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Dear Readers, The new year has just started and the theme chosen for this week’s edition is to recap and reflect on 2017, while focusing on the new goals for 2018. In the “2017: Year in Review,” top stories were composed reflecting the past year in the US and abroad - What do you think were the top stories from 2017? I know for certain that 2017 will have many special people sorely missed. The Boca Jewish community will miss the dear and strong role model of Dick Seimens. The Jewish nation is forever grateful for all he has done to help our community grow. A story that is not on the list but can be mentioned is the release of Sholom Rubashkin after 8 years in prison. President Trump commuted his sentence in the waning days of 2017, giving Rubashkin opportunity to rejoin his family and start 2018 with a sense of freedom. Its no coincidence that it is also the beginning of a new Sefer in the Torah reading. This week we begin Sefer Shemot. Sefer Shemot is the story of the development, and more specifically, the birth of the Jewish people. In this Sefer, the Jewish nation develops as we go through the events of the Exodus, the difficulties of wondering in the desert, the receiving of the Torah, and the building of the Mishkan. As we look forward to the coming year, we gathered

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NEWS Global






That's Odd


FEATURE 2017 in Review

Wishing you a wonderful week, Dina


PEOPLE There is No Ceiling on Greatness: Reflections on the Life of Dick Siemens


Psychology Today


JEWISH THOUGHT Rabbi Efrem Goldberg


Rabbi Berel Wein


HEALTHY APPETITE Health and Fitness


South Florida’s Kosher Restaurant Guide


In the Kitchen


HUMOR Centerfold


Good Humor


Notable Quotes


Oded Tzur


Dina Tzur


Shoshana Soroka COPY EDITOR

Ronit Segal


Yitzy Halpern


Judah Shapiro

Shabbos Zmanim Candle Lighting Parshat Shemot 5:25 Parshat Va’eira 5:31

COMMUNITY Around the Community

articles regarding growth and change. For example there is an article about changing your Diet by Aliza Beer, and about changing yourself by Rabbi Efrem Goldberg. We all strive to change for the better, making resolutions and working hard to keep them. May 2018 be a year filled with health, happiness, and positive changes within ourselves.

Shabbos Ends Parshat Shemot 6:22 Parshat Va’eira 6:27


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The Week In News

Protests Rock Iran Throngs of Iranians, fed-up with the weak economy, rising inflation, and lack of job opportunity, have gathered in the streets of Iran for anti-government protests. The protests continued into this week as well. This was the largest domestic political protest against Tehran’s leaders since the 2009 Green movement which  was quickly shutdown by security forces. In Iran, public protests are considered “illegal gatherings.” “Everyone is fed up with the situation, from the young to the old,” said Ali, who lives near the city of Rasht, which saw big protests on Friday. He asked not to be identified by the media. “Every year thousands of students graduate, but there’s no jobs for them. Fathers are also exhausted because they don’t earn enough to provide for their family.” There were many clashes with security forces. At least 450 people have been arrested since the protests began last Thursday. Twenty-two people have died. “It spread very quickly in a way that nobody had really anticipated,” said Ali Ansari, a professor of Iranian history at the University of St Andrews. “It’s the biggest demonstrations since 2009 … The widespread nature of it and provincial nature of it has been quite a surprise. I think they started something and then they lost control of it; it’s taken a life of its own. We have to see if it gains traction. The trouble is that there is no organization or anything. I don’t know what the outcome will be.” President Trump weighed in, warning the Iranian government in a tweet, “Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption and its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching! #IranProtests.” It is no secret that the U.S. would like to see a regime change in Iran. In June, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Congress that America is working towards “support of those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government.” There is 40% unemployment for young adults in Iran, more than three million Iranians are jobless, and the prices of some basic food items, such as poultry and eggs, have recently soared by almost half. “This has started from the bottom of the society, from the less fortunate,” Reza, a Mashhad resident, said. “This is not middle-class protesting, this is lower-class demonstrating, people of the suburbs; many are fed up with situation.”

On Tuesday, January 2, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei finally referred to the protests rocking the nation. He blamed Iran’s “enemies” for stirring up unrest in the country, accusing the nation’s enemies of “joining forces.” “The enemy is waiting for an opportunity, for a flaw, through which they can enter. Look at these events over the last few days. All those who are against the Islamic Republic – those who have money, those who have the politics, those who have the weapons, those who have the intelligence – they have all joined forces in order to create problems for the Islamic Republic and the Islamic Revolution,” he said, without naming any particular country. It’s almost certain the Iranian leader is referring to the U.S., Israel, and Saudi Arabia.

Justice at 96

The “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz” is finally on his way to prison – at the age of 96. The constitutional court in Germany has ruled that the nonagenarian is not too old or too weak to go to jail and will indeed have to serve the four year sentence he was handed in July 2015. The former Auschwitz concentration camp guard played a key role in the murder of 300,000 Jews during the Holocaust. Oskar Groening’s job at the camp was to keep track of all of the money that was taken from the prisoners when they arrived at the camp. His claims for release were rejected by lower courts last year and now have been rejected again after his lawyer appealed to the highest court in Germany. His lawyer, Hans Holtermann, argued that imprisonment at Groening’s age violated his constitutional “right to life.” In response, the judge wrote that “the plaintiff has been found guilty of being accessory to murder in 300,000 related cases, meaning there is a particular importance to carrying out the sentence the state has demanded. The high age of the applicant is in itself not sufficient to refrain from enforcing the criminal penalty.” The court said further that Groening was part of the “machinery of death,” and could be convicted as an accessory for all of the murders that took place while he was responsible for the accounting of money taken from those who were murdered at the time. Groening, who admitted he was morally guilty, said he was an enthusiastic Nazi when he was sent to work at Auschwitz in 1942 at the age of 21.

Judge: Alberto Nisman Killed

Alberto Nisman’s death has officially been classified as a murder by a federal judge. Nisman was found dead hours before he was set to testify against former Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner for a cover up involving the bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Nisman died from a gunshot wound in his Buenos Aires apartment in 2015. He was slated to testify the next day that Fernandez had helped keep Iran’s name out of the investigation into the 1994 bombing. The official report that was released in the weeks following his death stated that Nisman took his own life. Federal judge Julián Ercolini has now ruled that the gunshot wound could not have been self-inflicted and has charged Diego Lagomarsino, a former aide of Nisman’s, with accessory to murder. Lagomarsino was the last person to have left Nisman’s apartment the night he was killed, and the bullet that killed him was fired by Lagomarcino’s gun. Lagomarsino says that Nisman asked him to borrow his gun because he feared for his own safety. Lagomarsino told reporters that he was very nervous after the judge’s report but was sure that “sooner or later this is going to be resolved.” Nisman was in charge of the investigation into the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AIMA). The explosion, which killed 85 people, was the worst bombing attack in Argentina’s history.

Slavery in Libya

In a grainy video obtained by CNN, an unidentified voice can be heard calling out, “Eight hundred, 900 ... 1,000 ... 1,100 ...” Apparently the man is auctioning something off and settles for a price

of 1,200 Libyan dinars, equal to about $800. The thing being auctioned off is not a used car or a piece of jewelry but two human beings. One of two men being sold appears to be in his twenties and is promoted as one of a group of “big strong boys for farm work,” according to the auctioneer, who remains off camera. Many questioned the authenticity of the recently aired clip, shocked to learn that slave auctions take place in 2017. Last month, CNN officials traveled to Libya to investigate and verify the video. Armed with hidden body cameras CNN workers entered a property outside the capital of Tripoli and witnessed a dozen people go “under the hammer” in the space of six or seven minutes. “Does anybody need a digger? This is a digger, a big strong man, he’ll dig,” the salesman, dressed in camouflage gear, says. “What am I bid, what am I bid?” And within minutes the man’s life was sold to their new master. CNN journalists had the opportunity to converse with two men who were sold. They conveyed that they were so deeply traumatized by what they’d been through that they could not speak. According to observation, they were extremely paranoid and suspicious of everyone they met. It is believed that many of the people being sold as slaves are refugees. Each year, tens of thousands of people cross Libya’s borders, fleeing conflict or searching for better financial opportunities, although slavery is unlikely what they have in mind. In recent months the Libyan coastguard has shut down the border and is blocking many refugee boats from arriving. This has left smugglers with an overflow of want-to-be refugees, which allows them to become “masters” and forces the refugees to become slaves. CNN has handed the video over to Libyan authorities, who have vowed to launch an investigation. First Lieutenant Naser Hazam of the government’s Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency in Tripoli told CNN that although he had not witnessed a slave auction, he acknowledged that organized gangs are operating smuggling rings in the country. “They fill a boat with 100 people, those people may or may not make it,” Hazam says. “[The smuggler] does not care as long as he gets the money, and the migrant may get to Europe or die at sea.” “The situation is dire,” Mohammed Abdiker, the director of operation and emergencies for the International Organization for Migration, said in a statement after returning from Tripoli in April. “Some reports are truly horrifying and the latest reports of ‘slave markets’ for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages.” One refugee named Victory relayed his tragic story. At the age of 21 he fled his home in Nigeria and spent 16 months trying to reach Europe, using every last penny to his name. He finally reached Libya where he says he lived in grim living conditions, deprived of food and abused and mistreated by his captors. “If you look at most of the people

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here, if you check your bodies, you see the marks. They are beaten, mutilated,” he said. After running out of money, his smugglers demanded that he be sold as a slave to repay his debts. He was sold several times. The smugglers also demanded ransom payments from Victory’s family before eventually releasing him.

2/3 Majority Needed to Vote on Jerusalem



In the early hours of the morning on Tuesday lawmakers approved a bill that requires a special two-thirds majority vote in the Knesset to relinquish any part of Jerusalem to the Palestinians under a future peace accord. The bill passed its second and third readings by a majority of 64 in favor, 51 against, and one abstention. The law, which was proposed by Jewish Home MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli and had the coalition’s backing, is designed to make it much harder to divide the city, which Israel asserts as its undivided capital. The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. The legislation, an amendment to the Basic Law on Jerusalem, requires 80 of the 120 MKs to support relinquishing any part of the city. Before, the Jerusalem Law, passed in 1980 and amended in 2000, stated: “No authority that is stipulated in the law of the State of Israel or of the Jerusalem Municipality may be transferred either permanently or for an allotted period of time to a foreign body, whether political, governmental or to any other similar type of foreign body.” With no provision in the Basic Law specifying how it can be amended, it was possible to overturn it with a simple majority. “The goal of the bill is to prevent concessions as part of diplomatic deals,” said Moalem-Refaeli in the summer, the time when it was proposed. “Jerusalem

will never be on the negotiating table. The State of Israel will not allow for the establishment of a Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem. Get it into your heads that Jerusalem was the capital of the Jewish people and will remain the capital of the Jewish people for all eternity,” she said. Opposition lawmaker Nahman Shai (Zionist Union) criticized the new law, saying it could spark further unrest. “We don’t need new laws on Jerusalem now, we have already seen what happens on the Temple Mount,” he said, referring to widespread violence that erupted in the summer when Israel tried to impose new security procedures at the holy site after a deadly terror attack there. “When Jerusalem burns, everything burns,” Shai said. Israel annexed East Jerusalem in 1980, but the move has not been recognized internationally and most countries refuse to recognize any part of the city as Israel’s capital, saying it is an issue that will need to be decided in negotiations with the Palestinians. President Trump overturned that reality when he declared unequivocally that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

U.S. & Israel Sign Iran Understanding

Israel and the United States have signed a secret joint memorandum of understanding concerning Iran’s nuclear drive, missile programs, and other threatening activities. The document was signed at the White House on December 12 after weeks of intensive talks between Israeli and American intelligence officials led by U.S. and Israeli national security advisors H. R. McMaster and Meir Ben-Shabbat. According to reports, the agreement will align Israel’s and the United States’

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strategy and policy regarding Iran. Joint teams will handle various aspects of the Iranian threat and all intelligence will be shared between the two countries. One of the teams will focus on Iran’s activity in Syria and its support for the Hezbollah terror organization. Another team will be monitoring Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions, while another will tackle Iran’s ballistic missile program. An Israeli official has been quoted as saying that the United States and Israel “see eye to eye on the trends and processes in the region” and have come to an official pact on how to deal with Iran. On October 13, President Trump announced that he would not recertify the Iranian nuclear deal signed by President Obama and outlined his philosophy regarding Tehran. “We cannot and will not make this certification,” Trump had said. “We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was fiercely against the deal before it was signed and even traveled to the United States to deliver a speech to Congress urging them to reject it. President Obama insisted that the deal would benefit Israel as well as the rest of the region and has counted the signing of the Iran nuclear deal as one of his major foreign policy achievements.

Almost 9 Million Strong Data has been released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics on the country’s population numbers for 2017. What does the Jewish State look like at the beginning of 2018? There are 8,793,000 people currently living in Israel, of which 6,556,000 are Jewish. The country is 75% Jewish, and 21% are Arab, with 1,837,000 Arabs living in Israel. 400,000 non-Arab Christians and people who are not classified by their religion make up 4 percent of the population. The census does not include the estimated 170,000 foreign nationals who work in the country or people who enter the country illegally.

The population of Israel grew in 2017 by 165,000, with 180,000 babies born – 74 percent of them Jewish, 23 percent Arabs, and 3 percent others – and 44,000 people passing away. 8,000 Israelis who have lived outside of Israel for more than a year were removed from the count for this year. 27,000 people made Aliyah last year, with around 10,000 other immigrants joining the country’s population. Russia sent the most olim to Israel, accounting for 27% of new olim heading to the Holy Land. Those coming from Ukraine made up 25%, those from France made up 13%, and 10% came from the United States.

France Denies Special Tax Unit for Jews After a recent article in Globes about a French tax unit set up specifically to target Jews, the French tax authority quickly issued a denial, refuting the idea of a unit dedicated to targeting Jews. “There is no such body in the framework” of the French fiscal services, the statement by the revenue service (DGFiP) read, calling the allegations “completely unfounded.” One of the unnamed officials quoted in the Globes article reportedly said that French tax authorities set up the unit because they “call the Israel Tax Authority almost every day with requests for information about some person or other, but many of the requests are rejected.” The DGFiP said this was false and that only a few dozen requests for information

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are relayed to Israel annually. The Globes  article, which contains neither a reaction from the DGFiP nor an indication as to whether the paper had tried to obtain one, said that the unit targeting French Jews is located on the 13th floor of the Paris headquarters of the DGFiP on Bercy Street. In its statement, DGFiP noted the building only has nine floors, adding that its spokespeople would have gladly told  Globes  this had DGFiP been approached ahead of the article’s publication. The article published in Globes noted that the unit has 20 Hebrew-speaking employees, and is in the process of hiring five more. The department was ostensivly established to handle French Jewish tax evaders and hired employees with professional experience and a profound understanding of Israeli law in order to examine whether Jews were using these laws to evade tax in France. The aim of the department is to catch French tax evaders using Israel as a tax shelter. According to information obtained by  Globes, as part of the department’s activity, the unit’s employees take out Land Registry extracts in Israel for the purpose of examining deals contracted in Israel and reaching French residents who have acquired properties here. The investigators have mapped the main streets in various cities in Israel, including Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Ra’anana, Netanya and Jerusalem, in which many purchases by Jewish residents of France take place. They have obtained Land Registry extracts and examined the particulars of a deal in order to detect foreign passport numbers. The investigators cross-referenced the information with data in their databases and the reports by those French Jews about their assets and income. In cases in which it was found that the person did not report the properties he bought in Israel, he was also summoned for questioning. According to figures from the Israel Ministry of Immigration and Absorption, immigration from France has increased dramatically in recent years. 1,211 new immigrants arrived in Israel from France in the first half of 2017. A study conducted at Bar-Ilan University showed that the economic benefit for the Israeli economy from the absorption of Jews from France could reach $65 billion. The study as-

sumes that 100,000 immigrants will arrive from France by 2026.

Chronicling Tweets The Library of Congress is ringing in the New Year with a major change. The Library has methodically collected every single public tweet since Twitter’s birth in 2006. But it’s time to stop. Beginning January 1, 2018 the Library began only collecting and preserving tweets “on a selective basis.” “Generally, the tweets collected and archived will be thematic and eventbased, including events such as elections, or themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy,” the Library said in a statement. We’re thinking President Trump’s tweets will be recorded for posterity. The change was introduced since Twitter has become the new mode of communication for many and it became too cumbersome to collect every single public tweet. According to Twitter, not only are people tweeting more, their tweets are getting longer, especially since Twitter recently doubled its character limit from 140 characters to 280. Additionally, now that users are able to upload images, videos, and links it has become more difficult to archive. “The library only receives text. It does not receive images, videos or linked content. Tweets now are often more visual than textual, limiting the value of text-only collecting,” the Library added. Created in 1800, the Library of Congress serves as the unofficial library of the United States, as well as being Congress’ official research library. Think your tweet will make the Library list?

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Just two seconds after the stroke of midnight on January 1, Jennica Lynch and Davante Perez welcomed a bouncing baby boy to their family. Logan James Lynch Perez was the first U.S. baby born in the new year. The baby was delivered on the U.S. island territory of Guam in the Western Pacific. He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces. Little Logan was immediately showered with gifts after his debut, including a gift basket with goodies worth $200 from the family of Kylie Ray Tesalona, 2017’s first New Year’s baby. The family reportedly wanted to pay forward the generosity they received after Kylie’s birth. “It’s exciting, we’re blessed,” Lynch told the Pacific Daily News  while cradling her newborn son. “We’re thankful for everything.” A few thousand miles away, in New York City, the first baby born in the city in 2018 was a 4 pound, 11 ounce girl born at 12:01 a.m. She was named Ariana. “This is my miracle baby. This is my blessed baby,” said Ariana’s father Imran Nazir, who is a taxi driver and student at York College, at the hospital in Queens. He’s originally from Bangladesh. “Praise the Al-mighty. I cried [when I first saw her] … I saw her little fingers, I felt very happy.”

New Laws for 2018 While the world is preoccupied with making personal goals for the New Year, there were many changes that were implemented legally at the start of 2018. Some of the new laws that went into effect this year will help U.S. citizens when voting, at their jobs, and after they have a baby. In Iowa and West Virginia, this year voters will be required to show their IDs at the polls in order to combat voter fraud. In California, employers can no longer ask a job applicant their previous salary; applicants can volunteer that information if they like. This is aimed at protecting employees and narrow the gender pay gap since often employers decide whether to make a job offer or how much to offer based on the applicant’s history. In Vermont, employers are not allowed to request or require employees to

provide their social media content. This new law was made to protect the privacy of employees. After people were accidentally killed during traffic stops with police, North Carolina’s driver’s handbook will now give instructions on how to deal with police during a traffic stop. This law will probably affect many of you, particularly fathers who generally do not receive paternity leave. In New York, employees will now be allowed up to  eight weeks of paid family leave.  This includes bonding with a newborn, adopted or foster child, caring for a family member who is ill, or helping with a family member who is deployed on military service. In  Illinois, pets will be treated more like kids than property in divorces. Pets, specifically “companion animals” (not service animals), could be subject to partial or joint custody after their owners’ divorce. Also in Illinois, August 4 is now officially a state holiday: Barack Obama Day. Don’t get too excited, kids. It’s a commemorative holiday, meaning you won’t be getting off from work or school. Also, in case this ever comes up, corn is the official grain of Illinois. Do you live in Tennessee? Better head to the barbershop for your haircut. Barbers are now not allowed to make house calls in Tennessee if they have residential certificates. Until now, they were allowed to give a customer a haircut at home if they were ill. Seems like the new year brings new laws all across the country.

It’s Cold Outside We don’t have to tell you it’s cold outside. You know it when you open the door and the blast of icy temperatures shatters your bones. Across much of the nation the cold pervaded during the early part of the week. At least four people were killed over New Year’s weekend due to the cold. The National Weather Service issued wind chill warnings for Tuesday as dangerously low temperatures were due from eastern Montana across the Midwest into the Atlantic coast and the Northeast and down through the deep South. School districts in Iowa, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina canceled or delayed the start of classes as bitterly cold temperatures – 20 degrees to 30 degrees Fahrenheit below normal – were expected across the eastern half of the United States. “Just the bitter cold which is just too dangerous to put kids out on the street waiting for a bus that may not come,” Herb Levine, superintendent of the Peabody Public Schools, north of Boston, noted. The cold was blamed for the deaths of two men in separate incidents in Milwaukee, according to the Milwaukee

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Journal Sentinel. A homeless man was found dead on a porch in Charleston, West Virginia, while another man was found dead outside a church in Detroit. Police said he may have froze to death. Many places across the United States experienced record low temperatures over the last few days. Omaha, Nebraska, posted a low of minus 20 degrees, breaking a 130-year-old record, and Aberdeen, South Dakota, shattered a record set in 1919 with a temperature of minus 32 degrees. Another arctic blast is expected to hit the area on Thursday and will linger for a few days, bringing snow and frigid temperatures.

Keep Walking This man is made for walking. Needing to get out of his funk, Chris Lemanski decided to walk. And he kept walking. The 26-year-old, who was born in California and now resides in Michigan, chose to walk straight across Europe – from Turkey to Portugal. What made him embark on this 6,000 mile trek? “I was going through a pretty bad depression,” he said. “I was kind of ready to give up and say [whatever] with it.” His cousin, ever the wise one, gave him ad-

vice on how to clear his head: take a long walk. Lemanski listened – really well. In April 2016, Lemanski decided on the journey after looking up trails and saw one that went from Portugal to Istanbul, Turkey. He then purchased a cheap ticket to Istanbul. Lemanski made the trek in 18 months. Three of those months he was stuck in Morocco after he overstayed his visa. He was able to sneak out of the country and catch a boat to Germany where he continued his journey. Walking is free but a man’s got to eat. Asked about how he survived for the year-and-a-half trek, Lemanski said, “I saved money, I bought a ukulele and played on the streets. I also accepted money through donations from my blog.” Generous, kindhearted people bought him beers and

dinners. One country stood out for its lack of generosity: Luxembourg. Even so, Lemanski admits that he was “smelling pretty bad at that point” and was “pretty hairy.” What does 18 months of hitting the pavement do to you? “You realize you’re much stronger than you think you are,” Lemanski said. “You learn to tolerate the pain and discomfort,” he added. “You learn to enjoy it after a while.” Certainly a great way to clear your mind. As for his next journey? “Who knows? Maybe I’ll go to the Peace Corp. Maybe I’ll go to Germany to get my master’s or teach English in China,” he said. Sounds like a walk on the wild side.

Special Delivery Baby, meat world. Yes, that’s “meat” as in “meat.” Last week, a regular customer at a grocery in Fresno, California, had something special delivered. No, it wasn’t lamp chops or prime rib. She actually delivered a bouncing baby boy while shopping at the store. Issamar Sepulveda, who co-owns El Parian with husband Juan Damian, said it was about 7:30 p.m. when the woman walked through the doors of the grocery and meat market. The woman appeared fine at first. The owners regularly let her take free items because she can’t always pay. On Tuesday evening, the woman poured a soda with ice for herself from the soda machine. But then, a few seconds later, she threw the soda in one direction and screamed, “Oh my G-d, I’m having my baby.” By the time Sepulveda came out of her office, the baby was ready to enter the real world. Sepulveda sprung into action, summoning the cook, butcher and cashier to help deliver the baby. The butcher took off his apron and used it to catch the baby. Sepulveda took out blankets she keeps in her office to keep the baby warm. She had the cashier run across the street to the mother’s apartment for a nasal aspirator. Eventually, three ambulances and several firefighters arrived. It was a relief to have professionals there to help, Sepulveda said. According to Sepulveda, her newest customer looked “good.” He cried and was a bit chubby and heavy, she added. After visiting the new mother in the hospital, she was told his name: Toby. Sepulveda’s store may have been a place of happiness for a few hours last week, but she doesn’t expect any more deliveries of this nature in the future. “Nothing like this” has every happened at her store, Sepulveda says. Now she’ll think twice when customers ask her if her stores delivers.


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Community Teach Florida Tackles Tuition Crisis With Sold-Out First Legislative Breakfast of Teach Florida, echoed Representative Fine’s plea for active voter participation. “If showing up when it counts is an important part of our advocacy work, today’s sold out crowd reinforces our community’s commitment to tackle the security and tuition crisis,” she said.  “The community’s involvement in advocacy and voting in 2018 are important for continued government funding and programs.” Jankovits’ urgent parting words resonated with both legislative officials and voters. “The election of pro-school choice candidates is critical in November 2018.  

Please register to vote and be an active part of our get out the vote effort.” For more information about registering to vote and joining the voter registration drives, contact Teach Florida at or (954) 406-6336. Teach Florida is a division of the Teach Advocacy Network,  which works with state and local governments to make our schools safer, stronger and more affordable. The Teach Advocacy Network operates in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and California, covering 186,000 children. Teach Advocacy Network is a project of the Orthodox Union.

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KYHS Annual Shabbaton: A Huge Success By Shmuel Gross

In the biggest turnout in the school’s history, over 320 students and staff from Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida attended the annual Shabbaton at the Hilton Altamonte Springs Hotel in Orlando, Florida from December 22-24. The Shabbaton was themed “Fujiwhara,” meaning when storms collide, because each KYHS student is his or her own “storm” -but when storms come together, the powerful meteorological phenomenon is known as a Fuijiwhara. The Shabbaton offered a unique and intense educational and bonding

experience outside the classroom. The Shabbaton encouraged a dialogue between teachers and students on how to incorporate Judaism and Jewish identity in a modern, secular world. The ‘storm’ theme was also a fitting tribute to the school’s Storm sports’ teams. Feedback from the Shabbaton was exceptionally positive from students and teachers alike. “I was really proud of our students for engaging seriously and thoughtfully on the role that they play as Modern Orthodox Jews involved in contemporary society,” said Rabbi Jonathan Kroll, Head of School.

Students learned more about each other as they shared personal thoughts on religious challenges in today’s society. Hearing teacher’s personal stories also provided inspiring insights. As participants in a dynamic townhall panel, students debated the current Supreme Court case of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, on grounds that same-sex marriage violates his religious principles and therefore his First Amendment rights. The Shabbaton boasted an environment of camaraderie and unity as administrators, teachers, and students from all grades en-

joyed fun-filled quality time. They also had the opportunity to hear inspirational Divrei Torah (lessons from the Bible) from both their teachers and their peers. “The KYHS Shabbaton is an event my classmates and I look forward to every year,” said Sydney Freedman (‘20). “It is a unique opportunity to spend Shabbat with peers, upper and underclassmen and teachers alike. It truly enhances my school experience when I have the opportunity to bond and interact with other members of the school community outside of the classroom.” The Shabbaton experience was further enriched by the presence of world-renowned Jewish singer Benny Friedman, who led a melodious Shabbat davening, a moving kumsitz, and a lively concert for the students on Saturday night. “The Shabbaton was a fantastic experience,” added Rabbi Kroll. “School is great, but it’s not an immersive experience. Learn-

ing, singing, dancing and having deep conversations with each other places us all on a path of religious growth.” The weekend concluded Sunday with a trip to the exciting Universal Islands of Adventure. Students enjoyed hours of fun, including everything from roller coasters to water rides and much more. The students of Katz Yeshiva High School are grateful to the administrators, teachers and staff who put countless hours into preparing a memorable weekend. And of course, they already look forward to the next one!

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Jewish Education Guarantees Jewish Continuity By Rabbi Yehuda Kornfeld Out Reach Director Of Masoret Yehudit I’m sick and tired of hearing the same answer every time. It will not happen to me!! I do not understand how parents can be so blind to the reality they have in front of their eyes. All current statistics clearly indicate otherwise. It does not matter whether we are in the sixty percent bracket of assimilation or seventy percent, the numbers are still against us. I do not know a single parent who will send their child to a place where there is even a 10 percent chance they can be hurt. So from where do parents derive their confidence when it comes to the subject of assimilation?? How can they say this can not happen to me?? In the last study this year, it was explicitly stated that the Israeli community in the United States has a higher assimilation rate than the American Jewish community. We must emphasize a very important point, all studies also talk about families who make Kiddush on Shabbat or speak Hebrew at home or travel to Israel once a year. In the end if your child does not go to a Jewish school, the chances of marrying a Jewish girl are very slim. Five years ago, a mother came into the office at Masoret Yehudit School. She came to see the school with her eldest son- who

was twenty-five. They wanted to see if the school would suit her first-grade daughter who was studying at a Public School in Hollywood. After I finished describing the school to them, the girl’s mother said “Rabbi you did not succeed in persuading me. I sent all my older children to Public School, and all of them only dated Jewish girls.” Then her son who sat and listened to her turned to her and said, I have a question for you. Can you tell me the names of the girls I’ve dated seriously? The mother thinks and replies “ There was one I remember called Rachel that was a Jewish name”. He asked his mom “What other names do you remember?” And she recalled another Rachel and another Rachel. He than asked her, “ Mom isn’t that a bit strange that all the girls I went out with had the same name?” The truth is, it is a bit strange, she answered him. He than told her, “Mom, I want to tell you the truth. Before I brought any girl home, I told her there were three things she needed to do: 1. Kiss each door she passed on the right side. 2. Any food served at the table, ask whether the it is meat or milk. 3 .Now you will be called Rachel.

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Judaic Art   Celebrating and Supporting Israeli Art  Judiac Art Exchange invites locals and out-of-town visitors to experience meaningful art addressing themes of Jewish life. Judaic Art Exchange presents an opportunity for all to enjoy.  Celebrating and Supporting Israeli Art, is an exhibition highlighting contemporary Israeli artists whose diverse paintings evoke an emotional connection and a lively sense of spirituality. The vibrant selection of about twenty works is curated by noted collector and art dealer Barry Appel, founder of Judaic Art Exchange. Appel says, “Featuring both well-known and emerging artists, these paintings are accessible for all audiences and rich in Israeli and Jewish culture. The relationships we have built with galleries and artists in Israel allow us to share extraordinary pieces with art lovers during Miami’s most exciting week.” There will be two chances to view  the art: Saturday, Janurary 6th from 8 PM - 10:30 PM & Sunday, January 7th from 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM at Lubavitch Aventura South 18449 NE 28th Court Aventura, Florida 33160. Some of the most prominent artists fea-

tured in Illumination are Ora Nissim, Mark Tochilkin and Michael Rozenvain. Nissim, whose 2016 solo show at the landmark Heichal Shlomo (Jewish Art Museum) in the heart of Jerusalem received rave reviews and attendance, is known for her soulful paintings and pomegranate sculptures. Tochilkin is a master painter with a successful career resulting in solo shows in France, Israel, Germany and the United States. Rozenvain uses layers of paint to create depth and texture. You may have seen some of his large murals on public buildings in Israel.   ABOUT JUDAIC ART EXCHANGE: Judaic Art Exchange is the leading Judaic art promoter in Florida. With an extensive collection of Judaic & Israeli art from wellknown and emerging artists, our portfolio contains many artistic styles: abstract, modern, expressionist, and representational. Our expertise in promoting contemporary Israeli artists provides our clientele with exceptional art to enhance their homes and lives. We host shows throughout the United States. For more information, visit judaicartexchange. com.

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JFS Seeks Mentors for Community Mentoring Program An adult who takes the time to mentor a child, can change that child’s life and create a bond that can last a lifetime. While studies have shown the tremendous positive difference mentoring has on youths, (52 percent less likely to skip a day or school and 46 percent less likely to start using drugs), the results can be equally as impactful on the mentors as well. JFS’ Community Mentoring Program is entering its 18th year. Through JFS’ partnership with the United Way of Palm Beach County and Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, JFS has 25 active matches of children with mentors and is on their way to several more matches over the next few months. In preparations for January’s National Mentoring Month, JFS recently held a Community Mentoring orientation where existing Mentors were able to share their experiences with new Mentors. Mentors have become involved in JFS’ Commu-

nity Mentoring Program for a variety of reasons: Susan: a retired school teacher has time available and loves to give. Her grandchildren are located out of town and loves the relationship she has developed with her 13 year old surrogate granddaughter Harvey: Is now on his 3rd match, having served as mentors to children who have aged out of the program. He loves the fact that kids always are full of surprises and is able to do things he would not normally do. Harvey is proud of the impact he has on his mentees encouraging them to always be better, while warning them not to hang out with the wrong crowd. Shari: Her mentee of 10 years is now turning 18. Her “daughter” is part of her family. She is bracing for transition of seeing her off to college next fall. Alexis: Is carrying on her family tradition. She was raised in a home where her

parents had served as mentees to children. Remembering what an impact her parents had made, she is looking to do the same. Oren: Through his work with the Rotary Club, Oren has seen first-hand how mentoring impacts college students. Looking to expand his role, he loves to see the impact he is having on his mentee, an eleven year-old boy, who lives with his grandmother. He gets as much out of spending time as a mentor as his mentee

does with him. Mentoring works, but it can’t happen without caring adults getting involved. JFS currently has a “wait list” for mentors to match with existing children within the Boca Raton and Delray Beach areas. To find out how you can be that difference in a child’s life, please contact Nadine Greenberg, JFS Director of Volunteer Engagement, at 561.852.3333 or nadineg@


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Sandler Family Major Gifts Event a Major Success with Daniel Libeskind More than 350 top Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County supporters came out to the Polo Club in Boca Raton on December 7 for the Sandler Family Major Gifts Event. Guests enjoyed an elegant cocktail reception, dinner and an inspiring keynote address by world renowned architect and artist Daniel Libeskind, author of Breaking Ground: An Immigrant’s Journey from Poland to Ground Zero. Libeskind, born to Holocaust survivors in Poland, shared fascinating details of his transformative journey, describing how his unique experience as an immigrant and his Jewish identity were both powerful guiding forces in his personal life and professional career. During his riveting speech and visual presentation, he

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revealed how he incorporates Jewish symbolism into every project he has worked on, from the Jewish Museum in Berlin to his recent redevelopment of the World Trade Center in New York City. Longtime Federation major philanthropist and leader Rani Garfinkle deliv-

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ered a compelling appeal that highlighted the incredible, life-saving work that Federation does locally and around the world. Major donors contribute a minimum of $10,000 household gift to the UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign. The event, named for Phyllis & Harvey Sandler and family, was

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Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes & The Chevra Kadisha of South Florida In addition to educating young and old, Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes has provided a unique service to the communities of South Florida in the form of its Chevra Kadisha of South Florida, now entering its 42nd year of operation. The Chevra Kadisha of South Florida, under the auspices of Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes, is the largest Chevra Kadisha in the Southeast United States. Its more than 100 volunteer members, men and women, drawn mainly from the school’s parent body, are available to perform Taharas (ritual preparation of the body for burial), act as a Shomer (honor guard watching the remains), assist with the actual burial and provide support for

the bereaved family. The Chevra Kadisha of South Florida • performs over 300 Taharas a year • provides consultative services to the Miami-Dade medical examiner • advocates for appropriate post-mortem care in area health-care facilities • provides Kaddish and Yahrtzeit services • holds an annual memorial ser-

vice and dinner in observance of Zayin Adar • advocates for upgrading of Jewish funeral standards and practices • Works in tandem with Hatzolah of Miami-Dade in situations involving a deceased patient • founding member of National Association of Chevra Kadisha (NA-

SCK) Services are available to any Jewish person, regardless of affiliation or lack thereof. The Chevra Kadisha offers education for the general community through periodic newsletters, informational classes and its website, under the auspices of the Caren Hirschfeld Outreach Division.

Storming the World with Musical Messages of the Lubavitcher Rebbe It took 23 years to bring his vision to fruition, but Rabbi Ruvi New is finally sharing the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s teachings through music in an all new album that is appropriately titled Storm the World. Produced and arranged by Bentzi Marcus of 8th Day fame, Storm the World features 14 all new compositions performed by Rabbi New with guest appearances by Benny Friedman, Yossi Green, Bentzi Marcus, Eli Marcus and Shmuel Marcus. Rabbi New, the Chabad shaliach to East Boca Raton, began writing lyrics to perpetuate the Rebbe’s teachings shortly after his passing in 1994, and the songs carry meaningful messages with themes that will resonate with Jews worldwide.   Musical genres on Storm the World run the gamut, matching the mood of the varied compositions by Marcus, Yossi Green,

Ari Goldwag, Chanale Fellig-Harel and Bob Remstein with lyrics by Rabbi New, Miriam Israeli and Larry Gates. While the songs all carry a strong Chabad undercurrent, their appeal is undeniably universal.  The song Six Days ( Shisha Yamim)   reflects on the 50th anniversary of both the Six Day War and the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s tefillin campaign which was launched to  tip the heavenly scales during the battle. Shliach is dedicated to the massive army of Chabad emissaries that have spread throughout the world, giving every Jew a place to call home no matter where they are located, while Nigun artfully portrays the power of music that allows listeners to soar to heavenly realms. Buzz for the album has been extremely positive, with the Jewish music world giving rave reviews to the title track and The

Match, which were both released several months ago. Incredibly in the second week after it’s release the album rose to number eight on the iTunes Charts in the world music category. “There is something here for everyone, to gain and be touched in a deep way,” said Rabbi New.

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As the final moments of Chanukah ebbed away, Jewish music fans, young and old, turned out in force for Torah Academy’s Fourth Annual Chanukah Concert featuring Jewish music international singing sensation Yaakov Shwekey and the Torah Academy Boys Choir. Shwekey himself remarked to the crowd of nearly 2,000 before his final song, “I knew tonight was going to be great, but (the crowd) lifted it up to another level.” Shwekey not only brought his considerable talents, but an entire multi-media show encompassing lights, video, special effects, and crowd-pleasing participation from concert-goers. Seemingly effortlessly, he kept the concert interactive and energetic, interspersing medleys and ballads with upbeat, fast-paced hits.  Using translation of Hebrew songs on the concert screen, all attendees could connect to the meaning behind the lyrics taken from Jewish liturgy and tradition.  Torah Academy’s students were particularly thrilled to be called up to the stage during one of the songs, to sing with Shwekey in a vis-

ible display of building and educating the next generation. The concert was once again sponsored by Mrs. Linda Love Golden, a steadfast and generous supporter of the school. As this was a night to celebrate Jewish education, several numbers showcased the

Torah Academy Boys Choir, carefully orchestrated by the Torah Academy 8th grade rebbe, Rabbi Netanel Chait.  In weeks of practice beforehand, Rabbi Chait encouraged participation from all his students no matter their singing skill level, while also giving opportunities to particularly musical boys to hone their talents through solos

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Yeshiva Elementary School’s Annual Chanuka Concert a Tremendous Success On the 8th night of Chanukah, the Julius Littman Theater was bursting with unity, spirit and song. The South Florida community joined the Yeshiva Elementary School family in welcoming Mordechai Shapiro. Yeshiva Elementary School is Miami Beach’s premiere Yeshiva day school servicing over 500 children in South Florida. Yeshiva Elementary School is profoundly committed to the transmission of Jewish traditions, Torah values and ideals.  The evening, led by the  dynamic and energetic  Rabbi Elchanan Galbut, began with a sensational performance by our very own Yeshiva Elementary School Boys’ Choir, masterfully led by Rabbi Moti Rosenberg.  Mordechai Shapiro came on stage and captivated the audience with his incredible talent and warmth. Children and adults alike were completely drawn into dance and song. What a sight to see! When our esteemed menahel, Rabbi Yisroel Moshe Janowski joined Mordechai Shapiro on stage the simcha was palpable. At the sold-out performance people joined together to share the ruach of Chanukah! The sound of the hands clapping


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Mechina of South Florida Keeps the Good Times Rolling By Chezky Rizel, 8th Grade

The junior high students had an incredible time during their robotics tournament. They had to work as a team to measure the obstacle course created by Principal Shtundel. The teams then had to program their Sphero SPRK Robot on tablets to run

the course. All teams calculated distance, angles, and speed, then used programming skills taught in Mr. Wait’s robotics class to finish the course. Although it became extremely intense, good sportsmanship prevailed throughout

the event. During the race, groups were keeping a close eye on their robots, hoping the one representing their group it to the finish line first. Unfortunately, a few teams forgot to ensure their robots didn’t go outside the lines more than once, which

caused immediate disqualification. The drama did not finish until well after the race was complete. Judges were forced to review the replay to determine the winner after two teams seemingly tied. After much debate, judges unanimously proclaimed Yoel Benalloun, Chezky Rizel, Pinchas Teicher, Gavi Goldner, and Ezra Gerstein the winners. Each of them will receive a 25$ gift card. All participants had a lot of fun, regardless of whether they won or lost. The entire Mechina Middle School owes a special thank you to Rabbi Yitzy Winkler for helping with the event.

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In Memorium

There is No Ceiling on Greatness: Reflections on the Life of Dick Siemens Rabbi Feinberg, Dean of TABR

Fortunately, in my capacity as dean of Torah Academy of Boca Raton, I get the opportunity to meet a lot of very generous people. Anyone who wants to support Jewish education is another inspiration to me, reminding me of the special fabric of our Jewish community and our collective commitment to timeless values. Yet still, sometimes I have the special merit of crossing life paths with a stand-out individual whose impact on my life, and on Torah Academy, is on a different plane. Richard Siemens ob”m, my friend Dick, was one of those people. The days since his recent passing have filled my mind and heart with reflections on his life and his lessons for me. Dick was commonly described as a philanthropist and developer, and those two monikers could not be more appropriate for this special man. Yes, he gave of himself to literally build the Jewish infrastructure in Palm Beach County, an impact that is immeasurable; but more than that, he loved his fellow man deeply, and developed himself and those around him into people who could express that love on a scale of incredible proportion. His love brought West Boca Medical Center and Delray Medical Center into being, and helped make the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s campus, which bears the name the Richard and Carole Siemens Campus, the pulsating hub of Jewish life it is today. At every turn since I came to Boca, it was Dick who made constant visits to our school, helped us secure new property, helped us learn how to turn the requisite wheels to grow our school, and thus enabled the growth to our 400-plus student body, already bursting at the seams as Dick predicted. Dick personified what it means to be a mentch. With Dick, his word was gold, and his dealings were always above reproach. He was passionate about helping others in need, particularly the most vulnerable in our community, and he was steadfastly committed to the future of the

Jewish people. When I picture Dick as a little boy, sharing a bed in a tiny apartment with his brothers in the Bronx, coming from such humble beginnings that the amenity of shower stall was unknown to him until high school, I think of the classic American story of a person pulling himself up by his boot straps. But I also think of the Jewish ideal of reaching for greatness, no matter our starting point – believing in ourselves that we all have it in us to take our G-d-given raw material and develop it into lasting contributions to our communities and the world. Dick shared with me many times that he felt it was vitally important to do everything in his power to guarantee a Jewish future by making a traditional Jewish education available to every child. When others thought that Torah Academy had reached its potential when we purchased our second campus and doubled our capacity, it was Dick who was certain that within a few years we would outgrow our space and need a much bigger and better facility. Even at the time of his passing, he was involved in trying to further grow our school; he never considered his work done, because there is no ceiling on greatness. Indeed, Dick’s prediction has come true, to which I’m sure he would have said, “Of course we outgrew our campus. Isn’t that what I told you would happen?” Dick’s lasting legacy is a special commodity, both tangible in the physical existence of our growing Yeshiva, and intangible in his friendship, support, and encouragement that bolstered our efforts. Even as my heart breaks for the loss our community has suffered in his passing, I can almost hear Dick’s voice saying, “The thing is this… Now what are YOU going to do about getting our children what they need?”

Without Dick, we are all going to have to try a bit harder and reach a little farther, to make the dreams he had for our community become realities.





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Morris goes on vacation and asks Harry to watch over his house. About a week later, Morris calls home and asks, “How’s my cat?” “Your cat died,” Harry responds. “Oy vey! You shouldn’t have broken the news to me like that! You should have done it slowly. The first time I called, you should have told me she was on the roof. The second time I called, you should have said there was no way to get her down. The third time I called, you should have told me that you tried to get her off the roof, but she fell down and died,” Morris says. Harry apologizes and hangs up. About a week later, Morris calls again and asks, “How’s my dog?” There is a long silence and then Harry replies, “Well, he’s on the roof.”

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ine out of the following ten words were added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in 2017. What is the one word that was added a long time ago, before 2017? - Binge-watch (V.) - Face-palm (V.) - First world problem (N.) - Humblebrag (V.) - Photobomb (V.) - Safe space (N.) - Side eye (N.) - Weak sauce (N.) - Yowza (Interj) - Schlemiel (N.)

 Answer Schlemiel


ccording to a Marist poll, the following five words received the most votes as most annoying words of 2017. Place the words in order of the votes they received for most annoying word. - Fake news -” No offense, but…” - ”You know what I mean?” - Whatever - Literally

Whatever (33%) Fake news (23%) “No offense, but” (20%) Literally (11%) “You know what i mean?” (10%)

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2017 Sports Trivia 1. Match their

the athlete with 2017 earnings:

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Where did Usain Bolt finish in the final race of his career? a. First b. Second c. Third d. He didn’t finish 3. Who was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for 2017? a. Russell Westbrook b. Steph Curry c. LeBron James

d. James Harden 4. Which horse won the 2017 Kentucky Derby on May 6th, 2017? a. Lookin At Lee b. Always Dreaming c. Classic Empire d. Battle of Midway 5. Which tennis player made it to 3 singles grand slam finals this year? a. Rafael Nadal b. Serena Williams c. Venus Williams d. Roger Federer 6. Which NHL team won the 2017 Stanley Cup finals against the Nashville Predators?

a. Columbus Blue Jackets b. Ottawa Senators c. Pittsburgh Penguins d. Washington Capitals 7. Who had the highest batting average in the MLB in the 2017 season? a. Buster Posey b. Giancarlo Stanton c. Jose Altuve d. Charlie Blackmon 8. Which pitcher had an ERA of 2.25, which was the lowest in the MLB in 2017? a. Clayton Kershaw b. Max Scherzer c. Corey Kluber d. Stephen Strasburg

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 Scorecard 7-8 correct: Mike Francesa left a vacancy at WFAN! Perhaps you can get the gig. 3-5 correct: You are Kknd of in the middle, but not in the Lionel Messi type of way. 0-2 correct: You probably don’t even know that Robert Mueller was the Super Bowl MVP in 2017.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo: $93 million; LeBron James: $86.2 million ; Lionel Messi: $80 million; Roger Federer: $64 million 2. D- In the final race of his career, which was the 4x100 meter relay at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, Bolt injured his left leg and crumpled to the track and was unable to fin-

ish the race. 3. A 4. B 5. A- Nadal was victorious at the U.S. Open and French Open but lost to Roger Federer at the Australian Open final. 6. C 7. C 8. C

Riddle me this? There are four people sitting at a square table. Their names are Mike, Al, Paul, and John. Use the clues below to figure out who sits where at the table.

See answer to the right

Paul sits on the left of John and across from Mike.

• John is at the left of Mike. • Mike sits on the right side of the table. • Al is on the right of Mike. • Where does Paul sit?

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Torah Thought Don’t Live the Same Year 75 Times and Call it a Life Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

Leo Tolstoy, the famous Russian writer, once said, “Everybody wants to change this world; nobody wants to change themselves.” I disagree. I think we do want to change. We want to become the people we were meant to be, the people we are capable of being. Many of us just don’t know how. Every year, data shows that the biggest spike in gym memberships occurs in the second week of January. With the (Gregorian) New Year comes resolutions and by far the most popular is to get in shape. However, statistics show that by the second week of February, almost 80% of new gym members stop coming. It isn’t just weight loss or exercise. While 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, only 10% are successful at keeping them and meeting their goals. Rabbi Yehudah Halevi writes in one of his poems: “The world at large is a prison and every man is a prisoner.” We often feel trapped,

confined by the self-imposed limitations we set on ourselves or by the habits, practices and behaviors that we think we cannot break out of or change. According to the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, as many as 40% of our daily activities are driven by habit. Will we be late or on time, will we get angry or keep our cool, will we eat healthy or let ourselves go, will we be distracted by technology or disconnect, will we say a blessing with intention before we eat or when we come out of the bathroom, say it in a meaningless way, or not say it at all – all of these and many more have been programmed into our daily lives such that we are practically on autopilot. We feel imprisoned and trapped by the habits we have formed and the momentum that carries our lives forward. Rav Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, hy”d, also known as the Piaseczno Rebbe, was a Chassidic Rebbe in Poland who served as the

Rabbi of the Warsaw Ghetto and, after surviving the uprising, was later shot dead by the Nazis in the Trawniki labor camp. He had such incredible human insight and advice, you may have thought he was trained as a psychologist or motivational speaker. In his spiritual diary called Tzav V’Ziruz he has the following entry: If you want to know if you you’ve progressed on your spiritual path over the years, the way to judge is to look at your resolution – at your inner drive – and not at your wishes. Only the inner drive with which you work to attain your desired goal is called resolution. But if you don’t work but rather just want, this is not called resolution. It is just some wish that you wish for yourself to be blessed with that desired objective. For example, the pauper who works to sustain himself, this is a drive, because he is doing something constructive toward it. But the wish that he’ll find a million dollars is just a wish to be rich and not a resolution. Every Jew would like to be a tzadik (righteous person), but this is no more than a wish; he’d like to wake up in the morning and suddenly find himself a tzadik. Only the level and state of being that you seriously work toward can truly be called a resolution. The secret to real change, says the Rebbe, is to be honest with ourselves and to distinguish between our wishes and actually making resolutions. There are countless things we claim to want to change about ourselves. We want to eat more healthy, be more patient, spend more time with our children, find time to volunteer, to learn Torah daily, go to shul more often, do

acts of kindness, stop speaking gossip, and so on. We claim to want to do them, but the truth is they are just wishes. We wish to wake up one morning, as the Rebbe said, and find ourselves suddenly doing those things or living that way. Stop wishing and to start making real resolutions. Personal growth is the result of making a plan, spelling it out and holding ourselves accountable to keeping to it. When you make a resolution, when you formulate a plan, you need to know where the pitfalls lie and what is likely to try to knock you off your course. A plan, a resolution, has to be articulated to be serious. We can put it down on paper, set it as a reminder in our phone, or simply repeat it out loud to ourselves over and over but it isn’t real, it is just a wish, not a resolution, unless it is formally verbalized, articulated, or recorded in a way that will make us more likely to follow through. I recommend an app called Strides that allows you to track your goals and habits in areas from reading, budget, sleep, exercise, or even flossing. You set your goal and the app sends regular alerts and reminders and tracks your progress, holding you accountable by having to confront real data and facts. Leadership expert Robin Sharma once said, “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” Don’t articulate the same wishes year after year and call them resolutions. Make this your year, by articulating and implementing a plan. Rabbi Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of Boca Raton Synagogue.

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Parshas Shemos



Torah Thought


By Rabbi Berel Wein




he Torah reading of this week introduces us to the figure and person that will dominate all of Jewish life – and perhaps world civilization as well – for eternity. Though the Torah tells us of Moshe’s birth, salvation from the crocodile-infested Nile River, and his early life as the adopted son of the daughter of the Pharaoh, including the incident of his smiting of the Egyptian taskmaster, which causes him to flee Egypt, it then tells us almost nothing of

The Torah does, however, tell us of an incident where Moshe physically intervenes to protect the daughters of Yitro from the discrimination and persecution of the male shepherds at the well in Midyan. Moshe stands up for the rights of strangers whom he does not know at the time. Moshe, among his all other G-dly characteristics, has an extreme sense of right and wrong, of protecting the downtrodden and reining in the powerful. It is this sense that drove

Moshe stands up for the rights of strangers whom he does not know at the time.

the ensuing decades of his life. Where did he flee? How did he occupy himself for over half of his life? How did he arrive at the well in the land of Midyan? Probably the greatest question of all is why the L-rd chose him to be the redeemer of Israel and the greatest lawgiver of all time. The Torah itself is silent on all of these matters, even though one could think that this knowledge would be vital to understanding the biblical narrative itself. Nevertheless, Midrash attempts to answer some, if not all, of these questions in its holy and many times allegorical methodology. It makes Moshe a king over tribes in Africa, it grants him years of study and holy meditation, and it attempts to give us a picture of the great prophet-in-waiting until the moment of his calling arrives. I have always wondered why the Torah itself makes no mention or description of these crucial years in a lifetime and development of Moshe. It allows him to emerge full-blown as the great prophet and leader of Israel without any preparatory background as to why he was chosen.

him to smite the Egyptian taskmaster who was unmercifully beating the Jewish slave. No matter what happened to Moshe in the intervening years of his life, from that incident to the time that we see him in Midyan, it is obvious that that overpowering sense of justice and rectitude never waned. This is what will allow him later in his mission to constantly defend the Jewish people even from the L-rd’s judgment. He realizes that the redemption from slavery is a wrenching and difficult experience. That is the reason why the Torah emphasizes to us that Moshe was a shepherd immediately prior to becoming the leader and savior of Israel. A shepherd by nature must be a compassionate, patient and forgiving person. Otherwise the sheep would never survive his shepherding. The Torah wants to emphasize to us that the true spiritual leader of Israel is humble, self-effacing, patient, and possessed of a burning desire to replace wrong with right and evil with goodness. Shabbat shalom.

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ri was at his wits end. He had tried everything. But he was losing his kids. Both in his life and from the Torah way of life. His wife had gone off the derech and was taking their kids with her. Ari had filed for a divorce and was fighting for custody of his children, so that he could raise them to be Torahdik Jews… but he was losing. He had already spent thousands of dollars fighting the legal battle, and the final day of the court case, when the judge would make his decision, was coming soon. Ari had done everything he could in the physical realm. It was now time to bring in spiritual backup. Knowing about the Shotze Rebbe’s promise, that anyone who took upon themselves a kabbalah at his kever would receive his assistance, Ari signed up for Tehillim Kollel. Ari knew that the ehrliche men who davened the entire sefer Tehillim at the tzion of the Shotze Rebbe every day of the year would be the right emissaries for his special, vital plea. Ari took on the kabballah to daven the brachos with kavanah every day. And how he davened. After a few days, the court case was decided. And even though all signs pointed in the opposite direction… Ari was awarded custody of his children! B”H, he is able to raise them in the right environment. Divine assistance brought about a divine miracle.

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Unclog Your Arteries Tips for Heart Health By Aliza Beer MS, RD


ecently, one of my patients who had lost about 50 pounds in the last few years, exercises several times a week, and is, in fact, in the best shape he has been in years had emergency bypass surgery. My cardiologist explained to me that although a person eats healthy most of the time and exercises, it is extremely difficult to undo 25-30 years of damage. In fact, his diet and exercise is what saved his life. We learn from this that you are never too young to work on heart disease prevention, and it is imperative for everyone at any age to aggressively try to halt and even reverse plaque development in arterial walls. How do arteries get clogged? As long as blood vessels are clear and open, blood can flow freely, but sometimes small blockages build up inside the blood vessels. These blockages develop when cholesterol sticks to the wall of the artery. Your immune system, sensing a problem, will send white blood cells to attack the cholesterol. This sets off a chain of reactions that leads to inflammation. In a worst-case scenario, cells form a plaque over the cholesterol, and a small blockage is formed. Sometimes, these blockages can break loose and cause a heart attack or stroke. As the plaques grow, they

may block blood flow in an artery entirely. There is no natural way to completely unclog your arteries. Losing weight, exercising more, or eating less cholesterol-rich foods are all steps you can take to reduce plaques, but these steps won’t remove existing plaques. Healthy habits, however, will help prevent additional plaque from forming. The following is a list of hearthealthy foods that everyone of all ages should incorporate into their daily lives. • Salmon: Salmon and other fatty fish like sardines, mackerel and herring are the superstars of heart-healthy foods. That’s because they contain copious amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, shown in studies to lower the risk of arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), reduce plaque build-up, and decreases level of triglycerides. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish, preferable a fatty fish, at least twice a week. If you don’t like fish, omega-3 fatty acids are also available as dietary supplements. • Oatmeal: Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber, which can lower cholesterol. It acts like a sponge in the digestive tract and soaks up the cholesterol so it is eliminated from the body and not absorbed into the bloodstream. Avoid instant

flavored oatmeal which often contains sugar, and opt instead for old fashioned or steel cut oats. • Blueberries: Not just blueberries, but strawberries and also other berries as well are great for your heart. According to a 2013 study, women aged 25-42 who ate more than three servings of berries a week had a 32% lower risk of heart attack compared to those who ate less. The authors of the study attributed the benefit to compounds known as anthocyanins. They are a type of flavonoid, a class of compounds with antioxidant effects. They may decrease blood pressure and dilate blood vessels as well. • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: In a landmark study, people at high risk for heart disease who followed the Mediterranean diet (high in grains, fruits, and vegetables) supplemented by nuts and at least 4 tablespoons a day of olive oil reduced their risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death by 30%. Olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated fats, which can help reduce both cholesterol and blood sugar levels. • Green Tea: Green tea has been a favorite health aid in Asia for hundreds of years. A 2013 study found that people who drank 4 or more cups of green tea daily had a 20% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke compared with

people who seldom drank the beverage. Antioxidants in the green tea, known as catechins, may be responsible for the effect. They help in several ways, including blocking dietary cholesterol from being absorbed into the bloodstream, regulating levels of blood sugar, and soothing inflammation. Try to drink 3 cups a day; let the tea steep in the water 3-5 minutes to boost the amount of catechins. • Flax Seeds: Flax seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Sprinkle them into your oatmeal for an even bigger fiber boost or into non-fat Greek yogurt for an extra crunch instead of granola. • Avocado: Like olive oil, avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that may lower heart disease risk factors, such as cholesterol. They are also high in antioxidants and potassium. You can slice some into your salad, blend into guacamole, or make avocado toast. Watch your portions, they are very high in calories, so a little will go a long way. • Pomegranate: Pomegranates contain numerous antioxidants, including heart-promoting polyphenols and anthocyanins which may help stave off hardening of the arteries. One study of heart disease patients found that a daily dose of pomegranate juice over

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3 months showed improvements in blood flow to the heart. Diet and exercise are both key to maintaining a healthy heart. Exercise can improve your cardiovascular health and help prevent cardiac issues. It increases the level of HDL cholesterol, otherwise known as the “good cholesterol,”

and thereby decreases the level of the LDL cholesterol, or “bad cholesterol.” If you are not physically active now, start slowly. Go for a walk twice a week. Slowly build up your routine and stamina. Aim to get 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise at least 5 days a week. It is important to speak with

your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. Diet can play a big role in improving your heart health and reducing your risk for a build-up of plaque. It’s never too late to eat a healthier diet. Years of bad eating will most certainly damage your body, but healthy eating will help

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heal it to some extent, and certainly prevent further damage. Aliza Beer is a registered dietician with a master’s degree in nutrition. She has a private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. Patients’ success has been featured on the Dr. Oz show. Aliza can be reached at

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Jewish Geography By Jon Kranz


hen Jews meet other Jews for the first time they typically engage in a classic Jewish pastime known as Jewish geography. It is neither a professional nor an Olympic sport but it probably could be. It is neither a game show nor reality show but it probably should be. At its core, Jewish geography is an attempt by total strangers to figure out how they might know each other or how they might have acquaintances in common. Sometimes it unfolds through a tedious process of elimination and other times it plays out through extensive and overly intrusive personal probing. Many times the result is not a direct hit or even a significant connection and often the conclusion is a distant, tangential link that barely qualifies as interesting or relevant. But we all still play it. The beauty of Jewish geography is that the strength or legitimacy of the purported connection is of little importance. As long as some relationship is established, no matter how remote or inconsequential, it usually triggers a very Jewish reaction of familiarity, camaraderie, wonderment and excitement as though twins separated at birth have just been reunited. In fact, one could argue that Jewish geography is far less about the connection and far more about the reaction. If you are playing Jewish geography and the exchange does not elicit a bizarre and ear-splitting mix of hysteria and euphoria, then you simply are not playing the game correctly.

One need not sensationalize the flimsiness of some Jewish geography connections because in practice the weakness is obvious on its face. With that in mind, the following is a hypothetical example, although it may be very true: Jew #1: Hello there, my name is Hugh Dontnomey. I live in the Five Towns. Jew #2: The Five Towns? That is incredible! Jew #1: Why is that so incredible? Jew #2: Oh my goodness, Hugh, this is so funny. You’re not going to believe this. Buckle up and get ready!

ied at the same yeshiva as my brother’s nephew’s friend’s former roommate whose accountant married a girl from ... the Five Towns. And you, Hugh, are from the Five Towns too! Isn’t that unbelievable?! You’re both from the Five Towns! What are the chances? How crazy is that? Tell me, really, how crazy is that? Jew #1: It’s crazy... Jew #2: I know! Jew #1: No, it’s crazy that you don’t see how ridiculous this all sounds. Jew #2: Oh, so you think it’s a bit of a stretch?

Wrapping a tiny rubber band around a bloated Sumo wrestler would be way less of a stretch.

Jew #1: Get ready for what? Jew #2: Just listen! My mother plays mahjong with this lady who gets her hair colored by this woman who is married to an insurance salesman who just sold a policy to a young couple who lives next door to a family whose dentist plays golf with an obstetrician who delivered the fourth child of a nice family who vacations every summer with a family who sends their kids to a summer camp where the director once stud-

Jew #1: Wrapping a tiny rubber band around a bloated Sumo wrestler would be way less of a stretch. Indeed, Jewish geography sometimes involves a wacky, highly technical game of genealogy. Here’s an example: Jew #1: Hi, my name is Ann Cestorberg. Jew #2: Wow, this is so weird, Ann. I think we’re related. Jew #1: Really, how so? Jew #2: Your great-grandmother had

a brother who had two children, one of whom had triplets, and one of those triplets had a child who got married and had a two daughters, one of whom gave birth to me, which makes me your third cousin twice removed. Jew #1: How do you know all of that? Jew #2: How do you not? After all, Ann, we’re family! Of course, Jewish geography also can create awkward moments, especially when Jews are caught overreaching: Jew #1: Do you know Nancy Secretstein? Jew #2: Of course. We’re best friends, like BFF’s, like totally inseparable. We’re basically sisters. We literally tell each other everything. Jew #1: That’s so strange. Jew #2: Why is that strange? Jew #1: Because Nancy and I got married two weeks ago and I don’t remember you being at the wedding or even being invited. Jew #2: We’re so close that she didn’t even have to invite me. Jew #1: Huh? Jewish geography is a game that is played by Jews only. You know that famous Yiddish expression, “It’s a small world after all”? That’s what it’s all about. Wait, is that a Yiddish expression or did Walt make that up? Who cares? I’m getting farklempt just thinking about it. Jon Kranz is an attorney living in Englewood, New Jersey. Send any comments, questions or insults to jkranz285@gmail. com.

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CALIFORNIA- The 2017 California wildfire season has ravaged the Golden State from wine country in Northern California to Santa Barbara in Southern California. To date, 44 people have been killed because of the wildfires and there has been more than $3 billion in damage. The Thomas Fire, which has devastated swaths of Southern California since it began on December 4, engulfed 273,400 acres and is the largest fire in California history.

NEVADA- On October 1, 2017, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock fired more than 1,100 rounds from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel onto concertgoers below, killing 58 people and injuring 546. Paddock then turned the gun on himself. To-date, Paddock’s motives are unknown.


Hurricane Harvey hit Texas on August 25, 2017 as a Category 4 storm. Harvey made landfall three separate times in six days. At its peak, on September 1, 2017, one-third of Houston was underwater. Two feet of rain fell in the first 24 hours. At least 82 people were killed because of the storm and it caused more than $180 billion in damage. Residents are still, slowly, trying to pick up the pieces ravaged by the storm.

ILLINOIS- Chicago’s gun violence continues with more than 3,500 people being shot in 2017. Despite Chicago’s tough gun laws, the city has had over 600 homicides by gun this year, leading many to point to Chicago as “exhibit A” that even with harsh gun laws, the bad guys will always have guns. ALABAMA-The Democrats made inroads in the deepest of “red states” when Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore in the special election for the senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became Attorney General. Democrats claim that this December 12th victory is a harbinger of a coming Democrat tidal wave in 2018. Republicans argue that Roy Moore was a fatally flawed candidate whose defeat proves that voters put morals over party.

FLORIDA- Hurricane Irma, which formed on August 30, battered the Caribbean and the British Virgin Islands as a Category 5 storm before making landfall in Florida on September 10 as a Category 4 storm, with wind gusts reaching 130 MPH. In the days leading up to the storm, highways were packed as 6.4 million people received mandatory evacuation orders. The death toll in Florida from Hurricane Irma is 75. In Puerto Rico, 48 people died as a result of Hurricane Irma, which slammed the island and knocked out 80 percent of its power for over a month. Large parts of the island are still without power.

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On November 1, eight people were killed and a dozen were injured when terrorist Sayfullo Saipov, 29, drove a pickup truck he rented from Home Depot onto a crowded lower Manhattan bike path, in the deadliest attack in New York City since 9/11. “G-d is great!” the Uzbekistan native shouted in Arabic before a hero cop pumped a bullet into his abdomen. Saipov entered the U.S. in 2010 under the Diversity Immigration Visa Program, which is exactly as pathetic as its name. The radical Muslim terrorist then brought 23 relatives into the U.S. through the chain migration program which allows relatives of those in the U.S. to enter legally. Less than two months later, on December 11, Akayed Ullah, 27, detonated a pipe bomb in a walkway below the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Thankfully nobody was killed. Ullah, who pledged allegiance to ISIS, entered the U.S. in 2011 from Bangladesh through the chain migration program.

NEW JERSEY- After a budget impasse caused a government shutdown and the closure of all public parks and beaches, a photographer flying over what was supposed to be an empty beach on July 3rd, photographed Governor Chris Christie and family members relaxing on the closed-to-the-public beach. When asked later that day if he “had gotten out at all” the governor responded, “I didn’t…I didn’t get any sun today.” When the photographs of the lounging governor emerged, Christie’s spokesman explained that “yes, the governor was on the beach briefly today talking to his wife and family before heading into the office. He did not get any sun. He had a baseball hat on.” But New Jersians didn’t fall for that, and the outgoing governor, whose legacy already included Bridgegate, will now also have the laughable Beachgate on his resume. ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA- Multiple people were


VIRGINIA- Hether Heyer, 32, died on August 12, when James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, plowed his car into counter-protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally being held in the Virginia town. The senseless death touched off a political debate about white nationalists, Antifa, and, of course, President Trump.

shot, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), while Republican lawmakers were practicing for a congressional baseball game at a Virginia field on June 14. The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, 66, who volunteered for the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, purposely targeted the Republican lawmakers. He was killed at the scene. Scalise, 51, who is the third highest ranking Republican in the House of Representative, was nearly killed in the shooting. Upon his return to Congress he summed up in four words his survival and recovery: “It starts with G-d.” He explained that even as he was bleeding on the ground right after being shot, he immediately began praying. Scalise told his fellow members of Congress that he made some very specific requests in those moments. “And I will tell you, pretty much every one of those prayers was answered. He really did deliver for me and my family and it just gives you that renewed faith in understanding that the power of prayer is something you just cannot underestimate.”

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M E X I C I A N E ARTHQUAKESAt least 216 people were killed when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City on September 20. The Mexico City earthquake came a little more than one week after a magnitude-8.1 earthquake struck off the southern coast of the country, killing at least 90.

VENEZUELA IN CHAOS- This once wealthy country has been split into Chavistas – the name given to the followers of the socialist policies of the late President Hugo Chavez – and those who cannot wait to see an end to the 18 years in power of his United Socialist Party. Daily protests have led to riotous clashes with thousands arrested and dozens dead. Opposition activists are protesting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, blaming him for a crippling economic crisis that has caused widespread food shortages for years. Maduro has responded to the chronic food shortage by declaring that citizens should breed and eat rabbits.

JERUSALEM IS THE CAPITAL OF ISRAELOn December 6, President Trump announced that the United States officially recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that the U.S. embassy will be moved there. Despite this biblical truth and the fact that many past U.S. presidents promised to move the U.S. embassy, Mr. Trump came under swift attack by his political opponents who argued that his move would cause a third intifada. Thankfully, to-date the region has been fairly quiet with a smattering of protests. Although Mahmoud Abbas declared that he no longer sees the U.S. as a peace broker, according to Israel’s Channel 10, Abbas was summoned to Saudi Arabia last week for an unplanned visit and was told to either accept the U.S.’s peace initiative (which has not been made public as of yet) or resign. In response to President Trump’s bold moves, 128 countries condemned the U.S. in a UN vote. Trump and his UN Ambassador Niki Haley promised that they will not forget the nations that voted to condemn the U.S. on this matter and may withhold future monetary aid to those countries.


Located in the northeast region of Spain, Catalonia is largely independent and is one of the richest and most industrialized areas of Spain. On October 1 a referendum was held and about 90 percent of the 2.3 million people who voted chose independence from Spain. About 900 people were treated for injuries after voting turned violent when Catalan civilians and Spanish police clashed. On October 27, Catalonia’s Parliament voted in favor of declaring independence from Spain. In response to the vote, which was deemed illegal by Spain’s highest court, Madrid responded by suspending the region’s autonomy, sacking the government, and imposing direct rule. When an arrest warrant was issued for Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, he fled to Belgium. New elections were held on December 21 by the order of Spain’s prime minister who believed that since a majority of Catalonia’s citizens did not vote in the referendum, pro-Spain parties would win a majority of seats. However, exactly the opposite happened: pro-separatist parties won a majority of seats. “The Spanish government was defeated,” declared Carles Puigdemont from Belgium. What happens now remains to be seen.

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NORTH KOREA ROCKET TESTS- In 2017, the hermit kingdom’s leader, Kim Jung Un, quickened the pace of missile and nuclear tests. On September 3, North Korea said it tested a hydrogen bomb, which reportedly triggered an artificial earthquake. On November 29, North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile which landed in the Sea of Japan. Un’s provocative actions have resulted in heavy UN sanctions, which North Korea calls “an act of war.”


Just one year ago, ISIS was on the march. It controlled large swaths of land, including the Syrian city of Raqqa, which was considered the “caliphate’s capital,” and Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. Now the caliphate is up in smoke. In separate July battles, ISIS lost control of Raqqa and Mosul. According to Brett McGurk, U.S. special envoy for the coalition against the Islamic State group, President Donald Trump’s decision to delegate tactical decision-making authority to commanders in the field was key in the victory over ISIS.


TERROR IN ENGLAND- As England struggles with its increasing radical Muslim population, 2017 ushered in a wave of terror attacks which have become the “new normal” in Great Britain. On March 22, a radical Islamic terrorist killed 6 and injured 50 when he rammed his car into pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge just feet from the British House of Parliament. On May 22, a suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester, England, killed 22 people and injured dozens, many of them children. On June 3, radical Islamists rammed their van into pedestrians on the London Bridge before getting out and stabbing passersby, leaving 7 dead and 48 injured.

LONDON HIGH-RISE FIRE- On June 14, the 24-story Grenfell Tower in West London went up in flames, killing 79 people. Tests showed that the insulation and tiles recovered from the tower failed fire safety tests. The facility also did not have a sprinkler system and only had one stairwell.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on June 21st removed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a 57-yearold nephew of the king, and replaced him with his son, Mohammed bin Salman, 31, who was previously the deputy crown prince. The new Crown Prince, who is now next-in-line to his father’s throne, has vowed to move the oil-rich country towards “moderate Islam.” In November, the prince, who is known as MBS, led a crackdown on corruption, resulting in the arrest and imprisonment of dozens of princes and elites at the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton, which was turned from a five star hotel into a makeshift prison.

PARIS ACCORD- On June 1, President Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement on climate change based on its unfairness to the U.S. “The agreement is a massive redistribution of United States wealth to other countries,” declared the president at the time.


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$758,700,000 “I will not be coming back,” said Mavis Wanczyk, 53, of Massachusetts, to her boss on August 24 after she won the largest single lottery jackpot ever in the United States: the $758.7 million Powerball. Wanczyk opted for the lump sum payment of $480 million, or $336 million after taxes. How do I get on her holiday gift list?

(ATL) 28--(NE) 3 Score of the 51st Super Bowl in the waning moments of the 3rd quarter before Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to the largest comeback in Super Bowl history. Brady & Co. completed the stunning victory with a 34-28 overtime win, leading to an awkward moment when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had to present the MVP trophy to Tom Brady, who had been suspended for the first four games of the season because of Deflategate.

Two-hundred-andfifty-thousand The amount of people the media claims were at President Trump’s inauguration

A million-and-a-half The amount of people President Trump observed at his inauguration. “We caught [the media] in a beauty, and I think they’re going to pay a big price,” quipped President Trump the day after his inauguration, during a speech at the CIA

1Vote Margin of victory by Democrat Shelly Simonds over Republican David Yancey in the November race for the 94th Virginia House of Delegates seat. After a painstaking recount of the 23,215 votes cast, the final tally was 11,608 for Simonds to 11,607 for Yancey. You see? Every vote really counts.

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Amount of homes damaged or destroyed by the California wildfires in 2017

Temperature in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on June 29

$100,000,000,000 That’s one hundred billion – with a B. Before his fortune dipped to a meager $98.6 billion, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ worth in November skyrocketed to $100 billion when stock prices of the company he founded soared. Bezos, who surpassed Bill Gates this year as the world’s richest man, made an estimated $35 billion in 2017. Keep ordering those Amazon packages!

33 Trillion Gallons Total rainfall from Hurricane Harvey which dumped torrents of rain across the United States. This number incorporates the rainfall not only in Texas and Louisiana but also in Tennessee and Kentucky, which also experienced flooding.

$6 Billion The amount Saudi authorities are demanding from Saudi Prince alWaleed bin Talal to free him from detention on charges of corruption. Prince al-Waleed – who is estimated to be worth $18.7 billion, making him the wealthiest person in the Middle East – is trying to negotiate his terms of release to include him staying at the helm of his company.

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BITCOIN: Although the world’s largest cr y ptocurrency has been around since 2008, it was in 2017 that its value skyrocketed. In January, Bitcoin was trading at approximately $968 per coin. By mid-December it was $19,393 per coin. Is it a bubble? Stay tuned. After reaching its high, the cryptocurrency shed a third of its value, but it still soared more than 1,000% since the start of the year. This is good news for Tyler and Cameron Winklevos. The 36-year-old identical twins, who were paid a $45 million settlement by Facebook after they claimed that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea, began investing in Bitcoin in 2012, when each coin was worth $10. Today, they are “Bitcoin billionaires.”

NEIL GORSUCH: On April 8, Justice Neil Gorsuch filled the seat of conservative stalwart Antonin Scalia who died suddenly in 2016, tipping the balance of the Supreme Court back towards conservatism. According to the Martin-Quinn scores, which measures the Supreme Court justices on an ideological continuum, Justice Gorsuch falls between Justice Roberts (conservative but closer to the center) and Justice Alito (conservative but closer to the right).

NFL PROTESTS: In response to President Trump – at a rally in September – calling out a smattering of NFL protestors who made it a practice of kneeling during the national anthem, dozens of NFL players became “social justice warriors” and began kneeling during the pre-game national anthem. This display of disdain for the country that made those very “protestors” into millionaires resulted in a precipitous decline in NFL ratings.

EMMANUEL MACRON: On May 14, Emmanuel Macron took office as France’s youngest-ever president. The gap-


toothed 39-year-old is known as a centrist. According to political observers, the young leader has his eye on being one of the leaders of the free world. When President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, a sanctimonious Macron tweeted, “Make Our Planet Great Again.” The very busy president became even busier in August when his cellphone number was leaked, and he was bombarded by calls from the public.


BARACK OBAMA: Perhaps more important than Donald J. Trump

ter a rally in Virginia to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee resulted in the death of a counter-protestor in August, many other cities across the United States began removing Confederate statues and monuments. Century-old statues of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Thomas, J. “Stonewall” and even the unknown “Old Joe” Confederate soldier were torn down. Statue-removal mania, predictably, has gone way beyond figures of the Confederacy and any statue that anyone deems offensive is at risk. After New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called for the removal of the Columbus Circle 76-foot structure honoring Christopher Columbus, Mayor Bill de Blasio assembled a task force to determine which statues around New York City are “offensive.”

being sworn into office on January 20 - President Barack Obama left office on that day. President Obama is responsible for the Iran deal which all but guarantees that within a few years Iran will have nuclear weapons. According to a recent bombshell report in Politico, Mr. Obama allowed the terrorist organization Hezbollah to make billions of dollars off flooding the United States with cocaine because he didn’t want to jeopardize his relationship with Iran, which backed Hezbollah. During his years in office, Obama openly showed his disdain for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and in one of his final substantial acts in office enabled the passage of a UN resolution condemning Israel. Domestically, he passed Obamacare which is in the process of destroying private health insurance in the U.S.; he nearly doubled the national debt; and, during his years in office, the economy never had a year of 3% growth, which is the historical rate of growth for the U.S. economy.

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BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS: The “Greatest Show on Earth” — the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus — closed for good in New York on May 21, ending a 146-year run. When, due to mounting criticism from animal rights groups, Ringling Bros. phased out the elephant act, its ticket sales dropped precipitously, leading to the business decision to close down the show. “As of May the saddest show on earth for wild animals will end,” crowed People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. “Thirty-six years of PETA protests, of documenting animals left to die, beaten animals, and much more, has reduced attendance to the point of no return.” Score one for the militant left.




JAMES COMEY: On May 9, President Trump canned FBI Director James Comey. The six-foot-eight FBI director had been in the news for the better part of a year before his firing and stuck his head into the presidential elections in a peculiar fashion. Many suspect that Comey saw himself as the new Herbert Hoover and had designs on controlling Washington from his perch at the FBI. But it turns out that he was as flakey as he seemed. After being fired by Mr. Trump, Comey, who was appointed Director of the FBI by President Obama in 2013, testified that when the president asked him not to investigate former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn because “he is a nice guy,” Comey was intimidated and felt like President Trump was obstructing justice. Comey admitted leaking information to the media which ultimately led to the appointment of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. Yes, you can be the six-foot-eight director of the FBI and still be a crybaby!

ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI: Scaramucci made a big splash when he was hired as the White House Communications Director on July 21. Over the next nine days Scaramucci, who refers to himself as “The Mooch,” shook up the White House and took on other officials like a bull in a china shop. He called a reporter for the New Yorker to unload on then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus and then-Senior Advisor to the President Steve Bannon. In his profanity-laced call he also railed about White House leakers. During those nine days Scaramucci was so dedicated to the president’s success that while his wife was giving birth to their first child, he sent out a tweet of himself flying along with the president on Air Force One. And then, on the tenth day of his job at the White House, Scaramucci was fired, ensuring that he will forever be a question on Jeopardy: “This person had the shortest ever tenure as White House Communications Director.”

FIDGET SPINNERS: These germ-riddled finger-toys became the craze in SOLAR ECLIPSE: After weeks of countdowns and hype, “The Great American Eclipse” took place on August 21. What exactly took place? Well, if you didn’t have eclipse glasses the only thing that happened was that you spent several hours petrified that if you looked up at the sky you would go blind. And if you did have the eclipse glasses, well, you were treated to a celestial spectacular sight. The next total solar eclipse in the U.S. will be on April 8, 2024. Keep those glasses!

the spring of 2017. Although fidget spinners have been around for years, mostly used by kids with autism or attention disorders to help them concentrate, they exploded in popularity and could be purchased at every gas station and 7-Eleven for a few dollars…or in the Five Towns for twenty dollars! And then, just like that, they were “out.” Now, abandoned fidget spinners – with their weights gauged out – sit like shipwrecks at the bottom of toy chests across the United States.

SEAN SPICER: In his maiden briefing as press secretary for the new president one day after the inauguration, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took to the Brady Briefing Room to berate the media for claiming that there were less people at President Trump’s inauguration than at President Obama’s. “That was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period. Both in person and around the globe,” declared Mr. Spicer. With that America was introduced to the not-so-silver-tongued press secretary who became known as “Spicey” after a satirical depiction of him on Saturday Night Live. On July 21, Spicer resigned when Anthony Scaramucci — “The Mooch” — effectively became his boss as the White House Communications Director. Hmm...if only he had held out for ten more days.


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Psychology Today

Finding Meaning In Suffering Dr. Yaakov Siegel

Viktor Emil Frankl was born on March 26, 1905 in Vienna. He attended the University of Vienna and graduated as a Neurologist and Psychiatrist. His main interests were in the area of depression and suicide. From 1933 to 1937, Dr. Frankl completed his residency in neurology and psychiatry. His life changed in 1938, when the Nazis, ym”sh, forbade him from treating Aryan patients due to his being Jewish. He transferred to the Rothschild Hospital in Vienna, the only one that was still employing Jewish doctors. In September 1942, Dr. Frankl, his wife and parents were deported to the Theresienstadt Ghetto. There, he organized a unit to help camp newcomers to overcome shock and grief. Later, he set up a suicide watch. In July 1943, Dr. Frankl organized a lecture series in the Ghetto. Lecture topics included: “Sleep and Sleep Disturbances”, “Body and Soul”, “Medical Care of the Soul”, “Psychology of Mountaineering”, “How to keep my nerves healthy?”, “Medical ministry”, “Existential Problems in Psychotherapy”, and “Social Psychotherapy”. In October 1944, Dr. Frankl was transported to Auschwitz and then to a camp affiliated with  Dachau, where he spent five months working as a slave laborer. He spent another year in concentration camps before liberation in April 1945. Dr. Frankl’s mother and brother died at Auschwitz. His wife perished in Bergen-Belsen. The only other survivor of the Holocaust among Frankl›s immediate family was his sister, Stella. Dr. Frankl returned to  Vienna after the war, where he developed a unique approach to psychotherapy. He believed that people are driven to find meaning in life, and that it is a sense of meaning that enables them to overcome painful experiences. Dr. Frankl wrote a book in German entitled Saying Yes to Life in Spite of Everything: A Psychologist Experiences the Concentration Camp, whose English title  is Man’s Search for Meaning. In this book, he chronicles his experiences as a  concentration camp  inmate, which led him to discover the importance of finding meaning in even the most brutal events,

which formed his reason to continue living. After enduring the suffering in these camps, Dr. Frankl concluded that even torment is significant. He founded Logotherapy, which is focused on helping people to find purpose in tribulations and meaning in their suffering. Dr. Frankl wrote that it was the image of his wife that ultimately gave him strength during the war. He said that it is love, after all, that makes life worthwhile. He wrote, “We stumbled on in the darkness, over big stones and through large puddles, along the one road leading from the camp. The accompanying guards kept shouting at us and driving us with the butts of their rifles. Anyone with very sore feet supported himself on his neighbor’s arm. Hardly a word was spoken; the icy wind did not encourage talk. Hiding his mouth behind his upturned collar, the man marching next to me whispered suddenly: “If our wives could see us now! I do hope they are better off in their camps and don’t know what is happening to us.” “That brought thoughts of my own wife to mind. And as we stumbled on for miles, slipping on icy spots, supporting each other time and again, dragging one another up and onward, nothing was said, but we both knew: each of us was thinking of his wife…A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth…that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which Man can aspire…I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment…For the first time in my life I was able to understand the meaning of the words, “The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory.”

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 732806-1513 or


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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

If you’re Barack Obama and you want to deliver a punch, why not just say it? Why are you playing these games and saying “the 1930s in Germany”; he’s basically comparing this president to Hitler, to the Nazis. Say it! - Fox’s Ed Henry discussing Barack Obama’s habit of referring to Hitler when talking about President Trump

About time you pardoned General Flynn who has taken the biggest fall for all of you given the illegitimacy of this confessed crime in the wake of all this corruption.

The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, a nuclear button is always on my desk. This is reality, not a threat. - North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in his New Year’s address

- Recent tweet to President Trump by Joseph Flynn, Michael Flynn’s brother

Trump Station - The name of the future light rail station which will be constructed near the Kotel


My liberal friends have stopped inviting me to dinner. They think I’m a Trump supporter. I just call it the way I see it when it comes to the law. If the president likes what I’m saying, fine, but tomorrow they may not like what I’m saying. I’m an advocate for the rule of law and an advocate of the Constitution. - Alan Dershowitz, on Fox News talking about the “fallout” of his opinion that there is no evidence of collusion with Russia

It was an overwhelming experience – it’s still overwhelming. I don’t know how long it’s going to take for me to get over this feeling. - Alan Robinson talking to a local TV station in Hawaii about his recent discovery that he and his best friend of 60 years are actually half-brothers

He’s not real! - An audience member at a Disney World animated production about U.S. presidents trying to settle down another audience member who freaked out when he saw a Trump robot and started shouting, “Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up!”


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Why would I buy an NFL team if I think the league is in decline? - Mark Cuban when asked by the Dallas Morning News whether he had any interest in purchasing the recently put-up-for-sale Carolina Panthers

All Israel’s central institutions are in Jerusalem, and ambassadors and embassy staff commute from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. - The leader of Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party, Liviu Dragnea, urging his country to move the Romanian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

There are 197 countries, like France, Algeria or Germany. There are a few more, but not all other countries in the world agree that they are real countries (for example, the State of Israel or North Korea). - From a French children’s magazine

Congress, working closely with the President, took a monumental step to bring taxes paid by U.S. businesses in line with the rest of the industrialized world. This tax reform will drive economic growth and create good-paying jobs. In fact, we will increase our U.S. investment and pay a special bonus to our U.S. employees. - AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson’s statement to employees after the passage of the tax reform bill

Politico published a jaw-dropping, meticulously sourced investigative piece this week detailing how the Obama administration had secretly undermined U.S. law enforcement agency efforts to shut down an international drug-trafficking ring run by the terror group Hezbollah. The effort was part of a wider push by the administration to placate Iran and ensure the signing of the nuclear deal. Now swap out “Trump” for “Obama” and “Russia” for “Iran” and imagine the eruption these revelations would generate. Because, by any conceivable journalistic standard, this scandal should’ve triggered widespread coverage and been plastered on front pages across the country. By any historic standard, the scandal should elicit outrage regarding the corrosion of governing norms from pundits and editorial boards. - David Harsanyi, New York Post, op-ed

In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up! - Tweet by President Trump

The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their “pockets.” The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching! - Tweet by President Trump

The U.S. gov. commits oppression inside the U.S., too. U.S. police murder black women, men, & children for no justifiable reason, and the murderers are acquitted in U.S. courts. This is their judicial system! And they slam other countries’ and our country’s judicial system. - Response tweet by Ayatollah Khamenei, the current Supreme Leader of Iran


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George Washington…predicted a time when America would lead the world in might. The danger, he said, would be getting sucked into the game of “international leadership” and into the notion that Europeandefined “universal principles” ought to govern our foreign policy rather than our own interests. Our own interests, Washington thought, would often serve those universal principles abroad, but not always. And allowing other nations to redefine liberty itself before making it a central pillar of our foreign policy pillar would be disastrous. That’s why Washington warned in his farewell address that the United States ought not “entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor or caprice.”

New Year’s resolutions: 1. Cultivate female friendships 2. Band together to kill all men – Tweet by Huffington Post editor Emily McCombs

- Ben Shapiro, National Review


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Welcome to California. Official Sanctuary State. Felons, Illegals and MS13 Welcome. Democrats need the Votes! - The official looking sign that someone placed under a “Welcome to California” sign on the 15 Freeway from Las Vegas to LA


It’s not only Pakistan that we pay billions of dollars to for nothing, but also many other countries, and others. As an example, we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue... peace treaty with Israel. We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them? - Recent tweet by President Trump

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