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Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Says: “To Protect Israel and Promote American Values at the UN, Money Talks”

t the end of August, Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, submitted a bill that would halt United States funding to any UN member or agency that seeks to upgrade the Palestinians’ diplomatic status in the international body. Tied to the upcoming September 20th vote on Palestinian statehood in the UN’s General Assembly (GA), the bill, which she initially submitted in 2007, promotes the principle that American tax dollars should not be used to support pro-


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Reps Steve Rothman (D-NJ) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) He won’t support her entire bill (HR 2829: United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act), but will work for the part that calls for “defunding any UN entity that upgrades the Palestinian delegation above its current observer status.”

grams that conflict with US values and interests. “The universal campaign by Palestinian leaders to secure recognition from individual foreign governments and from the UN for a self-declared Palestinian ‘state’ is an antiIsrael, anti-peace scheme, and it must be stopped. To protect Israel and promote American values at the UN, money talks and smart withholding works,” she said. Symbolic Vote Ms. Ros-Lehtinen recognized that the vote in the GA

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Turkey and Israel: Will Pride and Prejudice Separate One-Time Allies and Trading Partners?

he chairman of the Israeli Knesset Immigration and Absorption Committee sees one bright spot in the deterioration of Israeli-Turkish relations: 20,000 Turkish Jews may soon move to Israel. Likud MK Danny Danon has asked the Jewish Agency and Foreign and Immigration ministries to prepare for a massive aliyah from Turkey. “Turkey is working to harm Israel, and we have to be pre-

pared for a further deterioration in relations that can be negative for Turkish Jews. We must open up a support line to them to enhance their aliyah,” he said. Brewing While there is no indication that Turkish Jews are in any immediate danger, Avraham Lego, head of an organization of Turkish expatriates now living in Israel, did not deny that trouble could be brewing.

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“I have contacts with friends from my childhood, and they have difficulty with the deterioration in relations between Turkey and Israel. They are Turkish, but they feel very close to Israel,” he said. The Jewish community in Turkey is predominantly comprised of businessmen and professionals who, according to Mr. Lego, retain a strong Jewish identity. Up until now, they have

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enjoyed “fine relations” with their Turkish neighbors, he said. But, under the present circumstances, he said, there is a growing sense of nationalism in Turkey that could augur poorly for the Jews. Reconsidering Mr. Lego said he is reconsidering his upcoming plans to visit Turkey. He may receive some encouragement from the Israeli

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Any Intonation of Reverting to Pre-1967 Lines for Israel Is Not Just Ludicrous, but Insane, and Clearly Evidences a Lack of Strategic Security Intelligence.

n August 28, Rep Allen West (R-FL) returned from a week-long congressional delegation trip to Israel. It was the well-decorated, 22-year US-military veteran, freshman congressman, Tea Party darling’s second visit to the Jewish State, and, he says, “It will certainly not be my last.” Mr. West, who has a BA and MA in political science from the University of TN and Kansas State University, respectively, retired from the Army in 2004 with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Asked what it felt like to be in Israel, he says the answer

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is “quite simple.” “America is my physical homeland. It is a Constitutional Republic in which my entire adult life has been spent under an oath to support and defend. It embodies the fundamental principles of liberty, freedom of will and conscience, and democracy. “Israel, however, is my spiritual homeland. It is a place about which I have read and studied my entire life. It is the place where my Judeo-Christian faith heritage was born. Israel is the place that completes me as a person,” he says.

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Kol Ami: Are We Safer?

en years ago, on September 11, 2001, the world as we knew it shifted. Although there had been a previous attack on the World Trade Center and Islamist terrorism was hardly an unknown phenomenon, 9-11 shook all Americans to the core. No longer would we walk friends and family virtually up to the tarmac when they left from the airport. No longer would we question taking our shoes off or object to a pat-down before boarding. If there is an Islamist legacy in the US, it is the image of a middle-aged grandmother holding her arms out so that an inspector at the airport can check to see that she has no weapons. In light of the new technology and procedures, the question we asked members of various shul lists this month was: Is the US safer now than it was before 9-11? Y

I think there is a greater awareness now of the potential for terrorist attacks, but I’m not convinced that the US is truly safer. There are so many public places that are susceptible to attack, and it doesn’t seem as if there are any measures taken to prevent this. Michelle Gross West Orange, NJ

I don’t think America is any safer now than before 9/11. Even though we have increased security measures, we seem to be in a reactive mode, adding security measures only after an incident occurs, to prevent it from happening again. There are still no real security mea-

Yes, the US is much safer now than it was on the original 9/11. Bin Laden s dead; his organization is crumbling; all US public institutions such as airlines, trains, ships, cargo vessels, etc. undergo vigorous scanning and detailed monitoring. The customs service has

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Yes, and no. I feel safer because we know who and what we are working against. There are more video cameras and security. But we waste too much time checking grandmothers of Anglo descent instead of those who really do fit the profile of a terrorist, thus allowing them to get through checkpoints. Lisa Silvey Highland Park NJ


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ust in Time for Rosh Hashana: Our friend Dr. Steven Plaut, Prof of Economics at the University of Haifa, has decided share some of the rules of leftist debate, If your Rosh Hashana resolution is to become a true progressive and leftist person who cares, then these basic principles and axioms are the building blocks on which all public debate must be conducted. 1. Leftists should be free to call everyone else nasty names, because they are so moral, but no one should be permitted to call leftists anything. 2. A leftist calling someone nasty names shows social concern and awareness. Calling a leftist a nasty name back is immature and impolite and is avoiding the issues. It could be a hate crime 3. When leftists smear others, it is freedom of speech. When critics of leftists disagree with the opinions of leftists or question the motives of leftists, it is libel. 4. Leftists need never document their claims All leftist claims are self-evident. 5. No scientific sources that present facts contradicting leftist theology are admissible. They must be dismissed as being right-wing and neo-con. 6. Everything wrong with the world is because of the United States. Anything left over that is wrong with the world is the fault of the Jews.. 7 Always say “people of color” so that everyone will know you care. Always refer to Israeli Arabs as (occupied) Palestinians. 8. Never admit that anything could be positive about the United States.

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9. Always insist that there are few world problems that could not be improved through the destruction of Israel. 10. Always insist that you have no idea at all what political correctness is. 11. Always use the female pronouns half the time or more. That way everyone will know you are egalitarian. 12. Remember, you would prefer that poor people in the Third World starve rather than that they should embrace capitalism and live like you do. 13. Your property is sacred; other people’s property is to be used for social engineering and doing good. 14. Eating meat is murder. Partial birth abortion is not. 15. Use the term Islamophobia often. Never use the term Islamofascism 16. Anything that involves defending Jewish civilians from Islamist mass murderers must be ruled out as oppressive and racist. 17. Arabs can never be racist. Anti-Zionism must never be described as a form of racism or bigotry. 18. The terms “Genocide” and “Nazism” must never be used in discourse unless they are describing Israel and Zionism. 19. Acts of violence against Jews or Americans are never terrorism. They are resistance. All acts against those who are trying to murder Jews or Americans must be described as terrorism. Shana Tova, everyone. May it be a year filled with health, happiness, success, and peace (with security) for you, your loved ones, and Klal Yisrael. SLR



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Here is his essay about his trip: When you consider the shared values, culture, faith, and commitment to democratic principles, it is easy to understand why many believe America is not complete without Israel. So, what did I feel while in Israel? I felt a sense of being home, especially on those mornings when I ran from our hotel to the Knesset and around the Old City walls of Jerusalem. It was tough to not be glued to the stories about the constant rocket and missile attacks coming out of Gaza, while visiting Israel.

We arrived just days after a Thursday terrorist attack which claimed the lives of eight Israeli citizens. Lebanon We visited the borders with Lebanon and learned of the 50,000 rockets and missiles now in the arsenal of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, all in violation of United Nations Mandate 1701. But hardly any of that made our American news. Instead, 24/7 coverage of a 5.8 magnitude earthquake and a Tropical Storm/Category 1 Hurricane Irene. Now, do not get me wrong, these were important events. But what I witnessed was

almost “over-coverage,” while sirens were going off daily in southern Israel. Yesha Our delegation visited the so-called “settlements” and all we found were neighborhoods and suburbs. When we went to Bethlehem to visit the birthplace of Jesus—a Jew—our group was not allowed to have our regular Jewish guides or bus drivers because Israeli citizens are not allowed in Bethlehem or the ancient city of Jericho where the Bible teaches us that Joshua blew down the wall with trumpets. My point is that the hypocrisy is revealing. Palestine? I believe the most important question we must begin to ask ourselves is, “What is Palestine?” The word “Palestine” comes from the Roman word, “Palestina,” which was first introduced to the region circa 73 CE. This was after the Romans had conquered and suppressed the Jewish rebellion and Emperor Hadrian decreed that the region would no longer be called Judea, a derivative of one of the Twelve Tribes, Judah. Instead, it would be called “Palestina,” today, Palestine. The word “Palestina” was derived from the word “Phillistia,” in other words, Phillistines. However, interesting enough, the original Phillistines were Greek. British Mandate After World War I and the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, the British Mandate referred to the region in this term, Palestine. And all residents, Jews and Arabs, had passports declaring them from Palestine. The Peel Commission, the British Mandate, and the UN Mandate all sought to create a region where both Jew and Arab could coexist, which the Jews accepted, but the Arabs rejected. Therefore, let us no longer operate under the misconceived notion that Palestine has anything to do with being Arab. For those who tout, “Free Palestine,” I agree, return it back to the inhabitants who had the land taken from them back in the early 1st Century CEby the Romans. City of David When we walked last week through a 2,000-year-old tunnel under the ancient City of David to the Western Wall, there can be no historical or archaeological argu-

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ment to refute that there has always been a nation of Israel. It is a nation whose borders are clearly stated in the Bible, Numbers Chapter 34, a people who have a definitive bond to the land, their homeland. So where does that take us today? Arab Spring? As one sits back and assesses the strategic and operational environment across the Middle East and the Maghreb, one thing becomes quite apparent. This so-called “Arab Spring” is less about a democratic movement, than it is about the early phase of the restoration of an Islamic Caliphate, the last being the Ottoman Empire. We are witnessing secularMuslim leaders being deposed in very volatile and unstable nations. This growing Islamic Totalitarianism manifested in militant Islam has had a modus operand of capitalizing on unstable political situations (Iran,

Afghanistan, Somalia). Rose-Colored Glasses Now we see these same types of instances occurring in Egypt, Libya, and Syria and the rosecolored glasses of some seek to portray this as a great awakening of liberty. History does not support this in the Middle East. We must evaluate these occurrences through the prism of keen strategic and operational insight which looks out 10, 20, or 30 years. If we had done so during the deposing of the Shah of Iran, we might have been able to prevent what arose. The Iran with which we must contend today is the major exporter of Islamic totalitarianism and state sponsored terrorism. In the Middle In the midst of it all is Israel, that tiny defiant bastion of freedom, liberty, and democracy in an evolving storm. One only needs to survey a map of the Middle East, and the

Tell Our Advertisers “I Saw It in The Jewish Voice & Opinion” immediate peripheral states to see the very threatening situation. And with that analysis, comes the resulting conclusion that Israel lacks one clear asset, and that is strategic depth for defense. This is why any intonation of reverting to pre-1967 lines for Israel is not just ludicrous, but insane, and clearly evidences a lack of strategic security intelligence. Surrounded Slowly Israel is being surrounded on all sides: Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, an unstable Egypt and Syria, and a theocratic regime in Iran led by a 21st century “madman.” As well, Israel must contend with an internal infiltration. How many Americans would tolerate having some 50-100 rockets and missiles launched across its border? Then why should we expect Israel to tolerate the same? The objective could not be any clearer to a seasoned military strategist: isolate and eliminate the modern day Jewish state of Israel. And what is most appalling, western civilization is watching it happen, again. Visionary Leadership It all comes back to visionary leadership. Israel has it with Prime Minister Binyamin Ne-

tanyahu, whom I had the distinguished honor of meeting. America is so severely lacking this type of leadership, which is why the enemy is making its move now. The enemy knows that America has a Chamberlain, not a Churchill at the helm. During our trip, we met with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad. He spoke of freedom and dignity—but what of recognition and respect of Israel? Let me be clear, I do not see a credible peace partner in the Palestinian Authority. While we were in Israel, the PA never denounced the most recent heinous terrorist attack. There is no unity between Fatah and Hamas and therefore, no two-state solution exists. At best, it would have to be a three-state solution; Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Sham The proposed United Nations unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state is nothing more than a sham, coming from an international organization which has little to no credibility, as evidenced with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) mission. If the United Nations really wanted to do what is right, they would settle the homeland situation for the world’s largest ethnic group without

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t the end of August, Mark Langfan, a Manhattanbased attorney whose expertise in Israeli topography and water issues has made him a sought-after consultant for those seeking a better understanding of those problems, realized there was a connection between a piece he had sent to King Abdullah of Jordan and the public request the king made a few days later, asking Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to reconsider the Palestinian plan to seek UN recognition of a Palestinian state. While King Abdullah warned Mr. Abbas that declaring statehood could jeopardize the Palestinians’ so-called “right-of-return,” Mr. Langfan is certain the Jordanian leader is correctly more concerned about the danger of an Iranian outpost in Jordan’s backyard..

“Jordan’s Abdullah does not even breathe without permission from the Saudi King Abdullah, and they both fear that the Palestinian State would actually be an Iranian outpost in the West Bank as much as [former Egyptian President Hosni] Mubarak should have feared the Palestinian-Iranian-outpost mini-state in Gaza. Were the Iranian-proxy Palestinians to win a state, their first target— even before Israel—would be Jordan,” said Mr. Langfan. Natural Allies Mr. Langfan is convinced that this fear is shared not only by Jordan and Saudi Arabia, but also by Israel. “In this, they are natural allies and should be working together to prevent an Iranian takeover in Judea and Samaria,” he said. The materials he sent to King Abdullah generally de-

tailed, in Arabic, just such a scenario. Right of Return In his request to the Palestinians, however, King Abdullah, focused on the more emotional issue of the “right of return,” the PA’s demand that all Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 and 1967 and their descendants be allowed to “return” to Israel proper, overwhelming the state and changing the demographics such that there will no longer be a Jewish state. The Palestinians estimate that Israel will have to allow some 5 million Palestinians

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to “return” to their family homes inside Israel proper, even after a Palestinian state is recognized. Although Israel has categorically refused to entertain the notion of a blanket “return” of the refugees—and their descendants—the PA has insisted that without the “right of return,” there will be no peace treaty. The “law of return” is generally acknowledged as the reason the PA will not recognize Israel as “the Jewish state.”

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a homeland, our dear friends, the Kurdish people. In closing, let us realize that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a college fraternity but an organization with a welldeveloped strategic plan. Let us no longer operate in the realm of irrational emotionalism, but rather study and come to learn true geopolitics based upon history and fact. Inextricble Bond There is an inextricable bond between America and Israel, and we must stop denying it or feeling ashamed about it. When we visited the Mount of the Beatitudes on the Sea of Galilee, in Matthew Chapter 5,

Jesus referred to a city that sits upon a hill. Several American Presidents have made reference to America being that “shining city that sits upon a hill.” I learned that Jews refer to going to Jerusalem as “ascending.” And I am so grateful to now have firsthand experience running up both Knesset Hill as well as Capitol Hill, both very present beacons of liberty, freedom, and democracy amidst a sea of despots, dictators, autocrats, and theocrats. G-d bless Israel, and G-d bless America! Steadfast and Loyal Allen

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First Arab Country While many Western countries have objected to the Palestinian plan to seek recognition as a state from the UN, Jordan is the first Arab country to do so. Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon said it will not be the last. “In the coming weeks, I am sure we will hear about other leaders criticizing the PA. The only way to move forward is for both sides to return to the negotiating table,” he said. Over the years, one of the more persistent suggestions for a solution to the Palestinian-Israel problem is for the Hashemite

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Kingdom to become the Palestinian State. Palestinians comprise approximately twothirds of Jordan’s population, outnumbering the Bedouins who make up the rest, along with the Hashemite ruling family. In Israel, some observers said King Abdullah’s fear of being overthrown by Palestinians may prompt him to vote against the PA state in the UN General Assembly, too. Warning In his statement, Jordan’s King Abdullah warned Mr. Abbas that if a Palestinian state is approved before negotiations between the PA and Israel are completed, the Palestinian refugees will lose all chance



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of returning to their previous homes or receiving compensation from Israel. According to the Saudi daily al-Madina, Mr. Abbas rejected the Jordanian warning, saying he intends to pursue statehood as planned. “The Israelis these days deal with us on a basis that we are not a state and that the Palestinian lands are disputed territories. But when the recognition of our state on the 1967 borders happens, we will become a state under occupation, and then we would be able to go to the UN. We will remain under occupation, but our legal status will change,” Mr. Abbas told the paper. Jordanian Priorities Mr. Langfan said the Jordanian king is more worried about the potential proximity of an Iranian proxy to Jordan than he is about the status of the Palestinians’ so-called right of return. According to Mr. Langfan, the Hashemite kingdom had that experience in 1970 when Jordanian officials faced off with the PLO. “That struggle, which culminated in bitter defeat for the Palestinians during ‘Black September,’ will morph into ‘a 2012 Iranian Black September’ if the Palestinian Iranian-proxies get their state in the West Bank,” said Mr. Langfan. “Black September” became the name of a particularly violent faction of the PLO, formed to commemorate the battle between the Palestinians and forces loyal to the Jordanian monarchy. It began in September 1970, when then-PLO leader Yasir Arafat attempted to arrange the assassination of Jordan’s King Hussein (Abdullah’s father) so that the Palestinians could form a “state-withina-state” on the east bank of the Jordan. “‘Black September’ has never been forgotten in Amman,” said Mr. Langfan. “But the Jordanian monarchy knows if the Palestinians have a state, it will be worse. Such a state would become a permanent, Iranian-sponsored home-base from which, first, to foment anger against Jordan and then to launch attacks,” said Mr. Langfan. Where Obama Stands Adding to the problems faced by the Saudi and Jordanian kingdoms is the fact that the leadership in both countries strongly suspects President Barack Obama does not view them as allies. “The minute Obama allowed Mubarak to be deposed without any US opposition, the President let Saudi Arabia’s and Jordan’s Kings Abdullah understand that the US would not help them retain power,” said Mr. Langfan. He recalled a speech given in 2002 in which then-Senator Obama referred to Saudi and Egyptian leadership as America’s “so-called allies” and challenged thenPresident George Bush to “stop [Arab despots’] oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells.” “In 1970, Jordan could defeat the Palestinians looking to take over the Hashemite Kingdom only because Israel controlled the West Bank. If an Iranianproxy Palestinian state is declared in the West Bank, Jordan is in trouble,” said Mr. Langfan. Cold Peace The Jordanian monarchy’s ties with Israel—a peace treaty between the two countries was signed in 1994 between Jordan’s King Hussein and then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin—has been the subject of controversy in the Arab world. Last month, Hamza Mansour, secretary of the Islamic Action Front Party— the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan—condemned his own country for giving Israeli security forces advance warning of the terror attacks that struck Israeli soldiers and civilians on the road to Eilat. Eight Israelis were killed and 33 wounded. According to press reports from Israel, the IDF deployed additional army patrols as well as the elite Yamam counterterrorism unit in the area because “tangible threats” had been reported. Despite the warning from Jordan, Israeli security forces were not in time to find the terrorists and prevent the attack. Still Helpful Nevertheless, because of the additional deployments, IDF and Yamam personnel were in the vicinity and therefore were able to race to the scene of the attack and avert an even greater tragedy. Some reports maintain that Egyptian security sources gave the information to the IDF, but Mr. Mansour faulted Jordan, calling the aid to Israel “an obscene case of security cooperation with the enemy, a threat to Jordan

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Demonstrations and the Arab and Islamic nation.” After Israel retaliated against Gaza Mr. Mansour then demanded that in response to the terror attack near Eilat, the Jordanian government punish those anti-Israel forces in Egypt rioted in front responsible and remove them from the of Israel’s Embassy in Cairo. There were country’s diplomatic corps. also demonstrations outside the Israeli Mr. Mansour’s bellicose statements Embassy in Amman as well as at the Jorhave already put Jordan’s King Abdullah danian Embassy in Israel. in a difficult position. At these protests, demonstrators “While the Jordanian alliance with waved the flags of the PA, Jordan, and Israel is bitterly unpopular with the opposiEgypt and demanded that King Abdullah tion groups Abdullah is hoping to appease, cancel the 1994 peace agreement between Israel’s continued existence remains clearly the Hashemite Kingdom and Israel. They in his interest. The Israelis are prepared to also called for the Israeli Embassy in Amcrackdown on the Palestinian terrorists who man to be closed and set fire to the Israeli are backed by the same Islamist groups Weekpose 36 (9-3)toSS Opinion.pdf:Layout 1 9/6/11 Page 1 flag, changing10:09 “DeathAMto Israel.” who a threat King Abdullah’s life and regime,” said Mr. Langfan. continued on page 26

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Rav Abraham Kook’s Yahrtzeit Prompts Memories of Israel’s Spiritual Leader Who Defied Labels

n many circles, the name of Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaCohen Kook, z”tl, who served as pre-state Israel’s first chief rabbi and religious-Zionist iconic leader, still provokes controversy. But this past September 2, on the occasion of his 76th yahrtzeit, national-religious Zionists throughout the world as well as some hareidi Jews who do not identify as Zionists, came together to mark the day and pay respect to Rav Kook, who was revered in both camps. In Rav Kook’s day, the divide between Zionists (who for the most part were secularists) and Orthodox practitioners of Judaism was deep and riddled with mistrust, ignorance, and prejudice. While that line has blurred in recent years, Rav Kook, who encouraged Jews to live in the Holy Land and reached out to all, would not identify as a Zionist.

Nevertheless, in religiousZionist circles, his reputation as a Jewish thinker, halachist, philosopher, poet, prolific author, and renowned Torah sage is aweinspiring. He remains one of the most celebrated and influential rabbis of the 20th century, whose enthusiastic optimism and love for the Jews who were rebuilding the land of Israel, religious and secular, were legendary. His writing and talks were imbued with his faith that the rebirth of the Jewish state was a G-d-given miracle and harbinger of the long-awaited Redemption. He was convinced that secular Zionists, despite their avowed denial of Jewish-religious tradition, were, nevertheless, doing their part to fulfill G-d’s plan to return the Jewish people to their ancient land. Drawing Jews Close In a 1928 letter, he explained that from the time he arrived

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in the Holy Land in 1904 at the age of 39 to assume a rabbinic position in Jaffa, his goal was “to draw also those who are estranged and speak to their hearts, so that they will come close to Torah and mitzvos— including even those young people who want to develop their physical health so that they will have the strength to protect our holy nation in times of violence, Heaven forbid, at a time when vicious enemies rise up against us.” His way, he explained, was “to tell them that they can direct their actions for the sake of Heaven, to add strength and might to Knesset Yisrael so that the holiness of G-d and the light of His holy Presence will appear with might in the world.” His hope was that, eventually, the secular Jews he reached would come closer to the Torah. Emulating Aaron Even earlier, in 1911, Rav Kook said in a letter to his former father-in-law, Rabbi Elijah David Rabinowitz-Teomim (Rav Kook’s first wife, Batsheva, died shortly after they were married and, at the suggestion of his father-in-law, he then married her cousin), that he was guided by the example of the Biblical Aaron, Moses’s brother, to be “a lover of peace and a pursuer of peace, a lover of humanity and one who brings them closer to the Torah.” With this in mind, he said, when he was invited to attend a ceremony honoring the memory of Theodore Herzl, he decided not only to go, but to speak. “Even those opposed to Zionism would not deny that there were, in [Herzl’s] heart, thoughts concerning the betterment of Israel,” said Rav Kook, explaining that to refuse to attend would have been bad manners.

He agreed to speak because “I assessed that, G-d willing, benefit would derive from my words, inasmuch as the other speakers would not have the audacity to belittle G-d, His Torah, and the sages of Israel.” Zionists’ Failure He was right, even though he did mention “the fundamental failure of [the Zionists’] entire enterprise, namely the fact that they do not place at the top of their priorities the sanctity of G-d and His great name, which is the power that enables Israel to survive.” He also did not offer homage to Dr. Herzl “per se.” “What I did say was that such a thought of improving the situation of Israel in Eretz Israel would be worthwhile if we would rise to the occasion. It would require return to G-d by observing and honoring the Torah and a consensus that the foundation of all must be the power of Torah,” he explained. Maintaining Influence Had he refused to attend the program, he said, it “would have brought about a situation in which the rabbinate would have absolutely no influence on the townspeople, the majority of whom are followers of Zionism.” “How could I possibly desert many souls, the holy people in the Holy Land?...If I were to do so, the result would be, G-d forbid, that afterward admonishment or guidance would be of no avail. [Guidance] hinges on the love-relationship between the guide and his protégés,” he wrote. He was convinced the way to reach the secular Jews was “not by some vague remark intended to hinder him from his deed, but, rather, through some directed remark that demands coming closer to the name of

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Rav Kook’s Yahrtzeit G-d and His Torah.” “In other words, the Redemption will be brought about only by attempting to transform the evil powers into good. We must not push the bad away. It is conceivable they are evil because of extenuating circumstances. They have been influenced negatively and are not totally to blame,” he wrote. Results And, over the years, he was able to see many tangible results. He recalled visiting Rehovot, where he found the youth “corrupted as far as their opinions and one may assume the same goes for their deeds.” “I did not reject them, but, rather, drew them close. I spoke before them words of wisdom and good reason from which they understood at least in a general way how the light of Torah dispels all the shadows of darkness and wickedness of evil opinions,” he wrote. To Rav Kook’s surprise, the talk had a great effect on his au-

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dience. He was told that the following Sabbath, the young people he had addressed did not shave, even though he had not mentioned anything in particular that they should or should not do. “I am confident that once the divine spark of love of G-d and His true awe has entered the heart, it will effect through a divine power much more than would be accomplished if we forced it in, using duress,” he wrote. Not Universally Appreciated His tolerance and open love of all Jews was not appreciated in all circles, and, before and after his death in 1935, was the source of controversy. To this day, some hareidi groups view his acceptance of Zionists (if not Zionism) as somehow tarnishing his own piety. It is a perspective that a rabbi from Queens has done his best to put to rest. A few weeks before Rav Kook’s yahrtzeit, the rabbi, who asked for his name to be withheld, decided to share his treasure

trove of rare original documents relating to Rav Kook, including hand-written letters from some of the most respected Torah leaders in the world, with a number of Jewish organizations and publications. The documents, which include some of Rav Kook’s own letters, show the support he enjoyed and the awe in which he was held by these gedolei torah, many of whom rebuked sharply those who dared speak against him. “A True Gaon” While religious Zionists still identify strongly with Rav Kook, the anonymous rabbi’s documents show that the Torah leaders of his generation viewed him as, in the words of Rabbi Aharon Hacohen, the son-in-law of Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan, also known as the Chofetz Chaim, a “true gaon,” “a tzadik,” and the “prince of the Holy Land.” “He simply viewed himself as a Jew, not part of any movement,” said the anonymous rabbi, who received the documents

from another rav in Israel. The Queens rabbi’s reason for making these documents public was to put an end to the “significant number of myths and fabrications that are widely accepted as fact regarding Rav Kook in the hareidi world.” Although he identifies as hareidi himself, the Queens rabbi said he refused to take the “stories” he had heard about Rav Kook as fact without first engaging in research. His efforts resulted in a compilation of original documents that, he said, “debunked many key misconceptions as to what Rav Kook stood for and believed in.” Ahavas Chinam The Queens rabbi said he was “astounded” by the “tremendous ahavas chinam (love without reason) and kindness Rav Kook showed toward every type of Jew and the tremendous respect the Gedolei Hador (great rabbis of the generation) showed him.” “The documentation proves that just about every gadol (Torah giant) alive at the time showed deep respect and admiration towards Rav Kook,” he said. The letters also show that Rav Kook’s legendary love for every Jew extended even to those trying to cast aspersions on him. The Queens rabbi has posted the originals on line where they can be accessed at Slander In 1927, Rabbi Hacohen wrote that his “heart wants to burst within me whenever I hear people who claim to keep Torah and mitzvos and yet dare to insult that gaon and tzadik, pious and humble, the prince of the Holy Land, our Master Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Hacohen Kook, shlita.” In his letter, Rabbi Hacohen said that initially he had not intended to protest the slander against Rav Kook, which Rabbi Hacohen called “this insult to the Torah.” Rather Rabbi Hacohen said he wanted to emulate his father-in-law, the Chofetz Chaim, who, Rabbi Hacohen said, “very much esteems and loves his honor, the master, the gaon, Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook, shlita, and his spirit was very downfallen when he heard of these persecutions against him—nevertheless, [the Chofetz Chaim] did not go forth to protest openly against this, for, he said, that silence in such matters so as not to publicize

them is the best way to deal with them, in order to reduce and diminish their force.” According to Rabbi Hacohen, his father-in-law “forcefully turned his eyes away” rather than read any of the accusations leveled against Rav Kook. Satmar Journal But when Rabbi Hacohen came across the Nissan issue of a monthly journal “that has the arrogance to call itself ‘Beis Vaad Lechachamim’ [Meeting House of the Sages]” and saw “the most terrible abuse and insults to our Master, the gaon Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook, shlita, which are forbidden even to be quoted, I found it a holy obligation not to remain silent.” The journal, published by the anti-Zionist Satmar sect, was highly critical of the Zionists and savaged Rav Kook for befriending them. To Rabbi Hacohen, those who slandered Rav Kook had “insulted a Torah sage” and, therefore, he said, had forfeited their portion in the world-tocome. “He is in the category of those who ‘despised G-d’s word,’ and we are obligated to excommunicate such a person,” wrote Rabbi Hacohen. “In particular, it is forbidden to pass over in silence the insult and disgrace meted out to that gaon and pious man. Instead, one must go forth and protest this insult to the Torah, and join the great and pained protest of the rabbis and gaonim

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Rav Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook, z”tl of the Holy Land and the Exile regarding these foul words, and not to ‘view the sacred being swallowed up’ (Bamidbar 4:20), Heaven forbid,” he wrote. Rabbi Hacohen closed his letter by asking G-d to “remove disgrace from the children of Israel and raise up the honor of the holy Torah.” “These are the words of one who writes with an aching and burning heart over the honor of the holy Torah, which has been defamed,” he wrote.

Calming Himself In 1923, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan, the Chofetz Chaim, wrote his own letter to Rav Kook when he became aware of a dispute regarding the heter mechirah (leniency sale) that allows Jewish farmers in Israel to sell their land during the shmittah year (seventh year sabbatical) and, thus, continue farming. In his letter, the Chofetz Chaim told “the great honored Torah genius who is G-d-fear-

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ing,” that he was “very pained” by the news of the dispute and decided to write “so that I may be calmed.” The Chofetz Chaim’s advice to Rav Kook, whom he called “beloved of my soul,” was “first and foremost be strong to pursue peace for the sake of the glory of G-d and His Torah and for the sake of the honor of the land of Israel, so that it not be cheapened in the eyes of the world.” Looking for the Worst That seems to be how Rav Kook proceeded in all his disputes. In 1928, he wrote to Rav Yosef Messas, the chief rabbi of Tlemcen, Algeria, who had previously written to Rav Kook after hearing about the Beis Vaad Lechachamim journal piece. Rav Kook’s chief complaint with the journal piece was not that it had slandered him, but that it had upset Rav Messas and “caused such anguish to a man as great as yourself.” Rav Kook took exception to the journal piece because it took no notice of the Jews coming to Israel who did observe halacha. “Are there not, thank G-d, among our brothers who are coming to live in the Holy Land, many precious souls who fear G-d and who are pure of heart, careful and enthusiastic in [performing] mitzvos, and who possess precious and holy character traits? Why does [the

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journal] seek to publicize the worst part, of which no generation is free, in our many sins, in most places of the Diaspora? And it exaggerates so much in these matters from the true picture, even with regard to the reprehensive and worst individuals,” he wrote. “And if there are dregs in a certain measure, must we, for that reason, defame the entire community [in the land of Israel]?” he continued. He noted that, in the Holy Land, charitable Jews did not lack for worthy institutions and yeshivas. “If a charitable person wants his money to go to the hands of those who observe the Torah, can he not support the Mizrahi and their workers, who are engaged in settling the Land in accord with the framework of the holy Torah, and other such people who are G-d-fearing and pious? And certainly [these charitable people] can support the many yeshivas and great philanthropic institutions that exist in the holy city [Jerusalem] in particular and across the Holy Land in general, which are all filled with the light of Torah and the fear [of G-d],” wrote Rav Kook. University The journal piece also seems to have implied that Rav Kook believed the liturgical phrase, “from Zion will

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come forth Torah” included secular learning at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In his letter to Rabbi Messas, Rav Kook said he was actually afraid students would encounter a “stumbling block” at the university in the form of studies antithetical to Torah, such as Biblical criticism. He said he told young people attending the university that “they must guard the holiness of Israel, teachers and students alike, and not follow foreign ideas nor turn aside from the Torah and the mitzvos.” As a spiritual leader, Rav Kook steadfastly refused to view Jews “whose deeds or opinions are tarnished” as “already outside the bounds of ‘brotherhood’ such that other Jews were no longer “responsible for his soul, or, even more extreme, that he might turn on him as an enemy and attack him.” “This approach is absolutely wrong. We are not permitted to accept such reasoning from any man,” he said, obviously referring to the Satmar behind the journal article. Communal Issues Over the years, many esteemed rabbis wrote to Rav Kook asking for his help in solving communal problems. For example, in 1923, the community rabbis of Brisk who served on the local court, wrote to Rav Kook, discussing the problem of a widow whose deceased father had owned a house and land in Rechovot. She was entitled to the income generated by this property, which included a vineyard, but had been unable to contact the people to help her. “Therefore, we now turn to you, eminent gaon,” said Rabbis Simcha Zelig, Isser Yehuda Malin, Moshe Mashmof, and Yitzchak Noach Tsherkes. At the end of the letter to Rav Kook, Rabbi Yitzchok Zev

Halevi Soloveitchik, known as the Brisker Rov, sent his “blessings to his eminence, shlita.” Years earlier, in 1908, the Brisker Rov’s father, Rabbi Chaim Halevi Soloveitchik, wrote to Rav Kook, asking him to help a Jew who had relocated to Jaffa and seems to have been suffering from depression. In 1933, while visiting Palestine from Vilna, Rabbi Avrohom Yeshaya Karelitz (the Chazon Ish) wrote to Rav Kook, asking him to explain “whether it is possible to exchange something worth less than a perutah on a coin that has been previously used” for tithing. The answer was no. Prayers According to the Queens rabbi, when Rav Kook took ill in 1935, a day of prayer was declared in every Jewish community. Among his documents are several of the hundreds of letters that were received by Rav Kook from around the Jewish world. The preeminent rabbinical judge, posek, and Talmudic scholar of Vilnius, Lithuania, Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski, wrote saying that when word of Rav Kook’s illness reached their community, the rabbinical council issued a proclamation “calling on people to pray in all the synagogues and study halls on behalf of [Rav Kook’s] well-being and recovery.” Rabbi Grodzinski was joined in this call for prayer by Talmudic scholar Rabbi Baruch Ber Lebowitz, whose sefer, Birchas Shmuel, is used extensively in every mainstream yeshiva. In his letter, Rabbi Lebowitz referred to Rav Kook as “the true gaon, the beauty and glory of the generation, the tzadik, his holiness, Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak, may his light shine, may he live for length of good

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days and years, amen, the righteous Kohane, head of the beis din [court] in Jerusalem, the holy city, may it soon be built and established.” Child Prodigy Rav Kook was born in Latvia, where, as a child, he was proclaimed an ilui, or prodigy. At 18, he entered the Volozhin Yeshiva, where he became close to the rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Naftali Yehuda Berlin (the Netziv). Although Rav Kook stayed there for only 18 months, the Netziv has been quoted as saying that if the Volozhin Yeshiva had been founded just to educate Rav Kook, it would have been worthwhile.

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continued from page 20 According to many reports, it was in Volozhin that Rav Kook learned the dictum that it is forbidden to split the Jewish nation into “camps” and that the goal should be unity. Stranded in Europe After serving as a rav in Lithuania, he moved to Palestine in 1904 and became the rabbi of Jaffa. In 1913, he was invited to participate in Agudah Yisrael’s Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah convention in Berlin, which is where he was when World War I broke out. Stranded, he spent the first period of the war in Switzerland and then was offered a rabbinic position with a shul in London.

While in the UK, he worked with British Jews to promote the Balfour Declaration, which promised a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Upon his return to Palestine, Rav Kook’s growing reputation as a lover of Eretz Yisrael prompted his appointment as Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Jerusalem, In 1921, he was unanimously elected as the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Palestine. He founded his yeshiva, Mercaz HaRav Kook, in Jerusalem in 1924. Giving Money Away Fantastic stories about Rav Kook in Israel abound. He was reportedly so tenderhearted that he almost always gave whatever funds he happened to have on him to anyone who asked. If he had to declare a chicken “not kosher,” he would pay the housewife the cost of the chicken. In his early years in Jaffa, to keep his family solvent, the Jewish community arranged to give his monthly salary to his wife. Over the years, Rav Kook hosted and blessed many Jewish celebrities, including the artist Marc Chagall and scientist Albert Einstein. Rav Kook reportedly never slept more than four hours in any 24-hour period. When family members insisted he nap and, to facilitate this, agreed to serve as gate-keepers, keeping community members away, Rav Kook scolded his family, saying, “Don’t you know that I am a servant of the Jewish people? I am obligated to them, not to myself.” In 1929, bloody massacres of Jews were perpetrated by Arabs throughout Palestine. One of the hardest hit was the Jewish community in Hebron. Afterwards the Arab Mufti warned Rav Kook that more Jewish blood would be spilled unless the Jews relinquished all rights to the Kotel and the Temple Mount. Although most of the politically left-wing Zionist leaders pressured Rav Kook to make the necessary commitment and the rabbi himself was opposed to permitting Jews to walk on the Temple Mount for fear they might step on areas that many Jews still believe are forbidden due to impurity, he refused to part with any parcel of his beloved land. “The land is not ours to waive. It belongs to G-d and it is He who delivered it to us. We are not legally empowered to forfeit it,” he said. Alozorof Case Perhaps one of the only political intrigues in which Rav Kook was ever involved surrounded the murder of the politically left-wing Zionist leader Haim Alozorof, who, in June 1933, was found dead on the beach in Tel Aviv. The Left immediately accused the Right of incitement and 27-year-old Abraham Stavsky, an activist member of the right-wing Beter youth movement, was accused of murder. Convinced the young man was innocent, Rav Kook spearheaded a communal movement to exonerate Mr. Stavsky, an activity that infuriated the police and the leftists. At one point, leftists wrote on Rav Kook’s house in black paint: “Woe to the generation that its high priest protects murderers.” Eventually, Mr. Stavsky—and Rav Kook—were exonerated. Mr. Alozorof’s true murderer remains a mystery. Some say he was killed by Arabs, but others have implicated prostitutes, Nazis, and even Russian communists. Mr. Stavsky went on to work with the Irgun, smuggling Jews out of Europe during the Holocaust. He was responsible for the procurement of the Irgun arms ship, the “Altalena,” and was killed in 1948 in the altercation with the newly established Haganah

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cut back drastically on which goods and objects can be brought into the country. The immigration service now has lists of individuals to be denied entry into the US and closely monitors who can and cannot enter. We now live in a different world, one in which x-rays, scanners, and patdowns are routine. Darryl Yoblick South Edison, NJ

Elul 5771 forces on the beach of Tel Aviv -- a stone’s throw from where Mr. Alozorof was murdered almost 15 years earlier to the day. Thousands of Mourners When Rav Kook died in 1935, 20,000 mourners attended his funeral. While not quite that number participated in his yahrzeit event this year, organizers said thousands attended the memorial convocation, lectures, and study sessions at the 16th century Hurvah Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, and then made their way to his grave site on the Mount of Olives. National Union MK Uri Ariel, who facilitated the day’s events, including the ascent to Rav Kook’s grave, said Rav

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Kook’s teachings provide a connection to the Land of Israel. “Many works written in the Diaspora are holy and important, but they came from outside the land. In the Land of Israel, there are commandments dependent on the land. That’s what connects me to the important things Rav Kook said and wrote,” he said. The thought and writings of Rav Kook continue to inspire new scholarship. An important example is the recent publication of the book The Limit of Intellectual Freedom: The Letters of Rav Kook, by Rabbi Bezalel Naor, a noted authority on the life and work of Rav Kook. The book is available through the website of the publisher: S.L.R.

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Bergen Connections: Grassroots Group to Help Orthodox Jewish Singles Meet and Marry

Few members of the Orthodox-Jewish community are unaware of the increasing difficulty single men and women face when trying to meet with an eye towards marriage. While some members of the community may feel overwhelmed by the shidduch crisis, one group of women in Teaneck have decided to do something about it. Last month, this group formed Bergen Connections, a grassroots organization run strictly as a chesed by volunteers. On Sunday, September 25, they will hold their first event at a private home in Teaneck. Designed for single observantJewish men and women, ages 28 to 38, the program will feature the popular matchmaker Tova Weinberg, who is known for her successes on the website Saw You at Sinai. Participants

will be entertained by a mentalist and enjoy a well-planned meat buffet. The cost for the evening is $36. Reservations can be made by email to Questions can be directed to or by phone at 201-837-0164. Community Driven Leah Shteingart, the spokeswoman for Bergen Connections, knows the success of this endeavor depends on the community’s participation and support. “Our goal is to help facilitate and provide a proper environment for various age groups of singles to meet and, hopefully, find their bashert,” said the Teaneck resident. This is not Mrs. Shteingart’s maiden voyage into the realm of matchmaking. Several years ago, she and some

friends organized an informal shidduch group for people who knew Jewish single men and women, and wanted to help them meet. Some of the people at the meeting knew single men; others knew single women. If it was decided that two people might be compatible, efforts were made to have them meet. Quality Event Eventually, however, Mrs. Shteingart and her partners wanted to do something more “proactive.” Working as part of the Young Israel of Teaneck, they joined forces with YU Connects, a Yeshiva University-affiliated program that seeks to provide comfortable opportunities for Jewish single men and women to socialize and connect. “We held an event at a kosher restaurant in Teaneck, where, baruch Hashem, a young

couple met and are now married,” said Mrs. Shteingart. Proving that nothing succeeds like success, after that evening, Mrs. Shteingart teamed up with a few other women who also wanted to hold “quality events” for singles. That group became Bergen Connections. Rabbinic Approval One of Bergen Connections’ volunteers thought it would be good to secure the endorsement of the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County, the local vaad of Orthodox rabbis. She approached Rabbi Larry Rothwachs, president of the RCBC, and, before long, Bergen Connections had rabbinic approval. Another member, who asked for her name to be withheld, said remembering the challenges she experienced as a single Jewish woman be-

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The Real Saviors of Soviet Jewry: It Was Not Mikhail Gorbachev Who Deserves the Credit

By Giulio Meotti ast month marked the 20th anniversary of the failed coup against the former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, an action which precipitated the dissolution of the USSR in December of the same year. The Soviet implosion opened the door to a massive aliyah of Russian Jews to Israel. On the eve of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, the largest, most rooted, and most culturally vital Jewish community in the world was that of Russia. Seventy years later, with the demise of Communism, the Jewish community of Russia was shrunken and assimilating. Immediately upon his resignation, Mr. Gorbachev was proclaimed a hero by the “establishment” leadership of the Soviet Jewry movement. Some US rabbis declared that Gorbachev was “the man who let my people go.” It’s a false, perverted image of the Soviet tragedy.


Connections continued from page 24 fore she met and married her husband prompted her to volunteer to work with Mrs. Shteingart. “Coming from a family of ba’alei teshuva, I relied heavily on being set up by friends and family members. I found it even harder because I just didn’t have the kind of connections other people had. There were times when I could go half a year without a suitable suggestion. Frum singles websites were just starting, and, in those days, there weren’t many quality singles’ events to go to,” she said. Many Reasons Asked why it has become so difficult for singles to meet, she said the reasons were “too numerous to count.” Experts in the field have pointed to explanations ranging from busy work and school schedules to “pickiness” based on unrealistic expectations fueled by the media. Mrs. Shteingart knows all this and is not expecting her work with Bergen Connections to be easy, but she said she expects it to be rewarding. S.L.R.

Inappropriate Credit During the first years of Mr. Gorbachev’s rule, the number of Jews exiting plummeted and key refuseniks, such as Ida Nudel and Vladimir Slepak, continued to have their exit visas denied. Others, like Yosef Begun, remained in the Gulag. Mr. Gorbachev did not speak out against growing antisemitism in the Soviet Union. It is completely inaccurate to credit Mr. Gorbachev with the Jewish mass emigration. The credit belongs to those who forced Mr. Gorbachev’s hand. Mr. Gorbachev did not of his own volition pull the

lever to open the doors. It was others who forced his hand, leaving him little choice but to allow it to happen. Those others are the saviors of Soviet Jewry. Prisoners When the USSR crumbled economically, to obtain the assistance he desperately needed, Mr. Gorbachev allowed emigration. Prisoners of Zion, refuseniks and dissidents—men and women who spent years languishing in Soviet prisons and labor camps—they, too, forced Mr. Gorbachev’s antisemitic hand.

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Although backchannel contacts between Israeli leaders and Jordan’s monarchs date back to the days before the foundation of the Jewish state, recently the Jordanian government has had to contend with “Arab spring” protests, which have been largely backed by Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and have made tangible and credible threats on King Abdullah. Some Jordanians have given up on the king and begun taking matters into their own hands. Last month, a Jordanian member of Hamas admitted he had planned to carry out terrorist attacks on Israeli targets. Hamza Mamoud Yusuf Usman, 28, who left Jordan

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for Gaza in 2010, was arrested by Israeli forces in Judea. He allegedly organized a military cell designed to kidnap Israelis in Amman, including an Israeli diplomat, attack the Israeli Embassy in Amman, and fire missiles into Israel from Jordan. Tea Party Mr. Langfan will address all these issues and more on Tuesday, September 20, when he speaks for the Tea Party of Bergen County on the topic of “Who Needs Settlements? What Israel’s Topography Can Tell Us about Its Borders.” The meeting, which will include kosher refreshments, will be held at 7pm in the Harley Davidson Building, at 124 Essex Street in Rochelle Park.

“The short answer is that, strategically, Israel and Jordan need the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria,” said Mr. Langfan, who intends to bring his map and a powerpoint presentation to illustrate his position. Many of his materials can be viewed on his website, On Sunday, Nov. 20, Mr. Langfan will receive the Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award from the Zionist Organization of America at the ZOA’s annual dinner in Manhattan. Demography Another issue Mr. Langfan hopes to tackle at the Tea Party meeting is the so-called Pales-

tinian demographic time-bomb, an argument promulgated by the Israeli left which maintains that Israel must vacate all of Judea and Samaria because, at some point, the number of Palestinian Arabs living there will overwhelm all of Israel, leaving Jews the illegitimate minority ruling the majority. Mr. Langfan calls this “the Palestinian Demographic Bogeyman,” and he said it is about to boomerang. “In fact, the Leftists’ ‘Palestinian demographic’ bogeyman is now one of the right-wing’s strongest arguments against any further Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank,” he said.

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People like Boris Kochubiyevsky, one of the first refuseniks, who had declared: “I am prepared to go to Israel, even if it means going on foot.” Or Yosef Mendelevich, who spent 11 years in the Gulag. On Pessach, he would reenact the Exodus story by leading his cellmates over puddles of water, reminiscent of the splitting of the Red Sea. Women like Ida Nudel, who was exiled to Siberia for hanging a poster from her Moscow balcony: “Give me my exit visa.” Andrei Sakharov and other dissidents, such as the monitors

of the Helsinki Accords, unwaveringly supported the basic right of free emigration. It was the power of the Exodus. Yesha Connection Many Russian heroes went to live in the Jewish towns of Judea and Samaria against Mr. Gorbachev’s principle that Jews should not settle beyond the Green Line. At the entrance of the Giv’on Hahadasha community, a suburb of reunited Jerusalem, there is a memorial stone erected to one of the founders of the village, who was killed by Arab terrorists. His name is Zyama Abolnik.

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev did not save Soviet Jewry The Russian artist Mordechai Lipkin was killed in Tekoa in Gush Etzion. In 1993, Mordechai Lapid, a Soviet refusnik, was killed in Kiryat Arba along with his 19-yearold son, Shalom. Victims of Arab Terror To write the book A New Shoah. The Untold Story of Israel’s Victims of Terrorism, I interviewed many Soviet Jews who lost relatives due to Arab terrorism. People like Faina Dorfman, whose grandfather, a rabbi, was burned to death by the Nazi Einsatzgruppen in Russia. She

lost her only daughter in a terrorist attack on a nightclub in Tel Aviv, but continues to believe in the Hebrew saying “Yihye besseder,” meaning “everything will turn out well.” Galina Fish lost her husband Avraham to terror on the road to Nokdim in Gush Etzion. He was born in Soviet Union in a time when very few families raised their children as observant Jews. They were afraid that the Bolsheviks would accuse them of spreading “Zionist propaganda.” Or Miriam Gurov, who also lost her husband in Gush Etzion. In the Soviet Union they had nothing but their typewriters, which they used to translate the samizdat, or clandestine manifestos, inciting the people to resistance and rebellion. It was the power of the Exodus. The power of Jewish dissidents who had the special serenity of those who know they are in the right. It was a badge of honor to risk prison on behalf of Jewish settlement in the land of Israel. Y

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Extra700,000influxof Palestinianterrorists andothersimmediately after2012retreat

StatusQuoOptionassumes birthrateat3.4%perCIA

W.Bank“RetreatOption”assumes anadditionalyearlyinfluxof250,000 returningPalestinianTerroristsand Refugeesabovebaseline100,000 yearlybirthrateat3.4%perCIA Ata2014WestBankkatyusharocket barrage,Israelwouldhavetoreoccupy theentireWestBankwithaviolent andarmedterroristicpopulationofan additional1,300,000aboveStatusQuo

 No Easy Solution He mocked left-wing analysts who “glibly imply that merely by withdrawing from Gaza and/or the West Bank, the Arab-growth rate will magically disappear and be solved.” “The leftist peace ‘high priests’ claim there is a scientific basis to their hysterical demand for a total West Bank unilateral retreat by Israel. They exude the same professional urgency as a medical doctor advising a patient immediately to amputate a gangrenous leg so as to stop the risk of further immediate fatal infection before it’s too late,” said Mr. Langfan. But, he said, the tactical and strategic fallacies of the “demographic bogeyman argument for retreat” were exposed when Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, an action most observers agree has allowed five years of a barrage of Katyusha rockets into Israeli civilian targets.

In fact, he said, it is “now proven that the ‘Palestinian demographic’ threat was actually accelerated and metastasized by Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from Gaza.” Increasing Numbers For starters, he said, while leftists promised leaving Gaza would be like “surgically amputating a gangrenous leg,” the move has helped no one. “Israel has virtually all the problems it had before the withdrawal. Except now, Hamas has massively armed control of Gaza and is firing thousands of Katyusha and Kassam rockets into pre-1967 Israel,” said Mr. Langfan. Since the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, the Palestinian population has only increased. “Hamas’s vested interest and the Iranian agenda is to stoke the population growth and poverty so that it can destroy Israel with the despondent population,” he said. “Today’s

poor, uneducated, abjectly downtrodden Gaza Palestinians are Hamas’s best customers for becoming tomorrow’s suicide bombers.” Influx of New Families In addition to the natural birth growth in Gaza, there has also been a sizable influx of additional new families— Palestinians and Iranian terrorists, who were not living there in 2006. “In short, since Israel retreated in 2006, Gaza’s population has dramatically increased. In addition, the population the strip is supported has regressed socially and is now, if anything, more terroristic and implacably inimical to Israel’s very existence,” said Mr. Langfan. As a result, since 2006, Israel has needed several times to stage incursions into Gaza. Eventually, said Mr. Langfan, when the rocket fire “became too impossible for the Israeli government politically to withstand, Israel will have to

totally reinvade Gaza and ‘occupy’ the same baseline Palestinian population from which it retreated in 2012. “But now, there will be even more Palestinians than there were in the summer of 2006,” he said. No Incursions, Evasion Mr. Langfan is also convinced that operations such as Cast Lead “accomplish nothing but a bunch of dead Israeli soldiers.” A full invasion might be the only way to stop the rockets, he said, but Israel would then have to steel itself against international condemnation. With the constant rockets as a guide, he said, any thought of vacating Judea and Samaria must be analyzed through the prism of what was left in the wake of the Gaza disengagement. While most of the rockets launched against Israel have been “inaccurate,” landing in empty fields surrounding Gaza, that would not be true

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of similar actions coming from Judea and Samaria. “There is a 100 percent guaranteed likelihood that there will be Palestinian Katyusha rockets from the West Bank into Israel proper, which means, eventually, there might be an Israeli reinvasion, which must be taken into consideration by the military calculus of a West Bank Palestinian State,” he said. Targets The biggest differences between the rockets from Gaza and those that will be directed from the West Bank are their targets. “There isn’t much raw political push for Israel to reinvade Gaza. Crudely put, this means there aren’t a lot of Israeli businessmen or American tourists living in or visiting Sderot, and most of the rockets, fortunately, have hit nothing and no one,” said Mr. Langfan. However, he pointed out, from the West Bank, 220mm

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rockets would “shred Israel’s upper-crust” if they hit in the suburbs of Tel Aviv. If rockets hit Ben-Gurion Airport, they could “set Al-El 747s and tourists on flame.” “It would be like Al-Qaeda terrorists firing katyushas from Brooklyn into Manhattan,” he said. “From the West Bank, every ‘inaccurate’ Palestinian rocket can’t miss hitting dense Jewish populations, or strategic and highly flammable targets.” One Solution As a result, he said, even if far-left icon former-MK Shulamit Aloni were Prime Minister, after such a West Bank Katyusha rocket blitz into Tel Aviv, “Israel would have to reinvade the entire West Bank.” Nor does he think the greatly touted Iron Dome missile defense system will be the solution. “The Palestinians have already figured out there are only a few Iron Domes. The

system cannot intercept rockets with a short range whose flight time is shorter than 30 seconds, and can’t defend against large barrages of missiles very well,” he said. Not an Answer Iron Dome’s 93 percent accuracy “is great for Beersheva,” he said, but it would be “total failure defending Tel Aviv, where four million people would have to scurry to their bomb shelters.” In addition, from Gaza, rockets have only one generalized vectored direction into Israel: due north from their launching point to Ashkelon or Sderot. But Mr. Langfan said that Palestinians in the West Bank would need no more than 30 seconds to hit “incredibly dense Israeli populated areas within 10 kilometers of the Green Line.” “The terrorists could fire simultaneous barrages of rockets from different launching points and different trajectories into the Tel Aviv coastal plain, where 70 percent of Israel’s population lives and 80 percent of Israel’s industrial base is situated,” he said. “Such a barrage of rockets would necessitate an immediate Israeli reinvasion of the West Bank.” Flood after a Storm However, Israeli security forces would find many more Palestinians in the West Bank

after a full or even partial Israeli retreat than there are now. According to Mr. Langfan, first, there would be “a massive influx of new Palestinians into the newly formed West Bank Palestinian State.” “Like it was in Gaza, among these new Palestinians, there would also be massive numbers of new terrorists, including some from among the millions of ‘returning’ Palestinians from refugee camps into the West Bank,” said Mr. Langfan. Hard Choices He estimated that the current number of Palestinians in the West Bank is 2.4 million with a three percent birth rate. But the newcomers, including some from Hamas, he estimated, will bring the total to something like 3.1 million. “The leftists claim that if Israel remains in the West Bank it means facing a Palestinian demographic bomb shell, but, in fact, the real danger is an increased number of Palestinians arriving on the scene after Israel vacates. Gaza’s rockets have conclusively proven it is better to deal with the smaller Palestinian population currently operating in the West Bank than it would be to retreat, allow the terrorists to gain an upper hand, and then to have to reinvade and reoccupy the much larger population,” said Mr. Langfan. S.L.R.


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government to choose a new destination. At the beginning of September, the Israeli CounterTerrorism Bureau warned that Israelis should avoid entering Turkey, even for layovers in between flights. The bureau warned that Israelis in Turkey could become targets of violence and terrorism. Held in the Airport On September 5, Turkish authorities held dozens of Israeli businessmen and women for 90 minutes at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. The passengers had left Israel on a regular Turkish Airlines flight before dawn, but when they arrived in Istanbul, their passports were taken, and they were herded into a corner of the terminal. After 90 minutes, the Israelis’ passports were returned, and they were told to proceed to passport control. But their ordeal was not over. “An insane number of police entered. There were two

policemen for every one of us. I do this route every six weeks. I have been flying to Turkey for ten years and nothing like this has ever happened. It is an escalation,” said Hayuta Leibovitz, a businesswoman who was there. She said that while the Israelis were held at the airport, separated from the other passengers, she sensed “a ghetto feeling,” reminding her of the 1976 Entebbe hostage situation in which Israelis and other Jews were also separated from other passengers. The Israelis said they were treated with great disrespect, taking the form of strip-searches. Several said that they will find another way to do business rather than fly into Turkey, even if it means losing money. Retribution Turkish officials said the episode was retribution for similar behavior that, they

said, was shown to Turkish nationals at Ben Gurion Airport a few days earlier. Several Turks, who had been touring Israel, said that, at the airport, on their way home, they were asked very personal questions, forced to undergo strip searches, and had their luggage checked multiple times. One woman said that when they reached Antalya, the plane was “forced to perform an emergency landing after one of the passengers felt ill following the way we had been treated in Israel.” An “Incident” While Israeli officials do not deny that there was an incident at Ben Gurion, they say it cannot be compared to the one in Istanbul. Kobi Mor, Israel’s Airport Authority director-general, accused Turkish officials of “twisting reality” by claiming that the detention of Israeli passengers

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in Istanbul could be related to the treatment of Turkish passengers at Ben-Gurion. “The Airport Authority strongly rejects the attempts to tie security procedures undergone by the passengers at Ben Gurion Airport to the relationship between the two states,” he said. “Security forces are doing their job day and night safeguarding the planes and passengers, and there is no room for cynically exploiting their work.” Flotilla Incident Relations between Israel and Turkey, which had been good for 20 years, worsened after the Islamist government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gained power in 2003, faltered in May 2010 during the flotilla crisis, and took a nosedive at the beginning of September with the publication of the UN’s Palmer Report, a 150-page investigation into the flotilla incident.

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The Cong Beth Aaron of Teaneck Boys Choir, is available for performances and is accepting boys in grades 1-7 as members, 201-357-5685 or 201-357-5495 Apply for This Winter’s Free Areyvut Trip to Israel, in cooperation with BirthrightHibba, for Jews 18-26 who have not been on a five-day or longer peer-group education program to Israel since they were 12 years old, 201-244-6702 Jewish Education for Special Children Needs Volunteers, students in 10th grade and up may apply, call 201-262-1090

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NJ Jewish Film Festival Reel Film, JCC, West Orange, 10am, 732-929-2922 Friday Night Dinner for Teens, for grades 9-12, featuring Rabbi Steve Burg, international director of NCSY, private home in Teaneck, 7pm, 201-907-0180 or

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rei Emunah, Englewood, 9:30am, 201-803-9222 Pre-Rosh Hashana Seudah Shlishit: “Teshuva before There Was Teshuva: Models of Repentance in Tanach,” Shoshana Chaneles, spons by Cong Netivot Shalom, private home in Teaneck, 4pm, 201-692-7988 Women’s Shiur, Mahnaz Shmalo, Cong Adas Israel, Passaic, 5:30pm

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Pot-Luck Melava Malka and Shiur, to welcome new Yoetzet Halacha Shoshana Samuels, for women, at Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 9pm, 201-655-2180 Tiferes: A Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation Program for Women, private home in Highland Park, 10pm, 732-572-4713

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Exhibit: “Mufti: Nazis and Antisemitism in Today’s World,” Lautenberg JCC, Whippany, through Fri. Nov 11, 973-530-3400 Hachnasar Sefer Torah, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, letter-writing with Sofer, Rabbi Zvi Chaim Pincus, 8:30am; festive parade to

Tell Our Advertisers “I Saw It in The Jewish Voice & Opinion” Downing Street, 10am; dedication program with special youth program for children, 10:45am; collation, 11:15am Breakfast to Mark the Siyum of Mishnayos Megillah, by the Sunday Morning Breakfast Mishna Shiur, Cong Darchei Noam, Fair Lawn, 9am, 201-773-4080 Breakfast and Activities to Prepare for Rosh Hashana, for children, Avi and Ora, Cong Shomrei Emunah, Englewood, 9am Garage Sale, EMUNAH is joining the Highland Park townwide sale, the EMUNAH sale is at a private home in Highland Park, 9am-6pm, 732-558-4197 9/11 Clothing and Memorial Blood Drive and Day of Chesed, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, blood drive 9am-3pm, clothing drive, 9:30am-12:30pm; Bayit Chesed Fair, featuring community opportunities for volunteers, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 11:30am-3pm, 914-5250965 or 718-549-8152 Explanatory Morning Service, Rabbi David Pietruszka, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, at Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 9:15am, 201-966-4490 Project SARAH (Stop Abusive Relationships at Home) Breakfast, Cong Adas Israel, Passaic, 9:30am, 973-777-7638 Softball Game: Cong Beth Aaron of Teaneck vs Cong Arzei Darom, private location in Teaneck, game and youth programming, 10am; BBQ, 11:30am, 201-357-8999 or Breakfast and Hat Sale, Cong Israel, Springfield, 10amnoon, Chug Ivrit, for advanced Hebrew speakers, spons by Hadassah for men and women, private home in Edison, 11am, 732-819-9298 Sefer Torah Dedication, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 11am Family Apple Picking at Wightman’s Farms, Morristown, spons by Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 12pm, or Friendship Circle Friendship Walk and Fair, to benefit special-needs youngsters, walk is from Votee Park, Teaneck, where Coach Mike Dube will help with

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warm-ups, to Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, Teaneck, where there will be rides, a petting zoo, and refreshments, 12:304pm, 201-262-7172 Moment of Silence for the Victims of 9-11, throughout the United States, stop and remember at 1pm, franklautenberg “Meet the Artist Reception: Ksenija Lea Kostic-Pecaric, “Impressions and Reflections”: work inspired by Biblical figures, JCC, Tenafly, 1-3pm, 201-5697900, exhibit continues through Mon., Sept 26 Hat Sale, featuring hats by Rivka Zorbaron, spons by Atara of Cong Keter Torah, private home in Bergenfield, 6-10pm, 201-907-0180 9-11 Memorial, with West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi, Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler, Shelley Rosenberg, and the West Orange High School Band, at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, West Orange, 6:15pm, 973-486-2362 or 973-731-0770 The Maccabeats in Concert, Temple Emanu-El of West Essex, Livingston, 7pm, 973992-5560 Community Commemoration of Reflection and Prayer, Rockland JCC, West Nyack, 7pm, 845-362-4200 Cooking Demonstration: “A Culinary Journey: Exotic Kosher Cuisine,” Sharon Heyden, spons by the Raritan Valley Chapter of Hadassah, for members to bring new and prospective members, to honor Hadassah’s centennial year, private home in Highland Park, 7:30pm, 732-543-1786 “Living Life in Sanctification of G-d’s Name,” Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann, Mark Rosenberg Memorial Lecture, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 8pm “A Cooking Demonstration and Tasting,” Charlotte Rakovsky, to benefit the Mathilda Goldflies Mikvah, private home in Elizabeth, 8pm, 908-248-8362 or 917-353-0515

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Cong Beth Aaron, Teaneck, 6:309:30pm, 201-836-6210 “Laughter Is the Best Medicine: Jewish Contributions to the World of Comedy,” Rick Buscigllo, Lautenberg JCC, Whippany, 10:30am, 973-530-3400 9-11 Community Commemoration, featuring the film: “Rebirth,” Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, noon, BH Wig Sale, private home in Passaic, 3-9pm, 516-807-2484 10th Anniversary of 9-11 Memorial Service, honoring the memories of seven Englewood residents who died as well as emergency service personnel who responded, Veterans Memorial Park (in case of rain, BergenPAC), Englewood, 4:30pm Sisterhood Pre-Holiday Hat Sale, Cong Ohr Torah, West Orange, 7-9pm, 973-669-7320 or “The Gentle Healing Workshop: Allowing Women to Heal,” private home in West Orange, 7pm, 973-325-8766 An Evening of Comedy and Music: Improv Comedy, Play Readings, and Musicals-inProgress, featuring Black Box Studios, at Teaneck General Store, 7:30pm, 201-530-5046 “High Holiday Machzor Mapping and Niggun Notes: Geography of the High Holy Days Prayer Book and Service,” Rabbi Lawrence Zierler, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 7:30pm, 201833-0515 ext 200 “Educating and Empowering Mothers to Break the Cycle of Child Sexual Abuse,” Elisheva Schlanger, private home in Teaneck, 8pm, 201-953-9952 or 201-801-9022 Community Synagogue of Monsey Book Club: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” by Jonathan Safron Foer, private home in Monsey, 8pm, 845-3562060 or 845-356-2720 Conversation between a Muslim, Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin, and a Jew, now Deputy Mayor of Teaneck Adam Gussen, spons by Shalom/Salaam at Rutgers, Rut-

gers University Hillel, the Muslim Students Association, the Association of Indians at Rutgers, and the Pakistani Student Association, at the Student Activities Center, Rutgers, New Brunswick, 8pm “Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books,” Aaron Lansky, Henry Kamioner Memorial Lecture, Riverdale Jewish Center, 8pm, 718-548-1850 “Becoming Grounded— Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, The Book of Deuteronomy, the Last Will and Testament of Moses: Ki Tavo, Walking in G-d’s Ways,” Rabbi Asher Herson, Chabad Center of Northwest NJ, Rockaway, 8:15pm, 973-625-1525 ext 227 Tele-Shiur: “The Elul/Tish-

rei Workshop: Practical Steps and Inspirational Insights,” for women, Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller, 10pm, 732-806-1578 or

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Professional Services Group No Fee Career Fest Job Fair, Radisson Hotel, Piscataway, 10am2pm, 732-418-3301 or “Beta Israel: The Journey of the Ethiopian Jews’ Return to Israel,” by David Druce, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 10am, 973736-1407 or “Jews of Jersey,” Sid Frank, JCC, Tenafly, 12:30pm, 201-569-7900 A Slide Presentation Welcoming the New Year from Israel,

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Avinoam Cohen, spons by New Beginnings, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 1:30pm, 201-833-0515 “Mind in Control: Special Forces Training to Teach, Practice, and Implement Kabbalistic Concepts,” Dr. Gill Heart, Lubavitch Center, West Orange, 7:45pm, 973-486-2362 Book Club of the Sisterhoods of Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David and Cong Ohr Torah: “Have a Little Faith: A True Story” by Mitch Albom, private home in West Orange, 8pm, 973-669-0938 GEM (Gathering for Encouragement of Modest), for women, to discuss tznius and dress, private home in Passaic,

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8pm, 973-365-2342 “Chana’s Song and Rachel’s Cry: The Haftarot of Rosh Hashana,” Rabbi Menachem Leibtag, Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park, 8pm, 732-247-0532 Live from the 92nd Street YMHA, Barbara Walters with Dr. Gail Saltz, shown by satellite at the JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 8pm, 845-362-4400 An Evening of Support for Parents: “Drawing Strength from Adversity,” Rabbi Marc Penner, for parents of specialneeds children, spons bv Yachad, private home in Teaneck, 8pm, Cong Ahavas Achim Book Club: “Major Petigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson, private home in Edison, 8:30pm, 732-572-2792

Wed., Sept 14

Trip to the National Museum of American-Jewish History in Philadelphia, leave JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 9am, 845-362-4400 Registration Opens for Israel Free Spirit Taglit-Birthright Tour, to take place during winter break 2012, for young adults 1826, spons through Aish HaTorah, 10am, page?a=israel11w Bergen County Senior Citizens Picnic, includes music, entertainment, a craft fair, and lunch, with kosher food available, Van Saun Park, Paramus, 10am-3pm, 201-336-7400 Workshop: “Moving Your Career Forward by Taking Total Control,” Eli Amdur and Janelle Razzino, spons by Project Ezrah, at Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 11am, Book Group: “Blindness of the Heart” by Julia Franck,

with Carol Berman, JCC, West Orange, 11am, 973-530-3421 Sweet Stories: Story Time for the Jewish New Year, Borders, Rockaway, 11am, 973-929-2936 “Before the Holocaust: Historical Background—JewishChristian Relations through the Ages,” Karen Small, Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers, New Brunswick, 4:30pm, 732-932-3345 Cyber Bully Prevention Program for Parents and Children: How to Protect Your Family from the Dangers of the Internet,” 8th grade or over, speaker is from the West Orange Cyber Crimes Unit, 7:30pm, 973-7362407 ext 260 Confidential Abused Women’s Support Group, Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 7:15pm, 201-837-9090 Support Group for Caregivers, those caring for an older adult who is physically frail or suffering from memory loss, JCC, Tenafly, 7:30pm, 201-408-1450 “Chicks with Sticks Knitting Circle,” hats for preemies, children with cancer, and IDF soldiers in Israel, private home in Highland Park, 8pm, 732-339-8492 Nechama, for families who have experienced infant or pregnancy loss at any time in their lives, Reva Judas, at Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck, 8pm, 201-692-9302 Israel Update: UN Vote on Palestinian State, Shani Rozanes, Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Cong B’nai Israel, Fair Lawn, 8pm, 201-320-6556 “Black September: Arab ‘Spring’ or Jewish ‘Fall? How Israel Is Preparing for the UN Vote,” MK Dr. Arieh Eldad, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 8pm, Yi-

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Thurs., Sept 15

Last Day to Take Advantage of Bergen County Animal Shelter Offer, choose your own price for adopting an animal, comprises all fees, including spaying/neutering and vaccinations, must be 21, Teterboro, 201-229-4600 La Leche League of Bronx/ Riverdale, Mia Damond Padwa, pregnant women, babies and small children welcome, healthy snacks, Riverdale YMHA, 9:30am, 718-543-0314 Women’s Shiur, Shoshana Sperling, includes pastries and coffee, Prima Pizza, Passaic, 10:30am, 973-471-9866 Sweet Stories: Story Time for the Jewish New Year, Barnes and Noble, Legewood, 11am, 973929-2936 Evening of Kabbalah and Wine-Tasting, to open the new Chabad Center of Upper Passaic County, featuring Rabbi Mendy and Esty Gurkov and Shimona, at the Holiday Inn, Wanaque, 7pm, 201-696-7609 Book Group: “Blindness of the Heart” by Julia Franck, with Carol Berman, JCC, West Orange, 7:30pm, 973-530-3421 “Spyder Hole,” Bob Nesoff, about a former Green Beret, Dan Halevi, who had all the information to stop the attack on 9-11, but didn’t put it together, and now he has intelligence showing the terrorists are plotting to use nuclear weapons, Englewood Public Library, 7:30pm, 201-568-2215, Ext. 520 Parlor Meeting for Ohr Meir and Bracha, founded by Liora Tedgi, a mother of ten who was injured in a car-bombing in Jerusalem. She set up the organization to respond to the unmet, unrecognized needs of victims of terror and their families, private home in West Orange, 8pm, 973-736-4943 “The Most Sublime Prayer of the Year: An Analysis of the

Rosh Hashana Mussaf,” Rabbi Steven Weil, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 8pm Mishmar, with Rabbi Jonathan Schachter, Rutgers Hillel, New Brunswick, 8pm, 732-545-2407

Fri., Sept 16

A Taste of Shabbat, for children 1-5 with an adult, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, noon, 845-362-4200 Women’s Kabbalat Shabbat Service, Cong Etz Chaim, Livingston, 7pm, 973-597-1655 “Mindfields: The Rambam’s Analysis of the Six Spiritual Roadblocks That Preclude Teshuva,” Rabbi Steven Weil, scholar-in-residence, Cong Ahavath Torah, Englewood, 8:45pm, 201-568-1315 “Positive Jewish Families” spons by Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, “After the Honeymoon: Displaying Affection throughout the Marriage,” Dr. Alex Bailey; “How to Successfully Parent Children of Any Age,” Lauren Roth, separate private homes in Fair Lawn, 9:15pm, 212-613-8188 Gala Chanukat Ha-Bayit, Cong Beth Aaron, Teaneck, celebration of its new expanded shul, through Sun, Sept 18

Shabbat, Sept 17

Shira Hadasha-Style Shabbat Service, Minyan Tiferet, private home in Englewood, 9:15am, Rabbi Steven Weil, scholarin-residence, Cong Ahavath Torah, Englewood, “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Jewish Version,” 11am; “An Analysis of the Rosh Hashana Mussaf: Why Rosh Hashana Mussaf Is the Most Misunderstood Prayer,” 5pm; “The Role of the Akeidah on Rosh Hashana,” 7pm, 201-568-1315 Positive Jewish Families: “The Good, the Bad, the Challenging: How to Communicate Life Events to Our Children,” Dr. Alex Bailey; “When and How to Say ‘No’ to Your Child,” Lauren Roth, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 11:30am, 212-613-8188 Cong Beth Aaron of Teaneck Sisterhood Book Club: “Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choic- es” by Mosab Hassan Yousef, private home in Teaneck, 3pm, 201-837-0651 EMUNAH Tea: “Preventing the Torah from Being Forgotten: The Jewish Future and Power of Grassroots Movements,” Dyonna Ginsburg, honoring Emily Blumenfeld, Amanda Edwards, Michaela Elias, Tali Elias, Kayla Gottleib, Elana Horowitz, Natalia Jacobowitz, Shira Levie, Chana Mandelbaum, and Tehila Stone, private home in Teaneck, 4pm, Positive Jewish Families: “Your Adolescents: Setting Limits and Getting Them to Listen…Effectively,” Dr. Alex Bailey; “When Other Children Tease Your Child: What Can You Do?” Lauren Roth, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 5pm, 212-613-8188 Women’s Shiur, Varda Berkovitz, Cong Adas Israel, Passaic, 5:30pm Pre-Yom Noraim Seuda Shlishit with Chazzan Yaakov Motzen, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 6pm Women’s Seudah Shlishit, spons by Rutgers Hillel, private home in New Brunswick, 6:30pm, 732-545-2407, 718-543-1560, or 732- 246-0207 “Positive Jewish Families: Questions and Answers,” Dr. Alex Bailey and Lauren Roth, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 6:35pm, 212-613-8188

Motzei Shabbat, Sept 17

“Knowledge Is Power: The ABCs of How to Teach Your Child with Special Needs about Personal Safety,” Rabbi Yakov Horowitz and Dr. Stephen Glicksman, spons by SINAI Special Needs Schools, at Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 9pm, 201-833-1134 ext 106

Sun., Sept 18

Collecting Shaimos, for burial in Shalom Cemetery, Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park, 8amnoon, 732-843-5239 “Separation of Church and State in King David’s Kingdom and Today,” Rabbi Yosef Carmel, of Eretz Hemdah in Israel, Cong Bnai Yeshurin, Teaneck, 8:45am Orthodox Union’s Institute for Public Affairs Legislative Breakfast, to introduce community to its legislators, over 20 elected officials have RSVPed to attend,

Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, breakfast, 9:15am, 212-613-8123 Breakfast and Program: Education and Awareness about Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community, for women, spons by Project SARAH (Stop Abusive Relationships at Home), Ohel Miriam in the Beis Yaakov, Passaic, 9:30am “The High Holidays,” JCC, Margate, registration and brunch, 10am; “CPR—Charity, Prayer,” Rabbi Shalom Ever, 10:30am; “Honeymooning with G-d,” Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport, 11:25am; Cantorial Music Preview of the Holidays, 12:20pm, 609-822-1854 Improv 4 Kids Live Interactive Musical Comedy Show, for children in grades K-8 and adults, to benefit Mikvah Yisroel of Springfield, at Cong Israel of Springfield, 10:30am, 908-692-8610 Shechita Demonstration, Rav Avidan Elkin, includes relevant halachot and a demonstration with a live animal, spons by EMUNAH, at Medina Custom Hallal in Passaic, 11am, Scavenger Hunt, for Jewish singles, for ages 23-35, meet at IsA-Berry yogurt store, Englewood, 12:30pm, 201-264-9515 Friendship Circle Walk, Carnival, and BBQ, spons by Chabad Center of Passaic’ Friendship Circle for children with special-needs, Wayne High School, 1pm, 862624-4224 or 973-694-6274 Public Forum on Education: “Meet the Candidates for NJ State Legislature Who Support Liberty and Limited Government,” spons by the Coalition of Liberty Candidates and activists who support “educational liberty for all our children: TEA for Education,” with Anna Little, Raritan Bay Area YMCA, Perth Amboy, 2pm, The Maccabeats in Concert, spons by the Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, at Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre, Union, 3pm, 908-352-8375 Kushner Yeshiva High School Class of 2001 Reunion, Livingston, 4pm, Cong Shomrei Torah Sisterhood Dinner, honoring Allyson Paris, Fair Lawn, 5:30pm, 201-797-9461

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Sinai Special Needs Schools Fall Yom Tov Boutique, with sukkah decorations, and other Judaica and gifts, including “cash for gold,” at the Torah Academy of Bergen County, Teaneck, 6-10pm, 201-837-8309, 201387-8218, or 201-837-1848 Hudson-Jewish Community Dinner at the Sapthagiri Kosher Indian Vegetarian Restaurant, Jersey City, 6pm, NJ Film Festival: “Hamesima X,” Israeli film about an alien sent to Earth to infiltrate the Mossad,” Rutgers University—Voorhees Hall #105, New Brunswick, 7pm, 732-932-8482 “Memory, Monuments, and Museums: Remembering 9/11 and the Holocaust,” Architecht Daniel Libeskind and Prof James Young, Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center, New Brunswick, 7:30pm, 732-932-2033 Pre-Yomim Noraim Shiur, Rabbi Dovid Refson, spons by the Passaic Torah Institute, private home in Passaic, 8pm, 908278-4059 Shalom Bayis: “Challah and Becoming a Channel for Blessing,”

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for women, Devorah Rose Kigel, private home in Teaneck, 8pm, “Teshuva: It’s Not Just about Me,” Rabbi Mayer Twersky, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, 8pm “The Power of Teshuva,” for women, Rabbi Donny and Rachel Besser, private home in Clifton, 8:30pm, “Serving Hashem His Way, Not Mine,” Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, 8:45pm

Mon., Sept 19

“Laughter Is the Best Medicine: Jewish Contributions to the World of Comedy,” Rick Buscigllo, Lautenberg JCC, Whippany, 10:30am, 973-530-3400 “High Holiday Machzor Mapping and Niggun Notes: Geography of the High Holy Days Prayer Book and Service,” Rabbi Lawrence Zierler, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 7:30pm, 201833-0515 ext 200 A Free Taste of Melton: Adult Jewish Learning Program, Jewish Federation, Para-

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mus, 7:30pm, 201-820-3914 Michal Sheital and Fall Sale, private home in Riverdale, 7:30-9:30pm, 917-592-8705 Pre-Rosh Hashana Class: Hilchos Teshuva, Laws of Repentance, Based on the Teachings of Maimonides, Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, at Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 8pm, 201-966-4498 “Infant and Pregnancy Loss in the Jewish Community,” includes the grieving process, how marriages and siblings are affected, how to meet the needs of those suffering from this type of loss, where and how to get help when sadness lingers, and what friends and family need to know, spons by Nechama and OHEL, at the OHEL Northern NJ Regional Center, Teaneck, 8pm, 201-692-9302 “Becoming Grounded— Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, The Book of Deuteronomy, the Last Will and Testament of Moses: Nitzavim/Rosh Hashana, Not in the Heavens,” Rabbi Asher Herson, Chabad Center of Northwest NJ, Rockaway, 8:15pm, 973-6251525 ext 227 Jewish-Russian Club Movie Night: “The Green Chariot,” a Russian Jew seeks to be Orthodox in Israel, Rutgers Hillel, 9pm, 732 545 2407 Tele-Shiur: “The Elul/Tishrei Workshop: Practical Steps and Inspirational Insights,” for women, Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller, 10pm, 732-806-1578 or

Tues., Sept 20

VIP Estate Planning Seminar, “Illness, Disabilities, and Get-

ting Older: Protect Your Family’s Future Today,” Martin Shenkman, PC, Esq; “Planned Giving Strategies, Norman Gildin and Yoni (Jonathan) Shenkman, spons by OHEL, at Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 7pm, 718-972-9338 Trip to the National Museum of American-Jewish History in Philadelphia, leave YMHA, Wayne, 8:45am, 973-595-0100 “Jewish Life in the Early Days of Wayne,” Bernie Kaplan, JCC, Tenafly, 12:30pm, 201569-7900 “Who Needs Settlements? What Israel’s Topography Can Tell Us about Its Borders,” Mark Langfan, spons by the Tea Party of Bergen County, includes kosher refreshments, Harley Davidson Building, Rochelle Park, 7pm, or 646-263-4606 or Film: “Race to Nowhere,” how best to prepare children in school, discussion by Rabbi Lawrence Zierler, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 7:30pm, 201-833-0515 Girls Night In: An Evening of Relaxation and Rejuvenation before the Chagim, includes yoga, meditation, tea, and honey, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, 8pm, “Chicks with Sticks Knitting Circle,” hats for preemies, children with cancer, and IDF soldiers in Israel, private home in Highland Park, 8:30pm, 732-339-8492

Wed., Sept 21

Northern NJ Business Volunteer Council: Speed Networking, IKEA, Paramus, 8:30am, 201-489-9454 ext 114

Tell Our Advertisers “I Saw It in The Jewish Voice & Opinion” “Standing Still While the World around You Is Changing: Israel and Her Neighbors,” Prof Gilbert Kahn, JCC, West Orange, 1pm, 973-530-3406 High Holiday Story Hour, for children 2-5, Dena Gurkov, includes holiday crafts, spons by the Chabad Center of Passaic County, at the Wayne Public Library, 4:30pm, 973-694-6274 Meeting for Teens Who Want to Become Volunteers for the Friendship Circle of Passaic County, to help children and teens with special-needs and their families, spons by the Chabad Center of Passaic County, Wayne, 6pm, 973-694-6274 Artist Talk with Elaine Galen, includes kosher winetasting by Skyview Wines, at Sotheby’s, Riverdale, 7-9pm, 212-729-4974 “Fare Forward,” Wendy Dubow Polins, JCC, Tenafly, 7:30pm, 201-408-1405 Evening of Chizuk and Inspiration: Program on Tefillah, for men and women, with presentations by Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb and Chazzans Bernard Beer, Sherwood Goffin, and Yanky Lemmer, Cong Ahavath Torah, Englewood, 8pm, 201-568-5860 Jewish Book Club, Rutgers Hillel, New Brunswick, 8pm, 732 545 2407 HaRav Hershel Schachter, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 8:15pm “A Sweet New Year,” for women, Rabbi Yaakov Yagen, Midrasha at Aish Tamid, ECHO Building, Spring Valley, 8:30pm, 845-352-0730

Thurs., Sept 22

“Brooklyn Revisted,” trip includes Brighton Beach Boardwalk, kosher lunch at Essen Deli, and the Brooklyn Museum, leave the Riverdale YMHA, 10am, 718-548-8200 Women’s Shiur, Adina David, includes pastries and coffee, Prima Pizza, Passaic, 10:30am, 973-471-9866 “Googling for Ghosts: A Meditation on Writer’s Block, Mourning, and the Holocaust,” Dr. Sylvia Flescher, spons by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies of Ramapo College, at the

Trustees Pavilion of the college, Mahwah, 7:15pm, 201-684-7409 “Grappling with and Confronting the Rosh Hashana Machzor,” Rabbi Steven Weil, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 8pm Mishmar, with Rabbi Jay Weinstein, Rutgers Hillel, New Brunswick, 8pm, 732 545 2407 Pastries, Pizza, and Parsha, Lenny Haas, Rutgers Hillel, New Brunswick, 9pm, 732 545 2407

Fri., Sept 23

Deadline for Nominations for the Obermayer German-Jewish History Awards, seeking names of Germans who protected Jews during the Holocaust or who have contributed to the preservation of Jewish history, culture, cemeteries, or synagogues, spons by the Berlin Parliament, deadline is Sept 23, 2011, chaired by Arthur Obermayer, 617-244-0180

Shabbat, Sept 24

Carlebach Minyan, Cong Darchei Noam, Fair Lawn, 8:45am Youth Group Program, with Avi and Ora, Cong Shomrei Emunah, Englewood, 9:30am, 201-803-9222 Ramat Rachel Shiur: The Haftarot of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur and Their Messages for Us in Chodesh Elul,” Shira Shiowitz, in memory of Rochi Lerner, z”l, Cong Beth Aaron, Teaneck, 4:30pm

Motzei Shabbat, Sept 24, Selichot

Collecting Building Fund Pushkah Money, Cong Ohav Emeth, Highland Park, 8:30pm, 732-985-7348

Sun., Sept 25

Bergen Bike Tour, 50-, 25-, and 10-mile routes for cyclists of every level, to benefit the Tomorrow Children’s Fund for children with cancer and blood diseases at Hackensack University Medical Center and the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, at Darlington Park, Mahwah, 8am, 877BER-BIKE HudsonJewish Table at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, 1st and Washington Streets, 9am5pm, Explanatory Morning Service, Rabbi David Pietruszka, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, at Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 9:15am, 201-966-4490 Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls Community Yom Iyun, for men and women, Shira Schiowitz and Tova Sinensky, at the school, Teaneck, 9:30am, 201-833-4307 “Tech Talk: Tough Questions about Consumer Electronics, Cell Phones, MP3 Players, Home Theaters, PDAs, Digital Cameras, etc” Avi Greengart, spons by the Men’s Club, includes breakfast, Cong Beth Aaron, Teaneck, 9:30am, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), spons by NORPAC, private home in Teaneck, 10:30am, 201-788-5133 SibShops, support group for children 7-12 who have a special-needs sibling, JCC, Tenafly, 10:30am, 201-408-1489 “Paper Clips: Holocaust Education,” for women, Sandra Roberts, spons by the Chabad Center of Passaic County, includes brunch and tricky tray, at the Regency House Hotel, Pompton Plains, 10:45am, 973-694-7274 Pre-Yom Tov Boutique, Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, Teaneck, 11am-3pm, 201-833-4307 Fall Family Farm Outing, includes holiday-related crafts, stories, apple picking, and apple-and-honey tasting, Wrightman’s Farm, Morristown, 1pm, 973-929-2936 Dedication of Sculpture to the Memory of the Munich 11 Israeli Athletes Murdered at the 1972 Olympics, Rockland JCC, West Nyack, 1:30pm, 845362-4400 ext 106 Bris Avrohom Dinner and Gala Weddings Celebration, featuring Israeli Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein, Best Western Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, chuppahs begin at 4pm, 908-289-0770 Bergen Connections Kickoff Event, Shidduch Group for single Orthodox-Jewish men and women, 28-38, endorsed by the RCBC, shadchen Tova Weinberg of Saw You at Sinai, entertainment, and meat buffet, private home in Teaneck, 5pm, 201-837-0164, Ber-, or Jewish Federation of Northern NJ Gala, keynote speaker, Ambassador (Ret) Daniel Kurtzer, honoring Eleanor and Ed Epstein, Alpine Country Club, Demarest, 5:30pm, 201-820-3911 JACS Meeting, 12-steps meeting for Jews in recovery, Rabbi Steven Bayar, Cong B’nai Israel, Millburn, 6pm, 973-379-3811 NJ Film Festival: “The King’s Garden,” relationship between archaeology, history, and nationalism in present-day Jerusalem, Rutgers University— Voorhees Hall #105, New Brunswick, 7pm, 732-932-8482 “The Power of Teshuva,” for women, Rabbi Donny and Rachel Besser, private home in Clifton, 8:30pm, Tele-Shiur: “The Elul/Tishrei Workshop: Practical Steps and Inspirational Insights,” for women, Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller, 10pm, 732-806-1578 or

Mon., Sept 26

“Laughter Is the Best Medicine: Jewish Contributions to the World of Comedy,” Rick Buscigllo, Lautenberg JCC, Whippany, 10:30am, 973-530-3400 “Rosh Hashana,” Moshe Katzberg, JCC, Tenafly, 11:15am, 201-569-7900 Café Europa Holocaust Survivor Group, featuring Yiddish actor Itzy Firestone, led by Jacob Weiland, spons by the Claims Conference, Riverdale YMHA, 1pm, 718-548-8200 ext 303 Film: “Annie Hall,” with Stan Goldberg, JCC, Tenafly, 1:30pm, 201-569-7900 Celebrate Rosh Hashana, for children ages 2-6, Mindy Sayer, Roberta Leitner, and Chayela Ehrenreich, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 3:30pm, 845-362-4400 “Becoming Grounded— Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, The Book of Deuteronomy: Vayeilech, Moshe’s Last Will,” Rabbi Asher Herson, Chabad Center of Northwest NJ, Rockaway, 8:15pm, 973-625-1525 ext 227

Tues., Sept 27

“The Future of Judaism in Latin America,” Rabbi Alberto Zelkovich, JCC, Tenafly, 12:30pm,

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201-569-7900 GEM (Gathering for Encouragement of Modest), for women, to discuss tznius and dress, private home in Passaic, 8pm, 973-365-2342 “Chicks with Sticks Knitting Circle,” hats for preemies, children with cancer, and IDF soldiers in Israel, private home in Highland Park, 8:30pm, 732-339-8492

Thurs., Sept 29, Rosh Hashana

Carlebach Community of Teaneck Services, with Rabbi Nossen Schafer, Rebbetzin Channah Schafer, Rabbi Richard Wolpoe, and Steve Styler, at the Jewish Center of Teaneck, also Fri., Sept 30, 917-796-7428 Free Explanatory Rosh Hashana Services, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, includes Kiddush and refreshments, Torah Academy of Bergen County, Teaneck, 10am, also Fri., Sept 30, 201-966-4498 Free Explanatory Rosh Hashana Services, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, includes Kiddush and refreshments, Cong Ahavath Torah, Englewood, 10am, also Fri., Sept 30, 201-966-4498

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Photo Exhibit: “Sukkah,” Suzy Rosenberg, JCC, Tenafly, 201569-7900, through Wed., Oct 26 Tele-Shiur: “The Elul/Tishrei Workshop: Practical Steps and Inspirational Insights,” for women, Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller, 10pm, 732-806-1578 or Newark Cemetery Visiting Day, spons by Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 10am-2pm, 973-736-1407 “Breast Cancer in Jewish Women: 2011 Prevention, Detection, Treatment, Genetics,” Dr Janice Berliner, Dr. M Michele Blackwood, Dr. Richard Michaelson, Dr. R. Zoe Woel, and Angels McCabe, in collaboration with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, at Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 10am, 973-736-1407 Live from the 92nd Street YMHA: “The Middle East and the World,” Eliot Spitzer and Alan Dershowitz, live by satellite, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 7pm, 845362-4400 ext 109

Mon., Oct 3

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vor Group, Linda Storfer, Riverdale YMHA, noon, 718-548-8200 “Becoming Grounded— Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, The Book of Deuteronomy, the Last Will and Testament of Moses: Haazinu/Yom Kippur, Life in Three Dimensions,” Rabbi Asher Herson, Chabad Center of Northwest NJ, Rockaway, 8:15pm, 973-625-1525 ext 227

Sam Colman Lecture, Holocaust Museum and Study, Spring Valley, 7:30pm, 845-356-2700 Pre-Yom Kippur Class: “Hilchos Teshuva, Laws of Repentance, Based on the Teachings of Maimonides,” Rabbi David Pietruszka, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, at Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 8pm, 201-966-4498

Jewish Federation of Northern NJ Women’s Philanthropy Mission to Washington, honoring Bonnie Englebardt-Lautenberg, includes briefings, a visit to the Israeli Embassy, and lunch with members of the NJ Congressional delegation, private travel arrangements, 201-820-3953 “Feminism and Judaism: Are They Compatible?” Erwin Graulich, JCC, Tenafly, 12:30pm, 201-569-7900 Contemporary Israeli Poetry Group, in the original with English translation and discussion, Atara Fobar, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 7pm, 718-796-4730 Martin Raffel, Shifra and

“A Look at a Few of the Many Great Jewish Violinists,” Maestro George Marriner Maull, JCC, West Orange, 1pm, 973-530-3406 “Before the Holocaust: Historical Background—European Political Life from 1789-1918,” Karen Small, Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers, New Brunswick, 4:30pm, 732-932-3345 Jewish 12-Step Meeting, JACS—Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons, and Significant Others, Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 7:30pm, 201-8379090, ask for IRA (Information and Referral) or 201-981-1071 “Teshuva, Tefilah, and Tzeda-

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Wed., Oct 5

ka,” Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, 8:15pm, 973-736-1407 “It’s Never Too Late,” for women, Rabbi Yaakov Yagen, Midrasha at Aish Tamid, ECHO Building, Spring Valley, 8:30pm, 845-352-0730

Thurs., Oct 6

“The Transformative Landmarks of the Yom Kippur Machzor,” Rabbi Steven Weil, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 8pm Pastries, Pizza, and Parsha, Lenny Haas, Rutgers Hillel, New Brunswick, 8pm, 732 545 2407

Fri, Oct 7, Erev Yom Kippur

Services, Rabbi Mendy Gurkov, spons by the Chabad Center of Upper Passaic County, Holiday Inn, Wanaque, 6:30pm, 201-696-7609, through Yom Kippur, Oct 8 Free Explanatory Yom Kippur Kol Nidrei Service, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, Torah Academy of Bergen County, Teaneck, 6pm, 201-966-4498 Free Explanatory Yom Kippur Kol Nidrei Service, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience,

Cong Ahavath Torah, Englewood, 6pm, 201-966-4498

Shabbat, Oct 8, Yom Kippur

Carlebach Community of Teaneck Services, with Rabbi Nossen Schafer, Rebbetzin Channah Schafer, Rabbi Richard Wolpoe, and Steve Styler, at the Jewish Center of Teaneck, 917-796-7428 Free Explanatory Yom Kippur Service, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, Torah Academy of Bergen County, Teaneck, 10am, 201-966-4498 Free Explanatory Yom Kippur Service, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, Cong Ahavath Torah, Englewood, 10am, 201-966-4498

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Sukkah Decorating Party, for children, Cong Shomrei Emunah, Englewood, 9am, 201803-9222 Meet the Artist Reception: Suzy Rosenberg, photographer for the exhibit, “Sukkah,” JCC, Tenafly, 1-3pm, 201-569-7900 The Maccabeats in Concert, JCC of Paramus, 3pm, 201-2627691 Y Sundays

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Practical Halacha: Hilchos Shabbos,â&#x20AC;? includes breakfast, Rabbi Tave,â&#x20AC;? Passaic Torah Institute, 8am, 973-594-4774 Shmuel Shiur, Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, Cong Netivot Shalom, Teaneck, 9am, begins Sept 11 Tutor Time: A Jewish Studies and Hebrew Language Program, for children 5 and up and adults, Morah Devorah Klar, Chabad Center, West Orange, 9am, 973-901-2266 Mishna, Rabbi Lawrence Zierler, includes breakfast, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 9am, 201-833-0515 Gemara in Depth, Rabbi Shlomo Singer, Passaic Torah Institute, 9:30am, 973-594-4774 Family Education, for families including parents, grandparents, and children over 6, Rebbetzin Barbara Marks, Cong Mount Sinai, Jersey City, 10am, 201-655-4225 Shalom Cemetery Visits, on Highway 27, New Brunswick, gates are open each Sunday during Elul, 10am-5pm, 732-247-0532 Kosher Exercise and Nutrition, for girls 8-11, Vichna Belsky, private home in Monsey, 11am, 845-425-0645 Art Class, for girls, private home in Passaic, 11am, 973-5198870 Monsey Art Club for Girls, Helen Spitz, subjects include the Kossel, Kever Rochel, Tiveria, Ein Gedi, Seforim on Shelves, Krias Yam Suf, and Moshe Rabbeinu Hidden in the Reff, private home in Monsey, 11am, 845-598-4671 or 845-425-3905 Art Class, for boys, private home in Passaic, 2pm, 973-519-8870 Monsey Art Club for Boys, Helen Spitz, subjects include the Kossel, Kever Rochel, Tiveria, Ein Gedi, Seforim on Shelves, Krias Yam Suf, and Moshe Rabbeinu Hidden in the Reff, private home in Monsey, 2pm, 845-598-4671 or 845-425-3905 Krav Maga/Hisardut, Sensei Yuri Milshtein, Power Mixed Martial Arts, Wesley Hills, Little Ninjas, for boys and girls ages 4-6, 2pm; Basic Kids Level 1, for boys ages 7-11, 3pm; Basic and Intermediate Kids Level 2 and 3, for boys ages 7-11; 4:15pm; Intermediate Kids Levels 4 and 5, for boys ages 7-11, 5:30pm; Teen Open, for boys 12 and up, 6:45pm, 845-364-9111 Chaburah: Dan L Kaf Zechus, led by Rabbi Zev Rivkin, Bais Medrash of Bergenfield, 8:30pm,


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Hebrew Reading, Diana Yacobi, JCC, Tenafly, 9:30am, 201-4081458, begins Sept 12 Ulpan Conversational Hebrew Level One, Havi Segal-Elad, JCC, Tenafly, 9:30am, 201-820-3908, begins Oct 3 Ulpan Conversational Hebrew Level Three (Low), Nava Regev, Jewish Federation, Paramus, 9:30am, 201-820-3908, begins Oct 3 Ulpan Conversational Hebrew Level Three High, Havi SegalElad, JCC, Tenafly, 11am, 201-820-3908, begins Oct 3 Ulpan Conversational Hebrew Level Two, Drora Arussy, Jewish Federation, Paramus, 11am, 201-820-3908, begins Oct 3 The Gentlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kollel, Riverdale Jewish Center, 1pm, 718548-1850 Mishna Tele-Shiur: Mishnayot Masechet Yoma, Rabbi Mordechai Gershon, 2:15pm, 605-477-2100, code: 1034746#, also Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 2:15pm Tutor Time: A Jewish Studies and Hebrew Language Program, for children 5 and up and adults, Morah Devorah Klar, Chabad Center, West Orange, 4pm, 973-901-2266 Advanced Beginners Hebrew, Rachel Kushner, JCC, West Orange, 5:30pm, begins Oct 3, 973-530-3400 Judaism 101, Rabbi Shlomo Marks, Cong Mount Sinai, Jersey City, 6:30pm, 201-655-4225 Gym Night, grades 4-5, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and

David, West Orange, 6:45pm, 973-736-1407 Intermediate Hebrew, Rachel Kushner, JCC, West Orange, 7pm, begins Oct 3, 973-530-3400 Shomer Shabbat Boy Scout Troop, Scoutmaster Daniel Chazin, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 7:30pm, 201-836-7019, begins Sept 12 Ulpan Conversational Hebrew Level Three (High), Pirhia Rozman, Fair Lawn Jewish Center, 7:30pm, 201-820-3908, begins Oct 3 Ulpan Conversational Hebrew Level Five, Orna Green, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 7:30pm, 201-820-3908, begins Oct 3 Hebrew Reading, Diana Yacobi, JCC, Tenafly, 8pm, 201-4081458, begins Sept 12 Nefesh Hachaim by Rav Chaim of Volozhin, Rabbi David Bassous, Cong Etz Ahaim, Highland Park, 8pm, 732-247-3839 Gym Night, grades 6-8, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 8pm, 973-736-1407 Resident Scholar Series, local Riverdale residents, Riverdale Jewish Center, 8pm, 718-548-1850 Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tefillah Class, Rabbi Andrew and Rebbetzin Sara Markowitz, private home in Fair Lawn, 8:15pm, 201-796-5902 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five Levels on Gemara, Stressing Skills,â&#x20AC;? Rabbis Shotkin, Zimmerman, Hamburger, Shulman, and Bodenheim, Passaic Torah Institute, 8:30pm, 973-594-4774 Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tefillah Learning Group, Rabbi Mordecai Feuerstein, spons by the Synagogue of the Suburban Torah Center, private homes in Livingston, 8:30pm, 973-994-0122 Gemara Masechet Moed Katan, Rabbi Steven Miodownik, private home in Highland Park, 9pm, 732-247-0532 Women-Only Swimming Lessons, for those who know how to swim, Rutgers Continuing Education, New Brunswick, 9:15pm,

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Gems of Torah, Rabbi Moshe Goldberger, Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park, 8:30am, 732-247-0532 Lishma Beit Midrash Program: Shiur and Chevruta Study, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Riverdale, 9am, Navi Chavura: Sefer Melachim, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 9am Mishnayot Yoma/Rosh Hashana, Rabbi Avigdor Weitzner, Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park, 9:30am, 732-247-0532 Navi, for women, Shoshana Sperling, spons by Neve Passaic Torah Institute, private home in Passaic, 9:40am, 908-278-4059 Gemara: Baba Metzia, Rabbi Menahem Meier, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 9:45am Women’s Parshat HaShavua, Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 10am, 973-736-1407 “A Touch of Class,” Riverdale Jewish Center rabbis, includes lunch, Riverdale Jewish Center, noon, 718-548-1850, begins Sept 13 Intermediate Yiddish, Rebecca Levine, Lautenberg JCC, Whippany, 12:30pm, begins Oct 4, 973-530-3400 Telephone Shiur: “Torah Wisdom and Personal Development,” for women, Rabbi Aryeh Nivin, 1pm, 646-863-4123 Israel Day Preparation, for grades 6-12, JCC, Tenafly, 4pm, 201-569-7900 Tutor Time: A Jewish Studies and Hebrew Language Program, for children 5 and up and adults, Morah Devorah Klar, Chabad Center, West Orange, 4pm, 973-901-2266 Beginners Toradojo: Shotokan Karate and Self-Discipline, for children, Sifu Gene White, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 6pm, 973-736-1407 Ulpan Conversational Hebrew Level One, Ornit Michael, Jewish Federation, Paramus, 7:30pm, 201-820-3908, begins Oct 4 Ulpan Conversational Hebrew Level Three (Low), Orna Green, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 7:30pm, 201-820-3908, begins Oct 4 Packing for Tomchei Shabbos of Bergen County, at Cong Bnai Yeshurun, 7:30pm, Tefilla Shiur: Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Tefillos, Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski, Cong Zichron Mordechai, Teaneck, 8pm, Rabbinics and Beit Midrash, Rabbi Moshe Silver, Cong Etz Ahaim, Highland Park, 8pm, 732-247-3839 Gemara in Depth, Rabbi Shlomo Singer, Passaic Torah Institute, 8:15pm, 973-594-4774 “Basics in Judaism,” Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 8:15pm

Mazal Tov

Mazal Tov to the Bar Mitzvah Boys: Eli Best, Shuey Boniuk, Eli Chosak, Yona Goldsheider, Zachary Greenberg, Justin Koesterich, Bobby Miller, Yechiel Mincis, Joseph Moskowitz, Sam Ruby, Yosef Schatz, David Schmidt, Eitan Schneier, Jonathan Silber, Meir Yakov Sobolofsky, Noah Susskind, Akiva Wiener, and Jonathan Zughaft; and the Bat Mitzvah Girls: Arianna Kaye, Chani Kermaier, Sara Knoll, Atara Schulhof, Ayelet Senderowicz, Arielle Wenig,, and Gila Witkin Mazal Tov to Henry and Sheila Schanzer on their 50th wedding anniversary Mazal Tov to Daniel Waintraub and Caren Abitol on their wedding; Mazal Tov also to Dr. Stanley and Charnie Waintraub Y

Parsha, Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt, Riverdale Jewish Center, 8:30pm, 718-548-1850 Hilchos Mezuza: Shulchan Aruch Shiur, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, 9:15pm Women-Only Swimming Lessons, for beginners, Natalie Herbin, Rutgers Continuing Education, New Brunswick, 9:15pm, safti18@ Shiur on Maseches Sukkah, Lieber Schachter, Bais Medrash of Bergenfield, 9:20pm,


Women’s Shiur, Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 9am Ulpan Conversational Hebrew Level Four, Orna Green, JCC, Tenafly, 9:15am, 201-820-3908, begins Sept 28 The Shakespeare Group: Reading King Lear, private homes in Teaneck, 9:15am, 201-692-1613 or Ulpan Conversational Hebrew Level Four (low), Bergen County YJCC, Washington Twnshp, 9:30am, 201-820-3908, begins Oct 5 Coffee and Kabbalah: Culled from Chassidic Discourses on the Parsha, Rabbi Baruch Klar, Chabad Center, West Orange, 10am, 973-486-2362 or 973-731-0770 Ulpan Conversational Hebrew Level Five, Orna Green, JCC, Tenafly, 11am, 201-820-3908, begins Oct 5 “Ethics in Action,” Rabbi Lawrence Zierler, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 11am, 201-833-0515 Tele-Shiur: “History, Meaning, and Guide to Prayer: Parsha Hashavua, Rabbi Mordecai Feuerstein, 973-409-3117 or 866-266-3378 Conference ID #973-994-2620, Pin #994-2629, 12:15pm Lunch and Learn, for seniors, Rabbi Michael Taubes, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, lunch, 1pm; shiur, 1:30pm, begins Sept 14 Tutor Time: A Jewish Studies and Hebrew Language Program, for children 5 and up and adults, Morah Devorah Klar, Chabad Center, West Orange, 4pm, 973-901-2266 Beginners Hebrew, Rachel Kushner, JCC, West Orange, 6pm, begins Oct 5, 973-530-3400 Shorashim Girls Groups, for grades 4-7, includes swimming pool and gym, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 7pm, 201-833-0515 ext 205 Advanced Hebrew, Rachel Kushner, JCC, West Orange, 7:30pm, begins Oct 5, 973-530-3400 Ulpan Conversational Hebrew Level Four (low), Pirhia Rozman, Fair Lawn Jewish Center, 7:30pm, 201-820-3908, begins Oct 5 Hebrew Institute of Riverdale Community Choir, Jonathan Dzik, synagogue in Riverdale, 7:30pm, 718-549-8520 Shmooze on the News in Hebrew, Daniel Sonnenschein, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 7:30pm, 845-362-4200 “Five Levels on Gemara, Stressing Skills,” Rabbis Shotkin, Zimmerman, Hamburger, Shulman, and Bodenheim, Passaic Torah Institute, 8:30pm, 973-594-4774 Chaburah: Dan L Kaf Zechus, led by Rabbi Zev Rivkin, Bais Medrash of Bergenfield, 8:30pm, Gemara Shiur, for women, Rabbi Michael Stein, Riverdale Jewish Center, 8:30pm, 718-548-1850 Moreh Nevuchim, Dr. Isaac Chavel, Riverdale Jewish Center, 8:30pm, 718-548-1850 Bible: Beginners and Advanced, Rachel Kushner, JCC, West Orange, 8:45pm, begins Oct 5, 973-530-3400 Telephone Shiur: “Torah Wisdom and Personal Development,” for women, Rabbi Aryeh Nivin, 9pm, 646-863-4123 Women-Only Swimming Lessons, for those who know how to swim, Rutgers Continuing Education, New Brunswick, 9:15pm, Thursdays

“Sefer Tehillim Revealed: Lessons for Life in All Its Complexity,” Rabbi Lawrence Zierler, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 7:45am, 201-833-0515 Gemara Sukkah, Rabbi Shlomo Nussbaum, Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park, 8:35am, 732-247-0532 Lishma Beit Midrash Program: Shiur and Chevruta Study, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Riverdale, 9am, Navi Chavura: Sefer Melachim, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 9am “Chassidic Insights into the Parsha,” Rabbi Mechel Horowitz, Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park, 9:35am, 732-247-0532 Gemara: Baba Metzia, Rabbi Menahem Meier, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 9:45am “Approaches to Human Suffering in the Book of Job,” Rabbi Menahem Meier, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 10:50am Tutor Time: A Jewish Studies and Hebrew Language Program, for children 5 and up and adults, Morah Devorah Klar, Chabad Center, West Orange, 4pm, 973-901-2266 Girls Art Club, for 2nd grade and older, Alyssa Komarow, private home in Passaic, 4:15pm, 973-470-0036 “Teaching the Holocaust,” for teachers of grades K-12 or administrators, Stacy Schiller, Kean University, Union, 4:30pm, 908737-4633 Shmooze with the News about Israel, for grades 6-12, JCC, Tenafly, 5pm, 201-569-7900 Beginners Toradojo: Shotokan Karate and Self-Discipline, for children, Sifu Gene White, Cong Ohr Torah, West Orange, 6pm, 973-669-7320 WISE: Woman, Independent, Strong, Enriched, confidential program providing integrated employment and counseling services for domestic violence victims, Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 7pm, or 201-837-9090 Toradojo, for teens and adults, Sifu Gene White, Cong Ohr Torah, West Orange, 7pm, 973-669-7320 Advanced Yiddish, Rebecca Levine, Lautenberg JCC, Whippany, 7pm, begins Oct 6, 973-530-3400 Shorashim Boys Groups, for grades 4-7, includes swimming pool and gym, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 7pm, 201-833-0515 ext 205 Kol Dodi: The MetroWest Community Chorale, Cantor Joel Caplan, JCC, West Orange, 7:50pm, 973-530-3400 New Mussar Group: Personal Growth and Teshuva before the Upcoming Yemei Hadin, Rav Zev Wolbe, Yeshivas Ohr Yosef, New Milford. 8pm, 201-921-4921 Yiddish for Beginners, Rebecca Levine, Lautenberg JCC, Whippany, 8:10pm, begins Oct 6, 973-530-3400 Gemara Shiur: Masechet Makkot, Rabbi Chaim Poupko, private homes in Englewood, 8:30pm, Halacha Shiur, Rabbi Pollak, Passaic Torah Institute, 8:30pm, 973-594-4774 Gemara: Masechet Brachot/Beit Midrash, Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, Passaic, 8:30pm Parsha Shiur, Rabbi Isaacs, Passaic Torah Institute, 9pm, 973594-4774 Chumash Shiur, Rabbi Yissocher Frand, via satellite, Cong K’Hal Zichron Mordechai, Monsey (845-356-7188);Young Israel of Fair Lawn (201-797-1800); Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck (201-907-0180); Cong Ohr Torah, West Orange (973-669-7320); Cong Tifereth Israel, Passaic (973773-2552), Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park (732-247-0532), 9pm Internet Shiur: Parsha Plus, Tova Cohen, 9pm, “Practical Ways to Prepare for the Yomim Noraim,” based on Rambam’s Hilchos Teshuvah, Rabbi Daniel Schwab, Cong Bnei Torah,

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Clifton, 9pm, 845-642-8071 Shiur on Maseches Sukkah, Lieber Schachter, Bais Medrash of Bergenfield, 9:20pm, Mussar Based on the Parsha, Rabbi Baruch Bodenhein, Passaic Torah Institute, 10:05pm, 973-594-4774


Bergen County Kollel for Baalei Batim, includes mussar, Gemara, and halacha, Cong Beth Aaron, Teaneck, 8am, 201-280-1780 or 201-261-1453 NJ Jewish Film Festival, Jewish-themed films with discussions, JCC, West Orange, 10am, 973-530-3417, begins Sept 9


Navi/Shmuel Bet, Rabbi Baruch Bodenheim, Passaic Torah Institute, 7:45am, 973-594-4774 Sefer Chofetz Chaim, for women, Rabbi Eliezer Moskowitz, spons by Neve Passaic Torah Institute, private home in Passaic, 4pm, 908-278-4059 Parsha, for women, Rabbi Avraham Goldhar, spons by Neve Passaic Torah Institute, private home in Passaic, 4pm, 908-278-4059 “Tefillah,” for women, Rabbi Avraham Goldhar, spons by Neve Passaic Torah Institute, private home in Passaic, 4:30pm, 908-278-4059 Pirkei Avos in Depth, for men and women, Rabbi Mordechai Becher, Passaic Torah Institute, 5:30pm, 862-371-3186 Shabbos Zemiros Group, private homes in West Orange, 5:30pm,

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will be largely symbolic. The GA, she said, “has an automatic anti-Israel, anti-America majority made up largely of nondemocratic member states and other governments that repeatedly vote with rogue regimes against Israel and the US.” The GA cannot grant membership to a “Palestinian state” without the approval of the UN Security Council, where President Barack Obama would surely veto the measure. But the GA could upgrade the status of the Palestinians from its present “observer” position to that of “non-member state observer,” the same status accorded to Vatican City. After that, she said, other UN agencies and programs could grant membership or other upgraded status to “Palestine.” Implicit Recognition Such UN actions would provide implicit recognition and legitimacy to a self-declared “Palestinian state” and “reward and reinforce the unilateral, rejectionist policies of the Palestinian leadership,” she said. The result, she said, would severely undermine opportunities for a negotiated peace between Israel and Palestine. “Ramallah could seize on the UN’s actions to escalate its efforts to demonize and isolate Israel internationally, including seeking an International Criminal Court investigation in order

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to undermine Israel’s right to defend itself from attacks by violent extremist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah—including the very attacks that killed several Israelis and wounded many others just last month,” she said. Breaking Agreements Many observers say that just the act of seeking recognition of a Palestinian state jeopardizes all existing agreements between the PA and Israel because, according to the Oslo Accords, neither side may act unilaterally to change the status quo. “Unilateral steps would have legal, economic, and political ramifications for us and for America as a cosignatory to the Oslo Accords,” said Michael Oren, Israel’s Ambassador to the US. But if a state of Palestine is declared, all agreements between Israel and PA would be ended. “We have a lot of agreements with the Palestinian Authority. We have no agreements with a ‘government of Palestine,’” said Mr. Oren. No Negotiations under Fire He said the move would render invalid all economic treaties, including export, import, and water-sharing, as well as security-cooperation agreements. Palestinian statehood would provide the Palestinians with

the ability to attack Israel with “lawfare” suits in the international arena, actions which would further diminish the chances of reaching a negotiated agreement, said Mr. Oren. “We want to be able to negotiate but we won’t be able to negotiate if they are attacking our legitimacy in every international court. We’re not going to negotiate under fire, and it’s a mistake for the Palestinians to think that we would,” he said. “The Palestinians risk all that has been achieved if they go forward with this, and that would be a great tragedy.” Comprehensive Bill Ms. Ros-Lehtinen’s solution is HR 2829, a 153-page bill which not only would block US funding of any UN entity that upgrades the status of the Palestinians before their conflict with Israel is resolved, but would also ban contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) until UN policies are changed. It would prohibit the US from sitting on the UN’s Human Rights Council (HRC) and would withhold US funding for the HRC budget until a series of criteria are met, including the termination of the permanent investigation into Israel’s human rights record and the verification by the State Department that the body does not include members that are themselves subject to Security Council sanctions under the council’s mandated investigations for human rights abuses or are statesponsors of terrorism. Called the United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act, the legislation is intended to enhance US leverage at the UN by withholding a share of US dues if the world body doesn’t shift its current assessment-based model to a

voluntary dues system over the next two years. The bill will demand that the UN let countries decide how much to pay and which programs to support, rather than the current system which assesses payments on a formula based on each member nation’s relative share of the global economy. It would limit US funds to those purposes approved by Congress and put a hold on creating or expanding peacekeeping operations until management changes are made. “We want to make sure US tax dollars do not fund biased or wasteful UN activities,” said Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, adding that her goal is to achieve “other much-needed reforms that will make the UN more transparent, accountable, objective, and effective.” “We need a UN which will advance the noble goals for which it was founded. The current UN continues to be plagued by scandal, mismanagement, and inaction, and its agenda is frequently hijacked by rogue regimes which protect each other while targeting free democracies like the US and Israel,” she said. Historical Precedent The text of the section geared to blocking any change in the Palestinians’ UN status is based on the model set by then-President George H.W. Bush’s Administration in 1989, the first time the Palestinians—then represented by the PLO—tried to win recognition of “Palestine” as a member of the UN. At first then-Secretary of State James Baker tried to convince UN members to vote against the proposal in the GA. When it became clear that was impossible, he announced the US would withhold all funds

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from any UN entity that upgraded the status of the Palestinian observer mission in any way. “The UN was forced to choose between isolating Israel and receiving US contributions, and they chose the latter. The PLO’s unilateral campaign was stopped in its tracks,” said Ms. Ros-Lehtinen. Presidential Veto Her bill currently has 71 cosponsors, all Republicans. While it is expected to pass in the House of Representatives, it is likely to be stalled in the Democrat-controlled Senate. Thus, Mr. Obama, who has already announced his disapproval, may be spared having to veto it. “We oppose this legislation,” said Victoria Nuland, a State Department spokeswoman. She complained it would cut US funding for the world body in half and “dangerously weaken the UN.” “We believe in UN reform. We just don’t think this is the right way to go about it,” she said. Favoring the UN Mr. Obama’s critics say the administration’s position on Ms. Ros-Lehtinen’s bill is just one more example of the steps the President has taken to place cooperation with the UN at the top of his foreign policy agenda. “Through word and deed, Obama has shown that he be-

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lieves the US should minimize the extent to which it operates independently from the UN on the global stage,” said Carolyn Glick in the Jerusalem Post. She suggested the Obama administration believes that, in order to have credibility in foreign affairs, “the US must not throw its weight around the UN” and that “if it objects too strenuously to the way things are done, or makes its support for the UN conditional on UN actions, then all the other UN members will be offended and refuse to cooperate with the US.” Groundless Fears This fear of being perceived as “bossy,” Ms. Glick said, is “groundless.” “The hard truth is that no one goes along with the UN simply because it is the UN. States are reasonably and consistently opportunistic in their cooperation with the UN. They support the UN when it supports their interests and they ignore the UN when it opposes their interests,” she said. “Clashing national interests are the reason the Obama administration has failed to secure Security Council support for anything approaching effective measures against Iran’s nuclear weapons program.” She argued that the reason the administration objects to Ms. Ros-Lehtinen’s bill is that the President and his advisors believe it is “old fashioned”

to attempt to hold the UN accountable for its actions. This, according to Ms. Glick, is indicative of the “culture that motivates the administration to cling to its UN-centered agenda despite its obvious and repeated failure.” This agenda, she said, “is not a product of rational thought. It is the product of the groupthink that is endemic at the universities from whence Obama and his advisors have emerged.” Costing Billions Mr. Obama’s critics say his agenda is costing the American people billions of dollars for which they get very little. In 2010, US taxpayers gave the UN $7.7 billion for all its programs. Currently, the US pays 22 percent of the UN’s regular operations budget and is assessed 27 percent of the world body’s peacekeeping budget. US payments totaled $3.35 billion in 2010, of which $2.67 billion was dedicated to the 16 peacekeeping operations worldwide, from South Sudan to Haiti. US law limits the peacekeeping funding to 25 percent of the cost of operations, but Congress has approved an annual waiver permitting payment of the full 27 percent assessment. This past July, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen’s committee approved an authorization bill that would cut US funding for peacekeeping operations by almost 10 percent. Her bill would direct the President to instruct his UN ambassador to use US veto power in the Security Council to block the creation of new peacekeeping operations or the expansion of existing ones until reforms are made. The bill would also have the US withhold a percentage of its contributions until at least 80 percent of the UN

budget was voluntary. Should Dovetail Brett Schaefer, a UN analyst with the conservative Washington-based Heritage Foundation, said Ms. Ros-Lehtinen’s bill actually dovetails with the Obama administration’s avowed interest in seeing more UN accountability, improvements in peacekeeping, and an end to policies that single out Israel for criticism. “The real point of divergence between the bill and the administration is how to achieve these policy goals,” said Mr. Schaeffer. The President’s critics say his plan to continue funding the UN while trying to influence it “from the inside” is not working. Rep Howard Berman (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on Ms. Ros-Lehtinen’s House Foreign Affairs Committee, did not deny that the “efforts to isolate and delegitimize Israel in the GA and elsewhere are gaining steam.” However, he said, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen’s bill would weaken US influence at the UN, making it “harder to counter Palestinian attempts to unilaterally declare statehood.” He did not respond when asked if he saw any possibility, even with the current level of US financial support, that the administration could deter GA members from voting for the Palestinian state. Influence Supporters of Ms. RosLehtinen’s bill say the way the UN currently behaves proves the US, despite its heavy financial investment, has little influence. The only way to improve the situation, they say, is to make the UN pay for misbehavior with loss of US funds. Last April, at a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen challenged the American UN Ambassa- dor Susan Rice on the issue of influence. “There’s no question that when the US is in debt to the UN, when we fail to meet our treaty obligations to pay our assessed contributions, that our influence is diminished, our standing is injured, and our ability to pursue important initiatives that advance US national security and US national interest is gravely undermined,” Ms. Rice said. Ms. Ros-Lehtinen adamantly disagreed. “Unfortunately, the Obama administration has consistently refused to use our strongest leverage—our financial contributions—to advance US interests at the UN. If the executive branch will not demonstrate leadership on this issue, Congress must fill the void,” she said. Campaign Issue Some political pundits have discussed whether UN funding could become a campaign issue. “Is President Obama willing to head into a re-election con-

test flying the flag of the UN?” said Jonathan Tobin, editor of Commentary magazine. He suggested that Mr. Obama’s “don’t worry, be happy” approach to the UN “has done nothing to convince its members to stop trying to kill the peace process by voting to recognize an independent Palestinian state without first requiring it to make peace with Israel.” He pointed out that the administration also has not used its “supposedly weighty influence” at the UN to transform UNWRA or the Human Rights Council, “both of which exist primarily in order to perpetuate the Arab war against Israel. “Despite progress on some fronts, the UN and its affiliate agencies remain a cesspool of antisemitism and bias against Israel, as the upcoming Durban III UN conference—which, to its credit, the administration plans to boycott—proves yet again,” said Mr. Tobin. Should Be Bipartisan He expressed surprise that

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the overriding principle behind Ms. Ros-Lehtinen’s bill—that the US should fund only those institutions and causes that reflect American values and interests—is not a matter of bipartisan consensus. “The Ros-Lehtinen Bill is long overdue and deserves the support of pro-Israel Democrats,” said Mr. Tobin. “Democrats need to put the White House on notice that they have no intention of facing the voters next year as defenders of a corrupt United Nations.” This would be similar, he said, to the situation last May when pro-Israel Democrats demonstrated their opposition to Mr. Obama’s attempt to pressure Israel to accept the 1967 lines as the starting point for negotiations. Drumming up Support Many pro-Israel activists and groups have already begun to lobby for HR 2829. “As we enter September, with the threat of the PA coming to the UN to unilaterally

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declare a PA state; with Iran’s Ahmadinejad once more allowed into the US, into New York City, to address the GA with his vitriol and anti-Israel vehemence; and with Durban III meeting to undoubtedly, once again, find only Israel in violation of countless human rights violations, we are incredibly grateful to Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen and her co-sponsors for her Resolution 2829,” said Helen Freedman, director of Americans for a Safe Israel. She has asked supporters to thank Ms. Ros-Lehtinen as well as the bill’s other cosponsors, all Republicans: Reps Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA), Mike Pence (IN), Thaddeus McCotter (MI), Peter King (NY), Daniel Lungren (CA), Dan Burton (IN), Elton Gallegly (CA), Con Manzullo (IL), Steve Chabot (OH), Roscoe Bartlett (MD),Marsha Blackburn (TN), Paul Broun (GA), Ann Marie Buerkle (NY), Michael Burgess (TX), Ken Calvert

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Palestinians Risk Everything for a Slim Chance at the UN

Although Rep Steve Rothman (D-NJ) will neither sign onto Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s bill nor vote for it, there are elements of HR 2829 that appeal to him, especially the notion of defunding any UN entity that seeks to upgrade the Palestinian delegation above its current observer status. Because Mr. Rothman serves as a member of the House Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, a standing subcommittee within the House Appropriations Committee, how he feels about this issue is more than just academic. He is in a position to act on this policy, and, he said, he intends to do just that. Even before Ms. RosLehtinen presented her bill, Mr. Rothman had announced his intention to support a halt to all aid to the Palestinians if they moved forward with their bid for statehood at the UN. “Neither I nor the Obama

Administration will ever accept a Palestinian state that is not the result of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians,” he said. No Consistency The problem is that while President Barack Obama has been fairly consistent on that point, others in his administration have not been. At the end of August, the US Consul-General in Jerusalem, Daniel Rubenstein, sounded very much like Mr. Rothman. “If the PA insists on going to the Security Council, the US will use the veto. And in case the PA seeks to upgrade its position at the UN through the GA, the US Congress will take punitive measures against it, including a cut in US aid,” he told reporters. A few days later, however, the US Consulate in Jerusalem denied that anything like that was said. Spokeswoman Arlissa Reynolds said the reported comments by Mr. Rubinstein

Money Talks at UN (CA), Jason Chaffetz (UT), Mike Coffman (CO), Robert Dold (IL), Renee Ellmers (NC), John Fleming (LA), J Randy Forbes (VA), Trent Franks (AZ), Scott Garrett (NJ), Tim Griffin (AR), Michael Grimm (NY), Tim Huelskamp (KS), Randy Hultgren (IL), Robert Hurt (VA), Bill Johnson (OH), Sam Johnson (TX), John Kline (MN), Doug Lamborn (CO), Leonard Lance (NJ), Bob Latta (OH), Billy Long (MO), Thomas Marino (PA), Michael McCaul (TX), Patrick McHenry (NC), David McKinley(WV), Candice Miller (MI), Alan

were “not an accurate portrayal of the US position.” Nevertheless, she said, the US continues to oppose initiatives by the Palestinians in the UN. “There is no substitute for serious and substantive negotiations between the parties, and that remains our focus,” she said. Trying to Restart On the ground, that emphasis has led to almost desperate efforts by the US to resurrect the peace process, which the administration seems to hope will stop the PA from going to the UN for recognition. To that end, the US has reportedly presented a new proposal to bring PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas back to direct discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. According to reports, while the Israelis have so far responded positively to Mr. Obama’s draft, the Palestinians’ position remains unclear.

Details of the proposal remain unknown, but it is reported to reflect generally Mr. Obama’s new “roadmap,” which means a return to the 1967 borders with the possibility of “land swaps.” Symbolic Because the UN General Assembly, which is scheduled to vote on the issue of Palestinian statehood on September 20, cannot bestow that status, the vote is largely symbolic. Nevertheless, the State Department has reportedly appealed to approximately 70 countries, hoping to convince them to vote against a GA non-binding resolution that would recognize Palestine as an independent state based on its unilateral territorial demands. Mr. Obama has indicated he will veto the measure if it comes to the UN Security Council. He may actually have to do that because, in September,

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Nunnelee (MS), Pete Olson (TX), Steven Palazzo (MS), Mike Pompeo (KS), Bill Posey (FL), Jim Renacci (OH), David Rivera (FL), Mike Rogers (AL), Dennis Ross (FL), Jean Schmidt (OH), Austin Scott (GA), Mike Simpson (ID), Glenn Thompson (PA), Michael Turner (OH), Joe Walsh (IL), Allen West (FL), and Lynn Westmoreland (GA) “If your Congressman’s name is not here, find out why his or her support is missing; then let your Senators know you expect them to pass this bill, too,” said Ms. Freedman.

On Sunday, Sept 25, 10:30am, NORPAC Presents Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) at a private home in Teaneck 201-788-5133 or

Talking Points For those ready to speak to their Congressmen, she suggested the following talking points on HR 2829: * Any UN entity that upgrades the Palestinian delegation above its current observer status should be defunded. * 7.7 billion in US taxpayer funds went to the UN despite the fact that the Security Council and Human Rights Council are filled with representatives of the most tyrannical nations and some of the worst human rights abusers in the world. Yet these nations continue to pass multiple resolutions condemning Israel while ignoring their own inhumanity. * Financial corruption is rampant and investigation has documented billions of dollars

funneled into private accounts of UN officials. * Hamas is not even listed as a terrorist entity by the UN and the terrorists receive funding through the UN-sponsored UNWRA program * The Palestinian refugees have been purposely maintained and financed by the UN for more than 60 years, languishing in deplorable conditions in “refugee camps” where they are unemployed and indoctrinated in terrorism and hatred of Israel. The US pays 25 percent of this expense, a pledge of $900 million in 2010. “In this poor economy, it is tragic that we squander billions of taxpayer dollars to fund the UN without demanding accountability or control,” said Ms. Freedman. S.L.R.

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the rotational presidency of the Security Council, which does have the power to admit a new state to the UN, will fall to Lebanon. In that position, Lebanon’s Ambassador to the UN, Nawaf Salam, will enjoy the customary privilege of raising one special topic for discussion by the Security Council. Most observers believe it will be Palestine. Because the Security Council does have the power to recognize “Palestine” as a member state, the PA’s chief negotiator, Dr. Saeb Erakat, has repeatedly urged high-ranking members of the US government “to reconsider its position.” Thus far, Mr. Erakat’s pleas have not moved anyone in the administration, and Mr. Rothman gave every indication that, in the coming weeks, the Obama administration will stay firm on this issue. Like the Vatican But even without success in the Security Council, the PA could use the GA and some of its agencies to make headway towards a state. For example, the GA could admit Palestine as a “non-member state,” the status enjoyed by the Vatican. This would represent an upgrade for the Palestinians from their current status as an observer mission at the UN, but would not give them statehood. In that event, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen’s bill would seek to defund the entire GA,, a



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move Mr. Rothman said he would take in the appropriations committee as well. In addition, most US legislators, Republicans and Democrats, are prepared to cut off funding to the PA if the Palestinians unilaterally declare a state. This might leave the Palestinians with the recognition of a Vatican-like state. But it would have no money. With Europe in the midst of a financial crisis of its own, it is hard to imagine the EU, the single largest donor to the PA, being able to continue to deliver hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians. No Borders Some EU leaders evidently believe that, with the peace talks deadlocked, it is highly doubtful any Palestinian state will emerge. For its part, the PA, which has steadfastly refused to compromise on any of its demands, does not seem interested in a UN status similar to that of the Vatican. PA Foreign Minister Riyad Malki told Voice of Palestine radio that the Palestinians could easily win non-member status at the UN, but the “Vatican” option is meaningless without EU recognition of the state of Palestine, he said. What is far from clear is how the UN will vote on statehood for the Palestinians when the borders are still in dispute and the relationship between Hamas and Fatah is on a war-footing. One State Further, there is some indication that the Palestinians will actually not seek to be one of two states, but, rather, the sole proprietors of one state comprising Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Mr. Abbas has told English-speaking media that he is seeking to establish his country within Israel’s borders, covering all of Judea and Samaria as well as large areas of Jerusalem, including the Old City, the Temple Mount, and the Western Wall. In Arabic, however, official PA media has told Arabs that “Palestine” comprises all of Israel, including Tel Aviv, Haifa, and the Negev. Recently, according to the MEMRI translation and analysis, Fatah’s Foreign Relations director Nabil Sha’ath told Lebanese TV that a PA state must include all Arabs with Israeli citizenship as well as

millions of foreign refugees. Most observers believe there is a nearzero possibility that Arabs with Israeli citizenship would agree to give up their rights to become citizens of a PA country, but Mr. Sha’ath decried the very concept of “two states for two peoples” because it implies acceptance of a Jewish state, an entity no PA leader will acknowledge. “They can describe Israel as a state for two peoples, but we will be a state for one people,” he said. “The story of a two states for two peoples means there will be a Jewish people over there and a Palestinian people here. We will never accept this. We will not sacrifice the 1.5 million Palestinians with Israeli citizenship who live within the 1948 borders, and we will never agree to a clause preventing Palestinian refugees from returning to their country. We will not accept this whether the initiative is French, American, or Czechoslovakian.” Public Relations As the vote approaches, the PA has upped the ante by broadcasting advertisements encouraging countries, including Israel, to accept a UN-established Palestinian state. Israel, however, to the chagrin of some of its supporters, has officially engaged in no such public relations campaign. In an attempt to level the playing field, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon produced a video entitled “The Truth about the West Bank,” which explains why the land comprising Judea and Samaria is “disputed” and not “occupied,” as the Arabs’ narrative would have it. Solid Message In plain language, which neither talks down to the viewer not is too complicated, the video, which shows how Judea and Samaria were taken from the occupying Jordanians during the defensive 1967 SixDay War, explains that the Jewish communities in the region are legal, By the beginning of September, more than 300,000 views worldwide were recorded. It has been viewed by many Arabs and was featured on Al Jazeera. The video shows that terms such as “occupied territories” and “1967 lines” are inaccurate. Getting the World Out According to Mr. Ayalon, there are plans to translate the video, which is currently in Hebrew and English with subtitles available in Arabic, Spanish, French, Russian, and German, into more languages, including Farsi for Iranians. Mr. Ayalon said the reaction to the video has been extremely positive. “I now realize that there has been such a thirst for the truth, not just among Israel supporters, but also among the undecided. The success of the video has prompted me to think of doing a lot more in this area,” he said. PA Rage The Palestinians, however, reacted with fury, calling the video a “cynical and falsified account of history and international law.” “With this video, the Israeli government has left no doubt on its pro-conflict agenda. Now, the international community knows the Israeli government is committed to denying the Palestinian people their inalienable right to self-determination and on continuing their [sic] illegal and colonial enterprise in the occupied Palestinian territory,” said the PA’s chief negotiator, Dr. Saeb Erakat. Mr. Ayalon said the PA’s reaction proved that the video was clearly worrying them because it challenged their narrative. “For too long the Palestinian narrative of international law and rights has gone unchallenged and this over-the-top reaction to a public diplomacy video proves they are acting like spoiled children who have had their way for too long. They are unable to challenge a single fact in the video and have completely avoided a legitimate and honest discussion on the issues,” he said. Misinformation In a press release reacting to the video, Dr. Erakat, claimed that, in 1948, Israel was accepted to the UN on the basis of UN General Assembly Resolution 181. Mr. Ayalon fired back, explaining that Dr. Erakat’s claim was not only false but “misconstrued international law and its system, proving exactly how misguided the Palestinian attempt to have their unilaterally declared state recognized at the UN really is.” In fact, Israel was admitted as a full UN member in 1949 by UN General Assembly Resolution 272, after a recommendation by the Security Council.

Elul 5771 “The GA could act because Israel met all the criteria of statehood, something the Palestinians should bear in mind before they further their confrontational and damaging plan,” said Mr. Ayalon. No Debate Avoiding any of the video’s substantive claims, the PA seemed to concentrate on the fact that the film was professionally produced, which the Palestinians seemed to feel was unjustified.. Hoping to encourage more discussion of the video’s points, Mr. Ayalon proposed that he and Dr. Erakat publicly debate its merits, a challenge the PA negotiator refused. Mr. Ayalon said he was “more than

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a little surprised” that his offer was rejected. “Erakat is used to telling the world that Israel’s policies are illegal and against international law, and I offered him the chance to back up his own statements, and he is proving unable or willing to do so,” said Mr. Ayalon. “Like its diplomatic policies, it appears that the PA is able to debate only unilaterally.” Some observers said the success of the video may encourage Israel to engage in more “hasbara,” Hebrew for public relations. Honoring the Letter But the smoothest PR team would

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have trouble finding a satisfactory spin to explain to most Americans the intense pressure the US has placed on Mr. Netanyahu to force him to agree to a formula that might entice the Palestinians back to the table. When nothing else worked, Mr. Obama reportedly agreed to honor the terms of the letter given to former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon by former President George Bush on April 14, 2004. The letter promised that any negotiations with the PA concerning borders would take into consideration the fact that hundreds of thousands of Israelis now reside in Judea and Samaria and Israel could not be expected to uproot them all. Assurances With that letter in his hand, Mr. Sharon embarked on the 2005 “disengagement” from Gaza and the expulsion of 10,000 Jews from their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. That action, meant to make Israel safer while encouraging the Arabs to negotiate in good faith, backfired. Israel was left with hostile terrorists on her doorstep and barrages of rockets and mortars aimed at Israeli civilian targets. Other reassurances given to Mr. Sharon by Mr. Bush, and now, presumably, to Mr.

Netanyahu by Mr. Obama, include Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorism, including the right to take actions against terrorist organizations; the US commitment to Israel’s security and well-being as a Jewish state; the recognition that, as part of any final status agreement, the Palestinian refugees will be resettled in the Palestinian state rather than in Israel; and, as part of a final peace settlement, Israel must have secure and recognized borders which should emerge from negotiations between the parties. Shortly after the letter was given to Mr. Sharon, the House of Representatives and Senate virtually unanimously (407-9) passed a resolution endorsing its contents. 1967 Borders At the beginning of August, Mr. Netanyahu confirmed he would accept renewed talks with Mr. Abbas, based on the 1949-1967 borders, if the PA agreed to scrap its initiative to ask the UN for recognition. In addition, Mr. Abbas would have to recognize Israel as the Jewish state, a statement he has sworn he will never make. Although last spring, Mr. Netanyahu told Mr. Obama Israel would never agree to return to the 1967 “indefensible borders,” the President

has since emphasized that what he meant is that there is room for negotiations on what land should be retained under Israeli sovereignty. That allowed Mr. Netanyahu to report truthfully that “there has been no change in government policy. The proposal for renewed talks is conditioned on Israel’s being defined as a Jewish state.” Non-Negotiable Demands Mr. Abbas countered by saying he would be willing to “negotiate” with Israel only after the Jewish state accepts all the PA’s demands, which are non-negotiable, he said. These include Israel’s immediate halt to all construction in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem, and acceptance of the “right of return,” which means allowing all Palestinian refugees from 1948 and 1967—and their descendants—to flood back into Israel proper. These almost 8 million Muslims would destroy Israel’s demographics and put an end to Israel as the Jewish state, which seems to be Mr. Abbas’s intention. As for building, rather than a halt in Yesha, there is a boom. According to reports, after the brutal freeze which Mr. Netanyahu levied on Judea and Samaria last year in a failed effort to entice the PA back to the table, construction is currently proceeding in Judea and Samaria at a rate faster than anywhere else in the country. 660 Percent Increase According to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, building in Judea and Samaria jumped 660 percent in the first half of 2011 as compared with last year. This means construction started on 546 new homes in the region’s communities during

the period. In 2010, when the freeze was announced, there were only 72 housing starts in the first half of the year. Yesha officials expressed pleasure with the increase, but said that many more homes were necessary to accommodate all the families that want to move to the area. In August, there were press reports about dozens of American families that wanted to buy or rent in Efrat, but found no properties. In Jerusalem, construction starts are up by 8 percent. Lawfare While Messrs Netanyahu and Abbas were still skirting the issues, Israel’s blunt-talking Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced that he was advocating a complete Israeli severance of all ties with the PA in light of the Palestinians’ attempt to prosecute IDF officers at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, an action they could pursue once they were recognized as a state. “No Finance Ministry officials, not the Water Authority, and no Foreign Ministry officials will maintain ties,” he said. “You cannot have security coordination with Israel while you are also trying IDF soldiers at The Hague,” he said. He stressed that Mr. Abbas’s “true goal” behind the plan to go to the UN for statehood is to manage to place a “Palestinian state not alongside Israel, but, rather, in place of Israel.” Annex Yesha National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau said the time had come for Israel to cancel the Oslo Accords first because they were harmful to the Jewish state and, second, because, in light of the PA’s plan

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to seek unilateral statehood, they are null and void. “These agreements were absurd and grave, and did serious damage to Israel’s security. No less importantly, they paved the way to give legitimacy to the existence of a ‘Palestinian’ people and to the argument that they deserve a state in Judea and Samaria, the cradle of our society. These accords turned the leader of a terrorist gang, Yasir Arafat, into a supposed cultured leader worthy of joining the society of nations,” said Mr. Landau. He suggested Israel inform the PA that, with the Oslo Accords cancelled, the Jewish state “will declare sovereignty over large territories in the national consensus, such as Area C and the settlement blocs.” He had no doubt that if the PA goes to the UN, they will win majority support, but, he said, “the price they will pay will be very high.” Preparing for Violence According to Mr. Lieberman, while the PA is planning its UN presentation, it is simultaneously making preparations to carry out wholesale bloodshed in the period surrounding September 20. The foreign minister said that despite PA officials’ promises of non-violent action, the Palestinians are planning to flood checkpoints with tens of thousands of PA Arabs who then might force their way past the IDF soldiers and into Israel’s major cities. “The PA is getting ready for bloodshed on a scale we haven’t seen. The more they speak about non-violent action, the more they are preparing for bloodshed,” he said. Already Started If August is any indicator, it would not be a surprise. According to Israeli Security Agency (ISA) statistics, there

were 178 attacks in August compared to just 53 in July. The figures include rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza. Overall, 145 rockets and 46 mortar shells were fired at Israel from Gaza last month, compared to 20 rockets and two mortar shells in July. Most attacks in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem (34 out of 36 attacks) were in the form of firebombs due to IDF presence impeding higher quality risks. ISA officials noted the number of terror attacks originating in Hamas-ruled Gaza rose to 135, compared to just 30 originating in Israeli-administered Judea and Samaria. Meanwhile, six terror attacks originated in Jerusalem, compared to eight in July. Losses The terror attacks in August claimed the lives of nine Israelis and wounded 55 others. Eight Israelis were killed in the staged attack on a bus near Eilat, while another was killed in a Grad attack. A 79-year-old man, who was wounded in a rocket attack in August, succumbed to his wounds in early September and thus was not included in last month’s statistics. Despite the increase in rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza, Israelis have ruled out a large-scale Gaza operation for the foreseeable future, preferring to maintain the airstrikefor-attack paradigm that characterizes Israel’s poor security situation in the south. A security official who spoke to Arutz Sheva on condition of anonymity said IDF commanders are leery of committing ground forces to prolonged operation in Gaza, due to concerns over widespread violence following the PA’s statehood bid at the UN in late September.

Role Models If the violence comes, it certainly won’t be because there was a dearth of “role models” from PA-run TV. Last month, to mark the Ramadan holiday, PA TV launched a new daily program entitled “The Best Mothers,” which featured a different Palestinian mother each day in her home, talking about her children. Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), which monitors Palestinian television, said that one of the first to be featured was the mother of Darin Abu Aisheh, a suicide bomber who blew herself up at a roadblock in 2002, wounding three Israelis. In the mother’s home, PA TV focused on a poster with text from the Quran: “Fight them, and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help you [to victory] over them, heal the breasts of the believers.” On the program, the mother spoke with pride about how she received the news of her daughter’s death, viewing it as her wedding. According to PMW, which released the clip with English subtitles, in Islamic tradition there is a belief that a female martyr becomes one of the 72 darkeyed virgins of Paradise who will then marry a martyr. Glorifying Violence PMW found other instanc-

es of the PA’s glorification of violence. This past summer, a PA-sponsored summer camp divided its children into four groups, each named after a different terrorist: Dalal Mughrabi, who carried out the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978 when she murdered 37 Israeli civilians, including 12 children. Salah Khalf (Abu Iyad), who was head of the Black September terror group that was involved in the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972—an attack which was reportedly funded by Mr. Abbas. The third group at the camp was named for Abu Ali Mustafa, General Secretary of the terror organization, “Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).” A fourth group at the camp was named after PA Chairman Yasir Arafat. Official Participation According to PMW, the summer camp was held under the auspices of PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who visited and participated in the closing ceremonies, which he also sponsored. This was not the first PA camp to bestow honors upon terrorists. The Lion Cubs and Flowers summer camp, named

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In May 2010, six ships, manned by a multinational group of anti-Israel activists, formed a flotilla which challenged the Jewish state’s right to maintain a blockade on Hamas-ruled Gaza. After warnings from Israeli security to go no further, all but one—the Turkish Mavi Marmara—surrendered peacefully without incident. When the Mavi Marmara showed no signs of stopping, Israeli naval commandos boarded the Gaza-bound Turkish ship, only to be attacked with iron bars by terrorists posing as passengers. Israeli security fought back, killing eight Turkish activists and one American of Turkish descent. Investigate After the incident, Israel empaneled a committee, headed by former Supreme Court Justice Yaakov Turkel, to investigate. Not long after, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon established an investigative panel, chaired by

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former New Zealand Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer. The Palmer committee included an Israeli, Joseph Ciechanover, and a Turkish representative, Ozdem Sanberk. Although many sectors in the international community have challenged Israel’s right to maintain the blockade on Gaza, the Palmer Report found that “the naval blockade was imposed [by Israel] as a legitimate security measure in order to block weapons from entering Gaza by sea and its implementation complied with the requirements of international law, including the requirements of notification, effectiveness, and enforcement.” Equally gratifying for Israel was the report’s finding that the Jewish state “is complying with its humanitarian obligations.” “The blockade does not constitute collective punishment of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip,” said the report.

Tell Our Advertisers “I Saw It in The Jewish Voice & Opinion” “Organized and Violent” The UN panel noted that Israeli forces who boarded the Mavi Marmara in order to prevent it from breaching the blockade faced “organized and violent resistance from a group of passengers,” which, the report said, required the IDF to use force. The report condemned the flotilla passengers, accusing them of acting “recklessly in attempting to breach the naval blockade” and questioning the “conduct, true nature, and objectives of the flotilla organizers, particularly the IHH,” an Islamist-Turkish organization with ties to terrorist groups. The report added that while Turkey attempted to convince flotilla organizers to avoid a clash at sea, “more could have been done.” Criticism Israel, however, was not in the clear. The report found the force used by the Israeli Navy commandoes “exces-

sive and unreasonable” and Israel’s treatment of the passengers after the raid inappropriately harsh. While acknowledging that Israeli forces faced violent resistance on board the ship, the report blamed Israel for the deaths of the nine Turkish activists. “Forensic evidence showing that most of the deceased were shot multiple times, including in the back or at close range, has not been adequately accounted for in the material presented by Israel,” said the report. The report added that Israel’s treatment of flotilla passengers following the raid “included physical mistreatment, harassment, and intimidation, unjustified confiscation of belongings and the denial of timely consular assistance.” The report concluded with the recommendation that Israel offer “an appropriate statement of regret” and pay compensation to the families of the nine people killed.

bers of the PA standing in for Mr. Abbas. Fighting Murderers During the first week in September, the PA TV program “In a Fighter’s Home,” highlighted the driver and mastermind of the Sbarro restaurant suicide bombing ten years ago, in which 15 Jews, ranging in age from 2 to 62, were murdered. The program honored Mohammed Wael Daghlas, who planned the attack and sent the suicide bomber who carried it out, and Ahlam Tamimi, a young, attractive Arab woman who drove the suicide bomber to the Sbarro pizza shop in Jerusalem. Mr. Daghlas and Ms. Tamimi are serving 15 and 16 life sentences, respectively.

During the TV program, which was translated by PMW, the host visited Mr. Daghlas’s family and decided to send special greetings and praise to Ms. Tamimi as well. “We wish her freedom— she and [the rest of] our glorious female prisoners,” said the host. In the middle of August, a PA kindergarten camp also presented a show of violence as the five-year-olds acted out scenes of terror, death, and martyrdom for their families. During the graduation ceremony, two plays were performed—one based on “Little Red Riding Hood,” and the second “The Martyr’s Wedding,” a story glorifying death in battle with Israel for the sake of Islam. S.L.R.

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one of its groups after Ms. Mughrabi and the other one for Arafat. According to Arutz Sheva, Mr. Abbas has been directly involved in efforts to transform Ms. Mughrabi into a role model for PA Arabs. In 2009, Mr. Abbas established a computer center that was named for her,

and, in 2010, he sponsored an event to mark what would have been her 50th birthday. In March 2010, while US Vice President Joe Biden was in Israel, Mr. Abbas hastily cancelled a ceremony to name a public square after Ms. Mughrabi. The ceremony was held anyway with other mem- Failed Objective Like the Turkel Committee in Israel, the UN panel was charged with discovering what actually happened on the Mavi Marmara, but there was an additional goal: to devise a compromise between Israel and Turkey that would help them re-establish closer ties. In that, the Palmer Report failed because even though it found fault on both sides, Turkey has refused to accept it and the Turkish representative on the panel has disavowed the document. By contrast, Mr. Ciechanover endorsed the UN investigation. “Israel appreciates the important work of the panel,” he wrote, adding that while Jerusalem has some reservations, it nonetheless appreciates “that the report concurs with Israel’s views” on a long list of issues. His chief disagreement with the report is the panel’s characterization of the manner in which Israeli Naval commandos boarded the vessels. Mr. Ciechanover denied that the

commandos’ manner was “excessive and unreasonable.” Nevertheless, Mr. Ciechanover concluded his response to the report’s findings by lauding the shared history of Jews and Turks: “Israel cherishes the shared history and centuries-old ties of strong friendship and cooperation between the Jewish and Turkish peoples and hopes that the panel’s work over the past few months will assist Israel and Turkey in finding a path back to cooperation,” he wrote. Like Mr. Ciechanover, the Netanyahu government was, on the whole, quite pleased with the panel’s conclusions. Rage The Turks, on the other hand, responded with rage. They found the report’s careful establishment of culpability on both sides infuriating. Mr. Erdoğan wanted Israel to be forced to issue an elaborate apology, pay compensation to families who had suffered losses, and immediately dismantle the blockade on Gaza,

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despite the fact that the UN panel found it legal. In fact, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was willing to sit down and discuss a compensation package. What he was not willing to do was offer an abject apology. The Turkish reaction was not unexpected. Although the report was ready to be released months ago, its publication was repeatedly delayed, chiefly because the UN recognized that while its findings would probably be accepted by Israel, they would provoke fury from the Turks, who have a longstanding international reputation for refusing blame. Threats Even before the report was released, Turkish Foreign Minister Almet Davytoglu blustered that if it did not include a demand for an Israeli apology, “both sides and the United States know what we will be forced to do. Israel faces one choice—deeper relations with Turkey, or a deeper gulf, which

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cannot be bridged easily.” The threats from Turkey included downgrading Turkey’s diplomatic mission in Tel Aviv, dismissing the Israeli ambassador, granting legal assistance to families of Turkish fatalities, and filing lawsuits against Israel in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. There were threats of terminating defense cooperation, imposition of economic sanctions, cutting back of investments in Israel, and granting full support to the Palestinians’ bid for statehood at the UN. Temper Tantrum As soon as the Palmer Report was released, Turkey began making good on its threats, beginning with downgrading its diplomatic relations with Jerusalem and suspending key military agreements. Israeli Ambassador Gabby Levy was expelled from Turkey and Ankara’s diplomatic representation in Israel was reduced

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to second-secretary level. The Turks could not withdraw their ambassador because they had already done that immediately after the raid on the Mavi Marmara. Mr. Davutoglu said Ankara views the Israeli government as responsible for the situation and that Turkey will not revise its position on the matter until Israel reconsiders its stand on the flotilla incident. He added that despite the Palmer Report findings, Turkey does not recognize the legality of the Israeli blockade on Gaza. Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that, as far as Turkey was concerned, the

Palmer Report was “null and void” and that Ankara was “exploring” its options against Israel in the ICC. The threats bothered some Israelis, but not enough to demand that Mr. Netanyahu apologize. Upset in Washington No one seemed more upset by the Turks’ posturing than the Obama administration. But rather than make demands on Ankara, the administration exerted pressure on Israel. “It was as if they were saying: Israel needs to be the responsible adult and worry about its security, not about its ego or its honor,” said

YNET commentator Yoshi Yehoshua. Even before the Palmer Report was released, the Obama administration, which has been eager to see ties improve between Jerusalem and Ankara, asked Israeli Mr. Netanyahu to apologize to Mr. Erdogan. But it was more than a request or a suggestion. According to some reports, the State Department and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent communiqués to Mr. Netanyahu warning that the deterioration of relations between Jerusalem and Ankara is “harming American interests in the region.” Pressure According to some analysts, the urgency felt by US had to do with strengthening its ties with Turkey in the wake of the violent crackdown in Syria. In that conflict, the US assumes that it and Turkey have common goals: to end the reign of Bashar Assad and replace him with a more moderate leader, and to stabilize Syria and prevent its collapse. Washington was hoping to sweeten its talks with Turkey by bringing to the table an agreement from Israel to apologize for the flotilla incident. According to some reports, the pressure brought to bear on Mr. Netanyahu to comply was heavy. According to some Israeli diplomats in Washington, the pressure exerted by Washington was so great, Israelis were being told that the Obama administration would find it “difficult” to persuade other nations to reject the Palestinians’ bid for statehood in the UN if Jerusalem refused to apologize to Turkey. Saying No Nevertheless, supported by virtually his entire government and especially senior members of his Cabinet, Mr. Netanyahu said no. The only two dissenting voices seem to have been Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who reportedly favored a “moderate apology,” and Atomic Energy Minister Dan Meridor, who suggested doing whatever it takes to resolve the diplomatic crisis with Ankara. An official in the Prime Minister’s office said that although Israel was aware of the implications of not issuing an apology, “we cannot conduct ourselves based on ultimatums.”

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He said Mr. Netanyahu was in touch with the administration and made it clear that Jerusalem did not intend to apologize further than it already had for the incident. “The prime minister knows that the public objects to apologizing to Turkey, and he apparently chose to go with what the public thinks,” said the official. Islamist Some Islamic experts say Mr. Erdoğan’s behavior is typical of Islamists who view Israel as Muslim territory over which non-Muslims have no right to rule. According to these experts, there is little Israel can do to make peace with such thinking. “Erdoğan has taken it upon himself to make Israel a ‘dhimmi state,’ where Christians and Jews are mostly free to practice their religion in private, but are discriminated against and treated as second-class citizens,” said Dr. Emmanuel Navon, who teaches at Tel Aviv University’s Abba Eban Graduate Program for Diplomacy Studies. He explained that when the Jews regained their independence in 1948, they not only rebelled against dhimmitude, they also regained their freedom and land, even though it was once ruled by Muslims. “To Muslims, this was—

and is—a double affront,” said Dr. Navon. Opportunist He said Mr. Erdoğan is using the flotilla incident as a way to reestablish Turkey as the principal major power in the Muslim world. “While Erdoğan’s hatred of Israel is authentic, his public outbursts at Israel are opportunistic. Those outbursts are the easiest way for him to be acclaimed as a hero by Islamists both in Turkey and around the world,” he said. His hatred of the Jewish state is not new and has nothing to do with the flotilla or the Palmer Report. In March 2004, he called Israel a “terrorist state” following the execution of Hamas leader Ahmad Yassin. In October 2009, he encouraged Turkish state television to air a fictional series portraying Israeli soldiers intentionally murdering Palestinian children. In March 2010, he announced that the Temple Mount, the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem were never Jewish sites. No Appeasement Dr. Navon excoriated Mr. Obama for even suggesting that Israel apologize to Turkey. “Rather than stopping Erdoğan from bullying Israel and destabilizing the Middle East with his irresponsible poli-

cies, the Obama administration’s stance is encouraging Erdoğan, who is now threatening to go to war in order to lift the ‘siege of Gaza,’” he said. But because Mr. Obama has opted for appeasement, Israel must show more than steadfastness, he said. “Israel,” he said, “should go on the offensive by exposing Erdoğan’s hypocrisy to the world.” For example, while the Turkish leader says Israel should accept the establishment of a Palestinian state, he adamantly fights to prevent an independent Kurdish state from emerging. Middle East expert Dr. Daniel Pipes agreed. Turkey, he said, is “an ally no more; time has come to remove, or at least to suspend, the Turkish government from membership in the NATO alliance.” Nothing to Fear Those who fear such a move might embolden Erdoğan to take Israel to the ICC probably do not have to worry. In fact, Turkish families that might want to take Israeli soldiers to court over the Mavi Marmara episode would have a much harder time now that the Palmer Report had ruled that Israel’s actions were legal. A Kuwaiti family recently tried to sue Israel in the ICC, charging the Jewish state with arresting, assaulting, and humiliating a Kuwaiti parliamentarian who was on board the Mavi Marmara. Dr. Waleed Al-Tabtabaie sued the Israeli government for assault and “humiliation” by the IDF troops who raided the ship. She demanded that the lawsuit be referred to the ICC, and the Kuwaiti Justice Ministry initially considered granting her motion. But Kuwait was forced to forego its plan when a legal

opinion warned the Justice Department that Israel stood as good a chance to win such a suit as the Mavi Marmara passenger did: the ship had broken international law by entering Israel’s territorial waters without authorization. Kuwait feared that losing the trial would force the woman to pay billions of dollars in compensation to Israel, and therefore decided to end the lawsuit. Commerce When, on September 5, Mr. Erdoğan announced that all ties between Turkey and Israel—trade, military, and industry—were being suspended, many Israelis suddenly took note. Figures released last month by the Israeli Export and International Cooperation Institute showed that exports from the Jewish state to Turkey had climbed 40 percent in the first half of 2011, compared with the same period last year, totaling $950 million. This meant that business improved even though diplomatic ties had weakened. The surge in exports placed Turkey as Israel’s sixth largest export destination with the highest growth in export volume— 72 percent compared with the same period in 2010. Figures show that the main exports are chemicals and oil distillates, which constitute about 68 percent of Israel’s exports to Turkey. Won’t Drop But those numbers are not likely to drop. One day later, Mr. Erdoğan clarified that, despite his bombastic earlier statement, his government has not suspended economic ties with Israel between private companies. According to the Wall Street Journal, the halt in trade will

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Lush Means Hypocrisy on Parade

The popular multinational handmade cosmetics company known as Lush loves to portray itself as an upstanding corporate citizen, allying itself with all sorts of feel-good causes and social movements. It boycotts Israel, supports extremist animal-rights groups and now the latest: a campaign to attack Canada’s oil sands development, which Lush has labeled “the most destructive project on Earth.” You’re probably asking yourself—as I did—how a soap company has the authority to get involved in a Canadian energy project, particularly when it has no specific expertise in the field and no hard facts to support its public relations crusade. If you haven’t heard about Lush and its holier-than-thou moral crusades, you should, because a close examination of its record lays bare a stunning lack of consistency, and hypocrisy of the highest degree. Lush has no authority to give ethical lectures to anyone. Aside from the boycott of Canadian oil, Lush has participated in the Palestinian Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions campaign against Israel for the past six years. The company said in July that it wanted “everyone in the country where we are trading to be on an equal footing as far as basic human rights go.” This statement is false. Israel is unfairly categorized as an unequal state even though it is the only democracy in the Middle East. More to the point, why has Lush opened stores in Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka—two very “unequal” states with disastrous human rights records? Lush hasn’t attacked Saudi Arabia for not letting women drive cars or for jailing homosexuals. Lush didn’t criticize Sri Lanka when the government ethnically cleansed about 20,000 Tamils, either. Lush knows that few people will speak out against what they are doing, and, as a result, Lush will continue to look good in the eyes of feel-good, save-the-planet-type consumers who feel they are buying from a benevolent organization rather than a giant, rich corporation. The outcome is more profits for Middle Eastern oligarchs as gullible customers flock to buy Lush products. When confronted, Sean Gifford, Lush’s “campaign manager, answered that that the company is concerned about women’s rights in the Middle East but that it is prevented from speaking out because of the Kingdom’s restrictions on free speech. How principled. Whether intentional or not, Gifford exposed something important in that response: if a country has restrictions on free speech, Lush will not say a word. They will open stores anyway, so long as it is profitable. There is nothing wrong with a company trying to make more money, of course. But it is unacceptable when that same company is castigating Israel for being open and honest and, at the same time, turning a blind eye to the Saudis and other human rights violators. The Lush hypocrisy doesn’t stop there. It also supports Plane Stupid, an anti-air travel group—yet Mark Constantine, the company’s co-founder and CEO, flies on planes and Lush has several stores in airport terminals. People of conscience who care about human rights and respect for women ought to do the exact opposite of what Lush preaches— support Israel and, most importantly: stop buying Lush’s products. Adam Daifallah Toronto, Canada

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Still Nothing Luch about Lush

Dear Ms. Jansson, Customer Care Manager, Lush Cosmetics I live in Bergen County, NJ, and I read The Jewish Voice and Opinion. I don’t subscribe to the paper, I simply pick up a free copy available at many local stores, mostly because it contains a community calendar of events. In an editor’s note following a letter published in the August 2011 edition, Susan Rosenbluth, the editor of the paper, writes that she can “assure you that, like me, 99 percent of our readers” will decide not to do business with your company, Lush Cosmetics, because it supports the One World Project. I am one of the readers of The Jewish Voice and let me state unequivocally that I disagree wholeheartedly with Ms. Rosenbluth’s comment. Perhaps I’m that 1 percent of her readership. I doubt it though. As you write, the history between Israel and the Palestinians is long and complicated with much in dispute. For what it’s worth, I am a life-long supporter of Israel and, on the question of which side has the more moral position on the Israel-Palestinian conflict, my views are probably closer to Ms. Rosenbluth’s than to yours. But, unlike what appears to be Ms. Rosenbluth’s position, I recognize that reasonable minds can differ on issues such as this and I respect your right to your differing viewpoint. And I respect your company’s right to support a charitable organization, even if not everyone agrees with the politics of that decision. Ironically, by publishing her letters to you, Ms. Rosenbluth has brought Lush cosmetics to my attention. I checked out your website this morning and it looks very impressive. I’ll be placing an order from your store today and, if I like the products, I’ll talk up your company to my family and friends. Rest assured, Ms. Rosenbluth does not speak for the Jewish communities of Bergen County, NJ. I highly doubt that her suggestion of boycotting your company will have sway over anyone. If it has swayed me in any way, it is in favor of giving more business to your company. Sheri Cohen Received by email SLR: As you indicate in your letter, Lush Cosmetics has insinuated itself into the Middle East conflict squarely on the side of the Palestinians and specifically against Israel, contributing funds that, because money is fungible, might well be used to harm an Israeli simply because he or she is a Jew living in the Jewish state. You, of course, are free to shop—and donate—wherever it is legal, and if The Jewish Voice served as shadchen for you and Lush, all we can say is you probably deserve each other. We are delighted you pick up the paper and obviously read more than just The Log.

.Tragedy of Parental Alienation Syndrome

With great sadness, I read the Kol Ami column “Exiling a Parent” in the June 2011 edition. This article recounted the case of a mother, estranged from her daughter for many years who was “adamantly” refused permission to attend that daughter’s wedding and found no help from her daughter’s rabbi.

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“Thought Is the World of Freedom” (R’ Dov Ber of Mazeritch) I am writing because that article could have been about me. I commend the responses of each of the rabbis consulted (Tendler, Boteach, Pruzansky and Yudin) Their advice to the daughter’s rabbi was to encourage reconciliation. In reality, however, the outcome in this situation, in my case and I am sure in many others, follows Rabbi Yudin’s conclusion: that a child has the right to exclude a parent if it would “put a damper on the wedding day.” While I am not a mental health professional, I suspect that the mother in questions is the target of “parental alienation syndrome” described by child psychiatrist Richard A. Gardner. PAS is the result of a campaign by one parent to denigrate the other parent and destroy that parent/child bond. Tragically, for the mother in the article, there is probably nothing that can be done to repair the breach with her daughter after so many years. I therefore urge all rabbis to be on the lookout, so to speak, for deteriorating parent-child relationships in the context of divorce. If a rabbi sees such a situation, he should refer all members of the family to a therapist familiar with PAS. In addition, the targeted parent should be encouraged to find a lawyer familiar with PAS, so that the weight of the court can also be used. My advice to the estranged mother is not to give up. Send cards and gifts on the birthdays and anniversaries. Acknowledge the birth of grandchildren. I doubt that it will help, but at least you know that you have tried and did not quit. Take some comfort in that, and realize that you are not alone. Name Withheld Teaneck, NJ

Here Is the Difference

Ahmadinejad recently said that “the Zionist occupiers are destructive microbes…” “Microbe” would more accurately describe Iran’s contribution to the world. Iran has been supplying missiles, IEDs, and military equipment to entities throughout the Middle East which have caused many thousands of deaths. Conversely, Israel has helped people in more than a hundred countries who would have perished without Israel’s aid. William K. Langfan Palm Beach, FL

Not Just by Rote

If there’s anything I’ve done this year to offend you … One day last week I exchanged some heated words with another man. Afterwards, I realized I was in the wrong so I sought him out, humbled myself, and said “Hey man, you were right; I was wrong. I apologize.” He smiled, said “No problem,” extended his hand and we shook and made peace. I felt cleansed for having sucked up my pride. It was no big deal but it was sincere. And it caused me to think about how insincerely apologies are extended in the Jewish community around Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Typically, one Jew will say to another “If there’s anything I’ve done this year to offend you, please be mochel (forgive) me.” It is said mechanically, by rote. It is not preceded by any reflection over whether any offense was committed nor is it intended to assuage those offended. Instead, the sole purpose is to clean one’s slate to better the chances of being inscribed in the Book of Life. And the rote question typically receives the rote response: “Of course; are you mochel me?” Whenever a person lays the rote line on me I respond “I don’t know; what have you done to offend me?” Invariably the person freezes. Sometimes he replies “I don’t know; I really haven’t thought about it” to which I reply “Well, you think about it and then let me know.” I should point out that on the first night of Rosh Hashana, I always make a verbal declaration granting forgiveness to anyone who might have offended me so that there be no one denied inscription in the Book of Life on my account. But I sure wish Judaism would be practiced more sincerely, simply and honestly. Ira Buckman Teaneck, NJ The Jewish Voice and Opinion welcomes letters, especially if they are typed, double-spaced, and legible. We reserve the right to edit letters for length and style. Please send all correspondence to POB 8097, Englewood, NJ 07631. The phone number is (201) 569-2845. The FAX number is (201) 569-1739. The email address is

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apply only to commercial ties that the Turkish government and its military have with Israel. Such deals are estimated to be worth several million dollars a year, a tiny fraction of Israeli exports to Turkey, which totaled $13 billion in 2010. A Turkish official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Mr. Erdoğan could not suspend all commercial ties even if he wanted to. “With all due respect, Turkey is a democracy and Mr. Erdoğan cannot tell businessmen where they should do business, not unless the Turkish parliament declares Israel an enemy state, and there is no such proposal on the table,” he said. Business as Usual Nevertheless, some Israelis are worried. “If Turkey carries out its threat to sever diplomatic ties


with Israel due to Israel’s refusal to issue an apology for the flotilla events, the trade relations between the two countries will be severely damaged,” said Uriel Lynn, president of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce. He said he hoped the Israeli government “skillfully finds a way to restore relations with Turkey.” Other voices from the Israeli business sector were more optimistic. Sam Donnerstein, owner of Rav Bariach, a security door and lock manufacturer, whose exports to Turkey stand at $1.7 million, said he did not believe business ties would be severed. According to Mr. Donnerstein, his company’s business with Turkey more than doubled in the past year, and his Turkish customers, he said, are well aware that the company is Israeli.

Other companies engaged in business with Turkey said that although their Turkish clients know that are dealing with Israeli companies, it has been “business as usual.” Ahead of the Game Turkey’s position on military agreements with Israel did not faze officials in the Jewish state who said Jerusalem had suspended military ties with Turkey some time ago. “We didn’t want to risk any weapons made in Israel falling into the wrong hands,” a diplomatic source said. A source in a company that deals with defense clients said a split between Israel and Turkey would have “no substantial effect” on the industry. He explained that statements made by Mr. Erdogan over the years, coupled with his warmer relations with Iran, made it clear to the Israeli

defense sector that Turkey’s days as a strategic asset for Israel’s defense industry were numbered at best. “Some voices within the defense industry are even calling for limited trade agreements with Turkey,” a senior official said. Turkey in a Crisis The Turkish response reminded many observers of the way Ankara has handled the issue of the Armenian genocide that began in 1915 and continued until just after World War I. During that time, the Turks murdered 1.5 million Armenian men, woman, and children. Some were slain on the spot, others were deported through forced marches designed to lead to their deaths. Most scholars see the Turkish action as the first of the modern genocides, a systematic, organized slaughter intended

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to eliminate the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire. While most of the world recognizes that the Turkish massacre of Armenians stands as the prototype on which Hitler modeled the Holocaust, the Turks themselves have never apologized or even acknowledged the attempted annihilation of the Armenian civilian population. Whenever the issue is raised, Ankara often threatens a diplomatic crisis. Turkish Apology Some supporters of recognition of the Armenian catastrophe have suggested that since Turkey’s role in the flotilla incident is now public, it is now time for Turkey to apologize to the Armenians. Mr. Danon said Mr. Erdoğan owes Israel an apology for “sending, under false pretenses, anti-Israel activists into the country’s sovereign territory,” “for turning the flotilla incident into a platform intended to present Israel as aggressive and barbaric,” and most of all “for continuing to support the flotilla and maintain connections with Hamas and other Islamic extremist groups.” Another senior official told YNET that while he suspected the Turkish government would take steps against Israel and not return its ambassador to Tel Aviv, he did not believe Ankara would sever its ties with Jerusalem. “The severing of ties goes against Turkey’s strategic interests. They wish to engage in a policy of mediating between everyone,” he said. The vast majority of Israelis agreed with Mr. Netanyahu that any further apology to Turkey would be inappropriate, although Israel did discuss compensation. S.L.R.

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4 Hunter Street Lodi, NJ Up to 2,500 sf for Lease

Sale Possible 190 Midland Avenue Saddle Brook, NJ Up to 22,054 sf Lease

90 Prospect Avenue Hackensack, NJ Up to 1,500 sf for Lease

1225 McBride Avenue Woodland Park, NJ Up to 103,000± for Lease

122 E. Ridgewood Avenue Paramus, NJ Up to 2,224 sf for Lease

Move-In Condition!

17-10 River Road Fair Lawn, NJ 1,000 Condo for Lease

Pinnacle MRI Group

Sensory Diagnostics

Sale Possible 97 Linden Avenue Elmwood Park, NJ Up to 6,120 sf for Lease

146 Route 17 North Hackensack, NJ 3,400 sf for Lease

For information on any of these properties, please contact Healthcare Professional: Darren M. Lizzack, MSRE x104 

235 Moore Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601  201 488 5800 


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Jewish Voice and Opinion September 2011  

The Jewish Voice and Opinion speaks out forcefully and unashamedly for the unique concerns of what we have termed “classical Judaism.” As a...

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