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Message From The Publisher so, the BJL has proudly stepped in to fill the void and be the voice for the overwhelming majority of the Bukharian community. Currently, the Bukharian people are spread out throughout New York, along with parts of Florida, Arizona, Georgia, Colorado, Texas, Ohio, and several other states. B’ezrat Hashem, we look forward to making the BJL the unbreakable link that unites all these wonderful communities. The BJL will bring everyone together to one center of communication, something that will without a doubt bring about a great revolution. From here on out, we will know what is happening in the Bukharian communities outside of New York, while they will know what we are doing here in New York. The other objective of the Bukharian Jewish Link is to enlighten our community with the vast knowledge and expertise of its members. Throughout my nine years at Pizza Palace Cafe in Forest Hills, I met a nice number of Bukharian doctors, lawyers, professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, builders, developers and activists, who are making a big difference throughout New York. With the BJL, we want our community members and professionals to give us an insight in their field of expertise. Furthermore, this paper will give all our other wonderful neighboring Jewish


he wait is finally over! The much-anticipated Bukharian Jewish Link (BJL) has officially made its grand debut! Shehechiyanu Vekiyimanu Vehigiyanu Lazman Hazeh! With a thriving community of approximately 100,000 members, it is about time the Bukharian community has a paper to unite everyone under one umbrella. The reality is that the new generation of Bukharian Americans does not read Russian, and to this day, all Bukharian newspapers in the United States are geared towards the Russian-speaking audience. And

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.53 Calendar – Rebecca Wittert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 50-52 Recent Happenings – Susie Garber, QJL Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50-52 .49 Snapshots – Shua Katz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49



communities an opportunity to get to know our community more up close and personal. This is something we believe will help promote better understanding of our rich culture and way of life. We truly feel blessed to have the support of the newly-formed Bukharian Rabbanut of the USA and Canada, headed by Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yisraeli. Seeing all the leading rabbis of the Bukharian community united to further strengthen our future gives laymen such as myself the strength to do as much as I can to help with the cause. Similarly, sitting with numerous community leaders such as Mr. Simcha Alishaev and receiving their fullest support gives us the inner strength to make this project one that will bring pride and joy to the entire community. I would like for everyone to feel free to reach out and communicate with us on what type of material you would like to see; we want you to feel that this is your newspaper. We are open to suggestions, constructive criticism, and of course compliments too! Thank you for your interest in our publication and we look forward to building a long-lasting relationship with you and your family! Ketiva Vechatima Tovah to all!! Avraham Yakubov


79 Classifieds & Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 79 General Interest


.20 Financially Forward – Gerald Harris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 28/29 This Week in History – Yakov Merkin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28/29

Message From Publisher �������� Page 4 BJL Interviews ��������������������������� Page 7 Rabbi’s Thoughts ���������������������� Page 8 Torah Observations ���������������� Page 10 Legendary Leaders ���������������� Page 12 Holiday Insights ����������������������� Page 14 Different Perspectives ������������ Page 16 World News Briefs ������������������ Page 18 Living Healthy ������������������������� Page 20 Inquiry & Reason �������������������� Page 21 Debunking Bankruptcy ����������� Page 22 Community �����������������������Pages 23-34 Community Close-Ups ������� Pages 26 Tips for Buying Your First Home ������������������������������ Page 35 Positive Parenting ������������������� Page 36 Fiscally Speaking �������������������� Page 37 Russian Section ��������������� Pages 38/39 Wild & Weird News ����������Pages 40-42 Now We’re Cooking �������������� Pages 46 Mike was Mike ������������������������ Page 51 Fun & Games ����������������������� Page 53

Style & Living .70 Beauty Briefs – Risselle Naimark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 .57 Dating Today – Goldy Krantz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 .63 Foodie Adventures – Bracha Serle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 .61 Interior Design for the 99% – Zisi Naimark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 .66 Real-Life Reflections – Sarah Newcomb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 .72 Style Myths Debunked – Meira E . Schneider-Atik . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72

Light & Fun .77 Feelin’ Funny – Mordechai Schmutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 .56 Secrets in Disguise – Susie Garber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 16-19 Snippets of Strange – QJL Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-19 .81 The Fun Side – QJL Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81

Mental Health & Physical Wellness .55 Hooked on Healing – Caroline Schumsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

Opinion .22 As I See it – Cynthia Zalisky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 .27 Blue and White – Shmuel Sackett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 .24 For What it’s Worth – Warren Hecht . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 .58 Frontlines – Joe Frager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58

Torah/Tefilah/Parshah .9 Rabbi’s Musings & Amusings – R’ Dani Staum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 .13 A Shabbat Thought – R’ David Algaze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 .10 The Shmuz on the Parshah – R’ Ben Tzion Shafier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Stories of Greatness – R’ Dovid Hoffman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 .7 Weekly Tefilah Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 .69

Special Articles How do we Remember? – Manny Behar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 .32 Mike Was Mike – Council Member Rory I . Lancman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 .35 Michael Simanowitz: An Appreciation – Sergey Kadinsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 .37 Mike Simanowitz: A Politician L’Shem Shamayim – Manny Behar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 .38 Michael Simanowitz z”l: An Appreciation from Family and Friends – Jennifer Jennifer Jaffe Jaffe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 .40

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‘What Does the New BJL Mean To You?’ We get answers from some of the Bukharian community’s most influential voices

Simcha Musheyev

Yaniv Meirov

Yaakov Serle

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publication! What do you hope to accomplish with your new paper? Avraham Yakubov:: Actually, I would like to see the paper be a paper of the Bukharian people. We want the paper to unite the Bukharian communities here in New York and all over the United States. The reality is that it’s sometimes very difficult to unify our community and coordinate because everybody is just so busy. I hope to create a channel that will make it easier for peers to catch up with each other and stay abreast of all the latest developments in our vast community. The BJL’s goal is truly to keep the Bukharian people “linked” together. One of the ways we hope to accomplish this is by making the

younger generation aware of how rich and diverse our culture has become. We have many rabbis, lawyers, doctors, business owners, and other professionals whom our youth are simply unaware of. We hope to make them aware through various articles and features. Hopefully, with this awareness, our youth will feel empowered and take advantage of their opportunities. We also want to get our name out onto the political map. We have a very large community that is just itching to get involved on a deeper level and contribute. However, the political world needs to notice us first. This paper will help us connect by broadcasting us to the English-speaking public.


hat does the Bukharian Jewish Link mean to you? I interviewed four active people in the Queens Bukharian community who were instrumental in founding the BJL, to paint a portrait of exciting possibilities for this new publication. The following material has been stylistically edited to reflect a glimpse of our collective hopes and dreams. First, I spoke to Avraham Yakubov, publisher of the BJL, to discuss his hopes and dreams for his new publication. AS: It’s a big undertaking to start a new

AS: That’s quite bold! I think our readers would also like to know what makes this publication unique juxtaposed to other Bukharian publications. Why do you think the target audience will benefit from this paper more than the ones already available to them? Avraham Yakubov: Our paper is different than other papers in the community in that we are primarily an English publication geared to an English-speaking audience. Many of the new generation do not read or write Russian, including myself. Our target is the future - not the past. The younger generation’s focus is how to make our new homes (Israel, USA, Canada, Europe) a better place for us to live in. Therefore, our overall and overarching goal is to facilitate the growing voice of our youth. I next interviewed Simcha Mushayev, who in many ways personifies the new generation of Bukharian Jews. He began the Alliance of Bukharian Americans (ABA) to push forward an agenda of community growth and is involved in a host of other initiatives. AS: Simcha, please tell us a little about yourself. What’s your background and how did you get so proactive within this community? Simcha Mushayev: I came to New York in 1991 and immediately started a yeshiva education, as this was the ultimate reason why my parents left Russia. I graduatCONTINUED ON P. 10


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September 13, 2017 Dear Friends, It is my distinct pleasure to extend my welcome and congratulations to the Bukharian Jewish Link news publication on its first inaugural issue. The Bukharian community is innovative, resilient and trailblazing, and I am proud to represent the largest Bukharian population in the United States. I do, however, understand the need for an all-English newspaper as the new generation, for the most part, speaks Russian but do not necessarily read or write the language. Now, more than ever, we need reliable news sources who will deliver accurate information to the communities we serve. Congratulations once again to the Bukharian community on the Bukharian Jewish Link publication. I wish you all the best in this newest endeavor and I look forward to reading your publication for a long time to come. Very truly yours,

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Pride Under Attack! By Rabbi Dani Staum


his week, America marked the sixteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. A few years ago, I was recounting to my fifth-grade Ashar students my personal memories of that horrific day. I mentioned that it was the first time in my life that I, and many of my friends, felt genuine fear. I also related that immediately after the attacks, there was a sudden surge of patriotism that swept the country. Sudden-

Our immediate national reaction was to tighten our grip on all we take for granted ly, almost every car had an American flag attached to its antenna, or bumper stickers depicting flags and slogans of American pride and courage. Flags couldn’t be produced and sold fast enough to keep up with the influx of demand. I asked my students – who were not yet born at that time – why they thought that occurred. Why the sudden surge of patriotism? They offered some insightful comments, and

then I added my own. I pointed out that as I was speaking to them I was holding a pen in my hand. I wasn’t holding the pen too tightly and I wasn’t paying much attention to it. Then I asked one of the students to grab hold of the pen and try to pull it out of my hands. As he did so, I asked him what my reaction had been. He replied that I had immediately tightened my grip and was pulling back even harder. I explained to the class that we are all content and happy with the freedoms afforded to us in America. But the bustle of life and the lure of our electronic gadgets divert our attention from truly appreciating those rights and thinking much about them. On September 11, Islamic terrorists tried to yank away from us our freedoms and all that America stands for. Our immediate national reaction was to tighten our grip on all we take for granted. We declared our pride and our indomitable will to defend our freedoms with passion and allegiance. Thus, the eruption of patriotism was a direct response to the nefarious efforts to destroy what we forgot to appreciate. I then related to my class that as Torah Jews we often fall into the same trap. We take our ability and freedom to keep Torah and mitzvos for granted. There are countless stories of Jewish heroes who were ready to give up their lives and endure torturous suffering to preserve one mitzvah or to learn just a few words of Torah. During Crusades, pogroms, expulsions, autoda-fés, in Siberia and Bergen-Belsen we re-

fused to capitulate. But in the freedom of America we often fail to appreciate how lucky we are. We shouldn’t wait until, G-d forbid, our enemies try to yank away those freedoms. We must maintain our Jewish pride and proclaim our privilege at being the Chosen Nation and our unyielding allegiance to Torah and mitzvos. That is essentially our task on Rosh HaShanah. It is a day when we contemplate and accept upon ourselves the coronation of the King of Kings. The call of the

shofar is also a call of triumphant joy, a call of honor and glory, which emanates from the recesses of the soul of the blower. It is a proclamation that we are proud to be the bearers of the greatest and most sublime responsibility in the world. Rabbi Dani Staum, LMSW, is the Rabbi of Kehillat New Hempstead,as well as a rebbe and the Guidance Counselor at Heichal HaTorah in Teaneck, and Principal at Mesivta Ohr Naftoli of New Windsor. Rabbi Staum is a division head at Camp Dora Golding. His email address is stamtorah@gmail.com. His website is www.stamtorah.info

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Don’t Be Cheap… Put in the Quarter By Yaniv Meirov


ou’re driving around in circles looking for a parking spot when you finally see one right in front of the grocery store to which you need to go. You speed up to the spot, making sure that no one else snatches it. You pull over, park the car, and turn off the engine. You take a quarter out of your pocket, walk over to the parking meter and see that you have two minutes left (this is before the Muni Meter days). “Should I put the quarter in?” you ask yourself. “I can go in and out of the store in two minutes.” And so, you run into the store, grab the “red” milk your wife asked for, and take a quick glance to make sure your car is okay. You grab some other items, wait on line, and quickly pay the $8.69 that you owe. Then, just as you step outside, there he is: The traffic officer is writing a ticket custom-made just for you. “But sir, just listen to me,” you plead with the officer. “I was just trying to get some change!” (Yeah, right.) The officer looks at you for a moment, pretends you don't exist (can’t blame him), and continues on with the ticket. What exactly is going through your mind at this moment? If you were a wise individual then you would think about how foolish you were for not feeding the meter. You would begin to regret your mistake and promise that you would never do such a thing again; it simply isn’t worth it. After all, that $35 ticket equals 140 quarters! That, ladies and gentlemen, is the recipe for teshuvah, repentance. Everyone sins. After all, we’re only human. But

what is your reaction to the sin? Do you just move on with your life or do you stop and think about how foolish it was for you to commit it? You must realize, all the pleasures of this world are nothing in comparison to what awaits us in the Next World. Therefore, after throwing an anger tantrum at home or doing anything that isn’t “kosher” by Torah standards, our first reaction should be: “Why did I do this? I better make sure this doesn’t hap-

pen again!” Here we are, during the holiest days of the Jewish calendar. We must all take the opportunity to reflect on our past year and think of ways to improve ourselves in the upcoming year. Let’s not remain stagnant. Just like we all look to move forward in our financial lives, we must all move forward in our spiritual lives. Join some of the many learning programs and lectures that are taking place throughout the com-

munity. But don’t just come alone; bring a friend or two along! You are sure to be inspired. Yaniv Meirov is operations manager of the Chazaq organization, which has been igniting and developing the spiritual spark of thousands in the New York metropolitan area since 2006. He is very involved in many communal projects and is a board member in six community organizations. He may be contacted at YanivMeirov@ gmail.com

‘What Does This Paper Mean To You?’ CONTINUED FROM P. 7 ed from Yeshiva Chafetz Chaim of Queens, received my Master’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics, and currently work as an actuary. One thing that the Yeshiva and my rabbinical mentors taught me was that I cannot live selfishly; I need to help others and spread Torah within my community. Hence, I got involved with the Beth Gavriel Community Center, community schools, youth programs, and numerous other community projects. As the community expanded, I realized that we didn’t have proper political representation; we’re essentially living without a voice. As a result, young professionals including myself decided to form the Alliance of Bukharian Americans (ABA, or “father” in Hebrew) to unify the entire community and get proper representation at various political levels. In conjunction with the new Rabanut system under Rabbi Yitzchak Israeli, I feel the community is making great moves and is becoming more united and stronger day by day. AS: Very impressive! What do you personally hope this first major English Bukharian publication will accomplish for the Bukharian community? What are your dreams for your community, in general? Simcha Mushayev: Well, I hope this newspaper will unite the entire community at various levels by linking us all through


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an updated coverage of what is happening around us. I want the community to continue growing and uniting until we have the ability to support and provide for not only ourselves, but also have the ability to help other communities as well. The next person on my list was my friend, Yaniv Meirov. He is the Operations Manager of the Chazaq organization, which has done a wonderful job of really catapulting the entire Queens community to new heights in its spiritual and social arenas, with special emphasis on outreach work within the Bukharian community. AS: Yaniv, my dear friend. You’ve really helped so many community projects takeoff, including this publication. I actually get to see how busy you are trying to inspire as many people as possible, and I am always impressed with your ability to operate with no sleep. Since you put so much into this, please relate to our readers what you think this paper will offer. Yaniv Meirov: The Bukharian community has a very rich and unique culture and I truly hope this publication will offer its readers, whether Bukharian or not, a different perspective into a truly under-covered ethnic group. Furthermore, seeing and hearing the buzz about this publication, I believe that this paper has become the rabbinical voice, the political voice, and the voice of the Bukharian people all at once, and this is before it was even published! Al-

though the Queens Bukharian community is the largest in the U.S., I hope that the BJL reaches every other Bukharian community as well. There are sizable Bukharian communities throughout the country and some even in Canada and Austria. I hope that this paper truly links all of the communities together in unprecedented ways. The last person I interviewed was Yaakov Serle, who has been co-publisher of the Queens Jewish Link since its inception five years ago. The Queens Jewish Link is an affiliate of the BJL. AS: Yaakov, please tell our readers what you envision this paper will do for the Bukharian Jewish community? Yaakov Serle: I grew up in Kew Gardens Hills around the time at which the Bukharian community started moving to Queens. It’s great to witness the community grow and see the new generation flourish. You have so many professionals, doctors, lawyers, etc. I feel this paper will further integrate the Bukharian community with other communities around the U.S. So much of their culture and rich heritage remains inaccessible for the broader Jewish population because until now there were only Russian publications. I’m hoping this publication will change that, and allow the community to really become independent and established. Also, this community has so much to offer: great family values, a caring atmos-


phere, and close-knit charm. I feel fortunate that I am able to know the community. I also feel comfortable even though I’m not Bukharian and feel it’s an honor to help this community grow. I hope that other communities really get the chance to understand this one better and, like I said before, “integrate.” AS: Being so involved in the community, you must have a dream for its future. What do you hope to see years from now in this community? What will it take for you to look back and say, “The BJL truly was the start of something magnificent”? Yaakov Serle: Well, with all the chesed and organizational work that this community is responsible for, who knows? Maybe we will greet Moshiach by then. You guys move so quickly. Look at the Hatzolah volunteers here in Flushing - so many of them are already from within the Bukharian community. The level of growth over the next five years is really anybody’s guess, but the indicators all point toward great growth and that’s what I’m hoping for. In the end, we all hope and dream that this publication will be the start of a newly unified and powerful voice within our community. A new year is approaching, with untold possibilities and opportunities. May we all be written for success and may all the Jewish communities around the world experience meaningful growth, Amen v’Amen.

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Rav Avraham Aminov Tamudi (1854-1939) Rabbi Yisrael Kaikov


he main influx of Bukharian Jews to the United States took place during the early 1990s. As we were settling, the Jews of America prior to our coming were introduced to a whole new sect of Jews who were unheard of to them, aside from “Shchunat Habukharim” (The Bukharian Quarter in Jerusalem). In fact, truth be told, until recently, most Bukharian Jews were unaware of their own roots. The main reason for this phenomenon was that back in the old country, the more questions one would ask about his Jewish heritage, the more the chances were that he would end up in serious trouble. To add insult to injury, the evaluation set about our illustrious past was left to secularly-educated Russian Jews from our community. To explain through an analogy how depreciated the assessment can turn out, just imagine a prominent cardiologist who left his legacy to be interpreted by a hospital janitor. Would you even think that the cardiologist would be viewed generations later at least on the level of a paramedic? I highly doubt it. Very often the question is asked in the “Yishivish circles,” “Are there any Bukharian Gidoilim?” [Great Sages]. So I did some research and Baruch Hashem “like a Refuah (healing) before a maka (wound)” it turns out that there was a massive exodus out of Bukhara into Eretz Yisrael about 100 years prior to our American influx. Those pioneers, who were G-d fearing observant Jews, wrote a lot about our illustrious Sages, One of whom was the Chief Rabbi of Shchunat Habukharim, Rav Avraham Talmudi Aminov. Rav Avraham was the grandson and student of Mullah Pinchas Hakatan, the illustrious Rosh Yeshiva of Bukhara (the son-in-law of Rav Yosef Mammon). Rav Avraham was born in Bukhara in the year 1854. His father, R’Binyamin, was a merchant and the father of R’ Yitschak, R’ David, R’ Chaim, and R’ Aharon. Although all four of Rav Avraham’s brothers went into business with their father, R’ Binyamin and his rabanit, Tzipora, always en-


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couraged little Avraham to pursue his endeavors and become a talmid chacham. He therefore sent him to learn in the Yeshiva of Chacham Pinchas Hakatan. As time went on, Rav Avraham excelled in his studies and had obtained the nickname “Talmudi” at a young age. In the year 1889, at the age of 35, he underwent the great danger of traveling to Eretz Yisrael. Upon arrival, his wisdom and piousness immediately earned him the position of Chief Rabbi of the renowned community of “Richovot,” also known as Shchunat Habukharim. In Yerushalayim he merited to write his Likutai Dinim, A Ben-Ish-Chai-like approach to halachah. Rav Avraham traveled back to Bukhara six times in order to strengthen the community and distribute his books of halachah, which were translated into Bukharian by Rav Shimon Chacham. Rav Aminov first published his Likutai Dinim in 1900. In his first volume, he deals with Halachot pertaining to the Yoreh Deah and Even Haezer parts of Shulchan Aruch. Rav Avraham got a haskamah from Chacham Yaakov Shaul

Elyashir, the Sefardic Chief Rabbi of Israel. The second volume was printed one year later on Hilchot Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh. This was followed by volume three, on Pesach, Yom tov, and Chol Hamoed, and volume four on Tisha B’av Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanuka, and Purim. Rav Aminov was also very instrumental in the publishing of Niviim Rishonim and Niviim Acharonim in Bukharian, together with Rav Shimon Chacham and Rav Binyamin Bar Yochanan Hakohen. After 1919, due to the Bolsheviks, all ties between Bukhara and Yerushalayim were cut, causing a halt to all financial aid from Bukhara. In affect, a hunger broke out in Yerushalayim. Despite the pact that funds weren’t coming in anymore, in the words of Rishon Lizion Harav Mordachai Eliyahu, zt”l, “Everyone in Yerushalyim knew to go to Shchunat Habukharim to receive proper hospitality and to fill their stomachs.” But the hunger seemed to get worse. Baruch Hashem, a Jewish man by the name of Sir Herbert Samuel was appointed as the minister in Israel (Palestine). Sir Herbert seemed to have spent much time by Rav Aminov and donated thousands of Israeli Lirot to be distributed to two hundred people (in Rav Avraham’s community) who were in need of food.


Rav Aminov always watched out for the spirituality and physical sustenance of the Bukharian people; he even sent a booklet of takanot (enactments) to Bukhara signed by all the Bukharian Rabanim of Yerushalayim. Rav Avraham was also known to pray netz all seven days of the week. After shacharit, all of the congregants in his minyan would go to his house and learn Chumash and Rashi with him. Though he did not merit having any of his own children, he was truly a father to the Bukharian people. Rav Avraham Aminov Talmudi was niftar on the 9th of Shivat, 1939, at the age of 85. He was buried on Har Hazaitim (Chelkat Habukharim). Rabbi Yisrael Kaikov is the second grade Rebbi in Yeshivat Shaarei Zion. He has taught Jewish History for seven years in Yishivas Tiferes Elimelech. Rabbi Kaikov was ordained by the Mirrer Yeshiva and learned there for ten years. Additionally, Rabbi Kaikov and his wife teach Chatan/Kallah classes. If you have any questions or comments, you can reach Rabbi Kaikov at ykaikov@gmail.com.

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Crowning Our King On Rosh Hashanah By Adina Ribacoff, LMSW


guest we were hosting for Shabbat asked the famous questions we all ponder from time to time when we allow ourselves the opportunity to question: “Why are we here? What was Hashem’s intention in creating us? What is our purpose here?” Isn’t it interesting how these questions tend to appear most during the days of Elul? As the previous year comes to a close and a new year begins we are reawakened as we hear the shofar blasts and reminded of our purpose once again for the coming year. Many of us spend years thinking about these questions. Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato (the Ramchal), zt”l, author of the classic Mesilat Yesharim (The Path of the Just), writes that he already struggled in successfully understanding man’s purpose in this world. The Ramchal states: “Our Sages of blessed memory have taught us that man was created for the sole purpose of rejoicing in deriving pleasure from the splendor of His presence; for this is true joy and the greatest pleasure that can be found. The place that this joy can truly be derived is the World to Come, which was expressively created to provide for it. But the path to the object of our desires is this world. Like our Sages have said: This world is like a corridor to the World to Come.” Since the tickets to enter the World to Come are mitzvot (commandments), we are only able to acquire them in this

world. Therefore, Hashem placed man in this world in order to attain that which awaits him. As it says in the Gemara (Talmud) in Eruvin: “Today is for the performance of mitzvot and tomorrow for receiving their reward.” The Rabbis also teach that one who toils on Erev Shabbat will eat on Shabbat. In other words, this world is only a means to a goal - the corridor to the entranceway to the banquet hall. It is only logical that the only way we acquire mitzvot is in this world, since this world is the world of “action” (Asiya: La’asot - to do). And it is also very logical that we feel this most during Elul as we feel Rosh Hashanah quickly approaching. I was privileged to learn with one of my teachers from Eretz Yisrael about the energies of the months based on Sefer Yetzira and Rabbi Chaim Vital’s (a student of the Arizal) teachings that everything has four elements in it: fire, earth, air, and water. Also, each month corresponds to a different element. If we start with Nissan = Fire, Iyar = Earth, Sivan = Air, Tammuz = Water, we see that Elul is empowered with the element of Earth (Av = Fire, Elul = Earth). We know that earth has great potential when it is actualized. Earth represents stability, structure, respect for boundaries, and is able to be productive when combined with the other elements. Therefore, during the month of Elul, we tend to feel an increase for the need for stability and more structure. We yearn to be more disciplined and we desire to fulfill our true potential. Is it any wonder why during this time

before Rosh Hashanah we reflect on the past year and are encouraged to do some introspection to see what we have accomplished, how we have grown, and what area that we can still strengthen? Since this world is the world of “action” and Elul is the month of “action” (the creation of the world took place on the 25th of Elul), this is the opportune time to acquire more and more mitzvot. It is not coincidence that Tishrei follows Elul, since Tishrei corresponds to air, which is defined by tefilla (Prayer) - as we stand praying during all of the holidays of the month of Tishrei: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Succot. We beseech Hashem to inscribe and seal us in the Book of Life, forgive us, and bless us. As Shlomo Hamelech (King Solomon), the wisest of all men, said in Kohelet, “After all is said and done, the bottom line is to fear/ serve Hashem and keep His mitzvot.” There is nothing more productive than Torah and mitzvot. The Chazon Ish taught that what Torah is for men, tzniut (modesty) is for women. Modesty is our protection. It enables us to become the recipient of blessing. Modesty is the essential ingredient in the building of a house; it guards us from being distinct in the general world. Rabbi M. Shlanger, in his book Ohel Rachel, explains that the purpose of a home is to create a “wall of protection.” There is an Ashkenazi custom that during the chuppah ceremony, the kallah walks around her husband seven times. It is explained that at that moment she is creating a choma (wall), because the essence of

the marriage covenant is exclusivity. Once she becomes his wife she will be beloved to him. The Maharal says that the highest form of praise for a women is her modesty, like it says about Sara Imanu (our foremother), when the angels asked Avraham where his wife was, Avraham answered “in the tent.” Didn’t the angels know where Sara was? Why did they have to ask? They wanted Avraham to be aware and remind him how modest his wife is in order increase his love for her. Since Sara was modest in the tent she received the brachah (blessing) to conceive a child - something that was a miracle at her age and beyond nature. On Rosh Hashanah we crown our Creator, The King, thereby becoming His servants. Rather than focusing on our desires, we ask ourselves, “What does Hashem, my King, want me to do?” We give up our desires for His - our will for His will. When Hashem sees our great desire to do His will, then He makes our will His will. As we say in the morning CONTINUED ON P. 23 Adina Ribacoff, LMSW has been teaching Kallahs for over 20 years. She and her husband, Rabbi Refael Ribacoff, have created a program to further enhance the relationship between husband & wife, called “Table for Two.” She specializes in individual, couples, and family counseling. She enjoys presenting workshops and lecturing on the topic of relationships and is in the process of creating a Community Marriage & Family Center to accommodate the needs of families in the community. She can be contacted at adinaribacoff@gmail.com or 347-680-9179.

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The Brave By Adam Suionov


hat is bravery? And who are the brave? As a young boy growing up, I would often look forward to hearing my grandfather recount stories of his childhood. His father had died before he was born, and his mother shortly thereafter. He would spend the majority of his youth worrying about things that don’t even occur to the average American youngster, such as what waste contains the freshest foods and which neighborhoods have the least hostile of people. As I understood it, the purpose of these stories was to instill in me a life lesson. My grandfather would explain his ability to find light in the darkest of hours as dependent on not fearing the shadows. Throughout my early childhood, that was how I characterized the brave: those without fear. But as life began revealing colors other than white and black, the term became applicable to other scenarios as well: a child praised by the teacher for defending a peer from a bully, a teenager refusing drugs under peer pressure, etc. But these acts were acts of courage, not bravery. When we discuss and remember the brave, we often describe their unusual courage; it can be argued therefore that courage is the ground from which bravery sprouts, but the two must be distinguished. These terms both strive for the lofty ideals that affirm human existence, but they refer to different stratospheres of behavior. Courage is required to sacrifice person-


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al comfort for what is moral and just, but bravery is a term awarded to those who willingly relinquish their very being for what is right. Raoul Oscar Wallenberg was such a person. Raoul Wallenberg spent the last phase of his known life as Sweden’s special envoy in Budapest. I write “known” life because immediately following the Second World War he disappeared into the void

Courage is required to sacrifice personal comfort for what is moral and just, but bravery is a term awarded to those who willingly relinquish their very being for what is right of the USSR and is presumed dead. During those final years, Raoul saved the lives of nearly a hundred thousand of Hungary’s Jews at his own peril. He accomplished this feat by issuing protective passports as

Raoul Wallenberg

Henryk Sławik

well as sheltering Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory (Sweden was a neutral country and thus had protected citizenship). Arguably, the defining moment of Wallenberg’s illustrious career was when he stood on the roof of a train carrying Jews destined for Auschwitz and began handing protective passports through doors that were not yet sealed, all in the presence of stunned Nazi soldiers and collaborators. Sandor Ardai, one of Raoul’s personal drivers, later recounted that the German soldiers warned Wallenberg to desist and opened fire in his direction, but to no avail; Wallenberg continued handing out visas. Raoul Wallenberg utilized his immense moral conviction to overcome his immense fears. The moral behaviors chosen in the face of the greatest dangers personify the brave. Another person who demonstrated this ability was Henryk Sławik. Considering his fluent knowledge of German, József Antall, a member of the Hungarian ministry of internal affairs (responsible for the civilian refugees), entrusted Sławik with the responsibility of creating jobs, orphanages, and schools for POWs and displaced


persons. When the Hungarian government began issuing decrees against Polish and Hungarian Jews, Sławik found himself ideally situated to affect a significant outcome. Ignoring the imminent dangers of distributing state documents contradictory to state policy, Sławik issued false documents to Polish Jews, sanctioning their Polish roots and Roman Catholic faith. To facilitate the needs of many Jewish Polish orphans, Sławik created a “Children of Polish Officers” orphanage. This orphanage was disguised as a Catholic center and often hosted Catholic Church authorities sympathetic to Sławik’s cause. These actions hinted towards the immense moral strength Sławik possessed, but they did not compare to the display of bravery he was yet to demonstrate. After the Nazis took over Hungry in March of 1944, Sławik facilitated the escape of all Jewish Poles in his authority out of Hungary. Because of his actions, he was tortured and eventually killed by the Nazis - but he never gave the names of any of his fellow colleagues. Sławik objected when his government appeased, rebelled when his government submitted, and sacrificed himself for the life of his colleagues. Henryk Sławik was a brave man. The brave among us deserve a word reserved especially for them, for they act apart from the curve of regularity. They demonstrate the potential of mankind and by their actions redeem the conscience of whole nations. Lucky for us, recognizing and labeling them is the easy part, the brave often follow a specific formula; their behavior often equals ethics plus morality over life.

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Jewish Child Beaten On Way Home From School In London

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Trump’s Ninth Grandchild Born An eight-year-old Jewish boy was beaten while walking home from school on Monday in London’s Orthodox-Jewish area of Stamford Hill. The boy was walking when a man described as “white, and wearing gloves” attacked him from behind, pushed him to the wall, and beat him. Two people came to his rescue and chased away the attacker. Shomrim say the child ran home and up all the stairs before collapsing. He was crying, traumatized, and unable to talk for the next 4+ hours. Police said they were aware of the incident and that an allegation of common assault had been made.

President Donald Trump is a grandfather for the ninth time. His son Eric, 33, and wife Lara welcomed their first child, Eric “Luke” Trump on Tuesday. The President now has nine grandchildren, which includes son Donald Trump Jr.’s five children and Ivanka Trump’s three children with her husband, Jared Kushner.

Equifax Hacked, 143 million Americans Affected

Apple unveils $999 iPhone X Apple has broken the $1,000 barrier with its latest and most expensive phone, the iPhone X. With a price starting at $999 and a host of new features, the phone will be a big test for both Apple and consumers. Apple CEO Tim Cook called the iPhone X “the biggest leap forward” since the first iPhone. (“X” is pronounced like the number 10, not the


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Credit Monitoring Company Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, announced that a cyber-attack left the Social Security numbers, date of birth’s and other personal

information of 143 million U.S consumers vulnerable to hackers. In addition, credit card numbers of around 209,000 U.S. consumers and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information of around 182,000 U.S. consumers were accessed, the company said.

After The Winds Die, Massive Recovery Effort In Florida Begins

With potentially one of the most devastating storms to ever hit Florida, officials have set aside 3.2 million liters of water and filled 67 trailers with meals as the relief effort in Florida begins. Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday morning with top sustained winds of 130 mph and more than 1 million residents without power by Sunday morning and over 9 million without power after all was set and done. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said, “Florida will get through this; you’ve got to be patient.”

Netanyahu To Meet Trump In New York Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he would meet President Donald Trump in New York lat-


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Israel And China Sign $300 Million ‘Cleantech’ Trade Agreement Israel and China have signed a $300 million trade agreement meant to boost the export of Israeli environmental-friendly energy and agricultural technologies to China, Israel’s Finance Ministry said on Monday. Foreign Minister Moshe Kahlon was in Beijing to sign the “clean-tech” deal which builds on past agreements. The new deal “allows the two sides to expand bilateral economic activity into other environmental-friendly technologies, including advanced agriculture technologies and smart and green energy technologies, which the Chinese government wants to implement using Israeli experience and expertise.”

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Preventative Medicine: Advice from a Neurologist Joseph M. Frager

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The Myth Of Reform Judaism

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There Isn’t Enough Food At Bukharian Weddings By Susie Garber

Chapter Six: Danie

By Roman Aminov


adies and gentleman, I want to explore a serious problem that I think our community needs to address honestly. This is a topic that many members of our community have been thinking about, but very few want to admit publicly, until now. The problem is simple: We do not have enough food at our weddings, and it’s time to admit it. Sure, we have a twohour smorgasbord consisting of dozens of different types of food across scores of stations, filled with sushi, salads, kebabs, Chinese food, cured meats, and delicatessens from around the world. There is even a salad bar for the health-conscious folks. All four of them. No, there is no limit on how much you can take and the servers seem to haul in those stainless steel trays like they are a never ending line of subway cars, but everyone knows that’s not real food meant to satisfy you, and people are upset about that. Not only that, but have you yet to see a smorgasbord offer whole chicken, rack of lamb, or prime rib? Me neither - and that’s another part of the problem! “Wait!” some might say. You’re missing the point, Roman, they’re thinking. The real food comes after you have polished off the plate from your fifth trip to the shmorg! It comes right after the food intermission, which some people refer to

Recap: It’s 1994; there is no reason to be nervous about tracking a German collaborator from so long ago. Miri is condent as she continues to write her feature column about this mystery person and pursues evidence to try to get him convicted. In the meantime, her editor assigned her to help a new writer named Dalya Brownstein. Miri isn’t happy about this. The big news is her best friend Leah became a kallah. She is thrilled for Leah but sad about her own situation. Will she ever become one herself? Leah tells Miri that her chasan has a shidduch for her. Miri is not optimistic. She is sure this boy will be like all the other shidduchim who decline to go out with her because of her father.


to some Russian guys singing some Italian/Greek/Israeli/Chasidish songs and can only catch a whiff of the food that is brought to your seat and then discarded as you gyrate to the latest pop song with your grandma. You know the food came because the one kid who won’t dance looks rather content while you, along with most of the guests, get ready to settle down to finally eat.

rs. Mintz greeted me with her customary somber expression. “I thought Bella knew I don’t eat anything with peanut butter. Why on earth did she bring me peanut butter cookies?” She’s trying to be kind. I had to stop myself from blurting how ungrateful she was being. Right now, I needed her to reserves as something. the only/main There member Shemeal). had to tell just me how enough to openfood, the safe her childhood isn’t eveninthough at least home. important than los80% ofThat the was foodmore prepared for weddings ing my goes to temper. waste. If you have ever been to “So, please me more“Why about a wedding andtell wondered, is when there youmuch were wasted a youngfood?” girl during the war.” so you have to realMintz throat. “There izeMrs. that all thatcleared food is her not the problem – were hordes of soldiers training in Miami. it is the solution. The real problem is that I saw just them everywhere. It made me feel there isn’t enough food. more secure knowing they were to Therefore, I proposed that we,going togeth-

All you find is food on top of food on top of more food, none of which you can actually get to or eat because of all the food in the way as the chupah. Not so quick, my hungry friends. When you make you way to the main hall and see a table filled with so much food that it makes the table of King Solomon look like Rwanda, you think, “Finally, I can eat.” But alas, you’d be falling into a classic trap. You see, most people eat with a knife and fork. But underneath all those big plates and small plates and fancy dishes and salad on top of salad layered with more salads covered with non toki, you can’t dig out any of the knives or forks, or even find space to put down your cell phone. No; all you find is food on top of food on top of more food, none of which you can actually get to or eat because of all the food in the way. Sounds like a bad dream, doesn’t it? Never mind, you say - that’s not the real food anyway, and it’s all going to get thrown out to make way for the main attractions. However, as soon as they start bringing out those yummy potatoes and onions you’ve had at every single party since you were old enough to chew, the bride and groom come out. They dance, you watch the potatoes settle into your plate and get cold by the time the first dance is done and think, “no-one eats hot potatoes cold; there’s plenty more where that came from.” And there is. Except that for the next three courses, you’re dancing

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It’s now around 11:00 p.m. You remember that your cholesterol is on the wrong side of 200 and think that it may be a good idea to try and live long enough to dance at your children’s weddings. That’s when the fourth course comes out (or maybe it’s the fifth, but who really knows). So you have a bite to eat and then another one. You’re not hungry because the smorgasbord three hours prior had enough food to feed the entire 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, but the food is there and they finally lowered the volume so that you can hear the ringing in your ears a bit more clearly (which is about the only thing you can hear at that point). So you eat, and the food tastes fine, and then they bring out the ninth different type of meat of the night. And then the rice ceremony. And then the chicken. And then another type of lamb. And then some more meat. And then the lamb course which follows the meat course which followed the chicken course and is further followed by the 10th meat course which precedes the chicken course with the rice stuffed in its rear end. But there’s something missing. There just isn’t enough food. That must be the problem, because they just keep bringing out more of it - way after you were already full from the smorgasbord (which the Syrian community generally


protect us. Helicopters would be whirling overhead and land on the Mount Sinai Hospital roof. That’s where the wounded were transported.” She sighed. “I remember the African American soldiers were separated. They had to eat separately. There was one part of town, Color Town, where they were allowed to go. Florida was very different back then.” I waited for more. Would she talk about the German collaborator again? “I used to perform for the troops. My sister Molly and I would go to the hospital. She played violin and I played piano.

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Debunking the Myths of Bankruptcy By Btzalel Hirschhorn


ankruptcy is one of the most misunderstood concepts. Well-intentioned but ill-conceived advice from friends, family members, or information on the internet can unfortunately be counterproductive. For people struggling to gain control of their finances bankruptcy is a tool that can provide tremendous relief and is actually pretty similar to filing your tax returns. This article is the first in a three part series explaining and debunking three of the most common myths surrounding bankruptcy.

Myth # 1 Bankruptcy will destroy my credit This is a common fear among many would be filers. However, once you have reached the point where you are considering bankruptcy, chances are your credit is already shot. When struggling with debt, your concern should be debt relief; not credit scores. Regardless, bankruptcy is by no means the death of your credit. On the contrary, bankruptcy is the first step to rebuilding your credit. By way of analogy; if you suffer a seri-

ous injury to your knee, while it may still be possible to walk around and go about your daily business, your movements will be severely impeded as you try to cope with the searing pain weighing you down. Daily activities such as getting out of bed in the morning, walking to the bus, or even taking a shower - while not impossible - will suddenly become enormously painful. If you elect to have surgery, in the beginning your knee will likely be in even greater pain.Ultimately though, your knee will heal and become stronger. You will no longer be forced to carry a dead weight with you wherever you go. Daily activities will eventually be pain free and you will be back to leading a healthy and productive lifestyle. Bankruptcy is analogous. While it is possible to live your daily life being weighed down by crushing debt, many normal parts of everyday life will not be smooth. With a poor credit score, you will have trouble qualifying for a mortgage, obtaining a car loan, or even surviving a credit check by a potential landlord if you are a renter. Many employers frequently run credit checks on potential hires as well. Filing for bankruptcy is the surgery. It is the first step towards rebuilding and removing the crushing debt from your credit. Once the debt is removed you will be leaner and stronger. You will be able to rebuild your credit and regain control of your life. Stay tuned for the next article in the series which will address myth # 2 ‘bankruptcy is dishonest.’

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New Shul And New Torah At The Serphardic Congregation Of Hewlett

Shneur Zalmin Gross of Arachim joins Rabbi Yitzchak Yisraeli as some of the Torah’s final latters are written.

By Ed Weintroub The completion of a new Torah scroll for the fledgling Sephardic Congregation of Hewlett was celebrated on Sunday, September 3. After the sefer was completed in the Lawrence home of Eric and Mina Aminoff, who dedicated it memory of their parents, it was paraded under a canopy and accompanied by jubilant well-wishers along Broadway to the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst (YILC), site of speeches and a festive dinner. Then it was transported for Hachnassatt Sefer Torah to the shul’s temporary home at 1725 Union Ave. in Hewlett. The shul, founded last November, hopes to purchase a property for future development. Meanwhile, it is having services at the home of Shmuel and Anita Ko-

ren. Begun with 6 families, it now has 24, and its leaders say it is filling a void in the Hewlett end of the Five Towns, where the nearest Orthodox shul was a mile and a half away. The congregation, with Rabbi Refael Ribacoff onboard as spiritual leader, is considering an eruv extension to accommodate the community’s growing needs. The new Torah is the shul’s second. At the YILC, Aminoff delivered an emotional speech about family, community and Torah. “Every nishamah has a letter in the Torah that corresponds to it,” he said. “Every Jew has a place in the sefer Torah.” He spoke with emotion about his father, mother and father-in-law, to whom the sefer is dedicated. His father “was a hardcore Zionist who

The new kehilla’s rav, Rabbi Refael Ribacoff, his sons Avner Shmuel (left) and Moshe Ovadiya, and Rav Yitzchak Yisraeli completing the sefer Torah.

Eric Aminoff dances with the new Torah as it is escorted along Broadway in Lawrence.

lived in America,” he said. “Physically he was here in America, but spiritually he was there” in Israel. He said his father’s creed in business

was to “be honest and tell the truth.” “He said to me, ‘I never crossed the street to avoid another person,’” Aminoff said. His mother was born in Tiberias, a seventh-generation Sabra. From her, he learned toughness and determination. He described his father-in-law as a quiet man who was as private as he was generous in giving tzedakah. YILC’s mora d’asra, Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, who helped guide Aminoff, reminded those assembled that with the words of Torah “the Master of the Universe created the world. All that exists is in the Torah.” Rabbi Yitzchak Israeli, Chief Rabbi of the Bukharian community, who completed the final letters in the sefer Torah, reminded everyone that “each person has a share in the Torah.”

Crowning Our King On Rosh Hashanah CONTINUED FROM P. 14 prayers: Baruch … she’asani kirtzono (Blessed are you, Hashem, for creating me according to Your will). The word kirtzono comes from the word ratzon (will), which Rebbetzin Tehila Jaeger explains can be changed into tzinor (pipe), thereby creating a direct pipeline to receive blessings from Hashem. The woman’s true spiritual job description was not to go into the world like the man, but to guard the inner essence of the home and to be able to

guard the individuality of their inner lives. By creating a place specific for her and her husband, the individuality of the man and the individuality of the woman can join together, limiting their individuality with the outside world. Therefore, every couple should discuss what they would like to reveal to the public and what they would rather conceal to remain private and sacred for one another. The understanding behind modesty is to conceal the inner essence that is specific to the home. Modesty is a way for a wom-

an to draw her husband close to her, since it shows belonging. We have walls to insure privacy and homes that have holiness and individuality to create a distinct couple as well as a distinct nation. Shlomo Hamelech writes in the 27th pasuk of “Ayshet Chayil” (The Woman of Valor), as he praises his mother Bat Sheva, “Tzofia halichot baita, ve’lechem atzlut lo tochel.” The ayshet chayil anticipates the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of laziness. The commentator Rashi explains: In her

home she pays attention to the needs of the members of her household, taking care that they should act with truth and modesty. She doesn’t eat the bread of laziness since she does her work willingly. She understands the importance of mitzvot and is eager to perform them, which enables her to build a relationship with her husband, her children, and ultimately with Hashem. May we all be blessed with a sweet, healthy, prosperous New Year and actualize our greatest potential in the coming year!

Preventative Medicine: Advice from a Neurologist CONTINUED FROM P. 20 one experiences high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period of time. A patient is considered diabetic when they present with a Hemoglobin A1C of 6 or higher. Hemoglobin A1C is a blood test that measures your average sugar levels over the past three months. Diabetes can lead to more severe complications including neuropathy, heart disease, and strokes.

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Smoking. Smoking is a major risk for any cardiovascular related problem, causing the hardening of blood vessels and blood circulation issues. It is also linked to cancer development including, but not limited to, lung and oral cancers. Smoking should be stopped by all means. In managing these risk factors and conditions, I strongly encourage patients to work harder in taking charge of

their general health and well-being. Efforts should be made towards the institution of vital lifestyle changes, from the development of healthier eating habits including dietary choices and restrictions, to the incorporation of daily exercise routines, to better sleeping patterns. For many, it can be a tough undertaking, but if you do experience any or all of the above risk factors I would further encourage you to visit a specialist for help with


devising a constructive plan on how to manage your condition. In many cases, responsible and regular use of prescribed medications can be a tool in reducing your medical risk. Think about what life would be like if you were to become severely debilitated by a stroke; consider the burden that could be on your loved ones. You alone stand at the frontlines of ensuring your sustained health and quality of life.

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Alliance of Bukharian Americans (ABA) Advocating for Causes Impacting the Bukharian Jewish Community

By BJL Staff

ABA’s Mission The ABA was established in 2016 with a mission of uniting the Bukharian American Community and providing the highest level of representation with local, state, and federal elected officials. For too long, the Bukharian community has been disenfranchised and overlooked due to the lack of political participation, advocacy efforts, and community engagement. The truth of the matter is that many members of the Bukharian community feel that they do not have a voice in the U.S. political arena. The ABA has vowed

to provide that voice and further the interests of the Bukharian community. ABA’s continued participation in the U.S. political process will truly effectuate a government of the people, for the people and by the people. The ABA, its affiliated community centers, educational institutions, and houses of worship provides the Bukharian community a greater voice in the New York City Council, Albany, and Washington D.C.

History at a Glance September 21, 2016: Members of the ABA participated in the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center’s 20th Annual Leadership Mission in Washington, D.C. The Leadership

Mesivta Tiferet Torah Moving To New Building By BJL Staff According to an email sent out by MTT late Tuesday night, the Mesivta has just signed to make Shaare Tova on Lefferts Blvd. in Kew Gardens their new home. According to the email, the Mesivta looks forward to “transforming this building into an edifice of Sephardic Torah scholarship & growth” in the community. Stay tuned for more details in the next issue of BJL.

No Upsets In Local Primaries; Grodenchik, Lancman Win Easily

Mission was organized to lobby members of Congress to boost funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, support energy efficacy for nonprofit organizations by backing the Energy Modernization Act, and the extension of the Iran Sanctions Act. March 1, 2017: Members of the ABA and over 50 Bukharian Community members participated in Teach NYS Mission to Albany. The mission of Teach NYS is to strengthen the nonpublic school community and ensure that all children have the opportunity to receive a strong religious and secular education. May 8, 2017: ABA held its inaugural community meeting at Elite Palace. The ABA was honored to have Allen Fagin, Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union, and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz speak about their involvement with the Bukharian community and continued support of the community and the ABA. Additionally, the ABA was privileged to welcome Councilman Mark Levine, chair of the New York City Council Jewish Caucus, and representatives of Congresswoman Grace Meng and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. June 15, 2017: Members of the ABA participated in the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center’s Annual Leadership Mission to Washington D.C. As one of the leading advocacy voices in the Bukharian community, the ABA partook in the mission to represent the interests of the Bukharian community. ABA members advocated, to members of the U.S. Congress, for (a) increased funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), (b) the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act, and (c) the Taylor Force Act, including the stoppage of U.S. financial aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) contingent on the PA ending its policy of paying lifelong stipends to terrorists and their surviving family members. July 13, 2017: Members of the ABA met with Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel (Executive

V.P. of Agudath Israel of America), Yeruchim Silber (Director New York Governmental Relations of the Agudath Israel of America) and Shai Markowitz (Director Lefkowitz Leadership Initiative) to increase the bond within the Bukharian community and the Agudath. During the meeting there was discussion of collaborating efforts in advocating for kosher meals within public schools and bringing job placement programs to the community, amongst many others.

ABA members have met with elected officials at all levels of public office including, but not limited to, Congresswoman Grace Meng, New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo, and New York City Council Member Rory Lancman.

Bukharian Community at a Glance • The community is spread out over New York, with a vast majority living in Queens, including Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills, Fresh Meadows, Jamaica Estates, Long Island, and Hollis Hills • Population across the New York metro area is approximately 100,000 • There are 40+ Bukharian community centers, educational institutions, and houses of worship in the New York metro area

Peter Koo, Fransisco Moya, Barry Grodenchik, and Rory Lancman – of City Council Districts 20, 21, 23, and 24, respectively – all won fairly easily over their challengers in Tuesday’s primaries, according to poll results published Tuesday night. Grodenchik’s margin of victory was the largest of the four races, as he topped Benny Itteera, 79% to 21%. Lancman was victorious over challenger Mohammad Rahman by a large margin as well, collecting over 74% of the votes.


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Chazaq Honors True Patrons Of The Community At First Legislative Breakfast In Forest Hills By Adam Suionov


hazaq has come far in the last 10 years. The organization was conceived as a vehicle to ensure that every Jewish person receive their due heritage. Via strategic social, cultural, and educational programs, Chazaq has planted strong roots that will assuredly continue to nurture the Pan-American and even International charge of preserving, sustaining, and expanding the authentic Jewish idea. Though the Chazaq team is passionate, focused, and driven to succeed, many of its partners also deserve praise for their continually rendered assistance, specifically in the political arena. They have and continue to help Chazaq unite all of Judaism under a collective banner reflecting a love and cherishment of its unique Torah culture. Chazaq’s political partners have recognized the great promise being offered to their constituents and understand the fundamental change that evolved from Chazaq’s unyielding, creative efforts. Their support is therefore particularly appreciated since it demonstrates the far-reach of Chazaq’s effort. In cognizance of their tremendous aide and crucial support, Chazaq organized a “Legislative Breakfast” to honor those politicians who endeavored, petitioned, and advocated along with Chazaq to transform the nation one community at a time. The breakfast was held on Sunday, Sep-

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tember 10, at the Young Israel of Forest Hills, and was attended to by hundreds of honorable people from diverse communities. The diverse crowd represented unified support for the elected officials who have helped Chazaq achieve so much for their constituents. Chazaq introduced the event by extending great thanks to the event emcee and political partner, Councilman Rory Lancman. Rory elegantly introduced the speakers and representatives, made the crowd laugh during the intermissions, and masterfully hosted the event. The first Honoree was introduced by

Honoree Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz

David Koptiev, board member of Chazaq. He invited Queens Borough President Melinda Katz to the podium and extended her a plaque in congratulations of her achievements for the Queens community and her unwavering support for Chazaq. Melinda gracefully accepted the award and thanked Chazaq for being a key player in unifying her borough. The next honoree was called to the podium by Simcha Mushayev, the very involved and important founder of the Alliance of Bukharian Americans (ABA). He asked New York State Assembly Member David Weprin


to please accept Chazaq’s gratitude for helping spread light in the world. David did so by recalling the late Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz, who worked so hard to unite the community, and thanked Chazaq for emulating his work. The third Honoree of the morning was presented by Shalom Zirkiev, Board member of Chazaq. Shalom called up and thanked New York City Council Member Karen Koslowitz for her aid in transforming the state, one community at a time. At CONTINUED ON P. 34

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Sailing For A Cause: A Night Of Unity On Emet’s Five-Star Mother-Daughter Cruise By Zisi Naimark


tanding at Pier 9 in Sheepshead Bay two weeks ago, one could be excused for thinking she had landed in a glamorous classic film. An elegantly dressed crowd queued outside the Atlantis yacht as a waiter in black tie offered hors d’oeuvres. On the dock, a woman in lace played the violin. Crewmembers held open doors and directed guests to a buffet of sushi and salads. A curved double staircase (housing a fish tank within the banister) led to a purple-lit ballroom. Bukharian music played, friends laughed and socialized, and the crowd discovered the DJ stand and photo booth. On the open top level, women took advantage of the Instagram-worthy backdrop, posing against the strings of blue lights, the lavender sky, and dozens of sailboats. (How do they all know how to pose so expertly? Ladies, I will be requesting a tutorial.) What looked like a perfectly choreographed party was in fact a meaningful event. Emet’s fourth mother-daughter gathering brought families and friends together across different generations and levels of religious observance. More beautiful than the luxe backdrop was the feeling of people enjoying each other’s company, genuinely glad to share a night of fun and bonding. The message of Torah and unity transcended the glamorous setting. Emet is grate-


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ful to Caring Professionals, a Queens-based home health care agency, for partially sponsoring the event. Emet is based in Queens and anchored by the large Bukharian community. Over the past 13 years, Emet has reached thousands of Jewish students and young adults

and inspired hundreds to return to a life rich in Jewish commitment. Emet’s superb staff of rabbis and educators fosters within its students a desire to learn and a determination to develop a Torah lifestyle. Anyone participating in Emet’s Step It Up events for young women can attest to this


group’s pure motivation, an inspiring contrast to the jaded outside world. It was this group of students that decided to begin mother-daughter events, so that their parents could understand and share what they CONTINUED ON P. 34

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Sailing For A Cause: A Night Of Unity On Emet’s Five-Star Mother-Daughter Cruise CONTINUED FROM P. 30 were experiencing through Emet. One such student is Sarina Kaziyeva, who has been with Emet from its inception. Sitting on a cushioned sofa on the open deck with her mother, sister, and friends, she said, “Emet brings people together through love and excitement.” This is a point echoed by many Emet participants: the unique combination of caring leaders and fantastic events. Sarina’s mother shared these feelings, saying how the Emet events are always growth-oriented and enjoyable. Channah Aranova and Rachel Kaziyeva both noted that relationships formed through Emet last even as students pass through different life stages. Channah explained how she has more demands on her time and no longer attends Emet programs as regularly as she once did. However, she is still as much a part of the Emet family, and can comfortably reach out to rabbis and mentors. Miriam Simkhayeva specifically gave credit to Mrs. Rivka Muskat, Emet’s Women’s Program Director, for keeping in touch with her, long after she completed Emet programs. Shira Fendel, who leads the Step It Up

programs and was the driving force behind the event, was there with her own mother. Not content to have the monumental preparations behind her, she also offered Dramamine to those whose stomachs did not appreciate the swaying. (Chinese food on a moving ship? What could possibly go wrong?) Mrs. Devorah Kigel acted as MC for the night, opening the program as guests sat down to artistically plated appetizers. Sharing moments from her own journey to Torah, she recalled a thoroughly American exchange with her secular parents. Upon being told that their daughter would be leading a religious lifestyle, Mrs. Kigel’s father asked, “Will you be shaving your head? No? Okay, do whatever you want.” After several years, however, the entire family can see and appreciate the positive changes that Torah observance made in her personality. This evolution in opinion is relatable to the Emet family. Many parents are, at first, wary when their children start becoming as religious as their own pre-Communist grandparents. But with the passing of time, it becomes evident that keeping the Torah elevates all aspects of a person’s life, refining personalities and behavior. These are changes that any parent will encourage,

regardless of their own lifestyle. One such parent is Mrs. Angie Borukhov, who told the guests how Emet developed her relationship with her daughter Mira. Several years ago, Angie would never have dreamed of Mira as a religious woman. Now she has come to understand the beauty of living according to Halachah. Mira supported her mother through difficult times, and Angie credits Emet with developing such strength in her daughter. In a world where it is easy to feel negative and low, family relationships are more important than ever, and Angie encouraged communication between all mothers and daughters. Angie’s heartfelt speech was followed by a video of Emet Director Rabbi Akiva Rutenberg, who explained the origins of the mother-daughter programs. Several such pairs appeared onscreen, and each attested to how Emet brought them closer through learning Torah together. Next, professional singer Chana Esther Nieberg presented two songs. The room was frozen in place by Chana Esther’s voice, hundreds of women transfixed with the sound. When the spell broke, several women were wiping their eyes. Naturally, Chana Esther was there with her mother, Cindy Nieberg. The Niebergs of Flatbush

are regular Emet hosts and independently involved in kiruv. With the formal program complete, a large hot buffet opened. Guests took their plates to all three levels, enjoying the view of the Manhattan skyline. The yacht came close to the brightly-lit Statue of Liberty. The moment was particularly meaningful to women who had emigrated from Communist countries. Colorful disco lights flashed as the multigenerational crowd enjoyed a dance party and pastry buffet together. (Never have I felt so very Ashkenazi. Witnesses to my dancing efforts may still be laughing. At least I tried, okay?) The evening coordinators took the opportunity to surprise Sara Basiratmand, Emet’s Program Coordinator and general backbone. A circle of glow sticks and light-up rings formed around Sara and her mother as everyone wished Sara a happy birthday. Sara maintains relationships with hundreds of Emet students and staff, and each one considers her a genuine, beloved friend. When the Atlantis docked at 11 p.m., an energized, happy, and unified crowd disembarked. Esther Matatov spoke for everyone when she said, “It was incredible! You can’t miss Emet’s events.”

Chazaq Honors True Patrons Of The Community At First Legislative Breakfast In Forest Hills CONTINUED FROM P. 27 the podium, Karen evoked the not-so-distant past of the Bukharian community as a wonderful indication of Chazaq’s transformative influence. She expressed her hope that Chazaq strengthen its important work. The final Honoree of the event was presented by none other than Yaniv Meirov, Chazaq’s Operations Manager. He invited Cynthia Zalisky, executive director of the Queens Jewish Community Council (QJCC), to accept recognition and thanks on behalf of Chazaq. Cynthia noted the QJCC’s instrumental support from Chazaq’s very beginning ten years ago. She further extended QJCC’s sincere pledge of continued support for Chazaq’s initiatives and wished them continued success.


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Honoree Queens Boro President Melinda Katz.

At the end of the Legislative Breakfast, it was clear to all those who gathered that Chazaq was working hand-in-hand with qualified,

Honoree Queens Jewish Community Council Members.

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gin in the Arabian Peninsula and can be traced as far back as the 19th century. Only when the Jews began returning to Israel en masse did the Howeitat tribe take up residence in Jericho, Jerusalem, and other parts of what are now Israel and Jordan, and started to claim that the land belonged to them. To refute the falsehoods that are being bandied about, it is important to understand this issue in its proper context. In the 1948 War of Independence, following the orders from the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, most Arabs living in Palestine ed to avoid the ghting. United Nations Resolution 181 recommended a partition of the territory from the British Mandate for Palestine into two states – one to be Jewish and one Arab. But the Arabs rejected the partition, deciding to go to war instead. Despite their superior numbers, the Arab countries lost the war and the Palestinian state never materialized. The Arabs who ed were rejected by every single Muslim country that they tried to escape to, with the exception of the small percentage that ended up in refugee camps in Jordan So whatever false declarations they make, the truth is that Israel became a nation two thousand years before Islam and certainly before modern Arabs.

Here are some very pertinent facts that everyone should be aware of, so that we do not fall into the propaganda trap that the Palestinians are trying to lure us and the world into: The Romans changed the name of Israel to Palestine. The people living at the time were Jews, not Arabs. If there had been a Palestinian people then, they would have been Jews. The Romans renamed the Land of Israel as “Palestine” about the second century of the Common Era. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of the Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the Jewish state. For some 3,000 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital and has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in the Tanach and not once in the Quran. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Arabs pray with their backs toward Jerusalem. Arab refugees who ed Palestine were intentionally not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands that they ed to. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed in a country no larger than the state of New Jersey. The Chevron resolution is just another example of the anti-Israel bias at the United Nations. How long will this outrage and shamefulness continue?

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uying a become pure. home can be If, however, a person pursues the Torah nerve-wrackas an academic exercise – whether to acing, especially if you’re quire wisdom or to climb the social ladder a first-time homebuy– then he isn’t studying Hashem’s holy Toer. Not only is it probrah. He is engaged in a course of ethics or ably the biggest purphysics or mental gymnastics. It is no lonchase of your life, but ger a spiritual activity, and after he learns, the process is complicated and fraught with he will remain the same as he was before. unfamiliar lingo and surprise This seems to be what expenses. Hashem said. To make the first-time Yes, the Jews were learninghome – but buying for the journey little less stressful, here are for 13 wrong areasons. They were learning tips to help you navigate the process more honor, learning to become wise, learning smoothly saveAnd money. for socialand status. so, even though they were constantly involved in Torah study, didn’tsaving have itsfor normal 1.itStart a effect. It didn’t change them, and it didn’t protect them.

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for before home shopping. Once you’ve saved for your down payment and budgeted for closing costs, you should also set aside a buffer to pay for what will go inside the house. This includes furnishings, appliances, rugs, updated fixtures, new paint and any other touches you’ll want to have when you move in.

from at least three lenders can save you more than $3,500 over the first five years of your loan, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Get at least three quotes and compare both rates and fees.

9. Consider what type of property to buy

Lenders often allow you to buy discount points, which means prepaying interest upfront to secure a lower interest rate. There may also be an option for negative points, in which the lender pays some of your closing costs in exchange for a higher interest rate. How long you plan to stay in the house is one of the key factors in whether buying points makes sense. You’ll need to do some calculations or speak to a mortgage broker or loan officer to help you decide if buying points is worth it for you.

You may assume you’ll buy a single-family home, and that could be ideal if you want a large lot or a lot of room. But if you’re willing to sacrifice space for less maintenance and extra amenities, and you don’t mind paying a homeowner’s association fee, a condo or townhome could be a better fit.

10. Research mortgage options Is a 30-year, fixed rate mortgage a given, or is another loan type right for you? If you can afford larger monthly payments, you can get a lower interest rate with a 20year or 15-year fixed loan. Or you may prefer an adjustable-rate mortgage, which is riskier but guarantees a low interest rate for the first few years of your mortgage.

11. Compare mortgage rates Many homebuyers get a rate quote from only one lender, but this often leaves money on the table. Comparing mortgage rates

12. Decide if paying points makes sense

13. Get a preapproval letter You can get prequalified, which simply gives you an estimate of how much a lender may be willing to lend based on your income and debts. But as you get closer to buying a home, it’s smart to get a pre-approval, where the lender thoroughly examines your finances and confirms in writing how much it’s willing to lend you and at what terms. Having a pre-approval letter in hand makes you look much more serious to a seller and can give you an upper hand over buyers who haven’t taken this step.

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Good Parenting: Know The Importance Of Play By Adina Sokoloff


dults sometimes underestimate the importance of play for children. They often think of it as a waste of time that achieves nothing of importance for the child. However, many realize that human beings do much of their learning through play, especially children who learn best when they are having fun. Play helps children develop into healthy and productive adults. The best form of play varies from child to child, but the goal of play is always the same: Have fun. From birth, humans begin playing with wriggles as

can be seen in many ways. Even though the purpose of a child’s playtime is to have fun, play also provides tangible benefits such as enhanced and accelerated development. When a child skips rope or swings on monkey bars, that child is developing motor skills and physical dexterity. When children kick a ball across the playground, they are developing coordination and improving balance. When children play with pickup sticks or draw with crayons, they are learning to manipulate small objects and are perfecting their fine motor skills. Children also improve their linguistic skills while playing through rhymes,

- When a child skips rope or swings on monkey bars, that child is developing motor skills and physical dexterity a newborn to constructing houses with little wooden blocks as toddlers. With maturity, our imaginations become our most powerful tool when playing. We may set up complex rules for games, create puppet shows, or indulge in fantasy. The importance of such play for children

songs, and games built around words. All of these help a child develop vocabulary and a better understanding of the structure of language. Reasoning out problems and developing game plans also expand cognitive abilities, allowing children to gauge what is important and what is

not in any situation. Central to the importance of play is that it allows children to plan, create strategies, and select from a range of choices while working toward a goal. Another important benefit of play is improved social skills. These include communication skills and the ability to cooperate with others. How else can children learn about teamwork and cooperation early in life if not with play? In the process, children also begin to understand the children around them, which helps to develop empathy and a sense of camaraderie. In addition, when children play, they understand that social rules exist and that they need to conform to interact successfully with others. A great deal of a child’s play takes place in the mind. Playing is about abstract ideas and concepts. Few things are more powerful and helpful in the development of a child’s mind than the ability to indulge in fantasy role-playing and similar games. When a child takes abstract ideas, imagery, and other components and assembles them in a new way, either in art, a story, or a game, that child is developing creative abilities that will prove invaluable throughout life. Sadly, a number of things may get in the way of children playing. One of these is television. Watching television is an entirely inactive and non-participatory activity that, unlike play, may waste an enormous percentage of children’s daily lives. The average child spends more than an en-

tire day each week passively watching television. These are hours that can be much better spent interacting with others, reading, creating, imagining, and of course playing. Even the best TV educational programming is not as effective as simple play in developing a child’s mind. Another major factor that interferes with children playing is the adults in their lives. Children are frequently over-managed and overwhelmed by the expectations of adults. From their school schedule and afterschool programs to sports teams and family commitments, virtually every moment of the child’s day may be highly structured by parents or caretakers. However, adults who understand the importance of play for children encourage unstructured time for “unmanaged” play — a gift of a lifetime.

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The Forgotten Effects Of The 9/11 Attacks By Gerald Harris


hen most of us think about 9/11, the terrible impact it made on the victims and their families is the first thing that comes to mind. But there’s another aspect of these events that also needs to be remembered: the devastating effects they had on investors and the U.S. economy. The most immediate of these consequences was on Wall Street. From the moment it became clear that America was under attack, stock prices began to plunge and chaos ensued in the markets. Both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ came to the conclusion that they had to move quickly to prevent complete turmoil, and officials at the NYSE and NASDAQ decided to close both markets until September 17 – the longest such “holiday” since 1933. There was also another reason for their decision. Many brokerages, stock trading, and bond firms were destroyed when the towers collapsed, and Wall Street needed time to sort out the damage and figure out how to proceed.

Unprecedented Decline On Sept. 10, 2001, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 9606. When trading resumed on September 17, all the worry about a big selloff proved to be justified. The Dow fell to an intra-day low of 8755, and at the closing bell it had dropped 684 points, at the time the biggest single-day point decline ever.

Unfortunately, terrorism has become part of our lives and atrocities committed after 9/11 also had economic consequences The selloff continued. By the end of the week, the Dow had dropped approximately 1370 points, a decline of 14%. In the five trading days from Monday, Sept. 17, through Friday, Sept. 21, stocks lost a staggering $1.4 trillion of their value. While the losses were devastating for the market as a whole, the pain was even worse for certain industries and particular stocks within them. Both American Airlines and United Airlines, the carriers whose planes were hijacked and used to carry out the terror attacks, were hit especially hard. Shares in American fell 39% that week, while United fared even worse, falling 42%. Other stocks in the travel and entertainment industries also sold off sharply. So did some financial firms; Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley dropped 11.5% and 13% respectively. And some insurance firms also took

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it on the chin. One of the biggest losers was Berkshire Hathaway, the Warren Buffett-controlled company. It eventually paid out $40.2 billion to settle 9/11-related claims, and because of those losses, Berkshire and most other insurance companies subsequently stopped offering policies to protect against losses caused by terrorism.

What’s Going On? What made matters worse was that no one fully understood what was happening and no one was able to predict the impact the terror attacks would have on the economy and corporate profits. Uncertainty and fear were further heightened on Wall Street and Main Street as rumors of additional attacks persisted, and they pushed an already weakening economy even closer to recession. President Bush spoke to the nation and told the American people to expect a war against terror that could last for many years. Savvy investors who listened closely to his address found new opportunities to make money in the market. Many security and defense firms fared well in this environment, as the demand for their products and services increased; some of these companies also developed exotic new products, which were quickly scooped up by both commercial firms and governments. One such company was Magal Security Systems, a small Israeli company that was listed on the NASDAQ. Its shares were trading at about 8 when the attacks occurred, and by April 2004 they had increased to 20. But some speculators in options made really big profits. Options are very risky and usually result in losses for those who

try to time the stocks of particular companies or the markets. Speculators bought call options on defense, security, and related industries, while others bought put options on airlines, entertainment, insurance, and some financial firms. It’s interesting to note that the number of options that traded just before the 9/11 attacks and immediately afterward was way above normal. In any case, in the short term, some option bulls and bears made significant profits. As a group, the investors who had the courage to buy stock when others were panicking and anxious to sell at any price also enjoyed very significant gains over the long term. The Rudyard Kipling poem If comes to mind: If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs... you are a man, my son.

Knee-Jerk Reactions Unfortunately, terrorist attacks have become part of our lives and atrocities committed after 9/11 also had economic consequences. There have been numerous attacks in the EU since then and those markets also responded to attacks by posting sharp losses. For example, following the Nov. 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, the French market opened with a loss of more than 1%, and other markets in the EU also declined. Investopedia cites one estimate that the attacks in Paris resulted in losses of more than $2 billion in stocks in the EU’s travel and leisure industries. However, bargain hunters stepped in and prices recovered quickly. The patterns of the markets following terrorist attacks in London and Brussels were very similar.


Felt Around The World American investors are very concerned when there are terrorist attacks abroad, for a variety of reasons: they may have investments in those countries, may be considering making investments there, or are trying to gauge how U.S. markets will be affected. Revenues and profits of businesses based in countries that suffer terrorist attacks sometimes decline sharply. Unfortunately, terrorism has become an ongoing problem for the world. These days, the terrorist group ISIS often threatens to attack the U.S. and other countries. And the U.S. State Department sometimes finds it necessary to warn U.S. citizens not to travel to certain countries because of safety concerns, and advises them to leave if they are already there. Of course, economic ramifications pale when compared to the threat to human life and safety – but they are a consideration. Obviously, no one can predict when or where a terrorist attack will occur. We are living in dangerous times and terrorism remains a real threat to people around the world, despite all the security measures and precautions that have been taken. Even people who are not physically injured from an attack could suffer from trauma and sometimes from financial losses steep enough to change their lives. No one takes safety for granted anymore. As we draw closer to Rosh HaShanah, we pray not only for our own safety but for that of other people and the world as well. May the upcoming year bring good health to all. And may Hashem Yishmor. Sources: businessinsider.com; investopedia.com;yahoofinance.com.

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Канун Рош аШана Рав Элияу Ки-Тов


анун Рош а-Шана подобен дню перед судом. Поведение человека должно быть максимально серьезным, а его действия — праведными. Мы должны раскаяться в ошибках, совершенных в течение года, и принять обязательство не грешить. В канун Рош Гашана встают до наступления утра для чтения Слихот и покаянных молитв, стараясь завершить тшуву, ибо это последний находящийся в нашем распоряжении день перед Днем Суда, когда все создания проходят перед Творцом как скот перед хозяином. В этот день мы более, чем когда-либо, остерегаемся обидеть другого человека или иначе согрешить перед ним, и стараемся, чтобы ничто не отвлекало нас от процесса тшувы. Вдумаемся: ведь человек, который должен предстать перед судом земного, смертного царя, непременно испытывает смятение и страх, и ему не придет в голову заниматься посторонними делами — он всецело поглощен подготовкой к суду и думает о том, как ему снискать царскую милость и умолить царя о прощении. Насколько же серьезнее должно быть его поведение, когда он предстает перед Царем царей. Всевышним, которому известны все тайны сердца. Грешник, который запоздает с раскаянием, сделает положенное ему изо дня в день наказание гораздо более тяжелым, ибо он знает, что разгневал Царя, равно как и то, что существует путь к спасению — путь тшувы. Несмотря на это, он упорствует в своем непокорстве, и хотя в любой момент может встать на правильный путь, продолжает грешить, ибо не боится Его гнева и наказания. Наши мудрецы учили: «Рассказывают притчу о банде разбойников, которых царь посадил в тюрьму. Они вырыли подземный ход и выбрались на свободу, но один из них предпочел остаться в тюрьме. Когда пришел тюремщик и увидел подземный ход, почти пустую камеру и единственного оставшегося в ней заключенного, он избил его палкой, говоря при этом: “Жалкий человек! В твоем распоряжении был подземный ход — почему же ты не поспешил им воспользоваться и не вернул себе свободу?” Это же можно сказать и о тшуве — “подземном ходе”, находящемся в распоряжении грешника. Если он не хочет воспользоваться им, то навлекает на себя еще больший гнев». Существует обычай поститься в канун Рош Гашана до полудня. В Мидраше говорится: «За этот пост человеку прощается треть его грехов». Мы писали об этом в 1-ом томе нашей книги. В утренней молитве в канун Рош Гашана Таханун не читается, однако мы читаем его вместе со Слихот в этот день — даже если Слихот читаются после наступления утра (то


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есть в час, когда уже можно читать утреннюю молитву).

Обрести спасение за один час Рабби (рабби Йегуда Ганаси) плакал: «Некоторые люди обретают спасение за один только час». О ком он говорил? О рабби Элазаре бен Дурдия. Элазар бен Дурдия был великим грешником на протяжении многих лет. Однажды женщина, с которой он грешил, сказала ему непосредственно в момент совершения греха: «Элазар бен Дурдия, твое раскаяние не будет принято!» Он пришел в место, расположенное между гор и холмов, и сказал им: «Горы и холмы, просите о милости для меня!» Они ответили: «Прежде, чем мы станем просить о милости для тебя, мы попросим о милости для себя. Ведь в Писании сказано: “Ибо горы сдвинутся и холмы зашатаются” (Йешаягу, 54, 10)». Он сказал: «Небо и земля, просите о милости для меня!» Они ответили: «Прежде, чем мы станем просить о милости для тебя, мы попросим о милости для себя. Ведь в Писании сказано: “Небеса, как дым, рассеются, и земля, как одежда, истлеет” (Йешаягу, 51, 6)». Он сказал: «Солнце и луна, просите о милости для меня!» Они ответили: «Прежде, чем мы станем просить о милости для тебя, мы попросим о милости для себя. Ведь в Писании сказано: “Посрамлена будет луна и пристыжено будет солнце” (Йешаягу, 24, 23)». Он сказал: «Звезды и созвездия, просите о милости для меня!» Они ответили: «Прежде, чем мы станем просить о милости для тебя, мы попросим о милости для себя. Ведь в Писании сказано: “Истлеет все воинство небесное” (Йешаягу, 34, 4)». Тогда он сказал: «Выходит, мое спасение исключительно в моих руках». Он склонил голову так низко, что она оказалась ниже колен, и рыдал в муках, пока душа не покинула его тело. Тогда голос с Небес произнес:

«Рабби Элазар бен Дурдия удостоился вечной жизни». Рабби Йегуда Ганаси сказал: «Мало того, что на Небесах принимают раскаяшихся — там их называют “рабби”». Почему рабби Йегуда Ганаси так горько плакал? Потому, что убедился, что любой человек может обрести за один час то, что праведники обретают за многие годы. Стало быть, на Небесах вознаграждают праведников не так, как вознаграждали бы, если бы они всеми силами своими возвеличивали Имя Всевышнего в течение всей жизни! Естественно спросить: почему на Небесах Элазар бен Дурдия был назван «рабби»? Потому, что на его примере мы узнали, сколь велико может быть значение одногоединственного часа. За это он и удостоился такого титулования.

Другие рассказы о «тшуве» Когда враги хотели подняться на Храмовую гору, они решили: пусть прежде поднимется туда еврей. Они сказали Йосефу из Сихи: «Поднимись туда и то, что ты оттуда вынесешь, будет твоим». Он вошел в Храм и вынес оттуда золотую Менору (семисвечник). Враги отобрали ее и сказали: «Этот предмет не может принадлежать простому смертному. Поднимись туда еще раз — то, что ты вынесешь оттуда теперь, будет твоим». Он отказался. Враги предложили ему освобождение от налогов на три года — но он все равно отказался и сказал: «Мало того, что я разгневал Всевышнего один раз — неужели я разгневаю Его вторично?» Тогда враги распилили его на части, как пилят доски. Во время казни он кричал: «Горе мне, ибо я разгневал Создателя!» Якум Иш Црурот был племянником праведника Йоси бен Йоэзера, жителя Цериды. Однажды в субботу Якум ехал на коне, а перед ним несли бревно, чтобы


повесить на нем Йоси бен Йоэзера. Якум сказал Йоси бен Йоэзеру: «Взгляни на коня, на которого посадил меня мой бог, и посмотри, в какое положение поставил тебя твой Б-г». Йоси ответил ему: «Если такова судьба тех, кто оскорбляет Всевышнего, то какая же великая награда ждет тех, кто служит Ему!» Якум сказал ему: «Разве кто-либо служил Ему вернее, чем ты?» Йоси ответил: «Но если тех, кто верно служит Ему, постигает такая судьба — то какое же наказание ждет тех, кто Его оскорбляет!» Слова Йоси бен Йоэзера запали в сердце Якума и жгли его, как яд. Он решил наказать себя сразу всеми четырьмя видами смертной казни, к которым может приговорить человека суд: забрасыванию камнями, сожжению, удару меча и удушению. Как он это сделал? Он установил на земле бревно с петлей, окружил его деревянным забором, рядом с бревном зажег костер, а у его основания установил обнаженный меч лезвием вверх. Он затянул петлю у себя на шее, веревка оборвалась и он упал на землю, меч пронзил его тело, он упал в костер, забор, окружавший это место, опрокинулся прямо в огонь, в котором Якум и сгорел. Йоси бен Йоэзер увидел, что душа Якума поднимается к небу и сказал: «Он совсем ненамного опередил меня на пути на Небеса».

Раскаяние праведников О раве Саадии Гаоне рассказывают, что однажды один из его учеников неожиданно пришел к нему ночью и увидел, что рабби катается по снегу. Ученик изумился и испугался. Он спросил: «Рабби, неужели ты, дабы совершить тшуву, должен подвергать себя таким мучениям?» Рав Саадия ответил: «Я знаю, что не совершил никакого тяжкого греха, требующего искупления такими мучениями. Однако этому способу искупления я научился от одного простого еврея, у которого

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BUKHARIAN JEWISH LINK остановился однажды. Он не знал, что я — знаток Торы, и принял меня так, как принимают самого обычного гостя-еврея. Через некоторое время в городе узнали, что я приехал, и жители его собрались, чтобы приветствовать меня и служить мне. Увидев это, хозяин дома начал относиться ко мне с величайшим почтением, оказывал всяческие услуги — словом, делал для меня все, что только мог, и даже более того. Когда я собрался оставить его дом, он припал к моим ногам и, плача, взмолился: “Да простит мне господин мой за пренебрежение к его достоинству!” Я спросил его, удивившись: “Разве ты не сделал для меня все, что только мог? Что еще мог ты сделать — и не сделал?” Он ответил: “Я прошу прощения за свое поведение в первые часы пребывания моего господина в доме, когда я еще не знал, сколь великий раввин почтил мой дом своим присутствием, и не мог оказать ему должное почтение”. Так вот, если с таким трепетом мы относимся к достоинству обычного смертного, если в таком случае мы припадаем к его ногам и умоляем его простить недостаток оказанного по неведению почтения — насколько же трепетнее должны мы относиться к величию Всевышнего, которое я с каждым днем осознаю как все более и более неизмеримое.

Мое служение Ему становится с каждым днем все более глубоким, и почитание Его, любовь к Нему — все безмернее и безмернее. Не должен ли я молить Его о прощении, плакать и истязать свое тело, чтобы Он простил мне слишком малое служение, недостаток почтения и любви в прошлые дни?»

Еще один конец года В Торе сказано: «Всякую скотину из крупного и мелкого скота, все, что проходит под посохом десятым, следует посвящать Г-споду» (Ваикра, 27, 32). Эта заповедь, исполнявшаяся во времена, когда существовал Храм, обязывала отделять десятую долю от всех животных «чистых» (то есть пригодных для жертвоприношения) видов, которые родились во владении данного человека в течение года. Эта десятина (маасер) называлась «десятиной животных». На нее распространялась такая же святость, что и на другие жертвоприношения. Входившие в нее животные зарезались во дворе Храма, их кровью окроплялся жертвенник, их жир воскурялся на жертвеннике, а мясо съедалось хозяевами животных в Иерусалиме в состоянии ритуальной чистоты, так же как и мясо других «обычных» жертвоприношений (за исключением жертвоприношений особой святости, в отношении которых соблюдались большие строгости). Точно так же как запрещается

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отделять в качестве десятины за один год плоды, выросшие в другой год, так не разрешается отделять в качестве десятины за один год животных, родившихся в другом. 1-е Тишрей — это начало года в том, что касается отделения «десятины животных». Поэтому мы не соединяем животных, родившихся 29-го Элула, с теми, которые родились 1-го Тишрей, чтобы отделить от всех них вместе десятину. Аналогично, мы не отделяем десятину от овощей, собранных до Рош Гашана, вместе с овощами, собранными после Рош Га-шана. Точно так же и овощи, собранные в седьмой год, год шмиты, обладают святостью плодов седьмого года, даже если выросли еще в шестом году. А плоды, собранные в восьмом году, уже не обладают этой святостью, даже если выросли еще в седьмом году.

Расторжение обетов в канун Рош Гашана В канун Рош Гашана принято расторгать данные в течение года обеты, чтобы предстать перед судом Всевышнего очищенными от тяжкого греха: неисполненных обетов (в том числе просто забытых и потому оставшихся неисполненными). Эта церемония совершается после завершения утренней молитвы. Поскольку данные нами обеты могут быть расторгнуты только

знатоком Торы, необходимо отправиться к нему и рассказать, какие обеты были взяты нами на себя, и объяснить, что если бы мы знали, что не сможем их выполнить (или существует иная причина, по которой мы раскаиваемся в их принятии) — то не стали бы брать их на себя. Тогда знаток Торы говорит нам трижды: «Отпускается тебе». Суть этого отпущения в том, что данные обеты признаются данными по ошибке. Просьбу о расторжении обета необходимо произнести перед тремя людьми (или более того). Ибо хотя раввин — знаток Торы в принципе имеет право расторгать обеты единолично, то этим же правом обладают и три простых еврея. А в наше время мы полагаем, что ни один человек не располагает правом расторгать обеты единолично. На практике в канун Рош Гашана поступают так: каждый человек выбирает для себя трех других и говорит им, что он раскаивается во всех обетах, принятых им в течение года. Они отвечают ему: «Отпускается тебе». Существует формула этой церемонии, приводимая в молитвенниках. В этой формуле подробно изложены все проблемы, связанные с обетами, и способ их расторжения. Согласно обычаю, принятому в сефардских общинах, расторжение обетов производится дважды в год: за сорок дней до Рош Гашана, т.е. 19-го Ава, и за сорок дней до Йом Кипура — то есть в новомесячье Элула.


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Devoted Golfers Finish Round Amid Raging Wildfire


group of golfers in Washington showed their dedication to the game by completing a round in the midst of a raging wildfire. The golf course on which they were playing shared a photo of the determined golfers, as they casually finished their round despite the 31,000-acre fire in the background last Wednesday. “Our golfers are committed to finishing the round!” the course said. After praising the golfers for the commitment to their game, the golf course shared another post addressing the severi-

ty of the fire. “Viewing the magnitude of the fire and thinking of how many people will be affected and for a long time,” the course said. “So thankful no lives lost.” The course’s operations manager said the fire was “a mile and a half away” in Portland, Oregon. He added that some locals were amazed by the sight, while others questioned the group’s decision-making. “Some people said, ‘Wow, it’s awesome,’ while others wondered, ‘How could they keep playing golf?’” he said.

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hotel in Belgium offers lonely customers the opportunity to rent a goldfish to keep them company during their stay. A woman shared a photo of a goldfish in a bowl alongside a sign offering rentals for 3.50 euros ($4.17 USD) per night. “My friend is staying in a hotel in Belgium. They’ve offered her the option of renting a fish for the night, in case she’s lonely,” she wrote. The Hotel Charleroi Airport near Brussels has offered the fish rental service to guests for several years. “We started a few years ago. The idea was to surprise our guests, as we always try to do,” the hotel’s manager said. “It’s brilliant to see how people react to it. They smile; they take pictures to put on social media. We rent a few fish per week.” The manager said he and his brother initially came up with the idea to keep guests entertained during check-in, but they became so popular he decided to expand the service. “I was having a beer with my cousin and we saw some people waiting to check in,” he said. “The queue was quite long so I decided to go out and buy some fish [as en-

Teen Completes Rubik’s Cube In World-Record 4.69 Seconds A teen set a new world record by completing a Rubik’s cube in less than 5 seconds at an event in Virginia. Patrick Ponce, 15, completed the 3x3 Rubik’s cube in 4.69 seconds while participating in the event. “World record?” the teen said after slamming the solved cube on the table. Ponce’s reaction drew a large crowd of his peers, who gathered around him to congratulate him on the achievement. Officials reexamined the cube after the attempt was complete to determine whether it had been scrambled properly, but ultimately confirmed the record. Ponce completed the record attempt in 17 moves carefully examining the cube for a few seconds before frantically shifting the pieces to complete the puzzle.

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His performance topped the previous record of 4.73 seconds set by a 20-year-old Australian in December 2016. “Hey, that’s pretty good,” Ponce said of his record-breaking performance.


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Flight Canceled After Scorpion Spotted On Board American Airlines confirmed a flight from California to Phoenix was canceled for an unusual reason: A scorpion was spotted on board the plane. An airline spokeswoman said the Boeing 737 had been in Phoenix the previous day, and that’s likely where the scorpion boarded. A passenger said he and more than 100 fel-

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s Sukkot is a harvest festival, Sukkot menus typically include dishes with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Since Sukkot takes place during the beginning of the fall season, it’s a perfect time to utilize the bounty of the season into this all-in-one-pot richly aromatic rice dish. This soft, fruity rice, with its lovely fragrance and flavor, is a modern adaptation of traditional Bukharian rice that is typically served every Shabbat lunch. Traditionally this rice dish was cooked in a linen bag (called a khalti) immersed in a soup stock and cooked slowly overnight. This method significantly enhances the flavor, as the vegetables and fruits melt into a thick brown sweet risotto. Osh Sovo was always made with pieces of meat; however, this meatless version is substituted with beans. Fusing European influence into this dish, you will find root vegetables typically found in the Ashkenazi cholent. Cooking this dish in a slow cooker not only allows observance of the no-cook rule on Sukkot, but it will form a dark crust at the bottom of the pot that can be enjoyed as a delicacy on its own. Cook Time: 720 minutes Prep Time: 25 minutes Servings: 8 – 10

INGREDIENTS • 1 cup dried red kidney beans, soaked 12 hours in advance • 2 cups short-grain brown rice, soaked 4


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PREPARATION 1. Soak the dried kidney beans (12 hours in advance). 2.Wash and soak the rice (4 hours in advance). 3. When you are ready to cook, add the beans, rice, oil, onion, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, apples, sweet potato, prunes, apricots, raisins, turmeric and ginger to the slow cooker and cover with water. 4. Turn the slow cooker to the lowest setting. Cover and cook for 12 to 18 hours. Periodically check the pot to make sure that the water has not dried up. If it has, add ½ cup at a time. The minimum amount of time required to cook Osh Sovo is 12 hours, upwards of 18 hours. Cooking time is very forgiving, since the longer it cooks, the more the flavors meld. Season with salt at the end. 5. Spoon onto a large platter and top with the crust from the bottom of the pot, if you can. Serve hot.

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Катанова Раиса Маниевна Катанова Раиса Маниевна родилась 31 марта 1939 года в г. Маргилана Ферг обл. УзбССР в

родилась 31 марта 1939 года в г. Маргилана Ферг обл. УзбССР в семье Зауровасемье Мани Заурова и Мавашевой (Маруся). В их семье МаниМарии и Мавашевой Марии (Маруся). В их семье родилось семеро детей. Наша мама являлась вторым ребенком. родилось семеро детей. Наша мама являлась вторым ребенком. Закончив школу она поступила в Камчанское Закончив школу она поступиламедучилище. в Камчанское медучилище. Закончив учебуЗакончив она работала в дет поликлинике г. медсестрой г. учебу она работала в детмедсестрой поликлинике Маргилан. В 1962 году в г.ВМаргилане мама вышла Маргилан. 1962 году внаша г. Маргилане нашазамуж мама за вышла замуж за Катанова Рахмина родив ему трех сыновей Валера (Барух) и Катанова Рахмина родив ему трех сыновей Валера (Барух) и Сережу и Вову.Сережу Мама прожила нелегкую жизнь. По волежизнь. судьбыПо в воле судьбы в и Вову. Мама прожила нелегкую 1969 году наши1969 родители попадают в тяжелую автокатастрофу. году наши родители попадают в тяжелую автокатастрофу. В то время когда детям подетям 6-4года. Годпо пролежав В то времябыло когда было 6-4года. Год пролежав прикованной кприкованной постели в гипсе без движения оказалась к постели в гипсемама без движения мама оказалась сильной женщиной и переборов все трудности она встала наона ногивстала на ноги сильной женщиной и переборов все трудности для того чтобы и воспитывать своих детей несвоих детей не дляпродолжить того чтобыжить продолжить жить и воспитывать оставив их сиротами. и женив своих сыновей вместе со оставив Вырастив их сиротами. Вырастив и женив своих сыновей вместе со снохами и внуками. В 1993 году они переезжают в США прожив 25 снохами и внуками. В 1993 году они переезжают в США прожив 25 лет и помогаялет детям и внукам найти себя в новой стране. И все стране. И все и помогая детям и внукам найти себя в новой эти годы она никогда неона жаловалась нажаловалась здоровье которое эти годы никогда не на здоровье которое беспокоило ее беспокоило впоследствии аварии. Но когда мы видели чтомы ее видели что ее ее впоследствии аварии. Но когда что-то мучило, она отвечала “У меня все хорошо”. Мама была что-то мучило, она отвечала “У меня все хорошо”. Мама была доброй внимательной и заботливой иженщиной. Прожив вместе с доброй внимательной заботливой женщиной. Прожив вместе с папой 55 лет впапой любви55и лет взаимопонимании она воспитала не в любви и взаимопонимании она воспитала не только своих детей носвоих и внуков: 3 девочек и 5 мальчиков. только детей но и внуков: 3 девочек иМы 5 мальчиков. Мы никогда не забудем нашу дорогую и любимую маму. Светлая ей Светлая ей никогда не забудем нашу дорогую и любимую маму. память. Глубоко скорбящие сыновья, снохи,сыновья, внуки, муж, сестры память. Глубоко скорбящие снохи, внуки,с муж, сестры с семьями и братья с семьями. семьями и братья с семьями.

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