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Obama’s Big-Picture Mideast Approach Dogged By Details
Welcome to Haifa, Mr. and Mrs. Corrie By Steven Plaut
By Ron Kampeas and Marcy Oster
The city of Haifa is still recovering from the trauma of the summer of 2006, when it, along with the rest of northern Israel, was targeted by thousands of Katyusha rockets, fired from southern Lebanon by Hizbullah terrorists. Haifa has also been targeted by several suicide bombers who carried out mass murders against civilians in buses and restaurants. Now Haifa is about to become the victim of yet another indignity. It is to be the scene for a legal assault by the parents of Rachel Corrie. Rachel Corrie, you may recall, was a clueless American-flag-burning undergraduate from Evergreen State College in Washington. Urged on by her radical professors, she decided to join the missions organized by the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). She and her comrades were sent off to the “occupied territories” to assist Palestinian terrorist groups. ISM openly endorses Palestinian “armed struggle” against Israel – which in realistic terms means terrorism against Jews. It was the goal of Corrie and her friends to stop Israeli antiterror operations – an act that by its very implication would have made it easier for Hamas and its clones to murder Israeli civilians. Members of ISM are foolishly allowed by the Israeli government to enter the country, where they often serve as human shields for terrorists. In at least one case, weapons hidden on behalf of terrorists were discovered in ISM offices. In another notorious example of collaboration, two British Muslim terrorists blew up the Mike’s Place bar in Tel Aviv on April 30, 2003, killing (Continued on Inside Back Page)
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WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden, President Obama’s big-picture guy, is set to draw it for the Israelis next week in a major address: Confront Iran internationally, talk peace regionally. Bold strokes, but already Biden’s initiative is being dogged by scribbly details – timing on Iran, building in Jerusalem, restoration in the West Bank, and just how far apart will Israelis and the Palestinians sit. Biden was set to meet Tuesday afternoon with pro-Israel leaders and the White House’s top Middle East staffers, evidently in a bid to see how he can smoothe the picture’s corners before heading to Israel. The meeting, at the vice president’s home, was hush-hush – a sign of how vexing some of the problems have been. Among those problems are plans by Jerusalem’s mayor to level some Palestinian dwellings and move
the families elsewhere; Israeli government earmarks for preserving Jewish holy sites in predominately Palestinian areas in the West Bank; Palestinian reluctance to return to direct talks, resulting in awkward “proximity” talks, where the parties communicate only through a U.S. interlocutor; and Israeli anxieties about the Obama administration’s reluctance to go for the jugular in confronting Iran. The decision causing the greatest waves this week was Netanyahu announced plan to include the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem among 150 heritage sites entitled to about $100 million in renovation funds. Both sites are in heavily Palestinian areas. U.S. officials reportedly have blasted their Israeli counterparts for the decision, and the Palestinian Cabinet held its most recent meeting in Hebron to protest. Hamas, the Islamist terrorist group controlling (Continued on Page 3)
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The Jewish Press thanks everyone who attended last week’s City Council candidate forum. Winners of the special raffle are listed on page 92. The article on page M60 in this week’s issue – “There’s Something About Hebron” – should have carried the byline of Rachel Sommer. We regret the error.
Palestinians Riot In Jerusalem Israeli police took the unusual action of entering the Temple Mount compound after Palestinians began throwing rocks at police and non-Muslim visitors to the site Sunday morning in Jerusalem’s Old City. Seven Palestinians were arrested and four policemen were lightly injured by rock-throwing protesters. The Hamas minister of religious affairs urged violence to “protect our Islamic holy places” from Jewish claims. Nabil Abu Rdainah, an aide to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, accused Israel of preventing the PA from resuming talks on establishing a new PA state and trying to “affect the American efforts and destroy them.” (Combined Sources)
Brief Filed Opposing Effort To Exclude Orthodox School Board Members The National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs (COLPA), joined by Agudath Israel of America, National Council of Young Israel and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, has filed a friend of the court brief in the federal appeals court in Manhattan in support of Orthodox members of the Lawrence York Union Free School District (which includes several towns and villages in the Five Towns area of Long Island). The Orthodox members are being challenged by some local public-school parents on the grounds that several board decisions of general application have ended up benefiting non-public schools in the district, including yeshivas, and that the deciding votes of the Orthodox members were dictated by their religious beliefs in violation of the constitutional doctrine of separation of church and state. The friend of the court brief was filed by Nathan Lewin and Alyza Lewin of the Washington law firm Lewin and Lewin. The brief argues that the lawsuit is nothing less than the contention “that Orthodox Jews duly elected to public office in a representative democracy cannot be trusted to make public-policy determinations in the public interest.” The Orthodox school board members are being represented by David J. Butler of the Washington law firm Bingham, McCutchen, LLP. (Jewish Press Staff)
INDEX 24/7 Z’manim...........................42 Arts .......................................M49 Auto .........................................66 Beres ....................................M52 Book Review............................94 Challenge * Butman. ..............26 Classified ...............................100 Communal Calendar................42 Covenant * Sacks....................27 Crossword Puzzle.................M50 Daf Yomi...................................30 Dining Guide............................46 Editorials....................................5 Eidelberg ..............................M52 Family Fun Page...................M59 Family Issues........................F1-4 Feiglin ......................................80 Game Corner*Kastner .........M54 Goldwasser..............................24 Halachic Questions*Cohen .....75 Health ......................................69 Hertzberg..............................M53 I Remember When*Fine..........48 Im Yirtzeh*Yisraeli .................. 64 In Memoriam ...........................95 Informed Sources*Walz ......... 39
Kosher .....................................31 Lesson in Emunah...................18 Letters..................................5, 97 Machberes...............................61 M.M. Weiss ..............................37 Media Monitor*Maoz ...............13 On Our Own*Kupfer .............M55 Panorama*Rosenfeld ...........M53 Queens & L.I............................43 Q & A * Y. Klass.......................24 Rebbetzin Jungreis ................. 17 Respler ....................................F2 Senior Forum*Magill ...............69 Service Directory .................. 106 Simcha Planner ...................... 63 Singles.................................... 64 Soloveitchik*Ziegler.................28 Tales of Gaonim*S. Klass .....M56 Tales of Midrash*B’Moshe ..M57 Teens & Twenties ................. M60 Time Capsule ......................... 40 Torah Riddles*Weintraub ........30 Travel ...................................... 73 Week in Review ...................... 38 West Coast ..............................65 Women’s Outlook .................M50
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City Council Forum Draws Overflow Crowd dedication to the neighborhood – usually in the context of how they grew up in the district. Before an overflow audience of about 300, candiEarly on, each candidate touted his money-savdates for the City Council seat representing the 44th ing-and-finding bona fides. Greenfield said, “… we district (recently vacated by Simcha Felder) partici- went up to Albany and we advocated for a tax credit pated in a spirited public forum Wednesday evening, and we brought back on behalf of everyone in the March 24. community $330 [per child].” The Jewish Press hosted the event at the Boro “I am a conservative Republican,” declared Judge, Park Y, with a panel of Jewish Press editors asking “who feels very strongly that the first and foremost questions of each of the candidates. Questions were priority of your next councilman has to be to make also submitted by audience members who passed the cost of living in the city lower.” their queries on index Lazar said his excards to the moderator, perience in government, radio personality Nachum particularly in serving Segal. as director of the New The four candidates York City office of the – David Greenfield, Jonastate’s mental health than Judge, Joe Lazar agency, with a $4-biland Avraham Shlomo lion-a-year budget, gave Tischler – were vigorous him the knowledge “to in their presentations, manage budgets…and answering a wide-range how to find money that’s of questions about such buried in budgets.” topics as the problems Tischler pointed to with local services, the his growing up in the Shimon Golding / The Jewish Press lack of affordable housing, community as an askeeping taxes down and Jewish Press panel (l-r): Associate Editor Shlomo set to knowing its probthe blizzard of parking Greenwald, Senior Editor Jason Maoz, Editorial lems. tickets handed out in the Staffer Eli Chomsky. Judge garnered one district. of the evening’s strongest (The Board of Elections reportedly determined audience responses when, responding to a question this week that Tischler did not have enough signa- about how a newly elected member could overcome tures to qualify for the ballot.) being last in seniority on a City Council containing Greenfield cited his work in the advocacy group 51 members, he said, “At least up until last year, we Teach NYS, Judge touted his experience on Commu- had term limits and, it’s a disgrace that they were exnity Board 14, Lazar spoke about his many years in tended the way that they were. However, we need to city government and Tischler emphasized his youth bring it back to eight years…and in terms of seniority, and fresh approach. if you’re on a council where the term limits are eight All four candidates repeatedly referred to the years, you’re going to move up very quickly…” specific needs of the Boro Park community and their (Continued on Page 10)
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Obama’s Big Picture (Continued from Front Page) the Gaza Strip, called for the launch of a new intifada, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas fretted that the Israeli decision could lead to religious war. “These sites are in occupied Palestinian territory and are of historical and religious significance not only to Judaism but also to Islam, and to Christianity as well,” said Robert Serry, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process. But Israeli officials say they have facilitated renovations to the Muslim part of the Patriarchs’ cave in the recent past, undercutting arguments that this is part of an attempt to “Judaize” the sites. “This is not in any way changing the status quo,” Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev told JTA. “This is about renovating important historical and religious sites of the Jewish people.” Netanyahu is not insensitive to the appearances of such initiatives. On Tuesday, his government talked Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat into delaying a scheduled rollout of his plan to move out Palestinians living in Silwan, neighboring the Old City, and to raze their homes for a park. The mayor would offer the Palestinians the opportunity to build elsewhere. But the prime minister leads a government that is predominantly right wing, and that includes parties that draw support from Jewish settlers and their backers. In a bid to simultaneously please the United States, Israel’s best and closest ally, and his hardestline constituents, he ends up veering both ways. In meetings last week, top Israeli officials dropped their demand for direct talks with the Palestinians and agreed to “proximity” talks, the cumbersome process where every back-and-forth runs through U.S. diplomats. That was a “get” for the Obama administration, but it was followed this week by Israel’s announcement of building starts in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood Pisgat Ze’ev. And that earned a rebuke. “We have relayed our strong concerns to the Government of Israel that this kind of activity, particularly as we try to re-launch meaningful negotiations, is counterproductive and undermines trust between the parties,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in a statement Monday. The Obama administration advocates a holistic
approach to tamping down Middle East tensions. Its officials want to see Israeli-Arab talks moving while rallying international efforts to isolate Iran as long as it fails to make transparent its nuclear plans. The Israelis are happy with any effort to push Iran back from the nuclear brink – but the devil is in the details. The Obama administration is still operating on assumptions that the Iranians are several years away from weaponization, while the Israelis are convinced that it will happen before 2010 is out. That has led Israel to press the Obama administration to adopt unilateral and punishing sanctions targeting Iran’s energy sector immediately. Such sanctions are written into bills that have passed both chambers of the U.S. Congress and are backed by almost every pro-Israel group. The Obama administration will not count out the so-called crippling sanctions, but prefers for now to focus on getting the UN Security Council to adopt more narrow sanctions targeting the Iranian leadership. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak made his country’s case last week in Washington in meetings with top U.S. officials. He emerged confident that the relationship was as sound as ever, but nonetheless noted differences on Iran in an address Feb. 26 to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “There is, of course, a certain difference in perspective and difference in judgment, difference in the internal clocks and difference in capabilities,” he said. “And I don’t think that there is a need to coordinate in this regard. That should be understood; it should be exchange of views – we do not need to coordinate every step. We clearly support the attempt to solve it through diplomacy.” Barak, however, could not resist a subtle jab at Americans who do not have the same stake in protecting the region from Iranian hegemony. “We clearly think that in spite of the fact that from America, when you look at a nuclear Iran, you already have, just besides allies like France and UK, you have a nuclear Russia, nuclear China, nuclear India, nuclear Pakistan, North Korea is going toward turning nuclear,” Barak said. “So probably from this corner of the world, it doesn’t change the scene dramatically. From a closer distance, in Israel it looks like a tipping point of the whole regional order with a quite assured, quite certain consequences to the wider world, global world order.” (JTA)
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Crossing The Line With Gilo By Rep. ANTHONY WEINER Contrary to statements by the White House, the natural growth of Gilo, a popular suburb on the outskirts of Jerusalem, is in no way a political statement or a land grab on the West Bank. In fact, it is within Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries, not in East Jerusalem – erroneous reports by the Guardian and The New York Times notwithstanding. None of this has stopped some who have jumped on this issue as an example of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s allegedly violating his promise to suspend expansion in the West Bank for 10 months. Recently, members of the European Union seemed intent on appropriating this issue as well and attempted to use it to push a resolution through their body that would call for the designation of East Jerusalem as the capital of “Palestine.” Following intense lobbying from the Israeli government throughout December, they settled on the statement “If there is to be a genuine peace, a way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of two states.” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs only fueled this manufactured ﬁre by saying that, “at a Anthony Weiner, a Democrat, represents New York’s 9th Congressional district (parts of South Brooklyn and South Central Queens) in the U.S. House of Representatives.
time when we are working to re-launch negotiations, these actions make it more difﬁcult for our efforts to succeed.” Whether Gilo is allowed to grow to accommodate more Israeli families has more to do with urban planning than it does the peace process and it is far beyond the purview of the United States, the European Union or the United Nations to comment on. It is a suburb, not a settlement, and is part of the natural growth of Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. I worry that the administration is levying too much criticism at Israel in an attempt to allay fears that a peace process negotiated by the U.S. will be a lopsided endorsement of Israeli policy. The real problem is accountability, and it always has been. Promises were made in Madrid, in Oslo, at Camp David and in Annapolis. In all of those negotiations, concessions were agreed upon, but the Palestinian Authority has never lived up to its end of the bargain and has never been held accountable for their failure to do so. The Congress passed, and President Obama signed, legislation that prohibits aid to Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. Just like previous presidents, Obama signed a waiver, known as a presidential determination, allowing aid to continue to flow into the West Bank and Gaza. I will be requesting that upcoming foreign aid packages continue to include a provision prohibiting all aid to the West Bank and Gaza until the Palestinian Au-
thority comes back to the negotiating table, and I will ask the president not to sign a waiver unless this goal is met. Gilo, like other areas populated by Jewish Israelis, is frequently the target of terrorist attacks. Parents living in other sections of Jerusalem often, out of fear, forbid their children from entering Gilo. But the families in Gilo have thrived and the neighborhood is expanding. The approval to expand Gilo was given not by Prime Minister Netanyahu but by Jerusalem’s Construction and Planning Committee, which has jurisdiction over all of Jerusalem, not just Jewish neighborhoods. Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, succinctly commented: “Israeli law does not discriminate between Arabs and Jews, or between east and west of the city. The demand to cease construction just for Jews is illegal, as in the U.S. and any other enlightened place in the world. The Jerusalem municipality will continue to enable construction in every part of the city for Jews and Arabs alike.” Israel remains the only true partner of the United States in the Middle East and the sole democracy in the region. While it is certainly President Obama’s right to voice his opinion, in recent statements I think he has stepped over the boundary in how one speaks about another democracy’s internal affairs – and this has hurt the peace process by isolating our ally, Israel.
Tony Judt And The Velvet Genocide By JOHN-PAUL PAGANO In the New York Review of Books back in 2003, Tony Judt published his view that the Jewish state should be deleted. This was the predicate of his proposal to reanimate the corpse of the one-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Steeped in academic authority and writing during the overlap of the second Intifada with Bush’s invasion of Iraq, Judt argued that Israel was a harmful anachronism. He was not the ﬁrst to express an abolitionist anti-Zionism, but his prestige and timing led him to become the celebrity spokesman for the internationalist case against Israel. Seven years later, the Arab-Israeli conflict is stalled, though the specter of a nuclear Iran has imbued the political moment in Israel with angry uncertainty. The Netanyahu government has assumed a coiled posture of defense and accommodation with a PLO emasculated by Hamas. In turn, leaders of Arafat’s rump oligarchy have been speculating publicly about pursuing a onestate strategy. Ideas are living things that generate results. To reverse what he considered the moral decay of man during the Enlightenment, Rousseau recommended in his Discourse on the Arts and Sciences that primitivism and an inchoate Luddism replace intellectual and technical progress. This too was unoriginal, but it made Rousseau’s fame. After being reﬁned by two hundred years of illiberal thought, Rousseau’s atavism was bolted like a gun turret to a totalitarian reading of his concept of democracy, and we entered upon the abattoir of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. The logic of Judt’s “Israel: The Alternative” looms as the leftish auxiliary to the Islamist enterprise to destroy Israel. As with the Khmer Rouge and Rousseau’s primitivism, the one-state proposal has a precursor: Judt creepily recapitulates a facet of Marx and Engels’s thought, which Engels articulated in an 1849 essay called “The Magyar Struggle” (this was the quasi-Darwinian idea that certain European ethnic groups had been orJohn-Paul Pagano is a Brooklyn-based writer who focuses on utopian and totalitarian ideas, mostly as they find expression in anti-Semitic reaction to Israel, Zionism and modernity. He maintains a blog called The Socialism of Fools (http://socfools. blogspot.com).
phaned by the historical-evolutionary process and would have to be exterminated to permit the onset of socialism):
non-Jewish citizens are forever excluded – is rooted in another time and place. Israel, in short, is an anachronism.
There is no country in Europe which does not have in some corner or other one or several ruined fragments of peoples, the remnant of a former population that was suppressed and held in bondage by the nation which later became the main vehicle of historical development. These relics of a nation mercilessly trampled under foot in the course of history, as Hegel says, these residual fragments of peoples always become fanatical standard-bearers of counter-revolution and remain so until their complete extirpation or loss of their national character, just as their whole existence in general is itself a protest against a great historical revolution.
If you consider Israel’s geography, this is a breathtaking passage. The Jewish state is situated in a region where the timbre of nationalism isn’t exactly Scandinavian. Nonetheless Judt argues there is now a status quo of ‘post-racial’ states, if you will, whose peace is imperiled by the “hidebound [nation]” of – curiously, only – Israel. He cites Israel’s nuclear weapons as the primary impediment to nonproliferation; he says Israel was a major reason for the U.S. invasion of Iraq, with Syria on deck. In an attenuated way, Judt reasserts the struggle of international and national socialism. Certainly he doesn’t mirror Engels in advocating Israel’s violent destruction, but this is rich ore from which to extract an imprimatur for the velvet genocide of Middle East Jewry. “What is to be done” is to undo the impediment to progress set up in 1948, even though the 1940s saw the success of other national separations in India, Pakistan, Burma and Laos.
This view was part of a larger meditation on the short-term political failure of the revolutionary violence that had begun the previous year in France and resonated throughout Europe. Arrayed in opposition to the “historical” and “revolutionary” Germans, Poles and Magyars were “petty hidebound nations” of Slavs, such as Czechs, Slovaks, Croats and Serbs. These, in an absurd attempt to restore their national historicity, “put themselves at the disposal of Austrian reaction,” i.e. the Habsburg Austrian Empire. Engels blamed these Slavs seeking self-determination for the eclipse of internationalism by nationalism and ensuring the failure of the Revolutions of 1848. Judt begins by referencing these same national movements. Then he recasts this analysis as an internationalist lament about Israel’s twilight attachment to its Jewish character: The problem with Israel, in short, is not – as is sometimes suggested – that it is a European “enclave” in the Arab world; but rather that it arrived too late. It has imported a characteristically late-nineteenth-century separatist project into a world that has moved on, a world of individual rights, open frontiers, and international law. The very idea of a “Jewish state” – a state in which Jews and the Jewish religion have exclusive privileges from which
But what if there were no place in the world today for a “Jewish state”? What if the binational solution were not just increasingly likely, but actually a desirable outcome? It is not such a very odd thought. Most of the readers of this essay live in pluralist states which have long since become multiethnic and multicultural. As Leon Wieseltier observed, “Judt and his editors have crossed the line from the criticism of Israel’s policy to the criticism of Israel’s existence.” It takes naiveté reminiscent of the Iranian communists who aided the Islamic Revolution, and found themselves among its ﬁrst victims, to expect peace and safety for a Jewish minority in a binational Palestine. I won’t pretend to predict the fortunes of nationalism, but it would seem that if anyone’s ideas about the Arab-Israeli conflict are an anachronism, they are Judt’s. However, ideas and circumstances conspire to create unhappy results.
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Upping The Ante In The Middle East The current uproars over the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s inclusion of Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs on Israel’s list of national heritage sites, and the storming by Israeli police of the Temple Mount to quell Arab rioting are but a continuation of the latest wave of the delegitimization of Israel as epitomized by the Goldstone report. Given the information that has filtered out about the bias of those involved in the Goldstone commission’s “investigation” and the preparation of its report, coming on top of the many critical analyses of the methodology employed, it is no longer possible to rationally contend that the report was a serious document. Of course, all evidence to the contrary will not stop Israel’s enemies from portraying the Goldstone report as an utterly objective analysis of Israeli nefariousness. But to anyone with an open mind, the report is not only full of holes, inconsistencies and selective documentation. Israel can deal with that. The real threat it poses is that it may well inhibit Israel from addressing the threat posed by terrorists who embed themselves among civilians. The hysterical responses to the Dubai assassination, the national heritage listings and Israel’s handling of the Temple Mount rioting should properly be viewed in that context. By all accounts, including those provided by spokesmen for Hamas, al-Mabhouh was involved in the murder of IDF personnel and was the principal weapons procurer for Hamas’s terrorist campaign against Israeli civilians. So, in a rational world, the elimination of one such as he by those entrusted with the security of his targets would seem to be something entirely appropriate. We don’t know whether Israel did in fact assassinate him. For us, the more striking issue is why so many are so exercised about the possibility that Israel may have in fact done the deed. Yes, we know all about the passport and violation-of-sovereignty issues. But really – in light of
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his murderous activities and the continuing threat he posed, are those significant concerns? Plainly, Israel is being told that, separate and apart from the real world rules that apply to everyone else, it has no right to take out its lethal tormentors wherever it may find them. Consider also the Hebron listings. The Palestinian Authority continues to insist it will not resume negotiations unless Israel agrees in advance to concede virtually all of the issues to be negotiated. It took a while, but even the Obama administration, after the settlement fiasco, recognized what the Palestinians’ recalcitrance was all about and has taken to urging a Palestinian return to the negotiating table without preconditions. Yet despite the fact that its intransigence is thwarting negotiations, the PA continues to act as if there already is a settlement. So it reacts with rage to the sympathetic ear of many capitals around the world when Israel takes steps entirely consistent with its current control of certain Jewish historical sites. Yes, Israel will claim these areas in settlement negotiations. But in the absence of negotiations – said absence being the result of the PA’s aforementioned recalcitrance – the Palestinians can hardly expect Israel to take seriously any complaints about decisions it makes in the interim. Then there’s the Jordanian government’s outrageous condemnation of Israel’s “provocative measures in Jerusalem” after security forces stormed the Temple Mount Sunday to put down Arab rioting. Jordan’s king called on the international community to take immediate steps to “protect Jerusalem’s holy sites.” Of course, while Jordan controlled this area before the Six-Day War, Jewish rights were non-existent; in fact, Jewish cemetery headstones were used as latrines. Plainly, the message here, as with Goldstone, is that Israel – despite the lack of any treaty or settlement – cannot properly address violence perpetrated against its citizens and/or within its jurisdiction.
All the talk in Democratic Party circles about the necessity for an end run around popular opposition to many of Barack Obama’s plans for “change” reminds us of some of the more disturbing aspects of what our president seems to be all about. Comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about how leadership means giving the people what they really need rather than what they think they do should be of great concern. But the president’s notions of leadership along these lines are even more troubling. Recently, The New York Times and other news outlets reported that with much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama is preparing a series of actions using his executive power to advance health care, energy,
environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities. The Times quoted White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as saying, “We are reviewing a list of presidential executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues.” In light of this, a review is in order of President Obama’s criticism during his State of the Union address of the Supreme Court decision invalidating a federal law that prohibited unions and corporations from contributing to federal election campaigns. To be sure, it made headlines at the time – but for the wrong reasons. The president’s frontal assault was unprecedented and the president did indeed, misspeak
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Three cheers for Mossad chief Meir Dagan (front-page news story, Feb. 26). Whether or not the Mossad was responsible for the assassination of Mahmoud alMabhouh, the fact is that since Dagan became head of the Mossad many strange things have happened in Iran to the benefit of Israel. The neighborhood in which Israelis live is not for the faint of heart. Glad to see they
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Shul, Faith, And Lollipops
Childhood Memories of My Family’s Rabbi By Rabbi AKIVA MALES After receiving a recent e-mail, I found myself awash in a sea of memories. In the course of corresponding with a friend, I realized that the fourth yahrzeit of my family’s rabbi – Doniel Schur, z”l – was rapidly approaching (21 Adar/ March 7, 2010). I began sorting through many childhood recollections of growing up in Rabbi Schur’s shul – the Heights Jewish Center of Cleveland, Ohio. As a child walking with my father to shul on a cold Cleveland winter Shabbos, I found it quite reassuring to know there would always be a lollipop waiting for me while I warmed up. Each Shabbos, I would ascend the podium to shake Rabbi Schur’s hand and wish him “Good Shabbos,” whereupon he would hand me a lollipop. Generally, the rabbi would give each child just one lollipop, but one Shabbos I came up with a clever way to receive more. As I shook his hand one Shabbos HaGadol (the Sabbath preceding Passover), I told him that while I noticed there was a hechsher on his bag of lollipops, there was nothing to indicate they were kosher for Passover. I let him know I would be more than happy to help him dispose of his chametz and toward that end I would be willing to take the lollipops off of his hands. Rabbi Schur had a very healthy sense of humor, and he gladly gave me a handful of lollipops together with a warm smile and laugh. Rabbi Akiva Males is the spiritual leader of Kesher Israel Congregation in Harrisburg, PA. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Rabbi Schur was a man who was comfortable sharing his emotions with others. I have vivid memories of him dancing exuberantly on Simchas Torah, the softness of his beard and mustache on my young cheek when he would embrace me in a warm hug, as well as the sincere tears he would shed as he would share in his congregants’ pain. The memories of one particular Yom Kippur at Heights Jewish Center will remain with me forever. It is the early 1980s. The shofar has just sounded, signaling the conclusion of the services. Rabbi Schur begins to clap and lead the congregation in a spirited dance around the bimah while we all join him in singing “L’Shana HaBa’ah B’Yerushalayim” (Next Year in Jerusalem). Not everyone is dancing, however, and this does not escape the rabbi’s notice. There are some older men who are too weak to dance after a full day of praying and fasting, but they are not the focus of the rabbi’s tear-filled gaze. It is a young man named Ben, who has been losing his fight with leukemia, toward whom the rabbi is now energetically dancing. Ben and Rabbi Schur hold hands while the entire congregation continues its emotional song. All eyes in the shul are on them, and not one of them is dry. Unfortunately, that was to be Ben’s last Yom Kippur. “Next Year in Jerusalem” is also faithfully sung by Jews the world over toward the end of the Pesach Seder each year, and that brings me to the final childhood memory I will share about Rabbi Schur.
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When I was about seven years old, our family was all packed and eager to drive our station wagon up to Montreal. My brothers and I eagerly anticipated spending Pesach with my ailing maternal grandfather and the rest of our Canadian relatives. I cannot adequately describe the disappointment I felt when, just two days before the holiday, a major blizzard blanketed the region and forced us to cancel our travel plans. While I felt devastated, my parents’ feelings were much more practical. They had not planned on spending the holiday in Cleveland, and they had no Pesach staples. To make matters worse, this unexpected blizzard forced many other Clevelanders to stay home, and the local stores no longer had a sufficient amount of Passover supplies. Naturally, my father phoned Rabbi Schur to tell him of our family’s predicament. Immediately, the rabbi and his wife invited our family to join their family’s Seder for the first night of Pesach (family friends graciously invited us over for the second). Each year as the holiday of Pesach approaches, memories of the Schur family’s hospitality as well as their warm and welcoming Seder enter my mind. Despite the fact that Rabbi Schur is no longer with us, this year is no different. On behalf of the many children whose lives he enhanced, I thank Rabbi Schur for enabling us to have such warm childhood memories of shul, and for doing all he could to ensure that coming to shul would be such a sweet experience. We are all truly appreciative.
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We’re Losing The Campus Debate By SARA LEHMANN
It’s been five years since I attended a symposium at Columbia University discussing the David Project’s documentary “Columbia Unbecoming,” a film that highlighted anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements by faculty in the Middle East Arts Language and Culture MEALC program. The film ignited a debate over the prevalence of anti-Zionism on American campuses and the dangers of advocacy teaching at universities, much of it fueled by Arab funding. “Columbia Unbecoming” created a furor, prompting Columbia to convene a faculty investigatory committee to look into the allegations. Former PLO mouthpiece Rashid Khalidi, known for his frequent use of the terms “racist” and “apartheid” to describe Israel, was a Columbia professor who actively defended his Israel-bashing colleagues. He continues to indoctrinate through his teaching, holding the Edward Said chair at Columbia. A $200,000 donation toward that chair was received in 2004 from the United Arab Emirates, a gift Columbia initially attempted to conceal. Khalidi was featured at a debate I attended last month at NYU, a university that itself is no stranger to foreign donations, having received an unrestricted gift of $20 million from the government of the United Arab Emirates in 2008 as part of a pledged $50 million. The Feb. 9 debate, held at NYU’s Skirball Center, was heard on over 200 NPR stations across the country and seen on the Bloomberg Television network. Khalidi spoke for the motion “The United States Should Step Back From Its Special Relationship With Israel.” His debating partner was New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, known as much for his tirades against Israel as for his starry-eyed reports last spring on the peaceful intentions of Iran’s Islamic Republic and the blissful conditions of Iranian Jews under Ahmadinejad. It would be easy to dismiss Cohen as simply naSara Lehmann is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn.
ïve if the insidious manner of exploiting his own Jewishness to further his agenda were not so manifest. True to form, Cohen castigated Israel’s security barrier as the Palestinians’ “hated separated wall” which results in “an isolated, fragmented, atomized, fractured, humiliated Palestinian presence” and described his visits to the West Bank as “a kind of primer in colonialism.” Khalidi, for his part, lambasted Israel, disputed America’s role as an “honest broker” in the Middle East, and urged the audience to vote for the proposition of diminishing America’s relationship with Israel because “We [Americans] are in effect engaged in supporting an occupation that has been going on for 42 years.” The valiant efforts of opposing panelist Stuart Eizenstat – former U.S. ambassador to the European Union, undersecretary of commerce, undersecretary of state and deputy secretary of the Treasury – were simply not enough. Lacking the charisma of his opponents, Eisenstat was also somewhat hindered by his partner Itamar Rabinovich, Israel’s former ambassador to the United States. It was easy to link Rabinovich’s weak dissent with his open lament at Kadima’s loss in the most recent Israeli election and his enthusiastic embrace of the two-state solution. Even the moderator, John Donvan, correspondent for ABC News “Nightline,” at one point paused to solicitously ask an obviously pro-Palestinian student if she was satisfied with the reply she received to her anti-Israel question. When I was called on, I pointed out the failure of both Hamas and Fatah to remove from their charters the clause calling for Israel’s dismantling and stressed their continuing anti-Semitic incitement, only to have Donvan dourly interject, “I need to come home with this question, I see where you are going.” I then asked Cohen how he, as a Jew, could support America’s downgrading its ties with Israel. Cohen did not answer the question but rather blamed all Middle East ills on Israeli settlements, a typical knee-jerk response that doesn’t fool the informed but does deceive college kids suffering from a woefully
inadequate education. That this was the case here was evident by the debate’s results. Before the debate, 33 percent of the attendees supported the motion of the U.S. stepping back from its special relationship with Israel, with 42 percent opposed and 25 percent undecided. After the debate, the results were 49 percent for, 47 percent against, and 4 percent undecided. Israel bashing on campuses has become de rigueur these days. Though the NYU debate was attended by a somewhat civil audience, the same cannot be said for the reception accorded Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at the University of California, Irvine on the following day, Feb. 10. Oren was repeatedly harassed while attempting to deliver a speech. Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon did not fare much better the same day in England. Ayalon spoke at the Oxford Union, where he was repeatedly interrupted by protestors waving Palestinian ﬂags and yelling anti-Israel slogans. One protester approached Ayalon screaming “itbah al-Yahud” (“slaughter the Jews”). We can see from the very enemies we are confronting in the Middle East the consequences of virulent and widespread anti-Semitic propaganda. Inbred prejudices and hatred are almost impossible to erase. So long as Arabs are taught from the cradle to hate Jews, there is no chance for true peace. If we allow our campuses to further the cause of our enemies by allowing anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and anti-U.S. ranting to go unchecked, we will have a new generation doing our enemies’ work for them. There were close to a thousand people in the audience at the NYU debate on a topic of paramount importance to all American Jews, yet there were only – in New York City, no less – two yarmulkes to be found among them, one belonging to my husband. With engagement being one of our last lines of defense in this dangerous battle, let us not close the door in our own faces.
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So, How’s Bibi Doing? By P. DAVID HORNIK
“Benjamin Netanyahu, a year into your term, observers seem to agree: You’re an impressive survivor, but just a survivor. The government you lead has no vision, no destination. It’s not going anywhere.” The words are from Ari Shavit, journalist for Israel’s left-wing daily Haaretz, directed to Prime Minister Netanyahu. Netanyahu (who took office, actually, last March 31 and has been prime minister less than a year) naturally responded by denying the charge, saying “My vision is of an Israel that is a world technological superpower, anchored in values, reaching peace from strength…. we are working to jumpstart the economy, to augment our security and to strengthen Israel through inculcating basic national values.” Realizing that the charge of “lack of vision” from the left means mainly “lack of negotiations with the Palestinians and Syria to hand them major Israeli strategic assets,” Netanyahu said the Palestinians and Syria were “present[ing] us with extremist preconditions that they did not present to earlier Israeli governments…. The critics expect us to accept the Palestinian and Syrian dictates; they describe the acceptance of those dictates as a vision. I don’t see it as a vision.” Tentatively, after almost a year in office, Netanyahu can be described as handling the Palestinian situation artfully: positioning himself as a perceived moderate by expressing openness to the idea of a Palestinian state, while hedging such a hypothetical state with requirements (genuine acceptance of Israel, effective demilitarization, IsP. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Tel Aviv. He blogs at www.pdavidhornik. typepad.com and can be reached at pdavidh2001@ yahoo.com.
raeli retention of considerable areas) that no Palestinian leader would accept; helping to position Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas as the intransigent party who – reportedly to American, if not European, annoyance – stonewalls talks. As for the “Syrian track,” those who are aware of the importance of the Golan Heights for Israel and of the radical nature of Bashar Assad’s regime can only welcome the fact that Netanyahu’s government has not resumed the previous Olmert government’s Turkish-mediated talks with Damascus. What of Netanyahu’s other claims? Has Israel been “augmenting its security” this past year or just marking time while Hamas and Hezbollah continue their arms buildups on its borders? Israeli analyst Guy Bechor claims it’s the former, and notes that “our borders are quieter than they have been in many years…. The IDF is training today as it has not done in dozens of years. Every day, from morning till night: Tanks, airplanes, helicopters, live-fire drills…. [The IDF] is now the first military in the world equipping its tanks with anti-missile systems, which are changing the rules of war. “The IDF is also equipping itself with new APCs, advanced airplanes, and amazing technological systems, while Hizbullah and Syria are still stuck in the ‘80s and ‘90s…. Moreover, a series of daring assassinations attributed to Israel is prompting personal fears among axis-of-evil leaders.” For Bechor, the upshot is that “Our enemies realize that the days where Israel conducted itself as a state without honor willing to give in to the advances of those who deceive it are over. They realize that Israel has matured, learned the art of creating deterrence, and that it is here to stay.” Bechor’s analysis doesn’t say why enemies like
Hamas, Hizbullah, and their patron Iran keep building ever-more-dangerous capacities if they’re simply cowed. But it is true that under the Netanyahu government, a trajectory of renewed deterrence has been well sustained up to such recent successes as the presumed Dubai exploit and the air force’s unveiling of a “super-drone” that can reach Iran. As for “inculcating basic national values,” Netanyahu had in mind a new, 600-million-shekel program launched by his government to restore historical sites and reconnect young Israelis with both the ancient Israelite and modern Zionist past. But whether or not such a massive effort is necessary – and most of the country’s leadership agrees that it is – there are already signs of a revived self-confidence and assertiveness. The Foreign Ministry’s reported snubbing of a congressional delegation sent by the left-wing group J Street was one such sign. Another is a brand new, entirely novel initiative by the Foreign Ministry to encourage ordinary Israelis to present Israel’s case abroad with the help of a new website (in Hebrew). There are also signs of a mounting, well-deserved intolerance toward the traitorous element from within: Tel Aviv University has come under fierce pressure to fire radical-left academics who campaign abroad for a boycott of Israel; and the left-wing New Israel Fund is likewise under fire and Knesset investigation for funding anti-Israeli groups including some on which the Goldstone commission relied for its libelous report. Netanyahu was right, then, to reject the allegation that his only real goal is now his own political survival as he leads a government that is “not going anywhere.” In less than a year his government has been rebuilding Israel’s strength on many fronts. But great danger still looms.
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YU’s Tawil: Achievement Of A Lifetime By Joseph Offenbacher After more than a decade of devoted research, Hayim Tawil, professor of Hebrew Studies at Yeshiva University (YU), has completed what he describes as his magnum opus. Tawil’s achievement has scholars from across the world lauding his An Akkadian Lexical Companion for Biblical Hebrew as a defining accomplishment in the field of biblical study.
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A Newspaper That’s ‘Proud To Be Israeli’
An Interview with Yisrael Hayom Foreign Editor Boaz Bismuth By Steve K. Walz Jewish Press Israel Correspondent At a time when media pundits are calling daily newspapers “print dinosaurs,” Las Vegas casino mogul and Zionist philanthropist Sheldon Adelson tweaked the “experts” by investing millions of dollars in the creation of Yisrael Hayom (Israel Today), a free Hebrew-language tabloid newspaper that was launched on July 30, 2007. Written off by the dominant local newspapers – including Yediot Aharonot, Maariv and Haaretz – as nothing more than a mouthpiece for Prime Minister Netanyahu, Adelson hired an all-star staff of respected editors, journalists and columnists, who created an alternative voice for the Israeli public. By the end of 2008, Yisrael Hayom had not only succeeded in luring readers away from the aforementioned Israeli dailies, the paper announced a plan to increase circulation by offering free home delivery. A year later, Yisrael Hayom announced that circulation had surpassed 250,000 copies and a weekend edition would be launched to compete with the major dailies. By early February 2010, more than 300,000 copies of the weekend edition of Yisrael Hayom were being printed and delivered across the country. With Yisrael Hayom’s circulation and advertising revenues climbing faster than anyone anticipated, at least two Israeli newspaper owners lobbied Knesset members to pass a law that would ban foreign ownership of any major Israeli media entity. The proposed law, aimed at undermining Adelson, stands almost no chance being passed. Veteran Israeli journalist Boaz Bismuth, who has written for both Maariv and Yediot Aharonot in addition to serving as Israel’s ambassador to Mauritania (2004-2008), was recruited by Yisrael Hayom Senior Editor Amos Regev to serve as the paper’s foreign editor. In an exclusive interview with The Jewish Press, Bismuth spoke of the keys to Yisrael Hayom’s unprecedented success. The Jewish Press: What was the lure of joining Yisrael Hayom, which was considered anything but a sure thing in the highly volatile Israeli newspaper market? Bismuth: First of all, I had a unique opportunity to return to my beloved profession. Uniquely, I saw that the paper was able to easily recruit respected journalistic soldiers such as Dan Margalit (Maariv, Channel 10). So I look at myself as a lucky editor who joined the paper on September 16, 2008. That was the day when people packed their bags at Lehman Brothers in the midst of the economic crash, while I became part of something new and differ-
ent. We became a symbol of sorts for the newspaper industry, which was and still is having problems. What was different about the Israeli newspaper marketplace that allowed Yisrael Hayom to put down firm roots? From day one, the object was to create a free paper that was a fast read and interesting, though
Boaz Bismuth we did not want a paper that would be read and thrown away in five minutes. Immediately, we saw that readers appreciated the paper. When people in Tel Aviv, the key to the newspaper market in Israel because of the population that lives and works in the metro region, were changing their reading habits by taking the time to read the paper in a coffee shop, at home or at work, we knew that the paper was having an impact. The editors of Haaretz, Maariv and Yediot openly criticized Sheldon Adelson for allegedly creating a paper with an agenda – namely, supporting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. How do you respond to this criticism? The criticism leveled against Yisrael Hayom is hypocritical and cynical. Every newspaper has an agenda. Does one really think Adelson created the paper as a philanthropic venture? No one in the lo-
Forum (Continued from Page 3) Stark differences between the candidates emerged on the question of whether it would be feasible to propose new programs on the Council, given the state of the economy. Lazar said that nobody “should look right now for new programs ... during this time of economic decline, we have to make sure that the programs that we currently have are going to be there for our community. [We] can’t afford to cut existing programs…. Anybody that tells you they are going to go ahead and do new programs in this budget is out and out lying to you. And I’m not going to lie to you.” Greenfield said he “couldn’t disagree more,” declaring that “in the budget process and the budget system we have to come up with innovative ways on how we can actually deliver services to our community.” He also made it a point to correct Lazar on an earlier remark Lazar had made. “Just to correct Joe on a very important fact,” he said, “the tax credits we got from Albany were refundable tax credits. So even if you make zero dollars and pay zero taxes, you get $330 per child. And I don’t know about you, but from where I come from in Boro Park, if you have ten children, $3,300 is a whole lot of money.” A question about parking tickets seemed to resonate with many in the audience. All four candidates bemoaned the high number of tickets given out in Boro Park. On the question of how they handle contentious
cal newspaper industry is a philanthropist. Do the editors of the other papers or readers truly believe Adelson has the time for influencing daily editorial policy at the paper? If he does, he’s Superman. I can tell you from having worked at major Israeli newspapers in the past, Yisrael Hayom is an extremely professional operation. Every evening, the editors choose from a variety of articles and editorials to publish. This is the business of true professionals. You don’t think the paper publishes stories that are critical of the Netanyahu government? Of course it does. I’m proud to be a part of this enterprise. So the claim that Yisrael Hayom is imposing its editorial will on readers is journalistic sour grapes? We have a created a new economic model for newspapers that has spurred a revolution in the marketplace. It’s a model that functions well and people like the paper. If we are imposing our will on the public, then how come there is an additional waiting list of nearly 50,000 people who want daily home delivery? I’m revealing this as a scoop. Circulation is already over 250,000 copies during the week. Thanks to my opponents’ crying and their criticism, I can see how well I’m doing my job at the paper. But that hasn’t stopped people associated with Yediot and Maariv from trying to get Knesset members to pass a law banning foreign ownership of newspapers, which was obviously aimed at Adelson. When, where do we put the limit? It’s an outrageous, anti-democratic law. Ironically, it’s OK for Knesset members and other members of the Israeli business community to accept investments and donations from Jews in the Diaspora. It’s OK for Diaspora Jews to purchase shares in Bank Leumi, or a controlling interest in Israel Discount Bank. But to invest and participate in the market of public opinion in Israel it’s not OK? Trust me, if Yisrael Hayom were a flop, none of this would have ever been discussed. The other papers feel threatened. Yediot was considered a monopoly for years. Maariv has been in financial trouble for a while. Ironically, when Adelson was originally in negotiations to buy Maariv, the owners made him out to be the Vilna Gaon. Now they make him out to be like some Saudi sheikh. Is some of the opposition due to ideological differences? Yisrael Hayom is not a “stylish” left-wing newspaper. The difference is that we promote the fact that we are proud to be Israeli. And, thank God, we have Zionists abroad who take an interest and want to invest in the Israeli economy. important issues in our community.” Nachum Segal read an audience member’s question about whether the next city council member should be someone new and fresh or “part of the system.” Judge used the question as an opportunity to note that both Lazar and Greenfield were touting their many endorsements from elected officials. “It’s
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A portion of the crowd at the Jewish Press forum. issues like gay rights (inasmuch as it comes before the City Council) and aid to parochial school – whether they would vote their conscience or in accordance with their constituents – Lazar responded, “I think it’s the public that puts you into office and it’s their wishes that have to be kept. I just happen to be fortunate to be a part of a community that happens to believe the same issues that I believe.” Greenfield said, “My personal view is that we shouldn’t sell out for political expediency…. I believe in a higher power. I believe in da’as Torah…. I am proud of the fact that I have religious views and I will take those views which are the same as my Catholic friends and are the same as the constituents – I will take those views to Albany.” Judge said, “I am a conservative Republican, and you’ll never have to worry about me selling out on
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Nachum Segal funny … because both of my colleagues next to me have been endorsed by the very establishment that’s left us with a corrupt system,” he said. “At the risk of being redundant,” countered Lazar, “I have to say: experience, experience, experience. You cannot fix something that you do not understand. I know government and routed out waste in the agencies I was in. I have a reputation for not following the old methods that were being used and used my experiences…to route out the waste that is going on in agencies…. I did fix the system.”
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AARON KLEIN A radical Muslim group that was an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme to raise money for Hamas has an extensive relationship with the Obama administration, this column has learned. Last week, President Obama’s top adviser on counter-terrorism, John Brennan, came under fire for controversial remarks he made in a speech to Muslim law students at New York University. The event was sponsored by the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA. The ISNA-White House relationship began even before Obama took office. One week before last year’s presidential inauguration, Sayyid Syeed, national director of the ISNA Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances, was part of a delegation that met with the directors of Obama’s transition team. The delegation discussed a request for an executive order ending “torture.” ISNA President Ingrid Mattson represented American Muslims at Obama’s inauguration, where she offered a prayer during the televised event. Mattson also represented ISNA at Obama’s Ramadan dinner at the White House. Last June, Obama’s top aide, Valerie Jarrett, invited Mattson to work on the White House Council on Women and Girls, which Jarrett leads. In July, the Justice Department sponsored an information booth at an ISNA bazaar in Washington, D.C. Also that month, Jarrett addressed ISNA’s 46th annual convention. According to the White House, Jarrett attended as part of Obama’s outreach to Muslims. ISNA was named in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document – “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America” – as one of the Brotherhood’s likeminded “organizations of our friends” who shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation, according to Discover the Networks. Arab Rocket Factory In Jerusalem? Israeli border police last month secretly raided an Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem to search for a suspected Kassam rocket factory, according to a senior Palestinian security official with knowledge of the incident. Israel told media that the purpose of the raid, which took place in the Shoafat neighborhood on Feb. 8, was to arrest tax evaders and enforce municipal laws. But the security official told this column that border police also searched Shoafat’s metal and steel workshops and factories for a suspected Kassam manufacturing site. Upon further questioning, border police spokesman Moshe Finsi told this reporter that part of the Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily.com. He appears throughout the week on leading U.S. radio programs and is the author of the book “The Late Great State of Israel.” Follow Klein on Twitter under the name “AaronKleinWND.”
Shoafat raid indeed focused on anti-terror activities and not just municipal matters. “Yes, part focused on anti-terror action to prevent organized terror, search for bombs, drugs, weapons,” he said. Finsi denied the raid included searching for a Kassam factory. Shoafat is located in the northeast section of Jerusalem. The village is entirely inhabited by Arabs and Palestinians, although many of the Arab homes there are built illegally on Jewish-owned property. Although Shoafat is technically in Jerusalem, Arab roads there lead directly into the West Bank. If a rocket factory production site was found inside a Jerusalem neighborhood, it would signify a major expansion of the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure. On Wednesday, Israel announced to the public that the Palestinian Authority two weeks ago – just before Israel’s raid on Shoafat – arrested five members of Hamas and discovered a Kassam rocket in Beit Likya, a village about four miles from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport. PA security sources did not rule out the possibility Hamas was intending to fire the rocket as part of its revenge for the assassination in Dubai last month of Hamas member Mahmud al-Mabhouh. Ex-Obama Czar Not The Quiet Type Van Jones, President Obama’s former “green jobs” czar and a newly appointed Princeton lecturer has a history of sparking protests against universities and once slammed non-activist students as “worthless people” obtaining “worthless degrees,” this column has learned. Jones also implied a university education must help students become “revolutionaries.” Jones resigned in September from his post as adviser to the White House Council on Environmental Quality after it was exposed that he founded a communist revolutionary organization and signed a statement that accused the Bush administration of possible involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Jones also called for “resistance” against the U.S. Jones previously stated that his advocacy for green jobs was part of a broader movement to destroy the U.S. capitalist system. Princeton last week announced Jones has been appointed a visiting fellow in the Center for African American Studies and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the university’s Wilson School. In just one example of his campus activism, in April 1999, Jones helped lead more than 300 University of California-Berkeley students and community members in a protest vigil and hunger strike in support of the university’s ethnic studies department, which was facing major budget cuts and the scaling back of courses. Jones told the university’s newspaper the vigil and attendant hunger strike was a critical point in the movement to defend what has been called the “systematic dismantling” of UC Berkeley’s ethnic studies department. “There are thousands of worthless people here signing off checks to the administration to get their worthless degrees,” he said. “You have the sense to know that you’ve got to fight for what you [really want].” Jones said budget and faculty cuts in the ethnic studies department signaled that the UC Berkeley administration is willing to do anything to “prevent you from becoming revolutionaries.”
Aaron Klein Gets Weekly WABC Radio Show It’s official. Jewish Press columnist Aaron Klein will host his own show every Sunday on New York’s WABC Radio, the largest talk station in the U.S. “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” will be featured Sundays from 2-4 p.m. Eastern on the top-rated station whose calls numbers are 770 AM on the radio dial. Until now, Klein had been serving as a guest host on the station. WABC is home to talk giants Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin, among others. “While Klein is broadcasting on WABC, you never know what he might do,” read a press release from the network. “From exposing extremists to breaking stories to conducting newsmaking interviews to calling up and confronting terrorists while he is live
on the radio, Klein’s show is unpredictable and is a must listen for everyone who cares about democracy and freedom.” Klein is senior reporter and Jerusalem bureau chief for Internet news giant WorldNetDaily.com, a regular on WABC’s John Batchelor Show and a weekly columnist for The Jewish Press. Klein also is a frequent guest on Fox News Channel and on some of the top U.S. radio programs. Klein is the author of several books, including: The Late Great State of Israel and Schmoozing with Terrorists. Due to be released in May 2010, Klein’s third book is titled The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Tes to Communists, Socialists and Anti-American Extremists.
inside e The Story Behind the Stories: Two exciting new collections of stories from ArtScroll There’s something so special about a true story. The best true stories touch us and teach us; the very best will change the way we look at the world. Two new books from ArtScroll are very different from each other, but they share one very important quality: as we read them we are entertained, we are inspired, and, yes, we are changed. It Could Have Been You, by master storyteller Nachman Seltzer, takes us on a breathtaking journey to many different worlds. These neverbefore-published true stories are set in places as varied as Holocaust-era France and modern-day Jerusalem. They take place in a luxurious Swiss villa, an abandoned Ukrainian factory, a department store in Long Island. Wherever they are, they are unforgettable.
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Joseph Farah the founder and editor of WorldNetDaily, is so solidly and unashamedly pro-Israel that he’s developed something approaching a cult following among pro-Israel Jews. (Yes, “pro-Israel Jews” – it has, unfortunately, become necessary to make that distinction.) Many of Farah’s columns on the Middle East are emailed around the world to be read, downloaded, photocopied and faxed countless times over. A number of them have appeared over the years as Jewish Press op-ed articles. Here’s Farah back in 2000, alerting readers to a sermon delivered by Dr. Ahmad Abu Halabita, a Gaza-based cleric and former acting rector of Islamic University (typically, the speech was all but ignored by the American media, with the usual exceptions like thenNew York Post columnist Rod Dreher): “If you think you get an accurate idea of what Arab leaders believe when you listen to Hannan Ashrawi interviewed on ‘Nightline’ or on CNN, think again,” wrote Farah, who then quoted extensive portions of Halabita’s tirade, some of which went as follows:
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None of the Jews refrain from committing any possible evil.... O brother believers, the criminals, the terrorists, are the Jews, who have butchered our children, orphaned them, widowed our women and desecrated our holy places and sacred sites.... They are the ones who must be butchered and killed, as Allah the Almighty said: Fight them; Allah will torture them at your hands, and will humiliate them, and will relieve the minds of the believers.... Have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them. Wherever you are, kill those Jews and those Americans who are like them and those who stand by them.... It was a column in October 2000, titled “Myths of the Middle East,” that really brought Farah to the Monitor’s attention. In it, Farah gave his readers the sort of history lesson they’d never get from Thomas Friedman or the Haaretz editorial board. It’s worth quoting extensively:
By the way, Farah happens to be an Arab-American who writes from an evangelical Christian perspective. What – you thought a Jew would write like that?
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Isn’t it interesting that prior to the 1967 ArabIsraeli war, there was no serious movement for a Palestinian homeland? “Well, Farah,” you might say, “that was before the Israelis seized the West Bank and Old Jerusalem.” That’s true. In the SixDay War, Israel captured Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. But they didn’t capture these territories from Yasir Arafat. They captured them from Jordan’s King Hussein. I can’t help but wonder why all those Palestinians suddenly discovered their national identity after Israel won the war. The truth is that Palestine is no more real than Never-Never Land. The first time the name was used was in 70 A.D. when the Romans committed genocide against the Jews, smashed the Temple and declared the land of Israel would be no more. From then on, the Romans promised, it would be known as Palestine. The name was derived from the Philistines, a Goliathian people conquered by the Jews centuries earlier.... Palestine has never existed – before or since – as an autonomous entity. It was ruled alternately by Rome, by Islamic and Christian crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire and, brieﬂy, by the British after World War I.... There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc.” What about Islam’s holy sites? There are none in Jerusalem. Shocked? You should be. I don’t expect you will ever hear this brutal truth from anyone else in the international media. It’s just not politically correct. I know what you’re going to say: “Farah, the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem represent Islam’s third most holy sites.” Not true. In fact, the Koran says nothing about Jerusalem. It mentions Mecca hundreds of times. It mentions Medina countless times. It never mentions Jerusalem. With good reason. There is no historical evidence to suggest Mohammed ever visited Jerusalem....
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Feiglin Vows Victory At Dinner By Elliot Resnick Jewish Press Staff Reporter
â€œThe most elementary form of kiddush Hashem would be to have a medinah that stands for emunah baShem,â€? says Rabbi Chaim Malinowitz, one of the general editors of ArtScrollâ€™s popular Shas, on a video shown at the dinner. â€œThatâ€™s what Avraham Avinu was, and thatâ€™s what klal Yisrael is supposed to be.â€? Frustrated with the failed campaign to stop thenPrime Minister Ariel Sharonâ€™s Disengagement plan in 2005, Rabbi Malinowitz said he realized at the time that â€œeverythingâ€™s a waste of timeâ€Ś. Moshe [Feiglin] is right. All the energies have to be focused to the quiet revolutionâ€Śof ruling the country and bringing Jewish values into Eretz Yisrael.â€? Six Israelis on the video â€“ ranging from a haredi rabbi to a former left-wing activist who sat in prison for seven months for illegally meeting with PLO leader Yasir Arafat â€“ recount their discovery and embrace of Manhigut Yehuditâ€™s philosophy. â€œThere isnâ€™t a group in Israel today except Manhigut Yehudit... that can make [this] videoâ€Ś, a video that unites every single kind of Jew together,â€? said Shmuel Sackett, Manhigut Yehuditâ€™s international director. Although Feiglin largely spoke about ideological issues, he did not neglect the practical. Israelâ€™s economy is currently strong and relatively few Jews have been killed recently, but Feiglin said the calm is misleading. â€œIt reminds me of a joke. Itâ€™s like somebody fall[ing] from the Empire State Building and at the 20th 7KH<RP7HĂ€OODKRI7DOPLGHL&KDFKDPLPHamesugal floor, somebody opens a Le'Yeshuos Ve'HatzlachosZLOOWDNHSODFHRQ(UHY5RVK&KRGHVK1LVVDQ window and asks him, â€˜How is it going?â€™ and the LQDOOWKHEUDQFKHVRI$WHUHW6KORPR.ROOHOLPDOODFURVV,VUDHO guy thatâ€™s falling says, â€˜Well, so far everything is okay.â€™ â€? Only in the last few years, Feiglin reminded the crowd, have Israeli ministers grown scared to travel abroad lest they be arrested and tried as international criminals. Only recently has it become fashionable to question Israelâ€™s very legitimacy as an independent nation-state. According to Feiglin, as long as Israel hides from its true destiny and attempts to become an ordinary, normal nation, H H M M n Rav Rav Maran Haâ€™Gaon hlita Miche aâ€™Gaon Haâ€™Gadol Shlita Rav S aâ€™Gaon Haâ€™Gadol hlita Aharon aran Haâ€™Gao man Shlita Rav Yo aran Haâ€™Gaon v Shlita its situation will deteriChaim Kanievsky S l Yehuda Lefkovitz hmuel Auerbach S sef Shalom Elyashi Yehuda Leib Stein orate. In contrast to the aspirations of Israelâ€™s ruling elite, Feiglin declared Manhigut Yehuditâ€™s goal to be the creation of â€œa Jewish state that is a light to the nations.â€? Said Nahum Gordon, the dinnerâ€™s guest of honor, in comments to The Jewish Press: â€œIsrael is sorely in need of [ManHaâ€™Mekubal The Admor Rav Haâ€™Gaon haâ€™Gadol hlita Rav M Haâ€™Gaon higut Yehuditâ€™s] influa R t a i t a l i l G v Zundel Kroizer Sh of Modzitz Shlita ershon Edelstein S ordechai Gross Sh ence and controlâ€Ś. Since 1948, we have not had a Call today and donate $180 to support the largest chain of Torah institutes in Israel, Jewish government that conducts a medinah for led by Maran Ha'Gaon Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Steinman Shlita, Jews as Jews. Weâ€™re alincluding Talmudei Torah, Yeshivas and Kollelim with more than 3500 students ways looking to curry favor with the nations of the world, and the truth of the matter is they will hate us no matter what we do.â€? Gordon, an attorney from Woodmere, Long 60
Despite setbacks last year in his bid for a Knesset seat, Moshe Feiglin, leader of the Manhigut Yehudit movement, told The Jewish Press on Monday that his group will ultimately achieve victory. â€œWe donâ€™t know how long itâ€™s going to take. It can take a few months, it can take a few years, but weâ€™re going to win.â€? Approximately 400 supporters gathered at the Legends Suite Club in the new Yankee Stadium Monday evening for Manhigut Yehuditâ€™s eighth annual dinner. Manhigut Yehudit, the largest faction within the Likud partyâ€™s central committee, aims to lead Israel and â€“ as their motto states â€“ transform â€œthe State of the Jews into the Jewish State.â€? Feiglin told the Yankee Stadium crowd that Israel must abandon its desire to be â€œthe Singapore of the Middle Eastâ€? (President Shimon Peres) or â€œa state of all its citizensâ€? (Aharon Barak, former president of Israelâ€™s Supreme Court) and aspire instead to be a state that, in the words of the Aleinu prayer, â€œperfects the world in the kingdom of the Almighty.â€?
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I want to make it clear that this article in no way is meant to blame any of the people involved in what appears, by all accounts, to have been a tragic accident when a Brooklyn school bus killed a 4-year-old boy in Boro Park on February 17. But as a father who knows the pain of burying his own children only too well, I believe that it is important to ask if there is any room for improvement in our school bus safety procedures. From the brief discussions I have had with people about busing, there does seem to be some larger safety issues to address. Unlike most secular neighborhoods that are serviced by relatively few buses, our communities often have school buses from dozens of schools operating in the same short time frames along the same busy streets. It is not hard to imagine the impatience of other drivers on their way to work getting stuck behind multiple buses making multiple stops on every block. This reality forces our buses to move quickly and not wait for students to arrive and be seated or exit safely. In the last few days I have heard several parents describe regularly observing unsafe school bus practices, either in their neighborhood or during their drive to work. These include picking up children from the wrong side of a boulevard, individual school buses making multiple stops on the same block, buses leaving the bus stop area before children are seated and buses dropping off children onto snow banks. School bus safety standards differ by state and locality, but there are a few common sense procedures we can implement that can improve school bus safety. Students should be waiting outside when their bus arrives (even when it is cold), standing in a well-lit, safe spot on the sidewalk at least six feet away from the street. The entire area, from the place the students stand and wait, all the way to the place where the school bus door will open should be cleared of snow and ice. Students should wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and open its door before moving toward the street and then walk in an orderly single file line, boarding carefully. Buses should not leave the bus stop before all students are safely seated. It is better when school buses stop on the same side of the street as the children who are boarding and exiting. This is especially true for primary streets with traffic moving in both directions. Buses should never pick up or drop off children from the wrong side of a boulevard. It would be difficult to implement these standards under our current school bus models. While I understand that implementing change often comes with unfortunate
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In my last column I posed a simple question: Why has that short walk down the aisle become such a long arduous trek and so painfully difficult for so many? The question becomes even more troublesome for those, like myself, who survived the Holocaust. Although just a child, I vividly recall how, after the liberation, people were so anxious to marry. Broken and shattered, bereft of family, without a roof over their heads, without a penny to their names, they married. Often the oddest shidduchim (matches) were made. Those survivors had one common goal – to give a name for loved ones, who had perished and to bring new Jewish life into the world and rebuild the nation. Amazingly, despite all odds, the great majority of these shidduchim worked and a beautiful generation emerged from them. In contrast, the majority of today’s singles are blessed with family and the ability to earn a livelihood.... to be sure, some less, some more. But no one is homeless – no one has to wonder where on this planet he/she will be able to find sanctuary. Today’s singles have an entire infrastructure at their disposal, from the Internet to shadchanim, to myriad chesed programs – all designed to ease their transition from the singles state to marriage. But despite all this, marriages are not taking place. Jewish babies are waiting to be born, but there aren’t enough mommies and daddies to bring them into this world. Perhaps never before has the Jewish community been confronted with such singles crises. So the question still remains – “Why?” To be sure, there are no pat answers. Many contributing factors come into play, and with G-d’s help, in future columns, I will try to explore them.
On Their Own Years ago singles lived at home until they married. Parents were actively involved in helping their children find their mates. At the very least, they pressed them to get on with it and establish their own homes. Today however, things are different. In the more secular Jewish world, as soon as young people graduate from high school, they are on their way – from college to their own apartments. And even if they should move back home, parents are advised to adopt a laissez-faire attitude when it comes to their children’s personal lives. Often mothers and fathers contact me and say, “Rebbetzin, could you please speak to my daughter/ son. As the parent, I cannot get involved.” There is a tragic irony to such requests. Parents have no right to speak – but strangers do? Is there anyone who cares more for their children than their own mothers and fathers? Yet they are muzzled. How very sad. Moreover, our culture encourages young people to focus on their careers and place marriage on the back burner. This has taken a devastating toll. Immersed in their professions, young women have seen their biological clocks tick by. They have been misled into believing that they have all the time in the world, only to discover that the years that have passed can never be retrieved. Although this is a tragedy that afﬂicts both genders, women are hit hardest, not only because of their biological clocks, but because basically, they are nest builders. Their very bodies cry out the supplication of the matriarch Rachel (who for many years was barren), “Give me a child lest I die” (Genesis 30:1). The promise of modern science, assuring women that it is possible to have children in their 40s, is more often hype than reality. Yes, from time to time there are some wonderful stories that make great copy, but reality is quite different. Even if by some stroke of luck a woman in her 40s finds her mate, the road to childbearing can be filled with much heartache and painful, expensive medical treatment, resulting more often in frustration than in babies.
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I didnâ€™t have a siddur to say â€œKrias Shemaâ€? (prayers before going to TRUE STORIES WITH AN EMPHASIS ON FAITH sleep). I kept looking, and repeating, â€œI have to find EDITED BY NAOMI MAUER a siddur.â€? Shabbos was over and we finally returned home. I found a shopping Name Withheld By Request bag under my mailbox. I We were very excited about at- had no idea who had left it there. When tending our dear nephewâ€™s aufruf I looked inside, I saw that it was a se(ceremony in shul the Shabbos pre- fer. I lifted it from the bag. It was a sidceding a wedding). We didnâ€™t know dur with my deceased sonâ€™s name enwhere we were being put up, but graved in Hebrew on the leather cover! Enclosed was a note that read, â€œI somehow the address sounded familiar. When we got to the house, I rec- found this siddur in my sonâ€™s room and ognized it immediately. It was the thought you would want to have it.â€? The note was from the mother of my Brooklyn office of the Hebron community in Israel. The bar mitzvah sonâ€™s high school friend. All of this occurred around the day of my son, of blessed memory, had been Parshas Chayei Sarah, the To- of my sonâ€™s birthday. He would have rah portion that describes how Abra- been 24 years old. Receiving this sidham buried his wife Sarah in He- dur at this moment felt like a message bron. His bar mitzvah theme had from Above. I felt Hashem comforting me with love, giving me strength to get been â€œHebron.â€? through the day. I felt right at home. It was a gift I will cherish. Once we were settled in, I realized Happy birthday, Zavel. I love you that I had forgotten my siddur. I looked around, but only found old sefarim and miss you very much. May your neshamah (soul) have an aliyah, and (holy books) â€“ but no siddur. When it was time to bring in Shab- may you continue to watch over me, bos, I couldnâ€™t remember all the bless- our family, and Klal Yisrael. Yes, ings by heart. I searched some more, I will continue to daven with your siddur and take it with me everybut to no avail. When we left after a beautiful where I go. What a wonderful gift. Shabbos dinner, I realized again that Thank you.
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New Excavations Confirm Madaba Map
The discovery of a 1,500-year-old main road about 15 feet below street level in Jerusalemâ€™s Old City confirms the accuracy of the Madaba map, an ancient mosaic map from the sixth-seventh century CE, found in a church in Jordan. The map depicts the Land of Israel in the Byzantine period. The road was uncovered during excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in the heart
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The region of Jerusalem as it appears on the Madaba map (both sides of the newly-discovered street are marked in red).
of the Old City of Jerusalem, prior to municipal excavation work. The Madaba map explicitly shows that the entrance to Jerusalem from the west was via a very large gate that led to a single, central thoroughfare on that side of the city and that is exactly what the excavations revealed. Remnants of the important buildings in Jerusalem that appear on the map have been uncovered over the years or have survived to this day â€“ for example the Church of the Holy Sepulcher â€“ but the large bustling street from the period when Jerusalem became a Christian city was not discovered until now. A row of columns was also discovered alongside the street. â€œIt is wonderful to see that David Street, which is teeming with so much life today, actually preserved the route of the noisy street from 1,500 years ago,â€? says IAA excavation director Dr. Ofer Sion. The artifacts discovered include numerous pottery vessels and coins and five small square bronze weights that shopkeepers used for weighing precious metals. (Israel21c.org)
Son Of Hamas Founder Spied For Israel JERUSALEM â€“ The son of a Hamas founder served as a spy for Israelâ€™s Shin Bet security service, Haaretz reported. Mosab Hassan Yousef served for more than a decade as the Shin Betâ€™s most valuable source on Hamas. He converted to Christianity 10 years ago and left the West Bank in 2007 for California, where he now lives. Yousef, 32, is the son of Sheik Hassan Yousef, a Hamas leader in the West Bank. His intelligence, under the moniker of â€œThe Green Prince,â€? led to the prevention of dozens of suicide bombing attacks and assassination attempts on Israeli officials, and the exposing of several terrorist cells, Haaretz reported Wednesday. Son of Hamas, a book written by Yousef and Rob Brackin, has just been released in the United States. Yousefâ€™s intelligence led to the arrest of Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, and other high-ranking Palestinian officials who planned suicide attacks, according to Haaretz. A senior Hamas leader, Ismail Radwan, told the French news agency AFP that the Haaretz report was â€œbaseless slander.â€? â€œThe Palestinian people have great confidence in Hamas and its struggle, and they will not be fooled
by this slander and these lies of the Israeli occupation,â€? he said. But this week Sheik Yousef apparently acknowledged the truth of the story. In a statement reportedly smuggled out of the prison and released Mon-
Mosab Hassan Yousef
day he declared that he, his wife and their other children disown his oldest son. (JTA)
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on pure survival. When I was released, I made aliyah to Israel and studied Krav Maga while serving in the IDF. Why do you believe your program is different from traditional Krav Maga or Mixed Martial Arts? MMA Krav uses the best of both Krav Maga and MMA. Many Jewish organizations are interested in our program because of the need to try to avoid tragedies such as the Chabad House attack in Mumbai. MMA Krav teaches students how to combat danger both as a group and as individuals. For example, during the 2006 attack by a knife-wielding skinhead at the Bolshaya Bronnaya Synagogue in Moscow, ultimately the rabbi’s son was able to subdue the attacker using methods we teach. Krav Maga is taught in the IDF in terms of policing a combative population without using lethal force. Obviously we apply those skills to the life of the average civilian, building his or her self-confidence. While some may recognize MMA from the televised UFC competitions in octagon cages, my partner Waylon has been able to introduce the techniques and training methods of MMA to create a fun and healthy sport for teenagers and adults in a safe, Jewish environment. Students who are committed to the program have also lost weight and gained physical coordination and strength. What are your expansion plans? Because of the success of our Philadelphia programs, we have been contacted to participate in national leagues and competitions, in which our students have won top honors in a halachic way. My hope is that Jewish day schools in New York and the Northeast will enable their students to participate in a Jewish league for which I am in the process of finding sponsors. This could be either through an afterschool club, an evening class, or as part of the school’s physical education program. I also believe that adults benefit greatly because as we age, we need to increase our physical activity to stay healthy and fit. Our adult students include rabbis, teachers, businessmen and women who prefer staying within a safe, Jewish setting as our classes are held in synagogues, Jewish community centers and day schools. Editor’s Note: MMA Krav will hold its first free event in New York on Thursday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Kehilath Jeshurun, 125 East 85th St. (& Lexington Ave.) in Manhattan. For further information, Nehemia Kramer can be contacted via www.mmakrav.com.
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Liability Insurance: A Halachic View QUESTION: Does the halacha requires one to carry liability insurance? Y. Aronovitz Via E-Mail ANSWER: At the outset it is important to note that if one has assets, whether substantial or minimal, it would be financial suicide not to carry a liability policy. Nevertheless there are situations where a person is careless in this regard or feels he is somehow judgment proof and therefore opts to not carry any insurance. The Torah teaches in Parashat Va’etchanan (Deuteronomy 6:18), “Ve’asita hayashar v’hatov b’einei Hashem ... – You shall do what is straightforward and good in Hashem’s eyes ...” The Gemara (Baba Metzia 16b) explains that one’s real property that has been evaluated to settle his debt may not be retrieved with kesef – cash. However, our sages instituted that in the event the debtor suddenly came upon cash he may nevertheless use that cash to retrieve his real property. This is based on the above verse. We find the following verse in Parashat Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:18), “... v’ahavta l’re’acha kamocha ani Hashem – ... you shall love your fellow as yourself, I am Hashem.” Rashi (ad loc.) cites the Jerusalem Talmud (Nedarim 9:4), “Rabbi Akiva states: ‘This is a major rule of the Torah.’ ” P’nei Moshe (in his commentary to the Jerusalem Talmud ad loc.) explains: “It is a major rule to ensure one’s proper performance of the Torah, because through this [attitude] he will take great care in all his dealings [business and social interaction] with his fellow.” Ramban (Leviticus 19:18) explains in the following way. “He will love his fellow with all his wealth, all his property, accord him the proper honor, be fully understanding [of him] and when encountering his fellow he will employ wisdom...” Similar to this, we find the “golden rule” of Hillel (Shabbos 31a), “What is hateful to you do not do to your fellow.” Rambam (Hilchot Nizkei Mamon) basically delineates one’s responsibility according to the Torah and our sages (in tractate Bava Kamma) to pay for any damage he or his possession has caused another, whether it be deliberate, accidental, or due to negligence. What if a person caused damage to another, but does not have the monetary means to satisfy his fellow, what is he to do? In today’s day and age, even those who are actively employed may find it hard to make ends meet and can unexpectedly find themselves unable to pay for damage they have caused. Thus we see the importance of purchasing insurance. Of course one who drives an automobile, in most jurisdictions, is required by law to carry liability insurance. A homeowner as well, if his property is mortgaged is also usually subject to the same requirement by his/her lender. The following question came before the gaon Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch (Responsa Teshuvot Ve’hanhagot Vol. 1:822) An individual’s car sustained damage from another (car) in the course of an accident. The owner of the damaged vehicle is obviously entitled to payment for the sustained damages. However, the one who caused the damage was hesitant to pay, because the aggrieved party has auto insurance. The mazik or tort feasor argued that were he to pay now, he may end up paying a second time as Rabbi Klass can be contacted at email@example.com.
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Sweet As Honey This year, following Purim, we read Parshas Parah, which describes the purification process for one who has become tamei mes. The parshah begins, “Hashem spoke to Moshe and to Aaron saying...” The next passuk continues, “This is the decree of the Torah, which Hashem has commanded, saying...” Why is the word “leimor – saying” repeated? The Ben Ish Chai states that, aside from the straightforward purpose of kiyum ha’mitzvos, this reiteration alludes to a unique and important principle that is inherent in kiyum ha’mitzvos. Many times, a person finds it difficult to perform certain mitzvos with significant enthusiasm and unconditional sincerity, perhaps because he feels that this particular mitzvah is contrary to his disposition or temperament. As a result, the mitzvah becomes burdensome to him. However, as we know, every Yid bears a strong responsibility to take the mitzvos upon himself. His mission, explains the Ben Ish Chai, is to try to accustom himself to a dvar mitzvah by recognizing that his performance of mitzvos constitutes the fulfillment of the Will of Hashem. This persistent acknowledgement will ultimately heighten his appreciation for the mitzvah and actually make it sweet for him. We would imagine, for example, that when Avraham Avinu was commanded by Hashem to sacrifice his only child, Yitzchak, as a korban olah he could have great difficulty executing this directive. After all, Avraham had been childless until he was 100 years old. He finally merited seeing his only son develop as a tzaddik, meritorious and wise, blessed with every good middah. Moreover, Avraham Avinu was devoted to the avodah of chesed; he couldn’t harm even a ﬂea. Chazal tell us that Tzidkiyahu HaMelech would have been willing to hit his head and split it on a rock in order not to witness the passing of his two Rabbi Goldwasser’s new book, “Starving Souls: A Spiritual Guide to Eating Disorders," has just been released. Infused with a spiritual perspective and philosophical insights, the book encompasses the spectrum of eating disorders, with detailed analyses of the physical, spiritual and emotional conditions of the ED patient. Real-life stories present a backdrop for this comprehensive study of different interventions and modalities that have proven successful. It is available from Ktav Publishing and in Judaic bookstores.
well, since the possibility exists that the other person will submit a claim to his insurance carrier as well. The logic is that since the damaged party pays a premium, it is his right to file a claim and receive payment. Obviously if the carrier reimburses its insured, it will then seek to recover money from the mazik. Thus, he argued, he will end up paying twice for the same damage. Rabbi Sternbuch’s view is that, nevertheless, prompt payment in restitution of damages is required. However, when and whether he is approached by the carrier, he is within his rights to demand reimbursement from the aggrieved party, as no one is required to pay twice for the same damages. Logically, a better solution (if an individual wishes to pay immediately), which is often done when agreed to by both sides for the same reason, is not to report the claim to (either) one’s carrier, so as not
children, how much more so would this be true for Avraham Avinu. Yet, the Midrash tells us that when Avraham Avinu went to be makriv his son he rejoiced, because his love for Hashem was stronger than his love for anything else in the world. If the Ratzon of Hashem (G-d’s Will) was that he should his sacrifice his beloved only son, then he would fulfill His bidding with joy. We find similarly that Hashem commands Yechezkel to “…eat this scroll,” (Yechezkel 3:14). This was a metaphoric reference to the undertaking of the unpleasant mission of rebuking Bnei Yisroel. Yet when Yechezkel ate it, “… it was as sweet as honey in my mouth,” for there is nothing sweeter than fulfilling Dvar Hashem (the Word of G-d). The story is told of a chassid who was so fastidious that before he would put anything into his mouth he would wash it seven times. The chassid was also the mohel in his town and was called upon to perform the bris milah for most of the boys born in that town. His students, who were aware of his unusual squeamishness, finally gathered up the courage to approach him and ask: “How is it possible that you do metzizah b’peh – suck the blood of the milah – despite your fastidiousness?” The chassid answered very simply, “I know it’s a mitzvah of Hashem, therefore that metzizah is sweet to me as if I were sucking the finest green grapes that had been washed seven times.” Thus we can understand the parshah of “Zos chukas haTorah asher tzivah Hashem leimor – These are the decrees and commands that Hashem directed us to do (saying) leimor.” the word without the nekudos can be read lo mar –not bitter. Every mitzvah has an innate sweetness to the soul of a Jew. Rav Simcha Wasserman (1900-1992), the son of Rav Elchonon Wasserman and Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon, once had to be out of town for Rosh Hashanah. He and his rebbetzin were invited to be the guests of one of the “choshuve balebatim” of the community. When they arrived for the evening meal, R’ Simcha noticed that the household members seemed especially distressed. A few minutes later, the host came out, disconcerted and ill at ease. He explained that they had forgotten to prepare the apple and honey that are customarily eaten at the meal on the first night of Rosh Hashanah, and they would, therefore, not be able to recite the blessing, “May it be Your will … that You renew for us a good and a sweet year.” Upon hearing his dilemma, R’ Simcha rose from his chair and positioned himself behind his host’s two young sons sitting at the table. “In the absence of honey and apples,” he softly said, “we can certainly recite the Yehi Ratzon on these two children.” to raise the premiums (insurance rates). However it is important, even when paying by check, to insist on a signed release with the notation that payment is in full for any damages sustained on this and this date for the accident between the two parties. It is important to understand that the Torah’s admonition, “... v’asita hayashar v’hatov ... – ... you shall do what is straightforward and good ...,” applies equally to both parties in any dispute. Indeed the prompt and proper resolution of a dispute enables man to come to terms with his fellow in a proper and decent manner. It is obvious, as well, that to not carry proper insurance is a violation of this same admonition and does not speak well of such an individual. It is our proper behavior towards our fellow that will bring about our salvation with the coming of Moshiach speedily in our days.
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Sixty Years That Have Revolutionized World Jewry Our last column noted the 60th anniversary of the passing of the sixth great Chabad leader, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, known as the Rebbe RaYYaTz of Lubavitch (1880-1950). With superhuman courage, he had battled successfully to preserve Yiddishkeit in the Soviet Union, before pioneering the massive movement to establish North America as a fortress of Torah learning and observance. That anniversary also marked the opening of a
new era in Chabad and general Jewish history. Although the Rebbe RaYYaTz’s scholarly son-in-law, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, did not accept official Chabad leadership until a year later, he immediately stepped into the breach to ensure that the many Lubavitch activities around the world should continue and also dramatically expand. Within weeks of his father-in-law’s passing, he launched a new field of Chabad endeavor in North Africa, sending the first representatives to found Torah schools and enhance Torah observance among all Jews there. They soon established a chain of schools and yeshivos with enormous beneficial results for North African Jews and their descendants, wherever they are, to this day. Meanwhile, he consolidated and expanded the Chabad school system in North America, followed soon by a Chabad school network in the Holy Land, and then in Australia and other lands. In addition to his previous wide Torah correspondence with rabbis, chassidim and other Torah scholars, the Rebbe began a vast worldwide correspondence with thousands of Jews to raise their spirits and encourage them to intensify Torah observance.
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It was shortly after the Holocaust, and a terrible mood of despair still permeated Jewish life. There seemed little hope for the future of Yiddishkeit, or traditional Jewish observance, as it had existed in prewar Europe. In the Rebbe’s letters and public addresses, he salved these dark feelings with a balm of hope and confidence. While recognizing the feelings of those who had suffered (he once wrote how he, too, had lost his brother, grandmother and other close family members in the Holocaust), his general message was upbeat and optimistic, emphasizing how we all have enormous potential to rebuild and renew Yiddishkeit and its institutions to attain new heights of achievement. To the small Torah-faithful minority, the many Jews who had left Torah observance seemed irretrievably lost. The Rebbe refused to accept this. He forecast that large numbers could and would return to the Jewish fold. He trained his followers to view every Jew in a positive light, for each has, deep within, a Jewish spark that remains faithful to G-d and His Torah, and this can be aroused with the right approach. Besides inspiring many to teach in schools and yeshivos, the Rebbe, by the end of the 1950s, initiated a new venture: establishing Lubavitch centers and “Chabad Houses” in other cities and lands, for the entire range of Jewish activities. This has blossomed into the vast international network of Chabad Houses in virtually every Jewish community – even in the Far East and all former Soviet lands – to serve the Jewish needs of Jews of Bay Shore Campus all ages. This network is 1700 Union Boulevard a mighty force not only in helping hundreds of thouManhattan Campus sands of Jews to observe mitzvos in even remote 43 W. 23rd Street, NYC corners of the world but also in encouraging countless numbers to turn their lives around to become fully Torah-observant. This “teshuvah” movement was launched in the 1940s by the Rebbe RaYYaTz and intensified by our Rebbe. It has since developed into a powerful movement that has produced a large proportion of Torah-observant families of all Jewish communities, particularly in those outside larger centers. A central feature of the Rebbe’s program has been his propagation of Torah learning. At his frequent public gatherings, he has expounded on a wide array of subjects from the entire Torah spectrum, sometimes on a popular level to teach significant practical lessons, but usually also with great profundity. Many of these he later edited for publication with scholarly footnotes, and they have been published in scores of hefty volumes and are studied with interest by Jews of all affiliations. One recurring theme in his teachings is the concept of a “continuing process.” The Rebbe’s great edifice of Torah accomplishment, too, is a continuing process, constantly expanding in scope. As we approach the 108th anniversary of his birth, on Nissan 11, may his magnificent example inspire us to enhance our own level of Yiddishkeit and that of all around us, Touro College is an equal opportunity institution. to the extent that we bring the revelation of Moshiach, may it be now!
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The Sabbath: First Or Last Day? In the immensely lengthy and detailed account of the making of the Tabernacle, the Torah tells the story twice: first (Exodus 25:1-31:17) as Divine instruction, then (Exodus, chapters 35-40) as human implementation. In both cases, the construction of the building is juxtaposed to the command of the Sabbath (31:12-17; 35:1-2). There are halachic and theological implications. First, according to Jewish tradition, the juxtaposition was intended to establish the rule that the Sabbath overrides the making of the Tabernacle. Not only is the seventh day a time when secular work comes to an end. It also brings rest from the holiest of labors: making a house for G-d. Indeed, the oral tradition defined “work” (melachah) – that which is prohibited on the Sabbath – in terms of the 39 activities involved in making the sanctuary. At a more metaphysical level, the sanctuary mirrors – and is the human counterpart to – the Divine creation of the universe. (For the precise linguistic parallels between Exodus and Genesis, see Covenant and Conversation, Terumah 5763/2003.) Just as Divine creation culminates in the Sabbath, so too does human creation. The sanctity of place takes second place to the holiness of time (on this, see A. J. Heschel’s famous book, The Sabbath). However, there is one marked difference between the account of G-d’s instruction to build the sanctuary, and Moses’s instruction to the people. In the first case, the command of the Sabbath appears at the end, after the details of the construction. In the second, it appears at the beginning, before the details. Why so? The Talmud, in Tractate Shabbat (69b), raises the following question: what happens if you are far away from human habitation and you forget what day it is? How do you observe the Sabbath? The Talmud offers two answers: R. Huna said that if one is traveling on a road or in the wilderness and does not know when it is the Sabbath, he must count six days (from the day he realizes he has forgotten) and observe one. R. Hiya b. Rav said that he must observe one, and then count six (week)days. On what do they differ? One master holds that it is like the world’s creation. The other holds that it is like (the case of) Adam. From G-d’s point of view, the Sabbath was the seventh day. From the point of view of the first human beings – created on the sixth day – the Sabbath was the first. The debate is about which perspective we should adopt. Thus, at the simplest level, we understand why the Sabbath comes last when G-d is speaking about the Tabernacle, and why it comes first when Moses, a human being, is doing so. For G-d, the Sabbath was the last day; for human beings, it was the first. But there is something more fundamental at stake. When it comes to Divine creation, there is no gap between intention and execution. G-d spoke, and the world came into being. In relation to G-d, Isaiah says, “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please’ ” (Isaiah 46:10). G-d knows in advance how things will turn out. With human beings, it is otherwise. Often, we cannot see the outcome at the outset. A great novelist may not know how the story will turn out until he has written it – nor a composer a symphony, or an artist a painting. Creativity is fraught with risk. All the more so is it with human history. The “law of unintended consequences” tells us that revolutions rarely turn out as planned. Policies designed to help the poor may have the opposite effect. F.A. Hayek, the economist and philosopher, coined the phrase “the fatal conceit” for what he saw as the almost inevitable failure of social engineering – the idea that you can plan human behavior in advance. You can’t. One alternative is simply to let things happen as they will. This kind of resignation, however, is wholly out of keeping with the Judaic view of history. The sages said, “Wherever you find the word vayehi [and it came to pass], it is always a prelude to tragedy.” When things merely come to pass, they rarely have
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Maintaining A Library ‘He [The King] Shall Write A Sefer Torah… Only A King And Not A Commoner?’ (Sanhedrin 21b) The Mishna on our daf, based on the verse (Devarim 17:18), “… he shall write for himself two copies of this Torah in a book,” states the mitzvah – obligation of the king of Israel to write a sefer Torah. The Gemara cites Rava, who rules that every Jew is obligated to write a sefer Torah – even where he inherited one from his father. The king of Israel on the other hand is required to write two sifrei Torah. Study It Day And Night The purpose of these two sifrei Torah according This week’s Daf Yomi Highlights is based upon Al Hadaf, published by Cong. Al Hadaf, 17N Rigaud Rd., Spring Valley, NY 10977-2533. Al Hadaf, published semi-monthly, is available by subscription: U.S. – $40 per year; Canada – $54 per year; Overseas – $65 per year. For dedication information contact Rabbi Zev Dickstein, editor, at 845-356-9114 or visit alhadafyomi.org.
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Dedicated to the Yahrzeit of: Rabbi Yehuda b. Rabbi Yehoshua Falk Greenwald, zt”l, Satmar Rav and author of Shevet MiYehuda (19th Adar I, 1920); Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld, Rav of Jerusalem (19th Adar, 1934); Rabbi Meir b. Rabbi Yaakov Schiff, zt”l, the Maharam Schiff (20th Adar I, 1633); Rabbi Yoel b. Shmuel Sirkes, zt”l, the Ba”ch, author of Bayis Chadash (20th Adar, 1641); Rabbi Shlomo Zalman b. Rabbi Chaim Yehuda Leib Auerbach, zt”l, renowned Posek and Rosh Yeshiva Kol Torah (20th Adar, 1995); Rabbi Elimelech Weissblum, zt”l, Lyzhansker Rebbe and author of Noam Elimelech (21st Adar, 1787); Rabbi Yitzchak Meir b. Rabbi Yisrael Rottenberg, zt”l, Gerer Rebbe (21st Adar I, 1866); Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan b. Rabbi Israel Isser Spektor, zt”l, Kovno Rav (21st Adar I, 1896); Rabbi Yechiel Michel Epstein, zt”l, Rav of Novaredok and author of Aruch HaShulchan (21st Adar, 1908); Rabbi Yitzchak Meir b. Rabbi Yisrael Alter, zt”l, Gerer Rebbe and author of Chidushei HaRim (23rd Adar, 1866); Rabbi Betzalel Yair b. Rabbi Yechiel Danziger, zt”l, Alexander Rebbe (24th Adar I, 1861); Rabbi Yehoshua Menachem b. Rabbi Yitzchak Ehrenberg, zt”l, author of Devar Yehoshua (24th Adar II, 1976); Rabbi David b. Rabbi Klonimus Kalman Sperber, zt”l, Brashover Rav (25th Adar II, 1962); and Rabbi Yitzchak b. Rabbi Masoud Abuchatzera, zt”l (25th Adar II, 1970)
to Rambam (Hilchos Melachim 3:5) is that he occupy himself at all times with the study of the Torah and the needs of (the people of) Israel. Rambam (Hilchos Sefer Torah 7:11) explains further that the mitzvah requirement for every Jew to write a Sefer Torah, in the event he is unable to write himself, may be accomplished even if he commissions another to write for him. To Donate Or Not There is a dispute as to whether one who wrote a sefer Torah and donates it, is considered as having fulfilled his obligation. Toras Chaim (ad loc.) maintains that the essence of the mitzvah is that every person own a sefer Torah. In his view if one wrote (or commissioned another to write for him) a sefer Torah and subsequently donated it to a synagogue (or yeshiva) he has not fulfilled the mitzvah. Pardes Dovid (Parshas Ki Tetze p. 198, cited by Pischei Teshuva, Yoreh Deah 74: sk 4) on the other hand, notes that it is a common practice to write a sefer Torah and donate it to a synagogue for public use. Evidently, one fulfills this mitzvah when he writes a sefer Torah (or where he is unable to do so himself commissions another to write for him). We note that Rambam (Hilchos Sefer Torah, ibid.) allows that even if he wrote one letter (as is customary today) he has accomplished the mitzvah. Therefore, Pardes Dovid argues that if one decides to donate his sefer Torah to the synagogue or even where he wrote one and it was destroyed he has al-
ready fulfilled the mitzvah and is no longer required to write another. Toras Chaim would allow for the synagogue use of one’s sefer Torah but only with the stipulation that it is a loan to the synagogue. The Real Purpose Rosh (Menachos, Halachos Ketinos, Siman 1) maintains that the essence of the mitzvah of owning a sefer Torah is that one study from it (similar to the king’s requirement). Today, however, since most Torah study is from our printed seforim (books), we are obligated to buy seforim and thus fulfill the mitzvah.
THIS WEEK’S LUACH (continued from pg. 5) This Shabbos is Parashas Parah. At Shacharis some say Yotzros in the Reader’s repetition. We take out two Sifrei Torah from the Ark. In the first we read the weekly Parasha of Ki Tissa and we call up seven Aliyos. Following the Ba’al Keriah’s recital of half-Kaddish we call up the Maftir and read in the second scroll from the beginning of Parashas Chukas (Bamidbar 19:1-22) until “Ad ha’erev” (there are some who are of the opinion that this reading is De’Oraisa). Musaf as usual; there is no Hazkaras Neshamos or Av HaRachamim, but we do say Tzidkas’cha at Mincha.
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Sabbath Ends: 6:46 p.m. NYC E.S.T. Weekly Reading: Vayak’hel-Pekudei Weekly Haftara: Kol Ha’am (Ezekiel 45:16-46:18) Daf Yomi: Sanhedrin 28 Mishna Yomit: Niddah 2:7-3:1 Halacha Yomit: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 442:2-4 Rambam Yomi: Hilchos Shofar chap.3 – Hilchos Sukkah chap. 5 Earliest Time for Tallis and Tefillin: 5:18 a.m. NYC E.S.T. Latest Kerias Shema: 9:09 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
This Shabbos is Shabbos Mevarchim as well as Parashas HaChodesh. At Shacharis some say Yotzros in the Reader’s repetition. We take out two Sifrei Torah from the Ark. In the first we read the weekly parasha of Vayak’hel-Pekudei and we call up seven aliyos. Following the recital of half-Kaddish we call up the Maftir and we read in the second Sefer in Parashas Bo (Shemos 12:1-20), from “Vayomer Hashem, Hacho-
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Solutions To Last Week’s Torah Riddles
Torah Personalities Riddle: Who am I? I minted my own coins and used them in the marketplace. Solution: I am Jacob. As the Torah (Genesis 33:18) states: “Jacob arrived intact at the city of Shechem which is in the land of Canaan.” In this context, this is interpreted to mean that Jacob minted coins and set up marketplaces for them, according to the Gemara (Shabbos 33b). Brachos: Blessings Riddle: What brachos does one not respond “amen” to?
desh hazeh” until “Tochlu matzos.” We then read the Haftara in Ezekiel (45:16-46:18), Kol Ha’am. Before Musaf we bless the new month of Nissan. Rosh Chodesh is Tuesday (one day). The molad is Monday afternoon, 11 minutes and 13 chalakim (a chelek is 1/18 of a minute) after 3:00 p.m. (in Jerusalem). Rosh Chodesh Nissan: Monday evening at Maariv we add Ya’aleh VeYavo. However, if one forgot to include Ya’aleh VeYavo (at Maariv only), one does not repeat (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 422:1, based on Berachos 30b, which explains that this is due to the fact that we do not sanctify the month at night). Following the Shemoneh Esreh, the chazzan recites Kaddish Tiskabbel – Aleinu, Kaddish Yasom. Tuesday morning: Shacharis with inclusion of Ya’aleh VeYavo in the Shemoneh Esreh, half- Hallel, Kaddish Tiskabbel. We take out one Sefer Torah from the Ark. We read in Parashas Pinchas (Bamidbar 28:1-15), we call four Aliyos (Kohen, Levi, Yisrael, Yisrael), the Ba’al Keriah recites half-Kaddish. We return the Torah to the Aron, Ashrei, U’va LeTziyyon. We delete Lamenatze’ach, the chazzan recites half-Kaddish; all then remove their tefillin. Musaf of Rosh Chodesh, followed by Reader’s repe-
tition and Kaddish Tiskabbel, Aleinu, Shir Shel Yom, Borchi Nafshi and their respective Kaddish recitals (for mourners). Nusach Sefarad say Shir Shel Yom and Borchi Nafshi after half-Hallel, and before Aleinu they add Ein K’Elokeinu with Kaddish DeRabbanan. Mincha: In the Shemoneh Esreh we say Ya’aleh VeYavo, which we also add to Birkas Hamazon as well as mention of Rosh Chodesh in Beracha Acharona (Me’ein Shalosh) at all times. Kiddush Levana at the first opportunity (we usually wait until Motza’ei Shabbos). During the entire month of Nissan we do not say the following: Tachanun, VeHu Rachum, the Yehi Ratzon after the Torah reading, Hazkaras Neshamos, Av HaRachamim – but we do say Lamenatze’ach and Kel Erech Appayim before VaYehi Binso’a. We do not eulogize nor do we fast during the entire month. This Motzaei Shabbos (Sunday morning) at 2 a.m. we move the clock forward one hour as we resume daylight savings time. The following chapters of Tehillim are being recited by many congregations and yeshivas for our brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisrael: Chapter 83, 130, 142. – Y.K.
Solutions: 1. The brachah of Ga’al Yisrael (the redeemer of Israel), said immediately before the silent prayer of the Shemoneh Esrei. 2. A brachah that is not clearly audible or has concealed words, or words that are not explicit, according to the Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 124:8).
membering this verse and it’s meaning, I fulfill a mitzvah of the Torah.
Mitzvos: Commandments Riddle: What Torah mitzvos do I fulfill when remembering and forgetting? Solutions: 1. The Chinuch (Mitzvah 605) uses the verses “Remember what Amalek did to you” and “You shall not forget” (Deuteronomy 25: 17, 19) when describing the positive commandment of remembrance. The Chayei Adam, in his Kitzur Sefer Chareidim, B’mitzvos Hatluyos B’lev 49, cites other authorities who hold that this positive commandment is to be fulfilled daily – at anytime. 2. The Kitzur Sefer Chareidim applies the verse, “Remember, do not forget, that you provoked Hashem, your G-d, in the wilderness…” (Deuteronomy 9:7), as a transgression when forgetting about both the evil deeds of our forefathers and our own evil deeds. However, when re-
This Week’s Torah Riddles Torah Personalities Riddle: Who am I? I was worried because my two sons killed a prince. Times And Places Riddle: In what place is there is no eating, drinking, procreation, business dealings, jealousy, hatred or rivalry? Laws Riddle: Who are we? We can force you to stop eating. Brachos: Blessings Riddle: Which brachah can only be recited on Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday? The solutions to these Torah Riddles, plus additional Torah Riddles, will appear in next week’s column.
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Purim Spirit In Israel With its colorful costumes and cheerful spirit, the Purim holiday may be the happiest time of the year for Israelis nationwide. But it is also a holiday of giving to fellow Jews and uniting the nation in its common holiday spirit. It is with this idea in mind that the Orthodox Union Israel Center (OU) and the Zionist Organization for America (ZOA) set out on a mission to give out mishlochei manot (food baskets) to various army bases and villages across Israel. The ZOA recruited students from four different Israeli schools to pack 5,000 food baskets, containing chocolate, different kinds of cookies, wafers, juice and a greeting card. “The students loved it,” recounts Rubin Margules, the president of the Brooklyn group of the ZOA, who has started this initiative and has been doing it for 10 years. “It was a multifaceted educational experience for the students. They got into the Purim spirit and they also got in touch
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Need a Passover gift? The Kosher Cook offers the Passover Egg Plate, and Davida Aprons has a matzah mania collection of matzah embellished items including oven mitts, plates, bibs, and ties as well as a new apron with the recipe for matzah brie printed upside down so you can read and prepare it as you wear it. Kar-Ben publishing offers a variety of special haggadahs for kids and families that incorporate puppets, crafts, crayons and more. From Shulsinger Judaica you’ll ﬁnd Passover cookbooks for kids, children’s Seder plates, the matzah sweeper and matzah spreaders. If you want a Seder with all the trimmings but don’t have the time, Abigael’s on Broadway in Manhattan will offer private and communal Seders March 29 and March 30. They will also offer great Passover take-out and a chol hamoed menu for adults and children.
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Those charged with cleaning the house for Passover, shopping for Seders and eight days of breadless meals and snacks, and cooking and baking those meals would be a lot more frantic and frazzled if not for the annual OU Guide to Passover. A special issue of Jewish Action, the family magazine of the Orthodox Union, this year’s guide is now available to help facilitate Passover preparation and observance. There are also many new and interesting features with beautiful photos accompanying them – and the heart of the guide remains the same: listing food and other products that are certified kosher for Passover by the OU. The guide has two basic lists: one with items that must have an OU-P appear on the label, such as baking mixes, baked products, beverages, candy, condiments, dairy products, matzah products, meat and poultry, olive oil, snack food, wine and liqueurs; and one with items that do not need a special Passover certification, such as aluminum foil, candles, cleansers, and paper goods, where the regular OU symbol is sufficient for year-round use. The guide also discusses halachot of dealing with the sick, elderly, and small children; basic frequently asked questions on Passover; Passover recipe substitutes; and a primer on koshering common items around the house. Some of the new feature articles that appear in this year’s guide are “Haggadah Insights,” an excerpt from OU press’ new book, The Royal Table, an interpretation of the Passover Hagaddah based on Rabbi Norman Lamm’s teachings; “How Mechirat Chametz Works,” by Rabbi Dov Schreier; and “Gebrokts – A Popular Minhag Moves the Marketplace,” by Rabbi Nachum Rabinowitz. Rabbis Schreier and Rabinowitz are both rabbinic coordinators at OU Kosher. The guide, with a press run of close to 75,000 copies, will be available at ShopRite at the customer service desk and at many smaller kosher supermarkets as well. Yeshiva/day schools and OU synagogues have also received copies of the guide, and it will be directly available through the mail to all OU members and Jewish Action subscribers. View online at www.oukosher.org/ pdf/Pesach_Guide2010.pdf. To order individual copies for $3 each, contact email@example.com or 212-613-8125.
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Building And Dedication Of The Newport Touro Synagogue The January installment of Glimpses Into American Jewish History discussed the early Jewish settlement of Newport, Rhode Island. Even as the Newport Jewish community developed, its numbers were always small, especially compared to Jewish communities today. Indeed, despite growth during the middle part of the 18th century, there were probably never more than 100 Jews residing in Newport. For its first hundred years the Jewish community worshipped in private homes. By the year 1754 Newport Jewry had organized itself into a congregation called Nefutse Yisrael (the Scattered of Israel). This name was later changed to Yeshuat Yisrael (the Salvation of Israel). By 1759 the Congregation had sufficiently increased to undertake the building of a Synagogue, which would also incorporate provision for the religious Dr. Yitzchok Levine served as a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey before retiring in 2008. He now teaches as an adjunct at Stevens. Glimpses Into American Jewish History appears the first week of each month. Dr. Levine can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
instruction of the young. As this was an ambitious undertaking, beyond the means of the community, an appeal was addressed to other congregations for funds. It is interesting to note that in the letter of appeal to Congregation Shearith Israel, in New York, reference is made to the urgency of procuring proper facilities for educational purposes. In this letter dated March 21, 1759, the Newport Congregation wrote: “When we reflect on how much it is our duty to instruct children in the path of virtuous religion and how unhappy the portions must be of the children and their parents who are through necessity, educated in a place where they must remain almost totally uninstructed in our most holy and Divine Law, our rites and ceremonies – we can entertain no doubt of your zeal to promote this good work.”1 The response to this appeal was positive, because the land upon which the synagogue was eventually erected was purchased on June 30, 1759. As construction proceeded appeals for funds were made to other Jewish communities throughout the world.
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New York, March 5, 1999 In the news that week the IDF was retaliating against Hizbullah after a roadside bomb caused the death of Brigadier General Erez Gerstein. Defense Minister Moshe Arens told reporters that, “The situation on the northern border is intolerable, and we are not prepared to accept his. Our reaction will not be the last reaction.” The big news in New York, however, was the tens of thousands of Jews who gathered together for a massive tehillim vigil in Lower Manhattan. As our reporters noted, “Despite torrential rain showers and high winds, the inclement weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of over 40,000 Jews who came together for a ‘prayer vigil’ in Lower Manhattan this past Sunday, Erev Taanis Esther, as an expression of solidarity with their religious brethren in Israel. They came in chartered buses...they came in yellow school buses…they jammed New York City subway cars... they came in wheelchairs and baby strollers. Men put aside their business activities for the day. Yeshiva boys and girls set aside their books for a few hours. The women stopped their preparations for the festive holiday of Purim. All for the sake of this kiddush Hashem. Black hatted Chassidim mingled with those who wore knitted kippas. Agudath Israel volunteers passed out plastic mini coats to participants all along rain soaked Water Street. Police assisted women with small children. The exemplary behavior and sincerity displayed by those who participated, moved many people to tears.”
Living in Brooklyn there are certain things we take for granted – a shul on almost every block, a grocery store on every other corner and great-tasting Chinese food prepared by our good friends at China Glatt. It’s hard to believe they are celebrating their 15th anniversary.
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dakah is a normal requirement throughout the year. Rather, he explains, we are ensuring that when we say to our families at the Seder table, “Kol dichfi n yeisei v’yochal – All who are hungry, let them come and eat,” the statement should not be a falsehood. Furthermore, Pesach is the holiday of freedom and redemption. When we celebrate that we are a kingdom of priestly people, we behave at the Seder with a royal air. However, we cannot feel completely royal and free if our neighbors suffer from need and want. One might wonder why there is so much emphasis on Kimcha D’pischa – Flour for Pesach. Furthermore, why is it called Maos Chitim – Money for Wheat? Why don’t we say “Money for Pesach”? After all, there are many other needs during this time of year like wine, meat, and other items for the Seder table. I believe the name Maos Chitim stems from an event dating back to the time the fi rst matzah was baked. This was when the angels came to visit Abraham’s house. Avraham said to Sarah, “Lushi v’asi ugos – Knead and bake cakes.” The Sefer Ta’amei HaMinhagim asks why it was necessary to tell the 90 year-old Sarah, to knead bread. Naturally, she was already well experienced in this. But in this instance, Avraham was telling her to knead it saying, “L’Shem Matzos Mitzvah” so that it wouldn’t become chametz, for the angels came on the first day of Pesach.
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Another Angle To Pesach Preparations abound as we approach Pesach. Scouring the house to eradicate chametz, taking down the dishes, selling the chametz to a rav, buying clothing for the family; these all converge at the same time. However, another aspect of Pesach preparation is also greatly important, yet we give it only fleeting attention at best. I refer to the mitzvah of Kimcha D’Pischa – better known as Maos Chitim, providing matzah (and food) for the needy on Pesach. Sefer HaToda’ah relates that on Motzaei Shabbos Parshas HaChodesh (the Shabbos when we bentsch Rosh Chodesh Nissan), the rav and the town council met to divide all of the inhabitants into two categories: those who can give and those who need to receive. (Even talmidei chachamim were required to give to this mitzvah although the Gemara in Baba Basra teaches that sages are exempt from most taxes.) On the very next day, they themselves went out to collect from the first group. Anytime a well-to-do person would shirk his duty saying, “I’m tight,” or, “I’m all given- out currently,” they would sternly reply that if he wouldn’t give, he would be placed on the list to receive. He would give, out of embarrassment. Sefer HaToda’ah continues that this is not regular tzedakah, for tze-
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Week In Review EDITED BY JASON MAOZ
ISRAEL NEWS PA PROTESTS ISRAELI POSITION ON HEBRON
The Palestinian Authority Cabinet held its weekly meeting this week in Hebron instead of Ramallah to protest Israel’s decision to include the Cave of the Patriarchs on its national heritage site plan. On Sunday during a meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan’s King Abdullah II called on the international community to protect Muslim holy sites in eastern Jerusalem, which he said were threatened by “unilateral Israeli measures.” “Jordan also rejects and condemns the Israeli decision to add Haram al-Ibrahimi and the Belal Mosque to the list of Jewish heritage sites,” the king said, referring to the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb.
CLINTON: NO BRAKES ON ISRAEL RE HIZBULLAH
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Lebanon’s speaker of the parliament, Nabih Berri, that the United States will not stand in Israel’s way in the wake of Hizbullah’s stockpiling of advanced weapons. The Lebanese website Naharnet said Clinton’s letter stated, “Washington cannot make an effort to prevent Israel from making any aggression if Hizbullah does not stop replenishing its arsenal.” It said the letter was delivered by U.S. Ambassador Michele Sison. Government sources told the Arabic-language daily Al Hayat that Berri asked the American envoy to tell Clinton while Lebanon “has no problem in finding a solution to the issue of arms,” the United States “should stop supplying weapons to Israel.”
INVESTIGATE GAZA WAR, UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY VOTES
Israel and the Palestinian Authority must investigate their actions in the Gaza war, the United Nations General Assembly voted. The new resolution adopted last Friday passed 98-7 with 31 abstentions. It comes despite a report submitted last month by Israel and an independent inquiry underway in the PA. The United States voted against the resolution. Fifty countries were not present for the vote. The resolution calls for an investigation that is “independent, credible and in conformity with international standards” into charges raised in the UN’s Goldstone report, which stated that Israel and the Palestinians committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during last winter’s Operation Cast Lead. The resolution follows a similar resolution adopted last November but sets no deadline to complete the investigations.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS VANDALISM OF ROME’S HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CONDEMNED
Civic and Jewish leaders condemned the defacing of a recently inaugurated Holocaust memorial in Rome. Vandals covered with black paint a set of “stumbling stones” that had been placed in front of the house of a Jewish family that had been deported to Auschwitz during the Holocaust. The Stumbling Stones – or Stolpersteine – memorial project was begun in the 1990s by the German artist Gunter Demnig. Brass plates, like cobblestones, are placed in front of the houses of deportees, with the name, year of birth, and fate of the person memorialized. So far, about 20,000 such stones have been placed in several countries. The first ones in Rome were unveiled this year on Holocaust Remembrance Day at the end of January. Rome Province President Nicola Zingaretti called the vandalism a “horrible action,” and along with Rome’s mayor and other officials expressed solidarity with the Jewish community.
VENEZUELAN ENVOY: JEWS NOT TARGETED
Venezuela’s U.S. ambassador denied that Jews are being targeted by the government of President Hugo Chavez and justified Venezuela’s growing friendship with Iran. “I have twice taken delegations of the World Jewish Congress to Venezuela, and we reaffirmed to them that Venezuela is against all kinds of discrimination,” said Bernardo Alvarez. “In fact, Jewish people who had left for Israel are now coming back to Venezuela.” Over the past decade, Venezuela’s Jewish community has fallen from a high of about 20,000 members to the oft-cited figures of 13,000 to 10,000, according to local Jewish activists. Tiferet Israel, the main synagogue in the capital city of Caracas, was vandalized in January 2009. Eight police officers were among those charged in connection with the attack. Alvarez also defended the close personal ties Chavez has cultivated with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.
ONTARIO LEGISLATURE CONDEMNS ISRAEL APARTHEID WEEK
The legislature in the Canadian province of Ontario has condemned Israel Apartheid Week. All 30 members of the 107-seat provincial legislature who were present on Feb. 25 voted for the resolution that denounced the campus event that kicked off March 1 at universities and colleges in 35 cities around the world. Israel Apartheid Week events and speakers are scheduled at several university campuses across Ontario. The term Israeli Apartheid Week incites “hatred against Israel, a democratic state that respects the rule of law and human rights, and the use of the word ‘apartheid’ in this context diminishes the suffering of those who were victims of a true apartheid regime in South Africa,” Conservative legislator Peter Shurman told Shalom Life, a Toronto-based Jewish website. “If you’re going to label Israel as apartheid, then you are also calling Canada apartheid and you are attacking Canadian values,” he said. “The use of the phrase ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ is about as close to hate speech as one can get without being arrested, and I’m not certain it doesn’t actually cross over that line.” Jewish students across Canada have adopted several campaigns to counter Israel Apartheid Week.
EU COURT: NO TARIFF BREAKS FOR WEST BANK GOODS
The European Union’s high court has ruled that Israeli goods produced in the West Bank cannot receive EU tariff breaks. The decision handed down by the Luxembourgbased European Court of Justice drew a legal distinction between Israel and areas located over the Green Line, according to the French news agency AFP. The case before the court dealt with the German company Brita, which wanted to import drink makers and syrups from Soda-Club, which is based in the West Bank near Jerusalem. A German court had refused to extend EU trade privileges to the goods. The EU court upheld the German court decision. The ruling said that “Products originating in the West Bank do not fall within the territorial scope of the European Community-Israel agreement and do not therefore qualify for preferential treatment under that agreement.”
U.S. NEWS CONGRESS MEMBERS PRESS CLINTON ON GOLDSTONE
A bipartisan slate of U.S. Congress members urged the Obama administration to keep the Goldstone report from advancing to the International Court of Justice. The UN General Assembly is poised to refer to the report, which accuses Israel and Hamas of war crimes in last winter’s Gaza war, to the United Nations Security Council. The council is the only body
able to refer the report to the court. “We know you share our concerns about an anticipated UN General Assembly resolution that is expected to refer the Goldstone Report to the Security Council, and ultimately to the International Court of Justice,” said the letter signed by 95 members of the House of Representatives and sent to Secretary of State Clinton. “This is an extremely troubling development that threatens to undermine the renewal of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks at a critical time, and is counterproductive to our foreign policy goals. A large majority last year condemned the report in a House resolution. In testimony Thursday, Clinton said she also favored Israeli review of the allegations, and noted that Israel has done so – but avoided saying whether the United States would exercise its Security Council veto to impede such a referral.
CONGRESSIONAL LETTER URGES ABBAS ON INCITEMENT
A letter circulating in the U.S. Congress would urge the Palestinian Authority to crack down further on televised incitement. The letter, circulated by Rep. Steven Rothman (D-N.J.) among his colleagues in the House of Representatives, refers to a Jan. 29 broadcast by an unnamed Nablus imam who said “Jews will always be Jews. Even if donkeys cease to bray, dogs cease to bark, wolves cease to howl, and snakes cease to bite, the Jews will not cease to be hostile to the Muslims.” The letter to Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, urges him to “condemn this imam and his statements in the strongest possible language. We also request that you clarify the editorial position of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation with respect to incitement of any kind. We further respectfully request that you share with us the steps you have taken and will take to ensure that this type of incitement will not happen again.” The letter also commends Abbas for steps he has taken so far to stem incitement. In 2007, PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad cut off government funds to a slate of preachers known for their incitement.
AMERICAN TEENS CHOOSE FAST OVER BASKETBALL
A group of Jewish teenagers from Washington State made headlines by turning down a state championship basketball game in order to fast. The Northwest Yeshiva girls team was scheduled to play in a consolation-bracket game but bowed out after realizing the game was scheduled to take place on the Fast of Esther. The Northwest Yeshiva team asked if the game could be moved, but officials said they were unable to do so because it would affect the entire tournament schedule. The team informed sports officials it would be unable to play. The girls did, however, show up at the time of the scheduled game in order to congratulate their opponents. Compiled from reports by JTA, Israel National News, Middle East News Line and Jewish Press staff.
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This will be my 9th year celebrating Pesach at Scharome Manor. Not only do I look forward to the wonderful and inspiring Sedorim, but it also takes me back to when I was sitting with my father at the Seder. Rabbi Theodure Lewis
Purim’s Feast Of Evil The personification of evil was on display for all the world to see on Purim, as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hosted an Achashveirosh-style feast for Iranian madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hizbullah terror chief Hassan Nasrallah, Hamas ruler Khaled Mashaal, and Islamic Jihad chieftain Ramadan Abdullah Shalah. If any sane Western or Asian leader still believes that diplomacy could defuse the Iranian nuclear threat or that the Middle East “peace process” could change the entire region, after the aforementioned fanatics openly spelled out what they have in mind for Israel, the U.S., the EU and the UN, it’s time to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. In fact, the situation inside Iran has gotten so bad that the head of the country’s leading opposition party, who is also no lover of Israel or the West, admitted that his country had been hijacked by a maniacal “religious cult.” As we say in Israel, “boker tov.” Israeli leaders have been warning the West for over a decade that the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the fanatic Islamic Revolutionary Guards handpicked the messianic Ahmadinejad in order to accelerate a Shiite death wish. That wish includes igniting a horrific war against the Jews, Crusaders (Christian West) and Sunni Arab countries – in that order. Don’t think for a moment that the assassination of the Hamas operative in Dubai was not a joint operation. It was. The foolish police chief of Dubai knows very well that his country has been used as a haven for covert Iranian intelligence operations for years. The daily Dubai press conference, which is devoted to pointing a finger at the Mossad, is nothing more than a charade to deflect attention away from Dubai’s crumbling economy and double-dealings with the Iranian government. The assassination by combined intelligence services also served as a warning to Dubai to stop allowing international terrorists from using the emirate as a place to do dangerous business that threatens Israel and many other Western nations. The Hamas operative was in Dubai to foment arms smuggling operations from Iran into the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Hamas, which is an integral link in the terrorism business, is more than happy to support Ahmadinejad’s agenda. While Syria’s Assad smiled, Ahmadinejad openly quoted from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, citing it as proof that the Jews wish to control the world and thus their “illicit homeland” – along with their American allies – must be annihilated at all costs. And if the weak European countries dare impose economic sanctions on Tehran, Iran will “freeze” the European continent in the dead of winter by cutting off the flow of oil and gas to them. This delusional dictator believes that only his country can heat the homes of European citizens and fuel their automobiles. If there was ever a time when Western and Asian nations should have publicly announced the creation of a Green Tech energy consortium that would offer alternatives to fossil fuels, this was the defining moment. The technologies already exist. Now it’s just a matter of will. The minute Western and Asian nations dramatically cut their import of Iranian and Arab oil supplies, OPEC will crumble and the price of oil will plummet – meaning the end of petrodollar profits that fuel global terrorism. For the West, such a response would be the equivalent of a “counter-revelation” that would torpedo Iran’s (and their axis of evil) messianic quest for a global caliphate. As retired U.S. major general Sidney Shachnow told me a few weeks ago, Israel can handle Hamas and Hizbullah. But when it comes to Iran, the Jewish state has a complex problem and the U.S. must be part of any confrontation equation. And time is rapidly running out. If the major Western allies impose harsh economic sanctions on Iran in the next month, Tehran is expected to green light a Hizbullah-Hamas (and perhaps Syrian) missile barrage on Israel. Such a conflagration, the Iranians believe, would distract the U.S. and the West long enough for Ahmadinejad to get his hands on a nuclear weapon that could be loaded atop a ballistic missile aimed either at Israel or a U.S. aircraft carrier group sitting in the Persian Gulf. That is the plan. Make no mistake about it.
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This past Presidents Weekend a very special Shabbaton was held at the Stamford Hilton Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut.
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This was the first Shabbaton done on such a large magnitude by the Jewish international organization Chamah and the Lubavitch Youth Organization. The Shabbaton hosted speakers in both Russian and English, Shabbos meals, and a melaveh malka. Guests came from Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Los Angeles and Seattle.
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For those parents who, as youths, attended camp, choosing a camp for your child is somewhat easier. You know what camp is all about. It’s the Ruach, the friendships made that last a lifetime. It’s discovering abilities that you never knew you had and learning how to give of yourself to help a fellow camper. In short, camp is an experience that stays with you for your entire life and, for many, changes your life. For those parents who never attended camp the process of choosing a camp for your child can be, well, scary. To whom am I entrusting my child ? What will my child learn in camp? Will my child be safe? On and on the questions swirl in your head. At Camps Mogen Avraham, Avraham Chaim Heller, Chaverim, Sternberg, Anna Heller and Kesher we have been taking care of your children for OVER FIFTY years. Wherever you go, you will ﬁnd our alumni: Rabbonim and their Rebbetzins, Rabbeyim and their wives, Baaley Batim, Kollel “yungeleit” and their wives all have a common love for our- no, their- camp. Why? Because our camps are dedicated to an ideal – Camp is more than the sum of its parts. Recreation–yes!, Sports–yes!, Fun–yes ! Learning–of course!! Most importantly, every aspect of camp must adhere to the strictest Torah true values.
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Guest speakers included Rabbi Dovid Karpov, TV personality who came from Moscow; Esther Segal, TV host of a Russian language program in Israel; Rabbi Yossi Jacobson. A concert for women was given by singer and composer Zlata Razdolina, who came from Israel.
All new campers must be screened before being accepted. Only on campus, professional Learning Rebbeyim are hired for Mogen Avraham and Avraham Chaim Heller. Shiur counselors in Sternberg and Anna Heller are hired and then trained by our Mora D’asra. T’ﬁlla B’kol Rom is such an important part of camp. We are the only camp to offer a frum, bona ﬁde Boy Scouts program. Our campers are given the opportunity to volunteer in our Kesher and Chaverim programs for special needs campers.
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3 Baby Boomers Passover Prep: Making the Most of Matzah. Join chef and author Dan Zeller as he shares recipes and demos using matzah as the main ingredient. Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Ct., Oceanside, L.I. 7:30 p.m. 516-634-4170. www.friedbergjcc.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 6 Moshe Hecht and his band appear at The Jewish Music Café. Congregation B’nai Jacob, 401 9th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn. 8:45 p.m. www.jewishmusiccafe.com. “C Lanzbom and Naftali Abramson Live” at The ROC House, 550 W. 110th St., NYC.
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3 Jewish Datelines/Jewish Activist Network – weekly Wednesday night midnight-1 a.m. radio program on 620 AM and via the Internet at www. jewishactivistnetwork.com. Call-in telephone number: 718569-0921. Social, ages 55+. JCC, 15 Neil Ct., Oceanside, L.I. 7:30 p.m. 516-766-4241 x 133. www. friedbergjcc.com. Wednesday Nite Rap, ages 40+. Samuel Field YMHA, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Queens. 7:30 p.m. 718-2256750 x 243. Game Night in Brooklyn and Queens. Call Gavriel at 917-517-7486 or e-mail js3j@ yahoo.com.
9 p.m. Cost: $15; $13 for students. www.therochouse.com. Anniversary Journal Dinner of the Young Israel of New Hyde Park takes place at Colbeh in Great Neck. 718-3430496. www.yinhp.org. SUNDAY, MARCH 7 Hebrew Academy of Nassau County’s 4th annual Chinese Auction. 516-610-0818. www.hancauction.org. Comedian David Kilimnick appears at The ROC House, 550 W. 110th St., NYC. 7 p.m. Cost: $15; $12 for students. www.therochouse.com. Tri-community blood drive at the Young Israel of New Hyde Park, 264-15 77th Ave., New Hyde Park, NY. 8:45 a.m.2:45 p.m. Free brunch. 718552-6449.
SUNDAY-MONDAY, MARCH 7-8 Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies and the Yeshiva University Museum sponsor “Zionism on the Jewish Street: Urban Geography and Jewish Nationalism at
the Turn of the 20th Century.” www.yu.edu.
TUESDAY, MARCH 9 UJA-Federation presents “Heart Matters: A Program Dedicated to Women’s Health and the Heart.” 130 E. 59th St., NYC. www.ujafedny.org.
THURSDAY, MARCH 11 Yeshiva University’s Annual “Cholent Cook-off.” Amsterdam Ave. at W. 185th St., NYC. 2:45 p.m. Free admission. 212960-5285. www.yu.edu.
SATURDAY, MARCH 13 “Six13 and The Maccabeats” appear at The ROC House, 550 W. 110th St., NYC. 9 p.m. Cost: $15; $13 for students. www.therochouse.com. Purim Ball at the JCC, 15 Neil Ct., Oceanside, L.I. 7 p.m. 516634-4170. www.friedbergjcc.org.
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“The Hot Spot” – Live dating and shadchanus. Midnight-1 a.m. on WSNR 620 AM. You can also listen over the Internet at www.talklinecommunications.com or by phone at 646-519-5860 – pin #8574. “Laib’s Music Place” (hosted by Laib Schantz) and “Jewish Datelines” – weekly Jewish radio shows from 10:00-11:30 p.m. on 1300 AM (WRCR) in Rockland. Also listen via the Internet at www.wrcr.com or via telephone conference call at 646-519-5860 – pin #8574. Call in live and participate.
Star Singles, a nonproﬁt organization created to help the Jewish community deal with the shidduch crisis, sponsors a post-Purim singles Shabbaton. Enjoy delicious glatt kosher Shabbos meals, a spectacular oneg, interactive programs, a beautiful Shabbos walk (weather permitting), an extravagant melaveh malkah, and a surprise event. Cost: $150. For details about age requirements and additional information, call Tzvi at 800-8163630 or e-mail StarSingles1@ yahoo.com.
FRIDAY, MARCH 5 “The Single Mingle Show,” airing on Time Warner (NY), Channel 35. 9:30 a.m. Halfhour Jewish singles program showcasing what’s hip and happening in the always diverse and multifaceted world of Jewish singles. Tune in 24 hours online at www.mikshoo. com. 309-409-2824.
SUNDAY, MARCH 7 Deeper Dating – a seminar for those committed to deeper values. 92nd St. Y at Lexington Ave., NYC. 7 p.m. 212-4155500. www.92y.org.
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Feeling Good: an interactive workshop for personal empowerment.” Presented by author Shmuel Grenbaum. Nvision Society of Ave. N Jewish Center, 321 Avenue N (corner of E. 4th St.), Midwood, Brooklyn. Free admission and refreshments. 7:45 p.m. 718338-9173. nvisionsociety@ gmail.com. “Day of Spirituality” with Rabbi Naftali Citron. JCC of Manhattan, Amsterdam Ave. at 77th St., NYC. 9:30 a.m.noon. 646-505-4444. The Harry G. Friedman Society of the Jewish Museum’s Jean S. Moldov Memorial Symposium, “Jewish Art and Worship: America in the Post-WWII Era.” 1109 Fifth Ave., NYC. 9:30 a.m. 212753-4287. E-mail jzweifler@ yahoo.com. The NYS-approved Defensive Driving course offers, in a single session, a 10 percent insurance premium reduction and points removal. Merkaz Yisroel of Marine Park, 3311 Ave. S, Brooklyn. 9:30 a.m. RSVP 718-891-3776.
p.m. 516-766-4241 x 133. www. friedbergjcc.org. Rap/discussion for those ready to shift their approach to a new beginning. Ages 40+. Mid-Island Y, 45 Manetto Hill Rd., Plainview, L.I. 7:45 p.m. 516-822-3535 x 338. www.miyjcc.com.
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SUNDAY, MARCH 14 Orthodox Singles “Get Together.” Congregation Shomrei Torah, 19-10 Morlot Ave., Fair Lawn, NJ. 6 p.m. Ages 55+. Lasagna, pizza, salad, fruit, beverages and dessert included. Cost: $20; half price for men. RSVP 201-797-9359. Singles Schmooze, ages 4059. JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly, NJ. 6 p.m. 201-569-7900. www.jccotp.org.
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Continued from p.35 The architect selected for the work was the renowned Peter Harrison. There is no record of his ever having asked for or receiving payment for his work. It must have been a labor of love to him. With consummate skill he applied his great talents to his assignment and succeeded in erecting a Synagogue of outstanding beauty, dignity and impressiveness.2 Construction began in 1759 and proceeded in stages as funds became available. In addition to the actual synagogue, the building includes a school wing. There was also a slaughterhouse located on part of the property (which was eventually removed). The synagogue was dedicated on Friday, December 2, 1763, the second day of Chanukah. Isaac (de Abraham) Touro was the chazzan of the congregation at this time. Reverend Touro (1738-1783) was a native of Holland who had studied in the yeshiva of the Grand Synagogue of Amsterdam but never received rabbinical ordination. In 1760 he came to America and settled in New York. He then went to Boston where he met and married Reyna Hays, daughter of Judah Hays. Subsequently, the Touros moved to Newport and not long thereafter he was elected minister of the congregation. The Rev. Ezra Stiles3 attended and then recorded the dedication ceremonies. Below is his description of the event, as well as of the synagogue structure (with his original punctuation and spelling preserved). December 2, 1763, Friday. In the Afternoon was the dedication of the new Synagogue in this Town. It began by a handsome procession in which were carried the Books of the Law, to be deposited in the Ark. Several Portions of Scripture, & of their Service with a Prayer for the Royal Family, were read and finely sung by the priest [Chazzan Touro] & People. There were present many Gentlemen & Ladies. The Order and Decorum, the Harmony & Solemnity of the Musick, together with a handsome Assembly of People, in a Edifice the most perfect of the Temple kind perhaps in America, & splendidly illuminated, could not but raise in the Mind a faint Idea of the Majesty & Grandeur of the Ancient Jewish Worship mentioned in Scripture. Dr. Isaac de Abraham Touro performed the Service. The Synagogue is about perhaps fourty foot long & 30 wide, of Brick on a Foundation of free Stone: it was begun about two years ago, & is now finished except the Porch & the Capitals of the Pillars. The Front representation of the holy of holies or its Partition Veil, consists only of wainscoted Breast Work on the East End, in the lower part of which four long Doors cover an upright Square Closet the depth of which is about a foot or the thickness of the Wall, & in this Apartment (vulgarly called the Ark) were deposited three Copies & Rolls of the Pentateuch, written on Vellum or rather tanned Calf Skin; one of these Rolls I was told by Dr. Touro was presented from Amsterdam & is Two Hundred years old; the Letters have the Rabbinical Flourishes. A Gallery for the Women runs round the whole Inside, except the East End supported by Columns of Ionic order, over which are placed correspondent Columns of the Corinthian order supporting the Cieling of the Roof. The Depth of the Corinthian Pedestal is the height of the Balustrade which runs round the Gallery. The Pulpit for Reading the Law, is a raised Pew with an extended front table; this placed about the center of the Synagogue or nearer the West End, being a Square embalustraded Comporting with the Length of the indented Chancel before & at the Foot of the Ark. On the middle of the North Side & affixed to the ·Wall is a raised Seat for the Parnas or Ruler, & for the Elders; the Breast and Back interlaid with Chinese Mosaic Work. A Wainscotted Seat runs round the Sides of the Synagogue below, & another in the Gallery. There are no other Seats or pews. There may be Eighty Souls of Jews or 15 families now in Town. The Synagogue has already cost Fifteen Hundred Pounds Sterling. There are to be five Lamps pendant from a lofty Ceiling.4 The lamps were subsequently imported and installed.
Queens & L.I. Jodi Reznik And The Fallen Angels Project Policeman Glen Ciano was killed by a drunk driver one year ago while on a routine traffic stop. His wife Sue and children’s lives were altered permanently. She has volunteered for Mother Against Drunk Driving and just nothing is the same. When the Police Surgeons Association of New York State approached Jodi Reznik with this tragic tale she signed on to include the Ciano family in her chesed project. She paints portraits of cops who gave their lives on the line of duty and then donates the oil on canvas paintings to the surviving families. Back in October Sue Ciano visited Reznik at J. Reznik Studios, her art gallery on Ave M in the heart of Flatbush and chose a photo of Glen involved in one of his beloved hobbies, sailing. In Bohemia, New York, at the offices of the Suffolk County PBA, under the watchful eyes of his partners and colleagues, Reznik presented the finished painting to the widow. Many tears were shed. Sue said that this day was “not a sad day but a happy celebration of Glen’s life.” Jeff Frayler, president of the Suffolk County PBA, called Officer Ciano a hero on the job and a family man who was always available for his wife and kids.
Aliyah Event To Reach 1,500 Across North America As part of Nefesh B’Nefesh’s expanded programming, aimed at providing the most comprehensive aliyah information, guidance and inspiration to potential olim, the organization will be conducting eight aliyah events in major cities across North America next month. The events, which will be held between March 7 and 14 in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, Baltimore, Toronto, San Francisco, Chicago and South Florida, will be attended by over 1,500 people, who will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Israel’s Ministries of Absorption, Health and the Development of the Negev and the Galilee. Seminars and workshops will also be presented, covering a range of topics, including: Employment in Israel, Real Estate & Mortgages, Financial Planning, Taxes & Budgeting, Retiring in Israel, Choosing a Community, The Israeli Healthcare System, Navigating Israel’s Education System, Overview of the Aliyah Process, Shipping and Nefesh B’Nefesh’s Go North program. For more information visit www.nbn.org.il/megaevent. In 1946, in recognition of its architectural and historical significance, an act of Congress made the Touro Synagogue a National Historic Site, and it became part of the National Park System. “The synagogue is the fourth church edifice to be designated as a national historic site, not federally owned.” In 2001 the National Trust for Historic Preservation designated Touro Synagogue a historic site. The synagogue was closed in 2005 to services and regularly scheduled tours for a major restoration of the building. On May 28, 2006, it was formally rededicated and visitors were once again able to experience the beauty of the edifice much the way members of the congregation had over 200 years earlier.5 “History of Touro Synagogue” by Rabbi Dr. Theodore Lewis, Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society, number 159, Summer 1975, 48, part 3, page 282. 2 Ibid., page 283. 3 For information regarding Stiles’s interest in the Jewish community of Newport, see “Ezra Stiles and the Jews of Newport,” The Jewish Press, February 5, 2010, pages 31 & 80. 4 Ezra Stiles and the Jews, Selected Passages from his Literary Diary Concerning Jews and Judaism with Critical and Explanatory Notes, by George Alexander Kohut, Philip Cowen Publisher, New York 1902, pages 58-59. This book may be downloaded from http://books.google.com/ at no cost. 5 See http://www.tourosynagogue.org/default.asp 1
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THE JEWISH PRESS
Friday, March 5, 2010
THE JEWISH PRESS
NORTH MIAMI, FLORIDA
JERUSALEM, JERUSA LEM, ISRAEL
RED HEIFER STEAKHOUSE
Glatt 011-972-2-624-0504 38 King George St RSVP Co-owned by Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse NYC
THAI TREAT Fine Dining – Catering – Thai – Indian – Sushi Bar 2176 NE 123rd Street – 305-892-1118
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA SCOTTSDALE KOSHER MARKET, DELI & GRILL
SOUTH BEACH, FLORIDA
Glatt Kosher (480) 284-6001 or (480) 406-0903 Next to Shul, Hotels, Close to Airport 10211 N. Scottsdale Rd. Shabbat Pkgs (ask for menu)
American & Middle Eastern Menu / Grocery / Passover Catering • www.scottsdalecafe.com
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA • Deli • Chinese • Grill 7119 Beverly Blvd. • Sushi • Platters • Catering “We deliver anywhere you like”
MILK & HONEY Fine Gourmet Italian Dining (310) 858-8850 Lunch, Dinner, Catering 8837 W. Pico Blvd. Cholov Yisroel, R.C.C. Fish, Pasta, Pizza & Our Famous Cheesecake - Open Motzei Shabbat - Reserv. Rec.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
HAIFA RESTAURANT 702-940-8000 855 E. Twain Ave # 101 Chicken, Steak, Fish for dine in, take out or delivery Glatt Kosher : Mediterranean - Grill & Chinese Cuisine (new)
(305) 673-3388 601 Collins Ave., Bet. Ocean Dr. & Collins on 6th St., M.B. Shwarma, Falafel, Steaks, Fish • Catering • Delivery • Eat In • Take Out
ORLANDO, FLORIDA DISNEY Mehadrin Dine-in or out. Coming 4 convention?! ask organizer 4 fresh meals 3 daily Minyanim; Shacharis(t) 7:30am, Shabbos food accommodations & Shul GPS? > 8548 Palm Py. Orlando, FL. 32836 866-kosherorlando (567-4376)
COHEN’S DELI AND BUTCHER SHOP - (Steak House, Butcher Shop, Deli) Glatt / Pas Yisroel Certified By The RCF, Chabad Rabbi Yosef Konikov The Only New York Deli and Fresh Glatt Kosher Butcher in Orlando 352.729.3399
KOSHER CULINARY - Restaurant, Grocery, Take Out, Catering 7508 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819
Glatt/Pat Yisroel, Certified Kosher by RCF, Rabbi Yosef Konikov - Chabad Rabbi
SIMKA’S SWEETS ICE CREAM & SWEET SHOP (352) 243-2230 600 Cagan Park Ave. Clermont — 4 Miles West of Animal Kingdom
Service to all hotels, Chinese, Israeli, American, Moroccan Meals. Glatt Sit Down, take-out, del.
Ice Cream, Bulk Candy, Homemade Waffle Cones, Coffee ORTHODOX SUPERVISION - RCF
BEN YEHUDA CAFE & PIZZERIA (301) 681-8900 SERVING PIZZA, PASTA, FISH, KNISH, SALADS, SOUPS, ICE CREAM YOSHEN, CHOLEV ISRAEL, WWW.BEN-YEHUDA-PIZZA.COM
ASIA :: SUSHI :: WOK :: GRILL ORB (561) 544-8100
Glatt kosher Gourmet business lunch in Downtown Chicago (312) 602-2104
Open Mon.-Th. 11 to 3pm. Under strict orthodox rabbinical supervision of Midwest Kosher.
FALAFEL ARMON ISRAELI CUISINE O.R.B. (561) 477-0633
glatt (847) 677-DINE www.shallotsbistro.com
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
22767 STATE ROAD 7 ORIGINAL OWNER IS BACK.
KOSHER CAJUN N.Y. Deli & Grocery Eat-in Take Out - Grocery
FALAFEL, SHAWARMA, SHISH-KABOBS AND MORE.....
3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-888-2010; Fax 504-888-2014 Shomer Shabbos - Chabad Supervision — www.koshercajun.com
JON’S PLACE Cholov Yisroel
(561) 338-0008 22191 Powerline Rd. (Southwest Corner Palmetto & Powerline) Pizza, Pasta, Salads and More — Under Supervision of ORB
FT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
CAFE EMUNAH ORB 9545616411 3558 N. OCEAN BLVD.
Serving N.O. for Over 20 Years - Delivery to Hotels - M-Th 10-7, Fri & Sun 10-3
DAVID CHU’S CHINA BISTRO
ORGANIC CAFE AND TEA BAR, SUSHI, SALADS, FISH, SOUPS, DESSERT
GREATER DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA
7105 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore
TOV PIZZA Voted Baltimore’s Best Kosher Pizza 6313 Reisterstown Rd., (410) 358-4TOV (4868) Groups & Buses Welcome Serving Pizza • Pasta • Fish • Knish • Salads • Soups • Etc.
Grocery, Dairy Restaurant & Pizza 364-B W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach Sun-Thu 11-10pm, Fri 11-4pm, Sat. closed. Toll Free: 1-877-671-0033
Pastrami, Chopped Liver, Falafel, Couscous. Tel (386) 671-0033, Fax (386) 671-0037 Sup. Rabbi Pinchas Ezagui, Head of Chabad
CAFÉ EILAT Brick Oven Pizza Su-Th 11-9, F 11-1
(617) 277-7770 406 Harvard St., Brookline Eat-in-Take-out
Sushi, Pizza, Pasta, Fish, Wraps, Panini, Mexican & Salads • Yoshon, Cholov Yisroel
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA
41 ON THE BAY
305-535-4101 (GREENWALD CATERERS) LOCATED @ TOWER 41 - 4101 PINE TREE DR.
JERUSALEM Glatt Kosher Restaurant Inc
6410 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor, NJ 08406 (Atlantic City)
GOURMET REST. & CATERING- THE BEST IN TOWN • FRI DINNER - SHABBAT LUNCH
SHARI’S Glatt Kosher Steakhouse
KIKAR TELAVIV Serving Chinese & Continental 5005 Collins Ave., M.B. Inside Carriage Club • (305) 866-3316
Located in the Clarion Hotel, 6821 Black Horse Pike, Atlantic City West ENT, NJ
SHABBAT MEALS WITH PREPAID RESERVATIONS • TAKE OUT AVAILABLE
• GOURMET • TAKE OUT AVAILABLE • CATERING AVAILABLE
“It’s All About The Coffee” – and More! 305-534-4432 Open 7am till late 534 41st Street 100% Cholov Yisrael Pas Yisrael The Latest “HOT SPOT” (Free WIFI) Specialty Coffees, Lattes, Frappes, Smoothies, 26 flavors Soft Serve Ice Cream, Home–made Pastries, Muffins, Crepes, Omelettes, Pancakes, Wraps, Paninis, and an Amazing Pizza, Pasta & Fish Menu. Delivery Available. Full Catering Menu
4020 Royal Palm Ave Open Kitchen • Chinese & Sushi Bar Eat In • Take Out DELIVERY • CATERING • PLATTERS • PARTIES
Open Sunday thru Thursday 5:00pm to 10:00pm Kashrus Supv. of Rabbi Y. P. Gornish
LIVINGSTON, NEW JERSEY FUMIO SUSHI & STEAKHOUSE 973-994-2344 21 E. NORTHFIELD RD, LIVINGSTON, NJ 07039 FAX # 973-994-2355
LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY
656 KOSHER AMERICAN BISTRO / STEAK HOUSE 656 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch
Large Selection of specialty cut beef grilled to perfection. Private rooms up to 400 people
RARE STEAKHOUSE Traditional American Steak
Bar/Bah Mitzvah, engagements, sheva brachos, corporate functions or anything else. Full bar
468 41st Street • Extensive Wine List • Private Parties • Private Room • Catering
featuring the largest selection of single malts on the Jersey Shore. Reservations suggested
Open Shabbat Dinner; Sun-Thur: Noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm, Sat: 1hr after Shabbos ; Reserv. Recommended
JSOR Glatt Kosher – Bet Yosef – Yashan www.656oceanlongbranch.com
SEVENTEEN Restaurant and Sushi Bar (Formerly Tea For Two) 305- 672-0565
PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY
1205 17th Street
Dine In • Take Out • Delivery • FREE PARKING • Outside Seating.
SHEMTOV’S Modern Urban Café
New Look. New Menu. 305-538-2123 Wraps, Paninis, Pasta, Salad, Fish • 514 41st Street • Private Parties & Catering
Sun-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri: 1 hr before Shabbos, Sat. Nite: 1 hr after Shabbos
Kosher Dairy (305) 673-5483 4041 Royal Palm Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140 GOURMET BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER
Open for Passover – Seders and Passover Week
BLOSSOM CAFÉ 466 Columbus Ave.
(82nd & 83rd St.) www.blossomnyc.com
“The food’s the star”, Best Vegetarian restaurant 2008, 2009 Time out NY Organic, Vegan, Innovative, Gourmet - Michelin guide recommended
CAFE ROMA PIZZERIA - Cholov Yisroel - 212 875 8972 Catering Available • Delicious Salad Bar • Rabbi Avrohom Marmorstein, Mehadrin Kashrus
Glatt Mediterranean Cuisine, Gourmet Deli & Sushi Lounge
35 West 57th Street Bet 5th & 6th Ave.
Exotic & Superb tasting dishes from Grill, Italian Specialties & more Casual Lunch, Candle Light Dinner Distinctive Catering, Sheva Brachos, Birthdays Present this ad to get $5 off Dinner Purchase of $20
American style cafe & bar
roast veal, sandwiches and salads. Creative wine list & unique cocktails.
COLBEH Glatt Kosher Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant 43 West 39 St. (Mid Town)
ESTIHANA Asian Bistro & Sushi
221 W. 79th St. (Bet. Broadway & Amsterdam) Catering Available Vaad Harabonim of Flatbush • Wine & Beer Served • www.Estihana.com • Glatt Kosher
GREAT AMERICAN HEALTH BAR
35 West 57th St. (bet. 5th & 6th) Superb Vegetarian Dishes, Home made Soups, Hearty Sandwiches, Salads, Exquisite Pastas, Fresh Fish & So much more... All Day Delivery & Distinctive Catering for all occasions. Strict Orthodox Rabbinical Supervision Open Sundays for Brunch, Lunch & Dinner
GUSTO va MARE Authentic Italian Food - Upscale Dairy Cuisine 237 E. 53rd St. (212) 583-9300 • Catering On/Off Premises • Resv. Accepted
KOSHER DELIGHT Glatt Kosher Fast Food Family Restaurant 1359 Broadway (nr. 37th St.) (212) 563-3366, Fax (212) 268-9352 UNDER STRICT RABBINICAL SUPERVISION • PARTY ROOM AVAILABLE OPEN DAILY TILL 11 P.M.
KOSHER DELUXE Glatt Kosher Fast Food Family Restaurant 10 W. 46th St. (Off 5th Avenue) (212) 869-6699 Fax (212) 819-1139 Supv. of Amrom Roth - Walking Distance from Diamond District - Expert in Office Catering Theater district & Rockefeller Center — www.KosherDeluxe.com • Party Room Available
LA CARNE GRILL Glatt Kosher Steakhouse
340 Lexington Ave. (betw. 39th-40th St.) Fax (212) 490-7179 Upscale Steakhouse • Sushi Lounge • Private Parties • www.LaCarneGrill.net Mon-Th: Lunch 12-3pm, Dinner 5-11pm; Fr: Lunch; Sat: 1 hr after Sundown; Su 4-10:30pm
LE MARAIS Glatt Kosher French Bistro.
GLATT KOSHER, MASHGIACH TEMIDI, CHASIDISHE SHECHITA.
Also serving Sushi & Pan-Asian Specialties • Free street parking after 7 pm
• Cholov Yisroel • Pas Yisroel • Su-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri til 4pm • Open Motzei Shabbos
Maryland’s oldest kosher dairy restaurant • Website: www.TovPizza.com
Chef Jeff Nathan’s eclectic, sophisticated menu, of internationally inspired dishes.
BEST KOSHER CHINESE RESTAURANT IN TOWN
JERUSALEM Glatt Kosher Restaurant & Deli 366 W. Granada Blvd. Beef Brisket, Shwarma,Stuffed Cabbage, Kasha Varnishka, Beef Stroganoff, Deli: Corned Beef,
NYC’s Most Innovative Kosher Restaurant
Inside and Outside Catering.• Free Delivery all over NYC. • Vaad Harabonim of Queens
Enjoy an upscale, elegant and fine dining Franco-American experience!
DINE-IN :: TAKE-OUT :: CATERING :: EVENTS :: PARTIES
www.abigaels.com 1407 Broadway (at 39th St.)
Casual dinner, pre-theater and after theater. Specialties: Sliders, duck empanadas,
At The Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro 733 West Madison
4741 Main Street, Skokie, IL
BRONX LISTINGS FOUND AFTER BROOKLYN MANHATTAN
11am-midnight 155 West 46th St. New York,10036
Take-out, delivery & catering available. Fax (312) 602-2165
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA 7600 W. Camino Real
854 Amsterdam Avenue (between 101st and 102nd St.) Free Delivery
www.kosherculinaryorlando.com - Next door to Chabad Minyan & shul: www.jewishorlando.com
KOSHER ON THE GO 3250 West Ali Baba Lane #L
(215) 751-0477; fax (215) 751 -0488
PITA LOCA Glatt Kosher Restaurant
MAMA’S VEGETARIAN Falafel, Borekas, Salads, etc. 18 S 20th St. Center City on 20th bet. Market & Chestnut Sts.
A LOWER EAST SIDEGLATT - Shul, Restaurant & Hotel
ELITE CUISINE RCC Glatt Kosher (323) 930-1303 •
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA Glatt Kosher
“Best Aged Steaks in Jerusalem”...Jerusalem Guide, Aug.2003 • Sun-Th 5-11pm, Sat Night
Shabbos Take-Out — Sun-Thur 11-10, Fri. 9-3
A Comprehensive Guide For Your Dining Pleasure
JIN GLATT KOSHER CHINESE & SUSHI 973 7774900 227 Main Ave., Passaic - Take Out/Eat-In/Catering
150 West 46th Street (between 6th & 7th)
French specialties include: Steak /frites, Poulet Roti, Steak au poivre. Creative wine list, single malt & bourbon reserve, private parties, catering and gourmet butcher shop. Sun-Thurs, noon-midnight, Friday- 12pm-3pm. Informal attire. Reserve. sugg.
Glatt Kosher Family Restaurants
East: 61 E. 34th St. (on Park Ave.) (212) 576-1010 Grand Central Terminal: 42 St. & Park Ave. (212) 856-9399 Rockefeller Center 30 Rockefeller Plaza Dining Concourse (212) 262-9600 Galleria 115 E. 57 St. (Bet. Park & Lexington) (212) 308-0101 *Mendy’s Appetizing at Grand Central Station
Now also in Brooklyn — see Brooklyn listing
Glatt Kosher Contemporary Gourmet Cuisine
228 W. 72 St • (212) 799-3911 • Fax (212) 799-3890 www.mikesbistro.com • Pvt Rooms for Corp. Luncheons / Sheva Brachot
MR. BROADWAY Kosher Restaurant and Caterers 1372 Broadway (Bet. 37-38 Street)
Grill, Chinese, Sushi, Mediterranean, Deli Fast Delivery City Wide — www.mrbroadwaykosher.com
MY MOST FAVORITE FOOD Restaurant & Cafe
Sun-Thurs,11-10,Fri till 2hrs before sundown. Call for Sat. hrs
120 W. 45th St. (6th Ave. & B’way) (212) 997-5130 Cholov Yisroel
Under superv. Rabbi Zushe Blech — www.jinglatt.com
Pastas, Fish, Salads, Delectable Desserts, Business Breakfasts, Private Events Welcome
ESPRESSO Café & Sushi Bar Italian Style Dairy & Fish Restaurant Shomer Shabbos
7814 Castor Ave. (215) 745-0130
Pasta, Panini, Salads, Sushi, Desserts & More • Sun-Th 10am-10pm, Fri 10-3, Open Sat. Nite
THE PRIME GRILL
Glatt (212) 692-9292, Fax (212) 697-3652 60 East 49th St. (bet. Park & Madison) Private Parties
STEAK HOUSE & SUSHI LOUNGE
SPECIALIZING IN AGED MEATS
Sun 4-10:30pm, Lunch M-F 12-2:30pm, Dinner M-Th 5:00-11pm, Open Motzei Shabbos
Friday, March 5, 2010
A Comprehensive Guide For Your Dining Pleasure
Glatt Kosher (212) 833-7800 Fax: (212) 833-7878 550 Madison Avenue (Sony Atrium) New American Cuisine - Private Party Room Available
CORNER CAFÉ Casual Dairy Dining (718) 435-2233 www.my-cornercafe.com 2 Ditmas Ave. (cor. Dahill Rd.)
Diet Menu • Kids menu • Catering on & off premises
Fresh Fish, Pasta, Salads, Fresh Juice Bar, Diet Muffins, Pastries • Badatz Tartikov
Authentic Bucharian Cuisine 212-769-8001 41 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036
Shish Kebob · Schwarma · Uzbek Pilaf Hours: Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri. 10am-Two hrs before Sabbath, Sun.11am-6pm
TALIA’S STEAKHOUSE Glatt Kosher • Recession-Proof Menus 668 Amsterdam Ave (92-93 St) - www.taliassteakhouse.com - 212 580-3770 Live Music Tue/Thu/Sat• Hottest spot for dating & private parties • Catering
TEVERE “84” Italian Restaurant
155 E. 84 St. Bet. Lex. & 3rd Authentic Roman Dishes Fax 212-517-2258 Cuisine of Rome • www.teverenyc.com — Elegant and Romantic Dining Dinner Mon.-Thurs. 5 PM - 10:30 PM, Sun. 2 PM - 10 PM - Open Motzei Shabbos
UCAFE Manhattan’s Premier European-Style Dairy and Vegetarian Cafe. 1436 Lexington Avenue 212-427-UCAFE (8223) Fax: 212-427-8225 Under Strict Kosher Supervision of Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman
VA BENE Italian Restaurant 1589 2nd Ave. (Between 82nd/83nd Sts.)
(212) 517-4448 www.vabenenyc.com
DOUGIES BBQ & GRILL
4310 18th ave
www.dougiesbbq.com & www.dougiescatering.com
Home of the ribs & wings! Glatt kosher, fish menu, sushi & wine, full catering menu
EL GAUCHO GLATT
Glatt Kosher Restaurant 4102 18th Ave. Bar-B-Que - Grill, Pasta & Fish Under Supervision of R.Y. Babad Tartikov Rov • Sun. - Thurs. 12 pm - 11 pm
ESSEX ON CONEY has relocated and is now at Caraville Glatt
ASIAN BISTRO & SUSHI 1217 Ave. J (Bet. E. 12th & 13th)
GLATT ÀLACARTE Glatt Kosher (718) 438-6675 We Deliver
5123 18th Ave.
“Fine Elegant Dining & Take Out”
Parties welcome for all occasions
Live Jazz Jan 11th and 25th 7-9pm www.wolfandlambsteakhouse.com Open Motzei Shabbos starting Nov 7th
Largest Variety of Pizza & Salads - Baked / Cooked / Grilled Fish — All Day Specials
Boro Park: 4600 13th Ave. (cor. 46th St.), Bklyn 718/435-8500, Fax 718/435-1669 Flatbush: 1223 Ave. “J” (E. 13th St.), Bklyn 718/377-6873, Fax 718/677-0831 UNDER STRICT RABBINICAL SUPERVISION • PARTY ROOM AVAILABLE ON “J” OPEN DAILY TILL 12 • ALL STORES OPEN MOTZEI SHABBOS • KDEXPRESS.COM
(718) 854-0600 4418 18 Ave. Bet McDonald Ave & Dahill Road Convenient Boro Park Location
Finest selection of pizza, soups, salads, breakfast & lunch over 100 delicious dairy hot items
and Rabbi Binyamin Gruber
1969 Coney Island Ave (Bet. Ave. P & Quentin ) (718)382-5559 Cholov Yisroel Supv. Rabbi Y. Gornish Take out and Free Delivery Upscale Italian Dining. The Finest Sushi in the Heart of Brooklyn Free Valet Parking. Lunch Specials. Parties $30 (Per Person) Open Sun-Thurs 11AM to 11PM Open Motzei Shabbat until Midnight
Cholov Yisroel Kemach Yoshon
Open Saturday Night
CAFE RENAISSANCE Italian Dairy Restaurant (718) 382-1900 Fine dining serving wine and beer. Seating up to 140 for private parties, 30 years experience.
At The Jewish Children’s Museum 792 Eastern Parkway (718) 907-8877 Catering Hall On Site Up To 200 people
Finest Delicatessen & Family Restaurant 1359 Coney Island Ave (Near Ave J) 718-859-1002
Rabbi Gornish • Private party room (100 people), Option for 2 floor party (200 people)
MOSHI MOSHI Glatt Kosher Japanese (718) 336-4566 1987 Coney Island Ave. (Bet. Ave. P & Quentin) Supv. Rabbi Y. Gornish
Fine dining serving wine and liquor • Huge projector screen for video viewing
Fine Dining • Free Valet Parking • Lunch Specials $6.99 • Parties $25 (per person)
www.cafe-venezia.com 1391 Coney Island Ave. (Bet. Ave. J & Ave. K)
CARAVILLE GLATT “The New Essex” (718) 336-1206 Fine Dining — Essex Deli — Chinese — Sushi — Home Baked Pastries 1910 Ave. M (Municipal Parking on E. 17th St.) Hashkacha of R’ Y. Babad
OLGA’S ON SMITH
CHOLOV ISRAEL 347-335-0981 407 SMITH ST/DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN paninis, fish, pasta, etc. CAFE • TAKE - OUT • CATERING • PRIVATE PARTIES
Corporate Accounts & Parties Welcome — Delivery Available Sun. - Wed. 11am-10pm, Thurs. 11am-11pm, Fri. 11am till 2pm
CARLOS AND GABBYS 1376 Coney Island Ave
718 337 TACO 8226 • KEHILAH KASHRUS
Sun-Thurs. 11am-12:45am Motzai Shabbos till 1:45am
ORCHIDËA Fine dairy dining. Quiet ambiance
4815 12th Ave. • Valet Parking Under strict hashgacha of Rabbi Amram Roth • Open Daily 11-11, Open Motzei Shabbos
Where great food, great friends & great times meet for delicious Mexican & American cuisine All Catering Available
Chinese-American Cuisine 718-627-0072
1424 Elm Ave.(cor.E.15th St. & Ave. M) Open 12noon-10:45pm
Delivery Available 718-376-6490 1720 Coney Island Ave (Bet M & N) Kehilah Kashrus Schnitzelking@gmail.com Variety of Schnitzel flavors, Shawarma, burgers & more... Catering on/off premises; Glatt Kosher; Yoshon; Bet Yosef Available
Supv. Rabbi Yaakov Reisman, Chassidishe Shechita, Glatt Kosher
CHINA GLATT the uptown ambiance right around the corner 4413 - 13th Ave.
Supv. of Rabbi A. Roth, Rav - K’hal Heichel Moshe, B.P. Catering Available • Free Delivery • Private Party Room Available
Pizza * Falafel * Paninis * Wraps * Fish * Soups * Challahs * Cakes/sugar free available and more
BAGELS & CO. - Handrolled Bagels - Fresh Sushi 188-02 Union Turnpike
CHOSEN GARDEN Exquisite Chinese Cuisine & Sushi Bar 64-43 108th St., Forest Hills (718) 275-1300; Fax # (718) 275-1309 Glatt Kosher - Open Daily 12-10 PM, Sat 1 hr After Shabbos til 12:30AM, Closed Fri.
COLBEH Glatt Kosher Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant 68-34 Main Street, Flushing, NY Free Delivery (718) 268-8181 52-27 Little Neck Pkwy, Flushing, NY (718) 225-8181 Inside & Outside Catering. Under strict supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens
DA MIKELLE Sushi & Steakhouse 718-830-0909 102-51 Queens BLVD, Forest Hills Fax 718-830-0500 PRIVATE ROOMS FOR 5 - 20 PEOPLE OPEN FOR LUNCH & DINNER NOON TO 11PM GLATT KOSHER
Rabbi Igal Haimov
L’BELLA PIZZERIA AND RESTAURANT
69-26 Main Street Kew Gardens Hills Full Service Kosher Italian Restaurant
Pizza, Pasta , Salads, Fish, Soup, Sushi, and much more
GREAT NECK, NEW YORK
Cholov Yisroel (516) 487-2243 176 Middleneck Road, Great Neck
Under the Supervision of Vaad Harabonim of Queens • Yoshon Flour Used
Persian Mediterranean Restaurant 37 Cutter Mill Rd., Great Neck (516) 487-4455 GLATT KOSHER — VAAD HARABONIM OF QUEENS
CHOSEN VILLAGE Exquisite Glatt Kosher Chinese Cuisine 505 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck (516) 504-1199; Fax # (516) 504-4499 Setting New Standards for Kosher Chinese Cuisine • www.cho-senvillage.com Open Sun.-Thurs. 12 Noon - 10 P.M., Sat. Night 1 Hr after Shabbat ‘til 12:30 A.M. “NORTH SHORE’S ONLY KOSHER SUSHI BAR”
Vaad Harabonim of Queens
COLBEH Glatt Kosher Persian and Mediterranean Restaurant Free Delivery 75 N. Station Plaza (Great Neck) (516) 466-8181 Inside & Outside Catering. Private Ballroom up to 200 persons. Vaad Harabonim of Queens
NASSAU COUNTY 5 TOWNS AREA
CHOSEN ISLAND Exquisite Glatt Kosher Chinese Cuisine 367 Central Ave., Lawrence (516) 374-1199; Fax (516) 374-1459 Open Daily 12-10; Sat. 1 hr. after Shabbat til 12:30 am; Closed Fri., Take Out Dept. www.chosenisland.com Parties On & Off Premises - 5 Town Vaad / Full Time Mashgiach
L.I.’S FIRST KOSHER SUSHI BAR.
TEA FOR TWO LITE Mehadrin Min Hamehadrin (718) 758-2900/2901 • Upscale Italian Dining 2811 Nostrand Ave. (bet KH-Marine Pk) Take Out avail. Under strict superv of R’ Y.P. Gornish, Shlita • Sat. seating til 1:30 am • Extended seating by 100 people
Fine Dining Chinese & American Cuisine Heimishe Ownership - Chassidishe Shechita - Vegetables Checked
718-239-5455 Near Bronx Zoo
746 Lydig Avenue at Holland Catering and Deliveries Available Credit Cards accepted
Catering Specialists — Finest Appetizing — Eat-In Facility
MENDY’S ON CONEY
Sun-Wed 11-11, Thur 11-12, Fri 9-4, Strict. Supv. Kehilat Kashrut
CAFE VENEZIA Italian Dairy Restaurant
MOISHY’S BAKERY & CAFE Cholov/Pas Yisroel
Private Parties Welcome -Regular Pizza slice - $2 plus tax, 18” Pizza Pie 12.99 plus tax
Hours: Sun. - Thur. 12-12, Friday Closed, Open Motzei Shabbos 1 hr after Shabbos
Rabbi Gornish 802 Kings Highway (cor. E. 8th St.) www.cafe-renaissance.com
BRONX, NEW YORK PELHAM PARKWAY
Complete dairy restaurant / catering — Extravagant Salad Bar
BURTOLUCCIS DAIRY RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR
Supv. Rabbi Yaakov Reisman, Chassidishe Shechita, Glatt Kosher
Take Out Dept. / Parties On & Off Premises - Vaad of Queens
Best Food in Town - Come In & See 4514 13th Ave. (718) 438-2369 Hot Scrumptious Dishes - Low Fat - Low Carb
Buffet Every Mon. Night 1424 Elm Ave. All You Can Eat
The Finest Continental Grill Gourmet in the Heart of Brooklyn
MENDELSOHN’S Famous Pizza
YUNKEE Chinese-American Cuisine 718-627-0072
Serving Meat and Fish Dishes — R’ Y. Babad-Tartikover Rov. • Sun-Thurs. 1:00-10 pm
KOSHER DELIGHT Glatt Kosher Fast Food Family Restaurant
10 E. 48th St. Lunch & Dinner 11:45am-10pm
GLATT - All Meats Under The Hashgacha Of Rabbi Yisroel Gornish
Vaad Harabonim of Flatbush; Kehilah Kashrus • www.Estihana.com • Glatt Kosher
Enjoy authentic Italian pizza, artichokes, homemade mozzarella and desserts
(718) 998-0002 888-9GRILLT
Catering • Pizza • Salads • Pancakes - Opened 6 AM - 7 PM
SELECTIONS OF FINE WINES AND BEERS • NEW: LUNCH MENU
WOLF & LAMB STEAKHOUSE Aged Steaks
3223 Quentin Road
Fine dining • Essex Great Deli • Chinese • Sushi • Home Baked Pastries
Dairy - Cholov Yisroel — Mashgiach on Premises Mon-Thu: non stop 12-10:30pm, Sun. Brunch Menu 11am-10pm non stop, Friday Closed
T FUSION STEAKHOUSE
See ad above at Caraville Glatt for details
THE JEWISH PRESS
THE JEWISH PRESS
OFF THE GRILL
600 Central Avenue
Private Party Rooms. Bar / Bat Mitzvahs • Great Food - Great Service
TEA FOR TWO SUSHI & NOODLE BAR
718-998-9888 1320 East 19th St. (off the corner of Ave. M)
(NEW) DAIRY - Under Supervision of Rabbi Yisroel Gornish • Dine in / Takeout / Delivery
WOK TOV Glatt Kosher Chinese & Sushi Restaurant - F/T Mashgiach 594 Central Av., Cedarhurst (516) 295-3843; Fax (516) 295-3865 Open Daily till 10pm; Thur. till 10:30pm; Fri. 2 hrs before Shabbos. Delivery - 15 min. from JFK/lunch specials/catering/sushi parties/diet gourmet/frozen travel/American Menu, Low carb menu, 68 seats, Full Sushi Bar, Party Room/all major credit cards accepted
You have everything you need to make your restaurant a success • Fantastic Food • Great Service • Excellent Location • and a Beautiful Decor All you need to do now is let people know Advertising in The Jewish Press Dining Guide Brings Results Call 718-330-1100 ext. 304 or 302 or 800-992-1600 fax: 718-797-2717 E-mail: email@example.com Visa, Mastercard and American Express accepted
MONSEY, NEW YORK
43 Rte. 59, Monsey (845) 425-3500 TAKE OUT / EAT IN / GRILL / CHINESE / SHWARMA Supv. R’ Yechiel Steinmetz Catering For All Occasions — Seats 100, Hrs: S-Th, 11:30am-11pm • Order online at www.koshercastle.com •
THE PURPLE PEAR Dairy Café - Restaurant - Manhattan Ambience 106 Route 59 (cor. Rte 306) 845-352-5262 R’ Zushe Blech - Cholov Yisroel Sun - Thurs: 9am-8:45pm, Motzei Shabbos - Open Late • Salads • Pasta • Fish • Panini
ROSLYN, NEW YORK
COLBEH Glatt Kosher Mediterranean Restaurant & Caterers One The Intervale, Roslyn Estates Inside & Outside Catering
Under Vaad Harabonim of Queens
THE JEWISH PRESS
Friday, March 5, 2010
I don’t understand why everybody is making such a fuss about the energy crisis. Our people managed to survive during the first one in Judah Macabbee’s time when no one had oil either! He managed to stretch one vial of oil for eight days! Nu, I ask you – was that conservation or wasn’t it? When we were kids we were conserving energy at every turn. Who ever had more than one bulb in the ceiling fixture? Besides, who ever used more than a 60 watt bulb when there wasn’t even company in the house? Of course, we really didn’t save much. What we saved we gave to the optometrist, in later years, for glasses. Then again – who knew in those days? Like happy little idiots we groped around in the darkness. I remember when refrigerators first came upon the New York scene. Every time refrigerators were installed in a building – weeks before, some men would put up a huge sign on the building announcing the fact that electric refrigerators were being installed. Of course, the refrigerators were never delivered to some buildings, but the signs were up and they were the real status symbol in those years! I’ll never forget the first electric refrigerator we got. Every time Mama plugged in the toaster that was on the same line as the refrigerator we blew a fuse. So every time we made toast in the kitchen we had to remove the refrigerator plug and then plug in the toaster. When we got company they would get hysterical when Mama would say to my sister, “Go pull the plug from the refrigerator and make toast!” When we were kids – and even for years later – I thought that was the way to make toast. First you pull the plug on the refrigerator and then you plug in the toaster! Listen, who explained anything to kids in those days? We were happy little dopes! The only ones who didn’t have to pull the plug from the refrigerator when they plugged in any other electrical appliance were those who had gas refrigerators! Yes – yes – dear children in those days there were such things as gas refrigerators. They worked on the principle of gas creating heat that withdrew heat to set about a freezing action. In the freezing cold winters they were a pleasure in the kitchen. But in the summer you could drop dead from the heat those things gave off! In spite of the fancy refrigerators we had in those years Mama “hut g’jzalevet” (saved) the refrigerator so it shouldn’t get burn out. When it got very cold outside we put a wooden box on the windowsill and Mama kept the perishables in the box. Came a good frost the milk would freeze and pop up through the cork. Incidentally, this is another sight that is gone, with plastic milk containers. Oy, did we save energy in those years! If we ever walked out of room and left the light on Mama would scream, “Turn off the light – I’m not supporting the Edison Company!” When we saw desk lamps advertised in the newspapers, with a picture of a kid in a fully lit room with a desk lamp on, we were convinced
this was just for wealthy people who were supporting the Edison Company! After all, who needed a desk lamp when there was a light in the ceiling? The energy crisis was around even in those years – not because there wasn’t enough fuel – it was just that we had landlords who looked ahead and saved. In our house the heat went off at 10:00. By 11:00 the place was freezing. I’ll tell you one thing, it encouraged togetherness. We had one family in our building that had 12 kids! But listen – whose business was it? On the weekends, usually on Saturdays, our landlord would always have a problem with the boiler and we would rarely get heat. But that never mattered very much to us because Mama would always leave a burner on the stove to keep the chulent cooking throughout the Sabbath. That huge iron tup that housed that chulent just radiated the heat in that room like we had a furnace going. And if you had to go into another room – you had a plateful of the chulent. That insulated your insides for at least three hours. Oy, “hut ess gebrent.” Did that stuff give us heartburn – gevald! To tell the truth we never knew that it was called heartburn! We figured that was the way we were supposed to keep warm! So now today’s world is all shook up over the fact that everybody has to conserve energy. Listen, who am I to say anything? So one day a while back, as a real patriotic citizen, I turned the thermostat down in my house to 68 degrees. My wife issued sweaters to the whole crew and announced that we were going to do our part in the energy crisis. Then she politely took off for her friend’s house where they keep the thermostat turned to about 90 degrees! I had work to do and started to type in my office in the basement but it was so cold my fingers could barely strike the keys. So, I got up and moved the typewriter into the kitchen, put it on the kitchen table and lit the stove to see if I could thaw out my fingers. I want you to know I didn’t have that stove on for two minutes when my little one wandered into the kitchen and gridgered, “You’re un-American!” “You’re wasting fuel,” he declared. “There’s no sense in raising the heat in the whole house,” I explained, “since I’m just going to be working in the kitchen. After all, there is a fuel oil crisis and I’m using gas from the stove.” I figured he was young enough not to understand that he was right – but he gave me a look like I was the one who erased the 18 minutes of tape from the Watergate hearings! “It shouldn’t go to waste!” my little one announced, once more, like he knew what he was talking about. “Let’s bake a cake as long as the oven is on!” “Good,” I shouted, “go bake a cake and let me finish my work.” He went to the cabinet, pulled down a box of cake mix my wife had hidden behind a million other items and began setting up the kitchen table. “Dad, you’re in the way, could you move the typewriter to the other end of the table?” he asked cour-
teously. Nu, so I moved the typewriter to the other end of the table. Once I was there and relocated all my papers to prevent them from getting covered with the mess he was making, I settled down to work once more. I didn’t type two words when I was interrupted again. “Dad, should I mix in the chocolate syrup now or at the end?” he asked. “I’m busy, do what you want,” I snapped angrily trying to get back to work. He started mixing the glop like he really knew what he was doing, then poured it into a pan. He then placed the pan in the oven and closed the oven door. “That wasn’t too bright!” I told him. “I wanted the oven on with the door open so that the heat could warm up the kitchen and my fingers.” “But the cake won’t bake right,” he returned. I figured – what could I do – so I sat there and continued to type. “The cake has to bake for half-an-hour,” he announced as he put on his coat to visit a friend. “I’ll be back in plenty of time.” He walked out as I continued to write with my fingers still very cold. After about 10 minutes I couldn’t warm up so I decided to turn up the thermostat. But, while waiting for the heat to come up, I decided to take a nap. Nu, nu, need I say more? I don’t know how long I dozed but I was suddenly awakened by a shout, “Dad, come quick! The kitchen’s on fire!” I bolted from the bedroom down to the kitchen, which was filled with smoke. Naturally, the cake was burning in the oven. I quickly shut off the stove and opened the windows. Oy, did that smoke smell! I had to open every window in the house to get rid of the smoke. No matter what I did it still hung in the air. As a last resort I turned on the air conditioner with the hope that it would suck out the smoke and the smell more rapidly. “Where did you go?” I shouted at him. “You said you’d be back in time to take the cake out of the oven!” “I figured you were here so I didn’t rush,” he tearfully exclaimed. “Why didn’t you tell me you were going to sleep?” Why argue, it was done! Oy, did that smoke hang on. I kept fanning the smoke out the window and it was freezing. In fact, I had to put on an overcoat, the house was so cold! I was nearly exhausted when I sat down at the table again. By that time my wife came home. She looked at me sitting by the typewriter with my overcoat on and gloves on my hands. Her head turned toward the air conditioner, which was on full-blast to pull out the residue of the smoke, and just stood there. “If I didn’t know better,” she said softly, “I’d swear you were ready for the funny farm. Are you out of your head? It’s 17 degrees outside, 50 degrees inside on the thermostat, and you have the air conditioner on! I don’t believe it! By the way what kind of tobacco where you smoking – it smells like burnt chocolate cake!”
PULL OUT SECTION Friday, March 5, 2010 Vol. LX No. 10
Unraveling Jewish Threads:
James Sturm Sturm’ss Graphic Novel Market Day Market Day By James Sturm Hardcover, 96 pages, $21.95 Drawn & Quarterly, http://www.drawnandquarterly.com
reek and Roman mythology envisioned the fates – the Moirae or the Parcae – as spinners of thread. Clotho (Nona) wove life’s threads; Lachesis (Decima) measured; and Atropos (Morta) cut. To the Greeks and Romans, the cosmos was artfully woven by deities, but was also unstable and liable to fray or to unwind piece by piece. Given the Greco-Roman gods’ tendencies to act like children, the pattern of life was particularly chaotic. In Judaism we understand that God weaves the various strands of life together. Many readers will recall the famous story of the heretic who approached Rabbi Akiva asking for proof that God created the world. Rabbi Akiva counters with his own question: “Who made your cloak?” The heretic is forced to admit there was an artist involved in the manufacture. By way of theological induction, Rabbi Akiva argues the same could be said of the world, which implies God the Weaver. In its examination of the increasingly difficult life of an Eastern European Jewish weaver in an early 1900s shtetl, James Sturm’s new graphic novel Market Day (April, 2010) is part of a larger religious and literary tradi-
tion of examining the intersection of faith and the loom. But Sturm’s bleak narrative is unique in its introduction of a sort of “reader response theory” into the mix. In Surprised by Sin: The Reader in Paradise Lost (Harvard UP, 1967), Stanley Fish, Davidson-Kahn distinguished university professor of humanities and law at Florida International University, argues that John Milton intended readers of Paradise Lost (1667) to undergo an experience of reading that paralleled Adam’s experience. Readers, according to Fish, discover themselves unconsciously sympathizing with Satan’s character, and upon realizing their “sin,” they (like Adam) seek to repent. Readers don’t passively read about Adam’s story so much as they “experience” it – thus the theory of the reader’s response. Sturm offers readers the same sort of close identification with his character Mendleman. Mendleman is a master rug-maker, who leaves his eight-month pregnant wife Rachel at home while he travels to the market to hawk his woven wares. Echoing what is doubtless a common sentiment among artists who spend most of their time in the studio, Mendleman observes, “For one who spends the majority of his time working in solitude, the market is intoxicating.” Although he enjoys the anonymity that the market offers – a drastic change from the prying neighbors’ eyes and ears in a small village – Mendleman also likes meeting up with acquaintances like Rabbi Soyer. Sporting a new pair of eyeglasses, the rabbi observes, “My son and I should both study the Talmud with the same devotion and thoughtfulness that you apply to your rugs.” It turns out that Mendleman’s rugs have helped the rabbi and his son in their religious observance. One particular rug he made of black and deep purple helps the rabbi determine when the Sabbath starts; when he cannot distinguish between the two colors it is dark enough for the Sabbath to begin. (This seems to be an adaptation of Berachot 9B, where one can tell when to say a morning prayer based on one’s ability to differentiate between blue and white wool.) “Something as common as a rug,” Mendleman continues, “can indeed embody the gifts and miracles of God – the first steps of one’s child, the moment Sabbath begins, or the glorious bustle of the market day.” One is reminded of the women who spun the goat hairs for the Tabernacle in Exodus 35:26 with “wise hearts.” Unfortunately for Mendleman, if God resides also in rugs, the divine does not sell. The specialty shop that has sold Mendleman’s rugs in the past – the sort of shop every artist hopes for, where the man behind the counter has such a discerning eye that the artist confuses him with a critic – is under new ownership. The new manager is a businessman who is more interested in lucrative kitsch than art that will stick to the shelves, so Mendleman needs to choose between settling for a cheaper price for his rugs and returning home without any sales. But seen through Fish’s reader response theory, even as Mendleman loses his clientele and his patronContinued on p. M54
Menachem Wecker, who blogs on faith and art for the Houston Chronicle at http://blogs.chron.com/iconia, welcomes comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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When Rachel’s husband, Tuvia, enrolled in Medresh Shmuel in the Sharei Chesed community in Jerusalem, another door opened. “HaRav Binyomin Moskovits, the Rosh Yeshiva who is a dedicated educator, was so impressed with the success of our performing arts program he approached By Helen Zegerman Schwimmer me about starting a seminary for girls,” says Rachel. hen seven year-old Ariel tearfully ran into This one opened on a center for the performing arts. The request was daunting. She was already playIt began with a letter from a woman who confided ing several other roles: director of both HaMachol Shel the kitchen complaining of pain it was his younger brother Shalom who came to the in Rachel that she felt stifled because she could not use Bnos Miriam and the summer camp as well as kollel rescue. “Should I get you something to learn so you her creative talents. Deeply touched by this woman’s di- wife and the mother of four. How could she possibly lemma, she recognized the need for a place where Jewish take on the tremendous responsibility of a seminary will feel better?” asked the six year old? “One child received comfort and the other one women and girls could engage their creative energies that would also require another fundraising tour? knew exactly what would comfort him,” their moth- and so Rachel created a program sensitive to those needs. The answer is contained in a song from her show that After a successful fundraising tour with her first one- echoes the words of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. “The world er Rachel marveled. Their comfort came from Torah. “They breathe it, they eat it, they drink it. It is our chil- woman show, J.A.P., she founded HaMachol Shel Bnos is a very narrow bridge and the main thing to recall is not Miriam to provide a setting where the perto be afraid.” Convinced by Rabbi Moskovits dren who inspire us to continue.” that in today’s world extra curricular activities Rachel Factor and her husband Tuvia are continu- forming arts promote the physical, emotional significantly facilitate learning, Rachel agreed ing the extraordinary journey that began five years ago and spiritual well being of women in accordance with Torah values. “Tradition teaches to open yet another door and become the perwhen they made aliyah. forming arts director of Midreshes Shmuel. “In these five years we’ve grown tremendously in our us that we use music and dance for praise to Under the direction of Rabbi Moskovits, spiritually.” And just as their observance of mitzvos has in- Hakodesh Baruch Hu.” Rachel observed. Rachel finds it especially rewarding to this innovative post high school program will creased, their family has also grown to include four-year provide morning learning, an afternoon arts old Avigail and fourteen month old Rivka Chaya. The chil- work with teenage girls who are increasprogram and an evening option of either learndren remained home with their father in Jerusalem while ingly pulled in a secular direction. “They Rachel toured the United States recently with her one-wom- understand that this is a world I knew ining or life skills classes. Rachel points out that Rachel Factor an show, Becoming Rich: Struggling with Emunah and Bitachon. timately but found empty and rejected in this will include subjects that have been lacking This is Rachel’s third show and reflects her profound favor of a life rich in emunah and bitachon. So by my ex- in most seminaries but are vital for teaching young womand growing connection to Judaism as she weaves togeth- ample I give them an extra shot of inspiration.” en how to run a home – including basic culinary instrucThe overwhelming popularity of HaMachol Shel tion, home finance, time management and budgeting. er songs and dances suffused with the words of tehillim. It is evident by her emotional performance that the psalms Bnos Miriam, located in Rechavia, encouraged Rachel Rachel approaches this new challenge with the energy to fill another void and found the Dance and Touring and enthusiasm formerly reserved for her acting, dancing continue to inspire and guide her along her journey. Rachel, formerly Japanese-American actress Chris- Summer Camp Program. Now in its fourth year the and modeling days. But the woman who once stood on the tine Hori, made the difficult decision to give up her four week camp, for girls 9th through 12th grades, com- Broadway stage and held in her hands the script for the successful career as a performer when she converted bines dance, drama, and touring Eretz Yisroel, culmi- hit, Miss Saigon, now looks out on a different landscape as to Judaism and embraced an observant lifestyle. But as nating in a performance in a Jerusalem theater written, she lovingly cradles the book of tehillim and recites psalm 128. “May Hashem bless you from Zion, and may you gaze the saying goes, when one door closes another opens. performed and produced by the students. upon the goodness of Jerusalem all the days of your life.” For more information about these programs go to: Helen Zegerman Schwimmer is the author of the acclaimed anthology, Like The Stars of The Heavens. To contact the author Bnoscamp.org or call: 718-213-4585. please go to: helenschwimmer.com
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Books & Places In Israel By Yoni Glatt Across
1. Some sloppy eaters 5. Works with hot metals 10. Fired 14. ___kazam 15. Crazy (about) 16. Surrealist artist Joan 17. Currency in Iran 18. Capital of Senegal 19. Big name in Kiruv 20. Book about an ancient Jewish kindgom with a famous ritual bath? 23. ___ ___ streak (bad quality) 24. Always, to a poet 25. Word said with dog, at times 28. Indigenous New Zealanders 32. Former slavery city, once 34. What Dolly of science fame might say 37. Our most important book that can also tell you where to find Machane Yehuda? 40. Israeli destination for many asthmatics 42. Total 43. Or ___! 44. Kabbalistic book about our holiest (unknown) site? 46. OK 47. Something to see in a microscope 48. What a beach might do 51. Nifty 52. Orange or apple drink, en Frances 55. Additional 59. Chabad book about where to learn more about the Shoah? 63. Star Wars. e.g.
66. Disagree 67. White tailed eagle 68. Fast month? 69. Part 70. Horse hold 71. Epic show coming to an end 72. Assignments 73. Gad, symbolically
1. Hooded coat 2. Pelvic bone 3. What a doughnut might have 4. Hello in Farsi 5. Dry riverbed (like Nachal Paran) 6. Cheese choice 7. Norse figure of mischief 8. Pirate Francis 9. Start a tennis match 10. Torah measurement 11. The square root of CXLIV 12. Places where many RN’s work 13. Homer Simpson word added to the Oxford English dictionary 21. Genetic lttrs. 22. Rome has a famous one with the Menorah on it 25. Kind of roll 26. Got up 27. Loves 29. Lex Luthor sidekick 30. Indian wife 31. Silly 33. It might be on tap
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The Person Behind The Chair... And Beyond By Ann Novick The Gift of Pain (Names changed) o person would prefer life with an ill spouse or opt for illness as a way of life. The difficulty and pain of making it through each day, each year, each decade is just too much. But we are not given choices and so we learn to live with what is. But as I interview more “formers” (well spouses who no longer have their partners) I do notice a depth of appreciation for the little things in life, a gratitude for the simple things that most other people do not appreciate or even notice. There is richness in how they savor the small pleasures they now have. That seems to be a gift reserved only for those who have been through adversity and come out the other side. Sally, a former, told me that each morning she thanks Hashem for being able to, now, sleep through the whole night uninterrupted. It is a gift – one she never appreciated before her husband’s illness. But now, after 20 years of care giving and waking several times during the night, she sees it as a present she is tremendously grateful for. For Miriam, the mother of eight, it is the miracle of birth. When her fourth son was born, his umbilical cord was not only knotted but it was wound around his neck. The doctor, not a religious person, said it was a miracle that the knot was loose and didn’t cause the baby any loss of nourishment. As for the cord, that was miraculously very loose around the baby’s neck as well. The delivery went well and Baruch Hashem the baby is healthy. Since then, each time Miriam gives birth she now sees each uneventful birth as nothing short of a gift which she had previously taken for granted. Bella is grateful for everything. She tells me she is thankful for a bed to sleep in and a good blanket to keep her warm at night. She is thankful for her modest home and her ability to buy the food she needs. It is not that Bella lost any of these
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things during the ill years. She just realized how quickly anything can disappear – health, the ability to take care of yourself, joy in your life, everything. She no longer takes even the smallest thing for granted. She sees it all as a personal gift to her from Hashem. Harry has begun to say the brocha of Asher yatzar (the prayer made after one uses the bathroom) with fervor. “I never realized how I took all the daily, normal bodily functions for granted and then when my wife became ill and these systems didn’t work, I realized what a blessing it is to have your body work with you, instead of betray you. Now, every time my body functions, as it should, I no longer take it for granted. I am overwhelmingly grateful. I am ever so thankful for being able to walk, see, hear, speak, go to the bathroom when I need to, etc. Having a working body is a gift that I never appreciated before. I guess I even felt it was something I was entitled to and expected. Now, I see it all as a wonderful, loving gift.” They say you cannot truly appreciate the view from the top of the mountain unless you have lived at the bottom. People, who have suffered adversity or lived with those who are ill, have spent years at the bottom of the mountain. The sacrifices they were called on to make on a daily basis, the pain they endured constantly and the adjustments they were required to make, have changed their perspective. It has made them more appreciative of the bounties they have in their life. Bounties they once took for granted. Bounties that others see as ordinary. They too once saw these gifts as ordinary and expected. They assumed that life would, of course, be good to them. Today, they see these ordinary things as treasures, not something to be taken for granted but cherished. Knowing any of it can disappear in a second, they treasure and value each minute of a routine day. That attitude in itself is the gift that comes of pain.
Weight to Lose By Dr. Rachael E. Schindler
The Mind/Body Connection To A Healthier You
eing a diet and exercise expert, as well as a pilates master, I deal with a wide array of clients ranging from the highly motivated – an extremely physically fit individual – to the exact opposite type, namely the unmoti-
vated, sedentary individual who absolutely HATES to exercise. While many factors may play a role in a person’s lifestyle habits, i.e.: genetics, environment, physical injuries, etc., many medical studies conclude that there is a profound and undeniable
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Impact Of Women On Jewish History By Prof. Livia Bitton Jackson
Post-Purim Reflections: Esther
ast week, on Purim, we read in the megillah bearing her name, that Esther was the major player in saving the Persian Empire’s Jewish community from extinction. What is the pervasive image that emerges from Esther’s act, one that has left an indelible imprint on collective Jewish memory? It is an image of a striking beauty capable of captivating a king jaded by a limitless selection from “beauties” of his empire. It is an image of modesty thrust into the limelight, against her wishes, by circumstances beyond her control. It is undeniably also an image of grit in risking her life for the sake of her people. And yet, this composite picture of beauty, modesty and courage is only a partial portrait based on a surface reading of the megillah. A more in depth reading reveals Esther as a woman of extraordinary wisdom and diplomacy. From the first moment of her appearance to the climactic hours of deliverance, her conduct indicates tact, intelligent judgment, wise restraint and sophisticated skill at court intrigue. Immediately upon entering the harem Esther’s impeccable manners attract the chief eunuch’s attention and with unassuming subtlety she maintains his loyal assistance. Even after winning the royal crown, Esther in deference to Mordechai’s advice, knew how to exercise caution in not revealing her Jewish identity to her closest associates, and even to her husband the king. But when called upon to act on behalf of her beleaguered people, with total disregard for her own safety, Esther did so unhesitatingly but not without forethought. Aware that not only her life, but that of Persian Jewry, depended on the fateful step of her approaching the king uninvited, she requested a three-day fast for all Jews in which she herself and her handmaidens participated. Esther’s ingenious planning and masterful maneuvers unfold with the rapid
flow of events culminating in spectacular triumph. What does Esther do when her resplendent appearance prompts Ahashverosh to offer her not only his scepter but also half his kingdom? She merely extends an invitation to the king and Haman for an intimate cocktail party in her boudoir, accomplishing three things. First, she piques the king’s curiosity as to her ultimate request, secondly she improves the milieu for presenting it, and thirdly, she disarms Haman whose suspicions as to her design might otherwise have been aroused. The party gives an opportunity for Esther to study the king’s relationship with Haman and his reactions to her charms under the effect of wine. With this information in her arsenal, Esther gives the psychological advantages full play and chooses to further arouse both the king’s passion and his curiosity, by inviting him to a second party, once again in Haman’s company. By now in a heightened state of emotion, the king anxiously awaits the queen’s request, and his response is overwhelming. Not only is Esther’s request to abolish the edict against the Jews fully granted but also in a show of total submission, the king orders a sweeping reversal of his earlier decrees. Not only is his favorite courtier Haman punished by execution but his position is given to Mordechai, his property to Esther, and the Jews of Persia are granted a free hand against their enemies. Esther’s role does not end there. After the first flush of victory, she appeals to the king for his ring with the royal seal in order to secure legislative powers for Mordechai within the realm! In her wisdom and foresight, Esther makes sure that that the king’s flare of good will towards the Jews is incorporated in permanent measures. So ultimately, Esther is a role model of wisdom and foresight, defined by our Rabbis as binah, a major ingredient in the formula on the basis of which women were made.
connection between the effect of the mind (and/or spirit) on the body and vice versa. Understanding this connection helps me motivate and guide my clients properly to achieving their long-term health and fitness goals, AND to maintain those outcomes for years and years to come. So here’s some “food for thought.” Sheer willpower, reduced caloric intake, and even religious gym attendance may not be enough to uproot self-sabotaging eating behaviors (and thoughts). You know the kind of behaviors I mean. The, “I was good all day and just lost it at 4:00 pm”, or “I was bad already, so I decided to enjoy it and go all the way” (and finish the whole box of cookies, cake, etc, even at 12:00 midnight!) My favorite one is, “I’ll just take ONE” (and then just can’t stop. I call it the “potato chip syndrome”.) Another common behavior is the “starve and stuff”, where you think you are doing “good” by either not eating, or eating too little and then you get sooo hungry that you just eat anything
and/or everything in sight! There are many more of these “diet unproductive” behaviors, but by identifying your sabotaging behaviors and thoughts and rethinking your relationships (yes, in the plural!) with food, with proper support you can learn to prevent “diet damage.” Now, some clients may need some assistance to either identify and/or better understand their eating issues, and behavioral and/or cognitive therapy may be necessary, if there has been a repeated pattern of failure, to maintain a healthy diet or exercise program. Remember, the right tools for behavior change are essential to success! Just to help you understand this concept better, in one randomized control study done in Sweden (2005), obese individuals underwent a 10-week therapy program, where they not only lost weight, but most continued to lose weight according to an 18 month follow-up. If that doesn’t say something to you, then Continued on p. M54
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COMMENTARY ON CURRENT CONCERNS Still Taking Detours To Survival: Obama, Netanyahu And The Twisting “Road Map” To Genocide And War Part I
ddly, Israel and the United States remain intent upon committing gigantic and possibly lethal errors in world affairs. Unimpressed by history, and determinedly indifferent to glaring facts on the ground, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama now proceed more or less smugly on the twisting road to “Palestine.” Along the way, the United States continues to equip and train Palestinian Authority (PA) “security forces,” a disjointed band of armed criminals that represents little more than the grotesque vanguard of future anti-Israel and anti-American terrorism. Credo quia absurdum. “I believe because it is absurd.” Arming Fatah against Hamas is a foolish and self-defeating foreign policy based on the utterly false presumption of a consequential difference between criminal organizations. In the conceptually related matter of arming or otherwise supporting certain Sunni Arab states against Shiite Iran, our leaders in Washington and Jerusalem also exhibit the latest example of a time-dishonored geopolitics. The Obama administration, like its immediate predecessor, understandably seeks some sort of tangible balance among states in the Middle East. But in today’s complex world politics, where sub-state actors often assume very critical roles, antiquated policies of contrived “equilibrium” are destined to fail. This is especially the case when one considers the inherently destabilizing impact of Iranian nuclear weapons, a future impact made possible by the persistent American and Israeli unwillingness to acknowledge the obvious futility of sanctions. Still bowing to the president of the United States, this one as incapable of nuanced strategic thinking as the one who came before him, Mr. Netanyahu will certainly choose to stay “prudently” close to the prescribed “Road Map.” Supporters of this latest expression of a Middle East Peace Process (before highway metaphors became fashionable, there was Oslo) will continue to base their principal argument on a series of manifestly unwarranted assump-
tions. Assessing all ascertainable evidence, and all explicit Palestinian threats, it should already be plain that no process of unilateral dismemberment (former Prime Minister Sharon called it “disengagement;” successor Prime Minister Olmert called it “realignment”) can ever bring purposeful resolution to what is fundamentally a religious dispute between Israel and the recalcitrant Arabs. The essential Israeli struggle against Arab/Islamic genociders (what else should one call adversaries who seek Israel’s destruction “in whole or in part”?) has little or nothing to do with territory. Rather, it has to do with an altogether irreconcilable configuration of enemies that seeks not land, but religious hegemony. Ultimately, Messrs. Obama and Netanyahu should finally recognize that these particular Islamic enemies seek something far more personal than any kind of political settlement. In the final analysis, what they seek is nothing less than immortality. In all world politics, there is no greater form of power than the power over death. The core dispute between Israel and the Palestinians is thus not about any sort of secular or territorial compromise; it is about G-d. From 1948 to the present, the Arab/Islamic world’s authentically existential opposition to Israel has stemmed preeminently from a deeply doctrinal hatred of a Jewish state in its midst – indeed, of any Jewish state that dares to defile the Dar al Islam. Now, truly basic questions need to be asked. If Arab/Islamic opposition to Israel were only about West Bank (Judea/Samaria) and Gaza, why then were there so many Arab terrorist attacks against Jews between 1948 and 1967? Then, these disputed territories were in Arab hands? What, exactly, were these terrorists seeking to “liberate” before there were even any “Israel-occupied territories?” What, in fact, were Arab terrorists trying to accomplish before Israel even became a state? For that significantly sizeable portion of the Arab/ Islamic world that remains dedicated to Israel’s annihilation, an inventive cartography is part of a far wider strat-
LOUIS RENÉ BERES (Ph.D., Princeton, 1971) lectures and publishes widely on Israeli and US foreign and military policies. He is Strategic and Military Affairs columnist for The Jewish Press.
Metapolitics By Prof. Paul Eidelberg
Overcoming the ‘Regime of the Parties’
By Louis René Beres Professor of International Law, Department of Political Science, Purdue University
olitical parties have a bad reputation, particularly in Israel where they are so numerous, so narrow and so noxious. Although parties serve the purpose of presenting and supporting candidates, they also muddle the relationship between the candidate and the voter. This is especially true in Israel, where citizens are compelled to vote for a party slate and not an individual candidate representing a regional constituency. Recognizing these facts, some countries require open primaries, the registration of candidates rather than parties and the funding of candidates by public means. Israel is a “regime of the parties.” Their primary function, David Ben-Gurion once said, is to divide the public treasury. Nevertheless, while parties are still necessary to democracy, it would serve Israel’s best interests to diminish their number and power. Here are three ways of doing this: The first and simplest way is to raise the electoral threshold for seats in the legislature. The second is to adopt – and retain over time – the presidential model of government. Because only one candidate can win a national election for the presidency, voters will not want to waste their votes on small parties. This is why presidential governments usually produce a two-party system, the more readily when the legislature is constituted by multi-district elections – a third method of re-
ducing the number and power of national parties. What prevents the formation of a national two– or three– party system is that the Knesset continues to be based on a single national constituency with proportional representation. Limiting the number of Israeli parties would enlarge their mental horizons; for to compete effectively in district elections, each party would have to consider the views and interests of diverse groups of citizens. This is why proportional representation is not necessarily conducive to the interests of minorities, even though the latter may win a few seats in the legislature. A legislature of numerous parties will be incapable of rational deliberation, to say nothing of petty rivalry and intrigue. This cannot but impair executive-legislative relations as well as a President’s ultimate function, which is to foster national unity. Although various political scientists are critical of presidential governments, their arguments are of limited validity. Invariably they refer to the failings of presidential systems in Latin America. I dare say, however, that parliamentary systems would probably fare no better. As John Quincy Adams saw some 180 years ago, the culture and class structure of most Latin American countries – their extremes of wealth and poverty – are not conducive to majoritarian democracy – parliamentary or presidential. Critics also deplore the “dual sovereignty” they associate with presidential governments. By this they mean that popular election of the president and of the legislature results in two competing “sovereignties.” (A parliamentary system is immune to this phenomenon, since the ruling party controls both the executive and the legislature.) Linked to dual sovereignty is the gridlock that supposedly occurs in the United States when the President and the Congress are of opposite parties. But appearances are deceiving. Studies indicate that the passage of congressional legislation is usu-
Professor Eidelberg is the Founder and President of the Foundation for Constitutional Democracy, a Jerusalem-based think tank for improving Israel’s system of governance. He can be reached through the FCD website: http://www.foundation1.org
egy of genocide. To understand this, we must recall that in the generally accepted Arab/Islamic view, Israel is always the individual Jew writ large. The Jewish State – any Jewish state – must always be loathed. This easily documented and nefarious deduction is a far cry from the persistently wishful view of Oslo/Road Map/Disengagement/ Realignment supporters – that is, that Israel is despised only because it is Zionist, only because it is an “occupier.” The Israeli is hated in the Arab/Islamic world because he is a Jew. Period! That is the whole story. All else is commentary. All else is land for nothing. An authoritative expression of this Islamic view is stated unambiguously in a widely-cited article from AlAhram. Here, the religiously prominent Dr. Lufti Abd al-Azim wrote straightforwardly and portentously: The first thing we have to make clear is that no distinction must be made between the Jew and the Israeli.... The Jew is a Jew, through the millennia.... in spurning all moral values, devouring the living and drinking his blood for the sake of a few coins. The Jew, the merchant of Venice, does not differ from the killer of Deir Yasin or the killer of the camps. They are equal examples of human degradation. Let us therefore put aside such distinctions and talk about Jews. The regionally and Islamically revered Dr. Abd al-Azim is not alone in this revealing position. A current Egyptian textbook on Arab Islamic History – one widely used in teacher training colleges – expresses the following parallel sentiments: The Jews are always the same, every time and everywhere. They will not live save in darkness. They contrive their evils clandestinely. They fight only when they are hidden, because they are cowards....The Prophet enlightened us about the right way to treat them, and succeeded finally in crushing the plots that they had planned. We today must follow this way and purify Palestine from their filth. (To be continued) ally independent of which party controls which branch of government. Public problems must be attended to, and American politicians, unlike their Israeli counterparts, are more attentive to their constituents than to their parties. Also, the notion of dual sovereignty is misleading. A President represents the people in their collective capacity. He is expected to emphasize their common interests. This emphasis differs from that of a legislature whose members represent the particular interests of diverse constituencies. Although a legislator will presumably promote the common good, he is obliged to emphasize the concerns of his own constituents. (This applies to parliamentary governments with district elections, except that party-dominated parliamentary systems severely limit the independence of individual parliamentarians.) Another defect attributed to presidential government is its fixed term. The truth is that parliamentary governments seldom succumb to a vote of no confidence, meaning they usually run their allotted term. Politicians do not like to hazard their careers on new elections. The one solid advantage of parliamentary systems is their “shadow governments,” which enable experienced politicians to assume office when the ruling party falls from power. This does not apply, however, to Israel where any tyro can become a cabinet minister, thanks largely to the absence of district elections. One way of compensating for the absence of a “shadow government” is to require each presidential candidate (other than an incumbent President), to announce say five of his intended cabinet appointments. It may be assumed that only well known, respected, and experienced public figures will be designated. Finally, the presidential model is more consistent with Judaism than the parliamentary model. A president is an elected monarch. His election by the people is consistent with Jewish law. So too are multi-district elections. Combining the latter with a presidential system is the best way to overcome the “regime of the parties.”
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Leadership Challenges: Parsha Perspectives
By Rabbi David Hertzberg
Parshat Ki Tisa
eptember 17, 1862 was a sad day for the Confederate States of America. At Antietam Creek in western Maryland, the armies of Generals Robert E. Lee and George McClellan battled one another. Failing to defeat McClellan on northern soil, Lee withdrew south to Virginia. While historians generally consider the battle a tactical draw Lee certainly failed to achieve his strategic goals. Noted historian James M. McPherson in his book, This Mighty Scourge (2007) explained that this battle was critical for Confederate foreign policy. “The principal goal of Confederate foreign policy, in 1862, was to win diplomatic recognition of the new Southern nation by foreign powers” (p.65). Confederate leaders believed that if France and England recognized the Confederacy as an official country, Lincoln would lose the popular support in the North necessary to continue the war. However, the European powers approached this decision quite cautiously. For them to recognize the Confederacy they needed to be convinced that the Confederacy was indeed a viable nation. The proof they were looking for was in the form of consistent military victories. Throughout this time, the European nations ignored the fact that the Confederacy practiced slavery. At this point in time, European powers considered their decision from one perspective – what was better for them. Fearing growing American power, they believed a split country would be in their best interests. When news of Lee’s failure to defeat the Union Army on Northern soil reached London in October England’s leadership decided to withhold diplomatic recognition and wait the war out. For the Confederacy, the battle of Antietam failed to become the turning point of the war. “Never again did Britain and France come so close to intervention; never again did the Confederacy come so close to recognition by foreign governments” (p.75).
Lincoln, not one to miss an opportunity, used the battle of Antietam as the victory necessary to announce the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. From this point on, the Civil War was no longer just a war to restore the Union. It had become a war against slavery. In light of this, England, where slavery was illegal, would never be able to recognize the Confederacy. Lee was right in predicting that his invasion of the North would be a turning point. Only it turned out to be a turning point in the direction of the Northern cause. What in fact is a turning point? Simply put, it is an event whose importance transcends its immediate outcome by permanently changing the direction that events were taking up until this point in time. However, events do not advertise themselves as potential turning points. Leaders must be on the lookout for them. For example, whether an interception in a football game is merely a simple change of possession or a game-altering play is a function of how the coaches and players exploit it. In this week’s parshah we witness an example of Moshe’s brilliant leadership in his ability to convert a tragic event into a critical turning point for Bnei Yisrael’s development as a nation. Many commentators have addressed the question as to how Bnei Yisrael were able to fall so quickly and sin by worshiping The Golden Calf. After all, 40 days earlier they had witnessed the Revelation at Sinai and prior to that they had seen the Reed Sea split and the Egyptians destroyed. That event was so awe-inspiring that the rabbis comment (Mechilta Shemot 15:3) that the mere maidservants of Bnei Yisrael saw visions that the greatest of the prophets didn’t see. Yet these same people sinned terribly by building the calf. Rav Chaim Shmuelevitz explains (Sichot Mussar: Lo Yagati U’Matzati) that unfortunately, although the maidservants experienced a prophetic vision, they remained maidservants. A prophetic vision in and of itself does not have
Rabbi David Hertzberg is the principal of the Yeshivah of Flatbush Middle Division. Questions and comments can be emailed to him at Mdrabbi@aol.com.
Parshah Panorama By Elki Rosenfeld
Arrogance Or Humility?
hat is the difference between self-esteem and ga’avah (conceit)? I ask because I know many people who feel that they are one and the same. A very close and extremely intelligent friend recently said to me, “Somehow, I never forge a rapport with people with high self-esteem.” She herself could benefit from a healthy dose of self-confidence. As talented as she is, my friend always has the intense feeling that she didn’t do enough. That, my friends, is a neurotic lack of self-confidence – compounded by guilt at feeling that she never reaches the goal she sets for herself, and her bar is very high. I have another good friend who expresses very similar ideas. She, too, claims that she never has close friends who have lots of self-confidence. There’s a pattern here. Both women are uniquely smart, educated, multi-talented, and excellent at their jobs, yet always feel bad about themselves. Why? Dare I say that perhaps (not referring specifically to my two friends) this theory is exactly the opposite? A person who feels that he or she never accomplishes enough in avodat Hashem, on what level is s/he placing him/herself in ruchniut (spirituality)? In Parshat Ki Tisa, we learn that Moshe Rabbeinu was in Shamayim (Heavens) for 40 days and nights, with Hashem his personal “Rebbi” teaching him Torah. This is but one example of the unique relationship between Hashem and Moshe. What’s the “take-away” from this? Should we all be able to talk to Hashem “Panim-el-panim (face-to-face)”? Are we on Moshe Rabbeinu’s level to aspire to that stature? When we think how far we are from Moshe’s caliber, are we depressed and guilty? If so, that is not lack of self-esteem. It is a combination of a psychological need to feel guilty (about other experiences from long ago) or perhaps, conversely, “conceited?”
There’s a wonderful Yiddish anecdote that gets this t thought across perfectly through laughter. They tell of t two talmidei chachamim learning together in the beis mid drash. One cries befitting his training in bitul (self-eff facement) and anavah (humility), “Ich bin a gahrnisht (nob body).” His colleague from the same school of thought, yells louder, “Nein, Ich bin a gahrnisht (I’m the one that’s nobody).” Then the first rebuts that he is a bigger nothing than his friend and the second contradicts him, and so it continues, each “out-gahrnisht-ing” the other. Suddenly the town ba’al agalah (wagon driver) enters the shul and comes upon the two legendary scholars. He is so inspired by their humility that he cries out, “Nein, Ich bin takeh a gahrnisht (No, I am really nothing).” Upon hearing this, one scholar turned to his study partner and exclaims, “Now look who thinks he’s a nobody!” The story is not just entertaining. It depicts to us that consistently protesting that one is a “gahrnisht,” does not turn him into a paragon of humility. A person should acknowledge to himself, and Hashem, that he is a diligent student and outstanding scholar. The humility is in not boasting about it and not feeling that entitlements are due him because of his talent. It is realizing that Hashem blessed him with a gift, and utilizing it in avodat Hashem, without developing an overactive ego. When I taught Bereishit to 12th grade girls, I was often concerned about teaching the transcendent observance of mitzvot on the part of the Avot and Imahot (Patriarchs and Matriarchs). In general girls that age are very quick to feel guilty and religious girls, overwhelmingly so. For example, when Avraham went down to Mitzrayim (Egypt) he was concerned that Pharaoh would abduct Sarah because of her special beauty, and he devises a plan with Sarah that begins with Avraham’s words, “Atah yadati ki yefat to’ar…Now I know that you are beautiful. Rashi asks, “Didn’t Avraham know his wife was beautiful before this journey? Rashi gives several answers, and this is the one that worries me in its impact on the girls. Rashi says that because of tzniut (modesty) Avraham never looked at Sarah, and now, because they were going to a land of debauchery, he had to see and acknowledge
Elki Rosenfeld is a longtime Torah educator. She can be reached at email@example.com.
the power to change a person. It might enlighten a person to the ideal, but transformation is the result of hard work and preparation. At the Sea of Reeds and Har Sinai, Bnei Yisrael experienced what they did without any effort on their part. Rav Chaim explains that when somebody receives something effortlessly, he has no sense of ownership. At the first test he will forfeit the item rather than deal with the test. Moshe’s apparent failure to return constituted a major test for Bnei Yisrael. Unfortunately, since they had experienced the Revelation without any effort and toil on their part, they failed the test. Other commentators point out a similar example of this phenomenon with respect to Eliyahu’s challenge to the priests of ba’al on Har Carmel (Melachim I: 18). Although Eliyahu defeated the priests, and the people watching proclaimed their allegiance to G-d, nothing really changed. The next chapter relates that Eliyahu had to flee and that the people went back to their old ways. Rav Chaim concludes by underscoring the importance for people to exert major efforts to improve themselves. In light of this approach, we can understand why Moshe pitched his tent outside of the Israelite camp after G-d agreed not to destroy Bnei Yisrael. The Torah states (33:7): “And Moshe took his tent and pitched it outside of the camp a distance away from it and he called it Ohel Moed and anyone who desired to seek G-d would go out to the Ohel Moed which was outside the camp.” Moshe realized that for Bnei Yisrael to develop as a people they would need to apply themselves and exert serious effort to grow. He therefore pitched his tent outside of the camp, thus requiring people who wanted to grow spiritually to take the trouble to come to him. Even such a minimal effort can make all the difference in the world. We cannot even begin to comprehend Moshe’s disappointment in Bnei Yisrael when he saw them sinning. Yet he had the vision to see an opportunity – a turning point. Bnei Yisrael were now open to the fact that they would have to exert themselves. Although, there would be many more setbacks in the desert and ultimately a new generation would enter the land of Israel, the seeds to the future success were planted when Moshe moved his tent and changed the dynamic. Leaders can learn several lessons from this episode. Among them is the need to be on the lookout for turning points and to envision growth from failure. An additional lesson is to realize that if leaders give too many things to their followers on silver platters they will end up with golden calves. her beauty. (Almost without fail, a majority of the girls ask if that’s what’s expected in a Torah-true marriage. If a couple wants to be truly modest in the eyes of Hashem are they not to pay attention to each other’s physical looks? My answer, “Who turned you into Sarah Imeinu? There’s a reason that she is the first Matriarch of Klal Yisrael.” Then I usually tell the Yiddish joke I wrote above, because humor is more powerful than any words I would use. Then they ask why we learn it if we can’t reach so high a level and I answer that we have to know who our role models are and to what middot (characteristics) we should aspire. The lesson is about modesty, but not to emulate exactly what transpired between the Avot and Imahot. It’s about striving to do more, not about being on par with the tzaddikim and tzidkaniot of Tanach. I think the beginning of the Parshah tells us how to be humble. Hashem commanded Moshe to take a census of Bnei Yisrael, by collecting a machatzit (half) ha’shekel (coin) from each man. The money went towards upkeep of the Mishkan. Then why just a half, when a whole would be that much more generous? Hashem likes halves and equality. In terms of relationships within Klal Yisrael, each Jewish person should feel incomplete without the rest of Klal Yisrael. That is humility that does not negate healthy selfesteem. I know I am incomplete on my own, because I need every member of Klal Yisrael to be whole, but I am not a broken defective coin. I fear that today there is too much emphasis on selfabnegation, which is antithetical to Torah, counterproductive to authentic Judaism and will never lead us to any good place. I am not whole without you, and every other Jewish person is a piece of jigsaw puzzle that is only complete when each piece fits into the other. Just last week, I heard Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Jacobson tell a short story. Not long after the Holocaust an observant man came to the Lubavitcher Rebbe for a brachah. The man told the Rebbe that he feels perhaps it is presumptuous on his part to ask for a brachah. He said his father had been a chassid in Europe, but that he is “only a pashuter (simple) Yid.” To which the Rebbe responded, “And what do you think a chassid is: ah pashuter Yid.” If only each of us would be a pashuter Yid, the highest accolade for a Jew.
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The Game Corner
By Jeffrey M. Kastner U.S.C.F. Life Master
udoku is a fun, mentally stimulating game that will appeal to readers of all ages and skill levels. To solve the puzzle, use the clues below, along with your powers of logic, deduction, and reasoning! Your object is to fill in every square of the grid so that all nine rows across, all nine columns down, and all nine 3-by3 boxes contain all nine letters of the Keyword, with no repeats. This week’s Keyword: Multiyear contracts worth millions of dollars are common in pro sports, despite the slumping economy. Solution on page: M60
Word-Finder Challenge: Chess Challenge #1548 Here’s an additional fun and instructive game that will test and improve your vocabulary and anagramming ability. Your object is to fi nd as many words as possible using only the 9 letters of this week’s Keyword: MULTIYEAR All words must be at least 3 letters long, and each letter of the Keyword may be used only once within any word you find. Multiple forms of the same word are acceptable (for instance, if FINE, FINES, FINED, and FINER were contained in the Keyword, they would all be usable). My word source is Merriam-Webster’s “Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, 4th Edition” (also known as “OSPD,” available in all major bookstores and online). Longer words (9 letters) not in OSPD can be found in “Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition.” Par score this week: 125 words. How did you do? When you’ve completed your list, compare it with mine at our Website: www.jewishpress.com under the Contest/Games tab. While there, play my weekly game, Word Star, a Web exclusive!
OBJECT: White to play and win. BLACK
WHITE Answer next week. Solution to #1547: 1.Qe4+ Kb8 2.Rb6+! Bxb6 (if 2…Kc8 3.Qb7+ Kd7 4.Ne5+ Ke7 5.Qxc7+ Ke8 6.Qc6+ wins) 3.Ka6 Rd7 4.Qa8+!! Kxa8 5.Nxb6+ Kb8 6.Nxd7+ and 7.Nxf8 wins.
We Remember By Helen Temkin Gruber
Slaves were we in Egypt Under Pharaoh’s pagan reign With singing whip and brutal grip We bore unending pain “Let my people go!” Moses suppliantly Cried. But Pharaoh’s heart hardened Like clay gods he deified. Yet, the Lord knew our affliction And through Moses set us free, Bu not before ten fierce plagues To astound humanity. And God saw there was no law Amidst the multitude free, So He made with us a Covenant Our guide for Eternity. Thus to this day as we relate Our plight at Pharaoh’s hand, We pray for an enduring peace And freedom in our land.
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critic, he gains a new set of viewers for his work: Sturm’s readers. Sturm draws Mendleman’s experiences in the marketplace and his frustrations not only from a removed, objective perspective, but also through Mendleman’s perspective. On several occasions, Sturm shows the rugs Mendleman is imagining as he looks at the rising sun or the busyness of the marketplace. Even if Mendleman’s rugs fail to sell, the graphic novel is perhaps his greatest work. (Unfortunately, the advanced reader’s copy of the book I received is blackand-white, but it cautions, “Please note that final book will be full color.”) Sturm is also a master of suggestion. On the first page, as Mendleman is leaving his house before dawn to head to the market, Sturm shows the mezuzah filling one cartoon frame. Although Mendleman does not appear in the frame, Sturm suggests Mendleman reaching out his hand to touch the mezuzah and then to kiss his finger in reverence. I find it interesting that this implication is probably lost on readers who are not familiar with what a mezuzah is, so perhaps Sturm has an intended, initiated Jewish audience. Needless to say, this is a rare and risky sort of move from a publisher like Drawn & Quarterly. Although I do look forward to seeing the final color version, I suspect I may end up preferring the black and white
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here’s this juicy tidbit; the obese control participants, without any therapy, gained weight! It is noteworthy to recognize that the 18 months of continual weight loss achieved by the majority of people in this particular study is significant and unique in light of the reality that most dieters regain all their weight (and maybe more) within a year and very few – perhaps 5% – truly maintain their weight loss. So, what’s the answer to taking and keeping the weight off? Well, it’s NOT just exercise! Research has shown that approximately one-half of the people, who attend an exercise program, drop out after several months! Why? Because these individuals have most likely been motivated by something external, such as a doctor’s warning regarding their health, an upcoming vacation, or a wedding/bar mitzvah/class reunion, or even participating in a fitness challenge! Whatever the initial motivation may be to get fit and lose weight, this study indicates that a person is not likely to stay the course and maintain a lifestyle of fitness, unless they learn to internalize their motivation so that it becomes intrinsic – a part of their identity. Part of the uniqueness of the nutritional counseling involves doing just that, constant motivation and an external support system that encourages, teaches, and works with the individual toward achieving a healthy lifestyle. So how do you elicit the mind in helping the body achieve its fitness goals? Sadly enough, there are literally millions of Americans stuck in the rut of behavioral intentions. Most individuals have
version in the end. A quick glance on the publisher’s website reveals a PDF version of some of the colored pages, which are effective mostly because they rely on very little color. Mendleman’s world is too dreary to admit too much color. And in the black-and-white version, his masterful rugs become more ironic or Absurdist, almost like the emperor’s new clothes. Could there be a better metaphor for the struggles of the shtetl than a rug maker, so proud of the gorgeous detail of his black, white and gray rugs? All images are courtesy of Drawn & Quarterly.
the best intentions when it comes to their health but lack the internalized concrete plan required to design and maintain it. In numerous studies the effectiveness of a weight loss program more than doubled simply because participants were asked to think about and develop a detailed plan of implementation. So the bottom line is: speak with someone who knows nutrition, can understand your specific energy needs and formulate a healthy plan that you can and will follow – then “just do it!” Now, for those of you who find it difficult to understand how to convert all these health statistics into practical and simple steps, I’m here to help. I have seen time and time again that people can change their behaviors if they are honest and realistic about their motivation. First, identify personal and meaningful motivations. What will keep you going when the going gets tough? Are you distressed about your behavior? Are you interested in changing it? Are you ready to take action now? The next step is to set practical achievable goals. Instead of saying, “I will become more active,” declare instead, “I will go on a brisk walk on Thursday at 6:00 pm.” The last step needed to effect a lasting change is to be aware that your emotions affect your health negatively and positively. It is important to develop strategies to cope with stress and disappointment without resorting to selfdestructive behavior such as eating junk food in excess. These unhealthy eating behaviors are ways of medicating anxieties…or feeding them (literally)! So to sum up the “mind-body connection” with regards to weight-loss, make up your mind and you will make up your body!
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On Our Own By Cheryl Kupfer
Why Winter Weather Is Good For You
frozen toes and fingers will burn calories and speed up your metabolism. 3) Physical fitness via weight lifting: Hours of bending down and lifting shovels full of snow over your shoulders as you clear and then re-clear your driveway and sidewalk, will build up your biceps and triceps and a whole bunch of muscles you never knew you had. 4) Enhanced privacy: You don’t have to worry about unwanted guests dropping in on you all hours of the day and night – not when there is 30 inches
any of us in North America, even in areas that are usually relatively toasty during the winter months – like Maryland and Washington, DC – are impatiently counting the days until spring and the promise of warmth and sunny days. Even rain is looking good these days. After seemingly non-stop snow storms, back -breaking snow shoveling, slippery “ice-walking” and school closings – meaning bored children tearing the house apart, people want winter to be behind them. This despite the fact that winter’s end automatically means Pesach is imminent – and we all know what preparing for this holiday of freedom entails. However, at this point there are a lot of fedup, winter-weary adults who hands down (literally) prefer scraping kitchen counters than scraping icy windshields. I however see many wonderful benefits to cold winter weather – it’s just a matter of opening your eyes even though your vision might be obscured by your ski mask. Below are a bar mitzvah number of reasons why winter weather is a bracha. 1: Good for the skin: Cold temperatures will keep you looking younger longer. After all, everyone knows that meat stays fresher looking in a refrigerator – but look what happens when meat is left out at room temperature (68-72 F). 2: Physical fitness via aerobics: All that jumping and hopping you do to get the circulation back in your
of snow on the sidewalk and road. Remember, sleet and snow falling through the day keeps the in-laws away! 5) Lower car expenses: Since you will not be going anywhere for a few days – or until whenever the blizzard lets up, you can save a substantial sum of money on gasoline and wear and tear on your car – unless of course you left it parked on the street/ driveway. 6) Peace of mind: You don’t have to worry about getting sunburned or heat stroke if you spend too
Something to Digest By Rosally Saltsman
enry Grunzweig is my late ex-husband’s in many common foods, like bread, it causes quite a brother’s second wife’s son. How’s that for number of problems. I spoke to Henry soon after he finished accompaa 21st century relationship? But Henry is a child of the 21st century in other ways as well. He’s nying the 5k Fun Run/Walk to support the runners of a 16 year old who waited 14 years to get a correct di- 26.2-mile marathon in Pasadena to raise money and agnosis of Celiac Disease (a 21st century disease – or awareness for Celiac disease. The money will provide at least one which only recently have they been able camperships for celiac kids. Henry was a junior counto run blood and genetic testing for). In simple terms selor at a Celiac Disease Foundation supported sumceliac is an intolerance to gluten. Although about mer camp sponsored by the Taylor Family Foundation. It’s a camp with activities like any othone percent of the population is estier – archery, swimming, talent shows mated to be afflicted with it, it’s very – only the kids can eat the camp food, hard to diagnose. In fact, Henry was which they couldn’t do at a regular diagnosed by accident. He was about camp. to undergo an operation for sinusitis Henry, an 11th grade student at when his mother, Marilyn Geller, told the doctors to do pre-op blood tests Viewpoint School in Calabasas, California is an active, over-achievfor everything and anything whether ing teenager. With a GPA of 3.7 (not or not it was covered by the insurbad for a kid who missed a third of ance (due to his stomach problems). 9th, 10th and so far 11th grades beAlthough Henry had been suffercause of his medical problems), he ing for stomach problems his whole is a National Merit Scholar, plays on life, the test for celiac had never been administered. But the results of the the football and tennis teams, teaches blood tests and a follow up endoscoSunday school, is a member of the py confi rmed it. Model United Nations and the Mock In fairness to the doctors, Henry is Trial Team at his school, and serves Henry an atypical sufferer. Most celiac kids as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Picture taken by Molly fail to thrive and are rather skinny. Celiac Disease Foundation. He’s conDuncan Stone But Henry was not and so they didn’t sidering a career in law or internathink to test for it. However, once it was diagnosed and tional politics. treated Henry had a growth spurt. For those of us who don’t suffer from a food allergy, Since the disease is genetic, his parents were tested, we are not aware that finding food to eat for someone and his father was found to have it as well, although he like Henry is often more difficult than trying to find has been relatively symptom free. kosher food in China. But the situation is improving. Like with many foods that are causing people prob- Special gluten-free food (even pizza) has become availlems, from intolerance to allergies to severe reactions, able. “It makes it a little easier for him to enjoy teenage gluten is difficult for humans to digest. Since it appears life,” says Marilyn. For more information on Celiac disease: http://www.celiac.org/ To contact Henry: firstname.lastname@example.org
much time outside (while waiting for the bus that was due 40 minutes earlier). 7) More peace of mind: Bundled up in layers of clothing and sweaters, no one will notice the 10 pounds you recently gained while indulging in latkes and donuts on Chanukah – and snacking on that pile of shalach manos you need to get rid of before Pesach. 8) Power failure will not ruin your food: If the electricity goes off, there is no need to worry about food spoiling. Just take your perishables outside. And if you’re in the mood for an iced tea, or your soda is too warm, you can just reach out of your window and break off an icicle or two. 9) Mitzvah opportunity: Those who are in very good shape can roam around the neighborhood, helping friends and strangers alike to push their cars out of the snow banks they are stuck in. 10) No line-ups in restaurants: Because so many people are housebound, those who are adventurous have their choice of tables and quick service if they go out to eat. 11) Enhanced family togetherness: Husbands and wives, mothers and fathers and children will get re-acquainted as they spend quality – and quantity time together – since nobody will be going out until the snow drifts blocking the doors melt away. 12) Personal safety: If you feel like taking a late night stroll or need to pick something up from the grocery store, you can walk out with confidence knowing that no self-respecting mugger would be caught outdoors in this freezing weather. 13) Heat appreciation: On muggy, hot, summer days, as you feel like you are melting under the broiling sun, you can remind yourself of those frigid, chilly winter days you so recently endured and embrace the heat beating on your head. As you can see, every cloud – even snow clouds – have a silver lining. You just have to not let the snowflakes get into your eyes! Henry tells me that they are 1-2 years away from a cure, a pill that one could take so that food with gluten in it wouldn’t affect you that badly. A vaccine, immunotherapy (shots) and a genetically-modified version of wheat are also in the works. The main problem is awareness. Henry, his mother and stepfather, Mark Geller, who’s also a doctor will be attending a convention in May to help raise awareness for the disease. “In the beginning it’s pretty tough,” says Henry, “because you have to give up your favorite foods. It’s hard when you go out with your friends but you deal with it.” Ironically Passover is the easiest time for Jewish people with celiac. Most of the food that comes from Israel is kosher for Passover and gluten free. It’s important that people are made aware of the incidents, symptoms and treatment for Celiac disease so that children, and people of all ages can lead a normal life. This is increasingly important because gluten has now also been linked to infertility and miscarriage. Since there is a range of symptoms that can appear in isolation or with others, especially if your child is failing to thrive, it’s a good idea to get a blood test if your child has any of the symptoms that are not responding to traditional treatment. Celiac disease can appear at any time and though not every upset stomach is a sign of celiac, increased awareness will help relieve unnecessary suffering and improve diagnosis. Henry confided that he had met his goal of raising $500 in the marathon for the Celiac Disease Foundation and maybe even surpassed it. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few years time, we found Henry in Congress or the Senate or maybe even the White House. By then they should have a gluten-free menu. In the meantime, this active and community-involved young man is doing what people are meant to do when they’re given a challenge. He’s rising above it, and using his experiences and talents to help others with the same challenge. Now that’s really something healthy to chew on.
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Why We Pierce The Ear Of The Slave Long before mankind abolished slavery, and at a time when the institution of slavery was the normal thing throughout the world, the Torah expressed its strong disapproval of the custom of making men serve other men. Rabi Yochanan Ben Zakai was once asked, “We find that the Torah declares that a slave who refuses to leave his master at the end of his slavery term must be taken and his ear pierced. “Why is this so? After all, if anything, his tongue, which declared, ‘I love my master and I will not go free,’ should have been pierced. Why, then, did the Torah single out the ear for punishment?” Rabi Yochanan replied, “The reason is simple. This ear, at Sinai, heard the Almighty declare, ‘For you are slaves unto Me – and not slaves to other slaves [people].’ Nevertheless, this man went ahead and sold himself as a slave. Because of this the Torah has commanded, ‘Let his ear be pierced.’ ”
True Faith This is a story of emunah, faith in Hashem, as narrated by the sainted Magid of Koznitz. One of his pious disciples was poverty-stricken and was about to marry off his eldest daughter, but had no funds for the wedding. The disciple pleaded with the rav to daven for him. “I see that you don’t trust Hashem to help you,” said the rav to the distraught man. “I suggest you pay a visit to one of my loyal pupils who lives in a distant town. He is a G-d-fearing man and you can learn a lot from him.” The disciple thanked the rav and went to visit the man who appeared to be very rich. He had many servants and his doors were open to all the poor of the town. Upon entering the estate, the visitor was greeted by the host who provided him with food and lodging. But the poor man was confused. “What can I learn from a rich man?” he thought to himself. “He doesn’t have my troubles. Is it possible the rav made a mistake?”
He approached the rich man and told him about his doubts and why he had come to see him. The host took him aside and said to him, “Were it not for the fact that you come to me from the rav I would not reveal my secret – a secret which I keep even from my wife and children.”
The host gave him 200 rubles and admonished him to trust more implicitly in Hashem. The poor man thanked him profusely and departed. On the way he met an official-looking wagon carrying an aged couple in chains. They were both crying and wringing their hands.
The Elderly Couple When he inquired of the official in charge why they were in chains, he was told that they were delinquent in their taxes and were now being carted off to jail (a punishment meted out to tax delinquents in most European countries a few hundreds years ago). “How much do they owe?” asked the poor man. “Two hundred rubles,” was the answer. Taking out the 200 rubles which had just been given to him, he paid the officer and freed the elderly couple who blessed him for their delivery.
The Secret He led him outside to a small hut. “This is my treasure house where I am supposed to have all my money hidden,” he said. He opened the door to a room filled with only a table and chair. On the table was a sefer Tehillim. “Let me tell you the truth,” said the host. “I am a very poor man. My estate is mortgaged and I owe tremendous debts. No one knows of my poor fi nancial condition. When my creditors press me for payment I enter this room and begin davening to Hashem who always answers me for He is all merciful.” As they walked out of the room a messenger from the governor approached them and said, “My master has instructed me to notify you that you are delinquent on your taxes. He must receive the sum of 5,000 rubles by tonight.” “Tell your master that he will receive it tonight,” the host answered him.
Penniless Turning to his poor visitor he then said, “You have just seen that I haven’t got a penny in my treasure room but I fear not for the mercy of Hashem is infinite. Come let us return to the room and pray for His help.” The host entered the room, sat down at the table and began saying a few kapitlach of tehillim. When he finished, he walked out and locked the door behind him. Suddenly a carriage drew up before him and out stepped a general who inquired if he were the master of the mansion. When he was told that he was, the general said, “I have been summoned to duty in a faraway land and I do not know if I will return alive. I have with me a chest of diamonds and gold that I would like to entrust to your care. I have no heirs or relations and I have heard that you are an honorable man, beyond reproach. Therefore, I am willing to pay you 5,000 rubles to guard this treasure. In the event I am killed the treasure is yours.” The host prepared a receipt and when the general departed, he immediately dispatched the 5,000 rubles to the governor in payment of his taxes. Turning to the poor man he said, “Do you see how swiftly Hashem answered my prayers?” “It may be well for you,” answered the poor man, “but how do I return home empty-handed when my daughter is soon to be married?”
Continuing on his way, a poorer but happier man, he entered an inn and sat down to dinner. While he was eating, an officer approached him and inquired if he resided in a certain town. When he replied in the affi rmative, the officer joyfully exclaimed, “Thank G-d, I found a man who appears to be honest. Will you deliver this bag that contains a few thousand rubles to my brother who resides at this address? I am called to active duty and I am unable to make the trip.”
The Reward The poor man took the bag and agreed to deliver it. When he arrived in the town and he inquired after the man and the address he found that there was no such person or street. He returned to the inn but no one there had heard of the officer. In a quandary he visited the Magid of Koznitz, and asked him his advice. “You have been rewarded for the great mitzvah of pidyon shivuyim, redeeming prisoners, which you performed. The officer must have been an angel in disguise, sent by Hashem to repay you for your good deed. The money is yours,” concluded the rabbi. From that day onward the man became very rich and his trust and faith in Hashem was unlimited. May the Almighty have similar pity on us and hearken to our prayers when we call to Him. Amen.
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The Castaway We all know the story of the famous Robinson Crusoe who was stranded on a desert island and spent many years in isolation. He did many things to keep from going insane. He built all sorts of things and trained all kinds of animals and grew all types of crops. The Jewish people had their own “Robinson Crusoe” many years before the non-Jewish one. He was a man who was forced to flee for his life and spend 12 long years in a cave, together with his son. However, instead of preserving his sanity by building things and catching and training animals, this man spent his time in study. Complete and utter study of the Torah was the sole preoccupation for 12 long years of the great Rabi Shimon Bar Yochai.
The Discussion One day, during the time that the Romans ruled over the Land of Israel, Rabi Yehuda, Rabi Yosi and Rabi Shimon bar Yochai were sitting together and discussing various topics. Together with them was man a called Yehuda, the son of proselytes (Ben Gerim). Their discussion turned to the material achievements of the Romans. Rabi Yehuda said: “It must be admitted that the works of the heathen are beautiful. They built market places where people can buy cheaply. They have built bridges over the water so that people may cross in safety. They make bathhouses where people may bathe and wash themselves.” Rabi Yosi listened attentively but he kept silent, neither agreeing nor disagreeing with Rabi Yehuda. Rabi Shimon however, disagreed, vigorously: “Whatever the heathens have made has not been for the good of the world but only for their own pleasures. “They have built bridges over the water for the purpose of levying tolls for their revenue. They made bathhouses to delight their own bodies.”
The Report Spreads Yehuda Ben Gerim went home and repeated what he had heard. The report spread until it reached the ears of the king. When the king heard this he decreed: “Since Rabi Yehuda has praised our works he shall be elevated and honored. Rabi Yosi, who was silent and neither praised nor condemned us shall be sent into exile. Rabi Shimon, however, who had the audacity to condemn us shall be put to death.”
“Perhaps your mother will be tortured and forced to disclose our whereabouts. Therefore let us leave here and find some place that no man knows of.”
The Cave And so, the two fled to the forest and hid in a cave. There, a great miracle occurred as the Holy One, Blessed Be He, caused a carob tree to grow inside the cave and a spring to suddenly appear. Thus, they were able to live, and above all, study the wonderful Torah that was their life. In order to save their clothing, they would take them off and bury themselves in the sand while they learned. And how they learned! The very woods shook from the powerful arguments as these two giants plunged into the deepest mysteries of the Torah. A year passed, and then another, and still another, until 12 years flew by.
Eliyahu Calls At the end of 12 years, Eliyahu HaNavi, suddenly appeared at the mouth of the cave and cried out: “Rabi Shimon Bar Yochai, come out! The king is dead and his decree is annulled!”
When the two heard this, they dressed and came out into the world for the first time in all those years. “Look!” they cried, as they gazed about. There, were farmers ploughing and tending to their fields as they tried to make a living for themselves. Rabi Shimon, however, had become so immersed in the world of Torah that it was inconceivable to him that people would not devote themselves totally to its study. “Behold these people,” cried Rabi Shimon, “they forsake the Eternal World and lose the World To Come instead they busy themselves with temporary and transitory things.” Such was Rabi Shimon’s fury that a fierce fire consumed every place he cast his eyes. Immediately a voice from Heaven rang out: “Have you left your cave to destroy the world? Return to your hiding place!” And so Rabi Shimon and Rabi Elazar returned again to the cave that had been their home for all those years. Twelve more months did they spend there until once again the voice cried out: “Rabi Shimon and his son, leave your cave!”
When Rabi Shimon heard this, he gathered up his son, the great Rabi Elazar, and they took refuge in the Beis Hamidrash. There the two remained and every day Rabi Shimon’s wife risked her life to stealthily bring them food and drink. However, Rabi Shimon realized that his wife was in grave danger and so he said to his son:
“If the birds cannot be trapped except by the Will of Heaven, how much more so is this true for the soul of man!” And so they left the cave. Rabi Elazar, who was still furious with men for not devoting their lives to Torah would strike them down, but Rabi Shimon, would heal them, saying: “No, my son. We must understand that not every man is capable of devoting his every moment to Torah. It is enough that there are two, such as us, in the world.” Thus, Rabi Shimon and his son went home, to the home they had not seen for so long. As they approached, they saw a man, carrying two bundles of flowers, running rapidly. “Pray tell me,” they asked, “why do you carry these flowers, and why do you run?” “I carry these flowers for the honor of the Sabbath, which is almost upon us.” “But why do you need two bundles? Surely one would be adequate for the holiness of the day.” “One is because our Torah commands us, ‘Remember the Sabbath’ and the other because it tells us to ‘Observe the Sabbath.’” Rabi Shimon’s heart grew lighter and he smiled with happiness as he heard these words. “You see my son,” he cried out to Rabi Elazar, “how dear are the mitzvahs to our people, Israel! I am comforted now.”
Rabi Shimon however, was not sure whether he was really destined to go out and whether he would not be caught, and so the two sat at the edge of the cave. As they waited, they saw a hunter setting his traps to catch birds. As they watched, a curious thing happened. The birds would fly past and into the trap, but a voice from Heaven would call: “Be saved!” and the birds would never be trapped. Suddenly, however, the voice would call: “Be trapped,” and the birds would fall victims to the snare. Whereupon Rabi Shimon understood and said:
When Rabi Pinchas, who was the son-in-law of Rabi Shimon Bar Yochai, heard that the great sage had returned, he ran happily to greet him. When he saw his condition, however, he was horrified. Taking him to the bathhouse in Tiberias, he proceeded to tenderly wash his body which was so scarred and full of sores. Nevertheless, he could not refrain from weeping bitterly at seeing Rabi Shimon in this condition, and his tears flowed into Rabi Shimon’s bruises, causing him to cry out in pain. “Woe unto me,” cried Rabi Pinchas “that I must see you in this condition!”
But Rabi Shimon answered him: “Happy are you that you see me this way, for had I not been in this condition, I would never have known the Torah that I do.” And when Rabbi Shimon was healed, he went out to the market place and whom should he see there, but the informer Yehuda Ben Gerim? “Is this one still in the world?” cried Rabbi Shimon. And setting his gaze upon him, he consumed him with fire. This is one way to acquire Torah fully and completely. Devoting yourself to it fully, eating and drinking sparingly, and never allowing a moment of unnecessary interruptions to intrude on our learning. Thus, did our Robinson Crusoe, who spent his time learning Torah instead of planting corn, become the great rabbi that he was.
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THE STORY OF RABBI AKIBA By Spielman and Fine
The Invalid Once upon a time, the train to Minsk stopped in the little village of Chelm. As the tiny engine ground to a halt, an old timer walked toward the train. He held his hands out before him, the palms facing each other. They were held ever so rigid. As the old man mounted the two huge steps leading into the train it was obvious that here was an unfortunate invalid. He was totally helpless. The poor soul leaned helplessly against the side of the doorway to sustain his balance as the train pulled out of the station. He held his elbows close to his sides with his forearms rigidly extended, his hands held some ten inches apart. A stranger on the train saw the plight of the old timer and stood up from his seat offering it to the invalid. “Can I help you?” he asked softly, as the old man took the stranger’s seat. “Oh, thank you,” the old man said. “Yes, you can. Could you please reach into my pocket and take out the kopecks to pay for my ticket when the conductor comes through the train?” Filled with pity, the stranger reached
into the old man’s pocket and took out the few coins. “I’ll hold the coins for you to give to the conductor when he comes through,” the stranger said. “By the way, I guess you are going to Minsk to see a specialist.” “A specialist?” questioned the old man. “Why should I go to see a specialist?” “Well,” the stranger began, “Because of your paralytic problem, I naturally assumed you were going to Minsk to see a doctor to help you.” “What are you talking about?” the old man snapped angrily. “I do not have a paralysis problem with my hands.” The stranger was curious. “All right, then tell me, if you do not have a paralytic problem with your hands, why do you hold them so rigidly?” “Oh,” smiled the old timer,” you see, I want to buy my wife a new pair of shoes for her birthday. So I just measured her size with my hands. And this is her size.” The stranger smiled uneasily and made a hasty retreat to another car. But, of course, how was he to know that nowhere found and this was the only way they did in the village of Chelm was a ruler to be all their measuring. Which, of course, ex-
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Parshas Ki Sisa By Reuven A. Stone and Menachim Shimanowitz COUNT BNEI YISROEL As our Parsha opens, Hashem is instructing Moshe about the way to count Jews. The count is part “How many Jews are there?” and part “fundraising for the Mishkan.” Every Jew from the age of 20 and up must come forward and hand Moshe a silver coin weighing half a shekel. These coins will be counted and they will how many Jewish men there are. What happens to these coins once the count is done? They will be melted down and cast into the 96 adonim (sockets) that hold the kerashim (wood beams) of the Mishkan together. While the Bait Hamikdash stood, once a year, every Jew donated a half shekel coin which was used to buy animals for the community korbanot (sacrifices). Moshe’s count is to take place before they actually begin to build the Mishkan, after the sin of the Eigel Hazahav.. (Confusing, isn’t it?) TIME TO WASH Just when you thought you knew all there was s to know about the Mishkan, Hashem introduces another vessel – the Kiyor, a huge washbasin made from copper, with a spout positioned near the bottom front for easy access. The kiyor is placed in the chatzair (courtyard) of the Mishkan, between the Mizbayach Hanechoshet (Copper Altar) and the entrance to the Mishkan. The kiyor is to be filled with water every morning and used by the Kohanim to wash their hands and feet prior to doing any avoda (service). The Kohanim must wash their hands and feet at the same time, in a crouching position. OIL TOIL Once the Mishkan is set up, Shemen Hamishcha (anointing oil), must be poured on all the vessels of the Mishkan and on the heads of all the Kohanim. Miraculously, this twelve log (a little more than one gallon) jug of oil Moshe made with his own hands, would last for 750 years – and then be hidden by King Yoshiyahu.
BURN, BURN What would a Ketoret (incense) Mizbayach be without Ketoret – made up of a mixture of eleven different spices burned everyday on the Mizbayach. The scent is a choice one for Hashem. It goes right up to Shomayim. As with the shemen hamishcha, it is forbidden to use this mixture for anything but the Mishkan and the Bait Hamikdash. THE BUILDER All these kaylim (utensils) are a great idea. But where will they find a master-craftsman who can do the job? Good news. Betzalel, the son of Uri, grandson of Chur, from shevet Yehuda, has a knack for melding gold into kaylim. But that’s not all! Betzalel is a jack of all trades: He’s a carpenter, an architect, a silversmith, a “seamster” and, on top of it all, he’s got Ruach HaKodesh. So he understands the deeper meaning behind the object he’s building. Betzalel and his trusty assistant Oholiav, son of Achisamach, from shevet Dan, will take on the Mishkan’s construction, doing the bigger work themselves and “subcontracting” the rest among Bnei Yisrael. MAD COW DISEASE After Matan Torah, Moshe told Bnei Yisrael that he’d be up on Har Sinai for 40 days. At the end of those 40 days he’d be back. Now, forty days have passed and – nothing. Bnei Yisrael start to panic – “What if he’s dead?” No, this situation is no good! Bnei Yisroel needs a leader. After experiencing the fearsome presence of Hashem, they need a physical object to be a go-between, between Hashem and them. The Eirev Rav pressure Aharon to make them an image. Aharon, stalling for time, announces: “Okay, I’ll make your image, but we need lots of gold. Go home to your wives and collect all their gold jewelry.” The women refuse to take part in this idolatrous plot. But that doesn’t stop the men from handing in their own earrings. Only shevet Levi did not participate and did not contribute one single earring. When the golden calf is complete, Aharon suggests that they build a mizbayach and make a big celebration the next day to dedicate the “new home of the shechinah.” Aharon hopes that Moshe will be back by the time the celebrations are about to begin. But the Eirev Rav awake early in the morning and begin to sing, dance and offer sacrifices to the idol. Some Jews also participate in the festivities. But no Jew really believes that the golden calf is a god.
plained the reason why all the houses in Chelm were built rather strangely.
MOSHE PRAYS Hashem tells Moshe that the Eirev Rav have pushed Bnei Yisroel into a very sinful situation. Only 40 days after the Jews cried out “Na’aseh V’nishma (we will do whatever Hashem tells us)” they have taken up idol worship! Now Hashem wants to destroy every Jew and start all over with Moshe. Moshe davens, asking Hashem for mercy. After many tefillos, Hashem agrees not to destroy Bnei Yisroel. It’s a great victory – but Moshe still has to deal with the mess down below. TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS Moshe makes his way down and is met by his student Yehoshua. Yehoshua doesn’t know what’s going on because he’s been camped by the mountain for forty days waiting for Moshe to come back. The two of them make their way to the camp, Moshe carrying the two luchot engraved with the Aseret Hadibrot (Ten Commandments). When they reach the camp, Moshe is horrified by what he sees and he throws down the Luchot, shattering them into many pieces. Moshe shouts at Bnei Yisrael angrily, “It’s not even 40 days since Hashem, Himself, spoke to you, and now you have mocked His laws and created an idol.” The next morning Moshe burns the golden calf and grinds the gold into fine powder, which he then mixes with water. Why? Moshe’s got a problem. You’re not allowed to kill a sinner unless he’s been warned, before he sinned. Also, many of Bnei Yisrael were bullied into worshipping the golden calf. So, Moshe makes the entire Bnei Yisroel take a sip of the tainted water. Anyone who is innocent is not affected by the concoction. But whoever took part in the idolatrous sinning – their stomachs get bigger and bigger until they pop! Moshe announces that whoever did not donate any gold to the Eigel Hazahav (idol of gold) should move over to his area. Most of Bnei Yisroel did not take part in this sin. But pockets of sinners from every shevet taint the 12 sh’vatim, except shevet Levi, and the Nesiyim. Now, Moshe orders the Leviyim to grab a sword and kill any Jew who worshipped the Eigel and ignored the warnings of two witnesses. The Leviyim end up killing 3,000 Jews. Then Moshe makes his way back up to the summit of Har Sinai to beg Hashem’s forgiveness. The date is 19 Tamuz. Once again Moshe is there for 40 days, begContinued on p. M59
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ging and davening for Bnei Yisroel to be forgiven. Finally, Hashem says that instead of punishing Bnei Yisroel all at once, He will spread the punishment over future generations a little at a time. CARVING NEW LUCHOT It’s time for new luchot, but this time Moshe would have to carve them himself. Hashem shows Moshe a sapphire mine where he can carve out two tablets about 2 feet square and deep. On the 10th of Tishrei, Moshe comes down from Har Sinai with luchot, freshly engraved by Hashem. However, Hashem tells Moshe that a malach (angel) will lead Bnei Yisroel into Eretz Yisroel instead of Hashem, Himself. The nation is devastated. Going from an appearance by Hashem to a walk with the butler is a long way from a personal relationship. Moshe won’t accept this deal, though. He begs Hashem to lead Bnei Yisroel Himself. Finally. Hashem agrees. However, Moshe decides to distance himself from Bnei Yisroel just to show
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them that they have disappointed him. He sets up his tent outside of the camp. He remains there until Hashem orders him back to camp for the building of the Mishkan. TAKING NO CHANCES Moshe managed to wing it when he begged for forgiveness this time around but, unfortunately, he anticipates he’ll be doing a bunch of begging in the future. “Maybe there’s a formula for mercy,” Moshe suspects. After all, something triggered Hashem’s mercy before, maybe it can be channeled. Hashem, indeed, does have a merciful side to Himself – 13 to be exact – Hashem, Hashem Kail Rachum… Hashem commands Moshe to teach these attributes to all of Bnei Yisroel. Plus, Moshe must make it clear – No more idolatrous images, and Bnei Yisroel must not make up holidays of their own. Hashem teaches Moshe many laws about Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot. Hashem introduces Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, when the nation will be judged and forgiven.
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What You Need: 2 red & 2 green peppers 1 can mushrooms 2 garlic cloves. 1 Tbs vinegar 2 Tbs oil Salt, pepper, ½ pinch sugar & basil. What You Do: Cut the red & green pepper into strips. Add 1 can drained mushrooms & the 2 pressed garlic cloves. Mix together the 1 Tblsp vinegar, 2 Tblsp oil, salt, pepper, ½ pinch sugar & basil. Pour over the vegetables and let sit a few hours in the refrigerator.
Crunchy Cabbage Salad What You Need: 1 bag of pre-cut, checked cabbage 3 scallions cut into small pieces. 3 Tblsp sugar 3 Tblsp water 1 ½ Tblsp oil 1/3 cup vinegar salt and pepper to taste
100 grams pumpkin seeds [optional] a handful of Craisins. What You Do: In a large bowl, put 1 bag of precut, checked cabbage and 3 scallions cut into small pieces. Add 3 Tblsp sugar, 3 Tblsp water, 1 ½ Tblsp oil, 1/3 cup vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate. Before serving, and 100 grams pumpkin seeds and [optional] a handful of Craisins.
by Pnina Brooks, Jerusalem What You Need: 5 cucumbers 1 medium diced onion 1 tsp salt, ½ cup sugar, ½ cup vinegar less than ¼ cup water. What You Do: Slice the 5 cucumbers into very thin round slices. Add 1 medium diced onion, 1 tsp salt, ½ cup sugar, ½ cup vinegar, and less than ¼ cup water. Mix, cover, and refrigerate.
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There’s Something About Hebron
ecently, I traveled to Israel with a group of college students. We were taken to visit the West Bank, including Hebron. While Jews make up only 20% of the population, (the other 80% are Muslims) we were reassured that Jews still manage to live full-fledged lives in Hebron. When walking into Me’arat Hamachpela, I felt a chill run down my spine. This was where our forefathers are buried, where Judaism began! As we entered the cave we felt the holiness in the air, and praying there was a one in a million kind of feeling. Hebron is the oldest Jewish city. It was here that a Jew first purchased real estate, when Avraham bought a piece of land to bury Sarah. Here was where our founders are buried; Avraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah and Adam and Eve as well. Hebron was King David’s first capital city, until he moved to Jerusalem. Hebron, located south of Jerusalem, has been the capital of the area since ancient times; there roads connect – east, west, north and south until Yemen. The name Hebron comes from the Hebrew word chibbur, meaning connection: the connection of the Jews to their ancient fathers and mothers. By the Second Temple era, Hebron had been settled by Jews, and King Herod erected a huge building over the cave in a similar style to the Wailing Wall. The Machpela cave is the only public building in the world which has been active for 2,000 years! Over the years, one occupier followed another, and Jews suffered humiliation, pogroms, and explosions. The Romans sold tens of thousands Jews as slaves near Hebron. The Byzantines modified the cave and turned the left wing into a church; the Arabs imitated the Jews by transforming it to their holy place. The Mumlucks built towers on Mearat Hamachpela, turned it to a Muslim shrine, and prohibited Jews from coming closer than the seventh stair leading to the graves. Jews have never stopped coming to Hebron whether as pilgrims or by coming to settle there – including famous Jews like the Rambam, Benjamin of Tudella, the Ramban, and the philanthropist Moshe Montefiore. To help the visitors there were those who carried the title “member of the patriarchs’graves” – their duty was to escort Jews who came to visit and pray at the cave. When the Turkish Empire took over in 1517, many Jews were killed during pogroms while others were expelled. However, the Jewish community soon re-established itself and many Sephardic Jews arrived expanding the community. A large plot of land was purchased to establish the “Ghetto” and the Avraham Avinu Synagogue was erected. The first aliya of Chasidim to Hebron was in 1748. The Jewish population expanded slowly and in 1807 the community in Hebron purchased land in two locations; one is which is now called the market and the second called Tel Hebron. This purchase of land was signed and agreed to by the Waqf, the head of the Muslims. Most of Hebron’s income in those days came via donations from abroad which were collected by shelichim (envoys). In 1819, representatives of the Lubavticher community came to Hebron building the first Chabad community in Israel. In 1840, a second wave of Lubavitch Chasidim moved to Hebron, along with the famous Rabbi Slonim and his family. Thanks to his influence, an agreement of cooperation was signed between the Sephardic and Ashkenazi communities; they organized and maintained many public institutions. However, life was not easy, the Jewish community suffered from oppression and robbery from the neighboring Arab sheikhs, who blackmailed them and demanded money. Slowly, Hebron began to develop. In 1907 a bank was opened in the city and wealthy Jews built new homes outside the “Ghetto” walls. Hadassah opened its first clinic in Hebron housed in the same building as the Lubavticher
yeshiva Torat Emet – Chaim Israel Romano, a wealthy Turkish Jew, had purchased the building. The Jewish community grew to 1,500 (among 8,000 other residents). World War I brought with it devastation. Many Jewish institutions were forced to shut down. It would be under the British Mandate that conditions would improve. As a matter of fact it was a day of celebration when the Kneset Yisrael relocated from Slobodka, Lithuania bringing 200 students and roshei yeshiva. For generations, Hebron‘s Jewish population had good relations with their Arab neighbors, who benefited from the development of the city. All this was to change, however, when the British appointed Amin alHusayni, a nationalist Palestinian Arab, as grand Mufti of Jerusalem in 1921. Mohammad Amin al-Husayni was born into a wealthy Jew-hating family. Frustrated when his program to establish an Arab state that would include Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel failed, he concentrated on leading a violent campaign against the Jews and Zionism. His appointment as Grand Mufti of Jerusalem put him in charge of all the Waqkf’s funds, and he regarded himself as the guardian of all Muslim holy places in the Holy Land. He called for a jihad against the Jews and all of his speeches were filled with violence and rhetoric. In August 1929, the Arabs publicly announced that they were preparing to slaughter all the Jews, and were waiting to get the order from the Grand Mufti. While researching Hebron massacre I came across Hebron: Rebirth from Ruins, 80 years after the 1929 massacre, Hebron Lives! by Dr. Michal Rachel Suissa. The following descriptions are based on the book: On Friday August 23, 1929, a yeshiva student was stabbed to death on the streets of Jerusalem. The same day a group of Arabs coming out from prayers at their Mosque marched in the streets of Hebron, shouting “Itbach al yahud!” (slaughter the Jews) and “Allahu akbar” (G-d is great). Throughout the day false rumors were spread that in Jerusalem, the Jews had killed thousands of Muslims, encouraging local Arabs to take revenge. The rabbi of Hebron went to the local commissioner, Abed Allah Kardus, to discuss the situation; the commissioner assured the rabbi that the Jews were secure. Thousands of Muslims joined the mob in Hebron saying the order came from a-Husayni to kill the Jews. The mob broke into the Slobodka Yeshiva, and found only one student there, Shmuel Rosenholtz. They stabbed and stoned him; his blood spilled over the pages of his Gemarah. The British Commander, Major Raymond Cafferata, yelled at the frightened Jews who came to the station asking for protection; he ordered them to lock themselves up in their houses. The next day, Sabbath morning, a huge mob of Arabs gathered on the streets, carrying with them knives, hatches and pitchforks. They broke into one house after another, raped girls along with mothers and grandmothers, torturing to death whomever they found. Men were castrated, women’s breasts were cut off, eyes were gouged out, and guts were torn out of bellies. Many of the Arabs were the victims’ neighbors and friends. The massacre took several hours. Some heroic Arabs however put their lives in jeopardy by hiding Jews in their basements, thereby saving their lives. However, several Arab policemen participated in the massacre as the British watched. After the massacre the police gathered the wounded in the police station, leaving them without medical care. Two Jewish doctors did all they could to help, but combined there were 63 dead and 80 Torah scrolls burned. Jerusalem’s British governor did all he could to cover up the massacre – he even prohibited the Jewish newspapers from reporting on it. However, HaRav Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook, the chief rabbi, sent telegrams all over the world with the details. As the British media began putting on pressure for investigation, the High British Commissioner, John Chancellor made a statement saying that those who were responsible for the massacre would be severely
punished. He appointed a medical committee which exhumed 30 bodies and examined them. Their conclusion was that there was no evidence of torture, even though there were limbs severed and faces destroyed. The British Colonial Office accepted testimony from Arabs and the British Police Chief, Cafferata, along with the Governor Abdalla Kardush, but refused to allow any Jews to attend. The leaders of the mob were put on trial, but most did not get any punishment. In 1931, a group of families was able to return to Hebron. They worked hard to reestablish their community without any financial support. However, 1936 saw more Arab riots and the British forcefully drove the Jews out of the city. The Arabs looted and took over all Jewish properties. The Jordanian army occupied the West Bank in 1948, and worked hard to root out all evidence of Jewish life. The Avraham Avinu synagogue was turned into a pen for sheep; a market replaced the Jewish quarter. The Jewish cemetery was destroyed as well. Beit Haddasah became an Arab school. For decades, Hebron, like the Western Wall and the Tomb of Rachel, was a place that Jews could only yearn for and dream about. During the 1967 war Israel won an extraordinary victory. The old city of Jerusalem was freed, as well as the West Bank, including Hebron. When the Israeli forces arrived in the city the Arab residents surrendered, without a single shot being fired. Rabbi Shlomo Goren, the chief rabbi of the IDF, hoisted an Israeli flag on top of the Mearat Hamachpela. The next day when Ben-Gurion visited the cave, he announced, “Hebron is Jerusalem’s sister” and urged Jews to return and build Hebron. In 1968, Rabbi Moshe Levinger and Rabbi Eliezer Waldman led a group of Jews to settle in Hebron. Although times were hard, the settlers felt they were fulfilling a dream that had existed for generations. Slowly, the Jewish community grew and in 1969 the Israeli government decided to establish a Jewish town close to Mearat Hamachpela, named Kiryat Arba. The plan was to build a Jewish city, and the surrounding hills were reserved for that purpose. But soon the Arabs covered the hills with illegal construction to block the development of the city. However, by 2008, Hebron’s Jewish population was over 7,000, and it had become an active regional center. In 1997, under pressure from President Clinton, Prime Minister Netanyahu handed over 85% of Hebron to the Palestinians. The Jewish residents have become easy targets for Arab snipers who live on hills surrounding them. The Jews have limitations on where they can build, while the Arabs embark on a massive wave of constructions. In addition, Israeli left wing organizations like Peace Now, very often join together with Arab activists to try to obliterate the Jewish community. With all that, the Hebron community is a reflection of the Zionist activity and achievement. It is an ancient community that has been driven out more than once, and always returned. Hebron is the root by which the Jewish nation stands.
Judoku Solution: MULTIYEAR
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RABBI GERSHON TANNENBAUM RAV, CONG. BNAI ISRAEL
Beis Din Decisions In Secular Courts In the past few years, several beis din judgments were challenged in secular courts. In Federal Court in Brooklyn, a beis din judgment was unambiguously upheld, while another beis din judgment brought to the New York State Supreme Court was termed “irrational” and “violative of public policy.” A third case, in California, awaits further developments. In the New York State Supreme Court, the judge overturned a decision by the Beis Din of America and startling both the rabbinical and civil legal communities. The judge’s decision was appealed and is now overturned. Nevertheless, the beis din decision may yet be further appealed. These beis din cases, as well any new cases presented, will be closely monitored.
Hon. Joe Lazar with Rabbi Herschel Kurzrock, Igud Rosh Beth Din
of the move, Justice Balter’s opinion was likely to be subject to an appeal and that it would not survive that appeal. Agudath Israel of America; Torah U’Mesorah – National Society for Hebrew Day Schools; the Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America; and the American Jewish Congress had filed Amici Curiae (Latin: friends of the court) briefs on September 11, 2009, with the Appellate Court, Second Division. HAFTR’s attorney, David J. Butler of the Bingham McCutchen law firm, indicated that he was disappointed by the reversal and that he may yet further appeal the case. Insurance in Secular and Jewish Law On Tuesday, February 9, 2010, the first session of “The American and Talmudic Comparative Law Series” convened. The series is being conducted by the Institute of American and Talmudic Law, in conjunction with Chabad Lubavitch of Brooklyn Heights, and sponsored by The Jewish Press. The series takes place at Congregation B’nai Avraham, 117 Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights. Rabbi Aaron Raskin serves as rav. The first session had Charles J. Hynes, Kings County District Attorney, discuss, “Alternative Sentencing and Rehabilitation.” D.A. Hynes is in the midst of his fifth term, having been elected to the office in 1989. In October, 1990, D.A. Hynes successfully initiated the Drug Treatment Alternativeto-Prison Program (DTAP) through which drug-addicted defendants return to society in a better position to resist drugs and crime after treatment than if they had spent a comparable time in prison at nearly twice the cost. DTAP is only available for non-violent offenders with a history of drug addiction. The program is a stellar model for similar prosecutionbased drug treatment programs across the country. The second session held on February 16, gave an “Overview of the Insurance Process.” Speakers were Martin Minkowitz, Esq., and Rabbi Yaakov Klass. Mr. Minkowitz, a noted insurance regulatory expert, is affiliated with law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and is professor of law at the New York School of Law. He served as deputy superintendent of the New York State Insurance Department from 1981 through 1988. Rabbi Klass is the noted Torah Editor of The Jewish Press, which is sponsoring the series. Rabbi Klass is the author of the Q&A column originally started by his uncle, Rabbi Sholom Klass, zt”l (1916-2000), founding editor of The Jewish Press, in 1960. The Q&A column, appearing weekly, is the single most widely-read questions and answers of Jewish Law. As part of his presentation, Rabbi Klass discussed issues that will appear in a Q&A column titled: “Liability Insurance – A Halachic View” which is found elsewhere in this issue. The “American and Talmudic Comparative Law Series” will continue until March 16 and earns the following credits: each session 2 credits CLE (continuing law education); 1.0 Ethics; and 1.0 Professional Practice. For more information, please call (718) 596-4840 or visit www.IATLAW.org.
On February 16, 2010, a four-judge panel of New York State’s Appellate Division, comprised of Judges Fred T. Santucci, J.P., Thomas A. Dickerson, Cheryl E. Chambers, and Sandra L. Sgroi, JJ, upheld a 2008 ruling of the Beis Din of America in regard to Rabbi Nachum Brisman and Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway (HAFTR). In the January 9, 2009 issue of The Jewish Star, a weekly in Nassau County, Michael Orbach wrote about a case that came before the New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, in which the court overturned a decision by the Beis Din of America. In a December 18, 2009 decision, Justice Bruce M. Balter of Kings County Supreme Court found that a verdict concerning a teacher at the HAFTR, rendered by the beis din, was “irrational” and “violative of public policy.” The case concerns Rabbi Nachum Brisman, a popular rebbi at the yeshiva, who was discharged at the end of the 2005 academic year. He had earned tenure over the course of the years of his employment, though tenure was canceled schoolwide in 2005. The Rosh Chodesh with the Igud case, presented to a beis din consisting of Rav of the The Igud Rosh Chodesh Adar Conference met at Young Israel of Riverdale and Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University, Rabbi Mordechai Willig; Rav of Congre- the gracious home of Rabbi Abraham and Rebbetzin gation Bnai Yeshurun of Teaneck, N.J., Rabbi Steven Shifra Stone in Flatbush. Rabbi Stone is renown as the Pruzansky; and Rabbi Ronald Warburg, coordinator Rav of Congregation Adas Yeshurun of Flatbush, lofor Beis Din of America, found in Rabbi Brisman’s fa- cated at 3418 Avenue N in Brooklyn, for more than 25 vor and awarded him $50,000 in back pay. The Beis years. The congregation was established in 1924 and Din also doubled his salary to $100,000, reinstated continues to nobly serve the still-growing Flatbush his tenure, and ruled that any future termination of Jewish community. Rabbi Abraham Stone and his Rabbi Brisman must go through the Beis Din itself. worthy rebbetzin hosted and dedicated the elaborate and sumptuous Rosh Chodesh SeuMarvin (Moshe) Neiman, Esq., of dah as a yahrzeit commemoration. the Neiman and Mairanz law firm, Rabbi Stone, a prolific writer and represented Rabbi Brisman. He author, also serves as director of pubstressed that positive nature of the lic relations for the United Lubavitchcompromise: “It was a good comproer Yeshivoth; as the popular author of mise because it made everyone unseveral weekly Torah columns in The happy.” Neiman, a well-known atJewish Press; and as lecturer in Jutorney in the observant communidaic Studies for Touro College. He is ty, was quoted in The Jewish Star the author of “Expounding the Torah article explaining that the beis din on the Festivals: Month of Tishrei,” salary award was lower than Raband a frequent contributor to many bi Brisman’s total 2005 compensaTorah journals. In addition, as vicetion, which, according to Neiman, president of the Igud, Rabbi Stone was mainly built through overtime. has served as editor for several of the At that time, while Neiman was Rabbi Emmanuel Ravad organization’s scholarly publications. confident that HAFTR would routinely honor the beis din decision, nevertheless, he Rabbi Stone is the son-in-law of Rabbi Leon Machlis sought to confirm the award with the New York State zt”l, beloved late dean of Yeshiva Ohel Moshe in BenSupreme Court, which is a routine step taken by at- sonhurst and former president of the Igud. The Igud conducts an annual convocation, which torneys after arbitration. The overturning of an arbitration verdict is relatively rare and considered un- celebrates a Siyum HaShas of its membership every usual. Justice Balter, however, found that the decision year in Elul, as well as a session devoted to Chomshould be voided on the grounds that it was irrational. er LeDrush, homiletical material presented as a reRabbi Michael Broyde, a dayan on the Beis Din of source for rabbis to draw upon. One of the yearly and America and professor of law at Emory University, much anticipated speakers at the Chomer LeDrush predicted at the time that, given the unusual nature session is Rabbi Stone who speaks as though he is
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addressing his own congregation on Rosh Hashana, before Tekiyas Shofar, or Yom Kippur before Kol Nidrei, always delivering an emotional introspection in preparation for the Yamim Noraim. Rav of the Beis Israel Synagogue of WestportNorwalk, Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, served as chairman. He called upon Igud Dayan, Rabbi Yoshua Y. Lustig, to open the session reciting Tehillim 130. An open discussion regarding a number of issues was discussed. Rav of Beis Medrash Mekadshei Hashem, Rabbi Yehuda Levin, was applauded for his active public battle on behalf of family values. Former NYC Commissioner of Mental Health and NYC Council candidate, the Hon. Joe Lazar, was introduced by Rabbi Shlomo Braun and Rabbi Yeruchem Silber. The candidate discussed his motivation in his campaigning and his adherence to traditional family values. Rabbi Stone delivered a dvar Torah in preparation of Purim, touching on many of its different aspects, citing a host of sources. Rabbi Stone’s erudite original dvar Torah was enthusiastically received by the learned audience and generated spirited debate, which engaged all of the attending rabbis. Mikveh Discussions 2006 At the Rosh Chodesh Adar Conference of 5766 (2006), also sponsored by Rabbi and Rebbetzin Stone, Rabbi Yirmiyahu Katz, Rosh Kolel Boyan, author of Mikveh Mayim, mikveh halacha activist, and mikveh builder was cited during discussions. That year, Rabbi Katz painfully noted that the State of Israel has more than 2,000 mikvaos to service its population. The United States of America, with an almost equal number of Jews, has less than 400 mikvaos. Rabbi Katz further noted that the majority of American mikvaos are in major Jewish populated areas such as Metropolitan New York City. However, once treading outside known larger Jewish communities, mikvaos are few and far apart. A call was made for the Igud to raise its voice and issue a clarion call for mikvaos to be built by every Jewish community across the United States.
Rabbi Abraham Stone
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These numbers have not changed by any appreciable amount, which means that today’s mikvaos in the United States are in worse condition today than they were just a few years ago. Natural deterioration has surely taken its toll. There have been no broad national campaigns to build new or renovate old mikvaos. Of course, from time to time we hear of noble efforts through which singular new mikvaos are built. However, findings of studies made five or 10 years ago remain the same. At the Adar 5770 Conference, Rabbi Emmanuel Ravad spoke passionately about the situation of today’s mikvaos in the United States. Rabbi Ravad is known for his efforts to teach the Jewish public about the meaning and the need of mikveh use. He has been leading an educational effort that seeks to bring mikveh use into Jewish circles where the word and concept of mikveh is foreign. The main thrust of Rabbi Ravad’s presentation is that the Jewish community is relatively prosperous, that no Jewish family in America lives in a cave. The cost of a mikveh is not prohibitive. Funding, Rabbi Ravad stresses, is not an overwhelming obstacle. The lack of knowing about the fundamental importance of the purposes of mikveh usage is the obstruction that must be overcome. Thus, Rabbi Ravad screams, we must engage all Jew in teaching the laws of mikveh. An excellent start, Rabbi Ravad proposed, was the establishment of as many public utensil mikvaos (mikveh keilim) as possible, on major streets, and in front of synagogues, Jewish centers, and schools. The average mikveh user, according to Rabbi Ravad, pays approximately $250 per year for mikveh use. If every mikveh user would contribute a corresponding amount to mikveh education, the number of mikveh users would increase exponentially.
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Continued from p.27 a happy ending. The other solution – unique, as far as I know, to Judaism – is to reveal the end at the beginning. That is the meaning of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is not simply a day of rest. It is an anticipation of “the end of history,” the messianic age. On it, we recover the lost harmonies of the Garden of Eden. We do not strive to do; we are content to be. We are not permitted to manipulate the world; instead, we celebrate it as G-d’s supreme work of art. We are not allowed to exercise power or dominance over other human beings, nor even domestic animals. Rich and poor inhabit the Sabbath alike, with equal dignity and freedom. No utopia has ever been realized (the word “utopia” itself means “no place”) – with one exception: the World-to-Come. The reason is that we rehearse it every week, one day in seven. The Sabbath is a full dress rehearsal for an ideal society that has not yet come to pass, but will because we know what we are aiming for – because we experienced it at the beginning. We now begin to sense the full symbolic drama of the making of the Tabernacle. In the wilderness, long before they crossed the Jordan and entered the Promised Land, G-d told the Israelites to build a miniature universe. It would be a place of carefully calibrated order, as the universe is a place of carefully calibrated order. Nowadays, scientists call this the “anthropic principle,” the finding that the laws of physics and chemistry are finely tuned for the emergence of life. (On this, see the book by the astronomer royal, Sir Martin Rees, Just Six Numbers:
ANNIVERSARY Heidi and Mel Rosenbach (New York, New York) – 30th Wedding Anniversary. Mazal tov to Drs. Michal & Dale Rosenbach, Leah Chana & Joseph Zyan, Tzipporah, Binyomin, Meir Yitzchok and Avraham Zev. The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe.) Just so did the Tabernacle have to be exact in its construction and dimensions. The building of the Tabernacle was a symbolic prototype of the building of a society. Just as it was an earthly home for the Divine presence, so would society become – if the Israelites honored G-d’s laws. The ultimate end of such a society is the harmony of existence that we have not yet experienced, living as we do in a world of work and striving, conﬂict and competition. G-d, however, wanted us to know what we were aiming at, so that we would not lose our way in the wilderness of time. That is why, when it came to the human execution of the building, the Sabbath came first, even though in global terms, the “Sabbath of history” (the messianic age, the World-to-Come) will come last. G-d “made known the end at the beginning” – the fulfilled rest that follows creative labor, the peace that will one day take the place of strife – so that we would catch a glimpse of the destination before beginning the journey. Only those who know where they are traveling will get there, however fast or slow they go. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of the British Commonwealth since 1991, is the author of many books of Jewish thought, and most recently provided the English translation and commentary for The Koren Sacks Siddur, the first English-translated Orthodox siddur in a generation. Adapted from Covenant & Conversation, a collection of Rabbi Sacks’s parshiyot hashavua essays, published by Maggid Books, an imprint of Koren Publishers Jerusalem (www.korenpub.com), in conjunction with the Orthodox Union.
A New Look To Credit Card Statements Customers can expect a new look to their credit card statements – the enhancements are designed to help consumers better understand their accounts and will be introduced in February when the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure of 2009, also known as the CARD Act, goes into effect. In addition to layout improvements, the new statements are easier to read and include information about how long it will take and how much it will cost to pay off your balance if you only make minimum payments. “It’s important for consumers to be aware of the changes to their credit card statements,” says Jenn Ehresman, customer experience executive at Bank of America. “The new statements will make it easier for consumers to manage their accounts and keep them in good standing.” Additional changes to credit card statements stemming from the CARD Act include: • Improved format for quick access to your information. • Account summary of monthly transactions in-
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Right Under Your Nose Sometimes, a great shidduch idea for a friend or relative stares you in the face until you finally realize that it’s there. Here are some true examples: Sara and Deena were roommates in a seminary in Israel. When they first met, they became fast friends, and their friendship grew closer as the year progressed. When some of the girls’ parents and siblings came to visit during January’s “yeshiva week,” Sara, Deena, and their other roommates found themselves being treated to dinner at a lovely Jerusalem restaurant. During the dinner, Sara’s married brother approached her and said, “Sara, your roommate, Deena, is perfect for our brother Shmuel. Why, they even have the same laugh. That’s uncanny.”
Sara stared at her brother and said, “Wow, Deena and Shmuel. You are right, even about their laugh. It can’t believe it. It never dawned on me. What a match!” That Pesach Sara’s brother set Deena up with Shmuel and six months later they were married. A similar story took place in a girls’ summer camp. Six of the counselors became good friends. Two of the girls, Moriah and Sharona, lived in the same hometown, and on the same block. As the eighth and final week of camp approached, Moriah and Sharona walked together to the place where they were to meet the rest of their group. “You know,” mused Moriah, “I’ve been thinking about this idea for the past few days and I want to run it by you. The girls we’re working with are so nice, and I had this incredible idea. What do you think about setting my brother, Daniel, up with Dassie?” Sharona laughed and said, “Dassie? Are you sure?” She thought for a minute. “You know, that could be a great idea.” And the rest is history. You don’t have to be a sibling to have a great idea for a match. Malkie’s mother spent a lot of time on the telephone networking to find shidduchim for her children, and for the first three of them, this
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process worked beautifully. But it wasn’t producing the best results for Malkie. Nevertheless, Mrs. Davis always looked for opportunities to help her daughter. One morning, as Mrs. Davis was returning from her daily walk with friends, she saw her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Schwartz, working in her garden, and stopped to say “Hello” and admire her beautiful ﬂower beds. The two chatted and Mrs. Schwartz asked about each of the Davis children. When Mrs. Davis mentioned that Malkie was looking to meet the right man to marry, Mrs. Schwartz commented, “I wish I knew a nice boy for her … come to think of it, I do know someone. My niece’s son, Yehuda. Tell me, what kind of a boy is she looking for?” And that conversation led to a few more, and resulted in a match between Malkie and Yehuda. So often, we are so busy with life that we fail to see what is right under our nose. Many times, the right person for our brother, sister, friend, or relative is someone we grew up with, work with, or see every day. If we take the time to think about these possibilities, many more wonderful shidduchim could be made.
fectly honest, I did not feel that I had a great deal of inﬂuence in the ability to offer advice and advocate a shidduch when single. This really bothered me when both parties were so compatible. I’m very curious as to how you would advise me in becoming a more effective go-between. My purpose in writing is not to complain that many singles can be impossible, for that would be unfair. After all, I got married late and had my own ideas about what to look for in a spouse. As a result, I am sure that many thought that I was very picky. I would like some suggestions on how to help things move forward, and how to get the singles to even consider any suggestion without feeling that I am being insensitive or pushy. I can tell you from experience that when a single feels that way it backfires, and the shidduch will be in jeopardy. Additionally, the single will not want to hear other suggestions if they do not feel comfortable with you. The last thing I would want to do is make singles feel even more frustrated. I really want to help these people as they are my friends, and it really pains me to see them having to endure this life test. Sincerely, Seeking Help, So I Can Help Questions and/or comments can be sent to IYH@jewishpress.com or c/o The Jewish Press, 338 Third Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215, Attn: Im Yirtzeh Hashem.
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West Coast Happenings JEANNE LITVIN WEST COAST EDITOR Events In The West: This Shabbos, Rabbi Daniel Korobkin, OU West Coast director of community and synagogue services and rav of Kehilat Yavneh, will be the scholar-in-residence at Emek Beracha in Palo Alto… On March 13, OU West Coast is sponsoring an evening for “Empty Nesters” with Rabbi Dov Heller, a psychotherapist and the director of the Relationship Institute. He will speak on “When You Have An Empty Nest, Build A Bird House”… On March 13-14, BCMH in Seattle will host scholar-in-residence Rabbi Menachem Leibtag, one of the pioneers of Torah education via the Internet. Singles: On March 7, author Doron Kornbluth will speak about “How To Find Your Jewish Soulmate In A Modern Multicultural World” at the Jewish Learning Exchange. Kosher News: Salmonella contamination recalls for: Trader Joe’s 7.4-ounce boxes of chocolate chip chewy-coated granola bars… In California, Arizona, and Nevada only: Fresh & Easy™ Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars… Health Valley Organic Peanut Crunch, Dutch Apple and Wildberry Chewy Granola Bars. LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA Mazel Tov – Births: Yoni and Lori Kassar, a daughter (Grandparents Barry and Avra Kassar)… Meir and Chani Levy of Yerushalayim, a daughter (Grandparents David and Melanie Levy). Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Michael Abramowitz, son of Bryan and Gila Abramowitz… Asher Perlitch, son of Mitch and Barbara Perlitch. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Mazel Tov – Births: Shloime and Chava Lederer, a daughter (Grandparents Drs. Hershel and Tamar Frankiel)… Yoni and Lori Kassar, a daughter (Grandparents Barry and Avra Kassar of La Jolla, CA)… David and Molly Schlussel, a daughter… Daniel and Alyssa Barzideh of Bergenfield, NJ, a son (Grandparents Jacob and Esther Barzideh)… Yoel and Chana Zuman, a daughter (Grandparents Dr. Bezalel and Devorah Zuman; Greatgrandparents David and Sheila Thumim)… Sol-
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Continued from p.37 This is the source of using three matzos on the night of Pesach. The Tzaddik of Ziditchov asks, “Why is it that everything is four,” four parshios in tefillin, four tzitzios, four species of the lulav, four questions, four kosos (cups) of wine, but only three matzos? His Rebbe cleverly answered that when the middle matzah is broken, there are four here also. But why do we start with three? The reason is because of the three se’ah, a biblical dry measure, of flour that Sarah Imeinu prepared for the angels. And when we think about it in this light, we realize that the very ﬁrst matzos were specially baked to be given to the needy. Many people do not realize that on Pesach, we are judged on our tevu’ah, our produce, which is directly related to our parnassah. Thus, sharing with others at this season is the best way to ensure that Hashem gives us a good judgment. Thus, we ﬁnd that Avraham was healed from the pain of his circumcision when he rose and began serving the angels. Likewise Lot, and some of his family, was saved when he served matzos to the angels in Sodom. The Zohar calls matzah michlah d’asvasa, (food of healing).
Thus we see giving Kimcha D’pischa promises to help us in many beneﬁcial ways: Toward a bountiful judgment upon our produce; to keep us healthy; to save us from danger; and to propel us to success in the Worldto-Come. Therefore, it behooves us to give more attention to helping others before Pesach. Let’s create a legacy by directing our family’s attention to this great mitzvah. In this merit, many we be zocheh to always have the ability to give, and never need to take – and may we all merit the coming of the Moshiach speedily in our days. Visit Rabbi Weiss’s website at RabbiMMWeiss.com. To receive a weekly cassette tape or CD directly from Rabbi Weiss, please send a check to Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss, P.O. Box 140726, Staten Island, NY 10314 or e-mail RMMWSI@ aol.com. Attend Rabbi Weiss’s weekly shiur at the Landau Shul, Avenue L and East 9th in Flatbush, Tuesday nights at 9:30 p.m. Rabbi Weiss’s Daf Yomi shiurim can be heard on Kol Haloshon at 718906-6400. For details, write to KolHalashon@gmail.com. (Sheldon Zeitlin transcribes Rabbi Weiss’s articles. If you wish to receive them by e-mail, please send a note to ZeitlinShelley@aol.com.)
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It’s nice to be at happy and important occasions. The right event can bring a smile to the face and a glow inside that’s a much-needed and welcome departure from the day-to-day routine. I’ve seen people of all ages enjoy semachos, reunions, eating out with family, and other such activities. One’s age need not be a barrier to what a person can do and enjoy. I know of a woman in Brooklyn who at the age of 100 had a fall one morning. After she was helped up and deemed to be okay she continued in her preparations for her evening “outing.” This outing was to fly to Israel to go to a great-grandchild’s wedding. She went, had a good time, and came back okay. Of course there was family helping her in those areas where she needed assistance. It is important to stay connected to family and happy events for people in their 80s, 90s and over 100. But it is also just as important for people who are frail, and have other concerns, to watch – and to have others watching them, when appropriate – that they don’t overextend themselves at these occasions. The goal is to literally and ﬁguratively, “Have your cake and eat it too.” You get to the simcha. You enjoy the simcha. But you don’t pay for it in pain and weakness for weeks and months ahead. A woman – I’ll call her Sarah – celebrated her 100th birthday amidst great fanfare with family and friends coming from all over to be with her. For almost the entire celebration Sarah was alert and aware of what was going on and it appeared that she enjoyed it immensely. A few things happened, though, that would later cause her Looking for US Critical Care Physicians* difﬁculties. Quite natuand Nurse Practitioners rally, it seemed that everyone wanted to shake her hand and wish her well. Pictures were posed to capture for posterity. A photographer for a local newspaper wanted a picture of Sarah cutting her beautiful cake. A knife was put in her hand, and someone else extended her hand to have the knife touch the cake for the beneﬁt of the picture. In retrospect, all of the hand shaking and this cake cutting were not for the beneﬁt of Sarah at all. For months after the party her right hand hurt and she had difﬁculty moving it. Fortunately, the experience was well noted, and at a subsequent happy occasion for Sarah steps were taken to see that she enjoyed the event but not at the expense of future pain. It’s not just physical
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He’s traveled recently to Norfolk, VA, Memphis, Tennessee, and Dallas, Texas. And now, Orthodox Union President Stephen J. Savitsky will travel to a larger Jewish neighborhood on his tour of emerging Jewish communities: Brooklyn, New York. The visit will take place the Shabbat weekend of March 5-6. On Friday night, at 9:00 p.m., Savitsky will participate in a panel discussion at the Young Israel of Midwood with Rabbi Eli Baruch Shulman, Rabbi Dr. Eric Levine of Young Israel of Ave-
nue J, and Shlomo Z. Mostofsky, president, National Council of Young Israel. The topic will be “Orthodox Jewry at the Crossroads – Will We Meet the Challenges?” On Shabbat, Savitsky will give the morning drasha at the Young Israel of Midwood on “The Orthodox Union: Touching the Lives of Every Jew.” He will speak at shalosh seudot at the Young Israel of Avenue J following Mincha at 5:20 p.m., on “The Torah’s Secret to a Long and Meaningful Life.”
continue well beyond graduation. The “Merkaz family” continues to grow, bringing everyone at Merkaz great joy as they see their young women emerging from Merkaz well-prepared for life’s challenges. Merkaz alumni often visit, with their children in tow, eager to maintain and renew their ties to their “home away from home,” Merkaz Bnos High School. The pleasure and pride comes not only from the personal lives of Merkaz alumni, but from their professional success as well. The school takes pride as they take their places in the community as doctors, nurses, therapists, physician assistants, accountants, teachers, etc. Their alumni are the greatest testimony of what Merkaz is all about. They are fulfilling the mission of the school as they become successful young women in every capacity. For more information, Merkaz can be reached at 718-259-5600.
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AS I SEE IT MENACHEM PORUSH Former Member Of The Knesset
Editor’s Note: The following is an abridged version of Rabbi Menachem Porush’s first column for The Jewish Press, published November 12, 1971. Rabbi Porush died last Sunday. Better Many Worries Than One Well, the Knesset is back in full swing. Second only to security in commanding the interest of the Israeli parliament is the nation’s economic situation…. It is obvious that our thrift-minded government must look for other areas [other than defense] in which to slash expenditures. But where? After the exposure of social wounds, which resulted from the publicity surrounding the Jerusalem Black Panthers, it is hardly likely that cuts will be proposed in the Social Welfare Ministry. Even in the ministries dedicated to the development of the land, it is difficult to imagine substantial reductions…. Employers And Employees The resulting hardship in making budget cuts offers very little hope for relief in the strained labor relations which inevitably arise from the inability to grant wage hikes in line with post devaluation price increases. The particular political paradox in Israel stems from the fact that the employer and employee belong to the same political party – both the government and the Histadrut Labor Union are controlled by the Labor Party. While the government thus struggles with its labor relations problem it is worthwhile noting that unemployment is not one of its headaches. In fact, there are so many employment opportunities that Arabs have begun to dominate some labor markets. It is indicative of the changing climate of Israeli history that Arab labor is so readily accepted today. How well do I recall that the powerful Histadrut was born with the
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being in Ir David for the Moskowitz Zionism Awards event are all part of the program. The liberation of Hebron occurred one day after the liberation of Jerusalem, and so AFSI will be in Hebron with David Wilder to celebrate that event. Israel Danziger will guide the group through the surrounding struggling communities in the southern Hebron hills. Back in Yerushalayim, Arieh King will lead the group on a special insiders’ tour of the communities within the Jerusalem municipal borders that are under threat. Shabbat will be spent in Yerushalayim with Ateret Cohanim leading the group on a walking tour of the Old City and Sunday will be devoted to viewing the situation in Sderot with Alon Davidi, touring the new Negev communities with Dror Vanunu and others from the former Gush Katif communities, and meeting with the Shomrim, who are guarding the Jewish farms from marauding Bedouin Arabs. The mission concludes with a gala farewell dinner in Ashkelon. Call AFSI, 212-828-2424, 1-800235-3658 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations. For reports and photos of previous AFSI missions, and a detailed itinerary of the upcoming May trip, visit www.afsi.org.
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HALACHIC QUESTIONS RABBI J. SIMCHA COHEN Rav of Congregation Aitz Chaim in West Palm Beach, Florida
Why Adar? Question: The Talmud rules that â€œat the onset of Adar, happiness (simcha) is increasedâ€? (Taâ€™anit 29a). What is so special about the month of Adar, in contrast to all other months, that its onset mandates Jews to express happiness? Response: Rashi (ibid.) suggests that the mandate to be joyous during Adar is due to â€œPurim and Pesach.â€? This requires analysis. It is understandable that we should be joyous for G-d saving us from Hamanâ€™s decree to annihilate us in the month of Adar. But what does Pesach, which occurs in Nissan, have to do with being happy in Adar? Furthermore, if the reason we are joyous in Adar is due to Purim, why not be joyous in Kislev due to Chanukah? These questions were posed by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who resolved them Rabbi Cohen is a recipient of the Jerusalem Prize for rabbinic leadership and author of several books on halacha. His latest, titled â€œShabbat The Right Way: Resolving Halachic Dilemmasâ€? (Urim Publications), is available at local Hebrew bookstores.
as follows: The Talmud relates Adar to Av. It states that â€œthe onset of the month of Av is to be marked with a lowering of joy while the month of Adar should be marked with an increase of happinessâ€? (ibid.). The month of Av is unique in that, not one, but many terrible incidents took place in that month. So, too, suggests the Rebbe, during the month of Adar more than one deliverance took place. The Talmud relates that Haman was overjoyed when the lots he drew for the day to initiate his plans to destroy the Jewish nation came out on Adar. He knew that Adar was the month in which Moshe died. He figured Mosheâ€™s death during this month indicated that Adar was a month of bad luck for Jews. What Haman failed to realize was that Moshe was also born in the month of Adar (Megilla 13b). Moshe was G-dâ€™s choice to lead the Jewish people out of Egypt â€“ which eventually took place in Nissan. Thus, Adar symbolizes the beginning of the Jewsâ€™ salvation from Pharaoh. Hence, Rashi lists both Purim and Pesach as the rationale for being joyous in Adar. The miracle of Purim and Moshe Rabbeinuâ€™s birth both took place in Adar. Since Adar manifests two significant joyful events, it has greater claim to joy than other months (Shaarei Halacha Uâ€™Minhag, Orach Chayyim Part II, Siman 286).
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Following their intensive involvement in advising Israelâ€™s search-andrescue team dispatched to Haiti, three top-ranking IDF colonels in the Home Front Command came â€œhomeâ€? to a different command â€“ their high school alma mater, Boys Town Jerusalem. For Col. Ben-Tzvi Elyassi, Lt. Col. Yishai Malka, and Lt. Colonel Nir Golkin, the visit to Boys Town was an opportunity to recall the inspiration they first received there, as well as to meet todayâ€™s generation of students. â€œIt was here at Boys Town that our rabbis instilled us with the supreme value of the sanctity of human life,â€? said Col. Elyassi, who today heads the Israeli Armyâ€™s Search & Rescue Doctrine and Development department. â€œFor over 20 years, Iâ€™ve had the merit to save the lives of men, women and children in terrible disasters in Israel and the world. Iâ€™m proud that the IDF is guided by the mandate to value human life, and grateful that I can carry out what I learned in these classrooms.â€? Lt. Col. Yishai Malka, a classmate of Col. Elyassi in the class of 1982, recalled how his teachers and rabbis had cared for their students, crediting them with the technical and ethical education that spurred his climb in the ranks of the Home Front Command. Malka, who heads the IDF Rescue Corps Training School, has devoted decades to rescuing and protecting civilians in Israel and the world. â€œMy unit and others went on alert almost the second the earthquake rocked Haiti. I remained with the rescue team till they flew from Israel, preparing and briefing
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