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THE JEWISH VOICE AND OPINION Promoting Classical Judaism

October 2013

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Cheshvan 5774

Uptick in Terror and No PA Condemnations Prompt MKs to Demand an End to Prisoner Releases and Negotiations From Rosh Hashana to Suk-

kot, the holiday season in Israel was punctuated by terrorism on a scale not seen in almost a decade. There was a foiled terrorist attempt on Jerusalem’s Mamilla Mall; attacks of rocks, bricks, and gunfire at Jewish worshippers and soldiers at Joseph’s Tomb (Kever Yosef) in Shechem (Nablus) as well as on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem; a foiled firebombing in the Hebron Hills; and a rash of what is being called “terror thefts.” In addition, two

Noam Glick taken by ambulance to Shaarei Tzedek Hospital. “Her scream saved us from disaster,” said her father, Yisrael.

soldiers were murdered in late September, and on October 5, a nine-year-old little girl was shot at point-blank range in Psagot, in the Benjamin region just north of Jerusalem. Noam Glick had been playing in her yard after Shabbat when a terrorist, his face covered, entered the community and came up to her house. The child screamed, which seems to have prompted the terrorist to shoot her in the neck and then flee. The scream alerted the community.

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On Iran, Obama and Netanyahu May Agree on the Goal but Perhaps Not on How to Get there PM Benjamin Netanyahu: “Centrifuges and plutonium plants are not needed to produce peaceful nuclear energy. Seventeen countries throughout the world produce nuclear energy without them. .... No partial deals, no enrichment. If they continue enriching, continue the sanctions; if they strengthen their nuclear weapons program, you strengthen the sanctions. This is critical for the security of the world.”

On the surface, it would

seem that on the subject of Iran, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are of almost one mind. After the meeting between the two leaders, the President said through his press secretary, Jay Carney, that it is “understandable and entirely justifiable that Israel is skeptical about Iran and its intentions.” And while the US will not admit to sharing Israel’s suspicions that the Iranian “charm offensive” is nothing but a ruse, Mr. Carney

said Jerusalem and Washington share the same “concerns” and “firm policy objective, which is that Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.” But Messrs Obama and Netanyahu seem to have very different ideas on how to reach that objective. At the beginning of October, after meeting personally with Mr. Netanyahu in Washington, several senators proposed strengthening sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The White House, however, said

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Inside the Voice Secret Talks with the Saudis?...............5 Kol Ami: Easing Sanctions on Iran?.. 6 The Current Crisis............................... 7 Whole Foods & Holiness................15 New Programs at Holy Name............16 Alonso for NJ State Senate .................21

The Log..........................................................24 New Classes........................................32 School Open Houses.......................33 Mazal Tov.............................................34 Holiday Boutiques............................35 PA Violence an Imperative.............37

Ess Gezint: Slow Cooking for Two...38 Index of Advertisers ........................41 Honor the Professional...................43 Letters to the Editor ........................44 Anti-Israel Campaign at Rutgers .....45 Walk To Shul.......................................47


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Are the Gulf States, including Saudi Arabia, in Secret Talks with Israel about Iran? Among those most wor-

ried that President Barack Obama’s rapprochement with Iran will lead to the Islamic Republic’s ability to build its nuclear arsenal without interference are the Gulf and Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia. In early October, there were reports that high-profile Israeli and Gulf diplomats have held a series of meetings, overseen by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to address the issue of Tehran’s nuclear program.

If true, it would indicate that the Gulf States and Israel do not believe Mr. Obama’s diplomatic efforts will deter Iran, even if sanctions continue. Israel has made clear that it would require the accompaniment of a credible threat of a military action as well. At the UN, when Mr. Netanyahu announced that, if necessary, Israel is prepared to stand alone militarily against Iran to ensure it does not secure nuclear capability, many observers said it came as a relief to the Saudis.

Infidels Saudi fears of a nucleararmed Iran are similar to Israel’s concerns. Shiite Iran views Israel’s Jews and Saudi Arabia’s Sunni Muslims as nonbelievers, infidels whom they see as enemies. In addition, Saudi Arabia is one of Iran’s economic competitors. At a recent meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, former Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal, said a nucleararmed Iran could threaten to attack Saudi Arabia, thereby interfering with shipments of

oil to the West. This, he said, would increase the chance of war, conventional or otherwise. The US has said that one of its motivations for demanding that Iran shut down its nuclear arms program is that it could trigger a nuclear-arms race in the Middle East, with the possibility of weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of terrorist groups. While Israel has nuclear weapons, the Jewish state has long declared it would not be the first to use them in the re-

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Kol Ami: Easing Sanctions on Iran? continued from page 1 said it envisions a “confidence-building” process with Iran that would start with easing the sanctions, which even Iran’s representatives admit have crippled their economy and prompted their desire to rebuild relations with the US. At Cong Bnai Yeshurun in early October, a program was

held promoting the relationship between the Jewish community and the Republican Party. Participants were asked: Has President Obama’s decision to ease sanctions on Iran— before getting clear evidence that it has shut down its nuclear-weapons program—hurt Israel? Y

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Obama is letting Iran get away with its long-term strategy. For years, Iran has been negotiating the issue of its nuclear program and has given up nothing. In general, Obama doesn’t know how to make decisions, and, in this case, his heart is not in the right place. The Israelis are justifiably worried. Michael Karlin Teaneck, NJ

He doesn’t care about Israel and proves it in every way possible. I have seven grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren in Israel and I know that what Obama is doing with Iran is very dangerous to my family. Leila Goldberg Hillsdale, NJ

Of course it hurts Israel. Obama has a different agenda than Israel has. My fear is that he is smiling at Israel while planning to damage the Jewish state and the Constitution by trying to run for a third term. Edith Bank New Rochelle, NY

Obama is wasting time. He is giving Iran the time and opportunity to build nuclear weapons and this is, of course, bad for Israel. Goldie Assil Englewood, NJ


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The Current Crisis: “Even in Laughter, the Heart Can Ache” Friends at Arutz Sheva asked some youngsters to discuss the conflict that President Obama still seems to think is responsible for the prevention of world peace. No, it’s not the civil war in Syria or the Iranian quest for nuclear weapons. As former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer told Rabbi Steven Pruzansky at Cong Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck earlier this month, “Obama views Israel as a problem to be managed, not as a friend to keep.” The students came up with a program they called “Understanding Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks in Ten Easy Steps”: Step One: US pressure brings the sides together. Step Two: Israel releases terrorist prisoners in a bid to keep the Palestinians at the table. Step Three: Both sides (both sides of Israel, that is) are pressured to budge on core issues, such as dividing Jerusalem, evacuating well-populated communities from the historic heartland of Israel, or accepting the Palestinian “right of return,” the “right” of millions of Arabs (“refugees” who fled Israel in 1948 and 1967 and their descendants) to flood back into Israel proper, demographically erasing the Jewish state. Step Four: The Palestinians push Israel to make an impossible concession (see Step Three), claiming it is justice. Step Five: Israel refuses. Step Six: Palestinians storm out of the talks. Step Seven: The US, Europe, Arab League, and the rest of world blame Israel for the failure of the talks. Step Eight: Hamas and Fatah, freshly enlarged thanks to

the influx of newly released terrorist prisoners, launch terror attacks to show their displeasure with the failed peace talks (when peace talks are in session, they launch terror attacks to show their displeasure with the ongoing talks; when there are no peace talks starting or ending, they launch terror attacks because it’s what they do). Step Nine: Palestinians blame the terror attacks on Israel for not giving in on items mentioned in Step Three. Step Ten: Palestinians go to the UN in an attempt to isolate Israel diplomatically. The extra bonus Step Eleven is that as soon as a new US President is sworn into office, the whole process can begin again. As Euripides said: “Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.” As The Jewish Voice and Opinion says: Those whom the gods have already made mad are then given an inkling that they can resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. *** This past Hoshana Rabba, just before candle-lighting for Shemini Atzeret, we received a disturbing email from an outraged friend in Passaic (or was it an outraged email from a disturbed friend?): “In response to the shocking abuse—including binding and beating—of helpless plant material that I personally witnessed in shul this morning (and have on very good authority was repeated throughout the Jewish world), I am forming an organization: PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Aravot.” Ingrid Newkirk, call your office. S.L.R.


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gion. In fact, Israel does not discuss its nuclear program at all. Unlike Iran and other Muslim countries, which have threatened Israel with annihilation, the Jewish state has never threatened any of its neighbors. Giving a Green Light For some time, Saudi Arabia has made clear its concern with White House decisions regarding the Middle East having nothing to do with Israel. Mr. Obama’s seeming inability to stick to his red-line resolution regarding Syria’s use of chemical weapons led to Saudi fears that the President would be just as indecisive regarding a response to Iran on its nuclear weapons program. After Mr. Obama conducted his phone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, paving the way for relations between Iran and the US, Saudi officials said the Iranians would infer that they now have a green light to continue their nuclear weapons program. According to Saudi journalist Abdel Rahman Rashad, Saudi officials said they expected the US to take a much stronger position against Iran because, they said, Tehran is likely to take advantage of what it sees as American “softness” to continue and even expand its nuclear program. “If the Americans do not take the necessary steps against Iran, the states of the Middle East will have to deal with a nuclear Iran,” wrote Mr. Rashad. He said the phone call between Messrs Obama

and Rouhani “shocked the Gulf states, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, and other countries.” Mr. Rashad said it did not matter whether Mr. Obama called Mr. Rouhani or if it was the other way around. “What is important to know is what stands behind the conversation and how deep the ties are between America and Iran,” he said. Sunnis v Shiites The increase in sectarian tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims throughout the Middle East has prompted a deterioration of relations between Shiite Iran on one side and Sunni Saudi Arabia on the other. Allied with Iran in this struggle are the Lebanon-based terror group, Hezbollah, and the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, whose Alawite sect is considered a Shiite faction. The Sunni states include Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, the Emirates, Jordan, and Egypt. Last month, Egypt announced the formal cessation of all direct flights and tourism ties with Iran. Fighting for Syria Many of the tensions have centered on the civil war in Syria, which has become primarily a religious, sectarian struggle, with the Alawite-Shiite alliance on one side and Sunnis, many of them extremist and allied with Al-Qaeda, on the other. Each side believes it represents true Islam while the other consists of infidels. Each side has also accused the other of fighting on behalf of Israel. Thus far,

the Jewish state’s only involvement in the war has been to provide medical treatment to those victims, almost all of them civilians, who manage to make their way to the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. In mid-September, footage emerged on Dutch and British television featuring Iranian military forces on the ground in Syria, training and fighting with Mr. Assad’s pro-government militias. While Hezbollah has officially acknowledged that its fighters are actively engaged in battle on behalf of the Assad regime, Iranian officials have maintained that any Iranian presence in Syria was limited to logistical support for Mr. Assad. Iran has said that its “military advisors” in Syria had nothing to do with frontline fighting. “Holy War” In mid-September, the BBC aired some footage showing armed men on the ground in Syria speaking fluent Farsi, directing military operations, and engaging in battle. At the same time, Dutch Nieuswsuur TV presented an in-depth look at the activities of Iranian troops on the ground in Syria, showing how they train, coordinate, and fight alongside Mr. Assad’s militias. The footage includes a one-on-one interview with a local Iranian commander in which he says that Iranian fighters are in Syria because it is a “holy war.” “The current war in Syria is that of Islam versus the non-believers, good versus evil,” says the commander, explaining that Iran, Hezbollah and other Shiite “holy warriors,” such as the Iraqi and Afghan Mujahedeen, are on the side of Islam, while a Sunni confederation of “Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, the Emirates, America, England, France, and Israel make up the camp of the non-believers.” “We are ‘good’ because Iran’s Supreme Leader is on our side,” says the commander. New Relationships In his UN speech, Mr. Netanyahu seemed to hint at the contacts Israel has had with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. “The dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran and the emergence of other threats in our region have led many of our Arab neighbors to finally recognize that Israel is not their enemy,” he said. “This affords us


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the opportunity to overcome the historic animosities and build new relationships, new friendships, new hopes.” He added that Israel welcomes “engagement with the wider Arab world” and hopes “that our common interests and common challenges will help us forge a more peaceful future.” Saudi Cancellation In contrast, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal cancelled his speech to the UN General Assembly. The Saudis said they were withdrawing because the international body has “neglected issues pertaining to the Arab and Islamic world.” Saudi sources told Al Arabiya that the decision was made following the kingdom’s dissatisfaction with the UN’s position regarding Syria and “the Palestinian issue.” According to Saudi political analyst Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudis believe the international community is too concerned with Mr. Assad’s chemical weapons and insufficiently involved in stopping the civil war. Some observers said the Palestinians were included in the Saudi excuse in an attempt to obscure the working relationship that is developing between the Sunni states and Israel. S.L.R.

Security from 1989 to 2005. During that time, Iranian agents murdered opposition leaders in a Berlin restaurant, 85 people in the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, and 19 US soldiers when they blew up the Khobar towers in Saudi Arabia. “Are we supposed to believe that Rouhani, Iran’s national security adviser at the time, knew nothing of these Deaattacks? Of course, he knew,” said Mr. Netanyahu. Congressional Support Recognizing that many of the Con-

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“He talks about the scourge of terrorism, but, as we speak, Iran conducts terrorism operations in dozens of countries throughout the world. He speaks of the tragedy in Syria, but, as we speak, Iran’s forces are helping Assad perpetrate the massacre of thousands of men, women, and children. So, it’s one thing what they say and another what they do. I look at what they do, not at what they say,” said Mr. Netanyahu. In the US, he reminded policy-makers that Mr. Rouhani had been at the helm of the Iranian Supreme Council for National

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In Washington last month, Mr. Netanyahu addressed key Congressmen and Senators, telling them that despite Iran’s insistence that it has no intention of developing nuclear weapons, he had only one message regarding Iran: “Keep the pressure on.” He recognized that while Iran directly threatens the annihilation of the State of Israel, the Jewish state is not the Islamic Republic’s only target. “They’re building Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. They already have missiles that can reach Israel. They’re building these long-range ICBMs to reach the United States and Europe, and they want to arm them with nuclear weapons,” he said. Regarding Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s remarks regarding his country’s reverence for democracy, Mr. Netanyahu noted that while the Iranian president utilizes a Twitter account to send messages to the US and Europe, the Iranian people are prevented from using social media.

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Dealing with Iran gressmen and Senators with whom he met had worked hard for strong sanctions against Iran, Mr. Netanyahu thanked them for being “in the trenches over the years, fighting for this.” Sen Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who heads the Foreign Relations Committee, said he and most of his colleagues want the strict policy towards Iran to continue. In fact, he said, he and a few others intend shortly to submit proposals that will strengthen the current sanctions. “Our determination to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons remains unchanged, and we will not hesitate to sharpen the sanctions and use other options to protect US interests and ensure regional security,” said Mr. Menendez. Looking to Relax Sanctions Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sher-

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man did not disagree with that sentiment when she addressed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in early October. However, she told the Senators that the administration is interested in relaxing some of the sanctions imposed on Iran for its refusal to comply with the UN resolution demanding a shutdown of its uranium enrichment program. She told the Senators the State Department was offering the possibility of giving Iran some short-term sanctions relief in return for concrete steps to slow uranium enrichment and shed light on its nuclear program. One of the problems, said Ms. Sherman, is that the crippling sanctions that have been placed on Iran can no longer be enforced because of a lack of funding and manpower due to the shutdown of the US Federal Government. The work of the US Treasury Department’s

Office of Foreign Asset Control, responsible for enforcing and monitoring sanctions on the Iranian regime, has been curbed, she said. In addition, the shutdown has infringed on the work of the State Department’s intelligencegathering agencies, which means that “it has become nearly impossible to monitor any violations of sanctions,” she said. Still, she said that the administration was doing its best, and she assured the Senators “that we will continue to vigorously enforce the sanctions that are in place as we explore a negotiated resolution, and will be especially focused on sanctions evasion and efforts by the Iranians to relieve the pressure.” Not Well Received Ms. Sherman’s proposal to ease sanctions on Iran was not well received by the Senators. Referring to Mr. Rouhani’s “charm offensive,” Mr. Menendez said, “The new face of Iran looked and sounded very much like the old face, with a softer tone and a smoother edge. Even as we debate how to go forward, Iran’s nuclear centrifuges keep spinning.” But it was Sen John McCain (R-AZ) who gave Ms. Sherman the hardest time. Mr. McCain recalled Mr. Rouhani’s record overseeing Iran’s nuclear project before he became president. In his 2011 book, Mr. Rouhani boasts that even during the negotiations with Europe, Iran’s nuclear program not only continued, but increased. So far, all negotiations between the West and Iran concerning its nuclear weapons program have failed. During his recent campaign for president, Mr. Rouhani was asked on Iranian TV if he had suspended building the uranium enrichment facility (UEF) during the negotiations with Europe.

He reacted angrily as if the suggestion were an insult. “This is how we completed the nuclear enrichment program. We created the necessary time window to complete the Isfahan UEF and produce UF4 and UF6. The day I left the nuclear negotiations project, we had 1,750 centrifuges. When I started, we had 150,” he said. Trust? “Now, we’re supposed to trust this guy? How much confidence do you have in this individual?” Mr. McCain asked Ms. Sherman. “I don’t trust the people who sit across the table from me in these negotiations,” she replied. While she did not make clear if she meant the Iranians or the Senators, she added that the White House was entering “this period with our eyes open.” She said the US would not put forward any measures unless Iran “translated its words into transparent, meaningful, and verifiable actions.” Assurance Before the meeting ended, Ms. Sherman said Mr. Rouhani’s intentions should be clearer by mid-October when the P5+1 meet. This is the group of countries that in 2006 joined the still unsuccessful diplomatic efforts with Iran about its nuclear program. The group includes the five permanent members of the UN Security Council—the US, Great Britain, France, China, and Russia—plus Germany. The plan is for them again to sit opposite Iran in Geneva for the start of full-scale negotiations concerning Iran’s nuclear program. Ms. Sherman agreed that until then, the current level of pressure on Iran will be maintained. Asked about Ms. Sherman’s statements, Secretary of State John Kerry said Mr.

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Rouhani’s display of a sense of cooperation at the UN had to be backed up by quantifiable deeds. “I assure Bibi Netanyahu and the people of Israel that nothing we do is going to be based on trust,” said Mr. Kerry. Rather, he said, US actions would be “based on a series of steps to guarantee to all of us that we have certainty on what’s happening.” No Option Ruled Out During his press conference with Mr. Netanyahu, Mr. Obama said that despite Mr. Rouhani’s “charm offensive,” the US would not take Iran at its word and expected to see a verifiable reduction in the level of uranium enrichment “as demanded by the international community.” The rapprochement between Mr. Obama and Iran is based on a 15-minute telephone conversation between him and Mr. Rouhani and a few written exchanges. This is the first contact between the US and Iran since the Islamic Revolution in that country in 1979. At the press conference, Mr. Obama said the US would negotiate with Iran “with its eyes wide open” and would regularly consult “with Israel and our other friends and allies in the region during this process.” He stressed that Washington was not ruling out any options regarding Iran, including use of the military, “to make sure we do not have nuclear weapons

in Iran that would destabilize the region and threaten the US.” “Given the statements and actions from the Iranian regime in the past, the threats and actions against Israel, it absolutely clear that words are not sufficient. We have to have actions that give the international community confidence that, in fact, the Iranians are meeting their international obligations fully and are not in a position to have a nuclear weapon,” said Mr. Obama, adding that he was “looking forward to working with our friends in Israel to make sure the US and Israeli security interests are met, but hopefully we can also bring about greater peace and stability in a region that has been wracked with violence and tensions for far too long.” At the press conference, Mr. Netanyahu did not differentiate between the leadership of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and that of Mr. Rouhani. “Iran is committed to Israel’s destruction, so, for Israel, the ultimate test of a future agreement is whether or not Iran dismantles its military nuclear program,” he said. No Respect The Iranian government was not pleased, especially with Mr. Obama’s statement that, for the US, the military option was still open. “We expect the US government to deal with Iran based on a realistic policy and talk to the great Iranian people with respect,” said Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Marziyeh Afkham. Referring to Mr. Netanyahu as a warmonger, she said, as far as Iran is concerned, “the US is today facing a major test and it remains to be seen how far it will resist the pressure of war mongers.” “The Tel Aviv regime will continue pressuring the US due to Israel’s growing isolation and its anger over the fact that the Iranian administration’s policies have been welcomed at the international level,” she said. “Insulted” Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif told reporters that Mr. Obama had “insulted” the Iranian people by telling Mr. Netanyahu that the military option to deal with Iran’s nuclear weapon program remains on the table.

“President Obama should, in fact, stick to his declared intention to deal with Iran on the basis of mutual respect. That’s what he said in his letter to the president. That’s what he said in his address to the UN General Assembly,” said Mr. Zarif. “You do not deal with another state with mutual respect by threatening them, by trying to intimidate them, particularly when you know that that is not useful, that is not of any utility. The Iranian people react very, very negatively to such language of threat and intimidation.” In response to Mr. Netanyahu’s speech at the UN, in which he said that if Israel is forced to stand alone against the development of Iranian nuclear weapons, “it will do so,” Khodadad Seifi, a deputy ambassador at Iran’s UN mission said, “The Israeli prime minister had better not even think about attacking Iran, let alone planning for that.” “Supreme Leader” During his trip, Mr. Netanyahu pointed out that while most media accounts imply that the 15-minute telephone discussion between Messrs Obama and Rouhani, which led to the rapprochement, was between counterparts, the real ruler in Iran is its “Supreme Leader” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Despite some rumblings from Iranian hardliners who are deeply suspicious of Washington, it appears that Mr. Khamenei has endorsed Mr. Rouhani’s diplomatic drive. Mr. Netanyahu said that means diplomacy with no change in policy. For example, just before Mr. Rouhani’s trip to New York, Mr. Khamenei suggested that “heroic flexibility” could be “very useful and necessary, with adherence to one main condition.” “A wrestler sometimes shows flexibility for technical reasons. But he does not forget about his opponent nor about his main objective,” said Mr. Khamenei. After the phone call between Messrs Obama and Rouhani and the press conference between Messrs Obama and Netanyahu, Mr. Khamenei said, “We are pessimistic towards the Americans and do not put any trust in them. The American government is untrustworthy, supercilious, and unreasonable, and breaks its promises,” he said. Nuclear Purpose One of the most serious bones of con-


http://jewishvoiceandopinion.com tention is Iran’s insistence that its nuclear program is for peaceful civilian purposes and the conviction of most Western and many Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia, that its primary function would be military, with an eye toward giving Iran hegemony over its region. Mr. Zarif told Iranian TV that “for 22 years, the Zionist regime has been lying by repeating endlessly that Iran will have the atomic bomb in six months.” “After all these years, the world must understand the reality of these lies and not allow them

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to be repeated,” he said. Mr. Obama said US intelligence estimates show that Iran is “a year or more away” from building a nuclear weapon. In an interview with the Associated Press, he acknowledged that US estimates were more conservative than those of Israel. Why Centrifuges? Mr. Netanyahu’s argument is that, for peaceful purposes, centrifuges for uranium enrichment are not necessary. “Centrifuges and plutonium plants are not needed to produce nuclear en-

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ergy,” he said, pointing to the seventeen countries around the world that produce nuclear energy without them. “If the Iranians say all they want is peaceful energy—well, I don’t believe them—but anyone who is faced with this should ask a simple question: Why do they insist on those elements that are not necessary for civilian energy? The sole reason Iran insists on plutonium reactors and on centrifuges for enrichment is to produce weapons,” he said.

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Dealing with Iran A real agreement with Iran will require it to relinquish entirely its centrifuges and plutonium plants, he said. “If they do that, I think we could all be satisfied and we could all support such an achievement,” he said. Telling the Truth While Mr. Zarif claimed Mr. Netanyahu was “the most isolated man at the UN,” the prime minister told Jewish leaders in New York that he found it “exceedingly easy” to convince major policy-makers not to be fooled by Mr. Rouhani’s gestures. The key, he said, was simple: “Just tell the truth and people will get it.” “Once you crystallize the truth, everyone understands. No partial deals, no enrichment. If they continue enriching, continue the sanctions; if they strengthen their nuclear weapons program, you strengthen the sanctions. This is critical for the security of the world,” he said. Speaking Their Language On October 3, BBC’s Persianlanguage station interviewed Mr. Netanyahu, giving the Israeli prime minister his first opportunity to address the Iranian people directly. The station, which translated his interview into Farsi, claims to reach 12 million people, but it

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is usually blocked in Iran because it allows opponents of the regime to speak freely Mr. Netanyahu told the Iranians, he would welcome “a genuine rapprochement, a genuine effort to stop the nuclear program, not a fake one, not ‘harf-e-pootch,’” which means “nonsense” in Farsi. “We are not sadeh-lowe,” he said, using the Farsi word for “suckers.” He stressed that if Iran develops nuclear weapons, it will not only threaten Israel and the US, but will also doom the Iranian people to perpetual “tyranny.” “You’ll never get rid of this tyranny if it’s armed with nuclear weapons,” he said. He noted that he had read Mr. Rouhani’s 2011 book and said he has no reason to believe the now-Iranian president’s approach will be different this time. “If that’s the plan now, and it’s what I hear now, we are not onboard,” he told the station. Fashion Faux-Pas The one faux-pas Mr. Netanyahu seemed to have made during the interview was a reference to fashion. He told Iranian young people that if they were truly free, they would be able “to wear jeans, listen to Western music, and participate in free elections.”

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman told Senators the Obama administration is interested in relaxing some of the sanctions imposed on Iran and offering the possibility of giving the Islamic Republic some short-term sanctions relief in return for concrete steps to slow uranium enrichment and shed light on its nuclear program. Many Iranians responded by telling the prime minister that while after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, jeans were seen as a despicable symbol of the US, today, jeans are ubiquitous in Iran. In addition, they said, most Iranians manage to listen to Western music. In his interview, Mr. Netanyahu recalled Neda AghaSoltan, a young woman who was fatally shot, probably by Iranian government units, during the anti-government protests of 2009 over the allegedly fraudulent re-election of Mr. Ahmadinejad. Her murder, captured on video, made her a symbol of young Iranians taking a stand against the current Iranian regime. Mr. Netanyahu said he saw Ms. Agha-Soltan “choke in her own blood.” A Twitteruser with the handle Mohammadmojiran wrote: “Netanyahu saw Neda die, but didn’t notice she wore jeans.” According to Mr. Netanyahu’s office, most of the feedback from the interview was positive. An Iranian who called himself Irani Aryai wrote: “Well done, Mr. Netanyahu, for expressing what is in the hearts of the Iranian people. Well done, the great Israeli people, with the hope for the day when both people can live together in peace.” White House Concessions One of the Senators with

whom Mr. Netanyahu met in Washington said the real test will be whether the White House issues demands or offers concessions once negotiations with Iran start. Writing in the New York Times, Vali Nasr, a former senior State Department advisor, said he was convinced “Iran’s diplomatic flexibility is serious, but should not be mistaken for willingness to surrender.” “Expect no grand bargain with Iran in the short run, but rather, the lifting of specific sanctions in exchange for concrete steps to slow down Iran’s nuclear program and open it to international scrutiny. That would be an important first step, which could build bilateral trust and give diplomacy the impetus it needs to succeed,” he said. Israel, as well as some Arab states like Saudi Arabia, some European states, and many key US Senators and Congressmen, has voiced opposition to this gradual approach. The skeptics have made clear they are demanding “all or nothing” from Iran. “Easing sanctions in exchange for unimportant Iranian concessions would only allow Iran to continue developing its nuclear weapons,” said the Senator, echoing one of the key messages brought by Mr. Netanyahu. S.L.R.


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Whole Foods: A First Step to Holiness By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D, NYS Certified Nutritionist In this high-tech age, it’s not hard to appreciate the need for wholeness. An email missing a single punctuation point bounces back with a message that the address is invalid. On a holier level, if a Sefer Torah is missing even a single letter, the entire scroll is considered pasul, unsuitable for use. The concept of wholeness applies to food, too. For thousands of years, cultures all over the world consumed whole, unprocessed foods. But in the past 150 years, with the onset of the Industrial Revolution, all this changed. At the turn of the 20th century, only about 10 percent of our foods were processed. At the turn of the 21st century, 90 percent of our food supply has been altered from its natural state. Today more than ever, many grains are available to us. But

in the past, only one or two types of grains were needed to sustain large populations. Asian countries, for example, were primarily nourished by rice; American Indians by corn; European civilization by wheat, barley, and oats; and the Aztecs and Incas of Central and South America by quinoa and amaranth. A whole grain—a grain in its natural form—contains many essential ingredients for nourishing the human body. These include fiber (from the husk), starch (from the endosperm), and vitamins, minerals, protein, and essential oils (from the germ). When a grain is refined and processed, it is stripped of its husk and germ. Most of the fiber, vitamins, minerals, and essential oils are gone—and, primarily, the starchy part remains. If even one ingredient is removed from a food, that al-

ters the natural state in which Hashem created it. It is no longer a whole food. It has become destabilized and devitalized. And we are what we eat. As it says in Tehillim (104:24), “How great are your works, Hashem. You make them all with wisdom. The world is full of Your Possessions.” The phrase “you are what you eat” was coined by the pioneering American healthfood advocate Dr. Victor Lindlahr (1895-1969). Several years ago, this expression was used in connection with scientific discoveries confirming the “Doctrine of Signatures,” which suggests that many whole foods resemble specific body organs and provide nutritional support for those organs. A typical walnut, for example, looks like a miniature brain. Even the folds on the walnut are similar to those on the neocortex. Remarkably, eating

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walnuts help the body produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter essential for brain functioning. Similarly, kidney beans, which look exactly like human kidneys, may promote kidney health by stabilizing blood sugar levels. Think about tomatoes. When a whole tomato is sliced, there are four chambers inside, similar to the human heart. Recent research has demonstrated that tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant nutrient particularly beneficial for cardiovascular functioning. Carrots are another example. When sliced, the inside of the carrot looks just like the human eye. Carrots have been found to enhance blood flow to the eye and, thus, promote optical health. This is a good reason to fill up on whole foods. Hashem put into these foods exactly

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New at Holy Name: Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Cutting-Edge Treatment for Prostate Cancer This past month, Holy Name Medical

Center in Teaneck opened a new facility to help those who require physical rehabilitation and the medical center’s Cancer Center introduced a new treatment for patients with advanced prostate cancer. Holy Name is now the only Bergen County facility to offer Xofigo® (radium 223 dichloride), a breakthrough treatment, which was approved last May by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of patients with bone metastasis who have hormone-resistant prostate cancer. Bone metastases occur in 90 percent of men with hormone-resistant prostate cancer and can produce significant morbidity, including pain, pathologic fractures, spinal cord compression, and bone marrow failure. Xofigo’s active ingredient, radium 223 dichloride (radium 223), is an alpha particleemitting radioactive therapeutic agent which undermines the development and growth of tumors on bone metastases. The treatment is administered intravenously once per month for six months. Xofigo is the first and, thus far, only alpha particle-emitting radioactive therapeutic agent approved by the FDA that has demonstrated improvement in overall survival and delay in time to first symptomatic skeletal event compared to placebo. The new treatment emits low levels of alpha particle radiation, sparing and exposing little surrounding tissue due to small depth of penetration.

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Fernando Alonso, Republican Candidate for State Senate in NJ’s 38th District, Knows the American Dream First-Hand By Ira Treuhaft

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How they came to America with nothing, seeking a better life. How they worked hard—often against prejudice—to build something for themselves, their children, and future generations. Too often, politicians’ lives don’t meet the ideal. But this year in Bergen and Passaic Counties’ 38th District, there is a candidate for State Senate who actually has lived the American Dream. Fernando Alonso is a first-generation American whose parents immigrated to New York from Cuba.

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NJ Senate Candidate Fernando Alonso When he was young, his mother joined with other parents to send their children to a better grade school than they would attend in their home neighborhood. After graduating from Xavier High School in New York, where he served in the ROTC, Mr. Alonso went on to become the first member of his family to graduate from college, working his way first through Holy Cross where he earned a degree in History and then the Dickinson School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctorate. Financial Success and Teaching After law school, Mr. Alonso worked in Europe in international banking and then returned to New York City, where he worked in the finance and insurance industry, specializing in municipal finance. He continued to practice law, focusing on business, immigra-

tion, and criminal law. “Even though I had achieved much, there was a part of me that wanted something different; something that let me help others the way I had been helped growing up” said Mr. Alonso. “It took a while, but I figured the way for me to help others was through what made the biggest difference in my personal success: education.” In 2003, he took a position as an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he was the first teacher hired for the Puerta al Futuro (Gateway to the Future) program. He later started the Latino Promise program. These innovative programs help immigrants and their children achieve the higher education they might not otherwise attain, and prepare for success in the working world and life.

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Running for Office Now Mr. Alonso has turned his desire to help others toward public service, and, for that reason, he is running for State Senate. His goal is to achieve for others what his parents gave him by coming to America: opportunity. “I want a government that once again supports opportunity for the middle class— for quality employment, fiscal stability, and a quality education for their children,” he said His vision is to bring cooperation, independence, and compromise back to government, to address that which has been talked about, but not acted upon, for too long. “There is no Republican or Democrat way to do what’s right for people. There’s just the right way,” he said. “That’s why I will work with both parties when it’s for the betterment of our community.” Tax Relief, Schools, and Jobs Mr. Alonso is focusing on three major areas in his campaign: delivering much-needed property tax relief, improving schools by making the funding formula fair for all our local schools, and helping attract new jobs to our community. “The fastest way for New Jerseyans to achieve their dreams is through job creation. With jobs comes opportunity,” he said. “Of course, once people are making the money to feel financial stability, we can’t pull the rug out from under them by constantly raising taxes and fees. Unfortunately, that’s all Trenton has done for years.” He recognizes that “taxes, education, and the economy” are the big issues people care about. “But they aren’t the only issues I care about,” he said. “The 38th District has a vast diversity of people, and each may have ideas and desires of their own.

I want to represent everyone, by representing their needs.” Jewish Community The 38th District, which includes Bergenfield, Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Hasbrouck Heights, Hawthorne, Lodi, Maywood, New Milford, Oradell, Paramus, River Edge, Rochelle Park, and Saddle Brook, has a sizable Jewish community, including many Orthodox synagogues. It is a community with which Mr. Alonso is very familiar. “Many members of the Jewish community want their day schools better respected, and funded by the state. If we do what’s right, we can support these day schools through increased funding or services, such as improved bus services,” he said. Supported by Christie A proud supporter of Governor Chris Christie, Mr. Alonso said the governor is well known for “doing what’s right and standing up to special interests.” “I am proud to have his support in this race and to be a member of his team,” said Mr. Alonso. He said he recognized that voters have a tough choice to make this fall. “Bob Gordon is a nice guy, but he’s got a bad record,” he said, characterizing his Democratic opponent’s record in Trenton as “partisan obstructionist.” “Although Gordon now claims to support the property tax cut, he voted to stop Governor Christie’s 10 percent tax cut from even being considered in the State Senate,” said Mr. Alonso. Although Mr. Gordon has implied that he is somehow allied with Mr. Christie, the Governor, when asked about the State Senate race in the 38th District, said, “I will do whatever I can to unseat Bob Gordon.” Y


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“If it had not been for Noam’s quick response, the attack could have ended in the murder of the entire family. The terrorist basically was startled by Noam and instead of entering the house, he shot her. Her scream saved us from disaster,” said her father, Yisrael. By the time Magen Dovid Adom arrived, the community’s medical emergency squad had already begun treatment. The child was fully conscious when she arrived at Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem, where she underwent successful surgery. Like the Fogels Israeli soldiers discovered a break in the security fence constructed by the Defense Ministry around Psagot, which is located near the Arab town of El-Bireh, adjoining Ramallah. Soldiers also found a makeshift gun. Two days later, after massive manhunts that continued throughout the night, Israeli troops arrested brothers, Alaa and Fares Adawi, 25 and 26. Their arrest prompted rioting in El-Bireh. To many Israelis, including Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), the shooting was a stark reminder of the murder of five members of the Fogel family in Itamar in 2011. “We are in an intolerable situation,” she said. “We survived Yasir Arafat, but his heir, Mahmoud Abbas, is no better

when it comes to supporting terror groups. We should tell the world there will be no negotiations if terror continues,” said Ms. Hotovely. Like her, many Israelis believe the Palestinian Authority is actively encouraging the violence, especially through its unrelenting incitement against Jews and Israel in the PA-controlled media. Last month, the PA announced that it intends to disburse $15 million to 5,000 former terrorists who served five or more years in Israeli jails. The PA called the disbursements “respectable life grants.” According to the PA report, which was translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), the Palestinians have budgeted for other terror-supporting activities (called “martyrdomseeking operations”) as well, including the glorification of terrorists, monthly stipends to terrorists as they serve their sentences in Israeli jails, and salaries to freed terrorists. Hoping to Trade On Friday, September 20, two weeks before the attack in Psagot, IDF Sgt Tomer Hazan, 20, from Bat Yam, was abducted and murdered by his co-worker at the local Tzachi Bsarim (Meats) restaurant. Nadal Amar, a 42-year-old Palestinian from Beit Amin near Qalkilya, who was employed illegally

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at the restaurant, had hoped to exchange Mr. Hazan’s body for the release of his brother, a member of the Tanzim terrorist group who has been in an Israeli prison for the past ten years. The day after the abduction-murder, IDF forces along with Israeli special police and the Shin Bet raided Mr. Amar’s home. Mr. Amar confessed that he had persuaded Mr. Hazan to come to his village, murdered him in an open field, and hid his body in a water hole, where it was discovered. Many Israelis expressed fury that Mr. Amar had been employed without a work permit, the document required of PA residents in order to secure a job in Israel. Just before Mr. Hazan’s murder, the Israeli Cabinet voted to grant the PA an additional 5,000 work permits as a goodwill gesture. Other Targets Mr. Hazan was not Mr. Amar’s first target. Over the years, Mr. Amar, who is married and the father of eight, had tried to convince other co-workers to accompany him to his home village. One of them was Moti Almshali who, three months earlier, was given a bizarre story by Mr. Amar about a cache of money that had supposedly been discovered in Beit Amin in the ruins of an old building “under his house.”

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“He said they had told the sheikh of the village who had forbidden them to destroy the house in order to get the money. Nadal suggested I bring a rabbi with me to his house to break the curse so we could gain access to the treasure hidden there. Nadal assured me we would both become very rich,” said Mr. Almshali. Mr. Almshali said he disregarded the proposal. “When I learned that he was the one who murdered Tomer, I realized that had I brought a rabbi with me to his house, we both would have been the victims of a horrible murder. In all the time I knew Nadal, he never mentioned he had a brother who was sitting in an Israeli prison,” said Mr. Almshali. According to another coworker at the restaurant, Mr. Hazan was much more gullible than the other workers. “I think that as soon as Tomer got in the cab and realized they were going to Qalkilya and there was no business deal or anything, he must have tried to run,” she said. Security Breach According to Benny Katzover, chairman of the Samaria Residents’ Council, Mr. Amar abducted Mr. Hazan through a large breach in the separation fence between Israel and the

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PA near Shaarei Tikva. According to Mr. Katzover, after the High Court ruled to dismantle the fence at that site and change its location, the breach became part of a major route for illegal entry into Israel. One day after Mr. Hazan’s murder, another IDF soldier was arrested for transporting 23 illegal PA residents in his private vehicle. The police alleged that he received payment for taking the Arabs into Israel so that they could find work. “The radical leftist organizations which filed the motion to the High Court to have the fence relocated cannot say, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood,’” said Mr. Katzover. Last year, Lior Farhi, the security officer for the Samarian community of Shaarei Tikva, was murdered by terrorists in a vehicle smuggling illegal workers into Israel through the same breach in the security fence. “The security establishment had a whole year to block the breach. Unfortunately, we have now received a reminder that nothing has been done,” said Mr. Katzover. Currency Abducting soldiers has been a high priority for the PA ever since Gilad Shalit, an IDF soldier abducted in 2006 and held in Gaza for five years, was released in exchange for 1,027 terrorist prisoners. While Mr. Shalit was re-

leased alive, Israel has been willing to trade terrorist prisoners just for Israeli bodies. In 2008, for example, Israel traded unrepentant terrorist, Sami Kuntar, for the bodies of kidnapped IDF soldiers Eldad Regev, Ehud Goldwasser, and Omar Sawad. As part of a string of terrorist murders in 1979, Mr. Kuntar crushed a four-year-old’s skull with his rifle, murdered her father, and caused the death of her two-year-old sister who suffocated when her mother tried to muffle her cries. In a protest held early last month adjacent to Red Cross Headquarters in Gaza, Hader Habib, a senior member of the Islamic Jihad, explicitly called on fellow terrorists to abduct IDF soldiers. Aware of this situation, an IDF officer from Central Command said the army has been on a state of permanent high alert for several years and that the Shin Bet has repeatedly foiled attempts to abduct soldiers. Nothing to Be Done The officer, who asked that his name be withheld, said there was nothing the IDF could have done to prevent Mr. Hazan’s abduction or murder. He blamed the terrorist attack on the fact that Messrs Hazan and Amar knew each other from work. “The forces took action in time and located the body in a very short time. IDF soldiers con-

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tinue to be threatened throughout Israel by abductions, which terrorists consider to be ‘high quality’ attacks,” he said. Some Israeli protesters outside the restaurant where Messrs Hazan and Amar worked blamed the owner for employing illegal PA Arab workers. They have also blamed lax police enforcement. “Tazachi’s had a responsibility to check the PA employees’ family background to rule out ties to terrorism,” said one of the demonstrators. Kadima MK Yisrael Hasson suggested the restaurant’s owner, Tzachi Antabi, be charged as an “accessory to murder.” “Someone who decides to employ an illegal PA entrant is knowingly endangering the public and inviting a terrorist attack,” said Mr. Hasson. No Hero While neither PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas nor any other PA official condemned the murder, Mr. Amar’s father did. “If the army would give me a machine gun, I would shoot my son in the head without a court’s permission,” said Abdullah Amar, who added that “all the members of my family, from young to old, strongly condemn what my son did, killing an unarmed man who came here.” According to Abdullah Amar, his son had been working in Israel since he was 17. He also said no one in his family knew about the plot in advance. “I wish to tell the Israeli public that if he committed a crime, he must pay for it as a court orders. He killed a man for no reason,” he said. His son, he said, “is no hero.” “If he had fought on the battlefield against an armed person and killed him, I would say he was a hero. But like this? Where is the heroism here? To kill someone unarmed who voluntarily went along with him?

If I had known that this was his intention, I would have stopped him forcibly, even chopping his head off,” he said. Fatah Support While Abdullah Amar said his son was not a member of any terrorist group, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, the military wing of Fatah, the faction to which Mr. Abbas belongs, took credit for Mr. Hazan’s murder. In a statement, the group said the kidnapping “was carried out in a complicated military action by our forces. We succeeded, despite the many roadblocks and other methods to stop us the army put up.” The group also warned against “harming” Nadal Amar. “If one drop of his blood is spilled, many more plagues will fall upon you, O Zionists,” the group said. Shot in Hebron On Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot, one day after Mr. Hazan’s murder, another IDF soldier, Gabriel (Gal) Kobi, 20, of Tirat Harcarmel, was shot in the neck while serving in the Avraham Avinu neighborhood, near the Cave of the Patriarchs, in Hebron. Mr. Kobi, who was taken by helicopter to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem, died of his wounds on Sunday, Sept 20. The IDF said the perpetrator was a sniper who hid between the buildings in an Arab neighborhood next to the Jewish section of the city and fired at Jews. The IDF imposed a lock-down on the city to comb the area and find the perpetrators. Two Arabs with hunting rifles and ten other wanted suspects across Judea and Samaria have been arrested. Facebook Praise After Noam Glick was shot, Fatah’s Facebook page drew a connection between the terrorist who shot her and the one who killed Mr. Kobi, predicting


http://jewishvoiceandopinion.com the terrorist would strike again. “The sharpshooter of Palestine has passed here. He greeted Hebron and rested at El Bireh. Between these two parts of the homeland, he left a manly signature. He saluted and went on his way, and went to a new place with a new signature, as he tells the tale of those who love the homeland,” the Fatah administrator wrote. A few weeks earlier, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade declared “war” and said it would give the “green light” to terrorists attacking Israel. No Change Sending condolences to the families, Israel’s Economics Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, noted that 20 years after the signing of the Oslo Accords, “our partner has not changed.” “Tomer Hazan’s murder, which was meant to bring about the release of a terrorist murderer, one of Abbas’s soldiers, reminds us who our partners are. One does not make peace with terrorists who throw the bodies of soldiers into a pit or shoot nine-year-old girls. Rather, one fights them without mercy,” said Mr. Bennett. After Mr. Kobi’s murder, Mr. Bennett said the “negotiation ‘celebration’ the government is holding with the PA has turned into a ‘celebration’ of blood and death for Jews during Sukkot.” “Since the release of terrorists was the key to the opening of negotiations, the unfortunate developments behoove the government to rethink its position on the matter. The answer to terror must be a fight against murderers, not a dialog with them,” said Mr. Bennett. “Absurd Dance” Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel, also a member of Jewish Home, blamed “Israel’s absurd dance of releasing terrorists.” This, he said, “continues

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to threaten the security of Israel because the terrorists have learned that we have no more red lines.” Like many other MKs, Mr. Ariel demanded a halt to any further Israeli prisoner releases, which are scheduled periodically for the next nine months, as goodwill gestures to the PA as long as the negotiations continue. These releases, said Mr. Ariel, “do not bring peace— only unnecessary bloodshed.” “We’ve gone back to the reality in which discussions with the Palestinians equal murderous terror attacks. This reality must not continue. I demand that the Prime Minister bring back for discussion the decision to release terrorists and allow the army to act firmly against the murderous terrorism that has raised its head,” he said. Tragic Proof Ms. Hotovely said the reasoning behind Mr. Hazan’s murder “is tragic proof that the deals for releasing terrorists are mistakes.” “The Palestinian street understands that abducted soldiers or bodies are an efficient means to trade with Israel for the release of murderers,” she said. She insisted the rise in Arab terrorism “requires Israel to stop the peace talks.” Tough Questions Jewish Home MK Moti Yogev, a colonel in the IDF reserves, a former commander of an elite unit, and the current chairman of the Knesset’s subcommittee on Judea and Samaria, asked “if this is the morality by which the state and its justice systems act.” “If not, we must immediately stop the process of releasing terrorist murderers, a process of surrender to immoral terrorism and American pressure, a process that does not exist today in any country in the enlightened world,” he said. After Mr. Kobi’s murder,

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Mr. Yogev said he would work to implement the “expansion of Hebron and stop the release of terrorist murderers.” “In addition, we must inform ourselves and the entire world that this country belongs to the people of Israel and not to the murderers who sent the terrorists,” he said. Better a Criminal Some members of the Israeli left, including the Ha’aretz newspaper, suggested that Mr. Hazan’s murder was a criminal act rather than terrorist attack. Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked scoffed that this view “does a disservice to the terrorist.” “He’s better off being called a terrorist because he’ll get out of prison faster,” she said. At Mr. Kobi’s funeral, Mr. Bennett said Israel “must stop giving our enemies the impression that Jewish blood is the cheapest commodity in the Middle East and that there is no punishment for spilling it.” “We do not pardon car

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thieves, but we free terrorist murderers of Jews. We are fighting to change this conception,” he said. Suspend the Talks Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) went further, demanding a suspension of negotiations until the PA denounces the murders and halts the incitement. He added that “whoever harms a nine-year-old girl or backs terrorists does not deserve to be called a partner for negotiations.” “We need to put an end to the duplicity of the Palestinian leadership which supports terrorism,” he said. Israel, he said, “should demand that the PA leadership stop inciting, stop talking in different voices in Washington on the one hand, and in the mosques and on TV where they incite against the state of Israel on the other hand. We cannot continue negotiating

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Uptick in Terror with the Palestinians while they are attacking us.” He said he had asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to put the negotiations on hold “until Abbas comes and condemns the attacks against Israelis.” No Condemnation According to some reports, while speaking to a Jewish group in New York last month, Mr. Abbas condemned “all acts of violence against civilians,” but, he said, he wanted Israel to condemn the deaths of Arab youths at the hands of Israeli soldiers. According to Israeli-Arab journalist, Khaled Abu Toameh, the PA’s Wafa news agency recorded Mr. Abbas’s remarks to the Jewish community, but, said Mr. Abu Toameh, there was no reference to a condemnation of the murders of IDF soldiers. After Noam Glick was shot, Mr. Abbas publicly said he condemned “violence on both sides,” singling out “attacks by settlers against Palestinian property, homes, churches, and mosques.” He called on the Israeli government to prevent those attacks. He also condemned unspecified “Jewish attacks on Palestinians on the Temple Mount,” and warned that such attacks “could lead to dangerous results that no one will be able to control.” There have been no recorded attacks by Jews on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem,

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continued from page 21 although there have been many attacks against them by Palestinians on the site. Arutz Sheva journalist David Lev suggested Mr. Abbas was referring to the “peaceful ascent of Jewish pilgrims to Judaism’s holiest site, which have increased in recent months in spite of fierce opposition by Muslim groups to any Jewish presence there.” “Despite the peaceful nature of such visits, Palestinians regularly refer to them as ‘attacks’ by non-Muslims on the Islamic complex, which is located atop the ruins of the two Jewish Temples which once stood there,” he said. Israeli-Arab MK Ahmed Tibi recently said the presence of Jews on the Temple Mount was “contaminating” the site. Blaming the Israelis After the shooting of Noam Glick, senior PA official Jibril Rajoub said the blame lay with Mr. Netanyahu and the Israeli government. Asked by Kol Yisrael radio if he would condemn the attack on the child, Mr. Rajoub said, “I condemn everything that causes damage. I condemn it and I condemn those responsible for it. And those responsible for it are the Government and the Prime Minister of Israel.” He said the child had been shot because Mr. Netanyahu and his government “incites and provokes by building settlements.”

“No decent person would agree with hurting a child, even if the child is in the wrong place, like the settlers are. I myself have a 12-year-old child, and I know how much it hurts, but I hope that you will eventually think about how to move the settlers to areas beyond the Green Line,” he said. Nukes and Table-Tennis In the past, Mr. Rajoub has publicly denounced Jews as “Satans” and has called Mr. Netanyahu “a dog.” Last May, he said if the PA had a nuclear weapon, it would not hesitate to use it against the Jewish state. Just recently, Mr. Rajoub chaired a PA-sponsored tabletennis tournament which was named in memory of “the Martyr Dalal Mughrabi,” the leader of a terrorist cell that carried out the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history. In 1978, she hijacked a bus on Israel’s Coastal Highway in which 38 Israelis were murdered, among them 13 children. The table-tennis tournament was geared to women, including children and teenagers. According to PMW, Palestinian Table Tennis Association official Radwan Al-Sharif, who said the association “acts in accordance with the Olympic Committee’s agenda,” made a speech at the event’s closing ceremony in which he praised “the glorious deeds of hero Martyr Dalal Mughrabi.” Petitions Throughout the month, calls by MKs on the government to reconsider its policy of releasing terrorists and even talking to the PA increased. A petition, initiated by Ms. Shaked and Likud-Beiteinu MK Robert Itov, demanded cancellation of all planned releases of terrorist prisoners. It was signed by MKs and ministers across the politi-

cal spectrum, including representatives of Likud, Shas, United Torah Judaism, Jewish Home, and Hatnua, the party of Tzipi Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator at the talks with the Palestinians. “It cannot be that a country which values life should release murderers while, at the same time as negotiations continue, acts of terrorism continue,” said the petition. According to reports, MKs from Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party refused to sign. Mr. Lapid, however, said the terror acts were “a terrible reminder that Israel deals daily with the murderous terrorism of beastly people” and that “we must not leave the security of Israel to anyone except ourselves.” Bring Back Deterrence Others saw in the attacks the need for increased vigilance and aggressive deterrence on the part of Israeli security. MK Yoni Chetboun (Jewish Home), who serves on the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, demanded that Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon “approve offensive military operations that will bring back the deterrence.” Mr. Chetboun argued that while Israelis are being shot, the government is “busy negotiating Israeli concessions with the PA.” “While we have been discussing peace, our ‘partners’ are discussing war. Releasing murderers has acted as a ‘lubricant,’ an encouragement, to motivate the terrorists. Terrorism will not be stopped with gestures, but with deterrence. When the State of Israel freed murderers, terrorists feel free to act. It is our responsibility as MKs to stop this folly of releasing murderers. Unfortunately, we are seeing the results blossom before our eyes,” he said.


http://jewishvoiceandopinion.com His Jewish Home colleague, Nissan Slomiansky, saw the attacks as proof that continuing negotiations with the PA out of weakness leads to increased terrorism. He called on Messrs. Netanyahu and Ya’alon to “enforce aggressive policies and stop releasing murderers.” Not Pleased Mr. Netanyahu did not disagree. “We are not at all pleased that our security and defense measures did not prevent this, during the calmest year in over a decade of terror attacks,” he said, noting that he and Israel’s security forces had identified an increase in terror attacks. “As long as their media incitement continues, the PA cannot absolve themselves of responsibility for these events,” he said. He stressed that neither those who incite the terror nor those who carry it out should expect to be victorious. “We are here and we are here to stay,” he said. He stopped short, however, of agreeing to suspend the talks, release terrorists, or continue to refer to the PA and Mr. Abbas as peace partners. Mr. Lev noted that PA police still travel freely on roads in so-called Area C of Judea and Samaria which are under Israeli civilian and military control. The Samaria Residents Committee has logged dozens of witness accounts by drivers who have seen PA police cars traveling on roads used by Israeli civilians in Judea and Samaria. “According to the Oslo Accords, such vehicles are supposed to be accompanied by IDF vehicles, but in almost all cases, the IDF vehicles are nowhere to be seen,” he said. Embarrassing According to some reports, Mr. Netanyahu took umbrage at the MKs’ petition. Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin (Likud), who signed the petition, was asked not to join the

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Prime Minister on his flight to New York for the meetings at the UN and in Washington. According to a report, the prime minister was also furious that Mr. Elkin demonstrated how Mr. Netanyahu has backtracked on his own principles. In a recent speech, Mr. Elkin quoted Mr. Netanyahu’s own words from 11 years ago: “The Palestinians will enjoy all rights except for one—the right to annihilate Israel. Self-rule—yes. A state—no. They tell us the Palestinian state is a vision for the future. Well, our nation also has a vision for the future: ‘And the wolf will dwell with the sheep.’ When that vision is realized in the Middle East, we will go back and reconvene the Likud Central Committee and discuss the issue again.” Mr. Elkin was relegated to taking a regular El Al flight to New York for the meetings. After Noam Glick was shot, Mr. Elkin again blamed the PA. “Those who engage in incitement in the schools and name town squares after terrorists and pay huge sums to the families of imprisoned terrorists should not be surprised that such events take place. We will not compromise on anything when we are pressured and terrorized,” he said. Keeping Hebron The Israeli concerns seemed to have no effect on the PA, whose leaders said the murders would not deter them from pursuing any of their goals. “There is no reason to renounce the demands of peace in any way whatsoever,” said PA Foreign Minister Riyad Almaliki. Asked if he expects the next batch of terrorist prisoners to be released from Israeli jails on schedule, he said, “The agreement on this matter is clear and both sides are bound by it.” While Mr. Netanyahu did not contradict him, he did vow that the terrorists would not achieve their goals. Among the aims of

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the PA at the negotiating table is to force Israel to leave Hebron. “Whoever tries to uproot us from the city of our forefathers will achieve the opposite. We will continue to fight terrorism and hit the terrorists with one hand, and we will continue to strengthen the settlement enterprise with the other hand,” he said. Beit Hamachpela He said steps should be taken “immediately” to resettle Beit Hamachpela, a home in Hebron that was purchased in 2012 from an Arab by 15 Jewish families. Fearing that the building, if left uninhabited, would be occupied by local Arabs, the families moved in directly after the sale, before the Israeli Civil Administration validated the purchase. In August 2012, then-Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the removal of the residents, despite a request from Mr. Netanyahu to allow the courts to determine ownership.

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The military appeals court has since accepted the appeal of the Jews who bought the property, but the military establishment has not yet allowed them to take occupancy. Last month, at Mr. Netanyahu’s suggestion, Defense Minister Ya’alon issued a “transaction permit” which allowed Jews to enter the house. Those taking advantage of the permit included Messrs Ariel and Danon and Jewish Home MK Orit Struk, who resides in Hebron. In response, 14 PA residents of Hebron petitioned the Israeli High Court asking that it prevent the Jews from moving into the house. The Arabs claim the building is still under their ownership. The government told the court that while Mr. Netanyahu supports allowing Jews to resume residence in the building, permission to do so will be contingent on approval from the court.

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Thurs., Oct 17

Somaich Achim Jewish Family Services Food Pantry Program non-perishable food and consumer items and produce available free of charge or for a nominal fee, volunteers needed, too, Cong Adas Israel, Passaic, 9:30am-1:30pm; 8-9pm, 973-246-7717 Teleconference: “Changing Your Relationship with Money,” Chana Borgman, CPF, 10am, http:// spiritualityandfinance.blogspot. co.il/p/registration.html Personal Pre-Aliyah Personal Employment Consultations,

Kim Ephrat, Nefesh B’Nefesh, Paramus, 10am-6:15pm, 212-558-9400 Brunch and Learn: “The Kabbalah of the Cheeseburger: Spiritual Insights into Jewish Culinary Laws,” Rabbi Avrom Rapoport, and Film: “Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Dark,” JCC, Margate, 10:30am, 609-822-1167 ext 138 “Secrets in the Suitcase: Stories My Mother Never Told Me,” Dr. Rosalie Greenberg, JCC, West Orange, 12:30pm, 973-530-3474 “Havdalah Candle Factory,” Rabbi Ely Allen, includes wraps, Bergen Community College Hillel, Paramus, 12:30pm, 201-820-3905 Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar: How to Identify Your Personal Risk for Developing Breast Cancer and Make Decisions Concerning Your Health, Dr. Joshua Gross, Dr. Moira Christoudias, Dr. Harris Sterman, Debbie Bessen RD, Peggy Cottrell CGC, Kerris Olsen LSW, featuring Sharsheret, American Cancer Society, Lillian Lee Salon, and Suzanne Breast Care Boutique, at Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, 6-8:30pm, 877-HOLYNAME (1-877-465-9626) “Challah 101,” Amalia Schneider, includes the origin of challahmaking, spiritual element, and hands-on workshop, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 7pm, 845-362-4400 “Not to Forget: The Story of Harry Reiss and the Creation of The Rockland Center for Holocaust Studies,” with Marion Reiss and Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, Ellipse Theater, Rockland Community College, Suffern, 7pm, 845-574-4099 “Guardianship, SpecialNeeds Trusts, and Financial Planning for Your Special-Needs Child’s Future,” Lori Hauptman, Esq, and Barry Goldberg, JCC, West Orange, 7:30pm, 973-929-3129 Couples Program Webinar: “Listening, Patience, and Empathy,” Rabbi Adam Jacobs, 9pm, 404-512-1836 or loriwayne15@ gmail.com

Fri., Oct 18

Chabad Torah Studies: “Jewish Culture vs Jewish Faith: Which One Is the True Judaism?” Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport, spons by Chabad at the Shore, at the Linwood

Library, 12:15pm, 609-822-8500 Edison-Highland Park Chai Lifeline Shabbaton, for boys ages 7-15, through Shabbat, Oct 19, barbaraedery@gmail.com Dr. David Luchins, scholarin-residence, “Kulturkampf: Israel’s Religious Wars,” “Is the Party Over? American-Jewish Political Power Faces New Realities,” “When Public Policy and Halacha Clash: The Orthodox Community and Marriage Equality,” Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, through Motzei Shabbat, Oct 19, 718-796-4730 Kids of Courage Shabbaton, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, through Shabbat, Oct 19, bethvictor@optonline.net or debbiego@ optonline.net Senior NCSY Oneg, for high school students, Cong Beth Aaron, Teaneck, 8:30pm, teens@ bethaaron.org

Shabbat, Oct 19

“Guess Who’s Coming to Lunch?” spons by Cong Arzei Darom, Teaneck, noon, sisterhood@arzeidarom.org Cong Darchei Noam of Fair Lawn Anniversary Kiddush, noon, 201-773-4080 EMUNAH Shabbat Kallah Tea, for women, honoring local women who head the chessed committees in their shuls: Valerie Levin, Michelle Wasserlauf, Toby Feder, Tammy Greenberg, Tsipi Gurell, Betty Kay, Ofra Parnett, Lizzie Zimmer Gaverwitz, Estee Kirsch, Elissa Hochbaum, Yael Davidovics, Malka Jachter, Audra Lichter, Terri Normand, Marsha Friedman, Devorah Schatz, Robin Mendelson, Hadassah Weinberger, and Rhonda Liebowitz, featuring “Strong or Weak? Women in Tanach,” Nechama Price, private home in Teaneck, 4:30pm, shaindybrothman@gmail.com Study Group: “The Thought of Rabbi Tzadok from Lublin,” Prof Alan Brill, private home in Teaneck, 5pm, safek7@gmail.com Edison-Highland Park Chai Lifeline Community Seuda Shlishit, Cong Ohr Torah, Edison, 5pm, barbaraedery@gmail.com Pearls of Prayer, for girls, includes seudah shlishit, Riverdale Jewish Center, after mincha, 718-548-1850


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Rainbow Loom (Rubber Band Bracelets) Melave Malka, for grades 3-5, includes pizza, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, 7:45pm, Israeli Dance, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, grades 3-4, 9am, 201-384-0434 An Evening of Songs by Ehud Manar, featuring Ayelet Cogan, JCC, Tenafly, 8pm, 201569-7900

Sun., Oct 20

Gratitude Graffiti Project Begins, people can write what they are grateful for on the store windows of more than 20 Teaneck merchants, including Best Glatt, Carly’z Craze, Smokey Joe’s, the Teaneck General Store, and the Elie Y Katz Teaneck Museum, for instructions, Katz07666@gmail.com Davening and Bikur Cholim at Daughters of Miriam in Clifton, meet at Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 8:15am; davening, followed by breakfast and bikur cholim, 8:45am, samapprais@aim.com Used Seforim Sale, books in Hebrew and English, Cong Tifereth Israel, Passaic, 9-11am, aaronshore@gmail.com Fair Lawn Gown Gemach private location in Fair Lawn, 9:30-11:30am, 201-797-1770 The Lev Tov Breakfast, honoring Kiddush volunteers, including chairman Barbara Sussman and Roz Bloom, Helen Freund, Rachel Hausler, Ron Katz, Debbie Laves, Shirley London, Betsy Malcom, Susan Rabkin, Martin Rosenfeld, Abbe Rosner, Phil Salzman, Barbara Schneider, Marcia Schwartz, Elizabeth Sher, Marty and Sharon Singer, Margot Stern, Peppie Schlesinger, Nechama Student, Deborah Wenger, Bernie Zierler, and Rabbi David B. Schwartz, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 10am, 201-833-0515 Chug Ivrit, for intermediate to advanced Hebrew speakers, men and women, spons by Raritan Valley Hadassah, private home in Edison, 11am, 732-819-9298 Chug Ivrit, for advancedbeginning Hebrew speakers, men and women seeking to improve their skills in reading and speaking, spons by Raritan Valley Hadassah, private home in Highland Park, 11am, 732-548-9606

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Children’s Circle, for specialneeds children, includes music, art, baking, story-time, sports, and entertainment, spons by the Friendship Circle, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, River Edge, noon, 201-262-7172 Teen Circle, for special-needs young adults 12-21, high school volunteers, spons by the Friendship Circle, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, River Edge, noon, 201-262-7172 Friendship Circle Walk, for special-needs children, includes Hoop Wizard Basketball show, inflatables, video game truck, t-ball, batting cages, food, petting zoo, DJ, at the Friendship Circle, Livingston, registration, noon; walk, 1pm; fun, food and entertainment, 1:45-4pm, 973-251-0200 “Jewish Wisdom and Financial Strategies to Help Guide to Financial Freedom,” in preparation for the upcoming Shmitta year, featuring rabbis and financial experts, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 1pm, 718-796-4730 ext 124 Walk to Remember, for families, friends, caregivers, and professionals who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death, Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, 1pm, 201-833-3058 Friends Walk 4 Friends, spons by the Friendship Circle of Passaic County for special needs children and their families, includes BBQ and festival, at Wayne Valley High School Track, Wayne, registration, 1pm; walk, 2pm; 973-694-6274 Cong Ahavat Shalom of the Teaneck Apartments BBQ, Votee Park, Teaneck, 1-4pm, 201-837-1924 Apple & Fall Vegetable Picking, spons by Raritan Valley Hadassah’s L’Dor V’Dor Young Women, for families, includes corn maze, hayrides, and harvest tours, at Lee Turkey Farm, East Windsor, 2pm, 908-227-4869 Security Training Session, for men and women willing to work about two hours every 5-6 weeks on Shabbat morning, includes dinner, Riverdale Jewish Center, 6:30pm, rjc@thecss.org “Ten Steps to a Better Life,” Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss, Kehillat New Hempstead, 7:30pm, 845-362-2425

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Pirket Avot, student run, Rutgers Hillel, New Brunswick, 9pm, 732-246-2407

Mon., Oct 21

“The Secrets to a Long Life,” Dr. Alex Bailey, Reuben Ebrahimoff, Rabbi Menahem Meier, Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, Martin Shenkman, Devorah Wechter, and Marc Weiner, spons by the OU’s Seniors Actively Growing and Exploring Initiative, includes lunch, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, noon, 212-613-8300 “Krav Maga Self Defense,” Rabbi Ely Allen, includes pizza, Ramapo College Hillel, Mahwah, 1pm, 201-820-3905

Tues., Oct 22

Power Networking Breakfast, Joe Apfelbaum and Stephanie Abrams, Jewish Federation, Paramus, 7:45am, 201-820-3951 “Krav Maga Self-Defense,” Rabbi Ely Allen, includes pizza, William Paterson University Hillel, Wayne, 12:45pm, 201-820-3905 Network with “The Tribe” Jewish Business Network Business Development and Networking Expo, includes complementary sushi bar, JCC, West Orange,

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4-8pm, 201-314-9145 or info@ jbusinessnetwork.net Cooking Circle, for specialneeds children ages 5-12 and their siblings, spons by the Friendship Circle, Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, Teaneck, 5:30pm, 201-262-7172 Film: “Someday Melissa,” eating disorders, with Judy Arvin and panel discussion, spons by Rockland Jewish Family Service and NY State Sen David Carlucci, Rockland Community College, Suffern, 6:30pm, 845-354-2121 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: Safeguarding Our Health: BRCA, Genetic Testing and Preventive Measures,” Rabbi Levi Azimov, Chabad of North Brunswick, 7:45pm, 732-398-9492 Yiddish Club, for speakers on all levels, Rabbi Gerald Friedman, JCC, Tenafly, 8:30pm, 201-569-7900

Wed., Oct 23

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Rabbi Levi Azimov, Chabad of North Brunswick, 11am, 732-398-9492 “Krav Maga Self-Defense,” Rabbi Ely Allen, includes pizza, Fairleigh Dickinson University Hillel, University Chapel, Teaneck, 1pm, 201-820-3905 Fair Lawn Gown Gemach private location in Fair Lawn, 1-2:30pm, 201-797-1770 “You’re Hungry, Sit Down, Eat,” for parents and children ages 10 and up, JCC, Tenafly, 6pm, 201569-7900 Second Generation, for children of Holocaust Survivors, Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 7pm, 201-837-9090 “George Marshall and the Creation of Israel,” Prof Mark Stoler, JCC, Margate, 7pm, 609822-1167 Seton Hall Film Festival on Interfaith Dialogue: “Sister Rose’s Passion,” with director Oren Jacoby, Seton Hall University, South Orange, 7pm, 973-761-9006 Abused Women’s Confidential Support Group, Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 7:15pm, 201-837-9090 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: Safeguarding Our Health: BRCA, Genetic Testing and Preventive Measures,” Rabbi Mendy Lewish, Chabad, Old Tappan, 7:30pm, 201-767-4008 Tehillim Group, Cong Shaare Tefillah, Teaneck, 8:15pm, 201-2895474, 917-902-9303, or 201-836-3431 Cong Ahavas Achim Sisterhood Book Club: “The Shoemaker’s Wife” by Adriana Trigiani, private home in Highland Park, 8:30pm, 732-448-1532 Advanced Jewish Learning Fellowship, Rabbi Akiva Weiss,

Rutgers Hillel, New Brunswick, 8:30pm, 732-545-2407

Thurs., Oct 24

Teleconference: “Changing Your Relationship with Money,” Chana Borgman, CPF, 10am, http:// spiritualityandfinance.blogspot. co.il/p/registration.html “Krav Maga Self-Defense,” Rabbi Ely Allen, includes pizza, Bergen Community College Hillel, Paramus, 12:30pm, 201-820-3905 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “The Zigzag Kid,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 3:30pm, 848-932-4166 Women’s Health and Wellness Symposium, Delia Ephron, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 6:30pm, 845-362-4400 Mishmor, for special-needs and normally developing boys and girls grades 2-5, includes study with rabbinic students, help with homework, stores, sports, and refreshments, Friendship Circle, Livingston, 6:30pm, 973-251-0200 “Jacob’s Oath,” Martin Fletcher, JCC, Bridgewater, 7pm, 908-725-6994 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “No Place on Earth,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 7:30pm, 848-932-4166 Couples Program Webinar: “The Best Way to Fight,” Rabbi Adam Jacobs, 9pm, 404-512-1836 or loriwayne15@gmail.com

Fri., Oct 25

Chabad Torah Studies: “The Dignity of Difference: A Study of Jewish Gender Equality,” Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport, spons by Chabad at the Shore, at the Linwood Library, 12:15pm, 609-822-8500 Yossi Klein Halevi, scholar-inresidence, Davar, Teaneck, through Shabbat, Oct 26, lkrule@aol.com

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Hillel Shabbaton, for college-age students, Rabbi Ely Allen, private home in Bergenfield, through Shabbat, Oct 26, 201820-3905 Senior NCSY Oneg, for high school students, private home in Teaneck, 8:30pm, teens@ bethaaron.org “Tisch or Treat,” Rabbi Akiva Weiss, private home in New Brunswick, 9:30pm, 732-246-0207

Shabbat, Oct 26

Educational Prayer Service, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, includes discussions and commentary, prayers in English and Hebrew transliteration, at Cong Zichron Mordechai, Teaneck, 9:45am, 201-966-4498 Bnai Akiva Snif (Shabbat Afternoon Groups), for grades 1-6, Cong Netivot Shalom, Teaneck, 5:30pm, pscheininger@ hotmail.com

Motzei Shabbat, Oct 26

Casino Night and Gift Auction, Young Israel of East Brunswick, includes dinner, 7pm, 732390-5083 Simcha Dancing ‘n’ Pizza, for girls in grades 3 and up, Cong Ohav Emeth, Highland Park, 7pm, 732-247-3038 Rebecca Teplow in Concert: “Kaveh/Hope” and “Tefilot/Prayers,” JCC, Tenafly, 8pm, 201-569-7900 Learn Cook Cake Decorating Techniques, spons by Cong Ohr HaTorah of Bergenfield Sisterhood, at Cake and Co, Teaneck, 8pm, miriamandehud@gmail. com or rtabacznik@gmail.com Art, Sport, and Music Memorabilia Auction, Kehillat New Hempstead Synagogue, includes refreshments, preview, 8pm; auction, 9pm, 845-362-1824 Theater: “A Shayna Maydel,” Bergen County Players, Oradell, 8pm, also Sun., Oct 27, 2pm; Motzei Shabbat, Nov 2, 8pm; Sun, Nov 3, 2pm; Motzei Shabbat, Nov 9, 8pm; and Sun., Nov 10, 2pm, 201261-4200 or 201-833-8497

Sun., Oct 27

Last Day to See Photographic Exhibit: “The Legacy: A Daughter’s Experience of the Holocaust,” Beth Burstein, JCC

MetroWest, West Orange, Sun and Fri, 9am-5pm; Mon-Thurs, 9am-9pm, 973-530-3413 “Creating the Marriage You Always Wanted,” Rabbi Doniel Frank and Rivka Stauber, private home in Spring Valley, 9am-7:30pm, 845-354-8094 Fair Lawn Gown Gemach private location in Fair Lawn, 9:30-11:30am, 201-797-1770 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: Safeguarding Our Health: BRCA, Genetic Testing and Preventive Measures,” Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Chabad of Riverdale, 9:45am, 718-549-1100 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “The Boys of Terezin,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center Theater A, North Brunswick, noon, 848-932-4166 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Let’s Dance,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center Theater B, North Brunswick, 12:45pm, 848-932-4166 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Sukkah City,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center Theater B, North Brunswick, 2:45pm, 848-932-4166 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “No Place on Earth,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center Theater A, North Brunswick, 3pm, 848-932-4166 Dance Club, for special-needs girls ages 5-12, spons by the Friendship Circle, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 4pm, 201-262-7172 Jewish-Russian Cultural Club, Jewish Federation of Middlesex County, South River, 4pm, zoyakiev@yahoo.com Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Out in the Dark,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center Theater B, North Brunswick, 5:15pm, 848-932-4166 JACS Meeting, 12-steps meeting for Jews in recovery, Rabbi Steven Bayar, Cong B’nai Israel, Millburn, 6pm, 973-379-3811 Security Training Session, for men and women willing to work about two hours every 5-6 weeks on Shabbat morning, includes dinner, Riverdale Jewish Center, 6:30pm, rjc@thecss.org “Casino Night,” featuring roulette, black jack, poker, and


http://jewishvoiceandopinion.com more, with professional dealers, to benefit Young Israel of East Brunswick, a the shul, 7pm, 732254-1860 or 732-390-5083 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Fill the Void,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center Theater A, North Brunswick, 7:30pm, 848-932-4166 Celebration in Honor of the Publication of the Sefer Bereshis Volume of the Chumash Mesoras HaRav, insights of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik in the form of a commentary on the same page as the Biblical text, Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 8pm, 201-907-0180 Israeli Families Social Gathering, for adults, JCC, Tenafly, 8pm, 201-569-7900 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: Safeguarding Our Health: BRCA, Genetic Testing and Preventive Measures,” Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein, Chabad, Fair Lawn, 8pm, 718-839-5296

Mon., Oct 28

Smile on Seniors, for senior men and women, includes brunch, Chabad House, Wayne, 11:30am, 973-694-6274 Holocaust Survivor Speaker, Rabbi Ely Allen, includes bagels, Ramapo College Hillel, Mahwah, 1pm, 201-820-3905 Film: “Gatekeepers,” discussion with Harold Chapler, JCC, Tenafly, 7:30pm, 201-569-7900 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: Safeguarding Our Health: BRCA, Genetic Testing and Preventive Measures,” 7:30pm, Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, Chabad, West Orange, 973-486-2362; Rabbi Mendy Herson, Chabad Center, Basking Ridge, 908-604-8844; 8pm, Rabbi Dov Drizin, Valley Chabad, Woodcliff Lake, 201-476-0157 “The Life and Legacy of Rabbi Israel Zuber: The Rabbi Who Unchained Agunot,” for women, Chana Sharfstein, Chabad of Teaneck, 8pm, 201-907-0686

Tues., Oct 29

“The Lost Ladies of Vienna: Jewish Women Artists,” JCC of Middlesex County, Edison, 10:30am, 732-494-3232 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “The Boys of Terezin” and

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“Numbered,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 12:30pm, 848-932-4166 Holocaust Survivor Speaker, Rabbi Ely Allen, includes bagels, William Paterson University Hillel, Wayne, 12:45pm, 201-820-3905 “Legal Eagle David Wilentz,” Harvey Hauptman, JCC of Middlesex County, Edison, 1:30pm, 732-494-3232 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Sukkah City,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 2:45pm, 848-932-4166 Kristallnacht Lecture: “Jewish Resistance against the Nazis,” Dr. Patrick Henry, Richard Stockton College, Galloway, 7pm, 609-652-1776 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Gatekeepers,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 7:30pm, 848-932-4166 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: End-of-Life Dilemmas: Prolonging Life vs Prolonging Death,” Rabbi Levi Azimov, Chabad of North Brunswick, 7:45pm, 732-398-9492 “Tehillim in Today’s Times: Historical Background, Literary Structure, Questions of Authorship, Spirtuality,” Stephen Geller, Cong Netivot Shalom, Teaneck, 8pm, info@netivotshalomnj.org Teleconference: “Breast Cancer Survivors: What You Need to Know about Recent Developments in Genetics,” spons by Sharsheret, featuring “Strategies for Communicating Genetic Information with Family Members,” Dr. Karen Hurley; “Legal Rights as They Relate to Genetic Testing,” Anya Prince, Esq; and “How New Developments in Genetic Testing and Additional Screenings Now Available May Impact Breast Cancer Survivors,” Danielle Singer, 8pm, 866-474-2774 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: Safeguarding Our Health: BRCA, Genetic Testing and Preventive Measures,” Rabbi Ephraim Simon, Chabad, Teaneck, 8pm 201-907-0686

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Dilemmas: Prolonging Life vs Prolonging Death,” Rabbi Levi Azimov, Chabad of North Brunswick, 11am, 732-398-9492 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Fill the Void,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 12:30pm, 848-932-4166 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Hannah Arendt,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 3pm, 848-932-4166 Seton Hall Film Festival on Interfaith Dialogue: “Shanghai Ghetto,” with Prof Daniel Leab, Seton Hall University, South Orange, 7pm, 973-761-9006 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: Safeguarding Our Health: BRCA, Genetic Testing and Preventive Measures,” Rabbi Mendy Gurkov, Chabad, Haskell, 7:15pm, 201-696-7609, Rabbi Mendy Mangel, Chabad, Cherry Hill, 7:30pm, 856-874-1500; Rabbi Asher Herson, Chabad, Rockaway, 7:45pm, 973615-1525 ext 202, Rabbi Chanoch Kaplan, Chabad, Franklin Lakes, 8pm, 201-848-0449 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Out in the Dark,” Regal

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Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 7:30pm, 848-932-4166 “Suddenly 60 and Other Shocks of Later Life,” Judith Viorst, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 7:30pm, 845-354-2121 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: End-of-Life Dilemmas: Prolonging Life vs Prolonging Death,” Rabbi Mendy Lewish, Chabad, Old Tappan, 7:30pm, 201-767-4008 Sefer Shmuel I, Rabbi Marc Spivak, spons by Cong Ohr Torah, at private homes, West Orange, 8pm, 973-669-7320 Rosh Chodesh Shiur: “A Daily Dose of Emuna,” Orit Riter, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 8pm, 201-281-8702 Makhela Israeli-Style Choir, for those who can read Hebrew, Zev Klein, JCC, Tenafly, 8pm, 201-569-7900 Pirkei Avot, Jeffrey Camras, Rutgers Hillel, New Brunswick, 9pm, 732-545-2407

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er items and produce available free of charge or for a nominal fee, volunteers needed, too, Cong Adas Israel, Passaic, 9:30am-1:30pm; 8-9pm, 973-246-7717 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “No Place on Earth,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 10:15am, 848-932-4166 “What’s on Your Mind?” Morris Friedberg, Riverdale YMHA, 10:30am, 718-548-8200 “Holocaust Survivor Speaker,” Rabbi Ely Allen, includes bagels, Bergen Community College Hillel, Paramus, 12:30pm, 201-820-3905 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “400 Miles to Freedom,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 1:15pm, 848-932-4166 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Gatekeepers,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 3pm, 848-932-4166 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Ballad of the Weeping Spring,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 7:30pm, 848-932-4166 Couples Program Webinar: “Intimacy,” Rabbi Adam Jacobs, 9pm, 404-512-1836 or loriwayne15@gmail.com

Biblical charades program during dinner, Young Israel of East Brunswick, 5pm, 732-254-1860

Deadline for Applications for Judaic Visual Arts Online Mentoring Program, for students in grades 7-12 who are interested in learning how to create Jewish art, spons by the American Guild of Judaic Art, applications by sending an email to office@ JewishArt.org or 404-981-2308 Photography Exhibit: “For a Man Is a Tree of the Field,” Rachel Banai, JCC, Tenafly, closes Tues., Nov 26, 201-569-7900 Lunch and Learn: “In the Sands of Sinai,” Dr. Itzhak Brook, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 12:30pm, 845-362-4400 Carlebach Davening, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 5:30pm, 201-833-0515 Shai Held, scholar-in-residence, Davar, Teaneck, through Shabbat, Nov 2, lkrule@aol.com Chai Lifeline Shabbaton, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, through Shabbat, Nov 2, esteekirsch@yahoo.com Mishpacha Minyan and Dinner, Rabbi Jay Weinstein, featuring

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Shabbat, Nov 2

Carlebach Minyan, Cong Darchei Noam, Fair Lawn, 8:45am, rabbidonath@gmail.com Tefilat Shlomo: The Carlebach Tefila of Riverdale, includes light and healthy Kiddush, at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 9am, 718-796-4730 “For Your Eyes Only? Big Brother Is Not Only Watching, but Listening, Too,” Rabbi Lawrence Zierler, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 11:45am, 201-833-0515 Study Group: “The Thought of Rabbi Tzadok from Lublin,” Prof Alan Brill, private home in Teaneck, 5pm, safek7@gmail.com Pearls of Prayer, for girls, includes seudah shlishit, Riverdale Jewish Center, after mincha, 718-548-1850 “After Kaddish: Reflections on the Transition from Mourning to Memory,” Chanan Kessler, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, after mincha, 718-796-4730 Women’s Seudah Shlishit, Rabbi Akiva Weiss, private home in New Brunswick, 6pm, 732-246-0207 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Ballad of the Weeping Spring,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 7:15pm, 848-932-4166 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “G-d’s Neighbors,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 9:30pm, 848-932-4166

Sun., Nov 3

Mitzvah Day: Building Bridges in Our Community, spons by the Jewish Federation of Northern NJ, locations throughout the area, 201-820-3946 or 201-820-3947 Mitzvah Day: Davening and Bikur Cholim at Daughters of Miriam in Clifton, meet at Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 8:15am; davening, followed by breakfast and bikur cholim, 8:45am, samapprais@aim.com “Creating the Marriage You Always Wanted,” Rabbi Doniel Frank and Rivka Stauber, private home in Spring Valley, 9am-7:30pm, 845-354-8094

Mitzvah Day: Letter Writing to Chayalim in the Israeli Army and Learning, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 9:15am, 201-791-7676 Minyan Tiferet Rosh Chodesh Service, includes arts and crafts and a family musical program, private home in Englewood, 9:30am, minyantiferet@gmail.com “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: Safeguarding Our Health: End-of-Life Dilemmas: Prolonging Life vs Prolonging Death,” Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Chabad of Riverdale, 9:45am, 718-549-1100 Holocaust Museum and Study Center of Rockland County Benefit Brunch: “The Holocaust Didn’t End in 1945,” Dr. Judea Pearl, honoring Paul and Judy Galan and Jules and Lila Stern, Rockleigh County Club, 11am, 845-574-4099 Mitzvah Day, for special-needs children, spons by the Friendship Circle, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, noon, 201-262-7172 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “The First Fagin,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center Theater B, North Brunswick, 12:30pm, 848-932-4166 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “The Zigzag Kid,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center Theater A, North Brunswick, 1pm, 848-932-4166 Meet the Artist: Rachel Banai, photographer, “For a Man Is a Tree of the Field,” JCC, Tenafly, 1-3pm, 201-569-7900 HudsonJewish Community Leadership Forum, for rabbis, cantors, and group leaders, private location in Hudson County, 1pm, info@HudsonJewish.org Areyvut Mitzvah Clown Session, CareOne, Teaneck, 2pm, 201-244-6702 Jewish Genealogy, Ron Aarons, JCC, Tenafly, 1:30; “Finding Living People on the Internet,” 3pm, 201-569-7900 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “400 Miles to Freedom,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center Theater B, North Brunswick, 3:15pm, 848-932-4166 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “G-d’s Neighbors,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center The-

ater A, North Brunswick, 3:30pm, 848-932-4166 “Israeli Music: The Birth of Israel, the Birth of a New Music Fusion: East Meets West,” in Hebrew, for adults and families, JCC, Tenafly, 4pm, 201-569-7900 Bris Avraham Dinner and Gala Weddings for Russian-Jewish Couples, at the Sheraton Parsippany, 5:30pm, 908-289-0770 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival: “Besa: The Promise,” Regal Cinema Commerce Center, North Brunswick, 7pm, 848-932-4166 An Acoustic Evening with Matisyahu, in concert, spons by the ATID Society, Kushner Yeshiva, Livingston, 7:30pm, 862-437-8176 Women’s Rosh Chodesh Event, Rabbi Akiva Weiss, Rutgers Hillel, New Brunswick, 8pm, 732-246-2407 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: Safeguarding Our Health: End-of-Life Dilemmas: Prolonging Life vs Prolonging Death,” Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein, Chabad, Fair Lawn, 8pm, 718-839-5296 Pirket Avot, student run, Rutgers Hillel, New Brunswick, 9pm, 732-246-2407

Mon., Nov 4

Rabbi YY from England, Rabbi Ely Allen, includes kosher Mexican food, Ramapo College Hillel, Mahwah, 1pm, 201-820-3905 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: Safeguarding Our Health: BRCA, Genetic Testing and Preventive Measures,” Rabbi Shmuel Gancz, Chabad of Suffern, 7:30pm, 845-368-1889 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: End-of-Life Dilemmas: Prolonging Life vs Prolonging Death,” 7:30pm, Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, Chabad, West Orange, 973-486-2362; Rabbi Mendy Herson, Chabad Center, Basking Ridge, 908-604-8844; 8pm, Rabbi Dov Drizin, Valley Chabad, Woodcliff Lake, 201-476-0157

Tues., Nov 5, Election Day

Vote for Local and State Officials, in Bergen County, the repeal of Blue Laws prohibiting Sunday shopping will be on the ballot.


http://jewishvoiceandopinion.com “Blended Learning: Towards New Frontiers,” for teachers of early childhood, elementary, junior high school, and special-education, spons by I Jewish Day Schools and the International Jewish Resource Center for Inclusion and Special Education, at Yeshiva Noam, Paramus, 8am-3:15pm, 212-613-8127 Jewish Business Network Lunch, Fumio Grill and Sushi, Livingston, 11:30am, info@jbusinessnetwork.net “Boomers—Planning for Retirement and Later Life: Estate and Financial Planning,” Dr. Alex Bailey, Reuben Ebrahimoff, Rabbi Menahem Meier, Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, Martin Shenkman, Devorah Wechter, and Marc Weiner, spons by the OU’s Seniors Actively Growing and Exploring Initiative, includes lunch, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, noon, 212-613-8300 Rabbi YY from England, Rabbi Ely Allen, includes kosher Mexican food, William Paterson University Hillel, Wayne, 12:45pm, 201-820-3905 Film: “Grace Paley: Collected Shorts,” JCC of Middlesex County, Edison, 1:30pm, 732-494-3232 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: Complications in Pregnancy: Aborting One Life to Save Another,” Rabbi Levi Azimov, Chabad of North Brunswick, 7:45pm, 732-398-9492 “Tehillim in Today’s Times: Historical Background, Literary Structure, Questions of Authorship, Spirtuality,” Adele Berlin, Cong Netivot Shalom, Teaneck, 8pm, info@netivotshalomnj.org Pregnancy and Newborn Loss Support Group, Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, 8pm, 201-833-3058 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: End-of-Life Dilemmas: Prolonging Life vs Prolonging Death,” Rabbi Ephraim Simon, Chabad, Teaneck, 8pm 201907-0686 Yiddish Club, for speakers on all levels, Rabbi Gerald Friedman, JCC, Tenafly, 8:30pm, 201569-7900

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ish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: Complications in Pregnancy: Aborting One Life to Save Another,” Rabbi Levi Azimov, Chabad of North Brunswick, 11am, 732-398-9492 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: Safeguarding Our Health: BRCA, Genetic Testing and Preventive Measures” and “End-of-Life Dilemmas: Prolonging Life vs Prolonging Death,” Rabbi Levi Grossbaum, private law firm in Roseland, noon, 973-486-2362 Rabbi YY from England, Rabbi Ely Allen, includes kosher Mexican food, Fairleigh Dickinson University Hillel, University Chapel, Teaneck, 1pm, 201-820-3905 Strength-to-Strength Support Group, for parents whose children, ages 15-25, are dealing with chemical dependency, psychological disorders, or co-occurring issues, Dr. Jeffrey Berman, JCC, Tenafly, 7pm, 201-408-1403 or 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 Abused Women’s Confidential Support Group, Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 7:15pm, 201-837-9090 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: End-of-Life Dilemmas: Prolonging Life vs Prolonging Death,” Rabbi Mendy Gurkov, Chabad, Haskell, 7:15pm, 201-696-7609, Rabbi Mendy Mangel, Chabad, Cherry Hill, 7:30pm, 856-874-1500; Rabbi Asher Herson, Chabad, Rockaway, 7:45pm, 973615-1525 ext 202, Rabbi Chanoch Kaplan, Chabad, Franklin Lakes, 8pm, 201-848-0449 Jewish 12-Step Meeting, JACS—Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons, and Significant Others, Jewish Family Service, Teaneck, 7:30pm, 201837-9090, ask for IRA (Information and Referral) or 201-981-1071 “Is This Tomorrow?” Caroline Leavitt, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 7:30pm, 845-362-4400 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: Complica-

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tions in Pregnancy: Aborting One Life to Save Another,” Rabbi Mendy Lewish, Chabad, Old Tappan, 7:30pm, 201-767-4008 Bret Stephens, spons by AIPAC, Cong Ahavath Torah, Englewood, 8pm Shomer Shabbos Boy Scout Meeting, for boys in 6th grade or 11 years old and up, Bais Medrash L’Torah, Rabbi Davis’s shul, Passaic, 8pm, HFishman@rafterpllc.com Tehillim Group, Cong Shaare Tefillah, Teaneck, 8:15pm, 201-2895474, 917-902-9303, or 201-836-3431 Advanced Jewish Learning Fellowship, Rabbi Akiva Weiss, Rutgers Hillel, New Brunswick, 8:30pm, 732-545-2407

Thurs., Nov 7

Women’s Jewish Business Network, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Paramus, 9:30am, info@ jbusinessnetwork.net Yedidainu, for special-needs children ages 6-12, spons by the Friendship Circle, Yavneh Academy, Paramus, 10am-3pm, 201262-7172 Rabbi YY from England, Rabbi Ely Allen, includes kosher Mexican food, Bergen Community College Hillel, Paramus, 12:30pm, 201-820-3905 “The Cohn Sisters and Their Collection of Artists,” Karen Levitov, JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 1pm, 845-362-4400 Mishmor, for special-needs and normally developing boys and girls grades 2-5, includes study with rabbinic students, help with homework, stores, sports, and refreshments, Friendship Circle, Livingston, 6:30pm, 973-251-0200 Kristallnacht Commemoration: Film: “Nicky’s Family”

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and Kindertransport Survivor Eva Holzer, JCC, Tenafly, 7:30pm, 201-569-7900 Couples Program Webinar: “Responsibility and Personal Growth,” Rabbi Adam Jacobs, 9pm, 404-512-1836 or loriwayne15@gmail.com

Fri., Nov 8

Yedidainu, for special-needs children ages 6-12, spons by the Friendship Circle, Moriah School of Englewood, 10am-3pm, 201-262-7172

Shabbat, Nov 9

Educational Prayer Service, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, includes discussions and commentary, prayers in English and Hebrew transliteration, at Cong Zichron Mordechai, Teaneck, 9:45am, 201-966-4498 Bnai Akiva Snif (Shabbat Afternoon Groups), for grades 1-6, Cong Netivot Shalom, Teaneck, 4:15pm, pscheininger@hotmail.com

Motzei Shabbat, Nov 9

Cong Darchei Noam (Fair Lawn) Dinner, honoring Rachel and Nathan Bednarsh, Fair Lawn Jewish Center, 8pm, 201-773-4080

Sun., Nov 10

Theater Trip: To See “Lies My Father Told Me” Off-Broadway, leave JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 8am, 845-362-4400 Blood Drive, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 9am, 201791-7676 Yom Iyun: “Daily Dose of Emunah,” for women, Orit Riter, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 9am, 201-791-7910 Teleconference: Bilvai Mishkan Evneh: Chaburah on the Energies of the Chodesh, for women, Rabbi Itamar Schwartz,

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New Classes This Month Sundays

Shiur, Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky, Cong Ohr HaTorah, Bergenfield, 7:15am, ohtannounce@gmail.com Chaburah, Cong Agudath Israel, Highland Park, 7:30am, 732-819-8300 Daf B’Iyun, Rabbi Akiva Sauer, Cong Ohr Torah, Edison, 7:30am, 732-777-6840 Sefer Melachim, Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, Cong Netivot Shalom, Teaneck, 8:30am, info@netivotshalomnj.org Breakfast and Learn, for children in grades 5-8, Rabbi Shalom Baum, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 8:30am, 201-907-0180 Contemporary Halacha, Rabbi Duvie Weiss, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 8:30am, 201-907-0180 Gemara, Rabbi Yosef Posen, Cong Agudath Israel, Highland Park, 9am, 732-819-8300 Dirshu Daf Yomi B’Halacha, Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe, Cong Ahavas Yisrael, Edison, 9am, info@AYEdison.org Dance Classes, for girls grades 3-4, Esther Vann, Yeshivat Beit Hillel, Passaic, 9:15am, 973-916-5066 Israeli Dance, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, grades 3-4, 9am; grades 1-2, 10am; 201-384-0434 Insanity Exercise Class, for men, Judah Seidman, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 9am, seidmanconsult@hotmail.com Friendship Circle Torah Circle, for special-needs youngsters, working with high school and college students, Friendship Circle, Livingston, 9am, 973-723-4085 Gemara Shiur, Rabbi Avrumy Fein, Riverdale Jewish Center, 9:15am, 718-548-1850 Tefillah, for women, Rebbetzin Rivka Eichenstein, Cong Agudath Israel, Highland Park, 10am, 732-572-4408 “It’s All in Your Mind” by Sara Yosef, for women, Rabbi David Bassous, Cong Etz Ahaim, Highland Park, 10am, 732-247-3839 Kids Theater Club, Cong Ohav Emeth, Highland Park, 10am, 732-247-3038 Dance Classes, for girls grades 5-8, Esther Vann, Yeshivat Beit Hillel, Passaic, 10:15am, 973-916-5066 Zumba, for girls grades 3-5, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 10:30am, 201-837-2795 Painting Exhibit: “Berlin-Shanghai-Newark: The Odyssey and Art of John H. Less,” Jewish Museum, Newark, 1-5pm, 973-698-8489 Kol B’rama Girls Choir and Singing Program, for girls ages 9-13, Rachelle Block, private home in Monsey, 2pm, 845-608-9766, begins Oct 13 Webinar: “Midrash Agnon: Agnon’s Hometown,” Rabbi Jef-

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frey Saks, www.WebYeshiva.org/Agnon, 7pm, office@WebYeshiva.org Krav Maga, for boys ages 15-17, Young Israel of Teaneck, 8pm, yiotmensclub@gmail.com Pilates Fusion, Arielle Sheinbein, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 8:15pm, 201-837-2795

Mondays

Parsha Shiur, for women, Miri Cohen, private home in Highland Park, 9am, 732-249-5116 PJ Library Story Time in English and Hebrew, for parents with babies 6-18 months, Hebrew fluency not required, JCC, Tenafly, 9:15am, 201-569-7900 “A Journey Pursuing Our Wants,” Rebbetzin Leah Kohn, spons by the Jewish Renaissance Center, at a private home in Teaneck, 9:45am, 201-692-3757 Midrash and Parsha, for women, Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 11am, 201-836-8916 Neve Passaic Torah Institute Bais Yaakov Program, for women, Sara Yankelewitz, includes Chumash with Rashi, dikduk, Navi, Tefillah, must know about to decipher aleph-bais but no comprehension required, Beit Shvidler Conference Center, Monsey, 11am, 908-278-4059 The Gentlemen’s Kollel, Riverdale Jewish Center, 1pm, 718-548-1850 Karate, for kindergarten through adult, Sensei Gene, Young Israel of East Brunswick, 4:45pm and 6pm, 732-254-7888 Support Group: “Widows and Widowers: You Are Not Alone,” Judy Brauner, LCSW, JCC, Tenafly, 6pm, 201-569-7900, begins Oct 14 “Life of King David,” for high school students, Yoni Glatt, Cong Etz Chaim, Livingston, 6pm, 973-597-1655 Hebrew Reading Crash Course, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 6:30pm, 718-796-4730 Shomer Shabbat Boy Scout Troop, for boys in grades 6-12, Scoutmaster Daniel Chazin, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 7:30pm, 201-836-7019 Shmiras HaLoshon, for women, Rebbetzin Leah Drillman, private home in Highland Park, 7:30pm, 201-410-1893 or 732-777-6787 Neve Passaic Torah Institute Bais Yaakov Program, for women, Sara Yankelewitz, includes Chumash with Rashi, dikduk, Navi, Tefillah, must know about to decipher aleph-bais but no comprehension required, private home in Teaneck, 7:30pm, sorah.birnbaum@gmail.com or 908-278-4059 Support Group: “Uncoupling: Coping with Divorce and Separation,” Judy Brauner, LCSW, JCC, Tenafly, 7:45pm, 201-569-7900, begins Oct 14 Megilat Esther, Rabbi Ian Shaffer, Young Israel of Fair Lawn, 7:55pm, 201-797-1800 Parsha, for women, Rebbetzin Rivka Eichenstein, Cong Ohr To-

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9:30am, 973-246-5223 “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: Safeguarding Our Health: Complications in Pregnancy: Aborting One Life to Save Another,” Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Chabad of Riverdale, 9:45am, 718-549-1100 Children’s Circle, for specialneeds children, includes music, art, baking, story-time, sports, and entertainment, spons by the Friendship Circle, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, noon, 201-262-7172

Teen Circle, for special-needs young adults 12-21, high school volunteers, spons by the Friendship Circle, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, noon, 201-262-7172 Mitzvah Volunteer Program Finale, for boys and girls in 6th grade who want to work with special-needs children, spons by the Friendship Circle, Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, River Edge, 1pm, 201-262-7172 75th Anniversary Kristallnacht Commemoration, in conjunction with a town in Germany commemorating Kristallnacht,

Rider University, Lawrenceville, 1pm, 609-896-5000 Yachad Support Group, for fathers of special-needs children, East Brunswick Jewish Center, 2:30pm, 732-754-7061 Film: “AKA Doc Pomus,” JCC Rockland, West Nyack, 7pm, 845362-4400 Rockland and Bergen County Adoptive Families Meet-Up and Support Group, for those who have already adopted or are in the process of adopting, internationally and domestically, private home, 7:30pm, www.meetup.com/Rockland-and-

Bergen-Adoptive-Families “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas: Safeguarding Our Health: Complications in Pregnancy: Aborting One Life to Save Another,” Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein, Chabad, Fair Lawn, 8pm, 718-839-5296 Word of new events and classes come in every day. To keep up with a program that might interest you—even if you have to drive a bit—check “Community Log Additions That Came in Too Late for the Print Edition” at jewishvoiceandopinion.com. Y


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rah, Edison, 8pm, 732-572-4408 Gemara Shiur: Masechet Sukkah, Rabbi Yosef Adler, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 8pm, 201-837-2795 Zumba, for women, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 8pm, 201-837-2795 Parashat HaShavua, Rabbi Yaakov Blau, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 8pm, 201-837-2795 Torah Class, Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein, Anshei Lubavitch Cong, Fair Lawn, 8pm, 201-794-3770 Pirkei Avos, Debra Korman, private home in Englewood, 8pm, 201-568-6345 Parsha, for women, Rabbi E. Samuel Klibanoff, Cong Etz Chaim, Livingston, 8pm, 973-597-1655 “Great Decisions,” Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 8:15am, 201-836-8916 Navi Shiur: Sefer Melachim Aleph, for women, Aviva Orlian, private home in Spring Valley, 8:15pm, 845-300-4880 “Halachot and Ethics of Interpersonal Relationships,” for men and women, Rabbi Jay Weinstein, Young Israel of East Brunswick, 8:30pm, 732-254-1860 Tefillah, Rabbi Chaim Presby, Cong Agudath Israel, Highland Park, 8:30pm, 732-819-8300 “Tehillos ha-Tefilla: Exploring the Perakim That Shape the Siddur and Can Re-Energize Our Tefilla,” for women, Rabbi Tanchum Cohen, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, 8:30pm, 201-384-0434 Beis Medrash Program, for boys in grades 10-12, Rabbi Tanchum Cohen, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, 9pm, 201-384-0434 Gemara Masechet, Rabbi Steven Miodownik, private home in Highland Park, 9pm, 732-565-0744 or 732-247-0532

Tuesdays

Parsha, for women, Rebbetzin Cohen, private home in Highland Park, 9am, 732-249-5116 “Megillos,” for women, Shoshana Sperling, spons by Neve Passaic Torah Institute, private home in Passaic, 9:40am, 908-278-4059 Parshat HaShavua, for women, Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 10am, 973-736-1407 Talmud, Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, Cong Ahavath Torah, Englewood, 10:30am, 201-568-1315 Parshat HaShavua, Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, Cong Ahavath Torah, Englewood, 11am, 201-568-1315 Coffee and Class, Riverdale Jewish Center, 11:30am, 718-548-1850 Rambam on the Parsha, for women, Rabbi Ari Zahtz, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 11:30am, 201-836-8916 Gan Miriam Mommy and Me, for children ages 15-24 months with a parent, Nurit Bacharach and Ritz Zelkowitz, Riverdale Jewish Center, 1pm, 718-543-2553 Parsha Shiur, for women, Rabbi Eliyahu Kaufman, Cong Ohav Emeth, Highland Park, 1:30pm, 732-247-3038 Shiru Lo Junior Boys Choir and Singing Program, for boys ages 6-8, Rabbi Chaim Block, Kehilat Bais Yehuda, Wesley Hills, 6:15pm, chaimblock@gmail.com Mitzvah Volunteer Program, for boys and girls in 6th grade who want to work with special-needs children, spons by the Friendship Circle, Cong Beth Tefillah, Paramus, 6:30pm, 201-262-7172, begins Oct 15 Confidential and Anonymous Alateen Meetings, for girls ages 9-19 who have friends or family with addiction disorders, including, co-dependency, internet, gaming, OCD, food addiction, eating disorders, and substance abuse, Rikki Wisotsky, Cong Tifereth Israel, Passaic, 7pm, 973-249-7435 Shiru Lo Boys Choir and Singing Program, for boys ages 9-14, Rabbi Chaim Block, Kehilat Bais Yehuda, Wesley Hills, 7pm, chaimblock@gmail.com Hilchos Shabbos Class, for women, Rabbi Eliezer Krohn, spons by Neve Passaic Torah Institute, private home in Passaic, 7:45pm, 908-278-4059 Yeshiva Night: Study Buddies, learn with students from the Rabbinical College of America, at West Orange Chabad, 8pm, 973-486-2362

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School Open Houses Sun, Oct 13

Heichal HaTorah Yeshiva High School Informational Meetings, for parents of 8th grade boys, held throughout the week in Teaneck, 201-335-0633

Tues., Oct 29

Ben Porat Yosef Open House, for prospective parents of children grades pre-K-7, Paramus, 8pm, 201-845-5007

Wed., Oct 30

Mon., Oct 14

Moriah School of Englewood Open House, for prospective parents of children grades Pre-K-7, 8pm, 201-567-0208

Wed., Oct 16

Bruriah High School for Girls of the Jewish Educational Center Open House, for 8th grade girls and their parents, includes buffet lunch with the chance to speak to faculty, alumni, students, and current parents, Elizabeth, 9:30am-12:45pm, 908-355-4850 Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey, for prospective parents of children grades Pre-K-7, River Edge, academic fair, 7pm; program and interactive presentations, 7:30pm, 201-986-1414

Yeshivat Noam Open House, for prospective parents of children grades pre-K-7, Paramus, 8pm, 201-261-1919 SAR Elementary School Open House, for prospective parents of children in grades preK-7, Riverdale, 7pm, 718-548-1717

Sun., Oct 20

Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls Open House, for 8th grade girls and their parents, Teaneck, 12:30pm, 201-833-4307 Jewish Foundation School of Staten Island Open House, for prospective parents of children in grades pre-K-7, private home in Teaneck, 8pm, family@greengart.com

Sun., Nov 3

Wed., Nov 6

Wed., Oct 23

Yeshivat He’Atid of Bergenfield Open House, for prospective parents of children in grades pre-K-2, at Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 8pm, 201-374-2272

Motzei Shabbat, Oct 26

Frisch Yeshiva High School Open House, for 8th graders and their parents, Paramus, 9:15am, 201-267-9100

Yavneh Academy Open House, for prospective parents of children in grades pre-K-7, Paramus, 7:30pm, judy.friedman@yavnehacademy.org Melave Malka for Heichal HaTorah Yeshiva High School, for 8th grade boys, includes Divrei Torah and a basketball tournament, come in Shabbos clothes and bring gym clothing, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 8pm, 201335-0633

Sun., Oct 27

Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School Open House, for 8th grade boys and girls and their parents, Livingston, 9am, 973-597-1115

Sun., Nov 10

Tues., Nov 12

Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy of the Jewish Educational Center Open House, for 8th grade boys and their parents, Elizabeth, 7pm, 908-355-4850

Tues., Nov 19

Kushner Yeshiva Lower School Open House, for prospective parents of children in grades pre-K-7, Livingston, 7pm, 973-597-1115 Y

“Topics on Tuesdays,” for women, Rabbi Andrew Markowitz, private homes in Fair Lawn, 8pm, 201-791-7910 Rambam and the Parsha, Rabbi Jason Finkelstein, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 8:15pm, 201-836-8916 Pilates Fusion, Arielle Sheinbein, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 8:15pm, 201-837-2795 Halacha, Avi Kamelhar, Cong Agudath Israel, Highland Park, 8:30pm, 732-819-8300

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Rabbi’s Shiur, Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt, Riverdale Jewish Center, 8:30pm, 718-548-1850 Parsha Shiur, Rav Meir Goldwicht, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 8:30pm, 201-836-8916 Parsha HaShavua, Rabbi Uri Goldstein, Cong Ahavat Achim, Fair Lawn, 8:30pm, 201-797-0502 Arachim Lecture, in Hebrew, Rabbi Yinon Kalazan, Cong Etz Chaim, Livingston, 8:30pm, 973-597-1655 Gemara: Prohibitions of Shabbat, Rabbi Shlomo Nussbaum, spons by the Young Israel of East Brunswick and the Highland Park Community Kollel, at the Young Israel of East Brunswick, 8:30pm, 732-254-1860 Young Professionals Chaburah, Rabbi Michael Bleicher, private homes in West Orange, 9pm, 973-736-1407 Beis Medrash Program, for boys in grades 8-9, Rabbi Tanchum Cohen, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, 9pm, 201-384-0434 Tanach, Rabbi Natan Kapustin, Cong Etz Chaim, Livingston, 9pm, 973-597-1655

Wednesdays

Sefer Yehoshua, for women, Temima Shulman, private home in Passaic, 9am, 973-594-8585 or 201-264-9369 Shalom Bayit and Jewish Femininity, for women, Mandana Bolour, private home in Englewood, 9am, 201-227-0327 “Kosher Issues: The Chicken and the Egg,” for women, Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Schwartz, children welcome, private home in Hillside, 9am, 732-651-2320 or 908-248-8778 Neve-Passaic Torah Institute Bais Yaakov Program, for women, Goldie Cohen, includes Chumash with Rashi, dikduk, Navi, Tefillah, must know about to decipher aleph-bais but no comprehension required, private home in Passaic, 9:15am, 973-594-4774 or 908-278-4059 “Parsha Hashavua through the Eyes of the Nesivos Shalom,” for women, Chani Juravel, Ohr Sameach’s Beis Shvidler, Monsey, 9:45am, chanijuravel@verizon.net “The Thought and Theology of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik,” for women, Rabbi Jay Weinstein, Young Israel of East Brunswick, 9:45am, 732-254-1860 Parshat Hashavua, Yael Weil, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 10:30am, 201-907-0180 “Exploring the Siddur,” for women, Rabbi Steven Miodownik, Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park, 10:30am, 732-247-0532 Chumash Shiur: Sefer Bereishit, for women, Rabbi Yosef Adler, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 12:30pm, 201-837-2795 Chumash Class, for women, Susan Weissman, spons by Neve Passaic Torah Institute, private home in Passaic, 12:45pm, 908-278-4059 Lunch and Learn, for seniors, Rabbi Michael Taubes, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, lunch, 1pm; shiur, 1:30pm, 201-836-8916

Mazal Tov

Mazal Tov to the Bar Mitzvah Boys: Yishai Arnheim, Zachary Berlin, Aryeh Berman, Ari Bitton, Joseph Cohen, Eric Farbowitz, Benjy Feintuch, Yoel Fogel, Moshe Gutfreund, David Yonatan Kaynan, Asher Lefkowitz, Jacob Lerer, Jordan Levine, Eliyahu Schiff, Samuel Shulman, Seth Silverman, Adi Smith, Yossi Teitelbaum, and Eitan Warburg; and the Bat Mitzvah Girls: Lindsay Brandwein, Shayna Dessau, Katie Dickman, Emily Jurkevich, Rachel Kaplan, Sofia Kuber, Devorah Levie, Shayna Mandelbaum, Ariana Matthew, Rivka Nechama Moskowitz, and Eden Schechter Mazal Tov to the Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva, Edison on being named one of this year’s 50 National Blue Ribbon Schools nationwide in recognition of its high performance Y

Matan Bat Mitzvah Class, for bat mitzvah girls and their mothers, Rebbetzin Debbie Baum, Cong Keter Torah, Teaneck, 7pm, 201-907-0180 Swim and Gym, for girls grades 4-7, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 7pm, 201-833-0515 ext 205 Israel Schmooze in Hebrew, Timna Mekaiten, JCC Rockland, W Nyack, 7:30pm, 845-362-4400 ext 100 Bible ‘n’ BBQ, for high school students, spons by NCSY, private location in Highland Park, 7:30pm, hpchapteroftheyear@gmail.com Mishneh Shiur: Masechet Kiddushin, for women, Rabbi Yosef Adler, Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 8pm, 201-837-2795 The Book of Yeshayahu, Rabbi Menahem Meier, Cong Bmai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 8pm, 201-836-8916 “A Tale of Two Souls—Kabbalah and Psychology of the Soul: Tanya,” for women, Rabbi Yaakov Mendel Zirkind, private home in Passaic, 8pm, miriamsebbag@gmail.com Jewish Spirituality, for college students, Rabbi Ely Allen, spons by Hillel, private home in Bergenfield, 8pm, 201-820-3905 Parsha Shiur, for women, Rabbi Avrohom Herman, Jewish Educational Center, Elizabeth, 8:15pm, 908-355-4850 ext 104 or 908-220-7317 Navi Shiur: Sefer Shoftim, Rabbi Yisroel Gottlieb, Cong Bais Torah, Suffern, 8:15pm, 845-352-1343 Navigating the Siddur and Chumash, Marilyn Selber, Riverdale Jewish Center, 8:30pm, 718-548-1850 “Halacha,” Rabbi Yisroel Hoffman, Cong Agudath Israel, Highland Park, 8:30pm, 732-819-8300 Senior NCSY Schmooze, for high school seniors, private home in Teaneck, 8:30pm, teens@bethaaron.org Shiur, Rabbi Ari Elbaz, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 8:30pm, 973-736-1407 In-Depth Talmud, Rabbi Yaakov Weinstein, Young Israel of East Brunswick, 8:30pm, 732-254-1860 Tanya, Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe, Cong Ahavas Yisrael, Edison, 8:45pm, info@AYEdison.org Beis Medrash Program, for boys in grades 10-12, Rabbi Tanchum Cohen, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, 9pm, 201-384-0434 “Heating Food on Shabbos,” Rav Zvi Sobolofsky, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 9:15pm, 201-836-8916

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“Finding Inspiration in the Details: Studying the Positive Shabbat Commandments,” for adults, Rabbi Donny Besser, Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, Teaneck, 11am, 201-833-4307 ext 265 Phone Class: “Daughters Writing about Fathers,” Ruchama King Feuerman, 1pm, ruchamakf@gmail.com Teleconference: “The Zrizut Vaad,” for women, Dina Schoonmaker, spons by The Women’s Mussar Vaad, includes how to overcome laziness and energize yourself, rise above the details that bog you down, and identify physical, emotional, and spiritual obstacles in your life and learn how to break free, 2pm, 253-397-1495, enter pin #9749, then press “0,” for more information, 732-360-7981 Soccer, for grades K-2, Spencer Rockman, Young Israel of East Brunswick, 4:30pm, 732-254-7888 Latte and Learning, for senior NCSY, Lazy Bean Café, Teaneck 7pm, teens@bethaaron.org Hebrew Reading, Rabbi David Pietruszka, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, at Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 7pm, 201-966-4498 Swim and Gym, for boys in grades 4-7, Jewish Center of Teaneck, 7pm, 201-833-0515 ext 205 Chabura, Rabbi Tuly Polak, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 7:30pm, 201-836-8916 Latte and Learning, for high school students, spons by NCSY, at Dunkin Donuts, West Orange, 7:30pm, 973-943-7769 or 973-704-6053


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“Thoughts on the Parsha,” Rabbi Yosef Sharbat, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 8pm, 973-736-1407 “Body and Soul: The Complete Package—Judaism and the Contemporary Woman: Myths and Misconceptions,” Rabbi David Pietruszka, spons by the Jewish Learning Experience, at Cong Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, 8:15pm, 201-966-4498 Masecheta Ta’anis, Rabbi Elozor Preil, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, 8:15pm, 201-384-0434 Jewish Mysticism, Rabbi Avremel Kotlarsky, Chabad of Rockland, New City, 8:15pm, 845-634-0951 Gemara: Masechet Brachot, Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler, Cong Ahawas Achim Bnai Jacob and David, West Orange, 8:30pm, 973-736-1407 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 (973-773-2552); Cong Ahavas Achim, Highland Park (732-247-0532); Kehillas Bais Yehudah, Wesley Hills, (917-623-4711), Cong Knesses Yisrael, Spring Valley (845-354-6493), 9pm “Halacha L’Ma’aseh: Issues Brought to Life Today through the Teshuvot of Rav Moshe,” Rabbi Yaakov Neuberger, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, 9:15pm, 201-384-0434 Chumash with Rashi, Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, Cong Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn, 9:15pm, 201-791-7910 Parsha, Rabbi Y Eichenstein, Cong Agudath Israel, Highland Park, 9:30pm, 732-819-8300 Parsha Shmooze, for men, Rabbi Eliezer Zwickler, private home in West Orange, 9:30pm, 973-324-0914 or 973-736-1407 Chaburah with Mikraos Gedolos, Cong Beth Abraham, Bergenfield, 10:15pm, 201-384-0434 Parsha and Halacha, Rabbi Michael Taubes, Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, 10:15pm, 201-836-8916

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Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston has two Bikur Cholim overnight rooms with a bathroom/shower and a Shabbat kitchen for people whose loved ones are hospitalized, 973-322-5441 Valley Hospital in Ridgewood is in need of volunteers to visit Jewish patients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, call 201-7916209 or 201-797-0493 The Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva of Edison is partnering with Shoe-Box Recycling to recycle used but still wearable men’s, women’s, and children’s shoes. Shoes can be dropped off at RPRY, 732-572-5052 Tomchei Shabbos of Bergen County is excited to announce a new program for Bar and Bat Mitzvah boys and girls! For information on how to commemorate your Simcha with a chesed project thru partnering with Tomchei Shabbos, contact Andrea Fields at 973-371-1771x411 or AJBier@aol.com Riverdale Interest-Free Loan Gemach, for residents of Riverdale, provides interest-free loans to those with short-term cash-flow challenges, Rabbi Moshe Drelich, 917-408-3035 Cong Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, is reinitiating its Sharona Nagler CareOne Visitation Program, participants will commit to visit patients and residents at CareOne in Teaneck at least once a month, ariannew@verizon.net or ariwart@gmail.com A collection is being taken up of English sefarim to distribute to people who cannot afford them, schools that need them, and programs that use them, 516-500-1826 Adopt Riverdale Resident Ezra Friedman’s Company Gimel, an IDF combat company in the 53rd battalion of the 188th Barak Armored Brigade, 50 young men ages 18-26 need proper winter gear, spons by the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, battalion53@yahoo.com Y


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Enlarging Psagot Mr. Ariel said the attack on Noam Glick prompted his ministry to strengthen and enlarge Psagot as well. “When someone seeks to uproot us, we immediately dig in and send out deeper roots. That is what will happen in Psagot,” he said, calling young Noam Glick “a great heroine.” Mr. Ariel’s intervention may be crucial. Last month, in an effort to prevent residents of Psagot from enlarging their community, Israel’s left-wing Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein, moved to bar Israelis in Judea and Samaria from finding out who owns neighboring land. The controversy began when a group of residents in Psagot asked to see the land registry. In light of past cases in which Jews purchased land in Judea and Samaria from Arabs, only to have other Arabs appear and claim to be the real owners, the Psagot residents were cautious. They wanted to be certain that any land they purchase will be from the real owner without the risk of an imposter coming later to claim ownership. Freedom of Information Their request for information is permitted by the Jerusalem District Court under the Freedom of Information Law. Mr. Weinstein, however, is appealing the court’s ruling. He is arguing to the Supreme Court that the Freedom of Information law should not apply to Judea and Samaria due to the “sensitive nature of land purchases” there. Residents of Psagot hope Mr. Ariel will be able to support their quest to ascertain who the owners are and make the purchases. Mr. Weinstein’s actions angered Mr. Yogev who said the Attorney General was more concerned with international politics than he is with the legitimate growth of communities such as Psagot. “It seems that the Attorney General, too, is missing the awareness that the

land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel,” said Mr. Yogev. Asking for Calm International politics were very much on the minds of other officials who spoke out on the terrorism in Israel. The UN’s special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, condemned the murders, but emphasized the need for “calm on the ground during this critical moment in the political efforts.” The US State Department’s spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, called the terrorism “unacceptable.” The violence and terror, she said, “undermine efforts to establish the positive atmosphere the parties need to progress in peace negotiations.” She called on “all parties to join in condemning these attacks.” Intifada In response, Hamas spokesman Musa Abu Marzouk announced more attacks were planned. “We are on the verge of a third intifada,” he said, using the term to describe a violent uprising or terror war. The first intifada went from 1987-1993. The second, sometimes called the Oslo War, began in 2000 and ended in 2009. It left 1,178 Israelis dead, 70 percent of them civilians, in more than 20,000 attacks that included 144 suicide bombings. Hamas MP Mushir Almasri said the increase of attacks on Jews signal a “renewal of the resistance” against Israel. On his Facebook page, he called on “the heroes of the West Bank” to carry out a revolution against “the occupation.” Not a New Trend According to some reports, the PA officially rejected calls for a third intifada saying it would “not allow the West Bank to become an arena for chaos to serve a private agenda.”

However, as Mr. Lev pointed out, not only has Mr. Abbas refused to condemn the terrorist attacks, he has not sought to capture the terrorists who perpetrated them, “as is his obligation under the Oslo Accords.” IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said that while the murders were “tragedies that occurred in the same time period,” they were not “part of a new trend.” “We are faced with terror on all fronts,” he said, calling the month “a reminder that even when everything appears calm and quiet, with the troubles of the region plaguing not Israel but our neighbors, the IDF, its soldiers, and officers, need to deal with many crises on several fronts.” Holding Him Accountable This past August, Mr. Netanyahu sent a letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry complaining that incitement against Israel has continued even though the parties have returned to the negotiating table. “Incitement and peace do not go together. Instead of educating the next generation of Palestinians to live in peace with Israel, the education to terror poisons them against Israel and lays the groundwork for continued violence and terror,” Mr. Netanyahu told Mr. Kerry. Sources close to Mr. Netanyahu said he was referring specifically to a recent statement by Mr. Abbas that there would not be a single Israeli or Jew living within a future PA state and a broadcast on PAcontrolled television that the PA’s state boundaries would stretch from Rosh Hanikra to Eilat, Israel’s northwestern corner to its southern tip. “Abbas speaks of a Palestinian state ethnically cleansed of Jews. The first thing to do in response to this attack is to halt the release of terrorists,” said Deputy Minister Ofir Akounis, of Likud. S.L.R.

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Routine Palestinian Violence that many media commentators and political leaders turn a blind eye to the PA’s systematic program of religious incitement. “The continued teaching that Allah wants the Jews to be killed leaves us in a situation in which Israel’s neighbors—the Palestinians—believe they have a religious obligation to kill Jews. This is one of the most significant aspects of the conflict, and it is completely ignored by the political establishment,” he said. If he is correct, then the fruit of that incitement was clearly on display last month. Terror Thwarted at the Mall At the beginning of September, Israel’s General Security Service announced that, in conjunction with the IDF, it had demolished a Hamas terrorist cell that had been in the advanced stages of planning a massive attack against the Mamilla Mall in central Jerusalem, not unlike the one perpetrated by Islamists in Kenya. The cell’s leader, Hamdi Rumana, 22, from the RamallahEl Bireh area, had prepared a weapons-and-explosives laboratory in his home, working with a Hamas technical expert and two residents of Ramallah, who had provided him with chemicals and instructions necessary to assemble explosive devices.

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He was also working with two Arab residents of Jerusalem, maintenance men in the Mamilla Mall, who had Israeli ID cards that made moving about the city much easier. Chocolates The plan was for the maintenance workers to smuggle an explosive device into the mall and hide it in their personal lockers until the intermediary days of Sukkot when the shopping center would be jammed with residents and tourists. The terrorists planned to plant the device, disguised as a gift box of chocolates, in one of the mall’s busy restaurants. In addition, the terrorists planned to kidnap and murder an Israeli soldier and fire rockets into Psagot and Beit El, Israeli communities near Ramallah. Using a gun obtained from a resident in Ramallah, Mr. Rumana and his fellow terrorists hoped to attack an IDF checkpoint near Jerusalem. Desecrated Joseph’s Tomb While these terrorists were caught before they could execute their plans, gangs of Arabs who attacked Jewish worshippers at the Tomb of Joseph (Kever Yosef) in Shechem (Nablus) were more successful. On September 11, more than 3,000 worshippers, who were accompanied by a large number of IDF soldiers, were

attacked first with rocks and bricks by rioting Arabs. When one of the attackers opened fire at the soldiers with an automatic weapon, the troops and civilians took cover. Soldiers fired back in the direction of the gunfire, hitting the terrorist who had fired on them and injuring him seriously. He was taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment. After the shootout, soldiers were able to quell the riot and the Jewish worshippers were able to reach the tomb to hold Selichot services. Four other Arab rioters were injured in the melee. Forgotten Oslo Commitment According to the Oslo Accords, Shechem is designated as Area A, under PA civilian and security control. In the agreement, the PA committed itself to ensuring security for Jews who wish to visit and pray at the Joseph’s Tomb. In fact, Jews who visit the site go with IDF

soldiers because attacks by rioting Arabs are common. The tomb has also been the site of numerous terrorist acts. In October 2000, at the start of the second intifada, an Arab mob attacked the site, ransacking the tomb and desecrating Jewish holy items and books. The detachment of Israeli border police that had been stationed there was attacked. One of the officers was killed in the fighting along with six of the attackers. Rabbi Hillel Lieberman, then rosh yeshiva of the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva, which had been housed in the tomb, was murdered in the attack, lynched as he tried to protect sacred Jewish items in the tomb. In 2011, PA policemen opened fire on a car carrying Jewish worshipers to the site. Ben Yosef Livnat, a 24-yearold father of four, was killed.

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Routine Palestinian Violence Awe and Horror The Selichot Service at the tomb last month was organized by the Samaria Regional Council. When the Jewish worshippers reached the tomb, they were met with a scene of devastation. During the time when Jews were unable to pray at the site, and it had been under the control of the PA, it had been sabotaged. Windows were damaged, bathrooms had been broken, and the ner tamid candle was destroyed. Israel’s Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Eli Ben-Dahan (Jewish Home), who accompanied the Jewish worshippers, said his feelings of “awe at the opportunity” to pray at the site mingled with the “horror at the vandalism.” “It’s outrageous that Jews who come to pray at the tomb of the righteous Joseph have to sneak in like thieves in the night just because the Israeli government is afraid to exercise its sovereignty under the Oslo Accords,” said Gershon Mesika, head of the Samaria Regional Council. Terror-Theft On the same day, a couple from Beit El were attacked while driving in Samaria. Two Arabs, using a stolen Israeli vehicle, blocked the road, damaged the couple’s car, beat the husband, and stole the woman’s purse. According to the husband,

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the Arabs sped past the Jewish driver and then stopped ahead of them in a spot that made it impossible for the Jewish couple to continue. After the Arabs fled, the Jewish driver alerted security officials who chased the thieves, tracked the vehicle, and halted it at a roadblock, which the Arabs tried to jump. The Arabs were arrested and the Jewish driver was treated at a medical center. According to Major Eli Toledano, commander of the Tzabar Battalion, the IDF treats such criminal attacks as acts of terrorism. “Successful robberies could just as easily be successful terrorist attacks,” he said. “Instead of committing a robbery, they could have harmed the passengers. The set-up for a crime is like the set-up for a terrorist attack,” he said. The Arabs’ stolen car contained metal rods, knives, a commando-style knife, and an Israeli ID card, which turned out to belong to the woman whose purse had been taken. Outmaneuvering the Attackers Less than a week later, Mr. Toledano’s assessment proved accurate for Yair Weiss and his wife, Rivka, who, at 11:30pm, were driving from Ofra in the Benjamin region to their home in the nearby community of

Ateret. As they approached Ateret, they noticed a car at the side of the road headed toward Shiloh. According to Mr. Weiss, when the driver saw him, he did a Uturn and started to follow the couple down a winding road that is difficult to maneuver. Despite the danger, the other car tried twice to pass Mr. Weiss. “The second time, I hit the brakes so he could keep going and leave me alone,” said Mr. Weiss. But instead, the other driver pulled quickly in front of the Weiss’s car and an Arab man jumped out waving a metal rod. Mr. Weiss realized he had two choices: run him down or try to get around him. He opted to turn right, managing to pass the Arab’s car. “He was able to hit the back door. He was in shock that I’d escaped,” said Mr. Weiss. Afraid of a Gun Jumping back into his car, the Arab set out after the Weisses again. “If it were not for the fact that I drove these roads every day, I would have been unable to keep ahead of the other car,” said Mr. Weiss. Finally, Mr. Weiss slowed down and the Arab quickly did a U-turn and drove toward a nearby Arab community. Mr. Weiss said he believes the Arab thought he had a gun and was preparing to fire.

The Weisses were unable to call the police because there was no mobile phone reception in the area, an issue that local Israeli leaders have warned could lead to tragedy. When the Weisses reached a point where they were able to use their phone, they called the police and offered a complete description, which allowed security to capture their attacker. Mr. Weiss had some advice for Jews who find themselves on the roads. “I’ve reached the conclusion that apparently they aren’t going to stop killing and robbing us all the time, so we need to be prepared. Travel with your doors locked and if you have a weapon, travel with it,” he said. “If I had stopped and he had opened the door, it could have ended very badly. You need to be alert. Notice any car parked at the side of the road, a car that suddenly jumps in. It’s better to have a few false reports than one case where a real threat is not reported.” Hebron Fire Bombs While police were tracking down the Arab thieves’ car, IDF soldiers captured four young terrorists in the Hebron Hills, south of Jerusalem, moments before the Palestinians could attack Israeli motorists on a nearby highway. Soldiers with the Kfir Brigade noticed the four Arabs

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Routine Palestinian Violence hiding near a heavily used junction. When the troops approached, the four tried to escape to the nearby Arab community of Kfar Awa, but the soldiers were faster. The soldiers discovered the would-be attackers were already in possession of prepared firebombs ready to be thrown. They had flammable liquid with them in order to prepare more bombs as well. Molotov Cocktails A few days later, Israeli Border Police arrested two Arab men, ages 18 and 20, at the Tapuach Junction after being alerted that the pair were carrying suspiciouslooking plastic bags. The two, both residents of the Raas el Ayn refugee camp near Shechem, were transporting four Molotov cocktails ready for use. Hours earlier, a terrorist was killed during a night-time operation in Jenin as security forces encountered violent resistance when they attempted to apprehend a wanted man. The terrorists threw handgrenades and firebombs at the IDF forces who responded with live fire. One of the terrorists was lightly wounded and evacuated to an Israeli hospital. The target of the operation tried to escape and was shot by security forces. He was taken for medical treatment, but later died in the hospital.

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Yom Kippur Fire On Yom Kippur, an Israeli Border Police unit came under attack during a routine patrol through the Arab community of Anata, near Jerusalem, where local youths attacked with concrete blocks, bottles, and buckets of paint. Police and residents in Jerusalem have complained of an increase in the frequency of rock attacks. On Yom Kippur, in the middle of the night, the Fairman family of the mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhood of Abu Tor in Jerusalem, was targeted with firebombs in an attack that destroyed most of their children’s toys and nearly burned down the entire house. Exploding Bottle Bat-Ami Fairman was in the house with her two young sisters, ages seven and nine, and her own baby. The children had already gone to sleep when she heard the sound of rocks and metal being thrown at her building from outside. “We’re already used to it,” she said, explaining why she did not react immediately. “But when I heard a bottle explode, I realized we needed to run.” She grabbed her sisters and the baby and ran to her mother’s apartment nearby. One firebomb had missed its target, but a second one hit the family’s sukkah and set it on fire.

“I heard the sound of little explosions as it burned. The flames were six feet high,” she recalled. Attacking a Child A security guard tried unsuccessfully to extinguish the flames. Mrs. Fairman realized the fire could reach her apartment. Later, she saw that the first firebomb had been aimed at her living room window. She believes the attackers saw her sister through the window and were aiming at her. Firefighters managed to save the house, but not the children’s toys which had been near the entrance. Mrs. Fairman said she believes the police will eventually catch the attackers because of the severity of the damage. She noted that when an Arab gang hurled cement blocks at Jews in the same area a week earlier, police managed to track down two of the attackers and anticipate more arrests. Lynch-Mob During Chol Hamoed Sukkoth, Asaf and Naama Bruchi and their four-year-old son of Beit El were almost not as lucky. The couple believes they narrowly escaped death after an “Arab lynch mob” attacked their car in Jerusalem. The Bruchis were driving through the largely Arab neighborhood of A-Tur when they were stopped in traffic and came under attack. A mob of young Arabs surrounded their car and began pelting them with rocks and other missiles. The family was traveling to the new Kedmat Tzion neigh-

borhood, near A-Tur, which is the neighborhood bordering the road from the Hebrew University at Mount Scopus to the Mount of Olives. “We were caught in traffic and there was no police presence. We found ourselves in the middle of a lynch-mob—huge rocks were thrown at the car, and the Arabs were physically hitting and slashing it,” said Mr. Bruchi. Wounds The family escaped, he said, by driving into the Beit HaChoshen neighborhood, a Jewish enclave adjacent to the ancient cemetery on the Mount of Olives. There the Bruchis met a number of other Jewish drivers whose cars had also been stoned. According to Mr. Bruchi, his wife was struck by rocks on her head and hand. “I got hit in the head by a rock,” he said. Their son, who was sitting in the back seat, was hit by a rock in his back and was cut by broken glass and flying stones as the mob shattered the car’s windows. “If they had had a gun, we would have left there dead,” said Mr. Bruchi. No Police The family was taken to the hospital for treatment. Mrs. Bruchi was found to have suffered a concussion during the attack and was in a great deal of pain. The family was furious at the lack of police presence in the area and the impunity with which the Arabs attacked them. “The feeling I had was

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Middle East Forum Fights the al-Dura Libel

On September 30, marking the 13th anniversary of a notorious incidence of fraud by France 2 television, the Middle East Forum announced that it has paid the station a fine of €10,001 (about $13,500) on behalf of media critic Philippe Karsenty (“Israeli Investigation Says the IDF Did Not Kill Mohammed al-Dura; French Supreme Court Says New Evidence Cannot Be Used to Clear a Libel Case,” Sept, 2013). France 2, a French government-owned television station, broadcast images on Sep. 30, 2000, of Mohamed al-Dura, a Palestinian child appearing to cower in fear in the arms of his father, contending that he was intentionally killed by the Israeli army. Research since then proved that this story is an example of “Pallywood”—false staging of a news story to make Israel look bad and incite antisemitism. Images of the boy’s seeming death spread far and wide throughout the Muslim world, inciting violence against Israel and Jews that continues to this day. The video was used, for example, to justify the murder of Daniel Pearl, while Osama bin Laden used images of al-Dura to stir Muslims to anti-Western hatred. Since 2002, Mr. Karsenty has worked to expose France 2’s manipulations, an effort that received a substantial boost in May 2013 when the Israeli government issued a report confirming his work. Unfortunately, France 2 and Charles Enderlin (the reporter who edited and narrated the Dura story) responded to his critique not by commending Mr. Karsenty and correcting their work, but by suing him for libel. After viewing raw footage proving the false reporting, an appeals court dismissed their suit. France 2 and Mr. Enderlin, instead of dropping the matter, then appealed that decision to the Court de Cassation, France’s highest court. It overruled the appeals court on a technicality (that the raw footage should not have been admitted as evidence) and fined Mr. Karsenty €10,001. Truth, thus, was no defense for Mr. Karsenty. To protest this travesty of justice and the privileging of a fraudulent Palestinian narrative, the Middle East Forum’s Education Fund has paid the €10,001 fine for Mr. Karsenty. For more information, contact me at Shargel@MEForum. org or Mr. Karsenty at Philippe@karsenty.fr Amy Shargel Middle East Forum Philadelphia, PA

Vote on October 16

A very important date is looming for all New Jersey citizens who really care about their state—Oct. 16. For those to whom this does not apply, you should simply move on to another section or just put the paper down altogether. Now, to whomever is left, I am sure that you know that this is the day of the special Senate election between conservative Steve Lonegan and liberal Cory Booker. Without getting into a lot of politics, which I am prone to do, I am going to go way out on a limb and say that if you are planning on voting for the latter, you do not really qualify as someone who cares about New Jersey. I will call you a loyal Democrat, nothing more, nothing less. I do not believe that you

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can look at the city of Newark, the city over which Mr. Booker serves as mayor, and, with any intellectual honesty, concede that he is the best we can do for the Garden State. You could only be listening to Obama and the Hollywood left who have no skin in the game beyond votes for their liberal agenda. So I say that if you are not voting for what is best for this state and ultimately for this country, then please, please stay home on Oct. 16 and please do not cancel my vote. For those who may care about New Jersey but don’t think this is really, really critical, you don’t have to listen to me. Do some research of your own and I am sure that you’ll reach the same conclusion. Not only does New Jersey need a true conservative voice, like Steve Lonegan’s, in the US Senate, but the Republicans need to win back the Senate in order to stop Obama from truly savoring his last two years in office. Because I think we all know what that will mean for America. Do yourself a real favor in the short time left and become a well-informed voter. Go into that booth on October 16 knowing full well that you are doing what is right for your state and country. Thankfully, Obama will be out of office in three “short” years, but if we don’t make the right decisions now in response to his bad policies, we will unfortunately be paying for them on the backs of our children for many decades to come. So mark it on your calendar now. Show you care by voting Lonegan on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Gretchen Wolfrum Oxford, NJ

Pinocchio, Call Your (Oval) Office

Politicians fudge the truth all the time. And sometimes they flat-out lie. Bill Clinton’s infamous, “I did not have sex with that woman,” is sometimes the modern exemplar of Presidential mendacity. At least it was until October 2, when Barack Obama gave John Harwood of CNBC an interview. One response to a question makes President Clinton’s finger-wagging whopper sound like the Gettysburg Address: President Obama said, “John, I think it’s fair to say that, during the course of my presidency, I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican party. And have purposely kept my rhetoric down. I think I’m pretty well known for being a calm guy. Sometimes people think I’m too calm.” The mind boggles. This is a President who did not meet with the Republican minority leader in the Senate until a year and a half into his presidency; who excluded Republicans from any part in the shaping of the ObamaCare legislation, and forced it through on a strictly party-line vote; who excluded Republicans from any input on the stimulus bill; who invited Paul Ryan to a conference on health care and then insulted him to his face, not allowing Ryan to reply; who accused Republicans of wanting only to deny health care to 30 million Americans; who called them “bitter clingers;” and who told his supporters to get in their faces. The only thing President Obama, the most divisive, partisan President in the history of the republic, has ever bent over backwards to do was to get out of a sand trap. He has kept his rhetoric down only to the extent of not advocating violence against Republicans.


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“Thought Is the World of Freedom” (R’ Dov Ber of Mazeritch) I’m not a psychiatrist, so I don’t know whether this is just an utterly cynical remark, made in the knowledge that the lapdog media will not call him on it, or whether it is an artifact of deep problems in telling reality from fantasy. History will not treat this man kindly. John Steele Gordon North Salem, NY

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For her bat mitzvah project, my daughter Gittel wants to help young children in the Teaneck area who might not otherwise have the opportunity, to make a menorah for Chanukah. Families of public school students who are not enrolled in any type of Jewish educational program are encouraged to reply. You can reach her through me at val@mileslevin.com Valerie Levin Teaneck, NJ

Helping Terror Victims in Israel

I will be running in the New York City Marathon on November 3 as part of Team OneFamily, the sports training and fundraising program which facilitates participation in endurance events while simultaneously raises money to benefit victims of terror in Israel. I am asking all those who want to help OneFamily Fund to sponsor me. While many organizations collect money for victims of terror, OneFamily Fund is different. They not only collect money,

they work directly with the terror victims and their families every day of the year, just as any loving family member should. The organization brings together people who have suffered through terror attacks with caring people who thankfully have not gone through that ordeal. OneFamily Fund connects Israelis with people in almost every country around the world. Together, they volunteer time and money to help families of terror victims in every way. Team OneFamily brings together like-minded people of all ages and levels from beginners to advanced. The programs are a gateway to get in shape or realize athletic goals, a way to change your lifestyle and get healthy, all while joining a great group of people who care about the future of Israel. Through each program, Team OneFamily members commit to raise money which helps alleviate the suffering of victims of terrorism in Israel. Based in Teaneck, OneFamily Fund uses 77.3 percent of its budget for program-related expenses (i.e. helping terror victims and their families); 12.8 percent of its budget for fundraising activities; and 9.8 percent for administrative expenses. To find out more, you can call them at 866-913-2645. To sponsor me, please go to http://www.teamonefamily. org/plachikkatviswanath. Thanks Meylekh Viswanath Teaneck, NJ pviswanath@pace.edu

Anti-Israel Campaign on Rutgers Campus

In early October, anti-Israel students at Rutgers Univer-

sity in New Brunswick engaged in yet another attempt to delegitimize Israel. The tactic was described as not only a blatant act of intimidation, but also the dissemination of flagrantly untrue material about the Jewish state, aimed at nothing less than demonization. On Monday morning, October 7, approximately 1,000 students at Rutgers University in New Brunswick awoke to find an eviction notice informing them that they had three days to vacate or their belongings would be destroyed. The Rutgers chapter of “Students for Justice in Palestine” (SJP) posted the notices in the form of flyers on residence hall doors on the campuses of all five Rutgers schools in New Brunswick.

As part of SJP’s “Palestinian-style eviction movement,” the eviction notice flyer was also shoved underneath the doors of almost 1,000 private rooms as well. The notice read, “We regret to inform you that your suite is scheduled for demolition in the next three days. If you do continued on the website http://jewishvoiceandopinion.com 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 mail to POB 8097, Englewood, NJ 07631. The phone number is (201) 569-2845. The email address is susan@jewishvoiceandopinion.com


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Routine Palestinian Violence there is a lack of Israeli sovereignty in the area,” he said. Two weeks later, the family was still reeling from the trauma. Mrs. Bruchi had been in and out of the hospital several times. Their son asked his parents if some terrorists are children. “I told him yes because, after all, he saw who was throwing rocks at us, and some of them were children,” said Mr. Bruchi. “There is the chilling knowledge that our attackers are still at large,” he said. Similar Attacks The lack of police protection is still a source of frustration. “We heard that the next day a hareidi family from New York was attacked in the same way in the same place at the very same time,” he said. “We gave our testimony to the police, but, unfortunately, even though this was a terrorist

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attack in every sense, I still need to chase down the National Insurance Institute to get our money back for the ambulance. The same with damage for the car.” The evening after the Bruchis’ attack, Jerusalem police were faced with the task of dispersing dozens of young Arab rioters near the Damascus Gate. Some waved PLO flags, but others hurled stones. No one was hurt in the incident. A day after the Bruchis were attacked, IDF commanders ordered the closure of part of the highway which runs near the community of Beit El. According to Arutz Sheva’s Maayana Miskin, the decision to close the highway was made after Arab rioters had made it very difficult for Jewish families living near the outskirts of Beit El. “Arab riots have been in-

creasingly frequent near the security fence around Beit El. In addition to the suffering caused to civilians in the area, security personnel were concerned that the riots put Israeli residents of the town at risk,” said Ms. Miskin. Violent disturbances continued. Arab riots broke out at the Damascus Gate, on the Mount of Olives, and at the Rockefeller antiquities museum. About 100 Arabs rioted next to Rachel’s Tomb between Jerusalem at Bethlehem. The Arabs threw rocks at Israeli security forces. Other disorders were reported in the Judean communities of Hebron, Kadum, the Samarian Arab village of Bituniya, near Ramallah, the junction near Huwara and the Benjamin-region Jewish community of Neve Tzuf.

Third Intifada? The violence came against the backdrop of a call by Hamas and Islamic Jihad for the launch of a third intifada uprising against Israel while PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday evening that his goal is to achieve permanent peace with Israel. Abu Obaida, a spokesman for Hamas’ armed wing, Izaddin Kassam brigades, has urged PA Arabs to wage a third intifada against Israel in response to Israeli efforts to “judaize Jerusalem,” especially the Temple Mount. He told reporters in Gaza that Hamas has not abandoned the option of suicide bombings. He accused Israel of exploiting the current “futile” peace talks with the PA to “liquidate the Palestinian cause and create new facts on the ground.” S.L.R.

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