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inside this issue from the editors ■ 10 week in news ■ 15 Passover History ■ 16 Loving the stranger ■ 18 The loss of a Giant ■ 20 Blue Star Camp ■ 22 K Cuisine ■ 25 Community ■ 26 Book Review ■ 28 Metzizah Death ■ 30 Observant Jew ■ 32 Opinion

To My Dear Readers, Since our last issue our Jewish community has lost great influences; Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager, the Vishinitzer Rebbe in Bnei Brak passed away at 95. Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, who established the prominent Torah Ore yeshiva in Jerusalem ,died at 102. In South Florida, Isaac Rosen, a holocaust survivor, philanthropist, loving husband, father and grandfather passed away. Additionally we suffered the tragic loss of Rabbi Yonatan Sendler and his 3 children, who were shot innocently in France. These events have unfortunately created a void in our community. I would like to express my personal and sincere condolences to the families and friends of these amazing individuals and hope they find comfort soon. On a happier note - Pesach is upon us! Spring cleaning has begun and and the search for Chametz is approaching. The preparation for Pesach can also be looked at as a spiritual opportunity. First we introspectively look within ourselves and try to sift out the things that shouldn't be there, whether it is bad habits, bad influences, etc. Then once we have identified "our spiritual chametz", we burn it. Turn it to dust and do away with it. This process can be done physically with materials as well. There are many yeshivas that use the tradition of burning the chametz, to burn all materials that have been confiscated from students during the school year. Expressing a message of doing away with the things that could prevent you from growing spiritually and emotionally. We couldn't pick a better time of year than a start of a new season, to remove the chametz from our lives and burn it up once and for all. Moving forward from this process, we are presented with the mitzvah of tzedakah by helping those less fortunate and lightening their financial burden of providing enough food for their families for this Chag. It is also a mitzva to invite individuals to your seder that don't have somewhere to go. What better way to start a chag with a chametz free soul and good graces of having helped others in your community? As you begin your seder this year with Kadesh, remember to look up at those around your seder and give thanks to how lucky you are. When the Seder is coming to conclusion and you are dancing around the table singing "L'shana Haba B'Yerushalayim", squeeze your loved ones tight, enjoy the moment and think about how wonderful Pesach will be next year in the streets of Jerusalem.

■ 33 Prepairing for pessach

I hope you enjoy this fun and informative issue of South Florida Jewish Home and find our cleaning, cooking, preparing tips useful. We always appreciate your feedback and are thankful to have you as our readers.

■ 46 Finance

For those who have worked hard to make this holiday happen, whether by cleaning, cooking, working hard to provide - once the candles are lit let's stop and smell the roses for the next 8 days.

■ 47 Sports

Best wishes for a Chag Kasher V'sameach! Your Editor

SHABBAT TIMES Friday, March 30, 2012 Light Candles at: 7:19 pm Shabbat, March 31, 2012 Shabbat Ends: 8:12 pm Finish Eating Chametz before 11:17 am Sell and Burn Chametz before 12:20 pm Friday, April 6, 2012 Light Candles at: 7:22 pm Eve of Second day Passover Shabbat, April 7, 2012 Light Candles after: 8:15 pm Sunday, April 8, 2012 Holiday Ends: 8:16 pm Eve of Seventh day Passover Thursday, April 12, 2012 Light Candles at: 7:25 pm Eve of Eighth day Friday, April 13, 2012 Light Candles at: 7:25 pm Shabbat, April 14, 2012 Shabbat/Holiday Ends: 8:19 pm

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The outbreak of World War I, on August 1, 1914, had dire consequences for the over 90,000 Jews of the Land of Israel.

those who did not leave during the Passover holiday would be forced out without their belongings. The exodus of several thousand began immediDuring the traumatic ately. There were no days of the First means of transportaWorld War, the Jews tion; they could only of the Land of Israel transport those who faced a brutal wave of could not walk and persecution. This wave their belongings in intensified over carts. Even before Passover, 1917, when their departure, Jewish communities Bedouin gangs were were forced from their pillaging their homes, homes to wander as under the complicit refugees within their eyes of the authorities. own land who would It was a scene of return to their homes a tragedy. The roads year and a half later. from the Jewish colonies were On October 28, 1914, swarmed with men, the Ottoman Turks women, and children, made a monumental roaming helplessly, decision and joined the starving, homeless, War on the side of the facing attacks by bandits. The British army entered Jerusalem 1917 Central Powers with the GerSome of the young men mans, and Austro-Hungarian Empire. Jews in the Land of Israel with Russian from local settlements tried to protect them, but with limited success as refugees citizenship, now being deemed within the enemy camp, faced the brunt of Ot- were found along the roads murdered. toman Turkish oppression. By the end of the year almost 12,000 Jews had fled, or had been epelled, mostly to Alexandria Egypt. Some Jews faced conscription into Many of the refugees scattered to Tiberius, Kvar Saba, Petach Tikvah, Zichron the Turkish army. Yaakov, the Galilee, and some wound up in Jerusalem where three hundred Jews were forced out just weeks earlier. Over the next few years Jewish suffering would increase in the land due to the shortages of supplies, the hoarding of supplies by the Turks, and the stoppage of At that time, assistance was requested from the Jewish communities of the Galilee, a large percentage of relief funds from Russian Jewry. These shortages resulted in who responded with the words, “We are your brothers” helping evacuees leave and starvation and disease. By the end of the war, the numbers of Jews of Land of to find lodging in communities in the North. Other communities as well opened Israel were reduced to less than half their population in 1914. As British forces their doors to refugees saving thousands of lives. eventually pushed through Gaza into the Land of Israel, in early 1917 to oust the Turks; persecutions of the Jews intensified. On March, 28, 1917, the Ottoman Many perished from starvation, and disease. Two hundred and twenty four evacGovernor, Jamal Pasha ordered the forced evacuation of the total populations of uees were buried in Kefar Saba, 321, in Tiberius, 104, in Sefad, 15 in Haifa, 75 in Tel Aviv and Jaffa. The Pasha sought to further punish the Jews, and declared that Damascus. In total, an estimated 1,500 died out of about 10,000 evacuees. their joy at the arrival of the British would be short lived. The Pasha also stated that the Jews would share the fate of the Armenians, who were being slaughtered The new city of Tel Aviv, which was built up in only eight years was pillaged and en masse by Turkish troops. abandoned, as were the Jewish neighborhoods of Jaffa. As Turkish allies, German Jews spoke out against the evacuation orders. Socialist deputy of the Reichstag Emmanuel Cohn issued a formal complaint to the German Chancellor protesting the atrocities. One German Jewish Newspaper emphasizing Jewish unity stated, “Jews, at this time, all Jewry must prove that it will not desert the pioneers of our generation in the land of our fathers. We approach all Jewry with an urgent appeal. Help! Help! Quickly! Help with love! Jewry must do its duty.” Some pressure also bore upon the Pasha from American Jewry, forcing the Pasha to allow a few doctors to accompany the exiles and allowing some Jewish guards to protect homes in Tel Aviv. On April 1, the order was put into effect, which stated that all had to be out of their homes by the 9th of April: The day after Passover. The Pasha stated that

Amid the tragedy, relief was on the way with the eventual arrival of the British. Alongside were troops of the 38th and 39th battalion of the Jewish Legion which joined the fighting on June 5, 1918. Only after the war ended in October 1918, would the Jews be able to return to their homes, and continue their lives with the bitter memories of April 1917. By the Simchat Torah holiday, a Jewish presence was reestablished in Tel Aviv. The descendants of those who survived the travails at Passover time in 1917 are the realization of the words of the Psalms, 125:6, “those who plant with tears, reap with joy.”


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LOVING THE STRANGER By Lily Rosenblatt, Marriage & Family Therapist Intern

crumbling stability. And who do you know in life, who does not experience such moments?

Here it comes. The chag that reminds us of a time when we were strangers; of when we were slaves. And the Torah admonishes us: ‘You shall love the stranger,’ and as well, to ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ So simple, yet so complex. Who is this stranger? The one who, as the commentator Rashi considers, embodies that which we fear to be most true about ourselves. Even as we say, “There but for the grace of G-d go I,” it is with that subliminal, tucked away truth that those strangers’ afflictions, my neighbor’s tortured enslavement, are just one degree of separation from my own – and that’s what makes loving him so difficult - and so necessary! Walking into the grand social hall of the Boca Raton Marriott Hotel for the Jewish Recovery Center weekend from February 24-26 was an immersion into a world of strangers, yet brothers and sisters, a world of shared freedom from dependence. One hundred and fifty people gathered together for the From Strength To Strength Shabbaton & Retreat for individuals and family members recovering from the bondage of addiction, retelling of journeys through lonely deserts, and recounting their struggles with the promised land of sobriety. Run impeccably and led by the center’s director, Rabbi Meir Kessler, and a small, committed army of volunteers, this weekend was all about becoming familiar with the stranger within us, the strangers around us, and the welcoming place where we are strangers no more. Do try this on your own, boys and girls. Weekends like this – concentrated fellowship, shared stories, workshops, divrei Torah and inspiration are ways of becoming familiar with the unfamiliar, getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. This should be mandatory curriculum for all manners of growing up. Every family walking the path of personal struggle, any individual working through daily challenge can benefit from witnessing the courage, the perseverance, the determination with which these individuals endeavor daily to rid themselves from their inner ‘chametz’ – that which weighs them down and burdens their souls. Rabbi Y.Y. Jacobson, speaking over Shabbat affirmed how only through our chinks and cracks can the light shine through. Ultimately, variations of the twelve steps are for all of us as Rabbi Avraham Twersky shared in his keynote address, because “The 12 steps are not about drugs and alcohol; they’re about change.” And as the Chofetz Chaim upholds: man was born to change! Addiction is woven into the fiber and fabric of our hectic, overstimulated and overwhelming lives, to lesser and greater degrees (think anything we reach for excessively that dys-functionally separates us from those we love, and from living healthy, functional lives—computer games, work, golf!). We can acquaint ourselves with our inner stranger by learning from the stranger beside us - to be more present, less judging, more welcoming of our moments of greater weakness, intensified fragility,

That’s what we learn from Rabbi Kessler and Frummie, his ezer k’negdo, his helpmate in every sense of the word. This was crystallized in just one of the many stories shared that weekend. This was the story of ‘M’, a young man who, with his parents by his side at this retreat, walked us through his account of addiction and redemption. It was one freezing night, over seven years ago when his parents, two religious, strong and loving people, (who ‘there but for the grace of G-d go I’), had to finally lock their doors and harden their aching hearts to the son they loved but could no longer enable. ‘Tough love’ inside and one warm coat left outside were the only things left to give him at the end of a long and anguished road of drugs, lying, stealing, homelessness. Months later, in the midst of his rehabilitation, this young man decided he wanted a piece of his spiritual, religious life back. His mother, a woman whose small stature could never be misconstrued for anything but a vessel for a giant neshama, left no stone unturned until she stumbled upon Rabbi Kessler and Frummie, who lived in the vicinity of “M’s” rehabilitation facility, and asked them to host their son for Pesach. After his mom sent pounds of matza and brisket, ‘M’ became a staple in their home, not only for the chag but also for shabbat. Rabbi Kessler, then unfamiliar with this foreign world, wondered: A Jewish drug addict? “Are there others like you?” he asked, letting the stranger in. “Oh, a few,” the young man retorted knowingly. Frummie, who was just 23 years old at the time, and with one small child, had a conversation with her husband after this. “These kids need shabbos. They need love, and they need us,” they both decided. “Rabbi, if you’re gonna do this,” said ‘M’, “Then you better get familiar with the Big Book.” He wasn’t referring to the Torah. And thus began the education of the Kessler family – Alcoholics Anonymous, the 12-Step Program, and the Jewish Recovery Center. Five years and hundreds of strangers-turned-family later, the Jewish Recovery Center is using their growing strength to help others get stronger every day. Find out more about the work they do at . Lily Rosenblatt is a Marriage & Family Registered Intern working in private practice. To learn more about her work, go to or call 954-540-1119.




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Family-owned Blue Star Camps to Celebrate 65th Anniversary It started with a promise. It was 1948 and the Popkin brothers were fighting in World War II. Herman was in the Army, Harry was in the Air Force, and Ben was in the Army Air Corp. They pledged to create a Jewish summer camp for children if they made it out alive. They did, and Blue Star Camps ( welcomed their first group of 70 campers in north Georgia in 1948, the same year that Israel became a nation.

This photograph was taken in the 1960's. In the early days of camp at the start of the second generation of campers, the camp posted a plaque listing the names of the parents as first generation. This shows the second generation looking at the plaque with their parents' names

They had no way of knowing it, but that first summer would be the birth of a camping dynasty and family business that continues to endure from generation to generation. Later, the camp would relocate to a 500-acre campus in the mountains of Western North Carolina. This year, Blue Star is celebrating the 65th season of their legacy. In the post-Holocaust world it was necessary for Jewish children to have a time and place to craft their personal Jewish identities. Blue Star has been that safe and secure environment for children to learn about both their Jewish and American heritages. The brothers directed the camp together until Ben Popkin died in 1952. Harry retired in 1972 and Herman took over until he retired in 1986 when Herman’s son Rodger and wife Candy became Blue Star's owners and directors. Their son Jason, who was born the last night of camp in 1973, and his sister Lauren who, like her parents, was married in the camp Chapel, have been campers, leadership staff members, and are currently Blue Star's directors. During this 65th season they have now become Blue Star's owners. During its 65 seasons of dynamic change including compelling social and economic up and downs, Blue Star has thrived because Jewish families have always recognized the extraordinary value of the Blue Star experience.

The three men are: left to right Ben Popkin, Harry Popkin (middle) and Herman Popkin – the three founders (brothers) of the camp


Blue Star is the most successful private Jewish camp in the Southeastern United States and is owned and directed by its founding family. Former campers and staff continue to seek and offer their children and, in some cases, grandchildren that special magic of a Blue Star summer. "Summer camp at Blue Star is a rite of passage for Jewish children. Happy independent campers make their own choices about activities, and friendships while forming a personal bond with their American and Jewish traditions and values,” said Rodger Popkin. This summer, Blue Star Camps will host 600 campers each session. Jewish children ages 616 who come from all over the United States, as well as Canada, Europe, Israel, Central and South America to experience a variety of activities including Creative Arts, Land Sports, Outdoor Adventure and Nature, Waterfront, Tennis, Horseback, as well as a Living Judaism program. For the last 65 years, Blue Star has achieved success, on every level an enterprise can, by infusing the lives of three generations of campers with an understanding of their American and Jewish traditions, values, and spirit. Blue Star is a vibrant home away from home for campers’ who navigate their lives filled with strength and confidence first experienced at camp.

The photograph of the children planting the trees was also taken in the late 1960's.

From August 16 -19, the Blue Star Family will celebrate and commemorate its 65th anniversary. Campers, their parents, staff, alumni will come together at camp once again. The four-day weekend will be filled with traditional camp activities and will include a rededication of the Elmore Solomon Chapel. As the new Blue Star owners, Jason and Lauren will direct the ceremony and unearth a time capsule that was buried during the 50th season. "I don't think my uncles or my father knew how important what they were creating would become when they founded Blue Star 65 years ago," said Rodger Popkin, "but their dream has evolved into a promise fulfilled and a gift to generations of young people."

The Blue Star Camps lake known as "The Old Lake"



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Recipe for Lamb Chops Serves 6 Prep: 10 min, Cook: 15 min. 12 - 4 ounce lamb loin chops, 1 inch thick, trimmed 4-1/2 ripe nectarines, pitted and sliced 3/4 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed or 1 Tbs. fresh, chopped 1 Tbs. sugar 3/4 cup white grape juice 1-1/2 Tbs. water 1 Tbs. Potato starch

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 2. Season chops with salt and pepper to taste. 3. Bake lamb chops to desired doneness (flip during cooking). 4. Meanwhile, bring next 4 ingredients to a boil in a saucepan over medium high heat. 5. Combine water and potato starch in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake well and stir into nectarine mixture. 6. Stir over heat 1-2 minutes until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Continue to cook and stir 2 minutes more. 7. Serve chops with nectarine sauce.

Haroset, Ashkenazic Apple-Nut - pareve 6 peeled apples, coarsely chopped 2/3 cup chopped almonds 3 Tablespoons sugar, or to taste 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Grated rind of 1 lemon 4 Tablespoons sweet red wine Combine all, mixing thoroughly. Add wine as need. Blend to desired texture--some like it coarse and crunchy, others prefer it ground to a paste. Chill. Makes 3 cup

Kosher for Pesach Chocolate Mousse Cake  A quick and fast dessert for Pesach! Ingredients 6 oz. Semi-sweet Chocolate 6 oz. Unsalted Margarine- Parve (Fleishmanns Original is best) 4 Eggs 3/4 cup Sugar 1/3 cup Brewed Coffee (optional) 1 pint Parve Whipping Cream Preparation Whip cream according to directions on carton. After whipping, place in freezer until needed. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. If you do not have a double boiler, just put a heat-safe bowl over the saucepan. Cream the margarine and sugar. Slowly add COOLED chocolate. Add eggs one at a time. Add coffee, then blend in the cream. Pour into 3 oz. cups and top as desired Enjoy and Chag Sameach


Yield: 10 Servings 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided Coarse salt ½ -1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional) 4 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled 4 shallots, peeled 8 sprigs thyme Preheat oven to 375°F. With a sharp knife or mandolin, slice potatoes very thinly. Place about 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil on the bottom of a 9-inch oven-to-table dish and spread it evenly.

Rib Eye Steak with Mushroom Sauce Yield: 4 Servings 4 (8 ounce) rib eye steaks Salt Ground black pepper 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil Mushroom sauce 4 -6 ounces fresh mushroom combination, including shiitake and cremini mushrooms, sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped 2/3 cup beef broth 2 tablespoons good quality red wine Rinse meat and pat dry; season with salt and ground black pepper. Heat oil in large skillet. Sear meat in

Herbed Tilapia in Lemon Butter Sauce

Sprinkle a few pinches of coarse salt and crushed red pepper flakes, if using, over oil; this will allow you to season both the top and bottom of the potatoes. Arrange your potato slices vertically in the dish, so the edges, not the flat sides, are up. Thinly slice shallots with a sharp knife or a mandolin. Place shallot slivers between potato slices, distributing them as evenly as possible. Brush with remaining 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Generously season with salt; lightly season with the crushed red pepper flakes, if using. Bake 1¼ hours, then arrange thyme sprigs on top and bake until potatoes are cooked through with a crisped top, about 35 minutes more. If potatoes seem to brown too fast, cover with foil. Serve immediately. Reprinted with permission from The Bais Yaakov Cookbook (Feldheim Publishers 2011, Hardcover $36.99)

hot oil, about 1 minute each side and place steaks into broiler pan. Preheat broiler. Broil steaks in the center of the oven until steak is light brown and slightly charred, about 5 minutes. Turn steak over and continue broiling to medium-rare doneness, about 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and let rest. Meanwhile, prepare mushroom sauce. In the same skillet used for browning meat, add mushrooms, garlic, and parsley. Sauté over low heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add broth and wine. Mix to combine and cook, about 3 more minutes. Pour mushroom sauce over meat. Serve. Reprinted with permission from The Bais Yaakov Cookbook (Feldheim Publishers 2011, Hardcover $36.99)

Preheat oven to 375°F. Wash tilapia and pat dry. Place in a greased 13x9x2- inch baking dish. Mix kosher salt, ground black pepper, oregano, basil, garlic and ¼ cup chopped parsley in a small bowl. Brush tilapia with olive oil; sprinkle evenly with spice mixture. Bake 20 minutes.

Yield: 4 Servings 4 (6 ounce) tilapia fillets 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried basil 2 tablespoons crushed garlic ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves, divided ¼ cup olive oil ½ cup (1 stick) margarine or butter 2 tablespoons lemon juice or juice from 1 medium lemon ½ teaspoon garlic powder 2 teaspoons kosher salt

Meanwhile, prepare the lemon sauce. Melt butter or margarine in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add lemon juice, garlic powder and salt. Stir well. Remove from heat; add remaining tablespoon chopped parsley and stir to incorporate. Pour over warm tilapia. Reprinted with permission from The Bais Yaakov Cookbook (Feldheim Publishers 2011, Hardcover $36.99)


Pesach Recipes Fit for a Royal Meal Crispy Potato Roast






Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti received the Humanitarian of the Year Award at the 31st Annual Dinner of Chabad of South Broward. The Sheriff was recognized for his overall kindness and dedication to all Broward citizens, and for his partnering with Browards' premier and most relevant Drug Prevention and Education Program, PROJECT PRIDE. At the Dinner, Special Assistant to the Sheriff, Mr Alan Berkowitz, announced that the Sheriff 's office will renew their partnership with Chabad. Dinner celebrated Chabads' 32nd ( Lev- Heart) year as leaders in Jewish Education, Outreach and Social Sevices in Broward County. Over forty programs and institutions are based at Chabads' Headquarters in Hallandale Beach, with 12 separate Chabad Centers throughout South Broward. Featured Entertainment at the Dinner was the popular Comedian MODI, who had over two hundred Dinner guests "in stiches" for over an hour! Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus, who was introduced at the beginning of the Dinner by Mr Bernie Friedman, remarked,"We offer education to preschoolers and to Seminary students, and to elementary and high students of all ages, our non-sectarian drug prevention program reaches thousands in public and private schools, and our Special Needs Services include The Friendship Circle and Mikvahs for the Physically Challenged. As we celebrate the year of "LEV" (Heart-32), many in the community, regardless of religious observance, view us, and turn to us, as the heart of the community, and the very Center of their lives. The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M Schneerson, annually sent a personal letter to our Dinners. The last letter the Rebbe signed, after going to the the Mikvah, and right before going to the Ohel, on 27 Adar 1, 1992, was the letter to our 11th Annual Dinner. Surely, the Rebbe's blessings continues to extend to all Dinner Honorees and Guests." Rabbi Dovid Kudan read the letter the Rebbe sent to the 10th Annual Dinner in 5751, Rabbi Yossy Lebovics led in the reciting of Tehillim for all of Israel, and for Seminary student Elana Leah bas Shaindel Rochel, and Seminary student Naomie Abergel eloquently recited a Dvar Torah. To view more Dinner Pictures, log on to

Chai Lifeline Gala 2012 at the Dezer Collection"


Sheriff Al Lamberti Receives Humanitarian of the Year Award At Chabad of South Broward 31st Annual Dinner




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by Ben G. Frank

Ben G. Frank is a journalist and travel writer and the author of the just-published “The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond,” (Globe Pequot Press), available at, kindle, Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold. A long time ago, I saw Israel for the first time from the deck of a decrepit, long-retired American freighter/ ferry boat which crawled its way into Haifa port. Unfolding before me in all its majesty as it sloped up Mount Carmel was the city itself, known for its terraced landscapes. As the ship, the Negba, one of the first passenger ships of Zim Lines reached the dock, we knew that the city’s beauty belied the condition the new state found itself just after independence in 1948. The writer, Amos Oz is correct, they were the years when “the euphoria,” of a new state was over; shoulders had to be put to the wheel. Stepping off the ship that warm September day we soon discovered what it meant to live in a country in the deep throes of rationing, especially for Americans who even though we grew up in the U. S. during World War II, we were not denied food. No one who has visited the Jewish state recently cannot but be amazed that this hightech, science-based nation is not mired in a global recession as in Europe and the U.S.; that not only does it have a higher growth rate than those two economic entities, but its unemployment is much lower than both. With its “technological prowess,” its science-based industry and recent discovery of supplies of natural gas and oil off the Tel Aviv coast, Israel is number 27 in world GDP, according to the IMF. In the early 1950’s, with the “Ingathering of the Exiles,” however, Israel was mired in an economic morass and even faced a possible inability to feed its people. Rationing had tightened people’s belts, so much so that when I visited some friends in Rishon le Zion, a small container of cottage cheese was passed to me at dinner. I thought it was just for me until I was told (nicely of course) that it was for the whole table. Even on a kibbutz, you had to be sick to get chicken. I don’t remember ever biting into a whole piece of meat that whole year of 1952-1953. It was not uncommon to eat herring several times a day as a main course. To buy a chocolate bar was near impossible. The only opportunity came when old men stood in doorways and tried to sell you a candy bar on the black-market. Tourists today still marvel how hitchhiking is common, especially among soldiers. But in those days, most of the country “tremped.” Kibbutz trucks or “tenders” (pick-ups) and the few cars on the road, stopped and gave hikers a lift. My friend Allan Gelfond of Farmington Hills, MI, recalls being picked up by a car carrying Golda Meir, then minister of labor. To board a bus was a challenge, the use of elbows learned on New York City’s subway system helped. I observed people climbing through open windows on the Jerusalem-bound train which was hours late arriving as it chugged along the tracks to Jerusalem on the pre-1967 frag-

ile Israel-Jordan armistice lines-- stopping and stalling on aged rail tracks. Jews were denied access to the Western Wall; you dared not get too close to the old city walls upon which sat red-scarf Jordan Legionnaires who often felt no compunction of gunning down those who wondered too close to their positions. You had to make do with catching a glimpse of Judaism’s most sacred site by peering through narrow slants in Tower of David. Looking back on it today, from an historical perspective---despite the so-called hardships of travel and food, or the bleak standard of living, those years remain a wonderful time in the annals of the Jewish people. After 2,000 years in the diaspora, Jews were returning to a Zion restored. They came by ship and by plane. The Jewish state was engulfed in a massive effort to absorb thousands of immigrants, many from Europe, but mostly from North Africa , the Middle East, and Asia. This effort resulted in massive austerity programs mostly administered by Dov Yosef who early on served as minister of rationing and development, the butt of many jokes and angry retorts. Most of the newcomers in those days came through Haifa port only to be transferred to abandoned Arab neighborhoods of the big towns, or in depopulated small towns When the housing ran out, huge transit camps known as maabarot were erected and dotted the land. The new immigrants, most penniless, found themselves stuck in tents or corrugated iron shacks with no electricity, drains or running water. Sharing sanitation facilities was the norm. In one community it was reported that there were 350 people to each shower, and in another 56 people to each toilet. In the rainy season, the rows between the shelters remained a sea of mud. Immediately after its founding, Israel doubled its population and it did it with confidence, inner strength, as well as the ability to share, characteristics that Israelis possess and exude today, despite problems externally and internally, and they are many. Then, they talked about one war (1948) ; today they recount at least a half dozen. Tourism was practically non-existed in the 1950s. Over the years, Israel has built a wellrounded travel industry that even today can withstand global economic shocks. Realizing the benefits of tourism, the country has emerged as a tourist magnet even for diverse groups, such as foodies and techies--- a draw that is still less expensive than Europe, with the best guides in the world. In researching my book, “The Scattered Tribe,” (Globe Pequot Press), I found choices are enormous: from luxury hotels to pensions, from fancy gourmet restaurants to the fast-food schwama and falafel outlets. High speed trains, cloverleaf and express highways are today’s people-movers The spas, such as Carmel Forest Spa, near Haifa, the sulfur baths throughout the country, the facilities at the Dead Sea, and medical seminars--- all attract world health travelers. So, while those who saw the Jewish state in those early years can now only marvel; for those that have not yet traveled there, there’s no time like the present. “Bon voyage!”





Metzitzah Death: An Unacceptable Tragedy By Rabbi Avi Billet

On Saturday March 3, the New York Daily news printed a short blurb stating that an infant died in September in Maimonides Hospital from herpes contracted through oral suction from a ritual circumcision. Shoddy reporting is not atypical, and this accusation, with zero evidence or identities, would never stand in court. The unnamed spokesperson gave no information about the baby, his family, or the alleged mohel. The story has grown, however, and it seems likely that the story is true. Because I have blogged about metzitzah in the past, I was contacted by the "New Times" of Broward and Palm Beach Counties to comment on the story, and the article that was posted on their blog, on Monday March 5, was reposted on many blogs, including the Huffington Post. Over that first March weekend, the original story lit up the blogosphere, with many people jumping to outrageous conclusions about ritual circumcision, mohels and Judaism – including calling mohels "pedophiles," "sexual predators" as well as terms that don't belong in any news outlet.

of the fulfillment of the commandment to circumcise? Or, was it instituted for health reasons, as advice as to how to best achieve stasis? If the former, those who follow the Talmud's instructions to carry out Jewish law to the "t" will continue to do metzitzah under all conditions (method subject to debate). If it's the latter, perhaps metzitzah has no place in the form of "suction." Modern science and medical knowledge gives no credence to placing a mouth, laden with all its bacteria, on any open wound, especially that of a newborn. Remember that the "germ theory" of medicine, universally accepted now, is little over 100 years old. With regard to metzitzah, however, there is a Talmudic caveat. According to the Talmud, not doing "milah" or "priah" renders the bris invalid. While not doing metzitzah would not affect the bris' status, Rav Pappa says in the Talmud that "A mohel who does not perform metzitzah is to be removed from his post for he has put the baby in danger."

century, who advocated in no uncertain terms that the tradition may not be changed. This is why I suggested, in an article I wrote on sterility practices of a bris ( Jewish Star, 2/13/09) that a family who insist on this method should have the father take the responsibility and do the metzitzah himself ! In light of the Talmudic pronouncement that a mohel who does not do metzitzah is to be removed from his post, metzitzah can be done in alternative ways. Some will advocate an extra gauze-squeeze is sufficient. And there are those, such as myself, who view the metzitzah as a remnant of a ritual which can be accomplished with the power of the mouth through the utilization of a method that is harmless to the baby, no different than the application of an additional gauze pad. I use a sterile gauze-pad-stuffed glass pipette, which was first invented in the late 1800s to deal with a similar problem that was taking place in Germany at that time, for a number of reasons.

the vacuum pressure can be achieved with the power of the mouth it fulfills the obligation according to those who think metzitzah means sucking with the mouth it avoids the removal from one's post (as mohel) advocated by the Of course the name-calling is hyperbole – mohels, like gynecologists Talmud for not doing metzitzah and urologists, are specialists hired for their specialty, and have no it avoids any transfer of body fluid from mohel to baby and vice interest in the particular anatomy of the patient beyond the medical versa, procedure. It goes without saying that no mohel would touch any The first conclusion is a statement that many people take quite se- Most importantly it is an act which is harmless to the baby on the baby without being hired to do so by the baby's parents. riously – metzitzah must be done! The second conclusion conflicts one hand (because the glass and gauze are sterile) and so meaningwith every notion of modern medicine. Find me a modern physician ful, on the other hand, to those who view metzitzah as part of the Defense of mohels in general aside, mitzvah. this is the second time in 7 years I firmly believe that: mohels that newspapers have reported We know that the claim some pro-oral-contact people make that "saliva is an need to be held to higher about babies dying from herpes in in their sterile techantiseptic and has cleaning or healing powers"… is a quack medicine claim. standards the aftermath of a bris. Thousands niques – not only by parents, of brisses take place every year but by the community; no aswithout incident. Therefore, while this is by no means an epidemic who advocates putting a mouth on an open wound, and I guarantee pect of the circumcision procedure (beyond removal of the foreskin or even a "trend," the fact is that if herpes and bris are connected, you s/he will lose any medical license in a minute. The third con- which is Biblically mandated) should possibly put the baby in danthere is a real problem, because a bris should never result in a herpes clusion would therefore contradict the first conclusion, because ger; babies' lives are far more important than any religious convicinfection or death. modern medicine knows that putting a mouth directly onto an open tions a mohel may personally carry. wound is potentially dangerous to a child. Jewish law is very clear in that for circumcision all precautions are Science has evolved, medicine has evolved, and we know things now to be taken to avoid endangering the child in any way. We delay The mitzvah or medical mandate question is what drives the con- that were not known 150 years ago. For example, we know the brisses on babies that are unhealthy or that have a high bilirubin troversy. It is the source of the debate in Jewish spheres, and the reamouth is laden with bacteria. We know that the herpes virus affects count (jaundice) in order to assure that the baby is strong and capason why when explained to the "outside world" it is largely a large percentage of the adult population of this country, in a manble of undergoing the circumcision at minimal risk, beyond the risk misunderstood. Rabbinical authorities throughout the centuries ner that is sometimes evident, and sometimes without symptoms, of the surgery itself. have been split on the matter – some saying it is part of the mitzvah, and that the herpes in question is not significantly harmful to adults. to varying degrees of obligation; others saying it may have once been To babies, however, with undeveloped immune systems, it could be Putting personal pro or anti circumcision biases aside, most doctors a medical necessity, which renders it subject to the scrutiny of meddeadly. We know that the claims some pro-oral-contact people will tell you that the procedure itself, when done properly on newical knowledge changes. For every rabbi who said it was a mitzvah make including that "saliva is an antiseptic and has cleaning or healborns (and it is one of the most common surgical procedures done (i.e. Avnei Nezer) there is a rabbi who said it was not (i.e. Rabbi ing powers" or that "a glass tube doesn't do as good a job as a in the United States today), is not dangerous, it has a very quick Moshe Feinstein). mouth" are quack medicine claims. healing time, and it does not impact a baby's growth and development. For close to a thousand years, metzitzah through suction was the Remember that every mohel who performs a bris does so because method recorded in responsa literature (though surprisingly, the parents have called him and hired him to perform the circumcision When it comes to the Jewish practice of bris, the Talmud describes method of metzitzah is not described in the major codes of Jewish on their behalf, and to return to them a circumcised boy who is in clear terms what the steps of the bris are: milah – excision of fore- law - such as Maimonides and the Shulchan Arukh). And it makes healthy, and just needs his circumcision to heal. Mohels have a reskin, priah – removal of the mucosal membrane, metzitzah – which sense. Bandages of yesteryear were nothing like what we have today. sponsibility to inform parents of anything they intend to do which Maimonides described as the drawing out of deeper blood, followed And the Hippocratic method of medicine advocated sucking blood is not "expected" by the parents. by the application of bandages to stop the bleeding. out of wounds in various instances – particularly from poisons, to remove toxins, and sometimes through the use of leeches. Mohels More importantly, parents must be informed, and must make sure It is metzitzah which is the subject of debate and controversy, simply doing this was no different than what everyone else was doing. that when they hire a mohel to do a bris, that he performs the metbecause it is not clear a. how the word is best defined (and therefore zitzah (and other aspects of his circumcision technique) in a sterile what the action is), and b. what purpose it is meant to serve. That babies may have died in the last millennia from circumcision manner that conforms to their sensibilities. was not a particular fact people would have noticed. For hundreds The Hebrew word metzitzah can mean to squeeze, compress, drain, of years high infant mortality rates were accepted as a fact of life. Mohels who will not comply will quickly be out of business. or suck. If it is any of the first three terms, metzitzah can be easily While there were incidents recorded in different towns where a understood by everyone. The best way to bandage an open wound number of babies died post bris, it was only in the last 200 years And if parents take the bull by the horns, metzitzah with direct oral is by compressing it, done now with gauze, thereby drawing blood when people particularly took notice and blamed it on the mohel. contact can become a thing of the past, and we will finally move away from the incision spot, allowing the bandage to be immediately And they were usually right. past the days when we hear stories of babies contracting herpes and applied in order to achieve stasis. This is standard first-aid procedure dying from the bris. and has an excellent track record for achieving the desired result. The problem that caused the baby's death in New York is that there are people in the Jewish community who still believe that despite Rabbi Avi Billet has been a mohel for 14 years. His website, If, however, metzitzah means to "suck," then the Talmud is suggestall the evidence suggesting otherwise, a. metzitzah is part of the is the most comprehensive blog ing that the best way to bring about this result is through creating mitzvah, meaning it must be done, and b. the only acceptable about bris milah on the internet. He travels throughout South a vacuum at the incision spot, and drawing the blood away through method of doing metzitzah is by putting the mouth on the baby – Florida and the United States to do brisses. More information on the power of the mouth. We will come back to this shortly. as per the "tradition" that developed. metzitzah and links to blog posts and articles about the history of metzitzah can be found at on to our second question, what is the purpose of the metI understand that people might feel this tradition is the only way itzah.html zitzah? Is it a required part of the "mitzvah" - an essential element to go do to a host of response literature, primarily from the 19th Three conclusions emerge from this passage. First – a mohel must do metzitzah or be removed from his post. Second – the Talmud believed metzitzah to be a medical necessity, to avoid danger to the child. Third – a mohel who behaves in a manner that is dangerous to the child is to be removed from his post.




The Observant Jew By Rabbi Jonathan Gewirtz

A Moment of Freedom – a Pesach Primer might be different, and sometimes the food isn’t even Kosher, but people insist on a Seder. So what is it about the Seder that’s so special? The word Seder means “order” and if you think about it, the Haggada is a whole choreographed evening, starting with a Schedule of Events and a script. We start out the evening by singing the Kadesh, U’rchatz, letting everyone know the gameplan for the evening. Now, if we’re celebrating freedom, couldn’t we drop the songs and just do what we want?

As I’ve mentioned before, I am frequently called upon to lead the davening even in places I’m visiting. Often they are looking for a guest, someone who is not tired of standing up there, doing it regularly since nobody else will. I’ve even gotten to the point of agreeing right away, instead of modestly declining, because I realize it’s not as much an honor for me as a favor for the poor gabbai who has to find a Shliach Tzibbur. In some places, they have signs posted up front or on the wall with the times for davening down to the minute. They tell you what time you should be up to this part of davening, and what time you should make it to that part of davening. As a Shliach Tzibbur, that’s quite helpful, especially when you’re in unfamiliar territory. You never want to go too quickly, or Heaven forbid, too slowly! I was davening at one shul recently where I could have been standing alone. Nobody made any noise as I went from one section to the next, my ears straining to get some indication of whether people were with me or not. I was uncomfortable the entire time, unsure of whether I was getting it wrong. How I would have loved one of those little signs dictating my actions to the second. Some people have said, “Do whatever you want; it’s fine.” But that’s still not helpful because I’m afraid I’ll get too out of line and they’ll say, “We didn’t mean THAT fast…” What’s that got to do with Pesach? I’m glad you asked. No matter what a person’s affiliation, when it comes to Pesach, almost every Jew has a Seder. The words

You want to talk about frogs and lice? Sure. Mention Matza but skip the Red Sea? No problem. Want to drink only two cups of wine or substitute cranberry juice? Go ahead, do what you want. It’s a free country. I don’t know about you, but to most people that would defeat the purpose. It’s tradition that we’re celebrating, carrying on a Seder as our grandparents have done for thousands of years. They would tell you that this is not a time to make up your own rules. But wait a minute, isn’t this the Festival of Freedom? The answer is quite simple. We know that Pesach is important. As I felt when I led the davening, we don’t want to get it wrong. We need those traditional guidelines to make sure we live up to the importance of the night and do the right things. So ask yourself, who is better off on Seder night, the one who knows all the protocols, or the one who is winging it? I bet the one who is making it up as he goes along ends up nervous, feeling empty, and not really getting much out of the Seder experience. And that’s exactly the point of the Seder. We learn from this how wonderful it is to have things scripted for us, to know where we should be at what moment, and what we should be doing. It takes the doubt about our actions out of our minds and enables us to enjoy the experience. Now that we’re no longer concerned that we’ll make a mistake or do it wrong, we can relax. Isn’t that greater freedom than agonizing over whether your decisions are right or wrong? R’ Akiva Eiger said that a Jew is very fortunate because his day is planned out for him. When he awakens he says Modeh Ani, he washes his hands, prays, and only then breaks bread. At each moment he knows what he should be doing and what he must stay

away from. The Torah has input on every action we do, from getting dressed to eating to what we say and how we sleep. You don’t have to guess or figure out by trial and error what to choose because it’s all laid out for you. It’s not nitpicky; it’s liberating! It’s like going on a trip and having a GPS. You are comfortable and confident that you will get where you want because you have a guidance system. If the GPS malfunctions, or you turn it off and follow your intuition, pretty soon you’ll be lost and it may be hard to find your way again. Having a navigation system frees you to hit the road and see the sights. People who feel Judaism is too restrictive are looking at it wrong. The Torah isn’t stopping you from doing what you want. It’s stopping you from doing what you don’t want to do. You don’t want to mess up and find out later that you are hopelessly lost. True freedom is freedom from doubt, a confidence in your actions and a pride in your accomplishments. On Pesach, we celebrate leaving slavery, where we never knew what we would be commanded to do the next moment, and heading towards receiving the Torah at Sinai, where we gained the freedom that comes from always knowing what to do and knowing where to find answers. The Seder reminds us of that, bringing us back to the day when we left Egypt and looked forward to a future without doubt, a future of freedom. Jonathan Gewirtz is a frequent contributor to these pages whose mission is to inspire and make people think. If you are inspired, act on it! Find a way to make this world a better place for yourself and those you share it with. One way Rabbi Gewirtz does this is by publishing a weekly Dvar Torah in English called the Migdal Ohr, now in its fourteenth year. Subscribe for free by e-mailing and writing subscribe in the Subject line. Have a simcha coming up? Wow the crowd with thoughtprovoking, entertaining words. To order a custom speech for your next simcha, visit © 2012 by Jonathan Gewirtz. All rights reserved.


In these Torah portions of the last few weeks... We are told to observe the Sabbath and refrain from doing work on it. There is a confusion as to what defines "work" that is so integral to understanding Shabbat. This uncertainty stems from the seemingly arbitrary selection of what is prohibited and what is permitted on that day. For instance, it is hard to understand why the Torah would allow one to walk a lengthy distance to synagogue in the heat, working up a good sweat, but at the same time forbid flicking on a light switch. Trust me, walking to shul on a Saturday morning in the Florida August heat is a lot more work than turning on the lights. We need some definition of Sabbath "rest" that describes something more than laying about in a hammock with a cold beer, especially since the Torah assigns the death penalty for someone who violates this prohibition. Quite the punishment for refraining from having a Bud.

merous details of how the Tabernacle was to be made. In the midst of that description, Moshe is told, "However, you must observe My Sabbaths..." However is the operative word as it connects the preceding section to the present one. In the midst of detailing the Tabernacle's construction, the Torah interrupts the process by telling us, "However do not do so on Shabbat!" Tradition teaches that the proximity of these two sections defines creative work, namely those specific tasks necessary in the construction of the Tabernacle. Any type of work employed to make the Tabernacle (and there were 39 categories of these) became the prototype of work/melacha forbidden on Shabbat. Still, the issue remains as to why the Tabernacle became the defining symbol of work for Shabbat. Furthermore, could there be some lesson that can be derived from this link?

money to see others express this creativity such as witnessing sporting events, plays, movies, museums and the like. There is no greater pleasure in life than the pleasure of creativity. In all of Jewish history there was no greater expression of creativity on a national level than the effort that went into building the most important structure that was the nexus point between God and Mankind - and that place was the Tabernacle. Being so important, it demanded the utmost in collective creativity and energy by the Jewish people. Nevertheless, God tells the Jewish people, "But not on Shabbat". No matter how important this structure may have been, no matter how crucial it was to the connection between God and man, no matter how much it expressed the most holy usage of man's creative powers - God still demands that it not be made on Shabbat.

And when you're up on the stage it's so unbelievable... unforgettable how they adore you. But then your wife seems to think you're losing your sanity... oh, calamity, is there no way out? -Supertramp

In Hebrew there are two words for "work": avodah, and melacha. Avoda is strenuous work that requires physical exertion, whereas Melacha refers specifically to creative work. Shabbat laws focus on the latter definition of work, the creative forms, and not the former. While it is true that it may not be in the spirit of the Sabbath day to do tasks that require a lot of physical exertion, the "work" that the Torah is concerned about is of the creative nature - the melacha variety. Still it is a little nebulous. What exactly is creative work? Each person has his own definition of what may be creative; after all, my art may be your trash. It is here that we need to rely on the oral tradition for some definitions. (The Oral Law was eventually written down in the work called the Talmud, completed approximately in the year 500 CE. Until then, it remained true to its name as a tradition that was passed down to each successive generation orally.) The past couple of Torah portions have been giving us nu-

When we are first introduced to God in the Torah, He is creating. This is no accident as it illustrates that the greatest expressions of self are in those moments when we are creative. The most powerful times in life are those when we utilize our talents to their fullest to create and express ourselves in a fashion that we never have before. Self-actualization makes it to the top of Maslow's hierarchy of needs because creating ourselves is the greatest expression of our Godliness, our Tzelem Elokim (image of God). This is why when someone attains a state of being in a creative zone he often loses track of time. All other needs food, drink, sleep, family and even obligations - get pushed aside and are deemed secondary. Being in such a state is so incredibly pleasurable because one is able to utilize all of their talents to their fullest degree, working on all cylinders so to speak. It is a moment that is high and addicting, a time when all distractions and pettiness are tuned out, and a feeling of being alive is more powerful than ever. It is so great that when we cannot experience it ourselves we pay good

The reason for this is to offset the danger of the false god of Creativity, its counterfeit so to speak. The danger inherent in this power is that our creations, our efforts, our pushing ourselves to the limit can become self-serving and thereby lose their holy purpose. They become gods in of themselves, and not for God. As a result, we become a god in our own eyes, and forget that our greatest expressions of self are gifts from the one true God. Indeed, how often do we witness the arrogance of creative people who fall into this trap of self-adoration?

To avoid this pitfall, we have the Shabbat where God tells us to stop. He demands we stop being like Him by creating, and to be like Him through cessation; by being and not doing. Don't make anymore, don't do anymore, just stop, be quiet, shhh ... just be. No matter how holy and important our task or job may seem in our eyes - and nothing is more important than making the Tabernacle - God tells us to cease. Only when we periodically refrain from our efforts can they then be utilized for their ultimate good of perfecting the world. Only through Shabbat can our melacha become holy and not merely an expression of the false gods of our accomplishments - and of ourselves. Rabbi Tzvi Nightingale Aish South Florida

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Shabbat – Takin’ It Easy



Avi Shlaim's Anti-Israel Slime David Harris

The name Avi Shlaim may not be widely known on the street, but in the United Kingdom, and particularly in academic settings, it is. An emeritus professor of international relations at Oxford University, he has been a prodigious writer on the Middle East. When it comes to Israel, where he once lived, Shlaim can barely contain himself, throwing any semblance of scholarship to the wind and working himself into a lather at its mere mention. Take, for example, his op-ed in The Independent, a British daily, earlier this week. Entitled “Obama must stand up to Netanyahu,” and published on the day that President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu met in the White House, Shlaim breathlessly mined the English language for ever more vituperative things to say about Israel and its leadership. Here are some of the results: Benjamin Netanyahu is “a bellicose, right-wing Israeli nationalist, a rejectionist… and a reactionary.” His government is “the most aggressively right-wing, diplomatically intransigent, and overtly racist government in Israel’s history.” It is a government of “militant nationalists.” It “is in danger of drifting towards fascism.” He is “a jimcrack politician.” He is “the war-monger in chief.” Isn’t that the same Netanyahu who, whatever his other alleged faults might be, has moved his Likud Party to accept a Palestinian state, introduced a partial freeze on settlements as a goodwill gesture to restart peace talks with the Palestinians, and played a part in the economic revival of the West Bank and security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority?

At a time when the U.S. and Israeli leaders meet in Washington to discuss the ominous challenge of Iran’s nuclear program, Shlaim assails Israel for every alleged misdeed, yet, oddly, or perhaps tellingly, fails to address the Iran question. Well, not exactly. He does claim Israel is trying “to drag America into a dangerous confrontation,” but doesn’t offer any solution of his own. That might suggest he either doesn’t believe Iran has a nuclear program – which would put him at odds with the U.S. and European governments, not to mention the International Atomic Energy Agency – or he doesn’t feel it poses a threat to anyone. Wait, there is one more possibility. He might actually welcome the program as a response to the reviled Israel. Which is it? And he also reveals his “penetrating” insights when he declares that “the main threat to regional stability is not Iran but the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.” Mind you, Iran is moving headlong towards nuclear-weapons capability and delivery systems, Arab neighbors are frightened to death, and all Shlaim sees is the Israeli occupation as the main threat to the Middle East. President Obama declares that a nuclear-armed Iran would trigger a new arms race in the volatile Middle East, strengthen the hand of terrorist groups, and give Tehran a stranglehold on a good chunk of the world’s oil supply, but all Shlaim sees is the occupation. The Sunni-Shiite rift is as pronounced as ever, but all Shlaim sees is the occupation. Syria is butchering its own people right and left, but all Shalim sees is the occupation.

Oh, and Ehud Barak, Israel’s defense minister, according to Shlaim, “regards diplomacy as the extension of war by other means.” Moreover, he is a “bitkhonist, a security-ist who wants 100 percent security for Israel which means zero security for the Palestinians.” Isn’t that perchance the same Barak who, as prime minister, collaborated with President Clinton to offer Yasir Arafat a viable Palestinian state and the chance for enduring peace? In fact, Shlaim has to draw from other things he’s written, since the English language apparently is not rich enough for ever new expressions of outrage. In a 2010 edition of The Antonian, the newsletter of St. Antony’s College (Oxford), he wrote, in another brutal assault on Israel, that “Netanyahu is like a man who, while negotiating the division of a pizza, continues to eat it.”

Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country, is gripped by the mano-a-mano struggle for power between the military and the Islamists, and all Shlaim sees is the occupation. The Arab world, according to the Arab Human Development Index, faces profound freedom, knowledge, and gender deficits, which put it way behind much of the rest of the world, but all Shlaim sees is the occupation. And four consecutive Israeli prime ministers, including his arch-nemeses, Netanyahu and Barak, have embraced a two-state plan, only to be rebuffed by Palestinian leaders, but all Shlaim sees is the occupation. I’m lucky, I suppose.

In the Independent op-ed, he said “He (Netanyahu) is like a man who pretends to negotiate the division of a pizza while continuing to gobble it.”

When I was at St. Antony’s, I studied Soviet matters and, fortunately, had distinguished, clear-headed professors.

Now, again, please bear in mind that we’re not just talking about anyone here, but about an emeritus professor at Oxford University. He has taught countless students from around the world and supervised who-knows-how-many dissertations.

But pity the students who have been exposed to this kind of poisoned thinking.

And we’re also talking about a widely-read newspaper in Britain that opted to publish this – let’s call it by its proper name – screed.

And pity the readers of The Independent who are invited to read such drivel, all the more during a momentous week in Middle East and U.S.-Israeli diplomacy, when sober analysis is sorely needed.

As my beloved grandmother used to say, what’s the world coming to?

By Baila Feig

year?! Okay then, we will discuss this in a post-Pesach article as a “must do”.) This list may include the quantity of contact paper you need to cover cabinet shelves, counters, the sink and other surfaces. If you use contact paper, which I recommend, then get the medium adhesive type. It does not stick permanently to surfaces, is inexpensive, very durable (unlike aluminum foil which rips easily), is easy to position as you apply it and easy to remove after Yom Tov.

It is my job, as a professional organizer, to help move people through the busy times of their lives as efficiently and hassle-free as possible. With a concerted effort, all the details of Pesach can be planned and executed smoothly if they are anticipated enough in advance. The feeling of being in control of events you have prepared for is wholly more satisfying than getting caught up in the chaos of trying to pull it all together in a frenzy with too little time to pull it off. Utilizing this advice will help us glide through our preparations for one of the biggest events of the year. On par with making a chasuna, our Yom Tov of Pesach requires much work, planning, and strength. We must rid our homes of chametz, which in itself is a herculean task. However, nowhere in the Torah does it say we have to wash dirt from our windows or soak venetian blinds. The proverbial “spring cleaning” is a wonderful thing, but do that after Pesach if you haven’t already done it. The house should be clean but does not have to be ‘spring’ cleaned. Not now. There is so much else to accomplish – we should not focus on the unnecessary things we may postpone. We are of limited strength – some women are exhausted by the Seder because we had to do everything, just so. Make lists for everything that must be accomplished each of the weeks before Pesach. Buying clothing and getting them checked for shatnez can be done earlier in the season. Do you know how many people bring their clothing to check for shatnez four days before Yom Tov? And it still has to be altered after that! Instead of getting rid of the last of the chometz and food shopping and kashering, and cooking, these people are sitting at the shatnez lab waiting for their suits to be found ahatnez-free. Where are they going to find a tailor now who has time to alter suits, dresses and pants? To those of you who are running this late, I recommend going to a cleaners or seamstress located far from a frum neighborhood who will not be having this avalanche of clothing arriving at their store. By this time, a week before Yom Tov, most families who own a duplex home have ‘finished’ the upstairs and probably the basement too. Finishing (or starting) to clean the living room and dining room right after this coming Shabbos is probably a good idea. These areas should be kept off-limits as much as possible. Some people who have nowhere else for their family to “function” might find it helpful to cover the couches and perhaps other furniture with flatbed sheets to protect their already-cleaned surfaces until Pesach.

You may also need more heavy duty and regular strength aluminum foil to line the oven and stove, shelving paper, sandwich bags for Chol HaMoed trips, disposable plates, plastic-ware, cups, napkins, tablecloths, and on and on. If you buy these a few weeks before Pesach, it eases your financial burden of buying everything you need all at once. If you pace your purchases, it is easier to manage the great expense involved in this Yom Tov. The last week will be busy with many, many errands, and chores in the house. By this week, forget about the dust on the ceiling fan and the curtains that didn’t yet get washed. Steadily, move food products out of the kitchen. If you sell your chometz, store it somewhere out of the way. If you don’t sell it, give it to your cleaning lady, if you have one, or someone else’s if you don’t have one. Keep eating the remaining food from your pantry, refrigerator and freezer – there’s no reason the family should go hungry because you got rid of all your food, or bankrupt from eating out every night. Try to serve “less chometzdik” or messy food for suppers, like chicken or cold cuts with salad or even spaghetti, instead of sandwiches and pizza. When my children were little, the kids on our block would have a chometz party on some (unlucky) person’s porch. All the children would bring all the “food” that had to be gotten rid of and ate themselves almost sick from all the cookies, candies, chips, etc. They had a blast, they got “fed” (depending on your interpretation of eating), there were less things being thrown away, and the kitchen got emptied! Everyone was happy. (Except for those unfortunate few parents who had to clean up from the “sick to the stomach” kids in the middle of the night. Just kidding - children have a very high tolerance level for junk food.) Cover the surfaces as they become available, bring in the groceries as the shelves become available, kasher the sink, oven and stove, shop but don’t drop, cook for two days and then (hopefully!) enjoy relaxing and meaningful sedorim. Wise men have said, ”Plan for the worst and hope for the best” and Winston Churchill said, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” We are well advised to follow their advice. Chag Sameach!

By now you have probably begun buying the Pesach-dik dry food staples you find on sale each week, and are keeping them in the basement or some other “safe” location away from curious little (or big!) chometzdike hands.

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Behind the Jewcan Sam controversy Controversial Plastic Surgeon Offers Free Surgery To Jewish Singles Bay Harbor Island, Florida - The local plastic surgeon who appeared in a controversial music video is under a new wave of criticism after his offer to Jewish singles. Dr. Michael Salzhauer, the Orthodox Jewish Bay Harbor plastic surgeon who made national headlines for commissioning a rock band to write a song about nose jobs, has put himself front and center with a controversial new offer. The doctor’s new plan involves cosmetic surgery for Orthodox Jewish singles who cannot get married. “I made an offer on my Facebook page that if there were any singles in the Orthodox community that felt they could benefit from cos-

One on One with Dr Michael Salzhauer and Groggers frontman L.E. Doug Staiman Where are you from, where was your family from? Where did you go to school? I grew up in Rockland County, New York. My father was born in Israel in1935 and my mother is a Beis Yaakiv girl from the Lower East Side of Manhattan. I went to A.S.H.A.R. in Monsey, Moriah in Englewood,NJ; spent freshman year of high school in Public School (Tappan ZeeHigh School) , where incidentally I was teased pretty regularly for my"big Jewish Schnoz"; then went to TheFrisch Yeshiva High School in Paramus, New Jersey. Brooklyn Collegefor two years and then Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Incidentally, I met my amazing wife, Eva, in the Brooklyn College KosherCafeteria in 1990. When did you come to South Florida? Where did you initially settle? Dr.: We came to Miami Beach in 1996 after I graduated MedicalSchool and rented an apartment on-

metic surgery, I would do it pro bono,” said Salzhauer. Salzhauer said he was inspired by a recent article in a Jewish newspaper that detailed the crisis of getting married in the Jewish community. He believes that cosmetic surgery could lead to more marriages. Fresh off the music video controversy where the lead singer plays a young man who cannot seem to get a date because of a nose that looks like “Jewcan Sam,” comes another splash that some may find offensive. Under Dr. Salzhauer’s plan, shadchanim would single out Jewish singles who they thought needed cosmetic surgery but cannot afford it. Salzhauer, who is very involved in the Jewish community and was honored Tuesday night from an organization that helps out Jewish children with cancer, says this is his way of giving back. “A lot of good could come out of all this publicity, if it helps people in my community find their prospective matches and form families and have happy lives,” he said. {Sunbeam Television Corp. [1]/ Newscenter}

Collins Ave. Actually, I wanted to go to Birmingham, Alabama to train under aworld-renowned surgeon whose work I had admired greatly. Eva wanted to bein the sun and go someplace her family (read: otherJews) might actually visit. Obviously, I listened toher. In hindsight, it was the best decision we ever made. I began training in Plastic Surgery at Mount Sinai MedicalCenter and TheUniversity of Miami. After six years of residency I become the asthetic surgeryfellow at The Cleveland Clinic in Weston. In 2003 I opened a privatepractice in Bal Harbour. What was your Jewish involvement as a child? I grew up in a "Conservadox"household. Being Jewish was the defining characteristic of our family. Mymother was very involved with our Shul (synogogue), Hadassah, IsraelBonds, Meals-on-wheels, all aspects of Jewish Communal Life. My father wasIsraeli and spoke with a thick Israeli accent. He spoke to me in Hebrewwhenever he didn't want other people to understand. So pretty much everywherewe went we were seen as a Jewish family even though we didn't have peyos orwear kippahs. What is your most prominent Jewish memory you have? I had my bar-mitzvah aliyah on aThursday morning with the Lubavitcher Rebbe at 770. To this day I stilldon't know exactly how my father (Israeli, not observant) arranged such athing. The Rebbe held my gaze for a few seconds, it left a deep impression onme. I'm convinced that look is responsible for my family's return to Orthodoxy. What was your Jewish life like growing up? All Jewish all the time. Jewish DaySchools, Jewish Camps, Shul Friday night, JCC swim team, summers in

Israel, Winters in Florida. :) Why is being Jewish important to you? It gives meaning to every single day ofmy life Congratulations on your recent honor from Chai Lifeline. What is your involvement with that organization and why? Thank you. My wife and daughter deservethe real honor.My sister and her husband in New York, Leora and Gavriel Lambert,were honored by Chai Lifeline a few years ago and introduced us tothe incredible work that they do for families with children withlife-threatening or life-long illness. I have personally seen theorganizations work close-up in our community. As a family we volunteer todeliver produce and groceries on Sunday afternoons for those families inneed. My daughter Aleah, wrote a children's book, The Grumpy Tree, and raised$18,000 for Chai Lifeline by selling it in local bookstores,asking guests at her Bat Mitzvah to buy copies. She's gone to localhospitals and read the book to sick children. I'm so proud of them. What is your Jewish involvement or activities today? I live a veryorthodox/observant lifestyle. I go to shul seven days a week. We supportlocal and national Jewish organizations regularly. My children go to Yeshiva Elementary School and Beis Yaakov.Judaism is the major pillar of our life. What is your legacy? What do you want to leave to yourchildren and future generations? I want my children to know the joy thatcomes from helping others feel good about themselves. When did you first decide you wanted to be a doctor? A Plastic Surgeon?

What's the best part of your job? Plastic Surgery is an amazing, creativeand challenging field. No two operations are the same. The best part isseeing the smiles on patient's faces (and their spouses) when they see theirbefore and after photos. It makes all the years of medical school and surgicaltraining worth it. What's your greatest medical memory? You never forget the lives you help save. What do you like about South Florida? I love the weather. Having grown up in New York and spent four years in the mid-west...Florida is paradise.Also, Miami Beachreminds me of Tel Aviv where I spent my childhood summers. Why Jewcan Sam? What interested you or motivated you toundertake such a project? Well the name was actually LE Staiman'sidea. They had totwist my arm a bit. But it certainly fit with The Groggersedgy style. Having grown up with a big "Jewish" nose, I wasactually called Toucan Sam a few times growing up, so I coulddefinitely identify with the title. Originally I just wanted The Groggers to write me a song (anysong) about rhinoplasty that I could use in commercials and on the radio. Igave them complete creative control. The story and video grew organically onceLE had penned the lyrics. I really thought the tune was catchy and wanted toshoot a video. LE said "It's ironic that you would ask us to write thissong since most of the band has these big beautiful Jewish noses and could usesome work. Do you give group rates on rhinoplasty?" I said "sure,come on down to Miamiand we'll talk" As you know, LE decided to go through with thesurgery and we filmed half the video the night before his rhinoplasty and halfsix days later. You said you found L.E. on the internet. Did you interviewor screen any other bands? Yes. Farrell Goldsmith (the director ofthe Grogger videos) introduced me to the band online.I had firstapproached Jonathan Coulton (he's a youtube star) but he was toobusy. Once I spoke with LE, I knew the Groggers were a match. Why did you choose the Groggers? They're young, Jewish and I thought themusic was

great. They had the right mix of musical talent and comedic slant Iwas looking for. Did you ever, in your wildest dreams, expect this muchpublicity? This much controversy? Nope. Plastic surgery is something I doevery single working day. I have performed literally thousands ofsurgeries. To me changing the way you look through surgery is not controversialat all. However, it is clearly a controversial topic for many people. Ithought we had an interesting story with the fact that LE"Doug" was actually going to have a rhinoplasty for thevideo. Once the Groggers mixed in a little self-deprecating humor and acontroversial title it became a full-blown international media circus. Do you have partners in your practice? If so, what is theirreaction to your fame and stardom and new business? Another plastic surgeon, Dr. Mel Ortegaworks with me at Bal Harbour Plastic Surgery Associates. He has 25 years ofsurgical experience so he's seen a lot and pretty unfazed. Incidentally he isMexican and not Jewish. He loved the video and the attention it has receivedfor the business. As far as the "fame" goes...we are fortunate enoughto have clients that are "real" celebrities so by comparison I'mquite a nobody in the office. How is your family dealing with your sudden fame? Pretty well,considering. I'm a bit of a "ham" :) but mywife is definitely not. I'm sure she can't wait till my 15 minutes are over.

LE Doug Staiman When did you come to South Florida? Where did you initially settle? I moved to South Florida when I was 10 and my family settled in the frostbitten mountains of Hollywood. What was your Jewish involvement as a child? I’ve always been extremely immersed in Jewish culture. I went to religious day schools my whole life and still continue to observe all major Jewish holidays and attend all mandatory “Total Global Media Control” meetings. What is your most prominent Jewish memory you have? My most prominent Jewish memory was my Shuls annual Woody Allen movie marathon every Yom Kippur. Gotta love Chabad! What was your Jewish life likegrowing up? It was a very bizarre journey. I moved around a lot as a kid so I got to see many different facets of Jewish life. Why is being Jewish important to you? Being Jewish has been great for keeping me grounded. It’s also been a great scapegoat for why I’m so cynical and socially awkward. What is your legacy? What do you want to leave toyour children and future generations?

Later this year I will be debuting a series of interpretive dances set to the sounds of New York City construction workers eating lunch. I really want future generations to look back in awe at the art that I created and say “ He probably should have been an accountant”. When did you first decide you wanted to be a singer? A rock star? From a very early age. The first time I heard Whitney Houston sing I knew I wanted her career. What's the best part of your job? This is might sound crazy, but I really enjoy responding to hate mail. What's your greatest musical memory? Playing this years Y.U. Seforim Sale (Book Sale) What do you like about South Florida? It’s not New York

Why Jewcan Sam? What interested you or motivated youto undertake such a project? It was a really bizarre and dark idea and after getting to know the Doctor, it became a no brainer. Doctor Salzhauer said he found you on the internet. Whowrote the music? The lyrics? I wrote all the Music and lyrics. I really wanted to give something back to the community and I thought at the time this would be a great vehicle to do so. My bad. Why did you choose the name Groggers? Where did youmeet the other members of the band? It was between that and “The Maccabeats” and we were devastated to find that the latter had already been taken. Did you ever, in your wildest dreams, expect this muchpublicity? This much controversy? Never. I constantly strive to make sure that I stay under the radar and do my best to make sure my material is inspiring and not at all offensive. I’m not sure what happened with this one. Oops. How is your family dealing with your sudden fame? I keep telling them that they can stop sitting Shiva for me now, but they always have the same response; “ W h a t ’s


I can't remember a time that I didn'twant to be a doctor. My father Z"L grew up in Israel, became a tank commander atage 17 and never finished High School. He bought me a $2 stethoscopewhen I was 3 or 4 years old and I would listen to his heart each night. Iwatched a lot more episodes of MASH than most kids. I always wanted to be asurgeon, the question was only what kind of surgeon I would become. I becameinterested in Plastic Surgery in college. My wife and I were dating and she gotinto a car accident that left a scar on her chin. We took her to a plasticsurgeon to have it revised. I stepped into his office and told him Iwas about to begin medical school. He began to tell me all about thespecialty and the interesting things he had seen and done. Healso suggested I get a nose job. :) Which I eventually did.




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Sunshine, the ocean, and minimal taxes. For most individuals who are domiciliary and residents of the State of Florida, the only significant state taxes paid are real property taxes on their residence and sales taxes. Florida does not have an income tax, intangible tax, estate taxes, or inheritance taxes. In the event a Florida domiciliary owns their residence, they are entitled to the homestead exemption. The homestead exemption will save taxes on an annual basis. The primary benefits of the homestead exemption are twofold. First, in determining the amount to be assessed on the property there is deducted $50,000.00. Assuming a 2% real property tax that will save the resident approximately $1,000.00 a year. The amount of savings is determined on the millage that is applied to the $50,000.00. Second, based on the constitutional change, “Save Our Homes,” the annual assessed value of the residence can only increase by 3% a year. Therefore, when real estate values increase by 3% or more, there is a cap of 3% on the increase on an annual basis. Over a protracted period of time, the real estate market generally increases more than 3% on an annual basis and therefore there will be significant savings based on the cap on the annual increases. Assume an individual lives in New York City and there is an 8% income tax. New York also has its sales tax which is significantly more than the general sales tax in Florida of 6%. New York also has real property taxes and other taxes. If an individual has IRA distributions of $30,000.00 and interest amount of $70,000.00, but have $100,000.00 worth of income that would be subject to income tax in New York. Therefore, there would be an $8,000.00 tax. On the other hand, if the individual is a resident and domiciliary of the State of Florida, then there would be no income tax on the IRA distribution and the interest income. Generally, all dividends, interest, IRA distributions, pension payments, are taxed in your domiciliary state where you permanently intend to reside. Taxes are paid in each of the states where wages are earned and on rental income of that jurisdiction. By way of example, if a Floridian works three months a year in New Jersey and earns $30,000.00 then that $30,000.00 would be subject to New Jersey State income tax. If an individual is a Florida domiciliary and resident and owns significant stocks, bonds, retirement plans, but has a piece of rental property in Pennsylvania, then the only tax to be paid in Pennsylvania would be based on the rental income in that jurisdiction. The interest, dividends, and Pension or IRA distribution would not be taxed. In the event a domiciliary and resident in the State of Florida does not have wages or rental income in another jurisdiction then there are no filing requirements in any other jurisdiction. If there are wages or rental income in another jurisdiction then generally if that state has an income tax there would be the requirement to file a non-resident income tax return which would only include the rental and wage income but not other sources of income. Florida does not have an estate or inheritance tax. However, many of the states have estate or inheritance taxes. A Floridian would generally not be taxed in another jurisdiction unless they have real property in that jurisdiction. Assuming a Floridian passes away and has a significant portfolio of stocks, bonds, and other assets. However, they have a piece of property in Chicago, Illinois. There may be an estate tax attributable to that piece of property in Chicago, Illinois but not the Florida residence, stocks, bonds, IRA’s, mortgage receivables, and other similar assets.

In order to become a Florida resident it must appear that it is your intent to permanently reside in the State of Florida. Intent is a subjective requirement. However, the intent is generally demonstrated by objective manifestations. Therefore, in order to establish yourself as a Florida resident it is advisable to consider the following: • File an Affidavit of Domicile. This is a statement that you’ve changed your jurisdiction from another state to Florida. It lists the former residence and your new residence address. • Register to vote in Florida. • Vote in Florida. • Change your driver’s license to Florida. • Change your license plates to Florida. • File your Federal Income Tax Return 1040 in the Florida service center which is in Georgia. • Change the address on your 1040 to reflect your Florida address as your residence. In the event you have a requirement to file tax returns in the other jurisdictions because of wages or rental real estate, file a non-resident tax return. • Claim the Florida Homestead Exemption if you own your residence. • Join local clubs or organizations. • Change your estate planning documents to reflect you are a Floridian. • To the extent possible, move most of the assets to Florida. • Spend as much time as you can in the State of Florida. • Have your mail, magazines, subscriptions, and other literature sent to the State of Florida. • Hire Florida professionals, i.e., accountants, lawyers, physicians, veterinarians. In Florida, there are a significant number of snow birds. Many of those individuals can choose between Florida and their original home jurisdiction as their domicile. From an asset protection viewpoint, Florida has many more exemptions than other jurisdictions. There can be significant annual tax savings by changing from a former jurisdiction where there are either large income taxes, whether it be state, county or city, or estate or inheritance taxes, by the same jurisdiction. The original jurisdiction can be the vacation home of the summertime. However, if you follow most of the guidelines set forth above in changing your domicile residence to the State of Florida, you should be treated as a Floridian and not a citizen of the other state

Gene K. Glasser, Esq. is a managing shareholder at Greenspoon Marder, where he focuses his practice in the areas of Tax, Trusts & Estates; Corporate & Business; Wills; Guardianship; and Probate. Mr. Glasser is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in the areas of Estate Planning and Administration. He can be reached at or 954-491-1120. Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder is a full-service law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development; timeshare and fractional ownership development; resorts; community association law; zoning and land use; banking and real estate finance; public finance; commercial litigation; corporate securities; corporate tax and transactions; healthcare law; foreclosure and bankruptcy; labor and employment; immigration; international law; tax, estate, probate and elder law; international tax; life settlement; disability insurance and insurance policy issues; family law; sports and entertainment; personal injury; equine law; regulatory compliance and defense. For more information, visit or call 888-491-1120.



There is only one certainty to filling out a March Madness bracket: You will lose to someone who has never watched an NCAA basketball game. March Madness is here, and it can only mean one thing: people yelling at you to fill out a bracket by noon on Thursday. College basketball's championship derby is an entertaining blast, and always includes thrilling upsets and buzzer-beaters, but it's increasingly become a pressurized, almost compulsory national quiz show, as hard-core fans and newcomers crunch data, consult athletic friends and cluelessly guess to select the winners of a tournament that concludes April 2 in New Orleans. There's no basketball spectacle quite like it (other than the NCAA women's tournament), and no shared event that brings a workplace closer together (other than free donuts.) But before you click on video live-stream program, turn down the volume, and pretend to be doing your actual job, here are some March Madness rules to consider: 1. There is only one certainty to filling out a March Madness bracket, and it is this: You will lose to someone who has never watched an NCAA basketball game in his or her life. You will also lose to a 7-year-old, a golden retriever and a lobster. 2. The person at the office who knows every single detail about college basketball, who can name the pets of assistant coaches and spend 45 minutes rhapsodizing about strength of schedule? Out of the pool by Friday at 2 p.m. Every time. 3. If this is your first NCAA office pool, a fun thing to do is just fill in every blank bracket with the words "BACON OMELET!!!" You will always beat the guy who picks Syracuse. 4. Do not pick all four number-one seeds to make the Final Four. Jeez. That's like going to Paris and dining at Pizza Hut.

9. Remember, it's the "Final Four," the "Elite Eight," the "Sweet Sixteen," and the "We Don't Have Anything That Works With 32." 10. You're totally allowed to go into your bracket at any time and change all of your picks. This is what your boss has done for years. 11. Look, everyone knows about your secret "other" bracket and your secret "other" pool. You're going to secretly lose that "other" one, too, genius. 12. There's always somebody who makes a big deal about how the NCAA is much more entertaining than the NBA. This person hasn't been watching the Miami Heat, the Chicago Bulls, or the Oklahoma City Thunder. 13. It's okay to love the NCAA anthem "One Shining Moment." But true story: "One Shining Moment" was written by a unicorn living in Barry Manilow's backyard. 14. Cheer for Harvard, but be careful: You don't want Harvard people thinking they're something special. 15. Don't be one of those cynics who thinks that the NCAA tournament is just a creepy big-money spectacle of adults obsessing over college students. You'll sound like a fool. Everyone's obsessed with 4th grade basketball prospects anyway. 16. You're not a real college basketball coach until you own a mustard-colored, double-breasted blazer. 17. There's no word that's more exciting to say than "Gonzaga."

5. Do NOT skip work to watch the NCAA tournament. If your company didn't want you to watch the NCAA tournament at work, they would never have given you a computer, pom-poms and a frozen margarita machine under your desk.

18. Take the tournament with a grain of salt. Nobody remembers who went to the Final Four anyway. Who was in the 2011 Final Four? No peeking! That's right: Bennington, Reed, Oberlin and the Rhode Island School of Design.

6. Yes "Bracketology" is a word. But it is also a felony to say "Bracketology." 7. The NCAA and television networks don't want you to know this but all the tournament games are played in an airline hangar in Burbank, Calif., with a cast of 12,500 hired actors playing "college fans." If you look very closely at your screen, you can see this is the case. That guy covered in Duke blue? He was cheering for Creighton a couple hours ago. He also works part-time at Jamba Juice and has done two episodes of "NCIS" and one "Vampire Diaries." 8. On Tuesday and Wednesday the NCAA holds something called the "First Four." Like that 4 p.m. office "brainstorming" meeting, this is half-baked and utterly optional.

19. If you are planning to go to the Final Four in New Orleans, please be aware that the bars close promptly at never. 20. Best thing about March Madness: Next week, everyone's going to be talking about a lovable school you have never heard of. 21. Of course, days later, that lovable school you have never heard of will get smoked by 40 by Kentucky. Oh well. 22. Someone will come in Monday and loudly announce that his or her bracket is "totally destroyed." This person is going to win the pool. 23. Don't worry: None of us has any idea how to spell "Krzyzewski."


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