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JUNE 30 - JULY 13, 2011

A Publication of the South Florida Jewish Community / Distributed in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Happy th 235 Birthday! • 35 Year Anniversary of the Raid on Entebbe • Remembering the Altalena • Guide to July 4th BBQs •

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Summer is here and it’s time to have some fun!! Enjoy our great July 4th BBQ guide, the first of several summer guides. In it you’ll find great BBQ tips, recipes, and of course a complete USA hot dog guide. We celebrate with you the July 4th holiday, where we acknowledge with great appreciation the birth of our nation and those that fought and died to preserve our freedom. We also take note of those who have not tasted the freedom that millions in the middle east crave, including our own Gilad Shalit and Jonathan Pollard. While everybody is looking forward to their July 4th weekend vacation we bring you another July 4th story. Operation Thunderbolt, otherwise known as Raid on Entebbe is one of the most famously successful rescue missions in the history of the world. It has been suggested that American Navy Seals used tactics gleaned from that mission to capture Osama bin Laden. While reading about the mission itself is a heart stopper, Josh Bains takes it a step further, detailing the history of Ugandan President Idi Amin’s, (a.k.a. The Butcher,) ‘beef’ with Israel and how the operation was a stunningly embarrassing end to his goals of taking revenge. Ultimately it goes without saying that the hand of Hashem was once again revealed for his chosen nation. In this issue, we continue to follow the Rubashkin saga. Simcha Dunn, Assistant District Attorney in NY, provides a first-hand account of the Rubashkin appeal. His brilliant explanation and professional analysis will give you hope and reason to pour your heart out for Rubashkin. Also, in this issue, Professor Yehuda Lapidot recounts a very unfortunate tragedy in Israel’s nascent beginnings, the bombing of the Altalena by our own brethren. As usual, enjoy our regular features highlighting people, politics, health, lifestyles, humor, homemaking and more….and our community happenings section which is bursting with exciting news around town. So sit back, relax and enjoy another fully packed issue of the South Florida Jewish Home. We are always looking for your comments and/or suggestions; please contact us anytime at

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Chana Billet Sarit Lasry Sarki Galbut Roy Seransky Jeff Schiff Mitch Rubinstein AD SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Danny Kay Shlomo Kay DESIGN & PRODUCTION

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Josh Bains Rabbi Tzvi Nightingale Rabbi Dov Silver Esty Hebel Avi Heilligman Gedalia Borvick Faige Sprecher Levana Kirschenbaum Fred Roseman Naomi Nachman Jessica Wasserstrom Joey Krutel Elliot Katz Simcha Dunn Susan Schwamm Prof. Yehudah Lapidot Elliott Grossbard Daniel Russo Rochelle Harary Dr. David Simai Chaim Steinmetz


fa m i ly T he Sc hu l ma n

This is m y Federatio n. “My Federation makes a difference in the lives of so many people in our community and around the world. I volunteer because I know that I can make an impact on a wide variety of causes. From feeding the hungry to helping the elderly, from children with special needs to families with dire needs, from Broward County to Israel and across the globe, we’re working together to lend a helping hand. Every day, the Jewish Federation of Broward County and all its resources band together to save and improve Jewish lives. That is their sole mission and I invite you to join me. I am a supporter and this is my Federation.”

Vi sit w w w.jew i sh browa to lea r n how you ca n joi n ot her s i n per pet uat i ng Jew i sh t rad it ion a nd her it age, en su r i ng t he su r v iva l of I srael , Jew i sh com mu n it ies a rou nd t he world a nd t hose r ight here i n Browa rd Cou nt y.




Adopt-A-Dad a Success A group of Miami business owners, affiliated with Business Networking International of Miami Dade (BNI), along with their family and friends came out to make a beautiful difference in the lives of the residents of the Miami Jewish Home For the Aged this Fathers Day. The Success Link chapter of BNI has brought together a group of business professionals whose main goal is to pass along business to one another, they had no idea they shared a common vision to enrich the lives of others in the community.  BNI operates on the premise that “Givers Gain.”   The Adopt-a-Dad program is definitely a testament to that!   Through their effort the chapter was able to sponsor 204 “Dads.” The project was spearheaded by the chapter’s resident Mary Kay Sales Director, Irahisa Disla (CEO of The Beautiful Institute), with the help of Arthur Unger, CPA at Mallah Furman, who sits on the board for the home.  The rest of the chapter rallied around the cause by “Adopting-A-Dad.” Members were able to sponsor a gift for a dad staying on the grounds.  Some of the residents had visitors that day, but as you would imagine many of them did not.  There were plenty of smiles and words of gratitude as the residents received a beautifully wrapped MK Mens personal care item, with a message that read:  “Happy Fathers Day!!!  Father (def) - Mentor, teacher, coach, motivator, provider...For who you are and who you have been, thank you for touching the lives of others. From the BNI Success Link Chapter and The Beautiful Institute.”   One of the resident’s daughter and facilities director at one of the towers, Leslee Geller, shared with Irahisa that there was a time when the system would buy presents for all the residents on both Mothers and Fathers Day, but with all the cuts, they are no longer able to do so.  She repeated several times, “This is such a wonderful thing you are doing. Thank you.”




Miami Jewish Health Systems is a non-profit organization committed to helping people of all ages, cultures and religious preferences enjoy longer, healthier, more enriched lives by providing leading-edge care and independence-enhancing services. The goal is to maximize the potential of each person served, whatever their age, physical state or socio-economic condition. Miami Jewish Health Systems has been recognized as offering the highest quality care, the most supportive services and the broadest array of choices for our patients and residents.   As the largest and most innovative provider of health care for

seniors in the Southeast, Miami Jewish Health Systems treats 3,700 people daily through our Centers of Excellence, Residential Living, Community Care, Alzheimer’s and Memory Care and Nursing and Medical Care programs. As an independent sales director with Mary Kay, Irahisa worked with the entire chapter to ensure the success of the program.   Both Mary Kay and Miami Jewish Systems share the mission of enriching the lives of others.  As an independent business owner, Irahisa works on various community service projects throughout the year and is passionate about changing lives and making a beautiful difference.  On Fathers Day, ten BNI Success Links Chapter Members along with their wives, husbands, children and grandchildren brought good cheer to the residents.  Arthur Cohen, the chapters president and insurance provider, boasted, “My granddaughter’s experience will serve her for years to come.  To see her

interacting with the residents and making them smile is priceless!” Elliot Grossbard, with WeSupplyYou. com and new member to the BNI family, came along with his wife and three children, said, “I could not think of a better way to spend Fathers Day.” The Chapter members had no idea they would be bringing so many smiles to the residents.

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Top Scores for AACE Students; Gifted Cohort Launches in Fall “They all passed with flying colors!” exclaimed Academic Director Dr. Dolly Aizenman. Students at Achim Academy Center for Education completed another academic year with exemplary SAT test scores. This marks the end of the 11th academic year for the nonaffiliated Jewish orthodox ESE school in North Miami Beach, Florida. Some of the student results on the state-approved standardized tests were exceptional. One 9-year-old passed the SAT at the third grade level with very high scores, another student whose beginning of school admission test placed him at kindergarten level academically, actually passed the SAT with a score of 98 percent, at the second grade level, a two-grade jump and tremendous accomplishment for him in learning how to learn. Two of the older boys, over 13 years of age, scored well in the SAT tests and tested “gifted” that they qualify for admission into the new Gifted Cohort program which Achim Academy Center for Education is launching with the new academic year in the fall. Both boys’ test results documented them to be gifted mathematically, musically and artistically. “It is not unusual for these students to have what is termed dual exceptionalities, in other words to be both tremendously gifted and to have latent talents which need special attention,” said Dr. Aizenman. While in the past eleven years it has been the policy of the school to mainstream students back into the school systems from which they came, over

the years AACE has identified and worked with an unusually high number of gifted students. Realizing and identifying these “dual exceptionalities” in their students caused them to create the Gifted Cohort. “For the Gifted Cohort we will accept a maximum of eight boys, age 13 or older, who test Gifted,” said Rabbi Peretz Goldenberg, Director of Judaic Studies. The Rosh Yeshiva explained that a timed, proctored test is given each candidate to gauge the student’s talents. Other qualifying requirements are listed on the school’s website: “The Gifted Cohort will stress Judaic studies, comply with all Florida secular studies requirements and devote time each day to help the student hone his special talents to excellence,” Rabbi Goldenberg explained. “This is the only program of its kind.” Achim Academy Center for Education, the day school, and Neytz haChochma, the out of school program, served over 200 children and their families this year. The out of school program, known as The Youth Experiencing Success Program, is funded by the Children’s Trust. The Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County. Achim Academy Center for Education is Florida-certified K-12, ages 5-12, and accredited grades 6 to 12. For more information call 305-945-7443 or email to

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Boca Raton Businessman Named To Yeshiva College Board of Trustees

Continuing the series of Israeli contemporary movie presentations the Israeli Film Club will present on Wednesday, July 6th the academy award nominee for best foreign language film, «Beaufort.» As written by the Los Angeles Times «It is a powerful, realistic and intense film.» Beaufort Castle, is a fortress built during the Crusades, captured by Israel in the 1982 invasion of Lebanon and held until the Israeli withdrawal in 2000. The film will be presented on Wednesday, July 6 at 2 PM at Temple Emeth and on Monday, July 11 at 2:30 PM at the Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service. Both locations are on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. Donation is $3 per person at the door. For information call: 561-865-5292.














Boca Raton, FL (June 27, 2011) – Boca Raton businessman Joseph Bensmihen has been appointed to the board of trustees of New York City-based Yeshiva College, his alma mater. Bensmihen said he will use his three-year trustee term to articulate the private school’s scholastic possibilities to potential new students -- and expound upon its most recent accomplishments to alumni. “Yeshiva College merges contemporary academic education with the timeless teachings of Torah, providing students the tools to be both a secular and spiritual success. While it has existed since 1886, my goal is to continue to cultivate pride and support, to let everyone know it keeps getting better every day,” he said. Bensmihen received his undergraduate degree in political science from Yeshiva College in 1991, and a master’s degree from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work in 1995. He and wife Lisa own and operate Boca Home Care Services, Inc.,, a nurse registry, and Boca Home Care, Inc. – a Medicare certified agency. Bensmihen is also president of the Private Care Association, a national organization dedicated to improving consumer choice in home health care for America’s seniors. (For further information or interviews, please contact Sherry Picker, 561-989-0611)


Guest Speaker Dr. Leon Weissberg presents “The Islamification of Europe”

Bernie Ucko, Marianne Ucko, Dr. Leon Weissberg, Elissa Mogilefsky, Len Weiselberg

The Jewish Federation of Broward County hosted an intimate meeting designed to engage the Jewish population on the east side of Broward County. The event, which Federation calls a “friendraiser” attracted nearly 70 residents. Guest speaker Dr. Leon Weissberg provided attendees with a fascinating presentation on the birth and growth of Islam and how the religion has developed a significant following in Western Europe. The friendraiser was hosted by Marianne and Bernie Ucko, who offered the rooftop lounge of The Corinthian as the perfect venue to meet, mingle and learn something new. “When we first moved here from Belgium in 1975, we were the only Jews on Las Olas isle,” said Bernie Ucko. “Now of course, there are many more, but we are hoping that with an event like this, we can help them get engaged and affiliated with something important like the Jewish Federation of Broward County.” Elissa Mogilefsky, the chair of the Federation’s East Side initiative, opened the evening providing insight into the enormous impact the Federation makes on people in need, in Israel, around the world, and especially in Broward County. “We fund programs that truly make a difference and improve lives,” she said. Following Bernie Ucko’s introduction, Dr. Weissberg presented a wealth of information on the development of Islam, and its spread throughout Europe. “Islam, by its core and philosophical development, is a global religion,” he said. He offered insight into how the religion has spread so significantly – including ease of conversion and a substantially higher birth rate than the norm. “Muslims represent a meaningful percentage of the population throughout Europe – and in Canada and the United States,” he added. “Eighty percent of the world’s Islamic population is not in the Arabian peninsula.” Marianne Ucko was pleased to be able to host the friendraiser, and felt that the facility, with its remarkable view of the city and the Intracoastal, was a great place to hold such a gathering. “We wanted to attract a nice crowd, and with Dr. Weissberg’s presentation, and this venue, we were very successful,” she said.

Congratulations, Graduates! Jewish Federation Of Broward County Celebrates Horizons Leadership Class Graduation

The Jewish Federation of Broward County proudly saluted 16 young professionals who comprised the second class of the Horizons Leadership Program. The graduation ceremony, held at the Riverside Hotel, recognized the dedication of these men and women who spent the past ten months learning about the needs of the Jewish community, understanding leadership skills, gaining insight into Israel and global Jewish issues – and forming friendships on the way. The Horizons Leadership program, which began with the inaugural class in the fall of 2009 from the Young Leadership Division of the Jewish Federation of Broward County, brings education, enlightenment and experiential learning to young professionals in a ten-month program modeled closely after the successful Leadership Broward concept. This year, the program was co-chaired by Scott Backman and Monique Goldberg Shafir. Participants attended classes and seminars in various locations, and also were paired with mentors to provide advice on ways to become involved in the Jewish Community. Eric B. Stillman, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Broward County, praised the graduates on their commitment to the program in this age of busy schedules and multiple responsibilities. “This graduation is a celebration of your achievement, and it also provides an opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ and ‘pay it back,’” he said. He urged the graduates to pay it forward by continuing the program, and suggesting new applicants for the Horizons Class of 2011-2012. He added that paying it back was only in part, a financial comment, but also encouragement to thank the person who brought them into the Horizons program, which had a profound effect on all of them. Laura Goldblum, annual Campaign Chair for the Federation expressed her admiration for the graduates, who, she said “really get it” and felt reassured that the future of Jewish leadership was in good hands. Also speaking at the graduation was Donald Graw, executive director at the Soref JCC, who offered congratulations and thanks to the graduating class who helped significantly with the improvement of the My Jewish Discovery Children’s Museum. Keynote Speaker, David Schulman, former Board Chair of the Jewish Federation of Broward County, who has held numerous community leadership roles over the past thirty years, provided several anecdotes about the impact that participating in Federation endeavors has made on him. “Things worth doing are not always easy,” he said. “Sometimes life is like forging steel – you need to go through the furnace to get stronger. But ultimately, by giving of yourself, you get much more in return.” The third Horizons Leadership class is taking applications for participants through July 10, 2011. Monique will co-chair the program with new graduate, Sean Collin.







South Florida Center for Jewish Ethics

The past two weeks have been busy ones for The South Florida Center for Jewish Ethics. The Center offered three lectures in the span of eight days, two presenting medical ethics topics and one discussing ethical issues in the legal profession. The CJE was founded in 2010 as a place where professionals and lay people can study ethical issues in the areas of law, medicine, and business with clear guidance from a Jewish perspective. The Center offers lectures, classes, and conferences throughout South Florida that bring together medical experts, legal scholars, and ethicists of international stature to dialogue with rabbinic and Talmudic scholars.

End Of Life Issues In Jewish Ethics The South Florida Center for Jewish Ethics in conjunction with the Boca Raton Synagogue presented “End of Life Issues,” the first lecture in its Boca Raton medical ethics series, on Tuesday, June 14, from 8:15 pm to 9:30 pm at the Boca Raton Synagogue. The lecture covered topics relevant to ethical considerations for physicians addressing issues of death and dying. The lecture was delivered by instructor Rabbi Barry M. Kinzbrunner, MD. Doctor Kinzbrunner is the executive vice president and chief medical officer of Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, as well as an oncology specialist. His presentation included a discussion of the Terri Schiavo case from a halachic perspective. The lecture attracted forty attendees, and the Center plans to present additional future Boca Raton seminars.

Jewish Ethics Of Organ Transplants And Brain Death The South Florida Center for Jewish Ethics presented “Organ Transplants and Brain Death,” on Tuesday, June 16, at Talmudic University, the sixth lecture in its Miami medical ethics series. The lecture covered topics involving important ethical considerations for physicians related to death and dying, including the process of organ transplantation and the degree of death needed to be medically and halachically “un-alive.” The lecture was delivered by instructors Sam Salama and Ari Ciment, MD. Mr. Salama is the donor coordinator for Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency at the University of Miami. Mr. Salama instructed medical professionals on the correct proceedings for identifying potential donors and referring family members to the Organ Recovery Agency. He stressed the urgent need for lifesaving organ transplants and encouraged participants to register themselves as organ donors. He also discussed the organs that patients may receive and the two types of organ donation, those that can be given by a living donor and those that require a legally deceased donor. Dr. Ciment is the Pulmonary/Critical Care Attending and Associate Professor at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He discussed the definition of life and death as defined by the Torah and Rabbinic commentaries, as well as the hotly-debated subject of brain death. He explained how the idea of brain death arose from modern medicine’s ability to sustain life through the use of a respirator despite the cessation of brain function. He discussed the views of Rabbis on both sides of the issues – those who contend that brain death constitutes full death versus those who accept only the traditional view of death (heart cessation). “Organ Transplants and Brain Death” was presented at Talmudic University, Miami Beach, to an audience of over 60 doctors, medical professionals, Rabbis, kollel members, and interested Jewish community members. TRUTH IN ADVERTISING IN AMERICAN AND JEWISH LAW Last Tuesday evening, June 21, The South Florida Center for Jewish Ethics presented “Truth in Advertising in American and Jewish Law,” the third lecture in the “American Cases Through the Eyes of the Talmud series,” at Bilzin Sumberg in Miami. The lecture covered the topics of truth in labeling and false advertising. The series is part of a continued effort by the Center to educate legal professionals in South Florida about Jewish law and ethics in American life. The lecture was delivered by instructors Lance August Harke, Esq. and Rabbi Dovid Schoen. Lance A. Harke, a found-

ing partner of the Miami Shores-based commercial litigation and consumer class action law firm of Harke Clasby & Bushman LLP, (, resides in Miami Shores and is a trial lawyer specializing in multi-state class action litigation. He concentrates his trial practice on products liability, insurance and complex class actions, in addition to commercial and consumer litigation matters. He received his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, where he graduated cum laude, and was Editor-inChief of the University of Miami Law Review. Rabbi Schoen is a native of Los Angeles who has studied in Jerusalem, has taught Jewish law and ethics for over a decade, and is currently the head of the Miami Choshen Mishpat Kollel (a graduate program for the study of Jewish monetary law) at Talmudic University, and the Dean of the South Florida Center for Jewish Ethics. “I am honored to be speaking at a lecture series that addresses such an important topic as the ethics of advertising in American and Jewish law,” said Lance A. Harke. “Advertisers with deceptive motives have the potential to persuade individuals into commercial transactions they might otherwise have avoided, if provided with all of the facts. Consumers have the right to know just what they are purchasing, and [to be] given that information visibly on the label.” For more information on The South Florida Center for Jewish Ethics or to obtain CDs of the lectures, please visit Written By Rachel Musicante



id you ever hear the adage “less is more?” The same holds true when

it comes to the Jewish laws of modesty. A woman represents allure and mystery. The less she reveals, the more she attracts. In this day and age, when everything hangs out, discard and divorce is rampant. A woman’s modesty and mystery is, therefore, all the more vital and essential to the marriage and harmony at home. Our Torah desired to ensure and strengthen the marital bonds by keeping this mystery intact. One of the ways is for a a woman to keep her beautiful hair covered, letting it loose and free only for those very special and intimate moments between husband and wife. To assure the joy of fulfilling these laws, while allowing for the woman’s outward beauty to shine, the Lubavitcher Rebbe and many of our greatest Sages have advocated the wearing of wigs, as beautiful and natural as they can be. Be mysterious and alluring while being beautiful and modest at the same time. It can happen when you buy a wig at The Wig & Hair Shop.


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Newly inaugurated regional co-presidents Liron Ozery of Plantation, FL, and Simita Barrocas, of Boca Raton, holding Havdallah candles together.

More than 120 Jewish teens, from Savannah through Kendall, FL joined together at the International Palms Hotel in Cocoa Beach, FL to celebrate the end of an incredible year at the Southern NCSY

Spring Regional Convention.             NCSY is the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union.             The weekend kicked off with a laser show at the BCC Planetarium & Observatory on Friday afternoon.   Shabbat was brought in following a Pre-Shabbaos ruachthat got everyone into the Shabbaton spirit.  The theme of the weekend was “Reach for the Stars.”              The focus of Shabbat challenged each teen to look inside themselves and to find the greatness in their own potential. This inspirational Shabbat concluded with a powerful ebbing from Rabbi Nahum Zak and a moving Havdallah with Noah Lang.                        Saturday Night was an evening to remember

as NCSY celebrated its own “Stars” at the Academy Awards-themed Southern Regional Banquet. Everyone in attendance was amazed, entertained and inspired as the region recognized the great accomplishments of the seniors and chapters over the past year.

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Enjoy your Barbeque


By Susan Schwamm


osquitoes, flies and ants have a great sense of when you’re throwing a party or having a barbeque and always tend to show up uninvited. Here are a few tips to help make your outdoor gathering bug-free. **Make sure to always cover your food. Pests have an uncanny sense of smell and are attracted to food and other sweet smells. Try to cover all food on the table and near the grill tightly with aluminum foil. If you can’t cover it with aluminum foil, make sure to tent the food with paper towels (as long as they don’t fly away) or netted “tents” that they sell for this purpose. Remember to put all garbage immediately in closed garbage cans as well. **Try to hold the barbeque or gathering later in the day. Bugs tend to come out earlier in the day, so if you can throw your party closer to evening, you may be inviting less pesky guests. **Get rid of standing water. Mosquitoes are attracted to moisture and the standing water proves to be a good breeding ground for them. Even a small amount of standing water can support large amount of mosquito larvae. Check around your yard and empty all pools, cups, and birdbaths and clear all debris. **Use a fan. This tip may sound funny. After all, you are outside to enjoy the natural breeze. Mos-

not be practical in our area since it tends to grow in more tropic climates. Citronella oil (found in candles and lanterns used to repel insects) is excitronella grass. tracted from **Keep crushed leaves of catnip, marigold, r o s e m a r y, mint, lemon grass and wormwood in containers near your gathering. These herbs and plants naturally repel insects.

on arms and legs. Strips of cotton cloth can also be dipped in this mixture and hung outside (although, as mentioned previously, I do not suggest this when having company!). **Eucalyptus oil and other essential oils are wonderful insect deterrents. You can spray a few drops on cloths to hang outside, or you can mix and make your own natural bug repellent to rub on skin. **Some people maintain that lighting citronella candles are wonderful insect deterrents. Keep in mind that bugs are attracted to light (but not to smoke) so whatever you light, whether as a

quitoes and flies have trouble maneuvering in wind, so if you can put up a window or overhead fan, you are essentially giving them a harder time to get to you. **Be smart when planting in your garden. Certain plants, such as marigolds, are natural bug repellents. Marigolds are bright and beautiful but give off a fragrance that repels flies and other flying insects. Citronella grass is also a great bug repellent, although it may

You can also rub the crushed leaves on your skin for added protection (but stay away from rubbing marigold and wormwood on your skin, as they can cause itchiness for many people). **Another effective natural bug repellent (although I do not suggest this when entertaining guests) is to mix one part garlic juice with 5 parts water in a small spray bottle. Shake well before using and spray lightly

bug-repellent or as a mood-enhancer, insects will be attracted to the lights on your table. At the end of the day, or the party, keep in mind that although we love the outdoors, so do our friendly insects. So try your best to prevent their participation by using the tips provided, and remember to have fun, enjoy…and don’t bug out! cont. on next page




SUMMER cont.





Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hot Dog

o you know that in different cities around the United States hot dogs are served in very specific ways? Take a look at these dogs and invite your guests to join you on a culinary excursion around the country. Set out the toppings, have this list handy and let your guests choose the destination. A Chicago-style hot dog is a steamed, all-beef hot dog topped with chopped onions, sliced  tomatoes, a  dill  pickle  spear, sweet pickle  relish,  yellow  mustard, pickled sport peppers, and is finished with  celery  salt.   It is  served on a steamed  poppy  seed bun.  Chicago-style hot dogs never include ketchup.  A Boston-style hot dog is topped with  Boston baked beans. Ketchup, mustard, relish,  piccalilli, and chopped onions are the most common toppings. New Jersey’s  potato dog includes diced stewed potatoes combined with brown mustard, served on a spicy hot dog.  New York-style hot dogs are usually served with mustard and sauerkraut,

along with optional sweet onions in a tomato based sauce. When  Cincinnati chili  is served on a  Coney-style hot dog, the chili is also topped with cheese (you can purchase pareve cheese in many local supermarkets) and is dubbed the «Cheese Coney”. The Coney-style hot dog also includes mustard and a small amount of diced onion. In Seattle, hot dogs are served with  cream cheese (Tofutti has a great-tasting pareve cream cheese)  and grilled onions on a toasted bun. The hot dogs are split in half and grilled before being put in the bun. Hot dog stands offer a variety of condiments, such as Sriracha sauce and jalapenos. An “all-the-way” hot dog in West Virginia generally features yellow mustard, chopped onions, chili (or «sauce»), and cole slaw.

Tips for Steaks from Local Experts • • • • •

Clean your grill; Oil your grill Then, preheat your grill to 500; salt and pepper your steak; then, put smart balance pareve spread on your steak; cook for 2.5-3.5 min • per side (only turning once); after turn, put more smart balance on. • Let your steak rest for 5 min. Perfect! Elliot Katz, Boca Raton • Grilling with extreme heat is a must! • Limit the time on the grill and flipping so that the steak is not dried out and overcooked. Cook steaks when at room temperature. • A tip from Peter Luger’s (New York’s most famous steak house) is to rub the steak all over with plenty of margarine and a Steak eater must use “a great quality--and sharp--steak knife” -Joey Krutel, Miami Beach

My tips for great steaks: 1. NEVER cook a steak straight from the refrigerator - always bring to room temp (or close to it) before putting on the grill, in the skillet or in the oven.

Putting a cold steak straight from the fridge to a hot pan or grill results in uneven cooking and the loss of essential and flavorful juices. 2. Save a few $$ and age your steaks yourself at home (to increase flavor and tenderness). Rub both sides of your steak with extra virgin olive oil and wrap in a clean kitchen towel. Put on a plate or in a Tupperware container in the coldest part of your fridge. Flip and change the towel each day for up to 3 days. 3. Cook the steak hot and quick • The longer it cooks, the tougher and drier it will become. So, get that pan or grill to a fairly high heat and cook your steak for only a few minutes per side, to get that beautiful sear and caramelization on the outside. If you prefer a well-done steak, finish the steak in the oven until it is done to your liking. 4. Learn to judge desired doneness of the steak without piercing the steak with a thermometer, knife, fork, etc. Every time you pierce the steak during the cooking process, you are allowing the flavorful juices to escape and drain away, making the steak far drier and tougher at the end. 5. After cooking to the desired temperature, always let the steak rest for several minutes off the heat before

serving or eating. This will allow the cooking process to stop and the juices in the steak to redistribute throughout the steak, making the steak much juicier and more enjoyable. -Jessica Wasserstrom, Hollywood

The Aussie Gourmet Recipe


Naomi Nachman


INGREDIENTS: • 2 tablespoons peanut oil • 1 onion, small, finely chopped • 1 clove garlic, minced • 2 teaspoons ginger, minced and fresh • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes • 1 cup ketchup • 1/3 cup beer, Australian, such as Foster’s

• 2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, dark, firmly packed • 1 tablespoon honey • 2 teaspoons soy sauce • 1 teaspoon dry mustard • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground



24 chicken wings, whole 1/4 cup peanut oil 1/4 cup lemon juice, fresh 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

• 1/4 cup beer, Australian, such as Foster’s • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

METHOD: • Place the chicken in a large non-reactive bowl and stir in the 1/4-cup oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, beer, salt, and pepper. • Cover and let marinate, in the refrigerator, for 4 hours, turning the wings occasionally. Meanwhile, prepare the barbecue sauce. • Heat the oil in a medium-size heavy saucepan over medium heat. • Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and hot pepper flakes and sauté , stirring with a wooden spoon, until the onion and garlic are lightly browned, about 5 minutes. • Stir in the ketchup, beer, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, sugar, honey, soy sauce, mustard, and pepper and bring to a boil. • Reduce the heat to low and simmer the sauce gently until thick and richly flavored, 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and measure out about 1 cup. Set it aside for serving. • Preheat the grill to medium-high. • When ready to cook, oil the grill grate. Drain the wings and arrange them on the hot grate. Grill, turning several times with tongs, until the thicker wing sections are no longer pink near the bone, 12 to 16 minutes in all. Start brushing the wings with the barbecue sauce the last 5 minutes, then transfer to a platter and brush with sauce again. 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. 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.


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How to Grill the

Perfect Steak By Fred Roseman


tart with a clean grill. It is best to clean the grill after each use. This way you are ready to start grilling right away. A dirty grill, one that has burnt residue from last cookout, will smoke and add a burnt flavor to your meat. • Choose the right cut and good quality meat. Remember, your steak will only be as good as the meat itself. A fresh, flavorful cut will produce a juicy delicious steak. Steaks 1-inch to 1 ½ inches are best for grilling. A thinner cut is likely to get dried out. Additionally, marbling is key to flavorful steaks since the fat is what adds to the flavor of the meat. • Season steaks early. Steaks should be seasoned at least 15 minutes before grilling. If you are using a marinade, marinate steaks for a few hours in the refrigerator. The longer they marinate, the more flavorful they’ll be. • Keep it simple. Most chef enthusiasts and grill masters insist that steaks only need to be seasoned with a little bit of olive oil, kosher salt and pepper. These items will bring out, and will not mask, the flavor of the meat. • Take them out early. Let the steaks sit on the counter for at least 20 minutes prior to grilling. Steaks at room temperature take to seasoning better and cook better. • Choose charcoal. Most grill masters sing the praises of a charcoal grill. They claim the charcoal adds a distinct flavor, especially when wood chips are added. That being said, many people nowadays prefer the gas grill. Either way your steaks will come out delicious. (Although, it may be nice to bring out the charcoal grill once a season to see what they are all talking about…)

from your grill lines. About a quarter of the way through cooking, give it a quarter turn. Half-way through cooking, flip it once. Give it a final quarter turn for the last bit of cooking. • Ditch the fork. Only use tongs or spatula to flip the steak. Using a fork will release the steak’s juices. • Plan your condiments and the rest of your meal. You don’t want to have to run back and forth between the house and grill. Steaks don’t have to be babysat, but you also don’t want to have them on too long and be left with a dried-out piece of meat.

• Lightly oil the grill before starting. • Get the grill hot. Preheat the grill to 600°-800°F and keep it at this temperature for at least 30 minutes before grilling for best results. • Choose a hot spot. Set the steak on a hot spot on the grill and keep it there. When you flip the meat, choose another “hot spot”; the one you just used won’t be as hot as other places on the grill. • Don’t touch it—flip it only once! For a professional look, use the hot grill to create “crosshatch” grill marks. Set your steak down at a 45-degree angle

• To test for readiness: when you are close to finishing, test for “doneness” like a pro. Press the steak with your index finger or the flat side of a grilling fork to get a feel for it. A rare steak will feel soft. A medium steak will feel firm, but will yield to the touch, and a well-done steak will feel firm. After it’s done, let the meat sit for at least 5 minutes. This time will encourage the juices to redistribute throughout the steak.

Steak Grilling Times by Thickness

These times are total cooking times. Divide in half for each side. Times listed are approximate and will vary depending on the type of grill, heat, fuel, etc. Thickness










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The Best Accessories for Your Summer Barbeques by Faigie Sprecher Summer is all about barbeques, and why not? Summer days are long and relaxing, and barbeques are the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors with the family. Here are some of my most favorite barbeque accessories to make your barbequing easier and much more fun! When grilling steaks, hot dogs or burgers, brush your meat with your favorite sauce using the stylish and functional Chef’n BBQ Sauce Mop—the easy-toclean silicone bristles resemble the grill’s flame!  When serving burgers, why would you serve plain-old burgers when you can serve mini-sliders?! Imagine your kids’ and guests’ delight when you offer mini-burgers as an appetizer or entrée. You can have perfectly round burgers using the Charcoal Companion Deluxe Mini Burger Set.  And, how about some sweet, juicy corn on the cob grilled in the  Charcoal Companion Corn Grilling

Set? This grilling set makes grilling corn so easy! You only need to flip the grilling-set one time, and all your corn will be flipped at once. Talk about making your job way easier! When enjoying your grilled corn, there is no need

to worry about burning your fingers on the corn— try Interlocking Corn holders by Zyliss. They offer classy and durable designs that are sure to keep your guests and their fingers clean and burn-free. Pesky flies and mosquitoes have a good nose for good cooking. Keep the flies out of your food with the Danger Men Cooking Fly Swatter. o Help make clean-up easier, make sure nothing falls through the barbeque grates with the Chef’s Planet Grill & BBQ Mat. This mat is such a life-

saver; it’s nonstick, dishwasher safe, and reusable on either side! How do you know when your meat is done? The best way to find out is by testing its internal temperature. This set of 4  Meat Thermometers  is durable and adorable and will take perfect temperature every time.    When all is said and done, and your guests have enjoyed and gone home, use the  Dual Handle Grill Brush from Charcoal Companion to clean your grill. This grill brush will divide your cleanup time in half; its sturdy bristles and ergonomic handle will help make cleanup so much easier.   Faigie Sprecher is the owner of The Kitchen Clique. You can find her on the web at She welcomes your comments and can be reached at the Kitchen Clique at 718692-2260.

Lemonade by Lévana GREEN TEA LEMONADE:

I never drink soda, and I never serve soda, and nobody ever complains. Au contraire! They all clamor for one of my drinks, in pitchers, which I fill and refill in the wink of an eye. For large parties, I serve my drinks in a fun dinnerstyle three-gallon cold drink dispenser. Each variation is a snap to make and delicious. With each mixture, adjust the water and the lemonade mixture to your own personal taste.

Steep 6 bags of green tea in 1 quart boiling water. Discard the tea bags. In a pitcher, mix 1 cup basic lemonade, 3 cups tea, and ice.

RASPBERRY LEMONADE: Steep 6 raspberry tea bags (or other herbal tea of your choice, such as passion fruit, apple cinnamon, etc) in 1 quart boiling water, and discard the tea bags. In a pitcher, mix 1 cup basic lemonade, 3 cups tea, and ice.

BASIC LEMONADE: • 4 cups fresh lemon or lime juice (settle for a good bottled brand) • 2 cups sugar Bring the juice and sugar to just below a boil, and turn off the heat. Cool and transfer to a glass jar. In a 2 ½ quart pitcher, mix one cup lemonade mixture and 3 cups water; fill the rest of the pitcher with ice. Mix thoroughly from the bottom up. NOTE: If you get your hands on superfine sugar, then use it instead of the regular sugar. No heating required: it dissolves instantly.

Variations: SUGAR-FREE BASIC LEMONADE: No boiling required. In a glass jar, mix 4 cups

lemon juice with stevia (make sure you get the stevia marked “no aftertaste) to taste. Use this mixture exactly as the mixture above.

MAPLE-FLAVORED LEMONADE: No boiling required. In a glass jar, mix 4 cups lemon juice with 2 cups maple syrup. Use exactly as the basic mixture, but stir the mixture thoroughly before using (maple syrup tends to settle in the bottom).

GINGER LEMONADE: Using the same recipe as for the basic mixture, add ¼ cup grated fresh ginger to the sauce pan, and strain.




Lévana Kirschenbaum was co-owner of Levana Restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side (alas, recently closed after thirty two years), and the pioneer in kosher upscale dining. She is a cooking teacher and cookbook author, and gets countless devoted fans for her fearless, practical and nutritious approach to cooking. She gives weekly cooking demos and cooking demo engagements around the country. She has published “Levana’s Table: Kosher Cooking for Everyone”, “Levana Cooks Dairy-Free!”, and a book-dvd set based on her demo series called “In Short Order”. She is currently at work on her next cookbook, scheduled to be published in June 2011: “The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen: Glorious Meals Pure and Simple” (http://www. She is launching a line of all-natural spelt desserts, called, what else, Lévana. Her weekly cooking demos take place at her apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side: Get ready for dinner and a show! Go onto her website to find out more about her demos, cookbooks, desserts, and entertaining stories at


Raid on Entebbe How Israel Beat the Butcher


o understand the Israeli raid on Entebbe airport in 1976, one must know Uganda’s then dictator and former heavyweight boxing champion, “the Butcher”, General Idi Amin Dada. In one sour moment during an interview with Amin, BBC researcher Paul Martin realized his crew was liable for execution. Lead reporter, David Lomax asked: “Why do you keep murdering people?” Idi Amin was growing tense, now the armed soldiers prowling the room appeared edgy as if awaiting an order. Amin shouted to Lomax: “Tell me, are you not afraid to be talking to the Conqueror of the British Empire?” The BBC team certainly was. Amin was nearly six and a half feet tall, a natural bully, and maniacally charismatic.

One of the rescue planes used in the mission

He ruled as a tribal warlord while calling himself the Emperor of Uganda, and killed perhaps half a million people in state proscribed terrorism against anyone he felt a menace. He murdered the Anglican

By: Josh Bains

Archbishop of Uganda. He sent a death squad to carry away the Chief Justice of Uganda while court was in session, but not before making the judge remove his shoes; Idi Amin had a flair for publicity and empty shoes on a roadside became a national symbol of terror. Paul Martin thought if Lomax answered yes or no, Amin would explode and their end would be the “river treatment” attached to cement boots at the bottom of the Nile, or the “helicopter treatment,” which meant being pushed out of a chopper at a lethal elevation. Martin later wrote: “What David then did I’m convinced, saved our skins. He simply fired an innocuous question. Amin’s eyes darted to his henchmen, he glowered. Then to my intense relief, he answered the new question.” Despite his volatile nature Amin was a British cont. next page


A carbon copy of Idi Amin’s car

against ‘Zionism and imperialism,’ for the liberation of the captured territories, and for ‘the right of return of the Palestinian people to their homes and their lands.’ Despite his turncoat tactics, Amin wasn’t mad – he built a magnetic cult of personality that grew from his tribal roots. He was seen by many as the only

African leader who could stand up for their native rights against the world. He perceived he could garner higher recompense by rebelling against his colonial past and replacing it with an Islamic future. In so doing he became overtly Islamic, and grossly anti-Semitic. When asked in an interview if he had really said that Hitler didn’t kill enough Jews, Amin gave a long deep laugh but didn’t answer. Arye Oded writes: “On 11 September 1972, Amin sent a telegram to UN secretarygeneral Kurt Waldheim in which he applauded the massacre of the Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich and said Germany was the most appropriate locale for this because it was where Hitler burned more than six million Jews. ‘It happened because Hitler and all of the German people knew that the Israelis are not a people who work for humanity and because of that they burned them alive and killed them with gas on the soil of Germany.’ Amin called, as he had previously, to expel Israel from the United Nations and to send all the Israelis to Britain, which bore the guilt for creating the Jewish state. Copies of this telegram

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favorite, rising from a cook in the Kings African Rifles to being one of just two commissioned i n d i g e n o u s officers within the colonial military prior to Ugandan independence. He was almost expelled for massacring members of the Turkana tribe but retained his rank since the court martial of a Ugandan would sully the emerging postcolonial government. He was a beneficiary of Israeli military instruction offered to Uganda in the 1960’s when Israel sought to undermine Sudan and saw Uganda as a region of great strategic interest. He became a paratrooper in the Negev, and in an interview given after he gained power spoke about spending time with Moshe Dayan. His 1971 coup against the socialist government of Ugandan Prime Minister Milton Obote is said to have been made possible through the British MI6 and Israeli Mossad. He was received for dinner at Buckingham Palace. He visited Israel to meet with Prime Minister Golda Meir, who was reportedly shocked at the length of his weapons wish list. He asked her for Phantom fighter jets. Meir described the exchange to a group of Tel Aviv journalists: “‘Phantoms?’” I asked him. ‘We buy them from the United States for our own use and not to sell. What do you need Phantoms for?’ He replied that he needed them to use against Tanzania. I did not agree. From here he went to London to obtain bombers to use against Tanzania and he did not get them.” She refused to support his internal African battles, to wave the tens of millions he owed to Israel for weapons and work in Uganda, to give him ten million pounds sterling, or even to recognize his regime. He turned to the Arab world, and on advice from Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, to Libya’s Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Scholar Arye Oded writes that “Arab sources say Qaddafi berated Amin for his relationship with the ‘Zionist entity’ and promised him aid on condition that he would expel the Israelis from his country. In a joint statement issued in Tripoli on 13 February 1972, both presidents emphasized their desire to base their regimes on Islam and expressed support for the Arab struggle




were sent to Yasser Arafat and Golda Meir.” Regarding Palestinian terrorists Amin said in a video interview: “If they want to come to Uganda, they are welcome in Uganda.” Indeed, Amin made his country a haven for the PLO, setting the stage for the fantastic Israeli mission to Entebbe, called Operation Thunderbolt, and known as Operation Yonatan in honor of its commander, Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, who was the single commando killed. PLO rich Uganda was the natural landing choice for the Palestinian hijackers of Air France Flight 139, which had left Lod, Israel en route to Paris after a stopover in Athens on June 27th, 1976. The plane was refueled in Benghazi, Libya, and arrived after 3pm at Entebbe Airport in Uganda. There were four terrorists aboard the Airbus A300, met by another three upon arrival who were backed up by Ugandan troops. Now, Idi Amin would enjoy revenge against his old ally. An ultimatum was made that unless forty Palestinian captives were released by Israel, and over a dozen more from various countries, the hostages would be killed within days. These would be almost all Jews or Israelis – the hijackers released nearly everyone else. After negotiations, the deadline was moved to the fourth of July, a date Idi Amin personally requested of the terrorists allowing him time to attend to his own affairs in Mauritius. It also gave Israel time to approve and organize Operation Thunderbolt. A scale model of Entebbe airport was built to plan the attack. Four C-130 transports tailed by two Boeing 707’s were packed with Israeli commandos,

The old tower of Entebbe airport still in use today

reinforcements, technical personnel, ground crew,

Hostages returning to Israel

and sappers tasked with obliterating Uganda’s fighter jets. The team even borrowed a Mercedes, spraypainted it black, and hoped to fool Ugandan guards into thinking it was Idi Amin himself returning from abroad. At 11pm, the C-130 carriers landed without control tower guidance. The Mercedes and troop transport vehicles rumbled out to the airport terminal, which held the hostages. But it was apparently known that Amin’s Mercedes was painted white, and the Ugandan guards attempted to stop

the oncoming motorcade only to be shot dead by the Israeli commandos. It was here that Yonatan Netanyahu, elder brother of Israel’s Prime Minister, was killed. The assault team bounded into the fray of Entebbe, running into the main terminal while screaming in Hebrew and English for everyone to get down. A firefight ensued with the terrorists. Two hostages were killed in crossfire and one hostage was killed by the Israelis who mistook him for a terrorist. Ten hostages were wounded. Within thirty minutes the seven hijackers were dead, and by the time the Israeli aircraft refueled and flew from Entebbe with 102 hostages on board, 45 Ugandan soldiers had been killed, and nearly a dozen MIG17’s obliterated, amounting to half of Uganda’s air force. Idi Amin was humiliated and enraged. His only recompense was to order the execution of one remaining hostage. Amin, who once called for Israel to be expelled from the UN, now failed to convince it to pass any resolution against Israel for its aggressive rescue at Entebbe. Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Chaim Herzog, even got the last word: “We come with a simple message to the Council. We are proud of what we have done because we have demonstrated to the world that a small country, in Israel’s circumstances, with which the members of this Council are by now all too familiar, the dignity of man, human life and human freedom constitute the highest values. We are proud not only because we have saved the lives of over a hundred innocent people—men, women and children—but because of the significance of our act for the cause of human freedom.”


The Stoning Dog Hoax The sad phenomenon of anti-Jewish slurs. days before the BBC’s use of their now-discredited story. (They eventually took the item off their website, as did the other news sites, though the original stories remain easily accessible in an internet search and will probably remain there, poisoning the blogosphere, forever.) Time and the Daily Telegraph updated their websites to state the article was a hoax: the Daily Telegraph even traced the original story to a Jerusalem court reporter who said he had made a “joke”. While these corrections and retractions are welcome, for millions of readers, the damage has already been done.

BELIEVING THE SMEAR CAMPAIGN What happened? One reason this story was too juicy to ignore – even when it should have been obvious to any reporter with an internet connection that it was not true – was that it feeds into a stereotype of Israelis and Jews, especially religious Jews, as being bloodthirsty and strange. Many of us are used to the lies and slander about Israel. We live in a world in which the most grotesque allegations are increasingly being made against Israel. Ten years after the 9/11 attacks in the United States, it is received wisdom in many places that “Jews” or “Israelis” were behind the attack. In 2010, a deadly shark attack in Egypt was even blamed on Israel. This came soon after the ludicrous allegations – made by a member of Britain’s House of Lords – that Israel had set up a life-saving field hospital in Haiti in order to harvest the organs of innocent Haitians. Our community should be exposing these vile lies. Yet we often accept even the wildest fabrications with a shrug – particularly when they are about the Orthodox Jewish community. Unfortunately the hatred isn’t only between Jews and non-Jews, it exists within our nation as well. How many Jews read the slander about the dog being stoned to death and thought, Well, maybe

that’s how Orthodox Jews 23 behave? How many of us thought to question the bizarre details of the story? It used to be that Jewish communities were more cohesive. We all lived in similar areas, and even secular Jews often rubbed shoulders with religiously observant Jews. Many people who are middle aged and older even remember their grandparents and great-grandparents who remained observant, even when the younger generations in places like America moved away from Jewish tradition. For thousands of years, being religiously observant has been seen as a normal, natural, fulfilling way to live one’s life. Being an Orthodox Jew – keeping kosher, celebrating Shabbat, etc. – wasn’t considered weird or scary. But today, much of that cohesion has broken down, and many non-observant Jews have little contact with their more religious brethren. Without daily contact, it is easier to believe in the slanted stories, in the sensationalist items we read in our newspapers and our in-boxes, in the many slanders of traditional Judaism and Jews. Particularly when the press insists on reporting the most salacious, most bizarre stories about Jewish communities, it is easy to get a slanted, distorted view.


ave you heard the one about the dog in the Jerusalem courtroom? Millions of people have. According to a host of reputable news outlets, including Time, Agence France Presse and the BBC, a judge in a Jewish court in Jerusalem claimed last week that a stray dog was the reincarnated soul of a secular lawyer he had cursed. This curse-casting judge – according to news outlets – then turned to our 'barbaric' tradition of Jewish law and condemned the unfortunate dog to death by stoning, enlisting local Orthodox Jewish children (who presumably are pretty blood-thirsty) to carry out this “sentence.” The story quickly reverberated around the blogosphere. For a time it became the most-read story on the BBC’s website. It was passed around by the thousands on Facebook and Twitter, and generated rabid comment postings. (Here’s a typical one from Time Magazine’s website: “I would rather have the dog live than people like you.”) Yet the joke was on us. It turns out that the world’s media reported on this story days after it had been exposed as a hoax. The story’s genesis was an article in the Israeli newspaper Maariv on June 3, 2011, which apparently based itself on an unsubstantiated rumor posted on an Israeli chatroom. Following this wild allegation, the Jewish religious court in question issued a lengthy explanation of the true events: a dog had indeed wandered into the courtroom, and jurors called 106, the number of Jerusalem’s Municipal Dispatch in charge of stray dogs, which eventually came and removed the dog. The court urged Maariv to confirm their version of events with the Jerusalem city council. Apparently they did, because on June 15, Maariv printed a correction. (It seems that the story was based on the wild – and untrue - allegations of one court employee, who fabricated the entire tale.) Unbelievably, however, the world’s media jumped on board after Maariv’s retraction. Ynet, an Israeli news service, posted the uncorrected “story” the next day, along with a statement from a judge denying the story . On June 17, BBC picked up the nowdiscredited story and put it on its website – reporting it as “fact” – thus giving the story the prestige of a prominent international news outlet. Time Magazine, Agence France Presse and the British Daily Telegraph newspaper posted the stale story on their website the following day. Even days after the widespread acknowledgement that the story was a hoax, many of these websites offered only oblique acknowledgements of their error. The BBC, for instance, offered that Maariv had retracted their story: as if the retraction had somehow caught the BBC out by surprise, instead of coming

TAKE ACTION What can we do? Most immediately, we can become more discerning consumers of news. If something sounds too outlandish to be true, it often is. Question negative news reports about our community. Check out websites like and the Anti-Defamation League. We can also educate ourselves about Judaism and Israel. (I realize these are different things, but unfortunately many of the slanders we read about the Jewish state ooze over into slanders about Judaism too: the fiction about the dog being sentenced to stoning is a case in point.) But most importantly, reach out to a Jew different than you. We are one people, one family, so let’s do our part to bridge the gap and connect to family members you have never spoken to. Getting to know different types of Jews will lessen the unfamiliarity, the sense of other, and will likely result in a newfound sense of respect and care. The smear about the Jewish court sentencing the dog got a lot of people angry. But we can turn our anger – our outrage at being duped by an anti-Semitic press – into action. Let us resolve to start learning more about our own heritage and religion instead. Perhaps this way we can turn this experience into something positive.

Yeah, But What is He Really Like? generous personality, note how they deal with money. If you are on a dinner date and he whips out his Tip Calculator after figuring the service was worth 12.5 % of the bill (“It took them so long to bring me my water refill; that loses 2.5 percent...”) then that ought to tell you about how much of a nickel and dimer the fellow might be. People will often talk of how kind and generous they may be, but the proof is in the pudding when money is involved. When it comes to money - and all three of these in fact people drop their guard and you see them for what they are. So pay attention to how they deal with finances. Are they responsible, reasonable and generous or not; it will become readily evident early on in a relationship. Koso/Glass refers to how someone behaves when they imbibe a bit of booze. Once a person gets a bit drunk, their inner selves are revealed and we can see them for who they are. Indeed the Talmud says that “when wine goes in, secrets come out”. Note if they are happy, funny, flirty, morose, immature ... some interesting parts of another’s personality show up when they have had a drink or two. Ka’aso is normally translated as Anger and what a person says and does when they are angry is indeed a very meaningful telltale sign of who they are. The usual apology when someone says something hurtful out of anger is, “I didn’t mean that, I said it in a moment of anger.” Uh If one really didn’t mean what they said, the idea wouldn’t have been there

I was recently asked to write for a dating site which will appear in the very near future and created the piece below. While the ideas in it are written for those seeking their beshert, the basic concepts pertain to all. So whether you are looking for your soulmate, or can offer advice to someone who is, or would merely appreciate a meaningful tool to understand others, I am pleased to offer...


common issue for those dating is how one can tell the true nature of another well before the chuppah and thereby avoid any unpleasant surprises down the line. I am not a big fan of super-long courtships and if someone is truly interested in getting married and not dating merely for fun or practice, the less time you spend with someone whom you know is not marriage-material the better. There will be less time and emotion wasted and you will avoid hanging with someone whom is not your beshert which might cause you to miss your true life-partner because you were preoccupied with a dead-end relationship. The Talmud gives us a short and pithy saying, a play on words of sorts that assists us in knowing what another is really like and thus “fast-tracking” our understanding of another. The three means by which you can readily see the personality of another is by “Kiso, Koso and Ka’aso” which roughly translate at Wallet, Drinking Glass and Anger. Kiso/Wallet. If you wish to see if someone has a

in the recesses of their being in the first place to slip out. Ka’aso also refers to passion, and here too you should pay very close attention to what makes his or her eyes light up. When does this person get animated, what are they passionate about? Sports, Injustice, Success in business, Children - it is very easy to see what makes a person tick by what excites them. And finally one more which is my own that I add to this list: Waiter. How do they treat a waiter or waitress - and not a babe or hunk because everybody treats good-looking people nicely. If your date is considerate to the person who is seemingly in a lower socio-economic place, then you can see that they have a basic kindness and respect for all people regardless of their position in society. But if he or she is nice to you and other important people in their life but is dismissive and abrupt with people like a waiter or the bag boy at the supermarket, then this is a serious red flag regarding the basic goodness of that person. So date with your eyes wide open and utilize the tools of our sages to help you make the decision easier when the Almighty brings you your beshert. Rabbi Tzvi Nightingale

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Kiryat Yovel: An Affordable Alternative ride) to downtown Jerusalem. Soon the character of the neighborhood changed further with the influx of teachers, academics


eople often ask me, “what are the new ‘up and coming’ communities in which to buy an apartment?” To uncover investment opportunities, one need not always buy in new neighborhoods. Case in point: Kiryat Yovel in southwestern Jerusalem. Kiryat Yovel (officially “Kiryat Hayovel”) was originally created to house thousands of Jewish immigrants who fled from Arab countries when the State of Israel was declared. Kiryat Yovel was a tent city until public housing projects, called shikunim, were built. Many of these buildings, easily identifiable with their flat roofs and stucco facades, have been renovated over the years, and are located throughout the community.

Originally known as Beit Mazmil and renamed Kiryat Yovel (Jubilee Town) in 1951 to honor the Jewish National Fund’s fiftieth anniversary, the neighborhood is nestled between Bayit Vegan to the east, Ein Kerem to the west, the Jerusalem Forest (including Yad Vashem and Har Herzl) to the north and Malcha (as in “the mall”) to the south.

In the 1960s, young couples started moving in, as the neighborhood offered inexpensive housing while providing excellent access (under a 15-minute bus

and health care professionals employed in nearby hospitals: Hadassah Ein Kerem, Shaare Zedek and ALYN. As the demographics shifted, a number of relatively upscale sections were developed, providing private homes and modern apartment buildings. In addition, a retail center, a community center, public swimming pools and a library were built to address the needs of its residents.

And one cannot write an article on Kiryat Yovel without mentioning the famous “Hamifletzet” (“The Monster”) sculpture/ slide situated in Rabinovich Park. With over 25,000 residents, Kiryat Yovel - replete with Sephardic and Ashkenazic shuls plus a number of yeshivas is a mixed community comprised of secular and religious (Dati Leumi as well as Yeshivish) families. As Bayit Vegan pricing continues to increase, many Kollel couples have discovered Kiryat Yovel, as apartment prices are 20% to 40% lower than Bayit Vegan! One important note for overseas buyers: This is a great

place to buy if you are comfortable speaking Hebrew. There are a number of English speaking residents but they tend to be bilingual, and therefore practically all of the religious and social programs in the immediate vicinity are in Hebrew. One who wants to attend English shiurim will need to drive to neighboring Bayit Vegan or hop on a bus to participate in the numerous English classes offered in the city center. With the imminent opening of the light rail system, which has a train stop just five minutes from Kiryat Yovel, I expect real estate prices in this neighborhood to continue to rise. “My Israel Home” is a real estate agency focused on helping people from abroad buy homes in Israel. You may contact Gedaliah Borvick at To read previous articles, please visit his blog at

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SANTA MONICA, CA - James “Whitey” Bulger Caught After 16 Years on the Run James “Whitey” Bulger, a notorious Boston gangster on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list for his alleged role in 19 murders, was captured in Los Angeles after living on the run for 16 years, authorities said. Bulger, 81, was arrested along with his longtime girlfriend, 60-year-old Catherine Greig, at a residence in Santa Monica. The arrest was

based on a tip from the recent publicity campaign that federal authorities had regenerated. Prosecutors said he went on the run after being warned by John Connolly Jr., an FBI agent who had made Bulger an FBI informant 20 years earlier. Connolly was convicted of racketeering in May 2002 for protecting Bulger and his cohort, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, also an FBI informant.

BUTNER, N. CAROLINA - Tamar Fogel met with Jonathan Pollard in US jail cell Twelve-year-old Tamar Fogel, whose parents and three siblings were murdered at their Itamar home in March, paid a condolence call to Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard last week at his North Carolina jail cell. Pollard finished sitting shiva for his father Morris who died recently at the age of 95. Fogel was touched when Pollard had sent teddy bears to her and her two

surviving siblings when they were sitting shiva. Pollard’s wife, who delivered them, said that she had a similar bear and that when she missed her husband, she hugged the bear, so the children could do the same when they thought of their parents. American authorities, who did not let Pollard out of jail to attend his father’s funeral, permitted Fogel’s visit.

VENEZUELA - HUGO Chávez in Critical Condition in Cuban Hospital Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan president, who was last seen in public June 9 is supposedly being treated for a pelvic abscess in Cuba. According to a report in El Nuevo Herald, Chávez finds himself in “critical condition, not grave, but critical, in a complicated situation.” Chávez silence has led to chatter and speculation in Venezuela that the socialist leader is actually suffering from prostate cancer. Intelligence officials could not confirm a diagnosis of prostate cancer but Chávez family did go to Cuba in the last 72 hours, according to wire service EFE. Before the report that Chávez was in

critical condition, his brother sought to reassure Venezuela that he was recovering well. “In response to all the rumors, I can give faith that the president is recovering in a satisfactory manner,” Adan Chávez, who is a state governor, told state televisio. “The president is a strong man.” Possibly to stave off rumors of bad health, Chávez personal Twitter account went active on Friday, for the first time in 20 days. “I’m here with you during the hard battles every day! Until victory always! We are winning! And we shall win!” he tweeted in Spanish.

WASHINGTON - Amid Growing Outrage, Lawmaker Wants Federal Probe into Delta-Saudi Agreement A U.S. lawmaker wants the FAA to investigate allegations that Delta Airlines broke the law by entering into an agreement with Saudi Arabia that could prohibit American Jews from flying into the country. “I request your investigation into this matter to determine whether Delta Airlines violated U.S. law or regulation and to ensure no U.S. citizen is denied their right to fly solely on the basis of their religion,” Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk wrote in a letter to the head of the FAA. Delta strongly refuted allegations it was discriminating against Jews or Christians, explaining they are required

to follow “all applicable laws governing entry into every country we serve.” “Delta does not discriminate nor do we condone discrimination against any of our customers in regards to age, race, nationality, religion or gender,” said spokesman Trebor Barnstetter, in an email to Fox News. But critics say Saudi Arabia does not issue visas for passengers holding Israeli passports or passports with Israeli stamps. The Religious News Service reported that religious items like Bibles can also be confiscated at Saudi Arabian airports.

WORLD REPORT NORTH KOREA - Children Begging, Army Starving Footage shot inside North Korea and obtained by ABC News has revealed the extent of chronic food shortages and malnutrition inside the secretive state. Shot over several months by an undercover North Korean journalist, the harrowing footage shows images of filthy, homeless and orphaned children begging for food and soldiers demanding bribes. The footage also shows North Koreans laboring on a private railway track for the dictator’s son and heir near the capital Pyongyang. Strolling up to the site supervisor, the man with the hidden camera asks what is going on. “This rail line is a present from Kim Jong-il to comrade Kim Jong-un,” he is told. The video shows young children

caked in filth begging in markets, pleading for scraps from compatriots who have nothing to give. In the footage, a party official is demanding a stallholder make a donation of rice to the army. “My business is not good,” complains the stallholder. “Shut up,” replies the official. “Don’t offer excuses.” “It used to put the military first, but now it can’t even supply food to its soldiers. Rice is being sold in markets but they are starving. This is the most significant thing in this video.” Kim Jong-il’s grip on power depends on the military and if some of its soldiers have growling, empty bellies, it is bad news for the dictator and his hopes for a smooth transition to his son.

RAMALLAH, ISRAEL - Palestinian Leaders Vote To Go For UN Recognition leaders have been giving signs of backing away from the initiative and toward softening their position over the renewal of peace negotiations, as both the U.N. initiative and their drive to set up a unity government with the rival Hamas in Gaza have foundered. The Palestinians would be assured of a comfortable majority in favor of recognition of their state at the General Assembly session in September, as about 100 nations have already recognized a Palestinian state in one form or another. A U.N. vote would boost Palestinian prestige and further isolate Israel.

On her previous reporting trips to Israel, Zeynep Gurcanli, a Turkish journalist, endured lengthy security checks upon her arrival. This week, however, Israeli authorities rolled out a red carpet of sorts for media guests from Turkey, an old ally turned harsh critic. “An Israeli Foreign Ministry official met the group of Turkish journalists inside the passenger boarding bridge, separated them from the other passengers and took them to passport control in a vehicle waiting near the tarmac,” Gurcanli wrote online for Hurriyet, a Turkish newspaper. “Passport control lasted two minutes; we all have normal passports, but we were allowed through the diplomat-

ic section.” The popular uprisings in the Middle East and have aligned Turkey, NATO’s biggest Muslim member, more closely with its traditional Western partners in shared calls for reform and an end to violence. The coordination, at least for now, undercuts a sense that Turkey had been turning “east” by forging ties with new friends such as Iran and Syria at the expense of Israel and other Western interests. Turkey’s problems with Israel are rooted in the plight of the Palestinians and predate the so-called “Arab Spring” of uprisings against autocrats, but there are signs that Turkey does not want to raise tensions as it grapples with Syria and other challenges.

PAKISTAN - Seized Cell Phone Suggests Bin Laden Link to Pakistani Intelligence The cell phone of Osama bin Laden’s trusted courier, which was recovered in the raid that killed both men in Pakistan last month, contained contacts to a militant group that is a longtime asset of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, senior American officials who have been briefed on the findings say. The discovery indicates that Bin Laden used the group, Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen, as part of his support network inside the country, the officials and others said. But it also raised tantalizing questions about whether the group and others like it helped shelter and support Bin Laden

on behalf of Pakistan’s spy agency, given that it had mentored Harakat and allowed it to operate in Pakistan for at least 20 years, the officials and analysts said. In tracing the calls on the cellphone, American analysts have determined that Harakat commanders had called Pakistani intelligence officials, the senior American officials said. One said they had met. The officials added that the contacts were not necessarily about Bin Laden and his protection and that there was no “smoking gun” showing that Pakistan’s spy agency had protected Bin Laden.

JERUSALEM - Hamas Rejection to Red Cross Prompts Israel to Keep Perks from Palestinian Prisoners Israel’s prime minister says the government will withhold privileges from Palestinian prisoners because Hamas has rejected a Red Cross appeal to visit a longheld Israeli soldier. Benjamin Netanyahu did not offer many details. He told a conference, “I stopped that absurd procedure whereby terrorists in Israeli prisons who murdered innocent peo-

ple register for academic studies. ... There won’t be M.A. students for murder or doctoral candidates for terror.” Earlier Thursday, the International Committee of the Red Cross asked to visit Sgt. Gilad Shalit, who has been held captive by Hamas-linked militants for five years. Hamas rejected the appeal

PEACEFUL EGYPT: Muslim extremists ‘surround church and threaten to kill priest’ Hundreds of Muslim extremists surrounded a church in central Egypt and threatened to kill the local priest. Eeyewitnesses said that the Muslim mob, dressed in white robes and long beards, chanted: “We will kill the priest, we will kill him and no one will prevent us.” According to reports one of their leaders was cited as saying they would “…cut him to pieces.” The Coptic Christians ac-

count for about 10 percent of Egypt’s population and have been repeatedly targeted by Muslim extremists. Twenty-four people were killed and around 100 injured in a New Year’s Eve bombing of a Coptic church in the northern Egyptian port city of Alexandria . The bloody attack sparked rioting and protests and drew international condemnation.

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT Issues Arrest Warrant for Gadhafi The International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants Monday for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and two of his relatives. ICC Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng read the decision Monday to issue warrants for Gadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam Gadhafi and brother-inlaw Abdullah al-Sanussi. Al-Islam Gadhafi is a close

adviser to his father, while al-Sanussi serves as Gadhafi ’s head of intelligence. The warrants are “for crimes against humanity,” including murder and persecution, “allegedly committed across Libya” from Feb. 15 through “at least” Feb. 28, “through the state apparatus and security forces,” the court said in a news release.


The Palestinian leadership has formally decided to move ahead with efforts in September to win U.N. recognition of a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem. This move could deal a major blow to efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The idea of asking the U.N. General Assembly to recognize a Palestinian state inside the cease-fire lines that held until the 1967 Mideast War is a reflection of Palestinian frustration with stalemated peace talks with Israel. In recent weeks, however, Palestinian

ANKARA, TURKEY- Softening of Tension between Israel And Turkey



“Say WHAT?” A collection of notable quotes “Today President Obama has released 30 million barrels of oil from the strategic petroleum reserve. He said it was in response to what he called a real emergency: his poll numbers.” – Jay Leno “Whitey Bulger’s brother was a poli cian. So one brother was opera ng in a world with no morals, dealing with the lowest of the low, and the other one was a mobster.” –Craig Ferguson “Earlier tonight President Obama gave his speech about Afghanistan. He’s starting a new phase in the military campaign called opera on reelec on.” – Jay Leno

“John McCain made his claim that illegal immigrants started the Arizona wildfires without doing his research. The last me he did that we got Sarah Palin.” – Jay Leno “Rod Blagojevich was convicted of extor on, wire fraud, bribery, and criminal abuse of styling mousse.” – Jimmy Kimmel “It has now been revealed that Newt Gingrich had a second line of credit at Tiffany’s for up to a million dollars. That sounds like a lot un l you remember that Congress has a line of credit with China for up to $14.3 trillion.” – Jay Leno “New Republican Presiden al candidate Jon Huntsman is fluent in Chinese. In a short period of me the Republicans have come quite a long way. The last Republican president wasn’t even fluent in English.” – David LeƩerman

Want to think about that again? “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” --Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977 “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” --Western Union internal memo, 1876. “The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?” --David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s. “The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C,’ the idea must be feasible.” --A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

“President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner played golf this weekend. Obama’s handicap is Joe Biden.” – Jay Leno “President Obama and John Boehner played golf against Joe Biden on Saturday and they won $2. Just 7 trillion more rounds like this and we‘ll pay off that deficit in no time.” – Jimmy Fallon “Have you seen these Republican presiden al candidates? I bet Obama is sorry now that he spent all that money on the new birth cer ficate.” – David LeƩerman “It turns out that 70 percent of guns found in Mexico actually come from the U.S. Meanwhile, 70 percent of people found in the U.S. actually come from Mexico.” – Jimmy Fallon

“Who wants to hear actors talk?” --H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers,1927, rejecting the idea of sound in film. “A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make.” --Response to Debbi Fields’ idea of starting Mrs. Fields’ Cookies. “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” --Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962. “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” -- Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895. “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” -- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.


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

The Story of Sam Dreben


Dreben on machine gun

here are legends of many Wild West frontiersmen that intrigue the imagination of many Americans, old and young alike. Davy Crockett, Kit Carson and even former President Theodore Roosevelt have a special place in history, even if not all of the exploits about them are true. However, there is one person who has an even more incredible story that got lost in history, and none of his adventures appear to be tall tales. He fought in more wars than any other American did and he

wasn’t even born American. That person was Sam Dreben and was known as the fighting Jew. Sam Dreben was born June 1, 1878 in Poltava, a shtetl in Russia (it is now part of the Ukraine), to a frum family. His mother wanted him to become a rav, but he became an apprentice to a tailor instead. Sam himself always wanted be a soldier, but he found out that the Czar’s army wouldn’t allow Jews to become officers. He also found out how they treated soldiers that they had drafted. He decided it was time to leave. He had tried to escape twice but he only made it as far as Germany. When he was 21, he boarded a ship and wound up in England. In London, he could hardly scrape any money together and he figured it was time to go to the United States. He went to Liverpool and worked for a while until he saved up enough money to come to America. He finally arrived here, and was sent to his aunt in Philadelphia to work as a tailor. Although he took night classes to learn English, his accent remained with him for the rest of his life. Sam always had that fighting spirit in him and wished to join the American army that was now fighting in the Philippines. He didn’t know if the army would let him remain frum when he walked into the recruitment office. The sergeant reassured him and added that they paid fifteen dollars a month, gave him three meals a day and gave him a uniform. He thought, “When the

Sam Dreben

By: Avi Heiligman

United States needs an army, not only do they pay fifteen dollars a month and give you three square meals a day, they ask if you’d like to join. In Russia they just come and grab you away!” He signed up on the spot. In September 1899, along with other new recruits from the 14th Infantry Regiment, he was sent to Cavite Viejo near Manila in the Philippines. The United States had acquired the Philippines a year earlier during the Spanish American War. The army was sent there to put down an uprising led by Emilio Aguinaldo. It was here that the legend of Sam Dreben got its beginnings. Sam’s company laid siege to a stone bridge and were lined up abreast preparing to take it. Not realizing that the rebels had “an ominous looking cannon loaded with black powder, nails, rivets and scrap iron, good for a single blast”, the company commander urged his men on. Then the cannon blasted away. There were eleven dead and wounded and the rest of the men scattered for cover. All except one soldier. Sam ran across the bridge and disappeared into the enemy trenches. His comrades soon followed and they captured the enemy position, and soon ended the uprising. When asked why he charged by himself, Sam answered, “Vell, I heard the captain say ‘Forvards!’ and I don’t hear nobody say ‘Stop.”’ After the fighting subsided in that area of the Philippines, the 14th Infantry Regiment was sent to China as part of a multinational force to fight in the Boxer Revolution. The war is too complex and off topic to explain in this article, but eight nations, including the U.S., Japan, Russia, Germany, France, England, Italy and Austria- Hungary (see how these nations could fight for a common cause when in the next half century they became bitter enemies), brought down the Chinese revolutionaries. After this fight, Dreben became a seasoned veteran, and no matter what civilian jobs he undertook, he had to get back to being a soldier. His outfit was sent back to the southern Philippine island of Mindanao to fight against Islamic jihadists. In one case, Sam was a sentry and he shot a fanatical terrorist as he tried to get into the American camp. In 1902, Sam’s stint in the army was ending and he was given an honorable discharge. He tried many civilian jobs, but nothing was as exciting to him like fighting in a war. The 1904 Russo-Japanese War intrigued him so much that he badly wanted to get to Japan so he could fight the anti-Semitic Russians. He made it as far as Nagasaki, Japan, but the Japanese authorities, always paranoid of foreigners, wouldn’t let him join because they feared he might be a Russian spy. Sam returned to the U.S. determined to fight. In 1904, Sam joined the army again for another three-year hitch. He was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, near El Paso. continued on next page

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

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called for volunteers. Since his adopted country was calling for people in an area that he knew well, it was a no brainer that Sam soon responded to the call. When Sam when out on patrols with other scouts, his troopers were called Drebeneers. Soon the exploits of Sam became known to all of Pershing’s troops, and a young lieutenant by the name of George S. Patton, the famous WWII general, heard about them. The chase for Villa was soon called off as America realized that they were going to have to fight in a much bigger conflict, WWI, and that Pershing was needed to lead the troops. Sam decided to settle down and get married. By the time the U.S. entered the war in 1917, he decided to once again answer Uncle Sam’s call for troops. He was assigned as a first sergeant in Company A, 141st Infantry, 36th Division. It was a specially created company under the command of Sam’s old friend, Captain William F. Burges. On the way to France, he got the devastating news that his baby daughter had died, but there was nothing he could do. The American and French armies were stalled at St. Etienne, France, when Sam was once again noted for his bravery. His medal citation tells the story. The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Sam Dreben, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Etienne, France, October 8, 1918. Sergeant Dreben discovered a party of German troops going to the support of a machine-gun nest situated in a pocket near where the French and American lines joined. Sergeant Dreben called for volunteers and, with the aid of about 30 men, rushed the German positions, captured four machine-guns, killed more than 40 of the enemy, captured two, and returned to our lines without the loss of a man. Sam was also awarded the French Croix de Guerre  and the  Medaille Militaire, the highest French honor. He was also decorated by the Italian and Belgian governments. Sam’s commander gave him the honor of being the first American to step foot into Germany.

Soon the war was over and Sam, with the rest of the American army, returned to the U.S. Sam returned to El Paso and started an insurance business. In 1921, the American Army was going to commemorate the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to honor all of the those soldiers who were missing in action or were killed but had no grave. General Pershing was in charge of selecting the pallbearers and Sam was handpicked for this honorary duty. Sam then went back to Texas, this time not gearing up for another war, but to kidnap “Little Phil” Alguin, a cop killer who was wanted by the Los Angeles Police. Even though he was born in the U.S., he was of Mexican descent and he decided to flee to Juarez, which is right across the Rio Grande from El Paso. Mexico refused to extradite him, and so the LAPD called upon the El Paso Police for their assistance. Chief Edwards called upon his old friend to join the posse. It was Dreben’s plan to open up a tattoo removal office and kidnap him that way. Little Phil had a tattoo that was a giveaway to who he was, and was looking for a way to have it removed. It went down perfectly except for the fact that the dose of chloroform to knock out Little Phil was too small. He realized that he was about to taken back to the U.S. and started to kick and scream. A crowd started to form and the kidnappers tried to run away. Three of the posse were arrested and among them was Sam. They were sent to jail and were only saved from the crowd screaming bloody murder by one of Sam’s old friends, General J.J. Mendez. American troops began to assemble at the border, and Mexico, not wanting another war with its neighboring superpower, released the three prisoners. Sam returned to Texas as a hero. His wife convinced him to move to California so he could live a “normal” life. On March 14, 1925 he was at a doctor’s office and the nurse instead of giving him medicine, injected a toxic fluid into his veins. He died the next morning. His wife was appalled that they performed an autopsy on an observant Jew and was determined to provide a Jewish burial. Instead of being buried in Arlington National Cemetery, he was buried in a Jewish cemetery in California. The next day, the Texas Legislature adjourned for a day in his honor, and the flag was flown at half-staff at the state capitol. There is now a push for congress to award Sam with the Medal of Honorthe highest award that any American can receive for bravery in battle. If you have any questions or comments, you can email Avi at


Here he learned how to use the recently invented machine gun, a skill for which he became famous. In 1907, while in the Panama Canal Zone, he became close friends with Tracy Richardson. Tracy shared Sam’s thirst for fighting and had many adventures together. Their first foray together was in the Guatemalan Revolution. It was here that he received his only war wound- a shot to his backside. After that, he fought in several Central American revolutions, including Nicaragua and Honduras, fighting for whichever side paid him. In one case, he saw that neither side was very organized and that the troops were demoralized. Sam picked the side that looked like it had the better chance of winning and just promoted everybody. There were no enlisted men. He also outfitted the army with uniforms trimmed with gold braids and made them look like they were important. That raised moral, and soon Sam’s army won the revolution. In Honduras, his commander, a high-ranking general, was taken captive and was going to be executed. The general’s staff didn’t want to wait to put together a force large enough to make an attack on the fortified prison. They sent Sam instead. He shot the door off and freed the general. In 1911, Francisco I. Madero was forming an army to fight off Mexican dictator, Porfirio Diaz. Madero hired Sam Dreben as the machine-gunner-for-hire was now calling El Paso, Texas his home. They were soon successful and Madero became president. Then many other people were calling to make revolutions and they all called upon Sam to come and help them. It was an easy commute for Sam and he saw many Mexican revolutionaries come and go, first fighting for them and then fighting against them. One of these was the famous Pancho Villa, for whom Sam became a purchasing agent. Sam would come in with his machine gun, ammunition and tripod on a wheelbarrow and his helpers would trot after him, as he would go from position to position protecting the flanks. One time he was with Richardson, his companion usually stayed with him, Sam was fighting with the federal army this time, and they were hopelessly outflanked and retreated. All except Sam and about a dozen other soldiers. He retreated a little and waited in ambush as the rebels came up. With his finger on the trigger, he moved around to the enemy’s flank and by doing this several times he was able to rejoin the rest of the army without casualties. Then on March 10, 1916, Pancho Villa made a foray into Columbus, New Mexico killing seventeen Americans. President Woodrow Wilson was enraged and called upon famed General John J. Pershing to lead an expedition to get Villa. General Pershing was not able to get as many scouts as he wanted, and




Well Said Mr. Franklin Aside for being one of the Founding fathers of the U.S.A, Benjamin Franklin was also quite witty. The following sayings have been attributed to him: “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.” “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” “Fish and visitors smell in three days.” “Three may keep a secret, if two are dead.” “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” “A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.” “I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” “I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.” “Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones - with ingratitude.” “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” “He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.”

“How It All Began” Crossword Puzzle DOWN 1. First 10 constitutional amendments. 3. Principal author of Declaration of Independence. 5. Sponsor of fireworks show. 6. He signed and he signed big. 7. 2nd President of the U.S. 10. The first tea party. 12. “We hold these truths to be __________________.”

ACROSS 2. Colonists who rebelled against the British (and a good NFL team). 4. Those who remained loyal to the King. 8. Almanac published yearly by Benjamin Franklin. 9. Adopted on September 17, 1787. 11. Written by Francis Scott Key during battle of Fort McHenry. 13. Led America to victory over the British. 14. Number of stripes on the flag. 15. U.S. flag. 16. First state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.


How did the Liberty Bell get its crack? a) Some really fat guy was invited to ring it one time and as he walked up to it the bell cracked. b) Some lady was singing the National Anthem and the bell and all surrounding windows in the area cracked. c) It just happened the first time the bell was rung (rang, ringed, whichever is correct) d) A kid was visiting on a Chol Hamoed trip and although the guard told him not to touch the bell, he just couldn’t help himself.

Bald Eagle Facts: 1. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson served on the committee that picked the eagle for the national seal [Franklin wanted the turkey]. 2. Bald eagles have few natural enemies and live only in North America. 3. Bald eagles get their white head and tail feathers about 4/5 years of age.


Life, liberty and __________________? a. Big government. b. The pursuit of taxes. c. Freedom for all d. The pursuit of happiness.

4. Bald eagles are not, and never were bald. The term comes from when “bald” meant “white-headed”.


In which other country is there a July 4th? a. France b. Britain c. Australia d. Canada


“The Midnight Ride” is the story of: a. Being stuck in construction traffic on Rockaway Turnpike at midnight while returning from a wedding—with a very loud band-- in Brooklyn. b. Paul Revere warning that the British were coming. c. The Continental Army led by George Washington sneaking up on British forces in October 1775. d. Washington and his troops stealthily crossing the Delaware and capturing nearly 1,000 enemy soldiers at the Battle of Trenton on December 26, 1776.

5. Their maximum speed: 40 mph or over 100 mph while in a dive.


What is the official name of the July 4th Holiday? a. Fireworks Day b. Independence Day c. Barbeque Day d. Freedom Day


In what year was the Declaration of Independence signed? a. 1492 (by Christopher Columbus) b. 1969 (at Woodstock) c. 1772

d. 1776


1. C - The bell cracked slightly on its first ringing. However, the large crack apparent today seems to have occurred on a later day. According to some the large crack happened when the bell was rung to celebrate George Washington’s birthday in 1846. 2. D -”Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” is one of the most famous phrases in the United States Declaration of Independence and considered by some as part of one of the most well crafted, influential sentences in the history of the English language. 3. A,B,C,D - duh… 4. B 5. B 6. D - Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.

Wisdom Key: 5-6 correct: You are a step ahead of our politicians in Washington, who seem to have forgotten about the Constitution. 2-4 correct: Not bad, just continue your summer school classes and you will be alright. 0-2 correct: When your friends tell you to stand over the fireworks while lighting them, don’t listen!

6. They can lift roughly half their body weight. 7. The Bald Eagle is no longer considered endangered, and now only threatened. 8. The only other kind of eagle in North America is the golden eagle. 9. Bald eagles mate for life, but if one dies, the survivor will accept a new mate. 10. It is a felony to shoot an eagle. 11. Bonus Fact: 7 out of 10 men in Florida are “bald eagles.” (ouch!)



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The Strength of Humility by: Rabbi Dov Silver – Madraigos


ow crystal clear is the distinction between the leaders in the modern world and the attributes of the true leaders and builders of the Jewish nation? Dovid HaMelech said, “I am but a worm, not a man.” Avrohom Avinu declared, “I am dust and earth.” Moshe Rabbainu stated, “I am but nothing.” In Parashas Beha’aloscha, chapter 12, verse 3, it says, “Now, the man, Moses, was exceedingly humble, more than any person on the face of the earth.” Did these leaders whose connection to H-Shem which was so intimate, truly believe they were nothing? Surely, they understood their own self-worth. Compare their words with the sentiments uttered by young men and women who articulate their feelings of hopelessness. When they convey their feelings to me, I often hear statements like “I feel like garbage, I feel empty inside”. They feel worthless and insignificant. In their effort to feel better, they are attracted to the quick fixes; the empty promises of drugs, alcohol, and deviant behavior. Clearly, the same phrases can have opposite meanings. When we look at Avrohom Avinu, Moshe Rabbainu, and Dovid HaMelech, it is obvious that none suffered from the low self-esteem that is so evident in the struggling children described above. They understood that their success or failure was dependent not on their own actions, but on H-Shem’s will. They stood in awe of their Creator, exemplars of yiras shamayim. In the Iggeres HaRamban, the letter the Ramban wrote to his children upon his journey to Israel, the Ramban discusses that humility, is the most exalted attribute of all of good and positive attributes. Someone who is humble has a true perspective because he realizes that his abilities are a gift from H-Shem. This perspective allows leadership qualities to emerge, because the humble man understands that it is not about himself. Rav Yecheskel Levenstein, zt”l wrote that humility should never be confused with timidity. The timid person, who indiscriminately seeks to please, acts from weakness. Avrohom Avinu, Moshe Rabbainu, and Dovid HaMelech acted not from weakness, but from the strength that results from the belief in the totality of H-Shem’s dominion over our lives. They believed with complete emunah that their abilities and accomplishments came from H-Shem.

As parents, we are naturally concerned with instilling self-esteem and self-worth in our children. As Jewish parents, we hope our children emulate the forefathers of our tradition and not follow the pseudoleadership of those who profess to serve the common good but instead follow their basest instincts. The question is how do we do it? How do we help our children develop the inner strength that will keep them on the path we have chosen to follow? The answer lies in helping our children to develop yiras shamayim exemplified by our past and current leaders. We need to share with our children our illustrious history, stories of our forefathers who sacrificed for us and model the most positive behaviors for them to emulate. My father often relates a beautiful vignette when he was a student learning at Yeshiva K’far Chasidim in Israel. Often, Rav Eliyahu Lopian, zt’l, the Mashgiach, would enter the Bais Medrash; he would receive a most respectful welcome with bochurim standing and singing words of praise and admiration. Rav Elyah’s immediate reaction was to look behind him to see who was coming in order to know for whom they were expressing this prestigious honor. Stories like this, passed on from generation to generation, can illustrate a life governed by humility. We need to teach our children that our success (and our failure) comes from H-Shem. A home filled with yiras shamayim is a home where each child is valued for his or her strengths and talents. It is a home where effort is appreciated instead of outcome. The recognition is that everything comes from H-Shem and we must put our full trust in H-Shem. This acknowledgment will enable us to keep both successes and failures in perspective. It will allow us to be happy with who we are even when the train breaks down, a business deal goes bad, or we are faced with a serious health problem, G-d forbid. The stresses are real, but if put in the appropriate perspective, it is an attitude that will help us create a constant, safe and loving environment for our children. Dr. Carol Dweck, a Stanford University psychologist, posited that our state of mind determines our ability to learn from adversity or be cowed by difficulties. Those who persevere when the going gets rough have “growth mindsets.” They see challenges as opportunities. They are able to grow from their failures as much as from their successes. Dr. Dweck warns parents to praise children not for their abilities but for their efforts. Children who believe their parents feel they (the children) are infallible, brilliant, or exceptionally talented are sometimes afraid that they will disappoint their parents. They fear losing value in their parents’ eyes if they are not successful. Children who believe their worth is dependent upon conclusions rather than processes are in danger of losing confidence and selfesteem. The reality is that it is natural to believe our children are brilliant and talented. It is difficult to look at those we love with objective eyes. We so fervently

want them to be successful that we can forget that achievement comes in as many forms as there are children. Some parents expect their children to be replicas of themselves. Since they are at the top of their careers, they also expect their children to be as driven. Others hope their children go further or move in a different direction. If a parent did not go to college, they might impose advance educational degrees on their children. But not every child fits the mold, and no child was conceived to fulfill his parents’ dreams. Children who find it impossible to meet their parents’ vision develop what Dr. Dweck calls “fixed mindset.” They lose the ability to thrive in challenging situations. As they feel themselves falling behind, their sense of self plummets. Other parents are influenced by the culture of financial success and accomplishment that surrounds us. We may need to change our own expectations and environment to make it easier for our children to grow strong and healthy. I recently learned of a family whose young child, though quite smart, was having difficulties. His concerned parents brought him to our office for an in-depth evaluation. After spending time with the child, and then the parents, we said to the mother, “You have a wonderful child. But in order to really help him you must make changes as well.” It probably wasn’t the answer the mother was hoping for. Change is difficult. But she realized the wisdom of the statement. She and her husband changed the way they looked at their children, seeking to find each child’s unique style and talents. They adapted their home routines to find moments where each child could shine. Their children, now grown, have both self-esteem and humility. Accepting H-Shem’s dominance in our lives doesn’t mean sitting back passively. Avrohom Avinu, Moshe Rabbainu, and Dovid HaMelech, great leaders and builders of Jewish nationhood, were not passive individuals. They knew their self-worth in a very clear and definite way. Our sages teach lo alecha ha’melacha ligmor, v’lo ata ben chorin levatel memena (Pirkei Avos, 2:21). We are not required to complete the work, but we are not free to evade it. It is the tension between striving for excellence and accepting that the outcome is dependent only on H-Shem that is the hallmark of yiras shamayim. May we all have the fortitude to instill within our children, the aspiration of living a life with true humility. 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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Very Interesting: attached at only one end • If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off. • Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of tobacco-related diseases. • Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals. • Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers. • The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. • Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent. • Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450°F.

• If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth. • To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over 2 million individual flowers. • Heroin is the brand name of morphine once marketed by ‘Bayer’. • Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult! • Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined. • Astronauts can’t belch - there is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs. • The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. In the Renaissance era, it was fashion to shave them off! • Because of the speed at which Earth moves around the Sun, it is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than 7 minutes and 58 seconds. • Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros • It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times! • Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years • Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is

• Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines. • The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity. • If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day. • When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight. ( I wonder who figured this one out?) • In ancient times, strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed. • Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside. • Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

• The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

• The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

• Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

• Due to earth’s gravity, it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

• The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man. •

• The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

• Mickey Mouse is known as “Topolino” in Italy.

Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.

• Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

• The University of Alaska spans four time zones.

• Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

• The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself. (A million dentists are still smiling). • In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted. • Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song “Happy Birthday”. • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. • A comet’s tail always points away from the sun. • The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.

• For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off. • The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements. • And last but not least: In 2011, July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. This apparently happens once every 823 years! (and we are lucky enough to experience. Don’t wait for the next occurrence as you might not remember the last one).



Attorney Nathan Lewin

As many of our readers know, on April 29, 2010, Sholom Rubashkin, formerly of Agriprocessors, Inc., a family owned kosher slaughtering and meat packing plant with its main facility located in Postville Iowa, was sentenced to 27 years imprisonment following his conviction for various financial-fraud- related charges. Rubashkin appealed his conviction and sentence, and on June 15, 2011, in St. Louis, a panel of three judges of the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit heard oral argument on the appeal. The appeal was argued on Rubashkin’s behalf by Nathan Lewin. The courtroom was filled with family members of Rubashkin and supporters from diverse sections of the Jewish community. As I was in attendance at that argument, many have asked what are some potential outcomes of the appeal. I have written this article to address that issue. There is one new development in this story since the appeal. At the oral argument, Lewin informed the Court that he intended to file papers asking for Rubashkin’s release on bail pending adjudication of the appeal. Shortly after the argument, papers were filed. However, on June 27, 2011, the Court of Appeals denied the request in a one sentence decision holding that: Appellant’s motion for release pending appeal has been considered by the Court and is denied. Litigators appearing before appellate courts understand that they can find out what the judges hearing the appeal are thinking by listening to the judge’s questions. Here, Chief Judge Riley, one of the three judges hearing the appeal, asked the Government attorney Peter Deegan, didn’t he think that 27 years imprisonment was a lot for a white collar offense, a non violent offense? Accordingly, it appears likely to many observers, that the Court is inclined to lower the sentence, particularly given that Judge Riley is seen as the most conservative member of the three judge panel, but how they do it is another question. As this gets a

little technical, please buckle your seat belts. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which are advisory, not mandatory, points are assessed based on what the defendant is convicted of and on aggravating and mitigating circumstances. The range of the sentence is then determined by the total amount of points assessed. Here, the Court assessed 7 points for Rubashkin’s financial fraud- related convictions. The Court then applied a 22-level assessment based on its determination that the bank had lost over 20 million dollars and a 2-level enhancement for the use of sophisticated means in procuring that loss. The Court then added two additional points for the money laundering conviction and a 2-level enhancement for using sophisticated means relating to the money laundering. The Court then applied a 4-level enhancement for Rubashkin’s aggravating role in the criminal scheme and a 2-level enhancement for obstruction of justice for lying at trial. The Court determined that Rubashkin’s adjusted offense level was 41 for a Guideline range of 324-405 months imprisonment. Finding no mitigating factors, the Judge then sentenced him, consistent with the Federal Guidelines, to 324 months or 27 years imprisonment. The Judge noted, however, that independent of the Guidelines, 27 years was still an appropriate sentence. Consistent with what may be its intent, the Court can do a number of things. At oral argument, the Court appeared extremely receptive to Lewin’s arguments that Rubashkin had improperly been convicted of money laundering, one group of the financial-related charges, and that the Judge had miscalculated the amount of loss. Accordingly, the Court could vacate the sentence and remand the case to the Judge for sentencing consistent with its finding relating to money laundering and/or the amount of loss. If the Court holds for Rubashkin relating to both of these, this will result in a reduction of 6 points (4 for the money laundering and 2 for the loss) and an adjusted offense level of 35, with a sentencing range of 168-210 months. If it vacates only for the money laundering, then the adjusted offense level would be 37, with a sentence range of 210-262

months. Finally, if it only vacates regarding the loss, then the adjusted offense level would be 39, with a sentencing range of 262-327. Of course, the Court could go further in evaluating the sentence, and conclude, independent of the above, or in addition to it, that the sentence is unlawful because the Court failed to properly consider mitigating factors, such as motive, or is just plain unreasonable, given the nature of the offense and the disparity of the sentence compared to the sentences of other similarly situated defendants. In such a case, the Court could remand the case for resentencing in its entirety. Or the Court could create a sort of hybrid of these two. The Court could vacate the sentence, finding that the money laundering and loss counts are improper, and remand the case for resentencing in its entirety, where the Judge can consider all relevant factors including Rubashkin’s motive and the disparity of his sentence compared to other similarly situated defendants. This might be a preferable option for the Court, because it could telegraph any of its concerns to the lower court without finding the sentence unreasonable, and in any event, once it drops the money laundering and loss determination from the calculus, it effectively renders the prior sentence as moot, as the underlying basis for it has changed. Accordingly, there would be no reason to rule on it. If Rubashkin is to be resentenced, he would, of course, like it to be by a judge other than Judge Reade. While it is not unheard of for this to happen, it is extremely unusual for an appellate court to remand a case for resentencing to a judge other than the one who issued the sentence in the first place. But under the unusual circumstances present here, the Court might be inclined, as a tradeoff of sorts, to remand to a different judge for sentencing in lieu of finding that Judge Reade acted inappropriately and that the conviction should be vacated. Finally, Rubashkin has asked that the conviction itself be vacated because of the conduct of Judge Reade. It may be that the Court takes this momentous step, finding that 12 meetings pre-raid with the prosecutors was just too much. But this may be hard for the Court to do, because it requires the finding that a federal judge’s conduct was improper. Indeed, at the oral argument the Judges, particularly Judge Riley, raised almost every conceivable procedural and substantive argument against this including; 1) Rubashkin had the opportunity to raise this issue before trial; 2) it was difficult to fashion a standard for judicial/prosecution interaction continued on page 40






By: Prof. Yehuda Lapidot


he Altalena, purchased by Irgun members abroad, was originally intended to reach Israel on May 15, 1948, loaded with fighters and military equipment. Weapons purchase and organizational matters took longer than expected, however, and the sailing was postponed for several weeks. Meanwhile, on June 1st, an agreement had been signed for the absorption of the Irgun into the IDF and one of the clauses stated that the Irgun had to cease all independent arms acquisition activities. Consequently, representatives of the Israel Government were informed about the ship and its sailing schedule. The Irgun headquarters in Paris did their best to keep the Altalena’s preparations for departure a secret, but it was difficult to conceal the movement of 940 fighters and the loading of a large quantity of arms and ammunition. It was feared that if the plans were discovered, attempts might be made to sabotage the Altalena at sea. For this reason, when it raised anchor on June 11th, no cable was sent to the Irgun command in Israel, for fear that it would fall into the wrong hands. These precautionary measures proved fruitless, however, and the following day Radio London reported that the Altalena had sailed from Portde-Bouc (France) in the direction of Israel with 1,000 Jewish volunteers and a large quantity of weapons on board. It should be recalled that the first truce had begun on June 11th. When the Irgun leaders in Israel learned through the broadcast of the embarkation of the vessel, they feared that this breach of the truce conditions (i.e., the ban on bringing military equipment and fighters into the country) would be revealed. Menachem Begin decided therefore to postpone the arrival of the ship, and the Irgun staff secretary, Zippora Levi-Kessel, sent a wireless message to the Altalena to stay put and await orders. A

Altalena on fire

similar cable was sent to Shmuel Katz (member of the General Headquarters), who was then in Paris, but contact with the ship was poor and the message was not understood. On June 15th, Begin and his comrades held a meeting with government representatives, at which Begin announced that the ship had sailed without his knowledge and that he wanted to hold consultations on how to proceed. In his diary for June 16th, David Ben-Gurion wrote the following about the meeting: ‘Yisrael [Galili] and Skolnik [Levi Eshkol] met yesterday with Begin. Tomorrow or the next day their ship is due to arrive: 4,500 tons, bringing 800-900 men, 5,000 rifles, 250 Bren guns, 5 million bullets, 50 Bazoukas, 10 Bren carriers. Zipstein (director of Tel Aviv port) assumes that at night it will be possible to unload it all. I believe we should not endanger Tel Aviv port. They should not be sent back. They should be disembarked at an unknown shore.’ Galili informed Begin of Ben-Gurion’s consent to the landing of the ship, adding a request that it be done as fast as possible. Zippora Levi-Kessel then wirelessed the vessel to come in at full speed. The following day, a working meeting was held between Irgun representatives and Ministry of Defence personnel. While the Irgun proposed directing the Altalena

to Tel Aviv beach, Ministry of Defence representatives claimed that the Kfar Vitkin beach was preferable, since it would be easier to evade UN observers there. The ship was therefore instructed to make for Kfar Vitkin. Whilst there was agreement on the anchoring place of the Altalena, there were differences of opinion about the allocation of the cargo. Ben-Gurion agreed to Begin’s initial request that 20% of the weapons be dispatched to the Jerusalem Battalion. His second request, however, that the remainder be transferred to the IDF to equip the newly-incorporated Irgun battalions, was rejected by the government representatives, who interpreted the request as a demand to reinforce an ‘army within an army’. This was far from Begin’s intention; rather, he saw it as a question of honor that the fighters enlist in the IDF fully-equipped. The Altalena reached Kfar Vitkin in the late afternoon of Sunday, June 20th. Among the Irgun members waiting on the shore was Menachem Begin, who greeted the arrivals with great emotion. After the passengers had disembarked, members of the fishing village of Michmoret helped unload the cargo of military equipment. Concomitantly with the events at Kfar Vitkin, the government had convened in Tel Aviv for its weekly meeting. Ben-Gurion reported on the meetings which had preceded the arrival of the Altalena, and was adamant in his demand that Begin surrender and hand over of all the weapons: ‘We must decide whether to hand over power to Begin or to order him to cease his separate activities. If he does not do so, we will open fire! Otherwise, we must decide to disperse our own army.’ The debate ended in a resolution to empower the army to use force if necessary to overcome the Irgun and to confiscate the ship and its cargo. Implementation of this decision was assigned to the Alexandroni Brigade, commanded by Dan Even (Epstein), which the following day surrounded the Kfar Vitkin area. Dan Even issued the following ultimatum: continued on next page


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40 To: M. Begin weapons peacefully. But this was not the case. By special order Ben-Gurion ordered Yigael Yadin (acting Chief from the Chief of of Staff) to concentrate large forces on the the General Staff of Tel Aviv beach and to take the ship by force. the Israel Defense Heavy guns were transferred to the area and Forces, I am emat four in the afternoon, Ben-Gurion ordered powered to confisthe shelling of the Altalena. One of the shells cate the weapons hit the ship, which began to burn. There was and military materidanger that the fire would spread to the holds als which have arwhich contained explosives, and the captain rived on the Israeli ordered all aboard to abandon ship. People coast in the area of jumped into the water, whilst their comrades my jurisdiction in on shore set out to meet them on rafts. Althe name of the Isthough the captain flew the white flag of surrael Government. render, automatic fire continued to be directed I have been authoat the unarmed survivors. Begin, who was on rized to demand deck, agreed to leave the ship only after the that you hand over last of the wounded had been evacuated. the weapons to me Sixteen Irgun fighters were killed in the for safekeeping and confrontation with the army; six were killed in to inform you that the Kfar Vitkin area and ten on Tel Aviv beach. you should estabThree IDF soldiers were killed: two at Kfar VitMenachem Begin (c) with underground fighters on the “Altalena” anniversary, on the Tel Aviv sea shore, June 1, 1949 lish contact with the kin and one in Tel Aviv. supreme command. After the shelling of the Altalena, more The ultimatum, and in particular the demand for You are required to carry out this order immediately. than 200 Irgun fighters were arrested on Ben-Gurian answer within ten minutes, was insulting and unIf you do not agree to carry out this order, I shall on’s orders. Most of them were released several weeks realistic. It was made, according to Even “in order use all the means at my disposal in order to implelater, with the exception of five senior commanders not to give the Irgun commander time for lengthy ment the order and to requisition the weapons which (Moshe Hason, Eliyahu Lankin, Yaakov Meridor, considerations and to gain the advantage of surprise.” have reached shore and transfer them from private Bezalel Amitzur and Hillel Kook), who were detained Begin refused to respond to the ultimatum, and all atpossession into the possession of the Israel governfor more than two months. (They were released, tempts at mediation failed. Begin’s failure to respond ment. thanks to public pressure, on August 27, 1948). was a blow to Even’s prestige, and a clash was now I wish to inform you that the entire area is surYears later, on the eve of the Six-Day War, in June inevitable. Fighting ensued and there were a number rounded by fully armed military units and armored 1967 (after Ben-Gurion had retired from political of casualties. In order to prevent further bloodshed, cars, and all roads are blocked. activity and Levi Eshkol was Prime Minister), Menthe Kfar Vitkin settlers initiated negotiations between I hold you fully responsible for any consequences achem Begin joined a delegation which visited Sde Yaakov Meridor (Begin’s deputy) and Dan Even, in the event of your refusal to carry out this order. Boker to ask David Ben-Gurion to return and accept which ended in a general ceasefire and the transfer of The immigrants - unarmed - will be permitted to the premiership again. After that meeting, Ben-Guthe weapons on shore to the local IDF commander. travel to the camps in accordance with your arrangerion said that if he had then known Begin as he did Begin had meanwhile boarded the Altalena, which ments. You have ten minutes to give me your answer. now, the face of history would have been different. was now heading for Tel Aviv. He hoped that it would D.E., Brigade Commander be possible to enter into a dialogue with the Provisional Government and to unload the remaining pre-trial given the need for such interaction; 3) Rubashkin was exaggerating and misinterpreting what took place between the Judge and the prosecution, and 4) There was no evidence that Rubashkin had been prejudiced by the meetings. However, it should be noted, that Judge Murphy did ask Deegan why the prosecution had not just met with clerks of the court instead of the judge. And in his rebuttal, Lewin, picking up on this, asked the same question. All who saw Nat Lewin argue, agreed that he argued brilliantly. We watched in awe as he sparred with the Court and deftly answered each and every one of their questions. I was sitting next to a Satmar Chasid from Monroe and at one point during the heated argument we both came up for air. Almost simultaneously, we looked to our right and saw about 7 or 8 woman, quietly but fervently saying Tehilim. Some of them, I believe, without stopping for the 70 plus minutes of the argument. We looked back at Lewin, his hands glued to the lectern as he engaged the judges, and then back at the women, and then smiled at each other. And in that shared smile, I believed that we both recognized, that at the end of the day, as brilliant as Lewin was, it was those women and their Tehillim, and those around the world davening for him, who were really Rubashkin’s best advocates. RUBASHKIN continued from 37

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GIGI’S CAFE 3585 NE 207th Street Aventura, FL 33180 305-466-4648 Supervision: Kosher Miami

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AT HAGI 5800 Stirling Road Hollywood, FL 33021 954-981-7710 Supervision: ORB AVENTURA PITA 18129 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura, FL 33160 305-933-4040 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

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South Florida Kosher Restaurant Guide KOSHER BURGER 5021 State Road 7, Davie, FL 33314 954-534-1158 Supervision: ORB L’CHAIM MEE CHINA ORIENTAL RESTAURANT 3940 North 46 Avenue Hollywood, FL 33021 954-986-1770 Supervision: ORB LEVY’S KOSHER OF HOLLYWOOD 3357 Sheridan Street Hollywood, FL 33021 954-983-2825 Supervision: ORB LUL GRILL CAFE 18288 Collins Avenue Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160 305-933-0199 Rabbinic Supervision: OK MAOZ VEGETARIAN Town Center Mall 6000 Glades Road #1175 Boca Raton, FL 33431 561-393-6269 | Fax: 561-393-6532 Rabbinical Supervision: National Orthodox Rabbinical Organization MILKY CAFÉ 4579 N Pine Island Road Sunrise Fl 33351 954-533-5325 Supervision - ORB NEWTIME Moroccan and Spanish cuisine 2120 N.E. 123rd Street North Miami Beach, FL 33181 305-891-6336 Supervision: Kosher Miami ORCHIDS GARDEN 9045 La Fontana Boulevard Boca Raton, FL 33434 561-482-3831 Supervision: ORB

ORIGINAL PITA HUT 5304 41 Street Miami Beach, FL 33140 305-531-6090 Supervision: ORD

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

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

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

PITA LOCA 601 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 305-673-3388 Supervision: Kosher Miami

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By: Daniel Russo Pharm.D RPH.I uct, compounding can sometimes be used to avoid the kashrus issues inherent to some market formulations. Pain management treatments represent the latest advancement in compounding. The application of transdermal gels that easily penetrate the skin enables patients to target the sites of pain directly with pain medication while bypassing the use of oral painkillers, thus avoiding the often debilitating side effects and drug interactions which typically accompany these medications. Furthermore, chronic pain sufferers often utilize pill regimens consisting of multiple medications to help address the symptoms associated with their condition. On many occasions, a compounding pharmacist will be able to combine those medications into a single topical preparation, requiring only one application, providing greater convenience for the patient. Medication compounding is both an art and a science, enabling trained pharmacists to tailor medications to an individual’s specific and unique needs. In your case, it would be best to have a compounding pharmacist compound your daughter’s medication in a liquid form. This will allow for easy swallowing and allow dosage adjustments if necessary. Patients, parents and caregivers should discuss all of their concerns about medication formulations with their doctors and refer to a compounding pharmacist for ideas on the best options for the patient.

Question: My doctor just prescribed my daughter an antibiotic that only comes in tablet form, but she can’t swallow pills. What can I do? Answer: Your question touches on an issue that is a growing concern in the medical community regarding optimal patient treatment with medications. As recently as 50 years ago most prescriptions were custom-made by the pharmacist for each individual. However, with the introduction of technology and manufacturing processes, the bulk of today’s medicines are machine-made for the masses. Unfortunately, the “one-size-fits-all” nature of many massproduced medications means that some patients’ needs are not being met. For example, many geriatric patients, especially those with neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s, have a difficult time swallowing pills. Children also tend to exhibit difficulty swallowing pills and in many cases, require different dosages than what is readily available in the market. Similarly, due to aggressive regulations and limited availability from product recalls, many over-the-counter medications for infants are no longer readily available. In these and many other cases, a compounding pharmacist can literally be a “life-saver.” Compounding pharmacists utilize available medication components to create alternate forms of existing medications, making it easier for patients to comply with administration directions, dosing requirements, and/or treatment outcomes. A compounding pharmacist can, for example, transform a tablet medication to liquid form or recreate medications that are no longer available on the market like infant acetaminophen (Tylenol®) suppositories as well as drugs that are not available in the US such as Ibuprofen (Motrin®) suppositories. In addition, since the compounding pharmacist utilizes raw ingredients to create the final medicinal prod-

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Treating and Preventing Burns David Elazer Simai M.D.


hroughout the year, pediatricians get frequent calls from parents worried about their children’s burns. I am sure that many of you already know most of this information, but it never hurts to refresh our memories. The following is some useful information I recently read in one of the American Academy of Pediatrics publications. Classification of Burns Burns are divided into three categories, according to their severity. First-degree burns are the mildest and cause redness and perhaps slight swelling of the skin (like most sunburns.) Second-degree burns cause blistering and considerable swelling. Third-degree burns may appear white or charred and cause serious injury, not just to the surface but also to the deeper skin layers. There are many different causes of serious burns in children, including sunburn, hot-water scalds, and those due to fire, electrical contact, or chemicals. All of these can cause permanent injury and scarring to the skin. Treatment Your immediate treatment of a burn should include the following. •As quickly as possible, soak the burn in cool water. Don’t hesitate to run cool water over the burn long enough to cool the area and relieve the pain immediately after the injury. Do not use ice on a burn. It may delay healing. Also, do not rub a burn; it can increase blistering. •Cool any smoldering clothing immediately by soaking with water, then remove any clothing from the burned area unless it is stuck firmly to the skin. In that case, cut away as much clothing as possible. •If the injured area is not oozing, cover the burn with a sterile gauze pad or a clean, dry cloth. •If the burn is oozing, cover it lightly with sterile gauze if available and immediately seek medical attention. If sterile gauze is not available, cover burns with a clean sheet or towel. •Do not put butter, grease, or powder on a burn. All of these so-called home remedies actually can make the injury worse. For anything more serious than a superficial burn, or if redness and pain continue for more than a few hours, consult a physician. All electrical burns and burns of the hands, mouth, or genitals should receive immediate medical attention. Chemicals that cause burns also may be absorbed through the skin and cause other symptoms. Call the Poison Help

Line (1–800–222–1222) or your pediatrician after washing off all the chemicals. If your physician thinks the burn is not too serious, he may show you how to clean and care for it at home using medicated ointments and dressings. Under the following circumstances, however, hospitalization may be necessary. •If the burns are third degree •If 10 percent or more of the body is burned •If the burn involves the face, hands, feet, or genitals, or involves a moving joint •If the child is very young or fussy, and therefore too difficult to treat at home When treating a burn at home, watch for any increase in redness or swelling or the development of a bad odor or discharge. These can be signs of infection, which will require medical attention. Prevention •Install smoke detectors in hallways outside bedrooms, the kitchen, living room, and near the furnace, with at least one on every floor of the house. Test them every month to be sure they work. It is best to use alarms that have long-life batteries, but if these are not available, change batteries at least annually on a specific date that you’ll remember (such as January 1 of each year). •Practice home fire drills. Make sure every family member and others who care for your children in your home know how to leave any area of the home

safely in case of a fire. •Have several working fire extinguishers readily available. Place fire extinguishers around the home where the risk of fire is greatest, such as in the kitchen, furnace room, and near the fireplace. •Teach your children to crawl to the exits if there’s smoke in the room. (They will avoid inhaling the smoke by staying below it.) •Purchase a safety ladder if your home has a second story, and teach your children how to use it. If you live in a high-rise building, teach your children the locations of all exits and make sure they understand never to use the elevator in a fire. (It can become trapped between floors or open on a floor where the fire is burning.) Agree on a family meeting point outside the house or apartment so you can make certain everyone has gotten out of the burning area. •Teach your children to stop, drop, and roll on the ground if their clothing catches fire. •Avoid smoking indoors. •Do not leave food cooking on the stove unattended. •Lock up flammable liquids in the home. It is best to store them outside the home, out of children’s reach, and away from heat or ignition sources. •Lower the temperature of your water heater to below 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48.9 degrees Celsius) to prevent hot water scalds and burns. •Don’t plug appliances or other electrical equipment into extension cords if they place too much “amperage” or load on the cord, thus creating a potentially unsafe situation. •Keep matches and lighters away from children, locked and out of reach. •Avoid all fireworks, even those meant for consumer use. Wishing you a cool and healthy summer, David Elazar Simai M.D. Dr. David Simai is a Board Certified Pediatrician with a practice at 660 Central Avenue, Cedarhurst. He can be contacted via email at for consultations or to schedule public lectures. NOTE: The above mentioned information is not intended to diagnose any specific disease. Always consult your personal physician before diagnosing or treating yourself or your child for any of the above mentioned diseases.



By: Rochelle Harary


any of my lectures stress the importance of self esteem and self worth. There is a saying, “Before you can help others, one must be a master of the self”. How can one cultivate this trait within our own children? Initially, children’s identities are shaped by the external world. How the world views them is ultimately the way they will view themselves. A child’s first contact in the world is with his caretaker, usually his parents. If the child sees pleasure and happiness in the eyes of his parents, he will grow with a feeling of confidence. However, if the child sees disappointment, he may begin to question his self worth. As the child matures, his external world is expanded to friendships and his experiences at school If, for example, a teacher finds fault with the child, he may begin to believe that he is unable to achieve. This may subsequently result in noncompliance and negative behavior. Academic success is then questionable and many times disrupted. It is of the utmost importance that each child learns that they are unique. Being unique entails the understanding that we are all born with strengths and weaknesses. It is the obligation of parents and teachers to cultivate these strengths and encourage them to embrace and work on their weaknesses. This appreciation will enhance one’s knowledge of his own creation and view himself as an important being in society and that subsequently will allow him to mature into an independent member of society. Self worth is the essence of this ability. How can we empower our children to appreciate who they are and be willing to work at self improvement? It is in our hands as parents and educators to mold our children into happy and healthy adults. Do we want them to be self sufficient with a desire to appreciate all that they have been given? Do we desire for them to grow

individually as well as empower them to use their strengths to help others? We as parents need to envision our children’s future and gently guide them in that path of life. The following tips are some factors that will help build our children’s future. Let your child appreciate his uniqueness: Parents and teachers cannot expect the same from each child. Every human being has his own individual talents, personality and struggles. Then why do we make these unrealistic demands? It is important to show every child that he truly has the ability to be successful. Allow your child to develop his own special talents: Many times parents or teachers have expectations that are not realistic. If, for example, an older sibling succeeds academically, these expectations may never be met by the younger sibling. Therefore, this may lead to disappointment and strife. Find out what each particular child is capable of and enhance it. One child may be artistic and the other academic. Let each child excel in their own right. Mutual Responsibility: It is important to realize that each child needs the guidance of both parents. Each parent plays a special and vital role in how this child will view himself and his environment. Children need warmth and nurturance to feel safe and secure and discipline to adapt to rules. Children will hear what you say but will do what you do. Be cognizant of your own mannerisms and how you interact with others. Your coping style will ultimately be that of your child’s. Your child is your disciple: It is important to spend time with your child. I often recommend a half hour, once a week per child. It must be the same day at the same time. Your child will inherently look forward to this time to be spent with you. Be careful to keep this time open for your child. This is the time when you will discover the beauty that lies within that special person who you have been blessed to raise. • Educate your children to help others: Take time to show your children the importance of giving to others. Enhance their strengths. They will begin to appreciate all that they have. Children will learn that giving to others leads to true contentment. • Communication with teachers and parents: A child’s world is judged initially in the eyes of his

parents and subsequently his teachers. Communication between parents and teachers will address the maturation of your child. Validate the child’s strengths and embrace his weaknesses and learn to capitalize on both traits. The child will begin to view his environment in a positive manner. Validating his strengths will empower his self worth and allow him to work on those weaknesses which need to be addressed. This can only lead to success in school and subsequently in life. • Prioritize: Ask yourselves, where are your priorities? Where do you spend your time? What is important in your life? Is it the external or internal properties that have true meaning? Are you a person who can deal with the world and not be defined by it? In my practice I have seen many beautiful children simply not meeting the expectations of their parents and administration. This has resulted in lack of compliance, lack of self worth, inability to excel at school and ultimately being expelled. A great man once said, “Everyone seems to be searching for the city of happiness. What they don’t realize that it can only be found in the state of the mind.” If we as parents and educators realize that we are all unique with gifts and challenges, we can begin to address the child. We truly need to comprehend that the essence of happiness is within ourselves and this must be inculcated in the thoughts of the child. Children need the nurturance as well as the discipline to learn how to live within our environment. We need to teach them that success is getting what your want but happiness is wanting what you get. It all begins with you. Use the analogy of a flower garden where there are all kinds of flowers. Some are tall and vibrant. Some are short and pale. Some flowers need much sun and warmth and others can survive in the shade. The message is that as each beautiful flower is distinct and unique, so are our children. Some of our children need extra warmth and others are able to survive with less. They are all unique and have much to contribute to the world. We are obligated to nurture and guide them in order for them to develop in their own specific way. We must enhance their strengths and embrace their weaknesses. They need to become secure and kind to themselves and others. I strongly urge parents and educators to value these precious children that are gifts from G-d. Rochelle Harary, M.S. is a licensed school psychologist and a mental health counselor, with specialized training in cognitive and projective assessments. She received further training in marriage counseling.


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Parenting 1. TEACH SEDER V’NIKAYON AS A CRITICAL MIDDAH - With the end of school, your child probably brought home a glut of very precious and very messy class memorabilia. Add to that the daily camp bag contents and you may be facing a veritable tempest of mess. This is a perfect time to teach your child the necessity of organization, an important life skill that your child needs to learn in order to become a successful adult. Remove the focus from how irritated you are by the mess and instead, stress to your child the importance of being neat, responsible, and taking care of things as a good middah, just as you teach the importance of kindness or derech eretz.


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2. STOP ACCUMULATING STUFF - Kids today have much more “stuff” than they are capable of taking care of. Step one is to cut back and stop buying so much! You can give privileges as rewards or a family trip as a birthday gift… just limit how much gets piled into the room. Remember: more “stuff” does not make your child happier, just messier. 3. THROW THINGS AWAY - There are people who accumulate things for decades and are literally drowning in the clutter. Teach your child the very liberating skill of throwing things away! Set a criteria for what stays and what goes. My children follow a one-year rule with the exception of a few sentimental pieces. If they have not used or worn an item for a year, they will probably never use it again, hence… out it goes. (I give myself two years, a privileged adult leeway.) If your child is having trouble parting with something, put it away out of sight for a few months. Chances are he or she will feel differently when asked again. As a side benefit, use this as an opportunity to teach your children to give tzedaka – my children truly enjoy packing up their things to give away to others. 4. ADAPT TO YOUR HOME - The space you have is… the space you have. Don’t keep more clothes than will fit in your closet or more books than will fit on your shelves. Show your child how you do this in your kitchen or bedroom because children learn more from example than anything else. 5. MAKE ORGANIZATION EASY - The simpler you make it, the more likely it is that that it will happen. Invest in appropriate bins and

ment because they are unable to do it by themselves. Sending your child to his or her room with orders to clean up may be a prescription for failure. Empower your child in age appropriate ways to make decisions and to take responsibility, but join your child in the room at least part of the time and offer suggestions and guidance. Working together makes the task more enjoyable and you can role model a positive attitude towards clean up as the job gets done. 8. IDENTIFY TROUBLE AREAS AND BRAINSTORM SOLUTIONS - Take note of the items that are consistently left out and of the jobs that are left undone again and again. Come up with solutions to make these easier – an extra or better storage bin, a step ladder. 9. INSIST ON ORGANIZATION. - Children need to learn that part of their responsibility as members of the family is to care for their home, and the things they use. Your standards of cleanliness and order must be upheld. State your expectations very clearly and establish consequences for when they are not met. If you do not put your foot down, you are sending a message that clean up is not an absolute necessity. It may take a few days of firmness, but when your child sees that you are serious, the discussion will be over.

containers for your child to keep things in. Label the bins with words for older kids and pictures for the younger ones. Make sure that the bins are easy to reach, easy to open and close and that everything has a designated place. 6. MAKE ORGANIZING PART OF THE SCHEDULE - When clean up time is built into the routine, children are more likely to do it. Putting pajamas away should be part of the morning routine before coming down for breakfast. Straightening up can be part of the evening routine before the bedtime story. Wherever and however it is done, a consistent schedule is key. 7. DO IT TOGETHER - Young children need their parents to help them organize their environ-

10. PRAISE AND REWARD EFFORTS. Express your appreciation – don’t act as if cleaning up is no big deal! If your child needs an incentive program, create one (but remember, don’t buy more “stuff.” Go out for ice cream instead!). If your child is already more advanced, praise and a sincere thank you will still go a long way in motivating your child to get the job done on a day when he or she has more exciting things to do! Mrs. Estee Hebel, MsED is the General Studies Principal of YBH (Yeshiva Beis Hillel)of Passaic, a preschool through eighth grade yeshiva day school, in Passaic, NJ. With over 17 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 self-directed and higher-level learning. To learn more about her workshops or to schedule one, you can contact her at 732-779-1185 or



Next Generation NINTENDO Wii U The By Chaim Steinmetz Gaming Console


n 2006, Nintendo introduced the Wii - a revolutionary game console that is controlled with a motion-sensor controller. In the past five years, it became one of the most popular game consoles ever. It can entertain anyone at any age. Eight year old boys found pleasure in Super Mario or Zelda. Elderly people did their daily exercise with the Wii Fit, without even leaving the house. In the past year, however, the Wii lost its uniqueness. Microsoft came out with the Kinect - an extension to the Xbox 360 that does not even need a remote - you control it with you bare hands! Sony didn’t sit back either, and came out with a newer, more powerful, and cheaper version of their PlayStation. Last week, Nintendo announced the Wii’s successor - the “Wii U”. This new Wii will come with HD graphics. This allows for playing extreme games, such as Call of Duty or Halo, that require a higher graphics card than the current Wii offers. Nintedo will once again be able to compete with the Xbox and PlayStation for intense gamers that want a game that has faster action and a more realistic look than Zelda or Mario. While HD graphics is the only significant improvement we know of, the new Wii comes with a completely new controller. For starters, the new controller come with a control pad, two (!) circle pads, and the classic ‘home button’. But that’s not

all. It also has a microphone, a speaker, a camera, and a 6.2 inches touch screen! There are numerous new features that this iPad-like controller offers. • You can video chat with your friends with the built in microphone and camera. • You can add a fifth (!) player to the game. Their screen will be shown on the controller. • The new Nintendo Wii U is definitely the toy of the future!!


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