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here is nothing like joining together with two dozen Jews to daven mincha and maariv at Sun Life Stadium in the middle of a classic pitchers’ duel. And there is nothing like staying up until 4:00 in the morning to make sure The South Florida Jewish Home gets to you before Shabbas. Please email us if you would like home delivery or an additional drop-off not currently on our list. Also, email us with any simchas you would like to share with us, like Gabe and Leah Seghi welcoming their new daughter and Rabbi and Mrs. Korf announcing the engagement of their son. This issue of The South Florida Jewish Home is dedicated to the memory of my friend, Jeff Smith, and the other 2,984 people who perished on 9/11. The world was forever changed that September. More than enhanced airport security, we lost our innocence. As we witnessed the death of pure evil, we remembered the 22,684 fallen soldiers and terror victims of Israel and then immediately celebrated Israel’s 63 year. Naftali Halpern brings us Inside the Life and Death of a Terrorist Mastermind. Josh Bains brings a cartoonist to life. And a young woman in Toledo inspires a nation. Enjoy Lag B’Omer. We will see you before Shavuous.


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elebrating an annual tradition, the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Broward County invited its Legacy Society members to a special reception held at Northern Trust Bank in gratitude for their tremendous support of the Foundation. Guest Speaker Donn Weinberg, Chairman and Executive Vice President of The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg, offered an insightful presentation on handling a major Foundation. After welcoming the guests, Alan Cohn, Board Chair of the Foundation, recognized the newest Legacy Society members, Debbie and Frank Gober and Betsy and Alan Weiner. He then recognized Debi and Bill Gross, and Nicole Shacket as they represent a second generation of Legacy Society membership – a ďŹ rst for the Foundation. Ray Leightman, Immediate Past Chair of the Jewish Community Foundation, and president of Northern Trust, sponsor of the event, remarked how everyone in the room who had created a Jewish legacy had translated their passion for causes

into meaningful action, and then awarded Alan and Lauren Cohn recognition for also becoming new Legacy members. Highlighting the program was Donn Weinberg who addressed the group on the various elements of handling a $2 billion private charitable foundation. As the Chairman and a trustee of The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, he has the responsibility of supervising various grant initiatives for the Foundation whose mission is to fund nonproďŹ ts which provide direct services to economically disadvantaged people, primarily in the U.S, Israel and the former Soviet Union. He urged everyone to plan carefully about their philanthropic legacy to be certain their wishes are perpetuated. His words resonated with the crowd. The Jewish Community Foundation has been hosting the event for the past eleven years. The Legacy Society includes more than 300 members representing approximately $90 million in current and deferred endowment gifts to the Jewish Community.


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Continuing Care Retirement Community Planned for 22 Acres on Federation’s West Boca Campus BOCA RATON, FL – Federation CCRC Development, LLC, (“LLC”), an independent, non-profit entity owned by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County (“Federation”), has announced another major milestone in the development of the Sinai Residences of Boca Raton, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (“CCRC”), planned to occupy 22 acres on Federation’s north campus. The marketing phase for the project has begun with the retention of an experienced sales and marketing team. The following professionals representing Sinai Residences will be housed in the Federation offices on the Federation campus beginning Tuesday, May 3, until the offices are moved to a new state-of-the-art Welcome Center in a few months: Barbara Hurwitz, Sales Counselor; and Ivey Anderson, Sales Manager. The new team will work in partnership with the marketing team of Greenbrier Development of Dallas, Texas, the developer of Sinai Residences. “The Sinai Residences of Boca Raton will be the centerpiece for the future of our campus, and we are thrilled to be bringing it forward to the general public for the marketing phase,” said Wesley E. Finch, ViceChair of Federation’s Board of Directors, and President of the Jewish Community Facilities Corp. “We now have three outstanding individuals on hand to

accomplish this important task.” The Sinai Residences of Boca Raton will be built on a 22-acre parcel with 232 independent living units, 60 assisted living apartments, 60 skilled

nursing suites, and 24 studio suites for the memory impaired. The facility will offer a blend of housing, health care, hospitality, recreational and social services. Plans include a life-care benefit which offers discounts for independent living residents on assisted living and nursing care. “The extensive due diligence and market research conducted for Sinai Residences was extremely positive, and we are excited to begin the formal marketing

phase,” said Mel Lowell, Federation’s COO and CFO, and Treasurer for the LLC. “We are very pleased to introduce the project to the general public after years of planning, and feasibility studies.” The project is being developed by an independent not-for-profit LLC entity, which is owned by Federation. The idea originated from the Federation¹s desire to generate revenue from the available land on the Federation campus to strengthen its core mission of fundraising, allocations and planning. Also, the CCRC serves a material need within our community. Once stabilized, it may generate a projected annual cash flow ranging from $1.5 to $4 million. The first phase of financing for the Sinai Residences consisted of the issuance of a tax-free $9 million pre-development industrial revenue bond for preconstruction costs over a 24- to 36-month period. The bond is funding the cost of pre-marketing for the project as well as design development and other predevelopment costs. For more information about the Sinai Residences of Boca Raton, the public is invited to contact Sarah Bitton at 561-852-6015 or For media inquiries, please contact Andrea Schuver, PR Director, at 561-852-3278 or


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Thousands Expected at Jewish Unity Parade & Fair, Sunday, May 22


ag B’omer Festival at Gulfstream Park to feature: Over 50 Free Unlimited Rides, Carnival Games, Bonfire & Jewish Music StarsSunday, May 22nd, 2011 marks the festive Jewish holiday of Lag B’omer. A massive show of Jewish unity and pride will be displayed as the South Florida Jewish community will join celebrations taking place throughout the globe with its own grandiose “Lag B’omer Unity Parade & Fair” at the beautiful newly renovated Gulfstream Park on the corner of US1 in Hallandale. The special event is being held on Sunday, May 2nd from 10am-4pm. The parade and fair will commence at 10am with an exciting marching parade featuring colorful Jewish themed floats plus music, marching bands, dancing and juggling clowns.

Reggae Skafyah Band and the ever popular Yossi Bayles and his YBO Orchestra singing contemporary, traditional and sefardic tunes. Dr Laz will also perform. In addition, the Lag B‘omer Parade and Fair will offer a glatt Kosher barbecue and traditional bonfire. The free rides, music fest and food court will all take place in Gulfstream’s parking lot just outside the beautiful Kosher superstore, Jacob’s Classic Market. Lag B’omer marks the passing of the great Talmudic scholar Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the pioneering book of Jewish Mysticisim,-the Zohar. Rabbi Shimon requested that his day of passing be celebrated as a joyous day. The day also marks the end of a terrible plague that befell the students of the esteemed Rabbi Akivah.

The glamorous parade will begin at the SE corner of Hallandale Beach Blvd and US1 from the Gulfstream Promenade Shopping Center and will march on US1 with unwavering Jewish pride. Following the parade, children can enjoy unlimited fun on over 50 amusement park rides free of charge plus many carnival games as well.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M Schneerson, of blessed memory, initiated the tradition of Lag B’omer Parades, especially for children. Today, sixty seven years after the inaugural Lag B’omer Parade in Brooklyn in 1944, Lag B’omer Parades are a tradition in Jewish communities throughout the world.

The fair will also feature a free concert starring Florida’s Jewish Stars, the energetic beats of Jewish

The more than 100 Chabad Centers in South Florida are coming together to help organize for the

entire Jewish community a spectacular day of festivities by offering the ultimate “Lag B’Omer Unity Parade and Fair” – Free of charge. Thousands of men, women and children from throughout South Florida are expected to attend, en-masse, to express Jewish Pride, Joy and Unity. This year is the second consecutive year that the Parade and Fair is being held at Gulfstream. Last year’s event was enjoyed by more than 12,000 guests. Organizers will make sure that plenty of shade is provided to guarantee a day of tremendous celebration together with absolute comfort. Gulfstream Park in Hallandale is geared up for this special event. The venue is ideal and centrally located to benefit the Jewish Communities of Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. For more information please go to, email MiamiParade@ or call 561-998-5391.















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Yom HaShoa at Weinbaum Yeshiva H.S.


n Monday, May 2nd, Yom Hashoa was commemorated at the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School with a moving and inspirational program that brought tears to the eyes of many. Students arrived in the morning to hallways covered with black and adorned with posters depicting the horrors of the holocaust. Each student was given a yellow star with the word “Jude” to memorialize the stamp that brave men, woman and children in the holocaust were forced to wear. The most impactful part of the program was the powerful message of Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger who recounted his life growing up in Germany post WWII. His father had been a German tank commander and Nazi officer who glorified his past and presented himself as a war hero to his young son. Dr. Wollschlaeger however, would not settle for anything less than the truth, and when the newspaper headlines read “Jews Killed in Germany Again,” after the terrible 1972 summer Olympics massacre in Munich, he sought out on a journey to discover the truth about his past. After years of soul searching, Dr.

Wollschlaeger converted to Judaism, making Aliyah and serving in the Israeli Army as a Medical Officer. In his speech, Dr. Wollschlaeger spoke about the capacity for man to perpetrate evil in this world. He stressed the importance of erasing hate and believing in fellow human beings. In a beautifully eloquent speech, he outlined the concept of understanding what happened in the past so we could vow, never again. Upon exiting the room, each student lit a candle in memory of the six million Jews who perished during the holocaust. Thank you Dr. Wollschlaeger for sharing your story the student body and inspiring us to make brave choices, to seek the truth, and to respect all people so that never again will such evil be perpetrated by man.


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hirty years and growing of Young Israel the shul, 447 families, five minyanim, two youth groups and 400 plus faces in the crowd celebrating the 63rd Israel Yom Ha’atzmaut. Jews coming together, not to face tragedy but to embrace unity…a slice of Jewish Utopia. What does Jewish Utopia look like? Under one roof - kippot in knitted colors or solid black velvet; hats of straw or black felt, heads covered and bare, faces - newborn and wizened, spanning all shades and hues. This is the fabric of our diverse Hollywood Jewish community that came together, not only to lament, but as well, to celebrate! One of the last vestiges of a true open, pluralistic, modern orthodox shul, not moving left or right, just outsiders moving in, with mostly the only ones moving out – the dozens and dozens heeding the call to return ‘home’ and make aliya. When I first moved to this community 10 years ago, there were just over 200 families. We’ve more than doubled since then and yet - defying the old joke about the deserted island with two Jews and three shuls, one for each and another that neither attends – we have remained one shul with one rabbi for 30 years, Rabbi Eddie Davis, one assistant rabbi, Rabbi Yakov Weinstock, and a minyan for every stripe: The sunrisers, the 8-am-ers, the stragglers, the sepharadim, the teens and even children’s tefila groups.

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There’s a shul youth group, Bnei Akiva and NCSY youth groups. Different strokes are welcomed and embraced, growth from any level is nurtured and age is never a factor; rowdy shabbat tables are regaled by newlyweds alongside aging widows. We suffer our losses together, cook for each other, care for each others’ children, organize showers and sheva brachot. Our collective pain is reduced; our common joy, multiplied. And that brings me back to Yom Ha’atzmaut, when we come together as members of the same shul, our home base, we come as a community of Jews, of ardent Zionists, lovers of Israel who cherish the opportunity to come together to commemorate Israel’s losses, reminisce over shared history, rejoice Israel’s triumphs, and ultimately, simply to celebrate the way Jews do best – with good music, delicious food, and the company of great friends. Thanks to the many member-sponsors whose personal pride translated into communal support, this evening was completely free to all who attended. Everyone has a unique and irreplaceable story, a testimonial to be heard, recorded, passed on. The evening was a forum for us to listen, to take note and perhaps, in some small measure, to be transformed. We were awed by Dara, an IDF chayelet bodedet (a lone female soldier) who made her way to Israel on her own, and joining the army. We honored by our own living legend, Sam Schachter, a member of our

shul whose personal story is OUR story - part of the founding history of pre-state Israel as a fighter in the Irgun, the War of Independence and the Sinai campaign. We are buoyed by the five Young Israel families who have decided ‘if not now when, if not me then who?’ and are making their way to Eretz Yisrael, Medinat Yisrael. Until that day when we decide the same, they take a piece of us with them. As keepers of the flame of achdut, of unity back here in Hollywood, Florida, this community will continue to maintain our love and respect for one another, encourage each others’ differences in order that the whole be greater than the sum of its parts, continue to produce and lead supporters of Israel, true Zionists and perhaps one day, even a global Jewish Utopia. A very special thank you goes to our Yom Ha’atzmaut Corporate Sponsor, WEST BROWARD RHEUMATOLOGY ASSOCIATES.

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Ethics of Health Care Reform: The Jewish Perspective

he South Florida Center for Jewish Ethics presents “Universal Health Care: Ethical Issues in Health Care Reform,” the fifth lecture in its medial ethics series. The lecture will cover topics related to the ethics of Health Care Reform in the United States. The series is a continued effort of the Center to educate the medical profession in South Florida about Jewish law and ethics in American life.


The lecture will be given by Robert C. Goldszer, MD, and Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, MD. Dr. Goldszer is the chief medical officer of Mount Sinai Hospital and a 1976 graduate of Hahnemann University Medical School in Philadelphia. Rabbi Glatt is President and CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage, New York, Assistant to the Rabbi, Young Israel of Woodmere, and a 1983 graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians And Surgeons. The South Florida Center for Jewish Ethics was founded in 2010 as a place where professionals and lay people can study ethical issues in the areas of the law, medicine, and business with clear guidance from a Jewish perspective. The center offers lectures, classes, and conferences that bring

together medical experts, legal scholars and ethicists of international stature to dialogue with rabbinic and Talmudic scholars. “Universal Health Care: Ethical Issues in Health Care Reform” will be offered Tuesday, May 19, from 7:15pm to 9:00pm at Talmudic University, 4000 Alton Road, Miami Beach. Cost is $25.00 for physicians, $20.00 for non-physicians, and $10.00 for medical students. The Class is Accredited for one and one-half (1.5) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Refreshments will be served. For more information visit

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The “Preparation to Receive the Torah” Shabbaton Three enlightening and informative lectures designed to help you optimize Shavuot  Friday Night, June 3, 9:15 pm - Oneg Shabbat - Frank Residence, 4151 Park View Dr. - no charge  Saturday Lunch, June 4, 12:00 pm – Young Israel Social Hall, 3291 Stirling Road PATH’s Seventh Annual Fundraising Luncheon Honoring Dr. Larry Reiss with the Keter Shem Tov Award Reservations Only – please go to to register – space is limited  Saturday Afternoon, June 4, one hour before mincha - Young Israel, 3291 Stirling Rd - no charge Rabbi Menachem Nissel has been a beloved Rebbe for over twenty years in various Yeshivot and seminaries such as Ohr Somayach, Ohr Yerushalayim and Torat Shraga. He is a renowned speaker and author who has inspired thousands throughout the world. His ability to bring lofty concepts down to daily life spiced with British humor make his lectures tremendously popular. He is a talmid of Rav Shlomo Volbe zt"l and Rav Moshe Shapiro shlit"a. He has an MBA from the London Business School. Dr. Larry Reiss is a cherished member of the Hollywood Jewish Community. Together with his wife Toby, he makes significant contributions to the Torah institutions of Hollywood including, Young Israel and PATH. Dr. Reiss is a leader of the Community Daf HaYomi class and has been a key supporter of PATH since its inception. Dr. Reiss also founded a free community chesed program called P.A.T.C.H. and he personally tutors many local students in both Judaic and secular studies. Dr. Reiss’s activities on behalf of the Community and can-do attitude of giving have earned him “Keter Shem Tov” recognition This amazing and inspirational Shabbaton is made possible by our esteem Shabbaton sponsors:

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ZOA Condemns Local Call for Terror War Against Israel

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Osama bin Laden: Inside the life and death of a Terrorist Mastermind By: Naftali Halpern

It is the first day of Pesach 2011. Most of the teenagers in shul are groggy from last night’s late seder. As fathers and sons sit together, everyone is relaxed and happy; after all, it’s finally Yom Tov and for the next eight days they will spend time with family and perhaps enjoy a nice Chol Hamoed trip as well. Two young teenagers, however, sit at a back table, alone…without a father. They don’t seem excited about the fact that it’s Yom Tov. They just seem out of place, almost as if they don’t belong. They don’t get to experience life and Yom Tov as everyone else does. Their lives of pain began when they were 4 and 7 years old, on September 11, 2001, when their father called from his office atop the South Tower of 1 World Trade Center and in between dying gasps for air told their mother, “I love you. Tell the kids that I love them…” On that day Osama bin Laden changed their lives forever. His death may bring some solace, but their aching pain will never subside.


lthough the death of bin Laden is a victory for all of us, the greatest victory is for our military and for those who lost loved ones to bin Laden’s terror. As President Obama aptly stated, “… we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world. The empty seat at the dinner table. Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father. Parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace.” How was this monster – who celebrated his son’s wedding by reading an ode about a recent terrorist attack on innocent people, and gleefully sang, “The pieces of the bodies of the infidels were flying like dust particles. ..If you had seen it with your own eyes, your heart would have been filled with joy,” – created? Just because he’s dead is the world a less dangerous place? Although bin Laden, in a sense, has been on the world stage for at least ten years, not much is known

about his personal life. According to Peter Bergen, author of Holy War, Inc.: Inside The Secret World of Osama Bin Laden, the reason we don’t know much about bin Laden’s personal life is because bin Laden himself has always been cautious in interviews and communications not to reveal much about himself; he comes from one of the most secretive families in the Middle East; and he was raised in Saudi Arabia, which is one of the most secretive countries in the Middle East. Bin Laden was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 1957, and was one of 52 children. His father, who had numerous wives, started a construction business in Saudi Arabia, which today is estimated to be worth approximately $5 billion dollars and has over 35,000 employees. Upon bin Laden’s father’s death, he inherited a share of the money which he grew to $250,000,000. Although bin Laden grew up wealthy, he was always drawn toward the study of Islam.

WAHHABISM- THE ROOT OF MUSLIM EXTREMISM Bin Laden’s distorted world view was shaped by his Wahhabi beliefs. The frightening thing is that there are millions in the Muslim world who share those same Wahhabi beliefs. Wahhabism is a Muslim movement which began in the 1730s by a Muslim preacher named Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab and a tribal leader named Ibd Sa’ud. They believed that violent jihad against “infidels” (which includes anyone who doesn’t practice Wahhabism) is not only permissible – it is mandatory. Armed with this belief, they went about conquering the Arabian Peninsula through the use of brutal and fanatical force. The Wahhabi fighters were known to have little regard for their own lives and their sole purpose was to kill as many infidels as possible. Followers of Wahhabism used Islam as a tool of oppression and carried out their wrath in the name of Allah. Wahhabism rapidly spread and in the early 1800s continued on next page

the Wahhabis took control of the Arabian Peninsula. When Ibd Sa’ud died, his son and eventually his grandson took charge of the movement. By the late 1800s, though, the Wahhabis were beaten back by the Turks and other moderate Muslims who joined forces. The Sa’ud family was forced to seek refuge in Kuwait. However, eventually, the Sa’ud family built themselves back up and in 1927, the British – who at the time controlled much of the Arabian Peninsula, and were enemies with the Turks – signed a treaty with the Sa’ud family in which the Sa’uds assumed control over much land. In 1932, the Sa’uds gave this land the name “Saudi Arabia,” and a Wahhabist kingdom led by the Sa’ud family was born. As a Wahhabist Kingdom, the study of Wahhabism accounts for a large percentage of grade-school curriculums in Saudi Arabia. It should therefore come as no surprise that children are indoctrinated with hatred from a very young age. Quotes such as, “The last hour won’t come before the Muslims would fight the Jews and the Muslims will kill them so Jews would hide behind rocks and trees. Then the rocks and tree would call: oh Muslim, oh servant of God! There is a Jew behind me, come and kill him,” are common throughout official school text books in Saudi Arabia.

BIN LADEN’S ALLIANCE WITH ABDULLAH AZZAM AND MAKTAB AL-KHADAMAT In the late 1970s Osama bin Laden attended King Abdel Aziz University in Saudi Arabia and was greatly influenced by one of his professors, Abdullah Azzam, who was a radical Palestinian from the West Bank. Azzam, who studied Sharia Law, was himself influenced by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, and adopted their belief in an inevitable “clash of civilizations” between the Islamic world and non-Islamic world, and in the necessity of violent revolution against secular governments to establish a global Islamic state. When the  Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan  in 1979, Azzam and bin Laden, who was 22 at the time, traveled to Afghanistan to join the Afghan mujahi-

FORMATION OF AL-QAEDA In 1988, as the Soviets began their withdrawal from Afghanistan, bin Laden and the men around him began to dream of a global jihad to bring the world under Islamic rule. To that end, bin Laden formed al-Qaeda. One of al-Qaeda’s fundamental beliefs was, and is, that the killing of innocent people is justified because if the victim was “a good Muslim” they would go to paradise, and if they were a “bad Muslim” or non-believer, they would go to hell. Within a year bin Laden became the undisputed leader of the jihad when Azzam was assassinated in a roadside bomb. Bin Laden, who had earned a reputation as a hero in his fighting of the Soviets, had an easy time recruiting and training thousands of young Muslim men to his terrorist organization.

of those camps, training included memorizing maps of U.S. cities and identifying targets. Through these means, bin Laden controlled thousands of guerrilla fighters in a loose organization throughout the globe. According to Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian who was arrested entering the U.S. from Canada in December 1999, with a carful of explosives, his al-Qaeda curriculum included lessons in sabotage, urban warfare and explosives. He was trained to attack power grids, airports, railroads, hotels and military installations. A 180-page al-Qaeda manual, retrieved by U.S. intelligence, offers advice to “sleepers” (agents sent overseas to await missions) on how to be inconspicuous: shave your beard, wear cologne, move to newly developed neighborhoods where residents don’t know one another.

KAHANA’S MURDER AND AL-QAEDA Many believe that al Qaeda’s first attack against a U.S. citizen was the killing of R’ Meir Kahana on November 5, 1990 by El Sayyid Nosair. Three days after Kahana’s assassination, the FBI raided the home of Nosair and discovered a great deal of evidence of terrorist plots, including plans to blow up New York City skyscrapers. Nosair, who frequented the Atlantic Avenue al-Farouq Mosque, was eventually convicted on conspiracy charges in connection with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. In 2002, the Senate Intelligence Committee discovered that bin Laden helped pay for the legal defense of Nosair in his Kahana murder trial.

AL QAEDA’S REIGN OF TERROR On December 29, 1992, al-Qaeda began its reign of terror when they detonated bombs at two different hotels in Yemen in an attempt to kill American soldiers on their way to a humanitarian mis-

RETURN TO SAUDI ARABIA AND CONFLICT Once the fighting was over in Afghanistan, bin Laden returned – as a hero – to his homeland of Saudi Arabia. However, his stay in Saudi Arabia was shortlived because of a falling out with the Saudi royal family over the Persian Gulf War. When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, the Saudi government allowed the United States military to set up their military base in Saudi Arabia. This went against all tenets of Wahhabism and bin Laden became highly critical of the Saudi royals. Bin Laden offered to fight Saddam with his own al Qaeda fighters, rather than have the “infidels” be hosted in Saudi Arabia. However the Saudi royals turned the offer down. Filled with anger at the Saudi royals, bin Laden moved to Sudan in 1992, where he had numerous businesses and focused heavily on building up al-Qaeda.

RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN Eventually, bin Laden was expelled from Sudan and moved back to Afghanistan. He built al-Qaeda training camps which trained thousands of fighters in jihad. According to witnesses who have been in some

The Brooklyn Mosque where Abdullah Azzam lectured during his 1988 fundraising trip to New York and which operated as a jihad recruiting office

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A young bin Laden in Afghanistan fighting the Soviets

deen (resistance). After all, killing infidels was an obligation of all Muslims, they believed. Together they established an organization called Maktab al-Khadamat, which funneled money, arms and Muslim fighters  into the Afghan war and established several guerrilla training camps. Maktab al-Khadamat set up covert recruiting offices all over the world. One such recruiting office was located on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. That recruiting office was run by the “Blind Sheikh,” Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was later convicted for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. In 1988 Abdullah Azzam, while on a fundraising trip in New York, preached at the Farouq Mosque, and urged his audience to take up jihad.


22 sion in Somalia. Although two people were killed, no Americans were killed because the soldiers were staying in a different hotel altogether. Unfortunately al-Qaeda’s next attempt in October, 1993, was successful and eighteen U.S. soldiers were killed in Somalia, while on a humanitarian mission. AlQaeda very quickly began expanding their terrorist activities. Bin Laden’s fingerprints were on the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center by a group of Egyptian radicals, and in 1995, a truck bombing of a military base in Riyadh killed five Americans and two Indians. In the years leading up to Sept. 11th, al- Qaeda’s attacks against the U.S. became larger and more successful. The 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings were a series of attacks that occurred on August 7, 1998, in which hundreds of people were killed in simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the United States embassies in four major East African cities. The attacks, which were linked to local members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, brought Osama bin Laden  to the attention of the U.S. public for the first time, and resulted in the FBI placing bin Laden on its Ten Most Wanted  list. Two years later, 17 U.S. soldiers were killed when al-Qaeda members rammed an explosives-laden boat into the USS Cole, while it was refueling in a Yemeni port. This was the deadliest attack against a United States Naval vessel since 1987. According to captured and interrogated Sept. 11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Osama bin Laden started planning the Sept. 11 attacks in 1996. The diabolical plot that involved years of planning and training across three continents was intricate but required nothing more than 19 dedicated terrorists–15 whom were Saudi Arabian citizens – money, and a handful of boxcutters. Whereas some Americans had heard of bin Laden before Sept. 11, on Sept. 11 we all witnessed his evil actions and he instantly became public enemy number one.

THE HUNT FOR BIN LADEN Several attempts to capture or kill bin Laden had been made even before the events of Sept. 11. Shortly after the 1998 United States embassy bombings, 66 cruise missiles were launched at a bin Laden training camp but he had left the training camp shortly before the attack and was saved. In 1999, the CIA secretly trained and equipped approximately 60 commandos from the Pakistani intelligence agency to enter Afghanistan for the purpose of capturing or killing bin Laden. This was a highly promising mission, however, it was aborted when Gen. Pervez Musharraf took over as Pakistan’s president and refused to continued the operation. In 2000, bin Laden narrowly escaped capture when foreign operatives working on behalf of the CIA fired a rocket-propelled grenade  at a convoy of vehicles in which bin Laden was traveling through the mountains of Afghanistan, hitting one of the vehicles but not the one in which bin Laden was riding. After Sept. 11, 2001, for close to 10 years, the trail for bin Laden went cold. Many believed that he was hiding in a cave in the mountainous tribal region be-

tween Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, according to recently released intelligence documents, over the past several years America had become suspicious that perhaps bin Laden was being protected by more than just an intricate system of caves in Afghanistan. The more damning possibility was that our alleged on-again-off-again ally, Pakistan, was protecting and possibly even hosting bin Laden.


President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other officials and staff members watch the attack in real time, in the White House situation room

The fact that for years bin Laden was living in a million dollar compound, several yards from a large Pakistani military base and 35 miles from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad is a far cry from the image most of us – including U.S. intelligence – had of bin Laden sitting on the ground of a cold and damp cave. One thing is now crystal clear – Pakistan was never our ally and played us like a fiddle. Exactly how our intelligence caught wind of bin Laden’s whereabouts is still murky and will probably always be somewhat classified information. However, according to reports, U.S. forces were led to the fortress-like, three-story building after more than four years of tracking one of bin Laden’s most trusted couriers, whom U.S. officials said was identified by al Qaeda terrorists captured after the September 11, 2001 attacks. In the summer of 2010, after months of painstaking effort by the CIA, National Security Agency, and other national security agencies, the U.S. government was eventually able to track this courier, as well as his brother, and further determined that the two brothers seemed to be sharing their residence with another family of extremely high importance to al Qaeda. “When we saw the compound…we were shocked by what we saw: an extraordinarily unique compound,” a senior administration official said. “The bottom line of our collection and our analysis was that we had high confidence that the compound harbored a high-value terrorist target.” The compound, which was built in 2005, was about eight times the size of other nearby houses and had 12- to 18-foot outer walls topped with barbed wire and internal walls that sectioned off different parts of the compound. Few windows of the threestory home faced the outside of the compound and two security gates restricted access. It was additionally suspicious that residents burned their trash, rather than leaving it for collection as their neighbors did, and the property had no telephone or Internet service connected to it. “Everything we saw, the extremely elaborate operational security, the brothers’ background and their

behavior, and the location of the compound itself was perfectly consistent with what our experts expected bin Laden’s hide-out to look like,” an administration official said. “Experts who worked this issue for years assessed that there was a strong probability that the terrorist who was hiding there was Osama bin Laden,” another administration official said. U.S. intelligence eventually obtained a CIA recording from within the compound which contained the voice of bin Laden. They also captured photographs of bin Laden leaving the main house on daily walks around the courtyard. The search for bin Laden was over. Now the only question was: when and how to carry out the mission.

DETAILS OF THE RAID Whereas the events of September 11th played out like a well-produced horror movie, bin Laden’s capture played out like a perfectly orchestrated action thriller. On Friday, April 29, 2011, President Barack Obama gave the final sign-off on the mission. On Monday, around 12:30am local time, under the cover of darkness, approximately 25 elite Navy SEALs swooped down on the compound in a pair of choppers to lead the raid to capture bin Laden, codenamed “Geronimo.” Guards on the ground noticed the choppers and opened fire. One of the choppers carrying the Navy SEALs malfunctioned, stalling as it hovered above the compound. The pilot heroically landed the damaged chopper. Once on the ground, a firefight ensued. Bin Laden was hiding on the third floor of the compound. The SEALs navigated their way to the third floor past other residents of the compound. Meanwhile, President Obama and other White House officials watched the events unfold in real time through Navy SEAL video cameras. When they reached bin Laden, a SEAL called out, “Geronimo”, confirming for the others-- and the president-- that they had found bin Laden. Bin Laden refused to surrender and was shot dead continued on next page

aid to Pakistan over the past several years – with the express understanding that Pakistan will aid in the war on terror-- certainly has reason to be upset. “There are a lot of people within the Pakistan government, and I am not going to speculate about who, or if any of them, had foreknowledge about bin Laden being in Abbottabad but certainly its location there outside of the capital raises questions,” said White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan. Sen. Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said bin Laden’s location meant Pakistan has “a lot of explaining to do.” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a member of the Armed Services Committee said, “I think this tells us once again that unfortunately Pakistan at times is playing a double game.” However, senior Pakistan intelligence officials dismissed speculation that bin Laden was being protected. “We don’t explain it. We just did not know – period,” said one official. Hardly a plausible explanation. How bin Laden’s death affects the war on terror and the actual war in Afghanistan remains to be seen. It is unclear whether bin Laden even had an active role in al Qaeda in recent years, and it is fully possible that there are other leaders who can assume the leadership void left by him. However, one thing is certain: the world is certainly a better place now that bin Laden is dead.


“I heard a thundering sound, followed by heavy firing. Then firing suddenly stopped. Then more thundering, then a big blast,” said Mohammad Haroon Rasheed, a resident of Abbottabad, Pakistan, after the choppers had swooped in and then out again.” In addition to bin Laden, four others in the compound were killed, including bin Laden’s son. No civilians or U.S. persons were wounded in the operation. Bin Laden’s body was quickly identified by one of his wives. After assuring With Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is likely to take over as leader of al-Quada. through DNA testing that the body retrieved with two bullets, one in the head and one to the chest. was in fact bin Laden, they buried him at an undisWhite House officials were told, “Geronimo-E-KIA,” closed location at sea. Thus the world is rid of this enemy killed in action. President Obama responded, evil terrorist. “We got him.” As Pakistani military jets began scrambling, the PAKISTANI FALLOUT SEALs quickly gathered hard drives and other valuable information from the compound. And within The fallout with Pakistan is now only in the fin40 minutes they were “belly up” and headed back to ger-pointing stage and it remains to be seen whether Afghanistan, with bin Laden’s body on the chopper the U.S.-Pakistani relationship can be patched up. with them. The U.S., which has provided billions of dollars of




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Sefiras Ha’Omer is a 49-step process of counting the Omer from the lowest level of tumah to the highest level of spirituality at Matan Torah. This time period is of great significance since it teaches us valuable lessons, far beyond the simple act of counting itself. We learn from a Mishna in Avos, Akavia ben Mahalel says, (Histakel bishlosha devarim...) Consider three things and you will not come into to the hands of sin: Know from where you came, to where you are headed and before Whom you will give judgment and accounting. Commentaries explain that living such a lifestyle will build your spiritual character. When we take a closer look at how the posuk begins, we see that Histakel bshlosha devarim” means more than “to look or notice” but rather “to examine carefully and observe”. In order to seize the opportunity that Sefiras Ha’Omer provides and apply its valuable lessons, we take an honest, introspective look at ourselvesour beliefs, our actions and our most private thoughts. Then, and only then, can we set clear, realistic goals specifically tailored to elevate ourselves and build a closer relationship with H-shem. Dayby-day, week-by-week, we slowly work toward our spiritual aspirations and goals. The process is crucial as it enhances progress and growth. In our information age society, airlines have computer screens illustrating airplane location, elevation, speed, temperature, etc. For example, when we travel from NY to Israel, not only are we interested in knowing when we will arrive at our destination, but also in the current status of many other details of the trip. It’s our human condition to know where we stand at all times. We want to know our position vis a vis our goals; how much we have accomplished and how much more we have to tackle. During Sefira, we look at the big picture and evaluate our goals and the means of attaining them. Another lesson learned from Sefirah is the recognition that everything comes from Hashem. We grind seeds, plant these seeds and wheat is produced. The

Omer was the korban to signify emunah and bitachon. Yes, we have to make our hishtadlus (effort), but in the end it’s all from G-d Almighty. Similarly, before we eat, we say a brocha because the food doesn’t belong to us until we acknowledge from where it came. I am reminded of a famous story by the Chofetz Chaim describing how every single day he waited with his suitcase packed and with deep belief that Moshiach would come at any moment. His deep sense of emunah caused this intense anticipation. The actual counting process of Sefirah can be beneficial as well in its application for individuals who engage in addictive behaviors and struggle with

the everyday aspects of life. The truth is that any wisdom that is integral and real is found in Torah. Thus, professionals such as psychologists, therapists, and doctors find valuable insights from Torah. The 12 Step Program, a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems, derives concepts from Torah. As a matter of fact, many of the steps in the 12 Step Program make reference to Hashem and Torah concepts. In his book, Self-Improvement? I’m Jewish, Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski, discusses the propriety of the 12 Step Program for Torah-observant Jews. He cites the 12 Steps, pointing out that they essentially comprise a program based on mussar. For further information, please visit Further, the 12 Step Program teaches an addict to set his/her goals of recovery for a sober, healthy

lifestyle. He literally counts his/her sober days. In the supportive, warm environment of a self-help meeting, he will say out loud “I am 4 days clean” or ”50 days clean”, celebrating each level of accomplishment from one day to many, many years. The counting, in and of itself, is a therapeutic process in recovery. In conjunction with other therapies specifically designed for each individual member, Madraigos utilizes the12 Step Recovery Program for treatment of addictions such as substance abuse, crime, Internet, gambling, promiscuity, and other antisocial behaviors. In more than 15 years of working with struggling teens, I have seen miracles in recovery as a result of this process. Our personal effort, as difficult as our challenges may be, creates a path of spiritual growth and refinement. As we count, one day at a time, we can u n cover o u r shortcomings and see a bright future. With the hope and anticipation of a successful recovery, we can be transformed from the bondage of addiction to the freedom of sobriety, health and inner peace. Each and every one of us, on our own personal level, has a journey of self-refinement. Like a mountain climber, counting the Omer compels us to strive and grow. When one mountain top is reached, there is always another one that brings us to greater heights and accomplishments. May we all be blessed with the rock solid belief that everything is from Hashem and may we merit to be elevated through this counting process toward Matan Torah! Rabbi Dov Silver is the Founder and Executive Vice President of Madraigos. Madraigos is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that provides a wide array of innovative programs and services for hundreds of teens and young adults who engage in at-risk behaviors. Madraigos has offices in New York and Chicago, and is a resource for communities across the country. For more information, visit


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YOM HASHOAH Around the World

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USA - 61% Support Defending Israel A poll carried out on behalf of Rasmussen Reports shows that 61 percent of Americans support defending Israel if it is attacked. This number is more than those who support defending all but three other countries. The poll’s findings show that Canada, Great Britain and Australia enjoy the greatest support

among Americans in terms of willingness to come to their defense. Eighty percent said they would support coming to Canada’s support, 74% for Great Britain, and 65% for Australia. Next on the list was Israel, with 61%, as opposed to 26% who said they would oppose supporting Israel if it was attacked.

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Israeli Prime Minister, President and others during a moment of silence

27 blood of Muslims and Arabs.” Although Hamas has repeatedly said it has no ties to al-Qaida and that its violent struggle is directed exclusively against Israel, the group condemns the assassination of “a Muslim and Arabic warrior” and prays that bin Laden’s “soul rests in peace.”

CAIRO - Justice Minister: Mubarak’s Wealth Came From Israel Gas Deal Egypt’s Justice Minister has said that ex-President Hosni Mubarak gathered his wealth from gas exports to Israel through a company owned by his friend, as well as arms deals. The ousted leader’s two sons and wife are also facing allegations of corruption.

In a stunning turnaround for the once powerful dictator, in addition to the corruption charges Mubarak faces the death penalty if he is convicted of ordering the shooting of protesters during the uprisings that forced him out of power.

In a rare departure from Israel’s general vagueness regarding its nuclear capabilities, National Union party Chairman MK Yaakov (”Ketzaleh”) Katz said recently that Israel has the ability to destroy enemies like Iran and Syria “in a second’s time.” Speaking in the Knesset lobby dedicated on Yom Hashoah, the passionate Chairman said the greatest revenge against the Germans, who desired to annihilate the Jewish people, is the Jewish nation’s tremendous natural growth.

Ketzaleh expressed his opinion that rather than bring visiting heads of state to Yad VaShem, Israel should show visitors the pinnacles it has reached since the Holocaust and despite it. “We must show them that we have the capability to destroy Iran within a second’s time, and Syria in a minute’s time, should they dare lift a hand to us,” he said.

TEL AVIV – Worldwide Anti Semitic Incidents Down 46% in 2010

NEW YORK - Israeli Pharmaceutical Company Buying Cephalon For $6.8 Billion Israel based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. has agreed to buy Cephalon Inc. for $6.8 billion. The deal would give the world’s largest generic drug developer an array of biotechnology drugs aimed at curing cancer and other life serious conditions. Teva has agreed to pay $81.50 per share, a 5.8 % premium to Cephalon’s closing price

on Friday and a 12 % premium to another offer recently made for Cephalon. The combined company would have a portfolio of branded drugs with $7 billion in annual sales and more than 30 potential products in late-stage development.

Tel Aviv University researchers say 2010 saw a 46% drop in the number of violent incidents targeting Jews relative to 2009 — from 1,129 to 614. But the report stressed that the 2010 number was still among the highest recorded since the late 1980s. It says the drop was largely

relative to the high level of violence in 2009 because of Israel’s military offensive that year in the Gaza Strip. The report which found a “rising trend in the number of anti-Semitic incidents over the past decade,” said that the highest number of incidents were recorded in Britain, France and Canada.

WASHINGTON - US to Reassess Aid to Palestinians Officials in the Obama administration said that they would reassess aid to the Palestinians if the militant group Hamas joins the U.S.-backed Palestinian government. Several lawmakers are already clamoring for funding to be cut off immediately. A State Department spokeswoman said the U.S. was continuing its assistance for now, while gathering more information on the growing alliance between Abbas’ Fatah party and Hamas. “Our current support ... serves as an important contribution to U.S. efforts to support the building of Palestinian institutions that are necessary for a future state,” she said. “If a new Palestin-

ian government is formed, we will assess it based on its policies at that time and will determine the implications for our assistance based on U.S. law.” The two Palestinian groups said this week that they have reached a tentative deal to end a four-year rift. Since the U.S. considers Hamas a terrorist group, it would be illegal to provide the joint government direct American aid. In the words of Rep. Ileana RosLehtinen, R-Fla., who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, “U.S. taxpayer funds should not and must not be used to support those who threaten U.S. security, our interests and our vital ally, Israel.”

IRAN - MPs Call for Ahmadinejad to Be Impeached after His Refusal to Back Khamenei’s Judgment In an emerging rift between Iran’s president and its supreme leader, several members of the parliament are calling for the impeachment of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad has not been seen in public for days and has refused to appear at the presidential palace since Friday in what is being called an act of protest against Ayatollah Khamenei’s reinstating of a minis-

ter he initially “asked to resign.” The president has not publicly shown his support for that decision and on Wednesday he refused for the second time to chair a cabinet meeting in which the disputed minister was present. Ahmadinejad also reportedly cancelled an official visit to the holy city of Qom prompting reactions that “the president was sulking.”


GAZA STRIP - Hamas Leader Condemns U.S. Killing Of Bin Laden The leader of the Hamas government, potential unity partners of the Palestinian Authority in Gaza has condemned the United States for killing al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden. Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said the operation is “the continuation of the American oppression and shedding of

JERUSALEM - MK Yaakov “Ketzaleh” Katz: Israel Can Annihilate Iran in a Second



Spring – It Used to Be Fun! The days get longer, the trees and flowers begin to blossom, the end of the school year is in sight, and we count up to Shavuot- the grand finale (atzeret) of the Pesach season. This was once one of the happiest times of the year. No longer! Today we associate the sefira period with overdue haircuts, a prohibition on weddings and smachot and scruffy beards. Some don’t listen to music or go to movies. The reason for our sadness is perplexing- a horrible plague struck down the students of Rabbi Akiva because they did not treat each other with respect. Wasn’t Rabbi Akiva the sage who said “V’ahavata l’reiacha kamocha- zeh klal gadol baTorah”- Love Your Neighbor as Yourself- this is the greatest principle in the Torah. How did his students miss the most important message their rabbi had to impart? Rabbi Akiva lived in the generation right after the destruction of the Second Temple. He thought that Bar Kochba had the potential to be the moshaich- the harbinger of the messianic age. He supported Bar Kochba’s rebellion against the Romans to the extent that Maimonides says he Bar Kochba’s

arms bearer. Others wept at the sight of a fox in the ruins of the Holy of Holies while Rabbi Akiva laughed. Rabbi Akiva’s vision was that things had bottomed out, that salvation from the Romans and the Hadrianic persecutions could be just around the corner. Rabbi Akiva was a student of Nachum Ish Gamzu- who always saw the good in every misfortune and setback. The religious Zionist youth group is called Bnei Akiva, because its namesake was the eternal optimist who said it’s possible to change the course of Jewish history. He called all the rabbis we read about in the Seder to his town, Bnei Brak, to impart to them this message- Pesach wasn’t just a commemoration of the past redemption, but it can be a celebration of the future geula as well. Most people could not put aside their differences and hear Rabbi Akiva’s clarion call of Love Your Neighbor. Rav Avraham Yitzchak Hacohen Kook is famed for saying that the Second Temple was destroyed because of baseless hatred between Jews, and the Third Temple will be build only when people practice baseless love. This is exactly the message that Rabbi Akiva attempted (unsuccess-

fully) to disseminate in his generation. The sefira period commemorates unfulfilled potential- the fact that we could create an environment in which G-d would get more directly involved and stop suffering and injustice, but we can’t get our act together. We mourn this unfulfilled potential. We lament what could have been. Working with teenagers, my greatest joy is seeing them maximize their academic, artistic, athletic and most important, spiritual potential. My greatest sorrow is observing students who never push themselves to their limits, as much as their parents and teachers try to inspire them to do so. May this year be the year that we realize that what unites us is much greater than what divides us. Only then will the sefira period return to being the happiest of the year. Rabbi Perry Tirschwell is the Head of School of the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School in Boca Raton. He welcomes comments



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Dry Bones of Contention The cartoonist speaks by Josh Bains


Superman just defected.

n the gala 900th edition of the Superman comic book the Man of Steel relinquishes his American citizenship. Perhaps readers should have seen it coming when actor Christopher Reeve hurtled all of earth’s nuclear weapons to the sun in the 1987, still Soviet era, Superman IV. To quote the post-modern Superman of 2011: “Truth, justice, and the American way – it’s not enough anymore.” This political awakening in ink on pulp of the Last Son of Krypton has incited the right wing to mention his views on air at Fox News. On the news? Yes, a little drawing that doesn’t even move now has an opinion. In this generation cartoons may speak louder than men, but the secret that Dry Bones comic creator Yaakov Kirschen wants all to know (and the Daily Planet may not) is that cartoons can also work quietly, as a most devilish Lex Luthor, propagating Jewish hatred today just as they did under Hitler. The cartoonist Yaakov Kirschen didn’t start life with this heavy topic; he was born in 1938 as Jerry Kirschen of Brooklyn, who attended Queens College, studied art, and made funny pictures. “I always drew cartoons,” he says. “I worked doing greeting cards and gag cards. But the idea of combining the cartoon with a political attempt to change your thinking happened to me around 1967 when I got involved with the anti-Vietnam movement and

the Jewish radical groups. They spoke a radical language. So I would do a cartoon with a Black Panther standing next to a Chassid with the caption: ‘Which of these two is showing his national and cultural identity, and which are you embarrassed by?’” In 1971 he left America to live in Israel (similar to Superman, except that in issue #900 our hero leaves America to defend Iranian dissidents in Tehran). Jerry changed his name to Yaakov, and worked in the computer industry. While he was able to achieve his Zionist aspiration of a life in Israel, he found himself stifled when it came to self expression - until he perceived a path yet untrammeled. “In America, everyone grows up with cartoons,” says Kirschen. “When I got to Israel I was shocked to see there was no comic strip tradition at all. Since everything in Israel is political, I decided to do a comic strip that was at the same time political.” Doonesbury didn’t exist, nor did a multi-frame political commentary. In 1973 he began the series now known internationally as “Dry Bones.” This title was a nod to the prophet Ezekiel, who described a fantastic vision he received of a valley of bones rising to life. Kirschen felt this described what he saw as Diaspora Jews returned to Israel. The comic strip explains events from the point of view of Israelis, and typically with a lick of understatement. “I’m not trying to thumb my nose at people,” he says. “I’m trying to help them understand.”

Enter Mr. Shuldig, the amiable protagonist and Kirschen’s cartoon mouth piece. He looks like a sweater-laden ball of schmaltz and began life without benefit of pupils, which often forced his creator to squeeze his circular face and erect his eyebrows for emphasis. Mr. Shuldig enjoys a kind of genetic homeostasis and hasn’t been observed in nearly forty years with less than three hairs or more than twelve. Kirschen vents through him, though stand-in’s exist, such as Mr. Shuldig’s pessimistic dog, or the optimistic troop commander of NATO. Kirschen says that while most see a political cartoon as a medium to wage political war, “I don’t do the cartoon to attack the other side. I do the cartoon to seduce the other side in seeing the situation from my point of view. I’m not talking to my friends, I’m trying to talk to my enemies. If someone reads the cartoon and is angry at it, then I have failed. I love it when I meet Palestinians who are anti-Zionists, and they love Dry Bones.” However, as one admirer quipped, “with Dry Bones the poison is in the sugar coating.” When Israel argued about calling terrorists suicide bombers or homicide bombers, Kirschen wrote a comic that said Israel is the only country in the world where guards shoot people to prevent them from committing suicide. “When you read that you laugh,” he says. “Why do you laugh? Because you know those people are not trying to commit suicide - they’re trying to kill everyone in the cafe. I call that the ‘secret sentence’. continued on next page

right and wrong. Here Jews appear as merciless Nazis and their victims as innocent babes. This propaganda is most effectively used to gain power. He speaks of a hornet that anesthetizes certain creatures with its sting, laying eggs in them so the larvae will consume their host from the inside out. The sting is anti-Semitism. It deadens those afflicted with it until they see no enemy but the Jews, even as their true enemy lies in wait. The creature to be devoured is western civilization. Islamists use the same anti-Semitic icons of Hitler and Stalin, who had their roots in the medieval blood libels. Kirschen says we can see the effect of their anti-Semitic venom when the liberal groups, expected to stand against the Islamists who revile their values, fail to do so and instead attack the Jews. It is a sign, says Kirschen, that Western society is being anesthetized from the truth. “If someone thinks Israel does bad things, it doesn’t matter what you say. It’s like night of the living dead.” He quotes Hitler, who may have said it best: “Jews are a valuable hostage given to me by the democracies. Anti-Semitic propaganda in all countries is an almost indispensable medium for the extension of our political campaign. You will see how little time we will need in order to upset the ideas and the criteria of the whole world, simply and purely by attacking Judaism.” Kirschen says people can be infected with antiSemitism through pictures. “I think it gets into people’s heads. I think some of the people who are doing

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I’m trying to get my readers to say something in their own heads that I want them to say. How do you put an idea into people’s heads? Jokes are a really good way to do that. If I give them the right joke they will think it in the last box of the cartoon.” Creating the comic requires Kirschen to multitask. “I think of myself as having three different jobs. The “editor me” decides on what we need – we need a cartoon about the flotilla, or we need a cartoon about Hamas. We sit down, have a cup of coffee, and then the “writer me” writes a script, doing a story board - a quick rough, like stick figures.” At times this backfires, and the editor wants what the writer cannot or will not produce. The writer Kirschen folds his hands and says, “I don’t want to do that!” So Kirschen renegotiates with himself. “The drawer has the easiest job,” he says. “He just has to draw.” He posts on his blog five selections each week from his giant roster of cartoons with commentary, calling the earlier drawings Golden Oldies. A sign of his success came the day Hamas won power in Gaza. “The American media was astounded,” says Kirschen. “Nobody knew how to report it. The CNN Situation Room explained it by putting up a Golden Oldie of mine that had been done 15 years earlier when the intifada was going on. One character says: ‘It’s just kids throwing stones.’ The other says: ‘Wait until they’re old enough to vote.’” Dry Bones is just one side of Yaakov Kirschen. These days he also relishes speaking about viral anti-Semitism, an avocation that began when a much

forwarded string of emails concerning anti-Zionist cartoons landed in his in-box. Apparently the authors were getting their heads around the subject and one of them wrote: “We should have Dry Bones deal with this.” What followed was an invitation in 2009 to become a visiting fellow and artist in residence of Yale University’s Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism and Racism. His new job was analyzing political cartoons for traces of anti-Semitism. “I didn’t think I would discover something new,” he said. Ironically, he found something only a cartoonist could. After studying anti-Semitic images he realized that when he drew, no longer could he pen just anything he liked. There was an old and implicit message of hatred imbedded in certain symbols he had always thought benign. Take the spider, which is a recurring image in anti-Semitic cartoons. “As a cartoonist, if I did spider, I was horrified – it was like an infection in my art form.” His research led him to identify and catalog icons that can be used to incite hatred against Jews. He began to describe them as image-codes, things like claws, horns, the reaper and a devouring mouth, designed across generations to create a powerful feeling in the viewer to vilify Jews, the target of the code. In his working paper he writes that, “a cartoon can use the power of graphic signals, which are embedded with subliminal messages, to transmit deeper, more visceral meanings than any verbal description of the cartoon might imply.” The more terrible the connotation of an image, the more outright anti-Semitic it becomes. “Cartoons which are the most undeniably Anti-Semitic, can be recognized even if they are in a language which the observer cannot read.” That means they can travel through time and culture. What inspired the Crusaders to kill Jews can incense the Muslim Brotherhood to do the same. He created three broad definitions. Cartoons that contain Dehumanization Codes can reduce our natural sense of empathy. These make Jews appear monstrous, animal-like, and demonic. Cartoons that contain Stereotyping Codes can induce paranoia and superiority. These portray Jews as rich, ugly, powerful, controlling, and secretive. Finally, cartoons that contain Moral Inversion Codes can flip our sense of



DRY BONES cont. anti-Semitic cartoons don’t know that they’re anti-Semitic.” For this reason, he calls anti-Semitism spawned through icons of hate - a virus. A person falls victim to an irrational mindset running counter to what he or his society may actually believe. It is a virus injected not with words, but with symbols. Some symbols are grotesque, made to appeal to the masses. Others are subtle. “Let’s say I have somebody shooting a gun with a cross on his helmet,” says Kirschen. “Who is he? But once you put a six pointed star on him, it is ubiquitous...the presence of these codes in political cartoons should be seen as symptoms of a deeper sickness. For self-protection, democratic societies should deal with the sickness as a Disease Control problem.” To spread word of this contagion, the Dry Bones cartoonist is going on a speaking tour this month across America. “All of us need to defend ourselves,” he says. “Why would anyone in his right mind leave the saving of western civilization up to the inhabitants of Israel?” He is meeting with both Jewish and non-Jewish groups on the west coast, in San Antonia, Phoenix, Chicago, and New York. “When I come into a group, first I want to win them over by telling them some jokes. Sometimes I tell anti-Semitic jokes, people laugh and it sparks a discussion. You can say anything in a joke if you can make people laugh.”

He says he found the world’s oldest joke in the book of Exodus. The Jews are coming out of Egypt, 600 war chariots are chasing them. You would think the children of Israel would ask Moshe to bring forth another miracle. But they say: “Were there no graves in Egypt that you took us to die in the wilderness?” “That’s a Jewish joke...You did us a favor! It conveys harsh reality by covering it with a surprise ending that makes you laugh. And that’s what I try to do with Dry Bones.” He calls ours a post-literate generation. “People can read, but it’s a lot of trouble.” They’d rather look at pictures. “If someone comes to the Dry Bones blog he isn’t dealing with a newspaper. More and more people are sending cartoons to each other that aren’t living in newspapers. The newspaper industry is losing to blogs and Facebook. If you’re going to read something it will be on the phone; it’s going to be a four-box cartoon.” “My only hope,” says Kirschen, “is that part of the future will be that I will be able to convince syndicates to scan their newspapers for these codes. Syndicates are not interested in bringing down western society. The forces that are trying to attack America use the media. The media has been largely taken over, which is a sad thing.” Just ask Clark Kent.

Momentum Selling –

Selling “On A High” Brings You More Sales. Momentum Selling Is the Purest and Most Successful of its Kind


omentum – Defined as drive, energy, motion. Have you ever bumped into someone who turned out to be the perfect customer you or your company seeks? Or you “by chance” are at the same social event with the individual you have spent weeks trying to get a meeting with? How did it feel? Did it get you from 0 – 60 mph in 0.3 seconds? How about finally getting the purchase order you have been working on for months with one of your largest clients; what a sensation! What a rush! Now imagine using that feeling, that rush of  adrenalin, with blood pumping, confidence oozing and then you go call those top 10 “hard to reach customers” you have yet to get an appointment with. I would bet by a landslide on you getting an appointment with 20% of “those hard to get to prospects” over the New Jersey Devils winning a Stanley Cup Championship in the next decade! (Now that I have most of the readership’s attention...) Use that momentum from just closing the sale, feed off of that high from discovering a huge opportunity - and make those calls – let those potential customers hear the REAL you, let them feel that energy in your voice.  Momentum Selling is: riding that high right into another form of prospecting. My very first sales job

was with New Horizons Learning Center of Miami. I was hired just as the franchise (now the largest and most successful  training centers in Florida) opened it’s doors. Every morning at 7am the sales team was expected to be in the training room wide eyed and bushy tailed. To be frank it was more like a pep rally just without the football team. The meeting always began with us watching some clips of movies such as Braveheart or Rocky IV; using parts that got your blood boiling. Topics such as customer retention, follow up, and the like followed. Each Monday morning meeting ended with another scene from a different movie such as Jerry McGuire; “Help me help you! Help me….help YOU!” And a few minutes of jumping jacks concluded it all with a “goooooooooooooooooooooo New Horizons!!”  Now as much as I hated leaving my house at 615 in the morning to make it to the office in time (and that was before I even started to drink coffee); looking back at it years later, I was able to see the method toall   the madness. Mondays and Tuesdays were the top days for our sales department, and I am certain Sylvester Stallone had something to do with it.  Do you have a favorite song, singer or band that gets you pumped up? What do you listen to when you go biking, work out at the gym, or run? Before

you turn off the ignition in your parked car at your next appointment, pop in your tune, and let it loose. Close your eyes and imagine connecting with the customer in the first 5 minutes, closing the sale, getting the loan.... It takes a few minutes but your heart rate will increase and you will get your game face on; I call that momentum building. It gives you energy and confidence, and that is even before the meeting!  Now picture yourself using that adrenalin “post sale” and bringing that with you to your next meeting, next presentation, or next phone call?? That my friends is  “another stratosphere of selling”, in other words that is MOMENTUM SELLING!   MOMENTUM SELLING IS SALES IN THE PUREST KIND    “Success comes in CANS, not CAN’TS” For Comments or questions on koshersales column email Elliot at Elliot is currently the VP of Sales of and can be reached at

A collection of notable quotes

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donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what a Social Security check is, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never see one in your lifetime, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry about it.â&#x20AC;? Jay Leno â&#x20AC;&#x153;President Obama released his long-form birth certificate yesterday. So we found the birth certificate. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on to bin Laden.â&#x20AC;? David Letterman, April 27, 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x153;The man who invented the teleprompter has died at the age of 91. When President Obama heard the news, he was speechless.â&#x20AC;? Jay Leno â&#x20AC;&#x153;The United States is sending its most powerful drone to Libya. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a long trip for Joe Biden.â&#x20AC;? Jay Leno

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tling an area that has played a major role in Jewish history. Ir David has emerged as one of the most significant archaeological excavations in the world. There are many exciting archaeological sites that have been unearthed, including King David’s palace, where actual ruins from David’s 3,000 year old palace have been uncovered; the Shiloach pool, a one-acre mikvah which was used by Olei Regel (pilgrims) during the time of the Beit Hamikdash (First and Second Temples); the Herodian Thoroughfare that was used by millions of Jews who walked from the Shiloach mikvah to the Beit Hamikdash; and Chizkiyahu’s Tunnel, a water supply system through which the waters of the ancient Gichon Spring still flow, and visitors can wade through. Touring Ir David helped me acquire a better understanding of the period of the Beit Hamikdash. And I couldn’t stop admiring the exceptional residents of Ir David who have brought this ancient city back to life. “My Israel Home” is a real estate agency focused on helping people from abroad buy homes in Israel. To explore purchasing opportunities, you may contact Gedaliah at To read previous articles, please visit his blog at

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FORGOTTEN HEROES Highlights of Jewish Heroes who made a difference in defending their countries

The Washington Artillery


he United States just marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. As was written in previous articles many of the Jews living in the U.S. at the time supported the Union. However, there were 25,000 Jews living in the south and an estimated 2,000 went to fight for the Confederacy. In a previous article, we discussed Judah P. Benjamin, the Confederate Secretary of War and the highest-ranking Jew in the South. There were other Jews who served in the ranks of the army who deserve recognition. Colonel Abraham C. Myers, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and a Mexican American War vet, became the first quartermaster general of the South. He was born in South Carolina but became a citizen of Louisiana and was in New Orleans when the war started. His jobs included overseeing that the Confederate forces were supplied properly including feeding, clothing and arming the troops. Also part of his duties was to transport the troops to the front. All of this was extremely difficult because the South was deficient of many raw supplies and money and the railroads available were too few to meet the demands of the army. Despite all of this, Major Adolph Proskauer

he preformed his task dutifully until retiring in 1863. Since there were some anti-Semitic sentiments in the south there were only a few Jewish infantry officers among the combat troops. One of these was Major Adolph Proskauer, whom historians believe was born in Breslov, but whose hometown was Mobile, Alabama. He served with the 12th Alabama Infantry regiment and fought in some of the biggest battles of the war including Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville (he was wounded in this battle), Gettysburg and The Wilderness. Another officer once said about him, “I can see him now as he nobly carried himself at Gettysburg, standing coolly and calmly with a cigar in his mouth at the head of the 12th Alabama amid a perfect rain of bullets, shot and shell. He was the personification of intrepid gallantry and imperturbable courage.” There were many who served in the fought in the ranks and fought with distinction. Benedict Oppenheimer from Tennessee was rejected from other units until one decided to accept him in their ranks. The reason was because he was deaf, and despite this handicap, his unit found a great use for him. They used him to fire the cannon because the noise wouldn’t bother him. Edwin I. Kursheedt, a religious Jew from New Or-

leans, joined the Washington Artillery Company as a private before the war started. His CO (commanding officer) was Captain Harry M. Issacson who was also Jewish. In fact, when the company was mustered into the confederate ranks many of the soldiers were Jews from New Orleans. The Washington Artillery served with distinction during many battles including firing the first shots at the First Battle of Bull Run (called the Battle of Manassas in the south). After a private who was sitting on top of a chest filled with gunpowder and smoking a pipe caused the chest to explode, Kursheedt and another corporal, at a great danger to themselves, put out the fire. They were both rewarded with medals and thanks from their fellow soldiers. There was one incident where the Yanks fired a cannon and the ball landed right by Kursheedt, who picked it up, put it in his own cannon and fired it right back. After this, he was made adjutant to the CO, Major Benjamin F. Eshelman, also a Jew. The Washington Artillery stayed with the main Confederate Army under Robert E. Lee, until the surrender at Appomattox, in April 1865. If you have any questions or comments, you can email Avi at


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There are 1,440 minutes in a day…how can we efficiently spend this time? Actually, if we subtract the 420 minutes we dedicate to sleeping, we don’t even have that much time; in essence, we only have 1,020 minutes to reach our goals….let’s see how we can use the time wisely. To begin the process of improving our time management, it is important to know where we are spending, or wasting our time. Much like people on diets are often required to record everything they eat, it is helpful for us to record how we spend our time: are we doing laundry? Cooking dinner? Helping with homework? Are we surfing the net? Are we reading email? Making personal calls? It is important to determine how much time is spent on important tasks as well as unessential tasks. Tracking our daily activities will provide an accurate idea of what we do every day. Time management doesn’t give us more hours in a day; it is, instead, the result of our changed behaviors in dealing with how we use our time. Let’s go back to our daily diary, and look at it with objectivity. When we isolate where we lose time, we should set up new goals for ourselves. In the first week, choose to implement one new modification in your behavior. For example, if speaking on the phone is your time buster, and delays dinner or makes you late to appointments, choose instead to take personal phone calls during a 45 minute period in the evening when there’s a quiet moment, preferably after the children are in bed. Or, buy a head phone, and you will be able to prepare dinner, or fold laundry while talking on the phone. Look at the clock for the start time and remain disciplined enough so that when the 45 minutes are up you can walk away from the phone. Rely on answering machines to help stay on track. Using tools, such as a PDA, a smart phone, a physical calendar or a written list, can help us manage our time better. Set aside 15 minutes each night

before going to bed and write down all the things that are needed to be accomplished the next day. Always remember to prioritize the most important tasks of the day. Start with the routine chores and put the small and large tasks on the same list. For example, include tasks, such as making your bed, putting away the dishes, as well as going to the bank, the dry cleaners, etc. When each chore is completed, take the time to cross off that chore from the list. Crossing off daily responsibilities, such as making the beds, unloading the dishwasher, or driving carpool, allows for a sense

of accomplishment. At the end of the day, use the list to help you understand how much you can accomplish on a given day and use this as your guide when setting daily goals for yourself. Each of us has different abilities. Learn what works best for you, and remember that the point of time management is to help us reach our goals, not to set ourselves up for failure. There is no need for us to consider carrying the entire load ourselves. A frequently used phrase in time management is “organize and deputize”. In other words, determine what has to be done, decide what you can do on your own and delegate the other tasks. Ask family and friends if they can be of help and use service companies that can help you attain effective time management. Devise a ‘work wheel’, and decide on chores that your children can do on a daily, or weekly, basis. Keeping basic systems in order throughout the house helps maintain organization, so that chores can be done quicker. A reliable file management

system helps reduce the very time consuming task of filing. Maintaining a very organized kitchen helps you to efficiently put away store items, cooked foods, and gives you an opportunity for quick calculation of inventory. Consider taking the time to set up organizational systems so that time is better used. Don’t underestimate how much time is lost when you are looking for things that could have quickly been put in their proper places. Unexpected phone calls, or interruptions are time management intruders, but they are also a reality. If we are highly organized we can handle a normal amount of interruptions and return to what we were doing. It’s important to limit these interruptions so that attention is redirected to the planned tasks, but at the same time, we know that we will have to deal with time consuming issues and distractions, so take this into account when scheduling your daily chore list. Consider using time efficiently. When we have doctors’ appointments, or go anywhere that may require a period of waiting, it’s best to take something along to do, such as an article to read, a piece of clothing that needs mending, or just a blank pad or paper for new thoughts or plans. We can better control our time, and our days, and we can accomplish what we want, when we recognize that changing our habits enables us to manage our precious 1,020 minutes capably. “Successful people know that to get ahead, they must plan, set priorities and always follow through.” (Source unknown) Debbie Ginsberg and Frady Moskowitz Debbie Ginsberg and Frady Moskowitz LMSW are partners in Uncluttered Domain Inc. They offer all-inclusive moving assistance with a special focus on senior relocation services as well as provide professional room by room organization. They welcome comments and questions and can be reached at Their website address is


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Didn’t File? The Best Thing to do is File As Soon As Possible



By: Gerald L. Mayerhoff, CPA, PFS


o you remember just a couple of weeks ago preparing for Pesach, worrying about so many little things that had to get done before the April 18th due date? There was something else due that same day, your 2010 individual income tax return. Did you file your return or an extension? If you filed your tax return hopefully you had a refund and received it already.

have your income from the forms 1099-Misc, but not your deductions. If you have capital gains they will receive the 1099-B with the proceeds however, they will not have the cost, so they may include a zero cost and the total proceeds will be capital gains. In most cases this will result in a large tax bill. If they have information and no return is filed often they

What should you do if you didn’t file? In most cases the answer is file as soon as possible. Let’s consider each of the only three possibilities; you owe money, you are due a refund, or you have no balance due. The penalty for filing and paying late is a percentage of the amount due. It increases each month you are late, so it is better to file a late return with money due on May 13th than on May 18th. In few certain situations if you can establish reasonable cause for filing late then you may request a waiver of the penalties. If you ask for a reasonable cause waiver then you need to file within a reasonable time thereafter. For example, on April 13th you are in a car accident (Chas V’Shalom) and you are not released from the hospital until the day after the due date. If you file within the next month the odds are pretty good that the waiver will be granted. If you wait until November when you could have filed in June then the IRS will most likely deny the request and you will owe penalties and interest for seven months. The penalties can be waived, however, interest on the balance due cannot. Since the longer you wait the more the penalties and interest will increase the best thing to do is call me or your CPA and file as soon as possible. If you have a refund coming why let the Treasury sit with your money when you can be making use of it? You must file within three years of the due date of the return to receive a refund. The IRS receives information returns such as forms W-2 and 1099. They do not know your deductions and credits. If you have a business reported on schedule c they will

to you at a later date they can assess you and you would have to fight it. If you file a return generally they can only assess you within three years of the later of the due date or the filing date. So filing a no balance due return can establish that no balance is actually due. Since in this case there is no penalty for filing late and you can establish a limitation period, the best thing to do is call me or your CPA and file as soon as possible. Don’t be afraid of owing tax and therefore not filing. I have experienced clients who didn’t file for years because they didn’t know how they would pay the tax bill, only to find out that they had a couple of thousands of dollars in refunds. The best thing to do is call me or your CPA and file as soon as possible. Pesach has come and gone; now we are counting the days until Shavuos. Tax season has come and gone; and I am still available to help you with all your tax and accounting needs. So what are you waiting for? Contact me for an appointment. The best thing to do is file as soon as possible.

will file one for you with the information they have. They won’t be looking out for your best interest. Since the longer you wait the more likely you are to lose your refund the best thing to do is call me or your CPA and file as soon as possible. If you do not owe tax and your income is below certain levels due to your filing status a return may not be required. If there is gross income reported in your name totaling above the amount required to file, even if you have deductions and credits to cause no tax you still need to file as explained above. Also, the statute of limitations begins when you file a return. If the IRS attributes unreported income

This article is intended to discuss current tax issues and should not be relied upon as personal tax advice. You should consult your qualified tax advisor to discuss your personal tax situation. Gerald L. Mayerhoff, CPA, PFS practices tax and accounting in Hollywood, FL focusing on taxation of individuals, trusts, estates and closely held businesses. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the states of Florida and New York, holds the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Master’s of Science in Taxation from Pace University. He can be reached at or (954) 829-8611.

BY: SAMUEL FREEDMAN, M.D., FAAP, Pediatric Endocrinologist Q: My child is overweight—what are the likely gland problems that s(he) has? A: The only glands likely to be abnormal are the salivary glands! They are probably overworked! By far, the most common reason for obesity is called exogenous obesity or overeating. Q: My child seems to be gaining weight disproportional to what (s)he eats. What could cause this? A: Some unusual and uncommon hormonal problems could cause obesity or weight gain. These include an excess of insulin or cortisone, or underactive thyroid gland.

Q: Are there any programs approved for weight loss in children? A: Most pediatricians recommend a multi-disciplinary program consisting of: (1) a General Pediatrician (2) Certified dietician/nutritionist (3) Exercise physiologist (4) Psychologist/counselor. Q: Under what circumstances does my child need a specialist? A: Most weight issues can be handled well by your pediatrician or primary care physician. Under

Q: What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism? A: One of the only initial signs may be poor growth. There is usually a family history of hypothyroidism or goiter. At times, the thyroid gland is enlarged. Other symptoms include dry skin, coarse hair/scalp, hair loss, constipation, lethargy, feeling cold a lot, forgetfulness, mood swings or depression. Q: What other conditions can cause obesity or weight gain? A: Certain syndromes which are extremely rare and have very specific signs and symptoms necessitating a specialist to diagnose. Other extremely rare causes are tumors of the pancreas, pituitary or the adrenal gland. Q: How do I know if my child is gaining weight inappropriately for his/her diet? A: A certified dietician consultation and foodintake record can help ascertain appropriate caloric intake. Q: Who cares if my children are heavy as long as they are healthy? A: Overweight is not healthy. It can cause gland problems, ie, Type II or adult diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, early heart disease and even early puberty. Q: What’s the best exercise for losing weight? A: Pushing yourself away from the table! Seriously - overeating is much more likely to cause glandular problems rather than be the result of them. Q: I heard some children do well on the Atkin’s or South Beach diet—what do you think? A: The American Academy of Pediatrics does not support fad diets as treatment for obesity in children. Although some popular diets may be helpful for some children, each program should be individualized. I personally have found the Weight Watchers diet to be the best one for adolescents, but better would be a well balanced diet honed to the individual child. Diet programs and recommendations may change based on sex, age, height and weight of the child.

the following circumstances, a specialist’s evaluation may be necessary: 1) If a girl has irregular menses, excessive hair growth (hirsutism), stretch marks or dark skin on the neck or in the skin creases. She may have the cystic ovary syndrome. 2) If a child is growing poorly, or has tried a stringent diet and exercise without the ability to lose weight or continues to gain weight. 3) If a child has insulin resistance, elevated blood sugar, high blood pressure, snoring episodes at night. 4) If a child has signs and symptoms consistent with a syndrome, hypothyroidism or other metabolic disorder. Q: What specialist evaluates weight gain or obesity? A: Depending upon the other symptoms, it could be an endocrinologist who specializes in glands, hormonal imbalance and metabolic disorders. It could necessitate a cardiologist, ENT specialist, or even a pulmonologist if obesity causes sleep apnea or breathing difficulties at night. Q: What are the main complications of childhood obesity?

A: As a society we are seeing an epidemic of Type II Diabetes Mellitus, ie, “adult diabetes”, in children due to weight gain and obesity. Preventing this at an early age is the most important thing we can do. Treating diabetes after its occurrence is playing catch-up. Q: How important is weight evaluation early in childhood? Can’t we wait to see what happens as an adolescent? A: Weight gain is often like a snowball rolling down a hill: the problem grows bigger as time advances. A heavy child usually begets a heavy adolescent which usually begets a heavy adult. Taking care of the problem early with behavior modification may prevent the complications of obesity later. I would modify the age-old adage when it comes to obesity --”an ounce of prevention can cure the pounds later”. Q: What is a high cholesterol in a child? When should it be checked? A: When it comes to cholesterol, there’s the good, the bad and the ugly. LDL or low density lipoprotein is “bad cholesterol” that sticks around the vasculature and clogs arteries. HDL or the high density lipoprotein is “good cholesterol” and clears out the bad stuff from the arteries. LDL should be below 110mg/dl in children, regardless of the total cholesterol. Checking cholesterol should come earlier with a family history of early heart disease or strokes. Although weight may be a predisposing factor in high cholesterol, there are many children with familial hyperlipidemia, ie, genetically elevated cholesterol, that are extremely thin. Q: What is the likelihood that the obesity and weight issues will resolve in adolescence? Won’t my child thin out? A: Fat chance! Most weight problems are compounded in adolescents by their own junk food and fast food buying and eating in school or on their own. Dr. Samuel Freedman is a board certified Pediatric Endocrinologist practicing in Pembroke Pines and Boca Raton, FL. He is a member of AAP, Pediatric Endocrine Society and The Endocrine Society. Practicing in Pembroke Pines and Boca Raton, Dr. Freedman is a board certified Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinologist in practice in South Florida since 1994. A graduate of the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Dr. Freedman did residency and fellowship training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York City. He holds Board certification by the American Board of Pediatrics in both General Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology. He is considered by his peers an expert in the field of growth, puberty and thyroid disorders in children. Dr. Freedman is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Nova Southeastern Colllege of Osteopathic Medicine and has been published in Time Magazine, The Sun Sentinel, South Florida Parenting Magazine and a number of medical journals.


Obesity In Childhood — Why Not To Take A “Weight And See” Approach



The top 63-plus-one new reasons I love Israel, in no particular order. 1. After Lag Ba’omer campfires each year, there’s a special news report on air pollution per city. 2. We’re the People of the Book: No wonder an Israeli team led by Lilach Tzipori developed the Kindle. 3. Milk and honey: Israeli archeologists have found proof of a sophisticated bee/honey business with imported bees going on here 3,000 years ago. The US considered importing bees in the 19th century a major achievement.

16. The taxi driver in Modi’in quizzed me to see if I knew seven names for Jerusalem. His name is Ariel, one of the seven. All I wanted was a ride to the mall. 17. Man seen on treadmill every morning at the Jerusalem Inbal Hotel is reading psalms; woman seen on stationary bike in Inbal Hotel every morning is praying Shaharit, the morning prayers

25. The Jerusalem grill restaurant Zion the Small renamed itself Zion the Big because the owner was “tired of being small.”

6. Jerusalem pediatrician Yoram Ben-Yehudah advises the Chinese about child abuse.

26. The four-year-olds in my granddaughter’s nursery school played their triangles, castanets and drums to cheer on the charity-raising runners in the first Jerusalem marathon. The runners paused to give them high fives.

7. Israel is helping to establish a green commerce park in China. How big is Israel, exactly? 8. The first Chinese mall will open soon in Holon. Run by observant Jews, it will be closed on Shabbat.

27. Announcement for Jerusalem marathon: “The marathon will be run on Friday. We recommend that you shop in Mahaneh Yehuda [the open-air market] on Wednesday and Thursday.”

9. The lifeguards at the beautiful, sandy Ashdod Beach warn early-morning swimmers to come closer to shore – in Russian.

28. Overheard at the reception desk at a five-star hotel. Elegantly dressed tourist: Can you please recommend the very best felafel in town?

10. Israelis invented toothpaste to help kangaroos overcome fatal tooth decay. Go figure.

29. A coin with the name of Syrian-Greek King Ahasuerus found in an Old City dig is revealed on Chanukah.

11. The Israeli search engine reached 11 million answers this year. Not bad for a country where questions are answered with questions.

30. New Bamba snack in the shape of pyramids revealed right before Passover, when we celebrate the Exodus from Egypt.

12. The last name of the man behind the development of Israel’s new natural gas fields, which may answer our energy needs, is Tshuva – Hebrew for “answer.”

15. The notions store where I bought a strip of Velcro was running a sale on ropes for hassidic gartels.

22. The chief rabbi served in the 7th Brigade of the Tank Corps.

24. A Jerusalem snack shop renamed itself “Blast of a Kiosk” after surviving a terror attack in 1994. When it was attacked again this year, the owner vowed to keep selling sandwiches.

5. Milk and honey: Israeli dairy experts are teaching the Chinese how to produce environmentally friendly milk.

14. The CEO of McDonald’s insists he’s not antireligious; 30 percent of the Golden Arches branches are kosher.

21. A woman I’d never met before told me the amazing story of her family’s Holocaust experience in the swimming pool locker room.

23. Dry wine: New tour of Israel offers seven full days in Negev wineries.

4. Milk and honey: In 2010, Tnuva invested NIS 3.5 million and sent 400 representatives to supermarkets to promote its milk products for Shavuot. Tara spent NIS 3m.

13. McDonald’s in Israel have begun offering McFalafel.

20. Nine Israeli teens won a film contest about the future of the world – I’m not kidding – at the United Nations.

18. Supermarket mogul Rami Levy personally delivered groceries to the Fogel family sitting shiva after the mass murder in Itamar in March. 19. Late at night before Purim, at a local shop, I bumped into Kadima MK Dalia Itzik, former speaker of the Knesset, buying paper goods for her Purim feast.

31. At the ceremony for the new chief of General Staff of the IDF, one of the world’s most advanced armies: “Benny will be taking over from Gabi,” says Ehud. No mention of rank. 32. When Leonard Cohen sings “Who by Fire,” the audience sings along. They also know the original lyrics in Hebrew. 33. Start-Up Nation, the book about Israeli innovation, is a best-seller in Mongolia.


35. An Israeli electronic “dog’s nose” can outsniff those airport dogs that want your tuna sandwich in Newark. They can also find explosives. 36. Genuine Israeli dogs have been trained to leap from helicopters and apprehend terrorists. 37. In ancient Tzipori, a bungalow owner finds the possible tombstone of talmudic-era Rabbi Yehoshua Ben-Levy. Bed, Breakfast and Holy Shrine.

Komen Race for the Cure in Jerusalem, more than for the first Komen march in Washington. Jews and Arabs, young and old, religious and less religious marched together.

55. In Treatment, a sometimes word-for-word translation of the Israeli program B’Tipul, completed four successful sessions, I mean seasons in the US.

48. Radio interview with a woman on shelled Gaza kibbutz ends with “Hag sameah,” happy holiday to all of Israel.

56. Happiness. According to a columnist at the Asian Times who plotted birth rates and suicide rates, Israel was the world’s happiest country. According to a recent Gallup poll in which citizens are asked if they are happy, we ranked seventh, ahead of New Zealand, the US and all the Arab countries.

49. Cousins who were in both 9/11 and a Jerusalem terror attack arrived for Passover and loved the “Hag sameah” sign at Ben-Gurion Airport and printed on Coke bottles.

57. From reader Barry Nester: I was working out in the staff gym at Hadassah Hospital. Two doctors paused in their grunting and began a discussion/argument about logic in the early Talmudic period and the origins of Christianity.

38. Here’s a headline: Circumcision clinics for Zulu men rely on Israeli expertise.

58. 100 years of kibbutzim: Despite our argumentative nature, no one does communal living like us.

39. Three Israeli engineers are promising competitors in the $20 million Google Lunar X Prize to land a tiny spacecraft on the moon. They’re doing it in their spare time, after work, with the help of volunteers.

59. Computer guilt. Israeli scientists are producing programs that limit the amount of regret a computer program might experience. 60. No bubble burst. For more than 2 cents plain Israeli company SodaStream is selling seltzer on the stock exchange!

40. The new head of the Shin Bet is a religious Jew whose family is from Afghanistan. 41. The former head of the Mossad was born in Siberia. He kept a photo of a Jewish man being shot by a Nazi on his wall. That was his grandfather. 42. Israel is considered a world power in stamp publishing and collecting, even at a time when much mail is electronic. Go figure. 43. Ramat Hagolan Winery, founded in 1983, won the “Wine World Cup” was declared the best wine producer in the world at the Italian “Vinitaly” competition in Verona. 44. Notice from the Religious Affairs Ministry: Please burn your hametz (leavened leftovers) in environmentally friendly bags, not plastic. 45. Volunteers of the My Israel movement collect Israeli hametz and send it, with the Foreign Ministry’s help, to tsunami-hit areas in Japan. 46. Advertisement on Bezeq phone while waiting for an operator in the week before Passover: Want to send flowers, go to a restaurant, repaint the house? 144 will help you. Promotion for phone-Internet-cable line offers coupons for Passover supermarket shopping spree. 47. Eight thousand Israelis marched in the Susan G.

50. The Oscar for best short documentary goes to Strangers No More, about a Tel Aviv school with pupils from 48 countries. 51. The Oscar for best actress goes to Jerusalemborn Natalie Portman, who helped Alan Dershowitz with his book The Case for Israel and condemned the anti-Semitism of ex-Dior designer John Galliano. 52. The Immigrant Absorption Ministry and a charity called Aviv HaTorah try to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest Seder, inviting 1,200 Ethiopian immigrants. 53. The Israel Opera puts on an extravaganza at Masada about an Ethiopian princess (Aida). Tel Aviv opera divas came to Jerusalem and sang on the Bridge of Strings to encourage pious Jerusalemites to spend more time at the opera. 54. Growing cell phone use is seen as the key to “Arab Spring.” Hey, we invented the cell phone.

61. What comes first? Israeli chickens (1.9 billion eggs last year – that’s no chicken feed) are moving to roomy hi-tech coops developed by an Israeli company called Agrotop. Coop of the future includes fowl cushioning, wind turbines and photovoltaic. Guano becomes biofuels, used to supply electricity to the coop’s feeding and egg collection system. 62. Newest Israeli start-up incubator is called “lul,” Hebrew for chicken coop 63. Israel’s “Naked Archaeologist” international TV star is an Orthodox Jew, a father of five who is most famous for discovering what might be crucifixion nails. And one more to grow on: 64. Eight small teeth found in an Israeli cave raise the possibility that modern humans originated in Israel and not Africa, suggests a paper recently published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Talk about getting a head start! This article originally appeared in the Jerusalem Post, and on


34. Good news or bad news? Local researchers at Hadassah find mutations on Jewish genes showing that women whose families were in Spain prior to 1492 have higher prevalence of breast cancer.



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Riddle: (submitted by Sara Montag)

Kidding! A

In medieval England, a really smart man was imprisoned and locked in a room at the top of a really high tower. The room had only one tiny window. The prisoner found a piece of rope but it wasn’t long enough to reach the ground. So, he divided it in half and tied the two halves together. This made the rope long enough and he escaped. How?

guy on a bar stool shouts to the bartender, “Wanna hear a redneck joke?” In a hushed voice, the guy next to him says, “Before you tell that joke, you should know something.” Our bartender is a redneck; the bouncer is a redneck; I’m a 250 lb black belt and a redneck. The guy to your right is 6’5” pushing 350 and he’s a wrestler. Each one of US is a redneck. Think about it, Mister. Do you still wanna tell that joke?” The blind guy says, “Nah, not if I’m gonna have to explain it five times.” (Submitted by: Yosef Kleiner)

Answer on facing page

Ever ything May DOWN 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8.

Samuel Morse invents the ____________. May’s birthstone. Author of Leaves of Grass. Cinco de Mayo: day of this country’s independence. Nixon’s Vice President, who was forced to resign. First bridge connecting Brooklyn & Manhattan opens in May, 1883.

ACROSS 1. In 1935 this baseball player hits his 714th and last home run. 6. Time to fire up the _______________. 9. Special day for many women. 10. Remembering those who sacrificed most for the U.S. 11. First leg of the Triple Crown. 12. April showers bring May __________. 13. This explorer dies in poverty in Spain, 1506. 14. The first United States expedition to the Pacific Coast. 15. Britain’s first female prime minister.

Royal Trivia


2. Which royal used to go around Buckingham Palace turning off lights? a. Prince Phillip b. Princess Diana c. Prince Charles d. Queen Elizabeth II 3. a. b. c. d.

What is the sign that the Queen is in one of her palaces? The Changing of the Guard takes place. The Royal Standard is seen. All drapes are open. There is a Roto Rooter truck parked in the castle driveway.

4. Before this Royal died, a British newspaper asked its readers to state what he or she had contributed to Great Britain. One of the responses was “(S)he has kept the gin industry going.” Who was it? a. The Queen’s mother b. Princess Diana c. Princess Margaret d. The Duke of Buckingham 5. According to royal protocol, which of the following is acceptable behavior when one first meets the Queen? a. Give her a bear hug. b. Offer a firm but brief handshake. c. Women curtsy and men bow. d. Put your hands together in front of your chest. 6. What does the “R.” stand for when Queen Elizabeth signs official d ocuments “Elizabeth R.”? a. Really old b. Righteous c. Regina d. Royal

With all the talk of birth certificates, these people’s parents were not thinking much when they put these names on their kid’s birth certificates…or were they? Amanda Lynn

Mel Loewe

Russell Sprout

Anita Bath

Nick O. Time

Sal A. Mander

Dusty Sandmann

Owen Cash

Ernie Coli (E. Coli)

Paige Turner

Estelle Hertz

Pat Downe

Evan Keel

Doug Graves

Sue Flay

Iona Frisbee

Phil Rupp

Sue Ridge

Les Plack,

Polly Ester

Sue Yu,

Lisa May Dye

Post Mark

Lou Zar (loser)

Price Wright

Marsha Mellow

Ray Zenz

Marshall Law

Raynor Schein

Will Power

May Furst

Robin Banks

Warren T.


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C The Queen owns 10 residences: Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, St James’ Palace, Westminster Palace, Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Holyrood House, Hampton Court Palace, Balmoral and Sandringham. D The Queen is the richest woman in the world but is known to be frugal. She often would go around her palace to make sure the lights were off. B The Royal Standard, which is the flag used by Queen Elizabeth II in her capacity as sovereign of the United Kingdom, can be seen flying above whichever residence the Queen is occupying. A The Queen Mum passed on in 2002 at age 101. She was the widow of Elizabeth’s dad, King George VI, who died in 1952. She reportedly guzzled a bottle of gin a day, starting in the morning. C When British citizens meet the Queen, women curtsy and men bow, However, Americans don’t have to do a curtsy or a bow because she’s not the head of the state of America. One does not shake hands unless the Queen offers hers; then a brief but firm handshake is in order (she hates limp handshakes!). Address her as “Your Majesty” initially, then “Maam” thereafter. D R stands for “Regina,” which means Queen in Latin.

Answer Key 5-6 correct: You must have royal blood in you… and really yellow teeth. 2-5 correct: You are nothing but a commoner. 0-2 correct: Your are the Duke of Knownothingism

Sam Manilla Sally Forth

Tom Morrow Warren Peace


How you see it: Are the horizontal gray lines straight or curvy ? Hold up a piece of paper against the image to find out. Answer to Riddle: He divided the rope vertically, not horizontally.


1. Exactly how many residences including Palaces does Queen Elizabeth own? a. 4 b. 6 c. 10 d. 12



Israeli Rocket Sinks Southern California Orthodox Jew Seen Driving on the Sabbath…driving for a layup!


OLEDO, Ohio --Naama Shafir, a junior guard at Toledo and the first Orthodox Jewish woman to earn a Division 1 NCAA scholarship, scored a career-high 40 points in a 76-68 victory over USC in the WNIT final to earn tournament MVP honors last month, bringing the Rockets the Championship. She is Toledo’s leading scorer. When Naama Shafir came to the U.S. from Hoshaya, Israel to play basketball, she had to get special dispensation from her rabbi to play on Saturdays. She left her four brothers and four sisters to move to the middle of America to pursue a dream, while serving as a role model to thousands of girls and inspiring an entire nation. Prior to joining the Rockets, Shafir requested and received permission from her rabbi to compete on Saturdays, but in observance of other Sabbath restrictions, she

walks to every road game arena instead of taking the team bus. So the question became: Who would punch elevator buttons or flip light switches -- or do any of the other things that Orthodox Jews consider “work” on the Sabbath? “I didn’t know how it was going to work,” Shafir said before her freshman year. “I knew the people around me weren’t going to be doing the same things, but they respect it.” Shafir, who scored 40 points on Saturday when Toledo beat USC to win the WNIT Championship, didn’t speak to the media that day. Nor did she ride with her teammates back to campus. After making six free throws in the final 25 seconds, she walked 20 minutes back to her apartment without participating in a press conference that would

have violated her beliefs. While some question her faithfulness, Shafir was at peace at the center of a frenzied championship celebration that came, ironically, on a day reserved for quiet reflection. “I have heard before that, ‘What you are doing is not right,’” Shafir said. “But I believe what I am doing is right.” The rub is this -- Orthodox Jews observe the Sabbath, the period between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday as a time for rest and prayer. So other than get special permission to play basketball, Shafir celebrates the Sabbath as she usually would. And she and her team, have found a way to allow her beliefs and basketball to co-exist. Shafir travels to road games a day early since she can’t use motorized vehicles on the Sabbath. She packs kosher meals and skips Saturday film sessions -- all part of a strict set of guidelines she faithfully abides to. “There’s a few things we have to do to adjust for her,” Toledo coach Tricia Cullop said. “But she gives back ten-fold. She’s giving our team a lesson in observing differences and respecting them.” Every Saturday, as the afternoon begins to draw to an end, some of the University of Toledo women’s basketball players prepare to make a phone call. When the sun finally sets, they dial their teammate, Naama Shafir. “Naama, it’s time to come out and play!” they sing to her.

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his I am writing this at my parent’s living room table in Sydney, Australia. Pesach has now “passed over” (sorry I couldn’t resist), and we are enjoying the last few days of our down-under Pesach vacation. I could not resist using an Australian recipe while writing the article here. This was always my favorite dessert as a child growing up in Australia. Every time I come back, my mother has it waiting for me. I did some research on this famous Aussie dessert to share with my American readers. I love learning about the history and origins of food. A chef by the name of Bert Sachse at the Esplanade Hotel in Perth, Australia is reportedly the first person who came up with the dish. The dessert is called the “Pavlova” (or as it’s called colloquially here in Australia, “Pav”) and was created in honor of the Russian dancer, Anna Pavlova, when she toured Australia and its environs in the 1920s. Pavlova is made by beating egg whites to a very stiff consistency before folding in caster sugar (or in American lingo, superfine sugar), white vinegar, cornstarch, and sometimes vanilla essence, and then slow-baking the mixture, similarly to meringue. This makes the outside of the Pavlova a crisp crunchy shell, while the middle remains soft and moist. The Pavlova’s internal consistency is completely different from that normally associated with meringue, having a soft, marshmallowy texture. This difference is due to the addition of cornstarch, the use of which is the defining feature of a Pavlova recipe.

By: Naomi Nachman Pavlova is traditionally decorated with a topping of whipped cream and fresh soft fruit such as kiwi, passionfruit, and strawberries. The recipe below is a classic, but simplified version, for this fabulous dessert.

INGREDIENTS: • 4 egg whites • 1-cup superfine sugar

• 1-teaspoon vinegar • 2 teaspoons corn flour, sifted

METHOD: 1. 2. 3. 4.

In bowl of an electric mixer beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add sugar, vinegar and sifted corn flour and beat until soft and glossy Cover a baking tray with parchment paper Place the meringue mixture onto paper and shape into a large circlee leaving the center slightly hollow 5. Bake at 265 F for 11/2 hours or until crisp on the outside 6. Turn off oven and leave Pavlova to cool inside oven with the door ajar 7. Garnish with whipped cream and slices of fresh strawberry

Naomi Nachman moved from Australia approximately 19 years ago and, in 2004, started “The Aussie Gourmet” to cater weekly and Shabbat/Yom Tov meals for families and individuals within The Five Towns and neighboring communities. Naomi is also sought after to teach cooking classes throughout the NY/NJ Metropolitan area (from Scarsdale to Boro Park, Manhattan to Teaneck, the Hamptons and Connecticut. . . . and of course, The Five Towns).  She has also taught classes in Florida, Australia and Israel.  Naomi is a guest host on the QVC TV network and has been featured in cookbooks, a cooking CD and a variety of newspaper articles. Naomi currently lives in Woodmere, NY with her husband and 4 daughters.


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AVIGDOR’S MOZART CAFE 4433 Stirling Road, Hollywood, FL 33021 954-584-5171 Supervision: ORB B & H PIZZA 233 95th Street Surfside, FL 33154 786-245-5557 Supervision: Kosher Miami BAGEL TIME 3915 Alton Road Miami Beach, FL 33140 305-538-0300 Supervision: Circle K BOCA PITA EXPRESS Middle Eastern Israeli cuisine & grill 7185 N. Beracasa Way Boca Raton, FL 33433 561-750-0088 Supervision: ORB BON AMI CAFE 5650 Stirling Road Hollywood, FL 33021 (954) 962-2070 Supervision: ORB CAFE EMUNAH 3558 North Ocean Dr. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-561-6411 Supervision: ORB CAFE VERT 9490 Harding Ave. Surfside, FL 33154 305-867-3151 Supervision: OK

ELSIE’S CAFE Located in the North Miami Beach JCC 18900 NE 25th Avenue North Miami Beach, FL 33180 305-778-5946 Supervision: Kosher Miami EUROPEAN CORNER CAFE 7300 Camino Real Boca Raton, FL 33433 561-395-1109 Supervision: ORB FRESH CAFE 2214 NE 123 Street North Miami, FL 33181 305-891-8848 Supervision: Kosher Miami GIGI’S CAFE 3585 NE 207th Street Aventura, FL 33180 305-466-4648 Supervision: Kosher Miami GRILL TIME 16145 Biscayne Blvd. North Miami Beach, FL 33160 786-274-8935 | 305-491-3325 Supervision: ORB GRILL TIME RESTAURANT Fusion Steak House 8177 Glades Road Boca Raton, FL 33434 (561) 482-3699 | Fax: (561) 487-4044 Supervision: ORB

JERUSALEM PIZZA 761 NE 167th Street North Miami Beach, FL 33162 305-653 6662 | Supervision: Kosher Miami JONA’S GRILL & BAR 2520 NE 186th Street North Miami Beach, FL 33180 305-466-0722 Supervision: Kosher-Miami JONAS PIZZA 2530 NE Miami Gardens Drive North Miami Beach, FL 33180 305-918-8998 Supervision: Kosher-Miami JON’S PLACE OF BOCA Pizzeria 22191 Powerline Road Boca Raton, FL 33433 561-338-0008 Supervision: ORB JP BISTRO Pizzeria 5650 Stirling Road Hollywood, FL 33021 (954) 964-6811 Supervision: ORB KIKAR TEL-AVIV RESTAURANT Chinese and Continental Cuisine Carriage Club North 5005 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33140 305-866-3316 Supervision: OK Laboratories

South Florida Kosher Restaurant Guide ORIGINAL PITA HUT 5304 41 Street Miami Beach, FL 33140 305-531-6090 Supervision: ORD

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L’CHAIM MEE CHINA ORIENTAL RESTAURANT 3940 North 46 Avenue Hollywood, FL 33021 954-986-1770 Supervision: ORB

PISTACHIO GOURMET GRILL 740 41 Street Miami Beach, FL 33140 305-538-1616 Supervision: Kosher Miami

SHALOM HAIFA RESTAURANT 18533 W. Dixie Hwy Aventura, FL 33180 305-945-2884 Supervision: ORB

LEVY’S KOSHER OF HOLLYWOOD 3357 Sheridan Street Hollywood, FL 33021 954-983-2825 Supervision: ORB

PITA GRILL CAFE 658 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd. Hallandale, FL 33009 954-455-2118 Supervision: ORB

SHEM TOV’S PIZZA 514 41st Street Miami Beach, FL 33140 305-538-2123 Supervision: Kosher Miami

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1. REMEMBER THAT SPRING IS NOT SUMMER! - As the weather warms up and the leaves appear on the trees, adults and children alike respond to the seasonal changes with refreshing enthusiasm, better known as “spring fever.” For some kids, this “fever” is so acute that the intoxication with outdoor play takes over all sense of care for the drudgery of life… like homework, bedtime and other “winter” activities. With the summer closing in and the end of homework tantalizingly close, children need to be told clearly that spring is spring – not summer.


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2. MAINTAIN A CONSISTENT SCHEDULE - The allure of friends outside and the extended daylight hours lead to very late bedtimes during the last few weeks of school. Regardless of the time of year, children need a sufficient amount of sleep in order to learn well the next day. Maintaining your family’s schedule until the very end of the school year is not only healthier for your children physically, but it sends a clear message to your children: responsible people finish a job. 3.CHANGE WITH THE SEASONS - While a consistent schedule is important, you can modify the routine to suit the spring. Evolve with the weather to enjoy the best of both worlds. You can change homework time to a later slot in the afternoon agenda so that the kids can join the neighbors if they are all outside or move supper to the backyard. A few changes now, as long as you keep them consistent, can actually reinvigorate children to end the school year off strong. 4. ENJOY SPECIAL FAMILY TIME - Once the summer comes, many children are so busy with camp, or even away from home. Ironically, in a season with the least responsibilities, we have even less time for one another! Spring, with its long afternoons and compelling atmosphere is an ideal time for creating lifelong family memories. A new kite, Frisbee or ball is all it takes and in just a few minutes a day (once homework is done, of course!) you can inject a year’s worth of joy. 5. USE SPRING TO YOUR ADVANTAGE With all the talk about camps and vacations to

child is dawdling through homework, weave spring into it. Spelling sentences can relate to outdoor activities, writing assignments too. Wax creative; it is amazing to watch the metamorphosis of an assignment from mundane to exciting in moments!

sidetrack them, your kids may not fully appreciate the value of the last few weeks of school or understand that there are still many great opportunities for them in the coming weeks. Speak openly about the value of ending the school year right and use incentives. Spring offers unique opportunities like picnics in the park or family sports games, which you can use to reward responsible attitudes towards school. 6. STAY ON TOP OF THE ASSIGNMENTS - The last few weeks of school are often packed with important lessons as teachers rush to tie up loose ends and to practice new skills. In their haste to rush outside, children often forget about tests and assignments or are just too distracted to care about them. Check their assignment pads – you may be amazed by what they “forgot!” 7. BUILD SPRING INTO THE LEARNING! Children will put more effort into an assignment that has relevance and interest to them. If your

8. KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER - The last two months of school are infamous for declining grades and rising mischief. If you know your child has potential for either one, be sure to stay on top of it before it spirals out of control. Call the teacher early on to let her know that you want to end the year strong. When a teacher hears this attitude from you, you can be assured that you will be notified if there is a problem.

9. WATCH OUT FOR SPRING AILMENTS. - Over the past few years the numbers of children suffering from allergies seems to have increased. Then there are the kids who insist on wearing short sleeves since yesterday was 78 degrees… despite the fact that today is only 56! When kids are not feeling well, they cannot concentrate and absorb what is being taught in class and they lose out terribly. To whatever extent is possible, do what you can to keep your children as well as can be. 10. ENJOY THE RELAXED ATMOSPHERE! - With all the emphasis on ending the year right and maintaining the structure of your home, relax and enjoy. The winter was long and we all – kids and parents alike - deserve to enjoy the magnificent spring afternoons! Mrs. Estee Hebel, MsED is the General Studies Principal of Shalom Torah Academy, a preschool through eighth grade day school, in Morganville, NJ with over 15 years of experience in education and educational leadership. She is also a dynamic teacher trainer who has taught a graduate course in educational research and presents innovative, hands-on training workshops on a wide assortment of teaching methods, classroom management and motivational techniques and strategies for encouraging selfdirected and higher-level learning. To learn more about her workshops or to schedule one, you can contact her at 732-536-0911x12 or HYPERLINK “mailto:esteehebel@”





The Rockets have learned a lot about their point guard, Shafir. Always be ready when she has the ball because there’s likely a flashy pass coming your way. Toledo coach Tricia Cullop and her staff have helped make sure Shafir can balance playing college basketball, being a student and practicing her religion, a strict interpretation of Judaism. With both sides making sacrifices, the pairing has worked out well. Her first week at Toledo, as a freshman, Shafir was named the Mid-American Conference West division player of the week. “She’s giving our team a lesson in culture, observing differences and respecting them,” Cullop said. Shafir and Cullop took a chance on each other three years ago. Cullop, then in her first year at Toledo, needed a point guard late in the recruiting process and had successfully found players from overseas, including Israel, in the past. After having starred on her club team and Israel’s under-18 national team, Shafir wanted to take her game to the United States. Cullop watched a DVD of a few of Shafir’s games sent to her by a friend who had tipped her off to talented international players in the past. She offered a scholarship to Shafir. That was the first sign of our team coming together “I was really impressed with what I saw,” Cullop said. “You could tell she just had unbelievable instincts. She had incredible court vision. A lot of parts of her game were beyond what I thought a normal freshman would have.” From the beginning, the Rockets wanted to be as accommodating as possible. The 5-foot-7 Shafir had already had discussions with schools in the Big East and Atlantic Coast Conference, but a coaching change at one and unwillingness to agree to her requests at the other took them out of play for her. “She is very devout in her religion, as she should be,” Cullop said. “It was very important to her that she found a place where she could still practice her religion and play basketball. Until she found that, she wasn’t coming.” Among Shafir’s requirements: she needed to eat a kosher diet, wear a T-shirt under her jersey, couldn’t practice from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday and couldn’t ride in a motorized vehicle during that time frame. Cullop thought, “We’re going to have to get creative,” but the offer remained on the table. Shafir became convinced to come to Toledo after talking with one of Cullop’s former players at Evansville, Israeli Tal Milchan. “She said, ‘You have to go there, that was my coach and she’s amazing,’” Shafir said. “She said only good stuff about her. That helped.”

The Toledo coaching staff had several discussions with Shafir’s family through Rabbi Yossi Shemtov of Chabad House-Lubavitch to work out the details. “They asked for my help in presenting Toledo as a nice place for her to live,” Rabbi Shemtov said. “We worked out a plan. She was very touched by the true genuine effort on behalf of the university to make her life easier.” Next it was time to set up Shafir’s life in America. She traveled with her father, Ytzik, to Toledo a week after school started. He found a place in Detroit to prepare and freeze kosher meals for her, and she stocked the meals away in her residence hall floor freezer. A family friend living in Cleveland invited

her to spend the Jewish holidays there. Shafir became eligible to practice with the Rockets after she paid for her high school transcript to be translated from Hebrew, including an explanation to the NCAA of what her grades represented. Finally, in November 2009, it was time to play. Shafir and her team survived the first bump in the road. The Rockets toted a cooler of kosher food to Hawaii with them for the season-opening tournament. At their pre-game meal before facing Arizona, Shafir asked the restaurant to heat up her dish. Manage-

ment said their health code said they could warm it for her, but she couldn’t eat it in the restaurant. Cullop, followed by the players, took their plates into a lobby and ate there, shouting the Hebrew word for “team” as they exited. “That was the first sign of our team coming together,” Cullop said. “I really was impressed with how much they wanted to be near her.” Shafir left Hawaii with the tournament’s most valuable player award, averaging 19.7 points in the three games including 33 points against Loyola Marymount. Her early success surprised her after everything she had gone through in the first few months. “Everyone knows what they can do, but I didn’t think the first season I could play like I really know,” she said. Shafir’s game is built on quickness and unselfishness. She gets a lot of her points on drives to the basket, but her jump shot is coming along. She lead the team with 4.1 assists and grabbed 1.7 steals per game that year. Any Toledo Saturday practices are pushed back to the evening. When the team travels Friday for a Saturday game, they arrive before sundown and she stays with a teammate at a hotel within walking distance. Everybody helps... they have made it easier for me Shafir’s teammates often ask questions and seek more knowledge of her religion. Her English has improved drastically in the time she has been here, so she’s become better able to explain her way of life. Her work ethic and devotion have quickly earned the respect of the other players. “The things she goes through here, her language barrier, that shows she’s a very strong person,” senior Jessica Williams said. “We do so much to try to make her feel comfortable.” Rabbi Shemtov said the local Jewish community is “very much” excited about Shafir’s presence on the team. “I think it’s a very good thing for our kids to see someone who was able to have success in life and yet has her values,” Rabbi Shemtov said. “She’s not ready to give up on her values and she shows that actually you don’t have to. It’s a beautiful message on both ends.” Shafir, who turns 22 next month, isn’t quite ready to be a role model. “Everybody helps me. They have made it easier for me,” she said. “I’m just playing.” For one day a week, Shafir puts away her cell phone, computer and basketball to adhere to her religious beliefs. Williams and her teammates are there to greet her when the Sabbath concludes, whether it’s to practice, go bowling or attend a men’s basketball game. Cullop has been happy to help Shafir bring her culture to Toledo. “It would be easy for her to say, I’m away from home, I’ll eat whatever, I’ll practice over Shabbat,” Cullop said. “It’s to be admired that she said, ‘this is what I want to do.’ My team admires what she’s doing. She’s a great example of someone who is sticking to their guns and doing what they believe.”


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