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The Week In News

Germany Hunts 10 Iranian Spies

ordered and carried out by Iran. Two Iranian men and a Lebanese citizen were found guilty of the crime and sentenced to life in prison. Two of them were later released from prison in 2007.

Kosovo Serb Politician Killed

the start of a bloody war that claimed 13,000 lives, mostly ethnic Albanians. The 1998-99 war between Serbian security forces and Kosovo Albanian guerrillas was ended by a NATO air campaign. Predominantly ethnic Albanian Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in February 2008. But Belgrade has rejected the move and still considers the breakaway territory as its southern province. About 120,000 of Kosovo’s 1.8 million inhabitants are ethnic Serbs.

Assange Granted Ecuadorian Citizenship

Assange’s legal team has called on UK and Swedish authorities to end his “deprivation of liberty, respect his physical integrity and freedom of movement, and afford him the right to compensation.” “The UN ruling, issued almost two years ago, is crystal clear in its language. Mr. Assange is unlawfully and arbitrarily detained by the UK authorities and must be released,” Assange’s legal team said on Twitter. As for why Ecuador is still so invested in Assange’s freedom, there are rumors that staff at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London are fed up with Assange’s lack of hygiene. Supposedly he doesn’t shower often and has a foul body odor. Some have called his lack of cleanliness strategic wiliness on behalf of Assange. \

German authorities said on Tuesday that they were conducting searches countrywide in connection with 10 suspected Iranian spies, with one report saying that the suspects were members of an elite military force that had been watching Israeli and Jewish targets. The weekly German-language magazine FOCUS reported that arrest warrants for the suspects listed them as being members of the al-Quds force, which is part of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and is considered a terrorist organization by the United States. The alleged spies had been monitoring Israeli and Jewish targets, according to the report. Israel’s Ambassador to Germany, Jeremy Issacharoff, said Israel had “bolstered security” at the embassy and that Israelis were “warned” about the incident. A spokesman for the Federal Prosecutors Office said the raids – conducted by special forces in Berlin, Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia – took place early Tuesday at private homes and offices but no arrests were made. He said the suspects are believed to have “spied on institutions and persons in Germany on behalf of an entity associated with Iran.” Germany has had to deal with spies on their soil before. A Pakistani man was  convicted in Berlin last year of espionage and sentenced to more than four years in prison. His targets included Reinhold Robbe, who headed the German-Israeli Association. Germany’s Foreign Ministry said the Iranian envoy, Ali Majedi, was summoned just before the holidays and told that “spying on people and institutions with a particular relationship to the state of Israel on German soil is a blatant violation of German law.” A Quds Force-affiliated agent pleaded guilty in 2012 to plotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, DC. In 1992 three Iranian-Kurdish opposition leaders and their translator were shot dead at a Greek restaurant in Berlin. The shooting was believed to have been

Sugihara Honored By Prime Minister On Tuesday, leading Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic was killed in a drive-by shooting that is likely to reignite tensions between Pristina and Belgrade. The assassination occurred on the very day that Serbia and Kosovo had resumed talks on normalizing ties after a hiatus of more than a year. The Serbian government official in charge of Kosovo, Marko Djuric, said the murder was “a criminal, terrorist act against the entire Serbian people.” Ivanovic was shot dead by gunmen firing from a car as he arrived at the headquarters of his party in the flashpoint town of Mitrovica at about 8:15 a.m. Ivanovic, who was set to face a retrial on charges of war crimes over the Kosovo conflict after an earlier conviction was thrown out, had been hit by five bullets. Police later found a burnt-out car that was presumably used in the attack. Ivanovic, 64, of the Social Democratic Party, was considered a moderate politician in the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica. Last year he was elected a deputy in the municipal council of northern Mitrovica. A former Serbian state secretary for Kosovo, Ivanovic was a key interlocutor with NATO, the United Nations, and later the European Union after the 1990s war and was seen as backing dialogue with Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic swiftly called an emergency meeting of the council for national security after the shooting, national broadcaster RTS reported. “Whoever is behind this attack… whether these are Albanian, Serb or any other criminals, they have to be punished, they have to be brought to justice,” Djuric said in Brussels, where he was heading the delegation due to hold talks with Kosovo Albanians on Tuesday. Under pressure from the international community and European Union auspices, Kosovo and Serbia have been trying to normalize ties for almost 20 years since

After many years spent at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Julian Assange, 46, founder of WikiLeaks, will now be allowed to travel to Ecuador. Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa announced on Thursday that Assange was finally granted citizenship. At a news conference in Quito, Espinosa said Assange was granted naturalization on December 12. She called the measure “one more ring of protection” for the fugitive who is wanted by the Swedish authorities for crimes against women, a charge he vehemently denies. After a 2016 United Nations report concluded that the WikiLeaks founder had been arbitrarily detained by Sweden, in May 2017 Sweden dropped the charges. There is still a UK arrest warrant out for the controversial figure. He is also wanted by the U.S. for leaking government secrets. Assange is afraid that if he leaves the Ecuadorian Embassy in London he could end up being extradited to the U.S. and potentially face the death penalty for his crimes. The goal is for Ecuador to eventually help remove Assange from the embassy. “We will continue to protect Julian Assange while his physical and psychological integrity are at risk,” Espinosa said. “We are a country that defends human rights and, additionally, a country that respects international law. “We believe Julian Assange’s situation, from a human perspective, is not sustainable. A person cannot live in these conditions forever. And we are very respectively looking with the United Kingdom to find mechanisms that lead to a solution,” Espinosa added.

Many decades after Chiune Sugihara defied his Japanese superiors and saved over 6,000 Lithuanian Jews from the Nazis, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be honoring Sugihara’s bravery. Sugihara is among the 15 or so diplomats that issued visas for European Jews during World War II. He is often referred to as the Japanese Schindler, a reference to German industrialist Oskar Schindler who saved 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. Thousands of Jews were saved through Sugihara’s visas, including the entire Mir Yeshiva. At least 2,139 visas signed by Sugihara have been documented, many of them issued to entire families. Prime Minister Abe will visit the two-story building that served as the consulate where Sugihara was stationed in the Baltic state’s second city Kaunas. One month after the invasion of Poland by Germany, Sugihara was appointed as the vice-consul in Lithuania. When Moscow invaded Lithuania one year later, crowds of Jewish refugees began lining up at the Japanese consulate seeking visas. In July and August 1940, Sugihara issued over 2,000 visas, working 18 hours a day and circumventing strict instruction from Tokyo to not do so. He would write roughly another 4,000 visas in the following few months, sometimes working from his hotel room and, according to some witnesses, even from the Kaunas-Berlin train before he left for Germany, throwing them out the window. Those who were fortunate enough to

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Bibi’s India Itinerary Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a warm welcome to India by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the presidential palace with ceremonial cavalry and a full military guard this week. “This is the dawn of a new era in the wonderful friendship between India and Israel. It began with the historic visit of Prime Minister Modi in Israel, who created great enthusiasm, and continues with my visit here, which I must admit is very moving for my wife and myself, like all residents of Israel. It will help to further nurture our societies, will bring growth, peace and progress to both peoples,” Netanyahu said at the ceremony.

white and blue wreath on his tomb. Modi met Netanyahu at the airport, which is a break from Indian tradition. Modi has only met two world leaders – then-President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping – at the airport before. On Tuesday, Netanyahu and his wife Sara visited the Taj Mahal. The prime minister said that the 17th century Mughal monument was a “magnificence of beauty.” In his comments in the visitors’ book, Netanyahu wrote, “Deeply appreciate the magnificence of the beauty of this unforgettable monument to love.” The couple spent an hour and a half on the Taj premises and got their photograph taken at the iconic Lady Diana’s chair. Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue in Delhi later on Tuesday Netanyahu lauded Prime Minister Modi for India’s improved ranking in ease of doing business rankings. India had jumped 30 places to become the 100th friendliest business destination, as perceived by the World Bank. Netanyahu said: “The strong survive, the weak don’t survive; you make peace and alliances with the strong.” Stressing upon the need for greater cooperation between the two nations, he said: “I like soft power, but hard power is usually better. You need F-35s, you need cyber, you need a lot of intelligence...especially from a country like Israel.” Netanyahu is set to visit the Chabad House in Mumbai on Thursday with Moshe Holtzberg, the young boy whose parents were slaughtered in a 2008 attack at the Chabad House. He will also meet with the Jewish community in Mumbai.

Cellphone Bomb Found in Joseph’s Tomb

The two leaders met for a few hours and then Bibi visited the site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated and laid a

On Monday, Israeli security forces removed a bomb from Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus in the West Bank, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. The bomb, found in a cellphone during a security scan to secure the tomb for about 1,000 worshipers, was removed from the tomb and detonated by security forces. Protestors threw stones at security

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forces upon their entry to and departure from the site, damaging their bus but resulting in no casualties. Nablus, built on the site of the ancient Biblical city of Shechem, is located in Area A of the West Bank, which is exclusively administered by the Palestinian Authority. The Jewish holy site has been targeted by Palestinians in the past. In October of 2015, hundreds of rioters set the tomb ablaze before being dispersed by Palestinian Authority police. The area suffered severe damage, but thankfully no one was wounded. In addition to finding the explosive this week, IDF forces seized two weapons during an operation in the village of Silwad, near Ramallah. Shin Bet and Israel Police arrested 11 suspected of terrorist activity overnight as well. 

Former Supreme Court Justice Dies at 91



A 24-year veteran of the Israeli Supreme Court has died at the age of 91. Justice Eliyahu Winograd was best known for heading the Winograd Committee that investigated the 2006 Second Lebanon War. The committee criticized the behavior of both the army and the government after the war, most notably calling out Ehud Olmert, IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz, and Defense Minister Amir Peretz. President Reuven Rivlin said of Winograd that “he was a man of law and justice whose understanding and concern for the security of Israel were astounding... May his memory be for a blessing.” Yair Lapid, the chairman of the Yesh Atid party, said that Winograd was a “top judge, a man of justice and righteousness. His legacy will continue with us for many years to come.” Winograd was born in Tel Aviv in 1926. He was appointed as a judge in 1972 and served as president of the Tel Aviv District Court in 1929. In 1996 he retired from the bench and spent his days as an arbitrator and a mediator. He was a partner at Gideon Fisher & Co. law firm and also chaired several public committees, including panels that probed the whereabouts of captured Israel Air Force aviator Ron Arad, national pension funds, and the 1992 air force cable car accident and rescue. Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said Winograd “achieved significant appreciation from the public and from experts, and it was no coincidence that he was appointed to head so many commissions... The truth was the only thing that he ever focused on... in all of his years as a judge.” Winograd is survived by three children, grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.

OWS Protester Awarded 1¢

This may be the only time that losing may have been more respectable than winning. Eric Gersbacher joined the Occupy Wall Street protests back in 2011 on day three of the movement. He was arrested by the NYPD shortly after as they attempted to disperse a crowd and he refused orders. In a video account of the incident Gersbacher is seen at a protest at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan sitting on a tarp and banging a metal pot lid. After being told to move and refusing, a group of cops grabs Gersbacher, throws him to the ground, and rushes away with him in tow. Gersbacher sued the city, claiming that the NYPD roughed him up unnecessarily, and a Manhattan federal jury agreed that the officers used excessive force. So what did Gersbacher make off the city? The grand jury awarded him a whopping one cent. The panel found that NYPD Deputy Inspector Edward Winski used excessive force against Gersbacker, however, they did not believe that the victim deserved significant compensation. This is one of nine lawsuits that Winski is named in. Gersbacher, 27, claimed in his 2014 suit that the incident resulted in “severe bruises, scars, and cuts on [his] forehead” and that he “suffered prolonged pain in his back, neck, shoulders, arms, and wrists.” He is currently a grad student at the University of San Diego and claims that he was forced to withdraw from Buffalo State college due to his injuries. Additionally, Gersbacher says that the arrest caused him financial loss. Allegedly, after his employer heard about the charges, he was asked to leave his position. The judge on the case, Judge Gregory Woods, noted weaknesses in Gersbacher’s case. He dismissed six of his seven claims before they were even heard by the jury last week. Woods pointed out that although Gersbacher said he had “a long-lasting abrasion” on his forehead, he “was unable to identify any injury to his head” when he looked at a still frame of himself taken from a video of the incident.

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Woods also wrote that Gersbacher later bragged about the incident in Facebook posts, saying he “got arrested like a cool kid” and “did it knowing it’d make the whole [OWS] thing stronger.” Pat Miller, chief of the city Law Department’s special federal litigation division, said, “The penny verdict shows the jury agreed this case had very little merit.’’ I heard he spent his penny on an Uber back to Grand Central Terminal.

Saudi Prince Scam Some may call Anthony Gignac bril-

liant. He pulled off a massive scam, fooling many of those around him about his identity, ethnicity, and finances. Gignac talked the talk and walked the walk of a Saudi prince, arriving at meetings in his custom tailored suits in his 2016 Ferrari with diplomatic plates. He generally referred to himself as Sultan Bin Khalid Al Saud. He walked around claiming to be a Saudi prince in search of a big-time business deal for his father, the king. However, the truth is that Gignac was born in Colombia. He had been sneakily making his mark on American soil since the 1990s and across the United States – including Miami in 1993 and 1994, when he left behind huge debts in Bal Harbour,

Cocowalk and Coral Gables. For the last decade he maintained a low profile before returning to Miami in 2017, again trying to get by as Saudi royalty in order to defraud businesspeople out of money, properties and other valuables.

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from Miami-Dade companies to discuss a multimillion dollar investment to buy a hotel. Of course, he couldn’t pull such a scam off on his own. He had at least one accomplice, Carl Marden Williamson, who attended meetings with him and accompanied him. Williamson was also charged with impersonating a foreign diplomat and conspiring to commit a crime against the United States. On June 4, he purchased a false diplomatic license plate on eBay. Gignac took the act very far and would entertain guests and potential investors in his penthouse on Fisher Island, where the front door had a sign that read “Sultan.” Often during the visit he would show potential investors alleged documents from the Bank of Dubai showing he had $600 million available. His LinkedIn account still reads, “Sultan bin M al-Saud” and he says that he is currently studying for a Juris Doctor degree in international relations and affairs at Harvard University, from where he already obtained a master’s in business administration in 2007. Over the years Gignac had many runins with the law for different crimes including fraud, intimidation, and possession of an illegal weapon. He served time in prison, was let out, and then committed more crimes. Gignac is currently being held at a detention facility in Oklahoma City awaiting extradition to Florida to face charges of conspiring to commit a crime against the United States, impersonating a foreign diplomat, misuse of a passport, aggravated identity theft, and possession of a firearm by a convicted criminal. He faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. No doubt they’re not giving him the royal treatment.

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Look what the storm blew in. Or maybe blew out? During the January 4th blizzard, a brine shed that was moored at McCurdy’s Smokehouse off Lubec, Maine, was blown to nearby Campobello Island in New Brunswick. The fishing-industry building is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is now half-submerged in waters near the Canadian island.

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The Telltale Tattoo A Japanese gang member is now ruing the day he decided to have his whole body tattooed. Shigeharu Shirai was arrested last week in Bangkok after police identified him by his intricate tattoos. The 74-year-old had been on the run from police and had been hiding in Thailand for ten years before his arrest. In August, Shirai was photographed by a Thai man when he was playing checkers with his shirt off. The man was impressed with Shirai’s tattoos and put the photo on Facebook, where it was shared over 10,000 times. Subsequently, police caught wind of the photo and identified Shirai. He was arrested on charges of murder. During his time in Thailand Shirai married and kept a low profile. Japanese associates paid visits to him a few times a year bearing gifts. Shirai was a member of a faction affiliated with the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest yakuza, or underworld, syndicate. Tattoos on the back, upper arms and a missing tip of a little finger are trademarks of Japanese yakuza. Seems like his tattoo tattled on him too.

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We are known as the People of the Book. As such, our homes are lined with books and we are fearful of throwing books out, even after their spines are bent and their pages are torn. Here is some inspiration for those who like to hold onto their books forever. Garbage collectors in Ankara, Turkey, have opened a public library comprised entirely of books once destined for the landfills. The library, located in the Çankaya district, was founded after sanitation workers started collecting discard-

ed books. For months, the garbage men gathered forsaken books. As word of the collection spread, residents also began donating books directly. Initially, the books were only for employees and their families to borrow. But as the collection grew and interest spread throughout the community, the library was eventually opened to the public in September of last year. “We started to discuss the idea of creating a library from these books. And when everyone supported it, this project happened,” said Çankaya Mayor Alper Tasdelen, whose local government oversaw the opening of the library. Today, the library has over 6,000 books ranging from literature to nonfiction. There is also a popular kid’s section with comic books and an entire section for scientific research. Books in English and French are also available for bilingual visitors. The library is housed in a previously vacant brick factory at the sanitation department headquarters. With an aged brick façade and long corridors, the space was ideal for a library. The collection grew so large the library now loans the salvaged books to schools, educational programs, and even prisons. “Village schoolteachers from all over Turkey are requesting books,” Tasdelen said. The city government also hired a full-time employee to manage the library. The library is often filled with children of municipal employees and students from nearby schools. There is also a lounge area for readers and chess boards for visitors. The library is especially popular with cyclists who bike in the nearby valley and break for a quick read and cup of tea. “Before, I wished that I had a library in my house. Now we have a library here,” Serhat Baytemur, a 32-year-old garbage collector, said. You know what they say, one man’s trash is another man’s library.

Mango-Avocado Love mangoes? What about avocadoes? Now you won’t have to choose between your two favorite foods. An Indonesian company has announced that it has created a “mango avocado.” Lest you think you are going to be taking guacamole to a whole new level with this fruit hybrid, the company really means that the mango that it has grown has certain avocado tendencies, i.e. an avocado’s look and feel if picked at the right time. Hence the name: the arum manis mango, meaning “fragrant and sweet” mango. It’s doubtful that a food craze will take place over this delicious fruit. The mango-avocado effect only happens if it’s picked at the right time. So Whole Foods people please settle down.

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Community Daniel & Liora Adler Honored At KHDS Annual Journal Dinner Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton (KHDS) honored Daniel and Liora Adler on Tuesday evening, January 9, 2018, at the Annual Journal Dinner, the school’s major fundraiser of the year. The Adlers began their KHDS journey in 2004 and have been extremely involved in the school and the community ever since. Daniel joined the KHDS Board of Trustees in 2007, and is currently an Executive Board member and Treasurer. His extreme attention to budget detail is a great asset to the school. He is Founder & Chairman of Teach Florida, part of the OU Advocacy, where he advocates for greater State funding for all Jewish schools and makes it a priority to lobby for school grants and funding. Just recently Daniel was instrumental in securing a visit from Governor Rick Scott where the Governor pledged additional security funding. In addition, Daniel is involved with AIPAC, and also serves on the Katz Yeshiva High School Board and Finance Committee. Daniel is one of the lead lay chazanim at Boca Raton Synagogue and in his “spare” time he enjoys learning Torah, biking and most of all making a difference in communal affairs. When not volunteering, Daniel is a well-respected business leader in the beauty industry where he is President & CEO of Buymebeauty, Inc. based in Fort Lauderdale. Liora, or Dr. Adler, as she is known by many, is a pediatric emergency room physician at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital where she spends her time saving lives. She also works with children and adults with special needs and disabilities at Camp HASC during the summer. Liora joined the PTA Board in 2005 and has volunteered innumerable hours on its behalf, spearheading many programs, including annually hosting the brunch for new KHDS moms, among countless other projects. Most recently her work on the hurricane relief effort resulted in over 300 boxes of donated items being collected. In addition to her donation of time, Liora has continuously renewed her PTA Guardian of Learning Society membership over the years. Liora enjoys using her creative talents on many “Martha Stewart-like” projects and also enjoys running marathons, of course as a fundraiser! The Adlers recognize the important obligation of tzedakah and continue to

Dedication Award. Neomi Aharon, Jill Kaminetzky, Sara Mizrahi, Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Smolarcik, Sari Vine and Tzippy Wolf were honored for 13 years of service to the school, and Hana Marin for 26 years. The evening, which took place at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, was co-chaired by Rabbi Josh & Simone Broide and Michael & Risa Zimmerman. A special cocktail reception for Atid Legacy Society members and honorees took place prior to the dinner.  The tribute program followed the buffet dinner. In addition to honoring the Adlers and Faculty Dedication Award Recipients, Board President Daniel Katz presented the 1st ever Dor L’Dor Society Award to KHDS grandparent, Board member and Founder, Hel-

make lead gifts to the school as major gifts donors since 2012. They are also Atid Legacy Society members through their commitment to the school’s Life & Legacy planned giving campaign. They exhibit true mensch-like qualities and exude modesty, kindness, caring and leading by example. The Adlers have graduated one child and currently have two children attending KHDS. The Annual Journal Dinner also honored seven faculty members who were each presented with the KHDS Faculty

en Cohan for her long time commitment to the school.  Rabbi Adam Englander, Head of School,  was also presented with an award for his 12 years of dedication to KHDS, along with a winter coat (for his future trip up north).  Entertainer Shalom Sherman concluded the program with a “mind-blowing” performance. The dinner and commemorative Journal raised over $190,000 for the school’s Scholarship Fund. KHDS awards over $1.4 million in scholarships annually. Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton is a modern Orthodox Zionist day school, educating over 500 students from age 2 through 8th grade. For more information call 561-470-5000 or visit the website at


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Fuld Further Inspires KYHS Students’ Love for Israel One of the core values of Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida is our belief and support of the land, state and people of Israel. Throughout the year, we have an active Storm for Israel student club, send around 50 students to AIPAC, partner with important organizations such as JNF and Stand With Us, and relish the opportunity to hear from various Israeli speakers and advocates. One such speaker is Hillel Fuld.

Hearing Hillel Fuld, an entrepreneur, journalist, vlogger, and leading startup advisor in Israel further enhanced KYHS students’ love and pride for Israel. Students had the privilege to hear from the leading startup advisor himself about Israel’s success in the tech field. Fuld began as a blog writer in Israel, writing about technology. As the years progressed, start up companies started reaching out to Fuld for advice. Fuld

has years of marketing experience with both Israeli and Silicon Valley startups

and works with many global brands in an official marketing capacity including Google, Oracle, Microsoft, Huawei, and others. During his career, Fuld had the chance to meet many of the top people in tech field including Steve Wozniak, the cofounder of Apple. Katz Yeshiva students learned that Israel is the leading investment country with over four billion dollars in start up money being invested every year. Considering the fact that Israel is the size of New Jersey, it is remarkable that they are world’s leading start up nation. Israel’s success does not reflect its size. It is even more miraculous that despite its location in the most highly dense region of conflict in the world, Israel is still able to be innovative and thrive. One suggestion Fuld gave for this was that in Israel, army service is mandatory and as a result each student enters college with more maturity than is typical in other countires. Furthermore, Israel must be innovative in order to survive in such a conflicted region. Israel must constantly be producing new technology as means of protection and Godwilling one day this technology will be the key to solving the Middle East crisis. Students had the opportunity to engage in dialogue with Fuld and were able ask enriching questions which further contributed to their amazement of Israel. Akiva Groman class of 19’ explains, “We were given the chance to ask questions that could potentially help us with our future careers and decisions if we were to move to Israel”. Overall, students at KYHS really benefited from hearing how technologically advanced Israel is. Sara Deichman reflects, “ Fuld gave students an insight into how innovate Israel truly is and inspired students, like myself, taking an engineering  course, to fully appreciate all the tech world has to offer.”  Another student, Michal Amar sums his talk up,” As Fuld said, Israel in itself is the ultimate StartUp. It’s very existence is what inspires us to achieve these technological feats he described. It was amazing to hear fact after fact about Israel’s technological superiority; it only enhanced my love for the land and its achievements.” KYHS is extremely grateful to Fuld for speaking and inspiring the entire student body.

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Brauser Maimonides Academy Opens New Outdoor Sports Complex

On Tuesday, December 19th, the last night of Chanukah, BMA hosted a community-wide celebration for the opening of Brauser Maimonides Academy’s Brand New Outdoor Sports Complex. Thanks to an anonymous donation, earmarked for

the outdoor sports complex, BMA is in the final stages of renovating their entire outdoor sports complex with brand new regulation size basketball courts and a regulation size soccer field. Students, parents, board members, grandparents and

friends gathered together to watch a Board of Directors vs. Men Staff and Female Staff vs. 8th Grade Girls Basketball faceoff on the brand new courts. Mrs. Lauren Segelbaum, BMA’s Assistant Principal for K – 8th Grade, joined in on the afternoon’s

activities and commented, “The energy and excitement was palpable, there was a real sense of community as we all joined together to celebrate Chanukah, sportsmanship and BMA”.

Two Awesome Concerts, Two Separate Locations, One Amazing Evening: Hosting Simply Tsfat in Aventura & Oneg Shemesh in Boca Raton Please Join Beit David Highland Lakes Shul in conjunction with the Neshama Foundation in welcoming the world-renowned band “Simply Tsfat” in concert on their “Gratitude is the Attitude” Tour on January 27th at 8:45PM. Location: Beit David Highland Lakes

Shul 2600 NE 209th Street Miami FL 33180 When: January 27th 2018 Time: 8:45PM Info: 786-877-9277 Tickets: Early $12 & At-Door $18

And then a short time later… Please Join singer/song writer & guitar player Oneg Shemesh in singing the timeless song of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.  When? Feb 19th Time? 7:30pm  

Where? Congregation Torah Ohr 19146 Lyons Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33434 How much? $10 in advance $15 at the door.  For more information visit www. 


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Masoret Yehudit’s 6th Annual Chumash Celebration AInat Sharon Schools celebrate students in a variety of ways. Masoret Yehudit’s annual Mesibat Chumash is one of the more powerful festivities of the year. No matter how many events we have throughout our school year, Masoret Yehudit’s Mesibat Chumash still brings many parents and guests to tears every time. Masoret Yehudit held its 6th annual Chumash Presentation on Dec 27th, at the Highland Lakes Shul. Parents, grandparents, teachers, family and friends gathered together to celebrate this special day. “Shehcheyanu ve kiyimanu ve higiyanu la zman hazeh!” The Shehecheyanu blessing is said to express gratitude for new experiences. It is typically recited at the beginning of holidays and to celebrate special occasions. Is there a more appropriate time to say this blessing upon children receiving their first Chumash? This symbolizes the beginning of their formal torah learning, just like the beginning of Hashem’s creation of the world. What does it mean to have your very own Chumash? “Receiving a Chumash means she is able to grow everyday with the Jewish values, be more connected with Hashem, and do mitzvot. It was hard to hold my tears of joy”, said Aline Chemla, a 2nd grade mother. The most fulfilling task an educator may achieve is to teach and inspire children to develop a love for

day. “It was one of my most rewarding and memorable experiences”, said Morah Hila Atal. During the 2nd Grade performance, cameras were flashing, guests were clapping their hands, each child was wearing a unique costume, guests were dressed in formal attire, and children were singing and dancing. This is what created such an unforgettable moment. The feeling of accomplishment “that touches your soul and the pride we all felt was almost tangible”. We joined to commemorate this special day, together as a family. We would like to thank our dedicated staff and parent body for making this event memorable! May we succeed in fulfilling our children’s thirst for Torah always! Torah and it’s values. At Masoret Yehudit, we continue the tradition while striving to develop a deep love for Torah, and a sense of belonging within the children, as Nadia Aminov, a second grader’s mother stated, “Watching Benjamin receive his Chumash was such an amazing and satisfying feeling, and it is great to see him growing up in a Jewish school and learning all about the Torah.” Upon walking into the Shul, everyone was welcomed by a beautiful venue and our amazing second grade class. The room

was full of warmth, music playing in the background, embroidered Chumashim by the stage, a lavish breakfast, a gorgeous Chumash cake, personalized gifts and balloons around the room. The feeling of “achdut”/ togetherness was in the air. For over a month, all 22 second graders were preparing to receive their first Chumash. With the guidance of our dedicated duo, Morah Hila Atal and Morah Sima Kupper, our second graders practiced daily to prepare for this memorable

We invite you to come and visit us to see what we are all about, feel what every child feels and how we touch the souls of others. Come taste the sweetness of our learning, and hear our children’s voices. Join us on February 6, 2018, for our Open House. Follow us on our FB page for more information. You may also call 954-457-3899 or email us to schedule a tour.

Israel’s Defense Minister Treats Soldiers to Hanukah Pizza The winter holiday of Hanukah celebrates the military victory of the Jewish people against their oppressors. Now, over 2000 years later, the Israel Defense Forces protects the State of Israel, and the non-profit organization Yashar LaChayal provides its soldiers with humanitarian support and lets them know that they are appreciated. In that vein, on December 17

Yashar LaChayal hosted several dozen soldiers, as well as Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, at a Hanukah candle-lighting party in the “Warm Corner” rest station for soldiers it has recently built. The rest station, one of a dozen located throughout Israel, is located at the entrance to a town called Nokdim. Its purpose is to

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Pesach of Much Content Featuring ‘A Different Pesach Program’ BY ROCHELLE MARUCH MILLER

Ask any of the many satisfied guests to describe their experiences at A Different Pesach Program and they are likely to wax enthusiastic. Having established a sterling reputation as one of Orlando’s premier Pesach destinations, A Different Pesach Program is often described as being “a five-star hotel program without the hotel,” featuring luxurious private villas, nearby Disney attractions, a world-class Pesach menu, Ashkenazi and Edot Mizrahi minyanim, and a stellar array of amenities on par with those offered at upscale hotels. What makes this program unique is its high quality, consummate professionalism, and the meticulous attention devoted to affording each guest a Pesach of which lifetime memories are made. “The concept for A Different Pesach Program came about because we are a large family, consisting of six siblings,” explained Benjamin Atkin, the congenial founder of the program, who has been key to its success since its launch 14 years ago. “We wanted to celebrate our father’s 80th birthday and were looking for a venue that would be ideal for the occasion and for spending a beautiful and enjoyable yom tov together.” After performing his due diligence, Benjamin discovered Windsor Palms, a beautiful, gated community in Orlando, mere minutes away from Disney and a plethora of attractions. Highly impressed with the community’s properties and amenities, he rented a villa, as did each of his siblings. Initially, A Different Pesach Program

was a family-oriented experience. “We had fifty people—all family members— during that first year at Windsor Palms,” Benjamin recalls. “But people began hearing that there was another, more affordable option for having a beautiful and relaxing Pesach and they wanted to find out how they could participate in the experience. Several months prior to Pesach the following year, one of my siblings called, asking if one of her neighbors and her family could join us for Pesach that year. I agreed, of course, and another family joined us as well, giving us, that year, a Pesach comprised of ‘the large family,’ ‘the small family,’ and the ‘Atkin family.’” Since its inception, A Different Pesach Program has evolved into a premier Pesach experience, with over 1,000 guests expected to participate this year. “We try to combine the best of the Pesach programs within the privacy of your own private villa.” In the early years, much of the cooking was done by Benjamin himself, a talented amateur chef with a passion for food, who orchestrated delicacies to perfection in the tradition of master chefs. But that was long before A Different Pesach Program became a Pesach tradition, drawing wonderful families from near and far. “We are under the hashgachah of ORB, with a mashgiach temidi on premises,” Benjamin said. “We have a staff of over 30 and we have a fantastic culinary team, headed by Aaron Zelman. Aaron runs everything and keeps things running smoothly. Redefining service to an art, host Kenny Jerome’s signature touch is

evident in the seamless orchestration of every detail.” He adds, “We strive to create an environment that is responsive to our guests’ needs by giving a wide array of glatt kosher delicious foods prepared by top chefs.” Unparalleled for fare, quality, and elegance, Five Star Caterers, the program’s catering team, was founded in 1998 by Kenny Yager. Acclaimed throughout Manhattan and the entire tristate area, it is one of the most prestigious and creative caterers, catering at the finest hotels, country clubs, synagogues, and private homes. A gold bar of the industry, the culinary artistry of Five Star Caterers will enhance every meal at A Different Pesach Program. Easily the most affordable and relaxing way to enjoy Pesach in Orlando, A Different Pesach Program affords guests the Pesach of a lifetime at a fraction of the cost of a “conventional” vacation. Celebrate Pesach in the comfort of your own luxury villa, nestled within a gated community, far from the crowds and devoid of the pressure often associated with hotel stays. Savor your privacy as you wish, enjoy a refreshing swim in your private pool, play tennis or volleyball, enjoy the “lazy river,” or take advantage of the many amenities offered. When you are ready to avail your family of such amazing attractions as Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and more—all just minutes away—the only challenge you face is deciding which to visit first!

Simply stated, when planning your Pesach vacation, choose judiciously. A Different Pesach Program is a wise option, offering both quality and value. With both gated communities featuring a selection of luxury villas to accommodate families both large and small, “You get your own home and are not cramped together in one hotel room,” says Benjamin Atkin. As well, meals are delicious and the food is plentiful. Every day, following both minyanim, a sumptuous gala kiddush will be served, followed by yom tov lunch. “We are sensitive to the dietary requirements of our guests. We are not a hotel program, but we are going to deliver lots of delicious food every day,” said Aaron Zelman. “We serve fresh salads as an integral part of our menu and everything is prepared fresh every day. We use the highest quality food items exclusively, including Schick’s baked goods and Klein’s ice cream products.” All the stars come out to shine at A Different Pesach Program. Featuring the multitalented performer Eitan Katz and scholars-in-residence Rabbi Lewis Wienerkur and Rabbi Simcha Bunim Berger, Pesach 2018 promises to exceed all expectations. For further information, please refer to the ad on page 51. Rochelle Maruch Miller is a contributing editor for the Five Towns Jewish Times. This article appeared in the 5TJT and is reprinted with permission.

Bezalel Academy Of Arts And Design Awards Annual Excellence In Arts To Alumnus Oree Holban Recognized For Success And Creations In Multiple Artistic Disciplines JERUSALEM- The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, in cooperation with the Elovic family of Miami, FL announced that the Ilana Elovic - Bezalel Prize for Excellence in the Arts 2017 was awarded to Oree Holban. Holban’s a cross-platformed artist with interests in music and fine art. His work consists of colorful neon installations that are infused with escapism, inspired by the spirit of America’s 50s, fantasies, gender and games. Holban graduated with honors (2010) from the Art Department of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and went on to graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Fulbright Fellowship (2015). In the near future, he plans to continue to create in Israel with the skills and experience he gained in the United States.

Musically, Holban is currently working on a debut album of original songs written in English that reflect his life. The award, named after the late artist Ilana Elovic, who passed away in 2006 after battling cancer, seeks to encourage and promote the works of recent graduates of Bezalel. Elovic’s dedication to her art is depicted through her paintings, ceramics, glasswork and metalwork. After her passing, her husband, Dr. Eugene Elovic, established an annual award in her memory. Alumni of the historic art institution in Jerusalem are welcome to apply within their first seven years of completing their time at Bezalel. Holban was chosen from among a group of 57 applicants. Founded in 1906, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is Israel’s oldest institution of higher education and the birthplace of Israel’s art culture. With programs ranging across the discipline,

LR; Eli Petel, Head of the Fine Art Department, Oree Holban, Dr. Eugene Elovic, Liv Sperber, Bezalel’s Vice President for International Affairs_Mariya Sharf

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Vazquez Inspires Katz Yeshiva High School Seniors Never Give Up. Three simple words. Never Give Up. Three simple words of immeasurable value, power, and bravery. Three simple words that were capable of inspiring students, of moving a crowd, of saving a life. It is fairly easy to be inspired. Inspiration lies everywhere. A moving book can capture a reader. A powerful sermon can enthrall congregants. A motivational speaker can captivate an audience. Finding inspiration is not the issue. The issue lies in the fleeting nature of inspiration. Yes, in the moment inspiration leaves individuals burning with a fiery passion, ready to do good, be good, make good. But all flames eventually extinguish. The inspiration never lasts long enough for us to act upon it, to make change. How do we harness and maintain this inspiration that lies all around us in our family, friends, and the beautiful world God gave us? How do we absorb motivation and use it to change? To make the world better? To make ourselves better? Alexis Vazquez may have finally given me this answer. Life as a teenager was pretty great for Alex. A student at Boca Raton High School,, Alex had been voted prom king and starred as the lead in every play and musical at his school. He had a huge circle of friends, a devoted girlfriend, and a promising future. He had it all. After a beautiful date with his girlfriend along the beach shore, on their way back to the car, Alex’s life was changed forever. A car struck him and his girlfriend, leaving Alex presumably dead on the street. Once first responders arrived at the scene find Alex barely alive, the fight began. The fight to keep Alex alive.

This fight did not end quickly. After being rushed to the hospital, Alex remained in a coma for over three months. When he finally awoke, he emerged from his coma comparative to an infant, unable to walk, talk, eat, or read. Alex had to spend years of his life literally growing up all over again, forced to relearn all the abilities we have that we so often take for granted. I am so privileged that my school, Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida, conducts JED talks, bringing in weekly inspirational speakers to our senior class. Particularly, I am extremely thankful to my teacher, Mrs. Sharona Kay, for bringing in Alex, her former student, to speak with us. But I know that my school, Mrs. Kay, and even Alex himself did not design this JED talks to be a description of a tragic accident. Alex’s story is not a tale of a tragedy. It is a tale of bravery, perseverance, and inspiration. It is a tale of how to react to the unimaginable, to overcome the horrific past, and to emerge a greater person in the future. Alex never gave up. He never stopped pushing, dreaming, fighting. He never allowed the statistics, the reality, the present, to have an impact on his future. He remained determined, strong-willed and simply believed. He knew recovery would be an arduous journey, but he was willing and ready to face the challenge knowing that he could not give up on his hopes, goals, and dreams. He had to learn how to crawl. Then stand. Then walk. He had to learn the alphabet. Then how to spell. Then to read and write. He had to learn how to be an adult all over again. After years and years of therapy, Alex

had a tremendous recovery. They told him he wouldn’t talk. He did. They told him he wouldn’t walk. He did. They told him he wouldn’t drive. He did. They told him he would never be medically independent. He is. He never gave up. Never. Today, Alex continues living his life based on this value. Alex is now working as a paraprofessional at Boca High, working with students with special needs and seizing every opportunity he gets to deliver speeches of inspiration and motivation. Alex recently decided to return to college at FAU, following his own mantra to never give up. What Alex has done and continues to do is great. He defied all odds. He survived. He recovered. He remained positive throughout. But what he does with his success is greater. After many tears and many laughs, as Alex’s messages came to an end, he instructed us to look down at the worksheets he had given out. They were titled “Never Give Up” and this is what they read: “I never want to forget that I can. I

CAN change my world and accomplish my hopes and dreams! I understand that it won’t come easily but I will do the following five things every day to be the best person I can be,” followed by five blank lines. Never in my life, in all the schooling, classes, and speeches I have been in, did I feel this empowered. Yes, I had felt inspired before. But no one had ever done what Alex had done. No one had ever given me and my peers this sense of empowerment, giving us a concrete, achievable method of bottling up this powerful inspiration and fueling it to make change. And it worked. I pledged five things on my paper, five attainable, positive actions to complete every day to make my day and that of those around me a little bit brighter. Alex inspired me. He inspired us all. But the greatness lies in the lesson he gave about inspiration. Alex finally taught my peers and me how to envelope inspiration and spread it to others. He has enabled me not only to continuously be inspired, but taught me how to continuously inspire others. I now keep this little handout tucked into the small pocket of my backpack. I don’t keep it there to look at it. I know what it says. I keep it there to keep the inspiration always by my side, bottled up and ready to motivate me and those around me whenever I need. With just the three simple words in the title. Never Give Up. Note: Kyhs students started a gofundme page for Alex. Readers who wish to contribute are encouraged to do so.

OU Announces Availability of “529 Education Savings Accounts” and Tax Planning for Tuition Payments As you may be aware, the recently enacted federal tax legislation contains a provision which the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center promoted and can be utilized to help our community’s parents with their tuition obligations. For many years, “529 Accounts” have been available for parents to save for college expenses in a tax advantaged way. Parents (or grandparents or others) have been able to deposit post-tax funds into an account for each child. Those funds are invested by the account managers in mutual fund portfolios. The gains accrued to the account are tax free. Additionally, most states provide a deduction on the state income taxes of a donor to a 529 Account. (The size of the state tax deduction varies state by state. For example, New York provides a state tax deduction of up to a

total of $10,000 per year for donations to 529 Accounts. Maryland provides a state tax deduction of up to $2500 per child per year for donations to 529 Accounts. New Jersey is one of the few states that provide no state tax deduction for 529 contributions.) The newly enacted federal tax law expands the eligible use of funds from 529 Accounts from being only for college expenses to include K-12 expenses — including parochial and private school tuition. Day school parents in our communities should consider opening 529 Accounts for each of their children in January, 2018. Of course, you should consult with your personal accountant or financial adviser with regard to your individual circumstances. But with the expansion provided by the

new tax law, there are ways for day school parents to benefit. The greatest financial benefit derived from 529 Accounts is depositing funds as early as possible and allowing them to accrue tax free gains over a period of years. Depositing funds in the early years of a child’s life can lead to substantial funds by the time that child reaches middle- or high- school age. Parents might also be able to benefit from the state tax deduction for 529 account deposits on a shorter term basis; you should consult with your financial adviser to explore other options. OU Advocacy and its affiliated TEACH Network (Florida’s affiliate is ‘TEACH Florida’) is exploring ways to work in Albany, Trenton, Annapolis, Tallahassee and other state capitals to

increase the value of this contribution deduction and thus benefit our community more. (We will be in further touch about those plans and how you can join the effort in the coming weeks.) Most of the states where our communities are located provide 529 Accounts with state income tax deductions. They maintain websites with a great deal of helpful information and we urge you to review the details there, in consultation with your financial adviser. The Florida website is: The Orthodox Union Advocacy Center is the non-partisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union and leads its advocacy efforts in Washington, DC and state capitals. OU’s TEACH Florida on advocating for the needs of the Florida non-public school community.

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Professor Alan M. Dershowitz is a Brooklyn native who has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights,” “the best-known criminal lawyer in the world,” “the top lawyer of last resort.” He has been named America’s most “public Jewish Defender,” -- He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School. Dershowitz, a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School, joined the Harvard Law School faculty at age 25 – the youngest in the school’s history -- and became an Emeritus professor after 50 years of t eaching and 10,000 students. Dershowitz has been called the “winningest” criminal lawyer in modern history and has argued hundreds of appeals in courts throughout the nation. He has never lost a client to the death penalty. He continues to devote half of his practice to pro bono cases and causes. Dershowitz has also published more than 1000 articles in magazines, newspapers, journals and blogs. These include the New Y ork Times, The News of the Week in Review, The W all Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, Jerusalem Post, Ha’aretz, and Algemeiner. Professor Dershowitz is the author of 35 fiction and non-fiction works with a worldwide audience, including the New York Times #1 bestseller. In addition to his numerous law review articles and books about criminal and constitutional law, he has written, taught and lectured about history, philosophy, psychology, literature, mathematics, theology, music, sports – and even delicatessens. More than a million of his books—translated in many languages -- have been sold worldwide. He has also been the recipient of numerous honorary doctor degrees and academic awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on human rights, a fellowship at The Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences and several Dean’s Awards for his books. In 1983, the Anti-Defamation League of the B’nai B’rith presented him with the William O. Douglas First Amendment Award for his “compassionate eloquent leadership and persistent advocacy in the struggle for civil and human rights.” In presenting the award, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel said: “If there had been a few people like Alan Dershowitz during the 1930s and 1940s, the history of European Jewry might have been different.” A Sandwich at Fenway Park has been named after him—pastrami, of course. He is married to Carolyn Cohen, a Ph.D. psychologist. He has three children, and two grandchildren.

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The Biale Rebbe Of Bnei Brak Visits Florida

WHAT MAKES BIALE BNEI BRAK UNIQUE? What is it about Biale Bnei Brak Rebbe that attracts thousands to the Rebbe? What propels hundreds of people to stand on line for hours for a meeting with the Rebbe?

phans and Widows, which functions under the Rebbe’s personal supervision. This special fund provides clothing, shoes, homey accommodations in the yeshiva dormitory, and even pocket money for the orphans studying in the Biale yeshivos. But most of all, the Rebbe takes these precious souls under his wing, opening his home for them and caring for their needs as only a father would. The Rebbe follows up on their learning and pairs them with private mentors. The Rebbe personally sees to it that they have new clothing before each holiday. Once, when the Rebbe returned from an overseas trip before Pesach, he went to visit the orphans straight from the airport, even before he saw his family, and gave each one money to buy clothing and gifts for Yom Tov, and only then did he go home.

THE FATHER OF THE ORPHANS The Rebbe doesn’t rest for a moment. He has 15 biological children, kh”r, The Rebbe spearheads institutions like “Mishnas Shimon”, Biale shuls and kollels in Bnei Brak, Jerusalem, Beitar Illit, Modi’in Illit, Ashdod, and Beit Shemesh, and closest to the Rebbe’s heart, the Fund for Or-

A SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT IN THE BIALE INSTITUTIONS IN ERETZ YISRAEL The Rebbe is renowned for his acts of charity. Widows and orphans in need of assistance know to turn to his address for help. Every erev yom tov trucks laden with goods are dispatched to provide the needy

Barely a year has passed since the Biale Rebbe’s last visit in the in Florida but it seems like so much more. Since then dozens of miracle stories resulted from the Rebbe’s blessings last year, and the sense of wonder and awe that remains with all those who met him in Florida buzz within the community. Now anticipation pulses among the Florida residents, who look forward to seeing the beloved Rebbe again, hearing his golden advice, and above all, seeing his loving smile.

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with everything they might need. Including: clothing, shoes, meat, fish, goodies and of course a hefty cheque which brings a smile to their wretched faces. Only two months ago the Rebbe celebrated the wedding of two orphans where the Rebbe acts as a surrogate father to both ever since they were orphaned at a young age. EDUCATION AND DOMESTIC PEACE Amongst the Rebbe’s many attributes is a deep perception in all areas of life. Parents from all parts of the world consult the Rebbe about education issues. Many times the Rabbi provides surprising advice which brings about a complete change to the entire household. Homes which were full of strife are now happy, peaceful homes. Countless cases of conflict between couples are solved following the Rebbe’s instructions. Even in hopeless circumstances peace was restored thanks to the Rebbe’s immense investment and intervention. AN ENGAGEMENT PARTY AT 3:00 A.M. One of the Rebbe’s “hobbies” is helping singles find their marriage partners. Many single boys and girls and parents of singles come to the Rebbe for his encouragement and blessing. But more than just offer his blessing, the Rebbe actively seeks marriage partners for them. This last summer, the Far Rockaway community residents were invited to an engagement party. Both the chassan and the kallah were already in their thirties! Only the couple in focus knew the real story, that were it not for the Biale Rebbe this happy occasion would never have happened. It was the Rebbe who encouraged and supported and even “pushed” the bond. The Rebbe dedicated countless of hours upon hours with each one, until finally at 3.00 a.m. another plate was broken setting the

The Rebbe’s Residence in Florida Now the residents of Florida can merit seeing the Rebbe again. During his yearly visit Florida are hosting the Rebbe in their midst, The Rebbe’s lodgings in Florida will be From Tuesday January 9 AT THE RESIDENCE OF: MR. & MRS. JEFF & ORLY STERN 4396 PINE TREE DR., MIAMI BEACH, FL 33140. Then for a few days at the home of the honorable, Mr. & Mrs. BENNI & LUNA TETNER-KEREN., at 3190 NE 211TH ST. AVENTURA, FL 33180. Then at the home of the honorable, Mr. & Mrs. BARRY & CAROLE LYNN., at 3650 N. 52ND AVE HOLLYWOOD, FL 33021 Oneg and Tish Friday night in Miami Beach A large crowd is expected to come to draw spiritual pleasure and delight, to hear the singing at the “Oneg Shabbos” tish which the Rebbe will conduct this Friday night Parshas VAERA, JANUARY 12, will be held at the residence of MR. & MRS. JEFF & ORLY STERN 4396 PINE TREE DR., MIAMI BEACH, FL 33140. At 8:30. Oneg and Tish Friday night in Aventura Lakes The “Oneg Shabbos” tish which the Rebbe will conduct this Friday night Parshas BO, JANUARY 19, will be held at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. BENNI & LUNA TETNER-KEREN., at 3190 NE 211TH ST. AVENTURA, FL 33180. At 8:30. A special part of the tish is when the Rebbi recites the “Kiddush” in a special nussach keeping the entire crowd electrified to his holy Avodah. It is a known fact to his Chassidim that the time of “Kiddush” is a special time with potential to bring about great salvation. Singing together at the tisch moves the masses each time as if they are hearing it for the first time. The assembled feel a “real taste of paradise” each time they experience a Shabbos gathering. Now, the residents of the Florida also have the opportunity. If you haven’t yet met the Rebbe and you are interested in making a personal appointment for advice, blessing, or guidance, you can do this now by phoning the Rebbe’s personal English-speaking secretary, Reb Moshe Friedman at 917-272-4045 or send an email to BIALEBNEIBRAK@GMAIL COM. NOW IS THE TIME- DON’T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY!!

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Torah Thought Coalition or Opposition: Lessons from My Week in Israel with Reform, Conservative & Orthodox Rabbinical Students Rabbi Efrem Goldberg There is a large, flat monitor mounted in the lobby of Israel’s Knesset that displays headshots of all the current members of Knesset. Interestingly, in an effort towards transparency, the screen indicates which members are present in the building at any given time.  As I looked over the pictures, it occurred to me what a diverse group assembles and works together.  Among the members are Chareidim and secular, Jews and Arabs, men and women, left wing and right wing.  Many of these individuals are unlikely to interact socially or belong to the same community.  And yet, here they appear as part of one united entity.  Why? What brings them together?  Whether in the coalition or in the opposition, these MK’s who in many ways couldn’t disagree more, all participate in the same body because they have a simple choice to make.  They can sit on the sidelines as critics and antagonists, passive spectators to their own destiny, or they can work to have a seat at the table and collaborate alongside people with extremely different interests and lifestyles, so that they can contribute to shaping the future of their community and all of Israel. I have been to Israel countless times, but on the extraordinary trip I just returned from, I saw, heard and experienced things I had never before.  My dear friends, R’ Kirshner, R’ Eger and I went on a journey with thirty students from reform, conservative and orthodox rabbinical schools as part of The Leffell Israel Fellows program.  This AIPAC two-year fellowship, made possible by the Lisa and Michael Leffell Foundation, trains rabbinical students on Israel education and advocacy. For some, participating in an AIPAC mission was politically uncomfortable because of the perception that it leans politically to the right.  For others, joining a group with rabbinical students from other denominations was complicated.  Almost all the participants, though, shared the experience of leaving their comfort zone to be exposed to, and connect with, people with extraordinarily different religious and political views than their own. Together, through the people we met with and places we visited, we were reminded that as much as we all love and are devoted to Israel and focus on her beauty, there are complicated and difficult issues she faces going forward.  Mohammad Darawshe challenged us on the rights of Israeli Arabs. A visit to south Tel Aviv forced us to confront the issue of migrants and refugees from other countries seeking asylum in Israel.  A review of the IDF’s code of ethics with one of its authors made us consider the ethical dilemmas our soldiers face daily.  Brig.

Gen. Assaf Orion briefed us on the state of Israel’s security and Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin shared with us the nuances of Israeli politics. When we visited Kibbutz Nahal Oz and heard from Oshrit what life is like under the threat of rocket fire, we never imagined a mortar would land and explode the next day in the very spot that we stood. Aryeh Lightstone, senior advisor to Ambassador David Friedman, offered an inside look at the US-Israel relationship and Col. Gilad Eisin shared his perspectives on the future of Gaza.  A panel discussion on the challenges of religion and state included diverse perspectives; a session with activists from the Ethiopian, Chareidi, LGBT and women’s rights communities opened our eyes to their efforts and the obstacles they face.  An early morning visit to a Palestinian crossing followed by a meeting with a high-level PLO official and a Palestinian survey researcher brought perspectives we rarely, if ever, are exposed to. A session with Ambassador Daniel Taub, a member of Israel’s negotiating team, provided a behind-the-scenes look at negotiations. A panel comprised of Oded Revivi, the Mayor of Efrat and a leader of Yesha, and Yariv Oppenheimer, former CEO of Peace Now, modeled how two people with diametrically opposed views could debate rigorously and vociferously, while maintaining genuine warmth and friendship.  We were briefed by an expert on Iran and better understood not only the JCPOA, but the real time protests happening in the streets.  We toured the northern border with Lt. Col. Sarit Zehavi, who helped us understand the threat of Hezbollah and we learned about Israel’s multi-layer missile defense from one of Iron Dome’s engineers, Ari Sacher.  We visited Syrians being treated in Ziv Hospital in Tzefat, and heard from Dr. Einat Wilf about different definitions of Zionism.  In one week, we covered enormous ground and had the privilege of meeting with David Horovitz, Rabbi Dr. Danny Gordis, Yossi Klein Ha’Levi, and Dr. Gil Troy as well. As one of the rabbis in residence of the trip, I spent time getting to know almost every student. I was specifically interested in their reactions to what we were seeing and experience.  It was easy to shmooze with those who share similar positions to my own, but it was particularly eye-opening and startling to hear positions and perspectives I had never been exposed to and in some cases, didn’t even know existed.  Whether it was the students who described being embarrassed by Israel’s egregious moral sin of the continued “occupation,” or the student


while some maintain their differences from within a coalition, others express their disagreement by being in the opposition. With the rhetoric and passionate debate Knesset is famous for, ultimately its members are bound by one shared destiny that is far stronger than the differences that separate them. The day we visited Israel’s parliament, the members of Knesset we were meant to meet with had to cancel as they were attending the funeral of the wife of their colleague, Rabbi Yehuda Glick.  It wasn’t just members of Glick’s Likud party that weren’t available, but it was also members of Meretz, Israel’s far left, and others who went to be with their friend in his time of grief. Several years ago, research showed that 65% of Israeli high school students expressed racist views against Arabs and 57% of Arab high school students held similar views of Israelis.  In 1999, an effort was made to bring Israeli teachers into Arab schools and vice versa.  While complicated, it is now being done in 840 schools with more than 100,000 students being exposed to a teacher from the “other side.”  A more recent survey showed that racism dropped from 65% to 10% for Israeli kids and from 57% to 8% for their Arab counterparts. A similar phenomenon has occurred within the chareidi and secular segments of Israel.  The more segregated, the greater the judgment and hostility.  The more integration and exposure, the greater the affinity and affection.  Rav Shlomo Wolbe zt”l explains that someone is an achzar, cruel, when they see the other as ach zar, just a stranger, the other. The lesson is clear – the less we engage with one another, the easier it is to draw hostile conclusions and take adversarial positions.  By simply interacting professionally and socially, barriers are broken down and relationships are formed.  Relationships don’t deny the other person’s truths, they enable us to transcend them, even while we debate them. I will forever cherish the week with my new friends and family from across the denominations. These students, including the ones I fervently disagree with, are smart, thoughtful and passionate. Amazingly, we never felt the need to be apologetic in our debates, but always felt responsible to be respectful. I think the most important factor in our incredible time together was that our conversations centered on policies and positions, never on people or personalities. On many topics I could not disagree with them more, but at the same time, on the whole, I could not be more excited about the relationships we formed and how they have enriched my thinking, perspective and ahavas yisroel. Like the screen in the lobby of Knesset, the tapestry of the Jewish people is a mosaic of very diverse faces from different backgrounds and embracing incredibly different practices, lifestyles and views.  When it comes to the crucial need to work together for the good of the Jewish people, only some will show as present, while far too many will be absent.  Which will you be?

who explained to me that intermarriage is not losing Jews, it is expanding the boundaries of Judaism, I found myself listening to positions and perspectives I never understood or considered before, and would usually simply dismiss. To be clear, none of my religious or political positions shifted or changed. My commitment to Torah, halacha, and mesorah are unshakeable.  My conviction in our ancient ties to our homeland and my understanding of modern Israeli history and its implications on Israel’s security needs are firmly held.  These are my truths.  They come from my teachers, my tradition, my family, and my own exploration and experience.  Nevertheless, this trip forced me to confront, in ways I never have, the question of how to relate to other people’s truths, even when to me they ring false.  It was very clear to me that both in religion and politics, the students with whom I disagreed believe in their truths with similar conviction and confidence. We cannot simply will or wish other people’s positions away.  When we fail to respectfully persuade them, we cannot resort to trying to stifle or silence them.  So what can we do? Rabbi Soloveitchik describes another Knesset, not the parliament of the modern State of Israel, but Knesset Yisrael, the Jewish people (“Community,” Tradition XVII, Spring, 1978): The community in Judaism is not a functional-utilitarian, but an ontological one. The community is not just an assembly of people who work together for their mutual benefit, but a metaphysical entity, an individuality: I might say, a living whole. In particular, Judaism has stressed the wholeness and the unity of Knesset Israel, the Jewish community. The latter is not a conglomerate. It is an autonomous entity, endowed with a life of its own. We, for instance, lay claim to Eretz Israel. God granted the land to us as a gift. To whom did He pledge the land? Neither to an individual, nor to a partnership consisting of millions of people. He gave it to the Knesset Israel, to the community as an independent unity, as a distinct juridic metaphysical person. He did not promise the land to me, to you, to them; nor did He promise the land to all of us together. Abraham did not receive the land as an individual, but as the father of a future nation. The owner of the Promised Land is the Knesset Israel, which is a community persona. Imagine if Knesset Yisrael, the Jewish people, followed the model of the Knesset and found a way to work together, despite our diversity and strongly held opposing views.  Being a Member of Knesset doesn’t demand Rabbi Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of uniformity or embracing someone else’s truth Boca Raton Synagogue. as your own.  There are separate parties, and


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Torah Thought

Parshas Bo By Rabbi Berel Wein


s the narrative of the Torah regarding the exodus of the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery reaches its climax in this week’s reading, I feel that it is important for us to concentrate on the verb that the L-rd uses so to speak in telling Moshe to once again appear before the Egyptian Pharaoh. The word “bo” in Hebrew means not only to come but it’s more nuanced understanding is to enter, to penetrate deeply into a place or person. The L-rd here tells Moshe to enter into the state of mind and the state of heart of the Egyptian Pharaoh. Not merely to appear before him in a superficial manner but rather to attempt to understand why he is so stubborn and what the true issue involved here is in the freeing of the Jewish slaves from Egypt. The L-rd is in effect informing Moshe that it is not only the stubborn will of Pharaoh that is involved in refusing to free the Jews, it is also the fact that the L-rd has

hardened his heart and given him the courage of his convictions. So, no matter how painful the blows being rained on Egypt, he will not give in. It is a further example to Moshe that the exodus from Egypt is an eternal lesson for the Jewish people and the world as

and illogical event and that it is the prime example of G-d’s right of the Jewish people throughout all of human history. There is much to be said for understanding the point of the view of one’s enemy. Only then can one take the correct defensive measures to protect oneself

By entering into the mindset of those who oppose and hate us, we gain an understanding as to how to counteract these diseased and cursed thoughts.

well, and that only by the miracles that the L-rd will perform will Pharaoh agree to free the Jewish slaves. It is the irrationality of Pharaoh in continuing to resist that indicates to Moshe, and through him to the Jewish people, that this is a supernatural

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3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

The Twelve Steps of Change

5. We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. 6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Dr. Yaakov Siegel The process of changing any dysfunctional or self-defeating behavior pattern is contained in the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Twelve Steps were first conceptualized as a program for overcoming alcohol dependency and are worded accordingly. However, the ideas apply equally to other qualities including, but not limited to: anger, procrastination, overeating, resentment, quest for recognition and many other desires that interfere with our ability to accomplish life’s goals. As with any system, recovery requires experience, knowledge and understanding of the intent of both the Program and the individual in order to apply the steps and tailor the system to work. The Steps are in sequential order because each step builds on the one that came before. Personal growth is not a race; each individual works at his or her own pace,

4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

sometimes taking months or years to complete one step only to accomplish the next 3 or 4 in a short period of time. The main thing is to have an experienced person to help guide you through the steps and to remain committed even when it becomes hard and seems to be going nowhere. Careful examination will reveal that the Twelve Steps include the basic process of T’Shuva as described in Halacha and Chazal. That is how we know it’s the Truth. These are the Twelve Steps in their original form - none of the wording has been changed: 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable 2. We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

7. We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. 8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. 9. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. 10. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. 11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. 12. Having had a spiritual awakening

as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs. Knowledge of the Twelve Steps is important for anyone who is interested in changing him or her self. It is equally useful when thinking about others (a spouse or child) who have to adjust their behaviors. We must remain cognizant of the process of change in order to have realistic expectations. For example, acceptance of personal responsibility, expression of remorse and making of amends come later in the process (Steps 5, 8, and 9). The early steps are more personal in nature and do not include others, even those that we have hurt. This is crucial to keep in mind when living with somebody who is struggling. Selfishly, we want to have our feelings validated and hear them apologize and make amends. Sometimes, we must learn to be patient and wait. Reaching out for our own treatment and support can give us the strength to cope until those milestones are reached.

Dr. Siegel is a licensed psychologist in private practice. He has held positions in Federal and State institutions providing clinical services and psychological assessment.  He also served as clinical coordinator at an addiction center where he supervised and trained staff.   Dr. Siegel can be reached at 732-8061513 or drsiegel@siegelpsychological. com



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Sheba Medical Center Chosen by American BioTech Company to Assist In Potential Cure for Hemophilia Steve K. Walz

BioMarin, a leading American biotechnology company (BMRN-NASDAQ), has chosen Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel to conduct research and a clinical trial of a ground-breaking gene therapy product that has shown promise as the “magic bullet” cure for hemophilia A the dreaded blood disease. Ground-breaking gene single therapy treatments use viruses to implant new genes into patients’ cells, so that a single dose might be enough to arrest or cure the disease. As a result of the initial trial conducted by BioMarin on 9 patients, they all stopped using clotting factor drugs to treat their hemophilia, and their annualized bleeding rate fell about 16 episodes a year to just one! “Their bleeding rates collapsed to zero or nearly zero and we’ve improved their quality of life beyond recognition,” said one of the doctors associated with the

initial trial. “Sheba Medical Center was chosen to take part in the next phase of international trials and will start enrolling patients (pending Ministry of Health approval, of course) in 2018, due to our excellent record conducting multicenter international therapeutic trials and basic research in patients with hemophilia and severe coagulation disorders,” Professor Gili Kenet, Director of the National Hemophilia Center at Sheba Medical Center revealed. “So far, 9 patients were cured and followed for over 1 year, after 1 infusion of gene therapy product (normal “engineered” gene of coagulation factor, delivered via AAV-(Adeno associated virus) vector to patients’ blood and to their liver, inducing production of the normal factor in hepatocytes). After the initial research results people in the medical community are be-

ginning to speak about curing hemophilia after a one time treatment with this new drug,” The National Hemophilia Center at Sheba Medical Center is also a leading internationally known Hemophilia Training Center (HTC). The center currently treats over 700 hemophiliacs a year with over 50 patients currently participating in clinical studies. These studies are led by Professor Kenet and her team of physicians and experienced study coordinators, who recently underwent 2 FDA inspections, and were graded as excellent. Professor Kenet is a world renowned expert on hemophilia, thrombosis and hemostasis and is the author of over 190 medical manuscripts, many of which have been published in noted journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet (UK). She is also an active mem-

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Political Crossfire

Will the Economy Save Trump? By Robert Samuelson


or President Trump, a lot is riding on the economy in 2018. If it continues to do well, it should bolster his popularity and his claim that he understands it better than his critics. But if it slows or drops into a recession, it would weaken that claim – perhaps his strongest selling point. So, what’s the economic prognosis? First, the usual caveat: presidents have only limited influence over the business cycle, which is heavily driven by outside events, past policies and the Federal Reserve. No matter. People still tend to credit or blame the sitting president for the economy’s performance. For Trump, that’s fabulous news. The economy is thriving, and most mainstream analysts believe it will stay that way through the year. An improving global economy compounds the effect. Consider the forecast from IHS Markit, a consulting firm. It expects U.S. economic growth of 2.6 percent in 2018, better than the 2.3 percent in 2017 and much better than the 1.5 percent in 2016. The unemployment rate, now 4.1 percent, will drop below 4 percent. But inflation won’t worsen. For 2018, consumer prices are expected to increase 1.3 percent, down from 2017’s 2.1 percent. All this recalls the “Goldilocks economy” of the late 1990s, when growth was fast enough to create jobs but not so fast as to stoke sharply higher inflation. More jobs, rising home prices and a surging stock market are boosting “consumer spending, [business] capital expenditures, and

housing,” Nariman Behravesh, IHS Markit’s chief economist, told clients. Who gets credit? Democrats can argue that 90 percent of the 17.6 million new jobs since the Great Recession’s low point occurred during Barack Obama’s presidency. Trump supporters can retort that the galloping stock market reflects confidence that his pro-business policies will raise economic growth. The more interesting question is

ings – that is, their profits) is about 24 for the Standard & Poor’s 500 stocks compared with a historical average of 17 since 1936, reports Howard Silverblatt of S&P. “Stock prices are a source of recession risk,” argue economists Gail Fosler and Edward Logan of the GailFosler Group. Simplified a bit, their theory goes as follows. There’s income and there’s wealth.

All this recalls the “Goldilocks economy” of the late 1990s, when growth was fast enough to create jobs but not so fast as to stoke sharply higher inflation.

whether events might derail the standard 2018 forecast. There are many possible threats: higher interest rates from the Fed; a financial crisis in China; war on the Korean Peninsula; a surprise leap in inflation. But the clearest danger comes from sky-high stock prices. From the 2016 election to the end of 2017, stocks rose 26 percent, propelled by advances in tech stocks, according to Wilshire Associates. That’s a paper gain of $6.7 trillion. By many standard measures, the resulting prices of U.S. stocks are high. The market’s P/E ratio (stock prices compared to their earn-

Income is what people earn from their jobs and their investments; wealth is what they own – mainly homes and stocks. For many years, changes in incomes and wealth moved together. Now, wealth movements have acquired a life of their own, so that shifts in wealth shape the business cycle. When people feel richer, they spend more. When they feel poorer, they spend less. What’s happening, they argue, is that stock prices have outraced income gains. When the resulting “bubble” bursts, paper wealth will be destroyed, spending will slow, and there

will be a recession. They think one will occur in 2018, probably in the second half of the year. Some economists are more pessimistic. They believe that the overvaluation of stocks is global, reflecting widespread easy-money policies of government central banks. “While in 2008 bubbles were largely confined to the American housing and credit markets, they are now to be found in almost every corner of the world economy,” writes economist Desmond Lachman of the American Enterprise Institute in The New York Times. Lachman says he feels fairly confident that stocks will retreat – but not when. What’s striking about the current situation is the huge disconnect between what’s happening in the economy and what’s happening in politics. Politics is unstable and chaotic. Polarization has intensified, and Trump has exacerbated political debate with his constant tweets. Meanwhile, economic confidence is strong, and the stock market acts as if it has not a worry in the world. To some extent, the contradictions can be reconciled by Trump’s pro-business tax and regulatory policies. But the gap is too wide for this to be a fully adequate explanation. Someday, the gap may be erased. But how? Will political chaos spoil the economy, or will economic confidence stabilize politics? (c) 2018, Washington Post Writers Group

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Health & F tness

Is Type 2 Diabetes Reversible? Part II By Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN


iabetes is a topic that is always in the news. Whether you are already diagnosed with diabetes and need management tips, you are at risk for developing diabetes, or you care for a loved one who is suffering from diabetes, everyone can always benefit from nutrition tips related to diabetes. A few months back, we discussed the topic in an article titled, “Is Type 2 Diabetes Reversible?” This subject certainly got a lot of interest due to the large diabetic population. The article explained that type 2 diabetes can be reversed through diet changes. The study that proved this hypothesis followed eleven overweight individuals between the ages of 35-65 who were clinically diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (HbA1c 6.5–9.0%). Nine individuals with no family history of diabetes, with normal glucose metabolism and taking no medications comprised the control group. The study group was given a liquid diet formula (46.4% carbohydrate, 32.5% protein and 20.1% fat; vitamins, minerals and trace elements; 510 calories/day). In addition, participants were allowed to eat three portions of non-starchy vegetables daily, allotting another 600 calories. Furthermore, participants were encouraged to drink 2 liters of water daily, or other energy-free beverages, and to continue with their regular habits of physical activity. The results of the study demonstrated that after eight weeks of dietary energy restriction the beta cell function increased towards normal and pancreatic fat decreased. However, the problem with this study is that this particular diet is not realistic and definitely lacking nutrients, and therefore, I do not recommend following such a diet. But don’t despair. A study was recently published in a journal called The Lancet with the same hypothesis. The study followed 306 individuals for one year. Participants were aged 2065 years who had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within the past 6 years, had a body mass index of 27–45 kg/m2, and were not receiving insulin. The intervention withheld all antidiabetic and antihypertensive drugs and required a strict diet of a total of 825-853kcal/day. The key factor is that it was structured for long term weight loss maintenance. After one year, the researchers founds that diabetes remission was achieved in 68 (46%) participants in the interven-

tion group. Diabetes remission is defined as glycated haemoglobin (HbA 1c) of less than 6·5% after at least 2 months off all antidiabetic medications. This study is groundbreaking since

almost half of the participants reversed their diabetes. This should give hope to every diabetic. Reversing type 2 diabetes is possible with proper weight loss management. “Our findings suggest that even if you have had type 2 diabetes for six years, putting the disease into remission is feasible,” says Professor Michael Lean from the University of Glasgow, who co-led the study. “In contrast to other approaches, we focus on the need for long-term maintenance of weight loss through diet and exercise and encourage flexibility to optimize individual results. “A major difference from other studies is that we advised a period of dietary

weight loss with no increase in physical activity, but during the long-term follow up increased daily activity is important. Bariatric surgery can achieve remission of diabetes in about three-quarters of people, but it is more expensive and risky and is only available to a small number of patients.” This article proves that such a goal is feasible and that the intervention is realistic. Yes, following a strict calorically-restricted diet is challenging and requires a lot of self- control, but if it means reversing your diabetes, the long term effects are definitely worth it.


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Forgotten Her es

Bet You Didn’t Know That about the Civil War By Avi Heiligman

A Confederate $2 bill


hroughout history wars have been gruesome and oftentimes have not resulted in actualizing the goals of either side. The American Civil War was different in that while it was the bloodiest conflict in American history (the Mexican Revolution in the 1910s and the Spanish conquests in Mexico had the most casualties in North American history) it brought a fractured country together once again. Slavery was soon abolished as a result of the war, and it was the indirect cause of the war. Many interesting facts and stories came from the war, and here are just a few of those stories that have been relegated to side notes in the bloody conflict. Besides for the military aspect of the war there was a political and economic aspect to be studied. Another country existed for four years called the Confederate States of America. While the United States, often referred to as the Union, never really accepted the cessation of Southern states, those Southern states had autonomous country. This included Confederates printing their own currency. Judah P. Benjamin was on the $2 bill and on early versions there was a depiction of the South striking down the North. While Confederate money held no true value in the North and after the war became valueless, today the bill sells for upwards of $40 to collectors. It also makes Benjamin the only Jew to ever be depicted on American currency. In its short history the South didn’t have much in the way of materials but what they did have was quality generals. Abraham Lincoln had the opposite problem while he served as command-

Abraham Lincoln and General George McClellan in the general’s tent near Antietam battlefield, October 1862 er-in-chief. His top generals at the beginning of the war left much to be desired and historians speculate that if General Grant had been promoted before 1864 to command the Army of the Potomac the war could have been shortened by two years. General George B. McClellan was one of several commanders of the army that just could not win key battles. He was a great strategist but when it came to dealing with

Sherman felt that it was his fault that the Union army was badly mauled at the First Battle of Bull Run, and he had a nervous breakdown. He didn’t want a promotion and made severe tactical errors like grossly underestimating the enemy’s strength. However, when Sherman was paired with Grant at Shiloh, Tennessee, he seemed to regain confidence and was able to lead an army once again. The March to the Sea

On another occasion he wrote to his wife that the president was "nothing more than a well-meaning baboon." Lincoln – well, let’s say that relationship was icy. In November 1861, the president paid a late night visit to the general to implore him to move the army. McClellan didn’t care for “Old Abe” Lincoln and refused to come out of his bedroom. On another occasion he wrote to his wife that the president was “nothing more than a well-meaning baboon.” Shortly thereafter, the general was sacked for good. William Tecumseh Sherman was a much better general than McClellan and was known for his “March to the Sea” in late 1864. Known as “Cump” to his friends, Sherman got his middle name from a famous Indian chief. However, his background before his promotion as the commander of Union troops in the Western Theater was a bit sketchy. In fact,

made him a war hero but he hated a song that was composed in his honor. Sherman even banned it from being played at speaking engagements; the last time it was played in his presence was at his funeral. Considering all the problems that Lincoln had to deal with regards to his generals, it is easy to see why the war dragged on for four long years. An important aspect of a regiment at the time was its band and drummer boys. There were about 10,000 estimated youngsters under the age of 18 serving in the war mostly as drummer boys. The youngest of these was John Lincoln Clem. A native of Ohio he tried to join a regiment when he was just ten-years-old. After the 22nd Michigan rejected him, Clem decided to tag along anyways. The men in the

regiment accepted him and chipped in for his monthly salary. Clem became a celebrity of sorts and a war hero before being captured. He was soon part of a prisoner exchange and fought in several battles. Twice wounded during the Civil War Clem continued to serve in the army well into the 20th century and retired as a major general. Interestingly, the oldest person to serve during the war was 80-year-old Curtis King. Before the war an average of 5,000 African-American slaves escaped to the North per year. This number increased to 5,000 per month during the war. Over half of the estimated 200,000 African-American Union servicemen were freed slaves, and 35,000 died during their service. At the end of the war, on May 1, 1865, some of these troops led 1,000 recently freed slaves to consecrate a new burial site for Union casualties in Charleston, South Carolina. This ceremony is cited as one of the earliest commemorations of Memorial Day. These are just some of the interesting stories that took place during the bloodiest conflict on American soil. The author is debating whether to write more strange and interesting stories on the Civil War (or any other war for that matter) so feel free to email him at aviheiligman@gmail. com to give your opinion on what should be written for future articles. Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comments and suggestions for future columns and can be reached at


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Dating Dialogue

What Would You Do If… Moderated by Jennifer Mann, LCSW of The Navidaters

Dear Navidaters,

My close friend Sheila has cried to me for many years about her daughter Miriam who single and has a history of not being the most popular girl on the block. Miriam is not a great beauty, not particularly charming or brilliant, and honestly, kind of boring and dull. Obviously, I would never say any of these things to Sheila. I am always encouraging about her daughter and try to always find something good to say about Miriam. But Miriam is nothing like her mother, and it’s been a problem in many areas for all of her life. Miriam is now 37 years old and recently met a man who is much older than her, divorced and they are dating pretty seriously right now. Sheila is already talking “wedding.” The dating and the divorce I don’t see as a problem. However, I don’t like this man. I’ve met him a number of times and there is just something about him that really gives me the creeps. I also don’t like the way he talks to Miriam. I don’t think he treats her respectfully. Sheila and I have two friends in common, and they both feel the same way about him. I actually did a little digging about his previous marriage and couldn’t get too much information because they lived out of town but I heard enough to concern me. Sheila is so thrilled that Miriam has a “boyfriend,” that I think she is blinded to anything I might say about the guy. She just wants to see her daughter married and hopefully have children soon. I see a disaster about to happen and so do my friends. We are all very concerned and not sure what our role should be at this point. Do we really speak our truth to Sheila and tell her how worried we are about this guy? Or do we just join in the fantasy that all will be good and Miriam will finally be married and potentially have a family? I do remember once, years ago, Sheila said to me that women who marry and are divorced are still better off and seen more favorably than women who never even marry in the first place. I was kind of shocked by this comment, but didn’t respond. Now I wonder whether maybe Sheila does see what we’re seeing but still wants to see her daughter actually married. I don’t think Sheila understands how catastrophic a divorce can be. My niece is in the middle of a horrible divorce and still hasn’t gotten her get. It’s a disaster. I fear this will be Miriam’s future. What should we do to protect our friend and her daughter, particularly since they don’t seem to want protection? is

The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. t’s nice that you are so concerned about Sheila and her daughter. However, this is not a community project which you should be discussing as a group. Be respectful of the laws of lashon hara and gossip. Your additional comment about Sheila not understanding how catastrophic a divorce can be and you bringing up your niece’s unfortunate situation makes you sound like a simple-minded yenta. If you want to be helpful, be a careful sounding board. If she mentions something of concern, help her explore it. You can share with Sheila how you checked out your children’s serious dates with people from


out-of-town when the subject comes up directly. Being a good listener and friend is very different from being an advice dispenser. Carefully offer Sheila names and phone numbers of people whom you know in the town where he comes from so that she can check him out herself. Be a resource, not a guide. In other words, you can give her tools. You can also share information about the Shalom Workshops of the Shalom Taskforce that are available to couples before their marriage (and afterwards too). They are run by trained professionals and are designed to help people learn tools for communication and living together in healthy marriages. Your role is to be a friend, neither to educate nor protect Shelia and Miriam. It is possible that Sheila doesn’t have trust in you as a friend and will not even

share her feelings and concerns. Think about that, too, as well as the nature of your communication style.

The Mother Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. our dilemma as Sheila’s close friend, savior and protector boils down to several questions. Should you harp on information Sheila already knows – that poor, older Miriam is settling for an older divorced guy? Should you offer your opinion of him – that he’s rude to Miriam and gives you the creeps? Should you share the unsubstantiated hearsay (gossip?) you’ve gathered about Mr. Out-of-Town? What about the gory details of your


niece’s disastrous divorce, do you tell all? To all of the above – no, no, no and absolutely not! Let me remind you: you are Sheila’s friend, not the mother of a 37-year-old single woman. If Sheila is anything like you and the girls, she has eyes and intuition. She and Miriam may be struggling with all the negatives you’ve described (the young man’s past, his personality and his reputation). Don’t complicate a less than ideal situation by broadcasting the obvious. Instead, if you value your relationship with Sheila, show her unconditional love and support if Miriam decides to take her chance and marry the charmer. If, G-d forbid, the marriage fails, be ready with a case of Kleenex and a sympathetic ear – much more appreciated than a mouthful of “I told you so’s…”

Disclaimer: This column is not intended to diagnose or otherwise conclude resolutions to any questions. Our intention is not to offer any definitive conclusions to any particular question, rather offer areas of exploration for the author and reader. Due to the nature of the column receiving only a short snapshot of an issue, without the benefit of an actual discussion, the panel’s role is to offer a range of possibilities. We hope to open up meaningful dialogue and individual exploration.

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The Panel The Shadchan Michelle Mond onsider the fact that you are possibly catastrophizing the situation. You do not know the ins and outs of their relationship and what you do see is from a large distance. You are not a family member, or anything close to it, and yet you put yourself in a place where you do not seem to belong. You should not be spending your emotional energy analyzing a friend’s daughter’s relationship from the outside, nitpicking on details you see from a distance and doing unnecessary and purposeless digging. Regardless of whether your perceptions have any basis, you were never asked to get involved. Miriam is a 37-year-old woman and can make up her mind on her own about the biggest decision of her life, without her mother’s friend using a magnifying glass over her relationship. If it has taken this many years for her to find the right one, it is obviously with much thought and consideration. Nobody can predict if any specific person will get divorced and certainly it is not your place to be discussing it. If she were


the one concerned, she would be the one writing into the Navidaters for advice or seeking help on her own. I am sure it is from a place of genuine care that makes you want to step in, but realize they likely see exactly what you see, but with the advantage of having the entire relationship in perspective. Smile and be happy for your friend and her daughter who are excited for this stage and hope for the best possible outcome.

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ou seem to have hit the nail on the head. Sheila has flat out told you that she feels the worst thing possible for any woman is to not have married at all. Even being divorced is better than never having stood under a chuppah. And of course, being married means having the potential to have children – again whether or not the marriage ends in divorce. So, it’s entirely possible that Sheila sees everything you see and has some real concerns of her own. But she has

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weighed the pros and cons of the situation and has decided that this is the best possible course of action. How often in life do we have to choose between two choices and neither of them are totally fabulous? It happens to all of us, more often than we would like to admit. But we make a choice and daven and hope for the best. Maybe that’s exactly how Sheila is processing this situation with her daughter’s boyfriend based on the fact of her age and that unfortunately men have not been knocking down her door for all of Miriam’s dating years. The one concern I do have that involves you is what would be if they do marry, get divorced, and Sheila asks you whether you ever had any concerns about this guy. What do you do then and do you admit that you did, in fact, distrust this guy, risking Sheila accusing you of not protecting her daughter from the trauma of a failed marriage? If this is a concern of yours, I would say it’s important to ask a few pointed questions at this stage. Never statements. In other words, let’s say you’re all together and you see this guy speaking disrespectfully toward Miriam. When you are alone with Sheila, you might ask something like, “Did you notice what So-and-So said to Miriam when we were discussing Trump? Did you feel he was respectful in his tone and words?” And that’s about it. Sheila will either play dumb and tell you she didn’t notice and you will have gone on record as caring enough to ask the question, or Sheila will

Sometimes, when we approach them trying to protect or save them, we lose the relationship because we are holding up a mirror to something they don’t want to see.

take pause and consider the potential problem. And that’s about it. The rest you must leave up to Sheila and Miriam.

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ou’re in a tough spot that so many people have been in before. You either fear or have substantiated evidence about a friend’s significant other. To tell or not to tell? That is the question. If you tell, you risk losing the friendship. If you don’t tell, your friend may be deeply impacted by the information you know. Should she find out later on that you knew you risk losing her in that case as well. You knew and didn’t tell me? Let’s acknowledge the one and only substantiated reality in this entire situation. You are in a no-win situation. So, whatever you decide to do, you will not feel perfect or complete. You will have a gnawing sensation that you “could have” handled the situation differently, no matter what you do. The feeling is normal and it is due to an impossible situation; not your actions. Practice self-compassion and be kind to yourself. You’re a good, caring, loyal friend who wants to see those in your life in happy, healthy relationships. hI can’t tell you what to do, but I can tell you that if someone doesn’t want “protection,” there is nothing you can do to protect that per-

son. Furthermore, it’s not your job. Certainly, Sheila and Miriam are adults who are walking into this situation in one of two ways: With eyes wide open – they are aware of the way Miriam’s boyfriend treats her and are making a conscious decision. One or both feels that the rewards outweigh the risk. With eyes shut tight – they know the situation but refuse to see it (aka, denial). I can’t tell you what is going on here, but I will say that in many or most situations, people usually know. They know and they don’t want to acknowledge the problem. Sometimes, when we approach them trying to protect or save them, we lose the relationship because we are holding up a mirror to something they don’t want to see. They’ll toss us before they toss the problem. What further complicates the situation is that the bride-to-be is not your friend. The bride is a 37-year-old woman who may not listen to a word her mother tells her. We don’t know how much influence Sheila has in Miriam’s life. You asked if you and your friends should speak the truth or go along

with the fantasy. You certainly don’t have to go along with any fantasy. You can take the route of being a real friend by gently exploring some of Mr. Creepy’s behaviors with Sheila. Next time you are together and Mr. C. says something “off” to Miriam, you can later call Sheila, or gently pull her aside, and tell her what you saw. You know the MTA motto: If you see something, say something. “I feel uncomfortable saying something, but did you notice when Mr. C. told Miriam x, y and z? What do you think about it? How did it make you feel?” Sheila’s response will be your guiding light. The odds are you will not affect change and taking this route poses a risk. Sheila may bite your head off. But this is really all the wiggle room you have without overstepping your bounds. Should Sheila open up to you, your role then becomes crystal clear. You are Sheila’s support and confidante. Pray that Miriam has a friend as caring as you are. If they need your help, they’ll find you. Moving away from your situation, and putting the spotlight on this issue in general, in my experience I have found that when well-meaning people get involved in trying to “help” or “fix” a dysfunctional situation, their help more often than not blows up in their face – time after time after time. And here is my very clinical, very complicated

reason why I believe this is so: the person you are trying to help has often played a role in the dysfunction. They are often part of the problem. If Sheila is on board and seems to be living on Fantasy Island, the only power you have is the decision of whether or not to keep her in your life. I’m sure I’ll get some pushback on this, but should you decide that you love Sheila and Miriam so much that you can’t bear to overlook this, I would totally understand and I would think you are one caring and brave lady (who may be short one friend and her daughter)! These situations are never easy. Good luck with your decision. Sincerely, Jennifer Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. Visit www.thenavidaters. com for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.

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Centerfold You gotta be kidding Three fans were talking about the sad state of their football teams.

The first fan said, “I blame the manager; if we could sign better players, we’d be a great club.” The second fan said, “I blame the players; if they played better, we’d score some touchdowns!” The third fan said, “I blame my parents; if I had been born in a different town, I’d be supporting a decent team!”

SAID in the NAME of FOOTBALL Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein. -Joe Theismann

I normally run the 40-yard dash in 4.9, but when a 280-pound guy is chasing me, I run it in 4.6. -John Elway

I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first. -Saints RB George Rogers

Sure, the home-field is an advantage — but so is having a lot of talent. -Dan Marino

Most football players are temperamental. That’s 90 percent temper and 10 percent mental. -Doug Plank, ex-Chicago Bears safety

It might have been the hardest hit I took all day. -Drew Brees after a Raiders fan hit him with a water bottle

You guys line up alphabetically by height. -Bill Peterson, former Oilers head coach

It’s a good idea. I’m in favor of it. -Buccaneers coach John McKay, following a loss, when asked about his team’s execution

I’m a light eater. As soon as it’s light, I start to eat. -Art Donovan

Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck. -Don Shula describing an opposing team

I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today. -President Gerald Ford I’ve been big ever since I was little. -William “The Refrigerator” Perry Detroit’s so bad this year they might lose their bye week. -Dennis Miller I never graduated college, but I was only there for two terms – Truman’s and Eisenhower’s. -Alex Karras What’s that? Uh — playoffs? Don’t talk about — playoffs?! You kidding me?! Playoffs?! I just hope we can win a game! -Former Saints and Colts coach Jim Mora People say I’ll be drafted in the first round, maybe even higher. -Craig “Ironhead” Heyward I feel like I’m the best, but you’re not going to get me to say that. -Jerry Rice

If I died tomorrow, at least I’ll know I died in good health. -Bum Phillips He can be a great player in this league if he learns how to say two words: “I’m full.” -Jerry Glanville talking about 300-pound Lincoln Kennedy What’s the toughest thing in a professional football game? It’s being the mother of the quarterback — toughest thing. -John Madden We’re not attempting to circumcise rules. -Bill Cowher We can’t run. We can’t pass. We can’t stop the run. We can’t stop the pass. We can’t kick. Other than that, we’re just not a very good football team right now. -Former Bengals coach Bruce Coslet The shoulder surgery was a success. The lobotomy failed. -Mike Ditka on Jim McMahon’s surgery


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Football Trivia 1. What Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback won four Super Bowls? a. b. c. d.

Ben Roethlisberger    Bobby Layne   Terry Bradshaw   Terry Hanratty

2. Who is the leading rusher in NFL history?

a. Emmitt Smith b. Walter Payton   c. LaDainian Tomlinson d. Adrian Peterson 3. Which of these teams has never played in a Super Bowl? a. Cincinnati Bengals b. Detroit Lions c. Arizona Cardinals d. Kansas City Chiefs

4. What jersey number did Jets legend Joe Namath wear? a. 6 b. 12 c. 33 d. 42






2. 1.


8. 7. 6. 5.


10. B 9.


 Scorecard 8-10 correct: We have the next John Madden here! (Just work on the belly.) 4-7 correct: Not bad, but you are no John Madden (even though you may have the belly). 0-3 correct: This concussion thing is really a big deal. It causes you to forget everything you know about football.

a. b. c. d.

Anquan Boldin Larry Fitzgerald Bryant Johnson Freddie Jones

6. In 1992, the Packers dealt a first round pick to acquire Brett Favre from what team? a. b. c. d.

Rams Jets Seahawks Falcons

7. Which two teams played in the 1981 AFC Championship Game known as the “Freezer Bowl”? a. Pittsburgh/Cleveland b. New England/Miami c. Houston/Green Bay d. Cincinnati/San Diego

8. Which 49ers quarterback threw a late game-winning touchdown in the 1981 NFC Championship Game known as “The Catch”? a. b. c. d.

Steve Young Joe Montana Jim Plunkett Steve DeBerg

9. Who scored the winning touchdown in the Giants 2007 Super Bowl victory? a. b. c. d.

Mario Manningham David Tyree Plaxico Burress Steve Smith

10. Which team defeated the New York Jets in the 1999 AFC Championship?

Riddle me


Two football teams played a game which had no field goals or safeties. One team won, even though no man ever entered either end zone. How could that be? See answer below

The winning team’s touchdown was scored by a female!

 Answers

5. What Cardinals rookie of 2003 caught a pass in his first 32 games?

a. b. c. d.

Titans Broncos Dolphins Patriots



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Parenting Pearls

Becoming a Leader Not a Boss Rabbi Elazar Bloom, LMFT Are you a parent? How do you see yourself? How would you define your role? This is important. It will impact everything you do with your child and how you do it.  With the growing influence of gurus like Simon Sinek, business culture has begun to change from a management focus (A “boss” model) to a leadership focus. CEO’s still require expertise in management, but the major shift has been to how business leaders see themselves.  Why do they want to lead a group of people toward a specific goal? How do they view their relationship and their responsibilities to those that they lead? I suggest that a similar shift needs to take place in parenting. Have you considered why you want to be a parent? How do you view your relationship to your child? What is the nature of your responsibility to him? What do you want to accomplish with her? A boss does not concern himself with this.  Why should he? He has the power and he wields it to get the results that he is looking for. He wants to accomplish his goal efficiently and move on to the next


item on the “to-do” list.  Similarly, many parents feel that they have been given power and therefore they will get the results they are looking for. How this happens is not important, because their power will ensure their success. The sad truth is that the more we parent using the “boss” model, the more we fail our children.  A child cannot be nurtured by a boss. She may turn out fine, but it will be despite you, not because of you. Why? Because the wielding of power has no place in parenting. There is a big difference between recognizing your responsibility as a parent and wielding power. Let’s use an example: Two different fathers set and enforce the same 9PM bedtime for their 11-year-old. One is a boss; the other is a leader. What’s the difference? The boss decided on 9PM because that’s when he went to sleep when he was that age or because that’s when his neighbor’s kid of the same age goes to sleep or that’s when he needs him to go to sleep because he doesn’t want kids around past 9. The common denominator here is that his decision is about him, not his son. His son








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may need to go to sleep at 9, he may need to go to sleep even earlier, but without the father considering his role and responsibility to his son, he is a boss not a leader. The leader decided on 9PM because over the past few months he has noticed that his son’s sweet spot is about 10 hours of sleep. With 10 hours of sleep, he is happy, energized, engaged in his schoolwork and able to interact positively with those around him. As a father, he sees it as his responsibility to ensure that his son can be in that zone, so he sets a 9PM bedtime.  He knows that this bedtime will change, and he commits himself to being flexible to his son’s needs when it does.  For now, he is doing what his son needs from him (even if his son doesn’t know it). Without defining our role and responsibility as a parent, by default, we turn into a boss. Our decisions are often arbitrary and swayed by moods and other insignificant stimuli. Take some time to reflect and if you are ambitious, write out a parenting mission statement. As you clarify this for yourself you will be more confident in your decisions, they will be easier to en-

force, and your children will respond to them differently. They will trust you, respect your authority, and you will not have to result to wielding power like a despot. And just as successful business leaders need self-awareness and objective feedback to ensure they are remaining true to the definition of their role, so do parents.  How one accomplishes this is a private matter.  Read, seek counsel, ask your children, meditate, study, ask a friend, go to classes, there are many options.  The main thing is that to stay true to the role you have defined for yourself; you must be reflective, work at it and embrace growth and change.  Just as your child is growing and developing so are you. Personal growth does not end with the responsibility of children, in fact, in many ways, it’s only beginning.  ​ Rabbi Elazar Bloom, LMFT, is an award-winning educator, licensed psychotherapist, marriage counselor and parenting consultant with a private practice in Hollywood. To learn more about his work, visit:

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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

Is Barack Obama crazy? No, but his post-2008 economic policies were. Are all Trump’s tweets sane? No, but smart investors with lots of skin in the game think his policies are perfectly rational, and that’s why the markets are soaring along with the prospect of economic growth. - Charles Gasparino, The New York Post

The elite keeps losing to the guy they tell us is dumb. The elite keeps losing to the guy they tell us is a clown. The elite keeps losing to the guy who doesn’t meet their bottom line standard to be worthy of governing – being one of the elite. So, what’s that make the elite? It’s very relaxing for me. I do a lot of work, and it’s kind of this reward. But I have to be careful. Amazon or Netflix video watching can actually cut into my book time. There’s been a few months when I’ve looked back and said, “Gee, I didn’t read as many books this month. Oh, well, we were watching three seasons of ‘The Americans.’” - Bill Gates in an interview with Time Magazine talking about his reading habits

I’ve already went further than I thought I would go. Everything after this point is extra credit. Fifteen years. I don’t know, I’ve been in this spotlight for half of my years. I’m 33 now. This thing started when I was 15. Eighteen years I’ve been in this light. I’ve already exceeded everything I’ve dreamed about. At this point, I’m just adding crazy toppings on the cake like my daughter would do. Throw all kinds of stuff on the cake and whatever happens.

He just refuses to lose. He just refuses to submit. He just refuses to [care] about what they say or what they think. And that infuriates them… Brick by brick, he is disassembling the rickety edifice of Barack Obama’s transformed America. Regulations? Slashed, even as the screams of the professional expert class echo across the District of Columbia. ISIS? Dead, with our military unleashed to hunt down our enemies without hesitation or mercy. The Courts? Packed, not with squishy wimps ready to bend to the will of the WaPo and the Georgetown cocktail crew but with true conservatives determined to fight for the Constitution. – Kurt Shlichter, Townhall

- LeBron James when asked by a reporter how much longer he plans on playing in the NBA

I saw that Princess Charlotte went to her first day of nursery school yesterday. It was a little intimidating for the other kids – like for “show and tell” she brought Scotland. – Jimmy Fallon

U.S. immigration agents targeted hundreds of 7-Eleven stores today to investigate the legal status of store employees. Hey, if you’re going to investigate something at 7-Eleven, how about the hot dogs? How long have THEY been in the country? – Seth Myers


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This is one of the greatest speeches they ever heard. Not one of the greatest. The greatest. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was nothing compared to her. The greatest speech in history. Nobody ever made a speech in the history of the world like Oprah Winfrey. - Jackie Mason, on Breitbart Radio, commenting on the media’s reaction to Oprah’s speech at the Golden Globes

When I see that in poll after poll a portion of Trump’s base continues to support his behavior, including on race, I can only conclude that there is no real daylight between Trump and his base. They are part of his racism. – Charles Blow’s sick assertion that Trump supporters are racist, in a column titled, “Trump is a Racist. Period”


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Steve Bannon is leaving Breitbart, but he said that he’s proud of what they’ve accomplished in the short period of time. For example, in just a few months, they managed to fire Steve Bannon. – Jimmy Fallon


When it came to the issue of, quote, “chain migration,” I said to the president, “Do you realize how painful that term is to so many people? African-Americans believe they migrated to America in chains and when you talk about chain migration, it hurts them personally.” - Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) on MSNBC criticizing President Trump’s use of the common term “chain migration,” which is the system that allows all immigrants’ relatives to come to the U.S. and which is the way that several radical Islamists who carried out attacks in the U.S. got into the country

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