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The Hidden Roots Of Redemption By Roy S. Neuberger

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“Days are coming when Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill the face of the earth like fruit…. It will be on that day that Hashem shall thresh from the surging river to the brook of Egypt and you will be gathered up one by one, oh Children of Israel. And it will be on that day that a great Shofar will be blown, and those who are lost in the land of Assyria and those cast away in the land of Egypt will come, and they shall prostrate themselves to Hashem on the Holy Mountain in Jerusalem.” – Isaiah 27

WASHINGTON – Until recently, the rule of thumb in the pro-Israel community was that the bigger the academic group, the less likely it was to consider a boycott of Israeli colleagues. But with the 30,000-member Modern Language Association set to host a panel on BDS at its convention this week in Chicago, the rule may have to be reconsidered. Supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement have scored some victories in recent months, mostly among smaller groups. The American Studies Association, which endorsed a boycott resolution last month targeting Israeli academic institutions, claims about 4,000 members. Though the Modern Language Association will not consider an outright boycott of Israeli universities, it will consider a resolution calling on the State Department to oppose the “arbitrary denials of entry” to American academics seeking to teach or

Thus the navi, the prophet, predicts the homecoming of Am Yisrael. Why does the Torah so often relate prophesies of redemption to images of flowers and fruit? For example, we find in the second berachah of the Shemoneh Esrei that Hashem is referred to as a “a King Who…makes salvation unfold like a flower.” The fifteenth berachah in Shemoneh Esrei begins with “the flowering of David” and ends with “Who causes the flowering of salvation….”

conduct research at universities in the West Bank and Gaza. “They proposed the travel resolution as a fallback,” said Cary Nelson, an association member and former president of the American Association of University Professors. “They’re trying something else as a step toward a boycott resolution the next time. If they can win this, they will move onto the next one.” In a conference call Tuesday organized by the Israel Action Network, Nelson argued that the Modern Language Association did not deserve the scorn it has weathered for hosting the panel, which will feature five supporters of BDS and no opponents. The panel is among several hundred to be held at the convention, and Nelson said such panels typically reflect a single point of view and are not debates. The Modern Language Association is already on record opposing academic boycotts. In response (Continued on Page 3)

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New York Post Sparks Outrage Over Front-Page Story On Stark Murder The New York Post is under re for a cover story about the murder of Brooklyn landlord Menachem Stark. “Who Didn’t Want Him Dead?” blared the headline of the Sunday edition next to a photo of Stark, 39, wearing a large shtreimel. New York City and state politicians, including state Sen. Simcha Felder and City Councilman Stephen Levin, as well as many Brooklyn politicians, called on the Post to apologize. According to the story, Stark “had so many enemies that investigators say they almost don’t know where to start looking.” Stark’s brother-in-law, Abraham Buxbaum, speaking on behalf of the family, told The Algemei-

ner newspaper that the headline was “disgusting” and was “just adding salt to the wound.” He added: “Apologies won’t help, the damage is done, I think.” In response to criticism of the article and its headline, the newspaper said in a statement, ”The Post does not say Mr. Stark deserved to die, but our reporting showed that he had many enemies, which may have led to the commission of this terrible crime. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of loss.” Stark, a father of eight, was remembered by friends and relatives as a “go-to guy” and for being very charitable, as well as for his warmth and sense of family.

Many have threatened to cancel their subscriptions to the newspaper and organize a boycott, according to reports. Stark’s body was found Jan. 3 on suburban Long Island some 16 miles away from his of ce in the heavily Satmar section of Williamsburg, from where he was kidnapped the previous evening. He reportedly was suffocated before his body was placed in the dumpster outside a Great Neck gas station and burned, according to police. Video footage taken from his of ce reportedly showed Stark being taken into a van after a struggle outside his of ce. (JTA)

Israeli Rabbinical Court Succeeds In Extraditing ‘Get Dissenter’ From U.S. By Steve K. Walz Jewish Press Israel Correspondent JERUSALEM – For the rst time, Israel’s Justice Ministry and American authorities were able to employ legally extenuating circumstances in order to extradite a rebellious Israeli so-called get dissenter from the U.S., where he had fled, back to Israel. He now faces trial before an Israeli rabbinical court and ultimately the Jewish state’s criminal justice system. While the refusal to grant a get is considered a halachic violation but not a criminal offense within the secular Israeli justice system, the wife of the accused, who led for divorce from her haredi husband more than three years ago, told rabbinical court judges that her husband treated her disrespectfully throughout their marriage. She also alleged that he took substantial sums of money from their joint bank account – without informing her – to invest in several business ventures that went bankrupt. But it was allegations by the wife’s sister that brought about the involvement of secular Israeli and American judicial authorities. During the rabbinical court proceedings, she charged that her brother-inlaw had sexually abused his own son and her when she was still a minor. Before the Israel Police was able to launch a fullfledged investigation into the wife’s sister’s allegations, the husband, who was warned by the rabbinical court not to leave the country, fled to a haredi enclave in the U.S. He used his brother’s pass-

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port to do so. The rabbinical court’s Agunot Task Force hired an American private eye to locate the fugitive husband. Upon being found, the husband refused the rabbinical court’s repeated requests to return to Israel and grant his wife a get. So Rabbi Eliyahu Maimon, head of Israel’s Rabbinical Courts Administration’s Agunot Department, engaged Israel’s Justice Ministry in an effort to bring him to justice. Rabbi Maimon and the Justice Ministry described the accused as a “risk to public safety” due to suspicions that he was both an alleged pedophile and get dissenter. The serious accusations were brought to the attention of American authorities, who ordered a warrant for his arrest and extradition to Israel. The recalcitrant husband was arrested and flown back to Israel, where he was placed under house arrest and ordered to appear before rabbinical court judges. When he failed to appear, he was imprisoned. Finally, after yet another rabbinical court hearing, the man vehemently refused to grant his wife a get. The Justice Ministry and Israel Police are investigating whether they have suf cient evidence to indict the husband on charges of nancial impropriety and sexual abuse of a minor. While Rabbi Maimon praised the Justice Ministry for their cooperation, sources tell The Jewish Press

that this case is not a harbinger of future detente between Israel’s secular and religious legal bodies. Prior to his appointment as deputy minister of religious affairs, Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Dahan introduced a bill in the Knesset that would allow for the extradition to Israel of any man who refuses to give his wife a get. “For 21 years, Rabbi Ben-Dahan has been ghting for the rights of women to receive divorce papers from husbands who deserted their wives. Though he was not directly involved in this particular case, he has been following the proceedings very closely and is determined to make sure that his party [Jewish Home] pushes his legislation to approval in the Knesset,” Rabbi Ben-Dahan’s spokeswoman told The Jewish Press. Rabbi Ben-Dahan’s legislation, however, faces an uphill battle in the Knesset. Even though the Jewish Home Party and Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni’s Hatenua Party are part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government, Livni has reportedly told Jewish Home of cials that she is against having her party’s MKs support Rabbi Ben-Dahan’s legislative initiative. The Jewish Press has learned that Livni allowed the extradition case to be brought to American authorities because of accusations that the husband was a pedophile, who allegedly committed these acts on members of his own family.

MLA Won’t Consider Outright Israel Boycott, But Debate Still Raises Hackles (Continued from Front Page) to the removal of two Israeli scholars from a British journal, the group adopted a resolution in 2002 calling boycotts based on nationality or ethnic origins “unfair, divisive, and inconsistent with academic freedom.” Still, activists on both sides of the issue say the success of individual boycott efforts is less important than the fact that boycotts are being discussed at all. “The mere calling for a boycott will impede the free flow of ideas,” Russell Berman, a comparative literature professor at Stanford University and a past Modern Language Association president, said on the conference call. “The calling of a boycott will have a chilling effect on academic life.” Rosemary Feal, executive director of the Modern Language Association, said what is truly alarming is the notion that just convening a panel implicates the group as anti-Israel. “It’s chilling, the idea that putting on a session is wrong, that it signi es foregone conclusions,” Feal told JTA. Samer Ali, the associate professor of Middle Eastern studies at the University of Texas in Austin who convened the panel, said the point is to shed light on Israeli practices. “I think the only tangible bene t to come out of academic boycotts of Israel (and the ASA vote, the MLA roundtable, etc.) is generating discussion about the daily effects of the occupation,” Ali wrote

in an e-mail. Far from sparking a wave of pro-boycott measures, the vote by the American Studies Association has engendered a broad backlash, with more than 100 university heads speaking out against it. “Some may argue that BDS is picking up momentum,” said Geri Palast, who directs the Israel Action Network, an initiative of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Jewish Federations of North America. “The reality is that the broad academic community is rejecting BDS in terms of its singling out one country and saying there is only one narrative. We are winning this debate.” Nelson said he would attend the BDS panel to offer his opposition before heading to a nearby hotel to speak on a panel organized by the campus group Hillel and the Israel on Campus Coalition. Notably, there were signs of disagreement between academics opposed to BDS and pro-Israel groups over how best to counter such resolutions. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, for instance, in its appeal to universities to reject the American Studies Association boycott also called on them to cut off the group. “I can understand that reaction,” said Berman. “But I don’t think I would want to elevate the principle that political statements should be grounds for academic sanctions.” (JTA)


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A Shameful Post By DAVID MANDEL Ten years ago, a young man took his life in Florida. His parents, who lived in New York, sat shiva with their other children. A journalist from a South Florida newspaper called me with questions about the suicide. His story, he said, would help educate the public and prevent similar tragic deaths, especially copycat suicides by friends. It seemed an important story to write. I conveyed to him that copycat suicides are rare, do not happen immediately, and that kids mourn for each other. I said I would be happy to discuss the issue further, but only after the family got up from shiva. It was inappropriate, I said, to write about the boy while the family was still sitting shiva. He responded that as a journalist he had an obligation to cover the story. I pressed again, telling him the mother of the boy was in serious shock and that if she read his story during shiva it could seriously affect her emotional state. David Mandel is chief executive officer of Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services.

The journalist was nonplussed. He said his obligation was to journalism more than to a mourning family. His newspaper published the story. One evening during the shiva, the grieving mother could not sleep and went online, where she read the story recounting the horrors of her son’s suicide. Sure enough, she experienced a serious emotional reaction. This crystallized for me that for some journalists, the “story” takes precedence over everything else. And no, it was not about educating the public and preventing suicide tragedies – that was merely this journalist’s entry point, a self-rationalization. The New York Post’s front-page headline on Sunday, January 5, concerning the brutal murder of Menachem Stark, reminds us of the primal motive of many journalists no matter the cost and consequence to a victim’s family and friends. A grieving widow and her young children were sitting shiva the day following Menachem Stark’s burial. The Post chose, on that very day, to run a

front-page photo of Menachem Stark dressed in chassidishe garb along with the screaming headline “Who Didn’t Want Him Dead?” With that reprehensible headline, based on allegations and unnamed sources, the Post acted as tabloid executioner, transforming a murder victim into the guilty party and tormenting his mourning family even further. This wanton “journalism” is as cruel and inhumane as are Stark’s killers. What professional obligation, what standard of journalism, did the Post meet? What value of reporting was delivered to its readership? As a result, rightful condemnation rang forth from every corner of New York City and beyond. Community leaders, elected officials, tweeters, bloggers, and others chastised the Post throughout the day. The Post’s response? “We stand by our story.” To the general public, the Post headline is soon to be forgotten and of little value. To the Stark family, it is permanently embedded in their psyche and of great emotional harm.

Obsessing Over The ‘Other’ By BRUCE BAWER Now that it’s 2014, the gates of the UK are wide open for immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria, way over at the other end of the European Union. Some Brits are concerned: will the newcomers flood the labor market? Or the welfare offices? Or both? For Britain’s leftist establishment, however, the question is a different one. As the Guardian put it the other day: “Now that Romanian and Bulgarian citizens are able to move to the UK to seek work, an alliance of Tory, Labour and Liberal Democrats has warned that politicians’ anti-Roma rhetoric is already inflaming community tensions. Has this debate helped those planning to migrate to the UK feel welcome?” To make them feel welcome or not to make them feel welcome: this is the question? For many on the European left, it most assuredly is. “Are we welcoming enough?” “Will they have a good impression of us?” We’re dealing here with people who feel what may be fairly described as a compulsion to act like store greeters – only instead of hovering in the doorway of a shop they’re standing, figuratively speaking, at the airport arrivals gate, welcoming all and sundry. Indeed, on New Year’s Day at least two of these dimwits were literally out there welcoming newcomers: Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz, a Labour MP, and Mark Reckless (not a misprint), a Tory MP, actually dragged themselves to Luton Airport to shake the hands of arriving Bulgarians and Romanians and buy them coffee. Exactly what species of psychological disorder are these people suffering from? Why are they so terribly anxious lest newcomers fail to feel sufficiently “welcomed”? Why is that even a concept? I moved from one country to another many years ago, and then from that country to another country, and in neither case did it occur to me to think about whether I was being made to feel welcome or not. I was just one more person going through customs. Nor did I want or expect to be “welcomed”: what would that entail, anyway? All I wanted was to be left alone to find my way. But that’s not enough for some of these European leftists, for whom such movements of population are shot through with profound ideological significance. For these folks, it’s almost as if their own countries are nothing more than empty vessels waiting to be filled – and given meaning – by new arrivals from distant shores. It’s as if they view themselves as little more than welcome mats on which immigrants are welcome to wipe their shoes. These folks talk a lot about the “Other” – a pivotal Bruce Bawer is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and the author of “While Europe Slept” and “Surrender.” His newest book is “The Victims’ Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind” (Broadside/HarperCollins).

notion in postmodern academic folderol. At the heart of their self-definition – at the heart of what makes them, in their own eyes, good people – is that they’re prepared to embrace all “Others” without distinction or qualification. Simply knowing that other people are “Others” is enough to make them open their arms wide. And the more “Other” those others are, the better. But this isn’t all: their twisted mentality comes with an important corollary. Since they view all of this stuff through a black-and-white, “us vs. them” lens, when they hear anybody express any concern about any aspect of immigration, they immediately attribute that concern to pure xenophobia – in other words, to a blanket hatred of the “Other.” Now, my own observations have convinced me that only a small minority of Europeans actually considers “Others” by definition a bad thing; at the same time, they know enough about certain “Others” to know that it’s wise to be wary. Too many people on the left, however, are utterly blind to these elementary rational distinctions. And so we have articles like one the Guardian ran the other day in which Paul Quinn, a social “researcher” at Brussels Free University, explained the misgivings of many Britons about the forthcoming influx of Bulgarians and Romanians as symptoms of a psychopathology: our brains, he lectured, are “hardwired” to suspect and stigmatize people who are different from us but who don’t actually represent any threat to us whatsoever. Implicit in his argument was that people like himself and typical Guardian readers – who are busy fretting about whether the newcomers from Sofia and Bucharest are being made to feel welcome – are somehow more evolved and have therefore overcome their hardwiring. So condescending was Quinn toward Brits who are concerned about this new wave of immigration that it didn’t occur to him that they might actually have done some reading and reflecting on the topic. No: his article was a perfect illustration of the fact that people like him regard people like them as mouth-breathing morons who operate on sheer herd instinct. Then there’s Queen Margrethe of Denmark. In her New Year’s speech, Margrethe brought up the mass rescue of the Danish Jews during the Nazi occupation, and observed – quite correctly – that on that occasion “Danish society showed its strength,” with gentiles from all walks of life risking their own safety to help their Jewish neighbors to escape to Sweden. But then she dared to suggest a similarity between those heroic actions and what she described as Danes’ obligation to “recognize and respect” the fact that today their country is composed of “different people with different cultures and languages.” In the past, Margrethe has been excellent on these issues, but this speech, alas, was a painfully typical example of muddy leftist pseudo-thinking about the “Other.” The facts are these: seven decades

ago, the Nazis marched into Denmark and told the gentiles there that they were fellow Aryans and that the relatively few Jews among them were the “Other” who needed to be gotten rid of. The gentile Danes knew better. The Jews were their neighbors. They were Danes. Morally, the Nazis, with their evil ideology, were the true “Other” – not an ethnic but an ideological “Other” that it would be self-destructive folly to welcome into Denmark with open arms. Today, there are quite a number of ethnic “Others” in Denmark who are grateful to live in a free country, who contribute to it, and who – far from being seen as “Others” at all – should in fact be treasured. Among them is the brave young Danish-Palestinian poet Yahya Hassan, whose blunt criticisms of Islam have made him a bestseller and have exposed him to death threats. But there are also more than a few ideological “Others” in that country (some of whom have been responsible for those death threats) whom Margrethe – following the errant logic of today’s left – would appear to be comparing to the wartime Danish Jews. Alas, the correct parallel is to the invaders who seven decades ago goose-stepped into her kingdom from the south. On New Year’s Day The New York Times served up another helping of this benighted brand of leftist logic about the “Other.” It took the form of an oped by Andrea Mammone, an Italian historian at the University of London. How, Mammone wondered aloud, can European voters support “far-right” types like Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders? For Mammone, European voters’ concern about the Islamization of Europe isn’t worth serious discussion: in his view, these voters are little better than mindless robots who – unknowingly imitating earlier generations of Europeans – are simply acting on a visceral need for “an ‘other’ to oppose, exclude, resist, restrict or oppress.” In other words, they’re the ideological heirs of the Nazis. All this leftist balderdash about the “Other” is, of course, rhetorically very useful. Instead of defending their own positions on these issues with logical, fact-based arguments (which, in many cases, is an outright impossibility), these leftists respond to their opponents by purporting to diagnose them – thus neatly leaving the impression, in the minds of impressionable and ignorant readers, that it’s those opponents who are factually and logically challenged. In reality, however, it’s the leftists who, by employing this slick dodge, neatly skirt the obligation to mount legitimate arguments for their own views. And what they manage to disguise, by doing this, is that it’s not the critics of Islam and immigration who are fixated on the “Other” – it’s these leftists themselves, whose one-note, nuance-free ideology makes even the most alarming and malignant manifestations of the “Other” hopelessly irresistible to them.


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Editorial LXV No. 2 • January 10, 2014 • 9 Shevat, 5774

The New York Post And The Stark Murder

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The New York Post’s strikingly insensitive treatment of the gruesome murder of Menachem Stark has outraged New York’s Orthodox Jewish community (as well as many non-Orthodox and non-Jewish New Yorkers), and rightly so. Even as his parents, wife and eight children were sitting shiva the tabloid graced its front page with the following: A flag declaring “Slumlord found buried in dumpster” accompanied by a large photo of a shtreimel-wearing Stark and a huge main headline asking “Who Didn’t Want Him Dead?” The story itself began with “The millionaire Hasidic slumlord found burned and suffocated in a Nassau County dumpster….” Plainly, the Post was not interested in simply telling the story of a horri c murder, which was, after all, the subject at hand. Indeed, the overall tone of the coverage suggested Stark was the victim not of assassins but of some form of rough justice. A nal retribution, as it were, administered by, or at the behest of, almost anyone from among the people with whom he interacted, including disgruntled tenants. Implicit of course was the notion that most of his ten-

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ants and business contacts were so disgruntled as to seriously want him dead. While one can argue about whether the Post’s choice of a picture of Stark in a shtreimel was gratuitous, there is no excusing the story’s introduction of Stark as a “millionaire Hasidic slumlord.” What did his chassidic status have to do with the murder? Nor is this the rst time the Post has seemingly gone out of its way to cast aspersions on chassidim; the paper routinely identi es subjects of stories as “hasids” or “hasidim,” as in an August 16, 2012 headline that screamed “Drug-Cash Rap vs. Hasid Trio.” What exactly is the point of the “Hasid” reference? The point becomes sharper if you substitute “Jewish” for “Hasid.” The Post, of course, is notorious for its willingness to stoop as low as possible in order to sell a few more papers. But it’s one thing when the paper flashes its lack of good taste in skewering politicians and celebrities and quite another when it plays up racial and religious stereotypes, particularly at a time when a number of religious Jews have been singled out for “knockout” attacks in the city.

I was absolutely floored by the grace and dignity found in every word of Batya Israel’s op-ed article on her tribulations as an agunah (“The Torah Never Intended a Get to Be a Weapon,” Jan. 3). If her heartbreaking story won’t change the fossilized mindset of those who refuse to consider the need for rabbinical leaders to once and for all put aside their petty differences and come together to formulate some way out of this mess, then I fear noting ever will. Selma Goldstein (Via E-Mail)

FDR And Religion I liked Rabbi Steven Pruzansky’s “Religion in America, Past and Present” (front-page essay, Jan. 3), especially his quotation of President Franklin Roosevelt’s announcement of the D-Day invasion and of Roosevelt’s prayer to God on that vital and pivotal occasion. So many Americans lost their lives in the D-Day battle. The president referred to them as “Our sons, the pride of our nation.” Many years ago my grandfather Samuel Solomon, who was a barber, told one of his customers about my growing interest in the Jewish religion. The customer, a World War II veteran, gave my grandfather a Bible for me that had been used by American Jewish servicemen during the war. In the endpapers there was the following message, dated March 6, 1941: “As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending the

reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul.” It was signed by President Roosevelt. Reuven (Raymond) Solomon (Via E-Mail)

More On Chazal And Science

Re the recent discussion in The Jewish Press on Rabbi Moshe Meiselman’s views concerning science-related statements by Chazal: It seems whenever there is an apparent contradiction between Torah and science, some people automatically question the veracity of the Torah. But is science always right? Hardly. There are ample revisions, errors and even outright fraud in science for one to rst investigate the accuracy of science. One example of how wrong science can sometimes be is the discovery of “dark energy.” After decades of being certain that the universe’s expansion was slowing down, scientists in the 1990s discovered it was speeding up. They named this outward force dark energy. The expansion of the universe is the foundation of cosmological physics, yet no one has any idea what dark en-

ergy is or whether it even exists. Another example is the longheld belief that radioactive decay is constant. This notion has been thrown into turmoil by experiments in 2006 by Professor Claus Rolfs of Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany. Prof. Rolfs showed that radioactive decay can be greatly accelerated under certain conditions. That means a fossil dated as being millions of years old could conceivably be only thousands of years old. One of the numerous cases of scienti c fraud is that of Dr. Yoshitaka Fujii, a Japanese researcher in anesthesiology who held an M.D. degree. In 2012 it was discovered he fabricated data in some 172 scienti c papers. Obviously, science, like any other eld, has its share of bad apples. The point is that to reflexively doubt the Torah when it disagrees with science is plain and simple bias. An honest search for the truth would dictate, at the very least, equal scrutiny of science. There are enough discrepancies between scienti c dogma and scienti c facts for one to thoroughly investigate science before questioning the Torah. Josh Greenberger Brooklyn, NY Editor’s Note: Mr. Greenberger is the author of The VBang: How the Universe Began (Cambridge International Science Publishing).

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Avigdor Lieberman’s Nuanced Insight By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

Even in Israel’s roughhouse political scene, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is the proverbial bull in a china shop. The general assumption is that Lieberman, who does not speak fluent English and has a tough-guy political xer image dating back to his origins in the former Soviet Union, can’t be trusted to deal with nuanced issues. Prime Minister Netanyahu stripped him of any responsibility for relations with the United States as well as the peace process with the Palestinians when he assumed this crucial Cabinet post. But though Lieberman’s signi cance has more to do with domestic Israeli politics, occasionally he says things that show us he has a better grasp of the situation than those who often put him down as being out of his depth. That happened Sunday when Lieberman addressed a conference of Israeli diplomats in Jerusalem. As Barak Ravid wrote in Haaretz, “Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday that Israel must accept U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposal for a framework agreement with the Palestinians since ‘any other proposal from the international community won’t be as good.’ ” Though that is not what much of the Israeli right wants to hear, it does not mean Lieberman is drifting to the left. The minister also noted that although he supports Kerry’s efforts to achieve a comprehensive peace, he and his party will never support an agreement that does not involve an Israeli surrender of territory inside the 1967 lines where Arabs predominate, a position that has been called racist by his opponents. But rather than dismissing this as a poison pill that will, like the Palestinian claim to the “right of reJonathan S. Tobin is senior online editor of Commentary magazine and chief political blogger at www.commentarymagazine.com, where this first appeared. He can be reached via e-mail at jtobin@ commentarymagazine.com.

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turn” for the descendants of the 1948 refugees, ensure that peace will never be achieved, Lieberman’s critics should listen closely to what he says. Lieberman has repeatedly dismissed the Palestinian Authority and its leadership as not being a peace partner, yet he praised the secretary of state for his work in trying to get them to recognize Israel as a Jewish state – a formulation synonymous with accepting the end of the conflict. Kerry’s pursuit of an agreement is a mistake at this point because of the division between the Fatah-controlled West Bank and Hamas-controlled Gaza. It’s also foolish to think that any group of Palestinian leaders can sell their people on genuine peace on any terms in the absence of a sea change in opinion that will enable them to let go of an existential conflict that is integral to their identity as a people. Nor should Israelis regard the Obama administration’s tilt toward the Palestinians on the issues of territory and Jerusalem with complacency. Peace process enthusiasts who prefer to ignore the truth about the Palestinians consider such views intemperate. Yet Lieberman is correct when he notes that Kerry’s acceptance of Israel’s demand that the PA accept Israel as a Jewish state – something its leader Mahmoud Abbas has sworn he will never do – is a victory of sorts. That is something Israel cannot expect to hear, as Lieberman notes, from anyone else in the international community. Yet it is likely that Lieberman’s resurrection of his party’s proposal for trading the “triangle” of Arab towns adjacent to the “green line” in Israel’s central region will cause his usual detractors to dismiss him as someone seeking to sabotage chances for peace. But while it is dif cult to imagine this ever happening, it is possible that this seemingly radical idea may not be as unreasonable as some think. After all, if it is a given that peace requires some Israelis to be turned out of their homes in communities in the West Bank and that other such settle-

ments in blocs close to the pre-1967 lines should be incorporated into the Jewish state in exchange for other Israeli territory, why should that swap involve areas where people who now call themselves Palestinians rather than “Israeli Arabs” predominate? There are two reasons that explain why the Palestinians refuse even to consider, must less to discuss this proposal. One is that their notion of swaps is so minimal as to be insigni cant. Even if one assumes that the PA is serious about wanting peace – something that its ongoing policy of honoring terrorists who have murdered Israeli civilians and fomenting hatred against Israel and Jews renders not credible – it has shown little willingness to accept a map based more on demographic reality than a rigid insistence on the 1967 lines. The other is that their goal is not to have two states for two peoples, the concept Obama, Kerry, and the Israelis have discussed, but a Jew-free Palestinian Arab state on one side of the border and a mixed Jewish-Arab nation on the other whose balance would be altered by an influx of millions of Arabs, vastly overwhelming the Jewish majority and, in the bargain, expunging the explicitly Jewish state the United Nations voted to establish in 1947. While some Israelis have spoken of accepting a token number of these so-called refugees, Lieberman is right to refuse a single one, a stance justi ed by the international community’s unwillingness to recognize that an equal number of Jewish refugees from the Arab and Muslim world lost their homes after 1948. Rather than dismissing Lieberman, perhaps Kerry should be listening closely to the foreign minister’s insights. Until the Palestinians can be convinced to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and negotiate a deal that would truly be a solution of two states for two peoples, Kerry’s peace efforts will remain a fool’s errand.


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What Were We Thinking? By ARI LAPIN

Ari Lapin is a medical student and entrepreneur who writes on Torah issues, politics and culture, and his experiences in the never dull world of shidduchim. He can be reached via www.arilapin.com.

the Rebbe Akivas and Rachels among us, have we attained such heights of hubris as to believe that our chinuch produces no other product? Our girls have been trained, en masse with no regard for whether or not they are suited for such a lifestyle, to ignore, repress and reject every urge they have for self-preservation. How our educators have managed to overcome thousands of years of maternal instinct and biological imperative boggles the mind and should inspire vast amounts of research by anyone with totalitarian ambitions. We have arrived at a point where single men defer leaving yeshiva to attend college or begin working because they fear the negative impact this will have on their shidduch prospects! This is worlds away from the model demonstrated for us by Yaakov Avinu. The Seforno explains (Bereishis 29:18) that Yaakov offered to work for Rachel for seven years because he had arrived at Lavan’s home penniless and without a means of supporting a wife and children, and “there is no doubt that a tzaddik wouldn’t marry a wife and raise children without the means of supporting them.” We are doing these young women and men a grave injustice. Entrusted with their education we have extolled a lifestyle that is antithetical to Torah and condemns many of them to a life of financial difficulty. Many studies reveal that a primary cause of marital conflict is financial stress. Today, with marriage under attack on multiple fronts, do we truly feel comfortable adding the virtual certainty of monetary difficulties to the many challenges already facing married couples? Sowing the seeds of marital destitution and dissent, we saddle our women with the curse of Adam

in addition to the curse of Chava. Who is held accountable when these young women are exposed to the harsh light of reality as they struggle to act as mother, wife and breadwinner with a husband who, even if he desired to assist in supporting his family, has none of the prerequisite experience or education? Isn’t it time to admit we have extended proper motivations to the point of absurdity? The Ohr HaChaim (Shemos 18:21) questions why it was necessary for Yisro to be the one who advised Moshe Rabbeinu to establish a system of courts. After all, this suggests a lack of wisdom among Bnei Yisrael as no member of the tribe had arrived at such a solution. Not only that, but the Torah portion in which we are given the Aseres Hadibros is named after this newcomer! He answers that this advice had to come through Yisro to teach future generations that Jews have no monopoly on intelligence and that we should seek wisdom from all sources. There are many faults and flaws in modern, secular culture, and it is as astounding that we would need to turn to outside wisdom for this truth as it was in the case of Yisro, but can you imagine the reaction of single women in secular society who despair of ever finding a working man if they knew we were actively encouraging our daughters to seek men who have no means of supporting them? We have become so accustomed to the situation that, like the proverbial frog in the boiling water, we fail to recognize how unnatural and dangerous it is. Throughout the ages, society – Jewish and non-Jewish – has recognized the obvious insanity of such a course. Why don’t we?

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By Naomi Klass Mauer Dear Dad, You have been a role model and an inspiration to us from as far back as I can remember. When Hindy and I were very young we only saw you on Shabbos. Those were the lean years, when you were working practically around the clock just to make a living. Of course, to you “making a living” didn’t mean only supporting your immediate family. You carried your whole family on your shoulders – your parents, your brothers and sister and their families, and Mom’s father and sister as well.

But on Shabbos you were like a king at our table. We were young girls but we thrilled to your Torah stories from the parshah, from the Midrash, from the gaonim and from the Gemara. When you weren’t sitting with us at the table you were in your den learning Gemara. Every Shabbos afternoon for well over 50 years you walked to the Young Israel of Brighton Beach where you gave a Gemara shiur. So what did Hindy and I learn from all this? We learned to love the Torah and its way of life and to appreciate dedication to its study. We also learned a work ethic. We learned how hard a person has to work to support his family, but even more than that we learned to appreciate what family means and how important it is to take care of each other. The years passed and as we grew up you were just beginning to realize another of your passions – doing something for Klal Yisrael. You had been in the newspaper business for quite some time with the Brooklyn Weekly but when you saw your chance to follow your dream you grabbed it and started The Jewish Press.

Your goal was to have a weekly newspaper in English that would spread Torah, help Jews wherever they were, and support Israel. In those years, yours was the only one. There was only one Jewish Press and everyone read it. Jews who had trouble with the Sunday blue laws (Jews who closed their businesses on Shabbos but could not open on Sunday) turned to The Jewish Press for help. Jews who faced discrimination in the workplace because they had to leave early for Shabbos observance looked to The Jewish Press for help. The list of causes was a long one, and you reached out to politicians and found a way to make a difference. I still meet people today who tell me that because of The Jewish Press they kept their job or were helped in some other way. Best of all are those who tell me that through the Torah pages of The Jewish Press they became observant. You also championed the cause of the agunah and were instrumental in freeing some agunot. This is something The Jewish Press is still doing to this day. When it came to politics you were definitely right wing regarding Israel. You championed Torah articles and gave young Torah Vodaath students a platform in your newspaper. And we learned from you how important it is to take a stand on issues that affect our people and our homeland. Outspoken personalities such as Rabbi Meir Kahane, Hy”d, and Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis became known to the public through the pages of The Jewish Press. Rebbetzin Jungreis is still writing her very popular column for us. Your grandchildren felt the strong influence both you and Mom had on our lives. Your grandsons and granddaughters take joy in learning Torah and some of them (girls as well as boys) give Torah classes. It was as a result of your always asking “Avu shtayt?” (“Where is it written?”) that my sons were well aware they had better know chapter and verse when giving a dvar Torah. Your grandchildren all married and established Torah homes, both here and in Israel. Every one of them would make you very proud. All of them are connected in some way with The Jewish Press, just as you dreamed. Your great-grandchildren are studying in yeshivot both in Israel and in New York. Those who have married have also set up Torah homes, so the chain continues. Your great-grandson Rabbi Raphael Fuchs started a Torah magazine called KUNTRIS. Oh, the naches you would get reading this scholarly publication. Finally, I am working very hard with your son-inlaw Jerry Greenwald and our very fine staff to carry on your legacy at The Jewish Press, upholding your values of Torah, avodah, and gemilut chassadim. We pray that the family you and Mom started will always make you proud and that our every act will elevate your neshamah higher and higher, as you remain a true meilitz yosher for all of us.

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The Gush Etzion Doctor Who Makes House Calls in Palestinian Villages By Anav Silverman

Photo: Natan Epstein, Tazpit News Agency

WADI NIS, ISRAEL – On a day when snow still patients a day, providing emergency care, radiology, covers the Judean hills, a Jewish doctor from Efrat pharmacy, and women’s health services. In total, EEMC provides medical care to about drives into the Wadi Nis Palestinian village. He is 50,000 people from the Gush Etzion-Hebron area. greeted by the locals with smiles and warm hellos. “There have always been good neighborly rela“There’s the doctor,” says one woman to another as Dr. Yitzchak Glick lowers his car window to tions between many of the local Palestinians and say hello. To the villagers of Wadi Nis and six other the community of Efrat,” says Dr. Glick. “In the medical field, doctors are used to treating Palestinian villages in the Gush Etzion region, the kippah-wearing Dr. Glick is a familiar and welcome patients from all walks of life. Here in Gush Etzion, face. This U.S.-born doctor, who made aliyah with it’s no different – everyone is treated with respect his parents in 1974, makes personal house calls ev- and accorded quality medical care.” The doctor is also well known for his treatment ery week, providing medical treatment free of charge of Israeli terror and traffic accident victims, arto Palestinian patients. When Dr. Glick sees Muhammad, a construc- riving first on scene. He received the Presidential tion worker he treated for injuries from a fall from a Award for Volunteerism from President Shimon building a couple of years ago, he stops and gets out Peres in 2009 and the Moskowitz Prize for Zionof the car. Wearing a red and white keffiyeh head- ism in 2012. Dr. Glick, along with his right-hand man and dress, Muhammad greets Dr. Glick with a hug and EEMC development manager Yossi Hass, describes the two converse like old friends. “The people here don’t forget what I and oth- how, during the recent snowstorm in Efrat, an amer doctors from Efrat have done,” Glick says. “From treating expectant mothers and providing free medicine to saving lives, you become part of their families.” The connection runs so deep that the Arab villagers have alerted Efrat authorities on several occasions against terror cells that were approaching the Jewish enclave. But Glick, a religious Zionist, doesn’t only provide medical care to Palestinians in the vicinity of their homes. In 2000, the Efrat doctor, who also travels once a month to the U.S. to work in a hospital emergency room in Cleveland, founded the Efrat Emergency Medical Center (EEMC) during the Second Intifada. Glick has been serving as the center’s medical director, in a voluntary capacity, for nearly 14 years. The medical center serves both Israelis and Palestinians in Gush Etzion, Dr. Yitz Glick in front of the Palestinian village he visits every week. treating anywhere from 50 to 100

bulance volunteer discovered a Palestinian suffering from hypothermia in the Hebron area. The volunteer brought the man to the medical center, where he was treated and remained through the snowy night. “There are so many stories like this that happen daily,” said Dr. Glick. “They show another side of reality – here, Jewish and Arab residents live together and do their best for each other.” According to Nave Dromi, a spokesperson for Blue&White Human Rights, the general public, both in Israel and abroad, has little or no awareness of such coexistence initiatives. “It is little known to even many Israelis, that there are Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria who ensure human rights for all the citizens in the region, specifically for Palestinians,” says Dromi. Established by the Institute for Zionist Strategies, Blue&White Human Rights works to provide equal medical care to Palestinians and to educate the public about the co-existence initiatives in the area. “There is a completely different side to the politics and conflict that mainstream media choose to cover in Judea and Samaria,” Dromi explains, adding, “Politics has no place in the field of medicine and healthcare, and Jewish doctors take care of ‘the other’ every day.” Indeed, Dr. Glick, a father of five who has been a resident of Efrat for 20 years, believes “the universe is big enough for all of us here.” Pointing to the Rami Levy supermarket where local Jews and Palestinians work and shop, Dr. Glick says, “We go shopping for food together, we buy gas for our vehicles together, we get the same medical care and we work together – Jewish and Palestinian residents share a way of life in Gush Etzion.” “We aren’t going anywhere and they aren’t going anywhere,” he says. “We are all here to stay.” (Tazpit News Agency)

Meet The Bureaucrat Who Decides Who Can Marry In Israel By Ben Sales JERUSALEM – To be married in Israel, immigrants must prove their Jewish ancestry to the country’s Chief Rabbinate. Couples can solicit a letter from their hometown rabbis or present their parents’ Jewish marriage contracts. Sometimes they even bring a Yiddish-speaking grandmother before a rabbinical court. In the end, every claim has to pass through one man: a midlevel bureaucrat named Itamar Tubul. Tubul, 35, is the soft-spoken rabbi who heads the Chief Rabbinate’s personal status division – a job that places him at the center of a brewing crisis between the Chief Rabbinate and the American Modern Orthodox community. In October, Tubul rejected a proof-of-Judaism letter from a prominent liberal Orthodox rabbi, Avi Weiss. The move sparked widespread outrage that Rabbi Weiss, a longtime synagogue leader in New York who had vouched for the Jewishness of many Israeli immigrants in the past, was suddenly having his reliability called into question. Tubul rejected the letter from Rabbi Weiss after two members of the Rabbinical Council of America, the Modern Orthodox rabbinic organization of which Weiss is a longstanding member, questioned Weiss’s commitment to Orthodox Jewish law. “They said there were problems with his worldview,” Tubul told JTA. “His system raised doubts regarding his non-deviation from what is accepted in matters of proof of Judaism and personal status.” The Chief Rabbinate says it is considering whether it can trust Rabbi Weiss, who has pioneered a number of controversial innovations in the Orthodox world, most recently with his decision to ordain women as clergy through a new religious seminary called Yeshivat Maharat.

Critics say the process for evaluating American rabbis lacks transparency and objective standards. To make his recommendations, Tubul relies on a network of personal contacts. His first step is to confer with judges on nine U.S. rabbinical courts approved by the Chief Rabbinate. If the judges don’t know the rabbi in question or doubt his credentials, they refer Tubul to local colleagues. After soliciting their recommendations, Tubul accepts or rejects the letter. “There aren’t enough checks and balances in the system,” said Rabbi Seth Farber, the founder of Itim, an Israeli organization that guides couples through the Chief Rabbinate’s bureaucracy. “This is all capricious. It’s all who they happen to know. That’s not a way to run a state.” Tubul told JTA that he corresponds with at least three rabbis regarding every American letter he investigates and never rejects a letter based solely on an initial negative recommendation. “We check every possibility to complete the puzzle,” he said. “If someone says you can’t trust [a letter], we don’t reject it. Sometimes there are interested parties that we don’t want to deal with, so we investigate further.” In the wake of the Weiss decision, the Chief Rabbinate has entered negotiations to give the RCA more say in the evaluation process. According to a draft agreement obtained by JTA, the Chief Rabbinate will consult with the RCA on every questionable letter before making a decision. In addition, the RCA would provide the Chief Rabbinate with a list of rabbis accredited to give proofs of Judaism, marriage and divorce. “For the Chief Rabbinate to rely more formally on the RCA for approval of these letters is a question of

helping the process along,” Rabbi Mark Dratch, the council’s executive vice president, told JTA. “Cooperation will help both sides be able to serve more appropriately and prevent the kind of embarrassment that exists from time to time.” The RCA does not have the power to override Tubul’s decisions. Rabbinate spokesman Ziv Maor told JTA that the RCA will be a partner in the process, but final authority will still rest with Tubul. Nothing in the draft precludes individuals within the RCA from conveying their concerns about particular rabbis directly to the Chief Rabbinate. And while Rabbi Dratch told JTA that the organization stands by Rabbi Weiss’s authority to vouch for Jewishness, he acknowledged that most of the group’s members do not support Rabbi Weiss’s various innovations. “A majority of RCA members feel that some of his decisions are pushing the halachic red line or beyond that,” Rabbi Dratch said. “Our goal is to be able to support the rabbis of the RCA, to be able to make sure that their letters are accepted by the Chief Rabbinate’s office.” It’s unclear whether the reforms being developed will satisfy the Chief Rabbinate’s critics, Rabbi Weiss included. His lawyer in Israel, Assaf Benmelech, told JTA that further formalizing the process could end up creating unnecessary bureaucracy. Better, Benmelech said, for the Chief Rabbinate to simply take a wider view of who counts as Orthodox. “When you have a known rabbi who knows Jewish law, he should be trustworthy,” he said. “To place formal boundaries is stupid. It’s all about personal trust.” (JTA)


Rav Soloveitchik On The Chumash: Permission To Sing To Hashem By Rabbi Joshua Rapps This article is a transcription and adaptation of a lecture on Chumash by Rav Joseph Ber Soloveitchik, zt”l. The Rav’s unique perspective on Chumash permeated many of the shiurim and lectures he presented at various venues over a 40 plus year period. His words add an important perspective that makes the Chumash in particular, and our tradition in general, vibrant and relevant to our generation. “Ashirah la’Hashem ki ga’oh ga’ah” (Shemos 15:1). Rashi offers several interpretations of this verse. The first is from Unkelus, who explains the verse as “I will sing to Hashem because (or since) he is above all.” Rashi adds an additional interpretation: the praise that is appropriate to offer Hashem is infinite and always incomplete due to human limitations. This is in contradistinction to praise offered to a mortal king who is lionized even though he is found lacking in value and not truly deserving of admiration. According to the second interpretation, Moshe was indicating that Bnei Yisrael lacked the ability to adequately express praise to Hashem. This is the same concept found in the Gemara (Megillah 25a) that restricts our praise of Hashem in Shemoneh Esrei to “hakel hagadol hagibor vehanorah (“the great, mighty and awesome God”).” This limitation is so stringent that anyone who adds praises of Hashem beyond that which the Anshei Kneses Hagedolah established is viewed negatively, based on the verse in Tehillim: “L’chah dumiah tehillah” (Megillah 18a). The second interpretation of Rashi defines the word ki as “even though” or “despite” (similar to the use of ki in “ki karov hu” (Shemos 13:17), that Hashem did not lead Bnei Yisrael through the Land of Pelishtim even though it was closer). The pasuk is saying that I will sing to Hashem even though He is exalted above all and I can’t possibly adequately express all His praises. Based on the above mentioned restriction that circumscribes the format of praise we may offer Hashem, the Rav asked: How did Bnei Yisrael and Moshe have the right to offer the additional praise of Shiras Hayam (The Song of the Sea in this week’s parshah that begins “Az yashir Moshe…”)? The Gemara (Megillah 25a, Berachos 33b) says that had the Anshei Kneses Hagedolah not incorporated the

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words “hakel hagadol hagibor vehanorah” into Shemoneh Esrei, we would not have been able to utter even these words of praise to Hashem. Their license to incorporate these words was based on Moshe’s use of this phrase to praise Hashem (Devarim 10:17). However we still need to understand the fundamental source of permission (the “matir”) to pray, on which even Moshe relied to utter these praises. The Rav offered three suggestions of the matir of shira, each derived from Shiras Moshe (Note: The Rav used tefillah and shira (song of praise) interchangeably in much of this shiur): The first explanation is based on the Rambam (Note: The Rav mentioned Hilchos Berachos but did not specify which halachah. See 1:3.). Man has an instinctive need to give thanks and recognition to someone who performs an act of kindness towards him. As pertains to Hashem, this natural urge is translated into praise to Hashem for all His acts of kindness that He does for man on a continuous basis. Limited man is generally enjoined from praising Hashem because he cannot complete the praise of Hashem in its entirety. However, at that moment on the banks of the Yam Suf, Moshe and Bnei Yisrael were incapable of controlling their need to sing the praise of Hashem in recognition of His many miracles and acts of kindness towards them. Bnei Yisrael were driven by an uncontrollable urge to recite shira and thank Hashem that could not be stifled (similar to the uncontrollable urge felt by Joseph when he revealed himself to his brothers). This overwhelming need to thank Hashem is also the basis of permission (matir) for our tefillos in general. Man is distinguished from the animal kingdom by his ability and need to pray. Even though man recognizes the inadequacy of his tefillah before he even offers them (“ki ga’oh ga’ah”), he instinctively must offer them anyway (“Azi vezimras Kah”). This uncontrollable need to thank Hashem serves as the matir for shira and tefillah. The Rav offered a second suggestion as to the matir for Shiras Hayam: How did Moshe know that shira is permissible? Shiras Hayam required a precedent. Moshe had a tradition dating back to Avraham Avinu that the Jewish na-

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NSA Review Group Member Sanctions Limited Spying On Americans It is “reasonable” for law enforcement officials to decide whether to place a tracking device on the car of a private citizen, one of the five members of President Obama’s NSA review group charged with recommending surveillance policy has argued. University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone addressed the tracking issue in a February 12, 2012, Stanford Law Review article entitled, “A Reasonableness Approach to Searches After the Jones GPS Tracking Case.” The Jones case centered on a private citizen, Antoine Jones, who was suspected of drug trafficking. Police had received a warrant to attach a GPS device to Jones’a car for a limited period of time, but then exceeded the warrant by tracking him for another month and beyond the geography limited in the warrant. The case went to the Supreme Court, which sided with Jones’s attorneys, who had argued that the police trespassed on private property – Jones’ car – and had conducted an unreasonable search against the constraints of the Fourth Amendment. In his brief, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote to the police: “[I]f you win this case, then there is nothing to prevent the police or the government from monitoring 24 hours a day the public movement of every citizen of the United States.” “[I]f you win, you suddenly produce what sounds like 1984…” Justice Sonia Sotomayor warned about “the government’s unrestrained power to assemble data” and its “unfettered discretion” to track citizens, which “may ‘alter the relationship between citizen and government in a way that is inimical to democratic society.’” However, Stone took issue with the Supreme Court ruling. According to Stone’s plan for tracking, “The reasonableness of procedures for GPS tracking or other searches would be assessed by law enforcement initially. Courts would test that reasonableness only in a concrete case, after surveillance was conducted pursuant to the procedures.” Stone is just one of several controversial figures on Obama’s NSA review panel. The panel includes Cass Sunstein, a controversial former administration official who once advocated that government agents infiltrate chat rooms and online social networks to stop so-called conspiracy theorizing. Also on the panel is Mike Morell, a former CIA official fingered in the scandal surrounding the White House’s edited Benghazi talking points. Released Terrorists Back At Work Recent terrorist incidents in Israel were orchestrated in part by jihadists freed by the Jewish state in the prisoner exchange that saw the release of captured Israeli solider Gilad Shalit, according to inAaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 7-9 p.m. His website is KleinOnline.com.

formed Middle Eastern security officials. The officials did not specify which jihadists were involved, but they said there is information that Hamas terrorists released in the 2011 deal helped to plan last month’s thwarted bus bombing in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam. The same terrorist apparatus was behind the planning of several other recent attacks, including attempts last week to plant bombs near the GazaIsrael border and the stabbing of an Israeli police officer in the West Bank. The deal between Israel and Hamas that saw the release of Shalit called for the freedom of 1,027 Palestinian and Israeli Arab prisoners, including terrorists directly responsible for the murder of Jews. The first phase of the deal was executed in October 2011, when Israel released 450 prisoners, transferring some to the West Bank and Gaza while others were exiled abroad. According to defense officials, Hamas contracted a semi-independent group, called the Popular Resistance Committees, and another group, Jihadiya Salafia, to carry out the recent thwarted attacks. New York Times Admits Possible Error Regarding Syrian Chemical Attack After publishing an influential analysis in September that claimed a missile carrying chemical weapons was fired from a Syrian military complex, the New York Times just reported on a new study that, if accurate, would make its analysis an impossibility. The details are critical because the original study was utilized by the Obama administration in its accusation that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had committed atrocities against civilians. On Sept. 17, the Times utilized data released by the United Nations to conduct its own analysis pinpointing the origin of a reported chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21. The attack killed hundreds, including children. The UN report stated its investigation of munitions showed at least two kinds of rockets had been used, an M14 artillery rocket and an unidentified 330-millimeter rocket. The Times used the UN data and the known distance the rockets can travel – some up to 20 kilometers – to conclude that the origin “pointed directly” to a Syrian military complex. Reported the Times: “When plotted and marked independently on maps by analysts from Human Rights Watch and by The New York Times, the United Nations data from two widely scattered impact sites pointed directly to a Syrian military complex.” On Saturday, however, the Times reported on a new study that showed the rockets used had a range of only about three kilometers – far less than the distance assumed by the newspaper’s original analysis putting the Syrian military complex “directly” within range. The new study was conducted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Theodore A. Postol and Richard M. Lloyd, an analyst at Tesla Laboratories, a military contractor. The Times admitted in the new article about the study that its own trajectory analysis from September based on the original UN data could have been wrong. The Times reported the new, smaller range “would be less than the ranges of more than nine kilometers calculated separately by The New York Times and Human Rights Watch in mid-September, after the United States had dropped its push for a military strike.”

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Must Women Eat Three Meals On Shabbos? The Gemara in Shabbos 117b derives from a pasuk in this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parshah regarding the falling of the mun that we are obligated to eat three seudos on Shabbos. The Gemara there also brings from another pasuk in this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parshah that at each seudah we are obligated to break bread on two loaves. This is known as lechem mishneh. Generally women are exempt from mitzvos assei sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;hazman grama (time-sensitive mitzvos). Although the obligation to eat both three seudos and lechem mishneh are mitzvos assei sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;hazman grama, nonetheless the Ran on that Gemara (44 dafei haRiff) quotes Rabbeinu Tam, who says that women are obligated in both of these mitzvos because of the rule of af haâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;im hayu bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;osah haneis â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they too were involved in the miracle. The Ran there says that it is not necessary to obligate women as a result of the rule of af haâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;im hayu bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;osah haneis because the Gemara in Berachos 20b derives from a hekish that regarding all obligations of Shabbos women are obligated just like men. The Kapos Temarim, in Sukkah 38a, defends Rabbeinu Tamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opinion and explains that it is necessary to draw from the rule of af haâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;im hayu bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;osah haneis that women are obligated in eating three seudos with lechem mishneh. He explains that the hekish that the Gemara in Berachos makes only regards S all ads don t or ou re reading t is obligating women in Kiddush, not on all other obligations on Shabbos. one There is a machlokes Rishonim regarding the halacha that women are obligated in mitzvos that af haâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;im hayu bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;osah haneis. Several Rishonim opine that it applies to women regardless of the level of their involvement in the miracle. The mere fact that they were saved is sufficient to obligate them in a mitzvah that is associated with that miracle. The Rashbam, in Pesachim 108b, says that the halacha of af haâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;im hayu bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;osah haneis only applies when the women played an active role in bringing about the salvation. Regarding the obliFISH PREPARED ANY WAY YOU LIKE IT gation to drink four cups Baked s Broiled s Fried s Grilled of wine, where we apply the halacha of af haâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;im hayu bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;osah haneis, the TAKEOUT DEPT ALL WEEK SUPER TUESDAY Rashbam explains that SPECIALS SUPER SPECIALS SPECIALS the Gemara in Sotah 11b says that the salvation Family Pack Fried Fresh Atlantic came about in the merit Fresh Atlantic $ $ ÂŹLB Salmon ÂŹLB Salmon ÂŹLB Tilapia of the righteous women. Concerning the obligaWhole Baby $ÂŹLB $ Homemade tion to hear Megillas EsÂŹLB Salmon Flounder $ ther, the salvation came ÂŹLB Fresh Tilapia $ Nuggets about through Esther â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ÂŹLB who was a woman. Similarly, regarding ChanuK LV ) HU kah, Yehudis played an VK UH ) QG Ĺ&#x2019;<RXĹ&#x201C;OORQO\IL active role in the salvaĹ&#x201C; DQ tion. FH 2 LQWKH Based on this, opinion how can we understand why women are obligats LARGE VARIETY IE OF FRESH FISH DAILY 2 VEGETABLE ed to eat three seudos and s ALL OUR PRODUCTS ARE PREPARED PARVE SUSHI ROLLS lechem mishneh on Shabbos if women did not play s CATERING AVAILABLE FOR ALL OCCASIONS a significant role in the BRISIM, SHEVA BRACHOS ETC. WITH PURCHASE OF miracle of the mun? ÂŹ/&ÂŹ&2%3(ÂŹ&)3( s RETAIL - WHOLESALE Perhaps we can suggest that the RashWE PROVIDE MEALS FOR SCHOOLS/ We Are bam would opine in acNow Also Und YESHIVAS/ ORGANIZATIONS er cordance with the Ran, The Strict Supe rvision s TAKEOUT READY MEALS TO GO namely that it is unnecof the CRC essary to derive from the sÂŹ,5.#(ÂŹ/2ÂŹ$)..%2ÂŹ-%!,3ÂŹ4/ÂŹ'/ÂŹ&/2ÂŹ halacha of af haâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;im hayu (INCLUDES FISH & 2 SIDE DISHES) bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;osah haneis in order to obligate women to eat (NO MINIMUM) three seudos with lechem mishneh. Since wom-

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RABBI BEN TZION SHAFIER

The Merit Of Trusting Hashem And Hashem said to Moshe, “Why shout at Me? Speak to the Jewish people and they should cross. – Shemos 14:15 After months of witnessing the hand of Hashem, the entire Jewish nation – three million strong – marched out from slavery to freedom with flourish and fanfare. Escorted by clouds of glory, walking through a desert made smooth by overt miracles, they traveled as one. It seemed the troubles of the Jewish people were nally behind them, and they were being escorted to their nal redemption – until the clouds directed them to a dead end: the sea. Stopping there, the Jewish people looked up and saw Mitzrayim chasing after them. With nowhere to turn, they waited while Moshe called out to Hashem. Hashem answered back, “Moshe, why do you cry out to Me? Speak to the Jewish people and let them travel.” At that point, the entire nation crossed the Yam Suf. Rashi is bothered by the expression Hashem used: “the Jews need only travel.” What did Hashem mean by that? How could they travel when an entire sea was in the way? Rashi explains that Hashem was saying there is nothing that will stop Klal Yisrael because they are worthy of the greatest miracles ever known to man. Rashi then enumerates the reasons they are so worthy. 1. The merit of the Avos. 2. Their own merit. 3. The merit of the trust they had in Hashem at that moment. The dif culty with this Rashi is that he lists all three reasons in same breath as if they are equal, and clearly they aren’t. The rst two, the merit of the Avos and the Jews’ own merit, refer to overall perfection across the gamut of human activity. The Avos were living, breathing Sifrei Torah. We learn from their every action and thought. Their combined merit is hard to imagine. And even the second cause, the merit of the entire Jewish people, was stupendous. While not every member had remained on the highest level, as a nation they had remained loyal to Hashem. After spending months witnessing Hashem’s direct involvement in their lives, they had grown to great levels across many different areas: chesed, emunah, ahavas Yisrael, emes. How can we compare one single aspect – their trust in Hashem – to the merit of the Avos or to the merit of all their actions put together? It would seem to be dwarfed by comparison. Yet Rashi put these together as if they are all equal reasons why Hashem would create miracles for the Jewish people. Hashem’s Involvement in the World The answer to this question is based on understanding Hashem’s relationship to this world. Chovos HaLevavos explains that because Hashem created this world, He feels a responsibility, if it could be, to sustain it. Much like if I invite you to my home, it is my obligation as host to take care of your needs, so too Hashem feels almost obliged to support all of His creations. However, there are different levels to Hashem’s direct involvement in the running of this world, what the sefer Derech Hashem calls “hashgacha klalis” and “hashgacha pratis.” Hashgacha klalis, or general intervention, refers to Hashem’s involvement in the “big picture” issues: famine, war, epidemics, natural catastrophes, and maintaining the multitude of systems that allow for life as we know it. It is a given that Hashem is constantly involved in the running of this world at that level. However, the speci c details and the day-to-day running of the world Hashem has given over to a host of forces He created and maintains but allows to actually carry out the laws He set. These forces determine much of what befalls humanity. Hashgacha Pratis, or personal intervention, is very different. This refers to Hashem’s personal in-

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Overflow Crowd Attends Anti-Missionary Kinnus An overflow crowd attended a kinnus held last week at the Brooklyn Jewish Xperience (BJX) entitled “Da Ma Sh’Tashuv.” The impetus for the event was the recent completion of a $5 million Flatbush facility with the speci c goal of proselytizing Jews to accept Jesus. Two large video screens were strategically placed in BJX in order for every participant to be able to hear and see the keynote speakers. Additionally, a live video hookup was arranged in the shul next door to accommodate the large overflow crowd who came to participate in this Kinnus l’Shem Shamayim.

The rav of BJX, Rav Yitzchok Fingerer, using a range of Torah sources, explained how these missionaries take the Torah’s verses out of context and corrupt the truth. Tuvia Singer, a renowned counter-missionary expert and director of Outreach Judaism, enthralled the audience with his humor and delivery. He explained why these missionaries are so bent on winning over fellow Jews, analyzed verses from Tanach and presented counter-missionary answers. He then asked the audience to ask him any question from anywhere in Tanach. Rabbi Mordechai Tokarsky, the di-

A portion of the audience at the kinnus.

The Kinnus was broken up into three segments. The audience was instructed to be aware of people who may not be spiritually strong and may be more vulnerable and susceptible. Next the audience viewed a brief movie of the missionaries’ clearly de ned agenda and the existential threat they present. The Talmud states that anyone who saves or helps to keep even one Jew, it is as if he saved an entire world. In contrast, if even one fellow Jew is lost to these missionaries, it is as if an entire world was lost. This point became clear when it was learned that the founder of this missionary group is a Jew, born and raised in Brooklyn, who was himself searching, vulnerable and susceptible. Today, he heads this Flatbush facility and has missionary centers trying to convert his fellow Jews in 17 other countries, including Israel.

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rector of RAJE was the event’s nal speaker. He passionately pleaded with the audience to do more to reach out to their fellow Jews. He explained that the urgency to reach out is extremely timesensitive: either we bring searching and vulnerable fellow Jews to Judaism or the missionaries will bring them to Jesus. He visually depicted how the missionaries will tolerate all kinds of humiliation to accomplish their goal, including being spat on. He challenged the audience and asked if they have the same mesirus nefesh to connect with a fellow Jew. The kinnus concluded with everyone reciting a chapter of Tehillim and then Minchah. The Jewish Press, Yated, FJJ and Mishpacha were the corporate sponsors of the kinnus. CDs and DVDs of the kinnus will be made available for those that could not attend. Please email bjxperience@gmail.com for further information.


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Continued from p.21 volvement in a nation’s or a person’s life. It includes Hashem actually supervising directly, watching over and taking care of the needs of those individuals. General intervention is a given; it is something Hashem assures to all of creation as a birthright. Personal intervention is quite different; it must be earned. By dint of being the children of the Avos, the Jewish nation merits personal intervention – provided they keep certain conditions. One of these is that they must recognize Who runs the world. In this regard, it functions on a continuum. The more a person trusts in Hashem, the more, if it could be, Hashem feels an obligation to take care of that person, and the more Hashem will be directly involved in that person’s life. It is almost as if Hashem says, “How can I not take care of him, he relies on Me, he trusts in Me. This seems to be the answer as to why the “merit of their belief in Hashem” was so pivotal at Krias Yam Suf. In terms of the objective weight, there is no comparison between the merits of the Avos and their current trust in Hashem, but trust in Hashem operates on a different level. It alone can be the reason Hashem will save a people. It was almost like Hashem was saying, “How can I not take care of them? They trust in Me. They rely on Me. I have to save them.” And that trust alone was reason enough to split the sea. The Reward for Trust This is a powerful lesson to us concerning the effect of trusting

in Hashem. While we are obligated to act in the ways of this world, we are equally obligated to trust in Hashem. We have to go out and do our part, follow the laws of nature, knowing all the while that exactly that which Hashem has decreed will come about – no more, no less, no sooner, no later. However, the amount of our trust in Hashem will directly affect how much Hashem will intercede on our behalf, and this may have a huge difference in many situations. For example, there may be times we don’t deserve receiving that which we need. Whether it’s health, success, or sustenance, it may well be that according to the letter of the law we don’t warrant special assistance, and certainly don’t have the right to ask Hashem to intervene on our behalf. In that situation, it may be our trust in Hashem alone that will bring us Hashem’s help. When we rely on Hashem and trust in Him, Hashem, if it could be, feels almost obligated to take care of us. Trust in Hashem is the basis of our belief system. It is also one of the most comforting thoughts a human can come to. And it is also one of the most effective ways for us to secure Hashem’s direct involvement in our lives – even in a manner we might not otherwise deserve. The Shmuz Marriage Seminar, a 12-part comprehensive guide to a successful marriage, is available free of charge at www.TheShmuz.com. It is also on the Shmuz App, available at the App Store or on Google Play, or you can listen on Kol Halashon by calling 718-906-6400 and selecting options 1, 4, 3.

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More On Power Of Attorney & Living Wills By Isaac Yedid, Esq. and Raymond Zeitoune, Esq. Durable Power-of-Attorney The “durable power-of-attorney” is one of the most powerful planning tools that an attorney can recommend to a client, not only for estate planning, but also for Medicaid and other entitlement programs. When a person (the principal) signs a power-of-attorney, s/he gives another person (the agent) the power to act in his place and on his/her behalf in managing his/her assets and affairs. A single principal may name one or more agents who can be authorized to act either “jointly” or “severally” (alone without the signature of the other agent or agents). The agent’s powers may be broad and sweeping so as to include almost any act which the principal might have performed. It should be noted, however, that, in general, acts which are inherently testamentary in nature, such as the authority to make or revoke a will, may not be performed by an agent. A power-of-attorney can be either a “general” power-of-attorney, where the agent may perform almost any act the principal might have performed themselves regarding the financial management of his affairs, or a “limited” power-of-attorney where the agent has one or more specific powers, such as the power to sell a particular property to a particular purchaser at a particular time. Furthermore, either of the above can be made to be “springing” which means that the agent chosen may only act in the future at a time when the principal has become incapacitated. The “durable” power-of-attorney is unlike the “ordinary” power-of-at-

torney in that it does not become inoperative upon the incapacity of the principal. The durable power-of-attorney provides that those powers granted to the agent will not be affected by the subsequent disability or incapacity of the principal or by the lapse of time. In drafting powers-of-attorney, care should be given to confer powers with as much specificity as possible in order to avoid the possibility of a court construing a specific omission as an intent to fail to grant that specific power. Such an adverse finding could be a serious detriment to the principal’s assets. The great advantage of the “durable” power-of-attorney is that it remains effective after the principal’s incapacity. The agent, therefore, can act immediately upon the principal’s incapacity to manage his assets or to take various measures without initiating costly and time-consuming guardianship proceedings to obtain the court’s authorization for such transactions. In a few states, the principal is allowed to delegate to the agent in the durable power-of-attorney various health care powers in addition to control over financial matters. In New York State, however, a health care power-of-attorney or proxy must be a separate document from a power-of-attorney. Lastly, upon the death of the principal, the power given by the principal to the agent dies with the principal, thus making the power of attorney no longer effective.

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Kiruv In Berlin? One week after the 75 th commemoration of Kristallnacht in November, my daughter landed in Berlin. In Israel this year for seminary, she and another girl were chosen by a rav in their school to accompany him to Berlin on a kiruv mission. When my daughter first called me to request permission to go, I was struck by the irony of the suggestion. Kiruv in Berlin. Almost an oxymoron. For someone like me who has sworn never to step foot in Germany, granting her permission wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easy. But in the end I relented. How can I tell my daughter not to do kiruv? So off she went to the city of Kristallnacht and the cradle of Nazism to introduce the beauty of Juda-

ism to the uninformed. Those uninformed make up approximately 120,000 members of Germanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewish community, mostly Russian Jews who ďŹ&#x201A;ocked to Germany after the fall of the USSR in 1989 in response to generous government incentives. Like the Jews of Russia who were completely detached from Judaism living under communist rule, these Jews are true examples of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;tinok shenishba.â&#x20AC;? My daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience, though brief, was profound. She encountered mainly students, including a dozen girls studying in the new midrashah in Berlin. Though most were Russian-speaking German Jews, some were non-German Jewish students studying in local universities who were attracted by the kiruv programs. Most were eager to learn about Judaism and sincere in their motivation. Proud as I am of my daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enthusiasm and her proclivity for outreach, I somehow canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shake a niggling regret that it had to be in Germany. As the daughter of a Hungarian mother who escaped deportation by running with her family from the Nazis and the daughter-in-law of a Dutch Jewish man whose parents were shot by the Nazis and who was liberated from Bergen Belsen at the age of 12, I am one generation closer to the Holocaust than my daughter. And one degree closer to the idea of shunning anything and everything German. Many of my friends are children of Holocaust survivors. We grew up with the uncontested notion that buying German products was taboo and visiting Germany unthinkable. Though many countries were complicit with the Nazis during World War II, and many other nations over the centuries perpetrated vicious anti-Semitic acts against Jews, the sheer magnitude and horror of the Holocaust places Germany in a league of its own. Indeed, there is an established Brisk shitah that categorizes the Germans as Amalekites. In Fate and Destiny, Rav Yosef Ber Soloveitchik refers to Nazis as Amalekites, citing his father Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchikâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interpretation of Amalek as â&#x20AC;&#x153;any people or group that, filled with maniacal hatred, directs its enmity againstâ&#x20AC;? the Jewish people. Though this is approach is not halacha, the Rav is known to have applied to Nazi Germany the precept that one may not derive material benefit from the products of Amalek. He even told Ben-Gurion

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Continued from p.29 “I love everything about flying: the purr of the jet, the way the bird pushes off the runway into nothingness. It is the most magical feeling ever. My biggest and best business decisions and my most vivid moments of clarity happen in mid air. Wake me up any night, at any time and I can tell you every airline’s hubs, routings and their cabin layouts.” Parlaying his passion for travel and his people skills into a business seemed like a natural choice for Ostreicher who, together with long time friend Shabsi Gross, created Regal Wings in 2006. Only 22 years old at the time, Ostreicher never imagined that Regal Wings would one day become the leading luxury travel services provider in the United States. “People thought I was crazy,” recalled Ostreicher. “They would ask me, ‘In the age of Expedia, Travelocity and Kayak, why would anyone look at you?’” But clearly there was a small niche market that was ready to embrace what Regal Wings had to offer: over the top customer service at discounted prices. “We once had a client who booked a last minute Hong Kong flight, which meant he would have had no kosher food on his fteen hour flight. We went out and bought deli sandwiches for him and the next morning Shabsi and I drove to JFK at 4 a.m. and hand delivered them to the client as he checked in for his 6:30 flight. Needless to say, he was speechless.” In another instance, a client had his heart set on a particular seat, which, unfortunately, was already occupied on his flight. “I had agents checking that seat every four hours, 24 hours a day, just in case it opened up,” said Ostreicher. Being a young CEO of a small rm can prove to be a liability in the business world, but Ostreicher uses his energy to his advantage, wooing clients with his charming personality and often making moves that others would consider risky. “I hired large teams and undertook large quotas

to ll very early on, knowing that I was ultimately responsible for making it all work and paying all those salaries.” Ostreicher made another leap of faith in 2010, traveling to Chennai, India to open a satellite of ce, using the ten and a half hour time difference to provide his clients with 24/7 coverage.

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and when someone has a birthday, we all take time to celebrate the guest of honor with their favorite cake. “ Going the extra mile isn’t a gimmick for Ostreicher, it is just part of who he is. Ostreicher routinely sends out hand written thank you notes, heartfelt e-mails and packets of custom imprinted, silver

Eli Ostreicher with employees in his Chennai, India office.

“People thought I was insane for building an of ce in a third world country, 8,500 miles away,” said Ostreicher. “At rst it wasn’t easy, but we now have a fabulous team of professional travel agents.” Ostreicher’s gamble paid off. Regal Wings boasted a growth rate of 2,513 percent over the past three years with over $54 million in revenues in 2012 and has an impressive roster of clients including Rolex, Walmart, Berkshire Hathaway, Colgate, Universal Studios, Maroon 5 and Justin Bieber. Over the past two months Regal Wings has garnered two impressive awards from Inc. Magazine, earning the number one spot in the Travel and Hospitality category on the prestigious Inc. 500 list and receiving a Hire Power award for its role as a leader in job creation. Since that time, Ostreicher has been inundated with partnership and buyout offers, all of which he politely declines. “This isn’t about creating something, making a quick buck and moving on to the next opportunity,” said Ostreicher. “So much of my life has been invested in building Regal Wings, forging relationships with my staff and my clients. Why would I ever want to give that up? I want to grow the business and take it to even higher heights. I’m only 29. I’m just getting warmed up!” Clearly Regal Wings is close to Ostreicher’s heart and he lavishes the personal touch on his staff, complimenting his employees proudly and publicly whenever possible. “Premium customer service is an attitude that begins at home so we make sure our of ce is a happy place, stocked with good coffee and everyone’s favorite snacks. Every month our employee of the month receives a certi cate and a substantial bonus check

and gold Regal Wings M&Ms to clients, frequently showering suppliers and business associates with the same attention. Ostreicher is also a rm believer in sharing his success with others and is a frequent donor to RCCS, Bonei Olam and other community institutions. His unique personality and financial success have attracted notice from both the exclusive, by-invitation-only Young Entrepreneur Council and CNBC executives, who have tapped Ostreicher to be the first subject of an upcoming reality show profiling the lives of young entrepreneurs.

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Despite his achievements, Ostreicher is always looking ahead and developing new ideas. Having moved just weeks ago into a new 4,100 square foot of ce, Ostreicher eagerly anticipates the day that Regal Wings outgrows its current location and has to move yet again. “More than a business, Regal Wings is a reflection of who I am. It is a shining example of how when you throw yourself body and soul into something you believe in passionately and use your every ounce of dedication and devotion to show your clients how much they matter to you professionally and personally, there is no end to just how high you can fly.” Sandy Eller is a freelance writer who has written for websites, newspapers, magazines and numerous private clients in addition to having written song lyrics and scripts for several full scale productions. She can be contacted at sandyeller1@gmail.com.


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2014: A Year Of Opportunity For Smart Consumers And Investors By Steve K. Walz JP BIZ Editor

With the U.S. and Israeli economies exhibiting signs of growth and relative stability, Jewish entrepreneurs on both sides of the ocean are expected to create their share of headlines in 2014. On the flipside, one can only hope that the new calendar year spares the American and Israeli Jewish communities from embarrassing nancial scandals and a repeat of the disturbing number of Israeli business tycoons who lost billions in public funds due to pure avarice during 2013. While it is not prudent to predict future events in the business world, there are certain de nable trends that will likely impact our lives directly and indirectly during the course of 2014. Here’s a closer look: The Supermarket Business: Orthodox entrepreneurs who recognized the growth of the upscale supermarket concept (mostly in ethnically-mixed Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods) and adopted the idea of creating a new shopping adventure for local kosher consumers are expanding their activities across the New York metropolitan area. During 2013 several so-called upscale glatt kosher supermarkets opened in Queens, upstate New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere. Ironically a growing number of mainstream supermarket owners in Manhattan and on Long Island, who saw how kosher consumers flocked to the new upscale supermarkets in mostly religious and traditional neighborhoods, decided to jump into the culinary fray by expanding their own kosher food operations. They offered more glatt and mehadrin items, as well as take-out and catering services. The big question in 2014 is whether the frum consumer marketplace will become oversaturated with upscale kosher supermarkets. Cutthroat competition already exists in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and on Long Island, while the smaller, mom-andpop supermarkets are suffering – as a direct result of the newer, trendier supermarkets. While kosher consumers have shown that they are always looking for new products and gastronomic encounters, limited budgets (among many families) combined with

rising rental fees and a focus on pro t margins (for lish-speaking veteran and new immigrants. This is large supermarket owners) will determine if the up- one of the few areas in the Israeli job market wherescale kosher supermarket concept will by salaries are not that much lower than what hi-tech professionals continue to flourish or contract. earn in the U.S. The Aliyah Business: An unexpectAccording to the Israeli busied development took place in 2013. ness daily Globes, the latter porFor the rst time in more than a detion of 2013 saw a 15 percent rise cade, the number of people making in the hiring of new hi-tech workaliyah from North America slightly ers. The two most well-known Isdeclined. While no one has yet to ofraeli brands on Wall Street, Teva fer a formal explanation for the dePharmaceuticals and SodaStream, cline, recent headlines in the Angloare poised to make headlines in Jewish media and Israeli newspapers the coming months. Teva is in the about the expansion of draconian tax agreements between the U.S. and Ismidst of reinventing itself. The rael have seemingly made some fambillion-dollar company, which has ilies think twice about making the several interesting new drugs in move. To wit, America’s brightening development, has yet to decide if economic picture and declining unemit’s an Israeli company that must ployment might have also impacted retain an Israeli CEO for identity purposes or an Israeli compasome aliyah planning. ny that must feature an AmeriOver the past decade, the 30,000 plus new immigrants who have made CEO Daniel Birnbaum of Soda- can CEO and business philosophy. SodaStream is an Israeli comaliyah from North America via Nef- Stream pany that bought out the assets of esh B’Nefesh and the Jewish Agency have pumped billions of shekels into the Israeli a dying UK soda concern and hired Queens native economy by purchasing real estate, home furnish- and Hebrew-speaking Daniel Birnbaum as CEO to ings and consumer goods – and naturally, by paying transform it into an international business juggertaxes. Thus, any signi cant downtick in aliyah can naut by implementing an American-style marketalso produce a negative ripple effect on the Israeli ing program. It’s the only Israeli company that proeconomy. The good news is that Nefesh B’Nefesh is moted its products to hundreds of millions of Amerreporting that interest in making aliyah among sin- icans during last year’s Super Bowl. gles, couples and families during 2014 and beyond This year SodaStream will be expanding its proremains strong. duction operations in America, and plans on openWall Street Business: Israeli companies are des- ing up new markets across Europe. Globes also retined to generate news on Wall Street this year, ports that at least 4-6 major Israeli companies will whether by IPOs (initial public offerings), buyouts roll out IPOs to Wall Street investors during 2014. of existing companies or by virtue of companies that WIX, an upstart website builder, had a successful will announce revolutionary breakthroughs – espe- IPO launch late last year, raising enough money to cially in the areas of hi-tech, biotech and pharma- underwrite the company’s growing international opceuticals. There are Israeli hi-tech and medical start- erations. WIX reportedly has a market cap of nearup companies that are actively seeking to hire Eng- ly a billion dollars.

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Ramat Beit Shemesh Rabbi To Meet Potential Residents In New York Area

Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb, founder of Ganei HaEla (www.ganeihaela.com), the newest planned neighborhood in Ramat Beit Shemesh, will be speaking to the New York and New Jersey communities in January about the vision behind the new development. The dynamic and well respected rabbi who previously served Baltimoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Congregation Shomrei Emunah before moving to Israel with his family in 2010 will be speaking in Woodmere, at the Schiowitz home, 959 Allen Lane, on January 13, in Kew Gardens Hills at the Sasson home, 144-19 73rd Avenue on January 14 and in Teaneck at the Rothberg home, 350 Warwick Avenue on January 15. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are filling a need for a warm community where families value the central role that a shul can provide,â&#x20AC;? said Rabbi Gottlieb. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe that

this communal structure is important, especially for olim who are familiar with this focus from their home communities and who will face common challenges in a new country and culture. Combine that with the quality of the homes and the ideal location â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we believe that this community will be truly special.â&#x20AC;? The project sits just minutes away from top quality schools, transportation, supermarkets and shopping centers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greater Bet Shemesh is already one of Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top communities for young American and Anglo families,â&#x20AC;? said Shelly Levine, whose Tivuch Shelly, Ltd. has been a long-term marketer of the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am certain that Ganei HaEla will take Bet Shemesh to the next level of most desired neighborhoods in Israel.â&#x20AC;?

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Homes range in size from 237 square meters (2536 square feet) to 345 square meters (3688 square feet) and are in seven different model designs. Apartments range from 117 square meters (1252 square feet) to 151 square meters (1616 square feet). The first families to join are largely professionals, including doctors, accountants, educators, financial analysts. The project expects that fifty families will be joining the group in the next few months as development and construction work begin. Levine added that a variety of spacious top standard housing options are being offered, from apartments to single-family houses, all within a meticulously cultivated community. For more information about the community and the events, e-mail rsvp@ganeihaela.com.

Kosher Super Stores Impact Consumer Habits Sunday at Pomegranate, the supermarket in the heart of Midwood, is for some an outing of sorts, and that may explain why one is apt to notice license plates from as far away as Massachusetts and Maryland. A similar scene takes place at Evergreen in Monsey as Sunday shoppers come from all parts of New Jersey and Connecticut. Experts say that these scenes are part of a shifting trend in the shopping habits of kosher shoppers, certainly a departure of the Mintel studies of the late 1990â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and early 2000â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when the global research organization

said that most kosher shopping takes place in supermarkets. Apparently, an increasing number of kosher shoppers and even some Jewish shoppers who are not totally kosher appreciate the quality and variety of the kosher products, including the assortment of kosher meats. The growing number of the super kosher stores is definitely having an impact on shopping habits of kosher consumers, luring many from the traditional supermarkets with kosher sections. Many shoppers in secondary kosher markets use a va-

riety of stores just to keep their pantries stocked. They may find many items in the local supermarkets and then look for specific kosher items at stores like Costco or Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The occasional visit to one of the large kosher markets is for some like being â&#x20AC;&#x153;a kid in a toy store,â&#x20AC;? said one retailer. Distributors agree that while supermarkets remain a major source of business, increasingly the super kosher stores are cutting into the business of major chains. (KosherToday)

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Only In Jerusalem My son and daughter-in-law were recently in Yerushalayim. They had a family simcha and they wanted to visit with their son who is learning at Mir. Of course, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need an excuse to go to Yerushalayim. A trip there is always an exhilarating experience. The days pass much too quickly, as all who have been to Yerushalayim can testify. There are so many places to go to, so many places where you want to daven, so many friends and relatives you want to visit. And there is the Kotel. The Kotel is always beckoning. It draws you close. Once you stand there in prayer in front of those ancient sacred stones you are transfixed and lose all sense of time. The walls speak, your hearts throbs, the tears ďŹ&#x201A;ow, and you know you have come home. Additionally, there are so many charitable organizations and programs that call out for your attention. Unfortunately, there are many poor people in Yerushalayim and now that government subsidies have been cut, families have difficulty just putting food on the table. Families with many children live in tiny apartments, many with one little room that serves as a dining room, a living room and even a bedroom. But these families live by the credo of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baruch Hashemâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank G-d for what we do have.â&#x20AC;? As the time was nearing to return to the U.S., my daughter-in-law went shopping for gifts to bring home. So where do you go shopping in Yerushalayim? What is the best place? There is a religious neighborhood in the heart of the city called Geula, and the little shops there are amazing. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just the shops; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the entire neighborhood. Should you be there on Erev Shabbos, the aromas that assail you are extraordinary â&#x20AC;&#x201C; chicken soup, kugel, cholent, fresh-baked challah and cakes. Just walking in the streets on Friday afternoon will take you back to your bubbieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t experienced this yet, I highly recommend you do so on your next visit. In any event, after picking up some knickknacks in a store, my daughterin-law saw a mother with a large family struggling to get a stroller up on the sidewalk. My daughter-in-law quickly ran over to help and then went on her way. My son joined her. After walking a while she realized her shoulder felt very light. She reached for her pocketbook but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there. To lose a bag is not a pleasant experience under any circumstance, but to lose it when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re traveling can be traumatic. It contains your passport, credit cards, driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, etc. My daughter-in-law carefully retraced her steps with my son. They thought that perhaps sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d left it in the store where she had just shopped. They went back but the proprietor told them he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen a pocketbook. Just the same he invited them to watch the video that recorded all events taking place in the shop. My children scrutinized the film

very carefully and yes, there was my daughter making her purchase and then leaving the store with her bag on her shoulder. My son proceeded to call the credit card companies to cancel the cards. But the mystery still remained. Where could the pocketbook be? They walked up and down the streets for quite a long time searching for it, but the pocketbook was nowhere in sight. Suddenly, a man who identified himself as a rabbi approached them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By any chance is your name Jungreis?â&#x20AC;? he asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes,â&#x20AC;? my son answered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Does this belong to you?â&#x20AC;? he asked as he held up the pocketbook. My children couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe it. How did he find it? Where did he find it? The rabbi sighed with relief and explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While you were helping my wife with the stroller, your pocketbook fell off your shoulder into the carriage. When my wife came home and found the bag she became sick over it. She was envisioning your worries. We could only imagine your distress. The thought of your doing an act of chesed and losing your bag as a result was very painful to us. We have been desperately looking for you. Baruch Hashem, I found you. I must call my wife immediately.â&#x20AC;? As he was speaking to my son and daughter-in-law he dialed his wife to tell told her the good news. Can you imagine this happening in New York? Or in any other city in the world? Would anyone walk the streets searching for the owner of a lost pocketbook? At best a person who finds a lost item might take it to the police station. But in Yerushalayim this man and his rebbetzin could not have peace until they found the owner of the bag and returned it. Among our many commandments we have the mitzvah of returning a lost item to its rightful owner. And while through the long centuries of exile many of our mitzvot have been forgotten, they are not lost but are deeply embedded in the crevices of our hearts and can resurface in a blink of an eye. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the secret of Am Yisrael, a nation that never dies. We are one mishpachah. We feel each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worries and we try to alleviate the concerns of our brothers. Please donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I have some starry-eyed view of the people who reside in our holy city. I know only too well that there are problems everywhere, even in Yerushalayim. Society everywhere is corrupt, selfi sh, immoral and plain mean. But â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and this is a big but â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in the midst of all this dense darkness there is the Pintele Yid, the Spark of Hashem deep in our souls. If that rabbi was so determined to return a lost bag to its rightful owner, how much more must we commit ourselves to returning lost Jews who are wandering in the dessert of assimilation to their home of Torah and faith in Hashem.

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Sabbath Shuttle?

(Part III) Question: Is it permitted on the Sabbath or holidays to take a shuttle to synagogue? The neighborhood shuttle runs from 9-5 daily, is driven by a gentile, has a designated stop schedule, and is free of charge. In my case, it would be very helpful as I have major difficulties walking the almost one-mile distance from my apartment to shul due to a medical condition known as peripheral artery disease. I am close to 80 years old. I live in the Bal Harbor area of Miami Beach, FL, and I know that many Orthodox Jews who live in high-rises use a Sabbath elevator or take regular elevators and allow someone else to press the button. Several people sit in wheelchairs (including a local Orthodox rabbi who is ill and cannot walk) and are wheeled to shul. I fail to see why taking the shuttle bedi’eved is different than taking a Sabbath elevator or being pushed in a wheelchair. Although I know I should ask my shul rabbi, I would appreciate hearing your opinion. Hershele L (Via E-Mail) Summary of our response up to this point: My uncle, Rabbi Sholom Klass, zt”l, discussed this matter many years ago. He cited a responsum from the Chatam Sofer regarding a Jewish physician who was asked to travel on Shabbat to care for a gentile patient. The Chatam Sofer noted that we are prohibited from riding an animal or in a coach on Shabbat because of the command to rest one’s animals on this day (Exodus 20:10). Furthermore, we might tear off a branch to use it as a whip. We are also prohibited from traveling more than 2,000 amot on Shabbat (Techum Shabbat). The Chatam Sofer argued, however, that these concerns don’t apply to the case at hand. The animal belonged to a gentile, not a Jew, and the doctor was asked to ride in the coach, not on the coachman’s seat (and so there was no concern that he would tear off a branch to use as a whip). Techum Shabbat is also not a problem because the wagon was higher than 10 tefachim, and the air above that height is considered a makom petur. Also, if the coach was 4 x 4 amot, it is a private domain. We are generally prohibited from telling a nonJew to violate Shabbat. But the doctor in this case was not asking for anything. As far as the rule about not violating Shabbat for non-Jews is concerned, the Chatam Sofer argued that this rule does not apply to our times when we dwell amongst gentiles. Because of darkei sholom, we must do everything to help them as we would our own. Thus the Chatam Sofer ruled that the doctor was permitted to attend to the non-Jewish patient on Shabbat. Last week, we considered the argument that being pushed in a wheelchair is comparable to riding in a shuttle on Shabbat. Rabbi Yehoshua Yeshaya Neuwirth in “Shemirat Shabbat K’hilchatah” (vol. 1, 34:27) writes that a disabled person may be pushed in his wheelchair, or wheel himself, if the area he is in has an eruv. There is no problem of performing an uvdin d’chol (a weekday-like activity) or a concern of metaken kli shir (that one will fix the wheelchair on Shabbat if it breaks). Since this person cannot ambulate without a wheelchair, the wheelchair is considered an extension of his or her body. Thus, these concerns don’t apply. However, Rabbi Neuwirth notes that it is prohibited to use the motor of a motorized wheelchair on Sabbath. We argued, therefore, that riding in a vehicle on Shabbat should surely be forbidden. Rabbi Yaakov Klass, rav of Congregation K’hal Bnei Matisyahu in Flatbush, Brooklyn, is Torah Editor of The Jewish Press. He can be contacted at yklass@jewishpress.com.

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The Darkest Hour Who is like You among the heavenly powers, Hashem! (Shemos 15:11) The Talmud (Gittin 56b) cites Abba Chanan, “Who is a mighty one like You … that You hear the blaspheming and insults of that wicked man [Titus] and keep silent?” R’ Yishmael interprets, “Who is like You among the mute ones?” What is the connection of Hashem’s silence in the face of blasphemy to the song of Bnei Yisrael praising Hashem for the miracle of redemption and the splitting of the Yam Suf? The Talmud (Makkos 24b) cites the famous incident of R’ Gamliel, R’ Elazar ben Azariah, R’ Yehoshua and R’ Akiva who were on the road to Yerushalayim when they saw a fox emerging from the area of the Kodesh HaKadashim as they approached the Har HaBayis. R’ Gamliel, R’ Elazar ben Azariah, and R’ Yehoshua began to cry; R’ Akiva laughed. They said to him, Why are you happy? R’ Akiva, in turn, asked them why they were crying and they replied, “In the very place of which the Torah says that any stranger who comes close to it will die, we now see foxes, and we shouldn’t cry?” R’ Akiva explained, “That is why I am happy, for now that I see that the dire prophecy of Uriah has been fulfilled I am certain that Zechariah’s prophecy [8:4], ‘Old men and old women will once again sit in the streets of Yerushalayim,’ shall also be fulfilled.” They then responded, “Akiva, you have comforted us! Akiva, you have comforted us!” The question arises: Did the Tanna’im truly have any doubt that Yerushalayim would be rebuilt? We find in Midrash Tanchuma (end of Parshas Pekudei) that on the very day that Hashem forgave Bnei Yisrael for the sin of the Golden Calf, He also commanded them to make the Mishkan. Although the building of the Mishkan was completed within three months, its inauguration was delayed to coincide with the birthday of Yitzchak Avinu. Rabbeinu Yonah expounds on the pasuk (Micha 7:8), “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy, for though I have fallen I will rise; as I sit in darkness I know that the darkness will bring me great light,” that if one does not stumble or sink he cannot rise and if there is no blackness there is nothing to illuminate. We must experience the galus in order to merit the geulah. Our sages derive here that the geulah (redemption) comes explicitly amid exile. The diaspora of the Jewish nation began with the birth of Yitzchak, which was preceded with Hashem’s pronouncement that “your offspring will be strangers in a land not their own… four hundred years” (Bere***** After having completed last week’s installment, I came across the wondrous sefer of Hagaon Harav Tuvia Goldstein, zt”l (Responsa Emek Halacha, vol. 1:26), wherein he discusses some of these issues. Rabbi Goldstein cites from Responsa Rav Pa’alim (the halachic work of Rabbi Joseph Hayyim ben Elijah alHakam, popularly known as the Ben Ish Hai due to his famous work of the same name), vol. 1:25, where the following question is presented: “Is one permitted to ride a bicycle on Shabbat?” The Ben Ish Hai answers as follows: “It would seem to be that there is reason to permit riding a bicycle…whether on Shabbat or Yom Tov [as long as it is being ridden] in a city that is encircled with an eruv. There is no [problem] of uvdin

ishis 15:13). That day marked the beginning of the galus that would ultimately result in the geulah. The process of the geulah was not complete until the Jewish nation returned “home.” That is to say (as the Ramban writes at the end of Sefer Bereishis), that although the Jewish nation had left the physical land of Egypt they were still in exile as they wandered in the desert. It was only after Bnei Yisrael came to Har Sinai and then built the Mishkan where the Divine Presence of Hashem established a resting place that their geulah was complete. With the date of the inauguration of the Mishkan corresponding to the birthdate of Yitzchak the galus was concluded and the redemption was absolute. Similarly, in the narration of the Talmud, when the sages saw the fox, an unclean animal, emerging from the Holy of Holies, they could not help but cry, notwithstanding the certain fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy. R’ Akiva, however, reminded them that the scene they were witnessing was representative of Hashem’s comportment vis-à-vis the Jewish nation. It was the model of “as I sit in darkness I know that the darkness will bring me great light.” This in fact signifies the galus as well as the beginning of the Jewish nation’s redemption because it highlights Hashem’s conduct with Bnei Yisrael – to shine light into the darkness. R’ Chaim Kreiswirth was a yeshiva bachur in Poland who already in his late teens had begun to give a shiur because of his superior Torah learning. His excellent scholarship was only matched by his exceptional chesed. A blind boy en route to Berlin to see a specialist had come to the yeshiva for a while. Since there were no accommodations for him he was given a mattress on the floor. He was called Shaya’le Mishnayos, because he knew mishnayos by heart. One late night, as Rav Kreiswirth left the beis medrash he noticed Shaya’le sleeping on the floor. He gently lifted him up and carried him to his own bed. For the next two months R’ Chaim Kreiswirth slept on the floor. When the Nazis invaded Poland, they marched into the yeshiva with a list of the students whom they called out one by one into the courtyard for execution. When R’ Chaim’s name was called he prepared to give up his life al Kiddush Hashem. During those last few moments as he walked into the courtyard, R’ Chaim contemplated the possibility of any zechus he could have that would spare his life, but could not think of anything. As suddenly as he thought of the possibility that his attentiveness and concern for Shaya’le’s comfort and wellbeing was noteworthy, he found himself standing in front of the executioner’s rifle. The executioner slowly lowered his rifle and said softly, “What a pity to have such a beautiful face wasted by a bullet.” He told R’ Chaim that when he heard the gunfi re he should immediately run off to the left. The executioner “missed” his target, and the future rosh yeshiva and gadol b’Yisrael escaped to the land of the living. When all seems lost, when it is the darkest part of the night, we Yidden can be sure that there will be a new dawn – the dawn of the future redemption. d’chol since it is within an eruv-bound city, and the entire city is considered a reshut ha’yachid. Therefore, one may rely on those who are openly lenient in this matter.” Some people argue that riding a bike should be prohibited due to mar’it ha’ayin (the appearance of wrongdoing). The Ben Ish Hai, however, comments that this view is “a mistake because the possibility of mar’it ha’ayin is only in a matter where there is ch’shad d’var issur – where we might suspect that a person is violating a Biblical violation due to the similarity between the permitted and forbidden acts. An example would be one who eats meat in, or with, almond milk [or any other non-

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HaGaon HaRav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, shlita: “Every Dirshu Test, Every Blatt, Every Halacha is an answer to the Gezeiros” By Chaim Gold This past Friday, 24 Teves/ December 27, history was quietly made. Dirshu’s 68th Daf HaYomi B’Halacha test was taken, marking the completion of Chelek Hei, the fifth volume of the Mishna Berurah. With the completion of Chelek Hei and the beginning of Chelek Vav, the last volume of Mishna Beruah, Dirshu is now headed towards the finish line, the first Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Siyum on the entire Mishna Berurah! The testing locations offered unforgettable sights - rows upon rows of young men bent over their tests, foreheads furrowed in deep concentration, taking their tests. The large Gerer Bais Medrash on the corner of Rechov Malchei Yisrael and Rechov Ralbach was packed from wall to wall as Dirshu participants from numerous neighborhoods in Yerushalayim came together to take the tests. Similar sights were seen in Bnei Brak and tens of other venues throughout Eretz Yisrael. Address from HaGaon HaRav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, shlita As the hundreds of lomdei Dirshu were diligently taking their tests, they barely noticed the arrival of the distinguished Rosh Yeshiva of the Mir Yeshiva of Yerushalayim, HaGaon HaRav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, shlita. Rav Leizer Yudel as he is affectionately known, was deeply impressed with what he saw: Hundreds of Daf Yomi test takers sitting shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of Daf HaYomi B’Halacha test takers who have spent the past month learning and reviewing the material for this month’s test. In honor of the completion of Chelek Hei, Rav Leizer Yudel gave a short drasha laden with regesh, emotion and admiration for lomdei Dirshu and for the sacred mission that Dirshu has taken upon themselves. Rav Finkel, lovingly looking at the test takers in front of him, spoke about the terrible gezeiros that have been foisted on the Torah community by the present Israeli government. He spoke about how the Israeli government through its discrimination against lomdei Torah, has embarked on a campaign to try stilling the kol Yaakov, the voice of Torah and tefillah that characterizes the Children of Yaakov by imposing upon them deep economic hardship. In this way, he explained, the government is trying to force them to abandon their Gemaros in exchange for so-called “integration” in secular society. With great feeling and passion, Rav Leizer Yudel addressed the lomdei Dirshu, “Every siman in Shulchan Aruch learned in Daf HaYomi B’Halacha; every blatt Gemara learned, every test that you take is the ultimate answer to those who want to impose these gezeiros upon us. The ol Torah, the yoke of Torah that you have accepted upon yourselves by learning with she’ifos and goals, reviewing and reviewing again, then taking tests on what you learn to ensure clarity and retention, has the ability to rescind the gezeiros as the Mishna in Pirkei Avos teaches, “He who accepts upon himself the yoke of Torah, the yoke of the government is removed from him.”

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Rav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, Rosh Yeshiva of Mir Yerushalayim, addressing the participants. Of Renewal and Revival: The Concurrence of Rosh Chodesh Shevat and the Beginning of Chelek Vav Following Rav Leizer Yudel Finkel’s moving words, the Nasi of Dirshu, Rav Dovid Hofstedter, imparted words of chizuk. Rav Hofstedter said that it is no coincidence that this siyum of Chelek Hei and the beginning of Chelek Vav is transpiring within a week of Rosh Chodesh Shevat. “We know that the Rosh Hashanah for ilanos, trees, takes place in the month of Shevat. According to Beis Shamai it is on Rosh Chodesh and according to Beis Hillel it is on the 15th of Shevat. Chazal learn from the passuk, “Ki ha’adam eitz hasadeh, a person is likened to the tree of the field”, that there are things we can learn from the nature of a tree. During the winter, a tree is bare of its leaves and looks forlorn. In Chodesh Shevat, however, Chazal teaches us that deep under the ground the sap starts growing in the tree. That sap will ultimately enable the tree to rejuvenate itself and produce beautiful fruit once again.” “Therefore, it is no coincidence that we are starting a new chelek, the final chelek of Mishna Berurah now, in Chodesh Shevat. This is a sign that we can all be mischadesh, we can all rejuvenate ourselves. Even those who have not yet joined Daf HaYomi B’Halacha can now join this fundamentally necessary halacha l’maaseh program. And those who have already joined can now take advantage of the unique power of chiddush in undertaking the new chelek and being rejuvenated as we march towards the historic first siyum.” When the Torah tells us about the mitzvah of kiddush Hachodesh in this week’s parsha, it says, “Hachodesh Hazeh LachemThis month will be for you.” The Sefas Emes explains that the word lachem-for you, connotes that every person has the ability for renewal within himself. You can do it!” Rav Dovid’s admiring gaze swept over the lomdei Dirshu as he emotionally exclaimed, “You, the tzibbur sitting here and in other testing sites around the globe are an integral part of this chiddush. You have a special zechus, a special merit that you may not even realize. You are the meyasdim, the founders of the Daf HaYomi B’Halacha program that has made and continues to make a historical breakthrough in Klal Yisrael! The Daf HaYomi B’Halacha has brought cognizance of shemiras halacha in everything that we do, into tens of thousands of homes. By extension, it has affected hundreds of thousands of Jews. It is all in your zechus, you

lomdei Dirshu who will go down in history as the early members who participated in the first machzor of the Daf HaYomi B’Halacha program. The entire holy program rests on the shoulders of the meyasdim, the first group of people who joined, persevered and are now marching towards what will be a profound simcha for Klal Yisroel - the siyum of the first machzor of Daf HaYomi B’Halacha.” “I Thought I Knew Halacha… But as Much as I Learn, There is So Much More!” Indeed, the powerful event graced by Rav Leizer Yudel Finkel, was just one of the numerous siyumim on Chelek Hei recently made by Dirshu Daf HaYomi B’Halacha members. Most prominent, was the major European siyum held in London’s storied Finchley Synagogue where nearly 1000 people came to hear HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Akiva Schlessinger, shlita, Rav Dovid Hofstedter and Rabbi Paysach Krohn. In addition, other siyumim took place in many locales around the globe including Brooklyn, Lakewood, Cleveland and Chicago. “In all of the siyumim, the excitement over the fact that they will now merit to begin the final chelek of Mishna Berurah was palpable among Dirshu Daf HaYomi B’Halacha members,” said, Rabbi Ahron Gobioff, Director of Dirshu’s American branch. That attitude was clearly evident as well at the Dirshu testing site in the Gerer Beis Medrash in Yerushalayim according to Dirshu Hanhala member Yisrael Layush of Yerushalayim. “It was a moving sight to see so many avreichim, old, young, chassidim, yeshiva types, approach Rav Hofstedter after completing their tests just to thank him for what he has done for them, their ruchniyus and that of their families, with the Dirshu programs.” “I thought I knew halacha well until I started learning Daf HaYomi B’Halacha,” said one avreich, “but now that I have begun to learn and review it daily, I realize that there is so much that I didn’t know, halacha l’maaseh that I am now incorporating into my life. Every step of the day from the morning until I go to sleep; every Shabbos; every Yom Tov is now defined by halacha. I feel that Daf HaYomi B’Halacha has given me a deeper connection to Hashem. I live with Him every day. I think about Him all the time! Just thinking about the halachos that I learn and observe throughout the course of the day and the cycles of the week and year has brought me to a closer appreciation of my relationship with Hashem!”

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Continued from p.34 dairy milk]. In such an instance, one who sees the person eating has no idea that he is not consuming cow’s milk – which would be a clear and definite prohibition – since both liquids appear the same. Therefore we are careful [when serving non-dairy milk] to place some almonds in it in order that [the person consuming it not be suspected of violating a biblical prohibition]. “But, as for this bicycle, there is nothing like it that is prohibited [in an eruv-bound area] because the [means of transport] forbidden are either motorized or horse-drawn carriages. A bicycle is neither of these two. Rather it is an implement that moves about via the peddling of the person who sits upon it. What is there to suspect? Thus, surely there is no mar’it ha’ayin involved here.” Some people maintain that riding a bike should still be prohibited because onlookers may confuse riding a bicycle with riding in a motorized or horsedrawn carriage and think that the latter is also permitted. The Ben Ish Hai, however, dismisses this argument. “Are we to take into account,” he asks, “every fool who can’t tell the difference between the two, who can’t tell the difference between a vehicle powered by a person and a vehicle powered by an animal, who can’t tell the difference between light and darkness? If so, let us enact that one shouldn’t carry any object in an eruv-bound area.” The Ben Ish Hai writes further: “The argument I heard that we should consider the possibility of some sort of breakdown [of the bicycle] is totally without basis since this is an implement that is not [easily] given to breakdowns. Furthermore, we should not issue enactments on our own that our sages did not enact.” Yet, as we will see, not all are in agreement with the Ben Ish Hai in this matter. (To be continued)


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Singles A DATING PRIMER ROSIE EINHORN, L.C.S.W. SHERRY ZIMMERMAN, ESQ. A Single’s Strategy For Marriage

Second Time Around “Hi, Tova,” Miriam smiled at her friend as she speared a piece of potato kugel and placed it on one of the flimsy paper plates her shul always used at kiddush. “Good Shabbos. How are things doing?” “I couldn’t wait to tell you,” smiled Tova. “My niece Tamar got engaged. You remember her – she came in for my daughter’s wedding. And it’s the funniest story. Tamar went out with the same boy three years ago and it didn’t go, and now she’s getting married to him!” “Mazel tov. Yes, I remember Tamar. Tell me the story - what happened.” “Well, when Tamar first went out with this boy, Doni, she thought he was a very nice person, but not mature. He was 23, had finished college, but had absolutely no idea what he wanted to do next. Tamar broke it off after a month because this was a problem for her. Fast forward two and a half years, and someone suggested Doni to Tamar again. She mentioned that she’d gone out with him before, and wanted to know what was going on with his life before she’d consider dating him again. She found out that he’d finished his master’s in public health and had recently begun to work in a hospital. Well, this was a whole different story – the wasn’t the same boy she broke up with – and she decided to take a chance. It went really fast once they started going out.” Before she agreed to date Doni the second time around, Tamar wanted to know that the reason she had stopped seeing him was no longer an issue. Only then would she feel comfortable starting again and putting herself into the courtship. Unfortunately, sometimes couples resume dating long after a breakPsychotherapists Rosie Einhorn, L.C.S.W., and Sherry Zimmerman, J.D., M.Sc., are the authors of the new book “Dating Smart – Navigating the Path to Marriage” (Menucha Publishers), now available in bookstores and at targum.com. They are co-directors of Sasson V’Simcha – The Center for Jewish Marriage, Inc. To invite the authors to present a program for singles, parents, or mentors in your community this fall, contact them at info@ jewishdatingandmarriage.com.

Dear IY”H: I wish to highlight what I believe to be a serious issue concerning some singles. I redd a shidduch to a 24-year-old guy. I thought it was a great idea and was very excited about the prospect of the two of them going out on a date. As I waited to receive an affirmative reply from the young man, I thought the young woman would subsequently respond in kind. A few days later, the guy informed me that he is not interested in meeting the girl because he doesn’t like her resume. While he said that everything sounds perfect on paper, he doesn’t like the way she presented herself. I tried to convince him (I even begged him) to give her a chance, being that he acknowledged that she was just what he was looking for. But he refused to budge, saying that one of his criteria for meeting a girl is that her resume needs to be a certain way. If I didn’t hear him say this I would have thought he was joking. Not that age has anything to do with this, but I would think that at his age, he would have learned to be more open-minded and less judgmental – especially regarding such silly details. I won-

up even though the issue that drove them apart hasn’t been resolved. Ellie had been devastated when Akiva broke things off after they’d started to shop for engagement rings. She’d thought they were perfect for each other, even though they’d been trying to work through some significant differences in hashkafa. They weren’t divided over things like covering hair or having a television. Instead, Akiva was moving in a more yeshivish direction, and had talked about sending children to cheder and Bais Yaakov, while Ellie wanted a broader approach and expected her children to go to university. Akiva had decided they were too far apart. When a matchmaker telephoned Ellie a year later to say that Akiva missed her and wanted to try again, Ellie was delighted and figured that Akiva had come around. On their first date, she realized that she was more than mistaken when Akiva remarked, “I figured that since you agreed to go out with me again, you understand the direction I’m going in and are ready to move that way, too.” It was clear to Ellie that they were still at an impasse that wouldn’t be resolved, and all of her emotions had been stirred up for nothing. She realized she should have asked where Akiva was holding before agreeing to resume dating him. Suri and Michael also tried a second go-around. From their very first date, each of them felt the chemistry – they could talk to each other for hours and not get tired, and had a lot of fun together. But, Suri was really bothered by Michael’s difficult temper. He became frustrated easily and yelled – at other drivers, waiters, his parents, and even her. It took him a while to calm down and apologize. After a while, Suri realized the apologies weren’t enough, and urged Michael to get help with his temper. When he insisted he was fine, she broke up with him. They tried again six months later. She and Michael had missed each other, and over time she developed a selective memory, focusing on the good times instead of the bad ones. But a month into the revived relationship, Suri realized she really couldn’t take Michael’s hair-trigger temper and over-reaction to life’s inconveniences. Michael again resisted her pleas that he see an anger management counselor. This time, when Suri ended the courtship, she told herself that as strongly as she felt pulled toward Michael, she could never again get back together with him. His temper was a deal-breaker, and because he wouldn’t work on it they had no chance of ever having a relationship. There are ways for couples to try it again and succeed like Tamar and Doni did. We’ll discuss them next week. der whether he has become pickier over the course of time. In general, if young men and women are serious about marrying they need to stop focusing on silly things and instead focus on what really matters in life. I will keep to myself what I believe to be life’s priorities, but simply wish to express my strong view that singles should stop nixing shidduch prospects based on ridiculous criteria. It amazes me how someone, especially a supposedly intelligent individual, could be so foolish. I wonder if perhaps he is not serious about marrying and that he is playing some sort of game, either consciously or subconsciously. I don’t mean to insinuate that all singles act similarly; I’m sure that most don’t. But yet I wonder if, based on this experience, other singles are rejecting potential shidduchim on the basis of such nonsense. I urge singles to stop being so judgmental by opening their horizons, namely by considering good ideas. If the guy or girl sounds very much like what a single is seeking, the single must get past his or her personal hang-ups SHADCHAN and instead give every 5000 Bayis Neeman-2nd Marriage Shidduchim fair chance to finding a Seeking to help individuals for 2nd spouse. Marriage ages 25-35. Call 347-915Sincerely, 4510 ot leave msg or send your I don’t get it resume to: BayisNeeman2@gmail.com Questions and/or comments can be sent to IYH@jewishpress.com.

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Community Currents Techelet Research An all-star lineup of scientists, academics, and rabbinic scholars from Israel and abroad took the stage at the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem on Monday, December 30, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the late Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Halevi Herzog’s ground-breaking doctoral dissertation, “The Dyeing of Purple in Ancient Israel,” and explore the headway made in techelet research over the last century. “100 Years to Tekhelet Research,” sponsored by Ptil Tekhelet and co-sponsored by The Azrieli Foundation, Yad Harav Herzog, Yeshiva University, and Yeshiva University Israel Alumni, drew over 350 participants and kept the crowd engaged from morning until evening with lectures, presentations and roundtable discussions on topics ranging from “The Relationship Between Science and Torah in the Writings of Rav Herzog” to “Innovation in Halacha.” Dr. Naama Sukenik, a researcher at the Israel Antiquities Authority, revealed that a first ancient techelet-dyed fragment of fabric originating in Israel was recently discovered in the stockpile of artifacts recovered from the Wadi Murbaat excavation over 60 years ago. “Until now, our most important discovery had been the piles and piles of murex trunculus (hillazon snail) shells from the area, which served as a silent testimony to the presence of an ancient dyeing industry in Israel,” Dr. Sukenik explained during her

presentation. But this newest finding from the times of Bar Kokhba – sky blue fabric from the Dead Sea region – is definitive proof of both a colored fabrics trade and strict adherence to the biblical commandment of techelet in ancient Israel. Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel, NY, and director of Yeshiva University’s Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, brought the conference to a close with an analysis of the symbolism of the contrasting whiteand techelet-colored fringes of tzitzit. “While the white strings represent that which we can simply understand, the techelet represents the mysterious and the limits of human understanding. For centuries, Jews wore purely white tzitzit. A Jew can fulfill the mitzvah with only white fringes, but only when the concrete and the mysterious are on display side by side are Torah and Judaism truly represented,” posited Rabbi Soloveichik. “Additionally, the union of blue and white fulfills a commandment as well as the dream of Zionism itself. Israel is simultaneously a modern democratic marvel and a symbol of the Jewish people as the Chosen People. This conference is not only a celebration of a scientific discovery and the furthering of Jewish Law, but an opportunity to ponder the symbolism of this combination and recognize our place in the enduring Jewish story.”

Ezer Mizion – A Helping Hand Yetzirah B’chol Tzurah — Creativity in Every Form Ezer Mizion’s Social Clubs are for women in the process of mental health rehabilitation. They enable the women to share their talents – everything from crafts to poetry, from dance to art. The club operates three afternoons a week as a milieu for social interaction and development of independent capabilities in a number of different life spheres. At a recent unique and moving evening, creations were presented opening a window into the private, fragile inner world of these women. Hear are some examples of their work: Independence / Estie Independence means being myself, Without asking others To know what I think and what I want. Independence means working on myself Not to be a slave to my desires And to shake free of my need for praise Independence means setting boundaries And dealing with limitations And using all my abilities Independence means setting up a ladder for myself It means not doing what “everyone” is doing, And being dependent on the Creator alone!

There is a Fear / Bella There is a fear That screams in a whisper That knocks your head in the wall There is terror That freezes you Maybe We won’t be able To hold on. Though it is rare, It is there, Creeping into every corner Gnawing at every good bit Of self-strengthening, Of self-control Bringing us back to the beginning. Miriam presented a one-woman performance, “Balancing the Waves,” a rhythmic, expertly choreographed dance, crafted with the tools she had learned at dance classes given at the Center. The performance was accompanied by lyrics, which served to create a perfect whole, reflecting the same spirit of challenge and hope that arose from the women’s poetry. “Don’t be afraid of the biting reality/ And of cold people/ Everyone carries a load inside/ And there are few who show it./ How much strength there is in a moment/ And eternity has no end/ In every tear yet to fall/ There shall be a smile as well.”

Empowerment Comes To Brooklyn By Ellen Appelbaum Yad HaChazakah, the Jewish Disability Empowerment Center, has opened a resource center at 1389 East 18th Street in Brooklyn. Early visitors received an overview of groundbreaking services that the organization already provides, and Yad’s plans for the future empowerment of Jews with different types of obvious or hidden disabilities. “Disability is the mother of innovation,” commented Mrs. Sharon Shapiro-Lacks, founder and executive director, and herself a wheelchair user. “The curb ramp, for example, that was legally fought for and won by wheelchair users, now benefits bicycle riders, mothers with baby carriages, and luggage schleppers. Along with her husband, Mr. Yisroel Lacks, and community engagement associate, Ms. Leah Weinstein, and under the guidance of a board of directors, Yad HaChazakah has, since its inception in 2006, earned a reputation as one of the “most groundbreaking organizations … of the North American Jewish community.” This approbation comes from the Slingshot Fund, an influential nextgen funding source that identifies and helps to support responsive approaches to issues in Jewish life. This past Tuesday and continuing on the first Tuesday of every month, Yad – in collaboration with the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled – made available the services of a benefits counselor, a 15-year veteran in the field, to help people with disabilities secure the benefits for which they are eligible. Yad has plans to expand its community education efforts in order to dispel the pervasive misconceptions about people with various disabilities or conditions. Called, “Demystifying Disability,” it involves programs for yeshiva, Bais Yaakov, seminary and day school students, and programs for adults. Among the services it currently offers are assistance with resume writing, interview skill development, dating and marriage, finding helpful information and disability-related advocacy and mediation. “We have direct contact with about 1,000 individuals each year,” notes Mrs. Shapiro-Lacks. “We have a growing email list and social networking presence. “We serve anyone with an obvious or hidden disability or condition. This includes people who are aging into disability (which will be many of us as the baby boomers age), people who acquire disabilities during adulthood through trauma or emerging physiological conditions, and people who grew up with disabilities. “I wish we could have an office in every frum community with a meeting room like ours that has empowering and thought-provoking messages and images about disability, attitudes, and access,” says Mrs. Shapiro-Lacks. To contact Yad HaChazakah, you may call 646723-3955 or send an e-mail to info@yadempowers.org.

Laughter Has The Power To Heal To some, costume makeup, rubber noses and silly hats are just play things. But when these very items are placed into the adept and skillful hands of Lev Leytzan medical clowns, they transform into powerful remedial tools in an effort to mend and heal emotional, physical, and mental trauma. Lev Leytzan: The Heart of Therapeutic Clowning, Inc. is a New York-based nonprofit organization, now in its 10th year, uplifts the spirits of the frail, sick, and elderly through the use of professional medical clowning. For those who may be unfamiliar with the term medical clowning, in sum, it is a playful, free-form engagement with specially trained clowns that has been shown to have an impact on healing. Rather than focusing on executing a stage-like performance, the Lev Leytzan troupe is focused on bringing joy to individuals who need a distraction from their current situation. While they may wear costumes that resemble traditional clowns, Lev Leytzan’s Medical Clowns

are set apart in many ways. The art of medical clowning is much more rigorous and intense than typical party clowning. Dr. Neal C. Goldberg, founder and executive director, says, “The [clowns] are engaging with medically frail human beings in a way that’s interactive and therapeutic to the family and patient, nurses, doctors and associated caregivers.” Lev Leytzan is a chesed organization, but its unique approach in the training of its volunteers differentiates it from other organizations in that it requires intensive preparation – similar to that of a Hatzalah member. Director of Development Noach Gordon explains that volunteers “receive training and hone their skills with supervision at various institutions, hospitals, pediatric facilities, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Each Lev Leytzan Medical Clown prepares for the unpredictability of a hospi-

tal environment and a patient’s condition.” Yet, as the volunteers relate, medical clowning goes beyond the patients to the students themselves. As Tehilla Berger describes: “While I was visiting a center for children injured by a major trauma, I playfully engaged a young girl who seemed depressed, sitting on the floor alone. I lowered myself to her and I placed a red clown nose on her nose. Immediately, she completely lit up. It was a smile like I’ve never seen before. While wearing the nose, she came close to me and pressed her clown nose to mine. Then she lit up again. And each time she pressed her nose to mine her smile grew wider. It was a smile that lit up my world, and I found myself with a purpose far too great for words.” Lev Leytzan is expanding initiatives in 2014, developing relationships with additional medical facilities and expanding its services across the country.


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Community Currents

Learning never takes a vacation, even in Miami. (Photo credit: JDN) Yeshiva PTI hosted Harav Reuven Feinstein, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva of Staten Island, for a Yom Iyun in late December. Rav Feinstein spoke about the parshios of Galus and Geulah.

A holiday blood drive open to the public and sponsored by the Jewish Educational Center yielded an impressive 84 pints of blood in just a few hours for the New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center. The drive, organized, coordinated and promoted entirely by the school’s Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy boys’ high school division, drew students, parents, school administrators, faculty, and people literally off the street as the boys visited local stores and restaurants up and down the Elmora section of Elizabeth working to drum up participation. The entire campaign was student planned, organized, promoted and was run by 12th graders Dani Mazorosky of Staten Island, Yosef Kramer of Edison and Avichai Wacsburg of Passaic, as well as 11th graders Azriel Kimmel of Hillside, Bentzi Engel of Elizabeth, and Noah Botvinik of Highland Park.

Touro Colleges Fall 2013 Community Day, “Challenges and Critical Issues Facing the International Social Work Community,” was held to highlight rescue and relief for the world’s most at-risk populations. Keynote speaker Alberto Godenzi, Ph.D., dean of Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, addressed why social workers needed to be “globally literate” even if they never plan to leave New York City, and outlined three essential components for attaining global literacy: global awareness, versatility with language, and “cultural humility.” Godenzi urged students to read a variety of media sources, in different languages, including media, that portray non-Western perspectives, in order to see different points of view. He stressed that cultural humility for a social worker was most important. Other speakers at Community Day included Rebecca Davis, Ph.D., director of the Center of International Social Work Studies, Rutgers University School of Social Work, who spoke on “Strengthening Child Protection Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa”; Susan Mapp, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Social Work, Elizabethtown College, who spoke on “International Child Trafficking”; Lisa Matos, M.A., project director, HealthRight International Human Rights Clinic, who addressed “What you Need to Know about Working with Victims of Torture Seeking Asylum”; and Robin Mama, Ph.D., dean, Monmouth University School of Social Work, who addressed “The Global Agenda & Social Work Day at the United Nations.”

L-R: Rabbi Shlomo Singer, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva PTI, Harav Reuven Feinstein and Rabbi Bodenheim, Associate Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva PTI. (Photo credit: Moshe Magder) In Adam Moisa’s first phone conversation with Michael Strauss, associate dean and entrepreneurin-residence at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business, the dean helped him figure out how to make his startup idea a reality. By the time he hung up, Moisa had a clear plan to get his business off the ground and an in-person meeting scheduled with Strauss – and Moisa wasn’t even enrolled at YU. The personal attention and mentorship that helped Moisa influenced his decision to enroll in Sy Syms’ new Business Honors and Entrepreneurship Program. “I’d much rather learn from someone who’s done it before and is willing to give me handson time than learn from a book,” he said. “I’d also rather be Adam Moisa at YU than student one out of 500 anywhere else. The Honors Program is small, inclusive and personal, which means a ton to me.”


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To Be Or Not To Be “Appointed…Designated From The Previous Day”

(Yoma 66b) Our daf contemplates whether certain functionaries are considered agents. The Gemara examines instances where the category of messenger may apply. As part of the Yom Kippur service, a goat was led for a three-hour walk from the Beis HaMikdash to the edge of a steep cliff. There, it was thrown to its death by the person who accompanied it, thus achieving atonement for the sins of the Jewish nation. The Torah instructs us to appoint a specific person on erev Yom Kippur to perform this task, as the passuk states, “It will be sent to the desert with a designated man” (Vayikra 16:21). Our Sages interpreted this passuk to mean that the goat for Azazel must be sent even when Yom Kippur falls on Shabbos (although this may entail the violation of certain malachos), and even if the appointed escort is impure. Meoros Hadaf Hayomi Newsletters, in Hebrew and/ or English, are published by the Sochachover Kollel of Bnei Brak, led by Rabbi Chaim Dovid Kovalsky. They are available for simcha and memorial dedications via dafyomi@hadaf-yomi.com. For the new tractate of Meoros Shas and the new Meorot Hadaf Hayomi CD ROM in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and French, call 888-563-6768. Meoros HaShabbos is now available at local Judaica stores in Hebrew, English, and Yiddish.

In memory of the yahrzeiten of: Rabbi Nissim b. Rabbi Reuven Gerondi, zt”l, the Ran (9th Shevat, 1380); Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak b. Rabbi Sholom Dov Ber Schneersohn, zt”l, sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe (10th Shevat, 1950); Rabbi Yehuda Zvi b. Rabbi Uri Yolles, zt”l, Samburer Rebbe (11th Shevat, 1919); Rabbi Yisroel Noach b. Rabbi Yitzchok Mattisyaho Weinberg, zt”l, Rosh Yeshiva Aish Hatorah (11th Shevat, 2009); Rabbi Baruch b. Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin, zt”l, Rosh Yeshiva Telz-Cleveland (13th Shevat, 1979); Rabbi Yaakov Yehoshua b. Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Falk, zt”l, author of Pnei Yehoshua (14th Shevat, 1757); Rabbi Aaron b. Rabbi Bertzie Leifer, zt”l, Nadworna Rebbe (14th Shevat, 1891); Rabbi Daniel b. Rabbi Naftali Hertzka Frish, zt”l, author of Matuk M’dvash (14th Shevat, 2005); Rabbi Chaim Mordechai b. Rabbi Menachem Manish Margolis, zt”l, author of Sha’arei Teshuva (15th Shevat, 1723); and Rabbi Moshe b. Rabbi Shraga Zvi Tannenbaum, zt”l, Verpeleter Rav (15th Shevat, 1916).

Mishloach Manos on Purim On Purim there is a mitzvah to send mishloach manos to the poor and our friends and associates. The Binyan Tzion (44; see Mishnah Berurah 695:18) questions whether mishloach manos may be given personally. The passuk states, “mishloach manos” – a sending of gifts from a person to his friend. The word “sending” seems to imply that they should be sent through a messenger. If we were to assume that a messenger must be used, need the messenger be an adult Jew? There is a general principle that a messenger appointed to perform a mitzvah must be an adult Jew, who is obligated in mitzvos. In Torah law, a messenger stands in place of the person who sent him. The mitzvah he performs is thereby directly associated with the person who sent him. A person who is not obligated in mitzvos cannot perform this role. Since children and gentiles are not obligated in mishloach manos, perhaps they cannot deliver them on our behalf. Proxy Vs. Intermediary The Dvar Avraham (I, 13:4; II, 8) argues against this conclusion. When a person is expected to perform a mitzvah on his own, and appoints an agent to perform it on his behalf, the agent takes his place. Therefore, only an agent who is obligated in mitzvos is eligible. However, when we say that a mitzvah is meant to be performed through an intermediary, we are essentially saying that the person need not perform the mitzvah per se; rather, he must see to it that the mitzvah is performed. It therefore makes no difference whether the messenger delivering the mishloach manos is a Jew or gentile, adult or child. The point is not to do the mitzvah, but to make sure that the mitzvah gets done.

THIS WEEK’S LUACH (continued from pg. 7) This Sabbath is referred to as Shabbos Shira – due to the Shira in Parashas Beshalach that we read this week. It is customary to stand for the Shira even in those congregations where one sits at Kerias HaTorah. It is also customary to leave crumbs for the birds on (the eve of) this Sabbath as a remembrance of the manna, of which we read in this parasha. This Thursday is Tu BiShevat, the New Year for trees, we do not say tachanun. There is an age-old custom (Ari’zal) to set a table with many fruits, especially

of those species indigenous to Eretz Yisrael. This custom has become widely accepted today and we serve many new fruits such as figs, pomegranates and dates as well as other fruits upon which we can then recite the blessing of Shehecheyanu. We do so only on new fruits that are noticeably ripe and are suitable for eating. Since, nowadays, many fruits are available all year long, it is best to seek out a new fruit that one has not yet eaten. The rule of Shehecheyanu for a new fruit applies all year long as well (Rema, Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 225:3 and Mishna Berura ad loc.).

The Shliach for the Goat The same reasoning can be applied to the shliach sent to accompany the goat to Azazel. Since the Torah instructed us to send the goat specifically with a shliach, even a child or gentile should be eligible. Why then need we send it with an adult Jew, even when Yom Kippur falls on Shabbos and the laws of Shabbos must be violated to bring the goat? Would it not be better to instruct a gentile to accompany the Azazel? Gezeiras Ha’kasuv The Dvar Avraham answers that, indeed, as far as the principles of appointing a shliach are concerned, a gentile would be eligible. However, in this case, sending a shliach is a gezeiras ha’kasuv; the passuk specifically states that the goat must be sent with a “designated man,” implying that he must be an adult man, and not a child. Furthermore, the Torah tells us that the shliach must immerse in a mikveh after bringing the goat to Azazel. This implies that he must be a Jew who is subject to the laws of ritual impurity according to Torah law. Gentiles are not subject to these laws. Only for these reasons are children and gentiles unfit to bring the goat to Azazel on Yom Kippur.

NEXT WEEK’S LUACH NYC Candle Lighting Time

January 17, 2014 - 16 Shevat 5774 4:35 p.m. NYC. E.S.T. Sabbath Ends: 5:41 p.m. NYC E.S.T. Sabbath Ends: Rabbenu Tam 6:09 p.m. NYC E.S.T. Weekly Reading: Yisro Weekly Haftara: Bi’shenas Mos HaMelech (Isaiah 6:17:6, 9:5-6 Ashkenazim; Isaiah 6:1-13 Sephardim) Daf Yomi: Yoma 70 Mishna Yomit: Horayos 2:4-5 Halacha Yomit: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 328:8-10 Rambam Yomi: Hilchos Yesodei ha’Torah chap. 10 – Hilchos De’os chap. 2 Earliest time for Tallis and Tefillin: 6:23 a.m. NYC E.S.T. Sunrise: 7:16 a.m. NYC E.S.T. Latest Kerias Shema: 9:41 a.m. NYC E.S.T. Sunset: 4:55 p.m. NYC E.S.T.

The following chapters of Tehillim are being recited by many congregations and Yeshivos for our brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisrael: Chapter 83, 130, 142. - Y.K.


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MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL

CAPRI SUSHI & ITALIAN

KEYARA GLATT KOSHER CONTEMPORARY GOURMET CUISINE

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

305-534-0551

8 Rambam, Rechavya 02-566-3271 Fine dining, French and Italian inspired menu, Extensive wine list Parties welcome for all occasions

726 Arthur Godfrey Rd. Sun-Thur 11am-11pm Sat night Sundown-1am

SHEYAN UPSCALE ASIAN RESTAURANT IN THE HEART OF JERUSALEM

5005 Collins Ave., M.B. Inside Carriage Club • (305) 866-3316

8 Rambam, Rechavya 057-942-8640 Glatt kosher elegant dining. Authentic Asian dishes Located in the historic windmill in Rechavya. Stunning private room for all parties

Sushi, Pasta, Pizza, Salads, Fish, Desserts, Wine

KIKAR TELAVIV

SHABBAT MEALS WITH PREPAID RESERVATIONS • TAKE OUT AVAILABLE

NY STEAKHOUSE AND DELI (formally Europa steakhouse and grill) Open from January 7

RABANUT RA’ANANA

98 ACHUZA MERCAZ ELRAM CTR. 09 835 8181 PIZZA, PASTA, SALADS WE DELIVER

www.caprimiamibeach.com

Serving Chinese & Continental

In the days inn hotel 4299 Collins Ave.

RA’ANANA, ISRAEL

JON’S PLACE

Cholov Yisroel

305-535-6077 cell # 954-401-1062

Lunch& Dinner Same great food Free parking

PITA LOCA Glatt Kosher Restaurant

(305) 673-3388

601 Collins Ave., Bet. Ocean Dr. & Collins on 6th St., M.B. Shwarma, Falafel, Steaks, Fish • Catering • Delivery • Eat In • Take Out

PLAYA DEL CARMEN  RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

RARE STEAKHOUSE

Chabad House & Glatt Kosher restaurant - Israeli style, 45 min ride from Cancun airport Kosher room service available! Lunch and dinner delivered to your hotel room Menu & order info at www.jewishplaya.com

GLASGOW SCOTLAND. UK

L’CHAIM’S Lubavitch Glatt Restaurant

1205 17th Street

6410 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor, NJ 08406 (Atlantic City) STRICT SUPERVISION OF RABBI SHALOM EVER of Young Israel

MASHGIACH TEMIDI

AROMA BISTO is closed for winter. It will reopen after Pesach

NEWARK  ELIZABETH, NJ

908-354-6777 • www.NJKOSHER.com • We Deliver GRILL, SHAWRMA, DELI, SUSHI & MORE GLATT KOSHER SUPERVISION OF VAAD HARABONIM OF ELIZABETH, RABBI TEITZ

PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY

All-You-Can-Eat Glatt Kosher Buffet at The JCC, 4221 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach

Reservations 954/966-6955 – www.Shabbatmealsonthebeach.com

TASTY BEACH CAFE

Kosher Dairy

NO

N C H O LO V YI S R O E L

(305) 673-5483

4041 Royal Palm Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140 GOURMET BREAKFAST, LUNCH

GLATT KOSHER CHINESE & SUSHI 973-777-4900

227 Main Ave., Passaic NJ 07055

www.JinGlatt.com

Eat-In • Take-Out • Sun – Thurs 11am – 10pm, Fri 10am-3:30pm Sat. nite - catering only • Under PCK Supervision

TEANECK, NEW JERSEY 515 CEDAR LANE,TEANECK NJ

305-899-0095

SUBRES GRILL

JIN

CHAIKO TAPAS ASIAN FUSION STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI

NORTH MIAMI, FLORIDA

WWW.CHAIKOTAPAS.COM RCBC

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

2218 NE 123rd Street www.SubresGrill.com

ELITE CUISINE Kehilla Glatt Kosher (323) 930-1303

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FLORIDA

“We deliver anywhere you like”

(609) 822-2266

5 MILES FROM NEWARK AIRPORT / JERSEY GARDENS

Great selection from the grill, cooked dishes, typical middle-eastern starters

JERUSALEM Glatt Kosher Restaurant Inc

SHABBAT MEALS ON THE BEACH

Halak Beit Yosef, Mashgiach Temidi

Shabbos Take-Out — Sun-Thur 11-10, Fri. 8-3

609-822-7200

KOSHER ITALIAN • PIZZA – FALAFEL • WWW.BUBBIESBISTRO.COM

Cholov Yisroel

Basarí, Glatt Kosher. Under supervision of the chief Rabbi of Barcelona

• Deli • Chinese • Grill 7119 Beverly Blvd. • Sushi • Platters • Catering

Cholov & Pas Yisroel

5204 Ventnor Ave, Ventnor, NJ 08406 (closest to casinos & AC)

305-532-7273

Dine In • Take Out • Delivery • FREE PARKING • Outside Seating.

www.deliciask osher.com

We deliver to any hotel - Lunch, Dinner and Shabbat meals

BUBBIES BISTRO

SEVENTEEN Restaurant and Sushi Bar (Formerly Tea For Two) 305- 672-0565

WE DELIVER TO ANY HOTEL OR BUSINESS MEETING THROUGHOUT SCOTLAND

125 Santaló st. Barcelona

ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY

157 Elmore Av. Elizabeth NJ 07202

SCOTLAND’S ONLY GLATT KOSHER & SHOMER SHABBOS RESTAURANT & CATERER

DELICIAS KOSHER RESTAURANT tel: 0034-93-2010904

GLATT KOSHER MEDITERRANEAN, ISRAELI, ASIAN CUISINE

AVENUE RESTAURANT & GLATT STAR CATERERS

WWW.LCHAIMSRESTAURANT.CO.UK

BARCELONA, SPAIN

855 E. Twain Ave, Las Vegas • Under Chabad of NV & Congregation Tefillah

New Location: 4101 Pine Tree Drive MB

Tel: 011 44141 638 6116

WE HELP ORGANIZE GOLF, WHISKEY & SIGHTSEEING TOURS

702 940 8000

Catering on/off premises • Friday Night/Shabbos Lunch • Sun-Thurs 12-11, Open Sat Night until 1 am

WE CATER ALL YOUR FOOD REQUIREMENTS BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER AND ALL SHABBOS MEALS

HAIFA RESTAURANT

MEXICO BRAVO GLATT KOSHER CANTINA BAR & GLATT GRILL

201-530-5665 GLATT KOSHER

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

ESPRESSO Café & Sushi Bar Italian Style Dairy & Fish Restaurant Shomer Shabbos

7814 Castor Ave. (215) 745-0130

Pasta, Panini, Salads, Sushi, Desserts & More • Sun-Th 10am-10pm, Fri 10-3, Open Sat. Nite

16850 COLLINS AVE [168th & Collins] 305-948-1158

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 702 940 8000 HAIFA RESTAURANT

UPSCALE DINE-IN, TAKEOUT & DELIVERY • PATIO • FREE PARKING WORLD’S FINEST AUTHENTIC KOSHER MEXICAN RESTAURANT

855 E. Twain Ave, Las Vegas • Under Chabad of NV & Congregation Tefillah

ORLANDO, FLORIDA DISNEY

GLATT KOSHER MEDITERRANEAN, ISRAELI, ASIAN CUISINE

A LOWER EAST SIDE Glatt RESTAURANT & SHUL

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Dine-In -Cater-out, Call-Click-Come 407-465-0565 Rabbi Manish Spitz

BEN YEHUDA CAFE & PIZZERIA

(301) 681-8900 Voted the Best Pizza in DC by Washington WTOP Radio

866 www.

Kosherorlando.com

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1370B Lamberton Drive - Silver Spring - MD - 20902 Yoshon & Cholov Yisroel - Delivery Available

SIMKA’S SWEETS ICE CREAM & SWEET SHOP

View our menu and learn more at www.bypizza.co/jpress

(352) 243-2230 600 Cagan Park Ave. Clermont — 4 Miles West of Animal Kingdom

MOTI’S GRILL & DELI

301.468.0400/ 301.231.0839

Glatt Kosher Restaurant Serving Middle Eastern Cuisine & New York Deli 4860 Boiling Brook Parkway, Rockville, MD • Groups welcomed for sit-down, carry-out or delivery service also visit KosherMart, a full service grocery store, www.koshermart.com

AVENTURA, FLORIDA South Florida’s Best Chinese Restaurant & Sushi 660 W. Hallandale Bch Blvd., Hallandale 33009 (ORB) (954) 248-3111 Dine In, Take Out, Order for Delivery www.eatatchosen.com

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA

ASIA :: SUSHI :: WOK :: GRILL ORB 7600 W. Camino Real

(561) 544-8100

JON’S PLACE Cholov Yisroel

(561) 338-0008 22191 Powerline Rd. (Southwest Corner Palmetto & Powerline) Pizza, Pasta, Salads and More — Under Supervision of ORB

GREATER DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA

JERUSALEM Glatt Kosher Restaurant & Deli, Grocery, & Pizza 366 W. Granada Blvd (7 min. from I95 & 7 min from the Beach) Tel: 386-671-0033 www.GlattKosherFlorida.com

Sup. Rabbi Pinchas Ezagui, Head of Chabad

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA

BEYOND by Shemtov’s 514 41st St.

glatt (847) 677-DINE www.shallotsbistro.com

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Full Service

305-538-2123

Catering on and off premises * Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Proudly serving YOGEN FRUZ (cholov yisroel) • Sun-Thur 9am-11pm, Fri 9am-4pm, Sat. Night open until 2 am

PLAYA DEL CARMEN  RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO Chabad House & Glatt Kosher restaurant - Israeli style, 45 min ride from Cancun airport Kosher room service available! Lunch and dinner delivered to your hotel room Menu & order info at www.jewishplaya.com

BRONX LISTINGS FOUND AFTER BROOKLYN MANHATTAN Corner of 92nd and Amsterdam Ave (Upper West Side) 212 362 0700. Open for lunch and dinner Sunday thru Thursday

RATED #1 BEST PIZZA IN N.Y.

BRAVO

Wall St Location - 17 Trinity Place 212-344-1111 Midtown Location – Broadway & 37th St 212-268-4499

KOSHER CAJUN N.Y. Deli & Grocery Eat-in Take Out - Grocery 3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-888-2010; Fax 504-888-2014

BROADWAY’S JERUSALEM 2

Shomer Shabbos - Chabad Supervision — www.koshercajun.com

Now there is the beautiful brand-new Jerusalem Cafe

Serving N.O. for Over 20 Years - Delivery to Hotels - M-Th 10-7, Fri & Sun 10-3

35 West 36th Street (between 5th And 6th Ave) just 1 & a half blocks from Macy’s

www.Asiabocaraton.com

DINE-IN :: TAKE-OUT :: CATERING :: EVENTS :: PARTIES Open Saturdays 1 hr. after Shabbat ends

215-677-3323

Shish-kebobs, Fish, Steaks, Falafel • Open Sun-Thur: 12-10pm, open Motzei Shabbos.

AMSTERDAM BURGER COMPANY Glatt Kosher

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

SHALLOTS BISTRO 7016 Carpenter Road, Skokie, IL

Glatt Kosher International Fine Dining, European Style

9859 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19115

Ice Cream, Bulk Candy, Homemade Waffle Cones, Coffee ORTHODOX SUPERVISION - RCF

Enjoy an upscale, elegant and fine dining Franco-American experience!

CHOSEN

PALACE ROYAL

Pizza, Falafel, Design Your Own Salad or Sub, Sushi, Hot Buffet, Deserts, etc.

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

DAVID CHU’S CHINA BISTRO

Glatt Kosher

(410) 602-5008

7105 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore

Delicious Choices At Great prices!! Order online at J2NYC.COM

212-398-1475

B, L & Dinner: M-Th 7:30am-10pm, Fri 7:30am-2:30pm, Motzei Shabbos 1 hr after-1am, Sun 9am-10pm On-street parking in front of the store weekends; also weekdays after 7 p.m.

BEST KOSHER CHINESE RESTAURANT IN TOWN

TOV PIZZA Voted Baltimore’s Best Kosher Pizza 6313 Reisterstown Rd., (410) 358-4TOV (4868) Groups & Buses Welcome Serving Pizza • Pasta • Fish • Knish • Salads • Soups • Etc. Maryland’s oldest kosher dairy restaurant • Website: www.TovPizza.com

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

CAFÉ EILAT Brick Oven Pizza Su-Th 11-9, F 11-1

(617) 277-7770 406 Harvard St., Brookline Eat-in-Take-out

Sushi, Pizza, Pasta, Fish, Wraps, Panini, Mexican & Salads • Yoshon, Cholov Yisroel

CAFE 11 - Financial District - Sushi, Sandwiches, Salads, Soups 11 Broadway (Lobby) - 212-425-2233 - www.cafe11nyc.com Take out & FREE Delivery -

CLASSICO

Cholov & Pas Yisroel: M-T 8-5: Fri 8-2

Glatt Mediterranean Cuisine, Gourmet Deli & Sushi Lounge

35 West 57th Street (Bet 5th & 6th Ave.)

(212) 355-5411

Prime Cut Steaks, Chicken Dishes, Shish Kabob, Fish, Pasta • Beer & Wine Selection Street Parking in front of restaurant after 7:00 pm Mon - Thurs Delivery & Distinctive Catering for Home or Office

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BROOKLYN

COLBEH Glatt Kosher Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

CORNER CAFÉ Casual Dairy Dining (718) 435-2233 www.my-cornercafe.com

32 West 39 St. (Mid Town)

(212) 354-8181

2 Ditmas Ave. (cor. Dahill Rd.)

Inside and Outside Catering.• Free Delivery all over NYC. • Vaad Harabonim of Queens

KOSHER DELUXE Glatt Kosher Fast Food Family Restaurant 10 W. 46th St. (Off 5th Avenue) (212) 869-6699 Fax (212) 819-1139

STATEN ISLAND

Diet Menu • Kids menu • Catering on & off premises

Fresh Fish, Pasta, Salads, Fresh Juice Bar, Diet Muffins, Pastries • Badatz Tartikov

DAY FIVE SUSHI

718-513-6662 Kehila Kashrus

1724 Coney Island Ave (Ave N)

Day5sushi.com

Supv. of Amrom Roth - Walking Distance from Diamond District - Expert in Office Catering

Free delivery (with min order) Parve/Dairy Restaurant.

Theater district & Rockefeller Center — www.KosherDeluxe.com • Party Room Available

Specialty Desserts. Freshest, Best Sushi Around! Our customers tell us all the time that they can’t eat sushi anywhere else after tasting ours!

LE MARAIS Glatt Kosher French Bistro. 150 West 46th Street (between 6th & 7th)

single malt & bourbon reserve, private parties, catering and gourmet butcher shop.

EL GAUCHO GLATT

SteakHouse

Glatt Kosher Family Restaurants

East: 61 E. 34th St. (on Park Ave.) (212) 576-1010 Grand Central Terminal: 42 St. & Park Ave. (212) 856-9399 Rockefeller Center 10 Rockefeller Plaza (37W. 48th St.) Dining Concourse (212) 262-9600

Catering • We Deliver • Supervision of R.Y. Babad Tartikov Rov • Sun. - Thurs. 12 pm - 11 pm

ESSEN NY DELI

The Taste of the Lower East Side 718-859-1002

1359 Coney Island Ave.

EAT-IN, TAKE-OUT, SIMCHA ROOM, SHABBOS TAKE-OUT, OFFICE PARTIES, CATERING, WE DELIVER

ASIAN BISTRO & SUSHI

ESTIHANA

(718) 677-1515

1217 Ave. J (Bet. E. 12th & 13th) Vaad Harabonim of Flatbush; Kehilah Kashrus • www.Estihana.com • Glatt Kosher

Now also in Brooklyn — see Brooklyn listing

Glatt Kosher Contemporary Gourmet Cuisine

228 W. 72 St • (212) 799-3911 • Fax (212) 799-3890 www.mikesbistro.com • Pvt Rooms for Corp. Luncheons / Sheva Brachot

CHOLOV YISROEL 212-575-6550

BREAKFAST-LUNCH • SOUPS, SALADS, DELICIOUS PIZZAS! MON-THU 7AM-7PM, FRI 7AM-3PM, SAT 7PM-12AM, SUN 11AM-7PM

SHALOM BOMBAY

Glatt Kosher Indian Cuisine 212-922-0224

344 Lexington Ave (Btwn 39th & 40th) $13.95 Lunch Buffet, Dine In, Take Out, Delivery

GLATT ÀLACARTE Glatt Kosher (718) 438-6675 We Deliver

5123 18th Ave.

“Fine Elegant Dining & Take Out”

The Finest Continental Grill Gourmet in the Heart of Brooklyn Serving Meat and Fish Dishes — R’ Y. Babad-Tartikover Rov. • Sun-Thurs. 1:00-10 pm SELECTIONS OF FINE WINES AND BEERS • NEW: LUNCH MENU

HOLY SCHNITZEL

819 AVE U

7186274659 HOLY

Baguettes, Burgers, Sandwiches, Wraps & Schnitzels! Kehilah Kashrut Free Delivery and Catering

www.HolySchnitzel.com

KOSHER DELIGHT Glatt Kosher Fast Food Family Restaurant

Glatt Kosher

(212) 744-0210

155 E. 84 St. Bet. Lex. & 3rd Open for Lunch Noon - 3:00 pm www.teverenyc.com — Elegant and Romantic Dining

24 HOURS  DAIRY/SUSHI

Cholov Yisroel

NYC’S ONLY KOSHER 24 HOUR RESTAURANT – Delivery in Manhattan

718-239-5455 Near Bronx Zoo

(212) 317-1950

QUEENS

BAGELS & CO. - Fresh Handrolled Bagels - Cholov Yisroel & Kemach Yoshon Fresh Medows:

188-02 Union Turnpike

FIVE TOWNS AREA  NASSAU COUNTY

HOLY SCHNITZEL

688 CENTRAL AVE, CEDARHURST 5163744659 HOLY

Baguettes, Burgers, Sandwiches, Wraps & Schnitzels! Vaad of 5 Towns Free Delivery and Catering

MENDELSOHN’S Famous Pizza

(718) 854-0600

4418 18 Ave. Bet McDonald Ave & Dahill Road

WOK TOV Glatt Kosher Chinese & Sushi Restaurant - F/T Mashgiach 594 Central Av., Cedarhurst (516) 295-3843; Fax (516) 295-3865 Open Daily till 10pm; Thur. till 10:30pm; Fri. 2 hrs before Shabbos. Delivery - 15 min. from JFK/lunch specials/catering/sushi platters/diet gourmet/frozen travel/American Menu, Low carb menu, 68 seats, Sushi Bar, Party Room/credit cards accepted www.woktov5t.com

GREAT NECK, NEW YORK

BAGEL MENTCH

Cholov Yisroel (516) 487-2243

176 Middleneck Road, Great Neck Catering Specialists — Finest Appetizing — Eat-In Facility Under the Supervision of Vaad Harabonim of Queens • Yoshon Flour Used

Setting New Standards for Kosher Chinese Cuisine • www.cho-senvillage.com Open Sun.-Thurs. 12 Noon - 10 P.M., Sat. Night 1 Hr after Shabbat ‘til 12:30 A.M. “NORTH SHORE’S ONLY KOSHER SUSHI BAR”

Convenient Boro Park Location

Vaad Harabonim of Queens

Finest selection of pizza, soups, salads, breakfast & lunch over 100 delicious dairy hot items

COLBEH Glatt Kosher Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant

Complete dairy restaurant / catering — Extravagant Salad Bar

Free Delivery 75 N. Station Plaza (Great Neck) (516) 466-8181

Supervision

and Rabbi Binyamin Gruber

Cholov Yisroel Kemach Yoshon

Inside & Outside Catering. Private Ballroom up to 200 persons. Vaad Harabonim of Queens

Open Saturday Night

MENDY’S / MENDY’S BISTRO

At The Jewish Children’s Museum

792 Eastern Parkway

Enjoy Live Jazz Nights • www.wolfandlambsteakhouse.com

(718) 907-8877

ROSLYN, NEW YORK

COLBEH Glatt Kosher Mediterranean Restaurant & Caterers One The Intervale, Roslyn Estates

Catering Hall On Site Up To 200 people

Inside & Outside Catering

(516) 621-2200

Under Vaad Harabonim of Queens

Hours: Sun. - Thur. 12-12, Friday Closed, Open Motzei Shabbos 1 hr after Shabbos

BROOKLYN Vegetarian & Dairy

Takeout & Delivery • Grilled Pizza, Pasta, Fish , Salads & Sushi

NOT JUST

MONSEY, NEW YORK

BAGELS & CHEESE

KOSHER CASTLE

1304 Ave M • Let us Cater Your Next Simcha • (718) 998-8778

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Week In Review

STORIES THAT DIDN’T MAKE THE FRONT PAGES Edited by JASON MAOZ

ISRAEL/MIDEAST NEWS U.S. OFFICIALS: HIZBULLAH UPGRADES MISSILE THREAT Hizbullah operatives are smuggling components of advanced guided missiles from Syria to Lebanon, U.S. officials said. Operatives from the Shiite terrorist group have been moving the components in parts to avoid detection and air strikes by Israel, unnamed officials told The Wall Street Journal. As many as 12 guided-missile systems may now be in Hizbullah’s possession inside Syria, according to U.S. officials briefed on the intelligence, the newspaper said. In addition to aircraft, Hizbollah will be able to target ships and bases with the new systems, which include supersonic Yakhont rockets. Such guided weapons would be a major step up from the “dumb” rockets and missiles Hizbullah now has stockpiled, and could sharply increase the group’s ability to deter Israel in any potential new battle, the officials said. U.S. and Israeli officials also said several strikes last year attributed to Israel stopped shipments of surface-to-air SA-17 anti-aircraft weapons and ground-toground Fateh-110 rockets to Hizbullah locations in Lebanon. Some originated from Iran, others from Syria itself. On Dec. 31, Israel conducted its second successful experiment on the Arrow-3 interceptor missile. Arrow-3 is designed to intercept large, longer range missiles as part of Israel’s multilayer interception defense array.

SHARON NEEDS ‘MIRACLE’ TO STOP DETERIORATION, DOCTOR SAYS The condition of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon continues to deteriorate as his organs slowly shut down. “Unless there is a turn on the level of a miracle, his condition will get worse and worse from day to day,” Dr. Zeev Rotstein, director general of Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, said Monday. “The threat to his life has not decreased; it may have even increased.” In addition to multiple organ failure, Sharon is suffering from a blood infection, according to the doctor. Sharon’s family was called to his side last week, when his medical condition began deteriorating and doctors reportedly gave him days to live. His condition is listed as critical. Rotstein on Sunday at his daily media briefing called Sharon “a true lion.” Sharon is no longer receiving kidney dialysis due to his condition. Sharon, 85, has been in a coma-like state since he had a major stroke in January 2006. With the exception of a short furlough to his ranch in Israel’s Negev Desert, Sharon has remained at Sheba since his stroke.

ISRAEL DISMISSES CLAIM ON SLAYING OF AMIA BOMBERS The Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismissed a claim by Yitzhak Aviran, Israel’s envoy to Argentina from 1993 to 2000, that Israel has killed most of those responsible for the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community building in Buenos Aires. “The statements by former ambassador Aviran, who has been in retirement for some 15 years, are completely disconnected from reality,” the ministry said in a statement released over the weekend. “These remarks, made on no authority nor knowledge, are pure fantasy and do not reflect in any way events or facts such as he pretends to depict.” Aviran made the claim in an interview published Jan. 2 by the Jewish News Agency, or AJN, a Spanish-language service. Eighty-five people died in the 1994 suicide bombing at the multistory AMIA building and hundreds more were wounded. Aviran arrived in Buenos Aires the year before the attack and a year after a car bomb in front of the Israeli Embassy in the city killed 29 and wounded 200.

BUS BOMB CALLED SIMILAR TO BOSTON MARATHON TYPE The bomb that exploded last month on an evac-

uated public bus in central Israel closely resembled the type used in the Boston Marathon attack. The explosive in Bat Yam was enclosed in a pressure cooker and was activated by a cell phone, according to the Shin Bet security service. Some 14 people have been arrested in the foiled Bat Yam attack, the Shin Bet announced after a gag order on the arrests was lifted on Jan. 2. Among them are four members of the terrorist group Islamic Jihad from Bethlehem and a Bedouin Israeli, the Times of Israel reported. The bomb, which was placed in a black backpack with wires sticking out, detonated on Dec. 22. The passengers were evacuated from the bus before the bomb was detonated after alerting the driver to a suspicious package left on the vehicle, which was traveling from Bnei Brak to Bat Yam. At the Boston Marathon in April, three people were killed and more than 250 were injured by a bomb allegedly made by brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, possibly using an al Qaeda manual online.

GOOGLE, ISRAELI GOVERNMENT TO COOPERATE ON TECHNOLOGY Google and Israel signed a memorandum of understanding in which the tech giant agreed to provide technological services to the Israeli government. Under the agreement signed by Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Google Israel CEO Meir Brand, Google will help improve e-government services and open government, as well as support Israeli start-ups. Israel reportedly will share ideas and information with the company. The agreement “was formulated as part of the recognition of the importance of technology to access government information and services, to reduce the bureaucratic burden, to improve government services to citizens and businesses, and for economic growth,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement. Google also will sponsor a scholarship program with Ben-Gurion University for engineering, computer science and public policy students.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS WEAPONS CACHE FOUND AT SLAIN PALESTINIAN ENVOY’S PRAGUE HOME A cache of illegal weapons was discovered at the home of the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic a day after he was killed in an explosion there. A Czech police spokeswoman confirmed to local media that the arms, reportedly enough to arm 10 people, were found in the Prague home of Jamal al-Jamal. The weapons were not registered with Czech authorities, according to reports. Al-Jamal, who in October was named the envoy to Prague, was killed when a safe in the home exploded. Conflicting reports said the safe had not been in use in 20 years or that it had been in regular use. The safe recently was moved from a former embassy building that had housed the offices of the Palestine Liberation Organization more than two decades ago. The ambassador reportedly had removed some of the safe’s contents before it exploded, according to The Associated Press. Al-Jamal joined the Fatah movement in 1975. He served as a diplomat in Bulgaria and then in 1984 in Prague. Between 2005 and 2013 he was consul general to Alexandria, Egypt.

POPE TO VISIT ISRAEL IN MAY Pope Francis will visit Israel in May as well as Jordan and the West Bank. The pontiff made the formal announcement of his longanticipated trip from his Vatican window before a crowd who had gathered in St. Peter’s Square on a rainy Sunday. “In the climate of joy, typical of this Christmas season, I wish to announce that from 24 to 26 May next, God willing, I will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land,” he said after celebrating Mass. Francis said he would visit Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. The main purpose of the trip, he said, would be “to commemorate the meeting between

Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras” that took place 50 years ago, on Jan. 5, 1964. Paul VI was the first pontiff to visit the Holy Land. Francis’s two predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVII, both made pilgrimages to the region. Francis had been officially invited to visit Israel on several occasions since he was elected pope in April, and he expressed his desire and intention to visit the Holy Land on more than one occasion.

U.S. NEWS N.Y. KNOCKOUT SUSPECT CHARGED WITH HATE CRIMES A Brooklyn man accused of several so-called knockout game attacks in the New York borough was charged with hate crimes. Barry Baldwin, 35, was charged with six counts each of assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime for attacks that allegedly took place in heavily Jewish neighborhoods from Nov. 9 to late December. Others charges include menacing and endangering the welfare of a child. The victims were all Jewish women who ranged in age from 20 to 78. One of the victims fell on the small child she was holding during the attack. Baldwin was arrested on Dec. 28 by the New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force. In the so-called knockout game, attackers try to knock out an individual with one punch. Other incidents of knockout attacks have occurred in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., as well as other U.S. states, according to reports. A Long Island, N.Y., man was arrested in midDecember in connection with four other knockout attacks that date back as far as April.

IRAN’S KHAMENEI TOPS WIESENTHAL CENTER LIST OF ANTI-SEMITIC SLURRERS Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was No. 1 on the list of Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs assembled by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Khamenei referred to Israel as the “rabid dog in the region,” according to the list released last week. “Its leaders look like beasts and cannot be called human,” he also said. The list included the ultranationalist Jobbik party in Hungary, citing its deputy leader, Marton Gyongyosi, as calling for a registry of all Jews in Hungary as a security measure. Gyongyosi also was quoted as saying that “Jews are trying to build outside Israel. There’s a kind of expansionism in their behavior.” Several groups calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel shared one spot on the list, including the American Studies Association, musician Roger Waters and The United Church of Canada. The list also includes, among others, Recip Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister of Turkey; Richard Falk, the special rapporteur for the United Nations on Palestinian human rights; and writers Alice Walker and Max Blumenthal.

Compiled from reports by JTA, JNS, Israel National News, Middle East News Line and Jewish Press staff.


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Let me tell you something: as much as the world of communication has advanced, it still hasn’t caught up to the “instant” news media we had in our day. Whenever anything in our immediate neighborhood happened, you could find out instantly by going to the corner candy store where Mrs. Grodefsky was the cable news of our day. If someone was going to have a baby, she knew thirty seconds after the mother knew. If someone was going to get married, she knew sixty seconds after the proposal was made. Listen, there wasn’t much Mrs. Grodefsky didn’t know. Was she a busybody? Of course not. All she did was work behind the counter making up sodas, but in those years, who in our neighborhood had a telephone? No one, except for the corner candy store. So if a doctor would call a woman to tell her the pregnancy test was positive, she would gasp, “Oy, doctor that’s wonderful, my husband will be so happy” – and Mrs. Grodefsky had her scoop. Or a girl’s boyfriend proposed over the telephone, her reaction was all Mr. Grodefsky needed to get the word out to the neighborhood And how did she relay these instant “bulletins”? Everyone in the neighborhood knew her signals. If someone gave birth she would hang a little rubber doll in the store window. If someone got engaged, two huge boxes of chocolates went into the window with a sign that read “Mazel Tov!” If a “hard news” story broke, the bulletin would go out in a special way. Take the time Mr. Barenholtz was arrested for punching his boss in the nose. Mrs. Grodefsky gave one of the neighborhood kids a penny to run up to Mrs. Barenholtz’s apartment to tell her to go to the police station. The kid ran to the apartment house, stood in the hall, and yelled out, “B-a-re-n-h-ol-t-z! Mrs. Grodefsky says you should go to the police station to bail out your husband. He hit his boss!” Fifteen doors opened and ten neighbors joined poor Mrs. Barenholtz on her pilgrimage to the police station. Saturday nights at the candy store was almost a must. We would stand in front of the store from about 7 o’clock on and wait for the “date” calls to come in. Whenever a “date” call came in Mrs. Grodefsky would answer the phone in the following manner: “Hullah?” Then she would pause. “Goldberg? Sarah Goldberg? Yeh, yeh, I know. Wait, I’ll have a boy call her. Listen, don’t bring candy – stop by my store. I’m running ah special. Wait, I’ll get Sarah...” Then she would motion to one of us, give us the building address and say, “Tell Sarah Goldberg it’s her boyfriend. He’s calling for a date. But yell loud!”

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In 1951 on January 17, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, delivered his first maamar.

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Lyubavichi is a village in Rudnyansky District of Smolensk Oblast, Russia. In the days of the Russian Empire, it was a shtetl in Orshansky Uyezd, in Mogilev Governorate. It is known to have existed since at least 1654. For two weeks in 1812 it was occupied by Napoleonic troops and had 2,500 inhabitants in 1857. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the village was known to have the largest market in the Mogilyov province with a turn-over of over 1.5 million rubles. With the introduction of communism, its chassidic leadership left Lyubavichy, and its Jewish population gradually declined and secularized. On November 4, 1941, 483 local Jews were massacred by the Nazis and their collaborators, putting an end to the village’s Jewish presence.

JEFF REZNIK The following events occurred during this week in history: Shevat 10 – a milestone to the followers of Chabad Lubavitch: In 1914 on February 6, Rebbetzin Rivkah, wife of the Rebbe Maharash, passed away. She was the granddaughter of the Mittler Rebbe. Many Lubavitch institutions worldwide are named for her including Bais Rivka Schools for girls in Crown Heights. In 1950 on January 28, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, passed away.

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BROOKLYN KIMCHEE LLC, a domestic LLC, f led with the SSNY on 9/10/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 191 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222. General Purpose. JP 1551 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Ksh enterprises LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY)10/2/13. Off ce: Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 136 Bellaire Rd. Massapequa, NY 11758. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP 1552 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14 Notice of Formation of 2243 Grand Ave. LLC, Art. of Org. f led Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/8/13. Office location: Bronx County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Fahd Musleh, 2243 Grand Ave., Bronx, NY 10453. Purpose: any lawful activities.

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Bluetech Photo LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/22/13. Off ce in Rockland Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 46 Main St. Ste 222, Monsey, NY 10952. Purpose: General. JP 1560 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Greenwood Building Enterprises LLC Arts of Org. f led with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 9/18/13. Off ce:Kings. SSNY is design. as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 602 39th St. #102 Brooklyn, NY 11232. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP 1572 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Timlin Advisors, LLC Authority f led SSNY 10/25/13. Off ce: NY Co. LLC formed in DE 10/15/13. SSNY design. agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served and shall mail copy to 1133 Broadway #708 New York, NY 10010. Cert of Formation f led DE SOS, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1586 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

South 10 & 11 LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/27/13. Off ce in Westchester Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Troy G. Blomberg, Esq., 365 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY 10801. Purpose: General. JP# 1620 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Sterling ZM LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/25/13. Off ce in Rockland Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 11 Paiken Dr., Spring Valley, NY 10977. Purpose: General. JP 1561 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Notice of Formation of DC&TAI LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/29/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 46 N. Clover Dr., Great Neck, NY 11021. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1574 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Notice of Formation of L&M Reserve LLC, f led under the original name Independence Owners LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 7/29/13. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 1865 Palmer Ave., Ste. 203, Larchmont, NY 10538. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP# 1608 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Granda Capital Ventures, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/14/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 10 Twin Ponds Rd, Kings Point, NY 11024. Purpose: General. JP 1562 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Julimax LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/14/13. Off ce in Westchester Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Yuri Molozanoff, 8 Stafford Pl, Larchmont, NY 10538. Purpose: General. JP 1563 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

JP 1553 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14 Notice of Formation of East 187 LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/8/13. Office location: Bronx County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Fahd Musleh, 689 East 187 St., Bronx, NY 10458. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP 1554 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14 Notice of For mation of Edgecombe Preservation Managers LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/20/13. Off ce location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 1865 Palmer Ave., Ste. 203, Larchmont, NY 10538. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP 1555 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14 Notice of Formation of Treehouse Strategy and Communications Consulting LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/5/13. Off ce location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 75 South Broadway, 4th Fl., White Plains, NY 10601. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP 1556 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Notice of Formation of HOJS LLC Art of Org f led with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/26/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O The LLC, 100-20 40th Road Corona NY 11368 which is also the principal business location. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP 1557 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14 Notice of Formation of FGF Construction LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/7/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 55 Edgewood Rd., Valley Stream, NY 11580. Registered Agent upon whom process may be served: 38-05 Broadway, Ste. 201, Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP 1558 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14 BRINZENSKY LAW FIRM PLLC, a Prof. LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with the SSNY on 06/14/2013. Off ce loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 150 Broadway, Ste. 808, NY, NY 10038. Purpose: To Practice The Profession Of Law. JP 1559 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14 Notice of Qualif cation of Bayshore Capital Holdings, LLC. Authority f led with NY Dept. of State on 11/21/13. Off ce location: NY County. LLC formed in MI on 10/23/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. MI and principal business addr.: 31200 Northwestern Hwy., Farmington Hills, MI 48334. Arts. of Org. filed with Director, Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau, Lansing, MI 48909. Purpose: all lawful purposes. JP# 1775 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Smash Bucket, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/21/13. Off ce in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 106 President St. Apt. 3L, Brooklyn, NY 11231. Purpose: General. JP 1564 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

871 Hart LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/20/13. Off ce in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 199 Lee Ave #894, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Purpose: General. JP 1565 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Yuuki Kitada Architect PLLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/7/13. Office in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Company, 80 State St, Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Architecture. JP 1566 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

N O T I C E O F F O R M AT I O N o f 155NORTHERNIHOP, LLC Art. of Org f led Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/20/13. Off ce location: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 1550 Lemoine Ave, Ste 207, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP 1567 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

NOTICE OF FORMATION of FAIRPOINT BUILDERS LLC. Art. of Org. f led w/Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/6/13. Off ce location: Bronx County. SSNY designated as agent for service of process. SSNY shall mail process to: 170 Old Country Rd., Mineola, NY 11501. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP 1569 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Notice of Formation of Innocuous 405-53 LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/12/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Sean Altschul, Esq., Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP, 250 Park Ave., NY, NY 10177. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP 1570 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

NOTICE OF FORMATION of 5Points Group LLC Art. of Org f led Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/19/13. Off ce location: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 594 Broadway, Ste 405, New York, NY 10012. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP# 1571 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (LLC). Name: 4521 AKR, LLC. Articles of organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/30/2012. Off ce location: Richmond County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 101 Tyrellan Ave, SI, NY 10309, agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: Real Estate JP# 1573 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Amec Carting, LLC Authority f led with SSNY 11/1/13. Off ce: Westchester Co. LLC formed in CT on 9/19/00. SSNY is design. agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served and shall mail copy to: 270 Main Ave. Norwalk, CT 06851 . Cert of Formation f led CT Sec. of State, 30 Trinity St., Hartford, CT 06115. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1587 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Notice of Formation of Dr. Aaron David And Dr. Larissa Fomitcheva OB/GYN, PLLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/27/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2829 Frankel Blvd, Merrick, NY 11566. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1575 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Amec Construction, LLC Authority filed with SSNY 11/1/13. Office: Westchester Co. LLC formed in CT on 7/17/07. SSNY is design. agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served and shall mail copy to: 270 Main Ave. Norwalk, CT 06851 . Cert of Formation f led CT Sec. of State, 30 Trinity St., Hartford, CT 06115. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1588 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Notice of Formation of GCP Crossways, LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/15/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 152 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1576 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Notice of Formation of Dormih Tower LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 8/2/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: POB 191000, Brooklyn, NY 11219. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1655 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Products-R-US, LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/26/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2115 Donna Dr., Merrick, NY 11566. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1577 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Notice of Formation of ENY HOTEL L.L.C. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/25/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1300 Tonnelle Ave, North Bergen, NJ 07047. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1578 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Notice of Formation of Pelham Towers ALP LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/27/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1221 E. 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11230. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1579 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Notice of Qualification of Santa Ana Investment, LLC. Authority f led with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/21/13. Off ce location: Kings County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 9/3/13. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 98 Eagle St, Apt 2R, Brooklyn, NY 11222. DE address of LLC: 2140 S. Dupont Hwy, Camden, DE 19934. Cert. of Formation f led with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St. Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1580 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Notice of Formation of Summit Electronics LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 10/18/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1 Rewe St, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1581 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Nextgen Wholesale LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/13/13. Off ce: Kings Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 3020 Ave. Y Brooklyn, NY 11235. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1583 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Zaken Kannon LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/20/13. Office: Kings Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 1021 E. 108th Street Brooklyn, NY 11236. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1584 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Papillon f nancial LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/8/13. Off ce: Kings Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 1710 Avenue H #B3 Brooklyn, NY 11230. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1585 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Triple LI LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/13/13. Off ce:Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 25 Welwyn Rd. Great Neck, NY 11021. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1590 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Sanderstead Consulting LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/25/13. Office:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 116 Pinehurst Ave #H31 New York, NY 10033. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1591 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

CECI THOMPSON LLC. Art. of Org. f led with NY Secy. of State (SSNY) on 11/6/13. Off ce location: Kings Co. SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail process to CECI THOMPSON LLC, 24 3RD St. #2R, Brooklyn, NY 11231. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1604 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of For mation Hudson Valley Anesthesia Associates PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 11/25/2013. Off. Loc.: Westchester Cnty. SSNY designated as agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 1940 Commerce Street, Suite 212, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. Purpose: all lawful activities. JP# 1602 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation Interventional Pain Management Services, PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 11/18/2013. Off. Loc.: Westchester Cnty. SSNY designated as agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 1940 Commerce Street, Suite 212, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. Purpose: all lawful activities. JP# 1603 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

NOTICE OF FORMATION of The Lally Group LLC Art. of Org f led Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/2/13. Off ce location: Kings Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 24 Monroe Pl., Apt. 4D, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP# 1605 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

CLINTON PARK STABLES ASSOCIATES LLC, Arts. of Org. f led with the SSNY on 06/12/2003. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 618 West 52nd St., NY, NY 10019. Reg Agent: Conor McHugh, 618 West 52nd St., NY, NY 10019. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. JP# 1606 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of LGI SERVICES, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/26/13. Off ce location: NY County. Princ. off ce of LLC: c/o Lighthouse Guild International, Attn: Chair, 15 W. 65th St., NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. off ce. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1607 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of For mation of Essex Land Associates LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/19/12. Off ce location: Rockland County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Isidor D. Friedenberg, Esq., 2 Cara Dr., Suffern, NY 10901. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP# 1609 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Essex Operations Associates LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/19/12. Off ce location: Rockland County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Isidor D. Friedenberg, Esq., 2 Cara Dr., Suffern, NY 10901. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP# 1610 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Washington Land Associates LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/19/12. Off ce location: Rockland County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Isidor D. Friedenberg, Esq., 2 Cara Dr., Suffern, NY 10901. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP# 1611 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Washington AH Operations Associates LLC, Art. of Org. f led Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/28/13. Off ce location: Rockland County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Isidor D. Friedenberg, Esq., 2 Cara Dr., Suffern, NY 10901. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP# 1612 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of For mation of Washington Operations Associates LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 11/19/12. Office location: Rockland County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Isidor D. Friedenberg, Esq., 2 Cara Dr., Suffern, NY 10901. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP# 1613 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

SCOTT SANDERS MD, PLLC Articles of Org. f led NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/3/13. Off ce in Rockland Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 53 Pecan Valley Dr., New City, NY 10956. Purpose: To practice Medicine. JP# 1614 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

293 Hewes Street LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/15/13. Off ce in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 199 Lee Ave #693, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Purpose: General. JP# 1621 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

First 26 LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/27/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 19 Hillside Ave, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577. Purpose: General. JP# 1622 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

First 26 LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/27/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 19 Hillside Ave, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577. Purpose: General. JP# 1623 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Justin Maurer LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/3/13. Office in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Usacorp Inc, 320 Roebling St Ste 501, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Purpose: General. JP# 1624 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

2785 Ocean Parkway LA LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/2/13. Office in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 2785 Ocean Pkwy Apt La, Brooklyn, NY 11235. Purpose: General. JP# 1625 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

520 Park Avenue Developers LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/4/12. Off ce in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 266 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Purpose: General. JP# 1626 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Kai Asian Bistro, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/15/13. Off ce in Bronx Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 1475 Williamsbridge Rd, Bronx, NY 10461. Purpose: General. JP# 1627 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Sharktec, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/12/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Christopher Dowd, 37 Marshall Ave, Lynbrook, NY 11563. Purpose: General. JP# 1615 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Jeffrey R. Fischman, M.D., PLLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/26/13. Off ce in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 110 E. 66th St, New York, NY 10065. Purpose: Medicine. JP# 1628 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

St Marks Resources LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/14/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 445 Central Avenue, Suite 304, Cedarhurst, NY 11516. Purpose: General. JP# 1616 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Vivid Vision Optometry, PLLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/29/13. Office in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 1566 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10028. Purpose: Optometry. JP# 1629 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

607 Willis Street LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/21/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Becker Ross, LLP, 317 Madison Avenue Ste 614, New York, NY 10017-5273. Purpose: General. JP# 1617 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Communication for Geeks LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/17/13. Off ce: Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 19 Sunset Rd. West. Albertson, NY 11507. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1630 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Rav Estates LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/3/13. Off ce in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 199 Lee Ave Ste 574, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Purpose: General. JP# 1618 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

West Pond I LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/7/13. Off ce: Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 2918 Avenue L Brooklyn, NY 11210. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1631 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

10230 Corona, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/22/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 3298 Elliot Blvd., Oceanside, NY 11572. Purpose: General. JP# 1619 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

25 West 25th LLC Arts of Org. filed NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1778 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14


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16 West 8th LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1779 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Wolf LIC LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/4/13. Office:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Victor Weingarten 112 Lexington Ave New York, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1641 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Church Street Equities LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/3/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1536 56th St, Brooklyn, NY 11219. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1654 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of EDGE OF WOODS FARM HEDC, LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/4/13. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 176 Cove Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1665 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of The Law Off ce of Lisa J. Abrams PLLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/14/13. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2989 Clubhouse Rd., Merrick, NY 11566. Purpose: Profession of Law. JP# 1681 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of 305 Orinoco Drive LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/21/13. Off ce location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2120 5th Ave., Ronkonkoma, NY 11779. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1692 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

L&M 52 West 8th LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1780 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Rose Stolwijk 2013 LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/19/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Rose Associates LLC Attn: John A Gacinski 200 Madison Ave., Flr. 5 New York, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1643 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

378 Sixth LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1781 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Bodysoulbreath LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/15/13. Office: NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to princ. bus. address 22 River Terr. #8B New York, NY 10282. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1642 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

760 12th LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1782 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Formation of 2210 Clintonville LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/7/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 82 Monterey Dr., Manhasset, NY 11040. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1647 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

L&M 3534 Broadway LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce: NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1783 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14 185 CSW Realty LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 7/18/13. Off ce:Bronx Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 75 Canal St. Bronx, NY 10451. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1784 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14 Topside Markets LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/19/13. Office: Westchester Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Renato Dirusso 85-1 Myrtle Ave Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1632 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 Yacmg, LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/8/13. Off ce:Rockland Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 20 Rodman Pl. Spring Valley, NY 10977. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1633 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 Handle Social, LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/7/13. Office: Rockland Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 20 Rodman Pl. Spring Valley, NY 10977. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1634 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 “Propulsion innovation group” LLC Authority f led SSNY 11/21/13. Off ce: Kings Co. LLC formed DE 11/12/13. SSNY design. agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served and shall mail copy to 163 Amherst St. Brooklyn, NY 11235. Cert of Formation filed DE SOS, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1635 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 Teeny Tiny Foodie LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 12/2/13. Off ce: Kings Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 433 3 Ave #6B Brooklyn, NY 11215. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1636 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 Red letter content LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 8/22/13. Off ce:Kings Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 66 Orange St. #2D Brooklyn, NY 11201. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1637 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Pamilya, LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 9/27/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Cameo Wealth Creative Mgt. 225 W.34th St.#2000 New York, NY 10122. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1638 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 Plato, Friedman., LLC Authority f led SSNY 10/3/13. Office: NY Co. LLC formed DE 5/28/13. SSNY design. agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served and shall mail copy to 185 West End Ave #5C New York, NY 10023. Cert of Formation f led DE SOS, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1639 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Two Five Development LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/4/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Eric Twiste 12 Amherst Ln. Hazlet, NJ 07730. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1640 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

New Life, LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/30/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 25 Mitchell Ave Piscataway, NJ 08854. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1644 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 Notice of Qualif cation of 140 West Street (NY), LLC. Authority f led with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/4/13. Off ce location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/27/13. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2804 Gateway Oaks Dr., Ste 200, Sacramento, CA 95833. DE address of LLC: 2140 S. Dupont Hwy, Camden, DE 19934. Cert. of Formation f led with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1645 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 Notice of Formation of 177 Dartmouth LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 9/16/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1010 Northern Blvd, Ste 400, Great Neck, NY 11021. The name and address of the registered agent is Hollis F. Russell, Esq., 1010 Northern Blvd, Ste 400, Great Neck, NY 11021. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1646 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of 2912 Heath LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/7/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 82 Monterey Dr., Manhasset, NY 11040. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1648 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Light Stone Three LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/3/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 362 Edward Ave, Woodmere, NY 11598. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1649 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 Notice of Formation of MB Inwood 2, LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/3/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 136 Cedarhurst Ave, 2nd Fl., Cedarhurst, NY 11516. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1650 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Structures, LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/24/04. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 431 Willoughby Ave, Fl. 2, Brooklyn, NY 11205. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1651 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of 3212 Cruger Ave Holdings LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/4/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 5314 16th Ave, Ste 287, Brooklyn, NY 11204. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1652 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Butler Street LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/5/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 829 Greenwood Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1653 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Comax Properties LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/25/13. Off ce: Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 14 Squirrel Dr. E. Rockaway, NY 11518. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1589 12/6,13,20,27,1/4,11/14

Notice of Formation of HP Holdings 1605 LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 7/10/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 225 Broadway, 39th Fl., New York, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1656 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of New Heights 181 LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/20/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 225 Broadway, 39th Fl., New York, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1657 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Fabian Cruz, Professional Engineer, PLLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 10/17/08. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 875 Ave. of Americas, Ste 501, New York, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1658 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Jade Oyster, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/15/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1 Shore Ave., #387, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1659 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of For mation of West Shore Investments, LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/18/13. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 36 Wood Road, Port Washington, NY 11050. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1660 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of V3 CAPITAL PARTNERS LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/22/13. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 641 Lexington Avenue, 26th Fl., New York, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1661 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Yankee Apartment Owners LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/26/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o United Corporate Services, Inc., 10 Bank Street, Suite 560, White Plains, NY 10606, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1662 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of EDGE OF WOODS HORSE FARM, LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/4/13. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 176 Cove Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1663 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Bergen Country Deli LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/9/13. Off ce location: Genesee County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 8073 Clinton St., Bergen, NY 14416. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1667 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of 117 McKibbin St LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/12/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 304 Boerum St., Bklyn, NY 11206. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1668 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Add Industries LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 7/31/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 561 Broadway, Ste. 10C, NY, NY 10012. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1669 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Fanta-See Properties, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/17/13. Off ce location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1900 Empire Blvd., Ste. 255, Rochester, NY 14580. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1670 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Roc City Bros., LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/2/13. Off ce location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 3 Kings Way, Rochester, NY 14624. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1671 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Hasprince, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/12/13. Off ce location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 150 N. Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14604. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1672 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Fleisher’s Productions LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 9/25/10. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 175 Van Dyke St., Ste. 323, Bklyn, NY 11231. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1673 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Qualification of Mommsen Proprietary Trading LLC. Authority f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 6/12/13. LLC Formed in (DE) on 5/31/13. Office location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 70 Washington St., Ste. 11L, Bklyn, NY 11201. DE address of LLC: 1679 S. Dupont Hwy., Ste. 100, Dover, DE 19901. Arts. Of Org. f led with DE. Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1676 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of 436 Ave P LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 8/23/10. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 155 Bay Ridge Ave., Bklyn, NY 11220. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1677 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of EDGE OF WOODS FARM HOLDING, LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/4/13. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 176 Cove Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1664 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Fleischer’s Red Hook LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 9/25/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 175 Van Dyke St., Unit 323, Bklyn, NY 11231. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1678 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Qualif cation of Mommsen Global LLC. Authority f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 6/12/13. LLC Formed in (DE) on 6/3/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 70 Washington St., Ste. 11L, Bklyn, NY 11201. DE address of LLC: 1679 S. Dupont Hwy., Ste. 100, Dover, DE 19901. Arts. Of Org. f led with DE. Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1674 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Qualif cation of Mommsen Tactical Trading LP. Authority f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/17/13. LP formed in (DE) on 6/4/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 70 Washington St., Ste. 11L, Bklyn, NY 11201. DE address of LP: 1679 S. Dupont Hwy., Ste. 100, Dover, DE 19901. Arts. Of Org. f led with DE. Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1675 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of La Cuarta Productions LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/15/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1484 Prospect Ave., East Meadow, NY 11554. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1679 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of 467 Brook LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/22/13. Off ce location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 4155 Veterans Hwy., Ste. 9, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1693 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of 726 Monroe LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/14/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 298 Tompkins Ave., Bklyn, NY 11216. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1680 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Kong’s Realty Holding LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/17/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 6430 230th St., Oakland Gardens, NY 11364. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1694 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Sunnyside Strings, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/30/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Registered Agent upon whom process may be served: 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1695 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Ridgewood Capital II USA LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/17/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 16 Searington Dr., Syosset, NY 11791. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1682 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of 125 Ocean Lawrence LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/21/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 42 Yale Pl., Rockville Centre, NY 11570. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1683 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 Notice of Formation of Lauren Forst LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/21/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 300 Edwards St., Apt. 3FW, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1684 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 Notice of Formation of Diana Sheena Holding LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/21/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 41 Hawthorne Ln., Great Neck, NY 11023. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1685 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 Notice of Formation of Salimi 340 Livingston LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/19/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 18 Steven Ln., Kings Point, NY 10024. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1686 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 Notice of Formation of IS Livingston LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/19/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 23 Beverly Rd., Great Neck, NY 11021. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1687 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of MM Livingston LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/19/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 8 Sands Ct., Great Neck, NY 11023. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1688 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of R&A Quarters LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/13/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 137-14 70th Ave., Ste. 1-Fl., Flushing, NY 11367. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1696 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of 2121 Realty Holdings LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/21/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 3005 30th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11102. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1697 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Everwin Realty LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 7/26/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 39-15 Main St., Ste. 203, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1698 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Rosetta Fitness LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/12/13. Off ce location: Orange County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 206 Main St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1699 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Clover Research LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/23/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 4 Lexington Ave., Apt. MK, NY, NY 10010. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1700 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of 162 Eighth Avenue LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/12/98. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 544 Hudson St., NY, NY 10014. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1701 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Brooklyn PDM LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/19/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 45 N. Station Plaza, Ste. 402, Great Neck, NY 11021. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1689 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of 264 Bowery LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/8/98. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 544 Hudson St., NY, NY 10014. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1702 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Twof sz LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 8/8/13. Off ce location: Richmond County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 700 Victory Blvd., Apt. 15P, Staten Island, NY 10301. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1690 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Irmo, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/1/02. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 544 Hudson St., NY, NY 10014. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1703 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of TNT Transportation & Logistics LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/25/13. Off ce location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 194 Maple Rd., Wading River, NY 11792. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1691 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Locate Real Estate LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/5/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 304 W. 115th St., Penthouse B, NY, NY 10026. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1704 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14


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Notice of Formation of Innovative Fashion Trading & Consulting, LLC. Arts Of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/12/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 247 E. 77th St., Ste. 4A, NY, NY 10075. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1705 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Neu Projects Two LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 6/17/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 161 6th Ave., NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1717 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

NOTICE OF FORMATION of CHARISMA FASHIONS LLC. Art. of Org. f led w/Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/5/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent for service of process. SSNY shall mail process to: 187 Wolf Rd., #101, Albany, NY 12205. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1737 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

2201 Cortelyou LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/6/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 199 Lee Ave Ste 185, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Purpose: General. JP# 1744 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Formation of Blue Stone Capital LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 8/15/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 31 South St, Great Neck, NY 11023. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1769 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Formation of The Ark Realty & Construction, LLC, Art. of Org. f led with the Sec’y of State (SSNY) on 11/1/13. Off ce location: Bronx County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 635 Commonwealth Ave., Bronx, NY 10473. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP# 1731 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Northern 89th LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/11/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 47 Hillside Ave, Manhasset, NY 11030. Purpose: General. JP# 1746 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Formation of 71lbs NEW YORK LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/06/13. Off ce location: Rockland County. Princ. off ce of LLC: 28 Yorkshire Dr., Suffern, NY 10901. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Mark Bristow at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1758 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Formation of Yandow Media, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/22/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 450 Lexington Ave., 38th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1706 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of For mation of Winged Pup Productions, L.L.C. Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/26/13. Office location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 110 E. 59th St., 22nd Fl., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1716 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of LBR 131 Properties, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/15/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 11 Broadway, Ste. 615, NY, NY 10004. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1707 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of 589 Quincy Realty LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/11/09. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 5308 13th Ave., Ste. 322, Bklyn, NY 11219. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1718 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Aiki - En. Properties, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/12/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 11 Broadway, Ste. 615, NY, NY 10004. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1708 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of 1078 Whillmore LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/6/03. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1372 47th St., Bklyn, NY 11219. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1719 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Bo Hai LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/3/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 540 Main St., Apt. 114, NY, NY 10044. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1709 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 Notice of Qualification of 59 John Commercial LLC. Authority f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 6/14/12. LLC Formed in (DE) on 1/31/12. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 124-19 Metropolitan Ave., Kew Gardens, NY 11415. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts. Of Org. f led with DE Secy. Of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1710 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 Notice of Formation of New York Real Estate Experts, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/21/13. Off ce location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 594 Yonkers Ave., Yonkers, NY 10704. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1711 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 Notice of Formation of Green Touch Contracting LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/6/13. Off ce location: Bronx County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 3130 Kingsbridge Terrace, Bronx, NY 10463. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1712 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Qualif cation of NCWPCS MPL 29 - Year Sites Tower Holdings LLC. Authority f led with NY Dept. of State on 11/27/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1025 Lenox Park Blvd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. LLC formed in DE on 11/6/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. f led with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. JP# 1776 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of For mation of APL Cor ner Associates LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/29/13. Off ce location: Bronx County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2941-2943 Bruckner Blvd., Bronx, NY 10461. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1713 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Shamrock Surfaces LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/27/13. Off ce location: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 76 Kirkwood Dr., West Seneca, NY 14224. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1714 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of Frames 20/20, LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/27/13. Off ce location: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2064 Seneca St., Buffalo, NY 14210. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1715 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14

Notice of Formation of 333 Hancock St LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 7/17/12. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: PO Box 521, Hewlett, NY 11557. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1720 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 Notice of Formation of 148 Herkimer St LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 7/17/12. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: PO Box 521, Hewlett, NY 11557. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1721 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 Notice of Formation of 759 St. Nicholas LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/6/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1360 E. 14th St., Ste. 101, Bklyn, NY 11230. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1722 12/13,20,27,1/3,10,17/14 SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF KINGS RO C K AWAY AC QU I S I T I O N S, L L C, Plaintiff against CARLOS A. VELEZ, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on June 23, 2009. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in Room 224 of the Kings County Courthouse, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. on the 23rd day of January, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. premises Beginning at a point on the Westerly side of Evergreen Avenue, distant 50 feet Southerly from the Southwesterly corner of Evergreen Avenue and Stockholm Street; being a plot 100 feet by 16 feet 8 inches by 100 feet by 16 feet 8 inches. Said premises known as 306A Evergreen Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11221. (Block: 3253, Lot: 24). Approximate amount of lien $ 642,613.46 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of f led judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 20718-07. Edward Rappaport, Esq., Referee. Herzfeld & Rubin P.C. Attorney for Plaintiff 125 Broad Street New York, N.Y. 10004 Brian Thomas Carr, Esq. JP# 1726 12/20,27,1/3,10/14 Notice of Formation ClusterFest Events, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with SSNY 12/10/2013. Off. Loc.: Westchester Cnty. SSNY designated as agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 148 Highview Street, Mamaroneck, NY 10543. Purpose: all lawful activities. JP# 1728 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

OCRAM GROUP LLC, Arts. of Org. f led with the SSNY on 09/24/2013. Off ce loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Marco Walker, 67 E 80th St., Apt 3, NY, NY 10075. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. JP# 1729 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

MASTER DESIGNERS CONSORTIUM (MDC), LLC, Arts. of Org. f led with the SSNY on 10/11/2013. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 230 W. 38th St., 9th Fl, NY, NY 10018. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. JP# 1730 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14 J&K Orange Froyo LLC Arts of Org f led with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 12/9/13. Off ce: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 380 Hicksville Rd, Bethpage, NY 11714. General Purposes. JP# 1736 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Qual. of CF Chambers LLC, Auth. f led Sec’y of State (SSNY) 10/15/13. Office loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 9/30/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on f le: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. JP# 1732 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Qual. of Soma Specialty Finance LLC, Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/6/13. Off ce loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 5/9/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Clayton DeGiacinto, 390 Park Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on f le: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. JP# 1733 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Qual. of Simina Capital Advisors, LLC, Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/10/13. Off ce loc.: NY County. LLC org. in DE 4/26/13. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Att: Shujaat Islam, 252 7th Ave., Ste. 11Y, NY, NY 10001. DE off. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. JP# 1734 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Formation of L&M Livonia LLC, Art. of Org. f led Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/6/13. Off ce location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 1865 Palmer Ave., Ste. 203, Larchmont, NY 10538. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP# 1735 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

NOTICE OF FORMATION of TABLE80 LLC. Art. of Org. f led w/Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/23/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent for service of process. SSNY shall mail process to 475 Suydam St. #2R, Bklyn, NY 11237. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1738 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

IMPERIAL 1544 LLC Filed 12/5/13 Westchester County SSNY desig agent and mail copy to A. Grasso, 148 Irving Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237. Latest date upon which company dissolves 12-31-2075. All lawful purposes. JP# 1739 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

IMPERIAL 1558 LLC Filed 12/5/13 Westchester County SSNY desig agent and mail copy to A. Grasso, 148 Irving Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237. Latest date upon which company dissolves 12-31-2075. All lawful purposes. JP# 1740 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14 Sterling SZ LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/3/13. Off ce in Rockland Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 11 Paiken Dr., Spring Valley, NY 10977. Purpose: General. JP# 1741 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Nostrand Church Avenue LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/13/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Astral Weeks, 175 Great Neck Rd Ste 407, Great Neck, NY 11021. Purpose: General. JP# 1742 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14 219 East 17th Realty LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/6/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 199 Lee Ave Ste 185, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Purpose: General. JP# 1743 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14 NOTICE OF FORMATION of Soccer Angels LLC. Art. of Org. f led with the Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/03/2013 Off. Loc.: Nassau County. SSNY has been desig. as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The P. O. address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy to is:1328 Park St, Atlantic Beach, Ny, 11509. Purpose of LLC: to engage in any lawful act or activity. JP# 1762 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Forever Bright Development LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/10/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Guang Di Gao, 55 Someset Dr., Great Neck, NY 11020. Purpose: General. JP# 1747 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14 Coach Kaible Basketball, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/20/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 45 E Jericho Tpke, Mineola, NY 11501. Purpose: General. JP# 1748 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Nostrand Erasmus LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/13/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 175 Great Neck Rd Ste 407, Great Neck, NY 11021. Purpose: General. JP# 1749 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14 Saja Capital Management, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/11/13. Off ce in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Attention: Justin Orlando, 534 Hudson St Ste 5c, New York, NY 10014. Purpose: General. JP# 1750 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14 Glenwood Capital Holdings LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/5/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 11 Shady Brook Rd, Great Neck, NY 11024. Purpose: General. JP# 1745 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14 The Labs Collection, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/19/13. Off ce in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 70 Little W St Ste 6B, New York, NY 10280. Purpose: General. JP# 1751 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14 Get Monee Music LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/21/13. Office in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Irvin Alvarado, 601 W 181st St Apt 54, New York, NY 10033. Purpose: General. JP# 1752 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14 Chic By Choice, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/12/13. Off ce in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Melissa Atkinson, 10311 Seaview Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11236. Purpose: General. JP# 1753 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Newmark Woodworks LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/31/13. Off ce in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 300 Dewitt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11236. Purpose: General. JP# 1754 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14 Hello Albemarle LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/1/13. Off ce in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 925 Pacif c St Unit 202, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Purpose: General. JP# 1755 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Formation of LORA PARTNERS, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/11/13. Off ce location: Rockland County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 126 Gates Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1759 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Formation of EYE OF THE WOLF, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/10/13. Off ce location: NY County. Princ. off ce of LLC: c/o Henry Pincus, 133 W. 22nd St., Ste. 12B, NY, NY 10011. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. off ce. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1760 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Qualif cation of FACTORY OWNER LLC Authority f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/09/13. Off ce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/11/13. Princ. off ce of LLC: 505 Fifth Ave., 28th Fl., NY, NY 10017. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1761 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Formation of 8032 Boston State Rd. LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/19/13. Off ce location: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 8032 Boston State Rd., Hamburg, NY 14075. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1763 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Formation of Urban Equity Management Group LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 9/5/13. Off ce location: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 350 Main St., Ste. 1400, Buffalo, NY 14202. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1764 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Qualif cation of Urban Regeneration Real Estate LLC. Authority f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/23/13. LLC formed in (DE) on 8/2/13. Off ce location: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: PO Box 936, Getzville, NY 14068. DE address of LLC: 12 Timber Creek Ln., Newark, DE 19711. Arts. Of Org. f led with DE Secy. Of State, PO Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1765 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Formation of Western New York Property Reclamation Services, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 9/9/13. Office location: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 73 Charleston Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1766 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Formation of 123 Pulaski Street Realty LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/12/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 60 Cutter Mill Rd, Great Neck, NY 11021. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1767 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Salt Water Holdings LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/3/13. Off ce in Westchester Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Sundip Murthy, 21 John Cross Rd, Bedford Corners, NY 10549. Purpose: General. JP# 1756 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Formation of 91 Ralph LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/15/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 202 Broadway, Lawrence, NY 11559. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1768 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Qual. of Clarfeld Financial Advisors, LLC f led with Sec of State NY (SSNY): 12/5/13 in Westchester Co. Formed in DE: 7/12/13. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served & shall mail process to: 560 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown, NY 10591. Foreign add: c/o Corporation Service Company, 2711 Centerville Rd Ste 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Formation f led with Secy Of State Of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: General. JP# 1757 12/20,271/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Qualification of Silence, LLC. Authority f led with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/25/13. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/21/13. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 25 Robert Pitt Dr., Ste 204, Monsey, NY 10952. DE address of LLC: 1811 Silverside Rd, Wilmington, DE 19810. Cert. of Formation f led with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1770 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Formation of Alder Grove LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/18/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 270 Madison Ave, 9th Fl., New York, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1771 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14 Notice of Formation of FKH LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/12/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 17 Revere Ct, Princeton, NJ 08550. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1772 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Formation of AGP Management Associates, LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with NY Dept. of State on 12/4/13. Off ce location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Preservation Development Holdings, LLC, 641 Lexington Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10022, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. JP# 1773 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14 Notice of Formation of GEMS ONE USA LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with NY Dept. of State on 12/12/13. Off ce location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: The LLC, 25 W. 45th St., Suite 1200, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: all lawful purposes. JP# 1774 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Trina Health of New York LLC Arts of Org. filed NY Secy of State (SSNY) 7/25/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 427 7th Ave. New York, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1785 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Academy Express of NY, LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/24/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 36 W. 44th St. #1407 New York, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1786 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Kenneth M. Grekin, LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/17/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to princ. business address 296 W. 10th St #2N New York, NY 10014 . Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1788 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

749 St. Nicholas Avenue, LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/20/06. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 225 W. 57th Street, 7th Flr. New York, NY 10019. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1789 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Amore Pasticceria LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/29/13. Off ce: NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Sobel Law Off ces PC 175 Eileen Way Syosset, NY 11791. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1790 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Donald Rider Consulting, LLC Arts of Org. filed NY Secy of State (SSNY) 8/28/13. Off ce:Kings Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to princ. business address 44 Saint Johns Pl #1 Brooklyn, NY 11217. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1792 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Lakaze Building Maintenance LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/9/13. Office:Kings Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 1162 Madison St. #01 Brooklyn, NY 11221. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1793 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Inked Voices LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/25/13. Off ce:Kings Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 22 Cortlandt St, 16th Flr New York, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1794 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Just a bite brooklyn cakery, LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/1/13. Off ce:Kings Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 2395 E. 3rd St. Brooklyn, NY 11223. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1795 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14


Friday, January 10, 2013 Legal Notice Haldco LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 12/4/13. Off ce:Rockland Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to PO Box 200 Monsey, NY 10952. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1796 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Hudson River Property Management LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/26/13. Office:Westchester Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Wulf Lukerath PO Box 362 Mount Kisco, NY 10549. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1797 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14 The computer guy NY LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/6/13. Off ce: Westchester Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 88 Winthrop Ave New Rochelle, NY 10801. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1798 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14 Sterling Home Inspections LLC Arts of Org. filed NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/6/12. Office:Westchester Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 4 Arrowhead Lane Armonk, NY 10504. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1799 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14 Escalade Equities LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/28/13. Off ce: Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 25 Newbridge Rd #405 Hicksville, NY 11801. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1811 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Lawrence Friedland 2013 LLC Arts of Org. filed NY Secy of State (SSNY) 12/5/13. Office:Westchester Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Jessica Galligan Goldsmith One North Broadway, #1004 White Plains, NY 10601. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1800 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14 M Kirschenbaum LLC Arts of Org. filed NY Secy of State (SSNY) 3/8/13. Off ce: Westchester Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to princ. business address 71 Abbey Close Scarsdale, NY 10583. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1801 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Keypoint Mortgage, LLC, Authority filed SSNY on 9/6/13. Off ce: NY Co. LLC formed in NJ 6/9/03. SSNY is design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 125 Bathurst Ave. North Arlington, NJ 07031. Cert of Registration f led with NJ State Treasurer, 33 W. State St., 5th Fl., Trenton, NJ 08608. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1791 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

NY Capsules, LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 9/4/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 608 W. 189 St. #54E New York, NY 10040. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1787 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Khgerardi LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/20/13. Off ce:Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 430 Shore Rd. #6D Long Beach, NY 11561. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1802 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Global Business Solutions Group, L.L.C. Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/14/13. Off ce:Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to princ. bus. address c/o CSC 80 State St. Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1803 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14 Nuzine LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/4/13. Off ce:Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to princ. bus. address 40 Erlwein Ct. Massapequa, NY 11758. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1804 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14 Abstract agro-imports LLC Arts of Org. filed NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/6/13. Off ce:Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 56 Marlboro Rd. Valley Stream, NY 11581. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1805 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14 Notice of Qualif cation of DG 1 Acquisition Co., LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/17/13. Office location: Westchester County. LLC formed in DE on 3/13/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. f led with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. JP# 1835 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

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Cpg-eagle square, LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/27/13. Off ce: Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to Jeffrey Garber, Esq 500 Old Country Rd #103 Garden City, NY 11530. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1807 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

NOTICE OF FORMATION of FAIRPOINT BUILDERS LLC. Art. of Org. f led w/Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/6/13. Off ce location: Bronx County. SSNY designated as agent for service of process. SSNY shall mail process to: 170 Old Country Rd., Mineola, NY 11501. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1822 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of G & J Glory LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/21/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 928 57th St., 2nd Fl., Bklyn, NY 11219. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1845 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of J B Electrical Contracting LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/9/13. Off ce location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 5382 Ridge Chapel Rd., Marion, NY 14505. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1859 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Cpg-eagle square mgmt, LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/27/13. Off ce:Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to Jeffrey Garber, Esq 500 Old Country Rd #103 Garden City, NY 11530. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1808 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Notice of Formation of FLAVOR RACING LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/17/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1140 Broadway, Ste. 1203, New York, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1826 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Qualif cation of Freedom III Capital, LLC. Authority f led with NY Dept. of State on 12/4/13. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1185 Ave. of the Americas, 30th Fl., NY, NY 10036. LLC formed in DE on 1/7/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. f led with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. JP# 1832 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Hennessy Park Mgmt, LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/14/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2236 E. 64th St., Bklyn, NY 11234. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1846 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Mehlman 23 Associates LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/8/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 163 Sagamore Dr., Plainview, NY 11803. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1860 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Hennessy Park Realty, LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/14/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 4081 Ocean Ave., Bklyn, NY 11235. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1847 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Beechwood Ridge LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/4/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 200 Robbins Ln., Ste. D1, Jericho, NY 11753. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1861 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Tkmg Partners LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/28/13. Office: Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 2 Primrose Dr. New Hyde, NY 11040. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1809 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

Newbridge Equities LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/28/13. Off ce: Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 25 Newbridge Rd #405 Hicksville, NY 11801. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1810 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14 647 Nostrand LLC Arts of Org. filed NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1812 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

48 East 161st LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1813 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14 541 West 235th LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1814 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

551 West 235th LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1815 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14 2561 Broadway LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1816 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14 3781 Broadway LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1817 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

NOTICE OF FORMATION of Fran Antell LCSW LLC. Art. of Org. f led with the Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on Oct. 30, 2013. Off. Loc.: Westchester County. SSNY has been desig. as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The P. O. address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy to is:1 Archer Lane, Scarsdale, NY 10583. Purpose of LLC: to engage in any lawful act or activity. JP# 1818 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14 1940’S Brewing Company LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/25/13. Off ce:Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 25 Farragut Rd. Old Bethpage, NY 11804. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1806 12/20,27,1/3,10,17,24/14

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 859 HART LLC. Articles of Organization were f led with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/06/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 859 Hart Street, Brooklyn, New York 11237. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. JP# 1823 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of COHEN FASHION OPTICAL STORE NO. 293, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/16/13. Off ce location: Bronx County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Susan Goldberg, c/o Cohen’s Fashion Optical, 100 Quentin Roosevelt Blvd., Ste. 400, Garden City, NY 11530. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1824 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of COHEN FASHION OPTICAL STORE NO. 293, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/16/13. Off ce location: Bronx County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Susan Goldberg, c/o Cohen’s Fashion Optical, 100 Quentin Roosevelt Blvd., Ste. 400, Garden City, NY 11530. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1825 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of LEM MANAGEMENT LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/2/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Christopher Fendt, 420 Westbury Avenue, Carle Place, NY 11514. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1827 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of For mation of WINCO PROPERTIES, LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/12/13. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 64 E. 86th St., Apt. 11C, New York, NY 10028. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1828 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of MP 98-41 LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/10/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 545 Fifth Avenue, Suite 600, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful purpose. JP# 1829 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of MP 65-09 LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/10/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 545 Fifth Avenue, Suite 600, New York, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful purpose. JP# 1830 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of T. Chillemi D.M.D., P.L.L.C. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/11/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 800 North Broadway, Massapequa, NY 11758. Purpose: practice the profession of dentistry. JP# 1831 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Qualif cation of Freedom III GP, LLC. Authority f led with NY Dept. of State on 12/4/13. Off ce location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1185 Ave. of the Americas, 30th Fl., NY, NY 10036. LLC formed in DE on 5/14/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: Incorporating Services, Ltd., 3500 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Cert. of Form. f led with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. JP# 1833 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14 Notice of Qualif cation of Long Island Energy Generation, LLC. Authority f led with NY Dept. of State on 12/17/13. Off ce location: Westchester County. LLC formed in DE on 12/12/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. f led with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. JP# 1836 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of 234 High Avenue, LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with NY Dept. of State on 12/13/13. Off ce location: Rockland County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 246 South Blvd., South Nyack, NY 10960. Purpose: any lawful purpose. JP# 1838 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of 278 High Avenue, LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with NY Dept. of State on 12/13/13. Off ce location: Rockland County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 246 South Blvd., South Nyack, NY 10960. Purpose: any lawful purpose. JP# 1839 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14 Notice of Formation of 59 Third Avenue, LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with NY Dept. of State on 12/13/13. Off ce location: Rockland County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 246 South Blvd., South Nyack, NY 10960. Purpose: any lawful purpose. JP# 1840 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of 91 High Avenue, LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with NY Dept. of State on 12/13/13. Off ce location: Rockland County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 246 South Blvd., South Nyack, NY 10960. Purpose: any lawful purpose. JP# 1841 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14 Notice of Formation of The Nanuet Gym, LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with NY Dept. of State on 12/12/13. Off ce location: Rockland County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 249 West Route 59, Nanuet, NY 10954. Purpose: any lawful purpose. JP# 1842 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Yong Hu LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/10/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 877 62nd St., Bklyn, NY 11220. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1849 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Sandlyn LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/2/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 45 N. Station Plaza, Ste. 402, Great Neck, NY 11021. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1862 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of 176 Nevins St LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/11/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 176 Nevins St., Bklyn, NY 11217. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1850 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of For mation of Good Team Management LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/28/13. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 Great Neck Rd., Ste. 207, Great Neck, NY 11021. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1863 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of 257 Stuyvesant Ave LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/11/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 257 Stuyvesant Ave., Bklyn, NY 11221. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1851 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Beach Star Realty LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 8/23/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 7 Westland Dr., Glen Cove, NY 11542. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1864 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of NYC Backlot, LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/15/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 15 Washington Ave., NY, NY 11205. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1852 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of ES47 LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 9/11/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2 Cove Ln., Great Neck, NY 11024. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1865 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Red Penguin + Spirits LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/24/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 55 E. Monroe St., 37th Fl., Chicago, IL 60606. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1853 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of M & M Southeast Realty LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/27/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 17 Causeway, Lawrence, NY 11559. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1866 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Conrow Farms Trucking LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/18/13. Off ce location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 3797 Redman Rd., Brockport, NY 14420. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1854 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of 340 Livingston Group LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/27/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 45 N. Station Plaza, Ste. 402, Great Neck, NY 11021. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1867 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Five Star Vapes LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/6/13. Off ce location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 164 Westside Dr., Rochester, NY 14624. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1855 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Lewis Realty Equities LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 3/10/11. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: PO Box 521, Hewlett, NY 11557. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1868 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Qualification of Iconic Asset Management Group, LLC. Authority f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/3/13. LLC Formed in (DE) on 11/12/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 601 Cape Eleuthra Rd., Bethany Beach, DE 19930. DE address of LLC: 601 Cape Eleuthra Rd., Bethany Beach, DE 19930. Arts. Of Org. f led with DE. Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1848 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Wynsmyth LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/4/13. Office location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 8 Springwood Dr., Webster, NY 14580. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1856 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of KS NY II LLC Art of Org. f led with Secy of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/22/2013. Off ce location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 247 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act or activity. JP# 1820 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Name of LLC: Westchester Behavior Analysts, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 9/11/13. Office loc.: Westchester Co. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Business Filings Inc., 187 Wolf Rd., Ste. 101, Albany, NY 12205, regd. agt. upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful act. JP# 1834 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of DSZ LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/22/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 70 Little West Street, Apt. 32E, New York, NY 10004-7440. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1843 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Sands Supply - NY LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/20/13. Off ce location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 973 Five Mile Line Rd., Webster, NY 14580. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1857 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

NOTICE OF FORMATION of Magnif que Ultrasound LLC. Art. of Org. f led with the Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 10-9-2013. Off. Loc.: Nassau County. SSNY has been desig. as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The P. O. address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy to is:1 Wycham Place, Great neck, NY 11021. Purpose of LLC: to engage in any lawful act or activity. JP# 1821 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of 20 Cornelison Avenue, LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with NY Dept. of State on 12/13/13. Off ce location: Rockland County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 246 South Blvd., South Nyack, NY 10960. Purpose: any lawful purpose. JP# 1837 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of AL-Hadiyyah LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/20/13. Office location: Bronx County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 858 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10459. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1844 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of MCJ Acquisitions, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/11/13. Off ce location: Monroe County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 34 S. Union St., Rochester, NY 14607. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1858 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Amicha Development, LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 8/15/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 115 Meacham Ave., Elmont, NY 11003. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1869 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Recovery Racing X, LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/19/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 65 S. Service Rd., Plainview, NY 11803. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1870 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Emarchitect PLLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 8/13/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 5020 Sunrise Hwy., 2nd Fl., Massapequa, NY 11762. Purpose: Profession of Architecture. JP# 1871 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14


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Notice of Formation of Clifton Gold LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 7/20/12. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 777 Old Country Rd., Ste. 204, Plainview, NY 11803. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1872 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

565 West 235th LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1885 12/27, 1/3,10,17,24,1/31/14

Guymen Construction LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/30/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Rodrick Daniels, 200 Fieldmere St, Elmont, NY 11003. Purpose: General. JP# 1901 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

JB Astoria Holdings LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/12/13. Office in Rockland Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 202 Grandview Ave, Monsey, NY 10952. Purpose: General. JP# 1914 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Your majesty management LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 12/18/13. Office:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 29 E. 19 St, 3rd Flr. New York, NY 10003. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1886 12/27, 1/3,10,17,24,1/31/14

1801 Marmion LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/13/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Rivkin Radler c/o Yaron Kornblum 926 RXR Plaza, Uniondale, NY 11556. Purpose: General. JP# 1902 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Allan James Realty LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/30/13. Off ce in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 325 Macon St., Brooklyn, NY 11216. Purpose: General. JP# 1915 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Qualif cation of Rite Partners LLC. Authority f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/18/13. LLC Formed in (DE) on 11/4/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 27 Frost Ln., Lawrence, NY 11559. DE address of LLC: 1679 S. Dupont Hwy., Ste. 100, Dover, DE 19901. Arts. Of Org. f led with DE Secy. Of State, PO Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1927 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Qualification of Silvercrest Municipal Advantage Master Fund LLC. Authority f led with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/27/13. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 2/10/06. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1330 Ave of Americas, New York, NY 10019. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd, Ste 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1939 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

1809 Marmion LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/13/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Rivkin Radlin c/o Yaron Kornblum 926 RXR Plaza, Uniondale, NY 11556. Purpose: General. JP# 1903 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Rea Capital Consulting LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/20/13. Office in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Roger E. Alcaly, 750 Lexington Ave Ste 1501, New York, NY 10022. Purpose: General. JP# 1917 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Tijo Realty LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/1/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 393 S. Franklin St., Hempstead, NY 11550. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1873 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14 Notice of Formation of Zahalo LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 9/11/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 35 Forest Rd., Valley Stream, NY 11581. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1874 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of 43 Claver LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 3/21/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 298 Tompkins Ave., Bklyn, NY 11216. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1875 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

N o t i c e o f Fo r m a t i o n o f A l l S t a t e s Development Group LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/19/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 11 Middle Neck Rd., #306, Great Neck, NY 11021. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1876 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14 Notice of Formation of Mehlman 45 Associates LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/8/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 163 Sagamore Dr., Plainview, NY 11803. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1877 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14 Notice of Formation of Mehlman 25 & Park Associates LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/8/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 163 Sagamore Dr., Plainview, NY 11803. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1878 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license, Number 1274585 for Beer & Wine has been applied for by the undersigned to sell Beer & Wine at retail in a Restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 95-36 Queens Blvd, Rego Park, NY 11354 for on-premises consumption. Istanbul, Rego Park d/b/a Black Sea Fish and Grill JP# 1879 12/27,1/31/14 14 East 58TH LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1880 12/27, 1/3,10,17,24,1/31/14 675 Madison LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1881 12/27, 1/3,10,17,24,1/31/14 870 Madison LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1882 12/27, 1/3,10,17,24,1/31/14 323 Sixth LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1883 12/27, 1/3,10,17,24,1/31/14 L&M 960 Madison LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1884 12/27, 1/3,10,17,24,1/31/14 Dylan stein acupuncture PLLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 8/1/13. Off ce: NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 305 5th Ave. #1508 New York, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1887 12/27, 1/3,10,17,24,1/31/14

Kelson Capital LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/21/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to princ. business address 230 Park Ave., 33rd f r. New York, NY 10169. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1888 12/27, 1/3,10,17,24,1/31/14

Pest Fm, LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/21/13. Off ce:Kings Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 2665 Hubbard St. Brooklyn, NY 11235. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1889 12/27, 1/3,10,17,24,1/31/14

Ursa Major Films LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 12/2/13. Off ce:Kings Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 342 Bond St. #2B Brooklyn, NY 11231. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1890 12/27, 1/3,10,17,24,1/31/14

Emg Advisors, LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/26/13. Office: Westchester Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to princ. business address c/o CSC 80 State St. Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1891 12/27, 1/3,10,17,24,1/31/14

Goodwin Business Intelligence LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/08/13. Off ce:Westchester Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to princ. business address 1 Poplar Rd. Larchmont, NY 10538. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1892 12/27, 1/3,10,17,24,1/31/14

Gemini Property Solutions LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/08/13. Off ce:Westchester Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 2 Vista Pl. Hatsdale, NY 10530. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 1893 12/27, 1/3,10,17,24,1/31/14

Clap, J & J Electric, LLC Authority filed SSNY 11/1/13. Office: Westchester Co. LLC formed in CT on 3/9/98. SSNY design. agent whom process against the LLC may be served and shall mail copy to: 26 Beaver Brook Rd. Danbury, CT 06810 . Cert of Formation f led CT Sec. of State, 30 Trinity St., Hartford, CT 06115. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 1894 12/27, 1/3,10,17,24,1/31/14

Notice of formation of STRATEGIES FOR WHOLE CHILD EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY-SCHOOL PARTNERS, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/5/2013. Off ce location, County of Westchester. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, PO Box 653, Amawalk NY 10501. Purpose: any lawful act. JP# 1895 12/27, 1/3,10,17,24,1/31/14

3445 Lawson Boulevard LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/4/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 3445 Lawson Blvd, Oceanside, NY 11572. Purpose: General. JP# 1897 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Sydd1948 LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/12/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Att: David Shavolian, 469 7th Ave Ste 402, New York, NY 10018. Purpose: General. JP# 1898 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Shay LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/12/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Att: David Shavolian, 469 7th Ave Ste 402, New York, NY 10018. Purpose: General. JP# 1899 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Jewel Care LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/18/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Terrance Dancykier, 1 Rosalind Pl Ste 2d, Lawrence, NY 11559. Purpose: General. JP# 1900 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Jewel Hospice LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/17/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Terrance Dancykier, 1 Rosalind Pl Ste 2d, Lawrence, NY 11559. Purpose: General. JP# 1904 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Garden State Health Administrators LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/4/13. Office in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 1055 63rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11219. Purpose: General. JP# 1918 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

137 Eldert LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/16/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 321 East Shore Rd. Fl 2, Great Neck, NY 11023. Purpose: General. JP# 1905 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Six Days LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/14/13. Off ce in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 776 E 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11230. Purpose: General. JP# 1919 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Citywide Transport LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/5/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Law Off ces Of Vincent N. Amato, 275 N. Middletown Rd Ste 1C, Pearl River, NY 10965. Purpose: General. JP# 1906 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

1212 Asset Associates, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/25/08. Office in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 277 Newkirk Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230. Duration Date: 12/31/2099.Purpose: General. JP# 1920 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Mylihandyman LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/9/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Shawn Azouz, 120 Cardinal Rd., Levittown, NY 11756. Purpose: General. JP# 1907 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Gomathi Pediatrics PLLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/22/13. Off ce in Rockland Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Gomathi Adhiyaman, 7 Woodcrest Ct, Mahwah, NJ 07430. Purpose: Medicine. JP# 1921 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

10 Two 26 LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/18/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Hsiao-Tung Paul Chen, 26 Horton St., Malverne, NY 11565. Purpose: General. JP# 1908 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14 JMP 36 LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/7/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 705 Roosevelt Way, Westbury, NY 11590. Purpose: General. JP# 1909 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

LI888 LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/3/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Rong Lan Zheng, 85 Lee Ave, Albertson, NY 11507. Purpose: General. JP# 1910 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14 Extrovertic Communication, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/13/13. Off ce in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 30 W 21st St 3rd Fl, New York, NY 10010. Purpose: General. JP# 1911 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Snapspot, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/13/13. Office in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to David Adelman, 200 E 94th St Apt 1914, New York, NY 10128. Registered Agent: c/o David Adelman, 8 E 36th St Fifth Fl, NY, NY 10016. Purpose: General. JP# 1912 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

44 Parker LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/13/13. Off ce in Rockland Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 14 Rosewood Lane, Suffern, NY 10901. Purpose: General. JP# 1913 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Miansai Retail LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/9/13. Office in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Miansai Inc, 1800 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33139. Registered Agent: c/o Miansai Inc, 33 Crosby St North Space, New York, NY 10013. Purpose: General. JP# 1916 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of DMBL Associates, LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/20/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 11 Clinton Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1924 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Qual. of Williamsburg Construction Group LLC filed with Sec of State NY (SSNY): 11/26/13 in Bronx Co. Formed in DE: 2/6/04. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served & shall mail process to: Sheppard Hale & Associates, Inc, PO Box 391, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417. Foreign add: Corporation Service Company, 2711 Centerville Rd Ste 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy Of State, 401 Federal St Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: General. JP# 1922 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Qual. of 400 Capital Pace Manager LLC f led with Sec of State NY (SSNY): 12/18/13 in NY Co. Formed in DE: 12/16/13. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served & shall mail process to: 12 E 49th St Ste 2209, New York, NY 10017. Foreign add: c/o Corporation Service Company, 2711 Centerville Rd Ste 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy Of State Of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: General. JP# 1923 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Falcon Ridge Re Fund LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/26/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 75 Cedar Dr., Great Neck, NY 11021. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1925 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Ocean Tower Realty LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/8/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 27 Frost Ln., Lawrence, NY 11559. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1926 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Empire Tower Partners LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/7/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 27 Frost Ln., Lawrence, NY 11559. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1928 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Lenox NY LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 4/25/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 777 Old Country Rd., Ste. 204, Plainview, NY 11803. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1929 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Life’s Abcs, LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/22/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 233 Broadway, Ste. 2200, NY, NY 10279. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1930 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of For mation of Oceanview Apartments, LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 7/12/13. Office location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 65 Mimosa Dr., Roslyn, NY 11576. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1931 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Mikey’s Construction LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/10/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 200 Robbins Ln., Ste. D1, Jericho, NY 11753. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1932 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Batel Group LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 5/21/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 777 Old Country Rd., Ste. 204, Plainview, NY 11803. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1933 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14 Notice of Formation of Elul Group LLC. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 8/7/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 48 S. Service Rd., St. 404, Melville, NY 11747. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1934 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14 Notice of Formation of Proline Renovations Limited Liability Company. Arts .Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/23/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 31A Bedford Ave., Westbury, NY 11590. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1935 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of surf2livelb LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/4/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 830 E. Chester St, Long Beach, NY 11561. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1954 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14 Notice of Qualif cation of Gaia Real Estate Investment LLC. Authority f led with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/5/13. Off ce location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/2/09. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 152 W. 57th St, New York, NY 10019. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd, Ste 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1937 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14 Notice of Qualif cation of Hopkins Group Management, LLC. Authority f led with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/14/13. Off ce location: New York County. LLC formed in New Jersey (NJ) on 5/25/11. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 240 Madison Ave, 7th Fl., New York, NY 10016. NJ address of LLC: 100 Executive Dr., Ste 360, West Orange, NJ 07052. Cert. of Formation f led with NJ State Treasurer, 225 West State St, 3rd Fl., Trenton, NJ 08608. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1938 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14 Notice of Formation of Russdee, LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/2/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1233 Beech St, #16, Atlantic Beach, NY 11509. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1952 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Qualification of Silvercrest Municipal Advantage Portfolio A LLC. Authority f led with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/12/13. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 2/10/06. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1330 Ave of Americas, New York, NY 10019. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd, Ste 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1940 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Qualification of Silvercrest Municipal Advantage Portfolio P LLC. Authority f led with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/29/13. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 8/15/06. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1330 Ave of Americas, New York, NY 10019. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd, Ste 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1941 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Qualification of Silvercrest Municipal Special Situations Fund II LLC. Authority f led with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/12/13. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 9/28/06. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1330 Ave of Americas, New York, NY 10019. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd, Ste 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1942 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Piscione Holdings LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/18/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 3164 Shore Rd, Bellmore, NY 11710. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1951 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Himmel Realty Group LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/19/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 19A Darbrook Rd, Westport, CT 06880. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1944 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Qualification of Silvercrest Municipal Special Situations Fund LLC. Authority f led with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/12/13. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/07/05. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1330 Ave of Americas, New York, NY 10019. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd, Ste 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1943 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of 234 Greene, LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 2/10/05. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 713 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1945 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of 428 Route 146, LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 10/18/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1648 Madison Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11229. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1947 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Qualif cation of Gaia Real Estate Holdings, LLC. Authority f led with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/19/13. Off ce location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/19/09. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 152 W. 57th St, New York, NY 10019. DE address of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd, Ste 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1936 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14


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COVENANT & CONVERSATION RABBI LORD JONATHAN SACKS

Looking Up The Israelites had crossed the Red Sea. The impossible had happened. The mightiest army in the ancient world – the Egyptians with their horse-drawn chariots – had been defeated and drowned. The people were now free. But the relief proved short-lived. Almost immediately they faced attack by the Amalekites, and they had to fight a battle, this time with no apparent miracles from God. They did so and won. This was a decisive turning point in history, not only for the Israelites but also for Moses and his leadership of the people. The contrast between before and after the Red Sea could not be more complete. Before, facing the approaching Egyptians, Moses said to the people: “Stand still and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today … The Lord will fight for you; you need only be silent” (Exodus 14:13). In other words, do nothing. God will do it for you. And He did. In the case of the Amalekites, however, Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men for us, and prepare for battle against Amalek” (Exodus 17:9). Joshua did so and the people waged war. This was the great transition from a situation in which the leader (with the help of God) does it for the people, to one in which the leader empowers the people to do it for themselves. As this was happening, the Torah focuses our attention on one detail. As the battle began Moses climbed to the top of a hill overlooking the battlefield, with a staff in his hand: “As long as Moses held his hands up, the Israelites prevailed, but when he let his hands down, the Amalekites prevailed. When Moses’s hands became weary, they took a stone and placed it under him, so that he would be able to sit on it. Aaron and Chur then held his hands, one on each side, and his hands remained steady until sunset” (Exodus 17: 11-12). What is going on here? The passage could be read in two ways. The staff in Moses’s hand – with which he had performed miracles in Egypt and at the sea – might be a sign that the Israelites’ victory was a miraculous one. Alternatively, it might simply be a reminder to the Israelites that God was with them, giving them strength. Very unusually – since the Mishnah in general is a book of law rather than biblical commentary – a Mishnah in Tractate Rosh Hashanah resolves the question: “Did the hands of Moses make or break [the course of the] war? Rather, the text implies that whenever the Israelites looked up and dedicated their hearts to their father in heaven, they prevailed. But otherwise they fell.” The Mishnah is clear. Neither the staff nor Moses’s upraised hands were performing a miracle. They were simply reminding the Israelites to look up to heaven and remember that God was with them. This gave them the confidence and courage to win. A fundamental principle of leadership is being taught here. A leader must empower the team. He cannot do the work for them. They must do it for themselves. But he must, at the same time, give them the absolute confidence that they can do it and succeed. He is responsible for their mood and morale. During the battle he must betray no sign of weakness, doubt or fear. That is not always easy. Moses’s hands “became weary.” All leaders have their moments of exhaustion. At such times the leader needs support – even Moses needed the help of Aaron and Chur. In the end, though, his upraised hands were the sign the Israelites needed that God was giving them the strength to prevail. And they did. In today’s terminology, a leader needs emotional intelligence. Daniel Goleman, best known for his work in this field, argues that one of the most important tasks of a leader is to shape and lift the mood of the team:

“Great leaders move us. They ignite our passion and inspire the best in us. When we try to explain why they are so effective, we speak of strategy, vision, or powerful ideas. But the reality is much more primal: Great leadership works through the emotions.” Groups have an emotional temperature. As individuals they can be happy or sad, agitated or calm, fearful or confident. But when they come together as a group, a process of attunement – “emotional contagion” – takes place, and they begin to share the same feeling. Scientists have shown experimentally how, within fifteen minutes of starting a conversation, two people begin to converge in the physiological markers of mood, such as pulse rate. When three strangers sit facing each other in silence for a minute or two, the one who is most emotionally expressive transmits his or her mood to the other two – without speaking a single word. The physiological basis of this process, known as “mirroring,” has been much studied in recent years, and observed even among primates. It is the basis of empathy, through which we enter into and share other people’s feelings. This is the basis of one of the most important roles of a leader. It is he or she who, more than others, determines the mood of the group. Goleman reports on several scientific studies showing how leaders play a key role in determining the group’s shared emotions: Leaders typically talked more than anyone else, and what they said was listened to more carefully… But the impact on emotions goes beyond what a leader says. In these studies, even when leaders were not talking, they were watched more carefully than anyone else in the group. When people raised a question for the group as a whole, they would keep their eyes on the leader to see his or her response. Indeed, group members generally see the leader’s emotional reaction as the most valid response, and so model their own on it – particularly in an ambiguous situation, where various members react differently. In a sense, the leader sets the emotional standard. When it comes to leadership, even non-verbal cues are important. Leaders, at least in public, must project confidence even if inwardly they are full of doubts and hesitations. If they betray their private fears in word or gesture, they risk demoralizing the group. There is no more powerful example of this than the episode in which King David’s son Absalom mounts a coup d’etat against his father, proclaiming himself king in his place. David’s troops put down the rebellion, in the course of which Absalom dies, caught by his hair in a tree, and stabbed to death by Joab, David’s commander-in-chief. When he hears the news, David is heartbroken. His son may have rebelled against him, but he is still his son and he is devastated by his death, covering his face and crying, “O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!” News of David’s grief quickly spreads throughout the army, and they too – by emotional contagion – are overcome by mourning. Joab regards this as disastrous. The army has taken great risks to fight for David against his son. They cannot now start regretting their victory without creating confusion and fatefully undermining their morale: Then Joab went into the house to the king and said: “Today you have humiliated all your men, who have just saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters and the lives of your wives and concubines. You love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that the commanders and their men mean nothing to you. I see that you would be pleased if Absalom were alive today and all of us were dead. Now go out and encourage your men. I swear by the Lord that if you don’t go out, not a man will be left with you by nightfall. This will be worse for you than all the calamities that have come on you from your youth till now (II Samuel 19:6-8).

David does as Joab insists. He accepts that there is a time and place for grief, but not now, not here, and above all, not in public. Now is the time to thank the army for their courage in defense of the king. A leader must sometimes silence his or her private emotions if he is not to demoralize those he or she leads. In the case of the battle against Amalek, the first battle the Israelites had to fight for themselves, Moses had a vital role to perform. He had to give the people confidence by getting them to look up. In 1875 an amateur archaeologist, Marcelino de Sautuola, began excavating the ground in a cave in Altamira near the north coast of Spain. At first he found little to interest him, but his curiosity was rekindled by a visit to the Paris exhibition of 1878 where a collection of Ice Age implements and art objects was on display. Determined to see whether he could find equally ancient relics, he returned to the cave in 1879. One day he took his nine-year-old daughter Maria with him. While he was searching through the rubble, she wandered deeper into the cave and to her amazement saw something on the wall above her. “Look, papa, oxen,” she said. They were, in fact, bison. She had made one of the great discoveries of prehistoric art of all time. The magnificent Altamira cave paintings, between 25,000 and 35,000 years old, were so unprecedented a finding that it took twenty-two years for their authenticity to be accepted. For four years Sautuola had been within a few feet of a monumental treasure, but he had missed it for one reason: he had forgotten to look up. One of the ongoing themes of Tanach is the need to look up. “Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things,” says Isaiah (Isaiah 40:26). “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From there will my help come” said King David in Psalm 121. In Deuteronomy Moses tells the Israelites that the Promised Land will not be like the flat plain of the Nile Delta where water is plentiful and in regular supply. It will be a land of hills and valleys, entirely dependent on unpredictable rain (Deuteronomy 11:10-11). It will be a landscape that forces its inhabitants to look up. That is what Moses did for the people in their first battle. He taught them to look up. No political, social or moral achievement is without formidable obstacles. There are vested interests to be confronted, attitudes to be changed, resistances to be overcome. The problems are immediate, the ultimate goal often frustratingly far away. Every collective undertaking is like leading a nation across the wilderness toward a destination that is always more distant than it seems when you look at the map. Look down at the difficulties and you can give way to despair. The only way to sustain energies, individual or collective, is to turn our gaze up toward the far horizon of hope. The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once said that his aim in philosophy was “to show the fly the way out of the fly-bottle.” The fly is trapped in the bottle. It searches for a way out. Repeatedly it bangs its head against the glass until at last, exhausted, it dies. Yet the bottle has been open all the time. The one thing the fly forgets to do is to look up. So, sometimes, do we. It is the task of a leader to empower, but it is also his or her task to inspire. That is what Moses did when, at the top of a hill, in full sight of the people, he raised his hands and his staff to heaven. When they saw this, the people knew they could prevail. “Not by might nor by power, but by My spirit,” said the prophet (Zechariah 4:6). Jewish history is a sustained set of variations on this theme. A small people that, in the face of difficulty, continues to look up will win great victories and achieve great things. Adapted from “Covenant & Conversation,” a collection of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s parshiyot hashavua essays, published by Maggid Books, an imprint of Koren Publishers Jerusalem (www.korenpub.com), in conjunction with the Orthodox Union. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the British Commonwealth, is the author of many books of Jewish thought, most recently The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning.


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Chaim Levine, of Hope for Heroism, at BMCH in Seattle: and Rabbi Ben Zion Chait, director of national initiatives of Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim, and Rabbi Avram Goldish, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Nesivos HaTorah Yerushalayim, at Anshe Emes in L.A. … On January 19, Rabbi Natan Slifkin will speak at a private home in Valley Village, CA. More On Ostreicher: The West Coast Section of The Jewish Press has learned that Rabbi Zvi Boyarsky of the Aleph Institute, known for its humanitarian efforts on behalf of prisoners, connected with Aaron Zell, head of private security details for Hollywood personalities like Mark Wahlberg and Sean Penn, leading to the safe return to the U.S. of New York businessman Jacob Ostreicher. The widely distributed picture of Ostreicher in the living room of a Hancock Park home shows him talking with Wahlberg. The Jewish Press West Coast Section has also learned that actor Robert Downey Jr. purchased a new elegant wardrobe for Ostreicher, enabling him to attend shul at Congregation Levi Yitzchak in L.A. last Friday night. Ostreicher enjoyed a spiritually uplifting Friday night dinner with more than a dozen other guests at Rabbi Boyarsky’s home. Women Only: On January 15, the aforementioned Lori Palatnik will be the guest speaker at the Women’s Wellness Workshop at the Aish Kollel in Denver. SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA Mazel Tov – Birth: Matt and Elly Bycer, a daughter. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Mazel Tov – Births: Moshe and Jenny Buchman, a son (Grandparents Arie and Lynda Buchman; Great-grandparents Andrew and Yvette Gardner; Debbie Buchman)… Dr. Michael and Talya Kleinman, a daughter (Grandparents Brian and Lesley Kleinman)… Josh Peikon and Claire Marciano, a son… Michael and Shelli Borkow, a son… Zaki and Shana Westreich of Yerushalayim, a daughter (Grandparents Benny and Joyce Westreich; Greatgrandmother Susan Ungar)… Dovid and Adella Jaeger, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Nachman and Leah Jaeger; Lawrence and Juliet Dardick). Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Yehuda Summers, son of Rabbi Yitzchok and Debbie Summers… Joshua Sarir, son of Emmanuel and Tova Sarir. Mazel Tov – Engagements: Yechiel Mechel Smilow, son of Shloimy and Devorah Smilow, to Hindy Zelinger of Monsey, NY… Sammy Scherr, son of Marshal and Cynthia Scherr, to Natalie Barnes… Shira Zahtz, daughter of Dr. Howard and Elizabeth Abramowitz, to Jason Rosenbaum… Etty Murik, daughter of Rabbi Avrohom and Leah Murik, to Motty Harris… Lizi Marks, daughter of Labie and Dorothy Marks, to Dr. Elliott Brodbaker of Toronto… Rabbi David Lapin to Amber Cummins of South Af-

rica… Yiddie Landau, son of Yonah and Tzirel Landau, to Esther Sher of Brooklyn, NY… Yehuda Kram, son of Rabbi Dovid and Adina Kram, to Avigayil Kamenetsky of Lakewood, NJ. Mazel Tov – Weddings: Evey Rothstein, daughter of Jerry and Roz Rothstein, to Fred Rosenbloom, son of Harvey and Grace Rosenbloom… Jacob Leven to Chaya Citrin of Chicago… Michelle Ishakis, daughter of Allen and Judith Ishakis, to Roy Moshe of Detroit… Yehudis Wincelberg, daughter of Gittel Wincelberg and Rabbi Yaakov Wincelberg, to Jacob Kon. NORTHRIDGE, CALIFORNIA Mazel Tov – Engagement: Jason Rosenbaum, son of Sheldon and Pepi Rosenbaum, to Shira Zahtz. OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA Mazel Tov – Birth: Rabbi Daniel and Bryna Fox, a son. PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA Mazel Tov – Engagement: Magali Cohen, daughter of Bob and Lisa Cohen, to Yossi Malkin. SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA Mazel Tov – Birth: Emanuel and Anita Baal Lev, a son (Grandparents Jerry and Perla Attia). Mazel Tov – Engagements: Alexi Glovinsky, daughter of Eli and Iliana Glovinsky, to Shalva Mikhelashvili of NY… Shlomo Marks, son of Rabbi Yaakov and Shari Marks, to Malki Kaniel of Kew Gardens Hills, NY. VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA Mazel Tov – Birth: Riley and Angeli Holzman, a daughter (Grandparents Lyndy Belchere; David and Lynn Holzman). Mazel Tov – Engagements: Natalie Barnes, daughter of Jacob and Inessa Barnes, to Sammy Scherr… Rachel Barnes, daughter of Jacob and Inessa Barnes, to Joshua Yammer of Teaneck, NJ. DENVER, COLORADO Mazel Tov – Birth: Rabbi Chaim Zev and Rachel Grossman of Yerushalayim, a daughter (Grandparents Carl and Dr. Heidi Tessler). Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvah: Rivka Herscovicis, daughter of Yisrael and Chava Herscovicis. LAS VEGAS, NEVADA Mazel Tov – Birth: Rabbi Michael and Rivka Paris, a daughter. Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah: Moshe Kitainik, son of Rabbi Dovid and Leah Kitainik. PORTLAND, OREGON Mazel Tov – Engagement: Benjamin Yablon, son of Brian and Laurie Yablon, to Miriam Clayman of Denver.

West Coast Student Essay Contest The Milken Family Foundation and the Board of Jewish Education (BJE) partnered in sponsoring the recent Jewish Educator Awards Student Essay Contest for middle and high-school students from BJE-affiliated schools. Schools of the prize-winning essayists receive an unrestricted gift of $1,800, and the winners’ choice of an approved charity receives $500. The essay contest winners were Zevi Gersten, a 7th grade student at Emek Hebrew Academy, and Yaakov Leebhoff, an 11th grade student at Ner Aryeh. Both schools are in Valley Village, California.

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Continued from p.59 century English jurist, whose refined thoughts were to become the indisputable starting point of all American jurisprudence, Thomas Jefferson read them all. I have been a university professor for more than 42 years. My students are much less interested in high thinking than in high net worth. Given an opportunity to earn impressive incomes without even continuing their formal education, an overwhelming majority would unhesitatingly grab at the offer. How do I know this? I asked them. In our later national history, some time shortly after the once-celebrated literary ascendancies of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, a spirit of true accomplishment earned high marks. Then, young people strove to rise “originally,” not by incessantly craving expensive and mostly unnecessary goods, but as confident proprietors of an exemplary American Self. Although Emerson and his fellow New England Transcendentalists taught that the flip side of high thinking must be “plain living,” our citizens typically seek private wealth above any other competing objectives. With few exceptions, wealth is generally taken as our ultimate form of personal validation, as thoroughly incomparable evidence of “success.” Years ago, economist Adam Smith, now so often cited by “free market” advocates who don’t understand Smith’s 18th-century writings, concluded that wealth is most energetically sought not because of its intrinsic purchasing power but on account of its special capacity to elicit envy. Later, Emerson had expressed a similar idea, when he advised that “foolish reliance upon property” is the result of “a want of self-reliance.” In the final analysis, the “warmth of the mass” promises each American crowdcitizen a concocted but still convenient defense against unbearable loneliness. Yet this seductive mass also defiles whatever is wondrous, gracious, and generous in this, or in any other society. Already anticipating this development, Charles Dickens observed, in 1842: “I do fear that the heaviest blow ever dealt at liberty will be dealt by this country [the U.S.], in the failure of its example to the earth.” Dickens, of course, was spot on. We Americans have protected our political freedom from the most visible and insidious kinds of tyranny and oppression. For this, we deserve credit. At the same time, we have wittingly sacrificed our coequal obligation to become fulfilled persons. Openly deploring a life of any greater meaning and purpose than one of ritual accumulation, we shamelessly substitute reality shows for real literature, and, still more obsessively, confuse relentless social networking with happiness. In our sorely blemished democracy, a system of governance driven by what “elite” political theorists have called the “iron law of oligarchy,” those individual Americans who would choose disciplined thought over “fitting-in” must accept “punishment.” Usually, this ironic sanction is delivered as some form of ostracism (social or professional), and also in some corollary forms of “aloneness.” “The most radical division,” observed Jose Ortega y Gasset in 1930, “is that which splits humanity…. those who make great demands on themselves…and those who demand nothing special of themselves…” Our democracy is a masquerade, because its current foundations are built upon sand. Now it is high time for camouflage in the inert American mass to yield to being-challenged-in-the-world. In essence, only those individuals who would still dare to reject an insistently demeaning amusement society can offer America its most enduring hope. Significantly, these rare souls can seldom be found anywhere in politics, universities, or corporate boardrooms. Such souls are to be found, to be sure, but we must learn precisely where to look. The strength and courage of a needed inner-directedness can never lie in holding an advanced degree, or in engaging others in assorted contests or contrivances of language. Indispensable qualities of originality must be sought, instead, in the complementary powers of intellectual independence, social justice, and spontaneous empathy. (including Tresor Adam Smith saw in capitalism not just an admirably rising productivity but also the required foundation for political liberty. He also understood that a system of “perfect liberty” – what we might presently call an ideal democracy – could never be based upon a smug and facile encouragement of needless consumption. The inexorable laws of the marketplace, he reasoned, demand a palpable disdain for vanitydriven buying. For Adam Smith, the main problem of dangerously orchestrated hyper-consumption was not economic or political but psychological. It was a problem of unresisted absorption into the mass. For Adam Smith, contrary to widespread misunderstandings of his complex thought, “conspicuous consumption,” a phrase that would later be used by sociologist Thorsten Veblen, must never be taken as evidence of economic or political progress. It follows that while the crowd call of American democracy may remain loud, crass, and even disturbingly persuasive, we the people must keep up the struggle against the suffocating mass, purposefully, and, above all, as authentic individuals. Culinary Cuisine by: Then we Americans could perhaps lay bare the essential ingredients of a democracy that offers more RAM CATERERS than the sum total of individual souls fleeing breathDirected by Simon Auerbacher lessly from themselves. 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of course sinks immediately, so they suffered the least. Those who did not fall into any clear category sank like stones. What emerges from Rashi is the precision of punishment; moreover, the clear statement that those who were guilty of oppressing and murdering Jews would receive their due. In 1956 Rabbi Yosef B. Soloveitchik wrote that with the establishment of the State of Israel, “God…suddenly manifested Himself.” One such manifestation was that “Jewish blood is not free for taking, is not hefker” (Kol Dodi Dofek). With the establishment of the state, Rav Soloveitchik declared, one could sense God’s presence in that Jews would be protected. No one would be able to spill blood in Israel without a strong response. The Jewish community in Israel was sending a message to Jews in the exile who felt more vulnerable: “Don’t be afraid.” Even as we seek peace, Jewish life is precious. One can only hope that Israel will find peace while keeping true to the principle of “Jewish blood is not cheap.” Rabbi Avi Weiss is founder and president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and senior rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale.

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Continued from p.64 halacha to eat and drink on Yom Kippur. The halacha sees no merit in jeopardizing oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health in order to fast on Yom Kippur. Quite to the contrary, the halacha roundly condemns such irresponsible behavior. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is nothing virtuous about a sick person endangering himself by fasting on Yom Kippur. The Torah will hold such a person responsible for the harm he causes himself,â&#x20AC;? warns the Ramban. The rule of thumb here is to follow the doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s instructions. In this case, the doctor is the rabbi. If the doctor or the patient is uncertain as to the effects of fasting on the health of the patient, one may take the following course of action. Preferably before Yom Kippur, (but this may also be done on Yom Kippur if one forgot) one should measure out quantities of food each equal to the volume of a large date. This can best be done by inserting the food into a measuring cup up to the 30-gram line. The patient should eat this quantity of food on Yom Kippur and then wait about ten minutes before eating the next portion in the same quantity and so on. Similarly, the patient should drink quantities of between 32 and 40 grams of fluid, waiting approximately 5 minutes between each sip. If at any time the patient feels he is well enough to lengthen the intervals or stop eating and drinking altogether without harm, he may do so. If, on the other hand, the patient or the patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doctor feels the intervals should be shortened or that the patient needs to eat unrestricted amounts without any interruption, the patient should do so. Any doubt in the matter must be resolved in favor of avoiding danger to

the patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health rather than in favor of fasting. A pregnant woman or a woman between the third and seventh day after birth may fast unless she feels faint, in which case one reminds her that it is Yom Kippur; if she still requests food, one offers it to her in the quantities described above until she recovers. A woman in labor, or within three days after birth, is not allowed to fast. Food or drink taken through infusion is not considered eating or drinking for the purposes of Yom Kippur. Accordingly, a patient who is about to be detached from an infusion on Erev Yom Kippur, and who the doctor would allow to fast if the infusion remained attached, may fast with the help of the infusion. However, the infusion should not be inserted in the rst place solely to enable one to fast. Small children should not fast. However, according to some authorities, children between 9 and 11 should, if they can, postpone their regular meal times by escalating amounts of an hour or two or three according to their age and strength. According to the Mechaber, a child of eleven may fast all day, but the Rema discourages this. The sage Shammai was of the opinion that children should fast. But the rabbis disagreed and forced him to feed his children. Following the Mussaf prayer, Rabbi Acha would announce in his synagogue that those with children should go home and feed them. Raphael Grunfeldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ner Eyal on Seder Moedâ&#x20AC;? (distributed by Mesorah) is available at OU.org and your local Judaica bookstore. His new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ner Eyal on Seder Nashim & Nezikin,â&#x20AC;? will be available shortly. Any comments to the writer are welcome at rafegrunfeld@gmail.com.

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Berachos: Blessings Riddle: From where do we learn that refusing to participate in a mezuman (recited with two other men before Birchas Hamazon) is sinful? Solution: According to the Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 201:3), this refusal to partake in the mezuman calls for the heavenly punishment of having his days of life diminished. The Magen Avraham (ibid.) cites the pasuk in Genesis 12:3 to support this view: “I will bless those who bless you.” We conclude, therefore, that someone who refuses to participate in a blessing will not receive one (the blessing of a longer life) himself. Times And Places Riddle: Describe the scenario whereby one person can wash her dishes on Shabbos, while I can’t. Solution: According to the Mishnah Berurah 323:28, one can wash her dishes on Shabbos only if she plans to use the same dishes again on that same Shabbos.

sef (Choshen Mishpat, siman 99:1) rules that this is so because knowing that he doesn’t have the money to repay me will embarrass him in two ways: 1) His self-esteem will suffer and his feeling of guilt will make him feel bad; and 2) He will feel that he is being pursued needlessly.

This Week’s Torah Riddles Torah Personalities Riddle: Which two prominent figures in Judaism are not permitted to be intoxicated while performing their duties? Times And Places Riddle: Which two Torah portions are read on consecutive days (excluding Rosh Chodesh) chutz la’aretz?

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Mitzvos: Commandments Riddle: Describe the scenario whereby a person is considered to be a thief despite buying a product with honorable intentions. The solutions to these Torah Riddles, plus additional Torah Riddles, will appear in next week’s column.

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Continued from p.60 his behalf when there are limited assets and additional creditors who may lose out,” replied Rabbi Dayan. “This is referred to in halacha as ‘tofes l’baal chov bemakom shechav l’achrini.’ The Shulchan Aruch rules that the other person may not do so even if he was an agent of the creditor, who instructed him to grab the property on his behalf.” (C.M. 105:1) “How does this apply here?” asked Shlomo. “Each person who buys a bus ticket is entitled, when he pays, to any available seat,” explained Rabbi Dayan. (See C.M. 198:6) “Saving a seat for your friend is like grabbing property on his behalf at the expense of other passengers, who also have a right to that seat. Thus, you are not able to save him the seat if there are no comparable seats available.” “What if I had bought both tickets?” asked Shlomo. “Does that make a difference?” “Then it would be permissible to save the seat,” said Rabbi Dayan,

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What was the actual berachah? “Vi’karei va’hem she’mi v’sheim avotai Avraham v’Yitzchak… – That my name be declared upon them and that of my forefathers, Abraham and Isaac….” The inference is that grandparents should not be forgotten. Grandparents (especially after the Holocaust) built the foundations of the family and should not be deemed “past history.”

“since you are then entitled to utilize two seats. You could even use one seat for the knapsack if you needed.” (See SM”A 105:2) “Of course, these rules apply in the absence of any explicit terms of the bus company or common practice among people,” concluded Rabbi Dayan. “Therefore, if the company explicitly states that one may not save a seat under any circumstances – those terms are binding on the passengers. Alternatively, if the common practice is to allow people to save seats for their immediate family – spouse, parents/ children – who are getting on at the same stop, it is permissible.” (See Mishpetai HaTorah 1:85) Rabbi Meir Orlian is a faculty member of the Business Halacha Institute, headed by HaRav Chaim Kohn, a noted dayan. To receive BHI’s free newsletter, Business Weekly, send an e-mail to subscribe@businesshalacha.com. For questions regarding business halacha issues, or to bring a BHI lecturer to your business or shul, call the confidential hotline at 877-845-8455 or e-mail ask@ businesshalacha.com. When a name is given at a brit milah, we say, “Vi’karei shmo b’Yisrael… – May he be called in Yisrael….” This is not just an introductory phrase. It is a prayer: May this child be known in Israel. May he bring kavod and glory to his people. May the world hear about him and acclaim his accomplishments. Rabbi Cohen, a Jerusalem Prize recipient, is the author of eight books on Jewish law. His latest, “Jewish Prayer the Right Way” (Urim), is available at Amazon.com and select Judaica stores.


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His Hour Upon The Stage: Lipa Takes On Broadway By Rabbi Shmuel Skaist “Lipa On Broadway,” a one-performance musical starring Lipa Schmeltzer, was awesome. It had all the costumery, drama and music you’d expect to find in any good Broadway show, and it delivered some important social and psychological messages to boot. The event had its share of mishaps and misfires, but almost all of those fell into the category of “things that would have been taken care of in previews.” If there had been previews, that is. “Lipa On Broadway” was the first attempt by anyone to put on a frum yet authentic Broadway show. For this alone it deserves acclaim. Lipa, together with a motley crew of actors and dancers put on a three hour show that positively sparkled with the joyous energy that comes from creativity unleashed. Although Lipa seemed a bit stiff initially, he relaxed more and more as the night progressed, particularly when he was singing with a mike in his hand. Lipa played two roles, a bizarrely dressed psychologist and a flamboyantly dressed chassidic rebbe. All the acting was over the top so if anyone came looking for a sensitive play where subtle nuances of character are finessed by experienced stage actors they were disappointed. However, that’s not what musicals are about; and this show was definitely a musical. As is true of some musicals, the story line was a bit hard to follow; the Rebbe’s chassidim are also the psychologist’s patients and somehow they need to confront their issues on both levels. The scenes switched back

and forth between the psychologist and his patients, the Rebbe and his chassidim, and sometimes just the chassidim on their own, with no discernible rhyme or reason. The story line may have been a bit confusing, but the message seemed pretty clear; in life you need both the psychologist and the Rebbe. And both are ordinary humans who have internal conflicts potentially as disruptive and damaging as those of their patients or chassidim. The issues the patients discussed and also the solutions offered by the psychologist were well received by the audience. What struck me in particular was the exuberant way the audience reacted to every single mentioning of the ideas of “personal growth,” “being true to yourself,” “not paying attention to what others think” and the like. Fifteen hundred homogeneously dressed heimishe folk cheering personal development as an overriding goal is not something to ignore, and the real rebbes of the world would do well to take notice. The audiences’ sympathies were highlighted when towards the end of the show one of the characters says to Lipa as the Rebbe “Do you know what it’s like to walk into a room and have everybody hate you because you’re a little different?” The Rebbe listens and as he listens he wipes tears away. The audience laughed at this – perhaps finding it unbelievable that a Rebbe would be moved to tears by this question. But this is no ordinary Rebbe, this is Lipa, and from my perspective I was wondering if those tears were

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The Lost Siddur By Dena Estrin When my very busy friend and former neighbor called to say, “I have a story to tell you,” I knew it had to be a good one. I wasn’t disappointed. The story involved her husband, who teaches in the same yeshiva as my husband. They are good friends from our old neighborhood and meet daily over lunch. Rav S., she recounted, was traveling back from attending a wedding in Toronto and had a stopover in Frankfurt, Germany. With plenty of time for morning prayers between connecting flights, he reached into his carry-on bag for his siddur. When his initial search surprisingly proved futile, he began a more thorough search that likewise produced nothing. With a quick glance around and no landsman in sight from whom to borrow a siddur, he decided to begin saying the prayers by memory. He was doing fine until he got to an uncommon addition and found himself a bit stuck. There he was in the midst of a stalled tefillah and unclear of his next move when an airline employee approached him and said, “Ex-

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was not a Jew; the Jews never lived in ancient Israel; the Jews never had any connection to Jerusalem; Jerusalem was never a Jewish city; there never was a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem; the Western Wall is not a Jewish holy are actually Muslim sites.” Let us address Secretary Kerry dimembered. First is that the only three national, politically independent enti-

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In Memoriam East Meets West And Beyond By Tirtza Jotkowitz The forty-sixth yahrzeit of my father, Rabbi Avrohom Moshe Spiegel, takes place this January on the tenth day of Shevat. He passed away in February 1968, three weeks before I got married and eight weeks before my brother’s bar mitzvah, leaving a young widow with five children between the ages of 9 and 21. Finally, after all these years of bottled-up reactions to losing my father right before my wedding and not having sufficiently spoken to my children about their grandfather, I can no longer remain quiet. I feel compelled to relate how two families, Litvish and chassidish, joined together. Their story is significant because it demonstrates how, with a desire to make things work and perseverance, people from differing backgrounds can become one family. Their story can also enlighten today’s generations about American Orthodox Jewish life in the early 1900s. My Litvish maternal great-grandfather, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Seltzer, was born in 1876 in Slutzk. At a very young age, he was recognized as a budding talmid chacham and, by the time he married Tirtza Graf, he was called the Slutzka Ilyui. My greatgrandparents emigrated from Russia to America in 1901 with their two sons, and then they had their two daughters. My great-grandfather served as a rav, first in Bangor, Maine, until 1906 and then in Patterson, N.J. until 1913, when he went to Eretz Yisrael, which was still called Palestine. The family lived in Tzefat for three years and, during that time, he developed a very close friendship with Harav Kook, with whom he exchanged letters on many subjects, including Kabbalah. When my great-grandfather’s family returned to America in 1917, he became a rav in Minneapolis, Minn., and was appointed to the Union of Orthodox Rabbis, a position he held for 42 years. In 1923, he became a rav in Bridgeport, Conn.

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Family legend recounts how my great-grandmother Tirtza was no typical rebbetzin. She spent a lot of her time as a businessperson, dabbling in real estate and other endeavors. One of her major undertakings was the opening of the first Jewish orphanage in Minneapolis. Taking care of orphans and marrying them off was her lifetime project. Soon, thereafter, my great-grandmother took her two young teenage sons back to Palestine to learn in Chevron Yeshiva. It is hard to imagine how, given the harsh conditions of travelling during that period, over the next six years, she crossed the ocean 13 times on a twoweek boat trip to Eretz Yisrael to visit them. When the boys were ready for shidduchim, she exercised the same kind of focus on this task as on her other projects and boarded a boat to Palestine to find her sons’ bashertes. The girl whom my great-grandmother found for my grandfather, Reuven, was Ethel Roth, one of many children born to a large Yerushalmi chassidishe family living in the Old City of Jerusalem. The prospective kallah’s parents were very anxious to make this shidduch because both sides (Litvish and chassidish) came from prestigious families, but they were also reluctant to go forward with it because my great-grandfather requested that she not shave her head, which was contrary to her family’s minhag. When it was agreed that she could cover her hair without shaving her head, this chassidishe girl married my grandfather, a pure Litvak. After remaining a few more years in Chevron Yeshiva, during which starvation under the Ottoman Empire became intolerable, my great-grandparents brought their sons and families to America. My grandfather attended Yeshivas Yitzchak Elchonon, from which he received semicha. Soon thereafter, this family of three moved to Salem, Mass., where he was the rav of a shul. During that time, they had two sons. In 1925, my mother, their fourth and last child, was born. When my mother was 2-years-old, her two oldest siblings died in the course of a year: her sister died from pneumonia, and a car killed her brother on his way to Talmud Torah. Bereft, my grandparents took my mother and her older brother (both under 4-years-old) and moved to Brooklyn, hoping that they would be meshaneh mokom, meshaneh mazal. Simultaneously, my grandfather took an unpaid position as the rav of the Degel Bnei Eretz Yisroel shul, where all members had to have some connection with Palestine; to support his family, he went into the pharmaceutical business with his brother, a pharmacist.

over the next two months and, in December 1936, the consulate in Latvia granted Rabbi Moses Feinstein his visa; Rav Moishe came that month. During my mother’s early high school years, she was still a sheltered girl growing up in Brooklyn, very oblivious to what was going on in the increasingly disturbing pre-Nazi world around her and unaware of the fact that she had lost two siblings. One day, while my grandparents were away for a few hours at a funeral, my mother, who was bored, decided to arrange some drawers. All of a sudden, she came across a newspaper clipping regarding a farewell dinner that the town had made honoring her parents, their rav and rebbitzin, who were leaving due to the two tragedies that had befallen them. Not wanting to upset her parents with probing questions, my mother asked her aunt if the newspaper account was true. She affirmed its veracity and then went on to explain to her niece why both of her parents were so overly protective of their two remaining children. This was my mother’s introduction to other harsh realities that she would face in the future. Nevertheless, Hashem in his goodness had long-before prepared the stage for her basherte to enter her life.

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By now, threatening clouds of war were ominously hanging over Europe. In October 1936, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Seltzer, then secretary of the Agudas Harabonim in America, wrote a letter to Senator Robert Wagner requesting from him to do whatever he could to bring Rabbi Moses Feinstein from Russia to America because a congregation desperately needed him in Toledo, Ohio. Correspondence continued

In 1868, five generations after the birth of the Chozeh m’Lublin, my chassidishe paternal greatgrandfather, Rabbi Naftali Aryeh Spiegel, was born in Ostrov, Poland; he was known as the OstroverKalishiner Rebbe. My grandfather, Elchonon Yochanon, was the oldest of three sons; there was also a daughter, but she perished in the Holocaust, leaving a young son behind. In 1917, when my grandfather was 16-years-old, he became engaged to Matel Wohlgelernter (his cousin who was also a direct descendant of the Chozeh); due to their youth, they waited two years to get married. My grandparents’ first two children died during childbirth, but my father was born in 1919, soon followed by a brother. Around 1924, my greatgrandparents left Poland to come to America, leaving behind their two younger sons and families. My grandfather’s father-in-law, who was living in Canada, brought my grandfather there; my grandmother and her two sons followed shortly. My grandparents’ three daughters were then born in rapid succession. In 1930, my grandfather took a position as a rav in Toronto and sent his sons (ages 8 and 10) to

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Letters To The Editor The Post’s Shameful Headline A family mourns today. A community mourns today. And I, as a New Yorker, mourn today. I do not mourn for a man I did not know. I mourn for the family he leaves behind. I mourn for the children who will grow up not only with the knowledge that their father was brutally murdered amid suffering and degradation, but with the shame and pain of knowing that people were able to treat his death lightly. I mourn for the generations of human beings those children will bear who will be scarred by the callousness of a newspaper. The New York Post’s irresponsible reporting, suggesting that the cold-blooded murderers of Menachem Stark did society a favor, encourages a callous attitude toward the value and sanctity of human life. [See news story, page 3; op-ed article, page 6; editorial, page 7.] The Post’s coverage alleged that Max Stark put his own greed ahead of the welfare of others, that he didn’t care what happened to anyone who got in his way as he pur-

sued the almighty dollar. But isn’t that just what the New York Post did with its shameful headline in a bid to sell newspapers? I challenge all of us to rage against this insensitivity, not merely by letting the New York Post know you’re offended, but by determining not to fall into the same trap. I challenge all of us to be sensitive to those who are suffering and not to pass judgment on them and say “they got what they deserved.” Judgment is reserved for God, but if we want to play God let’s do it by emulating Him through forgiveness, compassion, and sensitivity. Let’s show the world that the Post’s heartless attitude doesn’t accurately reflect what New Yorkers are made of. We are kind; we are sensitive; and we are not afraid to sacrifice some our own success for the benefit of others. Shea Rubenstein Brooklyn, NY Editor’s Note: Mr. Rubenstein is executive vice president of the JCC of Marine Park.

Torah And Vegetarianism This is an open letter to Professor Steven Plaut, in response to his December 27 op-ed article, “Judaism and Eating Meat: Letter to a Vegan Animal Rights Activist.”” As president emeritus of Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA), I assure you, Prof. Plaut, that we are not telling you what to eat. We recognize that Jews have dietary choices. But we believe these choices should be made after considering the inconsistencies between animal-based diets and agriculture and basic Jewish teachings. Your arguments about health are way off base. There are many articles in respected peer-reviewed medical journals indicating the negative health effects of animalbased diets. We believe Jews should (should, not must) be vegetarians (and preferably vegans) to be most consistent with Jewish teachings on preserving human health, treating animals with compassion, protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, and helping hungry people. We also believe that shifts to plant-based diets are important to help reduce the current widespread killer diseases that are afflicting so many Jews and to help avert a looming climate catastrophe and other potential environmental disasters. Please note that the late Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel Shlomo Goren was a strict vegetarian (he became one after visiting a slaughterhouse), as are Shear Yashuv Cohen, former chief rabbi of Haifa; Lord Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the UK; and David Rosen, former chief rabbi of Ireland, among many other Orthodox Jews. So abstaining from eating meat is certainly not contrary to Jewish values.

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You wrote, “The children of Israel ate quail while wondering through the Sinai wilderness.” The Torah did give permission for Jews to eat meat, but it was a reluctant permission according to Rav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook and others, and limited by many restrictions, which were an “implied reprimand,” according to Rav Kook, designed to keep alive Jewish teachings on reverence for life. According to Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, “The dietary laws were designed to teach us compassion and lead us gently back to vegetarianism.” You argue, “You [animal rights activists] would rather that millions of humans die of cancer than subject lab hamsters and monkeys to experimentation for the advance of science.” Actually, the best way to reduce cancer deaths is through shifts to plant-based diets. This was found by many studies, including the China/Cornell/Oxford study (called the “grande prix of epidemiology” by The New York Times), which showed cancer and other disease rates correlated to the amount of animal protein in the diet. Animal experiments have often led to misleading results since animals are so different from humans and because artificially induced diseases often are poor models for human diseases. In conclusion, Prof. Plaut, I hope you will use your scholarly background to look further into the issues. If you do, I think you will find that plant-based diets are most consistent with Jewish values and have the potential to lead to a healthier, more compassionate, just, and environmentally sustainable world. Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D. (Via E-Mail)

to the ranks of active terrorists. So we were nonplussed to read of the vociferous U.S. objections to Afghanistan’s announced intention to release 88 prisoners accused of attacking American forces. Several months ago the U.S. reluctantly acceded to the request of President Hamid Karzai and turned over custody of the detainees to Afghan authorities but with a warning that if they were subsequently released – especially those with American blood on their hands – it could torpedo negotiations for a long term security agreement with the U.S. Military commanders had initially resisted the demands out of fear that released terrorists could easily return to the battlefield against American forces. They acquiesced when Mr. Karzai reportedly gave his assurances that the prisoners would not be released over the objection of the U.S. and its Western coalition partners. Interestingly, an Afghan defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “We are not happy at all. They turn into war heroes once they go

back to their villages and join the fight against Afghans. Releasing the prisoners is harming us.” For their part, Senators John McCain, Lindsay Graham and John Barrasso, who were visiting the country, told reporters that if the releases were finalized there would be a backlash against Afghanistan in Congress, wit irreparable damage to the U.S.Afghanistan relationship. The issue has now come to the fore with the announcement that the prisoners will be released. We suspect most Americans share the concerns of the Obama administration and congressional leaders. Surely it would be counterintuitive to support the Karzai plan. Why, then, was Secretary of State Kerry so insistent that Israel release scores of Palestinians with Israeli blood on their hands, even as he knew full well that previously released terrorists were welcomed as heroes by PA President Mahmoud Abbas and that many if not most immediately returned to the terrorist enterprise against Israel. What’s the principled difference?

The Mayor’s Disappointing Debut Despite our dismay over much of the rhetoric that abounded during Bill de Blasio’s inauguration ceremony as New York City’s new mayor last week, we nevertheless stand by our endorsement in the November 5 election. We continue to believe that ideology will fade in the face of hard reality. The severely limited resources available to the new mayor will drive his administration despite his doubtlessly sincere commitment to the long list of liberal social programs he believes would improve the lives of economically and socially challenged New Yorkers. Notwithstanding the bouquets he threw to a “progressive agenda,” Mayor de Blasio also spoke of “a city government’s first responsibilities,” which he said included the need “to keep our neighborhoods safe; to keep our streets clean; to ensure that those who live here – and those who visit – can get where they need to go in every borough.” All of that presupposes a continuation of the war against crime and terrorism and finding the money to pay for municipal services. Above all there is the challenge of promoting economic growth, and Mr. de Blasio is too smart not to appreciate that while the “trickle down” theory of economic growth is not something he likes on ideological grounds, the alternative “trickle up” theory is not a reasonable substitute and will not be allowed to destroy the

city’s economic base. Moreover, while Mr. de Blasio defeated Republican Joe Lhota in a landslide, 73.3 percent to 24.3 percent, voter turnout was historically low. In actual numbers the result was 752, 604 to 249,121. There are 4.1 million registered voters in New York, and Mr. de Blasio received approximately 23 percent of that number – hardly a “progressive” mandate. We were therefore disturbed by the new mayor’s rather bland reaction to the off-the-wall comments – which included savaging Michael Bloomberg and referring to New York City as a “plantation” – made by some of the inaugural speakers. Mr. de Blasio shrugged off the radical rhetoric by saying that “everybody who spoke at the inauguration spoke from the heart, talked about their own understanding of our city, and what we need to do to move our city forward.” To be sure, the new mayor asked his audience to “acknowledge the incredible commitment of [Mr. Bloomberg]” and he listed some of the outgoing mayor’s achievements. But the day’s general tone was one of triumphal leftism, which doesn’t bode well if Mr. de Blasio is serious about achieving a spirit of unity in the city. He needs to take care that this divisive mentality doesn’t overtake and corrode his administration.


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Continued from p.13 tion offers prayer and praise to Hashem in times of need and times of joy. The Gemara (Berachos 26b) says that our patriarchs established the order of our daily tefillos. The intention of the Gemara is not merely to present a history lesson. Rather, it is to show us that because the patriarchs established the tefillah (Shacharis, Minchah and Ma’ariv), we too are permitted to pray accordingly based on their established precedent. As Moshe mentioned in the Shiras Hayam, “Elokei avi va’aromimenhu,” just as my forefathers before me offered shira to Hashem, I shall do so as well. The Rav offered a third possibility as to the matir for shira based on the Rambam (Hilchos Tefillah 9:7, Moreh Nevuchim 1:59). As mentioned in the Gemara (Megillah 25a), only one who is ca-

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Continued from p.20 en did not play an active role in the miracle of the mun, the halacha of af ha’im hayu b’osah haneis cannot obligate them in the mitzvah associated with that miracle. They are, however, obligated as a result of the hekish – as the Ran stated. In this week’s parshah, the Chasam Sofer suggests an alternate explanation relating to the opinion of the Rashbam. He says that the Rashbam does not require that women need have played a vital

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pable of reciting all the praises of Hashem may praise Him (based on “Mi yimallel gevuros Hashem yashmia kol tehilaso,” Tehillim 106:2). This of course is impossible for mortals. Yet the prophets often revealed and mentioned various additional praises of Hashem (for example, Rachum V’chanun). These revelations were intended to teach us the ways of Hashem so that we may emulate them and follow His ways and behave accordingly. Permission to recite shira derives from the fact that praise consisting of a description of the midos of Hashem also provides the blueprint that shows man how to follow and emulate the ways of Hashem. The Gemara (Shabbos 133b) derives the obligation to emulate the ways of Hashem from the verse in Shiras Hayam of “zeh Kayli v’anvayhu” (similar to the obligation of vehalachta bedrachav (Devarim 28:9) – to go in His ways). Just as Hashem performs acts of kindness,

so should you. This is based on the analysis of the word v’anvayhu as an acronym for ani v’hu (I and He). When we, like Moshe and Bnei Yisrael generations ago at Yam Suf, recite shira to Hashem, we are also reiterating and reinforcing our obligation to emulate the very ways of Hashem that we are praising Him for. Thus, the matir for shira is that the shira itself de nes how we ful ll the mitzvah of vehalachta bedrachav. Rabbi Joshua Rapps attended the Rav’s shiur at RIETS from 1977 through 1981 and is a musmach of Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan. He and his wife Tzipprah live in Edison, N.J. Rabbi Rapps originally distributed this and other shiruim of the Rav’s via the Internet (mj-ravtorah@shamash.org). They were written in the 1990’s. Rabbi Rapps wishes to acknowledge Rabbi Dr. Israel Rivkin for his assistance. You may contact Rabbi Rapps at ravtorah1@gmail.com.

role in the miracle in order to apply the halacha of af ha’im hayu b’osah haneis. The Chasam Sofer explains that the Rashbam only said that in order to answer a different question. He was bothered by the word “af,” which connotes that they were not an essential part of the miracle. The Chasam Sofer makes clear that Hashem created the world contingent on the fact that klal Yisrael would accept the Torah. Additionally, the physical world must bend and adjust to meet the needs of the Torah-observant Jew. The greater the individual, the more the physical world must adhere to his needs. This is not a miracle, for it is built-in to the making of the world. It is a greater miracle when Hashem must make the physical world change its natural course for an individual who is not on that level. Thus the Rashbam suggested that regarding the miracle of yetzi-

as Mitzrayim, which the women deserved more, it was not as much of a miracle for them as much as it was natural law. They are therefore obligated in the mitzvah as a result of the halacha of af ha’im hayu b’osah haneis. The reason that the Gemara uses the word “af” is because for the women it was not as great a miracle. It results from this explanation of the Rashbam that women would also be obligated in mitzvos that are associated with miracles in which they did not play primary roles. Accordingly, we can explain that the Rashbam can learn like Rabbeinu Tam: women are obligated in the mitzvah to eat three meals on Shabbos with lechem mishneh as a result of the halacha of af ha’im hayu b’osah haneis. For questions or comments regarding this column, e-mail RabbiRFuchs@gmail.com.

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nasties Intermarry.” In 1948, Palestine was declared the State of Israel. Soon after my last sister was born, my greatgrandfather, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Seltzer, made aliyah; he was almost 90-years-old! Nevertheless, he continued to make his mark there, too. He donated a room in Bayit Lepletot, a girl’s orphanage, in memory of his late wife, Tirtza, and he wrote two seforim (Zos LeYehuda and Masa Yehuda) before he died at the age of 94. My father, Avrohom Moshe Spiegel, was a continuously vociferous askan on behalf of Klal Yisroel during his 47 years of life. When Mike Tress and Moshe Sherer started the Agudas Yisroel of America, my father became an active participant. He was the director of Camp Agudah for the rst twelve years that it was located in Highmount, N.Y. My father also established the United Vaad HaKashrus of Far Rockaway, as we were living there, and he, along with Pesach Dovid Schonfeld, founded the Agudath Israel of Long Island shul. My father was supposed to be one of the two delegates to the rst National Convention of Agudas Yisroel of America, but that was when his cancer was discovered. He was sick for a few years but conscientiously planned my chasunah from his hospital bed, instructing me to keep it on the scale he intended – despite my relatives urging me to tone it down due to his serious illness; he never made it to see me under the chuppah with my husband, Mordecai Jotkowitz. It has taken me nearly 46 years to gather the strength to convey this saga, which I have been yearning to tell. For various reasons, timing and circumstances were not right; however, the proper confluence of conditions has nally emerged for me to communicate the above. I am doing this for the sake of my father’s children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. It is imperative for them to understand from whence they come and for them to develop a familiarity with the grandfather whom they never had a chance to know. It is also vital for the generations of today to be aware that, if it were not for the sacri ces made and the strength of character demonstrated by yesteryear’s generations who came to this country devoid of Torah in the early 1900s, today’s generations could not have reached their present levels of accomplishment. Abba, thank you for transmitting the principles for which you have taught me to stand up and for giving me the tenacity to do so. May your neshamah have an aliyah. Tirtza Jotkowitz, Esq., specializes in halachic estate planning. She can be reached at 845-425-8871 or 052-509-3356 in Israel and 845-596-5733 in the U.S.

Continued from p.74 New York to attend Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, from which they eventually received semicha. In 1940, my grandparents and their three daughters moved to New York where they lived for a year or two with the grandparents until they found their own place in the Bronx, where my grandfather – by then also known as the Ostrover-Kalishiner Rebbe – opened his shtieble, Khal Chasidim. At this point, my grandfather arranged for his two brothers (also called the Ostrover-Kalishiner Rebbes) and their families still in Poland to come to New York; he also brought over the surviving son of his late sister. My father, Avrohom Moshe and his siblings grew up in the Bronx as typical frum boys and girls at that time. One evening, there was a lecture being given which my father’s brother attended. My mother also happened to be there and someone introduced them. This was followed by a date, but he felt that she was better suited for his older brother; therefore, he asked Rabbi Yeruchim Gorelick (Tirtza Seltzer’s nephew) to make the introduction. That is how my parents met and, in 1945, they were married. The day after my parent’s marriage, the Algemeiner Journal ran a full-page narrative discussing the history of chassidim and misnagdim, accompanied by a picture of the two great-grandfathers marching down in their respective contrasting garbs to my parents’ chuppah. My Litvishe grandfather was wearing his buttoned topcoat and upright tophat with a serious expression on his face while my chasidishe grandfather’s bekishe was fl ying open and his spodek was askew as he smiled at the guests! The title of this article was: “East Meets West. This Is The First Time That Children Of Opposing Dy-

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Notice of Formation of Guilderland Operator, LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 10/18/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1648 Madison Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11229. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1948 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of 22 Wakef eld LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/18/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 22 Wakef eld Ave, Port Washington, NY 11050. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1949 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14 Notice of Formation of The Ladopoulos Family Limited Partnership. Cert. of Limited Partnership filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/18/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 86 Bartlett Dr., Manhasset, NY 11030. Purpose: any lawful activity. Last date to dissolve is 12/31/2100. JP# 1955 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Inmates Bakery LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/20/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 99 Toledo St, Farmingdale, NY 11735. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1950 12/27,1/3,10,17,24,31/14

Notice of Formation of Regional Funding Services LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/25/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Ste. 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1956 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14 Notice of For mation of Community Advantage Consulting LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/7/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Ste. 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1957 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14 Notice of Formation of Century Services LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/21/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Ste. 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1958 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of 529 West Broadway Unit LA LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/24/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 2 Kenilworth Road, Mineola, NY 11501. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1959 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Blue in Motion LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/30/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 300 W. 110th St., #3D, NY, NY 10026-4051. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1960 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Legal Notice Notice of Qualif cation of Clever Canary LLC. Authority f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/27/13. LLC Formed in (DE) on 11/20/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 488 Madison Ave., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10022. DE address of LLC: 874 Walker Rd., Ste. C, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. Of Org. f led with DE Secy. Of State, Townsend Building, Federal & Duke of York Streets, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1961 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of SterlingRisk New York, LLC. Arts Of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/25/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1305 Franklin Ave., Ste. 300, Garden City, NY 11530-9243. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1962 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Summa International LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/29/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 481 8th Ave., Ste. 537, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1963 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14 Notice of Formation of NY Ketamine Medical Practice, PLLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/29/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 80 Harbor Acres Rd., NY, NY 11050-2627. Purpose: Profession of Medicine. JP# 1964 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Neu Projects One LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/20/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 161 6th Ave., 13th Fl., NY, NY 10013. Registered Agent upon whom process may be served: 161 6th Ave., 13th Fl., NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1965 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of New Westgate Glass Packaging LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/26/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 7014 13th Ave., Ste. 202, Bklyn, NY 11228. Registered Agent upon whom process may be served: 7014 13th Ave., Ste. 202, Bklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1966 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of RSbus LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/9/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 747 3rd Ave., 22nd Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1971 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Qualif cation of Princeton Legal Search Group, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 7/25/13. LLC Formed in (NJ) on 7/1/99. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 116 Village Blvd., Ste. 200, Princeton, NJ 08540. NJ address of LLC: 116 Village Blvd., Ste. 200, Princeton, NJ 08540. Arts. Of Org. f led with NJ Dept. of Treasury, PO Box 308, Trenton, NJ 08646. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1967 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Qualif cation of Eastridge Capital, LP. Authority f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/30/13. LP formed in (DE) on 8/8/12. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 200 E. 90th St., #20H, NY, NY 10128. DE address of LP: 16192 Coastal Hwy., Lewes, DE 19958. Arts. Of Org. f led with DE Secy. Of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1968 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Qualification of 1657 Madison Avenue LLC. Authority filed with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/3/13. LLC Formed in (DE) on 11/22/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 874 Walker Rd., Ste. C, Dover, DE 19904. DE address of LLC: 874 Walker Rd., Ste. C, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. Of Org. f led with DE Secy. Of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1976 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

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Notice of Formation of Global Med-Syn LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/13/12. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 7 Penn Plaza, Ste. 810, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1969 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Red Giraffe Advisors, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/27/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1441 3rd Ave., #12C, NY, NY 10028. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1982 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Station LIC, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 9/27/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 10-37 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1993 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of B H Third LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 8/8/13. Off ce location: Orange County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2 Frankfurt Rd., #202, Monroe, NY 10950. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1995 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Candlelion LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/26/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: PO Box 2224, Radio City Station, NY, NY 101012224. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1970 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Bellatrix NYC, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/15/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 5 W. 19th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1977 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Blue Net Ref ections LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/16/13. Off ce location: Orange County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 14 Tammy Dr., Middletown, NY 10941. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1994 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of B&M Transport LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/22/13. Off ce location: Orange County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 43 Fort Van Tyle Rd., Port Jervis, NY 12771. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1996 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of RSbus LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/9/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 747 3rd Ave., 22nd Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1971 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Persei Holdings, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/19/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 150 Broadway, 19th Fl., NY, NY 10038. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1983 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of B H Third LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 8/8/13. Off ce location: Orange County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2 Frankfurt Rd., #202, Monroe, NY 10950. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1995 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Foam First Enterprise LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/15/13. Off ce location: Orange County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2317 Mountain Rd., Otisville, NY 10963. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1997 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Reid & Wise Consulting, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/31/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 136-40 39th Ave., Ste. 507, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1984 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Acme Internet Trading LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/18/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 4170 Main St., B3878, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1986 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of 2076 Hylan Blvd Realty LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/21/13. Off ce location: Richmond County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 935 Sinclair Ave., Staten Island, NY 10309. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1998 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Al Arcadia Realty, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/26/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 14075 Ash Ave., Ste. 2E, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1985 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Atlas Pharmacy LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/15/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 9213 Jamaica Ave., Woodhaven, NY 11427. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1987 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of 303 Therapy, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/18/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 915 Broadway, Ste. 1200, NY, NY 10010. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1972 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Qualif cation of 2918 Third Avenue LLC. Authority f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/3/13. LLC Formed in (DE) on 11/22/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 150 Broadway, Ste. 800, NY, NY 10038. DE address of LLC: 874 Walker Rd., Ste. C, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. Of Org. f led with DE Secy. Of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1973 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Qualif cation of 30-42 Steinway Street LLC. Authority f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/3/13. LLC Formed in (DE) on 11/22/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 150 Broadway, Ste. 800, NY, NY 10038. DE address of LLC: 874 Walker Rd., Ste. C, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. Of Org. f led with DE Secy. Of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1974 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Qualif cation of 100 Delancey LLC. Authority f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/15/13. LLC Formed in (DE) on 11/14/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 150 Broadway, Ste. 800, NY, NY 10038. DE address of LLC: 874 Walker Rd., Ste. C, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. Of Org. f led with DE Secy. Of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1975 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Acme Internet Trading LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/18/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 4170 Main St., B3878, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1986 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Atlas Pharmacy LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/15/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 9213 Jamaica Ave., Woodhaven, NY 11427. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1987 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of C&H Prosperity LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/25/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 13338 41st Rd., Ste. 2N, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1988 1/3,10,17,24,31.2/7/14

Notice of Formation of C&H Prosperity LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/25/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 13338 41st Rd., Ste. 2N, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1988 1/3,10,17,24,31.2/7/14

Notice of Formation of BTC Holdings NY, LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/7/13. Off ce location: Richmond County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 900 S. Ave., Ste. 101, Staten Island, NY 10314. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1999 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14 Notice of Formation of BTC Tottenville, LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/7/13. Off ce location: Richmond County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 900 S. Ave., Ste. 101, Staten Island, NY 10314. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2000 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Blue Net Ref ections LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/16/13. Off ce location: Orange County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 14 Tammy Dr., Middletown, NY 10941. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1989 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of B & D Pest Solutions LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 9/20/13. Off ce location: Richmond County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 20 Norwich St., Staten Island, NY 10314. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2001 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of QBM Properties, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/4/05. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 108-49 63rd Ave., Ste. 1B, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1990 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of V3 Enterprises, LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/4/13. Off ce location: Rockland County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 14 N. Airmont Rd., Suffern, NY 10901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2002 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of SE Asia Brands, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/20/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 575 Main St., #N404, NY, NY 10044. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1991 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of NTC Communications LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 8/1/13. Off ce location: Rockland County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 20 Sunny Ridge Rd., New Hempstead, NY 10977. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2003 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of formation of Cortlandt Operations LLC Arts. of Org. f led with the Sectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;y of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/17/2012. Off ce location, County of Westchester. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1035 East 27th St., Brooklyn NY 11210. Purpose: any lawful act. JP# 2004 1/3,10,17,24,31.2/7/14

Notice of Formation of HK & KP LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/11/11. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 555 W. 59th St., 18A, NY, NY 10019. Registered Agent upon whom process may be served: 229 W. 60th St., Apt. 20M, NY, NY 10023. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1978 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Blue Net Ref ections LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/16/13. Off ce location: Orange County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 14 Tammy Dr., Middletown, NY 10941. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1989 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Project Highline LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/11/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 55 Maple Ave., Ste. 206, Rockville Centre, NY 11570. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1979 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of QBM Properties, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/4/05. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 108-49 63rd Ave., Ste. 1B, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1990 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Uz-Plus, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/22/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 11-03 36th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11106. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1992 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of J&J Highline LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/11/13. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 55 Maple Ave., Ste. 206, Rockville Centre, NY 11570. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1980 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of SE Asia Brands, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/20/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 575 Main St., #N404, NY, NY 10044. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1991 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Station LIC, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 9/27/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 10-37 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1993 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of One Mill Street, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/11/09. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 24 Union Square St., 5th Fl., NY, NY 10003. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1981 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Uz-Plus, LLC. Arts Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/22/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 11-03 36th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11106. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1992 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Blue Net Ref ections LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/16/13. Off ce location: Orange County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 14 Tammy Dr., Middletown, NY 10941. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1994 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Sahhuri LLC Arts of Org f led with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 12/6/13. Off ce: Nassau County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 200 Cottage Blvd, Hicksville, NY 11801. General Purposes. JP# 2005 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Salamon Group Investors LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/23/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 140 Dogwood Ave, Roslyn, NY 11575. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2008 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14


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Notice of Formation of 65 Road LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/24/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 140 Dogwood Ave, Roslyn, NY 11575. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 1207 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Two Nil, LLC Authority f led SSNY 12/4/13. Off ce:NY Co. LLC formed DE 8/1/08. SSNY design. agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served and shall mail copy to 11825 Major St. #106 Culver City, CA 90230. Cert of Formation f led DE SOS, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 2022 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Flato, Friedman., LLC Authority f led SSNY 10/3/13. Office: NY Co. LLC formed DE 5/28/13. SSNY design. agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served and shall mail copy to 185 West End Ave #5C New York, NY 10023. Cert of Formation f led DE SOS, P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 2034 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

250 Eighth avenue associates, LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 9/29/97. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Peter Loucas 20 Sintsink Drive W. Port Washington, NY, 11050. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2045 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Formation of Hollis Leasehold LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/18/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 225 Broadway, 32nd Fl., New York, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2059 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

ALUSTRETCH NY LLC, a domestic LLC, f led with the SSNY on 8/29/2013. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 93 14th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215. General Purpose. JP# 2006 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Bevin Lake Partners LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with NY Dept. of State on 12/20/13. Off ce location: Westchester County. Princ. bus. addr.: 711 Westchester Ave., Suite 1A, White Plains, NY 10604. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: all lawful purposes. JP# 2023 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Qualification of SMA Holdings Management, LLC. App. for Auth. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 12/30/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/23/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Sterling Equities, 111 Great Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 1102, Attn: General Counsel. DE address of LLC: United Corporate Services, Inc., 874 Walker Road, Ste. C, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. of Org. f led with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2068 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Formation of TSWS Associates LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/15/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 264 Meacham Ave, Elmont, NY 11003. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2009 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14 Northline Music LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 12/19/13. Off ce:Kings Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 561 Hudson St# 8 New York, NY 10014. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2010 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Four asteria realty, L.L.C. Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 1/6/13. Off ce: Kings Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 25-87 37th St. #100 Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2011 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Lot No. 50 LLC. Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/24/13. Off ce:Kings Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to princ. business address c/o William Reed 106 Jackson St. #1R Brooklyn, NY 11211. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2012 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

90 Lakewood Drive, LLC. Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 12/12/13. Off ce: Rockland Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 92 Lakewood Dr. Congers, NY 10920. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2013 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

21 East 9 Realty LLC. Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 12/12/13. Office: Westchester Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Robert Cohen PO Box 496 New York, NY 10014. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2014 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Lakhani & Jordan Consultants LLC. Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 9/11/13. Office:Westchester Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 17 Thomas St. Scarsdale, NY 10583. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2015 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Media Azur, LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/8/13. Office:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 330 E. 38 St. #53C New York, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2016 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14 Harlem Juice Bar LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/2/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 1590 Madison Ave #16F New York, NY 10029. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2017 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Wendy Harris Law, PLLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 9/4/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 300 W. 110th St. #4K New York, NY 10026. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2018 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Capstone Consulting LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 8/6/13. Off ce: NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to princ. bus. address 2209 Brody Ln. Bellmore, NY 11710. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2019 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

VF Solutions LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/22/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 200 E. 90th St. #7A New York, NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2020 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Florida Capital Group, LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/26/13. Off ce: NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 74 W. 47th St. New York, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2021 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of PF Cali, LLC, Art. of Org. f led Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/5/13. Off ce location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP# 2024 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of L&M Edgecombe Preservation Managers LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/30/13. Off ce location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 1865 Palmer Ave., Ste. 203, Larchmont, NY 10538. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP# 2025 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of PF Cali Holdings, LLC, Art. of Org. f led Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/12/13. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP# 2026 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of JGJg Holding Company, LLC filed under the original name JGJG Holding Company, LLC, Art. of Org. f led Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/12/13. Off ce location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP# 2027 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of Olive Catherine Realty LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/18/09. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 75 Pineapple St, Ste 1G, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2028 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of Formation of 219 East Burnside LLC, Art. of Org. f led Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/4/13. Office location: Bronx County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Fahd Musleh, 219 E. Burnside Ave., Bronx, NY 10457. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP# 2029 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14 Notice of Formation of Lloyd Patel LLP. Cert. of Registration f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/25/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 136 E. 57th St, Ste 1105, New York, NY 10022. The name and address of the registered agent is Lloyd Patel LLP, 97-07 67th Ave, Apt 2D, Rego Park, NY 11374. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2030 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

MANHATTAN PAIN MEDICINE, PLLC, a Prof. LLC, Arts. of Org. f led with the SSNY on 12/10/2013. Off ce loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 350 W 42nd St. #21G, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: To Practice The Profession Of Medicine. JP# 2031 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14 Notice of Qual. of Alive Products USA I LLC, Auth. f led Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/28/12. Off ce loc.: Westchester County. LLC org. in DE 2/8/12. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Trolley Square, Ste. 20C, Wilmington, DE 19806, the principal off ce addr. of LLC. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp.: any lawful activities. JP#2032 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14 Manual physical therapy and nursing care, PT & RN, PLLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/1/13. Off ce:Bronx Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 8733 Justice Ave #3 Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2033 1/3,10,17,24,31,2/7/14

Notice of formation of 1121 39TH STREET LLC. Articles of Organization f led with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/10/2013. Office located in Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 1121 39TH STREET LLC, 504 46TH ST, Brooklyn, NY 11220. Purpose: any lawful purpose. JP# 2035 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14 NOTICE OF FORMATION of 27 Brevoort LLC. Art. of Org. f led with the Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/20/2006. Off. Loc.: Kings County. SSNY has been desig. as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The P. O. address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy to is: 1435 Reed Drive, East Meadow,NY 11554. . Purpose of LLC: to engage in any lawful act or activity. JP# 2036 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license, number 1275792 for beer, liquor and wine, has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer, liquor and wine, at retail in a bar/tavern under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 500 W. 143rd Street, #4 a/k/a 126 Hamilton Place, New York, County of New York, for on premises consumption. Signed 126 Hamilton Place, LLC, trading as Hog’s Head Tavern JP# 2037 1/10,17/14 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license, Number 1275462 or Beer & Wine has been applied for by the undersigned to sell Beer & Wine at retail in a Restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 159 East 55th St., New York, NY 10022 for on-premise consumption. Neo Universe Corp d/b/a Hinata Ramen JP# 2038 1/10,17/14 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license, Number 1274912 for n-premises Liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell Beer, Wine & Liquor at retail in a Restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 41-14 162nd Street, Flushing, NY 11358 for on-premises consumption. Zu Rang NY Inc. JP# 2039 1/10,17/14 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a license, Number 1275153 for On-premises Liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell Beer, Wine & Liquor at retail in a Karaoke Bar under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 149-38 41st Avenue, Flushing, NY 11355 for on-premises consumption. AKNY & Co Inc. JP# 2040 1/10,17/14

S U P R E M E C O U RT - C O U N T Y O F KINGS EASTERN SAVINGS BANK, FSB, Plaintiff against BENITO BELCHES a/k/a BENITA BELCHES, et al Defendant(s). BENITO BELCHES, Plaintiff against BILL ALBURY, et al Third Party Defendants. Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered herein and dated December 5, 2012, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Courthouse, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY on the 13th day of February, 2014 at 2:30 PM premises situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the westerly side of Clermont Avenue, distant 249 feet 4 1/2 inches southerly from the southwesterly corner of Clermont and Dekalb Avenues; being a plot 100 feet by 11 feet 2 inches by 26 feet 8 inches by 6 feet 6 inches by 73 feet 4 inches by 17 feet 6 inches. Block: 2104 Lot: 43 Said premises known as 306 CLERMONT AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY Approximate amount of lien $ 1,070,870.40 plus interest & costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of f led judgment and terms of sale. Index Number 5792/09. CHARLES F. OTEY, ESQ., Referee. KRISS & FEUERSTEIN LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 360 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1200, New York, NY 10017 JP# 2041 1/10,17,24,31/14 55 East 59TH LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2042 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

971 Madison LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2043 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14 773 Madison LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/18/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to c/o Larstrand Corporation Attn: Legal Dept. 22 E. 65th St., 5th Fl. New York, NY 10065. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2044 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Bcegi, LLC Authority f led SSNY 11/22/13. Off ce:NY Co. LLC formed in TX on3/26/07 and is active. SSNY design. agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served and shall mail copy to c/o The Alvarez Law Firm 24005 Ventura Blvd. Calabasas, CA 91302. Cert of Form. f led TX SOS PO Box 13697 Austin, TX 78711. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 2046 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Owl Tours LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/19/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to princ. bus. address 1601 Broadway #12F New York, NY 10019. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2047 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Piccolo Fiore Properties LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 1/2/14. Off ce: Kings Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 2113 68th St. Brooklyn, NY 11204. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2048 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Firehouse Ornaments LLC, Authority f led SSNY 9/5/13. Off ce:Kings Co. LLC formed NV 8/14/13. SSNY design. agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served and shall mail copy to 152 Montague St. #3 Brooklyn, NY 11201 . Cert of Formation f led with NV SOS, 202 North Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 2049 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

1330 St. Johns Place LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 1/2/14. Off ce: Rockland Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to PO Box 981 Monsey, NY 10952. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2050 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

156 Skillman LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 1/2/14. Off ce:Rockland Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to PO Box 981 Monsey, NY 10952. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2051 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Hidden Gems Archery LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 7/5/13. Off ce: Bronx Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 900 Magenta St. Bronx, NY 10469. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2052 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Level Floors Company LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/4/13. Effective 1/1/14. Off ce:Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 33 Power House Rd. Roslyn Heights, NY 11577. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2053 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14 Level Floors Company LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/4/13. Effective 1/1/14. Off ce:Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 33 Power House Rd. Roslyn Heights, NY 11577. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2054 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14 Glasswing Solutions LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 10/7/13. Off ce: Nassau Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to princ. bus address 350 Woodland Dr., S. Hempstead, NY 11550. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2055 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Formation of Augenbaum Brothers LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/27/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 539 Eastern Pkwy, 3rd Fl., Brooklyn, NY 11216. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2056 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14 Notice of Formation of Everything Electronix LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 8/7/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1965 E. 16th St, Brooklyn, NY 11229. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2057 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14 Notice of Formation of Good Cop Great Cop, LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/6/13. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 319 Manhattan Ave, #3, Brooklyn, NY 11211. The name and address of the Registered Agent is Matthew Porter, 319 Manhattan Ave, #3, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2058 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Formation of Revaz Chachanashvili Law Group, PLLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/30/13. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 108-17 72nd Ave, Ste 2E, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2060 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Formation of Waltham Hotel LLC. Arts of Org. f led with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 1/2/14. Off ce location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to:1300 Tonnelle Ave., North Bergen, NJ 07047. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2061 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Qualif cation of State Castle Title Agency, L.P. Authority f led with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/5/13. Off ce location: New York County. Limited Partnership formed in New Jersey (NJ) on 10/22/13. SSNY is designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 292 Madison Ave, 20th Fl., New York, NY 10017. NJ address of LP: 1125 Ocean Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701. Cert. of Limited Partnership f led with NJ State Treasurer, 225 W. State St, 3rd Fl., Trenton, NJ 08608. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2062 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Qualif cation of Flushing Commons Property Owner, LLC. Authority f led with NY Dept. of State on 11/25/13. Off ce location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: c/o Rockefeller Group Development Corp., 1221 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10020. LLC formed in DE on 11/22/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. f led with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. JP# 2063 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Formation of Princeton I.V. Capital Advisors, LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with NY Dept. of State on 1/12/11. Name amended to Princeton Ivy Capital Advisors, LLC. Off ce location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 80 Broad St., Floor 5, NY, NY 10004. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Howard A. Neuman, Esq., Satterlee Stephens, et al., 230 Park Ave., Ste. 1130, NY, NY 10169. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2064 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Qualification of MYC Owner LLC. Authority f led with NY Dept. of State on 12/20/13. Off ce location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 300 N. Main St., Ste. 402, Greenville, SC 29601. LLC formed in DE on 12/19/13. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. f led with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. JP# 2065 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Formation of Atwood Enterprises, LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/20/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 105 Lexington Avenue, #2E, New York, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2066 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Qualification of SEE Holdings Management, LLC. App. for Auth. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 12/30/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/23/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Sterling Equities, 111 Great Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 1102, Attn: General Counsel. DE address of LLC: United Corporate Services, Inc., 874 Walker Road, Ste. C, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. of Org. f led with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2067 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Formation of MEC TCT LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/21/13. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Elizabeth Sosnow, 500 5th Ave., Ste. 300, New York, NY 10110. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2070 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Qualification of Downtown Investors II, LLC. App. for Auth. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 12/30/13. Off ce location: Nassau County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/27/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Sterling Equities, 111 Great Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 1102, Attn: General Counsel. DE address of LLC: United Corporate Services, Inc., 874 Walker Road, Ste. C, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. of Org. f led with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2069 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice is hereby given that a license, number 1275299 for beer, liquor and wine has been applied for by Hi Hello, LLC a/k/a Hi Hello to sell beer, liquor and wine at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 247 Starr St., Bklyn, NY 11237, Kings County for on premises consumption. Applicant: Hi Hello, LLC, a/k/a Hi Hello. JP# 2071 1/10,17/14

Notice of Formation of 10 Cobbetts Lane, LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/16/13. Off ce location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 238 Main St., Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2072 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Formation of 1519 Dekalb LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/2/13. Off ce location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 48 S. Service Rd., Ste. 404, Melville, NY 11747. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2073 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14 Notice of Formation of Zoom Energy Holding LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/26/13. Off ce location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 80 Metropolitan Ave., 2D, Bklyn, NY 11211. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2074 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14 Notice of Formation of Malcolm Gold LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/8/13. Off ce location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 48 S. Service Rd., Ste. 404, Melville, NY 11747. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2075 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14 Notice of Formation of Skunk and Main LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/9/13. Off ce location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1000 Bridge Ln., Cutchogue, NY 11935. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2076 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Formation of Northshore Ecowash, LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 1/25/08. Off ce location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 450 Rt. 25A, Miller Place, NY 11764. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2077 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14 Notice of Formation of Giant Holdings, LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 1/25/08. Off ce location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 450 Rt. 25A, Miller Place, NY 11764. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2078 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14 Notice of Formation of 305 Orinoco Drive LLC. Arts. Of Org. f led with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 11/21/13. Off ce location: Suffolk County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2120 5th Ave., Ronkonkoma, NY 11779. Purpose: any lawful activity. JP# 2079 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14 Notice of Formation of ELITE PETS, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/24/13, with an effective date of 1/1/14. Off ce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Samual J. Levy, 550 Undercliff Ave., Apt. 2B, Edgewater, NJ 07020. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 2080 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14


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Notice of Qualification of STRATEGIC PARTNERS FUND VI, L.P. Authority f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/19/13. Off ce location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/28/13. Princ. off ce of LP: 345 Park Ave., NY, NY 10154. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, New Castle Cnty., DE 19808. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of the State of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 2081 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Premier West 24, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/18/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Mark D. Mermel, Esq., 2001 Marcus Ave. Ste W180, Lake Success, NY 11042. Duration Date: 11/13/2113.Purpose: General. JP# 2093 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Premier 180 Orchard, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/17/13. Office in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Mark D. Mermel, Esq., 2001 Marcus Ave. Ste W180, Lake Success, NY 11042. Duration Date: 10/17/2113.Pur pose: General. JP# 2105 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

ALUSTRETCH NY LLC, a domestic LLC, f led with the SSNY on 8/29/2013. Off ce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 93 14th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215. General Purpose. JP# 2086 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

252 Schenectady LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/23/13. Off ce in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 4403 15th Ave #155, Brooklyn, NY 11219. Purpose: General. JP# 2099 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

NOTICE OF FORMATION of Blueberry Apartments LLC Art. of Org f led Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/26/13. Off ce location: Rockland Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 33 Murray Hill Dr, Nanuet, NY 10954. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP# 2111 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Styller CPA PLLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 11/6/12. Off ce:Kings Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 776 East 4th St. Brooklyn, NY 11218. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2087 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

ZLW LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/2/13. Off ce in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 4403 15th Ave #155, Brooklyn, NY 11219. Purpose: General. JP# 2100 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Qualif cation of 659 PARTNERS LLC Authority f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/31/13. Off ce location: Rockland County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/05/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State for the State of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JP# 2082 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

H J’s Stone Artistry Restorations L.L.C. Arts. of Org. f led with SSNY on 11/15/13. Off. Loc.: Westchester Co. SSNY desig. as agt. upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Henry Johnson, 2764 Hedwig Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY 105983226. General Purposes. JP# 2083 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

ARI Assets LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with SSNY on 11/13/13. Off. Loc.: Kings Co. SSNY desig. as agt. upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 2747 Coney Island Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11235. General Purposes. JP# 2084 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

35 Brighton, LLC. Arts. of Org. f led with SSNY on 12/12/13. Off. Loc.: Kings Co. SSNY desig. as agt. upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 35 Brighton 2nd Pl., #3A, Brooklyn, NY 11235. General Purposes. JP# 2085 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

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Two Counties Grand Development LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/3/13. Office in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Mirabella Law Group PLLC, 400 Garden City Plz Ste 405, Garden City, NY 11530. Purpose: General. JP# 2094 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

33 Trinity Realty LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/16/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 17 Chestnut Hill Drive, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Purpose: General. JP# 2095 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Premier 260 Bowery, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/20/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Mark D. Mermel, Esq., 2001 Marcus Ave. Ste W180, Lake Success, NY 11042. Duration Date: 11/19/2113.Purpose: General. JP# 2096 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Premier 138 Greene, LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/13/13. Off ce in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Mark D. Mermel, Esq., 2001 Marcus Ave. Ste W180, Lake Success, NY 11042. Duration Date: 8/12/2111.Purpose: General. JP# 2097 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

SSAB Brown LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/18/13. Office in Westchester Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 1075 Weaver St, New Rochelle, NY 10804. Purpose: General. JP# 2098 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

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R.A. Troutman Residence LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/12/13. Off ce in Nassau Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Singer & Falk, Inc., 48 S Service Rd Ste 404, Melville, NY 11747. Purpose: General. JP# 2092 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Qual. of Spring Bridge 182 LLC f led with Sec of State NY (SSNY): 12/23/13 in NY Co. Formed in DE: 12/20/13. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served & shall mail process to: 590 Madison Ave. 34th Fl., NY, NY 10022. Foreign add: Registered Agents Legal Services, LLC, 1013 Centre Rd, Ste 403S, Wilmington, DE 19805. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy Of State Of DE, Division of Corporations,, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: General. JP# 2108 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Inzlicht equities LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 12/19/13. Office: Rockland Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 3 A Vincent Rd. Spring Valley, NY 10977. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2088 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

SLT UES, LLC Arts of Org. f led NY Secy of State (SSNY) 12/3/13. Off ce:NY Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to princ. bus. address c/o CSC 80 State St. Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: any lawful activity JP# 2089 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of formation of MECHANICAL MANAGEMENT GROUP LLC Arts. of Org. f led with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/24/2013. Off ce location, County of Westchester. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 925 Saw Mill River Rd., Yonkers, NY 10710. Purpose: any lawful act. JP# 2110 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

NOTICE OF FORMATION of Axel Stawski Holdings, LLC Art. of Org filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/27/13. Off ce location: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process is c/o Hofheimer Gartlir & Gross LLP, 530 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful activities JP# 2112 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of Qual. of Open Sky LLC OPEN SKY (DELAWARE) LLC f led with Sec of State NY (SSNY): 12/27/13 in NY Co. Formed in DE: 9/11/13. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served & shall mail process to: Gilder Gagnon & Howe Co. LLC, 3 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019. Foreign add: c/o Corporation Service Company, 2711 Centerville Rd Ste 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. f led with Secy Of State Of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St Ste 400, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: General. JP# 2107 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Notice of the formation of the above named Professional Limited Liability Company (“PLLC”) Articles of Organization filed with the Department of State of NY on 12/19/2013. Office Location: County of Westchester. . The Secretary of State of NY (“SSNY”) has been designated as agent of the PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any such process served to: The PLLC, 480 Bedford Rd., Chappaqua, NY 10514. Purpose: to practice medicine. JP# 2109 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

AHSAS LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/9/13. Off ce in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Reinhardt LLP, 44 Wall St 10th Fl, New York, NY 10005. Purpose: General. JP# 2101 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

Premier 1151-1153 Broadway, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/8/13. Off ce in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Mark D. Mermel, Esq., 2001 Marcus Ave. Ste W180, Lake Success, NY 11042. Duration Date: 10/7/2113.Purpose: General. JP# 2102 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14 806 Flushing LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/23/05. Office in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o F & G Company, 580 5th Ave Rm 1812, New York, NY 10036. Purpose: General. JP# 2103 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

NOTICE OF FORMATION of E. Stawski 565/1212, LLC Art. of Org f led Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/26/13. Off ce location: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process is c/o Hofheimer Gartlir & Gross LLP, 530 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful activities. JP# 2113 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

General & Cosmetic Dentistry Of New York PLLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/13/13. Off ce in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 1644 E 14th St, Brooklyn, NY 11229. Purpose: Dentistry. JP# 2106 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

LUNDI CREATIVE LLC, Arts. of Org. f led with the SSNY on 11/08/2013. Off ce loc: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O Magnus B. Magnusson, 113 North 7th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. JP# 2090 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

North Berry Capital Group LLC Arts. of Org. f led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/18/02. Off ce in Kings Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Simon Klein, Esq., 1507 Avenue M, Brooklyn, NY 11230. Purpose: General. JP# 2091 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14 B&W Care LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/30/13. Off ce in Rockland Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 20 E Robert Pitt Dr, Monsey, NY 10952. Purpose: General. JP# 2104 1/10,17,24,31,2/7,14/14

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The Hidden Roots Of Redemption (Continued from Front Page) Before I became observant, when I was running away from Hashem and His Torah, I used to think that nature was god. I wanted to believe that “Mother Nature” was an object of worship and truth, and that a person could fi nd the essence of life by immersing himself in the natural world. This is real avodah zarah, idol worship. For one who worships idols, there are no rules. A tree does not tell us how to live. Only Hashem gives us a Torah. Avodah zarah occurs when one attributes power to a creation of Hashem rather than Hashem Himself. As the navi says, “The woodcutter stretches a line and marks [the wood] with chalk…. It will be fuel for man; he will take from it and warm himself or even kindle a fi re and bake bread. Yet he also makes a god and prostrates himself; he makes it a graven idol and bows to [it]. He burns half of it in fire, or with half he prepares meat to eat, roasting it and sating himself or he warms himself…. The rest of it he makes into a god as his graven image. He will bow to it and prostrate himself and pray to it and say, ‘Rescue me, for you are my god!’ ” (Isaiah 44) Isaiah makes it all so obvious. The trick is to listen to the navi. “Understand, you boors among the people, and you fools, when will you gain wisdom? He Who implants the ear, shall He not hear? He Who fashions the eye, shall He not see? He Who chastises nations, shall He not rebuke? (Psalm 94) Dovid HaMelech tells us that nature is not an independent being. Rather (Psalm 19), “the heavens declare the glory of God and the expanse of the sky tells of His handiwork….” Thus, we can learn about the ways of Hashem from the operation of nature.

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hat is Tu B’Shevat? “Our Sages,” writes Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov in The Book of Our Heritage, “designated the Fifteenth of Shevat as the boundary between one year and another regarding fruit-bearing trees, for, by this date, most of the annual rain has already fallen. Fruits that grow after this date are therefore considered to be produce of a new year. Additionally, by the Fifteenth of Shevat, the soil is already saturated with the winter rains, so that trees planted after Tu B’Shevat are assured of taking firm root and producing fruit.” This scenario seems to have been fulfilled in the Holy Land this year. After an exceedingly slow start to the rainy season, Eretz Yisrael was buffeted several weeks ago by what many were calling “the storm of the century.” At fi rst a powerful rain fell, and then, at higher elevations, up to two or three feet of snow covered the ground. This amounted in a few days to about half the annual winter precipitation for a thirsty land. “On the First of Shevat is the New Year for the trees [according to Bais Shammai; but Bais Hillel says on the Fifteenth of Shevat]. What is the reason? Rabbi Eliezer said in the name of Rabbi Oshaya: ‘Because most of the rain [days] of the year have passed [by this time], and most of the winter season is yet to come.’ What does [Rabbi Oshaya] mean? This is what he means: Even though most of the [winter] season is yet to come, [the New Year for the trees is still in Shevat] because most of the rain [days] of the year have [already] passed” (Rosh Hashanah 14a). In Bereishis 8:21-22 we learn that following the Great Flood “Hashem said…‘I will not continue to curse again the ground because of man…nor will I again continue to smite every living being, as I have done. Continuously, all the days of the earth, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.’ ” At the end of the harvest, winter begins. The earth becomes cold and hard, nights are long, and the sun seems far away in the southern sky. The sap ceases to flow in the trees. But in this season of temporary “death” Hashem sends down harbingers of coming life in the form of tal u’matar livrachah – dew and rain for a blessing – upon the earth. These are referred to in the second berachah of Shemoneh Esrei, which is the berachah praising Hashem for techias hameisim, the resurrection of the dead. It is amazing to think that right after the introductory berachah, which describes the merit of the Patriarchs, we say the berachah relating to the subject of the resurrection of the dead. This indicates the vital importance of this subject. Our sages arranged the order of the berachos in Shemoneh Esrei not only with great care but actually with ruach haKodesh, divine inspiration. We read in the Gemara (Megillah 17b), “From where do we know [that the blessings of] the Shem-

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oneh Esrei [must be recited in sequence?] As it was taught in a beraisa, Shimon Hapakuli arranged the Eighteen Blessings in order before Rabban Gamliel in Yavneh. Rabbi Yochanan said, and some say it was taught in a beraisa: ‘One hundred and twenty elders, among whom were many prophets, formulated eighteen blessings in a specific order.’ ” When mankind lived in the Garden of Eden, there was no such thing as death. We were connected seamlessly to Hashem, so to speak. Because we were so close to the Source of Life, we did not die. When we were expelled from the Garden, however, death became part of our reality. Since then, people who seek connection with God are constantly striving to return to the Garden, to once again pass trough the place now sealed shut by “the Keruvim [angels] and the flame of the ever-turning sword [that guards] the way to the Tree of Life” (Bereishis 3:24). By what means do we hope to return to the Garden? By the Torah, which gives us the power to reestablish man’s former relationship with the Creator and transcend death. And so there is a gift from Hashem called techias hameisim, resurrection of the dead, which allows those who have left this world to return to the world of the living. We say at least three times a day, every day of the year, that Hashem “sustains the living with kindness, resuscitates the dead with abundant mercy, supports the fallen, heals the sick, releases the confined and maintains His faith with those asleep in the dust. Who is like You, Master of mighty deeds and who is comparable to You, Oh King Who causes death and restores life and makes salvation sprout? And You are faithful to revive the dead. Blessed are You, Hashem, Who revives the dead.” The Rambam states in his Thirteen Middos, “I believe with perfect faith that there will be a revival of the dead whenever the wish emanates from the Creator, Blessed is His Name….”

t the en of the har est winter begins. The earth becomes col an har nights are long an the sun seems far away in the southern sky. The sa ceases to f ow in the trees. ut in this season of tem orary “ eath” ashem sen s own harbingers of coming life in the form of tal u matar li rachah ew an rain for a blessing u on the earth. This Shabbos we will read the following in Parshas Beshalach: “On that day, Hashem saved Israel from the hand of Egypt and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great hand that Hashem inflicted upon Egypt and the people revered Hashem and they had faith in Hashem and in Moshe, His servant. Then Moshe and the Children of Israel chose to sing this song to Hashem, and they said the following, ‘I shall sing to Hashem for He is exalted above the arrogant, having hurled horse with its rider into the sea. The might and vengeance of God was salvation for me. This is my God and I will build Him a Sanctuary, the God of my father and I will exalt Him.’ ”

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here in fact do we learn from the Torah that there is something called resurrection of the dead? There is no direct statement. But there is a hint, a remez, in the passage quoted above. We learn in Sanhedrin 91b, “It was taught in a beraisa: Where [do we find an allusion] to the resurrection of the dead in the [Written] Torah? For it is stated, ‘Then Moshe and the children of Israel will sing this song to Hashem.’ ‘He sang’ is not stated, but rather ‘He will sing.’ Here [we have an allusion] to the resurrection of the dead in the [Written] Torah.” Why did the Torah choose to place the hint of techias hameisim precisely in this place? The Torah is so big. Why here? I once heard a magnificent answer to that question. A few years after the Second World War, a small group of survivors from Europe arrived in Israel by ship. They were physically and spiritually like dead

men, having lost everything in the torture and chaos of wartime Europe. Docking in Tel Aviv, they felt they had no strength or hope to go on with their lives. They had heard, however, that the Belzer Rebbe (who himself had lost almost his entire family in the Holocaust), was in Tel Aviv and they decided to go to the Rebbe for chizuk, for strength to go on. This is what he told them: “Do you know where in the Torah we find a reference to techias hameisim? It is well known that our rabbis found a hint in the Song that the Children of Israel sang at the Red Sea after their escape from Egypt and the drowning of their pursuers. The words ‘az yashir Moshe’ imply a future redemption after our final escape from our enemies at the end of history, implying that ‘Moshe will sing’ a song in the future, rather than that ‘Moshe sang a song.’ But why did the Torah insert the reference at this particular place? It could have been anywhere. “Try to understand what was happening to the Children of Israel at that time: they had just come from Egypt. Our rabbis tell us that during the Ninth Plague [darkness] four-fifths of the Children of Israel had died, possibly because they were reluctant to follow Moshe Rabbeinu out of Egypt. Whatever the reason, there was not one person among Am Yisrael who was not in mourning as they left Egypt. All of them had lost close family members. “How is it possible that a nation in mourning should be able to stand at the shores of the Red Sea and sing Shira, a song praising God, which is considered the highest level of simcha, happiness? How can one person, let alone an entire nation, be transformed in one moment from a state of mourning to the highest level of happiness? “The answer is that they understood at that moment the concept of techias hameisim. Those who had left them would come back.” Once the Children of Israel learned that death is not final, we ceased to fear death. Once we ceased to fear death, it was as if we had returned to the Garden of Eden and we could once again sing with simcha, and that is when “Moshe and the Children of Israel chose to sing this song to Hashem…. ” Now we can begin to understand more about the significance of Tu B’Shevat. It’s not only a lesson about techias hameisim. It’s more than that. We learn something very important about the process of Redemption and how it will come about. We know that the most holy things in life are hidden. In fact, the Gemara tells us that blessing comes only from that which is hidden from sight, as it says, “A beraisa was taught in the yeshiva of Rabbi Yishmael: Blessing is not found except in something at which the eye cannot gaze” (Taanis 8b). For example, the Torah only hints at the identity and location of Yerushalayim before it is actually revealed. The identity of Mashiach is hidden as well, as is the time he will be revealed. Of course, the supreme example of that which is hidden is Hashem Himself. Tu B’Shevat teaches us that Redemption is hidden until the time comes for it to be revealed. We cannot see when the sap begins to flow within the tree. We cannot see the moment when the rains are absorbed into the roots and new life begins to flow, the moment the grip of winter loosens. We cannot see it – but we know that it occurs. The beginnings of Redemption are hidden until the glorious moment will burst upon us. In the spring of the year, the flowing of the sap is hidden from us, but the tree is coming back to life. Only when magnificent flowers suddenly burst into bloom do we see the actualization of what was hidden. How appropriate that this occurs around the time of Pesach, the Season of our Redemption, Z’man Cheiruseinu. Let us remember, as we endure dark days in the midst of winter, that springtime is not far away. Mashiach may be hidden now, but soon we will see the glorious King of Israel in all his majesty and the Beis HaMikdash on Har HaBayis in the midst of the Holy City. “Blessed Are You, Hashem, Who revives the dead.” Roy Neuberger’s latest book, “2020 Vision” (Feldheim), is available in English, Hebrew, Spanish, French and Russian with a Georgian edition in preparation. An e-edition is available at www.feldheim. com. Roy is also the author of “From Central Park to Sinai: How I Found My Jewish Soul” (available in English, Hebrew and Russian, Georgian edition in preparation) and “Worldstorm.” Roy and his wife speak publicly on topics related to his books and articles. He can be contacted at roy@tosinai.com or through his websites www.tosinai.com and www.2020visionthebook.com.


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FAMILY ISSUES NAOMI MAUER AND SHANDEE FUCHS, EDITORS

Torah & Psychological Insights Into Relationships By Ra

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f there were a one-size-fits all relationship cure, it would be empathy. Empathy, defined as the ability to feel and understand another person’s subjective emotional state, is a powerful tool for succeeding in relationships. This ability requires a degree of psychological development and maturity so that one can “see” a situation through another person’s eyes, regardless of and even despite one’s own bias. This is key in managing painful and volatile conflicts as well as creating deeper connection and safety. Torah Sources For Empathy On the surface, it would appear that there are many Torah sources for empathy. The Gemara (Bava Metzia 59b) notes that there are thirty-six places in the Torah where we are told to be careful in how we treat a stranger. In Shemos 20:22 it states, “Do not mistreat or oppress the stranger, because you were a stranger in the land of Egypt.” Likewise, in Devarim 24:1718 after exhorting Bnei Yisrael about various forms of social and commercial justice, the Torah says, “And you should remember that you were slaves in Egypt.” A simple reading of this seems to indicate that the Torah is saying, “Don’t mistreat the stranger, because hey, you know what it feels like yourself to be a stranger or to be poor and oppressed because of what you went through in Egypt!” Surprisingly, the commentaries (Ramban, Seforno, Rashi) do not pick up on that, and instead

interpret the pesukim as reminders that we should be humble and obey G-d’s laws, since we are indebted to Him for having taken us out of slavery. Furthermore, the Gemara seems to see the exhortation as more of a warning that if we mistreat strangers, they may be more likely to abandon Judaism, so we should be careful. It is unusual that the commentaries do not seize on the obvious argument for empathy – that we should find it easier to feel bad for strangers because we know from our own history what that was like. Meanwhile, one verse is unambiguously referring to empathy, and here at least Rashi and Targum Yonasan concur that indeed, the main thrust of the pasuk is to develop an empathic response. “Do not oppress a stranger for you know the soul of the stranger because you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Shemos 23:9). Rashi explicitly comments, “You know how hard it is when a stranger is oppressed [because you were strangers in Egypt].” But not everyone sees this pasuk as an encouragement to be empathic. For example, the Ohr Hachaim refers back to his commentary on 22:20, which explains the reference to Egypt as a reminder to not treat strangers differently because we think of them as being on a lower spiritual status, since originally we were also slaves. That is not empathy in the sense of feeling the other person’s pain; it is more like humility.

Seruv Listing The names listed below are Mesarev Ledin or have Harkhakot D’Rabbeinu Tam

A Beth Din has issued a seruv against each person listed for a) withholding a Get upon being ordered to grant one, b) for refusing to appear before Beth Din in matters pertaining to a Get, c) for otherwise failing to follow the order of a Beth Din in matters pertaining to a Get. For the Halachot regarding how one should treat a person who is Mesarev Ledin, please consult a competent Orthodox rabbi. KURT SHMUEL FLASCHER of Brooklyn, New York, issued by Bet Din of Elizabeth, September 2002 JACOB MOSES BINSON of Montreal, Canada, issued by Bet Din Zedek of Montreal in August 2005 SHIMON KNOPFLER of Brooklyn, New York, issued by Beth Din of America, March 2009 STEVEN SCHER of Roanoke, Virginia, issued by Bet Din of America, November 2009 MEIR KIN of Los Angeles, California, issued by Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Rabbi Nachum Sauer, and Rabbi Avrohom Union, June 2010 FARHAD GHOLIAN of Brooklyn, New York, issued by Beth Din of America, November 2010 CHANOCH LEBOVIC of Washington Heights/ Toronto/Brooklyn, issued by Beth Din Zedek, Kollel Avreichim March 2011 ALBERT KATANOV of Phoenix, Arizona, issued by Beth Din of America, November 2011 AZRIEL MADMONI of Kew Gardens, New York, issued by Beth Din of America, January 2012 JUTE DAVID KESTLER of Fairlawn, New Jersey, issued by Beth Din of America, March 2012 YEHUDA SEBBAG of Montreal, Canada, issued by Beth Din of Montreal, July 2012

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YECHIEL FRIEDMAN of Elizabeth, New Jersey, issued by Beth Din of America, August 2013.

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DAVID NAHMANNY of Brooklyn, New York, issued by Beth Din of America, June 2012

Human Nature 101 By o id ie er an h. .

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ne effective way to relax the nervous system is through meditation, which, interestingly, has deep roots in mystical Judaism. Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan writes (Jewish Meditation) that meditation is at the heart of Kabbalah’s spiritual work, with an estimated one million Jews involved in regular schools of meditation and meditative disciplines during Biblical times. While there are a variety of effective stress management strategies for maintaining self-regulation, meditation specifically has been shown to be especially useful, and the benefits can be enjoyed remarkably quickly. Findings show that those who meditated for about thirty minutes a day for eight straight weeks had noticeable increases in graymatter density in the prefrontal cortex. At the

same time, MRI brain scans showed a reduction of gray matter in the amygdala, a region responsible for anxiety and stress. Among an array of remarkable benefits, research shows that long-term meditators possess a more developed capacity to dismiss distractions and to voluntarily control attention. Rabbi Kaplan explains, “The experienced meditator learns how to think what he wants to think, when he wants to think it. He can always be in control of the situation, resisting psychological pressures that work on the subconscious. He is always in control of himself, never doing something that he knows he really does not want to do.” The ability to better concentrate enhances our prayers as well. Rabbeinu Bachya ibn Pakudah (Duties of the Heart) writes:

Dovid Lieberman, Ph.D., is an award-winning author and internationally recognized leader in the fields of human behavior and interpersonal relationships. He has appeared as a guest expert on more than 200 programs such as The Today Show, PBS, and The View, and his work has been featured in publications around the world. Dovid lives in Lakewood, NJ, with his wife and children. Questions, comments and inquiries are welcome by e-mail at DJLMedia@ aol.com or via fax to 772-619-7828.

You should know that words uttered with the tongue are like the husk, while meditation on the words is like the kernel. The [recital of the] prayer is like the body, while the meditation is the soul. When one prays with his tongue while his heart is preoccupied with [something else], his prayer is like a body without a soul, or a husk without its kernel. More than 1,000 independent scientific studies conducted at 200 universities and institutions in 27 countries, which have been published in leading scientific journals, attest to the psychological and physiological benefits of meditative practice. Herbert Benson, M.D., a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who has authored or coauthored more than 170 papers, reports that frequent meditation reduces the level of anxiety, worries, and unconstructive thoughts and fears, and increases the individual level of happiness. He writes: Meditation induces a host of biochemical and physical changes in the body collectively referred to as the “relaxation response.” The relaxation response includes changes in metabolism, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, and brain chemistry. Other findings show that meditation promotes overall psychological health, with benefits that include enhanced confidence and greater self-control, empathy, and self-actualization, as well as decreased anger in high-intensity situations. continued on page F4


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Chronicles of Crisis

IN OUR COMMUNITIES Playing It Safe

Dear Rachel, I’m writing regarding the letter from the woman who had an unnerving experience when she accidentally hit another car behind hers in a parking space (Chronicles, Dec. 20). Years ago I was driving a van one night and clipped the mirror of a parked car at a corner where I was making a tight right turn. I didn’t stop because it was nighttime and as a woman alone I wasn’t looking for unpleasant encounters with anyone. As luck would have it, the driver of that vehicle was behind the wheel and promptly followed me. When I pulled into a parking lot moments later, he was right there waiting to confront me. “You hit my car,” he said. “I did? Sorry…” I knew there had to be little or no damage by my slight nick so I played dumb and tried a simple apology. “What ya gonna do about it?” he asked. His message was clear; I removed two twenties from my wallet and handed them to him saying “this is all I have on me.” He took them and went on his merry way. Now this happened about thirty years ago. We live in a much more dangerous world today. Just a few months ago a middle-aged man from one of our communities disappeared. He never made it home one day and no one was able to locate him – until Shomrim went to work and began a painstaking

search of all the area hospitals. They discovered him in the intensive care unit of one of them, hooked up to a respirator. Apparently he had collapsed on the street and a passerby called 911. The hospital he was taken to had determined that he required immediate brain surgery due to a serious head injury. Surveillance of videotapes in the vicinity where he was found showed two men approaching him and asking him to make change of a large bill. The man obliges by removing a thick wad of bills to accommodate their request. Video footage further reveals the two men then following closely behind their benefactor, until they are all out of viewing range. This case is currently under investigation, though the poor man has since passed away without ever regaining consciousness. Theory is he suffered head trauma when he was accosted as he was about to get into his car. People should be forewarned never to flash money in the presence of strangers, or anywhere on the street for that matter. If this is the only way to help a stranger asking for a favor, better to say “Sorry, I don’t have.” This man’s act of kindness may have cost him his life. Unfortunately, as today’s newspaper headlines too often declare, we live in a jungle. Some of the people whose paths we cross have absolutely

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The Risks Of Fertility Treatments By Rabbi Gideon Weitzman Director, Puah Institute

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t the recent annual meeting of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), Puah presented a paper, “Risk Perception Among Patients Undergoing Fertility Treatment.” It dealt with couples and their perception of the risks involved in fertility treatments. It has been well documented that there are a variety of possible risks, especially for the wife and child: Hormonal treatments have at times been linked with cancer, or may cause ovarian hyper-stimulation, which can be life-threatening. Babies born after fertility treatments have been found to have a higher likelihood of birth defects. Treatments may also produce multi-fetal pregnancies, which carry their own health risks. In addition, many people fear injections, or the possibility of contracting an infection due to medication, or the anxiety associated with anesthesia. Many of these fears are amplified when there are media reports of high-profi le cases of fa-

talities or birth defects resulting from fertility treatments. Couples are often faced with a difficult decision: to pursue treatment in light of the potential risk, or to face a lifetime without children. It also appears that husbands and wives have different approaches to this question. For the most part, women are more cautious while the men are more likely to push for treatment. Then again, we sometimes see the exact opposite – some women are willing to undergo numerous procedures regardless of the risk to themselves or their potential baby, while their husbands are reluctant to have them continue and urge them to stop. At the Puah Institute, we were interested in learning how couples find out about the possible dangers involved in treatment and how they assess those risks. In addition, we wanted to try to determine whether knowledge of the risks caused them to cease, or limit, fertility treatment. We also wanted to compare how wives and husbands differ in their assessments. We sent an online questionnaire to many of the couples we counseled and received approximately 150 completed questionnaires, which provided adequate data from which we were able to draw certain conclusions. The study was done in collaboration with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a research student from the University of Amsterdam. Most of the couples who replied had children, 2/3 of whom were conceived through some form of fertility treatment. The first question we asked was whether or not they had been concerned about possible risks be-

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no regard for human life and will stop at nothing to get their dirty hands on someone else’s hardearned property. Readers are advised to teach their children who are trustingly naïve to always be on their guard. Playing it safe… Dear Playing, Thanks for the warning. Allow me to add that women should be careful when walking with their pocketbooks at their sides, especially in the big city. I know of one woman who had her pocketbook, hanging from her shoulder, swiped by a biker who rode up next to her and was gone with her purse before she could blink or react. (A more secure way to wear one is to sling it crosswise over one shoulder, letting the bag rest on the opposite hip, with one hand fi rmly grasping it.) Working women who step out of the office for brief intervals are better off leaving their pocketbooks behind and concealing some cash or a credit card in a coat, jacket or vest pocket. As for shopping with a credit card, headaches can be avoided by shielding the number on the card when holding it at the checkout, so that it is not visible to anyone standing nearby. Never losing sight of the card as a transaction is being processed, and tucking it safely away as soon as it is returned, will further lessen the chance of fraudulent activity on the account. Most stores today do not expose credit card numbers on sales receipts, but it doesn’t hurt to double check to make sure. Monthly statements should be scrutinized for accuracy as soon as they are received in the mail. Recent purchases and upto-date balances can be simply verified by calling the 800 number on the card. Most importantly, confidential information such as bank and credit card account numbers, as well as social security numbers, should never be transmitted to anyone via e-mail. (E-mail accounts are regularly, universally, hacked.) Like they say, better safe than sorry! fore they started treatment? One quarter of the couples responded that they had been “not concerned” and had been willing to begin without researching the potential risks. 10% said they had been “very concerned” and the remainder – a large majority – had been “moderately concerned.” The results were as we expected: Most couples will look into possible risks before beginning fertility treatment. The major source of information for these respondents was the Internet; the next most significant source was the medical personnel they met. Since the Internet includes a vast amount of misinformation, it is important to try to ensure that only the most relevant and reliable data is available. A person researching “fertility risks” should be directed to a regularly-updated website, monitored by medical professionals who must be proactive in assuring that the material offered is current and presented in a factual and informative manner. About one half of the women we polled felt that they were well informed about possible risks. Of those who felt they were not, 2/3 would have liked to have learned more. The remainder – about 17% of all respondents – felt that they did not know enough about the subject, but were not interested in finding out more. This last response was unexpected and needs to be studied further: Our initial surprise may be replaced with a greater understanding if we consider that many of these patients feel they have no alternative. In order to have children they have to undergo fertility treatment, no matter how risky; and they are worried that the more they learn, the more anxious they will become – which may have a negative influence on the treatment itself. continued on page F4


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around a little, and benefit from hands-on learning. Our classrooms and schools are already separate. Now, we need to make an effort to teach to our boys’ strengths.

Mind Over Manners By Mrs. Rifka Schonfeld

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hink about the perfect student, the one who sits quietly, takes notes, and participates when called on. Now, were you imagining a boy or a girl? Chances are, your “perfect” student was a girl. Why? The attributes I mentioned – sitting quietly, participating when called on, and taking notes – are noncognitive skills. These skills have nothing to do with a child’s intelligence and include: attentiveness, persistence, eagerness to learn, and the ability to sit still and work independently. Cristina Hoff Summers pointed out in a February article for The New York Times, “As most parents know, girls tend to develop these skills earlier and more naturally than boys.” In essence, the whole system of education in our country is “rigged” against boys. And because of this, regardless of their intellectual ability, boys receive lower grades than girls. In fact, Summers points out that teachers tend to rate boys as less proficient in all skills (math, reading, writing) than girls, but on standardized tests, those same boys will score the same or better than the girls. Saying that our education system is biased against boys might be true, but you could argue that our workplaces, which require people to sit and focus for long periods of time, are also rigged against boys and their later mastery of those essential noncognitive skills. So, how can we, as parents and educators, make the learning process less unbalanced for our boys? Here are some suggestions to help move our boys to the head of the class: More boy-friendly reading assignments. In literacy education, there are often books that

are labeled “boy books” or “girl books.” And, yep, you guessed it – most books incorporated into curricula would typically be labeled “girl books.” Instead of the more classic works of literature, curricula should include science fiction, fantasy, sports, and espionage genres. Even if the boys have not yet fully developed their “noncognitive skills” they will be more likely to read subjects that interest them. Of course, this does not mean that all books should be geared towards boys; rather, more books should be selected with their interests in mind. More recess. Boys and girls need time to run around and shed their excess energy. In fact, research shows that children are able to better concentrate after they have done some exercise. So, how do you maximize boys’ learning? You let them run around the recess yard first. When they get back into class, their brains will be primed to learn. More hands-on learning. While it’s true that boys lag behind girls in noncognitive skills such as sitting still and attending, this is no indication of their intelligence. Therefore, if we create hands-on learning opportunities (which do not rely on sitting still) we will be giving these boys a method through which to learn. For example, instead of talking about the lifecycle and anatomy of a plant, dissect a seed and use that hands-on activity as a jumping off point for discussion. Single-sex classrooms. Our yeshivahs have single-sex classrooms, but just having a singlesex classroom is not enough to ensure that boys will learn up to their capabilities. That singlesex classroom must be run with the understanding that boys read different material, need to run

An acclaimed educator and education consultant, Mrs. Rifka Schonfeld has served the Jewish community for close to thirty years. She founded and directs the widely acclaimed educational program, SOS, servicing all grade levels in secular as well as Hebrew studies. A kriah and reading specialist, she also offers evaluations G.E.D. preparation, social skills training and shidduch coaching. She can be reached at 718-382-5437 or at rifkaschonfeld@verizon.net.

30-Second Commercial By Dovid Schatzkamer

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his February, millions of Americans will tune in to watch the Super Bowl. Did you know the television network airing the game reportedly charges around $4 million for a 30-second commercial? That’s over $125,000 per second! Think about how much time, energy and planning those companies use to prepare for just 30-seconds of uninterrupted viewership. Now think about the effort you put forth during that same amount of time with your children. Much like a television audience, children soak up everything they see from the minute they’re born; and you, as parents, are their most frequently viewed program. Let’s face it, they learn your habits pretty quickly; easily figuring out how to push your buttons, catch you off guard, or get you’re attention. Take for example a child fascinated with pressing the buttons on the phone or remote control and subsequently experiencing a noise or an image change; if he likes it, he keeps fussing with those buttons. Yes, your child is well versed in the nuances of cause and effect. Today, too many young people find themselves

at the edge of the abyss, physically or psychologically. Abuse, depression, anger, alienation, hopelessness and cynicism have infiltrated the lives of too many youngsters, plunging them into a lifelong battle with emotional enslavement. Sadly, many of us are too occupied with our Facebook page, e-mails and phone calls to recognize all the precious moments of our children’s lives. So how can 30 seconds improve your relationship with them? Our children know when we’re engulfed in our own technological or work-driven tasks; perhaps you have heard an eager voice say, “Daddy, look what I colored,” or, “Mommy, you wouldn’t believe what I built, come and see.” For adults, it seems obvious that you simply cannot give them that attention all the time. Yet for children, hugs and kisses means “You care about me” and a pre-occupation directed elsewhere translates to “You’re rejecting me – your movie or e-mails are more important than me.” All of these messages help to form the basis of your child’s self-concept and self-confidence, which vitally impact how a child develops, both socially and emotionally.

Dovid Schatzkamer is a licensed mental health counselor who provides play therapy and counseling to children and adolescents. Dovid now serves as the Director of Clinical Services at a social services organization, and has a private practice in Marine Park. You can contact him at 718-715-9384 or dschatzkamer@aol.com for any questions or comments.

Boys and Reading Boys do not read at nearly the same level as girls. Reading Rockets, an organization devoted to promoting lifelong learning, states the situation bluntly: The statistics are consistent: Young male readers lag behind their female counterparts. According to the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) in 2001, fourth-grade girls in all of the 30-plus participating countries scored higher in reading literacy than fourth-grade boys by a statistically significant amount. Why do we care so much about reading? Why is it important to get our boys reading to their greatest potential? The most basic reason is that reading is the most important skill that people have to enhance their intelligence. Through reading, people improve their vocabularies and memories, become better writers, and even relieve stress. On a more practical level, literacy levels are correlated with financial success. In sum, we need to ensure that our boys are reading because their lives will be more fulfilling, relaxed, and comfortable. Boys and ADHD Another, often less discussed issue with boys’ reading is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We all know that reading takes concentration – without it – you can’t get to the end of a sentence. What many people don’t realize is that while ADHD is a common behavioral disorder that affects between 8-10% of school age children, boys are three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADHD. Of course, only a tiny fraction of boys have ADHD, but this fraction is significantly larger than the fraction of girls who have ADHD. This can also account for the differences in proficiency in boys’ and girls’ reading scores. Therefore, if your so is unable to focus, is easily distracted, and often fidgets, consider getting him tested for ADHD. His lack of reading skills could be attributed to a surmountable learning disability. Let’s get those boys out of the back of the classroom and living up to their fullest potential! I challenge you parents out there, along with myself, to stop all that you’re doing in one 30-second long moment (yes, you can time it). Get down on their level, turn your body towards them, and listen to what they’re saying. Take that time to acknowledge what they are doing and how they are feeling, and be fully present with your child. It is amazing how just 30 seconds can improve your relationship with them, giving both you and them time to cherish. Unlike the $4 million advertisers will be paying in February, this 30-second commercial is priceless!


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In general, it is difficult to retroactively transplant cultural concepts and values of the modern Western world and assume that the Torah cherishes them. While the Torah is indeed in favor of all kinds of chesed, and in particular, caring for the poor, the needy and underdogs such as widows, orphans and strangers, this does not necessarily have to come from empathy. It could be motivated by a sense of mercy, kindness and social justice which are all good character traits. There is a reference in Avos that does seem to invoke empathy, when it states: “Do not judge your friend until you are in his place” (2:4). The implication is that you should try to put yourself in his shoes so you can understand his actions and be more helpful. Even this reference is not exactly a directive to be empathic, more likely a directive not to be non-empathic.

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Modes of Meditation The purpose of this column is not to focus on how to meditate, but to acquaint the reader with the importance of why to meditate. Nonetheless, the following offers an overview of three main types of kosher meditative approaches: mantra, visualization, and breathing based on Rabbi Kaplan’s book. Mantra Meditation Mantra meditation is best-known today because it is one of the simplest and most effective forms. The first reference to its usage dates back to Talmudic times and is found in the primary text of Merkavah mysticism called Heychalos Rabbasai. It seems that Biblical verses or Zohar or Talmud selections were used as mantras in later Kabbalistic schools. This practice of meditation is based on focusing the mind on one particular thing: a word, a group of words, or a sound that may or may not have meaning. It is inevitable that we are inter-

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However, being prepared for any and all eventualities is crucial, and helps towards attaining a good outcome. At times, ignorance may be bliss,

Perhaps, it can be argued, that Moshe exhibited empathy when he “went out to his brothers and saw their burdens” (Shemos 2:11). Rashi, Ramban and Seforno all note that Moshe felt their burdens and was aroused to defend his brothers. Similarly, Avos 6:6 speaks of the value of “sharing your friend’s burden,” which could also be understood as metaphorically sharing his emotional burden, which is the essence of empathy. Nevertheless, neither the Mishna in Avos, nor the story about Moshe are iron-clad references to empathy, because they both might be referring to actual sharing of burdens rather than emotional sharing. Ultimately, it would seem that though empathy is an important skill in relationships, and people with good middos may have acted with empathy throughout Jewish history, it is not necessarily a middah emphasized by the Torah in a direct sense. Verses and dictums that seem to be referring to empathy may well be our anachronistic way of inserting modern ideas and perspectives

into our Torah interpretations, but not authentically Torah. So why, indeed, is empathy hardly emphasized by the Torah? It may be that conceptually, empathy is a more complicated middah than kindness, humility or mercy. Empathy requires directing your heart and mind to actually feel and understand another person’s perspective, which many people have great difficulty doing. It’s not that the Torah is against empathy, and actually an empathic attitude may help a person be more kind, humble and merciful – which are middos valued by the Torah. Rather, since empathy is harder to mandate and describe, it is left as an unstated choice. Similar to this, Ramban notes that the verse states, “Act loving toward your friend as yourself” (in Hebrew, le-reyacha), as opposed to stating, “Love your friend as yourself” (in Hebrew, reyacha), precisely because it is impossible to mandate that one actually love another as himself.

rupted by thoughts, but instead of our becoming distracted and losing focus, the process requires that we simply acknowledge these thoughts and let them go.

control your breath you can go on to learn how to control the unconscious mind.” With consistent and focused practice, we will notice our breathing slowing down, even as our mind becomes more alert. Whatever method we use, the objective is the same: to settle our active mind while raising our state of awareness; rising above conscious thought (or transcending) so we can experience consciousness itself.

Visualization Visualization is a crucial discipline in meditation because individuals learn how to control images they see when they close their eyes. This approach begins with a person closing his eyes, taking a relaxing position, and permitting the image – which may also be the object’s name – to stabilize in the mind’s eye.

Note: Because threads of avodah zarah can too easily wind their way into various methods of meditation, we cannot overstate the need for extreme caution. A competent halachic authority must be sought to ensure that all aspects of one’s practice are in accord with Jewish law. Copyright © 2014 by D. Lieberman. All rights reserved.

Breathing Rabbi Kaplan explains that a primary goal of meditation is to gain control of the subconscious mind, and in doing so, we gain a high degree of self-mastery. This is why, he explains, so many disciplines use breathing exercises as a meditative device. He states, “Breathing usually occurs automatically and is therefore normally under the control of the unconscious mind.... Breathing forms a link between the conscious mind and the unconscious. By learning how to concentrate and

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but in this case, knowledge is a powerful tool that can provide the couples with a clear picture of what to expect – without frightening them. The only practical solution is the production of material, both online and in print, that offers factual, up-to-date information without sensationalizing or inflating numbers. It should be made clear that fertility treatment is not considered risky for those who need it; the risk involved is small and may be less than one may have thought. Even this slight likelihood, however, ought to deter couples who do not need fertility treatment, but are electing to use it for a variety of other reasons. Approximately one quarter of the couples who

had responded to our questionnaire had asked friends or family about possible risks of fertility treatment. We can assume that these friends either had some medical knowledge or had themselves undergone the procedure. This highlights the importance of disseminating reliable information, as many couples who undergo treatment become “ambassadors” who can then present a more personal and informed picture to others. About one third of the couples had learned about possible risks from books or other printed material; therefore, it is imperative that medical professionals ensure that the information provided is current, informative and reliable.

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by autism and you do not have to be alone. The second site is www.asd-dr.com. This website is designed primarily to help families impacted by autism find therapists and services in their local area, but they also have a great list of local and national organizations that may be able to help you find some local support. I wish you all the best.

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ntil the drowning of the Egyptian army at the Yam Suf, Hashem’s taking of Bnei Yisrael out of slavery was incomplete. All the miracles and plagues would have accomplished little if the Egyptian forces would have recaptured the Jews and returned them to Egypt and a life of persecution. The Jews were not asked to fight for themselves, only to trust in Hashem’s deliverance. The response was an outburst of song coming from the entire people, both male and female. Our sages have described the level of revelation of a handmaiden who was present at the event as greater than that of the prophet Yechezkel in his vision of the divine chariot. The parsha should have ended after Az Yashir. It doesn’t; this tells us that the aftermath of the Divine intervention and religious inspiration has great import. Three days after singing Az Yashir, Bnei Yisrael faced a new crisis. The drinking water was bitter. They complained, questioning their leaving Egypt. Hashem, through Moshe, performs a miracle sweetening the water, but this time Bnei Yisrael are given mitzvot to perform. The guarantee that they will be protected from the illnesses that Hashem has inflicted on the Egyptians is contingent on them keeping commandments. When the manna was given daily to sustain them in their travels, it came with restrictions and conditions. The first mention of the prohibitions of Shabbat is in the context of the manna. Hashem provided for Bnei Yisrael’s needs but they had to take some responsibility as well. The battle against Amalek, which concludes the parsha, stands in sharp contrast to the parting of the sea. Moshe is commanded to form an army to fight the war. The role of Hashem has not disappeared, but it is altered. Success in the battle depends on the uplifted hands of

Moshe, which the mishna in Rosh Hashana (Talmud Bavli 29A) explains symbolizes looking toward heaven and commitment to Hashem. Yet the army still has to actually fight the war.

become internalized through new behaviors. Mitzvot have to be observed regularly. Hashem saved the Jewish people, but they still needed to transform themselves. A free person is one who takes on responsi-

or change to become ermanent it has to become internali e through new beha iors. it ot ha e to be obser e regularly. The second half of the parsha focuses on two interrelated themes. Inspiration, particularly when it is a response to a specific event, cannot by itself be maintained. Bnei Yisrael had lived their entire lives as an oppressed minority in Egypt and that collective memory was not erased by the splitting of the sea, no matter how miraculous. The immediate impact was enormous but it only took three days to fade. For change to become permanent it has to

bilities and obligations and lives with the consequences of his or her behavior. Slaves are unable to fight their own battles. They lack a sense of themselves as independent entities. Hashem fought the Jews’ war against the Egyptians, but once they began to act as free people they had to fight their enemies. That does not mean that Hashem has disappeared from history; it signifies a more complex interaction between hu-

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man initiative and Divine protection. These two themes are fundamental to Judaism. Inspiration is invaluable, but for it to become permanently transformative it must lead to an ongoing change of behavior. The essence of Judaism is a commitment to a life of observance. Religious significance is given to the most mundane of behaviors. Rav Yosef Dov Soloveichik in his seminal essay “Halakhic Man” talks about sanctifying this world rather than escaping from it. Bnei Yisrael saw the infinite power of the Almighty and were inspired to express their appreciation of being saved but they were not yet partners in sanctifying this world. Wars, causing death and destruction, are an ugly manifestation of human power. Yet for the Jews to function in this world they had to be prepared to fight against the evil in it, including through actual combat, even if a risk existed that they would overestimate the role of military might – a risk which the Torah points out. What is being asked of us is demanding and complex. We must be consistently committed, though moments of clear Divine intervention are rare. Moments of inspiration have to be channeled into patterns of religious behavior. Being part of this world means we have to decide when to fight wars and when to make peace. After the era of prophets passed we have faith in Divine Providence but cannot be perfectly sure of how to interpret events. No longer slaves, the Jewish people face the burden and challenges of life in this world coupled with the opportunity to transform through the commandments given to us by Hashem. Rabbi Yosef Blau serves as the Senior Mashgiach Ruchani at YUaffiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary January 10, 2014


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Bringing Your Yiddishkeit To Life By Rabbi Eliezer Menachem Niehaus

Shabbos: A Day With Hashem A Shabbos of Shira

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once related to a friend that one of the reasons we named our daughter Shira was because she was born on “Shabbos Shira.” He jokingly replied: “Boy is she lucky that she wasn’t born on Parshas Parah!” All joking aside, this Shabbos is unique in that that it is the only parsha named after an event in the weekly sedra. Why is that so? Furthermore, if we are already naming it after an event, wouldn’t it make more sense to call it “Shabbos Krias Yam Suf” after the main attraction of the parsha – the spectacular splitting of the sea? First let us explain what shira is. Rav Shimshon Pinkus zt”l writes (She’arim B’Tefila, page 65) that shira is when we relate praises in a detailed manner, as opposed to zimra, where we praise in a more general way. This fits well with the words of Maharal that shira is based on the word shir, which is a circular item (see Mishnayos Shabbos 5:1). Shira occurs when we see something come to completion. At that point, all the pieces fit into place and the beginning connects with the end. When a person sees how all his questions are answered and what had appeared to be bad was really good, he becomes filled with joy. This motivates him to say shira and relate the different components of the miracle or kindness.

is no such thing as “that’s the way things go in the world.” Rather, everything that happens in the world is because it is what Hashem has decreed, based on our actions. Our job in this world is to discover our Creator and make that known to the world, as Yeshaya (43:21) tells us. “Am zu yatzarti Li, tehilasi yesapeirun – I fashioned this people for Myself, that they should declare My praise!” Klal Yisroel was created so that we should relate Hashem’s greatness and praise Him constantly. Now we understand the importance of shira. When we say shira, we are proclaiming that we see, without any shadow of a doubt, that Hashem is not only the Creator, but is also still running with the world.

Shira Makes the World Go Round But shira is not just something nice that happens from time to time. Chazal tell us (Medrash Osiyos d’Rebbe Akiva) that the world was created to say shira. Indeed, the famed Perek Shira relates how every aspect of the entire universe says shira on a daily basis. Rav Pinkus points out that saying shira is actually what makes “the world go round!” When Yehoshua wanted to halt the sun’s movement so that he could destroy the enemy before darkness settled, he called out (Yehoshua 10:12): “Shemesh b’Givon dom,” which literally means “Sun in Givon: Wait!” However, Rashi writes that “dom” can also be translated as “be silent!” That is, as the sun travels across the sky, it says shira. In order to stop it in its tracks, Yehoshua commanded it to be silent. Once it stopped saying shira, it couldn’t budge! Shira is the fuel of the Universe! Now we must understand why saying shira is so important. Rav Yechezkel Levenstein zt”l, the Mashgiach of Ponevitch, would say that anyone who does not know the Ramban at the end of Parshas Bo is lacking the basics of Yiddishkeit. There, the Ramban clearly sets down the reason for the mitzvos and the elementary tenets of our faith. He writes: “…the Supreme G-d has no other desire in this lowly world other than that man should be aware of his Almighty that created him and thank Him. This is also the reason for davening out loud and for gathering together to daven in shul – so that there should be a place for people to thank their Creator and make this known and proclaim: We are Your creations!” And then the Ramban continues that it must be absolutely clear that there January 10, 2014

Nothing in the world happens against His will, and He is constantly orchestrating everything to bring about our redemption. This is how we fulfill our purpose in this world.

The Happy Ending Let us now return to Krias Yam Suf. The midrash tells us (Shemos Rabba 23:4) that until Shiras HaYam no one had ever said shira. Of course, Avrohom, Yitzchok, and Yaakov praised Hashem, but not though shira. That may be because they had not seen the completion of the circle. They had no doubt that Hashem would redeem Klal Yisroel from Mitzrayim and punish the Egyptians, but until it actually happened, shira could not be said. With Krias Yam Suf the story came to a happy ending (for Klal Yisroel, that is), and our redemption was complete. When the sea flung out

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the dead Egyptians, the Yidden saw how each one had gotten the exact punishment he deserved. At the same time, they had received great reward. They experienced extreme pleasure during the actual crossing, and became fabulously wealthy from the spoils strewn on the shore. But most of all, they merited an extremely high level of prophecy, where even a simple maid saw more than what the Navi Yechezkel had seen in his great vision of Hashem’s Holy Chariot. With this great revelation they saw clearly how all the pieces fit into place and spontaneously recited Shiras HaYam. Let us return to Shabbos Shira. When Klal Yisroel said shira, they accomplished the purpose of their creation, and that requires commemoration. When is the best time to do that? The seforim tell us that when we read the Parshas Hashavua, those events occur again in some way. Therefore, on this Shabbos, it is as if Klal Yisroel is once again saying the shira. In addition, we explained previously (see “Singing with the Angels” - November 15, 2013) that Shabbos is the day when Klal Yisroel says shira instead of the angels. Meaning, Shabbos is a day when we must dedicate ourselves in a greater manner to saying shira. Now everything is clear. The Shabbos when we read Parshas Beshalach has both aspects - our saying Shiras Hayam once again, together with the fact that it is the day we dedicate ourselves even more so to saying shira. Therefore we can suggest that this day is the most fitting one to commemorate shira. However, on Shabbos Shira we do not merely celebrate that great accomplishment. Rather, we also receive the ability to continue doing so. By dedicating this Shabbos to shira, we come to realize the importance of saying shira, and hopefully learn to say it on a daily basis. Dovid HaMelech proclaimed (Tehillim 104:33): “Ashira l’Hashem b’chayai – I will say shira to Hashem when I am alive!” Even if we don’t always see the complete picture as our ancestors saw during Krias Yam Suf, we will find plenty of things to thank Hashem for, if we just open our eyes. The Mishneh B’rurah writes (O.C. 51:17): “A person should say Shiras HaYam with joy and act as if he passed through the split sea today. And he who says it with joy will merit to atonement from his sins!” Let us start by saying Az Yashir this Shabbos with joy and continue to do so every day, thus meriting that great atonement! This article is dedicated to our daughter Shira, who was born eight years ago on Shabbos Shira. It is our tefillah that she merits to continue growing in yiras shomayim and midos tovos, and bring us true yiddishe nachas. Rabbi Niehaus was raised and educated in Los Angeles and subsequently attended Yeshivas Toras Moshe in Yerushalayim. He is the Rosh Kollel of the Zichron Aron Yaakov Night Kollel in Kiryat Sefer, Israel, and lectures for the English speaking public. He can be contacted at kollel.zay@gmail.com.


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Dear Dr. Yael

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By Yael Respler, Ph.D. with Orit Respler-Herman, Psy.D.

Remedies For Sleeping Disorders Dear Dr. Respler: I am very worried about my seven-yearold son. He often wakes up during the night screaming, sweating and wildly flapping his arms. These incidents can occur anywhere from once to four times a week, usually about an hour after he falls asleep. When he wakes up screaming it is difficult to control him. He seems very incoherent and does not respond to my (or anyone else’s) loving care. In the morning, he says he does not remember anything that happened. Other than this issue, my son is a very loving, well-adjusted child. He is an excellent student, very sweet to his siblings, and a wonderful son. Am I doing something wrong? Does he need therapy? Could there be something bothering him that we are not aware of? Concerned Mother Dear Concerned Mother: Your son appears to suffer from Sleep Terror Disorder, although I am uncertain that this is his diagnosis. For clarification sake, I will explain the difference between Sleep Terror Disorder and Nightmare Disorder. Sleep Terror Disorder generally occurs early in the sleep cycle, usually in the first third of the night during stage 3 or 4 NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep – during delta waves, the slowest and highest amplitude brain waves, as opposed to during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Delta sleep is the deepest sleep of the night, customarily taking place during the first hour or so after falling asleep. It is quite difficult to awake from delta sleep. If a child is disturbed during delta sleep, the brain becomes half-asleep and half-awake and in that confused state the sleep terror occurs. Children experience more cases of delta sleep than adults; thus they are more prone to sleep terror. Sleep terror often starts with a bloodcurling scream, and resembles a person’s reaction to fear: wide-open eyes, rapid beating heart, trembling, rapid breathing, and sweating. In some cases the child may leave his bed and run around. After a while the victim curls up and falls asleep again, almost always having forgotten the entire episode if told about it the next morning. While you must ensure that your child is safe by putting him back to bed, do

not awaken him or try to calm him since he is probably sleeping. It is important to carefully watch your son during these incidents, as he will have no idea where he is walking, and could accidentally hurt himself. The average time span of a sleep terror episode is less than 15 minutes. Generally, only one episode occurs per night, but in some cases terror episodes happen in clusters. Some researchers note that sleep terrors are caused by a delay in the matura-

tion of the child’s central nervous system. For most children, sleep terrors begin between the ages of four and twelve, usually disappearing during adolescence. It is reported to be more common in boys than in girls, and some studies have found that it is most prevalent in pre-adolescent boys. Nightmares, on the other hand, occur during REM sleep. Nightmare sufferers normally awaken from the dream with a rapid return to full awareness and a lin-

gering sense of anxiety. Nightmares typically occur later in the night and produce vivid dream imagery, complete awakenings, and mild or no body reaction. The person generally does not get out of bed and does not have the same level of physical reactions that come with night terror. One can easily distinguish between sleep terrors and nightmares. Sleep terrors demonstrate much body agitation while nightmares do not. Children normally don’t remember experiencing the

sleep terrors, but do remember long and frightening dreams from the nightmares. When a child suffers from sleep terror, he will go right back to sleep following the episode. Conversely, when a child has a nightmare, he will likely have difficulty falling back asleep. As it pertains to children, it is imperative to make the distinction between the two, since a child with frequent nightmares might need psychotherapy; a child with

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sleep terror, however, usually does not. Sleep terrors in adults are more serious and often indicate excessive anxiety, agitation and, at times, aggressive impulses. An adult who has frequent sleep terrors should consult with a psychiatrist. In serious situations, mild dosages of Valium are prescribed to lessen the delta sleep. It may help to increase your child’s sleep hours. The longer one sleeps, the shallower the sleep becomes. Keep in mind that sleep terror is generally a stage that passes. If your son wakes up screaming do not wake him up, for this will break his sleep cycle and cause him more anxiety and bewilderment. If he screams in his sleep, gently pat him on the back and wait by his side until you see that his breathing has slowed and that he has returned to a deep sleep. And if this is happening very frequently or you are frightened that something else may be going on, speak to your son’s pediatrician about possible medical treatments. Sleep terror is by and large not a sign of emotional problems. Many children have this problem and it is not something to be apprehensive about. However, frequent nightmares may indicate a more serious problem and should be treated. Occasional nightmares are normal; everyone has them. If after increasing your son’s sleep the night terror does not pass, please seek professional help. Hatzlachah! Note: The information I’ve provided in this column was taken from DSM-V Sleep Disorders and No More Sleepless Nights by Peter Hauri, Ph.D., and Shirley Linde, Ph.D., pages 204-205. Dr. Yael Respler is a psychotherapist in private practice who provides marital, dating, and family counseling, and deals with problems in the intimate marital relationship. She can be reached at 718-259-4965 or at DearDrYael@aol.com. Dr. Orit Respler-Herman, a child psychologist, co-authors this column and is now in private practice providing complete psychological evaluations as well as child and adolescent therapy. She can be reached at 917-679-1612. Previous columns can be viewed at www.jewishpress.com. January 10, 2014


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Over Coffee By Rachel Bluth

Birth, Burial And Beyond

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very so often, I get an electrical jolt to the gray matter residing in my head, the kind that wakes me up and forces me to notice something I’d never paid any attention to before. About three months ago, I was checking my mailbox, when my next door neighbor, who happens not to be Jewish, passed by. We made small talk and I learned that her mother-in-law had passed away the week before. I expressed my condolences and asked her if there was any way in which I could help during this difficult time. And that’s when she hit me with “the question,” the one that would bother me and give me no peace because I didn’t have the answer. She asked me why it was that Jewish people only visit their departed loved ones once a year, on the date of their passing. (This information had been told to her by the few Orthodox women with whom she worked.) I was completely taken aback by her question and told her, haltingly, that I really couldn’t speak for everyone and that it was a completely personal and individual thing. We parted ways and I thought that was the end of it. I couldn’t have been more wrong! That question began to pop up in my mind at the most inopportune times, and would not give me respite. Why, indeed, do many of us who have lost dear ones, only visit them twice during the first year of their passing – once on the unveiling of the headstone and again before Rosh Hashanah – and in the following years, only once before Rosh Hashanah, if at all. This question then morphed into sub-questions with no end in sight. I pondered away at them during all hours of the night, when my mind ran on its own autopilot, resulting in dark circles under my eyes, but no answers. I also wondered why we embrace birth and prepare for it long before the soul enters the womb and well after the child arrives, and yet, do not prepare for one’s departure from this earth in a likely fashion? Why do we anticipate and acknowledge birth but disavow that ultimate bookend to life? I took these never ending questions to my peers, to the young and to the old, and from all of these wonderful observers, I culled my answers. Birth, the miracle of it is beyond description. It all begins in Shamayim where Hashem, the Almighty Creator of Life decrees which soul should be sent down to which couple, and angels rush about to fill the orders, preparing the precious, pure little souls for their journey and entry into the human world. Pink and blue little bundles are prepped and blessed, kissed and infused with the breath of life, and a tiny heart begins to beat as he or she is implanted, at the precisely chosen moment, in the mother’s womb. This journey takes approximately nine months, give or take, and then the feisty, soft bundle of human spirit enters this world to reside in for as many years gifted to him or her by our Heavenly Father. The child fills the family with joy and pride as it grows from infancy to toddlerhood and onward. Every new milestone is miraculous, from turning over to sitting, from January 10, 2014

first step to first word – it doesn’t matter if the child is the first or the fifteenth, every milestone is like the very first time it was ever done. The baby becomes older and learns about life, develops skills and assumes responsibilities, but understands little about the process. Suddenly, the baby turns into a teenager, who sees life as never-ending – he or she is invincible. Maturing into young adulthood, he or she learns about love and sharing life with another… and soon the cycle of life begins anew. As young parents, they are busy raising their own children, still not giving any thoughts to the end of days, because their own parents are still fairly young and vibrant.

But cognizance will not be denied. A fear begins to lurk in a dark and distant corner of their beings, as they watch their parents age. Still, they push these thoughts aside as they make Bat/Bar Mitzvahs, then weddings of their own children. Then, while looking into the mirror one morning, they are hit with a convergence of wrinkles and a silvery sheen to thinning hair. Youth is leaving and something they didn’t want to address is moving in! Some years later the dreaded call comes, the unthinkable has found its way to their door, a grandparent, parent or sibling has passed. And the fear that has been darkly present, but never acknowledged has suddenly extinguished that youthful myth of immortality. Life has come full circle. Burial, at a cemetery quickly chosen in haste, because no one ever foresaw the need of a burial plot, serves an added burden to the bereaved family, not to mention the exorbitant cost. The hespedim are heart-rending, drenched in tears as the virtues and wonderful character of the deceased’s life now pass into memories. Then kriya, the ripping of one’s clothes that rips further the already grieving hearts of of the surviving children, siblings, par-

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ents, as they follow the simple pine coffin to the cemetery. There, waiting to receive it, is a freshly dug grave, the womb of Mother Earth, and thus, the soul returns to Heaven, from whence it came those many years ago. The cycle completed. After shiva, life goes on. When the week of mourning comes to an end, the bereaved slowly emerge from their sadness and thoughts of the deceased become fewer and far between as the months pass by. And then the years pass by. And the soul waits by the graveside for a visit from its family – very often, in vain. Going over all my notes and observations I collected, in order to appease the unanswerable question originally posed by my neighbor, I had a fierce urge to go and visit my parents’ resting place. Now, two years after my dear mother, a”h and one year after my beloved father, z”l, passed, not a day goes by when I don’t think of them or speak to them, but I am as guilty as everyone else in that my visit to their place of eternal rest is, shamefully, limited to once a year. So I grabbed my Tehilim and got into the car for the 35-minute drive to Montefiore Cemetery. As I passed through the black iron gates of that deserted community, there was not a soul to be seen. I guess no new tenant was being moved in that day so the eerie quiet was palpable. As I drove slowly up Maccabee Avenue, where my parents lay, almost side by side, divided by a narrow path that separated the men’s section from the women’s section, I felt my heart well up with longing for them. As I hugged my mother’s headstone, I felt the floodgate of dormant tears give way as I begged her forgiveness for my neglect and let her know how much I miss her. Then, going over to my fathers resting place, I did the same and, as I hugged his headstone, I felt the cold marble give way to a warmth and a love I shared with him till his last breath. I don’t know how long I stood there; the tears from my clenched eyes had dried a long while back, and the days light was ebbing, warning of the fast approaching evening, but I found it hard to let go of my embrace. They were there. I could feel their embraces as clearly as I could feel the marble stone that separated us melt away, as I spoke to them through the language of the heart. They will always be with me and I will come to see them more often. I lit two memorial candles and placed one in the boxes at the foot of each grave, placed stones atop of each headstone to remind them I was there, and left them with the knowledge that I would return again, soon. As I turned to leave this sad, serene sanctuary, a feeling of profound peace settled over me and I felt as though I had just come away from spending an intimate afternoon in the company of my beloved parents. Rachel Bluth is a writer and lecturer with an active practice in the Five Towns, offering advice and resources to couples, young adults and children. She can be contacted via e-mail at mamarahu2@ aol.com.


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The Person Behind The Chair... And Beyond

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By Ann Novick

Brave Enough To Ask For What You Need

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have often written about the needs of well spouses and the negative effects, short and long term, of not getting what they so desperately need. I have often discussed the generic needs of the well spouse community and how we, as a community, can be there for each other. However, we are all individuals, and what works for one well spouse may not work for another. Coping with chronic illness is so different than coping with a short-term crisis – different rules apply. But how is any one to know how to help us, unless we tell them. I discussed this topic with a support group I attended. Shandy, Mimi and Joan were kind enough to share some insights from their journeys with chronic illness.

Here is Shandy’s story: When Shandy first became a well spouse she was in her early thirties. She had two young children and no family living nearby. They had moved away from relatives, just a few years before her husband was diagnosed, because of his job. Shandy was working full time. When her husband was first diagnosed they were afraid that sharing the information would jeopardize his new position, and so they kept things quiet. Unaware of the change in circumstances, people continued to expect Shandy’s family to carry on as they

(names changed by request) had in the past. They didn’t hesitate to ask for favors, having no idea of the pressure the family was under. Still, Shandy related, that she expected her friends to “sense” that something was up and was upset when they didn’t. In retrospect, a decade later, Shandy now realizes how unrealistic her thinking was. People cannot help when they have no idea that there is something wrong.

Mimi’s story: Mimi’s family was devastated when her husband, Jack, was diagnosed. They were grateful to be told that, if careful, his life expectancy might not be drastically affected by the illness. They were, however, petrified by the changes they were told to expect as the disease progressed. Though they tried to support each other, Mimi and Jack both became depressed and fearful of the future. Getting through each day with a smile was a challenge and they decided to reach out to their friends and family. They shared the diagnosis and even their fears with some close friends. Though they received understanding and sympathy in return, they were shocked by what they perceived as a total lack of support for the things the family needed most to get through the initial days. No one offered to babysit as they ran from

doctor to doctor. No one thought to bring meals or go shopping for the family or do anything else that they felt they so desperately needed. As a result, Mimi and Jack felt that no one cared and they started to isolate themselves from their friends. When their friends noticed this isolation, they assumed it was a desire for privacy. And so, they honored the perceived privacy request. The more their friends backed off, the angrier Jack and Mimi became and the more they isolated themselves. And so the downward spiral progressed.

Joan’s story: Joan shared with us that she was a teenager when her dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. That was the beginning of an illness that devastated the family for many years. Initially, like Mimi’s family, the diagnosis was kept a secret. And, just like Mimi’s family, Joan’s parents became devastated at the lack of support, without understanding the cause, once they told people about the illness. Having experienced this misunderstanding first hand, Joan knew what she needed to do when her husband became ill. When he was in intensive care and she was spending hours alone in the hospital’s family room waiting for news, she

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e-mailed a friend saying, “I am up for visitors at the hospital if you have any time. I would love for you to pass by. No pressure.” And she gave her location. The response was overwhelming. Later, while coping with the chronic illness, she used the same approach to be very specific in telling her friends what her needs were, while making it clear that she understood if people couldn’t respond. “And that is what got me through the terrible time,” Joan shared. “No one had to guess. I stated what I needed and also let people know it was okay if they couldn’t come through right now. The response was overwhelming. And it got me through. I learned to be specific about what I need and understanding when people can’t be forthcoming. I use that approach today as we advance from crisis to crisis.” No one’s clairvoyant. Well spouses cannot afford the luxury of having someone guess what they need. As hard as it is to ask, we need to be specific in our requests. Most of those around us want to help, they just don’t know how. Asking for exactly what you need at the moment helps the giver and the receiver. And let’s all get through a crisis more easily. Ann Novick can be contacted at annnovick@hotmail.com.

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The Titanic – A Metaphor For Israel Today By Helen Freedman

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n one portrayal of the Titanic, the mighty and majestic ship that hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic on April 14, 1912 and sank in a little over two hours, we see the captain, the owner, the senior officers, pushing the ship to speed through the waters so as to break all previous records. Since it was the ship’s maiden voyage, traveling from Southhampton, and then Queenstown, England, to New York, the crew of stokers, greasers, and firemen who worked in the engine room far below the luxury decks, understood that the ship should not exceed its abilities on its first time out. Their superiors had different ideas and went so far as to ignore all warnings of icebergs in the sea as they urged the ship on. The result was the loss of the ship, 1500 lives, many injured, and much suffering amongst the survivors. It is easy to see the comparison to the actions of Israel’s leaders today.

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As the AFSI Chizuk group traveled around Israel this past October, it was apparent that the “little guys” understand the need to hold onto the land, and to fight for a “whole Israel,” while the “captain” and his “officers” played horrific games with Israel’s safety. What we saw was Arab arrogance, audacity, and terror that was completely out of control, while Israel’s Jews were being discriminated against, imprisoned, and treated like secondclass citizens. The “captains” were busy releasing prisoners and talking “peace” and the “two-state solution” with the Arabs, while the “little guys” were putting the facts on the ground, regardless of the personal sacrifice required. Picture the Titanic crew in the belly of the ship working desperately to keep the ship moving, while the captain and his henchmen dined in the elegant dining rooms, ignoring warnings of disaster and pushing forward recklessly until the tragic collision with the iceberg that would sink the ship. That is the story of Israel today. Chashmonaim, Modiin Illit, and Kiryat Sefer were our first stops, with David Jacobs acting as our host and guide. David pointed out that the population of these communities, 57,000, was the largest in Judea and Samaria. Being over the Green Line, January 10, 2014

they are on the negotiating table. The Arab sprawl became apparent in Charasha, a non-authorized community. Standing on Mt. Choresh all we saw were Arab villages. As we drove through N’ariya we passed the Arab University of Bir Zeit on the outskirts of Ramalla, a breeding ground for terrorism. While we were driving on a road in Area C, we were surrounded by Area A – Arab areas that are all self-governing. The brand new PA city of Rawabi, for which Israel gave the land, now boasts a huge PA flag. Being close to Ramallah, this city becomes another encroachment on Jerusalem. Along the road to Psagot, a Jewish community of 200 families, we saw Arab cars parked with their owners picking olives. We also passed many Arab villages. When settlers first arrived in Psagot, Ramallah was far in the distance. Now there are new homes abutting its fence. After lunching in Ofra, we traveled to Amona. The sad sight of the caravans and the plots where destroyed homes once stood, underlined the absurdity of the government’s policy of destroying Jewish homes, but allowing illegal Arab buildings to flourish. The Ashel HaShomron hotel in Ariel became our base for the first two nights. Lenny Goldberg, a long-time resident of Tapuach spoke to us about the many judicial issues and related that many young people feel the brunt of anti-Jewish discrimination. Our next visit was to the Barkan Industrial Center where Jews and Arabs work side by side in 140 factories, earning the same salary and enjoying the same benefits. Even so, the businesses, the best bridge to peace, are under boycott by the PA and EU. The same is true of Ariel University, home to 15,000 students, with approximately 500-700 of them Arabs and 500 Ethiopians. They are under boycott from all Israeli universities, except for Bar Ilan.

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Being in the Shomron, we had to visit Chavat Gilad, home of forty families. Excitement reigned there over the new mikvah for women that had begun to be built. Living without Israeli supplied water and fuel has placed a huge financial burden on the community. Yitzhar is also under financial stress and we promised to help raise funds for a new shul. We ended the day with a night-time tour of the biblical garden at the Ashel HaShomron hotel.

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The next morning we traveled north. Our guide pointed out that we had to drive west before driving north because Israelis can’t drive through Arab villages, so the by-pass roads need new by-passes. Our first stop was Mitzpe Ilan, named for Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon. The forty families living there hope to increase their ranks,

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but they are experiencing “environmental terrorism.” The Arabs burn charcoal and by 6:00 p.m. every day, the air is so thick, the residents must stay locked up in their homes. There have been many cases of asthma and a few cases of cancer in the community. The Arab communities of Hadera and Pardeis are also affected, but the Arabs don’t seem to care. They have had some success in getting the burnings moved to Areas A and B, but the wind brings the carcinogens to Chavat Ilan and its surroundings. Nazareth Illit was our next stop. It is supposed to be a Jewish community but the last election has thrown that off. It seems to be up to the Hesder Yeshiva there to strengthen the city – it is literally the “finger in the dike.” The next day we began our descent in the Jordan Valley. B’rosh HaBiker, home to the recently murdered Sraya Ofer, was our first stop. Marc Prowisor of One Israel Fund greeted us there and explained how efforts were in progress to increase security; a Hesder Yeshiva had already moved in to establish a presence in this remote, failed, Jewish community. The importance of Jewish shepherding was reinforced again in our visit to Rotem. Shira Amussai and her husband now graze their sheep on 3000 dunams and are hoping to bring in four caravans to lure other couples to shepherding. After a wonderful lunch at Café Rotem, we drove on to Yeshuv Adaat, near Shilo. The yishuv has 200 sheep on 8,000 dunam of land. The small community, led by Avichai and Eli Weiss, has plans for 150 homes. If they make it, it will help to prove the success story of shepherding. Friday began with a visit to Shdema where Nadia Matar of Women in Green was waiting with trees ready for planting. We heard from Sarah Nachshon from Hebron and then joined with WIG and the people of Tekoa in a demonstration against Arab terrorism on the roads. After a short visit to Kever Rachel, we drove south to Hebron passing the entrance to Kiryat Arba and contin-


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ued further south into the Hebron Hills to visit the outpost of Avigail, near Sussia, where the families of Avner Segal and Elisha Medan, plus an additional 30 other families have created an outpost. Their purpose is to create a presence that will break any Arab continuity of land in the area. Then it was back to Kiryat Arba to get our room assignments in Yeshivat Nir and prepare for Shabbat Chayei Sarah. The group walked down to the Ma’arat HaMachpela, joining the throngs of white-shirted men and festively dressed women. We wished “Shabbat Shalom” to the many soldiers guarding the route down to Hebron, and enjoyed a beautiful and soulful Kabbalat Shabbat in the Isaac Hall, open to Jews only on rare occasions. Shabbat morning was filled with prayers at the Ma’arat HaMachpela. We were thrilled to see the hundreds of tents and lean-to’s set up by the thousands of visitors to Hebron that Shabbat. Carlebach melodies could be heard filling the air, and groups of men danced joyously while reciting the prayers. We joined the Hebron Fund at the Gutnick Center for kiddush, and then AFSI Board Member Ken Abramowitz gave a compelling and erudite talk on the threat to western civilization posed by the Arabs. Sunday morning we began touring the disputed areas of Jerusalem with Arieh King, who was recently elected to the Jerusalem City Council on the slate of the United Jerusalem Party. He explained that the laws are enforced only against Jews, not Arabs. Only Jews need security guards. Building in Jerusalem for Jews is frozen. National park plans for the city have just been frozen. Arieh is hoping that Naftali Bennett, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, will be helpful in righting the many discriminatory policies against Jews in the holy city.

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We drove to N. Jerusalem, to Atarot – an area that had once hosted an international airport, but is now closed as Arab squatters have taken over. Former Prime Minister Levi Eshkol was one of the first pioneers in Atarot. The land was bought by the JNF and it was a thriving area until 1948 when Arabs conquered the village and Jews were evacuated. In 1967 the Jews regained the airport, expanded it, and built an industrial area. The Jewish residents did not return, however. They were re-settled near

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Petach Tikva in B’nei Atarot. Today, Arab building goes And even here, in what is supposed to be uncontested on unchecked. The JNF does not want to interfere. They Israel, we see the Arab town surrounding the area overclaim it is a political issue, even though the building is on looking the southern Hebron hills. There is no escape. proven Israeli owned land. We looked out at the ugly security fence. Arieh explained that the area behind the wall, although fully Arab, is still in Jerusalem. The red signs warning Jews to stay out are put in place by the Israeli government. They are illegal. Jerusalem is the Jewish capital. Jews cannot be banned from it. We dared to drive our bus past the forbidding signs and through the Calandia checkpoint into the Arab section. We saw huge illegal billboards, owned by the sons of Mahmoud Abbas, carrying messages entirely in Arabic. We found ourselves on the CalandiaJaba Road, built illegally, without Israel’s permission, by U.S. Aid. Taking this shortcut through the Arab areas, Shababt Chayei Sarah in Chevron we were able to swing back past Pisgat Ze’ev and N’vei Yaakov, home to 70,000 Jews, in no time at all. Arieh then took us to Beit Hanina, an Arab city in We then went on to visit Shommeriya in the eastern Jerusalem with one Jewish apartment complex. Chana Negev, formerly Atzmona, where Dudi Reich spoke to us. Yichi greeted us at Beit HaSheva where she occupies His story of displacement from Yamit in 1982, his move one of seven apartments. Unfortunately, even in this one into Gush Katif in 1987, and then the 2005 deportation, Jewish enclave, an Arab family has been allowed to move followed by 200 days in the Emunah Industrial Park, is a in. This will probably eventually bring in more Arabs, heart-breaker. Dudi tells us that although Shommeriya is forcing the Jews to leave. located in the middle of Israel proper, there are 100,000 We drove to Kidmat Zion in eastern Jerusalem, Bedouins living near them between Kiryat Gat and Be’er with Dan Luria of Ateret Cohanim. He reminded us Sheva. that 215,000 Jews live in eastern Lunch was in Ashkelon so that we Jerusalem. There are plans for 300 could participate in a demonstration families to be living in Kidmat Zion, at the Ofer prison, outside Jerusalem, and there are already 110 families protesting the release of the secliving in Ma’aleh HaZaytim. Passing ond group of 26 terrorist prisoners. some of the nine gates of the Old Before lunch, members of the group City, we saw the Arab cemetery bought oak tag, markers, and paint built outside Shaar HaRachamim. to make signs for the demonstration. Since Moshiach is supposed to arThe message was that freeing terrorrive through this gate, it is said that ists invites more terror – not only in the Arabs have deliberately built the Israel but worldwide. When there are cemetery there to prevent his arrival. no consequences for criminal activity, After lunch we drove down to enthere are no restraints. ter the Old City through the Flowers The hour was growing late and Gate, into the Muslim Quarter. Dan we still had to visit Gush Katif herotook us to the few Jewish homes and ine, Anita Tucker at the new Netzer the Ateret Cohanim Yeshiva, which Hazani in Yesodot. What a joy it was struggles to keep a foothold in the to see the beautiful synagogue, so arOld City. Children are escorted to tistically designed with the furniture and from school by security guards; from Kibbutz Lavi. Anita proudly playgrounds are on roof-tops. The efshowed us the social hall and then New Synagogue at Netzer Hazani-Yesodot home of Anita Tucker fort to gain more Jewish areas is onthe recreation hall built in memory of going and overwhelming. Yochanon Hilberg who was killed in On our last day we visited with our Gush Katif ref- Lebanon with eleven others. We drove away from Anita ugee friends. Dror Vanunu, our long-time guide, friend, reluctantly, aware of the great miracles she and her coland former head of the Gush Katif Committee, met us in leagues had made happen in building their new comAmatzia with his new assistant, Shifra Shomron. Sixty- munity. As Anita stood in the doorway of the beautiful seven families now live there, but they are hoping to grow. synagogue, she told us this was only temporary until they Sadly, eight and a half years after the expulsion, there could return to Gush Katif. are still no buildings, only lots. The next AFSI Chizuk mission scheduled for May In B’nei Dekalim, the new community in Lachish 4-13, 2014. Call the AFSI office, 212-828-2424 or which is scheduled to house 500 families, only fifteen e-mail afsi@rcn.com, for further information. families are currently settled, Eliezer Ohrbach explained.

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No Choice By Rhona Lewis

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he young girl in the black and white photo at the Atlit detention camp left me no choice. Her dark hair was pulled back tightly, but the turmoil of climbing out of the ship that had brought her from blooddrenched Europe to the shores of Israel, coupled with the sharp sea breeze, had set some tendrils free. Her eyes were focused beyond the swell of the waves that pulsed unfeelingly around her legs. She gathered up her dreams in her skirt, surging forward towards her future beyond the shoreline, beyond the barbed wire that was to be her home for the next many months. Her intense longing for a future, captured on film, morphed into a longing of my own. I didn’t stop to consider that the gates of the world that were closed to her were open to me. I knew that her land would become mine. I really had no choice. As a child growing up in Kenya, I knew, as surely as I knew that on a clear day I’d see Mount Kilimanjaro floating on the distant horizon as my mother drove me to school, that one day my family would move to Israel. It was the mantra of my childhood. “When we move to Israel, we’ll buy a new set of dishes,” my mother consoled herself every time one of the solid yellow and green rimmed Pyrex plates would slip out of her hands, bounce on the floor and spin to a triumphant halt still whole. Although my mother disliked the dishes, she dutifully used them because my grandmother had given them to her as a wedding present. But that didn’t stop her from wishing for something prettier. Living in Kenya meant living with servants, which should have meant that I was free of household chores. But my mother’s eyes were focused on the future. “You have to dust the book shelves in your room,” my mother would tell me whenever we had school vacation. “When you get to Israel, you won’t have servants to do it all.” January 10, 2014

“What kind of a house will we have in Israel?” I asked my father one lazy Sunday afternoon, when my brother and I had gravitated to my parents’ bedroom. “Will we have a pool? Tennis courts?” Plenty of my friends had spacious houses surrounded by grassy gardens in which, like a blue jewel, a pool was set. Mentally, I toured our modest two-bedroom semi-detached home. If we were going to get pretty dishes when we moved to Israel, it made sense to assume we were also going to upgrade our home. “Not really. Housing in Israel is expensive. People don’t live in houses. They live in apartments. We’ll be lucky if we can afford what we have now.”

knew that my suggestion wasn’t practical, because, after all, we would soon be moving to Israel. The message I absorbed at home was reinforced whenever I went to shul. In all the prayers and the snatches that I caught of the parsha at the Nairobi Hebrew Congregation, Israel and Jerusalem were always mentioned. It was obvious that just as Israel was important to my parents, it was important to Hashem. One late afternoon, when I was about twelve years old, I was walking barefoot up the little gravel-covered hill that led to the garages where we parked our cars. Perhaps I was chewing on a piece of sugarcane. For some reason, I suddenly realized

f srael was big enough for her soul it was big enough for mine. s she surge forwar to make srael her home knew woul too. really ha no choice. I would have suggested that giving up on the dream of a pool was a foolhardy move, but then I saw a distant look in my father’s eyes that reflected dreams bigger than a pool. I would have suggested that we move to a house with a pool for the years that we’d still spend in Kenya, but I

something. I had always believed that Hashem knew what was best for me. I also knew that Hashem had chosen Israel to be the homeland for the Jewish people. The conclusion was clear: He expected me to live there; whether I wanted to or not was irrelevant. At that moment, with the black

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and white reality of childhood, I felt that I had no choice and my parents’ dream became my obligation. I grew up, spread my wings, left home for Israel, went to kibbutz and from there to seminary. Over that year, I began to loose the crystal-clear conclusion that I had come to as a child: I wasn’t sure I wanted to live in Israel, despite what my parents and Hashem wanted. Israel was simply too small for my soul. Life in Kenya had given me plenty of room to breathe. Nature was never-ending: the savannah plains almost at my backdoor spread out to meet the horizon undisturbed. Trips into the wilderness left me feeling I was the first to see the landscape. But in Israel, every hike was marked out, every path trodden by hundreds of feet before me. Besides, the people were so different, the climate so harsh. Then the seminary organized a trip to Atlit. Here I wandered around the 25-acre detention camp that the British mandate had maintained from 1939 to 1948 as they acceded to Arab demands to limit Jewish immigration. The camp, surrounded by barbed wire and watchtowers, became home to thousands of illegal Jewish immigrants, many of them Holocaust survivors, as soon as they left the ships that had brought them from Europe. In 1986, the neglected site was renovated and declared a “reserved national site.” In one of the corrugated barracks of the museum, I stopped opposite a black and white photo of a young woman struggling through the sea to reach British controlled Palestine, to be incarcerated in a camp similar to one she had probably only recently escaped. The hopes of my parents, the expectation of Hashem, and the passion that I saw in her eyes joined together to remind me of the clarity of my childhood. If Israel was big enough for her soul, it was big enough for mine. As she surged forward to make Israel her home, I knew I would too. I really had no choice.


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Restoring Sanctity To Eating

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Janet S. Sunness, M.D. hile reading the recently

ample, for probably 25 years of my life,

bored, eating was never old-fashioned,

learning, while not necessarily engaging

published book, A Divine

I ate corn flakes with banana and milk

and there was a sense of newness, fresh-

in it himself), so he would merit Olom

Madness, from a manu-

for breakfast. I happened to like it a

ness, and excitement, even when there

Haba. Rav Aharon said to him, “But what

script written by Rav Avigdor Miller and

lot, but there is really nothing exciting

was constant repetition.

about Olam Hazeh?” That is, how can you

edited by Daniel Zaslow, my antennae

about it. I don’t remember ever wonder-

Why don’t we feel the same way about

forsake the pleasures of learning that we

for themes associated with eating perked

ing “why do I have to eat something this

mitzvos or learning? I think it’s because

get from the act of learning itself in this

up at the following statement: “The loyal

morning?” (I’ve always been a breakfast

we don’t regularly treat learning and

world?

Jewish Nation had always considered

eater, even when I have eaten a lot the

mitzvos as a source of joy and a source of

This attitude toward learning and

the Torah as eternal, coming from the

night before and am not hungry in the

pleasure. If we did, we would be enthusi-

mitzvos is the antidote to just doing things

Eternal G-d. Just as the sunrise and

morning.) There was nothing new or nov-

astic about davening, learning, and doing

out of habit and routine. We pray for

sunset continued eternally, and just as

el about this breakfast, yet I always felt

mitzvos. The repetition does not have to

this every morning in Birchas HaTorah,

eating continued (eating never became

“V’ha’arev na Hashem Elokeinu…Please,

‘old-fashioned’), so, also, are G-d’s laws

Hashem our G-d, sweeten the words

given to be upheld forever without al-

of Your Torah in our mouth and in the

teration.”

mouth of Your people….” If Torah and

We have all heard lectures in which

mitzvos are sweet, if they “taste good,” we

we are told not to perform Hashem’s com-

do not have to worry about them feeling

mandments as mitzvas anashim meluma-

old-fashioned.

da, an act of habit (Yeshaya 29:13). There

My father, z”l, brought us up this way.

is supposed to be newness to our approach

While he had only limited formal Jewish

to Torah and mitzvos. In Shema, we say

education, Rav Sholom Klass zt”l, the pub-

“…these things that I command you to-

lisher of The Jewish Press, was a dear

day (hayom)…” and Rashi tells us that we

lifelong friend of his, and my father loved

should regard the mitzvos, and Hashem’s

going to his shiurim. My father worked a

words in general, as though they were

long hard week, but every Friday night af-

given today. Not only should the Torah not

ter the Shabbos meal, he would sit down

become old-fashioned in the sense that it was historically given over three thousand years ago, but there should be a freshness to it, an understanding that it deals with the issues of today with a clarity and a vi-

o why oesn t eating feel ol fashione en if we acknowle ge that we ha e a strong life force assion a ta a a call it what you will im elling us to eat that oesn t a e uately e lain how we feel about eating.

to learn Chumash and Rashi. He conveyed to me and to my sister that his greatest joy was when we would sit together with him and learn. He lived “v’ha’arev na,” and merited daughters, sons-in-law, grandchil-

sion that becomes obvious when one im-

good about eating it. I don’t recall ever

detract from this; in fact, the anticipation

dren, and now great-grandchildren whose

merses oneself in it.

thinking, “What a pain to have to stop

of the familiar pleasure we will get should

Olam Hazeh is sweetened by Torah and

So, why doesn’t eating feel old-fash-

and eat lunch.” Eating simply has never

enhance our approach to what we are do-

mitzvos.

ioned? Even if we acknowledge that we

been a chore for me. It was something I

ing.

have a strong life-force, passion, a ta’ava,

enjoyed. The predictability of the taste of

Rav Malkiel Kotler recounts a story

ter’s wedding. She and her chosson live

call it what you will, impelling us to eat

what I would eat, be it corn flakes, choco-

about his grandfather, Rav Aharon. A

this way, and Torah is sweet and always

(with the underlying goal of sustaining

late chip cookies, or the favorite recipes

man came to Rav Aharon and told him

fresh for them. May this continue to be the

our lives), that doesn’t adequately ex-

my mother, a”h, used to make, added to

that he was training his son to be a

way they live their lives and build their

plain how we feel about eating. For ex-

the pleasure of eating. I did not become

Zevulun (i.e., financially supporting Torah

home in Israel.

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The MRF Hillburn, NY Compiled and Photographed by: S.Y. Einhorn

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re you looking for a trip during winter vacation

The glass containers fall through the conveyer belt

that is out of the box? I know just the trip, but

and go into a pulverizing machine, which breaks up the

maybe it is not really out of the box, but in the

glass and turns it into sand, which is sold to major compa-

box – the recycling box.

nies for construction projects.

The Recycling Plant in Hillburn, NY, also known as

All recyclable plastic has a number from one to seven

an MRF, Materials Recovery Facility, offers an extensive

on the bottom. These numbers tell the workers what type

education on the importance of recycling, as well as excit-

of plastic the container is made of. The workers sort the

ing activities related to recycling for children to enjoy.

plastic containers and package them into bales which are

Jennifer Sheridan, Assistant Waste Educator, offers

sold to companies that use only recycled plastics to make

a fascinating tour of the facility. She explains the im-

their products – pencil cases, reusable bags, t-shirts and

portance of Reduce – to buy and own fewer items, Reuse

even park benches. The profits of the sales of the recycled

– reuse items whenever possible, and Recycle – plastic,

products go to the counties that provide the recycled mate-

metal and cardboard items. The program’s purpose is to

rial.

empower children and their families to develop sustain-

After the video presentation, visitors proceed to an ob-

able lifestyle practices in their own lives and then inspire

servation deck where they can view workers sorting and

others to do the same.

baling the sorted recyclables, before stacking and loading

The first part of the tour is a video presentation explaining the process of recycling. The recyclables are

them onto tractor-trailers for transportation to remanufacturing facilities.

carted from the blue (cardboard and paper) and green

The tour concludes with a visit to the Star Lab.

(glass, metal, and plastic containers) recycle boxes that

The Star Lab offers visitors the opportunity to ex-

every resident in Rockland County is given, to the MRF in

periment on i nteractive exhibits. Each exhibit focus-

Hillburn, by trucks and tractors.

es on a different area of the environment, showing

The recyclables are then loaded onto a conveyer belt

the positive effects of waste reduction as well as the

where workers look through all the material and sepa-

benefits of recycling, responsible decision making,

rate the plastic from the metal and the metal from the pa-

decreasing energy consumption, and backyard com-

per. They also remove anything that cannot be recycled.

posting.

The metal is left on the conveyer belt, which makes its

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way towards a huge magnet. The metal containers and

Tours of the facility are free of charge. To schedule a

cardboard are pressed into bales and resold to companies.

1 ½ to 2-hour tour with a group of 10-35 people, call

Currently Coca Cola buys all the bales of aluminum from

or e-mail Jennifer Sheridan at 845-753-2200 ext.34

the MRF.

or e-mail her at jsheridan@rocklandrecycles.com.

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Reflections On The Big Snow Storm

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By Shira Schreier

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oday the sun is out, the snow is slowly melting, the kids are back in school (finally), and the roads are open. We were snowed-in here in Efrat, Gush Etzion, for almost a week. The first snow fell on Thursday, followed by more snow on Friday, and more snow than ever Friday night and Shabbos morning. It’s being called the snowstorm of the century. The temperatures plunged below freezing every night and only rose a bit higher during the day so that the quantities of snow which accumulated were impressive by any standard. This massive storm hit us with a resounding wham, blessing us with record-setting amounts of precipitation only days after an unusually warm and dry Chanukah when we started reciting special prayers for rain.

I personally love snow and have fond memories of noschool snow days during my childhood in Massachusetts, spending hours outside making snowmen and snow angels, and returning home with red cheeks and wet mittens to waffles and maple syrup and steaming hot chocolate. So I was overjoyed to have the rare opportunity to gaze out the window at the white-covered Judean hills and vineyards, to trudge through the snowy streets, snapping pictures as the snowflakes whirled around me, and to see Efrat children and teenagers laughing and playing in the snow and sledding down the icy hills. While I am well aware that the storm caused much hardship and wreaked its share of havoc, particularly for those who were out driving and for those who had no electricity, I would like to bring attention to the many acts of chesed performed during the storm and in its aftermath. We were very lucky in Efrat to have electricity all day on Friday as the blizzard raged outdoors. The meteorologists had predicted the storm, although they were caught off guard by its magnitude, and people had stocked up on food earlier in the week. The manager of our neighborhood supermarket slept over in the store in order to open on Friday although no delivery trucks could make it through since all roads to Gush Etzion were closed. As it was Asara B’Teves, people were talking about Jerusalem being under siege. There was no possibility of driving to any of our excellent local bakeries, so I baked challah for the first time in a long time and the heavenly erev Shabbos

smell reminded me that I really should do it more often. One of our neighbors offered his home for Kabbalas Shabbos davening since there is no shul on our block and it was too treacherous to walk any distance. Another neighbor who has a sefer Torah in his home, invited everyone for Shabbos morning davening. His wife was thrilled to host the minyan because her mother’s first yahrzeit fell on Friday, Asara Be’Teves, and she wasn’t able to get to the beis hakevaros in Rechovot. So she dedicated the davening in her home to her mother’s memory and happily set up chairs, hung up the dripping coats, and even prepared a small kiddush. The amazing thing was that everyone on the block was there davening together, something that never happens on a normal Shabbos when each person heads in a different direction – to the Yemenite shul, the Ashekenazic shul, the Sephardic shul, or the Carlebach minyan. It almost seemed like a taste of Messianic times. At 6 am Shabbos morning our electricity bleeped out and I ran to cover the cholent pot and pour boiling water into a thermos. Baruch Hashem, after shul, the electricity miraculously came back on and we were privileged to have a hot seudas Shabbos and a warm afternoon. In the past, we owned a portable kerosene heater as well as a gas heater, but in recent years, we have become exclusively dependent on electricity for our heating, so we were extremely grateful when it came back on. Many homes in Jerusalem and outlying yishuvim were not so fortunate and had no electricity. Stories are being told of neighbors with alternative heating and oldfashioned blechs on gas stoves who invited many guests for meals. My daughter’s sister-in-law, due to give birth, who lives in a yishuv called Ateret, about 40 minutes from Jerusalem, had no electricity on Shabbos. When she went into labor Motzaei Shabbos, two paramedics were on call to deliver the baby at home, but in the end, the driver of the security jeep was somehow able to transport her and her husband to the main road where an ambulance with chains on its tires met them and got them safely to Tel HaShomer Hospital. She gave birth to a baby girl (after four boys) who was called Snow White (Shilgiya) until she got her real name. Happy ending. Who knew that so many people here in Efrat have 4 x 4 vehicles? They were the heroes who drove back and forth throughout the storm, giving rides to people, picking up stranded soldiers from Jerusalem so they could get home for Shabbos, and delivering medicine and other supplies to all those in need. The Efrat community chat list was working overtime, with regular updates from the mayor, breaking weather reports from our resident meteorologist, reports on which roads were open and at what time, advice such as to leave hot water dripping in the faucet at night to avoid burst solar heaters, to watch out for icy patches early in the morning, and lots and lots of requests and offers for rides, shovels, sleds, milk and other necessities. Teenagers were out shoveling public pathways and shopping for those who couldn’t make it to the store. Neighbors were bringing each other hot soup, chocolate chip cookies and other goodies, jumpstarting cars whose batteries had died, and checking to make sure everyone was okay.

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One Efrat resident summed it up on the chat list: “Since last Thursday, the mayor, the moatza [regional council] staff, the security department, and many absolutely amazing volunteers have been working around the clock to make every effort possible to first of all prevent tragedies/save lives, and secondly to get the town up and running again…And did you know that throughout this entire saga, Givat Ha’Eitam [the next hill planned to be settled within the confines of Efrat] was not abandoned for even one minute? The incredibly brave people that are there ‘holding down the fort’ were completely on their own for days without any possibility of getting fresh supplies or replacements…Do you have any idea how many people/ vehicles that were stuck in various places on the road were rescued by Efrat’s security team and volunteers? How many medical emergencies were efficiently and quickly dealt with despite the conditions? Did you know that dozens of youth group volunteers have been busy day and night helping with a wide range of tasks?” I noticed that out on the street, people were standing around in their boots and coats, smiling and friendly and chatting with one another. Nobody was going to work. Nobody was rushing to get anywhere. Everyone was home. It reminded me of the old days when we first moved to Efrat and neighbors were more connected.

A lot of people are now saying that the storm was “too much” and that one day of snow would have been enough, but I beg to differ. Someone in Efrat is printing sweatshirts that say “I Survived the Snowfesh” (snow + nofesh = snow vacation). Personally, I can’t get enough of gazing out the window at the white scenery, so pure, so peaceful, and so good for the neshama. Bottom line, our response should be an unequivocal “Thank You Hashem” for answering our prayers and bestowing us with so much bracha. We are grateful for every drop of rain and every snowflake. Or, as David HaMelech expressed it: “Praise the L-rd! He spreads snow like fleece, sprinkles frost like ashes, scatters hail like crumbs. Who can stand His cold? He sends His word and melts them; He makes the wind blow and the waters flow.” If nothing else, the big storm reminded us Who is in control. January 10, 2014


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You’re Asking Me? By Mordechai Schmutter

You’re On Your Own

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his week we deal with questions from people who, one way or another, are on their own. And as usual, we don’t really help them.

Dear Mordechai, I’m making a bris for my son, who has no name yet. Do I have to give a speech or anything? Aral Sifasayim Dear Aral, Probably. In general, people expect you to speak at a bris, although they’d prefer you start after they leave. You can actually get away with not speaking at all if you postpone it long enough, unless it’s a weekend bris. Then people will just hang around. And in fact, you allow for people to leave early. Brissim are the only simchos where you actually leave a box of pre-cut silver foil near the food so people can wrap things up as they run. “I don’t care if you eat at my simcha,” is your basic message. “I just don’t want leftovers.” Though this is a relatively new thing. For years, people were sneaking out of brissim with a bagel wrapped in a blue napkin. There’s no other simcha where this is a normal thing to do. Even at weddings, where people have to get home to their kids, they never have the option of wrapping up their main dish before the chosson and kallah come out. If you want your chicken cutlet, you have to dance for it. But what are you going to do? People need to leave. They only put in a quick appearance at the bris so that in twenty years from now, at this kid’s l’chaim, they can come over to him, in front of the kallah, and say, “I was at your bris.” That’s not awkward. There’s no good response to that. The conversation just ends, with the three of you standing there. But the people who are sticking around expect you to speak. Although that’s kind of unfair, considering you had 8 days to prepare for this thing on no sleep with a brand new baby in the house, and most of that time was spent either having humorous kitchen incidents while your wife was in the hospital, or trying to hammer out a name. So most speeches are about the politics of why you picked that particular name. Though you don’t really go into the politics. You go into the positive qualities of the person you named the boy after, so that it’s really more of a hesped. Like if you gave your child two names – that of your grandfather and your wife’s grandfather – you’re going to say that the reason you did this was that each of them had great qualities, rather than that you spent an entire week arguing about which one to name it after, each of you expressing real concern over what your respective mothers would say if you used the other name, and you had a deadline, so you decided to go with both, and hoped you wouldn’t run out of names before your last kid. January 10, 2014

But you might as well speak about the name, because it’s all you’ve been thinking about for eight days, and everyone wants to know, “Why that name, of all the names out there?” Unless you have a lot of boys. Of course, aside from your relatives, who already know why you picked the name, everyone else is just trying to make conversation. Do you know why everyone you know has the name they have? Nobody’s actually cares anymore once they leave the bris. I’ve met thousands of people in my life, and I’ve never said to myself, “Where does this guy’s name come from? His grandfather or his great-grandfather?” Unless he has a highly-uncommon name, like Yisro. Then I want to know. The real reason people give speeches about names is that:

A. There aren’t really a lot of parshios that talk about brissim, and B. They want to hammer the name into people’s minds so they remember when they come home and their spouse asks, “So what’s the name?” People always ask you when you come home: “What’s the baby’s name?” “Do you know their other kids’ names? Are you making a list?” They just want to make sure you were really at the bris. It’s like when you’re a kid and you’re late to school, and you say you had a bris, but the Rebbe doesn’t believe you, so he goes, “Oh, yeah? What’s the name?” “I don’t remember. Bagel?” Dear Mordechai, My medical insurance just changed, for reasons I don’t care to discuss. Do you have any good recommendations for doctors? Shut Down Dear Shut, Not really. I just found out this week that my doctor was niftar. I’m not kidding. It’s a very awkward thing to find out. I don’t know what to do now. I’m like, “So should I keep doing what he told me to do, or is everything I know a

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lie?” I’m going to be the guy at the shiva going, “Yeah, but did he say anything about what I should do? Any dying words? ‘Tell Mordechai he should…’ dead.” You always assume your doctor’s going to outlive you. Who am I going to go to for my annual checkup every 3-4 years? It’s really not funny. He was a nice guy. Every time he saw me, he asked how I was feeling, how I was doing, and if I could turn my head and cough. (I always could.) But I never once asked him any of these things. And if I did, out of habit, it was just to make conversation. I definitely didn’t take notes. But my point was that he knew all the tricks to stay healthy, and he still died. Of course, just because he died doesn’t mean he wasn’t a good doctor. Everyone goes eventually. Doctors are just a stall. It could even be that his health wasn’t his own department. Maybe he had his own doctor. Or maybe not. A lot of doctors treat themselves. It’s not like dentists, who really can’t treat themselves. They need to do it in front of a mirror, while holding that tiny dentist mirror and trying to see what’s going on in the tiny mirror by use of the big mirror, all while operating a drill. And I assume this is even harder after the laughing gas. But being your own physician is a lot easier. In fact, it’s easier than being someone else’s physician, because the hardest part of being a physician, I’d think, is the part where you ask people to describe their pain, using words, and then you have to translate those words into real physical pictures in your medical textbooks while they wait in the little room. Whereas, the hardest part of being your own physician is the part where you put the freezing cold stethoscope in the middle of your back. While coughing. That’s pretty awkward. Especially if your next patient comes in. But you can’t really worry about things like death, or you’ll never settle on a doctor. People are very picky when it comes to doctors. You don’t want a doctor who’s older than you, because he might die before you. You don’t want a doctor who’s younger than you, because you’re sure that he has no idea what he’s doing. You were at his bris. You want a doctor who is actually secretly younger than you, but looks older than you. Stress will do that to a person. Have a question for “You’re Asking Me?” I don’t know what to tell you. Bagel? Mordechai Schmutter is a monthly humorousadvice columnist for The Jewish Press and the author of three books, all published by Israel Book Shop. He also does freelance writing for hire. You can send any questions, comments, or ideas to MSchmutter@gmail.com or post them on his Facebook page.


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By Prof. Livia Bitton Jackson

Lihi Lapid: Woman of Valor

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oman of Valor is the title of Lihi Lapid’s third book (published in 2008 under the title Eshet Hayil), recently translated and published in English by Gefen Publishing. Eishet Chayil is a hymn customarily recited on Friday evenings before sitting down to the Shabbat evening meal. It is a twenty-two verse poem at the conclusion of the book of Mishlei, describing the woman of valor as the ideal wife and mother. Lihi is the wife of Yair Lapid, Israel’s Finance Minister who made his debut on the political stage with his new party “Yesh Atid. Lihi was born in 1968, in Arad to Thelma and Raphael Mann. When she was 11 years old, her family moved to Ramat Hasharon where her parents opened a gift shop. When she was older, Lihi moved to Tel Aviv where she studied Plastic Arts and photography in Camera Obscura. From 1986 to1988 Lihi served as a photographer for the IDF news-

paper Bamachane. After her army service she served as photographer for the weekend edition of Haaretz and Maariv newspapers. Since 2003 Lihi Lapid, now a wife and a mother, has been writing a column for the Communications News Network. Woman of Valor focuses on her journey from ambitious young woman to marriage and motherhood, with an unsparing look at the bumps on the way, including the difficulties of raising a special needs child. The Lapids have an autistic daughter – a source of much grief for the sensitive, devoted mother. And yet, her honesty and openness in describing her painful experience contributes valuable advice to her readers. Her generosity of spirit has helped many others on their own journey.

One reader wrote: “Having read Woman of Valor gave me the strength and courage to say for the first time, ‘I have an autistic child.’ Only now can I finally tell people the truth.” Lihi’s passion to help others, even when it causes her pain, has an ancestral source. Her paternal great-grandfather is Rav Moshe Avigdor Amiel, one of the first rabbanim to publicly join the Mizrachi movement and apply his speaking and writing abilities to the cause of Religious Zionism In 1936 Rav Amiel made aliyah and served as Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv. This area had the largest Jewish population in the yishuv and presented a great deal of challenges for the rav. Particularly hard was the constant need to engender good relations between the religious and non-religious segments of the community. During his leadership he set up a yeshiva high school, Yeshiva Ha’Yishuv Ha’Chadash, where religious subjects were taught in the morning and secular subjects in the afternoon. It became the example for the B’nei Akivot yeshivot established later on. After his death the yeshiva was renamed Yeshivat Ha’Rav Amiel. With such antecedents, Lihi’s desire to help others makes deep spiritual sense. Professor Bitton Jackson can be rea-ched at magazine@jewishpress.com.

Love By Yosef Janowski

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ere’s a true story. A brilliant rav, a rosh yeshiva, once asked a former student if he plays with his son every day. And again another time, when the student called to ask a question, the rav asked if he plays with his son every day. The rav never asked if he studied with his son, or prayed with him. But at least twice he asked if he played with his son every day. So the man decided it’s something he should do, usually for fifteen minutes or more. Even when time was pressing, he made sure to spend a few minutes playing with him. And he noticed something interesting. There became much less of a need for him to discipline his son. Misbehaving is often a child’s method of getting attention. Since his son was getting attention while they played, there was no need to get the attention by misbehaving. The father also noticed that, with time, a bond of love developed between him and his son. And, as a result, the child’s relationship with Yiddishkeit also flourished. Because when children feel good about themselves, and they feel secure in a loving relationship with their parents, then it is natural for them to develop a loving rela-

tionship with G-d. Love is what motivates a child to cherish a parent, and also to cherish the parent’s values. Love is what makes a

student want to understand the teacher, and to emulate the teacher’s example. Love is what affects a close and deeply caring relationship in marriage. To be sure, there also needs to be respect, obedience etc. But that is just one side of the coin. Love is

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what unifies, bonds, and propels people together – to the point where the devotion and love can even surpass self-love. G-d created a world where love can flourish. And He created us in His image. Why? Because when we understand ourselves and our interactions with others, it enables us to relate better to Him. G-d is described as our Father, our Teacher, and our Spouse. And by observing those human interactions, we can learn and apply the lessons to our relationship with Him. There is a moving song composed by Rabbi Sholom Charitonov of blessed memory, on the words “Haben yakir li Efrayim, is the child Efrayim precious to Me?” The words are from Yermiyahu (31,19), and are incorporated in the Musaf Amidah for Rosh Hashanah. I wish I could sing the tune for you. But here are the words, which speak of G-d’s deep and everlasting love for His children. Is the son Efrayim precious to Me, a child with whom I play? For whenever I speak of him, I remember him. Therefore, My innards long for him, I will surely have compassion for him, so says the Lord. Do you play with your child every day? January 10, 2014


16 |Serial|

Walls Of Silence

By Yehudis Alterman

Previously: Shani begins to thaw; Moshe Bitterman is suspended from yeshiva.

Chapter Fifteen

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ante Bracha was sitting propped up in her hospital bed. Nurses bustled back and forth, and quick footsteps scurried past her door. Each time they approached, Tante Bracha would look up hopefully, only to be disappointed as the footsteps continued past her room, fading as they grew further away. It’s so hard to be alone. I would even be happy if someone would come in to draw my blood! Just human companionship. She glanced at the clock. Two minutes had gone by since the last time she checked. She sighed. And then a shadow paused outside of her door. “Hello?” A cheerful face peered in. “Rabbi Finer! What a treat!” Tante Bracha said enthusiastically. “Please come in.” Rabbi Finer pulled up a chair. “You know, I grew up Orthodox.” Tante Bracha gasped. “So what happened?” Tante Bracha wanted to know. “I got tired of all the ‘Nos’. I loved music. Still do. Every performance was scheduled either on Shabbos or on a holiday. And my parents could never give me whys. Like it was always just do this or that, but it felt almost robotic. I couldn’t understand why life was this unending saga of restrictions. Where was the joy? Where was the freedom?” “Maybe they didn’t know,” Tante Bracha nodded sagely. “Maybe they never had the chance to get an education, so they couldn’t give over what they didn’t have.” “Maybe,” Rabbi Finer agreed. “Maybe we can learn a little something together when you visit?” Tante Bracha ventured. “Or maybe you can at least ask me the questions that bother you?”

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“Maybe,” Rabbi Finer said, but her eyes looked guarded. Tanta Bracha took the hint. It wouldn’t pay to push too hard too soon. “What do you play?” Tante Bracha changed the subject. “I sing. I also play the flute.” Tante Bracha lit up, and she clapped her hands in delight. “It would give me such pleasure if you would sing for me. I used to sing, too, once upon a time, in a different lifetime. Would you?” “Sure,” Rabbi Finer agreed. “By the way, call me Jennifer.” Rabbi Finer got up and closed the door. “Just in case a hospital is supposed to be quiet,” she smiled and cleared her throat. “Adon Olam,” she began, and the most poignant notes rose from her throat, filling the room with what sounded like an angel singing. Tante Bracha’s eyes were closed. My soul is on fire. What a gift she has! Jennifer’s voice rose to the heavens, the high notes teetering at the tops of wispy clouds, only to plunge down to earth into fragrant flower gardens. Slowly, gently, they ascended again, and Tante Bracha began to hum along. As the song reached its conclusion, Tante Bracha reached for Jennifer’s hand. She’s a special lady, Tante Bracha thought. I like her. ********** D-day, I thought grimly, rushing the kids through their routine before rushing off to the hospital. Discharge day – Tante Bracha is coming home. In a way it’s good, I thought, mindlessly brushing Shiri’s hair and pulling it into a pony-

tail. At least the running back and forth will stop. I nodded as Avi shoved a paper in front of me to sign. The running has been a real drain. On the other hand, the kids have been more relaxed without her here, and, in all honesty, so have I. Oh, well, no use kvetching about what can’t be changed. Let me just get the kids out, and then off I go. “Have a great day,” I said a little later, smiling to the kids as they hopped out of the mini-van and went into school. “Love you,” I whispered, but I was too late. The carpool monitor had just slammed my door closed. Oh, well. Better luck next time. I waved and drove away. And then my cell phone rang. “Dini?” Omigosh, it was the boss. “Hello, Mrs. Levitt. How are you?” I tried my best to inject warmth into my tone. “Dini, when will you be in?” Dini, stop prickling like a porcupine. She has every right to know the answer to that question. “Well, Mrs. Levitt, that’s a great question. My aunt, the one I told you about, is being discharged from the hospital today. I’m actually on my way over there right now to pick her up. I can come to the store just as soon as I settle her in. What time will that be? Well, Mrs. Schwartz, you know how hospitals are. They give you one time and it becomes another. I hope to be at the store by 12.” “Well, see to it that you are,” Mrs. Levitt said tersely. And then she was gone. I found myself glancing at the hospital clock with mounting alarm. It was already 11:50 a.m. and nary a discharge paper in sight. With a sigh, I picked up my phone

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and walked towards the door of Tante Bracha’s room. “Dini, where are you going?” she demanded. “I’m just calling into work,” I explained. “And then I’m taking a hike to the nurse’s station. I’ll be back in a minute.” Tante Bracha let out a huff of discontent, making it loud and clear that she didn’t appreciate my leaving her side. Sorry, Auntie, I thought silently, I can’t be in two places at once. “Mrs. Levitt, I’m really sorry. I’m still here.” “Where?” she barked. “At the hospital. They still haven’t come with the paperwork.” “Dini, I’m sorry to do this.” She didn’t sound sorry at all. “But you’re fired. I’m sure you understand that I can’t run a store without being able to count on my employees. I will send you your last check.” Oh, no. This can’t be happening. She is ruining my life! Sheva, where are you? Why is the whole burden on me? Why? I teetered, almost losing my balance. And then I heard my boss’s voice soften, my former boss, that is. “Dini, you understand, don’t you?” There was a note of pleading. Well, I’m glad you have some form of a heart inside. “Yes,” I croaked. “I understand.” With nothing to lose, I pushed end, effectively hanging up on Mrs. Levitt, and slowly reentered Tante Bracha’s room. “You look like the world just came to an end,” Tante Bracha observed. You’re still as sharp as you always were, Tante. “I’m fine,” I replied, forcing a smile to appear. “Just tired, that’s all.”


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By Tanya Rosen

Life After Weight Loss

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don’t think anyone ever talks about this topic, so I will. From a personal narrative perspective, much is written and discussed about wanting to lose weight, how to lose weight, the struggles of losing weight, etc. This seems to be the topic of conversation in printed media, online forums, parties, and amongst friends. There is also obviously an abundance of material with advice on how to lose weight, which method to choose, what latest fad to follow, etc. However, I have rarely seen a personal or professional account of life after weight loss. It’s almost like telling people how to date and then not helping them stay married, or guiding a woman through her nine months of pregnancy and then not instructing her on how to take care of the child.

Having been on both ends of this journey (personally losing the weight, and professionally helping others lose weight), I think there are a few reasons for this general silence: 1. People lose their excitement. While initially it may have been exciting to see numbers on the scale going down and receive all the compliments, eventually it gets boring. Life goes on. For the person who lost the weight, the new him or her slowly becomes part of a new body

image and no longer a badge of honor. The compliments decrease, people stop asking, life settles down. Even appointments with the professional who has been the guide become quick ones, filled with small talk (by now they are very acquainted) rather than about how amazing the person is doing. 2. Maintaining is way harder than attaining. I heard this line a few years ago and love it! Keeping weight off is work, sometimes even more work than losing it. People think that once they reach their goal, they no longer need to exercise, log their food, come to weigh in, or watch what they eat as much. Not true! Unfortunately, without understanding that there is no break from this new lifestyle the weight will come back. No one likes to talk about

motion, have better control over their children, have better interpersonal relationships – that the magic number

this because well, it’s not fun! Going back though to the marriage example, the work only begins after the wedding. So too with the baby. The pregnancy part was just a tiny percentage of what was to come – years and years of working on and raising this child. 3. Being “thin” is not what it promised to be. Many people (especially women) think that once they lose the weight, all will be great. They will be more popular, more loved, get a pro-

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on the scale will fi x it all. The number comes and is celebrated, but nothing else changes. Shopping for clothing may be

more fun, but major issues do not disappear. It is disappointing and no one likes to talk about it, but I hear this every day from my clients. I recently traveled to Israel and many of my clients asked me if I was going to finally “eat whatever I want” and take a break from exercising. I answered that when we go on vacation, we still are Jews and stick to the laws of Judaism no matter where we are. If we travel without our children, we are still parents and think of them and call in and check on them. You simply cannot take a (long term) break from what you have worked towards and what is important to you. It is a commitment. So if no one wants to talk about it, talk to me, I’ll tell you all about what it means to not only lose the weight, but keep it off… for good! Tanya Rosen is the co-owner of Shape Fitness in Flatbush. She is a certified nutritionist, Personal Trainer, and aerobics instructor, and is the creator of the SHAPE FITNESS KOSHER WORKOUTS DVD, available in Judaica stores or online at www.shapefitnessgym.com. Tanya can be reached at tanyashape@ gmail.com January 10, 2014


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Here are some easy family recipes we have been holding on to.

Stir Fry Turkey and Green Beans

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Salmon Croquettes with Salad

Ingredients

Ingredients

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups basmati rice 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon sugar 3/4 pound 99 percent lean ground turkey 1 clove garlic, minced 1 small half-sour pickle, finely chopped 2 teaspoons Asian chile paste, such as sambal oelek 1 cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon dry sherry or rice vinegar (not seasoned) 2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 medium spaghetti squash (about 2 pounds) Kosher salt 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped 1 medium onion, roughly chopped 6 cloves garlic 1 cup fresh parsley leaves 1 pound ground beef 2 large eggs 1 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs 2 28-ounce cans tomato puree 2 large sprigs basil 1 teaspoon dried oregano

3 7.5-ounce cans salmon, drained 1 cup frozen corn, thawed 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 5 tablespoons tartar sauce, plus more for serving (optional) 2 tablespoons minced jarred roasted red peppers 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon fish seasoning 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus wedges for serving Freshly ground pepper 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 8 cups (about 8 ounces) mixed baby greens

Directions

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Halve the squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Sprinkle the cut sides with 1/2 teaspoon salt, then brush both sides with olive oil. Put the squash, cut-side up, in a baking dish and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Roast 20 minutes, then uncover and continue roasting until the squash is tender, about 35 more minutes. Meanwhile, make the meatballs: Brush a baking sheet with olive oil. Pulse the celery, carrot, onion, garlic and parsley in a food processor to make a paste. Transfer half of the vegetable paste to a bowl; add the ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, and 1 teaspoon salt and mix with your hands until just combined. Form into about 24 two-inch meatballs; transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Bake until firm but not cooked through, about 10 minutes. Make the sauce: Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the remaining vegetable paste and cook, stirring occasionally, until it looks dry, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato puree; rinse each can with 1 cup water and add to the pot. Stir in the basil, oregano and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a simmer, then add the meatballs and simmer until the sauce thickens and the meatballs are cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the basil. Use a fork to scrape the spaghetti squash ďŹ&#x201A;esh into strands; transfer to a large bowl and season with salt. Divide the squash among bowls and top each with some meatballs and sauce.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Mix the salmon, corn, egg, 3 tablespoons each breadcrumbs and tartar sauce, the roasted red peppers, parsley, lemon zest and 3/4 teaspoon fish seasoning in a bowl. Gently form into eight 3/4-inch-thick patties and freeze until just firm, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, make the dressing: Whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons tartar sauce, the lemon juice, 1 tablespoon water, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon fish seasoning, and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Put the remaining 5 tablespoons breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl. Press the salmon cakes in the breadcrumbs to coat both sides. Heat the olive oil in a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon cakes and cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the cakes are heated through, 6 to 8 more minutes. Add the greens to the bowl with the dressing and toss. Serve the salmon cakes with the salad, more tartar sauce and lemon wedges.

Directions Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Stir in the rice, cover and boil until tender, about 18 minutes; drain well and keep warm. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Toss the green beans, 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil and the sugar on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil, stirring once, until the beans are tender and charred, about 8 minutes. Heat the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the turkey and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until browned, 3 minutes. Add the garlic and pickle and cook until the garlic is slightly golden, about 3 minutes. Whisk the chicken broth, soy sauce, sherry and cornstarch in a bowl. Add the green beans to the skillet with the turkey mixture and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the soy sauce mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Serve with the rice.

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After The Darkness Last time, we were introduced to Yoel and Tzipora, Esther’s parents who don’t know where she is.

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ne minute. Two minutes. Three. Three minutes that seem longer than eternity, Yoel thought impatiently, drumming his hands on the tabletop. He whispered something soundlessly; was it a prayer? Tzipora paced the kitchen back and forth, chewing her lips until they bled. Finally, after an interminable threeand-a-half-minute wait, the secretary’s voice came back on the line. “I’m sorry, but she’s davening now. I asked her teacher to tell her to call home immediately when she finishes.” “Thank you.” “You’re welcome.” The secretary was about to hang up when she heard the woman add, “Tizki l’mitzvos.” “Amen,” she murmured. “Thank you again, really.” “No problem.” “You can’t imagine how happy—” she barely heard the words as she ended the call and returned to the stack of paperwork on her desk. What a strange family, she mused. Tzipora burst into tears, releasing hours of pent-up tension. “I told you she was fine. She’s mature and responsible, and if she said that she’s considering taking this step, then we…” Yoel sighed again, “then we can’t really do anything about it.” Tzipora looked defiantly at her husband. “How can you say that, Yoel? She’s not a baby! Doesn’t she realize how much she’s hurting us?” “She realizes how much she herself is hurting.” “Oh.” Tzipora studied the floor carefully, trying to let her rational mind take charge. The attempt failed. “No! That’s it, Yoel. I’m going to see her at school, and I’m going to talk some sense into her. I’m going to tell her that we’ve had enough of these games. She’s coming home, and that’s final!” “Why don’t you wait for her to call?” “Because she won’t.” “How do you know?” “I just know! She’ll get the message, and she’ll call when she feels like it. But she won’t feel like it! It’s hardly pleasant to have such a discussion in school, where people can overhear. But I need to know where she is. I—”

Chapter Three “She said something about an old woman seeking a boarder. Didn’t she?” her husband interrupted her. “She did.” “So, let’s search the newspapers for the ad. Maybe we’ll find her?” “Who says there was an ad? Maybe she heard about the place from friends? I have no idea how she heard about this woman! How in the world will we find her? What was she thinking?” “She’s not thinking. She’s hurting,” Yoel said quietly. “Well, I don’t care!” Tzipora exclaimed. “I’m going over there now. It’ll serve her right if she’s embarrassed. I need to know that she’s okay, that she’s staying in a normal place, that she has what to eat. If she wants to leave, then… then fine. But at the very least we deserve to know where she is. We have to be in touch. She can’t just leave like that without a word!” Tzipora broke down in choking sobs, her bitter sense of failure mixing with acute pain. “Calm down, Tzipora. You have to take it easy,” Yoel tried to comfort her. They spent the next minutes planning their schedule. First, they’d eat breakfast, then, they’d both call to take the day off work. Finally, they’d go to Esther’s school, and Tzipora would call her out of class. And then? Then they’d accompany Esther to her new home. They’d meet the landlady and discuss finances. They’d buy Esther whatever she needed. “And then, we’ll go home without her,” Tzipora summed it up, “and figure out what to tell the kids.” They parked outside Esther’s high school building, and Tzipora, until then so brave, suddenly felt herself beginning to hyperventilate as the cold hand of fear clutched at her heart. “I’ll go in. You wait here, okay?” “Of course I’ll wait here. Where else would I go?” he asked rhetorically, glancing at his watch nonetheless. Yoel managed an insurance office that opened promptly at 8:15, and that morning, he had a meeting at 9:00, one that had almost slipped his mind. I’ll have to cancel it, or, if they agree, push it off for a few hours, he thought anxiously. He was all too aware that last-minute cancellations did not usually sit well with

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prospective clients, often prompting them to seek out a different insurer, but in this case, he didn’t have a choice. That was the price of family, and this time, Yoel would pay the price. He closed his eyes, trying to ignore the gnawing pain in his heart. How had his family come to this? Five minutes passed slowly; the second hand seemed to linger unnecessarily at each point of his watch dial. Another five minutes. The wait was growing interminable. And another five minutes. Finally, his wife reappeared looking confused and disoriented. She opened the door and sank back into the car beside him. “It was so uncomfortable,” she whispered, as if someone was eavesdropping on them. “First I went to her classroom to find her, but the girls told me that they’re having electives now, and that I should look for her in one of the trailers behind the building. So I went there, and everyone stared at me like…” Yoel cringed at his wife’s description, and at that moment, he pitied his wife much more than he pitied Esther, even as he tried to remind himself how difficult the encounter must have been for the girl, too. “So, what happened?” he cut her off, wanting to save her the agony of recounting what had happened, and failing to realize that she desperately needed to unburden the hurt. “And then… they sent me down to the basement, and I got there in time to find her engrossed in conversation with her teacher. They were discussing her final term paper, and I felt so uncomfortable interrupting them. When she saw me, she turned pale and told me to wait outside for her. So I told her where we parked.” Tzipora twisted her hands into her skirt and swallowed hard. “So, let’s see if she comes,” Yoel murmured. By Rachel Schorr Originally published in Hebrew as Nichtav B’Dam Translated by Tfutza Publications tfutza1@gmail.com Tel: +972-2-650-9400 January 10, 2014


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Thought for the Week “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.”

A Great Person

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nown to the Jewish world as Master of The Good Name, he was a man who revolutionized our perception of how to live a spiritual life. He preached that not just the intellectually-inclined could come to know God’s love, but even a farmer and a non-educated person. He was a humanist in the truest sense of the word; a man whose love for everyone was manifested through his love for nature; a man who preached the sacredness of every moment, and celebrated each second in worship, since he believed that everything is holy because the spark of God is the soul in all that exists in the cosmos. He was born in 1698 and died in 1760. Legend says his parents were poor and not very young when he was born. His father died when he was just five, but his last words were so powerful they stayed in the lad’s conscience forever. “Fear absolutely no one or nothing but G-d, and love every single Jew no matter who he/she is and no matter what he/she is doing.” This consequential teaching from his father was the genesis of his radical transformation of Jewish thought. When he was a boy in yeshiva he often had a hard time concentrating because his mind was engulfed with a profoundly intimate fascination for the artistry of nature. He was very focused on the rapture of the Divine’s transcendent mastery that fuels all life. January 10, 2014

By Eli Davis As a young man he often left the city to meditate and pray in the forests. His approach to prayer was unique in Judaism in that he believed that God is the mysterious, esoteric, substance deep inside everything and is what unifies all of creation. He would meditate, putting all of his energy into a specific prayer and

he taught, to bring one’s self back to a place of universal singularity where one is a part of God. This epiphany forged a new path to praising the Lord, a more progressive way so to speak. He preached that Judaism wasn’t just about learning what it means to be Jewish, but experiencing what it is

in doing so become one with the prayer, liberating his soul from the chamber of his body and releasing his essence into the kingdom of God, reuniting with the Source. This is the true purpose of prayer,

to be Jewish – to celebrate every second, while one’s soul is interwoven with the cosmic soul of the One. He taught his talmidim to wake up early and meditate, entering a place where they were in par-

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ticipation with their souls, and that they must perform every commandment to the fullest. The Divine spark that lives in each one of us is like a magnet and the Divine like a mysterious magnetic field encompassing the known and unknown. Hidden deep in our conscience is the magnet of our soul, often times buried underneath all the thoughts and perceptions that are influenced by our world and filtered by our earthly five senses. God’s magnetic field is infinitely eternal and functions at every moment. It becomes stronger with every act of compassion, every heartfelt emotion, every heartbreak, every feeling of loneliness. Any emotion that is detected and sensed through our sixth sense, our “Godly sense,” can trigger His presence into our lives, binding everything together spiritually and emotionally. He revealed the importance of being in touch with the cosmic soul allowing us to come to know God, which will make us more sensitive to all that is present in our fellow men and women. Once we enter this state of oneness and truth we will know it is our obligation to take care of the world. God made the universe and we make our earth. This is why we are made in the Divine’s image, because he handed earth over to Adam (humans) for us to live His reality. Thus taught the Baal Shem Tov, the Master of the Good Name.


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Compiled by Happy Klein

Funny Bones Submitted by Eli S. of Brooklyn, NY.

What is the difference between ‘here’ and “there?”

The letter “T.”

Question: What begins with a “T” and ends with a “T” and has “T” in it”? Answer: A teapot.

Questions For The Shabbos Table Our Neviim By T.E. Klein, Jerusalem Can you name the neviim whose names begin with a yud? Answers: Yitzchak Yaakov Yehoshua Yehu ben Chanani

Yachaziel HaLevi Yona ben Amittai Yoel ben Pesuel Yirmiyahu ben Chilkiyahu Yechezkel ben Buzi HaKohen

Language Corner Body Parts By Simcha A., Brooklyn, NY How many 3-letter words that form a part of our body can you name? Answers: arm leg lip eye

ear gum toe rib jaw

Parents and Kids! Send YOUR jokes, riddles, parsha and Torah questions, recipes, pictures and more to magazine@jewishpress.com with FunPage in the subject line. Don’t forget to include the answers, and your name, address, age and school if appropriate!! Or send directly to Happy Klein, Arzei HaBira 49, Apt. 32, Jerusalem, Israel.

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By Rabbi Sholom Klass, z”l

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Your Future Recorded In The Torah eb Moshe Chaim Ephraim, the

deeds are recorded in a book. The miracles

grandson of the Baal Shem Tov,

and guidelines of the past have been re-

was a deeply learned man who

corded in our Torah, in our Talmud, and

took his sources and admonitions from the

holy seforim. Let us look into them and

Torah.

therein we will find our answers.”

One day, when a group of chassidim came to him complaining about their bitter lot, he referred them to Pirkei Avot 2:1

Man’s Inhumanity To Man Reb Moshe Chaim Ephraim would con-

a seeing eye, a hearing ear, and all your

stantly preach about being kind to our fel-

deeds are written in a book.”

low man.

“The interpretation of this sentence is

“Why is it,” he would ask, “that people

simple,” he said. “A person may want to

take precautions and great pain not to

know what is above him – what is in store

swallow a tiny worm, and yet do not hesi-

for him. If he is perplexed about life’s prob-

tate to swallow a human being?

lems, then the eyes see. In the dawn of our

“Therefore Dovid HaMelech said: ‘I am

history, the nation was able to turn to the

but a worm and not a man’ (Psalms 22:7).

Urim V’Tumim, and the answers to their

He realized that his many enemies would

questions were shown to them, a guide of

be very careful not to swallow a worm,

laws and rules was set down for them for

since they would be violating four or five

all future generations to observe and fol-

negative precepts (Pesachim 24a), but

low.

given a chance, they wouldn’t hesitate to

heard of these miracles and rules. In the

harm him. Therefore, he pleaded that he at least be considered as a worm!”

era of the Neviim, a heavenly voice would

Reb Moshe Chaim Ephraim contin-

ring out and guide them (Sotah 48b;

ued, “Our Sages teach (Eruvin 19a): ‘Even

Sanhedrin

the sinners of Israel possess as many

11a). All doubts would be reconciled

mitzvos as the seeds of a pomegranate.’

and all problems and questions answered.

This could also be interpreted to mean

“But, alas, in our generation, when we

that people who possess many mitzvos are

can neither see or hear anymore and prob-

still sinners in their treatment of their fel-

lems arise, what are we to do? All of our

low Jews.”

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Once, a wealthy man who was known to be a miser, came to Reb Moshe Chaim Ephraim and boasted how he was able to subsist on a piece of black bread, some her-

where it says: “Know what is above you –

“In later eras, it was the ear which

Living Lavishly

ring and onions. Reb Moshe Chaim Ephraim became angry and reprimanded him. “You are committing a sin when you eat such a paltry meal,” he said. “A person of your means who was blessed by G-d with great wealth should eat a sumptuous meal every day. You should eat a meal consisting of meat, fish, wine and all delicacies!” When his disciples heard this, they asked wondered why it mattered what the man ate. “I am not thinking about him,” Reb Moshe Chaim Ephraim replied with a smile. “I am thinking of the poor who have to come to him for alms. If he were accustomed to eating meat and fish every day, he would then realize what it means to go without it. He would have more consideration for the poor and give them bigger donations.”

Opposes Fasting Reb Moshe Chaim Ephraim opposed personal fasting. “Our Sages tell us that he who fasts is considered a sinner” (Nedarim 10). He would say, “Better that

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a person purify his soul by kindness, good deeds and the study and observance of the Torah, than through fasting.” One day, he visited a small town in the province of Kishinev and was informed that the community had declared a public fast because of a drought. Upon entering the local inn, Reb Moshe Chaim Ephraim ordered the inn keeper to prepare a sumptuous feast for him and his followers. The rav of the community was informed and immediately came to Reb Moshe Chaim Ephraim complaining: “Oh Master, why do you violate our edict? Don’t you know that unless it rains, we are in danger of starvation?” “Fools,” he replied, “you are seeking a bountiful harvest, and yet you show G-d that you can exist on very little food. You are proving that you can get along without food and water, so why should G-d give you any? “On the other hand, if you eat well and then pray to G-d, He will have to make it rain to make sure that you continue eating well “Therefore does our Torah state (Devarim 8:10) ‘And you shall bless the L-rd your G-d.’ So did the prophet declared (Yoel 2:26), ‘You shall eat your fill, be satisfied, and then you shall bless the L-rd your G-d.’”


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Chapter LVII

A Setback

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f the rav has a moment, there’s something that I’d like to share,” Avi began hesitantly. Rav Miller stopped and turned toward Avi, who took a deep breath before continuing. “Mr. Sofer isn’t aware of it, but there’s some risky business going on in the old house next door, and things are moving quickly. If they really do start up with their building plans, the noise and dirt will probably be so awful that Mr. Sofer will have no choice but to move. We also suspect that Mr. Sofer’s sudden ‘illness’ is connected to the appearance of these men, who will stop at nothing to get their way. We believe that they switched his medication for other pills, probably with the intention of weakening him at best, or worse, really harming him…” Avi’s voice trailed off uncomfortably. “And you say that Mr. Sofer isn’t aware of any of this?” the rav asked in alarm. “No. We don’t want to tell him. He has a weak heart and isn’t allowed to become overexcited, especially during the recuperation period. I’m staying here in the meanwhile, partly to help him out, but really in order to keep an eye on him and make sure that no one hurts him. Some very strange things have been going on around here, and I’m not comfortable with it at all. Out of the clear blue, we found five snakes in one day. Somebody must have let them loose to scare Mr. Sofer away. The funny thing was, Mr. Sofer wasn’t scared at all, but my friend and I – we really had a scare!” Rav Miller turned to stare at the ramshackle hut that had once been the Shimoni house. Just then, the door of the hut swung open to reveal a tall man, one of the three who had been seen frequenting the area in the past weeks. The man cast quick glances around and suddenly noticed the older, distinguished figure standing outside Mr. Sofer’s cottage. “Hello,” the rav greeted him. “Uh, hello,” the man replied, his tone suspicious. “Are you new to the area?” the rav inquired pleasantly. “Uh, no… I mean, yes…” the stranger stammered, looking confused. “I’m sure you’re familiar with the character of our neighborhood and the prevailing atmosphere,” the rav continued. “The main streets are all closed to traffic on Shabbat, and the vast majority of residents are Orthodox. Even storeowners in the area heed the neighborhood policies that were created with the goal of maintaining the religious atmosphere.” “You have nothing to worry about, Rabbi,” the man replied, his tone of voice dripping scorn. “We won’t be living here for long.” “Are you in any way connected to the rumors of a new shopping center in the district?” Rav Miller asked pointedly. “I’m under no obligation to answer such questions,” the man replied brazenly. “But if you really want to know, then the answer is yes. Business is business, as they say. And the mall that we’re planning to build will be a smashing success that even your, uh, Orthodox residents will benefit from!” A broad smile split his face.

Rav Miller absorbed the man’s words in silence, debating whether there was any purpose in continuing the conversation. Deciding that he had heard enough, he nodded politely to the man and bid Avi good-bye with quiet instructions to keep a close watch over Mr. Sofer. Then he continued his trek up the slope toward the main road. Avi stared at the rav’s departing figure. The developer likewise kept his furious gaze glued to Rav Miller’s back, fuming at the meddlesome character who had dared to interrogate him about his plans. Rav Miller continued along the path. The wheels in his mind were turning feverishly, trying to determine the best course of action to halt the plans of these men, whose sole interest was obviously money. ******* I broke my diet. Our class was having a siyum on masechet Rosh Hashanah, and I told myself that I deserved at least a tiny morsel of the heavenly mocha-cream cake with darkchocolate frosting. It had been weeks since I’d tasted so much as a cookie or even drunk a sugary drink, and I felt more than entitled to a single slice of that tantalizing cake. While everyone else was absorbed in Rabbi Gold’s word search, trying to find the answers in order to get the most points, I quietly inched over to the table of food and, without anyone – even Yonasan – noticing, cut myself a thin slice of the cream cake. I looked around and gobbled it up quickly, before anyone could see. It tasted deliciously sweet in my mouth, reminding me of the good old days and the tastes that I’d almost forgotten. Those chocolate chip cookies look good, I thought before trying one. After that, I sampled some of everything on the table: the popcorn, pretzels, and Bissli. A few brownies rounded off my snack. In the back of my mind, I knew that I was breaking all the rules of the diet I was working so hard to maintain. But my seichel remained pushed away toward the back of my mind, far from my hands and mouth, which were working at top speed, recklessly ignoring any warning. The food was calling to me, and as long as no one interrupted my eating binge, I had no intention of letting up. I ate and ate until I could eat no more. By the time Yonasan noticed, it was too late. My stomach felt like it was exploding from the huge amount of nosh I had just consumed. The salty and sweet were churning together in my stomach, along with all the fat and sugar, and I felt a horrible wave of nausea surge up inside of me. But even worse than the nausea was the deep shame. With a crushing sense of failure, I realized that all those calories I’d kept away from and all the weight I’d managed to lose had just been gained back in the space of minutes. Yonasan looked at me pityingly but didn’t say a word. I dropped the cookie that was still in my hand and sank dejectedly onto a chair. Even if I’d still wanted to eat it, there wasn’t any room left in my stomach. Needless to say, I passed on the ice cream that was served for dessert.

By Yehudit Golan Originally published in Hebrew as Yehoshua B’Ribua. Translated into English by Machon Tfutza.

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