 million – from Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi to Sarkozy’s campaign director. Takieddine stated in 2016 that he personally handed over three suitcases filled with cash from Gaddafi to Sarkozy and a senior aide to help finance Sarkozy’s campaign. Sarkozy’s lawyer at the time, Thierry Herzog, dismissed Takieddine’s claims and produced a copy of a witness statement to police by Takieddine in 2012 in which the businessman said he had last seen Sarkozy in November 2003. Months after he took office in 2007, Sarkozy was criticized for hosting a state visit by Gaddafi during which the Libyan leader pitched his trademark Bedouin-style tent next to the Elysee Palace. Gaddafi’s

first visit to a Western leader in decades, which was accompanied by the signing of several business deals, came after Sarkozy helped get five Bulgarian nurses accused of infecting children with HIV released from jail in Libya. Sarkozy was later one of the chief advocates of a NATO-led military campaign that resulted in Gaddafi’s overthrow and killing at the hands of rebel forces in 2011. The Libya-funding inquiry appeared to have gone quiet until January, when French businessman Alexandre Djouhri, suspected by investigators of funneling money from Gaddafi to finance Sarkozy’s campaign, was arrested in Britain on a warrant issued by France. A lawyer for Djouhri last month accused French authorities of politicizing the case and manipulating it against his client. Sarkozy’s predecessor, Jacques Chirac, was convicted in 2011, after his retirement, of misusing public funds to keep political allies in phantom jobs. That made the now ailing Chirac the first French head of state convicted since Nazi collaborator Marshal Philippe Petain in 1945. Sarkozy has been dogged for years by political scandals, but none has led to a conviction. The Libya inquiry has largely focused on the evidence provided by Takieddine, who is himself under investigation in a separate affair of arms sales to Pakistan in the 1990s.

Flurry of Expulsions in Aftermath of Poisoning

An escalating volley took place last week between Russia and Great Britain. Two weeks ago, former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench outside a shopping center in the city of Salisbury. They have since been hospitalized and are in critical condition along with the police officer that found them, whose condition is listed as serious but stable. Forensic reports have found that the pair were exposed to Novichok, an extremely toxic Russian nerve agent. The military-grade nerve agent suggests that the Russian government was linked to the poisoning. In response to the findings, the U.K. hit Russia with sanctions they called were “calibrated, calm and fair.” Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 of the 58 accredited Russian diplomats working in Britain.  Russia’s ambassador, Alexander Yakovenko, was allowed to remain. In response to the British sanctions, Russia expelled 23 British diplomats from Moscow and also shut down activities of


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the British Council, which fosters cultural links between the two countries, and Britain’s consulate-general in St. Petersburg. The British diplomats were given one week to leave the country. The move is being seen by many as an over-reaction. It was done on the eve of Russia’s presidential elections. Russia’s Foreign Ministry’s office said the retaliation was in response to Britain’s “provocative actions and groundless accusations.” It warned London it stood ready to take further measures in the event of more “unfriendly steps.” London and Moscow’s relations are now the lowest they have been since the end of the Cold War. The attack in Salisbury is the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since World War II.

Father of 4 Stabbed to Death Adiel Kolman struggled with his attacker as he was being stabbed to death in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday.

The 32-year-old father of four from the Kochav Hashachar settlement in the West Bank was fatally stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist who had been issued a temporary permit to seek work in the capital.

The killer, who was killed by police at the scene, was identified as 28-year-old Abd al-Rahman Bani Fadel, a father of two from the village of Aqraba, near the West Bank city of Nablus. At least eight Arabs were arrested after the attack for witnessing the stabbing and ignoring it. Kolman’s mother, Yael Kolman, told the Hadashot TV news channel that her son, who was employed at an archaeological dig, was not afraid of working in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter, despite the dangers. “Even though he worked in a dangerous place, he did not express fear or concern,” she said. She said that although Adiel was trained in special education, he had worked at excavations the Old City for the past five years. “Recently, he spoke

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with us a lot, as though he knew that he was going to leave,” she added. The bereaved mother recalled how when she first heard of the stabbing on the radio she turned it off, because she knows other terror victims and found it too upsetting to listen to the news reports. It was only later in the day that her husband informed her that it was their son who had been stabbed. “He was a great soul; we called him ‘the jewel,” she continued. “He was a social person, loving and embracing. G-d plucks the flowers.” Yael Kolman said that she drew inspiration from Miriam Peretz, a prominent educator who was declared winner of the Israel Prize on Monday. Peretz lost two of her sons in combat during separate incidents when they were serving in the IDF. At the funeral Yael sobbed, “We would like more. Everything good we want more. To enjoy your pleasantness – more. But no. G-d gives and G-d takes away. This was your time,” she said. “But the children will miss you,” she added. “The children!” his bereaved mother screamed a second time, breaking down into tears along with many in the crowd. Speaking to Army Radio, Meir Kolman, brother of the victim, said that the stabbing was a reminder of Israel’s broader security situation. “This is here an incident that tells our story as a people, they came and killed

a lovely man – we must not forget that we are at war with them,” he said.

2 Soldiers Murdered in Car Ramming

Two IDF soldiers were murdered in the West Bank last Friday by a terrorist who drove a car into them. 26-year-old Ala Qabha rammed his car into a group of soldiers outside a military post near the Mevo Dotan settlement, killing Sgt. Netanel Kahalani, 20, and Capt. Ziv Daos, 21. Thousands attended the funeral of Kahalani, which took place in his hometown “I have not yet processed this and I don’t know if I can go on,” said his father, Danny Kahalani, at the funeral. “I loved you so much, and I lost you in a second. Twenty years is nothing, but I am thankful for them.” “Netanel was a gift,” said his mother, Naomi, before the funeral. “I thank G-d

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Sharansky, Peretz Awarded Israel Prize

A former minister, the mother of fallen soldiers and lifelong rights activist will all be awarded the Israel Prize in a ceremony on April 19 during celebrations of Israel’s 70th anniversary. David Levy, who held the position of deputy prime minister and various ministerial posts – including foreign affairs minister – will be bestowed with the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement and

Special Contribution to Society. Miriam Peretz, the mother of two IDF soldiers killed in action, will receive the Israel Prize for Strengthening the Jewish-Israeli Spirit. Natan Sharansky won the 2018 Israel Prize for his lifetime achievement and exceptional contribution to the State of Israel in the field of Aliyah and ingathering of the exiles Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who announced Levy’s win, wrote, “The boy who made Aliyah from Rabat, Morocco, to the ma’abara (refugee absorption camp) and the development town and then blazed a trail straight into the heart of Israeli society. A social, courageous leader, the essence of the story of Zionism, the shatterer of the glass ceiling. “I gaze upon your image, David,” Bennett concluded, “and see us. Congratulations to the people of Israel!” Levy, a father of 12 who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, was born in the Moroccan capital of Rabat in 1937. He made Aliyah in 1957 and was elected to Knesset for the first time a little more than a decade later, in 1969. After the 1977 political upheaval following the Likud’s first election win, Levy received the duty of absorption minister in Menachem Begin’s cabinet.  Following the 1981 elections Levy aroused public outcry by refusing to attend the second Begin government’s swearing-in ceremony until he was appointed deputy premier. Thereafter, in the 10th and 11th Knessets, he served as deputy prime minister and housing minister, using the latter portfolio to push through Project Renewal. He was one of only two Likud ministers to vote against the IDF’s withdrawal from Lebanon. Two of Levy’s children are members of the Knesset. Miriam Peretz is mother to Uriel and Eliraz, both of whom were killed in action fighting in the IDF. When Bennett visited her home to inform her of the honor, Miriam demurred, “I’m unworthy, it’s theirs – Uriel and Eliraz’s – it’s not mine.” Miriam has lectured extensively in Israel and around the world about Israel, the IDF, and the indefatigable Jewish spirit. Miriam also made aliyah from Morocco. She came to Israel in 1964 with her family and resided in a ma’abara near Be’er Sheva. In the mid-seventies she married Eliezer Peretz and the couple moved to the Ofira settlement in Sinai, where Uriel and Eliraz were born. She had six children in all.   Miriam was the principal of Givat Ze’ev first school and today serves as supervisor at the Education Ministry’s Youth and Society Administration.  Her eldest son, Lieutenant Uriel Peretz – commander of a reconnaissance platoon in Golani’s 51st Battalion – was killed on November 25, 1998, in a south Lebanon ambush. On March 26, 2010, another son, Major Eliraz Peretz, was killed after encountering terrorists in the Gaza Strip. Natan Sharansky will also be honored with the Israel Prize next month. According

to Bennett, he “symbolizes the fulfillment of the Zionist dream, from the darkness of a Soviet prison to the light of freedom as the leader of the Jewish Agency.” In response, Sharansky said, “When it comes to kibbutz galuyot, ingathering the exiles, this prize also goes to (my wife) Avital and to all the Aliyah activists and Prisoners of Zion in the Soviet Union who fought valiantly for the right to immigrate to Israel. It also goes to the entire Jewish people, which supported the refuseniks’ struggle for freedom,” he wrote. “The ingathering of the exiles continues. Aliyah today is an Aliyah of free choice: Israel is the best place for self-actualization as a Jew and for impacting the future of the Jewish people. We must do everything to ensure that Israel remains a home to every Jew in the world.”  Born in 1948 in the former Soviet Union as Anatoly Borisovich Shcharansky, Sharansky was denied permission to immigrate to Israel by the government in 1973 for alleged information he was given which was vital to Soviet national security. He then became a human rights activist, working as a spokesperson for the Moscow Helsinki Group, one of Russia’s leading human rights organizations, and a leader for the rights of refuseniks.  In 1977, Sharansky was arrested on multiple fabricated charges including high treason for spying for the Americans and sentenced the following year to 13 years of forced labor.  When given his sentencing, Sharansky famously stated that “to the court I have nothing to say—to my wife and the Jewish people I say, ‘Next Year in Jerusalem.’“  He spent nine years in a Siberian prison. Half of that was spent in solitary confinement, where his health deteriorated to the point of endangering his life. Sharansky, a chess prodigy, later said that he managed to keep himself sane by playing chess with himself, in his head.  After nine years in prison, thanks to considerable international pressure and a campaign led by his wife, Avital Sharansky, Sharansky was released on February 11, 1986. That same day, he immigrated to Israel and arrived in Jerusalem, where he continued to fight for the rights of refuseniks.  From 1996 to 2000 he served as Minister of Industry and Trade and then as Minister of Internal Affairs, leaving the government when it was suggested that former Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s negotiations with the Palestinians would result in a division of Jerusalem.  Sharansky remained the chairman of his party, which was later merged into the Likud. He later served in the government in 2001-2003 as Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Construction and Housing, and in 2003-2005 as Minister of Jerusalem Affairs. In 2009, Sharansky was elected Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, remaining in the position until 2018.   For his activism, Sharansky was awarded the two highest civilian awards in the United States, the Congressional


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Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1986 and 2006 respectively, and the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award in 2008.   He continued to lead human rights initiatives both through his writings and through his public activism. His memoir, Fear No Evil, was published in the United States in 1988 and translated into nine languages. His book, The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror, starred in the New York Times bestseller list. 

Israel Responds to IED Attacks In response to a bomb exploding on the southern Israel-Gaza border, the Israeli Air Force carried out airstrikes on a Hamas target in the central Gaza Strip over the weekend. There were no casualties in the bombing, and Israeli tanks were quick to destroy the Hamas post from which the bomb is thought to have originated. Hamas, the terror group that controls the Strip, is being held responsible for the bombing by the Israeli army. The blast is the latest in a series of attempted bomb attacks on Israeli troops, although thankfully there were no soldiers in the blast zone at the time of the explosion. A day earlier, two improvised explosive devices were detonated near a security fence as a military patrol vehicle drove by. Israel retaliated against terror targets with tank fire in response. No injuries were reported in the IED attack. Israel’s military liaison put out a warning to Hamas: “The provocations by Hamas and other terrorist organizations could lead to an escalation” of violence along the Gaza border. Improvised explosive devices are a major concern for the IDF as they are transported easily and can be set off remotely. The army has instituted a number of protocols in light of the recent uptick in IEDs so that the explosives can either be disarmed or destroyed in a controlled explosion. An IED injured four IDF soldiers last month when it was set off along the southern Gaza fence. During a protest, the Palestinian Popular Resistance Committee placed a Palestinian flag on the border fence. When Golani Brigade troops and the Combat Engineering Corps approached the fence the following day to take the flag down, an IED exploded and wounded the soldiers; two of the wounded were said to be in serious condition.

Polish Minister Attempts to Change History A diplomat from Poland is vowing to

“intervene” and have text removed from the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Israel that referenced “Polish police” during the Nazi occupation. Jan Dziedziczak, the deputy director of the Polish Foreign Ministry, was interviewed while visiting Israel last week. The passage that he was referring to says that “Polish police” guarded the entrance to the ghetto in Lodz. “When I saw this inscription, I asked for immediate intervention from our diplomatic mission in Israel,” Dziedziczak said. “We will not leave this matter and we will do everything to change this information immediately.” He added that this would be the first of various “actions to restore the truth.”

Recently, Israel and Poland’s relationship became strained over Poland’s new controversial law which makes blaming Poland for the Holocaust a criminal offense. Israeli politicians and citizens protested the law loudly and forcefully. The argument is that it prevents open discussion and may limit research on thousands of Poles who betrayed Jews to the Nazis or killed Jews. It also, according to some, will begin to distort the truth of what happened, as evidenced by Dziedziczak’s comments. According to the Yad Vashem website, most of the police officers that served before the German occupation of Poland in 1939 complied with the occupiers’ orders for them to return to duty under German auspices. By 1943, more than 16,000 Polish officers, some of them armed, served under the Germans. Many historians, including Sylwia Szymańska-Smolkin of the University of Toronto, have studied the Polish police’s role in the Holocaust and specifically in connection with the Lodz ghetto. It was employed “on a wide scale against the Jewish population,” Yad Vashem writes, and “had an active role in policing ghettos in occupied Poland and searching for Jews who sought refuge with the local population after escaping from ghettos and camps.” The Polish police demonstrated “absolute devotion” to the Nazi authorities, according to Yad Vashem, “although a handful of cases of assistance to Jews by some officers also occurred.” Changing the inscription upon Dziedziczak’s insistence will be changing history.

Speech Cancelled After Poland Objects In another story connected to Poland’s outrageous new Holocaust law, on Monday, an Israeli mayor was forced to cancel a speech he was planning to deliver to Israeli high school students on a trip to Poland after Polish authorities censored his prepared remarks. Kiryat Bialik Mayor Eli Dukorsky, who is heading the Israeli delegation and who is the son of a Holocaust survivor, was meant to deliver his speech on Monday along with the mayor of Radomsko, Kiryat Bialik’s Polish twin city. However, before Dukorsky could deliver his address, the Radomsko municipality asked to go over his speech in light of a new law criminalizing the mention of complicity by the Polish state or nation in the Holocaust. After authorities reviewed the planned speech, they requested that Dukorsky either omit parts of it that dealt with Poles who turned Jews in to the Nazi occupiers or blame Ukrainians instead. The Israeli mayor then sought the advice of the Foreign Ministry, which recommended that he not deliver a censored version of his speech. “We reject any attempt at censorship,”

said Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon. “We support the mayor’s right to make his speech as planned and not omit any word, not even a single letter.” The joint ceremony was then canceled. Dukorsky then decided to hold an alternative ceremony for the Israeli students and read out his full speech. It was not immediately clear if Polish authorities monitored his remarks. Thousands of Israeli students visit Poland each year to learn about the Holocaust, culminating in the March of the Living in April. The incident appeared to be the strongest yet indication that the new law will cast a shadow over official commemorations. As currently written, the Polish law calls for prison terms of up to three years for attributing the crimes of Nazi Germany to the Polish state or nation. The law also sets fines or a maximum three-year jail term for anyone who refers to Nazi German death camps as Polish. Dukorsky’s speech did not appear to accuse the Polish state or nation of Holocaust crimes, nor refer to Polish death camps. “Israel is not willing to compromise over historical facts,” Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said, according to Israel’s Channel 10 news. “Mentioning painful events from the past doesn’t mean blaming the entire Polish people. It is important to continue the open and honest discussions between both sides.”

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

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

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

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

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

d. Only one name appears on the ballot

which is preserved in a glass tomb

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

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

c. The Kim Jung Il Hamburger Laboratory

b. 1,500

d. Kim Jong Il’s body,

d. 34,000

c. 9,000

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

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